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  • Parenting Is Hard So Keep Your Chin Up!!

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

    Kimchi Mamas
    Kimchi
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The BBC is reporting a 50 year dinosaur mystery has finally been solved . . . And it's weird! Korean and British researchers have come up with what appears to be one of the WEIRDEST dinosaurs ever reconstructed. Part of the mystery stemmed from the HUGE, long arms of this bad "...the long forearms with giant claws may have been...
  • Create Professional Graphic Designs With Canva – Now on iPad

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

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Tony is in town. This means that I get to spend a couple of days with a man who has and shares my history. There’s a whole lot of not explaining who people are and even more laughing and not caring what the world thinks. We’re heading to West Hollywood in a few hours to have a drink in honor of Steven. Tony’s not been back in something close to twenty years and so much of it has changed yet much of it never will. The men who brought us together have all died and none of them grew old. So there’s this notion that we’re about to waltz with two dozen ghosts who…
  • I just invented a new game: FACEBOOK BINGO

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

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

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

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

  • Mystery Arms

    Kimchi
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The BBC is reporting a 50 year dinosaur mystery has finally been solved . . . And it's weird! Korean and British researchers have come up with what appears to be one of the WEIRDEST dinosaurs ever reconstructed. Part of the mystery stemmed from the HUGE, long arms of this bad "...the long forearms with giant claws may have been...
  • Hello!

    Kimchi
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Hello Kimchi Mama Readers! It's me... Mary! Long time no see. I am not sure why I haven't blogged in a while... I just haven't. But today I got to thinking about Kimchi Mamas and felt like I should write a post. What have I been up to? Mostly just the usual... working, mothering, you know. My younger son started...
  • Condolences

    Kimchi
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Our deepest condolences to the family of Paul Lee, the victim of the shooting this past Thursday at Seattle Pacific University. If anyone has any connection to the family or their friends, please share so that we can help however we can.
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • Create Professional Graphic Designs With Canva – Now on iPad

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

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

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

  • Reflecting While Moving Ahead

    Jessica Gottlieb
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Tony is in town. This means that I get to spend a couple of days with a man who has and shares my history. There’s a whole lot of not explaining who people are and even more laughing and not caring what the world thinks. We’re heading to West Hollywood in a few hours to have a drink in honor of Steven. Tony’s not been back in something close to twenty years and so much of it has changed yet much of it never will. The men who brought us together have all died and none of them grew old. So there’s this notion that we’re about to waltz with two dozen ghosts who…
  • Do They Appreciate What they Have?

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

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

  • I just invented a new game: FACEBOOK BINGO

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

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

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

  • 30 Days of NaNoWriMo Prompts

    Karen Andrews
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    It’s that time of the year again. Writers are getting ready to sit down at their computers to smash out a novel, or as close to a novel as possible, over the 30 days of November. I’ve tried, and failed, NaNoWriMo many times. However, my success rate is better when I relax a bit and experiment and play. Writing exercises, to many, can be a dull prospect. For others they can provide just enough of a framework to allow creativity to bubble up. I (generally) fall in to the latter category. So I thought I’d put together some prompts for NaNoWriMo. As you can see, they’re…
  • Year of Creative Engagement – September and October

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

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

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

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

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

  • October Drink and Click™ Photowalks

    Lotus Carroll
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    All of these photowalks are free and everyone is invited, so please join us!• Stuttgart, Germany with Dirk Müllerhttp://goo.gl/06jS0N• Philadelphia, PA with Jeremy Albrighthttp://goo.gl/kxNcFH• Edmonton, Canada with Dawn Sulyma Smithhttp://goo.gl/sQWNLq• Vancouver, Canada with Maryanne Wirkkanenhttp://goo.gl/oWoIIT• Rades, Tunisia with Mohamed Amine Harazihttp://goo.gl/R574dE• Berlin, Germany with F.A. Fiebighttp://goo.gl/qkfbtW• Wiesbaden, Germany with Axel Junghttp://goo.gl/s2hunFThe October Challenge is “Nightmares”. The image attached to this post was…
  • and so, silently i float to you

    Lotus Carroll
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    as I always have and always will, on the wings of a golden dream that will disappear when i awake.        This work by Lotus Carroll is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To license commercially, please email.
  • The Drink and Click™ Show, EP15: Halloween Party

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

  • Finding Good Wine in Maine

    CajunMama
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    I’m similar to many travelers and enjoy a nice glass of vino local to whatever destination I’m in. It’s good for the heart, good for the brain, and yes, good for the soul, especially when making memories with loved ones, as well. TravelingMamas.com has partnered up with Expedia to highlight some great places I’ve come across while adding to our wine collection for our summer home and guest cottage. I didn’t initially have Maine on my radar as a place to visit much or even call home, but they say “Home is Where the Heart Is.” My husband spent his summers…
  • Romantic Chicago Restaurants #BeAWeekender

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

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

  • More waiting.

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

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

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

  • This is what’s happening in my mind anyway.

    thebloggess
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    This weekend I’ll be at WordCamp in San Francisco to talk about blogging. I’m not afraid to admit that my 10-year-old daughter knows far more about coding than I do, and that I suspect anyone who can create a website using strings of seemingly random words and numbers must be involved in some sort of witchcraft.  If anyone asks me any difficult questions about programming or java or algorithms I will probably react in almost exactly this way: You’ve been warned, San Francisco.
  • Can I borrow your towel? My car just hit a water buffalo.

    thebloggess
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    So my friend Maile came to my house to pick me up for lunch and we were a block away when I saw something large and hairy in the back of the pick-up heading toward us, I thought “That is the biggest fucking dog I have ever seen” and then the truck got closer and I thought, “That can’t be a dog.  Is that Sasquatch?”  And then the pickup passed us and I involuntarily screamed: “WATER BUFFALO!” And then Maile looked at me with mild confusion (probably because I’d just interrupted her story which had nothing to do with water buffalos) and I…
  • Is Victor wrong? (UPDATED FOR MORE AWESOMENESS.)

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

  • How do you break up with a friend?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • No problems at 44

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

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

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

    dooce
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    "Chi son? Sono un poeta. Che cosa faccio? Scrivo. E come vivo? Vivo. In povertà mia lieta scialo da gran signore rime ed inni d'amore."
  • The causeway

    dooce
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    A small heads up for anyone headed to this beautiful spot in the middle of The Great Salt Lake.
  • Matters of the hand

    dooce
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    There isn't even a name for what happened to me so I'm calling it "Just Put Down Your Damn Phone."
 
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    Stories of Pregnancy and Birth over 40 years old

  • Quadruplet pregnancy at 51

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Whitney
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Best thing about the fall? Boots! I’m a warm weather girl but that’s the one consolation prize I can be happy about with the colder weather coming. My favorite pair of boots are these Jane Strappy’s from Frye ($398) and I’ve had them for 3 years now and wear them regularly. I have another dark brown pair that I wear from LandsEnd.com that is incredibly comfortably too but no longer available (other LandsEnd.com boots are here and currently 30% off with coupon code CANDY and Pin: 1624. I’ve been itching to get another pair though and looking around.  Here’s…
  • Quick Relief with the New Advil® Film-Coated #FastAdvil

    Whitney
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by fast acting Advil® Film-Coated and I received a free sample of Advil® Film-Coated. This is a sponsored post for SocialStars by Crowdtap. All opinions expressed are my own. #FastAdvil Before I even jump into this post, I wanted to say that yes, this is a sponsored post because normally I wouldn’t write about what medicine I take, but I also wanted to put it out there that truthfully Advil is ALL I take when I need a painkiller. For real. I could give you guys dozens of examples but I have even had my relationship with Advil go so far…
  • Learning About Eating Paleo & a Recipe: Paleo Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins (Gluten Free Too)

    Whitney
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    My latest search for healthy eating & a way to help curb some autoimmune issues lead me to spending last week reading all about the Paleo diet. I’m sure you guys have heard about Paleo, otherwise known as the Caveman diet? I have always steered clear because I’m a former vegetarian who doesn’t eat a ton of meat so it didn’t seem like a good fit for me. But dozens of websites were telling me that Paleo is the way to go so I bucked up and decided to learn more. I looked to Amazon to find a good book that would combine explaining Paleo to me as a way to improve…
 
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  • Free Play Calendar!

    Holly
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Awhile back we gave away {we are craaaaaaazy!} monthly play calendars when you signed up for either our weekly or daily eNewsletter. And then we tried something new. But there were some rumblings… Where are the play calendars? I miss the play calendars! Bring back the play calendars! And so… {back by popular demand} We have brought back the play calendar!   To get your play calendar each month…it is simple: Sign up for either our daily or weekly eNewsletter from Kids Activities Blog. Go back to your email and CONFIRM that you subscribed. Watch your email – we will…
  • Make Homemade Apple Pie and See the World

    Birute Efe
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is nothing better than Homemade Apple Pie in the fall. I could literally just live on them in the months of September and October. Today we are sharing a super special recipe (and a video story) about How to make apple pie and see the world. It all started when we read the book (How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World  affiliate link). If you haven’t read it yet. You should. It’s just brilliant on so many levels. Not only it’s fun to read it is also a perfect educational tool for teachers and for parents. Check out How to make an apple pie and see the world…
  • Soccer Cupcakes

    Jodi Durr
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s soccer season for many, and if you’re planning on having a end of season celebration, why not contribute these fun soccer cupcakes to the party? These cupcakes are fairly easy to make, even for the beginning decorator. I’m going to give you all of the tips, tricks and recipes to help you make some fabulous soccer (or for the rest of the world “football) cupcakes for the players in your life. If you love making cupcakes here are a few more you might find fun: rainbow cupcakes, owl cupcakes, snowman cupcakes, or peanut butter and jelly cupcakes.   Materials…
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  • Exploring the Fronts and the Tops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tammy Gibson
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    What are you powered by? What makes your life worth living? What inspires you to get out of bed each day? For me, it is my family. Sounds like a typical thing for a mom to say, I know, but it really become clear to me this year when both my kids went back into school instead of homeschool.  I don’t miss homeschool but I do miss my kids.  As I step into a new role of showing up and supporting them in their new school activities, I must admit, I like this life.  I love having the help of the school staff teaching my kids their academics and being in the support role instead of the…
  • 4 Ways to Avoid Dull, Limp Hair

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

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

    ModernMom Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Crest and P&G Everyday #LifeYouWantSEA Twitter Party #CrestSmile on October 30, 2014 at 6pm PST/9pm EST This fall, P&G brands join Oprah Winfrey’s “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend,” an eight-city arena tour to serve as the catalyst to spark a global movement around Engaging, Encouraging, and Empowering women. OLAY, the national co-sponsor of the tour, and additional P&G brands – Bounty, Pantene, Charmin, Tide, COVERGIRL and Crest – will be featured in each city along with relevant programs including Orgullosa, P&G Everyday, and My Black is Beautiful. a ModernMom…
  • Halloween Twiggy Treats: Caramel Apples

    The Sugar Mommas
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    After glancing through an old issue of Southern Living, we were inspired by their caramel apples. We decided to let our kids loose in the backyard in search of twigs and this recipe is what we conjured up with some caramel and our imaginations. While your little ones don their costumes, try dressing up some fruit to make these delicious sweet treats for the holiday. Ingredients 5 medium tart apples (such as Granny Smith or Pippin) Assortment of twigs Toppings (such as crushed Oreos, graham cracker crumbs, Heath Bar Bits)** 1 (11 ounce) package Kraft Premium Caramel Bits 2 tablespoons water…
  • Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Sliders

    The Nutrition Twins
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Burgers can often leave you feeling heavy and full… so try this healthier option for your next party: Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Sliders! This light, healthy and flavorful recipe is just as satisfying as a juicy burger AND doubles as either an appetizer or an entrée!  Tammy’s daughters love them (no easy feat!) and all of their friends do too. Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Sliders Ingredients (makes 4 sliders) 1/4 whole-wheat baguette 4, 3- ounce chicken breasts 1/2 red bell pepper 3 Tbsp balsamic vinaigrette 1/4 cup basil 4 Tbsp fat free feta cheese Directions Grill chicken breast on…
 
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    A Mommy Story

  • Flu-Shot Shoulder Update

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

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

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

  • Introducing TripDoc 2: The Best Way to Organize Your Trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Enjoy this classic recipe curled up by the fire. These simple cinnamon donuts are amazing leftover, but they’re the best when they’re warm…
  • Fall Trendy and Bright

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    This fall don’t be drab and boring, be fun and lively. Continue your summer colors straight into fall with slightly darker shades and denser tones.…
  • Momma Gone Chic

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Get your chic fashion sense back into your wardrobe with these great pieces. Mix your pre baby wardrobe with your post baby wardrobe to get this midlevel…
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    Cool Mom - Fun Videos and a Blog for Moms - Motherhood, Kids, Babies and Parenting on Coolmom.com

  • Rene Zellweger, what is going on?

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

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

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

    whoorl
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Greetings from Washington DC! I’m here attending the ONE & ONE Girls and Women AYA Summit. I’m learning so much about the global development issues they are tackling and how we all can help. This is my first time in the nation’s capital and I’m trying to take it all in. 1. This month’s ONE curator is my favorite ever, Amy Poehler. You can check out her picks here. (I’m such of fan of the Pema Chodron piece. Did you see her on Super Soul Sunday last week?) 2. 8 questions to ask a potential babysitter. 3. Have you seen this young lady’s inspiring…
  • A (EWG-Approved) Tinted Moisturizer and BB/CC Cream Face Off

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

    whoorl
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    1. I love this New York Times piece on what children from around the world eat for breakfast. Sugar Crisp cereal? Not so much. 2. Speaking of sugary cereal, I highly recommend seeing this movie. You can rent it on Amazon for $3.99. 3. And one more thing about sugar (if you haven’t guessed, after personally eating minimal sugar this past year, I’m cutting it waaayyyyy down for the rest of the family), Girls Gone Child has some great posts about the subject. This one by her mother, Wendy, is chock full of information, and I love these no/low sugar snack ideas by Rebecca. 4. Forty…
 
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  • 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE

    Crystal Reagan
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    TweetThank you to Drive STI for allowing me to drive this vehicle. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. While my family and I were in Florida last week, we had the opportunity to drive the brand new 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE to get us around town. When the valet brought it up during pick up at the airport, I thought the shiny Cosmic Blue exterior was totally me and I couldn’t wait to jump in and give a spin. Since having children, I’ve always been an SUV or minivan mom and I’m okay with that. With three children you need more room than a car can provide and…
  • Giving Back to the Community Through the Food Bank

    Crystal Reagan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    TweetThis is a partnered post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I’ve donated money and food to the local food bank. Writing a check or donating a few extra bucks during my weekly shopping trip is easy. Donating food while I’m already at the grocery store is pretty easy too, especially when they have prepackaged bags you can purchase for donation at checkout. But up until recently, I had not donated my time. Time is the one thing I can’t control and it seems to slip right through my fingers and there never seems to be enough of it. At the end of most days,…
  • Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin Chops

    Crystal Reagan
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    TweetThis is a partnered post with the National Pork Board and Costco. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. While the end of the month is quickly approaching, there is still so much the month of October has to offer. Not only do we celebrate Halloween during October, but it’s also National Pork Month. And to celebrate National Pork Month, Costco is celebrating Porktober with discounted cuts of pork throughout the month. I don’t currently have a Costco close to me (they are building one now — yay!) but I did make the tedious trek to the other side of town to take…
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  • Big South Shore Waves

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

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

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

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

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Enjoy this classic recipe curled up by the fire. These simple cinnamon donuts are amazing leftover, but they’re the best when they’re warm…
  • Fall Trendy and Bright

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    This fall don’t be drab and boring, be fun and lively. Continue your summer colors straight into fall with slightly darker shades and denser tones.…
  • Momma Gone Chic

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Get your chic fashion sense back into your wardrobe with these great pieces. Mix your pre baby wardrobe with your post baby wardrobe to get this midlevel…
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  • Navigating Napa: Top 5 Winery Recommendations

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

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

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

    David James
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    The holidays are approaching and many of us are considering ways to earn some extra money to pay for gifts, trips and parties. With some businesses hiring seasonal employees it is certainly tempting to apply and try to squeeze in a few extra hours of work to take some heat off our already-strained budget.If you're going to try and add a new job to your lifestyle and current parenting demands, here are some things you should consider:1. Pro/Con ListBefore you make any decision that could impact the family unit, make out a pro/con list. Is the extra income worth missing family events, the loss…
  • 5 Ways to Let Food Day Inspire Your Family

    Nancy Flanders
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Food Day isn't just a way to celebrate food and stuff our faces. It's an event that will inspire and teach you and your children how to not only eat better, but enjoy real food rather than processed food.On October 24, families across the country will celebrate Food Day with events throughout the US. But even if there isn't an event near you, you can join the Twitter party (#FoodDayChat, 12-5 EST), take the Food Literacy Quiz to see how your food knowledge stacks up, or just get your family's diet back on track. Here's 5 ways you can ensure your family is eating healthier, real food every…
  • 4 Interactive Books Your Children Will Love

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

    Carmen Staicer
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    When I went on the #FarmtoPork tour, I saw pork from, well, the beginning to the end. I saw the insemination process, the nursery, the finishing farms, the kill floor, and the processing plant. I learned a lot. I mean, a lot, and I came home more committed and interested in learning all about the process. It was deep and it was visceral and I've heard some negativity about it, but I thought the tour was really well executed.  Between that time and now, I found a local butcher shop, one dedicated to sourcing ethically raised meats and helping local farmers find consumers who want…
  • Bad Day Done Right

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

    Carmen Staicer
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Yesterday, I posted my recipe for Cherry Almond Redemption Cupcakes. Go read it. I'll wait. :) And then I did the same thing for the amazing Caprese bread, which captured my mind when I went out to eat with the Husband a few weeks ago. I found a recipe online and messed with it a bit. When I saw that my basil plant is totally and 100% out of control - and, sadly, my tomatoes have all died, I realized I didn't have much longer to make this recipe. That is a day worth mourning right there, the day you dig up your tomato plants. I do love fresh from the garden tomatoes.  I have all of…
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  • How To Photograph The Solar Eclipse Without Damaging Your IPhone

    SusieJ
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    To my son at college.  Today, we will have the same sun as you. In less than one minute apart, around 5:45 today, we will both have a partial solar eclipse today. I know I have missed many lunar and solar eclipses with you — due to clouds and busyness, but today, the sun is shining, and the eclipse will last for about an hour, right up until sunset.  So let’s not miss it. Here’s what I want you to know. If you pull out your Iphone camera to take a photo or video of the solar eclipse, you will damage the sensor on your IPhone, according to USA Today . Yes, I’m sure…
  • Superivised Teen Driving: A Golden Opportunity To Connect

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Enjoy this classic recipe curled up by the fire. These simple cinnamon donuts are amazing leftover, but they’re the best when they’re warm…
  • Fall Trendy and Bright

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    This fall don’t be drab and boring, be fun and lively. Continue your summer colors straight into fall with slightly darker shades and denser tones.…
  • Momma Gone Chic

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Get your chic fashion sense back into your wardrobe with these great pieces. Mix your pre baby wardrobe with your post baby wardrobe to get this midlevel…
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  • More than misery loves company, embarassment loves company

    Whitney Moss
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    I had a lovely experience at the gym this morning, and that’s not sarcasm. At the end of my workout, I felt I hadn’t pushed myself hard enough, so I grabbed a jump rope off a hook in the yoga room that was not being used, and jumped for 30 seconds. (That’s harder than it sounds.) I had seen another mom from my kids’ school using the jump rope at this gym, and had been thinking I should try it. When I got my jacket and purse to leave the gym, now sweating properly, I saw that mom out of the corner of my eye. She was jumping rope with impressive rhythm. I went over and…
  • Baby adventures in a swimming pool {Rookie Moms Challenge #27}

    Whitney Mattocks
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Hi Rookie Mom’s readers! Remember me? I’m the long, lost rookie mom who started out strong on her challenges and then went back to work and life kind of got in the way of writing. But I’m happy to say we’re finally in a decent routine and no one is sick (at least for this week) so I’ve got a couple of challenge recaps to share with you. Up today: Challenge #27 – Take your baby swimming! My husband, Chris, and I are big fans of water/oceans/lakes and it was important to us that Garrity got started in the water early, so as soon as she turned 6 months we put her swim lessons. Our…
  • Things to do with toddlers before they turn two

    Whitney Moss
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Many of you have followed our list of 52 things to do with a baby and are hungry for more. What happens after Week 52? Toddlers possess the amazing ability to simultaneously demonstrate knowledge about how the world works AND cluelessness about their role in it. (Sorry Sweetie, Mommy is not going to help you push the stove out of the way so that you can ride your plastic car through that part of the kitchen.) No longer satisfied by an activity gym on the floor, they are ready for some more exciting activities. Here are some that we like: Indoor activities for toddlers (which are also handy…
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  • #ShareAMeal with Project Sunlight

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    It’s mind boggling to me that right here in America, there are 16 million children struggling with hunger – that’s the population of Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult {Book Review}

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult. Her books always seem to touch on the untouchable; the conversation no one wants to have, the situation in which no one wants to find themselves. She always sparks... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Capture Photos That #BringIt

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

  • This Week: Countdown to Halloween, Puerto Rico Fantasy Vacation, Ice-Skating Season Starts this Weekend

    Raven Snook
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    You scream, I scream, we all scream for Halloween! In a week, our little ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be parading around in their costumes and trick-or-treating all over NYC. Since Halloween falls on a Friday this year, there are a slew of celebrations this weekend and next, as well as the days in between. It's no shocker that Halloween-themed posts dominated all of our sites this week, from a must-see jack-o-lantern installation on Long Island to Westchester cemetery tours to haunted houses in Philly. If you're suffering from Halloweenitis, don't be scared: Come next week you'll be able…
  • Control Robotic Fish & Try Other STEM-Themed Activities at the Brooklyn Children's Museum's New Interactive Installation

    Karlyn Ferrari
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    With all the emphasis on STEM subjects in school these days, it's no wonder NYC's children's museums have been mounting interactive installations that try to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts in a fun and engaging way. But up until now, these STEM-themed exhibits have mostly been at places with those words in their name, like the New York Hall of Science, the Museum of Mathematics and the Sony Wonder Technology Lab—not the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Much as my family loves BCM (as borough residents it's one of our go-to cold weather play spots), I've always…
  • WeeWork Kids Craft: Spooky Halloween Finger Puppets

    Ally Noel
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Pipe cleaners are a perfect staple of a children's craft supply kit; they are inexpensive, easily available, and foster a wide range of imaginative play. This simple twist (ha!) on making finger puppets is a basic framework for creating Halloween ghosts, monsters and more spooky finger puppets. In a matter of minutes you'll have a complete cast of characters to tell terror-ific tales or not-so-spooky stories. Have your phone set to video and let the show begin.  Read More
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  • Teaching kids about moderation

    workoutmommy
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Anyone else feel like kids today are exposed to junk food everywhere they go? Here are my thoughts about kids and moderation in my latest post as a Together Counts Ambassador.   Life is chaotic right now and I feel like I am in a constant state of STRESS.   I found this picture on Instagram that really made me stop and think,  so I thought I would share it with you.    Hope you have a great day! copyright owned by www.workoutmommy.com Please do NOT reprint without permission. Teaching kids about moderation
  • Panasonic Open Ear Headphones—they don’t fall out!

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

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

  • Good, bad … I’m the guy with the gun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
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  • DIY Halloween Crafts with Cricut Explore

    Bridgette Duplantis
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    When the wind changes and Fall rolls in to Southeast Louisiana, something comes over me.  Not only do I want to eat everything pumpkin and scent my home with Fall spices, but I want to be crafty.  The cooler weather awakens my brain (which is typically left dominant and loves everything math and science) and creativity flows.  The only problem is that I have grand ideas but no skills to execute.  Until now…. I recently received a Cricut Explore to test and it has quickly become my magic wand of crafting.  I finally have a way to get those ideas out of my brain and into my home. …
  • Top 6 Halloween Safety Tips with Rayovac

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

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

  • Behind the Scenes at The Biltmore House: A Real Treat

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Last week I told you about Food Blog Forum that was held in Asheville, NC and promised to show The Biltmore House today. Not only and I talking about The Biltmore House, but we’re going behind-the-scenes! As part of the conference, I got a special backstage tour of The Biltmore House. Not only did we […]
  • Homemade Granola Bars

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    If you would have told me just a year ago that I’d be making my own granola bars I’d have said you were off your rocker. Seriously, make granola bars? Yet, here I am telling you today that indeed I do make these delicious homemade treats from scratch. And, I have to say, it’s really […]
  • Foodie Paradise: Food Blog Forum

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

  • Thank you, Robin, Chris and Kim

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

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

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

  • How We Talk about Israel

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

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

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

    Amber Johnson
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    It’s the moment parents dread: when our kids prematurely figure out when some childhood magic isn’t real.  Redditor willsanderson posted a photo of the note his 9-year-old daughter Lexi left on her pillow where exi informs her parents that “I know it’s you who gets the money and puts it under my pillow.” She then softens the blow — “I’m sorry if this is hard for you, but I’m 9 now.” — before revealing that she doesn’t believe in Santa Claus either and, “Daddy, I knew it was you, last easter, hiding my easter eggs!” At what age do you think is best for…
  • Foodie Friday: Kelsey Nixon’s Delicious Honey Corn Recipe

    Amber Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Do you love caramel popcorn? Then you will love Kelsey Nixon’s twist on an old classic, which is the perfect compliment to your Halloween treats! Honey Corn Recipe 2014-10-18 13:53:39 Yields 25 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Ingredients 24 cups popped corn (from about 1 cup popcorn kernels) 1 ½ cups roasted salted peanuts 4 cup sugar 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup honey 1 teaspoon baking soda Instructions Line 2 baking sheets with foil over the outside edges of the baking sheet. Divide the…
  • “The Best Shirt” ever has been found!

