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  • I Wish They Had MORE Personality {wordless wednesday}

    Following In My Shoes
    Rachel Lacy
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
              (obviously, my headline is dripping with sarcasm) Share and Enjoy:PrintStumbleUpon The post I Wish They Had MORE Personality {wordless wednesday} appeared first on Following In My Shoes.
  • Mommy Nostalgia

    [Mis]Adventures of an Ad Girl in New York
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:28 pm
    We've talked before about how motherhood turns you into a sentimental sap, and never is that more true than at the end of a school year. One night, a week or two ago, we were talking to a friend wondering why we were such a mess and for the first time it hit us just how emotional we get every June.  While we've often talked about the annual nightmare that is September, we didn't realize that June came a close second until this year.  The end of year concerts, parties, notes to write, camps to plan for, and in the midst of it all.....the undeniable fact staring at you in the face…
  • I expect they'll be fighting over who gets to change "my" diaper, too!

    This Full House
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    making parenting look like a piece of cake since, never mind when! A long time ago (i.e. about two kids in diapers, one in pull-ups and one losing her first tooth, ago) and way before I worked up enough nerve to go ahead and push "publish" on this old blog, a bunch of my mom friends and I would make a little extra diaper money by working with local marketing research companies and participate in consumer focus groups. We were sort of like bloggers, but without blogs. Yeah. That's right. Bloggers without blogs. You heard it here, first. Aaaaanyway, because...
  • Date Night When You’re Ready to Pop

    Mom Favorites
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    This Date Night is Ready to Pop, thanks to the Pop Perfect app! As one who loves the local social scene, fancy dinners and any excuse to throw on heels and a dress, it’s tough to admit – I’m just not up to it anymore. At nearly 36 weeks pregnant, I’m ready to pop.  Quite literally.  Going out sounds like a hassle, fancy dinners sound long, and heels?  Hah!  But, I still love my hubs and spending time with him, so Date Night continues on, just in a slightly different format. The scene: The food: The attire: Pretty awesome, right?  Actually, it is.  As much as I…
  • Parenthood + Fibromyalgia + Diet = A GREAT BIG MESSY CHALLENGE! by Jean Marie Keenan-Johnston - World’s leading website, eZine and community for midlife moms.
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm
    As I sit here typing away, I have in front of me the second of two pieces from the family-size chocolate chip cookie that we ordered from Papa John’s tonight.  I’ve been dreadfully sick all day, a combination of fibromyalgia flare, migraine, and whatever virus I have going on that’s making my chest painfully tight and my throat swollen, so I’ve been confined to the couch all day in and out of consciousness.  It’s been a rough, painful, exhausting day where I’ve been more asleep than awake, and after a tough day on his own with the kids, Hubby decided we…
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    SV Moms

  • The Best Family Getaways

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

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    Our son is a complete baseball fanatic, so when we go on vacation it always makes sense to try and include a visit to some ball parks to keep him happy. While he’d be thrilled to visit any baseball stadium, we’ve found that some are more fun for the family than others. Here are our top picks: Citi Field, NYC My husband was born and bred in NYC, and he’s all about the Mets (no mention of the Yankees in our house, please), so a visit to Citi Field is a must when we visit the Big Apple. The best thing about the new Citi Field stadium is its food- it’s a whole lot more than peanuts and…
  • Small Space Solutions

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:26 am
    Has your home felt a little tighter since having kids? What once felt like a spacious, comfortable apartment can begin to feel pretty cosy once you have a family, and if you’re on a tight budget then upgrading to a bigger space might not be possible. The best way to deal with this predicament is to make the most of what you’ve got. With a few easy tricks you can make even the tiniest home feel more spacious. De-Clutter Having a home full of clutter can make even a reasonably sized room feel smaller than it is. Have a big spring clean as frequently as possible and get rid of anything you…
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • Teen Health and Myths

    Beth B.
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Disclosure: Sponsored Post     Being a teen is difficult enough, managing self-esteem and self-confidence at time when peers can be judgmental and mean.  With one teen child and two tweens following closely behind, our family is in the thick of that challenge. I decided to help my kids focus on health and wellness to strengthen their confidence and part of our journey involved creating a dental health strategy. As a member of the Invisalign Teen – Mom Advisory Board I had the opportunity to learn about Invisalign as an alternative to braces. Below are our top priorities for our…
  • Great Family Adventure Inspired by the film #EarthtoEcho

    Beth B.
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Disclosure: Sponsored Post.   Now that summer is here, it is a great time for outdoor adventures and fresh air. One family activity my kids especially enjoy is called Geocaching“ a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices”.  Beyond the excitement of looking for outdoor treasure in hidden containers, Geocaching gives us exercise by riding our bikes while using the Geocache app to find local sites.   When I was asked to join in a campaign for the new movie “Earth to Echo” and document our own sponsored adventure using the Go-Pro 3 – I could…
  • What happened when I went #DigitallyDark – sponsored GIVEAWAY

    Beth B.
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:02 pm
    *Disclosure: Sponsored Giveaway*   WINNER: Robyn Wright from! Congrats!   In my last blog post, I talked about device theft and smartphone security including the importance of protecting the data on our devices. Because I manage my personal life and business using my smartphone, tablet and laptop, I need to plan for the potential nightmare of my technology being stolen. I simulated this scenario as part of  Absolute Software’s #DigitallyDark challenge. This challenge involved going “dark”, with all devices turned off, for one day last week. Absolute…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Listen To This Mother: Transgender Issues

    Jessica Gottlieb
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    There are a couple of transgender kids in the neighborhood. There are complications when it comes to changing for PE, swimming at camp and as puberty approaches the parents will need to make decisions about possible medical interventions. I don’t have to make these decisions so I cannot possibly imagine what it would be like to have a child transition genders. I don’t worry about heaven and hell, afterlife or a bible but I know that many of you do and if you are one of those people this video should give you more comfort and inspiration than most. We all know some androgynous…
  • ecoATM – Cash for Mobile Devices (Which I May or May Not Hoard)

    Jessica Gottlieb
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    There might be a Palm Pilot in my nightstand drawer right now. There was definitely an iPhone 4 (not even a 4s) on my dresser up until last week. It didn’t do much of anything and hadn’t been moved except for dusting for years. So because I do everything for you guys (and because ecoATM asked me to and sponsored this post) I found an ecoATM and brought in for cash. I’d been waiting for an electronic equipment recycling day but this seemed like a better idea. I went over to the mall in Burbank and used the machine much like you’d use any ATM but instead of putting in…
  • How to Read an Email from Similac

    Jessica Gottlieb
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Today I sent an email to a man named Lance and started with the following: I hope you never have children And then I went on to scold him for his predatory behavior. I didn’t mention the fact he called me a few minutes before 7am or that a woman from his office called me shortly after I posted this. Post by Jessica Wilzig Gottlieb. So I’ll go ahead and disseminate his email for you. It should be entertaining. Before I do this however I’d like new moms to know something. Abbott Laboratories will never fund and then publish a study that demonstrates you do not need their…
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • Crybaby cry, poke you in the eye...

    Shannon akaMonty
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    You know how you hope a thing will happen one way, you want a thing to happen that way just for a bit of happiness or contentment's sake, but you expect it will happen the other way and then it pretty much does and you're really not at all surprised and then you're a little weepy all day?That.That is today.That is today for me.#PityParty#TableForOneUpdated: To add insult to injury, I burnt my breakfast, which I am just now getting around to making at 12:04pm. Normally I make perfectly tasty over-medium eggs, just the way I like them, but apparently I do not know how to cook them in…
  • It's complicated.

    Shannon akaMonty
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Sometimes how much I laugh is directly proportional to how hard the day is.Sometimes the more wise-ass I get is directly related to my rising level of frustration/anger.Sometimes the funnier people think I am is when I'm hurting the most.Sometimes when I'm nice(-ish), it's because I've said or thought or done something horrible or mean.Sometimes the brighter the smile, the closer the tears.Sometimes I barely want to be your friend anymore but I can't stand the thought of you not being there.Sometimes the more contrary and stubborn I seem, the more I really want to just give in and go…

    Shannon akaMonty
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I was just sitting here thinking about how, as depicted on the teevee, doctors and lawyers are always sleep deprived, food deprived, and having sex in closets and copy rooms.Um. Aren't these the people we're trusting with our very lives? Our children's lives? Our most private and confidential biznissss?So why are these doctors (and nurses too! I loves the nurses!) on 24/36/48 hour shifts, sleeping in snatches of 10 minutes here and 30 minutes there? Why are the lawyers (or at least their minions and researchers) working 20 hours a day buried in books?I'm not saying anything about the sex,…
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • “Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.”

    Karen Andrews
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    If you’ve been watching the calendar as closely as I have, you perhaps will already have noticed that we’ve passed the halfway mark of winter. Of course anyone who lives here, or further south, knows that is absolute bollocks. The weather doesn’t significantly improve until October. In my head, I think of winter as ‘the first – and worst – but not the last of the cold’. Sickness has hit us this season more than it generally does; Keira has been struck down again by another virus. She came down with it on Saturday, a day I had been booked into attend…
  • Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 – Session Picks

    Karen Andrews
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    The program for the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival is revealed to the public today. I was lucky enough to see it in advance and have been hanging out to share some of my picks for the sessions I particularly want to attend. It was hard to cull them down, but I did my best. They’re below – and I’m speaking as well! Check the last session. (Italics denote text taken from the MWF website.)   Maria Popova: Brain Pickings Creator of hugely popular blog Brain Pickings, with millions of hits every day, Maria Popova surfaces from the blogosphere to reveal the ethos of her…
  • Creating Office Spaces {Sponsored}

    Karen Andrews
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Let me begin by talking about desks. Back when we were at university in Bathurst (yes, this is how far I’m going back!), Adam bought a second-hand table from a charity shop that was located just behind his flat. This table wasn’t much to look at – a utilitarian, boring, commercial piece that would look at home in any cubicle or office. It was also heavy, thanks to the amount of inbuilt metal shelving, so it was just as well we didn’t have far to drag it back to his place. With the assistance of a screwdriver and a bit of patience, Adam removed the all the panels and bits, eventually…
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    Lotus Carroll

  • The Drink and Click™ Show, EP13 with Guest Athena Carey

    Lotus Carroll
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
        We had a great time on the show this past Wednesday! Did you miss it? Watch it now! :) Juan Gonzalez and I were joined by special guest Athena Carey, and we had a chance to chat with her about her imagery, including finding out why she processes images primarily in monochrome, and her thoughts on many of her long exposure images, as well as some gear talk to appease the gearheads. Additionally, she shared some news about upcoming ventures, including photo tours and a photowalk.     For those interested:Virtual & Photographic tours in South Africa with Athena…
  • July Drink and Click™ Photowalks

    Lotus Carroll
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    All of these photowalks are free and everyone is invited, so please join us!• Austin, TX – Olympus & Buff Event with Juan Gonzalez• Stuttgart, Germany with Dirk Müller• Radès, Tunisia with Mohamed Amine Harazi• Philadelphia, PA with Rachael Switalski & Jeremy Albright• Portland, Oregan with Wick Sakit• Vancouver, Canada with Maryanne Wirkkanen• Honolulu, HI with Meagan Corlin Brogan events will be announced as…
  • The Song of the Sea

    Lotus Carroll
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    The song of the sea comes alive every morning, sometimes with witnesses, sometimes alone. At times she is blue, other times she shines in caramel tones. No matter the circumstances, each day she wakes and sings anew.   Prints Available This work by Lotus Carroll is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To license commercially, please email.
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  • Frugal Friday: Alabama’s Battle of Mobile Bay 150th Anniversary

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Damn the torpedoes!”  is the often quoted phrase shouted by Rear Admiral David Farragut shortly after dawn on Aug. 5, 1864.  The Admiral led 18 Union warships through the mouth of Mobile Bay and into the Civil War’s largest naval battle. This year  marks the 150th anniversary of Alabama’s Battle of Mobile Bay and the Siege of Fort Morgan.  Re-enactments, music, exhibits, living history demonstrations, and a festival commemorating the brave fighting men will be staged throughout the three-day event–August 1-3. Fort Morgan State Historic Site’s gates will open at 7…
  • An #EpicHoneymoon Adventure w/ @CajunMama on @QatarAirways #traveltuesday #hangyourhat

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Right now my new husband and I are on our #EpicHoneymoon adventure on Qatar Airways. You can follow along via social media on Instagram and Twitter to see just where we end up and the romantic things we discover along the way. Also, to celebrate the new Qatar Airways route from Dallas to Doha, Qatar Airways is providing an opportunity for one lucky follower to win their own epic adventure with their #HangYourHat promotion. Just visit Qatar Airways website to enter for two roundtrip tickets from any US gateway they depart from to your favorite Qatar Airways destination, along with a chance to…
  • 3 Places you Must Eat at in Mystic Connecticut

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    We recently visited the beautiful town of Mystic, Connecticut. It was my first time there. We were set out on an adventure to learn as much as we could about the Mystic Aquarium and surrounding attractions but a girl has got to eat. Here are my top 3 Mystic picks for places to eat. Abbotts Lobster in the Rough Abbotts was a favorite. In fact, in just a 3 day stay we went there twice. It is a low key, great seafood place to eat. With beautiful views of the ocean and sailboats drifting by only lobster smothered in butter could make this place any better. Thankfully, lots and lots of Lobster is…
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • THAT lady.

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Today I was almost that person who stands on the side of the road and takes a picture of cows sitting in a circle out in a big field. But it was a winding road and there really wasn't any place to park safely. So I just admired them sitting in the sun all cute with a breathtaking tree-filled mountain backdrop as I drove by.Then I was that lady taking videos with an iPad at the pool. The kids had their last day of swimming lessons and I wanted to show Jeff how well they did and here's the thing- my phone didn't have enough storage to take the videos, so I had to use the iPad. And it's not even…
  • July July!

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    It is July. I don't know why this month gets its own shout out, maybe because it surprised me with an early arrival and it's a full-bellied month. The sun has been shining, swimming lessons are starting up, LTYM videos are almost ready, the kids' play opens in a couple weeks, and then I get to sneak away for a roadtrip down the 101 to San Jose for BlogHer. And just after that up to Portland for a couple days. Then it will be August.August is something I'm looking forward to because it is the opposite of July. Empty belly. It will be welcome after this month's excitement and adventures.For…
  • A Quiet House

    26 Jun 2014 | 8:36 am
    The kids are still sleeping. I think summer vacation finally took. The house is so quiet. I was trying to read a book but it's not really keeping my attention. I made my tea and shuffled around the kitchen but then decided to sit still and keep them sleeping.I remember when they were little and our summers were made of the backyard and my feet in a kiddie pool. Blowing bubbles for them to catch, closing my eyes in the sun every chance I could get. It's too cold here for a kiddie pool and we have a schedule to keep. Storytime at the library and dance camp and play practice and baseball. Soon…
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    The Bloggess

  • Women Who are Ambivalent about Women Against Women Against Feminism

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    So...yeah.  Right now there’s a lot of talk about a tumblr called WomenAgainstFeminism.  It’s just pictures of some women holding up handwritten signs entitled “I don’t need feminism because...”  Some of the reasons they give for not needing feminism almost seem like a parody (“How the fuck am I suppose to open jars and lift heavy things without my husband?”) and some (“I don’t need to grow out my body hair to prove I’m equal to men”) just make me wonder where in the world they got their definition of feminism. At first I…
  • Oh, you.

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:36 am
    Sometimes I look at what people are searching for that brings them to this blog, and sometimes the search term is so long that you have to hover over it with your curser to see the search phrase pop up, and then you just sort of back away slowly while shaking your head. Below is a screenshot of a few things people were googling that brought them to this blog.  (If you can’t read the picture then click on it once to see a larger version.) Baffled. PS. A message to the person leaving the second search-term:  I’m not sure if you meant to write “babyshitting” or…
  • And that’s why I’ll never leave twitter

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Sometimes people ask me why I’m on twitter: Also, notifications like this: I want this on a t-shirt. Unrelated, but something I probably need to address anyway…this morning I wrote about my last book being translated into several different language and a ton of you are like, “Where is your next book?  Why are you making me wait?  Look at your life.  Look at your choices.”  And honestly the next book is coming but it’s really, really fucking hard.  Writing always is for me.  It’s something I’ve always done and will always do but I rewrite and…
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    So Close

  • It's the best thing he has never tasted!

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    Having a child that is different / special needs / developmentally delayed / non-typical is challenging.  Not so much because of the extra work required, but mostly because your heart aches for your child when they struggle more than most. No parent wants their child to struggle any more than they have to. Life is hard enough without having to deal with additional challenges. (And our 'issues' are minor, absolutely minuscule, in comparison to others.  My deepest admiration and respect goes out to parents who have to deal with significant issues with their children.  Parents of…
  • There are no more babies after this

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Every night I lie next to Max while he falls asleep*. (Top bed of double bunk, single mattress. Tiny!) After he falls asleep I gently excavate myself from under the duvet as not to wake him, carefully climb down from the top bunk and quietly leave his room.  (Which sounds a lot more graceful than it is.  I am more gangly giraffe than elegant elf. Picture a giraffe trying to quietly climb down from a top bunk without waking anyone. Awkward. Amusing. Gangly.) I know you are not supposed to do this (not sure why not?!), I know I ‘baby’ him too much especially seeing as he is five whole…
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  • moon kitchen 1969

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Miss Cookie's Moon Kitchen 1969, Miss Cookie's Playroom 1961, Miss Cookie's Kitchen 1957, Miss Cookie's Flower Garden vintage colorforms today is the 45th anniversary of the moon landing + walk 
  • midcentury spaceage humor :: rally round the flag ::

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    midcentury spaceage humor :: rally round the flag boys :: dedini illustrationfound this 1958 novel at a thrift store 4th of july + found the movie on youtube with "whitewashed" american history farce set in midcentury modern suburban utopiarally 'round the flag effect (or syndrome) is a concept used in political science and international relations to explain increased short-run popular support of the President of the United States during periods of international crisis or war Because Rally 'Round The Flag syndrome…
  • microsoft surface :: tablet style laptop launch

    17 Jun 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Microsoft launches Surface Pro 3 Friday, June 20 + Saturday, June 28, 1 – 4 pmMicrosoft is hosting in-store events + experiences in 90+ Microsoft retail stores in U.S.A + Canada, to celebrate the launch of its tablet that can replace your laptop: Surface Pro 3. Starting now Microsoft Stores are offering a way to experience, pre-order + celebrate the arrival of Surface Pro 3. Everyone is encouraged to come in + check out the excitement + get expert tips + advice on Surface Pro 3.  Each store will have multiple devices to try along with a team of store…
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  • Lola fancy

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    An homage the oldest of my grandmother's first six kids: Lola, Lewis, Linda, Leta, Lana and Larry.
  • Minnesota nice

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    The land of 10,000 lakes and people who will look you in the eye, ask how you're doing and be genuinely interested in the answer.
  • Matching the decor

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    This morning in the entryway with memories of chasing lizards and chipmunks through sagebrush.
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    Mommies With Style

  • MiaMily HIPSTER: 9 Ways To Carry Your Baby

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    As a new mom you quickly realize that babies like to be held, and if we are being honest that doesn’t change as your child gets older. My son is now over 3 1/2 and he still wants to be carried as much as possible. This can be tough on the arms and back. That is where the new MiaMily HIPSTER can come to the rescue. With HIPSTER, you will get to enjoy all the benefits of a hip seat, structure carrier AND a ring sling! One carrier, 9 different uses. SEAT BASE ONLY: This set up allows your baby to stay close to you without feeling enclosed in a like a traditional carrier but still able to…
  • Coming Soon: LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Game {WiiU, Xbox, Playstation} #bbnyc

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    At Blogger Bash last week, I got a chance to check out the new LEGO game, Batman 3 Beyond Gotham and it looks fab!   It’s a fun one because Batman and his allies head to outer space in this game that will be available for the Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Wii U, Playstation 3, 4 & Vita and Nintendo DS. There are more than 150 characters to unlock with amazing powers and abilities, including members of the Justice League, and BIG LEGO Figures such as Cyborg, Solomon Grundy and more. It looked super fun!  I didn’t get a chance to play while at the breakfast because so many Moms were…
  • THE BIG REVEAL! Bedroom Makeover with Raymour & Flanigan

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
    Back in June, I posted that I was working with the furniture store Raymour & Flanigan, and that they were going to be helping me redo one of my rooms. I asked you all if I should do my dining room or my living room. Almost everyone voted for a resounding YES to re-doing our bedroom. I am not sure it it was because our old bedroom was looking extra pathetic or what but either way, you guys choose right because now that I have a new bedroom set. I AM IN LOVE. Our bedroom is now my new favorite room in the house – so much so that I’m actually typing this review from it.
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • Six One-Pot Pasta Recipes

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Why do I love one-pot meals?? What is not to love! My kids get a one-dish meal at least 6 days of the week. It is harder for them to turn down veggies (they have to work topick them out and even then the flavor is still there). Prep is faster as everything just goes into the pot and I get to walk away – most of the recipes on this page take under 15 min to prep, cook and put onto the table. I only have one dish to wash (I *only* have one dish to wash! HUGE win!). Here are some of one-pot Pasta recipes that our family drools over. If you have a favorite dish we would love to hear about…
  • Painting on a Mirror: Outdoor Art Activity

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today we’re painting on a mirror in the backyard, under a clear blue sky and a canopy of trees! I’m a huge fan of outdoor art activities. There’s nothing quite like painting in the great outdoors to get those creative juices flowing! Using a mirror as your canvas is a fantastic way to give kids a new perspective on their surroundings.   It’s also a really fun way to paint! It’s so easy to be artistically and creatively inspired when you’re surrounded blue skies, fragrant flowers and a gentle breeze rustling the leaves in the trees. For our painting on a…
  • End of the Road: Reaching Michigan

    Julie Blair
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Summer is time for the family road trip! Follow Kids Activities Blog and Julie Blair and her family as they travel 8 states in 30 days for the ultimate road trip story…   There it was: The Motherland. I hit the gas, nudging our Ford to the upside of 80 miles per hour. “Look, kids, we’ve made it,” I said, blindly reaching around several empty Big Gulps to swig from a full one. The big, blue “Pure Michigan” welcome sign was proudly hoisted alongside one of the most magnificent roadside stops we’d seen in eight states. There were the usual…
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    Fluid Pudding

  • Nashville cats play clean as country water.

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    If you saw my most recent post, you know that our family lost the greatest cat last week. (Please don’t take this opportunity to tell me that YOUR cat is the greatest cat. I used to eat feta cheese and chocolate chips mixed up in a bowl. You probably think that sounds terrible. AND, you’re WRONG, but it just goes to show that we all have individual differences and that’s why the world is such an interesting place.) This is Sidney in 2007 showing off her greatest quality: Patience. (Meredith was proud to have done her own hair that day. With lotion.) If you need to know more…
  • Rest in peace, sweetest cat ever.

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Sidney Lynn Reiner Downing, 5/1/1999 – 7/17/2014 (Comments are off, because the stuff about the rainbow bridge is nice and all, but I really can’t handle anything like that right now.)
  • Mother’s tired, she needs a rest. The kids are playing up downstairs.

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I could waste ten minutes of your time to tell you a story about open houses and contracts and barrels and negotiations, but I know that if you’re anything like me, you’re losing patience with this whole The Puddings Are Moving saga. I’ll just say this: We found a house. As of this morning, all paperwork has been signed. We move in on August 20th. So, we now have a house and the girls will have their own rooms, but they’ll be switching schools and we still need to sell THIS house and my cat has lost half of her body weight since January. In other words: Ups and Downs.
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    Momo Fali's

  • Writer’s Block Does Not Exist

    Momo Fali
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I am coming on here to tell you what a friend told me today; writer’s block does not exist. Elan said on Twitter that “…if you can say a sentence, you can write one.” So I’m here with nothing planned but what flows from my fingertips. This post is probably going to turn out to be what we call verbal diarrhea. I certainly have no shortage of sentences to say. I talk on the phone for work, I tweet a lot and the conversations I have with my kids, alone, are enough to fill the pages of a book each day. Someone recently told me that mosquitoes are attracted to the…
  • I’ll Give You a Hint – It’s Mine

    Momo Fali
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Anyone want to guess whose puppy ran across the neighbor’s freshly tarred driveway?
  • There’s No Crying at Old Navy!

    Momo Fali
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:38 pm
    If I hadn’t been there myself I wouldn’t have believed it. My son made a stranger cry today. My 12 year old with special needs, who struggles desperately with decision making, had a melt-down in the patriotic shirt section of Old Navy today. We spent 15 minutes going back and forth between the shirts and the register because he couldn’t pick the one he liked. Because we’re trying to get him to focus on this much-needed skill I told him that he had to make a final decision and couldn’t change his mind again – it was that shirt or NO shirt. Of course, by the…
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    Single Mom Seeking

  • Snapshot: How to blend your family and have another baby

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

    10 May 2014 | 9:39 pm
    On Mothers Day, this one is for you, mamas! Thank you for picking up your kids when they fall and holding them tight. Thank you for giving and doing it all when you’re out of steam. On that note… I’m thrilled to introduce you to the Write On Mamas! Founded out of a desire to connect, the Write on Mamasis a group of more than 40 moms — and one dad! — who meet online and in person to write, revise, and share. They’ve recently published a fabulous collection of essays about how parenting shaped them as writers. It’s a book full of promise. Ms.
  • A Smidgen of Sky: A book give away

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    When Dianna Dorisi Winget got married, she became an instant mom to a 4-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter. Their mother had died from cancer two years earlier. Dianna and her husband went on to add another daughter to their family. That experience is what planted the seed for Dianna’s first novel. I recently read her debut middle grade, A Smidgen of Sky, and the story softened my heart. Piper Lee, a spunky girl from the South, is determined to stop her mother from getting remarried. Her dad disappeared in an airplane crash four years earlier, and Piper Lee still holds onto the hope…
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    A Mom in Red High Heels

  • Outfit Inspiration: What to Wear to a Home Party

    Tammy Gibson
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    In this incredible time of opportunity, where women are making money and contributing to the family finances with businesses that they can run from home, it is more important than ever for women to look and feel their best. Knowing how to dress for your personality, your body type and your lifestyle will give you the style edge you need. When attending a home party, as the hostess, the presenter or the guest, take the time to get ready and look your best.  If you are coming straight from work, freshen your hair, makeup and breath before going to the party. When considering what to wear, take…
  • Give Your LBD a Fresh Look (+ giveaway)

    Tammy Gibson
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    A little black dress on a warm summer day? Sure! Why not? Give your LBD a fresh look for summer by adding some color! Work a fresh look with a pop of color on your jewelry! Just a dab will do your look a ton of good! In this look, I styled a Coe & Co. silver and red beaded bangle and matching earrings.  I layered the Coe & Co. pieces with silver jewelry I already own. The bangle is a bit big on me so I wear it higher on my forearm, which I think is a cool layering technique! It provides visual interest (see top picture). I love this outfit because instead of heels or sandals, I chose…
  • Accessorizing To Fit Your Style Personality

    Tammy Gibson
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    Don’t just toss on any old bracelet! Your wrist candy should compliment your personal style. Instead of shopping trends, shop what is right for your style! Have you ever worn a bracelet that just drives you crazy all day long? Either it is too chunky for your taste or it feels too youthful for your style?  When you pick accessories that are not congruent with your personal style, you pay for it with discomfort, buyers remorse and general annoyance. When you wear head-to-toe style that works for your personality and lifestyle, including your jewelry, it makes you feel more confident…
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    A Mommy Story

  • Finding My Motivation with runDisney

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    My motivation for staying in shape has been lacking so far this summer. I was hoping that the longer days and relaxed schedule would result in finding more time to work out, but it hasn’t happened so far. Being sick the first part of June didn’t help, but after I’d recovered I still didn’t feel like going for a run or doing any strength training. Stepping on the scale at the end of June was quite a shock. I’d gained five pounds since May. How had I gained five pounds since May? While I haven’t been writing down everything I’ve been eating, I had a…
  • A Super Fourth

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    I love three-day weekends, even if they seem to go by as quickly as the standard two-day weekends. We didn’t have a lot planned for the weekend, which made it even more relaxing. Thursday night was Red, White & Boom in Columbus. I know it sounds a little odd to do the big fireworks display for the city on the day before Independence Day, but that’s how Columbus has always done it. The individual communities and suburbs then get to have their fireworks displays on the fourth, although it always feels a little anticlimactic after the big event the night before. We didn’t…
  • That Time We Visited Metropolis, Illinois for Superman

    27 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Ever have those times when you have a lot going on, and your head is just full of things to say, but you have no ability to get it all out? That’s been most of June for me. The last two weeks have been so busy that whenever I found time to sit down and write, I didn’t have the mental energy to form coherent sentences. I started the month with a horrible sore throat and cough, spending almost two weeks very sick and miserable. Strangely, no one else in the family shared in this illness, which really puzzled me. How was my immune system the…
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    suburban kamikaze

  • Entrepreneur Barbie first-quarter action plan

    Suburban Kamikaze
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    With the release of the 2014 Career of the Year doll, Mattel has added a new entry to Barbie's resume (which has been reconfigured in a slightly smaller font and runs just under 4o pages.) Entrepreneur Barbie will be courting investors this summer in hot pink career wear and sensible shoes. Just kidding! She wouldn't be caught dead in sensible shoes. But she does have a smartphone, a tablet and a little black briefcase full of hopes and dreams. Also, we imagine, lipstick, Starbucks receipts and a hot pink action plan:          1. Capital Raise: Wow investors in hot pink…
  • Bird story

    Suburban Kamikaze
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    There is more to the story, of course. There is a very tall ladder involved, a climb to the second floor of the vacant house next door, some damage to a window, and possibly, an opening into the house through which other birds may now gain access, along with a squirrel or two. Maybe some rain. Probably nothing more troublesome than that. But I think it's fair to sum it up by saying two desperately trapped baby birds were rescued and a frantic mother bird can now go back to reading the Book Review on the back deck, or whatever the bird equivalent is of that. That is the take-away here. …
  • We hold these chairs to be self-evident

    Suburban Kamikaze
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    from the archives: Mermaid in America, We the Family
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    Cool Mom - Fun Videos and a Blog for Moms - Motherhood, Kids, Babies and Parenting on

  • sex dreams with people you don’t expect

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    There are so many public service announcements for stuff like earthquake preparedness or keeping kids off drugs, yeah, yeah, where is the one for the stuff that really relates to my life?  Well, here is one. The post sex dreams with people you don’t expect appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • More Summer trip…

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Slow down summer!  My hair has been in a dirty ponytail for weeks and I don’t have to be anywhere before 9.  This is living.. So the trip I mentioned a few weeks ago continued up to Mendocino.  North of … Continue reading → The post More Summer trip… appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • Butt really

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    We all gaze at our kids when they are little.  Their little noises, lips, legs. All so cute.  So when I saw Rex standing in the TV room with only his shirt on I did what any loving mom would … Continue reading → The post Butt really appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • Been Told You’re Not An Invisalign Braces Candidate? Second Opinion Time!

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    I am a member of the Invisalign Advisory Board, and am receiving complimentary treatment. All opinions are fully my own.  Okay, I just need to talk to you guys about something for a second. You know I’ve been wearing Invisalign for 7 months now, I can’t express just how much I love it. For reals and seriously and all that good stuff. Can you tell that I’m wearing my aligners? Big smiles! (And my front teeth don’t look like they are playing leap frog anymore. Awww yeahhhhh.) The whole experience has been light years better than wearing traditional metal brackets, and…
  • Odds and Ends

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    I absolutely can’t believe that we are leaving California and moving to Oklahoma two weeks from today. It’s like I’m walking around in a dream – I can’t process it at all, but I do know it’s the right thing to do. We close on the sale of our house today, and it’s definitely bittersweet. I am feeling ALL OF THE FEELINGS right now. I’m trying to keep my stress levels manageable- and speaking of, I’m going to be speaking on mindfulness, meditation, and some of my favorite techniques at Blogher next week. More details to come, but I would love…
  • We Survived The Road Trip

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    This post is sponsored by Bridgestone. I can now officially say their DriveGuard tires are the bomb. We made it through our 10-day road trip alive, folks. And we packed it in – Grand Canyon, Colorado hiking and river-rafting, Sedona energy vortexes and the best restaurant ever. As you can imagine, while spending days on end in the car, you take a lot of landscape shots. You also eat In-n-Out, greasy spoon breakfasts, and listen to old school Madonna tunes while your little ones cover their ears in protest. To my children’s dismay, I did a little interpretive hand dancing in the…
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    Simply Being Mommy

  • 5 Simple Ways to Celebrate Everyday

    Crystal Reagan
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    TweetThis is a partnered post with Lunchbox. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Tragedy has been all over the internet the last couple of weeks and when it happens so close to home, it’s much more real and the fear, pain and overall emotional impact is so much worse. It makes me look at my life and see how blessed I truly am. The things that I thought were problems, aren’t really problems anymore. The house really isn’t as messy as I thought. The kids don’t seem as loud. Who cares that there is laundry to do. The grass, oh, it can wait. All those things…
  • A Perfect Pair

    Crystal Reagan
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    TweetThis is a partnered post. Thanks to P.F. Chang’s for sponsoring today’s discussion. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. As cliché as it may sound, my husband and I are a perfect pair. We are total opposites but somehow we balance each other out. He is incredibly loud. I’m quiet. He likes to be center of attention. I’m shy. I’m always on time. He’s always late. I like to try new things. He’s content with what he knows. Although we are opposites, we work perfectly together. When it comes to food, I’m pretty adventurous.
  • Exploring the Canal du Midi on Le Boat

    Crystal Reagan
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    TweetDuring my 10-day adventure in France, I spent two days traveling down the Canal du Midi on a skipper guided tour with Le Boat. Extending the trip to experience France in this way was actually an option and one I didn’t want to turn down. Having had the experience of vacationing in a houseboat, I kind of knew what to expect. After our short visit to Carcassonne, we hopped in a car and headed to Homps. We arrived at nightfall, and stayed docked before heading out the next morning for a grocery run to keep us fueled during our canal adventure. The boat I stayed on for two nights had…
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  • Another Blog: Eat At Mom’s dot Net

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:12 pm
    This is what you get when you Eat At Mom’s! It’s not like I have tons of time, but I figured over the summer I’d launch a cooking blog. It’s still under construction. Pretty soon I’ll be posting my food creations on the website Eat At Mom’s. So I’m toggling back and forth between this site and that site and I’m trying to save myself from making the same mistakes I made a few years when I launched I also want to launch the site with a recipe sorter embedded, to enable easy searches by ingredient or subject. It’s not easy, but…
  • Hawaii’s first sexting case.

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    lavagal:My blog has been getting a few hits lately, including this entry. It may be a few years since I’ve written it, but I feel it is spot on. Protect children. Please. Originally posted on Lavagal: @postaday 211; #postaday2011. After vicious storms/ The sun breaks through, shining light/ Our hopes are renewed. A little news hit very close to home yesterday when we found out about Hawaii’s first sexting case. The allegedly guilty party lives in my ‘hood, was an educational aid at Kid1′s school, and is someone I might mutually follow on Twitter. I say might, because there is a…
  • And From Death We Get Alone Time

    9 Jun 2014 | 8:53 pm
    It’s been a week since Aunt Mary Lou died. It was early in the morning, in her home, as though she fell asleep for the last time. When I heard the news, I hustled to book a flight, a rental car and a hotel room. I was airborne Thursday afternoon and touched down in Philly by 1130 Friday morning. I visited my sister at her salon and then joined my mother and Uncle Ralph, a new widower, for dinner Friday evening. Saturday was the viewing, funeral mass, burial and celebration at Taylor’s Sports Restaurant and Bar on the Black Horse Pike. Aunt Mary Lou has 10 grandchildren, all in…
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    Sleepless Nights.

  • In summary: No one died.

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Internet, I cannot tell you how nice it is to be home. I’ve spent the last three days in hospital with Evelyn after she caught RSV and gastro together, making her horribly unwell. Three days of IV fluids and a little oxygen and we were allowed to come home yesterday for a trial to see how she does. I am grateful to say she rocked the trial and we are still home and she’s feeling a little better back in her own routine. Not well enough to run around the house, but well enough to have opinions about putting on pants this morning. We were worried and we’re so glad she’s…
  • Disability, depression and the invalidation of my lived experience.

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    It’s been 18 months since I was diagnosed with postnatal depression, and twelve months since my brain was stable enough to come off my antidepressants and begin coping again. But the process of depression, like a lot of things, is not linear, and I find myself slipping back into old thought patterns quite easily these days. Worry over starting a business is part of it, of course – we’ve invested time and money into this venture and as the launch day sneaks closer (September 12!), my stress levels rise. But it’s more than that I think – a series of little things…
  • Lost parcels, frustrations and soap. Lots of soap.

    1 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Today I have spent time on hold with three different companies chasing products I ordered. So far the only success was TOLL IPEC discovering my castor oil was on board for early delivery, which I think was a bit magic because it didn’t get found until I complained. It still took over a week to fly from Sydney to Hobart, but DETAILS. My shea butter is however, still missing. The seller’s postal service (it was posted from Senegal) says it reached Melbourne on the 10th June. Aus Post has no record of it and Customs, whom I feared had it, don’t. Now we wait for the seller to…
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    Busy Mom Blog

  • Hey!

    27 Jun 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Cleaning up a bit in here. Just thought I'd say hey. So, "hey".
  • Once more, with feeling

    28 Jan 2013 | 8:44 pm
    I feel like that uncle that keeps promising to get sober, and lets everyone down. Only, I'm not an uncle, I'm not an alcoholic and I'm not sure that anyone's all that let down if I don't post. Other than that, it was a bangin' analogy, no? I firmly believe I'm going to start posting regularly again, and then I fall off the posting wagon. However, it drive me crazy when people go on and on about why they haven't posted rather than actually writing something, so I won't do that. But, I will throw in that Busy D. getting older and having real homework and bunches of soccer (Soccer: it's the new…
  • From me to you: $25 Zip Car Credit.

    7 Jan 2013 | 1:35 pm
    By the way, if you're thinking of exploring Zip Car, if you sign up through me, we both get $25 driving credit. Join Zipcar and get $25 in free driving. As you were.
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  • Salad Bar Etiquette 101

    Sarah Visbeek
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    It seemed that once-upon-a-time that "All You Can Eat" food and salad bars were en vogue.  I have fond childhood memories of the cafeteria lines at Ponderosa Steakhouse and the salad bar at Pizza Hut (Tuesday nights were Family Night--where I'm sure kids ate free--and it was a treat to get a pitcher of SODA); the massive highways packed with buffet restaurants in Ft. Lauderdale when we'd visit my
  • The Tooth Fairy: A Play in Five Acts

    Sarah Visbeek
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Act I Middle child loses a tooth to little fanfare because (a) neither parent even knew it was loose and (b) he just randomly walked into the bathroom and pulled it out. Act II Child puts tooth in a ziploc baggie and carries it up to bed with him, placing it carefully under a mound of pillows, anxious to see how much money he'll get in the morning.  Said child loooooves to save/
  • These Are a Few of My Favorite Things - Summer 2014

    Sarah Visbeek
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    (Because who doesn't love The Sound of Music?) Number 1 is this hand cream from Bath & Body Works.  It smells delish (like vanilla cupcake, but not too sicky sweet), goes on smooth, and lasts all day.  It's honestly the best lotion I have found in a long time!  (I use it on my arms and on the bottom of my feet too.) Smashbox blush.  Sephora is a dangerous place, I know that.  I go in there
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    Parenting Squad

  • 9 Things You Can Do to Prevent Sun Damage

    Fred Lee
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Summer may be the time for family fun in the sun, but it's also essential to be aware of how all that sun exposure affects our health. This is not always so easy because after a long winter, most of us can't get enough of the great outdoors. Plus, with the warmer weather, we are more than happy to trade in our sweaters and pants for a t-shirt and shorts and be on our way.However, as nice as it is to forsake all those winter layers, summer attire means that our skin is more exposed. While many of us may like the healthy glow of a suntan, it is important to keep in mind that prolonged exposure…
  • 8 Ways to Better Handle Disciplining Your Children

    David James
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    We have two young boys, and they are loads of fun. They are also loads of work, and they know how to push buttons and get in trouble. Our trouble, as parents, is trying to find the best way to punish the boys that gets the desired results of better listening and improved behavior.In other words, we have to hit them where it hurts.Some children do not respond well to time out. Others do not skip a beat if you spank them. Some children are filled with so much defiance and stubbornness that every confrontation seems destined to end in an hours-long standoff.So what works best for you and your…
  • 7 Rules for the 21st Century Parent

    Nancy Flanders
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    We live in a different world than our parents did. Raising children today means protecting them from inappropriate images and ideas being thrown at them from all forms of media when they may be too young to understand any of it. Technology has revolutionized everything from medicine to communications, but when it comes to our kids, it can sometimes do more harm than good.1. Know Your Child's PasswordsYou may think it's an invasion of privacy to check in your child's email, text messages, and Facebook account, but depending on your child's age and maturity, you really should. Between cyber…
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    Mom to the Screaming Masses

  • Invoking the Travel Karma of Goodness

    Carmen Staicer
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    I've never made a secret of the fact that I appear to have a dark cloud of bad travel karma hanging over me.  Whatever can happen, usually does. My flight is delayed. I get pulled for extra screening. My kid goes beserk over the thought of getting back on that plane. I have gun powder residue on my hands and get swabbed. My shoe breaks. I miss my connection. My luggage is lost. My ID is lost.  Oh, hey, yeah. I forgot to tell you about that. When I was traveling back home from the trip to see my dad, I realized - on the way to the airport, naturally, because that's EXACTLY how I…
  • Mastering Meatballs

    Carmen Staicer
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    One of my favorite parts of going to blogging conferences is getting to meet new people. If they have a really cool blog, even better.  When I went to Miami for the BlogHer Food conference, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Morgan at a dinner. She gave me her business card - actually, she gave me a choice of a few and I took three. I was really struck by how amazing her photography was. I saved the cards and made a mental note to visit her blog with the cute name of Peaches, Please.  Seriously. I love peaches, so yes, please. It helps that her pictures were just really inspiring. I…
  • The Photo Shoot

    Carmen Staicer
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    In March, maybe April, I saw an offer on my facebook from a local photographer who specializes in vintage photography. She was offering a vintage photo shoot with old cars and trucks. Being that the only thing I love more than vintage anything is old cars and trucks, I asked for more info. I went back and forth for a LONG time as to if I should do it. Ultimately, I decided to go for it - even though I'm not feeling good about my looks right now. I didn't know if I'd ever get the opportunity to do it again, and I'm trying to be more, "Take each experience offered to…
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  • Probiotic Red Soda Pop/Transforming the Sugar!!

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Sugar is bad, but I  don’t want my kids drinking fake sugar!   But kids crave sweet drinks on a hot summer day and I can’t blame them.  The best solution is to use real sugar, and let it ferment and transform into probiotics.  All you need is a bit of sugar, ginger and water.  Here’s how to make a ginger bug. It’s a healthy thing to have on-hand to keep in your fridge to pull out whenever you want to make a treat.  Full of probiotics and healthy organisms. The berries you’re picking this summer(at the store or farm) can be used to make some amazing sodas,…
  • Good Morning

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
  • It Was The Kind of Day When

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    We needed a fire to burn all day long. We played in the Eno and wrapped ourselves inside and tried to do 360 flips. We used the fire to make treats. The canoe kept us entertained. And for those of us who were brave enough to brace the water for the Polar Ski Club of the summer of 2014, we used the fire to keep us warm as soon as we were done.
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    Rookie Moms

  • Going all Mary Poppins on my bedroom {Rookie Moms Challenge #29}

    Olivia Howell
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    When school was cancelled for a snow day this Spring (argh!), the first thing I did was jump to the list of Rookie Mom challenges and see if there were any I could complete while home with the boy all day long. There was a perfect one: Challenge# 29, Refresh your bedroom. I took Weston to our bedroom (to picture this challenge appropriately, you need to realize that we all share one room) and fashioned a playpen on the bed for him, using pillows, his Boppy pillow, and many, many toys. He sat there for approximately five seconds. In those five seconds I assessed the situation. I tend to pile…
  • Activity #24: Be a tourist in your own town

    Heather Flett
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Today’s challenge is to strap on your fanny pack and be a tourist in your own town with your little sidekick. Ok, I’m kidding about the fanny pack. But how about you two go somewhere only the visitors ever enjoy? If you’ve never taken the time to see your hometown’s greatest hits, choose a destination and make a day of it. Can you plunk your baby at the foot of a famous statue or seek out the most famous landmark for a cute commemorative photo? Baby Julian is heading for the Golden Gate Bridge in the photo above. See it? Classic Bay Area. This is your 24th challenge.
  • What Not To Wear: Baby Edition

    Whitney Moss
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Poor Winnie the Pooh. Such a nice guy, but moms are not into him these days. We asked our Facebook page about what types of clothing they refuse to put on their children. While this is a very subjective topic, and I don’t imagine we all share the same opinions on these styles, here are the things some moms named as styles they don’t want their babies to wear.1. Camoflague. It’s too early in life to draft our little ones into battle, I gather. Though it’s been a recent trend, many of you don’t want your kids sporting camo. source 2. Bikinis. No “likes”…
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    Mom Blog | From Dates to Diapers™

  • Create your own Farmer’s Market for a #brightfuture with #ProjectSunlight

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Last month I told y’all about Unilver’s Project Sunlight and promised that I would share which of the Sunlight Summer Activities I chose. Timmy and I proud to present you with our very... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit for the full post.
  • Summer Nails with Sally Hansen Triple Shine

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    I love having pretty nails. So does Julia. In fact, we have quite the colorful rainbow collection of nail polish. We were both excited to try the new Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Color from... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit for the full post.
  • Invisalign Straight Talk

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    As you may know, we were given the opportunity to take part in a campaign that would allow both of my twins to receive Invisalign treatment. They both had a mouth full of over-crowded teeth and,... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit for the full post.
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    Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids

  • News: Sesame Street Exhibit Opening at the Library, Free Gift Cards & Craft Demos, New Urban Farm on Governors Island

    Alina Adams
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Sunny day, chasing the clouds away." No matter how old your kids are now, you probably recognize those lyrics (heck you may have grown up with them, too). That's why we're so psyched about the new Sesame Street exhibit coming to the Performing Arts Library this fall. We've got the scoop on that plus a new urban farm on Governors Island, how you can find FREE gift cards hidden throughout the five boroughs, high-tech school lunch inspiration, no-cost craft demos, and we weigh in on the never-ending overprotected kids debate. read more
  • NYC Pools with Day Passes: Best Private New York City Swimming Pools for Kids & Families

    Raven Snook
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    There are plenty of FREE swimming pools in NYC, but if the idea of putting your kids in a public pool makes you uncomfortable, there are other options. Ideally, you have wisely befriended a family with access to a free pool in their building, but for those of us who are mooch-challenged, don't worry. It's not commonly known, but there are private pools in New York City where you can pay to swim for the day. We're not talking about those hipsters-only hangouts where visitors sip on $18 cocktails and there's no one under 21 in sight. These 10 private pools are all kid-friendly…
  • 10 Outdoor Games from the 70s that It’s Time to Teach Your Kids

    Roberta B
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Ever notice how when folks talk about summers back in the day they say things like, “We just went outside and played and we survived.” Yes, surviving is a great achievement, but we can set our sights a little higher, can’t we? We’re sharing our SUMMER OF PLAY with hundreds of ideas for playtime with your kids. So Red Rover those neighborhood kids right on over and teach the whole crew a few of those games that used to occupy the Brady brood in their AstroTurf backyard, and do more than survive this summer. Play! read more
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    Workout Mommy

  • Racing on the beach and monkey bars with my kids

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Last month, I went to the beach with my kids and some good friends.   The weather was awesome and we parked our chairs along the sand, ready to watch the kids play.   Instead of sitting down, I smiled at my friend Jamie and said , “hey! Let’s do a workout!” Since she is such a great friend, she agreed. We did a lot of lunges, squats, and even some burpees.  (which resulted in a wardrobe malfunction on my part. Oh well….) And then, we decided to do sprints.   After doing our first set,  the kids ditched their boogie boards and joined us. It was a fun moment that…
  • Finding time for fitness as a busy mom of 3 boys!

