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  • Beautiful Children’s Book: God Made Light #GodMadeLight

    Mommies With Style
    Whitney
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    This beautiful children’s book God Made Light ($14.99, Amazon) was written by my blogger friend Jessica‘s husband. If you’re at all religious, this is a gorgeous book that brings faith and love together with colorful illustrations and words that children can understand.  I just love the positive message that this book shares.  It would make a great Christmas gift!  Check out God Made Light ($14.99, Amazon)
  • I just invented a new game: FACEBOOK BINGO

    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul
    Shannon akaMonty
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I win almost every day. Anyone else want to play?
  • Parenting Is Hard So Keep Your Chin Up!!

    SV Moms
    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Parenting is Hard Today So today was one of those days, I had not slept half the night, neither had the baby, no time for a shower and the house was still as a disaster zone as we had barely managed to begin unpacking after the move. Not to mention I was feeling extra sorry for myself as David was still away overseas organizing another shipment of cigars, so by the end of the day I was just buried under all the expectations and on the verge of tears. Little wonder that I began wrestling those niggling doubts, those questioning if I am a good mum. Expectations Mostly because I couldn’t help…
  • Create Professional Graphic Designs With Canva – Now on iPad

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Whether you are a social media professional or just a professional in any career -  graphics is an important part of presentations, events, group, online and meeting communications.  In the past expensive and complicated graphics software was needed to create and “size” graphics. I have been following and learning about social media from Guy Kawaski for years and recently he shared information about Canva as a great website to create graphics. I started using Canva for my social media and professional graphic projects and was thrilled at how easy it was for even people like me…
  • Do They Appreciate What they Have?

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    This morning I was looking for my eyelash curler and found myself in my daughter’s bathroom drawers opening and closing drawers filled to the brim with powders, pencils, compacts and brushes. There were grocery store brands, Sephora brands and a smattering of Chanel (I know the way to my daughter’s heart) and I started doing quick calculations. $20 here, $8 there, forty five dollars for eyeshadow? What was I thinking? Does she even appreciate it? I grew up in a schizophrenic household. My father was wealthy and my mother struggled with her finances. She was a teacher and we all…
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    SV Moms

  • Parenting Is Hard So Keep Your Chin Up!!

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Parenting is Hard Today So today was one of those days, I had not slept half the night, neither had the baby, no time for a shower and the house was still as a disaster zone as we had barely managed to begin unpacking after the move. Not to mention I was feeling extra sorry for myself as David was still away overseas organizing another shipment of cigars, so by the end of the day I was just buried under all the expectations and on the verge of tears. Little wonder that I began wrestling those niggling doubts, those questioning if I am a good mum. Expectations Mostly because I couldn’t help…
  • Top 5 Things to Consider in Purchasing a Breast Pump

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

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Every family needs some time out once in a while. In our family, we save up as much as we can all year so that we can take one big vacation together. It helps us re-charge our batteries and bond as a family, and gets us ready for the year ahead. It can be difficult to know where to head to, so I’ve done plenty of reading up on the best spots in the world to travel to as a family. These are some of my top choices: Cape Town One of my favorite cities in the world is all the way at the bottom of Africa. Cape Town has so much to offer families, from safaris in the nearby national parks to…
 
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • Create Professional Graphic Designs With Canva – Now on iPad

    Beth B.
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Whether you are a social media professional or just a professional in any career -  graphics is an important part of presentations, events, group, online and meeting communications.  In the past expensive and complicated graphics software was needed to create and “size” graphics. I have been following and learning about social media from Guy Kawaski for years and recently he shared information about Canva as a great website to create graphics. I started using Canva for my social media and professional graphic projects and was thrilled at how easy it was for even people like me…
  • TechMamas.com Road Trip: Nissan Leaf Electric Car #EcoTech

    Beth B.
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Using technology that is resource and environmentally friendly (#ecotech) is important to me and one of the most prominent ecotech products is the electric car. These automobiles are run by a rechargeable battery with no gasoline engine or carbon emission pollution like their gas-powered brothers and sisters.  To learn how these cars work and how I could fit them into my busy life as a mom, I have started to review electric as well as hybrid cars for TechMamas.com.     The first car in my series is the Nissan Leaf.  I was happy to receive a press email offering a Nissan Leaf to…
  • 5 Tips To Reduce Stress

    Beth B.
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Disclosure: I am a member of the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board   Whether as a  busy parent working through the challenges of work or home, or a as kid managing school and social pressure, managing stress is a very important skill. There are so many theories, books, articles and blog posts discussing stress reduction that just reading through all of the information can be stressful. I decided to take a step back and examine each of the “stressful” areas in my life one by one. Here are some of the strategies I used to reduce stress each day. Please share what you do to…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Do They Appreciate What they Have?

    Jessica Gottlieb
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    This morning I was looking for my eyelash curler and found myself in my daughter’s bathroom drawers opening and closing drawers filled to the brim with powders, pencils, compacts and brushes. There were grocery store brands, Sephora brands and a smattering of Chanel (I know the way to my daughter’s heart) and I started doing quick calculations. $20 here, $8 there, forty five dollars for eyeshadow? What was I thinking? Does she even appreciate it? I grew up in a schizophrenic household. My father was wealthy and my mother struggled with her finances. She was a teacher and we all…
  • #EASafe and #Travel Chat: Tuesday October 21 RSVP Here

    Jessica Gottlieb
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I just got off the phone with the team from Estate Assist. We talked about their product, Safe, how it stores your Estate Planning Documents and makes it easy to share with whomever might need them (sibling, parent, children, spouse or colleague). We talked about when you might want to share your important documents with people and decided that it would be when you’re getting married, having a baby, after you’ve died (it can be done!) or before you take a trip. So then I talked about how my mom always gives me her lawyer’s card, copies of their passports and credit cards…
  • 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited Road Test and Review

    Jessica Gottlieb
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    When you drive the Kia Cadenza around Los Angeles you’ll get a lot of questions. What IS that car? What does it feel like? Is it expensive? I didn’t know Kia made NICE cars. I answered like this: It’s a Kia Cadenza. Like a BMW with a Japanese suspension. Not particularly for what it is. I know RIGHT? And then we’d talk about cars and status and you get more respect in a Mercedes Benz but damn if that car wasn’t the most boring thing I ever owned. You see if I were trying to compare the Cadenza to another luxury vehicle I’d probably pick the BMW 5 series.
 
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • I just invented a new game: FACEBOOK BINGO

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

    Shannon akaMonty
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    This is what the stationery section of all the stores would look like if I were in charge.Maybe I could print them out and sell them on street corners.#IfIWroteHallmarkCards#ShouldBeAHallmarkCard (notice mine are the best ones. Is all I'm saying.)
  • Things I SHOULD Say

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

  • Year of Creative Engagement – September and October

    Karen Andrews
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    To explain: The Year of Creative Engagement (#yoce) is an attempt to document my creative journey in 2014. By putting greater stock in accountability and output, while also showing what new work I’m reading or listening to, I hope to have a richer, engaged experience. There’s a few movies to go over so I’ll get started.       Welcome to the horror movie trio! I suppose that’s fitting given it’s Halloween month. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) is mostly known – back then, and now – as a vehicle to showcase the formidable talents of…
  • What I’m Reading October 2014

    Karen Andrews
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Michael Cunningham is an exquisite writer, one of my favourites, but I’m struggling with The Snow Queen for some reason. Granted, I’ve only just started, but my interest hasn’t quite been captured yet. Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen is a fascinating profile of the Archibald-winning artist, although I finished feeling disappointed. It was quite short and I felt lacked biographical and personal insight (and those we do get, particularly towards the end, are welcomed) and I was wanting to learn more about Cullen’s artistic process; the hows. I…
  • The Creative Life – Allison Tait

    Karen Andrews
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    October is release month for The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World, the first book in The Mapmaker Chronicle series, written by A.L. Tait. The adventure series is terrific for children ages 9+ and is available for purchase at Booktopia and other bookshops around the nation. Allison found the time to answer some questions about writing, getting started, how she fits it into her busy schedule and more. See below – and enjoy! 1) How much of a crossover is there of skills from your work as a non-fiction writer/freelancer to an author of fiction? Hmmm. That’s an…
 
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  • Read ‘Em, Weep, and Laugh

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

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

    Aruni
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Last night I attended a Women@Austin event where they gave the first Elevate award to someone who has had a great impact on women entrepreneurs.  It went to my long time mentor and adviser, Jimmy Treybig, founder of Tandem Computers. Jimmy is one of the few people to take a company from $0 to $2.3 billion. I feel so lucky to have had him as a mentor, friend, and adviser over the last 15 years. Check out page 26 for an article I co-wrote on him for the Rice Alumni magazine called Successful Companies Require Successful Teams! He gave a great speech last night on the importance of women in the…
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    Lotus Carroll

  • The Drink and Click™ Show, EP15: Halloween Party

    Lotus Carroll
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    It’s time for another episode, so grab your drinks – maybe a goblet of blood (wine) this time? Juan Gonzalez & I are geared up and ready to have a Halloween Party with DeShaun Craddock, Mark Rodriguez, Tamara Pruessner, Kelly Richards & Rachel Tine. What costumes will each be wearing? Tune in to find out and to see what everyone has been up to lately. We’ll also be unveiling the winners of the September Light Painting Challenge. See the finalists here: http://goo.gl/eWkVFn Thanks to our September prize sponsors, SmugMug, BlackRapid, & Trey…
  • October Drink and Click™ Photowalks

    Lotus Carroll
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    All of these photowalks are free and everyone is invited, so please join us!• New York, NY with Rich e. Millerhttp://goo.gl/oBNnXw• Las Vegas, NV with Barb Davidshttp://goo.gl/lFV2Vm• Stuttgart, Germany with Dirk Müllerhttp://goo.gl/06jS0N• Philadelphia, PA with Jeremy Albrighthttp://goo.gl/kxNcFH• Vancouver, Canada with Maryanne Wirkkanenhttp://goo.gl/oWoIIT• Rades, Tunisia with Mohamed Amine Harazihttp://goo.gl/R574dE• Wiesbaden, Germany with Axel Junghttp://goo.gl/s2hunFMore events will be announced as the month rolls on, so stay tuned.The October Challenge is…
  • walls of my heart

    Lotus Carroll
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    I bang my head against the walls of my heart, where I am trapped indefinitely, not wanting to stay and not wanting to leave, both longing for and dreading the day when the monotonous, tortured beating will stop.         This work by Lotus Carroll is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To license commercially, please email.
 
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    TravelingMamas.com

  • Romantic Chicago Restaurants #BeAWeekender

    CajunMama
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    We’ve had Chicago on our minds lately here at TravelingMamas.com, thanks to a tasty introduction to the city by Hilton. One of the most romantic things to do in any city is to explore the flavors and culinary offerings. Here are some choices we recommend for your romantic weekend in Chicago. Brunch State & Lake Tavern at theWit Hotel Chicago – A Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar is the beginning of a beautiful and lasting brunch relationship. The morning menu is filled with classic culinary goodies and creations with their own twist. Little Goat Diner – The founder of this…
  • Icy Galveston holiday starring SpongeBob

    RollingMama
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Photo: Jim Twardowski Inside a 28,000 square-foot tent on the tropical island of Galveston, Texas, a team of Chinese artisans are wielding chainsaws and picks to shape blocks of ice into a holiday themed event.  The climate-controlled environment is a frigid 9 degrees. Dressed in protective garb, the ice carvers are transforming blocks of pink, blue and green ice into Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, Christmas trees, and an assortment of  underwater creatures. Photo: Jim Twardowski For 45 days, ice carvers will sculpt around the clock creating a winter wonderland at Moody…
  • Things to Do on a Weekend Getaway in Chicago #BeAWeekender

    CajunMama
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Traveling to a city can be the perfect choice for a quick weekend getaway. With just a few weekends left in the year, trying to choose which destination city is the best for your time and budget can be a challenge. At TravelingMamas.com, with the help of Hilton, we’ve been researching and a list of top cities for your weekend getaway, be it for a family trip, romantic escape, or a girlfriend getaway. One of our top destinations we’ve found to “Be A Weekender” is Chicago, which is easily accessible by plane, train, or automobile and always seems to have something…
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • More waiting.

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    There is a cleaning person at my house and I did not clean before she came. I told her I would be over  here in the living room "working" which is totally true and I'm also maybe waiting until I have more lives on Candy Crush. That is exactly the kind of thing I do when there are so many things to do and I don't know where to start.There is a small dumpster in my driveway. I'm about to fill it with the stuff in the garage that needs to go and will not be making it to the next move because it should have never made the move here from the last move.We haven't listed our house for sale yet…
  • Quittin' Time

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    There are several instances in my life that can be marked as roll-up-your-sleeves times. I am in one of those times right now. I smell like carpet cleaner. Have been scrubbing off and on today. Everything in the name of getting the house ready to sell. The washing machine won't drain and the refrigerator won't stop draining onto the kitchen floor. I am tired and snapping at my kids which makes me not like myself very much at all, and so many other things.My mom is flying here tomorrow so that Jeff and I can go away for our anniversary this weekend. Fifteen years deserves a weekend away. Vegas…
  • It's time to move on. It's time to get going. What lies ahead I have no way of knowing...

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    We are moving on up. Again.It seems to be taking me extra long to come around about it. I love it here. It's nourishing and beautiful and I can see the ocean from my house that I love so very much.But, it makes sense for us to move on. It's just sooner than we ever thought. There was a whole week or two of hand-wringing and worrying half the night (literally) about how to tell the kids. I knew they'd be so upset. I just wasn't ready to deal with it. And so we decided to tell them last week and ended up putting it off for most of the day until we finally sat them down and their response was…
 
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    The Bloggess

  • Is Victor wrong? (UPDATED FOR MORE AWESOMENESS.)

    thebloggess
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Last week I tweeted: I’m forever googling ridiculous things to prove Victor wrong in our debates. I need a website that just says: “YOU’RE WRONG, VICTOR.” It would save me so much time. And I could use that time to plant articles on the internet proving my incorrect ideas. Everyone wins. Within minutes I got these from Doug, Jason, Nancy and Trevor: YouAreWrongVictor.com IsVictorWrong.com  @IsVictorWrong And that is why I love the internet. PS. Our current argument is whether I should be able to introduce myself to strangers at dinner parties as a “real-life…
  • I was going to title this “Letting the cat out of the bag” but, frankly, I think we’re all better than that.

    thebloggess
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    I just went to throw away the empty sack Victor left on the counter after he unpacked the groceries* but then I heard the bag rustling and looked at Victor and said, “Sir?  Have you left your bags unattended at any time?” And then Ferris Mewler gave me that panicked guilty look of “OMG, WTF?  KNOCK FIRST” and I was like, “Hang on.  What did you do?”  And that’s when I looked in and realized he’d ripped open a catnip mouse in there and was having a small, paranoid kitty freak-out. It was like a tiny paper hotbox and now I think he…
  • Well, they’ll never have to restock at least.

    thebloggess
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Picture I took outside my grocery store: Inflation is really getting out of hand. On my way out I showed the cashier the picture and asked if the price was really “zero bundles of wood for $3.95″ and she told me that she wasn’t sure how much wood was but that they’d honor whatever the price was on the sign.  I asked how much it would cost if I bought a dozen bundles and she stared at her register keys for a minute and then said “Oh.  Wait.  I think I need a manager.”  And that would be good because if I’m reading it right the sign basically…
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    So Close

  • How do you break up with a friend?

    Tertia
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    It's hard to know how involved to get with your children's friendships.  In fact, let me ask you this - how involved are you in your children's friendships?   I can imagine that as a parent you would get involved if you thought your child was involved in a friendship / relationship that was potentially harmful to them. (I am sure that is still coming my way. Great.) But what about friendships that YOU like but your kids are not so keen on?   Not sure if it is this way with most boys, but Adam has easy friendships. He is friends with just about everyone.  He has a few…
  • Best compliment ever

    Tertia
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    I got one of the nicest compliments ever this week from a woman I had just met. When I was younger, I used to be super self-conscious about the way I looked.  At school I hated being taller than everyone else. I hated my super skinny legs, my thin face.  You know how it is when you are at school, you want to be exactly the same as everyone else.  You want to blend in so well that you become practically invisible.  You certainly don't want to look like the beanstalk in Jack and the Beanstalk.   In my twenties and thirties, I worried less about being outside of the norm, but I still…
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    mod*mom

  • halloween mystery :: crypto mansions, murder, mausoleum :: amasastanford family

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

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

    modmom
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Techmanity technology-humanity conference electric dance concert :: radioactionsound waves are electromagnetic radiation waves that can heal us. my cancer survivor dance class uses music as part of our mind-body-spirit connection in community therapy to support our immune systems, circulation, coordination, strength + mental/spiritual health. we dance rhythmic neuro-integrative-action pose sequences. many like me weep with joy to feel safety replacing fear in our bodies when we start moving to music after paralyzing diagnosis, surgery + treatment.i was so happy to hear that many…
 
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    Pregnancy Stories By Age

  • No problems at 44

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    I had a beautiful baby boy, who is now 6 months old, when I was 44 years old.I had no real problems, since even our older bodies are still quite capable. It is only now-a-days that we have the choices previous generations didn't have, such as deciding when to stop getting pregnant.Stock Photo credit: Bare chested boy - 19 days old, by Jessica Merz, on FlickrSome rights reservedTODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:It Starts with the Egg:How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVFby Rebecca Fett-- Whether you are trying to conceive…
  • Granma had baby at 46

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    My grandmother gave birth to my auntie when she was 46 years old.And that happened over 40 years ago! I am firmly convinced you will be fine.Stock Photo credit: David Alexander,by Alex Barth, on FlickrSome rights reservedTODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:From Infertility to Baby:Your Guide to the Best Kept Secrets of 2015by Jan Klein, Bridgette Lewinsky, Brian Andrews-- Infertility is a serious condition that affects many lives of couples wishing so desperately to get pregnant. The journey to overcome infertility has many stumbling blocks but it is also speckled with hope every step of the…
  • Healthy baby at 52, hoping for a 2nd

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    I know someone who got pregnant at 52 years old, and she had a healthy baby.She is trying for another one now, and she is 54 years old.Good luck and best wishes to you!Stock Photo credit: Mud Puddle Girl,by Anita Peppers, on MorguefileSome rights reservedTODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:Managing The Stress Of Infertility:How To Balance Your Emotions, Get The Support You Need, And Deal With Painful Social Situations When You're Trying To Become Pregnantby Carol Fulwiler Jones MA-- Are You In Treatment For Infertility?Do you get upset when you attend baby showers or go to malls full of baby strollers…
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  • Exploring the magical world of fiction

    dooce
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Historical facts do not matter when trying to distract a five-year-old from the knowledge that we are not yet at our destination.
  • Objects in mirror

    dooce
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    What? No cop approaching my car? And I call this a mommyblog.
  • The napping house

    dooce
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Hey! Get off his lawn so that he can nap right in the middle of it.
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    Stories of Pregnancy and Birth over 40 years old

  • Quadruplet pregnancy at 51

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    A quadruplet pregnancy occurred in a woman 51 years of age following oocyte donation and embryo transfer.Successful pregnancy occurred following two previously unsuccessful attempts.The patient underwent a selective reduction of her pregnancy to two fetuses at approximately 13 weeks gestational age.Her pregnancy continued uneventfully and she underwent the delivery of two viable infants at 38 weeks gestational age by Caesarean section.This case represents the first quadruplet pregnancy to be established in a woman of 50 years of age or older. It illustrates both the benefits and risks of…
  • A triumph of spirit over an antiquated womb

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    PLEASE don't call me an older mother. Call me an old mother, if you don't mind.I fell pregnant with my first child on the cusp of 50, a good half-hour after midnight in biological terms, and after 10 years of trying to conceive.Of course, the verb is ironic: a woman doesn't fall pregnant in her late 40's, she achieves pregnancy.As with any achievement, there are hardships and sacrifices along the way, but while a man undertaking a do-or-die challenge is praised for heroism and determination to succeed against the odds, old mothers are merely accused of selfishness.This Pregnancy Over 40 story…
  • Ursula Andress, mom at 44

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    May 5, 1980 - Love affairs and husbands can end, but a child is forever.It is the most important thing that ever happened to me," exults Ursula Andress, the Swiss-born actress and seven-time Playboy plaything.At the ripe age of 44, she is expecting her first baby in mid-May.  "Let's say I had an incredible life up until today, and now I think it's time for a change."The father is Pasadena-born actor Harry Hamlin, 28, who starred in Movie, Movie and the NBC miniseries Studs Lonigan.This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on People.comRead more: Urged by Her 28-Year-Old Lover, Harry Hamlin,…
 
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    My Frugal Baby Tips

  • Diapering: Sew a Bumkins, it's easy!

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Who me....Sew?? Yes, learn to sew! You can do it!Photo credit: girlonthewire, on FlickrSome rights reservedMany women have learned to sew while making their own diapers. They just took it step by step and asked questions if they didn't understand something. There are many new and wonderful patterns out there on the worldwide web.Also many fabric co-ops for high quality fabrics that are half the price of retail. Many women join diaper sewing groups with others online that can help give advice when they need it, or show pictures of beautiful diapers they have made which helps boost confidence.I…
  • Frugal Diapering: Make-Your-Own Diaper Clips

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:18 pm
    I loved using these Di-D-Klips for my son, when he was a baby, wearing in Curity stretch gauze diapers - way back in 1977.But unfortunately Di-D-Klips were discontinued many, many years ago, and they are really hard to find now.I found that using either mitten clips or adding some waterproof covered elastic to suspender clips makes a great diaper clip - and it is safer too! No choking hazard!I just stretched out a piece of nylon fabric over a stretched out length of elastic, and sewed a suspender clip to each end - just like the mitten clips.Plus you could make your own tie wrap - without any…
  • Diapering: Diaper Rash

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    I would like to share one of my ideas for preventing diaper rash and chaffing.I use Aloe Vera either the fresh plant or the extract bought at the pharmacy or health food store. It saves money and is a great barrier cream. It also works great on teething rash around the mouth, as it is not harmful to swallow.I'm sure it works great on the cuts and scrapes for everyone else in the house gets.Thanks to Jennifer for this Frugal Baby Tip!Stock Photo credit: Sean Okihiro (okimann), on FreeImagesSome rights reservedShopping Suggestions:• Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel tube - US | Canada | UK•…
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  • Beautiful Children’s Book: God Made Light #GodMadeLight

    Whitney
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    This beautiful children’s book God Made Light ($14.99, Amazon) was written by my blogger friend Jessica‘s husband. If you’re at all religious, this is a gorgeous book that brings faith and love together with colorful illustrations and words that children can understand.  I just love the positive message that this book shares.  It would make a great Christmas gift!  Check out God Made Light ($14.99, Amazon)
  • Gifts for the Doctor Who Fan #doctorwho

    Whitney
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Our family hit up our local Spirit Halloween shop last weekend.  In search of costumes for my boys, it wasn’t long before I found myself in the adult section looking at goodies for me. I frozen at the end cap that held a huge amount of Doctor Who costume ideas!  I’ve recently gotten into the show thanks to my Netflix streaming addition and am particularly obsessed with Doctor Who.  I came home to Google Doctor Who items and could not believe how many fan-products are. It inspired me to put together a list of gifts for the Doctor Who fan – here’s to hoping Santa…
  • 40% off Jeans at OldNavy.com Today Only

    Whitney
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    $20 jeans, yes please! Almost all of the women’s jeans are marked down to close to $20 (some less!) with this 40% off today-only sale. Kids and Dads too! My fav are these Rockstar Zip Ankle Jeans, $20!
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  • 16 Fall Nature Crafts for Preschoolers

    Carla Wiking
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Fall nature crafts are the best!  It is always fun the create with nature, but the beautiful colors and textures of fall make it my favorite season for nature crafts.  Your preschooler will love making these gorgeous autumn crafts.  Kids Activities Blog found the very best in fall preschool crafting from around the web.  From art to dress up and every-pretty-thing in between, these natural creations are sure to delight! Home Decor Fall Nature Crafts I would love a whole family of these little bark owls by Fireflies and Mud Pies on my mantel for fall decorating. Create a beautiful fall…
  • Pop Tart Puzzle

    Rachel
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    We like puzzles.  We like parties and we like breakfast.  Combine all three for this puzzling snack. Create a fun kids breakfast These puzzling pop tarts are so much fun to eat!  Last time we had a slumber party we grabbed a box, I think these were the strudel type.  We are not huge fans of junk food usually, but these are super easy to grab and make for a large crowd without any complaints!  They are great for a treat. To make the personal puzzles (pictured at the top) we suggest grabbing a scrap of papet and sketching out your design.  Then put your paper design on top of your…
  • Princess Hat Cupcakes

    Rachel
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Birthday parties are the best!  But not when you have to stress about them.  Today we are partnering with Betty Crocker to have the birthday that our princesses will remember for a lifetime! I love the simplicity of the Betty Crocker cake mixes – and their party planning website is unbeatable.   If you are looking for inspiration they also have a book of Birthday Theme ideas. These Hat cupcakes were inspired by these Elf Hat Cupcakes.   Today, we made princess hat cupcakes.  Easy.  Tasty. Supplies You’ll Need for your Cupcake Hats: Two boxes of Betty Crocker cake mix (we…
 
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  • Exploring the Fronts and the Tops

    fluidpudding
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    This morning I walked into the kitchen and was presented with a flyer from Sears. (Please know that this post was not sponsored by Sears.) Jeff: This weekend is the weekend I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time. Me: I don’t understand what’s happening right now. Jeff: Huge appliance sale. Washers and dryers. I’m thinking these might be good. He then pointed to a front loading washer and its dryer partner, so I threw the flyer down and kissed Jeff in a way that only a woman with hopes of a new washer and dryer would understand. (Our current washer and dryer…
  • Always choose fresh starts.

    fluidpudding
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Last week at around this time, my mom was being sewn up after spinal surgery. A few hours later everything went batty and she ended up in an intensive care unit, but five more days have passed since then and now she’s home and may be able to ditch her walker by next week. Last week I had to submit 19 forms to a firm who will hopefully hire me so that I can continue to do exactly what I do right now, which is freelance editing from home. The company for which I’ve been doing the bulk of my work has decided to hire this firm to control their freelance population. (As I type this…
  • Cover Me, Bruce Springsteen.

    fluidpudding
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    I own a 700 page book that was supposedly written by Martha Stewart and it contains nothing but helpful advice on how to clean and fix every single item in your house. EVERY SINGLE ITEM. (Except for maybe a Schnauzer.) Anyway, I’m a little confused because she has taught me how to handle an unruly avocado tree, but she will not even MENTION slip covers. We have two couches. I guess one of them would be called a love seat, because it’s 2/3 the size of the big couch. What is the difference between a couch and a sofa? (What is the term for someone who falls two notches…
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  • Netflix and Mini Milestones

    Momo Fali
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    My husband really wants my daughter to watch Halloween. You remember it, right? Jamie Lee Curtis stars as the babysitting teen, chased and tormented by Michael Myers; not the one of Shrek fame, but rather the escaped psychiatric inmate and slasher. I hate that movie. I hate scary movies in general, but my daughter is at that tender age where her parents need to show her that it’s never okay to answer the door when she’s home alone and that she can never, ever trust a landline. Life lessons, we haz ‘em. Thankfully, we’ve decided to scare her with something a little…
  • A First Time for Everything

    Momo Fali
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    This post was inspired by Netflix. Come see what we’re watching. My kids, both born premature, started their life journeys by consistently missing milestones. Crawling, walking, talking (though, I can attest they have both caught up markedly in that regard), running, jumping – pretty much every chart in their baby books was left untouched until months after a child would typically have it filled. Needless to say, these breakthroughs have been a huge deal around here. A daughter who didn’t crawl until her first birthday or a son who didn’t speak until he was nearly…
  • A Few of My Favorite Things

    Momo Fali
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Do you ever think about the things that make you truly happy? If you don’t, you should. When you’re searching for peace, you think of them a lot. Trust me, I know. I’ll give Maria raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, but she loses me at bright copper kettles. I mean, you’d REALLY have to love tea. I like tea, but I don’t care how the water gets boiled. Plus, I think you have to polish copper and I hate chores. So, what does make me happy – or, rather, peaceful? In no particular order: 1. Sunshine. 2. My husband touching my face or hair. The touch of…
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  • Come out and hear me at Lit Crawl on Saturday, Oct. 18

    singlemomseeking
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    I’m thrilled to be reading with Lit Camp — the juried writers conference sponsored by the SF Writers Grotto — during San Francisco’s annual Lit Crawl on Saturday, October 18. Six writers will be sharing tales of poor judgment, lack of regret, and possible depravity. I’ll be reading a piece called Please Me, about a desperate trip to Good Vibrations…. I encourage you to come to any of the Lit Quake events in October. They’re so much fun! If you’re in the Bay Area, please join us at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 18: Upstairs at the Elbo Room 647…
  • Small as an Elephant: Book Give Away with Jennifer Jacobson

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

    singlemomseeking
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    When I sent an over-the-top enthusiastic email to the lovely Jessica Ashley from Sassafrass — because, wow, it’s amazing how much we have in common, including our ages (42), our years as single mamas (almost decade for each of us), the whole “Oh, you have two first names” comment we both must get, and now our growing families — I was a little worried that my eagerness might scare her off. Fortunately, Jessica seemed to take my enthusiasm just fine because she wrote back, “I’m totally in.” Please welcome Jessica, former senior editor at Yahoo!
 
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  • 4 Ways to Avoid Dull, Limp Hair

    Tammy Gibson
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:39 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation. Good hair is not something you should take lightly. It takes work and diligence to maintain a beautiful, healthy head of hair. Those who have lost their hair to cancer treatments, or other medical problems, would encourage you to take care of your hair and not take it for granted. Even if you have fine, thin hair you should still appreciate every strand you have and treat it with respect and love. As indicated by…
  • Jeans Your Body Will Look Great In

    Tammy Gibson
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Finding the right pair of jeans is always a struggle.  Many women suffer with ill-fitting jeans because they are not sure which styles look best on them.  Jeans for women should complement the curves and shapes that define a woman’s body.  Since many of us live much of our lives in denim, it’s essential to own a pair that you absolutely love. You want fit, fashion and function without paying a fortune! Consider these three elements to help you narrow the search and reduce your shopping frustration: 1. Fit to Flatter These two styles are classy, wear well with a variety of shoe…
  • 6 Simple Ways to Grow Your Hair Faster

    Tammy Gibson
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    Craving long, healthy hair? Me too! After a long summer of sun, chlorine and sweat, hair tends to be dry and damaged. It’s time to put some effort into nursing our hair back to health so it can grow! Here are 6 simple ways to give your hair the TLC it needs: Use a deep conditioner once a week. Too often and your hair will get “protein overload.” I experienced this when I was using a deep conditioner 3-4 times per week, trying to improve the condition of my hair. Instead, my hair was the opposite…it was dry and straw-like, which of course, breaks. My stylist told me to…
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  • And So It All Began…Lessons From The Hood

    Errin Spencer
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    When I became a mom my life changed. God opened my eyes to the meaning of true love. Through my child, I was able to see that I had been called to do great things. This beautiful child was giving me a chance to leave my mark, to possibly change the outcome of the future, I had a purpose, a title, I was a Mom! The first few moments of motherhood for me were exhausting, exciting, and oh so exhilarating! And then it happened….I changed his diaper…no one told me, I wasn’t prepared…there I sat unable to move for even the slightest shift of my seat sent unspeakable pains…
  • Brooke Burke’s Lentil Soup Recipe

    Brooke Burke
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I absolutely love lentil soup! Not only is it a great source of iron, but it’s tasty and my kids love it, too! Ingredients: 1 onion 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 bag of dried lentils 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 1 bullion cube 3 bay leaves water Directions: Chop up your onion and garlic, nice and fine.  Sauté together, starting with the onion and then adding the garlic after 3 minutes. In another pan, pour in one bag of lentils and add water to cover. Add salt, pepper, bullion, and bay leaves to the lentils. Bring lentils to a boil, and then simmer for 30 min.  Be careful to keep the…
  • Deliciously Scary Healthy Halloween Treats

    The Nutrition Twins
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    As fall gets into full swing, we can’t help but be super excited for one of our favorite holidays, HALLOWEEN! When we were kids, we used to love to trick-or-treat and now with children and nieces of our own, we are really looking forward to sharing this fun day with them. But don’t get too scared… just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean we feed them with endless amounts of candy and unhealthy snacks! There are tons of quick, easy and healthy alternatives for trick or treating handouts – simply giving out candy is taking the easy way out, not to mention…
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  • Flu-Shot Shoulder Update

    Christina
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    I’ve recently had several people ask me how my shoulder is doing since getting my flu shot at the beginning of January. It’s now flu shot season, and judging by traffic to this site, others have also been wondering if the shoulder pain they’re experiencing after their shot is typical or not. So I wanted to provide an update on it. Is my shoulder better now? Yes. And no. Back in February, a month after my flu shot, I saw an orthopedic specialist who diagnosed me with subacromial bursitis. I was given a cortisone shot directly into the joint to help with the pain and…
  • Spooky Fun at Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends (Giveaway!)

    Christina
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Last month, I spent a weekend at BloggyCon 2014. This was a win-win for me: an intimate, low-key blogging conference, held in one of my favorite Ohio family getaway locations: Cedar Point. I loved all of the tips I picked up at the conference, and I was thrilled that I could bring my family and have a mini-vacation outside of conference sessions. To make it even better, we were there for the opening weekend of HalloWeekends. This is probably my favorite time of year to visit Cedar Point! Why? Here are a few reasons: The weather is fantastic! Perched on the shores of Lake Erie, you won’t…
  • Top 5 Reasons to Pick Up Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition

    Christina
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    It’s hard for me not to love Sleeping Beauty. It was the first princess movie that Cordy really liked, and Aurora was the first princess she dressed as for Halloween. I remember seeing the movie sometime during my childhood, too, and while the details are fuzzy, I do recall the slower pace, the beauty of the animation, and the songs that often had a soothing quality to them. The story of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is a simple one. Unlike Cinderella, with the mice serving as almost a sub-plot of the movie, Sleeping Beauty instead chooses to intensely focus on the classic tale itself,…
 
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  • Introducing TripDoc 2: The Best Way to Organize Your Trips

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    If you're like me, you're always dreaming of the next trip. Filing away ideas, inspiration, and destinations for later reference. And if you're like me, more often than not, those bits and pieces get lost in the bustle of getting ready for the actual trip. There are few things more frustrating as a traveler than wasting one of your few meals on a sub-par place. Even worse? Missing out on an experience because you didn't have the details you needed at hand. Or being lost - before I had kids, being lost was sometimes its own adventure, but now every step counts and I want the most direct route…
  • What I did on my Summer Vacation

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    I've been quiet recently, too quiet, and I realize you might be wondering what happened to me. Happily, I'm alive and well, still living in Seattle. The real world has sort of taken over lately, but I wanted to check in and tell you all what I've been up to. The biggest news? I went back to work full time in the spring! I'm working on the Software Development team at Zillow as a Senior Program Manager. It feels super great to work at shipping software full time again, and I'm loving having a team of people to work with. I've been at Zillow for five months now, working on tools for people who…
  • Winners: Club Carlson Gold Status and a $500 Club Carlson Visa gift card

    28 May 2014 | 8:28 pm
    By Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa I want to thank everyone who entered my giveaway to win Club Carlson Gold Status and a $500 Club Carlson Visa gift card. Thank you to everyone who contributed! If you didn't win, you can still sign up for a Club Carlson Visa here. The randomly selected winners were Ashley and Elizabeth, both of whom have been notified by email. Thank you to Club Carlson who generously sponsored this giveaway. Didn't win this time? Subscribe to DeliciousBaby or "like" DeliciousBaby on Facebook so that you don't miss a thing. Want more?
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  • 99 Reasons to Drink in the Suburbs #33: Pinot No

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

    Suburban Kamikaze
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    There is nothing quite like a lime to put you in the right frame of mind for the coming of winter. A lime reminds you that no matter how cold and dreary it is wherever you are, in other parts of the world people are warm and probably getting ready to grill some chicken in the backyard.  Lime-covered stemware that arrives in a box on your doorstep on your birthday reminds you that no matter how many miles separate you from the warm, chicken-grilling people, they are thinking of you and sending warm, chicken-grilling thoughts your way from the backyard. Or from the pool. Or from one of those…
  • To do and do not

    Suburban Kamikaze
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. But really, no shit. It must be nice to have the kind of problems that are so subtle that merely acknowledging them counts as actually taking a step. My problem announces itself on every surface of my desk, on the seat of my car and in the scraps of to-do lists mocking me from the bottom of my purse:  I can't get anything done.  I don't literally mean "anything."  I manage to make a lot of lists of the things I need to get done. And I am constantly doing "something." Do something.✔ But getting the…
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  • In the closet (with a style maven)

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

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

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

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Yes, no one really wants to live on a budget. No one wants to be restricted at the grocery store. No one wants to take a lunch to work when there is a…
  • 5-Minute Makeup

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Who has time to spend hours on makeup in the morning? Not us working mothers, that's for sure. Get ready in 5 minutes with this easy routine. Dab the…
  • Polished and Professional at Work

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    We know it's difficult to feel polished when you've got baby food in your hair, but these essentials will give you a step in the right direction. Just…
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  • Rene Zellweger, what is going on?

    Daphne
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    She has Jennifer Greyed.  It’s a verb now.  It means to have plastic surgery where you look good, pretty even, but not like your former quirky cute self.  More on it here. Look, I don’t blame her.  She was a … Continue reading → The post Rene Zellweger, what is going on? appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • best marriage sex advice ever

    Daphne
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Leave this video playing in the room when your husband is in the room. Your welcome! Not to mention the fact that if I’m awake I want to watch House Hunters international or some mumbling English chaps investigating crimes.  ( … Continue reading → The post best marriage sex advice ever appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • When does Thomas chug along?

    Daphne
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    “Rex, you never use your train table anymore.  May I give this to someone who will use it?”  No way.  He wants it.  All those train tracks, all those trains are never touched, but the table stays.  It is helpful … Continue reading → The post When does Thomas chug along? appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • A (EWG-Approved) Tinted Moisturizer and BB/CC Cream Face Off

    whoorl
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    Okay folks, after reading through all of your tinted moisturizer and BB/CC cream recommendations, I decided to try out a few myself. The only caveat? The formulas had to score a 3 or lower on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website. Trust me, that designation cuts out A LOT. As you know, I have spent an enormous amount of time cleaning up my act over the past decade. (My household cleaner post started it all 7 years ago…can you believe that post was SEVEN years ago?) I’ve completely overhauled what we use to clean our house, our medicine cabinet, cooking tools,…
  • Odds and Ends

    whoorl
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    1. I love this New York Times piece on what children from around the world eat for breakfast. Sugar Crisp cereal? Not so much. 2. Speaking of sugary cereal, I highly recommend seeing this movie. You can rent it on Amazon for $3.99. 3. And one more thing about sugar (if you haven’t guessed, after personally eating minimal sugar this past year, I’m cutting it waaayyyyy down for the rest of the family), Girls Gone Child has some great posts about the subject. This one by her mother, Wendy, is chock full of information, and I love these no/low sugar snack ideas by Rebecca. 4. Forty…
  • 50 Fabulous Shopbop Finds (Take 25% Off Your Order!)

    whoorl
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    You might think April and October are two of my favorite months because of Spring! And Fall! But lest you forget about the best bi-annual sale in the history of mankind?! Shopbop Friends and Family. 25% off! Your entire order! The code is FAMILY25. I’m doing herkeys over here, for real. (Well, old lady herkeys. I get about an inch off the ground.) Here are 50 fabulous finds. Good shopping to you. Turn on your JavaScript to view content Turn on your JavaScript to view content Turn on your JavaScript to view content DETAILS Offer: 25% Off site-wide* Promotion Code: FAMILY25…
 
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  • Family Portraits with Tiny Tribe Photography

    Crystal Reagan
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    TweetTiny Tribe Photography provided us with a complimentary professional photo package. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. After almost 12 years of marriage, we finally had professional portraits taken of the entire family. The last time that happened was on our wedding night, when we were three family members less. I’ve always wanted to have professional photos done of my family, but since it’s a huge investment and I want to make sure my money is well spent, I just always took pictures myself. And because I was always taking the photos, most times I wasn’t…
  • 15 Pretty Pumpkin Ideas for Halloween

    Melanie
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    TweetWe headed to the pumpkin patch this past weekend on the hunt for the perfect pumpkins. Each year what constitutes the “perfect” pumpkin changes for my girls. Some years they want the largest one I’ll allow, other years it’s one with no bruises, and still others it’s the pumpkin covered in warts. As the kids frolicked from pumpkin to pumpkin, inspecting and assessing, I was doing the same thing. You see, holidays aren’t just for kids. And I don’t want to miss out on the fun! This year I’m was not looking for scary or silly. This year I want…
  • Slow Cooker Pork Sirloin Tip Roast with Red Potatoes

    Crystal Reagan
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    TweetThis is a partnered post with the National Pork Board and Costco. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. More times than not, it’s three o’clock in the afternoon and I still don’t have a clue what I’m cooking for dinner. The kids arrive home from school and we start homework, but by the time I realize it’s time to feed their hungry bellies, the stove and oven are empty and I still don’t have any idea what to cook for dinner. That’s where a meal plan would really come in handy, you know, if I was actually organized enough to have a meal…
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  • Big South Shore Waves

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

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

    lavagal
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    My triathlons for 2014 are behind me. The 2014 North Shore Swim Series is complete. I’m still feeling the effects of Labor Day’s Waikiki Roughwater Swim, thanks to some Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish stings on my left arm and torso (into my suit?) with an itch that’s hard to resist. One more race in 2014 to go, the inaugural North Shore 5K Swim, from Sunset Beach to Waimea Bay. I’ve decided to participate in this one using fins. So this morning I went to Kaimana Beach and tested my new TYR fins that I got at Boca Hawaii, swimming to the windsock three times and…
 
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  • On not blogging and bath salts

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

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

    Veronica
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Wow, Internet. WOW. Can I just say firstly, the support for our business launch last month was astounding and fabulous and I am so grateful to every single one of you. Yes, I know I’ve said all this before, but it bears repeating, because FEELINGS. In the middle of all the regular orders, we’ve also had some large wholesale orders popped in to be ready for Christmas. After three weeks of panicky making, I can honestly say that everything ordered is curing and will be ready by mid-November. Thank GOODNESS. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work to make that much soap. I swear the…
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  • Budgets Suck, but They Do Help

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Yes, no one really wants to live on a budget. No one wants to be restricted at the grocery store. No one wants to take a lunch to work when there is a…
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    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Who has time to spend hours on makeup in the morning? Not us working mothers, that's for sure. Get ready in 5 minutes with this easy routine. Dab the…
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    25 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
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  • Navigating Napa: Top 5 Winery Recommendations

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

    Sarah Visbeek
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    It honestly seems like all we did in Napa was eat and drink.  Needless to say, I have LOTS of restaurant recommendations for you!  I'll narrow the food choices down to the ones that stood out for me. 1. Auberge du Soleil:  Based on a recommendation at one of the wineries, we stopped at this restaurant for lunch (without a reservation, but it was around 2pm) and had food and drinks on the
  • THIRTEEN

    Sarah Visbeek
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I can't believe we officially have a TEENAGER in the Trenches. Son, it seems like just yesterday you made us parents for the very first time. But you made it easy for us, with your mellow nature and laid-back attitude.   (Those big blue eyes!  That white-blonde hair!) You became an awesome big brother.  A leader.  An example.  Your Dad and I love your quick wit and your smooth
 
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  • 4 Interactive Books Your Children Will Love

    Nancy Flanders
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Kids love books. There's really no arguing that. But what kids love even more than books, are books with flaps and slides that they can pull to find hidden pictures. It's like discovering a treasure. My three girls are always not-so-patiently waiting for their turn to lift a flap when we read, so the more options we have, the better for everyone.Slide and See Fairytales: The Three Little PigsThe Three Little Pigs, now with side and see panels let's your children really get into the story. Part of a series from Parragon Books, The Three Little Pigs is a classic tale that kids love. They'll…
  • Join Us Today 10/21 at 2pm EST on Twitter for #pschat

    Nancy Flanders
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    We're talking all about Pre-School! Join us at 2 p.m. EST today for a fun conversation, and you could win a $10 Amazon gift card. Just follow @parentingsquad and #pschat to participate!When you first sent your child to preschool was there a list of skills you were working on? What were they?What is your favorite educational TV show or DVD set?What subject does your child have a natural interest in: language? Arts? Science? Math?Channel: News & CommentaryTipsFamily PlanningPlanningConceivingPregnancyBirthAdoptionNew ParentsHome LifeSafetyChoresDisciplineFinancesShoppingBabysitters…
  • How to Handle a Young Child Who Hits

    David James
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    There is a 2-year-old in our home who often solves his problems with aggression — hitting, biting, kicking and throwing whatever item is within reach. It has been a sea change from the way our older son handled frustration at the same age. Since my wife and I have given each of our children the same attention, love and care in their formative years, it makes it more difficult for us to anticipate and predict our younger child's behavior. It's a challenge for any parent to tackle this situation, which is fraught with explosiveness and the possibility of things escalating out of control.
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  • Bad Day Done Right

    Carmen Staicer
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    I was having a really bad morning. It all started because of HUBRIS. See, I do a lot before 7 a.m. I feed people, get them ready for school, pack lunches (which the shorties are really good at doing for themselves the night before but the performing arts school kids miss that task about 80% of the time), get everyone dosed up with their meds, unload the dishes from the night before, start the laundry.  I'm not bragging. At least, I don't think I am - it just requires a butt ton of stuff to get everyone up and out the door.  Today, I also tossed some frozen cookie dough into the…
  • Gluten-y Goodness, Caprese Style

    Carmen Staicer
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Yesterday, I posted my recipe for Cherry Almond Redemption Cupcakes. Go read it. I'll wait. :) And then I did the same thing for the amazing Caprese bread, which captured my mind when I went out to eat with the Husband a few weeks ago. I found a recipe online and messed with it a bit. When I saw that my basil plant is totally and 100% out of control - and, sadly, my tomatoes have all died, I realized I didn't have much longer to make this recipe. That is a day worth mourning right there, the day you dig up your tomato plants. I do love fresh from the garden tomatoes.  I have all of…
  • Redemption Cupcakes and Yummy in My Tummy

    Carmen Staicer
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    This post probably isn't for you if you are gluten free. I am a big eater of bread and cakes and all things gluten-y. I've got some Junk in the Trunk for many carbohydrated reasons.  I had a muffin last week. (I know, it's newsworthy. Shut Up. When you work from home, getting out is a Special Occasion Worthy of Documentation.) I stood in front of the case at the coffee shop for a few minutes, debating on my choices. Ultimately, I chose cherry almond, and my mouth watered as I anticipated the first bite. I mean, really. CHERRY ALMOND. The mouth waters just thinking of it,…
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  • Superivised Teen Driving: A Golden Opportunity To Connect

    SusieJ
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Just when the doors of the bedroom slams shut to reveal the “keep out” sign meant for you, we get an opening—and it’s a big one. While teenagers are clamoring for more privacy, an identity of their own, it’s time for them to learn to drive. And they need you, parents, to teach them. By law, in Ohio, they need 50 hours of supervised driving with you. And for reasons I’ve outlined below, AAA says you should spend at least 100 hours of supervised driving. Do you realize what a gift those hours are? You and your teen are alone in the car, the radio off, and there’s nothing but the…
  • Exploding Pumpkins at the Kitchen Science Lab Birthday Party

    SusieJ
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Remember the Mad Science Parties? Nobody has them anymore. The problem was, as I remember them, the kids were all sitting down during those mad science demonstrations. As if they were in a classroom. Only if you raised and waved your hand high enough were you “chosen” to join the stage to be an assistant to the scientist. I also remember the tension and stress hanging in the air — the scientists were nervous about keeping the kids in their seats, hoping the cloud of colored dry ice and the fizz of baking soda and vinegar would be enough to hold them in their seats, just…
  • Supplies Needed: Chex Mix, Iphone Chargers

    SusieJ
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    The roast was braised, and simmered — but I had yet to find time to cook the potatoes I would later mash. I was busy getting his room ready, and even after every picture was in place, that open window of time never came. In the flurry of his first college visit home, I did my best to give him “space.” I didn’t bombard him with questions and to-dos the minute he walked through the door — just a smile and a hug… and I stayed quiet. Meals were just a suggestion — “I have a roast ready, if you and your friends are hungry,” or “Would you…
 
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    30 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
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    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
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    25 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
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  • The gift I want to give every new mom: FOOD!

