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  • I am Home!

    Kimchi Mamas
    Kimchi
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    We often get stuck in the past. We pay a high price when we do. When we dwell too long in negativity that we have experienced, we often lose out on many great possibilities. Difficulties in our lives, especially those that seem to occur and re-occur, are usually the road map to our own hero’s journey. If we spend too...
  • Tips: Find Family Friendly Videos For #Kids With YouTube Kids #App

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    Because kids have access to browsers on many devices they can roam the internet which can result in kids seeing inappropriate content. The best defense for parents is to make sure they educate their kids on internet safety and have regular safety talks -so communication between kids and their parents is key. Along with that, introducing family friendly apps can also help kids stay within the boundaries of family friendly content. I am excited to announce that YouTube has created the YouTube kids app as a step to help families provide a safer place for kids to view videos online.  While I…
  • Filiberto Gonzalez, Tamar Galatzan and the Minimum Wage

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Filiberto Gonzalez is a long time fixture in the tech community here in Los Angeles. When his first child started school in LAUSD I patiently waited for his head to explode and to hear that he was the PTA president or some sort of liason or whatever it is they do now at LAUSD. It didn’t take long and predictably Filiberto, serial dogooder, is running for school board. You should vote for Filiberto Gonzalez. He’s an ethical man, he’s a hard worker and he has three main priorities as a school board member: 1. Break LAUSD into smaller, manageable-sized school districts. 2.
  • How To Make Teaching Your Child To Read Easy And Fun

    Mom's Blog Reviews and Information
    admin
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    Youngsters struggle to do just about anything which they locate pointless. We as adults know how important the skill of reading is to not only their academic career, but also their job prospects in the future, for their basic survival on a day to day basis, and a myriad of other things. Start by letting your child see the relevance of reading by reading to them. There is not any particular era to begin; however the sooner you start out the higher. If at all possible you should start reading through to the child constitute the uterus. Children can listen to their mother’s tone of voice…
  • THINK TWICE, CREEP, it's MI VIDA LOCA.

    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul
    Shannon akaMonty
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    The title names the #1 songs in the UK, US, and country charts on this day in 1995 - which happens to also be my kids' date of birth.I think the song titles are all fairly appropriate.Think Twice = with twins, you have to.Creep = yes, they are creepy. And creeps.Mi Vida Loca = IT TOTES IS.It is time for the Annual Birthday Post!Simmah down, I can see your excitement from here.My tiny little 1lb babies are 20 today.I know, right? Some of you have been reading the Birthday Post since they were about 9 or 10 or 11.Time is not just flying, it is traveling at the speed of sound.I remember a tiny…
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    Kimchi Mamas

  • I am Home!

    Kimchi
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    We often get stuck in the past. We pay a high price when we do. When we dwell too long in negativity that we have experienced, we often lose out on many great possibilities. Difficulties in our lives, especially those that seem to occur and re-occur, are usually the road map to our own hero’s journey. If we spend too...
  • RIP Paul J. Kim

    Kimchi
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Let us take a moment to keep in mind the family of Rutgers student, Paul J. Kim. IAmKoream.com is reporting Paul's body was recovered earlier this month from the Hudson River. His death has been ruled a suicide. Though I did not personally know Paul, I do know that suicide is a real problem in the Korean/Korean American population. Too...
  • 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...
 
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • Tips: Find Family Friendly Videos For #Kids With YouTube Kids #App

    Beth B.
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    Because kids have access to browsers on many devices they can roam the internet which can result in kids seeing inappropriate content. The best defense for parents is to make sure they educate their kids on internet safety and have regular safety talks -so communication between kids and their parents is key. Along with that, introducing family friendly apps can also help kids stay within the boundaries of family friendly content. I am excited to announce that YouTube has created the YouTube kids app as a step to help families provide a safer place for kids to view videos online.  While I…
  • Movie Preview: 2015 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Beth B.
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    2015 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Slate   The hardest part about preparing to write this post was watching the previews because I CAN’T WAIT until the new Disney movies come out for 2015. Disney movies are a family staple that people of all ages can enjoy together. Especially during holiday time, our family enjoys re-watching our favorite Disney movies just released and the classics. What I find interesting is that I enjoyed Disney movies as a kid, but as an adult when I watch them I see new perspectives and details. Listed below is information from the press updated on…
  • Lenovo #CES2015 Showcase Tour

    Beth B.
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:07 am
    At CES 2015 this year we were excited to attend a lunch organized by Techlicious.com  and work on a sponsored project to share all of the announcements for Lenovo at CES 2015. I have been following Lenovo’s products with great interest after I saw their first Yoga Laptop come out years ago with multiple form factors ranging folded up as a tablet to a laptop with a keyboard and screen upright.  This flexibility is an important feature I look for in devices so I was excited to hear their new 2015 announcements.   The first announcement was that Lenovo is celebrating the milestone…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Filiberto Gonzalez, Tamar Galatzan and the Minimum Wage

    Jessica Gottlieb
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Filiberto Gonzalez is a long time fixture in the tech community here in Los Angeles. When his first child started school in LAUSD I patiently waited for his head to explode and to hear that he was the PTA president or some sort of liason or whatever it is they do now at LAUSD. It didn’t take long and predictably Filiberto, serial dogooder, is running for school board. You should vote for Filiberto Gonzalez. He’s an ethical man, he’s a hard worker and he has three main priorities as a school board member: 1. Break LAUSD into smaller, manageable-sized school districts. 2.
  • My Vaccinated Son Has Chickenpox – Sort of

    Jessica Gottlieb
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:38 pm
    My kid has Chickenpox. Alexander spent the night at a friend’s house Friday and then the day running around with three other boys Saturday so when he was tired and said his throat was feeling scratchy Saturday night there was no reason to be alarmed. When he woke up with a cough and his throat hurting Sunday we just decided to lay low, it’s a cold, right? When he took his shirt off to show me the red spots on his chest I immediately consulted Dr. Google, my stepfather a retired radiologist (basically a pediatrician right?) and a couple of Mom friends. Around here that’s how…
  • Homeboy Industries: Changing Los Angeles Lives

    Jessica Gottlieb
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    Some popular bloggers just came back from a trip sponsored by yet another brand that uses labor in emerging nations to make millennial fashion. This business is different in that it’s mission is to empower women in those countries. It’s a non profit that’s run by people who seem to be pretty devout Christians but the business itself doesn’t appear to be as missionary in nature as others have been. The bloggers who took the international trip are very popular so there’s been much criticism of the trip and naturally that criticism has been almost exclusively…
 
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  • How To Make Teaching Your Child To Read Easy And Fun

    admin
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    Youngsters struggle to do just about anything which they locate pointless. We as adults know how important the skill of reading is to not only their academic career, but also their job prospects in the future, for their basic survival on a day to day basis, and a myriad of other things. Start by letting your child see the relevance of reading by reading to them. There is not any particular era to begin; however the sooner you start out the higher. If at all possible you should start reading through to the child constitute the uterus. Children can listen to their mother’s tone of voice…
  • What are computer cabling services

    admin
    8 Feb 2015 | 2:16 am
    Once you understand all of the ins and outs getting the most out of your IT services is possible. In case you are not so very good with computers than it is particularly vital that you get your details right. The question on your mind could be “what exactly are pc cabling solutions? ” This really is a reasonably simple question to respond to. Pc cabling providers are already set up to make certain that your and you firm are able to have the right network cabling inside your offices. As a result you might be bound to get the most from your network and telecommunications assets. It…
  • Predictive coding is self checkout

    admin
    8 Feb 2015 | 2:14 am
    There are fantastic, talented people with more technologies-aided overview knowledge than I. According to IBM, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily, there are analysts, programmers, attorneys and other professionals working diligently to formulate and improve the processes by which machines can be utilized to automate the review and analysis of electronic documents in a world where. This matter sparks debate amongst considered managers, motivates numerous scientific studies and publications and permeates panels at business meetings around the world.
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • THINK TWICE, CREEP, it's MI VIDA LOCA.

    Shannon akaMonty
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    The title names the #1 songs in the UK, US, and country charts on this day in 1995 - which happens to also be my kids' date of birth.I think the song titles are all fairly appropriate.Think Twice = with twins, you have to.Creep = yes, they are creepy. And creeps.Mi Vida Loca = IT TOTES IS.It is time for the Annual Birthday Post!Simmah down, I can see your excitement from here.My tiny little 1lb babies are 20 today.I know, right? Some of you have been reading the Birthday Post since they were about 9 or 10 or 11.Time is not just flying, it is traveling at the speed of sound.I remember a tiny…
  • Gonna wash that [gray] right out of my hair...

    Shannon akaMonty
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:58 pm
    **Stuff I have to say: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. MY REVIEWS ARE MY OWN.I'm not one to get too fussed about hair and coloring and cutting - except that time this girl was so completely NOT PAYING ATTENTION to anything except how angry she was at the previous customer (side note: NEVER ALLOW AN ANGRY HAIRDRESSER TO CUT YOUR HAIR NEVER EVER EVER) that I ended up with haircut that caused my dad to introduce me as his son Randy.Although in fairness it did look pretty cute once it had grown out about an inch or so.My natural hair color is…
  • Tiny Houses

    Shannon akaMonty
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:12 pm
    So I'm guessing most of you are familiar with The Next Big Thing, which turns out to be Tiny Houses. I see a fafillion of them in my facebook newsfeed - some of them are so adorable! Energy efficient, cost effective - many are pretty much completely run on solar power. I think there's even a TV show about Tiny Houses on a cable channel.I am intrigued by the idea...every time I see those walls made completely of glass, looking out onto the gorgeous scenery, I really really want one. Then I think about having to clean all the pollen, dirt, dead bugs, and birdshit off those windows and it's a…
 
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    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity

  • A Day at Melbourne Museum

    Karen Andrews
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Here’s a video I made a couple of weeks ago on a picture perfect outing we took to the Melbourne Museum and then lunch afterwards. Below is more extra information about the places mentioned or featured. Hope you enjoy!   Melbourne Museum -  a family favourite over the years, where we saw both the Titanic and Tutankhamun exhibitions, this is always a great day out. Cafe Cavallino – best pizza I’ve had in years, perhaps ever, in Melbourne. My Napoli pizza was one of salty goodness with tomatoes, olives and anchovies! (I love anchovies.) The Original Lolly Store –…
  • Fibromyalgia

    Karen Andrews
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
      You might have seen this image in the media over the past week. If not, let me briefly explain: this is a statue of Buddha that has the 1,000 year old mummified remains of a monk hidden inside. The owner bought the statue without any knowledge of its secret contents – this happened in the late 90s, and only recently was the statue run through a CT scan, along with other tests, to discover more about the remains. But it was the photo that got my attention – even before I read the headline, and the story that followed. It was those yellow bones. On my handheld device, in the…
  • Living List Tick – Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride

    Karen Andrews
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
      As you’ll hear in the opening minute of the video, we were told to meet at Yering Station. In the time it took to get from my suburb over to Yarra Glen, as I passed (and was passed by) a surprising amount of traffic on the back roads of winery country, I had woken up a little thanks to the sip of old coffee that was leftover in the percolator and had begun to wonder what on earth I was doing. After all, yes, they might be graceful, giant pendants of the sky – but they went a long way up! What if we lost control and floated up and away in the manner of the Wizard of Oz? Or…
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    Lotus Carroll

  • February Self Portrait Challenge: “Love Is…”

    Lotus Carroll
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Love – there are so many different conceptualizations about what it is, and people often disagree both about what is is and how it makes them feel. We figured that we’d let you guys battle out your feelings about that on the “Self Portrait Stage” for this Challenge. Tell us: Is Love Cruel? Is Love Kind? Is it something else? What is Love? Let’s see how you can conceptualize this with your self portraits! Your image can be serious, sappy, tragic, humorous or whatever you like, and can deal with any kind of love you are moved to emulate… get creative and…
  • “Faceless” Challenge Winners

    Lotus Carroll
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Congratulations to the winners of last month’s Self Portrait Challenge!First Place: Jessica ColemanSecond Place: Jayme LaForteThird Place: Sharae MyersFourth Place: Joanna KoziaraYou can see their photos below – a creative quartet!photos are slightly cropped for the purpose of the mosaic – you can view the originals in the event linked below The winners got prizes and their photos will be featured in the Winners Category at The Art of Self Portraiture Community http://goo.gl/qc7VO Jessica’s first place image will become the avatar for the Community until next…
  • In January 2015

    Lotus Carroll
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    This past month… I quietly (shhhh!) started working on a project I’ve personally challenged myself to: create a piece of art every day using only my phone (no other camera or computer software) and write something with it. It has been a wonderful practice for me so far, helping me work through emotions, keep my proverbial and literal eyes open, and share my writing passion (I’ve been a poet all my life, but I don’t always share my work). If you would like to see all of these, you can keep up with me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/lotuscarroll “We”…
 
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  • Road Trip with @Enterprise Rent-A-Car {plus giveaway}

    CajunMama
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    It’s that time of the winter where cabin fever has surely set in and many families are itching for a road trip adventure. Here in Louisiana we’ve just celebrated the Mardi Gras Carnival season, which is actually a family friendly experience. With Mardi Gras season over, it doesn’t mean the end of Good Times, it’s only a prelude to the springtime festivals and fun happening all around Louisiana. With just a few weeks left of winter, we’re chomping at the bit to get out of the house and take a winter road trip. While my family loves to take road trips in our own…
  • Carnival Vista to offer new options for family cruise travel #TakeInTheVista

    CajunMama
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Yesterday Carnival Cruise Lines revealed details and images of the highly anticipated Carnival Vista. While we’ve been waiting to see what’s new, the offerings for families is more than we could imagine. The Carnival Vista builds on the success of previous Fun Ship 2.0 offerings along with being Carnival’s most innovative ship ever. Currently being built by Fincantieri in Montfalcone, Italy, this newest Fun Ship is scheduled for an inaugural season beginning May 2016 with Mediterranean and European itineraries. The Carnival Vista will then grace the port of New York until…
  • Holiday Romance : Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans City Park

    CajunMama
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    The holiday season can be filled with presents and family and parties and chaos. For many people, the holidays can also be a time of reflection and nostalgia and TRAVEL! My kids are teenagers now and using them as an excuse to enjoy Christmas lights is no longer valid. It’s time for me to admit that at 41 years old, I still find holiday light displays as magical and romantic as a night sky full of starlight. And adding a few nights away from home even adds to that romance! There are spectacular light displays found all over the US during this time of year, but closer to home for us is…
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • Things to write down :: first of Feb

    7 Feb 2015 | 6:59 pm
    We got to our hotel on Tuesday night and I looked out the window at the glowing Space Needle and thought we've got to stop meeting this way. It was an actually okay drive. We beat traffic there and back and I'll just say that I'm glad to not be in a car right now. The infusion went fast- I'll definitely be asking for more 8am start times. He's growing in weight and height. This is very very good. I even slipped in a little visit with Joy- one of our new directors for LTYM: Seattle. She came to see me at the hospital. Noah and I hightailed it out of there when we were done before noon and…
  • Oh to sit still

    3 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    It is days like these when I long to be trapped under a nursing, sleeping baby. I remember it, sometimes frustrated by it, not being able to get up because it would wake her but also having nowhere else to be. I could stay there.Someday I might want to recall a play by play of life right now. That would look something like sleeping a little late today 7:26 am... and my first thought was Monday. And not in a good way. Carter's already up. He helps me wake everyone else and I get breakfast going/lunch packing/empty the dishwasher/dig in laundry basket for clothes yet to be folded and put away…
  • Things to write down :: week four "Junuary Edition"

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:44 pm
    January in Bandon by the Sea is fondly called Junuary around these parts, aka Bandiego.It's gorgeous. By far my favorite month here.Coincidentally two years ago this week we left a snow storm in Ohio and made the cross-country trip to live here. Right about now we were in Colorado, I think. But on our way.Saturday we went out for breakfast during a showing and I was feeling pretty low. Then Gray shared that when he had a bath in our huge tub the night before that it was "like the bath was buttered" and I about lost it laughing so hard because I'd forgotten the oils I'd put in my own bath a…
 
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    The Bloggess

  • Facebook is evil. Or I am. One of those.

    thebloggess
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Sometimes I want to write something innocuous on Facebook like “Puppy kisses are awesome!” so hundreds of people will click the “like” button, but then go back in and edit that post to say something like “I just made a blanket out of skinned kittens”.  And then I’d go into the comments and be like “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?  WHY WOULD YOU LIKE THIS?  This was a test and you failed.  Stop skinning kittens.” And then I’d write a new Facebook status saying that to clear my head I’d just made a bacon-wrapped mac &…
  • Let me be frank.

    thebloggess
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:59 am
    This week I spoke at frank in Florida and it was lovely.  Click here to see the glorious magnificence of my hotel room.  I highly recommend checking out all of the speeches but if you have 30 minutes and want to see mine you can check it out here.  You have to fast-forward to the end to see it.  It’s at the 1 hour 14 minute mark. PS. I corrected Matt who credited @crappytaxidermy but it actually was @craptaxidermy so ignore me.  And I’m sure I fucked up other stuff too.  The usual. PPS.  Unrelated, but this dress debate is killing me.  You’ve seen this, right? I…
  • My grandparents would be very proud. Maybe.

    thebloggess
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:43 pm
    You guys.  My book has now been translated into Czech, which is awesome because my dad’s parents are Czech and if they were still alive I think they would be very proud.  Or they’d change their names and pretend they were Bolivian. I never know what the covers are going to look like so it’s always a surprise.  This one is a particular favorite because I’m pretty sure they dressed up a live mouse in a Shakespearean costume, and also because it literally has the word “fuck” scrawled right on the front cover.  That’s not something I did myself.
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    So Close

  • Why is it always the same moms selling the hot dogs?

    Tertia
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    I have a question for the parents of school going children re extra curricular involvement in your child's school. Or put another way: Why is it always the same parents who volunteer to cover books / work at the cake sale / sell hot dogs? I am not trying to judge, I am trying to understand the reasons why some people don't volunteer to help out. I have thought about it, and these are some of the reasons I can think of: Many parents work full day - they are simply unable to help out during the day. Maybe some parents believe that the school should be doing this and not asking the…
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    mod*mom

  • 1st astronaut mom + baby :: NASA fabric carrier

    modmom
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:41 pm
    1st mother astronaut, anna fisher, watched by her baby daughter at NASA "Originally designed for NASA to protect astronauts from temperature fluctuations in space, outlast technology carries the Certified Space Technology™ seal."evenflo 3-in-1 Platinum Protection Soft Carrier  ·    for babies 7-32 lbs.·    3 carrying positions: baby faces in, baby faces out, backpack·    outlast fabric·    memory-Foam shoulder straps·    machine washable"microcapsules capture, store, + release heat.
  • 1960s princess of prints :: Lilly Pullitzer target collection 2015

    modmom
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:41 pm
    midcentury mod*mom Lilly Pulitzer + her prints at her shop + home in Palm Beach, 1960sLilly Pulitzer: “Life is a party. Dress like it.”“Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s about how you live.”  midcentury Princess of Prints, Pulitzer, passed away last year, + Target alerted me they're partnering with her label on a Spring 2015 line in her honor. “We pulled every fabulous vintage print, trim, + lace to pay homage to Lilly + the dressmaker details she put into everything.” scion of a Standard Oil cofounder, Pulitzer mingled with America’s elite, counting Jackie…
  • holiday gifts to buy :: 1971

    modmom
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
 
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  • 400 N. Stanley Avenue

    dooce
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    The birthplace of all that lives in these pages.
  • Lil Kit

    dooce
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:55 pm
    This cat may never enjoy a name of its own except in my household where pictures of it are a high commodity.
  • The market in San Genaro

    dooce
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:01 pm
    A feast of light and color and texture followed by one of the best meals of my life.
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    Stories of Pregnancy and Birth over 40 years old

  • Woman gives birth at 56: Is this selfish?

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    Twenty-six years after the birth of her first child, a Toronto mom has her fourth child at 56. Emma Waverman explores the controversial story.Toronto mom Tessa* had always wanted at least four children. The former lawyer already had three kids when her marriage ended in 2001.Now, at 56, her dream is complete—two months ago she gave birth to her fourth child.This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on TodaysParent.comRead more: Woman gives birth at 56: Is this selfish?Originally posted on February 11, 2015.Photo credit: Maya spent some quality time with her feet today.by Sam Leibowitz , on…
  • 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…
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    Mommies With Style

  • Recipe: Thin Mint Cupcakes

    Whitney
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:28 am
    Thin Mints … AND cupcakes?  Unless you don’t like chocolate, who could turn that down?  Totally jonesing to make this delish recipe from a friend that combines a favorite Girl Scout Cookie with chocolate cupcakes.  You just can’t go wrong with a combo like that. Recipe:  Thin Mint Cupcakes Ingredients Cupcake 1/2 cup unsweetened  cocoa powder 3/4 cup  all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs, room temperature 1/2 cup  granulated sugar 1/2 cup  light brown sugar 1/3 cup  vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla…
  • What’s In My Bag?

    Whitney
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:19 am
    Have you guys ever seen these featured?  I love seeing these posts when others share what’s inside of their bag.  So here’s what’s in mine. I’ve been carrying my J.Jill Bucket Bag this month and still love it.  I didn’t cheat and clean up so that hopefully explains the craziness of my purse.  Yes that’s a Skylander, no I have no clue why it was in there?  I’ve had my Michael Kors Wallet forever (I got it at Lord & Taylor and it’s similar to this one only it doesn’t have the iPhone pocket). I always carry a little bottle of Advil…
  • Giveaway: Neutrogena Goodies & Target Gift Card

    Whitney
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:03 am
    Big fan of Neutrogena products over here.  I’ve been working with them for the last few years and some of my favorite beauty products are by Neutrogena.  For 2015, they have a ton of great new products and I am happy to post that I have a box of new goodies to giveaway plus a $50 Target gift card. The goodies will include some of my favorites including the New Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow & Primer, the Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Wipes, and Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel (I am OBSESSED with this stuff and use it every day!). Enter below! a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • Olaf the Snowman from Marshmallows

    Birute Efe
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    Ironically, Olaf the Snowman from movie Frozen has become one of the most popular Disney movie characters throughout this summer. Personally, I have never done a snowman craft in the middle of august. Until this year. People do Olaf crafts, Olaf snacks and deserts, Olaf party favors and so much more. Inspired by all of this, may I call Olaf-mania, we came up with out version of Olaf the Snowman and his summer adventures. Here is a video to show our Olaf obsession and Sofia’s tutorial. (Keep reading below to find few extra tips to make your Olaf Marshmallow Summer more adventurous.) To…
  • Shamrock Crafts, Activities and Treats (Clovers too!)