    6 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    It is time for another installment of “One Fit Mommy”! As I surf around the blogosphere, I come across fit moms (and dads too!) who inspire me to fitness. From there, I hunt them down and force them to tell me their secrets, which I then share with you! Today’s fit mommy is a fellow boy mom!   Robina Abramson is 36 years old and has three boys ages 9,7,5.    Robina is a  fitness and lifestyle expert in Toronto Ontario Canada and a personal trainer and entrepreneur owning Wholistic Body-Building & Wellness .  Please read on for more about Robina and how she is definitely…
  • How dare you make me feel guilty for setting a good example!

    1 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Some people in my life tell me I am selfish for taking time for workouts most days of the week. This picture right here is proof that is not the case.   Yes, I brought my kettlebells on vacation. Yes, I chose to do some snatches while my kids were (happily) playing around me. and yes,  my 2 year old decided to sit down, watch, and then IMITATE my movement with his tiny arm and seashell. This made my heart so happy. My kids are growing up with the understanding that exercise is important for our bodies and minds.  If you think that makes me selfish, you should probably sit down and take a…
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  • Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish

    Renee Ross
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    During the summer I really like to have both a pedicure and a manicure. I have the tendency to lean toward bold and bright colors because they match my personality! So it should come as no surprise that I was attracted to the range of 29 colors in the Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail polish collection that is available at Walmart. I was sent a few of colors and they are absolutely beautiful. The colors are available in three categories - iridescent, pop and glitter. Prior to having samples sent to me, I purchased Play Koi, an orange pop color which I love. The colors in this collection are fun…
  • Willy Wonka Peel-A-Pop

    Renee Ross
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    This is a sponsored post.It is summertime and I have been busy, busy, busy! My son is taking his annual trip to “Camp Grandma” and I wanted to send him off with a bang so we had a party. Although we were a party of two, we had a grand time and he enjoyed the featured treat the Wonka Peel-a-Pop. This frozen confection brought a serious smile to his face. But before I go any further, I must tell you that one of my favorite movies ever is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. And to be clear, I am NOT talking about the Johnny Depp version(love him but I need Gene Wilder in my life)! If you…
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid

    Renee Ross
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    I am a native New Yorker and one of my best childhood memories is going to the theater with my mom. She took me to both Broadway and off-Broadway shows and we had a blast. Although I am now raising my child in Atlanta, I love the Broadway Atlanta series at The Fox Theater. I love being able to expose my son to Broadway quality productions right in my own backyard. We had the wonderful opportunity to check out The Little Mermaid and had an absolute ball. I think I've only seen the movie once and seeing it on stage was a real treat. I pretty much had forgotten the storyline so it was all…
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  • Big Hero 6 - New Trailer

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I'm a little overexcited about this one. Lucky it's coming out just after my birthday this Fall! With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline
  • The Expert

    5 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    For the past year or so, I've been working full time again outside the home. It's been a strange transition after being home with the kids for so long. It's still hard to juggle work/life stuff, particularly when I'm also trying to keep up with the blog. You'll notice it's been sporadic at best this summer.  This video popped up in my feed this week and I think the befuddled engineer
  • Orkin Bug Wisdom Backyard Explorers Kit Giveaway

    1 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Ah, summertime. The heat and humidity bring out all sorts of wonderful things. Frizzy hair, bored kids, every type of bug known to mankind… luckily, the kids and the bugs don't care much about my hair. We've gotten a lot of rain this summer, which seems to have amplified all of the above. We've found all sorts of creepy crawlies in the garden and on the veggies we've harvested. Yikes! I can't
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  • Celebrate a Birthday with Carnival Cruise Lines

    Bridgette Duplantis
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    On July 16th, it happened.  Even though I attempted to flee the Country in hopes this day would not come, I was unsuccessful.  Forty found me.  FORTY.  What?  Wasn’t I just turning 21 like a year ago?  Despite my hesitation about this milestone, it turned out to be the best birthday ever (except for my 9th birthday when I had a party at McDonald’s and got a purple boombox from my Grandma…that was pretty rad). My hubby (in cahoots with Carnival Cruise Lines) was a Rockstar and deserves all the props for making me feel like a Queen on my special day.  Here are some ways…
  • Top Ten Travel Essentials for Cruising

    Bridgette Duplantis
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    I wrote about my experience with Poise Microliner as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #PoisewithSAM In just 5 short days, I will be boarding the Carnival Dream and heading off on an epic 40th birthday celebration.  This trip has to be perfect so I thought I would share with you my Top Ten Essential Items for Cruising. 1. Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus: Did you know that cruise ships don’t have irons?  For this wrinkle-phobic Mom, I may have had a panic attack.  Fortunately, this product kept my family and I looking elegant night ready! 2.  Brita Water Bottle: Half the fun of a…
  • Reading Under the Stars with Scholastic #SummerReading

    Bridgette Duplantis
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This post was written by the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine. One month ago, my daughters both accepted the Summer Reading Challenge.  Now in its 8th year,the challenge is dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and getting kids to read throughout the summer months when school is out. We have always had a dedicated reading time before bed, but now we are logging minutes for a cause. I helped each girl create an online account and they began tracking their number of minutes read.  The goal?  To help Read for the…
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  • DIY Docking Station

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Here’s the thing about  a docking rule – insisting electronics are to be docked at a certain time requires you actually have a place for the children to dock the devices. (Are you following me on this one?) Last year my husband installed a few outlet/USB charger combinations in our kitchen, which are especially useful when we lose a charging cube (again!?!), but can’t accommodate the growing number of devices that may need charging. So, with that extra time I had while the kids were away, I came up with this solution which allows us to store up to 8 devices, moved the clutter…
  • Why we send our kids to overnight camp

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    12 Years Ago Today Today is our son’s 12th birthday – and for the third year in a row we won’t be seeing him on our special day. (Because today is the day he, and his parents, were born). Even though I know he will have an amazing day at camp, I’ll admit today is the day I miss my children the most, and realize again, that I may never see Anders on his birthday again. (Let’s face it, it’s hard to compete with hundreds of children wishing you happy birthday, particularly in the summer when I can’t get more than two to RSVP to his party next weekend). Each…
  • Podcast: Live from the lake

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Erin handles the show alone this week and puts her family on the microphone during a visit to Skaneateles Lake, NY. Forgive the sound quality but enjoy the chaos (and that it’s not at your house). Listen: iTunes | mp3
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  • Happy Independence Day

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
  • Moms Demand Gun Sense Action

    25 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    This post is not affiliated in any direct way with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. However, if you are concerned about the amount of gun violence in our society, school safety as it relates to gun violence, or the number of people walking around with weapons, concealed or otherwise, it's an excellent organization to join or at least follow on Facebook.  Last night I attended a village board meeting in Niles at which they planned to discuss a potential gun shop and gun range in an industrial area, an industrial area that also houses family-friendly attractions including one…
  • Join Me This Morning at the Farmer's Market!

    21 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    Join me this morning at the Morton Grove Farmer's Market for STEM fun with The Maker Mom and friends. Click for details--there will be giveaways!Next week is the big pie contest, so if you're a pie maker or pie eater, you'll want to come by. Last year I entered my first contest ever. It was fun. I made my first pie sometime in my late 30s and have only made a handful since.The market requires entrants to make two piece- one for the judges to view and taste and another that will be sliced up and sold to benefit the local food pantry. I planned to buy my whole pie to bring home for dessert, but…
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  • “Do I Look Fat?”

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    It happened today. A day I’ve dreaded since my little girl was a baby. We were getting ready to go swimming. Crowding around the bathroom sink with her little brother, the three of us busy dodging elbows and weaving through legs while searching for an opening to rinse and spit. Amid the chaos she stopped, looked me straight in the eyes and barely audible through her sad, embarrassed tone said, “Mommy, I feel like this bathing suit makes me look fat.” I froze as my heart broke. Thoughts like molasses, I sensed them trying to call an emergency meeting while unable to break free from the…
  • Denver Deal: Arby’s, OhHeckYeah, Concerts and More

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Do you have a place that you return to year after year? I usually like to say that I like to take vacations to new and different places. See something new and learn something different. However, my family has returned to Crested Butte for a long family weekend (my dad is from there) each summer. It is the best weekend of the summer for both me and my kids. Crested Butte is a bit of a drive from Denver – but if you have not been there, you should plan a weekend get away too. This is the perfect place to really feel full of…Colorado! Hiking, 4-wheel, Mountain Bike, Zip Line, fish…
  • Family travel: Five ways to explore Colorado with kids

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    In Colorado, age is indeed a state of mind, and for families looking for adventure, the options seem almost endless. From the finest forest rambles nature has to offer to man-made amusements with a high squeal factor, there’s something for everyone. Here are five ways to explore, get some fresh air and exercise, and most important, have fun and make memories with your family in some of the state’s best summer getaway spots. -Kyle Wagner Experience family-friendly high country fun in … 1. Estes Park, RMNP 2. Glenwood Springs 3. Snowmass 4. Steamboat Springs 5. Vail
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  • The Lake

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Our neighbors have been forever inviting us up to their cabin in Wisconsin.  We were finally able to get there over the weekend. We dropped Maria in Madison to hang with her best friend, drove up to boy scout camp and grabbed Jack, then headed even further north. For three days, we swam, boated and fished.  And ate s’mores.
  • I Want to Ride My Bicycle!

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
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  • Birthday Wishes

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Sorry, Maddog.  I had to do it:
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  • Thirteen

    Eden M. Kennedy
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Jackson turned thirteen years old this past weekend, which we spent at a kids’ basketball tournament at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Jackson is the newest kid on his team. Back in third grade, when all the other boys on the team were in the gym learning to dribble and shoot, Jackson was learning to rally and lob and serve until the day came when I tried to drop him off at the tennis courts and he sat in the back seat sobbing that he didn’t want to play tennis anymore. So after arguing and tugging on his leg for ten minutes and then realizing that I didn’t want to carry a…
  • Close to Home

    Eden M. Kennedy
    30 May 2014 | 5:08 pm
    I had an unexpected reaction to the shooting that happened a week ago out at UCSB. I spent all last weekend reading all the articles and opinions and tweets that ran past me, and none of it was good news, but the thing that finally got me was when I went to work Tuesday morning and heard that one of our patrons claimed that the shooter had been hanging around the library the last few weeks. “Didn’t you recognize his car? It was out in the lot all the time.” That was some chilling news. And of course, it was possible to imagine a black BMW parked just about anywhere if you…
  • Researchification

    Eden M. Kennedy
    30 Apr 2014 | 6:17 pm
    I guess I’ve talked a little bit about how I’m writing this novel-thing. I’m normally not brave enough to call it a novel in public because novelists write novels. I know that novelists are human beings, and that I am a human being, and that therefore I am a novelist, because that’s just logic and also because I hit 77,444 words this afternoon, which is equal to one-and-a-half Great Gatsbys or two-thirds of a Great Expectation. So if you didn’t know it before, now you know I’m writing a Thing, and in this thing one of the characters has a profound spiritual…
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  • My Daughter’s Digital Duel, I Vote DISLIKE

    Queen of Spain
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Digital parenting can #suckit. As many of you know, both of my kids are rather plugged in. I mean…PLUGGED IN. They game, they blog, they game, they do their homework online, they game, they watch tv online, they do EVERYTHING on their iPads or computers. So it should come as zero surprise that any discipline in this house tends to be a direct ‘take away’ of said plugged-in-ed-ness. My 9-year old plays Animal Jam. She chats. She makes videos. She trades. All of these things are done under my watchful eye-I check her chats, I watch her videos, she tells me about her trades. I…
  • The 4th & Murrieta, California’s Hate for New Americans

    Queen of Spain
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    As you ready your house flags, don your sunscreen and set up your BBQ’s, I would love if we all reflected a bit on what it means to be an American. For a long awhile, I admit to having never given much thought to what it means to be an American. I’ve always been one and have enjoyed all of it’s privileges and rights. After all, we are the envy of many other countries. So much so, that people will risk their lives to come here. Think about that for a minute. How bad would it have to be for you, in your own life, to risk everything in order to get yourself to another country?
  • Just One More

    Queen of Spain
    28 Jun 2014 | 5:21 am
    I’m back at the place I started. My Aunt and Uncle live closest to the airport and have plenty of room…and the kids and I are again occupying the downstairs, but this time my Mom is upstairs in the room I was meant to sleep in when we arrived over ten days ago. Two weeks? Twelve days? I’ve lost count. The nights ran into days, the days into nights and too many things happened to even write about. I came here to allow my kids a chance to run around the family mountain in West Virginia while I helped my Mom help the rest of my family deal with my ailing Aunt. I knew she rushed…
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  • Fall Fashion Forecast From Belk

    Blonde Mom
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Me with my fellow fashion loving peeps! Katie (far left) from Effortless Style and Anicka (center) from Moxie Media. We’re also all members of Nashville Femfessionals. Belk is one of my favorite department stores and our Nashville area Belk at Cool Springs Mall is fantastic. I worked with Belk on my fun Valentine’s Day post so I was excited to meet up recently with the Nashville fashion blogging scene at a fall fashion forecast event. The delightful Arlene Goldstein (@BelkFashionBuzz) led the evening and we also were treated to some great wine and appetizers courtesy of Red Pony…
  • Tips to Make Your Summer Sizzle

    Blonde Mom
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Baby spinach and fresh fruit is the perfect summer salad! Welcome to my annual 15 Minutes to Fabulous series! Over the next few weeks I’ll feature some fantastic guest writers. Let’s face it, give a busy woman 15 minutes of uninterrupted time and she can conquer the world…or at least 15 minutes of it! Today’s guest blogger is Franklin, Tennessee’s Dyan Damron from Coach D Consulting. Please follow Dyan on Twitter. She’s appeared on Nashville’s Talk of the Town and on Saturday, July 19, she’s signing copies of her new book at Landmark Booksellers…
  • Fashion Friday: 15 Fashionable Flip Flops

    Blonde Mom
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    On summer weekends you can usually find me wearing flip flops. They’ve come a long way since I was a kid and plain solid colors were all you could find! Today I’m featuring 15 fashionable flip flops that are perfect for wearing all summer long, whether you’re headed to the pool or a party. I love this great pair of flip flops I was sent from Lamo, the Resort II style in black. The added bling is just plain fun for a day at the pool. I knew that Lamo made boots, but I didn’t realize they also make a great selection of flip flops. They also come in pink!   Love this…
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  • Places to Go: Chianti Life B&B, Topanga

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    I just returned from three days and two nights at the Chianti Life Retreat B&B in Topanga Canyon which is where I have decided I want to retire. Not the B&B, of course, but the canyon. On a horse farm. With everyone else in Los Angeles. (I have lived in LA for fifteen years and never done more than drive through Topanga on the way to Malibu. Uh... whut.)Anyway, the retreat.It was a birthday gift from my parents (my mom found Chianti after searching in Los Angeles)--a getaway for two nights to finish a a pesonal project which I was VERY close to…
  • The Magic Hour & Raising Strong Girls

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Sorry it's been a little on the quiet side, here, this week but I've been sick these last few days... trying to rest up for a weekend away, my first time all alone since... I mean... ten years?  (For my birthday, my parents gave me the gift of a weekend alone to write/finish a project I am very close to finishing at a B&B. So! In a couple of hours, I head for the hills to experience peace, quiet, and (hopefully!) a bolt of inspiration to put me over the hump and finish this draft that has been consuming me for the last... many... years. I'M SO CLOSE, THOUGH! IT'S RIGHT THERE! I CAN…
  • Eat Well: Summer, Summer, Summer Slaw

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The following post was written by my mom, WWW. Thanks, Mom!I hope you don’t mind ONE MORE rant about sugar in foods. This week I’m talking about coleslaw —an American summer staple and a food that is FILLED with vitamins and anti-oxidants, but unfortunately is also laden with sugar. Did you know there are about 25 grams of sugar in a cup of coleslaw? UGH!!!So…over the 4th of July weekend, I used my miso salad dressing instead of the traditional sweet mayo dressing because I didn’t want to say to Bo, NO YOU CAN’T EAT THE SALAD! (She LOVES salad and all things…
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  • Watching 'THIN'

    Rita Arens
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:37 pm
    I'm watching a documentary about eating disorder treatment called THIN. I think I understand better why so much in-patient treatment doesn't work. I don't see staff showing compassion. They refer to the patients as antidepressant junkies, even the suicidal ones. The parents seem clueless. I'm angry, watching this. I get 3-4 emails a week from people who have read my ED posts. I can't believe there is so little out there that is real. I want to wrap my arms around these women and girls (and sometimes boys). They are so scared of their own bodies. They should be more scared…
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  • Domestic workers and their allies in Massachusetts passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

    Bekah Mandell
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Take Action!They did it!   Domestic workers and their allies in Massachusetts passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. This is fourth Domestic Workers Bill of Rights to pass in four years, following New York, California, and Hawaii. It reflects a growing recognition from workers, employers and allies that domestic work is real work and deserves real protections. This new bill is the most comprehensive Domestic Workers Bill of Rights yet, providing clear guidelines for employers.  It provides domestic workers with the right to a written contract, just cause termination, and maternity…
  • Summiting Together

    Sara Alcid
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    The White House Summit on working families was last month, but we’re still riding the high of the momentum and energy cultivated at such a groundbreaking event. The fact that our nation’s leaders dedicated an entire day to issues that MomsRising members have been working on since we were founded in 2006 is huge. It’s a sign that the issues we care about, sometimes considered “soft” or siloed as only “women’s issues” are finally being seen for what they are: family and national economic security issues that need to be prioritized. Paid sick days, paid family leave, and fair…
  • Two chances to join MomsRising on Capitol Hill

    Elyssa Koidin
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Next week is a busy week for MomsRising! We are going to be up on Capitol Hill twice bringing the voices of moms from around the country to members of Congress—and we would love for YOU to join us at one or even both of these events. Here are the details about the 2 events: 1. Early Education Storybook Delivery Early education and childcare is one of the top concerns for MomsRising members. Hundreds of parents have shared their stories with us and we’re heading to the Hill to deliver some of these stories to key decision makers. It's important for lawmakers to know what’s really going…
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  • I expect they'll be fighting over who gets to change "my" diaper, too!

    2 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    making parenting look like a piece of cake since, never mind when! A long time ago (i.e. about two kids in diapers, one in pull-ups and one losing her first tooth, ago) and way before I worked up enough nerve to go ahead and push "publish" on this old blog, a bunch of my mom friends and I would make a little extra diaper money by working with local marketing research companies and participate in consumer focus groups. We were sort of like bloggers, but without blogs. Yeah. That's right. Bloggers without blogs. You heard it here, first. Aaaaanyway, because...
  • Have you seen this scary man/woman?

    20 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    this full house, forever ago It's been 2 years since we've had kids roaming the halls of the elementary school; wondering how they can get out of going to gym class (mostly the girls) or losing track of time on their way back from the bathroom (probably my son) and just where in the heck DID they put down their lunch bags (ALL of them) or coats (my son, again) seriously?!? Hint: claim cramps, it's on the kitchen table, and there's a bit of comfort that goes along with my believing there are warm and toasty kids out there, who...
  • Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    I am a big fan of Spotify and love listening to all sorts of music, especially at different times during the day, for example: Mornings: are for acoustic new-age-totally-zen-like-chill-the-frig-out-already-type of channels while working, but not before carefully screening out play lists featuring waterfalls or rain, because overactive bladder...YO!!! Afternoons: are made for badass-don't-EVEN-think-about-messing-with-me-womenz like P!nk and Halestorm's Lzzy Hyde (a.k.a. my husband's second and third wives and I'm totally okay wit-it!) while driving and/or running a bazillion errands,…
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  • What a surf training day looks like.

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our weekends consist of me getting up at 5am and loading the cooler with ice, drinks and fruit.  I load the boards in the car and at around 5:45 I wake up Mia and she does the sleep drunk walk … Continue reading →
  • Some shrimp on the barbie

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is what our weekend will look like.  Yea, baby.  I love summertime food and cooking outside.  Also having drinks on the back porch with my favorite guy.  Selfie warning! Such a weirdo. That’s better. He bought a new audio … Continue reading →
  • Summer colors

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Summer is so overrated

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Let’s just pretend I’m not the worst and laziest blogger ever, okay? So if you’ve been around here for any amount of time, you know that I don’t like summer much.  I’m not a fan of heat and having the kids home (and bored) is no picnic either.  I shouldn’t really complain too much tho.  The weather has been relatively mild this summer (SO FAR) (KNOCKS ON WOOD) and the boys just got back from spending a whole week with their grandparents leaving just Evie at home. Still.  I’m ready for Fall. Harry starts HIGH SCHOOL in August and I’m still…
  • In which my life has been consumed by television

    29 Jan 2014 | 6:55 pm
    I’ve always been the sort to watch movies more than television.  I’d see people get passionate about a television show, and save for a few notable exceptions, I just didn’t get it.  I did get into “LOST” big time, that’s true.  But generally?  I’m not a TV person. Here’s the part where I eat my words. “Doctor Who” was just the start, turns out.  Actually, no, that’s not even true. Cuz for whatever reason I started with “Torchwood” which is completely the wrong way to do it.  But I had my reasons at the time,…
  • Obligatory End of Year Post: Bye bye 2013!

    31 Dec 2013 | 10:49 pm
    It’s been a strange year.  I know I’ve been … not here much.  Who knew Tumblr was so addictive?  It’s a fun place, if you know what you’re doing and what you’re interested in.  Almost like a giant fan club meeting or something.  I dunno. It’s intoxicating and addictive. So let’s see… what did 2013 mean to me?  I generally relate to these things through popular culture so let’s do that. Television TV was GOOD this year!!  “Doctor Who” was not good.  I mean, the stuff I already enjoyed is always good but…
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  • Head Ref Mommy

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    GL likes to make princess dolls. I prefer to make dolls of myself. © Annika Barranti & Through The Looking-Glass, 2014 | Permalink | No comments Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh
  • Customer Service, or something like it.

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    I took the children to a museum recently, and we shared a grilled cheese sandwich at the cafe. I found a bit of hair in the very last bite, and could see in the kitchen that everyone had short hair, but no head coverings. I brought the plate up to the counter and let them know, pointing out that bandannas would be helpful. (I think it’s against the law to have uncovered heads in a professional kitchen, but I’m not positive.) They didn’t seem at all interested in my feedback, but insisted on refunding me the price of the sandwich. Which was nice, and the right thing to do,…
  • Strawberry Shortcake with Brown Sugar Biscuits

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Every year I say I am going to have strawberry shortcake for my birthday, and every year something happens and I end up having something else. BUT NOT THIS YEAR. 36 is the year to get shit done. As long as said shit involves dessert. Brown Sugar Biscuits loosely adapted from Sipsey’s Biscuits, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe 2 cups all purpose flour 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces 1/4 cup plain yogurt, ideally the watery bits from separated…
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  • Things I did this weekend

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Alternately, Stuff I did while avoiding doing actual work. Or even, I am super productive when I’m procrastinating. * Missed seeing a friend on her birthday because I am so disorganized. * Apologized to said friend and made plans for later this week. * Realized I hadn’t seen another friend in far too long; made […]
  • Yeah, we’re cheesy

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    So the Very Good News is that Duncan is now two weeks out from his surgery and got his stitches out and his inflatable collar off and never have you seen a dog so happy. He loves everyone and everything, and this is even in light of the Not So Good News that wearing that […]
  • It’s a little-known fact…

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    … that there are actually FIVE horsemen of the Apocalypse. No one really likes to talk about the fifth guy, though, because he doesn’t technically ride a horse. He rides an elliptical. (He’s in killer shape, but has a hard time keeping up with the other four. You understand.) I bring this up because I’ve […]
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  • Simple Goodness: Why I’ve Given Into My Chocolate Cravings (Heather Schuck)
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Summer is here and I’m determined to enjoy the simple goodness of it. No over-scheduled family vacations, chaotic summer camp schedules, or stressing about all the work I’m missing as I take the kids to the pool for the fourth time this week. As I embrace my “simple goodness” mantra for the summer break, I’m realizing there is simple goodness all around us. We just need to slow down enough to notice it. Whether it’s enjoying morning coffee on the back porch, an evening walk around the lake, or finally having time to catch up on our reading as the kids play outside.
  • Guest Post: Why Mama Needs a Vacation (Heather Schuck)
    27 Jan 2014 | 12:33 pm
    It is funny how the word ‘vacation’ develops a whole new meaning the second a child comes along. While childless, my husband and I took amazing vacations of exploration such as hiking in the Colorado Rockies or exploring the Grand Canyon. Getting away from it all was exactly what we did and reconnecting with each other in peaceful beautiful surroundings was the result. Now, with kids in the mix, our vacation time doesn’t exactly match Webster’s definition, much less mine. As a Mom, vacationing with kids means all childcare related chores still need to be done. Hungry…
  • Reboot Your Diet with Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse (Heather Schuck)
    22 Jan 2014 | 11:32 am
    As the ball dropped at the stroke of midnight, we were all given a fresh start. 365 new days to fulfill new goals, new dreams, and a new chance at well-being. For many, that “fresh start” will include a new gym membership, new diet, and a new self-help reading list. Lord knows I’ve been there! While ambitious, the problem with these “fresh starts” is that they’re not “fresh” at all. What we’re really doing is jerking the wheel of a race car mid-lap and then wondering why it crashes. In other words, our body has spent an entire year (if not…
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    amalah . com

  • Three Nights Without Noodles

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. Just a few of the things I learned last week, during our three-night dinner adventure with Blue Apron: 1) Ike loves jicama. 2) Ezra loves eggplant. 3) Noah loves forbidden rice. 4) They ALL love quinoa. 5) I love quinoa. I just haven't been cooking it right.  I also learned that I really need to challenge my kids more often. And myself. And also grocery shopping can bite me.  Three (recyclable, biodegradable) boxes of food were delivered to our door, each containing three nights' worth of meals for two people, plus…
  • No Nap

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    No nap! No, I no need to take a nap. No nap, Mom. I not tired, Mom. No nap! I wake up!   No nap. No no no no no nap! Kid just can't handle his milk some days.  (Friday! Have an excellent weekend. Don't party too hard.)  
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    Petroville - Personal Injury Law Blog

  • Vaginal Mesh Banned in Scotland

    Lalaine Sy
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    In a very unprecedented move, Scottish authorities, through Health Secretary Alex Neil, imposed a ban on the use of transvaginal mesh for the repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). This action has been hailed by concerned sectors from different countries as a move towards the right direction, as they acknowledged that the vaginal mesh controversy has become a global problem. Many wished the same could have been done in the United States, which could have prevented the serious injuries suffered by thousands of women who were implanted with these mesh…
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage and Other Common Conditions after Childbirth

    Lalaine Sy
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:05 pm
    For any mother, giving birth to a child will always be considered as a milestone in her life and as a woman, a source of great fulfillment. Embracing that little bundle of joy will negate the months of difficult pregnancy, the labor pains, and the challenges during the actual delivery. It is only very unfortunate that while childbirth may bring extreme joy and happiness to the mother, she may have to deal with possible complications after giving birth. It is not uncommon for mothers who just gave birth to encounter health issues even if they may be considered as healthy mothers and after…
  • Transvaginal Mesh Injury Lawsuits: Next C.R. Bard Trial Slated for Dec. 3, Rottenstein Law Group LLP Reports

    Lalaine Sy
    22 Nov 2013 | 11:11 am
    The next C.R. Bard transvaginal mesh trial is scheduled for Dec. 3 in the U.S. District Court in West Virginia, according to court documents. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP, which represents clients in transvaginal mesh injury lawsuits, reports on updates related to Bard mesh trials, in addition to offering a brief rundown of the multimillion dollar vaginal mesh verdicts to date. Read more: Transvaginal Mesh Injury Lawsuits: Next C.R. Bard Trial Slated for Dec. 3, Rottenstein Law Group LLP Reports The post Transvaginal Mesh Injury Lawsuits: Next C.R. Bard Trial Slated for Dec. 3, Rottenstein…
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    The Domestic Diva

  • Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish Swatches plus Review

    The Domestic Diva
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    (sponsored post) If my DIY nail polish rack is any indication that I’m a bit obsessed with nail polish, then I don’t know what is. I was hit with the diy nail art bug several years ago and have been looking for new nail polishes to try ever since. Walmart approached me about trying out the NEW! Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polishes as a part of the Walmart Moms and offered to send me some samples to try ... Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Tell Your Life Story: How to make a Glass Memory Locket with Floating Charms (DIY Craft Tutorial)

    The Domestic Diva
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Do you remember when charm bracelets used to be a big thing? I love the idea of creating custom jewelry that tells your life story. I started seeing glass lockets pop up in my feeds on various social media sites and thought they were absolutely adorable. The only problem was that they were pretty pricey. The DIY voice inside my head kept telling me, there has to be a way that you can make something similar ... Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Southern Style Creamed Corn Recipe

    The Domestic Diva
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    There is no better southern side dish than creamed corn. Ditch that canned stuff, you won’t believe how easy it is to make this side dish from scratch. Besides, we all know that homemade tastes so much better! Many nights when I’m not serving southern style sweet cornbread, I will serve this southern inspired creamed corn recipe instead. Gracing my southern table right next to a big tall glass of Southern Sweet Iced Tea, creamed corn is a ... 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

  • Lemon Shake-Up Recipe — A Refreshing Summer Drink

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Bobbie says: Ah, summer. The scorching heat, the overwhelming humidity. Fun times. Well, when life hands you lemons, shake things up a bit and make Lemon Shake-Ups. Depending where you live, you may have had these treats at a local fair or carnival. For the uninitiated, a Lemon Shake-Up is basically a freshly made individual lemonade. At the fairs where I’ve had them, it’s a big production: One person operates a big press to squeeze the bejeebers out of a lemon, into a tall, heavy glass. Another person adds sugar, ice and some water. A paper cup is turned upside down over the glass, and…
  • Where Do You Find that Cleaning Motivation

    Heather Solos
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Dear Home-Ec 101, How do I motivate myself to clean? What do you do? Signed, Do I Have To PS I’m also ADD Heather says Living in a mess is like being in a bad relationship. It starts off comfortable enough, let’s just stay in tonight. You don’t need to put that away. But sooner or later it starts to whisper things that aren’t very nice: If you weren’t messy, maybe you’d be more successful. If you could just keep a clean home, you would have more friends. If you weren’t so messy someone would love you. Over time those whispers aren’t whispers…
  • Zucchini Parmesan Crisps, Regular and Gluten-Free

    Heather Solos
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Heather says Did you think oven fried goodness was out of reach just because you have to go gluten-free? Here’s a simple, magic substitution for you… swap crushed Rice Chex for Panko crumbs and you’re set. No other changes, no mixing a bazillion different flours or buying special bread to make your own crumbs. Take out your aggression on a handful of cereal and call it a day. Tested. Tasted. Proven. I really like oven-fried zucchini chips, but find them a bit too fiddly for most occasions. If you have older kids, make them bread the zucchini, it’s a great exercise in…
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • Stop Playing the “Should” Game!

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    By Liz McGrory You should make more time for yourself. You should wake up at 5am to exercise. You should have a memory box for each child which includes every detail of their life starting with the hospital identification wrist band they wore as a new born. Sigh. We are not perfect. Why is it that we attempt to fulfill all the “shoulds” that the world throws at us? Byron Katie said it best in her book, Loving What Is: In reality, there is no such thing as a “should” or a “shouldn’t.” These are only thoughts that we impose onto reality. Where reality…
  • Kids and Smartphones – I Gave Mine a Contract

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    My daughter turned 10 yesterday, and our gift to her was a smartphone. This was a big decision, and it’s one that a lot of families find tricky. We know people with children younger than ours who have phones. I also know that many of my daughters’ friends will not be allowed to have phones until they are much older. Our decision was based on a lot of factors, not the least of which was that she has already been using a hand-me-down iTouch, which does everything a smartphone does, except for make phone calls. The iTouch is so outdated, though, that it won’t support a lot of…
  • Remember Your Spouse!

    Anna Reed
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    The day of our ten year anniversary, we visited the university chapel where we got married at the University of Virginia. This post is going to be about not taking your spouse for granted. However, I’d like to start by bringing up my mother. Weird, right?   A few years ago, my daughter received a beautiful bed for her room. My friend’s daughter no longer needed it, as at the age of twelve, having a pink and purple castle bed that reached the ceiling was not cool. We measured the dimensions of the room, rather inaccurately, before receiving the bed to make sure it would fit. My…
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • Disney Cruise Line Is Incredible

    Jackie P
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    I had no idea what I was getting into sailing with Disney Cruise Line on our very first land and sea back in 2005. A couple of months before our land and sea vacation, which included a stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa followed by a four day cruise aboard the Disney Wonder, I received a Planning Guide full of pre-cruise information, no detail left behind, guidance every step of the way. The Disney Cruise Line Planning Guide is mailed out to you well in advance of your cruise and was formatted directly after the Planning Centre online at the Disney Cruise Line website,…
  • Oz the Great and Powerful – Family Movie Adventure Night

    Disney DonnaKay (NDM#501)
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Disney Movie Nights – they are just traditional. They usually involve pj’s, favorite snacks, blankets & stuffed friends. But, in changing times, there is a new concept of movie night…themed movie nights. I love this concept for so many reasons. It is more than just watching a movie. You can include themed activities, food, & decorations. Our whole family becomes involved. From planning, to decorating, to clean-up, it is a true example of teamwork & a great bonding experience. Oz the Great and Powerful is the prequel to The Wizard of Oz and really gives you some insight into…
  • Disney Driven Week In Review 7-20-14

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s the Disney Driven Week In Review! We understand that life keeps you busy, so here is a list of what you may have missed! Have you been counted? Information on becoming a member of the DDL is below. Do you use Networked Blogs or Bloglovin’? We are a part of Networked Blogs & Bloglovin’! Get our posts delivered to your inbox daily or weekly! Sign up information below. . (Gene Duncan, photographer) DDL Riddle of the Month – July - It’s the riddle of the month! This month features a riddle based on the ride, Rock ‘N Roller Coaster in honor of its…
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    Joy Unexpected

  • A Moment in a Marriage as Old as Dirt

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    He walked into the kitchen while I was finishing up the dishes. This Old Love by Lior came on. “This song reminds me of us.” I said as he walked past me. He had never heard the song. I walked over to him, wrapped my arms around his neck and looked up at him. I begin singing along while looking at his sweet face. “We’ll grow old together We’ll grow old together This old love will never This old love will never die” He smiled, buried his head into my neck. We stood there, slow dancing in the living room. I held him tighter as we swayed back and forth in time…
  • Choco’s Ride. Don’t Hate.

    13 Jun 2014 | 8:37 pm
    My husband decided to pimp out Gabby’s wagon so she could give her dog a ride in some shaded style. This was the result.
  • I’ve Still Got It!

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:13 pm
    I was in the kitchen roasting tomatoes and peppers to prepare fresh salsa for dinner. Gabriella and Tony were sitting at the kitchen table playing a game of Slap Jack. While I was roasting away, I heard the following Gabby: Come on Dad! Let’s go! Tony: Hold on. I want to look at your mama. She’s so pretty. Gabby: Okay, but please stop looking at her like she’s SUPER smokin’. *She turns to look at me* Gabby: Don’t get me wrong, Mommy. I think you’re pretty. But dad is looking at you like he’s about to drool! Twenty four years later and he still looks…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Scary or amazing? The baby bath video that's awed millions

    Sara McGinnis
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Mom Stories "Peaceful" and "calm" are two of the last words I would use to describe what it was like giving my children baths when they were newborns. Each of my boys squawked and flapped their tiny arms about like plucked chickens in the kitchen sink while I broke into... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • 8 maternity wear must-haves for pregnancy and beyond

    Whitney Barthel
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    by Whitney Barthel posted in Products & Prizes This post is part of a sponsorship with Destination Maternity. One of the most annoying things to deal with after having a baby is making the switch back to non-maternity clothing. Other than labor itself, trying old jeans post-delivery can be one of the most terrifying moments... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Happy birthday, Prince George: 25 photos from his first year

    Carolyn Robertson
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    by Carolyn Robertson posted in Celebrities Kate Middleton and Prince William are getting set to mark an unforgettable milestone in every parent's life as their son Prince George will be celebrating his first birthday tomorrow. In honor of the little Prince's big day, his parents have released a new official portrait which reveals yet another...... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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  • Noise Dysregulation and Running Regulation

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: (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 and subscribe by email from the sidebar.
  • Mile Zero, Smile Eight Million

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: (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 and subscribe by email from the sidebar.
  • Time Keeps on Slippin’

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: (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 and subscribe by email from the sidebar.
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    Mom in the City

  • Mom in the City II

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    Then (2004) It has been a while since I last posted on the site. That is because my website went down on the last day of school (June 26th) and I am just getting it back up two weeks later. Initially, I was super upset at my former web hosting company but then I realized that this was kind of my fault. I had known that I needed to switch hosts for years, but I didn’t want to be bothered. Moving thousands of emails and posts to a new server just seemed like too much of a hassle in my head. That ”ounce of prevention” quote was taunting me as I was being forced to switch hosts or lose all…
  • What to Order for Brunch at Norma’s NYC

    19 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    Recently, a great friend wanted to celebrate our birthdays together over brunch in midtown. I suggested NORMA’S at Le Parker Meridien and it turned out to be a great pick. Since I had never been to Norma’s before, I arrived a bit early to look around and to see what the other diners were enjoying. Based on the website images, I thought that the customers would be dressed up. In reality, it was a pleasant mix – some people were in jeans while others were in business clothing. Everyone was equally welcomed and waited upon which was nice. While Norma’s is popular for its $1000…
  • Why I don’t let my kids go out in the sun without kids sunglasses

    18 Jun 2014 | 9:33 am
    Michael loves his “no prescription/just UV protection” gift glasses from the event!“Don’t forget to take your sunglasses!” This is the phrase that my kids have been hearing me say practically every sunny day since I attended a LensCrafters Back to School Breakfast event. (Let’s just put aside the fact that NYC students don’t even get out of school until next week.) I learned so much about eye health at the event. I’m sharing the “Physical Education” part about eyewear for athletic and outdoor activities as well as protecting a…
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    Smiley Cat: Christian Watson's Web Design Blog

  • Online Shopping Cart Usability Tips

    28 Jun 2014 | 2:36 pm
    This article from the Nielsen Norman Group on supporting user decision making in the ecommerce shopping cart has four useful tips for helping shoppers get to the check out stage. Provide access to a full shopping cart Display product details along with a clear product image Link users to the product page from products in the cart Let users easily remove items, including setting quantity to zero This article ties in nicely with an earlier one, which covered 3 ecommerce design trends to follow and 3 to avoid. Design Trends to Follow Bigger product images Better product reviews Easy to use…
  • Our Customers Page Showcase: Best Practices and Examples of Creative Customer Pages

    1 Jun 2014 | 8:39 am
    I'm currently working on a 'customers' page for one of my websites. In researching layout and presentation ideas, I came across many examples of creative ways to approach the design of this page, other than laying out a bunch of logos in a grid (although there were plenty of these). I pulled together my favorites into a showcase of 'Our Customers' pages, which I think really highlights what it takes to create an effective and visually interesting customers page. Best Practices for Customers Pages As I carried out my research I noticed a number of consistent elements that caused a customers…
  • Mobile App Redesign

    24 May 2014 | 6:28 am recently partnered with design agency Makeable to redesign their popular mobile app, largely with good results, in my opinion.Although the reviews of the latest version of the app on iTunes might disagree, it's well known that people hate change. One area of the app redesign that did surprise me was in the decision not to use color in the icons displaying the weather for each time period. In my experience of using the new app, this makes it less easy to scan and quickly get an understanding of the upcoming weather conditions. Here is how the new hourly forecast design…
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    [Mis]Adventures of an Ad Girl in New York

  • Rockets and Roaches and Beaches

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

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

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:50 pm
    But...but...but we ALWAYS use M&Ms for this math unit! We simply must! And they're not the peanut ones! We've wanted to write this for a while and ironically haven't found the words.  Stop snickering, people, it's true.  Just because we make it look easy and fabulous to constantly get on our soapbox doesn't mean we don't get nerves too!It's hard to be *that* parent.  The buzzkill.  The one who stays at drop-off birthday parties.  The one who always has sleepovers at her place because it's too complicated to try and figure out what you'd feed our kid.
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  • Australian Senate Opposition Leader (and a Lesbian Mom) Speaks Against Homophobia

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Australian Senator for South Australia and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Penny Wong, last week gave a pointed Senate speech against homophobia in sports, schools, and elsewhere. Wong, who has a daughter with partner Sophie Allouache, gave the speech after a week in which Australian Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe came out as gay and an Australian sports commentator made a homophobic slur about another athlete. I like that she balanced her remarks about the harm of homophobia, especially to youth, with a positive story of taking action to make things better. She tells of some…
  • Workplace Nondiscrimination Executive Order Brings Protections to More, But Not All

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:45 pm
    I didn’t want to let the day pass without an acknowledgment of the historic signing by President Obama of an executive order to ban federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order also added “gender identity” to an executive order of President Clinton that banned discrimination against federal employees on the basis of sexual orientation. Today’s order will directly benefit many LGBTQ people and their families — but it isn’t enough. As The Task Force pointed out in a tweet today, “More states…
  • Yes, Children Are Making their Mark on Marriage Equality

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Last month, I wrote, “It used to be that ‘Think of the children!’ was an argument against marriage equality. Now that’s an argument for it,” as ruling after ruling after ruling for marriage equality has heavily weighed the interests of children. A Reuters article yesterday covered the same theme. Joan Biskupic of Reuters writes, ”With legal battles over gay marriage simmering across the United States, proponents are showcasing a group they had once sidelined: children. . . . The lawyers’ approach marks a strategic shift from several years ago, when…
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • American Gothic

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Marlboro Man and I have just about finished combing through the 4,564,499,243,487,776 (give or take a dozen) photos in my various hard drives from the past eight years, and we’re whittling down the ones we want to print for the office. Naturally, we’ve had to flip through a lot of bad, out-of-focus, repetitive shots in order to find a few we really like, but fortunately, we’ve got a nice folder full of jewels.     I shared one of these back when I snapped it (in 2009, I believe.) There are so many things about it that make me cry, not the least of which is the fact…
  • The Engagement Party

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    This is Haley. She’s from our small town and used to babysit my kids when she was in high school, then again when she came home from college every summer. Haley and her family have gone to church with us for years, and to say they’re important to us is the understatement of the day/week/month/year/decade/century/millennium. I’ve watched Haley grow up from a young girl with a beautiful heart to a grown woman…with an even more beautiful heart. I love her more’n my luggage. So when she became engaged some time ago, my sister-in-law Missy and I knew we wanted to host…
  • Charlie in Slow Motion

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Oh, Charlie. Ohhhh, Charlie. So night before last, I’m on my walk/run/walk with the dogs and I decide to shoot a video of Charlie in all his Alpha Dog glory, barking at the horses in a feeble attempt to get them to respond at all, which they never do, because if you were a horse, would you even bat an eyelash at a Basset Hound? I didn’t think so. For some reason, I inadvertently flipped my phone setting to its slow motion feature rather than the regular video setting… And here were there results. Note: Please turn up the volume on your computer. You need to be able to hear…
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  • The American Express Guide to a “Summer Well Spent”

    Shelby Toompas
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Do you find yourself dishing out money left and right all summer? According to the American Express Spending and Savings Tracker, summer looks to be as expensive as the holiday season (if not more!). From pool membership to family vacation and summer camp for the kiddos, your wallet is getting pulled every which way. If fact, Amex estimates parents are spending $958 per child on fun summer activities in 2014–up from $856 last year and $601 in 2012. Overall, American parents will shell out $70 billion or more for summer activities.    “Throughout the year, we’ve seen higher spending…
  • Summer Ice Cream Round Up: Bars, Cones, & Sandwiches

    Samantha Hyde
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Summer is here, and temperatures just keep rising and rising. Along with the heat, the urge for a refreshingly cold treat also tends to increase on a daily basis. Thankfully, July is National Ice Cream Month. In honor of the celebration, here at Parents we’ve taste tested a variety of flavors and brands to bring you our absolute favorites! (Hey, it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.) Be sure to check back every week during the month of July for even more yumminess. Click here to read the picks for our favorite dairy-free and ice-cream on a stick options. Skinny Cow Ganache…
  • Rosie to the Rescue!: When Mommy Has to Go to Work

    Rosie Pope
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    The past four months have gone by in a flash. I can hardly believe it was just 16 weeks ago that I gave birth to my sweet baby Bridget, number four in our brood. Like so many other mothers in America, I was not able to take the maternity leave that I would have liked. After all, I run my own business, so stopping work for months at a time really wasn’t an option. Juggling my dual life as business owner and a mother of four is not something that I’ve mastered with total elegance. While it may at times look like that from the outside — thanks to a great blow out and some snazzy wedges…
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    Design Mom

  • Living With Kids: Kat Hertzler

    Design Mom
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. I definitely wouldn’t look at Kat‘s home and think to myself “I’ll bet they did all this debt-free!” No, that would not be my first, second, or even tenth thought. Because there’s so much else to think about in this tour! Like the rustic kitchen island or that gorgeous countertop, the ceiling in the nursery and that insanely lush carpet, the leather couch that looks like it was plucked from a London pub…I could go on. Wait! One more: her master bedroom and bath was once a two-car garage. But back to the debt-free part. Yes, the renovations…
  • The Treehouse: Front Porch Makeover

    Design Mom
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle.  |  This post is brought to you by Lowe’s Home Improvement — they have everything you need to refresh your own front door, so your home can make a welcoming first impression. ——- I love a good front porch makeover! It’s one of those projects where small changes can make a big impact, and make any house look like it’s loved and up-to-date. Way back in the day (2007), when we lived in a rental house in New York, I did my first porch makeover. It made such a difference. Instead of being bummed out as I drove up to the house, I…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How has your weekend been going? I’m here with a Sunday edition of my weekend link list. The fact that I’m posting this two days late will give you some sense of how behind I’m feeling on work at the moment. Hah! We’re off to St. George next, but while we get packed up and back on the road here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share: - When to use tu or vous in French? A helpful flowchart. Thanks, Allysha. - Haunting photos. Living below the poverty line in Troy, New York. - For those of you who found Overdrive…
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    Dutch Blitz

  • Everything Is Awesome!

