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  • How am I supposed to teach my daughter to love her body when I hate mine?

    Kimchi Mamas
    Kimchi
    13 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    My daughter is this smart, funny, angry, beautiful ‘tween. Too young to be an adult and too old to be a child. She plays soccer and games online. She is as comfortable alone in her room reading her latest manga book as she is giggling with her gaggle of gal pals in the living room. But as most moms know...
  • STEM Maker Projects With Tinkering Labs

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    28 May 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Photo Credit: Tinkering Lab   While on a hunt for weekend maker activities for my 12 year old twins, I found a site called Camperoo which has weekend STEM workshops for kids. The event we went to was run by the team behind Tinkering Labs, which gives children aged 6-13 “affordable access to packaged Tinkering kits called Catalysts. Each Catalyst includes components, materials and tools that enable unlimited projects and discoveries related to principles in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)”. My boys and their friend were technology free and happily…
  • If You Want to Change Your Life You Should Fire Your Friends

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 May 2015 | 7:57 pm
    I’m done blogging. I’m not blogging again. Blogging is not my job and to every email pitching something that all the mommies will always love I simply reply, “I’m not a blogger anymore please take me off your list.” That felt really great. I like the idea of not being on every publicist’s email list. My peers have stopped blogging. Most of the women I worked with at Momversation have shuttered their sites. PhD In Parenting is no more and I’m not even sure what’s happening with other large sites. Most have been sold or are dying slow deaths. At…
  • What happens next will BLOW YOUR MIND! #FakeUpworthyTitle

    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul
    Shannon akaMonty
    22 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    (*off topic: I typed "booger.com" instead of "blogger.com" to get to here, heeheehee)As a follow-up to the previous Spartan Race post, a most precious gift has been bestowed 'pon me...A FREE RACE CODE!Yes, I'm not even joking. A code good for ONE FREE SPARTAN RACE for any open heat (non-confirmed start time) in the continental US of A.Being the totes unselfish, super generous lazy person that I am, I have decided to once again GIVE THIS AWAY to a lucky reader!Want it?Leave a comment here, or on facebook, or twitter responding to this post.I will draw a name from the hat or some such…
  • What I’m Reading – May 2015

    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity
    Karen Andrews
    27 May 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Here I am, squeezing in a ‘What I’m Reading’ post for May! I missed last month’s due to being away and didn’t want to miss another. This is an interesting turnaround because, looking back two weeks or so, it was looking like I wouldn’t write this one either. I’ve been feeling a bit lost when it comes to reading material. Ironic, considering we were in so many airports and there is nothing I like better in making the most of the interminable waits for gate calls than spending that time in their bookshops. But I was agitated, putting books down almost…
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    Kimchi Mamas

  • How am I supposed to teach my daughter to love her body when I hate mine?

    Kimchi
    13 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    My daughter is this smart, funny, angry, beautiful ‘tween. Too young to be an adult and too old to be a child. She plays soccer and games online. She is as comfortable alone in her room reading her latest manga book as she is giggling with her gaggle of gal pals in the living room. But as most moms know...
  • The Sea Women

    Kimchi
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:40 pm
    I have never been to Cheju-Do, but am looking forward to finally seeing "Korea's Hawaii" this summer when my family goes. It has been a longtime dream to bring my mixed race children to see where their mother comes from. I had almost given up on dragging my reluctant teens, when one of them actually expressed interest in going. I...
  • 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...
 
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • STEM Maker Projects With Tinkering Labs

    Beth B.
    28 May 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Photo Credit: Tinkering Lab   While on a hunt for weekend maker activities for my 12 year old twins, I found a site called Camperoo which has weekend STEM workshops for kids. The event we went to was run by the team behind Tinkering Labs, which gives children aged 6-13 “affordable access to packaged Tinkering kits called Catalysts. Each Catalyst includes components, materials and tools that enable unlimited projects and discoveries related to principles in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)”. My boys and their friend were technology free and happily…
  • Summer and Winter Family Fun At Sun Valley Resort, Idaho

    Beth B.
    26 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Last year on a press trip to Sun Valley, Idaho, I had a chance to experience majestic mountains surrounded by a picturesque valley, plus a full set of fun activities, beautiful resort grounds, delicious restaurants and friendly people.  The press trip was to in preparation for a fabulous conference called “Dent The Future“.   The conference is all about recharging your creative batteries so being in Sun Valley was a great fit because the natural beauty recharged my “personal” battery! Of course I not only decided I wanted to go back, but next time I wanted to…
  • Gift of Healthy Smile: Oral-B PRO SmartSeries 5000 Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth

    Beth B.
    8 May 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Disclosure: Sponsored post.    An important area of health that is also one of our biggest family challenges is dental health including making sure everyone in our family is brushing their teeth properly. No matter what I do, my tween boys still need reminders, cajoling and sometimes threats for loss of screen time if they don’t brush their teeth. When they do brush their teeth they only do it for a few seconds instead of for a full 2 minutes.  I am tired when I go to sleep at night and wake up early to get my kids to school. Sadly, I also don’t think I am brushing properly.
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • If You Want to Change Your Life You Should Fire Your Friends

    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 May 2015 | 7:57 pm
    I’m done blogging. I’m not blogging again. Blogging is not my job and to every email pitching something that all the mommies will always love I simply reply, “I’m not a blogger anymore please take me off your list.” That felt really great. I like the idea of not being on every publicist’s email list. My peers have stopped blogging. Most of the women I worked with at Momversation have shuttered their sites. PhD In Parenting is no more and I’m not even sure what’s happening with other large sites. Most have been sold or are dying slow deaths. At…
  • Endings

    Jessica Gottlieb
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:52 pm
    One of the things that I’ve noticed as a reader is that there are a number of books that are good, great even, until the ending and then they sort of just unravel and stop. It’s as though the author knew they needed to stop writing but didn’t quite know how. I fear that this site has that problem. Blogging has changed and I haven’t. I was texting with a friend just a bit ago who also quit blogging recently and she said, “It sucks having gone from innovators to dinosaurs.” Consider this my mic drop. Blogging was my full time job for a number of years. They…
  • Parenting In Public

    Jessica Gottlieb
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Yesterday we went to a museum. Actually I should say that yesterday we went to yet another museum. A museum Mr. G had no interest in going to, a museum that Jane had been to just 10 days prior and the 8th museum in the third country that my son had visited since March 12th. Yesterday my family accompanied me to a museum that only I was interested in and after two hours of looking at paintings they waited for me outside the gift shop while I picked up some postcards. As I approached them they looked like this. This is how Gottliebs do museums and how I ensure that no one ever asks me for…
 
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • What happens next will BLOW YOUR MIND! #FakeUpworthyTitle

    Shannon akaMonty
    22 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    (*off topic: I typed "booger.com" instead of "blogger.com" to get to here, heeheehee)As a follow-up to the previous Spartan Race post, a most precious gift has been bestowed 'pon me...A FREE RACE CODE!Yes, I'm not even joking. A code good for ONE FREE SPARTAN RACE for any open heat (non-confirmed start time) in the continental US of A.Being the totes unselfish, super generous lazy person that I am, I have decided to once again GIVE THIS AWAY to a lucky reader!Want it?Leave a comment here, or on facebook, or twitter responding to this post.I will draw a name from the hat or some such…
  • ONLY ONE WEEK!

    Shannon akaMonty
    21 May 2015 | 11:18 am
    Just a quick word for my Spartan Racers - HURRY!(hahaha, see what I did there? "Quick" word? Oh never mind.)Reebok/Spartan Racing is offering a Memorial Discount on your next race - $20-$40 OFF!! So now you have one less excuse to not sign up. **Offer expires 5/27 so go register today!Just CLICK HERE and go register, and use the discount code MEMORIAL.That's it.Cake and pie. (Piece of and Easy as -- not "go stuff your face with cake and pie. Although that is not a bad idea)While you're there, be sure to check out all the features to help you along in your training - Food Of The Day recipes,…
  • The bittersweet taste of April 19

    Shannon akaMonty
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    **a re-post from a previous birthday** I sort of love this day -- it's my birthday.I love the sweet birthday wishes from everyone; they make me smile and feel happy and warm and loved. Thank you all so much for that. It's the day I feel truly Grinchy...by which I mean my heart grows three sizes. (Oh, no worries, it will shrink back down in a couple of days and I'll be back in Curmudgeonland)I sort of hate this day -- it's my birthday.I am older but seldom wiser, crazier even without cats, and more GET OFF MY LAWN YOU LITTLE BASTARDS.It also (and more importantly) marks the tragedy of the OKC…
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    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity

  • What I’m Reading – May 2015

    Karen Andrews
    27 May 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Here I am, squeezing in a ‘What I’m Reading’ post for May! I missed last month’s due to being away and didn’t want to miss another. This is an interesting turnaround because, looking back two weeks or so, it was looking like I wouldn’t write this one either. I’ve been feeling a bit lost when it comes to reading material. Ironic, considering we were in so many airports and there is nothing I like better in making the most of the interminable waits for gate calls than spending that time in their bookshops. But I was agitated, putting books down almost…
  • Atlantis the Palm, Dubai – a review

    Karen Andrews
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
      Atlantis the Palm is one of the most famous resorts in Dubai – or, indeed, the world. For many travellers, you need only say the name and they’ll know what you’re talking about: that pink hotel with the hole in the middle, built at the tip of the Palm Jumeirah, with its very own waterpark and massive indoor aquarium. As we were coming through Dubai on our way home, we did as many Australians are opting to do these days and took the chance to stop, stay and explore. And hopefully minimalise jet lag (tip: that doesn’t work). But while researching I discovered…
  • Living List Tick: Visit Gallipoli (Bonus: on the 100th Anniversary of the Anzac landings)

    Karen Andrews
    24 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Dear Karen, On behalf of the Australian Government and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, we are very pleased to inform you that your application for a double pass to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli on 25 April 2015 has been successful. You might recall my post from a year ago announcing my name had been drawn in the ballot to attend the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landing at the Gallipoli peninsula. I mentioned the logistical difficulty of getting down there, but I didn’t talk about how I was considering giving up the tickets. There were a lot of questions. Who…
 
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    Lotus Carroll

  • April “Wet” Challenge Winners

    Lotus Carroll
    7 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    Congratulations to the winners of last month’s Self Portrait Challenge! First Place: Andrea Martinez Second Place: John Chandler Third Place: Rachael Smith You can see their photos below – creative, and definitely very wet! photos are slightly cropped for the purpose of the mosaic – you can view the originals in the event linked below The winners got prizes from Capturing Couture and their photos will be featured in the Winners Category at The Art of Self Portraiture Community http://goo.gl/qc7VO Andrea’s first place image will become the avatar for the Community…
  • She Emanates Serenity

    Lotus Carroll
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    there is a pulse to all things waiting for us to connect with it, to feel it vibrate throughout; some souls can inherently focus to identify with this never-ending rhythm; one must be stoic, centered, like an egyptian goddess who breathes in light and emanates serenity.    model: Leslie Flinger This work by Lotus Carroll is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To license commercially, please email.
  • April Self Portrait Challenge: Wet – Last Day To Enter!

    Lotus Carroll
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Today is the last day to enter the April Self Portrait Challenge! In celebration of “April Showers,” but very flexible conceptually, our “Wet” theme allows you to interpret however you like. Get creative – we’re looking forward to seeing what you all come up with! There are so many possibilities for this theme – will you be underwater, in the rain, or soaking in the tub? Maybe riding some ocean waves or drowning in a lake? The possibilities are endless! For some inpirations, here’s my Self Portraiture a la H2O Gallery on Flickr – a…
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  • Treasure Hunting in Tallahassee

    MarvelousMiniMama
    26 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    Most people recognize Tallahassee as a fun college town and the capital of Florida, or perhaps a pit stop along Interstate 10.  I thought much the same until recently, when I decided to grab my kids and my mother-in-law and stop to explore all the hidden treasures that this area has to offer.  I was more than pleasantly surprised! Tallahassee’s location makes it a great place to take your family for a long weekend; it’s close to Florida beaches and not far from the Georgia and Alabama borders, so vacationers from neighboring states can easily travel there for a getaway. Tallahassee has…
  • South Padre Island’s Beautiful Birding Center

    RollingMama
    21 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Far, far away at the tip of Texas, lies South Padre Island (SPI). This laid back beach community on the Gulf of Mexico boasts the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center www.southpadreislandbirding.com.  The fifty acre complex, next door to the convention center, is a serene escape for humans and a lovely stop for the hundreds of birds migrating from northern Central America and southern Mexico. One of nine World Birding Center sites located throughout the Rio Grande Valley,  the SPI Center is a stunning five story structure with sweeping views of Laguna Madre, beaches, dunes, and the…
  • Hot Deals in Houston

    RollingMama
    4 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    The fourth largest city in the country, Houston, is filled with hot deals for the summer.   Go to www.visithoustontexas.com for more information and discounts. Hotel ICON Hotel ICON Houston’s luxurious Hotel ICON invites you to “Discover Downtown” with exclusive, value added components on Friday or Saturday night stays.  With the Discover Downtown package, you’ll enjoy overnight accommodations, breakfast for two at the LINE & LARIAT  and receive insider perks at the GreenStreet District (a short walk from the hotel) including a $25 Spare Bucks gift card good…
 
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • Getting To Mom

    7 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    I am leaving for just over 24 hours and have prepared meals for the next two days for the vegetarians and nons, the gluten-free and gluten-can-have-its in this house including the gluten-free chocolate-chip banana bread baking in the oven. My mom is flying here today and we're staying in Portland for the night to see Listen To Your Mother. She just texted me that she was up until midnight last night chopping veggies for my dad to have while she's away. So it's times like this, when I'm stocking up and preparing for my absence, trying to make myself look as un-absent as possible, that I feel…
  • The things we do to feel like home.

    5 Apr 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Easter greetings 2015, a time of a strange hair phase for the Precourt kids.It's an interesting place to be in - far away from family and where you grew up - while living in a house you're selling and not knowing where the next one will be. I stepped outside this morning to look at the sun rising and then turned to see the blue ocean behind me. It's a dull ache, like I'm not allowed to love it enough because we are leaving. And at the same time I feel homesick for home far away.We don't do the Easter bunny here. It's just something we never did, and I'm not sure why. I grew up with epic…
  • 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…
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    The Bloggess

  • Wouldn’t it be awesome to just have to be aware of mental health one month a year?

    thebloggess
    29 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    It’s Mental Health Awareness Month so some people expect me to write about mental health, except that if you read here you’re already perfectly aware that I’m mentally ill so this feels a bit pointless.  But what if we change the game a little? Share with me.  In the comments, or on your own platform, or both.  Almost everyone will battle mental illness or will be impacted in the struggle to help a loved one with their mental illness, so “awareness” isn’t really the issue for me.  Cures, support, feedback, tools that work...those are the things we…
  • Still alive.

    thebloggess
    27 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    The floodwaters are receding in our area and we’re still alive.  Aside from some minor outside damage and a door that battled more water than it was meant to we’re in really good shape compared to other people in our area (here’s a good link if you need help or want to give help) so we’re considering ourselves extremely lucky. Of course, since most of the damage happened outside that also means a lot of animal displacement (which might explain the mountain lion on my street a few days ago) so we’ve been spending a lot of time sweeping doodle-bugs and the…
  • Texas is trying to kill us.

    thebloggess
    24 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    The last 24 hours have been weird and so I don’t have time to write a full post because I’m too busy building a basement to hide in so instead I’ll just share my tweets from last night: Not sure if that was a mountain lion or an enormous yellow lab chasing that deer but we’ll be discontinuing our twilight dog walks for now. Related: Screaming “RUN TO THE HOUSE” at your kid while waving your arms to appear larger will make your neighbors run in their houses too. Texas wildlife is unsettling. 2 months ago Dorothy Barker and I were out at night & a howler…
 
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    mod*mom

  • code :: kids of all ages

    modmom
    19 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    my blog template "code" is wonky. i customized my blog "skin" 10 years ago in 2004 using code snippets from webmonkey, before iPads, smartphones + Google's Chrome browser existed. Blogger has even changed to a new template code platform + a kind Googler invited me to the GooglePlex to help me recreate my template  on Google's new template platform, but i stubbornly cling to my DIY code. i like to customize things. most of my blogpals jumped the blogspot ship years ago (even Blogher is sponsored by wordpress + gives workshops on wordpress at Blogher conferences). I can't…
  • GoldenGirl :: GoldenBoy :: scifi Olympian

    modmom
    6 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    "Venture capital + hormone experiments turn a statuesque blonde into an Olympic superstar."Bruce Jenner, 1976 Olympic superstar, carried the Olympic torch at Lake Tahoe in 1984, past a Susan Anton marquis where she was singing with George Burns at Caesar's Casino. At the time, Bruce was the Olympic Golden Boy. Is GoldenBoy becoming GoldenGirl?watch GoldenGirl movie trailer: images:ebay
  • 1968 mom mermaid breastfeeding sculpture :: san francisco :: ghirardelli chocolate factory

    modmom
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Pioneer Woolen Mills rear view at North Beach, 1868Photo: San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library   Pioneer Woolen Mills at original shoreline. Photo: Bancroft Library http://www.foundsf.org/index.php?title=Ghirardelli_Square1968 mom mermaid breastfeeding sculpture :: san francisco :: ghirardelli chocolate factorysand dunes of  "san francisco" cove 1868 fabric factory turned into chocolate factory as native americans were inundated + their land was "developed" by land owning railroad corporations attracting colonists + tourists to "strike it rich" by…
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  • Ragged Point

    dooce
    28 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    "Stilettos and broken bottles, I'm spinning around in circles..."
  • Minutes

    dooce
    21 May 2015 | 11:44 am
    If you've got some to spare, I'd gladly take them off of your hands.
  • Who run this mother?

    dooce
    7 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    This goes out to all my girls that's in the club rocking the latest.
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    Mommies With Style

  • Swimwear for Summer 2015

    Whitney
    29 May 2015 | 2:31 am
    It took a weekend at the beach over Memorial Day Weekend to realize that I’m in dire need of a new bathing suit! I’ve been in the market all week and here’s a few I shopped around for: Athleta is one of my main go-to stores for a bathing suit. I got this Shirrendipity Halter Bikini Top over the winter for a trip to Florida and I love it. The top is $46 and you can find a matching bottom that works for you! Lands’ End always has great bathing suit options for all shapes and sizes. Over the weekend, I noticed more than one Mom on the beach wearing the long-sleeve SPF…
  • Review of #PitchPerfect 2 Plus Schick & Skintimate’s Involvement #RockYourLegs #ad

    Whitney
    27 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    I finally saw Pitch Perfect 2! Pitch Perfect is my favorite movie of all time so I was dying to see it when it released. I went with a couple of girlfriends who are also fans and we laughed the entire way through the movie. The Barden Bellas are back and a couple have years have passed since the first movie – it’s now senior year. They’ve been suspended from performing due to a mishap in the beginning of the movie at a performance at the Lincoln Center (that is hysterical). The only way they can fix things is by winning the International a cappella competition in Denmark. My…
  • 10 Summer Reads for the Beach or Pool

    Whitney
    26 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    In no particular order, here’s 10 books to add to your list for Must-Reads by the pool or on the beach this summer: 1) Big Little Lies,$9.79 for Kindle version on Amazon– I read this one for my Book Club. It’s authored by the same woman who wrote the Husband’s Secret and it’s definitely a quick read and a page turner. I love all of Liane’s books and there’s always some surprise twist or piece of the plot that keeps you intrigued until the end and this book doesn’t let down.     2) The Girl on the Train, $6.99 (on sale!) for the Kindle…
 
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • 50 Homemade Popsicle Recipes

    Liz
    29 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Making popsicles is one of our favorite things to do in the summer. There are so many incredible popsicle recipes to make with your kids. Some of them are even healthy! The cool thing about popsicles, is that you can create so many different options because there is almost no ingredient that won’t work. You can keep concocting and testing all summer! 50 Homemade Popsicle Recipes For an extra special treat, put candy and lemonade in a popsicle mold for a candy surprise! Want your popsicles to stop dripping?  Add jello!  Here’s how. These healthy kiwi pops only take three…
  • 5 Conversations to Increase Confidence in Teens

    Holly
    29 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    Whew.  Being a teenager is complicated.  You are stuck between kid-dom and adulthood…and sometimes that isn’t the most comfortable of places! These ideas for teen confidence were inspired by our sponsor, Invisalign Teen® clear aligners, who recently completed a survey on the subject.  They are sharing what they learned by launching a Teen Confidence Campaign to help parents navigate through tough issues around peer pressure, teasing and appearance that they are dealing with everyday. I look back on my teenage years with a bit of cringing, but overall I weathered it well.  I…
  • Banana Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie {Breakfast on the Go!}

    Carla Wiking
    29 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    This delicious banana blueberry yogurt smoothie makes the perfect breakfast for busy summer days.  Here at Kids Activities Blog we love a good smoothie recipe, we partnered with our sponsor Yulu, to bring you this extra tasty one. Plus, we’ve got a genius hack that turns a regular mason jar into a spill free smoothie cup!  Whether it’s an early morning baseball game or a big day at the beach, you can whip up this smoothie and hit the road.  This tasty breakfast on the go is perfect for your next adventure. Banana Blueberry Smoothie Recipe: Ingredients: 1 container of Yulu…
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    Fluid Pudding

  • Friday!

    fluidpudding
    15 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    I made a crustless asparagus quiche, and although it needs some tweaking (I roasted the asparagus a little too long), it’s my new favorite thing. Even better? We had family in town for dinner last night, and they helped eat the quiche. (I’m not terribly keen on the idea of snacking on quiche for a week.) ((The secret ingredient? IT’S MAYONNAISE. And by putting mayonnaise in a quiche, I have officially stepped out of my box/wheel house/cliché tent. Proof? I’m making nut milk this weekend, and it has everything to do with cashews and nothing to do with what YOU’RE…
  • The flowers and the nuts and the flowers.

    fluidpudding
    11 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    If I was one of those people who planned big gatherings for internet friends, I would invite each and every one of you to my house right now. All of your comments and support from my most recent “I’m ready to be healthy” post has floored me. I keep sitting down to respond to everyone and then I get all whooshed with happy thoughts. I’m the luckiest. Oh! If you *did* come to my house right now, you would be greeted with a climbing rose that I didn’t even know existed six months ago! It bloomed this morning, and I keep going outside to check on it. (It’s…
  • In between saying you’ve seen too much and saying you’ve seen it all before…

    fluidpudding
    6 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Truth: Since my hysterectomy last year, I have gained 20 pounds and I’m not happy about how I feel. If you know me at all (and by now, I think you do), you know that I struggle with the whole weight thing. In high school, someone called me Thick. In college, one of my roommates called me Wide. (Although I appreciate honesty, please know that these people have been eliminated from my circle.) I gained 80 pounds with my first pregnancy, and then I lost 93 pounds by combining Weight Watchers with lactation. I’m back up 40 pounds since then and most importantly: I used to own a Duncan…
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    Momo Fali's

  • May’s a Jerk and Steak is Life

    Momo Fali
    28 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    I have no explanation for my absence other than the fact that May is kind of a jerk. It rolled in with me crossing a half marathon off my life-list on a beautiful morning, then the sun appeared and flowers bloomed, there were weekend getaways, fresh air, laughter, and friends started coming out of their homes like spring-struck zombies carrying grilled hamburgers and coolers of beer. See? May is a jerk because it makes all the other months look bad. There are a lot of things going on my life that I can’t discuss here; like, my bangs for instance. We really shouldn’t talk about my…
  • Cracking up and Unbreakable

    Momo Fali
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:23 pm
    There is something I need. I need it as much as water, air, food, clothing, shelter, coffee and beer. If I am to be a functioning member of society, I need laughter. For a while, I didn’t have much laughter in my life. The reason I know about that ‘functioning’ thing I mentioned is because I was barely doing it. I kind of floundered through my days. And, we’re not talking about lightly-seared or grilled flounder, but stuffed. With potatoes. And, chorizo. Heavy. With a side of squash. But, slowly, light began to creep in and now there is laughter every day and I’m…
  • Tips from Momo: To All the Single Ladies

    Momo Fali
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:24 pm
    It’s not like me to brag (oh, who am I kidding), but over the past eight months I’ve learned a lot about myself and I’ve learned a lot of things that may benefit you too. I’m here to share the knowledge I’ve gleaned from this broken life of mine in case you suddenly find yourself in a crumpled heap in the middle of a grocery store aisle. Hypothetically. Don’t ever say I never gave you anything. 1. Get some exercise. One of the first things I did after my husband said he wanted a divorce was register for a half marathon. It gave me a goal and a purpose when…
 
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  • Rules for Running Away: Contemporary MG. The Writer’s Voice

    singlemomseeking
    20 May 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Title: Rules for Running Away Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary Word Count: 38K words Query: One deep secret, two 12-year-olds on the run, and countless AMBER Alerts. In Rules for Running Away, Annie Berger finds a ripped up letter from her dad in the recycling bin and realizes her life until now has been one big fat lie. Now Annie is determined to meet her dad and find out why her mom kept him a secret. Unfortunately, her dad has been writing from prison – where minors aren’t allowed without an adult – and there’s no way Annie can ask her mom or step-dad to take her. Her…
  • My blended family in the New York Times: He Was Ready to Be a Stepdad. Was I Ready to Let Him?

    singlemomseeking
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Today at The Motherlode in the New York Times, I write about the first time I let my now-husband “solo” with my daughter: he forgot to feed her, and I “forgot” not to yell at him in front of her. I had to learn to let them become a family. Thanks for reading… He Was Ready to Be a Stepdad. Was I Ready to Let Him?   Photo by Michael Kirby Smith for the New York Times Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.
  • My favorite picture books about love

    singlemomseeking
    13 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    In honor of Valentine’s Day, a list of my favorite picture books with a love-theme. Some new books I’m reading with my toddler these days… and ones I’ve saved from a decade ago when I read to my older daughter: Found By Salina Yoon My sister recently gave us this sweet books, about a bear who finds a lost stuffed toy bunny in the forest. He begins to worry. After all, the stuffed bunny must feel lonely and want to return safely to its owner and home! But as Bear diligently searches for the bunny’s owner, posting notices high and low, he begins to grow attached to his…
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  • Two Weddings, One Dress: Wedding Guest Style

    Tammy Gibson
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    image source It is wedding season! How many weddings are on your calendar this summer? Finding the right outfit to wear as a wedding guest can be challenging. If you don’t wear something that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable, your time spent at the wedding will be less enjoyable. So, let’s just avoid that all together, shall we? When deciding what to wear, answer these 6 questions: Where is the wedding located? What time of day is the wedding? How formal is the wedding? You can generally get clues to answer this by knowing the personality of the couple, the invitations and…
  • Living with Confidence: 4 Ways To Positively Reinforce Your Life

    Tammy Gibson
    27 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Fear, insecurity, self-doubt and the like can be the biggest obstacles many of us face in life. In order to overcome that negativity, many people turn to unhealthy behaviors, such as overeating or alcohol abuse. “Compulsive or addictive behavior may temporarily numb that negativity, but it won’t put you on a healthy and wholesome path,” says Darlene Hunter, a renowned speaker and author of “Win-Ability, Navigating through Life’s Challenges with a Winning Attitude.” “While some people buy very expensive things to feel more confident, there’s an affordable way to yield the same…
  • DIY Beauty: Natural Oils and Recipes for Healthy Hair & Skin

    Tammy Gibson
    19 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Essential oils are the hottest thing in holistic healthcare right now. Not that the use of oils is a new concept, in fact the opposite is true: they’ve practically been used since the beginning of mankind. Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years (source).  As our western society looks for less invasive, more natural solutions to what ails us, we once again turn to oils. In addition to the fantastic medical benefits they can have, essential oils are also a great solution for our beauty problems too! The good news is, you don’t need to go to…
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  • Killer Butt and Leg Exercises

    ModernMom Staff
    28 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    It’s almost summertime – and that means shorts, skirts, and bathing suits! To help you get in shape for the season, Brooke Burke and her trainer – fitness expert Greg Joujon-Roche – have shared some great exercises with hand weights to tone and tighten your upper body. These three simple and effective work-out moves are perfect for moms who want to show off their killer butt and legs! Lunge Kick 1. Fall back into a rear lunge. 2. Press forward onto your standing leg and draw your back leg forward for a kick. 3. Kick toward the opposite arm.  Use your butt for balance.
  • Rules for Dating Our Sister

    blythenewsome
    28 May 2015 | 5:08 pm
    My oldest daughters have officially entered into the dating age. I have dreaded this time, but knew that sooner or later it was coming. I have given them all kinds of advice and a long list of my expectations and rules regarding them dating. I have often joked with them that any boy who takes them out is going to have to sign a contract understanding the rules before they take the first step out of the door. It only took one boy coming to the door for me to realize that I have nothing to worry about. My youngest daughters ages 8 and 10 have taken on the roll of making the rules and are happy…
  • High School Seniors Donate Class Trip Money To Their Principal’s Cancer Fight

    ModernMom Staff
    28 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    With so much depressing news in the media, it’s amazing when we can share an uplifting touching story. The senior class of Bethlehem’s Profile School in New Hampshire brought their principal to tears when they told her their plan to give her the money allocated for their senior trip. Principal Courtney Vashaw was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the soft tissue and “every one of us has a connection with her, and she has given so much to us that we just wanted to give back,” said Christopher Sirois, the senior class president. The seniors unanimously voted to donate the…
 
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  • Runs in the Family

    Christina
    7 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Part of my motivation to run more was the hope that I’d inspire the kids to want to join in on the activity. When we registered for the Princess Half Marathon weekend races, we signed Cordy and Mira up for the one mile race for kids. We expected to see Cordy cross the finish line first, with Mira further behind. But we were shocked when Mira was the first one sprinting across the finish line in under eleven and a half minutes, with Cordy following about a minute later. Mira quickly recovered from the dash and declared she wanted to try longer distances. I went looking for a 5k that…
  • Using HomeTeam™ To Stay Connected To Extended Family

    Christina
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    My mom lives about an hour from us, which isn’t very far away. However, with her busy schedule, there are many times she might as well be in another state. It’s often difficult to schedule a time to get together so she can spend time with her granddaughters between our two schedules. So we’re often relying on phone calls for the kids to say hi to their grandmother and let her know what they’ve been up to. Phone calls can only go so far, though, and my kids aren’t the best at keeping up conversation on the phone. The conversation usually involves my kids answering…
  • The Month of Too Much

    Christina
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:17 am
    There are some months that are just so full – of both good and bad – that you want them to be over as quickly as possible, if just to catch your breath and get back to some sense of normalcy. That was March for me. We’re already halfway into April, and I’m still trying to recover from the previous month. Just a week after returning from Disney, I received a call from my mother on a Saturday morning letting me know that my grandmother had died. I want to add “unexpectedly” to that sentence, but at the same time I know that when you’re 94 years old, it…
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  • Career aspirations

    KC
    5 May 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Boy2's top self-reported future career aspirations, age 4: 1) Fireman 2) Police driver 3) Truck driver (possibly garbage truck driver) 4) Space alien aka astronaut (rocket driver)  But not the space alien from Paw Patrol who blows bubbles and has a round, green head. Did I mention Boy2 is 100% BOY?
  • 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…
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  • how I got accidentally locked in the UCLA hospital deli

    Daphne
    27 May 2015 | 7:52 pm
        So, while I have been recovering from my bout with c-diff I’m not all good.  It’s been a while since I was done with the medicine that is suppose to heal me and I’ve been going on C-diff … Continue reading → The post how I got accidentally locked in the UCLA hospital deli appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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    Daphne
    26 May 2015 | 11:15 pm
      When you are shooting a cooking show imagine not being able to eat.  No, this is not the Giada de Laurentiis story.  While shooting the most recent season of shows I developed a very unattractive condition. So, you read … Continue reading → The post dangers of antibiotics appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • abused driver

    Daphne
    22 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    I’m so glad I have been doing this blog since early ’08 or else I would remember NOTHING.  It keeps me honest.  The other day I was really unfair to my son.  He was pelting me with sticks, kicking my … Continue reading → The post abused driver appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • Odds and Ends

    whoorl
    29 May 2015 | 5:37 am
    1. You all, how great is this print? It’s like the world’s best hair-washing flowchart. 2. MY EYES! I’m pretty sure every design rule in the universe has been broken on this website. 3. Best summer reads for 2015. Maybe I should take a few on my imaginary vacation to a remote beach. 4. Great advice from George Saunders. It’s all about kindness. 5. These girls are the coolest. Traveling the world and photographing movie locations…not bad. 6. Top beauty tips for bright eyes. I think I need to start applying highlighter again… 7. BEST APPLE HACK EVER. Thanks,…
  • An Evening at Bleu Garten

    whoorl
    27 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    Now that the warmer weather is here (that is, if it EVER STOPS RAINING IN OKLAHOMA), one of our favorite places to hang out as a family is Bleu Garten in midtown Oklahoma City. It’s a super cool food truck park with live entertainment, and we’ve found ourselves there very often. A few weeks ago, we filmed a project with Choate House at Bleu Garten on a perfect evening. Shooting with Jeremy and Kara is so much fun, and I wanted to share some of the photos from the night. The trucks rotate every night, but my kids’ favorite is Snow S’more, of course. Good stuff.  …
  • Odds and Ends

    whoorl
    22 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    1. Sephora’s most returned items. I love this kind of stuff. 2. “How is your heart doing at this very moment, at this breath?” This is SUCH a wonderful article about the disease of being busy…and how so many are unknowingly passing it on to their over-scheduled children. 3. SCARY. And I think my son will probably the one who helps develop them. (Eek!) 4. Do you remember this brand? I would always drink it at my local bagel shop during my teens. 5. Tina Fey is a goddess. I pretty much love everything that comes out of her mouth. 6. You don’t think your emotions affect…
 
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  • Summer Learning with Highbrow Educational Videos

    Crystal
    29 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    With the school year quickly coming to a close, I’m looking forward to the lazy days of summer with my children at home. I look forward to the impromptu trips, splashing in the pool, and eating buckets of popcorn while watching piles of movies. But I know that I need to keep my children learning […] The post Summer Learning with Highbrow Educational Videos appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
  • 5 Reasons to Stay at a Disney Resort Property

    Melanie
    28 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    For me planning a vacation is part of the fun of vacation. I go over every single detail again and again, ensuring that I’ve planned the best vacation possible for my family. Where will we stay? What dessert will I eat? (Don’t judge!) Weighing the pros and cons of reasons to stay at a Disney […] The post 5 Reasons to Stay at a Disney Resort Property appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
  • 5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

    Crystal
    27 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    My daughter and I were invited to visit Hilton Sandestin and all of our expenses were paid. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. As a mother of three children, I struggle to find time to spend with each of them individually. We spend a tremendous amount of time together as a family […] The post 5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
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  • Ennui and exhaustion. Markets, and soap.

    Veronica
    29 May 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The packing hangs over my head, like some sort of spectre. It whispers at me. Why are you writing? There’s soap to pack. Real work to do. Shhhhhh. I have a market tomorrow. I will wake up at 6am and triple check my boxes to make sure they’re packed properly. I’ll ignore the dark and make tea, coffee, whatever it takes to wake up. I’ll get my family out of bed and rush us out of the house as the sun climbs over the hills, highlighting the cold in the air. All I want to do is lay in bed and sleep, blissful sleep. Evelyn hasn’t been sleeping, keeping me awake until…
  • When the winter winds come

    Veronica
    24 May 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Sometimes, it’s the simple things which make the largest impact on me. I was cold this morning. A long market yesterday and a weakened immune system conspired to see me catch the virus which has been winging its way through the school community. I crashed hard yesterday after I arrived home, my temperature spiking and my shoulders aching under the weight of their viral load. I was cold this morning, and so I walked to the bathroom and filled up a hot water bottle directly from the tap. Simple movements. Remove the lid. Tip the cold water out. Run the tap. Curl up, warm now. We…
  • Mother’s Day Grief and Disability

    Veronica
    9 May 2015 | 6:43 pm
    When I was ten years old, my mother had reconstructive knee surgery. I spent the next few weeks helping my father keep my little brother entertained, playing cards with my bed ridden mother, and helping my father with things around the house. Mother’s Day that year, my mother and my grandmother got together and took me out for lunch, the three of us together. I can still remember how special I felt, sitting there in the middle of the dining room with my two favourite women. Then there was dessert. I watched, eyes wide, as another table ordered the blueberry dessert. One scoop of ice…
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  • What I'm Loving - Spring 2015

    Sarah Visbeek
    8 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    It must be the gorgeous spring weather that is making me somewhat agreeable, because there are actually quite a bit of items I have to share with you! Just bought:  This mascara. Sadly, I suffer from thin, sparse and stubby eyelashes. It's a condition. Pray for me. (And of course the 3 males who I birthed have GREAT eyelashes. Such a waste!) So I'm always on the hunt for the perfect mascara.
  • Are you Victoria's Secret Bathing Suit Ready? The 2015 Edition!

    Sarah Visbeek
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    As we all know and would like NOT to be reminded anytime soon...this winter was HORRID. And I mean horrid in the "I'd like to move now" "I need a vacation now" "I may kill someone now" sort of way. Oh, and also the "Hell no, I'm not shaving anytime or anywhere because this hair is an extra layer" sort of way. Bygones! Pollen Spring is in the air and there is a ray of (sun)light ahead. Time
  • 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
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  • 10 Ways You're Making Your Child Unhealthy

    Fred Lee
    29 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Every parent wants what is best for their children, especially when it comes to their health. Whether it's giving them a wholesome diet, keeping them warm when it's cold, building their self-esteem, or simply making them happy, parents are continually striving to find ways to ensure that their children are properly cared for both physically and emotionally.Parents, however, are not perfect, even if our kids sometimes think we are (interestingly, my kids don't seem to fall into this category). While no mother or father would intentionally hurt their kids, sometimes our words or actions can do…
  • Are You Really Ready for Baby to Arrive? The Conversation You Must Have

    David James
    28 May 2015 | 4:38 pm
    So, you’re about to be a family of three. Congratulations! You’ve taken the parenting classes, painted the baby’s room and set up everything right down to the personally inscribed baby books.In other words, you’re ready for baby. But are you ready for the financial tsunami that’s about to occur?Rest easy, soon-to-be parents. We've got you covered with the questions and discussions you and your spouse need to have before baby comes bouncing into this world.Set PrioritiesThe most important thing that each of you can do prior to baby’s arrival is to establish priorities about your…
  • 5 Perfect Alternatives To The Goody Bag

    Autumn Jones
    27 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The Goody Bag – it's become the exclaimation point to every kid birthday party from Miami to Seattle. As guests leave, they are handed a cellophane pouch filled with bouncy balls, star-shaped sunglasses, kazoos, and random pieces of candy that are destined to end up in the trash (if they even make it home). It is what I affectionately refer to as "the bag of junk." But my children have come to expect – dare I say, deserve – a parting gift when they have attended a birthday party. As if the entertainment, food, and camaraderie were not enough, they cannot wait to get their sticky…
 
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  • The Tribe

    Carmen Staicer
    27 May 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Definition: any aggregate of people united by ties of descent from a commonancestor, community of customs and traditions, adherence to thesame leaders, etc. It's been a long time since I've really been anywhere with all of my kids. In fact, the only places that I go with more than 2 or 3 of them are places that, really, everyone knows us - and so, as a larger than typical size family, we've just been - accepted - and no one bats an eye. A long time ago, I wrote a post for Redbook that was subsequently picked up by Yahoo!Shine called  10 Things You Should…
  • Performance Season

    Carmen Staicer
    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    'Tis the Season. The End of School Season, which I simultaneously mourn and applaud.  Mourn because, hello, I work from home and having multiple people around who are not on a deadline lends itself to a new, fresh hell. Applaud because, hello, that 5:20 wake up is getting more and more ridiculous and I long for nothing more than a sleep in until 7 or even - gasp! - 7:30.  Which is just a fallacy, because even on the weekends, I manage to wake myself up before 6 every single stupid day. But! Hope springs eternal, yes? AND. We've made it an entire year without packing one sandwich -…
  • The Next Time? Stop Me

    Carmen Staicer
    16 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Yesterday being the 15th of the month meant big grocery shopping. And, last month, I'd skipped big grocery shopping, so this month we really needed to go Full Circle Big Grocery Shopping.  My shorties wanted to go with. They really, really wanted to go with - and typically, I don't take them. Big Grocery Shopping (designated with upper case letters, natch) is time consuming, tiring, and takes a lot of organization and concentration - and they tend to ask for everything in the world - and then we end up with pouty faces and cranky dispositions.  But.  We needed to get some foods…
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  • He’s Appeared There Longer Than Most Kids Have

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    28 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    That’s because he started showing up at the elementary school when he was a baby: Related posts:Grow Better Veggies With Companion PlantsA...Glitter is never a good thing ...Daylilies With Mushrooms and Creamy PastaB...We'll Bring Back SnowY...For Scary Things“...Treasures Off-CameraS...
  • The Safe Way to Preserve Basil In Oil Without Botulism

    SusieJ
    25 May 2015 | 5:57 pm
    There is a quite popular method of preserving basil in olive oil, so that it lasts for up to one year, all over Pinterest. I was skeptical. Because infused olive oils at home can harbor botulism. But this method includes the addition of salt — so maybe, perhaps, the salt kills the Botulism? I wasn’t sure. So, to be safe, I checked with the county extension office of Oregon State University, The Ohio State University, and the Wild Fermentation group on Facebook, with its 42,000 members. First, why is this so important of an issue? Botulism can lead to DEATH!!! Botulism is odorless…
  • Memorial Day 2015

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    24 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
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  • The Surgery, Part One

    Shannon
    17 May 2015 | 3:35 pm
    I mentioned I'm recovering from a pretty major hip surgery. I've debated whether to share the details here, but I have decided I will. I will document my progress as an encouraging reminder to myself that I'm healing. Also, as I prepared myself for this surgery, I didn't find a lot of information about specifically what to expect. There were medical sites, and then there were message boards, full of horror stories such as, "I WAS ON CRUTCHES FOR FIVE YEARS" and "I WILL NEVER FEEL MY TOES AGAIN". Message boards are of the devil. Run, run away. But only…
  • Nothing Doing

    Shannon
    15 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    See this view? It's mine. I had major hip surgery 11 days ago (more on that later), and this particular surgery has a long and complicated recovery. LONG. Did I mention it is lengthy? I can bear zero weight on my operative leg (the right one) for a total of six weeks, so here I sit. Actually, I can only sit in short spurts too. So here I lie. Or lay. Whatever--I couldn't figure out "lie/lay" even before pain meds. (And let us pause for a moment to acknowledge that if you zoom in on that picture, you will see the name of the socks are "Bair Paws". Seriously. They…
  • A Thimbleful of Steadfastness

    Shannon
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:42 pm
    I've been in a trial of late. The kind where my old nemesis anxiety sets up camp and tries to take over, and the inside of my own head becomes the battleground. And then, in addition to the trial itself, there arrives the guilt over the stickiness of the worried thoughts. When, I wonder, will I be a giant of the faith, the woman who roars with the confidence of a victory already won? I've walked with God for so long. So very long. Shouldn't that faith just show up by now? You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3…
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  • Father’s Day gift ideas for people in small houses

    Whitney Moss
    29 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    Like everyone else on the Internet, we are trying not to accumulate too much stuff. However, we do like to show the dad in our house a little appreciation on Father’s Day. There’s nothing I can do about the kids’ art projects (popsicle sticks!) he’ll be forced to keep forever and ever, but I can try to focus on clutter-free gifts for him. As I made a list, I noticed three categories emerge: Edible, Digital, and Experiences. Let’s do this. Edible gifts for Dad Candy, chocolate, and junk food.  Even a mature CEO with greying hair or a wise high school chemistry…
  • Activity #63: Look out for your marriage

    Heather Flett
    28 May 2015 | 5:25 am
    Both of us Rookie Moms have parents who were divorced before we were in preschool, and both of us want to have long epic marriages that last for 50 or 70 years (long after our diaper-wearing boys are out of the house). In that vein, here are some of our best tips for looking out for your marriage: Go on dates. Figure out the childcare thing and make it happen. Aim for once a week. Commit to every other week. Have little impromptu dates at home once the baby is in bed. Light a candle. Try to make a souffle. Have fun with it. [5 great date nights, no babysitter required] Have more sex. My…
  • The Control Freak’s Guide to picky eating kids

    Heather Flett
    26 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Though it pains me to admit: after having three children, I’ve learned that I can not really control what a child will and won’t eat. But I do have influence over the options that are available, and so I focus on that. At the end of this post, I will share my battle-tested strategies for dealing with picky eating children. Background: Before I try to boss you around, I want to share my picky eating credentials. Kid 1 was a pretty good eater and we were extremely neurotic, dedicated first-time parents (not that there’s anything wrong with that), hell-bent on getting him to…
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    Mom Blog | From Dates to Diapers™

  • What Do Batman and Scooby Have in Common? {Giveaway}

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    28 May 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Their own YouTube channels! With so many boys in my house, you can be sure that super heroes are a big part of our conversations and entertainment line up. We were eager to check out some of the... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • The Shea Moisture Baby Collection Helps Keep Skin Healthy

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    As some of you may know, I have been trying to replace all of our bath and shower products with those that are full of stuff that is actually good for you, as opposed to those that are full of... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Beauty Spotlight :: Spring Eye and Brow

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    I am always so excited about a new season for many reasons, but with the new season always comes new looks. There are new clothing styles, new hair colors and styles, old styles may even come back,... 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

  • 12 Free Concerts for NYC Kids This June, Including Laurie Berkner

    Raven Snook
    28 May 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Summer is the season of FREE in NYC. There's no-cost fun everywhere you turn, from festivals to parades to lots of outdoor culture. Complimentary concerts are particularly plentiful. In fact, there are so many free performances, it's hard to figure out which ones are worth the time, energy and schlep. To help you narrow down your choices, we've rounded up our top 12 FREE outdoor concert picks for families throughout June. And since most of them are in NYC's attraction-filled parks, you can even make a day out of it. So pack a picnic, stake out a spot, lay down a blanket and soak up some…
  • This Week: Renaissance Festival, Pick-Your-Own Berry Day Trips, New LEGOLAND Hotel

    Ravelle Worthington
    28 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    There are lots of great outdoor events on tap this week as we move into the summer season! With popular annual street fairs and the start of many free outdoor concert series, there's plenty of warm weather fun to be had all over the tri-state area. Head to nearby New Jersey for Oasis Family Farm's Strawberry Festival, complete with wagon rides, pie-eating contests and, of course, strawberries! Or travel back in time at the Robin Hood Renaissance Festival in New Haven, where kids can try archery, participate in daily tournaments and enjoy other period activities. Spending the weekend in the…
  • Weekend Fun for NYC Kids: Free Fests, Children's Zoo Reopening, Ladybugs & Stargazing May 30-31

    Stephanie Ogozalek
    27 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Summer fun heats up this weekend with a bunch of great outdoor activities including two of our top picks for May: the action-packed Ultimate Science Street Fair in Washington Square Park and the funky IDEAS CITY StreetFest on the Lower East Side. The best part is that both are 100% FREE. Other weekend highlights include astronomer-led stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the New Victory Theater's final show of the season, Paper Planet, a massive ladybug release in Washington Market Park and the grand reopening of the Bronx Zoo Children's Zoo. These are just a few of the great things going on…
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    Workout Mommy

  • Our weekend at a wedding

    workoutmommy
    25 May 2015 | 6:56 pm
    This past weekend, I went out of town for my niece’s wedding.  Don’t we clean up nicely? I was stressing over holiday traffic, being alone in a hotel room with 4 little boys,  eating food that I normally don’t eat,  lack of sleep, and NOT GETTING A WORKOUT —–because that is just what I do.  I worry….a lot!   All of this worry however, doesn’t change a darn thing and I’m working on ways to combat the anxiety. Here are some victories from my weekend: We didn’t eat any fast food. We did plenty of dancing at the wedding reception. I…
  • Finding your POWER with healthy living

    workoutmommy
    17 May 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Exercise, to me, is a form of therapy. I use it to feel strong. It empowers me. Two years ago my personal life took a dive and my marriage ended. It was a complete surprise to me and rocked my world.  How could I possibly move on? How would I handle 4 little boys on my own? The world seemed very dark and honestly I wanted to throw myself on the couch and eat brownies until I just couldn’t breathe anymore.  (and I might have done that for a few days!)  I decided to channel all my frustration into a new workout plan. I picked up an olympic  weight bar and added the plates….one by…
  • Time (and how to get more of it in your day!)

    workoutmommy
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    How many times a day do you say “If only I had more time!“? I know I say it a lot….between the kids, laundry, food, homework, more food, sports, games, food again, baths, and bedtime—-I am EXHAUSTED! I think I need a wife. Time is a precious commodity. There are things that I slack on (in a BIG way),  like cleaning my house, making elaborate meals, or folding/putting away laundry.   This is my “laundry couch”. The kids pick their outfits from here every morning. There are benefits to being a single mom and this is one of them. My kids don’t care and…
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    All & Sundry

  • Turn, turn, turn

    Linda
    21 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    There’s a swing in our backyard hung from a fruit tree and during the spring a blanket of blue flowers unfurls on the ground below it. I used to always find Dylan there, not actively swinging but sort of idling back and forth, his face tilted to the sky and his eyes focused on some childhood dreamscape I couldn’t quite see. No one uses the swing any more, unless the boys’ little cousin comes over. They play basketball now, for hours at a time. Thwack thwack thwack, then broingggg as the ball careens off the backstop. Dylan can tell you the final score of nearly any NBA game you ask for.
  • T.C.

