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  • Using TomTom GO GPS to #GetHomeFaster (Giveaway)

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Disclosure: Sponsored post   The combination of being a busy mom driving my kids around with visiting clients and going to press events in San Francisco mean that I spend lots of time driving in my car.  When I drive across town with all of the traffic in Silicon Valley it can sometimes take as long as it does to drive to San Francisco (one hour)! With traffic it can be even a much longer commute (2 hours or more). Additional traffic challenges can happen due to holiday traffic, like the rush to head to the beach, parks or vacation areas this weekend for July 4th. The map apps on my…
  • The New American Marriage

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Today the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the rights of gay Americans to marry. This morning there was a celebration of rainbows and love and shortly thereafter politicians and quasi religious leaders began with hateful horrible statements. I need to remind you why gay marriage matters. I need to remind you that your gay children are at a much higher risk for depression and suicide. You’re worried about teaching them to cross the street? How about making sure they don’t throw themselves in front of a train. A society that acknowledges that same sex love is of equal…
  • Sources of Gratitude in the last 24 Hours

    Oh, The Joys
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    One.Nigeria outlawed female genital mutilation.Two.An Indigogo campaign to raise funds for Bree Newscome's court fees has raised more than $98,000.Three.I am grateful for strength and stamina.I went to they gym yesterday and lifted weights.  I got through it.
  • SCANDALOUS!

    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul
    Shannon akaMonty
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:47 pm
    I've been binge-watching SCANDAL.I know a lot of people are so crazy about this show, and I have to admit I found some of it fairly enjoyable myself.However, there are some things I'm having trouble getting past.1. At first I thought I was watching a re-run of West Wing, only with Meredith Grey's mommy AND daddy added to the cast. By season two, it was like a mashup of West Wing, Grey's Anatomy, and Gilmore Girls. Are there no other actors out there? (actually I'm not complaining, because I do love Josh Malina and Scott Foley and OMG GEORGE NEWBERN with whom I fell deeply in love when I first…
  • A Family Guide to Travelling in London

    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity
    Karen Andrews
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
      Getting around The London Underground is a fabulous way of getting around the city. I know there’s a specialness to hailing a black taxi, or hopping on a red double-decker bus, but I love trains. I did a lot of investigating before we left as to how you get around on the Underground these days and started to get a bit confused as to Oyster cards and so on. Then I discovered the London Travelcard, which you can purchase through the Australian shop of VisitBritain. You simply check which zones you’ll be travelling in, on or off peak, and for how many days (or journeys). We…
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • Using TomTom GO GPS to #GetHomeFaster (Giveaway)

    Beth B.
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Disclosure: Sponsored post   The combination of being a busy mom driving my kids around with visiting clients and going to press events in San Francisco mean that I spend lots of time driving in my car.  When I drive across town with all of the traffic in Silicon Valley it can sometimes take as long as it does to drive to San Francisco (one hour)! With traffic it can be even a much longer commute (2 hours or more). Additional traffic challenges can happen due to holiday traffic, like the rush to head to the beach, parks or vacation areas this weekend for July 4th. The map apps on my…
  • Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts

    Beth B.
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Let’s face it, being a parent leaves little time to think about gifts. Yes, there are some very organized people that plan months in advance to order the perfect Father’s Day gift for their husband/Dad and organize the perfect brunch or dinner.   For the rest of us, there are still alternatives that you can DIY, order online or buy quickly to show the Dad in your life all the love he deserves.   TAKE A FAMLY PHOTO ON THE FLY: Take a special photo and frame it: There are multiple ways to print photo’s from PCs and mobile phones to home printers. So take out your…
  • Sunset Celebration 2015 And Headquarters Update #howisunset

    Beth B.
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:17 pm
    This weekend (June 6 and 7) is one of my favorite community events: Sunset Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park, CA. Sunset’s absolutely beautiful seven-acre campus is being transformed into an “interactive showcase for the regions most exiting lifestyle inspiration and freshest flavors“.  Details on the Sunset Celebration can be found on their website including Sunset Celebration Weekend speakers, Sunset Celebration Weekend maps and more.     Photo Credit: Sunset Magazine     This week they invited press to tour Sunset Headquarters to get a preview of…
 
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • The New American Marriage

    Jessica Gottlieb
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Today the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the rights of gay Americans to marry. This morning there was a celebration of rainbows and love and shortly thereafter politicians and quasi religious leaders began with hateful horrible statements. I need to remind you why gay marriage matters. I need to remind you that your gay children are at a much higher risk for depression and suicide. You’re worried about teaching them to cross the street? How about making sure they don’t throw themselves in front of a train. A society that acknowledges that same sex love is of equal…
  • If You Want to Change Your Life You Should Fire Your Friends

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

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

  • Sources of Gratitude in the last 24 Hours

    28 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    One.Nigeria outlawed female genital mutilation.Two.An Indigogo campaign to raise funds for Bree Newscome's court fees has raised more than $98,000.Three.I am grateful for strength and stamina.I went to they gym yesterday and lifted weights.  I got through it.
  • Outward Expressions of Grattitude

    27 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
    Last night I watched a Ted Talk on Positive Psychology delivered by Shawn Achor.I was struck by the bit at the end, the five things you can do for twenty-one days to increase your positivity. (It's not that I'm relentlessly negative, far from it, but like anyone, I could always take being MOAR positive.)So the five things are:Start each morning with an outward expression of three new things for which you are grateful that happened over the last 24 hoursKeep a journalExercise regularlyPractice meditationCommit to doing random acts of kindness. - one email of gratitude a day.In thinking…
  • Whizpoppers

    9 Sep 2011 | 5:00 am
    In Roald Dahl's novel, The BFG, young Sophie is kidnapped and taken to a land occupied by giants. Recently, I've been reading this book to The Mayor and The Rooster. In the giant's world, their equivalent of soda fizzes downward instead of upward. Instead of causing burps, soda causes, well... the opposite, an activity know to the giants as "Whizpopping." When a giant releases whizpops, he is lifted off the ground and filled with a sensation of elation. This is such a fun experience that whizpopping itself is a sign of happiness among the giants. Reflecting on the chapter where we learned all…
 
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • SCANDALOUS!

    Shannon akaMonty
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:47 pm
    I've been binge-watching SCANDAL.I know a lot of people are so crazy about this show, and I have to admit I found some of it fairly enjoyable myself.However, there are some things I'm having trouble getting past.1. At first I thought I was watching a re-run of West Wing, only with Meredith Grey's mommy AND daddy added to the cast. By season two, it was like a mashup of West Wing, Grey's Anatomy, and Gilmore Girls. Are there no other actors out there? (actually I'm not complaining, because I do love Josh Malina and Scott Foley and OMG GEORGE NEWBERN with whom I fell deeply in love when I first…
  • The Mask

    Shannon akaMonty
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Hooray for me!That's right, I got an advance (SIGNED!) copy of The Mask from one of my favorite authors, Taylor Stevens.  You may remember that I got an ARC to review her last novel, The Catch (because I am Just. That. Cool.) Go ahead and take a peep - we'll wait.Two words: LOVED. IT.It was subtly different than the others - each book we get a little glimpse closer to the heart of Vanessa Michael Munroe. The Mask let us see a bit of a softer side, at least for awhile. I always hope she's able to find some inner peace if not outright happiness...Then the action ramps up again.She's…
  • Flashback Friday: FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE, the lost episodes...

    Shannon akaMonty
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:58 pm
    So I had completely forgotten I still had podomatic accounts - remember when I used to upload the shows in case you missed the live version? #NostalgiaLet's Friday Night together.From 2009 and 2010: FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE with Monty!
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    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity

  • A Family Guide to Travelling in London

    Karen Andrews
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
      Getting around The London Underground is a fabulous way of getting around the city. I know there’s a specialness to hailing a black taxi, or hopping on a red double-decker bus, but I love trains. I did a lot of investigating before we left as to how you get around on the Underground these days and started to get a bit confused as to Oyster cards and so on. Then I discovered the London Travelcard, which you can purchase through the Australian shop of VisitBritain. You simply check which zones you’ll be travelling in, on or off peak, and for how many days (or journeys). We…
  • Friday Celebrations #4

    Karen Andrews
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    I’ll start off this week’s celebrations with the above picture. Readers might recognise this poem ‘postcard’ from my #miscpoetry project – if you click through to the link you’ll see them all in a single post. Since then, they’ve been sitting in my drawer and I thought to myself, “What else can be done? How can I extend the project? Why would I want to?” So, here’s a little spoiler. I’ll do a full write up once I have set them all free ‘in the wild’! There’s a lot! Other celebrations, and interesting…
  • July Creative Challenge

    Karen Andrews
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:23 pm
    In some ways, I’m picking the worst month to do a creative challenge. I’ll be busy conducting workshops, putting together another for an event that (for the moment) has to be kept hush-hush, keeping kids entertained during school holidays and a few other things besides those. But I was thinking back over the fun I had during the 30 Days of NaNoWriMo Prompts challenge I set myself last year, and how pushing through tiredness – dare I even say laziness – was good for me. As enjoyable as I find blogging to be, I admit that if I do it for too long without at least trying…
 
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  • Amazing Grace. How Sweet The Sound.

    Aruni
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    What a historic week it’s been here in the United States of America!  Whether you agree or don’t agree on the rulings, the research, the findings, the laws, and/or the songs sung, I think we can all agree that it was historic.  Check out Fred Wilson’s post called What A Week for a better write-up than I have time to create about the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rulings on the Affordable Health Care Act, Marriage Equality, and President Obama singing Amazing Grace at Clementa Pinckney‘s funeral. Here’s an interesting article on businesses reactions to the marriage…
  • How and Why a School was Born

    Aruni
    6 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I was recently given the opportunity to write my story about the founding of The Magellan International School for Latino Magazine.  Here’s the link to the article on our school site: How and Why a School was Born.  It’s been an amazing experience to be involved in the ground floor of starting such a phenomenal school! I have not been involved in the day to day activities or in many of the big achievements since it’s founding because I chose to take more of a behind the scenes role.  I gave birth (and have the illustrative scars) to the kids who inspired it’s…
  • Some Things Are Better Off Left Unsaid Or Unwritten

    Aruni
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    I remember a time in high school where I was trying to tell someone who was about 5 years older than me “something about my life” (just like the Indigo Girls Closer To Fine song begins).  He was a college aged Sunday school teacher.  I was in awe of him for some reason that I can’t exactly recall why now.  When he saw that I was struggling, he said “some things are better off left unsaid.”  I figured he was older and wiser, so after he said that I decided not to tell him what I was trying to confess about my atypical life.  I’m not sure if it would…
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  • June Self Portrait Challenge: Minimalism

    Lotus Carroll
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    This month’s Self Portrait Challenge is Minimalism! A Minimalist self portrait image contains very little other than you or a part of you – there are very few or no props or background elements at all in the image. Often, the composition includes a great deal of negative space. Tips & Inspiration Here are some great examples for you to be inspired by: The Minimalist Gallery on Flickr: https://goo.gl/SkGOWC Sponsor This month’s sponsor is SmugMug! Organize, protect, and beautifully present your photos online with SmugMug. Their pre-made photo websites and simple design…
  • “The Traveler” Challenge Winners

    Lotus Carroll
    7 Jun 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Congratulations to the winners of last month’s Self Portrait Challenge! First Place: Lucille Galleli Second Place: Patrick Kelly Third Place: Darla Hueske You can see their photos below – what great takes on the traveling / wandering theme! So creative. (photos are slightly cropped for the purpose of the mosaic – you can view the originals in the event linked below) The winners got prizes and their photos will be featured in the Winners Category at The Art of Self Portraiture Community http://goo.gl/qc7VO Lucille’s first place image will become the avatar for the…
  • April “Wet” Challenge Winners

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

    RollingMama
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:36 am
    Sometimes, we all need a fairytale weekend.  While I wasn’t whisked away on a white horse, my husband did drive us across several state lines until we reached the rolling hills of Winston-Salem, NC.  You know the weekend is going to be special when the gentleman opening your car door introduces himself as the butler.  Larry was delightful, but I secretly thought I should call him Lawrence. Our home for the weekend was Graylyn www.grayly.com.  The centerpiece of the 86-room boutique property is the manor house, a fine example of Norman Revival architecture, which is typically found…
  • Discovering Daytona Beach

    MarvelousMiniMama
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    If you’re looking for a romantic weekend by the ocean, look no further than Daytona Beach.  Located on the Atlantic coast of Florida and just a few hours south of Jacksonville, Daytona Beach is an easy drive down Interstate 95.   My husband and I recently headed down there for our anniversary, and we discovered much more than just great views and amazing seafood!   We fell in love with Daytona Beach and the surrounding area; check out our list of favorite eateries, attractions and shops! The Beach Of course we have to mention the beach itself!  Miles and miles of gorgeous shoreline,…
  • Treasure Hunting in Tallahassee

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

  • It's a great place to be

    3 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Yesterday dad came home! So, the kids have magnetized themselves to him since and I don't mind at all. We did have a nice talk about where we are right now, and where we aren't, and I feel like I have a better focus now. This in-between time is just not going to do. So, right now I am here. And until that changes, I will have my focus here. We will plan for our summer to be spent here. When we think about school starting in the fall, we will plan to go here. And yes, we're still moving when the house sells, but that is someday. Right now we are here and for this I am very thankful and happy.
  • July and Day 22

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Well, we made it to July. And oh man I am having the hardest time getting my kids to bed. The sun doesn't go down until so late here. I know it's summer but we need sleep. Today we trekked up to Coos Bay to do some shopping to stock the pantry. I realized that I haven't crossed the bridge to leave Bandon in almost three weeks. It's nice to stay here on our little pretend island sometimes. Soon enough we'll be heading back up to Seattle so I'm cherishing all this time out of the car.Jeff comes home tomorrow night and I can always sense I need to get to the end of my shift with the kids- soccer…
  • and it's only a Tuesday

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:45 pm
    I finished all my knitting! And just in time- my life-long friend had her baby at home last night. It was magical. How I wish I could be giving these gifts to her in person.Today was better! It was good. It actually felt like a day off, and it's only a Tuesday. (day twenty-one)
 
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    The Bloggess

  • 19 years is angry men making you feel bad about peeing.

    thebloggess
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary and that means that Victor and I have been married for 19 years. 15 years was giant metal chickens and I think 17 years was when I rented that sloth and a tiny kangaroo to surprise Victor in our living room (he was very surprised) but I didn’t know what to do for year 19 until I saw this painting for sale in the lobby of a children’s pizza restaurant: Yes.  It’s the Anchormen, ready for a fight and armed with grenades and guns and  clubs.  And it is majestic. Victor didn’t entirely see its magic and claimed that it didn’t…
  • 1000 ferris wheels

    thebloggess
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:41 pm
    I once read that about people who make and fold 1000 origami paper cranes.  Some do it for luck or longevity or luck or wishes or hope.  Some do it for love.  Some do it for peace.  I assume some do it for the same reason I make ferris wheels. I make them over and over again, from tiny kits that arrive in small envelopes whenever things get difficult. I turn the small metal tabs in.  I fit the speck-like tabs into the delicate, almost invisible slots.  I place 100 tiny metal pieces -like forgotten shavings- together to make each car, each strut.  It’s comforting to me when I…
  • Jesus, Siri.

    thebloggess
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    Victor and I were having an argument about why we say that a pig says “oink” when really they make that piggy snorting noise.  I said it’s because the pigs snorty noise is impossible to spell but Victor disagreed so I turned to Siri and asked her for help: Jesus, Siri.   You need to get some help. And now, the weekly wrap-up… Usually I use one of my weekly graphics here but I’m mixing it up today because my friend Natalie made me this and it makes me smile: Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card…
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  • Our retreat at Runamuk

    dooce
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:38 pm
    What I hope will become an annual trek to the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
  • As sporty as I get

    dooce
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:26 am
    Hey, Carol. I guess you breed your dogs a bit larger where you come from.
  • For him in 15

    dooce
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    It looks like I fell inside a messenger bag hanging on the front of a bike parked outside a coffee shop in Williamsburg.
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    Mommies With Style

  • 30% off Mabel’s Label’s Shark Labels in Honor of Shark Week #SharkWeek

    Whitney
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:22 pm
    We love Mabel’s Labels and we love Shark Week so this sale is a no brainer! 30% off the Hammerhead Labels – normally $21, $14.70 for 45! Just in time for camp… or labeling back to school items in the fall!  
  • New Book Release Review: Anchored by Kayla Aimee #AnchoredHope

    Whitney
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    My blogger friend Kayla Aimee has written a beautiful book that was released yesterday called Anchored ($11.93 on Amazon). I’ve started the book and am a few chapters in and I’ve already teared up several times. I was not expecting this story to be so beautiful. Kayla was pregnant with her first with what you would hope would be aroutine pregnancy. She had already dealt with infertility and a long time TTC so I always think women who have been through fertility woes should be granted the gift of a relatively easy pregnancy, right? This wasn’t the case with Kayla, and she…
  • It’s Way More PERSONAL with Verizon FiOS New #CustomTV #ad

    Whitney
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:32 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I got home to a huge box on my front step. I had no idea what it was but I opened it to find these goodies inside: Holy fun! There was a note from the folks at Verizon thanking me for the participation in this campaign and also a note about my boys. I loved how personal they were with their gift selections. They sent a Skylanders game because my boys love Skylanders. The Beats ear buds are all mine (not sure if that was their intention but I’m keeping ’em for me!) but the favorite in the pack which isn’t even in this original photo was this Parrot…
 
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  • Celebrate Shark Week with This Origami Shark Bookmark

    Brittanie
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Shark Week kicks off Sunday and if you are looking for a fun craft to make with the kids, make this Origami Shark Bookmark! While some sharks can be absolutely terrifying, other sharks can be totally cute and harmless “Hello, my name is Bruce!”. Yes I just quoted Bruce from Finding Nemo! Plus if you make this bookmark with your kids, you can have them name their shark and then there you go, another friendly and harmless shark you know! I made this a bookmark because I thought “Hey, it’s summer and us parents are supposed to encourage reading. What better way than with…
  • Toy Review: LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder!

    Chris
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    To say my son loves LEGOs in an understatement.  He watches all the LEGO movies, reads all the LEGO books and makes as many LEGOs as we will allow him to.  He is only 5 but he has already mastered putting together all LEGOs in his age range and above.  Cameron wanted to share what he loves about this LEGO set so he did a toy review on the LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder. Cameron enjoys anything that flies so I knew he would like this LEGO set and he does.  These LEGO sets don’t usually give you 3 action figures so it was a nice treat to get 3 men — including the one and only Luke…
  • Light Up Your Evenings!

    Chris
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Nothing says summer to me more than being outside.  It was a big deal for my family to be outside during the summer especially at night.  We would find whatever clean jars we could find in the house, poke a few holes in them and catch lightning bugs.  We called them lightning bugs but they are also called fireflies.  We did that for hours.  Nowadays it doesn’t seem like there are as many lightning bugs outside so we need to find other ways to have fun in the dark.  Here are some great ways to light up your evenings: Fun ways to Light Up your Evenings Capture the Flag REDUX –…
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    Fluid Pudding

  • Battery leakage and corrosion can damage this product.

    fluidpudding
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:19 pm
    It looks like summer break is right around halfway over, so we’re celebrating the midpoint by hosting one of Meredith’s friends for a week. Our pantry is stocked with macaroni and Cosmic Brownies, and our camper will arrive any minute now. It’s going to be a good week. Headache Update: Today is Day 12, and I am not happy. I returned to the headache clinic office for a Toradol/Zofran/Magnesium/DHE IV at 1:40 this afternoon. To prepare for this 90 minute appointment, I loaded my iPad with This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, I wore an IV- and blood splatter-friendly shirt (I…
  • Nausea and sensitivity! I’m VERY sensitive right now! And not just to bright lights!

    fluidpudding
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    I’ve stopped talking about migraines around here for two reasons. 1. It occurred to me that I don’t really want to hear about migraines from anyone else, so why would you want to hear about mine? 2. My migraines have been under control for the past year or so, meaning any migraine talk would just look like this: Got a migraine. Took a pill. Migraine gone. But, BLERGH! I’m currently on DAY NINE of a migraine, so I’m no longer playing by anyone’s rules—especially my own. Evidence: Because I decided to hang out in the shower so that the hot water could work magic…
  • Business as usual is no longer acceptable.

    fluidpudding
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    I spent several hours last week going through the Fluid Pudding 2001-2008 archives and cutting and pasting entries into one big 650 page document. In other words, I’ve written a book. Like many books, it’s not very interesting. It’s entirely too heavy on the I Hate How I Look and entirely too light on the What Can I Do to Help You. I’ve read more than 100 news stories and blog entries and tweets about last week’s attack on the members of the Emmanual AME Church in Charleston, and I feel sick. I’ve heard the victims’ family members offering forgiveness…
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  • The ABC’s of Bras: How to Choose the Right Support

    ModernMom Staff
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Are you wearing a bra? Guess what – it probably doesn’t fit! For years, industry experts have claimed that somewhere around 85% of women are either not getting enough support from their undergarments as a result of wearing bras several sizes to big or hurting their breasts by smushing them into containers that are too small. Although we weren’t able to find any hard research to back up this stat, it’s a pretty widely held perception that women are commonly mistaken about their bra size. So before you strap on your lingerie, take a minute to find out if you’re…
  • Raspberry Detox and Anti-Bloat Tea

    The Nutrition Twins
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Hope you had a great holiday! If you want to feel healthier and flush the bloat, toxins and indulgences from overdoing it during the weekend, this Raspberry Detox and Anti-bloat Tea is for you! This tea is absolutely delicious, plus it will help to quickly flush bloat and restore normal hydration. Thanks to the raspberries, lemons and orange—and water—this drink not only hydrates you, it also flushes your system while the potassium helps to counteract excess sodium—and the bloat that comes with it. Plus, every ingredient added to the water to make the tea is a phytonutrient…
  • Picky Toddler Eating Tips!

    ModernMom Staff
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have a vivid memory of my mother-in-law’s (formerly sparkling) California kitchen floor spattered over RIDICULOUSLY with sweet potatoes, chicken bits and cereal from our then one-year-old twin girls. We were vacationing (if you can call it that), and their routines were disrupted. Routines like New York bagels; my daughters knew the difference. The food they were getting here was called the same and looked pretty much the same, but the texture and taste were different to them. Toddlers are to FOOD like teenagers are to MOOD. Follow Dr. Jen’s OH PLEASE Picky Toddler Eating Tips! One food…
 
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  • good satire

    Daphne
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:55 pm
    So, not to be-labor it, but I’m still struggling with good old super bug C-diff.  I’ll spare you the details, it’s disgusting.  But, I want to spread some sunshine even if I’m more the in the dystopic, True Detective mindsight. … Continue reading → The post good satire appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • Vaccinate already

    Daphne
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    I’m super chuffed that California’s Gov.  Brown has signed into law one of the nations toughest vaccinations laws.  In short it does away with a religious exemption.  If there is a medical reason why the child cannot be vaccinated that works, … Continue reading → The post Vaccinate already appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • He is not planning on making it here

    Daphne
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    My kids are good travelers.    Whether it’s a grassy median  or pincher bug they find the fun.  Everywhere we go, even if it’s only for a few days Rex says,  Are you moving here? He is ready to stay. … Continue reading → The post He is not planning on making it here appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • Ask And You Shall Receive

    whoorl
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    It took me a few weeks months, but I finally got a photo of the newest addition to the lip sheers, Scarlet. In my humble opinion, it’s by far the best one. (Also, it’s interesting to look back at those review photos pre-bangs. What’s your opinion? Bangs or no?) Okay! Carry on! Happy Tuesday! Whoever said summer is a relaxing time of year is craaaay.
  • Sensitive to Sunscreens? Let Me Help You With That.

    whoorl
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you are (un)lucky enough to follow my Facebook page, you probably noticed me bitching about discussing my never-ending search for a safe, non-chemical sunscreen that doesn’t melt my family’s faces off. Sunscreen is a huge issue during the warmer months, given a hefty dose of Irish running through 3/4ths of us. A few weeks ago, I had my third basal cell carcinoma removed from my body, so it’s important that I protect as much of my skin from the sun as possible. You know, besides cloaking myself in a full-body muumuu. (Is that how you spell “muumuu?” Quick…
  • Odds and Ends

    whoorl
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:20 am
    1. There really are two kinds of people. Which one are you? 2. This anonymous Instagram account is so sweet. 3. How foreigners distinguish Americans. I have to say, I can’t argue with most of it. 4. Wito’s feet are officially as big as mine. I made him put on my sandals as proof. (p.s. – those sandals are only $65, peeps!) 5. This new resource is fantastic for party planning! 6. Haha, how many of this friend type do you have on Facebook? I definitely have a few. 7. NEW EMOJIS. I’ve needed a taco for years! Happy Friday to you! Today is Dustin’s 40th birthday, so…
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    Southern Bella's Ways

  • 10th anniversary Percy Pack Activity Kit PLUS GIVEAWAY

    Kas
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    WOW! Can you believe that the Percy Jackson series is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary?! I remember when we first read the series as a family. It was Brian, Gabriel, and myself and it was the... More here
  • Teen Beach 2 DVD Review PLUS Bonus Features

    Kas
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    If you have kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids, or even babysit kids who watch The Disney Channel then I’m sure yuo’ve heard about Teen Beach 2 Movie even in passing. It’s been shown... More here
  • Even Cats Have To Be Prepared For Summer Parties!

    Kas
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    ***Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my... More here
 
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    Simply Being Mommy

  • 5 Ways to Prevent Drowning

    Melanie
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. You can tell by their sun-kissed cheeks and huge grins that it is officially summer. Like many children, my girls will spend the majority of their summer in the pool. So as their mom, it’s my job to ensure that they’re […] The post 5 Ways to Prevent Drowning appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
  • Keeping Our Kids Safe with SmartFeed

    Melanie
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    One week of summer vacation, and I’ve already lost my children to the throws of their devices. Although I had grand plans of attacking our bucket list with fury, it was a slow and mellow week. It’s probably what we all needed after a long school year. But when I stop and think about it, […] The post Keeping Our Kids Safe with SmartFeed appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
  • How to Host a 4th of July Parade

    Melanie
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is something so American about a 4th of July neighborhood parade. The grown-ups all sitting on their porches, sipping sweet tea out of mason jars. The children riding down the sidewalks on festively decorated bicycles. Can you picture it? We lucked out when moving onto our street and ended up with some pretty amazing […] The post How to Host a 4th of July Parade appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
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    Lavagal

  • Offering hope

    lavagal
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    I have added some information at the end of this entry about the ClearPlan Easy Fertility Monitor, which truly made a difference in our lives. It took a long time to write this because every time I started, I crumbled. After 10 years (four years ago), confident my daughters would survive, I finally could write it. Cathartic. Conceiving children is not all that easy. Planets have to line up, eggs have to be primed, sperm has to be energetic, a uterus has to be hospitable. Then, DNA takes over. For me, three out of five times the DNA was a disaster. It’s discouraging. It’s a…
  • Ironman Honu Triathlon 70.3 2015, the download

    lavagal
    2 Jun 2015 | 1:26 am
    A beautiful place. For six months or more, people like me train for an Ironman 70.3 triathlon somewhere on this planet. On Saturday, May 30, 2015, I participated in the Ironman Honu Triathlon 70.3 on Hawaii Island. It was my third time. My first race was the fastest. Is it because I was younger? I feel like I’m in better shape now. I had a different and heavier bike back then, and that bike leg was my fastest. I’m happy that this year I beat last year’s time and that I made it across the finish line with 11 minutes to spare. Each year it had been my goal to finish under…
  • Boca Hawaii Triathlon Training Weekend 2015

    lavagal
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Awaiting our flight from Honolulu to Kona. What, besides three sports, do triathletes have in common? Actually, not much. What unites us is a desire to swim, bike and run. You know, the kind of stuff we did as kids. What separates us is the rest of our lives: family, friends, professions, physiques and political affiliations. I think we are also comfortable with being by ourselves, alone in a crowd. When you are training, even among fellow triathletes, there isn’t much time for talking. There’s a lot of introspection. Somehow, we manage to achieve a cohesion of overachievers…
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    Sleepless Nights.

  • I am somewhat scattered

    Veronica
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:59 am
    My mother hates this photo of me (although she agrees Evelyn is adorable), so now I’m taunting her with it. I took two of my slow release painkillers this morning, instead of staggering them morning and late afternoon. Normally I skip my late afternoon dose because they make it hard to sleep, but oh, the pain today, and the exhaustion. My ribs are sliding around under my skin like they’ve forgotten what they’re meant to be doing, and my knees ache and the bones slip slide slither around, not quite dislocating, but not feeling right either. So I took two painkillers at once,…
  • Stories and grieving.

    Veronica
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:19 am
    “Mummy! I need you to make me a bottle! And do my iPad! And read me a bedtime story.” Evelyn’s bedtime routine doesn’t change much, but sometimes she wants a story and other times she doesn’t. She went through a stage of only wanting the same five books over and over again – new books were thrown at our faces in disgust until they ceased to seem new to her – until I was so tired of the same stories that I quit reading to her. So I instituted a library policy. Now, every fortnight or so, I take Evelyn to the library and she helps me pick out eight new…
  • A little bit discombobulated. Also, tired.

    Veronica
    14 Jun 2015 | 7:25 pm
    It’s just been four market weekends in a row. Count them. One, two, three, four. In a row. I’m looking down the barrel of two free weekends to catch up on all the extras before we start again. This business is rewarding and exhausting and I’m sitting here, a wee bit see through and shattered, hoping that a stiff breeze doesn’t carry my rapidly stiffening body away before I’ve had time to catch up. There comes a point after a market day when I just cannot talk anymore. Nathan will ask about my day and I slowly become more and more monosyllabic until I just cannot…
 
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    Mom to the Screaming Masses

  • The Glamorous Lunch

    Carmen Staicer
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    I know when I was a kid, I thought that adults had the most AMAZING lunches.  I mean, really, when you are a grown up, you can eat what you want, when you want, where you want. No lunch room monitor in your face, yelling, Sit down! Raise your hand! Silent lunch! No food in sectioned trays. No milk in cartons, mystery meat, or warm fruit cups. Just - what you want, every lunch time. And I just knew that when *I* was a grown up, I'd eat lunch out every day, at the restaurant of my choice.  Oh, laugh, go ahead. You know *you* thought the same thing.  I work from home. I have a home…
  • Sometimes, I Dabble in Camera Work

    Carmen Staicer
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    I have a camera. Sometimes, I take pictures. Sometimes, they come out pretty good. I would say I've been lucky - but I've also worked really, really hard to try to get the pictures in my head to match the ones I can say I created. I read incessantly, attend sessions, go to classes, talk to photographers - and mostly, play around with the camera. I've been super happy with some of the photos I've taken, and not so satisfied with others. And some of my most favorite pictures that I've taken are those of my kids - and some of my kids love the camera more than others. …
  • Get Out of Your Head - No One Cares About Your House

    Carmen Staicer
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:01 pm
      So, it may not be knowledge to everyone here, but I am somewhat of a control freak. I like things done a certain way, mostly because I've determined that they are best done that way. Why waste time trying new ways to do things? At least, that used to be my motto.   I have high standards for the way that I would like my house to look. My husband shares these high standards, and some in my extended family would say that I got these high standards from him. I don't really much care where I got them – I just like the house to look a certain way. But, as anyone who has even one…
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    Stefanie Wilder Taylor

  • 9 Things My 10 year-old Can Do Better Than Me

    Stefanie Wilder Taylor
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    9. Take a compliment – If you tell my daughter she has nice eyes she’ll say “Thank you” and move on with her day. Tell me I have nice eyes and I will start with, “Oh, that’s just because I have mascara on from last night because I’m so lazy I couldn’t even be bothered to wash off my make-up!” and end next Tuesday. 8. Play basketball –My kid actually enjoys organized sports. I think she’s adopted. 7. Update my Instagram account –Until recently, I didn’t even realize I still had one. Now thanks to her constant updates because, “Mom, it’s illegal for me to have my…
  • Elizabeth D.’s Story

    Stefanie Wilder Taylor
    3 Feb 2014 | 9:12 am
    Elizabeth D.’s Story Ninety-one afternoons ago, I went to a happy hour that changed my life. Leading up to it, it was clear that I wanted a change. Sick of the lonely bottles of wine, I switched to vodka so that I wouldn’t see my own empties in the recycle bin. As we raised our girls, I never hid my drink or even tried to control it. But now, the situation had crossed into very sad. Despite my huge career, I was now a very buzzed drunk who would zone out every single evening. Back at happy hour, I poured down vodka with abandon at an upscale bar with old friends and colleagues. We…
  • Diary of a Trip to the Zoo

    Stefanie Wilder Taylor
    23 Jan 2014 | 11:06 am
        8:00 am Wake up super excited about the zoo if only to see the Asian elephant exhibit. Try to rally kids to my level of excitement. Fail. 8:30 am Argue with kids about the value of a good breakfast bringing up the excellent point that I don’t want to start buying expensive snacks at the zoo as soon as we get there since it defeats the purpose of using free passes. 9:00 Give 5 minute warning that we are leaving for the zoo. 9:05 “Please put your shoes on.” 9:06 “Please put your shoes on.” 9:07 “Please put your shoes on.” 9:08 “Put your shoes on.” 9:09 “Put.
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    Susiej

  • UPDATE: Yes, Rosie is Fine

    SusieJ
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    We had planned for this year’s boat parade, that Rosie could join, if we towed the canoe behind us. Everyone was game. Except Rosie, who jumped ship before she had a chance to even make one lap around the lake and make her appearance. So, we continued without her, while Rosie waited on the dock.   Related posts:Cherish the kitchen table ...Memories in Water DropsW...Holy Frustration Batman!T...Spidery Feathery-WreathT...Even the Air Tastes Better HereT...I've Been Looking For Them In the Dreams I Have At NightA...
  • It All Started Out So Well…

    SusieJ
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:40 pm
    We had planned for this yesr’s boat parade, that Rosie could join, if we towed the canoe behind us. Everyone was game. Except Rosie, who jumped ship before she had a chance to even make one lap around the lake and make her appearance. Related posts:I love white tablecloths ...Potato-Leek Soup For ChristmasI...What Didn't Really Happen Over Winter Break&...So, That's What You've Been Doing ...As I Watched the Worry and Stress Disintegrate Before My EyesI...Purple Vodka: Vintage 2014B...
  • We Drove Until We Found the Sun

    SusieJ
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:48 pm
    There were just too many kids, and too few memories with cousins to let us sit idly by while the rain clouds dropped buckets. Using sketchy internet, the kind that always goes out with the rain, we used the weather map to lead us to a sunny spot, around two hours west, to the Indiana Dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan. Once there, we hiked the Three Dune Challenge. One cousin just had to be first, and we never saw him again until we reached the cars. He was absent from every summit photo… and received a firm lecture from the remaining cousins on responsibility, safety, and…
 
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    内職在宅ワーク求人サイトで月50万円以上の収入を増やす方法

  • シール貼り 内職 コツ 50歳 金儲け

    加藤輝樹
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:17 am
    まず多忙な主婦、家族の介護などに関わっている方にとって、家で仕事が出来ますから、「なかなかパート社員などになって通勤するのは困難」という状況の女性にお薦めしたいお仕事ですから検討してみてください。 なんといっても多くの女性たちが活躍している在宅ワークの中でもスマートフォンを使った在宅の仕事は、経験が少なくてもまあまあの収入が期待でき、この頃は雑誌などで取り上げられる内職です。…
  • 習志野市 内職 フラワーデザイン 求人 愛知県 高収入

    加藤輝樹
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:17 am
    特に女性が簡単に始めやすいパソコンでできる在宅のお仕事を始め、スマホを利用した在宅の仕事は、初心者であってもまあまあの収入が期待でき、この頃は知ってる人も多いという人気です。 主婦の方々がしっかりと小遣い稼ぎが実現できるネットの内職をみてみると、ブログライターのほか、アンケートに答えるサイト、アフィリエイトのようなものなど、多種多様なものが揃っているようです。…
  • 携帯 写真 お小遣い稼ぎ 高収入 パートナー サイト

    加藤輝樹
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:17 am
    最近は、女性はネットで稼ぐのが楽みたいです。というのも、「メールレディ」や「モーニングコール」など、仕事がとても多くあるからです。 アンケートサイトだったら、ネットを使った副業ビジネスでは、まあまあ副収入を得ることが楽な副業なので、チェックしてみて継続してみてもいいかもしれません。…
  • 在宅 独立 資格 農業 金儲け

    加藤輝樹
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:17 am
    まず目標を設定してから、家でできるお仕事などを始めるのがいいと思います。毎月の仕事量で「副収入1万円」のような目的を決めることをお勧めします。 金欠だと嘆いているだけでは、貯金が増える可能性などないし、まずは、少なくなった給料を補うことを考えて、空いている時間を賢く使って副収入を手に入れましょう。…
  • ハローワーク 岐阜 内職 正社員 高収入 人と会わない仕事

    加藤輝樹
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:17 am
    大抵の場合、単純で地味な仕事が家でできるお仕事ですから、自分の目標を見つめなおして、今のアナタに一致する仕事を見つけて欲しいものです。 いま人気なのが、スマホを利用した副業で、簡単に稼げるので、バイトのように仕事をしている女性の方たちがいっぱいいるそうです。…
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    Rookie Moms

  • How to create a supersized outdoor playdate for maximum summer fun (sponsored)

    Whitney Moss
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    We are pleased to be part of CLIF Kid’s “Come Out to Play” campaign. This post is sponsored by CLIF Kids. My weekend ended on a high note as Heather and I partnered with Wendy from Wendolonia to host a supersized outdoor playdate sponsored by CLIF Kid. It was so much fun, I would love to do it every Sunday afternoon. Hula Hoops – not just for your hips Here’s what worked so well: We agreed on a 2-hour window for playing and we each invited a handful of friends for our kids. We selected a local elementary school playground that is open to the public on weekends,…
  • Turn your Picky Eater into a Little Leader

    Heather Flett
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    I’m happy to share a guest post today from a mom in the trenches who has had some success curbing her son’s picky eating tendencies. She shares her perspective with us today. Thanks to Jennifer from MomTricks. Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer Taylor and I blog over at MomTricks. I thought writing about my experiences of helping my son overcome his picky-eating habits would be helpful to those of you going through the same. There’s nothing quite like the struggle of trying to get a picky eater to open up to new foods. My son Alex, who turned 6 in January, was a very picky…
  • Activity #138: Plan an overnight getaway with another family

    Whitney Moss
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Here’s the thing. When you go out of town as just the family and the baby goes to bed before 8 p.m.*, the rest of the evening can be oppressively quiet for you and your partner, and sadly, not that different from evenings you already spend together at home. One answer to this dilemma is to recruit another trio to go on a trip so that you can continue to socialize with grown-ups once the little people are asleep. Morning is also more fun —  your early-rising party of six can hit a popular restaurant before it gets crowded.  Those brunch places you enjoyed at 10 am post-baby? They…
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    mommy bytes

  • Apple Picking in Cider Donut Heaven

    11 Jun 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Every year, we make it a tradition to go apple picking at our local orchard in town.  After all, it's the only way to be a proper "New Englanda" living in the outer suburbs of Boston.Doug said that Dova is getting way too big to pick up for the apples up high.But nothing beats a walk through the apple orchard, with the crisp fall air and glimpses of foliage.As usual, Dova loved picking out pumpkins.And Adam hauled them to the car.This year in the store, we also picked up some fresh brussel sprouts to Adam's dismay.But what really caught our eyes and noses were the fresh cider donuts…
  • Neighborhood Adventure on Bikes

    3 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    When I asked the kids to honor me with a bike ride a while ago, it was met with a lot of rolled eyes and complaints of a boring time to come. Sure biking can be boring if you always take the same roads, but this time it would be more of an adventure. Instead of heading out of our dead end street into the neighborhood, we headed towards the dead end and into the woods.After clearing the heavily wooded portion of the trail at the end of our street, we happened upon an abandoned house. With an abandoned garage and abandoned mailbox.Spooky! We looked around a bit and saw lots of old rusted…
  • Support Your Local Artisans - Rustic Sign Designs

    30 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Recently, Dova has been wanting to spend my money decorate her room and asked for some wall art with inspirational words on it. We looked in some stores like Pier 1 Imports and Christmas Tree Shops and Target. She was immediately drawn to this quote we found at Target, "Happiness is not a destination, it is a way of life. Enjoy the journey."Now this sign was cheap printed canvas about 2' tall.  I immediately said No, because I always say no when she asks to buy something, but mostly because it was kind of ugly: bad font, bad color, and too large. Not to mention pricey at $25. We later…
 
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    Mom Blog | From Dates to Diapers™

  • 5 Essentials for Summer Road Trips

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:59 pm
    This last weekend we packed the kids up and headed to Fort Worth for a little road trip staycation. My cousin has been working on Oklahoma and we wanted to meet half way for some fun and sun. Before... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Easy Summer Hair Styles

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    On a hot summer day, I tend to want to just throw my hair up in a messy bun and call it good. But, there are so many ways to jazz up your look and stay cool, too. Enter the multi-way head wrap. This... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Freedom Pops

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:09 pm
    It’s almost Independence Day. It doesn’t matter what you believe or where in the U.S. you live, you will celebrate with the rest of our country with a huge party, right? After all,... 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

  • Free Family-Friendly Shakespeare in NYC Parks: Shorter & Less Crowded Than Central Park