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Today was one of those days that if I were not an eternal optimist, I would have thrown a hissy fit instead of laughing at how everything kept going sideways. How was today ridiculous? Let me count the ways. -Matthew is taking Masters courses, and swamped with his course load, which means that I have been (mostly) solo parenting for many days. At the age my kids are, that’s not the end of the world, but just wait. -Nathan complained of an earache yesterday, we went to the Fill-In Doctor, and she diagnosed it as Swimmer’s Ear, with advice to use Polysporin ear drops. She gave me a…
  • Fabulous FibreOne

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I’ve been a food blogger for General Mills Canada’s website Life Made Delicious for over three years now. The site is on a bit of a hiatus, as they’ve switched (blog) management teams, but I’m still on board to share recipes once the wheels are back in motion. In the meantime, General Mills asked if I’d be willing to try the new Fibre One cookies and GET A MANI/PEDI. I mean, get a mani/pedi. Spa treatment aside, I was excited to get to my chosen destination and find a box full of treats waiting for me. My kids love the Fibre One granola bars (as do I), so I knew…
  • In The Shade

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:12 pm
    We jetted to Vancouver last Wednesday, and I want to write all about it. I will, soon. By “soon”, I mean “when it’s no longer ONE BILLION DEGREES outside.” I’m exaggerating a bit, but this is a picture from our outside thermometer — that is in the SHADE — from late this afternoon. Add a few zeroes to the American temperature on the left, and we’re definitely at a billion degrees. The sun has now set, and I’ve opened every door, window, and would open the roof if I could. (Why can’t I open up the roof?)(We don’t have air…
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    Boss Sanders

  • As of today, July 14, 2014

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I am thinking… So, last post, I wrote that I was curious about what my hubby had planned for date night.  He definitely delivered. He created an AWESOME “getaway” with sheets and blankets and pillows.  He made an elaborate tent with candlelight (it was safe, I promise) and we had a movie night.  We needed an at-home FREE date, so this was PERFECT. For my turn, I had one of the kids deliver this to hubby: But then, in a duck and fire move, I accidentally hit him in the eye.  Almost blinding your husband puts a bit of a damper on the evening.  So, in an effort to be a little…
  • For Today, July 3, 2014

    3 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Say “Hello” to Super Little Red Princess No-Eyes! Outside my window… It’s a sun-shiney day! I am thinking… about date ideas! Last week, we did this: We headed to a studio to paint… We both chose “Parisian” themes…  and set to work… It was hubby’s first time EVER to paint.  He did a great job!  –And, we both had a lot of fun! Last night, we had an impromptu date night… created a new recipe that ended like this: It was… YUMMY!  No idea what I’m going to call it in my recipe journal… but, it’s…
  • My Husband Doesn’t Complete Me.

    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 pm
    As a girl, I remember scribbling my initials, dreaming up who my version of “Prince Charming” would be.  As I got older, I began to pray for the man who would know me, love me, and fill in the broken places of my heart.  -My soul mate.  He would “get me” and I, him.  We’d be perfect, together, you see.  We’d complete each other and be whole again. Turns out, that’s a bunch of crap. When my husband didn’t turn out to be the perfect prince I had expected, I thought I’d made a mistake.  That, perhaps, I’d misheard God’s…
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    Virtual Coach

  • @barbling: 6 Nonverbal Hacks for Your Website So it Captures Attention and Converts – Copyblogger

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    This Just In! 6 Nonverbal Hacks for Your Website So it Captures Attention and Converts – Copyblogger 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!
  • Wow. Contact Lenses With Thermal Vision May Soon Be Available | Geekosystem

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    This Just In! Wow. Contact Lenses With Thermal Vision May Soon Be Available | Geekosystem Contact Lenses With Thermal Vision May Soon Be Availablebuff.lyHeat vision may be available soon for your eyeballs, thanks to graphene. Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
  • Good morning! #coffee

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This Just In! Good morning! #coffee Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
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  • Be Ready for Safe Fun Family Camping with St. John Ambulance BC & Yukon

    Kerry Sauriol
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    We are hoping to hit the road and spend a few days camping with the kids and one of the dogs.   Like St. John Ambulance, I rely heavily on packing lists.  Their lists are way better than mine. You’ve packed the tent. The ice box is stocked. The kids’ fishing rods and swimming trunks are in tow, and the family is all ready to go. But are you really prepared for what summer can throw your way? People often remember to pack extra marshmallows for their s’mores and ice for their beers and wine while forgetting to include basic health and safety items. This summer, St. John Ambulance is…
  • Sharing: Win a ONE YEAR SUPPLY OF PADS & TAMPONS from The Period Blog & Always!

    Kerry Sauriol
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    The Period Blog recently launched their brand new website and to celebrate, they’ve teamed up with Always to give one lucky winner a ONE YEAR SUPPLY of pads & tampons! The Period Blog is a global reference and resource for girls and women of all ages to learn about their bodies, periods, and ovulation. Their new website features in-depth feminine hygiene product reviews, photos, stories, diagrams, educational articles, along with tutorials on topics such as how to insert a tampon and how to find your vaginal opening. The Period Blog is giving away 16 boxes of feminine hygiene…
  • Keep Your Dogs Healthy with Bayer K9 Advantix & Giveaway Too!

    Kerry Sauriol
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    If you read this blog or follow any of my social media channels, you will already know that animals have a pretty important place in the House Crunch.  We have currently, two large dogs, pictured above, three cats, a hamster and a gecko.  We have our ups and downs with them all.  Zia the white one is a bit of a handful, but like Lily has heart of gold.  Lily, the black one is a needy thing who adores Caity.  They are part of our family, and like the humans need just as much care and attention. In the summer months especially.   Multiple animals who go in and out of house means fleas.
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    Cheaper Than Therapy

  • Typical Toronto Tourist {And A Giveaway!} {Sponsored}

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    What’s on your travel bucket list? Come on, I know you have one.  Mine is filled with all sorts of interesting places to see and visit. Martha’s Vineyard. Israel (with the whole family). Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland. New Orleans. Scotland. Florence. Portland. Northern Ireland. Maldives. Prague. Portofino. Santorini. Krabi. Toronto. YES. Toronto. I moved to Toronto in the summer of 1997. So, if you are doing the math at home, well, that’s a long time. (What? It’s summer…I can’t really expect you do any kind of math) In that time I have managed to…
  • Not On Facebook

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’m having a tough, tough time with social media right now. As always, there are goods and bads to this ability to see things happen in real time. The newspaper that immediately gets thrown right into the recycle bin goes unread because I’m getting my news immediately from Twitter, from Facebook, from friends on skype, from texts. By the time I get around to reading the actual paper, it’s no longer, you know, news. News stories start popping up in the social space and then there’s the immediate scramble to make sure that the celebrity actually died, to make sure the…
  • It’s The Eyebrows That Really Win Here: A Tale Of Taking Me To The Movies

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    It took us one whole day to start spoiling our for-two-whole-weeks only child. Hey, wanna take Josh to see the new Planet Of The Apes movie? Popcorn dinner? Look, if it’s good enough for monkeys wearing pants, it’s good enough for me. I think those are chimpanzees. Whatever. Where’s my popcorn?   We took Josh (and my nephew Yehoshua) to see the movie, in AVX, which tends to give me panic attacks because it’s a really weird feeling when you can FEEL sound in your chest (Just me?) so I even skipped the popcorn which I never, ever do because movies need popcorn. I…
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  • My First Vegan Family Dinner

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    As you guys know if you’ve been here awhile, my Huntsville Family gathers for Sunday dinner every week, rotating between houses. Both of Donnie’s siblings live here as do his parents so we usually host once every 3-4 weeks depending on schedules. Last night it was our turn to host because I wanted to be in charge of cooking the meal where we celebrated my birthday! And I wanted to do the entire thing vegan. Now. I’ve been doing this for over 45 days now, but only for me. And while I’ve found several staples I love, none of it was really easy to do to accommodate 12…
  • My Town Knows How To Rock A Thursday.

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:51 am
    Huntsville has just gotten so much more awesome the last two or three years. The proof was how much was going on on a Thursday night downtown. First – We had our Greene Street Farmer’s Market which happens every Thursday during the warm months of the year. And it’s more than just produce, there are also booths that sell handmade/environmentally friendly laundry detergent, or homemade breads. There’s also music there every week AND there are about 10 green bicycles you can borrow (rent?) for free to ride around the area during the length of the market. It’s always…
  • Just Like When My House Is Actually Clean, I Really Notice The Stains On The Carpet

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:58 am
    This herbivore/vegan experiment is going really well. I’m about 45 days, which is halfway if I’m doing it for 90 days. But I’m telling you now. I’ll be sticking with it indefinitely. My family will probably hate that I’m saying that because it’s definitely changed how we handle meals…but I really feel so good about it now I can’t see every going back. The main reason I feel good about it? Is that my guilt issues with eating are basically gone. I still feed my feelings for sure, but not in a way that makes me hate myself. I think, maybe, I was…
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    Blue Badger

  • Calligraphy Birth Announcement

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This calligraphy birth announcement by Callie Burnette is sophisticated and formal without being stuffy.
  • The Bump Relaunches Its App

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Bump has relaunched its smartphone app. The pregnancy app now provides content specific to the mom-to-be's due date in a sleek, modern interface.The Bump Pregnancy delivers a modern, mobile feed design that supports a pregnant mom with the right content at the right time. It moves past the limited week-by-week calendar apps that focus exclusively on fetal development to also include expert articles, fun pieces from the blog, and community posts, all in one feed that is synced to her exact week of pregnancy – no other pregnancy content brand has created an app designed like this while…
  • Things To Buy

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A handcrafted, modern solid walnut and steel toy box.
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    Blissfully Domestic

  • 7 Back-to-School Organization Ideas

    Melissa Hillier
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Each year after the 4th of July we begin to see back-to-school supplies hit the shelves and sales galore. There’s something about a box of crayons for a quarter that gets me to the store each week! {Surely, I’m not alone.} But, with back-to-school season arriving, the daunting task of keeping all of the important paperwork, homework and artwork organized. Not to mention the need for a family calendar so that everyone makes it to their extra-curricular activities on time. Today I’ve found 7 Back-to-School Organization Ideas that are sure to put you at the head of the class!
  • Best 5 Popsicles of the Summer

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whether you like fruit or chocolate, there’s a popsicle for you this summer. Not only are popsicles simple to whip up, but the single serving portion sizes are great to keep you in your bikini. Such a great little treat! Are you ready to see the best 5 popsicles of the summer? 1. S’mores Popsicles by Hello Home Shoppe – I’m probably biased because I’m a chocoholic, but these popsicles look like the greatest for the summer to me! No need to heat up the fire place to have a s’more with this frozen treat! 2. Dulce de Leche Lemon Popsicles from Fit Fun &…
  • 7 Summer Salads For Beat-the-Heat Dishes

    Kelley Grant
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    You know what I love to eat during the summer?  Salads.  Any and every kind out there.  I have always been a big fan of salads, but I love them even more during the summer.  There is just something about eating a cool, crisp salad on a warm day.  Plus, you can pretty much toss whatever you want in them and call it dinner.  (Or lunch.)  And if you need a little inspiration, I’m sharing 7 summer salads that you just have to try! 1.// Loaded BBQ Chicken Salad //  I love this salad for two reasons – one you can use left over BBQ’ed chicken and two its loaded!  Who…
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    Nodin's Nest

  • Summer Fun

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

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

    7 Jun 2014 | 12:29 pm
     InsideOutside :)Happy Saturday!
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • On Cheating

    D. A. Wolf
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Lying to your lover’s face – with a straight face. Lying to your husband’s face, to your wife’s face, to your best friend’s face (after you just slept with the love of her life) – without so much as a flicker of hesitation or a trace of guilt. How do we survive relationships in which lying and cheating are the norm? Are we as oblivious to what’s taking place as we may seem to be on the surface? Have we become blinded by what we want to believe? Do we shrug and accept what’s going on until it’s so blatant there’s no denying it? You…
  • Precrastination

    D. A. Wolf
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Great word, isn’t it? Precrastination, as in doing things early, even excessively early. It is the opposite of procrastination, which is postponing until the latest possible moment. Now, I’m all about being fashionably late, but only if that is, in fact, the proper etiquette for the occasion. Otherwise, I prefer being on time and if possible, yes, early. I also love completing assignments of all sorts on the early side; deadlines are a reality for both project-based work and those who write for a living. And who in their right mind would find it pleasant to lay awake at night,…
  • The Visual Map

    D. A. Wolf
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    It was an annoying tiff over rearranging one of my kitchen cabinets, an irritation that seems to recur biannually as one of my sons (or an intimate) takes it into his head to ‘reorganize’ me. In addition to the kitchen cabinets, my less than beautiful pantry storage and fridge are also frequently under attack. Naturally, the opinion that accompanies this unwanted assist is positioned as “a better system.” But much as I would love designer storage, I like my own systems, thank you very much. My visual mapping systems – by which I navigate through my daily life.
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    Born Just Right

  • The dog ate my fingers

    Jen Lee Reeves
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s true. Our seven-month-old puppy, Bailey, ate Jordan’s “bouncy hand.” It was best used for some tumbling, volleyball and playing with some of the games on the Xbox Kinect. But now the rubbery hand is missing fingers. Ugh. So now Jordan can tell people the dog ate her fingers. And he really did. Now we need to discuss if she needs a replacement. She doesn’t use it all of the time. You can see by the dirt, it spend a lot of time at the bottom of her school backpack with her pencils. I certainly know that if she gets another one, she needs to remember to zip up…
  • Learning about the new Derek arm

    Jen Lee Reeves
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:30 am
    As I’ve written many times before, the 3D printing movement is amazing. The community of engineers, volunteers and visionaries are making really amazing things happen. I’ve watched the evolution of the e-NABLE group as it has raised awareness for open source prosthetic hand designs that anyone can build with specs and a 3D printer. So far, kids and adults across the country and beyond have benefited from the e-NABLE community. The group is matching 3D printer owners with families in need of a printed hand. They have taken that effort a step forward this week… And have…
  • VIDEO: Using a kayak hand

    Jen Lee Reeves
    21 Jun 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Last summer, our family bought our very first kayak. It’s a used ocean kayak that we knew we’d love but waited many years until we finally purchased one. We bought some kayak paddles and Jordan got a canoe paddle. She was great at it. But she wanted to do more. She wanted to be able to kayak. So last July, we worked on Jordan’s newest helper arm and made sure she had a hand that would make it possible to kayak. It’s a Lego-hand that also has a “wrist” that moves side to side. We had to wait almost a full year, but today was the moment of truth. Jordan got…
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    The Art of Simple

  • #69: Preemptive Love

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I was so honored to talk to my friends Jeremy and Jessica Courtney for this podcast episode. Along with their two young kiddos, they live and work in Iraq heading up Preemptive Love, an organization that wants to eradicate the backlog of Iraqi children waiting in line for lifesaving heart surgery in pursuit of peace between communities at odds. But also? They’re regular parents and a lot of fun to chat with. In this episode, we talk food, work, culture, and what it’s like to live as expats in the Middle East. (If you’re reading this via email, head here to listen to the…
  • The power of the written word

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by AngieIn our digital day and age, of iPhones and tablets, of Facebook and text messages – it’s become all too easy to forget how important the written word is. I lost my mom to cancer in the fall of last year, and not even twenty-four hours after she died did I begin a frantic search for her, for a connection to her. I listened to every voicemail, scrolled through her Facebook page, and physically looked through her closet. I needed to find her, some piece of her, that was tangible. It wasn’t until I came upon letters from her that I realized this was tangible. This was…
  • I met God in a mental hospital

    Emily Wierenga
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by Emily WierengaI am the only preacher’s kid in the psych ward. Eleven years old, and my parents have admitted me into a mental hospital and I am curled up on the bed in my green gown counting my ribs, feeling the wind in my chest, my stomach growling like the night Mum snuck into my bed to hold me, because I wouldn’t let her during the day, and that’s when she’d stifled a scream because her daughter was all bone. Someone is muttering down the hall, and I curl tighter, staring at the blank wall. No one likes a fat preacher’s kid. I’d stopped eating at nine years old. It…
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    We are THAT Family

  • Fair Trade Friday

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    When I was in Kenya with my family a few weeks ago, I gave a hint about something that was coming soon. And it’s here. Now. More than a year ago, God dropped an idea in my heart. I had this crazy - overwhelming, overpowering desire to empower women all over the world with opportunity and employment in the name of Jesus. And I had no idea what that meant. I had more questions than answers. But I wasn’t able to shake this truth: While it’s often easy to give people in poverty what they need; it’s empowering to help them meet their own needs. They don’t need…
  • 25 Summer Hacks For Moms

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    We went swimming yesterday. Which also doubles as bathing. Because summer. And we had popcorn, which obviously counts as dinner. That made me think of all the great shortcuts summer allows. And then I asked the brilliant moms in my Facebook community to share their summer hacks. So, I give you awesome: Leftover birthday cake is breakfast. Toweling the floor after a bath equals mopping. Playing with your kids counts as a workout. Raisins double as vegetables. Waking up a little later every day, so instead of breakfast, lunch and dinner, we’re eating just two larger meals each day.
  • WFMW: The God of Second Chances

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:17 pm
    I’m happy to welcome this week’s guest post from Lindsey for my Wednesday series Yes, Works For Me! Please welcome her and be encouraged by her yes to God and continue to link up what works for you. I’m going to let you in on a little secret… I was not a good mother. Not for a very long time. Thankfully, He is a God of second chances. My second chance started on a rainy, gloomy day. My three-year-old son was sitting in time-out for the fourteenth time…and it was only 9:30am. The house was a mess, breakfast was burnt and I hadn’t taken a shower or changed out of pajamas…
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    Scary Mommy

  • A Place in Her Life

    Samantha Hines
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Image via ShutterstockEight weeks doesn’t seem like such a long time.But, of course, when you’re checking your email every day — actually, several times a day — desperately seeking a reply, eight weeks is interminable.Our relationship with our youngest son’s birthmother has been the proverbial long and winding road, twisting most recently into a declaration that we are on a sort of break. It was her decision, and one we had to respect but also had to explain to our then-four-year-old son who had become conscious not just of her place in his life but her presence.We had had regular…
  • 35 Things I Survived The First Year of Motherhood

    JIll Ceder
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Image via ShutterstockAs we all know, the first birthday is really a party for the parents and you might as well schedule the party during naptime. But you aren’t celebrating any old birthday that happens every year, this first year is a celebration of survival.Surviving a time when you really thought you might starve your newborn because you forgot to set your alarm to feed him exactly three hours after the last feeding started (which only gave you a 32 minute nap after the feeding took an hour and then took another hour to put the baby to sleep and then 28 minutes for you to fall…
  • Conversations At The Pool

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Image via ShutterstockJane! Hey! How have you been all year? It’s been so long since…“Whoah, Whoah, Whoah! Get back here mister. Sunscreen first.”Sorry. It’s been so long since I’ve seen you. How are the…“Would you stop moving?! I’ll get the sunscreen in your eyes if you keep moving.”How are the kids? Did they have a good…“No! STOP!!!! Back away from the baby pool! Who do you think you are going in there with no floatie on?”So um yeah, what was I saying? Oh yes, school year. Was it a good one?“No you can’t have a snack! We just got here.”That’s great!
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    San Diego Momma

  • PROMPTuesday #235: The Songs

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:51 pm
    We’d been waiting for the new parish center for years. Father Duffy brought its construction up at every mass and the fundraising was epic, as were the sales pitches: the auditorium would double as a roller skating rink, the young adult groups would have a place to meet, offices would be expanded allowing St. Mary’s to be served well and ably, the school would have an indoor basketball court  AND bleachers. Plus, even more exciting for some people who were my parents, a new church space would be built, and our clergy would no longer have to conduct mass in a little old charming…
  • The Haircut

    16 Jun 2014 | 12:31 pm
    {This is free association writing. It was good and necessary for me to do, but if you’re looking for a point, I’m not sure it exists here. If I find it buried in these words somewhere one day, I’ll know why I wrote it.}   He enters the house with the usual fanfare, carrying buckets of chocolate and collected change for the girls, bottles of wine, and a scuffed leather duffel I remember from the 1980s. His shoulders are flecked with flakes, a sight I’ve grown up seeing, and his hair is bright white and unevenly growing in haphazard layers left to their own devices…
  • Grocery Outlet Giveaway (GOG)

    16 Jun 2014 | 6:44 am
      You know how you rave to your friends about something again and again and they largely ignore you and then try it for themselves one day and it’s like they’ve discovered it themselves?   That’s so annoying.   For instance, you might say, “Hey! The burgers over at Burger Dee-lite are delightful! You need to try one!” and your friends will act as if you said zero words and are not talking. And then you’ll repeat yourself over the course of 68 weeks because everyone should have a Burger Dee-lite they’re so delicious but no one listens to…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Right, left, right, left… Do you love Body Combat too?

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve been going to a few Body Combat classes lately. It’s kind of fun. A bunch of ladies punching at the air, while a fitness instructor shouts at us over the roaring music. It feels a bit silly. But after the class, my biceps, triceps and muscles on my shoulders and back GLOW with a pain that promises my arms to look like Michelle Bridges, so that makes it worth looking silly, right? The last time I tried Body Combat was 10 years ago. I was horrifically unfit and halfway into the class, I wanted to curl over and puke. But this time I am much fitter, so I manage to keep up pretty…
  • Gorgeous Apple Pie (with no refined sugar)

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have been experimenting with different pastry recipes over the last few months… and I have found my winner! I’m no pastry expert, but this one ticks all of my boxes: It is easy to prepare, easy to roll, robust and elastic, it cooks well, it has a gorgeous buttery taste, and it has a lovely crunch! Plus when I pile on tonnes of fruit, it doesn’t get gluggy and remain uncooked where the fruit sits on the pastry. I have since made 4 or 5 pies/tarts with this recipe and the pastry always turns out perfect! The recipe is based on a Donna Hay recipe, but I have omitted all the…
  • Running With My Boys

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have been doing a bit of running with my boys, aged 11 and 9. They seem to like running, and I like running. So it works for all of us. Basically, I see it as a fun, free and easy way to entertaining the kids (and wear them out), while I get a good workout too haha! I take them out to random and fun places to run… we call it “training”. I tell them that one day we are all going to run a marathon together in Paris or London. I don’t think they really know what that means, but they like the idea anyway. While running, or preparing to run, I like to talk to them about running…
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

  • Sherlock, take me away! #StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:58 pm
    I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team. I received a welcome kit which includes a year’s subscription to Netflix. Opinions expressed are my own.I first saw Benedict Cumberbatch being ABSOLUTELY awesome as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Yes, you can catch it on Netflix.After having plowed through both Walking Dead, and House of Cards...I was a woman without a show. Thank goodness, Netflix has more than enough on the menu to help out ;) My show dujour...Holy Sherlock love Batman! This show is absolutely brilliant! It's smart, it's funny, it's fast paced. I can't get enough…
  • Camp Mommy Heads to the Shedd Aquarium!

    Cynthia Wheeler
    20 Jun 2014 | 5:33 am
    Let's face it. Summer in Chicago is expensive. As a work at home mom, paying for summer day camp is a daunting thought. If my kids wanted to go to camp, I'd do all I could to make it happen. That being said...they don't have any interest in camps.'s Camp Mommy for my team this summer.Some strategically placed memberships are a great way to get the kids out and exploring without breaking the bank.This week, we checked out the Shedd Aquarium...SUPER fun! Membership gets you entry to all exhibits as well as the aquatic shows, which we took FULL advantage of.Benny had to bring his penguin…
  • Maleficent...LOVED it!

    Cynthia Wheeler
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:57 am
    Yes...the horns look better on Angelina...but not by much.I took both the kiddos to see Maleficent on Saturday. I did NOT expect to LOVE this movie as much as I did! Not only did I love it, Maggie TOTALLY loved it. She wants to be Maleficent for Halloween. Yes, I can make that happen;)I loved that  they showed you why Maleficent was so angry. (She had good reason.)I really did not expect to actually root for her. She was crossed, she got mad and she lashed out. All perfectly understandable actions given what happened. She also realized she made a mistake, and worked to fix it.It's nice…
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  • Orange Is the New Black – the Workout

    Kimberly Grabinski
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    I have to admit that the first time I started watching Orange Is the New Black (OITNB) on Netflix when it first premiered, I turned it off not long into the first episode. It just didn’t speak to me at the time, but the more I heard people talking about it, the more I wondered... Read More »The post Orange Is the New Black – the Workout appeared first on A Natural Living Blog.
  • Moms and Mental Illness: Overcoming Stigmas and Seeking Treatment

    Kimberly Grabinski
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    This article, provided by a visiting author, discusses strategies for dealing with mental illness. For many of us, the term mental illness is associated with a fair amount of stigma. And for mothers, especially, psychological health is often a taboo subject. Modern moms are expected to do it all: we run households, raise children and... Read More »The post Moms and Mental Illness: Overcoming Stigmas and Seeking Treatment appeared first on A Natural Living Blog.
  • Keurig Rivo Cold Froth Cappuccino Recipe

    Kimberly Grabinski
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    Around here we take our coffee very seriously. A day simply cannot start off on a positive note until we brew and enjoy that first cup of coffee. Now, not all coffee is created equal. Sure, we will settle for just about any kind of coffee first thing in the morning, but given a choice,... Read More »The post Keurig Rivo Cold Froth Cappuccino Recipe appeared first on A Natural Living Blog.
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  • Parenthood + Fibromyalgia + Diet = A GREAT BIG MESSY CHALLENGE! by Jean Marie Keenan-Johnston

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm
    As I sit here typing away, I have in front of me the second of two pieces from the family-size chocolate chip cookie that we ordered from Papa John’s tonight.  I’ve been dreadfully sick all day, a combination of fibromyalgia flare, migraine, and whatever virus I have going on that’s making my chest painfully tight and my throat swollen, so I’ve been confined to the couch all day in and out of consciousness.  It’s been a rough, painful, exhausting day where I’ve been more asleep than awake, and after a tough day on his own with the kids, Hubby decided we…
  • FEAR: It Stops Me In My Path By Lori Loesch

    Lori Loesch
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
                                                                                                     FEAR   Fear is an emotion, an unpleasant one, caused by the belief that someone/thing, is dangerous.  Fear causes pain and a change in the brain and organs.   That is a powerful description.  Fear can stop me in my path of getting things accomplished.  Fear has kept me from who I truly am.   I was always afraid.  Afraid of, mostly making a mistake, and the fear of not pleasing those that be.  It has taken me all these years to LEARN,…
  • Later Mom Rachel Weinstein Creates Operation Backpack to Aide Homeless Children in NYC

    Robin Gorman Newman
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA LAUNCHES OPERATION BACKPACK 2014 TO HELP NYC’S HOMELESS CHILDREN Public Drive to Collect Backpacks and School Supplies Kicks Off  July 14th and Continues Through August 8th Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-GNY) will launch OPERATION BACKPACK 2014, its annual campaign to collect brand new backpacks and school supplies for the thousands of children living in New York City homeless and domestic violence shelters. The drive begins on Monday, July 14th and continues through August 8th. VOA-GNY is one of many VOA affiliates nationwide that conduct OPERATION…
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  • Brands + Moms: What Works? New Research from The Motherhood

    The Motherhood
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    The Motherhood and the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence and the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business have been working together to research and analyze what works and what doesn’t work for brands looking to reach, engage and activate moms online. You can find our preliminary research results here. We are excited to share with you our most recent findings in the below infographic!    For more information or to learn about all The Motherhood Inc. offers, email Cooper Munroe The post Brands + Moms:…
  • The Motherhood supports the ONE Campaign Girls and Women Initiative

    11 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The ONE Campaign launched the new ONE Campaign Girls and Women Initiative this week and we are thrilled to be on their advisory board. To help kick things off, I posted to the ONE blog about Malala Day and how my family is celebrating this weekend.  If you could take a moment to head on over and share the post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc., I would be so grateful! Here is the Malala Fund’s great new video, #StrongerThan: Thank you!     The post The Motherhood supports the ONE Campaign Girls and Women Initiative appeared first on The Motherhood.
  • Help Kids Get School Supplies They Need With Champions for Kids #SIMPLEGiving!

    The Motherhood
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Did you know more than 16 million American children live in poverty? For many, buying the items they need to succeed in the classroom can be a challenge. With Back-to-School shopping in mind, The Motherhood is excited to join Champions for Kids, along with Elmer’s, Purell, Unilever and Walmart, for a Twitter party to spread the word about a SIMPLE Giving initiative that can help give kids the resources they need to thrive. More than 3,000 Walmart stores across the U.S. are taking part in the initiative and collecting school supplies for children in need! Anyone can participate by…
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    Housewife Hellraiser

  • Map of Denver-Area Farmer’s Markets

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Are you a fan of farmer’s markets? We love them! Fresh produce, yummy food samples, beautiful crafts and flowers, and best of all…sweet doggies everywhere! What is it about a farmer’s market that makes people decide to bring their dogs along? I have no idea, but I love friendly pups, so I’m all for it! I also can’t seem to come home without freshly baked bread and authentic tamales, along with a paper bag or two of kettle corn. Here’s a picture of Mr. Hellraiser and three of our kiddos at the Parker Farmer’s Market earlier this summer. I’m not…
  • Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches – Cookbook Review & Giveaway!

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    What goes better with summertime weather than ice cream sandwiches? Unfortunately, it can be hard to find safe and healthy treats for kids who have food allergies, or kids who follow a special diet. I recently got my hands on this brand new cookbook, Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches, which features 60 recipes for delicious dairy-free ice creams and cookies, and I was excited to review it – especially for my fellow autism mamas, since so many of our kiddos are gluten and/or dairy-free. I’ll admit to being a little sketchy on the notion of vegan ice cream, but after flipping through the…
  • Colorado-California Road Trip, Day One!

    2 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Here is a photo essay of our family’s road trip from Denver to LA last month! Traveling with two sets of twins is no picnic, but it’s much easier when the inlaws travel with us! Paul’s folks followed us the whole way in their vehicle, with two of the kids along for the ride. The first day of the trip is the longest. We try to get most of our traveling done in day one – it just seems to make it easier on the kids. On day one, they’re still excited! Although the pictures look gray, we didn’t see much rain. We were, however, leaving behind crazy weather…
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  • How To Choose The Best Baby Carrier?

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:26 am
    Are you in search of the ideal baby carrier? Well, it is quite understandable how desperate you are to carry your baby in any place you go. The good thing is that there is a great deal of baby carriers in the market currently. A lot of companies are making baby carriers to ensure that parents are in a better position to move around with their babies without any form of inconvenience. The problem is that the quest of choosing the best baby carrier can prove really challenging. While the great number of baby carrier brands in the market can be considered an advantage, confusion in selecting the…
  • Myths about Rear Facing Convertible Car Seat

    12 Feb 2014 | 1:04 am
    We might often wonder why babies up to a certain age are advised to sit in a rearward position or why it is recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), to let all children up to the age of two, face rearward while traveling in a vehicle. In the past few years, there has been a trend where toddlers up to an age of four years are made to sit in a rear facing position in their car seats due to the fact which came into light lately. As per the laws of physics, during a front collision of the vehicle, all the energy of destroying force is distributed evenly across the front seat…
  • How To Keep Baby Safe At Home

    4 Feb 2014 | 4:10 am
    Life seems to be so beautiful and innocent when you have a baby at your home. At the same time, it is your responsibility to take care about his safety at home. The world for your baby is your home where he can find various places to explore as babies are curious about everything which comes in their way. The baby being inquisitive tries to play with everything and this is the time where the role of parents comes into picture. The safety of the baby is in the hands of his parents as there is no substitute to surveillance. Childproofing or baby proofing can be done in various ways and in…
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  • i am depressed, and pissed.

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Let’s just get this out of the way. Yesterday I was lying in bed as I thought how much easier it would be if I just took all the pills in my medicine cabinet and ceased to exist. It’s been a long time since I’ve had those thoughts. So long in fact I thought it was a joke. Surely I can’t be back here? I’ve been good for over five years. Sure, I had a slip up here and there, but I’m good! See! Functioning! SO GOOD. Cody sat by my last week and said “You haven’t been well since November.” When I asked those closest to me what they thought,…
  • stuff we’re not totally screwing up at the moment.

    9 Jun 2014 | 7:07 pm
    It kind of changes things when you tell someone you’re close with that you’re leaving your husband. Maybe it doesn’t change things, but it certainly shows you how invested and in what ways a person is invested in you when you tell them a bit about what’s going on. To be fair, no one really knew. It wasn’t supposed to be a big to-do or anything, keep things as normal as possible. Which means in the aftermath a lot of people around me were probably left going “But wait, what?” You see, I’ve made a very conscious effort to not write or speak ill of…
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    Lit and Laundry

  • Mini Hexie quilt

    7 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
     I finished my little hexagon quilt that I made from the charm squares I collected during the local shop hop.  The bright batiks make me smile.  Now I feel like I need another hexie project, this one was so fun.  I admire the quilters who make huge quilts this way - so much work!This one makes me think of summer.  I nearly fell over when I walked in the craft store yesterday and saw all the Fall displays already!  I don't want to think about Fall for a long time.  I'm planning another trip to Disneyland next week.  The kids are all in summer school…
  • Animal Advent #4: Duncan Dog!

    26 Jun 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Here is the latest in the series of animal advent characters.  It's not too late to join in on this stitchalong!  You can find the free patterns over at Brooks Books.I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with these.  Might make them into individual ornaments or might put them together as some sort of advent calendar.  Luckily I have about two years to figure it out.Linking up today with the Smalls stitchalong at Stitching Lotus.
  • Shop Hop

    25 Jun 2014 | 2:48 pm
    This past weekend Wasabi Girl and I went on a shop hop to 13 local quilt shops.  I'm using the term "local" rather loosely because the entire trip was hundreds of miles.Each shop gave us charm squares of batik fabrics and a set of patterns to use with them.  Of course, I took a million pictures of the sample quilts and still couldn't make up my mind so I made hexies out of mine instead.  This was a fun little project and will make a nice memento of the trip.We saw a lot of fabric and patterns to love.  Wasabi Girl was wearing a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" shirt and several…
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  • Camp Correspondence, Part Deux

    Cheryl Lage
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    In a post earlier this week, we mentioned only one of our twosome elected to take the recommended correspondence supplies to sleepaway camp. Truth told, I was pleased to see yet again the varied personality traits our kids exhibit; one twin wanted to be prepared should the mail muse strike, the other twin harbored no delusion, knew too much fun would preclude the desire to write home.  Not to underestimate our pen and paper prepared twin, I fully expected to find the Ziploc with envelopes and stamps crumpled amongst the dirty clothes on arrival home.  Until this…
  • At Table, At Two

    Cheryl Lage
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Dateline: July 2004 Twins' Age: 2Little hands maneuvering little plastic spoons. Strategically, stereotypically colored sippy cups. Sesame Street placemats. Golden Books-themed bibs. Waffles with peanut butter and sprinkles.Peeking back at our pair so long ago warms my heart this mid-week.Play along with Way Back When-esday...looking back with love since 2007!Dive into those digital files and share a photo find on your blog. On Facebook. Via Twitter. On Instagram...whatever your social media venue(s) of choice. Be sure to include the hashtags #WBW and #Twinfatuation in order to share in…
  • Correspondence from the Campers....

    Cheryl Lage
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Discovered in our room....before they could have even arrived at camp.Love their appreciative spirits....and wishing them a wonderful week.Missing them already-----
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    Poot and Cubby for Women Site

  • Moving Across Country With Professionals

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Moving network usa specializes in long distance moves, whether commercial or residential, they can help see that your belongings arrive safely and on time to the desired destination. With years of experience in the business, moving network usa has built an extensive network of moving tools and skills. moving network usa reviews will attest to the promise that these professionals will work hard to see that your property arrives safely and on time. Even if your new destination isn’t prepared to receive the property, the moving network usa reviews confirm that these moving specialists will…
  • Do You Need Income Protection?

    27 Jun 2014 | 4:10 am
    You will need income protection insurance (IPI) in case you have an accident or an extended period of sickness that won’t allow you work. The concept is simple, wherein you pay insurance premiums for a set period. In return, if your health does not permit you to work during this period, the insurance replaces your lost income with monthly tax-free payouts. This kind of income protection is distinct from employer-paid group health insurance or disability insurance. These payouts will kick in no matter what kind of health-related problem you have. But note that a waiting period will have…
  • Noam Chomsky (2014) “US Politics Are Now Pure Savagery!”

    16 Jun 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Noam Chomsky— United States Politics, now, just pure savagery. Author and Activist Noam Chomsky expressed that the congressional controversy over extending unemployment benefits is evidence that American politics has descended into madness. \”The refusal to provide very minimal living standards to those people who are caught in this monstrosity—is pure savagery,\” according to Mr. Chomsky. Take a look at this video and learn more.
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Walmart Donates $15M to Fight Childhood Hunger, and You can help!

    Monica Brady
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Summer time can be a very busy time for a lot of people. Just because school is out, doesn’t mean that work is out for a lot of parents, or that sports stop… but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on quality family time. Eating family meals together is very important for several reasons. Research shows that when families eat dinner together, they are more likely to eat more vegetables and fruits — and fewer fried foods, soda, and foods with trans fats  Besides promoting better nutrition, you also get to have some good conversation, and really show your…
  • DIY – Independence Day Door Wreath

    Monica Brady
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I know, I’ve been making a lot of wreaths lately, but I can’t help it!! They’re so pretty! I have loved making wreaths for different holidays, and I knew exactly how I wanted my Independence Day wreath to look. The nice thing is that this wreath will work for anytime, not just Independence Day! It’s very easy to make, and looks awesome on the door. Here’s what you need: 18″ Grapevine Wreath 12″x18″ US Flag Red, White & Blue artificial flowers Glue Gun & Glue Sticks How you make it: 1. Trim all of the stems from the flowers. I leave about…
  • Michael’s Passport to Imagination Program

    Monica Brady
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Summer is here, and goodness knows, I need to find things to keep my girls busy! They get bored very easily, and one thing I do not want, is for them to sit in front of the TV, or on their tablets all day during the Summer. Sure, I’ve signed them up for a couple of week long Summer Day Camps, but, those can get quite expensive. Michael’s Stores have a really neat program for kids ages 5 and up, called the Passport to Imagination. From June 16 to Aug. 1, Michaels stores nationwide will host Passport to Imagination classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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    Kaiser Mommy

  • #stitchfixfriday 17 Jul 14 ( Stitch Fix 5 )

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    I am back! To celebrate, let’s go into the sun! Oh dear, I do declare I may have planted too many sunflowers. THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress Psh. Too many sunflowers, no such thing! THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress I planted EXACTLY the right amount of sunflowers! THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress As far as my eyes can see, they are everywhere! THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress Look at me and my JOY! THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress We got artsy with the pictures and the flowers. THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress I did my best to walk…
  • Anxiety

    7 Jan 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Anxiety is the churning in my stomach that is connected to the tightening in my throat that is connected to the shallow shortness of my breathing that is connected to my whirling thoughts that are rooted in every fear I’ve ever known and failure I’ve ever feared and every imagined monster under every bed in the world of irrational thoughts that whirl through my head and my throat and my stomach and make me want to scream out but my throat is far too tight.   (Because Alyse needed help with homework interviews, and given what is to come in the next, oh, sixteen hours, this was…
  • Neverending

    6 Jan 2014 | 8:50 am
    Is it like this for everyone? Strip sheets on the bed to wash them. Take sheets to washing machine. Discover washing machine has damp clothes from who knows when. Rerun washing machine. Go to put newly washed clothes in dryer. Clothes in dryer. Rerun dryer to fluff. Take clothes from dryer, put clothes in dryer, wash sheets. Fold and put away clothes, fold and put away clothes, dry sheets, decide to not wash blanket and quilt. Discover dog has peed on blanket and quilt. Wash blanket and quilt. Eleven hours later. Bed remade.   A similar story. Cats pull curtain rod out of wall.
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    Mombie Fitness

  • 3 Day Refresh: A Review

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

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Summer dinner inspiration: White Fish with Tomato Salsa Looking for the perfect summer meal that won’t kill all of your hard work when you sweat? You have to try this delicious recipe! Total Time: 19 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: 9 min. Yield: 4 servings Ingredients: 1 medium red tomato, finely chopped 1 medium yellow tomato, finely […] [Visit Real Tech Mom to read the rest of the story!]
  • 3 Day Refresh Schedule

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:32 pm
    What is the 3 day refresh meal plan schedule? I want to give you all the details on the 3-Day Refresh, but before I go int o the schedule, make sure you check out the Three Day Refresh Meal Plan. In here I break down exactly what you can expect to eat for three days […] [Visit Real Tech Mom to read the rest of the story!]
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    A Cowboy's Wife

  • Justifying Sin

    A Cowboy's Wife
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Sin seems to be on my mind pretty regularly these days.   Obviously we all sin and even acknowledge our sin most times, but what’s interesting, is how we all justify it.   When we justify sin, in my opinion, it’s a blatant disregard for God.  We are pretty much saying, we don’t need Him and that Jesus dying on that cross for our sins, was for nothing.  When we justify sin, we do it because we want what WE want, and not what God wants.  You know, being selfish, as usual. My heart holds much conviction about certain things;  things that affect me, my family, and my…
  • Rust-Oleum NeverWet™ Spray is Awesomeness in a Can

    A Cowboy's Wife
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:20 am
    Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Rust-Oleum® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Rust-Oleum®. If you haven’t heard of Rust-Oleum NeverWet™ Moisture Repelling Treatment, don’t worry, neither had I.  Thanks to my son Toby, I got a winded explanation of what it is.  Apparently, it’s awesomeness in a can. Basically, Rust-Oleum NeverWet™ repels water.  You spray it on in a 2 step process and magic happens.  Since I hadn’t heard of it before, Toby was quick to show…
  • $100 Kohl’s Gift Card Giveaway

    A Cowboy's Wife
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:39 am
    What better way to kick of the summer than with a $100 Kohl’s gift card giveaway!? With all the hustle and bustle of the summer months, and the kids in need of activities and more of our time; a $100 trip to Kohl’s –just for mom– may be just what the doctor ordered! The 411 on the $100 Kohl’s Gift Card Giveaway Who? You, of course! Note: giveaway is open to the Continental US, Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada. However, if winner chosen is in Hawaii, Alaska, or Canada, they will receive an e-gift card instead of one via snail mail. What? $100 Kohl’s Gift Card.
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    Politics to Parenting and Everything in Between

  • Heartbreaking:25lb 7yro boy nearly starved, beaten by family in PA

    Patty Garza
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Heartbreaking...thank God he was saved and hopefully survives from the physical and emotional trauma done to him...what sick people, if you can call them that to do that to another human being. May God save him!I hope the grandparents, parents and anyone who knew about this intentional neglect and abuse is sent to prison for life for attempted murder,and abuse/neglect,child endangerment!! Sick!ABC15 Arizona:  Autoplay:7-year-old boy found nearly starved to death, taken from his home covered in bruises.GREENVILLE, PA - A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy beaten for sneaking food was nearly…
  • Perv 18yro was molesting 11yro boy for 3yrs so FL father beats him to a pulp!!!

    Patty Garza
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    This story is so enraging, yet justice was thankfully served...though many, including myself might rather the disgusting perv was killed. Hopefully he will serve the rest of his life in prison, but unfortunately child molesters and rapists rarely serve life terms. In the end I pray the 11yro son will get the counseling he'll need and won't suffer this horrific memory long, but sadly his innocence is lost forever. :( APRaymond Frolander, shown in his Florida booking photo, was beaten unconscious by a father who walked in on Frolander sexually abusing his son.NY Daily News:"An enraged father in…
  • Happy Father's Day To My Dad,My Hero

    Patty Garza
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:20 pm
    In Honor of My Dad and all the Father's this Father's Day, may God continue to bless you and your families. For those whose father's have passed, like mine, may your memories be cherished by you and your loved ones and never forgotten.I wrote this for my dad and read this during the eulogy at his funeral this past October:May 1993 My UA GraduationMy Dad, My Hero! RIP Dad 7/13/22-10/11/13At 12:30 am October 11, 2013 my dad left this world on his final journey, to Heaven.It was a cool, fall day when we last saw him…. the skies were cloudy&dark…but that dark cloud has been lifted…
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  • Here.

    25 Jun 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I could go into details as to why I have not written for so long.  Most of the details are boring and simply boil down to “Kelli is too damn lazy.”  It is odd that I did not share much from 2013 because Manoj and I realized some long-held dreams and it was truly an inspiring year for us.   We sold our stock in Manoj’s business, did so many house projects that my head spun, and I ventured out into freelancing full-time.  I even picked up two new hobbies that I had wanted to try for a long, long time – photography and sewing.  Although truthfully, the…
  • Using All The Crayons

    19 Jul 2013 | 7:55 am
    I asked Arun to draw a picture of his dream vacation.  Apparently, Disney World can suck it because my kid wants to go to India with his daddy to catch cobras and pit vipers.I have not said much regarding the Trayvon Martin case yet because frankly, I was too damned busy listening (per Kelly Wickham's request).  I've also been pondering Te-Nehisi Coates' observations.  I have been following Slate's coverage (and felt my heart sink when the uncomfortable prediction was offered that we would see an acquittal of Zimmerman.)  And then, I click on more links. Which lead me to…
  • Her Special Ingredient is Chemical X

    9 Jul 2013 | 12:59 pm
    This morning, I told Anjali that I would be writing a blog post for her 6th birthday.  She insisted that she be the one to choose all the pictures...........She is going to start taking piano lessons this fall.  I have been waiting for this moment since the day she was born so that I may live vicariously through her ..... as is my destiny.  Because this is all about ME, right?After her first dance recital, she declared she was ready for something new.  First swimming, and then piano.  I wasn't much of a Stage Mom, but I could be a Music Lessons Mom in a quarter note.
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    Mini DIY Mom

  • Soap Nuts - Shout from the house top - I LOVE SOAP NUTS

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

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

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Well my "no-poo" strategy is not yet perfected, but I am continuing with the natural method of cleansing my hair sulfate free and even - "cones" free for styling and conditioning.The "cones" free part seems to be the hardest for me because I don't like the fact I can't "wet comb" my hair like I used to when I was over-using all my products with dimethicones in them.So as I have worked through and past my "waxy" stage (using the club soda recommendation, noted here) I have been concentrating my research on natural substitutes for my long-time love for silicones that closed my hair cuticle and…
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  • 下品の品格

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    ビールを飲みすぎると、 下痢になる僕です。 ひとたび、下痢になると、 トイレを巡る一日となってしまい、 仕事どころではありません。 重たい荷物なんか持つとピッ!と 漏れてしまいます。 先日、僕の家で、 友人3人と僕、 僕の嫁の5人で、 鍋パーティーをしました。 僕が沖縄に行った時に購入して、 心やさしい僕は、 友人に飲ませてあげるために、 飲みてぇ!! 何度となく誘惑に誘われながらも、 厳重に保管し守り抜いた、…
  • 男は一つだ

    6 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    携帯電話も腕時計もスーツも革靴もビジネスカバンも1つしか持っていません。 僕の周りの人達はビジネス用とプライベート用と2台の携帯電話を持ち歩いていますが僕には2台は使いこなせません。
  • 火葬場

    30 Jun 2014 | 8:32 pm
    僕の地元では近親者はお通夜と告別式の両方に参列し、近親者以外はお通夜に参列するのが慣例ですが、最近はどちらかに参列すれば義理を果たしたことになると考えるのが一般的になってきています。 僕は近親者なのでお通夜、告別式と参列し火葬場も行ってきました。 バスが郊外の新しい火葬場に到着し新しい火葬場の建物を見ると、火葬場のシンボルである煙突がありません。…
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  • eBook Review: Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    * I received a copy of this eBook to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* During the summer, I read a TON more than I do during the rest of the year. Afternoons spent by the pool and trips to the beach are practically MADE for relaxing with a book (or e-reader) in hand. I was given the opportunity to get a sneak preview of a new e-book that’s coming out on July 14 that anyone could learn more than a few tricks from. Are you tired of wasting your money on the latest kitchen tools and cleaning products? I mean, they come out with something new every week it feels like,…
  • As Seen on TV: Wubble Bubble Ball Review

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    *I was sent product in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* I’ll confess that I’m a sucker for “As Seen on TV” products. My house is full of kitchen gadgets, cleaning products and appliances I saw on TV. Very few of those products really live up to their hype, so I try to resist purchasing more things I’ll rarely use. My kids have inherited my love of all things “Seen on TV,” especially if there’s a catchy jingle involved. Recently, my six year old has been asking for a Wubble Ball, which “looks like a…
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue Twitter Party #ArribaPlanes

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
     Sponsored   “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen),…
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • Tip #2 for a Summer Mom-Cation Moment #momcation

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Susan here with Tip #2 in the Merry Maids “Summer Mom-Cation” program. This post series is sponsored, but as always, my opinions are my own. Summer is rolling along and with an extra hot heat wave over the last week, my girls spent extra time indoors playing… and making MESSES! So we got the chance to test out another tip from Merry Maids for their “Mom-Cation Moments” campaign… Get Kids Helping with Summer Messes while You Take a Mom-Cation Moment The idea of a “Mom-Cation” moment is when you get a little help tackling a summer mess and your…
  • The Queen of the Tearling

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Given the chance to start over, would humanity actually change or would our societies still be plagued by the same problems we face now–corruption, exploitation, violence, poverty and disease? Author Erika Johansen imagines a world in which humanity attempted to begin anew in a sort of utopia, only to find themselves within a few hundred years living in a sort of medieval world, with horses as transportation and swords and arrows for weapons, and feudalism and sex-trafficking and slavery all functioning as well. But the story opens with a bookish and isolated girl hiding in a tree,…
  • Keep Your Family Healthy | Take the PURELL 30-Day Challenge #PURELL30

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    We are part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Purell however, as always, all opinions remain our own. According to the CDC and other health organizations, proper hand hygiene is one of the most important preventative things you can do to reduce your risk of sickness and infection. Hand sanitizer is a great thing to have with you at all times. In your car, purse, home, your child’s backpack & classrooms, virtually anywhere. Having a quick easy way to get rid of germs is crucial to keeping everyone healthy and happy. PURELL Advanced…
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    An Island Life

  • What’s new at General Mills?