    Linda
    13 May 2015 | 3:20 pm
    About a week ago, a small cat started hanging around our yard. She was skittish at first, but we managed to get close enough to pet her and look for a collar. As soon as she figured out there was no need to be afraid, she set up shop at our front door. I put out some food and water, and hoped her owner would find her soon. We emailed the neighborhood, I checked local listings for missing cats, and I posted a notice on Craigslist. Meanwhile, Porch Cat — as we’d begun calling her — made herself comfortable. Eventually we started letting her inside, because 1) we’re…
  • One month, 27 days, 15 hours

    Linda
    6 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    Several of my rehab comrades have relapsed since we were in residential. Statistically speaking, this wasn’t just likely, it was practically inevitable. For whatever reason, some people don’t make it 24 hours. Sometimes it seems to happen without warning: one minute someone’s fine, the next minute the drink (or whatever) is in their hand. During the final weekend of inpatient, we got a lot of education about relapsing. What we were taught is that it never actually does happen out of the blue. There’s a process that starts with a “stuck point” — basically anything that causes…
 
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    Cutie Booty Cakes

  • VitaSelect helps you choose your vitamins #wmtmoms #ad

    Renee Ross
    27 May 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Last year I wrote about a Vitaselect, a helpful tool offered by Walmart to help identify the right vitamins for you.  There have been some updates to Vitaselect that I’d like to share with you - it is now available on mobile devices and there is a larger variety of brands of vitamins to choose from. If you remember from last year, I am a big fan of gummy vitamins so before I even stepped foot into Walmart to purchase vitamins, I knew I was going for the gummies. I don’t know about you but I find them easier to digest and they taste good so I actually look forward to taking my…
  • The Canary home video security system #vzwbuzz

    Renee Ross
    27 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    My Canary monitoring my home. Earlier this year I unfortunately had my house broken into while I was away for the Christmas holidays. It was upsetting on a number of levels - the safety of the sanctuary I call home was violated and being out of town made it extremely difficult and added to my sense of loss of control. Luckily my loss was pretty minimal - after having my home robbed when I lived in South Africa years ago, I have kept few expensive material possessions in my home. However, the feeling of violation was real and I actually felt better that I didn’t have to return…
  • Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles {recipe}

    Renee Ross
    22 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    Summertime, Summertime! It is here! School is out and my son is ready for adventure. Here in the South it is strawberry season and they are sweet and delicious! I picked up a pack from Walmart and was sure to choose strawberries that were fragrant and not bruised. Strawberries will not continue to ripen once they are picked from the vine so it is important to choose the ripe berries when you buy them in the store. Strawberries are my son’s favorite at anytime of the year but for the summer I decided to combine two of his favorites, strawberries and popsicles. My son is an extremely picky…
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  • Sideways Soul: Dub Narcotic Sound System Meets the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in a Dancehall Style

    12 May 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Sideways Soul (KLP103) by Dub Narcotic Sound System Meets the John Spencer Blues Explosion in a Dancehall Style So good. I love this so much. Makes me want to play guitar. And I really, really suck at guitar.
  • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Piñata Attack!

    4 May 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Move beyond La Bamba at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta this year. Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (Latin Grammy winners and Emmy Award nominees!) will have you shaking a tailfeather with their brand-new surf rock anthem Piñata Attack. It's the first release from their upcoming bilingual album, Adelante, due out this summer. Until it arrives, check out their back catalog and super fun iPad apps.
  • First Time - Period.

    12 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    I've been worrying about how to broach the puberty stuff with Roo for a while now. I got my period when I was 11 and since she's even more precocious than I was, I figured it was imminent. So I ordered a Hello Flo period starter kit last summer and used it as an icebreaker. A moderately embarrassing, eyeroll-inducing icebreaker. A few weeks ago, they had a puberty talk in school. When I asked
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • New Themes: Apostrophe and Canard

    sarah semark
    28 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday! Today, WordPress.com welcomes two new free themes to its collection: Apostrophe and Canard. Apostrophe With a pared-down design and bold images, Apostrophe is ideally suited to magazine-style sites, like travelogues, fashion blogs, or foodie sites. It’s an update of Semicolon, built by Automattic’s own Konstantin Kovshenin. Apostrophe supports Social Links Menus, Featured Images, Site Logos, Post Formats, Custom Menus, Widgets, Custom Backgrounds, and Custom Headers. Read more about Apostrophe on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from…
  • Web Publishing for All! Introducing Community Translator Tools

    Julian de Bhál
    26 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Publishing tools for everyone Roughly half of the content and traffic on the internet is in English1, yet English is the mother tongue of only about a quarter of internet users2, and less than 5% of the world’s population.3 We believe that WordPress.com should be for everyone, not just English speakers — it’s why we already serve WordPress in 131 languages — but we want to make it even more accessible.4 To keep so many languages up to date we need to make it radically easier for non-English speaking communities to help with translation. We’re proud to announce…
  • Street Photography: Seven Photos

    Krista
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the WordPress.com Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man passing by — mesmerizes me. Taken by Beirut photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé, there’s an element of the macabre about this photograph that I find intriguing. The odd bird and the filthy windscreen create a certain palpable sinister…
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    Product Reviews by The Experimental Mommy

  • Let Dove Help You #LoveYourCurls

    Bridgette Duplantis
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This post is written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with Dove and The Motherhood. All opinions remain 100% mine. I was born with a massive amount of hair. The nurses actually put bows in my hair before bringing me to my Mom from the hospital nursery.  Even though I had lots of hair, it was stick straight. On the other hand, my husband was born with ringlets that were the envy of every girl.  Naturally, my youngest daughter got qualities from both of us and was born was LOTS of CURLY hair. Y’all, I could not get enough of her hair. I loved every last curly strand of it.
  • Reward Yourself with Plenti

    Bridgette Duplantis
    26 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    I am participating as a blogger ambassador for the Plenti program, operated by American Express. It’s official! School is out for summer and the kids (plus my hubby who is a teacher) are in full celebration mode. My husband spent last week getting our new pool set up and ready for this past Memorial Day weekend. My job? It’s always about getting the family ready for a fun and relaxing weekend together. Like every weekend, before we can get to the fun and relaxing part, I have to get through the organizing and expensive part.  Swimsuits, sunscreen, pool toys, goggles, BBQ tools, food…
  • Get Your FREE Wendy’s Frosty in NOLA this Memorial Day

    Bridgette Duplantis
    20 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    It’s hot in New Orleans but Wendy’s is cooling down it’s loyal customers this Memorial Day with a FREE Small Frosty Treat at participating locations. Wendy’s is hosting a “Customer Appreciation” Day on Memorial Day, May 25th and will kick off the warm summer in the coolest way possible. See below for the list of participating locations in the New Orleans Metro Area.   Restaurant Address City State Zip Code 1810 S.W. Railroad Hammond LA 70403 2201 W. Thomas St. Hammond LA 70401 129 Cumberland St. Bogalusa LA 70427 1201 W. Oak St. Amite LA 70422 14123…
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    Balancing Motherhood

  • 5 Things I’m Balancing Right Now

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    27 May 2015 | 6:29 pm
    I haven’t been balancing work, life, blog very well lately, thus the lack of a recent post so I thought I’d write a 5 Things entry today to let you know what I’ve been up to. 1. My daughter graduated Kindergarten today. We are so excited for her and can’t believe that we no longer […] The post 5 Things I’m Balancing Right Now appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
  • Easter Cupcakes With Chocolate Candies and Marshmallow Filling

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    4 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    I got a little carried away recently making several different versions of Easter cupcakes. Who doesn’t love Easter anything? I found this candy mold at AC Moore and had to get it. I wasn’t sure how it would work out, but I just had to try. Turns out it’s super easy to use. The chicks […] The post Easter Cupcakes With Chocolate Candies and Marshmallow Filling appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
  • 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 Balancing Motherhood.
 
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    So now what...

  • The perfect present for my husband

    Kristin Brandt
    29 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Buying a gift for my husband used to be easy, I just bought him bike stuff. Gloves, shorts, glasses, water bottles, multi-tool – there was no bike-related accessory I would not consider, or that he would not enjoy receiving. (While spandex shorts may not sound like a great gift, they are something that regularly needs replacing). But then he became “the Bike Guy” and suddenly bike stuff wasn’t an option. One word – wholesale. Because he can buy direct from the manufacturers, he can generally get a better price on anything I would have bought him in the past. Nothing…
  • One way to start the day

    Kristin Brandt
    21 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Standing in front of the cage this morning, I seriously considered keeping my mouth shut – but it had to be asked. . . “Has anyone seen Chewie?” And so there we stood, all four of us, minutes before we were supposed to be leaving for school and work, hoping that by sheer force of will we could make the hamster reappear in his cage. Needless to say, it did not work. Getting home early, Sophie and I set a few traps for the errant hamster – trash cans filled with wood chips and food – then headed out for lacrosse practice, with the hope that he would come out while were out of…
  • Sophie’s Sick

    Kristin Brandt
    3 May 2015 | 4:39 am
    Note from mom: Sophie wrote this for my blog several weeks ago – and in typical fashion it took me until today to post it. Shhh. Don’t tell. Oh, and she was born at noon. Not midnight. Just getting over a cold and a case of the snuffles. Caught moms cold. Not fun at all. Its  like every day I’m sick my class does ALOT of stuff. Thanks a lot mom. But on the good side my birthday is almost here. Yeah! On the 26th of April at 12:00 a.m I will turn 10. Double digits! :P 2 more years till I get a phone. But ma that’s so long. Oh well I’ll just have to wait.
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    Mile High Mamas

  • Talking with Camp Staff about Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

    Amber Johnson
    29 May 2015 | 6:32 am
    Even if you have already enrolled your child in camp, it’s not too late to talk with the camp director about child sexual abuse prevention. Make sure prevention is not only on the director’s radar, but that there are policies and practices in place.  Three Questions Every Parent Should Ask If you ask nothing else, ask these questions of camp directors: Beyond background checks, what is the screening process for new hires? What kind of child sexual abuse prevention training do you offer staff and volunteers? What specific policies are in place to minimize the risk of child sexual…
  • Know Your Dog’s DNA? Wisdom Panel Can Help!

    Guest Blogger
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    We do genetic testing on our human babies to ensure they are as healthy as possible, but what about our fur babies? Have you ever wondered what breed your dog actually is? This information goes way beyond questioning why your pup looks or acts a certain way. Understanding the breeds that make up your dog enables targeted care and in some cases provides lifesaving information for your furry family member!  Knowing your dog’s genetics is important for a few reasons. Some genetic information can indicate health issues, and it can also be important to help you know what health issues to…
  • Lending a hand to the sky ~ Musings on mothering a graduating child

    gretchen
    28 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    The western mountains were sandwiched by clouds this morning. The row of peaks was obscured by chalky grey banks of opaque clouds, no doubt packed with snow. I could see the middle elevations clearly. Along the foothills—the base of mountains—were stark white cloud balls. They looked like the trim on Santa’s hat. It was beautiful and I wished I could have pulled off the road to snap pictures. The shoulder was too saturated. If I stopped, I might never get going again. It’s been raining here for nearly a week and that is highly unusual. When I arrived home, I…
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    Queen of Spain Blog

  • The Most Magical Thing Happened to ME

    Queen of Spain
    13 May 2015 | 11:50 pm
    It wasn’t a dream. I woke up on Mother’s Day inside of this castle: I am not kidding. Read the full story over at As Dreamers Do. IT.REALLY.HAPPENED.
  • 10

    Queen of Spain
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    …in continuing my teary tributes, I must now brag about my daughter, the child who has had her own hashtag since I can remember… #AllHailHala is no joke. The hashtag may have started out that way, due to her demanding nature and poise that can be described as nothing short as that of a blue blood…but it and she have become so much more over this decade of her existence. A decade. An entire decade of our ‘lil Princess Peanut Punk as…well…she knows the rest. And she has lived up to every inch of her name, with several surprises thrown in for good measure. She…
  • 12

    Queen of Spain
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    It’s that time of year again…where I get all teary eyed and brag about my children endlessly. That’s what you get when both your kids are born in the same month…   I’ve always thought he was a wise old soul. Now I’m certain. My first born turned 12 this past week and I’m still working through the emotions wrapped around just another number yet anything but another year-in-the-life. 12. 12. Never mind where years 1,2, 3, 4-11 went, I want to know how he managed to become, very honestly, one of the most compassionate and amazing humans to walk the…
 
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    Blonde Mom Blog

  • RocksBox: Bring On The Bling

    Jamie Reeves
    29 May 2015 | 4:49 am
    When it comes to fashion, I’m pretty straightforward. I like classics that never go out of style, like a little black dress or a great pair of jeans, but I do like to add fun accessories. Wouldn’t it be great... The post RocksBox: Bring On The Bling appeared first on Blonde Mom Blog.
  • Earn Shopping Points and Perks With Plenti This Summer

    Jamie Reeves
    27 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf Plenti. As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are mine. I don’t know about you, but I always do a lot of stocking up for my family before a busy... The post Earn Shopping Points and Perks With Plenti This Summer appeared first on Blonde Mom Blog.
  • Nissan Murano Passes Our Family Road Trip Test

    Jamie Reeves
    26 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    It is rare that I instantly feel comfortable behind the wheel of an unfamiliar vehicle. A member of the short girls club, I typically have to do a lot of finagling and maneuvering of buttons, seats, lumbar support and the... The post Nissan Murano Passes Our Family Road Trip Test appeared first on Blonde Mom Blog.
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    Girl's Gone Child

  • All set for summer! Psyche! Not! LOL!

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    29 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    This week on Mom.me, I wrote about summer. Which is coming. In one week. And yet. I have made. No plans. Because. It stresses. Me out. Also? CAMP IS NOT CHEAP. It used to be cheap...er. When we didn't have so many kids. Ha! Who knew?Hi. Let's talk about summer, shall we? Some of you are already in it. (What's up, guys?) And some of you, like us, are just about there. (Next week is the last week of school. Sniff.) And, perhaps. some of you are also like us in that you haven't planned a single thing for your kids...(We have booked one week of theatre camp, actually. Other than that? I got…
  • The Hand on the Mirror

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    28 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    The following post is sponsored by Grand Central publishing and the new book, The Hand on the Mirror, a true story of Life Beyond Death, now available in book stores. When I became a parent, I knew I would be asked questions I didn't know the answer to, and when Archer finally asked me the ubiquitous question, what happens when we die, I felt relieved. Because I didn't know. And I wasn't supposed to know. Because nobody really knows... And that is what I told him.And then I started asking questions. Because sometimes the only way to answer a question is to ask one in…
  • Eat Well: Apples to Apples

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    27 May 2015 | 2:02 pm
    The following post was written by my mom, WWW. Thanks, Mom!I totally get why kids balk at cut-up apples that have turned brown in their lunches because when I was little, I turned my nose up at the sight. When my kids were little, someone told me to sprinkle the apple slices with cinnamon so that they couldn’t tell that they went brown, which is kind of an ingenious idea and works if your kids like cinnamon. But they kind of look gross and the juice comes out of them a bit so it might be unappealing to most kids.The other day, one of my friends shared this video on Facebook and I wanted to…
 
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    All Blog Posts

  • Happy 50th Birthday Head Start!

    Sharon Horton
    29 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Fifty years ago, in May of 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson stood in the White House Rose Garden to announce the creation of Project Head Start, a federal program that would provide comprehensive early childhood education services to children facing poverty. Half a century later, I count myself among the millions of mothers whose lives have been transformed by Head Start.  I first became acquainted with Head Start about 28 years ago. My son was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with severe autism. As a young parent without much family support, I struggled to make ends meet as I grappled…
  • Food Marketing Harms Kids. What Can Parents Do to Protect Their Children? #FoodFri #Tweetchat

    Migdalia Rivera
    28 May 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Tweetchat Kids are bombarded by food marketing every single day. The food, beverage, and fast food industry spend almost 2 billion dollars a year marketing to our children. What can parents do to protect their children? Join us on Friday, May 29th from 1 pm to 2 pm Eastern for our #FoodFri tweetchat to chat about ongoing efforts to protect kids from unhealthy food marketing, the growing number of restaurants dropping soda from kids’ menus, and what parents and advocates can do to accelerate progress to reduce junk food marketing to kids. This tweetchat will be an opportunity to celebrate…
  • Host a Screening of the Film Cafeteria Man!

    Karen Showalter
    27 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    Hosting a film screening is a great way to get together with friends, have some fun, see a great film, and talk about the issues that matter to you. It’s that easy. We’re sharing some helpful tips below, but feel free to “wing it” and hold a party that works best for you.  Information below: Simple Steps to Hosting a Great MeetUp! Sample Agenda Resources 1. Simple Steps to Hosting a Great MeetUp! Pick a Time & Location We suggest 1.5 – 2 hours for the event. The movie is about 50 minutes, and you’ll want to have plenty of time to welcome people, and allow guests to mingle. …
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    This Full House

  • Don't Break My Heart...My Icky, Sticky Heart...

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    22 May 2015 | 6:05 pm
    It's been about 6 weeks since my "episode" and yes, I just "air-quoted" the word "episode", because I've had all the tests done to me, since the "episode", and I'm WAY MORE comfortable telling you about my "episode", because hypertensive heart disease sounds so...you know...icky. I mean, not as icky as a sticky heart valve...like the one I got, too...but I've been assured that it is more common than I thought...and who knew...there's a bunch of us walking around with one or more sticky heart valves...[fist bump]...ain't midlife grand, YO! I like to stir craisins into my oatmeal, how about...
  • They Say Humor Helps Your Heart, Mine Is Cry-Laughing!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:40 pm
    It's been a week since I've been home from the hospital and, well, did you know that laughter lowers blood pressure? Good thing, too -- now that high blood pressure and I have a history, dammit. She fainted while visiting her grandfather in the hospital a few years ago, so we've never been allowed to even mention the word and refer to it as "The place where really sick people go". Long story short (you're welcome!): I haven't been feeling very well for quite a while and waited until "Holy crap!" and "MY CHEST HURTS!" oh, and by the way...
  • 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,...
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    and baby makes 6!

  • C’ya May!

    Jody
    29 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    May is on its way out this weekend and summer will begin for us. This month flew by and was filled to the brim with activities and life for us, so here is a little recap of the last month or … Continue reading →
  • Another season

    Jody
    22 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    A few weeks back, Bill and I were sitting on the bed with Quinn and Mia and he said “You’re biceps are bigger than mine now”. I laughed and said “No way!  That is impossible!”.   Bill replied “It is … Continue reading →
  • Take off

    Jody
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    My daughter can fly. I can see her scoping out the section here. She eyes the spot and makes the turn. And it begins….she shoves off And flies over the falls. She loves to do this and I am glad … Continue reading →
 
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    いい出会いができるって本当?

  • かなりの数に上ります

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    、寂しさが埋められないような場合は、中高年を対象とした専用出会い系サイトを使用するというのも、賢い選択の一つです。共通の趣味などがあるようなら、 パートナーとの出会いを希望している人達は、いわゆる出会い掲示板に必ずいるわけですし、そもそもの初めから交際開始してみることを避けたいのであれば、まずはメールのやり取りで付き合い始めるというのもOKです。…
  • あまりいないのかと考えます (2)

    admin
    26 May 2015 | 2:48 pm
    、わずかな時間に生まれるものです。たまにはいつもと違う行動をとって、そのステージにはどんな人物がいるのか、一度覗いてみてください!びっくりするような出会いに巡り合えるかもしれません。 従来は出会いに適したSNSといったら、mixiの独走状態でした。ですが、この頃では、どんな人物なのか明らかで、隠し事のないイメージを持っている人が多いFacebookでのほうが、SNS以上の出会いにステップアップしやすいようです。…
  • 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。…
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • … but I play one on the Internet

    Mir
    28 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    So I told my children this morning that I was going to be writing an advice column for Alpha Mom as a “teen expert,” fully expecting them to laugh and laugh, but instead they both just looked… puzzled. Like, it wasn’t even FUNNY that I’m pretending to know what I’m doing, it’s just SUPER PERPLEXING. […]
  • Making things is both awesome and scary

    Mir
    27 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    Whenever my children are being buttheads—and trust me when I tell you this happens plenty often—the default tension-defuser is for said child to declare, “YOU MADE A THING!” Translation: “I’m a butthead, but you made me, so clearly this is your fault.” (Monkey also loves to follow it up with a gesture towards his sister […]
  • Admitting ignorance is the first step

    Mir
    19 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Remember the old saying about how a kid’s parents get dumber and dumber until the kid is an adult and then—magically—the parents start getting smart again? We’re going through that right now, and I always thought it meant that hahaha, the kids would think I was dumb when really I wasn’t, BUT NO, I’ve come […]
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    amalah . com

  • Me vs. Nature, Part Four Million and Three

    amalah
    27 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    This is our garden.  We have sage, a batshit amount of parsley, two pots of chives, and a big mishmosh of rosemary, thyme, dill, and marjoram. Beans, bush tomatoes, and peas. Two sacks of potatoes. Delicious little radishes. Tons of not-quite-ripe strawberries that are straight-up torturing my children.  Cherry tomatoes, carrots, beets... ...and a fucking squirrel trap. Squirrels became a big problem for us last year. We were super-ambitious and planted about twice what we have this year. They ate every single tomato. We'd go outside and find our big, gorgeous heirlooms lying…
  • Our Week Without Blue Apron

    amalah
    26 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. Since we signed up for Blue Apron last summer, we’ve only skipped a small handful of weeks. Usually because of holidays and travel schedules, when we knew we wouldn’t be able to prepare the meals when the ingredients were still super fresh. We skipped a week this month because we were going to have a string of back-to-back weeknight plans, so it didn’t make sense to have three meals’ worth of ingredients sitting in the fridge until the weekend. Besides, Jason said, he had a few recipes bookmarked he’d like to try the other nights. Of course, our…
 
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    The Domestic Diva

  • How to Keep Summer Fun on a Budget: Soft 24 Can Insulated Cooler

    The Domestic Diva
    29 May 2015 | 8:24 pm
    (sponsored post) I am beyond excited that summer is finally here for me and the boys. This past year has been rough but we made it through and now it’s time to get outside to enjoy some time with the family. This summer it’s all about baseball for my family. With my husband being a […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Schwarzkopf Stylist Ultime: Satin Frizz Control and Protect Wax Powder

    The Domestic Diva
    29 May 2015 | 5:04 pm
    (sponsored post) If you have been following along over the last several weeks I’ve been trying out different products from Schwarzkopf which is a line of hair care products available at Walmart. This week I’m trying out a completely different kind of product, wax powder. I’ve been watching closely as different brands have begun to […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Crystal Shine and Hold Hairspray

    The Domestic Diva
    22 May 2015 | 2:09 pm
    (sponsored post) Over the last several weeks we’ve been talking a lot about hair and the new products available at Walmart by Schwarzkopf.  This week we are talking hairspray.  Hairspray is one of those hair care staples that I don’t use as often as I probably should.  Perhaps it’s because I used more than my […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
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    Home Ec 101

  • It’s Time Again for Hurricane 101

    Heather Solos
    28 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    Heather says: June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season. For those of us on the East and Gulf Coasts, we know this means anxious meteorologists glorifying every thunderstorm that appears in the oceans. Although the public tends to become jaded with media saturation, there is no reason to get caught with your pants down. Hurricane Hugo was the landmark event of my childhood. Thankfully my family made it through safely with relatively little damage. I remember not only the storm, but the camaraderie that developed during the clean up. Everyone in my neighborhood pitched in, adults…
  • Menu Monday Memorial Day 2015

    Heather Solos
    25 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    Heather says It’s Memorial Day once again. Many of you will be celebrating with picnics and cookouts. If you haven’t figured out what to pack yet, here’s a list of picnic possibilities  and if you’re looking to easily feed a crowd Lowcountry Boil is always a good option. Don’t forget as host / hostess of an event it’s your job to make sure food safety guidelines are observed, as no one wants to spend tonight curled up on their bathroom floor. I’m currently trying really hard to relax. I’m not good at relaxing, I find it takes a lot of effort…
  • Stupidly Simple: Radish Slaw Recipe

    Heather Solos
    21 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    Heather says: I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was finally able to take advantage of our local CSA. If you’ve never participated in a CSA, it’s a program where you pay a farm a predetermined amount at the beginning of the growing season. The farm then divides up the produce harvested between those who have contributed. Some CSAs also require a labor or time investment as part of the share, the one I belong to does not. Joining a CSA isn’t a sure thing, if the crop is wiped out in a hailstorm or the weather just isn’t conducive to a productive year, you are…
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • Must-See New Musical: MotherFreakingHood! (Maternal Discretion Advised)

    Sara Bennett Wealer
    27 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    If you live anywhere near Kansas City, stop what you’re doing right now and get tickets to MotherFreakingHood!, a new musical about the joys and tribulations of… well, MotherFreakingHood. The show, which just happens to be written by two of my college sorority sisters, opens this weekend at Avila University’s Goppert Theatre, running through June 14. Here’s the trailer. Irreverent, raw and sentimental, MotherFreakingHood! follows first-time mom Rachael, second-time mom Angie, and fourth-time mom Marcia from pregnancy tests to empty nests. Bonding over Bumbos, PTA woes…
  • Make Your Opinions Known and Your Voice Heard

    Susan Wenner Jackson
    19 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a passionate conversation or discussion—at work or in your personal sphere—keeping your mouth shut to avoid the possibility of an uncomfortable confrontation? Confession time: I have. A lot. I haaaaate arguing, fighting, even heated debates. Always have, since I was a kid. I particularly dislike being in the middle of the mayhem, with disapproving looks or negative comments being hurled at me. (Who does, right? But some people seem to enjoy the heat of the debate, or at least don’t shy away from it. Not me.) Unfortunately,…
  • Mother's Day: Tips for Managing Expectations

    Kristi Blust
    6 May 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Happy Mother’s Day! A lovely portrait of my children and I. Ahhhh… Mother’s Day. Breakfast in bed, flowers on the kitchen table, perfectly behaved children, a day full of leisure and relaxation… *Snort.* Yeah, right. I am now in my third year of motherhood, and in those three years, I’ve developed a few thoughts about our special day. 1. If there is something you would like, or something you want to do on Mother’s Day, tell your family! Don’t assume your family will know what you would like to do on Mother’s Day! Don’t get me wrong, I would be pleasantly surprised…
 
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • Counting Down to Arrival Day!

    Aleisha M. (NDM#150)
    29 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
      With summer comes our annual trip to Walt Disney World Resort. With that, it’s time to start thinking about magical ways to count down the days until we return “home.” Even with the assistance of apps on our phones, we still enjoy counting down at home in our own way. We started doing this a couple years ago as a way to get my then toddler son excited about heading down and it seems like the activities and countdowns have gotten not only increasingly more creative but more elaborate as the years have gone on. So how do we countdown to the big trip? Here are a few ideas to get you…
  • NFL Stars Join Drew Brees Passing Academy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
      Former NFL Pro Bowlers Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson and Mark Ingram join Saints star QB for prestigious three-day event LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Back for the third summer at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the Drew Brees Passing Academy and 7on7 Tournament will have another group of NFL stars serving as guest coaches. Joining the Saints’ Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the three-day event at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will be former NFL Pro Bowlers Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson and Mark Ingram. Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals wide receiver), Peterson…
  • Bring Home “McFarland, USA” on June 2, 2015

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
      Based on an Inspirational True Story On Blu-ray® Combo Pack and Digital HD this Tuesday, June 2nd In the tradition of Disney sports movies comes “McFarland, USA” based on a true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family,…
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    Joy Unexpected

  • Because #BasketballMom

    Y
    4 May 2015 | 1:16 pm
    It’s been a while, yes? So much has happened in the last seven months. Seven months. Mostly things that involve The Middle Child. He played his last season of high school basketball, probably his last season of basketball ever. Because he doesn’t want to play in college. He wants to focus on college. I respect his choice, but if I’m being honest. I’m heartbroken. He’s played since he was three years old. City ball. Travel ball. Junior and High school ball. What will I do when next year rolls around and there won’t be any games to attend to cheer for #3?
  • After School Hugs and Kisses

    Y
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    When she is at school, he misses her. When she comes home from school, everything in his world is right again. It is the sweetest thing, really.
  • Photos: The Last Homecoming

    Y
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    This year will be filled with “lasts” for my son. His last Homecoming. His last season of high school basketball. Last Prom. My son has been blessed with a solid group of friends who have become like family. Some of them have played basketball together since Junior High (one of them since they were 8 years old.) They are all good students, they are smart, driven, loyal and they always have each other’s backs. This weekend was their last Homecoming. Of course, I brought my new baby with me and well, I took over 270 pictures. That sounds crazy, but my son was with a large…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Is it tacky to ask for cash or gift cards for baby shower?

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    29 May 2015 | 9:26 pm
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Mom Stories When it comes to planning a baby shower, putting together a registry is at the top of the list of things to do. But for those who are gearing up to welcome baby number two, is it tacky to skip the registry all together and ask for cash... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Sex-ed starting in kindergarten? It does for Dutch kids

    Michelle Stein
    29 May 2015 | 3:03 pm
    by Michelle Stein posted in Mom Stories Would you be comfortable having your child learn about sex-ed in kindergarten? Here in the United States, sex education beginning in elementary school might raise more than a few eyebrows. But for children in the Netherlands, kindergarten is when they first start learning about the birds and the... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • 7 things I know right now I'll change for next school year

    Melissa Byers
    29 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    by Melissa Byers posted in Mom Stories The last day of school is so close that I can taste it! Like every other parent, teacher, and student out there, I'm done. It's time for a nice, long break! So why am I already thinking about next school year? I'm taking stock, I guess. I'm thinking... 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

  • The Portrait of Oreo Black & White

    Stimey
    22 May 2015 | 7:41 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
  • Jack’s Culture

    Stimey
    14 May 2015 | 1:14 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
  • The Day We Tried To Visit an Artisinal Movie Theater

    Stimey
    10 May 2015 | 7:42 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

  • Westville NYC Chelsea (Get the Cobb Salad!)

    Kimberly
    28 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    I celebrated my 42nd birthday last Thursday. I’ll be continuing the party until the end of the month. Many of my friends know that I enjoy experiences and leisurely meals more than “stuff”, so I have been enjoying time with family and friends…and some great food. Yesterday, a dear friend treated me to lunch at Westville […] The post Westville NYC Chelsea (Get the Cobb Salad!) appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Plenti Rewards on Memorial Day Sales Shopping

    Kimberly
    27 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Memorial Day 2015 was on Monday, May 25th. Most importantly, Memorial Day is a holiday to remember those who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. As a daughter, sister and aunt of three generations of military men, I am definitely grateful to those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. Fortunately, we […] The post Plenti Rewards on Memorial Day Sales Shopping appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Peapod.com Grocery Delivers to NYC! (Peapod NYC Review and Giveaway)

    Kimberly
    20 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    I shared that Peapod.com, the online grocery shopping and delivery service, recently expanded into NYC’s five boroughs in my last post. The site’s public relations company invited me to test out their service in Queens, share a Peapod NYC review sharing my thoughts with you AND give away a $100 gift card to Peapod.com to one […] The post Peapod.com Grocery Delivers to NYC! (Peapod NYC Review and Giveaway) appeared first on Mom in the City.
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    Los Angeles Mamma Blog

  • How to grow business with Parcel Forwarding Services

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    Parcel forwarding firms, also called as mail forwarding firms, can be extremely valuable from little business to big corporations, because they work as a contact for the client, they give customer service, are liable for receiving and warehousing things, they do the completing and labeling of custom forms, arrange shipping items and pick-up also, and assume the back-end work of customer service to the point the international customer receives the item. Each of these things represents a big savings in operating cost… free labor, free warehousing, and free customer services – how amazing is…
  • Ways to Earn Cash with your Blog

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    I love blogging, and I do it to earn money because it’s awesome to have a little extra cash stashed away for times when you need it. Read: buy frozen yogurt, maybe some Starbucks coffee, a macaron (those tasty treats are pricey) or just to buy yourself something nice. When you have a family money earned is money needed, so extra cash is always nice. And who knows, you may make blogging your full time gig– it’s very possible! More on how I earn money with my blog here. To make the road to monetizing easier, check out TapInfluence, they’re always looking for ways to help you…
  • National Senior Health & Fitness Day

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    “Mom just got a hip replacement. She has to be out of the hospital, but she’s too sick to go home. What should we do?” “Dad has dementia, and his health has declined to the point that it’s unsafe for him to be at home. Help!” “I need somewhere to recover from heart surgery. I don’t want to be a burden to my kids and wish there were somewhere I could go with advanced medical care. Do I have any options?” Sometimes you need medical care that can’t be taken care of at home … or in a hospital. We all know that home health companies can come in and take care of the basics.
 
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    Mombian

  • Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day Is This Monday

    Dana
    29 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    It’s almost here! Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day is this coming Monday, June 1. Join bloggers from all types of families, LGBTQ and allied, in posting in support and celebration of LGBT families. It’s simple: Just blog where you normally do, and submit the link to your post here. Please also help spread the word — now — on Facebook, Twitter, or wherever you socialize online. Got questions? See the FAQ list below. Need inspiration for what to write about? Here are 15 ideas to get you started. How can I help spread the word? Post on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter…
  • LGBTQ Parenting Roundup

    Dana
    28 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    Here’s what’s been going on ’round and about in LGBTQ parenting lately, complete with supermodels. Being an Ally and Teaching Acceptance Linda Rodriguez McRobbie of Slate is a straight mom and ally who wants to raise her son to be open and accepting of LGBTQ people and different family structures. She interviewed me for some ideas in her latest article. I should also note that one of the top commenters on her piece asks why she never considers the possibility that her son will be LGBTQ himself. I think that’s a misleading question. She can raise him to be…
  • Resources for LGBTQ Prospective Foster Parents

    Dana
    27 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    Thinking of becoming a foster parent? Here are some ideas for where to start, in celebration of National Foster Care Month. The official National Foster Care Month site, from the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has lots of great information, is explicitly inclusive of LGBTQ foster parents, and additionally offers a guide for foster parents caring for LGBTQ youth. Raise a Child.US is focused on informing and supporting prospective foster parents. They offer a parent advocate program of personalized support to help prospective parents navigate the…
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    fromtheparkbench

  • 10 Foods That Will Ignite Your Energy –

    bstapleton1
    29 May 2015 | 5:34 pm
    10 Foods That Will Ignite Your Energy – You’ve probably heard the term superfoods—it’s often applied to things like brown rice, spinach, yogurt, tomatoes, and other healthy fare—but have you ever wondered what makes a food super? It’s about efficiency: Superfoods not only pack more nutritional punch per bite than other foods do, they also […]
  • Taco Bell, Pizza Hut to Start Ditching Q

    bstapleton1
    28 May 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Taco Bell, Pizza Hut to Start Ditching Questionable Ingredients http://ow.ly/2ZcMQtFiled under: Papers From the Park Bench
  • 60 Seconds to Slim http://ow.ly/2Z78bE

    bstapleton1
    26 May 2015 | 5:04 pm
    60 Seconds to Slim http://ow.ly/2Z78bEFiled under: Papers From the Park Bench
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • The Middles

    Ree
    29 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    I don’t always post about the next day’s new Food Network episode, but today I’m going to do just that because the show that’s airing tomorrow has a special place in my middle child heart. It’s called, appropriately, “The Middles,” and focuses on a week awhile back when Todd and Alex were both gone for a week with and Bryce and Paige were stuck on the ranch together. These two are in the same boat in life: They’re neither the youngest nor the oldest, they’re neither the first nor the last. Classic middle child scenario. Now, there are…
  • Reminiscing

    Ree
    26 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    I had to look through my Instagram photos over the past year because I was in search of a few specific ones…but I got sidetracked and started reminiscing. Here are some highlights.   Ahhh, my sunflower garden from last year. I’m not sure if this is going to be a reality this year or not since I haven’t had a chance to plant much because of the rain. On the other hand, our ponds are full. Life is interesting!       Charlie and me at the pet parade. This was exactly one year ago, I think, and was a mere three weeks after I got my bottom in gear and started…
  • Remembering

    Ree
    25 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    (Note: In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to repost this from one year ago. The photos help remind us all to stop and reflect today.) Many of you may remember that a few years ago, I held a photo “Coming Home” contest on Pioneer Woman Photography and received a huge amount of submissions. The photos were beautiful and emotional (and heartbreaking), and I wanted to share some of them again today as I have a few times since then. The photos mostly depict soldiers returning home from deployment, but are a reminder to all of us to remember those who lost their lives and were never…
 
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    Design Mom

  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    29 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    By Gabrielle. Hello, Friends. This was such a good week! I have loved (and to continue to love) your comments on my post about “going off script”. It’s so delightful to read about your paths to higher education. The sheer variety of experiences is inspiring! So thank you for chiming in. I also feel like this is the first week in a long time where I started to feel like I was back on my usual schedule. I loved it! All these years later and I still love blogging. Which reminds me, something really wonderful happened to me weeks ago, but my schedule has been so nuts, that I…
  • Graduation Party!