    Amanda Formaro
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Shamrock crafts are sometimes confused with 4-leaf clover crafts. You see, a shamrock is the young sprig of a clover plant, that sprig having three leaves. The shamrock is considered the symbol of Ireland used by St. Patrick and refers to the Christian Trinity. If a clover has four leaves, it cannot be called a shamrock. Shamrock Crafts, Activities and Snacks So you will find both here, shamrock crafts as well as clover crafts. Just remember, there are clovers, which are also shamrocks, but a 4-leafed clover is never called a shamrock because it has one too many leaves. Shamrock and Clover…
  • Printable Spring Flower Coloring Craft

    Jen Goode
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Make a whole bouquet of paper flowers with this free printable Spring flower coloring craft. Celebrate the season with this Spring craft activity. Color, count and decorate the flower petals and then put them all together to make a pretty flower. You can also add your own pattern and designs to the blank petals. Printable Spring Flower Coloring Craft The printable page includes 8 different petals. You can printable multiple pages to create matching sets or use the single sheet as is. Design your own patterns, color or paint however you like or even print on colored paper. You can also use…
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  • Everybody’s got something to hide, except for me and my monkey lamp.

    fluidpudding
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:27 pm
    It just occurred to me that Fluid Pudding is nearly 13.5 years old. It’s face is starting to break out, and it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a lady. This has been a tricky week for many reasons that I refuse to go into. Many reasons for which going into is refused by me. Of which going into is refused? Anyway. You don’t need to know. This is what you need to know. (Here I sit on a wooden chair in my kitchen smelling like patchouli oil (because I DO) and determining what it is that you need to know. This is how the world works sometimes.) I finished the Stone…
  • The perfume contains notes of pink pepper and suede flower. I know nothing about so many things.

    fluidpudding
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    Her: Can I help you find something? Me: Please! Perfume gives me a migraine, and I’m trying to find the new Taylor Swift rollerball perfume for my daughter’s friend and all I see are the $45 bottles and I really can’t be in this area much longer. Her: You walked right past it. (She picks up a rollerball thing and hands it to me.) Her: It smells very good. Lots of stars go heavy on floral and candy scents, but this has fruity notes. Almost like a grapefruit. Me (really not doing well in the perfume aisle): Excellent! I’m sure Taylor Swift needs it to smell good, because…
  • Fat Tuesday pancakes are imminent.

    fluidpudding
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    In twelve days it will be March and it feels like we just had Christmas and late last week I ate a big silly hummus platter with a salad-eating friend and we reminisced about attending several Love Sucks parties during our college days. It was the 90s and we wore black and gathered at our normal gathering place where we drank cheap beer and celebrated the fact that having a date on St. Valentine’s Day does not make a person interesting or beautiful. The Love Sucks party attendees were ALL interesting and beautiful. Some were adorned with Christmas lights. Some handed out bad poetry on…
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  • He Speaks the Truth

    Momo Fali
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    My 12 year old son has been known to have anxiety and OCD. To know him is to love his perfectionism, his lining up everything in the colors of a rainbow, and his constant obsession with rings. Right now we have a little extra anxiety going on, so in addition to seeing a therapist I made an appointment with the pediatrician. She had him complete a survey on his inner-most feelings. And, while we have concerns about some of his behavior clearly we don’t have to worry about self-esteem, because when he checked off Item 25 he scoffed then said, “Oh, please! EVERYBODY loves me.”
  • Bock Bock

    Momo Fali
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:46 pm
    The past few weeks have been tough; not as tough as I thought they would be because there is some peace that comes after the kind of anxiety I was facing. Not knowing where your future lies is terrifying – and that’s where I was for months. At least now I know where I stand – squarely on the other side of the door. I have continued running to lift my spirits (and my hind end), I have been making my bed every day, buying healthy food, going to church, showering, working and fixing things around my apartment. I am in constant contact with friends and family whose love and…
  • Finding Words

    Momo Fali
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    I hurt too much to write. I have always been able to write through pain; through tumultuous teen years, an abusive relationship, my son’s illnesses, surgeries and social struggles, and through too many deaths to count. I have always been able to write. But, six months ago my husband told me he wanted a divorce and now we are separated, and I still can’t find the words or where to even start. © Mamz | Dreamstime Stock Photos I guess I could write about the searing pain – of wailing and sobbing in my shower, screaming in my car, and crying every single day for months. I could…
 
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  • My blended family in the New York Times: He Was Ready to Be a Stepdad. Was I Ready to Let Him?

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

    singlemomseeking
    13 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    In honor of Valentine’s Day, a list of my favorite picture books with a love-theme. Some new books I’m reading with my toddler these days… and ones I’ve saved from a decade ago when I read to my older daughter: Found By Salina Yoon My sister recently gave us this sweet books, about a bear who finds a lost stuffed toy bunny in the forest. He begins to worry. After all, the stuffed bunny must feel lonely and want to return safely to its owner and home! But as Bear diligently searches for the bunny’s owner, posting notices high and low, he begins to grow attached to his…
  • 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 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 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA Can’t wait to see you there!   Post Footer automatically…
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    Tammy Gibson | A Mom in Red High Heels

  • Outfit Inspiration: What to Wear When Speaking in Public

    Tammy Gibson
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    image source: Pinterest Many of you may find yourself in a public speaking situation, whether it is for your business, job or volunteer work.  The fear of public speaking is common. In fact, Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, remains the #1 phobia, affecting 3 out of 4 people.  Fortunately, it is a phobia that can be resolved. When you practice something that scares you, eventually you get better at it. I used to be a teacher and all of my time in front of an “audience” helped me better able to speak in front of others. I even went to Toastmasters for about a year,…
  • What to Expect When Getting Lash Extensions

    Tammy Gibson
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    The one beauty product I always put on before leaving the house was mascara. Without it, I felt naked. Today, I go out every day without mascara because I have something better. Lash extensions. If you want to have those “I woke up like this…” moments, lash extensions can certainly help! Glamorous lashes without the effort! This beauty treatment is life changing! As Janet said to me on Instagram, “I like anything that helps me zoom through getting ready.” I agree 100%! My lashes are long and dark with just the right amount of drama. I wanted extensions that would…
  • The Best Handbags for Spring 2015

    Tammy Gibson
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:16 pm
    image source: Pinterest Spring fashion is upon us. Looking for a simple way to update your look for the season? Invest in a new handbag! Not sure which bag to invest in? Here’s a quick checklist to help you shop for the perfect spring handbag. You can’t go wrong when the handbag is: Neutrals, pastels or metallic hues Well made Timeless in style Easy on your budget Just the right size for your lifestyle As you can see, the colors are fresh and light. Smaller handbags are taking the spotlight this season so it may be time to trim down on what you carry! (A lighter load is always a…
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  • What You Should Know Before You Complain About Getting Old…

    modernprincess
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:11 pm
    How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” – Satchel Paige (baseball legend whose successful career lasted into his 60’s) It’s my birthday this week and aging is on my mind.  Just saying that word triggers a slight twinge of despair, a sense of the inevitable onward march of time.  I think it’s often worse for women than men, but we all feel the pang. Recently my dad was going on about how old he felt, when my daughter ventured an innocent question: “Papa Joe, why are you so old?” Of course it made us laugh, but the reality was that Sienna had…
  • Chocolate Filled Strawberries

    Lilyshop
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Everyone loves the classic chocolate covered strawberry. However, I have two gripes every time I eat them. Number one, the chocolate shell always falls off when you take that first bite. And number two, there is never enough chocolate! Problem solved : ) Not So Classic Chocolate Filled Strawberries Ingredients 15-20 strawberries (the larger the better) 1 bag of Milk Chocolate chips (I use the 11.5 oz Guittard milk chocolate chips) Directions Cut the stems off your clean strawberries and carefully scoop out the top of the berry. The deeper you scoop the more chocolate it will hold. I used…
  • What’s That Smell? Common Scents That Are Turn-Offs

    Guest Writer
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:52 pm
    The following is a guest article by Rebekah Davis, founder and CEO of School of Wash. Humans – whether male or female, are driven to desire instinctively much like any other animal.  Scent has the ability to change our mood for good or bad, conjure memories and incite positive or negative emotion. Many women know how to inspire desire through scent layering, but what scents have the opposite effect? And perhaps more importantly, what are some of the more common toiletries women use that might serve as a scent turn-off? Here are few common scents that probably won’t turn his head:…
 
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    A Mommy Story

  • Gluten-Free Pizza Nirvana at Pizza Hut (& Giveaway!)

    Christina
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    It was just over two years ago that we found out Aaron couldn’t eat gluten. A lifetime of stomach issues was finally explained with a simple diagnosis. This new diet restriction didn’t come easy, though. Eliminating gluten from his diet took some getting used to, because my husband really loves his bread. I mean, really loves his bread. We found simple adjustments for many of his favorite meals. When eating out, he’s now used to ordering a burger without the bun. We keep gluten-free cereal and granola in the house for breakfast. And through lots of trial and error,…
  • Broken

    Christina
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Last month, we had what might be the biggest surprise we’ve ever experienced: I was pregnant. Unlike our first two, this one wasn’t planned or expected. Over a year ago, we had considered the possibility of a third child. A year of not preventing, but not trying, yielded no pregnancy. I had started to think I was moving into peri-menopause based on symptoms I had. So that positive pregnancy test was a shock. I’d be lying if I told you we were instantly excited. Aaron and I had started the new year making plans for the year ahead, and that included increasing our running,…
  • Escaping Winter At Castaway Bay

    Christina
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    I’ve been experiencing the winter blues lately. I’m tired, I have no energy, and my brain is generally mush. I love snow, but this year it came at the worst possible time. After being in a boot for six weeks to rest my injured foot, I finally was released to run again right about the time we got enough snow and ice to make running nearly impossible outdoors. And it then stayed cold enough to keep that small amount of snow and ice from melting for weeks. With my first 10k getting closer, I didn’t want to try to run on the ice and risk a new injury. Finally being given…
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  • 8 Things Moms of Teenage Girls Can Cross off Their List of Worries

    Suburban Kamikaze
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    8. Are we getting enough sprinkle cupcakes in our diet? 7. Do we have enough nail polish to get us through to the end of time? 6. Am I doing enough for the Victoria's Secret shareholders? 5.  Where should I look for that expensive new scarf/sweater/bracelet that has gone missing? 4.  How can I be sure there is enough drama in my life? 3. How will I ever keep up with the stuff that Taylor Swift did this week? 2. Where can I find someone willing to give me the unvarnished truth about my appearance? 1. What if something I did, or said, or wore was stupid? How would I know?  The No…
  • This week in lost causes: Perspective

    Suburban Kamikaze
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    Click on the picture to see all 6 Winter Survival Tips.
  • Top 10 Life Coaches to Hire in 2015

    Suburban Kamikaze
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    As a semi-professional woman living in one of America's coolest coldest cities, I have a front row seat to the latest trends among the so-called Movers and Shakers - who, btdubs, are no longer referred to as "Movers and Shakers," that being a term that was retired 11 minutes ago, in favor of "People with Jobs," and also by their hashtag, #PWJs. It can be very hard to keep up with these people, given that they are in a near-constant state of moving, shaking and otherwise doing the things that the rest of us will be trying to do 6-18 months from now, depending on our…
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    Where's My Cape?

  • Version 48.0 XY2

    KC
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    We are pleased to announce the much-anticipated release of Version 48.0 XY2 which replaces Version 36.0 XY2. This version features the following upgrades: Look! New aminals {sic} accessories!* Make mealtimes special (and dangerous)! Wolf ears to unleash the wild beast inside! *Selection varies. One size fits all. Aminals accessories can't be easily laundered, be forewarned. Look! Surfer mode! (sample convo during surfer mode activation) Female programmer: I love you. Version 48.0 XY2: Why? Female programmer: Because you're my son! Version 48.0 XY2: I'm not your sun! I'm a kid, DUDE! Advanced…
  • What my Fitbit thinks

    KC
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    "Hmmm....taking the elevator again? I'm totally recording this." "La-la-la-la-la. In the bathroom. La-la-la-la-la. Nothing to see here, carry on!" "Nice! 30 minutes of "running!" Finally, woman! This is what I've been waiting for all week." "Took me off at 4pm? She's given up on life." "Hey, if running around the house at the kids' bedtime helps you make your 10,000 steps, go for it! I'm tired of being the neighborhood Fitbit disgrace at our Fitbit potlucks." "She must be really sick to not even put me on today. Call 911." "Well, I prefer pants if you must know, but I realize you enjoy…
  • Santa Claus in the house

    KC
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    At our kids' school Gala and Auction a couple of months ago, The Husband and I spent a lot of time trying not to be intimidated by the live auction. First, there was a Glamazon auctioneer who reminded me of a Stepford Wife on robo-auctioneer mode. Second, people clearly had done this before, adeptly flashing their number cards at high-speeds with subtle nods of their heads. Items were going for high bids - surprisingly high. Generosity was in the air, and important factor: there was an open bar. It was nearing the end and we still hadn't raised our number card into the air, but we wanted…
 
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    Recent Articles

  • Greek Yogurt "Ice Cream"

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Instead of giving your kids milkshakes every night, feed them this lightly sweetened Greek yogurt “ice cream” instead. This way they’ll…
  • Simple Meatloaf

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Your picky eaters may scream and whine in attempts to get fatty fried chicken fingers, but you have to resist. This recipe is the perfect weapon to fight…
  • Amazing Parsnip Fries

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    These look and taste like French fries to your picky eater, but they’re actually parsnip fries! This is a great way to trick your children into…
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    Cool Mom - Fun Videos and a Blog for Moms - Motherhood, Kids, Babies and Parenting on Coolmom.com

  • On my way to school…

    Daphne
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:39 pm
    On my way to school I tell my kids tomorrow we have to get in the car earlier. On my way to school I tell my kids tomorrow not TV or ipad when they wake up because it slows us … Continue reading → The post On my way to school… appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • wanting to watch My shows

    Daphne
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    I’m about to hit the road for a few days, so let me give you this vintage nugget.  It’s only a couple years old, but with netlfix, ipads, it seems quite retro.   When Rex was smaller he made it … Continue reading → The post wanting to watch My shows appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • My Dream Diagnosis

    Daphne
    6 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    You ever go into a drawer, a box, your sister’s closet and find an article of clothing you forgot you had?  Well, sometimes I forget about videos I’ve made.  I’ve done over 500.  Here is one I tripped over and … Continue reading → The post My Dream Diagnosis appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • Modern Classics For the Home

    whoorl
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    This post is sponsored by YLiving. Thanks for supporting this website! Similar to my outlook on wardrobe purchases, I feel that as I enter my grand ol’ forties, I appreciate quality over quantity in terms of purchases for the home. Now, we all know that I’m married to a hoarder interior designer, so keeping my home’s interior stripped down like my clothing collection is just not going to happen. Treasures everywhere, indeed. However, we do agree on a few things; one being that we enjoy saving, sourcing, and finally pulling the trigger on furniture that we know we’ll…
  • Odds and Ends

    whoorl
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:07 am
    1. These sunglasses are perfection. As is the hair and lips. 2. Finally got my act together and I’m posting daily outfit photos from my capsule wardrobe at a new Instagram account, whoorlscloset. The mirror shots I’m taking kind of make me want to puke, but a promise is a promise, folks. Maybe I’ll dust off my tripod next week, but hey, at least I’m documenting my steady commitment to the capsule wardrobe cause. #fistbumpemoji 3. You’ve probably already seen this, but Christina does a perfect impression of Britney. So good. 4. What did you think about Patricia…
  • This is Love

    whoorl
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:54 am
    Last night, as I was preparing dinner, Wita was working hard on a drawing at the dining table. So, when Wita gets into masterpiece mode, she makes it crystal clear to all family members that they are NOT allowed to view her work until she is completely finished. Okay, people? Don’t even so much as try to sneak a peek. As I was placing plates and glasses on the table, she clutched the drawing to her chest and exclaimed, “DO NOT LOOK! ARE YOU LOOKING, MOMMY? I’M NOT DONE.” Usually, when she finishes her treasure, she remains just as passionate during her…
 
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    Simply Being Mommy

  • Uses for White Vinegar Around the House

    Crystal
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
    TweetIn an effort to use products in my home that are safer for my family and safer for the environment, I’ve researched and learned so much about baking soda and white vinegar. Last month I shared 15 household uses for baking soda, so this month I want to focus on uses for white vinegar around the house. Much like baking soda it’s very inexpensive to buy and can be used in so many ways around the house. In the Kitchen Clean & Deodorize the Microwave: Mix 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup white vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl and carefully bring to a boil in the microwave. Carefully…
  • Oats Made Great Sweepstakes

    Crystal
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    TweetAs my mom used to tell me, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” And now years later, I sound just like my mom when I tell my children the exact same thing. I want my children to go to school with a full stomach so that their brains can work to their full potential and fuel them for the day of learning ahead. As much as I dislike early mornings, I’ll wake up early any day to make sure my children get a good breakfast. Serving my children a hearty breakfast doesn’t have to take a great deal of time. Oatmeal is a favorite around here for breakfast…
  • How to Throw a Cinderella Party

    Crystal
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    TweetThis post is brought to you in partnership with Fandango. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When I heard that Disney was making a new, live action Cinderella movie, I guess you could say I was like a child waiting for Christmas. Growing up, I loved Cinderella. Even as a teen, my summers were filled with Disney films. Cinderella always topped the list. There is just something about the ‘happy ever after’ that gets me every single time. Director Kenneth Branag has made the film more relevant for modern audiences but I think it will still be a classical piece that viewers…
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    Mommy Needs Coffee

  • On friendship and being all in

    Jenn
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:52 pm
    “I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” -Jon [...]
  • On blogging and Facebook

    Jenn
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:54 pm
        Today was one of those days that kicked my ass. Physically. Mentally. Spiritually. It brought me to a place where I thought “I want to blog about this.” But then I thought, “No, I shouldn’t. I may upset so and so.” Or “My blog has been down and I doubt anyone reads it [...]
  • On looking back on the past

    Jenn
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
    A few days ago an old friend posted a picture of some young band geeks. It was me and my high school friends. It was an amazing time to take a trip down memory lane. We laughed over hairstyles. Mocked the notes on the chalkboard. Checked in on where everyone was these days. Teased about [...]
 
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  • Suppressing My Expressions

    lavagal
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Surprise. How many times did you come here wondering when I would update lavagal.net? I tried a few times over the winter break, when I first started my Boca Hawaii bike training, when I first started teaching full-time as a permanent sub at Kaiser High School, when my LinkedIn account was finally extinguished, when I first started this year’s Boca Hawaii Honu 70.3 triathlon training program, if I ever got a moment to myself. But I was in a lot of pain, deep inside. Every time I wanted to write something, my inner demons would tell me it was stupid and that no one cared. Who would read…
  • You Just Climbed Koko Crater Not Koko Head (which is way easier)

    lavagal
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Koko Crater tramway. About the title: When I checked in on Facebook, this was an option. And, as I’m always correcting people about how they climbed Koko Crater and not Koko Crater Head or Koko Head Crater or Koko Head, I jumped on that location immediately. It took me a while to get up there. Here’s my tale. Under the blazing sun at 1 p.m. yesterday, I had the curiously strange idea to go up Koko Crater, which is practically in my backyard. It’s a big draw for (insane or fit or insanely fit) residents and tourists alike. It’s also a draw for those who want to go on a…
  • 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…
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  • Greek Yogurt "Ice Cream"

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Instead of giving your kids milkshakes every night, feed them this lightly sweetened Greek yogurt “ice cream” instead. This way they’ll…
  • Simple Meatloaf

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Your picky eaters may scream and whine in attempts to get fatty fried chicken fingers, but you have to resist. This recipe is the perfect weapon to fight…
  • Amazing Parsnip Fries

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    These look and taste like French fries to your picky eater, but they’re actually parsnip fries! This is a great way to trick your children into…
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  • You've Got a Friend

    Sarah Visbeek
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    As I settle into my early 40's, I find myself becoming less and less interested in the superficialness of social interaction. Meaning, I'm kind of picky and I like it that way. At this stage of the game, I'm consciously making the choice to surround myself with women whom I'm comfortable around. These women have actually known my husband longer than they have known me!  I first met all of
  • Movie-Induced Narcolepsy...It's a Thing

    Sarah Visbeek
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    We all have our crosses to bear.  But this, this affliction that I have, well, it's kinda embarrassing. You guys, I fall asleep during the movies. At home, this behavior is much more acceptable, if not actually expected, after almost 16 years of marriage.   1.  Hubby puts a movie on.  2.  I fall asleep.  3.  He wakes me up after the movie is over to go to bed.  Lather, rinse, repeat. As a
  • Writing Again/Running Again

    Sarah Visbeek
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    My resolution for 2015 is Fit Not Fat in '15.  I care about my weight (and the losing thereof), yes (obviously), but I want to FEEL GOOD.  I want to feel like I'm FIT.  And the last time I truly remember feeling that way was when my Sis and I were training for our very first half marathon back in 2007 (OMG).  I remember back then when I had a 6, 3 and 2 year old (double OMG) that I felt confident
 
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    Parenting Squad

  • Sleep Deprivation May Be the Cause of Your Child's Troubles

    Fred Lee
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    As parents, we're all living with some level of sleep deprivation. But while it's one thing for adults whose responsibilities or lifestyle choices may cut into their sleep time, our growing children should be held to a different standard. Good health depends on adequate sleep and it is recommended that preschool-aged children get 11-12 hours of sleep every day, school-aged children sleep at least 10 hours, and teenagers get about 9-10 hours of shut-eye. Is your child getting the right amount? With the busy lifestyles that our kids lead today, this is not always easy to do. We are willing to…
  • 7 Ideas for New Family Traditions

    David James
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    My grandfather once gave me a great piece of parenting advice — if you don't have any established family traditions, create some.I've implemented his advice. From special family outings to holiday celebrations, family traditions bind us together, providing us moments to look forward to throughout the year as well as memories to create and build upon during the arc of our lives. And isn't that what life is really all about?These traditions don't have to cost a lot of money or require a tremendous amount of time. They only require the discipline to pull them off year after year or month after…
  • Winter Comfort Foods

    Fred Lee
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:02 pm
    I am a big fan of the snow, and usually the more, the better. However, living in New England, even I can start to grow weary of the long winters, which seem to last forever. With the constant shoveling of snow and the need to bundle up just to take out the trash, by the time February rolls around, my entire family is ready for some signs that spring is on the way.For our family, a big part of enjoying fun in the snow is coming in afterward to a warm house and a hot meal together. Hearty dishes that are warm and substantial are a great way to accomplish this. Not only will they keep your…
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  • I Just Can't Win

    Carmen Staicer
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:07 pm
    My son plays the tuba. The tuba, when put on his back, is almost as big as he is, and I think he looks like a turtle. Despite the fact that his mother appears to have no respect for his craft, my kid is really good on the tuba.  I know. The tuba. It's not a sexy instrument, like a guitar, or drums, or something. It's not an instrument that is guaranteed to bring in the ladies. But. Flour isn't a sexy ingredient - but you can't make a cake without flour.  Well, I mean, you can, I guess. Flourless Chocolate Cake is really, really good. But let's try to keep this…
  • Grocery Shopping with Teens is So Different

    Carmen Staicer
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
    Over the weekend, I went to Target with my oldest daughter. As soon as we walked in, I heard it - a baby crying. Wait, crying isn't really the correct descriptor - that conjures up a plaintive, sad, "I need comfort" image. A pathetic little small one, with a lonely tear sliding down a pink cheek.  This baby was HOWLING. This baby was PISSED.  As we passed the check out line, I looked for the unhappy baby, and immediately saw myself ten years ago.  The mom in question was holding the baby and trying desperately to calm her down - for it was a tiny little girl with a fantastic…
  • Books are Friends

    Carmen Staicer
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:35 pm
    I've always been a reader. Ever since I can remember, I've had at least one book - and more often, several, going at once. I bring books with me when I go out - it's super helpful now that I have an iPad, because carrying around a ton of books gets to be pretty difficult. It's also helpful when I am out and annoyingly finish that really great book and need another - I can just download a sample and keep moving.  I read voraciously, is what I'm saying.  When I was a child, the best day of the week was when the Bookmobile came. I would see it pass by my house and my…
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  • The Magic of Folding

    SusieJ
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    Share This: There is a certain calm that comes when you begin to focus on the clutter in your homy by category.    I know, you’ve been here before Vowing to declutter by throwing out 50 thinggs, only to face a mountain when you come to that pile that you have absolutely no idea what to do with. And, literally, the emotional churning that it casues in your stomach to even think about those things is enough to make you bury yourself with more clutter, rather than to go through the tough work of trying to eliminate it. But, there is hope for us. When your eyes are told only to focus on…
  • Parts are Falling Off, He Can’t Stand Without Support: How Pete the Penguin Was Born

    SusieJ
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Share This: I love it when teachers let little kids forget about the spelling, so that they can just focus on getting their ideas down on paper. So it is with “paper machea” because he needs to get to the important part — the “dog is in the way.” And this is hard, he is discovering. He thinks he’s done with the messy stage of gluing, and he’s ready for the fabric part, but he realizes he forgot to add the Penguin’s arms. But only one arm is enough for one day. The other arm comes tomorrow. These swatches of fabric remind me of the long line we…
  • I Am From… The Cold

    SusieJ
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Share This: I am from blankets draped around shoulders as we shuffle through the house, being careful not to catch the edge of the blanket on the gas burner as we warm water for a cup of tea. I am from the one who scans through the latest audio titles on hoopla, searching for yet another mystery to bring evocative illusions and drama from another far-off land as she empties the dishwasher, stirs a pot on the stove, or folds another load of laundry. I am from the kitchen mop, standing ready to wipe away more streaks of mud, salt and snow. I am from HIIT workouts, just to keep warm, as running…
 