    Guest Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    The Best Shirt Ever has been located. The family of 12-year-old Joe Archibold, of Longmont, recently sent out a social media solicit, looking for a specific blue, white and gray polo shirt — in the same style Joe has worn for every school picture since second grade. He outgrew the hand-me-down shirt in small size, and then in medium. He couldn’t find the large. He grew nervous that his five-year tradition would be ruined. His family’s simple Facebook pitch went viral and was picked up by media outlets across the country, including the Daily Camera and Longmont Times-Call. And…
 
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  • Television

    Susan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    I have no idea what I just bought. You would think that with just one small child at home, I could make a phone call.  Ha. I have spent an endless amount of time now researching how to get my internet/TV/phone bill down.  I do NOT need 3,579 channels.  I do not need a home phone – except for emergencies.  I DO need decent internet.  But that’s IT.  Apparently this is impossible to get for under $200 a month. I, however, am determined to try.  So, I’ve researched online and finally decided to make a phone call. Get this:  it would cost me MORE to downgrade to just 39…
  • The Power of Money

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

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

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

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

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

    Blonde Mom
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Ballet Pink Tieks For A Cause by blondemomblog featuring wedding earrings October is Breast Cancer Awareness and I’m sure there’s not a single one of you out there who, like me, hasn’t known a friend or family member who has battled breast cancer. My friends at Tieks sent me their fabulous flats in ballerina pink and I was inspired to create a Polyvore board highlighting their wonderfully comfy shoes, along with some additional products that help benefit breast cancer awareness and research. I’m linking today to Fashion Friday, which is hosted by some of my favorite…
  • Things I Love Thursday

    Blonde Mom
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Disclosure: Some of these products were sent to me for review. I am under no obligation to post about them but want to let you know about a few items that I’ve really enjoyed testing out! Has it really been more than a month since I posted a Things I Love Thursday round up? Here are a few products I am loving for myself, my girls, and even my dogs. I’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so bear with me. And let me know if you’ve tried any of these products or something you’re loving this month! Caboodles Nail Case – I’ll admit my nail polish organization was…
  • Nashville Fall Family Fun

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

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The following post was written by my mom, WWW. Thanks, Mom!Before I start on this week’s post, I have a couple of addendums from my last post. A reader, Denise Montenegro, rightly pointed out that I didn’t say that going sugar free doesn’t mean you should start substituting artificial sweeteners for sugar. Her daughter, who is allergic to them, was given an aspartame-sweetened fruit cup at school and became violently ill. Besides the concern that artificial sweeteners are (man-made) chemicals, there have been recent studies that show using artificial sweeteners can even lead…
  • 218/100

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    from desert plains they moved, so young so wild and alivethey were raised to believe the sea would dry before they diedacross these wide oceans, smoke blacks out innocent daysso old misers can cash out in places they pray and prey218. Wartime Lovers by: Rose Windows***I'm posting this particular song today because it reminds me of this piece by Sayed Kashua and Etgar Keret which I have not stopped thinking about since I read it last week.That night, the writer had a strange dream, and in it there was an endless cornfield, and from that cornfield missiles were being launched and shot…
  • Fierce Fierceness (+ Giveaway!)

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

  • What It Takes to Reclaim Wood

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

    Marian Wright Edelman
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    With opportunity gaps widening for poor children and children of color, new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education offers new hope and protection from discrimination. For the first time in 13 years, the Department now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. It prohibits schools and school districts from discriminating in their allocation of courses, academic programs and extracurricular activities, teachers and leaders, other…
  • Back on the Job: Employee Protections Following a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

    R. Scott Oswald
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The story is all too common.  After months of fighting, it looks like you have finally overcome your breast cancer diagnosis.  All that is left is for some follow-up treatments and to return to work.  To your surprise, after having fought off breast cancer, you now find yourself in a fight with your employer over the nature of your return. We like to think that most employers will warmly embrace the return of an employee who has survived a breast cancer diagnosis.  But that is not always the case.  Below, we outline the Top Five steps that an employee must take when returning to work…
  • Are there toxic chemicals in your child’s “trick or treat” bag or Halloween costume?

    Mike Schade
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Parents across the country are stocking up on this year’s hottest costumes for their little ghouls, goblins, and princesses, but some costumes may contain hidden toxic chemicals harmful to our children’s health.  I wish I were tricking you. A new study released today by HealthyStuff.org found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and even “trick or treat” bags.  Dangerous chemicals like phthalates, flame retardants, vinyl (PVC) plastic, organotins, and even lead – all of which are on our Hazardous 100+ list.  The products were purchased…
 
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    This Full House

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

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

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

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

  • An Experiment and Proposal on Hope

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

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

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

  • 使い道はあるというものです

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • I’m the chaperone who demands candy

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

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

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

    amalah
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Ike, generally the most independent of all my small independent people, struggles with a touch of separation anxiety. It started over the summer, and quite suddenly. If Jason left for work without giving Ike a hug and a kiss goodbye, Ike would freak out, panic, wail, and run to the front window to plaster his tear-streaked face against the glass in hopes that Daddy would see him and come back inside.  Worked every time, and eventually Jason made sure he always left time for a proper goodbye.  Then Ike started policing everybody else's goodbyes, demanding that Jason give Noah…
  • 'Tis the Season

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

  • Endo Int’l Announces Settlement of “Substantially All” Pelvic Mesh Claims

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

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

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

  • Inexpensive, Neutral Everyday Eye Makeup: Review and Swatches of the New Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Eyeshadows Palette

    Domestic Diva
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Have you heard? Neutrals are in!  Whether its spring, summer, fall or winter you can’t go wrong with gorgeous nude toned eyeshadows dusted across the lids of your beautiful eyes.  With the popularity of high end neutral eyeshadow palettes, as a makeup junkie I’ve been anxiously awaiting more affordable dupes to hit the market.  Soon […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Fall in Love with Taupe Nail Color

    Domestic Diva
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    I have a confession to make.  I have been completely obsessed with taupe nail color this month.  So much so that I haven’t painted my nails any other color since fall has started.  Taupe to me is the perfect fall color.  It incorporates all of my favorite shades: brown, grey, and deep purple into one […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Reduce Hair Appearance with Light at Home: Veet Infini’Silk First Look

    Domestic Diva
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    (product provided for review) As a woman, I love having smooth, silky legs.  The problem is that they don’t stay that way.  Shaving on a regular basis is very tedious especially when you have an already busy schedule where every minute counts.  So, when I was contacted by a representative for Veet Infini’Silk my interest […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
 
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    Home Ec 101

  • Oxygen Bleach an Introduction

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

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

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

  • Time for a Paycheck Upgrade?

    Susan Wenner Jackson
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    When was the last time you successfully negotiated for a sizable salary increase? If you’re like most women, the answer is never. And that needs to change. Personally, the only time I’ve achieved a decent pay raise in my career is by changing jobs. Otherwise, I pretty much just “lived with” the cost-of-living increase offered to me at annual reviews. Or in some cases, settled for a title “promotion” that went unaccompanied by a raise. I just didn’t know how to ask for a raise. My experience is typical, according to Pat Katepoo, a well-known work…
  • Get Fit While You Work: Desk Exercises for Busy Working Moms

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

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

  • “Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Battle for the Book!” And The Epic Battle Build

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
      Last week, we told you about Jake and his new adventure, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Battle for the Book!” This primetime special premieres this Sunday October 26 at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The beloved Disney heritage characters Wendy, John and Michael Darling make their series debut, with Maia Mitchell (Disney Channel’s “Teen Beach Movie” and ABC Family’s “The Fosters”) voicing the role of Wendy as well as performing new original song “Once Upon A Time.” And of course, Peter and Tink also…
  • Big Hero 6 Tokyo Film Festival Premiere And FREE Printables

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
      “Big Hero 6″ had its official global debut as part of the Tokyo International Film Festival at the Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills. Producer Roy Conli and directors Don Hall & Chris Williams were in attendance along with John Lasseter and Japanese voice cast members. This could be our first look at Baymax as a meet and greet character.  And where can we get John Lasseter’s shirt?? General Manager of Walt Disney Animation Studios – Andrew Millstein, Nancy Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios – John Lasseter and…
  • Five Years of “Are You 23?”

    wdwjill (NDM#117)
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
      It was a little more than 5 years ago when a question started popping up in the Disney community. The question we all saw was “Are you 23?” It was then announced the formation of D23 a fan club run by Disney for all of the Disney fans out there. I joined right away and am a proud charter member card holder. We can’t wait until next year There have been opportunities for members to attend fan events in both California and Florida, but those are not always easy for those of us not living in those areas and without unlimited cash flow and vacation time. Disney heard our…
 
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  • Time For a Change

    Y
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I grabbed my camera and headed out for a drive last night because I was feeling restless and nervous about things. Photography always soothes my soul, so I thought I’d drive around with my camera, to see if anything photo worthy caught my eye. I drove past a church parking lot that I used to go to weekly for boot camp. The sun was setting and I noticed how beautiful the tall, white cross looked with sunlight behind it. I turned into the empty parking lot. I sat there for a few minutes, just looking at the beautiful sunset, thinking about life and people and all of the crazy, fun,…
  • “Modern Family” Fall Event at The Grove + a Giveaway!

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

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

  • Kim Kardashian's stance on work may surprise you

    Sara McGinnis
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Though the name Kim Kardashian isn't synonymous with work in the minds of many, this reality star says she's been earning for herself since a young age and expects her daughter to do exactly the same. Referring to working during her younger years, the mother of North West told... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Vote now for your favorite babywearing photo!

    BabyCenter Staff
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    by BabyCenter Staff posted in Products & Prizes This post is part of a sponsorship with Ergobaby In the past few weeks, we have loved taking a peek into your  babywearing adventures during our Ergobaby #WhereIBabywear photo contest! From fishing trips to public transportation and sightseeing, it's clear that our readers are making the most...... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Yummy ideas for leftover Halloween candy

    Denise Cortes
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    by Denise Cortes posted in Life & Home I know we still have six days until Halloween, but we need to have this conversation. What on Earth are we going to do with all of that Halloween candy? If you are like me, I give my kids a small window of opportunity to enjoy their... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Stimeyland

  • Race Report: Bourbon Chasers*

    Stimey
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • Bourbon Chase or Bust

    Stimey
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • Alex Is Furious With Each and Every One of You

    Stimey
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
 
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  • Microhippie

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

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

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

  • Stir Fry Dinner Party

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

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

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

  • “Family Circle” Magazine Features Its 1st Same-Sex Parents

    Dana
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    The long-running women’s magazine Family Circle featured its first same-sex parents in the latest issue. Some readers, however, are objecting to the sweet family profile. Michigan dads Chris and Bob Osner-Hackett and their two daughters are the highlight of the “Modern Life” column this month. They answer a number of questions about their favorite family activities, biggest challenges, and everyday life — and Chris shares his “secret family recipe” for pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, the magazine, which began in 1932, has also received criticism for including a…
  • For LGBT Students, School Is Often Still Hostile, but Getting Better

    Dana
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    LGBT students in the United States report high levels of victimization and discrimination, although things are slowly getting better, according to a new report. GLSEN’s biannual National School Climate Survey was an online survey of 7,898 students between the ages of 13 and 21 (grades 6 to 12), from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and from 2,770 unique school districts. About two thirds (68.1%) were White, slightly less than half (43.6%) were cisgender female, and over half identified as gay or lesbian (58.8%). First, the good news. Verbal and physical harassment based on…
  • How Many Children Could Be Affected by New Marriage Equality Laws This Week?

    Dana
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    With same-sex couples tying the knot this week in Alaska, Arizona, and Wyoming, it’s time to look at the numbers once again. How many children in these states could be impacted? According to estimates from UCLA’s Williams Institute: Alaska has nearly 1,230 cohabiting same-sex couples raising more than 560 children in their homes. Arizona nearly 16,000 cohabiting same-sex couples raising more than 5,060 children in their homes. Wyoming more than 650 cohabiting same-sex couples raising more than 320 children in their homes. That yields a total of 5,940 children who now live in…
 
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    Pajama Mommy - A Women and Mothers Blogger Community A Women and Mothers Magazine

  • Christmas is a comin’

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thank You, Marlboro Man

    Ree
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Thank you, Marlboro Man.       It’s nice for normal people of average strength (i.e. me) to see that someone who can wrestle steers to the ground without even blinking…       Who can ride across the pasture on a horse at lightning speed…       And who can lift a locomotive with his pinkie finger…       Is still capable of tripping over a rock the size of a quarter. That just makes me love you all the more! Lotsa Love, Your Girlfriend
  • Nature

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

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

  • Recipe: Easy Halloween Spider Cookies

    Jenna Helwig
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I confess that while I love to cook and bake I’m not the craftiest of moms. But somehow when Halloween rolls around I’m inspired to create spooky creatures out of cookies, marshmallows, candy, and chocolate. I still want it to be easy, though, since my crafting skills (and patience) leave a lot to be desired. I suspect Christi Farr Johnstone had moms like me in mind when she wrote her new book Smart Cookie: Transform Store-Bought Cookies Into Amazing Treats. All of her goodies look amazing, but seem completely doable thanks to the fact that we’re starting with store-bought components.
  • Real Glam Moms: Words About Waverly

    Devon Abelman
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Ashley Brickner and her family Here’s the newest installment of a brand new series from the Parents beauty department about mommy bloggers. Each installment will feature what beauty means to real moms no matter what their beauty routine is like—and how they take time to themselves after having children.  For one Real Glam Mom, her blog is like an online scrapbook for her child. Ashley Brickner, created Words About Waverly for her 2-year-old daughter Waverly Maye to look back on one day “to see what her childhood was like and the fun things [they] did.” With a fashion…
  • Our Favorite Halloween Treats

    Michela Tindera
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Roll up your little ones’ sleeves because we’ve rounded up some of our favorite make-at-home treats that are spooky and scrumptious. Brand Castle Crispy Rice Pumpkin Kit  Make your pumpkin and eat it too! It only took us 35 minutes from set up to clean up to create six individual treats, and kids will love decorating their pumpkins with the green and black icing provided in the kit. Available for purchase in-store only at Walmart and select Christmas Tree Shops.     Crypt Keeper Crescents This delicious recipe is no longer under wraps. All you need is Nutella, bananas and…
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    Design Mom

  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Image of me and Cindy McCain here. Hello, Friends. How are you? I’m writing from Washington D.C.. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m here attending the AYA Summit put on by ONE Girls & Women. It’s a short conference (I fly home this evening), but holy moly it has been impactful. We’re learning from the country’s experts about some of the heaviest topics in our world today. Poverty, Hunger, Human Trafficking, Preventable Diseases, Ebola, the World Water Crisis. We’re learning about how these things affect women and children in overwhelming…
  • Jo Totes Giveaway

    Design Mom
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Okay, you guys. Are you ready for an awesome giveaway? Good. Because I’ve got one for you. Johansen Camera Bags, makers of the famous Jo Totes, is offering a $200 gift certificate! Jo Totes are fantastic camera bags. They have all the function you need, but they don’t look like boring tech bags. In fact, you may have seen them before on the shoulders of your stylish friends and not even known they were a camera bag — because they simply look like well made, well designed, totally current handbags. With 8 different styles in several color options, there are dozens…
  • AYA Summit

    Design Mom
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Image via ONE.org. Hello from Washington D.C.! I’m here for AYA Summit. What’s AYA Summit you ask? Well, it’s a first time event put on by ONE Girls & Women. It’s a gathering of bloggers, authors and social media experts to learn about issues affecting girls and women in developing countries. AYA is the name of a hardy West African fern, and it represents endurance and resourcefulness — just like so many girls and women across the world. The event is taking place on the Google Campus here in D.C. (Did you know there was a Google campus outside of…
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    Dutch Blitz

  • We Could Run Away

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

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

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

  • Good night! #coffee

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This Just In! Good night! #coffee Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
  • @barbling: Staying Agile – How to Build, Test and Evolve your Email Marketing Automation | The Email Marketing Intelligence Blog http://buff.ly/1pJDS8k

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    This Just In! Staying Agile – How to Build, Test and Evolve your Email Marketing Automation | The Email Marketing Intelligence Blog http://buff.ly/1pJDS8k 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!
  • eBay Envisions A Future Of Commerce-Driven Devices That Track Your Needs – PSFK…

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    This Just In! eBay Envisions A Future Of Commerce-Driven Devices That Track Your Needs – PSFK http://buff.ly/1oP2vny eBay Envisions A Future Of Commerce-Driven Devices That Track Your Needs – PSFKwww.psfk.com'Zero effort commerce' could open the way to automated personal shopping assistants. 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…
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    crunchycarpets.com

  • A Little Bit Edgy in the 2014 Hyundai Veloster

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

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

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

  • Why I Should Probably Buy A Scarf

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

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

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

    Kim Zoot
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    I’ve often p’shawed people (Totally made up that word…it’s when you “P’shaw!” at someone. Am I the only one that every says, “P’shaw!”? Well, then I guess I’m the only one who will ever “p’shaw someone” then.) who say things like, “I don’t see how you do it all!” Because I felt like I always spent PLENTY of time goofing off online or vegging out in front of the television to really feel like I was doing any more in one day than the average person. But then I found myself up at 2:00am, hanging…
  • I became a better person when I let go of God.

    Kim Zoot
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    I had a weird thought recently. I realized that I’ve become a more moral person in the last decade. The same decade in which I gave up on my pursuit of religion and came to terms and embraced the life of a non-believer. This was a VERY weird thing for me to realize. But it’s true. Now, a lot of that is just life. I was immature and made a lot of mistakes as a really young adult. Back when I forgot I wasn’t invincible and forgot that I do have to pay for the mistakes I make. So maybe a lot of what changed was just growing up. Becoming more aware of the ripple effects of my…
  • Reduce. Reduce. Reduce.

    Kim Zoot
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    The house I grew up in was 1000 square feet, approximately. I remember that Donnie is the one that told me my house was small, sometime before we got married. And even though I had grown up in the house, I didn’t realize it was that small. He tried to convince me it was smaller than the apartment we were living in to which I argued incessantly until Dad confirmed, “Yep. Around 1000 square feet. Not counting the basement or garage.” For the record? No one counts the basement. It was scary as hell down there. And the garage had a dirt floor and no one parked there, so…
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    Blue Badger

  • Tom Ford Kids

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Tom Ford has designed a capsule collection of leather jackets for children. The collection inspired by his son, Jack is insanely expensive. But here's hoping he expands the collection to more affordable (if there is such a thing as affordable Tom Ford) pieces.
  • Emily + Meritt Brass Bunny Lamp

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The denim shade on this Pottery Barn Teen brass lamp gives it a modern edge that prevents the bunny from being too childish. It is the type of lamp that is funky enough for a teenager's room but sweet enough for a nursery.
  • Things To Buy

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

  • 10 Cocktails To Serve At A Holiday Party

    Shanna
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    The holidays start now!  Fall begins the end of the year and is a great time for celebrations large and small. Whether a large fancy party or a gathering of close friends, these special cocktails all have a nod to the season and set the mood for a special event! Spiced Apple Cider  from My Baking Addiction Apple Cider is easily found this time of year and this delicious (and warm) drink takes it to the next level. Pumpkin Spice White Russian from A Beautiful Mess I’ll take any excuse for pumpkin and would love to sip one of these after a long day of raking leaves. Glacier Fusion…
  • 13 Halloween Candy Alternatives

    Kelley Grant
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Halloween is right around the corner and my kids are so excited! They see the decorations in the stores and around our neighborhood and keep asking if its time yet. I love taking them out trick or treating! It’s also such a good time and they come back with bags loaded full of goodies. Its fun to get candy, but I always appreciate the person who puts the practical treat in the kid’s bags. While I take the kids out door to door, my husband stays home and hands out our goodies, that aren’t candy! Here are our top Halloween candy alternatives! The kids may not appreciate a…
  • Easy Halloween Party Treats

    Shanna
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Are you throwing a Halloween party and looking for some fun themed treats to serve?  These are some favorites that wowed the crowd at a recent party. Don’t be “scared”, they are all easy to make. Monster Mouths You’ll need apples and some slivered almonds.  Pending the size of your apples, cut in half or quarters.  Next, you’ll cut out a wedge from the outside of the apple to mimic an open mouth.  Be careful not to cut all the way through. Next just press the almond slivers into the open “mouth” like they are teeth.  That’s it!  Monster Mouths not only look great, but…
 
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    Nodin's Nest

  • Halloween Costume 2014

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

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

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

  • Children Playing at the Berlin Wall, 1963

    John VE
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Thomas Hoepker is one of the most acclaimed Magnum photographers. He has been working as a photojournalist for 60 years and captured life in East Germany from 1959 to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Below is a collection of interesting black and white photographs of children playing along the Berlin Wall taken by Hoepker in 1963.Child with scooter at the Berlin Wall. This pedestrian way belongs to the Soviet Sector of Berlin.Two boys in leather shorts standing on a viewing platform at the western side of the Berlin Wall.Children playing at the Berlin Wall in Berlin Wedding.A child playing by the…
  • Black and White Photos of Children in Halloween Costumes from the 1970s

    John VE
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    In the mid-'70s, New York-based photographer Larry Racioppo went around the streets to capture black and white photographs of youngsters running around in their Halloween costumes. The results are a bit creepy, but ultimately endearing.See more »
  • Little boy bottle feeding piglet, ca. 1920

    John VE
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • Ask. More. Questions.

    D. A. Wolf
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Relationship epiphany: Ask more questions. If anything is wrong in your relationship with hubby or the kids or the best friend, or you even sense there may be something awry – ask questions. Do. It. Now. None of us can read minds – not our children’s, not our spouses, not our boyfriends’ or girlfriends’ much less the boss or the cranky neighbor. However, I exempt you from the aforementioned list if you are Carnac, or steal your loved one’s personal diary. I would be amused by the former and do not recommend the latter. Here’s the gist: If we think…
  • Love Quiz

    D. A. Wolf
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    It was irresistible. One of those love quizzes – “score the strength of your marriage or relationship” – you know the sort. Testing romance, compatibility, communication. So I took a few minutes and went through the questions. Twice. First I answered from the perspective of my current relationship, now three years old. As for the result: “Great relationship!” The score landed me in the top tier, explaining that we go through bumps like everyone, but all the foundational elements of a strong bond are present. Round 2? Following the directions one more time,…
  • I Am Not a Brand. Are You?

    D. A. Wolf
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    No longer top of mind. No longer on the mind. Disappearing from the consciousness of your circles – altogether. Does the very thought conjure images of a somewhat dated expression – dying in obscurity? Are millions of us afraid of dying, or just dying in obscurity? Might the latter fear be tied to our pop culture tendency to view ourselves as “brands” rather than people with something to say? I enjoy exploring the linkage between the personal and the professional. I find our stories (and motivations) to be fascinating. Sometimes, I note the similarities in how we…
 
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    Born Just Right

  • Our “limb differences aren’t scary” campaign

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

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

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

  • Three kinds of expectations

    Shaun
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by ShaunIt’s still the most surprising thing Becky has ever said to me. “OK,” she declared. “I’ve decided to lower my expectations of you.” Becky has a theory and after two decades together I’m convinced she’s right: Most conflict and unhappiness in relationships comes from three kinds of expectations. Unreasonable Sometimes our expectations are unreasonable. In the early days of our marriage Becky expected a certain standard of living but also expected me to be more available to her than I could be with a full-time job. I expected us to always have sex…
  • #74: Pillows matter, man

    Tsh
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    We’re back with a new podcast! This is the first episode from the road—many of you have asked whether I’ll keep the show going during our round-the-world trip, and the short answer is: yes. It may be more sporatic, since recording depends so heavily on a strong Internet connection. I’ll take advantage of the technology when it’s available, and when it’s not—well, I appreciate your patience. I love doing them as much as you seem to enjoy listening to them. It was only fitting that I chat with my friend Stephanie Langford for my first international chat. She…
  • Beloved dust {giveaway!}

    Jamin Goggin
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by Jamin GogginWe all know what it’s like to feel exposed. We know what it’s like to have the light reveal the dark places we have been trying to hide. In those times, questions of right and wrong rarely enter our minds. Instead, something clicks on deep inside of us that turns us to the pragmatic. “How can I fix this?” becomes the sole question that captivates our hearts. Our first instinct is to hide. I see this posture of hiding in my children. When they are exposed, when they are caught doing something wrong, they hide. Each of my children has distinct tactics, but the goal is the…
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    We are THAT Family

  • To the Parents Who Read This Blog:

    Kristen
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Thank you. 5,051. That’s how many of you answered my parenting survey a couple of weeks ago.I was humbled by your enthusiasm. I closed it after 24 hours because it will take some time to dig into the thousands of comments and answers. I will be spending the next few months pouring over them as I write my next book, a daunting challenge and tentatively titled Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World. Yeah. A parenting book. So, you could say I’ve never felt more inadequate. This won’t be a book about my successful parenting, I’m writing it from the trenches. Because…
  • Happy Blog Birthday to Us {Giveaway & an Opportunity to Change the World}

    Kristen
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    This month, We are THAT family is celebrating seven years of blogging. 7 years. I’ve written more than 2500 blog posts, read more than 150,000 comments and deleted more than 1,000,000 spam. I’ve embarrassed myself. I’ve been wrecked.  I’ve been inspired as you’ve helped make this a reality in the last few years. We’ve been through a lot together. Some days, I feel like I’ve said it all. And others, I feel like I’m just getting started. Blogging has changed my life. And it has given me the opportunity to change the lives of others. This…
  • WFMW: Yes to Being Still

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

  • 25 Questions Only Moms Ask Themselves

    Joelle Wisler
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Image via Shutterstock Before becoming a mom, I had never asked the question, “Is it okay for this child to use my sock as toilet paper?” Or, after my two-year-old sprinkled her great grandparents ashes in her hair, I asked, “How much soap does it take to get human remains out of someone’s hair?” The […]The post 25 Questions Only Moms Ask Themselves appeared first on Scary Mommy.
  • To My Friends Who Became Mothers Before Me

    Bonnie Koehn
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Mother and baby via Shutterstock To my seasoned, knowledgeable, forgiving best friends who jumped off the cliff into motherhood long before I did: I’m sorry I ever uttered the words “I’m so tired” in your presence; I had no idea what tired really means. I’m sorry I bought you that book about making homemade organic […]The post To My Friends Who Became Mothers Before Me appeared first on Scary Mommy.
  • A Letter To My Fellow Scary Mommies

    MommaBug
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear fellow Scary Mommy, I know you. Yes, I’ve read the confessions you write. I know that last night, you put your kids to bed an hour early so you could get some peace. I know that you left your four month old in front of the television most of the day yesterday. I even […]The post A Letter To My Fellow Scary Mommies appeared first on Scary Mommy.
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    San Diego Momma

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

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

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

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

  • A Spot of Shopping at enex100

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    I had a meeting in the city the other day, so I stopped off at enex100 to do a bit of shopping. I haven’t been to this mall in a year or so, and I was really delighted by the mix of high street stores and independent boutiques (including a designer clearance sale pop up store!). My first stop was The Generics Installation, owned and run by a friend of mine. I was immediately suckered by the mixture of bright fabrics and promise of a brand new dress! There was so much on offer! You’ll find hot and edgy brands here, like Zanthus, Wild Horses and Zhivago. This Generics pop up store…
  • We raised $5.2 million for cancer research!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Beat Your Best Workout with Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Headphones

    Kimberly Grabinski
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    This is a sponsored post brought to you by Jabra, all opinions are my own. Picture this: attempting a burpee and getting caught in your headphone cord. The next thing that happens is either: A) smacking yourself in the face, or B) falling to the ground in an attempt to untangle yourself and continue your […] The post Beat Your Best Workout with Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Headphones appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Fantastic and Amazing Pictures

    Kimberly Grabinski
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Follow Kimberly Grabinski’s board Travel Photos on Pinterest. The post Fantastic and Amazing Pictures appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • 16 Decadent Paleo Fall Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

    Kimberly Grabinski
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    I love fall for so many reasons but one of the main reasons is pumpkin. There are so many amazing things you can make with pumpkin, but the desserts are especially fantastic. And just because you follow a Paleo eating plan doesn’t mean that you have to suffer while everyone else enjoys delicious Paleo desserts. […] The post 16 Decadent Paleo Fall Pumpkin Dessert Recipes appeared first on What's That Smell?.
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    MotherhoodLater.com - World’s leading website, eZine and community for midlife moms.