    Heather Flett
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Is there anything more wonderful than a freshly cooked meal delivered to your door when you’re hungry? I treasured each and every meal brought to me by loving friends when I was home bonding with a newborn. Now that I have three children (under my belt? out from my belt area?), I still believe that food is the kindest gift of all. Sadly, I’m often too busy with my own family’s demands to be that hero on the porch around dinnertime, but when I am, here are a few of my go-to meals: Easiest of all: There are meal delivery services that deliver amazing restaurant-quality meals later the…
  • Activity #37: Meow, bark and tweet at the pet store

    Whitney Moss
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    My friend Mary (who had her son Del in the same hospital the day after I had Julian) gave this idea to our Moms Group. She said that 13-month old Del loves the pet store where he can check out the animals, especially the birds. Does your baby love animals? Mine really did (and still do) but when we went to the Zoo, I found that he couldn’t really see the large animals that were so far away from him in their habitats. A visit to Petco where he could get right next to the turtle tank and mouse cage was just as much fun — and closer to my house! To kill two birds with one stone…
  • The story behind our pumpkin patch photo {Rookie Moms Challenge #36}

    Olivia Howell
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The Challenge: Get A Pumpkin Photo Back in 2009, when I first met my now husband, Eric, he was playing banjo for a bluegrass band in Connecticut; one of our first weekends together he took me to see a show, and the leader of the band said, “You better not take him back to Long Island for good!” We had just started dating, so it was slightly embarrassing…but low and behold, 5 months later we moved in together, on Long Island. Five years later, we decided it was time to head back to the vineyard and see the old band; luckily, our visit to Connecticut was during the Harvest…
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  • Capture Photos That #BringIt

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    With the back-to-school season upon us, don’t miss the opportunity to capture the perfect shot of the winning touchdown, the last second field goal or the fourth quarter huddle. Whether you are... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Back to School Firsts

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    At the end of the summer, Staples asked me if they could send us a Kindle Fire HD in exchange for a post on Back to School Firsts. The idea was to get the books on the Summer Reading List checked... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • “Being a good wife will make me a bad mom.” {7 Lies Moms Believe}

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    As moms, we tend to hold ourselves to a pretty high standard. If we are completely honest, we expect too much of ourselves as we constantly believe the lies that we are told about having to be... 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

  • Best Places to Trick-or-Treat on Halloween for New York City Kids

    Mommy Poppins
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    While trick-or-treating in your building is great for adults because it feels so safe and convenient, it's nowhere near as exciting for kids as getting to run around the city streets at night going door-to-door. One of my favorite childhood memories from growing up in NYC was Halloween in Greenwich Village. Back then, the Village Halloween Parade was just a couple hundred artists and freaks who marched through the neighborhood, so it felt more like a community affair. Afterward, we would trick-or-treat up and down the brownstone blocks. Everyone was really friendly, and we would come home…
  • Morbid Anatomy Museum: Kids Can Check Out Taxidermy, Skulls & Weird Artifacts at Brooklyn's Newest Museum

    Raven Snook
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Perhaps more than any other place, New York City is home to some seriously offbeat museums. There are culture spots dedicated to gangsters, toys, trolls and sex, so why not death? As a Goth mom who wears as many skulls as my pink-clad kid does bows, I had been dying to check out Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum & Library ever since we mentioned its opening in a news post back in July. Inspired by the Halloween season, my daughter and I finally made it there, and it wasn't at all what I expected—mostly in a good way. Housed in a three-floor building that includes a gift shop, cafe and…
  • DIY No-Sew Up-Cycled Halloween Trick-or-Treat Tote

    Ally Noel
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    Don't be scared to get creative this Halloween; one of the best things about Halloween is the opportunity to be creative and replace store-bought with homemade. While your kids may demand that store-bought character costume, you can skip the plastic treat bucket or the old pillowcase this year and do something homemade without any sewing skills. An old costume might even make the basis for the perfect treat tote. Or pick a black or orange colored tee. Another alternative: let them decorate the tote with spooky drawings, or glue plastic spiders and other Halloween elements. Let your…
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    Workout Mommy

  • Panasonic Open Ear Headphones—they don’t fall out!

    workoutmommy
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
    I struggle with finding headphones that work for my tiny ears.  The earbuds are nice, but they ALWAYS fall out and I think I spend most of my workout stressing over them. I like the traditional over the head type headphones but sometimes those are bulky and make my head a sweaty mess. So when Panasonic reached out and offered to send me their new Open Ear Headphones as part of the #OpenYourEars campaign,  I was intrigued.   They don’t go in or over your ears, they are worn next to your ears. The sound is transmitted directly to your ear drum through your cheekbones. Fascinating,…
  • Why you should choose the Westin

    workoutmommy
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    This is how important it is to research your hotel fitness prior to booking. I got a room at the Hampton Inn and this is what I got—-a few cardio machines and a stack of medicine balls.   This is what they consider strength training?!   The heaviest ball is only 8 pounds! Even more frustrating was the room was tiny, so it was not even possible to create a circuit of any kind.  I was very disappointed, but it was my own fault for not doing my research ahead of time.  (side note: if you are a fan of ellipticals and treadmill running, it would definitely fit your needs!)  The  next…
  • This is what happens when your child is your fitness photographer!

    workoutmommy
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Some bloggers have really awesome pictures on their blogs that look very professional. I, however, have grainy pictures that look like they were taken in a dungeon! I take most of my pictures myself but sometimes I ask my boys to help me out. Since they are little and haven’t yet grasped the art of photography and videography, I usually end up headless.  “Did I do a good job mommy!?   And then in the rare moment when I need a video clip, I end up with this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuqiDaOJ9lQ (click through to see this one!) One can’t help but laugh, right? Have…
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  • Good, bad … I’m the guy with the gun

    Linda
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    I don’t think anyone was hanging on the edge of their seat or anything, but I wanted to follow up on a blog post I published in September. At that time, I wrote about how I was sort of struggling to accept the fact that life has been rolling along in a super positive fashion lately. I feel productive, I feel confident, I’m busy but I feel on top of things rather than being overwhelmed by things, I’m enjoying the skin/stress/weight/sleep/energy payoff of having stayed in my fitness/health A game for several weeks in a row now. But of course I also feel like this is all temporary and…
  • The scary things and the helpers

    Linda
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Several years ago an acquaintance passionately informed me he’d never seen any footage of the planes hitting the World Trade Center towers on September 11th. The way he phrased it felt almost like he was bragging, like he’d been so incredibly values-driven when he quickly turned away from the news or websites before he saw a single solitary image of the destruction, the debris, the smoke, and like maybe everyone should have done the same so as to send a message to the media that we didn’t need to see their grief porn. I’ve seen this mentality expressed since, although not quite so…
  • Please stand up, please stand up

    Linda
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Are you the kind of person where your shit is either completely in order, or it’s all a disaster and you’re basically one step from living in a van down by the river while shoveling a steady stream of Bugles into your poor-me-hole? I don’t mean your literal shit (is it backed up and kind of squeak-farty with bad breaks, or is it a nice solid loaf of — no), I mean your row of ducks, your overall life situation. I’m a special fractal snowflake of rigid commitment and overindulgence, basically, where I swing from one extreme to the other when it comes to exercise, housekeeping, diet,…
 
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  • Free housecleaning services for women with cancer

    Renee Ross
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    October is breast cancer awareness month and I’d like to share with you a service that is available for women 19 and over who are currently being treated for this and any other cancer. I know that as a healthy woman most days my least favorite thing to do is housecleaning, I can’t even imagine it being on the priority list of women undergoing treatment for cancer. This is why I am so happy to learn about the Cleaning for a Reason non-profit organization. Since 2006, Cleaning for a Reason provided the gift of a clean home to over 14,000 women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer.
  • Halloween Crafts DIY {Video} #wmtmoms

    Renee Ross
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Halloween is so much fun. I can’t remember much about it from my childhood except for baking pumpkin seeds and trying to get as much candy as possible. The funny thing is I was never much of a candy person so it really was a competition among friends to see who had the most the end of the night. I’d choose a few pieces of my favorite candy and put the rest in the closet and wasn’t even tempted to eat it. As an adult, Halloween has been fun because I get to share the joy with my son. We both dress up and have a ball trick or treating with friends, eating good food and having an overall…
  • Roasted apple and butternut squash soup

    Renee Ross
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    The recent cool mornings are making me re-evaluate summer as my favorite season, fall is quickly gaining momentum and I am loving it. In addition to cooler weather and beautiful foliage, fall also brings apple season. Apples happen to be one of my favorite fruits to cook with, in the past I’ve featured apple crisp and my first apple pie on the blog. Walmart is featuring all different types of apples now and I have my choice of varieties ranging from lady, to honey crisp (love them) and of course granny smith and delicious. I decided to try a new recipe with apples and found the perfect…
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  • Action Cameras for an Adventurous Holiday Season

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    The holidays are looming – there are only 71 days until Christmas!  I've always heard that men are hard to buy for but I don't think that's true. The stereotypical tie wouldn't work for my husband, true, but he's pretty easy to shop for. Especially this year. Bob loves to take photos. He takes them mostly with his iPhone and DSLR but I know he'd love to have a camera that loves the outdoors as
  • Transparent – What to Binge-Watch This Weekend

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

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    You may have noticed that I'm a bit of a beauty product aficionado. I love trying new makeup and skincare. That being said, I am also super lazy about skincare and cosmetic regimens. I like the theory of indulgent thirty step facial exfoliation processes but there is admittedly very little chance that I would ever actually succumb to such a daily ritual, no matter how baby-soft and pore-free it
 
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  • A New My Sites Section

    Andy Peatling
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own. The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make WordPress.com faster,…
  • New Theme: Penscratch

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
  • Starting Next Week: Blogging 201

    Ben Huberman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blogging 201: Branding and Growth starts Monday, October 20. If you’re a recent alum of Blogging 101 looking to build on the skills you’ve developed so far, or a blogger looking for new ways to grow your site and its audience, this is the course for you. What will Blogging 201 cover? We’ll introduce tools to increase your traffic within WordPress.com as well as through other platforms, discuss ways to develop a coherent, effective brand for your blog, and show how to use your archives and your site’s stats to build your readership. During this two-week course…
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  • Top 6 Halloween Safety Tips with Rayovac

    Bridgette Duplantis
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    This post is written by the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine. With Halloween right around the corner, my daughters are about ready to bust with excitement.  The parties, costumes, and trick-or-treats are hard to resist but as a Mom, I need to make sure my girls are prepared for any potential hazards under the cover of night on Halloween.  Here are some tips to make sure your ghouls and goblins stay safe while they roam the streets in search of sweet treats. 1.  Have “the talk” with your kids.  I take…
  • Get a Taste of Fall at Denny’s

    Bridgette Duplantis
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:22 pm
    This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Denny’s.  All opinions remain 100% mine. Even though it’s still shorts and flip flops weather here in New Orleans, I look longingly at my favorite sweaters and boots stored in my closet.  Fall must be around the corner, right?  If the weather won’t cooperate, I will get my much needed taste of Fall in other ways.  Out comes the Halloween decorations and spiced candles as I attempt to trick my home into feeling “in the season.” But there is one thing that always helps me get into the…
  • Fall into Fashion with RUUM Amercian Kid’s Wear

    Bridgette Duplantis
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Some days, I think I have a runway in my home.  Oh yes, I have two fashionistas who are NOT shy about expressing their fashion style and strutting their stuff.  You can imagine the squeals when they had the opportunity to check out Fall looks from RUUM (pronounced room) American Kid’s Wear. RUUM is built around style, trend and comfort and has been seen on the backs of mini celebs such as Suri Cruise, Harper Beckham, North West and the twins of Sarah Jessica Parker. But above all, RUUM strives to help boys and girls look their best by feeling their best. Lily paired a RUUM floral…
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  • Foodie Paradise: Food Blog Forum

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Two months ago I went to the Food Blog Forum, an amazing conference for food bloggers that was being held in my hometown of Asheville, NC. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since — all the things I learned. The wonderful people I met. And the food. There was exquisite and amazing food. Truly a […]
  • Fall Color Has Arrived

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Just over a year ago we moved to North Carolina so we would experience seasons, but still have a mild climate. Do you hear that ‘ol Man Winter? We want a mild winter! Consider this my official request! Having lived in Florida for most of my entire life, it’s been adjustment to say the least […]
  • Pumpkin Cream Cheese

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Last month I started seeing pumpkin-flavored food items in all the grocery stores: pumpkin coffee, pumpkin spice coffee creamer, pumpkin granola bars — you name it. Then, I found pumpkin cream cheese. AND pumpkin bagels. I bought both! I blew threw the tiny tub of cream cheese within a couple of days. It was good, […]
 
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  • Thank you, Robin, Chris and Kim

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

    Lill Hawkins
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here’s a post I wrote back in 2007 when my 17 year old and our Black Lab, Jetta, were 10 years old and my 24 year old was 17. They and I are jonesing for another Berryman CD, so if … Continue reading →
  • I Am NOT Cranky!

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

  • How We Talk about Israel

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

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Cipora Katz, Holocaust SurivorIn a progressive religious environment, it can be a challenge to get kids to continue their education after they become bar or bat mitzvah. One way our synagogue meets that challenge is to offer the post b'nai mitzvah kids an exciting and unusual curriculum, The Jewish Lens.I don't know if we use that exact curriculum or one inspired by it, but I do know the program is a hit. And thanks to the leadership of Liz and Rich, it's a dynamic program that changes from year to year. Each new class of students picks a theme for the end-of-year gallery display. My older…
  • Pet Costumes: It's sad because it's true

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I used to be the kind of person who scoffed at pet owners who dressed their animals up for Halloween. And then I became that person twice over. Yes, I not only bought my dog a costume, I bought him two costumes.How many Pet Halloween Costumes (affiliate link) will you buy this year? Or how many will I? He might have outgrown them.Some days I can barely look myself in the mirror. Who have I become? And then I see how much we've spent at the vet over the last 1.5 years and I know exactly who I am. Tesla's mommy.Some friends apparently think I'm a paranoid pet owner because we've…
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    Mile High Mamas

  • “Breaking Bad” action figures at Toys R Us: Good or very, very bad?

    Amber Johnson
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    We’re calling this a twofer. Fox 31 asked to come to my house to interview me about crystal meth action figures yesterday, they saw my husband Jamie’s giant pumpkins and interviewed him after. Jamie is now claiming the media is going through me to get to him. File this under ‪#‎YouCan‬‘tMakeThisStuffUp. Fox 31 aired the story  last night. The one with me in it; I’m sure the giant pumpkins will appear on some breaking news story sometime. If you are not familiar with this story that is making national headlines: Susan Schrivjer, a mother from Fort Myers,…
  • Denver Deal: Museum Free Day, Bootown, and Sports Optical

    Gretchen
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    The awesome Broncos did it again. I sometimes find it hard to connect with my teenage son. He doesn’t want to spend much time with me and prefers to go to the rec center to spend time with his buddies. But sitting down on a Sunday afternoon to watch our beloved Broncos play (and win) is one way we have figured out how to spend some quality time together. Beyond that the Bronco’s win also means freebies (and deals) like cheap Big Macs at McDonalds the next day and morning coffee for me at Conoco on my way to taking them to school. On Tuesday, Krispy Kreme has $2.80 dozen donuts and…
  • A mother of the year’s (scary) nighttime confession

    Amber Johnson
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    In preparation for a Halloween party last Friday, I trolled music videos on YouTube. I found many classics like Monster Mash and Ghostbusters but the king of them all is, of course, Michael Jackson’s Thriller.  My kids gathered around my computer. My 10-year-old Hadley was so engrossed she watched it twice while 8-year-old Bode was nervous but I wasn’t worried. Though he’s never seen a horror movie, he has no problems with Lord of the Rings and that’s way scarier, right? Wrong. Here’s how our evening played out. 9:40 p.m. I passed out early from exhaustion.
 
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  • The Power of Money

    Susan
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    We gave him $5 to do it. We are so mean.
  • What a Night(mare)!*

    Susan
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    Saturday was the Great Cub Scout Family Campout.  We have attended almost every year (if not every year) since we’ve been involved with scouts here in the Chicagoland area.  It gives the younger guys a chance to go on a “real campout”, something they don’t usually get to do. I’m not sure why we keep going.  I guess it’s kind of like getting our family picture taken… after about a year, we forget how painful it was and sign up to do it again.  This year, however, I have finally learned my lesson.  I SWEAR. Maria (apparently the smartest in the…
  • They May Not Be, But I Am!

    Susan
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Please press the play button below! http://fourinarow.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/05-Happy-From-_Despicable-Me-2_.m4a
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  • Hey Mom, What Does “Die Feminist Gamer” Mean?

    Queen of Spain
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    My 9-year old daughter can jump in and out of a first person shooter game and then quickly morph back into a bunny to go to someone’s “den” for a bunny dance party. She’s a gamer. A girl gamer. And right now, that is a dangerous thing. So dangerous, in fact, some women have received death threats, their public info blasted all over communities so they can be harassed, and if that weren’t enough we hear about Anita Sarkeesian. Sarkeesian was slated to speak at Utah State University until they got an email threatening a mass shooting if she dared open her girl…
  • I’m Over Being Ashamed & Voting NO on Prop 46

    Queen of Spain
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    I landed myself in the hospital against this week. Despite feeling relatively well. Ok, that’s a lie. I’ve been doing much better lately. I just hate to jinx anything. But as we all have learned with this jerk of a disorder, just when you are lulled into feeling hopeful and happy and excited there is light at the end of this jerk tunnel…your get a dull ache in your lower back and then you start bleeding profusely out of your butt. What? You thought I’d spare you the fun….oh no, you must be at the wrong blog for that my dear. I have never pulled any punches with…
  • Control YOUR Fate: WTFP?!

    Queen of Spain
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    There has been a lot of talk about birth control in the news here in the US lately. From the recent Supreme Court decision over Hobby Lobby and the Affordable Care Act, to activist-turned-candidate Sandra Fluke’s testimony in front of Democratic members of Congress. Birth control is a hot button issue. However, when you hear about birth control in the US, you rarely hear of those who have no access at all to birth control, or those who have never even been given the option to plan their families. Of course, you may know that some types of contraception are nearly impossible to afford…
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  • Nashville Fall Family Fun

    Blonde Mom
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Growing up in Middle Tennessee, fall was and is my favorite time of year. As a kid there were always hayrides, pumpkin patches, and carnivals to enjoy. There is no shortage of family fun to be found today (not to mention zombies) so get ready to mark your calendars! I’ve partnered with Expedia to share some of my fave ghoulishly Nashville fall family fun activities to check out for kids of all ages. WHITES CREEK FALL CRAFT FESTIVAL Located just a short drive north of downtown in Whites Creek, Fontanel (former home of country music great Barbara Mandrell) is hosting several fun…
  • Self-Confidence Over 40-Something and Not Being Afraid to Go For It

    Blonde Mom
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Invisalign®.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed on my blog are all mine. It’s tough for busy moms to carve time out for themselves. Between work, school, and after-school activities, not to mention the whole what’s for dinner dilemma, I don’t often find myself with much down time but I know how important it is to take care of myself. If I’m feeling good about myself and not overloaded it definitely helps boost my confidence. Whether taking time out to exercise or get a massage or maybe even just…
  • Picking Up Marbles With Her Toes and Other Physical Therapy Awesomeness

    Blonde Mom
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    I thought I’d share a little update in the fall crutch chronicles. The big news is the crutch is oh so yesterday. Well, sort of. The boot is DEFINITELY oh so yesterday. Miss C is now wearing a brace on her left ankle. She’s still depending a bit on her crutches to steady her walk. Today I took her to her first physical therapy appointment since she fractured her ankle 5 weeks ago and we were so pleased with her therapist. Plus the office was playing Lightning 100 and it just had a fun vibe, and I don’t think it was at all what my girl was expecting. Hurrah! She needs to work…
 
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  • Fierce Fierceness (+ Giveaway!)

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Friday, I wrote about fierceness of a different sort, because here's the thing. My girls are STRONG. They are fierce and strong and very much themselves with personalities that are larger than their bodies and stronger than, well, me sometimes. My son is also fierce, in ways that are different than his sisters -- his fierceness is a quieter, more reserved fierceness - the kind of fierceness that I am fiercely protective of in the same way I am protective of my girls strength-in-selfness. Fiercely Protective of Fierce Fierceness is my band name.Anyway. I think it's important for kids to know…
  • Picking My Battles = Backing off of theirs

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Today on Mom.me, I wrote about letting them fight... Once upon a time, we lived a harmonious life of love and light and siblings who cradled each other lovingly beside a crackling fire. And while they certainly adore each other and sporadically show it, fighting has become a sort of second language around these parts.Not that they don't get along beautifully as well because they do. Much of the time, they do. (Archer is my co-parent in the morning on most days. Fable, too.)But, with Tamara gone since June, I've been overwhelmed, with more to do and less patience to do it. If, "MOM! I…
  • "Listen to my words..."

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Today's post is a throwback to a few months ago. I thought I accidentally deleted this gem but, no! I found it safe and sound on a hard drive and it's one of my favorite moments caught on camera of all time:FYI: I totally get the whole LOOK AT ME! LISTEN TO MY WORDS!" thing because, even though Revi is "looking" right at Bo and totally "listening" to her word... maybe she isn't, you know? Preschool-aged twins are not unlike married couples trying to work out their issues and I know I've written about this before, and I'm sure I will again, (tomorrow's post is about siblings working out their…
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • What It Takes to Reclaim Wood

    Rita Arens
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    When I was younger, there were several outbuildings alongside my parents' driveway. One of them was a corn crib for hogs that became where we stored my horse Cutter's hay and grain. One of them was a hog shed that became Cutter's barn and my tack room. If I close my eyes and concentrate, I can still smell the inside of those buildings. They've since been torn down as they outlived their useful lives, but my father kept the wood. I don't remember how it came up, but Pa offered to let Beloved and I have this wood if we would come help plane it down. Chateau Travolta's…
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  • Why Flex Time Is the #2 Most Important Employee Benefit

    Gloria Feldt
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    A big barrier to women’s leadership parity was overlooked in the recent brouhaha about Facebook and Apple covering employees’ insurance for egg freezing. These companies are not, as headlines screamed “paying women to freeze eggs.” And I see nothing wrong with covering fertility treatments that though still far from fully effective, can give women childbearing options men naturally have, and often exercise with trophy wives. But next to quality child care, flex time–much more than high tech fertility–is the most effective benefit companies could give women, and increasingly,…
  • Old Fight, New Approach: Companies Profit from Parity

    Megan Beyer
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    So you have an important job interview. Your sitter cancels. What do you do? When it happened to First Lady Michelle Obama, she packed up baby Malia, carted her into that job interview, and was completely surprised when she still landed the job.
 
The First Family's efforts to make sure our workplaces are not something out of a "Mad Men episode" comes from a very personal place.
 
This month is National Work and Family Month. It is a public awareness campaign to encourage companies to respond to America's modern dual income family paradigm. 

Why they would have to be encouraged…
  • 11 Tips to Help You Save on Groceries

    Migdalia Rivera
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    I wasn’t much of a cook when I was younger. I admit it, I loved eating out.  It was my biggest expense. Now, that I am older, with two sons who would eat me out of house and home if I let them, I realize that I can’t eat out as often as I once did. And, I don’t want to. Our bonding as a family has happened in the kitchen and at the dining table. The kitchen is where they run when they arrive from school, while the dining room has heard more gossip and school dramas than Gossip Girl ever featured.  This bonding happened while they grabbed finger foods from the fridge, snacked on baked…
 
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    This Full House

  • He's Army Strong, Mom's Still in Training

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    As a child, I remember reading about the Declaration of Independence in history class and quietly smiling to myself, thinking...THIS!...this is why my family is here. "Mom, I want to enlist into the military." But I cannot think of too many words, other than those my 15 year-old son has been saying, since he was 4 years-old, that can simultaneously fill my heart with joy AND feel as if someone or something is trying to dig its way out of my chest, one spoonful at at a time. "I spoke with an Army recruiter during Career Day." And yet, in...
  • Fun With Keyword Analysis

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Blogging is hard! Blogging while under the influence of children is even harder! Blogging with teenagers living in your house? Okay, picture this: it's sort of like attempting to recite the Pledge of Allegiance...backwards...while riding a bicycle...naked...uphill...in the snow...with two flat tires and a missing seat. My two oldest will tell you: (left) UGH, no (right) YO! It's daaaaaanged near impossible to blog, especially these days. Not without exposing myself to some serious hurt, I mean. [rubs backside, reaches for Ibuprofen] And yet, here we are -- just you, and me, and this here…
  • The Evolution of a Worry Wart

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I don't know what happened, really. I wasn't always such a worry wart. In fact, folks who knew me back in the day (you know, when social media was just a twinkle in Compaq's iframe and we actually face-timed each other, for real) would probably agree -- I was pretty loosey-goosey about stuff. Siiiiiigh. That's right. Loosey-goosey. Look it up, youngsters. Aaaanyway, where was I?!? Loosey-goosey. Face-time. Social media. Back in the day. Oh yeah, I remember now -- soooooo, then I started having kids and...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!...another worry wart is born. Yep, raising kids has consistently proven…
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    Velveteen Mind

  • An Experiment and Proposal on Hope

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

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    I have been busy. September is an exciting month for me this year. I have been anxious to tell you all about it and today is the day! Heather King from the The Extraordinary Ordinary  (#JustWrite fame) and I are launching Writing Threads, a community for writers. From our announcement: We understand the life of today’s connected writer. You wake up in the morning with every intention of knocking out some substantial writing and then take “just a second” to check on your email or “peek in” on Facebook. Then in the hectic daily grind, your energy is sapped, your…
  • Perpetual Stillness Machine

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

  • Wishing away the present…10 years of And Baby Makes 6!

    Jody
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    I have been a bit nostalgic for days when all of my kids were little. Time blows by so fast, sometimes I think I missed some of those moments that you can only appreciate in hindsight.  I wish I had … Continue reading →
  • September birthdays!

    Jody
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    14 And 17. Where did time go?
  • All together!

    Jody
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Cory home from college offered a chance at a rare photo of us all together again celebrating Bill’s b-day!  Goofballs! Miss my Little C-man! We are on call for a surf contest….praying for waves!   Have a great weekend everyone!
 
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    いい出会いができるって本当?

  • 使い道はあるというものです

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
  • 手もつないでいません (2)

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    出会い系タダサイトを有効活用やる方法がそうでっか 出会い系タダサイトに登録しても鹿児島 テレエッチ しやろな月額4万円ってむっちゃでかっ料金設定やった。見た目ぇでぇなんってなく見るねきにおんざりやる印象を与えてなおすもんなんやこれがホンマに。ずぅぇえええぇぇええんぶのサービスがタダやねんかを、せやけど、つれから恋人へステップアップやる時のきっかけってしては どないなこってがやったさかいしょうか?…
  • 私に助言をしてくれました

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    無料メル友サイトもSNS セフレ メル友から発展してかいよ、じゃあそげんこつが実際にあんのかが気になって来なるところだと思うのでその事について書きたいと思います。 また、登録しちょる人々の年齢層も幅広かったごつじゃひから、 なぜこんごつなこつをするのかと言いますと、腹を立ちょるこつもあります。 一斉に声を掛けて何人かでオフ会を開いたこつもあります。…
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  • fanvid: ARROW | This Is War

    Marilyn
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Your ads will be inserted here byEasy AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/7O7dN0eSTY ARROW | This Is War — callistawolf (@callistawolf) October 17, 2014 via Twitter http://ift.tt/1x6vt6B October 17, 2014 at 09:12AM © Marilyn for slackermama . com, 2014. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: Arrow, fanvid, IFTTT, Twitter, YouTube
  • “The Courage or the Fall” from Civil Twilight

    Marilyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    song from the end of #Arrow last night: “The Courage or the Fall” from Civil Twilight: http://t.co/OwLKB6kh19 — callistawolf (@callistawolf) October 17, 2014 via Twitter http://ift.tt/1x6vt6B October 16, 2014 at 07:57PM © Marilyn for slackermama . com, 2014. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: Arrow, IFTTT, songs, Twitter
  • 3×02 “Sara” + heartbreak

    Marilyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    3×02 “Sara” + heartbreak — callistawolf (@callistawolf) October 16, 2014 via Twitter http://ift.tt/1x6vt6B October 16, 2014 at 04:46PM © Marilyn for slackermama . com, 2014. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: gifs, IFTTT, Olicity, Tumblr, Twitter
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  • I’m the chaperone who demands candy

    Mir
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Over the years, Otto and I have worked out a system for being Involved Marching Band Parents, and it’s served us pretty well. My responsibilities include working in the concession stand whenever we have a home game (after my baptism by fire three years ago I somehow ended up a permanent fixture in there), assisting […]
  • Hello, it’s weathering again

    Mir
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Today the southeastern United States are experiencing Some Weather, by which I mean that our weather radio has been going off all day long with WARNING WARNING WARNINGS of local tornadoes and “severe thunderstorms.” I do appreciate the tornado warnings—we can’t always hear the sirens out at our house—but I have less appreciation for the […]
  • Band, band, band, band, and band

    Mir
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    But first… a scintillating Duncan update: He is very much enjoying his hobbit meal schedule. Where he used to just sleep in my office all day long (presumably due to his low blood sugar and being mostly dead), he now hops up and follows me around the house. Bathroom break? Duncan is there! Grabbing a […]
 
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  • 'Tis the Season

    amalah
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    I totally bought Ezra the wrong Transformer for his birthday. He wanted Prowl, the Autobot, Battle Masters edition; for some reason this translated in my brain to Strafe, the Technobot, Construct-Bots edition.  I still have no idea what at least seven or eight of those words mean. Lesson learned, though: Strafe is blue, while Prowl is yellow. But not like, Bumblebee yellow. Also, Battle Masters don't actually transform into anything, which, okay, I give up, these toys are stupid.  Luckily, my mom has this birthday thing down and knows to just send them money rather than…
  • DIY Preshus Memories

    amalah
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    This post is sponsored by OneDay and the OneDay Instant Movie Maker App. (Almost) every time I upload and share one of my boys' birthday montages, I get comments and emails asking how I make them. And I generally respond with a hybrid of truth and a lie: 1) I use iMovie currently, although Noah's earliest videos were made with Windows Movie Maker, so basically: I use whatever what program that done came free with my computing lapbox.  2) It's easy!  Okay, so maybe "It's easy!" isn't a complete lie, but definitely oversimplifies the time commitment involved. Here's how the production…
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  • Endo Int’l Announces Settlement of “Substantially All” Pelvic Mesh Claims

    Lalaine Sy
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    The recent report by an online legal news service should be a welcome development to the thousands of women who have filed pelvic mesh lawsuits against American Medical Systems (AMS) in order to recover damages for their losses and suffering resulting from the implantation of mesh devices for the treatment of their stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). It was announced by no less than Endo’s Chief Executive Officer that it has reached agreement on the settlement of “substantially all” mesh claims filed against AMS, its subsidiary. Incidentally, a lot of…
  • Vaginal Mesh Complications Long Known Before FDA Clearance, Report Says

    Lalaine Sy
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Going over the mesh complications page in http://www.meshinjurylawfirm.com, one cannot help but wonder why vaginal mesh devices, which are used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), are still in the market with all the dangerous complications associated with these devices. As reported by thousands of mesh patients, these side effects can result to serious and permanent injuries that many of these women have been compelled to take legal actions against mesh manufacturers in the hope of recovering damages for their losses, pain, and suffering.
  • Boston Scientific Asks Texas Court for Summary Judgment on Bladder Sling Claim

    Lalaine Sy
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    A few days after Boston Scientific was ordered by a Dallas, Texas jury to pay damages amounting to $73 million in a bladder sling lawsuit, the Massachusetts-based mesh company submitted a motion for a summary judgment for the next scheduled trial in the same court, according to a recent online news reports. This trial has been scheduled for October 2014 and forms part of the thousands of bladder sling lawsuits filed by women seeking possible compensation for the serious injuries they sustained after being implanted with these mesh devices for the treatment of their stress urinary incontinence…
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    The Domestic Diva

  • Reduce Hair Appearance with Light at Home: Veet Infini’Silk First Look

    Domestic Diva
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    (product provided for review) As a woman, I love having smooth, silky legs.  The problem is that they don’t stay that way.  Shaving on a regular basis is very tedious especially when you have an already busy schedule where every minute counts.  So, when I was contacted by a representative for Veet Infini’Silk my interest […] The post Reduce Hair Appearance with Light at Home: Veet Infini’Silk First Look appeared first on The Domestic Diva. Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Halloween Party Floral Table Centerpiece

    Domestic Diva
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    (sponsored post) Halloween is right around the corner.  Whether you will be entertaining party guests at your own haunted bash or just want to spruce up your kitchen table for the season, I’ve got some easy DIY craft projects to get your table centerpiece ready for the most haunted night of the year complete with […] The post Halloween Party Floral Table Centerpiece appeared first on The Domestic Diva. Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Breast Cancer Awareness: Cleaning for a Reason

    Domestic Diva
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    (sponsored post) As we are all aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I can only imagine what women that have been diagnosed with breast cancer or any form of cancer must go through.  My thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families.  During this difficult time in their lives, the last thing […] The post Breast Cancer Awareness: Cleaning for a Reason appeared first on The Domestic Diva. 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

  • Oxygen Bleach an Introduction

    Heather Solos
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Heather says: Welcome to the second installment of the Series on Common Household Chemicals. I think I was a kid when Billy Mays first showed up on my radar. He pitched Oxyclean late into the night and I’d sit there fascinated watching the red swirl away and magically disappear. Oxyclean is just a brand name for oxygen bleach or sodium percarbonate. When Na2CO3·1.5H2O2 is added to water the H2O2 is released. H2O2 should look familiar to you, if you didn’t sleep through your entire high school chem class. It’s the same stuff you buy in the little brown bottle and store in…
  • Sweet Potato Risotto with Bacon and Blue Cheese

    Heather Solos
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Heather says: As many of you know, I’ve moved. I now live in a house with a tiny kitchen that is more fixer-than upper. I spent the whole day working on the yard and wanted needed some serious comfort food. I’ll warn you, the kids did not approve, the blue cheese was too much for them, but it was exactly what I needed, wanted and craved. Recently, I finally found medium-grain rice at the store that doesn’t have the ridiculous markup of Arborio. Medium and short-grain rice has the starch necessary to create the creamy consistency of risotto. (Around here it has mostly been…
  • Hard Water and Dark Laundry

    Heather Solos
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Dear Home Ec 101, I am very careful about how I wash my darks in order to avoid fading – washing them only in cold water, air drying or drying on the lowest setting. Despite this I feel my darks are fading much sooner than they should. Any suggestions? Signed, Dull in Duluth Heather says I wrote back to Dull in Duluth and asked her a couple of questions: Q: What detergent do you use?  Do you have hard water or soft? A: I have 3 boys ages 4, 2 and 11 months so I use Dreff for everything – their clothes as well as ours. We have hard water. Winner, winner, chicken dinner, I know…
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • Get Fit While You Work: Desk Exercises for Busy Working Moms

    GuestContributor
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    By Carolyn Barnes As busy working moms, it’s hard enough remembering to buy toilet paper, let alone finding the time to shave our legs. We’re often meeting everyone else’s needs but our own. As a result, we feel overwhelmed, overstressed, overtired, and overloaded. We are over functioning! I’m a very busy mom and a former expert in excuse making. That said, I came up with a solution that’s excuse-proof: the cLEAN Momma Lifestyle Program and TASKERCISE™. It’s all about maximizing your time by combining exercise with your daily tasks. My thought is, hell, if we are already…
  • Returning to Work After Maternity Leave – Again

    Stephanie Tsales
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Tomorrow morning I am returning to work after maternity leave—again. Actually, since this post will publish in the morning, by the time you read this it will be Monday and I will be fighting to get myself and two kids dressed and out the door, fighting the traffic on my commute, and fighting the tears that are inevitable. Say a kind thought for me friends, this week is going to be a doozy. I’ve written about returning to work after maternity leave before. Several people have made comments that this time should be easier, since I’ve done it before. But here’s the…
  • Family Friendly Halloween Movies on Netflix

    Susan
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    As Halloween draws near, our family loves to watch both classic and new family friendly TV shows and Halloween movies on Netflix (streaming only—we don’t do the DVDs by mail anymore). Looking for some new recommendations to add to your queue? Netflix doesn’t make it super easy to find Halloween-oriented shows, so I did the homework for you and unearthed some real gems. Here are 27 spooky (but not too scary) Halloween favorites currently available to stream on Netflix. Click on any of the titles for a direct link to watch instantly (if you have a subscription, of course).
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • Nightmare Before Christmas – Family Adventure Movie Night

    Disney DonnaKay (NDM#501)
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
      Disney Movie Nights – they are just traditional. They usually involve pj’s, favorite snacks, blankets & stuffed friends. But, in changing times, there is a new concept of movie night…themed movie nights. I love this concept for so many reasons. It is more than just watching a movie. You can include themed activities, food, & decorations. Our whole family becomes involved. From planning, to decorating, to clean-up, it is a true example of teamwork & a great bonding experience. We always watch Nightmare Before Christmas around Halloween at our house.  We love the movie…
  • Disney Ambassador Program Celebrates 50 Years With New Ambassadors

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
      As the Disney Ambassador program celebrates its 50th anniversary, Walt Disney World Resort has presented two Cast Members with the golden opportunity to serve in this highly revered and sought-after role. Fifty years after Walt Disney created the company’s unique Ambassador tradition, a ceremony was held at Epcot on October 10, 2014, naming Caitlin Busscher and Nathaniel Palma to represent nearly 70,000 Cast Members in sharing the magic, inspiration and optimism of Disney throughout the resort and community. Prior to their roles as Ambassadors, Caitlin Busscher worked in…
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios Sets Sail With “Moana”

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
      Ron Clements and John Musker (“Aladdin,” “The Princess and the Frog”) Helm the Epic Comedy-Adventure BURBANK, Calif. - Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed plans today for “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. In theaters in late 2016, the film is directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”). “John and I have partnered on so many films—from…
 
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    Joy Unexpected

  • “Modern Family” Fall Event at The Grove + a Giveaway!

    Y
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post. I was, however, offered to gift bags to give away to two readers and I always love the chance to give cool things away. Also? I love Modern Family and this sounds like a fun event and I was happy to spread the word. Next Sunday (October 26th) a Modern Family Fall event will be taking over The Grove. The event is free! There will be lots of fun activities for families, including an interactive corn maze, a pumpkin patch (with hundreds of art pumpkins) snacks, face painting and more! (Read more about it here.) I plan on taking the family for a few…
  • Photos: Birthday Party!

    Y
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    My niece and nephew celebrated their birthdays last weekend. I captured the day with my camera. These are a few of my favorite shots. The Birthday Girl The Birthday Boy Jump around! Girls just wanna have fun! Making a wish. Time for presents! Mama love
  • My Best Girl

    Y
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I love her free, playful spirit. I love that she think she’s too “grown up” to kiss me goodbye in front of her friends at school, but not too grown to ask me to swing with her at the park. She is the perfect mix of little girl and young lady. I imagine us swinging together, laughing at life when she’s in college and I’m old enough for senior discounts at restaurants and that thought makes my heart soar with joy. Loading Swings at sunset with my best girl View on Instagram
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • 'No rescue policy’ the answer to raising responsible kids?

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Mom Stories It’s no secret that kids are always forgetting something. As parents, we tend to spring into action to save the day by tracking down that lost item. But one mom has decided to to put an end to that by implementing a no rescue policy. Today writer, Jordana... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • No, it's not sexist we ask how Jennifer Garner does it all

    Sara McGinnis
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Note to self: Before ever interviewing Jennifer Garner again request to also speak with her husband, Ben Affleck, so that I can ask him the same set of questions and ensure I won't be accused of being sexist. I've been thinking all day about what actress Jennifer Garner had... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Product of the week: Evenflo Triumph LX car seat

    Joyce Slaton
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    by Joyce Slaton posted in Products & Prizes Thrillingly easy to install and to adjust, the Evenflo Triumph LX Convertible Car Seat is the kind of seat that gets handed from friend to cousin to sister to coworker, each link in the chain passing on pleased reviews. So what do parents like so much about... 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

  • Bourbon Chase or Bust

    Stimey
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:31 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
  • Alex Is Furious With Each and Every One of You

    Stimey
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:38 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
  • To Bassoon or Not To Bassoon?

    Stimey
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:55 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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  • Microhippie

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

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

    Julie
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    You know, Ben's morbid bent doesn't surprise me anymore. Over spring break we rented an apartment in Boston, the better to let Charlie mingle with his people. As Ben and I explored the neighborhood together, he noticed a cemetery."It's convenient that our apartment is near a graveyard," he said conversationally, "in case one of us dies during this vacation." He wouldn't drop the subject until I promised to take him there — but not that night, I told him, since we needed to get back for dinner. "Tomorrow," he specified. Sure, I said.
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    Mom in the City

  • Stir Fry Dinner Party

    Kimberly
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    A few weeks ago, three married couples came over to our home to eat with my family. Since there were various diet restrictions (various meat and no grains), I made it a “make your own stir fry dinner party” night. I put several vegetables, meats and a large bowl of brown rice on the table […] The post Stir Fry Dinner Party appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Reinvention Weekend 2014 Recap

    Kimberly
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Yesterday, I shared about the networking reception portion of Reinvention Weekend 2014. The actual conference (keynotes, panel discussions and mentoring boot camp) was held on Saturday. I am so glad that I attended the conference, because I learned a lot. At the beginning, attendees were encouraged to write down three things that we wanted to […] The post Reinvention Weekend 2014 Recap appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Reinventing Yourself: Language Shifts

    Kimberly
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    re·in·vent verb \ˌrē-ən-ˈvent\ : to make major changes or improvements to (something) -Meriam-Webster This past weekend, I attended Melinda Emerson’s Reinvention Weekend small business conference with my good friend Angela. Although my various businesses have been consistently profitable for the last decade, I need to make some changes in order to meet my financial goals for […] The post Reinventing Yourself: Language Shifts appeared first on Mom in the City.
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    Mombian

  • 12-Year-Old with Two Moms Makes Film About Bullying

    Dana
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Gerry Orz is a 12-year-old living with his two moms and older brother. He’s just made a short film about a boy with two moms who is bullied by a classmate — a reflection of his own experience. This is the second such film he’s made — the first was when he was only nine! Watch a trailer and learn more about his ongoing activism. Orz is an admirer of Steven Spielberg and hopes to become a film director, producer, and writer, making movies “that will have a positive impact to today’s youth and will inspire them to follow my footsteps to a better tomorrow.” Despite…
  • Recollecting the Stories of Those Who Lost Parents to AIDS

    Dana
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Whitney Joiner and Alysia Abbott (An expanded version of my Mombian newspaper column.) October marks LGBT History Month, and a new project by two daughters of gay dads aims to reveal a part of history that has rarely been told before: the stories of people like themselves who lost parents to AIDS. The Recollectors, “a storytelling site and community,” was founded by writers Alysia Abbott and Whitney Joiner, “to share stories about parents lost to AIDS and to bring together a community that’s never before come together: their children,” Abbott said in an e-mail interview Abbott…
  • Get Your “I Love My Mummies” Halloween T-shirts Now!

    Dana
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Just a reminder that time is running out to get “I Love My Mummies” t-shirts and other kid apparel in the Mombian Store before Halloween. Thanks to my own “mummy” for drawing the image for me several years ago, and for always being accepting when I told her I liked ghouls girls. The post Get Your “I Love My Mummies” Halloween T-shirts Now! appeared first on Mombian and is (c) Dana B. Rudolph LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
 
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    Pajama Mommy - A Women and Mothers Blogger Community A Women and Mothers Magazine

  • Christmas is a comin’

    Head Mommy
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Christmas is just around the corner, which means this mama has been bustin’ her buns shopping.  I’m one of those ridiculous moms who puts a great deal of planning into her Christmas shopping, begins early and takes the time to find just the right gift.  I save all of the little, every year gifts and stocking stuffers for the tail end of the season. Christmas is my time of year.  It’s my one time I pull out the stops.  It’s magical and decorations are just so.  Santa gets his cookies, the kids get their most wished for presents and I go to bed knowing that I made…
  • Contest: $50 Swagbucks Gift Card

    Head Mommy
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Having just put your kids back in school and the various pending holiday’s lurking around the corner, I cannot commend parents/families enough for being savvy shoppers. As an avid shopper, I may good use of cash-back rewards, coupons and extreme sales to keep my family on budget and a little cushion in my pocket. Swagbucks (www.swagbucks.com), the web’s largest rewards site, would like to scare up some savings for your Halloween shopping needs this month with up to 14% cash back from some of your favorite retailers including Groupon, Target, BuyCostumes.com, Costume Supercenter,…
  • The Three Little Pigs

    Head Mommy
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Having worked second shift for the past two years, I have had to miss out on a lot of moments with my children.  From their after school activities to their bedtime routines.  Before going to seconds, my children and I would read books, sing songs and say prayers each night before bed. Two weeks ago I found myself stepping through the doors of work on first shift.  I was elated!  I would finally be home each night to cook for my babies, tuck them in and live a normal life for once.  What I didn’t know is that this little vision of how things would go would be way more lame than the…
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  • Sexual Expectations: Are Magic Numbers the Motive?