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  • Greek Yogurt "Ice Cream"

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Instead of giving your kids milkshakes every night, feed them this lightly sweetened Greek yogurt “ice cream” instead. This way they’ll…
  • Simple Meatloaf

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Your picky eaters may scream and whine in attempts to get fatty fried chicken fingers, but you have to resist. This recipe is the perfect weapon to fight…
  • Amazing Parsnip Fries

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    These look and taste like French fries to your picky eater, but they’re actually parsnip fries! This is a great way to trick your children into…
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  • Things to do on Long Island with babies and toddlers

    Olivia Howell
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    Now that my son is a toddler, we’ve been exploring new and exciting places to go on Long Island; pack the kids in the car and check out these family friendly places in the suburbs of Manhattan. Monday: Free play Start out the week with some free play at The Sandbox Playspace. Located in the heart of Huntington village, The Sandbox, run by a husband and wife team, is a joy for kids through five years old, and quite relaxing for parents. With Jack Johnson on the stereo, your child in eye and ear shot, and no screens blasting out annoying cartoons, you can chat with other parents, and even…
  • Start training your toddler for Easter 2015

    Whitney Moss
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:58 pm
    His first Easter, four-month old Julian slept through the whole thing, but once he got his first taste of modern American celebrations of this holiday the following year as a determined toddler, he never looked back. Since he is not actually Christian, his experience of Easter was limited to the hunting of plastic and hard-boiled eggs. And hunt he did. The egg hunting was so much fun, I realized we should be doing this in the backyard whenever boredom strikes. The more the merrier, so this might be something to suggest when your relatives are visiting. A little fresh air is good for everyone.
  • Activity #418: Document Examples of Bad Parenting

    Whitney Moss
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Years ago, a reader named Lynnette gave us the idea to start a collection of photos using baby as a prop to demonstrate all the What Not To Dos. I took mental photographs for this collection whenever I found my second child is asleep in her Pack and Play, swaddled tightly, but surrounded by loose extra blankets, burp cloths and a stuffed animal or two. We never would have allowed such lax safety measures with our first baby. Lynette explains: One of the keys of surviving as a rookie mom is to have a sense of humor about the whole motherhood experience. My husband and I often relax after…
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    Mom Blog | From Dates to Diapers™

  • 2015 Beauty Trend: Coconut Oil

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Did you know that coconut oil has some pretty amazing uses? Not only is is great for cooking, but it is wonderful for skin, hair, and nails. For skin: Remove your makeup – From waterproof eye... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • What’s in Your Closet? #WearWalmart

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:47 pm
    My wardrobe consists of a few basics that change as the seasons change. As we near Spring and warmer weather, I pull out my tank tops, basic tees, and maxi skirts. In addition to my favorite jeans... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Laundry Made Simple

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:31 pm
    We have long been fans of Tide. I just don’t trust any other brand to do the job needed to clean the clothes, sports equipment, and linens for six rough and tumble boys. With Tide Pods, laundry... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
 
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    Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids

  • Free & Cheap Summer Camps for NYC Kids

    Mommy Poppins
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Even if your family's swimming in money (and if you are, congrats), we all appreciate a good bargain. Summer camp is an especially stressful financial issue because, while we want our children to have a fun, rewarding and safe experience, we don't want to dig into our 401Ks to pay for it. One thing we've learned is cost and quality don't always correlate. Some wonderful programs are subsidized by arts and education funding so that all children can experience the rich and amazing resources of this city. Although there seem to be fewer FREE New York City summer camps than in years past, our…
  • 3 Queens Historic Houses with Hands-on Fun for NYC Kids

    Kelly O
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    There are a lot of historic houses in NYC that give visitors a fascinating glimpse at our city's rich past. Unfortunately, most of these institutions are hands-off spots filled with vintage furniture and curios that beg to be touched—a real problem when you're visiting with young (and even not-so-young) kids. But there are three historic museums in my home borough of Queens that offer special hands-on experiences just for families that are as engaging as they are educational. From romping in a 19th-century playroom to churning your own butter to exploring a Victorian garden, here are a trio…
  • Weekday Event Picks for NYC Kids: Free National Reading Month Celebrations, Purim Carnival, Orchid Show March 2-6

    Stephanie Ogozalek
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    March is National Reading Month so this week's picks include FREE storytimes with Curious George at multiple New York Public Library branches and Read Across America Day celebrations with readings of the new classic Click, Clack, Moo. Plus, celebrate Purim and try a FREE acrobatic class at one of our favorite circus schools. Although we only highlight one event per day in this post, you can find plenty of other options in our Event Calendar and Winter Fun Guide. Read More
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  • When stress takes over your world.

    workoutmommy
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:12 pm
    At the end of December, I decided to suddenly move to a new place.  A much smaller place….which presented many challenges! On top of that craziness, the weather has been awful which means my kids haven’t been in school much.   (kid #3 only had school 6 days in January!)   Since the time when they are in school is when I work, clean, and in this case  –pack and move!—-I have been on the edge.  It isn’t easy to clean and pack for a big move when you live with 4 messy boys!   There were days when I really didn’t want to get out of bed and face yet…
  • Valentine’s Day ideas for your fit friends

    workoutmommy
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
    Forget the romantic dinners or flowers,  here are a few things I would want from my hypothetical Valentine.     1.   Workout Clothes:  One can never have enough fun tanks or comfy leggings. 2.  Chipotle:  Yum.  Much better than any 6 course expensive meal that requires me to wear anything other than sneakers. 3.  Med balls, kettlebells,  etc:  I can always find new workout equipment to entertain me. 4.  TIRE!  :  See #3.  This one has been on my list for awhile. Doesn’t everyone want a tractor tire in their backyard?   How fun! 5: Babysitter:  The most romantic…
  • Empowering Advanced Age Pregnancy

    workoutmommy
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Today’s post is courtesy of Amanda. This one struck home for me as I had kid #3 at age 37 and #4 at age 39 (that’s pregnant me in the picture below). I know what it is like to be told “you are too old”!   We’ve all heard it before – “You shouldn’t have children at 35” or “You need to have children while you’re young.” There is an endless amount of stigma surrounding the pregnancies of women ages 35 or older, and many of these stigmas are fueled by misconceptions. Women 35 and older are completely capable of having healthy pregnancies and healthy…
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  • February is Heart Health Month

    Renee Ross
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:27 am
    Monitoring my heartFebruary is heart health month. This is something that I am painfully aware of because two years ago I had a health scare that required me to take my first visit to a cardiologist. I’d been preparing for bed when an overwhelming feeling of dizziness came over me. I aborted my plan to brush my teeth and as I headed back into my bedroom to lay down, I completely passed out and woke up on the floor after hitting my shoulder on the footboard of my bed. I visited urgent care and was referred to a cardiologist to ensure that nothing serious was wrong with me. After an ekg and a…
  • Tide Pods

    Renee Ross
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:37 am
    For as long as I can remember I have been a Tide loyalist. My mom used Tide detergent when I was a kid, I used it as a young adult finding my wings in college and I certainly use it as a mom and an athlete now. Tide (in my opinion) is the best laundry detergent because it cleans my clothes like no other. I admit that on occasion I have tried other detergents but always return to my beloved Tide. One of the things that I really like about the brand is that it continues to come up with new innovations to make my life easier. The latest addition to the Tide laundry detergent lineup are Tide…
  • Walmart making changes in the community

    Renee Ross
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:43 am
    I am the product of an historically black college, the illustrious Spelman College. This college for women was founded in 1881 and provided a place for women who looked like me to attain higher education.  My roots are firmly planted at Spelman and I live in Atlanta now because of my Spelman experience. Like many historically black colleges and universities, Spelman and the other schools comprising the Atlanta University Center: Clark Atlanta University, all male Morehouse College, and Morehouse School of Medicine are located smack dab in the middle of a low income area. Unlike when I…
 
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  • Sesame Street Parodies Takes on House of Cards

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Sesame Street Parodies has done an incredible job of spoofing pop culture over the past couple of years, and their take on House of Cards, reimagining Frank Underwood as the Big Bad Wolf, is no disappointment.   I particularly like the scales of justice and the onscreen texting device. I haven't seen a whole bunch of these since the True Mud (spoof of True Blood) a while back but
  • Crimson Peak Trailer

    17 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    Ooh, this looks like a good one. I love Guillermo del Toro and this seems like his version of an Edgar Allen Poe horror story. Spooooooky!
  • MasterChef Junior Giveaway

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    It's hard to find shows to watch with the kids right now. At 10 and 7, their tastes and ours don't mesh very often. So we were excited to hit on something that we could all agree on: MasterChef Junior. Bob and I have been watching various Gordon Ramsey shows for years, particularly relishing the uncensored British series, which made it hard for us to imagine he could tone down his famously
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  • March Blogging U. Courses: Blogging and Photo 101

    Michelle W.
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Registration for March’s Blogging U. courses is now closed, and both courses have started. Check back later in the month to learn more and register for April’s offerings! Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — March 2 – 20 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your blog, or engage with the community. Whether you’re just getting started or want to revive a dormant blog, we’ll help you build blogging habits and…
  • New Theme: Lyretail

    Caroline Moore
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Let’s dive right into a new free theme: Lyretail Designed by Mel Choyce, Lyretail is a stunning visual treat for your personal site. The theme puts your social presence front and center, displaying social links prominently below the site’s title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. Secondary information, like a Custom Menu or Widgets, are tucked behind a convenient slide-down menu, while bold featured images grace the header, putting your photographs front and center. Read more about Lyretail on the Theme Showcase,…
  • WordPress for iOS: New Visual Editor and More!

    Meredith
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:03 pm
    WordPress for iOS version 4.8 comes with exciting editor and navigation enhancements. Visual Editor We’re thrilled to announce that the 4.8 release includes a beautiful new visual editor. With the new editor, you can add rich text like bold, italics, links, and lists naturally as you type. You can also insert images with a tap, seeing real-time uploading progress and images right in the post. Before New Editor App users have long wished for a “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) editor on iOS. Until now, a rich mobile editing experience on the iOS app was reserved for those…
 
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    Product Reviews by The Experimental Mommy

  • Falling in Love with Netflix New Releases

    Bridgette Duplantis
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:15 pm
    This post is written by the Experimental Mommy as part of the #StreamTeam. All opinions are 100% my own. Because February is the month of love, my little ones have been doing “heart” themed projects at school.  On Valentine’s Day, I got a handmade card from my 6 year old on which was clearly written, “You are the best parents in the whole world.” I was so touched as I read it but shortly after giving me a big hug, my daughter also clearly stated, “I love you, Mom….but not as much as Netflix.” At least I know where I stand. In honor of the most…
  • New Orleans Audubon Zoo’s New Gator Run Lazy River: SNEAK PEEK!

    Bridgette Duplantis
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:09 pm
    For more NOLA inside scoop, follow me on Facebook and Instagram, too! It’s time to plan your Summer vacation?  Do you know where you will be taking the kids this year? While New Orleans is not traditionally known as a kid friendly destination, I beg you to reconsider.  Between the Aquarium, Insectarium, Children’s Museum, kid centric walking tours, beignets and City Park’s Carousel Gardens, there is no shortage of entertainment for your little ones.  And now, the Audubon Zoo is making a New Orleans vacation even “cooler.” The Cool Zoo already offers jumping…
  • Coming to iRetreat? Join STASH Hotel Rewards!

    Bridgette Duplantis
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:59 am
    Do you love to travel? Do you love a good deal? Then the STASH Hotel Rewards program is for you!  Stash is a hotel rewards program which allows you to earn stays at independent, unique hotels across the U.S. We are excited to announce that Stash has partnered with iRetreat 2015 which will be held in New Orleans on June 28-30 (use code IRETREATEARLYBIRD for 20% off your conference pass) and our host hotels, Hotel Mazarin and Dauphine Orleans. When I travel with my family, I love to take advantage of the boutique hotels which embody the unique charm of each City we visit…something…
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  • The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Donut Holes

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:02 pm
    I saw these things on Pinterest and decided I had to try them at home. I’m a sucker for breakfast treats. Well, treats of any kind. And, these looked too easy not to try. Perfect for a busy working mom. I bought all the ingredients (there are only a few: canned biscuits, butter, sugar, cinnamon) […] The post The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Donut Holes appeared first on .
  • Skinnytastse Cookbook

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    I received a copy of this beautiful cookbook and can’t stop looking at it. The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor is from Gina Homolka, blogger over at Skinnytaste.com. At the beginning of the book Homolka shares her story of weight loss struggles: being a skinny teen and able to eat anything she […] The post Skinnytastse Cookbook appeared first on .
  • The Fringe Hours and How to Make More Time for Things You Love to Do

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    I’d read, but I don’t have enough time. I’d volunteer, but I’m too busy. I don’t have time to do THAT. If this is you, then you must read Jessica N. Turner’s book, The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You. Who doesn’t need more time?  This book is for every busy woman. So many thoughts […] The post The Fringe Hours and How to Make More Time for Things You Love to Do appeared first on .
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  • Updates

    11 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    I know things have been pretty quiet around here. You can keep up with me over at The Maker Mom blog and TMM Facebook page, where I post at least one interesting item a day, usually at 10 AM.I'm hosting a #STEMchat this Thursday evening, 2/12, at 9 PM Eastern. Join us! We're talking engineering with a fabulous panel thanks to sponsor Georgia-Pacific. Look at the cool graphic they made for the chat.Speaking of graphics, I'm trying to stay on trend by including more graphics in my posts. I love this quote I pulled from a recent STEM Girl Friday feature, though I might have gone a bit heavy…
  • Wonder Wheel 1.0

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    The Older Maker Teen created a nice interactive bit of code for me to share on The Maker Mom for the Year of Wonder, but Wordpress keeps messing with it, so I'm posting it here.Drum roll please.Introducing the digital Wonder Wheel 1.0.Read more about the Wonder Wheel and download a printable version here.Scroll down and click on the box that says "click me" and a question will appear to spur your scientific or creative exploration. Of course, you need to complete the question with a few thoughts of your own.How might I..?What if we...?TheMakerMom.com's Wheel of Wonder 1.0Click Me
  • Illinois Underage Drinking Social Host Laws 2015

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    Happy new year! If you follow me on social media, you've likely seen that I started writing for The Alcohol Talk. I'm one of a handful of writers sharing information, advice, and conversation starters for parents on having the alcohol talk. That is, talking to their tween and teen children about the dangers of underage drinking. One of my December posts focused on social host laws. These laws dictate penalties for serving alcohol to underage children in the home.As I researched my piece, I learned about laws in different states. For example, Illinois laws are pretty strict compared to those…
 
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  • Travel: Why Snowmass and Buttermilk are the ultimate family vacation

    Amber Johnson
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    Snowmass snow “I can’t believe I really did it!” My son Bode’s cheeks were flush with excitement and big, feathery snowflakes. It was our second day in Aspen and he had conquered Mount Everest. Or, in 8-year-old vernacular, he had skied his first black-diamond run at Buttermilk. “The Power of Four” resorts–Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk–are renowned destinations but it wasn’t until we experienced the latter two resorts’ family-friendly offerings that we were hooked. Not only does Snowmass offer a staggering…
  • New Google App Will Protect Your Kids from Inappropriate YouTube Videos

    Amber Johnson
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:47 am
    Are you concerned with what your kids are watching online? The YouTube Kids app, the first Google product built from the ground up, makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore. It is available for free on Google Play and the App Store in the U.S. The new app is basically a “clean” version of YouTube with access only to family-friendly videos from sources like National Geographic Kids, Reading Rainbow, Thomas the Tank Engine, and more. YouTube realizes every family is different so they’ve built options into the app that help…
  • Rejuvenate: Reward yourself with a weekend or week-long women’s retreat (+ healthy recipe!)

    Guest Blogger
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    You know that feeling when YOU do something YOU never thought YOU could? That feeling of accomplishment….That feeling of rejuvenation. That’s what you’ll find at WilderFIT Colorado. WilderFIT Colorado has retreats for people like you. You can choose between weekend or week-long sessions, so they will fit perfectly in your schedule. Check out our website, www.wilderfitcolorado.com to reserve your first choice. It’s time to turn the refreshing outdoors into your very own gym. A typical retreat morning, at WilderFIT Colorado, begins with an energetic power-house breakfast followed by a…
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  • Ashes

    Queen of Spain
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:18 pm
    I’ve been swearing like a sailor lately. For no other reason than the kids are a bit older and they know not only what each cuss word means, but that they aren’t allowed to use them (unless on the family bed or to ask questions or…well, under circumstances we’ve agreed upon as a family). I’ve also discovered how much I missed cherry blow pops and rock candy and the sugar from candy has essentially made up the bulk of my diet for the past year. When you are feeling sorry for yourself you can come up with a million reasons why one more lollipop is entirely deserved…
  • #WomensLives

    Queen of Spain
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:10 pm
    In between Madonna taming dancing bulls in her Matador outfit and Kanye nearly interrupting Beck’s acceptance speech you may have noticed someone even more controversial on the Grammy broadcast: President Barack Obama. Speaking to the audience via video, President Obama challenged the artists and all of us to STOP violence against women. Not your usual performance, however coupled with a strong statement by a domestic violence survivor and a haunting song by Katy Perry, the President’s message was clear…we ALL must be part of the solution. Yet this is just one fight on a…
  • The Fairy Godmother and My Glass Slipper?

    Queen of Spain
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    This has been siting on my desk, or shelf, or wherever in our bedroom for about three or four years now. Maybe two. I’ve lost track. Let’s just say it’s been around long enough to gather a ton of dust. It’s one of my favorite Disney quotes and one of my most hated. I’m a complicated woman like that. You know, the atheist that is currently wearing an Ave Maria medal blessed by Pope Francis. That’s just how I roll when it comes to faith and miracles. The entire quote/scene might help you a bit more: “…Cinderella: The ball? Oh, but I’m…
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  • CitruSolution Got Our Carpet Spring Ready

    Blonde Mom
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Disclosure: CitruSolution cleaned one room of carpet in my home as well as a sofa in exchange for my honest review. As always, all words and opinions on my blog are mine all mine! Dog hair and carpet. Muddy paws and carpet. Doggies who bring mouthfuls of kibble upstairs to eat on the carpet (seriously why dogs do this?) I love love my dogs, but none of these things are a good combo! It’s officially March and I’m officially ready for spring, even though the big date isn’t for a few more weeks. I’ve been cleaning and organizing like crazy, purging our house and donating…
  • Sunday Sprinkles And Dreaming of Spring

    Blonde Mom
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    Happy March! We had a waffle fail this morning as the sprinkles just sort of oozed into the batter, but in my heart I knew they were there…sprinkles! Hope ya’ll have a great Sunday. This girl is ready for Daylight Savings Time and spring in a few weeks! Category: Product #: Regular price:$ (Sale ends ) Available from: Condition: Good ! Order now! Reviewed by on.Rating: The post Sunday Sprinkles And Dreaming of Spring appeared first on Blonde Mom Blog.
  • Fun Facts, Powerful Pics: National Geographic Kids Books Make Science Cool

    Blonde Mom
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    Only a National Geographic photographer could make a bug look this up close and personal and amazing. I grew up seeing copies of National Geographic at our house in the magazine rack and today we continue to receive the magazine (thanks to a gift subscription from my brother each Christmas.) I love the amazing photography and indepth articles in each issue. Did you know that National Geographic also publishes an amazing line of children’s books focusing on nature and science? If you follow me on social media you also know that I’m a huge fan of Zulily, a great flash sale sight…
 
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  • The Month in Moments: February

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    It's Monday morning and I've just downloaded the last month of photos from my phone onto my computer. I do this once a month and marvel at time and moments and how, without record of them, they might have floated up and away. I have a terrible memory. I am a hundred years old when I try to remember what happened yesterday, last week, a year ago... That may have something to do with the fact that I've recorded even the most mundane of moments so I haven't had to be reliant on memory... but sorting through the images of the last several weeks is a happy place for me. Spending the first of the…
  • Don't get MAD. (No, seriously. Don't.)

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:34 pm
    This week on Mom.me, I wrote about our little MAD magazine oops. (Oops!) Last Sunday, while Hal was picking up the week’s NYT and bagels, he plucked a little something for Archer as a surprise.It was MAD magazine, Star Wars edition, and we all rejoiced when Hal knighted him with the issue, as if our childhoods were suddenly hand in hand. Even my dad scurried over to check out the issue.“Oh, man. I LOVED MAD magazine when I was a kid,” he said.“Me, too!!”“Me too!”“AND! It’s a Star Wars special!”“Oh, man. I LOVE STAR WARS,” we all said in unison......Fast forward to…
  • #TBT Jump, Joy, Rainbows

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:01 pm
    We had a double rainbow on Monday. It was right over the house and it was so epic, I got emotional. I had a full-on what does it mean moment as we were standing in the rain looking up. They don't last long, of course, and Hal and I were scrambling to get our shoes on and help the kids find their shoes so that they could go outside to see it and then it was like, well, screw shoes... our socks will just have to get wet, I guess... So they did. And we got wet, too, and none of that mattered of course and we stood there in the wind with our awe until the double faded to single faded to…
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  • I Forgot

    Rita Arens
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:17 pm
    My girl will be eleven in a month. She's all fashion and interior design and smelly markers and starlight. We walked through a toy store today, and I realized she's outgrown all but two of the aisles. As I explained to Steph how I taught my girl to roller skate when she was the wee one's age, I could hardly believe my own daughter leaving me behind on the ice. I remember wanting to teach her all the things so she wouldn't be as hesitant as I was to take risks as a child. I didn't grow into my capacity until I graduated high school. After we left the ice rink and drove home, my girl commenting…
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  • The U.S. Surgeon General Discusses Top Questions From Moms About the MMR Vaccine

    Vivek Murthy
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:11 pm
    We all want our children to be safe and healthy. Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease, but, fortunately, we can prevent it with immunizations. The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and the best way to protect your child against measles and other diseases. I understand that some parents are concerned about vaccines. The evidence about the vaccine’s safety and benefits is strong and consistent. There is a lot of inaccurate information circulating about the measles vaccine, so let’s make sure we separate the facts from the myths. If you have any concerns or…
  • Make Me a Woman

    Marian Wright Edelman
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    One of my sheroes is Sojourner Truth. A brilliant but illiterate woman, she was a great orator and powerful presence who possessed great courage and determination. I often wear a pendant with her image and words: “If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.” An unwavering defender of women’s rights and an abolitionist, Sojourner continues to fuel my determination to fight for equality for women, people of color, and children left behind. She was born into and lived nearly three decades in slavery but dedicated her life…
  • #FoodFri Tweetchat: School Meals + Physical Activity? Yes, Schools Have Rules for That!

    Migdalia Rivera
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:14 am
    Did you know that every school is required to have a Wellness Policy, covering topics like school celebrations and rewards, physical activity, and nutrition education? It's true!  According to recent updates, schools also have to engage parents in the policies. This is a perfect opportunity for parents, like you and I, to get involved!  To help you engage with your school, and learn more about the policies, MomsRising is holding a #FoodFri tweetchat this Friday, February 27, 2015, to discuss the updated School Wellness Policy rules.  Joining us on the chat will be @CSPI. Feel free to ask…
 
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    This Full House

  • Toiletexting: It's A Real Problem - At Our House, Anyways!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:40 pm
    I started blogging in 2003 (with 4 kids home all under the age of 10) and I remember how most of my mom and dad friends (at the time) thought I was soooooooo crazy, because who has the time...really?!? Photo of my Mom with her grandrugrats, taken circa 2003 B.P. (before picmonkey) They were right, of course! Those were some crazy-busy daze, my friends! On the other hand, blogging was (and still is) cheaper than therapy. And then Facebook happened (i.e. one of the top ten BIGGEST time sucks in internet history) and now we can ALL meet up for...
  • Wordless Wednesday: Unfrozen

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    Take a real close look and you'll see: there's a bird up there on top of our chimney, getting a steam bath and a facial, I don't blame him/her. Linky Love Bytes: Wordless Wednesday HQ
  • There's a Reason Why They Don't Call It Womenpause

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:20 am
    Menopause. It's such an unattractive word. Let's be honest. What was the FIRST thing that came to mind when reading the word...MENOPAUSE...hot flashes...mood swings...old lady disease, maybe? No one really likes to talk about...ahem...she who shall not be named...and I don't blame anyone visiting with us right now...especially, for the first time...for wanting to click away, at this very moment. Because ain't nobody got no time to just sit around and think about how bad they feel about stuff...especially women...let alone, blog about it. On the other hand: I've just entered my 12th year of…
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    and baby makes 6!