  • Guest Blog Post: Learning to Practice Self Care by Alison Blair, Later Mom and Health Coach

    Robin Gorman Newman
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
    When talking about children and food allergies, the focus is usually on the child and all that the mom has to do to help them navigate school, daycare and playdates. I’m here to tell the story about what can happen to a mom when her child is diagnosed with food allergies. The constant worry and search for answers and help literally ran me into the ground. My daughter has 8 food allergies, and a few of them were diagnosed at a very early age: 5 months. Trying to work a full time job and take care of a child with health issues is virtually impossible. If her eczema got uncomfortable, I…
  • MOM THEATRE LOVER: This is Our Youth: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

    Robin Gorman Newman
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
     Kenneth Lonergan’s THIS IS OUR YOUTH, , directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro and developed by Stppenwolf in Chicago, stars Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Tavi Gevinson in the first Broadway production of this insightful and tender, yet comedic revival. Powerful and endearing portrayals pack a punch in this poignant play about three young Jewish people living in New York in 1982 as they come together in a quest for acceptance, validation, autonomy and love that they so long for from their respective families, but brutally escapes them. Culkin as 20 year old Dennis is magnetic on…
  • REVIEW: Madison Square Garden “All Access Tour” by Margaret Hart

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

  • #AYASummit on CBS News

    Emily
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Nikki Burdine of CBS News featured the #AYASummit and the ONE Girls and Women Campaign in a fabulous news segment today.  I was interviewed for the story and thought I’d share a few highlights: Technology makes us all neighbors, and these women are making it their mission to use their power for good. “That’s what it’s all about isn’t it? People coming together, empowering working together. You can’t do it all on your own, can you?” Says Patricia Amira. (Patricia Amira MC’ed the summit.  She is a TV personality known as “Africa’s…
  • Make it a Fashionable Fall: J.Jill’s Fabulous Savings

    The Motherhood
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Scarves, check…boots, check…sweater dresses, check. We’re ready to brave the rapidly cooling temperatures now that our fall wardrobe is complete – and this year, it’s more versatile, comfortable and stylish than ever! That’s because we recently wrapped up a campaign with J.Jill, spotlighting their inspired-by-nature pure jill fall collection. The line features flattering silhouettes, plush fabrics and the perfect pieces for layering and creating that classic fall look. For inspiration, check out some of the styled outfits that our bloggers (or should we call them models?) put…
  • The ONE #AYASummit

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

  • Last Minute DIY Costumes!

    Laura
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    WE’VE GOT ONE WEEK TO GO, PEOPLE. Hopefully you’ve got your costume choices locked in at this point, but just in case you’re still scrambling to figure out what to wear for Halloween, I’ve put together a roundup of last minute DIY costume ideas for kids and for big people, too! How cute are these? The crayons are my favorite. Last Minute Costumes for Kids Easy Inexpensive Shark Costume No-Sew Superhero Cape How to Make a Batman Mask Bumblebee Costume iPhone Costume Tutorial Box of Friends – Group of Crayons And I am shamelessly including myself in the adult…
  • Last Minute Costume Ideas!

    Laura
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    WE’VE GOT ONE WEEK TO GO, PEOPLE. Hopefully you’ve got your costume choices locked in at this point, but just in case you’re still scrambling to figure out what to wear for Halloween, I’ve put together a roundup of last minute DIY costume ideas for kids and for big people, too! How cute are these? The crayons are my favorite. Last Minute Costumes for Kids Easy Inexpensive Shark Costume No-Sew Superhero Cape How to Make a Batman Mask Bumblebee Costume iPhone Costume Tutorial Box of Friends – Group of Crayons And I am shamelessly including myself in the adult…
  • Sculpey Playdate!

    Laura
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    A few weeks ago, my family and I invaded my friend Laura Kelly‘s home for a little Sculpey clay playdate. (Would that be a claydate?) The day was just delightful. I know I post all the time about my two sets of twins, who are 9 and 11, but of course I have my big girl Kayley, too. She is now nineteen and living on her own and making her way in the world, and really, I just don’t see her that often. This whole “spread your wings and fly” thing is hard on us mamas. Anyway, Kayley and her awesome beau Darius stopped by Laura’s house as well, which made the day so…
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    moosh in indy.

  • 929 words

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

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

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

  • Halloween Town is finished

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

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

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

  • My Better Half

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

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

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

  • Advantages of watching Fox news

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

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

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

  • Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Enjoy this classic recipe curled up by the fire. These simple cinnamon donuts are amazing leftover, but they’re the best when they’re warm…
  • Fall Trendy and Bright

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    This fall don’t be drab and boring, be fun and lively. Continue your summer colors straight into fall with slightly darker shades and denser tones.…
  • Momma Gone Chic

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Get your chic fashion sense back into your wardrobe with these great pieces. Mix your pre baby wardrobe with your post baby wardrobe to get this midlevel…
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Let’s Talk Halloween Safety

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

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

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

  • What is Beachbody Coaching?!

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

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

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

  • CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE Partners with Dallas Cowboys – Guy Fieri Tailgate {Giveaway}

    A Cowboy's Wife
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Me and my own cowboy had a chance to attend the Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants and be part of what Carnival is celebrating with their new partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, and as they bring in awesome headliners to their cruise line.  As a Cowboys’ fan, and just die hard football fan in general, I was thrilled to celebrate with them and watch the Cowboys whoop the Giants! Before the game, we stood out where the Cowboys enter and I got a few pics of several of the Cowboys but am only sharing one, Mr. Witten himself.  Umm, very nice no? We were invited to attend a pre-game…
  • Delta Temp2O™ Shower Head Review & {Giveaway}

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

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

  • The #SwifferEffect and the #ASPCA are Saving Lives

    Candace
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA, and Sarah Hyland, actress, vegetarian, and animal rights activist spoke this week about the importance of matching pets with families. The real stars of the day, though, were Barkley Bixby, Hyland’s adorable maltipoo, and his canine pals. As part of their campaign to help the ASPCA find homes for over 5000 pets during their Mega Match-a-Thon weekend,  Swiffer invited me and my pets to surprise a friend with a Swiffer Big Green Box and to join Bershadker, Hyland, Barkley Bixby, and their other fluffy friends in learning about pet…
  • Taking Time to Reconnect at Beaches Resorts

    Debbie
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    My husband and I “celebrated” our 14th wedding anniversary with leftovers and some Netflix, but we weren’t always this boring. Before our first child arrived in 2008, we’d traveled to Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, France, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Disney World, and numerous Caribbean islands. We had romantic meals in fine restaurants. We made time for each other. Everything changed with the births of our boys in 2008 and 2011. The couples-only vacations were but a distant memory, and the romantic meals involved a babysitter and a lot of planning. Balancing a full-time…
  • Swiffer it Forward with the #ASPCA — the #SwifferEffect

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

  • A Calloused Heart and the Love of God

    Sarah Pinnix
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Last week, I saw a touching Facebook post by my friend Mandy Southern. It moved me so much that I asked if I could publish it as a guest post, and she agreed. If you’ve got some callouses that you think are protecting you from harm, I hope that God’s Spirit will speak to you. If you comment here I’ll make sure Mandy sees it. Last weekend after I got home from a trip. My son and I were sitting on the couch talking. He held up his hands as he often does to see if his have grown bigger than mine (not yet!). He was looking at my hands and asked me what the bumps were from. I…
  • A Halloween Party to Scream For

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

    Sarah Pinnix
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    I love autumn. It’s one of my favorite seasons, but it always sneaks up on me. One day, I’m enjoying the mountain sunshine and eating lunch outside on the patio. The next, I’m throwing on a coat on my way to work in the 40 degree morning air. I look up at the trees one day and wonder when the red started peeking through. I’m not exaggerating the sudden cold where I live, so I try not to look back in longing on those hot summer days. One of the best things about fall is FOOD! I’m pulling out my best fall recipes, and some new ones, to help you embrace the fall…
 
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • Halloween Crafts in 5 Minutes

    Guest Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Guest contributor Nancy joins 5 Minutes for Mom today with some fast, inexpensive, and really cute Halloween crafts (those are the best kind, aren’t they?) Like most of you, I am a super busy mom. I am sure you all know the craziness of school, homework, grocery shopping, cooking, play-dates, etc… We moms love being crafty and want to do it all, don’t we? I know I do, but usually have little time to do so. I wanted to share a few 5-minutes Halloween crafty ideas with you. They are cute and inexpensive, and just under $5!   Halloween cupcake stand Materials: Pizza tray…
  • Pinterest Isn’t Showing Us Your Pins – So Add Them to #PinItFriday

    Anna
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    We LOVE Pinterest. All the pretty food, clothes, crafts, home decor. All of it. And we love sharing pins with you and seeing what YOU’VE been pinning to! But Pinterest recently changed their algorithm for how they’re showing pins in the feed… and now it’s harder than ever for us to see YOUR pins! So now there is more reason than ever for you to join us here at Pin It Friday to connect with other Pinterest fans and find fabulous pins. Share one or two of your best pins and then repin some of the others in the linky list. We are 5minutesformom and we’ll repin as…
  • Mammogram Monologues – Have You Booked Yours? #HanesForGood

    Susan
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Some things are important. Really important. Like getting a mammogram. Yet, so many of us women procrastinate and put off this important appointment. So I’m taking part in the “Mammogram Monologues” as part of a compensated campaign with Hanes and their partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. I’m an expert procrastinator and a professional worrier. But it was the procrastinator in me that beat out the worrier when it came to booking my first mammogram. I’ve been worried about getting cancer for as long as I can remember and being a woman, that…
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    Burgh Baby

  • Impossible

    burghbaby
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
  • I Love You Through and Through

    burghbaby
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    I give the man of the house grief because of his drawer filled with straw wrappers and useless cash receipts, but it's not like he's the only hoarder around these parts. Well, wait, he is, but sometimes I keep things too. Like books. I don't know what it is about books, but I can't part with them. If I've read it, I keep it. If I loved it, I keep it. If I hated it, I keep it. I keep all of the books. That includes Alexis' huge supply of books from when she was a tiny little lass. That means Mila came into this world with a rather impressive library. I had to bribe Alexis to give up all of…
  • I Live With Clowns

    burghbaby
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
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    Happy Home

  • Interior ideas for the novice home stylist

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    You don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy the very best domestic style in your own home. Although magazines and TV shows regularly take a look inside houses of the rich and famous to show off amazing interiors, even the most inexperienced novice stylist can achieve fantastic results by following some simple ideas and concepts. Lighting Every room will have a different amount of natural light but the way you use other sources will have a tremendous impact on the way a room looks and feels. The actual fitting of lighting equipment might sometimes need to be done as part of a bigger…
  • Organizing The Tools For Your Business Or Home Projects

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:14 am
    Organizing the tools for business or home projects is the most important part of doing this kind of work. The organization helps people access their tools more easily, and the best toolboxes are easy to travel with. The best thing to do with these toolboxes is to choose the toolboxes that fit in the place where the user will travel with them most. Shopping in a place like EliteToolboxes.com helps people find what they need. In The Truck Most people who work with tools every day need to make sure they can fit their tools in their vehicle. The best toolboxes will fit in the back of a truck, and…
  • 2014 kitchen trends: how to create an ultra-modern kitchen

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    No longer simply a functional space to prepare meals, modern kitchens are the hub of every home: a place to gather, socialise, share food and show off your style. This year offers a whole host of possibilities when it comes to kitting out your kitchen, and to make sure your decor stays up to date with the latest trends, here are some top tips on how to give your interior a ultra-modern makeover: Natural materials 2014 is all about the back-to-nature charm. Natural, raw materials are largely becoming the go-to hardware for kitchens this year – chrome, stainless steel and granite is out,…
 
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Sign up now for 2015 Retreats!

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    It's time. After much anticipation, emails, phone calls, etc. - we are now taking reservations for our 2015 retreats. From now until online registration goes live on or about November 1, we have a priority list that gets first crack at it. If you're not already on the list, the good news is you can still get on it.Here's what to do:Look at our 2015 schedule. Choose a retreat and your preference of accommodations. Please keep in mind that we have not yet finalized details or pricing for our October Yoga & Vineyard retreat, we are expecting to do so by December 31, 2014. We can place you on…
  • Yoga + Tea Time

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

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

  • Rockin’ Green

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

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

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

  • Getting Started With Essential Oils

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

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

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

  • REVIEW – CLn SportWash

    Lara
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The product(s) featured in this post was provided free of cost to me. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced in any way. CLn Sport Wash was designed by dermatologists for athletes and active people with skin prone to acne, infection and folliculitis. This non-drying formulation can be used with contact sports, exercise and other physical activities that promote sweat and oil on the skin. It is a clinically tested skin cleanser formulated with a proprietary combination of…
  • REVIEW – Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon Original Movie DVD

    Lara
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The product(s) featured in this post was provided free of cost to me. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced in any way. Some of the posts on this site, such as this one, contain an affiliate link. This means I MAY get paid a VERY SMALL commission if you purchase the product or service. Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon Available on DVD & Digital HD September 2! Run Time: 57 minutes Number of discs: 1 ASIN: B00ISZNCUY Your favorite cat and mouse are back with song,…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

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

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

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

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

  • Direct Energy and Nest #DEsmarthome

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

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

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

    Jenny On the Spot
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    This post is brought to you by a partnership between Straight Talk and yours truly. All opinion and experience with Straight Talk Safe Driver Car Connection and the Safe Driver event are my own. Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Atlanta for a hot minute. Straight Talk and Driver’s Edge partnered together to […] Straight Talk’s Safe Driver Car Connection and National Teen Driver Safety Week is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Straight Talk’s Safe Driver Car Connection and National Teen Driver Safety Week appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Around the Homestead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Stefanie Fauquet
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    This post is brought to you by The Hass Avocado Board through a partnership with Mom It Forward. All opinions are my own. My husband and I have been actively working on cutting sugar and unnecessary carbs out of our diets. It’s a lifestyle change with the goal to positively impact our overall health. After just a […] The post Creamy Avocado Dressing {Recipe & Giveaway} #LoveOneToday appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Protect Your Child’s Identity from Theft

    Stefanie Fauquet
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. All opinions are 100% mine. I just recently heard a statistic that was quite shocking as a parent: In the past year, over 50,000 children in the state of Florida have become victims of identity theft. And […] The post Protect Your Child’s Identity from Theft appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Hot Christmas Gift: Air Hogs RC Toys

    Stefanie Fauquet
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine. Growing up, I loved all things RC. Cars, trucks, planes – they were always some of my favorite toys (even though they were marketed to boys!). That was 20 years ago, and remote controlled toys have come a […] The post Hot Christmas Gift: Air Hogs RC Toys appeared first on Mommy Musings.
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  • Out Of Order

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

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

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

    Kim Tracy Prince
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:25 pm
    “If you introduce yourself as a writer you’ll be treated with regard when seen writing.” – Lavinia Spalding, Writing Away I had to do something to get that giant picture of me out of the landing spot on this site, and Spalding’s words have been kicking around in my head for a few days, so I thought I’d share. This book on travel journaling is inspiring, comforting, and full of life, just like Spalding herself. I met her in Costa Rica and she led a writing workshop which was the thing I have been looking for all these years every time I go to a blogging…
  • The Secret

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: Hi! Waving!

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Glad to have you back! [Jumps up and down in seat.]What to do if you're new hereScroll all the way down to the bottom of this post. Where it says "Your name" put the name of the blog followed by the title of the post you want to share (or just the name of the post, if there's no room—you get 80 characters).Like this: The ghost of the child you expected yours to beWhere it says "Your URL" put the direct link to the post.Click "Enter." Leave a comment if you want to say more. Go check out some great posts.Happy linking!
  • The ghost of the child you expected yours to be

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    The moments always take me by surprise. It happened the other week, when Sabrina and I went to see Alexander & The Horrible, Terrible, No Good Very Bad Day. The movie's pretty funny, and we both laughed a lot. At the end, Alexander has a birthday party and his parents wish him a happy twelfth birthday. Suddenly, tears started rolling down my face. Because Max is going to be 12 in a couple of months, and it was one of those moments when I thought, I wonder what he'd be like at 12 if he hadn't had the stroke. As I wrote on Facebook, "It's that total disconnect between loving the kid you…
  • One thing to do that could save your life

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Finding time to take care of yourself when you're raising kids isn't easy. Some days, just remembering to pop a multivitamin feels like a victory. But there's one health thing you need to do that you may not be, and it could save your life: a skin check. Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is on the rise. Catch it early and it's most likely to be cured. But only about 18 percent of women have ever had a skin check, as I found out when I edited a piece for Health magazine, Are You Getting A Good Skin Check? Last night, I attended the 2014 Skin Care Foundation Gala because the…
 
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  • Date Night Now by Sittercity: Weekend Babysitting Made Easy

    chefdruck
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I was an early adopter of the Sittercity service. Close to a decade ago, as a new mother of two, I raved about Sittercity both online and offline. Finding a babysitter to have a few hours alone with Steve on a Saturday night was no longer a word of mouth searching exercise. Sittercity gave me access to dozens of local babysitters and gave me the power to interview and background check them myself. I never get to see my husband this happy and relaxed during family dinner. Our weekly date nights help us reconnect and relax, remembering who we were before we became the heads of the Druckman 6…
  • Creamy Coconut Shrimp Curry

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

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

  • A Modern Mother’s Mexican 7-layer dip

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jill Knapp
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Okay everyone 5 friends and I are doing a 21 day sugar detox starting tomorrow.  This will bring us to November 14th.  Cleaning out your system and ridding of all bad is so good for your body.  We are giving up all forms of sugar.  Doing this for the next 21 days will help us go into the holidays with us ahead of the game and we will not be craving all the sugar that will be going through our homes during Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and  New Years Eve.  Feel free to join us!! So if you do you need to stop eating: All processed sugar All white breads You will need to eat: …
  • Lexmod Furniture

    Laura O. Tolentino
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    In the past 7 years, Lexmod Furniture has grown into one of the most influential furniture websites available today.  Founded in 2005, the brand was developed to offer mid century modern classic furniture for everyone, at prices that are easily affordable. The company has been listed as one of inc.com’s fastest growing firms and recently made the top 500.  They also offer satisfaction guarantees as standard. The site has become synonymous for it’s trademark features such as the Ghost Chair collection and the Rocker lounge chairs. Probably the biggest selling point is the serious cheap…
  • My most memorable childhood memory

    Stacy Lorraine Sanford
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    http://gossipmama-logue.blogspot.com/2014/10/childhood-memories.html
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    Mom Spark

  • How to Get Picky Eaters to Take Medicine.

    Mom Spark
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    This post is sponsored by Pediacare. Oh cold season. I know you’re coming and I know you’re going to creep up on us all whether we like it or not. I know that my immune system is pretty stellar, but having two kids in school full time, means that no matter how hard I try to shield our home from germs this season, those pesky germs are going to sneak in somehow. There’s nothing that makes a mother feel more helpless than having a child who is sick, especially when fevers strike, and our poor little ones are simply miserable. It’s even worse when they can’t…
  • Overcoming Business Struggles.

    Mom Spark
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    This post is sponsored by Capital One Spark and is the sixth post in a series of eight. Filming video spots for CVS this morning with @anneliseag and @mattmendo! A photo posted by Amy Bellgardt (@momspark) on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:02am PDT From the day I began writing that first post for Mom Spark back in 2008, up until this very moment, things have been constantly changing and morphing in the blogging world. For one thing, this blog has become a small business, a place of employment for others, a resource for our online community, and I am proud to be a part of it. However, the creation…
  • Journey to India: Day 5

    Mom Spark
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Coca-Cola sponsored my travel, accommodations and other expenses for my trip to India. read Day 1. – Day 2. –  Day 3. – Day 4. Day 5. This day consisted of a lot of travel. One last photo from India [#5by20] today before I fall into a deep slumber. In this photo, the woman turns the baby around to see us passing by. A photo posted by Amy Bellgardt (@momspark) on Sep 9, 2014 at 9:18am PDT Early in the morning, we flew to Ahmedabad, located in west India. The goal for the day was to visit the HCCBPL Plant (bottling plant) and the Sewing Center at Goblej, as well as the “Splash…
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    Moomettes Magnificents

  • Halloween in Connecticut | Scarecrows on Main

    Cindi Moomettes
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    The weather this fall in New England has been warmer than usual. We took a daytrip and a leisurely stroll along cobblestone sidewalks through a historic town here in Connecticut to view "Scarecrows on Main". Halloween in Connecticut | Scarecrows on Main is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Campfire Cooking | Pudgy Pie Iron | Cooking With Kids

    Cindi Moomettes
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    My favorite camping out meals are created using pudgy pie makers (additionally referred to as pie irons). The ones we use are made of cast iron, but they can also be made from aluminum. Most have long handles. Our family uses pudgy (or pudgie) pie makers to make delicious treats for lunch and dinner.Campfire Cooking | Pudgy Pie Iron | Cooking With Kids is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Lake Compounce | New England | Family Theme Park | Review

    Cindi Moomettes
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Summer’s in full swing here and what better way to spend a beautiful sunny day with the whole family than at Lake Compounce, America’s Oldest Amusement Theme Park located in Bristol, Connecticut. Lake Compounce | New England | Family Theme Park | Review is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
 
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    Bizzie Living

  • Wordless Wednesday – This Girl has Attitude

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

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

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

  • Halloween in Connecticut | Scarecrows on Main

    Cindi Moomettes
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    The weather this fall in New England has been warmer than usual. We took a daytrip and a leisurely stroll along cobblestone sidewalks through a historic town here in Connecticut to view "Scarecrows on Main". Halloween in Connecticut | Scarecrows on Main is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Campfire Cooking | Pudgy Pie Iron | Cooking With Kids

    Cindi Moomettes
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    My favorite camping out meals are created using pudgy pie makers (additionally referred to as pie irons). The ones we use are made of cast iron, but they can also be made from aluminum. Most have long handles. Our family uses pudgy (or pudgie) pie makers to make delicious treats for lunch and dinner.Campfire Cooking | Pudgy Pie Iron | Cooking With Kids is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Lake Compounce | New England | Family Theme Park | Review

    Cindi Moomettes
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Summer’s in full swing here and what better way to spend a beautiful sunny day with the whole family than at Lake Compounce, America’s Oldest Amusement Theme Park located in Bristol, Connecticut. Lake Compounce | New England | Family Theme Park | Review is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
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    Mommy Misadventures

  • The Costumes We Choose

    Michelle
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    TLE is a wildly creative child and like just about every other 6 year old, she adores Hallowe’en. For the third year running, she will be a vampire. In true TLE fashion, just being a vampire isn’t enough. During Hallowe’en 2012, she was a Vampire Princess Kitty Knight but this year, she decided to up her game by […]
  • Dealing With the Disads

    Michelle
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    If life were an RPG, giftedness would be a purchasable advantage. But every advantage comes with disadvantages. Giftedness, arguably, comes with more disadvantages than others.
  • 6 months

    Michelle
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    It's been over six months since my husband lost his job. Ours is the new face of poverty in the United States.
 