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Gluten-Free!!! I have friends with children on a gluten-free diet and they all tell me the same thing . . . it’s so hard to find food items that their kids want to eat. Well, General Mills Big G products will be hitting the shelves this month with a variety of gluten-free cereals just in time for the back-to-school rush. Gluten-free Chex Oatmeal: plain, apple cinnamon, maple brown sugar and a variety pack. In addition, there’s a new Cheerios Protein and SpongeBob SquarePants Fruity Splash which contain whole grain as the first ingredient and contain no high fructose corn syrup.
  • Days of Summer . . . Ala Moana Beach Park

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
  • Rich’s Nut-Free Frosted Sugar Cookies

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:17 pm
    If there’s one thing I can’t resist its cookies. I love all kinds of cookies . . . crunchy, soft, chewy, frosted, etc. So when I received the opportunity to try Rich’s Nut-Free Frosted Sugar Cookies I just couldn’t say no. One of the things that really intriqued me about these cookies were that they’re nut-free. With 3 girls attending 3 different schools, there are all kinds of rules about what kind of foods they can and cannot take to school with them. However, the constant is always nut-free products. I was really surprised to learn that nut allergy in kids are…
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    Burgh Baby

  • Don't Want to Miss a Thing

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Part of Mission Keep Alexis from Realizing this is the Most Boring Summer Ever has been setting her up for fun with friends. It's hard to be bored when surrounded by your besties. That has led to multiple sleepovers. Multiple in one weekend, even. Anybody want to tell her how crazy fortunate she is? She doesn't believe me. Instead, I hear "Can I sleep over again?" It's as if the kid prefers to sleep anywhere but at home. If she must sleep at home, she wants company. (Least shocking fact ever? Least shocking fact ever.) I remember being the same way. The difference is that I never wanted to…
  • Grilled Tofu, Avocado, and Corn Tacos

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    For the most part, everybody in our house eats what I make for dinner and is happy about it. There are occasionally complaints, and sometimes people have to work around an ingredient they find less than wondrous (For example, mushrooms. OMG do mushrooms bring out the drama around here.), but they get what they get and they don't throw a fit. It's a good thing. I tried being a short order cook in high school. I was really bad at it. As a sort of "thank you" for generally being awesome about trying things and eating most anything, I like to make random "assemble it yourself" meals. Each person…
  • The Tiny Human

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
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    Happy Home

  • Tips for decorating the house to the beach

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:42 am
    The beach house is the perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday and smoothly. But to be a perfect day to relax you have to place the house so that help you relax and comfortably spend the hot summer days. Check out these tips for decorating your beach house summer holidays and enjoy! Find a style that is fresh bright and inviting to rest. Do you know what colors would go so just right for a decoration? The entire range of white blue and beige as they are fresh and bright colors which will make the rooms look bigger and keep away from feeling overwhelmed at home. Furniture Placement Another…
  • Colors to decorate the bedroom

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    The bedroom is the typical rest area home. So when you have to decorate it, thing to do is do it by means of colors that harmonize the entire stay. Light colors express harmony and tranquility, just what you require to rest. In here will show a number of the colors that you can use to decorate your room. At this time takes a lot bedroom Mediterranean method. There’s nothing like thinking you’re by the sea to relax and rest quietly. As you know, in this style of decoration blue colors predominate, giving special importance to aqua. The blues will always be well by means of white,…
  • Programs for 3D design houses

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
    Can you imagine designing your own home 3D? In here you will learn how. Much easier than you think! Applications and software that will be useful if you are thinking of build remodel or redecorate your home. Designs and fun, while you create the home of your dreams, thanks to the latest technological advances applied to interior and exterior decoration. Get to work! 3D design of gardens and exteriors Before you begin to design your home, please have basic knowledge in technology and design to be able to take advantage of all the benefits to offer us technological tools, such as the…
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Yellowstone Wonderland

    5 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
    This is our National Park summer. We just got back from 5 days in Yellowstone, and are headed to Glacier next week. It makes me happy to live so close to these treasures. Wonderland is never the same thing twice. And it will be tough to top this round's wildlife show - we saw wolves in three different places in the Lamar Valley. I couldn't stop telling the others how this bordered on unbelievable, particularly for non wolf watchers (who spend countless hours watching and waiting by their scopes). Add to that mountain goats, osprey nests, bighorn sheep, pronghorns, bison, elk, bald eagles,…
  • Horse Breath

    25 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    The other night I had the good fortune to participate in a two hour groundwork clinic with my horse, Java. What, no riding? That's what I used to say. It's taken me years to understand that how we interact with a horse on the ground has a lot to do with how we ride. And that we can improve our riding without being on horseback. Everyone wants to get right on. It's sort of like heading straight into eka pada galavasana without any prep work (see here for more on that topic).When I first got Java a year and a half ago, all I wanted to do was ride him. He is a Tennessee Walking Horse, which…
  • 2014 Cancer Kickin' Cowgirls, & Hope

    21 Jun 2014 | 6:27 pm
    I've been putting off writing this post (clearly - it's been oh, about 20 days since I last checked in here), because I have not been able to find the depth of language necessary to describe the experience. Our retreat season began earlier this month with our annual Cowgirls vs. Cancer retreat. Words just can't do it justice. So I may have to stick with the pictures. Our Montana Yoga Photographer always manages to capture the spirit of what we do (see his blog post with more pictures here).We had prayer flags (brought straight from Tibet), pink champagne, gratitude and grace. There was…
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    Cool Zebras

  • Random Thoughts Possibly #58 My Counting Sucks

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    My kids are now almost 12 years, almost 10 years and just-turned 6 years.Miss M, my oldest, is pretty awesome. I can make her laugh these giant laughs even when she is trying to be a big grumpy butt. She also has a fabulous sense of humor and makes me laugh quite often with her intelligent wit. K Man, despite being almost 10, remains an affectionate boy. I had worried that he would quit giving me loves by now and I am thankful he doesn't show signs of stopping.Ms. D is six and testing her independence more than I remember the other two doing, but I admit I am old and my memory is weak.
  • Observing The Park

    16 Jun 2014 | 4:42 pm
    A solitary woman sits on one of the benches, presumably the parent of children older than the majority of the kids running around. It's both liberating and isolating to reach that point in the playground culture. The parents with younger kids hold playgroups at the park, ensuring they have other parents to commiserate with while their children toddle around them. The few parents at the park before school is out for the day who have older children literally sit on the bench, neither wanting to be parked there but also not wanting to join in the play.A father spots his toddler climbing the…
  • My Baby is Six

    22 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    It's a cliche, right? I blinked and somehow my baby is turning 6 years old. She's a feisty one. She was such an easy baby I should have known that there would be more rocks ahead than I thought. Around strangers she is still slow to warm up, which I appreciate after two kids that see everyone as a potential friend. Actually, she's not slow to warm to everyone, but she is choosy about who she warms to. I think this is a great attribute. We should be choosy about who we share ourselves with. (And that pretty much contradicts the idea of writing a public blog.) I never know who she will talk to…
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    Mom Knows It All.

  • CA Special Needs Law Group Giveaway – Win A $50 Amazon GC!

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If you’re a regular Mom Knows It All reader then you probably recall that my youngest child has special needs. We’ve had to have many battles when it came time for our annual IEP. The education system and process can be confusing to navigate. Even if you’ve done it many times like we have you have to be careful. The laws are always changing and the wording can be as clear as mud for some. I highly recommend that if you’re not completely certain about the process you consult an attorney. For California residents, that might be a group such as, the special…
  • Big Fish Cascade Match-3 Puzzle Game

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    This post is brought to you by Big Fish Games. I love match-3 games. I have crushed more then my share of candies, and have been stuck at level 188 for over two months. I didn’t have to wait that long for my obsession with the game itself to be crushed. I fell madly in love with Fairway Solitaire Blast a few weeks ago and have been playing it daily. And now, the folks at Big Fish have released a match-3 game that offers fun for folks that enjoy crushing harmless candies. The game is called Cascade. Cascade isn’t your typical Match-3 game. It combines the fun of a Match-3 game with…
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  • Got the Donor Blues? Stewardship and Donor Relations

    Cari Mostert
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s a phenomenon, a wave of charity and compassion that greets cataclysmic events and earth shattering tragedies. The torrent of giving that follows a crisis or disaster fills the databanks of nonprofits with new benefactors. But all too often this groundswell of emotional response is lost soon thereafter. Could this brief moment of enthusiastic generosity and feel-good emotion be harnessed to keep this active altruism alive? This is where the concept of stewardship comes in. Donor stewardship is the continuing connection with a donor after a gift has been made and is closely related to…
  • 10 Mistakes Nonprofit Professionals Make

    Cari Mostert
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Doesn’t the nonprofit sector attract the idealistic, self-sacrificing individuals amongst us? And wouldn’t that mean that mistakes are factors that just don’t happen? You have a passion to make a difference, there’s so much good you want to accomplish. But the charity sector has unique drawbacks and non-profit professionals make mistakes too. This happens often at the beginning of a career when abundance of vision and lack of experience merge. If you’re new to the nonprofit industry, and even if you’re not, this round-up reminds us of some common obstacles to dodge.   The…
  • Tips for Creating Community Awareness for Your Nonprofit

    Harlow Keith
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:37 am
    There is no question that nonprofits are full of passion and zeal. They are firmly convinced that there is a problem in society that needs to be corrected, or a service that should be provided for the common good. But what if a smaller nonprofit has difficulty connecting with the community they wish to serve? And to connect to those community leaders who can provide valuable assistance? An inability to generate recognition is something that has to be overcome for the nonprofit organization to not only thrive, but in many cases survive.     1. Spread the word Assuming the nonprofit…
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    Veep Veep

  • Huggies Costco Exclusive

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Are you a Costco member? Although I’m a Costco member I often find myself green with envy of other Costco members since my New York City sized apartment means I can’t take advantage of all of the deals we spot when we walk inside the wholesale club. Seriously just the idea of owning a tin of extra virgin olive oil as tall as my toddler makes me teary eyed! *sniffle* One deal I will always take advantage of when I see them at Costco are diapers! I’m excited to share some news with you about Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes which…
  • Slimfast 14-Day Slimdown

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Slimfast, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #14daystoslim Living in Manhattan means I am always walking to and from somewhere. Every single day. And that’s great because it totally gives me a jump start to a lazy girl’s type of fitness program. I’m rarely stationary so I win at this diet thing right? Wrong! Walking around the city also means I pass countless raved about restaurants and tempting shops that sell delicious snacks…
  • How to Deal with Trolls

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was going to title this post “I got called a dirtbag and didn’t run crying” but I thought better of it. I’m not the first person to be verbally attacked by a troll. This is a much bigger issue. I like to keep things all shiny, happy on my blog and social channels because the Internet is an escape so it is hard to believe anyone wants to consistently read something not full of joy. But today I have to make an exception to my rule. It seems as of late that some of the nicest people I have ever known have been targets of trolls — internet or real life. And I find…
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    It's @jennyonthespot!

  • We Saw No Vampires While Camping in Forks. But LOTS of Rain.

    Jenny On the Spot
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    My family loves to camp. But it takes great effort. You know… pulling out the camping gear and whathaveyou. The act of camping, or leading up to the act takes some planning. And time. Hitherhencetofore, we don’t camp as often as we’d like. But we really do like it. That’s why I was all, “GUYS. […] We Saw No Vampires While Camping in Forks. But LOTS of Rain. is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post We Saw No Vampires While Camping in Forks. But LOTS of Rain. appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • A Party and Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars and a Giveaway!

    Jenny On the Spot
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s summer. And thankfully for us, here in the PNW, it’s been nice and warm! What’s better than inviting a bunch of friends over to eat frozen yogurt bars and play outside? NOT. MUCH. *Disclosurey disclosure: Thanks to Yasso for sponsoring this post and giving me the push to invite friends over on the perfect […] A Party and Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars and a Giveaway! is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post A Party and Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars and a Giveaway! appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Dog Boarding Service for Dog Owners and Dog LOVERS!

    Jenny On the Spot
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you follow my antics on Facebook, or Instagram, or this blog… then you know I have 2 dogs. Kevin and Gus. Kevin, has become a bit of an internet sweetheart. In a very small corner of the internet, but still. It’s funny to me how his personality comes through in pictures. He really is […] Dog Boarding Service for Dog Owners and Dog LOVERS! is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Dog Boarding Service for Dog Owners and Dog LOVERS! appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
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    La Dolce Vita.....

  • Made in Michigan Jewelry Pure Michigan Jewelry

    Kristen Andrews
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
     Are you a Michigan Girl?  Will your heart always be in Michigan or do you just love our beautiful state?  I have several new designs with a beautiful Michigan stamp and each can be stamped with your personalization.  The Michigan pieces are all sterling silver and handcrafted in my studio in Michigan.The Michigan Girl Necklace is a 7/8th inch sterling silver round disc that has been hand stamped with the shape of Michigan and around the outer edge the words Michigan Girl has been stamped. The Michigan Girl tag hangs on a standard 18 inch sterling silver bead ball chain or…
  • Happy 4th of July! Land of the Free Home of the Brave

    Kristen Andrews
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    The Land of the Free keychain is a smaller size United States Copper Plate -it measures just 1 1/4" x 3/4". It is hand stamped and oxidized with the words Land of the Free. You can also have this item customized please just message me to see if your text will fit.  You can find the Land of the Free Keychain at Kristen's Custom Creations.   Happy 4th of July friends! 
  • Happy Early 4th of July Discount Kristen's Custom Creations

    Kristen Andrews
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:37 am
    Happy Early 4th of July Discount Kristen's Custom Creations!Please Enjoy 15% off anything in my shop through 7-4-14! Happy Early 4th of July! Enter code SUMMERFUN at check out not valid with any other offer! Share with friends! You can shop at Kristen's Custom Creations. The God Bless America Necklace    Product details: The God Bless America necklace is a sterling silver oval plate that measures 1 1/4 inch long by 1 inch wide. The necklace includes a sterling silver flag charm and three swarovski crystals, red, white and blue. All charms hang on a 18 inch sterling…
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    Mommy Musings

  • Planes Fire and Rescue Movie Review #FireandRescueEvent

    Stefanie Fauquet
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I’m so happy that I can finally share my Planes Fire and Rescue movie review with you … I’ve been keeping it in for the past 2 months! Planes Fire and Rescue is the follow-up to Disney’s hit movie Planes, which follow Dusty Cropphopper (voice of Dane Cook) as he takes on a new career […] The post Planes Fire and Rescue Movie Review #FireandRescueEvent appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Pompeian Olive Oil Tasting & Sautéed Asparagus {Recipe} #PantryInsiders

    Stefanie Fauquet
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This post is brought to you by Pompeian as part of the #PantryInsiders program. All opinions are my own. A few weeks ago I was invited to participate in an online olive oil tasting as part of the Pompeian Pantry Insiders program. As someone who has been to both Italy and Spain and tasted olive […] The post Pompeian Olive Oil Tasting & Sautéed Asparagus {Recipe} #PantryInsiders appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Layered Kefir Ice Pops {Recipe} #KefirCreations

    Stefanie Fauquet
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, #KefirCreations. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias I’m going to let you in on one of my biggest secrets for staying healthy: Probiotics. I started taking supplements and eating foods with natural probiotics after I learned that they could help boost your immune […] The post Layered Kefir Ice Pops {Recipe} #KefirCreations appeared first on Mommy Musings.
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    The Moxie Report

  • America, It's Time to Man Up

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    April 21, 1999. The day two teens hell bent on destruction shocked the country by storming into Columbine High School in Colorado killing twelve students, one teacher and injuring nearly two dozen others.   Like everyone else I was glued to the television news, “How the hell could they do something so barbaric?” At the time, it seemed like one of those horrific stories that would never happen again. But it did.  Again and again. Over the past fifteen years mass shootings have become routine. It seems like another angry shooter has his name in lights every couple months.
  • Frisbee Anyone?

    14 Aug 2012 | 11:25 am
    No scotch tape was involved in the making of this photo.  The moment I pushed the camera button the Frisbee got caught on a loose puppy tooth. Can't wait for each and every one to fall out of Roxy's pretty little head...she gnaws everything she can get her mouth on. 
  • By a nose...

    8 May 2012 | 8:49 am
    Go ahead. Open up that box of tampons and take out a couple and shove them up each nostril. And you'll pretty much get the idea of what they pack your nose with after sinus surgery. I haven't been able to breathe out of my nose since my ENT fixed my deviated septum and several other sinus issues five days ago.   Try taking a deep breath, sleeping sitting up or eating a plate of spaghetti while wearing nasal tampons and a large gauze mustache. I'd give anything to yank this stuff of my nose but I have another  f-o-u-r days until my post…
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    House of Prince

  • Big

    Kim Tracy Prince
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    From the Great Dance-Off of 2014 We are in our last week visiting my parents in Connecticut. That means our long-awaited annual journey and stay here is more than half over. This year it was even more hotly anticipated because I had to work my ass off to afford the airfare, given the whole stay-at-home-mom-with-trickling-freelance-income thing, and I was so much more proud of myself this time when I clicked “purchase” on the airline’s website because of that. Every extra dollar I earned or found went into the “Connecticut” envelope in our cash box. I did…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Blue

    Kim Tracy Prince
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The view from my lounge chair at The Grand Del Mar in California last month. I’m pretty sure this is one of my all-time favorite views. An InLinkz Link-up The post Wordless Wednesday: Blue appeared first on House of Prince.
  • Dude, This Is a Totally Deep Hole

    Kim Tracy Prince
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    In attempting to solve The Case of Where To Go Dancing When You Are Over 40, my friend Leanne and I met at a beachside bar about 40 minutes from where I am staying in my parents’ town. She humors my geocaching addiction, so when I said “Let’s kill some time before the music starts by looking at the sunset and I’ll grab a cache or two” she said “Sure!” And that’s where the night went awry. The sunset was indeed beautiful. Look: I snapped this picture right before I nabbed the cache, which was nestled at shoulder height among some large rocks that…
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    Momathon Blog

  • Summer Staycation

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

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Do you ever get cabin fever? This summer my daughter has her leg in a cast and that really makes summer plans less fun for her. So I'm dreaming up some plans to keep her busy while keeping her leg...
  • Craft Books: Sewing with Sarai Mitnick at Colette Patterns

    20 Jun 2014 | 10:16 am
    Summer is a great time for crafting. Finding a great craft book is a wonderful source of inspiration. One of my sources of inspiration are the "little sewing epiphanies" via Sarai Mitnick at Colette Patterns featuring classic sewing patterns.
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    Love That Max: Special Needs Blog

  • A not-sad goodbye

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    Sabrina's doing a stint at an overnight camp, and I've wondered if Max would miss her. I know how much I'm going to, so I sat down to write a little card for her to tuck in her backpack and open when she arrived. Max walked over and asked to use the pen. He wrote:"Fireman Max"One thing I'm loving about the firefighter phase is that he's now writing a longer name; "Max" is a measly three letters but "Fireman Max" gets him to write seven more. I thought it was very sweet that he was signing my note to Sabrina. "That's so nice, Fireman Max!" I gushed. Then he asked me to write:"Max…
  • Better than it used to be

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    "It's amazing—we had a family dinner and a movie night out," Dave said as we all drove home at 9:00 last night. We were both incredulous.Max has been planning to see Planes Fire And Rescue for months now. He had me write the opening date, July 18, on our kitchen wall calendar. He kept telling me he was going to see it at our local movie theater, the only indoor theater where he's ever seen movies (starting with Monsters University last July). Unfortunately, the movie isn't coming to our theater till later this month. Max said he'd wait.The fact that Max is game to even see a movie in a…
  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: It's inclusive

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    It's the Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up, open to anyone who writes about disability, parent or not. Share a recent favorite post! Heck, share two. What to doScroll 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 (or just the name of the post, if there's no room—you get 80 characters).Like this: Love That Max: Have You Heard Me Sing Let It Go?Where 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…
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    Marinka NYC

  • Modern Love, or Something Like It

    19 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Me: Did you get that link I sent you? The one with the movie writeup? Him: Yes. That movie sounds unbearably dull. Me: ALright, I’ll just go by myself then. Him: No, I’d like to see it with you. Me: ? Him: You greatly underestimate how much I love the idea of spending three hours with you when you are completely silent. Me: … I’m trying to think of a comeback. According to the actuarial tables, I still have a few years, but it’s not looking good so far. On the bright side, I’m looking forward to seeing an actual grownup movie in the theatre for the first…
  • Hard to Say

    4 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    I haven’t made my final summer vacation plans with the kids yet, and while that would throw most people into a panic, in my case it’s probably for the best. Because lately I’ve been thinking that maybe I should just go and be in the World Cup. This is certainly a surprising turn of events since I don’t play or particularly like soccer and/or football, but I tell you, I’ve recently developed a skill set that will make me a hot commodity in the whole World Cup business. Specifically in the goal-tending department. Because when you’re a goalie (as I will be;…
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  • A Guide to Eataly Chicago: How to Make It Your Happy Place

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Since it opened in December, Eataly Chicago has inspired powerful reactions. There are lovers and there are haters, but when confronted with a massive food hall offering all things Italian, it’s impossible to remain impassive. I’m firmly in the lover camp, and have been since we first discovered it on a snowy December night, and we had the great hall to ourselves. Now that the crowds have joined us, my husband and I still consider Eataly Chicago one of our favorite places to head for a date night or a late lunch. Eataly Chicago is my favorite place: the cure for a blah day.
  • a Few Recipes to Celebrate Bastille Day

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    When I was a little girl, the Bastille Day fireworks were so close to my birthday that I always thought they were in my honor. Three years ago, we were in Paris on Bastille Day, feet dangling over the Seine near the Ile de la Cite, fireworks exploding high above our heads. Tonight Paris will be an ocean away, and the only lights around us will be the fireflies dancing in the dark. Which is just how I like it, far from the crowds, surrounded by good food and family. But that won’t mean we won’t be celebrating! We’ll be honoring Bastille Day in the kitchen with a few of my…
  • Cherry Clafoutis: a Summer Treat for Breakfast or Dessert

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    I don’t think I fully appreciated cherries until I moved to Chicago. Cherries always looked more fun than they tasted until I moved here. Now I count the days until Michigan starts delivering its cherries to our farmer’s market: sour, rainier and deep crimson. Each type of cherry has its charms and each demands attention. It’s cherry season now here in the Midwest and we have been enjoying them to the fullest. My favorite way to bake cherries is to bake them into a cherry clafoutis. Hot out of the oven with ice cream on top for dessert or cold with a big glass of milk for…
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    A Modern Mother

  • A great British seaside holiday

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
      The beach. The seaside. Whatever you want to call it. I love it. I was born in California not far from Santa Cruz and grew up making sand castles and running through freezing Pacific Ocean waves. As a teen, I went through a period of being a surfer girl, which meant I got on a […] The post A great British seaside holiday appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • Favourites: Gliffaes Country House Hotel in Wales

    4 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm
      Every once in a while you find a hotel that you really love. The kind where you make mental plans to return nearly as soon as you put the key into your room door and plop onto the down feather comforter. It’s exotic enough from your own home to make being away really special yet has the feel […] The post Favourites: Gliffaes Country House Hotel in Wales appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • A caravan holiday in Brittany!

    7 Jun 2014 | 12:14 am
      I’ve always wanted to visit Brittany. It’s so convenient – especially from southwest England. You can take an overnight ferry and wake up in France – within reach of a cafe creme and fresh baguette! I also secretly love camping. Not real camping, per se, but high-end mobile home camping – where you have your […] The post A caravan holiday in Brittany! appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Timewarp 2010 – Watch Me Mommy

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    It’s amazing looking back through old posts and finding words that I still need to hear and remember. Today I was taking a look back four years ago at posts from summer 2010 – August 25th to be exact. At that point my littlest guys were 4 1/2. I now understand even more than ever that kids never outgrow the need to be recognized and loved. This is such a simple and short post but the reminder is poignant and applies to all our lives in motherhood, no matter where we are at in the process. Watch Me Mommy {Originally posted August 24, 2010 here.} Our boys love to talk to us, some of…
  • Simply Said with Shera

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    As any regular reader here at A Frog In My Soup knows, I love DIY projects. The one area I have yet to truly conquer is finding a way to create vinyl wall art and other lettering for the various decorations I have been wanting throughout my home, especially not without investing in expensive equipment. A year and a half after moving into our “new” house and my walls are ALL still completely bare! {GASP!!} Recently, one particular company keeps jumping in front of me through various sources, and it drew me in every single time! The odd thing is that there aren’t many…
  • Conquering Summer Boredom

    27 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I know If there’s any time I am likely to hear the dreaded “B” word it’s during the summer months, and I know I’m not alone. There’s not many things that can make a parent’s skin crawl more easily than hearing their child whine “I’m BORED”. With my kids, it’s expressed more in behavior, they have learned not to say it because when they do I tend to give them jobs to do. Keeping them out of a state of boredom is ideal, since… well, who knows what they will get themselves into otherwise. Plan for Summer  (aka.
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  • "Sweep & Scoop" | SLUMMY MUMMY | Ep 4 | MomCaveTV | New mom baby babies newborn marriage

    Jennifer Weedon Palazzo
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
  • Falling in love 101

    Lauren Markman
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    When my son sees two people kissing, he often says, "Those two people are kissing and then they will go and get married." Evidently my sex talks with him have paid off. (Just kidding.) When I ask him about the leap from kissing to married, he shows me the various wedding pictures of my husband and I kissing right before we tied the knot. I told him that Mommy and Daddy spent a long time together before we actually got married and there were lots of steps in between the first kiss and our wedding day. He then told me that he would get married one day, but he wasn't sure who the person was…
  • Plagiarism: Practices that Gainsay Academic Integrity

    Julia Gomes
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Plagiarism is the name given to the act of lifting words or phrases, excerpts or sentences from another person’s creative work and representing them as your own without acknowledging the original source. Even if you are extracting idea or concepts from another person and using it in your own work without proper citation, the act would be considered as plagiarism. Plagiarism is treated as a serious offence in the academic world. More than a legal offense, it is an ethical and a moral offense in many cases, challenging the academic integrity of practicing it. Certain instances of plagiarism…
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    20 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    When I was a youngster, and through my grown up years, my greatest pleasure was being at the beach, either taking a walk, being in the water, collecting sea shells or just looking at the waves, it was always a great pleasure for me. That just might be one of the reasons I loved seeing the play, "The Little Mermaid," at North Shore Music Theatre, so much. The minute the play started I was hooked. The opening scene took place under the ocean where I saw puppets on sticks to represent schools of fish. To me they looked like REAL fish swimming in the water and I felt like I was there with…

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    HAPPY DAYWhenever I spend the day with Steve and Carol it is a happy day, and yesterday was no exception! We enjoy each others company.I always have something that needs repairing, adjusting and seldom need anything opened.I'm pretty good at that now!HEARTY MEALThe British Beer Company recently opened up just a five minute ride from where I live. Steve has eaten in this restaurant in other locations and was anxious to see what this one was like, So yesterday we paid a visit to this casual eating and beer place.From what I observed, they specialize in pizza and beer. As a matter of fact the…

    28 Jun 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Do you remember the TV show "Kids Say the Darndest Things" hosted by Bill Cosby? That show was always good for a laugh. When Cosby asked the little one a question you could never imagine what the response would be. I thought about that show as a result of what happened here recently.One day last week I had a friend visit. Joining her was her five year old grandson. Kevin was a very well behaved child who brought along a small bag of miniature cars to play with. He spent some time on my patio and after a while came indoors and played with his toys on the rug. His grandmother told me that he…
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  • Part 2 of the arm saga – Recovery and Karma

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

    26 Jun 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This is truly the longest blog ever. This is not so much to make you laugh at my life like normal. This is just for posterity so that some day when the Little One asks about the day she broke her arm, we can remember. So the last time the school called to say they had a kiddo of mine in the Nurse’s Office, I confessed to being the worst parent ever. Now when the school calls you during the day, as a mom, I typically know that it’s not a good thing. When the phone rang at around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, I was at work and I had a weird feeling in my tummy. The moment the school phone…
  • Her Mother’s Child

    27 Feb 2014 | 8:51 am
    So The Husband and I often joke when the girls are being difficult that they got those annoying traits form the other one. For example, the Big One is very black and white. She is not flexible and doesn’t allow wiggle room on most things. I find this to be terribly annoying, so it’s most definitely something she got from The Husband.  ….. The Husband, the Big One and I are all fighting a cold or something. I am the mom, obviously, so I cannot get sick. It’s not an option. So I am fighting with all that I’ve got to stay well. The Husband started with a sniffle and is now, of…
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  • Do You Know the Sibling Rule?

    Mom Spark
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    This post is sponsored by Popsicle. People will tell you lots of things about having more than one child. Some believe the age gap should be small, a year or two, while some swear by a larger wait between children. There’s talk of middle child syndrome, or the difficulties of being the youngest or oldest. However, if there’s one thing I’ve noticed in my own family, and in the families of my friends, it doesn’t really seem to matter WHAT that age gap might end up being — your kids can still be each other’s BFF! As you might know, my sons are 14 and six, and…
  • Mom Spark Finds: Let’s Have A Picnic!

    Desiree Fawn
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Red checkered blankets, wicker baskets, melamine plates, and coffee in a thermos. This is what I think when the word “picnic” comes up in my life. There’s something sweet and innocent about a picnic. They remind me of first dates, savoring the sweet scents of summertime, families enjoying the sunshine, and being shaded by leafy maples. I love eating outside, and my daughter often insists that we have a picnic together during the warmer months! I’m happy to oblige! We often drag a blanket out to the yard for a little al fresco experience! If I were to plan out my ideal…
  • Want to Donate a Tree? Here’s How!

    Mom Spark
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    This post is sponsored by Choose Cartons. Love to tweet? So do we! During the month of July, we’ll be tweeting to help donate trees — and we want YOU to join in the fun! The folks over at the Choose Cartons blog are partnering with Trees for the Future to donate a tree each time someone uses the hashtag #shopcartons on Twitter! By partnering with Trees for the Future, Choose Cartons (which is an Evergreen Packaging initiative) aims to help replant as many of the valuable resources they use for their packaging as possible! In fact, all month long they’ll be keeping an eye…
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    Please Pass the Salt

  • just another Thursday

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    So, this is a rare occasion. It’s the middle of the afternoon, I’m sitting with coffee at the dining table, and it’s completely quiet. Ethan fell asleep in the van on the way home and miraculously transferred to my bed. Our neighbors just came home from Germany and so my girls are over there, excited to finally see their friends again. And Drew is quiet upstairs. My mom was here this week but left today. We got some of my to-do list knocked out, which always makes me happy. (I am not a take-joy-in-the-process kinda girl, I’m a let’s-get-that-sucker-checked-off…
  • {swim}

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    I was showing Adelaide all of her photos from the time she was a teeny baby to the ripe ol’ age of 7 under her tab on this blog.  It made me want to start fresh.  So much life recorded here! This summer is, unfortunately for me, flying by.  I hoped we could enjoy it at a snail’s pace.  We’ve been REALLY busy with swim team.  Their last meet was this past Monday and all that is left is the city-wide meet this weekend, and then the team party.  I made myself bring my big camera to the last home meet so I’d have some good images of this season and I am just now…
  • gettin’ a little stinky in here

    28 May 2014 | 7:12 am
    This marks the 8th day of no hot water in our house. Last Tuesday my brother had stopped by to hang out for a bit, and we kept hearing this beepy noise.  But I couldn’t tell where it was coming from… it was the weirdest thing.  Finally we realized it was coming from the basement!  The alarm unit over the water heater was chirping “warning! carbon monoxide! warning! carbon monoxide!”  I’m super thankful Micah was there and knew how to turn the gas and everything off. Basically the venting system on a gas heater is supposed to be vertical; we discovered ours…
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    The Young and The Relentless

  • My Last Text to my Brother

    6 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    On July 7th last year, we were winding down the holiday weekend and Keith grilled ribs.  We were sitting on the patio, enjoying the beautiful weather and a bottle of wine.  I was admiring my basil plants and swatting bugs away from my wine. I came up with a genius solution to my bug problem without having to go into the house for a stopper.I knew that my brother would appreciate my ingenuity so I texted him a picture.I titled it Ghetto Wine Cork.I didn't get a response.  I didn't think much of it because he had recently moved to a beautiful new townhome and I was sure he was…
  • Things To Do...Fourth of July Weekend

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Our home has been abuzz with talk about what we're doing this weekend.  I'd be happy to sit with my two giant books that I checked out from the library (One Summer America, 1927 and The Signature of All Things) in front of the air conditioner. It's going to be blazing hot in Colorado this weekend!Instead....we are going to keep busy with the following activities:Visit the Apple Store to find out why my phone doesn't work like a phone and keeps shutting down for no reason whatsoever.Visit the Cherry Creek Arts Festival because Alex is a budding artist and needs constant inspiration.See…
  • About Time

    30 Jun 2014 | 6:18 am
    iKeith and I watched a movie over the weekend.  I loved About Time so much and I insist that you rent it immediately so you can love it too.  I should probably mention that I might have loved it a little bit because I have a thing for anything English and red heads. This is my new Romy and Michelle....I'm going to be watching this over and over and over.About Time is about a bloke (he's English) named Tim who finds out from his father that the men in their family can travel backwards in time if they go to a dark room and make their hands into little fists and scrunch up their faces.
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    Jendi's Journal

  • Shenandoah Dreams By Lisa Belcastro | Book Review

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    The historical tidbits are plentiful in Shenandoah Dreams; whether they are from a twenty-first century captain taking high schoolers for a cruise or from an eighteenth century captain that is living the history instead of telling stories. The heroine is a teacher that loves kids even though she doesn’t have any of her own. She has been through some tough times, but managed to get her life together and enjoys her camera and her cat. She is kind and thoughtful and careful of others feelings. I appreciated that when the heroine goes back in time the author doesn’t drop the…
  • Someone Prayed | Sunday Poem

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    –full poem below– The weary ones had rest, The sad had joy that day, And wondered “how?” A plowman singing at his work had prayed, “Lord, help them now.” Away in foreign lands, They wondered “how” Their simple word had power. At home, the gleaners, two or three had met To pray an hour. Yes, we are always wondering “how?” Because we do not see Someone, unknown perhaps, and far away On bended knee. ~ Selected
  • The Meaning Of Jendi

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    I got a kick out of this and have to share it! For the record – I have always loved my first name and I enjoy being unique. [That's basically a fancy term for "weird" - right?] from I do know that there are several other ladies in America with the name Jendi. We have never met in person, but we have communicated via the internet. Considering that – I don’t know how much I should believe the rest of what it says. Have you met anyone else named “Jendi?”
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    Resourceful Mommy

  • National Zookeeper Week Twitter Party

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Some of the best family memories are made at the zoo. What many take for granted is the hard work that the zookeepers do behind the scenes to make sure your family has the best possible experience at the zoo. July 20-26th is National Zookeeper Week and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo wants to celebrate with you! Join us as we tweet with Bronx Zoo wild animal keepers Kaitlyn Keys (mammals), Tim Mohl (birds), and Bill Orrico (reptiles and amphibians). Bring your best questions and come learn all about all aspects of their jobs, the animals they care for, and conservation work…
  • #DisneyKids July Twitter Party

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    With summer officially underway and vacation planning in full swing, we’ve got Disney on our minds! That’s why we’ve decided to throw one final #DisneyKids twitter party in honor of our favorite summer vacation destination, Walt Disney World Resort! Disney Kids Twitter Party Date: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 Time: 8-9 p.m. EST Location: #DisneyKids Host: @MomTalkRadio (Maria Bailey, Founder of MomSelect)   There is so much to love when it comes to Disney, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our favorites! Join us as we talk about some of the most…
  • Connections: Compassion Blogging Trip Day 4

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    (This post was originally published on May 9, 2012, during my time in Tanzania with Compassion International. It was written on my son’s sixth birthday, my sponsored child’s sixteenth birthday, and contains an ask as important today as it was two years ago. Will you sponsor a child today?) When I agreed to join Compassion on this week’s blogging trip to Tanzania, I knew that I would make connections that would impact me in ways I could never imagine. I hoped to connect more to the organization that my family has supported for some time. I hoped to connect more with the home…
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    Mom Fuse

  • Win a Ninja Blender – Summer Blend Sweepstakes

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Win a Ninja Blender – Summer Blend Sweepstakes Mixing summertime smoothies with all your favorite fruits and vegetables just got easier with a Ninja Professional Blender! Simply follow on Pinterest and enter for a chance to win a blender complete with single serve blending cups and a Superfood Smoothie Recipe Book, filled with 100 delicious recipes. Time to get your smoothie on! Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
  • 5 Great Back To School Products for 2014

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 5 Great Back To School Products for 2014 Ahh.. Back To School season is just around the corner.. that means shopping for new clothes, new school supplies and getting everything together for the busy school year ahead. As you are busy getting those supply lists taken care of we wanted to point out these great Back To School product finds we think you [...] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
  • Corazonas Oatmeal Squares

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Corazonas Oatmeal Squares Corazonas Oatmeal Squares (and Minis!) are perfect for kids starting their day with a healthy breakfast especially when there isn’t time for a home-cooked meals. The oatmeal squares are also perfect to add in their lunches or simply as an afternoon snack when they get home from school or after school activities.   The Corazonas [...] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • Starbucks: Treat Receipt is Back Today Through 8/17

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Attention, fellow Starbucks coffee lovers! The Starbucks Treat Receipt offer is back starting today through 8/17/14. How does it work? Just make any Starbucks purchase before 2PM and then pop back in to the Starbucks store after 2PM of the same day you purchased your beverage or coffee and you'll score any Grande 16 oz cold beverage for just $2 (plus tax). Offer is available at participating stores in the U.S. and you will need to show the barista your receipt when you return.More Restaurant Deals!Don't miss out on the latest fab deals, cool freebies, fun giveaways, delicious recipes, DIY…
  • Free Subscriptions to FamilyFun Magazine and American Photo Magazine (Limited Time Only)

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    If you like FamilyFun magazine like I do, you might want to hurry and grab this offer for a FREE subscription to FamilyFun Magazine, courtesy of Value Mags.  No credit card info is asked and you will never receive a bill. Allow 6-10 weeks for your first magazine to arrive.FamilyFun is the magazine for parents with children ages three to twelve. Family Fun is an ideabook for all the exciting things families can do together. FamilyFun is the essential information source, offering creative activities, party plans, family travel, learning projects and all clever ideas that busy mothers and…
  • Sonic Drive-In: $1 Hot Dog All Day on July 23rd

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Are you near a Sonic Drive-In restaurant? If so, head over there on Wednesday, July 23rd and enjoy $1 American and Chili Cheese Dogs all day! It's their way of celebrating National Hot Dog Day!  More Restaurant Deals!  Don't miss out on the latest fab deals, cool freebies, fun giveaways, delicious recipes, DIY inspirations and more! Subscribe to the Hip Mama's Place email newsletter, Hip Mama's Place feed reader, or simply "Like" Hip Mama's Place on Facebook and/or follow Hip Mama's Place on Twitter!  About the Author: Jocelyn Cañasa-Brown is a working mom of two boys and…
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    Tina's Realm

  • Maeven quote from age 7

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

    5 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Testing the Blogger app
  • Adam-ism of the day

    5 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    After I told Adam I wasn't going to go check to see if the drier was empty for him, that he could do it himself, because I was in the middle of something (He's ALWAYS trying to get me to do things for him, and feigns hurt or anger when I won't.).... "Sometimes when people are being mean to other people, they end up going in their office and playing on their computer." Then he wanders into
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  • Shaving Cream Slip N Slide (Cause Why Not?)

    trisha haas
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    I know you probably made your way over here because you saw a picture of my kids covered in shaving cream and thought…is she insane? No, I am not (mostly) but with 5 weeks still left in summer, we are breaking out the totally inexpensive, but still totally awesome, fun. And if you think no […]
  • No Bake Cheesecake S’mores : Recipe!

    trisha haas
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    For the past 2 weeks I have had the makings for S’mores sitting on my counter. I keep telling myself I am going to buy a fire pit and we are all gonna sit outside and make them the old fashioned way, but I just haven’t. Yesterday, inspired by the rapidly depleting Hershey bars on […]
  • 5 Ways I Sparkle Everyday #SparkleWithDASANI

    trisha haas
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Recently DASANIi challenged me to tell my readers what makes me sparkle…and I am sure they didn’t mean my makeup, so I have come up with 5 ways that I sparkle and wanted to share with you!  This article was sponsored by DASANI and there is a great way for you win a trip for […]
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  • LTYM 2014 Videos Are Now Online!

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

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

    19 Feb 2014 | 8:56 am
      Okay – I’m just going to say it. I’m so tired of all of these overly dramatic, “YOU CAN DO IT!” calls to action from… Oh god – pretty much anyone who wants to give them, I guess. Oprah’s life gurus…blogging “celebrities”…the writer of today’s viral link… You name it – these people have THE ANSWERS. It doesn’t really bother me that they have ideas for how to be a better person or live a better life. Truly, anyone can hand you unexpected wisdom. And because of this, I will always stop and…
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  • 6 Ways to Look and Feel Younger #VLBlurfection #ad @SheSpeaksUp @LOrealParisUSA

    Donna Chaffins
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/L’Oréal. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. I love makeup. I loved playing with my Mom’s makeup when I was a young girl. I couldn’t wait to have my own job so I could buy my own makeup. As I’ve gotten older I’ve developed a few fine lines and wrinkles and I’ve been finding it difficult to find a foundation that doesn’t set into my lines (and pores) and accentuates them. I…
  • 2014 American Century Championship – Profits with a Purpose #ad #ACCgolf #GiveLikeJim

    Donna Chaffins
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    This post was created in partnership with American Century Investments. I have received compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. My husband and I live a rather busy life, even before we had our son, we were either working or playing. One thing that we never got into, but have talked about, was playing golf. We love the idea of it, but just never seemed to have the time.  The other day our son was talking about learning to play, so we are checking into golf lessons, for all three of us. Even though I’ve never played (unless you count Frisbee golf and…
  • Improving Mother and Child Health Care for Under Served Populations

    Donna Chaffins
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Guest Post Having healthier children and improving the health of their mothers will have a huge impact on our society in the future. Women who have access to good prenatal care and quality women’s health care have better outcomes in pregnancy, which results in healthier babies. The future of the nation will depend on the health of its members. This begins even before a child is born. Getting a master’s degree in nursing can be an important first step in finding employment to help women, children and families who are not served well by the nation’s health care system.
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  • UK Summer Style: Looking Good On The Beach

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Gottex 2014 collection available from Harrods We are having some lovely summer weather in the UK so whether you are looking forward to holidays abroad, or looking forward to a staycation at the British seaside, we all want to feel confident and look…
  • Recipes: Delish Dishes Using Avocados

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    It’s time for more of my regular avo recipes. They’re delicious, good for you and so easy to prepare. Hass avos from Peru have been used in these recipes. Here’s why you should eat more avocados. Avos contain 11 of the 13 known vitamins and…
  • 24 hours in the Eternal City

    27 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
    Continuing on my travels, I had a day in Rome in the summer. Not a lot of time to explore, but you can certainly pack it in…here’s how. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but that’s no surprise. It takes time to create great things and Rome is truly a great…
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    A Lil' Welsh Rarebit

  • Farmhouse: attic BEFORE

    5 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    So, we've finally reached the end of our farmhouse BEFORE pictures tour. I'm afraid I only have a few photos of this currently dark and dreary space. Here they are, from the steps leading up to the space, to the L-shaped attic itself.The short end of the L - on the left at the top of the stairs.To the right at the top of the stairs - the doorway leads into the large part of the L:Here:And here, my friends, are my inspiration photos for how I plan to transform this currently unlivable space!!!THE END. :-)
  • Farmhouse: 2nd floor BEFORE

    5 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    There's a cute landing at the top of the stairs on the second floor. To our left is the guest room:Across from that is a teeny tiny bedroom that will become our closet/room to store our dressers and clothes. (NOT a fancy schmancy built in cabinets closet!)Next to that is the ONLY full bathroom bathroom in the house.The plan is for the the room-which-is-a-tiny-bedroom-which-will-act-our-closet to be transformed into a second bathroom down the line, and for us to renovate the current bathroom then too. I just can't imagine three teenagers and two adults sharing one bathroom. Three little kids…
  • Farmhouse: family room and lounge BEFORE

    5 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    The term 'lounge' is so very British, and since Matt is British, our farmhouse will have a lounge (aka living room). The lounge is in the front of the house with a beautiful bay window, flanked by awesome built in cabinets in the corners, see:There are also windows on either side of the room, over the radiators and their covers.The wall opposite the bay window is where our TV will be mounted. The arched opening on the left of the wall leads to the kitchen, and the steps on the right lead over to the family room. (The steps going upstairs are on that landing.)I LOVE this room. I love the floor…
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    Underwear in Our Kitchen

  • Make it Monday: Pancake Pops

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    What easy family food recipes do your kids enjoy? The post Make it Monday: Pancake Pops appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • #100DaysofHappiness Wedding Day Countdown: Day 84

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    My fiance went to the shore to pick me this tiger lily. How could this not be day 84 in my #100daysofhappiness wedding countdown? Too sweet. Want to see other posts on our Disney Wedding: The one where Josh proposed using cupcakes. The one where we called the mouse to set up our wedding date! The one where I […] The post #100DaysofHappiness Wedding Day Countdown: Day 84 appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • Daily Inspiration {Dreams} #PhotoPic

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    The post Daily Inspiration {Dreams} #PhotoPic appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
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    Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen

  • A Recipe for Wild Rice Summer Salad … Plus the Best Recipes of Summer {Podcast #248}

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    There’s so much to love about summer: the beach, the sun, the farm-fresh produce. Thanks to farmers’ markets, CSAs, and backyard gardens, we’re eating lots of fresh produce and interesting, nutrient-rich recipes this season. On Cooking with the Moms radio this week, we celebrate summer’s best recipes with Roasted Pickled Beats, Pickled Cucumbers, and this Wild Rice Summer Salad—a version of Emerald City Salad. The kale in this recipe came from Janice’s garden as did the parsley! If you don’t have kale, you can use Swiss chard or spinach, and if…
  • Pickled Cucumbers, Pickled Beets, and the Many Reasons I Love my CSA

    11 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Picking up my weekly CSA share makes me very, very happy! I’ve been a member of my CSA—Farm Direct Coop—since it came to Melrose, MA close to a decade ago, and every Thursday during the growing season, I fill my re-usable shopping bags with gorgeous, farm-fresh produce. Last week, I grabbed cucumbers and beets (and lots more!), came home, and got busy creating two recipes that I saw featured on my friend Paul’s Facebook page: Roasted Pickled Beets from Alton Brown and Pickled Cucumbers from Epicurious. For the roasting part of this recipe, I used my grill (which took a…
  • The Meal Makeover Moms Embrace Chia Seeds, Plus … A Recipe for Chocolate Chia Pudding

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Long before Chia Pets were a pop culture fad, the seeds were considered a staple of the Aztecs. Chia means “strength,” and ancient cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. Just one tablespoon has about 60 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and over 2 grams of the plant form of omega-3 fatty acids. These super seeds are versatile, making their way into everything from puddings and smoothies to gluten-free meatballs. Chia seeds are considered hydrophilic or “water-loving” and can absorb nearly 12 times their weight in water. This process is…
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    Uppercase Woman

  • Bitter {Just Write}

    Cecily Kellogg
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
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  • In For Repairs

    Cecily Kellogg
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
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  • Futility {Just Write}

    Cecily Kellogg
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
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    Go Grow Go!