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

    Brenda Stapleton
    29 May 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Most of the readings over the weekend read, “What is Memorial Day?”, or “What does Memorial Day mean to you?” The fact this question begs an answer to is really something I try to remember is not just what was lost, but what still is lost. Memorial Day is not just about a long ago loss, and others, lost just … Continue reading →
  • Time, Energy, Great Sex, and Ice Cream: Who Wants It All?

    Brenda Stapleton
    14 May 2014 | 8:03 pm
    In a fast paced world, where it seems finding time during the day to just take a bathroom break is a major accomplishment, makes everything else seem, impossible. It’s not though! Time is a concept, a number. The two things in life you will budget and borrow is time and money. You will also never find you will have enough … Continue reading →
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Nature

    Ree
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    In the eighteen-plus years I’ve lived in the country, I’ve seen my share of wildlife. I’ve seen colts being born. I’ve seen calves being born. And okay, they’re livestock, not wildlife…but I thought I’d mention them anyway. I’ve seen countless deer. I’ve seen plenty of possums. I’ve seen bobcats, geese, skunks, racoons, jackrabbits, coyotes, badgers, armadillos, turtles, prairie dogs, quail, ducks, falcons, hawks, and eagles. I swore I saw a moose once, but it was dark and I might have been asleep at the time. So okay, I dreamed I…
  • One of Those Weeks

    Ree
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    It’s been one of those weeks! Like, totally.   I got back from a trip on Sunday. Then I resumed filming new shows on the ranch, which we’ll be doing through next week! Then Marlboro Man and the kids had to work a trillion cattle. Okay, not a trillion. But enough to take them from morning till night. Then Charlie had to have daily medicine because of a small surgery he had to have last week (he’s fine!) Then he had to have extra ear scratches and belly rubs throughout the day because of his procedure. Then Marlboro Man and the boys had football practice. Then I had to…
  • Toenails, Tires, and Titles

    Ree
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Good morning! Are you alive, awake, alert, and enthusiastic? If so, I’ll have what you’re having. Zzzzzzzzzz. Okay, I’m back, I’m drinking iced coffee, and I have a list.   1. I attended the Incredible Food Show in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday, where I did a live cooking demo—only the second I’ve ever done in my forty-five years on this earth. Everyone in Kentucky was so incredibly welcoming, and I had the best time, despite the fact that I was shaking violently on the inside.   (Photo: Ray Bowman) 18. I did not burn anything, but I think I…
 
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    GoodyBlog

  • “I’m in Better Shape Now Than When I Was 25″: How Weekend TODAY’s Erica Hill Trains for a Marathon

    Gail O'Connor
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    We got to squeeze in a quick chat with Erica Hill, who between being a weekend TODAY anchor and mom of two boys, is training for the New York City Marathon on November 2nd, with a very dear person in mind. Go, Erica! You’ve run two marathons but this is your first time running New York—and your first marathon after having kids. How would you compare where you are now, fitness-wise, compared to where you were pre-kids?  I’m 38 and I’m in better shape now than when I was 25. I think it’s because I have to be more committed than I was in my freewheeling twenties. I have to not just…
  • Parents Goody Giveaway: Win $500 Toward a Neighborhood Party from Nextdoor

    Hannah Werthan
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In case you haven’t been counting down, there are officially 10 days until Halloween. Halloween was one of my favorite holidays as a child because I loved dressing up and the mild weather in California (usually) made for a nice night. However, my friends and I usually didn’t do the typical door-to-door trick-or-treating. We found we had better luck going to the stores at the mall instead, and our parents took us out to dinner afterwards, which was probably the highlight of the whole night. After all, it was kind of strange to be asking for candy at Banana Republic. Even though our…
  • Josh Duhamel Talks Fatherhood and Giving Back

    Michela Tindera
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    For Josh Duhamel, it all comes back to being a parent. Whether it’s getting involved with Unilever’s child hunger campaign, Project Sunlight, or raising his son Axl with wife, Fergie being a dad has affected his perspective. Here at Parents.com we recently had the chance to chat with him about everything he has going on these days. “It’s really about making a brighter future for children,” he shared about his work with Unilever. “And that never meant more than it does now to me because you just see things differently as a parent.” But between that…
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    Design Mom

  • Four Picture Books You’ll Love

    Design Mom
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. Last month I wrote a post about four picture books we’ve added to our library, and this month I thought it would be fun to share another four. As you may remember, I’m trying to write less posts this year, but keep them packed with content, so sharing 4 books once each month, instead of one small book post each week could be a great solution! 1)  First up, The Memory of an Elephant: An Unforgettable Journey. Written by Sophie Strady, with illustration by Jean-Francois Martin. Such a cool book! And totally unusual. There’s a storyline you…
  • Living With Kids: Revisiting Haeley Giambalvo

    Design Mom
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    By Gabrielle. Photos by Candice Stringham for hayneedle.com and Design Improvised. You might remember the cute Chicago condo I featured a while back, owned by Haeley and her husband, and adored by their two little girls. She mentioned in her interview that she was moving to San Antonio, and the loveliest thing happened: a few readers reached out to lend their advice, support, and eventual friendship! If ever I needed a burst of positivity to remind me of how lucky I am to be a part of such a nurturing community, this would be it. So it’s with a huge smile that I welcome back Haeley in…
  • Host an Etsy Trunk Show!

    Design Mom
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    By Gabrielle. This post is brought to you by Small Business Saturday® and Etsy.  Small Business Saturday is coming up next month — on November 29th. I try to announce it every year. As a small business owner myself, I feel supportive of my peers, but I also care about the day because small business has consistently been part of my family life — my parents, and especially my father, always had a small business going on to supplement his teaching income. And the small business gene is something my siblings and I seem to have inherited. Among my brothers and sisters, I think we have…
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    Dutch Blitz

  • We Could Run Away

    angella
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:56 pm
    I haven’t talked about running here for a long time, and I’m not sure why. I usually Instagram/FB/Twitter my runs but not always. I’m still running, a lot. I run three days a week, sometimes more, with at least one of them being 10 KM in distance. The other two runs fall between 6K and 8K, if not more. (Side note: If my RunKeeper app says that I ran, say, 7.7 K, I keep running until it says 8K. Hi, my name is Angella, and I like whole numbers.) Last fall I started running 10 KM for two of those runs and carried that through the spring. Then summer hit and it felt like THE…
  • Second Chances

    angella
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    I’ve been writing my feelings on the Internet for over nine years now, and I am always amused by the articles that come around a few times a year that claim that blogging is dead. (They are posting these articles on blogs, for the record. The “Blogging is dead” writers are writing that for hits and likes and whatever else gives them five minutes of fame.) Blogs are not dead, and will not be dead as long as there are people who want to share their stories. Spoiler alert: There are a lot of the people on the Earth with stories to tell, and they will keep telling them for as…
  • We Are Family

    angella
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I have eight brothers and sisters. No, my family is not emulating the Duggars, but there are nine of us kids who all share the same father, Al. (Hi, Dad and Gail!) The nine of us kids span a few generations, and are spread across the country, and one of us even lives in London, England with her new husband. (Hi, Dayna and Matt!) Getting all nine of us together is almost impossible, but it did happen once upon a time. On Matthew’s side of the family, there is just him and his sister and brother. (All three of them are in ministry in their respective churches and their hearts shine…
 
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    Virtual Coach

  • @barbling: 5 Easy Apps to Create Stunning Visual Content in 10 Minutes or Less http://buff.ly/VqbsHq

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    This Just In! 5 Easy Apps to Create Stunning Visual Content in 10 Minutes or Less http://buff.ly/VqbsHq Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
  • Good night! #coffee

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This Just In! Good night! #coffee Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
  • @barbling: Online Reputation Management: Extremely Important and Surprisingly Easy http://buff.ly/VqbsqV

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    This Just In! Online Reputation Management: Extremely Important and Surprisingly Easy http://buff.ly/VqbsqV Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
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    crunchycarpets.com

  • A Little Bit Edgy in the 2014 Hyundai Veloster

    Kerry Sauriol
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    When you are a family of 5, the choice of family vehicles usually does not fall under the descriptor ‘sporty.’  Alas the fun Hyundai Veloster is not the sporty answer to the large families dreams, but almost.   It is a roomy four-seater and my brother and sister in law love the older model they have for their family of three. I don’t know if I would call the Veloster a sports car but the turbo certainly acts like one.   Every time I stepped on the gas (when not in eco mode), the kids would shriek and laugh telling me not to drive so fast.   You are low and rumbly in the…
  • Get You House Ready for Halloween with Hallmark

    Kerry Sauriol
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    October is flying by at a slightly alarming rate.   Like most mom’s, I am juggling my stuff, hubs stuff, and multiple kids stuff…….we have ONE pumpkin and SOME candy,but  will need to do more.  And by more, the kids are now bugging me about getting the house decorated.  We have a storage locker FILLED with stuff……but we always find more.  Hallmark is great for the less scary stuff and so this helps us prep for a more family friendly spooky day. Is this NOT the cutest little thing EVER!!!!  Yep. He sings and dances. Or this? Hallmark has some really cute…
  • Disney On Ice presents Let’s Party!

    Kerry Sauriol
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Disney on Ice is becoming a tradition with our family now.   I grew up watching seasonal ice shows in Scotland and I love taking Tara.  The other two are getting a bit old for it all.  Tara still loves all things Disney and on the characters skating makes it feel even more magical.   It is her night to dress like a princess and cheer them on at the show.  If you love Disney, you love the Disney on Ice shows. This November in Vancouver Disney On Ice presents Let’s Party! Presented by YoKids Organic Yogurt. Where you can join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they…
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    Cheaper Than Therapy

  • Why I Should Probably Buy A Scarf

    ali
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    The thing about working from home and liking to bake is, well, working from home and liking to bake. It can be a bad combination, really. See also: OREOS. Bananas going bad? Well, this needs to become banana bread. Obviously. Itching to try something using wowbutter? Peanut butter cookies it is. You can make chocolate chip cookies in a skillet? I smell a lunchtime experiment. You see? It’s a dangerous road, really. Shakes fist at you, pinterest.  So I decided that after the end of the Jewish holidays, I would put an end to all of the baked goods. I mean, I would purposefully detour…
  • How I Tell My Stories

    ali
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Sundays are like gahhhhhhhhhh. They are the most frazzle-y day of the week around here. Activities, grocery shopping, playdates, bar and bat mitzvahs, photoshoots, football. It’s all good things, of course. Good, but frazzled. Now Sundays after three-day Jewish holidays? Those are just beyond. And Sundays after three-day Jewish holidays when you wake up to find that your site has been mysteriously suspended? I can’t even. I quite literally figuratively lost my ability to can. It’s funny how in that moment when it crossed my mind that I could potentially, possibly, probably…
  • Shedding The Ish, One Turkey Dinner At A Time

    ali
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    A thing that happens when you write online and put yourself out there is that people feel like they know you (I love this part of it), people feel like they can correct you (I sometimes like this part of it), and tell you what they really think of you (I don’t love this part of it so much). One thing people love to comment on is how annoying I can be when talking about being an American living in Canada. “Get over yourself, Ali. It’s not that big of a deal.” And I get it, I really do. But Canadian Thanksgiving is one that still just kind of…feels wrong. Maybe…
 
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    Baby Mum-Mum

  • Ears to the Ground: Answers About Corn Concerns

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Just like gluten, corn is in everything and about 99% of our food has some sort of corn derivative in it.  Sadly, about 88% of corn in the United States is genetically modified.  Besides the clearly stated corn ingredients like cornstarch or high fructose corn syrup, you’ll find corn hidden in other ingredients like dextrose […]
  • Top 10 Food Allergens and Food Sensitivities

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
     Conflicting information currently exists regarding the avoidance of the top 10 food allergens during the first year of life, although it is unanimously recommended for a baby to avoid common allergens if there is a first degree relative (parent or sibling) with a history of food allergies.  With so many well documented potential reactions to […]
  • Understanding Food Labels: Part 3

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As part of our Understanding Food Labels series, we’ve delved into the significance of the listed ingredients, calories, and % Daily Values on a food label. This third installment digs into some less obvious components of a food label, particularly front of label claims. Food label claims are where things tend to get a little […]
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    zoot

  • A 7 Bridges Race Report – A Lesson About Race Pacers

    Kim Zoot
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    I had been telling myself for weeks that I was just going to do the 7 Bridges Marathon with the 5-mile pacer so I could be sure to take it “easy” and not race it. Since my training hasn’t been perfect for a few weeks and my 50K is next month, I didn’t want to hurt myself, so “easy” was my goal. But, the thing is – I still have not really come to terms with what some of my paces are. I PR’d a 5K in the Spring at a hair under 25 minutes and I PR’d a 13.1 at a hair under 2:02. Those are both REALLY fast for me. And my marathon PR is 4:38,…
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    Kim Zoot
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    I actually slept until 5:30am this morning after a 20+ hour day yesterday that included a marathon wrapped with 5 hours of travel. I’ll deliver a longer race report tomorrow, but know I survived. I finished 8’ish minutes slower than my A goal, but 7 minutes faster than my B goal. And since it was just a “training” run – I wasn’t racing – then in reality a finish was all I needed so I’m kinda happy. But also kinda discouraged for reasons I’ll get into tomorrow. Thanks for tolerating this placeholder, I still always feel like my days go…
  • And So It Begins…

    Kim Zoot
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    We signed a contract with a realtor this week to sell our house. We’re hoping to get the majority of the work WE need to do done in the next two weeks and hopefully have someone professional come over to do some of the stuff we can’t/don’t want to do. We’re hoping neither costs us too much out of pocket. We signed the contract and got our “To Do” list on Monday and I started my full blown anxiety meltdown about 12 seconds later. There’s just SO MUCH that needs to be done to get it ready to sell and I was struggling where to “begin”. Also,…
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    Blue Badger

  • Things To Buy

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tinker Bell Cross Stitch Kit. It's the perfect holiday gift for your crafty Disney lover. It's something that they will spend time doing, and they will think of you every time they work on the kit.
  • Dani Nichole Designs Maternity Dresses

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you're the type of mom who wants to look like a glamorous movie star at your baby shower Dani Nichole Designs is for you. She has a collection of Hollywood ready maternity dresses in comfy jersey. And if you can't find exactly what you want she can do a custom design.
  • Mima Moon

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Trying to decide if the Mima Moon will fit in with all of your white modernist furniture? Then this video is for you.
 
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    Blissfully Domestic

  • Spooky Outdoor Halloween Decor Ideas

    Melissa Hillier
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    All Hallows’ Eve, or as we call it today, Halloween  is less than two weeks away. If you haven’t already, it’s time to pull out the spooky, creepy and otherwise frightening decorations and turn your home into a ghosts’ house. Or, just add a few spiders to the garage door and hang a mummy from the rafters. Today, you’ll find these ideas and MORE on how to make a few spooky Halloween Outdoor Decorations! /1/ Creepy Hanging Mummy – This would be the perfect addition to your front porch for Halloween! Cheesecloth, a couple acrylic paints and a styrofoam head…
  • DIY Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags for Kids

    Melissa Hillier
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Halloween is only a couple of weeks away. It is certainly time to start thinking of what your kids will carry that night to collect all of their treats. Plan early so you don’t just hurriedly hand them a plastic grocery bag. Send them out with something CUTE. Today I’ve gathered 5 DIY Halloween Trick-or-Treat bag ideas that you can easily make for {or with} your kids! /1/ Hand Print Ghosts Candy Bag – There’s something about a hand print {or a foot print} craft that gets me every time. This bag is no different. Your child will love smearing wet paint all over his hand…
  • Tips on Decorating Your Fireplace Mantel

    Shanna
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    By Rob Colosi of Inside Home As the cool winds of Autumn begin to blow, our focus turns to area of our house that we have largely overlooked for the past six months, the fireplace.   This soon-to-be main attraction may be in need of a bit of design help.  Below are a few easy tips to get your mantel ready for the warm cozy nights ahead (and some great inspirational photos!) Sweet Something Design First, choosing a theme is a great way to begin the design process.  A theme can be as simple a holiday, pulling colors from the room or inspiration from new or existing artwork. Think about what…
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    Nodin's Nest

  • Halloween Costume 2014

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Halloween 2014... This is it! My son already selected his costume this year and it's not even October yet!No last minute costume changes this time, scary Jack-o-Lantern it is. So he say's now anyway...
  • Summer Fun

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    One of my clients gave us this pop-up backyard pool as a gift. We call it the "Big Blue Blob"It's really not that big, but that's ok. It holds enough water to cool off in! Unfortunately, it's going to leave a "Big Brown Blob" in the grass when I remove it. Good thing our grass (weeds) grows back fast :)
  • Summer Storm

    17 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    A few days ago, we had a doozy of a late afternoon thunderstorm and this large branch of my carrotwood tree, came down.After I trimmed away all the branches that I could, this was left.I'm considering leaving it like this for now. I think it looks kind of cool, like the tree is trying to get up and walk away!
 
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • Knowledge Hiding

    D. A. Wolf
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    I was unfamiliar with the term “knowledge hiding,” but very well acquainted with the phenomenon itself: intentionally withholding information from co-workers. Naturally, I recognize the same phenomenon in personal relationships, and the degrees to which it can damage both trust and rapport. Considering this practice in an organizational context, and how it erodes relationships, environment and performance, I must admit I’ve seen this time and time again. Hiding information, in my experience, is surprisingly routine – even if it is to the detriment of the company.
  • Psychological Manipulation: Withholding

    D. A. Wolf
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Withholding is a very specific sort of psychological manipulation, and a fact of life for some of us. We may indulge in it ourselves, or we may be on the receiving end. This occurs most frequently, or so we think, in long-term relationships and marriage. According to psychologists, withholding is typically motivated by two goals: to punish the other person, or to maintain the upper hand. Like other forms of psychological manipulation, these behaviors are not always intentional. Most of us who occasionally withhold do so without realizing. We may be angry over something that was said, or over…
  • Gender: The First Thing We Notice

    D. A. Wolf
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    I was watching a movie recently in which two men are interacting online, one certain he is flirting with a woman, while being maliciously pranked by the other. Gender was assumed via language and context. In fact, without those assumptions, the exchange would never have taken place. The same “fill in the blanks” presumptive process plays out when we overhear a conversation and interpret its agenda. Expressly aware of it or not, words are colored by assumptions as to the sex of the speakers. Studies tell us that when we meet someone, the brain collects information on race and sex…
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    Born Just Right

  • Our “limb differences aren’t scary” campaign

    Jen Reeves
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    A little later this month, I plan to work with a collection of bloggers who are helping spread the word that limb differences aren’t scary. Why not tie our positive focus on limb differences leading up to Halloween? I’m hoping this is a chance to raise more awareness about Camp No Limits by giving everyone a chance to donate at least $5 to Camp No Limits to win one of more than 15 type of raffle items. Camp No Limits is the limb difference family camp we’ve attended every year since Jordan was three. She loves it and we love it. The whole family gets support and knowledge…
  • Trying to separate bragging from pride

    Jen Reeves
    3 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Jordan has met famous people before. Like last year, when she had a chance to talk to double amputee model and athlete, Aimee Mullins. “I’m famous,” Jordan bragged to a stranger earlier this week. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen her brag about Born Just Right. I offered context to the stranger about how we have a website that helps tell stories about differences and how they can be awesome. But it all made me sad. Am I doing this wrong? Should I shut this website down? Born Just Right is a wonderful place for us, but I never wanted it to be the source of…
  • I shared my heart and you are making a difference

    Jen Reeves
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Jordan is so content at Camp No Limits. She loved showing off her helper arms. It takes $500 to send one child to Camp No Limits. It’s one of the most supportive and special camps I know that supports the full family in the world of limb differences. It’s become the focus of our love and fundraising for many years. It’s a place where Jordan feels loved, trusted and she’s learning to mentor other kids. She’s at peace there. A week and a half ago, I wrote from the heart about how I feel about staring and it’s opened an incredible number of conversations with…
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    The Art of Simple

  • Remember your reasons

    Tsh
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by TshAlmost two weeks ago my family and I transitioned over from China to Thailand as part of our extended travel experiment. The real change wasn’t geography, however—it was a change in pace, in lifestyle. In China, we were mostly tourists, visiting three cities (four, if you count Hong Kong) in 23 days. Our days were filled with sightseeing, visiting friends, and wandering new streets. Now we’re in a city we’ve been to before, and we’re here for almost two solid months (with a few side trips thrown in here and there). We’ve settled in to one house and have filled our time with…
  • Weekend links

    Tsh
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:33 am
    • Harvard, schmarvard: Why getting your kids into college should be the least of your concerns :: HuffPo • A couple’s incredible 550,000-mile odyssey through 177 countries over 26 years—in a single car :: This is Colossal • Parenting as a Gen Xer: We’re the first generation of parents in the age of iEverything :: Washington Post • Letting go of things. And history :: Louis Rosenfeld on Medium “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” ―Steve Maraboli top photo source Friends of The Art of Simple: • Bought Beautifully. - Positively Impact the…
  • On celebrating death

    Angie
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:04 pm
    by AngieIn a few weeks our family will be faced with the dreaded anniversary of my mom’s death. The last year has been exhausting, confusing, and healing all in one. We have cried and we have laughed. Time has done that strange thing it does, where the wound closes just enough to allow you to live, but never enough not to leave a scar. Shortly after my mom passed away, it would have been her 50th birthday. We had a balloon release party for her, early on the morning of that day. The children and I, along with my dad wrote her notes and tied them to teal balloons, the color of cervical…
 
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    We are THAT Family

  • WFMW: Yes to Being Still

    Kristen
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    I’m happy to introduce you to this week’s guest poster Julie for my Wednesday series Yes, Works For Me! Please welcome her and be encouraged by her yes to God and continue to link up what works for you. A couple of years ago, I had a big, ugly argument with a friend from our church. It took the wind out of my sails. I was so angry and sad, I spent several days in prayer. I remember praying to God while running the vacuum and asking Him to let me know if I was wrong. I wanted to do something. Make a phone call. Stomp my foot. Kick. Scream.
  • Rich and Poor | The Question That Wrecked Us Both

    Kristen
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:56 pm
    The last time Maureen, a child of poverty who now leads the organization in Kenya that Mercy House partners with, spent a few weeks in our home, it wrecked me. That’s what happens when you see your first world life through the eyes of someone from the third world. When she saw five bikes hanging in our garage, she wanted to know if we sold bicycles. Why else would we have so many? This visit has been different and the same. This time she’s not shocked seeing so many pet stores and pet hospitals. She’s not surprised by the ease of traffic-free roads or convenience of…
  • The Question God Wants Us To Ask

    Kristen
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    “Aren’t you tired?” She asked over pizza while our kids giggled around us in the booth. “I mean, you’re a mom and you have a busy life, you write and have Mercy House and now you’ve added Fair Trade Friday to your plate.” Good friends ask hard questions. I think about her question and stifle a yawn before I answer. “Yes. I am. Tired.” Good friends give honest answers. I thought about my hectic day of carlines and deadlines…. I remembered the early morning wardrobe drama and the tears over a lost library book and then the very full day across town serving…
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    Scary Mommy

  • 10 Reasons Not To Keep Your Baby’s Gender A Secret

    Bethany Ramos for Mommyish
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    One of the only things that I had to look forward to during both of my pregnancies was finding out the baby’s gender at the 20 week ultrasound. Seriously, it was all I lived for. To me, pregnancy was a long and often boring experience. I literally counted down the days until I could find […]The post 10 Reasons Not To Keep Your Baby’s Gender A Secret appeared first on Scary Mommy.
  • Taking Back Halloween

    Marnie
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    The last few years, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend: Curmudgeons are trying to take away our holidays. You may not have taken notice, though, as this group sets about their task in an insidious manner...It starts around this time of year, as these curmudgeons hate the Big Three (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). They hate the joy that accompanies these holidays but, more importantly, they hate the gluttony. You’ll begin to read the articles: “Skinny Your Thanksgiving”. “10 Tips To Avoid Gaining Weight During the Holidays” and  “Healthful Halloween Treats”.The post…
  • Parenting An Average Student

    Sharon Greenthal
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    Image via Shutterstock One of the most challenging aspects of raising my son was accepting the fact that he was an unmotivated student. Though his father and I tried not to let his grades define how we saw him, especially during high school, they did have an impact on how we viewed ourselves as parents. […]The post Parenting An Average Student appeared first on Scary Mommy.
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    San Diego Momma

  • You Know You’re a San Diego Gal When…

    debawriter
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
      (Pretty much when I first moved to San Diego. So take the below list with a big crimping iron, which translates to “grain of salt” in San Diegoish.)   You’re a San Diego gal when:   Christmas beach day! Carne asada French fries! Don’t you dare make fun of In n’ Out. Silk Stalkings! You have tank tops in colors not even invented yet. There’s an entire wing in your closet for flip flops. You wait all fall to wear boots, then put on every pair you own during the boot window of 9AM, November 21 to 2PM, November 21. Central Standard time. Your…
  • PROMPTuesday #236: Back to Spooky

    debawriter
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
      It’s my favorite time of year: spooky movie season. I troll the Lifetime network and the Chiller channel obsessively from October 1 through Halloween, hoping to happen upon a cheesy, ghosty, scary show I can tuck into with full abandon.   Even better is when I’m in bed, the lights are off, and everyone is asleep. Spooky goodness galore!   As I do every year with the October PROMPTuesday I’m asking for a scary story. This can be something that really happened (I love those!) or a tale you make up in your head. I’m posting a horrible thing I wrote many…
  • When the Universe Knocks…

    debawriter
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    There are two ways I know when the universe is asking me to pay attention to something: The same comments/feedback/messages come to me again and again from people, places, and things. Despite all my best efforts, my focus is brought repeatedly to an idea or thought process, usually one I’ve been trying to avoid or deign. Let me back up and tell a story.   Last month, I began group weightlifting training led by a bodybuilding pro. In my first session, it became abundantly clear that I was the weakest weakling in the group. Many of the women in the class had been taking the session for…
 
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • We raised $5.2 million for cancer research!!

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    (Photo By Ze Photography) It’s over for another year! I volunteered for a 2 day cycling charity event, The Ride to Conquer Cancer. I’ve participated in this event for the last two years and it involves over a 1000 people riding a distance of 200km over 2 days. For each of the last two years, I have spent about 5 hours of sitting on my ass and pedaling each day! And as I slogged away, part of what kept me going were the cheer squads dotted along the route – volunteers dressed in cowboy gear, pink tutus and Elvis costumes… but the craziest and most entertaining bunch…
  • Miss Kitty’s Saloon, Inglewood, Perth

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I recently organised to go on a double date with some good friends. Our friends didn’t mind where we ate, but I particularly wanted to try out a cool new restaurant in Perth, therefore I was in charge of booking a restaurant. Unfortunately it completely slipped my mind until two days beforehand! Oops! Every place I wanted to try out was booked out for a Friday night. Or they didn’t take bookings because they are so popular. So I desperately scrambled to find any place with a great review… and came up with: Miss Kitty’s Saloon, serving “modern American/Canadian tapas” style…
  • 5 Days of Jeans – The School Run

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Earlier this year, I wrote a post called “5 Days of Winter – The School Run” where I took a photo of all the casual outfits that I wore while taking my kids to school. The post was a big hit (even though it wasn’t particularly glamourous), I received a lot of comments and quite a few people asked for me to do it again! So here it goes! Recently in Perth, the mornings have been cool – much too cool for me to bare my legs! But the afternoons are warm and sunny. I found the days to be too warm to wear a thick jacket or coat. So I mainly stepped out of my house in jeans and a…
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

  • I've become obsessed with movement of water...

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

    Cynthia Wheeler
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I've become a bit obsessed with photographing waves on the lakefront. Don't know why...but I can't get enough of it.
  • The Killing #StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Are you like me?I find a show to binge watch on Netflix, and I'm SO happy. It's like that show becomes my new best friend. I look forward to tuning in, 2 or 3 episodes at a time and getting someone else to watch it with me so I can text, "OMG's or Did NOT see that coming!"Then, just as quickly as it came...I finish the series. Big. Sad. Face :(My latest binge...The Killing. SO good.I miss it. These characters made such bad decisions, but it was such a well done program.BIG sigh...I don't know what to binge on next. I've blown through The Walking Dead, House of Cards, Sherlock and now The…
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    What's That Smell?

  • Homemade Flour Tortillas

    Kimberly Grabinski
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Have you ever read the label of a package of store-bought flour tortillas? There are eleventy-billion (that may be a slight exaggeration) ingredients, one of which is sometimes a petroleum product called propylene glycol.  Propylene glycol is the main ingredient in anti-freeze and studies have been shown that contact with it causes skin irritation, kidney […] The post Homemade Flour Tortillas appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Weird Halloween Costumes

    Kimberly Grabinski
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    To each his own, but some of these made me scratch my head. Check out some kinda weird Halloween costumes. What say you, weird or clever? The post Weird Halloween Costumes appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

    Kimberly Grabinski
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    The other day I had 4 sad organic bananas sitting on my counter that had browned faster than I could eat them. I had 2 choices. Save them for later by freezing them or make bread. Well, of course, I made bread. I made the most amazing, super, wonderful, best tasting banana bread ever* (*based […] The post Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe appeared first on What's That Smell?.
 
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    MotherhoodLater.com - World’s leading website, eZine and community for midlife moms.

  • REVIEW: Madison Square Garden “All Access Tour” by Margaret Hart

    Margaret Hart
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    If you live in the New York City area, I have a great day trip for you the next time your kids have a day off from school, and you’re looking for something fun and different to do.  Or, if you are from out of town, and planning a visit to the Big Apple, I’ll be you didn’t know that you can take an “All Access Tour” of Madison Square Garden.  It’s like having a backstage pass. My nine-year-old son and I recently took the behind-the-scenes guided tour,  and it was tons of fun!  I thought he would be bored, since it didn’t involve running or jumping, but he…
  • NEW LEGO STORE OPENS IN NYC FLATIRON DISTRICT by Robin Gorman Newman

    Robin Gorman Newman
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    An impressive, new LEGO Flagship store opened in NYC in the FlatIron district at 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue.   It is the 76th LEGO store in the U.S. and features: Custom New York inspired LEGO® models Replica of the LEGO Store Flatiron District made out of LEGO bricks for children to build upon Front windows feature LEGO murals of legendary New York City scenes In store New York street clock tells actual time A LEGO Miniland replica of New York City is on display 8-foot tall Statue of Liberty model available for photo opps Nearly 500 LEGO sets and LEGO-inspired items available for…
  • GUEST BLOG POST: Filling Your Child’s Memory Bank by Susan Newman, Ph.D.

    Robin Gorman Newman
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    (Adapted from Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day by Susan Newman, Ph.D.)   Life swirls at a hectic pace, putting a high premium on finding family time. Amid busy schedules, technology steals more available time than ever before. With so many young children—and parents—enamored with the mesmerizing glitz of electronic screens, digital devices are taking over family in subtle ways parents may not even notice. What will happen to family bonding when kids spend more time with screens than with their parents as many already do? Children are going to…
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    The Motherhood

  • The ONE #AYASummit

    Emily
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Tomorrow I head to DC for the #AYASummit and I couldn’t be more excited. Hosted by ONE and Google, the #AYA Summit will focus on issues facing women and girls in the developing world, with a particular emphasis on what it means to be born female in Africa and what we, along with girls and women in Africa, can do to help people meet their full potential. The agenda for the three days looks terrific. Included are Nick Kristof, Patricia Amira, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Fast Company, the Centers for Disease Control, and many others.  As a side note, Patricia Amira is…
  • Top 7 Halloween Safety Tips from Energizer

    The Motherhood
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    For many of us, October is our favorite month because of the beautiful change of seasons and arrival of all things pumpkin! And of course, it’s always fun to prepare the perfect costume for our little ones (like these adorable ideas from Mom Spotted, Mess for Less, The Butterfly Mom and The Mommyhood Chronicles). Halloween can be such a fun experience for children as they head out in their costumes with friends and family in search of sweet treats. Melissa, of The Mommyhood Chronicles shared this great photo of her and her kiddos in their costumes! Of course, safety is always top of…
  • Give back this Fall: Champions for Kids Fall Kids’ Essentials #SIMPLEGiving Program!

    The Motherhood
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    This Fall, Champions for Kids, General Mills and Unilever are joining forces to make it simple for communities to provide basic resources to local students through donation opportunities. That’s why we are so excited to be partnering with Champions for Kids for a #SIMPLEGiving Twitter party on Thursday, October 16, at 1 p.m. ET as they launch the SIMPLE Giving Fall Essentials Program! The program will take place at more than 1,800 Walmart stores across America between now and October 27. To get involved, visit a participating Walmart to purchase food and personal care items for…
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    Housewife Hellraiser

  • Idahoan Steakhouse Potatoes

    Laura
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Attention potato lovers. Also, busy moms. And hungry teenagers. And anyone else looking for really tasty, really easy meal ideas. My family recently sampled Steakhouse® Mashed Baby Reds®, Idahoan‘s newest line of premium, restaurant-quality mashed potatoes, available exclusively in the Denver area. Four awesome flavors are available: Real Butter, Cheddar & Parmesan, Roasted Garlic and Twice Baked. Idahoan created this line by taking Baby Red potatoes grown in Idaho, removing the water, and combining them with real dairy ingredients. They come together in literally five minutes…
  • Minecraft Trunk-Or-Treat!

    Laura
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Last year, the crafty competitor supermom part of me decided that our family should have the craziest and coolest vehicle at our elementary school’s Trunk-Or-Treat. I scavenged the recycle bins throughout my neighborhood on trash day and brought home an entire van full of cardboard, which my kids and I converted into HUGE Minecraft characters! At first, I thought I could just paint these and call it good. Oh, how wrong I was. I did paint the Minecraft Jack-O-Lantern right in front there, and I think it came out just splendid. But it took me approximately nineteen years to finish…
  • 10 Awesome Halloween Projects & Recipes

    Laura
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:26 pm
    My friend Laura Kelly from Laura Kelly’s INKlings put together this fabulous roundup of Halloween crafts and recipes! My Candy Corn Martinis are included – yay! Along with lots of other really cool ideas. I love the Halloween Coupon Book Holder and the Gift Tag Printables! Check them all out. AND! Laura Kelly is sponsoring a giveaway along with the roundup – check that out below! You can win a Target gift card along with some crafty fun stuff. ENTER NOW! The giveaway is only good this weekend. Halloween Gift Tag Printables from Glued to My Crafts Spiderweb Plates from…
 
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  • 929 words

    Casey
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    You know that “picture paints a thousand words” cliche? I tried finding a thousand words about a picture when I was in Jr. High as part of some school assignment and you know what? It’s hard as hell to come up with a thousand words about a picture. But this one, (well, that one ^ up there ^) I may not have a thousand words about it, but I do have an awful lot of feelings about it. I may even have a few hundred words about it. I took this on Saturday at a pizza place Urban Spoon told us about in Brandenburg, Kentucky. We spent the morning at Squire Boone Cave where Addie and…
  • Vivi-isms

    Casey
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    *farts* “Whoa, that was my butt waking up.” *seated at a very busy restaurant, large man walks by* “That’s a very big boy, I’ll bet he has a very large bellybutton on his butt. But you don’t. You have hair!” (Butt Bellybutton = Male Genitalia.) *Addie comes home from school, Vivi is very excited. She hugs Addie then disappears. Addie sits on the floor to do homework. A few moments later, Vivi shows up naked and waggles her bare rear in Addie’s face for absolutely no reason.* “Vivi! Don’t lick the walls!” “Why?”…
  • boatcation: on the boatgram edition

    Casey
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Most of our time was spent on the water slides, can you tell? One major bummer is the big slides weren’t working for the first four days (half) of our trip. Since school was back in session, there weren’t many kids on board so it didn’t seem to be a huge priority to get it fixed, but the families who were on board were pretty bummed. The ship we were on, Carnival Sunshine, was actually retrofitted and relaunched last year (originally built in 1995.) While we could tell it was an older ship (based on layout) everything on it felt fresh and updated. There were a lot of…
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    Lit and Laundry

  • Halloween Town is finished

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I'm so happy that this one is finished.  I'm hoping to find a frame for it tomorrow. This has been a real joy to stitch!  The pattern can be found at Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  I'm now thinking I might use some parts of the pattern to make some smaller pieces.  I love the bats and the owls and the little trick-or-treater.I got my new Bosch dishwasher.  I thought my old dishwasher was quiet but this one is absolutely stealthy.  Also, it's  much more high-tech than my old one.  So many settings.  As usual, I'm the only one in the house who…
  • Sunday Stitching: Halloween Companions

    28 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Here is a fat cat I just finished, with his little mousie companion.  The cat weighs a lot because he's filled with crushed walnuts.  I got wise and stopped getting this at the quilt shop when I found it at the pet store for much less.The mouse is filled with emery.  I love the nice weight it gives the mouse, and it's supposed to be good for needles, but it's a little messy to work with.  Really superfine black sand.  I only spilled a tiny bit, but it wasn't easy to clean up.You can find the pattern at Bird Brain Designs.
  • Autumn Woods mini quilt

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    I had a spare couple of hours yesterday morning so I made this bow-tie mini quilt from a charm pack of "Autumn Woods" fabrics.  I love the muted colors.  Next month I'm taking a hand quilting class so I'm going to set this aside until after that.  I like to quilt the little ones by hand.  I'm looking forward to a refresher on techniques.On the home front, our dishwasher appears to be on its last legs.  I'm in denial, but we've used it daily for about ten years.  The last time a technician came out, he said we should only be running it twice a week.  Was he…
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    Twinfatuation

  • My Better Half

    Cheryl Lage
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Many people toss around "my better half" as if it's a straight-up synonym for husband/wife/spouse. In my case, it's completely, verifiably, the truth.Judgey McJudgerson that I am, without even knowing full details of her case, I've reacted with vocal ire to Brittany Maynard's self-imposed November 1st---quite literal---"dead"line. (Try as I might, cannot extricate myself empathetically from her husband's emotions in all this...)But back to my better half. Here's his response to Brittany Maynard's situation:"I don't find this whole story to be so dramatic. I get it. It's a quality of life…
  • Way Back When-esday : Little Fishies

    Cheryl Lage
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Dateline: Summer 2007Twins' Age: 5In the days preceding Larry Dog's adoption, our little animal lovers always had a Betta fish of their own.  When the time would roll around annually for our church's Blessing of the Animals, the little fishies would take temporary leave of their individual and generously-sized bowls, and make the trek in their pet shop acquisition containers, and be blessed.The sweet seriousness of our little pet owners and the kind tenderness of our former minister, Reverend Rick warm my heart this mid-week.Play along with Way Back When-esday...looking back with love…
  • That Day

    Cheryl Lage
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Before that day, we knew.Knew we shared interests, values, tastes...Knew we made each other think, and more importantly, laugh.Knew we wanted to be together.That day... We dressed up...We promised...We made it official...and we laughed.Every day after, for better, worse, richer, poorer, sickness, and health...We have lived.We have loved.We have laughed.Truly, not a moment would I change.Scott Lage, thank you for That Day.Nineteen years, and I cannot wait to see what every day to forever holds....I love you, today and always. 
 
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    Poot and Cubby for Women Site

  • Advantages of watching Fox news

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Advantages of watching Fox news When you watch fox news live stream you will enjoy many benefits than those who do not watch the channel. The first benefit is that you will be among the first people to be informed everytime there are developing news. The second advantage is the fact that the channel is available 24 hours a day seven days a week and this assures you as a viewer that there is no one time that you are going to miss something that you can watch. People need a channel that is always there to inform them not only being there but there at their convinience and this is exactly what…
  • Reasons for watching cnbc, hln and msnbc live online

    admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Reasons for watching cnbc, hln and msnbc live online One of the most common reasons why you can find yourself watching the hln live streaming online is when you cannot access a television set and your avorite program is being broadcasted. It could be that you are taveling on duty or you were just caught up in traffic. With devices such as windows mobile phones, iPad, iPhones and laptop among others you can access the channel any time anywhere. Internet has played a very great role in revolutionizing our lives and with it users can watch their favorite business news broadcasting on cnbc live…
  • One year terrorist crackdown in China

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

  • Budgets Suck, but They Do Help

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Yes, no one really wants to live on a budget. No one wants to be restricted at the grocery store. No one wants to take a lunch to work when there is a…
  • 5-Minute Makeup

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Who has time to spend hours on makeup in the morning? Not us working mothers, that's for sure. Get ready in 5 minutes with this easy routine. Dab the…
  • Polished and Professional at Work

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    We know it's difficult to feel polished when you've got baby food in your hair, but these essentials will give you a step in the right direction. Just…
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Let’s Talk Halloween Safety

    Monica Brady
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s that time again! Every year, at this time, thousands of kids (of all ages) get dressed up into all kinds of costumes. Some bright and cheery, some dark and spooky. No matter what, you want to make sure that your little princess or zombie is safe while out trick or treating. They need to be able to see where they are going, and also be visible to anyone who might be driving around in the area. This year, Halloween is on a Friday night, so I can bet that trick or treaters will be out later than when it’s on a school night. Here is a short list of some great safety tips that are…
  • Cleaning for a Reason

    Monica Brady
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you weren’t already aware, October is national Breast Cancer awareness month. As the nation focuses on increasing the awareness of breast cancer and raising funds for research during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Swiffer and Walmart are partnering with Cleaning for a Reason to help make life a little easier for women battling cancer. Fighting cancer is difficult, but living with it is even tougher. That’s where Cleaning for a Reason steps in. Cleaning for a Reason was recently named by Reader’s Digest as one of the 25 Best Things to Happen In America. This nonprofit…
  • DIY Craft: Halloween Wooden Block Letters

    Monica Brady
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Halloween is almost here already! I can’t believe it!!! This is one of our favorite times of year, especially when it comes to decorating. I’ve done so many crafts in the past, from wreaths, to glowing eyes, and even random from yard decorations. This year, I wanted to make some wooden block decorations for our mantle. Since the wooden signs are pretty popular right now, I figured this might be a great way to make them, without paying a ton of money… and I was right! I put my Fall decorations up early and leave them up well past Halloween is over. This craft is one that can…
 
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    Mombie Fitness

  • What is Beachbody Coaching?!

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

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

    erincarrasco
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    So I’ve always been a fan of cleaning out your body every once and a while.  There are so many signs that your body needs to be cleansed.  If you are tired, and feel sluggish, maybe you have headaches and just feel uncomfortable, a cleanse is a perfect way to refresh your body. That’s why […] [Visit Real Tech Mom to read the rest of the story!]
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    A Cowboy's Wife

  • Delta Temp2O™ Shower Head Review & {Giveaway}

    A Cowboy's Wife
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I don’t know about y’all but around here, a shower is the only place I have any bits of moment to myself.  I try hard to make it as serene as possible and that doesn’t stop at what I’m putting on my hair but goes as far as the shower head.  If you recall, Delta Faucet sent me a gorgeous touch faucet for my kitchen and recently, sent me an equally gorgeous Delta Temp20 shower head for my bathroom!  Holy moly this thing is awesome.   Who’d of thought it was possible to drool over a shower head! Seriously y’all.  Installation was super simple.  It…
  • Texas Pecan Log Bites and #Nuts4Texas Y’all!

    A Cowboy's Wife
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    As if you prolly didn’t already know, pecans are the Texas state nut.  Everywhere you turn, you’ll find pecan trees blooming in yards and fields and depending on who you’re talking to, you might hear them referred to as ‘peee-cans’ or ‘pa-cons’.  We have our own sort of slang here in Texas after all and that’s just a smidge of what makes our great state awesome.  Another thing that makes our state great is all the delicious food and treats, like these Texas Pecan Log Bites.   Now I know these don’t look like logs but lemme tell…
  • Knitted Candy Corn Garland

    A Cowboy's Wife
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Not too long ago I shared some adorable, knitted candy corn potholders and today, I’m sharing knitted candy corn garland. This is super duper easy but looks just festive and fun for Fall! HA! As I previously told you, there is something about yarn that is comforting to me.   I hope y’all are enjoying these types of posts as much as I like bringing them to you. I’m no pro knitter like Amy from MomAdvice.com but I’ve got potential!    Besides, this is a great way to enjoy candy corn without actually eating it and Lord knows I could stand to cut some sweets out…
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    Mamanista!