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    Mom Made That!™ | THE Mom Business Registry

  • MARKET OF SUNSHINE & MY SECRET COMPARTMENTS

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

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

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

  • High Intensity Interval Training – No Joke

    Jendi
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Screen shot from exercise DVD I love the 10 Minute Solutions line of exercise DVDS – especially the Pilates programs. When this 10 Minute Solution: High Intensity Interval Training DVD was sent to me I thought it would be good to try a different type of exercise. It is well done with great lighting, audio, colors; all the good things I expect from a 10 Minute Solutions exercise DVD. The instructor is great; she talks you through the moves, explains how she is making your heart beat faster and then slowing it down. My first impression when doing the exercises was, “You’ve…
  • Thunder By Bonnie Calhoun | Book Review

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

    Jendi
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    cc photo from Flickr by mallydally This smoothie “recipe” was put together by my 11 year old son. Since my children make the smoothies on their own I now am able to have smoothies in the morning without having to make them. It’s a win-win. I started making smoothies for breakfast this past summer because I prefer to drink my breakfast, and it seemed like a healthy, inexpensive way to have a breakfast drink. I used my Ninja Master Prep and made them for myself. However, I never actually drank them by myself because my kids ALWAYS wanted some. I handled the actual making…
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  • Halloween Post (#2)

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

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

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

  • On My Knees

    Amy
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Three and a half years ago I wrote about the pain of parenting, opting to keep the details of the medical decision private and write instead about the emotions I was experiencing. In the end, the decision was made to move forward with a disruptive but mostly pain free treatment for our daughter’s medical issue. A year later the treatment was over, and I put the experience as far out of my mind as possible. We knew that the day would come when follow-up appointments would be necessary, and we anticipated one more round of far less extreme treatment before moving out of the woods of…
  • Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo

    Amy
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    This post is part of a sponsored post campaign. Compensation has been provided. As a mom of two digital natives, I’m constantly looking for digital media that will not only entertain my kids, but that will also meet our rigorous standards for what we’ll allow our kids to view. The number of digital learning tools available to parents has exploded in the ten years that I have been a mom. I’m certain that new parents today are blessed with a myriad of digital options that I couldn’t even begin to imagine ten years ago. One exciting new interactive children’s app…
  • A Writer Without Words

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

  • 5 Xbox One Games Kids Will Want This Year

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 5 Xbox One Games Kids Will Want This Year I have a feeling the Xbox One will be a very popular gift for the upcoming holiday season. With lots of great media functionality and all of the fun games that are available (or will be...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Our Top 4 Keurig Fall Flavors

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Our Top 4 Keurig Fall Flavors We love our Keurig machine. Our friends and family have enjoyed their Keurig’s as well. The best time of year in our opinion is when Fall arrives and those delicious Fall coffee flavors start...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Amazon App Store Halloween Deals

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Amazon App Store Halloween Deals This post contains affiliate links. If touring haunted houses, carving pumpkins and eating your weight in candy aren’t enough to get you into the Halloween spirit this year, check out the...Read the whole entry... »          
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • Taylor Swift and Scholastic Partner Up to Talk to Kids About the Power of Reading #SharePossible

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    In support of October as National Bullying Prevention Month, Scholastic and global superstar Taylor Swift will present an exclusive video featuring an inspiring, personal conversation about how reading and writing can help kids “shake off” mean comments and open their world. The 30-minute exclusive video will air on Scholastic.com beginning on October 29 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. You can register to watch this meaningful video here. Taylor will also share the books that have most influenced her and a never before seen clip from behind the scenes at one of her recent music videos. In a…
  • Craftsy.com: FREE & Discounted Online Classes + Select Sewing Kits, Fabric, & Yarn Up to 70% Off!

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
      Now through 10/24 at 11:59 MT,  check out Craftsy's Halloween Flash Sale where they are offering select Kits, Fabric, and Yarn up to 70% off! Save on Quilting and Embroidery supplies, Sewing Kits, Knitting supplies, and more!And if you've been wanting to learn a new skill like sewing, photography, baking, knitting, drawing and more, check out all of the online classes being offered on Craftsy.com! Some of these online classes are being offered free or you can browse here to check the list of current discounted classes. *This post contain affiliate links. Read my full…
  • Fun, Spooky and DIY Halloween Crafts

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Boo! Halloween is just around the corner. Are you ready with all the cute costumes and spooky decorations to make Halloween all the more fun?!To celebrate Halloween, Country Woman is inviting you to get creative and has put together a collection of fun, spooky DIY Halloween crafts  that you can make with your friends and your kids.  Most of these crafts are easy and yet, very fun to make!  Upcycled Jar Jack-o’-Lanterns: Jack-o’-lanterns are a Halloween staple, but you can’t hold onto a carved pumpkin for next year. It’s easy to transform old jars into glowing lanterns…
 
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    Tina's Realm

  • The weather is beautiful but my mood is not

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

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

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

  • Marbling A Pumpkin – How To

    trisha haas
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We may be wrapping up our Halloween Holiday fun, but there is still time to get one last itsy bitsy pumpkin idea in…right? RIGHT! MORE PUMPKINS! I have been itching to do something with white pumpkins this season. I have experimented with pinning ribbons, hot gluing beads, finger painting a white pumpkin (ok, so little P […]
  • Respect Your Armpits With a Dove® $2 Off Coupon

    Nina Say
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Take a moment to inspect your armpit. What does it look like? Is it soft and well cared for? Or is it showing signs of neglect? Our armpits are one of the most abused areas of our bodies. They deserve more attention than they’re given, A.K.A. making sure they’re doing well every day instead of […]
  • Fingerpainting a Pumpkin: Toddler Friendly

    trisha haas
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    This year we haven’t carved a pumpkin. With a 3 year old in the house, I suppose we have been finding alternative ways to decorate and have fun without carving. While this “no carve pumpkin decorating” craft isn’t rocket science, I wanted to inspire you to just whip out the paints and let those tiny […]
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    The Big Piece of Cake » Big Piece of Cake

  • Top Ten List of Reasons Why Women Should Embrace Being in Their 40’s

    Kate
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve been thinking about this list for a while now (approximately two years, five months and twenty seven days…) But in honor of my good friend, Diane’s birthday last weekend, I thought I’d post it here. #10 You can set aside all of those unrealistic expectations about looking perfect. Because if it hasn’t happened by now… #9 If you want to buy an embarrassing YA novel or boy band CD out in public, people will assume it’s for your daughter. #8 You can lord your “older and wiser” status over all of your friends who are still in their 30s.
  • Rare Bird Review: Anything of Importance…

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

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

  • Drink CRYSTAL LIGHT and Earn Rewards with Miranda Lambert at Walmart #CrystalLightWM #MC #sponsored

    Donna Chaffins
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for CRYSTAL LIGHT. I received a gift card to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I love CRYSTAL LIGHT. It’s one of my favorite cold drinks because it’s low on calories and big on flavor. I am all the time on the go, so being able to grab my water bottle, empty a packet of CRYSTAL LIGHT (my favorite is Cherry Pomegranate), shake it and go, makes my life easier. Although I love mixing it in a glass and sipping on it while I work,…
  • The Holidays, Family And Your Sanity: Can They Co-exist?

    Donna Chaffins
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Guest Post The holiday season provides a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together, but this can also lead to a lot of issues, especially if you have a gathering in a relatively small place. Fortunately, taking a proactive approach will provide you with many ways to alleviate the stress of the holiday season. Five Tips for Having a Harmonious Holiday Family Get-Together: Ask Everyone to Fill out a Quick Online Survey Putting together a holiday dinner is difficult enough without needing to be concerned about whether or not you are making something that is appropriate for…
  • 11 Small Dog Must Haves #BBNshops

    Donna Chaffins
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Do you own a small dog (or two, or three)? I never had a small dog before… we always had more medium sized dogs that were always outside dogs, until about 16 years ago we got a basset hound. Sadly she passed away in 2007. Then last year we decided our son was old enough to take care of a dog, not to mention he’d been begging for one for at least two years, so we got a Shih Tzu. His name is Baxter and he turned a year old this month. We are definitely lovingly owned by him. He may be small but he is a HUGE part of our family. Check out these 11 small dog must haves: Do you have a…
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    STYLEMOM

  • Where to stay in Tuscany: Borgo Santo Pietro

    Stylemom
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Continuing my series on beautiful hotels I recommend, we’re visiting Tuscany. Situated about two hours’ drive from Pisa near the hillside town of Chuisdino, Borgo Santo Pietro is the stuff that dreams are made of. Overlooking the stunning Valle Serena,…
  • A Champion of Feminism and Fashion: Remembering Oscar de la Renta

    Nichelle Pace
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    “Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” ~ Lazurus Long Oscar de la Renta waves goodbye at the finale of his Spring 2013 RTW show – Photo credit: Life & Style Magazine The world is grieving the loss of a truly supreme being in the fashion community. Iconic designer, Oscar de la Renta, has died at the age of 82 from complications of cancer, at his home in Connecticut. One of the masters of red carpet glamour,...
  • {ADVICE} 7 Key Pieces For Your Wardrobe At Any Age

    Stylemom
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    DEAR ANDI, I love your style advice so I thought I would ask you a question. I am 54 years old and always wonder what is style appropriate for my age? I am a professional abstract artist and always have functions to attend. I always second guess what…
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    Underwear in Our Kitchen

  • Nutrisystem Progress: Favorite Foods

    Cecelia
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    With a week off for a Disney wedding and vacation, I jumped back on the program Sunday and am happy to report a loss of 2 lbs. per week on Nutrisystem! While a benefit of being a part of#NSNation is receiving food items from the program in exchange for an honest review, let me be […] The post Nutrisystem Progress: Favorite Foods appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • The Secret of Life

    Cecelia
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    The post The Secret of Life appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • Celebrating Mini-Milestones w/ Netflix

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

  • Tips for Editing Beautiful Food Photos on Your Smart Phone (Part 2)

    Liz
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    I have a lot of apps on my iPhone 5s, but the one I turn to the most is Snapseed, a fun photo editing app that I use to improve my food photos. This app crops, straightens, brightens, saturates, adjusts the white balance, and a whole lot more. It turns my food photos from drab to delicious in minutes. (Snapseed is available for Android and iPhone.) I took this image of our Garden Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti with my smart phone. It’s OK … But with a few Snapseed edits, it pops. For the past four years at FNCE, the annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,…
  • Tips for Taking Beautiful Food Photos with Your Smart Phone (Part 1)

    Liz
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), I’ve always believed that if you want consumers to eat a healthy diet, you have to give them easy and affordable recipes that work, taste great, and look amazing and appetizing. This is a gorgeous image of our Homemade Healthy Beefaroni made with lean ground beef, mushrooms and red bell pepper, and whole wheat pasta … and served with fresh asparagus and basil. Don’t you want to take a bite? I took this photo with my iPhone 5s and edited using Snapseed. {Keep reading for my top food photography secrets.} But before I learned how…
  • Cabot Virtual Road Race to Benefit Feeding America + a Cheese Giveaway

    Janice
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    On Columbus Day, I ran the Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women road race with my friend, Mary. Besides the fact that I like to run (sometimes), I was eager to join the Cabot Virtual Race to benefit Feeding America, an organization dedicated to feeding America’s hungry through a nationwide network of food banks. If you’re interested in joining the virtual race, you can still sign up Here we are sampling Cabot cheeses before the race. We usually don’t eat right before running, but I think we actually did better with some food in our tummies! Disclosure: As a Cabot Team Leader…
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    Go Grow Go!

  • I Have To Keep Going #FastAdvil

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

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

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

  • My child won’t stop crying!

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

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

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

  • Dear Diary: My Daily Struggles

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

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

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

  • Its all about the mundane here I am afraid!

    LauraKim
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    So my little #mundahappiness challenge has taken off better than I anticipated. My twitter and instagram feed are full of photos and updates (I am behind on blog reading so haven’t checked their yet). Thank you so much to everyone who is joining in! If you haven’t joined us then you can start now. Julia asked me this morning why there are no posts. There are two reasons. The first is that I have been busy and today our Santa Shoebox Drop Offs started so its crazy crazy. But the second reason is a little disturbing for me. I just haven’t had the inspiration/desire/motivation…
  • The wheels on the bus go round and round (and round and round)

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

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

    Amalah
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Hi Amy, Stumbled across your blog and I love all the advice and antidotes. Here is my problem: My daughter, 20 months, is two weeks out from potty training ‘boot camp’ I’d say for the most part she is doing great. She can tell me when she needs to go and after the initial 3 days we have been fairly accident free. I say fairly because we might go 2-3 days accident free and then have 4-5 days in a row with an accident a day. Usually the accident is poop, but we have the occasional pee (with no signs of caring/noticing she had an accident) Also so far every accident has been at…
  • DIY Under-The-Sea Costumes: Octopus!

    Brenda Ponnay
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Do you have a little sea creature at home who needs a costume this Halloween?  Why not put this summer’s pool noodles to good use and make a kids’ octopus costume out of them! It’s really easy and requires minimal sewing (maybe not even any if you’re sneaky).  This is our fifth costume in our Under-the-Sea series. Supplies for kids’ Octopus Costume: 1. oversize t-shirt 2. fabric paint (or you could just glue on some of those really big googlie eyes that you can buy at a craft store and skip the paint) 3. elastic (skip if you’re the no-sew type) 4.
  • Spark

    Kristen Chase
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    “Would you mind it much if I kissed you?” he asked, leaning in, quoting a line from the play that we’d just seen together. I imagine he thought it was pretty clever. He’d grabbed at my bracelet and squeezed my hand the moment before and I knew what was coming next. I could smell it from the space between us slowly shrinking. Instead of squeezing back and sliding closer to him, I leaned the other way, and unbuttoned the beaded chain from my wrist, unraveling it into one long chain, hoping his surprise at its construction would distract him from his intentions. “Yes!” I could see…
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    Crunchy Green Mom

  • NFL Crucial Catch - October 25

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

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

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

  • LazePad iPad Stand Review

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

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

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

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

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

  • Marketing Tips for The Average Joe

    poshy
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Advantages Of Network Marketing There are various benefits of starting a home-based business using a network marketing company. In case that you are not convinced, keep reading as I have listed some of the most common benefits that you would probably enjoy. Number 1: Work on your own schedule – working full time or part time outside their home is what most people are doing when joining MLM. You could work your business whenever you decide but of course, the more time you spend in your business, the faster it would grow. But still, it is ok to spend just a few hours on it every week as…
  • A Quick Overlook of Ducts – Your Cheatsheet

    poshy
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Air Duct Cleaning – What are the Benefits to Enjoy? There are several factors that motivate people to take care of their homes. These would include making it look good, having a healthy and safe home environment for the whole family, keeping costly damages from occurring, and preserving the home value. No doubt, the most essential thing that you have in mind is the health of the whole family. One good thing to include in your maintenance routine is the air duct cleaning. When you wanted to make sure that your family will enjoy a healthy body, you also have to make sure that the air that…
  • Why People Think Services Are A Good Idea

    poshy
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    What You Should Know about Event Planning It is imperative for a celebrator like you to pick the right event planner so that you and your guests will be satisfied. Since event planning is a business itself, an event planner must be clever enough to understand the pros and cons. If you are the planner, it would also make sense to take a look on the finer aspects of the process in a wide perspective. It is very important for clients that their job orders are handled properly so the planner must be very careful in delivering them. The entire event will be ruined once there is a single mistake…
  • Finding Ways To Keep Up With Countertops

    poshy
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Choices for Countertop Materials If it is the right material for the countertop in your kitchen, bathroom or bar area that you are after, you have a number of options. Yet there are a lot of choices you can pick from for prices. It will be a good initiative for you to check on the options you have and their costs where you are aiming for an initial investment or a lifetime valuable investment. Here on this article you would have to outline the different choices and present granite as a valuable choice without having to cost much. You may begin with the laminate. What are known as the most…
  • Figuring Out Businesses

    poshy
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Reducing Your Chemical Impact on the Lawn There are many things you can do to reduce the use of chemicals in landscaping. Further research is encouraged on each of the subjects in this article. Smaller lawns use less in chemical upkeep. Manicured lawns use a large amount of resources. Cutting your grass uses gas and oil. Fertilizers and insecticides are used most often on residential lawns than elsewhere. There is even the need for mowing and fertilizing on organic lawns. Residential lawns are also more likely to give off fertilizer runoff than shrub, tree and flower beds. The average lawn is…
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    Strocel.com

  • Screen Fast

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is why you should slow down today…

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

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

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

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

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

  • People I won’t be giving candy to this year

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Gone are the innocent days of yesteryear when you could count on young children to go door-to-door donning masks and extorting candy from vandalism-fearing citizens. Now it seems everybody wants in on the action regardless of age and proficiency in egging. There’s been a growing sense of discontent among people who have access to internet ... [Read more...]The post People I won’t be giving candy to this year appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • “Step on the scale, Mom,” he said.

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

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Irene and I ran the 1K at this year’s Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run For The Cure. I am so grateful to have been a blog ambassador for the Run this year. THANK YOU to everyone who donated. I almost forgot to tell you how the CIBC Run for The Cure went. And you must hear ... [Read more...]The post We ran for breast cancer and now my heart is swollen appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Terry Matlen's Posts - Moms With ADD/ADHD

  • Win an Autographed Copy of My New Book!

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

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

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

  • Break. DANCE!

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

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

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

  • Have you really tested out your project before delivery?

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

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

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

  • Finding Tutors

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Discovering the perfect individual among the tutors offering administrations is the following assignment. Your most paramount criteria may be looking for coaches with high capabilities and incomprehensible experience. In the event that you are looking for educational cost help for a tyke with a learning trouble it will be critical to pick a mentor with a track record in medicinal instruction, for instance. In the event that you are searching for tutors basically to give a homework supervisory and direction administration, then your criteria may be distinctive. For a tyke who is hesitant to…
  • The Business Of Tutoring

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Notwithstanding bewildering progressions in engineering, the tutoring and test planning business has remained on a very basic level unaltered. Machine supported learning projects and online virtual coach items guaranteed to convey individualized direction to understudies at a small amount of the expense of private one on one tutoring. In any case, even as these projects have seen a consistent increment being used, private one on one tutoring has become impressive in the course of recent years. In all actuality the profit of one on one tutoring is difficult to recreate and tutoring itself has…
  • Duties of a Private Investigator

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Many spouses hire cheating spouse private investigator San Francisco because of the things that they can perform for their benefits. The private investigator can do a surveillance to gather information that they need for the infidelity case. They perform this task without violating the privacy right of the subject. Their intention is to prove the doubts of their clients. Also, they do investigation of the financial status of the subject as it may be useful in finding out the truth. Other duties of the investigator are to conduct an investigation and other gather more information through…
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    And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog

  • A Gift for your favorite Nerd? Nerd Block & Nerd Block Jr. Subscription Boxes

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    All 4 of my sons are pretty hardcore athletes.  The oldest competes on his college's track team, the 2nd oldest is on both the varsity football and track team at his high school, and the twins do all the little sports team stuff available for their age group.  However, they all also share a passion for geekier activities like playing video games, and watching Star Wars marathons.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • My October Door to Door Organics Boxes #JoyDelivered #Chicago #doortodoororganics

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

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

  • Top 5 toddler sleep essentials {Top 5}

    Sarah
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    What could be more important in a toddler’s life than sleep?  I know when my son misses a nap he is CRANK-Y… and so is mom.  He’s always been quite particular with his sleep and has certain rituals he needs in order to actually fall asleep.  He DEFINITELY needs a pacifier and he DEFINITELY needs […]
  • Petz Beach for Nintendo 3DS {car ride}

    Sarah
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    It’s no secret that my family loves video games.  While my daughter lives a very balanced life of school, sports and outdoor activities, I encourage her love of video games.  Specifically, I love games that are either puzzles or require creativity.  She loves to build her own worlds, so I bet you can already guess […]
  • The Perfect Costume {Just Pretend Kids}

    Erin
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Halloween is quickly approaching, so I wanted to share with you my favorite place to purchase dress-up clothes and costumes.  As a parent, one of my biggest frustrations is when I spend a lot of money on a costume for one of my daughters, and it’s cheaply made. I can’t even begin to explain how […]
 
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    theprimamomma.com

  • A year in faces: Seren

    Kristy
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
        A few years ago I took a picture of the kids every day for one full year. I used several different cameras throughout the year, and most of the pictures are red-eyed and messy. I made a point of not editing any of them. It was a quasi-photo documentary. Brecken’s video is here, and Karis’s video is here. I thought it would be cool to do the same for Seren for her first year of life. Some of the photos were taken with my Canon, and some with my crappy iPhone. You can tell the difference. It’s damn near impossible to take a non-blurry picture of a kid with an…
  • Seren is officially one

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

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

  • Educational activity books for Hallowen

    Maria
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Perfect for 6 to 12 year olds the Halloween Book of Fun by National Geographic is packed full of quizes, educational games, creative ideas to make your own costume and make up. Great fun for school age kids. Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg is one of my son’s old favourite reads, a great addition to any kids’ library. And who doesn’t like to doodle away? Happy Halloween! is just that, a lot of doodle fun. You can get your copies from Amazon by clicking on the images. Please note: The links are affiliate links that will help raise a little money towards the running of…
  • Halloween tangles

    Maria
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ever since I have discovered Zentangles I have been hooked. This Halloween Tangles is  a doodle drawing to print and colour. Plenty of doodles to keep the kids busy for a while. Hope you enjoy it. Soon I’ll upload the finished Zentangle version.
  • Zentangle pumpkins

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

  • Chipotle-Sesame Beef Tacos with Cotija, Avocado and Cilantro

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

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

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

  • Got Old Greeting Cards? Upcycle Them In Time For The Holidays And Save Money!

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

    Maricris
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Thursday, last week, we had a front row seat at Carowinds BIG, no make that ginormous, secret reveal and more! In the centerpiece of the theme park's 50 Million dollar investments for 2015 is the construction of the world's tallest and fastest Gigacoaster ride - Fury 325! As Carowinds Marketing Director John Taylor said, "If you thought Intimidator was big, think again!"I agree. The video simulation during the announcement was indeed a good indication that this new coaster ride is one for the brave soul and not for the faint of heart. With speed reaching 95 miles per hour, drop zone of…
  • Family Travel: 7 No-Bummer Carolina Mountain Adventures To Bid Summer Adieu!

    Maricris
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Summer is about over. Oy Bummer! For a family who loves to travel, saying goodbye to days we can travel together without school days in the way is indeed a bummer. But we'll say farewell in our own traveler-kind-of-way which is of course, with a series of travel adventures 5,000+ above sea level. And ASAAP! (as affordable as possible)Now the cool thing about being in Charlotte is that you're in the center of everything awesome! You've got the mountains up on the West, and the beaches on the East. Best of both worlds. Our Summer may be a bit wet and wild this year, but it's all about…
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    Telecommuting Moms

  • Weekly Work at Home Job Leads

    Alaina Forbes
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Asurion virtual customer service agentsUTest website testersA Place For Mom community relations advisor Manpower Work at Home Help Desk Shmoop work at home writing jobsConnections Academy virtual teacher for SpanishIrrevo content analystUber community support representatives HireBridge virtual claims resolution agentEbay virtual customer service positionsBackbone Media- Digital Marketing BloggerEventGrid Marketing BloggerPrimaDg Photography BloggerNerd Underground Content BloggerNexRep Career ConsultantsG5Live Chat OperatorsFace the World Community RepresentativesShutterstock Work from Home…
  • Administrative Work From Home Jobs

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

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

  • Face Paint: Is it Safe?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Flash Giveaway: $10 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash (36 Hours Only)

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    I have a special Halloween treat for you. For the next 36 hours, you could win a $10 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash by entering this flash giveaway. Giveaway ends 10/26. Open worldwide 18+. Please note that you can share this giveaway for up to 5 times per day on Twitter and/or Facebook to receive extra entries. That's why you'll see Tweet #1-#5 and Facebook share #1-#5 on the entry form.
  • Best Christmas Gift I Received as a Child & Upcoming Walmart Holiday Toyland Events #ChosenByKids

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Toys often top the holiday wishlists of young kids. You can hardly go wrong by gifting a child one hot new toy if you can't think of anything better. Toy gift shopping often brings back memories about the Christmas gifts I received as a child and I'd love to share with you my favorite one. I didn't really own many toys when I was a little girl. A handed-down toy in good condition was considered
  • Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage Recipe: Quick & Easy Kid-friendly Pasta Meal #ad #BringHillshireHome

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Hillshire Brands as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. As a busy mom, I know how important it is to keep the right products on hand in order to put together a fast and healthy meal that my kids will enjoy. Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage and pasta are my go-to ingredients for quick and easy recipes that are also flexible and variable. I've
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    SortaCrunchy

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

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

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

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

  • We Wish The White Mom With Black Sperm Said This

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    What the white mom who accidentally got Black sperm should have said. The post We Wish The White Mom With Black Sperm Said This appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mo’Ne Davis Throws Like a Girl In New Spike Lee Documentary (VIDEO)

    Denene Millner
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Mo'Ne Davis throws like a girl with a 70-mile-per-hour pitch that captures American hearts in Chevy ad. The post Mo’Ne Davis Throws Like a Girl In New Spike Lee Documentary (VIDEO) appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Blazing Your Own Trail Feels Like and Other Revelations from a Sometimes Okay Writer/Wife/Mother

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When it comes to motherhood and work, blazing your own trail is possible—and necessary. The post What Blazing Your Own Trail Feels Like and Other Revelations from a Sometimes Okay Writer/Wife/Mother... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Happy Hour Mom

  • central valley today with alex delgado

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

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

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

  • 7 Family-Friendly Restaurants & Entertainment Options at Universal CityWalk Orlando

    Ricardo Escobar
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    As you would expect, Universal Orlando Resort offers plenty of options for families. Universal CityWalk alone is home to a number of different venues that are great for either an adult-only night out or an outing for the family at large. If you’re looking for family-friendly restaurants and fun at Universal CityWalk Orlando, let us give you the inside “locals” scoop! While we can’t possibly share all that CityWalk has to offer for families (you really should explore the area on your own!), we can highlight a few exciting venues and areas worth your family’s…
  • Simple & Fun Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Calavera Craft for Kids

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

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

  • For When You’re Lost Between Here and There

    Natalie Snapp
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Just in case you need to be reminded . . . Somewhere between early-early morning and early-morning, Somewhere between the breakfast rush, hairstyling and the brushing of teeth, Somewhere between the shuttling of children and the kissing good-bye at the classroom door, is a mom who feels unseen and wonders if what she does matters. Somewhere between the “have a good day, I love you,” Somewhere between the stolen glances and the interrupted conversations, Somewhere between the fantasies of date nights long ago, is a wife who wonders if she’s still treasured and adored.
  • Mud Stories: Because There is Power in Our Story

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

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

  • ADR Friday Loves 10.24.14

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
     i’m loving… … this writing workshop (that I adored & will write about soon!) … this gorgeous hotel … this Why You Should Write Yourself a Letter. … this party site. … these words on the Cult of Speed. … this I Thought It Was Just Me. … this kiddo brand. … this age article. … these shades. … this series. … this Brooklyn Balloon Company. … this Modern Love. … this exquisite design book. … these genius words. … these rain booties (yes, I got ‘em!) … these security questions for…
  • The Perfect Halloween Party at Home

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Let’s be clear about something: I’m no Martha Stewart. But I do love a home-spun kid’s birthday party. We’ve done the parties at places where no effort is required other than writing a check and we’ve done parties at home and the latter is invariably much more work, but again and again, this is the route we choose. It’s fun. It’s personal. It feels good to be crafty or crafty-lite, to pull it all together and then when it’s all over to kick back and breathe. Last weekend, we hosted Middle Girl’s Halloween birthday party here at our…
  • Dear Friends

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Do you have a friend who is going through something really tough? I bet you do. I bet you do because I’m realizing that adulthood is inescapably tricky terrain. That, at any given moment, we will all be struggling with something ourselves or someone important to us will be struggling with something. There are so many somethings: illness, addiction, loss, separation, divorce, job uncertainty, financial stress… the list goes on. So, if you do know someone who is dealing with something big or tricky, then here is my advice for you (and for me): Say something. It is so much better…
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    MOMeo Magazine for Work-at-Home Moms: Business Tools | Parenting Advice | Mom Lifestyle Tips | Mom Blog | Mom Forum

  • Recap: #TDMobile Chat on New TD Mobile App Features With @TD_Canada

    Carla Young
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    As busy working moms, time is the one thing we never seem to have enough of. Between building a business and raising a family, who has time to make a separate stop just to do the banking? Now, you don’t have to. Thanks to TD Mobile Payment and TD Mobile Deposit, you can handle all your banking from your phone or tablet! A little bit about the two new features: TD Mobile Payment works just like VISA payWave (aka the beep thingie where you tap your VISA on the other thingie to pay for things under $100). Now, you can set up the TD Mobile Payment feature to do the exact same thing. TD…
  • Crowdfunding Success: How to Crowdfund Your Next Project by @heyyojscho

    Justine Schofield
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Crowdfunding is a new tool that entrepreneurs and business-savvy creatives can use to raise funds and awareness for upcoming projects. Unlike venture capital where investors get shares in your start-up in exchange for money, crowdfunding lets people who want to see the product get to market fund campaigns in exchange for a reward, usually the end-product at a discounted price. Big names like Zach Braff and Rob Thomas have used crowdfunding so they could create films independently, without having to adhere to the guidelines of a major production company. Independent authors are using…
  • No Time to Workout? Try This Ultra Efficient Series by @DPEverybodyFit

    Dana Pieper
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Using light weights and moving from one exercise to the next in this Move of the Week will allow you to tone many body parts in a short amount of time. I love this series because it keeps you moving and keeps boredom astray! For lean and sleek muscle building in your shoulders, biceps, triceps and lower body–give this sequence a try!  Burn calories and have fun–I complete 1 set with you in the video so let’s do it together!
 