  • 5 Ways to Teach Character in Everyday Life #StreamTeam

    Felicia Carter
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Even before I had kids I said that I didn’t care if they were the smartest kids in the class, but I wanted them to have good character.  I want to raise the kids that others want to be around and be friends with.  I want my kids to be the ones that volunteer when no one else will and will help out a person in need just because they see a need.  Everyday I try to find ways to teach them in the moment even if it is something as small as “do overs” when they snatch something from my hand.  Here are 5 quick ways we incorporate character into our everyday lives.  Believe me,…
  • Reading Under the Stars and Everywhere Else #SummerReading

    Felicia Carter
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter you know that we just enjoyed our family favorite tradition of a beach vacation at Ocracoke.  This has been our favorite place since before the boys were born and now we adore sharing our home away from home with them.  One thing remains the same when we travel and that is READING.  One of the first things I have the boys pack up are their books.  I ask them to pick out at least 5 of their favorites to take along for the ride and to read during quiet time.  You may remember me telling you about our Scholastic Reading…
  • All of the Firsts of Summer #PuracynFirst

    Felicia Carter
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    With summer in full swing the boys and I have been taking full advantage! We’ve ended up in the pool most days and spend the rest of the time on our bikes (of course there is a summer nap in between). There has also been a fair share of leisurely book reading under the shade trees. I treasure these moments and especially the firsts! The first dip in the creek… The first dip in the pool… The first bite of fresh strawberries… And when you have busy kids you can’t forget first aid! I know, I hate to think about it, but we have already had our fair share of scraps…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • When did “like a girl” become a put down?!

    Zen Mommy
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:49 pm
    A group of actors, young and old, are audition for a commercial. They are all instructed to perform simple tasks but “like a girl.” Run like a girl. Kick like a girl. Throw like a girl.
  • Training Wheels

    Zen Mommy
    20 May 2014 | 8:06 am
    The next time your child plays out a challenging behavior that seems to come from a "strong-will", see if you can step into the experience from their point of view. Be your child's relationship "training wheels"...
  • Not Perfect Parenting

    Zen Mommy
    7 May 2014 | 7:38 am
    Give your family the gift of YOU. Imperfect, wonderful, awesome-sauce YOU... because when you do, you teach your child it's okay that they're not perfect either. And when we let go of perfect... everything is possible.
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  • A Dozen Reasons for a Dozen Years

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    We’ve been married for 12 years. A dozen years. That happened fast. This is the first year that I almost forgot about our anniversary. And by almost, I mean..I forgot about it until I remembered a couple days ago. I completely forgot the date. Not because I don’t love my husband. In fact, I love him an awful lot. It’s just, I guess the one day on the calendar gets lost in the everyday shuffle of to-do lists and other life events taken over by 5 kids. I haven’t even gotten him a card yet. It’s our anniversary. Honestly, I can’t believe we’ve been…
  • Tables May Turn But The Queen Can Always Restore Order

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
      Once upon a time, the old Queen…the one that wrote about anything and everything and didn’t care about the backlash..wrote about the fact that parents have sex. And the other fact that her royal pain in the…princesses… seemed to be eavesdropping in on the Royal Chamber when the Royal Couple was copulating. Naughty, naughty, little lambs. Okay, I forgot, I’m not talking about myself, the Queen, in 3rd person anymore. Ahem..I shall continue but in 1st person. So, the years have passed since I wrote about that little..incident. But, things…
  • 13 Things NOT on the Queens Bucket List

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    First of all, before the Queen starts making her list, she has an announcement to make. The Queen has determined she despises writing in 3rd person. It’s so…affected. And the Queen, despite her Royalness, is not even close to being affected…unless the effect is necessary. So the Queen will be switching to 1st person, from now on. She just felt you, her loyal subjects, should be aware of that small change. I..the Queen..have quite a lot I would like to accomplish in my life. My bucket list is ginormous. It includes a lot of traveling. I (the Queen) have a seriously malignant…
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    Moms At Work - Orlando Sentinel

  • Prince George turns 1 --and is a (crazy) force of fashion

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    Prince George turns one today and happy birthday to the little Royal. His birthday has drawn lots of attention -- including the cover of Vanity Fair magazine -- and I mostly get that. But not how what the little tyke wears has also become a draw, so much so that the overalls and shoes and rompers he's donned have quickly sold out once the public (or at least a certain segment of) learns what shop or designer sold them.
  • 'Hoarders' inspires spring cleaning in the summer

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    I was flipping the TV channels on Bright House last week and came across Hoarders .
  • Don't buy kids pet turtles because they love the mutant ninja movie, rescue group says

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Even if your kid is totally hyped about turtles thanks to the soon-to-be-released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie , don't buy them one, pleads American Tortoise Rescue. Real turtles are boring to most kids, can transmit diseases and too often end up dead when a family tires of them, the group says in a letter to parents posted on its website this week.
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    Harassed Mom

  • Natural Medicine – to use or not to use

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I had an interesting discussion with my yoga instructor yesterday. Her youngest grand daughter had gastro last week and she was asking me my thoughts on using homeopathic remedies for something like that for a baby because her daughter is very natural and only uses a homeopath. I have been very lucky with all of my kids, they do not get sick very often. Jack was the first one to have to be hospitalised and I couldn’t even remember when the older two were last at the Doctor when I was asked recently. I have never been one to rush to the doctor for every runny nose or sore tummy. Often…
  • I wore red lipstick, you won’t believe what happened next!

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:16 am
    We had a great break but we are all very glad to be back to school and more importantly routine! We had a very busy weekend, probably actually too busy but it was good. There was a nice mix of friend time, adult time and family time but not a lot of at home time which I do actually need over the weekends. My friend Fiona had her birthday party on Saturday afternoon in the Maboneng District in the CBD. I was very excited about it because I haven’t actually been there and Fiona is a little bit hipster so pushes us out of our comfort zone.We weren’t able to make the lunch and Mama…
  • Mark all as read!

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    This week, at home, with all the kids has kicked my butt which is why the posts are sporadic and a lack spark! Our house is really too small for everyone to be here all the time and I have given up tidying up for now – its pointless. Kiara still plays with toys and she spreads her joy so there are puzzles, lego, looms, drawings, paint and music players everywhere! I sort of kick it all into the toy room at then end of the day so that at least its out of the way. I am also trying to work in between the madness which is a challenge because there is no real routine for any of us so I sort…
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    new mommy help

  • Should The Shampoo For Deep Cleaning Of Hair Be Used During Pregnancy?

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:31 am
    During pregnancy, many women are faced with a sudden greasy and dull hair. All this is due to hormones, that beautiful, well-cared hair can turn into a pile of spaghetti, hanging lifeless from the head. What can a woman do so that her hair looks as great as it once was? Firstly, it is recommended that during the pregnancy avoid conditioners that are not washed because they are difficult for the hair and they are pulling her down and because of that hair looks lifeless. It also recommends avoiding products that contain silicones, oils or lanolin, and heavy hair gels and pomades. If you are…
  • How To Help Baby Growing Teeth

    18 Jun 2014 | 12:07 pm
    I have had my first kid, my baby, a year ago. After first fears, panic and confusion, i have become a real mother as any baby deserves. Five months after successfully adopting to a new way of life, new challenges were there to confront with. My little baby had grown her first teeth. I have  decided to help  all the young and inexperienced mothers regarding newborn teeth growing with advice in teeth grow order, all the changes that are happening and how to help and nurture your baby in the best possible way. By going through different literature, I’ve learned that teeth start growing…
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    Alpha Mom

  • Disney California Adventure: Things to Do (and Skip) with Kids

    Brenda Ponnay
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Since we’ve written about Disneyland , we can’t forget about Disney’s impressive little sister park next door,  Disney California Adventure. It doesn’t require quite as much time to explore as the Big Mouse Trap but it’s well worth a two-day park hopper ticket price. My best advice: Go see Disneyland Park first. Then the next day, see Disney California Adventure. Probably by afternoon you’ll feel like you “did” the whole park, so skip back over to Disneyland to see what you missed the first day and then in the evening head back to…
  • Stop Hitting Yourself!

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Hi Amy! Love reading your blog and Smackdown. Wondering if you have any advice for me and my bruised-head toddler. My son is 15 months old and in the past 3 weeks has started to intentionally hit his head. He gets frustrated or mad and then finds the nearest hard object or floor, and slams his forehead repeatedly. If he’s in his crib and wakes up and finds I’m not there, he slams his head, and even his mouth and nose on the rails (he’s gotten bloody from this). If I stop him and hold his head, he slaps himself in the face. It’s fairly frightening to watch, he seems to…
  • Introducing the Bottle: How Early Is Too Early, How Late Is Too Late?

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Dear Amy, I’m expecting my first child is 4-6 weeks depending on how much little baby wants to get out of there. My plan is to breastfeed, and I would love to exclusively breastfeed for a year. I’m in Canada so I could take a year’s leave, but unfortunately due to financial reasons, I’m going back to work after 5-6 months and my husband will be staying home with baby. (We can’t live on a third of my salary and no benefits for a year ) I’m a teacher, so I can’t really do the whole pumping at work thing unless it was during lunch break, and that just…
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    Crunchy Green Mom

  • A broken phone

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I had his number in my phone even though we hadn't spoken in two years. I texted him a few times over those two years: A Happy Birthday, a catching up, a note to see how Mom and Dad were when I couldn't get a hold of them. I never got  a response from that number though. My brother and I weren't speaking for two years before he passed away, however I don't regret that. It was the way of the
  • The Gwynnie Bee Lowdown

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    When I first saw all the ads of Gwynnie Bee I was skeptical. How silly was it to send people clothing and have them send it back when they are done or bored with the style. Then I looked at my schedule with kids sports, my work, time with my husband and friends as well as the lack of desire to try on clothes in a boutique. I am the person this was made for. I don't have time to drive to
  • Summer time, School time and everything in between- Kidecals Rescue!

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    Yesterday I spent sometime on Pinterest looking up ideas for teacher gifts. Yes, we are a month away, however it's not too soon to think about the upcoming school year. My daughter"s got an amazing set of decals last year which I used on everything. *Water bottles *Holiday gifts *Sports equipment *Backpacks So this year, they got new ones. Variety is the spice of life right? Well Kidecals
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    Stacy Uncorked

  • Abbreviated Random Tuesday Thoughts Rebel because it’s Summer, yo!

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    How’s your summer going so far? Me? Not too bad, thanks for asking. The weather has been pretty darn nice thus far, though we could use a little more rain. I know, you’re thinking “Hello?! Doesn’t it always rain in Seattle?!”  Yeah, not as much as you think. Hence the brown grass expanding its horizon […]
  • R.I.P. James Garner with Sunshine & Whiskey but What I Can’t Put Down is Rum because That’s Damn Rock & Roll

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:15 pm
    This weekend saw the sad passing of an amazing actor, James Garner. The son of an Oklahoma carpet layer, he was only 5 when his mom passed away, and he and his two brothers were split up to live with relatives for about a year until his dad remarried. His stepmother was one of those […]
  • My Hero is Sphero 2.0 – it’s Princess Nagger Approved (#review)

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I love cool technology. It boggles the mind how far and how fast technology has advanced, doesn’t it? I always look forward to seeing what the next great technological advancement will be – especially one that is extra fun. With SmartPhones and Tablets, you have so many options for interactive fun – but usually it’s […]
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  • Teaching Our Children About Charity- A Lesson in #SocialGood

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    This post contains affiliate links to products we use as well as links to charities I support for your consideration. My 4 year old daughter has entered a new phase of life. In the past few months she has shown us a sense of generosity that makes my heart melt, and I want to encourage her generous spirit by teaching her how important it is to give back to those in need. While she may not be willing to place many of her toys in our local donation box just yet she can still learn those important lessons of helping others.. Here are a few of the things I am doing to encourage my daughter to help…
  • Help Hungry Kids This Summer #SummerofGiving

    Connie Roberts
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:15 pm
    I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. The National School Lunch Program provides free and low-cost lunch and breakfast to children who meet income guidelines. But, when school is out, that’s two less nutritious meals or no meals at all. There’s a way to help  hungry kids with Champions for Kids: SIMPLE Service Project Champions for Kids’ motto is, “All children should have: Someone who cares; a Place to belong; Hope for tomorrow and provisions for their journey. All children.” This summer they are asking us to…
  • Myasthenia Gravis Month – Let’s Find a Cure

    Connie Roberts
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I’ve probably written about Myasthenia Gravis month 5 or 6 times. But, it is important to teach people what MG is and to ask for help in the form of donations or sharing. Myasthenia Gravis and Me I have had Myasthenia Gravis for 11 years now. My diagnosis happened when my daughters were 4 and 15. My husband and I were married for 6 years. And I had just turned 40. You could say that this was one of the worst times to get news like this, but when is it a good time? I felt like I was getting old when I hit that 40 year-old mark. Add to that a diagnosis that would change my life forever and it…
  • Get Outdoors and Enjoy Nature! #ForestFriday

    Connie Roberts
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:06 pm
    This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own as always. It may be hard to believe, but surrounding Walt Disney World are untouched areas of forest, swamps and vegetation. My family and I love to sit outside our hotel room, listen to the crickets and look out for rabbit, ducks and wild turkey. After a long day of Disney attractions and long lines it’s so relaxing especially to look at the stars. When we’re driving in Disney World right around dusk, we often spot deer too. At some of the resorts we have seen alligators, turtles and fish in the swamps and lakes. Going outdoors and…
  • Summer Volunteer Opportunities for Families

    Connie Roberts
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Every summer my family and I like to add special volunteering to our “Pay it Forward” list. Since this season means being outdoors more often, I look forward to finding some new ways to give back and new charities to help. I hope this list of summer volunteer opportunities helps you too. Summer Volunteer Suggestions: Summer Carnivals – Use your creativity and get your family involved with a summer carnival. First, choose a nonprofit that you want to raise money from the carnival’s profits. You can be frugal and still make it fun for others to take part. Select a theme, create or…
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    The Poshpreneur

  • Finding Ways To Keep Up With Channels

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Knowing More About Middle East Television Are you working or living in the Middle East? Are you fond of watching different types of entertainment events on the television? Thanks to online Middle Eastern English TV as this make it possible to watch your favorite cultural entertainment events. Everywhere you go in the region, you will surely notice that Middle Eastern TV channels are famous and trending. As a matter of fact, you can find plenty of selections of Middle Eastern television channels that you can choose from. What you have to do is merely to select what television channel is right…
  • Getting Creative With Filters Advice

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    Learning More About Cigarette Filters People who smoke cigarettes are at risk for acquiring illnesses due to smoking. Tobacco smoke has plenty of various chemicals such as carbon monoxide, styrene, formaldehyde, benzene and other harmful chemicals. The body breaks down nicotine so that it will stay in the body for a long time. Filters are consistently produced using cellulose acidic corrosive inference and smokers normally take in several of these fibers as demonstrated by studies. This happens because small parts of cellulose acetate partitions from the filter at the surface’s end. The…
  • Getting Down To Basics with Molds

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    What You Need to Know About Injection Molding Sourcing There are a lot of companies that have gone into the outsourcing of plastic injection molding to reliable companies with the goal to meet their demands in the given period and also expectation that the products will be of the highest quality. Outsourcing your design to other companies would mean that you will be able to have quality products granted that the vendors that you are dealing with are highly reliable and skilled. To prove to you how these companies are successful in managing you outsourcing needs, then here are some points that…
  • The Key Elements of Great Water

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    All About Water Filtration Plants Water is the world’s natural resource and is a very important part of the world and of our lives. Naturally, water is pure and free of all contaminations such as your chemicals, several organic materials, pollutants, and more. Once water gets contaminated it is not something that humans are safe to drink and therefore contaminating water defeats all the purpose. And because of this, it has become crucial to have a water filtration plant to purify the water back to its drinkable state. Since the water resources could be depleted if the water is not used…
  • Doing Experts The Right Way

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    Important Considerations When Looking for a Residential Architect to Hire Majority of us know what Architect are, what they do and how they can help us in our construction projects. However, not many of us know where to start looking for one that is competent enough to handle the job. Ideally, you would want to hire an architect that is not only knowledgeable but also experienced. Listed below are some of the most important tips and considerations to keep in mind when you are out looking for a residential architect that is worth hiring. Since there is a huge different between commercial and…
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  • Just Call me Hermione

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    I am nearing the end of my second semester back at university, in my quest for my teaching degree. While there continue to be high points and low points, I have gotten into the swing of things. It’s been a struggle to make time for my own schoolwork with my kids on summer vacation, but they’re in summer camp this week so that helps. To quote the opening credits of 19 Kids and Counting (a show I am embarrassed to admit I am addicted to), “It isn’t always easy, but somehow we make it all work.” Mostly. I had a good inkling that I would do all right in my classes. I…
  • I Tried Wakeboarding!

    6 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Last week was a pretty sweet week to be me. My family and I were hosted by Destination Osoyoos, promoting family-friendly getaways to a beautiful part of British Columbia. It took us about four and a half hours to get there by car, but it’s a very different place than Vancouver. While I live in a rainforest, Osoyoos is Canada’s only true desert, with a dry and sunny landscape. And there’s a lake, too, and some totally fabulous wineries. What’s not to love? While we were planning the trip, the organizers presented me with a number of things my family and I could do…
  • My 5-Year-Old CAN Read

    20 Jun 2014 | 4:31 pm
    One of the most-read posts here at is My 5-Year-Old Can’t Read, which I wrote more than four years ago about my daughter, Hannah. I wrote it after watching a four-year-old actually read words, when my daughter didn’t even recognize all the letters of the alphabet. At the time I concluded that there was no rush, and that she would learn to read in good time. She did. During the second half of grade one, right around her seventh birthday, Hannah experienced a reading explosion. Today, she reads well, and she spends hours poring over the Dork Diaries series. Every child…
  • Wisdom From an Elementary School Principal

    22 May 2014 | 11:36 am
    Every morning my son’s kindergarten class starts off with reading time for the first 15 minutes of the school day. The children choose books from the class library, and parents and family members are invited to stay and read. I try to be there as often as I can, which is two or three days a week at the moment. I enjoy spending that time with my son, and getting to know his classmates. At least half of the time when I sit in on reading time I’m there for the morning announcements. The principal comes on the PA system and fills the school in on what to expect that day. He also…
  • Making Your Own Cleaning Products

    16 May 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Have you ever had something nagging at the back of your mind? Something that you really want to do, and have been meaning to do, but just can’t seem to get around to actually doing? I’ve been feeling that way about a fabulous book that has been sitting in my tray for months. It’s called Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes, and it’s written by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford. Unfortunately, being back at school, living through a major renovation fiasco, working and parenting all conspired to keep me away from this book. I knew I wanted a copy as…
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    Bubbles n' Cups

  • Summer Fun!

    11 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
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  • Fries

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
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  • Beach Captain

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
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  • Seafood tacos

    2 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
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  • Fresh strawberry martini

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:28 pm
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    The Crazy Suburban Mom

  • New Pen Tests Part 1, Frixions

    Tracy Reinhardt
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    I ordered some pens recently, hadn't done that in ages because for months (and months and months) my go to writing implement has been a Grey 0.7 pilot juice pen.  I love the Juice pens, they are... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • Planner Gestalt

    Tracy Reinhardt
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    I'm using two separate planners to make one cohesive organizing system that makes sense to me.  My Filofax has attributes the Hobonichi Cousin doesn't and visa versa. I've never been able to use... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • Small potatoes

    Tracy Reinhardt
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Old school planners work for me. Period. End of story....  Besides their whole analog appeal, using one gives my crush on all things stationery a legitimacy it wouldn't otherwise have.... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • The party bus in motion...

    Tracy Reinhardt
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    I did a follow up to my last post, As big as a party bus filled with bridesmaids.... as a video.  Partly because not everyone who reads my blog watches my videos (and visa versa) but also... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • As big as a party bus stuffed with bridesmaids...

    Tracy Reinhardt
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:17 am
    I considered getting a Hobonichi Techo planner for the last two years and recently  had the opportunity to buy one from a fellow planner person.  Rebecca purchased the Cousin  (A5... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
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    Genny Heikka

  • I’m joining this team of amazing writers (and I couldn’t be more excited)

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    You may rememberHolley Gerth’s God-Sized Dream Teamand how excited I was to be part of it. (If you want, you can check out the teamhere, read my back story and what I wrote inmy application, read a letter to you about how to find your dreams or hear some thoughts on how you can pursue your dreamsevery day.) Well, after our year together, one of the amazing women on the team, Christine Wright, felt a pull to continue the dreaming and writing and inspiring of others… so she spearheaded the creation of – a beautiful site that will encourage and challenge…
  • This is what we woke up to on Sunday morning!

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    We made it to Idaho and are settling in. It’s beautiful here, and the people are great. As I expected, there have been good days, a couple of hard ones too… and it seems like there are a million things to do as we make Idaho our new home. So as we unpack, and as I get ready for the Better Together conference in Florida that I’m speaking at later this month, I wanted to pop in and say hi and let you know I probably won’t be around here much for the next couple of weeks. (Be sure to read to the end of the post for what I’ve got planned for you in the near…
  • What to do on the hard days

    26 Jun 2014 | 8:28 pm
    My daughter Katie and I, and a few of her friends and their parents, sit outside on the restaurant patio and eat lunch. One of the moms asks me about the move and how I’m doing. I tell her we leave in less than a week, the movers come tomorrow, and things are chaotic as we try to tie up loose ends and get ready. She nods knowingly as I list everything that needs to be done before we board the plane on Monday, and she gives me a great tip about putting cat litter in a pair of nylons in my fridge to soak up moisture when it’s packed. I’m talking a mile a minute and I can feel…
  • Author Stephanie Shott shares about The Making of a Mom

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    I’m so excited to share an interview from my friend Stephanie Shott today, where she talks about her new book The Making of a Mom! Stephanie is the founder The Mom Initiative (the amazing mentoring organization I’m part of that I’ve told you about before), and she’s an incredible author, speaker and leader as well! Take a minute to read how her own story and her heart for moms led her to start The Mom Initiative and write her book. I promise you’ll be inspired! And be sure to read to the end of the post, where you can click to pre-order her book and check out a…
  • You’re a gardener, mom.

    8 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    For Mother’s Day a few year’s ago, my son gave me a hand-painted ceramic pot with a fabric flower inside of it: It was the perfect gift for me because I don’t have a green thumb (at all!).  And I loved the poem that he put inside the pot:   Tweet: It reminded me that as moms, whether we have a green thumb or not, we are still gardeners. Sure, our kids can be rough and tumble (and impossible and frustrating) sometimes, but they are fragile and delicate too… READ the rest of this post over at today! Subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss any updates,…
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    Playground Confidential

  • I forgot what day it was and then I walked to the Beer Store. True story.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    It’s Saturday! Who ever posts anything on a Saturday? Well, apparently I do now because this blog is the one thing in my life I can make work according to my own warped sense of time. I’d like to put the garbage out but, oh wait, that was yesterday. I forgot. And now I get ... [Read more...]The post I forgot what day it was and then I walked to the Beer Store. True story. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Is it still called being a picky eater if she only eats gourmet foods?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    “I don’t like macaroni and cheese anymore,” she said out of the blue one morning, putting down her spoon after three bites of cereal because it was getting soggy. Right then. So let’s break this down. Things my five-year-old daughter won’t eat: Kraft Dinner Image source: Getty Images Any pizza that isn’t cheese pizza. Actually, ... [Read more...]The post Is it still called being a picky eater if she only eats gourmet foods? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • So I tried something I read on the internet and nearly set my house on fire last night

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Wait! I’m not even talking about diagnosing terminal illnesses, magical weight-loss tips, conspiracy theories or anything that aims to debunk established scientific truths. We already know that stuff is crazy. I’m talking about those lists of helpful tips you see everywhere: 18 Ways To Save Time In ... [Read more...]The post So I tried something I read on the internet and nearly set my house on fire last night appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Head To Toe – July 10th, 2014

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    You know that thing when it’s summer, and you’ve spent the entire day sweating your balls off, and then one of your super-gorgeous lady-friends calls to say, “Are we still on for drinks in an hour?” and you’re all, “Yeaaaaaah… suuuuuure…” and even over the phone, the girl sounds like she looks like a million bucks, and you take a good look at yourself in the mirror feeling like about ten bucks, and then you sigh, and frantically grab a cotton ball and douse your chipped, tacky nails with the stuff to remove the two-week-old manicure and…
  • Taking It All In

    12 Jun 2014 | 10:47 am
    Don’t ask me where I’ve been… I reckon I don’t really know. I’ve been here, of course, but I think I’ve just been… thinking. About lots of things. Wondering. Sizing-up. Pondering all the things that happen in the course of a day and a life. Now that the light has really changed from the short days of winter into the longer, brighter days spring (and now nearly summer) I look at the things around me with a different eye. Especially the faces of my children. The changes are amazing. They wear shorts every day now. She wears dresses with bare legs and…
  • Ear Candy: Best Friend

    30 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    Sometimes I can smell a summer-jam from a mile away. And I do believe there’s another by LA’s Foster the People on deck. You know they had that ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ song all over the airways a few years ago (and I still love that little bossa nova). You shouldn’t discard stuff just because it’s popular. Hence POP music. It appeals to many… that’s all. That doesn’t make it a bad thing. (You like that ‘Helena Beat’ song too, right?) I think ‘Best Friend’ is poised to be a ubiquitous Top 40 tune this year, just in time…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Are you breaching copyright?

    Ron Rosenhead
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    The day was going really well. An early morning swim, emails dealt with (swiftly) and then the post arrived… That’s when my day went off plan. In the post a letter arrived from a company saying that my company, Project Agency had breached copyright on a photo that was within a .pdf document. They demanded £510 (approximately $875 – “the … Read More >Related Posts:Introduction to Project Management course – Free!!I do not take account of my time. Do you?Olympic security debacle – lack of controls?Who’s got my dictionary?How good is your project monitoring and…
  • Do you believe in this project?

    Ron Rosenhead
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    I often receive really interesting issues on project management courses however one recently was new: I have been asked to work on a project I do not believe in. What should I do? This course participant was involved in what was termed by her sponsor and the senior managers as a ‘key departmental project.’ There was a project team of … Read More >Related Posts:What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?Bring out your dead (projects)We should make it mandatory for ALL projects!So what’s this project going to be like?My projects suffer from resource theft II
  • Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough control.

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:22 am
    At the start of a recent project management course, I asked what goes wrong in projects. The list was interesting: change of personnel time slippage with deadlines not being met priorities unclear not having the operational capacity to do the project not being realistic with the time we have poor management of stakeholder expectations communications breakdown roles in projects not … Read More >Related Posts:How good is your project monitoring and control? What effectSometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…What do you do when someone does not take…
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    Mom\'s Education Sites

  • Transportation to private schools

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    Transportation to private schools can be varied. When I attended a private school in a small town, our students used the city school buses, with school starting earlier at our school. That way the buses had time to get travelers to both destinations on time. However, some facilities like the top private schools in Ft Lauderdale has parents coordinate their own transportation including forming car pools. Other schools have other solutions, too. So find what works for you and your family, taking into consideration the classes, teacher ratio to students, history of the educational study and…
  • What to Consider When Looking for a Private Investigator

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    Most of us have read novels on private investigators helping people find answers to questions that have been boggling them for a very long time. It does not matter what kind of job you need help with. What is more important is that you find the right person to help you. Due diligence investigations in Palm Beach Florida are very popular. You just have to look for a private investigator who is an expert in this kind of job. You cannot spend your money on the wrong people who cannot deliver results. There are so many companies that offer private security and investigative services. You should…
  • Holding Manufacturers Liable for Defective Seat Belts Following A Texas Motor Vehicle Accident

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    A seat belt is one of the most simple and safest innovations for cars. It can help save numerous lives in the event of a serious car accident. However, in recent times, there have been several problems with latches in some car models due to which these belts fail, especially when they are sorely needed. In these cases, drivers and passengers feel that they are protected when they put on their seat belts, when in fact they are not. Defective seat belts are a manufacturing issue that need to be corrected as soon as possible. The car manufacturer is completely responsible for this and needs to…
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    And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog

  • Like Tikes Junior Sports 'n Slide Bouncer Review and #Giveaway

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Little Tikes recently offered the twins and I the opportunity to review a product from their outdoor line up and with summer in full bloom, we selected the Little Tikes Junior Sports 'n Side Bouncer. Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Using Netflix to Promote Kid's Summer Learning #StreamTeam #netflixkids

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    In my experience as a mom the key to summer learning is to never mention it is happening.  Words like "educational" and "historical" are strictly off limits.  One needs to simply roll with the fun and slide in a few scholastic tidbits without the kids even realizing it.  My main strategy is to work with the themes our summer dictates.  A visit to the zoo, a road trip to the Rocky Mountains out west, and a weekend excursion to Wisconsin all can become a springboard for summertime brain activities without the kids even realizing it.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright…
  • A visit to Omaha and Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    A couple weeks ago on our trek home from Colorado, we stopped over night in Omaha with 3 of the kids.  We stayed in the Hyatt Place Omaha located in the downtown Old Market area.  The location proved to have plenty of great dining choices within walking distance and looked equally perfect for those interested shopping at the multiple antique and vintage shops we spotted.  Plus it was only a couple miles from Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium which was our main reason for making the stop this year.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author…
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    In The Know Mom

  • coconut mango popcorn balls {family movie night}

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This coconut mango popcorn ball recipe post is sponsored by Pop Secret. It’s family movie night ’round here and nothing ruins the occasion like burned popcorn.  Even after the popped kernels are in the outside trashcan, the burned scent hangs in the air for what seems like forever.  Take the guesswork out of microwave popcorn […]The post coconut mango popcorn balls {family movie night} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
  • quirkly toddler diaper habits {Diaper Genie}

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:54 am
    This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Playtex, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RefreshYourNursery Toddlers and their quirks.  I am reminded daily how different my baby boy is from his sister.  With completely opposite temperaments, my son is a total diva compared […]The post quirkly toddler diaper habits {Diaper Genie} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
  • Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita {fresh. fruity. spicy. boozy.}

    12 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    This Sweet’N Low Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita recipe is part of a sponsored post for SocialStars #SweetNLowStars Summer is at full throttle… literally throttling me with intense heat here in the desert, which is keeping me by and in the pool, refreshing beverage in hand.  Summer always makes me crave tequila, a liquor that puts me […]The post Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita {fresh. fruity. spicy. boozy.} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
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  • There’s a map for that

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Last weekend Jesse went to a friends house for the weekend to watch the World Cup Finazzzzz… Sorry, I fell asleep typing that. I’ll try again. World Cup Final. There. Jesse is the fun parent, and usually the one that gets to play and adventure with the kids. When he’s gone, I step in and try to be more fun and whimsical. Haha, no I don’t. But I do try to think up fun things to do with them to pass the time. For starters we built an epic fort. They were trying to build a lame fort. Kids these day have no understanding of architecture or engineering. I dropped some fort…
  • ♫ Stay-cation all I ever wanted ♪ ♫

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Jesse has been hell bent on our family having an official vacation this summer, but we really don’t have the time or funds to do anything too extravagant. That’s why he decided to book us a room in a fancy LA hotel. STAYCATION!! I was in the middle of enjoying a nasty summer cold, but I pasted a smile to my face and packed the car. Poor Tesla had to go to the boarding place for the night because our regular Tesla sitter was unavailable. I hate leaving her there. She appears to have PTSD attacks and takes a good day to recover after coming home. They could put her in a run made out…
  • It’s only natural

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Stanley: “How are we supposed to market this hot pink sugar powder to moms?” Jim: “Put ‘natural’ on it. It’s lemon-ade flavored. Lemons are natural.” Stanley: “Yeah, but it still seems pretty gross. There’s got to be something we can do to convince people this is good for them, so they don’t feel guilty about polluting their bodies and all that hippy, tree-hugging crap.” Jim: “Ok. Put ‘natural’ on it TWICE.” Stanley: “My God, Jim, you’re a genius!” Jim: “That’s why I make…
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    Fab Mums

  • DIY bookmarks made with popsicle sticks

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    These bookmarks are really easy to make. All you need is popsicle sticks and colour pens. They look good in party bags. An even better idea is to put a couple already made in a party bag with some plain ones and pens so that the kids can make their own.
  • Adventure Park scrapbook board

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    I like keeping little mementos of special days out and holidays, maps, theatre tickets, sports events  and anything that is a memory of a special moment in our life. I have not yet entered the wonderful world of scrapbooking, though I admire it and I get a lot of inspiration from the amazing works that are out there. Scrapbooking is definitely something I would like to get into in the future so I thought I would start with a small project that more than a scrapbook is a scrap picture. The idea came to me while at the adventure park we visited on my son’s birthday. He wanted to buy one of…
  • Things to to in Barcelona with children: visit PortAventura adventure park

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    At the week-end my son turned eleven and to celebrate we went to PortAventura, a wonderful theme park just an hour away from Barcelona. We stayed overnight at the Gold River, one of the hotels on site. The hotel itself was like a Far West film set, in fact it used to be owned by Universal Studios, the swimming pool was designed to look like a lake and the attention to detail was impeccable. When you stay in one of the Park’s hotels you get a free pass to all attractions for both the day of arrival and the one of departure, which is great because though two full days at the adventure park…
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  • Some Homeschool Mom Perspective {and a LOT OF FUN}

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Looking through the used books at THSC There’s nothing like being around SEVEN THOUSAND other homeschoolish people to lift your spirits and make you feel like what you are doing will impact eternity. So it will be later this week when the masses of like-minded descend upon The Woodlands, Texas to encourage, recharge, learn, grow, and fellowship together at the Texas Home School Coalition’s annual homeschool conference. Not to mention the other fun weekend side-fieldtrips they have set up (this year there were a lot to pick from). But there’s even more reason to go for me.
  • Begin Again – movie review

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Begin Again – music and integrity will always matter As my kids have gotten older, we have really been to a lot more movies than we used to go see. I enjoy discussing movies after we see them and have come to a place with my mature teens (17 and 15) that we can discuss themes in movies that are adult in nature. My 15 year old has toyed with the idea of being a singer-songwriter, so we decided to take the PR company for Begin Again up on their offer to let us come see and review Keira Knightley’s latest flick. I made it a daughter and mother ‘date’ night movie and we…
  • Oh, My Dear

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Deep breaths. I’m not sure there’s much I can find to say without whining lately, so I have been loathe to open up a blank blog post and publish ANYTHING. And then there’s that blog design issue. My blog designer has had similar reasons to whine – she nearly had her appendix rupture. I’m trying to count my blessings to keep from allowing the urgent to pull me under… When I get stressed, I make lists. I don’t know about you, but aside from chocolate, a list helps eek all the loose ends out of my brain so I can sleep – and so I can function…
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    Zensible Mama

  • Parenthood: Reasons Why I Learned To Love My Child's Mess!

    6 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Got kids? Then you know it! Clutter, messy floor and the despicable messy room - they are the vain of your daily domestic existence! I get you. They're part of my "normal" for about 10 years now too. Never a fun moment there I tell you, but you know what? I just discovered an appreciation of all my unica iha's mess-es! I may have just fallen in love with them in a cuckoo, crazy, kind of way.It all started with my daughter being on Summer Camp for a week. I thought, "Aaaah! What a relief!" A relief that washed over my entire being. Finally, a break. A break from motherhood. A break…
  • 10 Dirt Cheap Summer Activity for the Whole Family

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Amazing view at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve picnic area - Huntersville NCI know what you're thinking. The kids are home. It's Summer. You know what that means! You're stuck at home with each other 24/7. I don't blame you if you are kicking and screaming at the reality of it all right now. Pulling all your hairs out yet? I'm not one bit surprised. The thought of cabin fever creeping in is never pleasant! What does one do? Instinct tells you to find Summer activities. You need your sanity intact! But can you afford these activities? Well, you can - creatively!I didn't know how lost I would…
  • The Movie Sequel That Will Take Your Breath Away...Literally!

    12 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you've seen the original movie of How To Train Your Dragon and loved it, I'll tell you now that you'll find the sequel packed with a little more to love! The 3D movie which opens in all theaters today, June 13th, offers its viewers a high-octane adventure and over-the-top excitement for all ages! Also, make sure to bring a box of tissue because you will cry!  Yes, cry. This movie is not only packed with roller coaster fun, but also overflowing with raw emotions that will touch the core of your soul.Good as the first. I always say that sequels never fair well in comparison to…
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • Week 2

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    There were a few late nights where I really didn’t want to do yoga in my cramped family room on stinky carpet while Buddy sniffed at me and Mikey and Nico argued about who touched whose piece of lint. On those days, I went on walks. Peaceful, solitary walks. I suddenly fell in love with walking again, so this week I didn’t do any yoga. I think yoga needs to be an early morning activity for me to do it with any sort of regularity. I’m thinking of setting up a little yoga area in my room. This way I can do my yoga first thing in the morning, on hardwood floors, without man or…
  • The House of Tomorrow

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni Published by Penguin on 2010-03-04 Genres: Adolescence, Family, Fiction, Literary, Young Adult Pages: 368 Goodreads Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Kobo Sebastian Prendergast lives with his eccentric grandmother in a geodesic dome. His homeschooling has taught him much-but he's learned little about girls, junk food, or loud, angry music. Then fate casts Sebastian out of the dome, and he finds a different kind of tutor in Jared Whitcomb: a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old heart transplant recipient who teaches him the ways of rebellion. Together they form a…
  • A Daily Deal

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A few weeks ago Wayfair asked me to check out their new Daily Sales feature. I debated doing it because involved online shopping, which I like to avoid as often as possible. When I decide I want something, I want it right then and without the cost of shipping. This is a problem when you don’t live near the “cool” stores and explains why my house falls low on the Blogger Scale of Chevrons and Quirky Home Decor. But, I agreed to do it because I know from reading blogs that daily sales programs are the way to go for items like rugs, mirrors, and other big-ticket home…
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  • A Short PSA: Using Caution and Care with Essential Oils

    Megan Tietz
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    First things first, full disclosure of every thing I can think of: I do not sell essential oils. I have dabbled in their use. I have very, very dear friends who are distributors/representatives for two of the most popular direct marketing essential companies - doTerra and Young Living. I am proud of my friends for finding something about which they are passionate that allows them to bring in some income for the families. This post is not directed at anyone I know personally, nor am I attempting to bash any essential oil company. Forgive my overexplanation, but I haven't written about…
  • Sunday Dessert: a feast of links for July 20th

    Megan Tietz
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    delectable berries photo by epSos Oh goodness! As our the temperature heads into all-too-familiar soaring July heights, I have to say that the lazy part of summer is in full effect around here. With just two weeks of summer break left for my girls, we are moving into slow motion mode: enjoying each day with family and friends and lots of down time. It has been quite dreamy, actually. So instead of brunch today, how about we share some delectable afternoon-ish-evening-ish dessert? I brought some berries, and I bet you have some lemonade or iced tea around here somewhere. Let's dig in!
  • secret sabbath: a gentle invitation to once-a-month rest

    Megan Tietz
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    "When I start my period, I give myself the day off." I was seventeen when Patti confided this to me, and twenty years later, I still hear her words. When I was a senior in high school, my parents and younger siblings moved to Pennsylvania for my dad's job, but they let me stay behind in our small Oklahoma town to finish high school. Patti and her husband and three kids (including my dear friend Trisha) took me in and loved me through the turbulence of those months that mark the tremulous transformation from child to young adult. I guess I remember Patti's words about her monthly day off…
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  • Started From the Bottom and Now I’m Here?

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Being the best in the room is great—until you realize you can't grow. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Street Preachin’: The Loudest Sermon You’ll Never Hear

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Can a "good" Christian love Tupac, protest the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision AND love Jesus and say that out loud? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Celebrating Marcus: Random Acts of Kindness To Honor An Angel

    Denene Millner
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    On July 11th, celebrate Marcus Solomon Jones by conducting a random act of kindness. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Easy Weeknight Meal: Parmesan Romano Grilled Chicken Spaghetti {Recipe}

    Melanie Edwards
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    I love easy weeknight meals for my family. When I was working outside the home, most nights I wouldn’t walk through the door until after 6 pm, to then start cooking dinner. This is how I learned to cook fast, simple meals with little ingredients. One of my go-to meals has always been pasta. Not only do I love eating it, it’s also a quick meal to make! During my visit to the Walmart headquarters earlier this summer, I learned that the Wild Oats Marketplace Organic product line (new to Walmart stores) offers a variety of organic pasta sauce for about the same price as other brands.
  • Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, a High-Flying Adventure for the Whole Family!