  • Swiffer it Forward with the #ASPCA — the #SwifferEffect

    Candace
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    My husband and I married right out of graduate school for me and law school for him so our first few years definitely had that feeling of “playing house.” Once we had managed to keep a plant alive (an astoundingly hardy basil plant), we felt ready to graduate to animals. Our first, Calypso, is a sweet and acrobatic Russian Blue but we were determined that our second adoptee would be a shelter pet. We searched every Texas shelter and pet rescue in a 30 mile radius but we just couldn’t find our kitty–finally we spotted him! He was a little fluffier than we wanted but…
  • How I Found My Self-Confidence

    Debbie
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. The bullying began in middle school and continued through high school graduation. My smile in old yearbook photos may have concealed the pain I felt, but the photos awaken memories. I was determined to excel and to put on a happy face. Test scores and awards provided validation that I was capable and strong, even when I was feeling anything but. Pretending you are happy is draining. Smiling when you want to cry is exhausting. By my senior year, I felt worn-down. I was counting the days until the weekend,…
  • November 1 is National Brush Day

    Mamanista
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Four minutes. Four minutes a day is all it takes to keep our mouths healthy. As a mom, I can attest to the frustration that is involved with getting kids to brush their teeth. It starts when they are little, and they kick and scream before letting you pry their mouths open to scrub off they day’s meals from their teeth. As they get older and take on the job themselves, toothbrushing becomes a lightning-fast activity, nearly obsolete and truly inefficient. It’s amazing how much oral health is linked to our overall health. Healthy teeth leads to a healthy body. Yet, we don’t take it…
 
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    Real Life with Sarah

  • A Halloween Party to Scream For

    Sarah Pinnix
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Having a daughter who was born in October is fun. We’ve done a variety of activities for her birthday party, including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, apple-themed parties and more.  This year my youngest, Little Pea,  wanted a Halloween themed birthday party. I’ve always steered her away from that because we try not to embrace the more sinister side of the fall holiday. This year, I decided to loosen up a little, and we just had some goofy fun with it! We had the most amazing party with seven 7-year-olds, two older sisters (9 and 11) and an older friend (11). I’m sharing each…
  • 7 Recipes to Help You Embrace the Fall Season

    Sarah Pinnix
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    I love autumn. It’s one of my favorite seasons, but it always sneaks up on me. One day, I’m enjoying the mountain sunshine and eating lunch outside on the patio. The next, I’m throwing on a coat on my way to work in the 40 degree morning air. I look up at the trees one day and wonder when the red started peeking through. I’m not exaggerating the sudden cold where I live, so I try not to look back in longing on those hot summer days. One of the best things about fall is FOOD! I’m pulling out my best fall recipes, and some new ones, to help you embrace the fall…
  • How to Get Rid of Lice Without Using Chemicals

    Sarah Pinnix
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    It’s about that time again! Back-to-school time? Well, yes – time for school supplies and new clothes and locker combinations. It’s also time for head checks, itchy scalps and and those little demon bugs we call lice. Whenever hundreds of children get together in close proximity in warm weather, the threat of lice is there.   A local hair dresser said she had three children unknowingly come in with lice and/or nits just in the last few days. This revelation inevitably made my scalp itch, and the paranoia creep in. (Admit it, you’re scratching your head right now.) A…
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • Mega Bloks Spongebob Squarepants™ Invisible Boatmobile Rescue

    Jennifer Donovan
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Disclosure: Our writer Jennifer D. received a sample set to aid her in sharing this sponsored post. Building blocks have been a source of hours of entertainment in my home. Over the years, I’ve gravitated towards sets that have an additional pretend play element, because while my son likes the building part, he doesn’t generally like to rebuild, but he will sometimes play with the sets, especially if there are multiple pieces. Mega Bloks Spongebob Squarepants™ has so many sets. In this post, you’ll find out more about the Invisible Boatmobile Rescue set, and you can enter…
  • The Red Carpet is Waiting – #BigHero6Event #ABCTVEvent

    Dawn Cullo
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    5 Minutes for Mom is headed back to Los Angeles in November for the premiere of Walt Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6. Writer, Dawn Cullo will be attending the event on our behalf. Dawn’s expenses will be paid for the trip but no other compensation will be paid and all opinions are Dawn’s I am so honored to be attending this trip on behalf of 5 Minutes for Mom. Let’s dive in and see what I will be doing on this blogger trip. Big Hero 6 I will be walking the red carpet for the premiere of Big Hero 6. The movie comes out on November 7th and I have already heard a lot of fantastic…
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Top Cookies

    Rachel Lacy
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:46 am
    How many of you start dreaming of all things “pumpkin” when the leaves start changing color? It’s not just me right? Whew … ok.  Now, on to my fall obsession: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Top Cookies. I started making these last year when I spent several months obsessed with pumpkin.  I made Pumpkin Bread with Egg-Nog Cream Cheese Filling . . .  Slow Cooker Spicy Pumpkin Chili . . . and these amazing cookies.  Pumpkin overkill?  No such thing! These cookies are light and cakey . . . spiced and pumpkiny . . . comforting and chocolatey. It takes just a few minutes…
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    Burgh Baby

  • Yelly Yell Yell

    burghbaby
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    I've often said that Mila is the one who is going to destroy me, and it's absolutely true. The child is ... opinionated. She's also extremely determined and feisty. I'm sure all of that is eventually going to serve her well, but for now it means I get yelled at a lot. If she's awake and no one has acknowledged her awesomeness, she yells. If she's hungry and there is not food being shoved in her face, she yells. If she sees a toy she wants and she can't reach it, she yells. If she flips herself onto her stomach and then immediately regrets that choice, she yells. Mila yells a lot. (In…
  • Just in Time for the Holidays

    burghbaby
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Waaaaaaay back when I first made this space public, I sort of had a thing for reborn dolls. If you've never had the joy of experiencing my obsession, you should check out this post. And this one. Oh, and this one. I maaaaybe sort of still have that obsession in my back pocket, but good news! It's in my back pocket! That's a safe place for it as far as the internet is concerned. Mostly I moved it there because something new and shiny came along and distracted me. That happens a lot. Shiny! But then every once in a while, a shiny creepy doll will get my attention and make me want to move that…
  • Fried Tofu

    burghbaby
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    I have no idea why it didn't occur to me sooner, but after one trip to Loving Hut, I knew I had a mission. Fried Tofu. I know. Fried Tofu sounds like the most lunatic vegetarian sort of thing possible, but it really is good. Because FRIED. FRIED is the key to destroying the overly healthy thing as well as all of the lunatic. Think of it as a Fried Twinkie, but without all the confusion associated with trying to figure out who in the world first thought to fry a Twinkie. Fried Tofu 1 package (14 ounces) extra firm tofu3 heaping tablespoons flour2 eggs, beaten1 cup panko bread crumbs1/4 cup…
 
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Yoga + Tea Time

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    So remember a few months ago when I said I was going to convert from coffee to tea? How's that going, you ask? Well. I can't say that it's been a seamless transition, but then it occurred to me that it doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. I was worried that being a tea or coffee person is sort of like being a dog or cat person - you're pretty much one or the other. Now I know that's not necessarily true. And while I do love my latte...I feel something that runs deeper in my new love affair with tea. It's been brewing all along (forgive the pun), but our new partner The Tea Spot has truly…
  • KiraGrace Goddess Love for Cowgirls vs. Cancer

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    I don't even know where to start, so much to share. Lack of recent blogging overwhelmeth. We ended retreat season with 4 weekends in a row, so now I will have time to spend on here reflecting on the many wonderful things that went down. I'm looking forward to shifting gears.I'm thinking that the best place to start is with Cowgirls vs. Cancer. We've started taking nominations for our 2015 program during October, which is breast cancer awareness month. Next year will be our 6th year for Healing with Horses & Yoga, and the 4th time that we are able to dedicate an entire retreat to…
  • Let's Squat

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    How often do you hear that? Many of my retreat students have expressed gratitude for awakening them to the benefits of a simple squat. It's not fancy. It's not even pretty. But its benefits go on and on. So, let's celebrate the squat. And I guess I should feel honored that a squat reminds my students of me.Years ago at my yoga studio, I used to tell my beginners to do this pose while they watched tv, 5 minutes a day for a week straight. But you don't have to be a beginner to get results from this. The more you squat, the more you release tension in the low back and hips. Sitting in…
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    The Green Mom Review™

  • Rockin’ Green

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

    Janet
    23 May 2014 | 4:48 am
    What: The Charlie Banana 2-in-1 training pants are twice as nice because they also double as a reusable swim diaper! The outer layer is waterproof while the inside is a soft organic cotton lining. Available in 4 sizes to fit children 11-55 pounds in a variety of prints and colors. Features: They can be used as daytime training pants OR a swim diaper. Easy to get on and off and economical compared to buying packs and packs and packs of disposable training pants! Green Factor: Organic cotton and non-disposable Bonus: If you buy them from Diapers.com on Amazon, you can get them for about $6 less…
  • Don’t Toss Those Butter Wrappers!

    Janet
    22 May 2014 | 3:59 am
    I know it sounds silly to worry about butter wrappers but they can’t be recycled because of the oil so what, if anything, can you do with them? Well, there are actually quite a few things you can do with them and if you find yourself with more than you need at the moment, you can always freeze them by folding them in half with the dry side on the outside. Grease Pans: So easy, and just the right amount of grease! Corn on the Cob: Buttering corn on the cob without getting the whole butter stick all corny and your corn all greasy. Perfectly Cut Cakes: Grease your knife with a butter…
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    SafeMama.com

  • Getting Started With Essential Oils

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

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

    SafeMama Kathy
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    See I told you I was back! It’s been a long year and there is a lot to cover around here but I started by updating the Baby Wipes cheat sheet for you mainly for the #1 email I received on my hiatus.  I have a review in the works of the new product on […]
 
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    Mom Knows It All.

  • One Mosquito Bite Can Change Lives Forever. Summer Is Over But The Danger Is Not.

    valmg
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    This post is brought to you by . Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor or compensation received in any way. Summer is over and it’s officially fall. Yet, you might or might not know that based upon the weather. Today here in New Jersey it was about 40 degrees this morning. We had thunder, lightning, rain and even hail! This afternoon it rose to 70. We’ve had a number of nice days lately. Most people are happy about that. I actually heard it announced on the news yesterday that 2014 is…
  • REVIEW – Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport Ride On Toy

    Lara
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The product(s) featured in this post was provided free of cost to me. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced in any way. We had the opportunity to review the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport. This is a riding toy that converts from a toy that parents push to a ride on toy that is powered by the child’s feet. There is no need for actual tools to assemble the toy. I opened the box and realized there was a lot of pieces so I enlisted my husband to snap things together. The…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • When Did You Last Tell Your Donor that You Love Them?

    Cari Mostert
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Is donor attrition the dirty secret in your nonprofit world? Why do some nonprofits retain their loyal donors, building lifelong, mutually rewarding relationships, while others never get further than the first gift? Unfortunately, some nonprofits have a tendency to view their supporters as a collective whole; the donors – a vast, faceless, pool of potential resources. But donors are human too, humans who show they care by giving to our missions. In return, they want us to care about them. What we need to do is show our donors “the love” by demonstrating our concern for their…
  • What Went Wrong? 9 Reasons a Fundraising Appeal Fails

    Cari Mostert
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Nonprofit professionals often don’t have the time to indulge in anything but the most basic study of marketing dynamics. Yet, fine-tuning the details of a nonprofits’ mission for maximum impact with donors is a never-ending learning curve. There’s a tendency to gauge this impact by the success of our campaigns and fundraising appeals but what happens when an appeal results in a lackluster outcome or a total fail? We all know what makes donors give but why do donors not give? There are plenty of resources on inspiring generosity and how to reach the emotions of our audience but not so…
  • Gear Up for Year End Giving: Clean up Your Nonprofit Website ’til it Squeaks!

    Cari Mostert
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Have you taken a really good look at your nonprofit website lately? Was it set up years ago and then allowed to get all rusty and stale? It’s time to clean it up! An outdated, unmaintained website is a red flag to visitors and search engines alike and this great asset can become an enormous detriment. If your site isn’t up to date, it won’t be generating any excitement and you’ll be chasing away the very people you’re trying to attract. Online giving continues to surge in popularity as donors discover the ease of the whole process. But is your nonprofit website easy to use?
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  • Direct Energy and Nest #DEsmarthome

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

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

    Victoria
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’m not a runner. I did train to run the New York Marathon years ago but that time has come and gone and my health goals do not include picking that interest back up. I walk. A lot. Without taking errands into account I walk five plus miles a day. I have an app on my phone called MapMyFitness that tracks how much I walk and the calories I burn. It’s pretty awesome… and free! That’s why I am beyond excited to find out I can be rewarded by Walgreens for living a healthy life.  Not only do I get Balance Rewards points for health and beauty purchases at my local…
 
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  • Around the Homestead

    Jenny On the Spot
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I walked around my yard and took some pictures. Around the homestead, if you will. It’s Fall and Fall is my favorite. But/and also we are going to be moving soon. I am going to miss this place. We aren’t leaving the area, but we are leaving the home we built and have lived in […] Around the Homestead is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Around the Homestead appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, y’all.

    Jenny On the Spot
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, y’all. And I have partnered with IKnowEverything (a program of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) to help spread the word… DRINKING AND DRIVING IS BAD. I have been paid by responsibility.org to help spread the word. OK. Now that we have that out of the way… plus […] It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, y’all. is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, y’all. appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Slow Cooker Pork Sirloin Tip Roast with Apples and Bacon for #Porktober

    Jenny On the Spot
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s still PORKTOBER y’all! Did you happen to catch my last Porktober post.. the one with the super easy, super delicious Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin recipe? THE ONE WHERE I AM GIVING AWAY A $100 COSTCO GIFT CARD among other really fun #porktober-y things (giveaway ends on the 17th!). That recipe is perfect […] Slow Cooker Pork Sirloin Tip Roast with Apples and Bacon for #Porktober is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Slow Cooker Pork Sirloin Tip Roast with Apples and Bacon for #Porktober appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
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  • How I Relieve Stress

    Alyssa
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Though my stress levels have been lower recently than they were over the past year, I still have to have a way to deal with and relieve stress.  Doesn’t everyone?  So, I have ways to deal with stress that seem to chill me out.  There are several things I do: Journal – I have been journaling since I was 14.  I have journaled my thoughts, dreams, struggles, and prayers.  I have every journal I’ve ever filled and there are quite a few.  Journaling is refreshing it involves filling a blank page with your words.  As a writer journaling has helped to strengthen my writing…
  • Flat Stanley

    Alyssa
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    In my position as an elementary librarian and Accelerated Reading teacher my co-teacher and I have been doing a fun project with our 1st and 2nd graders.  We are doing the adventure project called Flat Stanley.  We have been reading the original book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown.  We watched a video of someone reading Flat Stanley to us.  The kids were enthralled by the idea of Stanley becoming flat.  We also watched this fun video and the kids loved the song. It’s so catchy you won’t be able to get it out of your head!  After we did all this the boys and girls colored their…
  • What’s Your Guilty Pleasure?

    Alyssa
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    If I could guess I bet everyone has one.  What?  A secret guilty pleasure.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be bad, but it is just something you might not necessarily share with someone else if you didn’t have to.  I know it is crazy that I’m blogging about it, but I thought it’d be a fun topic and maybe someone would share theirs with me.  It could strike up a good conversation.  Because most of us are a little embarrassed that we do them, but still do them nonetheless. So here goes nothing . . . my guilty pleasure is binge watching seasons of TV shows on Netflix…
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  • God's Got It Necklace

    Kristen Andrews
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Remember that God's got it!  No matter what you are facing God has your back.  When you wear this necklace around your neck and tug on it, let it serve as a reminder that he has your back. You can find the God's got it necklace at Kristen's Custom Creations. Product details:  A beautiful 3/4 inch sterling silver disc is strung on a 18 inch sterling silver bead ball chain, other chain options are available. View my entire collection at Kristen's Custom Creations. 
  • Kristen's Custom Creations 15% off

    Kristen Andrews
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Please enjoy 15% off in my shop Kristen's Custom Creations by entering code BOO2YOU at check out.  Offer not valid with any other offers and expires 10/19/14.  Happy Shopping! Kristen's Custom Creations Kristen's Custom Creations specializes in custom personalized hand stamped jewelry, jewelry that tells a story, your story.  
  • Not all those who wander are lost

    Kristen Andrews
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Not all those who wander are lost, beautiful hand stamped sterling silver necklace, bracelet and keychains are available in my shop.   You can purchase them at Kristen's Custom Creations.  Each piece has a compass charm and is handmade personally by me with the finest materials. Kristen's Custom Creations specializes in jewelry that tells a story... your story.  You can view my entire collection at Kristen's Custom Creations.
 
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  • Clorox MyUltimateCare Bleach at Target #CloroxCare

    Stefanie Fauquet
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clorox. All opinions are 100% mine. I do two loads of white laundry per week. The first load includes all of our sheets and pillowcases, and the second load is miscellaneous clothing items, including socks, shirts, tanks and shorts. I use our regular laundry […] The post Clorox MyUltimateCare Bleach at Target #CloroxCare appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Atlantic Luggage Sweepstakes – Win a Trip for 4 to NYC or San Diego

    Stefanie Fauquet
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage. All opinions are 100% mine. How would you like to win a 3-day family trip for four to New York or San Diego, courtesy of Atlantic Luggage and Delta Vacations!? The grand prize winner will receive: Roundtrip airfare for four (4) courtesy […] The post Atlantic Luggage Sweepstakes – Win a Trip for 4 to NYC or San Diego appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • 3 Days in Daytona Beach #LoveDaytonaBeach

    Stefanie Fauquet
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. All opinions are 100% mine. I’ve lived on the west coast of Florida all my life, so anytime I make my way over to the east coast, it’s always a new experience. I started traveling to Daytona […] The post 3 Days in Daytona Beach #LoveDaytonaBeach appeared first on Mommy Musings.
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  • Out Of Order

    Supermom
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Hello Supermom Fans,Supermom here.I'm posting to let you know that I will taking a short leave of absence as my back is still causing me a lot of discomfort.I just want some of the day to day pressure off of me allowing me to rest my brain.I have so many things I want to share with you and I will when I feel better.Thank you for all the wonderful thoughts my way.Love,Michelle
  • CitriStar Citrus Juicer You'll Never Juice Your Old Way Again

    Supermom
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    For months I've had this box on my desk for a back to school post because all kids LOVE freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast before they rush off to school on a busy morning.  Right?  I remember that freshly squeezed orange juice was a treat and mostly served on a weekend at my Mamaw's house.  She used to put the little juice glasses that were filled with freshly squeezed orange juice in the freezer while she baked her biscuits and whipped up some homemade gravy.  Add some crispy bacon and life was just grand.If I still had my ancient juicer I'd agree with the above…
  • Following in my Mamaw's footsteps.

    Supermom
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    My Mamaw is the matriarch of our family and I say this proudly.  During my forty years of life my Mamaw has been a constant fixture.  I guess this is true for all of us in her family.  Again we are all {probably} proud of this.  I cannot speak for the rest of us.My Mamaw became a grandmother at a very early stage in her life and I'm sure she wasn't exactly tickled about that.  My Dad and Mom were practically babies themselves when they had me and my brother then they had to experience the death of a child.  Michael, my twin, was seven days old when he died. …
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  • The Secret

    Kim Tracy Prince
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    photo by Cherie-Lynn Buchanan I have a secret, is what this picture says. I’m not going to tell you. I’m going to keep it in here and let it sparkle in my eye, and amuse me, and be the thing that makes me feel special even when I am overwhelmed, or terrified, or insecure, or intimidated. The secret is that the photographer is very talented, and whatever she said made me make that face. I like that face. She took the photo in Costa Rica last month, at the very end of the ROAR Retreat that I attended as a great pilgrimage after all these years of redefinition. You can see it in my…
  • A Setting For Growth – Playa Conchal in Costa Rica

    Kim Tracy Prince
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    This is the view from my seat at Nibbana, a restaurant and bar in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. The manager was such a lovely host. He just about convinced me to purchase a piece of land and email Stewart to say “Get on a plane, boys. We’re moving.” That was at the end of day 1. We had some sessions where we talked about business and blogging and creativity. The next morning, we continued those conversations…on a catamaran and in the ocean. The pictures of ME jumping in are in someone else’s camera. Last night we watched this sunset from a seat at the swim-up bar in the…
  • Hola, Costa Rica

    Kim Tracy Prince
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    The post Hola, Costa Rica appeared first on House of Prince.
 
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    Momathon Blog

  • October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

    Chris
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and your local shelter invite you to visit a shelter and meet your new best friend.
  • We Must Have a Pie

    Chris
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    a perfect handcrafted playlist for baking cookies, eating lots of pie, or doing dishes. Go ahead, pour a glass of pinot grigio and dance around the kitchen—it's the weekend!
  • Summer Staycation

    Chris
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    I live in a pretty amazing place so staying home this summer is really very nice. I mentioned in my last post that my daughter has her leg in a cast and the typical summer vacation spent at a pool or hiking in parks is not an option. So driving around town and soaking up the sights just like the tourists is one option. The views only a few minutes from my home keep me coming back to this park.
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  • Things I Need To Do Before I Die of Ebola

    HappyHourSue
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    So Fox News' Shepard Smith went on a viral (ha) rant yesterday about how everybody should calm the fuck down already about Ebola.Even though I suspect Shepard is rocking guyliner (see Exhibit A)Exhibit A:I really, really, really wanna believe him due to my inherently panicky anxiety-ridden hypochondriac overly-prepared nature.(see Y2K)(see SARS)(see Bird Flu)(see Mad Cow Disease)In the event that we are, in fact, all doomed, here is my Ebola Bucket List. I'm guessing I have about 9 months to a year.EBOLA BUCKET LIST• Find out what a 3D printer does• Hire a professional dance group and…
  • Happy "Dress Like a Slut Day"

    HappyHourSue
    13 Oct 2013 | 11:40 am
    Oh joy.It's that time of year again...Cider! Pumpkins! Candy! Ho's!WELL.  Apparently toddling around on stripper heels as a "sexy" nurse/cop/referee/cheerleader/devil/angel/football player/firefighter/pirate has been DONE. 2003 called: It wants it's "sexy" back.Any slut-for-a-night knows you have to be original to stand out in a sea of bimbos. Think outside the box!   How about: Sexy Micky Mouse?Sexy Girl Scout? That's not inappropriate at all.Sexy Dinosaur!Sexy Pizza Slice!!Sexy Cheeseburger!Really the possibilities are endless.I am proposing the following ideas to some…
  • Kindles Are For Porn

    HappyHourSue
    18 Apr 2013 | 11:26 am
    Ladies! Let's talk smut.OK, so by now we've all read the entire Fifty Shades Trilogy , freaked out our husbands/significant others with our jump-started libidos, dropped out of Book Club, and are looking around for our next fix like "NOW what." (husbands/significant others: "Yeah! NOW what.")Fifty Shades is a gateway drug, my friends. There is a whole universe of competent-to-poorly written erotica out there, waiting to be consumed, like thousands of little dime bags, but with more ripped biceps and heavy breathing. However: Just as the alcoholic needs the paper bag, you can't…
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    Love That Max: Special Needs Blog

  • Baking pumpkin pie isn't easy, but someone's got to do it

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
     Often, when I ask Max if he'd like to do an activity or read a new book, his first response is "NO!" That's what happened this weekend, when I asked if he wanted to bake a pumpkin pie. I told him we could make one for him (he's the only one in our family who likes it—the rest of us are apple pie people), and one for his firefighter friends at the local station. "No!" said Max, as expected. Max has powered through a whole lot of challenges in his life, including walking, learning how to ride a bike and using his fingers to pick up objects (aka the pincer grasp). As he's gotten…
  • The amazing two words a kid said about my son

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    "Why can't he talk?" the boy asked.We'd gone to temple last week for the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, and Max and I were hanging out in the playroom with some other kids. Max was pushing trucks around, making a fire engine sound and pretending to crash them, and I was thinking about how amazing the imaginative play was because he hadn't wanted to play with trucks when he was little. A couple of kids were standing nearby. Max looked at them and asked a girl her name. She told him; she was about 8. He asked the boy, and he said his name. He was 7. Then he asked why Max couldn't talk.I said…
  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: Put 'em up!

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Welcome back to another weekend of spectacular posts. What to do if you're new hereScroll 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: On not letting your kid's obsession drive you to pinot grigioWhere it says "Your URL" put the direct link to the post.Click "Enter." Leave a comment if you want to say more. Go check out some great posts.Happy linking!
 
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  • Shoe Math

    Marinka
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    I don’t know about you, but I always welcome the opportunity to feel like one of Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters. Wait, were her stepsisters ugly or just mean-spirited? Is it too much to hope that they were both, in addition to huge-footed? Anyway. I never miss the opportunity to feel like one of them. So I go to a shoe store to get a pair of shoes and ask for a size 11. Now I ask for size 11 because that’s my shoe size, and since I’m buying a pair of shoes, I see no reason to be coy. Yes, I know that’s big, but you know what they say, “big feet, big-”…
  • Get Over It

    Marinka
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    I have many important things to update on, including the fact that I am not drinking alcohol in September and that my cat is urinating all over the fucking place, but I feel like first I have to tell you about my trip to Ireland. So let’s get that over with so that we can move on with our lives. By which I mean discussing temporary sobriety/lack of meaning in life and cat urine. To recap, I went to Ireland with a man that I started seeing in the spring. About six weeks into our romance, he asked me if I’d like to go to Bermuda for the weekend and I said no, because I read about…
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  • Creamy Coconut Shrimp Curry

    chefdruck
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    These days, as the leaves coat the ground with color, I’m craving color and flavor at dinner. Last night the craving led to a quick and easy creamy coconut shrimp curry, the kind of dish whipped up with the handful of spices we kept for the renovation. It filled the house with exotic smells and was on the table in less than 10 minutes: golden bowls of the kind of stew that stays with you, keeping you warm and cozy long after the dishes are clean. Cooking in a hallway is not conducive to creativity. It’s been six weeks now, of camping in our front hallway. We’re lucky to have…
  • Gratin de Courgettes, Zucchini Gratin: a Vegetable Dish From the Heart of the French Countryside

    chefdruck
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    The greatest highlight of any trip to my mother’s house is dinner. From her timbered kitchen, she whips up feasts, nightly. Some are grand, like Wild Boar with Whisky Apples or duck breast. Others, like her meringues, are more simple. My picky kids leave all their hang ups at the door, and ask for seconds, no matter what she’s serving. It doesn’t matter how hard I try to replicate her dishes back home, something is lost in translation on the flight home. Even duplicated to the letter, my roast chickens are never as good as Chanchan’s chicken. I’ve learned not to…
  • A Weekend in France in Pictures

    chefdruck
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    We love our life in Chicago, but our family is far, far away. Weekends together are carefully organized, and involve a lot more than a quick car ride. Sometimes, the call of family is so strong that you have to put a stop to everything and just jump on a plane. For no special reason, just because a weekend of long walks in the woods and quiet dinners together sounds like heaven. It seems crazy to fly 4,000 miles for no special reason, but when we bit into our first croissant, we knew the long night on the plane had been worth it. A few hours later, we were at my mother’s house,…
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    A Modern Mother

  • A Modern Mother’s Mexican 7-layer dip

    Susanna
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    This weekend a friend asked me to bring an appetiser dish to a party. I agreed immediately, not fully clocking how much I had on over the two days.  I needed something simple and easy, that would look festive too. I decided on an American party favourite: Mexican 7-layer dip, which requires no cooking. When these Mexican-themed […] The post A Modern Mother’s Mexican 7-layer dip appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • Do you say Cali?

    Susanna
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:46 am
    The first time I heard the apocopation Cali I cringed. I almost broke London etiquette and corrected the offenders on the tube. They had smart Prada bags, looked like they were in PR, and were discussing a recent trip to “Cali”. Erm, no one in California would actually use the term Cali. They might name their cat Cali. […] The post Do you say Cali? appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • Favourites: The Hitching Post, the BEST Santa Maria Bar-B-Que

    Susanna
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
      This summer Visit California suggested we stop in Santa Maria on our trip from San Francisco to Surf City USA. It is about half way, and a nice place to break up the 6 and 1/2 hour drive. My ears perked up at the suggestion. My mother grew up in Santa Maria, and I know how […] The post Favourites: The Hitching Post, the BEST Santa Maria Bar-B-Que appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
 
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • #GetGoing with Jif to Go Dippers! #MC #Sponsored

    Nancy
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    As I’ve mentioned before, I am super excited to be sharing information with you about Jif to Go Dippers with the help of Mom Central Consulting!  If you’ve read any of my other posts, you might know that with a 4 year old and a 6 year old, I am constantly on the go!  Between dance, gymnastics, soccer, school, and of course, my every day errands like grocery shopping, it’s hard to find a time to sit down and feed my kids nutritional snacks.  Sad as it is to say, we often eat our snacks in the car in between stops! I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on…
  • Yes, Jesus Loves Me

    Shera
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    One of the unexpected side joys of my children going to private school this year is that so much of their lives involve the Word and worship. As they walked around one morning last week, singing Jesus Loves Me, my first thought was “Oh how sweet”. Suddenly a lightbulb started flashing in my brain. It was like a quiet scream in my head that wouldn’t allow me to hear anything else or ignore it’s presence, one that forced me to stop and accept what they were singing as a truth specifically for ME. It was a massive reality check. An overwhelming truth to grasp. But…
  • An Overwhelming Reminder

    Shera
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    As I take a moment this morning, knowing full well that I should be bustling about the house getting children clothed and fed and lunches packed, I feel overwhelmed. Not that this is a new feeling for me, just that it’s a way more consuming feeling today than usual. Usually it’s restricted to my own large household of things to do. Today it’s more, it’s much broader amidst the anguish of so many different things going on in our own country. The weight of it all occasionally simply feels like it’s a little too much. Why our world has suddenly flipped upside down…
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  • Bee Sili SUPER Silicone BBQ Grill Oven Gloves & Basting Review

    Ronda
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    I'm going to be honest. When I opened the package and took a good look at the Bee Sili Silicone Grill and Oven Gloves, I DID NOT think they would actually protect my hands when handling hot food. They're a pretty pair of gloves and includes a really nice...FREE basting brush, but I mean really? It's made out of something that feels like rubber, wouldn't it melt?Well, I tried it and the answer is, NO. It did not melt and they still look as good after using them as they did when I first took it out of the box. Product details:It's ECO friendlyHigh grade textured siliconeDishwasher safeHeat…
  • Review Post

    Melissa
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
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    Mom Spark

  • Creamy Chipotle Onion Dip Recipe {giveaway}

    Mom Spark
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. Football season is in full swing which means gathering with family and friends, cheering for your favorite team, and of course — great food! Watching the game and snacking go hand in hand, but even when you’re prepping good eats for a your own home-gating party, it doesn’t have to be complicated! Sometimes simple is best and that’s why we’re sharing this yummy TABASCO and Hellmann’s recipe with you today! Have you ever used TABASCO and Hellmann’s together? I’ve made a few of my own dips from scratch before,…
  • Spice Up Daily Meals with Ore-Ida!

    Mom Spark
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    My kids have always been fairly good eaters, but I’d be lying if I said there weren’t times when it was tricky to get them to feel enthusiastic about dinnertime. I think we’re all guilty of getting in a food rut from time to time, right? We end up making the same meals over and over because we’ve either gotten the hang of it and can make them quickly, or we’ve let ourselves get so busy that dinner plans are made at 4.30pm and no one’s feeling especially creative! It’s ok, we’ve all been there, but there are so many tasty foods out there —…
  • Mom Spark Finds: Silly & Spooky Halloween Decor!

    Desiree Fawn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Whether you’re planning to throw a gruesome Halloween party at your home, or you just like to get into the spooky spirit this time of year, today’s edition of Mom Spark Finds will fill your head with ideas for creepy decor and bizarre items to thrill your guests and family alike! I love decorating for this season — especially with items that are completely freaky. However, I might just wait to bring out the blood-splattered items until my daughter is a little bit older! Crystal Ball | Lifesize Severed Fingers | Cat Skeleton Statue | Bloody Platter | Bloody Tablecloth |…
 
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    Bizzie Living

  • Wordless Wednesday – This Girl has Attitude

    Stephanie Elie
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    One of my favorite persons to photograph, my growing-up-way-to-fast daughter. This weekend I took some head shots of the kids with my Canon 6D and hardly-ever-used Canon 80mm. Looking at the results I have no idea why I don’t use this lens more often!
  • Macro Monday – Backyard Roses

    Stephanie Elie
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
  • 3 WordPress Plugins to Install Before Switching Themes

    Stephanie Elie
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Not everyone gets the burning desire to change the look and feel of their blog. But as technology changes, sometimes there comes a need to reinvent the style of the blog so it fits into today’s design expectations like responsiveness and/or flat design. However changing blog themes can become a nightmare if not done correctly, luckily there are some WordPress plugins that can help streamline the process. Don’t Forget to Backup The MOST important thing to remember is to backup your site! While replacing a new theme can be relatively seamless there are times when things could go completely…
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  • Dealing With the Disads

    Michelle
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Many pen and paper roleplaying games include  advantages and disadvantages when you create your character. It’s a system of checks and balances — awesome abilities are tempered with not-so-awesome consequences. Full frontal geeks that we are, The Hubs ™ and I both see giftedness as an RPG-like advantage. It is such a great advantage: the ability to learn quickly, […]
  • 6 months

    Michelle
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    It's been over six months since my husband lost his job. Ours is the new face of poverty in the United States.
  • RIP Robin Williams

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

  • MARKET OF SUNSHINE & MY SECRET COMPARTMENTS

    MomMadeThat
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Marketing Services via vendor events, swag bags and social media networking. We team up with other events and promote eco-friendly small business art/craft products as well as direct sales products. We are always looking for new vendors to join our events in our swag bags. If you live in the U.S. we can promote your shop or website for a very small fee. Our Etsy shop offers handmade hollow books, fabric note cards and original artwork prints and note cards. We also take custom orders, please allow 2 weeks for delivery on your special request. Visit…
  • DESIREE DAWN DESIGN

    MomMadeThat
    27 Nov 2013 | 8:22 am
    The snowflake with the red strands represent the Christmas season and the beauty it has to offer. etsy.com/shop/DesireeDawnDesign
  • LITTLE KOSTA

    MomMadeThat
    17 Nov 2013 | 8:38 am
    Handmade knitted and crochet items that make great accessories for all four seasons. www.etsy.com/shop/LittleKosta
 
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    Jendi's Journal

  • Thunder By Bonnie Calhoun | Book Review

    Jendi
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Where do I start? Technically I think Thunder: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles) is a YA book, but that doesn’t really matter to me if the story is interesting – and it is. It is a dystopian story set in the future after the world as we know it was wiped out. The surroundings and conditions are different than we are familiar with, but the feelings and reactions of humans are ever the same. At first the readers really have no clue what is going on because everything is so unfamiliar, but the story unfolds quickly and tells us what we need to know. The story moved at a good pace…
  • How To Make An Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

    Jendi
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    cc photo from Flickr by mallydally This smoothie “recipe” was put together by my 11 year old son. Since my children make the smoothies on their own I now am able to have smoothies in the morning without having to make them. It’s a win-win. I started making smoothies for breakfast this past summer because I prefer to drink my breakfast, and it seemed like a healthy, inexpensive way to have a breakfast drink. I used my Ninja Master Prep and made them for myself. However, I never actually drank them by myself because my kids ALWAYS wanted some. I handled the actual making…
  • The Golden Cord | Sunday Poem

    Jendi
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Continue reading for complete poem by John Oxenham Through every minute of this day, Be with me, Lord! Through every day of all this week, Be with me, Lord! Through every week of all this year, Be with me, Lord! Through all the years of all this life, Be with me, Lord! So shall the days and weeks and years Be threaded on a golden cord, And all draw on with sweet accord Unto Thy fulness, Lord, That so, when time is past, By Grace, I may at least, Be with Thee, Lord. ~ John Oxenham
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  • Halloween Post (#2)

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

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

    Anonymous
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Let's take a look at the list of most challenged books of 2013, according to the American Library Association:1. Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey~ Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison ~ Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence. 3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie ~ Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James ~ Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age…
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    Resourceful Mommy

  • A Writer Without Words

    Amy
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:46 pm
    If you were to go into the Drafts folder of this blog, you’d find the following: 1.   “The reality of day to day life, this challenge of just living, is nothing like what I expected. After ten years and two kids, I’m just now becoming the mom I had always hoped to be. I more often punt the evening meal duties to my husband than actually prepare the delicious recipes I’ve Googled. My house is in a constant state of half-completed projects, partially cleaned rooms, and general chaos. There are empty picture frames hanging on my wall because I only got as far as…
  • October Disney Kids Twitter Party w/@MomTalkRadio

    Amy
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
      The holidays are a particularly magical time at Walt Disney World Resort and no one will be more dazzled by the merriment than the littlest guests! Join us for another #DisneyKids party to learn about how you and your family can add a little pixie dust to your holiday traditions. Disney Kids Twitter Party Date:       Tuesday, October 28th Time:      8-9 p.m. EST Location: #DisneyKids Host:       @MomTalkRadio (Maria Bailey, Founder of MomSelect) From enchanting fireworks to sensational parades, your little ones will love celebrating the most wonderful time of year at…
  • Grow and Shine Twitter Party with BabyCenter

    Amy
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Daily routines are often pretty mindless – wake up, get dressed, work, eat, sleep – not much changes and it all seems pretty tedious. But did you know that a Toddler’s brain triples in size from birth to age two, making this an ideal time for complete nutrition? Your daily routine matters more than you think! Happy Tot Grow & Shine Toddler milk is formulated to support toddler’s extensive physical and cognitive development and ensure toddlers receive the essential nutrients necessary for their continued growth. Adding Grow & Shine Toddler Milk to your child’s daily routine…
 
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    Mom Fuse

  • My Kids Are Now LISTERINE Healthy Habit Heroes #MC #Sponsored

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: My Kids Are Now LISTERINE Healthy Habit Heroes #MC #Sponsored I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for...Read the whole entry... »          
  • 7 Under-the-Radar Desserts You Have to Try

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 7 Under-the-Radar Desserts You Have to Try When the waitress brings out the dessert menu, it takes strong willpower not to order something. But sometimes the variety and nutritional facts will make people turn down great options....Read the whole entry... »          
  • Hobbies are a Healthy Playdate Idea

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Hobbies are a Healthy Playdate Idea Busy parents often find themselves bereft of ideas for last minute chaotically arranged playdates.   I know, I have 3 boys who’re demanding and very energetic.   I...Read the whole entry... »          
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • Flu Shots for the Whole Family at CVS MinuteClinic

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    With the flu season now in full swing, it's important to remind ourselves to take preventative measures to maintain healthy habits and protect ourselves and others from getting influenza (the flu)The  flu is a respiratory  infection  caused by a virus that can develop very quickly. With flu, you always have a fever and usually includes common symptoms such as headache,  sore throat, dry cough, stuffy or runny nose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses is to take the a…
  • ToysRUs: FREE LEGO Bat Signal Event Today (10/18)

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    Head's up for LEGO fans! If you have a Toys”R”Us near you, head on over there TODAY, 10/18, from 12-2PM for a fun and FREE LEGO Bat Signal mini building event! Kids ages 9 and up will be able to build and take home their free LEGO craft. Plus, you'll get a FREE LEGO Bricktober set with your construction purchase of $75 or more! A new set will is being offered each week through November 1st.Also, if you have a baby born in 2014, you may also want to check out the Baby's First Halloween event at Babies R'Us today from 10am-11am.Don't miss out on the latest fab deals, cool freebies, fun…
  • Shutterfly: 10 FREE Personalized Cards (Just Pay Shipping)

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Happy to share a fantastic free offer from Shutterfly today! :)Now through October 20th, you can score 10 FREE Personalized Greeting Cards at Shutterfly! Just enter the promo code GREETINGS at your checkout. You can choose from 6×8, 5×7, 5×5, or 4×8 flat, 5×7 folded, 5×7 trifold or 3/4 folded cards.  Offer is available for new and existing customers. Note that you’ll have to pay shipping which will vary based on your order. I tested this on (10) 5×7 cards and my shipping charge was $5.99. Still a great deal for high quality, personalized greeting cards to help me get a…
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    Tina's Realm

  • The weather is beautiful but my mood is not

    Tina
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    This week the temp FINALLY took a nose dive and it started feeling less like summer, more like fall. Well, Fresno fall, which isn't crisp like it was in NJ...just not HOT, like it's been since May.Yet, I'm feeling really overwhelmed with all that I need to do, and all that is going on, that it's been difficult to enjoy the weather.I was very proud of myself last week (meeting week, so no
  • A Productive NonProductive Day

    Tina
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Today was a complete wash in some ways and very productive in others. I was planning to do some more house cleaning and purging, as I've been doing all summer, but got totally sidetracked.I finally pinned my kids down and asked them what time period they'd like to start with this coming school year. I pulled out our Usborne Encyclopedia of World History and thumbed through the 4 time periods. My
  • Maeven quote from age 7

    Tina
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Just found this on a piece of paper:"Today I saw a great blue heron and a white heron! They are very neat! Also we saw 4 turtles. And lots and lots of little ducks. One black duck kept following us around. He thought we had food." 8/8/08
 
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    MomDot

  • Fingerpainting a Fall Tree

    trisha haas
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    A bit back I read this really cool post on Colorful Leaf Printing. I loved everything she did, the painting of the leaves, the pushing it on a tray and then using that leaf paint to create a piece of art. Adorable! But the final product, the Finger Painting Fall Tree, turned out really beautiful and […]
  • Car Track Painting with Hot Wheels

    trisha haas
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Although I have only had a son for 3 years, hot wheels have been a part of my life since the birth of my daughter. Most years she asked for car sets for holidays and birthdays and I believe at one point we had more than any boy on our street. Lesson learned for me […]
  • Spice Up Your Look With TRESemmé and Dollar General

    Nina Say
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    *Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own. I love my hair. I take pride in it! I am of the belief that hair says a lot about who you are as a person. My hair is one of the ways I show of who I am (currently its pink striped) and show that […]
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  • Rare Bird Review: Anything of Importance…

    Kate
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
      The morning of September 9, 2011, I was in a pretty good mood considering the night I had. I just survived a basement flood without significant damage to anything of importance. In fact, I didn’t just survive, I handled the entire disaster completely on my own. Chris wouldn’t be home from work for a while, the kids were more hindrance than help, and as I watched the water rising over the blockade of towels I had constructed, it was clear that waiting for assistance wasn’t an option. I transferred a room-full of both family heirlooms and random crap to a safer –…
  • LTYM 2014 Videos Are Now Online!

    Kate
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    The 2014 LTYM videos are finally here! This year’s DC show was fantastic and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with everyone who couldn’t be in the audience on May 4. I would LOVE for you to watch our show (and the other LTYM shows held across the country) – which can be found on the LTYM YouTube Channel. But in the meantime, here is my reading, “The Care and Keeping of Magic.” Already starting to think about 2015…hope to see you there! The post LTYM 2014 Videos Are Now Online! appeared first on The Big Piece of Cake.
  • The Care and Keeping of Magic

    Kate
    6 May 2014 | 5:06 pm
      While my blog has been broken forever (or at least since February) some headway seems to have been made on fixing the font issues. Still can’t see images (hence no “They Coulda’ Been Great” monthly posts – expect a monster one as soon as everything is back to normal) – but that’s not required for this post! As all of my Facebook friends know (to the point of muting me, I’m sure), the 2014 Listen to Your Mother DC took place on Sunday. It was our THIRD show and I couldn’t be more proud of our amazing cast. As usual, Stephanie and I…
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    Blog By Donna

  • Halloween for Grown Ups #BBNshops

    Donna Chaffins
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Halloween is for kids of all ages; from the young to the… not so young. Just because you don’t have kids or you’re empty-nesters doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Halloween. In fact, couples can, and should enjoy Halloween. Dress up in matching Halloween costumes for couples (either to go to a party or just to open the door to pass out candy to the trick or treaters). Halloween is a good time for a “ghostly” romantic dinner and then watch scary movies and cuddle up with your loved one. And share some popcorn balls for dessert. So forgo the messy pumpkin…
  • $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway Ends 11/14

    Donna Chaffins
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’ve teamed up with some really awesome fellow bloggers to bring you this great giveaway — this time you could win a $100 Visa Gift Card! Maybe you can get an early start on your holiday shopping, spend a day at the spa or tuck it away for a rainy day. The Prize: One (1) person will win a $100 Visa Gift Card Details: Giveaway runs from October 20th through November 14th, 2014 (11:59 pm EST). Entries are open to US Residents who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Winner will be selected within 3 days of contest end date from all eligible entries on the Rafflecopter form…
  • The Best Halloween Costumes for Couples #BBNshops

    Donna Chaffins
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    I love seeing couples dressed up on Halloween with coordinating costumes. It’s fun just trying to figure out a couples costume that fits you and your significant others personality. I could see my husband as Popeye because he so strong and he’s my protector, but me as Olive Oyl? Maybe 15 years ago, but not today. The Olive Oyl costume would be perfect for all my slender friends, though. Maybe a 1960’s Hippie Couple? I could so see me wearing a hippie costume. In fact, my husband calls me a hippie all the time. Yet, I don’t quite see a hippie costume fitting him,…
 
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    STYLEMOM

  • {ADVICE} 7 Key Pieces For Your Wardrobe At Any Age

    Stylemom
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    DEAR ANDI, I love your style advice so I thought I would ask you a question. I am 54 years old and always wonder what is style appropriate for my age? I am a professional abstract artist and always have functions to attend. I always second guess what…
  • Spruce Up Your Fall Cuisine With Recipes From Buvette NYC

    Stylemom
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Put a new twist on your fall dinners with these two cozy dishes from the Buvette NYC restaurant and cookbook, by Jody Williams, with these sneak peak recipes from House & Home. Chicken Roti Recipe  http://houseandhome.com/food/recipes/chicken-roti-recipe Buvette’s Tarte Tatin Recipe http://houseandhome.com/food/recipes/buvettes-tarte-tatin-recipe Photographer:  Gentl & Hyers *Stylemom Wine Pairing Pick:  Valenzano Wines An extensive and  wonderful selection of some of the garden state’s finest wines, to fit anyone’s tastebuds. Try one of the many berry wines…
  • Kill Autumn Enemies of Your Skin with Easy Cheesy Home Made Masks

    Stylemom
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Glowing Skin In Autumn In October, the buildup summer chocolate is no longer our friend. With the reduction of the sunshine it has become a grayish, irregular layer, which prevents our skin from breathing, provokes acne and makes the fine wrinkles more…
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    Maria Melee

  • A eulogy: Knees trembling, head held high

    Maria Melee
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I gave my grandfather’s eulogy last Saturday. My dad walked me to the pulpit and I climbed the marble steps of a new church’s altar that echoed with the soft tap-tapping steps taken toward my First Communion, toward my wedding, toward my older son’s baptism. Life is strange. I watched my grandfather die in his bed, my hand on his hip, my heart pounding with panic as his slowed. I told him we loved him. The nurses smiled and said, “It’s time,” when we looked to them, helpless in those final moments. In the struggle of it, the harsh exit of a last breath. It…
  • Cleaning my house makes me appreciate the things I like

    Maria Melee
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    I spent Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday cleaning my house. This is not an exaggeration. The only time I didn’t spend cleaning was the hour I spent at Target being emotionally abused by my children. My house looks amazing today, but the whole cleaning bonanza had the unfortunately side effect of me being psychotic toward my kids about messes. “DO I SEE PUMPKIN MUFFIN CRUMBS ON THE FLOOR?” “WHY ARE THERE DROPS OF WATER ON THE TABLE?” “LEAVE YOUR SHOES OUTSIDE.” I drew the line at forcing them to pee in the yard, but after installing a new toilet…
  • Interview with a 3-year-old

    Maria Melee
    30 May 2014 | 6:42 am
    Haven’t done this in a couple of years. What is something I always say to you? “I don’t know. I love you?” What makes me happy? “Cuddling with me.” What makes me sad? “I don’t know. Mama. I do not know.” How do I make you laugh? “Tickling me.” What do you think I was like as a child? “Little.” How old am I? “I’ll give you a little number if you say that. Twelve.” How tall am I? “Really tall?” What is my favorite thing to do? “Cuddle with me?” What do I do when you’re not…
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    Underwear in Our Kitchen

  • Celebrating Mini-Milestones w/ Netflix

    Cecelia
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Whether it’s the loss of a first tooth or you family’s first big move, a variety of titles on Netflix can help celebrate these mini-milestones. While my daughter has lost numerous teeth, my six year old son is yet to loose his first tooth. Super WHY! Season 1, Episode 10 deals with just this issue. […] The post Celebrating Mini-Milestones w/ Netflix appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • Travel Tuesday from Disney World!