    Design Mom
    28 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Photos and text by Gabrielle.  //  Get their dorm room ready. Create a registry at Target for your college-bound grad. Since Ralph has officially finished high school, we thought it would be fun to have a little party to celebrate. He has worked so dang hard over these last few years, and of course we want to demonstrate in any way we can how proud we are of him. So over the weekend, we put together a Graduation party. We kept it simple and just invited family. We decorated and talked about Ralph’s accomplishments — with cheering! And talked about what’s next. Since Ralph…
  • The Treehouse: Finishing the Family Room

    Design Mom
    28 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    By Gabrielle. Photos by Kristen Loken for Design Mom. You know what I’m super excited about? Now that most of my book responsibilities are complete, I’ve been able to turn my attention back to projects in our home. I’m so happy about this! I feel like our house has been on pause for months and months. The room I’m looking at first is the Family Room. At our house, the family functions as the TV room, the music room (you can see our music nook here), and the playroom. I’ve been working on it little by little, and am happy to say it’s about 70% done!
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    The Vintage Mama

  • Bee Sugared

    Lydia Hernandez
    27 May 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Editors Note: This post is brought to you by Bee Sugared A Fresher Way to Feel For Men and Women It’s been a year full of personal revelations…the most recent which came to me just these past few weeks. Feeling pretty for the sake of feeling pretty. Now stay with me here, because it’s not […]
  • 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 […]
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    Dutch Blitz

  • Awkward Family Photos

    angella
    29 May 2015 | 5:17 pm
    We sat on the deck of the only home we’ve ever owned — a home that we took from a seventies special to something so much more, a home that we made our own and that all of our babies came home from the hospital from, and I’m just going to stop with The Feels right about now — and we thought we should take one last family photo on site. Jennifer (She of The Other Dykstras) thought we should recreate one of our first family photos of the five of us. From 2007: From 2015: The moral of this story is that Matthew and I have aged and our kids are now pre-teenagers and too big…
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter Snack Bites with Chia

    angella
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you remember when I shared my recipe for Peanut Butter Snack Bite Delights? They’ve become our go-to recipe for a quick dessert after a busy day of school and work and baseball/basketball/rugby. Super easy, and super tasty. If you want another great snack bite recipe, make these Crunchy Peanut Butter Snack Bites with Chia.   INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup Kraft All Natural Peanut Butter 1/4 cup honey 1 cup large flake rolled oats 3/4 cup chopped cashews 1/4 cup chia seeds DIRECTIONS Mix peanut butter and honey in medium bowl until blended. Stir in remaining ingredients. Refrigerate 30 min.
  • Fifteen Years

    angella
    19 May 2015 | 10:04 pm
    As of May 20th, 2015, we’ve been married for fifteen years. FIFTEEN YEARS. We’ve been together for 15 and a half years. When you know, you know. You know? I will write a deeper post when time allows, but for now I’ll repost a previous anniversary post. I get to be married to the most amazing man and I am thankful every day that he is the one to walk alongside me, guide me, and make me laugh out loud until tears run down my face. The post rings true today. Thirteen years ago today, I walked down the aisle towards Matthew and never looked back. It all started with family and…
 
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    Virtual Coach

  • Activated charcoal: The latest detox fad in an obsessive food culture

    29 May 2015 | 7:12 pm
    This Just In! Activated charcoal: The latest detox fad in an obsessive food culture Activated charcoal: The latest detox fad in an obsessive food culturewww.sciencebasedmedicine.orgOur diet is either the cause of, or solution to, all of life's problems. I'm paraphrasing a great philosopher. We just can't seem to let food be food. Today each ingredient we eat seems to be demon… 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…
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  • Advice from a Social Pro: Which Social Network Should You Concentrate On? | VR M…

    29 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    This Just In! Advice from a Social Pro: Which Social Network Should You Concentrate On? | VR Marketing Blog http://buff.ly/1p0Jfld Advice from a Social Pro: Which Social Network Should You Concentrate On? | VR Marketing Blogwww.verticalresponse.comJess Ostroff of Don't Panic Management provides advice on assessing various social media networks for your business. 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…
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  • I Kept Him Alive Now for 13 Years

    Kerry Sauriol
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    When people tell you having kids doesn’t change you, they are dead wrong.  The moment, back in 2002 that we walked back into our apartment with this living extra piece of luggage that we had not left with, our lives were changed forever.  Not just our lives…but us. Who we fundamentally we were as human beings.   Even my mom.  Becoming a grandmother, shook her to her core.  Caring for her grandson and then next two became all encompassing to her.  We were not longer just us….we were a family and we would (and still do) do ANYTHING for our children.   Slay dragons,…
  • First’s and Last’s

    Kerry Sauriol
    22 May 2015 | 8:11 pm
    So. Today was a first for me. I actually volunteered to help at the school sports day instead of just standing watching my kids total lack of athleticism in awe.  It was a beautiful day and the event has improved since we started attending these things back when Adam was in kindergarten.  We and the kids all had fun and cheered everyone equally.  Well, I had to.  I had one child in the red team, another in yellow, and Adam in green. So. Today was a last for Adam.  He has less than 20 days of grade 7 to finish up.  This was his last elementary school sports day.    This was his last…
  • Police State for Parents

    Kerry Sauriol
    21 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    Myself, another mom and nanny of classmates of Tara were more than happy to let the kids run wild after school the other day. The weather was glorious and I didn’t have to be anywhere.  Our school is blessed with not only a playground, but green playing fields and a small copse of trees and so we adults watched from a fair distance as our gaggle of kinders gambled from park to field to forest and back again.   We kept a distance because we could see them and they were safe and happy and doing what kids are supposed to do. At one point the nanny went ahead of us to see what was going…
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    Cheaper Than Therapy

  • #GetHomeFaster {Sponsored}

    ali
    26 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Here’s the thing about being a working mom. (Or being a mom of any kind. Or being a person of any kind) Hours, minutes, seconds are extremely important. I try to spend as few minutes of my day getting to and from places because frankly I’d rather spend those minutes DOING. I’d rather spend the minutes watching a school play or watching my son play football or hearing about how my daughter’s presentation went. I give three forehead kisses each morning and race out of the house to get to work (16 minutes). I race out of the office so I can get to school pick up (21 minutes). I race to…
  • Although I Guess Nomads Don’t Even Wear Shoes

    ali
    20 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    I’m feeling a little like a nomad of late, only without all the camels. I am also feeling so incredibly lucky and thankful that my overly generous in-laws refused to allow us to be homeless for the eleven weeks between when we turned off the lights and locked the door for the very last time at our house on Apple Blossom Drive and when we get to move into our lovely new home. They have welcomed us and our several Jeeps full of too may things into their totally-comfortable-for-two-people but slightly-less-comfortable-for-seven-people home. Everyone wants to know how it’s going, of…
  • In Defense of The Selfie Stick And Other Pariahs

    ali
    13 May 2015 | 3:18 pm
    I am kind of, sort of in love with the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. It’s funny, it’s smart, and I find myself nodding in agreement more often than not. The one about American Idol ending was so completely on point. I like the full episodes, the small batches, and I especially love the “what’s making us happy this week” part at the end of each episode. I guess you could say that I’m a fan. Last week I listened to one of my most favourite episodes yet. The front end was about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which I actually thoroughly enjoyed. We were…
 
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  • 5 Free Ways to Spoil Mums

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    8 May 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Happy Mother’s Day Mums! May is a month for celebrating mothers, although honoring your mum or the mother of your children doesn’t have to stop at mother’s day.  Being a mom is a 24-7 job without vacation time, sick pay, or lunch breaks so every mother appreciates a little appreciation.  You don’t have to spend […]
  • Celebrating Earth Day with Kids

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Happy Earth Day! Today is Earth Day, a national day to honor Mother Earth while inspiring appreciation and awareness for the environment. The green movement is founded on utilizing methods and products that help preserve our natural resources for generations to come. Kids are no exception to learning green habits and are more than happy […]
  • 8 Ways to Teach Kids Green Habits

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s a lot of green sprouting up in April, and perhaps even a little spring cleaning has begun.  If you’ve been working towards ‘greening’ your home and your habits, have you involved your little ones?  We know it’s important to instill healthy eating habits in kids as early as possible, and there’s no reason you […]
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  • Learning To Love Familiar Faces – The Value Of Letting Go Of Our Own Definitions

    Zoot
    29 May 2015 | 2:56 am
    Something I’ve noticed changing in my life as the years pass with me facing my social anxieties head on, is that I truly love seeing familiar faces. Before I started putting myself out there circa 2010, if I saw a familiar face in the grocery store I would run in the other direction. Sometimes I would pretend I didn’t notice/recognize someone even if we made eye contact. It was like I was facing a danger in the wild and my instinct was the fly away. Every. Single. Time. But now, I truly feel joy when I see a familiar face. I think that’s why it bothers me so much when I get…
  • Organized v/s Clean

    Zoot
    28 May 2015 | 2:20 am
    I’ve never claimed to be a clean person. I don’t fret that my carpets are stained or that my baseboards might be dirty. I don’t have to wash my sheets regularly (or ever). I don’t need to scrub the tub (I do scrub toilets, however) or the sink. I don’t care about dog slobber on windows or hairballs on floors. But if my counters are cluttered? I can’t go to sleep at night. Well. I might be able to go to sleep, but knowing they’re cluttered will make me wake up at 3am so I can make sure they’re clean before I leave for work. My point? Clutter does…
  • Simultaneously Great/Awful

    Zoot
    27 May 2015 | 2:48 am
    One of the things I learned to do to combat my anxieties social situations is to really focus on learning people’s names and using them regularly. This really helps me relax when I can use someone’s name. I’m not sure why, but it makes all encounters seem less formal because I know their name! We’re totally best friends! And I do that well. I use names when I talk to people all the time. It helps me relax, it helps the other person relax, and it eases any sort of tension I bring to the table with my own social anxieties. That’s the sucky thing about social…
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    Blissfully Domestic

  • Easy Grilled Pork Chops Recipe {a #GrillPorkSweeps Giveaway}

    Melissa Hillier
    14 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    Do you host an annual Memorial Day BBQ at your house? Are you always looking for a new and tasty recipe that will WOW your guests? Today, I have a pork chops recipe that is a snap to prepare and just as easy to grill. With only 15 minutes of prep time, you’ll have plenty of time to welcome guests and sit back and have a cocktail or two. This Memorial Day, Walmart is the ultimate source for your barbecue essentials and great pork deals on your grilling favorites like pork chops. Look for this popular cut when shopping the meat case and visit Grillpork.org for more grilling inspiration.
  • Spring Porch and Patio Decor Inspirations

    Christine
    5 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    Warm winds are blowing; if it isn’t already, soon it will be time to open up those windows and let the fresh air in. Even better will be spending time outdoors on porches and patios. Whether a front, back, side, or balcony, outdoor spaces extend livable areas and help us connect with nature. Looking forward to sprucing up your porch or patio in anticipation of the warm months? Here are some fabulous examples to get you started! Decorate a back porch table with books in birdcage like this creation by Thistlewood Farms. A fire pit, pillows, and throw make a perfectly cozy conversation…
  • DIY Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

    Melissa Hillier
    4 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    With Mother’s Day just around the corner it’s time to think about what the kids will make for her. Will it be a book that they draw pictures in, a bath soak for Mom to relax with, or a nest pendant for her to wear? We’ve gathered a bunch of great ideas just in time for her big day! /1/ Mommy Survival Kit – As a mom, I’ve gone searching for headache medicine or chapstick more than once. Almost always I come up empty-handed. Maybe for Mother’s Day this year I’ll get a Mommy Survival Kit – it has everything Mom needs before she knows she needs it.
 
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  • Tree felling contest at the Tillamook County Fair, Oregon in 1941

    John VE
    30 May 2015 | 1:35 am
  • 22 Amazing Photographs of Legendary Boxer Muhammad Ali from Between the 1960s and 1970s

    John VE
    29 May 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Here's a collection of 22 amazing photographs of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali from the archives. The gallery includes pictures of some of Ali’s most memorable fights as well as many distinctive portraits from his life outside the ring.Muhammad Ali dodges a punch from Joe Frazier at the "Fight of the Century"March 8, 1971. Photograph: Bettmann/CorbisMuhammad Ali taunting Joe Frazier during training for their fight in 1971. Photograph: John Shearer/Time & Life Pictures/Getty ImageMuhammad Ali and Stevie Wonder at The Apollo, 1963. Ali was still known as Cassius Clay when…
  • Intimate Photos of Three Weeks in the Life of French Designer Coco Chanel in 1962

    John VE
    29 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) is a fashion icon unlike any other. She invented modern clothing for women: At the height of the Belle Époque, she stripped women of their corsets and feathers, bobbed their hair, put them in bathing suits, and sent them out to get tanned in the sun. She introduced slacks, costume jewelry, and the exquisitely comfortable suit. She made the first couture parfum, Chanel No. 5, which remains the most popular scent ever created.In 1962, at the age of 27, Douglas Kirkland received an assignment from LOOK Magazine to photograph Coco Chanel for a story on the…
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    My Mommy's Place

  • Boom! Clap! Sound of my Dart!

    Leslie
    29 May 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Summer vacation began this afternoon in the usual way – with the balloon wreath dart game. This year, in addition to candy treats, I had mystery bags o’ goodies that included small items like these fake mustaches. Most days, when I dropped the kids off at school this year, I would sing to them as they exited the car that I hoped they had a “super-fantastic ultra-terrific, the most amazing day!” We’re expecting no less this summer.
  • And the curtain falls on another season of dance and piano.

    Leslie
    27 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    It began on Friday with the dance recital. Julia tumbled. Phoebe tapped and plie’d. And after a four year break, Lucy returned to the stage for her second-ever dance performance. You’ll have to ask Dave how it went. Since I’d been to rehearsal and seen the show already, I agreed to be the one to remove Jack should he become a distraction, which he did. We walked the lobby, my boy and I, where he acted as host to all the other restless children that stopped by. He’d say hello, show them the water fountain, invite them to play. And for the first time in eight years, Dave…
  • Now, Phoebe.

    Leslie
    16 May 2015 | 4:05 pm
    It feels like Phoebe has been waiting forever to play ball. She’s watched her sisters do it her whole life. And she’s been asking for as long as she could say the words: “I play now?” Last night, she had her first scrimmage. So we all put on our team shirts, packed up the snacks and toys and chairs, and headed to the field to watch her play. Finally.
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • Are All Relationships Predictable?

    D. A. Wolf
    29 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Are relationships predictable? Are we bound to follow a set sequence of relationship stages? Can others see a relationship’s demise – or for that matter – its abundance of strengths? Theoretically, you could say that life is predictable — certain aspects, anyway — so isn’t it logical that human interactions are reasonably easy to anticipate? From the 10,000 foot view, that is, and possibly in microcosm, depending on the circumstances. But the notion that we can classify our most intimate and important relationships? Maybe yes, maybe no, but my, how we love…
  • Fleeting, But Good

    D. A. Wolf
    28 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    Awesome. Awestruck. Awe inspiring. Who doesn’t love a legitimate reason to use these descriptions? Apparently, moments of wonder yield positive impacts. That’s good news, don’t you think? In “Why Do We Experience Awe?“ by Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner, psychological experiments reveal that even fleeting moments that evoke wonder encourage us to be more generous and helpful. What these experiences have in common: They expose us to beauty; they catch us unawares; they humble us in their scale, their clarity, their magnificence. These sources of amazement can stop us…
  • The Difference Between How You Are and How You Say You Are

    D. A. Wolf
    26 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Your head throbs at the temples and aches at the base of your skull, but you listen to unsolicited advice without wincing, and you wonder when the analgesic will take effect. As the saying goes, never let ‘em see you sweat, and after all, the haze will lift. It’s only a matter of time before the migraine passes. Disoriented by the latest court action that you never saw coming, by an insurer who refuses a claim you know you are entitled to, by paperwork and meetings and distractions your boss doesn’t understand, you finally throw your hands into the air and admit that…
 
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    Born Just Right

  • Spending time with the Wounded Warriors

    Jen Lee Reeves
    28 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    Jordan is less than two weeks away from an amazing opportunity. She gets the chance to work on her softball skills and get to know the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. It’s incredible. We are flying to California to spend a week with the team and 19 other kids and their parents. Jordan will have a chance to take part in some really awesome experiences along with working out with the players. Jordan is really enjoying her machine pitch softball season. She wraps up with the Lightning next week before she leaves for California. She had FOUR hits in her last game and played first…
  • That time I bought a house while I was at Walt Disney World

    Jen Lee Reeves
    20 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    Right before I left to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (DisneySMMC), Randy and I stumbled into the best house in the whole world. He’s wanted to move out of our current house for a long time. I’ve been standing ground. I didn’t want to move. I didn’t want to deal with the drama. No no no no. (We’re a classic case of Love It or List It.) We have the most wonderful neighborhood and I love our house. But this new house. It’s SUCH a cool house. And we figured out a way to put in an offer… The day I got into Orlando for DisneySMMC. I signed…
  • Learning from Disney Parks

    Jen Lee Reeves
    8 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    I’m attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World. Today is a day full of learning from some of the park’s finest creative minds and other smart people as the hand picked group of attendees also learn from each other. It’s a really awesome opportunity that I’ve followed online for a number of years. I’m honored to be here and can’t wait to learn. This conference is a way to help me do a better job here at Born Just Right and at my job as a social media trainer. I love it when all sides of my life can merge like that. Oh, and…
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    The Art of Simple

  • Cuppa reads

    Tsh Oxenreider
    29 May 2015 | 11:07 pm
    What a week of camping this has been. We started out in the Pacific Northwest, then ventured south to a night in northern California (where I barely slept, what with my numb toes!), hung out with friends in the Bay Area for the weekend, zipped a bit east over near Sequoia National Forest, froze again in Flagstaff, Arizona, hightailed it to Albuquerque, and right now I’m writing  from our humid Abilene campsite before we trek to our final stop—Austin. My hometown. Phew. Kyle and I were going to record a podcast after the kids went to bed, but seeing as it’s raining (in a tent!
  • Grace for the journey

    Alysa Bajenaru
    27 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I recently posted about my very first capsule wardrobe. I had been intrigued by the idea and wanted to give it a try. I was feeling pretty good about it until a few commenters mentioned that I still had way too many clothes. Hmm. Was I doing it wrong? Is there some kind of minimalist scale I’m missing? I started to get nervous. Then I thought about what my goals were in simplifying my wardrobe and how the capsule is working for me. And I realized that for right now, it’s perfect for me…on my journey…on my scale. Am I happier when I walk into my closet? Can I pick out an outfit in…
  • Because a summer shouldn’t be without great stories

    Tsh Oxenreider
    25 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The trade-off for swapping in a school year of normalcy for one of unconventional field trips and journaling: school needs to extend a bit into the summer for us this year. As you might expect, establishing any semblance of routine into our education was a laughable defeat and so, early on, we shrugged our shoulders and enjoyed a year of learning on the road and under our feet. It was every bit worth it, and I even came away a bit more at ease with the thought of laid-back learning. I’m all about real-life education, but as a self-proclaimed nerd, the rigor and structure of school has…
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    We are THAT Family

  • For The Momma of the Strong-Willed Child

    Kristen
    26 May 2015 | 8:33 pm
    She made a beeline for me at the girls night out. “You said your daughters are strong-willed, right?” she got right to the point. We found a corner of the room and I waited. She had a lot to say about her precious and precocious two year old, her first daughter. “She screams no! She throws herself onto the floor when she doesn’t get her way. I can’t go anywhere with her. My sons never once acted like this and I don’t know what to do.” I listened and smiled and nodded my head because I understood. Sometimes the best way to encourage one another is to…
  • We Had The [Groupon] Time of Our Lives

    Kristen
    26 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon Getaways for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous Just like you, we live crazy busy lives. And sometimes we need to getaway…not from life, but so that life doesn’t get away from us. Traveling to new places is a gift. Sometimes traveling with kids can be the challenging gift we give ourselves. Thanks to Groupon, our family was able to mark two trips off our Family Getaways Bucket List and not only was it painless, it was delightful. Groupon…
  • Dear Children: Let Me Explain This Thing Called Summer

    Kristen
    24 May 2015 | 8:29 pm
    It was an hour after she got home from Vacation Bible School last summer. One hour after Water games! Snow cones! a Slimy Craft! Dancing and Singing! The Best Day Ever! We were in the second week of summer. The second week of sleeping in and she was slipping and sliding towards boredom.   Walking around the house, whining about nothing to do. Kicking her foot and waiting outside the bathroom door. (I wasn’t hiding, really). Sound familiar? Go. Find. Something. To. Do. She gave me an empty stare and then I realized she was waiting on me to tell her what to do, to do something…
 
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    Scary Mommy

  • The Reason My Daughter Will Remain an Only Child

    Mandy Brown
    29 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    Image via Shutterstock Dear Daughter, Today a lot of people have been asking me about your sibling(s), and though I have told them that I don’t believe you will ever have one, they are reluctant to allow me that decision. I can afford another one, they say. I’m just being selfish, they claim. Apparently, if I do not give you a brother or a sister or both, you will be lonely, selfish, spoiled, weird, and/or too mature for your age. If you do not have a sibling with whom you can play and fight and share, I have failed you as a mother. Motherhood seems to be this room everyone talks about,…
  • Can You Take Your Bra Off Yet?

    Robyn Welling
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The post Can You Take Your Bra Off Yet? appeared first on Scary Mommy.
  • An Open Letter to the Inventor of Stick Figure Family Car Decals

    Jennifer Scharf
    29 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    James O’Guinn/Flickr Dear Inventor of Stick Figure Family Car Decals, At any given stoplight, I can be blessed with the knowledge that the moron in front of me summers on Nantucket, loves her Wheaten Terrier, has a son on the honor roll at Beaver Buck Country Day School and (to toot her own horn) married a Harvard alum. Lucky her! Now, because of your idiotic invention, I have the pleasure of adding these fine details: Her name is Bethany, her husband’s name is Colby II, her son’s name is Colby III, and the dog’s name is Harley. Bethany loves to cook, Colby III plays lacrosse, and…
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    San Diego Momma

  • Are You There, Midlife Crisis? It’s Me, NutBag.

    debawriter
    13 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    “He’s having a midlife crisis,” my mom whispered as we watched my dad’s boss dismount his new Harley and saunter up our driveway clad in full-body leather. A handsome man with silver hair, light blue eyes, and a cleft chin, his existential crisis was as cliche as his physical description. It fell off him, shedding angst cells, and spreading its insecurities like a virus. I was only 20, but I understood perfectly that this man was not at ease with this new persona, and probably didn’t like the one he was trying to escape, either.   He was experimenting with…
  • Sick with Netflix

    debawriter
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    (Apparently I’ve branded my blog with Netflix. That’s because they give me something to write about, which is more than I can say about my brain.)   Before the last seven days happened, I can’t remember the last time I watched back-to-back movies, much less thirty-minute shows. My crazed lifestyle of working, parenting, and escorting kids to everything, everywhere (oh, your next softballl practice is on the moon? And we need 20 lightyears travel time to get there by 4? Get in the Honda Odyssey!)usually means there’s little to no time for frivolous activities like…
  • How to Be Sick*

    debawriter
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    The first barf of March happened last week when I was asleep. It was around midnight, and I’d woken up groggy after detecting rustling and low voices outside the bedroom door. To avoid waking all the way, I shut my eyes again hoping the burglar would more quietly load the flat screens in his truck, but it quickly became clear the sounds were coming from people I knew, namely Booger and The Rock. (Why I didn’t notice my husband wasn’t sleeping next to me when I imagined a burglar downstairs, I have no idea. I just wanted them both to shut up so I could sleep.)  …
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Vanilla Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Popcorn

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In my quest to develop my cupcake-making skills… I made some vanilla cupcakes topped with salted caramel popcorn this week. Much to my children’s delight, I didn’t hold back with the sugar and butter. I must say, they looked pretty amazing in the end! I did a lot of careful research and chose a vanilla cupcake recipe, a salted caramel popcorn recipe and a caramel frosting recipe… from three different sources. Unfortunately I’m not going to share the recipes with you, because I wasn’t 100% happy with any of them in the end. However, I completely accept that…
  • Zimmermann Silk Dress and Long Grey Coat

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Outfit: Silk dress from Zimmermann | Grey coat from Sheinside | Boots from Betts An item that has long been on my wardrobe wishlist was a simple, black, silk dress. It’s definitely something that never goes out of style. It looks effortlessly sexy with high heels and looks casual-cool with sneakers or sandals. I wanted a dress that was short and loose fitting. So I had my eye on some silk dresses from Zimmermann. They were beautiful but oh my, they were waaay out of my price range! I spied a few on ebay, and finally managed to snap up this gorgeous Zimmermann draped, silk dress –…
  • HBF Run for a Reason 2015

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    So… I wasn’t really planning to do another running event this year! I was just planning to work towards running longer distances and to increase my running stamina. But the team at HBF asked me if I’d like to join in the fun at the HBF Run for a Reason and to do a bit of social media for them. I accepted eagerly and committed myself to both the 12km distance and er… learning how to run and take photos at the same time?? Surely there’s an app for that. So this was me, the day before the event, picking up my participant running pack at the HBF Event Centre at the…
 
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

  • The perfect night in with Grace and Frankie! #StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    26 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Do you ever fall in love with a show from the jump? I do. It doesn't happen often, but when it does...I get giddy. It's an unexpected gift.That is what happened when I turned on Netflix's new show Grace and Frankie. This show has EVERY ingredient for a great run. Will someone please explain to me why it took so long for someone to put Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin together? I'm going to age myself here...but 9 to 5 anyone?The second it started...I had to pause it. My best friend was coming into town...and I knew this was the perfect binge watch for a night in. We love the movie As Good As It…
  • Balayage...or Ombré?

    Cynthia Wheeler
    22 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    I've been a bit mopey about my hair for a while now. I got in this endless loop of dumping one color box to cover greys. This left me with VERY flat color...and sad.I spent some time on Pinterest, and decided to investigate Ombré...which lead me to Balayage. Quite frankly, I can't figure out the difference. I know there is one and they have explained to me...but I can't tell.That said, I called a new salon (Salon 1800) and made an appointment. Wowzers...I am SO happy with the results! My new stylist Pedro...LOVE!I have been doing The Happy Dance all. day. long!
  • New family member!

    Cynthia Wheeler
    19 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Well, actually we've had him for a few months. The little stinker won't sit still long enough for me to get a good shot of him. The exact opposite of my dearly departed Mr Smokey.Meet Mr. Tiger He is a sweetie, but he's all claws. It's a bit like snuggling a cactus. I guess you can call him a work in progress. Tonight...we trim his claws. Wish me luck!
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  • Delicious Grilling Recipe Ideas

    Kimberly Grabinski
    29 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    It’s almost summer and I am dreaming of warm days, friends, baseball, fireworks, and grilled food! We’ve already started in on the baseball, even though it’s not consistently warm yet. (Tonight I watched my son’s game from the car because it was 43° and wet. My toes were cold!) So as I was sitting there […] The post Delicious Grilling Recipe Ideas appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Broaden Your Horizons with World Travel

    Kimberly Grabinski
    29 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    If you’ve ever wondered how you can become a more responsible and better informed citizen of the world, perhaps the answer lies at your feet. Maybe you should check out the ground below you, and resolve to see more of it in different parts of the world. In short, one way to get an excellent […] The post Broaden Your Horizons with World Travel appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Easy Homemade Ranch Dip

    Kimberly Grabinski
    28 May 2015 | 7:50 pm
    This may sound corny but I am so excited to have discovered Breton Gluten-Free Crackers. I’ll admit it I am in love with a cracker. I know what you are thinking – it’s a cracker, what’s the big deal? Well, most gluten-free crackers have the taste and texture of cardboard. Or worse. But not Breton […] The post Easy Homemade Ranch Dip appeared first on What's That Smell?.
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  • Quieting the Mind

    Stacy Lewis
    19 May 2015 | 8:56 pm
    I will be teaching my first Hakomi workshop in June! This workshop is open to any an all who want to experience and practice relational mindfulness — the process of relating with awareness, kindness, and intention toward ourselves and others.  Quieting the Mind To quiet the mind, we must first become familiar with our minds. In this workshop, participants learn to bring compassionate attention to what is happening inside themselves, developing a deeper understanding of their relationship to relaxation, rest, and trust. All Hakomi workshops are experiential and consist of a series of…
  • The things we say

    Stacy Lewis
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    There is a tradition in Waldorf school of giving each child a birthday verse — something written or chosen for them each year that speaks to where they are in their development. When Orlando attended a part-time Waldorf school two years ago, his teacher gave one to each child. On the day of the week they were born (or close to it, in the case of weekends, etc.), the child would recite their verse, and over the course of the year, come to have learned it by heart. When we started our school this September, I found a verse for each child, after sifting through some I found online. Rom and…
  • Homeschool Day in the Life

    Stacy Lewis
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    The boys are now 11 and 8, and our days go something like this… Good morning I wake up at 5 AM, and I have about two hours to myself to do a variety of things. My husband Rom is also up at 5 (or earlier!) and gone for work by 5:30 AM. Some days I practice my Spanish, some days I prepare the day’s school work, or I do laundry (on Wednesdays), go to the grocery store, cook food for lunches and dinners, or sometimes even meditate. The boys wake around 7 AM every day (my oldest has an internal clock) and they usually play upstairs on their own or come downstairs to read. Breakfast and…
 
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  • To Sleep or Not to Sleep: Finding the Best Choice for Your Infant

    Robin Gorman Newman
    28 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    The number one topic for parents of infants is sleep. Most of the questions you are asked revolve around it. “Is he letting you get any sleep?” “Is she sleeping through the night yet?” There’s endless discussion of different kinds of sleep, sleeping positions, ways of putting infants to sleep, and so on. To make matters worse, everything is written in the same alarmist tones, so it is hard to judge what the best solution is for your child and your situation. Co-Sleeping: Yes or No?The first big question is whether to co-sleep with your child. Technically,…
  • Taking a Day Trip with Your Dad for Father’s Day

    Robin Gorman Newman
    23 May 2015 | 6:59 pm
    After shave, ties and tools are useful gifts when it comes to celebrating Father’s Day. However, if you’ve been thinking about something out of the ordinary, a day trip comes to mind. The following are some unique ideas to spend the day with your dad. Take a Hike There’s no better time than the spring than to lace up your trail shoes and explore what Mother Nature has to offer. A hike through your favorite state park or natural forest can bring you closer and help you get back to nature. This is especially beneficial for families who may have experienced a divorce or family problems.
  • Children That are Sexually Molested, Suffer from PTSD by Lori j Loesch

    Lori Loesch
    23 May 2015 | 8:56 am
             Childhood Sexual Abuse, Molestation:  In Light of Josh Duggars’ Truth Being Told       You see, when a child is molested, sexually, the damage reaches far deeper than the surface of the child’s face.  It goes into her heart.  She holds it, captive there, tighter tighter the grip it has on her heart.  Pain, fear, shame, all grip her heart, not allowing that child to bloom into the beautiful flower she was purposed for.  She will live that hard pain, until she finds strength to do what she needs to do, to free herself.  She is her own destiny. She realizes…
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    The Motherhood

  • Industry Round-Up: Pinterest, Facebook Release New Publishing & Advertising Features

    The Motherhood
    27 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    Pinterest and Facebook have been busy announcing exciting new features for brands, consumers and advertisers: Find out more in this week’s Industry Round-Up from The Motherhood! Pinterest Announces New Ad Services & Products After naming its first general manager of monetization, Pinterest is ready to build its ad services and products portfolio. Pinterest’s new services include “Cinematic Pins,” improved audience targeting and new pricing structures. Pinterest’s new Cinematic Pins will be animated pins that move when the user scrolls and stops when the user stops. The speed at…
  • The Motherhood’s 5 Top Tips for Bloggers Working with Brands

    The Motherhood
    21 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    Over the years, The Motherhood has worked with thousands of bloggers on hundreds of campaigns for brands. As companies have recognized and embraced the influence of the online community, opportunities for ambassadorships and sponsored posts have increased dramatically. When you work with brands, PR agencies and blogger networks (like The Motherhood), there are a few things you can remember to make a great impression and get yourself hired again and again. In a nutshell, the advice from our team is be professional. When you’re hired to write a sponsored post, treat it like you would any…
  • TM Book Club: Aloha Also Means Goodbye is a Fun Read

    The Motherhood
    20 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    With summer just around the corner, we are turning our attention to fun beach reads with a brief review of Aloha Also Means Goodbye, a fictional romance written by Jessica Rosenberg of It’s My Life. The central plot of Aloha Also Means Goodbye revolves around a love triangle: Jo, who’s in Hawaii to marry one man (Jordan), finds out her former love (Andy) is staying at the same resort. Jo was carrying a great deal of baggage from her relationship with Andy when she met Jordan five years ago, and running into Andy for the first time since he left her packs an emotional punch and…
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  • I Worry About Breastfeeding ALL THE TIME (no I don’t.)

    Casey
    18 May 2015 | 7:04 pm
    This post is sponsored by Similac.  I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. In the early haze of new motherhood I was overwhelmed with guilt over not being able to breastfeed. While the two mammary glands attached to my chest look promising, the truth is they are milk duds. For whatever reason mine simply don’t work despite every reasonable effort I made to become the sole food provider for both of my babies. I would plan feedings so I wouldn’t have to pull a bottle out in public. The shame I felt whenever I mixed formula in front of a breastfeeding mom was…
  • Feared and Fearless Leader to Friend (sponsored by Hallmark)

    Casey
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Growing up, I believed my mom was invincible. She always had the best clothes, the best hair, the best lipstick, an answer for everything, and was the prettiest mom anyone had ever had. As I grew into my teenage years however, I was convinced I had the most strict, most hands-off mom of every single one of my friends. While their moms would bring them forgotten lunches or pick them up from school if it was raining — my mom was working full time to support herself, my sister, and me. If I wanted to go to a friend’s house, I walked there and found my own way home. If I wanted to take…
  • 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?
 
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  • Makes My Monday: Like a Weed...

    Cheryl Lage
    25 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    He was the first one out.(He was an only child for seven minutes.) Yesterday, another first...the first to grow taller than one of his parents.(I'm 5' 7", so that's not too small an accomplishment. Suppose it's only a matter of time 'til he matches Double Daddy...who's 6' 2".)From the looks of things, She is not far behind.My handsome, growing-up (literally!) He-Twin Makes My Monday.Play along with Makes My Monday---easing weekends' ends since 2007!#MMM #MakesMyMonday 
  • Big T, Little t. What Begins with T?

    Cheryl Lage
    19 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    Touche, Tap and Twins...T, T, T.The cadence of post is an homage to one of the most oft-read in the Lage house a decade ago...What are some of your favorite children's books to read aloud?
  • Way Back When-esday: Ta-Ta, Tiny Teeth....

    Cheryl Lage
    13 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Dateline: May 19, 2004Twins' Age: 2He-Twin was a gummy little guy...with nary a tooth in his mouth until he was 14 months old.In somewhat predictable fashion, his teeth---once they finally came in---were reticent to depart, which I completely understand. After all, look how cute they made his happy little boy smile!Last May, Darren had three baby teeth extracted in order to accommodate his braces.Yesterday, the last two had to be professionally plucked, as they were firmly standing their ground...their roots.From the car, with a gauze-filled mouth, He-Twin shared texted Double…
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  • Easy Summer Work Look

    20 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    With warm weather rolling in, it can be hard to put together a summer outfit since traditional office looks can get pretty toasty. For an easy look,…
  • No-Bake Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

    20 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    Did you know that with only 3 ingredients, you can make a delicious no-bake dessert? Once you try this recipe you’ll understand what I mean. Mint…
  • No-Bake Lemon Bar Dessert

    20 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    Lemon flavored desserts are simply the best when the weather warms up. We crave them almost as much as we crave lemonade on a hot day. This particular…
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Summer Must Haves Available at Walmart!

    Monica
    29 May 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Summer is (un)officially here, and that means cookouts, fire pit get togethers,  beach days and sports events. Phew! There’s a lot to do over the next few months! Two things come to mind when I think about all the fun we have… We need a few good coolers, and a whole bunch of bug repellant! Let’s start with the coolers! Walmart has a great selection of coolers from small, personal sized coolers to large one great for parties! We typically have two coolers for all of our Summer Get Togethers… One for the kids, and one for the grown-ups! This year, I was asked to check…
  • Pero Family Farms- Fresh Organic Produce Delivered To Your Door

    Monica
    27 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Do you have a tough time finding fresh, organic produce in your local stores? Sam’s club has a solution for you! The new Pero Family Farms Organic Healthy Box is available now at only $49.97, delivered fresh to your door! This is a great option if you really don’t have time to get to the store all the time for fresh produce, or if you want the hard to find organic items. The “Healthy Box” continues Papa Pero’s tradition of bringing only the freshest, most nutritious vegetables from their family farms to your family’s table. The Organic Healthy Box…
  • Cool and Fresh New Look in Wedding Announcements

    Monica
    19 May 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Walmart Stationery has recently partnered with wedding experts, Gartner Studios, to create an exclusive selection of stationery items at their Every Day Low Prices. Their expansive line of trend-forward designs, premium paper and easy-to-use personalization tool are sure to bring you the best shopping experience possible. But they didn’t stop there. In order to help manage the beginning-to-end wedding planning process of our customers, they also offer FREE online planning tools. From your checklist to managing your budget to shopping inspiration boards, Walmart has you covered. The…
 
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  • Cheesy Chorizo & Potato Mexican Brunch Pizza

    A Cowboy's Wife
    22 May 2015 | 2:32 pm
    The post is sponsored by VELVEETA®. Opinions are my own, always.  I have a thing for cheese, y’all! I figure you already know that based on my awesome VELVEETA® past.  This time, though, I wanted to share a VELVEETA® brunch recipe since my man doesn’t normally like to eat breakfast, but loves a 10am meal! This cheesy chorizo & potato Mexican brunch pizza is one of our go-to, super easy brunch faves! Truett loves these because they’re ‘pizzas’!  I like them because they’re easy to make and only have 5 ingredients (6 counting the VELVEETA®).
  • Creating a Yard That’s Like Home

    A Cowboy's Wife
    15 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Last summer when we moved my mom from Houston, to dry ol’ West Texas, I made her yard a priority.  She has two beloved dachshunds that are like her children and it was important that they had a healthy yard to run around in.  After all, the move was an adjustment on them too. My dad was so knowledgeable with taking care of the yard, plants, and trees and I wanted her to have a little something that would remind her of her old home, so I took the steps to get her yard prepared.  If we’re friends on facebook, then you know just how much work we put into fixing up her yard.  It…
  • Cilantro Lime Rice

    A Cowboy's Wife
    3 May 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Looking for a side dish for your Cinco de Mayo festivities?  Cilantro Lime Rice is a simple and tasty dish to get you going. Cilantro Lime Rice   Save Print Author: Lori Ingredients 2 C Basmati Rice ( best rice ever ) 2 tsp salt 1 Bay leaf 5 TBSP finely chopped Cilantro ¼ cup Fresh Lime Juice 2 TBSP Lemon Juice Instructions Bring 8 C of water to a boil in a pot. Add the rice, salt, and a bay leaf. Return the water, rice, sale and bay leaf to a boil. Boil for an additional 12 minutes , uncovered. Remove the bay leaf. Using a fine strainer drain the rice. Rinse with hot water. Put…
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  • 良かった良かった

    hatakedekonkatu0131
    20 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    実家に帰る途中 大きな声で歌を歌いながら運転していたら 白い服を来て白い帽子を被った女の人が 林の中に一瞬見えた気がしたのだけど 夜中だったしそんなところに人がいるわけがないのだから あれはきっと気のせいだよね 買い溜めしておいた 青の洞窟のポモドーロでパスタを作ってひとりで食べていたときに うっかりシャツにこぼしてしまったのだけど 急いで流しで洗剤を付けて洗ったのでシミにならなかったよ もし僕に恋人でもいて…
  • まんじゅうもつらい

    hatakedekonkatu0131
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    耳を綿棒でぐりぐりやりすぎて 外耳炎になってしまったので 耳鳴りがするのが つらい 金曜日は夜行観覧車に出ている 石田ゆり子が可愛くて つらいし 泣くな、はらちゃんの 越前さんが可愛くて つらい 病院に行ったら先生に 耳鳴りは外耳炎だけじゃなくて 自律神経とかもなんとかかんとかとか言われて つらいし 自律神経失調症をググったら うつ病とかカウンセリングとか 心療内科とか出てきて つらい テイラー・スウィフトのBegin…
  • 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!!!
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  • Don’t Buy Love- Adopt It #shelterpetlove

    Mamanista
    26 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Did you know that each year approximately 3.5 million pets are adopted from shelter and rescue groups, but 2.4 million healthy and treatable pets still need our help to find a home. Not all pets who enter a shelter will make it out of one, which is something we can change. The Shelter Pet Project, in a collaborative effort between The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund, and the Ad Council, wants to help these pets find homes. The goal of The Shelter Pet Project is to make shelters and rescue groups the first place people turn when looking to get a new pet- because why…
  • The Project Yellow Light Scholarship #stopthetexts

    Mamanista
    19 May 2015 | 7:33 pm
    As adults, we all know how important it is to keep kids from texting and driving- and in general, safe behind the wheel. So many accidents happen involving teens, due to inexperience and a feeling of invincibility. As parents, we need to talk to them (and often) about safety while driving.  Have you had a conversation with your kids lately?  It’s never too early to start talking about safety. Have a conversation with your kids about texting and driving, and why the two should never go together.  Then, practice what you preach- never text and drive yourself.   You are carrying…
  • Goodwill – Donate Stuff, Create Jobs

    Mamanista
    19 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Spring is the perfect time of year to declutter your home. Most of us (luckily) have tons of stuff we don’t use, don’t need, or that our kids outgrew.  They are just taking up space- why not give the items to someone who can actually use it and stop tripping over them?  That might work out for everyone. Don’t just throw your stuff away or toss it in a bin- head to your local Goodwill, where your stuff will really make an impact. Not only will it help you declutter and get your house clean and ready for spring (you can finally air it out after that interminable winter…
 
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • The Shocking Truth About School Dress Codes #CropTopDay

    Susan
    29 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    How do you feel about school dress codes? Do you think they are a good idea? Are they fair? Are they sexist? Do they do more damage than good? I have two elementary school girls who will soon enter the world of “school dress codes”. I admit, until I saw the recent tweets about #CropTopDay, I haven’t thought much about school dress codes. #CropTopDay and the larger meaning of school dress codes —> http://t.co/ntDcDQesyx by @ponyup #project97 pic.twitter.com/L39F5tIU8V — Today's Parent (@Todaysparent) May 29, 2015 It’s been 25 years, since I was a teenage…
  • Making Time for Dinner — An Interview with Celebrity Chef David Rocco #ShareTheTable

    Janice
    29 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    How often does your family get together for a meal — one that doesn’t include technology or a drive thru window? This is Janice, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom, here with a conversation I had with Celebrity Chef David Rocco about Barilla® Canada’s Share the Table™, an initiative dedicated to helping make mealtime meaningful again. I’m Not the Only One… I admit it. Family dinners around the table are getting more sporadic around here. As my kids get older and their schedules get busier, I seem to becoming a taxi driving, short order cook, whipping up different…
  • Getting Ready For A Family Road Trip with Help from Plenti

    Anna
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Anna here with a fantastic new rewards program unlike any other. Many thanks to American Express for sponsoring this post. This past Memorial Day weekend my family and I decided to take a quick road trip to see some friends that we haven’t seen in several years. Does your family like to take road trips as well? I have a few tips for you, including one especially exciting tip that will help you prepare for any road trips your family might take this Summer. I recently discovered Plenti, a rewards card program unlike any other that I’ve ever seen or been a part of. This rewards card…
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    Busy Zen Life

  • 12 Weird things runners do

    Sherry Osborne
    28 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Almost every single time I go out for a run, I find myself thinking about all the fairly weird things that runner do that your average person most likely doesn’t do. It’s not because runners are any less sane than people who do not find pleasure in getting up at the crack of dawn just for the chance to get a finisher’s medal (though some people may argue that point), we just do things that you don’t see out on the streets by people who are simply out there to get from point A to point B. 12 Weird Things That Runners Do Such as what, you ask? Well such as these 12…
  • A few of my favourite things!

    Sherry Osborne
    20 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    I found a fun “Favourites” survey over at Carrots ‘N’Cake and couldn’t resist. One of my favourite things is filling out surveys exactly like this! This one comes from the current issue of Health and were originally answered by Tracey Anderson, fitness star extraordinaire. Here we go! Song that amps me up to workout: This is impossible to answer with just one song. I have a few songs that always get me moving, especially if I’m out for a run. One of the obvious ones is “Eye of the Tiger” and yes, that is really on my running playlist. Also,…
  • A return to running

    Sherry Osborne
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    Back when I was diagnosed with vertigo, one of the first things that occurred to me was that it was going to put a massive cramp in my training. For the past three years I ran in the Bluenose Marathon weekend that takes place every May long weekend here in Halifax. The first year I ran the 5K race. I had been on the cross-country running team back in my high school years, but I hadn’t gone for a single run in over two decades. I trained and learned to embrace hills since the 5K route would lead me up Citadel Hill, and boom, just like that I was hooked all over again. So proud of my…
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    Burgh Baby

  • Happy 1st Birthday, Mila

    burghbaby
    29 May 2015 | 7:42 pm
  • One

    burghbaby
    28 May 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Dear Mila, In just a few short hours, at 11:32 am, it will have been exactly one year since you quietly stormed into this world. You were so late to the party, years even, and yet it seems as if you arrived exactly on time. It's like you've always been here and yet there was a hole where you belonged for so long. It's weird this thing you do to time and life. You make them speed up and slow down and flip upside-down. We wouldn't have it any other way. In the time that you've been here, you've proven that you have opinions and you're not afraid to use them. For example, you've developed the…
  • We've Had Better Traditions

    burghbaby
    27 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
    I like traditions. Traditions are good. My favorite traditions revolve around holidays. Fireworks, sparkly lights, Friendsgiving, they all have a very special place in my heart. And then there is the tradition that revolves around Mila's birth. It's not my favorite. Last year, just as Mila came into this world, our air conditioner decided to leave this world. It was a mere ten years old or so, but it was dead. So dead. Given the whole "brand new baby" thing, we had no choice but to pay for repairs. $1000. So, that was fun. It was especially fun because I was at the beginning of 9 weeks of…
 
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    Happy Home

  • Finding An Excellent Renovation Company

    admin
    8 May 2015 | 2:08 am
    If you own a home, you may eventually decide to spruce things up by making some renovations. If this is the case, this is definitely not a project you want to take on by yourself. You need to find a reputable and experienced renovation company to handle the project to your exact specifications. However, finding a renovation company is much easier said than done. This is because all Manhattan bathroom renovation companies are not created equal. This is why it is important for you to do all of the necessary research before making a selection. Here is how to go about finding an excellent…
  • Give More Information For A Rug Cleaning Company

    admin
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Rugs are undoubtedly the stylish inclusions to your home decoration. But, no matter what the supplies your rugs are woven of, it is certain that they would turn into dirty and stained. Your valuable region rugs can turn out to be stained due to quite a few causes. Food and liquid spills, mud stains, debris, filth and dusts etc are a number of the widespread factors that make your rugs unclean and shabby. But, what should you do once the rug turns into stained? Properly, although some stains are tough to be removed, but a lot of the stains on rugs are fairly frequent and may be eliminated…
  • Remodel Now -Reap the Benefits Later

    admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:42 am
    The old adage “there’s no place like home,” gets more meaningful as we age. With many of us tied into thirty-year mortgages, and with a slow housing market, it makes sense to renovate instead of moving. If you plan to stay in your home as you age, there are some improvements that you can make now which will not only increase your enjoyment of your home today but which will reap benefits later. Consider modifying entryways to eliminate stairs. If you love your front porch, then perhaps a step-free entrance can be added or altered at another point like a garage. Friends or family with…
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • OM at home

    20 May 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Practicing at home - mission impossible? It doesn't have to be if you dedicate a little effort to creating some OM at home. I'm lucky enough to have an entire room to dedicate to my yoga practice - but it wasn't always this way, and that didn't stop me from doing yoga. My biggest wish for the women who attend my retreats is to be able to take practice inspiration home with them, but we don't always have the time or money to give to yoga classes. So how to be more consistent? Online yoga classes have made that a lot easier - but if you can't feel inspired in your practice space, it…
  • Calling all Cowgirl Yoginis: spread the cancer kickin' boots word

    1 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Happy May Day! Over here at Cowgirl Yoga, May means that retreat season is just around the corner.  And every season we kick things off with our Cowgirls vs. Cancer retreat. So, we decided to kick May off with an Instagram contest to help us spread the word about what we do.We are lucky to have Old Gringo as our cancer kickin' boots partner - in addition to our annual Cowgirl Yoga retreat for breast cancer thrivers, we also send kick-ass boots to women currently in treatment. The more people know about this, the more boots we can send out to help kick cancer's ass.Want to help and have…
  • Who is the face of Cowgirl Yoga?