    Vanessa Morales
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    High-flying adventure awaits you in Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, playing in theaters in 3D as of today! I’m far from an expert on planes, but I’ve always been intrigued by them, and the illustration and animation of each plane in this movie seemed very realistic. The sequel to last year’s Planes brings a better dynamic and more “life” to the story than the original. It casts several familiar voices such as, Dane Cook, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, and even Erik Estrada - just to name a few. The main character, Dusty, emerges from the first Planes film as a racing…
  • Easy Cooking Tips for Simple Summer Meals

    Jeannette Kaplun
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Preparing delicious summer meals for your family can be extremely easy. During a recent social media event sponsored by Unilever’s Vive Mejor, there were plenty of examples of how to make the most out of summer fruits and vegetables. Celebrity chef, author and Real Housewife of Miami Ana Quincoces shared some of her favorite tips.  Her main goal? “Try to simplify and get out of the kitchen as quickly as possible,” said this talented mami. Easy Summer Cooking Tips Stop thinking the grill is men’s territory. If an outdoor grill intimidates you or you live in an apartment, just use an…
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    Natalie Snapp

  • Session Six: On Guilt and Helping

    Natalie Snapp
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Long, long ago when I was an oh-so-wise college student who pretty much knew everything, I remember someone once saying, “Guilt is a useless emotion.” “Yeah!” I remember thinking with the fervor of a warrior about to embark on a battle. I knew all about guilt. And I still do. And once I became a […] The post Session Six: On Guilt and Helping appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
  • Dear Spencer (On Your Sixth Birthday),

    Natalie Snapp
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It cannot be true. I double-checked the calendar to make sure I’m not off a year and I’m dumbfounded to find I’m not. You, my youngest, spunkiest, rascally-est child are six years old today. I think I mention this each year but some things are just worth repeating – repeatedly. I need to shoot straight […] The post Dear Spencer (On Your Sixth Birthday), appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
  • Session Five: Quiet Companionship and Admitting When You’re Wrong

    Natalie Snapp
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    My husband has a “shed” where he keeps his computer, exercise equipment, and any other “dude” thing he owns – complete with the head of an eight-point buck mounted to the wall. Truthfully, this “shed” is a man-cave – and it’s not a “shed.” It’s a detached addition to the house. I have a love-hate […] The post Session Five: Quiet Companionship and Admitting When You’re Wrong appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
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  • July & August: Where I’ll Be

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    July. A brand new month. The plan was to come here today and announce the next topic for my HERE Year. In case you’re new to this site, I have, along with Lindsey Mead, undertaken a yearlong exploration of Presence, which asks through a different topical lens each month: How can we be more present in our lives? How can we get better at being HERE? April was Home. May was Parenthood. And this past month, June, was Marriage. To say that I’ve learned a lot in the past three months is a vast understatement; I’ve been floored by the education that comes, quite simply, with asking, with…
  • What I’ve Learned About Marriage

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:19 am
    Marriage. I’m no expert on marriage and yet, in some sense, I’m as much an expert as any of us is. I’m not versed in statistics nor do I have any real interest in being so versed, but I have been married for almost a decade and I know a thing or two. More than that though, more important than that, I’m curious about marriage, what it means and how it works, why some marriages are made of tough steel and others powdery sand, why some unions last forever and others crumble quickly. During the past month Lindsey and I have focused on this topic and what a fascinating…
  • In Between Here & There

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:38 am
    The following is a guest post by friend, parenting expert & children’s book author Rachel Cedar. There is a stretch of train track between San Diego and points north that runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean.  I had big plans to tuck into a new book as I was kid- and obligation-free during our short journey, but instead I found myself glued to the view…a mesmerizing expanse of endless blue-gray ocean stretching flat…far out to the end of the world.  The rhythmic rock of the train and the “whirrrr” of the shoreline speeding by lulled me into contemplation. Forehead pressed…
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    MOMeo Magazine for Work-at-Home Moms: Business Tools | Parenting Advice | Mom Lifestyle Tips | Mom Blog | Mom Forum

  • Turn Clutter Into Cash: How to Declutter Your Home With a Yard Sale by @TheJoyfulOrg

    Bonnie Dewkett
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you want to turn your clutter into cash? The biggest challenge people have when organizing their home is figuring out what to do with those unwanted items that are still in good shape. That’s where a yard sale comes in! It’s the perfect way to make some money and clean out your home! Below you will find some tips on how to make your yard sale as profitable and successful as possible. Set up signs around your neighborhood, in grocery stores and on free online listings, such as Craig’s List. Check with your neighbors and let them know about the expected increase in traffic. …
  • Why Do We Do This to Ourselves? How to Break the Overscheduling Habit

    Carla Young
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    You know how our kids have those epic meltdowns? The ones where they fling themselves to the floor kicking and screaming in a fit of exhaustion? We usually nod knowingly, realizing that what they need is a little downtime. Well, guess what? We have the exact same problem, and while it doesn’t usually manifest itself in throwing ourselves to the floor in a fit, we do have our grown-up version of a meltdown. It’s usually for the same reason: overscheduling. It’s tempting to try to fill every second of your work day with something productive. In fact, if you want to be successful, it’s…
  • The Profit Test: Why You Need to Measure Everything Against Bottom-Line Results

    Carla Young
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Business is a numbers game and success requires knowing your bottom-line numbers. How else are you going to know whether your efforts are worth the time, money and energy you are investing? It’s hard to imagine, but often small businesses get so caught up in the daily doing of operating the business that they have no idea what activities are profitable. It’s how companies manage to lose huge amounts of money without knowing how or why: no one bothered to measure which activities cost money and which activities generate money. A simple litmus test for any business is the profit…
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    Eccentric Eclectic Woman

  • Brian's Health - A Personal Note

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    My husband, Brian, and I.To whom reads this, let me explain. This is a letter that I have just written up for MetLife, an insurance company that provides long term disability benefits. This letter is about my husband who has been in and out of work since March of 2011 when his symptoms started and has been out of work completely since March 30th, 2013. MetLife denied our claim for long term disability benefits and this is part of the appeal. This is fairly personal information, but I feel the need to share it with you all.The past 2 years have been very difficult for Brian, my husband. Since…
  • Orkin Bug Wisdom Backyard Explorers Kit Giveaway and Blog App

    8 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Summer is here and Orkin some amazing “Bug Wisdom” to soak in and a “Backyard Explorers Kit” to keep the kids busy at home!When life hands you dung, just roll with it.At Orkin, we never stop learning. Our new “Bug Wisdom” video series is a reminder that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are smart, curious creatures – we humans can learn a lot from their ways.Take the quiz to discover your “Spirit Bug,” and check out all the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!The Orkin Man always knows what to look for when he…
  • WONKA Peel-a-Pop Frozen Dessert Pops Review #GotItFree #wonkapop

    4 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    My girls with the WONKA™ PEEL-A-POP™ promotional items we received with the coupons.We received these products free from BzzAgent to facilitate this review.We received these items in our BzzKit:A coupon for a FREE (up to $4.49) 8-count box of WONKA PEEL-A-POP frozen dessert pops, redeemable at the local Kroger Co. store A Wonka-fied whistle to let kids know when they can come running for a peelable popA WONKA branded beach ball and pair of sunglasses for outdoor summer fun $1-off coupons to share with other parents who also shop at The Kroger Co. Family of StoresA postcard explaining what…
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    Mom Generations - Mom Fashion and Beauty - Creating a Stylish Life for Moms » Audrey

  • Surprise Trip to Disney World – THEY WERE SHOCKED! We got it on VIDEO! #ESPNatDisney

    Audrey McClelland
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    I was invited to attend a Disney Youth Sports Media Event July 13-15th in Orlando at Disney World, so we decided to just add on 3 days and surprise the boys with a Disney World trip!We’ve NEVER done anything like this before.They were shocked.It was 4AM, but I’ll tell you what… the look on their faces was priceless, especially William’s!An added bonus!?They’re BEST FRIENDS IN THE WORLD planned a trip during the same week, too!! We all flew down and surprised the kids together. It was AWESOME!Check out my post about Disney Sports Solutions.
  • Letting your kids see you cry

    Audrey McClelland
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    I’m not a big crier.Sure, I cry, but it’s not something my kids see very often. Let’s put it this way, when I do cry in front of them, it’s for or because of a really good reason.Monday night we were heading back from Disney’s EPCOT to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The shuttle was packed solid, so we all had to break-up and half of us had to stand. Fortunately there was one empty seat, so I was able to sit down with Victoria. The shuttle was dark, so she was clawing me the whole time. I felt so bad because she was so scared, but really being a good girl about it.
  • Disney Sports Solutions for Moms and Dads #ESPNatDisney

    Audrey McClelland
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    I have 4 sons who are heavily involved in sports. If you read my blog regularly, you know that our lives are pretty much spent on swimming pool decks, baseball fields, basketball courts, trails and soccer fields. That’s the reality of my life and I’ll tell you what – I love, love, love it! I was an athlete throughout my youth and it’s just wonderful to see that continuation of sports – the team aspect, the togetherness, the determination, the hard work and the competitiveness now in my own children. It was something that was my anchor as a youth and it was a huge…
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    The Survival Mom

  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Canning Your Own Meat

    Andrea Urban
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    You’ll be hooked, I tell you.  Once you learn how to bottle your own meats, you’ll never go back to the old way of doing it. Think about your meat habits.  Do you put up a 1/2 beef in your freezer every year? Do you buy fresh from the butcher and take it home to prepare? Do you buy in bulk and freeze what you aren’t using right away?  Do you buy canned meats?  All of these practices have their own pros and cons.  Today I’m going to share with you my top reasons for learning to bottle your own meats, and if you give it a try, your life will never be the same.  #1…
  • 3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape – The “Ouchless” Medical Tape

    Robert Camp
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You know the feeling. Someone is removing a well-stuck-on Band-Aid or medical tape  from your arm. You grimace, the skin on the wound area stretches, your arm hairs pull out at the roots as the tape is peeled off – OUCH! The 3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape offers an alternative to traditional medical tape, one that doesn’t stick aggressively to your skin. If you or someone you know has special medical needs, consider using this “ouchless” medical tape. What’s Different? This 3M™ tape, which looks and feels almost like paper tape, is made using an adhesive…
  • Try it Today! Fire Starters with Built In Ignition

    Jim Cobb
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I have to be up front and say this isn’t something I came up with myself. I learned it from my good friend John McCann over at SurvivalResources. This is a very simple DIY project that produces a fire starters that have their own ignition source as well as accelerant. Plus, the finished product is completely waterproof until you’re ready to use it. For this project, you will need: –Strike anywhere matches –Toilet paper –Melted wax –Pliers or tongs –Wax paper –Clean, used soup can A use for old crayons Your first step is to get the wax melting. What I’ve found works very…
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  • teach letter sounds using 26 kid-centered photos

    amy mascott
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’re thrilled to share another Rockstar Sunday guest post with you–this time from a multi-talented blogger, Viviana. Viviana is a mom of two and the creator of Totschooling, a blog filled with cool printables and tons of early education ideas. I’m thrilled she’s sharing this post with u s.   Teach Letter Sounds Using 26 Kid-Centered Photos, by Viviana Hi! I’m Viviana, a mom to two little girls – a toddler and a preschooler. We do a lot of early learning activities that I share on my blog Totschooling, and I am so happy to be here to share this super fun…
  • best summer learning idea for kids: tabletop surprises

    amy mascott
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’re continuing to rock it out with our tabletop surprises–simple, meaningful, and fun ‘surprises’ on our kitchen table every day. Whenever Maddy, Owen, and Cora feel inclined to hit the table, they do. It’s really worked, and I’m thrilled. Some days, obviously, are better than others. But for the most part, the tabletop surprises have been the best summer learning idea for our kids. Letting them use their brains on their own time. In their own way. Here’s the skinny. . . Best Summer Learning Idea for Kids–Tabletop Surprises: Keeping their…
  • what to say when kids make reading mistakes

    amy mascott
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    originally published on 8/5/10 but sharing again because we all need these refreshers. . .    So what should you say when a child makes mistake during reading? I’ve been asked this question so many times by my friends, by parents of students I tutor, and by many, many readers of this blog. And because we’ve run into this situation most recently this week after our trip to the library for fish books, I thought I’d share some ways that parents–and teachers–can handle those tough, uncomfortable times when kids make reading mistakes. These are ways that I…
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    Shh!! Momma's Writing!

  • Katie’s Hula Hoop

    Lea C
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The post Katie’s Hula Hoop appeared first on Shh!! Momma's Writing!.
  • Two Sites you MUST Check Before Vacation

    Lea C
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
      Before leaving for vacation, I always make it a point to check two sites before leaving. If you have not joined Groupon or Living Social, do it now. I have found buy one/get one meals, show deals for Vegas and other great opportunities to add to the enjoyment of our vacation. Heck, Living Social even led to […] The post Two Sites you MUST Check Before Vacation appeared first on Shh!! Momma's Writing!.
  • A Little Fourth of July Quote by Erma Bombeck

    Lea C
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    A little humor from Erma Bombeck;   The post A Little Fourth of July Quote by Erma Bombeck appeared first on Shh!! Momma's Writing!.
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    Moxie Mayhem Fitness

  • Clovis Woman’s Dramatic Weight Loss Struggle and Success Inspires Thousand

    Moxie Mayhem
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    This is a success story of a Clovis Woman’s inspiring a lot of people around the valley and also the world in the person of Tanya Smith. Tanya is 35 year old whose weight reached 280 lbs after the recent death of her mother and after giving birth to her 3 children. Because of her weight Tanya was not proud of herself; she tends to stay at home all the time. In fact, her doctor even suggested trying gastric bypass, or also known as Lap band surgery; however, she refused to do it and told herself she needs to do other method of reducing weight. Her goal was to lose 134 pounds so she started…
  • Can Weight Loss Fads Be Dangerous?

    Moxie Mayhem
    21 Oct 2013 | 8:31 pm
    Experts noticed that women now are somewhat too desperate to reach their ideal (and sometimes too good to be true) weight to the point of expecting doctors to give them a miracle. Seeing the “skinny trend” among celebrities now it’s no wonder why more and more women are opting for different ways to become like these famous trend setters. However, instead of using proper diet and exercise to achieve it, these women are more inclined to use different weight loss fads, again, just like their idols. What these women do not realize is that these diet fads are also like trends that simply…
  • Successfully Handling The Holidays While On Diet

    Moxie Mayhem
    7 Sep 2013 | 10:27 am
    Holidays, like New Year, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and more, are just some of the days that dieters dreaded. The main reason is because there are many foods and they are all very tempting. This situation often makes it hard for those to stick with their diets especially when many foods are offered right in front of them. How do you handle the holidays when you’re on a diet is not that easy, but is very much possible. This is very important for dieters to know so that they will be able to save themselves from ruining their hard work diet. Dieting must be consisted of good work out and a…
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    The Shopping Mama

  • Four Water Ways For Kids to Cool Off

    Kate Bayless
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Summer heat getting to your kids? If you don’t live close to a body a water or have nearby pool, here are 4 fun ways to play with water in your yard. A cute sprinkler that keeps you cool too! The Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Sprinkler affordable, colorful, and will bring a bit of relief to the summer heat. Have a little one who still wants some water play? This Li’l Squirt Baby Wading Pool lets your little one enjoy some refreshments with gentle sprays and fun floating sea life for babies 12 months and up.   Kiddie pools are a perfect way to beat the summer…
  • Cowabunga! Movie-Inspired Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Toys

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    It’s Turtle Time! The new major motion picture from Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to hit theaters on August 8th. That’s only a few weeks away and seeing it with your kids will be great way to end this summer. Are your kids anxious for this movie release, or better yet, your husband? I know my husband is. Playmates Toys has a new line up of movie-inspired Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys based on the distinctive look  and personality of the Turtles in the movie, that includes action figures, role playing gear, and vehicles for all your…
  • ZapVM: The Latest Video Messaging App

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Are you ready to change how you communicate with your family? friends? colleagues? Jigsaw Informatics, released a new visual messaging app called ZapVM,  which lets parents easily record and share fun family moments, create easy to follow reminders for kids or leave instructions for a babysitter. I love how I can share instructions in a succint way without feeling like I left anything out! Check out this informative video of how to use the ZapVM Video Messaging App: I used the ZapVM app to leave a Video Message for our babysitter going over our bedtime routine for the youngest member of…
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • The One Where I Give Lame Excuses for Not Blogging

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    You know what? It's summer. So I guess that means I'm on summer break from my blog?No?OK. In all honesty I think about writing here a lot. Most of it happens just as I'm about to fall asleep and I have these great ideas for a post and then BAM! The "Simply Sleep" pills kick in and I'm out like a light. And then the next morning I have no recollection of any of those great ideas.It's summer. Which means the kids have been sitting on their butts for weeks eating bon-bons and watching repeats of 'Jessie' on the Disney Channel all day long.OK. Not really.Summer has looked a lot like this: leave…
  • Wordless Wednesday - 32 Days

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    32 days until I'm at my happy place. Not that I'm counting down or anything.
  • The Post Where I Vent About Food Allergies and Insensitive Jerks

    23 Jun 2014 | 5:43 pm
    There are many things in life that annoy me.Bad grammar. Overuse of exclamation points. Tailgating drivers. Slow drivers. Brown M&Ms.And, people who refuse to understand the seriousness of food allergies.It's been almost three years since Olivia was diagnosed with allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame.In those three years I have become a food allergy advocate for Olivia (and for all the other kids out there who were dealt this very unfair hand). I read all the labels. I do all the research. I warn the waitresses about Liv's allergies. I demand that they tell the kitchen about the…
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    The MamaZone

  • Perfectly Popped Popcorn for Family Movie Nights

    Anitra Elmore
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    This post (and our family movie night) were sponsored by Pop Secret! We like movies. We stream them, we rent them and we watch them on the big screen.  We cuddle on the couch, hover around the iPad and occasionally project them on the wall. We watch currents, classics and LOTS of super hero titles, and argue about our choices A LOT. And, though where and what might change, two things remain constant: we watch together often and there are always snacks involved. This weekend, our red and white popcorn bowls were filled with Pop Secret. I’m notorious for burning popcorn in the…
  • eBay Guides That Make Life Easier

    Anitra Elmore
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    I have taken The MamaZone’s fun all the way to eBay, where I’ve written several guides to do what I love to do: help make mama’s life easier!   Here is a list of the guides I’ve written there so far. I hope you’ll visit, read the ones you find relevant and chat with me in the comments there. If you find them helpful, give them a “thumbs up” and let me know you did. I’m certain you’ll find some useful tips to help you do all you do! eBay Guides to Make Life Easier Guides to Help with the Kids and Family Teaching Kids About Money…
  • Wedding Freebies to Help Prepare for the Big Day

    Anitra Elmore
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Newly engaged? Knee-deep in wedding plans? I’ve got a few great freebies to help you prepare for your wedding. Read on to see how you can save big for your big day! (By the way, I’m an affiliate and appreciate you shopping through my links!) 10 Free Stationery Samples If you’re searching for the perfect wedding invitation, take a peek at what Wedding Paper Divas has to offer. Browse the site and grab TEN FREE STATIONERY SAMPLES to help you narrow down your choices. Simply use the code 10WEDSAMPLES to order. Free Wedding Website Wedding Paper Divas offers FREE wedding…
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    Dear Crissy

  • Dessertify: Your lower-calorie dessert destination #BringBackDessert

    Crissy Page
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of General Mills. Opinions are my own. Summer is in full-swing, and I’ve been feeling really motivated to get in shape lately. I’ve even been walking a mile on our treadmill first thing in the morning! Sure, a mile isn’t a long distance, but it’s what I’m able to fit into my busy schedule. While eating right and exercising are definitely on my mind, I still look for little moments during my week to have some dessert. I’ve been even more inspired to stop for a treat since working on a fun project with Fiber One to create…
  • My favorite bib and Best of British

    Crissy Page
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    This post is sponsored by tommee tippee. Opinions are my own. I’m not sure how it’s possible, but, I’m pretty sure that my toddler is a messier eater now than she was as a baby. It doesn’t matter what Kara is eating, food ends up all over her and all over the floor. With macaroni and cheese being the meal of choice lately, it’s been pretty messy around here! Of course, no bib can contain all of the mess, but these tommee tippee Explora Bibs do a pretty amazing job of catching the big stuff, and that saves me so much time when it comes to tidying-up after her…
  • 5 Tips for safe driving

    Crissy Page
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Thank you, Allstate, for sponsoring this post. Opinions are my own. I am a busy mother of two, a business owner, and I’m behind the wheel of a car several times a day, every day. Don’t worry, I wasn’t driving when I took this photo. In fact, I try to talk to my kids about safe driving, and eliminating distractions is definitely a driving tip that we should remember to follow. My kids won’t be driving for several years, however, I’m taking the opportunity now to discuss the importance of safe driving with them in the hope that they will follow my example someday.
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    Child Mode

  • Carnival Sunshine ~ Behind The Scenes Of The Christening & Room Tour

    Nadia Carriere
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    As you know, we are a big fan of Carnival’s new ships. The Carnival Sunshine isn’t technically “new” although you would never guess it when onboard. Previously the Carnival... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Asparagus, Artichoke and Sausage Rigatoni

    Gemma Hartley
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    There’s something about a good, hearty pasta dish that fills up more than just your belly. This dish is comfort food at its best. The sausage gives it that extra substance, and the bright... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • The Blogger Bash Babypalooza Bonanza & How To WIN Today At The Event! #BTBBaby

    Nadia Carriere
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Want to win some of the awesome stuff you see at Babypalooza? All you need to do is: Open your Instagram account and follow your party hosts: This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
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    One Bored Mommy Blogspot

  • A Perfect Summer - A MUST SEE

    Courtney Clipperton
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    As you know, we are family that loves "family movie night".  Tonight...the kids and I got the pleasure of previewing a movie called, "THE PERFECT SUMMER".  It is a mix of several things that the kids & I LOVE!  Faith...GOD...surfing...waves...and a sweet story all mixed into one.In my opinion, this is probably a movie that somehow...some way...everyone can relate to.  The main character lost his father...the mother is struggling to make ends meet for her and her son...the beautiful surfer girl "takes it to the waves" because she lives in a home with parents who are…
  • The Fortune Cookie Got It Right...

    Courtney Clipperton
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Could being an optimist be a bad thing?I got this fortune cookie saying the other day and I had to smile..."Courage and Optimism Are Your Best Traits"Pretty sure that most people that know me, would agree with this cookie!  At least I would hope so!I am so thankful that no matter what LIFE throws my way...I have a STRONG faith that GOD is walking every step with me and will keep my attitude focused, positive and peaceful!  That I see the opportunities, even in difficulties!Just because I smile doesn't mean everything is rosy all the time!  It means that I choose to not let…
  • Our Nighttime Visitors... Ribbittt CROAK Ribbittt

    Courtney Clipperton
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Our back yard garden has offered us some new "friends" to play with at night time too!LOVE IT!Tonight we were able to catch one (I've heard them out there croaking)...and if you can't tell by the look on my oldest daughter's face, she was delighted to catch, play with & meet this adorable little creature!And yes, we did bring him inside, for a closer look...but don't worry, we set it it can keep our plants "bug free" and we can play "hide and go seek" with it again another night!  It's the little things...right?
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  • $200 Second Cup Prize Pack!

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Summer is in full swing!  I have the sunburn to prove it.  I don’t recommend you proving the existence of sun in the same manner I did. Ouch!  Instead grab one of the brand new Black Cherry Smoothies at Second Cup.  They are celebrating in a big way with their Summer Drinks Festival!  Check out this line-up: For those who like a little variety in their cup, Second Cup is thrilled to offer refreshingly delicious, icy beverages all summer long. These icy heroes include: Chillatte® – a delicious chocolate frappe, ice cold, creamy and lightly sweet; made with Second Cup premium…
  • Share your Summer Road Trip to Win!

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Going on a road trip with two little kids is a nerve wracking thing.  Did I pack everything?  Are we going to make it there without anyone getting car-sick?  Will they sleep EVER? I worry about what we will eat so their tummies will be happy the whole way to Grandma’s house.  I worry about how much rest they get (or don’t get.) I worry that the favorite stuffed animal might get left at a hotel.  You might say that a road trip isn’t much of a vacation for a mom. But you know what I don’t worry about?  Flat tires.  Dead batteries. Over-heated engines. Why?  Because I know that I…
  • Earth to Echo Ticket Giveaway!

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    The instant I saw the preview for Earth to Echo I was intrigued.  It reminded me so much of Batteries Not Included which is one of my most favorite movies from the 80s.  That is a story that captured my spirit as a child and a new movie that might do the same is worth checking out.  Compared to ET, Earth to Echo is a movie about friendship and wonder.  I can’t wait to take my 7 year old, it will be right up her alley!   When a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck (Astro), Munch (Reese Hartwig) and Alex (Teo Halm) start to get strange,…
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    hollywood housewife

  • a conversation about criticism

    hollywood housewife
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    If you get the Secret Posts, you know that my husband The Gorilla and I are purposefully choosing presence this summer. Our lifestyle is anything but routine, including frequent travel for both of us and chaotic daily schedules. In the past two months, we've made a very deliberate choice to take a break from that. We've had some of the most meaningful conversations, often in the car. Like this one, about facing public criticism, something The Gorilla knows a lot about. Pardon the colorful language.   Hollywood Housewife: How do handle the criticism? Gorilla:  Who gives a…
  • nordstrom anniversary sale picks

    hollywood housewife
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of my favorite store events of the year. I'm not anywhere close to a Nordstrom right now, so I've been browsing online some of the deals. Here are some of my favorites: Frye brown leather cross body bag // Alexis Bittar stone bracelet // Nixon gold & navy faced watch (and also in green) // Rag & Bone gray leather booties If you really want to splurge on some winter basics: Michael Kors white leather hobo // Coach over-the-knee brown leather boots And these deals were just too good to pass up: Nordstrom leather front top (a great price for…
  • books on my bedside

    hollywood housewife
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    I've been happily reading all summer. And some of those things I can't wait to tell you about (like Brene Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection, holy self-revelation), but there are so many things in my reading queue that I thought I'd share in case you need some summer reading inspiration. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Okay, now look. I'm not giving up my Dr. Pepper habit any time soon, but I'm finally acquiescing to the fact that I need to know more about what I'm putting into my body. I've experimented just a teensy bit lately, and, wonder of…
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    Following In My Shoes

  • Double Espresso Mocha Meringue Cookies

    Rachel Lacy
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The past 3 days have been a flurry of packing and list-making and reservation-checking … all sandwiched between answering the every popular question, “Is today the day we go camping,” 525,600 times. GAH!! Vacations are wonderful – once you are actually THERE – but, the time leading up to it are nothing but stressful. And, don’t even get [...] The post Double Espresso Mocha Meringue Cookies appeared first on Following In My Shoes.
  • Motts for Tots … {this} Mommy Approved!

    Rachel Lacy
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    I have always spent the past seven years watering down juice. Whether in sippy cups or big kid cups, bottled juice and juice boxes get mixed with water. Yes, even the 100% juice blends get the treatment. Call me crazy but I’ve never been a fan of giving so much sugar out like candy. Even 100% juice [...] The post Motts for Tots … {this} Mommy Approved! appeared first on Following In My Shoes.
  • I Wish They Had MORE Personality {wordless wednesday}

    Rachel Lacy
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
              (obviously, my headline is dripping with sarcasm) Share and Enjoy:PrintStumbleUpon The post I Wish They Had MORE Personality {wordless wednesday} appeared first on Following In My Shoes.
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    The Mom Maven

  • Turn It Up Tuesday 44

    Cindy Schultz
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Welcome to the 44th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be! As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time! SPONSOR OF THE MONTH Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother Blog Rhonda is a single mom blogger…
  • Play Battle Sheep at your next Game Night

    Cindy Schultz
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”We love board games in our house. Even though my kids are grown we often have my 8 yo, so games we can all play together and…
  • A Visit to Frozen Summer Fun Part 1

    Cindy Schultz
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Two weeks ago I shared with you the announcement about Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On Friday my friend Kim and I headed over to check it out. We went with very high hopes based on what we had seen and read online and we were not disappointed. In this post and in next week’s post I’m going to try and give you an overview of our visit and in August 4th’s I plan on going into more detail about our favorite part of the experience. We arrived in the park at about 9:30am. We headed straight back to the Streets of America to pick up our “For the…
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  • 3 supplements to help alleviate symptoms of depression

    Jen Williams
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    When you are diagnosed with depression it can feel like you are all alone, but it’s important to remember that depression affects millions of people worldwide and while prescriptions may help it does not always fix the problem entirely. Depression is a mental disorder that can affect our daily life and the lives of those... [read more]
  • Sweeping Saturday 07/19/2014

    Jen Williams
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
  • How to Style Your Patio to Perfection

    Jen Williams
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    As winter starts to fade, we find our minds turning once again to outdoor living, barbeques and relaxing on the patio. But wait! Has neglect throughout the winter months left your patio sad and tired? If so, read on for some top tips to improve your patio’s ambience – or why not forget sprucing up... [read more]
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    Naptime Radio

  • Episode 127: Technical Difficulties

    Heather and Kate
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Heather and Kate battle technical difficulties but manage to limp through this episode with a little chatter about their recent beach trip, a biz buzz with Alli. P. and a nugget and news quiz with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • FLASHBACK: Episode 039 - Self Esteem

    Heather and Kate
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
    We are on a two week vacation from recording so we are posting two old episodes this week.  Please enjoy this blast from the past originally recorded January 2012.  Thanks for listening!
  • Episode 126: Stop Fighting!

    Heather and Kate
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:20 am
    Heather and Kate attempt to record through endless interruptions!  Welcome to summer!  They discuss Carley and Liv's return home and answer a parenting question, get biz buzzed with a buzzed Alli P., power nap on how to stop sibling fights and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
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  • Tuesday Blurb

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    It's funny that I tend to STOP writing before and after a conference that is dedicated to, well, WRITING.Maybe I need to stop thinking about it as a "writing conference" and start calling it a reason to connect with people I know and like and also a reason to dance like it's a college party without finals or underage drinking....After the past 11 days, I am exhausted but unable to process 98% of what we've done, where we've gone, and the things that have happened (both good and not-so-good) while we've been gone. I can't stop to focus on my cat who looks like she's aged another year in the 10…
  • Welcoming Summer at Raging Waves

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Disclaimer: I received tickets for entrance and complimentary lunches for myself and my family in exchange for an honest review of this facility. All opinions are my own.I love summer! What's not to love? Vacations, camping, fireworks, no school, and lots and lots of time in the water! When Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville, IL invited me and my family to attend their blogging outreach day to #WelcomeSummer , I was ecstatic!We've been to Raging Waves a few times over the years. Each time, I walk away saying, "Man, we need to come back more often!" Between the great variety of activities for…
  • Judgy Judge

    6 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Question: Do you spend time judging other people? Like, if they are dropping their kids off late to school or their daughter has crazy hair and mismatched socks, do you actually think "What a horrible mother! Can't do anything right!" ??  Because I know that I don't. In fact, I don't think that most of us do. I think that most of us are actually pretty much only interested in our own lives and how to manage getting ourselves and our families from the morning to the evening with more laughter and happiness than tears and anger. I know that those are my goals, every single day.There seems…
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    Mommy Niri

  • 5 Reasons to watch Earth To Echo! (Giveaway)! #earthtoecho #Boston

    Nirasha Jaganath
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    I know I wrote a post giving several readers screening passes (you lucky devils I could not make any of them so I paid and watched it on my own) but I said nothing on my thoughts about the movie Earth To Echo  because I had not yet seen it. Also you would recall they had a promotion with and any movie that promotes coding is a favorite as hubby and I were both software engineers. But now I have seen it, and ma here to tell you why you should go see it too. 5 Reasons to watch Earth To Echo   1) It promotes engineering and innovation! The setup to measure sounds, reroute calls…
  • RECIPE: Cottage cheese in savory rice! #ad #NewHoodCC

    Nirasha Jaganath
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    I’m hoping that you have read my previous post where I mentioned that Hood asked me if I would host a party to get my friends to try out the new Hood Cottage Cheese, and even tried out my recipe for Tatsoi and Cottage Cheese. I actually debated sharing with you my chicken recipe there but I wanted to share with you something even more uncommon (and honestly easier that every member of your family will love. Cottage cheese in savory rice! Ingredients: 3 cups cooked rice (I used long grain Basmati rice because that is what I had already – see I told you this was easy) 1/4 cup of…
  • 11 Summer Reading Programs for Kids!

    Nirasha Jaganath
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Summer is a great time to catch up on reading and also build a love for reading for those who feel pressured to read for school purposes. Personally I can’t imagine it being a challenge to want to read because I love immersing myself in books. Every summer we sign up for several summer reading programs. Since we are already reading we take maximum benefit for the same reading time. I’m listing some we have done and more we are planning on doing this year. 1) Barnes and Noble We spend so much time in Barnes and Noble that I actually purchase the annual membership card. Their…
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    Traveling Mom

  • Family Fun Summer Travel Roundup

    Mimi Slawoff, Los Angeles TravelingMom
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    Photo Credit: Mimi Slawoff, Los Angeles TravelingMom. Fair Wind Cruises offers excellent snorkeling adventures on the Big Island. Summer days are passing quickly but there’s still time to plan a family vacation before the kids are back in school. Or even if your kids are back on a year-round schedule, weekend getaways provide a refreshing break. This roundup features a handful of recent family trips and tips by Traveling Mom experts. Heading out on a road trip? Before you do, read these interesting summer road trip facts, stats and tips gathered by Cindy Richards, TravelingMom with Teens.
  • Family-Friendly Luxury Beach Vacation in Dana Point, California

    Mimi Slawoff, Los Angeles TravelingMom
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Photo Courtesy: Mimi Slawoff. Dana Point Harbor Located among rolling hills 60 miles south of Los Angeles, Dana Point is an upscale beach town in Orange County worth exploring with kids for many reasons. Family-friendly luxury resorts, a scenic harbor and a plethora of recreational activities make Dana Point an ideal day trip or vacation destination. Beach fun Families with young kids can feel safe at Baby Beach, which has flat water for wading and splashing around. Older kids who enjoy swimming, boogie boarding and surfing will find the perfect waves at popular Doheny State Beach. Tide…
  • Recipe: Electric Lemonade

    Deb Ponzek, Chef TravelingMom
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Photo credit: Alexandra Grablewski A perfect cocktail to drink if you are at home or out at the beach or lake for a summer holiday weekend.  Add a fun red straw or umbrella for some more patriotic decor and you’re all set! Print Electric Lemonade Author: Debra Ponzek Recipe type: cocktail   Ingredients 1¼ ounces vodka ½ ounce Blue Curacao 2 ounces sour mix Splash of 7UP or Sprite Lemon slice Instructions In a cocktail shaker with ice combine the vodka, Blue Curacao, and the sour mix. Shake well, then pour into a tall ice-filled glass and top with the 7UP.
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    Big Binder

  • Five Good Lessons Kids Learn At The Farmer’s Market {Downtown Market}

    Jennifer Rees
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    We spent an entire morning at the Downtown Market; acquiring rhubarb for our Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins and a whole bunch of other delicious and tasty looking things we couldn’t live without. The vendors are friendly and eager to please.  Especially the Field and Fire bakery guy; he allows me to eat sample after sample and despite the growing line behind me, smiles and chats like I am the only person in the world. The food is everything it should be.  Local and fresh and organic and grass fed and hand made.  There was a tiny twinge of guilt, though, when I first took my kids. I have…
  • Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins – They’re Locally Delicious

    Jennifer Rees
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Michigan is home to many agricultural delights, provided you are only hungry during the months of June, July, and August. The rest of the year the ground is frozen solid and we have to use ice picks to harvest potatoes. When things like asparagus and rhubarb start sprouting from the ground that so recently was covered with several feet of snow, it stops us in our tracks.  And we make muffins and cakes and casseroles and quiches and pies. Anything but those stupid ice potatoes*. We were not immune from the strong urge to create something delicious out of the strange, tangy and…
  • I Spy With My Little Eye…A Way To Make Family Game Night Happen!

    Jennifer Rees
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    KFC has compensated me for sharing this information.  It is with great pleasure that I do so; and all opinions are my own. Family is everything to me and I fiercely protect it.  In this instance; ‘fierce’ is not an understatement.  I have come close to growling when someone impedes on family time and am probably a little too unapologetic about saying ‘no’ when something else comes up.  It’s a cultivated response; one I developed after my kids were both in school and the world seemed to be crawling in the windows and sneaking into our lives anywhere it could.
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    Simplified Saving

  • Spanx Sale {Shapewear, Swimwear, and Workout Wear Deals}

    Lisa Thompson
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    I love Spanx, but they can be really expensive!  Today, Zulily is having a Spanx Sale.   They have shapewear, swimwear, workout wear, and some cute tank tops.  I just bought this really cute workout skort. Items are already selling out, so hurry over and check it out! Click here to shop!  
  • Project 38: My Goals for the Year

    Lisa Thompson
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today is my 38th birthday and when my birthday rolls around, I like to make a list of my goals for the year.  Yesterday I shared a recap of last year’s goals and today I’m sharing my goals for this year. Some of these are repeats of last year that I didn’t accomplish, but this is the year to get it done! 1.  Read through my Bible twice 2.  Memorize 38 Bible verses 3.  Lose 10 pounds 4.  Lose 10 pounds 5.  Lose 10 pounds 6.  Lose 10 pounds 7.  Lose 10 pounds 8.  Lose 10 pounds 9.  Lose 10 pounds 10. Lose 10 pounds 11.  Complete C25K 12.  Run a 5k in 38 minutes 13.
  • Recap of my 37th Year

    Lisa Thompson
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tomorrow is my 38th birthday.  This is the time of year when I evaluate my past year and I set my goals for the following year. This past year has been hard.  We were still in the throws of adjustment with the twins.  We started homeschooling in October.   My lupus flared up and caused some major issues.  And while the year was rough, I still accomplished a few of my goals. The good news is that I feel like things our starting to settle down in our family and I have a feeling this is going to be my year! Tomorrow I’ll share my goals for the new year,  but since this is my last day…
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    Marinka NYC

  • Modern Love, or Something Like It

    19 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Me: Did you get that link I sent you? The one with the movie writeup? Him: Yes. That movie sounds unbearably dull. Me: ALright, I’ll just go by myself then. Him: No, I’d like to see it with you. Me: ? Him: You greatly underestimate how much I love the idea of spending three hours with you when you are completely silent. Me: … I’m trying to think of a comeback. According to the actuarial tables, I still have a few years, but it’s not looking good so far. On the bright side, I’m looking forward to seeing an actual grownup movie in the theatre for the first…
  • Hard to Say

    4 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    I haven’t made my final summer vacation plans with the kids yet, and while that would throw most people into a panic, in my case it’s probably for the best. Because lately I’ve been thinking that maybe I should just go and be in the World Cup. This is certainly a surprising turn of events since I don’t play or particularly like soccer and/or football, but I tell you, I’ve recently developed a skill set that will make me a hot commodity in the whole World Cup business. Specifically in the goal-tending department. Because when you’re a goalie (as I will be;…
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    bethany actually

  • Did you hear? We’ve moved to Japan!

    bethany actually
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Wow, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve written here. I notice that I never quite finished posting my 7 Days photos from the last run this past December. Probably because I was in denial about the fact that it was the last 7 Days ever, *sniff*. But I digress. Anyway…yeah, we’re in Japan! In case you don’t follow me on FB/Instagram/Twitter and are just now hearing this news, the Navy surprised Troy with orders to Yokosuka in February. We were originally supposed to be in San Diego till September 2015, so this was a big change of plans, and–I’ll be…
  • Day 6 – 6-year-old me

    bethany actually
    26 Dec 2013 | 11:10 pm
    Day 6 – 6-year-old me, a photo by bethany actually on Flickr. I’ve been meaning to use this ornament in a 7 Days photo for seven years now, so I guess it’s time I got around to it. One of my cousins painted this ornament for me in 1981, when I was 6 years old. As a bonus, there are four ornaments in this photo that were made by 7 Dayers. Becca (smiles2have) made Golden Snitch ornaments for me and Jen when we went to LeakyCon, the Harry Potter fan convention, together in Oregon this past summer. The TARDIS ornament was painted for me by Bonnie. The silver wreath at the bottom…
  • Day 5 – Season’s Greetings from the beach!

    bethany actually
    25 Dec 2013 | 10:45 pm
    When Troy and I lived in San Diego as newlyweds, we decided that instead of being bummed about not having a white Christmas like the ones we grew up with in the Midwestern U.S., we would embrace what’s great about San Diego in December. So we started a tradition of going to the beach on Christmas Day. We’ve continued this tradition for 17 years, whenever we’ve been someplace warm enough to go to the beach in winter. Sometimes we hit the tidepools, sometimes we have a cookout. But we always enjoy ourselves and never once have we wished for snow to play in instead of sand.
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    Hanging By a Thread

  • 5 Things {Beach Rules}

    Hanging By a Thread
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    When I first began coming to Surfside Beach, Texas, with my soon-to-be husband's maternal family, there were a lot of rules. These rules had been in place for several generations at this point. The rules were really more of an enforced schedule. We all got up to eat breakfast, regardless...
  • Rhythms {Oceans & Life}

    Hanging By a Thread
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    It comes in and goes out and comes in and goes out and comes in and goes out, over and over and over forever repeating this dance of indecision, all the while roaring with its fierce, yet calming and mesmerizing voice. The mortal dangers held within this beast are many...
  • Summer & Family {Reunion}

    Hanging By a Thread
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    Summer vacation with family…when the kids go to bed unbathed, smelling of sun and water, mingled with remnants of bug spray and sunscreen…when the adults are too busy catching up with cousins and aunts and uncles to notice that the children are still running about in the dark shadows long...
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    Not Your Typical Mommy

  • Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores Giveaway

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    I can't believe I'm writing this... but... here goes.It's almost time for back to school.(Oh, this makes me sad).Can you believe it?Summer has just flown by for us and now it's time for Mommy to start looking for the best deals and steals for everything on her shopping list.Thankfully, the wonderful people that run the state of Florida have given us a break, a tax break. The Florida Sales Tax Holiday will be August 1-3 and it's a great saving incentive to get all your shopping done in one weekend (remember, every little penny counts!).I've teamed up with Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores…
  • Review: X-Why-Z Animals, Big Book of Who

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    Roo is crazy about animals.And she's all about the questions when it comes to animals. Why do birds sleep in trees? Where do bats go during the day? Why are chickens closely related to dinosaurs?It never ends.Not that I mind.Except for when I have no clue what the answer is.This summer we've fallen in LOVE with the new series of Time for Kids books about who, what, when and most importantly, WHY?!Roo got the X-Why-Z Animal book in the mail and she's in love (and I'm in love with not having to run to Google every five minutes!)!This is the 2nd book from the new Time for Kids book series and…
  • IKEA is Feeding the Future

    2 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    I remember when IKEA first opened in Orlando. It was THE event around town. My first trip included feeling like cattle as thousands of people shuffled through the designed rooms and functional furniture.I was hooked.So hooked that after spending four hours looking, I came back the next week and did it again (this time it only took 2 hours).Now when I am looking for a piece of furniture, I head there first to get ideas and ultimately end up buying.We make the trek to IKEA at least three times a year, sometimes more and we always load up on essentials because, seriously, IKEA has everything…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Summer Reading List: Atlas Girl (with giveaway!)

    Dawn Camp
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Last week I inhaled Emily T. Wierenga’s Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look in my precious spare moments: riding in the car; in the bleachers during baseball practice; late at night while my house slept; and finally getting up early and reading in bed until I finished. I messaged Emily immediately because I had to talk about the book. Although I planned to review it, she offered me a guest post and a giveaway copy and that’s even better. Leave a comment to win!   What My Mum Taught Me About Church (giveaway!) By Emily T. Wierenga “So, I…
  • Summer Reading List: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

    Dawn Camp
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    This post is part of the “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour.” To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!   There’s something decadent about curling up with a good book, probably because as women we deny ourselves downtime, like a privilege we must earn. Surely that’s not just me. Questioning the idea that it’s wrong to rest is one of my greatest takeaways from my friend Bonnie Gray’s new book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest (affiliate link). Bonnie defines spiritual whitespace as rest for your soul; I need that. If you’re a…
  • July 2014 Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Where has this summer gone? Anyone else want to go back to May for a do-over? I took an early run yesterday before the heat set in (94° degrees forecasted for tomorrow—yuck!) and saw our day lilies in bloom: perfect for July’s desktop calendar. The kids and I spent last week in Alabama for singing school, and our day lilies and rose of Sharon arrived just in time for our return. I love perennials that just keep on giving. I photographed these in morning bloom, fresh from the rain. I’ve owned my macro lens more than a year and it still challenges me, but I’m happy with…
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • Memory keeping in the digital age

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post is sponsored by have always been a curator. Ever since I was small, I loved keeping records of memories. I was a stellar diary-keeper and an impeccable pen-pal. I saved everything. I made books and collages and loved hanging pictures in my room. Eventually, I became a scrap-booker . . . keeping detailed books full of photos, ticket stubs, and other momentos. It’s no small wonder that I was drawn to blogging. I love that I have this space where my kids can read my thoughts and see snapshots of their childhood. I would give anything to read about my mom’s process when…
  • Things moms of 4 do

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Here’s a shocker: Having four kids is hard. Of course, I would never trade it or change it for anything. EVER. But when we made the transition from two kids to four kids, we had to change a lot of things about how we parented. Intentionally or not, you do things way differently with the the third and fourth kids than you did with the first and second.It’s no longer about all the newest and cutest toys and clothes. It’s no longer about making sure each child has had the right amount of visual stimulation. It’s no longer about making sure a child is always happy and involved in…
  • That's What She Said

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Through Lens, 4 Boys Dead By Gaza Shore | NYTimesI watched as a group of people ran to the children’s aid. I joined them, running with the feeling that would find safety in numbers, though I understood that feeling could be deceptive: Crowds can make things worse. We arrived at the scene to find lifeless, mangled bodies. The boys were beyond help. They had been killed instantly, and the people who had rushed to them were shocked and distraught.All I Want For My 40th Birthday Is To Raise $4,000 | Cam BowmanSo this is why I want you to help me raise $4000 for my 40th. Four thousand dollars…
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • People of Facebook, Stop Sharing Stolen Content

    Jenni Chiu
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
      If you spend any amount of time on facebook, you’ve probably seen a slew of heartwarming, funny, or entertaining viral videos shared from the James Ellis facebook page.     This fitness trainer is seriously dominating the facebook feeds right now because of all the good video content he’s been […]
  • GemShare, Save Me – I Don’t Have A Dog Groomer Because I Fell Down the Rabbit Hole of Looking For a Dog Groomer

    Jenni Chiu
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    *This post is sponsored by GemShare. Only a little less overwhelming than moving your family to a new town is trying to get settled in that new town.  Since leaving Los Angeles and relocating to the Bay Area several months ago, I have simply unpacked most of the boxes, and found […]
  • I Love Weird Al’s Big Dictionary

    Jenni Chiu
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
      I had a weird friend in college who was obsessed with “Weird Al” Yankovich.  This love for “Weird Al” rubbed off on me… mostly because he would take the CDs and rub them against my face… then hold up a poster, and rub it up and down along my […]
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    Miscellaneous Mom

  • A Pitch Perfect Summer Night for Teens

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring this post. We’ve had no less than 3 or 4 teens around almost every night this summer. I like being the destination house because it keeps me involved in their lives and lets me know where they are pretty much all the time. Typically, they’re piled on the couch, phones in hand, watching movies or playing video games. So, when I saw the new Perfect Pop app, I wanted to get it in their hands. Technology, movie night, and snacks? It was practically made for teens. We stepped it up a notch for a fun summer night this weekend by taking it all…
  • How to Get Kids to Clean: Our Chore Card System

    21 Jan 2014 | 5:12 pm
    This New Year cleaning resolution tips post is brought to you by Mr. Clean as part of a Type-A Parent Community Sponsored Post. We’ve spent years trying to get the house clean(er) and the kids to be more responsible at home. Allowance didn’t help. New year’s resolutions didn’t work. Chore system after chore system failed us. Then I saw a simple paint chip craft on Pinterest, and we’ve finally figured it out. The kids are pitching in. They’re doing chores without being asked. And the house is company ready in under 20 minutes at any given time. (Seriously,…
  • 4 Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Dylan Sprouse

    16 Dec 2013 | 2:28 pm
    Scrolling through Twitter this morning, the first thing that caught my eye was about Dylan Sprouse (whom our kids know best as Zach from Suite Life). A few clicks later, and I could see — in all his glory — what the story was about. At some point, Dylan had sent nude(ish) pics to a “friend” who has apparently leaked them for the world to see. Oops. I knew we would be having the digital footprint talk with the kids again today. This isn’t the first time this has happened (Hello, Vanessa Hudgens), and it’s always tricky when these things happen with celebs…
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    Chasing Supermom

  • Star Wars Learning Activities for Kids

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    This summer, my  kids and I are working our way through movies that correspond to rides at Disneyland. I was so excited to introduce my children to Star Wars. To keep the fun going, I rounded up a collection of Star Wars activities, Star Wars printables, Star Wars recipes, and more! Your children will have fun playing and learning with these Star Wars themed projects. Star Wars Activities: 1. Design a Creature One of my children’s favorite parts of Star Wars IV is the famous cantina scene. They love seeing all of the crazy creatures and interesting characters. After watching the film,…
  • Star Wars Yoda Worksheet

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    This summer, I introduced my children to Star Wars. It was so much fun to re-experience this franchise with them – seeing it through fresh eyes. No surprises, Yoda was a big hit with the kids. They were absolutely intrigued with the way Yoda speaks. The teacher in me couldn’t help but use their love of Yoda to teach them about sentence construction. Building a proper sentence doesn’t sound like a ton of fun…because well, it isn’t. However, when you change up an ordinary grammar activity by adding in a favorite character, the task becomes enjoyable. My kids had a…
  • Southwest Mashed Potatoes

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    I am a mashed potato girl. They’re the best part of any meal – so warm and comforting. I love them plain or smothered in some type of sauce. I also love to experiment in the kitchen. I like figuring out ways to jazz up or change old favorites. This past week, my family and I got to enjoy a HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Tray. I was inspired by the Sargento ® pepper-jack cheese, and began wondering how I could get my children to eat it. When I first offered the cheese to them, they turned up their noses – wanting to have nothing to do with cheese with “weird stuff” in…
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    The Mom Writes

  • Mamas, In Case You Were Wondering…It’s ALL Work

    The Mom Writes
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    I’d shared this on Facebook a while ago and had promised to delve into it in longer post. These are thoughts that have been bubbling in my head for a while now, especially when I see the so-called “mommy wars” online. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • How Can We Change How We Feel by Changing Our Talk [PLUS 5 Unhealthy Words To Stop Using]

    The Mom Writes
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Can we change how we feel as moms and home managers by simply watching our words? We tell our kids to “watch their words” often so, why shouldn’t we do the same? … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • The Content Cookbook is COMING!! Are YOU Ready?