  • Painting and crafts because baby, the coast is cold!

    Jody
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:18 am
    With all the cold, we have been doing some little art projects around here. I had some quotes that I learned in Sayulita that were meaningful to me and I wanted to do something that would give me a visual … Continue reading →
  • Headsweats Ambassador!

    Jody
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    I am super stoked to announce that I was chosen to be a Headsweats Ambassador for 2015!  So honored because there are some incredible athletes in the 2015 team, and I am just a mom to 4 kids that likes to … Continue reading →
  • Integrity

    Jody
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:08 am
    I think in each and every person there is a moral compass…but sometimes, each and every one of us decides to put a magnet next to it.  Just sayin’. Having said that, I am not fan of the current administration, … Continue reading →
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    いい出会いができるって本当?

  • というどころではないでしょう

    admin
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    、ある程度実績を重ねていることがわかるので、信頼して入会することができるのでお薦めです。 最優先で印象に残るメールの書き方については、様々に知っておくことです。 勉強したのと不勉強なままとは、全然違います。あなた自身の必要としている出会いテクニックが、ぐんぐん高められていくと思います。…
  • みるみる熟練していくはずです (3)

    admin
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:01 pm
    、パソコンやスマホから入会を申込めるし、やり取りなども当分はPCを使ったコミュニケーションといった所です。 本人が興味を持っている領域のクラブ等にあちこち参加してみると、自ずから同じものの好きな異性との出会いのチャンスが広がっていくわけです。ものおじしていないで出席することが肝心です。 良質で真面目な台東区…
  • スタートしやすいはずです

    admin
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
    各自のライフスタイルというものが仕上がっているいわゆる中高年と言われる世代。20代の頃と変化しているのは普通です。ゆとりのある中高年の運命の占いというものは初心者のための占い 今日掲示板まずはいまの姿を素直に受け止めることが入口となるでしょう。…
 
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • February goes out with a loud sucking sound

    Mir
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:58 am
    I started off the week thinking, “Huh. It’s almost March. THE SUCK IS NEARLY OVER.” But I guess I forgot I still had a whole week to get through and that I am me. This past week included: Taxes, a giant box of ordered-on-the-cheap Christmas candy which turned out to have a short expiration date […]
  • Crossing their furry little legs

    Mir
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    It snowed this morning, which was Terribly Exciting. School was not canceled, however—SAD FACE—which was Terribly Disappointing. My poor, poor children, reared in snowy New England for the first half of their lives, complained that they would surely DIE on the school bus because of the tragic winter weather. There was an actual dusting of […]
  • Ice day!

    Mir
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    Sure, you people in the northeast have been trapped under a dozen feet of snow for a whole month, but here in Georgia we had a teeny bit of freezing rain last night and now the world is ending. School is canceled! Trees are falling over! The power flickered on and off all night and […]
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    amalah . com

  • How To Suck At Twitter

    amalah
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    #THATDRESS is blue and black, you are all insane, like literally the entire Internet is taking crazy pills because that is a blue goddamn dress. Also I forgot my Twitter password and am too lazy to reset it so I'm posting this here because Typepad remembers my Twitter password and will post my Very Important Opinion on this Very Important Matter for me.  (Jason sees white and gold, as do several other friends and coworkers I have randomly polled and bothered on Skype. They are obviously wrong and yet not to exaggerate or freak out here, but this whole thing has still managed to make…
  • Post-Travel Fallout Boys

    amalah
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:48 pm
    My Internet is getting fixed today! At some point between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., anyway. Thanks for that super-helpful service window, Verizon. I'll just sit here and wait for the inevitable, which is that you will not arrive during any of the many hours I am here sitting and waiting, but will of course arrive during the 15 minutes that I absolutely have leave the house to pick Ike up from school. And you'll get all huffy and impatient and I'll be all apologetic and flustered and we'll get off on the wrong foot, all because my three year old can't…
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    The Domestic Diva

  • Kid’s Room Decor on a Budget: Rollbacks at Walmart

    The Domestic Diva
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:59 pm
    (sponsored post) Kid’s get excited with new additions to their room just like we as adults do.  With Walmart it is easy to add-to or update an existing kid space with things like a change of the curtains or even a new desk.  Happening right now on walmart.com is the Kid’s Rollback Event.  There you […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • The Secret Ingredient for the Most Incredible Chocolate Chip Cookies – Recipe

    The Domestic Diva
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    When a batch of cookies are completely devoured in the same day that you baked them, you know that you made something incredible! That is exactly what happens with this chocolate chip cookie recipe. The secret ingredient in these cookies adds a subtle unique flavor to them that makes them simply irresistible. Everyone has their […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Laundry Made Easier with Tide Pods Plus Febreze

    The Domestic Diva
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:06 pm
    (sponsored post) There is no scent I love more in the world than the smell of freshly cleaned laundry.  Spring cleaning is already in full swing at my house.  After several weeks of sickness, it feels good to just get everything clean and laundry is no exception.  Laundry is always on the top of our […] 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

  • Happy 8th Birthday Home-Ec 101

    Heather Solos
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    Heather says: Thank you all for being a part of Home-Ec 101 these past eight years. I was just looking over my calendar, this afternoon, when I realized it was March 1, 2007 when Ivy and I officially launched this site. The past eight years have been one hell of a ride. Thank you for being there when my youngest was born, when my sister passed away and all those events in between. In that time, almost 9 million people have visited this site, that’s like having had the entire population of NYC pass through the door. I have learned and experienced so many things thanks to you, the…
  • Well That Wasn’t Fun

    Heather Solos
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
    Heather says Hi, it’s been a couple weeks, hasn’t it? Things started off with the best of intentions, but then my youngest decided to play Typhoid Mary (only she was sick, too) with a fun thing called Rotavirus. Parents of very young children probably know this term and are cringing. I took the kids to a water park and she thanked us by giving us the gift of a highly transmissible stomach virus. And one by one we fell. While I’m doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom, and disinfecting all of the hard surfaces, why don’t you tell me how you have been?  …
  • Menu Monday 26

    Heather Solos
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    Heather says Well, last week didn’t work out as planned. There were a lot more let’s make do with what we have that’s quick dinners, but I was able to reshoot one of the most popular recipes on this site. Quick beef and cabbage skillet, it’s a handful of ingredients and thirty minutes until you’ve got a warm, filling (and believe it or not paleo if you’re into that) meal.   If I keep this up and manage to re-shoot one recipe a week, I may manage to catch up by 2018. I kid. Mostly. I also started to make an interesting chicken fajita soup but I left the…
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • Protecting Your Child from Cyber Bullying

    GuestContributor
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    By Amy Williams We’ve all heard the saying that a parent’s job is never done… Yes, there will always be dishes, laundry, homework to check, trash to be thrown out, practices, and more. As we juggle work and other household responsibilities, there are days we question our abilities to raise children in a safe and protected environment. For many parents, one of our deepest rooted fears is that we are letting our children down. Digital threats Technology has connected society on a level never seen before. It’s also created an environment where children are unable to…
  • 8 Essential Tips Every Mom Needs for Work-Life Balance

    GuestContributor
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Nina G. It feels like an endless cycle sometimes, doesn’t it? You wake up at the crack of dawn, rush through your morning and scramble to drop the baby off with childcare. You hop into an insanely long commute only to spend at least eight hours at work. While at work, you lug your pump and bottles and hope no one notices the pump sessions you’ve penciled into your schedule. You’re back on the long commute and come home to chores that can’t seem to go away: cooking, cleaning, and child care duties. You play and read with the baby before it’s time to rock him to…
  • Life Gives You Snow Days? Make Snow Ice Cream!

    Sara
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    Two words nearly every working parent fears: Snow Day I, personally, am on snow day #2 this week, which comes on top of President’s Day, then two days last week of staying home with a sick kindergartener. I’m lucky I can work from home but I’m not gonna lie, snow days pretty much suck. I consider myself a patient mom. I’m an expert multi-tasker, so I can keep up with the office while making sure the rugrats get lunch plus help bundling up for the 10 minutes they play outside before the glamour of snow wears off and the reality of frozen fingers and soggy clothing sinks…
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • #OUAT Season 4 Episode 13: “Darkness at the Edge of Town”

    Jen I. (NDM#483)
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
      Okay, first let me explain….I didn’t skip an episode.  I know that says Episode 13 up there, and I know the last recap I did was Episode 11….but it turns out that way back at Episode 8, “Shattered Sight”, the two hour episode that didn’t end the Frozen story arc…well, I should have counted that as Episodes 8 AND 9.  Anyway… So, we’re back!  After a long mid-season hiatus, Once returned last night with a pretty promising installment. The Storybrooke Bad Girls Club. All photos via ABC Television. The episode opens in the…
  • Disney’s Cinderella – Family Adventure Movie Night

    Disney DonnaKay (NDM#501)
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
      Disney Movie Nights – they are just traditional. They usually involve pj’s, favorite snacks, blankets & stuffed friends. But, in changing times, there is a new concept of movie night…themed movie nights. I love this concept for so many reasons. It is more than just watching a movie. You can include themed activities, food, & decorations. Our whole family becomes involved. From planning, to decorating, to clean-up, it is a true example of teamwork & a great bonding experience I am so excited about the new live action Cinderella movie! To celebrate it’s opening, I…
  • New Listings for Disney Junior – March 2015

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
      March 2015 Programming Highlights *All programming subject to change* Episodes premiere on the Disney Junior block on Disney Channel Unless Otherwise Stated     Friday, March 6 Original Series – Episode Premiere Jake and the Never Land Pirates “Stowaway Ghosts / Happy 1000th Birthday!” (9:30 AM – 9:55 AM ET/PT) “Stowaway Ghosts” – Jake and his mates help Captain Hook after he accidentally releases three prankster ghosts who vow to never leave the Jolly Roger. *Legendary comedic actors Carl Reiner (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”) and…
 
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Enter for a chance to win $5,000 and so much more!

    BabyCenter Staff
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:19 pm
    by BabyCenter Staff posted in Products & Prizes Bath time can be one of the sweetest bonding moments between a parent and a baby. But did you know it can be so much more than a chance to get clean? You may think your baby is simply enjoying the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • How to be a good parent when you are ill or injured

    Whitney Barthel
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:54 pm
    by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories Being a good parent when you are in good health is darn hard; now try imagining your body is giving out on you. Your once angelic children can sense your weakness and their spontaneous hugs and kisses turn into hair pulls and eye pokes. I am a miserable... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Moms celebrated on the runway yields sweet, hilarious results

    Sara McGinnis
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Dolce & Gabbana surely had the best of intentions when they decided to send models with babies down the runway at their latest show, which was appropriately titled “Viva La Mama." The professionals strutted in their designer duds as you might expect, while the newcomers -- well, let's just say... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Stimeyland

  • Winter is an Asshole.

    Stimey
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • The Future of Stimeyland. Let’s Discuss.

    Stimey
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:02 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
  • Puzzlin’*

    Stimey
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:18 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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    a little pregnant

  • Abominable

    Julie
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    I got this lovely message on Facebook the other day asking me what my plans were for my blog. I laughed merrily, because that is what I do when I find something gently hilarious — oh ho ho, goodness me, plans? It sounded a little like bells. Fact is, true as ever to mine own self, I don't have a plan for my blog, beyond opening its creaking hinges to post now and then when something amuses, baffles, or concerns me. Today I am amused, still laughing days after the fact, because in the sheaf of papers Ben brought home from school last week was this: "My snowman is named …
  • Ten

    Julie
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:14 pm
    As I kissed Charlie good night on this, his Thanksgiving birthday, he said, "I think I smell creamed corn on your breath." Mortified, I apologized. "That's okay," he told me kindly. "I really like creamed corn." I really like my kid.
  • Full scribble

    Julie
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    I'm feeling reflective today. Maybe it's because this morning I had a moment of perfect happiness with Ben, watching his face uncrumple from sleep as he rubbed his eyes with his fists — such a thoroughly little-kid move that I haven't stopped smiling yet. Maybe it's because Charlie turns ten next week, his birthday coming hard on the heels of World Prematurity Day, when I spend the day thinking, I almost missed this. So many do. (No, I cannot explain this picture. Why are we not holding him?) Maybe it's because a friend pointed me to the latest papal finger-wagging about…
 
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    Mom in the City

  • Gift Ideas for 8-Year-Old Boys(Go Seany, It’s Your Birthday!)

    Kimberly
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    Sean’s eighth birthday was Sunday, February 22nd. (Where did the time go?!) We primarily celebrated on Saturday because we knew that we had church and meetings on Sunday. It was “Sean’s day”. He was able to choose what we have for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as deciding what we did in between meals. […] The post Gift Ideas for 8-Year-Old Boys(Go Seany, It’s Your Birthday!) appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Chinese New Year 2015 for Kids in NYC

    Kimberly
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Chinese New Year 2015 falls on Thursday, February 19th. It’s the Year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram.  There are a lot of activities and events in NYC to celebrate this cultural event. Below are some top picks: Chinese New Year 2015 for Kids in NYC - The New York Chinese Cultural Center is offering several Lunar New […] The post Chinese New Year 2015 for Kids in NYC appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Easy Cajun Jambalaya Recipe (Plus Extra Tips!)

    Kimberly
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:26 pm
    A few weeks ago, I went with a group of friends to J. Gumbo’s NYC for an Easy Cajun Jambalaya Recipe cooking demo. Chef Ken (of Cajun in the City) showed us how to make the recipe with the “holy trinity” of Cajun cooking – bell pepper, celery and onion.  (I love the way that […] The post Easy Cajun Jambalaya Recipe (Plus Extra Tips!) appeared first on Mom in the City.
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    Mombian

  • Disabled Lesbian Mom War Vet Denied Benefits for Spouse and Daughter

    Dana
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has told a disabled Iraq war veteran that she much pay back federal veterans benefits for her legal wife and daughter because the state of Texas does not recognize her marriage. Photo courtesy Melissa Perkins-Fercha and AMPA   The American Military Partner Association (AMPA) reports that Melissa Perkins-Fercha served five years on active duty during the September 11th attacks and in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After being stationed in Texas, she left active duty and received a 50 percent disability rating from the VA. She and her wife…
  • Mombian Monthly Recap — February

    Dana
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    February always seems to fly by for me. In case it does for you, too, and you’ve missed some Mombian posts, I thought I’d recap some of my favorites. February was the month for the American Library Association Youth Media Awards, including the Stonewall Award for LGBTQ-inclusive children’s/young adult literature. Even more impressive than the single award, in my mind, however, was the release of the latest annual Rainbow Book List of recommended titles. We still need more; but it’s gratifying to see this list grow stronger every year. Read all about it. Same-sex…
  • Genetic Ties for Both Same-Sex Parents? Not for Moms

    Dana
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    It’s been all over the news for the past few days: a discovery that within two years, could allow “same-sex parents” to both be genetically connected to their child. Most news outlets have neglected to mention one small fact, however: It will likely only work for two dads, not two moms. Nature, a well respected scientific journal, reports that scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Weizmann Institute in Israel have discovered how to use skin stem cells from adults to make egg and sperm cells. It notes that “In principle, the process could even be…
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • “Narumph…Harmph…Numph…”

    Ree
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    We got a big snow over the weekend, and Saturday morning, the cattle needed to be watered, hayed, and fed.       “You can say that again!” (Cattle sometimes get a little snippy in the cold. I can’t say I blame them.)       We went out in shifts with Marlboro Man…       Whose first stop was the big pond in the first pasture that was getting hay.       In the wintertime, when temperatures are low enough to freeze the surface of the ponds, it’s necessary to chop an opening in the ice so the cattle and…
  • Reason #982 Why I Love Cowboys

    Ree
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:49 am
    When there’s a flat tire, no matter what time it is, no matter how cold it is, no matter if they were already in bed, no matter if they’re battling a cold, no matter if they have to get up early the next morning, no matter if they’ve just had a really long day…they show up and fix it. And if one is lucky…they show up in twos. One from the west and one from the south. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful things in my years on the ranch. The sun setting after a big storm. A mama cow tending to her newborn calf. The rolling hills bursting with green after the first…
  • What a Difference a Day Makes

    Ree
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    This was Saturday on the ranch. It was chilly but clear, and the skies were big and blue and beautiful. As I drove down the road toward our house, I saw hope in the future and a sense of unwavering optimism swelled in my soul.       This was yesterday on the ranch. It was bitter and cloudy, and the skies were ominous and thick and gray. As I drove down the road toward our house, I saw…well, not much. The skies were ominous and thick and gray, after all! They always say that if you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait five minutes and it will change. But…
 
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    Design Mom

  • Nova Natural Giveaway

    Design Mom
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    By Gabrielle. Hello, Friends. Who’s in the mood for a giveaway? I’ve got a great one for you today. You could win a $150 store credit to Nova Natural!! Nova Natural is one of my new sidebar sponsors, and I’m delighted to tell you about them, because I know you’ll love their wares. Nova Natural is all about raising kids in the most wholesome way possible. Think hand made wooden play sets, soft dolls, and the best eco-friendly art supplies. Think teething, mealtime and bath time products that don’t leave a bad taste in your mouth. Think products to help your…
  • What Beauty Task Have You Never Tried?

    Design Mom
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    By Gabrielle. Photo by Kristen Loken. When I was in Salt Lake City in January, I was getting my hair done at the hotel spa, and the stylist and I started chatting about facials. She’s a huge fan of facials and tries to schedule one every month. It’s her big luxury/splurge. I was nodding along and thinking Yes! Facials! Amazing! The Best!, when I suddenly laughed at myself because I’ve never had a facial and don’t even have a clear idea of what actually happens during a facial. From what I understand they can involve massage, steaming, exfoliating, masks, clearing of…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:33 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How are you? How was your week? It was a good one at our house. Nothing too exciting, just the daily satisfying kind of stuff. (I love that stuff!) Next week will be busier — we have two birthdays coming up, plus a baptism. And it’s time to think about Easter plans as well, because it happens really early in April this year, and I know it’s going to catch me off guard if I wait till the end of the month. (Been there, done that.) If you need some inspiration, I put a whole bunch of Spring & Easter projects in the sidebar. I’m…
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    Dutch Blitz

  • Happy

    angella
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Life is busy, but it will be busy for the next thirty years or so. I’ve come to the realization that getting through the week/month only means that I’ll then have to make it through the next week/month. When one commitment ends, another takes its place, and so on and so forth. Discouraging? A little bit. Defeating? Nope, because we have a great life. (I just typed out a whole story about how I made the kids understand how great they have it, after they made it clear how entitled they feel, but everything on the Internet lasts forever. I deleted the story, but if you know me in…
  • Artsy Fartsy

    angella
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Emily has been an Artist for as long as she’s been able to move and create. She sings, she dances, and she draws me beautiful pictures, usually with an “I LOVE YOU MOM” caption. She draws with sidewalk chalk, she uses markers to colour in books, and she uses pencils to draw renditions of characters in the books she reads. She is a creative being and I love it. On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Masters (Matthew is known as Mr. Matt to the kids in our church, so now that he’s working on his Masters for about forty hours (!) per week (!!) on top of working more than forty hours a…
  • Unreal

    angella
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:25 pm
    The winter weather where we live is not the stereotypical “Canada weather” that our dear Americans refer to. We live at the top of the Sonoran desert, which comes all of the way from California. We live in an area that happens to get some snow down below, with more snow in the mountains. We usually hover around the freezing mark from November through February, with the occasional cold snap of twenty below. This winter has been off the rails. We had an epic snowstorm that saw us without power for four days out of seven, which was delightful (hashtag sarcasm). Then the snow melted,…
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    Boss Sanders

  • Week One, Days 1 and 2 – Goals, Workouts, Health

    bosssanders
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    So, here we go. I’m probably at one of the lowest points (barring first trimester pregnancy) of my health.  For MONTHS – I’ve suffered from weakness, tiredness, nausea, and hormones that shifted so much that for 1 1/2 months, I bled.  That came with it’s own side effects.  After MANY tests, we have an idea of what probably sparked the confusion and chaos in my body.  Turns out, it really does matter what we put into our bodies and how we treat them. After getting a little of my strength back, I’m ready to move further down the journey to health.  I’m…
  • February Mash-Up

    bosssanders
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    So, I’ve been reading… My husband read this book in highschool for a class and insisted that I read it.  I’m not sure how I missed this in school, but I’m glad I was able to read it now!  It’s definitely a good book.  AND… Lois Lowry has books that go with this one…so, we are excited to read those together.  HOORAY!  We are nerds, this I know. I’m still working on my dear husband to try to get him to read 1985.  By the way, if you’ve not read that one, you should add it to your list, too.  It’s a GREAT read…and a little…
  • As Of Today, January 23, 2015

    bosssanders
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    *I think this photo is equal parts “creepy” and “funny.”    I think it’s the glasses. Outside my window… It’s COLD – Golden grass and the sky, a blanket of overcast white.  Chilling breeze that cuts through, shifting leaves and branches as it goes.  There is no trace of the fluffy cotton-ball snow that fell earlier today. I am thinking… About creating a recipe/menu-planning ebook.  Every time I cook a dish my girls love (which is daily), they ask, “Mama, when I’m big, can I have this recipe, too?”  They’ve already…
 
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    Virtual Coach

  • @barbling: Why All My Stuff Looks Like It’s Been Beaten With The Ugly Stick http://buff.ly/1A5dw7l

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:28 pm
    This Just In! Why All My Stuff Looks Like It’s Been Beaten With The Ugly Stick http://buff.ly/1A5dw7l Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
  • Good night! #coffee

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:53 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!
  • Disney Will Eventually Make A 'Big Hero 6' Sequel, And This Is How They'll Do It

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    This Just In! Disney Will Eventually Make A 'Big Hero 6' Sequel, And This Is How They'll Do It Disney Will Eventually Make A 'Big Hero 6' Sequel, And This Is How They'll Do Itmoviepilot.comBaymax and Big Hero 6 were a big hit for Disney last year, so can we expect a Big Hero 7? 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…
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    crunchycarpets.com

  • Special Deal! 20% Discount on Your Marvel Universe Live Tickets!