    Cecelia
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    We’re live this week from the happiest place on earth for Jena’s Magical Disney Wedding! More to come… The post Travel Tuesday from Disney World! appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • Lasting Impression

    Cecelia
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The post Lasting Impression appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
 
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    The Meal Makeover Moms' KITCHEN

  • How to Make Homemade Focaccia Bread with Fun Spiced Toppings

    Janice
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Learn how to make an easy homemade focaccia bread for your family using store-bought pizza dough!  Starting with store-bought pizza dough makes creating your own focaccia bread simple as pie.This month, I joined fellow healthy food bloggers for the following Recipe Redux cooking challenge on Spooky Spices: You know they are lurking there: Way in the back of your spice drawer. There lie the herbs, spices, or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid to use them… you simply don’t know what to do with them! Well, pull them out and show us a recipe you created to deliciously…
  • Local Farms Make Me Happy: My Visit to Hornstra Dairy Farm

    Liz
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Farms are magical places. They remind us to think about where our food comes from, the hard work involved in producing it, and the importance of maintaining open space where nature and beauty can thrive. Welcome to Hornstra Farms in Norwell, MA. I had the privilege of touring this 100-year-old dairy farm last week with a group of fellow food and nutrition bloggers and writers and a group from the New England Dairy & Food Council. It was a happy day. The farm was established in 1915 by the Hornstra family, who moved to New England from Holland. A century later, John Hornstra, a…
  • How to Roast Delicata Squash + a Recipe for Cinnamon Roasted Delicata Squash Slices

    Liz
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Learn how to roast nutritious slices of delicata squash for a simple, naturally-sweet autumn side dish your family will love. If you’re trying to get more vegetables into your family’s diet, shake things up by trying something new. Every autumn you’ll find delicata squash at the market. It’s easy to prepare … if you know the right technique. SO EASY!! Roasted delicata squash tastes like candy. There’s simply no other way to describe it. You can slice delicata lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and roast it that way, but I prefer slicing each half into pretty…
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    Go Grow Go!

  • I Have To Keep Going #FastAdvil

    Felicia Carter
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by fast acting Advil® Film-Coated and I received a free sample of Advil® Film-Coated. This is a sponsored post for SocialStars by Crowdtap. All opinions expressed are my own. #FastAdvil My days are crazy.  Really, for those of us who have kids or jobs I know you can relate.  Whether you are a stay at home mom, part-time working or working outside of the home full-time, you know that life doesn’t stop just because you have a headache.  Honestly, life can’t even stop when we have the stomach flu.  Can you relate?  Don’t…
  • Picture Book for Halloween: The Monsterator

    Felicia Carter
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Halloween is next week and as much as we love books we really love themes.  Ok, so maybe I just love themes.  Anyway, I like to find books that go along with the seasons and the more fun the pictures the better!  This year, the boys and I are really enjoying The Monsterator by Keith Graves.   This hardcover book will take you on a journey with Edgar Dreadbury who is tired of the same old Halloween costumes.  When he decides he wants to be something a bit more scary, he stumbles upon a machine that turns him into a monster!  Go on a journey with him as he goes on his way scaring everyone…
  • 5 Tips for Healthier Hair #Hairfinity

    Felicia Carter
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Summer is officially over and we are all enjoying fall and the chillier temperatures it brings. It is sad to say goodbye to the pool and beach, but it is nice to be in my favorite season! Not to mention, it is great to give my hair a break from all of the hard work. During the summer my hair takes a beating. Between the daily swimming in a treated pool to the salt, wind and sun from the beach, my hair needed a break. While I have several great tips for keeping hair shiny and healthy all year long, I have a new weapon to add to the line-up as well! 5 Tips for Healthier Hair Do not wash every…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • My child won’t stop crying!

    Zen Mommy
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    The next time your little one is losing it over something you think is silly (like maybe they asked you for a banana but not a PEELED banana, and, well, you peeled it! Who knew this could cause such pain and upset, right?!? but they are kids - not mini adults, and believe it or not, it DOES...) and you're tempted to stay "Stop crying" or "Don't cry", take a deep breath and as you offer them the peeled banana anyway, say instead... (read more)
  • Helping Kids Make “Good” Decisions

    Zen Mommy
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Like learning to balance, learning to make "good" decisions takes practice and encouragement. It takes allowing our children to listen and follow their intuition, not simply our rules and directions.
  • Am I Raising An Entitled Kid?

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

  • Dear Diary: My Daily Struggles

    Melissa Brodsky
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Dear Diary, I’ve been online a lot, mostly Facebook. It’s my go-to source for the daily dose of news and Internet drama so this is totally my fault and I recognize that. The problem is, I just don’t know what to think anymore. Suddenly, I have to watch all my p’s and q’s and then use a thesaurus, a dictionary and Google to make sure no feelings will be hurt and no toes will be stepped on.  I mean, I always thought the word ‘Thug” meant hoodlum and I’ve used that word so loosely throughout my life. Apparently, I should be ashamed. But I swear, I…
  • There’s Junk in My Trunk

    Melissa Brodsky
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    There’s junk in my trunk, Once or twice someone said. With a shrug I replied, “Yeah, I like my bread.” At first, I’ll admit, Those words, they did sting. Upon further thought, They meant not a thing. So what, I’m not thin, I have loads of curve. I’m not built like a boy, These curves I deserve. I sway when I walk, I jiggle and shake. I’m au natural, Not an ounce of me’s fake. I don’t wear a zero. Or a two or a four. But I like how I look, And I’m oh so much more. We are more than a size, or  numbers on a scale. The judging must…
  • Parent Classroom Volunteers 101: How to be a good volunteer so you don’t embarrass your kid

    Melissa Brodsky
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    As a parent volunteer who has spent numerous hours in a myriad of classrooms (I have five kids, remember. And, I volunteered to be in every single one of their classrooms all through elementary school), there is a certain decorum…unspoken rules one must abide by so that their children aren’t ostracized by their peers. And also, so that little Tommy’s mommy thinks it’s okay if he played with your kid. I just read an article about a parent…a Mom…who made cookies for her kids classroom. They weren’t your ordinary chocolate chip cookies, not by any…
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    Harassed Mom

  • The wheels on the bus go round and round (and round and round)

    LauraKim
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    This post is part of a new challenge I have started over at Blog Share Connect - please join us. Its going to be fun. I moan often about the driving around of my many kids in the afternoon. It is tiring and no really a whole lot of fun especially now that its warmer. It’s not all bad though, far from it. There really are a lot of reasons why it is great to be able to play moms taxi in the afternoon. Jack is always so super happy to see me. Every single day. Last week I was a little bit late to fetch him, the look on his face when I arrived was priceless. I get to stalk watch Cameron…
  • Standing up for yourself is NEVER wrong even if you get pushed down again.

    LauraKim
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Articles and posts about bullies are everywhere. Stories of teens committing suicide as a result of bullies are almost a daily occurrence. I have blogged about it. Kiara has been bullied. Sharon has blogged about it. Bullies are everywhere, everyday. Wikipedia defines bullying as follows; Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Behaviors used to assert such domination…
  • If you are happy and you know it, leave a comment!

    LauraKim
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
    I had about three blog posts in my head yesterday but I got so distracted with the next #jozimeetup and catching up on blog reading etc etc.that I missed my window to actually write at least one of them. So this morning I sat down ready to go because I had three options to choose from so I figured it would be a quick thing! WRONG! Here I sit 3 hours later and still NOTHING. I considered the post I had planned about bullying but then figured theirs enough fuel on that fire at the moment BUT there is still a post to come, then I wanted to write about teaching my kids to stand up for themselves…
 
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    Alpha Mom

  • DIY Under-the-Sea Costumes: Jellyfish!

    Brenda Ponnay
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I know the jellyfish-made-from-an-umbrella costume has been done many times but I can’t very create an under-the-sea costume series without including this magnificent NO-SEW wonder! I know, those tendrils look like some kind of fancy ruffling but they’re not. Simple, simple, simple! Everyone should rush out and get a clear umbrella right now and make this adorable Jellyfish costume. Supplies for our Jellyfish Costume for kids: 1. a clear umbrella (actually any color would work but we think clear is extra fancy and pretty) 2. Five or six 6-inch squares of fabric. Any kind…
  • What Is DBT (and Who’s It For)?

    Mir Kamin
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Today’s information is being shared with you from the point of view of a layperson (that’s me) who has both observed DBT done with my child and participated in a course of DBT, myself. Full disclosure: I’m a life-long chronic depressive who has done years (and years and years) of various therapies, and while I will never be “cured,” I have (mostly) learned how to manage my symptoms and live a normal life. Many of the different types of therapy I’ve done have been beneficial, but DBT remains, to my mind, the single most practical plan for managing difficult…
  • DIY Under-the-Sea Costumes: Fish!

    Brenda Ponnay
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    As you can see we have an under-the-sea theme going here with the Halloween costumes. But you know what is great about these costumes? They are easy to make and you don’t have buy something from a costume store that came in a bag and looks like every other kid out there.  You can pretty much make anything out of cardboard. Fish costume for a kid? We gotcha covered! At first I was worried about making a flat 2D costume. I thought I’d make two cardboard sides and let them wear one on each arm.  Then I ran out of time and guess what? It turns out, kids don’t care! Add some…
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    Crunchy Green Mom

  • NFL Crucial Catch - October 25

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    About A Crucial Catch The NFL, its clubs, players, the NFL Players Association and the American Cancer Society are committed to saving lives from breast cancer, and addressing the unequal burden of cancer in underserved communities. Our campaign, "A Crucial Catch", in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is focused on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are
  • Bug a Boo - Butterfly Pavilion Halloween Festival

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    My girls are getting older and slowly growing out of the desire to do younger kid things for Halloween. They want to do something fun and wear their costumes more than once. A costume parade? Cockroach races? Why... yes... that sounds more like their cup of tea. So this weekend we are Joining The Butterfly Pavilion for Bug-A-Boo, a two-day Halloween extravaganza featuring cockroach races,
  • Mile High Farms - My family's pumpkin patch tradition

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    My family and I have made this a yearly tradition since they opened. It's a very rural area in East Denver and we have watched it grow every year. It's been a beautiful tradition to share with my kids since they were very little and when we drive up I have a car full of excited kids jumping out! This year at Mile High Farms, get ready for the newest additions of activities inspired by
 
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    BrainFoggles

  • LazePad iPad Stand Review

    Alicia Lillich
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Ever use your iPad cover to prop up your device in bed? When I do that, the cover’s seams starts to fall apart and the iPad slips down. Really annoying. But there’s a new item to make it easy to use your iPad while lying down and sitting comfortably. The LazePad, provided for review, is an iPad stand that allows you to use your iPad while lying in bed, thus the name. I was skeptical when asked to review it, but it turned out to be incredibly useful and is now the only iPad case I use at home. Its lightweight, triangular design has two functional sides: on one, there is a track to slide…
  • Invisalign to the Rescue for Straight Teeth

    Connie Roberts
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always. As the mom of a teen with crooked teeth and an overbite we know she will need braces. She’s worn a spacer for years to prepare her for braces which was painful and caused a dent in her mouth after removal. Now we’re looking for an alternative for metal braces since she’s concerned about being called brace face and other names. Since Invisalign uses clear aligners that are practically invisible, my daughter feels relieved that she won’t be called names. We are in the process of visiting a…
  • National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month #Advocacy

    Jennifer Shusterman
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A few years ago if you asked me if I knew someone who had a childhood cancer I would probably respond that I only knew one person. A distant cousin of mine who is now in her early 20s had Leukemia at a young age, but I didn’t know much about it. I was just a child myself, and it wasn’t discussed much around me other than the occasional conversation I would overhear about her getting better. Fast forward to adulthood, and I am definitely more aware now when it comes to childhood cancer and how many children are affected by it. As a…
  • Perfectly Cooked Meat With The EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer

    Jennifer Shusterman
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I was provided with a free EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. Growing up in a southern household means I have spent much of my lifetime in the kitchen. It’s just a way of life. I learned to enjoy cooking at a very young age spending my afternoons in the kitchen with my mom or grandma. I will admit I have a fear when it comes to cooking. I fear undercooked and overcooked meat. I can ruin a good steak by cutting into it before it has fully rested because I’m worried it will be undercooked. My husband prefers his steak medium, I…
  • Family Trip to Marietta Square, Georgia

    Connie Roberts
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    Recently we took a family trip to Marietta Square, Georgia. It’s about 20 miles from downtown Atlanta. You can spend a few hours to a full day here, sight-seeing, shopping and eating. The center of the square is Glover Park, where you can people watch and let the kids run off some steam. The park is home to a lovely fountain which makes the perfect photo op. There’s an exact replica of the Liberty Bell and a statue of former Senator Alexander Stephens Clay. Of course, there are flowers, grassy areas, and lots shade trees. We sat for a while, took some photos and watched my young…
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    The Poshpreneur

  • 3 Resources Tips from Someone With Experience

    poshy
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    A Quick Guide to Online Speech Therapy In order to improve your speech going to a speech therapist seems like it would be a great experience. Often times though it turns out to be more frustrating to go to a speech therapist than enjoyable for the patient. Visiting a speech therapist usually come with the frustration of a long commute as well as a long waiting list to visit the therapist. There is also the wait time in the waiting room when you finally get there to think about, not to mention the commute back home. Now all of these troubles can be solved by doing online speech therapy…
  • Lessons Learned from Years with Businesses

    poshy
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Simple Ways to Overcome the Challenges of Selecting the Perfect Web Hosting Service Choosing a web hosting service is definitely one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make if you are planning to build a website. If there is one thing that can make it a little hard for you to choose the right web host these days, it will be the many companies that offer such services. If you are able to narrow down your options effectively by having a clearer idea of what you should really look for in these services, you’ll be able to use the many options you have to your advantage. One of…
  • News For This Month: Stickers

    poshy
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Tips to Use Before Getting Parking Decals There are people that have been having a hard time finding their spot when parking. It is not only a hassle, but a waste of time. Sometimes, it can become a burden just to find a parking spot. Parking spaces can become a gold standard. The lack of parking space has led some companies to allocate the limited space to employees. That is why some companies have been using parking decals. The use of parking decals help in systematically allocating space to be used by the employees. One has plenty of options for parking decals. You can get some decals…
  • The Beginners Guide To Glasses (From Step 1)

    poshy
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Tips When Buying Eyeglasses on the Internet There are so many places all over the Internet today that sell eyeglasses. What’s a good way of telling which one you should buy from? Buying eyeglasses online, like buying any other item out there on the Internet, means you will not actually see how the item looks like until it has arrived in your address. Still, there are specific things you must do when ordering glasses online so as to raise your odds of being satisfied with what you get. Most online dealers are selling eyeglasses at a lower price. These shops are not operating…
  • How I Became An Expert on Consulting

    poshy
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Do Small Business Owners Really Benefit When They Hire Business Consultants? A lot of small business owners find themselves wondering if it would be beneficial for them to hire a business consultant. Usually, those business owners that have just put up their small business are the ones that think about such an idea. They are the ones after all, that have to learn so many things about the business world and how things work in it. In case you are one of these individuals, then it would be a good thing for you to know that you can definitely benefit from these consultants. These individuals can…
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    Strocel.com

  • Screen Fast

    Amber
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Once upon a time, I had a four-year-old and a one-year-old and no TV. I also didn’t have a smart phone or a tablet, although I did have a computer. In those days, I had less screen time, and my kids had very little to none. And then things changed. First, I got an iPhone. A few months later we got a TV again. Then my husband got an iPad, and I got an iPad. Then after three years our phones got old, and we replaced them. And my husband’s iPad got old, and he replaced that. And we were left with functional phones and a functional tablet that the adults weren’t using, which our…
  • At the Stoplight

    Amber
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I am taking a class at the university’s downtown campus this semester – English 102, Introduction to Poetry. My other class this semester is a math class for prospective teachers, and when I finish these two classes I will be finished with my prerequisites and I will be able to apply to teacher training. The end is in sight. After a good summer semester, I’m feeling optimistic. I’m not done yet, though, so every Monday evening I make the trek to the city for class. The drive isn’t bad, although the last few minutes of making my way through the downtown core…
  • Pizza Crust Pandemonium

    Amber
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:39 pm
    I’ve been feeling a little bit sheepish about my lack of blogging. I’ve been meaning to come back here and give an update on what’s happening in my life. I want to tell you all what’s happening with my return to school, my running, the continuing renovations on my house, and just how much tea is in my tea cupboard right now. I will do all of those things, soon. Right now, though, I have something very important to discuss: the pizza crust pandemonium that is sweeping the continent. I remember that day almost 20 years ago when I first sampled a stuffed crust pizza. At…
  • Six Years of Jacob

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

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

  • This is why you should slow down today…

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

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

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

    Genny
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    With cooler weather approaching and fall just around the corner, I’m starting to look forward to making some warm, cozy recipes. And today I thought I’d share one of my favorites (that also happens to be a favorite with my kids). I got the recipe a few years ago, right in the middle of soccer season. One of the families from my son’s soccer team had a beautiful apple orchard on their property, and after a tournament one Saturday, the whole team went to their house to hang out and spend time together… READ MORE at TheMomInitiative.com.
  • Here are some moms (with great parenting advice) you won’t want to miss!

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

  • “Step on the scale, Mom,” he said.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    My thighs are killing me. So is my ass. And also the sole of my foot because I stepped on a stray game board-game piece, but that’s a different story. You see, I knew I’d slipped up. The regular exercise routine I had last winter and early spring had been knocked off course by a ... [Read more...]The post “Step on the scale, Mom,” he said. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • We ran for breast cancer and now my heart is swollen

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Irene and I ran the 1K at this year’s Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run For The Cure. I am so grateful to have been a blog ambassador for the Run this year. THANK YOU to everyone who donated. I almost forgot to tell you how the CIBC Run for The Cure went. And you must hear ... [Read more...]The post We ran for breast cancer and now my heart is swollen appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Moms are the new sexy and I’m happy as hell about it

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Who me? I’ll be digging past the worn out granny panties I’ve been living in for the last several years and rummaging around for the one last thong at the bottom of my underwear drawer. Then Imma shave my legs and put on some heels. Then I guess I’ll find a clean dress that fits, ... [Read more...]The post Moms are the new sexy and I’m happy as hell about it appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Terry Matlen's Posts - Moms With ADD/ADHD

  • 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…
  • ADD and the Suitcase: Procrastination and your ADD Brain

    Terry Matlen
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    I have a confession to make. Ten days ago, I returned from our family vacation. And I've yet to unpack my filled suitcase, which is still sitting on my bedroom floor. Every morning when I wake up, I look at it and make a mental note that I really need to unpack that annoying thing. And every night when I hit the sack, I make a 2nd mental note that Ireally really need to deal with this. It's annoying because even with these daily/nightly reminders, I continue to procrastinate. Most without ADD don't think twice about such a little inconvenience- they unpack the day or next day after a…
 
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    GRUMBLE GIRL

  • Break. DANCE!

    GrumbleGirl
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    My kids watched School of Rock maybe fifteen times this summer, which pleases me to no end. The soundtrack is pretty good, and Oliver’s been hooked on this particular tune by The Ramones ever since… I can’t help but smile about it. He’ll say, “Can you please put on that head upside down song, please?” (Yes, he says please twice. Because he really wants it, and he’s just that polite about it.) [Go on and press play...] Last week we took a break from the homework Oliver helped his sister with, and I snapped pics as I watched them wrestle and…
  • All You Need Is Help

    GrumbleGirl
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    On Facebook, my friend Fiona once wisely stated: Homework — Kill it. Kill it with the fire of a thousand suns. I wanted to kiss her because I couldn’t agree more. (And she’s Irish, which would make the sound of this statement that much richer-sounding. That lilt, you know.) But oh, how I loathe homework hour(s). It’s caused more stress and ire and tears… and that’s just ME. Poor Oliver. And now that I have a first-grader as well, we’re entering the homework hour a-deux. MERDE. Of course, her load isn’t as great as his is just yet,…
  • The Things I Keep Getting Asked to Play

    GrumbleGirl
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Perhaps you’ve noticed all these memes flying around the internet lately. Frankly, I don’t love playing them at all, but that’s just ME… enjoy your Internets any way you wanna. I donated to the ALS fundraiser after I’d been challenged by a caring friend of mine, though I was a bit reluctant to do so. I’m glad that clever campaign stirred so much awareness for the cause, but I didn’t like the gimmick – I wish people would just donate, though I understand how a gimmick just like this one is far more effective in raising the dollars. And…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Have you really tested out your project before delivery?

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

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    There is a connection between the last two blog posts and this article. Over the last few weeks, I have written a couple of blog posts that have generated a lot of traffic. Why is project management so fragmented in companies? What is OPM? I reflected on these articles, and thought they need a link. For me, the link is … Read More >Related Posts:Why is project management so fragmented in companies?Lost, but we reached our destination. Like your projects?What is OPM?The effect of project and portfolio management on share…Project management methodologies – they are…
  • What is OPM?

    Ron Rosenhead
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    Hot on the heels of my last Blog posting: Why is project management so fragmented in companies? I received an invitation from my good friend Donnie MacNicol to attend a session he was running in Central London. The title for the evening was Organisational Project Management. I hear many of you ask, “What is that?” In order to answer the … Read More >Related Posts:Reflection – 400 BlogsWe should make it mandatory for ALL projects!The risks were high, but the project was successfulHow can you develop your company’s project management…Where’s your project &…
 
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    Mom\'s Education Sites

  • Your Child Deserves the Best

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Your child clearly deserves the best, especially when it comes to education. If you are now preparing for elementary and middle school education, then you definitely need to learn more about the early childhood education Fort Lauderdale options standing at your disposal. You will realize the fact that you can either opt for a public school or for a private school. Even though you cannot call yourself rich, you should still opt for the private school education, as the result is definitely going to be worth the financial effort. Choose to learn more about what a private school has to offer and…
  • Your Work Will Not Sell Itself

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Your work will not sell itself While taking photography courses in Montreal, most college students do not understand that marketing is an important aspect of the profession. As such, the students do not understand how much effort goes into making one a successful photographer. In this regard, one has to learn that they will have to conduct aggressive marketing once they launch their career. Indeed, this is the only way through which others will get to know about the quality work of the photographer. You do not need to spend a lot of money to make good photos A lot of people believe that one…
  • Typical Order Processing Time with Chemical Manufacturing Companies

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    We need some help with a decision. This really applies to anyone who does business on a regular basis with chemical manufacturing companies. What is the typical amount of time I can expect an order to be completed and delivered by one of the major companies? Are they usually faster or slower than a smaller, lesser known company? If you’ve used companies of both sizes, which was better? Or, did you find the process to be about the same? We’re looking at two different companies just can’t decide. What we learn here may make the difference. Thank you, in advance, for your…
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    And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog

  • My October Door to Door Organics Boxes #JoyDelivered #Chicago #doortodoororganics

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Back in August I shared my first thoughts on the Door to Door Organics service I had newly subscribed to and I thought it would be fun to revisit my experiences with this Chicago area online organic grocer now that I've been using it a bit longer. Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Learning the Alphabet? Play Educational Insights' Frida’s Fruit Fiesta Game

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    The twins are both in Kindergarten this year which means we are working hard on our letters and phonetic letter sounds as we begin to become little readers.  Working with them both at the same time can often be tricky and I'm all for games that allow me to do just that while we all have fun.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Toy Truck Shopping? Check out Toy State's Cat Big Rev Dump Truck

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    In a household that consists of 4 boys and a girl, I can safely say that I've seen a lot of toy trucks over the years.  One of our new favorites to take out in our backyard is this Big Rev Dump Truck. 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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    In The Know Mom

  • fall plaids, stripes and marble wash jeggings {FabKids}

    Sarah
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Fall brings some of my favorite fashions and I’m loving what I’ve seen from FabKids, including lots of great holiday looks.  It may be autumn, but it’s still in the 90s most days here in Palm Springs.  At least the nights are falling into the amazing high 50′s… that’s desert living for ya!  Really what […] The post fall plaids, stripes and marble wash jeggings {FabKids} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
  • baked pumpkin pecan french toast {brunch}

    Sarah
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine. When I wake up in the morning, the last thing I want to do is eat.  My husband is fascinated by this.  He heads right […] The post baked pumpkin pecan french toast {brunch} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
  • I never write about savings and deals but… {Walmart Savings Catcher}

    Sarah
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    I shopped and used the Walmart Savings Catcher as part of a sponsored post for Crowdtap #WMTSavingsCatcher I always have these grand plans for becoming a couponer, a real savvy shopper that goes to 10 different grocery stores to find the best price on every item.  I do shop sales and get a thrill when […] The post I never write about savings and deals but… {Walmart Savings Catcher} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
 
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  • Seren is officially one

    Kristy
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    My baby girl has been all the way around the sun. Yesterday was her first birthday, and we celebrated with Aunt Dani and Apple Josh coming over for cake and her favorite dinner – pasta and broccoli. We had a star theme for her party. The kids watched me make the cake, then played with the left over fondant until the back patio table was a sugary mess and Brecken had eaten enough to fell a horse. Gross. Here is the result of our efforts:     As I was decorating it I overheard Karis telling Brecken about the symbolism of their first birthday cakes. (She came up with this all on…
  • Comic relief

    Kristy
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    For some reason my Comic Life program wont let me save or export anything, so please enjoy this blurry screen cap I managed to take of a little comic I made up of Seren in her explorations.     Tweet This Post
  • Sweet Pickle

    Kristy
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    I’m not a fan of pickles. Some people are, but not me. Pickles seem to be very provocative fruits. Or are they vegetables? What the hell is a pickle, anyway? Whatever classification it falls under, the pickle is not something one can be apathetic about. You either love it or hate it. There is no Switzerland of pickles. I remember a book company (?) (I’m not sure what kind of company it was actually) SIDE NOTE: Look at all of these things I could Google but choose not to! I remember a company I was somehow exposed to as a child that called itself Sweet Pickles. I can even remember…
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  • Zentangle pumpkins

    Maria
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Recently I have discovered the Zentangle method, an art form that uses structured patterns to make beautiful drawings. I have always liked to doodle unorganised patterns on a piece of paper, whenever I have a pen in my hand I tend to draw things that don’t make any sense, I find it very soothing and it helps me concentrate. When I accidentally came across some beautiful images made with intriguing patterns inside shapes, I looked further into this art form and found it is actually called the Zentangle Method and it can be done at many levels of expertise with some of the most amazing…
  • Halloween food ideas

    Maria
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    Halloween is just over a month away so I had a look around for themed food ideas and these are my picks. Green Eyed Monster cupcakes found on Taste of Home and Ham and Cheese spiders also from Taste of Home. They have some great food recipes! These Glowing Spiced Pumpkin cookies found on Betty Crocker look good and very yummy. These Spider Cookies found on Jen’s Favorite Cookies are so simple and so inviting at the same time, I can’t wait to try the recipe myself. These Pumpkin Rice Balls found on Cutest Food are indeed the cutest thing to eat on Halloween. Finally you cannot…
  • Fabric upcycle: make a chicken door stop

    Maria
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    To make this chicken door stop I used the template kindly offered by Bake and Sew. I adjusted the sizes in mine to make it a little larger by adding 4 cm on each side. I recycled some fabric from an old dress, I had some felt scraps for the crest and beak and for the stuffing I used a mix of lavender seeds ( I love the smell of lavender) and polyester stuffing from an old pillow. Rice and pulses are also a good option. I am very proud of the result, though my finishing touches are in need of major improvement you can hardly tell once the fabric is turned.
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  • Chipotle-Sesame Beef Tacos with Cotija, Avocado and Cilantro

    Heather
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    El Picosito Copycat Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and I’m proud to be working with the Beef Checkoff. I would have shared this recipe with you regardless, so the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is a perfect partner (since I already use Beef at home every week). Also, you need to know, that although they did provide me with some tips to share about beef, I’m going to share a bunch of additional health information with you that DID NOT come from them. I’m kind of on a bit of a soap box about proper nutrition lately, and I think beef and fat in particular…
  • PSAT Week

    Heather
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Last Wednesday my teenagers took their first high-school standardized test: the PSAT. It was the bomb that went off in our week. I don’t mind tests. I like to compare how my kids are doing along side public school kids. However, I’m not sure even with the scores – when we finally get them – how I’ll be able to compare much, because we are on a totally different scope and sequence. But… college money sounds good, so loaded the big kids up and took them to take the test this past Wednesday at a local Christian School. They spent all of 3 days studying for…
  • When Autumn Leaves Begin to Fall

    Heather
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    I miss the Arkansas leaves this time of year. Texas trees never know what to wear in Autumn. We are lucky to get a couple of weeks at Thanksgiving with reds and yellows; unless you count the few yards where some brave soul has dared to plant a more showy tree and has taken the time to nurture it. Even my red oak was hardly red last year – and my husband is the “tree whisperer” (he gives our trees organic fertilizer and lots of water all year at the perfect times). I’ll take this cooler weather, though… and I can make do with brown (it is one of my favorite…
 
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  • Administrative Work From Home Jobs

    Alaina Forbes
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Administrative and clerical positions are highly sought after telecommuting jobs. Many people have a work background that may include something that would be considered experience in the field of administrative or clerical work. This could include data entry, receptionist, or administrative work. Evaluate your skills and if this sounds like the type of work from home position that would be suited for you and your work background then try applying with some of the companies below. Virtual Assistant CompaniesAssistant MatchCareTwoShareContemporary Virtual AssistantseaHELPFancy…
  • Direct Sales Company Review: Scentsy

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

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

    Tania
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Lead, Nickel and other Toxins in Face Paints! Face Painting epitomizes childhood joy. Their smiles are big as they dive into the fantasy land that […] The post Face Paint: Is it Safe? appeared... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Simple Guide to Meditation

    Tania
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    A SIMPLE GUIDE TO MEDITATION  By Celia Ward-Wallace This Simple Guide to Mediation is just what the doctor ordered to help make it through your […] The post Simple Guide to Meditation appeared... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • 4 Benefits of Yoga Your Doctor Won’t Tell You!

    Tania
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Top 4 Benefits of Yoga: Not Your Doctor’s Checklist By Sasha Stone It may sound cliché, but yoga changed my life, and continues to with […] The post 4 Benefits of Yoga Your Doctor... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
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  • Riley’s

    Jules
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    My teacher’s in-service (I was well enough to go) was in Yucaipa at St. Francis X. Cabrini Catholic Church, which has to be one of the most beautiful Catholic churches in the area. It was stunning and huge! As I exited the freeway, I noticed that the famous apple orchards of Oak Glen were to the left. Going to the apple orchards is something I always wanted to do as a family, so that’s what we did on Saturday. I didn’t know which orchard to pick, so I chose Riley’s because it was the first one that popped up online and looked pretty good. The boys had a great time.
  • Happy, Happy

    Jules
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every time I think I’ve dodged the cold I feel coming on, I get a tickle in my throat. I must have caught something in the TK-K classroom, even though I wash my hands all the time. There is a teacher’s in service on Friday, so the boys don’t have school. I have to go, even though I’m not a teacher. Have you ever wanted to not get sick because you don’t want to ruffle feathers by missing something important, only to secretly also want to get sick enough that you can get out of going? It gives me smug satisfaction to have bookcases that aren’t styled. Old…
  • The William Morris Project: Pinterest

    Jules
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This might be one of my biggest projects yet, and I don’t even have to move from my chair. I spent two hours last night cleaning up my pinterest boards. I went from 156 to 104 boards. That’s a decrease of 33.33%. Not bad! I would love to get under 100 boards, but that’s impossible since I haven’t moved over my boards from the library account I started a couple of months ago. Yes, I started the library account because my original account was too cluttered for me to find anything. Heaven forbid I just clean out the cluttered account! At least now I can say that…
 
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  • Bathroom Routine Simplified with Cottonelle Wet+Dry System #LetsTalkBums #Sponsored

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Have you got the chance to try out the Cottonelle "wet+dry" system I recommended to you in my earlier post? Whether or not, I've got some great news to share. The Rite Aid exclusive coupon offer is back! From now through 10/26, you can download this coupon to save $1 on any size or variety of Cottonelle bathroom tissue or flushable cleansing cloths! You will be prompted to watch an ad first,
  • Blurb’s Book Camp: Tips and Tricks for Photo Book Design from the Pros

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Do you enjoy photography as a hobby? Are you looking to display your talent through stunning photo books? Blur's Book Camp continues to offer tips and tricks from professional graphic designers! Now that you've spent hours sorting and editing your photos into individual masterpieces, take a look at this video from Blurb before having them turned into a printed collection of your art. In this
  • SOL REPUBLIC Tracks Air Wireless Headphones Giveaway (ARV $200) {Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop} #TreatYourself

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Halloween is just two weeks away. You can expect No Trick, All Treats from the 2nd Annual Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! Each participating blog is giving you the chance to win a treat valued $25 or more. Join in the fun now through Halloween night and you could win a fabulous prize for yourself or your little angels! My GiveawaySOL REPUBLIC has generously
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    SortaCrunchy

  • Praying for Teachers & Wisdom (Day 11, Prayer for Public School Parents)

    Megan Tietz
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Each day, teachers face a myriad decisions to be made. Lesson plans, parent communication, classroom dynamics, contributions to committees, extracurricular commitments - the list is unending. For each and every decision, a multitude of factors must be considered, but decisions often have to be made in an instant. Today, we pray for our children's teachers, that they might be filled with wisdom. We ask that they would be prepared to think on their feet, and that each choice would be made from a place of confidence and conviction with a strong sense of ethics and devotion to the success of each…
  • Praying for Teachers & Encouragement (Day 10, Prayer for Public School Parents)

    Megan Tietz
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Many teachers begin their careers full of dreams, hopes, and idealism, believing that their passion and approach to teaching can change the lives of their students. And while that belief is very true, through the years, the realities of students from home lives that are nearly impossible to overcome, of sticky school politics, and of ever-increasing emphasis on teaching the material on tests rather than the concepts that first ignited their passion for teaching takes its toll. Today, we pray for the hearts and spirits of our teachers, that in the midst of the daily demands of teaching, that…
  • Praying for Teachers & Physical Health (Day 9, Prayer for Public School Parents)

    Megan Tietz
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Today, we shift our focus from our children to their teachers. If you have more than one child enrolled in school and/or if your children are in the upper grades, you probably have way more than a few teachers to pray for. You can pray for each teacher intentionally by name each day, or you can hang on to these and pray for a single teacher each day until you have rotated through each educator your child has this year. Just as our children are exposed to illness and the possibility of physical harm each day at school, so too are the teachers who spend their days in the classroom. Today, we…
 
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  • central valley today with alex delgado

    Shannon
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Welcome Central Valley Today viewers! Thank you for stopping by Happy Hour Mom to get more information about the products we featured this afternoon with Alex Delgado on Channel 24. I have included  a description for each of the featured products below, with pricing, for your reference. Before you leave, make sure you take a look around here on HHM and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook! 1).  Sachi Pop-Up Cooler (sachi-bags.com) Perfect for any party or group event, the Pop Up Cooler’s expandable design easily collapses to save space and make for easy storage.  A…
  • modern baby announcements | pear tree greetings

    Toni
    6 Aug 2013 | 3:13 pm
    Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a mom. More specifically I knew that I had to have a little girl. When we got pregnant with baby number one I thought it had to be a girl….wrong. When we found out at 15 weeks that we were having  a boy in 2008 my heart sank for one quick second.  With a handful of nephews and no nieces in the family I thought that there is no way I would be the lucky one. December 2012, while pregnant with baby number two I scheduled an ultrasound appointment as soon as they would take me. We entered the office and the song “Daughters”…
  • retro modern style | joovy baby gear

    Toni
    24 Jun 2013 | 12:34 pm
    There are many retro inspired baby gear items on the market these days. It’s not just fashion trends that are cyclical. I was a child born in the 80′s and sported teased hair, lots of neon, and tapered jeans (that I swore off forever). Now I’m constantly seeing so many things come back around with a slightly updated look. Leggings, glitter and funky boots are everywhere. Joovy is an American-based company that has done an amazing job refining the old and creating a new, fresh and modern take on the classics. Neon green seats, quality organic material, clean lines with all…
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  • Simple & Fun Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Calavera Craft for Kids

    Melanie Edwards
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    El Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is not a holiday that is normally celebrated in Puerto Rico, but since we have been reading the book A Kid’s Guide to Latino History [aff] and learning about various Latin American nationalities (particularly during Hispanic Heritage Month), my 8-year-old daughter came upon the section of this holiday and became curious. She especially inquired about calaveras and sugar skulls, wondering about the origins of the tradition of painting sugar skulls. As we explored calaveras and El Día de Los Muertos, we found this great resource from the Smithsonian…
  • Kids’ Halloween Snack Mix, a Spooktacular Party Snack Idea! {Recipe}

    Melanie Edwards
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids that it’s hard not to get into the spirit along with them! I love the vibrant, bright colors associated with Halloween – it’s no longer just about orange and black – you now often catch purple and green keeping them company! Since Halloween can be so festive and spooky-fun, it’s a great time to put together a simple Halloween party for after-school. I have a fun Halloween snack mix recipe kids will love that you can serve at a Halloween party or send in for a classroom celebration. It’s really easy to make (your kids…
  • Are You the Ultimate Crock-Pot Crock-Star? Show Off Your Skills for a Chance at $5K! {Video}

    Melanie Edwards
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Preparing your meals with a slow cooker can be a true time-saver and in many cases, a life-saver! Once I found out I could cook an entire meal (or most of it) without even being home, my life truly changed! Even on days when I am home, knowing I can set my slow cooker early in the morning and not have to tend to my food, stirring or watching over it, means I can get other things done and not worry about dinner. If you’re also a slow cooker fan, your slow cooking joy may be rewarded with a prize of $5,000! That’s an awesome prize for simply cooking (and sharing!) your…
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    Natalie Snapp

  • Mud Stories: Because There is Power in Our Story

    Natalie Snapp
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Click here to listen to the above podcast (or read-on for more information) A few years ago, while I was attending She Speaks for the first time, I was introduced to a woman whose gentle and kind spirit emanated from every pore of her being. We chatted for a few minutes and I knew we were kindred spirits – and I was right. Except for the fact that she’s a Labor and Delivery Nurse, has five children, homeschools them all and writes on her beautiful blog. Yeah, Jacque’s one of my heroes. After She Speaks, we kept in touch via the Internet and I realized why I liked her so much:…
  • When He Stirs You to Serve The Least of These

    Natalie Snapp
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s been happening for a while now, this stirring in my soul that something just isn’t right. A feeling that we’re living in discord, a feeling like we say one thing but then do another. A feeling that tells me what I already know but often try to squelch deeper so I don’t have to face the truth behind the nudge. The further up, further in I walk, the more I realize a hard truth: Jesus isn’t here in the flesh anymore. He needs us to do what He would do if He were still physically present on this earth. This is a hard truth because sometimes I don’t want to…
  • Jesus Daily: Defending Those Being Bullied

    Natalie Snapp
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    * Congratulations to Allison and Melynda! You both won copies of Lynn Cowell’s new book Magnetic! There is a message from me in your inbox! Ever heard of Jesus Daily? With over 27 million fans on Facebook, the Jesus Daily Fan Page is the place many go for encouragement, support, and answers to tough questions. Developed by  Aaron Tabor, MD, Jesus Daily just released a new 365 day print devotional and I was asked to look it over and offer my thoughts for today. I know it’s been a big book week around here but the timing just worked out this way – thank you for your grace.
 
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  • Will You Be My Friend?

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    Middle Girl started Kindergarten is September and she loves it. She didn’t skip a beat making the transition to her new school, her big sister’s school, my once school. She and Big Girl get on the school bus every morning and she’s just so jazzed about it all – her teachers, her friends, all of it. It’s been wonderful for me to get to know the parents of kids in her class. Two new mom friends have told me how much their little girls have taken to my daughter and this of course makes me happy, but both of them told me that my girl has gone up to their girls and…
  • A Blank Screen Confession

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I sat in front of a blank screen last night. And I felt it: pressure. I didn’t blog much at all last week. Just one little piddly post about how I haven’t been posting, about how quiet can be good. And it can. It can be good and necessary and rejuvenating and many more things. But the thing is that I miss this place. This blog I started nearly more than five years ago. When I published my first post, I was in the trenches with a toddler and a baby, about to publish my first novel, very much grieving the loss of Dad. I can see now what I didn’t see then, namely that I was a…
  • Quiet Can Be Good

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Things have been quiet in these parts, but this isn’t an apology. Just a hello. I went on the most meaningful writing retreat on Orcas Island last weekend. It was a shock to my system in the best possible way. I met new people. I heard stories. I felt my own story unfold in the fog. I’m back home. I’m busy. I’m quiet. For now. Quiet can be good though.
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  • Can You “Getaway” With Only One Of Your Kids? by @KathyBuckworth

    Kathy Buckworth
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “It’s not fair!” The cry heard around the parenting world pretty much every day, for those of us who have more than one child. Playing the game of “Even Steven” happens from the smallest slight “He got to push the elevator button the last time!” to perhaps what could be your biggest dilemma, taking only one child on a trip with you, and leaving the other(s) behind. But if you’re like me and have (four) kids of different ages, with different interests, and perhaps most importantly, different school schedules and demands, sometimes it not only makes sense to travel with one…
  • Join @TD_Canada on Twitter Thursday @ 2pm EST on Saving Time With the #TDMobile App

    Carla Young
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Join @TD_Canada for an interactive Twitter chat as we discuss how to save time using the new and exciting TD mobile app features (available for iPhone or Android). During this one-hour interactive Q&A chat, you will learn how to: Use the Mobile Pay feature to pay for purchases at your favorite retailers Deposit cheques directly to your bank account simply by taking a photo using Mobile Deposit Access your banking safely and securely on-the-go! Join us and share YOUR best on-the-go tips for a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes of iTunes and Google Play gift cards valued at $50 each* * No purchase…
  • Tired of Going It Alone? Why Solopreneurs Need a Support Network

    Carla Young
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    So yours is a business with an org chart of one (and you like it that way). That doesn’t mean that you don’t still need to surround yourself with support. Finding people to “help” with your business doesn’t necessarily mean you need to hire a huge team of employees (or even any employees at all), but it does mean you need to build your support network. Your support network is ESSENTIAL to growing your business. From it, you can get (necessary and loving) feedback, leads to new opportunities, fresh ideas and perspective on the challenges you are facing…just…
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    Eccentric Eclectic Woman

  • Just Pretend Kids Tutu and Fairy Wings Review and Giveaway

    Finamoon
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Just Pretend Kids Monarch Butterfly Tutu and Fairy Wings in WrapI received this costume for free to facilitate this review. I was also given an opportunity to do a giveaway for my readers for free as well.Halloween is around the corner and the hunt for great costumes is on. Just Pretend Kids has an adorable collection of tutus, fairy wings, bodysuits, wands, headdresses, headbands, hairpieces, tights, legwarmers, and other accessories to complete the look that are a must have for any little girl. They also come in a range of different designs: from fruit to insects to flowers to mermaids to…
  • 12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters' Stuff Review and Giveaway

    Finamoon
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    We received this product free from Shadow Mountain to facilitate this review, an opportunity to host a giveaway and participate in the blog tour. This post contains affiliate links which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and make a purchase. Thank you for supporting my blog!One of my favorite blogs to read is the Six Sisters' Stuff blog. This blog was created by 6 biological sisters: Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Stephanie, Lauren, and Kendra that wanted to stay in touch and share recipes, crafts, projects and neat ideas with each other while apart. Growing up with just sisters…
  • Immune Boosting Fire Cider Recipe for Colds and Flu

    Finamoon
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Fire CiderPrepare this fall and winter season before things get too cold by making a batch of Fire Cider a.k.a. Master Tonic or Flu Shots. Fire Cider, an all natural cold and flu folk remedy, has been a tradition passed down through the ages of time. This fiery concoction is an immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, warming, decongestant, and helps with circulation & digestion. Its flavor is potent, hot, spicy, pungent, sour and sweet all mixed together.There are many ways to make this recipe, but most agree upon the basic ingredients of ginger, horseradish,…
 
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  • Corresponding LIVE from Skin Cancer Foundation Gala tomorrow with Olay #BestBeautiful

    Audrey McClelland
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I’ve always been someone to love the sun. I grew up swimming, so my summers were spent on the pool deck and at the beach in Rhode Island. My mother would lather me with sunblock when I was a child because she was worried about me getting burnt under the harsh sun. I remember looking at photos of myself with a little white nose! My mother was always concerned with me getting too much sun in the summer.When I became a teenager, my first job was as a lifeguard. We’re talking hours and hours in the sun. Since I worked at a very busy neighbor pool, I was constantly on the side of the pool,…
  • I guess I’m not Superwoman after all…

    Audrey McClelland
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    The last few months have been crazy-busy for me work wise. And to be completely honest, I love it. I love it because I love what I do, so work for me… as odd as this sounds, is just FUN. I get to meet amazing people, I get to work with incredible brands and companies. I get to travel to places I’ve never been. I get to work with best friends. I get to write and do videos and do everything I’ve always want to do… and lots of it from home.Is my schedule crazy? Sure.Do I always feel like I’m on the go-go-go? Sure.Is this just the norm of my life? Yes.But it’s…
  • Daily Diary: Bubble Fun with Victoria on the Pool Deck

    Audrey McClelland
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    How do we do pool time with Victoria?Easy.There’s a bubble bin, and in she goes. It’s like a big foam pit for her!Hey… you do what works, right?Love my husband’s face here.She’s got him wrapped around her finger!
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    The Survival Mom

  • Win An All American Sun Oven in this Giveaway!