    The Mom Writes
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Hahahah!! I had SO much fun writing this headline and visualizing a GIANT cookbook pounding down the street. Well, to be honest, the headline IS right! My latest baby, Content Cookbook is coming and while it isn’t “physically” a giant, it is a 90-page power-packed eWorkbook designed to help you create social content that engages, resonates and really reflects who you are and what your blog or...
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Timewarp 2010 – Watch Me Mommy

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    It’s amazing looking back through old posts and finding words that I still need to hear and remember. Today I was taking a look back four years ago at posts from summer 2010 – August 25th to be exact. At that point my littlest guys were 4 1/2. I now understand even more than ever that kids never outgrow the need to be recognized and loved. This is such a simple and short post but the reminder is poignant and applies to all our lives in motherhood, no matter where we are at in the process. Watch Me Mommy {Originally posted August 24, 2010 here.} Our boys love to talk to us, some of…
  • Simply Said with Shera

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    As any regular reader here at A Frog In My Soup knows, I love DIY projects. The one area I have yet to truly conquer is finding a way to create vinyl wall art and other lettering for the various decorations I have been wanting throughout my home, especially not without investing in expensive equipment. A year and a half after moving into our “new” house and my walls are ALL still completely bare! {GASP!!} Recently, one particular company keeps jumping in front of me through various sources, and it drew me in every single time! The odd thing is that there aren’t many…
  • Conquering Summer Boredom

    27 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I know If there’s any time I am likely to hear the dreaded “B” word it’s during the summer months, and I know I’m not alone. There’s not many things that can make a parent’s skin crawl more easily than hearing their child whine “I’m BORED”. With my kids, it’s expressed more in behavior, they have learned not to say it because when they do I tend to give them jobs to do. Keeping them out of a state of boredom is ideal, since… well, who knows what they will get themselves into otherwise. Plan for Summer  (aka.
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  • Trips Are Not Always As They Appear on Facebook…

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    So if I shared you the following pictures on my Facebook page, you might think, “Wow. What a fun camping trip. Look at those boys always getting along. That’s just lovely.” And that’s how it was {MOST} of the time.  There were hotdogs around the fire, fun games of ladder ball, fishing, and playing in the sand. But what didn’t I take pictures of? My meltdown after not sleeping, feeling dirty, tired of peeing with scary bugs and used feminine products, and just wanting my own bed.  The boys having a rough night staying in the camper for bedtime and not being…
  • When Words Are Harsh

    Jennifer Murray
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Always thankful when Brad shares his words here… Since the day the Lord blessed us with four baby boys, I feel like I have been on a parenting crash course.  There is no class each year to prepare you for the next phase of parenting, you know?  Have you ever woke up one morning and said, “Wait a minute, this parenting thing isn’t going so well right now, what happened?” A while back, Jen and I were noticing that our children were not speaking kindly to one another.  Sometimes, they were being flat out hateful in their speech and actions.  Angry words, kicks, slaps,…
  • Celebrating America…

    Jennifer Murray
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if every weekend in summer was a 3 day 4th of July weekend?  We could go for that – all you can eat watermelon, backyard picnics, gorgeous weather, patriotism, fireworks, parades, and people you love!   America, you are totally worth the celebration!  
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    As Mom Sees It

  • How To Get Organized When You Build Or Buy A New Home

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    When we decided this spring to start building our dream home, we had no idea the amount of paperwork this endeavor would involve. Our property is currently an empty cornfield but will soon become our 7 acre homestead. Of course, like any dream, the process isn’t an easy one and we quickly became aware of... Continue Reading... The post How To Get Organized When You Build Or Buy A New Home appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • How To #Travel The World Free: 7 Easy Ideas

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Our family loves to travel, and we always tell our friends be sure to travel as much as you can before you have kids. Not that traveling with our kids isn’t fun, but financial experts say that the average family vacation costs between 5-10% of your total income. For a family that makes an average... Continue Reading... The post How To #Travel The World Free: 7 Easy Ideas appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Stylish Eyeglasses That Protect Your Eyes, Are Eco-Friendly

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    There are two truths in our home when it comes to wearing eye glasses; we all wear them, in some form, whether prescription eye glasses or sunglasses, and we all lose them. Both the kids, Doug and I all purchase several pairs of sunglasses throughout the summer because we’re always misplacing them. But, at least... Continue Reading... The post Stylish Eyeglasses That Protect Your Eyes, Are Eco-Friendly appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
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    The Thrifty Mommy

  • Today’s Michaels Deals

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

    The Thrifty Mommy
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Both of my children’s feet have grown quite a bit this year. I knew it was time to purchase new flip flops but I really didn’t want to run out and buy a pair of cheap, thin flip flops that wouldn’t last long. We live on the coast and so during the summer, we wear flip flops a lot. I wanted the kids to have something with more support, but I also was looking for a good deal. I went to Shoe Department and saw that they had Sperry Top-Sider flip flops for $19.99. I liked the flip flops and knew they had good support and wouldn’t fall apart quickly. I decided to stop by…
  • Today’s Deals at Ross 6/24/14

    The Thrifty Mommy
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Hello everyone. I know. I know. I haven’t been posting much. Teaching first graders is tiring and takes a lot of time, but I love them. I’m not home for the summer yet. I just finished attending a math workshop and I have homework! I am also teaching summer school. I spent some money today, which you all know is something I don’t do very often. One of the reasons I am teaching summer school is so that I will have some extra money to buy school clothes, shoes, birthday presents, and some household things we’ve been needing and/or wanting. One of my stops today was Ross.
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    The Mom Around Town

  • Amazing Grace

    Paige Dunn
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    What is it about this song that pulls on my heartstrings, makes me well up, and fills my heart with joy? I NEVER tire of it. I sing this song with my kids every night. One day they will realize that I butcher several verses. Oops. They love the song too. Something about it is so perfect and meets you just where you are. Every time I see it sung, the faces of the crowd change. Suddenly it’s raw. Beautiful. Naked hearts. Walls down. People don’t mumble this one. They belt it out with pride. It’s like it is the believers’ anthem. I think it is capturing one of the most important moments…
  • Flip Flop Divine

    Paige Dunn
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    From time to time, I’ll buy something and get compliments on it everywhere I go. When this happens, I think, “Okay, I’m on to something here. Does it come in more colors?” I found my flip flops for the summer and am LOVING them. They are made by Michael Kors. I love their neutral barely blush color. The gold accents give them a hint of glam, which is always fun. I just decided I might need to grab them in black too. Had to share my recent summer fashion find. So love these! .
  • I Ditched My Cable, Loving Apple TV

    Paige Dunn
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    Recently I was given an Apple TV. Little did I know this itty-bitty box would change my TV viewing for good. Oh, and save me mucho dinero. So for the non-techy crowd, let me enlighten you. An Apple TV box is about the size of your palm. If you have one, you can get a Netflix account and watch movies, TV series, documentaries, etc. for a fraction of the cost of a cable bill. The cool thing about Apple TV is you don’t pay a monthly fee. You buy the box, which is quite inexpensive, and that’s it. For a while I had both. I started finding though that I was never using my cable. I then…
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    Kid Things

  • Ground Chicken Cordon Bleu BBQ Burgers #SayCheeseburger #shop

    Crystal Herron
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #CollectiveBias Cheeseburgers. They really are my favorite food group. Yes, they deserve a group of their own. I know I won’t ever get any complaints at dinner with cheeseburgers. And there are so many different ways to make them, too. I could go all Bubba Gump in Forrest Gump when he’s describing shrimp here, but I’m sure you can come up with a few varieties without that much detail. Cheeseburger with shrimp.
  • Favorite Childhood Memories

    Crystal Herron
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Or your first celebrity crush? I’ve been challenged by Mecca to think all the way back to my childhood and come up with the answers to these questions and more of my favorite memories. Feel free to grab the 10 questions here and write out your own answers! 1. Name your group of best friends during school – are you still friends? I had a main group of friends during my middle school years and we called ourselves The 3 Musketeers. There were friends before and after that, but those 2 girls are the only ones I would consider my best…
  • “Education that Educates” DVD Bundle Giveaway

    Crystal Herron
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are about halfway through summer break over here and I may be counting down the days until school starts again. No, in all seriousness we’re having fun. Though you can still have fun while learning, too. If you have young kids, you will love this “Education that Educates,” DVD bundle! Sure to entertain and inspire, this generous array from NCircle Entertainment includes 10 DVDs in total from characters your kids know and love with 6 brand new titles! Sid the Science Kid: Now That’s Using Your Brain! Sid discovers that the brain controls all kinds of actions such as walking,…
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  • 5 Budget Friendly Bathing Suits For Posh Moms

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Now that I’m a mom, I’ve become less concerned about tan lines and turning heads than I am about my babies coverage from the sun and potential nip slips. Related Posts:  Beach Essentials So this season I am storing the string bikinis for girls day out and and incorporating the one-piece swimsuit into my “mommy closet”. Here are a few of my favorite one-piece swimsuits worn by our beloved celebrity moms that are both stylish and appropriate for the baby pool. Beyonce is seen wearing a one-piece by Norma Kamali but, instead of breaking the bank opt for this one-piece…
  • Your Guide To The Hat Styles For Summer

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Not only are hats the perfect way to hide your bedhead while on playdates, but its the easiest ways to add personality to your look.  Here are just a few of my favorite hat looks that I’ve incorporated while out and about this summer. Related Post:  Earrings For Under $100 Floppy Fedora ​Why We Love It: A mash up of the floppy hat and the fedora; and the result is a genius chapeau concoction. Kooringal Medium Brim Floppy Hat ($25) ​Try this hat at your next outdoor music festival paired with a paisley print dress. Related Post: The On-the-Go Accessory Panama ​Why We Love It: …
  • The Latest Exercise Craze + Review

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you haven’t heard of the latest exercise trend or are thinking of jumping on the Soul Cycle band wagon..then this is indeed a must read. With a mash up of cardio fitness, motivational sayings, celebrity sightings and the excitement that comes from (an expensive – begins at $32 for a class) 45 minute class you are sure to leave with an overwhelming feeling that you can conquer the world. And before you sign up please read 5 MUST THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE YOUR FIRST SOUL CYCLE CLASS: Last week I attended my first Soul Cycle class located in Bronxville (the newest…
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    Sweet Potato Chronicles

  • No Bake Week: Watermelon Cupcakes

    Ceri Marsh
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:12 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…
  • Blueberry Week: Blueberry Cornbread

    Ceri Marsh
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    You know we love special requests here at SPC, right? When someone asks in a Tweet or a Facebook post for us to come up with new soups or vegetarian dinners or what have you, we always try our best to deliver. So, keep the questions coming! This time the request came from a little closer to home: Laura! And I think this may be a first. Anyway, Laura has been telling me about this blueberry cornbread she picks up at coffee place in her neighbourhood, so when I was heading into the studio recently she asked me if I thought I could conjure it up. Et voila! The first time I made cornbread for the…
  • Roundup: Blueberries

    Laura Keogh
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    We couldn't be more excited about blueberry season. In fact, the only other thing we get this excited about is pancake season. Wait, that's not a thing. Regardless, we've got lots of recipes that cram the bitty berry (and all its antioxidant power) into fun and delicious baking projects. Lemon Blueberry Mini Muffins are an easy snack that also gets a boost from citrus and spice. Blueberry Banana Shake is a great way to drink your nutrition along with your breakie. Blueberry Baked French Toast is a delicious (and indulgent) brunch dish that is ideal for entertaining. Or make it any old morning…
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    Raising Rockstar

  • Rained In, What Are They Doin? (Or, Ways To Furnish A Doll’s House)

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Like, WHERE were all these things when I was growing up, did I really play with all those Transformers? There’s cute little baby bunnies and kitties and darling little furniture (gonna avoid the “pretty girl doll/Barbie princess” thing as long as I can – and did you know there is a huge market for Brer Rabbit-esque animal figurines dressed as humans? No one cares about Brer Rabbit’s proportions and whether he needs to be on a diet, do they?) but what’s really interesting is how I never understood why dolls’ houses were under the…
  • Elephants, Hippos and Other Animals, Oh My

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    1) Another sign of the “changing times”: Dooce’s A Response And An Apology, in response  to and apologizing for Wildlife Encounters, Episode “Baby Elephant”. Does this look like any of a gadzillion unwitting tourist shots with elephants out there? On a recent trip to raise awareness about human trafficking, Heather of Dooce got flamed in part for ignorance re mostly widespread animal cruelty regarding the training of baby elephants (particularly for the tourist trade) in Southeast Asia. Basically the foreign bloggers marveling at a baby elephant in the street…
  • Condolences and prayer for MH17

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:40 pm
      pic from This is a standalone message because I was writing about elephant mistreatment and cute animals on the web when news of MH17 went down. There was just no way I could properly rewrite anything I had from cute kiddie pics and quotes and animal stuff (HK has been having iffy typhoon and rain/thunderstorm warnings so with the kids periodically stuck indoors, activities cancelled, I can’t sit quiet enough to write properly so I’ve been tidying toys). When there is tragic news, I remind the Rockstars of the ripple effect that each life in the tragedy will…
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    The Divine Miss Mommy

  • Southern Breeze Sweet Tea {GIVEAWAY} #SouthernBreezeSweetTea AD

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:15 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. Have you tried Southern Breeze Sweet Tea? I am a sweet tea drinker. Living here in the south, we are kind of raised on sweet tea so it is pretty much everywhere. I have fond memories of sitting on my grandmother’s back porch drinking sweet tea with her every summer while I was growing up. There was always a pitcher in her refrigerator and that’s {Read More} The post Southern Breeze Sweet Tea {GIVEAWAY} #SouthernBreezeSweetTea AD appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
  • DIY Wooden Crate Lemonade Stand

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Hot summer days and bored kids leave you looking for things to do and ways to cool down. Ice cold lemonade from your very own lemonade stand can help you with both of these. Give the kids a little extra pocket money with a lesson in entrepreneurship.   This lemonade stand was pretty inexpensive to put together, and only took about half an hour to build once I had gathered all my supplies. The counter can be covered in a pretty {Read More} The post DIY Wooden Crate Lemonade Stand appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
  • Enter the Borden and Judy Moody Way-Cool Sweepstakes to Win Books & More

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    My kids are avid readers and they all love the Judy Moody books. We have purchased many of the books and the ones we don’t have we get from the library. We have an extensive library and we always welcome more books. We also go through a lot of milk and cereal which pairs perfectly with the summer campaign that Borden milk is doing this summer with Megan McDonald’s Judy Moody series. The summer reading campaign featuring the nine-year-old and {Read More} The post Enter the Borden and Judy Moody Way-Cool Sweepstakes to Win Books & More appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
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    Dagmar*s Home

  • “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #33

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The post “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #33 appeared first on Dagmar*s Home. Welcome to the next “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” link party! If you found an amazing deal lately, new or vintage, then play along and link up! It was hard to decided my favorite pick from last week’s link party. I finally decided on this one: Brittany Ruth from The Rococo Roamer bought this vintage seafoam […] The post “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #33 appeared first on Dagmar*s Home.
  • 4 Ways to Use and Style a Bookcase

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The post 4 Ways to Use and Style a Bookcase appeared first on Dagmar*s Home. Remember the eco-friendly Sauder bookcase I told you about a while ago? Sauder furniture is designed with functionality in mind, and I wanted to show you three additional ways I could use and style that bookcase. It’s been wonderful to have the extra storage of the Barrista Lane tall bookcase in the office; we so […] The post 4 Ways to Use and Style a Bookcase appeared first on Dagmar*s Home.
  • Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Busy

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    The post Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Busy appeared first on Dagmar*s Home. Time for Wordless Wednesday, which you know is never wordless on Dagmar’s Home. How is your summer going so far? After coming back from the Haven blogging conference, which was fabulous, I drove to the Emporium today to check on my booth and to rearrange a few things after I dropped off L at camp. […] The post Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Busy appeared first on Dagmar*s Home.
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    Globetrotting in Heels

  • Feel-good music

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    Amidst all the empty lyrics and the sex-talk and the booty-shaking (though we don’t necessarily always mind the latter), there seems to be a new type of music emerging: the really honest, feel-good, or even better, feel-good-in-your-own-skin music. The first recent example of this was Sara Bareilles’s “Brave”, encouraging the listeners to express themselves and not just hold their tongues when they have something to say – something I am guilty of myself, which is probably why I find the message so empowering. Also empowering, the video featuring several people who…
  • My favorite pieces from Primark’s new shoe collection

    4 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    I have already professed my love for London numerous times. It is simply amazing: great architecture, great public transportation, awesome museums, fabulous shows and musicals, and simply amazing shopping spots. I love the markets, Topshop, Selfridges (especially the Shoe Galleries!), adore Accessorize (duh!) and Paperchase, but I actually also really like taking a weekday morning to pop into Primark. Sure, it is loaded with stuff, lots of it really quite – ehm – how shall I put this… “Things that make you go YIKES”? But if you take the time to dig through the…
  • OOTW: easy summer day outfit

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    There is no doubt: summer has finally hit Zurich. With temperatures reaching above 30 degrees Celsius, this week had everyone putting away their coats and long-sleeve shirts, and reaching for the lightest items in their wardrobe. For me, that means dresses. Whether it’s maxis and flat sandals or skater dresses and espadrille wedges, cute day dresses and sandals more or less constitute my summer “uniform”. Tailored shorts and capris make an appearance now again, sure – but generally, my go to summer outfit involves a dress. I really like basic cotton dresses because…
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    Twelve Makes a Dozen

  • Days of 47 Float Preview

    Mom of 12
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:03 pm
    In Utah our big Pioneer Celebration and parade is on July 24. LDS stakes are invited to prepare a float about a year in advance and it takes about 15 years for their turn to come around again. The Gym Rat was a young boy scout the last time we had this opportunity. I knew our stake had a float assignment this year, but because my girls are all busy already on the 24th, and it's mostly for the
  • Filming a Video for BSA

    Mom of 12
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:47 am
    Earlier this week I got an email from Bill at the National Boy Scout Council. He told me they were making a promotional/informational video about scouts with disabilities and inclusion and they wanted to know if they could interview the Dog Walker while they were in Utah. First let's just say I was shocked! It's been almost 3 years since the Dog Walker earned all the merit badges offered by BSA
  • Rocky Mountain Raceway

    Mom of 12
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:12 am
    Remember I told you we bought the Pass of all Passes? Well one of the activities on the pass is to visit Rocky Mountain Raceway. We had never seen a car race before, but Sport really wanted to try it. He loves cars! We headed out there about 5:00 so we could get in on some of the qualifying rounds. I wasn't sure if the kids would enjoy it or just be bored and it was so hot outside!  I didn't
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  • Appetizer Recipe: Prosciutto and Pea Crackers

    Tonya Staab
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
      Triscuit and Martha Stewart have partnered up this summer for the Triscuit Summer Snackoff Challenge (which I'll share more details about below). My challenge to help promote this and to give you a little inspiration (as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #TriscuitSnackoff) was to create a topping for Triscuit crackers using peas, which is this week's featured ingredient. So I give you Prosciutto and Pea Crackers. They make a tasty little appetizer, that are perfect for summer entertaining. Ingredients: (makes approximately 1 dozen crackers) Triscuit - original crackers 1/2…
  • My New Sauder Sewing Cart

    Tonya Staab
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
      Remember a while ago when I posted about Sauder and some of the gorgeous furniture they have? Well, as luck would have it I was asked if I'd like a lovely piece and so of course I jumped at the opportunity and after days of narrowing down choices, because really I couldn't decide between a new bed for my baby girl, an armoire for her brother or a sewing cart for me, I selfishly chose the sewing cart. Isn't it fabulous? And it gets better, just look inside. From ordering, to delivery and then assembly it was smooth sailing. My lovely man helped me with the assembly ... although I could…
  • Berry Sweet Cupcake Treats

    Tonya Staab
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
      Did you go strawberry picking this season? We forgot, and I simply can't believe it, we've gone every year until now, but thankfully the kids haven't remembered that we haven't been, and as long as I have a constant supply of strawberries on hand they seem to be happy. I even made these yummy strawberries and cream chocolate cupcakes. These are great for a summer get-together with friends. This is what you need to make these fun summer berry sweet cupcake treats: chocolate cupcakes - yes I even used a box, sometimes you just want quick and easy (of course I added in my homemade…
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    StyleBakery » stylebakerymom

  • Top sellers from the must-shop Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

    Jennifer Davidson
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Shopping for fall in the middle of summer might be the last thing on your mind right now, but this is one sale you don’t want to miss. Nordstrom’s famous anniversary sale is on — meaning deep discounts on just-hit-the-racks fall pieces. Shop now for amazing prices on things like Frye riding boots and forever leather jackets. Trust us, it’s worth spending a half hour indoors to scoop up these pieces now. Here are some of the top sellers worthy of your pre-fall investment — but shop soon, prices go up August 4. Turn on your JavaScript to view content The post Top sellers…
  • Create pretty, kid-friendly artwork with sun print kits

    Courtney Strimel
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Kiwi Crate arrival day at my house is always a big deal. Getting mail and a box chock-full of crafting goods in one day? It’s almost too much excitement for my 5-year-old. Last month’s Crate came with a sun print kit backpack. My little one had a fantastic time completing the project, and I honestly kind of wished I had one to make myself. In case the term is new to you, sun prints utilize paper or fabric, water, interesting objects like plants or feathers and (you guessed it) the sun to create pretty images with major artistic flair. After a little research, I found several sun…
  • Kids can spice up their swim with Bling2O goggles

    Christine Fox
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Summer is almost half over and we’ve been to the pool and beach too many times to count. While we love it, we don’t necessarily like the after effects that it has on our eyes. Keep the stinging and burning eyes at bay with the fashionable and fun Bling2O swim goggles this summer. In fresh and fun styles for both boys and girls, there are several different styles of goggles including some that are blinged out with rhinestones, heart-shaped, sprinkled to look like donuts, shaped to look like sea monsters and cars and with cheetah print. Gone are the plain goggles of yesteryear…
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    Lille Punkin'

  • Books We Love: New Candlewick Press Books Celebrate Fathers!

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I don't think you can ever own too many good books.  But what makes a good book? For most families, it includes an engaging story, great illustrations, and lots of laughs.  (A simple life lesson is also a big plus.)  These Candlewick Press books all contain the essential elements to earn our "Books we Love" label, and they say really great things about Dads.  Is there one that you'd like to
  • Big Fights Come in Little Packages: Help Cure Childhood Cancer!

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I have been so blessed with 6 healthy children. With the exception of a few minor injuries and the common flu, we have been free from hospitals and machines, treatments and tubes. But not all of our friends can say the same thing.  A good friend of my husband (who is now a dear friend of mine) lost a child to childhood cancer.  It was a heartbreaking thing for us, in that we couldn't bring
  • Review of Henry's Humdingers Raw Honey Products

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    I first heard of Henry's Humdinger's on an episode of "Shark Tank". I thought that the idea of flavored honeys with unique ingredients would be a good fit for my family. (And I was very impressed that the company started with the hard work and vision of an 11-year-old boy!) We use honey on most anything, and we also really enjoy playing around with spices.  We were given 4 kinds of the honeys
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    A Hen's Nest - NW PA Mom Blog

  • Back To School Tech Sweepstakes! Win an HP 14″ Chromebook PC or other prizes!

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Welcome to the Back To School Tech Sweepstakes! At Mom Powered Media, we believe in higher education and want to help our network readers get there. To help you do just that, we are giving one lucky reader a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. There will also be 20 second place […] The post Back To School Tech Sweepstakes! Win an HP 14″ Chromebook PC or other prizes! appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hen’s Friday #Giveaway Linky 6/27 – 7/3

    19 Jun 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Happy Friday! Summer has finally kicked in and we’ve been having warm stormy days. Pie and I aare planning a fun girl’s day out with my cousin and her daughter – I can’t wait to spend some time together – we see so little of each other these days! I hope you all are enjoying […] The post Hen’s Friday #Giveaway Linky 6/27 – 7/3 appeared first on A... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hen’s Friday #Giveaway Linky 6/13 – 6/19

    12 Jun 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Happy Friday the 13th all! We don’t consider it bad luck, so have a great day! It finally feels like summer has arrived, the temps are climbing and my daughter is already bored out of her mind :D We’ve been reading a lot and watching a  heck of a lot of Netflix. I hope you’re […] The post Hen’s Friday #Giveaway Linky 6/13 – 6/19 appeared first on A Hen's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Simply Stacie

  • Pineapple Pomegranate Smoothie + #SilkSmoothies Sweepstakes

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    My mom has been on a smoothie kick for awhile and now that I’m back closer to family, she’s inspired me to start drinking more of them. Not only are they healthy, but they are also delicious! This summer I’m all about fruit smoothies! Fresh fruit is plentiful in our local farmer’s markets and grocery… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Pineapple Pomegranate Smoothie + #SilkSmoothies Sweepstakes. Thank you for helping to stop…
  • Stay Confident with Poise + Free Sample

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    This post is sponsored by Poise. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. My body hasn’t been the same for me since my youngest daughter was born 10 years ago. Besides the extra stretch marks and weight, I also had to deal with a few other “perks”. They aren’t really discussed in social circles because the topic is… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Stay Confident with Poise + Free Sample. Thank you for helping to stop content…
  • Top Five Books to Read This Summer + Giveaway#LittleMercies

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I’ve always been an avid reader since the time I was a very young girl. I enjoy keeping a well-stocked book shelf of all my favourite books and ones I’m waiting to tackle. I read books year round, but there’s just… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Top Five Books to Read This Summer + Giveaway#LittleMercies. Thank you for helping to stop content…
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  • The Military Home with Navy Federal Credit Union

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Home buying is on everyone’s mind. You don’t have to be military to have questions and insecurities. But, if you are military, Navy Federal Credit Union would like to help you. They can help with your VA or FHA loan questions and concerns. Explaining APR, fees, taxes, payments, etc.Even what to do if you get deployed or can’t make the mortgage. We are currently saving up for our 1st home, using a VA loan ourselves. We also utilize a military credit union. Thankfully after asking what seemed like a million questions, we are confident that our final purchase will be perfect…
  • Delta Children Planes Upholstered Chair Giveaway

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    To help celebrate the release of Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, Delta Children is offering 1 very lucky MommyPR reader their very own Delta Children Planes Upholstered Chair! This great new Planes Upholstered Chair is the perfect chair for your little one. Planes Upholstered Chair, the soothing chair provides a perfect spot for your little Pilot to watch his favorite shows and relax after a long day. The upholstered chair is built with a sturdy durable frame making it the perfect chair for studying and relaxing. Win It Mandatory Entry: Tell me who you would give this chair to!
  • Places That You Can Visit While In Ireland

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Ireland is an extremely popular holiday destination that every year attracts huge numbers of tourists from all over the world. A few of the factors which make Ireland such a popular holiday destination include the friendly welcome given to all tourists by the hospitable local population, its convenient proximity to other larger European countries which draw in even larger numbers of tourists annually, and the significant worldwide Irish diaspora numbering into the millions, of which numbers many wish to visit their roots at least once in their lifetimes.If you are in luck enough to get the…
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    Rich Single Momma

  • [Video] How Single Moms Can Make Money Online

    Samantha Gregory
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Watch this video if you are curious about how to make money online with surveys, focus groups, and more. Feel free to ask me your questions about working from home or making money online. No question is dumb (just as long as it’s relevant). I’m happy to help ======================================== Places to find make money online or work at home opportunities: ======================================= Connect with me on: Instagram – Twitter –…
  • How to Protect Your Finances, Personal Data During Divorce

    Samantha Gregory
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    By Jason Alderman No doubt you’ve seen many warnings against sharing personal or financial information with strangers, but what about your spouse – or ex-spouse? A recent study by McAfee uncovered some unsettling results: Although 96 percent of adults surveyed trust their significant other with passwords, intimate photos and other personal content, only 32 percent have asked their ex to delete the information when ending the relationship. One in five people said they’re likely to log into their spouse’s Facebook account at least once a month. Some 30 percent admitted…
  • [Video] How to Reinvent Your Life

    Samantha Gregory
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    The survival mentality set in for a while in my life. But it got boring and I needed a change. My life is constantly in reinvention mode because that is how I grow and thrive. How are you thriving? What changes are you making? The year is half over so it’s a great time to reevaluate what you’ve done so far this year and what you plan to do. If you are clueless about how to reinvent your life keep reading past the video below. These steps will get you on the path to a new way of thinking which will lead to a new way of life. How to Reinvent Your Life in 6.5 Steps Look at where…
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    Extraordinary Mommy

  • Clearing our Voices: Watching The Voice on Tour

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    I am an excellent singer. No, not in front of you. But completely alone…in my shower…in my car….I’m good. Christina Aguilera good. I swear. I can’t prove it to you because a) it only happens when I’m alone and b) it’s top secret….but pinky swear. My small girl and her friends…well, they are a different story all together. They sing out loud, all the time, to every single song they know. And they truly are very good. That’s why it was beyond fun to have a date with my small girl and take her friends and their moms along to The Voice…
  • DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint With Only Two Ingredients

    Kasey Schwartz
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    HI everyone! It’s Kasey from All Things Mamma here.  I’m here this month to share a fun, easy and cheap project to do with your kids while they’re home enjoying the summer! With the mild temperatures here in the Midwest lately, it’s been great to spend so much time outside with the kiddos! We’re riding bicycles, swinging on the swing set and doing lots of art projects outside. All of my kids – no matter the age – love to use sidewalk chalk but only until it gets down to about 1/4 of the normal size. So, we have lots of little pieces of chalk in our…
  • Coffee Shopping

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    I don’t drink coffee. I now know what’s it’s like to be a true foreigner.  I now know how scary it is when everyone else is speaking an indiscernible language.  A few words would be spoken.  Laughter would erupt.  Satisfaction would creep across all of their faces.  I had no clue what was going on. For the first time in my life, I entered… A Coffee Shop. Yesterday morning, I was trying to be nice, pick up a couple of beverages for two of my colleagues. My wife, Danielle? Even she drinks coffee…. I approached a pleasant young woman playing the dual role of order…
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  • The #1 Secret to Keep Your House Clean

    i Dream of Clean
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Do you ever wonder how your home can go from clean to disaster in less than 24 hours? I sure do. For instance, I woke up early last Monday to a perfectly spotless house. The coffee was brewing when I woke up so I drank it in peace while I read. Then I worked out, got ready, and had an extremely productive day. Everything just fell into place. The following day, my kids and I stayed home all day. Since it was a rainy, dreary day, we just hung out and played. Fun was the name of the game! But at the end of the day, our once spotless house had turned into a disaster area. …
  • #streamlineJULY: a decluttering and Instagram Challenge

    i Dream of Clean
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    Do you have too much stuff? Are you trying to figure out where to start when it comes to decluttering? Do you have a hard time letting go of possessions that no longer have value? Many of our fellow i Dream of Clean readers are in the same boat. On a whim yesterday, I got an idea to bring us all together and jump start our decluttering process. #streamlineJULY: a decluttering and Instagram challenge! I think the challenge will be fun if we all do it together. Plus, the daily prompts will help us get creative and see our possessions in a new light as we let go of 31 items over the next month.
  • 3 steps to a super clean, high-efficiency (HE), front-loading washing machine

    i Dream of Clean
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:41 am
    Do you have a high-efficiency (HE) washing machine and need to know how to clean it? Have you ever even thought about cleaning it? When I first got my front loader, I was so excited because of the energy savings. I just couldn’t wait to see how much our water bill would be reduced. What I didn’t expect, was how much more time the new washer takes to maintain than the 25 year old top-loader we previously owned.   I know it seems kinda seems crazy to wash a machine that is supposed to clean. However, taking 5 minutes each month to clean your…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Effective dog flea treatment starts with consistency.

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Owning a dog is an amazing experience, though it is one that requires responsibility. A dog must be kept healthy and free from pests such as fleas and internal parasites. To keep a dog free from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why coin collectors should go metal detecting?

    Guest Author
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Why Coin Collectors Should Go Metal Detecting If you’ve always enjoyed coin collecting, then you should definitely check out metal detecting! At first they may not seem like it, but, these two... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dog coats keep Fido warm with the latest Doggy fashions.

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    Dog lovers like Mark and I, and our children (adults really) will do almost anything for our beloved pets – even going so far as to spend our money on modern, funky, yet functional doggy fashions.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    SavvyMom Today

  • Ottawa: Go Wild
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    We think 45 years is more than enough time to learn a thing or two about making kids happy, and African Lion Safari has been doing it for that long. Now they’re making it even better. So go wild this summer, and follow our tips on how to make the most of your African Lion Safari adventure.
  • Toronto: Go Wild
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    We think 45 years is more than enough time to learn a thing or two about making kids happy, and African Lion Safari has been doing it for that long. Now they’re making it even better. So go wild this summer, and follow our tips on how to make the most of your African Lion Safari adventure.
  • Vancouver: Wild Things
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Make the most of the summer season by planning a family camping trip. We’ve rounded up the best campgrounds and campsites around Vancouver for a family outing.
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  • Road Trips with Kids

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Jumping in the car and going on a summer adventure is a time honored tradition. But as fun as road tripping can be, having kids in the car, especially young kids, can be taxing. The constant noise, bickering, and requests for pit stops are enough to drive even the most patient parents insane. What can you do to make sure your long distance summer travel goes smoothly? Make sure kids have a lot to do in the car. Heavy luggage should go in the trunk, but make sure each kid has a compact carry-on bag as well. Help each child pack their bag with things like books, art supplies, an iPod, handheld…
  • Brand Alert: Chams and GS-115

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you’re looking to add more bottoms to his wardrobe, check out GS-115 and its sister brand Chams. Their line of jeans and shorts has everything from basic denim in a standard straight cut to more exotic cuts and washes. Signature embroidery, studs, and flaps add distinction that’ll turn heads wherever he goes. Best of all, Chams and GS-115 offer a premium designer look at a price parents can afford. Check out some of our favorites: These Chams belted cargo shorts are a must-have for summer. The light cotton is exceptionally breathable and sports unique grid texturing. These slim fit…
  • Beyond Summer Reading

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Does your child dread summer reading? If they don’t like the assigned books, that’s one thing, but if they’re not interested in reading at all, there may be a problem. Often it takes a parent’s guidance to ignite a child’s passion for reading. Luckily, summer is the perfect time to transform your child from a reluctant reader to an avid one. But how?   Reading to your child from an early age is a great way to get them hooked. Choose a book you think your child will love and read the first few chapters aloud to them. If they seem to like the book, ask them to read a few chapters to…
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    Philadelphia Media Mom, Joey Fortman

  • Hotel Hershey in #HersheyPa

    Joey Fortman
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Hotel Hershey in #HersheyPa     I'm still pondering what I like to call 'awesomeness' of my trip to Hershey, Pa with my family last week.  We had an absolutely amazing time!  This isn't the first time I took my family to Hershey but I have to tell you that it's a game changer in my most favorite places to visit!   Hotel Hershey LoveYou all know I just love and adore traveling.  It's such an amazing focus for my family to be able to experience life throw the lens of opportunity.  Yes, I know that not every family can travel.  In fact, my own family never…
  • The Sweetest Place on Earth

    Joey Fortman
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:10 am
    HersheyThe Sweetest Place on Earth Chocolate. Just say the word, and I am there. One of the things I absolutely love about living in Philadelphia is my proximity to Hershey, PA. That's right, Chocolate Town!  I have had the pleasure of visiting many times over the past several years, and I'm heading there again this week as I am what every chocolate lover dreams of.. A HERSHEY AMBASSADOR!  Rough job, I know.  But SOMEBODY has to do it.  I always look forward to my Hershey visits. No, not just because I can stock up on the best chocolate on the planet!  But I love that…
  • Ohhh Baby! 2014 New Baby Gift Guide

    Joey Fortman
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:47 am
    2014 New Baby Gift Guide     We are digging the baby space. My friends Steph & Steph (and their other brother Larry.. get it? HA!) Ok, anyway - yes - we have been hard at work on Blogger Bash, but with the big announcement on Monday about having THE Anne Geddes at Blogger Bash - perfect timing to share with you our amazing New Baby Gift Guide! Steph Glover & Steph Anderson - my two VIM's - (VERY important Mom Friends.  We all need one, ya know!) have put together this awesome guide.  Yes, I played with many of the goodies - but it was their talents that made the…
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    The Megalomaniac Mommy

  • My First Daughter

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    It’s hard to believe that 14 years ago I gave birth to my second child and my first daughter.   If you would have told me 14 yeats ago that this child was going to be a carbon copy of me, I probably wouldn’t have believed you…but….it’s true. She has my smile, my hair, my […] The post My First Daughter appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • One of a Kind Keepsakes from Made With Love Ceramic Imprints + Giveaway Ends 8/6

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
    *This post is brought to you by Made With Love.  I received a promotional item in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.* Everytime my kids or my husband ask me what I want for Mother’s Day, my birthday, Christmas or any other day […] The post One of a Kind Keepsakes from Made With Love Ceramic Imprints + Giveaway Ends 8/6 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Grilling with Red Gold Tomatoes + Giveaway Ends 8/1

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    *This post is brought to you by Red Gold Tomatoes.  I received a promotional item in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.* I know, you’re probably looking at that title and asking yourself what I am talking about.  How on Earth are we […] The post Grilling with Red Gold Tomatoes + Giveaway Ends 8/1 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
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  • How My Kids Taught Me to Love Reading Again

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Growing up, you could easily describe me as a bookworm. I would spend entire days curled up with a good book and I was always on the hunt for new things to read. I loved the quiet of reading, the focus it requires, the escapism, and the way it inspired me to write. And then... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Peapod Announces Pick-Up Service and Celebrates a Birthday (plus a giveaway!)

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Peapod service gets better with a new store Pick-up option. [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Crudite Creations Provides Beautiful and Healthy Veggie Centerpieces

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    We had LadyBug’s friend birthday party on Father’s Day weekend. We were getting her a bouncy house for the whole weekend, so I thought it would be a good time to have family and friends over, too. They could make the most of the bouncy house and see our new house. We invited Big Guy’s... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
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    Rich Single Momma

  • [Video] How Single Moms Can Make Money Online

    Samantha Gregory
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Watch this video if you are curious about how to make money online with surveys, focus groups, and more. Feel free to ask me your questions about working from home or making money online. No question is dumb (just as long as it’s relevant). I’m happy to help ======================================== Places to find make money online or work at home opportunities: ======================================= Connect with me on: Instagram – Twitter –…
  • How to Protect Your Finances, Personal Data During Divorce

    Samantha Gregory
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    By Jason Alderman No doubt you’ve seen many warnings against sharing personal or financial information with strangers, but what about your spouse – or ex-spouse? A recent study by McAfee uncovered some unsettling results: Although 96 percent of adults surveyed trust their significant other with passwords, intimate photos and other personal content, only 32 percent have asked their ex to delete the information when ending the relationship. One in five people said they’re likely to log into their spouse’s Facebook account at least once a month. Some 30 percent admitted…
  • [Video] How to Reinvent Your Life

    Samantha Gregory
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    The survival mentality set in for a while in my life. But it got boring and I needed a change. My life is constantly in reinvention mode because that is how I grow and thrive. How are you thriving? What changes are you making? The year is half over so it’s a great time to reevaluate what you’ve done so far this year and what you plan to do. If you are clueless about how to reinvent your life keep reading past the video below. These steps will get you on the path to a new way of thinking which will lead to a new way of life. How to Reinvent Your Life in 6.5 Steps Look at where…
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    Wifely Steps

  • Study in Singapore Graduate in the US

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Study in Singapore, graduate in the US. Sounds interesting, right? If you know someone (your kids, friends, relatives) who will be going to college next year or the year after that, please let them know of this event on August 2, 2014. This is a chance for them to discover more pathways to success (Singapore […] The post Study in Singapore Graduate in the US appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Sauteed Mushrooms Quick and Easy Recipe

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:12 am
    Sauteed Mushrooms is one of my favorite dishes. This recipe is super quick and easy to follow. You can totally enjoy the mushrooms on their own or top it on a salad like I did. Sauteed mushrooms also makes a good side dish. Here’s a 15-second recipe video I posted on Instagram awhile back: Sauteed […] The post Sauteed Mushrooms Quick and Easy Recipe appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Book Review)

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Landline by Rainbow Rowell is a wonderful read, especially if you’re married. The novel shows a marriage’s realities beyond the honeymoon stage, when you have to work harder to keep the magic alive, when you sometimes need to be reminded of the bliss that brought you together in the first place. Needless to say, it […] The post Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Book Review) appeared first on Wifely Steps.
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • Labeling School Supplies Made Easy

    Alicia Marie
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    My boys start school in less than a month and I am not ready at all! Starting to think of the new school year means that my shopping list and my to-do list is continuing to grow. Admittedly, school supply and clothing shopping is one of my favorite parts of the preparation. Labeling all the supplies (so they don’t get lost) and filling the backpacks though? Not as fun. I’m excited to be working with Bright Star Kids this month to share just how easy packing the backpacks can be once all the supplies have been bought. Bright Star Kids, established in 2005, sells a great range of…
  • Share Your #VacayGoneCrayCray Story

    Alicia Marie
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    (Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) I love going on vacation with my family. It’s nice to just get away and relax. Well, that’s how it’s supposed to be at least! Have you ever went somewhere and had things go awry? I remember one time I was so excited to visit an apple festival in a town about an hour and a half away. It was going to be a road trip and a quick mini-vaca to enjoy some of my favorite Fall traditions. So we got directions from the internet, loaded the car and were off. We drove and we drove and we drove. We could not find this…
  • Earn Money For Your Child’s Team With PearUp

    Alicia Marie
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    (Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) One of my favorite ways to spend Saturdays in the warmer months is to watch my boys play soccer. They’ve played through our local park district, on a private league and are starting weekly indoor soccer classes next week. They love the game, especially when they get to score a goal. They also love the sidelines when they can cheer for their teammates and chat non-stop. As much as I love my kids playing sports, I don’t like the fundraising that typically comes along with it. For one of Jacob’s teams I had…
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    Musing Mommies Mom Podcast and Mommy Blog - Interviews, Giveaways, Health, Wellness, and Mothering advice

  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 246 {Talking This and That}

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 246 Wednesday July 16th 2014 This week the Musing Mommies, Kim and Dawn are talking about…what was it again? Oh, a little bit of this and a little bit of that…Tune in to find out what it is! Peace, Love & Chattiness, ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your friends and families! We are on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods and mp3 players around the world! We want to hear from you too,  so contact us today and say HI! Email: Kim (at) musingmommies (dot) com or Dawn (at) musingmommies (dot) com LINKS: VITAMIN E OIL, OIL…
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 245 {Turning 40}

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 245 Wednesday July 9th 2014 The day used to be marked by bouquets of black balloons, joke bottles of jelly bean “pills”, big parties where everyone wore black and mourned the passing of the upward trajectory of life. It was all down hill from there. Now it seems it’s more about joyful parties, girls’ trips, and celebrating the “best time of your life.” Yes, this week the Musing Mommies are talking about the big 4-0. Tune in to find out if 40 is all it’s cracked up to be. Peace, Love & Chattiness, ~Dawn and Kim…
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 244 {Happy Independence Day}

    4 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 244 Thursday July 4th 2014 The Musing Mommies are back this week now that Kim is all moved in – thank goodness! As you lie int he sun, play on the water, shoot fireworks, and eat glorious food-a-plenty this 4th of July, take some time between bites to listen in the the Mumos as they catch up from a 2 week hiatus. Happy Birthday, America! Peace, Love & Chattiness, ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your friends and families! We are on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods and mp3 players around the world! We want to hear from you…
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  • Triple Coconut Cream Pie

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    My husband turned 39 yesterday, so we made him a pie. My daughter had some thoughts about what kind of pie we should make. The conversation went like this: Gem: I want to make Daddy a cherry pie for his birthdayMe: I just bought ingredients for coconut cream pie, because it’s his favoriteGem: I think Daddy wants cherryMe: Did you ask him?Gem: Daddy, do you want a surprise? Such is my life. For the record, we ended up making the pie I planned on, and she got away with being cute. It’s a kind of win-win. And, she was a great help in the kitchen. The Dahlia Lounge has the best…
  • Does your blog need a disclosure statement?

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    The term disclosure statement sounds boring, dry, like legalese. It is. It sounds like something complicated, that would be better put off till you have 6 or 8 hours of free-time to dedicate to the project. Or a week. It’s not. It’s really not that complicated. It wont take all that much time. And it’s really important. This may not be the fun stuff of blogging, but it’s important stuff if you are making a living (or even just trying to cover your expenses) while working on the web. It’s important even if you’re not making money from your blog. Just…
  • Then and Now: Sunglasses

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:09 am
    2009   2014   I love that I can see so much of who she is now in the old photos of who she was back then. She has grown so much – but I can see the seeds of her personality and her appearance in her baby pictures.
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  • Angel’s Wish Comes True #GiveWhereWeLive

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    Telus is such a great company for so many reasons, not the least of which is their awareness of social issues and their community. With the #GiveWhereWeLive campaign, Telus is showing support to others who dedicate themselves to helping others. After asking Canadians to share how they care in their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Labeling for Camp with Stuck On You

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    It’s that time of year again, the kids are off to camp! I’m not a teary Mom about them heading off for some independence for a week. I love that they get this experience and I appreciate the break that I get, even though they don’t all go. This year I sent two kids to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Affordable Travel Without Limits #GoRVing

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
    They say the journey is half the fun, and I believe that wholeheartedly. Taking in the scenery on a road trip and making unplanned stops to see sights is what makes a road trip so special. While we take many road trips in our van, what I would really like to do is go RVing […]Author... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    dude mom

  • T-Shirt Tuesday. The Flag Shirt. #giveaway

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Hello America, we love you! And, not many things proclaim that more strongly than The Flag Shirt. Side story, I moved to Germany in the early 90s with my parents.  I was like 13.  The Berlin Wall had recently fallen, the first Gulf War as underway, and a variety of other random countries had a variety of other random reasons to not feel all warm and fuzzy towards Americans. I don’t remember much about our arrival into the country other than the fact that it was super cold (we went in December), and the instructions they gave my family in culture training was to not look “too…
  • Dude Mom Life: Dude House Sounds, Vol.3

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I know, you’re dying for a fashion post. And, I’m dying to wear real pants. But, since Dude 2 had his tonsillectomy last week I’ve not donned a single pair. So, maybe next week, when everyone is all healed up and I have time to think about something other than milkshakes and pain meds, I’ll show you some back to school style.  Or like, my favorite bag. In the meantime, here’s what things have been sounding like at the Dude house… Dude 3: Why do they call it balls?  One of the things is pointy? Dude 2: Mom, don’t you wish you could just pee outside? Dude 3: I know my feet are…
  • Homemade Ice Cream with YayLabs!