    Kerry Sauriol
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    You may have spotted my post about the Marvel Universe Live show coming to Canada and the little giveaway I was offering too.  Well, I am happy to share a discount code too for those wanting to buy tickets! The code is: BLOGMUL  and is good for 20% off all non-premium seating for all shows across Canada.  This offer is only valid March 1st (today) to March 5th, 2015.   There is a max of 15 tickets per order with this discount code and is not valid with any other discounts and or opening night discount specials. Below is a list and links to all the sites to purchase your tickets!
  • Art & Pokemon Come Together @ 4Cats

    Kerry Sauriol
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Last weekend the kids and I spent a fun morning at 4 Cats on Main St.   4 Cats on Main is already a pretty cool place …..seriously, I could just sit and ‘breathe’ art supplies.  I love art supplies.  Sigh.  I also love any organizations that can enthusiastically share the joy of art and creation and show how much fun it can be for everyone of all ages. Saturday morning was a fabulous meeting of two worlds as it was Nintendo of Canada that had invited us to attend the class where the kids would use their artistic chops to learn to draw their favourite POKEMON characters.
  • Big Hero 6 out on DVD/Blu-Ray

    Kerry Sauriol
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Big Hero 6 is now out on Blue Ray/Combo DVD.   It was recently awarded the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.  Granted it was not nominated against any other huge giants other than How to Train Your Dragon 2, but I think it still deserved the win for a number of reasons. As demanded, I took all three to see Big Hero 6 when it came out.  And we all watched it again today on the DVD.  There is a lot of great animation these days, but often it the shows appeal to one gender or another or are more for little kids than older kids and so on.  Big Hero 6 is great for all ages and genders.
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    Cheaper Than Therapy

  • What Scares Me Today

    ali
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    I used to have this small lululemon bag that I used to carry my pretty heels when I would commute in, well, my way-less-pretty commuting shoes. It was covered in inspirational quotes and tips about drinking fresh water to flush away toxins and  listening first and asking questions later and doing something every day that scares you. Well, I stopped my downtown carslashsubwayslashwalking commute every day years ago, and the lululemon bag has long since fallen apart at the seams. I wasn’t reminded of it until last week when I went to pour my morning coffee and realized that the milk had…
  • The Young Old Person

    ali
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    During one of my morning commutes, I listened to a quarter of an episode of The Nerdist podcast, one where Chris Hardwick chats with a post-Boyhood Ethan Hawke. My commute is fifteen minutes door-t0-door, sometimes eighteen when I need to defrostslashdefog my windows. After I finished binge-listening to the Serial podcast on our way to Atlanta,  I have become a little obsessed with podcasts. I tried to listen to Unbroken through my Audible account but it took too much brainpower and it was just too long. Podcasts require less time commitment, less caffeine commitment. (I love This American…
  • This Kind of Girl

    ali
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:38 pm
    I’m the kind of girl who picks zombies over Grammys. Well, mostly. I’m actually the kind of girl who watches about 11 minutes of the Grammys — enough to see Pharrell win something, Taylor Swift not win something, a cupcake dress, and Madonna’s inner thighs — and accidentally discover that the zombies are back on tv after a way-too-long hiatus. It’s funny, that. Because red carpets are high up on my long list of things I love — a list that includes such favorites as the perfect black pencil skirt, good scotch, maps, elbow patches, black and white toile, people who…
 
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  • I’m Going To Staples Today!

    Kim Zoot
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    I am so excited because I’m going to Staples today! (What?) BUT SERIOUSLY! STAPLES! (WHAT?!?!) I don’t go to office supply stores (Staples being the one on my end of town) often because I buy stuff I just don’t need. Like pretty notepads. Or new pens. Or card stock and stationary. Or notebooks. I don’t need any of that stuff. I have my solid winner favorite pens (Pentel EnerGel Liquid Gel Ink Metal Tip 7.0mm Retractable) and even though I kept buying new ones for years after I decided on those, I never found anything that really even came close. They even have multiple…
  • March? Huh?

    Kim Zoot
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:19 am
    I’m confused. My calendar says it’s March 2nd. It’s not March yet, is it? I know February is a short month, but it didn’t shrink to 7 days did it? Because I truly believe I missed at least 3 weeks of the month somewhere. Maybe in a pile of puke-covered laundry and ice covered streets? The kids have had so few days where they’ve both been to school for a full day, that I feel like they’ve only had school for about a week since Christmas. MARCH? I don’t think so. Nope. Not happening. I especially am in denial because – on the first Saturday of…
  • Better! :)

    Kim Zoot
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    I feel MUCH better today! As you can tell by the emoticon in the title! That’s complex content creation, right there. Learn from the master. Sometimes this blog is the only thing that keeps me from needing a therapist or medication for my anxiety or depression. There’s something so weirdly therapeutic about putting my thoughts/feelings out in the universe and there’s DEFINITELy something (not at all weird) about voices saying, “Yeah…me too.” So, thank you. I had a good run yesterday. I held the pace for 13 miles that I’m supposed to hold in an…
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    Blissfully Domestic

  • DIY St. Patrick’s Day Burlap Door Hanger

    Kelley Grant
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Have you started to see green?  We have transitioned from Valentine’s day to St. Patrick’s day just like that!  Are you ready for the green holiday?  I made a St. Patrick’s burlap door hanger to help get in the mood.  It was super easy and I’m going to show you how to make your own today!   To make your own door hanger, you will need: 1 yard of burlap green paint of your choice glue gun newspaper floral wire ribbon scissors To start, cut your burlap into two identical clover shapes.  Make one clover a few inches longer around the edges so that you can glue it…
  • Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham

    MommyNamedApril
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:17 pm
    This post is such a favorite – we wanted to share again for everyone starting to think about those special Spring dinners – like Easter!  Enjoy!   If your holiday house is anything like mine, then you run out of oven space very quickly.  That’s what makes this recipe so great – whip out your trusty slow cooker and you can make a delicious Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham without so much as warming the oven! Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham Ingredients: 9-10 pound precooked spiral cut ham, bone in 2 cups honey 1 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 cup Worcestershire…
  • A Sweet St Patrick’s Day

    Raina
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    It seems that most holidays get way more sweet treats than others-I love the idea of making St Patrick’s Day a little sweeter! While you’re making your corned beef, how about adding these special treats in as a dessert and make it a night to remember? The Sweet St Patty’s Menu: Mint macaroons with chocolate ganache Irish Creme hot cocoa with mint (there’s also a non-boozy version too!) The Irish Lass Are you excited? I know I am! Let’s talk set up and then get to the recipes! First, I LOVE vintage plates. Any reason to bring them out, I take. It really feels…
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    Nodin's Nest

  • Our New Feline Friend, Jabu

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

    13 Feb 2015 | 11:57 am
    Today my son planted a Minecraft garden for me. He told me it's a special indoor garden with a stain glass roof to let in light and fountain walls to water it. This is a screenshot from his computer. It's a lot more awesome than this photo!The plaque at the back says "For the mother I love". I admit, I got kind of weepy. Hope you all enjoy your day :)
  • Tinker Crate

    11 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    My son is so excited! I just ordered a subscription to Tinker Crate for him to try. He thinks of himself as a creator but we find it hard to gather all the items he needs for projects. Tinker Crate takes care of that with a kit sent to you.  They call it  "A laboratory for hands-on experiments delivered every month" .  All materials are included.From their website  "Tinker Crate inspires kids to explore and learn about science, engineering, and technology—and have fun doing it. Every month, a new crate to help kids develop a tinkering mindset and creative problem solving…
 
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    vintage everyday

  • 40 Incredible Colorized Photos from History

    John VE
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    It’s incredible how much more we can relate to photographs once they are presented in color. These moments in the past go from being a distant memory, to one that we can relate to on a much deeper and more personal level.Women Delivering Ice, 1918Colourized by Dana KellerPainting WWII Propaganda Posters, Port Washington, New York – 8 July 1942Colourized by Patty AllisonTheoretical physicist Albert Einstein, 1921Colourized by KlassixxEaster Eggs for Hitler, c 1944-1945Colourized by ZuzzahAbandoned Boy Holding a Stuffed Toy Animal. London 1945Colorozed by: HansLuciferSee more »
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1969

    John VE
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:36 am
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience in Copenhagen. Denmark, Jan 10th 1969.
  • 17 Amazing Vintage Photographs of Native American Life

    John VE
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Edward S. Curtis, a professional photographer in Seattle, devoted his life to documenting what he perceived to be a vanishing race. His monumental work The North American Indian was published between 1907 and 1930 and contained over 2000 photogravures in its volumes and portfolios. It presented an extensive ethnographical study of numerous tribes, and the photographs of Curtis remain memorable icons of the American Indian. Although the Smithsonian Libraries owns a complete set of Curtis’ publication, only a small portion of the photogravures has been digitized. Yebichai, the beggar,…
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    My Mommy's Place

  • Things We Made for Valentine’s Day

    Leslie
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    Julia made her own valentines this year on her computer. For her class: And a throwback for her teachers: (She attached her crayon hearts to a free printable card from The Long Thread.) Lucy didn’t want homemade valentines for school so, she picked valentines from the store – My Little Pony for the girls and Sports for the boys. She wrote them out and attached a mini-Twix to each, because Twix is her favorite and the important thing about all this is that she did it all by herself, MOM. Both girls made valentine kabobs to share with their classmates. And, since Dave is working on…
  • Discoveries

    Leslie
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    I tried two new recipes in the past week and they were BOTH big hits! This rarely happens. I am a minimally skilled cook on a minimal budget, preparing meals for four kids, two parents, and one “basic” husband. Ordinarily there’s someone who isn’t jazzed about what I’m putting on the table. But conditions were perfect. The recipes were for the crock pot – my wheelhouse. I’m really quite good at throwing ingredients together and walking away until they become a meal. I had most of the ingredients on hand already. My regular dinner rotation was getting…
  • Reciprocity

    Leslie
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:24 pm
    This is Fluffy Ufferton, the most recent addition to our indoor cat gang. He loves Julia. He really loves Julia when she plays the piano. And she loves him back.
 
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    Born Just Right

  • Looking up to Zach Hodskins

    Jen Lee Reeves
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    Basketball is a big part of our life during this time of the year. Jordan loves the challenge. She loves being on defense. She is starting to understand the intricacies of the game. She’s grown a lot as a player. I also knew there are mentors in the basketball world. I met Kevin Laue in late 2013 after watching a documentary about his college basketball career just as Jordan was starting hers. I knew one-handed basketball is possible. College basketball has a new one-handed player with freshman Zach Hodskins. He’s a preferred walk on player for the Florida Gators. I’ve kept…
  • That overwhelming moment

    Jen Lee Reeves
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    We are a busy family. If you add in our activities and travel and my work travel, a few things have been ignored lately: I am not exercising enough and the house is a total mess. No, not like the Hoaders show. But there are piles everywhere. The house feels like it’s kind of closing in on itself. And we need to clean up. We’ve lived in the same house for almost 12 years. That’s longer than I’ve lived anywhere. I have a feeling I’ve downsized regularly just because I was moving a lot. But times have changed, our house hasn’t and we have a LOT of things. I…
  • Prosthetics do not change everything

    Jen Lee Reeves
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    The awesome expansion of the eNABLE program has made it possible for more and more children to have access to the experience of wearing a prosthetic hand. The media loves it. As someone who used to work in the tv news world, I love the story: A cute child has a chance to flex a hand and hold a ball for the first time. It’s an amazing sight to see. But it’s a great moment. It’s not a moment that changes everything. Journalists tend to overstate the moment. “A 3-year-old girl’s life is about to change forever thanks to some new technology. She is getting a…
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    The Art of Simple

  • The art of noticing your three square feet

    Tsh Oxenreider
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    We’ve been in small-town France for about a week and a half as of this post. After almost six months of traipsing around Asia, Australia, and Africa, we’re in a land that feels a bit milk and honey-ish, if I’m being honest. The quiet rolling hills of Provence, the quaint shops, and the food—oh, the glorious food. I don’t need to tell you about the food. You know about it because it’s famous. But this place isn’t perfect. We’ve already had a few good laughs about the dog poop on the sidewalk or the construction zones with scaffolding—“Dogs don’t poop here. This is…
  • Cuppa reads

    Tsh Oxenreider
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Friends, whether you’re trapped in the snow or trapped in another hot summer day, I hope your weekend is going well. (I have a newly-found affection for you southern hemisphere readers, after spending a few months in your territories.) I’m hovering somewhere in the middle, in southern France, where it’s cool but vacillating between drizzly gray and early spring blue. While I’m back for a bit in the land of decent Internet, I’ve had a chance to catch up on some reading. Here’s some good stuff. I absolutely, wholeheartedly agree with Joshua’s sentiment…
  • Keeping journals: 5 ways your kids can start now

    Alysa Bajenaru
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    This year, we started homeschooling our kids, mostly as a way of sticking together as a family. Because of my husband’s job as a professional baseball coach, we move a few times a year. As we began our homeschool journey, I decided pretty quickly that I didn’t want to have a million pieces of paper to organize or endless works of art that would end up in a shoebox (or the trash). I also wanted them to have something they could hold onto, romantically hoping they will treasure these items as adults looking back over their childhood education. So instead of loose papers, we have started the…
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    Motherscribe

  • Words are words whether they fly, drip or graze across the page

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:36 pm
    This space has sat empty with no one to tend the store. A ghost town of words flying by but never grasped, as tumbleweeds - flashes of inspiration quickly lost to the desert wind. Taking pen to the crisp, blank page, or keyboard to ...white space yawning into endless possibility. One way, a thousand ways, no one more important than the other. Words are words whether they fly, drip or graze across the page. Fleet of foot, a sense memory of a time when verbiage exploded outward because it couldn't be contained.Where do they exist now? Behind bolted door? The creak of hinges grown rusty…
  • When the Blogger hits the road...

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Tomorrow I set out for BlogHer14. One amongst over three thousand other women (and men) who have a passion for writing on a blogging platform, I will soon feel the hum and energy of creative minds at work. Having been to two BlogHer conferences in past years, it is something to experience. This year marks BlogHer's 10th anniversary. Created and launched by three women to be reckoned with: Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins, BlogHer has become an online platform enabling women's voices to be heard around the world.When I started blogging in 2007, I was a stay-at-home mom.
  • from hot mama to chilled babe

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:06 pm
    JCK, do you know where your children are?! Yes, she does. JCK is full of glory. JCK is throwing all caution to the winds and letting her children watch a decadent hour of nonsensical cartoons. Now, in all fairness these cartoons are not nonsensical to JCK's children. But...then, children are children. Why are JCK's children planted in front of a large screen TV, eyes rolling around in their heads and brains on ...maintenance mode? Do, TELL JCK! Oh, what's that...a giggle and murmur from the duo? Hark! A conversation between them. This is the best they have gotten along in eons. Days. Hours.
 
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    We are THAT Family

  • For the Days (And Weeks) When Everything’s A Mess (Including You)

    Kristen
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    How is everything?  It was a sincere question from a dear friend. We stood in the small Mercy House building that sits in my backyard and there was barely room to turn around, as we unpacked product from around the world. I immediately thought about my filthy floors just a few steps away in my kitchen begging to be swept. And the laundry in various stages throughout the house and the dirty dishes in the sink and the clean ones in the dishwasher. I thought about the bills that needed to be paid and the taxes that needed to be filed and my cluttered closets and the boxes of stuff still…
  • If Your Kids Grow As Fast As Mine

    Kristen
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:55 pm
    I don’t know about you, but it seems like my kids keep growing. It must be the food or something. My son is more than a head taller than me now and I’m trying to stretch my second graders through the rest of the cold weeks ahead. I love buying second hand kids clothes because they grow so fast.  I just learned about Schoola, an online kids store that  offers gently used clothing at steep discounts. Most of the items are name brand + a portion of all sales go to help local schools. How it works: Sign up, get $15 in credit and within a few minutes, they will email you a 25%…
  • Here’s Our Chance to Really See The World

    Kristen
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    The earrings placed in my hand made me stop in my tracks. I looked down at the neon pink crocheted earrings and was completely speechless. I looked up at Klaw Meh, one of our longtime students and smiled at her. This wasn’t the first time she used different yarn. We usually buy whatever we think we can sell, but for Fair Trade Friday, we are a little more selective. I called over a translator and asked why they were pink. “Does she have any neutral ones to sell?” I wasn’t sure we could sell neon earrings. I wanted to find out why Klaw Meh didn’t use the thread…
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    Scary Mommy

  • 10 Reasons Why I Respect The Toddler

    Liz Curtis Faria
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Let me start by saying that I have the utmost respect for that often maligned creature, the toddler. As a local toddler once said “Toddlers are a lot like real people. But better.”Ahem.It’s a complicated age. The age of innocence, on the one hand, but also the age of, how shall I put this delicately – being a little d-bag. It’s a strange time in the evolution of a person.During the toddler years emotions run very, very high. Logic and reasoning run very, very low. That was charitable of me. Logic and reasoning are nonexistent. In short: A toddler is an emotional powder keg…
  • The Day I Finally Accepted That My Son Has Autism

    Jessica Ripper
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    I learned something today. This is saying a lot because on most days, the only thing I feel like I learn is that sheer mental exhaustion can’t actually kill you. But today my brain accepted a new fact: My son has Aspergers Syndrome. We got the diagnosis almost two years ago, but as we’ve established, I’m not such a good learner.When my son was first diagnosed, I brushed it off. See, I provide behavior therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum and have done so for ten years. So when I started seeing early warning signs in Joey, I attributed it to my overly sensitive perceptions.Then…
  • The Joy of Body Discovery

    Rita Davis
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Image via ShutterstockThe moment when your baby discovers his or her hands….“Holy cow, I have hands! Just look at em’–aren’t they amazing! I can stare at them for hours. Did you know they can fit in my mouth?!”Adorable.The moment when kids discover they have a penis or a vagina.“Look at my penis! Look at my penis! It can grow big, too!!”Not so adorable. But, funny as hell.My children have experienced an awakening. Not the Kate Chopin version, either. Their eyes have opened to the fact they have genitalia, will be getting breasts, getting a period, and could have fur, I…
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    San Diego Momma

  • Netflix Family Movie Night

    debawriter
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
        We finally did it. Last month, we canceled our cable movie subscriptions and went Roku. Now, we watch everything on Netflix and I have to say, I don’t miss Cinemax and Showtime too much. (The channel that played all “A Haunting In… shows? That cancellation hurt a little.)   Anyway, along with a whole new world of big screen wonders opening up to us on Netflix has come a tendency to indulge in Family Movie Nights on one or both weekend days. Cuddled up on the couch, fighting over blankets, yelling for someone to make pizza STAT, it’s all become a…
  • The Chicago Stories

    debawriter
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:46 pm
    As I drove to work the other day, my life played before my eyes. It does that sometimes, random bits of memories fly into my brain unbidden and I’m back to 26, waiting at a lakefront bus stop beset by wild wind, untethered and lonely, feeling quite like a failure for not being further along in my career. Or an image of me standing on the el platform will come as a jolt, and I see myself clad in a chiffon flowered skirt, black sateen blazer, and platforms, all very itchy in 89-degree weather, on my way to a downtown temp agency to apply for something requiring Excel skills that I faked.
  • 10 Songs I’ll Listen to for the Rest of My Life

    debawriter
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Fun lyrical factoid: If you’ve ever hung out with me for more than five minutes, and audio devices lurk nearby, you’ll inevitably face the “I’m just going to play you this one song!” San Diego Momma shakedown. That’s because I’m the person who makes you listen to her music, whether you’re complicit in the process or not. I’ve even been known to shut people in quiet rooms at parties with my phone and a pair of ear buds just they could “hear the words” of my latest favorite tune. One time, I emerged from a guest bedroom with a…
 
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • The Casual Tank Dress

    admin
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’m currently obsessed with tank dresses! I was so sick of wearing tees and tanks with shorts one day, that I bought this grey one on impulse from Cotton On. It was originially $19 and with 30% off, I paid $13. I probably wouldn’t have bought it otherwise. I love LOVE the colour and the fine knit fabric (so soft, no creases!). It was absolutely delicious to wear… but the quality was terrible. I wore it all day, once. I hand-washed it gently and noticed that it had pilled around the chest area, where my arms came into contact with the dress. I felt so bad and silly for buying…
  • Snap Crackle Pop!

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:14 pm
    More fireworks, more food, more celebrations! I love this time of year!
  • 3 Seconds of Weightlessness

    admin
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:24 pm
    I tried NOT to think about it. I knew if I actually stopped and considered my situation, I would find myself overcome with fear. I took two fast steps towards the edge of the wooden jetty and leaped high into the air. In the 3 seconds before my feet touched the water, my senses exploded and I was suddenly so aware of the moment. As they say, it was as if time had frozen. 3 seconds is not very long. But curiously, it was long enough for me to have a conversation with myself, in my head. Stay upright. Don’t do anything silly. This will be over in a sec. You want to be alive at the end.
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  • Ever After High...and Whoopie Pies! #StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Miss Maggie LOVES Ever After High. Ever since she found it on Netflix, she's had it on a consistent rotation. (Truth be told, I like it. I am a sucker for illustrated characters, and these are really good.)When the Ever After High Party set from Netflix came in the mail, she was over the moon planning her party.What shall we serve???When having a viewing party for a few friends, one must serve something sweet...no?Let's just say mommy was thinking ahead. You see, I woke up Friday feeling like grown up Christmas morning. This greeted me in my inbox...There is no better way to wake up in the…
  • Snow Days

    Cynthia Wheeler
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Not Boston snow...but Chicago has a lot!
  • Top 4 Twilight Zone Episodes On Netflix #StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    On the way home from school, Maggie asked: "Mommy, what is The Twilight Zone?""It's one of The Best. Shows. Ever." I replied."What is it about?" she asked.OK...this is not an easy answer. What is The Twilight Zone about...You're traveling through another dimension -- a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's a signpost up ahead: your next stop: the Twilight Zone!You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of…
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    What's That Smell?

  • The Skinny Gut Diet – It’s More Than a Diet, It’s a Lifestyle

    Kimberly Grabinski
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Skinny Gut Diet for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The word diet can often have a negative connotation. The word diet is often used as an excuse for why we “can’t” eat something we consider a treat. The word diet makes us feel like we aren’t in control, […] The post The Skinny Gut Diet – It’s More Than a Diet, It’s a Lifestyle appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Natural Motion Sickness Relief for Dogs

    Kimberly Grabinski
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Just like people, dogs can get car sick. I remember when we got Simon in 2002. He was 12 weeks old and couldn’t go 15 minutes in the car without throwing up. My car STUNK for months. When he was almost a year old, we moved from California to Illinois. We drove our 2 dogs […] The post Natural Motion Sickness Relief for Dogs appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Ever After High Spring Unsprung on Netflix #StreamTeam

    Kimberly Grabinski
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    Royal or Rebel? If you know what I am talking about, you obviously have an Ever After High fan in your life. If your little Royal or Rebel is like mine, she has the dolls, the diary, the clothes and more. And she is probably often mentioning names that you maybe slightly recognize from the […] The post Ever After High Spring Unsprung on Netflix #StreamTeam appeared first on What's That Smell?.
 
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  • The things we say

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

    Stacy Lewis
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    The boys are now 11 and 8, and our days go something like this… Good morning I wake up at 5 AM, and I have about two hours to myself to do a variety of things. My husband Rom is also up at 5 (or earlier!) and gone for work by 5:30 AM. Some days I practice my Spanish, some days I prepare the day’s school work, or I do laundry (on Wednesdays), go to the grocery store, cook food for lunches and dinners, or sometimes even meditate. The boys wake around 7 AM every day (my oldest has an internal clock) and they usually play upstairs on their own or come downstairs to read. Breakfast and…
  • Senses Shared

    Stacy Lewis
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:08 pm
    read… the obvious thing about feelings (they’re meant to be felt)… finished The King of Ireland’s Son (read-aloud for Mica) and none of the million books I’ve bought or checked out from the library taste… cooked cabbage, so sweet and yummy see… pride (movie) hear… Water by Alex Theory, Sitting Still Like a Frog, and Supercalifragilisticexpialdocious… oh! and just a little bit of Bjork’s new album smell… beeswax… candles and modeling… oh, how I love the smell of beeswax! practice… presenting Hakomi exercises for…
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  • Mom Theatre Blogger: Abundance: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

    Robin Gorman Newman
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:45 am
    TACT/The Actors Company Theatre (Scott Alan Evans and Jenn Thompson, Co-Artistic Directors), the critically-acclaimed and Drama Desk nominated Off-Broadway company that “reveals, reclaims and reimagines great plays of literary merit,” is presenting Abundance, the 1990 play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart). An epic tale of friendship, spanning 25 years, set against the backdrop of the sweeping American West,  Abundance is directed by Ms. Thompson, who directed last season’s production of William Inge’s Natural Affection. The cast  includes TACT…
  • Mom Theatre Blogger: Rasheeda Speaking: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

    Robin Gorman Newman
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    The NY premiere of Joel Drake Johnson’s Rasheeda Speaking is playing a limited Off-Broadway engagement at The New Group, January 27 – March 22.  Directed by actress Cynthia Nixon, in her impressive directorial debut, the polished production features a cast of real pros —  Patricia Conolly  (Rose), Darren Goldstein (Dr. Williams), Tonya Pinkins (Jaclyn) and Dianne Wiest (Ileen). Despite their differences, Ileen and Jaclyn have developed what appears to be a genuine bond, at least in the workplace, as they toil away at the front desk of Dr. Williams’ medical office. When…
  • MOM THEATRE BLOGGER: John & Jen: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

    Robin Gorman Newman
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:44 am
    The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company is presenting the first New York revival of John & Jen, the musical with music by Andrew Lippa, lyrics by Tom Greenwald, and a book by Greenwald and Lippa. Performances began February 10th at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues), and it runs through April 4th. The musical stars star Kate Baldwin as Jen (Tony Award nominee, Finian’s Rainbow) and Conor Ryan as John (most recently seen in The Fortress of Solitude at The Public Theater and the Broadway production of Cinderella).
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    The Motherhood

  • Best Children’s Books: The Motherhood’s Picks

    The Motherhood
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    Today is Read Across America Day (also known as Dr. Seuss Day), and there’s no better way to celebrate than by sitting down with your kids to crack open a new book – or by perusing an old favorite together. Image created by Angela of About a Mom on behalf of the Fuel for School campaign with Champions for Kids. Over the years, The Motherhood team has worked with a number of clients on campaigns that encourage reading, including one for the kid-friendly VTech V.Reader and – most recently – a charitable initiative called “Fuel for School” with Champions…
  • How to Monetize Your Blog

    The Motherhood
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    At The Motherhood, we have the pleasure of working with some of the most savvy, hard-working and successful bloggers out there. If you’ve ever wanted to follow in their footsteps and create a profitable way to promote your passion, read on for some tips on how to monetize your blog. Find Your Footing No matter what you blog about – recipes, parenting, bodybuilding, your kids’ artwork or anything in between – make a commitment to create quality content on a regular basis. We’d recommend at least three blog posts a week. The more you publish, the more you’ll appear in online…
  • Dad 2.0 Summit Recap: Our Top 5 Takeaways

    The Motherhood
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    Based on what we saw and heard last week at Dad 2.0 Summit, 2015 is shaping up to be a watershed year for dads. Whether bloggers, activists or “regular guys,” there has been a steady shift in perception about what it means to be a “real man” taking on the role of dad. (Just think back to how many brands stepped up and portrayed men as emotionally involved parents in their Super Bowl commercials this year.) Both attendance and sponsorships at Dad 2.0 Summit increased significantly between 2014 and 2015, a recognition on both sides that dads have the microphone and are…
 
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  • the religious elephant in the room.