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    Eccentric Eclectic Woman

  • The Pumpkin Patch and Keeping Portland Lost Corn MAiZE in Sauvie Island Oregon

    Finamoon
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    We received free media passes from US Family Guide to facilitate this review and post. We sure had a lot of fun last year at The Pumpkin Patch and The Corn Maize on Sauvie Island Oregon. My whole family was excited to go again. We had planned to go on the 11th of October, but bad weather and a family mishap pushed it to the 18th. The staff at The Pumpkin Patch was wonderful in working with us to reschedule a better time and day.I wanted to make sure that we didn't miss the Corn MAiZE and also see some things we hadn't seen in years past. The market was definitely on our radar so that we could…
  • Just Pretend Kids Tutu and Fairy Wings Review and Giveaway

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

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

  • Skin Cancer Foundation Gala with Olay Recap #BestBeautiful @SCFGala

    Audrey McClelland
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    I had the honor to attend the 2014 Skin Cancer Foundation Gala with Olay last night in NYC as an on-site correspondent. Olay received the prestigious Skin Sense Award, for their strides around skin cancer prevention and it was simply incredible to be there with them as they accepted this honorable award.It truly was such an inspiring and beautiful evening for me… from beginning to end.The second I walked into the Gala, I knew it was going to be an exceptional evening. For starters, it was held at the Mandarin Oriental, which is such a stunning and gorgeous place to have an event. The…
  • Corresponding LIVE from Skin Cancer Foundation Gala tomorrow with Olay #BestBeautiful

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

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

  • Ebola Has Unnecessarily Come to America…And I Am Livid!

    Jim Acosta
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I am horrified at what has been unfolding in the U.S. in regards to the Ebola virus. From 2003-2005, I was the Team Leader of a U.S. Government Disaster Medical Assistance Team, a 120+ member group of volunteer physicians, nurses, medics, and supporting personnel able to respond to disaster sites at a moment’s notice to save lives. My team worked their butts off to train, prepare, exercise, and deploy to disasters. We made a difference in Americans lives, and even though I’ve left the team, it continues to fulfill its’ mission: “Catastrophic Care for the Nation.” My team is part of…
  • Ta Da! Check Out the NEW SURVIVAL MOM TEAM STORE!

    Liz Long
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Survival Mom finds all kinds of great books, gadgets, and things we can all use to help us in our every day lives and in becoming more prepared. It can be hard to keep track of them, and even harder to find something you saw mentioned in an article a few months ago. So what’s the solution? The new SURVIVAL MOM TEAM STORE! It has items recommended by all the members of the writing and podcast teams, including items mentioned in our blog articles. It is based on the Amazon store, so you can go ahead and use the Amazon checkout you are already comfortable with, look at all the reviews…
  • Fast, Healthy Meals in a Jar

    The Survival Mom
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    Winter is a time that I usually spend organizing and cleaning stuff since I can’t spend a whole lot of time outdoors without turning into a human popsicle!  So one of my winter projects is usually to go through my root cellar and my food storage, rotate stuff, check quantities, check the seals on all of my canning jars to make sure they’re good, and make a list of the things that I need to restock. I want to share something that’s gotten me pretty excited, and maybe it’s something that will excite you as well: meals in a jar.  These meals will: Help you take inventory of your food…
 
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    teachmama.com

  • halloween printable games for kids

    amy mascott
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
          Need two quickie Halloween games for your kids? Maybe for a Halloween class party or for some after school fun? Want to up the fun factor of a playdate or just get a little more into the Halloween spirit? Here are two Halloween printable games for kids that my kids liked and that we’ll be using for class parties this year. Simple but fun. Tic-tac-toe and Halloween Follow-the-Path. Here’s the skinny. . . Halloween Printable Games for Kids: Half the battle of sneaking in some fun learning for our kids is knowing where to look for things. And that goes for class…
  • 20% off of halloween costumes: teachmama fab find

    amy mascott
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
        We have to get on it. Really. Halloween’s right around the corner, so I thought I’d share a few teachmama fab finds a la Halloween just in case you’re still looking for a costume for your kiddos or your family. And if you are, it’s all good. Just order one now. I’ve got a pretty sweet deal for you because I know what it’s like, okay? No judgement here. Ever.   Because I love you, I’m sharing some pretty sweet Halloween costume info for you: 20% off of Halloween Costumes:  15% off 1 item at BuyCostumes Coupon Code: AFCBC151…
  • read magic tricks: cool, fun focused reading

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

  • Skinny lemon drop martini

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

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

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

  • Safety Today

    Kathleen Penick
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    For many parents, the safety of their family is one of their top parenting priorities. As children grow up, the safety issues change, but are no less important. According to the experts, most accidents and abductions can be prevented if some preventative tactics are followed. Here are five tips for maintaining the safest possible environment. Know Your Child It may be true that you know what’s best for your kids in the long-run, but they also have ideas about their lives. If a great separation develops, and they lose contact with you, the child will be more prone to become defiant and…
  • About Us

    Kathleen Penick
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Welcome! At HereBeWillers we recognize that there are a lot of issues relating to parenting that many people can relate to. That’s why our sole purpose is to highlight these common issues that matter most to moms and families in general. We cover various topics on parenting, health and wellness, and so much more. It’s a place where readers can expect to be educated, enlightened and engaged. Just as society as a whole continues to evolve, the challenges that families face also change from time to time. Our string of blog type articles will keep you up-to-date with the modern concerns such…
  • Kids Nutrition: Avoiding Childhood Obesity

    Kathleen Penick
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    The number of children overweight continues to be a growing issue in the United States. Recent reports indicate that the percentage of young kids exceeding their expected weight for their height and body type has doubled in the past couple of decades. Unhealthy diets and shifts in lifestyle have contributed to the spike. This includes overeating, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity. There are ways that parents and society as a whole can help curve this epidemic. But first, let’s explore why the topic of childhood obesity is so necessary to address. Medical Issues Associated with…
 
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    The Shopping Mama

  • Craft Corner Video: Easy Recycled Halloween Lantern

    Mandy Fisher
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
      Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re looking to add some spooky (and easy!) decorations to your home, look no further than your pantry! Using recycled cereal cups, you can make this fun and decorative holiday lantern that the kids will love. First, you’ll need to gather some supplies: 2 plastic cereal cups scissors spray paint (metallic looks best) ribbon stickers battery operated candle hot glue gun Right away you’ll need to spray paint your cereal cups inside and out. After they dry, cut a hole in the cereal cup so your light will fit inside.
  • Style Watch : Quilted Jackets for Fall

    Maureen
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    While it’s safe to say that Quilted Jackets are pretty high again on the fall trend list this year, I very much consider them more of a classic piece.  I’m sure it’s the complete preppy in me that adores this jacket year after year but I also can’t deny that more often than not. it’s also becoming pretty appealing to those that don’t necessarily consider themselves to be drawn to the more timeless pieces.  Something for everyone, if you will. Because of it’s legacy, curiosity got the best of my when I was brainstorming ideas to talk about this…
  • Cake Smash Photo Session: How to Plan the Perfect One

    Jennie
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Turning one is such a milestone.  Up until now we’ve documented each “first.”  First time she rolled over, first step, first word.  And while there are plenty of first yet to come, it feels like one is such a monumental first that we need to celebrate by going big!  My third baby turned one this week and I wanted to have a cake smash to mark the occasion.  Here’s what I did to make the day successful: 1) Find a photographer that will work well with your kids.  Some photographers are fantastic with nature shots, some are better with adults, and then there’s…
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • The Tooth Collector

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

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

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

  • Better Family Oral Care With Listerine Heroic Habits

    Anitra Elmore
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    “I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.” LISTERINE’s Heroic Habits Follow-up It’s been a few weeks since my first post on LISTERINE’s Heroic Habits campaign, so I’m back with an update. I hope you’ve been focusing a bit more on your kids’ oral habits. I know it’s not easy, but just know you’re not the only mom facing the challenge! LISTERINE is shining a light on our efforts to keep our families healthy…
  • Check Your Messages: A Printable Bible Verse Workbook for Kids

    Anitra Elmore
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Our kids are bombarded with messages all day everyday, and while they might not all be bad, too few of them are aimed at teaching them about who they really are and what God has promised them. Because there are so many other things to focus on, they may need a little help to hone in on the messages that matter most. I definitely need some help to make that happen. So, I created a fun little e-book with our kids in mind. A Bible Verse Workbook for Kids CHECK YOUR MESSAGES is a printable workbook that contains work pages, illustrations and coloring pages to help kids memorize…
  • The Book of Life Movie Prize Pack Giveaway Plus FREE Activity Sheets

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

  • I am inspired by Team SCA #weareteamsca

    Crissy Page
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Team SCA. Opinions are my own. I recently learned about the Volvo Ocean Race, and have been completely fascinated since reading about this year’s all-female crew. The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the toughest sporting challenges known to man, and Team SCA is the first all-female entry in this epic race since 2002. Talk about girl power! This video illustrates the story of Team SCA, and as a woman I can tell you that I felt so inspired and empowered after watching it. Each of us are capable of so much! The squad includes 14 elite female athletes from…
  • truTV delivers amazing visuals with new reality #FakeOff competition show!

    Crissy Page
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of truTV. Opinions are my own. If you’re like me, you probably turn on the TV hoping to find a show that will truly enthrall you. It can be disappointing when so many programs offer the same old, same old. If you’re nodding your head right now, I want you to take note of a brand new show coming to truTV that will simply AMAZE you. No, I’m not exaggerating! The show is called Fake Off, and it’s a next generation reality competition series where 10 teams of skilled performers come together to recreate iconic pop culture moments in…
  • Applegate HALF TIME™ makes lunch awesome!

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

  • Shopping Perks & How You Can Travel For Free!

    Nadia Carriere
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    I’m a big online shopper, but there are little snags and catches that can occur along the way. Canadians are considered International shoppers, so many of the great deals found online through... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • GapKids Debuts Limited Edition kate spade new york Collection (Photos!)

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

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

  • Dole No Sugar Added Fruit Bowls - A CONFIDENT Lunch Snack PACKED!

    Courtney Clipperton
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Packing lunches for my kids is a daily thing I do!  I enjoy finding snacks that I can pack them, that are not only yummy, but healthy for them too.  All too often, the yummy snacks offer lots of fat, sugar or ingredients that are not good for their growing bodies.  So I am always excited to stumble across (or be introduced) to something new...something that can be sent during the week to offer their growing bodies some nutrition and also satisfy their sweet tooth.All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any…
  • Get Ready For The Holidays - Watch The Iesodo "JOY" DVD As A Family

    Courtney Clipperton
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    As you know, watching "family friendly" movies with my babies is something I thoroughly enjoy!  Movie Nights give us a reason to cuddle, turn the lights off (the kids love it when we have a movie theater setting), make some fresh popped popcorn and enjoy a movie we can all appreciate watching.All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinions about this product!I just received the latest in the Iesodo movies line, "JOY"(in stores now).  Perfect viewing for our next "family…
  • The Wonder Years - Season One ON DVD

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

  • Mudroom Makeover!

    Heather
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    We are heading into winter here and I knew we had a major problem on our hands.  At our back door, the one off the garage, the one we use all winter long, is a mud room.  It’s small, but I’m so thankful we have it because winters in Alberta are muddy and wet and snowy and gross.  We have toques, mittens, snowpants and boots to contend with.  And my major problem?  Was that our mudroom looked like this: Absolutely useless.  This space is basically a small walk in closet.  When we have three or four people trying to come in, it’s impossible for us to  all hang up our…
  • Think Sex Trafficking Isn’t a Canadian Problem? Think Again.

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

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

  • friday links - one day edition

    hollywood housewife
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I've said it on every single social media outlet, so I won't keep repeating myself, but the One Day project on Instagram was just amazing this week. Interesting, inspiring and just plain fun. Remember, if you participated in #OneDayHH, make sure and link up on this post. I'll be giving away two amazon gift cards to random winners who are part of the link up. And while I'm reminding you of things, don't forget about the velvet pumpkins giveaway! You have until tonight to enter. Spread the word! Tell your friends! This week on the HH facebook page, I shared an article that…
  • one day 2014

    hollywood housewife
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    It's here! Oh, happy day, this is my favorite day of the year on social media. A bunch of us are over on Instagram documenting our day from the moment we wake up until the moment we turn the lights out. UPDATE: Here's how my One Day turned out. What a fun project! It's not to late to join in! You don't have to commit to the whole day, just jump in when you can. I wrote the full details here, but here's how it works: 1. Document your day. 2. Post it to Instagram. 3. Make sure you use the hashtag #OneDayHH so you can follow along with others and they can find you. If you…
  • velvet pumpkins giveaway

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

  • 20+ Gluten-Free Fall Soups and Chowders

    Rachel Lacy
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Y’all. We’ve maintained nearly an entire month with daytime temps in the 80s.  Even a few 70s!  And at night?  Cool and crisp 50s keeping this Mama happy, happy, happy. Slowly, Texas is starting to play nice with me.  Giving me the hints of fall that I miss from a childhood living 10 hours north of here. Of course, my Texas-Born Kidlets all complain that it’s too cold in the morning when we head off to school.  The Little Lady insists on a hoodie for her 3 minute walk to school and Mr. Boy wants sweat pants.  Meanwhile, I’m leaving every window open at night and…
  • The Ultimate Pumpkin Recipe List: 56 Recipes for Fall

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

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

  • Overnight Breakfast Casserole

    Cindy Schultz
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    A few years ago we had a family reunion. My in-laws rented a house on the water in Homosassa Springs, FL. To share in the work load, each family was in charge of a different meal. My husband’s cousin and his wife were in charge of breakfast one morning. The night before they left the campfire and went inside to start preparing breakfast. I thought it was odd but I stayed and enjoyed my s’mores. The next morning breakfast was several pans of Overnight Breakfast Casserole. I was hesitant to eat it because up to that point, I wasn’t a fan of sausage. Well, I tried a few bites…
  • Grand Opening Studio Movie Grill Tampa

    Cindy Schultz
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I 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.”My husband and I were excited when we were invited to attend the grand opening of Studio Movie Grill in Tampa. We were in need of a night out and this one included…
  • Planning Your Wedding Ceremony

    Cindy Schultz
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The wedding ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day. This is the legal and spiritual portion of your day. While the ceremony usually costs much less than the reception, its planning should be well thought out. There are many different types of wedding ceremonies, based mostly on religious and cultural traditions. For the purpose of this post I will focus on what I know, a Christian wedding ceremony. Christian wedding ceremonies vary in length and contents depending on the desires of the couple I will outline the basic parts. It is important for the couple to have an idea of…
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    mommyshangout.com

  • Sweeping Saturday 10/25/2014

    Jen Williams
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
  • CVS #OneGoodReason campaign showcases the positive of quitting smoking

    Jen Williams
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you follow social media, I’m sure you have heard by now that CVS has stopped selling tobacco products in their stores. Many people had mixed feelings when it came to that move. To be honest I never really understood why any pharmacy sold tobacco or alcohol products in the first place. When I think of... [read more]
  • 5 Ways to Infuse Green in Your Lives

    GuestBlogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The new world is all about green and organic ways. Since people are becoming aware about the harmful effects of using artificial and synthetic stuff, they are consciously making a shift towards natural and organic things. Though it is difficult to switch to organic completely, slowly moving towards better alternatives is a wise way. You... [read more]
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    Naptime Radio

  • Episode 139: Critical Thinking

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

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

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

  • The Final Single Digit

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    I'm writing this birthday post a few days in advance, because I know myself too well to think that I will be able to write a meaningful letter to you on the day of your birthday. I'll be too busy cleaning the house, baking a cake, and pulling out baby pictures for "just one minute" to write. So, instead, I'm writing this on Wednesday, sitting by the window while you and Evan sleep in and my coffee grows as cold as my feet.You're turning 9 on Friday. The last of the single digit birthdays, it doesn't seem to make people gasp and sigh over the loss of the baby years quite as much as the dreaded…
  • Thursday Log

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Nothing quite like starting the day with a jolt of realization that the alarm didn't go off and your teenager just missed his bus. After that whirlwind, I feel I truly earned this cup of coffee. I think the bright side of both of us oversleeping is that it means that I fell asleep last night. With this week's track record, any sleep is a WIN. Monday night earned me a grand total of 45 minutes of sleep. Yes. 45 MINUTES. Tuesday then earned me the title of "Fun Mom."In an effort to save a little money, I turned the heater off yesterday morning with the intention of turning it back on before…
  • One of those days...

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

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

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

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

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

  • Recipe: Five Cheese Lasagna

    Deb Ponzek, Chef TravelingMom
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Photo credit: Alexandra Grablewski Make and freeze this before you venture out on a holiday, and enjoy it upon your return. Defrost for 1-2 days in the fridge and reheat at 325 for about an hour. To save even more time, use the no boil lasagna noodles! Print Recipe: Five Cheese Lasagna Author: Debra Ponzek Serves: 10   Ingredients 1 pound dried lasagna noodles 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, plus 2 cups for finishing the lasagna 1 pound whole milk ricotta cheese 3⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 3⁄4 cup grated Asiago cheese 8 ounces mascarpone cheese…
  • The Surprising Charm of Krakow, Poland

    Sarah Ricks, Philadelphia TravelingMom
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The main market square is lined with sidewalk cafes and filled with people (photo Sarah Ricks) Krakow, Poland was just a convenient place to stay on our way to a different destination. But to our surprise, Krakow was a delight. There is a joyful energy in the main market square of Krakow. The market is filled with stands selling fur coats, grilled sausage and vegetables, trinkets, flowers – and of course pierogi, the ubiquitous Polish comfort food, half-moons of pasta stuffed with some combination of cheese, sauerkraut, potato, or meat (or dessert versions stuffed with fruit). The…
  • 3 Places for Southern Skiing in North Carolina High Country

    Sue Rodman, TravelingMom with Teens
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Beech Mountain Resort has the highest elevation in North Carolina. Photo via @TravelingMom From late November through mid-March, southern skiers can enjoy a great, drivable option to get their snow fix close to home. Sugar Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain Resort, and Appalachian Ski Mtn., are all located in North Carolina’s high country, within a short distance of each other. In addition to skiing, all three locations offer something a little different off the slopes too. Beech Mountain Resort: Beech has the highest elevation of any NC ski resort with 15 trails and 95 skiable acres. It also…
 
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    Big Binder

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

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

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

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

  • Restaurant Coupon Roundup {10/24/2014}

    Lisa Thompson
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week! Bakers Square – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 10/31/2014) Bertuccis – $5 Off Entire Check from 4PM – Close (exp: 10/31/2014) Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak, Lobster & Shrimp Meal (exp: 11/17/2014) Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 10/30/2014) Bob Evans – Buy 1 Breakfast Entree Get 1 Free When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp:…
  • Retail Coupon Roundup {10/24/14}

    Lisa Thompson
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Adidas Outlet – $10 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014) Bath and Body Works – Free Ultra-Shea Body Cream with Any Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014) Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014) Belk – 20% Off Regular & Sale Price Purchase + More (exp: 10/27/2014) Build A Bear – FREE Howl-o-Ween Treat Starting 10/24 (exp: 10/31/2014) Carters – 25% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 10/29/2014) Casual Male – $25 Off $75 Purchase (exp:…
  • Oreo Eyeball Pops

    Lisa Thompson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
      I love to make “themed” foods.  In my kids opinion, there’s no better time than Halloween.  Creepy, spooky, and just plain gross (looking, not tasting)  appeal to them! Since I’m pretty much in love with all Oreo based recipes, I whipped up these Oreo Eyeball Pops!  They’re easy, they’re fun, and they taste delicious! Here’s what you’ll need to whip up a batch of Halloween Eyeball Oreo Pops: 1 bag of lollipop sticks (After making these a few times, I think the 6″ Wilton Lollipop sticks work best) Double Stuffed  Oreos or Mega Stuffed…
 
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  • all my hairs are purple

    bethany actually
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    I’ve been wanting to dye my hair blue or purple for a long, long time. And I finally did! I’m kind of wishing now that I’d done this a year ago, when my hair was shorter, because it’s tricky with hair this long. I got dye all over myself, as you can see in the third photo above. And wow, I had to use a LOT of dye to cover all my hair. Here’s a quick rundown of what I did, for anyone who’s curious: Read thedaintysquid’s hair-dyeing tutorial and tips for maintaining bright haircolor about ten times each. Pestered my friends with hair-dyeing experience…
  • RIP Katy

    bethany actually
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    I’ve been avoiding writing this post for almost a week. This will make it seem real. Our cat Katy, who was staying with our good friends Erin and Rocco in Oregon while we’re in Japan, stopped eating a couple of weeks ago. Erin took her in to the vet, and they found a large cancerous tumor in her abdomen. Taking her age, health, and the fact that she hadn’t eaten in almost a week into consideration, the vet thought she wouldn’t be a good candidate for surgery, and recommended euthanasia. Erin took Katy home. She took a few photos of her when the light was nice, and they…
  • Egg Drop Soup with Rice and Pork

    bethany actually
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Both Annalie and I have been feeling under the weather lately, and soup sounded good to me today. I had a half-pound of ground pork I needed to use, and both the girls love egg drop soup, so I made this, and EVERYONE liked it. Success! Several people on Facebook and elsewhere asked me for the recipe, so here it is. Egg Drop Soup with Rice and Pork 1/2 pound ground pork 1 medium onion, diced small 2-3 cloves of garic, minced about an inch of gingerroot, peeled and minced 2 medium carrots, finely grated 1 head baby bok choy, washed, trimmed, and sliced thinly 6 c. chicken broth 3/4 c. jasmine…
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    Hanging By a Thread

  • Fear{Less} and Faith{Full}

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

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

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

  • MARKET OF SUNSHINE & MY SECRET COMPARTMENTS

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

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

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

  • American Girl is Coming to Orlando!

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

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

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

  • The Gift of Rest

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

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

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

  • Friday Finds: Breast Cancer Awareness Edition

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    1. Bumble & Bumble dry shampoo | BCA Campaign2. Facewatch silicone strap watch | Nordstrom 3.  Advance night repair & pink ribbon keychain | Estee Lauder4. Pink palette | Essie5. Aveeda hand relief | BCA Campaign 6. Clinique | Pink with a Purpose long last lipstick7. Donna Karan Cashmere mist rollerball duo8. Poppy Wildflower spray | Coach 9. Limited Edition Pink smooth sphere and nail polish set | Nicole by Opi 10. Harley Davidson Pink Label ride bead11. 31 Bits necklace12. Bobbi Brown lip gloss set
  • What I want you to know about being married to someone with a physical disability

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here.  Today’s guest post is by written by an anonymous writerMy husband was born with Spina Bifida. He endured many, many surgeries and doctor visits as a child, but still managed to have a normal childhood. With the support of braces on his feet, he was able to run and play like any other boy. He played…
  • On not “firepitting” our marriage (or our children)

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    We’ve got a new metaphor in our house to describe a bad habit that we often fall into. We’re calling it “firepitting.”It’s one of those things that a lot of people do . . . that tendency to live your best life when others are around. A prime example of this is our backyard firepit. We pull it out almost every time we have guests over. We love sitting around it, listening to music, talking, or roasting marshmallows.But here’s the thing: we NEVER pull that firepit out just for our kids. We never set up the firepit after the kids have gone to bed and enjoy some wine just as a couple.
 