    Raven Snook
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    To see, or not to see... with kids? That is the question when it comes to Shakespeare. While FREE outdoor mountings of the Bard's iconic plays abound in NYC every summer, some are more family-friendly than others. Yes, the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park productions in Central Park get all the press and feature big stars, but they also involve insane ticket lines and long running times, plus prickly patrons who may give you the stink eye if your child gets fidgety. Happily, lots of other local troupes put on quality, no-cost Shakespeare shows in various NYC parks. These revivals…
  • This Week: Free Ice Cream, July 4th in NYC & Beyond, Summer Travel Deals

    Raven Snook
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    We're just one week into summer break and already my kid has made her own chocolate, gone to her first commuter camp outside the city and changed her name to Blue. I can't wait to see what adventures the rest of the season has in store! Two things I know we'll be doing this 4th of July weekend are stalking the Good Humor Truck that's giving out FREE ice cream and staking out a spot to watch Macy's Fireworks. But if your family is itching to hightail it out of town for a holiday day trip, our regional sites have posts about the most explosive Independence Day celebrations in Westchester, New…
  • Inside Scoop on Where To Find Good Humor's Free Ice Cream Trucks in NYC

    Mommy Poppins
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    It's officially summer and what better way to celebrate than with ice cream—FREE ice cream!! Good Humor is marking the birth of our nation with not one, not two, but 12 days of complimentary ice cream all over downtown Manhattan. Moving throughout the area, one neighborhood at a time, the newfangled Good Humor Truck and a lineup of pedicabs and cars will be spreading joy with no-cost treats for all. We've got the scoop on how you can catch up with the Good Humor Man and get your free frozen treat. Read More
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    Workout Mommy

  • What can I do about cellulite on my legs?

    workoutmommy
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:24 pm
    What can you do about cellulite on your legs? Nothing.  Really…..nothing.  Don’t waste your money on special creams, machines, or diet pills that claim they will eliminate the cellulite because it is simply NOT true! What can you do about cellulite on your legs?Click To Tweet I took these pictures to illustrate a weighted step up, and then I sat there and thought “Ugh, look at my legs!  They are disgusting, I cannot put this picture on the internet for the world to see my cellulite!”   The younger version of me would put on capris so no one could see my…
  • I hate to train…..

    workoutmommy
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Confession time…..I hate to train triceps. Dips bore me and I find using dumbbells uncomfortable, so I pretty much just avoid them. A few weeks ago, I decided I was going to make an effort to train them one time a week and see what happened. I didn’t take a before pic…..but as you can see, there they are! Yay!     I still hate doing them…..but sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zone,right?!   What muscle group do you hate to train and why?  PS: I absolutely LOVE my Bowflex dumbbells, even on tricep training days! (day 21 of the #summerstrong…
  • Take it to the track! Sprinting and lunges make a great workout! (giveaway)

    workoutmommy
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Working out alone is awesome but I tend to push myself when I know someone else is watching. Especially if they are watching my watch,  LOL! One of my favorite summertime workouts is to hit the track for some hard core sprints.  They give me the most bang for my buck and are a great way to burn FAT!  Kohl’s sent me some Armitron watches to test out,  one for me and one for a friend.   Since the watch tracks splits, I figured it was a perfect match for my track workout. (usually I use my phone, but that is big and hard to carry)   I like that this watch is not bulky and that…
 
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    All & Sundry

  • New arrivals

    Linda
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Remember Tiny Cat? She looked like this a week ago: I thought she seemed pretty uncomfortable (girrrrrl, I feel you), which makes sense because this is what happened last Friday: It’s been pretty amazing to watch her take care of business: One kitten was much smaller and more fragile than the others. I was hopeful when I saw him battling his way through his bigger siblings to latch on … but I found him this morning, slipped away to the great cat beyond. Poor little guy. Still, there are five thriving furballs to care for, and TC’s doing an amazing job. Man, we humans think…
  • Way deep down

    Linda
    1 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. — David Foster Wallace I think it was about halfway through my rehab stay when I started getting resentful about the message I kept hearing. The message went something like this: 1) You have a chronic, progressive disease for which there is no cure. 2) The only way to manage this disease is to pray to a magical sky-daddy who will exert mystical forces upon your life which you will breathlessly describe as “God shots.” 3) Not a believer? Well, good luck with the inevitable…
  • Turn, turn, turn

    Linda
    21 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    There’s a swing in our backyard hung from a fruit tree and during the spring a blanket of blue flowers unfurls on the ground below it. I used to always find Dylan there, not actively swinging but sort of idling back and forth, his face tilted to the sky and his eyes focused on some childhood dreamscape I couldn’t quite see. No one uses the swing any more, unless the boys’ little cousin comes over. They play basketball now, for hours at a time. Thwack thwack thwack, then broingggg as the ball careens off the backstop. Dylan can tell you the final score of nearly any NBA game you ask for.
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  • Fading my dark acne spots week 3

    Renee Ross
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:02 pm
    My adult acne started when I was in my early twenties and has ebbed and flowed at various points in my life. I can pretty much count on having a few bumps around “that time of the month” and intermittently during the rest of the month. I’d be okay with the blemishes if they’d simply go away but without fail, even if I don’t touch them at all, I have a mark. Hyperpigmentation plagues me and I have been looking for a product to fade my dark marks that is both gentle on my skin and cost effective. I was given the opportunity to trySolutions 24 Clinical Dark Spot Corrector by Walmart…
  • Naturally beautiful

    Renee Ross
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Hair is a sensitive issue for many black women. We find that the appearance of our hair in its natural state can potentially cause some obstacles. Having straight hair that is laid and looks more like the status quo is frequently more accepted in some workplaces. Fortunately for me, during my adult life, my natural hair has never kept me from employment and I’ve been accepted. However, there was a time when I was a teenager that natural hair was far from being the “in” thing and I desperately wanted a relaxer so that I could have hair that flowed like my friends. I had my first relaxer…
  • How to make vegetable pasta with the Veggetti Pro

    Renee Ross
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:21 pm
    I admit, I have tried just about every type of diet that is out there. Okay, not every type but certainly the Clean diet, paleo and gluten free.  I have experienced success with all of them and felt healthier. I can remember when I lived in South Africa and I went to a holistic doctor for a check-up. He found that I had high blood pressure and suggested a diet for my blood type- O. It actually was quite similar to the clean diet and removed wheat, gluten and many of my favs like shrimp from my diet. Although it was a sacrifice, I lost weight, lowered my blood pressure and felt better. I…
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  • Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Starts July 31st on Netflix

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    I never went to sleep away camp. This was a source for much consternation since I was a fan of the summer camp oeuvre such as Meatballs, Dirty Dancing, and, uh, every horror movie ever made. Adding to my chagrin was the fact that I spent my summers split between grandparents in southern California and New Jersey, the latter being a place where all children apparently are sent away to frolic in
  • Rose McGowan's Directorial Debut DAWN Streaming Free on YouTube

    22 Jun 2015 | 6:35 pm
    It's no surprise that Rose McGowan's first turn behind the camera is both quirky and menacing. As an actress, she has always embraced the offbeat, toying with cliches of youthful innocence and sinister violence. Dawn starts off as a picture postcard from an era that is often romanticized. The cars are cool, the furniture is even cooler, and the churchy parents are definitely uncool. But what
  • Sideways Soul: Dub Narcotic Sound System Meets the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in a Dancehall Style

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

    Caroline Moore
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m happy to introduce Libre, a new free theme designed by yours truly. Libre Libre brings a stylish, classic look to your personal blog or longform writing site. The main navigation bar stays fixed to the top while your visitors read, keeping your most important content at hand. At the bottom of your site, three footer widget areas give your secondary content a comfortable home. Customize Libre with a logo or a header image to make it your own, or use one of two custom templates — including a full-width template with no sidebar — to change…
  • Reinvented Video for WordPress

    Guillermo Rauch
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Today, we’re announcing a complete overhaul of VideoPress, the service that has powered more than 3,000,000,000 video plays on WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress sites around the world. We’ve made the next-generation VideoPress dynamic, responsive, and lightning fast to support the ever-evolving needs of content creators everywhere. Take a peek at what’s under the hood! Embed anywhere, play anywhere Out of the box, the new VideoPress is lightweight and responsive for beautiful playback on any screen, from smartphones to desktops. VideoPress works on all modern…
  • #LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

    Hugo Baeta
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins — President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015 Here at…
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  • Making the World #BetterforBaby with Pampers

    Bridgette Duplantis
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    This post was written by Linzy of Crawfish Tales. While a sample was received, all opinions remain 100% mine. At iRetreat in New Orleans, I had the chance to see the unveiling of the Pampers Better for Baby campaign. It is a program that recognizes how babies have the ability to bring out the best in all of us and that is why we should do our part to make life better for them. As part of the campaign, Pampers is unveiling a video that celebrates all the profound ways babies change the world around them for the better – and in turn asks families to pledge how they will make life…
  • Why We Love the Bubula Steel Diaper Pail

    Bridgette Duplantis
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:50 pm
    This post was written by Linzy of Crawfish Tales. While a product was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest. Since it has been four years since I had my first baby, there have been two changes in my baby gear status. One, it either didn’t survive the first child or two, there have been revolutionary changes to make a product better than the one that I had. One instance in this situation is the diaper pail. With the first child I had a popular brand that existed on the market. At the time it was innovative and did the job. However I never had the trash bag…
  • Celebrating Summer Success with Scholastic #SummerReading

    Bridgette Duplantis
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:56 pm
    This post is written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with Scholastic and Energizer. All opinions remain 100% mine. I can hardly believe we have been out of school for one whole month now.  In the last thirty days, we have allowed the girls to have very little structure and enjoy the lazy days of Summer but to my surprise they have both continued their silent reading time before bed without any prompting from my husband and I. Eventually, I will have to start them practicing Math skills but I love the fact that we are avoiding the summer slide with the help of the Scholastic Summer…
 
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  • Sophie Says: I 💖 Lacrosse

    Kristin Brandt
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Just finished my first season of the best sport in the world! Lacrosse! It was the best sport I have ever played. My favorite position has to be goalie. Next year I have to play again, also next year I will be in a U-13 Lacrosse team. It is going to be so fun! I recommend lacrosse to all young girls and all girls who love to play sports like I do. Play happy.
  • The lessons are in the losses

    Kristin Brandt
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:43 pm
    For the past two weeks our son has been looking forward to playing in his first tournament with a local development club he has been training with since the regular season ended. With games scheduled from 8am to 3pm, I was also looking forward to a beautiful Sunday watching lacrosse and catching up with friends. Mother Nature had something else in mind. It was cold. It was windy. It was raining. While the rain fell and the parents huddled under umbrellas, fleece blankets, and a sea of pop up tents (the smart ones wore full rain suits suitable for deep sea fishing), the boys played – and won…
  • The weekend of yes

    Kristin Brandt
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    In the history of our family, never has there been a weekend as jam-packed with activities as was the past two days. As Saturday approached I looked at our schedule and genuinely wondered if one could break Google calendar (or if it would just send us an email that said “you may not have noticed, but you have scheduled far more than is reasonable or sane over the next 48 hours). The high level of activity was entirely our (my) fault, because I just keep saying yes – Yes, I would love some pork (at the new Heritage at Sherborn) Yes, our son can go to Jurrasic World and a sleepover,…
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  • What's Happening in My World

    22 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    Every now and then this blog starts to feel like a ghost town. Let me assure you I haven't gone offline, I'm just putting my words elsewhere. Well, this didn't involve a lot of words, but it did take several months of planning with a fabulous team at the Skokie Library--I co-hosted a Teen Appathon!Inspired by my friend Debi Pfitzenmaier and her San Antonio Code Jam, I've tossed about the idea of some kind of youth coding event or challenge for a few years. Chicago already has a vibrant Scratch Day program, mostly geared at middle school students. I wanted something for a slightly old…
  • Don Quixote by the Royal Ballet at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre

    16 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    photo credit: ROH / Johan Persson, 2013"I am Don Quixote; the man of La Mancha," is the refrain I recall from the musical of the same name back when my high school performed it in the 1980s. That was the all-singing all-dancing version. This week I'm headed to see the all-dancing version performed by the Royal Ballet, accompanied by live music performed by Chicago Sinfonietta at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. My husband and I will be guests of the Auditorium Theatre.Performance June 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 PM with a 2PM matinee of the 21st. Tickets begin at $32.On Saturday, June 20, there…
  • She Lost Her Child at Target

    8 Jun 2015 | 4:54 am
    So I was at Target with the other day when an older woman pushing a baby stroller with an infant passed by calling out "Carolyn...Carolyn!"I stopped her, concerned about her lost child (or maybe grandchild, but I wanted to err on the side of caution; maybe she had late-in-life babies?)."Is Carolyn your daughter?" I inquired.She paused and gave me an odd, confused look before answering. "Yes," she practically whispered."Would you like me to help you find her?" I offered.Then she smiled. "Oh, Carolyn is my daughter, but she's 30 years old. This is her baby," she said as she pointed to the…
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  • Happy Fourth of July!

    Amber Johnson
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    Happy Independence Day! If you’re looking for activity/event ideas, don’t miss Colorado’s July 4th Celebrations or our event calendar.  You’ll also love these 10 red, white and blue recipes to make your holiday extra festive including grilled corn, BBQ chicken macaroni salad, blueberry, strawberry and jicama salsa and more. Or checkout these 15+ crafts, recipes and fun. “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with…
  • Throw your own ice cream sundae bar with Dreyer’s (win free ice cream!)

    Amber Johnson
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    July is National Ice Cream Month, which means my husband will be in a state of euphoria because what could be better than having an excuse to spend your entire month eating ice cream? Not that he needs it. The man has a bowl of ice cream every night before bedtime, no matter what the season. Mile High Mamas is thrilled to team up with Dreyer’s/Edy’s ice cream to turn scoops into smiles and we’re giving away coupons for free ice cream. We’re like the ice cream truck driver, only significantly less creepy and without that annoying jingle. My family has…
  • “I’m Bored” and the Light at the End of the Summertime Tunnel

    Guest Blogger
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    For my daughter, it’s bright summer sunshine. For me, it’s the oncoming train of summer vacation, and the train whistle is tooting a steady stream of “I’m bored! I’m bored! I’m bored!” We’re more than a month into summer vacation and I have to listen to that whistle until the end of August. Somebody hold me, please. Fortunately, we live on a street filled with kids who’ll also be complaining of impending death from boredom, so I can always slather her with sunscreen and shoo her outside. I won’t lock the doors though, like my mother…
 
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  • SHE’S Here!

    Susan
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:40 am
    I had one dream in 9 months that it was a girl, but dismissed it. Maria, too, had a “girl” dream, just the other day. But, we didn’t have our hopes up. Not in our boy-heavy world. Boy or girl, we all already loved and couldn’t wait to meet this baby! But… I really wanted Maria to have a sister. Brothers are awesome. But every girl that has a sister is better off for having one. Or two! (Or more.) And, here is Maria’s! Welcome me to the world, Faith Danielle.    
  • Closer

    Susan
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:35 pm
    It won’t be long now before we get to meet the newest H.  I thought for sure that he or she would have made an appearance by now.  I think, though, that maybe the kids have scared this one into staying inside as long as possible! We have had a few glances along the way.  Here is a pic from just a few weeks ago. What do you think?  Boy or girl? Here’s an outside view: Either way, we’re ready.    
  • Life Changing Event

    Susan
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
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    Queen of Spain Blog

  • Final Project Journalism 203

    Queen of Spain
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    Enjoy my story on the California drought!
  • Dealing With a Load of Crap

    Queen of Spain
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Humiliation is laying in a hospital bed, after 10 days of nothing but towel baths, your hair unwashed and crumpled in a bun, your back sweating against the plastic under the sheets…and opening your eyes to feel yourself covered in shit. Someone else’s shit. The nurses are kind and wonderful. They clean you up and pad you with towels and an adult diaper, reminding you to not get up and to just ‘let it out’ while laying flat. Cdiff is no joking matter, as much as I’ve been trying to laugh about all of this. It kills tens of thousands of  Americans per year and…
  • The Most Magical Thing Happened to ME

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

  • Happy Birthday, USA!

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    Love, Bo and Revi, who learned You're a Grand Old Flag in Preschool and decided to perform it for us poolside, yesterday, while in red, white and blue swimsuits because we are feeling especially patriotic this week:USA! Happy 239th birthday, you!!!! YOU ARE SO OLD. But also so young. And you've come so far! (And still have quite a bit of growing up to do. But we're all here for you, USA. We love you and we're here for you and we believe!) To many more! On channel 4...th of July.Have a safe and fantastic weekend, everyone!GGC
  • The Month in Moments: June

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    I'm usually a big fan of Junes but this one was a bit of a sun-blocker. A menace. A pill. A bomb disguised as a Goodyear blimp...It was also joyous and full of love and light and magical moments and times with loved ones. Lots of family time. Lessons learned. Changes in the pH balance of our lives.... I turned 34, which seems like an insignificant number in the scheme of ages, but something shifted in me the morning I woke up. Something inexplicable and effective. New days of new years (and new months) come with fresh-paged journals and I am always grateful for that.  I hope…
  • Previously Unpublished, 2007: Where the Wild Things Were

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    ED: Years ago, I used to take off my wedding ring when I went out. I loved Hal, sure, but I didn't love being a wife. And when I went out alone, I wanted to be myself, uncompromising and unhinged and committed to nothing and no one but the moment. Because I felt a part of me had died and I needed to revive it... I needed to let it out of its cage to remind me that I was more than just someone's mother, someone's wife... I was simply (for a few hours, anyway) my own me. I belonged to myself. Nobody had to know my story. I was at once completely invisible and totally…
 
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • The Sky

    Rita Arens
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Today my daughter looked up and said, "Mama, no matter how fast we drive, we never reach that cloud. Do we all see the same sky?" And I said, "Yes. There's only one sun. One moon. We all see it." This month, I am happy and sad for us. I am happy that same-sex couples can now be recognized as spouses anywhere in the U. S. I am sad that we laid to rest yet more black humans who did no harm. All they did was be black. Again. And I think, we all see the same moon. We all see the same sun. We all have bones beneath our different-colored skin. We all love and seek love in return. We all live under…
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    True Mom Confession » HOW TO BE A GOOD MOM INSTEAD OF A PERFECT ONE

  • HOW TO BE A GOOD MOM INSTEAD OF A PERFECT ONE

    admin
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:40 am
    Every mom wants to be a good mother. As a mom, you live, you breathe, and sacrifice for the well-being of your children. Seeing your children succeed is the best thing in the world for a mother. Here are the tips on how to be a good mother to your child.   TIP 1: Be supportive. Kids who have received warm and supportive parenting are better with coping at adversity and at completing cognitive tasks later in life. Studies said that a supportive parents provided reassurance to their children.   TIP 2: Never laugh at your children’s hobbies, interests and friends. Never get mad if…
  • 10 AWESOME TIPS: HOW TO BE A BEST MOM

    admin
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    I’m a woman, a mother, a wife, a daughter, and also a friend. An incredible mother cherishes her children, deals with their fundamental physical and passionate needs, and invests quality energy with them. But, what are the subtler, more subtle way to turn into an extraordinary mother?   STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF. You don’t need to surrender your own particular interests and hobbies once you turn into a mother. It’s important that you discover time for what you want to do. Reading, writing, working out – make these as a priority and figure out how to consolidate those into…
  • 10 Things I Should Do As A Mom But Don’t

    admin
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:43 pm
    As a mom, there are plenty of things I know I should be doing but just don’t. Things that, if I weren’t working full time as a teacher and running my own website, I like to pretend I’d do and do well. But in the interest of full disclosure and honesty, Imma be real: I wouldn’t do this shit then either. I present you with 10 things I should do as a mom but don’t. And I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I’m pretty sure I’m not alone (looking at you, lady who just shrugged, turned her kid’s undies inside out, and figured that’s…
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  • Young People... Preparing to Vote or Not to Vote?

    Serena Witherspoon
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    I am 18 years old -- an age where the world seems to have decided that I should no longer be coddled under the domain of childhood. I feel as if I'm suffering from 'growing pains' now more than ever; last year at this time I was worrying about finding a date for prom, and now all of a sudden I worry about rent, tuition and the lack of social justice in the world. Becoming an adult means that life is no longer simple. 18 means responsibility; 18 means the future is coming; 18 means I can vote. I am now entitled to aid my fellow citizens in choosing the leaders who will hopefully effect change…
  • Radio This Week: #BlackLivesMatter, #StandUpSpeakOut, #Cake!, #PaidFamilyLeave & #SickDays!

    Kristin
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    Radio!This show covers the horrible act of racist terrorism in Charleston, South Carolina and the Civil Rights Movement; tips for fighting racism; how to bake a great cake and build community at the same time; and victories with paid sick days, paid family leave, affordable healthcare coverage, and marriage equality.     *Special guests include: Melanie Campbell, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation & Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network;  Rinku Sen, Race Forward: Center for Racial Justice Innovation, and also Colorlines Magazine; Maryanne Tagney, Advocate,…
  • Connecticut can lead the nation.

    Felicia Willems
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:23 pm
    The numbers are shocking. Did you know the average 8-year old is drinking 64 ounces a week in sugary drinks that will—over the years—lead to diabetes, obesity, and heart disease? We need to do everything we can to reduce the amount of soda kids drink. Join us in calling on Governor Malloy to institute a sales tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Connecticut! http://action.momsrising.org/sign/connecticut-can-lead-nation-taxing-sugary-drinks/ By taxing sugary drinks, we’re promoting healthier choices as the better option. Sugar-sweetened beverages have been identified as the primary source…
 
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  • This week (or so’s) parting shots..

    Jody
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    My running and bike trials are totally flooded.  It is insane! Post surf, music chill out. Mia made crepes fro breakfast one morning. Yum! Chores still happen during the summer, to the angst of little Minime’s and big brothers. Honey got … Continue reading →
  • Basketball summer

    Jody
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    My #3 son, who you never see on here these days, actually exists.  He is not a figment of your imagination. Quinn just does NOT like to be photographed. Teen to the max. He is absolutely NOT a surfer, but super … Continue reading →
  • The “dry” side

    Jody
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    We were supposed to be on what they call the Dry Side of Bill. Usually the western side of a Tropical Storm is dry, and the north-eastern side gets the heavy rain. Bill ignored all the rules and truly dumped … Continue reading →
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  • Why I Quit the Blogging Game

    admin
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Considering that the title of this post references the fact that I have, for the most part, quit blogging and all the associated bullshit, it probably won’t get a lot of eyeballs or comments but the best part of letting something go is that you don’t even care anymore—and I swear I don’t mean that in a bitter, sour grapes […]
  • Hickory Farms: As Good as I Remembered

    IzzyMom
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    When our Hickory Farms Beef and Turkey Hickory Sampler arrived, I immediately opened it up to check it out. I was super excited because I had grown up up having Hickory Farms baskets and boxes at our house every Christmas. Often, we had more than one because they were such a popular gift. My parents would get them from co-workers, […]
  • Video Games and Kids

    IzzyMom
    19 Dec 2013 | 12:26 pm
    My friend asked me the other day whether or not she should get her 12 year old son a PS4. Her son had gotten it in his head that the only gift for Christmas that would suffice would be a PS4. Anything less would be an affront to his year long good behavior and the world would be soooooo unfair […]
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • Lessons learned (veggie/college edition)

    Mir
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
    We returned from our whirlwind campus touring trip with the realization that yes, Virginia, this college thing is truly right around the corner and Big Decisions need to be made. That is both exciting and unnerving. And every time I try to remind myself that everything will work out just fine, I remember that once […]
  • Still recovering, but…

    Mir
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    … it’s a good day, y’know? I like rainbows and they seem to be everywhere. So just a quickie redirect, today: I thought folks would be tired of hearing about teaching a kid to drive, but I got a question about it at Alpha Mom, so check it out if you’re in that stage of […]
  • While we sweat into puddles

    Mir
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    Greetings from… somewhere. I’m not sure where we are, right at this moment. We’ve stopped for lunch on a whirlwind Tour Of Campuses and so far we are still speaking to each other and cheerful, so things are going great. This is especially impressive when you consider that it’s currently 90-something and 70-something-percent humidity and […]
 
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  • A Completely Non-Essential Essential Tremor Update

    amalah
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:11 am
    I had an anxiety dream a couple weeks back — the first one I've had in awhile, so...progress? — that centered around an inability to write my name legibly on a name tag.  (Think about that, for a moment. Of all the things one can worry about in the world today — a world full of danger and disaster and disease — my brain settles on NAME TAGS.) Of course, it was an easy dream to interpret. That blasted tremor. The dream took place at a big party, a mix of strangers and friends watched me struggle over and over again to write A M Y without it turning to gibberish, I…
  • Like a Band-Aid

    amalah
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    We did it. We told the kids that we are maybe probably most likely thinking about moving.  It went well! Much better than we were expecting, given that the last we broached the subject with Noah he freaked out and threatened to run away from home AND tie himself to the tree in our front yard AND get adopted by whoever bought our house AND ALSO not move, at all, ever, can't make me, so there.  He was a lot less dramatic this time. It helped that he offered us a wide-open opportunity when he mentioned how much fun he had in [POTENTIAL NEW NEIGHBORHOOD] recently and how much he…
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    The Domestic Diva

  • Solutions 24 Clinical Dark Circles Corrector Stick Review- Week 2

    The Domestic Diva
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    (sponsored post) I can’t believe we’ve already completed another week of trying out the Solutions 24 Clinical Dark Circles Corrector Stick. In case you missed it, I’m a part of the Walmart Moms and I was asked to try out the Solutions 24 Clinical Dark Circles Corrector Stick that is available at Walmart over several […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • 3 Must Have Products for Summer Road Trips

    The Domestic Diva
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    (sponsored post) Yesterday, I shared with all of you some examples of products that I like to keep in my makeup bag for the summer. It may be hot but I think my favorite aspect of summer is the family road trip. Whether its a trip you’ve been planning for months or an impromptu trip […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Must Have Beauty Products for your Summer Makeup Bag

    The Domestic Diva
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:11 pm
    (sponsored post) What is there to say about the relaxing days of summer? When I think of summer the one word that comes to my mind is “Hot”. Living in the south, the humidity plus near 100°F heat just isn’t all that fun. As a Walmart Mom, today I’ll be sharing some examples on how […] 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

  • Sunday Confessional: An I Have No Patience Edition

    Heather Solos
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Heather says: Lately I’ve been wanting to talk more about managing technology in the home, but life just hasn’t been cooperating. I don’t mean just a we’re really busy with life kind of busy. No, I mean life hasn’t been cooperating to the point that my friends find the frustration highly amusing.   I take many things for granted in my life. Internet connectivity is high on that list. I assume that if I pay for a service, the company that receives that money will provide that service, with occasional interruptions being forgiven, because things happen. I get…
  • Butternut Squash, Poblano, and Bacon Skillet

    Heather Solos
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:35 am
    Heather says I admit it, I fell off the menu planning wagon last week, the produce piled up, and around time to make dinner I stared into the depths of the refrigerator trying to pair flavors. Finally I turned to Google and found an Emeril Lagasse recipe that looked like a good starting place. The following is my interpretation. This butternut and poblano skillet works well as a main dish, with only a few strips of bacon. I served the recipe over rice, but I could see serving this over sauteed spinach or kale. The kids and I agreed that if there had been leftovers, they would have been…
  • Emergency Preparedness Refresher

    Heather Solos
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:32 am
    Heather says This is my dad’s neighborhood. No one got hurt, but it took me a couple of days to finally reach him to hear this first hand. The cell towers near their home were damaged and without power and only cordless phones, I couldn’t reach them via their landline. They are able to stay in their home despite most of the roof being gone and all of the upstairs windows. They have a generator, so the contents of their refrigerator and freezer are safe. It’ll be an uncomfortable few days until power is restored, but the damage wasn’t widespread which means they can…
 
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • We Rant, We Rave… We Build Walls

    GuestContributor
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:14 pm
    By Megan Gilmore As a mom of two preschoolers (for a few more weeks, until #1 heads to Kindergarten), my Facebook newsfeed is filled with links to blogs about parenting, crafts, recipes, and traveling-with-kids ideas. Since we’ve started our adoption process, there are now many, many links to articles about foster care, adoption, and social justice. Many, many of those articles start the same way, “What NOT to Say to ____ (families with foster children, adoptive parents, pregnant women, working moms, stay-at-home moms, etc.).” So many of these articles rant on and on about things that…
  • One More Kiss

    Julie M.
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The morning routine is tough. That was true for me even before I had children. Dragging myself out of bed, getting ready and out of the door on time was not always easy. Add two young children to the mix and there are some days it nearly feels impossible. I physically pick my daughters up and carry them to the bathroom each morning. It’s the only guaranteed way to get them out of bed. Plus, I get to steal a few extra snuggles this way (and as a working mama, I want to get those snuggles every chance I can). Once we make it to the bathroom, the real challenges begin. I ask my children to…
  • Having It All: How I Managed My Mommy Guilt

    GuestContributor
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    By Megan Hewitt Mommy guilt is a very real issue for working moms. Whether you’re trying to get in 40 hours a week and make it to your kid’s soccer match after school, or running a small business and trying to make it home in time for some quality time before dinner, balancing home and work is challenge that’s almost impossible to get right. So what can we do about this having it all conundrum? Every working mom’s situation is unique, but I think there’s something to be said about sharing our stories and experiences to help each other out. Here’s mine.
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • Disney Driven Week In Review 7-5-15

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
      It’s the Disney Driven Week In Review! We understand that life keeps you busy, so here is a list of what you may have missed! This week, we celebrated Canada Day and the Fourth of July holiday in the states! Happy day to all that are celebrating! We are live at Walt Disney World this weekend, watch our social media channels for fun photos and live streaming! We are on Instagram, Twitter, Periscope and Facebook (@DisDrivenLife). Have you been counted? Sign up today & get counted! We are also a part of Networked Blogs & Bloglovin’! Get our posts delivered to your inbox…
  • Disney and Weddings and Newbies… OH MY !

    Genevieve P. (NDW#100)
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
      I have to confess I have two major obsessions; Disney and Weddings. If I’m not touring the theme parks, I can be found searching the web for the newest wedding trends. When I saw Disney Driven Life was searching for a new wedding contributor, my mind almost exploded. After all, I have been writing professionally about weddings and Disney separately for years. The idea of getting to combine them makes me so excited. When I got married, I seriously considered wearing Mickey Ears down the aisle. It didn’t matter to me I was getting married in one of North America’s largest and most…
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Looking for New Recruits at #SDCC

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
      ABC AND MARVEL ANNOUNCE SECRET WARRIORS ARE COMING TO MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson and Team to Encounter Characters Inspired by the “Secret Warriors” Comics S.H.I.E.L.D. Ambassadors Will Engage Fans at San Diego Comic-Con to Join Secret Warriors With Limited Edition Pins! Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.Dreturns for a powerful third season introducing new friends and foes inspired by the critically acclaimed “Secret Warriors” comic series. In the aftermath of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s battle with Jiaying and the Inhumans, Director Coulson will search the world for…
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    Joy Unexpected

  • Staying Motivated

    Y
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    “Don’t stop trying because you’ve hit a wall. Progress is progress no matter how small.” Since November I have committed to lose the 66 pounds my doctor has told me that I need to lose. And in all of that time, I have only seen the scale move from 216 to 198 pounds. There are weeks that pass that nothing changes. Not a single pound is lost. “Even if you can’t physically see the results in front of you, every single effort is changing your body from the inside. Never get discouraged!” I do know that my dedication to exercise still has benefits beyond…
  • Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Photographing My Children When I Became a Mother.

    Y
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    This post is sponsored by Canon but all opinions are my own. Last weekend I celebrated the high school graduation of my second child. As I scrolled through his baby and childhood photos, I cringed at the terrible quality of the photos I had taken of him. I didn’t know the first thing about photography when my boys were little. I just knew I wanted to capture every moment that I could. I snapped away on my disposable cameras, clueless about things like composition or exposure. Luckily, by the time my daughter was born, I had discovered blogs and photo-sharing sites and was able to start…
  • Because #BasketballMom

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

  • Kim Kardashian: You'd be "sick to endanger your child like that!"

    Sara McGinnis
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Kim Kardashian knows all too well what it's like to have your name being tossed around the gossip mill, but there's one rumor going about out there she isn't willing to let carry on. "No I don't do fillers or Botox when pregnant like some tabloids are reporting," the... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • 10 priceless things that happen when kids play babies

    Melissa Willets
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories Sometimes when I watch my kids playing babies, I'm literally dumbstruck with utter admiration. They're simultaneously, incredibly accomplished little mommies, and basically the absolute worst parents in the world. Like good mini-mamas, my girls feed their babies (albeit about 20 times as much as you're... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Princess Charlotte's christening: See all the gorgeous photos!

    Carolyn Robertson
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:43 am
    by Carolyn Robertson posted in Celebrities It's a big day for the royal family! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by family and friends - as well as a throng of adoring fans - for the christening of their 2-month-old daughter Charlotte today. Kate and William were all smiles as they made their... 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

  • Disaster Strikes! Rain/Snake Edition

    Stimey
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:58 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
  • Disaster Strikes! Gerbil Edition

    Stimey
    26 Jun 2015 | 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
  • And the Happy Dance Was Danced All Around

    Stimey
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
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    Mom in the City

  • Scavenger Hunt for Kids in Central Park

    Kimberly
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Time really is flying. When my husband Reggie and I were dating, we led the Pre-teen and Young Teen groups at our church. It was such a fun time. We had the best team of youth workers on our our team and the kids had such fun, big personalities. Fast forward about 15 years and […] The post Scavenger Hunt for Kids in Central Park appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Minions Movie Review by the Colemans

    Kimberly
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    Inside Out makes you cry. The Minions movie will make you laugh. That was my ultimate takeaway after seeing an advanced screening of the Minions movie with my family on Saturday. It’s a fun, cute movie that covers the evolution of the Minions – from the beginning of time up until their connection with Gru […] The post Minions Movie Review by the Colemans appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Pollos a la Brasa Don Alex (Peruvian Cuisine in Rego Park)

    Kimberly
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Dining out at various restaurants is one of my favorite aspects of “outside dates” with my husband Reggie. Sometimes we go to fancy places. Other times, it’s Reggie’s turn to choose :-). In reality, we both care more about the food quality than the atmosphere as long as the spot is clean. Recently, Reggie took […] The post Pollos a la Brasa Don Alex (Peruvian Cuisine in Rego Park) appeared first on Mom in the City.
 
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    Mombian

  • Summer Slowdown

    Dana
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:01 am
    The awesome ruling for marriage equality came, as it happens, just as my son is finishing the school year. I’m going to focus for the next while, then, on a few pieces related to marriage, but will scale back posting frequency a bit to spend time with the person I’m actually married to and our son. I will continue to chat and share over on the Mombian Facebook page and Twitter feed, so please Like and Follow those if you haven’t already. Happy summer! The post Summer Slowdown appeared first on Mombian and is (c) Dana B. Rudolph LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Vital Info for Same-Sex Parents Post-SCOTUS

    Dana
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:01 am
    All same-sex parents and prospective parents in the U.S. should drop everything to go read this vital information on protecting your parental rights even after you have marital rights. The two are still not one and the same. The Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality is a tremendous victory, but as we’ve seen before when individual states have enacted it, recognition of parental rights doesn’t necessarily follow. That’s why many of the fine organizations that led the fight for marriage equality—the ACLU, Freedom to Marry, GLAD, HRC, Lambda Legal, and the…
  • BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Rules for Marriage Equality

    Dana
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    We won! The U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all states. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that “The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.” Here’s the money quote on children: Without the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers, children suffer the stigma of knowing their…
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    fromtheparkbench

  • U.S. Pro Sports Shifting to More Sustain

    bstapleton1
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:17 pm
    U.S. Pro Sports Shifting to More Sustainable Game Day Food – Leading professional sports venues that serve all major leagues are now promoting more sustainable food options to fans, according to a new report by the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “Champions of Game Day Food” features 20 venues […]
  • 5 Ways to Prep for a Heat Wave – It’s n

    bstapleton1
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:17 pm
    5 Ways to Prep for a Heat Wave – It’s no fun to watch your electric bill climb along with the temperature in the summer months. Not only is summer expensive, but it’s also a major energy drain, and that’s not good for the environment. Still, saving green doesn’t have to mean roasting in the […]
  • Mixtures of Everyday Chemicals May Pose

    bstapleton1
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Mixtures of Everyday Chemicals May Pose Higher Cancer Risk – PDF Giveaway Giveaway Image:  cleaning-cover-150x150_1.jpg Everyday chemicals that may not be carcinogenic on their own could take on cancer-causing properties when mixed with other popular household chemicals, according to new cutting-edge research.  From the thousands of chemicals the general population regularly encounters, the researchers selected 85 […]
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Teaching Todd to Drive a Stick

    Ree
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    Marlboro Man used a day of hay hauling last week to teach Todd how to drive a stick. His Dodge is the only vehicle with manual transmission on our homestead, and all members of the household need to know how to drive it.       Every now and then, MM had to get out of his tractor to go give Todd a pointer or two, but for the most part, Todd caught on quickly.       So here’s how hauling hay goes: First, the hay is cut. After that, it’s raked into lines. Then, the baler drives over the lines and the hay gets rolled and baled. Once the hay is all baled,…
  • Alternate Use for a Tractor

    Ree
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    On the ranch this time of year, a tractor is used for lifting and loading massive bales of hay.       But it has another use, too.       I’ll just go ahead and let these photos speak for themselves.       Not that I’d be able to speak anyway.       Sigh. I just love a good tractor.   On another note, I have a pop quiz for you! Just vote below, click submit, and you’ll immediately see the answer!  
  • Eighteen

    Ree
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:11 am
    She’s an angel.       She has fun! Wheeeeee!       She’s pensive.       She’s sweet.       She’s a guitar hero!       She’s…goofy?       Yes. Definitely goofy.       She loves Charles!       She dresses up in her mom’s old dresses from high school. Her mom can’t so much do that anymore.       She’s a cat. Wait. No she’s not.       She’s Alex!       And I’m so…
 
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    Design Mom

  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Photo and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends. Happy Independence Day Weekend! Any fun plans? We’re heading to an Oakland A’s game tonight. After the game they invite everyone down on the field to watch fireworks. It’s pretty magical! It always happens on July 3rd and it’s an Oakland tradition. On Saturday, we’ve got a hike in the redwoods and a family picnic back at our house. Then on Sunday, I hope we get to sing a bunch of the patriotic hymns. They’re some of my favorites! Don’t you feel like America the Beautiful has some truly epic lyrics? I mean…
  • Personality Tests

    Design Mom
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    By Gabrielle. Yesterday, a friend shared this link to a free 10-minute Meyers-Briggs personality test. Do you know your Meyers-Briggs classification? Apparently there are 16 options. And until I took the test yesterday, I didn’t know mine. I remember taking a similar test years ago — it must have been when we lived in New York — though I wasn’t paying much attention to the results and don’t recall what they were. But I come across Meyers-Briggs references frequently, and sometimes wish I had a better understanding of the whole thing, so when I saw the 10 minute test…
  • The Trick to Stopping Poison Oak & Poison Ivy

    Design Mom
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:18 pm
    By Gabrielle. Poison Ivy botanical print found here. Oh my goodness. At the moment, there is a major portion of my brain fixated on poison oak and poison ivy. Turns out I’m highly allergic! And I’ve been battling some intense poison oak rashes for months. I’ve had shots, used up dozens of tubes of prescription cream, and taken one million showers to ease the itch. (Oh the drama! Hah!) Remember the red dress I wore to the Iris Awards? It was chosen because it covered my poison oak rash all over my arms and legs. Happily I think I’ve finally got it under control. So…
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    Dutch Blitz

  • The Keys

    angella
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:45 pm
    We got the keys to the house! The house that we won during a sealed bidding process by $111.20. ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN DOLLARS AND TWENTY CENTS. (That will forever deserve to be written in CAPS LOCK.) As a related aside, Amanda and Shelley (Great friends, and Realtors extraordinaire) treated us to a day on the lake yesterday for Canada day. All of our kids got to go tubing, we ate a ton of food, and it was a relaxing way to catch up with three of my best girls. On top of that gift, Amanda presented us with this gift: ($111.20)(BEST GIFT EVER.) We got the keys this afternoon and spent some…
  • Cloudy

    angella
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Today was a day. A good day. A weird day. We swam in a friend’s pool for a few hours and then packed a cooler of food and headed to the beach. We met up with our church family and shared food and stories and ice cream. Matthew was late to the party (that he organized) because he was bringing Nathan to camp. Nate Diggity is at camp for the first time without Matthew volunteering, because a friend asked him to go, and which is HUGE with his anxiety history. He was so excited to go! BUT. I feel like I’m missing a limb with just four of us. I miss Nathan, with his big green eyes and…
  • The Garden Shed

    angella
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:16 pm
    This is a photo taken from the road that shows our entire front yard. (T-Minus eleven days until possession!) The Tree is a big part of it, but the garden is another big part of it. Is it just me, or do the iron quail on the garden shed make it look like the shed is sad about the state of the garden? (It should be sad. The garden is full of weeds.) We’ll be in there weeding as soon as we can. There are raspberries and grapes and flowers and so much more. Our plan is to make our home in a West Coast style — as we do — dark wood and bricks and big windows. As for the garden…
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    Virtual Coach

  • @barbling: #GEMALERT – must read! – Billionaire Dream

    5 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    This Just In! #GEMALERT – must read! – Billionaire Dream 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: 4 Gmail tricks that will completely change your workday​ ​ http://buff.ly/1NIlVDk

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    This Just In! 4 Gmail tricks that will completely change your workday​ ​ http://buff.ly/1NIlVDk 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: 700-year-old doodles by medieval scribes http://buff.ly/1HEGUq0

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:33 am
    This Just In! 700-year-old doodles by medieval scribes http://buff.ly/1HEGUq0 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

  • Make Your Garden Green

    Kerry Sauriol
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:31 am
    There are many ways to reconfigure your home and turn it into a more efficient living space that will not only have you saving money, but also help you to live sustainably and reduce your environmental impact. One of the best areas to focus your green lifestyle is in the actual greenery of your garden, where there is a wide option of decorative and landscaping features that will keep you and your plants healthy. So, here is a selection of gardening ideas to beautify your garden and ease your conscience. Compost Composting has the highest impact of any sustainable gardening practice, as it…
  • Another One Bites the Dust

    Kerry Sauriol
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:11 am
    I don’t know quite how we managed it,  but ALL our birthday’s are in a row, this means by mine in August, I am a quivering exhausted wreck and can’t even THINK about birthdays.   Today we are  at no. 3.  We got through April and May and now in June we celebrate how this: Has now turned into this: Her teacher called her ‘super, amazing and creative,’ and she is certainly all those things and more.  She is her own person, with her own strong views on the world.  She has deep thoughts and she and I get into all sorts of conversations about the world and…
  • Watch the Heroes of the Marvel Universe Save Canada

    Kerry Sauriol
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:57 pm
    The heroes of the Marvel Universe are making their way across Canada. They have already vanquished their most evil foes (Hydra, AIM, Loki) from Victoria and Vancouver, and are ready to set down in Saskatoon next.  Are you going to be there?  I highly recommend it The first thing we noticed was the audience filled not only with tiny versions of Iron Man and Spiderman, etc, but the legions of parents who were dressed up too.  What fun. And this isn’t just a show for little boys, all kids who love comics and who loved the Marvel films will be enthralled to see their favourite characters…
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    Cheaper Than Therapy

  • Renaming Canada Day

    ali
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    It’s Canada Day today so in addition to it meaning very lovely things to me personally about living in the land of free health care and poutine, it also means that it’s my first day off that’s not a Jewish holiday since I started my new job. The girls actually have camp today (thanks Moshava Ba’ir!) and the boys are spending the day with the Blue Jays in their free t-shirts. What this actually means is that I’m sitting in my top knot and yoga pants and giant smile, with several hours all to myself. This never happens. When I’m not busy, I’m busy. My…
  • How I Stopped Sharing A Twin Bed

    ali
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:47 am
    Well the good news is that as romantic as it was (Read: NOT ROMANTIC) I’ve stopped sharing a twin bed with my husband. While yes, it’s true that I might be the size of a child, I do not recommend two humans trying to sleep in a twin-sized bed. Just this past weekend I was playing cars and trucks (and planes..oh my!) with my good toddler friend Zale, and he thought I was a kid. He may have assumed that my husband was my dad, and that Isabella was my sister, but I’m 100% sure that even he wouldn’t recommend twin bed. They may have done it on Little House on The Prairie,…
  • May Your Past Be The Sound Of Your Feet Upon The Ground

    ali
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Let’s go ahead and dust off this here space here, shall we? I have itchy fingers and have been having a very hard time getting this space to work for me. It’s borked and broken, has been for months and months. Luckily, I have a very lovely ex-coworker who shares my love of board games and pop culture and a good whiskey and he’s also smart in the ways of the website (read: the things I do not know how to do) and he is going to work miracles and help me fix everything up. You see, it’s not a lack of words that’s kept me here. I have so many, too many, in fact, to…
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    Blessings in Life

  • Choices: Blessed, Grateful, Excited, Thankful, Happy

    CharTherCT
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    (CTO) I choose indeed to feel grateful while I may never be rich but I know I have always been blessed. Sometimes I feel I am blessed more than I deserve. Yes that applies to you and me. That is one of the reasons that I am always and will forever be grateful to the Lord who provides and hears my daily and constant prayers. I choose to be excited of good things that came, that will still come my way. When a door closes, I am looking forward to other doors even windows of opportunities and blessings that will open up for me and my family. I choose to be thankful because we must and we should…
  • Thankful Thursday

    CharTherCT
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:07 am
    It’s Thankful Thursday and I want to share some things that I am thankful for in life on this wonderful Thursday! I am thankful for the time and love during the latest family gathering we had for the joint birthday celebrations of my daddy, sister, and two nephews which was held at late lunch at Ellen’s Tuna Queen. Feasted on their fried tuna tail paksiw which the hubby really likes and am still amazed my dear little guy likes to eat as well!   I am thankful for my elder sister who is our constant sponsor treating the whole family (we’re so many) to foodtrips during family…
  • Love These Sweet Ripe Mangoes

    CharTherCT
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:52 am
    Love these sweet ripe mangoes that I bought from a lady vendor at the market yesterday. There are many things that many of us may take for granted and they come as blessings. Blessings come in even simple things that makes us happy like the perfect timing of buying perfectly ripe and sweet mangoes at the public market when I went there today. How many times before when you may have, just like me, bought beautiful looking mangoes only to find out when you eat them that they aren’t as sweet and ripe as you hope they would be. These ones were perfect for my preference of sweet, ripe…
 
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    Baby Mum-Mum

  • Safe Summertime Tips for Babies and Tots

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:25 am
    Schools are out and days are longer marking the start of summer.   With barbecues and pool parties in full swing, there is lots of fun to be had but also a whole new set of parental worries.  Here are a few tips to help keep kids safe and healthy throughout the summer: Healthy Snacking Without […]
  • 5 Free Ways to Spoil Mums

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

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

  • Vacation.