    Casey
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    About one year ago, I stopped going to church. There’s a million reasons why, and if I were to give you the reasons you would either nod your head in agreement or you would give me the standard church answers every Mormon learns within the first year or two of membership. That is perhaps my greatest issue with the LDS church, it has become more about the culture and stereotypes rather than the doctrine. I do not have any real problem with the LDS church, in fact I have the utmost respect and gratitude for it coming into my life when it did. I needed a strict set of rules and guidelines…
  • Vivi-isms: Part 2

    Casey
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:34 pm
    When Vivi isn’t meowing at me (her preferred form of communication over the last several months) she has squeaked out a few Vivi-isms. “My favorite shape is a heart. Daddy’s favorite shape is a square, LIKE HIS HEAD.” This: “My nickname is Sticks, you can call me Sticks.” “Dad? Why do you have lady legs?” This: *Playing in her room, stands up, walks over to the cat, squats in his face and farts on him* “Santa puts his hat on and hos, hos, hos, errywhere!” “I’m going to go play with bodies (Barbies), in the body (Barbie)…
  • The Importance Of Writing Down Your Love (sponsored by Hallmark)

    Casey
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
    I’ve paid $6 to park my car for an hour. I’ve paid $6 to get on an airplane faster. I’ve paid $6 for a substandard burrito and I’ve even paid $6 for a bottle of water. As I look around my house there are very few things still around that I paid $6 for, because while $6 may seem like a lot for some things, $6 will rarely buy you quality or permanence. I have amassed a collection of Post-It notes from Cody, every once in a while he’ll paper the house with them while I’m asleep. They don’t say anything particularly profound, but I keep every last one, and tuck them away where I can…
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    Lit and Laundry

  • Marmalade quilt top done

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
     I finished this quilt top and taped it up on the window to admire the colors.  I think it looks like stained glass up there.  The pattern is called "Marmalade" and is from the Kaffe Fassett book "Quilts Grandeur."  I'm still deciding what fabric to use on the back.  If I am likely to display it up on a wall, I will just use something I have around, like a solid.  If I'm going to have it on the back of a chair or something, I might use another Kaffe fabric, so the back is just as pretty as the front.I'm also debating how I want to quilt it.  I keep coming…
  • What I Learned While Starting 15 Projects in 15 Days

    16 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    finish #1: freebie from Bent CreekStarting a project is the hardest part.  Aristotle said "well begun is half done" (maybe without the rhyming). Just getting all of the fibers and fabric organized for each project took weeks of effort.  But the payoff to all the careful organizing was a palate of great colors to work with and the perfect fabric all ready to go. A Christmas Carol by Cross Stitch Collection MagazineIt's hard to make time for myself a priority.  I tried to get an hour of stitching in first thing in the morning after my routine chores were done.  I felt the…
  • More stitching starts and a reading challenge

    6 Jan 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Today's start is from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  A super cute small piece for Thanksgiving.  I almost finished it, but ended up going to the movies with Jungle Boy this evening.  It will be fun to pick this up next time and finish it up.Yesterday was not as productive, but still a start:It's just the door from a Country Cottage Needleworks piece called "Bless Our Home."  A nice patriotic little cottage to finish up before summer.Now for a fun book challenge.  Go check out Bringing Up Burns for her 26 book challenge for 2015.  She has a fun list of prompts to…
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  • Makes My Monday: Double Daddy ROCKS

    Cheryl Lage
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    He's been in a band, Sad Biscuit Jones, for 15+ years. As of October 2015, he will have been fighting melanoma for 10 years... As of last month, 3 years at Stage 4. As of last week, his scans, analyzed by our vigilant, cautious, non-sugarcoating oncologist ... My man ROCKS...in every possible way.Thanks be to God, to our incredible Dr. Grosh, to all the cancer fighting teams at the UVA Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, to the National Cancer Institute at NIH, to Drs. Steven Rosenberg and James Yang, to Chris Blackwell and the clinical trial administered by Bristol-Myers Squibb, to all the…
  • The DL on DK

    Cheryl Lage
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:13 pm
    The Down Low...on Dorling Kindersley.From their lavishly illustrated board books for toddlers, to their more maturely composed texts for tween (and older) audiences, the books published by Dorling Kindersley have long been amongst our family favorites. (When forced to pare down our little ones' beyond ample library, the DK selections are often the hardest with which to part.)Now, in our app-saturated era, wherein computer and hand-held devices occupy far more than their fair share of our twin teens' mind time, the darlings at DK are throwing their game-threatening gauntlet into the…
  • Way Back When-esday: Talk to Tomatoes

    Cheryl Lage
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    Dateline: February 22, 2005Twins' Age: 3Seeing this image brought that bouncy Veggie Tales theme song front and center to my mind's ear.Yes, a squash can make me smile, and seeing this glimpse of my little Bob and Larry warms my heart this mid-week.Did you realize Twinfatuation was the originating host of Way Back When-esday?We've been looking back with love since 2007... so please join in, play along!Dive into those digital files and share a photo find on your blog. On Facebook. Via Twitter. On Instagram...whatever your social media venue(s) of choice! Be sure to leave a comment here.
 
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  • Greek Yogurt "Ice Cream"

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Instead of giving your kids milkshakes every night, feed them this lightly sweetened Greek yogurt “ice cream” instead. This way they’ll…
  • Simple Meatloaf

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Your picky eaters may scream and whine in attempts to get fatty fried chicken fingers, but you have to resist. This recipe is the perfect weapon to fight…
  • Amazing Parsnip Fries

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    These look and taste like French fries to your picky eater, but they’re actually parsnip fries! This is a great way to trick your children into…
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Super Savings on Kids Decor at Walmart

    Monica
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    If you’ve been looking to refresh, or completely re-do your child’s room, now is the time to do it! Walmart is featuring some super deep discounts with Rollbacks on everything you need, from kids’ furniture, to kids’ lamps and wall decor. There are even rollbacks on playroom storage and furniture too! I was given $50 to see what I could do to refresh my girls’ rooms, and so I asked them what they wanted the most. We recently bought them new bedding, so that wasn’t needed. While going through Walmart.com, they came across some room darkening curtains that…
  • See What All the Fuss Is About!

    Monica
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:10 pm
    The Oscars will be here Feb. 22. As usual, it features a lot of great films like American Sniper to Birdman to Whiplash and more. But if you want to see what the fuss is about, where can you watch them? They’re not on Netflix streaming. You probably will be waiting forever to get it on Netflix DVD, and most likely not available or already rented at Redbox kiosks or your local video store. Some titles like Birdman can’t even be purchased on DVD/Blu-ray until February 17th. Stop the hunt! You can find most, if not all, on Walmart’s VUDU. What is VUDU?  VUDU is a digital video on demand…
  • Keep Your Clothes Tide Fresh with Tide Pods Detergent

    Monica
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Laundry. You either love it, or you hate it… Personally, I’m great up until the part where I have to fold and put it all away.  I don’t mind dealing with stains, or making sure that one red sock doesn’t get in with all my hubby’s undershirts. Laundry is probably one of the chores I kinda enjoy doing…. But, I’m never opposed to products that make things easier. I recently got the chance to try the new Tide Pods Laundry Detergent, and I love it! No more dealing with dripping liquids, wasting detergent because some stayed behind in the measuring cup,…
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    Kaiser Mommy

  • 39 years, 364 days

    Dawn
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Looking ahead to 1:27am, the 24th of February 2015 … that monumental age change … that awful thought that someone could put an ad in the paper with a birthday greeting of “Lordy Lordy looks who’s ….” I can’t even finish that thought. I never claimed 30. Never coped with that age change. I went from 27 to … something in my 30s, only after claiming 27 long enough that everyone was in on the obvious joke. I’ve spent all month thinking about this post and what has come before. This is what 39 and 364 days looks like from here. I am a half…
  • Talyaa Liera

    Dawn
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    My teacher Talyaa has lasers in her brain. Isn’t that a lovely opening line? Attention getting, makes you postulate “what on earth is going on?” My teacher Talyaa lived in a cocoon named Karen Murphy for decades. When I met her she was a Type A, Montessori doll sewing mom. She had a growing mommy blogger internet presence and wrote for Strollerderby. At the time, that was all the cool kid cred anyone needed. She has a son with Down Syndrome, I mailed her some information to a PO Box in some East Coast state. I met her in person once in some cha cha San Francisco area at the…
  • Susan Niebur

    Dawn
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Life is given to each of us.  We each get one shot at this sucker, and we are never really told that it will be fair. ~Susan Niebur Once upon a time, there was a blogger named Sam who was diagnosed with cancer. It was just as I came into blogging and I wasn’t sure what was up with all the “Team Whymommy” buttons on all these blogs. Sam’s name was actually Susan, but she used Sam to keep her life a little more private. She wrote this excellent piece about how the computer became all these windows to all these lives – which at the time, I was trapped under baby…
 
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    A Cowboy's Wife

  • Getting Active – Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp

    A Cowboy's Wife
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    It’s all about getting out of the house and getting active this Summer.  British Soccer you say?  If you haven’t heard of Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp, you need to check it out. I have heard nothing but awesome things about this soccer camp from EVERYONE! British Soccer Camp is one of the most popular camps in North America – 150,000 campers! They really help develop speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, but more importantly,  provide lessons in character development, cultural education and tons of fun.  They really make the kids feel special! I honestly…
  • Honoring Military Families, Carnival Style, Featuring Martina McBride

    A Cowboy's Wife
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:26 pm
    I was recently invited to a media event in Galveston, Texas where Carnival Cruise Lines, donated $100,000 to Operation Homefront.  It was a day of celebration, honoring military families, featuring the lovely Martina McBride.  She’s definitely no stranger to supporting the military and you could tell she was humbled and proud to be present for the event.  And of course, it couldn’t have been more perfect to celebrate it all on the Carnival Freedom! Me and my family drove 8hrs just to be at this event and I’m so glad we did.  Of course, seeing Martina McBride in a…
  • DIY Made Easy – Repurposed Picture Frame

    A Cowboy's Wife
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    I seriously have too many picture frames laying around….some with a crack in the glass!  I decided to throw out the glass and reuse the frame.  I see things like this all the time but finally took the time to make it.  I repurposed a picture frame with family photos. This has got to be the easier craft ever! I have a few barn wood frames but there is just too much brown going on around here so I painted this one red…I guess Valentine’s Day colors were on my mind! Because it’s real barn wood, it soaked up the paint and dried super fast.  I only painted with one…
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    Mamanista!

  • AT&T NETGEAR® Unite Wi-Fi Where you Need It

    Mamanista
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I travel fairly frequently and even if it’s just locally to a hotel for a meeting, I always get frustrated with the lack of access to Wi-Fi, especially if I am not a guest in the hotel. Sometimes, if there is Wi-Fi, it’s not always fast and reliable. So when I was learned about AT&T’s new portable NETGEAR ® Unite Wi-Fi, I jumped and picked one up. I am never without my phone, laptop and iPad. It’s safe to say I am always digitally connected! A mobile hotspot creates a secure Internet connection at fast speeds for your laptop, tablet and other Wi-Fi devices. In other words, it…
  • The Snuza Hero is a True Hero for New Parents

    Debbie
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:14 pm
    If you’re a new parent, you’ve got to get your hands on the Snuza Hero for your own peace of mind and your baby’s health and comfort. The Snuza Hero is a portable and easy-to-use movement monitor, which clips onto baby’s diaper to ensure that normal movement is maintained. Hero detects even the slightest abdominal movement and will alert you if your baby’s movements are very weak or fall to less than 8 movements per minute. If no abdominal movement is detected for a period of 15 seconds, Hero will gently vibrate. Often this vibration is enough to rouse the baby, and Hero…
  • Design your very own Dolls house with Lundby

    Liza
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Ok. It’s no secret that I’m OBSESSED with doll’s houses, Lundby doll’s houses in particular.  I received my first Smaland house over a year ago and it continues to bring my family and I great joy, laughter, and enough creative brainstorming to outlast any other toy in our house. Here’s a bit of background info for you: This beautiful, Swedish-designed doll’s house is the perfect starter home for your dolls. The 5-room house arrives empty, just waiting for you to decorate it. Budding interior decorators will enjoy choosing just the right items from…
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • 10 Best Movies for Family Nights

    Susan
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:08 am
    Do you want some fantastic ideas for movies you and your kids will all enjoy? It can be tricky to find family movies that everyone likes… so we’ve come up with our top ten picks for family friendly movies. For fun family nights, make some tasty snacks, get comfy on the couch and laugh along to one of these movies… Matilda – “Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.” Aladdin – “When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful…
  • Once Upon a Time… Fairy Tales for GrownUps

    Elizabeth
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Once upon a time…the words still have power to entice, enchant, bewitch. For a long time, fairy tales were relegated to the world of children, although their original audience was adult. But that’s no longer the case. The popularity of shows like Once Upon a Time which weaves in every tale from all different cultures, a practice at times charming and at times maddening and Grimm attest to this, as does the popularity of Neil Gaiman’s tales or the myriad new versions of Cinderella, aimed at adult and young adult alike. When I was a girl I loved reading the Narnia books,…
  • How To Keep Your Information Safe and Organized for Tax Time #LSSS

    Susan
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I’m a member of Master Lock’s Live Secure Safety Squad and have been compensated for my time in writing this post. There’s nothing fun about tax time. We all hate it. But there is nothing worse than doing your taxes when all your paperwork is disorganized, lost or… in the worst case… damaged or destroyed by flood, fire or theft. Even if you wimp out like me and get help filing your taxes, you still need to keep your information safe and organized throughout the year so that you can have it ready for that fateful time of year. I wish I could say all my paperwork…
 
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    Busy Zen Life

  • Easy make-ahead egg muffin breakfast

    sherina
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    One of my favourite things to eat in the morning is eggs. On weekends or days when I don’t have to work, I will almost always eat a little bit later in the morning and make myself two fried eggs. I like to have them on a variety of bases – two pieces of toast with cheese or chopped avocado, a toasted and buttered bagel, or mashed leftover sweet potatoes. I’ve even had them on top of leftover reheated brown rice. Other times I might make myself an omelet with garlic, cheese, and veggies stuffed inside. Once in awhile I’ll just scramble the eggs. On a work day, though, I…
  • You Spin Me Right ‘Round, Baby Right ‘Round

    sherina
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    I guess I jumped the gun a bit in my last post when I casually mentioned my vertigo and that it wasn’t going too badly. Since then it has progressively gotten worse to the point that having to get into work was nerve-wracking to say the least (running for a bus, being on said bus while unsteady, walking to my office, etc). On top of that, it was starting to affect my ability to do my actual job because apparently it can be quite difficult to concentrate when your head suddenly starts to spin. Go figure. On top of that, I sometimes get extremely nauseated very quickly when the spinning…
  • A slow, gradual slide downhill

    sherina
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:15 pm
    So. It’s been awhile. And you could take that to mean my blog and you’d be absolutely correct. I know a lot of things happened between the first day of school for my kids and today, but none of it was recorded here. I was overwhelmed at work and dealing with one bout of illness after another and I couldn’t muster up the motivation to blog about anything. Facebook made it so easy to post quick snippets and Instagram let me share photos, and the blog collected dust. But I’m not just referring to my blog. I’m referring to my once-fairly-active life. My life used to…
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    Travel Past 50

  • The Fascinating Jordan Museum, Amman

    Kristin Henning
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    It’s remarkable in a country full of old stuff, like Jordan, to think how recently so much of it has been discovered. Since the re-discovery of Petra two hundred years ago, exploration of archeological sites continues today. And now The Jordan Museum, just opened in 2013, offers astounding new interpretations of major discoveries and research […] The post The Fascinating Jordan Museum, Amman appeared first on Travel Past 50.
  • Lone Tree, Sinai Desert, Egypt

    Tom Bartel
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:46 am
    We drove rather quickly through the Sinai. Much of the time, we were making close to 150 kilometers (90 miles) per hour over deeply potholed roads. Frankly, I was surprised we only blew one tire. Thank God it was a rear one, and it didn’t completely blow out. It just lost its air quickly and […] The post Lone Tree, Sinai Desert, Egypt appeared first on Travel Past 50.
  • Modern Architecture in Rome: Rebuilding the City

    Kristin Henning
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    I don’t mind saying that travel has a way of reminding me how little I know. In Rome a few weeks ago (December 2014), we signed up to take our third Context Travel tour. It’s the company with the tagline “Tours for the Culturally Curious.” (That reminds me, too, how much I wish I’d used […] The post Modern Architecture in Rome: Rebuilding the City appeared first on Travel Past 50.
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    Burgh Baby

  • 9 Months

    burghbaby
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Mila turned the page on 9 months this weekend, which left me thinking about what I could write here about this stage in her awesomeness. In the time I spent thinking and trying to define who she is right now, she ripped Alexis' knitting project off of the needles, stuck her hand in my oatmeal, and figured out how to turn off the cable box. So. That's who she is right now. She is that baby who has an entire world to explore. She has furniture to climb. She has fires to start. And she has chairs to eat. In other words, right now Mila is that baby who should wear a "Supervision Required" t-shirt…
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

    burghbaby
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:43 pm
    I don't pretend that the things that go on in my head make any sense, which is why I can admit that I had a whole argument with myself today. "Make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, self." "No, make cheesecake, self." "Cookies." "Cheesecake." "COOKIES." "CHEESCAKE." The argument went on and on and only ended because it occurred to me that I could make both. I spent another five minutes or so arguing with myself about how exactly to go about making both when I decided to see if Google had any ideas. Of course it did. In fact, it had a GREAT idea. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie…
  • Big-Eyed Things

    burghbaby
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:35 pm
 
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  • Give More Information For A Rug Cleaning Company

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

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

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    Our Winter Wonderland and Wellness retreat last weekend had a little bit of everything: horses (plus an action-packed equine jailbreak with a happy ending, thanks to the combined round up skills of everyone present), Cowgirl Yogatography, the usual amazing food, yoga and yoga philosophy, tons of tea. But the most wonderful of all was waking up to the return of winter on Saturday, with a fresh blanket of white. It felt like Christmas. I know the East coast is tired of the white stuff...but it never fails to take my breath away.Another highlight for me was presenting with The Tea Spot's founder…
  • Cowgirl Commentary on the Colonization of Yoga

    12 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    It was only a matter of time before things got ugly again. Now, India wants yoga back, people are getting worried that we are "colonizing" yoga, and for the icing on the cake - a Missoula, Montana lawmaker who wants to strengthen the state indecent exposure law went on record saying that yoga pants should be illegal in public (it made national news). It's all falling apart! India wants yoga to be recognized as its "cultural property", much like champagne is for France. The Week's article Does Yoga Belong to India? states that there are far fewer yoga teachers per capita in India than the…
  • Pura Vida, CY style

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:32 pm
    I have to say, starting off the year in Costa Rica is highly recommended. I've recently returned from leading our first two international LUXE Cowgirl Yoga retreats with Equisol. My lucky family came along for the ride: equal parts tropical paradise, yoga bliss, and horse heaven, plus a sprinkling of adventurous moments out of an Indiana Jones movie. All the right ingredients for, as one retreater called it, a 'priceless piece of life adventure'. I know the effect of pura vida on my psyche will far outlast my tan.Pura vida - what a perfect saying. It's Spanish for 'pure life', but the meaning…
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  • REVIEW – Bunnies!!! Children’s Book

    LisaMarie
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    The product(s) featured in this post was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. 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 by the sponsor 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. Bunnies!!! By Kevan Atteberry Age Range: 4 – 8 years Grade Level: Preschool – 3 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher:…
  • State Farm Neighborhood Assist – Make A Difference In Your Community

    valmg
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is a sponsored post. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced in any way. Do you have the desire to do something to improve the community you live in? Maybe building or modifying a park in order to make it accessible to all? Or maybe there’s a cause you’d like to support close to home, such as helping homeless vets. If you have a clear vision on how to make a difference, now is the time to speak up. The State Farm Neighborhood Assist program might be able to help your vision come to life. 2015 marks the…
 
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  • 8 Essentials for Your Organization’s Case Statement

    Cari Mostert
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Are your fundraising efforts standing on the firm foundation of an outstanding case statement? Of all the documents an organization uses to aid fundraising, the case statement is one of the most important. The case statement (or case for support) is used by a nonprofit as a basis for all communication and solicitations with donors. As a primary tool for fundraising, a nonprofit’s case statement needs to be professional and accurate; a two to ten page (or more as needed) document that grabs the reader’s attention and can be presented as simply as a fact sheet or as intricately as a folder…
  • How to Research Your Fundraising Prospects – 7 Online Resources

    Devon Reeser
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Use the following resources to help you figure out the best prospects for your nonprofit or fundraising project – saving you time and money! Deciphering the best prospects for your cause may seem daunting at first, especially if you are new to fundraising. Many nonprofits spend top dollar on hiring development consultants or staff when a web savvy volunteer or staff person could do the background research themselves. Follow these hints on how to use free Internet resources to qualify new prospects for your cause! 1. Google Google’s search engine is the most comprehensive on the Net,…
  • 4 Business Practices Every Nonprofit Should Use

    Cari Mostert
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    You head up a relatively young nonprofit doing good and necessary work, an important asset to the community that you want to grow into something truly significant.  The question is, how do you and your small team of paid staff and volunteers tackle the issues holding the charity back? The following four classic business practices will fit nicely into your nonprofit toolkit. 1. SWOT analysis for nonprofits In a business context, the SWOT analysis allows companies to develop a complete picture of the factors, both good and bad, that can impact on strategic planning and decision-making.  While…
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  • Go Commando with NKOTB

    Victoria
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    When I was a little girl I was a big fan of New Kids on the Block. Every free moment my friends and I had during the school day was spent talking about Joey and Jordan or Donnie, Jonathan and Danny. There was all one guy we thought was the cutest and I am sure our parents all grew tired of how many times we played and replayed their cassettes as we learned the lyrics to the songs. My mom was awesome when it came to my love of music. She would buy me Bop magazine and every street vendor selling bootleg cassettes from NKOTB concert tours knew me because she let me buy them because that was the…
  • Staying #NYTough This Winter

    Victoria
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    My local meteorologist just announced this is the coldest February since 1934. That isn’t a typo. We’ve had to deal with constant cold weather this month that hasn’t happened for over 80 years! It’s no wonder no matter who we talk with, everyone has had it with the snow and the slush and the stinging air. As pretty as it looks, I’m counting down until spring arrives. Until then I’m staying as tough as possible through this winter. Stocking up on cold weather essentials like Vicks NyQuil to battle a cold and making sure I don’t find myself without a…
  • Cold and Flu Essentials

    Victoria
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and P&G.  The sun is shining outside but my current situation indoors isn’t exactly. But every mother knows there are no sick days when you are a single parent. So I made a plan to make my sick feeling go away and off I went to Walmart. I picked up Vicks DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu and Vicks NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu in addition to tissues, honey and tea. When I was sick when I was a little girl, my mother would make me ginger tea or tea with lemon and honey. Twinings makes a great tea that has the best smell and awakening…
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  • Things I Am Into Right Now. Seven Things.