    The Survival Mom
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    The folks at the All American Sun Oven company have teamed up with a large group of bloggers and we are giving away a deluxe Sun Oven! The retail price of this set is $399! But that is only the start of the reasons why you should enter to try and win this oven. Using a Sun Oven can help you be more frugal by cutting your utility bills. Wouldn’t it be great to have that bill lowered? Cooking in a Sun Oven is just as easy as using a conventional oven and really only takes a few minutes longer in the cooking cycle. TIPS: Prepare your recipe using a little less liquid in casseroles, soups…
  • Basic Steps to Maintain Your Core Temperature

    Jim Cobb
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In a true survival situation, such as if you’re lost in the woods, the first priority is to do everything you can to maintain your core body temperature. Hypothermia (core temperature too low) can kill a whole lot faster than a lack of food or water. Hyperthermia (core temperature too high) is no fun, either. First Steps The first step is to get out of the elements if at all possible. Rain, snow, wind, and even the hot sun can all negatively affect you. Avoid sitting on damp ground or cold rocks. If you have a jacket or something with you, use it as a cushion to help avoid losing body heat…
  • Getting Buy-In When You Don’t See Eye to Eye

    Jim Cobb
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of the most common issues I’m asked regularly about is something along the lines of, “My husband/wife/significant other ridicules the whole idea of prepping.” It is disheartening, to say the least, when someone we love isn’t on board with something about which we can be very passionate. In my experience, this issue seems pretty evenly split between the genders. There are just as many husbands as there are wives who experience this problem. What is the real issue? Part of the problem often stems from our own presentation on the subject. Think about it like this. Let’s say your…
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  • read magic tricks: cool, fun focused reading

    amy mascott
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
            Magic is one of those things that totally intrigues kids. They want to know how the tricks work, they want to know why the tricks work, and they want to know as much as they can to trick their friends and family. So when I saw that Melissa & Doug had a brand, new Magician Role Play Set, I knew that my kids would love it since they’re longtime fans of the other Magic Sets. Cora learned first-hand recently how much time and effort magic takes to really get those tricks down. But before long, she had our family–and her buddies–wondering how she…
  • halloween party ideas for kids and classrooms

    amy mascott
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
          I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: we shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to Halloween class parties. Haven’t these been held for years and years and years? Right. So why are we all searching around and surfing the internet and looking high and low for ideas? Here’s everything you need for a rockstar Halloween class party. All wrapped up in a pretty little package. Just click the links, add them to your cart, and it will all end up on your doorstep. Print out the games, put on your witch hat (Come on. You better have a…
  • pumpkin match game

    amy mascott
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
        This game was surprisingly more difficult than I expected it would be for my 10, 9, and 7 year olds. I don’t know if they were just not in the pumpkin-matching mindset or if they need more matching practice or if the pumpkin faces were just a wee bit too similar–but it took them a while to match the 24 pumpkins. Hoping that it’s not too tough for a Halloween class party later this month because I think it would be and ideal way to get kids up and moving and thinking and interacting. Here’s the skinny. . . Pumpkin Match Game: Pumpkin Match is…
 
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    Unmotherly Insights

  • Skinny lemon drop martini

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

    Debra Gettleman
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Ode to Oxy-Clean.
  • Ode to Oxy-Clean

    Debra Gettleman
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    For my son, Levi’s, 14th birthday his grandmother (AKA Bubby) took him out on a clothes shopping spree. She bought him an entire wardrobe of adorable shorts and cool t-shirts. Now everyday my son gets ready for school and looks like he just stepped out of a Macy’s catalogue. (It’s maybe not Abercrombie and Fitch to which most teens might aspire, but he looks great to me and feels positive and happy each morning as he strolls to the bus stop.) Cut to: Yesterday. I’m doing the laundry. (Do I need to say that this is my least favorite job on the planet?) I do tend to scoop up whatever…
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    The Shopping Mama

  • Pound Puppies are Back

    Serena
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    What was old is now new again, and that is particularly true with the resurgence of old kids’ toys from decades past. One of favorite oldie but goody toys are Pound Puppies, a popular toy line in the 1980s. These popular puppies are now back and better than ever where every puppy comes complete with its own breed specific fun fact card and heart shaped dog tag. Simply write your puppy’s name on the tag and register your puppy online to get your very own printable adoption certificate! This includes tons of breeds to choose from including a Beagle, Labrador, Bulldog or Poodle…
  • Disney Specialty Paints and Finishes

    Catherine
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    You probably already know that Disney and Glidden offer paints in your favorite Disney colors, but the fun only starts there. Disney also offers specialty paints and finishes!? My daughter’s room is currently painted “Fairest Of Them All”,  a subtle light pink that doesn’t seem like it fits Snow White much but it’s soft and delicate and sweet for our daughters girly room.  I’m sure she would love some the glitter topcoat for some extra pizazz! Get creative with Slate, Metallic, Glitter, Specktacular, Glow, and Dry Erase  – specialty paints from…
  • Children’s Book Review: Star Sisters and The Royal Wedding

    Catherine
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    We recently discovered the new children’s book series, Star Sisters, which features Coco and Lucy, two best friends who call themselves the “Star Sisters”. Bound together in friendship by their magical star necklaces, they travel through time and space to share kindness and help people. We read the first book in the series Star Sisters and The Royal Wedding, here is our review. Author: Jennifer Blecher (mom to three girls, writes the kind of chapter books she and her kids enjoy reading) Illustrated: Anne Zimanski Paperback, 118 pages, 11 chapters. Westgate Publishing,…
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • The Tooth Collector

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Emma lost another tooth Friday night. It had been loose for a while but the fact that she hit herself in the face with a ball helped a lot.Here's the thing about me and loose teeth - I can't handle it. It's a good thing Kevin has no issue pulling teeth out because if it was up to me the kids would be walking around like extras in The Walking Dead ... loose teeth hanging out all over the place.It wouldn't be pretty.I hate loose teeth.Want to gross me out? Wiggle a loose tooth.  The thought of pulling teeth out makes me queasy.But....I save the kids' teeth.Every single one of them.I'm…
  • How to Fail at Leadership

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Clearly today has been "a day."Aside from the fact that this is the third blog post I've written today I also would like to eat ice cream straight from the container and drink a very large bottle of wine. At the same time. Which would probably be really gross.Whatever.I've been sitting here thinking - what would a good leader do when faced with an issue like food allergies at school?A good leader would (1) set up a meeting with ALL THE PARENTS of kids with food allergies at the school, (2) listen to the concerns of those parents, and (3) formulate a plan that would include ALL THE KIDS at the…
  • More Food Allergy "Fun"

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    So today has been one of "those" days when I really just want to punch something. Or someone. Or both.After my post this morning about the Halloween party at school...well let's just put it this way:The initial response from the PTO president was followed by many other not-so-nice comments and accusations from other parents.My favorite: You're being mean and unfair to the other kids. OK. Let's just stop here for a minute.Advocating for the safety of ALL KIDS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES is not being "mean" or "unfair" to other students and for you to think that it is just shows how stupid you…
 
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    The MamaZone

  • The Book of Life Movie Prize Pack Giveaway Plus FREE Activity Sheets

    Anitra Elmore
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    I’m back with a fun opportunity for you to win a movie prize pack to celebrate The Book of Life.  It arrives in theaters October 17, 2014 and it looks like an absolute blast. Check it out: About The Book of Life THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village. It’s rated PG and has an awesome cast, including Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube and Danny Trejo.
  • The Book of Life In Theaters October 17th

    Anitra Elmore
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    The Book of Life arrives in theaters October 17, 2014. Check out the trailer below: About The Book of Life THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village. It’s rated PG and has an awesome cast, including Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube and Danny Trejo. It was directed by Jorge Guttierrez and produced by Guillermo Del Toro. Play the Book of Life Minigame…
  • What Mama Learned Last Week: Forgetting Lunch, Learning from Kids and Fall Peppers

    Anitra Elmore
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    I’m back. Happy Monday! Here’s what I picked up last week. Sometimes you make a lunch in the kitchen and sometimes you make lunch in the car. Kids, if you’re wondering who mom nags when there is no one else to blame but herself, it’s herself. However, while she’s doing that nagging, she will drop you off at school, stop by the grocery store, buy your lunch, make it in the car and drop it off at the front desk for you. All the while, being reminded that she is, in fact, imperfect. She embraces that fact, takes a few deep breaths and scratches you off of her to do…
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    Dear Crissy

  • Applegate HALF TIME™ makes lunch awesome!

    Crissy Page
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When Evan started pre-K this year, I was really excited knowing that I would have the opportunity to pack his lunch every day. It was really fun for the first week, and I took quite a bit of time building the perfect sandwiches and packing his fruits and veggies individually into little containers or bags. Then, on week two, reality set in. While I want Evan to have special lunches, I also don’t want to spend quite so much time every day making that happen! I mean, let’s face it, mornings with kids are chaotic and anything to make the hustle and bustle a bit easier is welcome in…
  • Inspiration and savings at Value Seekers Club

    Crissy Page
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dollar Tree. The opinions and text are all mine. I’m a big fan of Dollar Tree, but I find myself shopping the aisles of Dollar Tree even more frequently around the holidays. I love the amazing deals on holiday decor and craft supplies. In fact, I was wanted to pick up some items for a fun Halloween craft after recently signing up for Dollar Tree’s loyalty program, The Value Seekers Club. The site is chock full of recipe ideas, crafts, decor and ways to save. It’s really a great companion site for Dollar Tree…
  • Twitter Party: eBay #ShopTheWorld on Oct 13th at 7pm ET

    Crissy Page
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of eBay. Opinions are my own. I’m excited to announce that I’ll be joining @socialmoms and @eBay on Monday, October 13, 2014, to celebrate finding our personal inspiration through eBay’s new “Shop The World” campaign! We’ll be talking about what inspires you, and how eBay puts the whole world at your fingertips. I know that I’ve purchased some truly unique and special items that I could never have found anywhere but on eBay! Be sure to go over to the invitation page to RSVP! You’ll be entered for a chance to win…
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    Child Mode

  • GapKids Debuts Limited Edition kate spade new york Collection (Photos!)

    Nadia Carriere
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Mark your calendars, because in just a couple of weeks you’ll be able to get your hands on the new kate spade new york and Jack Spade collection for GapKids. This limited-edition girls’... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Autumn Lunch Idea ~ Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

    Nadia Carriere
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    We celebrated Thanksgiving last week here in Canada and autumn is in full swing. Naturally this means that pumpkins are in season. Last week, my husband and I made a trip to one of our favourite Thai... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Mabels Labels Welcomes a New Baby!

    Nadia Carriere
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    There are some brands you just don’t switch out and Mabel’s Labels is one of them. The label company that every mom I know uses, just announced the launch of their Baby Combo Pack, an... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
 
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    One Bored Mommy Blogspot

  • The Wonder Years - Season One ON DVD

    Anonymous
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Oh...The Wonder Years...All products were sent free of charge for this review/feature!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by writing my honest opinions about this show or this DVD release!How I remember this show so fondly!  When it came out in 1988, I was only ten years old, but I remember watching it with my father, who felt like he was watching his childhood on the TV screen.  My dad was adorable like Kevin Arnold, had beautiful girlfriends like Winnie Cooper (Eunice), had a buddy like Paul Pfeiffer (Chico), a big sister like Karen (DeeAnne) and a big brother…
  • @Mabelhood - Mabel's Labels NEW ADDITION - "The Baby Combo" Has Arrived

    Anonymous
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    As you know, I am a mommy who is rather fond of personalizing things!  Especially with four kids, keeping track of who's stuff is who's is very important...even as my kids get older!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 the products being reviewed/featured!But when they were infants, it was crucial to me!  Why?  Babies like to share things with other babies.  When I used to drop my babies off in the church nursery, it was nice knowing that my kid's…
  • Hip Baby Wrap - Nursing And Baby Wearing TO THE COMFORTABLE MAX!

    Anonymous
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    My baby wearing and nursing days are a thing of the past!  *SNIFF* *SNIFF*  But I've been there, done that...and loved every single second of it!  There is nothing more soothing (in my opinion) to a new mommy...than once you've gotten the hang of nursing...and being able to do it modestly, in public, with confidence.  And there is nothing like "wearing your baby" on your chest and the feeling of warmth and comfort...when that baby is soothed and sleeping to your heart beat.All products sent for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not…
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    HomeToHeather

  • Think Sex Trafficking Isn’t a Canadian Problem? Think Again.

    Heather
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    By Kathleen Shaver I had the privilege of being able to attend the Canadian Women’s Foundation Calgary Breakfast last week.  The subject being discussed at this event is a subject no one wants to address, let alone acknowledge as being an issue right here in Canada:  Human Trafficking.  What is human trafficking?  It is the systematic abuse of women whereby they are kidnapped and exploited for sexual purposes in the interest of making money for their captors.  It is organized crime, it is a human rights violation and is an extreme form of violence against women.  It is happening…
  • Hot Chicken and Broccoli Salad

    Heather
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’ve joined up with a whole bunch of awesome bloggers to bring you some easy weeknight meal ideas – we all need more of those right?  I know I do.  I get so bored of the same things over and over and over but when we’re in a time crunch we usually tend to go for what we can put together without thinking.  My contribution is the most delish hot broccoli and chicken salad – you won’t even believe how comforting it is until you try it.  Had a bad day?  Make this.  See my recipe below and scroll down to be able to click through to all the others.  Enjoy! This…
  • Join the #sabradipschat Twitter party!

    Heather
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
      You’ve probably, hopefully, heard me talk about Sabra one or twice.  They make incredible hummus, and salsa, and dips.  Everything is really fresh and tasty and there are so many ways to incorporate hummus into your weekly meals – I even made corn bread with hummus! Now there’s exciting news!  Sabra Canada is having a party and we’d love you to come.  I’m hosting a twitter chat with @sabracanada, @feistyfrugal and @lacuisinehelene and we’re going to talk about yummy things like salsa and hummus and more!  We have some prizes in store for you…
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    hollywood housewife

  • velvet pumpkins giveaway

    hollywood housewife
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every fall I put out my velvet pumpkins around the house and every year guests ask me about them. I have several sets now from the LoveFeast Shop and they are hands down my favorite holiday decor. I pile them on my dining table as a centerpiece and I have a few smaller ones on the mantle. They are so well made and lush-looking. This week I'm excited to be giving away ONE LARGE set of velvet pumpkins from the LoveFeast Shop to a lucky HH reader. The winner gets to choose which color set. You must leave a comment using the rafflecopter widget below telling me where you would put your velvet…
  • get ready for one day!

    hollywood housewife
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It's here! One of my favorite social media days of the year: the One Day project on Instagram. (See One Day 2013 and One Day 2012.) Last year there were over 9,000 photos in the stream by the end of the day. Going through the day with one another was great. This is such a fun project that everyone can participate in AND it's only One Day. We'll be taking to Instagram and using the hashtag #OneDayHH this Wednesday, October 22. Here's the goal: Most of us are pretty good about getting cute pictures of the kids or selfies with our significant other. But what about all the other…
  • greer inez family photos

    hollywood housewife
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The point of this post isn't to show off how cute my kids are, although they are that, and I can only wish in another life to be as photogenic and at easy in front of the camera as my two offspring. My point of this post is to encourage you highly - highly - to get professional photos taken of your family at least once a year. We got behind, and it's been nearly two years since we've had a whole session of photos taken of our family, and that's too long. My friend Greer Inez took our family photos at our house on a random Sunday morning a few weeks ago. It took roughly half an…
 
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    Following In My Shoes

  • The Ultimate Pumpkin Recipe List: 56 Recipes for Fall

    Rachel Lacy
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Yesterday, a friend and I left the bustling metropolis of College Station and took a field trip over the river and through the woods to visit a Houston area Trader Joe’s. It doesn’t matter how many times I visit that store, I am always a giddy kid as soon as I walk in. LOOK AT ALL THE FOODS. I NEED ALL THE FOOOOOOODS. Cookie butter, Fleur de Sal Caramels, Buffalo Jerky, Frozen Macarons, Sesame Honey Cashews … it doesn’t matter if it is good for me or NOT (and, let’s be honest, the majority of the fun finds in TJ’s really aren’t healthy.  Just…
  • Being an Unstoppable Mom

    Rachel Lacy
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    We are all curators online, carefully crafting our lives for those who follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on our blogs (the old Grandma now of the online world).  We showcase the perfectly groomed kids.  The beautifully set table and home-cooked food. The seasonally decorated mantles.  And, yes, perfectly cute, healthy school lunches. Loading First Hello Kitty lunch of the new school year! Stored in an @easylunchboxes: Salami, Cheddar and Seed Crackers, Cucumbers and Homemade Ranch, Apples and Blueberries. @lunchbox_love Note; Hello Kitty decorative items from @bentousa.
  • I Heart Lunch: Pizza Muffins (grainfree and nutfree)

    Rachel Lacy
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Pepperoni Pizza Muffins, (gluten free) Marinara, Grapes and Blueberries, Tomatoes and Cucumber Slices.   Stored in an Easy Lunchbox. In This Bento:– {I Heart Lunch} Gonna be honest here today … there are some days, I just don’t want to even bother with packing lunches. ESPECIALLY, when dealing with a picky eater like Mr. Boy. That child makes it hard to pack the same thing in every lunch because, 90% of the time, he doesn’t (or claims it, anyway) like what his big sister and little brother enjoy eating. I’ve discovered, though, in a pure bout of mommy-genius,…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Niche Parent Conference 2014 Recap

    Cindy Schultz
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    I am just home from the Niche Parent Conference 2014. This was the third year for this conference and the first time I attended. The conference was held at Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World. I came home exhausted, with my brain full of knowledge and my heart full of love from new friendships that were made. I am going to share with you some of my thoughts about this weekend. The Conference Venue I have attended several other conferences that were held at Walt Disney World, and this is the second one at Coronado Springs. This is my least favorite resort on Disney property for two…
  • Turn It Up Tuesday 57

    Cindy Schultz
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I made it home from an awesome weekend at Niche Parent Conference 2014! I had a great time and if you subscribe to my blog, you’ll see my recap post soon! Welcome to the 57th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!!! We’re so happy to have you here this week – and thanks for the amazing posts last week! Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is…
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2014

    Cindy Schultz
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I know it isn’t even Halloween yet but you need to get your tickets now for Mickey’s very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World. The party at the Magic Kingdom kicks off in less than 3 weeks! We always attend the party in early November and it kicks off our Christmas season. You can’t attend the party and not get in the Christmas spirit with the lights, music and even the snow on Main Street, USA! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place from 7:00 PM to midnight, on November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21 and 30; and December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18 and…
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    mommyshangout.com

  • How to Check Your Home for Water Leaks

    Jen Williams
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    A leak can be a very costly problem for your home if it goes unnoticed. When your water bill arrives, you will be paying for the water wastage even on a small leak. One drip per second can amount to 2,000 litres a month, which is a staggering amount to go down the drain under... [read more]
  • Sweeping Saturday 10/18/2014

    Jen Williams
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
  • Renovating Your Bathroom? 5 Things To Remember

    Jen Williams
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    Is it a real drag to freshen up in your tired old bathroom? It might be time to spend the time and money on a complete bathroom rejuvenation. This article will discuss five important things to consider while you’re in the planning stages of your renovation. In these early stages, it can be worthwhile to... [read more]
 
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    Naptime Radio

  • Episode 139: Critical Thinking

    Heather and Kate
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss shameful acts, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on critical thinking and wrap with a quality Kate and Nodelman fight.  Good stuff!  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 138: Best Apps

    Heather and Kate
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss sweaty kids and choaking, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on best apps and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 137: Ebola

    Heather and Kate
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss baby cats and bad driving, get biz buzzed and talk lady balls with Alli P., power nap on Ebola and wrap with the one and only Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
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    just another mommy blog...

  • One of those days...

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    One of those days where you realize that the super comfy red sweatshirt you found with the letter "M" on the left side is actually a maternity sweatshirt from Motherhood......and your pre-teen argues for over 20 minutes about what a "good" is, and whether or not you know what you're talking about......and you discover you're out of cat food AND cat litter......and your teenager has a stiff neck, but you're out of Ibuprofen......and the internet is being kind of an asshole with real articles that aren't real, but you're an idiot for believing it because "DUH, it's SATIRE," sheesh......and you…
  • Lego Landfill

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    There's something really satisfying about vacuuming up a couple of errant Legos from the corners of my living room.Related: What percentage of our current landfills consists of Lego blocks? On average, since my eldest was about 10 (the time I stopped fretting about vacuuming up a Really Important Piece), I'd say I've vacuumed about 30 of the single or double blocks a year. MINIMUM. There have definitely been a few of those swords and accessories, maybe a leg or arm as well, and OCCASIONALLY a "Big Piece" has gotten tossed because I am not sticking my hand into a canister of dust and dog hair…
  • Perspective

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    I like reaching out to other people, because you never know what small detail may just be the ONE small detail that totally flips that person's day (week? Life?) around.A simple link on Facebook flipped my day around. A link to a page about the universe and all of its massive expanses of the unknown is what it took for me to reveal a little perspective on my otherwise ordinary Thursday morning.When something as unfathomably enormous as an entire collection of unexplored galaxies isn't visible by the human eye, my mind has to marvel at how insignificant my daily trivialities truly are.
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    Mommy Niri

  • Project Sunlight’s focus on Child Hunger! #ShareAMeal100 #shareameal #ad

    Nirasha Jaganath
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    No child should go to bed hungry. Period!  When Unilever asked to partner with me to talk about this subject, I wholeheartedly agreed. As a mom the image of some child not having food is painful. When I’m late to eat lunch or any meal I can barely focus, I’m cranky and my attention span wanes. Now imagine doing this for all meals and daily? Are you aware that right here in the USA there are 16 million children struggling with hunger?  My head can’t wrap around that figure. Now visualize this: 1 in 5 children are unaware where their next meal is coming from. 1 IN 5! So when…
  • Six Flags and Fright Fest! Win tickets!

    Nirasha Jaganath
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Recently Six Flags invited us over for a media day afternoon event. Six Flags New England is about a 2 hour drive so we debated the drive since Hubby was teaching Scratch programming classes that day but we knew our family always has tons of fun at Six Flags so we decided to go. We normally visit Six Flags during summer and love their water park but sadly missed it this year so we were curious for their fall offerings. Admittedly I was concerned about Fright Fest at Six Flags New England because my girls are pretty young and I know what adults and teens may consider cool would freak them out.
  • A day of “play” with Carnival Cruise Lines at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

    Nirasha Jaganath
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    I’ve been turning down a lot of opportunities to travel recently. As much as they drive me postal at times, I don’t like being away from my family, but when my the fabulous people at Carnival Cruise Lines asked me I said yes. Why? Because social good is a huge passion for me and they were going to be taking part in a Day of Play at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Saint Jude Children’s Research hospital is one of the institutions hugely supported by Carnival Cruise Lines and while I KNOW money is important, I do love that they know that immersing their staff in the…
 
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    Traveling Mom

  • Hawks Cay Resort’s Military Discounts

    Meagan Shamy, Military TravelingMom
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Hawks Cay Resort, in the Florida Keys, is once again honoring military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and all medical personnel with its annual Heroes Salute program. Running now through December 18, 2014, this year’s Heroes Salute features starting rates at $109, special discounts on resort activities and weekly tribute events. Heroes Salute includes discounts: a special $109 rate on one of our standard 50 minute services (Tropical Breeze Massage, Manicure/Pedicure and Sea Mist Facial) PLUS they’ll receive a bonus upgrade on the service they select. 10% off SNUBA and dive excursions…
  • Hotel Review: Sanctuary Olonana, Kenya

    Lorraine Sanabria Robertson, Marathon TravelingMom
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Photo by: Lorraine Robertson / Marathon TMOM Admittedly, I was clueless to the art of luxury camping, or “Glamping” as its also eloquently called, when I packed my bags and headed to Kenya for my first African safari. While there are a wide range of camps in Kenya’s world-famous Masai Mara that can accommodate both the frugal and the luxury traveler, many people view a safari as a once in a lifetime trip and often splurge. At first glance the nightly rate of some camps can seem pricey but the upscale accommodations, the food, the guides, the activities and the impeccable…
  • Didier Farms Pumpkinfest: So Much More than a Pumpkin Patch

    Linda Marsicano, TravelingMom with Twins
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Photo courtesy of Didier Farms We’ve hit our fair share of pumpkin patches to pick out a collection of decorations for our festive Halloween celebrations. But nothing compares to Didier Farms’ annual Pumpkinfest, located about 45 minutes outside Chicago, which offers a whole day of activities that delight younger children (and their parents).  Tractor drawn hayrides through a “haunted” maze contain surprises at every turn – (not-very scary) ghosts, goblins and unfortunate souls who never made it out of the rows of corn. Keep your eyes peeled for hilarious scarecrows including…
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    Big Binder

  • Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson. If You Live In Michigan And Have Kids – You MUST See This Movie!

    Jennifer Rees
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you’re from here, you get it.  Michigan flies under the radar sometimes as having a distinct ‘feel’ to it – but it’s there. Michigan-ness.  It’s not often you get a surge of Michigan pride while watching a movie but it happened tonight. We had the priveledge (I don’t say that lightly) of attending the world premiere of the new movie Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson. It was at a benefit for the Grand Rapids Public Museum (where the ‘Real Pirates’ exhibit is opening soon!) in the Meijer Theatre which locals will…
  • Five Tips For Getting The Most Out Of A Visit To Kalahari Waterpark

    Jennifer Rees
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    No more beaches, no more pools… it’s getting to be time to head indoors for swimming.  My kids LOVE water parks, and when we visited the Kalahari Waterpark in Sandusky a while ago, I thought for certain my kids would bump it up to the number one spot in their ranking.  Being water park professionals; surely the would fall for the African themed decor in the lobby, the nice rooms, the amazing spa, and the super cute gift shops? None of these things bear any weight with them though.  Neither does the swim up bar; which is probably a good thing. Kalahari is firmly planted in…
  • Celebrating Small Wins When Moving: Keeping My Hardwood Floors Clean

    Jennifer Rees
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Libman provided me with a Libman Freedom Spray Mop and compensation.  All opinions are my own. When I was in college, I moved on just about a quarterly basis.  I don’t remember it being a hassle at all.  I had a hatchback and if I recall correctly, about 10 trips out to the car and I was good to go. After living in a house for 14 years during, which time I acquired a husband and two kids, I seem to also have acquired a great deal of stuff.  Moving now is a whole different ballgame. Oh My God WHAT IS ALL OF THIS STUFF? I thought I was pretty good at decluttering.  After all; I lived…
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    Simplified Saving

  • Suave Family Perks Program

    Lisa Thompson
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Global Influence. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own! I’ve always been a beauty product snob.  While my frugal friends were buying drugstore makeup and hair products, I was saving money like crazy on all my other purchases so I could splurge on department store and salon quality products.  A few summers ago, I accidentally left my $25 hairspray at home when I went on vacation.  Rather than buy another $25 bottle, I thought I’d “make do” with something from Walmart.  I grabbed a bottle of Suave Professionals…
  • Restaurant Coupon Roundup {10/18/2014}

    Lisa Thompson
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week! Au Bon Pain – $2 Off $7 Purchase (exp: 10/20/2014) Bertuccis – $5 Off Entire Check from 4PM – Close (exp: 10/31/2014) Black Angus Steakhouse – $41 Campfire Feast for Two (exp: 10/28/2014) Blimpie - Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 10/30/2014) Bob Evans – 20% Off Carry-Out Purchase (exp: 10/20/2014) Corner Bakery – Free Pumpkin Whoopie Pie with…
  • Retail Coupon Roundup {10/18/14}

    Lisa Thompson
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Ace Hardware - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Ace Hardware Air Filter (exp: 10/31/2014) Adidas Outlet – $10 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014) Bealls - $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 10/25/2014) Belk – 15% Off Sale Price Purchases + More (exp: 10/18/2014) Bonton – $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 10/23/2014) Carters - 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 11/1/2014) Casual Male - $25 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 11/2/2014) JCPenney - 25% Off Select Apparel, Shoes,…
 
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  • Shoe Math

    Marinka
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    I don’t know about you, but I always welcome the opportunity to feel like one of Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters. Wait, were her stepsisters ugly or just mean-spirited? Is it too much to hope that they were both, in addition to huge-footed? Anyway. I never miss the opportunity to feel like one of them. So I go to a shoe store to get a pair of shoes and ask for a size 11. Now I ask for size 11 because that’s my shoe size, and since I’m buying a pair of shoes, I see no reason to be coy. Yes, I know that’s big, but you know what they say, “big feet, big-”…
  • Get Over It

    Marinka
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    I have many important things to update on, including the fact that I am not drinking alcohol in September and that my cat is urinating all over the fucking place, but I feel like first I have to tell you about my trip to Ireland. So let’s get that over with so that we can move on with our lives. By which I mean discussing temporary sobriety/lack of meaning in life and cat urine. To recap, I went to Ireland with a man that I started seeing in the spring. About six weeks into our romance, he asked me if I’d like to go to Bermuda for the weekend and I said no, because I read about…
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    Hanging By a Thread

  • Make a Wish {My Birthday List}

    Hanging By a Thread
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    My birthday is next week. Now, it's not just any birthday; it's a big one. It's one I've been looking forward to for a while, but regardless of my age, I really love my birthday…every year! My birthday wish lists don't always work out the way I've planned, but I...
  • The Stories We Tell

    Hanging By a Thread
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    My minivan has a spot on the back right fender that's rusted; it's a small spot and if you look closely you can see that the finish was gashed some years ago, exposing the metal and then becoming rusted. My kids know what caused this small gash in our minivan....
  • The Long Goodbye

    Hanging By a Thread
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    This thing all things devours; Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays king, ruins town, And beats mountain down. ~ A riddle from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit The answer is time. Time marches on, regardless of anything else. And with time, change is...
 
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    Mom Made That!™ | THE Mom Business Registry

  • MARKET OF SUNSHINE & MY SECRET COMPARTMENTS

    MomMadeThat
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Marketing Services via vendor events, swag bags and social media networking. We team up with other events and promote eco-friendly small business art/craft products as well as direct sales products. We are always looking for new vendors to join our events in our swag bags. If you live in the U.S. we can promote your shop or website for a very small fee. Our Etsy shop offers handmade hollow books, fabric note cards and original artwork prints and note cards. We also take custom orders, please allow 2 weeks for delivery on your special request. Visit…
  • DESIREE DAWN DESIGN

    MomMadeThat
    27 Nov 2013 | 8:22 am
    The snowflake with the red strands represent the Christmas season and the beauty it has to offer. etsy.com/shop/DesireeDawnDesign
  • LITTLE KOSTA

    MomMadeThat
    17 Nov 2013 | 8:38 am
    Handmade knitted and crochet items that make great accessories for all four seasons. www.etsy.com/shop/LittleKosta
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    Not Your Typical Mommy

  • American Girl is Coming to Orlando!

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    American Girl is bringing it's sparkle to the Orlando area and girls everywhere are squealing with joy. The American Girl Orlando will be located at: 8001 S Orange Blossom Trail in the Florida Mall.On November 15-16, 2014 there will be Grand Opening events going on to celebrate and I wanted to share some special details that you need to know about those two days.Grand Opening InformationTo manage guests' waiting times and observe fire-safety regulations, a ticket system will be used for the American Girl Orlando- The Florida Mall Grand-Opening Weekend.We recommend parking on the Northwest…
  • Family Camping Gear

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    With cooler weather approaching, it's time to start planning more outdoor activities and for my family that means: camping.Yes, you can camp in Florida all year long but who wants to sweat like that and deal with all the mosquitoes?Not me.So when Fall rolls in, we start pulling out our gear and plan a getaway.  There's some great new camping gear on the market that I have to share with you. These items will, no doubt, make your next trip easy-peasy.Grill Wipes ($2.99 per 6).One of my favorite things about camping is the lack of fast food. There's no such thing as fast food in the woods!
  • Tomorrowland - US Teaser Trailer

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    I won't lie, when I heard that Disney was making a movie called Tomorrowland, I was skeptical. How is it possible to make a movie around my favorite area in the Magic Kingdom???But then I heard George Clooney was involved... and then, THEN, I saw the trailer.And I'm dying to know more!It's really, really good.Check out the teaser trailer right  now and get excited with me about this movie.Hitting theaters 5.22.15
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • The Gift of Rest

    Dawn Camp
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    It wasn’t my intention to start a 31 days series and let it fizzle after 10, but keeping up with that schedule showed me what I’d otherwise missed: I’m burned out right now—physically and mentally—and the late nights spent writing made it worse. I don’t plan to abandon the series, but it might look different, more photos and less text. My husband and I celebrated our 29th anniversary this weekend. We spent Saturday in the north Georgia mountain town of Dahlonega, site of Georgia’s gold rush. First we went to Three Sisters Vineyards for Swine and Wine, where…
  • All about Cirque du Soleil & an Amaluna Giveaway!

    Dawn Camp
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:56 pm
    [Contest is closed: Alex Perez is the winner!] Sunday night my husband and I experienced Cirque du Soleil for the first time when we saw Amaluna at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station. I expected an over-the-top visual experience, but I wasn’t prepared for performers whose abilities extended beyond what I believed possible. More than once I shook my head in disbelief: the human body is capable of amazing things with skill and practice. Amaluna runs here in Atlanta until November 30, 2014. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post for your chance to win four tickets! Fun Facts about Cirque…
  • When We Look for Our Points of Intersection

    Dawn Camp
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    My hometown hosted the Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair, one of my fondest childhood memories. My family owned a piano company and my daddy tuned the pianos for the acts that performed when the fair came to town. If it was open, we were there. As a teen I was too cool for country. My daddy still reminds me how I could have seen George Strait for free (I later paid to see him as an adult), but many are the lessons you’re too impatient to learn at 17. Uncle Earl lived across from the fairgrounds. A people person and all-around character—if you know what I mean—he entertained the folks who…
 
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • How to Engage Your Kids on the Ride Home From School

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This content was sponsored by FordOur pace has really changed since the kids started school again. After we get home, the kids have to do their homework. Then they need to practice drums and guitar, and after that they are usually begging to go outside and play with the neighbor kids while I assemble dinner. Before we know it, it's bedtime, and it's easy to feel like I barely connected with the kids before they have to head to bed.I've been trying to be intentional about using our car ride home from school as a time to reconnect with the kids and get information about their day. I like the…
  • What I want you to know about what it's like to have a missing loved one

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here.  Today’s guest post is by Anita Davis SullivanThose people you hear about on the news or see flyers of? They have real families behind them and people longing for them, missing them. I'm one of them. My brother has been missing since June 2007. You should know what's it like. Not those few cases that…
  • That's what SHE said: kids ruining marriage, the ills of homework, giving crap to the poor, Africa and Ebola paranoia, and more . . .

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Dear World: Let’s Stop Giving Our Crap To The Poor | We Are THAT FamilyThe poor may not have wealth, but they have dignity. I’ve met people without electricity or running water who swept their dirt floors daily, pressed their clothes neatly, walked miles to work on muddy roads, dodging sewage and never had a speck of dirt on them. They value their own worth, we should too.Our Ignorance Of Africa Is More Dangerous Than Ebola | The GrioThe narrative about Africa has always been a simple, singular picture of the poor helpless, disease-ridden child with mosquitoes all over it. The continent…
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • Worth a Share – I love Cheerios and the Best Music Video From a Band You’ve Never Heard Of

    Jenni Chiu
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
        I love one of the latest videos from General Mills and it’s “The Cheerios Effect” series.  Remember the huge uncalled for controversy over their Cheerios commercial starring a multi-racial family? Well, they haven’t backed down for a second, and continue to produce content celebrating today’s “many kinds of families”. […]
  • Five Vloggers Walk Into a Hotel Room

    Jenni Chiu
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
      This post is purely for your entertainment. Five vloggers walk into a hotel room… with a video camera and no plan.   On my BlogHer’14 conference trip to San Jose not too long ago, I got hang out/meet in real life/collab with some of my favorite vloggers. We agreed to meet […]
  • You Should’ve Known Better

    Jenni Chiu
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:07 pm
        Dear people of the entire world, If you’re a woman, please don’t take private nude photos of yourself and store them in what you are led to believe is a secure location. It doesn’t matter if they’re for your lover who is far away, or if you’re just […]
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    Chasing Supermom

  • Baked Apple Cider Donuts

    Bekki
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    There’s just something so homey and comforting about the smell of apple and cinnamon. It’s the smell of fall.We’ve had an unseasonably warm October here in the Pacific NW. Even with an early trip to the pumpkin patch, a scarecrow on the porch, and Halloween costumes in the works, it hasn’t truly felt like fall. What’s a fall-loving girl to do? The answer was easy. Get in the kitchen and make apple cider donuts. Have you ever had REAL apple cider? It’s thick, spicy, and full of flavor. One sip transports you to a blustery fall day. Add in cinnamon and brown…
  • Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™ Raceway Review & Giveaway

    Bekki
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    This post is sponsored by Mega Bloks. I received free product to help facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. I absolutely LOVE toys that require imagination, activity, and critical thinking. I love it when a toy gets your child to look away from the screen, get down on the floor, and really PLAY. Let’s be honest, we all need a little more playing in our life. When I opened the box and set the new Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™ Raceway on the floor, ALL of my kids were ready to play. Everyone wanted to get in on the action, and have a hand in setting up the…
  • How to Make Profit from Recyclable Products

    Bekki
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    *This is a guest/advertorial post. Content not provided by Chasing Supermom. Some people say that one man’s trash is another’s treasure and it turns out this can be true when it comes to recyclables as you can actually turn a profit from selling instead of scrapping any old purchases. You don’t have to be Alan Sugar to come up with a plan to turn a profit from your old refuse as it’s incredibly easy. For example you try your hand at selling your old appliances like blenders, kettles, irons or microwaves through newspaper listings or on a website like Gum tree or through advertising on…
 
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    The Mom Writes

  • How to Increase Productivity with Pen and Paper AKA My Experience Using the Bullet Journal Method

    The Mom Writes
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    It was a simple question in the Biz Bistro, “Has anyone used the bullet journal method to increase productivity” that got the buzz going. Y’see, I’m all for being intentional with my time and using it as wisely as I can considering I need to allocate it for business, blogging, client projects, home management, family care, self-care. You get what I mean, right? … Read full post The Mom...
  • Two Easy and Fun DIY Gift Ideas to Nourish Your Friendships and Your Skin

    The Mom Writes
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you’ve known me for any length of time, you’ll know that while I’m all for spending money wisely, there’s only so much that I’ll go DIY for. Baking from scratch- check. Cooking from scratch-check. DIY gifts- ummmmm……. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • Eco-friendly Cleaning On a Budget: The ONLY Tip You Need to Know and Use

    The Mom Writes
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Eco-friendly cleaning has continued to be a hot topic and gone from being a buzzword to a real mission for many families. While I’m ALL for cleaning green and using less chemicals in our home, the truth is that I’m busy and am sure, so are you. In the middle of playdates, business meetings, client projects, homework, grocery shopping {and putting away!}, laundry, I really don’t need ONE more...
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • #GetGoing with Jif to Go Dippers! #MC #Sponsored

    Nancy
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    As I’ve mentioned before, I am super excited to be sharing information with you about Jif to Go Dippers with the help of Mom Central Consulting!  If you’ve read any of my other posts, you might know that with a 4 year old and a 6 year old, I am constantly on the go!  Between dance, gymnastics, soccer, school, and of course, my every day errands like grocery shopping, it’s hard to find a time to sit down and feed my kids nutritional snacks.  Sad as it is to say, we often eat our snacks in the car in between stops! I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on…
  • Yes, Jesus Loves Me

    Shera
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    One of the unexpected side joys of my children going to private school this year is that so much of their lives involve the Word and worship. As they walked around one morning last week, singing Jesus Loves Me, my first thought was “Oh how sweet”. Suddenly a lightbulb started flashing in my brain. It was like a quiet scream in my head that wouldn’t allow me to hear anything else or ignore it’s presence, one that forced me to stop and accept what they were singing as a truth specifically for ME. It was a massive reality check. An overwhelming truth to grasp. But…
  • An Overwhelming Reminder

    Shera
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    As I take a moment this morning, knowing full well that I should be bustling about the house getting children clothed and fed and lunches packed, I feel overwhelmed. Not that this is a new feeling for me, just that it’s a way more consuming feeling today than usual. Usually it’s restricted to my own large household of things to do. Today it’s more, it’s much broader amidst the anguish of so many different things going on in our own country. The weight of it all occasionally simply feels like it’s a little too much. Why our world has suddenly flipped upside down…
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    4tunate

  • Shuffling…

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    I’ve been quiet and a few of you have noticed. That means a lot that you are still here and checking in on me. Yesterday was Infant and Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Day and I stayed off the internet most of the day, because I just couldn’t… The sadness was just under the surface and I was afraid to wake it, that I might drown in it again. I’ve been in a really good place with gratitude and even joy, but I feel shaky as some calendar days approach. My feet feel unsteady with knowing winter and its harshness are approaching. If you pray for me, would you pray that I might…
  • Input Needed: Early Reader Book Recommendations

    Jennifer Murray
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
      Hiya, Friends!  Can you help a mama out?  My boys’ reading is taking off.  They were slow readers, but it’s kicking in, and they are reading some easy chapter books and Level 1 and 2 Easy Readers. I have PLENTY on our Favorite Read-Aloud List, that we are working our way through. Currently we are in the middle of Hero Tales and Prince Caspian and soaking them up, but I need some good suggestions for their read-aloud and individual reading time. Is it just me or are there a lot of terrible easy readers?  I get discouraged at the inconsistency of the levels, the length…
  • Boy Mama Confession: Fish Are Not My Friends

    Jennifer Murray
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Boy Mama Confession: I’m not super fond of fishing. Catfish are down right scary looking creatures. Picking up larva is just gross. And wet moss freaks me out. I DO enjoy being outdoors and spectating. I’ve even brought along a book a few times this year. The pages don’t seem to get read with the distractions of helping four little fishermen or just the beauty of the water and surroundings. But you know what I love the most? I love the enthusiasm they get when they catch a big one. I love being there when they them jump in my arms with excitement and a smile so wide they can…
 
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    As Mom Sees It

  • My Interview With Country Music Superstar Kellie Pickler

    Mom
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Thanks to country music superstar Kellie Pickler, this week I was able to do something I never thought I’d do in my life – interview a celebrity from a truck stop in West Virginia. It was an awesome interview and she was so sweet and fun to interview, even if I was travel-tired and a... Continue Reading... The post My Interview With Country Music Superstar Kellie Pickler appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • The Camera At The Top Of Holiday Wish Lists #GoProatBestBuy

    Mom
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Once in a lifetime opportunities or life-changing moments – they can pass you by easily and quickly. Your child’s first steps, conquering the biggest slope at the ski resort or, in our case this week, a ride along with NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. How will you capture these moments? The reviewer has been compensated in... Continue Reading... The post The Camera At The Top Of Holiday Wish Lists #GoProatBestBuy appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Fall Fashionista Giveaway: The Ultimate Fall Wardrobe Win!

    Mom
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Still Blonde after all these YEARS , ModlyChic, Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway and the Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby. This Is The Best Reason To Love Fall, Fashionista By this time, we’re all ready to... Continue Reading... The post Fall Fashionista Giveaway: The Ultimate Fall Wardrobe Win! appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
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    The Thrifty Mommy

  • Freezer Cooking: Pork Roast

    The Thrifty Mommy
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Hello thrifty readers. Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. Being a teacher, mom, and wife limits my time. I still try to save money wherever I can and so when Harris Teeter had pork roast on sale last week, I snagged one for for freezer cooking. Yesterday I cooked the pork roast in the crock pot for about eight hours. Normally I would season it with cumin, garlic, onions, and other yummy Mexican flavorings, but I plan to use this one for sandwiches, burritos, and egg rolls. I only seasoned this roast with salt and pepper. Last night I removed the pork from the crock pot. It was so…
  • Today’s Michaels Deals

    The Thrifty Mommy
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I was pleased to find out that the clearance aisle at Michaels was on sale for an additional 50% off the lowest price. I stopped today and found some great deals. I ended up with approximately $55 of merchandise for only $12! That’s a savings of 78%!    My Deals: Springfield pop princess doll outfits, regular price $19.99, $5.99 Springfield argyle tee and skirt doll outfit, regular price $9.99, $1.99 Art Minds 2-color tie dye kit, regular price $5.99, $.89 4 magic paint poster kits (12 sheets each), regular price $1, $.24 each Scotch 2 pk super glue gel, regular price $4.99, $.49…
  • Today’s Deals at Shoe Department

    The Thrifty Mommy
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Both of my children’s feet have grown quite a bit this year. I knew it was time to purchase new flip flops but I really didn’t want to run out and buy a pair of cheap, thin flip flops that wouldn’t last long. We live on the coast and so during the summer, we wear flip flops a lot. I wanted the kids to have something with more support, but I also was looking for a good deal. I went to Shoe Department and saw that they had Sperry Top-Sider flip flops for $19.99. I liked the flip flops and knew they had good support and wouldn’t fall apart quickly. I decided to stop by…
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    The Mom Around Town

  • Baked Apples

    Paige Dunn
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    This easy treat is so perfect for cold days. Depending on your timing, either throw it in the Crock Pot in the morning to have ready for dessert or at bedtime to eat in the morning. For a dessert it is best over vanilla ice cream. If you want to get really decadent, drizzle a caramel sauce over it. Is there anything better than caramel and apples? Mmmm. If I’m preparing it for breakfast, I serve it over oatmeal with maple syrup drizzled over the oatmeal. 1. Take your apples and wash and core them. I tried to core them with a knife and just about lost my fingers. So instead I jammed an apple…
  • Beautiful Handbag Giveaway!