    Zoot
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:34 am
    We took our first vacation in 6 years in May. Part of the reason why it wasn’t a priority before was that the two week-long beach trips we took years ago nearly killed me. Having to care for small children away from home is a giant pain in the ass. Home is where all of the things are they are used to. Getting them used to naptime and bedtime and meal time in a strange place makes no vacation relaxing. But I noticed in May that even with older children, if you’re the primary caregiver, vacations are still exhausting. I still had to do laundry halfway through our trip, I still…
  • The Worry Of A Child.

    Zoot
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:51 am
    Last night I had to do a little bit of freelance stuff before I went to bed. Something I hoped would take 10 minutes but I couldn’t find the problem which meant I wasn’t going to get to go to bed when I wanted. I was tired as it was the end of a long day and I was very overwhelmed with my To Do list and Nikki was whining and pouting about the fact that I wasn’t going to come to bed and lay down with her. Listen, Nikki. I’m stressed. I can’t figure this one problem out and I’m tired and you making me feel guilty is not really helping. Then she started…
  • The Neighborly Thing To Do

    Zoot
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:05 pm
    I’ve been mulling over several things regarding current events and I hadn’t finished mulling so I didn’t post this morning. BUT I AM DONE MULLING! Not really. But I’ve reached a good stopping point regarding one issue. A mulling rest area, so to speak. This time of year it’s common to see these notices posted from Combat Veterans regarding their hatred of fireworks and their request for neighbors to honor that around Independence Day. This is always very favorably received and I notice images like this are shared out by my liberal AND conservative friends and…
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    Blue Badger

  • Eid Al-Fitr Card

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Why is it so hard to find an Eid Al-Fitr card that doesn't look like it is a homemade craft project? I was having a hard time finding a card to give that was style. I knew that I at least had to have something letterpressed, but I just couldn't find it. And then I came across The Alphabet Press. They had a beautiful card that was the palest green letterpressed in metallic gold.  The front of the gold lined white envelope is also blind embossed with the word Hello. It was so simple and elegant unlike anything else I could find.I was worried that the card wouldn't make it to the United…
  • Free Fourth Of July Printables From Persnickety Prints

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Photo printer, Persnickety Prints is offering free Fourth of July printables for decorating your home or party. And if you feel like saving some money, they are offering 40% off matte 4x4inch photos or 4x4inch matte cardstock press prints. Just use the code FREEDOM40 to save. Have a happy 4th of July everyone.
  • The Land of Nod Terrace Bunk Bed

    6 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    I remember when nobody gave a single thought to designing a beautiful bunkbed. Either you chose a basic wood or metal, or sprung for a custom bunk bed. The Land of Nod Terrace Bunk Bed is a departure from this train of thought. This whimsical bunkbed looks like a custom option. If I were a preteen I would be begging for this bed.
 
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    Blissfully Domestic

  • A Festive Backyard Field Day with Good Sportsmanship!

    Suzanne Wind
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Jumping, hopping, racing, throwing—who doesn’t love a summer field day? A backyard filled with games, activities and kids is a fantastic excuse to get together with friends. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Use what you have and set up some good old-fashioned backyard fun. It will provide hours of entertainment. And parents, what a great way to reinforce good sportsmanship with your kids! The first step is to organize teams to help promote cooperative play. Then set up a variety of games. And finally, weave in a good sportsmanship lesson! Here are a few tried-and-true ideas to get you…
  • How to: Plan the Perfect Appetizer Buffet Party

    TastieDeb
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:10 am
    Let’s face it, when we have a party scheduled not only do we want to have a good time, with easy food, prep and clean-up, but we secretly want to wow our guests. Personally I think an hors d’oeuvres buffet is a perfect way to do this and looks incredibly impressive and professional. In order to achieve a delicious and impressive party several things will help: Pick 3-4 delicious recipes that you can prepare from scratch. Buy 3-4 quality store bought appetizers which you can use as is, alter or doctor up. Buy cheeses, seafood, antipasto, olives, nuts and other items you can display…
  • Create a Summer Bucket List {Free Printable}

    Melissa Hillier
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:10 am
    Every summer I sit down with my children and we create a bucket list of the activities we want to do during their summer vacation. We may not mark each activity off by the end of summer but, it sure is fun trying! For the last three or four years we’ve just picked up a large piece of white cardboard and a pack of colored markers at the store and created our own colorful list. This year Lindsey of Pen and Paint created an amazing {free} printable and is sharing it with all of us. {SQUEE!!} As soon as I saw Lindsey’s artwork on Instagram I knew I had to try and have it enlarged to…
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    Nodin's Nest

  • Summer Tree Planting

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
    What does a crazy lady do when her a/c is on the fritz and it's 95 degrees outside?  Why go outside and plant a tree of course! This is a Royal Poinciana Tree that I grew from a seed.I planted it in the yard today in hopes that in 10 or 20 years it will provide the house with some much needed afternoon shade.When it grows up, with any luck it will look like this beauty! Until then, I guess I have to call the a/c repairman again, ugh.
  • Pixel Art Sharks!

    5 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    My son has been trying his hand at pixel art and I thought some of his designs looked so good, I turned them into shark bookmarks. His digital art is mounted on card stock then heat laminated on both sides to create a sturdy bookmark. I hand cut and trimmed all pieces. You can find these and other bookmarks in my Etsy shop.
  • Our New Feline Friend, Jabu

    20 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    This beautiful guy showed up at our door last week. After checking him out to be sure he was ok, I tried to ignore him, thinking he would go home. He never left. So of course I started feeding him while putting out the word that I'd found a cat. I thought for sure he belonged to someone. He was neutered and not too bedraggled, so I figured he had not been outside long.  No one was looking for him and he had no collar or microchip.After a few days of hanging out on my front porch, I decided to bring him in. We had some bad weather coming and I couldn't rest knowing he was outside. So I…
 
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    My Mommy's Place

  • Fun with semi-permanent hair dye!

    Leslie
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Pink! Purple! Pink and purple! Blue! What? Wait. No. Julia’s hair is just too dark. We gave her a few streaks, but the blue was nearly imperceptible to the naked eye and couldn’t not be caught on camera at all. So instead, we lightened her tips and colored it salmon. We’ll give the blue another try later.
  • Old Timey Baseball

    Leslie
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Dave crossed an item off his bucket list at the Cy Young Days Festival last weekend when he got to play in a vintage base ball game. The local youth recreation league coaches teamed up to play the Ohio Village Muffins. They played using a lemon peel ball. And according to the rules of 1860 base ball. It was pretty fun to watch.
  • Bubbles on her Birthday

    Leslie
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:44 pm
    We are great fans of bubbles. The bigger, the better. So, Julia was given a new giant bubble-making toy for her birthday. (That’s Julia’s BFF Haylee.) We are also great fans of slow motion videos. I cannot believe it took us so long to put them together.
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • The Game of Concentration

    D. A. Wolf
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    Concentration? It’s critical if we’re going to feel like we’re doing well at what we set our minds to. We need to concentrate when we read, concentrate when we listen, concentrate on the tennis court or the telephone, at the gym or over the chess board. We certainly ought to concentrate when we’re driving, though it seems that talking or texting remain dangerously tempting for many. Concentrating on work? How do we manage with all the interruptions and distractions now the norm, not to mention the expectation of doing more with less? When I was a kid, game shows like…
  • Spinach and Kiwi Smoothie Heaven

    D. A. Wolf
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:57 am
    Anyone for a green smoothie? A little kiwi, a little spinach, a surprise ingredient… Now, we’ve been known to add raw spinach to almost anything in this household — very Popeye. But I hadn’t considered adding it into my recent disciplined diet quite in this way. However, not only are kiwi and spinach consistent with a summer state of mind, but a desire for satisfying textures led me to an old favorite that I had forgotten about. Smoothies! I don’t know why they’ve slipped my mind for several years, since they’re incredibly easy and quick to pull off,…
  • Hapless? Hopeless? Best Hairstyles Over 50

    D. A. Wolf
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    Best hairstyles for a woman at 50 or older? Let’s just say it. I am not the poster child for this one. My hair is both hapless and hopeless these days. While I may not be sporting hair-to-the-derrière as I did at age 12 (very Cousin Itt) and nor am I attempting to rock a fuchsia streak (that was 25), I’m running through the reel of past hairstyles and yearning for a change. Something fun, funky and flirty, but I haven’t a clue what! The Story of My Life (and Yours?) in Hair… Other than my Adams Family reference, my life in hair includes the Pixie Cut (against my will…
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    Born Just Right

  • The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Kids Camp Experience

    Jen Lee Reeves
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    When Jordan was invited to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) Kids Camp, I was sad it took place the same weekend as Camp No Limits Missouri… I actually stopped and talked to Jordan about deciding between the two. We both knew WWAST camp was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And oh boy, it really was. Now that we’re settling into vacation with family, we’re able to look back on last week and realize all the amazing things that happened. The invite-only camp includes kids ages 8-12 who are able to throw, catch and run. The camp gives the kids a chance to work…
  • Spending time with the Wounded Warriors

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

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

  • Cuppa reads

    Tsh Oxenreider
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Happiest of July Fourths, fellow Americans! (Though I suppose it is July 4 everywhere, and I hope you all have a good one.) Enjoy your weekend—light a sparkler or three and spell your name in the night sky. Why Inside Out is the best TCK resource of the year :: Small Town Laowai Somewheres :: Sarah Bessey Bowl, by hand :: Assortment Blog 5 things to do to avoid passing on fake news on social media :: Awesomely Luvvie 21 days to a dadbod :: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency “I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons…
  • Two secrets of hospitality to remember this summer

    Nicole Bennett
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Every year, I long for the lazy days of summer – late nights outside, grilled food and fruity desserts, lots of beach days, and visiting and hosting friends and travelers from near and far. We love staying with friends when we road trip and travel, and we equally enjoy returning the favor at our home. Visiting and hosting are not confined to summer, but with vacation days and warmer weather, it certainly seems to ramp up. Over the last few years, we’ve had the privilege of hosting out-of-town friends who in fact became our friends via none other than this very blog, and of course,…
  • What I’ve been up to (the offline edition)

    Tsh Oxenreider
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    It’s been kinda hard to write here since we’ve been back from our travels—not because I don’t have anything to share, mind you; I’m filled to the brim with thoughts and ideas, and I’m eager to transfer them from brain to screen. No, it’s been hard to hit publish here for one simple reason: we’ve had a lot going on in our offline life, the stuff in the 3D world I haven’t really shared. (You know—the real world.) And when part of me is filled to the overwhelm, I tend to freeze as a writer. Don’t get me wrong—writing does help me process, and my near-daily journaling…
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    We are THAT Family

  • This Is Going to Make You Stronger

    Kristen
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:53 pm
    I first noticed the couple as we ate lunch at a local restaurant after church on Sunday. They caught my eye as I looked out the booth window because they were probably one of the cutest elderly couples I’d ever seen. Before I looked away, they leaned in for a very passionate kiss. Yeah, I accidentally saw two 75 year olds french kiss. Oops. I returned my attention to my meal with a goofy grin on my face and a few minutes later, they were seated at the next booth over on the same side, both facing me. I became very focused on my fried rice. But when I did look up, it was to see…
  • It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

    Kristen
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:06 am
    I sat on the edge of her bed and she didn’t even look up. I was visiting a friend who was not okay. It was more than a bad day, it was a sad season for her. But I wasn’t deterred from my mission to cheer her up. And I tried everything. I suggested fun activities, reminded her of good times, quoted inspiring Scripture and offered to play encouraging music. I got an occasional head nod and a shrug. As I sat there in silence, I thought back to days when I haven’t been okay. Some days I could name the pain I felt and others I couldn’t. And I remembered what I needed the…
  • This Is What I’m Going To Do Today (In Response to the Supreme Court Ruling)

    Kristen
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:04 pm
    While my kids slept in on a summer morning, the world changed. And I’m not just talking about new legislation. On Friday, while some celebrated and others fell into discouragement, terrorists had a bloody field day on the world. Again. Children lost parents, little girls were raped, men were beheaded, the poor faced another hungry night, women faced unspeakable oppression and innocent blood ran in the streets, while racial hate crimes and tension continue to divide our country. We might have paused to read a headline or shuddered at the atrocities our neighbors are facing, and then…
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    San Diego Momma

  • PROMPTuesday #239: Fear Itself

    debawriter
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    I pack robotically. Put shampoo in small bottles, stack underwear, throw toiletries in a carry-on. The whole time I’m thinking I won’t be back to return everything to its rightful place. A sharp ache has plagued my stomach since I booked my flight to New York, and it won’t leave until I’ve taken off and landed safely both times (please God let me live).   Upon taking my aisle seat, I’ll clutch my mom’s rosary and picture, as I do. I’ll recite 100 prayers 100 times, often not stopping until I’m back on solid ground. I’ll rock back and…
  • PROMPTuesday #238: I Survived…

    debawriter
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Upon looking back on one’s life, one might marvel at how he (or she) survived certain events. For instance, one’s 46-year-old self may wonder why his (or her) 18-year-old version got into a Tijuana stranger’s car at 2AM in a drunken bid to get back to the U.S. before curfew. Or a person may rethink walking down a dead-end alley near Chicago’s Cabrini Green in 1996’s pitch black, heading straight toward the voices of ne’er-do-well youth wielding baseball bats.   That same person could possibly NOW be baffled at his (or her) extreme willingness to stay platonically in a…
  • How to Get Your Child Interested in Netflix, I Mean History

    debawriter
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:23 pm
      Booger composes her outfits like a symphony. Each element fuses to the whole and results in a perfectly constructed blend of beauty. Somehow, in her hands, stripes go with plaid, and scarves go with summer. Her masterpieces take time and plenty of brainstorming, but she approaches each wardrobe arrangement with a positive attitude and heaping doses of imagination.   The same cannot be said of her homework.   Instead, she rushes through math, mopes into social studies, and postpones reading.   No amount of coaxing or threatening motivates her. She’d just as soon eat…
 
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Top 10 Ways I Recharge My Daily Mojo

    admin
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Brought to you by NESCAFÉ. Not so long ago, I used to be a stay-at-home mum with three children under 6! Now I’ve found myself as a work-at-home mum with school-aged children, who are fast approaching their teenaged years. While this new phase of my life has certainly been easier for me to handle than “the intensive care of newborns”, it has come with new and different challenges. Life is now fast-paced and jam-packed. With work, school, chores, extracurricular activities, hobbies, holidays, sports, music, fitness, and friends – all our activities are intensely involved towards…
  • Anine Bing and Prima Jeans

    admin
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    I’ve been a little bit obsessed with my skinny black jeans at the moment. I know it’s a weird thing to be obsessed about, because they’re not exactly a new thing and I’ve had many, MANY pairs over the years. What’s the big deal right? I’ve just found myself waking up in the morning and wanting to wear nothing else. Blue jeans? Khaki jeans? Grey trousers? Neh. Black jeans it is then! Then I’ll just throw on a knitted jumper, or a grey sweat shirt, or a denim shirt, or a checked shirt, or a white t-shirt, or a striped t-shirt… then some ankle…
  • Chin’s Noodle House and their Famous Peking Duck

    admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    My sister, who is living in London, was recently back in Perth for a short visit. Whenever she is in town, she likes to schedule in a very efficient eating tour of all her (our) favourite childhood eats. And I am always VERY happy to throw my clean-eating, gluten-free, carb-free, pseudo-paleo eating regime out the window and tag along – haha! This particular day, we had an extended family dinner at Chin’s Noodle House in Leeming. There were 22 of us all together and we ordered tonnes of our favourite Chinese dishes, including one of our favourites: Chin’s Famous Peking Duck.
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

  • One Lucky Elephant #StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Shortly after my Maggie was born, one of my good friends stopped by to see the new baby. She popped in at the hospital store and picked out a cute pink elephant for her. That one little pink elephant has touched a chord with my daughter that has grown ever since.Cut to 10 years later and almost 40 stuffed elephants and me wondering how you help our girl explore this passion for elephants. We don't have any elephants in Chicago. She didn't see her first live elephant until she was 5. We had to fly all the way down to Disney to see them. Now that summer break has finally started, we've been…
  • Seeing Chicago By (Shoreline Sightseeing) Boat...A MUST Do!

    Cynthia Wheeler
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:53 pm
    It's no secret I love Chicago. I could walk downtown every day and just look at the buildings. My favorite part of getting my second design degree was all the Chicago architecture we studied.If you were to only have one day in my fabulous city, and you were to ask me what you should do...I would tell you to get yourself on a Shorline Sightseeing Boat. There is no better way to take in the sights. So many buildings...so little time!There are many different tours you can choose from. I did the Architectural tour along the river, starting right at Michigan Avenue. I gotta say, I am SO tempted by…
  • The perfect night in with Grace and Frankie! #StreamTeam

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

  • Windows 10 is Coming!

    Kimberly Grabinski
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Have you missed your Start Button since switching to Windows 8? I know I have! Guess what? July 29, 2015 Windows 10 will be launching and you get an all new Start Button that functions the way the old one did with some new upgrades. I am SO excited! What’s just as exciting as my […] The post Windows 10 is Coming! appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • DIY Stress Relief Ideas for the Bath & Shower

    Kimberly Grabinski
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:19 am
    I have partnered with Kohl’s for the #MakeYourMove campaign. How will you #MakeYourMove to a healthier life? It’s hard to eliminate all stress from your life as you aim to lead a healthier lifestyle. But stress can definitely do a lot of unhealthy damage to your mind and body. Stress can cause: Headaches High blood […] The post DIY Stress Relief Ideas for the Bath & Shower appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Cool Off with Netflix This Summer

    Kimberly Grabinski
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    It’s summer! The return of the dreaded ice cream truck! I swear, my kids can hear that truck from a mile away. I think they’ve gotten a treat from the ice cream truck less than 5 times in their lives, yet they still hold out hope! I try to make sure I have something on […] The post Cool Off with Netflix This Summer appeared first on What's That Smell?.
 
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    MotherhoodLater.com - World’s leading website, eZine and community for midlife moms.

  • Fun Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained This Summer by Vivi Gly

    Robin Gorman Newman
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    Kids are always looking for something fun and new to do in their free time, especially now that summer break is here. I’ve put together a list of affordable and entertaining ideas to keep your kids engaged and busy with a fun-filled summer they won’t forget!  And, to save money, you might consider shopping with Groupon Coupons.  You can find thousands of coupons right at your fingertips and easily print them from Groupon Coupon’s website or download their app and access coupons from your smartphone. Kohl’s Your kids will have splish splash fun and won’t complain about the hot…
  • Meet Later Mom: Jillian Lauren

    Robin Gorman Newman
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    NAME: Jillian Lauren AGE: 41RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married RESIDENCE: Los Angeles, CACHILDS NAME/AGE: Tariku, age 7 I’m a writer, storyteller, mom, rock-wife, and Los Angeleno, by way of Jersey. I’m the author of the memoir EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED, as well as the New York Times bestselling memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel Pretty. I write a lot of essays and articles, some of which have been in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle and Salon, among others. I speak and tell live stories, often with The Moth. I’m married to the…
  • A Poem by Lori Loesch

    Lori Loesch
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:24 am
      My lips are mute my fingers numb Words I form do not come   Inside my life I try to find the person I am, inside   Who is she Where is she Will I ever meet thee   Is she smart What if she’s funny Maybe she doesn’t even want money   It would be nice to see the me deep within,  do you see She’s hiding now She won’t reveal She’s afraid  she’s scared   Always the child on the porch stoop standing there in Prayer “Come into my heart Dear Jesus” From what was she hiding From what was she scared   Jesus knows the…
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    The Motherhood

  • 10 Takeaways from Social Media Day Pittsburgh 2015

    The Motherhood
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    For the second year in a row, The Motherhood has been excited to participate in Social Media Day Pittsburgh hosted by Smith Brothers Agency. Across the globe, June 30 is a designated as a day to celebrate social media, and this year, 150+ of Pittsburgh’s most influential social media professionals gathered to discuss “Using Social Media for Social Good.” After open networking, the speaker line-up began with Holly Byers, manager of brand partnerships at Pinterest. During her keynote address, she shared a preview of the exciting developments that have just launched or will be…
  • Blogger Spotlight Series: Jackie, Free is My Life

    The Motherhood
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Worrying is a waste of time!” Jackie of Free is My Life said this was the best advice she’s ever received! Read on to find out what her advice is for new bloggers, as well as how she kicked off her summer and how many times a day she checks her email. Give her a shout out at @FreeIsMyLife! Click this link to read the most recent blogger spotlights from The Motherhood. The post Blogger Spotlight Series: Jackie, Free is My Life appeared first on The Motherhood.
  • Wearable technology industry expands for women’s health

    The Motherhood
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:13 am
    As we predicted earlier this year, wearable technology continues to be a hot item in 2015. As smart wearables continue to become more stylish, the creators are making other changes to their devices, specifically with women in mind. In the past year, many voices have addressed the issue that wearable technology, especially health trackers, seemed to ignore the needs of women. They claimed that not only were the size and style of wearables not female-friendly, but also that the functionality of the devices excluded features useful to women. Take Apple’s HealthKit app, released in fall…
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    Twinfatuation

  • The Real "S" Word

    Cheryl Lage
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Listening to the pop radio station in the car en route to summer tap class... She-Twin (with believable sincerity): "You know, if some guy came up to me and said, 'Shut up, and dance with me,' I wouldn't. That is SO rude."Amen. Here's hoping she retains that unique discernment---seemingly romantic words don't excuse a lack of kindness and respect.Walk the moon, at your own risk.     
  • Way Back When-esday - Summer Science

    Cheryl Lage
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    Dateline: July 2008Twins' Age: 6What happens when you put a water balloon in the freezer? Way back when, our six-year-old scientists wanted to know!Join in Twinfatuation's Way Back When-esday! Looking back with love since May 2007.Dive into those digital files and share a photo find on your blog, link up here and share in the webwide reverie! An InLinkz Link-up
  • Way Back Whenesday - Little Hosers

    Cheryl Lage
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:17 am
    Dateline: June 28, 2003Twins' Age: 21 monthsThe summer heat is upon us---reminding me of sprinkler fun from years gone by....twelve years to be exact! An InLinkz Link-up
 
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Walmart Has All You Need for Your Summer Vacation!

    Monica
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:14 pm
    School’s Out For Summer… and that means it’s time for a fun getaway… Whether that getaway is for a week, or just a weekend, you can bet that Walmart will have everything you need to get you through your trip! We recently took a vacation on our first ever Disney Cruise… That meant ROAD TRIP! We needed to pick up a few things for our trip, so, of course we went over to our local Walmart to get our road trip essentials. Here are just a few ideas for your Summer Vacation/Stay-Cation! The first item we grabbed was a First Aid Kit. Every road trip needs a First Aid…
  • Grilling Indoors With George Foreman!

    Monica
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Ok… so maybe not with the guy him self, but I’m using the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill and I am loving it!!! I was sent the 15 Serving George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill to try out for this review, and I am so excited to have been given this opportunity. We haven’t had a George Foreman grill since the original one, and I don’t think we truly appreciated the benefits back then.. Now, we are planning many of our meals around cooking with this one! Here is the info from the website: The George Foreman Indoor Outdoor Electric Grill is perfect for entertaining. Use…
  • Save Money on Your Summer Style Needs at Walmart!

    Monica
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Summer is in full swing and, crazy as our schedules may be… even thought school is out… We want to look our best while hanging out with friends at a BBQ, or on the beach, or even at the pool… Walmart has everything you need to look, and feel your best this Summer!  From Hair Care to Cute Swim Suits, and even Great Eye Wear, you’ll find everything you need at your local Walmart store, or online at Walmart.com. I was asked to check out my local Walmart store and put together some tips to make Summer easy! So, here goes! Let’s start with hair! I have fallen in love…
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  • Grilling with Blue Rhino®

    A Cowboy's Wife
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:16 am
    When most folks think about grilling, they tend to focus on what to grill, but there are other things to think about, like your gas grill’s propane tank.   Being a ranch family, full of testosterone, means a whole lot of beef will be eaten, and as much of it grilled as possible. We often alternate wood and propane, depending on the time and how hungry we are.  How many of you have seen the Blue Rhino® on your propane tank?  I’m sure many of you have, because their propane tanks are in gas grills everywhere! Now how many times have you started grilling and ran out of…
  • Tech Talk – UE Ultimate Ears Boom Speaker #VZWBuzz

    A Cowboy's Wife
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:55 pm
    We are quite obsessed with music so having a bluetooth speaker is absolutely essential in the Falcon household! We use them at the barn, outside when entertaining, and I have even been know to take them to conferences with me for my hotel room!  Today, I’m giving you a look at the UE Ultimate Ears Boom Speaker. Whether you’re looking for you or your kid, you’ll find the UE Ultimate Ears Boom Speaker to be a great choice for the price.  With a $199 price tag, you’ll find the following features: Water and stain resistant – Did you read that?  Priceless! Fits in…
  • Unboxing the NEW Young Living Premium Starter Kit {Video}

    A Cowboy's Wife
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Guess what launches today?!!  The NEW Young Living Premium Kit!!!  I gotta tell y’all, it’s pretty fantastic and I’m so stinkin’ excited to have it in my hands! If you haven’t been following me on Facebook, then you’ve been missing out on everything I’ve been sharing about Young Living essential oils!  Don’t worry, though, I’ll be sharing more here and how they are being used in our family.  In the meantime, I wanted to share how the new kit looks and what’s inside. So let’s get to it!  If you can’t see the video…
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    Mamanista!

  • 16 Jun 2015 | 8:36 pm

    Mamanista
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Shelters and rescues are the best places to go when you are looking for a pet.  Did you know that June is adopt-a-cat month?  Yes! That’s a thing! It’s true.  And why not? Shelter pets deserve their day in the sun. Garfield, the famous comic-strip and TV show celebrity cat, was adopted by his human, Jon.  He will also be one of the stars of the Twitter chat with @Shelterpets on June 19 at 3 pm EST- use the hashtag #GarfieldChat to follow along and chat with us. We encourage you to head to your local shelter when you are ready to make a lifetime commitment to a…
  • My Bright Smile App

    Mamanista
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Disclosure- this is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own and honest. My boys can give me a hard time about brushing- before bed is always the hardest part of our bedtime routine.  They just love to drag their feet!  Boys will be boys, sometimes they just need a little encouragement.  We have used timers, I’ve sang the ABC song while they brush (for time’s sake), we have had toothbrushes that play music- you know, as a mom, you try it all. Why not give technology a try? In moderation, of course. Now there is a fun, free app for kids to help get them into the swing of…
  • Making Homes Affordable Again

    Mamanista
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Many people have lost their homes in recent years- I know in my area, there are houses that sit vacant from foreclosure.  Today’s market is not an easy one, and for many it’s a hand-to-mouth existence.  What to do when it happens, and where can you find help? The Ad Council and the U.S. Department of the Treasury is having a Twitter Chat on June 9 at 1pm EST for Homeownership Preservation Month. Foreclosures can have a devastating effect on families and communities. While there are signs that the country and the housing market are recovering from this most recent financial…
 
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • Stay Secure – Back To School Safety Tip #LSSS

    Susan
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I’m a member of Master Lock’s Live Secure Safety Squad and have been compensated for my time in writing this post. My opinions are always my own. While my kids have just started their summer holidays and won’t be heading back to school until September, others are already well into their break and it will soon be time to start preparing for back to school. Since many parents get organized and start stocking up on school supplies early, we wanted to bring you this special back to school “safety tip” in time for your back to school shopping. Watch the video below to…
  • Olivia’s Homemade Strawberry Slushie Recipe

    Janice
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Grab your blenders and some ice, it is time to cool down with your own homemade slushies — and Olivia is here showing off her favorite Strawberry Slushie. It is hot. We are using every trick in the book to keep cool, including drinking everything as cold as we can get it. I am a green smoothie addict and drink at least one smoothie every day. My daily smoothie usually includes a spinach/kale mix, frozen blueberries, (I freeze over 100lbs of organic blueberries every summer so I have enough to last me all year,) plain Greek yogurt, ice, and a splash of lactose-free milk. But my seven…
  • Around the Blogosphere – Add YOUR Giveaway Link #Giveaways

    Anna
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to our weekly roundup here at 5 Minutes Around the Blogosphere. You can come back all week and add your own posts or giveaways to the Linky List below. Be sure to check back often, as new links will be added daily. You don’t want to miss out on something fun. Find #Giveaways and Add YOUR #Giveaway Link in Around the Blogosphere at #5MinutesForMom Click To Tweet What’s been going on at 5 Minutes for Mom? 13 Tips to Stay Cool During a HOT Summer Using a Children’s Classic to Connect Refugee Women Every Day Seem Like Laundry Day? Hilarious @WhatsUpMoms and @Tide Can…
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    An Island Life

  • Where To Begin?

    Kailani
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:47 am
    So . . . I guess the Blogoshpere has changed more than I realized since I’ve last been here. I thought I could just pick off where I left off, however, after only a couple of days I already have a million questions about how to resume. I did keep in touch with a couple of my blogging friends and I’d like to keep them as friends so I decided not to bombard them with questions but rather come to all of you instead to get the 411. Here goes . . . BLOG SUBSCRIPTIONS Back in the day I used to use a website called Bloglines to help me keep track of my favorite blogs. Is this still the…
  • Makapu’u Beach Park

    Kailani
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    One of the great things about living in Hawai’i is that you’ll never find a shortage of outdoor things to do. It’s been super hot and humid lately and what’s the best way to cool off? Head to the beach, of course! This time we’re at Makapu’u Beach Park. The great thing about this area is that even if the kids prefer not to swim there are many tide pools to explore. Just make sure the kids have waterproof footwear since the rocks have pretty sharp edges. The currents here can be pretty strong so it’s probably best for older children who are comfortable…
  • Quick Update

    Kailani
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    For those few loyal followers who are still subscribed to my feed . . . SURPRISE! To be honest, I’m surprised that I even remember how to log on to my Dashboard . . . let alone compose an actual post. Quick update: It’s been almost 3 years since the end of my marriage and the girls and I are doing fine. Kacie is now 13 and getting straight A’s in middle school. Kiana is 10 and starting the 4th grade taking Gifted & Talented classes. And Kaila will be entering Kindergarten in August (FINALLY . . . no more preschool tuition). They have all adjusted to their new lives as…
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    Burgh Baby

  • Magic Cake Cups

    burghbaby
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:36 pm
    This is a thing that happened this weekend. But it's not really the point. The point is actually this. These things are related because one is the cause and one is the effect. I made a dinosaur princess cake for a friend's birthday, and in doing so, I ended up with a bowl filled with cake scraps (to make the princess dress, I stacked three 9" round cakes and then trimmed them into the shape of a volcano). I couldn't very well just throw away the cake scraps, so ... effect. It occurred to me that these little cups filled with magic would be a most excellent way to deal with not just cake…
  • Fireworks, Fun, Food, and Friends. An Excellent Fourth.

    burghbaby
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:13 pm
  • The Ghosts of 4th of July Past

    burghbaby
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:11 pm
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Yoga & Hiking

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
    On the trail to Blue Lake, Crazy MountainsKicked off hiking season in high gear this past weekend, and I'm feeling a little badass about it. Hiking is hard. Especially in the mountains. But it's rewards are rich, not the least of which is a huge feeling of accomplishment. Our hike included 9 miles round trip in the remote Crazy Mountains, an altitude gain of over 2,000 feet, and navigating some serious snow fields and tons of rocks. I enjoy not only the physical challenge, but also the psychological one - having those moments of "I can't do this" and then proving myself wrong. And since I'm…
  • Cowgirls vs. Cancer 2015

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:32 pm
    The power of the horse spirit to convey strength, comfort and love is hard to describe. But...perhaps this image will speak of this. - Larry StanleyEvery year I struggle to find the words to describe our Cowgirls vs. Cancer retreat. The women who attend and the experience that unfolds quite simply leave me speechless. It's almost that I feel so many emotions that it's impossible to find adequate language to describe them. I cherish this opportunity to come together with people I am friends with, work with and who I adore and respect to make this retreat happen every year. Watching all the…
  • Soft hands, steady seat: a Yoga Sutra for horseback riding

    18 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Java and me with a Cowgirl Yogini last weekend, screen grab from an upcoming segment on CNN International The last month has been a wonderful whirlwind of horses and yoga: getting ready for our annual Cowgirls vs. Cancer retreat, sharpening my horse and yoga teaching, and here's the big one - learning to trailer my boys by myself. You know that saying, do something that scares you every day? I think I'm covered for the rest of the year. But now I feel empowered, and ready to roll with Dude and Java.Speaking of fear, I've also spent a lot of time with my "challenge" horse, Java. He's a…
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    Mom Knows It All.

  • REVIEW – Power Rangers Super Megaforce: Sky Strike DVD

    Alena
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    The product(s) featured in this post was provided to me 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. Power Rangers Super Megaforce: Sky Strike DVD Release Date: June 9, 2015 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Number of discs: 1 Run Time: 115 minutes Studio: Lions Gate ASIN: B00VE6OXUC Recently released to DVD in June, the Power Rangers are back with an awesome new adventure in Power Rangers Super Megaforce: Sky Strike! Iconic Power Rangers, Troy, Noah, Emma, Jake, and Orion must work together to…
  • REVIEW – Laurel Elliott Jewelry – Love in 28 Languages Bracelet

    valmg
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    The product(s) featured in this post was provided to me 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. How do you say I love you, besides by saying the words I love you? There are many ways, one of which is by giving the one you love a gift. There are times where you want to give a very special gift, one that carries a lasting message. I’m talking about the kind of thing that when the recipient looks at it they feel happy and loved, and they think of you. A special piece of jewelry…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • You Can Get a Career in the Nonprofit Sector

    Cari Mostert
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Picture this: You work in a vibrant industry – the nonprofit sector – improving the quality of life for countless recipients. Each day you and your colleagues face challenges that define the saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” With passion fueling a profound sense of purpose and meaning in your life, even long days won’t dull the enthusiasm. You’ll talk about the work, learn about it, live it; because, true passion becomes a part of you. Increasingly, our work paradigm is shifting. More and more Americans want jobs they can care about, finding fulfillment in…
  • Our 8 Favorite Summer Fundraisers

    Cari Mostert
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    For the charity sector, summer fundraisers that embrace the spirit and the benefits of the season can truly make for incredible summer events. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, nothing spells summer fundraiser success more than passionate people, promoting a praiseworthy cause and having fun while doing it! Take advantage of summer holidays, long weekends, and warm weather – the perfect recipe for great fundraising opportunities! Following are our eight favorite summer fundraisers. Stage them as they are or diversify, combining a food fundraiser with a sporting fundraiser for example. You…
  • 9 Reasons Why Fundraising is Important for Your Nonprofit

    Devon Reeser
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Nonprofits too often look at fundraising only as a means to making money to accomplish their agendas and pay their staff, so much so that they neglect to integrate fundraising into their plan as a whole. Nonprofits that do incorporate fundraising and development into their organizational strategy are the ones that end up being successful, however. Why? Because fundraising makes your organization stronger and eventually high functioning, in the following ways. 1. Fundraising makes nonprofits plan Nonprofits are almost always borne from good ideas from great people, and they almost always…
 
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  • Summer of UMIGO

    Victoria
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    When school finally ended on Friday, I turned off the alarms set on my phone and looked forward to a slower pace for two months. Unfortunately, summer vacation for many children can mean a summer slide for learning. I know what my children have planned for the summer so keeping up come September won’t be an issue but for some kids across the country it will be. That is why UMIGO — a collection of free stories, music videos and games for early elementary age children is such a great resource. It helps children develop the math skills they need for effective reasoning and…
  • Odd Mom Out

    Victoria
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Throughout the winter my favorite local diner was closed pretty much every Tuesday I wanted to have an apricot filled crepe because the cast of Odd Mom Out on Bravo was inside filming. At first I was all “WHYYYY?!” but then when I found out Odd Mom Out was a scripted series based on Jill Kargaman being an Upper East Side mom, I stopped being all cranky. And took a shot of wheatgrass and placenta. (I kid, of course. Because I too am so an Odd Mom Out on the Upper East Side.) The series starts airing tonight and I was given the opportunity to make some Mom-osas and watch the…
  • Honoring Mothers

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

  • Sunshine + Beach Time = Banana Boat ®

    Jenny On the Spot
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    HI FRIENDS! ARE YOU SO HAPPY IT’S SUMMER?! I am so glad to change up the routine, and SO happy the sun is OUT! Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Banana Boat ®. All opinion and facts about how I keep my family protected are mine that have taken years to develop and obsess about. But, […] Sunshine + Beach Time = Banana Boat ® is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Sunshine + Beach Time = Banana Boat ® appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Finding Joy in the Mess – Part 2

    Jenny On the Spot
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    I wrote recently about finding joy in the mess. If you read that post, I am sure the claim will make some sense because, outside of the explanation, the idea that there could be joy found in mess sounds somewhat ridiculous. Joy in mess? PREPOSTEROUS. Wait. We actually found A LOT of joy in THIS […] Finding Joy in the Mess – Part 2 is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Finding Joy in the Mess – Part 2 appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Take It On Tuesday: How To Make A Jam and Gin

    Jenny On the Spot
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    Have you ever heard of a Jam and Gin before? Or Gin and Jam? I hadn’t. But I’m glad I did… because they are pretty good. So without further adieu… How to make a Jam and Gin: How to make a Jam and Gin? It’s super easy, and the ingredient list is short – gin, […] Take It On Tuesday: How To Make A Jam and Gin is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Take It On Tuesday: How To Make A Jam and Gin appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
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    lifefrommylaptop.com

  • Teaching My Children – Life’s Lessons

    Alyssa
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    There are a great number of lessons I want to teach my children throughout their lives.  Depending upon the lesson that I wish to teach her I will likely use a different method of teaching.  For example, when my daughter was younger, she asked repeatedly to learn to tie her shoes.  This is something she had attempted many times but gave up on sometime during the process.  So we finally sat down on the couch as I helped her over and over to do the rabbit ears and slip the loop through and pull.  In this lesson, I had to repeat each step and allow her to practice, praising her along the…
  • Weekend Ramblings

    Alyssa
    13 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    I really enjoy this world online that we call the blogosphere.  I have met so many amazing people and follow and read so many seriously influential blog posts.  Many of the bloggers who I read encourage me, challenge me and even convict me on a regular basis.  I thought I would start something new and share each weekend the posts of the week that I discovered that meant something to me in hopes that they might mean something to you too. This Weekend’s Ramblings Internet Terms and Acronyms Parents MUST Know – As a parent in this century it is important to be a step ahead of your…
  • Tailwind: My Pinterest Scheduler of Choice

    Alyssa
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Do you enjoy using Pinterest?  If you’re a blogger scheduling Pinterest pins to share your blog and other’s blog posts with others can be super beneficiary to you.  Pinterest at this time is my highest traffic driver of all, driving more traffic to my blog daily than any other website.  I believe this is due to my using Pinterest to share my blog posts with others. This would be impossible to do without using a Pinterest scheduling tool.  My tool of choice is Tailwind.  My favorite Tailwind features include: Scheduling from any browser Interval Scheduling Analytics A record…
 
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    La Dolce Vita.....