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • The Not So Curious Case of Renee Zellweger

    Jenni Chiu
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:59 am
      Famous actress Renee Zellweger attended the Elle Women in Hollywood awards on Monday, October 20th. After she attended, the Internet exploded because OMG SHE LOOKED DIFFERENT. Many people are speculating that she’s had some botox and cosmetic surgery done. Several online magazines have called in their Hollywood plastic surgeon […]
  • Worth a Share – I love Cheerios and the Best Music Video From a Band You’ve Never Heard Of

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

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

  • Disney On Ice – Let’s Celebrate Review

    Bekki
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    *This post is sponsored by Feld Entertainment. My family received complimentary tickets to attend the event. All opinions are my own. Last night, my family had the opportunity to CELEBRATE with Mickey and friends at Disney On Ice Let’s Celebrate! We had a fantastic time and loved the show. Disney on Ice is an event the whole family will enjoy! The show began with an all-star number. If your child has a favorite Disney character, he/she was likely on the ice! It was incredible, and so much fun to see our kids light up at the sight of their favorite Disney friends. This was the first…
  • 23 Blast Movie Review

    Bekki
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    *This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for my review. All opinions are my own. 23 Blast is a feel-good film, based on the amazing true story of Travis Freeman, who was a typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky. His story will inspire you, and truly give you something to cheer for. This uplifting story also  won the 2013 Heartland Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award for Narrative Feature. Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes…
  • Wonderfully Imperfect – Embracing Your Life as a Mother

    Bekki
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Do your kids ever play with blanket forts? Blanket forts are a BIG deal at our house. One afternoon, my kids came home from school and asked to make a blanket fort using the kitchen table. I agreed, but let them know that as soon as dinner was ready, the blanket fort would need to be picked up. I went about my business as my daughter started to get the fort set up. She pulled out the quilts and comforters, and grabbed a variety of throw pillows and stuffed friends. After about ten minutes of work, her fort looked pretty great. It was dark, cozy, and comfortable – everything a blanket…
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    The Mom Writes

  • Lighting Up Your Productivity and Work-at-Home Life

    The Mom Writes
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Happy Diwali everyone!! For those of you, my friends, who aren’t familiar with this Indian festival… it is the festival of lights that symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Celebrated with glimmering lights, pretty floor decorations {aka a Rangoli, like the one you see below}, gifts, sweets, fireworks and of course, prayer, this festival is how we kick off the holiday season here in...
  • How to Increase Productivity with Pen and Paper AKA My Experience Using the Bullet Journal Method

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

    The Mom Writes
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you’ve known me for any length of time, you’ll know that while I’m all for spending money wisely, there’s only so much that I’ll go DIY for. Baking from scratch- check. Cooking from scratch-check. DIY gifts- ummmmm……. … Read full post The Mom Writes
 
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    A Frog In My Soup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Built To Amaze! Ringling Bros And Barnum & Bailey On Tour

    Mom
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    A Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show isn’t just a show, it’s an experience, built to amaze.  I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I can’t imagine a childhood without... Continue Reading... The post Built To Amaze! Ringling Bros And Barnum & Bailey On Tour appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Real Inspiration, Real Life, Real People… Doing It All In Under Armour

    Mom
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.   Kids are active, there’s no denying that. If they were paid based on their activity level, they’d be making far more than any professional athlete. At least that’s true for my kids, especially for my teenaged son. There’s... Continue Reading... The post Real Inspiration, Real Life, Real People… Doing It All In Under Armour appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • 5 Tips For Baby or Toddler Clothing On A Budget

    Mom
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    If you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or even know someone with a baby or a toddler, you’re familiar with the feeling that you’re constantly buying clothes for them. Kids grow fast and parents sometimes feel that keeping pace with their growth is more than their budget can handle. This is especially true during their... Continue Reading... The post 5 Tips For Baby or Toddler Clothing On A Budget appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
 
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    The Thrifty Mommy

  • Freezer Cooking: Pork Roast

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

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

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

  • MOMentum Article from KCTS 9

    Paige Dunn
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    View the full article here. Kelly Singer & Paige Green Dunn Founders, MOMentum Giving moms the opportunity to be moms without forgetting about themselves When Kelly Singer and Paige Green Dunn noticed that local moms had a lack of resources and opportunities when it came to spending time with their kids and getting time for themselves, the Seattle natives took it upon themselves to make some changes. Their goal was to bridge what moms wanted with what kids needed. With the idea of bringing fitness equipment to parks in the Greater Seattle area, Singer and Dunn created MOMentum.  With…
  • Baked Apples

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

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

  • Rock Out with Crystal Light Drink Mixes

    Crystal Herron
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias There’s nothing wrong with rocking out from time to time. It keeps one young and humble, since it’s almost impossible to stay composed when rocking out. No, to properly rock out you need to go full throttle, head-banging with an air guitar until you feel it in your bones. You also need low calorie drinks to stay hydrated with all that rocking. It’s a way of life. It’s also a great way to bust a hip, if you’re getting up there in age like myself. I still give it a…
  • Continuing Our Heroic Habits with Listerine

    Crystal Herron
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. You know how when you’re watching your favorite show and you get to the end only to have the best part continued until next week? Or, even worse, next season? So you’re left stuck there on the edge of your seat, wondering what happened. That’s kind of like how I left you on my last post building Heroic Habits with LISTERINE. Are you on the edge of your seat? Maybe, just a little bit? I mean, there are so many…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Hello Fall!

    Crystal Herron
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Fall is my absolute favorite season. The colorful trees, the falling leaves, the cooling air. How everything is changing to start new again. I also love that I can be comfortable in a sweater. The temperatures are perfect. Thus, we had to get out and enjoy the day with some time spent taking in the calming waters at the lake as well as some fun at a playground nearby. Copyright © 2014 Kid Things. All Rights Reserved.The post Wordless Wednesday: Hello Fall! appeared first on Kid Things.
 
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    MommPosh

  • Fall Fashion For Moms On-The-Go

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

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

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

  • Pumpkin Week: Pumpkin in Every Meal

    Laura Keogh
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We heard from a reader today who said they can't wait to make pumpkin fritters this weekend. Thanks so much for writing in response to our cornbread post. It's funny. When I was at FASHION magazine as the beauty director, I always wondered if any one read our pages. In fact, I used to randomly stand up, pop my head out of my cubicle and, with a laugh, yell to my co-workers, "Does any one read this stuff?!" Obviously, as the most read fashion magazine in Canada, lots of people read our pages. However, when it's your fifth late night at the office and the 600 word story for a new mascara that…
  • Pumpkin Week: Spiced Pumpkin Skillet Cornbread

    Laura Keogh
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    You can't ignore the health benefits of pumpkin. It's why you may not want to just leave this fruit on your doorstep. Aside from the fact the vibrant orange orb is packed with beta carotene which is converted to vitamin A in your body and is responsible for boosting immunity and supporting eye health, your friendly neighbourhood pumpkin also has a supersonic dose of vitamin C. It is also stocked with fiber. If you want to hear more about its weight loss benefits and how it may help lower your risk of certain cancers you can check out this CNN article. I have to admit that I'd rather visit the…
  • Lunch Week: Broccoli Cheese Patties

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

  • Should Kids Earn Money To Help Family Finances

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

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

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

  • I, Miss Safari Kid

    Aileen
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Finally, after people have been asking what happened to The Little Miss Rockstar guest posts……  Hello Again Everyone, It’s been Too Long since I last contributed a piece, and that’s because I’ve been busy at my new pre-school. Guest Blogger In Action On Campus I am now, and have been since after summer break…… a Turbo Toddler at Safari Kid! <proud> I pass this picture in our lobby each day, I think they must be alumni. (Not…. too recent alumni, obviously – when does your hair start to grey like with the man on the left, it’s…
  • Rockstarism #341/ Miss-Speak #22 – Taking An Interest In Education

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

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

  • Weekly Work at Home Job Leads

    Alaina Forbes
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Asurion virtual customer service agentsUTest website testersA Place For Mom community relations advisor Manpower Work at Home Help Desk Shmoop work at home writing jobsConnections Academy virtual teacher for SpanishIrrevo content analystUber community support representatives HireBridge virtual claims resolution agentEbay virtual customer service positionsBackbone Media- Digital Marketing BloggerEventGrid Marketing BloggerPrimaDg Photography BloggerNerd Underground Content BloggerNexRep Career ConsultantsG5Live Chat OperatorsFace the World Community RepresentativesShutterstock Work from Home…
  • Administrative Work From Home Jobs

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

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

  • See the 23 Blast Movie ~ Hope Triumphs Over Despair

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    I am a big fan of movies and television. I love watching true stories because I am fascinated by all of the things that happens in our lives. I also get very inspired by those who persevere. We have all of the movies here in our house on DVD. 23 Blast is just such a movie. I finished watching it yesterday and I have to say that it is an amazing movie about just how much someone can overcome to {Read More} The post See the 23 Blast Movie ~ Hope Triumphs Over Despair appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
  • Chic Outerwear for Women for Less {All Styles Under $100}

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Carefully Chosen Coat in Houndstooth – $99.99 You are fastidious about what outerwear makes it into your coat collection – and when you slip on this soft, cozy houndstooth coat, you know that this will be a piece that earns its place. With its large collar, asymmetrical button closure, and matching tie at the waist, this chic coat quickly captures your heart. As you plan an array of future cold weather ensembles, for which this coat will play a prominent {Read More} The post Chic Outerwear for Women for Less {All Styles Under $100} appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
  • Ultimate List of Halloween Printables {450+}

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
      There are some great printables on this list and we have included over 450 things that you can use to make your Halloween season even more fun. You will things for kids, adults, parties, invites and so much more. Let us know what your favorite is. 58 Disney Halloween Printables 27 Halloween Costume & Accessories Printables 20 Printable Papercraft Halloween Ideas 20 Halloween Classroom Printables 12 Halloween Coloring Pages Printables 5 Tshirt Iron on’s Printable 1 Set of Free {Read More} The post Ultimate List of Halloween Printables {450+} appeared first on The Divine Miss…
 
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    Dagmar's Home

  • Fall Nesting, Family, and Hot Chocolate

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The post Fall Nesting, Family, and Hot Chocolate appeared first on Dagmar's Home. Fall Nesting, Family, and Hot Chocolate If you know me a little bit, you know that I love to nest. I love puttering around the house and could spend a whole week at home without feeling the need to leave the house or to see anyone. Forget just nesting right before your baby is born […] The post Fall Nesting, Family, and Hot Chocolate appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
  • Kiwi Crate Makes Raising Creative Kids Easy

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:05 pm
    The post Kiwi Crate Makes Raising Creative Kids Easy appeared first on Dagmar's Home. Kiwi Crate Makes Being Creative Easy It’s so much fun to see your kids be creative, isn’t it? But I find that in our TV and video game-obsessed times, it’s rare that our kids sit down and draw, color, and craft. Do your kids like to be creative but need a little extra push? Are […] The post Kiwi Crate Makes Raising Creative Kids Easy appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
  • Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Corn Maze Fun

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The post Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Corn Maze Fun appeared first on Dagmar's Home. Corn Maze L and I went to a nearby corn maze last week and had so much fun! Fall is definitely my favorite time of year. What is better than visits to the farm to pick up pumpkins, cider donuts, and apples? Spending time with this sweet boy makes the day perfect. This kind, gentle, […] The post Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Corn Maze Fun appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
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    Maverick Mom — Maverick Mom

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

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

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

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

  • Hall of Experiences

    Mom of 12
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    I was looking through my phone this morning trying to decide what to share with you when I realized I never posted on our Hall of Experiences at the National Girl Scout Convention. We had so much fun! We were missing a few girls because it was our fall break and some of them were out of town, but we had most of them there. Princess was at her pageant, of course, so she wasn't with us either. We
  • Go Grizzlies!

    Mom of 12
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    We are still reaping the rewards of all of our summer reading. Last night we took the kids to the Grizzlies hockey game. It wasn't quite as easy as it was supposed to be. When I mailed in my free passes, I also included my 3 passes from the Scouting Expo so the adults could be free as well as the kids. I wasn't sure how they would feel about that, so yesterday I called the management office to
  • More Grapes

    Mom of 12
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Look what I got from my awesome neighbor, Pauline! So guess what I am doing today (and yesterday and probably tomorrow)... That's right, I'm making grape juice that will eventually be grape jelly. I put water in the bottom of my steamer, then the part that holds the juice. Then I wash the grapes and put them in the colander on top and put the lid on. I turn the stove on high and almost
 
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    Create-Celebrate-Explore

  • 20 Thanksgiving Turkey Treats for Kids

    Tonya Staab
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
      If you are looking for fun turkey treats this Thanksgiving, then this round-up is perfect for you. This collection of yummy turkey treats are perfect for Thanksgiving parties, school parties, cookie or cupcake decorating parties, and for gift giving this Thanksgiving. The three turkey treats pictured above you can find detailed instructions on here: Turkey conecakes Gluten-free turkey cookies using leftover Halloween candy Turkey cookies Scroll through the collection of 20 fun turkey treats below and visit each of the blogs and websites for the complete instructions.   Check out…
  • A Sleeping Beauty Sleepover

    Tonya Staab
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
      Since moving house over the summer, Marisol and I have been missing our friends. We are only about 40 minutes away, but it feels like so far and we don't get to see them as much as we used to. So last weekend we invited a few to come for a slumber party (there was even a grown-up sleepover too). Did I mention that this was Marisol's very first sleepover. She was absolutely beside herself with excitement for the entire week leading up to her friends coming over. It was exactly what we needed to reconnect with them. During the day while the kids were at school we moved the…
  • Halloween Centerpiece Idea

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

  • Cozy up to a blanket scarf

    Courtney Strimel
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    One of my favorite purchases last winter was a huge, soft blanket scarf. It looked cool draped and twisted, but even better, it was extremely warm and versatile. If you didn’t partake in the blanket scarf trend last year, there’s no time like the present! Available in literally every price range, these oversize scarves are like chameleons. Tie and loop them like a traditional scarf, knot and wrap like a cowl, use them as wraps or–perfect for those cold holiday flights–use them as blankets. If you happen to be breastfeeding…instant cover. And, since the holidays…
  • Sweater coats and ponchos transition from fair to cold weather in style

    Christine Fox
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    If you’re like me and live in west coast weather, you’re still waiting for fall to arrive. However the nights are getting colder and chilly days will soon be here. A sweater coat or poncho is the perfect item to wear in fall weather. Pair it with jeans and a long sleeve t-shirt or a dress and boots for a look that is both warm and chic. From left to right: Skies Are Blue Tribal Print Sweater, $89, at piperlime.com Argyll Poncho, $99.90, at zara.com Sweater Coat, $118, at gap.com Free People Legends Poncho, $148, at freepeople.com JOA Knitted Coatigan, $128, at piperlime.com The…
  • Fun, festive Halloween skull accessories for adults

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

  • Review of Contigo West Loop - and Giveaway!

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    If you've been thinking that a travel mug requires you to travel, you probably haven't been to my desk lately.  As a self-employed person, a coffee lover, and a bit of a clumsy type, I would have some major drama on my hands if it weren't for a well-insulated, lidded travel mug. I've been using and loving Contigo's line for years, but there is always room for improvement.  The newest West Loop
  • Snacks you Can Take Anywhere: Jif To Go Dippers

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. Snacking on the go is a must with our busy family. We travel quite a bit, so having something that's not just a bunch of junk in a handy package is important.  We tried the Jif To Go Dippers for our kids
  • Join Amazon Mom and Get 50% off Diapers, Wipes, and Formula!

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Have you been holding back from joining the Amazon Mom program?  We've shared how we've used the program to save big and stock our pantry for emergencies via this easy money-saving program.  Now, we have an additional way to save big -- for new members who join before November 3rd! When you sign up for free, you can get 50% off qualifying Huggies Diapers, Enfamil formula and Babyganics
 
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    Simply Stacie

  • My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks Giveaway (US & Can)

    Stacie
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    On October 28th, look for My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo in stores! About the Movie In My Little Pony Equestria Girls, released in fall 2013, Twilight Sparkle’s crown was stolen from the Crystal Empire, and she pursued the thief, Sunset Shimmer, into an alternate world where she finds… [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: My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks Giveaway (US & Can).
  • Brilliant Sky Toys & Books + Giveaway (US)

    Gina
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    I love shopping local. Smaller stores with unique items and a real neighborhood feel always draw me in. I have quite a few locally-owned stores near me that I just love to go in and browse through and I count on for finding cute gifts for special people in my life. Sometimes it’s easy to… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Brilliant Sky Toys & Books + Giveaway (US). Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
  • Cookies by Design

    Gina
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    With fall in full swing, the holidays are coming up fast, and I love it! Starting with Halloween, all the way through Christmas, I love the parties, the get-togethers, the shopping, and of course all the food! Even though I like to watch what I eat all year round, I do allow myself some indulgences… [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: Cookies by Design. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
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    MommyPR.com™

  • I Share A Meal Because…..#ShareAMeal @Unilever @UnileverUSA

    Andrea
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Sponsored Unilever’s Share A Meal Program has been a great way to educate my children about ways they can help combat hunger. My neighbor donates her time each and every week at the local food panty, and my youngest son wanted to learn what a food pantry does for its community. The visit was so very enlightening.  It really hit home with my kids to learn that there are people in the local community and everywhere who have no food, and even donated a small portion of your time makes a huge difference in a life of someone hungry.   Hearing all his excited stories about the food pantry…
  • The Baby Box Co Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Ways to Deal With Debt and Reduce Stress

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    by Andrew Bycoffe “The only man who sticks closer than a friend during hard times, is a creditor.” We might laugh at the quote above, but if you’re laughing while being in debt, you’re probably cringing on the inside at the same time.  Debt, in itself, is not a funny part of life.  Quite the opposite, small to large quantities of debt often hang like a dark cloud through life, casting shadows of foreboding and hopelessness wherever we go. Like so many, when we come to a place where there seems to be no financial means to change our situation, we turn a deaf ear to the calls and…
  • New Playdate App Helps Take Stress Out of Planning Play Time

    Samantha Gregory
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Playdate by Jago empowers parents to schedule, manage and track their kids social lives in a single intuitive app. Our vision is to transform the way we as parents manage our kids social arrangements. Changing the paradigm from often chaotic on-the-fly to seamless scheduling and management between all parents involved. No more multi-app-tasking between; phone, whatsapp sms, facebook & email…now it’s all inside a single purpose quality app giving parents simplicity, speed and fun. App Details: Product Name : Playdate by Jago Product Type: Mobile App (iOS & Android) Product…
  • New DIY Kid’s YouTube Show Teaches Kids How to Use Tools

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

  • How to Find a Moms’ Group

    Jessica McFadden
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    When you are a mother, sometimes finding a girlfriend is tougher than scoring a date when you are single. Maybe you have moved to a new city. Or you welcomed your first child and most of your close friends are not mothers. Maybe you just made the transition to being home with your child after counting your work colleagues as your core pals. Maybe you have been an at-home mother for a while and just made the transition back to working. If it is tough to locate one kindred spirit, to borrow that beautiful phrase from the character Anne Shirley, it often seems impossible to consider the…
  • Easy and Delicious: Corn Flakes and Candy Halloween Bark

    Danielle
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    I will happily admit to being a lover of sweets, of candy and yes, of chocolate – both white and dark. I can’t help it. I blame my mom, as I’m certain she passed her ‘sweet tooth’ right on to me. This means, I rarely miss an opportunity to create a holiday related treat that both my family and I can enjoy. My small people are fairly easy to please when it comes to sweets – but add some of their favorite ingredients and they are hooked. This is a treat we’ll also by sharing at our annual Halloween ‘Trunk or Treat’ festival. Hosted by the…
  • Support Your Favorite Cause with Your Favorite Photo: Donate A Photo Now!

    Danielle
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    I have long believed in the power of photographs to stir emotion, capture a memory, remind me of ‘that one special’ moment – or even the average, but beautiful and more than anything make us FEEL good. Snapshots capture heart on display. They capture the milestones. The ‘remember whens’…. The I want to go backs…. You have similar memories marked, don’t you? I have also long believed in the power of good – teaching it to my small people, sharing it whenever I can, using the small power I have to make a change for the better. I think maybe…
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    United States of Motherhood

  • On Attachment and Dog Sitting: F$ck Cancer

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Watching Ursula, the gorgeous, glorious, friendly, perfect red head is so bittersweet. I was in love with her the first 5 minutes I met her. Only thing? She has aggressive mouth cancer and only has three month to live. You would never ever know from her wide smiles and wagging tail. Still watching her is bringing up all my grief and sad memories from losing my Seb. Her family hated to leave her, but there was a family funeral. So I am loving on,  spoiling and making this girl's week at my house the best it can be.Guys, I am attached! Sigh...This is the hard part about…
  • Finding Confidence Again with Invisalign #InvisalignBeConfident

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

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

  • Quebec and Ottawa killings of soldiers: More to remember on Remembrance Day.

    cjblythe
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Quebec and Ottawa shootings and deaths of Canadian soldiers were at the hands of radicalized individuals now acting upon threats in Canada. The Ottawa Citizen and CBC.ca have reported the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Product Review: Guidelines to success while maintaining trust as a reviewer.

    cjblythe
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Reviewing free product supplied specifically for the purpose of review can be a tricky process. To be respected and trusted as a reviewer, it is important to be honest in the reviews written – about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Make your own effective laundry pre-treat spray for next to nothing.

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

  • Toronto: Soaring Celebrations

    SavvyMom.ca
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    iFly offers an indoor skydiving experience for kids and adults aged 4 and up.
  • Ottawa: 10 Awesome Halloween Events in Ottawa

    SavvyMom.ca
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Take the kiddies out on the town for some very gentle scares and sweet celebrations. Here’s how to do Halloween in Ottawa with the kids.
  • Vancouver: I Want Candy

    SavvyMom.ca
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sometimes it’s nice to be a little different—especially at Halloween. So sweeten up your candy selection with some specialty candies from our fave candy shops around town. You might even find some great sugar free, guilt free and gluten free candies to dole out as well.
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    CookiesKids.com Blog

  • Halloween Decoration on a Budget

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

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

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

  • #BeachesMoms with Beaches Resort Turks & Caicos

    joey fortman
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    BEACHES TURKS & CAICOS ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT EXPERIENCE I honestly have absolutely no clue where to start with sharing this trip with you. It was amazing.  Amazing doesn't even do the justice for it.  It was a dream, I think because it really went way too fast for me.  So fast that I'm having a hard time really getting back into the swing of life since returning. My husband was suppose to go with me for months now.  I mean MONTHS.  Since I got invited I think.  I was soooooo sooooo excited that him and I was going to get the chance to run away…
  • Shane Co $1000 Photo Contest

    joey fortman
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    I just spent an absolutely amazing getaway in Turks & Caicos at the All Inclusive Beaches Resort. I really don't know if I can talk about it outside of completely drooling today after being home for a day to compress. So, let me just tell you about one of my favorite things to do! TAKE SELFIES!! Yeah, you don't need a party posse to get great selfies! Shane Co has always had a beautiful piece of my heart on my hands. Or should I say my hands have sang the joy of Shane Company for the past 7 years. Whoa. I've been married for SEVEN years? That's pretty insane to think about it. Well,…
  • Travel Tuesday: Beaches Turks & Caicos

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

  • Halloween Events & Fun

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I love this time of year!  October happens to be my very favorite month and it also happens to include Halloween.  Here we are, less than a week aaway and the Halloween events around the country are in full swing.  We don’t have a lot on our agenda aside from Trick or Treating next week […] The post Halloween Events & Fun appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • We Are Back on Track with LISTERINE

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. Earlier this month, I shared a post on how we’ve been trying to get back into the routine of things around here now that school has started.  Our house […] The post We Are Back on Track with LISTERINE appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Swim Away with Surf Sharks + Giveaway – Ends 11/5

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    * I received a promotional item in order to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.* Now that Alexander is in the 1st grade (I know, time sure does fly!) he has been learning to read more and has become a big fan of books and checking […] The post Swim Away with Surf Sharks + Giveaway – Ends 11/5 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
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    Maverick Mom — Maverick Mom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Ways to Deal With Debt and Reduce Stress

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    by Andrew Bycoffe “The only man who sticks closer than a friend during hard times, is a creditor.” We might laugh at the quote above, but if you’re laughing while being in debt, you’re probably cringing on the inside at the same time.  Debt, in itself, is not a funny part of life.  Quite the opposite, small to large quantities of debt often hang like a dark cloud through life, casting shadows of foreboding and hopelessness wherever we go. Like so many, when we come to a place where there seems to be no financial means to change our situation, we turn a deaf ear to the calls and…
  • New Playdate App Helps Take Stress Out of Planning Play Time

    Samantha Gregory
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Playdate by Jago empowers parents to schedule, manage and track their kids social lives in a single intuitive app. Our vision is to transform the way we as parents manage our kids social arrangements. Changing the paradigm from often chaotic on-the-fly to seamless scheduling and management between all parents involved. No more multi-app-tasking between; phone, whatsapp sms, facebook & email…now it’s all inside a single purpose quality app giving parents simplicity, speed and fun. App Details: Product Name : Playdate by Jago Product Type: Mobile App (iOS & Android) Product…
  • New DIY Kid’s YouTube Show Teaches Kids How to Use Tools

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

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

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

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

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

  • Brawny® Partners With The Wounded Warrior Project®

    Alicia Marie
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I am proud to be working with Brawny® over the next couple months to share about their partnership with Wounded Warrior Project®. The Brawny® brand has donated $1.4 million to the Wounded Warrior Project®, which, it says, shares the same brand spirit and values: an inner strength that emboldens and inspires people to be “Tough to the Core.” WWP helps wounded servicemen and women adjust to civilian life and persevere through the visible and invisible wounds of war. US Service men and women are some of the toughest people. They put themselves in harms way to protect us and it’s a…
  • Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery {Giveaway}

    Alicia Marie
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    (Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) Did you know that home fires take the lives of more than 2,500 people each year in the United States? Most of these deadly fires happen while the people in the home are sleeping. I used to think that this was because they didn’t have smoke detectors but this is not the case. 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries, and according to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five fatal fire injuries take place in homes without working smoke alarms. Those…
  • Fabulous {And Safe!} Fall Fun With Our Springfree Trampoline

    Alicia Marie
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    (Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Springfree Trampoline but all thoughts are my own.) Ever since I was a kid I wished I had a trampoline in my backyard. It always looked like so much fun but we never had one because traditional trampolines aren’t very safe. I never understood the dangers when I was a kid but now, as a mom, I’m very nervous every time my kids go to someone’s house with a trampoline. Every time they’d bounce near the edge I would take a deep breath in anticipation and then let it back out once they landed on the trampoline and bounced back towards…
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    Musing Mommies Mom Podcast and Mommy Blog - Interviews, Giveaways, Health, Wellness, and Mothering advice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Age at diagnosis: 31 Diagnosis Date: Aug 2011 Type of Cancer:  Breast cancer – Stage 2B/3A Invasive Ductal Carcinoma with lymph node involvement, Her2 positive, highly aggressive stage at diagnosis:  Stage 2b Treatment Plan: adjuvant chemotherapy, double mastectomy, expanders, followed by gated radiation & an additional 6 months of Herceptin infusions Current Status:  NED, baby!! How did you tell your kids about the cancer diagnosis? I told my 3,3 and 4 year olds that Mommy was going to be sick for the Fall and will feel better in the Spring. We explained that Grandma was…
 