    Paige Dunn
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I appreciate you. I thought to show you my appreciation, I would start doing more giveaways. They may be random, but free. I bought a beautiful bag and NEVER used it. So I decided it’s time for it to find a new home. It’s perfect for fall. It really is pretty! I think I paid around $150.00 for it. I will pick the winner next Monday. To enter, leave a comment. To enter twice, share my page on Facebook with your friends. Good luck! .
  • Remlinger Farms Fall Festival

    Paige Dunn
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I loooove checking out new pumpkin patches. This past weekend, my mom and I took the kids to Remlinger Farms. We had such a blast. It was quite a production. You buy your ticket at the far end of their store so, should you find things on the way to buy your tickets, you can purchase them there. I so don’t recommend this. Who wants to lug purchases through the fair? Besides, you have to go through the store to exit. I didn’t mean to start on a negative, though, because it really was great. I really like that you pay one fee, get a bracelet, and can go on all the rides. My almost…
 
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    Kid Things

  • ELPH Bands $125 Target GC Giveaway Event

    Crystal Herron
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We could all use a little extra help this time of year, which is why I’m so excited to be a part of this giveaway with ELPH Band for a $125 Target Gift Card! Welcome to the ELPH Band Giveaway Event! Mom Powered Media, ELPH Band, and fantastic group of amazing bloggers have come together to bring you this event, just in time for Halloween. Hosted by: Mom Powered Media Sponsored by: ELPH Band The ELPH Band is a link to your identifying information, such as your address, parent or guardian cell phone numbers and any other information you think is necessary, including medical conditions or…
  • Beauty Tips & Savings at the Walmart Suave Hub

    Crystal Herron
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a sponsored post through Global Influence. All opinions are my own. For me, feeling beautiful has always had a lot to do with looking beautiful. As a mom on a budget, a beautiful feeling is being able to save every penny whenever I can. This includes getting the most value on the products I purchase, which I can do when I shop at Walmart on Suave beauty items that fit my family’s lifestyle and daily routine. Now, I’m not the fanciest girl on the block. I pull my hair back in a pony tail on most days and I’m lucky if I can find my chapstick. Being a mom does that to you. Even…
  • Halloween Spider Cookies

    Crystal Herron
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Halloween calls for fun treats, and these Spider Cookies are definitely creepy, crawly fun. They’re easy to make, with a mixed whipped frosting sandwiched between 2 chocolate cookies, and perfect for a kids’ Halloween party. Did I mention they’re tasty, too? Spook up a surprise plate of these and prepare for your kids to greet you with squeals when they come home from school. They might look creepy and crawly, but with more eats than shrieks, there’s nothing here to be afraid of! They are a little messy, I will say, especially with the chocolate cookies I used which had a hole in the…
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    MommPosh

  • Fall Fashion For Moms On-The-Go

    gpomp73
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Between the pumpkin spice lattes, the dropping temperatures and the leaves beginning to change, fall is officially here. That means it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce some cooler-weather staples into your wardrobe! I’ve always had a weird fondness for sweater dresses, so when my friends over at J.Jill asked if I would pick out a few items from their fall collection, I jumped at the chance.  The J.Jill brand defines an easy, ready-for-anything wardrobe, so after much thought into what new pieces I wanted to add to my wardrobe I choose the crinkle V-neck tunic, which was…
  • Peek Inside A Mom’s Beauty Cabinet

    gpomp73
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    I have had a few mom friends ask me what beauty brands I simply can’t live without and while my beauty cabinet may look like a drugstore, there are some products that I just swear by and today I am here to spill the beans…. So here’s your chance to take a peek inside my beauty cabinet and take note of my holy-grail products that every mom on the go should run out and purchase today. On getting that flawless, fresh-faced look… Egyptian Magic ($28) is just like petroleum jelly, but it has a looser, more watery texture-it’s very spreadable and a little goes a long…
  • How To Get Celebrity Looking Hair #UrsulaforMotions

    gpomp73
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    No matter what type of hair type or texture you may have, Motions hair products will keep your hair looking as strong and beautiful as you are, enabling you to achieve a unique style that is all your own! Check out these how-to videos, where Motions’ very own Celebrity Hair Stylist, Ursula Stephens shows us how to copy these looks in just 4 easy steps. Find out what my favorite look is below and what tools needed to complete the look. Personally, I love the High Bun aka Top Knot look…Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and yours truly are always seen rockin’ the…
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    Sweet Potato Chronicles

  • Lunch Week: Broccoli Cheese Patties

    Ceri Marsh
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Laura and I have been thinking a lot lately about the school year and the particular challenges it presents to parents. Because, let's be honest, it's not just our kids who have to tackle school, it's the whole family. There are so many moving parts: the school run, or in our case, the school bus, getting kids, lunches, homework, gym shoes and that freaking science project, all to school along with the child, the after school period of classes, team practices, home work supervision and, yep, dinner and lunch making so you can do it all again tomorrow. Frankly, it's bonkers. And even though we…
  • Lunch Week: Turkey, Apple and Cheddar Quesadilla

    Laura Keogh
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Ceri makes me laugh all the time. It's probably why we work so well together. When you collaborate for a small business, you often find yourself in the weeds, and if you can't laugh while you're in the weeds then you're just, you know, in the damn weeds. Recently, while working on a document we were passing back and forth by e-mail, Ceri wrote the line "Remember that aversion you had to leftovers when you were single? Wasn't that cute?" in a section about dinners that double as lunches. It wasn't just a funny line, it was so me! I used to be blasé about leftovers. (Oh, that stuff in the…
  • Apple Week: Apple, Cheese & Bacon Frittata

    Ceri Marsh
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    What do you hear about your kid's day at school? Does the dinner table Q & A about everyone's day get you very far? I used to feel like I knew everything about Esme's day as she was such a detailed reporter on the daily events at kindergarten. In fact, I would let other parents know the scoop based on her accounts. But until recently, I never heard a lot about what other kids got in their lunches (even though I asked ALL THE TIME — have I mentioned I'm competitive?). **We interrupt this post to ask if you've seen our latest video? It's all about adding fruits and vegetables to school…
 
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    The Ultimate Juggle

  • Should Kids Earn Money To Help Family Finances

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    My child had to read a book called “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” in summer for school.  Like all kids, he didn’t start on the book until the week before school which sadly enough was the same week that we were scheduled to go on our yearly vacation.  My son didn’t want to read the […]
  • Vacationing With Family And Friends

    admin
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    Vacationing with Family and Friends is a great way to do vacations! This summer, we all packed up and headed to the beach in one of our typical family vacations, and I have to say it was a great time.  I think what we really enjoyed about it was the fact that we all get […]
  • Predictions for 2014 Job Market for Graduates

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

  • Rockstarism #341/ Miss-Speak #22 – Taking An Interest In Education

    Aileen
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    #341 Just hanging in the Rockstar household… Rockstar: Mum. What is she doing? Me: Looks like a pirouette. She must’ve picked it up from one of her friends in school. Aware she has a slightly scandalized audience, the Miss starts mewing and arching her back. Rockstar starts and raises his eyebrows (seriously cracks me up sometimes, the things that get a rise out of him…) Rockstar: And – and she meows too! <seriously> Mum. What is she learning from these people in this school? Are you sure we should be sending her there?  Me: You know she’s doing it…
  • Here’s What Going After A Rude Taxi Driver Looks Like

    Aileen
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    A rude or overcharging taxi driver in Hong Kong is kind of a given and is usually not news, unless they’re umm, special. I blogged previously about going after an overcharging taxi driver and well, here’s one about going after a rude one. Rockstar and I were on what should’ve been a quick, uneventful errand recently, and the fare had a 20 cent figure in it. Now, this is usually rounded up (some but not that many cabbies might round down, and it is enough of a “thing” whereby you’d kinda be, “Oh, what a nice cabbie,” about it) unless you…
  • Rockstarism #340 – A Rockstar “First World Problem”

    Aileen
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    #340 Inspired by the whole “My iPhone 5 Ran Out Of Battery <insert angsty face” First World Problem series.  Coming home from the recent Diwali dress-up day (the rest of the school is encouraged to wear bright clothing instead of uniform, while their Diwali-celebrating friends dress in their festival finest)…  Me: How was school today, darling? (Rockstar gives an unenthusiastic thumbs up) Me: <mild surprise> I thought you’d have fun, your friends didn’t like your Creeper shirt? Rockstar: Oh, they really liked it. But then e-veryone especially the usual…
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    Telecommuting Moms

  • Administrative Work From Home Jobs

    Alaina Forbes
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Administrative and clerical positions are highly sought after telecommuting jobs. Many people have a work background that may include something that would be considered experience in the field of administrative or clerical work. This could include data entry, receptionist, or administrative work. Evaluate your skills and if this sounds like the type of work from home position that would be suited for you and your work background then try applying with some of the companies below. Virtual Assistant CompaniesAssistant MatchCareTwoShareContemporary Virtual AssistantseaHELPFancy…
  • Direct Sales Company Review: Scentsy

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

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

  • Clorox MyUltimateCare Bleach Keeps Whites Very White #CloroxCare #ad

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clorox for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I am pretty particular about my white clothing. I take excellent care of it. I wash and then air dry on our drying rack. In fact, I am particular about all of the whites in our family. My son’s clothing also takes a beating. For years I avoided buying him anything in white but there are still things that ended up {Read More} The post Clorox MyUltimateCare Bleach Keeps Whites Very White #CloroxCare #ad appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
  • Best Chicken Recipes

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    You could say that chicken is one of the mainstays of my family and I love trying new chicken recipes. Every single one of us love chicken but no more than my youngest who could literally eat chicken for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hard part is finding new chicken recipes that my family wants to eat. We have a few of our standard recipes that we go to at least once a week but I want new recipes. I {Read More} The post Best Chicken Recipes appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video: Creative Galaxy for Kids #CreativeGalaxy #AmazonKids

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    We recently had the opportunity to watch Creative Galaxy for Kids by Amazon Prime Instant Video. After watching Annedroids (which they absolutely LOVED) they were excited to check out another Amazon series. Creative Galaxy is fun and innovative series about art. I love how they inspire creative thinking through crafts, music and dance. My youngest child loves it and she especially loves the character Arty although she does like Epiphany as well. ABOUT CREATIVE GALAXY FROM AMAZON PRIME INSTANT VIDEO {Read More} The post Amazon Prime Instant Video: Creative Galaxy for Kids #CreativeGalaxy…
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    Dagmar's Home

  • “Thrifty & Vintage Find” Link Party #43 – Titanic Sign

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    The post “Thrifty & Vintage Find” Link Party #43 – Titanic Sign appeared first on Dagmar's Home. Welcome to the next “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” link party! If you found an amazing deal lately, new or vintage, then play along and link up! This week I’m featuring the thrifty finds by ARod (Makin My Apt a Home). She found some fun things for just a few dollars! Thanks for linking up again, […] The post “Thrifty & Vintage Find” Link Party #43 – Titanic Sign appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
  • A Quick Dinner With Mori-Nu Organic Tofu & $100 Gift Card Sweepstakes

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    The post A Quick Dinner With Mori-Nu Organic Tofu & $100 Gift Card Sweepstakes appeared first on Dagmar's Home. A Quick Dinner With Mori-Nu Organic Tofu Need an idea for a quick lunch or dinner? You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy tofu, and how fast you can make a meal with it. Just heat and enjoy — it doesn’t get much easier. I was sent the whole line of non-GMO Mori-Nu […] The post A Quick Dinner With Mori-Nu Organic Tofu & $100 Gift Card Sweepstakes appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
  • Vern Yip and I Talk Interior Design and Cork Flooring

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    The post Vern Yip and I Talk Interior Design and Cork Flooring appeared first on Dagmar's Home. My Tour of Vern Yip’s NYC Apartment A few months ago I was invited to meet designer and HGTV star Vern Yip and tour his NYC apartment. He worked together with the Portuguese Cork Flooring Association (APCOR) and redesigned his NYC apartment with a fashion-forward combination of cork flooring, along with beautiful fabrics and fresh paint […] The post Vern Yip and I Talk Interior Design and Cork Flooring appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
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    Maverick Mom — Maverick Mom

  • How to Make Quest Protein Bars at Home | The Secret Ingredient!

    maverickmom
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    This is, perhaps, the most exciting recipe I’ve shared with you in a long time.  Why?  Because I’m going to tell you how to make magic happen in your kitchen, my friend. Do you like Quest protein bars?  I do.  A lot.  That’s why I buy 450 5 boxes at a time.  I’ve been free basing Quest protein bars for about 3 years now, and why not?  They ingredient list is solid, the nutritional profile is impeccable, and they taste amazing.  However, there can be too much of a good thing.  It’s probably better to eat real food (as in the kind that I cook in my…
  • Healthy Chocolate Chip Cheese Cake | Low Sugar, High Protein Decadence

    maverickmom
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Hola, friends!  I have a real treat for you….a chocolate chip cheesecake without the guilt!  This one is sure to be a crowd pleaser at home-it disappeared within 12 hours the first time I made it. The first recipe I tried called for some vegan ingredients to keep it Paleo.  However, I tweaked the recipe for taste and it now contains dairy (note that the filling is no longer Paleo for those of you who follow a strict Paleo regimen).  However, this puppy is high protein, low to zero sugar, and almost entirely organic.  Seriously.  It has the most divine chocolate cookie crust you…
  • Paleo Chocolate Chip Brownies | Gluten Free and Packed With Protein

    maverickmom
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    These Paleo chocolate chip brownies are delish, gluten free, low sugar, high protein, and easy to make!  They became a fast favorite at the Benton household this summer.  These are the perfect answer to any chocolate cravings, and they can substitute for protein bars, too. All you need is the following ingredients and 2o minutes: 1 cup of almond butter (or my new favorite, MaraNatha coconut almond butter)    2-3 scoops chocolate whey protein (hopefully from grass fed cows-I use Life Extension brand) 1 egg or 1/4 cup egg whites 1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp…
 
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    Globetrotting in Heels

  • OOTW: doing comfort right

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

    Elisa
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Ah, it’s been a busy few weeks! Have had hardly any time to read, or catch up on any TV shows… but I have found that Pinterest is a surprisingly relaxing pastime when you only have a few minutes to take a break in-between errands or unwind before bed. And of course we all know what a great source of inspiration it is. There’s lots to see, from recipes to fashion, and everything in between. But what I am absolutely addicted to, on Pinterest, is interior design and decor inspiration. I think we all want our homes to be lovely: well-planned, with enough storage that clutter…
  • OOTW: let me introduce you to my boyfriend

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

  • Field Trip!

    Mom of 12
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    This is the last off-track week for my elementary-aged kids. It seems like we haven't accomplished much. We haven't even cleaned their rooms yet! My sweetie took the kids on some fun field trips last week (maybe I can get Scout or Sport to post on them), but he is back to work now, so it is up to me to plan and execute the fun. So Sport is an 11-year-old scout now and all of his troop meetings
  • Dog Walker's Annual Halloween Display

    Mom of 12
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Remember last week I told you we put in a new circuit to support the Dog Walker's holiday light extravaganzas? He was all excited last night to take pictures for you so you could see what has been considered by some to be his best show ever.
  • Princess's DYW Scholarship Pageant - 2nd Night

    Mom of 12
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    Princess on the far right - Opening Number Personal Expression So the Distinguished Young Woman of Utah has been selected and it wasn't my beautiful and awesome Princess, but she did a fantastic job in the program and she learned so much. I would still recommend the experience, but next time I think we will work harder on doing a better job with the paperwork. Princess tends to be humble
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    Create-Celebrate-Explore

  • Halloween Centerpiece Idea

    Tonya Staab
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In case you haven't heard the news, I've started a new gig. I'll be providing home decor and DIY project ideas over at my friend Jo-Lynne Shane's blog a couple of times a month. And with that being said, my first project is up. For this post I'm showing you how to use Halloween items you most likely have on hand, items from around the home, a couple of quick DIY projects and more to put together a fun dining room table centerpiece perfect for Halloween.
  • LEGO Science Experiment Tutorial

    Tonya Staab
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    A little while ago I was contacted by Legoland Discovery Centers to create a sink or float science experiment for them ... I have to give a big shout-out to my friend Kelly over at The Centsible Life for this one. They had actually contacted her first about this because they had come across LEGO tutorials I had posted on her blog and she very kindly sent them my way. So I created and photographed the experiment at home and they had their creative team create an infographic out of it. Infographic source: Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta
  • A Potato and Bacon Breakfast Skillet

    Tonya Staab
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    I love a big Sunday brunch. It's the perfect way to start the last day of the weekend. This is a dish I made a couple of weeks ago and it's so quick and easy and perfect to serve with a side of poached or scrambled eggs and toast. But one thing that makes me extra happy on Sunday brunch days is not having to use too many pots and pans ... unlike last weekend when I made pumpkin pancakes, bacon in the oven and scrambled eggs, I swear the combination mixing bowls and pans filled the dishwasher after that brunch. This recipe though, requires just a skillet and cutting board. Simple as…
 
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    StyleBakery » stylebakerymom

  • Fun, festive Halloween skull accessories for adults

    Courtney Strimel
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The skull motif in fashion is easy to appreciate but hard for some of us to pull off in large doses. Sure, that Alexander McQueen skull jacquard looks cool but it rarely works at PTA meetings or in the boardroom. One of my favorite ways to add a little of this marvelously macabre detail is through accessories. Subtle (or maybe not-so-subtle) skull accessories are especially fun during the Halloween season. For the office, a subdued pair of cufflinks or a charm may strike the right balance. When the weekend rolls around, break out a fantastic skull-emblazoned scarf or wallet. Wear a little or…
  • Go glam in sequins this season

    Christine Fox
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Usually sequins are reserved just for special occasions and for around the holidays. Lucky for us girls that love to glam it up, this fall season sequins are everywhere. Go for a little by carrying a fancy clutch or go for a full beaded and sequin dress for a night out on the town to really amp up your style. From left to right: Piperlime Collection Sequin Chevron Dress, $119, at piperlime.com Search for Sanity Embellished Tank, $98, at nordstrom.com ASOS Sequin Tassle Zip Top Clutch Bag, $66.33, at asos.com Sequined Jacket, $149, at zara.com JOA Sequined Pencil Skirt, $98, at piperlime.com…
  • Casual cool: dressed up track pants for all body types

    Courtney Strimel
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I will admit that it took me awhile to warm up to the whole track pants trend. Sure I love them for lounging around the house but for going out? It just didn’t feel right. After trying a pair that worked beautifully for my body type, however, I’m now firmly on the bandwagon. With their drapey fit, dressed up track pants are the perfect choice when you need something in between ultra-casual and dressed up. And, in some cases (see the Banana Republic style below), these fancified joggers are really evening-appropriate. If you feel stuck in a jeans rut, give this style a try this…
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    Lille Punkin'

  • Halloween Party Treats: Candy Corn Dusted Cupcakes and Low-Calorie Witches Brew!

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    If you haven't given any thought to what you will be making for this year's Halloween party, you are not alone. Sadly, I wait until almost the last minute every year, and would have this year, if it weren't for Walmart asking me to come up with a few treat ideas from some of their favorite branded items.  Really, I love all the Halloween goodies, from the Brach's Candy Corn, to the Peeps
  • Enter our "The Best of Me" Giveaway

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Are you a big Nicholas Sparks fan? Then you should already know about the new movie "The Best of Me" that came out today in theaters!  In addition to a fun giveaway we are doing at the end of this post, you'll want to know about an amazing book club promotion: Want Nicholas Sparks to join your Book Club? You and your club could win a visit from a professional moderator & special guest
  • For Itchy, Crawly, Nasty Things... Zim's!

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    This year was the year of the bug. We had NEVER seen so many mosquitos, chiggers, gnats, or flies in our area!  It was a combination of the weather and other factors, but I scratched and cursed my way through the summer and start of the fall, wondering why these creatures were ever created. The thing that bothered me most was seeing my little ones with bug bites.  Having a spider bite on a
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    Simply Stacie

  • Making Connections and the #CheeriosEffect + Giveaway

    Stacie
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    The technology of today including social media has drastically changed the way we communicate. Back when I was a teen, the Internet wasn’t really “a thing” and there was no such thing as social media. If you wanted to talk to someone, you either called them on the telephone or stopped by their house to… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Making Connections and the #CheeriosEffect + Giveaway. Thank you for helping to stop content…
  • Spooktacular Halloween Party Treats for Kids

    Stacie
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Foodie.com. All opinions expressed are my own. Check out Spooktacular Halloween Party Treats for Kids by Stacie Vaughan at Foodie.com The freakier and gross you can make Halloween food the better! It’s really the only acceptable time of year that I’ll make food featuring “worms”, “spiders” or other creepy critters.… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Spooktacular Halloween…
  • Knock Knock Review & Giveaway (US)

    Gina
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Ever since being introduced to Knock Knock a few years ago, I have been enjoying following them on social media – they are such a fun company! I also love their products – so unique and amusing and really great quality. They’re always coming out with neat new stuff, and I was thrilled to be… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Knock Knock Review & Giveaway (US). Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
 
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    MommyPR.com™

  • The Baby Box Co Review

    Angela
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Press Sample This is the neatest idea! Its perfect to send to a friend or loved one expecting. Its pretty much an all in one gift! I received the a Baby Box, and it was filled to the brim with goodies, well worth the price. What I liked most about this product is that every corner of it is usable. When I first opened it, I definitely wondered why these goodies came in such a large, yet adorable, owl box. Once I opened it up, I seen all the amazing samples, coupons and products, still not noticing the mattress under it all.  I was mainly super excited for my aden + anais swaddle blanket. My…
  • BirkSun Solar Backpacks

    Andrea
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Press Sample My husband is always on the road traveling for his job and he is notorious for not keeping his phone charged.  It seems like every time I attempt to call him while he is on the road, his cell phone is always dead.   I recently had the opportunity to review a Birksun Solar Bag and was instantly intrigued. Birksun makes products to keep your smartphone charged. No more stressing about low battery, looking for random outlets, and asking people for wall chargers. BirkSun exists to charge your smartphone. I was sent a  Connect Solar Messenger Bag: The Connect solar charger is…
  • Link-U, The World First Hybrid Connection Smartcam

    Angela
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Sponsored Do you worry when you leave your house? Worry when a new sitter is watching your children or pets? What about having too many levels and you need to keep an eye on the little ones upstairs. Perhaps even extra eyes on special needs adults/children. Link-U Hybrid Smartcam meets all of those expectations. The new link-U Hybrid SmartCam by Link-Union is a video monitoring camera with first-of-its-kind patent pending hybrid technology that connects you to the people you love — from anywhere. Using your smartphone or tablet, you can check in on your home in real time — in…
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    Mom's Journal

  • Why is the house a mess if I’m home all day?

    Momma Bean
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    I always thought as a stay-at-home mom it should be a piece of cake keeping the house clean. I mean I’m am home all day, but it’s difficult. The clean laundry I’m trying to fold has just become a spaceship with a store front in which I must pay for my own clean yet still unfolded socks. It really slows down the house cleaning process. Picture taken 8/7/14. Lukas as a Popcorn Monster for the GISHWHES scavenger hunt I participated in.
  • Newest Family Member

    Momma Bean
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    I started looking on PetFinder and local shelters back in march for a family dog. I didn’t get the kids involved for a long time because I knew it would probably be a long search for the right one and my husband and I didn’t quite agree on what the right one would be like. I wanted a smaller dog like a Border Collie or Australian Shepherd. He wanted a guard dog closer to the size dogs we had before (a Malamute and a Husky/ German Shepherd mix), which were only guard dogs by sheer size. When I finally did get the kids involved every dog I took them to see was overwhelming to one or…
  • Ridiculous Parenting of Parents

    Momma Bean
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    My daughter’s bus stop is the end of our driveway. Several times last year the bus passed right by our house as there really isn’t anything to stand out and make this stop noticeable and only my child gets on and off at this stop. There were a couple of times, while I waited for the bus to drop off my kid, the driver went right past. I ran after the bus waving my arms to no avail. Another time the driver began to stop at my neighbor’s house, but then kept going as they can’t let my child off at a stop that isn’t her own. Even if I’m right there. The driver…
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    Rich Single Momma

  • New DIY Kid’s YouTube Show Teaches Kids How to Use Tools

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:39 pm
    My kids love tools and fixing things. I guess I love it too. I’m a DIY’er so I completely get it. A new show on YouTube is just for kids who love playing with tools and learning My Dad’s Garage – A You Tube Kids DIY Show About How to Use Tools It’s not just cars coming out of the garage anymore – there’s a new web channel too, and it’s all about showing kids how to use tools. Welcome to the idea of EverWitt Productions’ new kids puppet show “My Dad’s Garage”, www.mydg.tv, a smart, fun and innovative way for a creative bunch of daddy…
  • [Video] Money-Saving Moms Tips

    Samantha Gregory
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Recently I chatted with Experian’s Michael Delgado and Ms. Madam Money’s Tarra Jackson about how to moms can save money. The Money-Saving Mom video chat was an hour of great tips and fun. I shared my ideas and tips for back to school, allowances, and savings in general. Watch the chat and leave a comment. Click here to see the entire video    http://richsinglemomma.com/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Experian-Money-Saving-Tips-for-Moms.mp4 Subscribe to RichSingleMomma.com on  YouTube for my Vlog and Gadget Geek Girl reviews Like the RichSingleMomma.com page on…
  • Side Hustle for Kids: Write a Book Like 5-Yr Old Kyla Did!

    Samantha Gregory
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    It’s not everyday that a 5-year-old writes a book so I had to share this with you. Kids, no matter how old (or young) can have their own side hustle and make a difference too! Kyla McKenzie, age 5, is the coauthor along with her mother, Monique McKenzie, of the newly released children’s picture book, My God is Awesome! The great work illustrates the wondrous creations of God through the eyes of five-year-old Kyla. Through breathtaking watercolor hand-paintings by world-renowned illustrator Dr. Jan Spivey Gilchrist and emotive text authored by the mother-daughter team, children and…
 
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    Extraordinary Mommy

  • Redeeming Halloween: Losing the Scary – Keeping the Fun

    Kelli Stuart
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    I must confess up front that I’ve long had a bit of difficulty loving Halloween. There are a lot of things about this particular holiday that stress me out, from the gigantic bags full of candy that my children do not need, to the crazy scary costumes and decorations that people put up in their yards. I’m baffled by beautiful homes that are transformed into makeshift graveyards. A palm tree is a gorgeous piece of landscaping, so it confuses me when I see a bloody head hanging from the branches come October 1. And don’t even get me started on the house in our neighborhood…
  • The Most Delicious Glazed Pumpkin Muffins

    Kasey Schwartz
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Hi everyone!  Kasey from All Things Mamma here!  I’m back this month with another yummy recipe that you’re sure to love!  Last month I shared my recipe for The Very Best (And Healthiest) Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Muffins that our family loves!  This month I’m sharing another favorite muffin recipe that isn’t quite as healthy but IS one I know you will love. Sometimes you have to add a little white flour because it simply makes life better.  At least when it comes to baked goods!  haha! These Glazed Pumpkin Muffins are easy to make, don’t require a mixer,…
  • Welcoming Baby: Tips for a Smooth Transition

    Kelli Stuart
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Who do you like better, her or me?” He looked up at me over the tiny nose all dotted with freckles as he gripped his new baby sister tightly in his arms. He’s six and a half, so he’s old enough to not be plagued by jealousy over the baby. His place in our family as the funny third born is solid and firm, but I could still see this sparkle of a need as he looked to me for reassurance. You still like me too, right? On September 22, we welcomed home our fourth child. She was the surprise baby that we didn’t really expect, but who was so perfectly meant to be a part…
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    United States of Motherhood

  • Finding Confidence Again with Invisalign #InvisalignBeConfident

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

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    I sooo wish I was a girl again. I remember wanting with ALL my heart a little take and bake oven. Remember those?  Between 80's Saturday morning cartoons, commercials regaled us future foodies and passionate cooks with the promise of our first very own oven!Sadly, I never did get one...until now!Ooooh la-la!  Lalaloopsy Sew Magical! Sew Cute! Baking Oven time!!Ha!  I was super excited when I was invited to check out the Lalaloopsy new line of dolls and along came this baby!!Hello Cupcakes!! I really cannot imagine any little girl -- or for that matter little boy -- who wouldn't…
  • Be Protective of Childhood: This Mother's Lesson Learned #IamProtective #CollectiveBias #Shop

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.I became a mother a few months after I graduated from college.  It was a busy year since I had married, graduated from Berkeley, was commissioned in the Army, moved our family across the country to the Missouri and then a few months later, moved across country again--this time to Alaska--all in the space of 12 months!Hello military family...and hurried military mentality!Everything was a rush.  Trying to unpack. Trying to make the most of time between deployments…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Make your own effective laundry pre-treat spray for next to nothing.

    cjblythe
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    I’ve posted in the past about my trick of putting liquid hand soap on stains so they will come out in the wash. This is especially helpful when you don’t have ready access to a laundry as it keeps... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Please excuse the mess!?

    cjblythe
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    For the next few weeks, both this and my Empty Nest Ancestry site are undergoing some experimentation, the end result of which will be the theme and layout frequently changing. This is to optimize... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Breakfast Bake: Answering “What can I do with leftover fries?”

    cjblythe
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Some people may call me cheap, but my frugal nature sometimes causes me to be creative, and this Breakfast Bake, was the results of one such incident. We like to make oven fries – both store bought... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    SavvyMom Today

  • Canada: Fancy Feet

    SavvyMom.ca
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Open toe season is clearly over. Now it’s time to pay attention to your sock drawer, where we bring you 10 Socks with Soul—10 ways to add fun to function and keep your footsies warm.
  • Ottawa: Ride, Slide, and Stay Inside

    SavvyMom.ca
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Need to blow off some steam, but worried about the big crowds and big kids at indoor play spaces? Try something perfect for the younger set—Kids Kingdom Kanata. Find out more.
  • Calgary: 7 Halloween Savers in Calgary

    SavvyMom.ca
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’ve scoured Calgary’s best costume shops, so you don’t feel haunted by assembling Halloween outfits this year.
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    CookiesKids.com Blog

  • Halloween Decoration on a Budget

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Decorating your home for Halloween can cost you next to nothing. Plus, creating some spooky crafts as a family is a sure way to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. Check out five of our favorite DIY Halloween decorations – easy to make and guaranteed to scare! Tombstones: All you need to make a homemade tombstone is a piece of cardboard and some paint. Just cut the cardboard into a tombstone shape, paint it grey, and compose a chilling epitaph (or a simple “RIP”). Put them up around your house or in your front yard. Speckle your tombstone with some fake blood for an extra spooky…
  • Fall Outfit Toppers for Girls

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Looking for the hippest way to top off her chilly weather look? Look no further! We have all the coziest and coolest fall toppers, from light coats to cardigans, sporty to preppy. With our selection, you can build an incredible fall look for your young lady no matter what your budget. Here are some of our hottest fall selections: Vividly patterned paneling and gem buttons makes this eye-catching One Step Up cardigan perfect for making a statement. Preppy yet modern, this Nautica coat gives her a sophisticated look that’s sure to impress. Animal lovers won’t be able to resist this adorable…
  • “Stay Home” Sick vs. “Hospital” Sick

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    If your child is sick, how can you tell if they need to go to the ER or see a pediatrician immediately? The question confounds many parents, especially those with younger children who cannot articulate the severity of their symptoms. Conventional wisdom says to play it safe. A trip to the ER that does not result in hospital admission or treatment can still be well worth the peace of mind. But then again, trips to the ER can be stressful and expensive, so it’s worth your while to know roughly what symptoms can stay at home and what symptoms can’t. Running a fever is one of the most common…
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    Journal of Joey - Real Mom Media

  • Travel Tuesday: Beaches Turks & Caicos

    joey fortman
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    WORD. I can't even begin to tell you how freaking excited I am about this.Travel Talk with my travel loving friends.  AND I'm traveling to paradise in 14 days.. but who's counting. I'm going to Turks & Caicos to stay at the beautiful Beaches resort there.  I am speaking along with my friend Audrey McClelland at Social Media on the Sand conference!  We are sharing a 1/2 hour session about the Wide World of Video.  Why yes my friends, we're giving away some mega video secrets.  Want to know how WE make money with video?  Follow on Twitter with the…
  • Bite Me

    joey fortman
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    I'm sitting in the waiting room.  The BIG family waiting area at Abington Hospital waiting for my 6 year old super star to come out of surgery.Oral Surgery. Yes.  You probably have heard me OFTEN talk about his dental issues on facebook or twitter.  And today I went to Instagram sharing shots of my little dude. I can't believe this has been something we've been struggling with for TWO YEARS now.  The first time we visited the dentist even a big green monster couldn't help Boston. I seriously can't stand it. There is a major part of me that is SO MAD at…
  • #BabyGotMoves with Pampers

    joey fortman
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    #BabyGotMoves with Pampers My baby Hudson really does have a way with tunes.  I think he probably gets it from his dad.  I mean, my husband THINKS ahem...that he is the best dancer of all time, ya know!One of our very favorite things to do is to walk into Hudson's room in the morning. His pure happiness overtakes our moods no matter where they lay!  My husband giggles, then Hudson giggles.  I can't even tell you the last time we had to run in there with tears and screaming!  (Knock on wood.haha)  There are often times that he just sits there and plays in his crib…
 
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    The Megalomaniac Mommy

  • $150 BuyDig.com Gift Card Giveaway – Ends 11/4

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Just in time to do some holiday shopping! Enter for your chance to win a $150 Gift Card for BuyDig.com Sponsored by BuyDig.com Coordinated by Bella Savvy & Co-hosted by: Thrifty Momma’s Tips If you’re looking to upgrade, or replace electronics in your home, or purchase gifts for your loved ones, BuyDig.com is THE place […] The post $150 BuyDig.com Gift Card Giveaway – Ends 11/4 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Don’t Leave the Pups Beggin’ for Purina this Halloween, Be Prepared

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    *This is a sponsored post brought to you by Lunchbox on behalf of Purina and Walmart.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.* Halloween is right around the corner and we are busy getting ready.  We’ve been doing a few little decorative things around the house, watching some movies with […] The post Don’t Leave the Pups Beggin’ for Purina this Halloween, Be Prepared appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • My 10 Favorite Oscar de la Renta Dresses

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    For years I have watched red carpet shows just so I could see what the stars were wearing.  With the news today of Oscar de la Renta’s passing, I thought I would put together a post featuring my 10 favorite Oscar de la Renta dresses over the years. Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la […] The post My 10 Favorite Oscar de la Renta Dresses appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
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  • How to Make Quest Protein Bars at Home | The Secret Ingredient!

    maverickmom
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    This is, perhaps, the most exciting recipe I’ve shared with you in a long time.  Why?  Because I’m going to tell you how to make magic happen in your kitchen, my friend. Do you like Quest protein bars?  I do.  A lot.  That’s why I buy 450 5 boxes at a time.  I’ve been free basing Quest protein bars for about 3 years now, and why not?  They ingredient list is solid, the nutritional profile is impeccable, and they taste amazing.  However, there can be too much of a good thing.  It’s probably better to eat real food (as in the kind that I cook in my…
  • Healthy Chocolate Chip Cheese Cake | Low Sugar, High Protein Decadence

    maverickmom
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Hola, friends!  I have a real treat for you….a chocolate chip cheesecake without the guilt!  This one is sure to be a crowd pleaser at home-it disappeared within 12 hours the first time I made it. The first recipe I tried called for some vegan ingredients to keep it Paleo.  However, I tweaked the recipe for taste and it now contains dairy (note that the filling is no longer Paleo for those of you who follow a strict Paleo regimen).  However, this puppy is high protein, low to zero sugar, and almost entirely organic.  Seriously.  It has the most divine chocolate cookie crust you…
  • Paleo Chocolate Chip Brownies | Gluten Free and Packed With Protein

    maverickmom
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    These Paleo chocolate chip brownies are delish, gluten free, low sugar, high protein, and easy to make!  They became a fast favorite at the Benton household this summer.  These are the perfect answer to any chocolate cravings, and they can substitute for protein bars, too. All you need is the following ingredients and 2o minutes: 1 cup of almond butter (or my new favorite, MaraNatha coconut almond butter)    2-3 scoops chocolate whey protein (hopefully from grass fed cows-I use Life Extension brand) 1 egg or 1/4 cup egg whites 1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp…
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    QuirkyFusion

  • The Carnegie Science Center Drama, Girl Scouts, and Girls in STEM

    Christy
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Last week, there was a big brouhaha over a sign at the Carnegie Science Center that listed their scouting classes. After listing nine STEM-tastic activities for the boys (chemistry, engineering, astronomy, robotics), they list one class for the girls. And it’s called “Science with a Sparkle,” focusing on the science behind health and beauty products.... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • A Howliday Visit to Great Wolf Lodge New England

    Christy
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    We recently made our first visit to Great Wolf Lodge New England via a media trip that highlighted some of their fall and winter in-house celebrations. I’m going to review Great Wolf Lodge separately, because there’s just too much I want to talk about, but the Halloween Howliday celebrations start today, so there’s no time... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Margaritas Mexican Restaurant–Fall Menu, Taco Gigante, and Mexican Artwork

    Christy
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    I love Mexican food, but Bug’s nut allergy has limited our options. When I realized I had a Margaritas nearby, I brought him to try it out. Honestly, the outside looked like a dive bar. I almost didn’t bring him inside. But once we stepped through the doors, we fell in love. Margaritas is colorful... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
 
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    Rich Single Momma

  • New DIY Kid’s YouTube Show Teaches Kids How to Use Tools

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:39 pm
    My kids love tools and fixing things. I guess I love it too. I’m a DIY’er so I completely get it. A new show on YouTube is just for kids who love playing with tools and learning My Dad’s Garage – A You Tube Kids DIY Show About How to Use Tools It’s not just cars coming out of the garage anymore – there’s a new web channel too, and it’s all about showing kids how to use tools. Welcome to the idea of EverWitt Productions’ new kids puppet show “My Dad’s Garage”, www.mydg.tv, a smart, fun and innovative way for a creative bunch of daddy…
  • [Video] Money-Saving Moms Tips

    Samantha Gregory
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Recently I chatted with Experian’s Michael Delgado and Ms. Madam Money’s Tarra Jackson about how to moms can save money. The Money-Saving Mom video chat was an hour of great tips and fun. I shared my ideas and tips for back to school, allowances, and savings in general. Watch the chat and leave a comment. Click here to see the entire video    http://richsinglemomma.com/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Experian-Money-Saving-Tips-for-Moms.mp4 Subscribe to RichSingleMomma.com on  YouTube for my Vlog and Gadget Geek Girl reviews Like the RichSingleMomma.com page on…
  • Side Hustle for Kids: Write a Book Like 5-Yr Old Kyla Did!

    Samantha Gregory
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    It’s not everyday that a 5-year-old writes a book so I had to share this with you. Kids, no matter how old (or young) can have their own side hustle and make a difference too! Kyla McKenzie, age 5, is the coauthor along with her mother, Monique McKenzie, of the newly released children’s picture book, My God is Awesome! The great work illustrates the wondrous creations of God through the eyes of five-year-old Kyla. Through breathtaking watercolor hand-paintings by world-renowned illustrator Dr. Jan Spivey Gilchrist and emotive text authored by the mother-daughter team, children and…
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    Wifely Steps

  • Cheesy Vegetable Soup (a.k.a. The Soup of Love)

    Toni
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Cheesy Vegetable Soup is great comfort food on a rainy day, or when you’re craving for something that feels like it will rock you in its arms gently and pat you on the head saying, “There, there…” Having some Cheesy Vegetable Soup on a grey afternoon with a cozy throw and a good read. I […] The post Cheesy Vegetable Soup (a.k.a. The Soup of Love) appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Hummus Recipe

    Toni
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Hummus is one of my go-to snacks when I need a quick and healthy fix. It’s also a very versatile dip. You can throw in cayenne or paprika to make it spicy. You can throw in cilantro for an Oriental twist. I stick to a simple recipe. My Morning Snack: Hummus and Toasted Whole Wheat […] The post Hummus Recipe appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria

    Toni
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    The Kitchen When It Sizzles is a sizzling book indeed. When I learned that one of my favorite bloggers (and now, one of my favorite local writers!) Chrissie Peria had another book out, I just had to read it. She gave me a heads up that this would be a pretty sexy book (compared to […] The post The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria appeared first on Wifely Steps.
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

    Alicia Marie
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    I love planning elaborate parties but sometimes I just don’t have the time to do so. This season has been a perfect example with football, work, personal events and travel taking up so much of my time. I wanted to have a little Halloween party for the kids and decided it was just going to be a low key event this year. A couple weekends ago, in between Jacob’s noon football game and the boy’s Awana program at night, I ran to the store and and bought everything we needed and then hosted a spooktacular, kid-friendly party on a budget. A huge thanks to Meijer for making all of…
  • Rockin’ With The Hard Rock Roxtars® {Giveaway}

    Alicia Marie
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    (Disclosure: The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International.) Do you have a little rock star in your life? I do! My music lover is Lucas and with his long hair he could pass for a rock star! (Okay, so he really just needs a haircut but let’s just pretend we are going for the rock star look….) More so than looking the part though, I believe that he is a star because he is unique and makes his own choices no matter what anyone else thinks about them. I’ve never known a more unique kid! We are loving the Hard Rock…
  • Fun Active Halloween Games For Kids

    Alicia Marie
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    (Disclosure: I am currently serving as a “Play Ambassador” for Let’s Play. This is a sponsored post, however, the opinions expressed are my own.) Can you believe that it’s mid-October already!? Halloween is just around the corner, which means the planning of spooktacular parties is in full gear! Since this holiday involves lots of sweets, I like to make sure my kids are getting in extra activity this time of year to keep them healthy and balanced. I planned a little party for my kids, niece and nephew recently and am also helping plan Luke’s classroom party for Halloween day so…
 
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    Musing Mommies Mom Podcast and Mommy Blog - Interviews, Giveaways, Health, Wellness, and Mothering advice

  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 259 {A Potpourri of Topics}

    Admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 259 Monday Oct. 20th 2014 What do you do when you can’t think of a topic for the show? You talk about everything! This week the Musing Mommies, Kim and Dawn, discuss everything from Halloween to Ebola. Tune in to find out what’s going on. Peace, Love & Chattiness, ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your friends and families! We are on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods and mp3 players around the world! We want to hear from you too,  so contact us today and say HI! Email: Kim (at) musingmommies (dot) com or Dawn (at)…
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 258 {How do you get clean}

    Admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 258 Monday Oct. 6th 2014 Looks like you have a little something…on your face…riiiiight there. Yup, you got it. Are you clean? Is your family clean? Listen in to the Musing Mommies Podcast to see what Kim and Dawn handle getting clean. Is it your diet, your habits, your home, or your lifestyle that needs a little sprucing up? Tune in to find out. Peace, Love & Chattiness, ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your friends and families! We are on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods and mp3 players around the world! We want to…
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 257 {What We Appreciate}

    Admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 257 Monday Sept. 29th 2014 “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John F. Kennedy Tune in to this week’s episode of the Musing Mommies Podcast to see what Kim and Dawn appreciate. Peace, Love & Chattiness, ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your friends and families! We are on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods and mp3 players around the world! We want to hear from you too,  so contact us today and say HI! Email: Kim (at)…
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    CoffeeJitters

  • How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting: Janna Thompson’s Story

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Janna Thompson Age at diagnosis: 37 Diagnosis Date: June 6, 2012 Type of Cancer: Stage II right breast cancer. 2 out of 15 nodes +. TNBC, BRCA1+ Stage at Diagnosis: Stage 2 Treatment Plan: Have gone through surgery, chemo (6 rounds of TAC). Radiation and more surgery to follow How did you tell your kids about the cancer diagnosis? We were very up front with our girls. We used a book to show them what we were talking about. We were honest about all of the treatments and surgery. It was horrible for a few days… but it made it a lot less scary for them when each step occurred. The…
  • One of these things is a bad sign #WW

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Well, that’s a bad sign. And, no, this is not an old abandoned playground. This playground is used by children every day. The post One of these things is a bad sign #WW appeared first on CoffeeJitters.
  • How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting: Angela Bass’ Story

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Age at diagnosis: 31 Diagnosis Date: Aug 2011 Type of Cancer:  Breast cancer – Stage 2B/3A Invasive Ductal Carcinoma with lymph node involvement, Her2 positive, highly aggressive stage at diagnosis:  Stage 2b Treatment Plan: adjuvant chemotherapy, double mastectomy, expanders, followed by gated radiation & an additional 6 months of Herceptin infusions Current Status:  NED, baby!! How did you tell your kids about the cancer diagnosis? I told my 3,3 and 4 year olds that Mommy was going to be sick for the Fall and will feel better in the Spring. We explained that Grandma was…
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    Kidsumers

  • Step Back in Time at Cabana Bay Beach Resort

    Sheri
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Universal Orlando Resort has their own set of resorts that provide luxury and several fun activities. These resorts are all very convenient for guests who wish to take advantage of the theme parks and Citywalk. The newest of these resorts is Cabana Bay. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is now... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Love Shoes? Join the #TanaLovesShoes Twitter Party Oct. 22nd 8pm ET

    Sheri
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Summer was fantastic with our flip flops and sandals, but the fall shoe season has finally arrived! We can pull out the boots, the leather shoes and many other of my favourite shoes styles. Of course, if you love to travel like I do, you can also pick up some pretty new sandals, and a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • There’s Unlimited Fun at Citywalk

    Sheri
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Orlando and you are looking for something to do or someplace to eat, Citywalk is the perfect choice. Universal CityWalk is Orlando’s hottest spot for entertainment, boasting the biggest names in live music, dining, dancing, movies and more in an eclectic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Procrastination is for Punks Holiday Shopping Starts Now #Giveaway

    DudeMom
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Last Christmas Dude 3 asked Santa for an iPad. He wrote a number of kind letters to him, explaining all of the things he’d like to do with his iPad: take photos, record his nightly video diaries (yes, he does this, each night before bed and hearing him recount his day in this way fills my heart with joy), play math games, read books, listen to music, dance, dance I say. He explained that he knows they’re expensive (which is why he asked Santa and not his Mommy and Daddy), but that he wants it more than any other thing and he promised to take excellent care of it so that it would never get…
  • Oreo Pumpkin Cheesecake Minis, For Life

    DudeMom
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Last Friday I spent $25 on a pumpkin. My children (and by children I mostly just mean Dude 3 as he’s the only one who even bothers to notice or pretends to care anymore) chastised my lack of Halloween décor so much that I decided to go all out by buying the biggest pumpkin my Dude 1’s arms could carry. It sits uncarved and beautiful on my front porch where it will remain until the bushy tailed rodents in my hood have their way with it. We plan to ignore the leaves and the cobwebs made entirely by the encroaching local spider community in order to create an authentic spooky landscape in…
  • Mom Dates & Gold Peak Coffee #sponsored

    DudeMom
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    I am what you might call a coffee noob. It wasn’t until the last few years, when I really invested my time in running my own businesses, that I decided to venture into coffee drinking. I figured it would be a pick me up. Or a calm me down. Depending. Turns out it’s both. I drink it each morning to help me wake up and start my day.  And, I drink it on late, rainy afternoons when I’m wrapped in blankies on my couch with my Dudes. I guess at this point I would consider myself “a coffee person” as long as you understand that when I say “coffee person” I mean coffee flavored cream…
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  • Discover and Share Your Dream Home with fypio (Giveaway)

    La Jolla Mom
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Finding, creating and sharing your dream home just became a whole lot easier. While square footage, price and number of bedrooms are important, a new app called fypio allows users to search for homes in San Diego also based on important lifestyle preferences. Want a modern kitchen or traditional living room? How about a home near good schools? fypio will find it for you. But, that’s not all. Hundreds of thousands of photos organized by room and style provide plenty of design inspiration for those of us looking to spruce up our own homes. Users can organize photos they like into…
  • 10 Things to Do in Beijing with Kids

    La Jolla Mom
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    China’s capital city is cool mix of ancient meets modern. to mention, the food is simply amazing, from homemade noodles to cheap dumpling shops. The city of extremes boasts its fair share of luxury hotels but signs of rural life become more prevalent as the ring roads grow wider–you’ll see it if you h. While some don’t consider it a family travel destination, there are actually plenty of fun things to do in Beijing with kids. It’s actually one of my 7-year-old’s favorite cities and I might have to agree with her. 1. See the Great Wall of China Perhaps this…
  • Review: Detoxing with the Beaming Lifestyle Cleanse

    La Jolla Mom
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    A summer full of travel meant that my body was craving a detox regimen. While I’ve tried almost every popular juice cleanse on the market, I now lean more toward experiences that are a mix of actual food and juice. Why? I’m less crabby and I feel better during the cleanse. It’s that simple. The Beaming Lifestyle Cleanse was designed so that people could reset without suffering. I stop into Beaming every time I’m in Del Mar and I’ve already tried a number of their artisan juices, smoothies and salads over time so. So, when they offered to send me a 4-day lifestyle…
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  • Snapchat Hacked! Do you know where your kid’s photos are?