  • Happy 4th of July Sale Kristen's Custom Creations

    Kristen Andrews
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    Happy Early 4th of July Sale! Enjoy 20% off your entire purchase by entering code RWANDB at check out. Expires 7/5/15 not valid with any other offers or on prior purchases.Shop at Kristen's Custom Creations. 
  • 20% off Sale Kristen's Custom Creations

    Kristen Andrews
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:01 am
    *****Sale**** 20% off any $40 or higher purchase. Enter code SUMMERFUN at check out offer not valid with any other offers or on prior purchases. Expires 6/27/15Shop at Kristen's Custom Creations. 
  • Father's Day Gift Ideas

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

  • Fun in the Sun Picnic with JELL-O

    Stefanie Fauquet
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    This post is sponsored by JELL-O brand. All opinions are my own. We’ve officially made it to summer, and to celebrate I put together a “fun in the sun” themed picnic for my family! You may recall a few weeks back that I posted a mood board for our family get-together. At the time I […] The post Fun in the Sun Picnic with JELL-O appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Keeping A Well-Stocked Cantry

    Stefanie Fauquet
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    This post is brought you by Cans Get You Cooking & Mom It Forward Blogger Network.  All opinions are my own. One of my goals this year was to get more organized. I’m happy to say this is one resolution that has stuck with me, and slowly but surely I’m making my way around the house and getting […] The post Keeping A Well-Stocked Cantry appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • INSIDE OUT Nail Art Tutorial for Beginners

    Stefanie Fauquet
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:06 am
    Like many kids, my daughter is head over heels for Disney-Pixar’s INSIDE OUT. She saw it in theaters in 3D on opening weekend and has been begging to see it again. Thankfully, we have a lot of time on our hands this summer and I’ve already purchased tickets from Fandango for a second showing this week […] The post INSIDE OUT Nail Art Tutorial for Beginners appeared first on Mommy Musings.
 
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    House of Prince

  • Wordless Wednesday: Geocaching Near Cannery Row

    Kim Tracy Prince
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    Photo by Tammilee Tillison Photo by Connie Ott   The post Wordless Wednesday: Geocaching Near Cannery Row appeared first on House of Prince.
  • Fan Mail for Matt Groening

    Kim Tracy Prince
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am
    In the latest of my questionable parenting choices, I have consented to letting my children watch The Simpsons – but only when they are accompanied by an adult. It’s full of unkind language and adult humor that they wouldn’t understand. I mean, if they watch The Simpsons alone at ages 8 and 10, how would they ever see the humor in a Simpsons reference to An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge? After a few months of watching the gazillion episodes from all time, Kyle declared “The old ones are better,” and created this masterpiece, that I have been instructed to mail…
  • Flashback Friday: Happy Birthday to My Dad!

    Kim Tracy Prince
    1 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    This is about my dad, okay? Let’s not focus on the bangs on the ladies in this picture. Happy birthday, Dad! The post Flashback Friday: Happy Birthday to My Dad! appeared first on House of Prince.
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    Momathon Blog

  • Romantic Love Quotes from Movies

    Chris
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm
    What makes us fall in love? The clues may be in some of your favorite movies. My favorite romantic quotes below, including Harry Burns, When Harry Met Sally; Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice; Sam Baldwin, Sleepless in Seattle; Melvin Udall, As Good As It Gets; Mac MacGuff, Juno; and Augustus, The Fault in Our Stars.
  • Weekend Inspiration

    Chris
    30 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Hi friends! How has your week been? Are you doing anything special this weekend? I'll be hiking with my dogs, checking out the farmer's markets, and going to the Colorado Rapids soccer game. Maybe I'll test a a new recipe...
  • Crafts: Make a Valentine Heart Pin

    Chris
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    Looking for a fun craft for Valentine's Day? This heart pin is easy to make. Wear the heart as a pin or attach the heart to a postcard to create a personalized Valentine's Day card. For this craft I use felt as the heart structure and add embellishments using embroidery thread, beads, more felt hearts, sequins, and even recycled jewelry.
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    Love That Max: Special Needs Blog

  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: Holiday weekend special

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    What to do if you're new hereThis is a place to share a recent favorite post you've written, or read. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post. Where it says "Your name" put the name of the blog followed by the title of the post you want to share (or just the name of the post, if there's no room—you get 80 characters).Like this: When it's hard to say no to your kidWhere 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. 
  • Kids With Special Needs Around The World: Hungary

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:40 am
    This is another guest post in the Kids With Special Needs Around The World series. Flóra Torokis mom to David, 4, who has cerebral palsy; Hannah, 10; and Samu, 8. They live in Hungary, in downtown Budapest. In keeping with the country's joint family system, the grandparents live with the family. Torok works for an artist agency, and her husband is a company lawyer for a telecommunication company. She writes the blog Playgrounds For All; stop by and say hi!Hungary is a small country in Central Eastern Europe with 10 million inhabitants. Our capital is Budapest with the river…
  • When it's hard to say no to your kid

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:35 am
    Max wants to eat out on weekends. As in: Every. Single. Meal. He would like to go to the diner for the breakfast and, actually, could we find a new one to try? He would like pasta and cheese for lunch at his favorite local pizza place. And for dinner, sushi! Obviously, we're not endlessly eating out, but we have been going a lot more than we usually do. Or, at least, Dave and Max are because half the time Max prefers to go on some Daddy-Max eating adventure. (Dave is a master of eating adventures.)Max has always enjoyed his food, but this restaurant obsession is fascinating to me. Because he…
 
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    Marinka NYC

  • A Scene in Front of a Fountain

    Marinka
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    A while back, Papa was telling me about an argument that he had with Mama. “We had real scene in front of fountain,” he told me, in Russian, which I am indicating by writing in English but nonetheless leaving out all the articles, so you can feel the Russianness. Let me know how that’s working out for you. “What’s a scene in front of a fountain?” I asked, also in Russian, but as written in English with articles, because I apparently can’t help myself. And Papa explained that in many operatic and theatrical productions, there is a where a young couple…
  • Boyfriends

    Marinka
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    Last week I met my lovely daughter’s handsome boyfriend which is one of those things that I file under “about damn time” since they’ve been dating for over a year which is like a decade in teenage years and who knows how long in dog years, although I suspect it depends on the breed, at least somewhat. Speaking of which, his favorite breed is a husky, which is not mine, so there’s tension already. But he was very nice (and didn’t push the whole husky agenda on me) and we did the whole handshake/nice to meet you thing and then as soon as he left, I asked her…
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    chefdruck.com

  • Salade Nicoise and a French Picnic Brush with Fame

    chefdruck
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    When opportunity knocks, you say yes. No matter what else is going on. Then you juggle things around to make things work. That’s the philosophy I try to embrace, no matter how busy things get. Say yes, worry later. That’s the philosophy that brought me to serve my favorite summer salad, Salade Nicoise, to Black-ish star Anthony Anderson in a sketchy Chicago park two summers ago. During a busy late June day, between camp car pools and swim lessons, I got an email from the producer of Anthony Anderson’s online cooking show. Was I available to have a French picnic with Anthony…
  • Wine Dinners at the Peninsula Chicago: an Invitation to Fall in Love with New Wines

    chefdruck
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    How do you get inspired to try new wine varietals and wine regions? Sometimes a charming sommelier inspires me to take a walk on the wild side. Often it’s my wine loving neighbors, inviting me to stop running around and join them for a glass of wine on their porch. Whatever brings me tot that moment of discovery makes me grateful. There’s nothing like that first sip of delight, that moment that makes you pause, look down, and ask, “What am I drinking? It’s so good.” Last Thursday, I had an entire evening of fall in love wine sip moments during a wine dinner at…
  • Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs: Another Summer Shortcut Recipe

    chefdruck
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    Along the same vein as my slow cooker pulled pork recipe, I have an oven roasted baby back ribs recipe for you today. It’s another cheat, a summer bbq recipe that doesn’t use the grill, and that’s easy to incorporate in the unpredictable days of summer when you’re not sure when you’ll next be running into the house. After a quick rub down with a brown sugar spice mixture, these ribs cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours in a low temperature oven. They will perfume the house with the smell of dinner and your family will be begging you to feed them, instead of looking at you…
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  • Summer must-do: Giffords Circus

    Susanna
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:09 am
      The Sunday Telegraph calls it “the nation’s most glamorous troupe”. I can only describe it a cross between a village green circus, Britain’s Got Talent and Cirque de Soleil. For years, those in the know religiously booked their tickets for Giffords Circus, an intimate, independent circus that mainly entertained those in the Cotswolds. The troupe has widened its […] The post Summer must-do: Giffords Circus appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • West Isle of Wight: What to do and where to stay

    Susanna
    6 Jun 2015 | 5:58 am
      There’s something about going to an Island that is exciting and exotic. The Isle of Wight is just two hours from where we live in the Thames Valley and once you get to the crossing at Lymington in the New Forest (by far the nicer place to catch the ferry) that carefree-leave-everything-behind holiday feeling sets in. A short […] The post West Isle of Wight: What to do and where to stay appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • Family Itinerary: North Norfolk Coast and the Broads

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

    Shera
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:12 am
    Finally, I feel like Summer has begun. Sure, the kids have been out of school and we are having unusually fabulous Summer weather this year, but with everything on my plate it’s hard to feel like we are actually enjoying any sort of summer BREAK. Summer, yes – Break? not so much. So many times [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • First Response’s New & Improved Pregnancy Test #Ad #IC

    Nancy
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Taking a pregnancy test can stir up so many emotions – excitement, fear, hope, joy…  So much is riding on one EMU (early morning urine for those of you who haven’t joined any baby boards ;)) and it is absolutely nerve wracking to wait for the results. While my children are now 7 & 5 [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You Are Beautiful

    Shera
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    As moms we are forever trying to find that balance between fine tuning our children – their attitude, opinion, character, hygiene, etc – and encouraging them and creating a balanced self-worth and self-esteem. It’s a tricky thing, but at the top of the list for most of the moms I talk to, especially moms of [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How To Create A Welcoming Entry

    Kristi Blok
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:30 pm
    We all know that the exterior of your home when maintained really creates a welcoming atmosphere but as your friends, family and guests enter your home that inviting feeling should also transfer into the entry. Also if you are staging your home for the real estate market, you will want that inviting feeling as soon as buyers walk in!  Make that first impression from the curb last and carry through to the inside of the home. The entry is a key space in any home - you walk through it everyday!  It isn't a complete room like a living room or bedroom but it does play an important role.  It is…
  • 5 Easy Things To Do Before Showing Your Home

    Kristi Blok
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    It is selling season and if you are selling your home you know how busy this time of year is!  Lost of Showings, Previews and Open Houses - exposure is key when selling your home!  But a last minute showing can be tricky!  Of course, you want your home to be seen but at the same time your home may not be up to par!  What do to? During the week, we suggest a cleaning routine :including vacuuming as often as you can (at least the highest traffic areas, like a family room for instance), putting away clothes after each wearing (either in a hamper or back in the closet or dresser) to keep…
  • Banish Dark Circles & Fight the signs of aging with Michael Todd's Eye Eraser Duo:

    Christina Dozier
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    MEET THE POWERFUL COMBO OF HALOXYL, EYELISS, & MATRIXYL: There's a powerful combination out there that really can make a world of difference when it comes to the skincare world! Want to reduce puffiness, dark circles, and combat  the signs aging- even reducing them?!- this awesome combo of ingredients is an excellent place to start! Haloxyl is a compound that aids in activating the elimination of blood pigments that are responsible for dark circles [color] around the eyes, in addition to inflammation reduction pf the under eye area. In a clinical study, there was a significant decrease…
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  • A FOURTH OF JULY MANICURE

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:17 pm
    It was time for my son to have his Mercedes-Benz serviced and invited me to take advantage of Mercedes-Benz of Burlington's complimentary manicure, "while you wait, have your nails done."A few months ago I had the pleasure of that experience and didn't hesitate to say, "yes."When I walked into the salon I noticed very attractive and clever red, white and blue decorations.The manicurist explained that the colors were chosen in recognition  of the upcoming holiday.In keeping with the theme of the holiday she suggested I choose from a shade of blue- light blue, medium or deep blue!
  • Sharing Yiddish at Brooksby Village Over Dinner with Friends

    5 Jun 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Here at Brooksby Village there are many residents that lead groups on a variety of subjects.For example there's Calligraphy, Art, a Writers group, a book club, foreign films, a knitting group and even a Style Workshop. Whatever your interest is, you'll find it here!I'm not through yet, there's a Spanish Conversation Group, a French Conversation Group, and for the past year there is a Yiddish Conversation Group dinner which I lead.I stress the fact that I am not a teacher. I'm there to encourage the people to speak Yiddish, even if it's half English and half Yiddish, it gets the mind…
  • PART TWO: THE MAD MEN AFFAIR

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Last time I wrote about Mad Men I was disenchanted with the show. I didn't like the turn of events, and the way the characters had aged. Every thing and everyone was going downhill, especially Don Draper.When I look back at my thoughts then, and how I feel now, it's like when a person is caught up in a relationship, and they see only what they want to see, and go along with whatever is happening because they care for the person.It's hard to let go! You try but you just can't do it. Well, that's me.I can't let go!There are only a few episodes left. I have to see how Matthew Weiner will put…
 
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  •  Kids are Funny, I Tell Ya!

    fixitmommy
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:08 am
    So, the Girl Scout troop end of year fun is at our house this weekend. That means we are in serious cleaning mode. All the piles of junk need to be sorted, trashed, recycled, re-homed or put away. The girls were both diligently working on their rooms while I tackled the kitchen. I freely admit, I don’t like to clean. I am a surface cleaner from the word go. No shame, I know my issues. As such I am often like the kids, and get distracted. I cannot just clean for 3 hours straight. I clean a little, then stop to work on the dishes or the laundry or something else. So I was getting bored with…
  • Not Your Typical Kid

    fixitmommy
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    So I am well aware that my kids are not typical kids. And I am cool with that. Last night, my fabulous 25yo niece called and asked me what our plans were for today (Saturday). I told her we were going to Robot Day at the Central Library. She was silent for a second and then started giggling and said, “Why are your kids so weird? Can’t they have a softball game or something like that?” I laughed it off and told her I was okay with weird kids. Cause really I am! So we rode the trolley downtown today to attend Robot Day. The Big One competed in a First LEGO League robotics competition last…
  • There is ALWAYS Something

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

    Mom Spark
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Sometimes it amazes me to think how much technology has changed in the last ten years. Can you remember what your cell phone looked like in 2005? It was probably pretty basic — a clamshell or flip-phone, or a clunky rectangle that really only worked for phone calls since the texting revolution hadn’t yet arrived. There were no apps, just a basic game or two built into the interface. My teen today would LAUGH at the sight of me using my early 2000s phone — maybe he wouldn’t even be sure what it was!Now it’s 2015, our phones have shrunk and expanded, they’ve slimmed,…
  • 75+ Ways To Use Essential Oils This Summer!

    Desiree Fawn
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:54 pm
    If you’ve found your way to this post, you may already be head over heels in LOVE with you essential oils collection… or perhaps you ordered a Young Living kit a while back and you just haven’t had the chance to dig in yet! Either way, summertime is a GREAT time to use your essential oils each and every single day! Today I’ve put together a collection of 75+ ways you can use essential oils this season and I have a feeling you’re going to find something you can’t WAIT to try! Keep reading and feel free to pin your favourite ideas!10 Natural Bug Repellent SolutionsEssential Oil…
  • Homemade Iced Latte

    Alison Lewis
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:36 pm
    One of the dilemmas that coffee-lovers face have during the summertime months is that nice cup of steaming hot mug ‘o joe. IT’S. JUST. TOO. HOT.Well, we have a solution to this problem and it’s so delicious that you may just turn to this icy java during this wintertime, too. Iced lattes that you can make from your very own kitchen! Homemade Iced LatteYield: 4 servingsPrep Time:5 minutesIngredients:1/2 cup ground coffee22/3 cups filtered waterIce4 tablespoons vanilla or your favorite flavored liquid coffee creamerSweetener, optionalWhipped cream, cinnamon,…
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  • Poshmark | Workplace Fashions | How to Familiarize Yourself With Current Trends

    Cindi Moomettes
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Are you preparing to start a fresh career or do you just like to always look stylish and cutting-edge for work? If you do, you perhaps may be fascinated in following up with the most current workplace fashions. Discover Poshmark, the latest site to shop current trends.Poshmark | Workplace Fashions | How to Familiarize Yourself With Current Trends is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Promote Pictures | Twitter App | Tips for Ecommerce Marketing

    Cindi Moomettes
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:27 pm
    As a long-time online seller on ebay and Etys, I've discovered the best Twitter app for online sellers. This app features and tweets a Picture Collage to help showcase your products to potential customers and Drive more clicks and sales!Promote Pictures | Twitter App | Tips for Ecommerce Marketing is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • 5 Reasons Twitter is a Powerful Marketing Tool

    Cindi Moomettes
    14 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
      Are you looking for more traffic to your Blog, online e-Store or eBay Store?  Have you jumped on the Twitter bandwagon yet? If not, read on! This Baby Boomer tries to stay ahead of the curve on all the latest technology!  Here’s why I think it’s great for WAHMs to use to promote your ...5 Reasons Twitter is a Powerful Marketing Tool is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
 
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  • Song of the Month: Good Enough

    Selie
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I am definitely a late fan of Empire, one of Fox’s hottest shows this season. I just couldn’t dedicate an hour to another show this season. So after ALL the season finale’s were over, my husband turned on the first episode of Empire and from that point on we were hooked. I mean binge watching hooked. We literally wrapped up an entire season in a week. My favorite part of the show is the music, which is why I’m making Good Enough the song of the month. The post Song of the Month: Good Enough appeared first on Bizzie Living.
  • Dance, dance and more dance

    Selie
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:40 pm
    This is our first year in competition dance and it has been fun, exhausting, taxing and pretty cool at the same time. I love watching dancers do there thing and especially love watching my daughter on stage. But getting up to get ready at 5am almost every weekend is exhausting, especially when you end up being at the competition all day! I learned two things since starting dance competitions. 1) A bedazzle thing is way easier to use then a glue gun when attaching rhinestones to costumes and 2) Never ever scream so loud that it scares your poor dancer on stage and they blank out and run off…
  • Some People Look for Beautiful

    Selie
    4 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The post Some People Look for Beautiful appeared first on Bizzie Living.
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  • LEGO Apple Watch Docking Station

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    I've had my Apple Watch for about 7 weeks now and I LOVE IT!  I love being able to see so much information in a glance and I haven't gotten lost once since my watch taps me on the wrist when it's time to turn.My watch gets lots of attention, but the most awkward demo I did was during my gynecological exam. My doctor was really interested in the watch and asked me a bunch of questions while I was in the stirrups. I laughed all the way home!One of my favorite things to do with my watch is send my heartbeat to my husband and two friends that also have watches. I have one question about my…
  • Mother Funders

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:24 pm
    You probably thought I quit huh? Nah...I was just busy.  In April, I agreed to remain as President of the PTA for a third year.  It wasn't a hard decision to make because I love what I do for the kids, families and teachers at my school.  Word on the street is that I'm doing a great job so I might as well keep doing it.  Plus, then I don't have to get a real job.This exciting news brings me to the topic at hand.  The new Bravo show called Mother Funders.I've watched two episodes now and I'm flabbergasted.  I'd love to know if this is a real PTO at a real school…
  • Snow Day

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    I will never ever get tired of that lovely phone call at 5:35am.That phone call from the Superintendent of Jeffco School District telling me that school has been cancelled because the snow that fell overnight makes getting to school dangerous.God Bless you Dan McMinimee!I get another day with my kids that are growing so fast I can't keep up!
 
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  • Poshmark | Workplace Fashions | How to Familiarize Yourself With Current Trends

    Cindi Moomettes
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Are you preparing to start a fresh career or do you just like to always look stylish and cutting-edge for work? If you do, you perhaps may be fascinated in following up with the most current workplace fashions. Discover Poshmark, the latest site to shop current trends.Poshmark | Workplace Fashions | How to Familiarize Yourself With Current Trends is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Promote Pictures | Twitter App | Tips for Ecommerce Marketing

    Cindi Moomettes
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:27 pm
    As a long-time online seller on ebay and Etys, I've discovered the best Twitter app for online sellers. This app features and tweets a Picture Collage to help showcase your products to potential customers and Drive more clicks and sales!Promote Pictures | Twitter App | Tips for Ecommerce Marketing is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • 5 Reasons Twitter is a Powerful Marketing Tool

    Cindi Moomettes
    14 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
      Are you looking for more traffic to your Blog, online e-Store or eBay Store?  Have you jumped on the Twitter bandwagon yet? If not, read on! This Baby Boomer tries to stay ahead of the curve on all the latest technology!  Here’s why I think it’s great for WAHMs to use to promote your ...5 Reasons Twitter is a Powerful Marketing Tool is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
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  • Beyond The Ashes By Karen Barnett | Book Review

    Jendi
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    Beyond the Ashes is a continuation of The Golden Gate Chronicles; and while it will make sense as a stand alone book, I highly recommend that you read the first in the series before this one. It makes this one more enjoyable. I actually liked this one better than Out of the Ruins: The Golden Gate Chronicles – Book 1. There are so many heart wrenching things that happen in the first one due to her sister’s illness and the fire. This story is after the fire during the rebuilding of San Francisco in 1906. Ruby, the heroine, has lost her first husband and is weary of her life in her…
  • The Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr | Book Review

    Jendi
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:10 am
    As soon as I started reading I knew that Delia Parr had stuck to her normal style for The Midwife’s Tale (At Home in Trinity Book #1) and it would not be a cliche story. Her stories seem more like a biography and more true to what would actually happen than a cute guy/girl meet etc. etc. The heroine is the midwife Martha Cade and the story starts right in the middle of a birth. The author obviously researched historical midwifery. Reading about what they did was interesting. Then the author pulled in the conflict between doctors and midwifes and made it even more interesting. Overall,…
  • London Tides By Carla Laureano | Book Review

    Jendi
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    This is the first Carla Laureano book I’ve read, but not the first she’s written. London Tides is the second of the MacDonald trilogy. I could tell that there was a previous story since the people continue as supporting characters in this book, but London Tides works as a stand alone book. The heroine, Grace Brennan, is a complex character that has been through a lot of tragedy in her life. Some of it was because of her own choice to be a war photographer, but no matter why, she has had a rough life and has a lot to deal with. Her physical location and job has changed, and she…
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  • Travel Channel’s Big Crazy Family Adventure

    Shannan Powell
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions belong to Shannan Powell, mom of 3 boys, RM Media community and project manager, and Resourceful Mommy contributor. I love traveling with my family and almost as much as I love the adventure of travel, I love the excitement of planning our trips. It becomes a bit of a personal challenge to find the fastest route and choose the best itinerary to cram the most experiences possible into the precious few days we get to spend on vacation. Sticking to the plan has always been crucial in my book, for fear we might miss out on something important.
  • Love. Just Love.

    Amy
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:47 pm
    *deep breath* I am a Christian, a follower of Jesus, a believer of grace through Jesus’s crucifixion on the cross. I believe that I am asked to love people and hate the sin in myself. I believe in the separation of church and state, a construct that protects my rights to worship and live as I choose, a freedom I take very seriously despite the fact that the majority of people in this country believe similarly to me. I believe in social justice, equal rights for all people. All people. All of them. I believe that religion historically and in the present has done nearly as much to drive…
  • From Messy to Joyful

    Amy
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Life can be messy. Just this morning I had a conversation with another mom about those long days and sleepless nights of diapering. Apparently the average baby goes through over three hundred diapers in one month of life, and I added that I’m sure my son went through far more than that. Forcing us back to the diaper changing station seemed to be his sole purpose in life. Now that fussy little baby is a nine year old who not only makes fewer messes, but is actually incredibly helpful around the house, cleaning up quite a few messes that he’s not even made. We survived perhaps the…
 
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  • What’s causing your wet basement?

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: What’s causing your wet basement? This is a sponsored post. If your home has a basement, there’s a very good chance that at one time or another, you will experience the unwelcome phenomenon known as a wet basement. A wet basement can be the bane of any homeowner’s existence, as it can lead to water damage to your home’s structure […]        
  • Conscientious Couponing – Avoiding Coupon Scams

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Conscientious Couponing – Avoiding Coupon Scams   by Clinton Wilson Frugality made a big comeback when the Great Recession began in early 2008. Trundling through this sluggish recovery, a significant number of Americans are counting on online coupons to bring them discounts on everything from groceries to vacations, electronics, and even high fashion. An estimated 63% of shoppers search for online […]        
  • 5 Unique DIY Gift Ideas for Mothers

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 5 Unique DIY Gift Ideas for Mothers As kids, we were never hesitant to give our mothers a handmade card or art project. No matter what the gift looked like, our mothers would gawk over it and make us feel like we were a brilliant and talented artist. Somewhere along the way, with the influence of materialism and our busy schedules, DIY […]        
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • Fourth of July Restaurant Deals and Freebies

    HipMamasPlace
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
      To celebrate Independence Day,  some restaurants are offering awesome deals and freebies!  Check if any of these are near you – great way to save if you and your family are planning on dining out to celebrate July 4th! Bob Evans: From July 3rd through July 5th,  snag a second entree at half off with the purchase of an adult entree of equal or greater value and two drinks! Boston Market:  Make a purchase between June 28th and July 3rd and you’ll receive a special Saturday receipt coupon for a Buy 1 Individual Meal and a Drink, get one Individual Meal FREE! Offer is valid…
  • Enjoy Your Day Without Holding Back with Always Discreet! #PeeHappens

    HipMamasPlace
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    “I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Always Discreet. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” Since having two kids, my body has gone through so many changes.  One of them (just recently) is developing of a bit of a sensitive bladder. I know, right? Well, I guess it does happen as we age, and it’s not something to be embarrassed about. Like the other night, my husband and I were watching a really hilarious movie and at one moment, I laughed so hard that the unexpected trickle…
  • Free Small Slurpee at 7-Eleven on July 11th + Freebies All Week from July 12-18

    HipMamasPlace
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
      7-Eleven is hosting 7RewardsWeek – a week-long celebration full of sweet deals and freebies for their fans! And if you love Slurpee, they’re kicking off the celebration with a FREE SMALL SLURPEE on Saturday, July 11, from 11am – 7pm! Then, from July 12-18, you also get a 7-SELECT FREEBIE every time you buy a Coffee, Chillers® Iced Coffee, Slurpee, or Big Gulp® and scan your 7-Eleven app. Buy any cup, scan the 7-Eleven app and get a FREE 7-Select food or drink under $2. At participating stores, while supplies last. More details about this promo here. The post Free Small…
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  • Depression sucks

    Tina
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Seriously. I don't like this feeling. I rarely feel like this, and I imagine it's brought on by that time of the month, so it should be temporary. But I just do not do well with this icky feeling. I am starting to really get an idea how hard it must be to be someone who deals with these emotions daily. It's horrible!! I just want to feel happy again...to feel normal again. I need a change. Need
  • My husband the creative singer

    Tina
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:01 pm
    My husband is trying to sing Walk Like an Egyptian...Adam: "All the elves in the lookout tower"Me: what???Adam: I don't know the words but I want to sing. I have music in my heart.Me: okkkk
  • Apparently I'm not a good parent

    Tina
    21 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Maeven was being goofy, pretending to be stuck under Tyr's mattress on the floor...saying "HEEEEELP....Mom, help!" I was texting a friend and ignoring her temporarily...knowing she wasn't actually stuck...so Maeven says: "Heeeeelp....Mom, heeeeeeeelp. You'renotaverygoodparent" (as a sort of aside)...then..."Heeeeeeeeelp". Lol. Dork. I'm surrounded by dorks.
 
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  • July 4th up your Magnum Bars (and contest!)

    trisha haas
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    You likely do not need another reason to celebrate this weekend, but I am going to give you one anyway! This summer, Kroger and Magnum want you to indulge in an international love connection – with Belgian Chocolate. After all, Magnum is the only ice cream bar that’s made with real Belgian chocolate. It’s time to […]
  • Create Burn Free Sparklers for Toddlers!

    trisha haas
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 36% of Sparkler injuries happen on hands and fingers and at least 50% of ALL injuries are burns. Obviously. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers, while fun, are pretty dangerous for kids. I know even I get […]
  • Red, White, and Blue Deviled Eggs

    trisha haas
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Sponsored post by Lunchbox “Mom, may I help you?” This is a pretty common statement in my home and with two kids, I never lack for an extra set of hands in the kitchen. But one thing neither of my kids do super well is basically anything out of a jar. If it takes a […]
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  • Is Women’s Health Important to You? Join Prestige’s Exclusive Online Community

    Donna Chaffins
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Are you planning on starting a family or already running one? Though we know our children come first, it’s also critical we still look after ourselves when it comes to women’s health.  It’s so easy for us to take that “put everyone else first” mentality, especially if you are a mom… sometimes I think it’s ingrained in us. Thankfully nowadays, we know that we HAVE to take care of ourselves. If we are not at our best, how can we give our best to others? If…
  • Create a Personal Yearbook, Turn a Photo Book into a Memory Book

    Donna Chaffins
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    I have so many childhood memories that I think so fondly of, like my first best friend, my first crush, my favorite teacher, when I won my class spelling bee, and I could go on and on. The one thing they all have in common is… school. So much of our early lives revolves around school. This is the reason yearbooks are so important, so special. Yet for most kids, the yearbook can only show very small snippets of a school year. I love that Shutterfly makes it possible to create a more individualized yearbook for each and every child by letting you turn a photo book into a memory book. A…
  • How To Do a Faux Bob – Get a Short Hair Look Without Cutting Your Long Hair #StyleItYourself

    Donna Chaffins
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    I have always had long hair. I’ve had my hair right at my shoulders a couple of times when I was younger, but my whole life my hair has been long. I’ve entertained the idea of cutting it many times, but always chicken out. Besides, my husband loves my hair… he’s told me that he didn’t care if it was straight or curly, or black, red, or purple, but he would prefer I kept it long. He really doesn’t ask for much, so he loves my long hair, I won’t cut it. However, this doesn’t keep me from wondering what it would be like to have short…
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  • Caress Forever Collection

    Tayelor Kennedy
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Why shouldn’t your body wash have the same touch-activation as your mobile device?  Thanks to Unilever’s latest personal care concept — now it does.  The Caress Forever Collection of body washes features the world’s first fragrance touch technology, which releases bursts of perfume with every touch of skin for up to 12 hours after a shower. “Fragrance is emotion brought to Life. The Caress Forever Collection evokes love, passion, sensuality, and elegance.” – Loc Dong ABOUT OUR CARESS MASTER PERFUMER...
  • Summer Skincare Tips from Jan Marini

    Tayelor Kennedy
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
      Jan Marini, CEO of Jan Marini Skin Research, is a pioneer in the professional        skincare arena. She has more than three decades of experience researching and developing new and innovative skincare technologies.  Below are three of her top beauty tips to help keep skin protected and youthful during the summer months.                  Protect Your Hair   Sun exposure breaks down the Disulfide bonds in hair, causing color fading (think of that $200 color service), brittleness and breakage. Remember,...
  • Father’s Day gift ideas – LAB SERIES Skincare For Men

    Tayelor Kennedy
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:42 am
    LAB SERIES. HIGH TECH. HIGH PERFORMANCE. SKINCARE FOR MEN. ONLY.™ Lab Series Skincare for Men was first introduced by The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. in 1987.  For over 25 years, the brand’s elite team of scientists, researchers and skincare specialists use modern technology, advanced ingredients and the latest research on men’s physiological and lifestyle needs to develop products with proven results. LAB SERIES Skincare for Men has long understood that men require products formulated specifically for them. For decades, men...
 
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  • Baby’s First Tub Bath

    author
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:19 am
    Bathing a baby can absolutely fill a new parent with so much excitement and at the same time anxiety. Of course, you are still not comfortable carrying this little delicate creature, and it kind of feels awkward for you getting her in and out of the little bathtub. Surely your baby will be likely to be loud and annoying during her first real bath because she is still not used to it, and it adds stress to your mind. Nevertheless, it won’t be too long until bath time is one of the happiest and favorite routines of your baby. She’ll be so excited once she hears a water running, and surely…
  • 5 Tips When Using An Organic Baby Formula

    author
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    Organic baby formula is the best option for you if in case you are not able to breastfeed your little one. When you choose organic baby formula over the normal ones, your baby will have many benefits such as: (1) you will avoid growth hormones; (2) not a hint of antibiotics, pesticides, and fertilizers; (3) and lastly, there’s no possible steroids in your baby’s formula. Some people still prefer to use the non-organic baby formula – either which, it is still a good idea to become familiar and gain knowledge with the best and healthiest choice for your baby. Just to be prepared in case…
  • Morning Bath vs. Evening Bath

    author
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    It’s not necessary to know which is better for your baby – either morning or evening bath. All babies must take a bath at least twice a day. It is still up to you as a parent on how often you bathe your baby. Some babies love being in the water or taking a bath, some maybe not. However, if you have a newborn, bathing your baby two to three times a week is enough already to keep him clean and healthy. Furthermore, keep in mind that tap water can dry out and maybe damage your baby’s skin as their skin is very delicate and sensitive. When washing: Always remember to wash your baby’s face…
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    Meal Makeover Moms Kitchen

  • Summer Side Dish: Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Tabbouleh

    Liz
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:27 am
    This gluten-free, vegan tabbouleh is made with cauliflower “rice” instead of the usual bulgur wheat and luscious cubes of roasted sweet potatoes. It’s perfect for family picnics and summer camp lunches.Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Tabbouleh is #vegan #GlutenFree and delicious! #nutrition #SideDishClick To TweetParsley and mint add a bright, fresh flavor to this simple side dish.Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, an immune booster, as well as fiber and they contain vitamin C, antioxidants, and are low in calories. I love to roast them to bring out their natural…
  • Purple Power Smoothie Bowl + The Heart-Healthy Power of Purple Grape Juice {Podcast Episode #270}

    Meal Makeover Moms
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:46 pm
    This Purple Power Smoothie Bowl is chock full of heart-healthy ingredients. We made it with 100% grape juice—which thanks to the Concord grapes, supports a healthy heart—as well as banana, Greek yogurt, frozen fruit, baby spinach and chia seeds. Serve with a variety of nutritious toppers for a colorful bowl of goodness for your family.Disclosure: We created this recipe for Welch’s and were compensated for the recipe and social media outreach. All opinions are solely our own.We’re all for food trends, especially when those trends have the potential for bringing a BIG…
  • Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Bowls + How to Make a Smoothie Bowl

    Meal Makeover Moms
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:12 pm
    When you blend together frozen banana, soymilk, cocoa powder, chia seeds, and peanut butter, what you get is a rich, nutritious, and satisfying smoothie bowl with an impressive 10 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber. Try this Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Bowl for your family’s next breakfast or snack.Smoothie bowls come in various colors (purple, green, orange, yellow, chocolate brown) and flavors but their texture is always the same: thicker than a drinkable smoothie but thinner than pudding. They’re meant to be devoured with a spoon, and the topping options are endless…
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    Go Grow Go!

  • 5 Ways to Keep Childhood Summer Simple

    Felicia
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Here we are at mid-summer and I can’t believe just how quickly it is flying past.  Because I don’t want to miss the moments, I’ve teamed up with Pringles® in order to bring you a post about bringing people together and enjoying the little things this summer.  The older the boys get, the more I realize that we don’t have time for all of the details all of the time.  We have to live in the moment and keep it simple.  Much of what we do involves family, fun, being active and music.  Here are 5 ways to keep childhood summer simple this year: 1. Take a Walk.  If you…
  • 5 Netflix Movies for Kids to Watch on the Road This Summer

    Felicia
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Summer road trips are in our near future.  For those of you who have kids and are looking at long road trips, make sure to check out these 5 Netflix Movies for Kids.  If you have the Netflix app on your smartphone (and don’t mind sharing) you have entertainment to go! Care Bears.  There are 50 episodes to choose from and even our boys love them.  I remember loving watching the show myself when I was a little girl. Wild Kratts.  There are 45 episodes of this famous PBS program.  The boys absolutely love this show.  I love that it is educational. Curious George.  I have found…
  • Better For You Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

    Felicia
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Being at home with the boys during the summer means finding new ways to have fun and new ways to do summer snacking.  I’m not sure if you are like us, but we generally just snack all day instead of eating big meals during the summer.  We also enjoy our fair share of ice cream and popsicles.  Because of all of the snacking, I try to find new ways to make it just a little healthier here and there.  Something I started doing a few years back are these simple and yummy yogurt cookie sandwiches!  So, today I am sharing with you our Better For You Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe! First of…
 
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    ROCK AND DROOL

  • FanFic Chapter 2

    melissa
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    I’ve decided this isn’t necessarily fanfic for a particular band. It could be any band, whichever one the reader loved or loves. Many of us harbored secret fantasies about meeting the band member of our desire and an instattraction was formed to the point where we’d ride off into the proverbial sunset. So, this is for that. If you haven’t yet read Chapter One, you can find it here. Chapter Two: His Side Fans are a funny bunch, they either throw themselves on you or play nonchalant while stalking you with their body language. It can be an unnerving situation to be on…
  • An Attempt At FanFic…kinda about Duran Duran (Kinda). Pt. 1

    melissa
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:54 am
      My kids told me they were going to run away from home if I did FanFic for Duran Duran. So, I’m helping them pack their bags, right now. Hey..I have a trilogy that was given to me. It’s fanfic based on One Direction. And, yes..it’s really well written. I figured why not. With Duran Duran’s new album, Paper Gods, coming out in the Fall and all..it’s a perfect time. When I was in high school, I started a story that involved my friend who loved Bryan Adams and me, who loved Duran Duran. I wrote about how we met our faves and..well..you know how that stuff…
  • Maintaining Pools Just Got Easier With pHin

    melissa
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    We had a checklist when we were searching for a house. Circle drive. Corner lot. Enough rooms and bathrooms to accommodate 5 kids and two adults. And, high priority..a pool. We desperately wanted a house with a pool. 11 years ago, this June, we moved into our house. Every single item on our list had a little check next to it. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, corner lot, circle drive and, most importantly, a backyard with an in-ground pool. Since neither of us had ever lived in a house that had a pool, we had no clue what to expect aside from great summer BBQ’s and pool parties. My husband and I…
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    harassedmom.co.za

  • 5 Reasons Why My Kids Do Chores

    Laura-Kim
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Our dishwasher broke last week. I came home last week Thursday to a flooded laundry. The next day the children went on leave. We only had it fixed yesterday. So in case you didn’t get it – we had no dishwasher for a week, 4 kids were on leave AND Jane was off on Wednesday. In case you STILL aren’t getting it – there were 4 kids (plus myself and David) at home for 50 something meals using enough crockery and cutlery to stock Boardmans! AND THE DISHWASHER WAS BROKEN! Got it? Ok good. My children have to pack and unpack the dishwasher daily on alternate days so despite…
  • Quick and Easy Lunches with Simply Chicken

    Laura-Kim
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    Afternoons in our house are my busiest times. From 13h00 I head out for school pick ups and am often only home after 16h00. On the days Jane doesn’t come, Emma has to come with me and the time in the car does test her patience levels. There are also days where she wakes up from her nap as I need to leave, which means lunch is often on the go or has to be prepared quickly. Simply Chicken has a range of products that caters for both of these types of meals. They have the Simply Chicken Viennas, which probably are the quickest and easiest meal for kids that there is, and there are few kids…
  • {Giveaway} Soil Voucher

    Laura-Kim
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    For the longest time I have been searching for scented candles that will make my house smell divine. I have yet to find one that actually smells like it says it does and actually does waft through my house and doesn’t just make the 3cm radius it is burning in smell. I had all by given up but then I received a voucher from Soil to buy some of their products to try out. Browsing their online store I discovered soya wax melts so I added them to my basket immediately together with some citronella oil, preparation for Spring and all the baby mozzie and a burner. It arrived 3 days after placing…
 
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    daysgoby

  • Wow, all the babies have grown up.