    Jenny On the Spot
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:36 am
    Sometimes I just want to talk about things. Sometimes I just want to tell everybody about stuff that makes my life better. I’m not talking so much about youth pills and such. Just stuff. It’s hard to write about stuff and make it interesting. So I figured I would make it a video instead. Which… […] Things I Am Into Right Now. Seven Things. is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Things I Am Into Right Now. Seven Things. appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Parenting, Teens, and The Crisis of Time

    Jenny On the Spot
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    I have always been a fairly fast mover. Involved in as many things as a day could hold. And then some. People who walk… um… not fast… drive me bonkers. Even when there is no time constraint there is still much to do, even if means walking to my car so I can just get home […] Parenting, Teens, and The Crisis of Time is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Parenting, Teens, and The Crisis of Time appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Take It On Tuesday: Water Marble Nail Art

    Jenny On the Spot
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    Let me just first disclose: I AM NOT A NAIL POLISH WEARING GIRL. It’s not that I don’t WANT to… Nay. It’s because 1) I paint my own nails like with the acuity of a four year old. 2) My nails reject polish like some people reject organ transplants. Nail polish refuses to stay on […] Take It On Tuesday: Water Marble Nail Art is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Take It On Tuesday: Water Marble Nail Art appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
 
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  • DIY Computer Desk Makeover

    Alyssa
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I have wanted to do a makeover on my desk for quite some time.  I’ve had this desk since I was a teenager living with my parents.  If I remember correctly my parents bought it for me my senior year for Christmas when I got my first desktop computer.  A few years ago I spray painted it black, but it didn’t take very well and I’ve been a bit disappointed in it ever since. I thought I’d finally try my hands at a DIY desk makeover once again.Lately, I’ve become a bit obsessed with the color teal.  I was determined to paint it teal and to do a better job this time…
  • Monthly Blog Report: February 2015

    Alyssa
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    It is exciting to see the growth that has taken place with my blog.  I am loving growing my blog and actually feeling like I am getting somewhere.  I must thank Crystal and Kelli from Learn to Blog Hangouts. I took their paid class in December and I have applied what I learned and seen growth every month since.  If you decide to take their classes, tell them I sent you.  I cannot recommend them highly enough.  You can read about what I learned in their classes here.  Now on to my stats:Blog Stats (as of February 28, 2015)Page views: 14,098 Unique Visitors: 3070 Income from…
  • Home Matters Linky Party #26

    Alyssa
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. I know I have enjoyed doing so the past few weeks!Home Matters Linky Party #26!Can you believe it is already the last days of February? The year seems to be flying by, and as the weeks fly by, our party continues to grow. We are excited to have so many wonderful bloggers partying with us. It is a real treat. We love to see what you are up to each week. Remember to share our party with your friends!If you are interested in being a Co-Host at this party, we’d LOVE to have you…
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    La Dolce Vita.....

  • Everyone 3-in-1 Bath Products

    Kristen Andrews
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:34 pm
    I love the Everyone Soap 3-in-1.  This 3-in-1 is shampoo, body wash and bubble bath can be used by the entire family. Made with mild and natural ingredients, this soap contains no artificial fragrances and has added benefits of pure essential oils. Smells breezy and fresh. My skin is so sensitive and I have used this and just love it.  I get so tired of using fragrance free products so this is a real treat.  You can find them at Target.  The moisturizers are lovely too, such a treat for your body.  Enjoy! 
  • Paleo Bruschetta Chicken

    Kristen Andrews
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:57 pm
    I have tried a lot of Paleo recipes and this Paleo Bruschetta Chicken is one of my all time favorites.  The recipe is from Paleonewbie.com. Ingredients4 medium tomatoes, diced2 tbsp olive oil2 tbs balsamic vinegar2 cloves of garlic, minced1 tbsp basil1 small jar (8 oz) of artichokes, liquid drained1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and liquid drained (organic if available)1 1/2 lbs uncooked chicken breasts, dicedSalt and pepperInstructionsPreheat oven to 350º FIn a mixing bowl, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and basilNext add the diced tomatoes, artichokes and olives.
  • Kristen's Custom Creations FREE SHIPPING

    Kristen Andrews
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Please enjoy FREE Domestic shipping through Saturday January 31st, 2015.  Shop my entire collection and grab a special gift for Valentine's Day.  Enter code:  LOVEFREESHIPPING shop at:Kristen's Custom Creations. 
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  • LISTERINE 21-DAY Oral Care Challenge: Complete!

    Stefanie Fauquet
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:49 pm
    It’s been 21 days since I started the LISTERINE 21-DAY Oral Care Challenge and my mouth has never felt cleaner! I know that’s a big statement right there, but when you’re using Listerine brand products, especially LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash, twice a day, the results speak for themselves. After getting into the habit of brushing, flossing and […] The post LISTERINE 21-DAY Oral Care Challenge: Complete! appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe Wants You To Know #ReliefIsHere

    Stefanie Fauquet
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:52 pm
    This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. All opinions are my own. <img src=”https://ad.doubleclick.net/activity;src=4501146;type=invmedia;cat=ojquz4uh;ord=1?” width=”1″ height=”1″ alt=””/> It can be tough to stay well when you’re traveling. In the last month I’ve been to Galveston, Las Vegas and New York City (twice!). When you go back and forth between different climates and time zones during the height of […] The post Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe Wants You To Know…
  • Traveling to Tanzania with Coca-Cola: 5by20, Project Last Mile & EKOCenter

    Stefanie Fauquet
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Three weeks ago I traveled to Africa with Coca-Cola. I still can’t believe I typed that sentence. The trip was a short one, just 3 days in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania– but in that time I was able to see, firsthand, some of Coca-Cola’s amazing programs and social initiatives that are improving the quality of life […] The post Traveling to Tanzania with Coca-Cola: 5by20, Project Last Mile & EKOCenter appeared first on Mommy Musings.
 
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    The Adventures of Supermom® - Asheville, NC Life with Michelle Lee including Pictures

  • Women Are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends by Melanie Dale

    Supermom
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Self-proclaimed geek and “momlationship” freak Melanie Dale uses the four “bases” of dating as an analogy to guide women into more intentional relationships with each other in Women Are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends. Using humor, sarcasm, plenty of personal experiences, and the “bases of dating” metaphor from traditional courting, Dale helps women navigate past the judgmental stares and awkward small talk to find more intentional, encouraging and lasting relationships in Women Are Scary.When you show up at the park for the first time with your little…
  • March is National Crochet MonthThe Adventures of Supermom® is a crochet freak.

    Supermom
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    How appropriate.For a month now I have been working on a new business that will {hopefully} roll out in the Fall of 2015.  Every few minutes I change my mind and think that some sort of madness took over my body and that there's no way in hell that I could ever start a business and crochet beautiful things that people would actually want to spend money on.Momentary insanity???Then a few minutes later I pick up my yarn, feel in run through my fingers and start to crochet thinking that THIS will be beautiful and someone will love it!So depending on my mood I am starting a business and at…
  • IT IS WINTER!!!!!!

    Supermom
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    This week {and last} we've had icy weather and snow.  People all over were fussing about snow and us getting it.  Yada Yada Yada.I love the snow.  It's beautiful and fun and beautiful but it does cause migraines.  Some way the sun reflects off the snow and bounces back into my head feels like torture.  I can feel it right behind my eyes.  It hurts so bad that it causes my ears to even ache and neck.  SO with this snow came not only a snowman made by Ninja Gurl but a terrible migraine as well.  I think banging my head against the wall would have been…
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  • Another Closet Cleaned

    Kim Tracy Prince
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    This has been my year of cleaning out closets. Before  I didn’t do it deliberately, like declaring “This will be the year of the Closet” or anything like that. I guess that since it’s been almost 5 years since we moved, I finally hit that wall, the one that says “YOU HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF.” Candles, outdoor stuff, and placemats, oh my! Last week I stopped by Costco to stock up on normal provisions and I happened upon a sale on Snapware – just a box of humble leftover containers, but it made my heart sing. “Screw it,” I said.
  • Cheers, My Long Lost Friend #tbt

    Kim Tracy Prince
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Cocktail cruise on Lake Arrowhead. Must be pre-2005 because that’s a bikini on me under that tank top and pants. And that’s Lisa on the left. #tbt = Throwback Thursday The post Cheers, My Long Lost Friend #tbt appeared first on House of Prince.
  • Wordless Wednesday: What Sins?

    Kim Tracy Prince
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    The post Wordless Wednesday: What Sins? appeared first on House of Prince.
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    Momathon Blog

  • Crafts: Make a Valentine Heart Pin

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

    Chris
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Celebrating the wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the blog today: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" (Artwork by Chris Olson over at Pattern Bliss.)
  • Free Printables: Holiday Gift Tags

    Chris
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Can you believe it!? It’s almost time friends—and I'm sure you didn't need me to remind you or anything! If you’re at all like me and a bit behind on the whole gift wrapping front, then this post is for you. I’ve designed a free printable holiday gift tag for you to download. Just click this link below, download the love, print the tags—card stock paper works best—and get wrapping. Happy Holidays! And let’s all keep the merry going! xo Chris
 
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  • Yes, cerebral palsy can: the video

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    "Wow!" said Max. That was his response this weekend when I showed him a new video of people with cerebral palsy discussing—and showing—their abilities. He's in the video, so I'm pretty sure that's one of the reasons he was impressed.March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. In honor of it, My Life Without Limits—part of United Cerebral Palsy—put together a video, #CerebralPalsyCan. Post your own videos on social media with the hashtag #CerebralPalsyCan so they can be shared on March 25, National CP Awareness Day. "What do you think that video tells you?" I asked the kids."That people…
  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: It's all good

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    What to do if you're new hereThis is a place to share a recent favorite post you've written, or read. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post. Where it says "Your name" put the name of the blog followed by the title of the post you want to share (or just the name of the post, if there's no room—you get 80 characters).Like this: Love That Max: If kissing your kid on the lips is bad, then I am evilWhere 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…
  • If kissing your kids on the lips is bad, then I am evil

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    Every morning, I'm awoken by a kiss. Not from Dave—from Sabrina. She leans over our bed and plants one on my mouth. And like Sleeping Beauty (or the frizzy-haired mom version thereof), my spell is broken and I rise.I am in good company, as I noticed the other day when Vanessa Lachey posted a photo on Instagram of husband Nick lip-kissing their two-year-old, Camden. Last year, Jessica Alba admitted to Redbook that she kisses her little girls on the mouth—and seemed surprised to learn that some parents don't do that. As she noted, "Really? Why?! It's your baby. People allow dogs to…
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    Marinka NYC

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    Marinka
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    I saw a friend the other afternoon for coffee and he told me that I looked happy. “Are you happy?” he asked and I waffled because I suspect that if I admit to being happy, the happiness gods will smite me. I’m not sure what I’m thinking exactly, that I will jinx the happiness, that I will be like Greek hero felled by hubris, or just that I will be proven very, very wrong, but it seems wrong to talk about being happy, especially out loud, especially to other people. The other day I had a fleeting thought, and I didn’t even voice it and it came to haunt me. The…
  • Vocabulary

    Marinka
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:59 am
    The other day I was sitting around, thinking of ways to make the world a better place and also plotting against my enemies. Don’t worry, nothing dramatic, and certainly not anything we haven’t seen in the Bible and maybe on HBO and other premium cable channels. So I was sitting and plotting but then that got really exhausting, so I decided to make some phone calls for idle chatter. “Hmm,” I thought to myself, while scrolling through my contacts. “Mama gave me life, why don’t I retaliate and call her first?” Papa picked up Mama’s phone.
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  • The Great Kitchen Reveal

    chefdruck
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    It’s been almost a year since we first sat down with our architect, Ted Nourie of Eight Cubed Architecture, with vague dreams of a new kitchen space. Tomorrow, the last items on the builder punch list will (hopefully) be complete. There’s still much to do: curtains, furniture changes, pictures to hang… but the bones are all there. The space is transformed, broadened, and filled with light. We are loving this new kitchen, a huge space to cook, feast, dance, and live in. Let me take you on a little tour. Please forgive the uneven light in these pictures. Food photography is…
  • Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

    chefdruck
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    I’ve been working a lot on my fiction lately, taking a class, slowly building the word count on my science fiction novel, Blister. 18,000 words to date, and many delicious afternoons spent daydreaming and world building. To keep moving towards the finish line, the arbitrary goal of 50,000 words, I’m taking  a novel writing class at Story Studio. During the first class, the teacher asked us to describe our novels to one single “what if” question, the first step for many novel writers. Since then, I’ve been distilling every book I read to that simple question.
  • Mardi Gras Crepes: a Reluctant Celebration

    chefdruck
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    The last few weeks have been huddle tight and lick your wounds kind of weeks, filled with mornings when the urge to linger in bed, with the blankets piled over my head, is overwhelming. My dad has been in and out of the ICU for the last two years after a double lung transplant. His latest stay in the hospital has been close to three months. Witnessing his pain, unable to eat, drink, or read, is hard to see. Especially when his hunger for life and his determination to get back to traveling, cooking and gardening remains so strong. Returning to the hockey car pools and homework…
 
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    A Modern Mother

  • Oxford: Day trip to Blenheim Palace

    Susanna
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:04 am
      On our recent road trip to Oxford in our Fiat 500L MPW we stopped by Blenheim Palace in Woodstock. It’s only 20 minutes from Oxford, and is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.  Now a world heritage site, Blenheim Palace was given to […] The post Oxford: Day trip to Blenheim Palace appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • A stylish weekend in Oxford: 7 things to do with kids!

    Susanna
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:22 pm
      Ah, Oxford, the city of dreaming spires! With 39 colleges, world-class museums and architecture, dining and shopping, Oxford is one of England’s most vibrant cities.  Since my Volvo XC90 broke down and left me stranded on the M3 for three hours (!), we’ve been test driving alternative vehicles, including the new Fiat 500L MPW 7-seater. With the […] The post A stylish weekend in Oxford: 7 things to do with kids! appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • At The Chapel in Bruton

    Susanna
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:29 am
      One of the things I love is finding travel gems – the places to stay that are off the beaten track and just that little bit different. You usually hear about them from friends, or from friends of friends, or friends of friends of friends. You know what I mean. They aren’t easy to find and they […] The post At The Chapel in Bruton appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Preconceived – The Importance of Individualized Parenting

    Shera
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:12 am
    We go into parenting with a lot of preconceived ideas. But although having our first child shatters many of those, it also adds a whole new set of preconceptions to the list. Thing is, these new ones are no better than the original ones. In fact, in many ways they’re worse. If allowed to take root or if gone unchecked, children end up living in shadows, not developing true individuality and often become rebellious and develop bad habits because of our altered expectations. Allowing myself to look at any of my children based on my experiences with another of them is the worst possible…
  • Choosing the Right Razor for Your Husband

    Guest
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Are you planning to give your loving hubby a present for a special occasion? Why not give him an electric shaver? Compared to regular shaving blades, these products and very convenient to use. The blades aren’t sticking out so your husband won’t get scratched or wounded while shaving his stubbles. In addition, you can even use electric shavers even without water. Since this grooming tool has been widely used by men, a lot of models have been appearing on the market. Although it is a good thing that you have a lot of choices, you have to keep in mind that not all of them are created…
  • Sharp Aquos Crystal

    Shera
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Once again, I am delighted to offer all of you a review on yet another great smart phone option for yourself or a family member. It’s been fun to bring these reviews to you each of the past 3 months or so and I assure you I am equally as delighted to offer you a peek at this phone as well. Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate my review. The Sharp AQUOS Crystal delivers Sprint Spark powered by Android and boasts a screen that pretty much covers the entire size of the phone (5…
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  • Turkey Bacon, Black Bean and Greens Quesadilla - It's what's for dinner!

    Jessica Knorr
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Looking for a fast, fabulous, DELICIOUS and healthy dinner for this evening?  Look no further!  This recipe will have your family begging for seconds and is so easy to make!  Check it out and give it a try and than let me know what you think!  My family LOVED this...did yours? Turkey Bacon, Black Bean and Greens Quesadillas
  • You’re too old. As if! Growing old never looked so good! (Giveaway!)

    Kat Tom
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:36 pm
    I must admit, if you would have asked me my thoughts on ageing 10 years ago my reply would have been a negative one. And why not!?! Everything I had seen on television, in magazines, conversations with friends, etc. told me that once you get grays & wrinkles your life was pretty much over; you mine as well curl up into a ball and wait to die. Nothing about getting old seemed glamorous. Old people always complain about this breaking, that not working like it used to, etc. Ugh! Who looks forward to aches, pains, & complaining? No thank you! But that mentality has changed entirely! Now I…
  • How I'm Keeping Warm While Winter. Just. Won't. Quit.

    Jenn Bairos
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Here are the things I'm using to stay warm while winter continues to hang around. Including my favourite $9 scarf!! And my new favourite wine :) http://www.asplendidmessylife.com/2015/03/how-im-keeping-warm-while-winter-just.html xo J
 
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  • A VERY SPECIAL SUNDAY

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Stop and think about it - "If you don't go out, nothing happens." Weeks ago I received an invitation to a cousin's 100th birthday party. It was called for noon time, at a town close to Rhode Island, that's at least a two hour ride from where I live.My thought was "I want to go to this special party, honor my cousin and share this special time with family that I haven't seen in a very long time.I'm no chicken and the thought of getting up early, making arrangements and going on that long ride was a turnoff.I thought about it, and thought about it some more, and finally decided that was what I…
  • BREAD, MILK and TOILET PAPER

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:58 pm
    The Boston area is bracing for a huge blizzard that could bring as much as 3 feet of snow!This reminds me of the Blizzard of 1978. The governor of Massachusetts, Mike Dukakis, dressed in a casual sweater, appeared on television to advise the people to prepare for a massive snowstorm. I had never paid attention to what the governor of the State was up to, but I listened to him, was impressed with what he had to say, how he said it and what he was doing to handle this major event.Ever since then I have followed his career, through good times and bad. He always got my vote.Now, back to what's…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    This photo brings back such good memories of a fun childhood. I love how my mother is laughing so much. And it's funny that my dad set up this shot. ;-)My mom says: "That photo says it all! Those were the days my friend. Happy Thanksgiving!"
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    Mom Spark

  • Tasty St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

    Desiree Fawn
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    When I was in university, it was quite customary to spend your St. Patrick’s Day “enjoying” green beer and copious amount of shots with friends until the wee hours of the morning. Ah, those were the days… well, not really. No one really enjoyed the morning after and usually we were all writing exams and final essays and completely miserable. I suppose the way we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day now might be a slightly classier affair. Let’s take a peek at some St. Patrick’s Day cocktails, shots, and beverages that our grown-up selves might appreciate a…
  • Zhanna Exists.

    Mom Spark
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Over the years, I have sponsored a few children who lived in poverty. I would mail a check, or better yet a automated bank draft, and the funds were sent like magic. A handful of letters and emails between myself and the child would go back and forth throughout the year, but I would be fibbing if I said that I ever truly felt connected to the person and family on the other side of the world. That wasn’t because the child and his/her family didn’t make the attempt, either, because they surely did. The disconnection came from me. I remember one incident where I am the most ashamed. After…
  • 10 Essential Oil Recipes For Your Skin

    Desiree Fawn
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:23 pm
    When craftiness meets natural living, you’re bound to find yourself wanting to create some DIY skincare products, am I right? After using essential oils for so long, I’ve started to get even more adventurous with how I incorporate them in my daily life. From diffusing into the air, to rubbing them on my feet, I’ve now moved into creating more fun recipes using natural ingredients AND my beloved oils! Today I wanted to share some fantastic essential oils recipes for your skin — from body washes and soaps, to lotions, body butters, and beyond! Get creative with your…
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  • Learn To Build Confidence As a Woman | Consider Traveling Solo

    Cindi Moomettes
    8 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Sometimes traveling solo is just as enjoyable, perhaps even more so, than traveling with a group of family or friends. People travel alone for a myriad of reasons. Traveling solo does have its downside, but life is short, so let's look at the pros and cons. Learn To Build Confidence As a Woman | Consider Traveling Solo is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Tweaking An eBay Store | How a WAHM Needs to Review an eBiz

    Cindi Moomettes
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Every now and then if you're an online seller you should review your eBay selling goals and tweak your eCommerce eBiz and eBay Store for maximum financial potential in today's economy.Tweaking An eBay Store | How a WAHM Needs to Review an eBiz is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Fun in the Snow the New England Way Lyman Orchards | Winterfest Connecticut

    Cindi Moomettes
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Living in New England, we have no other choice other than to make the best of what Old Man Winter sends our way. Find out more about things to do with kids or grandchildren at the kid-friendly annual Winterfest and Ice Sculpture Carnival at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Connecticut.Fun in the Snow the New England Way Lyman Orchards | Winterfest Connecticut is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
 
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    Bizzie Living

  • Wordless Wednesday – Dance, Dance and Dance

    Stephanie Elie
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:21 pm
    The post Wordless Wednesday – Dance, Dance and Dance appeared first on Bizzie Living.
  • Simple Tips for Stepping Up Your Home Security

    Stephanie Elie
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:19 pm
    According to a recent report released by the FBI, home based crime actually fell during the first half of last year (we’re still waiting on numbers from the second half). This is definitely good news. It is important to note, though, that while home invasions and other crime were down, they were not non-existent. It is still important to protect yourself and your property! Whether you just purchased a new home or have lived in your current house for years, there is no time like the present to conduct a safety audit and make some improvements to your home security system. Conduct a Security…
  • Macro Monday – Reflecting on Older Pictures

    Stephanie Elie
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Have you ever gone back to look at older pictures just to see how far you’ve come along. I think it’s important to take some time to reflect on what practice, time and education does to your photography skills. This picture was taken in 2011 with my Canon 50D, I think in our old backyard. I remember walking through the background trying to find something unique and interesting and wondered on this flower. I have to admit my talent isn’t with nature photography, mostly because I’m allergic and have a magnetic attraction to bugs. Meaning bugs seem to always find me no…
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    The Young and The Relentless

  • Snow Day

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

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:43 pm
    A dramatic new episode of the bachelor starts now.Bali....majestic landscapes, friendly people and lots of culture.  Chris can see himself spending the next year the rest of his life with all three of these women and he could see a honeymoon in Bali.  He's looking forward to seeing if he can get intimate with these women.Kaitlyn is first and Chris can see her in his life.  This is a huge day for Chris because they need to have serious conversations today.  Kaitlyn is ready to tell Chris about all of the feels she is having while they go into a temple where they…
  • Upstairs Circus

    22 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    A year ago,  I started getting together with other Moms from school.  Moms that I already knew and Moms that I wanted to know better.  We had a few fun outings together and then things kind of fell apart.  My best friend was diagnosed with cancer and someone I thought was my friend, left me hanging.  I started getting moms together again for breakfast on the first day of school and it was the best thing for me.  I love connecting with my fellow Moms and sharing stories and getting to know each other better.Several of these Moms have become my closest friends.
 