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Wanted to share this amazing slideshow that answers the question, Who is the face of Cowgirl Yoga? For the last five years, our photog Larry has been coming out on retreat to take photos of our cowgirl yoginis. They never fail to be oooooo and aaaahhhhh worthy each year...so I thought it was high time for a "best of" compilation.Larry wrote this about putting together the slideshow in his recent blog post:As I was editing these images, I was stopped in my tracks. It was the face of lovely Su, who is no longer with us. She was a breast cancer survivor that had been nominated to the Cowgirls…
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  • Unlikely and Failed Prospects

    Heather
    2 May 2015 | 10:07 pm
    My son told me that I should start a YouTube channel and vlog. HAHAHAHAHA! He's a funny kid. In case you were unaware, a few things that I am not comfortable with...talking a lot...appearing on camera...hearing my voice recorded. So, starting a YouTube channel is probably not the best idea for me. Of course, I could start a channel for people who are perhaps the most socially awkward and anxious people ever. Do socially anxious people socialize on YouTube? Maybe we write socially awkward comments? Or do the socially inept just watch? I tried the photography business for a while and was…
  • Random thoughts #58

    Heather
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    I haven't written here nearly enough in the last few years.Miss M started playing softball on the "C" squad for her future high school. She'd never played before but she's having a great time playing even though she has had little instruction about what to do. She's been perfectly happy to stand in right field and do next to nothing (most of the girls can't or don't hit to the outfield at this level). She's a better player than she thinks she is and the coach had her practice at first base tonight. M discovered it was kind of fun to have more action in the game. I signed her up for a summer…
  • Merry Christmas!

    Heather
    25 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hope you all have a great Christmas and a fabulous 2015. I want to start writing again, so maybe 2015 will be more wordy than 2014 was.Akela (1 1/2), Miss M (12), Ms D (6), and the K Man (10).********* If you have the time, please consider clicking through to my blog. Also, if you comment, I get warm fuzzies and I think you're cool...even if you're not. ;)(But you totally are you know.) Thanks!
 
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  • Why We Love The Samsung WaterWall Dishwasher @BestBuy #masteryourhome

    valmg
    29 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. At about 8am on a weekday morning I am usually the only one home that is awake. But two weeks ago the whole house was not only awake, but literally chattering with anticipation. For that was the day that we were getting our new dishwasher installed. Our old dishwasher was somewhere in the neighborhood of fifteen years old. It was the most basic of basic models. One of its two cycles didn’t work. The one that did work didn’t clean all that well.
  • 10 Things You Must Not Miss When Visiting Hersheypark #HersheyPA #SweetWelcome

    valmg
    28 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Accommodations at The Hotel Hershey were provided in order to facilitate this post. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions expressed are my own. You may recall that last month I visited Hershey, PA. I’ve already shared info on Hersheypark lodging, and would now like to share my experience on the park itself. We spent an amazing afternoon there that I truly enjoyed. Because there’s so much to do there, I’ve put together a list of the top ten things that you definitely do not want to miss while visiting Hersheypark.
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  • Considerations for a Career in the Nonprofit Sector

    Cari Mostert
    18 May 2015 | 9:29 pm
    For this generation of cause activists and volunteers desiring to make a difference from the start, the appeal of a charity career has never been stronger. Idealistic, ambitious young graduates are rejecting the idea that a mere paycheck is reward enough for their life hours spent at work. Where other than the nonprofit sector, can an individual – just starting out – impact social reform, change the world and be a force for good while working for a living? Many entering the job market today, see the opportunities offered by the nonprofit sector as more exciting and rewarding…
  • Giving to Nonprofit Hospitals: Is it Really Charity?

    Devon Reeser
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Philanthropists give billions to nonprofit hospitals each year – recently Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg made headlines for a record $75 million gift to the San Francisco General Hospital, for example. In a tight race for philanthropy dollars for nonprofits across the nation, is it fair that hospitals, which operate more like businesses, are considered charities? (Source: CNN.) Health economists estimate that tax breaks for nonprofit hospitals total $12 billion annually, in the name of benefiting their communities. The reality, however, made apparent by mandated studies associated with the…
  • Top 4 Green Trends to Boost Your Environmental Nonprofit Fundraising

    Devon Reeser
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you are an environmental nonprofit, or just a nonprofit going green, certain trends in American philanthropy can help you boost your fundraising! The bottom line is that nontraditional givers are now helping green nonprofits, for nontraditional reasons – and charity to green causes is rising faster than nearly any other giving segment as a result.   According to Charity Navigator, in 2013 giving to environmental causes was up 7.5% to nearly $10 billion, and those numbers are only increasing. The core trends behind that phenomenon are highlighted here – make sure you know who the new…
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  • Honoring Mothers

    Victoria
    8 May 2015 | 4:47 am
    When I was a tiny baby, my mother simultaneously studied for the state bar and rocked me to sleep. She didn’t carry me for forty weeks … or even one. But when I was three weeks old, she made the decision to be my mother.  To say my childhood was dramatically different than what it could have been is an understatement. Throughout the years, my mother made sure I learned about foreign film, swam like a fish, laced up Pointe shoes with other dancers and surrounded myself with books that grabbed me. Sure she taught me what mothers usually share with their daughters but for…
  • 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…
 
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  • Take It On Tuesday: Lutefisk Eating Contest. OH YES I DID. #video

    Jenny On the Spot
    26 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    Because I am not a mathy person, I am not sure how many years I have had it on my list to join in on the local Lutefisk Eating Contest. At least 3. Maybe 5 years. But also, what kind-of person admits this is something that he/she wants to do. I can’t even know. Do […] Take It On Tuesday: Lutefisk Eating Contest. OH YES I DID. #video is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Take It On Tuesday: Lutefisk Eating Contest. OH YES I DID. #video appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • The Argument In Support Of Keeping Teens Busy. Very Busy.

    Jenny On the Spot
    23 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    I have mentioned somewhere before that I used to be critical of parents who keep their teens and kids busy. You know how the judgement goes, “KIDS ARE TOO BUSY THESE DAYS!” And then the dentures come loose and a cane goes flying… I think that might have been a legit argument in earlier decades […] The Argument In Support Of Keeping Teens Busy. Very Busy. is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post The Argument In Support Of Keeping Teens Busy. Very Busy. appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Plenti Loyalty Program and My Memorial Day Preparations!

    Jenny On the Spot
    22 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    So there’s this really cool new app… a loyalty program… an app AND loyalty program. It’s called Plenti. If you’ve been to Rite Aid or Macy’s chances are you have heard about it… *I’m participating as a compensated blog ambassador for the Plenti program. All opinion and experience are my own. The long and short of […] Plenti Loyalty Program and My Memorial Day Preparations! is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Plenti Loyalty Program and My Memorial Day Preparations! appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
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  • Bloggers, Hire Your Kids

    Alyssa
    21 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    As a working mom and blogger, I often find it difficult to get everything that I need or want to do done.  My mind often runs 100 miles per hour with great ideas, but the time to implement those ideas just isn’t there.  Since I am out of school for summer (I’m a teacher) I thought I would take the time to teach my oldest child to work for me.  Actually, I cannot take credit for this brilliant idea, it was actually my husband’s idea.  Anyway, my oldest is 11 and very good with computers, is organized and all around a smart kid.  So, my husband told me to give him some…
  • How Moms Can Make Money Helping Other Moms

    Alyssa
    20 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    If it’s one thing moms can do it is stick together. Making life run smoothly with kids, home and career can be a tall order. Communicating with other moms helps to ease the stress. If you are looking for a business venture, why not make money helping moms just like yourself? What will you offer to these moms? Well, your product is as close as your memory. Your expertise is the product you can market to moms everywhere. There are situations that you have encountered and overcome as a mom that other mothers are facing too. They could benefit from what you know to make their life a bit easier.
  • A Biblically Based Decision Making Process

    Alyssa
    19 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    I will be the first to admit that I struggle with making decisions.  I tend to go down many a rabbit trail or wild goose chase before I land on the right decision.  My mind goes wild with so many thoughts and ideas that I struggle to choose the one which is right.  Above all, however, as a Christian, my goal is to make Biblically based decisions.  That why I do the following when making any decision. Pray Every decision we make should be covered in prayer. Praying about your decisions will keep you closely connected to the Lord. Frame your attitude into one of trust and obedience as you…
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  • Father's Day Gift Ideas

    Kristen Andrews
    29 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    Father's Day is just around the corner and why not get Dad a special keepsake gift.  The Super Dad guitar pick or the Super Dad custom personalized key chain.  Both items are handmade to order and are sure to please the Super Dad in your life.  You can find them HERE. 
  • Mother's Day Gift Ideas and Special Offer!!

    Kristen Andrews
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Please enjoy 20% off your entire purchase until Friday April 24th.  Enter code: FORMOM20 at check out. Shop at Kristen's Custom Creations. Kristen's Custom Creations specializes in jewelry that tells a story, your story.  
  • 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. 
 
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  • IHG® Rewards Club “Share Forever” Summer Promotion

    Stefanie Fauquet
    28 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IHG Rewards Club. All opinions are 100% mine. Earlier this year I checked an amazing item off my bucket list: Floating in the Dead Sea. As if that wasn’t incredible enough, I also had the privilege of staying at the adjacent Crowne Plaza Jordan […] The post IHG® Rewards Club “Share Forever” Summer Promotion appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Bites Recipe

    Stefanie Fauquet
    27 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hormel Foods, LLC. for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, I’d like to think it’s officially summer. I know we’re still a month away from that date officially (June 21), but with the kids almost out […] The post Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Bites Recipe appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Carnival Vista for Families

    Stefanie Fauquet
    27 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    I can’t believe it’s already less than a year until the debut of Carnival’s newest ship Carnival Vista! As I’m counting down the days until May 1, 2016, I thought it would be fun to share some of Carnival Vista’s awesome new spaces for families! From all the info that’s out, it looks like Carnival Vista […] The post Carnival Vista for Families appeared first on Mommy Musings.
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  • Selestial's My Green Fills {A Review}Sign up for your FREE bottle - and help a local charity!Comes right to your door!

    Supermom
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I must admit that when it comes to my laundry detergent I have always preferred the name brand with an amazing scent.  I always “assumed” that my clothes had to have a perfumed scent to be clean but I was wrong.  A valuable lesson was learned.Recently I was asked to try out My Green Fills and I will admit that I was skeptical.  100% Natural?Nontoxic?Hypoallergenic?Concentrated formula?Cold water formula?The last laundry bottle I will ever own because I reuse it each time My Green Fills are delivered to MY HOUSE?No more running to the grocery store!Sounds too good to be…
  • Wordless Wednesday - Girls Night Out{Fired Up! Creative Lounge in downtown Asheville, NC}

    Supermom
    27 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I had the best girls night out with friends at one of my favorite places in downtown Asheville.Fired Up! Creative Lounge!Fired Up! Creative Lounge isn’t just for taking the kids to paint pottery, it’s also perfect for hanging with the ladies drinking mimosas and eating snacks while painting pottery and trying glass fusing for the first time.Here are some pictures from our fun night.  Enjoy.  :)Cupcakes.Veggie Chips.Bubbly.Fired Up! sells the best melted glass from assorted bottles including wine bottles.  Best gifts.Painting Pottery.Glass fusing a bowl.My sun catcher - a…
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    Supermom
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Just think I finished reading Ulysses on June 20, 2014 and just eight days ago I finished a comic book called Fables.A woman with many tastes.My husband is the one who mentioned the above about reading Ulysses and then the comic book.It happens.In all honesty finished a book a week ago that I cannot stop thinking about.The Magus by John Fowles.I read the 600+ page book in 1 ½ weeks.  I just couldn’t put it down.  I couldn’t wait to see how the book ended.      Then I got to the end and well, it ended.  I was left thinking, “SO?”.  I…
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  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: Right this way

    29 May 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: Seizures are the devilWhere 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. 
  • The best parent therapy in the history of parents: a video

    28 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    No matter how worried I get about him, this is just what I need to soothe me. It's a reminder of how far he's come—for years, he didn't say the words—and how lucky I am to have such a good-natured, cheerful and loving boy. 
  • On not being a brave special needs parent

    27 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    Max is doing OK. He went on the increased anti-seizure med dosage last evening, and soon after he felt totally sleepy, as the neurologist said he would. He crashed by 7:00 p.m.While I was distracted by work yesterday, the Saturday night seizure has otherwise weighed heavily on my mind. A comment a reader left rang so true. As Michele L. noted, their neurologist "says she worries much more about the effect of these seizures on us, the caregivers that watch them, then she does the kids. She says, 'I know they recover in a matter of hours.'" We so need that Men in Black Neuralyzer to erase the…
 
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  • On Worry

    Marinka
    15 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    You know how I don’t like to worry you unnecessarily, what with this being a humor blog and all, but I lately I have been suffering terribly. Terribly, I say. It all started a few weeks ago, when the Guy I Went to Ireland With sneezed and then also coughed. “You have a disease,” I told him. And then made some helpful comments about the benefits of quarantines, which, in my opinion, the mainstream media refuses to cover because of the anti-quarantine special interests lobby. Don’t believe me? Try to think of the last time you’ve been quarantined. I rest my open…
  • Sleigh Me

    Marinka
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    You know what? I love my bed. I’ve had it for years. It’s a sleigh bed, which is admittedly an odd concept. Why do we want to pretend that we are on a sleigh when resting? And why don’t we call it a sled bed, which is a lot catchier and would also appeal to children more. Not that we want them anywhere near our bed, of course. This isn’t that kind of post. But still, sleigh or sled—why are racing down a hill in a slumber? I don’t know how anyone can keep their eyes closed with all those trees looming in the vista. And yet, I love my bed. Probably because I don’t focus on its…
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  • Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

    chefdruck
    29 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    Barbecue tastes like summer nights, like long slow days next to the grill, checking on the meat, perfuming the neighborhood. I know that’s how the purists do it, but sometimes, that reality just cannot be. During the mad dash that is those last few weeks of school, there is no relaxing by the grill. It’s go, go, go until we all collapse at the dinner table. And that’s on a good night when we can all eat together. There is no shame in whipping out the slow cooker to put a little barbecued pork magic on the table. No shame at all when the results are melt in your mouth…
  • Gardening with the Best of Intentions and a Lifetime of Memories

    chefdruck
    28 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    This is the year that I transform my backyard postage stamp into a garden oasis. This will be our sixth summer in this house, and this is the sixth time I’ve made this promise. If you do the math, this means that I’ve killed over 50 flats of impatiens, leaving them unplanted to shrivel and die of thirst in the sun. But this year, I’m off to a good start and a quarter of the garden is already planted with different varieties of hostas and trip-colored geraniums. Next up the dreaded impatiens and the kids’ favorite: the vegetable and fruit patch. Our car, fully loaded…
  • Three Decadent Cookie Recipes

    chefdruck
    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    When Bella and Jack were small, Little Bear was their favorite TV show. That bear must have given Jack his wanderlust that now make Steve and I track him down all over town as the sun sets. The show’s draw for Bella must have been Little Bear’s mom and her constant baking. She always had some decadent creation waiting when Little Bear roamed home. None of these cookies were ever served up by Mama Bear, but each of these recipes would be a delight to come home to, whether they’re hot out of the oven, or piled high in your favorite cookie jar. Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip…
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  • Family Itinerary: North Norfolk Coast and the Broads

    Susanna
    17 May 2015 | 11:24 pm
      I’ll come right out with it: I’m officially in love with Norfolk. This visit was my first and I’m entranced. In a way, the North Norfolk coast reminds me a bit of California’s northern counties. There are wide sandy beaches that go on for miles, spectacular coastline, abundant wildlife and seaside communities. They even have surfers! […] The post Family Itinerary: North Norfolk Coast and the Broads appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • Highway 1: A great family beach getaway in Santa Cruz

    Susanna
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Mention that you are visiting California and many Brits will admit aspirations of travelling Highway 1, the iconic West Coast Highway that hugs the Pacific coast. The drive itself is gorgeous, albeit a bit curvy, with stunning views around every corner. But you can’t drive all day and you’ll want to pick a few places to stop. Santa […] The post Highway 1: A great family beach getaway in Santa Cruz appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • California: Sonoma Coast for families

    Susanna
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Sonoma Coast for families Not many people in the UK know about Sonoma County. Located only 50 miles north of San Francisco, it’s long been a favourite getaway for city folk wanting to escape the foggy summers. With a family, Sonoma’s the perfect place to enjoy an active holiday, with kayaking/biking/hiking/fishing or just lazing in the sun. […] The post California: Sonoma Coast for families appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
 
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  • Veggie Fries! A Delicious Way to Get your Kids more Vegetables! #VeggieFries #IC #ad

    Nancy
    21 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    For some parents, getting their children to eat vegetables is a daily battle.  I am one of those parents.  My daughter doesn’t give me trouble when it comes to her diet.  If I let her, she would survive on tomatoes and avocados.  My son, on the other hand, would prefer to live off of chicken [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Saving A Life

    Shera
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    For most of us, it’s not an everyday occurrence to save someone’s life. When we are moms of younger children though, there’s a good possibility that we do in fact do this far more often than we know, considering the amount of time we spend with a certain age group of small people, who seem determined to [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2015

    Shera
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    I have been waiting for this bundle all year. Seriously, I have! I purchased this bundle last year… and again this year… it really is that good! The value is more than there and although it will take a lot of time to get through all the material, and you won’t necessarily use every single [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Solving The Risks Of Online Trading

    Maria Sam
    29 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    Internet provides people with a mask to hide behind when online, and should they choose to, complete anonymity. When you can't be sure about the morals and ethics of a person online, how can you be sure you will not get scammed? It doesn't matter if you are plan on buying a toaster or a car, some doubt always remains. When bitcoins appeared, they introduced the idea of a cryptocurrency, uncontrolled by any government or bank. You could use them for almost anything you would use your traditional currencies for. When the whole idea was born, a lot of people got theirs by “mining” them. A…
  • Strength Made Perfect in Weakness

    Jessica Briggs
    29 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    I was waiting the other day for my doctor appointment and I was reading my bible as I waited.  I was reading in II Corinthians and these verses 12:7-10 stuck out to me in a great way.  So I thought I would share with you.  I hope you will continue to read this post even if you are not pregnant, I hope you will be able to apply this in some way to your life. II Corinthians 12:7-10 NKJV 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this…
  • Adventures in Pumping | Moms Pump Here | Ep44 | MomCave LIVE Breastpump Breastfeeding

    Jennifer Weedon Palazzo
    29 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    Priya Nembhard, one of the founders of MomsPumpHere.com--a smartphone app and community for breastfeeding & pumping mamas. We talk adventures in pumping.What's the strangest place YOU have ever pumped? When you decided to breastfeed, did you realize how challenging pumping could be? SUBSCRIBE: http://goo.gl/QSV97mSee all the LIVE Episodes: http://goo.gl/246MGc Enter our giveaways: http://www.momcavetv.com Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MomCaveTVLike us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MomCaveTVPin with Us: http://www.pinterest.com/MomCaveTVOur blog/giveaways:…
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  • All Star Vacation Home Rentals in Orlando

    Mom Spark
    29 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    During my visit to the #MonkeyKingdomEvent last month, I had the opportunity to stay in a beautiful All Star Vacation Home! Staying in a rental home was a first for me, as I’ve always roomed on Disney property when visiting the parks in the past. I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical, especially regarding the logistics of transportation back and forth to the parks, but it proved to be not much of an issue at all. If you have a rental car, you’re good to go. When I walked into the home, I was blown away by how nicely decorated it was, as I was (for some reason) I was…
  • DIY Headboards You Can Totally Make At Home

    Desiree Fawn
    29 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    Renovating can be tricky, expensive, and time consuming — and if you’re a renter, it’s probably just not worth it! However, if you’re keen to change up the look of your bedroom on a budget, you can go wrong with a DIY headboard makeover! Try one of the ideas below and see how quickly your sleeping sanctuary goes from blah to WOW! For the young at heart — or for your kids of course — I think this house-shaped, twinkle light headboard is cute and fun! You could create whatever shape you’d like, but I love the home sweet home motif here. I’m told…
  • Be a Learning Hero

    Mom Spark
    27 May 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I always considered myself to be a pretty good student. I worked hard, I studied, I got good grades, but once my own kids were in school (now 2nd grade and high school) I realized how much things have changed in our school systems. For 40 states across the country, the Common Core curriculum has been implemented which has been a bit of a confusing issue, sparking debate on and offline. Though my home state of Oklahoma has chosen to opt out, many families are facing Common Core with a ton of questions about what it means for them and their children. When I’ve had the chance to chat with…
 
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  • Best Hot Lobster Rolls and Water View Dining at Clinton Harbor

    Cindi Moomettes
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    A trip to the Connecticut seashore wouldn't be complete without a visit to a local seafood restaurant or fish market. On our recent camping trip to Hammonasset we stopped in Clinton Harbor to pick up some fresh steamers and do some alfresco dining for lunch, treating ourselves to the best hot lobster rolls.Best Hot Lobster Rolls and Water View Dining at Clinton Harbor is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Workplace Fashions | How to Familiarize Yourself With Current Trends

    Cindi Moomettes
    20 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Are you preparing to start a fresh career or do you just like to always look stylish and cutting-edge for work? If you do, you perhaps may be fascinated in following up with the most current workplace fashions. If this is your first time attempting to do so, you may be interested as to what all of your choices are. If you are, you will need to continue reading on.Workplace Fashions | How to Familiarize Yourself With Current Trends is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Yarn Crafter Shares 4 Unexpected Benefits of Crochet and Knitting

    Moomettes
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I'm so thankful my mom and aunts taught me to crochet. Crocheting is a relaxing, stress relieving hobby, and can be done almost anywhere. One of the benefits of crochet and knitting is that you end up with beautiful DIY handcrafted items!Yarn Crafter Shares 4 Unexpected Benefits of Crochet and Knitting is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
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  • Best Hot Lobster Rolls and Water View Dining at Clinton Harbor

    Cindi Moomettes
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    A trip to the Connecticut seashore wouldn't be complete without a visit to a local seafood restaurant or fish market. On our recent camping trip to Hammonasset we stopped in Clinton Harbor to pick up some fresh steamers and do some alfresco dining for lunch, treating ourselves to the best hot lobster rolls.Best Hot Lobster Rolls and Water View Dining at Clinton Harbor is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Workplace Fashions | How to Familiarize Yourself With Current Trends

    Cindi Moomettes
    20 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Are you preparing to start a fresh career or do you just like to always look stylish and cutting-edge for work? If you do, you perhaps may be fascinated in following up with the most current workplace fashions. If this is your first time attempting to do so, you may be interested as to what all of your choices are. If you are, you will need to continue reading on.Workplace Fashions | How to Familiarize Yourself With Current Trends is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Yarn Crafter Shares 4 Unexpected Benefits of Crochet and Knitting

    Moomettes
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I'm so thankful my mom and aunts taught me to crochet. Crocheting is a relaxing, stress relieving hobby, and can be done almost anywhere. One of the benefits of crochet and knitting is that you end up with beautiful DIY handcrafted items!Yarn Crafter Shares 4 Unexpected Benefits of Crochet and Knitting is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
 
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  • To Win Her Favor By Tamera Alexander | Book Review

    Jendi
    12 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    I’d forgotten how good of a writer Tamera Alexander is. I think, sometimes, the thickness of the book makes me pick up another. I need to stop that! Whenever I do read one of her books I really enjoy them. They are usually a bit more serious, more dramatic, thought provoking, and heart rending. To Win Her Favor (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) is written during the late 1800’s in Tennessee during the turbulent time period shortly after the Civil War when the South was suffering in many ways. I knew that the freed slaves had problems and were often hurt in terrible ways; I did not…
  • Gathered Waters By Cara Luecht | Book Review

    Jendi
    5 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Cara Luecht took the written memories of her grandmother’s aunt and used them as the basis for Gathered Waters. How awesome is that! This is still a historical fiction book, but knowing that some of the things really happened made me read with a different mindset. The story is told from the heroine’s viewpoint. At the beginning of the story Brianna seems unsure and kind of lost; she doesn’t know what she wants out of life. As the story unfolds she grows stronger emotionally, spiritually, and physically. She is a very different person when the story ends. I pray that if I…
  • The Undertaker’s Wife By Dee Oliver | Book Review

    Jendi
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    I signed up to review The Undertaker’s Wife: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Laughter in the Unlikeliest of Places because it is such an unusual story line, and I wanted to know how she would write a comedy around the death of her husband. Also, I’ve always wondered a bit about what it’s like to be on the inside of the funeral home business. I ended up devouring the book, and read it in one day. She managed to make me smile when the circumstances were really quite shocking – or downright weird. She mixes humor with some really good advice as she shares stories of her…
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  • College Savings Day Twitter Chat

    Amy
    27 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    As parents, one of our biggest responsibilities is to help our children achieve the best future possible. Saving for college is an important part of that responsibility, but creating a plan to set aside funds for our children’s education can sometimes be a tough road to navigate. What’s a 529 plan? How much do I need to save? When should I start saving? Is it too late to start a savings plan? These are just a few of the questions that parents are faced with when planning for their children’s higher education. Join us to get great tips and information about saving for college from…
  • About the Girls

    Amy
    25 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    The end of last week was a little rough for me. We all have stuff. All of us. And we all have triggers that take that stuff and place it in our consciousness again, bring back feelings we’d rather not feel, cause us pain and anxiety. The recent news about the large, famous family whose name shall not be spoken (because this post is not about linkbait) pushed some of my personal buttons last week, and I had to consciously stay away from the topic and my Facebook newsfeed, hoping that the media frenzy would pass quickly. Before I realized it was healthiest for me to look the other way run…
  • Bloggers. We Need to Talk.

    Amy
    22 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    I often say that I’m incredibly grateful that social media came into existence long after my high school and college days. By the time I was first asked to update my status, I was a happily married, peacefully boring, stay-at-home mom. This saved everyone in my generation from the incredible embarrassment of acting a fool in the digital world for all of posterity to Google and see. Or did it? Bloggers. What is happening?!? In the last year or so I have watched a strange storm brewing, a little something I’d like to call the I NEED TO GET INVITED OR I WILL DIE syndrome. Now…
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  • Losing My Husband & Best Friend

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    29 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Losing My Husband & Best Friend This is a very personal story for me and I hope, in some way, writing about it can help. I don’t  know if or how it can help but I’m trying it anyway. It’s been a very rough year already for our family. When I would read of someone who had lost a husband I […]        
  • Finding the Right Company for Your Home Renovations

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    29 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Finding the Right Company for Your Home Renovations The biggest purchase you will make in your life is a home. Due to the importance of this purchase, you will have to do your research before settling on the right home        
  • Grilled Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing + Q&A with Chef Billy Parisi

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    29 May 2015 | 5:16 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Grilled Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing + Q&A with Chef Billy Parisi As most Midwesterners are, I’m a huge potato fan so when I had the opportunity to recreate Chef Billy Parisi’s  Grilled Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing, I was all in! Of course… I still made it my own by putting a twist on it and including a few extra ingredients that I love to have […]        
 
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  • 7-Eleven: FREE 23-Ounce Nestea Bottle

    HipMamasPlace
    28 May 2015 | 6:24 pm
      At 7-Eleven stores, you can get a FREE 23-ounce Nestea Bottle (any flavor) with the FREE 7-Eleven App, good now through 6/30/15 or while supplies last! Note that you only have 15 minutes to claim your offer after you tap the “Redeem Offer” button on the app, so be sure that you’re ready to score your freebie when you do. The post 7-Eleven: FREE 23-Ounce Nestea Bottle appeared first on Hip Mama's Place.
  • #ShareACoke With Our Troops

    HipMamasPlace
    28 May 2015 | 6:11 pm
      Join Kroger and Coca-Cola in supporting our troops by sending FREE Coca-Cola cans to troops!  All you have to do is email, tweet, share (Facebook), or Pin (Pinterest) the offer and with every action, another Coke will be donated to our troops- up to 100,000 cans!). How awesome is that?? The post #ShareACoke With Our Troops appeared first on Hip Mama's Place.
  • What Would Princess Charlotte Read? + Candlewick “Princess” Books #Giveaway!

    HipMamasPlace
    27 May 2015 | 7:56 pm
      In honor of Princess Charlotte, the newest addition to the British royal family, here is a list of books from Candlewick Press that any young royal would love to read! Tales of family, friendship, loyalty, and compromise are what you can expect in these selection of stories. What better topics for a young royal to learn about? With ingenuity and curiosity, these princesses have the power to make things happen. From ornate royal gowns to black capes, from the comforts of the royal castle to dirt-filled flower beds, to learning about sharing and open-mindedness, these princesses show…
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  • Apparently I'm not a good parent

    Tina
    21 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Maeven was being goofy, pretending to be stuck under Tyr's mattress on the floor...saying "HEEEEELP....Mom, help!" I was texting a friend and ignoring her temporarily...knowing she wasn't actually stuck...so Maeven says: "Heeeeelp....Mom, heeeeeeeelp. You'renotaverygoodparent" (as a sort of aside)...then..."Heeeeeeeeelp". Lol. Dork. I'm surrounded by dorks.
  • Can't hear you!

    Tina
    17 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    LOL!! My 9yr old just told me "I'm not here, so I can't hear you!" when I was saying it's 9 o'clock, time to start getting ready for bed. I said "Oh REALLY?" and he said "Just go with it." True story. LOL
  • Unlecturing

    Tina
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    I love that I finally seem to have developed the ability to lecture my 14yr old daughter about life lessons in a way that is goofy and fun, and very UNlecture-y. Just had a long conversation with her about the importance of routine....something I've struggled with for YEARS. At least since I became a mom...I was much better about it pre-kids. Lately I've actually been getting my act together,
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    MomDot

  • Never miss a moment again with XFINITY X1

    trisha haas
    29 May 2015 | 4:49 pm
    At least once a day you are probably whipping out your phone to take a picture or video of whatever may be going on. From birthday parties, lunch get together or just your adorable kids running through the yard, everyone wants to share their experiences with friends and family. I know I do- that’s why […]
  • Finally – No stopping summer Fun in the sun!

    trisha haas
    28 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    We live in the south so our spring is in total full force and fun. We are mowing the yard, enjoying our little bird family out the front door, and yes- have already been in the pool and water slide this season. For those of you still stuck in the north I am sure you […]
  • Black Bean and Corn Salsa Sidedish Recipe

    trisha haas
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    There is nothing I love more than my weekly (often bi-weekly) trip to gather up fresh fruits and vegis and serving them up in a 100 ways. This Black Bean and Corn Salsa, perfect for chips and dip OR to serve right on a tortilla or hard taco for the freshest of the fresh lunches […]
 
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  • They Coulda’ Been Great: April 2015

    Kate
    8 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Maybe it was all of the Listen to Your Mother Show madness (DON’T worry – I will not include all one million posts related to that here) but April was a blur. Good thing I have Facebook to remind me of what I actually did last month…here are the highlights! (What is this? All answers are HERE.) April 2 1:37 p.m. Perfect day to vacuum the car. April 3 7:43 p.m. You know what’s really fun? Trying to do a new exercise video while your eight year old son watches: “Wow – you’re really sweaty.” “Why does it look so easy for them and you’re…
  • They Coulda’ Been Great: March 2015

    Kate
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Almost three weeks later…here are the Facebook highlights  from March! (What is this? All answers are HERE.) March 1 10:26 a.m. Eleanor: So yeah – Jade got her ears pierced. Me: I guess YOU want to get your ears pierced? Eleanor: [rolls eyes] Uh – yeah. ALL of my friends have pierced ears…except for Lucy…and Lily. Me: Well – we had originally talked about waiting until you’re 12… Eleanor: That’s when YOU got your ears pierced. Me: I know – back in “the olden days…” Eleanor: MOM! I don’t call it…
  • Art to Grow On

    Kate
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    I almost never do sponsored posts anymore (in fact, I think it’s been years!) But this is one I couldn’t pass up. It also seemed like a great opportunity for a Wishing True post (again – I think it’s been years). SO let me tell you about one of my favorite online stationery stores, Minted! I used them for holiday cards this year and they were gorgeous. Having spent a good amount of time checking out the website, I’m also very familiar with their line of art prints.  Now that my kids are older (ages 8-10), they’ve outgrown some of the “nursery”…
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    Blog By Donna

  • Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Donna Chaffins
    28 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take advantage of your slow cooker. In fact, I like using my crock pot even more in the summer. I can spend the beautiful sunny hot days outside enjoying myself and when it’s time for dinner, I don’t have to do anything but serve and eat. And you can always fire up the grill for your protein and make a side or dessert in the slow cooker. What I’m saying is…. don’t stop using your slow cooker (crock pot) just because it’s summertime. Here’s a delicious summertime recipe to make in…
  • We Can Make a Difference by Voting: State Farm Neighborhood Assist #SFNeighborhoodAssist

    Donna Chaffins
    27 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation for State Farm Neighborhood Assist. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I’ve been voting in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program. And it really does make me feel good knowing I’m helping out great causes in great communities. My community is important to me. This is where I am bringing my son up. Our communities help us as parents by providing safe places for our children to learn, grow, and play. Whether it’s schools and after school programs or community centers, State Farm Neighborhood Assist…
  • Start Preparing Your Children Early

    Donna Chaffins
    21 May 2015 | 5:22 pm
    With the way the world is constantly changing it is important that your children be well prepared to survive in the world. As a parent it is your duty to make sure that your children have the proper knowledge, skills and wisdom to be able to make sound decisions and take care of themselves. With the way the economy shifts, providing a solid foundation in financial literacy is critical. Below are a few tips to get them started early on the road to financial success. Piggy Banks and Budgets Though your children may not have to worry about Charlotte insurance and other common household expenses…
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    High Impact Mom

  • Jillian Lauren wows with her heart-wrenching look at getting all she ever wanted

    Amanda
    5 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    My absolute love and devotion to Weezer is no secret, pretty much anyone who’s met me has had the pleasure of hearing one story or another that eventually involved Weezer, so it should come as no surprise that I jumped at the opportunity to review Jillian Lauren’s latest (sure-to-be) bestseller.  The wife of Weezer bassist, Scott Shriner, and an incredible author, mother, and activist, Jillian Lauren is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with in the world. This is never more apparent than in her latest foray into the literary scene, “Everything You Ever Wanted,” a…
  • Spring Break: 5 Tips for Encouraging Your Child’s Artistic Side

    Amanda
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    For many of us, Spring Break is in full swing and parents everywhere are scrambling to make plans to keep the wee ones occupied and content.  Instead of planning an excursion for every day, why not stock up on your favorite craft supplies, gather your kitchen and home supplies, and let the kids loose on the porch with the sunlight and their imaginations?  Activities such as coloring, drawing and painting are part of most children’s lives and exploring visual arts is an enjoyable activity for kids, that also has proven brain-boosting benefits.   In fact, taking the time to create is…
  • Five Ways to Add Humor to Your Child’s April Fool’s Day

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

  • Stitch Fix: I love it!

    13 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Howdy. I seem to forget that I have a blog for about a month at a time lately. Oh well. I do!So, a bunch, and I mean BUNCH of my friends have started 'shopping' for their clothes through this new service called Stitch Fix. You go online, fill out this extensive questionnaire about your clothing preferences, and then voila - you are assigned to a stylist who puts together a box of five clothing items and/or accessories for you.I got my first one today, and two of the five pieces she sent to me are a HUGE HIT. I love them both.I am ABOMINABLE at taking clothing selfies, but here they are - a…
  • Eleven years ago today...

    10 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    ...in a castle in Wales, we said "I do".  I hope and pray for an eternity more.And I need to wear those shoes again....soon. Happy Anniversary Matt. My moon, my stars, my everything. Love, your cariad
  • Lemon Brunch Cake

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    From Savoring Time in the Kitchen - my all time favorite food blogger; we share a similar palate.Note:  If you use a bundt pan for this recipe, you will find that the batter only fills up the pan by about 1/2 way or so.  That's okay. This is a smaller (shorter) cake.  3 eggs Zest of 2 lemons14 tablespoons (200 gr) unsalted butter (softened at room temperature) 1-1/4 cups (250 gr) granulated sugar 1 cup (125 gr) unbleached all-purpose flour 1 cup (125 gr) Bob's Red Mill Brown Rice Flour - or substitute corn starch2 teaspoons baking powder Lemon…
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    Cool Baby Kid

  • 5 Disadvantages of Using A Bottle Warmer

    author
    29 May 2015 | 6:21 pm
    It is without a doubt that the bottle warmer is one of the best baby stuff discoveries yet. It is very useful and has lots of benefits, not only for the babies, but for the parents also. However, it has a few downsides, as well. This article will tackle about the disadvantages of using a bottle warmer to heat up your little one’s milk. But before that, it is also necessary to be aware of the different types of bottle warmers you can choose from – there’s a lot of it depending on your situation. Types of Bottle Warmers Standard Baby Bottle Warmer This is  mostly the usual or the common…
  • Safety Considerations on Buying A Baby Crib Mattress

    author
    29 May 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Most parents have spent quite a lot of time on what designer crib to buy, and often than not, a crib mattress is the last item thought about when buying stuff for your baby’s room/nursery. Purchasing a crib mattress is not that thrilling in comparison with that stylish furniture or those eye-catching designs and colors of a crib, eventually. Why is picking the best crib mattress that suits your baby matter? First and foremost, a substantial portion of an infant’s life will be spent in a crib as babies sleep up to 18 hours a day. And that is why the crib mattress earned its importance,…
  • Travelling With Twins

    author
    28 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    You may be stressed with your work and somehow realized that you need a break, away from all the hustle and bustle in your office, or perhaps your younger sister is getting married so you have to travel. Either way, you don’t want your twins to be left behind right? Travelling with your little ones can be thrilling, but at the same time exhausting, especially if your babies are still in their months old. Planning, preparing and a positive attitude is the key to make your trip easier. As I have mentioned, prepare; prepare for the worst outcome imaginable – for example, if you’re…
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    Meal Makeover Moms Kitchen

  • Recipe for Hummus, Chicken & Grape Tartines + National Hummus Day + a Giveaway {Podcast #267}

    Meal Makeover Moms
    20 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Bring the healthy flavors of the Mediterranean to your family’s table with this easy-to-make recipe for Hummus, Chicken & Grape Tartines. On this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast, we celebrate National Hummus Day (May 21, 2015) by digging into hummus: What’s it made from? Why is hummus so nutritious? And what are some easy ways to add it to your family’s diet? And we’re offering a giveaway (3 winners!) for 10 free Sabra coupons and a $50.00 Visa gift card; read on for the details. LISTEN TO COOKING WITH THE MOMS by clicking the play button…
  • Hummus Brownie Bites + Why It’s a Good Idea to Eat Two Heaping Tablespoons of Hummus a Day!

    Meal Makeover Moms
    18 May 2015 | 4:32 pm
    These luscious Brownie Bites are a healthy makeover of classic gooey brownies, but they taste just as decadent. Oh, and they’re made with hummus instead of gobs of butter! How’s that for a fun ingredient swap?Looking for a special dessert for your family with a better-for-you fat profile, less added sugar, and more beneficial nutrients? Look no further than our yummy Hummus Brownie Bites.This is one of our most flavorful makeovers ever!Disclosure: We created this recipe for Sabra and were compensated for the recipe and social media outreach. All opinions are solely our own. So…
  • FREE Trial Membership for THRIVE MARKET + Save up to 50% on Your Favorite Organic & Natural Products

    Meal Makeover Moms
    13 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Stocking our pantries with wholesome and organic staples just got a whole lot easier and affordable thanks to a new online shopping service called, THRIVE MARKET.And now everyone in our Meal Makeover Mom community can save too!When you visit our affiliate page on THRIVE MARKET, you’ll automatically receive a two-month FREE trial membership and $10.00 towards your first purchase!{Disclosure: As part of Thrive’s blogger affiliate program, we earn a percentage of every paid membership.}As moms, dietitians,  and food bloggers, we’re constantly cooking up easy, healthy and…
 
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    Go Grow Go!

  • 5 Ways to Increase Summer Reading in Kids Today!