    Jess
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:52 pm
  • Beneath the waves

    Jess
    22 Sep 2013 | 7:01 am
    Porter caught me to him as soon as the door closed behind her, and I went, shuddering, into his arms.  "That was terrible, Katie. Are you okay?"I took a deep breath of his scent, searching my heart. Was I okay? Sad, yes. Heartbroken for how sorrowful my mother must have been. Chagrined by her life had gone from a cheerful, happy existence to a black and grey shroud of depression.  But okay? "I think so.""It's good to know that she didn't walk away from us." I told Porters shirt front. "And horr-" my voice broke, and I took a big gulp. "Horrible to know that she couldn't."He murmured…
  • Mama's jacket

    Jess
    23 Jun 2013 | 9:49 am
    There was a hush, then the guys leaned forward, reinvested in the conversation and focused in on my unhappy aunt."Well?"She let out a furious huff of breath. "Katherine, I have been over and over this - why do I have to tell you this again? I - "I cut in. "Because, Aunt Maud, I want to know. Where is my mother's coat?"Her eyes blazed.  "I did the best I could, Katherine Alice. I did the best thing I could think of for you, and your brother. I did the best I could. Why are you digging this up now? Let the dead lie."Maud! Just tell me. What happened to her coat? I grew up hearing all the…
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    Maryland Mommy

  • Free Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops

    Erin McAllister
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    FREE Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops from June 27-July 26. Free Catch & Release pond with photo downloadFree Shooting ArcadeFree Casting ChallengeFree BB Shooting RangeFree CraftsFree Workshops (archery, bird watching, fishing, camping, kayaking and more!)Free lanyard and free pin for each completed workshopCheck your local store or this link for more information!
  • Build a Minions Scooter at Home Depot Kids Workshop July 4th

    Erin McAllister
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Build a Minions Scooter at your local Home Depot Kids Workshop July 4th at 9am!For more information and to register visit: http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops
  • Music Monday: Foo Fighters- Rope

    Erin McAllister
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Music Monday: Foo Fighters- Rope
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    Alpha Mom

  • I Am Moved

    Kristen Chase
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    I moved this past weekend. Or really, past couple of weeks. My idea of starting my new lease two weeks before my old one ended was really a brilliant idea pat pat but that also meant two weeks of transporting and cleaning and unpacking and that’s not generally the way I work. Let’s just say I wrote my Master’s thesis in one extremely long 12-hour day. But it’s done. Well, mostly anyway, because there are four kids involved in a smaller but way cooler space. I was pretty emotional leaving my old home, not necessarily because I’d miss the actual house. As…
  • Want To Connect With One Of Your Kids? Try Focusing on Their Passion.

    Kelcey Kintner
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    If you have a preteen (otherwise known as a tween), you may be in for quite a ride. My tween daughter (age 10) actually made me cry last week. And I am not the crier in this family. My husband is the one blubbering away at sentimental car commercials. It takes a lot to make me weepy. And well, she did it. She broke me. The day started with her outrage (yes, outrage) that she had to leave the house shortly after waking up. Because as she put it, she needed time to “relax.” After 10 hours of sleep, she had an intense need for relaxation. Then came a stop at the grocery store where…
  • Easy DIY Geometric Art for Patriotic Holidays!

    Brenda Ponnay
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    Does your house need some sprucing up for summer? Maybe some patriotic decor would be timely for that BBQ party you’ve got planned for the July 4th weekend?  How about a fun art project that involves the whole family AND looks great? You might even find yourself leaving it up all year around! Here is what you’ll need for this super simple project: 4 or more gallery-style (not flat) square canvases in whatever size you like (Ours are 4×4 inches) gold spray paint** acrylic paint in patriotic colors* painters tape scissors paintbrushes First, you’ll need to prep your…
 
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    Crunchy Green Mom

  • Hitting the beats - Father's Day gift Surprise

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    My husband works in a smaller office, I think a total of 10 people work in the office, however rarely are there more than 5 in the office at the same time. So when he sits down to put out bids and/or do a lot of computer work, he puts in his headphones, turns on his Bluetooth and listens to his music until the is done. His other headphones are large, bulky and not very streamlined. He also
  • Cell phone Battery Drama- AT&T IFrogz

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    I need to find a way to make batteries for cell phones last forever. I'd never have to work again. Until then, I am always searching for new ways to make my cell phone last through the day. My day doesn't end after 8 hours at work, I get home, grab 1-3 of my kids and we are off again at sports, activities, play dates, dinner plans, etc. If I want to keep up with my friends and my husband,
  • The Royal Gorge - Recovering from 2013 Fire season

    15 Jun 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Old, new attractions await visitors  During the 2013 fire the historic Royal Gorge Bridge, affectionately known as "America's Bridge," suffered minimal damage. The venerable bridge remains the most well-known and loved attraction in the park. Complementing the bridge's man-made splendor is the area's history, geology and the breathtaking views and scenic vistas. The crisp air and
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    The Ohana Mama

  • Giveaway! Starfish Aloha Summer Prize Pack

    Sarah Burns
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:36 pm
    It’s summertime! Bust out the popsicles, the lemonade, the beachy days and sandy toes and top it all off with a Starfish Aloha hat, tank and notecards to be complete! To kick off summer, I’ve partnered with Starfish Aloha, a locally run, mom-created brand on a super summer prize pack, just for YOU! I’m in love with this brand not only because it evokes the love for the ocean that runs through my veins but also because the mama behind the brand is a dear friend, one I met online before moving to Maui. She and I found each other on an online mom’s group – we were…
  • Easter on Maui

    Sarah Burns
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    We’ve had some pretty amazing Easters here on Maui. One year we went to the beach and stumbled upon an egg hunt happening at Baby Beach in Lahaina. A few neighbors roped off an area of the beach and then came around to all the families inviting all the kieki to join the egg hunt. The kids grabbed anything that could hold the eggs (sand castle buckets, my beach bag or my husband’s hat) and then all the kids of the beach stopped what they were doing and ran after the eggs, clad in bikinis with sand in their wet hair – it was awesome! If you are on Maui for the holiday, I…
  • How to not get antsy

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

  • Michael Angelo’s Meals Giveaway Winners Announced!

    Jennifer Shusterman
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:14 pm
    First of all I want to say I’m sorry it took me so long to generate the winners for the Michael Angelo’s Meals Giveaway. As I said in my last post, I try my best to choose and notify the winners within a day or two of the giveaway’s end, but the holiday just happened to get in the way this time! *Note to self: Avoid ending giveaways the night before a holiday!* Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way it’s time to announce the winners! The list of our 4 winners is below, and all of you should have received an email from me by now. If your name is on the list and…
  • Michael Angelo’s Winners Update

    Jennifer Shusterman
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    Are you waiting to hear who won the Michael Angelo’s free meals giveaway? I try my best to contact and post winners within 48 hours of the giveaway’s close, but because of the 4th of July holiday there will be a bit of a delay. We’re wrapping up our holiday weekend today, and I will try my best to post winners later this evening, but no later than tomorrow morning! So, if you entered keep an eye on your inbox. Remember, 4 winners will be chosen, and one of them could be you! The post Michael Angelo’s Winners Update appeared first on BrainFoggles.
  • How I Used Birthday Express to Plan a Party for Less Than $125

    Jennifer Shusterman
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:26 am
    I received free products from Birthday Express to facilitate this post. Affiliate links are included. The little one just turned 2, and because she is obsessed with mermaids, I wanted to throw her a mermaid themed birthday pool party. We don’t have a lot of extra spending money right now, but I was able to set aside a $125 budget for the party and food. I also knew a majority of the kids attending would be boys. I didn’t want them to feel left out, but I didn’t want to compromise the “girl theme” just to include them either. I was able to put together a party…
  • Curious George Returns June 23 in Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

    Jennifer Shusterman
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:55 pm
    I received a free copy of Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle for review purposes. Curious George and The Man In The Yellow Hat have both been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Many of the Curious George books lived amid my bookshelves as a child, and I have fond memories of turning on the TV and seeing that adorable monkey running about. Curious George remains a huge part of my life today as he has become one of my childrens’ favorite characters. Curious George is back with a new movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! Everyone’s favorite monkey and his new…
  • See Michael Angelo’s on Food Factory USA 6/20 & a #MichaelAngelos Giveaway

    Jennifer Shusterman
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    I have received a gift pack in exchange for sharing this content. All opinions are my own. We’re busy moms over here at Brainfoggles, and it’s no secret we love Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods. In fact, both Connie and I have written about our love for healthy frozen meals from Michael Angelo’s a few times in the past. We’re always looking for meals that are a quick but healthy way to feed our families, and Michael Angelo’s meals fit the bill while tasting like they came straight from an authentic Italian kitchen! What are Michael Angelo’s Gourmet…
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    Genny Heikka

  • What will you do with your 168 hours?

    Genny
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    “We all have 168 hours in a week and one life to live.” I look at those words written by Jessica Turner at Ann Voskamp’s blog and I pause. 168 hours. When you say a week, it sounds like a week – routine and packed with this, that and the other thing. But when you break it into hours? An hour is the blink of an eye. And there, the question looms in front of me as if I’d never considered how I was going to spend my time: What are you going to do with your hours?  With this hour? I look at the clock. It’s 7:39. What would change if I lived my life in hours?  Just a couple…
  • What’s hiding under your tent? (and the secret I kept for 33 years)

    Genny
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    What’s hiding under your tent? That was the question that spurred me to finally share a secret I had kept for 33 years (that I can actually laugh about now). But before I get into that, let me back up a bit. I recently read Brene Brown’s NYT Bestseller Daring Greatly in a book club with over twenty women. It was a powerful experience of coming together with others from different viewpoints and in different phases of life. Yet we had so much in common. And through the connections that were built, I was reminded of the importance of being vulnerable, and the doors that open when…
  • Do you have the Courage to Be You?

    Genny
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Do you have the courage to be you? That is the question my friend Jenny Williamson asks readers in her new book, and it’s a question that changed her life and set her on a journey of discovering her, “water-walking, giant-slaying, history-making destiny.” I’m so excited to share Jenny’s book with you today. If you’ve been around here a while, you’ve heard me talk about her and the non-profit she started–Courage Worldwide–many times. She’s an amazing woman and it’s an amazing organization that has changed the lives of many…
  • Finding Your Dreams in His Story

    Genny
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Life is a story and each day is a new page, and even though that sounds totally cliché, the ironic thing is, when we stop trying to figure it all out—when we shift from pursuing our dreams for our own agenda to being available for God to use to reach out toothers, we start to see—to know—what we were put here to do. That’s been my experience, anyway. And I’m excited to share more about it over at GodSizedDreams.com today!… A few years ago, when I was watching The Next Food Network Star, one of the judges commented on a contestant, saying, “It’s so…
  • The video from my MOPS webinar (and a quick update)

    Genny
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    It was so much fun to talk about pursuing your dreams on MOPS International’s Let’s Talk, Darling program last week! You can click here or on the image below to check out the video: 5 Things You Can Do to Discover and Pursue Your Dreams. I love how these webinars from MOPS give moms a new way to connect and share! I hope you are all doing well! I’ve missed being here, but things have been busy. I’ve been working on some new writing projects, getting involved in some ministries for moms and women, and enjoying getting back into speaking, now that we’ve settled in.
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    Playground Confidential

  • Summer saving tips to keep you afloat

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    Thanks to TD Bank for sponsoring this post and making me realize that we really do need to plan for that extra summer spending. Clockwise from top: St. Lawrence Market, classic playground structure, skipping in food truck parking lot, and Maple Leaf baseball at Christie Pits Forget about diapers. Forget about formula. Forget about shoes ... [Read more...]The post Summer saving tips to keep you afloat appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • The real reason I dig a dadbod

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

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

  • My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    I was running a project management course when someone said to me: ‘Ron, what are your golden rule for effective project delivery?’ What a great question. I picked up a marker pen and wrote the following on a flip chart. Here are my golden rules which should help you deliver more effectively. If it’s a ‘big’ project then it’s a … Read More >Related Posts:Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are…How to say no without saying no!Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your…
  • Self Development? Me?…sorry, I’m too busy for that

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:11 am
    Be honest, when was the last time you took time out from your project to really focus on yourself? I ask this as I speak with many project managers who are very busy, so busy they barely return phone calls, their calendars are fully committed to the project(s) or there is little space in their day/week for anything else. As … Read More >Related Posts:360 assessment for project staffSo, how good are you?What do you need to change to be more effective?Project Management Training: Classroom vs mobileGood project management skills are not enough
  • All change but how…..?

    Ron Rosenhead
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:31 am
    I am trying to type this without using my right hand and it is proving a tad difficult. You see I have something called De Quervains Tenosynovitis. Treatment – physiotherapy and resting the wrist….no typing please and wear a support. It is so difficult not to use my right hand….the spelling in this article is really being tested by this … Read More >Related Posts:If only common sense was…. well common!Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…How healthy are you (and your project)?Why is project management so fragmented in companies?This is why change…
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    Crazy Texas Mommy

  • The Broody Hen Chronicles Part One

    16 Jun 2015 | 3:08 pm
    I currently have a broody hen. For those unfamiliar with the term, it means I have a hen whose biological clock is ticking and she's decided she must hatch some baby chicks immediately. Which is kind of a problem on my backyard farm since I don't have a rooster (because they are scary as shit), so my eggs aren't fertilized. But, broody hens care not about sex education. All they care about is hatching some babies, so they set up camp in the coop on whatever eggs they have laid and wait patiently for them to hatch.  Based on what I've read (because I honestly…
  • A Hodgepodge of College Orientation Thoughts and Tips

    14 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    I spent two days last week with my lovely, beautiful, smart daughter at her college orientation. This was a fun and exciting experience for her. She made new friends, set up her fall classes, already changed her major, got to stay in the dorms and experience the wonders of the community bathroom (she now clearly understands why I said to pay the extra for a suite where four girls share one bathroom) and learned the school fight song. For the parents, it was decidedly less fun. I wanted to take notes about my experiences so I could write each night, but I was too busy taking…
  • My child is a major influence on future generations

    9 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
    Sunday, I had the following text exchange with our really good family friend regarding poop, a swallowed tooth and my daughter's role in the resulting circumstances: Grace didn't like to get her handsdirty when she was little. This iswhy maybe she didn't think throughher advice so much.I feel like she should be worried about revenge:If she should ever reproduce, I'm certainshe should be worried.There is a very small chance Grace will pursue a career where she will work with children. But as a speech pathologist.Thank God.
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  • The Juvenile System Requires Specialized Attention

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:12 am
    The juvenile law system applied on minors is a little bit different from the one applied on adults. The punishments are a little bit different and this is the reason why a child facing criminal offenses should only be represented by Bergen County Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyers. The problem is that a lot of parents are unaware of this and they hire lawyers who work with adults. In most cases, the results are not quite as expected and the child is the only one who has to suffer because of this in the future. Having a juvenile criminal record will make it difficult to get accepted to a good…
  • The Time of Day Determines the Severity of the Crime

    5 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    In many states, the time of day that a person chooses to enter into a individuals’ home to burglarize them determines the level of severity of the crime. If an individual chooses to enter into a home during the day, they might be charged with a less serious crime as opposed to an individual who chooses to enter into a home during the night. This individual who chooses to interact night might find themselves charged with first-degree burglary. If you, or someone you love is charged with this crime is a good idea to seek the legal counsel of a Burglary lawyer in Hackensack New Jersey.
  • Why Consider the Counsel of Theft Defense Lawyers If Charged?

    5 Jul 2015 | 2:17 am
    Theft by unlawful taking is said to be a serious offense as per the laws of the state. This is why you may consider the counsel of Theft Defense Lawyers when preparing defense. These lawyers are said to be experienced in ensuring the best defense is provided for the person charged. This is due to the experience they are supposed to have handling similar cases with a good track record. There are many people who are said to have avoided incarceration with the help of these lawyers. This may be the best choice a person may have when they are charged with theft by unlawful taking in the court of…
 
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  • Hamill Family Wild Encounters now Open at Brookfield Zoo #Chicago #Zoo

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    We visited Brookfield Zoo again yesterday and had the chance to check out the Hamill Family Wild Encounters exhibit on it's opening day.  The new Hamill Family Wild Encounters exhibit is designed to give guests up close experiences with some of the animals including reindeer, goats, llamas, alpacas, parakeets, Wallabies, Emus, and red pandas.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • New on Netflix for Kids & Must Watch Throwbacks #StreamTeam

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    Netflix is melding the old with the new this summer with some new releases, a couple reboots, and some childhood classics all available for current streaming now.  My twins June Netflix favorite is the release of The Netflix Original "Dragons: Race to The Edge".Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • 4th of July Patriotic Apparel #July4th

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    With 4th of July just over a week away, it's the perfect time to gear up with some new USA themed clothing.  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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  • Brecken’s 7th Birthday Party

    Kristy
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
      Brecken’s birthday party went off without a hitch! Actually, that’s not true – there were a few hitches, but I’m pretty awesome at fixing hitches, so it all turned out just right. We are an invite-the-whole-class-so-noone-is-left-out kind of family. Half the class was too cool to have an email listed on the class directory (Come on, parents – no one wants to spam your stupid email account. We just want to invite your kid to a party.) so instead of just making a simple evite I had to make thirty physical invitations to hand out. You know how I love me a…
  • How to make a Death Star piñata

    Kristy
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    When I decided we should have a Death Star piñata at Brecken’s party I took to the internets to get inspiration. There were two kinds of Death Star piñatas; amazing works of art that looked like they must have taken a thousand man hours to make, and sad, crappy piñatas eagerly awaiting the sweet release of being beaten to death. I decided to make one that fell comfortably in the middle. I didn’t have time to deal with the pain in the ass of making a piñata from scratch this time around, so I bought a naked, pre-made piñata from a piñata store. (It doesn’t have to be…
  • Ballerina and non-ballerinas

    Kristy
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:34 pm
        Karis had her recital on Saturday and we brought Seren with us assuming one of us would have to spend the majority of the show out in the lobby with her. We were wrong. She was uh-mazing. She watched each dance like a mesmerized little lady. She clapped when everyone clapped, and she waved her hands to mimic the dancers on stage during the performances. She sat quietly on Aunt Dani’s lap and flirted with Apple Josh. She whisper shouted “Hi Daddy!” between each number. Brecken – who was also a perfectly behaved little gentleman – shared a few animal…
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  • Zentangle inspired maps

    Maria
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:19 am
    This is the map of Italy divided into regions and decorated with Zentangle Inspired Art. I originally drew the map for an education project, but I couldn’t resist to see what it would look like as a ZIA. I always keep a template version for other projects (free download map).
  • Fabric upcycle: what you can make from old dresses

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

    Maria
    5 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    This portrait with hair in Zentangle Inspired Art style started off as an experiment, but I quite like the end result enough to share it here. I started by tracing a photo in Photoshop, which in itself came out quite nice with a cartoon like effect rather than a detailed portrait, which was exactly what I had in mind. I printed the portrait and then I decorated the hair part with Zentangle patterns.  
 
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  • Swapping Books Instead of Buying Them – Just Pay Postage!

    Heather
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    I’m sure that you’ve probably heard of Paperback Swap by now, but I just had to share about it in case you haven’t. I love swapping books and finding things that our local libraries don’t carry. Ever notice how hard it is to find good books that are recommended by your history curriculum these days? It’s like the public library is actually trying to erase the memory of them. I know it’s not just me thinking it. I love a good book. I love the way an old book smells. I love seeing my kids reading books. Despite all the newest technology, I just can’t…
  • Are Texas Home School Coalition Conventions for You?

    Heather
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    It’s summer. Well, at least for most of us. We have maybe two weeks left of tidying up and tying loose homeschool ends and we are DONE with 11th grade for my teens, Kindergarten for the 6 year old, and Preschool for my littlest guy. I’m in purge mode, research mode, curriculum buying mode, class scheduling mode, organize mode, transcript mode, and CONVENTION MODE. You might wonder why I listed convention there if you’ve never been to a good convention before, but let me explain. Ever since I started homeschooling in 2001, I have been going to a convention – almost…
  • The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle for Beginner, Intermediate or Pro-Photographers!

    Heather
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been eating, breathing, and sleeping photography lately, so when I got invited to be an affiliate for this sale to share this amazing package of digital photography tips for everyone from beginners through pros, I jumped on board. I love photography, and since I want this set of ebooks myself, I’m sharing the love! For all of your photography needs – whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or a pro-photographer who is starting a business or a pro who is growing an already established business like me, there’s something for you in this “Ultimate…
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  • Summer Escape Plan: How to Make Use of Malls and Shopping Centers To Your Advantage

    Maricris G
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Photo: +Maricris G Staycationing? Then let's talk. Worn-out mom to another worn-out mom. When people mention either the Mall or Shopping Centers, which thought comes to your mind? Shopping right? Well, listen, that's already a given but if you think creatively and out of the box, you'll see that there is actually more to these shopping havens that you can take advantage of especially during the hottest season of the year, Summer! Think of it as your escape plan for beating the Summer heat and keeping your sanity intact. Remember, Kids are home all Summer. Good enough reason, no? I…
  • Where to Watch Fireworks for July 4th 2015 Celebration in North Carolina

    Maricris G
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Photo: Marc Averette via Wikipedia commonsJuly 4th is right on the corner. I bet you my bottom dollar that you and your family is looking to watch a good fireworks show just like everyone else. Well, we scoured the land and found these places just for you so you know where to go and when to watch, right where you are! Or nearby.Asheville - Romantic Asheville will hold their annual Independence Day Celebration in Downtown Park Square Park. Fireworks starts at 9:30 pm. Free admission.Additional list of towns in and around Asheville with Fireworks showhere:  4th of July Events…
  • Staycation Destination: Museums with Free Admission

    Maricris G
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Firebird at +Bechtler Museum of Modern Art / Photo: +Maricris G You probably didn't know museums have Free Admission days. Well, they do. Now you know. And as I know you already know, FREE is always good when you have more than one kid to entertain the whole Summer or on any given time. Museums are also a great place where the whole family can go to and do things together while saving you money at the same time. Now that's a No-Brainer!Check these Museums in Charlotte with Free Admission Days or Always Free to get your Summer on the right track:Mint…
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  • Useful Information On Pest Control

    Mama
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Pests are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. They crawl around the house and sometimes on human body causing skin irritation, itching, and even infections. Thus, it is important to know the common pests that can invade the home, their appearance, and how to prevent and control their invasion. Ants are the most common pests one can […]
  • Why Buy The Right Gear For Your Motorcycle

    Mama
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Nowadays, a lot of folks are buying motorcycles to drive to their place of work and for fun and entertainment. Moreover, buying a vehicle is much easier these days on account of easy accessibility to auto loans. There is absolutely no requirement for any collateral to have a vehicle loan. Due to this reason, a […]
  • Different Types Of Wellness Therapies

    Mama
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Wellness therapy is a natural form of maintaining well being by using a holistic approach. The aim of wellness therapy is to find and treat the cause of symptoms, thereby enhancing the person’s well-being in every aspect. Wellness therapy focuses on mental, emotional spiritual and physical health of the patient and treatment often includes dietary […]
 
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  • Stuff Mikey Says, Vol. 14

    Jules
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    On patriotism“You know what I can’t imagine? Founding fathers in a pool. You know–swimming, hanging out, doing whatever.”
  • Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

    Jules
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    5/5 Stars Before the end of the second page you’ll know whether this grotesquely beautiful coming of age story is one you can read.   Penny Wilson wanted a baby of her own in the worst way. That’s what I figure, because she was only supposed to watch me for an hour and a half, and obviously she loved me a little too much. She must have hummed a lullaby, fondled each tiny finger and toe, kissed my cheeks and stroked the down on my head, blowing on my hair like she was making a wish on a dandelion gone to seed. I had my teeth but I was too small to swallow the bones, so when my…
  • The Fine Art of Negotiation

    Jules
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Mikey: Nico, get out of my face. Nico: I’m not in your face. Mikey: Nico, please! [tap tap tap] Nico: … Mikey: Dude, I can’t see what I’m doing. [tap tap tap] Nico: … Mikey: Oh my…Nico! You’re hovering! It’s annoying. Stop. Nico: I’m not hovering. Mikey: Are you seriously [tap tap tap] kidding me right now? [tap tap tap] I can feel you breathing. Stop hovering! Nico: But I want to see what you’re doing! Mikey: [tap tap tap] Too bad. Go away. Nico: Dude, I can’t see what you’re doing if I go away! Mikey: Not my…
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  • Pampers #BetterForBaby Prize Pack Giveaway (ARV $105), Twitter Party & Pledge to #Win an Apple Watch!

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Becoming a mom has been the most significant life-changing event for me in the past 10 years. I'm highly motivated to work toward a better self in order to take better care of my children and to become a better role model for them. Do you believe that babies have the ability to bring out the best in all of us? Pampers certainly does and so do I. Last week, Pampers released a heartwarming Better
  • Pollo Tropical New Menu Items & Summer Swag Bag Giveaway #PolloTropiCulture {Summer Sweeping Giveaway Hop} #SummerSweeping

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    While you are enjoying all the outdoor fun during summer, please be sure to get sun protection and stay hydrated. Plus, join the Summer Sweeping Giveaway Hop, hosted by Viva Veltoro and Lindsey Blogs, to discover all the cool prizes you could win to help you beat the heat this summer! Each prize has a retail value of $25 or more! My Giveaway In celebration of their new Caribbean-inspired summer
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Can you confidently say that you are very good at staying on top of the health records of your kids? Or are you on the lookout for an easier and more efficient way to get things organized in this department? Kinsights may be the perfect match for your needs. Learn more about their services and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card for summer shopping fun! Hosted by Tales From A Southern
 
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  • 3 Ideas for a Fun (and Safe) Fourth of July with Your Family!

    Melanie Edwards
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    Celebrating holidays is a great and easy way to have fun as a family. Our family celebrates some holidays more than others, but with the kids, we’ve found that even a minor celebration can open the door to learning about traditions, history, and culture. Growing up, the Fourth of July was not a major holiday in neither mine nor my husband’s household, but it’s gained more recognition now that we have our own children. Learning about the United States’ Independence Day and its historical value is definitely something worth celebrating. We don’t go all out, but…
  • 5 Essentials to Pack in Your Pool Bag for Safe Fun with Kids {Video}

    Melanie Edwards
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:46 pm
    We’re very lucky to have a community pool in our neighborhood and this summer we’re trying to put it to good use! My girl knows how to swim, but my 4-year-old is still learning and will hopefully be taking lessons soon. In the meantime, trips to the pool with him have to be carefully planned, so that I can help him in the water, all while also keeping an eye on my oldest. It’s usually best if my husband can come with us, but we don’t always want to wait for the weekend for our pool trips! Thankfully, I saw a puddle jumper featured in the Walmart Ad that will definitely…
  • Celebrate Summer and America With SeaWorld Orlando

    Ricardo Escobar
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Summertime has officially arrived. Here in central Florida that brings a number of families to the theme parks to take advantage of the long summer vacation from school. SeaWorld Orlando invites you to bring your family to experience Summer Nights and the Celebrating America Concert Series. Read more about our experience attending Summer Nights at SeaWorld! This year, SeaWorld has invited several country music artists to celebrate America during their Summer Nights event. Country music duo Trick Pony opened the celebration with a set list that included their hits “Just What I Do” and…
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  • Getting Past The Pretty Front Porch (Join me @ Women of Faith)

    Natalie Snapp
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:03 pm
    I interrupt this unofficial writing sabbatical to share a post I wrote recently for Women of Faith – and yes, I’m super honored they invited me to do so. I mean, super. So many of us feel like we have to put-on a beautiful front. We have to maintain an image of perfection – of course,  our house is always this picked-up and we didn’t just stress our entire family out for two days before hosting a gathering. Of course our marriage is great – we never fight or argue over the toilet seat. Of course our children eat organic and local. Of course. But the truth is . .
  • Heart Sisters Necklaces Are Here!

    Natalie Snapp
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:37 pm
    You’ve all been so patient and guess what??!!! You can now order Heart Sisters necklaces! Alison from Hammered by Naptime is selling four different styles but get this – she will customize, too. She’s pretty amazing like that. Have you seen her work? It’s fab.u.lous. You can visit her on Facebook here – be sure to hit “Like” so you can stay-up on specials and new products. Her pieces make amazing gifts! And speaking of gifts . . . Heart Sisters necklaces make great gifts for YOUR Heart Sisters – or yourself. Because, the thing is, these…
  • For When God Tells You To Be Quiet

    Natalie Snapp
    7 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Gosh, I know. It’s been quiet around here lately because, really . . . I just feel like God has been telling me to be still and be quiet. In this loud world of social media, being still and quiet isn’t always valued.  In fact, I once thought those who remained quiet were boring. Lacked pizazz. Bumps on a log. Clearly, I lacked wisdom and didn’t understand much about people. But maybe God calls us to be quiet because He wants us to think. Spend time with Him. Pray. Focus on our family. Rest. As I scroll through my own social media feeds, I read opinions about Bruce/Caitlyn.
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  • ADR Summer Reads

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:42 am
    After a fair bit of thought and ADR-esque existential debate, I’ve decided to pause the blog for July and August to focus my energies on: (1) finishing novel #3 ; and (2) attacking my beckoning bedside book stack. I will return to the blog in September when it’s time to gear up for another school year (at the ripe old age of 36, I still feel myself moving to the rhythms of the academic calendar), but I wanted you to leave you with my (admittedly ambitious) list of ADR Summer Reads (and re-reads and recommendations). I have included links to Amazon, B&N and IndieBound for…
  • A Happier Hour Literary Salon with Natalia Mehlman Petrzela & Dana Goldstein

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:37 am
    It was a sweaty, sticky New York City evening. A summer storm was brewing, spitting significant rain in certain pockets. Two brilliant historians/authors showed up at my home: Natalia Mehlman Petrzela and Dana Goldstein. We indulged in a little preliminary chit chat and then a wonderful group of women began to arrive. My favorite Upper West Side independent bookstore Book Culture was here to sell two beautiful, important books: Natalia’s Classroom War; Language, Sex and the Making of Modern Political Culture; and Dana’s The Teacher Wars; A History of America’s Most…
  • ADR Friday Loves 06.19.15

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    i’m loving… … this letter. … these words on getting lost. … this Anatomy of a Blackout. … these wedges. … this Overcoming the Confidence Gap. … these 9 Podcasts for a Fuller Life. … this sundress. … this review. … these specs. … this shirt. … this Chili Dog Cleanse. … these vague status updates. … this dress. … this site. … & this site. … this Hanx Writer. … this book you should pre-order. Have a wonderful weekend, guys!
 
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  • #Fit30: How to Fit 30 Minutes of Activity in Your Day by @Deb_Lowther

    Deborah Lowther
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    You can #Fit30 minutes of activity into your day. Think of it as fitting in 30 minutes of ME TIME. You know staying active is good for you, you know you will feel better after you do something active, and you know it is important to take care of yourself . . . but do you know WHY it is so good for you? How you can #Fit30 minutes in? How to start? Or What you can do to be active? Why is 30 minutes of Activity Good for You? Just 30 minutes a day can: Reduce blood pressure Lower Type 2 diabetes risk Protect from heart disease Reduces risk of stroke Improve heart, lung and muscle fitness…
  • Pump Up the Plyometrics: Part 2 of the Chest Challenge by @DPEverybodyFit

    Dana Pieper
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    You have your work cut out for you with this sequence of exercises! Not only will you be working your chest, but your heart rate will pump due to the addition of plyometrics, and your core strength is tested and toned throughout. This calorie-burning and muscle-torching installment of Chest Challenge will surely sculpt many muscle groups and is a great addition to last week’s combination.
  • Beat the Heat of the Dog Days of Summer by @TheresaAlbert

    Theresa Albert
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Welcome to summer! Canadians work hard for their very few and very short dog days of the season. My hope is that you make the most of them with delicious hydrating, high nutrient foods. Just for fun, take a look at what the Meteorological Service of Canada predicts the hottest day will be in your area. Then we can stock up on the high nutrient foods to keep you going. Predicted Hottest Day of the year, by Canadian city Provided by: Environment Canada’s Meteorological Service of Canada Barrie Jul-24 Quebec City Jul-24 Brandon Jul-29 Regina Aug-02 Calgary Jul-31 Saskatoon Aug-01 Charlottetown…
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  • My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season Cookbook Review

    Finamoon
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    I received this book free to facilitate this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.You may know Sarah Britton (BFA, CNP) from her extremely popular foodie blog, My New Roots, which focuses on healthy recipes that are plant-based natural whole foods. Sarah Britton is the Copenhagen based holistic nutritionist, writer, and photographer behind both her blog and cookbook that shares the same name. She is also a seasonal eater and lover of organic and super foods. She has won many accolades and awards for her work, been on TED talks and featured in O, the…
  • SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers Review

    Finamoon
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    My family had the privilege of trying SmartKidz MediaSmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Schoolhouse Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.SmartKidz Media SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers is a subscription based online streaming digital media learning library that hosts family-friendly educational programs for your family to watch, listen to and interact with. This is perfectly made for homeschoolers as the name suggests and since it is family-friendly it is…
  • Michael W. Smith Sovereign Album Review and Giveaway

    Finamoon
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    I received this CD free from FlyBy Promotions to facilitate this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.Michael W. Smith is a great Christian artist that I remember from the 80's, singing with Amy Grant. He is a three time Grammy award winner and has thirty-one #1 hit songs, among so many other significant accomplishments. He has also been an actor in two Christian films and published 13 books. He has stayed faithful to his Christian roots and never strayed. I have always been a fan of his ever evolving style. He has done Christian: pop, rock, praise…
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  • Daily Video: 4th of July with my WHOLE FAMILY! Crazy, FUN DAY!

    Audrey McClelland
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    My daily is up! We celebrate the 4th of July big and boldly in Rhode Island. My parents live in Bristol, RI where they host the longest, continuously running 4th of July Parade in the country! It’s the oldest one out there! The town goes wild and celebrates a full 2 weeks ahead of the 4th. They paint the street lines red, white and blue – they deck the sidewalks – they dress-up and just really make you feel excited for the 4th. My parents have gotten into the 4th of July spirit in Bristol, too! They LOVE IT!!! They bought a house right on the parade route 3 years ago and…
  • DAILY VIDEO: Pool Time Solo, Fireworks and 11 Cousins

    Audrey McClelland
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:51 pm
    The DAY BEFORE the 4th of July is probably the most fun for my kids! They LOVE the anticipation and build-up to the 4th more than anything! We ALWAYS head to Bristol, RI to celebrate where they have the country’s oldest continuously running parade! My parents live right on the parade route, so for us – it’s the GOLDEN PLACE to be!! As we were prepping to head there… we got in some pool time. Not always easy to do when I’m solo, but I gave it my A-game! Not to mention, I was excited for the FIREWORKS that night!! Here’s my daily…
  • Daily Video: SPRAY TAN GONE BAD, SWIMMING, PULL-UPS & CAKE RECIPE

    Audrey McClelland
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    It’s all here! Spray Tan gone bad. Swim team. Pull-ups. Cake Recipe. Craft Project. All in my daily video! Hope you enjoy! View ALL of my daily videos over here.
 
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  • Camp MAMA — Summer Camp Ideas for Moms

    Liz Long
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:40 am
    Summer vacation is starting! Summer camps can cost hundreds of dollars a week. As great as those experiences can be and as much as kids can learn, the cost adds up fast. After several summers of my kids complaining about having to get up for camp, mine are only signed up for a few day camps each. That leaves a lot of time for them to drive me insane and get really bored. So, I put together this list of summer camp ideas for moms that you can schedule right at home. My idea? Trading kids! Really. For some afternoons throughout the summer, I’ll leave one boy playing with his friends at…
  • Living Off the Grid, (or Close to it) Urban Style

    Erin Foster
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:47 am
    Admit it, you have been thinking about it. Off the grid living. Late at night, at the end of a long day, you have pictured your life off grid. Images of Little House on the Prairie come to mind. Maybe you ponder becoming a long bearded man living in the mountains, content to be a hermit. You are not alone in your thoughts, as more people are choosing an off grid lifestyle. Some are able to escape the noisy concrete city and move to quiet acreage in the Midwest or another idyllic country setting. However, for many, like me, work and family obligations make that impossible, but that…
  • 9 Tips to Avoid the Summertime Prepping Slump

    The Survival Mom
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:12 am
    It’s so easy for the hot, lazy days of summer to just sort of run into each other until the day arrives when it’s time once again to get the kids ready for school, and we ask, where did the summer go? If your prepping goals have taken a break right along with your pledge to have the kids do daily math drills and read for at least 30 minutes every day, then here are a few prepping activities and tips to avoid the summertime prepping slump. 1.  Get the kids involved in prepping activities If they’re sitting around the house doing nothing, then they can help you prep! They can…
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    teachmama.com

  • summer fun for kids: week 3 #tabletopsurprises

    amy mascott
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    We have had one wild week here, friends. Our Owen headed to his Nanny and Pap’s for baseball camp, and our Maddy and Cora were stuck here with me and were pretty darn sick. Luckily, our girls are on the mend (finally!), and Owen is back here with us in Maryland, now determined to land himself on a baseball team. (Not sure how that’s going to happen, but you never know. . .) Needless to say, he had a blast at camp–we knew he would!–and we managed to have some fun here, too, while he was away, though we missed him terribly. The kids and I just wrapped up week three of…
  • anchored: finding hope in the unexpected: a book for all parents (giveaway! #AnchoredHope)

    amy mascott
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
      Confession: There are days I don’t appreciate my life the way I should. I stress over a sink full of dishes, crumb-covered counters, and unmade beds. Some days, when I hear my kids bickering, I want to poke my eyes out.  When I watch four people walk by a pile of clothes on the stairs, I want to weep. (I mean, can’t someone take them upstairs?) But reading Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected, by Kayla Aimee, has brought me down. It’s grounded me during these long summer days when trying to work with three kids home all day makes me feel like I’m getting…
  • get kids to play outside: 4 tips for summertime playground fun

    amy mascott
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
      Sometimes, getting kids to play outside is no easy feat, especially in the summer. Because here in the DC Metro area, it’s hot. It’s hot. Hot. It’s muggy. It’s oppressive. When the sun’s beating down, the heat’s suffocating, and the last thing my kids want to do is go and play outside. But last week, two friends and I got our big kids and little kids outside, playing, and having fun. Old-school style. Free-bird, playing outdoors in the summertime. We had some serious playground fun thanks to our friends at Clif Kids, and you can too. Get your kids to…
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    Unmotherly Insights

  • Back in the Closet!

    gettrich
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:59 pm
      Dear Friends, (and as I must confront the reality before me), non-friends, I wish to sincerely apologize for causing any of you pain. The fact that my “Coming out of the Closet” offended, angered and deeply hurt you truly saddens me beyond measure. I am broken hearted to read some of the vitriolic responses to my piece which I’d hoped would have been received altogether differently. First of all, let me clarify that I do not in any real way believe that men (hetero and homo-sexual alike) are in any way inferior to women. Nor do I actually believe that all men are insensitive,…
  • Out of the Closet

    gettrich
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    I need to get this off my chest. I’m not a bigot. I have friends and loved ones from all walks of life. I embrace people from a multitude of races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. But here’s the thing, I kind of want my kids to be heterosexual. There I said it. The most politically incorrect thing a person can say today; and on the heels of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on gay marriage. Is there something wrong with me? I think there’s a value to heterosexual relationships. I really do. I think that learning to live with and love a man is the most…
  • Walk between the raindrops

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

  • Have Babies, Will Travel: Tips for Flying With Little Ones

    Lauren Barth
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    I love to travel–and having a family doesn’t stop me. My youngest daughter went on her first flight at only three months old. I lucked and out and both my infant and toddler fell asleep shortly after takeoff. I know that won’t always be the case, and some trips will be harder than others. Luckily, I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Here are some practical tips for flying with the wee ones. (You can do it, mamas!) My favorite tip: Use one of the three “B’s” at takeoff and landing–that’s a binky, a bottle, or a boob! Find out why, here… This…
  • Craft Corner Video: 4th of July Firework Wreath

    Mandy Fisher
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Happy 4th of July, Crafters! Here’s a wreath that will leave your door sparkling. I love all things red, white, and blue for this holiday, but sometimes it can get a little overdone. Here’s what you need to make something more colorful that will make a bold statement at your parties: Popsicle sticks (about 400— a pack of 100 goes for $1!) Paintbrushes Paints Wreath base Hot glue Ribbon I added a wooden “4” I picked up at the dollar store but you can get creative and leave yours blank or add a monogram! Check out my video tutorial on how to make this festive…
  • Mini Style: Burt’s Bees Baby Summer

    Kate
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    A few months ago we shared Burt’s Bees Baby spring clothes for kids. And we are totally hooked! Since March we’ve shopped for both our kids that fit in the brand (they offer newborn to size 6X) and they are quickly filling our dresser drawers. Today we’re happy to share one of our favorite summer looks. And, best news? Burt’s Bees Baby clothes are on sale through the weekend, making now the perfect time to stock up. My girl is wearing the Dolman Hoodie, Ruffle Sleeve Tank and Reversible Skirt. Right now you can get the entire outfit for $22! You can’t beat that…
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • As Summer Goes On...