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    Yesterday Dude 2 had his tonsils taken out. The surgery went well; done in 20 minutes flat. He did a couple of creepy things in the recovery room courtesy of the anesthesia, but overall he is in good spirits, and working his way through a Costco sized bottle of prescription pain reliever. I will write a more informative post about how and why we decided to go under the knife, but before that… ICE CREAM! It’s the one thing they use to convince kids everywhere that a tonsillectomy won’t hurt like a mother be so bad and, even if it is, all of the ice cream on the planet will make that all…
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    La Jolla Mom

  • Learn Tips for Surviving Summer Family Road Trips #KidsNTrips

    La Jolla Mom
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Road trips are still the most popular family vacations in America. Proper planning is the difference between a grueling ride and a pleasant journey so you definitely won’t want to miss our next #KidsNTrips family travel Twitter party. We’re joining forces with sponsor American Express to discuss our very best tips for surviving family road trips. Topics include keeping the kids entertained and happy in the car, helpful apps, favorite road trip destinations, budgeting tips as well as some information about the new Amex EveryDay credit card that comes with Roadside Assistance and…
  • Gear Up for Fall Travel With These Nordstrom Sale Favorites

    La Jolla Mom
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started yesterday. Since I’m headed to Germany to tour the holiday markets and it’s been a while since I’ve lived in Europe, I need to update my cold weather gear. This will also help eliminate the chaos of finding proper clothes for skiing in Colorado. I poked around the sale and identified these stylish items that will keep you both fashionable and warm during the cold season. All of these items are on sale with the exception of the last one. I’ll name them off from left to right starting off with the top row. 1. North Face ‘Apex…
  • What It’s Like to Attend Rancho La Puerta Cooking School

    La Jolla Mom
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    If your travels take you (and they should) to the famous destination fitness resort and spa called Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, one of the unique experiences to sign up for is a hands-on cooking class at La Cocina Que Canta (“The Kitchen That Sings”). The kitchen’s festive name is appropriate because the place literally buzzes with energy and laughter as participants recreate recipes from visiting chefs and the Ranch’s own cookbook using organic ingredients from the onsite six-acre farm. During your week at Rancho La Puerta, cooking classes happen several times…
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  • Seaport Village Outdoor Movie Night during Comic-Con: Hunger Games-Catching Fire

    Suzette Valle
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Comic-Con fans,  Seaport Village’s Outdoor Movie Night is happening next Thursday, July 24! To celebrate the start of Comic-Con, Seaport will be showing a free screening of Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and/or chairs and meet in the West Plaza fountain area, where the movie will be played at 8 p.m. […]
  • Media Leaders Interview: Marketing to Mom Demographic

    Suzette Valle
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I was invited by Media Leaders to participate in a Google+ Hangout to talk about how brands and business are engaging the digital mom demographic.  
  • The “Awesomes” and Hulu are Back for Comic-Con 2014

    Suzette Valle
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    I had a blast getting to know the cast of The Awesomes at Comic-Con last year. Seth Meyers and his brother Josh are a couple of very funny siblings. And Taran Killam was just a ball of energy!  They are all back for this year’s Con, and if you have a chance to catch them […]
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  • Book review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

    Wendy McAuliffe
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    At the beginning of the year, one of my many resolutions was to try and read at least one book a month. Little did I know that resolution would be completely thrown out the window when I picked up Donna Tartt’s epic new novel The Goldfinch…but hand on heart, it was completely worth breaking my […]
  • A day trip to Poole Quay

    Wendy McAuliffe
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Poole Quay is little more than a stone’s throw from my home, but for some reason it’s one of those places we only think to visit occasionally. After every visit, we always end up saying, “why don’t we come here more often?” But then I guess it wouldn’t have such novelty value if we did. […]
  • Our wonder week…and getting to grips with weaning

    Wendy McAuliffe
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Wolfy has been a little slow on the uptake with weaning. He is hopelessly addicted to his milk and hasn’t quite seen the need for anything else. Looking at him, you certainly wouldn’t say he was going without! But at his eight month check a couple of weeks ago our health visitor gently advised that […]
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  • Testing Body Image

    amanda magee
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    We were sprawled out in the backyard. Sean was spraying the big girls down with a hose and Finley was devouring a sandwich in a lawn chair. The cat and dog were at our sides, both seemingly delighted that we were spending the day in a way that they could be with us. As the grass began to get soppy Sean passed the hose to Briar and Avery and gave them a three minute warning. “Three minutes and the hose is done!” “Okaaaaaaaay!” the girls screeched. Briar was in a purple and black suit, Ave a black rashguard with paint splatter accents and matching bottoms. They darted…
  • The Saying Goes…

    amanda magee
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Years ago in my carpentry days I worked with a guy named Clay. He was from North Carolina and had the kind of drawl that authors take paragraphs to bring to life until it becomes the cadence of your very thoughts. As we would work feverishly in the scene shop at Delftree building sets for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, we’d take smoke breaks and bitch breaks. One late night walking toward the loading dock Clay said, “This whole thing makes about as much goddamn sense as going through your asshole to get to your belly button.” That saying has stayed with me because…
  • A Good Fit

    amanda magee
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    There are some milestones that I have breathlessly watched for—first steps, “mom”, reading, riding a bike. I rejoice as the girls achieve them and some times find myself a bit crestfallen at how much they make me ache. Over the past few months I’ve realized that we’ve reached a new one and it terrifies me. All three girls are sitting on an axis that is tilting them toward a new realm that involves unabashed worship of kids older than they are. I can see it in the trance-like effect of movies, the absolute silence that comes over them when we pass a group of…
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    Life, Darling

  • Sausage Dip: The Easiest, Tastiest Three Ingredient Dip. Ever.

    Jennifer from
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It’s only three simple ingredients. Three simple ingredients to a party in your mouth, my friends. And it takes so little time, you’ll wonder why no one ever told you the gloriousness of this dip sooner. But no matter! I was making this for dinner the other night – yes, chips and dip are considered dinner around these parts – when I thought, hey! Share this with your people! Ready for The Mouth Party? Sausage Dip: The Easiest, Tastiest Three Ingredient Dip. Ever. Serving Size: Generously serves 4 – 6 people INGREDIENTS 8 oz (one block) Cream Cheese 15 oz can…
  • I Haven’t Gone Missing… Just On Vacation

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Hi, friends! I just got back from a whirlwind vacation (they’re always a whirlwind, aren’t they? Or maybe “tornado” is a better term to use when five kids under eight years old are involved?) and only now see that it’s been two weeks since I last posted, which was totally unintentional! I had a couple posts ready to go, but for whatever reason, they never published while I was away! User error! Sorry! I’ll have a post ready for you next week. But besides that, what about you? How have ya’ been? How was your Fourth of July? Anything new and exciting…
  • No-Knead Biscuits From Scratch

    Jennifer from
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:29 pm
    I know, you don’t believe me. You think maybe these will end up bland and hard as rocks. But no, friends. I assure you, these biscuits are amazingly simple to make, easy on the wallet and DELICIOUS. Let’s get to it: the secret ingredient in this recipe is… MAYONNAISE. And before you write it off, hold on! You cannot taste the mayo in the biscuit. I promise! No-Knead Biscuits From Scratch Serving Size: 12 Biscuits INGREDIENTS 2 cups all purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons mayonnaise** 1 cup milk** 2 – 3 tablespoons melted butter SPECIAL…
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    Marketing Mama

  • out with the old, in with the new (tv)

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Watching TV has never been an important part of my life. Except for certain shows I’ve gotten hooked on through the years. You know, the classics (for my generation), like Friends & ER. And then later LOST & Grey’s Anatomy. I remember being so excited when I bought my first new TV when I graduated from college. A 25 inch Panasonic “box” TV that I saved up to pay for. My dear friend Jim Heaslip (who has since passed away) wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing and went with me to buy it. And he carried that heavy TV by himself up 3 flights of stairs at my…
  • so much summer

    30 Jun 2014 | 8:25 pm
    For our last bonfire, I prepped all of the Smore’s fixings before we went out to the fire. Made it so much easier to assemble without having to fuss with packaging! We’ve had some incredibly long, hard winters in Minnesota the last couple of years. They are so, so long…  and summer seems so very short in comparison. Two friends have picked up and moved their families to California recently because they’ve had enough of Minnesota. Ironically, they are leaving during the best part of the year. The time where we all make peace with the pain of the past several months and…
  • advice on going through a divorce

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Image by Nicolas Raymond, Creative Commons License. When my marriage ended, nearly five years ago, I didn’t know anyone my age who had been through the same thing, especially not anyone with small children. I longed for someone to talk to who would understand first hand what I was going through. Now, sadly, more and more of my friends are also getting divorced. Nearly every month or so I get a call or email from a friend, acquaintance or blog reader looking for advice and comfort – hoping to talk to someone who understands. And while I’m always sad to hear about anyone…
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • Big Kahuna’s Water Park Review *2 Ticket FLASH Giveaway*

    Toni Patton
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    We are definitely beach bums around these parts, that means 99% of our summer, when we go out, is spent at the beach.  If it weren’t for work we would be outside all day every day.  While we love the beach, sometimes it can get a little bit “meh”.  Sure waves are fun, but how Read More »» The post Big Kahuna’s Water Park Review *2 Ticket FLASH Giveaway* appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
  • Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue In Theaters TODAY! #FireandRescueEvent

    Toni Patton
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Flying into theaters today, is Disney’s newest addition “Planes: Fire and Rescue”. When I was in LA, I had the chance to do so many fun things, including screen the movie! I was already a fan of Disney’s Planes, but this new movie took the life of Dusty, to a whole new level! The movie Read More »» The post Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue In Theaters TODAY! #FireandRescueEvent 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....
  • Escape To Luxury At The All-Inclusive Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort

    Toni Patton
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    When you go through the gates, you are transported through a jungle like adventure. What lies behind the gate and past the trees is pure luxury! When I was invited to head out to the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort, I was ecstatic, as I had never been to an all-inclusive resort before. Little did Read More »» The post Escape To Luxury At The All-Inclusive Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
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    {So Wonderful, So Marvelous}

  • Margarita Melon : Margarita Appetizer.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:33 pm
    These drunken watermelon bites are perfect for a summer party.  They taste like a mini watermelon margarita and they are so cute that your guests won’t be able to resist.  They have a great tequila flavor, but not enough alcohol in one to make you tipsy.  The sea salt provides a great contrast with the sour of the lime and the sweet of the watermelon.  It’s the perfect appetizer or amuse for a Mexican dinner with friends.  I’m currently working out dinner party details, just so I can plan around these.  Directions Using a melon baller {I just used a metal…
  • Fun Things To Do in Ohio: Cedar Point.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Located on the coast of Lake Erie in Sandusky, is perhaps one of my favorite summer activities in Ohio.  Where else are you going to have a gorgeous view from the best rollercoasters in the world? If you live anywhere near the Midwest, or if you are a fan of roller coasters, you have heard of Cedar Point.  We are fortunate to live a short drive from America’s Roller Coast and head to the park a couple times a year.  Visiting Cedar Point each summer was a highlight of my own childhood and a tradition that we are happy to pass on with our children.  No matter your age,…
  • Beets. Bears. Battlestar Galactica.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:07 am
    So, I’m just going to tell you this.  I feel like I’m moderately geeky, but I can’t deal with Battlestar Galactica.   My friend Steph, just fell on the floor, I’m sure of it. I might as well admit that I just can’t do Dr. Who either.  People try to talk me into it all the time.   Don’t think I haven’t tried.  Why would a show from ten years ago be on my mind, you rightfully ask?  Oh, because my husband has binge watched 34 episodes of it over the last two months or so.  It’s straight up craziness like Star Trek… and we all know…
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    From the Mommy Files...

  • Are You Going to Lose Your Mommy? – Part II

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    When we met last, I began to explain my mom’s first trip to the hospital this year. Mom had a nasty UTI and was administered some heavy duty antibiotics via IV. The infectious disease doctor explained that Mom had something called Emphysematous Cystitis. This is a very severe infection of the bladder. Mom’s bladder was swelled, filled with air bubbles and in bad shape. It was the worst case of it he’d ever seen. And wasn’t responding to the antibiotics. So he increased the dose, and now prescribed two weeks of this therapy. A PICC line was inserted in her arm, where the drug could be…
  • Are You Going to Lose Your Mommy?

    11 Jun 2014 | 5:45 am
    Did you ever have one of those days – or weeks or even years – when you said to yourself, “I didn’t sign up for this crap!” I think I’m the poster child! Life seems to get more complicated by the day. Can we start 2014 again? I seem to have lost half a year! Let me explain… I started the year all fired up… I had a meeting with my editor to jump start the rewrite on my molar pregnancy book. I had set some goals. I was going to make things happen. It was going to be my year. Then reality set in. My 5 year-old, who’d spent 3 days in the hospital in November for Encopresis, had…
  • Where Have You Been? Part II

    26 Aug 2013 | 11:44 am
    So where did we leave off before I got consumed by moving? That’s a whole other story. Oh yes. STROKE ALERT! A quick trip to the CT room and back, revealed there was no stroke. Thank God. But… Yes, there was a “but.” Something on the scan didn’t look right, so the doctor ordered a series of MRIs and MRAs. The doctor gave no clue as to what he was looking for nor did he share any of his suspicions. I didn’t even know how many tests I was about to receive until later. Meanwhile, the vertigo was still an issue, especially with all the tests. Another doctor came in and told me in…
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  • Watering Made Easy with LeakFree Watering System #Gardening #DIY

    Linda Kinsman
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    As the summer heat continues, the need to water our vegetable gardens, flowers and yards becomes a daily task. While I usually enjoy my time outside, I don’t enjoy using a leaky watering system.  You know the kind- you turn on the water and the faucet waters the house while the spray nozzle sprays you, your shoes, runs down your arm and basically does everything but water what you wanted? That’s why I am happy to work with our sponsor LeakFree by Nelson to share this information with you. They were kind enough to send me a Leakfree starter kit to try free of charge. About…
  • Hundred-Foot Journey Inspired Recipes and Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes #GourmetGetaway

    Barb Webb
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    The Hundred Foot Journey is certainly my top movie pick of the year for so many reasons and naturally, for the food! As a World Market ambassador, I have the wonderful opportunity to share my love of World Market and the upcoming The Hundred Foot Journey film ...and to introduce you to some divine French and Indian cuisine inspired by the film! #sponsoredThe food aspect of The Hundred Foot Journey is certainly an aspect of the film that attracts me.  (This tidbit surely comes as no surprise to long-time Rural Mom readers!) I find the class of classic cuisine cultures that fuse together…
  • Madeleines Recipe #FoodieFriday #100FootJourneyEvent

    Barb Webb
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    I took my first taste of Madeleines at a French bakery during our family trip to Paris last year.  Though I certainly knew what they were, I simply hadn't had the opportunity to sample or test my hand at baking this treat.  From the very first bite I realized the delectable joy I'd been missing out on! Now, I'm thrilled to have a recipe direct from Le Cordon Bleu, courtesy of our friends at DreamWorks Pictures to use in the Rural Mom kitchen and to share with you! If you missed our previous #FoodieFriday recipe shares, you'll find them here:Quiche…
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • Don’t Buy Me Stuff

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Back in my 20s when a good friend and I both lived in London, we used to take each other to the theatre for our respective birthdays. We both loved musicals and drama, and it was a wonderful and generous way for us to treat each other. It also helped that our birthdays were several months apart, so we got to see new shows every six months for a couple of years. Fast-forward 20 odd years. Through good fortune and hard graft, I am lucky enough to have a beautiful home and a lot of stuff. More stuff, in fact, than I truly need. My family also has a lot of stuff, especially my kids. When stuff…
  • The Agony and Ecstasy of Summer Camp

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:55 pm
    School’s out, summer’s here. Parents everywhere are cheering. Or are they? I hate summer camp I hate that we have to be out of the house a whole hour earlier than during the school year, in time to catch the bus to camp. Our already-challenging mornings become even more compressed and panicky because, no matter how well prepared we are, kids just want to play – not pack their lunches, find their towel, apply sunscreen, brush teeth, etc etc. It’s the fear of missing the bus and having to consequently drive 40 minutes in the opposite direction from my workplace that…
  • Three Bonus Skills to Teach Your Kids

    26 Jun 2014 | 4:31 pm
    This is not a post about teaching your kids to dress themselves or tie their own shoelaces. It’s not even a post about ensuring your kids tidy their rooms and put their dirty clothes in the hamper. Or take out the trash and pack their own lunch. And shocker, it’s not about kids picking up their effing Legos. It’s not about teaching reading, manners, social skills, negotiation, independence or any of that. Yes, yes, these are all important to their well-being and development, to the orderliness of your household, your mental health and the general good of society and all…
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  • Statues at Hong Kong Wetland Park

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:31 pm
    You're readingStatues at Hong Kong Wetland Park by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Bird Statues While at the entrance of the Hong Kong Wetland Park I came across these interesting statues of storks and other birds. I have always love looking at different statues and these really captured my attention. Three ducks The statues looked like they were made out of brass and some looked rather weather beaten due to enduring the various weather conditions over the past years. Kingfisher I spotted…
  • You and Me- Where Do We Begin?

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:58 am
    You're readingYou and Me- Where Do We Begin? by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook A box of sweet treats- Japanese Daifuku Like a box of sweets you anticipate the sweetness as you enter into a relationship.  You are attracted by it’s colors and can’t wait to taste it as you embrace the prospects of being of a deeper understanding with another individual. It’s complicated and can be confusing  at the same time. Things are not always rosy and sometimes when you reach a crossroad…
  • Rhyme to Read Giveaway (WW) ends 29th July

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    You're readingRhyme to Read Giveaway (WW) ends 29th July by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Looking for a interactive way to teach your child to read? Here’s a giveaway for you to take part in. Rhyme to Read Giveaway Sponsored by Rhyme to Read Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness Rhyme to Read is a highly effective program for beginning readers. The program emphasizes word families (e.g., cat, rat, sat) which are color-coded to assist children in discriminating the…
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    SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney

  • The One Pot Pasta Disaster (What NOT To Do)

    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I was so excited about this recipe for a one pot pasta, that I dedicated a whole post, here on this miracle dish. I AM still pretty excited about this dish. But two days after the first very successful and yummy attempt, I tried the recipe again, and it bombed. Big time. Instead of using seafood and brocoli, I went with canned tuna and carrots. Yes. An odd combination, but it was the end of the week, and I had na-da in the fridge! I also had the very wrong impression that this, while an easy dish, was in no way a fail-proof dish. So, in all fairness, I decided I needed to make a public…
  • Getting Used To Being A SAHM

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I used to be someone with ‘proper responsibilities’. You know, working full time as an Office Manager meant I got to dress up every day. It meant I had emails to answer. Staff to manage. Problems to troubleshoot. Minutes to complete. Purchases to approve. People to meet. Contracts to draft. Coming over to Australia meant I had to give up my job, and I found myself suddenly … Not important. Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids but if I was honest, it was a struggle, especially in the first few months. I had to find my footing, and more importantly, my sense of worth. As a…
  • The One Pot Pasta

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Or, in other words… the miracle dish. I read a couple of blog posts on this, and I got to admit, this seems TOO EASY to be true. And then I decided to risk some seafood marinara I bought from the Fish Market, and figured, it would either be a hit dish, or… we would be having MacDonald’s for dinner. Now, if you read some of my posts, you would understand I am no domestic goddess, but life with three kids means dinner preparation needs to be easy and simple and delicious and a breeze to clean up, and sometimes preferably all of the above. In fact, one tip I have as a Stay At Home Mom is…
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    Minivan Momma

  • Four Lies and A Truth About Writing

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Lie #1: It will get better when your kids are older and more self-sufficient. This is bull shit. It will not. You will find yourself at 10:38 in the middle of summer screaming at them to go to sleep already and then you'll cry yourself to sleep because you know that they will eventually write a book about you and it will become a movie and critics will call it "Chilling--like "Mommie Dearest" only more awful."Lie #2: You set  your alarm to go off early so you can write. This is also bull shit. You will not write. If you do indeed get up (as opposed to hitting snooze), you will…
  • Summer Slush

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Did y'all miss my time on Tulsa Live! this morning? Well, you are in luck! I'm attaching the video here:Plus, if you want to make Slime In A Baggie, here are some great instructions. And if you want to make ice cream in a baggie, here are some great instructions. And if you want to make fudge in a baggie, here are some great instructions. And, if you want to buy my book, you can do so here. How are you keeping your summer brains from turning to slush?
  • A Whole Bunch Of Nothing

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    My diamond on my engagement ring keeps snagging on things, and I'm afraid of losing it. I lost my original diamond when I was five months pregnant with Daughter 1. It killed me because I just knew that people would think I was some knocked-up, unwed teenage mother--never mind that I was thirty-years-old. So, I'm currently wearing my anniversary band, which I love, but it makes me feel like I'm being unfaithful to Brian. Like I'm advertising I'm not married, but I do celebrate anniversaries or something like that. Who knows why my brain operates the way it does.I know! I know! My brain…
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    Wub Boo Mummy

  • The rainbow loom dilemma

    25 Jun 2014 | 8:26 pm
    My six-year-old son will be having a tonsillectomy in a few days. He’s pretty scared about it, but the promise of a special gift for being brave is helping him get through the anxiety. I asked him what he would like for his gift and he immediately answered ‘a Rainbow Loom’. They’re all nuts about them in his class at school, and I imagine they’re quite good for improving dexterity. Sure, why not? Plus it will be something to keep him occupied while he’s recuperating from his operation. Then I read the news reports about Illinois banning personal care…
  • Conversations with my dog

    29 May 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Dog: Ooh you’re going to the toilet. Great I’ll come with you. Hey you just shut the door in my face. Me: Go to your bed Dog. Dog: What? Why? Is there someone else in there with you? Me: Stop sniffing back and forwards along the bottom of the door. Dog: I just had to make sure there wasn’t someone else in there with you. Me: Who, apart from you, would want to be in here with me while I’m going to the toilet. Dog: The cat. Oh no, she’s in there with you isn’t she. That’s not fair I wanna be in there too.Llemme in, lemme in, lemme in. LET ME IN. Me: The…
  • 6am storytime

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    I am fortunate that every morning I get to listen to a story once I’m awake. Grudgingly awake I might add, usually from being bounced on, but you can’t hold a grudge for too long in the face of such enthusiasm for the new day. This morning Missy Moo “read” to me from the word search/sudoku puzzle book she’d found in her big sister’s room. This is it, verbatim: ‘Once upon a time Mrs Carrot went to the sukermarket to buyed some carrots. He ated the carrots to make him more oranger. Then he got some carrot juice to make him see in the dark.’…
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    A Yummy Mummy? Really?

  • The New Hobby Dilemma

    Yummy Mummy? Really?
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    The New Hobby Dilemma: how many classes should you take before knowing it's not for you? Children come with a host of undiscovered talents. We don't know what they will be good at. We don't now whether they will take to swimming like a duck to water, or if they will splash and cry and splash some more and scream the place down and try every trick in the book to convince us they don't need to learn to swim.Whilst swimming is a non-negotiable for us (being a life saver it is compulsory attendance for our girls), other hobbies are all up for debate. Ballet dancing, horse-riding, singing,…
  • Parents: please stop pleading with your children

    Yummy Mummy? Really?
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    When did parents stop telling their children what to do? Walk into your local supermarket and you'll discover parents not only asking their children to behave, but pleading with them.I nearly called this post "stop saying please". But it's not really the "please" bit that's the problem, though it doesn't help. Indeed you can't expect your children to grow up saying please when they ask for something if you never use it with them. However, there's a difference between saying to little Charlie, "keep hold off the trolly please" in a matter…
  • Is spelling a lost art?

    Yummy Mummy? Really?
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Is spelling a lost art?Why can't she spell?I was completely shocked this week by a colleague who couldn't spell. She is an intelligent, capable girl in her early twenties, but when, during a team training event, she took over the role of writing down the group's thoughts on a large sheet of paper, we discovered she couldn't spell.Not even slightly. The words she had to have spelled out for her included; 'communicate', 'relationship', and 'development'.I must admit to being shocked. I have always assumed, possibly naively, that everyone that's gone…
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  • Dear Toddler, Screw Your Tantrums

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    Dear Toddler, I woke up this morning with every intention of having a great day. Outside the window, playful little birds bounced through the trees. Mother Nature gleefully peeked her yellow face from behind the clouds. The new coffee I purchased tasted like paradise in a cup. I was so in love, I tried finding the number for the grower in Antigua so I could properly thank him. A day like this … how could anything go wrong? And then you woke up. Immediately dissatisfied that a dancing cat graced the television screen instead of a goofy sponge, your lips quivered and your eyes swelled. A…
  • Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Summer Downtime

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Summer is in full swing! The kids are out of school! And it’s time to take a vacation. Whether it’s off to an exotic island or right at home, we want to hear about your summer escapades! This week’s Ladies Only Blog Share is all about enjoying these warm, inviting days. From sun-kissed recipes and adorable crafts to best vacation spots and everything in between, we want to showcase your best summer goodies! So link up those summer posts – old or new – and enjoy your summer downtime. Happy LOBS everyone! Once again, here are my talented and dedicated co-hosts:…
  • I’m a Sony Pictures Sex Tape Blogger! Woot!

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    This is a compensated post written by me on behalf of Sony Pictures.  Sony Pictures is releasing a little (HUGE) movie called Sex Tape this week starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal. They play a married couple who are very much in love, but struggling to keep the passion alive in their relationship after ten years, two kids, and two jobs. They decide to spice things up by making a private video and, as I’m sure you can guess, quickly find out their private video was made not so private. Can you say “Welcome to the Cloud?!” The film chronicles the lengths they’ll go to (and…
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    FeedBlitz News

  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – App Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    I had a realization while looking at photos taken on a recent cross-country road trip to Oregon. There were typical “standing happily next to road sign” photos, some “standing looking not-so-happy next to cars loaded down with luggage” photos, and, I’m ashamed to admit, more than one photo of me and my 19-year-old niece standing (or sitting) side by side, both staring at our iPhones. I guess you could say we’re both addicted. I’m not rude about it—at least, I don’t think I am. I don’t keep my phone on the dinner table. I don’t glaze over and scroll through my phone when…
  • The Real Truth About SEO Success

    Simon Ashton
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Let’s be honest, on the ladder of trustworthiness, search engine consultants fall somewhere between lawyers and members of Congress. But nobody seeks us out at parties for our stories or makes Netflix shows set in the world of SEO. No, instead you have two choices when it comes to SEO. You’re either the nerdy Poindexter, sitting alone at his computer, muttering about meta descriptions and H1 tags, or worse, a snake oil salesman, promising the world that if you’ll just spend thousands of dollars on some magic formula that never quite seems to be finished, you’ll win the Internet.
  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – Food Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    By Eleanor Pierce One of the things I find most exciting about this time of year is farmer’s markets. See, I live in Central Oregon, where the High Desert climate limits the growing season, so these open air markets are really a summertime affair. And from the first local strawberries to the last of the summer corn, they just make me happy. And honestly, so do some of the other not-so-healthy foods of summer, from snow cones to burgers and brats. I guess I’m just an incorrigible foodie. So naturally, while I was rounding up a few of my favorite news items for this week’s FeedBlitz:…
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    Mother, Inc

  • Happy thoughts.

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:51 am
    Ok, so it seems like everyone around me is giving birth, like some great cosmic joke that’s so unfunny. In the past 2 weeks, I have FOUR(??!!) friends who gave birth. Even the angry cat at my void deck (whom I always thought was male and just a little bit fat) decided to deliver 3 really cute squishy baby kittens. Meanwhile, I’m still here, as pregnant as ever. Had another round of contractions on Saturday night and the husband was all “I think it doesn’t look so good, let’s go in to the hospital” but I was not to be faked again. I grabbed a hot compress…
  • The feel-better-brigade at your service

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Me: Baby girl, can mommy hold your hand? Kirsten: Of course! You can hold my hand anytime you want. 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 4 o’clock…ANY O’CLOCK also can! Me: That’s like an unlimited holding hand pass, I like. Kirsten: Um, just not too long ok, later my hands get sweaty and gross. Truett: Mom, are you feeling better? Does your stomach still hurt? Me: Yeah it does. Truett: I think I know what will you need. I will pray for you and then hug you super long and you’ll feel better. Me: You’re right, that would make me feel better.
  • A very uncooperative cervix

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:17 am
    It’s been a crazy 36 hours which started with some painful, regular contractions on Sunday evening. (yay, finally right?) It was fairly manageable at first so I tried to sleep it off but this is a very thoughtful baby who woke me up at 3am with some good old fashioned pain in the uterus so I could watch the World Cup finals. I love a good game of soccer but frankly, given the state I was in, I enjoyed that match just about as much as I enjoy a bare-handed fist fight with an alligator. By 7 in the morning, the contractions were about 10 minutes apart and the pain was getting out…
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    The Mom Views

  • 8 Time Saving Kitchen Tips

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Moms who want more hours in the day, raise your hands. Unsurprisingly, most of you are raising your hands! Moms, whether they stay at home, work from home or outside the home, have lots of responsibilities. One of the most important one is to ensure that our family has healthy, nutritious meals throughout the day. That is not to say that this isn’t applicable to Dads – our modern Dads are very involved! With all the awareness about healthy eating, we don’t want to eat out on a regular basis, but at the same time, we don’t want to slave all day in the kitchen. We want to have more…
  • 5 Healthy Macaroni Recipes

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    When we were young, there weren’t all these fancy pasta shapes that are available in stores today. Forget about whole wheat and multigrain pasta, even basic refined flour pasta was very limited! But one little pasta shape was available even then –macaroni. And just because there are more exotic shapes now, it doesn’t mean that the humble macaroni is to be left behind. And that’s the very reason we have collected a bunch of healthy Mac recipes for you to choose from! 1. Breakfast Mac n Cheese Pie (Click here for recipe) Macaroni for breakfast?? Yes!!! This is a super yummy recipe…
  • Top 5 Home Organization Posts

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Hey everyone, I am off for a super long vacation and therefore I have created some round ups for all of you so that you can take a walk in the memory lane and refresh some of our awesome posts too.  As homemakers we all strive to keep our house organized and like a well-oiled machine. But often with the everyday chaos (read kids) and routines that we must follow we don’t always get to organize the house the way we would truly like to. That’s why I have compiled these 5 posts on home organization that a lot of readers have admired and enjoyed in the past. Remember, you don’t…
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  • Coping with Cyber Bullying: What Every Parent Needs to Know

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    When you and I were in school we might have experienced bullying, either personally or from a distance, in the classroom, the playground or recess time.  For our children today, bullying has taken on another dimension…the virtual dimension. This is something that you and I as adults may not even be aware of. But parents, this is out there and it is REAL for our children, especially our tweens and teens. Part of the reality is that digital technology and the internet play a huge part in the lives of our children as they use it for school assignments and their social life. This social…
  • A Bedtime Story for A New Day

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Children love stories. All of our childhood, we thrived on bed-time stories from The Mahabharata,The Bible, Akbar Birbal and the Panchatantra. Sadly, technology has overtaken story books. Severalkids of today are just interested in thumbing through an I-Pad story by themselves, where visuals arefed into their brains. There is little space for imagination. There is no wonder or excitement of whatis coming next! Bed-time stories help cultivate a bond with the story teller, it helps form a bed-time routine and nurture a child’s imagination and the capability to follow threads of conversation.
  • Is A Hidden Nanny Camera The Right Way To Go?

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    There are very few reasons why you should not get a hidden nanny camera and tons of reasons why you should get one. A hidden nanny camera can save the life of your child and for that reason alone I think that it is a very good idea for all parents to consider getting one. Whether they actually have a nanny or if they just hire a babysitter from time to time, it is just as important in either of the cases. Kids are delicate and they need to be treated with utmost care. That means that they need to be treated with respect and they need to be protected form physical and emotional neglect or…
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    Wired Momma

  • Summer Kids Theatre: The Big Friendly Giant Review

    Monica Sakala
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    “Mommy, I am going to read The BFG next,” casually remarked my 8-year-old at the conclusion of Imagination Stage’s current stage production of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Could there be a better, more concise, or positive review of a play than those words? Especially coming from my not-overly-inclined-to-read-on-a-whim kid. It was music to my ears. One week later, she has officially cracked the book, further proving just how much she enjoyed the play. The BFG (James Konicek) and Sophie (Megan Graves) celebrate friendship and bravery in THE BFG at Imagination Stage through…
  • A Father’s Guide to Mother’s Day

    Monica Sakala
    9 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today’s post is a win-win for everyone: Moms & Dads. Declaring myself the official spokeswoman for mothers the world over, Dads, I offer you this much-needed insight and guide for Mother’s Day. What is Mother’s Day? Is it a day of epic failures and unrealistic expectations? Is it a day of miserable crowded brunches? Is it a day of breakfast in bed and afternoon spa time? Is it a day of unfulfilled dreams and hopes? It could be all or most of those things, depending on who you ask. So let’s cut to the chase. Funny as it is, we don’t want this, really ever: We…
  • Is Mother’s Day a Farce?

    Monica Sakala
    6 May 2014 | 8:00 pm
    There are 365 days in the year. When you are a young kid, they all blur together. The seasons change. Whether you wear boots and a hat or flip-flops and a swimsuit changes. But the day or the month or the year is largely immaterial. It’s lovely. Then as you get older, you assign meaning to days and months. Anniversaries matter. Days of mourning matter. Rites of passage – marriage, birth of a child, getting engaged, graduating from college. These all matter. They have hype. They have build up. You anticipate them. You imagine what they will be like, what you will wear, if the day…
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    Nourishing Joy

  • SckoonPads: Is this Beautiful, Organic, Fair-Trade Menstrual Option Worth It?

    Kresha Faber
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
        Over the last three years of this site, you and I have talked a lot. We’ve talked about natural cleaning products, natural personal care products, and natural remedies. We’ve bucked the status quo and talked about women being allowed to eat during labor if they desire and reflected on whether it’s worth it to source out raw milk. We’ve even talked openly about poop in regards to cloth diapering. So, why oh why haven’t we talked about natural menstrual options? Mea culpa. Today that changes. Our monthly cycles and other intimate care are a regular…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #80

    Kresha Faber
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:09 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…
  • Mango Cranberry Sherbet

    Kresha Faber
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    If you love REAL ice cream as much as I do, be sure to follow our Ice Creams board on Pinterest! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Yes, it can be publicly known that I have a severe weakness for ice cream – especially the rich, creamy ones. And who can resist a cold treat when the weather is so dang hot? (I love hot weather, by the way, but then again, I also love ice cream. ) Years ago, I thought homemade ice cream was just for snooty gourmands or those who wanted crazy wacky flavors you couldn’t find in the store. But since I started reading labels to really…
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    Mom Favorites

  • 15 Fun Recipes with Peanut Butter and Jelly

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Remember the grade school “How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich” writing assignment? Inevitably a kid would raise his hand, “That’s easy. Take two pieces of bread, spread one side with peanut butter, one with jelly and put them together.” But the teacher would be prepared.  She’d have a bag of bread and demonstrate that she didn’t know how to open the bread container.  Yeah.  Infuriating.  I was never a fan of such trickery.  If you don’t know how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and that kid’s explanation…
  • Motivation Monday Linky Party 100

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hey ya’ll, thanks for stopping by our Motivation Monday Linky Party last week! Last week I was totally inspired to try out a new healthy recipe that was shared, this week I’m hoping to take on a new craft! Thanks for all of your amazing ideas, I look forward to seeing what you come up with this week! Features Barb – A Life in Balance 1. Staycationing in a Small Town | From This Kitchen Table 2. 10 Easy Ways to Build your Self Confidence | Hug a Tree with Me Mitzi – Written Reality 3. Steak Sauce Recipe | Little House Living 4. Chai Spiced Vanilla Bean Ice Cream | Our…
  • Date Night When You’re Ready to Pop

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    This Date Night is Ready to Pop, thanks to the Pop Perfect app! As one who loves the local social scene, fancy dinners and any excuse to throw on heels and a dress, it’s tough to admit – I’m just not up to it anymore. At nearly 36 weeks pregnant, I’m ready to pop.  Quite literally.  Going out sounds like a hassle, fancy dinners sound long, and heels?  Hah!  But, I still love my hubs and spending time with him, so Date Night continues on, just in a slightly different format. The scene: The food: The attire: Pretty awesome, right?  Actually, it is.  As much as I…
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    Comeback Momma

  • Vacation Planning: Family Camping Tips

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Vacation Planning: Family Camping Tips Summer is a great time to try family camping. Kids love it and as long as you are prepared, family camping can be a great experience for all. Here are some ideas to help you make your family camping trip a success: Tent Selection If you have small children, you’ll likely want a tent that is big enough for the entire family. With older kids, you may want to consider separate tents. I am excited that my kids are almost at the age where my husband and I can be in our own tent. When it comes to tent camping, it’s a good idea to practice setting…
  • Healthy Night Time Snack Ideas #GoodNightSnack

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    When I was pregnant, I had horrible morning sickness. Kellogg’s Cereals were often the only thing I could keep down (Frosted Mini Wheats in particular). Maybe this passed down to my kids because they are huge cereal lovers too. My family can truly eat cereal morning, noon and night. For our summer evenings, we decided to come up with snack ideas that are both healthy and easy to make. My daughter LOVES Kellogg’s Fruit Loops. We came up with a recipe to incorporate fruit and yogurt too. We decided to call this one Rainbow Apple Slices. They are super easy to make and fun to eat…
  • Healthy Recipe: Sweet Potato Salad

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Healthy Recipe: Sweet Potato Salad Have you used sweet potatoes in a salad? They are asuperfood that is high in beta-carotene, potassium, and manganese. Pumpkin seeds add extra crunch! Super yummy and sweet. Makes 2 servings Total Time: 1 hour 15 min. Prep Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: 30 min. Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1½ tsp. red wine vinegar 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice ½ tsp. raw honey (or pure maple syrup) 1 dash Himalayan salt (or sea salt) 1 tsp. chopped fresh herbs (like basil, oregano or parsley) (to taste; optional) 1 medium baked sweet potato, peeled and cut into…
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    Mommy Edition

  • The Case For Baby Led Weaning

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:51 pm
    If you are a new parent, I am sure there are tons of things you are currently researching on like infant development, challenges in breastfeeding, baby’s first smile and eventually, you will get around to research when to introduce foods (other than breast milk or formula) to your growing baby. When Should My Baby Start […]
  • Homeschooling vs Public School

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Parents with school-aged children are faced with an abundance of choices on how to achieve the best education for their child. Private schools are often prohibitively expensive, homeschooling can seem intimidating and the quality of public schools vary greatly from town-to-town. To obtain the best education for your child research into your local public school […]
  • Studies Show Green Coffee Bean Boost Weight Loss

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Those of us who love coffee drink it for the taste, the aroma, and yes — for the caffeine buzz that gets us going in the morning and gives us a little extra boost in the afternoon. And now we can feel virtuous about our obsessive coffee consumption, too. Because studies are starting to show […]
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    Great Moments In Parenting

  • Crooked Love

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was born crooked.  I was a C-section baby, and the oxygen apparatus did not work in the delivery room, so the doctor had to give me mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to save my life. The time without oxygen must have caused the Cerebral Palsy brain damage.  My whole left side was affected: smaller, weaker, crooked left arm and leg. When Evan, my youngest son, at age five asked me, “Momma, are you handicapped?”  The query caught me off-guard, but I calmly answered, “Well, yes, I suppose I am.”  He accepted this fact, then thoughtfully added,“ But you’re just a lil bit handicapped,…
  • Returning to Kabul

    Elizabeth Titus
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In days I will say goodbye to Sabira at Logan Airport in Boston. She will have a long journey ahead, with a 24-hour stopover in Dubai before boarding the flight to Kabul. “Will you be able to sleep in the Dubai airport?” I ask. “No, Liz, it is too dangerous. I could get raped,” is her response. I am Sabira’s host mother in the U.S. She just graduated from a girls’ boarding school in Massachusetts, and in August she will begin college on full scholarship at Trinity College. Our relationship began with both of us wary. After volunteering with a non-profit that supports educating…
  • ‘Twas One Month Into Summer Break…

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    ‘Twas one month into summer break And all through the house, Every creature was stirring Mom, both kids and her spouse. Wet bathing suits and towels lying On the floor without care With hopes that the Laundry Fairy Would soon see them there. And I in my tank top, shorts and baseball cap, Wishfully dreaming the kids Would just take a nap! When suddenly from the top of the stairs I did hear Yelling and screaming, A gasp and then tears. I dashed up the stairs To see what was awry, And what they had done now That had made them both cry. When what to my wondering Eye I did see? A pile of…
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  • Highlight The Crap Out Of This

    Shivani Cotter
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Books I HIGHLIGHT The Crap Out Of ENTRE NOUS A Woman’s Guide To Finding Her Inner French Girl, by Debra Ollivier A Woman’s Bible “Consider your life your personal currency – and invest in it wisely.” <Ollivier, Entre Nous (New York, St. Martins Press, 2003), p.13> A Bit Of Awesomeness From The Book: • Practice Discretion • Think Before You Speak (Oh how I need to do this more often!) • Respect Secrets • Exercise Deliberateness In All Decisions • Say No To Excess • Value Quality And Authenticity • Live Completely In The Moment • Sexy Is A…
  • CURRENTLY : 02

    Shivani Cotter
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    /Journal. Midori Travelers Notebook [photo credit: Baum-Kuchen Website]  /Planner. the DAY DESIGNER by Whitney English  [photo credit: Whitney English Etsy Shop]  /Inspirational Quote. Dalai Lama  /Color Palette. Inspired By Products  Inspirational Quote What can I say… I ♥ Quotes!  I read this quote earlier today, pinned it, and didn’t stop thinking about it… so of course, I had to share it!  It’s a great little reminder to keep with you every day.  Pocket it, put it in your wallet, or even a journal.  Just don’t forget it!  It’s short,…
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    Vocal Moms

  • The Bean’s Wiffle Ball Tournament

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    So I was both annoyed and relieved when my phone began ringing in the midst of my latest crying jag.  Now I do not cry often, but when I do it is a nice and hearty yowl.  It was my husband, who five minutes before I had called and slobbered in the phone to.  I just received Alex’s EEG results and recalled to him what we now had to do, what our new normal would be (which is not accurate.  We have had countless new “normals” to adjust to, so for me to even suggest this huge change and new way of life is laughable).  My husband was pretty silent when I told him the news so I was…
  • Petunia Picklebottom Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag Review

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    One of my favorite gifts while I was pregnant was the one I received from my wife, Wendy.  She has a thing for stylish bags and since she doesn’t carry one I typically benefit from this.  We had seen quite a few diaper bags since many of our friends and family had babies, so we always talked about which ones we liked and didn’t like.  When I was about 6 months pregnant, Wendy and I went to Buy Buy Baby and she bought me a Petunia Picklebottom (PPB) Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag. Every mom needs a diaper bag and I would not only like to tell you about my bag but I would 100% recommend this…
  • Getting Ready for Cecilia: Fun and Easy Homemade Tutus

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    When you scroll through the kids section on Pinterest, there are literally dozens of photos of tutus tutorials on how to make your own.  At the time I first saw all these, I didn’t have a girl child of my own, nor was I pregnant with one.  Now that we are expecting a girl in November, my own tutu making shenanigans have begun! I knew right from the start, I wanted to use the crochet style headbands for my tutus because I liked the look and felt that they would offer a longer wear time because of the elasticity.  On my first trip to the craft store, I bought several white ones along with…
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    We Are MOMO


    Amy Elizabeth
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:59 pm
    ALONE A BRANCH IS EASILY BROKEN.  TOGETHER, BUNDLED INTO A BUNCH IT IS NEAR IMPOSSIBLE… Lately I have received several messages from Step Mothers that are at their wits end.  I sense their desperation and I hear their pain through their words.  We ALL have been there.  These are ladies that are not giving in […] The post A STEP MOTHERS RIPPLES… appeared first on We Are MOMO.

    Amy Elizabeth
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:29 pm
    You’ve stepped up to the base.  Now let it go and swing for the fences! I did an interview today with our local newspaper.  I was contacted about how difficult it can be raising a child with special needs.  About how a support group could really conquer feeling alone in the journey we face.  As […] The post YOU’VE GOT THIS! appeared first on We Are MOMO.

    Amy Elizabeth
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    How would you like to teach life skills to your children, avoid power struggles, and bring your family closer than ever?  You can!  Do it by investing 30 minutes of your time, once a week, to hold a family meeting. A family meeting is a great way to bring everyone closer together, making individual children […] The post TEN SIMPLE STEPS TO A FAMILY MEETING appeared first on We Are MOMO.
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    Happy Mothers Day Quotes 2014 | Poems

  • Lovely Poem on God Created Mothers

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    God knew that little ones need love So He created mothers With understanding hearts and gentle hands that care for others… They feed us and they hug us and they help us find our things… Then later on, they step aside and let us try our wings… We know the’re always on our side whatever may befall, That’s why we need them just as much when we’re no longer small… Yes, God created mothers to give love their whole lives through… That’s why they’re treasured very much especially one like you! The post Lovely Poem on God Created Mothers…
  • Short One Liner Status on Mothers

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    1) Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. - Robert Browning   2) Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well. - Amos Bronson Alcott   3) The woman is uniformly sacrificed to the wife and mother. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton   4) I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me. - Antonio Villaraigosa   5) A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. - Victor Hugo The post Short One Liner Status on Mothers appeared first on Happy Mothers Day Quotes 2014 | Poems.
  • Maa Shayari in Hindi on Pyara Rishta

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Maa se rishta aisa banaya jaae, Jisko nigaaho me bithaya jae, Rahe uska mera rishta kuch aisa ki, Wo agar udaas ho to humse bhi muskuraya na jaae. The post Maa Shayari in Hindi on Pyara Rishta appeared first on Happy Mothers Day Quotes 2014 | Poems.
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  • Pet Proofing Your Home: When Your Kids Want to Have Pets

    Shera Cane
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:13 pm
     There will come a time in every parent’s life when their child will want to have a pet. You can say no, if you want, but it has been noted that having a pet teaches a kid to not only love unconditionally and to have a companion they can care about, but also to be responsible for another living thing. If your child wants a goldfish or a turtle for a pet, then you won’t really need to pet proof your home. If your child wants a puppy or a kitten for a pet however, then pet proofing is indeed needed.How do you pet proof a home and why should you do so? For starters, if you do not want…
  • Finding My Dream Furniture Online

    Shera Cane
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Working moms know what I mean when I say that there is never enough time for everything that needs to be done. Aside from needing to take care of the major chores at home, you have to do the groceries, buy your kids the stuff they need, help them with homework, and be the supportive parent that you should be. Oh, and did I mention that I also have to go to work every day? Like I said, there is never enough time to do everything that needs to get done.Keeping your home from looking drab is also another thing that a mom like me has to do. I dream of having a house that looks like those amazing…
  • How to Train Your Kids to Be Organized

    Shera Cane
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Training kids to be organized is probably one of those tasks that most parents dread doing mainly because the terms “organized” and “kids” don’t really go together. While it may seem like an impossibility, you can actually teach your kids to be organized; however you have to start them young. In order to do this, you also need to have the kind of furnishings needed for the proper organization of your kids’ things.When teaching your kids organizational skills, you not only teach them how to keep a place clean and orderly, but you also teach them how to manage their time wisely.
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  • Top 10 Best Bridal Shower Games

    Anna Keizer
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Image Source: Flickr  Some think bridal showers are about the celebration of marriage. Others might say they’re about quality friend time and delicious finger foods. But we at know what they’re really about: the bridal shower games. Showers offer the perfect opportunity to sharpen your charade skills, perfect your pictionary abilities, and hone your paper dress designing talents. So without further ado, take a look at our top 10 bridal shower games that can add energy, excitement, and a little friendly competition to your next bridal shower bash. Let the games begin! 1. Bridal…
  • A Sugar & Spice Baby Shower is Sure to be Nice + Giveaway

    Paulina Kay
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you have a friend, sister, or daughter expecting a girl, definitely throw her a baby shower that shows off just how sweet and precious her little angel will be. An easy way to do that is to host a Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice themed baby shower. While she is preoccupied with wondering what shade of dusty rose to paint the nursery, you can put together a soiree efflorescing with cinnamon and sparkle. Keep it looking fresh by sticking to a mostly neutral palette of brown and white with pops of pink and green. Plus, you can still incorporate candy without making it too childish.
  • Oubly Prints Totes for Leanna Lin’s Wonderland

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Leanna Lin’s Wonderland , a superb store/art gallery in Eagle Rock, recently celebrated their four year anniversary.   Oubly was lucky enough to print out exclusive tote bags which feature Twinkie, Leanna’s maltipoo. This large tote bag is great for the beach, tons of groceries, and everything else. The adorable artwork was designed exclusively by Crowded Teeth. If your business needs printing or custom quote, feel free to call or email Oubly. P: 1-800-596-8259 E: Tweet This Post
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