    Felicia
    25 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    If you have been following along with me for any length of time then you know how important reading is to our family.  Summer reading is something we make an intentional effort towards.  Because I am at home with the boys, I try to find ways to make it a little more fun an interesting.  Here are 5 ways to increase summer reading in kids today! SIGN UP FOR SCHOLASTIC READING PROGRAM We sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading program every year it is offered.  Granted, I have two little boys that really love to read, but to add a little competition to the mix just makes it that much more…
  • 11 Ways to Wear White Jeans

    Felicia
    20 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Summer is almost here and I couldn’t be more happy!  I am starting to bust out the more casual clothes as my days at the school are becoming sparse (insert me dancing to Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince).  So, today I am thrilled to be teaming up with 11 of your favorite fashion bloggers (and humbled that they let this country girl join).  Check out our 11 ways to wear white jeans. White jeans?  You want me to wear white jeans?  That is what I asked myself last year when this trend came back around.  Remember when they were all the rage in the 90’s?  Mine…
  • 10 Ways to Take 10 Minutes For Yourself Every Day

    Felicia
    17 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Life can get crazy no matter who you are.  However, I have found that becoming a mother has made it increasingly harder to take a few minutes for myself.  The reality is that you need a little alone time in order to recharge yourself.  Here are 10 ways to take 10 minutes for yourself every day without spending a ton of money or being inconvenient to those around you.  As always, thank you for helping support the brands that support our family.  I truly use International Delight every single day so this compensated post makes sense for me and my life. 1. POUR YOURSELF AN ICED COFFEE OR…
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  • Locating Help On Locating Root Elements In Losing Weight Quickly

    Mylestones
    30 May 2015 | 12:25 am
    Trying To Lose Weight? Follow These Helpful Hints! It’s tough to talk to people about weight loss. Often, people want to lose weight because they’re unhappy with their appearance, but that doesn’t mean they want to admit that to others. The article below describes some methods that can have you feeling better about your weight in no time. There are often low calorie substitutes for the foods you like the best. Request smaller amounts of cheese to top your pizza, or ice cream that is low-fat instead of traditional flavors. There are also many great tasting diet sodas and…
  • A Helpful Analysis On Deciding Upon Essential Issues For Earning Money Online

    Mylestones
    30 May 2015 | 12:14 am
    The Very Best Informatiom About Producing Monery Online So, lots of people discuss generating an income online that you can actually believe that it is a scam. That’s just not the facts, however. A lot of people earn money online, and lots of people make a lot of cash online. Make sure you keep reading for several tips in order to be among those people. When planning how to make money working online, never place all your eggs in a basket. Keep as much options open as possible, to actually will always have money coming in. Should your main site suddenly stops posting work or…
  • Some Challenging Ideas For Deciding On Fundamental Aspects Of Norcross Martial Arts Classes

    Mylestones
    30 May 2015 | 12:14 am
    It can’t make sense permit an attacker get close enough to punch. If he’s got a knife or club, or a little fist that is fast, efficient strategy will be kick low and hard and keep him out of range. The issue is that many Tae Kwon Do schools do not teach the appropriate way to make use of the legs. And yet, parents routinely take their kids to medical clinics every day to obtain that precise thing done. Because, if they didn’t, they run risking potential their child contracting probably the most worst illnesses known to mankind. Is Team Beach Body a good company, maybe scam?
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    ROCK AND DROOL

  • Girl Shaming and Dress Codes

    melissa
    28 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    This article from Time Magazine came at an interesting time and I happen to have far more than a Facebook update to say about this subject. You see, yesterday I was in the office of my son’s elementary school when two adorable girls walked in. They seemed completely confused, they didn’t understand why they were sent from recess to the office. Or maybe they knew why but just didn’t get it. Turned out, someone thought the duo, dressed in warm weather attire, were wearing shorts that were against the school’s dress code. When these girls walked into the office, the first…
  • Actions and Reactions: The Beginning of What, I Do Not Know

    melissa
    25 May 2015 | 11:38 am
      I just bought a new case for my iPad and it has a built-in keyboard. I was playing over on this app I have called Werdsmith. It’s just a basic writing app but it’s good. I like it. Anyway, before I even knew what I was doing with this idea I had about every action has a reaction…I was busily plucking away on the very nice keyboard that the Logitech case has. Seriously, if you’re looking for a new iPad case, check out the Logitech line. They’ve gotten the keyboard right!!   This has no name. And, if you know me by now, you know it really is only an…
  • Dark Clouds and Sunshine: Fat Shaming in a Public Bathroom

    melissa
    17 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    Last night, I went to Tequila Mundo with my husband and friends of ours. We went last year, too. It’s a blast, especially for tequila lovers like us. It’s also a great place to people watch. And midway through the event, people get really friendly. It’s amazing what tequila does to a person! The coolest thing about these types of events are the people that come to them. There are the hipsters and the conservatively dressed. Almost every ethnicity and culture is represented. And, for a few hours, all is right in the world.  We are all united by our interest in tequila and…
 
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  • 4 reasons why being a soccer mom is easier than a dance mom

    Laura-Kim
    28 May 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Kiara had a dance competition yesterday. I have discovered that every sport, soccer, cricket, swimming and dancing, all are riddled with some sort of politics that the coaches often have to deal with behind the scenes. This is the last year our studio will be taking part in this competition because of the conditions the girls are placed in (think rats running across the stage). All that aside, Kiara danced really well. It is her happy place, she doesn’t have the killer instinct of her brother to win but rather just to dance, so the results to her aren’t as important as the…
  • Blogging takes courage

    Laura-Kim
    28 May 2015 | 2:01 am
      I was doing some research for SA Mom blogs and looking for some blog inspiration when I came across this article and it really resonated with me. There has been a lot of chatter in our local blogging community about honest, ethics, integrity and brands in blogging. The article mentions a few reasons why blogging takes courage but it doesn’t mention that it also takes courage to stand by your opinions and beliefs. Blogging by sheer definition means you are basically putting your life out there, everything you do, the decisions you make and the brands you want to associate with. I…
  • McDonalds – Know Our Food

    Laura-Kim
    25 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    When I was a student our campus was on Pretoria CBD and there was much excitement when a McDondald’s was built within walking distance of our campus. The amount of burgers, chips and milkshakes we consumed during our 3 years is probably rather shameful! Over the years McDonald’s, like many other fast food outlets and brands, have taken a beating in the media. Images of pink slime are spread around Facebook, they are accused of causing obesity, their milkshakes apparently are made of potato – the list goes on and on.  I am not going to get into all of those allegations right…
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  • Pass The Love Instant Win Sweeps - Just won a soccer ball!

    Erin McAllister
    25 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Considering I just won a soccer ball on my first try of this instant win I thought I should share!Enter daily (through July 9th, 2015) for your chance to win the Ritz Soccer Jersey, Soccer Ball and Key Chain Instant Win Game and Sweepstakes! PRIZES INCLUDE:(56) Grand Prizes: A U.S. Soccer home jersey. All details of jersey are determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. ARV: $89.99.(2,632) First Prizes: A Pass the Love soccer ball. ARV: $12.(2,688) Second Prizes: A Pass the Love Ball key chain. ARV: $4.99.To enter visit https://mondelez.promo.eprize.com/passthelove15/ TIP:…
  • Happy Mother's Day: Mother's Song Poem

    Erin McAllister
    10 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Happy Mother's Day! This is one of my favorite Mother's poems of all time. I would like to dedicate it to my Mom and my children, without them I wouldn't know the emotions of a Mother's Love. It is truly the greatest feelings ever to love your children and have them love you back.I love you Mom, Elijah and Ariel!!! Disney's Presentation Of "A Mother's Song" written by: Sabine Baring-GouldMy heart is like a fountain truethat flows and flows with love to youas chirps the lark unto the treeso chirps my pretty babe to me There is not a rose wherever I seekas comely as my baby's…
  • Music Monday: Walk The Moon - Shut Up and Dance

    Erin McAllister
    4 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    Walk The Moon - Shut Up and DanceI think everybody loves this song right now! 
 
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  • Bug Season is Here. Let’s Craft a Bug Party!

    Brenda Ponnay
    29 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    It’s that time of year again. Time to make sure you have screens on your windows and citronella candles on your patio. But if you’re like us, you love bugs. Especially butterflies and caterpillars. We don’t love the flies and mosquitos quite as much. We thought it would be fun to make some buggy crafts that might come in handy for bug-themed birthday parties or just an afternoon of it’s-almost-summer fun. What do you need for making bugs? Not much! Supplies for this Bug Craft 1. Chenille stems 2. self-adhesive googly eyes 3. tissue paper 4. beads 5. imagination! 6.
  • Epic Tantrum Time

    Amalah
    29 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    Dear Amy – Your advice column and blog have gotten me through so much of my pregnancy and early motherhood. Your low-key advice and humor is my inspiration to also be low-key and humorous in parenting, and my husband and I love the Satter method that you turned us on to. My son (turning 2 in July) has started to have some pretty epic tantrums lately. Up to this point, he’s been a relatively easy going baby, and we’ve been using baby sign language to try and stem issues with pre-verbal freak outs. He sleeps 12-hours a night (7 – 7) and take one 1.5-hour nap a day. His…
  • Transitioning To Middle School With ADHD

    Mir Kamin
    28 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    Got tweens/teens? We’re trying a new advice column here at Alpha Mom—official name is still TBD—and today is our first reader question. We just felt like Amy does such a great job with her Advice Smackdown in handling the little-kid questions, why not try out a similar format for the older-kid crowd. We hope you enjoy! And if you have a question to submit, hit me up at alphamomteens[at]gmail[dot]com. Hi there! You’re very pretty. I have two beautiful, smart daughters. My elder one, 11, has ADHD-PI. She is so smart but scattered like whoa. I get it, I have some of…
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    Crunchy Green Mom

  • Digital Media Academy - Made by Girls

    29 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    This past year I have been looking at the whole STEM initiative that has been prevalent in the news. What is STEM?  STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, [note 1] technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science and technology
  • Schools End 2015

    21 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    7 schools days * 1 week * 1 Monday, 2 Tuesdays, 1 Wednesday, 1 Thursday, 2 Fridays* Until school is out for the 2014-2015 year. Not that I am counting. What am I looking forward to the most? Not planning for "sharing" on Mondays. Not setting out the kids clothes every night. No homework, panicked evenings if we have activities and no school lunch stresses. Kids at the River -
  • Beaver Run Resort - Travel within the world you know

    11 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    I have a confession. I am not native to Colorado. Please don't flog me for that, I got here as fast as I could. My father brought me here when I was 16 years old for vacation and I fell in love. I turned and looked at him while I was staring out the window of the cedar lined cabin watching the rain fall and said, "Daddy, when I grow up, I am going to move here" He nodded at me like
 
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  • Beat Summer Boredom with These Free and Cheap Activities

    Jennifer Shusterman
    28 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    The end of another school year is winding to a close, and no mom wants a bunch of bored kids sitting around the house. Whether you want to make the most of the last few “school free” months before your child becomes a Kindergartner like I do or you’re looking for fun activities to keep your kids from getting bored this Summer, you probably want to have fun without emptying your wallet. We all want to save money without sacrificing a great time, right? There are some great family oriented activities you can do with your kids for free or cheap, and I’ve compiled some…
  • May Is Preeclampsia Awareness Month

    Jennifer Shusterman
    16 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    As a 2 time Preeclampsia survivor I have a special place in my heart for preeclampsia awareness. Preeclampsia was first described by Hippocrates around 400BC. Today we still know very little about this disorder that (combined with other hypertensive disorders) results in 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year. What is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy and the postpartum period that affects 5-8% of all pregnancies. The disorder rapidly progresses putting the lives of both mother and baby in danger. Preeclampsia is characterized by high blood…
  • Who Is This Jennifer Chick, and Where Is Connie?

    Jennifer Shusterman
    12 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Many of Brainfoggles’ regular readers may be wondering exactly who I am and where has Connie gone? Today I wanted to fill you in on what is going on with Brainfoggles and give a long overdue introduction of myself. Never fear, Connie is still around, but she is dealing with some family issues at the moment that have taken her away for a few weeks. Connie often posts about her health issues and health issues of her family members. Unfortunately some of those health issues have taken a toll, and Connie needed to step away from Brainfoggles for a bit. She will be returning when life…
  • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an Old El Paso Taco Bar and $10 Paypal Cash Giveaway #Publixfiesta #ad

    Jennifer Shusterman
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Cinco de Mayo is approaching, and we love to have a big fiesta. After a month of seemingly never-ending rain, May usually brings lots of sunshine and beautiful weather. Cinco de Mayo is an excuse to get our family and friends together for lots of fun and food, and it’s even easier to create a great authentic Mexican menu with Old El Paso and Avocados from Mexico found at Publix! My in-laws open their pool, and we all enjoy the first opportunity of the year to go swimming while the kids play and we all pig out on tacos and our beverages of choice. It’s easy to setup a DIY Taco Bar…
  • Barbie in Princess Power and Paypal Cash Giveaway Winners Announced!

    Jennifer Shusterman
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:41 pm
    As much as we would love to give something to everyone who entered our recent giveaways, we just can’t make that happen. So, it’s time to announce the winners from our Barbie in Princess Power giveaway and the $15 Paypal Cash giveaway! 3 Winners were chosen for the Barbie in Princess Power combo pack, and they are… Kristie D.  Kelley H. Ger M. Your movies have been sent out, so keep an eye on the mail! The $15 Paypal Cash Giveaway winner is… Desiree H. I will be contacting the winner for your Paypal info, so watch your email if this is you! Thank you to everyone who…
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  • Poem of the Month: The Poetry of the Universe

    Amber
    21 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    For the past few months I have been writing poetry. While I’m churning them out at a slightly slower rate than a couple of months ago, I’m still writing weekly. Many of them are not fit for public consumption, but I have written enough that are and I’d like to share some of them. And so, a blog series is born. These aren’t my most personal poems, but I do enjoy each of them. And now, here is this month’s poem, inspired by my love of math. The Poetry of the Universe My favourite number changes Sometimes it’s 16 Sometimes it’s 36 Usually it’s 96 Because…
  • Sometimes You Just Have to Try Something

    Amber
    18 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Sometimes you have to step out of your shell and try something new. This happened to me yesterday when my husband and I were enjoying a kid-free afternoon in a very trendy neighbourhood. I came across the Commercial Drive Licorice Parlour, which I have visited before because I am a licorice lover. This time, however, I was brought up short by a sign outside advertising ‘snorting chocolate’. Now, I am a chocolate lover as much as a licorice lover, if not even more so, but I was puzzled. And intrigued. And puzzled. How, and more importantly why, would one snort chocolate? Once I was…
  • Podcast: Mothers and Memoirs with Melissa Cistaro

    Amber
    12 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    Podcasting was my most favourite thing for a time, and now I’m thrilled to be slowly getting back into it. The opportunity to chat with interesting people about interesting things is amazing – I highly recommend it. Today I’m excited to share another conversation with an interesting person. Melissa Cistaro is the author of Pieces of my Mother, a memoir that was released in the US on May 5, 2015 and seems to be gearing up for official release in Canada on May 15, 2015. Melissa’s mother left the family home when Melissa was very young. The memoir covers her experiences…
  • What I Will Not do This Year

    Amber
    5 May 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Today is my 39th birthday. Unlike previous years, this birthday actually didn’t trigger a massive existential crisis. This feels sort of ironic given the fact that I am sort of betwixt and between at the moment, cooling my heels until I start school full-time in the fall. Maybe that’s why – I’m letting myself off the hook because I know I have a plan, and I don’t have to do anything to make that plan happen right now. Whatever the cause, it’s lovely. Birthday SelfieFor the past few years I’ve made birthday resolutions. The idea was to set some…
  • FOD-What?

    Amber
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    I am one of those people who can eat pretty much anything. That doesn’t mean I like everything. Corn on the cob is not my thing no matter how often other people urge me to give it a try. I have. It doesn’t do much for me. I am somehow managing to live a full and happy life in spite of it. But there are very few things I do enjoy that cause me any digestive issues, especially if I don’t go completely overboard. As in, I can eat Halloween candy, but I can’t eat all the Halloween candy at one sitting. My husband, on the other hand, has to be careful about what he eats.
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    Playground Confidential

  • The real reason I dig a dadbod

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    4 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Image via Flickr cc license.  Beards and man buns can step aside because the latest dude trend is the dadbod. It all started about a month ago when Mackenzie Pearson wrote an article called “Why Girls Love The Dad Bod,” on The Odyssey. Then last Thursday New York Mag’s The Cut tried to figure out what ... [Read more...]The post The real reason I dig a dadbod appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • My spring body image hack

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Image credit via Flickr cc license I accidentally bought the wrong size pants. This happens sometimes, when your number one method of clothes shopping involves grabbing something off the sale rack and then sprinting across the store to catch your three-year-old before she falls down the escalator. It can also happen when your number two method ... [Read more...]The post My spring body image hack appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 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.
 
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    Terry Matlen's Posts - Moms With ADD/ADHD

  • Ways to Connect with Me!

    Terry Matlen
    11 May 2015 | 7:26 am
    Please sign up for my newsletter to get all the updates on ADHD in a friendly, informal way by signing up at HERE.  You can also request to work with me one -on -one via my main website at  ADDconsults.com- I offer online consultations and more. And if you'd like to work with me and other women with ADHD to "get things done", join the Queens of Distraction- my exclusive, private online group coaching program where we take on clutter and organizing projects *and* have fun:  www.QueensOfDistraction.com You can also hang out with me on Facebook HERE or follow me on Twitter (TerryMatlen).
  • Win an Autographed Copy of My New Book!

    Terry Matlen
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    WIN an autographed copy of my new book, "The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Clutter, Find Focus, and Get More Done." Enter HERE! 
  • 7 Days Left to Clear the Clutter with Me! (Special Savings)

    Terry Matlen
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    The Queens of Distraction Labor Day Special! LAST WEEK TO JOIN AT SPECIAL RATES Hi,  I'm Terry Matlen, the Queen of Distraction (and founder of Moms with ADD!)  and here are 3 reasons to read this. Do you want to: Kick clutter to the curb? See the surface of your tables again? Get started on your projects and start feeling good about yourself? Come hang out with me in a secret, private room with other women with ADD, who "get" your challenges and are there to offer support. We meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to get a handle on what is driving you CRAZY. It's all about taking…
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  • If only common sense was…. well common!

    Ron Rosenhead
    21 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    The above idea came from a tweet I saw in April. It read: I must admit I was taken aback by this. Why? Before explaining fully let me say a thank you to Operation Saves Lives, they probably never intended the above to go in the direction I am going to take it. So why was I taken aback? Well … Read More >Related Posts:Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough…Where is your project Gateway review?So, what have I learned this year 1?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?How good are your listening skills?
  • Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project

    Ron Rosenhead
    5 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    Many of the blogs I write are as a result of something that has happened working on a client assignment. This one is no different. The above words “Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project” were spoken by a manager on a project management course. The person suggested that the case study (project brief – 283 words long) … Read More >Related Posts:Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…“Can you show me how to produce a Gantt chart?”Good project management skills are not enoughPractical project management training – it…
  • Recognition; it’s such a powerful tool

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    I took a rest and for some background noise, put the TV on. The programme was Undercover Boss. (For a full description of the programme go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercover_Boss ) This episode was based around a Calgary Transit where the boss went undercover to discover how the company was doing. I caught the last 10 minutes. It was fascinating. I was … Read More >Related Posts:So, how good are you?Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…Who are your good project management role models?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?Do…
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  • 40 and f*cked or 40 and fabulous?

    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In about four and a half months I'm going to be 40.The big 4-0. Middle aged.Half way to 80. It's not been setting well with me. You see, I had a plan to help myself cope with turning 40. I was going to dedicate all of 39 to making sure when I turned 40, I was fabulous. I was going to have muscles and be in the best shape of my life. I was going to have my career going on a path that would actually allow me to retire one day. I was going to be all zen and wise and shit, so I could rock my 40th birthday, possibly on a beach in a bikini. I mean, probably like one of those…
  • Since the end of the school year is near and so many teachers are being asked to help a kid out...

    25 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    I recently heard from a student who was freaking out because she might not  graduate. As it turns out, Lisa* had been absent for an extended period of time earlier in the semester and didn't turn in her make-up work. She's known for some time she was at risk of not being able to graduate because of the missing work. It's not like she hasn't had a progress or report card or two since failing to turn it in, but I guess she decided the best time to address it was two weeks before graduation. She gave all the excuses that placed the blamed solely on the teacher that every teacher in the…
  • Just in case you thought now might be a good time to be my neighbor

    21 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    We have a really bad feral cat problem in our neighborhood. Like, bad enough that we have a feral cat program where a company will come out and leave a trap and then come pick the cat up and our local vet will spay or neuter it for free. The problem is so bad because there is a cat house one street over from us. Not an actual whore house, but a house that some idiot has cracked the windows on, taken the screens off and set out unlimited amounts of cat foot. As a result, we've got cats and kittens all over the place. As you can imagine, the people in my neighborhood really love…
 
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  • Hire the Best Lawyer for Your Legal Matter

    30 May 2015 | 1:13 am
    Are you interested in finding a lawyer in Carlstadt? This means that you are facing a legal matter, so your choice of hiring a specialist is a wise one. However, finding a lawyer is not a simple task. You need to make sure that the person hired by you is qualified for the type of problem you are facing. Most lawyers are specialized in a specific field, so they can’t represent just anyone in any type of legal matter. It is better to hire someone who has experience in the type of cases similar to yours, so the best thing you can do is to ask for the help of a big law firm.
  • Are You Facing Drug Possession Charges?

    30 May 2015 | 12:11 am
    Are you facing drug possession charges? Depending on the drug you were caught with, you will face minor or grave sentences. For example, if you are pressed charges related to possession of marijuana, you will not have too many problems. Depending on the amount of marijuana you were found with, your sentence can be one year in prison, the suspension of your driver’s license or a $2,000 fine. This charge is treated as a Class A misdemeanor. You do not have to be confident over much. You must try to seek the assistance of Marijuana possession lawyers. They can help you get out of the hole.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Cocaine Possession

    29 May 2015 | 11:01 pm
    What do you know about cocaine possession? If you are implicated in a situation in which you are facing cocaine possession charges, hire an attorney as soon as possible. Being counseled and represented by a specialist when the case reaches the court of law is going to be very important for you. The law is very strict regarding drug possession so you definitely need all the help you can get from an expert. Presenting your own point of view without the help of a professional is possible, but it is highly recommended to have someone by your side who knows how judges think when it comes to drug…
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    And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog

  • My Sleep Number Mattress & I got smarter with #SleepIQ

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    28 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    I'm happy to report that my sleep IQ is rising. Thanks to the addition of the new Sleep Number SleepIQ technology to my already owned and loved Sleep Number M7 mattress, I have been learning a lot about more about how I sleep.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Hydration Tips for Your Kids from the NFL #NFLPLAY60 #NFLHealthSafety

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    6 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    Frequent readers likely recall that I am a mommy of 5, 4 boys and 1 girl.  My oldest son played high school football for 4 years and runs track in college, my second oldest son currently plays high school football and runs on the track team, my daughter will begin high school tennis this summer, and my twin 6 year old boys will be participating in numerous sports camps this summer including flag football.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • A bit of Family History while visiting Big Brother

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    6 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    My parents both met in college and our oldest son now attends that same university.  It's a rather fun shared experience between them and it particularly tickles my Dad.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
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  • yogurt + peanut butter + banana steel cut oats {protein breakfast}

    Sarah
    29 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to eat early in the morning.  My husband wakes up and his first thought is – what’s for breakfast?  I need like 5 hours or more before I even want to think about eating.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the
  • protein-packed steel cut oats

    Sarah
    29 May 2015 | 5:34 pm
  • DIY pool tennis racket {summer games}

    Sarah
    29 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    We created our DIY pool tennis game and had fun in the sun with Banana Boat as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #BestSummerEver” Here in Palm Springs, life doesn’t exist without a pool.  We’ve had a pretty mild spring, which was nice but the heat is coming in. 
 
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  • Half time

    Kristy
    28 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Karis turned nine years old yesterday. Her party is on Saturday (and will be blogged about in detail) but yesterday she officially crossed the halfway point on her journey to legal adulthood. In honor of the significance of the milestone, I ordered her a half birthday cake. It was a miracle that the bakery didn’t screw it up! They usually screw up my peculiar orders. She had cake and opened a few presents, then we went out to eat at the restaurant of her choosing. It was a sweet, simple day. Both Jesse and I wrote long messages in her card, and after reading them she excused herself for…
  • Mind your own damn business, Carl!

    Kristy
    25 May 2015 | 9:56 pm
    There’s a checkout guy at my local Target named Carl. He’s a little on the slow side. Very friendly. Too friendly, in fact. He pays close attention to my every purchase, and knows each of my children – if not by name, by face. A few years ago I bought a pregnancy test. Every checkout person knows the golden rule of being a proper checkout person is to never comment on things like pregnancy tests or tampons or condoms or medications or anything having to do with a person’s sex parts. Carl doesn’t follow the golden rule. He excitedly asked me about the test. Was I…
  • It’s hard out there for a sith

    Kristy
    20 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Darth Vader: *heavy breathing* Me: Hello? Is this Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith? DV: This is he. Me: Oh, good. Thanks for taking my call. I wanted to let you in on some recent developments about Brecken’s party. DV: Go on. Me: Well, it turns out the only reason he wants you at his party is so he can beat you up. DV: *sigh* Yeah, I get that a lot. Me: How do you generally handle those situations? DV: Well, unless you’re morally opposed to violence, I just let them beat on me like a live piñata. Me: Really? Well, okay then. I just wanted to give you fair warning that they mean…
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  • Fabric upcycle: what you can make from old dresses

    Maria
    25 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    I love to find a new purpose from all things. My favourite materials to transform are cardboard boxes, newspapers and magazines, and fabric. These projects are the result of me not fitting so well into two old dresses that I loved. A long sleeveless denim dress and a summer stripy dress. A denim Cushion. Three chicken door stoppers, they were very welcome Christmas presents for family and friends. A door draft stopper, another thrifty Christmas gift. An apron, also to be given to someone as a gift. A heart lavender sachet, this one I kept for myself. A holder for all my pegs.
  • Portrait with ZIA hair

    Maria
    5 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    This portrait with hair in Zentangle Inspired Art style started off as an experiment, but I quite like the end result enough to share it here. I started by tracing a photo in Photoshop, which in itself came out quite nice with a cartoon like effect rather than a detailed portrait, which was exactly what I had in mind. I printed the portrait and then I decorated the hair part with Zentangle patterns.  
  • How to make a cutlery tray from cardboard containers

    Maria
    4 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    I made this cutlery tray from cardboard containers, newspaper and glue. To make this tray you need 4 long containers, hot glue gun, newspapers, vinyl glue, brushes, decorative paper, decoupage glue suitable for food containers. 1. Build the structure with the cardboard trays by securing them with a hot-glue gun. 2. Cover the structure with layers of newspaper strips, vinyl glue and water. Let dry over a few days until the frame feels solid. 3. Decorate with paper and glue for decoupage. Chose a waterproof glue, which is is suitable for kitchen items. I quite like the effect of the newspaper…
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  • Mushroom Crack AKA Russian Mushroom Julienne

    Heather
    19 May 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Dried Mushrooms Hanging from the Stove A while back, as we were studying about Russian in our chronological journey through history, I decided to research Russian restaurants in the Austin area. I remembered going to a place where we got some fantastic brine pickles and bought a beautiful book on Russian cuisine right after we first moved back to this area in 2007, but we hadn’t been there in many years and found it had closed down. I discovered to my delight that there was, in fact, a different place in downtown Austin that we could try out called (of course) “The Russian…
  • My Low-Tech Spiral Notebook Weekly Assignment List for the Teens

    Heather
    15 May 2015 | 11:35 pm
    I haven’t done a homeschooly post in a while and honestly, we’ve had a difficult year, but we are trucking along. In the beginning of the year I had ideas of how things were going to go, but as the bible verse says, “many are the plans of a man’s heart but the Lord directs his steps” or something like that… God had His own plans for this year. It is hard when you give Him the eraser and watch your dayplanner get full of those little messy eraser leftover pieces, but I’m still finding JOY that He’s in control and the more I watch Him burn away…
  • THSC Arlington – The Newest Texas Homeschool Book Fair and Conference

    Heather
    6 May 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Homeschool mom looks at curriculum in THSC Vendor Hall I used to love going to the Arlington Homeschool Book fair back in the day. I have been many times. I’ve been taking photos for THSC in the Woodlands for quite a few years now, so I have only been to Arlington once or twice in the past five years, though. I was excited when I found out that THSC bought the book fair and plans to add a few features from the Woodlands book fair that I had grown to love. THSC has asked me to come to Dallas this week and take pictures during their debut Arlington conference, so I will be there taking…
 
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  • $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash Giveaway

    29 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    Cottonelle would really love you to try out their new and improved bathroom routine. If you haven't requested your free sample kit yet, there is still time. Please click on the image below to access the offer. And just for checking it out, you will earn an entry into today's giveaway: winner's choice of a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash! I'd also love it if you could take a second and "like
  • Gorton’s Smart & Crunchy Prize Pack Review & Giveaway #smartandcrunchy

    28 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Eating smart is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. That's why Gorton's Seafood recently reinvented their iconic fish stick into Fishstick 2.0, also known as the Smart & Crunchy. What makes the Smart & Crunchy line special is that the fillets and fish sticks contain 50% less fat than Gorton’s regular breaded fish sticks and fillets. Made from 100% Alaska Pollock, Smart & Crunchy products
  • Secret Millionaires Club DVD Review & Giveaway (2 Winners)

    28 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Would you like your kiddo to start learning about the basics of business and finance at an early age? How about having world-renowned investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett as your child's mentor? Yes, that's made possible by watching Secret Millionaires Club, an animated TV series created by Genius Brands International to which Mr. Buffett lends his image and voice. The show makes it fun to
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    modernmami™

  • Avengers Products for Fans of All Ages!

    Melanie Edwards
    29 May 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Baby boy has grown to love many superheroes, including some of the Avengers. The entire family, really, is a fan of the Avengers characters, particularly Iron Man and The Hulk. My baby boy already owns a few Avengers shirts and toys, so he was ecstatic to see the awesome items we were sent courtesy of Walmart and our participation in the Walmart Moms program. Anyone who is a Marvel’s Avengers fan is going to love the array of Avengers merchandise available at Walmart and Walmart.com! From party supplies for a fun Avengers party to bedding sets and home decor items to help you create the…
  • Changing Curly Hair Attitudes: 3 Ideas to Help You Love Your Curls

    Melanie Edwards
    28 May 2015 | 4:19 pm
    My mami once told me that I was born with tiny curls in my hair…and so, she tried to “brush them out” by brushing my hair numerous times a day. I don’t hold this against her. She simply repeated what was taught to her. You see, in our culture (as in many Caribbean cultures), a phenomenon of good hair vs bad hair exists. Those with manageable, finer hair have “good hair” while those with tighter curls tend to be described as having “bad hair.” It’s all ridiculous, really, but historical aspects of a culture take time to change. My mom grew…
  • Fresh Organic Produce Delivered Right to Your Door with Pero Family Farms’ Organic Healthy Box! {Review}

    Melanie Edwards
    20 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    We’ve been buying a lot more organic produce these days, all in an effort to eat healthier. Mostly, my husband and I are the ones eating them, though the kids have been a little curious. One reason I’ve been able to buy more organic foods is that organic products are becoming more affordable. The price difference between organic and non-organic is becoming less for lots more products, allowing us to choose organic more often. One way to conveniently have fresh organic produce in your home is to have them delivered to your door. With the Pero Family Farms’ Organic Healthy…
 
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  • Join Me Today at The Better Mom?

    Natalie Snapp
    21 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    Ever feel like everyone has Heart Sister and you don’t? Ever feel lonely for friendships? Ever feel like you’re on the outside looking in? You’re not alone. I’ve been there, too. I’m excited to be featured over at The Better Mom today! Won’t you join me there? Click here to read “When You Feel Like Everyone Else Has Friends – And You Don’t.” Thanks, friend. See you there . . . The post Join Me Today at The Better Mom? appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
  • And The Winner Of The Girl’s Night Out Giveaway Is . . .

    Natalie Snapp
    18 May 2015 | 6:14 pm
    What better way to spend time with your Heart Sisters than a fun night out on the town, right? More than 1,800 of you entered to win a $100 Visa gift card, a Burt’s Bees Manicure Set, a fun OPI summer nail polish, a cute clutch bag (for your night out, of course) and a camera to take photos of your Heart Sisters and you. It’s my pleasure to announce the winner, right here, right now . . . Congratulations to . . . Cheryl Baranski Cheryl, please send your mailing address to info@litfuse.com. Yay for you! Come back and tell us what you do during your Girl’s Night Out?  …
  • When You Need Mercy And Not Judgment

    Natalie Snapp
    17 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    This is Sassy. Sassy came to live with us not so long after our sweet Ellie girl died and our hearts were still hurting. Her heart was hurting, too. We don’t know her story but she’s believed to be about eight years old – hence the white face. She was found wandering the streets of a town two hours from ours. She was taken to a shelter then Love of Labs of Indiana (LOLIN) placed her in a foster home. She was skittish, nervous. Loud noises terrified her, fast movements even more. She hated the crate. We tried it once and never will again. She won’t go into small, tiled…
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  • A Happier Hour Literary Salon with Claire Bidwell Smith & Jillian Lauren

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    28 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    On Tuesday evening, I had the privilege of co-hosting a Happier Hour Literary Salon with The New York Foundling. The Foundling does incredibly important work serving children and families and COO Bethany Lampland was on hand to talk to the crowd of 80+ thoughtful woman about that critical work, and about educational advocacy in particular. The authors of the evening were Claire Bidwell Smith and Jillian Lauren. It was very meaningful for me to host Claire and Jillian because they are not just fellow authors, but dear friends of mine who have been hosting Happier Hours Literary Salons in Los…
  • ADR Friday Loves 05.22.15

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    22 May 2015 | 3:27 pm
    … this Dear Commencement Speakers. … this piece on fraternities. … this designer. … this article. … this site. … and this site. … this book. …  and this book. … this rose gold flatware. … these words on the Dad Bod. … this finale recap.  … these Tretorns. … this Jacket Copy. … this dress. … this question: Should you tweet that? … this word, which explains how I feel about going back to… … this incomparable place for my 15th. (Oh, Time.) Feel free to follow this weekend’s…
  • 3 Great Quotes About Reading

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    20 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
      “It seems to me that one should only read books which bite and sting one. If the book we are reading does not wake us up with a blow to the head, what’s the point of reading? … A book ought to be an icepick to break up the frozen sea within us.” Franz Kafka “Read the best books first, or you might not have a chance to read them at all.” Henry David Thoreau “I always come to life after coming to books.” Jorge Luis Borges Are you a big reader? What are you reading now? Why do you read?
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    MOMeo Magazine for Work-at-Home Moms: Business Tools | Parenting Advice | Mom Lifestyle Tips | Mom Blog | Mom Forum

  • Learning to Be Lucky (aka Getting Your Kids to Listen) by @KathyBuckworth

    Kathy Buckworth
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    “You’re lucky your kids listen to you.” As she said this to me, I had to think about what my appropriate reaction should be. It could go a couple of ways. First of all, I’m not entirely convinced that my children listen to me when I’m regaling them with stories of my work day, the new chicken recipe I’m thinking of trying out, or the reasons why that woman down the street annoys me so much. In fact, I know they’re not listening then, because they give me what I call “The Mommy Nod”. Moms invented the Mommy Nod. When the kids are telling you about their friend’s super funny…
  • Leg Lifts Reimagined: Part 3 of the Outer Thigh Overload by @DPEverybodyFit

    Dana Pieper
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    This last installment of Outer Thigh Overload will really round out the series with an intense burn. Again, using no equipment,  you will strengthen and tone this area with a 3 part series of moves that will leave you sweating and sore the next day.
  • Stay in Your Skinny Shorts: 6 Summer Slim Tips by @TheresaAlbert

    Theresa Albert
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s summer! Well, our Victoria Day weekend signals the start of outdoor play time, vodka coolers and lemony beers plus snacks on the deck. Before we start, I want you to try on your shorts from last year (the ones with a waistband!). Don’t worry…I can wait. Whether they fit or not, this summer will not be THAT summer. (The one that you look back on as the one that had you gaining all that weight that you never could lose). You don’t have to give everything up but you do have to do these six things that will keep you fit (and your new shorts fitting). Split your fit. Get…
 
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    Eccentric Eclectic Woman

  • JazzEdge Easy Piano Basics Review

    Finamoon
    29 May 2015 | 1:14 pm
    My family had the privilege of trying JazzEdge Easy Piano Basics for this review to use in conjunction with my own homeschool curriculum. This is a Schoolhouse Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.JazzEdge was founded by by Berklee College of Music graduate, Willie Myette. This educational music program now provides lessons in piano and drums, with styles in jazz, funk, Latin, rock, gospel and blues. It also now caters to homeschoolers as well. These music lessons are great for families who have not had the time or chance to get lessons outside the home.
  • Hillsong United Empires Album Review and Giveaway

    Finamoon
    29 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    When my day is going bad good music always makes me happy. I love music and if I can praise God while I listen or sing along, all the better. My favorite music uplifts and inspires. My heart and soul gets plugged into the lyrics and/or instrumentals and I feel so much better about everything around me. The stress and everyday chaos of life just melts away.Empires is the forth studio album of Christian contemporary music composed of Christmas songs led by Hillsong Church. Hillsong Church is a Pentecostal mega church affiliated with Australian Christian Churches (the Australian branch of the…
  • Michael W. Smith Sovereign Sky Spills Over Music Video Single Sneak Peek

    Finamoon
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Here is an exclusive sneak peek of the Music Video of Sky Spills Over, a single on Michael W. Smith's Sovereign... Here’s a quote from MWS on the video:"I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER. It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night. My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project. But what made this project even more special was that 3 of my own grandkids were in the video. This video was a lot of fun to make. I hope people enjoy…
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    Mom Generations - Mom Fashion and Beauty - Creating a Stylish Life for Moms » Audrey

  • Daily Life: Culture Day from Ben’s Perspective

    Audrey McClelland
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    Last week while I was away with my mom and 2 older sons shooting a video series for Disney, my husband posted this on Facebook:I saw it. I read it again. I read it again. And each time I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.Did Ben – my Ben – really think he was Mexican?Apparently, he did.And apparently he was really upset that he was incorrect after telling the class about maracas.Well, I just was going through his papers from his folder and his teacher was just as surprised about Ben as we were! You can’t make this stuff up.And that Culture Day ditto just made it’s…
  • Walt Disney World Shoot with my Family #DreamComeTrue

    admin
    25 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    I just got back from Disney World 2 days ago and I’m still pinching myself! I got to head there with my oldest 2 sons and my mother for an amazing 3 days of shooting with them. We were shooting a video with the topic of traveling with tweens and grandparents to Disney… we were honored to be part of this series because we love Disney and we’re ALWAYS traveling with grandparents – near, far and otherwise!This particular Walt Disney World project was special for me because I got to work with my family. I know that my children, my husband and my parents “get”…
  • Disney World with 2 Guys and my Mom!

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    We’re in DISNEY WORLD!Oh, yes… I’m back and I’m loving it. Disney World truly is a magical place and it never ceases to amaze me how excited I get when I’m here, even at 36 years old! It’s funny, I was here a week and a half ago with Victoria and my husband for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference and now I’m here with my oldest 2 sons and my mom… completely different traveling trips. I actually got to zone out and watch TV (we were on JetBlue) on the flight here, with my Victoria… it was a little different! It was a wonderful feeling…
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    The Survival Mom

  • What is Honey Powder & How Do I Use It?

    The Survival Mom
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Honey powder is a food item that has become popular in food storage circles. It’s grown in popularity because of its versatility (use it as you would any other powdered sweetener), its very long shelf life (up to 30 years when stored properly), and the fact that a little goes a long way. Honey powder is simply dehydrated honey. Depending on the brand you buy, some sort of stabilizer will have been added in order to keep the powder from clumping. You may see that fructose or even starch has been added in order to create a shelf stable product. Honey powder, available from Augason Farms,…
  • Make the Most of Family Fun Time With a Customized Emergency Kit

    The Survival Mom
    27 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Over the past six months, my family and I have fully embraced bicycling. We’re fortunate to live in an area with 100+ miles of bike paths and have started exploring them, venturing out farther and farther each time. Before we leave the house, I make sure either my husband or myself has a wallet and a cell phone, and we carry with us water bottles and cables/locks to secure our bikes. We always air up our tires and spray our arms and legs with bug repellent now that mosquitoes and ticks are out and about, but last week a minor incident convinced me of the need to create a custom family…
  • Conserving Resources in a Survival Situation

    Jim Cobb
    26 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Whether we’re talking about being lost in the woods or recovering from a tornado that hit your neighborhood, you’ll most likely be dealing with very limited resources in those scenarios and, as a result, you need to be smart about how you use them. Conserving survival resources takes some planning and learning multiple, alternative skills. Gear, supplies, tools, food, water, and even physical energy should all be conserved. Let’s take a look at a wilderness survival situation as an example. Being a prepper, you (hopefully) have a small kit with you any time you hit the trail. The…
 
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  • cool activities for kids all summer long: NEW tabletop surprises

    amy mascott
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
      It’s here! It’s here! It’s heeerrreeeee! I’m so happy. I’m so excited. And more than ever, I’m over the moon thrilled and elated that summer is right around the corner! Though I work from home, and it’s always an adjustment to have all the kids home all day long, and we have a busy swim and dive schedule, and ohmygosh I have to feed three kids three meals every single day for like a million days, I have found the most awesome plan for summer fun for my kids–tabletop surprises. This will be the third summer we’re rocking tabletop…
  • live focused: may is the month for YOU — get started with these ideas

    amy mascott
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
          Friends, it’s taken me a bit to get to this important post this month, but here it is. All year long we’ve been focusing on living with intention, making our time on this earth really count. We’ve covered organization, friendship, clarity, and growth, and now, mid-year, we’re looking at ourselves. Here’s the skinny. . . Live Focused–May is the Month for YOU: (Here I am, enjoying my very first butterbeer. . . a dream.) We’re all busy, this I know for sure. But when was the last time you really took time for you? When have you…
  • preparing kids for Kindergarten: the summer before school starts — Home Study

    amy mascott
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Friends! Do you have a little one heading off to the wilds of Kindergarten this year?  Then this Home Study is for YOU.     This is just one of the many teach mama Home Studies that are short, information-packed, interactive courses designed to change your life. Perhaps you think ‘changing your life’ is a little lofty–but it’s true.  It really can change your life–and your child’s.  In the last 10 years, I have spoken at dozens of local and national events, sharing information about teaching, learning, and community building.  One workshop…
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    Unmotherly Insights

  • Walk between the raindrops

    gettrich
    15 May 2015 | 4:14 pm
    I’m sitting at my computer writing. It’s 3:30 in the afternoon and there is a sudden and torrential downpour that seems to appear out of nowhere. I’ve just poured a cup of tea and for a moment I’m enjoying the beauty of the rain, the wet wind that brought it in and my toasty state of comfort as I sip on my Earl Grey. Then suddenly it dawns on me that Eli, my 11 year old is getting off the bus from school right about now and will be drenched to the bone after running the 3 blocks from the bus stop to our house. OMG, this is a job for Super Mom! I bolt away from the computer, grab my…
  • I am a monster

    gettrich
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I am a monster. It’s true. I just woke up a soundly sleeping 14 year old boy and made him climb out of bed, put on some clothes and distribute a pile of laundry to its owner. What has happened to me? Visions of my mother keep floating into my psyche. I remember her wrath about dishes left lying in the sink, her frustration about my slovenly housekeeping, her utter ire about the constant state of my bedroom’s distress. I thought she was an idiot. “Don’t you have anything more important to care about?” I used to lament. I hated her when I was a teenager. Her life seemed…well, menial…
  • Naughty? Not! Parents are heroes!!!

    gettrich
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I like to write about my kids. My eldest son, Levi, is totally into it. When I write something that isn’t about him he mopes around like a wilted Lily. But my younger son, Eli, would rather remain quietly hidden amongst the desert Lantana than be singled out in print. When they were younger it was easier. Now that they’re 14 and almost 11 I feel like I have to ask permission before I write or publish anything personal. It’s seriously cramping my style. But this time I found a story about good parenting that isn’t my own. It isn’t my own because I don’t have the guts to be a really…
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    grumbles and grunts

  • now you're home free at last! | ride report - week of 5/4

    7 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    My first trip to work with my shiny new engine! ("New" being relative, when comparing things from 1989 to things from 1999 which was still 16 years ago omg.) The day cooperated by blessing my ride with a warm, sunshine-glittery morning. I try to commute on the bike as much as possible, in part because I still get the jitters before every time I ride.Am I nervous? Am I excited? Am I going to nearly be hit by a train? (That happened once! Look away, mother!) Should I hit the bathroom before I leave? I should hit the bathroom before I leave. All valid ruminations on why I have the jits!
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  • dear jude: five

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    dear jude,Today, you turn FIVE!!!!!1!! FIVE!!!!!1!! must be screamed near or at the top of the lungs (yours, not someone else's) with seven exclamation points and one number 1, which is a joke that probably won't hold up when you read this in twenty years. If you have any idea what I'm talking about right now I fear for the future you are now living. Best of luck on your endeavors in the United States of AnonyChan.I wish I had something more deeply revealing and emotional to tell you about the fact that you are turning five, but I don't. Today we celebrate the beginning of the sixth…
 
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    The Shopping Mama

  • Plenti of Plans: Preparing for a Summer Weekend Away

    Lauren Barth
    28 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    I’m all about staying busy during the summer… It’s my season. Pool parties, beach dates, playground visits, and weekend getaways—you name it, I’m on board. You see, I like to keep my kids happily engaged during the day—that way, we all sleep like little angels at night. Not that we don’t take the time to relax. It’s just that, well, there’s nothing all that relaxing about having an energetic two year old and a fussy five month old cooped up inside the house… My motto: Might as well get ’em outside and active while it’s nice and warm! This weekend, my family is…
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Quick and Easy Mini Pizzas

    Catherine
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    With summer break on the horizon, or already started for some families like mine, we’ll be looking for more ways to entertain the kids. Cooking lunch (or dinner or snack) together is a great opportunity to teach them life skills, give them a little independence and have fun together. These quick and easy mini pizzas have been a hit in our house since my 6 year old was a toddler. Quick and Easy Mini Pizzas Ingredients: English muffins Pizza sauce Toppings (cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, olives etc) Directions: Parents, cut the english muffins in half and place on a baking tray.
  • Live Healthier with Microsoft Band

    Kate
    27 May 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Earlier this year I started the Couch to 5K workout program. Again. I am a three time dropout, having falling short of the 5k run goal in the past. But this time was different. I was (and am) truly committed to getting healthier and not making excuses. I am proud to say I am now a Couch to 5K graduate and am even working on building up to running a 10K. Throughout the journey, I’ve been looking for tools to help create and achieve attainable fitness goals. The Microsoft Band fits the bill. Designed as the first device for the Microsoft Health platform, the Microsoft Band is…
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • The Fairness of Food Allergies

    13 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
    This week is #FoodAllergyAwareness week. For those of us with food allergy kids it's one of those "get out the message" kind of weeks.You know, just like last week. But this week we have a hashtag and official graphics and stuff like that.A story came out in the past couple of weeks about Ghirardelli.You know, the company that makes amazing chocolates and such. It seems that recently the company made the rather incredible decision to cease using peanuts and peanut products in their production lines. This decision also affects their ice cream shops which means sundaes will no longer be served…
  • So This Is What It's Come Down To....