    23 Jun 2015 | 4:53 am
    I think it's safe to say that my "vacation hangover" is ...well...over.Last week was a rough week, coming back to "reality" after a week in the Outer Banks. But I woke up yesterday and thought "OK, let's do this!"I sort of dragged myself through last week, wishing I was at the beach still. It was so incredible to wake up with the sunrise every morning in the OBX, walking the beach as the sun popped over the horizon.Waking up at 6 a.m. in Ohio...not as magical.But this summer is a full season for us. The girls are both taking dance and I'm signing them up for basketball camp, and they're…
  • New Blog!

    17 Jun 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Yeah I know what you're thinking....Why in the world would you start ANOTHER BLOG when you never write for this one?Well, because I can.And I wanted to.And it's going to be an all allergy all the time blog.It's called Glass City Allergy Mom and you can find it here. But don't worry...I'll still be sharing my snark and wisdom here for the one or two people who still read my blog (hi there!).
  • Say goodbye to Fifth Grade

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Well tomorrow is THE day.Tomorrow - June 3 - is Olivia's last day of elementary school. She's moving out of 5th grade and the safe confines of elementary school and moving into 6th grade and bigger pond of middle school.I can't bring myself to call it "junior high" because...well, because it's 6th grade. And I refuse to believe that my oldest "baby" is old enough to be in junior high.Because I swear THIS was just last week:And then all of a freaking sudden my "baby" is getting ready to start middle school and the last week of elementary school was spent in "health class" talking about "human…
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    The MamaZone

  • A Better Viewing Experience with Samsung SUHD TV at Best Buy

    Anitra Elmore
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Wow. That was our response when we walked into the Home Theater department at Best Buy and saw the new SUHD television from Samsung. It was hard to believe how clear and vibrant the colors were and I was absolutely blown away by this new 4k technology. We watched an exclusive clip from the upcoming Jurassic World movie and it was a perfect way to experience the Samsung SUHD TV for the first time. You can grab a sneak peek too, when you visit the Samsung Entertainment Experience Shops inside Best Buy. Get there before June 13th, though and find out more about it…
  • DIY Friend Photo Frame Craft for Kids

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

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

    Crissy Page
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:27 pm
    This post is sponsored by Burt’s Bees. Opinions are my own. Earlier this month I told you about the new Renewal line of skin care from Burt’s Bees and I have to say that I’m totally in love with these products. It really wasn’t much of a surprise since I was already a fan of Burt’s Bees, but the products in this line have really impressed me! I took the #28DayFaceCleanse challenge and I have to say that I plan to continue to keep using these products. The Renewal Refining Cleanser has really improved the texture of my skin. It gently exfoliates and buffs away…
  • Wonderful you!

    Crissy Page
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    I’d like to thank Lean Cuisine for sponsoring this conversation. Last week I shared with you a video from Lean Cuisine and asked a simple question. What truly matters to you? This video still gets me every time I watch it. The physical reaction that the women have when they see that scale sitting in the middle of the room is so very relatable. In fact, I didn’t weigh myself for a whole year because I was so worried about the impact that the number would have on my self-esteem. Last week I revealed that what I a most proud of is my role as a mom, and I was completely amazed by some…
  • DIY honey oat Epsom salt soak

    Kacey
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:59 pm
    I’m always looking for great uses for Epsom salt and this easy DIY honey oat Epsom salt soak recipe is so perfect for soothing skin and calming the body during a warm bath. Enjoy the nourishing side of soaking in oats (instead of eating them)! Old fashion oats have been used for a long time to help sooth irritated skin or for a bit of relief for those with mild rashes and eczema, and the raw honey in this soak brings in antibacterial properties along with healing skin to help clear and soften it. The Epsom salt will pull toxins from your skin and relax achy muscles all at the same time.
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    Child Mode

  • Disney Dream Debuts New Experiences Onboard – Fall 2015

    Nadia Carriere
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    In case you missed it, Disney Cruise Lines has debuted new experiences onboard for the Fall 2015 season and they look AMAZING!  What can you expect?  Star Wars Area  A... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • GapKids Casting Call 2015 is LIVE!

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

    Nadia Carriere
    15 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    After what seems to have been the longest winters of all time, we’ve finally packed away our puffy parkas, clunky winter boots and thick scarves to make way for the light, airy spring and... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
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    One Bored Mommy Blogspot

  • #StarWarsCereal Your Favorite General Mills Cereal And Star Wars... @GeneralMills

    Courtney Clipperton
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:06 pm
    STAR WARS return to the big screen, in a big way this winter!This year, one of the biggest movies will be hitting the big screen and our oldest son is so excited about it!  We've watched the trailers and talked about the other movies and now we just have to wait for "THE FORCE" to arrive!  Though he may not be the very first in line for the premier...he will definitely be desperate (and probably begging us) to see it as soon as it's in the theater.All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by…
  • How Our Garden Grows - Come See...

    Courtney Clipperton
    30 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Gardening requires time & patience!Gardening requires consistency! Gardening requires a passion!Gardening requires love and TLC!Gardening requires maintenance and care!This post is of my own free opinion!  I was not offered any sponsorship or compensation by posting my honest opinions and thoughts about gardening or parenting!Gardening is a lot like parenting!  As I watch our back patio garden grow and flourish, I always correlate it to parenting.  If you take the time, apply patience, provide lots of love, some tender loving care and maintenance too (sometimes this is…
  • What This Story Needs Is A Pig In A Wig - ADORABLE!

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

  • Cirque Éloize at Calgary Stampede

    Heather
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:53 am
    The Calgary Stampede of 2015 is off and running! What better way to begin the festivities than with Cirque Éloize’s iD. Directed by Jeannot Painchaud,  iD is a bustling stage show that blends circus arts with dance and music. The city scape projected on the stage’s backdrop gives a sort of graphic novel edge as the performers dance on stage. Hip hop music filled the Enmax Corral with energy and set the tone for this world renowned troupe of breakdancers, acrobats, jugglers and contortionists. Watching these acrobatic dancers entwine with one another may not be the big top…
  • How to Choose the Perfect Knife

    Heather
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Few items in your kitchen are as important as your knives.  You’ll use them for nearly every meal you create yet choosing a knife has left me with severe buyer’s remorse in the past.  I’ve had knives that gave me blisters and ones that never kept their edge despite incessant sharpening.  I’ve had knives that rusted and one even broke.  I hope these tips will help you avoid my frustrations because if you choose well, your knives can last a really long time and help you work safely and efficiently in the kitchen. Consider Function There are blades for many specific tasks and you…
  • Six B.C. festivals not to miss this July

    Heather
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    The longest days of the summer are here so get ready for fireworks, beer, bocce ball, outdoor yoga, live rock and roll or country music — and even wiener dog races.  From beautiful Vancouver and Whistler Mountain to the mountain towns of Squamish, Fernie, Kimberley, Merritt and Wells, we have a long list of festivals that will appeal to just about everyone this summer. Pack the cooler, the kayak or canoe, and even your yoga mat. Put on your favourite road tunes and go. Here’s a Top  6 list of festivals to explore this July. Be sure to keep us in the loop with #FestivalSeekers.
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    hollywood housewife

  • friday links - independence day edition

    hollywood housewife
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Happy holiday weekend! We're at the lake with 4 million family members (okay, really it's 30 people between two houses, but it's still a happy circus), eating, swimming, and the lake. It is classic summer over here. If you think you missed the latest round of the Secret Posts, you did not. There will be a super-sized summer edition coming up soon, and you won't want to miss it. I'll be revealing a big online change. Sign up to get the Secret Posts delivered to your inbox (mostly) monthly. This week on the HH facebook page, I shared what I think about when I'm having a bad parenting day, one…
  • grilling tips for beginners

    hollywood housewife
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
    A few summers ago, I got really into grilling. When we're at our lake house, we're regularly feeding between 15 - 25 people each meal, and I was running out of recipes that one can easily make for such a crowd. When we did make burgers or chicken, I had to rely on someone else to man the grill. Why? Because I was scared of it. I had in my head it was a male job (which is ridiculous) and was convinced that I would burn anything I tried. When I finally starting grilling out of necessity, I found that it is WAY easier (and often better tasting) that cooking on a stove. It's not…
  • friday links - change of pace edition

    hollywood housewife
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our kids finally finished their school year this week. (I know it's late. It is utterly bizarre to me to be in school until late June. I don't think I'll ever get used to it.) It's made me all kinds of weepy to finish another season, my daughter will move up into another program in the fall, and my son has changed so much since started preschool at two years old last September. We're headed to the lake today for our annual summer extravaganza. This is the part where I remind any internet crazies that we have house sitters the whole time we're away. You don't think the fish or the turtles…
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    SHEfinds

  • Kate Middleton Wears Alexander McQueen To Princess Charlotte’s Christening

    Rachel Gulmi
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing an Alexander McQueen dress coat and a Jane Taylor hat. She’s wearing McQueen just as she did for Prince George’s christening and her wedding. Here are the first pictures of the family walking toward the church. The Duke and Duchess and their children arrive at St Mary Magdalene Church for Princess Charlotte's christening pic.twitter.com/KJ1UJhSI5r — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 5, 2015 #PrincessCharlotte #news #media #royal #RoyalChristening pic by @babykokos pic.twitter.com/47LFThKZ0I — babykokos™ (@babykokos)…
  • Details On Princess Charlotte’s Christening, Including Her 5 Godparents

    Rachel Gulmi
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:09 am
    It’s a big day for the newest addition to the Royal family! Princess Charlotte‘s christening will take place at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham. She will wear a hand-made replica of the Royal Christening Robe, made by the Queen’s dressmaker, Angela Kelly. The original Victorian lace and satin gown has been worn by royal’s since 1841 but has since been preserved. The Princess will be baptized in the Lily Font, which represents purity and new life. The christening will be an intimate service, as only the immediate family members and godparents of Princess…
  • Find Out What Your Hair Part Says About You

    Sara Alderman
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Everyone parts their hair one way, either to the right, left or down the middle–but did you know where you part your hair actually says a lot about you? Look at the images below to see which hair part looks most like your own A, B or C. RELATED: What your toe length says about you Figured it out? Good, here’s what it all means: A) Brave & Impulsive If you part your hair to the left, you are a risk-taker. You aren’t scared of anything and are open to new experiences. However, you tend to forget to think about the consequences, which doesn’t always fare well for…
 
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    The Mom Maven

  • Easy Chipotle Chicken Recipe

    cindy
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    About 2 years ago, our friends introduced us to an amazing food, Boar’s Head Chipotle Gouda Cheese. OMG! Where has this cheesy deliciousness been all of my life?!? I know, it has been hiding in the deli at Publix! We won’t make burgers without this cheese and it is delicious on roast beef sandwiches too. It adds just enough kick to your food without being too hot. In my quest to find other tasty uses for this cheese I modified a recipe for Swiss Cheese Chicken to use Chipotle Gouda and WOW! Chipotle Chicken is a new favorite dish that hubby wants weekly.   Easy Chipotle Chicken   Print…
  • Goals for July 2015

    cindy
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Really?? Another month has come and gone? June was a great month for me in many ways…it wasn’t a good month for my goals though. I am going to take the non-goal items and rest on them this month because when you see how miserably I failed at my goals you will understand. Review of June Goals Business 12,500 Unique Pageviews on the blog-UGH! I am under 9,000 I don’t know what else to do. 2 new Young Living Team Members-I did nothing with my Young Living business this month due to changes and new requirements. I am re-evaluating my commitment to YL as a business. Complete my Travel Agent…
  • Win it Wednesday 7-1-15

    cindy
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Happy July 1st! We have a tradition in our family that started when I was a freshman in college…long before we had cell phones. On the first of each month my mom would call me (on the dorm floor phone) and try to say “happy (insert month here) first!” before I could. Well, 33 years later we still play this game and it now spans 3 generations! Yes, we all talk to each other more than once a month, but this is just a way to start each month off with some fun and family connections, no matter where we are. Caller ID and now cell phones have made this game more challenging but we still have…
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    Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams

  • Sweeping Saturday 7/04/2015

    Jen
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Happy 4th of July!! I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!! Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! After you have submitted your links feel free to share this […] The post Sweeping Saturday 7/04/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Sun safety tips for the whole family

    Jen
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In the summer, we know it’s important to wear sunscreen and make sure we adhere to sun safety tips. But are you doing things the right way or as much as you should? The following are some easy sun safety tips for the entire family to live by. They will suit all your needs and […] The post Sun safety tips for the whole family appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • How to handle glasses or contacts at the beach

    Jen
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:24 pm
      For contact and glasses wearers, going to the beach or other bodies of water during the summer can be a hassle. There are many precautions that need to be followed to keep your eyes protected, your glasses and contact lenses intact, and for you to be able to see while in public. Here are […] The post How to handle glasses or contacts at the beach appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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    Naptime Radio

  • Episode 168: Sleepovers

    Heather and Kate
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:27 am
    Heather and Kate discuss feral kids and chores, get biz buzzed with Alli P, power nap on sleepovers and..wait..Nodelman is on vacation! No Nodelman..slacker. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 167: Stage Fright

    Heather and Kate
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    Heather and Kate discuss road trips and Father's Day, get biz buzzed and talk weed with Alli P., power nap on stage fright and wrap with a good old fashioned bondage discussion with Nodelman. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 166: Memory Lane

    Heather and Kate
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:09 am
    Heather and Kate discuss absentmindedness and peacocks, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on things we miss and those we don't and wrap with Nodelman. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
 
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    Mommy Niri

  • Review of Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa at Stowe in Vermont! #ad

    Nirasha Jaganath
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    Travel is one of those things that guided me to move to the USA. I honestly believe if I was a millionaire I would spend all my money traveling. When I was approached to take a test run of the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, we were in the midst of debating a home sale so it was welcome respite. Vermont is one of my favorite states hands down for their progressive attitude towards the environment so I was thrilled to head there. The Resort You know that feeling when you want to be in a hotel and not make the bed or vacuum the carpets? Or that feeling that you DON’T want to put on…
  • Recipe: Vegetarian Pesto Pizza! #ad #PYREX100

    Nirasha Jaganath
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:16 am
    Everyone has their Pyrex story, so when Pyrex asked me to be a part of their campaign to celebrate their 100th year anniversary I was giddy.  If you want to see more goodness from the Pyrex 100 celebration check it out the Pyrex 100th anniversary page! I was honored to be asked but when they offered to pay me and send me products it, I felt guilty. I LOVE the brand and already own their products but I wanted to be part of the celebration so I humbly accepted. I have been dragging my feet with sharing recipes so I’m looking forward to stop tormenting my Instagram followers with pictures…
  • RECIPE: Arugula Walnut Pesto! (VEGAN)

    Nirasha Jaganath
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    RECIPE: Arugula Walnut Pesto! (VEGAN) INGREDIENTS 4 cups packed fresh arugula 2 cloves garlic 1 cup pure olive oil 3 tablespoon walnuts, toasted Salt and freshly ground pepper (adjust to your taste preference) DIRECTIONS Place all ingredients in a blender/food processor and blend until fine. How easy was that?  Note you can swop out arugula for basil, spinach or any green. You can also swop out walnuts for pine nuts, cashews, almonds or any nut you prefer.
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    Traveling Mom

  • 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking a Car Seat on a Plane

    Leslie Harvey, Frequent Flyer TravelingMom
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:59 am
    Car seats are one of the most frustrating, confusing, and confounding aspects of air travel with babies and toddlers. But they don’t have to be! Before you ever get on that plane, ask yourself these three simple questions to minimize your car seat travel hassles. Photo credit: Leslie Harvey / Frequent Flyer TravelingMom It’s the bane of every flying parent’s existence: the car seat. If you are one of the many who has dragged a giant car seat through a busy airport while also juggling a cranky toddler and a suitcase or two, you know what I mean. As parents, however, we all want to make…
  • Omni Rancho Las Palmas: Family-Friendly Resort in Palm Springs

    Gwen Kleist, Healthy TravelingMom
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:54 pm
    With summer temperatures soaring well above 100, Palm Springs might not be the first place you think of for a summer getaway. You’d be wrong! Endless sunshine, sparkling pools, and low seasonal rates make summer a great time to visit California’s desert paradise. And with its amazing water features including two water slides and a lazy river, the Omni Rancho Las Palmas is the perfect spot to take your family for some summer fun. Rooms at Rancho Las Palmas overlook beautiful lake and golf course grounds. Photo credit: Gwen Kleist, Healthy TravelingMom. Rancho Las Palmas: The Coolest Place…
  • Guide to Family-Friendly Summer Fun in Los Angeles

    Mimi Slawoff, Los Angeles TravelingMom
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    For those living in the Los Angeles area, the sunny, sprawling metropolis is a year-round playground famous for its beaches, museums, studios and celebrities. Plus much more. And while the City of Angels attracts tourists throughout the year, summer is especially popular with families seeking summer fun.   Photo Credit: Los Angeles TravelingMom, Mimi Slawoff   When you live in L.A. – especially if you grew up here – it’s almost easy to take for granted the numerous natural and cultural attractions and recreational activities. Hosting out-of-town family and friends on day…
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    Big Binder

  • Cedar Point – What To Do When It Rains, And The Hotel Breakers’ Makeover!

    Jennifer Rees
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Our kids switched schools this year when we moved, and although they did really well adjusting – it was tough. Having as much consistency as possible is key when going through transitions; and one constant in our lives is an annual visit to Cedar Point. We were thrilled to be able to take the kids, and stay in the Hotel Breakers just a few days after school was out. We love staying at this hotel, because it is really convenient to the park and we get in an hour early.  Between that and free parking; we were already sold on the value of staying at the Hotel Breakers. My kids took the…
  • My $18 Dollar Store Baseball Dinner

    Jennifer Rees
    6 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Baseball is a new thing to me. I discovered it just a few years ago when A.P. started playing Little League and noticed that it was actually a pretty interesting game.  I started going to more Whitecaps games, and watching the Tigers play on TV.  By the time the World Series came around last year I was so into it my husband had to remind me to breathe. It was a long, cold, lonely winter (aren’t they all?!) but baseball season finally, blissfully returned. Little League season goes fast though. One minute you’re signing up to work at the concession stand and volunteering to be…
  • The Michigan Historical Museum. WAY More Interesting Than It Sounds.

    Jennifer Rees
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Michigan Historical Museum doesn’t really have a ring to it. It just sounds boring; like the most interesting artifact might be a 300 year old piece of tattered parchment paper with three words of some treaty scratched on it. Don’t let the name fool you. This place rocks. We visited just before it was really warm enough to wear shorts, however; being the Michigan Historical Museum – I figured folks would understand the kids’ attire.  As always, house shoes are appropriate museum footwear. I thought we would spend a couple of hours there, tops.  We ended up…
 
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    Simplified Saving

  • 101 Ideas for Summer Fun {Plus a FREE Summer Bucket List Printable}

    Lisa Thompson
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:56 am
    Are you looking for fun activities to do with your kids this summer?  Look no further!  I’ve put together a list of 101 Ideas for Summer Fun!  Plus, you can print out my FREE Summer Bucket List Printable to keep track of the activities you’re hoping to accomplish!  Some of these items are things my kids look forward to all year (like using the magic bucket at the beach to make sand pudding and going to a water park) and some of these are boredom busters that we employ around here so I don’t have to hear any whining! Make Sand Pudding Go to a Water Park Draw a hopscotch…
  • Free and Cheap Weekend Activities and Events

    Lisa Thompson
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    Looking for some fun things you can do this weekend that won’t break the budget?  Here’s a great list of events going on across the country!  Some are events that take place on a weekly basis (like Michaels…which we do every weekend) and others are one time only events. Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.  If you know of a great event going on this weekend or in…
  • Summer Movie Programs: Free & Frugal Family Fun

    Lisa Thompson
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:21 am
      I’m so excited that so many theaters are bringing back their Summer Movie Programs!  This is a great way to take your family to the movies without breaking the bank!  Most of these movies are family friendly, but you’ll want to use discretion on what is appropriate for your family and your kids. CineMark Century Theaters: There are 2 different money saving movie programs at CineMark. Pay $5 per person for 10 shows when you buy them in advanced. Or if you buy your tickets at the show they are $1 each. See participating CineMark locations (note: some Rave Theaters are now…
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    Marinka NYC

  • A Scene in Front of a Fountain

    Marinka
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    A while back, Papa was telling me about an argument that he had with Mama. “We had real scene in front of fountain,” he told me, in Russian, which I am indicating by writing in English but nonetheless leaving out all the articles, so you can feel the Russianness. Let me know how that’s working out for you. “What’s a scene in front of a fountain?” I asked, also in Russian, but as written in English with articles, because I apparently can’t help myself. And Papa explained that in many operatic and theatrical productions, there is a where a young couple…
  • Boyfriends

    Marinka
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    Last week I met my lovely daughter’s handsome boyfriend which is one of those things that I file under “about damn time” since they’ve been dating for over a year which is like a decade in teenage years and who knows how long in dog years, although I suspect it depends on the breed, at least somewhat. Speaking of which, his favorite breed is a husky, which is not mine, so there’s tension already. But he was very nice (and didn’t push the whole husky agenda on me) and we did the whole handshake/nice to meet you thing and then as soon as he left, I asked her…
 
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    My Home Sweet Home - decorated with family, faith, & photoshop

  • Fields of Flags for Your Fourth

    Dawn Camp
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    This week I noticed that my Memorial Day post from 2012 has been pinned nearly 5,000 times. Folks love pictures of our flag! The following photos come both from our county’s Veteran’s Day celebrations and a visit to Union Station in Washington, D.C., from the summer of 2013. It’s no news that there’s turmoil in our country right now and if you’re looking at your news channel or your Facebook feed, you might feel like we’re living in a land divided. No matter where you stand on the issues, the world will never be your source of peace: These things I have…
  • Summer Reading List: Anchored (with giveaway!)

    Dawn Camp
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:04 pm
    One of my favorite things about editing a series of books with multiple contributors has been meeting new writers. Although many are old friends, some—like Kayla Aimee—I met during the process. Later Kayla and I became fellow cast members in the Atlanta Listen to Your Mother event in May! Kayla actually lives here in Atlanta and read the story she contributed, “It Happened on a Tuesday,” at my book launch party for the Beauty of Grace. On Saturday, Kayla held a launch party of her own for her first book Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected, which officially releases today,…
  • Get Your July 2015 Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:23 pm
    The beauty of God’s creation amazes me when I slow down and look for it. This lovely tree was next to our car in a parking lot in South Carolina where we took the kids to play the morning after our oldest son’s wedding. It’s easy to focus on shooting the events—like a graduation, two weddings, and a week of singing school—and miss the seemingly insignificant {God-is-in-the} details, like the fleshy mushrooms at my feet in the morning light. If you use these monthly calendars, please share them via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest using the buttons at the bottom of the…
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • Two days in Amsterdam with kids

    5 Jul 2015 | 2:13 am
    When booking our tickets to Tanzania, we realized that we had a short layover in Amsterdam in between two ten-hour flights. Its a long haul and we decided to inquire about opening up the layover for a few days. It would allow us time to catch up on sleep after an overnight flight, break up the long flights, and also spend a few days in a new country. It didn’t cost anything extra to do this, and I’m so glad we did. Here is how we spent two days in Amsterdam with our kids.*     This is how we looked before our overnight flight:   And this is how we looked after (overtired,…
  • Friday Finds: Hot Pots & Planters

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    1. Chunky White Block Planter | CB22. Threshold Ceramic 2-Hole Hanging Planter | Target 3. Large Mod Cube Planter by Torre | Gilt 4. Mod Metal Planter | Urban Outfitters 5.Teak Wood Hanging Planter | Anthropologie 6. Iris Planter + Chevron Stand | West Elm 7. Micro Dot Cache Pot | West Elm 8. Mod Saucer Planter in Orange | Dot & Bo9. Owl Planter by LunaReece | Etsy
  • What I want you to know about domestic abuse

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post is by Rebecca Aske. What I want you to know about domestic abuse is that it's quiet and it looks like love. It looked like he cared – a lot. He cared so much for me that one week after we were married he wanted to help me pick out clothes to wear. He picked out my clothes and flirted…
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • For That Time… Thank You

    Jenni Chiu
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
      For those times you whispered in my ear as I pushed them into this world Those times spent wrapped with them in fabric like a mama kangaroo and those times you bounced and walked in the frantic haze of colic   For that time you sat clothed in the bathtub as our first born wailed That time you […]
  • Forgive Me If I Do Not Believe You.

    Jenni Chiu
    7 Jun 2015 | 11:39 pm
          A month can’t go by without another disturbing story surfacing about racism, brutality, and what it really looks like to be a black person in America today. Rarely am I at a loss for words. Words are what I do… and yet since Ferguson, I have been unable to translate my confusion, my anger, […]
  • When the Phrase “Date Night” Makes You Guffaw

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

  • Summer at the Beach with Banana Boat®

    Bekki
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    In the Pacific NW, our beach experiences aren’t quite like those of the rest of the country. The water is chilly, the breeze is cool, and the wind is nearly always blowing. Once in awhile, you’ll be lucky enough to catch a “magical” day at the Oregon or Washington coast – and experience a “real” sunny day, but more often than not, we build our sandcastles beneath a cloudy sky. We hit the beach in sweatshirts – not swimsuits, and fill up on chowder – not shaved ice. We enjoy the sites and sounds of the stunning Pacific Ocean with the wind…
  • Paper Towns Coming to Theaters July 24th : Movie Preview

    Bekki
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    Did you love The Fault in Our Stars? (I did!) Paper Towns  is a coming-of-age story from bestselling author John Green (who made us fall in love with Hazel and Gus!) This time, the story centers around Quentin and his neighbor Margo – the girl who loved mysteries so much she became one. After an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears, leaving behind  a trail of cryptic clue for Quentin to figure out. Quentin, along with his friends, embark on an unforgettable adventure. To find Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship and true…
  • Making Road-Trip Memories and Soaking Up the Sun with Banana Boat®

    Bekki
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    School is finally out and my family is ready for summer fun to begin. Our summer bucket list has been made and we are ready to make some memories and enjoy the sun. On our agenda? Our first-ever cross-country road trip as a family!! We will be packing up and heading out – ready to explore some of our nation’s most awe-inspiring sites. Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, and the Grand Tetons are all on the list, making this one summer our family won’t soon forget. Is there anything quite like a family road trip? When I was about ten years old, my parents and I took a road trip through…
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    The Mom Writes

  • Can’t Keep Up? Get NOURISH: A Free Self-Care eCourse for Moms

    The Mom Writes
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    Once upon a time, there lived a young mother. She’d started a little business from home, writing for online sites and managing social media for businesses and bloggers. She was delighted because it let her work on projects she loved while being at home with her little girl and husband. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • Self- Care for Moms for Multiples: How to Make Time for You When You’re Mama to More than One

    The Mom Writes
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    Self-care for moms of multiples is a whole new ball game and something I’m really not equipped to talk about. Yep, single child mama here. However, I do have some amazing friends who’re mamas to 5 or 6 kids and I chatted with them about their self-care routines and how they make time for themselves while tending to 4,5 or even, 6 little ones. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • Inspired Ideas: My Picks for Products That are Making My Summer Sweeter

    The Mom Writes
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:15 pm
    I’m thrilled to be kicking off some fun new series this month. First is the self-care series that’ll be culminating in a brand-new FREE eCourse for YOU. Sign up if you haven’t already. … Read full post The Mom Writes
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Summer Bliss

    Shera
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:12 am
    Finally, I feel like Summer has begun. Sure, the kids have been out of school and we are having unusually fabulous Summer weather this year, but with everything on my plate it’s hard to feel like we are actually enjoying any sort of summer BREAK. Summer, yes – Break? not so much. So many times [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • First Response’s New & Improved Pregnancy Test #Ad #IC

    Nancy
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Taking a pregnancy test can stir up so many emotions – excitement, fear, hope, joy…  So much is riding on one EMU (early morning urine for those of you who haven’t joined any baby boards ;)) and it is absolutely nerve wracking to wait for the results. While my children are now 7 & 5 [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You Are Beautiful

    Shera
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    As moms we are forever trying to find that balance between fine tuning our children – their attitude, opinion, character, hygiene, etc – and encouraging them and creating a balanced self-worth and self-esteem. It’s a tricky thing, but at the top of the list for most of the moms I talk to, especially moms of [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    4tunate

  • Well Hello, Gorgeous New Premium Starter Kit

    Jennifer Murray
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    When I first signed up with Young Living essential oils, I didn’t know they would impact our family’s lives so significantly. I remember opening my box of oils with some excitement and anticipation, but mostly just confusion on where to start and what in the world to do with them. I remember passing them around the dinner table for the boys to smell (they were not so impressed) and trying to figure out what a diffuser was and why I could want to use it. Fast forward over a year later, we use Young Living essential oils every single day. We take them with us on trips and when we…
  • Summer Beginnings

    Jennifer Murray
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
      We are just a little over a week into summer and it already feels so full. We finished up soccer on Saturday and baseball last night with a disappointing loss in the tournament. The boys have been attending a Bible school this week in the mornings.  My dad is making a fantastic recovery from his knee-replacement and will most likely be released from the nursing facility this week! A HUGE praise!  In the midst of a busy season of serving my parents {what a joy it has been to have them in our town}, we’ve managed to have pool parties, pick 10 lbs. of strawberries, consume plenty…
  • On The Last Day of School Eve…

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

  • Simple And Quick Craft: Layered Sand Candle Holder

    Mom
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    My fiancé and I decided on a 4th of July wedding for several reasons; first, we’d always have the day off and second, we’d enjoy free fireworks on our anniversary every year. The date is easy to remember so neither of us should ever forget and decorations would be a snap! But, I soon found […] The post Simple And Quick Craft: Layered Sand Candle Holder appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Enjoying Our Own Water Park Thanks To Blast Zone! #Giveaway

    Mom
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:11 am
    Since building our new house, we’ve had lots to do and not enough time to do any of it. One of the tasks at the top of our list has been to get our yard in order, to make it look less like a construction zone, but mostly so the kids have a place to […] The post Enjoying Our Own Water Park Thanks To Blast Zone! #Giveaway appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Learning About Emotions With Inside Out, Plus Fun Craft For Kids #InsideOut

    Mom
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:22 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InsideOutEmotions #CollectiveBias It’s easy for parents to forget that little ones are often still trying to understand their emotions and how to express them. I know I do; I’ve scolded my child for yelling or throwing things and […] The post Learning About Emotions With Inside Out, Plus Fun Craft For Kids #InsideOut appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
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    The Thrifty Mommy

  • Wordy Wednesday: Cape Lookout Lighthouse

    The Thrifty Mommy
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    Sorry this is a day late. I meant to post yesterday but got busy doing other things. Saturday we had the privilege of visiting Cape Lookout Lighthouse. This is the first time we were able to go onto the island. The last time we went there signs were posted about the government shutdown. I’m not sure why it’s taken us so long to make it back out there. It’s a nice place to visit and I hope we can spend more time there exploring soon. I can’t imagine what life must have been like on the island in the 1800s. Sounds like a lonely yet beautiful place to be. I hope you enjoy…
  • Easy Ice Cream Cake

    The Thrifty Mommy
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    About two years ago, my son went to a birthday party and there was an ice cream cake. Based upon the serving platter, we could tell that it was homemade. We tried to figure out how it was made. It looked like it might be ice cream and graham crackers. We were curious and so we asked the host about the cake. Her response was so simple — It’s just ice cream sandwiches and Magic Shell. And from that moment on, our birthday cakes have been the easy ice cream cake.     You simply layer the cake – a row of ice cream sandwiches, a layer of Magic Shell spread over the top,…
  • 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…
 
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    The Mom Around Town

  • Jimmy

    Paige Dunn
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    My heart broke today. It crumbled in a million little pieces when I heard the news that my friend Jim Kneeland had passed away. I didn’t get to say goodbye. . . . I didn’t get to tell him how amazing I thought he was. Since that opportunity is gone, the only thing I can think to do is shout from the rooftops about the amazing man that was Jimmy and hope he can hear me. Maybe Jesus can pass him this note in heaven. In fact, that is now my official request. Jimmy and I met through his wife Lorna who happens to be one of the closest people to me on the planet. It’s no surprise…
  • Cleansing Cloths for the Late-Night Lazy

    Paige Dunn
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    At the end of a crazy day, the extra step of washing my face can feel like a daunting task. The owner of the 24/7 Spa in Sun Valley, Idaho (where I got one of the best facials I’ve ever had), gave me a solution: Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads. I keep the container next to my bed for the lazy nights, and I give my face a thorough wipe down and call it a day. The salon owner explained to me that normal wipes leave a residue that causes breakouts. Can I vent a sec and say that I can’t stand the fact that, at this age, I still have to worry about breakouts? But these…
  • Saying Goodbye to Bear

    Paige Dunn
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:48 am
    I am thinking about all the wonderful father figures in my life this weekend and decided to repost this article from several years ago: a tribute to my amazing father-in-law: My father-in-law Keith Thomson passed away last week. To give you all a little perspective on who he was, imagine James Bond in his seventies. Now imagine 007 when he is around his family; the secret-agent-man side goes away and you are left with this incredibly charming, handsome, thoughtful, and very very wise man. I believe the word “gentleman” may have derived from someone watching Keith. When we were together he…
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    Mommy Posh

  • Review: CitySights NY Twilight Cruise Tour

    Mommy Posh
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    If it’s your first time exploring New York, one of the easiest ways to get familiar with the iconic landmarks of the city is to take a guided tour and that’s where CitySights NY can help. Last week I had the opportunity to hop on the CitySights NY Twilight Cruise (90-minutes) and took in the sights of […]
  • Pack For The Sun #BBBestSummerEver

    Mommy Posh
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    With Summer here and travel plans in full swing this mom must be well prepared at all times, hey you just never know when an unexpected pool party or a visit to the park might pop up. Which means that my “mom bag” must be fully stocked with the basic essentials. So, today I wanted […]
  • Making Family Summer Memories

    Mommy Posh
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    With the school year coming to a close for summer break, routines and structures will soon be coming to a close and its indeed oh so bittersweet.  Which means we are now ready for some freedom..freedom to party with friends at BBQS, visiting local carnivals, exploring beaches and playing in the park, way beyond bedtime. […]
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    Sweet Potato Chronicles

  • Skillet S'mores

    Laura Keogh
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm
    This is one of those recipe that isn't really a recipe. It's kind of like how summer vacation isn't really a vacation for parents. We're all still fighting the good fight and getting meals on the table for our families. Thankfully summer makes cooking a lot easier since we can basically throw anything on a barbecue. (In fact, look for some of our fun barbecue meals in the near future.) You can also put lots of delicious things over a campfire. Last summer Scarlett loved it when our neighbor would shout to her from the beach–as he stoked a raging fire in his pit–"Get the eggs!" And then,…
  • No Bake Week: Watermelon Cupcakes

    Ceri Marsh
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    My friend Dorna goes all out for birthdays. Her daughter Violet and Esme have been best friends since before they were three. I'm always teasing her about how crafty she is, to which she replies, "Youtube! You can learn anything on Youtube!" Last year for Violet's birthday she crocheted over a dozen Toteros. They were so cute and I bowed down to her dedication — it's something I would never take on. But my kids love them and always talk about how Dorna made them herself. At this year's party, though, Dorna did something I did want to try myself. After the kids had run through a sprinkler…
  • Prettiest Popsicles Ever

    Ceri Marsh
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I know we're a couple of weeks post solstice but to me it feels like the absolute middle of the summer. There's still plenty to look forward to — I can't wait to be at the cottage we've rented for next week — and what feels like a lifetime to look back on — cook book production and hello, Julian joined the underpants-wearing, potty-going population. I'd apologize for getting into details of this lovely life passage but I know as fellow parents you get how hella exciting this is. I am this close to being done with diapers! Now, Julian is not a man to be cajoled into anything. But I have…
 
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    Raising Rockstar

  • Extraordinary Is The New Normal

    Aileen
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    1) Mum Gives Best Explanation Ever, How Life Changes After Pregnancy. “…I want to tell (my daughter) that the physical wounds of child bearing will heal, but… she will forever be vulnerable.” Y’know, like the the evil king El-Carim from the 1963 Captain Sindbad, whose heart beats encased in magic crystal atop a bell tower protected by a giant disembodied hand, except well, yours trips off to school each day with nary an idea how terrified you are, of well, everything. And – get this – they will roll their eyes at you about it.  Giant disembodied…
  • “Death By Guinea”

    Aileen
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    Re-enacting a little-known but highly effective form of medieval torture involving a live guinea pig, tickly claws, and one’s baby sister. (Oh, and rewriting history along the way   (Can you hear the screams? :) I wouldn’t do this on bare skin though…)     Partners in Guinea Crime… Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.
  • Wordless Wednesday (well, almost)

    Aileen
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:21 pm
    This day over Taiwanese noodle soup Rockstar decided his outfit needed a little something extra… Too much? Nahhhhhh. Oh, look - Twins! Hope you’re having a good mid-week, everyone…   Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.
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    Divine Lifestyle

  • Fresh Cherry & Frozen Custard Pie Recipe {GIVEAWAY} #FrozenCustardTime #Edys

    Stacie
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:44 pm
    This blog post is sponsored by Dreyer’s/EDY’S® Frozen Custard ​and SocialMoms. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. Independence Day is quickly approaching and if you want to celebrate July 4th in style, take a look at this absolutely delicious cherry pie that we came up with. Not only does it have fresh cherries, it also has EDY’S® Old Fashioned Vanilla Frozen Custard which is….OMG…amazing!   For our family, July 4th is about ... The post Fresh Cherry & Frozen Custard Pie Recipe {GIVEAWAY} #FrozenCustardTime #Edys appeared first on Divine…
  • Samsung Showcase French Door Refrigerator from Best Buy @BestBuy @Samsungtweets #masteryourhome

    Stacie
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    The Samsung Showcase French Door Refrigerator is designed to improve the way you store food through an innovated two-door system.  The exterior showcase door gives you instant access to the items you love, while the InnerCase let’s use store larger food items. SAMSUNG SHOWCASE FRENCH DOOR REFRIGERATOR FEATURES AT A GLANCE Dual Door Refrigerator-Innovated Two-Door Design Giving you Easy Access to On-The-Go-Items Metal Cooling-Stainless Steel Paneling Helps Maintain Consistent Temperature Innovated Two-Door Design Giving you ... The post Samsung Showcase French Door Refrigerator from Best…
  • Celebrate Summer & Enter the #PAMACelebrateSummer #contest

    Stacie
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Are you ready to enter the PAMA pomegranate liqueur Celebrate Summer Contest? Summer is officialy here which means it is time to start creating around our house. Summer here means lots of grilling out, lots of DIY and plenty of cool cocktails to keep us hydrated. This summer we are working with PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur to come up with some really fun drinks that we cannot wait to serve to family and friends coming over ... The post Celebrate Summer & Enter the #PAMACelebrateSummer #contest appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
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    Dagmar's Home

  • A Visit to My Friend’s Farm in Germany

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    We’re having a wonderful time here in Germany, even though we’re dealing with an unusual heat wave. Germans don’t usually have AC in the house, and even though the houses are built with bricks and stay cool much longer, it’s pretty hot here after days of heat. After the fun day we spent with my mom and brother, Landon and I took a train to see my friend Karen and her family — including my godson Thore — on her farm in the country. It’s an hour train ride, which L always looks forward to. We usually visit them for one night every time we visit Germany.
  • Wordless Wednesday With Linky — Greetings from Bremen

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Greetings from Bremen, Germany! You probably know that I left my hometown to move to America when I was 23 years old. Landon and I are visiting my mom and brother and friends for 10 days right now. We usually come to visit once a year, but last year we didn’t because my mom and brother came to visit us last fall. L was so excited to get on the plane, can you tell? He brought four of his friends to keep him company during the flight. We flew to Paris and got stuck there for an extra seven hours, which was annoying and exhausting, but I was just glad that we made it to Bremen on the same…
  • “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #73 — Refillable K-Cups

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Welcome to “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” link party No. 71! If you found an amazing deal lately, a vintage or thrifty find, then I’d love you to link up. You might get featured next week! I’m in Germany with Landon and didn’t have time to take a picture of my latest find before I left. It’s a thrifty find: the A&P closed in Katonah and everything was 90% off — I scored homeopathic medicine for kids for $1 (I bought the last six) and eight refillable K-cups for Keurig machines. I use one myself for our Keurig and am going to raffle them off once I get…
 
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    Globetrotting in Heels

  • Streamlining goals and holding on to new habits: my New Month’s Resolutions for July 2015

    Elisa
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:40 am
    Well, hello everyone! Long time no see! Sorry I have been  somewhat MIA, but June was kind of brutal, especially the second half of the month. I mean, it was amazing, and really fun… but brutal. My adrenals are screaming for me to catch up on my sleep! Also, do you realize that half of 2015 is officially behind us? That’s kind of crazy, isn’t it? This year is just going by so quickly. How did you do on your goals last month? Did you get everything done? Are you happy with your progress? Here’s what mine looks like: 1. Stick to the set budget both before and during…
  • A Blogtacular experience

    Elisa
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Whew, that was quite a weekend. If you have been following on Instagram, you know that Tobia and I met up in London on Friday, then took on Blogtacular on Saturday, and walked and ate our way through the city on Sunday. I got home late on Monday exhausted but happy, and ready to get back to my usual schedule… after a sensible dose of caffeine, that is. So let me tell you a little about the weekend that was, starting with the main reason why I was in London in the first place: Blogtacular 2015. The day started with the photowalk, which was the highlight of my entire day. We met up at…
  • Getting ready for your first blog conference (or your second, or third…)

    Elisa
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    The countdown to Blogtacular has started, and I couldn’t be more excited! This weekend will be packed with awesomeness: attending dinners and parties, being inspired by fellow bloggers, making new friends, learning new things and just making the best of everything! To top it all off, it will all be taking place in London, which is one of my absolute favorite places. Have I mentioned I am a tad excited? Approaching giddy, with a chance of skipping. I am also a little bit nervous, as I always am before this sort of thing; but as I make more check-marks on my to-do list, I start feeling…
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  • Pics from Princess

    Mom of 12
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:16 pm
    My sweetie dropped Princess off at the airport yesterday morning. She has been terrified about the flying part of this trip since she has never been on a plane before. I'm pretty sure she was teasing herself a bit when she sent me this selfie right before takeoff. Turns out flying wasn't so bad. I wish I could tell you everything about her trip. I only know a few things, but I wanted to
  • 4th of July Activities

    Mom of 12
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:17 am
    I know it was a holiday, but it was another busy day for us. My sweetie took Princess to the airport at 5:00 this morning so that she could get on a plane for Washington DC, and then since he was nearly there, he went to work. Teach had to be to work at 6:00 AM and Bossy picked up Dog Walker about 6:30 AM so he and Fajita would be on time for their parade in Murray. I took Sport over to the
  • Antelope Island

    Mom of 12
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:40 pm
    When I was a 5th grader way back in the dark ages, one of my favorite field trips was going to Antelope Island. I don't remember much about it except that when we got in the water we actually floated very easily. It has always been somewhere I wanted to go as an adult and take my children, but we always have an excuse to do something else. So I put it on the Girl Scout calendar. When I put
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  • MyPrintly: Shark Bait Snack Cups

    Tonya Staab
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Shark Week is officially here. Are you watching? Make sure to print out these fun treat cups and toppers that I created for MyPrintly before settling in for some Jawsome fun.
  • What's New At Two Of Our Favorite SoCal Theme Parks?