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    Kidsumers

  • Win a $100 Loblaws Gift Card & 5 Boxes of Cheerios #CheeriosEffect

    Sheri
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Two decades ago a social connection would have been meeting up for a cup of coffee or going for a walk. It would have meant actually seeing someone in person or at least hearing their voice over the telephone, and even that was considered a little impersonal. It’s amazing how much things have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • San Francisco: Family Attractions in one of America’s Most Vibrant Cities

    Sheri
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    San Francisco is rightfully regarded as one of America’s if not the world’s most exciting cities. It’s a compact city that boasts a wealth of sightseeing and activities making it the ideal choice for family vacations. The City by the Bay attracts nearly 17 million visitors per year and here are a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Join the #StayfreeContest Twitter Party Oct. 29th 9pm ET

    Sheri
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    If you made it the last Stayfree Twitter Party, you will definitely want to know that we are doing it again! That’s right, we are once again gathering to embarrass ourselves and each other with lots of panty talk! This time we are talking about embarrassing panty stories, so get ready for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    dude mom

  • DudeFood: Chicken Tortilla Soup & Whine Free Dinners

    DudeMom
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Weeknight dinner awesome continues to happen thanks to a few key discoveries I’ve made about my children. I will share them with you right after I let you drool a little over the warm, cheesy soup creation I popped off this week… This friends is my chicken tortilla soup that basically makes itself if you have a crockpot. But, before I marvel you with quite possibly the easiest recipe ever, let me tell you a few things about making dinner go off without a hitch, even if you only have 15 minutes to wolf it down while you also shimmy your kid into his football pads, take the dog out, correct…
  • Procrastination is for Punks Holiday Shopping Starts Now #Giveaway

    DudeMom
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Last Christmas Dude 3 asked Santa for an iPad. He wrote a number of kind letters to him, explaining all of the things he’d like to do with his iPad: take photos, record his nightly video diaries (yes, he does this, each night before bed and hearing him recount his day in this way fills my heart with joy), play math games, read books, listen to music, dance, dance I say. He explained that he knows they’re expensive (which is why he asked Santa and not his Mommy and Daddy), but that he wants it more than any other thing and he promised to take excellent care of it so that it would never get…
  • Oreo Pumpkin Cheesecake Minis, For Life

    DudeMom
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Last Friday I spent $25 on a pumpkin. My children (and by children I mostly just mean Dude 3 as he’s the only one who even bothers to notice or pretends to care anymore) chastised my lack of Halloween décor so much that I decided to go all out by buying the biggest pumpkin my Dude 1’s arms could carry. It sits uncarved and beautiful on my front porch where it will remain until the bushy tailed rodents in my hood have their way with it. We plan to ignore the leaves and the cobwebs made entirely by the encroaching local spider community in order to create an authentic spooky landscape in…
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    La Jolla Mom

  • Duty Free City Celebrates Grand Opening with a Furla Bag Giveaway

    La Jolla Mom
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Love luxury brands? Need a day of pampering? Now, there’s another reason to head south. A brand new luxury lifestyle destination and La Jolla Mom partner, Duty Free City, is opening at the San Ysidro border and you will enjoy it whether you’re crossing or not. And, there are two big reasons to celebrate. Read on. What Is Duty Free City? Duty Free City elevates the duty free shopping experience by offering a wide range of luxury brands not seen in other border stores. But, it’s not just a retail outlet. You could spend the day here and even bring the kids along. Portions of…
  • Dinner at The Fishery Restaurant in Pacific Beach

    La Jolla Mom
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    We’ve been fans of The Fishery Restaurant in Pacific Beach for a over a decade so it’s high time I tell you why. This list of reasons is actually quite long. It’s a restaurant but also sustainable fish market. In addition to selling some of the nicest looking fillets and shellfish you’ll see around here, they do have prepared items like smoked fish that will rock the socks off your bagel and what I firmly believe to be the best ceviche in San Diego. I order whole poached salmon from The Fishery’s catering menu when I host luncheons because it’s great value…
  • Discover and Share Your Dream Home with fypio (Giveaway)

    La Jolla Mom
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Finding, creating and sharing your dream home just became a whole lot easier. While square footage, price and number of bedrooms are important, a new app called fypio allows users to search for homes in San Diego also based on important lifestyle preferences. Want a modern kitchen or traditional living room? How about a home near good schools? fypio will find it for you. But, that’s not all. Hundreds of thousands of photos organized by room and style provide plenty of design inspiration for those of us looking to spruce up our own homes. Users can organize photos they like into…
 
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  • Snapchat Hacked! Do you know where your kid’s photos are?

    Suzette Valle
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Having compromising photos show up on the internet is the worst thing imaginable for many adults. Just ask any number of celebrities who had their ‘private’ photos hacked and leaked to the world wide web how they feel about their presumed privacy after this incident. Actress Jennifer Lawrence equated the iCloud breach to a sex crime. […]
  • Screening Passes For Alexander and The Very Bad Day in San Diego

    Suzette Valle
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    San Diego, get your free passes to one of two screenings of ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY and take the kids! Get them while supplies last! Monday October 6 at AMC Mission Valley (tonight) – http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/226586   Wednesday October 8 at Edwards Mira Mesa- http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/804653
  • San Diego Film Festival 2014

    Suzette Valle
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    For five days, September 24-28, San Diego went a little bit Hollywood hosting A-list celebrities and top-notch films at the San Diego Film Festival. One of the signature events of this year’s festival was “Variety’s  Night of the Starts: A Tribute” which took place on September 25 at the magnificent Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, CA. The inaugural […]
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  • It’s Ok to Shrug It Off

    amanda magee
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    There is a recurring conversation (lecture?) that we have around here. Specifically, there is a talk that Sean has with me that goes a little something like, “You care too much. The worrying you do and the constant moving of  your finish line are unhealthy. You never let yourself be done.” Let that sink in, because there may be a good chance that you do it too. The kids have a finite list of things to do. Sometimes a to-do might get added, but generally there is a, “Great job, thank you! You can have free time now,” resolution for them. I don’t afford that same…
  • Hints of What Matters Amid the Chaos

    amanda magee
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Click to view slideshow.   Time is doing that thing, that thing that reveals how fast it goes even while some days seem to last for weeks. It isn’t the back-to-school blur or a concentration of deadlines at work, though those are both real and present. It’s the toss of hair and expressiveness of Finley’s eyebrows, her declarations of, “It’s just odd!” followed by a quick scan of the room to see if we all caught how mature she is. It’s Briar slipping quietly into a private realm, emotions and Minecraft, daydreams and song lyrics. The way Avery…
  • I Call Bull-Sham on John Grisham

    amanda magee
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    I took a Facebook break last week, something about the realization that logging on was a choice that consistently made me feel not good spurred the move. I did the same thing with the news (except for that one damn brown recluse spider story.) I cannot remember what headline made me click over to see what exactly John Grisham had said about pedophiles, but I did click. I saw his face, familiar to me from so many book jackets in our house as I grew up. He was a pulpy author, but people didn’t tend to scoff too much if you had his book in your overnight bag. I read them.   I…
 
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  • Sever’s Corn Maze in Shakopee

    Missy
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Have you ever been to a corn maze? I’ve heard about them but haven’t actually been to one until now. We headed to Sever’s Corn Maze last weekend to check it out and had a great time! I expected a corn maze and some pumpkins – what I didn’t expect was all the fun activities they also had an exotic animal petting zoo, a giant corn pit, magic shows,a giant jumping pillow, pig races, pony rides, camel rides, great food… wow we kept busy! Here are some pictures from our afternoon: \ Most of the activities were included in the ticket price, but a couple of things…
  • On finding balance

    Missy
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    On Wednesday a friend asked me to think of a positive intention for my life. My response was “finding balance.” You all know what I mean – when you give enough of your time and self to feel like you are making a positive difference, without giving so much of yourself that you get depleted and your physical body and soul suffers. And then the very next day, I had two very literal examples of balance slap me into attention. The first was falling down the stairs. Well, more like slipped down. I was carrying two (empty) laundry baskets in one hand and a suitcase (also empty) in…
  • Flight of the Butterflies at Science Museum of Minnesota

    Missy
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Have you heard about the new butterfly exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota? We couldn’t wait to check it out and are grateful we were invited as guests on a media pass. We love the Science Museum of Minnesota and we are big butterfly lovers in this house (see how we raised a butterfly a couple of years ago)! It did not disappoint! Jason and I brought all four kids to the museum – the butterfly exhibit includes both a butterfly house where you can interact with live butterflies and an Omnitheater film: “Flight of the Butterflies.” We had the opportunity to…
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  • Transform Your Hair With Tresemme #TresemmeTransformation

    Toni Patton
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Whether you are going from day casual to night elegant, or after pool and practice to casual but beautiful hair, you need products that can help transform your hair. While we have a few brands we use, there is one constant that you will always find in our house and that’s Tresemme! We have the Read More »» The post Transform Your Hair With Tresemme #TresemmeTransformation 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....
  • Wizard Duels, Thrill Rides, and More At Universal Orlando #FacingFearsTogether

    Toni Patton
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    There is nothing like zipping through the air on some of the craziest rides around. That’s exactly why our Facing Fears Together trip, included a day at Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure. As part of the event we were treated to the VIP Tour of both parks. As this event was all about Read More »» The post Wizard Duels, Thrill Rides, and More At Universal Orlando #FacingFearsTogether 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....
  • Enjoy A Retro Style Vacation At Cabana Bay Beach Resort @UniversalORL #CabanaBayResort #FacingFearsTogether

    Toni Patton
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    You might think you’ve traveled back in time the minute you drive onto the Cabana Bay Beach Resort property! As soon as you drive up, you may want to bring out the groovy style from back in the day, thanks to the 60s and 70s nostalgic themed resort. One of the first things, when traveling, Read More »» The post Enjoy A Retro Style Vacation At Cabana Bay Beach Resort @UniversalORL #CabanaBayResort #FacingFearsTogether appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
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  • Who Wants to Go to HalloWeekends?

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    October is my absolute favorite time of the year to visit Cedar Point.  If you live in Ohio and haven’t been to HalloWeekends, you should definitely try to get there.  Not only is the entire park decked out in its Halloween finest, but the cooler temperatures make it the perfect time for coaster riding.  There are family friendly, mild spooky tricks and treats for your little ones during the day and up near the front of the park at night.  If you’re a brave soul, there are scream inducing, frights for you too… and that is just the coasters!  Ride all of your…
  • 20 Years.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    I’m in the midst of planning our twentieth reunion.  From high school. As in, I graduated from high school twenty years ago.  Two thoughts permeate my brain.  One, how is that even possible?  Two, my best friend is a hoarder. So, I should tell you that one of my very best friends moved back to Ohio this summer.  She has lived in Florida for my entire marriage and almost all of the time I have been with Dave.  She has seen my kids grow up through pictures and visits twice a year.  I still sometimes forget that she is here permanently.  It is weird and…
  • I Am a Cliché. I even Know How to Spell Cliché.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    This morning, I dropped the kids off at their respective schools. I know.     Can I explain to you how magical it is for a parent to have two hours and fifteen minutes to themselves, three days a week?  The answer to that is, pretty damn magical.  Thank you, sweet, sweet pre-school.  I haven’t been alone on a regular basis, in a silent house no less, for seven and a half years. Seven.  And a half.  Years.  Just the QUIET alone.  Those kids of mine are apparently a noisy duo.  The first two days, I couldn’t even bring myself to…
 
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  • Share your Hairstyle to win with #TRESemmeTransformation #sponsored

    Linda A. Kinsman
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is a sponsored by Global Influence, however all opinions and love of TRESemme products are my own. The alarm clocks go off one, two, and three in our home starting at 5:15 am and working down to 5:35 am.  We have a daughter in high school and one who just started middle school, so as you can imagine, the family bathroom is a busy place in the mornings. Both girls want to look their best, but don’t have a lot of time to fuss with their hair.  That’s where a few key hair-styling products come in handy.Meet Melissa: Melissa has a beautiful head full of thick,…
  • Slow Simmered Spanish Meatballs with Green Olives #Recipe | Exclusive Interview with Chef Annie Sibonney

    Barb Webb
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    In honor of Spanish Heritage Month, we had the wonderful opportunity to interview Chef Annie Sibonney, Cooking Network star and Spanish cuisine expert on all things entertaining and olives!Did you know that Spain is the world leader in production and export of table olives? Olives from Spain are naturally sugar-free and contain monounsaturated fats, which can help improve cholesterol levels and reduce heart attack/stroke risk.  Harvest time occurs in September and October, the perfect time to enjoy the rich aroma and robust taste of fresh olives!Annie Sibonney, a self-taught chef, expert…
  • Quick & Easy Bourbon Street Chicken #Recipe | Fagor 2X Induction Set

    Barb Webb
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thanks to Fagor, we're discovering how quick, easy and energy-efficient induction cooking can be!Bourbon Street Chicken naturally has it's roots steeped in Louisiana history, but is also a wildly popular dish that's often found on buffets at several popular restaurants my family likes to enjoy.  We certainly love enjoying this flavorful dish but all the extra calories that accompany it in the buffet line are not quite as desirable! I set out to tweak and adapt a home skillet recipe that captures the same intensity of flavor and I have to say, rivals the best of the best we've ever had…
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • Dear Apple & Facebook: Your Egg Freezing Perk is a Disgrace

    samanthamcgarry
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Have you read that Apple and Facebook are now offering female employees a $20,ooo perk to freeze their eggs, so they can delay baby-making and make the most of their career paths without the distraction of raising children? I find this abhorrent, for many reasons, which I’m trying to sort through. Here’s where my head is at: I forge my own path. I decide when I have a family. I am responsible for my own career success. I may bitch about the challenges of being a working Mom but it’s my decision, my choice. Motherhood is not a “perk.” It’s not a reward…
  • “Mama, I Have No Underpants!”

    samanthamcgarry
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I’m sure you’ll agree that this is not what you want to hear on an already-nutty school day morning. Yet, it happens with shocking regularity when, for some reason, yours truly hasn’t kept laundry-doing apace with children’s general daily dirtiness. Oy. The answer they usually get from me is: “You’ll have to fish yesterday’s out of the hamper and turn them inside out.” Gross though it may be, it’s either that or free-breezing as there’s certainly not enough time on a week day to get a laundry cycle done before it’s time to…
  • I Get Around

    samanthamcgarry
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    …. to quote the Beach Boys. Over the past 2-3 months, I’ve not just been blogging here but have also popped up in a couple of other spots that you might have missed. So I thought I’d do you all a favor and plop them all in one place. At the end of July, Dr Portia Jackson of the Working Motherhood community was kind enough to invite me onto her show. Working Motherhood features podcast interviews several times a week encouraging us working Moms to share our challenges, points of view and successes. You can listen to my interview here. (Heads-up: it’s about 30 mins…
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  • Family Christian Giveaway- (US) ends 6th Nov

    Dominique
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    You're readingFamily Christian Giveaway- (US) ends 6th Nov 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 to get some Christian books for your kids as Christmas presents? Here’s you chance to start shopping early!! Family Christian Giveaway Sponsored by Family Christian Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness Family Christian provides an enhanced selection of everything from Christian books and family movies to a wide array of Bibles, plus exclusive content and convenient…
  • Writer’s Workshop: Work In Progress

    Dominique
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    You're readingWriter’s Workshop: Work In Progress by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Tiger girl and me   Hi, my name is Dominique  and I am a Work-In- Progress. I don’t know if I’ll able to become a completed work of Art  and I’m sure  that  only GOD knows the answer to that. I’m constant looking at how to improve my existing skill sets and increasing my knowledge.  Every day is a learning experience for me and I hope to be able to impart what I have…
  • Birds and the Lake

    Dominique
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    You're readingBirds and the Lake by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook The bridge in the middle of the lake Last week I brought Tiger girl with me to Taiwan on a short bonding trip. We took the High Speed Rail up to Hsinchu during the weekend to visit a friend.  She brought us to this beautiful lake which was situated near the Science and Technology Park where she worked. The three red pagodas These Pagodas were the most distinguishing feature of the lake from the car park.  They had glass…
 
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    SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney

  • A Behind-The-Scenes Peek: Say Cheese!

    Sandra Tan
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    I would like to think that my children are pretty good-looking. But trying to take a photo to PROVE that… is tough. I thought life was tough when I just had Jayvon, and he was in a “I DON’T WANT TO SMILE” mode. But multiply that by THREE, and you get lots of blurry, out-of-focus shots on the phone. There are muttered threats, frowns, exasperated sighs of “Look HERE!” “Xavier!” “Jayvon!” “Zoie!” “Xavier!!!!” that accompany most photo-taking times, when I *try* to capture the siblings all in one single frame.
  • To Singapore With Love

    Sandra Tan
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    (Or in other words, what I miss about Singapore). #1: It’s the land of free wifi and affordable 4G network. (Image credit here) I know – I heard a lot of my friends gripe about how the telcos in Singapore have introduced new plans and scraped the older unlimited data-with-mobile plans. I have had to learn to cope with a very low data limit for the longest time. Case in point: The Optus $60 plan gives 2.5GB data (recently increased cos it used to be a mere 2GB not too long ago). Singtel’s $62 plan gives 3GB. Singapore’s small size means that quite literally there are…
  • Fave Fridays: Photo of the Week

    Sandra Tan
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This was my favourite photo of the week. Taken last Saturday as we were making our way to a friend’s birthday party. She lived in a suburb some 60 km away. (I kid you not.) There are a few things that keep the kids occupied during long car rides, and one thing that the two younger ones sometimes ask for is to hold my hand – especially when they are in a fussier mood. Being at the front seat however, makes this a back-breaking task at times! This isn’t the first time Xavier and Zoie have held hands. But most of the time, it is Xavier who initiates it. Which is the sweetheart…
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  • Learning to Fly

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    "Move, little birdie," I uttered in vain as I drove the minivan carefully beside the baby bird who was perched in the middle of the road."Momma!" Daughter 1 cried out looking back at the birdie still in the middle of the road. "He's hurt!""I don't think so," I assured her. "He's just young as learning to fly.""How do you know it's a he?" she argued."You just called it a he," I reminded her."Yeah, but, he might be hurt," she said still looking through the back window, rolling her eyes at my gender pronoun choice.Despite my confidence that it was just a smallish bird who was on his first solo…
  • In The Next Life

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    My dad, prior to accidentally blowing up a basement science lab at OCU in Oklahoma City, was a theology/religions major. Apparently, he had an explosive minor. He was raised Catho-bapti-methodentul. He settled as a Methodist when I was about three years old because it was the closest church with the most open mind. He loved a good religious conversation. He liked to cuss and discuss scripture. He was confident in his faith and nonjudgmental about yours. At some point during my teen years, he opened the door to find the Jehovah Witness parishioners on our stoop. Actually, he was…
  • The Curse of Technology

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Since I confessed my love for all things technological, I need to now confess my disdain for the same.That's right ... As much as I love it, I hate it just as much. I've thought long and hard about why I am apparently a walking oxymoron or paradox or maybe both. And I think it boils down to this: Online, we are too gripe-y.Today, a hot, trending article popped onto my newsfeed that was titled, "Dear SAHM: Shut Up" or something just as stupid. I didn't even read the article because it had the word Shut Up in it. That's just rude.If anyone should have to shut up, it's someone telling someone…
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  • The How to Guide – Sibling Elimination

    Susan
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    How to eliminate a sibling without causing offence Miss 4 created a wonderful cut out family to play with. See the biggest one there? That’s me. I know what you’re thinking – the likeness is uncanny! As I lugged around that giant arm of mine, I asked her who the other people were. The smallest one is Miss 4 (poor thing has inherited my giant arm syndrome), and the skinny one with only one leg is Daddy. As I keen observer of the lay of the land in our household, Miss 4 told me she’d made me the biggest because I’m the boss. Unfortunately, Master 6 came along…
  • You can be the Grandma

    Susan
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    “I’ll be the Mum and you can be the Grandma,” said Miss Four. “Wait, what?” I said, tearing my eyes away from the very important work I was doing on the computer (Facebook). She thrust her doll at me. “Baby wants Grandma.” “Um, okay then but I’d like you to know that I’m a bit young to be a Grandma.” She looked carefully at my gray hairs, crows-feet and deplorable fashion sense, and smirked. Yeah okay, some of the girls I went to school with are grandmothers now, but that doesn’t mean anyone is allowed to think that I…
  • The rainbow loom dilemma

    Susan
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:26 pm
    My six-year-old son will be having a tonsillectomy in a few days. He’s pretty scared about it, but the promise of a special gift for being brave is helping him get through the anxiety. I asked him what he would like for his gift and he immediately answered ‘a Rainbow Loom’. They’re all nuts about them in his class at school, and I imagine they’re quite good for improving dexterity. Sure, why not? Plus it will be something to keep him occupied while he’s recuperating from his operation. Then I read the news reports about Illinois banning personal care…
 
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  • Mean Girls, Mean Media: Attacking Renée Zellweger IS Middle-School Bullying in Drag

    Lisa
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    By Lisa Barr Here’s what is headlining the news this week: ISIS, Ebola, and Renée Zellweger’s face. The first two are crises; the latter – seriously? Leave the woman alone. In a Botox-obsessed nation, who are we to criticize a celebrity who by her own defense finally feels “peaceful and healthy”, and living her life her way. Why do we want to break her, a woman who has stayed out of the limelight for the past few years only to attend ELLE’s “Women in Hollywood” event a few days ago? The media and women nationwide have called out Zellweger for being…
  • Crushed By Your BFF — How to Navigate the ‘Tween’ Years

    Lisa
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By  Vanessa Schenck “So, something happened to me at school today,” said Julia, my nine-year-old daughter just as we were sitting down to eat dinner the other day. Now, if you’re like me, you intuitively know whether that means something good or something bad. This time I could tell it was not going to be good. My daughter went on to tell me one of her best friends had crushed her that day. Apparently, in gym class, the girls played a game that required everyone to find a partner. Julia told me she had asked one of her best pals to be partners and was told, “Sorry. I already have a…
  • The Age of ‘Not-So’ Innocence: Why Teen Sexting Has Become Epidemic

    Lisa
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Here we are, at the start of another school year and already a serious case of SEXTING has created alarming turmoil and concern at a very prestigious suburban high school. Emails were sent home to the entire parent community and the administration is actively working with the local police, all to no avail. This community is no different than mine or yours … except for the fact that teens were caught sending candid photos of scantily-clad, barely-dressed classmates that spread like wildfire. Some photos were intentional, some taken secretly without the victim’s consent,…
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  • Cinnamon-Schnapps-Spiked Candy Apples; A Devilish Treat

    Crystal
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    Planning an adults-only Halloween party? If so, consider spicing things up with these Cinnamon-Schnapps-Spiked Candy Apples! Skip the caramel and go for a devilish treat that can be paired with shots of cinnamon schnapps or red hot candies! I made a batch of these several years ago thinking they’d be just okay. They were divine! In place of skewers, use Popsicle sticks painted orange and black. The Dollar Store also sells some cute miniature witches’ brooms that would be perfect. You can dip the tips of the apples immediately in to cinnamon sugar, nuts, red hot candies, or…
  • Are You Kidding Me? (Book Review)

    Crystal
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Have a crazy family? Is life loud and out of control? Stacey Gustafson makes all that feel normal in her new book Are You Kidding Me? My Life With an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives–a great read for moms, grandmoms, middle-aged men, newlyweds, and everyone in between. Her humor should be a currency, because we’d all be richer. There’s a laugh with every turn of a page. So get prepared with a big box of Kleenex! I’m highly recommending this book. Here’s why: The collection of stories found in Are You Kidding Me? are honest and easy…
  • Stress-Busting Tips When Balancing Work and Family

    Crystal
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Working mothers are more stressed and spend more time multitasking at home than working dads, according to a study in the American Sociological Review. A survey by Pew Research reported 41 percent of moms who work full time and 40 percent of those working part time said they constantly feel rushed. But moms don’t need a survey to tell you that you’re feeling stretched thin without much left to give at the end of the day. There are ways to carve out some time and indulgence just for you. After all, a happy mom makes for a happy household. Get more sleep The idea that we can have it all if…
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  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for feeds.feedblitz.com. The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
 
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  • Being 5 like a boss

    Daphne
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    Every single day, I’m thankful that I’ve got a little girl and that girl is Kirsten. She’s like an old soul who’s too cool for her current age. This kid is 5 but sometimes, she says and does things like a 10-year-old, and in a good way. She’s the perfect combination of sugar and spice, sweet and spunky. She’s like the yin to all the yangs in this house, or is it the other way around? Either way, she’s got enough in her to balance out the 3 crazy boys. One time, she sees the husband holding baby Theo with one hand while trying to pour chocolate milk…
  • Big brother status

    Daphne
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I wasn’t sure how Finn was going to adjust to being a big brother seeing how he’s been the baby of the family for the past 2 years but he’s been doing a fine job of it. Well okay, he thinks babies are terribly boring but that’s to be expected of a 2-year-old because I do too and I’m 32. When baby Theo first came home, Finn regarded him with mild disinterest. He went to observe this strange new specimen we were all fussing over and after looking the baby over for a minute or so, he got bored and ran off to play. Since then, he’s been paying more attention…
  • Things that happened

    Daphne
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Here’s what we’ve been up to lately. Baby Theo learnt to sit up unassisted. He’s been practising with his bumbo but he ditched it in favour of sitting on the couch like a big boy. At first, he was a bit tentative, like “is this how this sitting thing is done? Don’t fall over, don’t fall over, don’t fall over…” And then he got more comfy and confident. And then he really got into it. “Is this what big people do all day? Sitting around watching stuff and eating stuff? I could totally be into that.” And then he was all like…
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  • How To Limit Your Kids’ Screen Time

    Swapna
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    How many screens do you have at your home? Between our televisions, iPads, smartphones and laptops we have 8! Of these, my daughter has access to three, a television, my iPad and very rarely my husband’s iPad. As digital parents, we are constantly trying to monitor and limit the usage of screens by our daughter, but a lot of times we fail. I am sure other households will have different numbers of the number of screens and how many of them kids have access to. However, most of the kids have access to 2 screens nowadays, Television and Smartphones/Tablets. Screen time is the total time…
  • Five Tips To Monitor The Digital Footprint Of Your Kids

    Swapna
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    This is our second post in our series on Digital Parenting.  When did you start using the internet? If you are in your early 30s like me then probably in the late 90s. So you have been on the world wide web for roughly 15-20 years. So that’s how old your digital footprint is.  A digital footprint is similar to your fingerprint, it is a unique activity trail you leave online. If you have ever used the internet, you have a digital footprint. Your digital footprint includes “hard” information such as emails addresses, sites you subscribe to, your photos & videos uploads and your…
  • 10 Things About Breast Cancer Every Mom Should Know

    Swapna
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    October is considered Breast Cancer Awareness month, mainly with an aim to increase awareness – among women to get themselves checked, among pharmaceutical companies to invest in drugs for breast cancer and for the government to have more women-friendly policies.  If you think that it’s too much of a fuss being made for a seemingly rare illness, here are some facts. The WHO breast cancer statistics state that there are 4,58,000 deaths from breast cancer and 1.38 million new cases being discovered every year, making breast cancer the most common cancer in women all over the world. The…
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    Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips

  • Etiquette Business Bootcamp, Why Etiquette Is A Great Business

    Elena Neitlich
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Etiquette Trainer Business Bootcamp Will Begin In November Get ready for our eight week webinar series for members of our Etiquette Moms programs who have joined us in 2014. This bootcamp is designed for existing new members and anyone else who is interested in teaching etiquette as a full time or part time business. If [...]
  • Forget Youtube, just lock her in the stocks.