    12 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    ....a blog post a month, eh?Yeah. Take my blogger card away right now.OK in my defense it has been a crazy month and the fact that it is May 12 has just raised my stress level a little bit.This weekend is dance recital weekend, also known as Dance Mom Hell. Sure it's exciting for the kids with the hair and the makeup and the costumes. But for the moms it's excruciatingly painful with the hair and the makeup and the costumes.Last week was the end of my patience with the kids' dance studio when one of the instructors told the parents (IN FRONT OF THE KIDS) that if they didn't get a "backstage…
  • Olivia's Allergy Adventures Continue

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    This week was Olivia's allergy re-test for food and seasonal allergens.We had a scratch test for 35 items on Wednesday and then followed it up with blood tests for specific food items that didn't showcase well on the scratch test.35 items on scratch/prick testShe's still allergic to sesame seeds, peanuts, and hazelnuts. And now we've added almonds and walnuts to the mix too. The numbers for her hazelnut allergy has almost doubled from what it was two years ago (8.25 up to 14.70 based on blood tests). I will freely admit that these are not the results I was hoping for but it is what it is.I…
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    The MamaZone

  • DIY Friend Photo Frame Craft for Kids

    Anitra Elmore
    13 May 2015 | 10:04 pm
    I love taking pictures and I love giving gifts, so when I find a clever way to combine those two loves, I’m all over it! Thanks to inspiration from MyPrintly.com, my little big-guy and I created this DIY Lego Photo Frame Gift for his best bud. It was a great way to make use of some of our favorite photos of the pair and you can duplicate our results using the instructions below. Lego Photo Frame Craft Supplies: HP Photo Paper Cardboard Legos Glue or Hot Glue Gun Pipe Cleaner Printer Scissors Photos from your computer or smart phone Instructions Cut your cardboard to size. We made it…
  • Put Your Heart to Paper with Hallmark this Mother’s Day

    Anitra Elmore
    8 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    I am surrounded by amazing moms–moms who inspire me, who support me and who remind me of what it really means to hold this title. They’re incredible women who model how to love, how to give and how to just keep going. They’re real-life super hero moms who help keep me on my toes and who totally understand when I need to rest my feet on their couches. They’re the moms who help make me the mom I am. And, as much as they mean to me, I realize that I don’t tell them nearly enough. From my own dear mom, to the moms I call Grandma, Auntie, cousins and friends, I…
  • Get $5 off a Custom Share a Coke Bottle

    Anitra Elmore
    7 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    Did you catch this tweet yesterday? Great wk to #ShareACoke w/ mom! Who will u share one with? Reply & tag them to #win $5 off a custom bottle! #ad pic.twitter.com/3wPyNPnaKq — Anitra Elmore (@anitra) May 6, 2015 I’m giving away $5 off a custom #ShareACoke bottle and I want you to have one! Just reply to the tweet and tag the person you want to share a coke with, using the #ShareACoke hashtag. I’ll choose the winners later today and contact you via direct message on Twitter (so follow me!). Good luck! The post Get $5 off a Custom Share a Coke Bottle appeared first on The…
 
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    Dear Crissy

  • Personalized ‘I Wish You More’ book from I See Me + contest!

    Crissy Page
    29 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    I’d like to thank I See Me! for sponsoring this post. Opinions are my own. My kids are 3 and 5 so they’re at that age where they love seeing their names and writing their names, so I had a feeling that when I handed their personalized I Wish You More books from I See Me!, their faces would light up. I gave each one of them a book and within seconds I saw the smiles begin to grow across their sweet little faces as they recognized their names. “Hey, that says Kara! It’s K-A-R-A, Kara!” my daughter exclaimed. The excitement continued to build when they realized that…
  • Ready for a splashing good time

    Crissy Page
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. Opinions are my own. I am so ready for this. This photo of Kara was taken last summer on our cruise. Can’t you just feel the pure joy radiating from this image? I truly can’t wait to hit the beach with my family again this summer and my kids are already asking when we’re going on vacation. Whether the kids are building sandcastles on the beach or just running through the sprinkler in our back yard, they playing in water and everything bright, hot and fun that summer brings. Of course, one hazard of a fun day in the sun are those harsh…
  • Messy picnics are the best

    Crissy Page
    27 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    This post is sponsored by Clorox 2®. Opinions are my own. School’s out! Woo hoo! The kids and I are so excited to kick off summer that we’ve already started having some fun activities during the day in our yard. In fact, yesterday we had a picnic that included these delicious but super messy ice cream pops. How good do they look? The kids thoroughly enjoyed them Of course, with sun, fun and chocolate come stains. Who wants to break up an ice cream picnic for a little stain? Certainly not me. Stains are really an afterthought these days now that I can turn to Clorox 2® Stain…
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    Child Mode

  • GapKids Casting Call 2015 is LIVE!

    Nadia Carriere
    15 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    Gap launched their Casting Call 2015 a few days ago! This incredibly popular contest celebrates kids being kids, by inviting parents to submit photos of their children for the chance to be... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Hudson’s Bay Company, I.N.C & New Found Fashions For Spring!

    Nadia Carriere
    15 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    After what seems to have been the longest winters of all time, we’ve finally packed away our puffy parkas, clunky winter boots and thick scarves to make way for the light, airy spring and... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • 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!
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  • What This Story Needs Is A Pig In A Wig - ADORABLE!

    Courtney Clipperton
    26 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As you know, we love books in this home!  The more we read, the more we learn and grow! All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about this product!And since we still have an "early" reader in our home...who is still learning the basics of reading...I love books that build his confidence as he reads!  I've learned, from having four kids, the harder time they have reading...the less they enjoy the experience.  Books that they can pick up and confidently read…
  • Let's Honor Them - MEMORIAL DAY

    Courtney Clipperton
    25 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    To those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom...we owe so much!May the Lord continue to bless the USA!I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting this Memorial Day tribute!
  • Helping Our Family Stay Healthy - Thanks To Honeywell QuietClean Oscillating Tower Air Purifier

    Courtney Clipperton
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Seasonal allergies effect the children in our home!  Do they effect you?  They are especially bad in the Spring months, when everything is blooming beautifully outside.  The pollen really effects our oldest son the most (he has to constantly be washing his hands)...and with a daughter who has allergy induced asthma...keeping the air in our home clean and pure is very important to me.All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about this product.But keeping our budget…
 
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    HomeToHeather

  • Move Fast! Alberta Ed Grant Cancelled!

    Heather
    26 May 2015 | 9:25 am
      I will admit to being terrible about accessing resources that are available to me.  I think, oh I’ll get to it next week, and then next week comes and it’s gone completely out of my mind.  But now there’s a deadline because the Alberta Centennial Education Savings grant program has been cancelled and you have until July 31st to get your application in before you’ve missed the boat entirely.  It’s free money for your kids’ educations.  Go grab yours! The Province of Alberta is cancelling its education savings incentive—the Alberta…
  • Teacher Appreciation Gift Printable

    Heather
    20 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    Can you taste it?  Summer freedom is just around the corner.  No more lunches to pack or permission slips to sign.  No more homework, no more books and you’ll earn zero dirty looks from the teacher if you end the year with this beauty of a teacher appreciation gift.  I decided to make this free printable for you because I struggle every year with what to give the teacher.  We’ve done coffee gift cards and we’ve done tea and aside from caffeinated items, I’m usually at a loss. I don’t know where this idea came from, it floated down from the ether and into my…
  • The Ultimate Gluten Free Waffle

    Heather
    6 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    I’m not exaggerating.  Nope. I’ve had waffles and I’ve had gluten free waffles and it’s usually easy to tell the difference between the two.  But not this time folks, you’d be hard pressed to guess that these crisp on the outside and soft on the inside waffles are gluten free but they are!  The secret to any great waffle is to separate and whip the egg whites and fold them into the batter at the end.  This gives the batter a light and fluffy consistency but what I love about this recipe is that the oat and almond flours provide some nutrition to a breakfast…
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    hollywood housewife

  • friday links - dinner party edition

    hollywood housewife
    29 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    We're recovering this morning from last night's table full of friends. It was our first official dinner party in over a year, due to our quiet summer and then backyard renovations. I was a little out of practice. My outfit was random. The table linens didn't match. (And not in a cute, eclectic way, just in a oops-stick-something-here way.) Minutes before guests were to arrive, a glass bubble bowl centerpiece filled with flowers exploded, flooding the table and place settings. So guests ended up having to sit on towels. It was all imperfect to say the least. It was also awesome. Every minute.
  • and then what happened?

    hollywood housewife
    27 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    First we asked Who Is It That Broke You? and then Who Is It You Broke? The kids and I did absolutely nothing for Mother’s Day weekend this year. The Gorilla was out of town for work, and the three of us did not leave the house one time. We switched back and forth between pajamas and swimsuits. We didn’t brush our hair. I read a whole book and we ordered pizza and took two long naps and ate leftovers twice and the kids painted dozens of sheets of paper with cheap watercolors. It was unexpectedly the most blissful weekend of my life.We’ve hit a stride, our little family. The combination…
  • friday links - memorial weekend edition

    hollywood housewife
    22 May 2015 | 9:27 pm
    It's that time again! My latest episode of the Sorta Awesome podcast with Megan Tietz is live. (Click here if you're new to this blog or to podcast listening.) We're such newbies still, but this is my favorite episode together yet. Megan and I are really different, and it shows. This time we discuss my obsession with true crime, the organizing method that has changed her world, and some pros and cons about sharing your life online with a bunch of strangers. I'd love it if you'd give it a listen. All the show notes are here. If you want to discuss the episode, there's a fun new FB group…
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    SHEfinds

  • Find Out What It Means If You’re Ears Are Attached Or Unattached

    Sara Alderman
    29 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    No one has the same exact earlobes as another person. However, there are two different types that we can all identify with: attached and unattached. If you’ve never done it, feel the bottom of your earlobe–is it connected to the side of your head or not? Now look at the image below to see which earlobe looks most like your own, A or B. RELATED: Find out what your ring finger length says about you Figured out your letter? Good. Here’s what it means: A) Independent and Generous If your earlobes are unattached, you are a free spirit. You also always think about others and…
  • What Your Wedding Dress Says About You

    Linda DiProperzio
    29 May 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Finding the perfect wedding gown is a moment every bride dreams about–and for good reason. Not only is it the dress you’ll be wearing when you wed the love of your life, but it is also a way to express your own style and personality. In fact, the silhouette you choose for your big day says a lot about you. Here’s how to find your perfect match. A-Line. This silhouette suits the traditional bride, but that doesn’t mean your style is boring. You’ll find ways to make your dress stand out, whether it’s through floral appliqués, tiered ruffles or embroidery. And your…
  • If You’re An Introvert You Shouldn’t Do This…

    Rachel Gulmi
    29 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    These days, people down cups of coffee throughout the day just to get through meetings, school, etc., but it turns out half of us shouldn’t even be touching the stuff. In his new book, Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being, psychologist Brian Little explains how introverts are actually over stimulated after drinking coffee, whereas extroverts benefit from the caffeine boost. He says: “After ingesting about two cups of coffee, extroverts carry out tasks more efficiently, whereas introverts perform less well. This deficit is magnified if the…
 
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    The Mom Maven

  • Baked Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

    cindy
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The other night I made my Easy Crockpot Chicken. Now that there are only two of us at home, that left us plenty of leftover chicken. After dinner as I removed the chicken from the carcass, I shredded it and put it in a container in the fridge. My plan was to use that meat 2 more times that week for dinner. I was so excited to get 3 meals out of one $5.50 whole chicken! if you don’t have leftover chicken in the fridge or freezer, you can easily make your own Shredded Chicken in your crockpot. I’ve been wanting barbecue chicken so I created these Baked Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches. They are…
  • Mako-Surfacing at SeaWorld in 2016

    cindy
    28 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Yesterday I was a guest at SeaWorld Orlando for their media day announcing Mako, their new hypercoaster that will open in the summer of 2016. I am not a big coaster enthusiast, but I know a lot of you are. Mako is going to be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando. Take a look at the announcement video. Pretty cool, huh? Mako is a hypercoaster, this class of roller coaster is known for multiple tall hills and high speeds providing near weightless “air time”. many coaster enthusiasts say that hypercoasters are the essence of the extreme coaster experience. While riding Mako…
  • Beauty Box 5 May 2015

    cindy
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.I have to be honest, I was less than impressed when my May Beauty Box 5 shipment arrived. It included 2 tools, hand soap, lotion and 1 make-up. When I shared the box on Instagram I said I was most excited about the Coastal Scents Eyeshadow brush, and I was right! I have been needing a new, higher quality eyeshadow brush and now I have found one. This brush works great and…
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    Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams

  • Sweeping Saturday 5/30/2015

    Jen
    29 May 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 5/30/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • My new shower doors are going to be Sterling Prevail with the ComforTrack technology!

    Jen
    29 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sterling for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. We have currently been in our new house for almost three years now! However, I hate to admit that I haven’t really made many changes in the house as far as decorating and remodeling like I […] The post My new shower doors are going to be Sterling Prevail with the ComforTrack technology! appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Family Is What You Make It! Netflix #StreamTeam

    Jen
    28 May 2015 | 10:09 pm
    I am a member of the Netflix #Streamteam and receive perks in exchange for monthly posts. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. School is out, and summer break has officially started! I know many of my friends’ dread summer break but I actually always look forward to it! These last few […] The post Family Is What You Make It! Netflix #StreamTeam appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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    Naptime Radio

  • Episode 164: Nightmares vs. Night Terrors

    Heather and Kate
    26 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    Heather and Kate discuss diets and stitches, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on nightmares vs. night terrors and wrap with a cranky Nodelman. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 163: Parenting GenZ

    Heather and Kate
    19 May 2015 | 3:19 am
    Heather and Kate discuss getting old and birthday parties, power nap on parenting generation Z and wrap with Nodelman. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 162: Allergies

    Heather and Kate
    12 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss Insanity workouts and renting our houses from our kids, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on natural allergy relief and wrap with Nodelman. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
 
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    just another mommy blog...

  • Life is Good

    7 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    As I have done hundreds of times before, I sat on my back stoop to watch my dog sniffing the corners of our yard this morning. Steaming cup of coffee in my hand, I sip and reflect, as I have on many similar mornings, on how I don't want to forget. I want to capture this moment and hold it in my hand forever. Nothing could be better than the coolness of the cement seeping through my pajamas and hot hazelnut coffee on my tongue.The morning doves are in competition with the finches for Best Vocalists. Occasionally, they are both beaten out by the echoes of airplanes as they begin their descent…
  • Rambling, apologies, stream of thought

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Can you remember your parents from your teen years? Overall, it's kind of blurry. Like a haze of continuous reminders to do my homework-get off of the phone-go to bed-be home by curfew... I know that this wasn't the entirety of our conversations for 4 years, but it's difficult to pull up random moments that aren't of them telling me what to do...I have moments that are crystal clear. There isn't a doubt in my mind how my mom's face looked when she opened the door after I had lied about where I had been all night. Or how confused my dad looked when I absolutely lost my mind at age 14 as my…
  • 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…
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    Traveling Mom

  • Best Things to Do with Kids at Chicago’s Water Tower Place

    Jamie Bartosch, Suburban TravelingMom
    29 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    When visiting Chicago, you’re likely to find yourself walking around Water Tower Place at some point. It’s a historic place and multi-level shopping area on the Magnificent Mile, filled with street performers and tourists – sorta like Chicago’s version of Times Square. If you’re visiting with kids, don’t miss the Chicago Sports Museum or any of these other kid-friendly attractions. Taking Kids to Water Tower Place The Chicago Sports Museum is one of the fun things for kids in Chicago’s Water Tower Place. Photo by Jamie Bartosch/Suburban…
  • 7 Fun and Free Things to Do in Dubai with Kids

    Anuja De Silva, Cosmopolitan TravelingMom
    29 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    Dubai is the most well-known city in the Middle East made famous for its wealth and extravagance. It is a safe city that can be easily navigated in a short time span. The city offers a lot to do for families visiting with kids. Every corner of the city is a dazzling skyscraper or a man-made waterway. The kids will be delighted to learn of all the world’s tallest, biggest and most expensive experiences that are possible in Dubai. Here are a few ideas for getting a taste of Dubai with some affordable or free activities when traveling with kids. 7 Things to Do in Dubai with Kids Photo…
  • The Jungle Book: Philadelphia Children’s Theater Also for Adults

    Eden Pontz, Discovery TravelingMom
    29 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    Finding children’s theater performances that are also engaging to adults can be a challenge, but Philadelphia’s Arden Children’s Theater performance of “The Jungle Book” fits the bill. The play is based on the story by Rudyard Kipling, and directed by Matthew Decker, who as a young child spent much of his time at the Philadelphia Zoo using his imagination and pretending that he–“like Mowgli in ‘The Jungle Book’–lived among the animals.” The Jungle Book: Pre-Show Photo Credit: Eden Pontz / Discovery TravelingMom Before even…
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    Simplified Saving

  • Retail Coupon Roundup {5/22/2015}

    Lisa Thompson
    22 May 2015 | 10:31 am
    If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this holiday weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Aaron Brothers – 40% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 5/30/2015) Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 5/26/2015) Big 5 Sporting Goods - 20% Off Up to 2 Regularly Priced Items or 10% Off Up to 2 Sale Price Items (exp: 5/25/2015) Bloomingdales – 20% Off Sale & Clearance Items (exp: 5/25/2015) Bonton - $10 Off $25 Regular & Sale Price Purchase (exp: 5/26/2015) Carsons - $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 5/26/2015)…
  • Restaurant Coupon Roundup {5/22/2015}

    Lisa Thompson
    22 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    If you’re heading out to eat on this Memorial Day weekend, make sure to check out these printable restaurant coupons!  There are lots of great deals right now!!! Black Angus Steakhouse - Free 5 oz. Lobster Tail When You Buy Steak Dinner (exp: 6/15/2015) Bob Evans – $4 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 5/31/2015) Brueggers – $1 Off Brueggers Bagel Burger (exp: 5/24/2015) Carls Jr – $1 Off Mile High Bacon, Egg or Cheese Combo (exp: 5/31/2015) Carvel Ice Cream – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Classic Sundae (exp: 5/27/2015) Chuck E Cheese - Free Individual Thin & Crispy Pizza with…
  • Restaurant Coupon Roundup {4/25/2015}

    Lisa Thompson
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:48 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! BJs – $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 5/8/2015) Black Angus Steakhouse – Free 5oz. Lobster Tail With Purchase of Dinner Menu Side (exp: 4/27/2015) Bob Evans – $4 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/30/2015) Carrabbas – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 4/29/2015) Corner Bakery – $10 Off $50 Catering Purchase (exp: 5/13/2015) Dickeys Barbecue Pit - 10% Off Catering (exp: 4/27/2015) Donatos Pizza…
 
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    Marinka NYC

  • On Worry

    Marinka
    15 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    You know how I don’t like to worry you unnecessarily, what with this being a humor blog and all, but I lately I have been suffering terribly. Terribly, I say. It all started a few weeks ago, when the Guy I Went to Ireland With sneezed and then also coughed. “You have a disease,” I told him. And then made some helpful comments about the benefits of quarantines, which, in my opinion, the mainstream media refuses to cover because of the anti-quarantine special interests lobby. Don’t believe me? Try to think of the last time you’ve been quarantined. I rest my open…
  • Sleigh Me

    Marinka
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    You know what? I love my bed. I’ve had it for years. It’s a sleigh bed, which is admittedly an odd concept. Why do we want to pretend that we are on a sleigh when resting? And why don’t we call it a sled bed, which is a lot catchier and would also appeal to children more. Not that we want them anywhere near our bed, of course. This isn’t that kind of post. But still, sleigh or sled—why are racing down a hill in a slumber? I don’t know how anyone can keep their eyes closed with all those trees looming in the vista. And yet, I love my bed. Probably because I don’t focus on its…
 
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • To My First Son on the Eve of His Wedding

    Dawn Camp
    22 May 2015 | 9:43 pm
    You entered our world in the wee hours of a Monday morning in June, almost initiating your daddy into the first-time parent club on Father’s Day. He carried a new copy of Fatherhood into the delivery room, not realizing you’d arrive before he had a chance to read any of it. We’d spent the day honoring our own dads—the soon-to-be grandfathers—and a grandmother who celebrated her birth on the day before yours, eating an after-church lunch marked by laughter and spilled drinks. I still remember that. You remained an only child for five years, the oldest of a clan that would…
  • May 2015 Desktop Calendar Available!

    Dawn Camp
    2 May 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Welcome to May, a month of spring flowers, graduation ceremonies, and outdoor weddings! Our oldest daughter graduated today and our oldest son gets married later this month. By the end of June, I will have been mother of the groom not once, but twice! What events fill your family’s calendar this month? Download May’s Desktop Calendar! Small Large X-Large Have you seen my first book, The Beauty of Grace? It's here! May 2015 Desktop Calendar Available! is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2015 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved
  • Not a Friendship Fraud today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    I recently submitted my second book to my publisher, a compilation of stories on friendship to be released next year. After spending time collecting tales of close relationships — months in which I worked more than I socialized — I announced to my husband that I was, in fact, a Friendship Fraud. (In my mind it was capitalized, an official title.) I’d become negligent, failing to nurture one of life’s great treasures: good friendships. I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to assume that my friends are out on me, that I’ve caused offense in some unknown way, that my…
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    Los Angeles Mamma Blog

  • How to grow business with Parcel Forwarding Services

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    Parcel forwarding firms, also called as mail forwarding firms, can be extremely valuable from little business to big corporations, because they work as a contact for the client, they give customer service, are liable for receiving and warehousing things, they do the completing and labeling of custom forms, arrange shipping items and pick-up also, and assume the back-end work of customer service to the point the international customer receives the item. Each of these things represents a big savings in operating cost… free labor, free warehousing, and free customer services – how amazing is…
  • Ways to Earn Cash with your Blog

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    I love blogging, and I do it to earn money because it’s awesome to have a little extra cash stashed away for times when you need it. Read: buy frozen yogurt, maybe some Starbucks coffee, a macaron (those tasty treats are pricey) or just to buy yourself something nice. When you have a family money earned is money needed, so extra cash is always nice. And who knows, you may make blogging your full time gig– it’s very possible! More on how I earn money with my blog here. To make the road to monetizing easier, check out TapInfluence, they’re always looking for ways to help you…
  • National Senior Health & Fitness Day

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    “Mom just got a hip replacement. She has to be out of the hospital, but she’s too sick to go home. What should we do?” “Dad has dementia, and his health has declined to the point that it’s unsafe for him to be at home. Help!” “I need somewhere to recover from heart surgery. I don’t want to be a burden to my kids and wish there were somewhere I could go with advanced medical care. Do I have any options?” Sometimes you need medical care that can’t be taken care of at home … or in a hospital. We all know that home health companies can come in and take care of the basics.
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • Friday Finds: Summer Sandals

    29 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    1. Black Cope Sandal | Zulily2. Mahogany Leather Emboss Isabela Sandals | TOMS3. Ankle-Wrap Sandals | Old Navy 4. Lavinia Slide Sandals | Target 5. FRANCE Sliders | Topshop6. Shauna Huarache Sandals | Target 7. BDG Rachel Sandal | Urban Outfitters 8. Classic leather sandals | Gap 9. Birkenstock Gizeh Sandals | Anthropologie
  • Trading drywall dust for pixie dust

    29 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    A couple weeks ago, we took the kids on a trip to Disney World to take part in the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. It’s a great experience that provides a conference for bloggers and several days of fun for our families. The last time we went was in 2013, and I was honored to be invited again . . . and also a little excited because two years really makes a difference. On our last trip the kids were 8, 6, 6, and 4, and I feel like their current ages mean that they will have better memories of the trip. It also meant fewer meltdowns. They are so much easier to travel with now. (Parents…
  • What I want you to know about having Hypoplasia

    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post is by Anonymous.When I was in 6th or 7th grade, I read The Body Book while at a friends house. You know, the American Girl book about your changing body. One of the topics was about your breasts and how it is common to have breasts that are different sizes. Well, once I finally started…
 
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • When the Phrase “Date Night” Makes You Guffaw

    Jenni Chiu
    20 May 2015 | 10:50 pm
        A friend of mine posted about her recent date night with her husband on facebook, and as I came across it I actually guffawed. It was a lovely picture of her and her husband walking out the front door on their weekly date night… and I laughed. I laughed the kind of laugh […]
  • Grown Ups Rejoice. The Muppets Hit Prime Time This Fall.

    Jenni Chiu
    13 May 2015 | 11:15 am
        Grown up prime time television is about to get better. The kids who grew up watching The Muppets are about to be reunited with their favorite characters – and they’ve “grown up” too. This new show airing on ABC in the fall is geared toward an adult audience, and is already generating quite […]
  • Let’s Talk About Social Media Doctors and Douchery

    Jenni Chiu
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
      The age of Social Media has given doctors/nutritionists/therapists etc., a much broader reach than any of them could’ve imagined years ago when they were studying their specialties.  The result has been both good and bad. On one hand, we lay people have greater access to helpful information… but the social media doctors have also […]
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    Chasing Supermom

  • Levana Ovia™ PTZ Baby Video Monitor – Review and Giveaway

    Bekki
    29 May 2015 | 4:59 pm
    *This post is sponsored by Levana. I received a promotional item and/or compensation to facilitate my post. All opinions are my own. Life is too short to be spent with your ears tied to your baby monitor. With the warmer nights, my husband and I enjoy getting outside in the evening, sitting around the fire pit or just enjoying nature. Our evenings would be a lot less enjoyable without the peace of mind that the Ovia PTZ Baby Video Monitor gives us. We can rest assured knowing that our kids are safe and sound – even if we are outside enjoying our property. As a work-at-home mom, this…
  • The Candy Cane Inn: Disneyland’s BEST Good Neighbor Hotel

    Bekki
    29 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Last summer, my family and I went to Disneyland.  Before our trip, I spent a lot of time researching our hotel options. While my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Disneyland Hotel several months earlier, we knew that it wasn’t going to be in our budget for our family trip. I began to research the Good Neighbor Hotels, and was immediately drawn to the Candy Cane Inn. After nearly a full day of driving, the Candy Cane Inn was a welcome sight. Beautifully landscaped and unbelievably convenient (Cars Land literally backs up to the hotel property!), the Candy Cane Inn was…
  • Best YA / Dystopian Books

    Bekki
    27 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    YA Dystopian books are my favorite. What’s a YA Dystopian book you ask? YA stands for “Young Adult” and the dictionary defines “Dystopian” as a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression,disease, and overcrowding. However, for me, I define a great YA Dystopian novel as a “check out from normal reality for a few hours whilst completely engrossed in a story which takes place in a fallen/futuristic/”messed-up” society.” YA Dystopian books often feature action, suspense, teenage romance, and an element of rebellion against…
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    The Mom Writes

  • Why Baking is SO Big for Our Family {Plus a Giveaway}

    The Mom Writes
    25 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    It’s no secret. I love to bake. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll often see me posting pics of what we’ve baked every week. Mostly sweet stuff because ahem, sweet tooth. Or you’ll see Manini licking batter bowls clean … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • 5 Must-Have Summer Survival Tools for the Overwhelmed Work-at-Home Mom

    The Mom Writes
    25 May 2015 | 4:44 am
    Are you, like me, a work-at-home mom? Have you been sweating wondering how you’ll make the summer work for your home business? Well, don’t. Because today I’m going to share with you my complete toolkit that will make surviving the summer as a mom AND an entrepreneur a LOT easier. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • The Newbie Mistakes I Made on Our First Trip to the Beach Plus a Giveaway

    The Mom Writes
    20 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    So this March, we travelled to Goa, a gorgeous beach destination right here in India.   It was our first time at a beach. Yep. That’s us. Yes I know that may come as a surprise to many of you, especially those who live near beaches. … Read full post The Mom Writes
 
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Veggie Fries! A Delicious Way to Get your Kids more Vegetables! #VeggieFries #IC #ad

    Nancy
    21 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    For some parents, getting their children to eat vegetables is a daily battle.  I am one of those parents.  My daughter doesn’t give me trouble when it comes to her diet.  If I let her, she would survive on tomatoes and avocados.  My son, on the other hand, would prefer to live off of chicken [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Saving A Life

    Shera
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    For most of us, it’s not an everyday occurrence to save someone’s life. When we are moms of younger children though, there’s a good possibility that we do in fact do this far more often than we know, considering the amount of time we spend with a certain age group of small people, who seem determined to [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2015

    Shera
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    I have been waiting for this bundle all year. Seriously, I have! I purchased this bundle last year… and again this year… it really is that good! The value is more than there and although it will take a lot of time to get through all the material, and you won’t necessarily use every single [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • On The Last Day of School Eve…

    Jennifer Murray
    28 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    It’s the day before the last day of school, and like many mamas it’s with mixed emotions. They have had SUCH an incredible year and I honestly wouldn’t change a thing! (Okay so in the perfect world I would have no homework.) Overall, their teacher couldn’t have been a better match, their classmates have become their closest friends, and their school has been a phenomenal fit. To go from getting ready to homeschool another year to enrolling them in a private school the day before the first day of school, it’s hard to believe it’s coming to a close.
  • 7 Tips and Tricks for Visiting Cedar Point

    Jennifer Murray
    21 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    I’ve been neglecting this space because we’ve been CRAY busy in the month of May: Brad’s Trip to Idaho, Baseball Games, Soccer Games, End of School Madness, a Trip to Cedar Point, My Dad’s 80th Birthday, My Dad’s Knee Replacement Surgery. WHEW!  My apologies! This is our 3rd time to return to Cedar Point and just when we thought it couldn’t get better it does each and every time! The older our boys get the more they are able to enjoy and the more we get to do all together as a family.  Everyone was 48″ this year (Yay, Henry!) so very little was off…
  • 5 Things That Saved My Sanity This Week

    Jennifer Murray
    1 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    This week I’ve had the privileged title of “Fort Holder-Downer”, while Brad is across the country. It comes with responsibilities of transporter, homework overseer, meal provider, house manager, conflict revolutionist, and a 4,127 other roles. And YES, I do these every single day, I just usually have back-up.  I have the best teammate I could ask for, so it’s HARD when he’s gone. It’s good in lots of ways too for all of us. It stretches us and forces us to step up, and our appreciation grows for one another, but I’m not going to lie and tell you…
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    As Mom Sees It

  • A Cabela’s Father’s Day For The Important Men In Your Life

    Mom
    27 May 2015 | 9:54 pm
    This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic Whether hunter or fisher, camper or grill master, the dads in your life deserve gifts that they love and that they can actually use. I love going to Cabela’s to shop for […] The post A Cabela’s Father’s Day For The Important Men In Your Life appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • The Discover It Miles Card For Those Who Love To #Travel

    Mom
    27 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    I’m so excited about our honeymoon to Ireland this summer that it’s nearly tempting to skip the wedding altogether and just get right to the honeymooning. We’ve both wanted to visit Ireland our entire lives so we’re making sure we have everything we need for the perfect trip. The best lenses for my camera for […] The post The Discover It Miles Card For Those Who Love To #Travel appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Simple Cookies & Cream Fudge Recipe

    Mom
    26 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    This rich and decadent fudge is easy to make and is filled with cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies! Then, it’s topped with even more cookies. It’s the perfect treat for any sweet tooth. Cookies & Cream Fudge In a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt 12 tablespoons of butter. Once completely melted, stir in two cups […] The post Simple Cookies & Cream Fudge Recipe appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
 
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    The Mom Around Town

  • A Wise Investment

    Paige Dunn
    18 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    I can’t believe what happens in our car time. Many of our most important conversations happen on the way to or from school. We have gotten into the habit of taking that time to learn things that they aren’t learning in school that I think are important to know. I’m attempting to raise my kids trilingual. Right now, they understand English, Spanish, and French but don’t speak a ton of French and Spanish. I decided I needed to find ways to draw it out of them. So the last car challenge we did was learning the days of the week in all three languages. The funny thing about…
  • Dear Mom

    Paige Dunn
    9 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Dear Mom, I had no idea just how much you loved me and sacrificed for me until having my own kids. Not that I for one minute ever doubted your love. I just didn’t understand the depth of love that you have for your child. It really is unconditional, beautiful, true love. You told me many times I was your greatest accomplishment. Honestly, I thought that was sorta weird. I get it now. I see now how our every conversation had purpose. You were molding me, directing me, building me. I know through and through though that talk is cheap. You didn’t just tell me how to be, what was…
  • The Skimm

    Paige Dunn
    4 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    I have something to admit. Since Pemberley was born I basically stopped watching the news, reading the paper, or really following what was happening with the world. When I actually have a moment to watch TV, I don’t want to watch the news. I want to put on a great series and turn the world off for a moment. This was working for me for a while. Well, until current events were coming up in conversation and I was getting uncomfortable with my smile and nod routine and not able to participate. I needed to make a change and reengage in the world but really didn’t want to forgo my…
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    Mommy Posh

  • How To Get An Awesome Gym Look + Coupon Code

    Mommy Posh
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Nothing helps us get off our butts like a new wardrobe to accompany an activity.  So livelier than boring black capris — RBX Active delivers an exciting look that are perfect for mastering sun salutations. Her’s what you’ll need to get that awesome gym  look… Heck, working out can be dreadful tasks, but with the […]
  • A Mother’s Motivation

    Mommy Posh
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    During the month of May, we are celebrating Moms. So today, I am sharing with you some awesome and real quotes that have brought me some motivation throughout those sleepless nights and morning rush.   This week I found my quotes using the Mother’s Day quote finder from ProFlowers.
  • Cinco De Mayo Sombero Sugar Cookies

    Mommy Posh
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    After you shaked and boogied with these DIY maracas aka shakers, you must enjoy some delicious Sombrero Cookies – another super easy and inexpensive project to do with your little ones! Here’s what you’ll need: sugar cookies (get the store brought ones, its just as tasty as the homemade ones) can of vanilla icing assortment […]
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    Sweet Potato Chronicles

  • Kale Chicken Salad with Blueberries, Pecans and Goat Cheese

    Ceri Marsh
    25 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    From the beginning of this website's life, kale has really been Laura's thing. I mean, I liked it well enough and understood its nutritional benefits but to be honest I was always a bit meh on actually putting in my grocery cart week to week. While Laura was putting it on pizzas, pureeing it into pestos and practically bathing in it on the regular I just couldn't get excited about it. But now? I'm like that super cool person who tells you about this amazing show called Mad Men. Have you seen it? I'm so late to the party that everyone else has moved on to food crushes on freekeh and hemp and…
  • Grilled Salmon & Zucchini Skewers

    Ceri Marsh
    20 May 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Coming out of the first long weekend of the season (in Canada, anyway) really has us feeling summery. We had a picnic with friends to welcome their new baby one afternoon and a barbecue birthday party with other pals the next. There was time outside for the kids to run around and work up an appetite and the return of lots of our favourite summer foods. Potato salad, pressed sandwiches (recipe coming soon), burgers and strawberries so sweet they only needed the tiniest bit of ice cream to become dessert. Our summers are so short that I always feel the pressure to knock out the most…
  • No-Bake Oat and Fruit Bars

    Laura Keogh
    18 May 2015 | 7:26 am
    The month of June is like the month of December to me. It's jammed with events and as the month wears on, like my stress level, my schedule only gets more intense. If you have a family, June is the month when everything that has framed the school-year (studies, extra curricular clubs and sports as well as outside activities and sports) comes to a spectacular end. And by spectacular, I mean frantic. From final projects (please, God, don't make me buy another bristol board) to recitals (Really?! Do we actually need a photo day for that gawdy dance costume? Sorry, dance costume people.) and…
 
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    The Ultimate Juggle

  • Hiring A Financial Advisor in Dallas

    theultim
    19 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    Comprehending the Dallas investment and financial world can end up being a challenge. It appears the sector has its own language with sayings and terms that sector workers use quite casually but looks not native to the public. Of course you’ve got. As an associate of the business myself I frequently realize there are those “specialists” who use language that I don’t even comprehend. Because of this, many panic looking in the manner of a victim and speaking with an investment professional out of anxiety about not understanding their language. The best way to select the…
  • Choosing A Commercial Painter

    theultim
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    Locating especially the person who is able to understand and meet your conditions, a painter, is among the challenging tasks you perform in regards to the renovation of your home. Yet, in the end dissonance predominates due to time delays and nonstandard work of the painter. Scenario stays the same in the event that you would like to intend to refurbish building, manufacturing plant, your office, ware house or some other commercial area and also you think that can get the effects that are wanted by hiring a non professional painter, then you’re living unaware of the reality. Firstly,…
  • Do I Need A Reverse Mortgage?

    theultim
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    The ones that are thinking about the reverse mortgage must make a choice that is very important. Most of the time, the ones that are contemplating them are doing this since they want the capital for some goal that is primary. For instance, they might not be bringing in enough from pensions, social security or savings to keep their living expenses. They might have a big purchase that’s required like a brand new vehicle. Or, they may want the capital for home improvements. Some people make use of the resources they get from a reverse mortgage to finance a recreational vehicle or another…
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    Raising Rockstar

  • Miss-Speak #50 – Miss’ Greatest Hits

    Aileen
    28 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    #50 The Miss likes to make up her own lyrics… And uh, often the tunes too Miss (Singing loudly) Miss is so naughtyyyyy… Miss is so naughtyyyyy… Miss splashes in pud-dles… (Bemused, we start to join in) Miss: No. Don’t sing. Let. Me. Do it. ———————————————————————————————- Miss: Issa awe-sum day, issa awe-sum day, Mummy it really was a awe-sum day… (Substitute rainy day,…
  • Little Miss Yoga

    Aileen
    25 May 2015 | 6:52 pm
    The Miss had been raving about a yoga session she’d had in class, and so when they had an after-school yoga activity at Safari Kid I brought her back…  Since it’s a toddler class, the teacher reads a story to them and then incorporates Yoga poses into the story… It turns out…. she’s a natural :) We did the Tree Pose, with and without also balancing a bean bag on the toddler’s head… (Balance being something that helps with their learning in the classroom…) Besides balance, another purpose of the yoga moves is to cross their midlines, the…
  • Miss-Speak #49 – You Scratch My Back, I’ll Scratch Your Back

    Aileen
    22 May 2015 | 8:10 pm
    #49 All hail the Queen of Everything, as Rockstar sometimes calls her… Miss (overheard, while walking with Rockstar after school): Ko-ko. Now Miss is going to your friend’s party. When Miss’ friends have their party, you must go also. Ok? (Rockstar snorts and laughs, but doesn’t make snarky reply) Ps: This our latest favourite gift idea – Lego Minecraft Microworlds. They’re really small, maybe a bit over 6×6 inches thereabouts (which is great because can you imagine at larger birthday parties of 40-60 kids (The Miss recently attended one such as well…
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    Telecommuting Mommies

  • Weekly Work at Home Job Leads

    Alaina Forbes
    28 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Here are this week’s work at home job leads. Click on the links to visit and apply to each job opening. Williams Sonoma customer service reps Disney Work at Home Guest Services Representative LionBridge Internet Relevance Judge LionBridge Internet Assessor Enterprise Rent-A-Car Customer Service Representatives Apple At-Home Advisors Coed Media Group Freelance Bloggers The Daily Parent writer UChic Managing Editor and Community Manager Epic of the Day Freelance Writer Fashion Blogger for 40+Style NYC Lifestyle Blogger Personal Finance Bloggers You can also visit my Work at Home Company…
  • Make Money With The Ibotta App

    Alaina Forbes
    23 May 2015 | 9:10 pm
    There are several different apps that can help you earn extra cash from home. One of my favorites is Ibotta. Similar to coupons, Ibotta saves you money when you shop but instead of taking money off of items you buy, this app pays you money for buying certain items. Here are the steps you should take to make money with the Ibotta app. Sign up for an Ibotta account online After signing up  you can use Ibotta to shop online and earn cash back, similar to a rebate, by completing simple tasks. Next, download the app onto your iphone or android. Before going shopping, check the app for the store…
  • Weekly Work at Home Job Leads

    Alaina Forbes
    23 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Here are this week’s work at home job leads. Click on the links to visit and apply to each job opening. Online Ad Evaluators Apple Advisors Bloggers for Coed Media Group CloserIQ Bloggers Photography Blogger Paleo Blogger Baby/Parenting Advice Writer Virtual Social Media Assistant Nielsen Panel Recruiter PetKey Call Center Representatives Estes Virtual Call Center Agents You can also visit my Work at Home Company Directory for a list of companies that hire telecommuters on a fairly consistent basis, view jobs from the Job Search page or search here for more remote jobs. The post Weekly Work…
 
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    Divine Lifestyle

  • Lands’ End Activewear Makes it Easy to Get Active #LandsEnd #Activewear @LandsEnd

    Stacie
    29 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
      Lands’ End Activewear from Divine Lifestyle by stacieinatlanta featuring a petite activewear Introducing Lands’ End Activewear! We have long been fans of Lands’ End. I seriously shop there constantly and I love the quality of everything that I buy. We have purchased school uniforms, ski clothes, bags, dresses, dressy clothes and so much more from Lands’ End. We have never been disappointed and in fact, every order I place only makes me want to ... The post Lands’ End Activewear Makes it Easy to Get Active #LandsEnd #Activewear @LandsEnd appeared first on…
  • Earn Rewards for Your Everyday Shopping with PLENTI #plentitogether

    Stacie
    28 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    How would you like to earn rewards for everyday purchases you are already making? I am a shopper and a lover of all things shopping. I am also someone who loves loyalty programs. If I am going to spend money, I like to know that my purchases are appreciated and a loyalty program like Plenti does just that. As someone who has long been a part of every loyalty program of every single place I ... The post Earn Rewards for Your Everyday Shopping with PLENTI #plentitogether appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids: Sprays on, Stays on #SummerofSplash #Contest

    Stacie
    28 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    Did you know that more than 70 percent of Americans do not reapply sunscreen when they are outdoors for long periods of time? Summer is coming and for my family that means a lot of time at the pool and the beach. We belong to the Y where we swim and then we are also part of a community pool where all three children are on the swim team. Protection from the sun is extremely ... The post Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids: Sprays on, Stays on #SummerofSplash #Contest appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
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    Dagmar's Home

  • The Easiest Way to Install Lattice Around a Porch

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    29 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    I’ve been on a roll about improving our porch. First came the DIY porch curtains, and a few days ago I tackled replacing the lattice on the bottom of the porch. This is my kind of DIY project because anyone can tackle this in an hour it’s inexpensive and it instantly adds a more attractive, finished look to your house Our house is built on pillars, so we have this big space between the porch and the ground. Let me refresh your memory: this is what the bottom of the porch looked like after I added some plants the other day. Before I plant more, I wanted to add lattice under the…
  • Bath Time Becomes Easier With Sterling Shower Doors with ComforTrack

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    28 May 2015 | 8:34 pm
    {This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sterling. All opinions are 100% mine.} Do you have kids or pets you wash in your tub/shower combo that has a shower door — and do you ever wish that it would be easier and more comfortable? Then I want you to know about the new Sterling shower doors with ComforTrack technology – a flexible bottom track that supports the shower door’s glide. The best feature: the ComforTrack’s cushioned threshold bends to applied pressure, allowing you to kneel, sit, or lean on the track, making it easier and more comfortable to bathe a child…
  • Wordless Wednesday With Linky — Church and Carousel

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    26 May 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Church and Carousel If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen this little old church a few times before. I just had to take another picture of it after I dropped off some books at the library the other day. Naturally, I’m intrigued by how old the church is (18th century), and I always wonder what it looks like inside. Perfect picture for Wordless Wednesday, I thought. One more: L and me on the mall carousel. We hadn’t been at the mall for a long time, so I decided we’ll go have fun after school last week. I hardly ever shop at the mall — we just go so L can play…
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    Globetrotting in Heels

  • Expose your inner bookworm! How to decorate with books

    Elisa
    25 May 2015 | 11:56 am
    Any fellow bookworms out there? If your are anything like me, you might often find yourself looking around and wondering how your books multiplied seemingly overnight, Gremlin-like, and started taking over your entire office/living room. I actually love going to people’s houses and finding books everywhere — especially if they don’t mind me browsing! — but I know some people feel that they create clutter and dust and perhaps don’t like having them around; which is very odd to me, because I much prefer a shelf full of books to one full of knick-knacks. So if you ever…
  • OOTW: everyday details

    Elisa
    21 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    Yesterday I was chatting with someone about outfits for the upcoming Blogtacular, and when I mentioned a statement necklace she said something along the lines of “Oh, I never think about accessories.” Boy, is that not the case with me. I can safely say that accessories are always on the forefront of my mind, almost before actual clothes. That makes me sound kind of high-maintenance, doesn’t it? Like one of those women who are always fussing with their hair, and wearing wildly inappropriate shoes for the weather, or being reeeeeally overdressed to go, oh I don’t know,…
  • A picture is worth… an untranslatable word

    Elisa
    18 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    As a former translator and someone who had to paste together sentences in other languages more than a few times, I have definitely come across words that cannot be translated. Or rather, they cannot be translated with one word, as there is no corresponding vocable in the target language. So you paraphrase, and you find the closest possible translation, and do your best to convey the concept for those who will be reading (or watching, or listening to) the translated work. But occasionally you will come across a word that is so incredible that it seems like a waste, a sin, to translate it.
 