    Tonya Staab
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Disclosure: The kids and I are often invited to media events and sometimes receive passes to visit these parks. If you are looking for somewhere to take the kids this summer vacation two of our favorite Southern California theme parks have new attractions and great deals happening. Legoland California McDonald’s is running a promotion in SoCal restaurants (L.A. and San Diego) from June 29 to July 31. It is a Kids Go Free offer with any purchase at a participating McDonald’s in the promotional period. Kids Go Free with paid adult ticket to LEGOLAND® California Resort and your choice of…
  • Date Night At Home: Backyard Barbecue for Two

    Tonya Staab
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the #WheresYourRhino, Sponsored by Blue Rhino®. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. The kids have been gone this week and so I've been pulling double-time at home trying to get through as much work as possible so that there's a little less juggling next week. With my kids coming home tomorrow though (time has flown) I suddenly realized that the man and I hadn't used this opportunity to spend any quality time together. So, I took the morning off work. We enjoyed a lovely hand-in-hand stroll around a local lake and…
 
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  • Top off your summer look with a tassel accessory

    Christine Fox
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:10 pm
    One of my favorite bags to carry in the summer has tassels hanging from it. It just makes the bag feel so summery and begs to be taken on a summer vacation near the sea. If you’re not headed on a wild summer vacation, not to worry, tassels will still be your best accessory this summer. Found on everything from necklaces and earrings to bags and scarves, a tassel is the perfect way to top off your summer looks. From left to right: Multiple Strand Necklace with Shell Discs, $16.99, at target.com Tasseled Pony Holders, $26, at anthropologie.com Topshop Tassel Drop Earrings, $18, at…
  • Summer style trend: ombre for everyone

    Courtney Strimel
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Preppy prints–pineapples and flamingos–are all the rage this summer, but what if preppy just isn’t your thing? Ombre, may be your answer. More subdued (and less psychedelic) than tie dye, ombre incorporates pretty color gradations, and it appears on everything from dresses to cute sandals. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites (including maternity styles) below. Go for a watery blue or bright coral this summer, or choose something in the black/gray spectrum and wear it right into fall and winter. Clockwise from left: Alternative Dress in Patriotic Dip Dye, $78,…
  • Mara Hoffman launches activewear collection

    Christine Fox
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Everyone loves leisure and active wear for it’s comfort and practicality. This summer one of our favorite boho designers, Mara Hoffman, has launched an activewear collection that will have you doing Downward Dogs in no time. Try a jumpsuit for the ultimate summer look or go for a sports bra and cropped leggings for your daily run. Whichever look you choose, you’ll definitely be styling! From left to right: Mara Hoffman Mesh Back Sports Bra and Shorts, $118 and $128. Mara Hoffman Tank Top and Sweatpant, $128 and $165. Mara Hoffman Bodysuit, $268. Mara Hoffman and Mesh Back Sports…
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  • Comparing Convenient Programs In Bajrangi Bhaijaan

    highfive
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    The celebrity started promoting his forthcoming film “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” on reality shows, beginning with “Indian Idol Junior”.And now latest reports imply that the actor will likely be soon seen on promoting the film on popular shows “Yeh Hai Mohabbatein”, “Qubool Hai” and ” Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah”.According to The Indian Express, Salman is planning... The post Comparing Convenient Programs In Bajrangi Bhaijaan appeared first on Thegreerfive.
  • Necessary Criteria For Fathers Day – What’s Required

    highfive
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Fathers’ Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. It is a day set aside to honor fathers everywhere, if they will be the brand new daddy of a baby who’s too young to say thanks by themselves, the proud patriarch of a family, or the father of developed children who have flown the... The post Necessary Criteria For Fathers Day – What’s Required appeared first on Thegreerfive.
  • Exploring Methods Of android

    highfive
    5 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    The capacities from the new iPod video continue the developing process from the old capacities – hardware, applications and compatibility as well as other devices. Since the 5th generation iPods there’s another opportunity of playing mp4 and m4v MPEG 4 video file formats. Just non copy-protected WMA files may be copied for an iPod. Other... The post Exploring Methods Of android appeared first on Thegreerfive.
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  • Day 21: My Journey to End Dark Under Eye Circles with Solutions 24 Clinical

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    We are continuing our 2x daily regimen of using the Solutions 24 Clinical Dark Circles Corrector Stick!  I have to admit that I was seeing some amazing results, and then I got sick. I got a little lazy about my routine, and I didn't see any progress during the time I didn't use the product. In fact, I think my eyes got a little darker during the 3 days I couldn't use the product.  Upon starting
  • 5 Easy Ways to Implement Fun Summer Learning This Summer

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carson-Dellosa. I reviewed the free content on their website to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.  We don't let up with our homeschooling when summer comes along; we just try to make it more fun and relaxed.  One way that's made it easier than ever to get each of our Pre-K
  • Old Fashioned Giveaway: Devotional and More!

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:34 pm
    We already told you how much we enjoyed the Old Fashioned movie.  Today, we are sharing news about a companion book and devotional designed to carry the message of the film into your daily life! The novelization of the movie, Old Fashioned, is a quick read, with a more indepth look at just what the characters may have been feeling and thinking.  It's enjoyable either as a standalone book, or
 
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  • Low Carb Meal Plan

    Stacie
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re looking to try a new meal plan, or just want to get more organized with a low carb meal plan – you’re in the right place! Low carb has taken a pretty big spotlight recently and helped lots of people in lose weight, myself included! While each low carb diet is different, the main objective… [read more] The post Low Carb Meal Plan appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • Chipotle Chicken Skewers #CanadianRaisedChicken

    Stacie
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own. Skewer or Kebab? Is there a difference? I don’t think so. It’s whatever your preference is or what you feeling like… [read more] The post Chipotle Chicken Skewers #CanadianRaisedChicken appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza

    Stacie
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Pizza is one of those meals where it’s easy to be creative. You need your basic crust, sauce, cheese and toppings. It’s fun to mix and match all these elements and see what you can come up with. I enjoy experimenting when I cook. Sometimes, it works out perfectly while others dinner is a complete… [read more] The post BBQ Chicken Pizza appeared first on Simply Stacie.
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  • FREE Child Monitoring App- eKAVACH

    Angela
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Sponsored eKAVACH is said to be India’s most advanced digital parenting application for your kids.It comes as 2 separate apps. One for the parents phone and one for the child’s. This app is to protect your child’s internet safety in a world filled with bullying, stalking and graphic websites. With so much technology around kids, eKAVACH has parental controls that provide parents the family protection and internet safety from various online risks. You can monitor screen time, enable content filtering and track your child’s location. This app says it can prevent exposure…
  • Common Military Spouse Misconceptions

    Angela
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Sponsored Being a military spouse has its countless benefits. We become strong, independent, self sufficient, & reliable. Some of the common misconceptions to that though is that our marriages never last, we are lazy, we have no bills to pay and the main one is we don’t work. As I am sure with any demographic, there are probably some spouses that fit that. But I have to say without any doubt that the majority of spouses, men & women, I have met in our 10 years, have been hardworking individuals. I know a woman who has been through countless deployments, raised 4 girls overseas,…
  • Prepping for our Home Road Trip Party #HomeRoadTrip

    Andrea
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Press Sample Have you ever had moments that literally take your breath away?  I have had quite a few of them lately and they all have one common theme…home.  Every 4th of July my family gets together to celebrate the holiday and family and now that I live 4 hours away, the opportunity to visit my childhood home means so much.  (My breath taken away) My dear neighbor clued me into this adorable movie called Home back when it was first introduced in theaters and unfortunately we never got our act together to watch it.  When my boys learned that it would be out on Blu-Ray soon they…
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  • Facing Father’s Day without a Dad

    Samantha Gregory
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    By Tiffany Papageorge, author of My Yellow Balloon If you’ve ever had the experience of being involved in a Father’s Day-themed activity, craft, or discussion as someone without a father, you know that it can bring up big, painful feelings. In fact, the whole holiday can bring up very difficult feelings for those who don’t have the traditional father-child experience. Whatever your relationship was or is with your father, whether they are alive and not present or they have died, there is a very real hole in our hearts where they used to be. I want you to know that there are many, many…
  • Get Paid Great Money to be a Dog Sitter

    Samantha Gregory
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:48 pm
    This entry is part 24 of 24 in the series Side HustleMake extra money as a dog sitter with Rover.com. If you love dogs you can make money as a dog sitter in your home or theirs. Rated positively by Yelp and the Animal Humane society Earn  $2,000-$5,000/month From the website:   Great Income Rover sitters earn $25-$60 per night for each dog they watch, and can easily earn $2,000-$5,000/month. Plus, we’ll handle all the billing and payments for you. You’re in Control You set your schedule. You choose your rates. Watch dogs in your home or in your client’s…
  • Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

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

  • Back to School Lunches: Make them Fun and Germ-Free

    Danielle
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    I will be honest, as the school year draws to a close, one of the things I MOST look forward to are the days with little to no schedule…those that allow me the flexibility of a few extra minutes in the morning, that don’t find me harassing my small people to ‘hurry up’, to ‘find their shoes’, to ‘pack their backpacks’ and to rush out the door…and yes, I definitely don’t miss making and packing their lunches. But as Summer drifts by and then eventually winds down, my entire mindset changes. I crave order. I begin to be excited about…
  • Heat-Friendly Hair Styles

    Lauren Dix
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    If you’re anything like me, then the hot weather does a number on your hair. Humidity brings out the frizz and sweat causes uncomfortable stickiness. So in the Summer, wearing my hair down just doesn’t happen all that often. But pulling it up doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with the same old ponytail. You’ll love these heat-friendly hairstyles that will keep you cool and chic! 1. French braid ponytail A simple french braid is always a classic. To mix it up, french braid the top half of your hair and pull the rest into a ponytail! Need a french braid tutorial? Check…
  • On Fatherhood, Selflessness and Heroes #ShareYourHero

    Danielle
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    This past weekend, we found ourselves on a baseball diamond. I know, I know, pick your jaw up from the floor….it is hard not to be shocked to think that we, our little family of four, had ventured to yet another field to watch one of our children play. But this weekend had a touch of the ‘unique’ to it…. Cooper was to play in his very first out-of-town tournament and his Daddy, the Coach was a bundle of nervous excitement and energy. Sure, it was but two hours away, and yet, to a nine year old…his team of Rookies, and yes, his coach – they may as well have…
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    iDreamofClean

  • Productivity for the Perpetually Overwhelmed

    christine satterfield
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Last week I told you how I had procrastinated reading my book of the week. Kind of ironic since the book I was to review was called Productivity for the Perpetually Overwhelmed. Well, I finally zipped through the book thanks to my Kindle reading app. I was a bit perplexed in the first few chapters because the author talked all about waking up early, getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating right. It wasn’t until chapter four that he got to the nitty-gritty details of getting stuff done! However. He was right to start out with the basics. My husband was out of town for a week so I…
  • Happy 4th of July!

    christine satterfield
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
      Happy 4th of July! Have fun! …and don’t worry about cleaning photo credit The post Happy 4th of July! appeared first on i dream of clean organized simple productive.
  • Clean Your Grill

    christine satterfield
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Tomorrow we’ll be celebrating Independence Day here in the U.S. Of course it’s just July 4th for everyone else. But whether you’re celebrating or it’s just a typical day, take some time to clean your grill today. It’s super easy…well, it’s easy if you get your husband to do it like I do Since I haven’t researched grill cleaning too much myself, here’s a quick tutorial with all the details. Your assignment for today: Continue working on habit #7. Clean your grill. Add this task to your personal cleaning calendar. Check in when…
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    United States of Motherhood

  • On Parental Learning Curves: Fruit Tray on Fleek

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Fruit tray on fleek, my friends!! #parentinglearningcurvesarereal Yeah I went simple for end of year picnic for kid #3. Kid #1? I would meticulously carved watermelon baskets and have a dozen exotic fruits like star fruit that kids wouldn't even eat. Arranged to spell out kids' names. Hours and hours... desperate housewife style. Kid #2? A little simpler. Maybe rainbow fruit kabobs arranged on fancy party platters. What I have learned? Kids don't even notice -- only parents are impressed. And by kid #3? I could not care less if I impressed any parents. It's not a competition.
  • Add a Little Sparkle to Your IPhone 6 with Rebecca Minkoff and AT&T #ATTSeattle

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    Taken with my iPhone 6 of courseHello there gorgeous! Gotta love AT&T for delivering this Rebecca Minkoff beauty today for my iPhone6. So much sparkle!! I'm a casual girl during the day, but love I can dress up my phone for evening events! With both silver AND gold sparkles, love my new Casemate Rebecca Minkoff Crystal Statement Case!! It'll match silver AND gold phones AND the silver or gold accessories you wear! Perfection since clashing metallic accessories drive me nutso. Fits my phone perfectly too. Bonus? $20 off retail price and free shipping at AT&T right now!From AT&T: A…
  • Not Paleo: How Not to Make a Fool of Yourself & Hijack #Paleo #CavemanDiet #PaleoDiet #EatClean

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:07 pm
    I am no paleo expert and I am no paleo nazi. However, I do know some things:You cannot have greek yogurt and granola and call it paleo. You cannot have corn on your salad and call it paleo.You cannot have rice with your steak and call it paleo.You cannot have baked goods and cakes made with white sugar and flours made from any grains.And???  And??? You cannot have store bought flour tortillas, pre-shredded cheese and canned enchilada sauce--even if you added extra chicken for protein--and call it paleo.I have also seen people label their food simultaneously vegan and paleo. Those…
 
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Why I don’t feel guilty that my kids spent their early years in daycare.

    Christine Blythe
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    When I look at the differences between Mark and I and the result of our fairly isolated childhoods, and the active, happy and social childhoods of Erin and Stu thanks to their being in a great... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Heatwave myths: The tips and tricks that help you keep your cool | BBC Newsbeat

    Christine Blythe
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Train tracks are buckling, dogs are being kept out of cars and shops have sold out of fans. The heatwave is here.   The Met Office says today (Wednesday) is the hottest day on record with 36.7C... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Canada Day treats!

    Christine Blythe
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    For a Canada Day treat, here’s a panoramic photo our daughter Erin took of the Bow River in Calgary – the city she has come to love so much.   I’m still waiting for pictures... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • His Favorite TV Characters – Now at CookiesKids.com!

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Cookie’s Kids brings boys’ favorite small screen favorites to life with hoodies, T-shirts, outfits, and more. Exciting attire like this could run you almost twice as much at a conventional department store. CookiesKids.com, the Kids’ Department Store, caters to kids with our great selection and to parents with our incredible prices, and our selection of TV character outfits is no exception. Check out some of our favorites:Let loose with SpongeBob Squarepants in this delightful 2-piece, designed for staying active!Why not take the Paw Patrol along next beach trip?He can suit up from the…
  • Unclinging a Clingy Child

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:35 am
    What does your child do when you drop them off at day care? Some kids’ natural curiosity kicks in and they wander away towards a peer or toy. Other kids are more cautious, preferring to stay by mom or dad until a teacher or caregiver invites them to join the fun. Then there are the clingers, who hold onto mom or dad for dear life, and cry the second they leave. If your child falls into the last category, this advice is for you!The instinct to cling to mom or dad develops around age 4. Until then, almost everything a child experiences of the world they experience with a parent. It can be…
  • Rebuilding Family Trust

    15 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    Losing trust in your kids is something all parents face, whether they have a 7 year old or a 17 year old. There are countless instances in which parent-child trust can be damaged. Maybe you gave your child money for a school field trip and they spent it on something else? Perhaps they said they were sleeping over at their best friend’s house but instead went to a concert with a different crowd? Both situations imply a breach of trust and can cause hurt, for you and for your guilty child. So how do you take a breach of trust and turn it into a teachable moment? Though a child’s misdeeds…
 
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  • TJ Maxx Kids Art Contest

    joey fortman
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Hudson is a LOVER of ice cream!  Thanks for the fun TJ Maxx! One of my favorite stores of all time is having some fun with a Kids Art Contest!  TJ Maxx & the "Maxx Kids Art Contest" is going on now through July 7th and YOUR kid could win $250 savings bond & a chance to have their artwork on products sold at TJ Maxx benefiting Save the Children from TJ Maxx!Here's what you do.  If your kid is 14 & under, go visit www.tjmaxx.com/artcontest.  Download the the contest info and get your kid coloring!  "What is your favorite thing in the whole world?"…
  • Happy Father's Day from Nattie and the WWE

    joey fortman
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    Many of you know how much fun I've had in the past year since meeting the WWE at Blogger Bash during the KidzVuz event.  I've met Nattie from Total Divas a couple times now and love how down to Earth and real she is.  She is such an asset to that organization with the way she loves to be around kids & share her truth with her fans. In honor of dad's day - here is a guest post from THE Nattie herself!   Meet Nattie's Daddy: Father's Day EditionMost people know that I have followed in my dad’s footsteps professionally, carrying on the Hart family legacy in WWE.
  • BEACH and BOARDWALK Summer Survival #RealMomTravels

    joey fortman
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Summer!!  Ok, sort of.  It's JUNE so that's a start!Again, one of my most favorite people of all time - Jennaphr Frederick and I commiserated the insanity known as NO SCHOOL!So what DO you do with your kids in the summer? Many moms need help planning theirs - so here are some GREAT BEACH finds to make that beach trip a little more enjoyable with little ones!  One Step Ahead is a biggie in our house.  I've known them for a couple years and LOVE sharing some of the fun products I find that they carry!  So in honor of the insanity known as SUMMER VACATION…
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  • Comparing Convenient Programs In Bajrangi Bhaijaan

    highfive
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    The celebrity started promoting his forthcoming film “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” on reality shows, beginning with “Indian Idol Junior”.And now latest reports imply that the actor will likely be soon seen on promoting the film on popular shows “Yeh Hai Mohabbatein”, “Qubool Hai” and ” Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah”.According to The Indian Express, Salman is planning... The post Comparing Convenient Programs In Bajrangi Bhaijaan appeared first on Thegreerfive.
  • Necessary Criteria For Fathers Day – What’s Required

    highfive
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Fathers’ Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. It is a day set aside to honor fathers everywhere, if they will be the brand new daddy of a baby who’s too young to say thanks by themselves, the proud patriarch of a family, or the father of developed children who have flown the... The post Necessary Criteria For Fathers Day – What’s Required appeared first on Thegreerfive.
  • Exploring Methods Of android

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

    Anne
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Sitting down for dinner as a family of 7 is not something that happens a lot around here. There are many nights when someone is missing and our family mealtime isn’t quite complete. When we do have the chance to enjoy a meal together we do whatever it takes to make it great! Over the [...] The post Everything Is #Saucesome with Ragú ® + Recipe appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Kids Construct with Geomag

    Anne
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:58 pm
    When it comes to building and constructing things, I think Alexander would spend hours doing nothing but that. He loves to build things with anything he can get his hands on, from blocks to paper cups and anything in between. Knowing his love for building, I knew he was going to love the new sets [...] The post Kids Construct with Geomag appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Curious George 3 on DVD

    Anne
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:49 pm
    My kids have all been fans of Curious George so naturally, we’ve seen all the episodes of the show, read all the books and seen the movies. This past weekend, we actually watched the first two movies in anticipation of seeing Curious George 3 for the first time. About Curious George 3 Launch into the [...] The post Curious George 3 on DVD appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
 
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    QuirkyFusion

  • Circus Smirkus Camp in Greensboro, VT

    Christy
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    A visit to the new Circus Smirkus Campus in Greensboro, and our first Smirkling Camp experience. [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Disney Imagination Park Store Opens in the Burlington Mall

    Christy
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    The new Burlington, MA Disney Store offers a lot of interactive fun, as well as shopping. [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Tuscan Market Brings a Taste of Italy to New England

    Christy
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    Tuscan Market offers fresh and authentic Italian ingredients and meals, as well as a great spot for a casual breakfast, lunch, and dinner. [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
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    Rich Single Momma

  • Facing Father’s Day without a Dad

    Samantha Gregory
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    By Tiffany Papageorge, author of My Yellow Balloon If you’ve ever had the experience of being involved in a Father’s Day-themed activity, craft, or discussion as someone without a father, you know that it can bring up big, painful feelings. In fact, the whole holiday can bring up very difficult feelings for those who don’t have the traditional father-child experience. Whatever your relationship was or is with your father, whether they are alive and not present or they have died, there is a very real hole in our hearts where they used to be. I want you to know that there are many, many…
  • Get Paid Great Money to be a Dog Sitter

    Samantha Gregory
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:48 pm
    This entry is part 24 of 24 in the series Side HustleMake extra money as a dog sitter with Rover.com. If you love dogs you can make money as a dog sitter in your home or theirs. Rated positively by Yelp and the Animal Humane society Earn  $2,000-$5,000/month From the website:   Great Income Rover sitters earn $25-$60 per night for each dog they watch, and can easily earn $2,000-$5,000/month. Plus, we’ll handle all the billing and payments for you. You’re in Control You set your schedule. You choose your rates. Watch dogs in your home or in your client’s…
  • Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

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

  • Stories beyond the beach cottage

    Toni
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:53 pm
    It's been quiet on the blog. I feel like it's a deserted vacation home! There's a film of dust on the patio furniture and the bedrooms have to be aired out. But I've got my weekend bag with me, and I'm here to liven up this little beach cottage. Let me tell you what I've been up to the past weeks! Imagine us catching up over a spread of lightly toasted goat cheese on slices of toasted bread (a snack I've been craving for several days now). We've got free-flowing tea and orange juice to quench your toast. We'll save the wine for later. ;) Read more... The post Stories beyond the beach…
  • The Ghosts That Linger (A Short Story)

    Toni
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    There were five of us in the room that night. You, me, and the three ladies I will never come up to par with. The diamond ring on me shouts that I AM THE ONLY ONE (for now, right now, until the next one comes along). Why do women believe they can change men? I […] Read more... The post The Ghosts That Linger (A Short Story) appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Happy Ending (A Short Story)

    Toni
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Our mouths played catch up with each other we’ll do the talking later much much later Read more... The post Happy Ending (A Short Story) appeared first on Wifely Steps.
 
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • Exploring Glenview, Illinois With Kids

    Alicia Marie
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Thanks to Go Roma for sponsoring this post. I love taking road trips and one of the best things about living in the Chicago area is the amount of fun things there are for families to do within just an hour or two of where we live. A few weeks ago we headed to a town I’d never been to before called Glenview which is about 14 miles North of the city. The boys and I spent a whole day exploring the town and didn’t even get to do everything on my list. Here are the things I’d recommend doing on your next trip to Glenview. Play: Little Bear Garden Park My boys spent hours playing…
  • Fun Reading Activities For Summer {Giveaway}

    Alicia Marie
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Thank you to Reading Is Fundamental for sponsoring this post! We’ve been working hard on the reading skills this summer. Every day, after playing at day camp, I have the boys pick out a few books and sit and read (if they need incentives check out this list of summer reading programs). Jacob reads out loud to himself and Lucas, who isn’t yet reading words, looks at the pictures and tells the story he thinks the words are saying. This quiet time looking at books is so important in making sure that they don’t lose reading skills while school is out for the summer. Reading Is…
  • Flavors Of Summer

    Alicia Marie
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Thanks to IHOP for providing a gift card to sample their new Summer Stacks. One of the things on our bucket list this summer was breakfast for dinner so we headed to our local IHOP restaurant to enjoy the special meal. While french toast and bacon are my ideal breakfast meal, Sinisa is all about crepes and the boys love their pancakes. IHOP has something for us all! This summer, IHOP is inviting guests to savor the flavors of the season by offering three new signature pancakes. The three flavors are perfect for summertime- Blueberry Lemonade, Banana Pudding and Blackberry Peach Cobbler. Since…
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  • Delicious Meals in Minutes with Cardinal Ready

    Sheri
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    I try to serve my family a variety of healthy meals, but planning ahead is not necessarily one of my strong suits. I get busy and forget to take something out of the freezer, or I don’t watch the clock and don’t realize that it’s supper time and I haven’t even started... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Be ready for anything when traveling #GettheMostOutofLife

    Sheri
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    As a frequent flyer, I know the value of being prepared. There isn’t anything worse than spending your vacation sick in your hotel room. Over on the Shoppers Drug Mart hub, I shared my list of travel essentials to ensure a worry free vacation. Be sure to pop over to the Life Brand hub to... Read... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Enjoy Summer Afternoons with a Pineapple Chiller

    Sheri
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:31 pm
    I love this time of year, when we can sit out on the patio and relax with friends and family. While the kids cool off the pool, the adults keep a close eye from our chairs and enjoy a cold beverage. Almond Breeze has the perfect summer drink for those afternoons, the Pineapple Chiller.  ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Summer Style: Dressed Up Easy

    DudeMom
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Summer has been sort of a mess for me stylistcally. Thursday I showed up at a community concert in a bleach stained hoodie. To be fair, it was chilly (not sure why, Summer is confused as well) and I had to put on my “car jacket” in order to be comfortable. So forgive that one. Personally I am still struggling with the fact that I wore the same outfit twice last week. Technically it was three times, but the first day doesn’t count because only my kids saw me. But still. I recall looking down at myself, as I snapped a photo from my position on the soccer field, in utter horror when I…
  • Car Seat Safety & Other Summer Travel Tips (Giveaway)

    DudeMom
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
    I consider myself a generally cautious and relatively safe person. I try to stay informed on current events (like TORNADO WARNING run to the basement!) and up to date on best safety practices (rear facing car seats for babies is what’s up). You’re not going to catch me tracking a storm across the country or listening raptly in my basement to my police scanner app (yes, I have a police scanner app, but I totally only listen to it when I need to), and sometimes I let comfortable parenting prevail (We co-slept, ok? I know it’s not “recommended” but it worked and we survived,…
  • Summer Happy & a $110 Target Gift Card Giveaway

    DudeMom
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Summer is systematically kicking my butt. Day in. Day out. Summer wins. DudeMom loses. I’ve been staying up super late to work so I can care for The Dudes during the day (and by care I mean break up fights continuously) and I get up booty butt crack of dawn early in order to get The Dudes to swim team practice. Why do I sign them up for the swim team every summer? I know it will exhaust me. But, oh the cuteness is so very worth it… And they are truly amazing swimmers, a necessity I think based on where we live (on a lake, in case you haven’t sufficiently stalked me). But, because of all…
 
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  • A “Baycation” at Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa

    La Jolla Mom
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:59 pm
    When a friend calls to ask if you’d like to take a last-minute staycation, the answer in our home is always yes.  Except in this case it was really a baycation at Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. Why? It’s because the resort is located right on the shores of Mission Bay, a scenic haven for water recreation. Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa’s Location So now that you know it’s located on Mission Bay, let me dive into exactly where that is for those who aren’t familiar with San Diego.  Mission Bay Park is a giant saltwater lagoon with 27 miles of shoreline located…
  • “Kids Go Free” at LEGOLAND California and a Ticket Giveaway

    La Jolla Mom
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:33 am
    One of San Diego’s best family attractions is no doubt LEGOLAND California Resort. And, with the kids out of school, summer is the perfect time to go especially with a Kids Go Free offer (details below). LEGOLAND California Resort has many features all ages will love. The popular LEGOLAND theme park is dedicated to all things LEGO mostly for kids between the ages of 2-12. And, in addition to SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Hotel, the resort also has a water park with two main areas including the new LEGO CHIMA Water Park. My 8-year-old daughter loves LEGOLAND and last time we went she…
  • What It’s Like to Fly British Airways Club World from San Diego to London Heathrow

    La Jolla Mom
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:38 pm
    I’ve been a long-time fan of British Airways dating back to the time we lived in London. My family just flew BA between San Diego and London Heathrow in Club World (business class) thanks to a killer sale in the fall. Since I’ve received so many queries regarding how we enjoyed this flight — the favorable euro-dollar exchange rate must be renewing interest in travel to Europe — I thought I’d give you a run down of how it went. British Airways Lounge Access in San Diego Hallelujiah! The American Airlines Admirals Club renovations at San Diego International…
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    MamarazziKnowsBest.com

  • Inside Out in Theaters Today – Download Games and Recipes!

    Suzette Valle
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Pixar’s “Inside Out” is in theaters today! After watching the film, why not prolong that joyful feeling (pun!) with some activity sheets, crafts, and games for the kids. There’s also some “Inside Out” inspired recipes for those little chefs! Let’s kick off the summer with this fantastic family film courtesy of Pixar and Disney. Enjoy! EmotioNail Art  InsideOut_pdf_5583573f5c780 […] The post Inside Out in Theaters Today – Download Games and Recipes! appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
  • Comic-Con 2015 Preview: Outlander, Dr. Who, Hunger Games, Star Wars

    Suzette Valle
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:36 pm
    The press releases for Comic-Con are coming in hot! From “Outlander” to “Dr. Who,” I’ll be posting a Comic-Con 2015 preview of notable information as it hits my inbox to help you plan your visit. Thursday, July 9, 2015 “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2″ will take over Hall H at 12 noon and will be […] The post Comic-Con 2015 Preview: Outlander, Dr. Who, Hunger Games, Star Wars appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
  • Motown The Musical Dazzles Eyes, Stirs Soul

    Suzette Valle
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    With “Motown” in the title, you’d expect for this musical to knock your socks off with a song-list that would rival Dick Clark’s Top 40. It does. It did. As soon as the curtain rises, the energy starts and doesn’t quit! In this first national tour of “Motown The Musical,” the story centers around the rise […] The post Motown The Musical Dazzles Eyes, Stirs Soul appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
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  • Is It Harder Being an Adult Than a Kid?

    amandamagee
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    “So, is it hard? Do you want to cry when you put us on the bus?” her face was titled against the car window toward where the bus would eventually emerge. Her tone was mostly kidding, with the slightest, wistful undercurrent. I stared at her profile. Her pert nose exactly as it looked the day she was born more than 11 years earlier. Round cheeks and curly lashes framing eyes that are a mirror image of her dad’s. I’d braided her hair after a bath the night before. She had said to me in the bathroom that morning, “Should I keep my hair in the braid or take it out?”   “Keep it…
  • Be One More

    amandamagee
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:17 am
    The other day I was sitting in our backyard soaking up the sound of the leaves  in the wind, the rustle like water to my ears. Blades of grass danced with beads of water from the soaking I’d given them. I looked at the yellow blossoms popping along the cucumber vines, the soil rich with coffee grounds and molasses water. Pink chive blossoms bobbed in the wind from their perch in the whiskey barrel, along with the cilantro and mint I’d planted. Then something caught my eye, a little blossom that I hadn’t planted, a volunteer, my mom would call it. It had sprung from the…
  • Why Don’t They…

    amandamagee
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Lately we’ve been playing more in the backyard. Sean will toss a lacrosse ball with the big girls while I kick a supermarket bouncy ball with Fin. Inevitably our lines will cross and Sean will kick the ball as I field a lacrosse ball. The girls giggle and cheer as we zig and zag. Most of the time it ends up being Sean alone with either Avery or Briar. The other night it was B who stayed out with Sean. I was about to go in, but as the littler girls darted by, I decided to stay for minute. Sean called to her to pass the ball. She wound up and grunted as she tried to throw the football.
 
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    Chair design and ideas

  • Tailgate Chair

    ilma
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Every tailgate party gore needs a good Tailgate Chair-One of the most important,   if you will shift in the chair so you must clean your chair and remember in the live and adventure if not THE most important tailgate chairs factors to consider . when planning a tailgate party is where you are going to [...]
  • How to Clean Leather Raymour and Flanigan Chairs

    ruroh
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Leather is a popular and expensive option for furniture such as sofas and chairs. If cared for properly, leather raymour and flanigan chairs will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, your everyday will appear dirt, grime, stains and scratches. Professional products for cleaning and restoration of this material may remove dirt and stains while repairing any damage. [...]
  • Tumbleform Chair Bath Starfish

    ruroh
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:56 pm
    The tumbleform chair bath Starfish makes bath time easier and more enjoyable experience for both the child and the caregiver. It is highly functional and easy to adjust the height-adjustable legs; folding backrest and leg rest allow a ‘ wide variety of angles and adjustments. The maximum comfort is for the child and his caregiver. [...]
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  • a week with no food allergies

    Missy
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    Last week we bought an ice cream cake for the first time in many years. Last week I went up north with my boyfriend and his kids (my kids were at their Dad’s house). We stayed in a cabin by a lake. And it was the strangest thing – I didn’t have to worry about food allergies for an entire week! I almost feel guilty talking about it now, how much I enjoyed being carefree for a week, after living so carefully for so many years. We could eat and cook anything we wanted in the cabin. This included trail mix, eggs for breakfast and peanut butter sandwiches, foods that we…
  • shopping for allergy-friendly food at Whole Foods Market

    Missy
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:34 pm
    I’ve been playing around with Periscope, the new live streaming app you can get on iphone and droid smartphones. I encourage everyone to download it and check it out (and follow me there!). Recently, while grocery shopping, I thought I’d try live streaming to see if anyone was interested in hearing and seeing the types of foods I buy. Interestingly, there were people who joined throughout the entire 20 minutes or so and a few folks who asked questions. I saved a copy of my “scope” here and uploaded to YouTube. Feel free to watch it here to see what types of products we…
  • on why we don’t keep secrets

    Missy
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:09 pm
    We don’t keep secrets in our family, but we can keep surprises. Secrets are usually something bad that can hurt someone, while surprises are something good, such as a present! Along with that, I’ve taught my children that if any adults ever say to them, “Don’t tell your Mom (or Dad) about this,” that it’s VERY important they tell me right away and I will never be mad at them for doing so. Grown ups only say that if they did something wrong, but when it comes to the safety of my children, I need to know about it. Adults should not be forming secrets with…
 
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • Easy Vanilla Iced Coffee Recipe #LBandMe #Ad

    Toni Patton
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Summer is here, so I am toning down the hot drinks, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want my vanilla coffee. So, I drink it iced on a daily basis. I still get the coffee I love without having to drink a hot drink on a hot, sunny, Florida day! This is possibly the easiest Read More »» The post Easy Vanilla Iced Coffee Recipe #LBandMe #Ad appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
  • Gearing Up For Independence Day Fun, What Are Your Plans? #CapriSunCrew #sp

    Toni Patton
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    Summer has been in full swing for us, for a few weeks now. We are counting down the days until our annual 4th of July get together. Every year we do an array of things and thanks to Capri Sun, we get to add a little extra fun into the mix. Because my mom was Read More »» The post Gearing Up For Independence Day Fun, What Are Your Plans? #CapriSunCrew #sp appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
  • Gulf Coast Eats: Mandarin Moon In Gulf Breeze, Florida @Restaurant_Com #ReviewCrew #sp

    Toni Patton
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:01 pm
    It’s another day and another featured restaurant on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Today we are talking about Mandarin Moon which is located in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Mandarin Moon is a Asian cuisine and had a little bit of everything on it’s menu. From bento boxes to sushi and grill items to curry, it definitely covers almost any Read More »» The post Gulf Coast Eats: Mandarin Moon In Gulf Breeze, Florida @Restaurant_Com #ReviewCrew #sp appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the…
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  • Happy Father’s Day

    Maria A. Karamitsos
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    Today we celebrate all the amazing dads and granddads, and my dad is no exception. If you’ve been following my posts about my dad, you know that my dad has Alzheimer’s and now lives in a nursing home. A friend publishes this awesome blog with posts written solely by women, called Women.Who.Write. She published my Mother’s Day essay, and immediately requested one for Father’s Day. Easier said than done.  But this exercise helped me to identify and begin to confront some of the many complex emotions that Alzheimer’s elicits. Have a read. My Dad: Reflections,…
  • My 3 favorite posts of the week

    Maria A. Karamitsos
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
    Hey there! How’s it going? Yesterday was the last day of school. Like you, I’ve been mired in all the end-of-the-year events, shopping for teacher gifts, etc. Plus, I’ve been working on an exciting new project, which I will share with you soon. I didn’t want you to think I had succumbed to a new malady, so I thought I’d better check in! Boo and Bebs enjoying the beach on California’s Central Coast.   Like you, I like to read blogs. (Thanks for reading this one!) Some posts really resonate with me, and I share them on Facebook or Twitter. I thought it…
  • Time to Forgive My Mother

    Maria A. Karamitsos
    8 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    I’ve had the privilege to have had the essay, “Time to Forgive my Mother” published as part of a Mother’s Day series on the Women.Who.Write blog. I’m thrilled to be in the company of some very talented writers. Hop on over and check it out. Click here.
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  • Be Prepared with Save the Children’s Child Emergency Contact Card

    Tisha Berg
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:58 am
    It’s so hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina left a major U.S. city in ruins, claiming the lives of tens of thousands of people and forever changing the lives of hundreds of thousands more. Some of the most heartbreaking stories of loss involved children that were separated from parents who were nearly impossible to locate because of the chaos, destroyed homes and mass re-locations. 5,000 children were reported missing in the aftermath of Katrina and it was many months before these children were able to be reunited with their parents. Save the…
  • Family Day Takeover at L.A. Live Events

    Tisha Berg
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:59 am
    FAMILY DAY TAKEOVER on Saturday, July 11th at L.A. LIVE! Bring the family and friends for a ton of free activities and entertainment. Watch ‘The Minions’ opening weekend at Regal L.A. LIVE…and catch the actual Minions as they make appearances at Family Day Takeover! WHAT L.A. Live Events to Expect: SPECIAL KIDS MENUS AT PARTCIPATING RESTAURANTS ENTERTAINMENT: The Amazing Kid Company Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band Wild Wonders Animal Show Minions Character Appearances Face Painters and Caricature Artists Hollywood Hotshots Break Dancers Los Angeles Clown Company Storytellers Cool…
  • Economic Empowerment for Women: A Global Commitment

    Tisha Berg
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” –Nelson Mandela There were so many gems of wisdom shared at The Coca-Cola Company’s 5By20 event last week in Atlanta that it’s hard to pick a favorite. So I’ll let you choose from just a few examples: “Just because you don’t have an office and you’re struggling to make ends meet doesn’t mean you’re a fraud. It means you’re an entrepreneur.” “The women in these villages…
 