    Elena Neitlich
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Youtube removed a video after it had been viewed over 85,000 times because it violated the site’s rules banning humiliation, harassment, and bullying. The video was recorded by a mother one day when shadowing her fourteen-year-old daughter at school. With hope of curbing her daughter’s irresponsible behavior (the girl had been skipping classes) the frustrated [...]
  • That Cake Is NOT Going to Cut Itself! – Setting Business Goals

    Elena Neitlich
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    Question: What is your business goal? Answer: I want to build a successful etiquette practice. Question: That’s terrific! What are you doing to reach that goal? Answer: I am hoping that the website I am having built will attract customers, and I have really beautiful business cards and letterhead that look very professional. That cake [...]
 
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    Bril

  • What is causing your child’s cough?

    Bril
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Cough and cold are the most common afflictions of children both young and old. Preschoolers suffer from coughs 3-8 times a year and older children up to 4 times. But there is a lot of confusion surrounding coughs and why they are caused. Here’s an article hoping to clear away some of those misconceptions and an easier (read less worrying) recovery. Coughs are usually caused by viruses. It is what we generally refer to as a viral infection. Since viruses are microorganisms that are neither alive nor dead (seriously!), it is impossible to eradicate them. Antibiotics are of no use on them. So…
  • Your Pre-schooler: Normal or Gifted?

    Bril
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    The pace at which your toddler learns new things at this age is astounding. If you watch closely enough, you will be tempted to mull over the question of your child being gifted. The term “being gifted”, though is very easy to misconstrue. Whether it is being able to throw a ball like a 5 year old or starting speech earlier than his peers, a definite prognosis of being gifted can only be given by a paediatrician, once the child starts elementary school. Yet, in some cases, it clear from infancy that the baby is learning faster than other of his age. In some other cases, a gifted child may…
  • Early warning signs of a learning disability

    Bril
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Can I tell if my child has learning disability? Children till the age of 5 learn skills at different rates. If a child is adept at speaking, he may be slower to comprehend numbers. Similarly, a child who is adept at physical manoeuvres and play may learn the alphabet later than others. This varying rate of learning new skills can throw parents off the correct way to diagnose if there is a problem. Learning disability falls into 3 wide categories: Speech and language problems Reading writing and math problems Coordination, motor skills and memory problems However, sometimes the disability is…
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  • Disney on Ice Frozen: A Review

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

    Monica Sakala
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Saturday evening we were lucky enough to enjoy Imagination Stage’s new production The Night Fairy, which kicks off the theatre’s 2014-2014 season.  Unfortunately we haven’t yet read the book The Night Fairy written by Baltimore-based author Laura Amy Schlitz but my eldest since added it to the top of her list. Flory, the Night Fairy, played by Tia Shearer. Photo credit: Imagination Stage My youngest has been a hardcore fairy lover for several years now. She tends to get most of her fairy inspiration from Tinkerbelle but she’ll take any fairy she can get –…
  • Get your Frozen on….also…a Disney on Ice Give-Away

    Monica Sakala
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Happy Monday everyone. I thought it would be fun to kick-off the week with a give-away. In case you haven’t heard, Disney on Ice Frozen is coming to the Patriot Center next month. Word on the street is tickets are going fast….so today is your lucky day. As my loyal readers know, each October I trek to the Patriot Center in Fairfax and each year I vow it will be the last time I do so, despite our love for all things Disney and Disney on Ice.  Usually it’s the rush hour traffic, one year it was the Obama presidential campaign stop on the campus of George Mason at the same…
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    Nourishing Joy

  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #93

    Kresha Faber
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it’s where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives. You’ll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer, homeschooling, herbal remedies, meal planning, thoughtful parenting… what do…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #92

    Kresha Faber
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian readers and carnival contributors! Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it’s where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives. You’ll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer,…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #91

    Kresha Faber
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it’s where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives. You’ll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer, homeschooling, herbal remedies, meal planning, thoughtful parenting… what do…
 
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  • 10 Tips for Traveling with Young Children

    Guest
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hi! I am Whitney from Beauty in the Mess. I am so excited to be joining you today on MomFavorites.com! As a mom of four, I know that traveling with littles can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips that work for us. Fall. Winter. Spring. Summer. It really doesn’t matter the season, traveling with young children is inevitable. We live about 6-8 hours from family. That means we beg for family to visit us but occasionally do have to make appearances in our home state. You can only come up with so many excuses before they threaten to disown you. Here’s…
  • Spiced Trail Mix – for Family Snacking!

    Guest
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Guest Blogger Susannah Brinkley Hi everyone! I’m Susannah from Feast + West  and I’m delighted to be sharing my recipe for Spiced Trail Mix with you today! Trail mix was a staple of my childhood. It’s such an easy, healthy snack, and there’s something for everyone. To me, the best part of trail mix is that every ingredient is optional, so you can mix and match as much as you like. Yours can be sweet, savory or somewhere in the middle. In the past few years, I’ve developed an affinity for spicy food, so I felt like GORP (good ol’ raisins and peanuts) should get an adult…
  • FREE Halloween Portraits for Charlotte Families + Portrait Innovations Giveaway!

    Katie
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    New Portrait Innovations Studio Offers Free Halloween Portraits during Movies on the Green and Trick ‘r Treat Family Event at Promenade on Providence Shopping Center! If you saw my post yesterday, you know… the night of Halloween can be a frantic experience.  You have just a few hours to get the kids home from school then turn-around to head out the door, with perfect costumes and full bellies.  The last thing your kids want to do is indulge us (moms) as we try and capture their cuteness on camera.  They. Want. Candy. Now. Inevitably, that means I get a few so-so photos before we…
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    Comeback Momma

  • Snack Pack Pudding Halloween Party Treats

    Jenn
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Halloween is a favorite holiday for our family. We love creating new treats to share at neighborhood parties. This year, we created these adorable Snack Pack Pudding Halloween Party Treats. My daughter can’t wait to bring them to her friends house this year. They are sure to be a big hit. We headed to Walmart to get all the fixings we would need including Snack Pack pudding cups, cookies, apples, sprinkles, and baking cups. We came up with a few fun ideas to create Halloween characters like ghosts, pumpkins and little monsters (that was my son’s idea). I am also a big fan of…
  • Our Halloween Plan: Dinner Time Before CANDY Time

    Jenn
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Our Halloween Plan: Dinner Time Before CANDY Time #Treats4All When Halloween falls on a school day, as it does this year, it can be a challenge to get the kids to sit down for dinner before heading out for candy. “We’ll just eat candy for dinner!” they say. “Not on my watch,” I respond. “It’s dinner time BEFORE candy time!” I remind them. I can usually get them to sit still for a few minutes to have a quick dinner. I remind them that this meal will help them maintain their energy to get through our entire neighborhood. It requires a lot of…
  • Testing the Hottest Toys for the Holidays #ChosenByKids

    Jenn
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Testing the Hottest Toys for the Holidays #ChosenByKids It’s that time of year again. Time to make those holiday shopping lists. Do you know what your kids want? What if they could be toy testers and try some of this year’s hottest toys? On Saturdays through 12/13, select Walmart stores are hosting holiday toy testing events where your kids can get their hands on some of this season’s top toys. How cool is that? My daughter and I were excited to go check out one of these events for ourselves. At the Walmart we visited there were displays at either end of the store. On one…
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    Mommy Edition

  • Learning To Discipline Your Child Effectively Without Spanking

    Melinda
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    In a perfect world we would have a book specifically written for parents, with exact answers to every question we may have about our kids. A book that would keep us from questioning ourselves or feeling guilty when we have to lay down the law. Essentially, a book that makes us THE perfect parent. Unfortunately, […]
  • 10 Easy Tips To Help You Move Towards A Whole Foods Lifestyle

    Rachel
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    We are living in an amazing age. We have so many choices from the moment we wake up every day. These choices also extend to our cupboards, refrigerators, shopping carts and dinner tables. So many chemicals and additives are added to processed, convenience foods that if we are really aware of the ingredients every time […]
  • How To Throw An Awesome Halloween Party For Kids

    Jessica
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Halloween is probably one my most favorite holidays out of the year. It is the only time of year that we can pretend to be whoever or whatever we want no matter how old we are. The candy and delicious treats are just icing on the cake with this fun holiday. Planning an adult party […]
 
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    Great Moments In Parenting

  • Strength Training: What Travel and Adventure Did For Our Family

    Kathryn
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ten years ago, as a young couple, we lived in Germany. Our first child was born there just ten days before we wrapped her up and returned to the U.S.A. Ten years later we found the perfect time to go back and introduce our daughter to her birthplace, and show her and her seven-year-old brother our favorite haunts. I confess, I had hoped our kids would enjoy stepping squarely into the footprints my husband and I had left years ago. Instead, a huge dancing mess of little prints grew around the larger ones.  And not surprisingly, they insisted on making their own footprints. They transformed…
  • I live in a meme.

    Leyna619
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The post I live in a meme. appeared first on Great Moments In Parenting.
  • One Of THOSE Moms

    Jessica Hoefer Land
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    It’s happened. Other than being a human vending machine, my tween kids find me pretty much uncool. I knew it was only a matter of time. I had been warned by the moms who had paved the way before me, but secretly hoped I would be exempt. Still, nothing quite prepares you for it until it actually happens to you. My kids are officially embarrassed of me. I remember the days of clingy children, when no one else but mom could soothe the anxious soul. Not so much anymore. A text message from a bestie works just fine. On the rare occasion I have to physically enter my kid’s educational…
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  • Are You Ready To Make Some Magic Happen?

    Shivani Cotter
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Are You Ready To Make Some Magic Happen? Friday’s are my favorite, but just because the weekend is around the corner, and I’ll get some wind down time, doesn’t mean I’m stepping on the brakes just because it’s the end of the week.  In fact, I do the opposite. Friday’s are like the last stretch in a race.  You have two choices, let your fatigue get the best of you, or give it all you’ve got for the last leg.  I prefer staying ahead of my competition and giving it my all.  Join me by making some magic today!  It’s your day to make things…
  • Why You Should Stop Making Excuses

    Shivani Cotter
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Why You Should Stop Making Excuses 100 Quotes to Live By : Day 2 Do all things with passion or don’t do them at all. Your Passion Is Your Vital Spark!  It’s Your Calling!  You’ve got to love what you do.  If you don’t, then START DOING WHAT YOU LOVE. Whether it’s your full-time job, or a hobby, you have to do it for you! There is nothing worse than listening to excuses people make for not doing what they love.  I’ve heard excuses that range from not having the time, to not having enough money.  Consider this message the universe in action, begging you…
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    We Are MOMO

  • BEING A STEP PARENT

    Amy Elizabeth
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Being a Step Parent puts you in a role of  being a comparison. Children now have someone else to compare their birth parent to.  We brace ourselves daily for the comments of who is the better cook, better boo boo kisser, and better homework helper.  It is these small comments that are like paper cuts.  […] The post BEING A STEP PARENT appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • DON’T…

    Amy Elizabeth
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    “Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.”  Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.”  Marianne Williamson As a Step Parent it often feels like you are at war, filled with strategic planning to achieve victory.  Did you ever play the board game Risk in your family?  So […] The post DON’T… appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • BEING A STEP MOM IS A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD

    Amy Elizabeth
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Step Mother is one of the most difficult titles to carry, as well as the most rewarding.  I don’t know if there is a better scenario for the term “double edged sword.” Not everyday is going to be perfect.  You won’t win all of the battles, in fact you may lose more often than you […] The post BEING A STEP MOM IS A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD appeared first on We Are MOMO.
 
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    Oubly.com

  • Create Personalized Christmas Cards with Oubly + Giveaway

    Oubly
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In just a few short weeks, the holiday season will be officially upon us. Before you get too busy with your decorations and gift list, don’t forget your Christmas cards. Customized holiday greetings are the perfect way to send your best wishes to all the special people in your life, and Oubly makes it easy and affordable to create unique cards. We offer a diverse selection of holiday cards to suit your needs. We also accept your cherished photos! So no matter how you want your season’s greetings to look, we can transform your design or photo into elegant holiday cards. Do you need to…
  • 10 Funniest Halloween Pumpkins Ever Carved

    Vicki Dean
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week is officially the week for carving Halloween pumpkins! There really is no age limit on this fun Halloween activity and carving a jack-o-lantern isn’t what it used to be. You no longer are restricted to the traditional triangle eyes and crooked, toothy smile. This season, give your halloween pumpkins a humorous touch and give your trick-or-treaters a chuckle. We found some hilarious and super creative pumpkin carving ideas and encourage you to get fun and funky! 1. Zombie Pumpkin Image Source: Arizona Foothills Magazine 2.  Pumpkin With Braces Image Source: Behance 3. Ray…
  • How to Make the Cutest Kitten Pumpkin

    Paulina Kay
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Halloween doesn’t feel quite right without making a jack-o-lantern. The age-old tradition of rolling up your sleeves to slice through the fruit and pull out the gooey seeds to carve a design is a fun activity that everyone regardless of age can enjoy. And to prove what a purrfect activity it is, we’re here to show you the step-by-step guide to creating your own kitten pumpkin! This tutorial was inspired by the following Oubly Halloween card. Materials one large pumpkin for the body one small pumpkin for the head two small pumpkins for paws a curved cucumber for the tail stiff black felt…
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    Our Growing Roots

  • P. 3 A Marriage in Trouble {Transparent Tuesday}

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Part 1  Part 2Part 3 and the conclusion of our Marriage Series, "A Marriage In Trouble".Marriage to me had for a long time been a charming accessory. People go to school, they grow up, they get married, they purchase a house, they have kids. You follow this tell-tale road map - and your life is good and happy. Complete. In retrospect I realize that for the first several years that we were married my focus wasn't on my marriage or my husband. My focus was on myself. He and I had different schedules. We both went to work. We both came home. I wasn't trying to disregard my…
  • 7 Quick Takes! Loving Life and All it Brings

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Good morning! I'm participating in a linkup I've never done before today called 7 Quick Takes from Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary. ----1----Michigan's colors in the Fall are gorgeous. There are so many beautiful places to visit around here. It's rather brilliant. Each year I'm again floored by the beauty of it all.    ----2---- Any day now I'm expecting to hear that my brother and his wife have welcomed their first little one - a girl! We're all eagerly anticipating her arrival. She is already so incredibly loved! ----3----My boys are so different from one another.
  • P. 2 A Marriage In Trouble {Transparent Tuesday}

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
     To read Part 1 Go hereWhen I arrived at my parent's house I poured out my heart. They knew my husband and I had been having problems. They knew that things weren't happy, but it was a pretty cut and dry deal in my mom's eyes. "Go home to your husband. Work hard. Do whatever you can to work it out." So I went home. I followed her advice...When Melissande asked me to write this I can honestly say I wasn't very excited. I'm not one to dwell on things that are negative I would rather find a solution and move on, however, this was worth a little more analysis. My hope is that this might…
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    Norfolk Mums

  • Norwich nursery re-opens after £90,000 grant funds refurbishment

    NM
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    A nursery has celebrated its re-opening after a £90,000 grant from the Norfolk Community Foundation supported its refurbishment. Norwich North MP Chloe Smith joined Graham Tuttle, chief executive of the foundation, for the official re-opening of Once Upon a Time Nursery yesterday. In July, the foundation gave the nursery, which used to be called Jigsaw, a grant from its Two Year Old Fund to “upgrade and transform” it. The re-opening ceremony followed a two-week closure in August and other development work. John Banbury, director of finance and marketing for the nursery, said 25 different…
  • One in four Norfolk toddlers suffering from serious tooth decay

    NM
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    As the extent of children’s tooth decay is revealed, Polly Grice reports on how the East leads the way, but Norfolk falls behind. Toddlers in Norfolk are losing teeth to decay and having fillings at just three years old, according to a national study. Statistics from Public Health England show three-year-olds in the East of England have the lowest rates of tooth decay of any region in England, with just 8pc showing obvious signs. The figure is below the national average, which reveals 12pc of three-year-olds have severely decayed teeth, lost teeth due to decay or have had fillings. In…
  • Halloween Costumes for Teenagers

    NM
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    We recently posted some cute Halloween Costumes for Babies and Toddlers but these are no good for big kids! We have put together some spookily scary Halloween Costumes for teenagers, guaranteed to scare! We would love to hear what you think of our collection… The post Halloween Costumes for Teenagers appeared first on Norfolk Mums.
 
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • There Are Moments…

    Heather Brummett
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    I am waiting for my big surgery. I am prepared. I am confident everything will be ok. I am learning all about ovarian cancer. I am blessed.  I am sure God is in control. I am smiling. That does not mean that I do not have my moments! This week I have had MANY moments. They come and go. […] The post There Are Moments… appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • One Step At A Time… Learning About & Facing Ovarian Cancer

    Heather Brummett
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:50 pm
    One thing that stuck out to me was the variety of people at the hospital. All colors, ages, sizes, shapes, lifestyles, etc. One thing everyone had in common was this: all of the patients there, did NOT WANT to be there. We were all brought together by a common problem. Cancer had shown it's ugly face in our lives. The post One Step At A Time… Learning About & Facing Ovarian Cancer appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • The Day Everything Changed

    Heather Brummett
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    This was written a few weeks back. I wasn’t ready to share my story until now. Read part 1, part 2, part 3. (They may not be live yet. Check back for updates and to follow my story.) I was the first one at the doctor’s office. I was really early. It was all I could think about. It […] The post The Day Everything Changed appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
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    Change-Diapers.com

  • When Internet Marketing Gets Creepy – I Think It’s Cool

    Maria Moser
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    We’ve all seen the Google ads that use your internet history to market to you. After I bought a pair of Frye shoes for my husband to wear as best man in a wedding, I got their ads for weeks. Call me a sucker but these sometimes work on me. I’d bought Primal Pit Paste […]       
  • Gymboree – 40% off Everything for up to 80% off Sale!

    Maria Moser
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Post contains affiliate links. I expect to be compensated for this post as a Gymboree affiliate. I loved all the matchy matchy collections when my daughter was little, and the outfits I bought at Gymboree for my son were some of my favorites. In fact, when I cleaned out the baby stuff I had to […]       
  • Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup for 10/24/14 (Plus Linky for All Giveaways)

    Maria Moser
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup Every week, I list cloth diaper giveaways I’ve found all over the web. Subscribe to our RSS Feed or subscribe via email. If you’d like me to list your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, send a link and description to maria at change-diapers.com, or Fill out my […]       
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    Kinsa Health Bytes

  • Fever in Children: What Parents Need to Know

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    It has not been a good start to cold and flu season this year thanks to recent health headlines.  Parents everywhere are concerned about what the latest virus outbreaks across the US and around the world, means for their children. The timing of enterovirus, flu, and Ebola might make you question your child’s fevers or runny noses much more than in the past. Being cautious with a fever is smart, but you don’t need to panic. A higher temperature is a sign that the body is working hard to fight an illness that you’ve come in contact with. Think of it as the body’s way of…
  • 8 Wearables for Kids To Keep Them Healthy and Safe

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Wearables are all the rage these days with sleek, stylish wristbands that can capture your every move. They’re great tools to keep you on top of your health and fitness goals. But what about your little ones? Believe it or not, wearables for kids have made their way into the market. Whether you’re tracking their sleep patterns, physical activity, or just want to know where they are, these wearables will help you keep them healthy and safe.  If you’re already thinking of gifts for the holidays (no judgement here!), take a look at these high-tech gadgets for the youngest…
  • 3 Tips to Protect Your Kids from the Respiratory Virus Spreading in the U.S.

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    With the cold and flu season approaching, the last thing you want is for your child to get sick. Reports of a contagious respiratory virus spreading making kids sick throughout the US have made those fears even worse. How can you protect your kids and what can you do? There are different ways to prepare your family throughout the season, but here are a few key tips to help you get started today. 1. First things first: don’t panic! It’s normal to be concerned for your child’s health especially with heightened media attention, but the most important thing to keep in mind is…
 
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  • Halloween welcome...

    Tracy Evans
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    This year I was planning to plop just one pumpkin on the porch and call it a day. But the little gourd looked pretty lonely. So, I added a some faux pumpkins and a couple of home made signs. Then I called it quits. 
  • Drive-by Inspiration

    Tracy Evans
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Every time I drive by this church I wonder if they have someone on staff who stays holed up in a room for hours on end thinking up clever sayings or if he/she simply jumps on Google for a few minutes...
  • Pictures, pictures, pictures...

    Tracy Evans
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    For weeks I've been on an organizing rampage: recycling this, getting rid of that, moving other things to "just the right spot". I've been particularly obsessed with my home office which went neglected for years due to a crazy work schedule. Finally, my effort is paying off. The five-year-old piles of documents has shrunk to just one. Old bookcases have been repainted and relocated to my daughter's room. Now, if I could only figure out what to do with all the still pictures. So far, I've about a dozen of my favorites to pretty white frames. I also decided to do something a little different,…
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    AppleGreen Cottage

  • Bandana bib tutorial - with a free pattern

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    One day you realize your baby is no longer a baby but a cute and clever toddler. Approximately at the same time you also realize there is no such thing as getting rid of bibs. You'll still need them, just maybe in a bit of a different design - an to my experience, bandana bibs are perfect for toddlers.And when you need a lot of bandana bibs, it's great if you don't need to buy all of them, right? Here's an easy tutorial for you (a promise is a promise, right?)They come in all sizes, forms, materials you can imagine. I've tried out quite a lot of patterns, too. (way more than these bandana…
  • 3 easy steps to turn any outdoors activity into a fun adventure

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Autumn is beautiful - we are inviting you and your kids outdoors again! But this time, I added a simple 3-step how-to to make it even easier for you.A simple 3-step guide you can apply at any time and for any short trip to turn it into an exciting adventure:set the destinationpack a snackset a task. Ready-steady-go :) 1) Set the destination: a trip to a nearby hill / to the nearest creek / a stroll to a water mill / to a nearby meadow or park / following a country track or a field way /...2) Pack a snack. (off course :) Pack a snack or two, bread or fruit, whatever is easy for…
  • Home-made bandana bibs - and a promise

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I got tired of searching for them all the time. I need to sit down to sew some more bandana bibs. As soon as I let you know that these are all home made (made by my Elna and me). And more importantly, that you should try making some, too. Why?Low-cost: you'll need a tiny bit of fabrics for making a bandana bib. You can go for zero cost, too: you can simply use an old T-shirt, or a napkin... Or an old towel. Nearly anything. Quite simple to make: it's a simple beginner project, especially if you get a pattern - there are many available on the internet, though it's good to start with an easy…
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    Naturally Frugalicious

  • 100 Bloggers Holiday Gift Guide

    Lilah
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    I know, I know. Halloween is still a week out and most of you are probably in costume mode, not even ready to begin thinking about Thanksgiving, much less the holiday buying season. I get it, I do. Regardless, the holidays will be here before we know it. The weather has begun to get cooler, even here in Florida. Visions of eggnog coffee cake and seasonal coffees dance around my head. In the midst of pumpkin and cinnamon spiced daydreams, I am elbow deep in gift guides. This year, in addition to my own annual Holiday Gift Guide, I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers for the 100+ Bloggers…
  • It’s “All About that Bass” for the Halloween House

    Lilah
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Forgive me, somehow I have been living under a rock and didn’t realize that there were those that went all out for their Halloween decorations the way others do for Christmas. Haunted houses yes, floating ghosts in trees yes, but Halloween lights synchronized to music? I had no clue. And my introduction to these productions? Bryan Hagan’s Halloween House programmed to the beat of Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass“. For the last three years, Bryan Hagan of Odenton, Maryland has been putting on the light shows for both Halloween and Christmas, all done through…
  • Wishful Thinking $100 Amazon GC Giveaway

    Lilah
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
     Welcome to the Wishful Thinking $100 Amazon GC Giveaway Hosted by Mom Loves 2 Read Sponsored by Get My Wish A special thank you to our co-hosts: Deals Fanatics AND Naturally Frugalicious as well as all the wonderful bloggers who are participating in this event! I know I am not the only one gearing up for the holidays and the holiday gift buying season, am I? With a show of hands, who out there is already overwhelmed? *Lilah raises her hand* Well, lovely readers, let us see if we can make the gift buying season a bit easier on you. Ready for a bit of wishful thinking? Close your eyes and…
 
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