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    Twelve Makes a Dozen

  • A Change of Plans

    Mom of 12
    29 May 2015 | 11:28 pm
    I have a story to tell you. And it's not a fish story. When we got home from our little trip over Memorial Day weekend, the floors were beautiful except for in one place...near the dishwasher. For some reason, they seemed warped. My sweetie decided it was probably because he did the washing and the sealing of the floor so close together and a little water was trapped. If that were the case, the
  • Guest Blogger: Dessert Potluck at Kauri Sue Hamilton by Elder Dog Walker

    Mom of 12
    29 May 2015 | 12:32 am
    It's been a little while since I've got to tell you some more about my mission. The mission is going pretty well and my testimony is about built up. All the children at the seminaries have been blessed with their knowledge of the Gospel and they're hoping that it will be kept to them for the rest of their lives. It goes for me, the teachers, and the fellow missionaries also. It's a little
  • Weather in Utah

    Mom of 12
    27 May 2015 | 11:13 pm
    We have had the craziest weather this month! You know we are in the middle of a drought here. We didn't get hardly any snow this winter and people have been so worried about how we are going to have enough water for our gardens and even to drink. But then May came and so did the rains. It has been crazy here! We have had rain almost every day. All the baseball and softball games keep canceling
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    Create-Celebrate-Explore

  • Summer Lovin' Gluten-Free Snack Mix for Kids

    Tonya Staab
    28 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    Disclosure: I’m sharing our fun gluten-free snack mix with Goldfish Puffs as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #GoldfishTales My kids love to snack so I often put together fun little trays of snacks for them after school or on weekends while they are playing. They especially love a homemade snack mix, or assorted snacks laid out on a platter as if they were about to have a party. Sometimes, when it's sunny outside they'll take a picnic blanket out into the yard and enjoy their snacks picnic style. One of the kids is gluten-free though so I'm always looking for more…
  • DIY Chalky Finish Armoire

    Tonya Staab
    27 May 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Disclosure: I am a DecoArt blogger and this blog post has been sponsored. Our house has four bedrooms plus a study. Dividing those rooms up between us and 5 of the kids was a breeze thanks to the great layout. We obviously took over the master bedroom (although the kids did put up a good fight), the oldest of the girls has the other main bedroom (which also has a private bathroom), one of the eight year old girls has her own bedroom and the other eight year old (Marisol) and the seven year old share a bedroom. The three younger girls also share the main bathroom upstairs. Which meant that…
  • The Centsible Life: Battery Recycling Container

    Tonya Staab
    27 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    If you have kids, like me, who play video games and go through batteries for their controllers you feel like you are buying new ones every month, then here's a quick recycled craft project for you to make a battery recycling container. You can find the full tutorial and free printable label over at The Centsible Life.
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    StyleBakery » stylebakerymom

  • Surf’s up: rash guards for your activity-packed summer

    Courtney Strimel
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    It wasn’t surfing but rather having kids that brought me around to rash guards. The extra coverage is perfect for playing at the beach or pool (no wardrobe malfunctions), plus it means a little extra protection from the sun. Of course you can’t discount the post-baby pooch-hiding abilities of full coverage styles either. Thankfully, rash guards are still a huge trend for summer 2015. Sleeveless, cropped or ruched, as the styles featured below show, there’s a rash guard style for every body type. Left to right: Jessica Simpson Gypsy Life Rash Guard Top, $48, amazon.com…
  • Serena & Lily adds women’s fashion to its collection

    Christine Fox
    27 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Serena & Lily, known for their home goods including furniture, decor and nursery textiles, has debuted women’s fashion as part of its expanding brand. Featuring classic staples like fit and flare dresses, printed wide-legged pants, ponchos and vacation favorites like cover-ups and pareos, the collection encompasses the brand easy, clean style. In addition, there is also an accessories collection featuring tassel necklaces and a sleep collection featuring crisp, cotton pajama sets. While the collection is not exactly budget-friendly, the pieces are well-made and are designed to be…
  • Hatch X The Glow sleepers to support Every Mother Counts

    Courtney Strimel
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Aside from the obvious positive (a precious new child), pregnancy was never one of my favorite states. The extra weight, the aches and pains…I was always looking for something to make it better. Oddly enough, pretty sleepwear made a world of difference. Falling asleep and waking in something comfortable and pretty made me feel pretty, which is why I love the new Hatch X The Glow Sleepers collaboration. Perfect for summertime, both The Nightie and The Sleeper Set are soft and lightweight. Even better, the designs are made to skim the body beautifully. Best of all, through the end of…
 
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    Thegreerfive

  • IPL Uncovered

    highfive
    17 May 2015 | 2:33 am
    He has got various other commitments but I’m glad he has decided to assist us for another year,” Iyer told.Dravid, who has played for your Queens before retiring from all kinds of cricket in 2013, was appointed coach for the 2014 IPL edition.Iyer said Dravid’s profile gives the staff a large push for IPL-8, scheduled... The post IPL Uncovered appeared first on Thegreerfive.
  • Exploring Methods Of android

    highfive
    5 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    The capacities from the new iPod video continue the developing process from the old capacities – hardware, applications and compatibility as well as other devices. Since the 5th generation iPods there’s another opportunity of playing mp4 and m4v MPEG 4 video file formats. Just non copy-protected WMA files may be copied for an iPod. Other... The post Exploring Methods Of android appeared first on Thegreerfive.
  • The List of Best PS3 Titles Available Till Date

    highfive
    2 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Playstation 3 is the video game console of the seventh generation era and the third in the chain of the Playstation. PS3 is Sonyis reply against Nintendois Wii and Microsoftis Xbox 360.The launching will be done on November 2006 in America and Japan. In Europe and Australasia, the PS3 will be available in the market... The post The List of Best PS3 Titles Available Till Date appeared first on Thegreerfive.
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    Lille Punkin'

  • Whip Up Something Volumous with Schwarzkopf

    29 May 2015 | 7:38 pm
    I haven't used mousse on my hair in years.  From what I remember of using it, my hair was always left flat and crispy when it dried.  When I was able to try the new Schwarzkopf Styliste ULTIME Biotin Volume & Texture Superb Volume Mousse, however, I knew it was probably a game-changer. Every other product I've used in this line blew me away with the gravity-defying effects it had on my hair. And
  • Spread the Love with Huggies Snug & Dry #UltraHugs Selfie Project (Win $2K for your Park!)

    29 May 2015 | 6:41 pm
    I'm really bad at taking selfies. I just don't ever think of taking a photo of myself.  I take plenty of my children, like when we go out to visit local museums and parks (or when we visit the local museum AND park at Fort Atkinson -- a historical landmark near where we live.)  These places are such a big part of the memories we make with our kids. In fact, we try to visit the local Fort at least
  • Wanna Spin? Help Kids Find Their Creative Side with the New Crayola® DJ App!

    29 May 2015 | 4:58 pm
    My kids love apps that can be played on the Android system, especially my Samsung Galaxy 5s. It's so portable, and so they love loading the phone up with things they can take on the go that challenge their little brains, but that are also super fun. The new Crayola® DJ App totally meets those requirements.  The game lets kids act as a DJ, spinning and creating tracks that allow for a
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    Simply Stacie

  • Join the #OneWalkShoeSelfie Twitter Party on June 2nd!

    Stacie
    29 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    I’m a natural worrywart and one of the top things I worry about is cancer. I’ve seen so many friends and family members battle this disease. Some of them beat it while others weren’t so lucky. My uncle passed away last year after a short fight against cancer. It’s a disease that affects us all… [read more] The post Join the #OneWalkShoeSelfie Twitter Party on June 2nd! appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • Glazed Donuts

    Nicky
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi Everyone! Nicky here from Kitchen Sanctuary – calling in with a recipe for these delicious glazed donuts. Soft and light, with a glaze that crinkles and melts into your mouth as you take a bite, you’ll find it hard to stop at one. When I last made these, I made a batch of 24.  They… [read more] The post Glazed Donuts appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • Breville The Citrus Press + Shirley Temple Recipe

    Stacie
    28 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    The only kind of juice I drink is orange juice, but I haven’t been buying it that often lately. For one, I’m so picky about juice and secondly, I dislike how much sugar is added to some kinds of juice. I like juice that is 100% juice and nothing else. I’ve never owned a juicer,… [read more] The post Breville The Citrus Press + Shirley Temple Recipe appeared first on Simply Stacie.
 
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  • CLEAN Fragrances for the Body and Home

    Andrea
    29 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Press Sample I have loved the fragrance of freshly laundered clean towels every since I was a child.  I recently had the opportunity to review some products from CLEAN. Fresh Laundry Scented Candle Fill your home with the warmth of familiar, inviting scents. Housed in a pure white glass with elegant, generous clear heel, each candle is adorned with a silver lid to protect the wax. CLEAN Candles are hand-poured soy blends that last up to 60 hours. Fresh Laundry Reed Diffuser Imagine freshly laundered sheets drying under open blue skies. CLEAN Fresh Laundry captures the crisp yet delicate…
  • Turbo Fast Giveaway #TurboFastInsiders

    Andrea
    29 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Press Sample My boys have always enjoyed shows that involve cars, so I’m thrilled to introduce Turbo Fast! Start your engines… and rev up the fun! From DreamWorks Animation, creators of the hit movie Turbo, comes the high-speed animated series that takes comedy, action and excitement to the extreme. Join the world’s fastest snail and his Fast Action Stunt Team as they put their elite skills to the test against all- new opponents on and off the track. It’s a Turbo-charged collection of heart-racing thrills!  My boys continue to love mazes so here is one for your kids…
  • Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review

    Amanda Challgren
    28 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    Press Sample I recently had the opportunity to review a Glow Bug cloth diaper. I had heard of this brand from my friends in passing but never had the chance to see them in action. The Glow Bug cloth diaper is a snap style, one size fits most (7 pounds-25 pounds+) so these diapers could potentially last the entire time your child is in diapers! Great money saver and no worrying about baby growth spurts. It is a pocket style diaper that comes with one microfiber insert and is super easy to stuff. The inside is super soft, which is perfect for baby’s sensitive skin. This diaper has some…
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  • Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

    Samantha Gregory
    22 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    This weekend is the beginning of summer travel and road trips! With the help of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) I want to share a few Summer Road Trip Safety Tips. I created a short video you can check out below but I really want you to get the main idea so your summer can be fun and safe. NHTSA offers the following safety recommendations before taking to the road: Regular maintenance: Tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotations go a long way toward preventing breakdowns before they happen. If your vehicle has been serviced according to the…
  • RichSingleMomma Says… Be a Money Bounty Hunter

    Samantha Gregory
    21 May 2015 | 5:20 pm
    RichSingleMomma Says… Be a Money Bounty Hunter! What does that mean? It means you must track down your income and expenses to know what you have. What’s coming in and what’s going out. The habit we fall into is ignoring our money. This is a mistake because it slips away when we are not looking. Watch this episode of RichSingleMomma Says… to get the details then put on your Bounty Hunter hat and start tracking! The post RichSingleMomma Says… Be a Money Bounty Hunter appeared first on Rich Single Momma.
  • Happy Be a Millionaire Day!

    Samantha Gregory
    20 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    Who wants to be a millionaire?!?!?! Remember that show? Today is the day you get to think about what it would really be like. Happy Be a Millionaire Day! According to the National Day Calendar website May 20 is Be a Millionaire Day. Here are a few things you can do to get your millionaire dreams going: Start a savings account.  If you have an existing savings account, review it to make sure you are earning the maximum interest available.  Increase the deposits into your savings account. Review your financial portfolio with a trusted expert. Review your investments – Look at ways of…
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  • Let Them Be Kids: Encouraging Creativity and Empowerment

    Danielle
    27 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    I’m not quite sure how it happened, but we are within the initial moments of my children’s 8th and 10th summers. I suppose I should be telling you it makes me feel old….old as in ‘mom years’, but the truth is, I feel FREE. Free from scheduling their every minute. Free from worrying they might fall down the stairs. Free from stressing they are going to argue their summer minutes away. Free from hearing someone bellow, “Mom….I’m BORED!” (those words are banned in our home) Free from having to make their breakfasts, plan their snacks and stop…
  • Spring Style: Five Ways to Wear a Button Down

    Lauren Dix
    25 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    A classic oxford or button down is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, but are you tired of wearing yours in the same old ways? Well get ready to break out of your button down rut because I have five new ways to wear ’em! 1. Knotted   Knotting a button down feels fun and playful. Size up if you’re worried about exposed skin, or knot over a dress instead to fake the look of a skirt! 2. Layered under a dress Layering an oxford under a dress is perfect for transitional weather. You’ll love how much extra wear you can get out of your sleeveless dresses! 3. Open over a…
  • Old Fashioned Lemon Pork Chops: Celebrating 100 Years of Pyrex #Pyrex100

    Danielle
    20 May 2015 | 4:04 am
    I lost my grandmother when I was only nine years old. As my mother’s mother, my ‘Nana’ and I didn’t have much opportunity to grow close. Though I was the first grandchild of what would grow to be dozens, she lived many hundreds of miles away…leaving us with little chance for hand-holding, storytelling and cuddling. I was left to get to know her through the lens of my mother’s heart and hand. I would grow to understand my Nana’s love of her work as a teacher. My mom would share her committment to her family – her husband and her seven children,…
 
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  • June Spring Cleaning 365 Calendar

    christine satterfield
    27 May 2015 | 3:17 pm
    If you’re new here, welcome! You’ve jumped on board at the exact right time. If you’re a regular, this is the perfect month to keep following along because we are going to be deep cleaning THREE rooms in our homes this month. We’ll also focus on the outdoors a bit now that the weather is nice. Of course we’ll also spend a day working on those photos. It will be fun! Take a look at our new calendar for the month and schedule 5-15 minutes each day on your calendar to work on the daily task!   Print the Spring Cleaning 365 June 2015 Calendar or PIN the calendar for…
  • Clean the Patio or Deck

    christine satterfield
    15 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Since we’re getting ready for a holiday week around here, we’re going to finish prepping the outside for a little gathering.  In case you’re in the same boat, let’s tidy up and clean the patio or deck today! [pinit] Clean the Patio or Deck We all have different outdoor areas, but here are a few things to consider as you spend time cleaning your patio or deck today: Weed flower pots and trim bushes that surround your seating area. Sweep or spray your patio/deck with a garden hose. Scrub stubborn areas. Wipe down handrails. Feel free to clean and wipe down your patio…
  • Spring Clean the Garage Door

    christine satterfield
    14 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    We’re staying with the outdoor theme today and moving on to the garage door! It’s nearly impossible to find a good time for everyone to complete the outdoor tasks, so if weather doesn’t permit you working on the garage door, then feel free to tackle another project! The same is true for those of you who don’t have garage doors! [pinit] Spring Clean the Garage Door Let’s take the following actions today: Grab a broom a sweep the area surrounding the garage door. Swipe away cobwebs and any other critters hanging around the garage frame. Use a wet rag and all-purpose…
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  • Mother’s Day

    Jordan
    10 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Mother’s Day gets a bad rap. We hear so many people praising their angel mothers and we wonder if that title could ever apply to us. No, we finally decide. I’m not as perfect as this man’s mother. I’m no angel. I don’t deserve any praise. We are way too hard on ourselves. At church today, Brother Rick McAlister noted that no one said anything about a mother being perfect. “Because there’s no such thing as a perfect mother,” he continued, “and it’s a good thing, because there’s no such thing as a perfect father or perfect…
  • 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…
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  • Macy's American Icons: Support Veterans & Party On #Seattle #Portland #SanFrancisco #AmericanSelfie #supportourveterans

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    14 May 2015 | 10:08 pm
    “I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.“Woot.  I'm super excited to be covering the Macy's American Icons this week-end in Seattle at Alderwood Mall at 2pm..What's that?  You haven't heard of these events.  Well hello!  You are invited to join them for all the in-store excitement! As part of their salute to all the things that make us proud to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, Macy's is hosting multiple American Icons parties…
  • Furry Family Members Deserve the Best: Nudges® Grillers&Sizzlers #NudgeThemBack #ad

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    4 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NudgeThemBack #CollectiveBiasIf you've been reading along over the years, you know one thing that I am passionate about is pups. Our pups Seb and Grendel were family.Family.Nothing less than family.They were my furry children before I had children.Although we were luckier than most that they lasted 16-17 years, I was still heartbroken and am still mourning them to this day.We all are...After they passed, our hearts were not ready for another pup--and my husband was not ready…
  • On Weight Loss: The Grazing Plate & Other Weight Loss Tips #Paleo #EatCLean #JERF

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    4 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    I made myself what I call a real food, paleo grazing plate today. What's a grazing plate you ask?It's breakfast, lunch and snacks for the day--all on 1 plate!I eat when I am hungry. I stop and throw it in fridge when full. It's FULL of organic greens underneath drizzled with avocado oil and  freshly squeezed lemon, sliced brightly colored peppers, crunchy grapes, and spicy sausage. Nibble, nibble. Crunch.It avoids the clean plate mentality since the plan is to only to eat when hungry every couple of hours and tuck it away in fridge when…
 
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  • Staying safe in your empty nest.

    Christine Blythe
    29 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety immediately follows the physiological needs (air, food, water, and the rest to allow our bodies to function). As time passes and our families grow, we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sure sign of spring is seasonal pet allergies.

    Christine Blythe
    29 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    After a long winter stuck inside, it’s finally time to start enjoying the warm weather with long afternoons in the park with your pet. However, within days your dog may start suffering from allergies... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Surprise winner in hamburger taste test!

    Christine Blythe
    29 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    With grilling season underway, it’s only fitting that Thursday is National Hamburger Day. The fast food staple has a rich history both in the United States and internationally, making it one of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Canada: The Savvy Guide to June

    SavvyMom.ca
    28 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    It’s the sprint to the finish line! June is jam-packed with school activities—spring concerts, field trips, class parties and more. Here’s how to make the most of this hectic but happy month in Canada.
  • Toronto: Toronto: The Savvy Guide to June

    SavvyMom.ca
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s the sprint to the finish line! June is jam-packed with school activities—spring concerts, field trips, class parties and more. Here’s how to make the most of this hectic but happy month in Toronto.
  • Victoria: Victoria: The Savvy Guide to June

    SavvyMom.ca
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s the sprint to the finish line! June is jam-packed with school activities—spring concerts, field trips, class parties and more. Here’s how to make the most of this hectic but happy month in Victoria.
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  • Are these kids umbrellas from frozen imported?

    28 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    Yes
  • When to Praise and When to Reprimand

    26 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    What did you do when your child broke your favorite coffee mug from college even though you told them never, ever to touch it? Did you yell? What about when the same child made you that adorable picture for Mother’s Day? Did you praise them? Yelling and praise are the opposite ends of a spectrum of how you can react to your child’s behavior. As a parent, it’s worth considering when to reprimand your child, when to praise them, and how to effectively use both these parenting techniques. Are you allowed to get angry at your child and yell? “Of course!” says Denise. “You would not be…
  • Games to Make Your Beach Day the Best Ever

    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Now that summer is almost here (FINALLY!), it’s time to start planning trips to the beach. If you’re interested in getting the most out of your family beach day, check out these fun and easy activities. Who’s ready for the best beach day ever?!Bury Me A fun one for the whole family! First, pick who gets to be buried; parents or older kids are most appropriate for this role. Then, dig a wide hole for the body. Lastly, cover the person in sand. Once they’re buried, you can make designs on top of them: arrange flowers or seashells for a decorative touch, or give the buried person a tail…
 
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    Journal of Joey - Real Mom Media

  • Roadtrip with an RV

    joey fortman
    11 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    I can assure you that I've said this to my family at least 25 times in the past 5 years.  "I want to go on an RV trip!"I do.  But I want to do more than that.  I want to experience what it's like to take my kids camping.  I don't think my husband has camped a day in his life.  It's not his thing.  (Sadly, if it doesn't have intense air conditioning and ESPN, I don't have a chance to ever get him in the woods!)  Well, maybe.  Maybe there is a chance that camping can come to fruition with an RV, right?  That's air conditioning and TV! lolSome of my…
  • Dad Diaries: The Biggest Thing to Ever Happen

    joey fortman
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    EDITORS NOTE:  THIS IS 'CUZ' NOT THE HUBBY! LOL Yes, someone asked.  Eh. No. But he rocks! This June we will have been in Philly for 8 years.  I can't even believe it.  That's a VERY long time for this radio girl who has traveled the country in the business before settling here.  But truth be told, Philly was all my husband's idea when he got offered a job after his job moved to LA.  I had never been to Philly until the day we drove in to this place.  Fast forward to a very tough first 5 years both personally & professionally.  As many of my dear…
  • #SaveKidsLives Call for Help

    joey fortman
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    As a mom, there are often times I find myself wondering 'What did they do when they had kids' talking about my own parents.  Or even, 'We didn't have that when I was a kid!'  One that sticks out the most was when I was a new mom for the first time with Boston and it was before I got the opportunity to review amazing baby products with this blog.  So, here I was - pregnant and had no clue on what kind of car seat to get.  All I knew was that they were EXPENSIVE!  And the more expensive they were - they safer they were was my key thinking.  Pretty logical, right?
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  • IPL Uncovered

    highfive
    17 May 2015 | 2:33 am
    He has got various other commitments but I’m glad he has decided to assist us for another year,” Iyer told.Dravid, who has played for your Queens before retiring from all kinds of cricket in 2013, was appointed coach for the 2014 IPL edition.Iyer said Dravid’s profile gives the staff a large push for IPL-8, scheduled... The post IPL Uncovered appeared first on Thegreerfive.
  • Exploring Methods Of android

    highfive
    5 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    The capacities from the new iPod video continue the developing process from the old capacities – hardware, applications and compatibility as well as other devices. Since the 5th generation iPods there’s another opportunity of playing mp4 and m4v MPEG 4 video file formats. Just non copy-protected WMA files may be copied for an iPod. Other... The post Exploring Methods Of android appeared first on Thegreerfive.
  • The List of Best PS3 Titles Available Till Date

    highfive
    2 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Playstation 3 is the video game console of the seventh generation era and the third in the chain of the Playstation. PS3 is Sonyis reply against Nintendois Wii and Microsoftis Xbox 360.The launching will be done on November 2006 in America and Japan. In Europe and Australasia, the PS3 will be available in the market... The post The List of Best PS3 Titles Available Till Date appeared first on Thegreerfive.
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    The Megalomaniac Mommy

  • McFarland USA – Coming to Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack 6/2

    Anne
    22 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    In the tradition of Disney sports movies comes “McFarland, USA” based on a true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, [...] The post McFarland USA – Coming to Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack 6/2 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Dry Off with an Aurorae Aqua Beach Swim Towel + Giveaway – Ends 6/4

    Anne
    21 May 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Summer is so close I can almost smell it and I can’t wait. Summer for our family means baseball, cookouts and swimming, three things we absolutely love. Of those things, one that we are really itching to do is swim and we’ve got some fun things scheduled once school is out and we are so [...] The post Dry Off with an Aurorae Aqua Beach Swim Towel + Giveaway – Ends 6/4 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Make Dove Part of Your Beauty Story

    Anne
    21 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    The summer after I graduated from high school, a close friend of mine landed a full-time job at our local Walgreens as a Beauty Advisor. This was a great job for her because not only was it close to home and paid well, she was also our go to person when it came to makeup [...] The post Make Dove Part of Your Beauty Story appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
 
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  • Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

    Samantha Gregory
    22 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    This weekend is the beginning of summer travel and road trips! With the help of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) I want to share a few Summer Road Trip Safety Tips. I created a short video you can check out below but I really want you to get the main idea so your summer can be fun and safe. NHTSA offers the following safety recommendations before taking to the road: Regular maintenance: Tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotations go a long way toward preventing breakdowns before they happen. If your vehicle has been serviced according to the…
  • RichSingleMomma Says… Be a Money Bounty Hunter

    Samantha Gregory
    21 May 2015 | 5:20 pm
    RichSingleMomma Says… Be a Money Bounty Hunter! What does that mean? It means you must track down your income and expenses to know what you have. What’s coming in and what’s going out. The habit we fall into is ignoring our money. This is a mistake because it slips away when we are not looking. Watch this episode of RichSingleMomma Says… to get the details then put on your Bounty Hunter hat and start tracking! The post RichSingleMomma Says… Be a Money Bounty Hunter appeared first on Rich Single Momma.
  • Happy Be a Millionaire Day!

    Samantha Gregory
    20 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    Who wants to be a millionaire?!?!?! Remember that show? Today is the day you get to think about what it would really be like. Happy Be a Millionaire Day! According to the National Day Calendar website May 20 is Be a Millionaire Day. Here are a few things you can do to get your millionaire dreams going: Start a savings account.  If you have an existing savings account, review it to make sure you are earning the maximum interest available.  Increase the deposits into your savings account. Review your financial portfolio with a trusted expert. Review your investments – Look at ways of…
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    Wifely Steps

  • Delicious Breakfast GIFs

    Toni
    29 May 2015 | 4:52 am
    Why am I even looking at these delicious breakfast GIFs? They're just making me oh so hungry! But they're too good NOT to look at. I mean, look!!! Read more... The post Delicious Breakfast GIFs appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • 12 Lessons from 12 Years of Marriage

    Toni
    28 May 2015 | 1:38 am
    My husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary last May 24. We both couldn't believe it's been 12 years! We're still learning so much about how to manage a marriage that we feel like we're both still new at this. Haha! Our marriage has its crazy twists and turns, but it also has many moments of joyful serenity. We've learned a few things through the course of our journey. Here are some that have been making our marriage work. Read more... The post 12 Lessons from 12 Years of Marriage appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Epilogue: One Year Later That Day (A Short Story)

    Toni
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I went to the studio to see if he still worked there. It has been a year since we met, and I was certain I was just one of the many faces he saw that day. I remembered him distinctly wearing a black jacket, white shirt and slacks - his uniform, actually. And then I found myself back at his workplace, one year later, just wondering if he still worked there... His head turned towards me and he smiled back. "Hi! Can I help you?" "Uh," I stammered. "I was um, wondering when the next tour schedule is." How could I have thought he'd friggin' remember me? Read more... The post Epilogue: One…
 
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • New Uplifting Reality Show: The Briefcase

    Alicia Marie
    27 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I love a good reality show so I’m excited to share about a new one that premieres tonight, Wednesday May 27th, called THE BRIEFCASE. The show is created by Dave Broome (the man who brought us The Biggest Loser). This is another uplifting series that gives me hope for the human race. In each episode, two hard-working American families experiencing financial setbacks are presented by the show’s producers with a briefcase containing $101,000 and a potentially life-altering decision: they can keep all of the money for themselves, or give all or part…
  • List Of Free Things To Do In Chicago This Summer

    Alicia Marie
    25 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Traveling to Chicago this summer? It’s possible to make the trip on a budget! Here is a list of FREE things to do in the city and the suburbs. 1) Walk around Navy Pier. Don’t miss the stained glass display! 2) Take a picture in front of “The Bean” 3) Enjoy the weekly fireworks display (every Wednesday and Saturday evening in summer) 4) Head to the Lincoln Park Zoo to see animals 5) Spend a day at one of the beaches and swim in the lake 6) Enjoy a free movie or concert in the park 7) Walk along the lakefront 8) Window shop on Michigan Avenue 9) Walk around the city and…
  • 25 Fun Summer Writing Activities For Kids

    Alicia Marie
    22 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    In planning our summer, one thing that I’m making sure to do is building in time for math, reading and writing exercises for my kids amongst our travel, summer camp and family activities. Since summer is all about having fun I wanted to find things my kids could do that wouldn’t seem like schoolwork but would fit into their days and they’d enjoy doing I’ve shared our summer bucket list and a list of free summer reading programs already so today I wanted to share a list of 25 activities that get kids to practice writing throughout the summer. There are no worksheets…
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  • What your mom wants for Mothers Day

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    7 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    * She wants the handmade crafts – the pictures, the paintings, the little sculptures, the handprints, the inedible breakfast – But the coffee, she wants the coffee to be good, so if you haven’t mastered that skill yet, step aside * She wants to laugh without peeing her pants * She wants her great aunt’s ring back that you tried on because it was sparkly but then lost somewhere in your bedroom * She wants you to clean your room * She wants some privacy in the bathroom * She wants you to know that loves hearing you say mom, or mama, or mommy, or mumum or whatever it is…
  • The birds and the bees of butterflies

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:56 am
    We got our six-year-old a butterfly habitat for her birthday. Essentially, it’s a mesh enclosure that comes with a gift certificate for caterpillars. The caterpillars were quiet at first, but after a few days, they got active and started spinning themselves into their cocoons. Ten days later, butterflies emerged. So we took them to the park to give them their freedom. We unzipped the lid to free them, and waited for them to fly away. And waited. But they seemed quite content to hang out in their little habitat sipping orange juice. Eventually, one flew away, and then another. But the…
  • 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…
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  • Win a Covergirl and Olay Prize Pack ARV $47 {Canada} #PGMom

    Sheri
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    To get you ready for an evening out on the town, look no further, COVERGIRL and Olay are here to help you achieve that star look so you steal the spotlight. To help start the night off right, prep with Olay’s newly enhanced Total Effects formula with 40% more vitamins and the highest level... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Endy makes a good night sleep a reality

    Sheri
    28 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    If there’s one piece of furniture that you should never compromise on, it’s your mattress. You spend a third of your life sleeping on it, and so much of your waking time is dependent on the quality of your sleep. Studies have shown that a good night’s sleep is essential for proper... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Things I learned from my Mother #ONatural {Giveaway}

    Sheri
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Mother’s Day has come and gone, and while I had a wonderful Mother’s Day at Disney World, I did miss spending any of it with my own mother. So in her honour, I will share some things I learned from my mother: Keep a level head. As a nurse I’m sure my Mom has had... Read More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Who Runs the World? Curls, Curls!

    DudeMom
    27 May 2015 | 6:18 pm
    You guys know how I am about my curls. I love them. They’re a part of me. They connect me to my boys in a way I find special, and they give me a confidence I wouldn’t feel daily without them. In a way they define me. As I enter the saggy, waggy, everything-wiggles-and-nothing-holds-shape phase of my life, they seem to be the only physical element that I don’t have any beef with. But, it didn’t used to be that way. My curls used to be a THING. And, not a really cool, beautiful, fun thing. A please-don’t-say-anything-about-my-hair-or-I-will-cry thing. They made me noticeable. They…
  • Simplify Your Mom Game: How Real Moms Make Mornings Work (video)

    DudeMom
    26 May 2015 | 5:28 pm
    If there is one thing I hear more than any other when I say I have three sons, I’d have to say it’s WOW! Followed closely by things like, “You must have your hands full!!!” and “I bet that’s noisy!!!” and “Are you trying for a girl?!!” and “How do you do it?!!” With all of those exclamation points thrown in by their eyes and their voices. Most of those are easy questions to answer: yes, yes, no, and no idea. The first two are pretty rhetorical though I think; people just reacting to the fact that I continued to allow myself to procreate even though things kept coming up…
  • It’s Bust Out Your Summer Clothes Time

    DudeMom
    25 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Memorial Day marks the start of summer for many across the US. It’s the weekend pools open, and when beach vacations start costing families like mine a fortune. There are BBQs and picnics and even fireworks shows to keep revelers entertained in their red, white, and blue outfits. But, Memorial Day is about more than flag adorned shirts and grilled dogs. It’s a celebration meant to recognize and honor those who served our country and lost their lives as members of the armed forces. No need to cancel your beach vacays and cookouts, just keep that in mind and maybe mention it to your kids…
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    La Jolla Mom

  • 5 Reasons Why East Village Tavern and Bowl Is Fabulous for Families (Giveaway)

    La Jolla Mom
    29 May 2015 | 2:39 pm
    My dad was a good bowler. This year, we decided to skip the tears and go bowling on his birthday. I hate to admit that I wasn’t sure where we should bowl in San Diego. I wanted it to be kid-friendly, have some good food and drinks as well as offer the ability to reserve a lane in advance. It doesn’t really sound like your average bowling alley, does it? But, all of these upscale perks exist at East Village Tavern and Bowl in downtown San Diego near PETCO Park. We wound up having a fantastic time (thanks to East Village Tavern and Bowl offering to unexpectedly host us). The kids…
  • What It’s Like to Fly in Cathay Pacific First Class

    La Jolla Mom
    28 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    “Mom, this is REALLY nice,” muttered my 8-year-old as she placed her stuffed animals all over her Cathay Pacific first class seat en route from Hong Kong to Los Angeles. She’s no stranger to premium class travel, but since her birth I’ve been booking us into business class—still an incredible treat—on what was once our home airline. Indeed, the experience from start to finish was first class. Airport Express Check-In Departing from the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong meant that we checked in for our flight (including our bags) at the Airport Express station in…
  • Review: Disney’s Hollywood Hotel in Hong Kong

    La Jolla Mom
    26 May 2015 | 6:58 pm
    If you’re trying to decide which Hong Kong Disneyland hotel to stay at, let me tell you why it’s worth considering Disney’s Hollywood Hotel. Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting to like it but it was just fine for our two-night Disney bonanza. We’ve stayed at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, considered the luxury option, but since we were landing very late from Kota Kinabalu on the first night and not likely to be in the hotel much the day after, it didn’t make sense to spend more money than I had to especially since the hotels we were staying at in Central before…
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  • Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Blog

    Suzette Valle
    13 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    I’m back! At least I’m trying to convince myself about getting back to curating my personal blog after turning into an author for a few months. I’ve missed you, and to be honest, even I missed me! In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been MIA over the last several months hunkered down writing a children’s book. I loved the process. […] The post Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Blog appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
  • Dining on a Flagship Cruise in San Diego Bay

    Suzette Valle
    11 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    We celebrated two milestones over the weekend: Mother’s Day and our 25th Wedding Anniversary! We wanted to do something special — something out of the ordinary. A dinner cruise aboard a Flagship Cruise in San Diego was more than special, it was memorable! The special treatment you will get as a guest on a Flagship […] The post Dining on a Flagship Cruise in San Diego Bay appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
  • Flagship Cruises San Diego Celebrates 100 Years With Free Rides and Party

    Suzette Valle
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    There is no better way to experience San Diego than seeing our city’s iconic skyline aboard a Flagship Harbor cruise. If you’ve never been on a bay tour, then now is the perfect time to try one (or all) of the FREE boat rides Flagship Cruises will be offering guests as part of their 100th Anniversary Party on the Harbor. […] The post Flagship Cruises San Diego Celebrates 100 Years With Free Rides and Party appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
 
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    Amanda Magee

  • Right This Minute

    amandamagee
    28 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    The month of May has been a whirlwind, bookended by Finley’s birthday at the end of April and a flurry of deadlines at the end of May. I can’t quite come to terms with summer being so soon upon us.   I guess I thought I had more time to plan.   “Time to plan,” the universe laughs. Cancer diagnoses amid friends of mine, divorce, depression, all lined up next to images of new babies and themed parties, all of which remind me how very little hand we have in anything beyond finding wholeness in the moments we have.   Dutifully I start the day thinking:…
  • Since They Were Born

    amandamagee
    7 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Each of my daughters has been exactly who she was since I felt her first flutter in my belly. One responded to music, one loved it when I was driving, the other seemed to throw “Go mom” high fives whenever I swore. Today they are very bit as much distinctly who they are as ever.   Watching The Voice elimination shows brings all their stuff to the fore in stark contrast—elation, horror, ‘it is what it is’.   I do what I can to quell their nerves, calm their agitated hearts, and, honestly, devour their wholly, unapologetic “this is who I am-ness”.
  • Seven

    amandamagee
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Words fail me as I replay seven years with Finley.   The truth is that Finley made us the family that we are and we couldn’t be a more perfectly F.A.B. fit.   Happy birthday, Fin. The post Seven appeared first on Amanda Magee.
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    Fox In Flats

  • Natural, nourishing, affordable skincare

    FoxInFlats
    27 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Delicious natural skincare that doesn't contain tricky chemicals and hasn't been tested on tiny furry creatures. The post Natural, nourishing, affordable skincare appeared first on Fox In Flats.
  • The quick and simple cleanser for busy mums

    FoxInFlats
    26 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    Plus, WIN a weekend day spa retreat with your bestie! The post The quick and simple cleanser for busy mums appeared first on Fox In Flats.
  • The 5 winter coats every mum needs

    FoxInFlats
    25 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    What to look for, where to wear, and links to buy now. The post The 5 winter coats every mum needs appeared first on Fox In Flats.
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    Marketing Mama

  • review :: Space Exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota

    Missy
    25 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Disclosure: We received media passes to visit the Space Exhibit and the Journey to Space movie at the Science Museum of Minnesota. This is a special exhibit that has a separate admission fee in addition to the general admission to the museum. The opinions and photos shared here are my own. I’m going to cut to the chase and tell you how impressed I was by the new Space Exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Jason and I brought our four children to visit (ages 7, 9, 13 and 16) and they all loved it! We also saw the Journey to Space movie in the OmniTheatre and were equally impressed. One…
  • Raising awareness for anaphylaxis & food allergies (sponsored)

    Missy
    20 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    I attended a special Mylan Blogger Summit meeting this week in California at the Disneyland Resort. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to meet with them and other bloggers to talk about food allergies, anaphylaxis and ways to improve access and experiences for families managing food allergies. Please note: Mylan paid for all of my travel expenses and for my Disneyland Resort park ticket in exchange for my evaluation and feedback on information presented during the meeting. All comments made by me about EpiPens, Mylan, and/or the Summit are at my own discretion and are based on my own…
  • A podcast & the President for Food Allergy Awareness Week

    Missy
    12 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    This is Food Allergy Awareness Week. Teal is the official color of food allergies, so many people wore teal on Tuesday for #TealTakeover. Did you know it’s Food Allergy Awareness Week? Each year in May the people and businesses who support those with food allergies speak up in unison to try to educate others and raise awareness of food allergies. This year it seems like the voices are even louder than the year before, and the year before that. Maybe it’s because more children are being diagnosed each year and their caregivers are stepping up to help. Maybe more people are…
 
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • Fourth Of July Cocktail Recipes

    Toni Patton
    29 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    July 4th is upon us and quite a few people have get togethers.  Check out some fun Fourth of July cocktail recipes for your get together! Sparkler 1 oz. Three-O Pomegranate Vodka 2 oz. Sparkling Wine Splash Pomegranate Juice Combine vodka and pomegranate juice in an ice-filled shaker Shake with ice and strain into a Read More »» The post Fourth Of July Cocktail Recipes 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....
  • Mealtime Memories With Ragu #Saucesome #Ad

    Toni Patton
    27 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    Summer fun is upon us, in just a few days we will be out of school and days at the beach will be a constant! We love making memories to last a lifetime during our summer days (and nights). Whether we are at the beach, our local park, or playing soccer together as a family, we Read More »» The post Mealtime Memories With Ragu #Saucesome #Ad appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
  • Easy Summer Meal Idea: New Limited Edition Bratwurst Pizza From Tombstone! #FlavorYourSummer #Ad #Cbias

    Toni Patton
    25 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FlavorYourSummer #CollectiveBias Summer vacation is almost here and while we get a little break from sports practices and school work, that doesn’t mean we slow down. We have just a few weeks and our sports practices start back up, Read More »» The post Easy Summer Meal Idea: New Limited Edition Bratwurst Pizza From Tombstone! #FlavorYourSummer #Ad #Cbias appeared first on... This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the…
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    From the Mommy Files...

  • Time to Forgive My Mother

    Maria A. Karamitsos
    8 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    I’ve had the privilege to have had the essay, “Time to Forgive my Mother” published as part of a Mother’s Day series on the Women.Who.Write blog. I’m thrilled to be in the company of some very talented writers. Hop on over and check it out. Click here.
  • Why you need to invest in YOU. Now.

    Maria A. Karamitsos
    1 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    Yes, you, Mom. I’m talking to you. You need to make investments in you each and every day. You’re worth it, and you deserve it. Now, I’m not talking about shopping sprees (you’re welcome, husbands). And I’m not talking about financial stuff. I’ll leave that to the Dave Ramseys of the world. I’m talking about doing things for YOURSELF. Every. Single. Day. Like all moms, I always put myself last. And I felt awful—physically, emotionally. I wasn’t at my best. This is a tough concept for us moms to comprehend. My holistic health coach Roula at MyHealthySoma showed me how I could…
  • Do I have cancer, again? Part 2

    Maria A. Karamitsos
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    We left and I barely said a word to my friend. We walked to the parking garage, to realize neither of us knew where the car was. We went to 4 different floors, then finally going back up to the 10th floor, site of the original attempt, only to realize it was there, but on the other side. This was pure comedy, certainly funny to anyone who saw us. To us, it was much-needed comic relief, and temporarily lifted the fog. We laughed so hard, I thought I’d bust open my incision. We laughed so much, I wonder if we looked like drunks searching the parking garage for our car? We found it and headed…
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    Biz Mommy L.A.

  • Discount At StickerKid!