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • Words

    samanthamcgarry
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    “I don’t like swimming,” said the little boy, five years-old. “It’s too hard. And I have to do it every day at camp.” “If you do it every day, then you’ll get better at it and then it won’t be so hard,” I responded. “Hmmmm,” he remarked, twitching his little nose, dubiously. “Here’s the thing,” I said. The boy looked at me, both curious but doubtful of the grown-up advice he was about to receive. I fully expected an eye-roll, selective listening or to be outright dismissed. “If you believe in…
  • Summer Camp Preparation: A Business Woman’s Guide

    samanthamcgarry
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:56 am
    Twenty-one days. That’s how much time is left until my family’s weekday morning schedule has to adjust backwards by an hour. Excuse me while I hyperventilate. #83082402 / gettyimages.com Yup, summer camp is almost here. And we all know how I feel about summer camp: it’s a love/hate thing. But the few weeks leading up to the transition from school to camp make my stomach churn with anxiety. How the heck are we going to get out of the door at 8am every morning, when doing it at 9am every day during the school year is so freaking challenging? The drama, the yelling, the last…
  • Imperfect Model

    samanthamcgarry
    31 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    by Kerri Ames (The following was written and performed by Kerri for the recent Listen to your Mother Boston show. It is republished here with Kerri’s permission. You can – and should – read more on her blog (Un)Diagnosed and Still Okay.) Photo credit: Amy/Emily Photography I used to pity parents whose child had a disability. I would see them in a restaurant, a movie theater or other public outing and think to myself: “Thank God that is not my child”. I used to say the word, retard. A lot. As in “I’m so retAHded”, “stop being retahded”, the list goes on.
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  • Lipaoland Theme Park, Taiwan

    Dominique
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:31 am
    You're readingLipaoland Theme Park, Taiwan by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Tiger girl posing with mascots of Lihpaoland. During our last trip to Taiwan the kids wanted to go to a Theme Park that had both fun and thrilling rides and water rides too. In the end we decided on Lipaoland in Taichung as it had both a  Theme park and a Water park side by side. Our room at Fullon Hotel , Yue Mei 福容 月眉 To reduce the time we would spend travelling we booked a  package deal which gave us a…
  • Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings

    Dominique
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:13 pm
    You're readingPeaceful Parents, Happy Siblings by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings Book Cover Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by  Dr Laura Markham is a book which advocates  Peace between parents and their children. The book is divided into three parts – Peaceful Parenting 101 – Teaching Peace – Before the new baby and through the first year. Getting siblings to get along is never easy…
  • Be Prepared with a AIR+ Smart Mask

    Dominique
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:03 pm
    You're readingBe Prepared with a AIR+ Smart Mask 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 Air + Smart Mask   Being protected from the Haze is something which I take very seriously. The seasonal burning  due to the slash and burn method that they use in farming in neighbouring  Indonesia has caused the quality in Singapore to be  seriously affected. I remember  back then in 2013 when the haze hit Singapore, everyone was scrambling for N95 masks as it was out of stock.  I too was…
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    SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney

  • Marriage Equality – And Being A Christian Parent

    Sandra
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:08 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court has made a history-changing ruling, legalising same-sex marriages. I am a Christian. I came to church when I was 18, met my husband, had my 3 kids, had a career, made lifelong friends… all within the compounds of the church. The church, God, worship, the teaching, the values have all shaped my life, my outlook on life and my value system. And yes, that’s my wedding bouquet! So much has been talked about this topic. And emotions are running high, and sometimes some reactions are so ill-balanced, it gives me a perpetual frown while reading it. Like the…
  • The 5 Love Languages for Children

    Sandra
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Three kids. So alike in many ways. And so different in many ways as well. And if there’s anything that parenthood teaches you, it’s that you can expect the unexpected with them! If you’ve picked up a copy of Dr. Gary Chapman’s book series on The 5 Love Languages, there’s one in particular for children, and it is definitely helpful in knowing how to love them. After all, it’s one thing to love your kids, it’s another for them to KNOW that you love them, and so knowing the primary and secondary love languages of your children makes it easier for you to…
  • Winter Fashion Essentials for Baby Girls (Plus a $100 Gift Card Giveaway)

    Sandra
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:23 pm
    I’ve lived in hot, humid, beads-of-perspiration-rolling-down-your-face, balmy Singapore my whole life. It’s hot. It’s humid. And we live for air-conditioning. So my wardrobe has always consisted of cotton-y basics, and if you wear leather boots out, people give you a sideways glance and mutter “weirdo” under their breath, as they walk past you with their flip-flops and short shorts. So making our home in Sydney, Australia has been challenging. I had no idea how to clothe the kids. What is winter in Sydney like? Would goose down feather jackets be too much? (The…
 
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    Minivan Momma

  • Things I learned at the amusement park

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    This week I went to an amusement park with the girls. Brian had meetings to attend, so I was going it alone. While the girls rode most of the rides themselves, I had lots of time to be contemplative. First, I learned that I lose all control of my mouth, specifically my vocal editing skills I still cuss like a sailor when I'm on rides. Second, I learned that some rides take me back to where I was teeny or even thirty years ago.  The rocking pirate ship? I feel like I'm 13 again riding it with my aunt Kay. Third, I learned that regardless of how young the rides make me feel,…
  • A Day In The Life Of A Momma

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

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

    Crystal
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:59 am
    Over 13 million people had their identity stolen in some form in 2013, according to a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Of those, a growing number of victims are children. A report from the Carnegie Mellon University indicates 4,311 or 10.2 percent of children had someone else using their Social Security number. These numbers have likely grown since the 2011 report. Identity theft is a real concern that parents need to take action to prevent. There are several steps you can take: Discuss Identity Theft While Children A key starting point is to discuss identity theft…
  • Spark Your Kids’ Love of Nature With These Fun Outdoor Activities

    Crystal
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    Is your child suffering from nature-deficit disorder? With the advent of the digital age, many of us — adults and children alike — are losing our connection with nature and the wonderful experiences that go with it. If your family could be described as a crew of “indoors enthusiasts,” it’s time to reconnect with Mother Nature and go on an outdoor family adventure. Into the Woods A family weekend camping trip will teach the kids about the wonders of the earth plus how to work together, follow directions and learn lessons of survival. Expel the everyday distractions of TV,…
  • Helping Your Child Become More Cultured

    Crystal
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    Chicago Children’s Museum is located at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois As a mom, you want to give your child the best and most well-rounded education possible. From visual stimulation as infants to learning shapes, letters and numbers, a mom understands the importance of always learning. As Huffington Post notes, educating our kids means exposure to different interests and cultures to expand their tiny minds, boost creativity, instill a passion for learning and help them blossom socially and academically. Below are a few ideas for ways you can introduce your kids to new ideas and…
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  • Different Forms for Different Pages in WordPress

    Ashley Jackson
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Have you ever wanted different subscription forms for different pages or categories in your WordPress blog? Sidebars do not always have to contain the same content. From our perspective, changing a sidebar is useful if you have individual mailing lists for each category, and want to put the right subscription form in the right sidebar. I recently visited Wordcamp in North Canton, OH and discovered a powerful plugin that accomplishes this easily without extra PHP coding. Download the plugin “Widgets on Pages” and activate (although the plugin shows as not being updated in over 2…
  • Important New Feature: Ad Suppression Through Tagging

    Heather Solos
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    This morning I realized that a key feature was missing from FeedBlitz’s monetization option. Premium FeedBlitz publishers should be able to suppress advertisements from their feeds and mailings without logging into FeedBlitz and making changes to their account. Sometimes we  have to write about things that are too personal, too important, or too sad for ads of any kind to be appropriate. As of today if a post is tagged or categorized as “noads” there will be no ad in that RSS entry or added by that post mailed as a stand alone mailing. You can apply “noads” as a…
  • No Support Today, Monday May 25 2015

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

    Daphne
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:25 am
    Chubbycakes here has been doing a lot of growing lately so it’s time for an update. Oh, guess what his all time favourite food is? Cake. He discovered cake like a month ago when Kirsten offered him a tiny bite and his eyes immediately lit up like “WHAT IS THIS PARTY IN MY MOUTH?? GIVE ME MORE!!!” Pandora’s box of cake has now been opened and he loses it a little whenever he is in the presence of cake. Any kind of cake within his field of vision must be making its way swiftly into his mouth or else this happens. Ok, I’ll confess to sometimes making the cake…
  • A little clarity

    Daphne
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Yeahhh the kids are back in school, and is that a collective sigh of relief I hear this morning? Actually, I’ve rather enjoyed having Truett around with me all day this past month. He’d join me for breakfasts, to the market, off to run errands; it feels just like the time we had just him and me before all the other kids came along. Last night, I was helping Tru to pack his bag for school, feeling thoroughly pleased with myself for being such a responsible parent. I’d gone through his homework early, and even prepped him for next semester’s spelling, it’s all…
  • Truett’s Birthday Time Capsule 2015

    Daphne
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Truett turned 7 when we were in Melbourne. 7!! If it was up to me, you know I’d choose to have my babies remain babies for as long as I could. Basically forever. Which is why I’m glad such things not up to me because this way, I get to meet Truett as a 7-year-old, and that is turning out to be such a delight. Hey Truett, One of these days, you’re going to wonder what you were like as a 7-year-old and when that day comes, I’ll be happy to give you this little time capsule made up of words and pictures. Ready? 7-year-old you is a pretty cool cat. You know how it is…
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  • NeedyBee- Baby and Kids Clothing And Accessories

    Swapna
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    Today I am bringing a cute new brand for you which will help you in buying sweet accessories for your kids. Introducing NeedyBee.com which has a tagline of dressing kids Head2Toe, is a wonderful place to shop for your baby, kids and even mom needs, all from the comfort of your house. Before we take a look at all the fabulous goodies in the NeedyBee online store, we asked the mom entrepreneur behind this venture, Nidhi Mehta about the inspiration for NeedyBee. Here’s what she says about her journey. “It all started when I was in Business School and the internet/email phenomenon had…
  • 15 Earth Day Party Ideas

    Fabida
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:16 pm
      It’s Earth Day on April 22, and it’s a great opportunity to talk to our kids about the problems our planet is facing today and what they can do to help. But if you want to spread the message a little further than your own kids, it’s easy – just throw a party!! We’re serious, have an Earth Day themed party for your kids and their friends; the very theme will get them talking about this day. It’s the summer vacations, which is the perfect time for a party! What’s more, if one of your kids is having a birthday in April, you’re all set for a theme! Now, it’s an Earth Day…
  • 7 Ways To Add Color And Personality To Your Living Room

    Swapna
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
      Remember that song? “Yeh tera ghar yeh mera ghar, kisiko dekhna ho gar, toh pehle aake maangle teri nazar meri nazar” This is how I feel every time I look at my house. It’s not just a brick and mortar structure for me, it’s a dream that me and my husband saw when we had just got married. A home where we have enough space for our dreams, our visions and our life. A home which is decorated in a simple yet tasteful way that both of us like. That’s how I have tried to decorate my space ever since I moved to our present house, 3 years ago. As they say,…
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    Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips

  • 8 Etiquette Rules for Opening Doors

    Elena Neitlich
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Watch this fun, animated etiquette training video to learn how to enter and exit doors politely without experiencing awkward moments, embarrassment, or upset feelings. The post 8 Etiquette Rules for Opening Doors appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
  • Video: 7 Tips for Polite Video Chatting

    Elena Neitlich
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:45 am
    Use this etiquette training video as an etiquette training tool to learn the 7 most helpful tips to video chat politely and effectively. These 7 etiquette training tips will help your video chats to be effective and well-mannered. The post Video: 7 Tips for Polite Video Chatting appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
  • Are You Actually As Polite As You Think?

    Elena Neitlich
    1 Jun 2015 | 2:57 pm
    The post Are You Actually As Polite As You Think? appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
 
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  • Should We Bring Old Values Back Into Vogue?

    Bril
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:53 pm
    We all do it subconsciously, try to instill habits and values that we learnt as a child into our own children. But how many of those values still hold water in today’s day and age? When I was a little girl I remember my parents urging me to befriend a lonely, elderly neighbor. But my 8 year old mind refused to believe that an 80 year old could have anything interesting to offer in terms of play. So every week I would knock on her door for conversation and biscuits. After a few weeks, strangely I remember I used to look forward to these visits. She used to talk about her family, childhood…
  • Letters to my Daughter: Be the Queen of your Kingdom. Not the Wife of your King!

    Bril
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Zeffirra Husein works with a private equity firm, is married to a workaholic surgeon and is a mother to a beautiful girl. Her days are crazy, juggling between work, home, her darling daughter, family and friends. Zeffirra believes in not dwelling on the past and not worrying about the future. Instead, she focuses on her present which is truly a ‘present’ from above. Zeffirra created an email ID for her daughter on the latter’s birth and has been writing regularly to her about their lives and about the things she wants her daughter to know about. In her blogs for ParentEdge, Zeffirra…
  • Motherhood in all its Glory – An account by a first time Mother

    Bril
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:02 pm
      Ever since my childhood, I had no desire to be near children, let alone bear a child one day. Growing up, I was the youngest and never had to deal with any children in my own family, unless we had visitors who brought their children along. And then too, my interaction with them were punctuated with awkward pauses. Fast forward to my 29th year, when I discovered that I was pregnant with twins, my initial fear of dealing with children skyrocketed to mammoth proportions. Here I was, already scared about whether I was equipped and qualified to be a mother, let alone raise 2 babies at…
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    Nourishing Joy

  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #130

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

    Kresha Faber
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:09 pm
    A couple of years ago I posted our family’s favorite slow cooker pulled pork recipe, and it went wild. Who knew people love pulled pork so much?!? Anyway, earlier this spring someone asked in the comments of that post if I had a good coleslaw recipe to go with it. The answer is – YES! – but it’s taken me until barbecue season is upon us and Canada Day/4th of July festivities are just around the corner to actually post the recipe up. Mea culpa. I can’t take a whole lot of credit for this recipe, as this recipe – or at least ones very much like it…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #129

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

  • Dear Graham: On Your 7th Birthday

    Katie
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    (Yeah, yeah, I’m a few days late. Sorry y’all!) Dear Graham, What?  How did that happen? I blinked and you’re reading chapter books and entering 2nd grade.  I know they say time flies, but… I just didn’t expect the time with you to go by so fast. Seven years ago I was shell-shocked.  I didn’t know what to do with a baby.  I didn’t know how to be a mom.  Now, I wouldn’t know what to do without you, and seeing you grow up I know I’m doing an OK job at the mom thing, too. You’ve grown in so many ways this year, Graham.  You went…
  • Classic Seafood Boil Recipe

    Katie
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Try a classic seafood boil for the perfect beach vacation meal! You’ll want to add this recipe to your summer vacation meal plan at the beach! Nothing, and I mean NOTHING gets me more excited for a trip to the beach than a promise of a seafood boil. For me, it is the essence of summer. Trust me: after spending the day jumping waves, building sandcastles, and walking the beach, cooking up a big ol’ pot of seafood with all the classic fixins is just about the best thing in the whole-wide-world. It’s been a beach-week tradition for years now for my family, but this is the…
  • DIY Southern Picnic Boxes

    Katie
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:28 am
    {This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerYum #CollectiveBias} The perfect Southern Picnic Boxes – Easy, Beautiful and Tasty!  DIY your way to picnic perfection this summer! Have you created your summer bucket list yet?   The night before school got out (just a two short weeks ago – but, seems like forever ago, doesn’t it?) we came up with ours:  Firefly catching, sandcastle building, rainy-day movie watching, and big time pool playing.  Oh, and picnics.  Lots and lots of picnics. My kids would prefer that…
 
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    Comeback Momma

  • Our Preview of Essex Resort and Spa’s Cooking Camp for Kids

    Jenn
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:44 am
    Ever consider a cooking camp for your kids? This summer, kids who enjoy cooking can take their culinary skills to the next level. The Essex Resort & Spa hosts the wonderful Camp Cook at their lovely resort nestled in the Green Mountains in Essex, Vermont. Camp Cook allows children ages 10-16 to discover their inner chef while learning kitchen safety, preparing gourmet meals, and collecting fresh herbs and vegetables from the resort’s garden to use daily. My daughter and I had the pleasure of visiting The Essex Resort & Spa and attending a preview of what the kids at Camp…
  • Family Movie: Our Review of Disney PIXAR Inside Out

    Jenn
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:32 am
    My daughter and I saw Disney PIXAR Inside Out on opening weekend. My daughter was super excited to see it because she has the same name as the main character, Riley. She is also a rather emotional kid so having a movie all about emotions was a perfect fit for her. Inside Out puts the viewers inside of Riley’s head. She is an young girl whose family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. First, we are introduced to Joy, then Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. These are the core feelings that work in the Main Headquarters of Riley’s brain. They work together to dictate…
  • Introducing Instant Healthification with Cody Matherne: Core Workout

    Jenn
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    Hi everyone, my name is Cody Matherne and welcome to Instant Healthification. Before we begin I just want to take the opportunity to thank Jenn for allowing me to write on her blog. Instant Healthification is a YouTube channel I created with the help of my friend Paul Parrales to bring my two passions of fitness and food to the public! A little about my background, I am becoming a personal trainer through NASM and both my parents owned restaurants my entire life. Every week we will post a new video with a workout of the week along with a tasty meal that can be done instantly wherever you…
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    Mommy Edition

  • Medela Pump In Style: A Quality Breast Pump For On The Go Moms

    Hillary
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:18 pm
    When deciding between the several options that house double electric pumps, I chose the tote over the backpack, and even the messenger bag, for one reason: I thought it would probably hold slightly more with that shape. I imagined taking trips; I would want to store not only my equipment, but also some extra bottles […]
  • Can I Still Breastfeed With Breast Implants

    Michelle
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Can I breastfeed with implants? Frequently asked questions and answers to moms’ concern on breastfeeding after breast augmentation. For whatever reason, you had breast augmentation surgery in the past. At the time, you may not have even considered a nursing baby in your future. But now that you’re pregnant or holding your baby in your […]
  • 20 Things An Expectant Mom Should Do Before The Baby Arrives

    Jessica
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Finding out that you are pregnant can be one of the most exciting and at the same time most terrifying time in your life. This is the moment that you realize that your life will never be the same. There may be a millions questions running in your mind and you don’t even know where […]
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  • It’s Not You, It’s the Zipper!

    Leslie Blanchard
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    I ordered a dress in a size smaller than I am for my daughter’s wedding, because: A. I plan to lose weight before the wedding and B. I didn’t want to have to hem it So when it arrived I tried it on and asked my sweet little man, Tommy, to zip me up. As he struggled getting the zipper up, I asked, “Is it too tight? Does Mom need to drop a few pounds?” He reassured me, “No, no, no, it’s not you. They just make these stinkin’ zippers so small these days!” Photo: Arek Olek The post It’s Not You, It’s the Zipper! appeared first on Great…
  • Chocolate or Poop?

    Bridget Quinn
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    As I sat in front of the TV eating chocolate chips, one fell and I couldn’t find it. I figured my dog would find it, so no need to search. When I repositioned my son (who was sleeping on my lap), this is what I saw. My first reaction was: “How the EFF did he get sh*t on his neck?!?” Then I realized what had happened and answered that age-old parenting question: chocolate or poop? The post Chocolate or Poop? appeared first on Great Moments In Parenting.
  • Drowning in Mucus: A Love Story

    Ben Pinder
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    You stand alone in the kitchen sipping coffee, enjoying a quiet morning sunrise when you hear a tiny sneeze. Normally this would be odd, but you’re holding a baby, so it’s just cute. Especially when the baby smiles because she finds sneezing funny. Coffee in one hand, baby in the other. Out of the corner of your eye you notice something other than the smile on the baby’s face. Actually, you notice two things: two long strands of thick, yellow mucus oozing out of her nostrils. She doesn’t seem to notice them, as the hilarity of the sneeze occupies her mind enough to…
 
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  • How To Stay Connected When Disaster Strikes

    Shivani Cotter
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    How To Stay Connected When Disaster Strikes Imagine your child missing for 7 months and not knowing whether he, or she is okay, or alive? Hurricane Katrina led to 5000 reported missing children. The last child was connected with her parents after 7 months. Did You know that 69 MILLION CHILDREN are separated from their parents every work day, yet DC and 18 other states DO NOT REQUIRE all schools and child care providers to have basic emergency plans? This is according to Save the Children’s 2015 Disaster Report Card. Those numbers are terrifying, and because of this, children in the U.S.
  • Quick And Easy Recipe : Healthy Breakfast Quiche

    Shivani Cotter
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:34 am
    Quick And Easy Recipe : Healthy Breakfast Quiche There is nothing I love more than a big breakfast, but I am not always up for making a huge meal… which is exactly why this recipe is sure to be a mouth-watering hit no matter how much energy you have! They are healthy, delicious, take no time at all to make and are so darn cute! Say hello to the easiest mini quiche you’ll ever make! What You Will Need: 12 Cup Non-Stick Muffin Pan 2 Cups Egg Whites Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Tomato 1 Onion  4 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese A Pinch Of Salt And Pepper Step 1… Pre-heat your oven to…
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  • 5 Stylish Ways to Arrive at Your Wedding Without Breaking the Bank

    Lucy Webster
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Image Source: iSock A memorable wedding day has always relied on lots of decisions – big and small – from the choice of venue to the all-important first dance. More recently, couples have started to be more creative about how to arrive at their wedding. But helicopters and super yachts can put a real dent in most budgets – so here are some pointers on arriving in style, without breaking the bank… Walk the Walk Image Source: Flickr Some transport providers will tell you that material luxury is the only way to arrive at a wedding, but there’s something very friendly and relaxed about…
  • 6 Free Printable Mother’s Day Cards

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

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

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    Growing up I remember when my mom's entire family would come together in my Grandma's living room. A family full of story tellers. My uncle's stories came fast and were full of color, loud, funny - like him. He told fishing stories, stories about bar fights, stories about when he was in the Navy or stories about the various jobs he'd held. My Grandpa's stories were about his childhood, growing up poor, being the oldest of 5, fishing to feed the family, stories about meeting my Grandma on a blind date. His stories were quieter, but still fascinating... still riveting.The grownups would sit…
  • Cherishing Babyhood

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    I broke into tears last night as I lay her down in her crib. This little one has always been so sweet, so snuggly, such a mama's girl. Her comfort is being in my embrace and so much of my comfort is holding her. She has touched a place of this mother's heart that didn't exist before she arrived as have all her siblings before her.And, I feel some grief in the knowing that soon she won't be "the baby" in this house. Of course my grief is tempered with the delight and knowledge that our fourth will be an older sister to another amazing soul. Another child, another miracle, another person to…
  • Summer Vacation

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    There is something about vacation that just calms you. I used to live for vacations as a child. Counting down the days until we left. Waking up in the wee hours of the morning all a thrill as I awaited our departure time. The excitement of the unknown, the adventure looming was palpable. We took off this past week to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We crossed the wide expanse of the Mackinaw bridge and took the small highways and roads to a place I remember well. It'd been years since I myself have stayed there. In fact, since my husband and I have been married (almost 13 years) we have not…
 
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • Personal Struggles, Challenges, And A Major Decision

    Heather Brummett
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Personal post alert. I try to be an open book. I feel like things happen both good and bad for a reason and if I can help or encourage one person by sharing my experiences…I need to. God has used me for some crazy reason and that is why I share the bad and good. So here it goes… Last year when I was told The post Personal Struggles, Challenges, And A Major Decision appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • A Dad’s Guide To Keeping Mom Happy

    Joel Brummett
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    Today I am sharing a dad’s guide to keeping mom happy featuring new STOUFFER’S® Fit Kitchen. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PowerfulProtein #CollectiveBias Everyone knows a happy wife means a happy life. This is true. Having kids makes it even more challenging to keep the wife happy. My wife works from home and manages to The post A Dad’s Guide To Keeping Mom Happy appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Travel on a Budget: Top 10 Things To Do In San Antonio With Kids

    Heather Brummett
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The following travel review featuring the top 10 things to do in San Antonio with kids is brought to you through a partnership. I received passes, discounts, or complementary visits in exchange for my coverage. Regardless, I only share the very best with my readers. These opinions are honest and true experiences. We loved these attractions and know that you will too. We spent 5 days in San The post Travel on a Budget: Top 10 Things To Do In San Antonio With Kids appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
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  • Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup for 7/3/15

    Maria Moser
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup Friday is time for a new cloth diaper giveaway roundup. Subscribe to our RSS Feed or subscribe via email. If you’d like me to list your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, please complete my giveaway submission form. Giveaways that require the winner to pay anything, including shipping, […] The post Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup for 7/3/15 appeared first on Change-Diapers.com, Kids & Cloth Diapers & Going Green.       
  • Easy Peasies Cloth Diaper Flash Giveaway

    Maria Moser
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Easy Peasies has a fantastic giveaway for one of my readers, but hurry – it ends on Friday night! Giveaway: One entrant will receive 1 Easy Peasies One Size Pocket Cover (Color – Peaches & Cream) and 1 Bamboo Trifold Diaper Insert. Open to the U.S. and Canada. (ARV $27.98.) To enter, head over the […] The post Easy Peasies Cloth Diaper Flash Giveaway appeared first on Change-Diapers.com, Kids & Cloth Diapers & Going Green.       
  • 4 Reasons Women Shouldn’t Breastfeed in Public

    Maria Moser
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:47 pm
    I shared this video from Kristina Kuzmic on Facebook this week and I can’t believe I’m just now hearing of her. She has an entire page of Nutella recipes for gosh’s sakes. I’ve done my fair share of breastfeeding in public and I am in love with her (satirical) video demonstrating 4 reasons women should […] The post 4 Reasons Women Shouldn’t Breastfeed in Public appeared first on Change-Diapers.com, Kids & Cloth Diapers & Going Green.       
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  • 5 Tips for a Healthy Family Vacation

    Stephanie Briones
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    Some of my worst sicknesses or injuries as a child happened on our family vacations. There was the time we discovered I was allergic to penicillin and broke out in a horrible rash or when I got stung by a jellyfish. I’ve had fevers, rashes, infections- you name it. As parents, we can’t prepare, Read More
  • Support As A Feature

    Kinsa Team
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    Ah, support. To most people, there’s nothing worse than having to contact support, even for a product that you love. Long reply times, robotic responses, and near-verbatim regurgitations of the Terms Of Service (that you totally read all of before tapping I agree, right?) have become so commonplace that many would rather eat their, Read More
  • How to Take Your Oral Temperature with Kinsa’s Smart Thermometer

    Kinsa Team
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    You’ve picked up a Kinsa Smart Thermometer and now you’re ready to start monitoring your family’s temperatures and symptoms (thanks and welcome to our community!). But do you know what’s the best way for you to take a temperature orally?                     We’ve enlisted the help, Read More
 
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  • 5 cutest SEASHELL crafts for kids

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Summertime at the beach is an excellent excuse to bring home tons of seashells, especially if you and your kids love to collect them. You too? Then you'll love this:I've gathered some of the best ideas of how we can use shells to make the cutest, colorful, crafty creations out of them. Follow along - you and your kids might get some additional inspiration too :)Read more »
  • How to make BOATS for kids - from recycled materials

    24 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    School's over and the summer is here - let's  celebrate!!! A family day out with your kids can be the best present you can give to them, so you might plan an outdoors activity together. To make it even better, you might make these simple DIY boats for kids to play with. Heading to the nearest waterstream can be an adventure in itself! And since it's also the start of the real summer heat, what better way to cool off by a river!A DIY sailboat from recycled materials or two could be all you'll need for a fun day out in the nature with your family.  I made these two within…
  • Easy Wednesday

    23 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    On a ferry in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia. Last year.
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  • Is Your Target Market Hungry? Here’s What I Mean…

    Ruth Alade
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Finding and targeting a hungry market is key to you being able to get clients. Some people get carried away by their passion for a certain market, not realising that the market they have chosen is not hungry for what they have. And I totally understand, because I fell into […] The post Is Your Target Market Hungry? Here’s What I Mean… appeared first on .
  • 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Super Clear About Your Target Market

    Ruth Alade
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I’ll be honest, this is something I struggled with for a long time and a lot of new coaches struggle with this. I know the feeling. You don’t want to miss anyone out….right? Or maybe you feel like you want to help everyone and that if you narrow down you […] The post 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Super Clear About Your Target Market appeared first on .
  • 3 Reasons Why You Are Not Getting Clients

    Ruth Alade
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:33 am
    If you are reading this, I’m pretty sure that you have been doing everything you know you should be doing. You know that what you have to offer is amazing and will make a huge impact on people’s lives. But… Why aren’t people showing any interest at all? By now, […] The post 3 Reasons Why You Are Not Getting Clients appeared first on .
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  • Jurassic World 3D – Modworld Popcorn Club Movie Premiere

    Lanie
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Most of you may have already watched the latest Jurassic World film starred by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. But have you watched it in 3D yet? More than that, if you were not able to watch Jurassic World 3D Movie Premiere hosted by Modworld Popcorn Club, you’ve actually missed quite a lot. Jurassic World had used a much better 3D technology judging from previous 3D movies we’ve watched. The 3D layers were much smoother and eye-friendly and the visual depths of the scenes are quite spectacular. Specially on those beautiful forest scenes in 3D which gives out the illusion…
  • Organic Baby Wipes – Natural Care for Mommy and Baby Skin

    Lanie
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Nowadays, we moms tend to turn towards organic products especially for our kids. Organic Baby Wipes is another product that we have lovingly discovered. We’re always on the lookout for gentle and safe products and Organic Baby Wipes is just that. With organic Baby Wipes you can be assured that your child will not be exposed to paraben, alcohol, chlorine and harsh chemicals. It’s also 100% biodegradable and environment friendly. Another nice thing about these particular wipes is that it’s infused with organic aloe vera which helps prevent diaper rash. It smells fresh and clean perfect…
  • Mommy Bloggers Philippines Gardenia Plant Tour

    Lanie
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Do you want to find out why Gardenia’s bread is delicious, soft, nutritious, and smell good? Recently, members of Mommy Bloggers Philippines and our kids had a fun and educational Gardenia Plant Tour  in Laguna International Industrial Park (LIIP), Mamplasan, Binan, Laguna. We were picked by a Gardenia service bus (Havana Bus c/o Manong Driver Sir Gilbert) from Mindanao Avenue.  The comfortable ride going to and from their plant added up to  our wonderful experience. The Gardenia Plant Facade Banner for Mommy Bloggers Philippines Super Moms We were greeted by Gardy upon reaching the…
 
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  • Pink and Smooth

    Debi
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:38 am
    Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable. -Jane Austen In early June of 2011, my daughter Sammi had the final endoscopy in a series of eight, each one marking a phase of her six-food-elimination diet for eosinophilic esophagitis. Each scope after the first one — the one […]
  • Bodies, Attended with Love

    Debi
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:22 pm
    This past weekend, I saw something exquisitely expressed, over and over, as though the universe was patiently explaining it to me in as many ways as it could. Here, it said to me, notice this. You don’t get it yet? Ok, notice this. By the time I lay, exhausted and filled to the brim on […]
  • One Food at a Time

    Debi
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    The words “elimination diet” implied, when I first heard them, the opposite of the process through which we put our five-year-old daughter. I thought an elimination meant taking things out of the diet, one by one, until Sammi felt better and her esophagus ceased to have eosinophils coating its walls. In reality, the process worked […]
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  • 5 Ways To Make Your Husband Feel Loved

    Jackie Cravener
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:21 pm
    As a mother you can feel like there’s not enough of you to go around. I’m a mother of two toddlers, and by the end of the day when my husband walks through the door I’m ready for my break. It’s easy to neglect your husband after you have kids, not that you want to. For the longest time, he’s received all of your affection and attention at the end of a long day. Then your baby arrives and suddenly you realize you guys haven’t even had a conversation for a few days, that didn’t involve talk about bottles or diapers. After having our second child…
  • 25 Easy Art Projects For Toddlers

    Jackie Cravener
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:34 pm
    We’ve been exploring new art techniques lately and the kids love it! I am all about easy art projects for toddlers to encourage them to be creative. This round up includes a ton of simple art projects to keep the kids busy this summer!  25 Easy Art Projects For Toddlers Click on the links below for the tutorials. 1. Art Play Blocks – From Hello, Wonderful 2. Kid Made Painted Planter – From Meri Cherry 3. Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream – From Crafty Morning 4. Summer Activities For Kids – From The Taylor House 5. Painting With Trucks – From Learn With…
  • Handprint Octopus and Color Matching Activity

    Jackie Cravener
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:26 pm
     The kids loved doing the color matching craft we did a few weeks ago so much, that we decided to make another one. This time we’re featuring a handprint octopus craft, with a color matching tentacles activity! Handprint Octopus and Color Matching Activity For Kids This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy. Materials Needed: – Card Stock – Color – Fruit Loops – Glue – Scissors – Googly Eyes – Bubble Wrap Directions:  Start by painting a darker blue shade of paint onto your bubble wrap. Take the painted bubble wrap…
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  • Marriage Redefinition: Yay! I can finally have my five husbands!

    Christine
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    With the redefinition of marriage proclaimed by the United States Supreme Court, I am delighted that I may soon realize a personal goal: to have five husbands. I am an old, stick-in-the mud conservative Christian.  I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.  The belief is based on Biblical conviction. However, I am adopting a new philosophy of acceptance.  You do your thing. I do mine. As long as we don’t hurt anyone, anything goes. Whether you like it or not, you must accept my view.  The supreme law of the land has determined that the traditional marriage definition no…
  • Special Needs Learning: Starting to figure it out

    Christine
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Are you wondering if your child has special learning needs? Carol’s daughter, Kylie, is four years old.  From birth to age two, she had recurrent, severe ear infections.  Without a doubt, it was challenging. Ages two to three brought some stability.  Kylie, although full of energy, seemed more able to moderate her behavior and became easier for her mother to manage.                                                               At age four, the pendulum swung back the other way.  Kylie became argumentative and disobedient.  She would fight over the most…
  • Life Skills for Kids: Importance of teaching life skills

    Christine
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:57 pm
      We want so much for our children.  We want the best education and the most enriching life.  Of course, it would be lovely if they had stable, loving marriages and produced well-behaved grandchildren.  This process of enriching their lives usually translates into lots of sports or art activities and classes galore.  These are important, but are they really preparing your son or daughter for the everyday challenges of adulthood?  Will they be equipped to care for themselves and others, along with doing whatever else life has in store for them?   I began to think about the…
 
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    Mom in the City: Best of NYC for Families

  • Scavenger Hunt for Kids in Central Park

    Kimberly
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Time really is flying. When my husband Reggie and I were dating, we led the Pre-teen and Young Teen groups at our church. It was such a fun time. We had the best team of youth workers on our our team and the kids had such fun, big personalities. Fast forward about 15 years and […] The post Scavenger Hunt for Kids in Central Park appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Minions Movie Review by the Colemans

    Kimberly
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    Inside Out makes you cry. The Minions movie will make you laugh. That was my ultimate takeaway after seeing an advanced screening of the Minions movie with my family on Saturday. It’s a fun, cute movie that covers the evolution of the Minions – from the beginning of time up until their connection with Gru […] The post Minions Movie Review by the Colemans appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Pollos a la Brasa Don Alex (Peruvian Cuisine in Rego Park)

    Kimberly
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Dining out at various restaurants is one of my favorite aspects of “outside dates” with my husband Reggie. Sometimes we go to fancy places. Other times, it’s Reggie’s turn to choose :-). In reality, we both care more about the food quality than the atmosphere as long as the spot is clean. Recently, Reggie took […] The post Pollos a la Brasa Don Alex (Peruvian Cuisine in Rego Park) appeared first on Mom in the City.
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  • Frozen Snickers Chocolate Bars

    Jessa Nowak
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Every once in a while, it’s fun to make a sinful dessert. I reserve the right to create delectable treats for special occasions. This past Father’s day, I decided it was time to do something a little different. And so the Frozen Snickers Chocolate Bar recipe was created.  Remember, a healthy, sustainable lifestyle can include any food. ENJOY! Inspiration for these sweet and salty bars came from the recipe developed by Imperial Powdered Sugar found here.    A Great Dessert Varies Texture & Flavor A truly satisfying dessert must have the perfect balance…
  • Prenatal DHA: It’s Just as Important as Your Prenatal Vitamin

    Jessa Nowak
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:46 pm
    This article provides the opportunity to win Nordic Natural’s Prenatal DHA! (Scroll to the bottom for details.) What Every Mom Needs to Know About DHA One of the most important reasons to take a multivitamin early in pregnancy is to ensure adequate intake of folic acid. In 1996, the FDA felt it was so important, that they stepped in and required most grains to be fortified with the vitamin (among others). Now, most breakfast cereals contain the full amount of folate needed in a single serving. (1) Not to undermine the importance of the prenatal vitamin (as it is…
  • How to Cook Chicken Breast Better Than The Rest: A Step By Step Image Tutorial

    Jessa Nowak
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:28 pm
    The Best Way to Cook Chicken Breast There is beauty in simplicity. A perfectly cooked chicken breast can top a good salad and make it great. It can stand alone on the plate, leaving you wanting more. Used as the base of another recipe, better chicken means a better dish. Cooking perfect chicken may seem easy but it’s deceivingly difficult…if you aren’t using the right method.  Chicken breast that is perfectly cooked has a beautiful brown crust, is seasoned perfectly, and has a juicy, tender middle. Can you say all that about your chicken? If not, you may wish to…
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  • Diaper Bag Baby Carrier All In One? Claessen´s Kids Carrier Bag!

    Karissa Olson
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    So we´ve all heard of baby carriers and of course diaper bags, but did you know that there exists such a thing as a diaper bag baby carrier, all in one? As in a diaper bag that also serves as a comfortable method of transportation for our babies? I recently came across this one for only €69.90 from Claessen´s Kids, which is a Swiss kids brand that designs kids clocks, alarm clocks, night lights and this diaper bag! I´ve been using their Carrier Bag (in beige) for a little over a month now and I´m very pleased with the dual functions. The bag is very easy to use, very ergonomic and…
  • Luca´s Paper Plane Birthday Party

    Karissa Olson
    7 Jun 2015 | 4:17 am
    On Sunday my baby became a 2 year old toddler! We decided to do a paper airplane themed birthday party. The reasons I chose paper planes was that it was A.CHEAP B. EASY and C. who DOESN´T like paper planesLike most mothers, I have mixed feelings about birthdays. Every year your child ages is bittersweet isn´t it… Every week he seems to become more intelligent and grown up and lose a little bit of his babyness, but I couldn´t be more proud of my little man in all of the things he´s accomplished and everything he´s learned and is continuing to learn. He is a strong-willed,…
  • The DivaCup

    Karissa Olson
    6 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Okay ladies, this is a woman to woman post and has nothing to do with kids.. I wanted to tell you all about my experience with a product called The DivaCup. It´s a “that time of the month” product, also known as a menstrual cup. Before I start getting into details, I just wanted to acknowledge the fact that this can be a little bit taboo to talk about publicly but hey, we´re all adults here right? If you´re thinking “omg gross a cup that collects blood,” I´d just like you to stop and think about what a tampon and a pad is. Nothing that has to do with menstruation…
 
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  • A mini mommy vacay

    Meg
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    Dear lady working at the grocery store,  Perhaps you seem to think that I am in a hurry, but please, let me assure you that I am not. You see the random assortment of crap that I have in my basket? That’s because I meticulously wandered the isles for much longer than I needed too. […] The post A mini mommy vacay appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
  • My inner mom-ologue. 

    Meg
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:53 pm
    There are days when I look at myself in the mirror and think…woo, I am way too young and cool to be a mother of three…maybe nobody can even tell that I’m a mom when I’m out doing all my awesome things, like grocery shopping…or returning books to the library… Then, I stop and listen […] The post My inner mom-ologue.  appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
  • ‘Merica!

    Meg
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    I often find myself wondering what America would be like if we had not won the revolutionary war. Would Starbucks be a thing?  Would we just drink tea all the time? Would frapacinnos be a thing? I don’t think I could live in a world without frapacinnos.   Would Target be my refuge from my […] The post ‘Merica! appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
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  • Healthy Smores Bars - High Protein - High Fiber

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    Tweet My kids love s'mores, rice crispy treats, and anything else with marshmallow.  Unfortunately, these snacks are completely devoid of nutrients.  Even worse, most marshmallows are made from high fructose corn syrup.  Studies have shown that high fructose corn syrup may inhibit the hormone that tells your brain you’re full (leptin), increasing the risk of obesity and diabetes.  I created this recipe for a healthy snack with a boost of protein and a dose of fiber.  It's organic and has no high fructose corn syrup.  It does have lots of sugar,…
  • 7 Health Rules You Don’t Know You’re Breaking (+ Quick Fixes to Improve Your Health)

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Tweet 7 Health Rules 1. Not setting a bedtime.  Not getting enough sleep significantly damages your health.  You stay up late watching The Bachelorette, and wake up early to blow dry your hair. By the time the weekend rolls around, you’re exhausted.  You turn off your alarm clock and schedule a few naps to “catch up on some sleep.” Unfortunately there is no such thing a sleep bank.  The World Health Organization recently released findings that individuals with problems sleeping were 2.5 times more likely to have a heart attack and as much as 4 times more…
  • 15 Signs You ROCK as a Parent

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    Tweet 1. Laughter – Your kids have a sense of humor.  They laugh.  They act silly.  They tell stupid jokes that make absolutely no sense trying to make you laugh.   2. Confidence – Your kids aren't afraid to dance, sing out loud, and speak up.  They talk to others and make new friends.  They raise their hands in class and answer questions from coaches. 3. Adventure – Your kids have a thirst for adventure.  They're excited to try new things.  They want to explore the world.  They’re fascinated with a…
 
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