    Suzette Valle
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Having compromising photos show up on the internet is the worst thing imaginable for many adults. Just ask any number of celebrities who had their ‘private’ photos hacked and leaked to the world wide web how they feel about their presumed privacy after this incident. Actress Jennifer Lawrence equated the iCloud breach to a sex crime. […]
  • Screening Passes For Alexander and The Very Bad Day in San Diego

    Suzette Valle
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    San Diego, get your free passes to one of two screenings of ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY and take the kids! Get them while supplies last! Monday October 6 at AMC Mission Valley (tonight) – http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/226586   Wednesday October 8 at Edwards Mira Mesa- http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/804653
  • San Diego Film Festival 2014

    Suzette Valle
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    For five days, September 24-28, San Diego went a little bit Hollywood hosting A-list celebrities and top-notch films at the San Diego Film Festival. One of the signature events of this year’s festival was “Variety’s  Night of the Starts: A Tribute” which took place on September 25 at the magnificent Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, CA. The inaugural […]
 
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  • I Call Bull-Sham on John Grisham

    amanda magee
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    I took a Facebook break last week, something about the realization that logging on was a choice that consistently made me feel not good spurred the move. I did the same thing with the news (except for that one damn brown recluse spider story.) I cannot remember what headline made me click over to see what exactly John Grisham had said about pedophiles, but I did click. I saw his face, familiar to me from so many book jackets in our house as I grew up. He was a pulpy author, but people didn’t tend to scoff too much if you had his book in your overnight bag. I read them.   I…
  • Passionate Distortion-Making Sense of Life

    amanda magee
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Excuse this photo being of dairy products rather than toys. It is the best I had to represent how jarring making a seemingly simple decision can be in today’s world. I remember the first time I took the girls to Target as a reward. They had helped me clear leaves in the backyard and I had told them that I would take them to the store to pick out a treat. It just didn’t occur to me how difficult it would be for them to manage the sensory assault. Each aisle made their eyes a bit wilder, each new shelf of LEGOS, Barbie, and My Little Pony made them blurt, “This, this is…
  • Used to

    amanda magee
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    When I was hoping to get pregnant and then later when I was, I sought advice, poring over articles on what to eat, what not to eat. I expected the days, months and years following delivery to adhere to a schedule and approach as defined by so many articles and experts. They did not. When they laid Briar in my arms everything changed. I didn’t look for answers, didn’t refer to manuals. I was drunk with instinct, believing that I knew exactly what to do at each turn. Breastfeeding came easy to us, which may have been where the fearlessness came from, the heady experience of feeding,…
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  • Flight of the Butterflies at Science Museum of Minnesota

    Missy
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Have you heard about the new butterfly exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota? We couldn’t wait to check it out and are grateful we were invited as guests on a media pass. We love the Science Museum of Minnesota and we are big butterfly lovers in this house (see how we raised a butterfly a couple of years ago)! It did not disappoint! Jason and I brought all four kids to the museum – the butterfly exhibit includes both a butterfly house where you can interact with live butterflies and an Omnitheater film: “Flight of the Butterflies.” We had the opportunity to…
  • Food Allergy Resource Fair + Trick-or-Treating this weekend

    Missy
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Allergies to common foods such as peanuts, eggs and shellfish are on the rise, leaving families and schools more confused than ever on what is safe to eat. And, Halloween is one of the trickiest holidays for kids with food allergies to navigate. Twin Cities parents, children, teachers and medical professionals are invited to attend a special Halloween-themed Food Allergy Resource Fair event Saturday, October 11, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center at 1001 Highway 7 in Hopkins. For the first time at the event, children can trick-or-treat, stopping at approximately 40…
  • Sponsoring youth through Unbound #unboundselfie

    Missy
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Today is #unboundselfie day, a special awareness campaign for Unbound, the organization I’ve been involved with for more than 12 years now. Here Alex and Avery are holding pictures of the two finish line students we are sponsoring to help them through college. On the left is Reena, who we started sponsoring about 4 months ago. She is from India and is 22 years old. She lives at home with her parents and is studying Information Technology. On the right is Mary from Kenya. She is 24 years old and in college. We’ve been sponsoring her for nearly 5 years. We write letters and draw…
 
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • Stay and Play At Universal Orlando’s CityWalk #FacingFearsTogether @UniversalORL #CityWalk

    Toni Patton
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    When you think of heading to Orlando, chances are you think of making it a fun family affair, meaning lots of kid themed fun.  Well, Orlando offers just as much fun for us adults.  That’s exactly what the facing fears together trip, was meant to highlight.  While CityWalk is great for kids, if you are like Read More »» The post Stay and Play At Universal Orlando’s CityWalk #FacingFearsTogether @UniversalORL #CityWalk 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....
  • Something to Smile About, Thanks to Cricket Wireless! Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias Tour

    Toni Patton
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central forCricket Wireless. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. I recently went to a concert with my daughter and it was a night full of memories.  Music, smiles, and a great time were had by all. In fact, every concert I have Read More »» The post Something to Smile About, Thanks to Cricket Wireless! Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias Tour 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....
  • Save on Dove Deodorant At Walmart! $2.00 Off Coupon! #sponsored

    Toni Patton
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Sometimes armpits are, well, the pits.  A lot of work goes into having pit perfection, which is why Dove is my go-to brand for pit care!  I have used many brands in the past and none have measured up to Dove brand, so I’ve been loyal for years.  With such a sensitive area of the body, Read More »» The post Save on Dove Deodorant At Walmart! $2.00 Off Coupon! #sponsored appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
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  • Who Wants to Go to HalloWeekends?

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    October is my absolute favorite time of the year to visit Cedar Point.  If you live in Ohio and haven’t been to HalloWeekends, you should definitely try to get there.  Not only is the entire park decked out in its Halloween finest, but the cooler temperatures make it the perfect time for coaster riding.  There are family friendly, mild spooky tricks and treats for your little ones during the day and up near the front of the park at night.  If you’re a brave soul, there are scream inducing, frights for you too… and that is just the coasters!  Ride all of your…
  • 20 Years.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    I’m in the midst of planning our twentieth reunion.  From high school. As in, I graduated from high school twenty years ago.  Two thoughts permeate my brain.  One, how is that even possible?  Two, my best friend is a hoarder. So, I should tell you that one of my very best friends moved back to Ohio this summer.  She has lived in Florida for my entire marriage and almost all of the time I have been with Dave.  She has seen my kids grow up through pictures and visits twice a year.  I still sometimes forget that she is here permanently.  It is weird and…
  • I Am a Cliché. I even Know How to Spell Cliché.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    This morning, I dropped the kids off at their respective schools. I know.     Can I explain to you how magical it is for a parent to have two hours and fifteen minutes to themselves, three days a week?  The answer to that is, pretty damn magical.  Thank you, sweet, sweet pre-school.  I haven’t been alone on a regular basis, in a silent house no less, for seven and a half years. Seven.  And a half.  Years.  Just the QUIET alone.  Those kids of mine are apparently a noisy duo.  The first two days, I couldn’t even bring myself to…
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  • Spooky Sour Drinks and Glow-in-the-Dark Bottles | Halloween Fun with SMIRNOFF

    Barb Webb
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Halloween is a great time to get creative and get together with friends for a fun night of costumes and cocktails!  To ramp up the festivities, it's always a treat to have frighteningly delicious drinks that mimic some of the popular tastes of trick-or-treating.  SMIRNOFF Sours have captured the pucker-up flavor of sour treats with glow-in-the dark bottles for each.Green Apple, Watermelon and Fruit Punch SMIRNOFF Sours will wow your guest with their distinct flavor profiles and luminescent bottles.  Use of the suggested drinks below to create a signature cocktail for your…
  • Make and Take Smoothies Quickly with The Tribest Personal Blender

    Linda A. Kinsman
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    My daughters love it when I make them smoothies.  No matter the season, they are always up for the cool, nutritious drinks I prepare them. Only trouble is, sometimes I’m not inclined to clean up our big blender for just two smoothies. And if I make a batch ahead of time, the consistency is off by the time they ask for another smoothie. That’s why I was so excited when I was approached by Tribest, who asked if they could send me a free Mason jar personal blender set to try and share my thoughts here with you. All opinions are my own.  Making this delicious and nutritious Berry,…
  • How Confident is Your Smile? #InvisalignBeConfident #sponsored

    Barb Webb
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Thanks to Invisalign® for inspiring this discussion on confidence and self improvement.  This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.My mother always said that a great smile was the best accessory a woman could own.  While I dismissed this notion in my youth, I've come to appreciate that, indeed, smiles can brighten up the most drab outfit or dreariest day!A well-fitted outfit, a comfortably cute pair of shoes, a fresh coat of trendy nail polish and a lovely piece of jewelry all help boost my self-confidence, but I rely more on my smile to tell the world…
 
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • Dear Apple & Facebook: Your Egg Freezing Perk is a Disgrace

    samanthamcgarry
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Have you read that Apple and Facebook are now offering female employees a $20,ooo perk to freeze their eggs, so they can delay baby-making and make the most of their career paths without the distraction of raising children? I find this abhorrent, for many reasons, which I’m trying to sort through. Here’s where my head is at: I forge my own path. I decide when I have a family. I am responsible for my own career success. I may bitch about the challenges of being a working Mom but it’s my decision, my choice. Motherhood is not a “perk.” It’s not a reward…
  • “Mama, I Have No Underpants!”

    samanthamcgarry
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I’m sure you’ll agree that this is not what you want to hear on an already-nutty school day morning. Yet, it happens with shocking regularity when, for some reason, yours truly hasn’t kept laundry-doing apace with children’s general daily dirtiness. Oy. The answer they usually get from me is: “You’ll have to fish yesterday’s out of the hamper and turn them inside out.” Gross though it may be, it’s either that or free-breezing as there’s certainly not enough time on a week day to get a laundry cycle done before it’s time to…
  • I Get Around

    samanthamcgarry
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    …. to quote the Beach Boys. Over the past 2-3 months, I’ve not just been blogging here but have also popped up in a couple of other spots that you might have missed. So I thought I’d do you all a favor and plop them all in one place. At the end of July, Dr Portia Jackson of the Working Motherhood community was kind enough to invite me onto her show. Working Motherhood features podcast interviews several times a week encouraging us working Moms to share our challenges, points of view and successes. You can listen to my interview here. (Heads-up: it’s about 30 mins…
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  • Birds and the Lake

    Dominique
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    You're readingBirds and the Lake 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 bridge in the middle of the lake Last week I brought Tiger girl with me to Taiwan on a short bonding trip. We took the High Speed Rail up to Hsinchu during the weekend to visit a friend.  She brought us to this beautiful lake which was situated near the Science and Technology Park where she worked. The three red pagodas These Pagodas were the most distinguishing feature of the lake from the car park.  They had glass…
  • You and Me – Anger and Frustration

    Dominique
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    You're readingYou and Me – Anger and Frustration by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Monkey boy and Doggie boy back in 2009 When you are in a relationship one experiences both  the good and bad of it.  The Joy, the happiness, the anger and the anguish. Different emotions which are felt at the various stages of your life as you experience help one grow. Even though certain emotions that you feel may be more intense then the other it is necessary to work through each and every one of them…
  • Writer’s Workshop: Vying For the Prize

    Dominique
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    You're readingWriter’s Workshop: Vying For the Prize by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Trees framing a pathway It is official  I’m on a race.  Tick-Tock  the count down has started and every second I get near and nearer the dateline. There is no way of backing out and I need to keep the pace. 365 days is the time frame that I have been given to reach the target.  The stakes have been upped and there is now a really attractive prize to look forward to if I manage to reach the…
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    SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney

  • A Behind-The-Scenes Peek: Say Cheese!

    Sandra Tan
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    I would like to think that my children are pretty good-looking. But trying to take a photo to PROVE that… is tough. I thought life was tough when I just had Jayvon, and he was in a “I DON’T WANT TO SMILE” mode. But multiply that by THREE, and you get lots of blurry, out-of-focus shots on the phone. There are muttered threats, frowns, exasperated sighs of “Look HERE!” “Xavier!” “Jayvon!” “Zoie!” “Xavier!!!!” that accompany most photo-taking times, when I *try* to capture the siblings all in one single frame.
  • To Singapore With Love

    Sandra Tan
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    (Or in other words, what I miss about Singapore). #1: It’s the land of free wifi and affordable 4G network. (Image credit here) I know – I heard a lot of my friends gripe about how the telcos in Singapore have introduced new plans and scraped the older unlimited data-with-mobile plans. I have had to learn to cope with a very low data limit for the longest time. Case in point: The Optus $60 plan gives 2.5GB data (recently increased cos it used to be a mere 2GB not too long ago). Singtel’s $62 plan gives 3GB. Singapore’s small size means that quite literally there are…
  • Fave Fridays: Photo of the Week

    Sandra Tan
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This was my favourite photo of the week. Taken last Saturday as we were making our way to a friend’s birthday party. She lived in a suburb some 60 km away. (I kid you not.) There are a few things that keep the kids occupied during long car rides, and one thing that the two younger ones sometimes ask for is to hold my hand – especially when they are in a fussier mood. Being at the front seat however, makes this a back-breaking task at times! This isn’t the first time Xavier and Zoie have held hands. But most of the time, it is Xavier who initiates it. Which is the sweetheart…
 
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  • Learning to Fly

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    "Move, little birdie," I uttered in vain as I drove the minivan carefully beside the baby bird who was perched in the middle of the road."Momma!" Daughter 1 cried out looking back at the birdie still in the middle of the road. "He's hurt!""I don't think so," I assured her. "He's just young as learning to fly.""How do you know it's a he?" she argued."You just called it a he," I reminded her."Yeah, but, he might be hurt," she said still looking through the back window, rolling her eyes at my gender pronoun choice.Despite my confidence that it was just a smallish bird who was on his first solo…
  • In The Next Life

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    My dad, prior to accidentally blowing up a basement science lab at OCU in Oklahoma City, was a theology/religions major. Apparently, he had an explosive minor. He was raised Catho-bapti-methodentul. He settled as a Methodist when I was about three years old because it was the closest church with the most open mind. He loved a good religious conversation. He liked to cuss and discuss scripture. He was confident in his faith and nonjudgmental about yours. At some point during my teen years, he opened the door to find the Jehovah Witness parishioners on our stoop. Actually, he was…
  • The Curse of Technology

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Since I confessed my love for all things technological, I need to now confess my disdain for the same.That's right ... As much as I love it, I hate it just as much. I've thought long and hard about why I am apparently a walking oxymoron or paradox or maybe both. And I think it boils down to this: Online, we are too gripe-y.Today, a hot, trending article popped onto my newsfeed that was titled, "Dear SAHM: Shut Up" or something just as stupid. I didn't even read the article because it had the word Shut Up in it. That's just rude.If anyone should have to shut up, it's someone telling someone…
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  • The How to Guide – Sibling Elimination

    Susan
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    How to eliminate a sibling without causing offence Miss 4 created a wonderful cut out family to play with. See the biggest one there? That’s me. I know what you’re thinking – the likeness is uncanny! As I lugged around that giant arm of mine, I asked her who the other people were. The smallest one is Miss 4 (poor thing has inherited my giant arm syndrome), and the skinny one with only one leg is Daddy. As I keen observer of the lay of the land in our household, Miss 4 told me she’d made me the biggest because I’m the boss. Unfortunately, Master 6 came along…
  • You can be the Grandma

    Susan
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    “I’ll be the Mum and you can be the Grandma,” said Miss Four. “Wait, what?” I said, tearing my eyes away from the very important work I was doing on the computer (Facebook). She thrust her doll at me. “Baby wants Grandma.” “Um, okay then but I’d like you to know that I’m a bit young to be a Grandma.” She looked carefully at my gray hairs, crows-feet and deplorable fashion sense, and smirked. Yeah okay, some of the girls I went to school with are grandmothers now, but that doesn’t mean anyone is allowed to think that I…
  • The rainbow loom dilemma

    Susan
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:26 pm
    My six-year-old son will be having a tonsillectomy in a few days. He’s pretty scared about it, but the promise of a special gift for being brave is helping him get through the anxiety. I asked him what he would like for his gift and he immediately answered ‘a Rainbow Loom’. They’re all nuts about them in his class at school, and I imagine they’re quite good for improving dexterity. Sure, why not? Plus it will be something to keep him occupied while he’s recuperating from his operation. Then I read the news reports about Illinois banning personal care…
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  • Crushed By Your BFF — How to Navigate the ‘Tween’ Years

    Lisa
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By  Vanessa Schenck “So, something happened to me at school today,” said Julia, my nine-year-old daughter just as we were sitting down to eat dinner the other day. Now, if you’re like me, you intuitively know whether that means something good or something bad. This time I could tell it was not going to be good. My daughter went on to tell me one of her best friends had crushed her that day. Apparently, in gym class, the girls played a game that required everyone to find a partner. Julia told me she had asked one of her best pals to be partners and was told, “Sorry. I already have a…
  • The Age of ‘Not-So’ Innocence: Why Teen Sexting Has Become Epidemic

    Lisa
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Here we are, at the start of another school year and already a serious case of SEXTING has created alarming turmoil and concern at a very prestigious suburban high school. Emails were sent home to the entire parent community and the administration is actively working with the local police, all to no avail. This community is no different than mine or yours … except for the fact that teens were caught sending candid photos of scantily-clad, barely-dressed classmates that spread like wildfire. Some photos were intentional, some taken secretly without the victim’s consent,…
  • Over-The-Top: Why Has High School Homecoming Morphed Into A Wedding Weekend?

    Lisa
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Perhaps I’m Old School, antiquated. But what happened to High School Homecoming, when it was actually about the kids and the dance? Never mind that I have three teenage daughters to outfit for The Ball … Yes, a freshman, a sophomore, and a senior (read: dresses, shoes, waxing, nails, makeup, and most importantly, HAIR). No, I will not bitch about what my ‘Day Of’ is going to look like; doing the suburban shuffle to three sets of photo shoots all taking place between 6 pm and 6:45 p.m., nor complain that I volunteered to have the “Sleep Over”…
 
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  • Are You Kidding Me? (Book Review)

    Crystal
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Have a crazy family? Is life loud and out of control? Stacey Gustafson makes all that feel normal in her new book Are You Kidding Me? My Life With an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives–a great read for moms, grandmoms, middle-aged men, newlyweds, and everyone in between. Her humor should be a currency, because we’d all be richer. There’s a laugh with every turn of a page. So get prepared with a big box of Kleenex! I’m highly recommending this book. Here’s why: The collection of stories found in Are You Kidding Me? are honest and easy…
  • Stress-Busting Tips When Balancing Work and Family

    Crystal
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Working mothers are more stressed and spend more time multitasking at home than working dads, according to a study in the American Sociological Review. A survey by Pew Research reported 41 percent of moms who work full time and 40 percent of those working part time said they constantly feel rushed. But moms don’t need a survey to tell you that you’re feeling stretched thin without much left to give at the end of the day. There are ways to carve out some time and indulgence just for you. After all, a happy mom makes for a happy household. Get more sleep The idea that we can have it all if…
  • Easy Candy Corn Cake Pops

    Crystal
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Since childhood, I’ve had a love affair with candy corn! It’s my little bit of heaven on earth. Many of my friends and family, however, would rather eat raw liver than put a piece of this sweet treat in their mouths. Whether you like the taste and texture or not, there’s no denying that candy corn is a quintessential part of every Halloween. So get ready to jazz up your holiday with these Easy Candy Corn Cake Pops! There’s very little baking required, since all you need is a box cake, can of prepared frosting, and several colors of candy coating. These fun little cake…
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  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for feeds.feedblitz.com. The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

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

    Daphne
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Here’s what we’ve been up to lately. Baby Theo learnt to sit up unassisted. He’s been practising with his bumbo but he ditched it in favour of sitting on the couch like a big boy. At first, he was a bit tentative, like “is this how this sitting thing is done? Don’t fall over, don’t fall over, don’t fall over…” And then he got more comfy and confident. And then he really got into it. “Is this what big people do all day? Sitting around watching stuff and eating stuff? I could totally be into that.” And then he was all like…
  • Listening to my body

    Daphne
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    Moms are basically ninjas with 8 hands who can also teleport. It’s like we always have to do a thousand things and be everywhere at the same time. Sometimes, I feel like my body is trying to tell me stuff like “take it easy”, “can’t keep up!” or “NEED. MORE. SLEEP!!!” but I just don’t have the time to stop and listen because I’ve got 4 little humans talking to me all day and night. On top of that, I’ve also got a job, a small but very fun label business, plus this little blog where I pen down my thoughts about being a wife and…
  • Psst…POSB Baby Bonus Account? Do it now.

    Daphne
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    As a parent in Singapore, the 3 letters I like most are C, D and A. Well, at this point, I also like S, L, E, E, P very much, but I think if I really had to choose, I’d go with CDA for sure. What’s this CDA I speak of? I’m glad you asked. If you are a parent who hasn’t heard about the CDA account, it’s time to pay attention, you’re going to want to sign up for it like right now. Because did anyone say free money? Yes, that’s exactly what the CDA gives you. The CDA, or Child Development Account, is a special awesomesauce savings account for your…
 
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    The Mom Views

  • 10 Things About Breast Cancer Every Mom Should Know

    Swapna
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    October is considered Breast Cancer Awareness month, mainly with an aim to increase awareness – among women to get themselves checked, among pharmaceutical companies to invest in drugs for breast cancer and for the government to have more women-friendly policies.  If you think that it’s too much of a fuss being made for a seemingly rare illness, here are some facts. The WHO breast cancer statistics state that there are 4,58,000 deaths from breast cancer and 1.38 million new cases being discovered every year, making breast cancer the most common cancer in women all over the world. The…
  • Digital Parenting With eKavach App

    Swapna
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    From today, we are starting a 4 post series on Digital Parenting & Internet Safety for kids. Subscribe to our updates to receive the series in your email. Today’s kids are digital kids, they are digital pros and most of them learn to operate a smartphone or a tablet before they can learn the alphabet. Our kids don’t know about life without internet and life without gadgets is something they will never know. However as parents it is our job to parent our digital kids in a way that they learn technology and use it for good but also learn about internet safety. Gone are the days…
  • Diwali Shopping With CherryTin

    Swapna
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    Diwali is synonymous with goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. We are one of the few countries in the world where money is openly venerated and celebrated. Apart from praying for money and abundance, there is also the practice of exchanging gifts with family and friends. This is a symbol of wishing abundance not just for ourselves but for our loved ones as well. I think in its core essence this is such a beautiful sentiment. However, it is not easy to find the right kind of gifts for Diwali and especially ones that makes the receiver feel special. In a market full of dry fruit boxes, chocolate…
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    Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips

  • Etiquette Business Bootcamp, Why Etiquette Is A Great Business

    Elena Neitlich
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Etiquette Trainer Business Bootcamp Will Begin In November Get ready for our eight week webinar series for members of our Etiquette Moms programs who have joined us in 2014. This bootcamp is designed for existing new members and anyone else who is interested in teaching etiquette as a full time or part time business. If [...]
  • Forget Youtube, just lock her in the stocks.

    Elena Neitlich
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Youtube removed a video after it had been viewed over 85,000 times because it violated the site’s rules banning humiliation, harassment, and bullying. The video was recorded by a mother one day when shadowing her fourteen-year-old daughter at school. With hope of curbing her daughter’s irresponsible behavior (the girl had been skipping classes) the frustrated [...]
  • That Cake Is NOT Going to Cut Itself! – Setting Business Goals

    Elena Neitlich
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    Question: What is your business goal? Answer: I want to build a successful etiquette practice. Question: That’s terrific! What are you doing to reach that goal? Answer: I am hoping that the website I am having built will attract customers, and I have really beautiful business cards and letterhead that look very professional. That cake [...]
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  • What is causing your child’s cough?

    Bril
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Cough and cold are the most common afflictions of children both young and old. Preschoolers suffer from coughs 3-8 times a year and older children up to 4 times. But there is a lot of confusion surrounding coughs and why they are caused. Here’s an article hoping to clear away some of those misconceptions and an easier (read less worrying) recovery. Coughs are usually caused by viruses. It is what we generally refer to as a viral infection. Since viruses are microorganisms that are neither alive nor dead (seriously!), it is impossible to eradicate them. Antibiotics are of no use on them. So…
  • Your Pre-schooler: Normal or Gifted?

    Bril
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    The pace at which your toddler learns new things at this age is astounding. If you watch closely enough, you will be tempted to mull over the question of your child being gifted. The term “being gifted”, though is very easy to misconstrue. Whether it is being able to throw a ball like a 5 year old or starting speech earlier than his peers, a definite prognosis of being gifted can only be given by a paediatrician, once the child starts elementary school. Yet, in some cases, it clear from infancy that the baby is learning faster than other of his age. In some other cases, a gifted child may…
  • Early warning signs of a learning disability

    Bril
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Can I tell if my child has learning disability? Children till the age of 5 learn skills at different rates. If a child is adept at speaking, he may be slower to comprehend numbers. Similarly, a child who is adept at physical manoeuvres and play may learn the alphabet later than others. This varying rate of learning new skills can throw parents off the correct way to diagnose if there is a problem. Learning disability falls into 3 wide categories: Speech and language problems Reading writing and math problems Coordination, motor skills and memory problems However, sometimes the disability is…
 
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  • Imagination Stage’s The Night Fairy: A Review

    Monica Sakala
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Saturday evening we were lucky enough to enjoy Imagination Stage’s new production The Night Fairy, which kicks off the theatre’s 2014-2014 season.  Unfortunately we haven’t yet read the book The Night Fairy written by Baltimore-based author Laura Amy Schlitz but my eldest since added it to the top of her list. Flory, the Night Fairy, played by Tia Shearer. Photo credit: Imagination Stage My youngest has been a hardcore fairy lover for several years now. She tends to get most of her fairy inspiration from Tinkerbelle but she’ll take any fairy she can get –…
  • Get your Frozen on….also…a Disney on Ice Give-Away

    Monica Sakala
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Happy Monday everyone. I thought it would be fun to kick-off the week with a give-away. In case you haven’t heard, Disney on Ice Frozen is coming to the Patriot Center next month. Word on the street is tickets are going fast….so today is your lucky day. As my loyal readers know, each October I trek to the Patriot Center in Fairfax and each year I vow it will be the last time I do so, despite our love for all things Disney and Disney on Ice.  Usually it’s the rush hour traffic, one year it was the Obama presidential campaign stop on the campus of George Mason at the same…
  • The Sound of Silence

    Monica Sakala
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    In August 1992, my parents dropped me off in Iowa City. It was my freshman year in college and once they were done getting me settled into my crowded, not fancy or decorated like the kids today, dorm room, it was time for them to leave. My mom, not usually a very emotional person, started crying. I vividly remember thinking “Why is she crying, I’ll see them at Christmas.” Yep. This is how emotional of a person I am. Frankly, until I had kids, I made sport out of making my younger sister cry because I was that kind of big sister.  You know, the crying is for losers, kind of…
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  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #93

    Kresha Faber
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it’s where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives. You’ll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer, homeschooling, herbal remedies, meal planning, thoughtful parenting… what do…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #92

    Kresha Faber
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian readers and carnival contributors! 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,…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #91

    Kresha Faber
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:00 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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  • FREE Halloween Portraits for Charlotte Families + Portrait Innovations Giveaway!

    Katie
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    New Portrait Innovations Studio Offers Free Halloween Portraits during Movies on the Green and Trick ‘r Treat Family Event at Promenade on Providence Shopping Center! If you saw my post yesterday, you know… the night of Halloween can be a frantic experience.  You have just a few hours to get the kids home from school then turn-around to head out the door, with perfect costumes and full bellies.  The last thing your kids want to do is indulge us (moms) as we try and capture their cuteness on camera.  They. Want. Candy. Now. Inevitably, that means I get a few so-so photos before we…
  • Mommy Humor: Passive Aggressive Gifting

    Guest
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Guest Blogger Abbie Gale Because every mom could use a dose of Mommy Humor! If you give my son a gift like this on his birthday he will think you are a…ROCK STAR!  I will be asking myself what the heck I ever did to you to deserve you giving my son this “evil doing” machine. Don’t make me mad, or else I will be buying one for your kid this Christmas!   You, too, can buy a terrorist candy machine.  It is perfect for the kid who has parents you hate.  Don’t be fooled.  It just looks all “nice” and “fun.”  It is not. Look at the…
  • Fuel up for Halloween!

    Katie
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    {This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.} When you’re a kid, Halloween is truly awesome.  As an adult, it ain’t so bad either.  I love dressing up my munchkins in coordinating outfits, photographing the heck out of their cuteness, then getting together with all of the neighborhood kids in the door-to-door quest to collect enough candy to last until the next Halloween. We always know it’s time to stop when the kids declare their pumpkins are so full of candy they are too heavy to carry.  Poor things. With…
 
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    Comeback Momma

  • Our Halloween Plan: Dinner Time Before CANDY Time

    Jenn
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Our Halloween Plan: Dinner Time Before CANDY Time #Treats4All When Halloween falls on a school day, as it does this year, it can be a challenge to get the kids to sit down for dinner before heading out for candy. “We’ll just eat candy for dinner!” they say. “Not on my watch,” I respond. “It’s dinner time BEFORE candy time!” I remind them. I can usually get them to sit still for a few minutes to have a quick dinner. I remind them that this meal will help them maintain their energy to get through our entire neighborhood. It requires a lot of…
  • Testing the Hottest Toys for the Holidays #ChosenByKids

    Jenn
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Testing the Hottest Toys for the Holidays #ChosenByKids It’s that time of year again. Time to make those holiday shopping lists. Do you know what your kids want? What if they could be toy testers and try some of this year’s hottest toys? On Saturdays through 12/13, select Walmart stores are hosting holiday toy testing events where your kids can get their hands on some of this season’s top toys. How cool is that? My daughter and I were excited to go check out one of these events for ourselves. At the Walmart we visited there were displays at either end of the store. On one…
  • Are Your Pipes Leaking? I’m “Poised” to Help!

    Jenn
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Bladder control issues are nothing to be ashamed of. Poise is here to help! Do your pipes leak from time to time? Not the house plumbing, but you “personal” plumbing. Get what I mean? Seriously though, nearly 1/3 of women deal with bladder control issues. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. I’ve had to deal with an overactive bladder and light bladder leakage myself. Luckily, it’s easy to get help. Here are my tips for dealing with those little leaks with a little help from the folks at Poise. Talk to your Doctor Some types of bladder leakage can be signs of trouble…
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    Mommy Edition

  • Learning To Discipline Your Child Effectively Without Spanking

    Melinda
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    In a perfect world we would have a book specifically written for parents, with exact answers to every question we may have about our kids. A book that would keep us from questioning ourselves or feeling guilty when we have to lay down the law. Essentially, a book that makes us THE perfect parent. Unfortunately, […]
  • 10 Easy Tips To Help You Move Towards A Whole Foods Lifestyle

    Rachel
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    We are living in an amazing age. We have so many choices from the moment we wake up every day. These choices also extend to our cupboards, refrigerators, shopping carts and dinner tables. So many chemicals and additives are added to processed, convenience foods that if we are really aware of the ingredients every time […]
  • How To Throw An Awesome Halloween Party For Kids

    Jessica
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Halloween is probably one my most favorite holidays out of the year. It is the only time of year that we can pretend to be whoever or whatever we want no matter how old we are. The candy and delicious treats are just icing on the cake with this fun holiday. Planning an adult party […]
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  • One Of THOSE Moms

    Jessica Hoefer Land
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    It’s happened. Other than being a human vending machine, my tween kids find me pretty much uncool. I knew it was only a matter of time. I had been warned by the moms who had paved the way before me, but secretly hoped I would be exempt. Still, nothing quite prepares you for it until it actually happens to you. My kids are officially embarrassed of me. I remember the days of clingy children, when no one else but mom could soothe the anxious soul. Not so much anymore. A text message from a bestie works just fine. On the rare occasion I have to physically enter my kid’s educational…
  • Instant Halloween Costume

    Jen Kominsky
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    He requested a $3 Goodwill tablecloth for Halloween–bingo: Halloween costume. The post Instant Halloween Costume appeared first on Great Moments In Parenting.
  • Text Your Children Well

    Cassandra
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    I came late to texting. I resisted getting a smartphone for the longest time, knowing that once I did I would never escape work again (which was true). Although I love my smartphone, I do sometimes miss the days when I was physically capable of walking away from my work email account. Even when I finally stepped on the smartphone train, I continued to abstain from the world of texting. I didn’t see the need for communication that a phone call or an email couldn’t fill. And then my daughter went to college. Let me tell you, I am now the biggest fan of texting you’ve ever met.
 
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    Shivani Cotter

  • 100 Quotes To Live By – Day 1

    Shivani Cotter
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    100 Quotes To Live By – Day 1 POWER MORNING : DAY 1 100 Days Of Inspirational, Soul-Stirring, Uplifting, Fantastic Quotes To Help You Stay Positive And  Make Each Day Ridiculously Amazing! Think of it as your very own daily mantra; a touch of sprinkled goodness to your morning.  It’s true that you can’t live a positive life with a negative mind, so I’m giving you a dose of sunshine to start your day! For the next 100 days, I am posting some of my favorite inspirational quotes/sayings I have collected.  It’s amazing how one positive thought every morning and…
  • 10 Things You Need To Know About Friendship

    Shivani Cotter
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    10 Things You Need To Know About Friendship Never did I think that at 39-years of age, I would still be learning a thing or two about friendship.  I’m blessed to have strong women in my life I call my friends.  I owe my loyalty to them because they have never made me question theirs.  Yes, loyal people really do still exist. 10 Things I learned about friendship from amazing women I call “My True Friends” Loyal people do still exist. We are all fighting hard battles, and we have to remember that about each other.  Our battles may not be the same, but they affect us…
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    We Are MOMO

  • BEING A STEP PARENT

    Amy Elizabeth
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Being a Step Parent puts you in a role of  being a comparison. Children now have someone else to compare their birth parent to.  We brace ourselves daily for the comments of who is the better cook, better boo boo kisser, and better homework helper.  It is these small comments that are like paper cuts.  […] The post BEING A STEP PARENT appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • DON’T…

    Amy Elizabeth
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    “Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.”  Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.”  Marianne Williamson As a Step Parent it often feels like you are at war, filled with strategic planning to achieve victory.  Did you ever play the board game Risk in your family?  So […] The post DON’T… appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • BEING A STEP MOM IS A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD

    Amy Elizabeth
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Step Mother is one of the most difficult titles to carry, as well as the most rewarding.  I don’t know if there is a better scenario for the term “double edged sword.” Not everyday is going to be perfect.  You won’t win all of the battles, in fact you may lose more often than you […] The post BEING A STEP MOM IS A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD appeared first on We Are MOMO.
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    Oubly.com

  • How to Make the Cutest Kitten Pumpkin

    Paulina Kay
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Halloween doesn’t feel quite right without making a jack-o-lantern. The age-old tradition of rolling up your sleeves to slice through the fruit and pull out the gooey seeds to carve a design is a fun activity that everyone regardless of age can enjoy. And to prove what a purrfect activity it is, we’re here to show you the step-by-step guide to creating your own kitten pumpkin! This tutorial was inspired by the following Oubly Halloween card. Materials one large pumpkin for the body one small pumpkin for the head two small pumpkins for paws a curved cucumber for the tail stiff black felt…
  • How to Make Thanksgiving Table Decorations out of Thanksgiving Cards

    Ursula Rosien
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you usually host Thanksgiving Dinner? Make this Thanksgiving extra special not only by sending out a gorgeous invitation, but style your table with Oubly’s cards and five simple and beautiful crafts. First step, get ahead of the game and order your Thanksgiving invitations with plenty of time in advance. Depending on the size of your party, order a few extra cards, (about five), and you will be on your way to creating a beautiful Thanksgiving table decorations. Food Label Cards Once your cards arrive, begin cutting out the vegetable illustrations. For example, cut the bottom four…
  • 10 Frighteningly Easy Halloween Recipes

    Vicki Dean
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you ready to create a spooktacular halloween spread? There are so many fun ways to use a minimal amount of ingredients to create delicious and festive Halloween recipes that’ll wow your party guests. Check out these frighteningly easy dishes to create the happiest of Halloweens. 1. Pumpkin Pretzels Just 5 ingredients and super adorable! Check out Butter with a side of Bread for directions. 1 bag mini pretzels 1 bag M&M’s candy, needing only the green ones Orange food coloring 1 bag White Chocolate chips, melted slowly 1 Tbsp shortening, to thin out chocolate 2. Graveyard Taco…
 
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  • P. 3 A Marriage in Trouble {Transparent Tuesday}

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Part 1  Part 2Part 3 and the conclusion of our Marriage Series, "A Marriage In Trouble".Marriage to me had for a long time been a charming accessory. People go to school, they grow up, they get married, they purchase a house, they have kids. You follow this tell-tale road map - and your life is good and happy. Complete. In retrospect I realize that for the first several years that we were married my focus wasn't on my marriage or my husband. My focus was on myself. He and I had different schedules. We both went to work. We both came home. I wasn't trying to disregard my…
  • 7 Quick Takes! Loving Life and All it Brings

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Good morning! I'm participating in a linkup I've never done before today called 7 Quick Takes from Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary. ----1----Michigan's colors in the Fall are gorgeous. There are so many beautiful places to visit around here. It's rather brilliant. Each year I'm again floored by the beauty of it all.    ----2---- Any day now I'm expecting to hear that my brother and his wife have welcomed their first little one - a girl! We're all eagerly anticipating her arrival. She is already so incredibly loved! ----3----My boys are so different from one another.
  • P. 2 A Marriage In Trouble {Transparent Tuesday}

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
     To read Part 1 Go hereWhen I arrived at my parent's house I poured out my heart. They knew my husband and I had been having problems. They knew that things weren't happy, but it was a pretty cut and dry deal in my mom's eyes. "Go home to your husband. Work hard. Do whatever you can to work it out." So I went home. I followed her advice...When Melissande asked me to write this I can honestly say I wasn't very excited. I'm not one to dwell on things that are negative I would rather find a solution and move on, however, this was worth a little more analysis. My hope is that this might…
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  • Halloween Costumes for Teenagers

    NM
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    We recently posted some cute Halloween Costumes for Babies and Toddlers but these are no good for big kids! We have put together some spookily scary Halloween Costumes for teenagers, guaranteed to scare! We would love to hear what you think of our collection… The post Halloween Costumes for Teenagers appeared first on Norfolk Mums.
  • Can You Juggle?

    NM
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Can you juggle? Your initial answer may be no but if you’re a mum then your answer should definitely be yes. We’re all working mums whether we’re in paid employment or not. We work unsociable hours, little pay, no holidays or sickness pay. Our payment is in cuddles, kisses and ‘I love you Mummy’ which far outweighs any monetary benefit. Juggling life can be hard, breakfast and children to dress, school and nursery runs, packed lunches, let alone dragging a brush through your hair and finding some clean clothes to wear! Whenever the topic of ‘working…
  • Funny Labour Quotes

    NM
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Today I was thinking about the day I had my daughter. I remember being high on gas and air, practically naked, my hair tied up in a dodgy fashion, bent over the bed waiting for my next contraction when I said to the nurse “Can I go home and have some pancakes please” much to my midwifes amusement. It made me wonder what other comical things expecting mums have come out with in the delivery room. I have browsed the web and put together some funny labour quotes… I would love to hear your amusing stories too! “Paramedic here: Delivered a baby for a lady who did not…
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • There Are Moments…

    Heather Brummett
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    I am waiting for my big surgery. I am prepared. I am confident everything will be ok. I am learning all about ovarian cancer. I am blessed.  I am sure God is in control. I am smiling. That does not mean that I do not have my moments! This week I have had MANY moments. They come and go. […] The post There Are Moments… appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • One Step At A Time… Learning About & Facing Ovarian Cancer

    Heather Brummett
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:50 pm
    One thing that stuck out to me was the variety of people at the hospital. All colors, ages, sizes, shapes, lifestyles, etc. One thing everyone had in common was this: all of the patients there, did NOT WANT to be there. We were all brought together by a common problem. Cancer had shown it's ugly face in our lives. The post One Step At A Time… Learning About & Facing Ovarian Cancer appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • The Day Everything Changed

    Heather Brummett
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    This was written a few weeks back. I wasn’t ready to share my story until now. Read part 1, part 2, part 3. (They may not be live yet. Check back for updates and to follow my story.) I was the first one at the doctor’s office. I was really early. It was all I could think about. It […] The post The Day Everything Changed appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
 
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  • How to Spot a ‘Black Market’ Cloth Diaper

    Maria Moser
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever had trouble determining whether the diaper you’re looking at is a rebrand or knockoff? This post has been in the works for quite some time, even before Misty Henry & I put together our webinar on this topic for the RDIA and I’m grateful to Elizabeth for putting together this list of […]       
  • Brian James Footwear – Gorgeous, Comfortable Shoes (Yes, Really)

    Maria Moser
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I received a pair of shoes at no charge for review purposes. I was not otherwise compensated for this post and all opinions are my own. I adore shoes but I’m incredibly picky about what I like as far as style and I won’t suffer for the sake of fashion. If you want a spot […]       
  • Cloth Diaper Giveaways – Roundup for 10/17/14 (Plus Linky for All Giveaways)

    Maria Moser
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Cloth Diaper Giveaways Friday is cloth diaper giveaway time at Change-Diapers. All week, I hunt for cloth diaper giveaways, and list them here 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, send […]       
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    Kinsa Health Bytes

  • Fever in Children: What Parents Need to Know

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    It has not been a good start to cold and flu season this year thanks to recent health headlines.  Parents everywhere are concerned about what the latest virus outbreaks across the US and around the world, means for their children. The timing of enterovirus, flu, and Ebola might make you question your child’s fevers or runny noses much more than in the past. Being cautious with a fever is smart, but you don’t need to panic. A higher temperature is a sign that the body is working hard to fight an illness that you’ve come in contact with. Think of it as the body’s way of…
  • 8 Wearables for Kids To Keep Them Healthy and Safe

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Wearables are all the rage these days with sleek, stylish wristbands that can capture your every move. They’re great tools to keep you on top of your health and fitness goals. But what about your little ones? Believe it or not, wearables for kids have made their way into the market. Whether you’re tracking their sleep patterns, physical activity, or just want to know where they are, these wearables will help you keep them healthy and safe.  If you’re already thinking of gifts for the holidays (no judgement here!), take a look at these high-tech gadgets for the youngest…
  • 3 Tips to Protect Your Kids from the Respiratory Virus Spreading in the U.S.

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    With the cold and flu season approaching, the last thing you want is for your child to get sick. Reports of a contagious respiratory virus spreading making kids sick throughout the US have made those fears even worse. How can you protect your kids and what can you do? There are different ways to prepare your family throughout the season, but here are a few key tips to help you get started today. 1. First things first: don’t panic! It’s normal to be concerned for your child’s health especially with heightened media attention, but the most important thing to keep in mind is…
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  • Drive-by Inspiration

    Tracy Evans
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Every time I drive by this church I wonder if they have someone on staff who stays holed up in a room for hours on end thinking up clever sayings or if he/she simply jumps on Google for a few minutes...
  • Pictures, pictures, pictures...

    Tracy Evans
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    For weeks I've been on an organizing rampage: recycling this, getting rid of that, moving other things to "just the right spot". I've been particularly obsessed with my home office which went neglected for years due to a crazy work schedule. Finally, my effort is paying off. The five-year-old piles of documents has shrunk to just one. Old bookcases have been repainted and relocated to my daughter's room. Now, if I could only figure out what to do with all the still pictures. So far, I've about a dozen of my favorites to pretty white frames. I also decided to do something a little different,…
  • Tricked out closet...

    Tracy Evans
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    I wish this was my closet but it's not!  Stumbled upon on it while scouring through pictures on Houzz. It's amazing how simple ideas crammed into a narrow walk-in closet can transform it into a dream space. I'm going to steal some of these tricks and see if they work magic in my closet. Heck, even a pretty step stool would make me feel fancy picking out clothes. Looks like I need to plan a trip to HomeGoods...Traditional Closet by New York Closet & Home Storage Designers Clos-ette TooSpaces by New York Closet & Home Storage Designers Clos-ette TooTransitional Closet by New…
 
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  • Bandana bib tutorial - with a free pattern

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    One day you realize your baby is no longer a baby but a cute and clever toddler. Approximately at the same time you also realize there is no such thing as getting rid of bibs. You'll still need them, just maybe in a bit of a different design - an to my experience, bandana bibs are perfect for toddlers.And when you need a lot of bandana bibs, it's great if you don't need to buy all of them, right? Here's an easy tutorial for you (a promise is a promise, right?)They come in all sizes, forms, materials you can imagine. I've tried out quite a lot of patterns, too. (way more than these bandana…
  • 3 easy steps to turn any outdoors activity into a fun adventure

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Autumn is beautiful - we are inviting you and your kids outdoors again! But this time, I added a simple 3-step how-to to make it even easier for you.A simple 3-step guide you can apply at any time and for any short trip to turn it into an exciting adventure:set the destinationpack a snackset a task. Ready-steady-go :) 1) Set the destination: a trip to a nearby hill / to the nearest creek / a stroll to a water mill / to a nearby meadow or park / following a country track or a field way /...2) Pack a snack. (off course :) Pack a snack or two, bread or fruit, whatever is easy for…
  • Home-made bandana bibs - and a promise

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I got tired of searching for them all the time. I need to sit down to sew some more bandana bibs. As soon as I let you know that these are all home made (made by my Elna and me). And more importantly, that you should try making some, too. Why?Low-cost: you'll need a tiny bit of fabrics for making a bandana bib. You can go for zero cost, too: you can simply use an old T-shirt, or a napkin... Or an old towel. Nearly anything. Quite simple to make: it's a simple beginner project, especially if you get a pattern - there are many available on the internet, though it's good to start with an easy…
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    Naturally Frugalicious

  • Wishful Thinking $100 Amazon GC Giveaway

    Lilah
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
     Welcome to the Wishful Thinking $100 Amazon GC Giveaway Hosted by Mom Loves 2 Read Sponsored by Get My Wish A special thank you to our co-hosts: Deals Fanatics AND Naturally Frugalicious as well as all the wonderful bloggers who are participating in this event! I know I am not the only one gearing up for the holidays and the holiday gift buying season, am I? With a show of hands, who out there is already overwhelmed? *Lilah raises her hand* Well, lovely readers, let us see if we can make the gift buying season a bit easier on you. Ready for a bit of wishful thinking? Close your eyes and…
  • Wishful Thinking Giveaway Co-Host

    Lilah
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    If you’re a fan of the following pages on Facebook, you’re entitled to the 10 free entries in the Wishful Thinking Giveaway. If not, you can become one here. Click on each link in the Entry form below to see if you’re a fan or become a new one. Entry-Form Author informationLilahEditor and Writer at Naturally FrugaliciousLilah Ayelet is a photographer extraordinaire, life coach, and blogger who has a sometimes snarky and irreverent approach to life. Her personal blog, Naturally Frugalicious, offers perspectives on healthy eating and frugal living through real food recipes, household tips…
  • Organic Stevia Giveaway – Ends 11/3

    Lilah
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Organic Stevia Giveaway Sponsored by Kiva Hosted by Deals of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Have you tried Stevia yet? Kiva Organic Stevia is a multi-purpose tabletop sweetener made from Non-GMO stevia plants grown in the USA and is a perfect substitute for sugar and artificial sweeteners. Their organic stevia has zero-calories, no bitter aftertaste, and a low glycemic index, making it ideal for those managing calories and blood sugar. They blend their high purity stevia extract with erythritol, a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol found in fruits and vegetables to create a delicious…
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