    Tisha Berg
    28 May 2015 | 1:19 pm
    You probably realized by now that we love stickers at Biz Mommy!  As parents, we know anything and everything has the potential to get lost so, there is always something to label. We found another great place to find labels and stickers of all kinds.  It’s called StickerKid and they are offering our readers a 5% discount.  Use code US21BL6031 The choices are extensive and the ones we picked for our girls (they gave us some to sample) were so cute and perfect for them.  We encourage you to take a look and take advantage of the discount! The post Discount At StickerKid! appeared…
  • SoCozy Hair Care for Kids

    Tisha Berg
    24 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    We recently were sent some samples of SoCozy kids hair care products.  Cozy Friedman, the woman who founded the first children’s hair salons in New York City created these products by “adopting a higher standard for her products that relies on quality and integrity, not chemicals and preservatives.” We have tried all kinds of products over the years on our girls’ unruly (but lovely :-)) hair. We are always concerned about what is in these products and, whether it is really helping or hurting.  Reading about SoCozy made us want to try them out.  Plus, they have cute…
  • A TRIBUTE TO JESSE OWENS’S LEGACY – Warren Lane Elementary School

    Tisha Berg
    24 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    A mural honoring Olympian Jesse Owens created by Los Angeles students will be unveiled at a public ceremony Monday, June 1st , 1 p.m. at Warren Lane Elementary School. Guided by P.S. Arts Teaching Artist Tiffany Graham, the students researched and discussed Owens’ history and collaborated on the design and execution. Award-winning Actress & Singer Keke Palmer, Students of Warren Lane Elementary, their families, staff and supporters of Warren Lane Elementary School will be on-hand to witness the unveiling of the mural. Community dignitaries will be in attendance for the…
 
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • 20 Ways To Not Piss Off Your Parenting Partner

    samanthamcgarry
    22 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Being a parent is hard work. Being married to/living with a parent is also hard work. So here are a few handy tips based on my personal experience (and some from my friends) to help navigate the tough/busy/emotional times, balance out the domestic to-dos, and avoid frustrations, snark and general spousal pissed-off-ness. Note the below applies not just to husbands, but also to wives (like me). Read on, for marital and domestic bliss awaits you. Don’t make assumptions. About anything. When opening the fridge, take note of what’s not there, and add those items to a shopping…
  • The Gene My Mother Didn’t Give Me

    samanthamcgarry
    10 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    (This is the story I read at the recent, amazing Listen to your Mother show – video coming in the summer!) Today I cooked for my family and nobody died. It’s always a good day when my cooking doesn’t maim, injure or kill. Because every time I cook, I am convinced that someone will turn pale, clutch his or her belly, foam at the mouth and then sprint for the bathroom. Or just keel right over. Needless to say, I am not a natural in the kitchen. I try. After all, I’m a Mom. This is part of the job description, right? It’s supposed to be part of my maternal DNA. I definitely did not…
  • The Listen to your Mother Show: A Preview

    samanthamcgarry
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    What’s the one thing we all have in common other than, you know, breathing? It’s mothers. We all have – or had – mothers. Be they birth mothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers, step mothers, grandmothers. Some families have two mothers. Some families have two fathers. Many of us are, or were, mothers. Dealing with all the highs and lows that come with the title. Some of you aspire to be mothers. Some of you became accidental mothers. Some of you really don’t want to be a mother. Some of you did, but life took a different course. Some of us are working…
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  • Gao Mei Wetland(高美湿地) at Taichung, Taiwan

    Dominique
    25 May 2015 | 6:39 pm
    You're readingGao Mei Wetland(高美湿地) at Taichung, Taiwan by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook The setting sun It was a magical evening for me at Gaomei Wetlands. Situated in  QingShui (清水) District of TaiChung (台中) it took about a 20 min drive from Tai Chung city. The information board at the start of the boardwalk It was extremely windy at the wetlands.  The wind turbines which were situated along a water break were  constantly turning and generating electricity. the…
  • Grace for the Imperfect Mom

    Dominique
    25 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    You're readingGrace for the Imperfect Mom by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Grace for the Imperfect Mom Grace for the Imperfect Mom: A 31-Day Invitation to Refreshed Mothering by  Julie Fisk, Kristen Dermey and Kendra Roehl is a book which reflects on the journey of a mom. Within a span of  31 Days  stories are shared on  how motherhood has been for the author in the areas of  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and grace. It is not…
  • Making Thunder Tea- Lei Cha 擂茶

    Dominique
    18 May 2015 | 2:28 am
    You're readingMaking Thunder Tea- Lei Cha 擂茶 by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook The Pestle and Mortar During the last trip to Taiwan I tried my hand on making Thunder Tea at 苗栗縣南庄鄉蓬萊村 Penglai Village, Nanzhuang Township, Miaoli County with R and his friend Z . It was a really interesting experience for me. Thunder Tea  ( 擂茶) is the native tea of the Hakka people who live in Taiwan.  Lei cha is not the same as Taiwanese tea because there are always other…
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    SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney

  • So My Daughter Sleeps Much More In Childcare Than At Home… and other tales

    Sandra
    28 May 2015 | 7:51 pm
    I have a nocturnal daughter. Like, seriously. She takes a catnap at around 6 p.m., after we pick Xavier and her from childcare, when her brothers are busy devouring their dinners, she prefers to take a small nip of the food, drinks milk and collapses, for 45 to 60 minutes. And then she is awake. Bright-eyed and bushy tailed. And stays awake till past midnight. Every night. Which I am fine. Until I read the childcare report of her sleeping patterns for the week. I usually take a glance, and usually it’s a normal 2-hour nap in the day. But not THAT day. That day, she slept from 11.30 a.m.
  • 8 Aussie Slang Words Every Visitor Should Know

    Sandra
    23 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Coming to Australia? Well, here are 8 Aussie slangs you should know first! I consulted a few people who’ve lived in Australia for a while, coming from Singapore and these are the few head-scratchers the very first time we heard them! ARVO Or “afternoon”. As in: “I’ll talk to you this arvo.” SHOUT Nope, not talking loudly. It means to treat, or in Singlish, it means to “belanjah”. As in: “Have a drink, my shout.” TA This stumped me the first time I heard it. Ta? Short for ta-ta (as in goodbye)? Then I realised it’s short form…
  • Dry Nights are the Best Nights

    Sandra
    18 May 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Advertorial Any parent would agree – this is the best sight, especially after a long day! I think my kids are really pretty cool. But they look especially angelic – when they are sleeping. This photo of Zoie? She’s not really sleeping (pffft!) but she responded to my call to ask for a sleeping pic so well, I couldn’t resist getting a shot in. My nocturnally-inclined baby girl can think of a million and one reasons to NOT go to bed. From wanting to drink chocolate milk for the fourth time, to wanting another cracker, or a grape, or an apple, or a yogurt (you get the idea), it can…
 
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  • And then my head exploded

    Susan
    25 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    A couple of weeks ago the other half got to swan off to Sydney for work, where he was put up in a fancy hotel and got to eat decent food while relaxing to the dulcet tones of no children. Then he returned home and promptly announced that he didn’t feel well. A trip to the doctor ended up in a trip to the hospital and a whole lot of tests, including a lumbar puncture. All tests were clear, but he now had a crippling headache caused by the lumbar puncture which was only relieved when lying down. After a few days of this, he had a little collapse and ended up back in hospital where they…
  • Sweet dreams are made of … what the?

    Susan
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Many a time I’ve woken from a dream and thought that it would make a wonderful novel. Do I write the ideas down? Of course not. I go back to sleep, happy in the knowledge that there’s no way I could possibly forget such an epic story. Then I wake in the morning and it’s completely gone; not even a hint of a trace of a fragment for me to work with.   View image | gettyimages.com Then there are the other times when I have a dream so absurd that I want to forget it, and it is seared into my memory banks for me to relive in high definition over and over again. Since my…
  • Parental bragging rights

    Susan
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Let’s be honest here, as a parent the only reason you have a Facebook account is to brag about your children. Of the last three billion posts on my personal profile, at least three billion of them have been about my sproglings. Strangely, though, as the number of child-related posts increases, there appears to be a proportional decline in the number of people in my friends’ list. It must be a Facebook glitch. Yesterday Missy Moo said something that gave me the opportunity for the ultimate brag and one-upmanship of all the other parents out there. In your face all you other…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • My Daughter/My Selfie: And There She Goes …

    Lisa
    25 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Many years ago I wrote an article for a newspaper about how studies have shown that the two most difficult times to “let go” of your children are sending them off to kindergarten AND sending them off to college. Back then, I was on the kindergarten side of the spectrum. And now … (somebody bring me a box of tissues). Yes, there I go again. Immediate tears like an actress at an audition, only I’m not acting. I’m feeling every damn thing. My eldest daughter Noa (the first of my three teenage daughters) is graduating high school this week and heading…
  • Teen Survival: 4 Things I Would Tell My Younger (High School) Self

    Lisa
    17 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Marisa Houser There have been countless times when I have cried and cried over fights with friends, been an outright bitch to my family (because I was more focused on what I had going on), changed my looks to be like someone/something I’m not, and much, much more. The dilemmas, not only in high school, but in young adult life, can seem so earth-shattering that it is hard to actually listen to the advice given to us in the midst of whatever situation we may be in. But, there are some things that no one had ever told me while I was experiencing all the ups and downs of high school. And…
  • Buddy, Shadow & Wingman: The New ‘Girl Code’ On Campus

    Lisa
    11 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Hannah Wilson, the young lady who was tragically murdered last month at Indiana University, has left an indelible mark on our hearts. As mothers, we mourn for her parents and family, as sisters, we cannot fathom losing our best friend and confidant and as a community, we reel in anger at how perilously dangerous it has become to send our girls off to college. Tales of campus rape and sexual assault, in addition to first-hand reports of raucous college parties gone terribly wrong, appear on the news with such regularity, we are barely able to recover from one story just as…
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    MommiFried

  • 5 Mobile Apps No Mom Should Live Without (Guest Post)

    Crystal
    29 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Today’s moms who stay at home with their children or work from a home office need all the help they can get. Luckily, there are plenty of mobile apps to not only help keep track of daily activities and events, but also makes parenting generally easier. Mothers nowadays have a lot on their plates. Besides taking care of the house, many also have additional at-home jobs, which mean little shortcuts are needed to stay organized, as well on the lookout to what their children are doing whether they’re online or at a friend’s house. Here’s our list of five must-have mobile apps that no mom…
  • 6 Tire Maintenance Tips Every Mom Should Know

    Crystal
    26 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    One of the most important jobs as a mom is driving your kids around to all their different activities! In the busy daily lives of moms, tire maintenance probably isn’t too high on a to-do list. However, investing in proper tire maintenance can help keep you and your family safe. Below are some tips that every mom should follow and also some important tire information to know that will ensure your family’s safety on the road. Tire Pressure Did you know that in just one month a tire can lose up to 10 pounds of air pressure? Having the correct tire pressure is very important for fuel…
  • 4 of the Best Vehicles for Families

    Crystal
    22 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    It can be difficult to find the perfect ride for your family because there are so many factors to analyze for each option. You need to look at each vehicle’s price point, capacity, gas mileage and, most importantly, safety ratings. You must also consider the interior design and if it’s best suited for your family. If you have small children, for example, a minivan may be a better choice than a four-door sedan. Regardless of your unique situation, here are some options worth considering: Honda Accord It doesn’t quite compare to a minivan in terms of space, but the Honda Accord offers…
 
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  • No Support Today, Monday May 25 2015

    Phil Hollows
    25 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Even FeedBlitz’s amazing support team needs a day off now and then, and so I’ve told them not to come to work today. For everyone else, please note that the offices are closed for the Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S.  Stay safe, enjoy the time off if you can, and we’ll be re-opening all bright eyed and bushy tailed first thing tomorrow. Phil        Related StoriesNo Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
  • Hero Images, Thumbnails and Tumblr: RSS Subscriber Emails with Impact

    Phil Hollows
    13 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Want your subscriber email blog updates to be more than a rehash of your blog posts? Splendid! Because now they can be, as the FeedBlitz EZ Template editor just keeps getting better. Want to extract your blog’s main photo and use it as a “hero image” at the top of your mailing for extra impact? Now you can. Perhaps you need thumbnails for daily or weekly digests with many posts? Done and done. In addition to adding more dynamic content such as pins from Pinterest, pictures from Instagram and (New!) the latest from Tumblr, we are now giving you much more flexibility in how…
  • No Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.

    Phil Hollows
    12 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Telephone support will be unavailable today; live chat (from the top toolbar) and email support will still be available during east coast business hours, however. Phone support will be added back on Wednesday, May 13th.        Related StoriesNo Support Today, Monday May 25 2015Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
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    Mother, Inc

  • Here we are at 10 months

    Daphne
    27 May 2015 | 10:50 pm
    10 months is a game changer and I’ll say it now that I have a love hate relationship with 10 months. Right off the bat, 10 months is all about toothy grins (five teeth now. FIVE!!) and cheeky faces. I like a reasonable amount of cheek just as much as the next girl but what I’d like to know is what has become of my squishy milk-drunk little lamb who would doze off contentedly in my arms? GONE, that’s what. 10 months just wants to play all the time. This morning’s nap time was spent doing the opposite of napping because for a full hour, this face. This face is all…
  • Rockin’ a faux hawk, and other stuff

    Daphne
    25 May 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Yikes, we’re almost done with May and hasn’t this year has been positively blitzy? You know, I think I might have severely underestimated what it’s like to have 4 kids. The transition from 3 to 4 has been crazier than I imagined it to be. Much, much crazier. So many tiny people needing so many things! Most days, it’s just non stop action from the get go. This has been happening a lot – I get to the end of each week and I wonder where all my hours have gone to. In between helping Truett with his pursuit of academia, ferrying various kids to and from various…
  • Keeping our homes safe from Dengue

    Daphne
    21 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Having spent several days with baby Theo in the hospital a few weeks back, I’ve come to realise that there’s nothing quite as heartbreaking as watching my baby battle an illness. To see his tiny body hooked up to a bunch of scary machines, looking all defeated and miserable, it’s more than this heart can take. 3 nights in KK Hospital with a sad, sick baby ain’t no staycation, is all I’m saying, and can I not do it again please?? The thing is, sometimes, it sneaks up on you real quiet like a sudden bout of pneumonia, and there’s nothing you can do…
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    Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips

  • Practicing Etiquette Builds Valuable Social Capital

    Elena Neitlich
    21 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    Haley had just finished answering her morning emails when a relatively new colleague approached her at her desk. “Haley, I wanted to talk to you about the comment you made yesterday when I chose to leave the meeting early. I was very tired yesterday and just didn’t have the energy to stay for the whole   Read More » The post Practicing Etiquette Builds Valuable Social Capital appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
  • Quiz: Which $1 Million Business Woman Are YOU?

    Elena Neitlich
    17 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Take this quiz to learn which successful business woman you most resemble. You might be surprised at just how closely you resemble a million dollar business owner. The post Quiz: Which $1 Million Business Woman Are YOU? appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
  • Infographic: Top Qualities We Seek in Friendship

    Elena Neitlich
    7 May 2015 | 11:44 am
    Choosing our close friends takes thought. The qualities that we look for in our friends are important if we want long-lasting relationships that bring us joy and support. This interesting infographic explains how we choose our closest friends. The post Infographic: Top Qualities We Seek in Friendship appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
 
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  • Importance of Video in The Classroom- Why Kids Must Make Video Presentations

    Bril
    16 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    We at Bril believe that technology must be embraced without letting go of core non-tech education best practices. While we were researching video, we realized that teachers can enhance classroom engagement by more than 300% at times using effective video presentations. Now this article is not just about teachers making the video presentations but children using their imagination, creativity and knowledge to make video presentations of and on their own. Yes, today there are fantastic tools like Easy Sketch Pro Schools Edition that make it possible to engage children in class and also help them…
  • Cough Syrups for Children – To Give or Not to Give

    Bril
    14 May 2015 | 12:07 am
    It dawned on me this flu season that it was time I wrote a post on the commonest medication we all purchase over the pharmacist’s counter – cough syrups. I know most parents don’t take a child to see the paediatrician for a simple cold and they give the “usual” medications themselves. There are however a majority of people who go around saying that these medicines don’t work and worse that they “hold the cough”,’ “aggravate the cough” and do more harm than good. I want to emphasise that cough syrups need not be taken every time and they need to be chosen carefully each…
  • Cardboard Box Train – Pull Along And Play

    Bril
    13 May 2015 | 11:46 pm
    I think I need some help with my cardboard box hoarding at this stage! This weekend I managed to make use of a few of the smaller cosmetic boxes to make a cardboard box train. A simple painted pull along train to inspire hours of chooo chooo pretend play. This craft is a simple 3 step – Glue, Paint and Draw, that’s it!! Let’s get making..   Gather together a few small boxes, for the engine and the carriages – as many carriages as you want. Glue a few together to make the engine and I used a simple wine cork for the chimney stack. Paint all over with white to cover the graphics,…
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    Nourishing Joy

  • Safety First: Three Lessons To Help Your Kids Become Strong, Safe Swimmers

    Patricia Sarmiento
    28 May 2015 | 12:37 am
    Note from Kresha: Today I’m welcoming Patricia from Public Health Corps to give a quick intro to getting kids swimming. (Yay!) Patricia’s passionate about this topic, as you can see from her articles, “Swimming and the Fight Against Childhood Obesity: How Diving In Can Keep Your Child Healthy” and “Healing Powers: A Guide to Using the Therapeutic Effects of Swimming to Alleviate Symptoms of Depression.” Please help me give her a warm welcome and I certainly wish you all many happy days swimming with your precious kiddos.   Some of the…
  • Favorite Summer Things Giveaway

    Kresha Faber
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
      We are celebrating all things summer by hosting a giveaway! We’ve rounded up just a few of our favorite summer goodies and are going to give them all to one very lucky winner. That’s not the best part though. We’ve also partnered up with 11 other fabulous bloggers who are doing the same on their sites, RIGHT NOW! 1. Thriving Home // 2. Happy Money Saver // 3. Happy Home Fairy // 4. Heavenly Homemakers // 5. Kitchen Stewardship // 6. Nourishing Joy // 7. The Nourishing Home // 8. Intoxicated on Life // 9. Tried and Tasty // 10. The Frugal Girl //11. Mommy…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #124

    Kresha Faber
    25 May 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…
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  • Top 10 Family Activities in Austin, Texas

    Guest
    29 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    By Guest Blogger Julia Garza Heading to Austin with the fam?  Don’t miss out on these fun top 10 family activities in Austin Texas! Austin is an amazing city known for good food, live music and (mostly) great weather. But the best part is that it’s also super family friendly. Checking out all of the tot hot spots with my toddler son has been a blast! Here are our top 10 family friendly activities in Austin, Texas:   1) Thinkery: This is Austin’s children’s museum, with exhibits for kids of all ages. Infants and toddlers can cruise around Bloom, a garden-themed space, while…
  • Top 10 Family Activities in Asheville

    Guest
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Guest Blogger Jaime McKee Heading to Asheville with the fam?  Don’t miss out on these fun top 10 family activities in Asheville, North Carolina! You can spend a week in Asheville, NC and not see everything worth seeing. Here we take a look at ten things worth checking out (and many of these are free!) 1. Head downtown. Eat local. There are many local restaurants in downtown Asheville and every one of them are good. As of this writing, I ate at Lafayette on Lexington Avenue. It’s owned by the same people who own Bouchon, and had been open for 5 days when my group took over their…
  • The Summer Playdate Hack

    Katie
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    {This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and TONY’S® Pizza, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BigPizzeriaTaste http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Looking for an easy button when it comes to playdates?  We’ve got your summer playdate hack right here! Why don’t we have more playdates with our friends?  Well, there are a few reasons.  Time, for one.  I mean, that’s probably the biggest, right? Then, there’s the food.  Invite all the kids, you’re gonna get the moms (I mean, why invite the kids if you…
 
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  • Six Flags New England Kicks Off a New Season with NEW Wicked Cyclone Roller Coaster

    Jenn
    27 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    I am a HUGE fan of roller coasters so I was beyond thrilled to be invited to try the new coaster at Six Flags New England, the Wicked Cyclone. This coaster is actually a hybrid using much of the frame of the retired wooden Cyclone coaster with the addition of steel tracks and great new design features. If you are a coaster enthusiast, I highly recommend this coaster. I arrived on a chilly New England morning to give the Wicked Cyclone a try. I also had the chance to meet with Reed Timmer, celebrity spokesperson who helped kick off the event. Reed Timmer, famous storm chaser, was the perfect…
  • 5 Easy Ways To Track Your Calories

    Jenn
    27 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Have you been trying your best to get back in shape, but the results just don’t seem to show. Before you give up hope, think about what you could be doing better to streamline your fitness quest. Keeping a tab on the amount of calories you consume and burn is a good tactic to help you lose weight. Here are five simple ways you can track your calories: Set A Body Goal For Yourself – Before you begin preparations for losing weight, make sure to set specific, measurable and realistic body healthy diet. No surprises why your primary area of focus should be to prepare a detailed dietary chart…
  • 5 Fabulous and Frugal Decorating DIYs

    Jenn
    23 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    Let’s face it, decorating your home can be an expensive task. Well, it doesn’t have to be. We are finishing our basement so I have been looking for decorating ideas around the internet. Here are some inspiring decorating DIYs for your home’s decor that won’t break the bank. DIY Orb Chandelier Orb chandeliers can be super expensive. The gals at Tatertots and Jello created this project for only $165. Similar chandeliers retail for over $600. You go girls! Personlized Watercolor Art I love this idea. It’s a chance to create and have fun without worrying about the…
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  • Teaching Your Kids Responsibility Using Positive Pedagogy

    Vito
    24 May 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Responsibility sounds serious, especially when we think of children. But what does it really mean to be responsible? One of the most popular misconceptions associates responsibility with obedience. In other words, we want children to do what we expect or require them to do. However, this approach does not leave much space for real learning […]
  • The Importance Of Great Role Models And Where To Find Them

    Rayne
    17 May 2015 | 11:04 pm
    As a child grows through adolescence and well into adulthood, role models will have a direct impact on his life. We know this because of the crucial studies conducted in the fields of Social Learning and Social Constructivism. From a very young age, a child’s idea of himself and the world around him begins to […]
  • Why Chia Seeds Are Good For You: Top 10 Health Benefits

    Natty
    10 May 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Want to improve your health and have more energy? Then you should add chia seeds to your diet. This superfood has been a staple in Mayan and Aztec diets for centuries. Also know as salvia hispanica, chia is a flowering plant that grows in Mexico and Guatemala. Its seeds are beneficial for health and can […]
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  • Digital Pictures: The Scourge of Modern Parenthood

    MOM2Three
    27 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Do you also feel overwhelmed by digital pictures? It’s a trivial concern in the grand scheme of things, but since I got a smart phone several years ago and started snapping/clicking/pressing away, my phone–and then my laptop–has filled up with manymanymany shots of pretty much the same thing: my kids. Specifically, kids in things–kids in hats, kids in face paint, kids in sports, kids in school plays. Since their birth, each iteration of the children doing something has been dutifully recorded and stored. My digital pictures fall into three categories: Smile! 1. The Forced Smile. Our…
  • Happy

    MOM2Three
    19 May 2015 | 4:22 pm
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  • Mom’s Gone Wild

    Carol Ramsey
    19 May 2015 | 3:53 pm
    My seven-year-old woke me up. “Why are you waking me up in the middle of the night?” I asked. “It’s the morning, Mommy.” she said. So it was. My body was 3am-tired and my head was muddled. I couldn’t remember what I had been dreaming, but I halfway remembered getting really silly the night before. “Silly?” I asked myself. “Why would I get silly?” After I was dressed and had a cup of coffee, I went online and saw it: Facebook activity. Tons of it. Right around midnight the night before. The coffee helped me wake up and piece together what happened. This is the 40-something…
 
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  • Get Up And Move

    Shivani Cotter
    28 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    Get Up And Move That’s what my “almost 40-year-old” brain told me to do today… minutes later, that pesky “almost 40-year-old” brain of mine gave me 100 reasons not to get up and move. I went to bed last night with the intention of getting up early, putting the kids on the bus for school, then heading straight to the gym.  I was there yesterday.  I had a great workout.  The truth is, every time I go to the gym, I feel better.  I’m happier, I feel more accomplished, and my body thanks me in so many ways. I actually love the gym… once I…
  • Best Summer Project For Kids

    Shivani Cotter
    27 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    Best Summer Project For Kids Looking For Something Great To Do This Summer With Your Kids?  Well, I have something amazing for you… and it’s one of the best summer projects for kids! Become An Explorer Of The World!  I know it sounds awfully tasking… but it’s not!  In fact, it’s super easy and tons of fun (yes, the kind of fun even adults will have), and to make it even easier, it comes packaged in a book you can carry with you everywhere! From the author of Wreck This Journal, How To Be An Explorer Of The World gives “Explorers” 59 different…
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  • 6 Free Printable Mother’s Day Cards

    Oubly
    4 May 2015 | 10:02 am
    Mother’s Day is only a few days away! While we secretly wish it was Mother’s Day every day, sometimes it’s nice to take a day to appreciate everything that our mother’s have done for us with unconditional love. In honor of Mother’s Day, our staff of talented designers created six templates you can use to print Mother’s Day cards from the comfort of your own home. Each printable Mother’s Day card has two options to choose from, sort of like a Choose Your Adventure. If you’re an Illustrator aficionado, you can download the PDF files and edit the…
  • 5 Beautiful and Meaningful Touches Wedding Ceremony Ideas

    Melissa Stevens
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    If you want your wedding day to be a collection of wonderful moments to remember and cherish for the rest of your lifetime, you’ll probably need to take care of a number of arrangements and fine details before you take the walk to the altar. From stunning venue designs, wedding gown choice and restaurant bookings to carefully planned seating lists, decorative flower arrangements and sophisticated invitations, the To-Do list of a future bride seems endless – but if you want to minimize the stress and costs and sort out all the bits and ends in minimal time, we have a convenient list of…
  • 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,…
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    Our Growing Roots

  • There's Always Another Story Under the Surface

    28 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    She was hard to work with. She was mean. She yelled. She swore at us. I dreaded the days I knew she would be there. I was 19 years old and grace is a virtue learned with time and experience. I had very little of it - especially for her."I can't stand working with her. She's horrible!" I confided to a coworker.That's when my coworker told me that this manager I didn't like was dying of terminal cancer. A fact that very few of my fellow employees were aware of.No family, a woman not yet into her twilight years, a difficult job. Dying.I think back on that from time to time. So often I have…
  • Have You Ever Thought of Adopting?

    14 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    This is a re-post from a while ago, but as May is Foster Care Month, it's been on my heart.In a recent conversation with a little girl who is in foster care I told her how my biological father had not raised me and how my step father had adopted me as an adult. Her response was, "Why didn't your dad want you?" I remember wondering that often as a child. But, I was one of the lucky ones in that I had a father who chose to raise me. Many children still feel that hurt, many children still feel unwanted....~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"I'd like to adopt some day." I told him. "Yeah, I'd like…
  • Don't Give Up; Bust a Move

    12 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    One of the striking things about each child is how strong they are as individuals. A baby that you think is easy going and chill grows into a toddler who is anything but. A toddler who is serious and quiet blossoms into an elementary student who has stage presence like you wouldn't believe and a huge sense of humor. You can call it a phase, you can call it whatever you want - but sometimes it's just... that child - that unique person. I can't pigeon hole these people. They're always changing on me. Sometimes I really do think they're trying to confuse me. Just when I think I have them…
 
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • Create a Space For God Featuring Taya Smith of Hillsong

    Heather Brummett
    29 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    Last week I had the most remarkable experience! I was able to chat with Taya Smith of Hillsong United. What? I am still pinching myself. For me, this was more exciting than meeting a movie star! In our house we always have music playing. One of my daughter’s favorite songs to play over and over on YouTube is Hosanna by Hillsong. Music is such a big part The post Create a Space For God Featuring Taya Smith of Hillsong appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Hillsong United EMPIRES Review & Giveaway

    Heather Brummett
    28 May 2015 | 7:31 am
     Hillsong Hillsong United EMPIRES released this week! We were so excited about this CD! My daughter and I were anxiously awaiting the release. According to singer Taya Smith, this album was inspired by the Beatitudes from the book of Matthew. Empires focuses on submission and service and is AMAZING! Hillsong and their new titles have been featured all over the world over the last month. USA The post Hillsong United EMPIRES Review & Giveaway appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • His Grace Reaches Me & You & Him

    Heather Brummett
    25 May 2015 | 11:55 pm
    One of my favorite songs is “His Grace Reaches Me”. Growing up, my dad sang this in his gospel quartet. Oh, it was the most beautiful sound in the world. It still makes me smile and cry when I sing it. It is powerful and describes how I am feeling right now. This past week I have had a lot of emotions about things in The post His Grace Reaches Me & You & Him appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
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  • Cloth Diaper Giveaways – Roundup for 5/29/15

    Maria Moser
    28 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Cloth Diaper Giveaways Once a week, I round up cloth diaper giveaways for you to browse and enter. 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 form. Giveaways that require the winner to […] The post Cloth Diaper Giveaways – Roundup for 5/29/15 appeared first on Change-Diapers.com, Kids & Cloth Diapers & Going Green.       
  • GroVia Little Warriors Cloth Diaper Giveaway (6/10)

    Maria Moser
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Post contains affiliate links. GroVia’s Little Warriors diapers were inspired by the Spray Pal family’s youngest son Ryan, who was born at 25 weeks. When Ryan was in the NICU the Apreas received tremendous support from March of Dimes Volunteers, and this collaboration between GroVia and Spray is a way to give back. Little Warriors […] The post GroVia Little Warriors Cloth Diaper Giveaway (6/10) appeared first on Change-Diapers.com, Kids & Cloth Diapers & Going Green.       
  • Buttons Diapers Cloth Diaper Giveaway (6/9) US/CAN

    Maria Moser
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Change-Diapers was compensated to host this giveaway. Did you read my Buttons Diapers review? If not, go read it, then come back here to enter to win your own! Giveaway: One winner will receive their choice of Buttons Diapers solid or print cover, along with a daytime insert in choice of small or large (ARV […] The post Buttons Diapers Cloth Diaper Giveaway (6/9) US/CAN appeared first on Change-Diapers.com, Kids & Cloth Diapers & Going Green.       
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  • 6 Tips to Keep Your Newborn Healthy

    Stephanie Briones
    27 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    I remember leaving the hospital with my new baby girl in my arms feeling absolutely shocked that they were letting me take her home. Didn’t they know that I skipped all the parenting classes and books? Didn’t they know that I really had no idea what I was doing? While I did feel much, Read More
  • 5 Gross Facts About Kids and Handwashing

    Kinsa Team
    18 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Handwashing is the easiest way to prevent the spread of illness, according to the CDC. Teaching your kids the importance of clean hands at home and school can help keep your family healthier in the long run. But despite your best efforts, how often are your kids really washing their hands? Did you know, Read More
  • Top 5 Grossest Things My Kids have Done

    Stephanie Briones
    12 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    How is it that something so sweet and cute can be SO gross!? I know I’ve asked myself that very question on many occasions. In fact, my guess is most parents have asked themselves that question at some point in their journey through parenthood. Here are the top five things that my kids do, Read More
 
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  • Easy Wednesday

    27 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Sponge cake. A weekend at home.
  • 5 TIPS for gardening on the balcony - with kids

    20 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Not having a real garden has never stopped us from enjoing at least some of the gardening joy. Especially now with children, gardening on the balcony is a welcome activity as there is not much work (honestly, not too much space to get too many of those plant containers).Here are several useful tips I've learned so far on gardening with kids in a limited space such as balcony. It's meant to help you make gardening with toddlers easier and more fun, both for you and the kids. Have a look!Read more »
  • Easy Wednesday

    13 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    My apple green kitchen when it was still clean and neat and new... ;)
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  • Twinkle Cup – The Solution When You Leave Home

    Susan Nipa
    21 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    The key to successful potty training – always having a restroom available when your child has to go. Little bodies are not conditioned to “hold it” when nature calls. Your little princess moving from diapers to big girl pants will visit the restroom countless times throughout the day. This is all fine and great when you’re in the comfort of your own home. So what do parents do when they leave the house with their newly potty trained tot and restrooms are less than desirable or not available at all? We’ve created Twinkle Cup to ease that transition. Not only is Twinkle Cup a…
  • Unpleasant Atmosphere At Home

    Susan Nipa
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    In some cases, children may resent the home or may feel that their problem creates an unpleasant atmosphere at home. Bedwetting affects not just the child afflicted with Enuresis, but rather the whole family.When your child thinks, “This makes home feel terrible.”Parents may disagree over the treatment options, siblings may feel jealous of the attention the child receives or may tease their sibling over the problem. The child may also come to associate his or her bedroom with nighttime discomfort. There are many ways that bedwetting can affect the home, and few of them are pleasant.The…
  • Overcoming Anxiety Over What Others Think

    Susan Nipa
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Anxiety is a part of people’s feelings, especially in children. Little kids are easily feeling anxious about things in their life including the accident happens at night, bedwetting.No matter how hard you try to explain to your child that bedwetting is something normal and will go away as he grows up, still most of the time he takes it as a big deal because for him and other children, nocturnal enuresis is just for a baby; and they know they are no longer so.With this point of view, unfortunately, your child also starts to imagine the reactions from people in his surroundings, whether they…
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  • Globe Telecom Empowers Sari-Sari Store Owners At 12th Tindahan ni Aling Puring Sari-Sari Store Convention

    Lanie
    27 May 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Globe Telecom further strengthens its support for Filipino entrepreneurs and sari-sari store owners in the country by being a major participant in Puregold Price Club’s 12th Tindahan ni Aling Puring (TNAP) Sari-Sari Store Convention on May 20-24, 2015 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Globe has been a consistent supporter of the annual gathering of sari-sari store owners over the last six years, offering members exclusive services and offers that drove the growth of their respective enterprises. With the theme “Unlimited: Unli and Saya, Unli ang Ligaya!”, the convention features…
  • How To Go Glamping – Win Glamping Snacks Here

    Lanie
    27 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Sometimes the best way to spend time with family is to be in the great outdoors. Lately, “Glamping” has been a trend and if you’re not familiar with it, it’s glamorous camping. Going camping gives us a great chance to go somewhere, connect with nature, and discover the beauty of being off the grid. It doesn’t necessarily mean giving up daily conveniences and luxuries. A good campsite should provide a relaxing ambience, surrounded by nature with scenic. It should be safe and must have the right terrain where you can pitch your tents. The Philippines has a lot of campsites that are…
  • Sansfluo Baby Gift Pack Giveaway

    Lanie
    25 May 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Mommies always want the best for their babies and often we scour the supermarkets for the safest products. Sansfluo has a range of baby safe products from tooth gels to gum wipes to toothbrushes. Sansfluo is a product of Health Amendments, Inc. Out of a desire to have toothpaste that has no fluoride for her kids; Dr. Gemma M. Chavez decided to make a local brand. In 2004, HAI launched SansFluo Toothgel Cleanser.  Inspired by the heartwarming response of mothers to SansFluo, the company introduced other oral care products in the market, this time addressing the particular needs of various…
 
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    Swallow, My Sunshine

  • Sammi’s Restaurant

    Debi
    20 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    When Sammi was a feisty three year old and we were still unclear about why she ate so slowly and with such unusual habits, I tried to entice her to eat heartier foods by inviting her to cook alongside me. It was a method recommended anywhere I sought help with “picky eating,” even though she wasn’t picky in the way that most people described their picky-eating children. She tried a great many things — always willing, often surprisingly eager — but seldom more than a few bites. Cooking together — particularly baking together — was my attempt at imbuing…
  • Mother Blessing

    Debi
    7 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    More than ten years ago, I attended a mother-blessing, also known sometimes as a blessingway, for one of my closest friends. Andrea was due shortly thereafter with her second child, a daughter. Surrounded by a small group of powerful, loving women, Andrea and her still-gestating daughter were touched by healing hands and given tokens of energy and affection in the form of beads to make a bracelet Andrea could use as a focus in labor. Mid-way through the evening, we gathered in the kitchen of the host, Andrea’s friend, for food and drink. She bustled around in front of the stove and…
  • Endless Meals

    Debi
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    Sit down and finish your dinner. Are you done or are you just distracted? All the rest of us are done. Could you please eat your dinner? Just FINISH. If you want that food, then EAT IT. For CRYING OUT LOUD, Sammi, FINISH YOUR DINNER! I can’t sit here with you anymore. Eat what you want and then bring your dish in. My husband and I had decided early in our children’s lives that we would eat together as a family whenever possible. We had both grown up that way, largely, and especially given the research that showed how valuable a family meal is to raising connected families,…
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  • How To Host The Best Family BBQ

    Jackie Cravener
    26 May 2015 | 11:05 pm
    I’m participating as a blogger ambassador for the Plenti program, operated by American Express. All opinions are mine alone. Memorial Day is a day that we show our respect and gratitude to the men and women who have lost their lives fighting for our country. It is also considered the official first day of summer. Every year we celebrate Memorial Day with our family and friends by hosting a BBQ, this year was our turn to host the event. I wanted to keep this party fabulous and budget friendly, so I’m sharing with you some amazing tips to help you throw the best family BBQ any weekend…
  • 15 Kid-Made Father’s Day Crafts

    Jackie Cravener
    24 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    Father’s Day is approaching, and what better way to celebrate Dad than with some kid-made gifts. I’ve included crafts for all age levels in this round up!   15 Father’s Day Crafts For Kids That Dad Will Love Click on the links for the tutorials. 1. Handprint “King Of The Grill” Dish – From Mom Spot 2. Baseball Plate – From All Fired Up 3. Decorated Hammer For Dad – Source Pinterest 4. Monster Hug – From My Little 3 And Me 5. Father’s Day Handprint Shirt – From Coffee Cups and Crayons 6. Father’s Day Kid Decorated…
  • Paper Plate Rainbow Fish Craft

    Jackie Cravener
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
      It’s time for The Kids Craft Stars monthly craft challenge! Every month we have a challenge between a few blogger friends and I, to in-cooperate a different craft medium or technique into a simple kid craft. This month’s challenge was to come up with a craft that is inspired by a children’s book. So I picked one of my kids favorites, The Rainbow Fish! Easy Rainbow Fish Paper Plate Kids Craft Materials Needed: – Paint – Glitter – Paper Plates – Scisssors – Googly Eyes – Glue Directions: First pick out the colors that you’d like your…
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  • Keeping kids busy with summer activities

    Christine
    26 May 2015 | 9:19 pm
      It’s the end of May and a mother’s thoughts turn to — summer relaxation. O yes, I forgot.  We have kids we have to plan summer activities for! There is often little rest for mom!  In order for your world to slow down a bit, you’ve got to keep the kids busy. Here are some activities that were always anchor points for our summers:                          1.  Reading:  To celebrate the end of the “school year” (although school often went year round) we celebrate with a trip to the bookstore.  Each child gets to buy a summer book…
  • Life Skills for Kids

    Christine
    20 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    I began to think about whether I was adequately equipping my children for life with practical life skills when: We had a teenage babysitter who wasn’t able to count out change when paid for her services; When I realized that one of my children (then age 7) was a voracious reader but did not know how to dry the dishes. I was not prepared for adulthood.  Part of the frustration I have experienced in parenting is because I was not raised to be a wife and mother.  I grew up in a generation and a culture where women were groomed for careers and accomplishments in the world.  After practicing…
  • Special Needs? Yes You CAN Home School

    Christine
    18 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    Does your child have special needs? As a new homeschooler, I would read the accounts of other families and dream my dreams. Would my children earn early admission to Harvard? Would they be National Merit Scholars? Never in my dreams did I ask myself, Will they ever learn to read? Yet, that became the question and cry of my heart with my last two children, my third and fourth. They challenged me and forced me to grow. They allowed me to dream new dreams. With a lot of hard work and prayer, they are doing well. When they were first diagnosed with ADHD and  Learning Disability, their particular…
 
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  • Kaleidoscope of Kisses Guaranteed to Transform Your Life

    Christy Harvey
    15 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Consider yourself kissed!  Today is “K” in the alchemical alphabet. I am completely delighted to be celebrating “K” in the alchemical alphabet by starting a new tradition of gift-giving  from The Art & Science of Creating Sacred Space. Kisses from your True Self are simple practices designed to inspire a deeper relationship with the wisest part of you. The best part is that each kiss is GUARANTEED to take 3 minutes or less – although you have total freedom to enjoy the goodness as long as you like! During class I send these out DAILY, and my students…
  • 12 Steps To The Sacred Journey Of Your Life

    Christy Harvey
    12 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    In celebration of my 100th post (YAY!!!), I invite you into the remarkable adventure of exploring the Hero’s Journey in your life. There is a pattern in all the great stories of the world that are really one story – one monomyth, with different faces.  This is the hero’s story – the sacred journey of your life. Moms, in light of Mother’s Day, I dedicate this to you and the profound process of entering new parenthood.  I offer you two short videos, one easy infographic and one condensed list.  My bet is that taking a few minutes with one (or all) of these…
  • Inspire Your Life With This Valuable Invitation

    Christy Harvey
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Your invitation to inspiration has arrived!  Did you know the meaning of the word inspire means, literally, to breathe life into?  Join the adventure with the magical letter “I” in our awesome alchemical alphabet through an incredible poem (some might even say incantation) by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.  I challenge you to let the words soak into your soul and inspire your own relationship with your uniquely beautiful and potent self. Will you accept this invitation to inspire your life? I want to know!Click To Tweet The Invitation  It doesn’t interest me what you do…
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  • Westville NYC Chelsea (Get the Cobb Salad!)

    Kimberly
    28 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    I celebrated my 42nd birthday last Thursday. I’ll be continuing the party until the end of the month. Many of my friends know that I enjoy experiences and leisurely meals more than “stuff”, so I have been enjoying time with family and friends…and some great food. Yesterday, a dear friend treated me to lunch at Westville […] The post Westville NYC Chelsea (Get the Cobb Salad!) appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Plenti Rewards on Memorial Day Sales Shopping

    Kimberly
    27 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Memorial Day 2015 was on Monday, May 25th. Most importantly, Memorial Day is a holiday to remember those who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. As a daughter, sister and aunt of three generations of military men, I am definitely grateful to those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. Fortunately, we […] The post Plenti Rewards on Memorial Day Sales Shopping appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Peapod.com Grocery Delivers to NYC! (Peapod NYC Review and Giveaway)

    Kimberly
    20 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    I shared that Peapod.com, the online grocery shopping and delivery service, recently expanded into NYC’s five boroughs in my last post. The site’s public relations company invited me to test out their service in Queens, share a Peapod NYC review sharing my thoughts with you AND give away a $100 gift card to Peapod.com to one […] The post Peapod.com Grocery Delivers to NYC! (Peapod NYC Review and Giveaway) appeared first on Mom in the City.
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  • Blueberry Almond Vegan Protein Shake

    Jessa Nowak
    28 May 2015 | 11:06 pm
    For anyone who has tried to find a decent vegan protein powder, I’m sure you know where this is going. They’re just not that great. I recall a time where I purchased and returned multiple powders because I just couldn’t stand the taste.  While I was breastfeeding, I tried to limit my dairy consumption after finding out that my baby wasn’t taking too well to heavy use of dairy products. And, since I’m often an extremest, I eliminated cow’s milk protein all together. So began the hunt, as I wanted to continue having an occasional protein shake. Beware of…
  • Diarrhea Remedies, Causes, Dangers & Prevention Tips

    Jessa Nowak
    22 May 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Taking care of a 15 month old with watery diarrhea is not fun. It’s heartbreaking, actually. Having recently dealt with a week of illness not improving, I began to really worry. After all, a couple days of diarrhea is one thing, but going on a week with bad diarrhea is scary. All of a sudden, something that once was really not a big health scare in my mind became a BIG deal because it wasn’t getting better. Thank heavens, we are now back to regular, healthy, formed stools again! But due to this terrible flu, I’ll never look at diarrhea the same again. The post…
  • The Ultimate Cabbage Mix

    Jessa Nowak
    18 May 2015 | 11:05 pm
      Want to add flavor and crunch without adding fat or a ton of calories? With 3 simple ingredients, you can create an amazing topper for tacos, wraps, sandwiches. Adding this ultimate cabbage mix will transform your typical turkey and avocado wrap. It will bring to life that dull tofu taco. It will jazz up your run of the mill lunch or dinner. Plus, you can make the entire recipe for under $3.50 for the entire week!   What you will need: 1 package of coleslaw mix (16 oz), 1 bunch of green onions and 1 bunch of cilantro. Cabbage, The post The Ultimate Cabbage Mix appeared first on In…
 
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  • Salt Water Sandals | The Must Have Sandals For Summer

    Karissa Olson
    22 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    I´ve seen these Salt Water Sandals  by HOY SHOES all over the internet over these past few months and I love them so I wanted to share them with all of you! Their sandals are made of the very best leather (waterproof) and metal components (rust proof) and are indeed timeless. They have womans and children’s sandals in the same styles which means mommy and little one can have matching sandals! They come in a variety of timeless designs and gorgeous colors and most are unisex. I saw what I assumed were girls sandals on a boy in their lookbook on the site and they actually look good on…
  • Toddler Dapper Haircut | Video

    Karissa Olson
    19 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    Last Wednesday I took Luca downstairs to a salon next to our house for his second haircut. He did SO well, he followed her instruction perfectly and was actually loving the whole thing! We went with the same style as his first haircut last November when he was 17 months old which is a dapper sort of style (faded short shaved sides with the hair on the top of the head a bit longer and side swept),  I have an obsession with this haircut on little boys, I think it´s the cutest thing ever! Of course I had to recorded it!! Thank you to my hubby Bruno for editing and making it even sweeter…
  • Sailing In Lisbon

    Karissa Olson
    12 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    I hope all of you amazing mothers had an equally amazing Mother´s Day! I went sailing in Lisbon Sunday afternoon and it was spectacular! But before I get into that I better say a little something about the motherly part of my day. We took Luca to the park to play but once we arrived there we realized that all of the playground equipment was scolding hot and so we just let him run around and chase pigeons in a shaded green area. Then we went to the mall for him to ride around on the train that he loves so much, of course it was a nightmare when we ran out of coins and told him it was time to…
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  • The 7 circles of garage sale hell. 

    Meg
    29 May 2015 | 5:13 pm
       Having a garage sale is definitely one of the circles of mommy-hell.  So many reasons for the hatred that I am about to spew….. I suggest getting cozy, getting a snack and sitting back to enjoy my misery.  You … Continue reading → The post The 7 circles of garage sale hell.  appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
  • I love it here. 

    Meg
    27 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Sometimes I forget that I’m 34 years old, with a job, and a mortgage, husband, and three kids.  Weird right? I don’t know how one could momentarily forget these huge life altering things, but I do.  Just a brief moment … Continue reading → The post I love it here.  appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
  • How to be the worst mom to a tween ever

    Meg
    26 May 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Having a tween is uncharted territory for me.  So far the gist of this job is recognizing the fact that I know nothing, and will never know anything ever…EVER! I used to be his mommy, the safe snuggle spot for … Continue reading → The post How to be the worst mom to a tween ever appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
 
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