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    Moomettes Magnificents

  • Learn To Build Confidence As a Woman | Consider Traveling Solo

    Cindi Moomettes
    8 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Sometimes traveling solo is just as enjoyable, perhaps even more so, than traveling with a group of family or friends. People travel alone for a myriad of reasons. Traveling solo does have its downside, but life is short, so let's look at the pros and cons. Learn To Build Confidence As a Woman | Consider Traveling Solo is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Tweaking An eBay Store | How a WAHM Needs to Review an eBiz

    Cindi Moomettes
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Every now and then if you're an online seller you should review your eBay selling goals and tweak your eCommerce eBiz and eBay Store for maximum financial potential in today's economy.Tweaking An eBay Store | How a WAHM Needs to Review an eBiz is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Fun in the Snow the New England Way Lyman Orchards | Winterfest Connecticut

    Cindi Moomettes
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Living in New England, we have no other choice other than to make the best of what Old Man Winter sends our way. Find out more about things to do with kids or grandchildren at the kid-friendly annual Winterfest and Ice Sculpture Carnival at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Connecticut.Fun in the Snow the New England Way Lyman Orchards | Winterfest Connecticut is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
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    Mommy Misadventures

  • How Do You Say Gifted? (Spoiler: We try not to.){GHF Blog Hop}

    Michelle
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    For so many people, the word "gifted" conjures images of success and talent. Which is exactly why we try our best NOT to use the word when it comes to our daughter.
  • Live Tweets from the premiere of Fresh Off the Boat

    Michelle
    4 Feb 2015 | 10:33 pm
    I did something different and Live Tweeted my reaction to the series premiere of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat. This is a braindump of sorts for my reaction; to be followed with a proper review later. Enjoy! The idea of #90s mashed up with a childhood that I can actually relate to (#Asian #Immigrant parents) […]
  • Notes to Mommy

    Michelle
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
      Last week, I went out to run an errand. I couldn’t have been gone for longer than an hour. When I got back, TLE met me at the door, exhuberant as always. “Mommy, Mommy!” she squealed, jumping up and down as I tried to wend my way into the house, carrying a bag of […]
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  • Sabotaged By Dani Pettrey | Book Review

    Jendi
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sabotaged has an interesting angle with the famous dog sled race, Iditarod. Kirra, the heroine, has her life pretty much together, but struggles with a past problem. Reef McKenna has done some growing up and is not the same as Kirra remembers. Together they have to run for their lives and save her uncle and cousin. They use snowmobiles, cars, planes, helicopters, and feet for transportation. The fact that I don’t know the geography or cities referred to didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. The characters felt real – not too perfect and not too flawed. While it would be…
  • Remember The Lilies By Liz Tolsma | Book Review

    Jendi
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    This is a very interesting story that takes place in the Philippines during WWII.  I’ve read several books about Japanese Americans being placed in camps in the United States, but Remember the Lilies is the first fiction story I read about Americans being interned during the war. It really is a good story with surprises throughout. The camp itself as well as some of the good – and bad – incidents are based on historical facts. Of course there are some fictional people and things added to make it a great book. For me the faith of the heroine’s aunt is the star of…
  • My Quote For This Year

    Jendi
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    I saw this quote by William Morris in passing over a year ago, and thought, “Oh, that’s nice.” This year I’ve grabbed ahold of it as a motto and fallen in love with it. Have nothing in your life that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.   It started as an encouragement to clean things out. Things that were around the house – stuff that I was holding on to – were not needed and were weighing me down. It gave me “permission” to let things go. That was the first context that I saw the quote in. I read it in the writings of…
 
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  • Walt Disney World #DisneyKids Twitter Party

    Amy
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    It’s simply amazing to see the eyes of a child light up as they walk into a Walt Disney World theme park. With endless possibilities for fun and adventure and the fabulous amenities and service that Disney is known for, a Walt Disney World Resort vacation is simply a dream come true for younger kids and their parents. Whether they’re meeting their favorite character for the first time, enjoying their tenth trip of the day on their favorite attraction, or simply splashing in one of the many resort pools, the fun never stops for preschoolers at Walt Disney World. Join us as we chat about…
  • The Joys of Being a Grown-Up

    Amy
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:21 pm
    As I sit here at my computer, there is a couch slipcover in my washing machine. I noticed after performing the delicate surgery of removing it that the tag says, “Machine wash. No tumble dry.” It is currently 24 degrees outside and my neighborhood HOA has a rule against hanging laundry outside, so I really wish that I would have read more than just the “Machine Washable!” tag before purchasing my sectional and matching chair. Now I get to decide if I’m going to roll the dice and put the slipcover in the dryer (of course I am). Why is that my decision to make?
  • Rejoice With Me: Compassion Blogging Trip Day 5

    Amy
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    This post was originally published May 10, 2012, during my time in Tanzania with Compassion International. Currently Compassion is in the Dominican Republic with a group of bloggers, sharing the story of how Compassion is releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Please follow their journey in the #compassionbloggers hashtag and through the Compassion site. Please also join me in remembering the time that I spent learning about the work Compassion is doing in Tanzania…   “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in…
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    Mom Fuse

  • Easy Panko Crusted Salmon Recipe

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:28 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Easy Panko Crusted Salmon Recipe Most people I meet think cooking fish is difficult and time consuming, but I think it’s one of the easier meals to make. That’s why I’m going to share one of my favorite fish dinners with you today. It only takes 30 minutes to prepare and cook and it’s healthy and delicious. Win-Win-Win! I buy my fish fresh at Giant and I usually get the Alaskan wild-caught        
  • Got a Messy House? Tips from a Mom on Clearing the Clutter

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:06 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Got a Messy House? Tips from a Mom on Clearing the Clutter Over time any house can get messy. If you’ve got a big family, it’s even easier. However, you don’t have to live in a home where everything seems to be all over the place and every drawer seems like the junk drawer when you open it. Trust me, as a mom who takes care of a busy household full time, I’ve been where you are        
  • Frugaa.com A Great Place For Coupons, Shopping & Hot Deals

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Frugaa.com A Great Place For Coupons, Shopping & Hot Deals I don’t know about you but saving money and finding great coupons and shopping deals makes me smile :). I’m always on the hunt for coupons and great deal sites that will help me save money. But who isn’t, right?  I was recently introduced to a new site called Frugga (http://www.frugaa.com/) and I’ve come to really like the site.  The site is really easy to        
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  • 100+ Sites To List Your Giveaways

    HipMamasPlace
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:26 am
      I have been running giveaways on this blog since I started it almost eight years ago.  Listing giveaways in many sites for promotion is truly a time-consuming task but for bloggers like me, a giveaway linky list like this comes in really handy.  I have been using a linky list similar to this one for a while, but I decided it was time to put together a fresh, new list with links that aren’t broken or outdated. I hope that this list will help you all my fellow bloggers out there, in promoting your giveaways with ease! I know from my own experience that we all get so busy with our…
  • Lowe’s & Home Depot FREE Kid’s Workshops: Make Monster Jam Truck & Bookends – Register Now!

    HipMamasPlace
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
      Here are upcoming free kids’ workshops from Lowe’s Build and Grow Kids Clinic and Home Depot. Register your kiddos now if you’re interested as spots tend to fill up quickly! On Saturday, March 14th, at 10AM, Lowe’s will have kids building a FREE Monster Jam, featuring El Toro Loco! Or if you are near a Home Depot store instead, you can sign your kids up for their free kids workshop on March 7th where kids can build FREE Bookends. These workshops are designed for children ages 5-12 and are offered the first Saturday between 9AM-12PM at all Home Depot stores.
  • Disney Sneak Peak: New #CINDERELLA Movie Opens in Theaters March 13th!

    HipMamasPlace
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:50 pm
      Calling all Cinderella fans (including myself!)… aren’t you all excited to see this movie?  The Walt Disney classic fairy tale will be in live action at theaters near you on March 13th! The film stars Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Lily James, among others. I can’t wait! Here’s a cool sneak peek of the highly anticipated movie: The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett)…
 
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  • Create a Family Favorite with Knorr Sides at Meijer

    Amanda
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm
    This post was sponsored by Lunchbox. Rules for Twitter Sweepstakes. Every Friday, I sit down and create a menu plan for the entire week. Menu plans not only help condense the grocery bill, they also take the leg work out of deciding what to eat each night. The problem with our weekly menu plan is […]
  • Sun and Rainbow Paper Plate Kids Craft

    trisha haas
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    Having a sick child is no fun and this season we have had one about every other week for 3 months. It has gone from Charlotte to daddy, to Phoenyx, to Charlotte, to Mom, to Dad, to Phoenyx. I have visited the Dr so many times that when Phoenyx forgot his coat there on the […]
  • How Safe Is Your Garage Door…Really?

    Lynsey
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    When we were searching for a new home last year, one of our “must haves” was a garage. Not because we ever actually park the cars in there *ahem* but it is where we store some of our household extras as well as where we keep the kitty boxes where they are easily accessible. For both reasons we needed to […]
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  • They Coulda’ Been Great: February 2015

    Kate
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Without a hint of spring in sight…at least we made it through February. Here are the Facebook highlights. (What is this? All answers are HERE.)   February 1 7:04 p.m. “So do you want to say hi to my mom, or are we still talking?” -Eleanor’s way of saying she’s ready to get off the phone. 7:58 p.m. Me: So what exactly is the “Puppy Bowl”? Chris: WHAT?!? Me: I mean, I’ve heard about it, but I don’t know what it is… Is it kids playing football? Or puppies…? Chris: IT’S PUPPIES! Apparently, I’m fired. (In my…
  • They Coulda’ Been Great – January 2015

    Kate
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:58 am
    Well that was fast. What happened to January?  Guess time flies when you’re having fun…or sitting at home with your kids on ANOTHER snow day… Here are the Facebook highlights. (What is this? All answers are HERE.)   January 1 11:05 a.m. January 1, 2015: the day that felt like a Sunday but mocked parents everywhere by only being THURSDAY. countdowntoschool‬ it‬‘snotfestiveanymore sotired‬ 2:03 p.m. Just sat down at Adventure Theater to see “Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol” and as soon as we’re settled, George asks, “mom, can I take…
  • They Coulda’ Been Great – December 2014

    Kate
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    Happy New Year! I’m hoping to write a bit more this year – but for now, here is a look back at our December on Facebook. (What is this? All answers are HERE.)   December 2 8:28 a.m. All I have to say is THANKGOD “Movember” is over! Oliver looked ridiculous.   December 5 7:34 a.m. I just had to explain what rubber cement is to my kids. Is that still a thing?   December 7 6:06 pm This one may kill me.   December 11 10:14 p.m. I’m only hyperventilating a little bit…   December 14 6:57 p.m. Twins are playing Uno in the other room……
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  • St. Patrick’s Day Round Robin 40 Prizes, $1,000 Giveaway – Ends 3/20

    Donna Chaffins
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:01 pm
    If you live in the North, Northeast, East, or even more south, like me in Tennessee, I’m sure you’re over this snow, ice, and frigid cold temperatures. Today is the 6th straight school day in a role my son has been out of school due to weather/road conditions and it will more than likely be called off the rest of the week. Although I really don’t mind my son being home… in fact, I love it, I know that many parents both work and it’s tough trying to manage getting to work and finding daycare. In celebration of spring (which really cannot get here soon enough) and…
  • How to Apply Blush for Your Face Shape

    Donna Chaffins
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    Luminess Air – Luminess Airbrush Cosmetic – Professional Blockbuster Makeup Palette Set – (48) Eyeshadows and (4) Blushes $19.98 Amazon.com Marketplace Beauty – 6 Color Cosmetic Blush Blusher Powder Palette For Makeup $13.64 Amazon.com Marketplace Revolution – Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush and Contour Palette Golden Sugar $42.99 Amazon.com Marketplace usongs – Usongs 56 Color Makeup Palette Set:50 Color Eyeshadow + 6 Color Blush $16.09 Amazon.com Marketplace I don’t think there are any truly right ways to apply blush, but there are ways to get the…
  • $600 Ultimate Cash Giveaway! Ends 3/19

    Donna Chaffins
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    If you live in a part of the country that is experiencing all the snow, ice, snow and ice (like I am), frigid temperatures, power outages, and school being cancelled for days at a time, wouldn’t it be nice to have some extra cash right now? Electric bills are going to be higher, for sure. Actually, it doesn’t matter where you live or what kind of weather you’re experiencing, cash is good anytime! So, I am very happy to bring YOU a chance to win some CASH! GIVEAWAY DETAILS Prize: $600 Cash (via Paypal) Co-hosts: The Classified Chic // Organized 31 // Jenn’s Blah Blah…
 
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    STYLEMOM

  • International and Reputable Platform, Vancouver Fashion Week Announces its Fall/Winter 2015 Fashion Designer Lineup

    Tayelor Kennedy
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    In its 25th season, the fashion industry’s leading multi-cultural event, Vancouver Fashion Week gets ready to present an exceptional array of fashion talent beginning on March 16, 2015. Beginning on March 16, 2015, the leading international fashion event, Vancouver Fashion Week (“VFW”) will host its semi-annual 6-day celebration of fashion, design, creativity, and multiculturalism. It will begin with an opening gala on March 16, followed by fashion shows beginning on March 17. The fall/winter 2015 season will host more than...
  • Get the Oscars Look | Dakota, Chrissy, Kiera & Margot

    Tayelor Kennedy
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:05 am
    From Dakota and Chrissy to Kiera and Margot, stars rocked the red carpet at last night’s Academy Awards. Want to steal the looks from some of the most stylish celebs of the night? We’ve got you covered! Chrissy Teigen  On hand to support her Oscar-winning husband, Chrissy Teigen wowed the red carpet with her vampy lip and glamour waves. Recreate her look with a deep hued Gerard Cosmetics lipgloss, a pearly white smile with  Whitening Lightning and a design lotion...
  • Dedra Whitt Dakota, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Founder of New Cosmetic Skincare Line, dedra beauty, Teams Up with EVINE Live this Winter

    Tayelor Kennedy
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:12 pm
    The ultimate cosmetic brand for today’s modern, on-the-go woman will be showcased on EVINE Live on Friday, February 20, 2015. dedra beauty, one of the world’s newest and most innovative cosmetic skincare lines, will be available on EVINE Live on February 20, 2015 during the premiere of its new evening beauty show. Multi-functional and brushless, the convenient foundation stick, tinted moisturizer with SPF, and two 3-in-1 color palettes (one in “Bright” and one in “Bronze”) will be available during the...
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    Maria Melee

  • The Problem With Similac’s Formula Commercial Has Nothing to Do With Breastfeeding

    Maria Melee
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    Similac’s The Mother ‘Hood lampoons the Mommy Wars, those cute arguments moms get into on the internet while they should be watching their kids. That’s the toxic undercurrent of a video that went viral by manipulating women who feel marginalized by their parenting choices. Heartwarming, right? This is familiar territory. Women with strong parenting opinions are shamed for perpetuating mommy wars. The cutesy term dismisses women the moment they have an opinion. A moms wants to avoid exposing her baby to plastic bottles? That’s not a decision rooted in research and deep…
  • I took my kids to see a play, and it wasn’t a disaster

    Maria Melee
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    I had the opportunity through Tampa Bay Bloggers to see Annie at the Straz Center, which used to be the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center when I was a kid. I rarely attend these kinds of events because good lord so busy and single mom and blah blah blah but I wanted to do this because theater has been part of my life, always. No one in my family had any involvement on stage, but my mother and grandmother introduced me to musicals very early on. My godmother in California also introduced me to Sondheim and obscure musicals like Metropolis. I grew up wanting to a limber dancer from Cats or a…
  • New Year’s Quiz 2014

    Maria Melee
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Seventh year of recapping! 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? I moved into my forever-home. I know forever isn’t really a thing, but I’ve moved many times since I moved out of my parents’ house in 1998. Three dorm rooms in college, two apartments in college, one townhouse after I graduated. My oldest son has lived in a house in Sarasota, my brother’s house briefly, a rental across town, another rental nearby, and now here. Five moves in 8 years for him, 3 moves in 6 years for his brother, and 10 moves in 16 years…
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    A Lil' Welsh Rarebit

  • I'm totally famous

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    I'm on Design Mom!!!!!http://www.designmom.com/2015/02/living-with-kids-christy-casimiro/Thank you Gabrielle! Love you and your blog so much!!! xoxo
  • Attention Men: The Love It Bundle

    6 Feb 2015 | 11:37 am
    Attention Men: Pay attention... I promise you will thank me. smile emoticonValentine's Day is February 14. When she tells you, "I don't want anything." SHE IS LYING!!! BUT I can tell you....she does not want a stuffed animal. Flowers die. Chocolate is around for 10 minutes. Lingerie is really a gift for yourself. wink emoticonGet her a gift that she will LOVE! The "Love it Bundle" is a great gift to make her feel fabulous! Ladies, give me your man's email address if you want me to help them out, so you don't end up with a 50lb pink teddy bear!! Shop HERE!
  • PINK

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    I did it. I made PINK as a Younique presenter. You start at white, then move to yellow, then pink. (Pink = $2K in wholesale sales in one month, and one qualified presenter under you on your team. After pink comes blue, green, orange, purple, then BLACK.)My mentor and good friend Laura made me the most beautiful, thoughtful collage to celebrate - how amazing is this?!I can't wait for tonight - working my first 'at home' Younique party while hanging with some of my fave peeps from the tri club. HAPPY FRIDAY, peeps!!!! xoxo
 
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  • Tips for Adding More Protein to Your Diet + Protein Power Breakfast Parfait {Podcast #261}

    Meal Makeover Moms
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Add great flavor and a healthy boost of high-quality protein to your family’s breakfast with this Protein Power Breakfast Parfait. Made with layers of cottage cheese, high-protein cereal, walnuts, and fruit, each serving has an impressive 19 grams of protein.Parents often worry that their kids aren’t eating enough protein, but as you’ll learn on this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast, it may be more important to focus on the distribution of protein throughout the day versus the total amount.Health experts recommend we consume 10 to 35% of our daily calories from…
  • Chocolate Cranberry Bark {Recipe Redux Chocolate Pairing Challenge}

    Liz
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:56 am
    Just a few bites of this luscious Chocolate Cranberry Bark is all it takes to satisfy a sweet tooth. This easy-to-make chocolate treat pairs up perfectly with tart cranberries, sliced almonds, crystalized ginger, shredded coconut, and an unexpected mix-in: hemp seeds.   Dark chocolate is my weakness. My kids … not so much. They prefer milk chocolate, but for me, the darker the better. A few bites make my taste buds happy, and when I combine those bites with tart and chewy dried cranberries, crunchy almonds, and crystalized ginger, the flavors are even better.Satisfy your sweet tooth…
  • A Roundup of Over a Dozen Healthier Valentine’s Day Treats

    Meal Makeover Moms
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:41 am
    Who needs a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day when you can celebrate with these healthier, homemade treats instead. From mini chocolate cupcakes made with wild blueberries, whole wheat flour, and a lightened-up frosting to brownies sweetened naturally with dates, surprise your family with one of these better-for-you desserts from dietitians who still love to splurge.If you think registered dietitians don’t love sweet-tasting desserts, guess again. But like us, as you’ll see from these dozen-plus Valentine recipes, they can’t resist adding nutrient-rich, naturally…
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    Go Grow Go!

  • “Curious” What We Are Loving on Netflix This Month?

    Felicia
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:02 pm
    This month has been one of multiple snow/ice storms, sickness and mommy (me) being gone more than usual.  It has meant that Netflix has become a very best friend.  Lately there is an old favorite that has resurfaced and I am so thankful.  I’ve even found myself becoming addicted to this furry little fella again. Curious George is on just about anytime television time is allowed these days. In honor of our love of the curious monkey, I have rounded up 5 Fun Curious George related activities for you!  Don’t forget that you can get your first month of Netflix free! Curious George…
  • Big Hero 6 is Our New Favorite! On Blu-ray TODAY!

    Felicia
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    We have a brand new favorite for our Friday Family movie nights.  Have you guys seen Big Hero 6?  If not, I highly recommend it.  Most of you know the ages of our kids and both boys like it (7 and 4).  I will say that the theme of the movie is a little heavy in the first portion.  Hero’s brother is killed in an accident, so you need to know that before you start watching.  Death is a topic we have had to deal with this year with both boys, unfortunately. What I love about this movie is how it integrates technology and so many aspects of STEM.  It truly encourages young kids to…
  • Winter to Spring Wardrobe Transition + ($129 JORD Watch GC Giveaway)

    Felicia
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:03 pm
    I’m writing this post about winter to spring wardrobe transition on an extremely cold day hoping that we find a few glimpses of spring very soon.  Just a few weeks ago we had such a weekend and it was glorious.  I was able to sift through my clothing and start to piece together what may work for the in between time just before the spring warm snap hits.  Here in western North Carolina, you may have an extremely warm day and then need to pull out your coat the next so we have to be flexible. Chambray was big last year and I’m still holding firm to the fact that it will remain.
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  • Background Guidelines On No-Nonsense Tactics Of Neal Marder Winston & Strawn

    Mylestones
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    Dealing With A Lawyer? Ideas To Help You Here! Many people think that you don’t need to have a lawyer when you’re getting ready to sign an agreement. However, that may be not the case. They could protect you against moving into a contract that could turn out cheating you. That’s the reason that lawyers are so expensive. These are there to guard your interests. It is crucial that the lawyer you hire is one who may be experienced about the field you need assistance with. If you need a lawyer for the divorce, it might not be wise to employ a lawyer focusing on taxes, for…
  • Rudimentary Nerds On Site Reviews Secrets – For Adults

    Mylestones
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:13 am
    Planning invest in a gaming monitor? Wondering what could be the smartest choice? There are lots of options that make up the market and it might make your work a bit tougher. Well, you should remember something that to discover the best gaming monitor for your personal needs, you be for you to spend a hefty income. The monitor is obviously one with the most expensive peripheral of one’s computer. In this particular article here are some explain the various important factors that discover consider selecting your gaming monitor. It is feasible to also have computer repair on something has…
  • Effective Strategies In Locksmiths In Aventura – Discovering The Answers

    Mylestones
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Choosing The Best Locksmith – Many Ways For Achievement Sometimes life provides us lemons. There are occassions when we can’t achieve that on our personal, though they say that we need to turn them into lemonade. In case you have a security alarm issue, you have to locate a great locksmith, these are occasions when we bring in a professional, and. Read on to find out more. If you are locked from your vehicle at the bar or possibly a gentleman’s club, provide the locksmith you call the impression that you just work there. Once they assume you have been spending money, often a…
 
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  • 25 Delicious 3-Ingredient Meal Recipes

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Sometimes life gets busy – and when it does, you’ll want some easy recipes for dinner! Nothing says PHEW like recipes with only 3 ingredients. Those are definitely the way to go on a busy day, and this roundup of the best 3 ingredient recipes on and around the web will surely be a huge help for you! Browse through these recipes on a particularly busy day..especially when you haven’t had a chance to get to the market and the cupboards are borderline bare…sit back and relax with a nice, simple dinner that the whole family will enjoy. 1. Slow Cooker BBQ Beef 2. Easy Pizza…
  • 14 Free Online Writing Tools For Writers

    admin
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    As a writer and blogger, I’m constantly looking for different writing programs to try. I love Google Docs and I use my Macs Pages but sometimes, I need to mix things up without spending a fortune. I’ve bought Scrivener and haven’t figured out how to use it. It sits unused on my desktop, despite the fact I even bought the Scrivener for Dummies book. Sigh. There are so many different free writing tools available around the web, some better than others. Well, I decided to compile a list of free writing tools that I would actually want to try for myself. The 14 free writing…
  • Yummy Lemon Cake Pops

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    I love ANYTHING lemon. Well..pretty much anything. And, I love cake. Oh, and I can’t forget frosting…I love frosting more than cake. And the fact that I can roll all three into one little sweet treat to create Lemon Cake Pops, well excuse me while I wipe the drool from my keyboard! These Lemon Cake Pops are simple to make and are a definite family pleaser. I’ll be making these delicious Lemon Cake Pops often. There goes my diet. Ingredients 1 3/4 c. flour 1/2 t. baking powder 1/2 t. baking soda 1/2 t. salt 3 eggs at room temp. 1 c. sugar 2 T. butter softened 1 t. vanilla 2…
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    Alpha Mom

  • Tips for Tangle-Free Toddler Hair

    Amalah
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    (AND WE’RE BACK! The Advice Smackdown is back, babies. And toddlers and preschoolers and everybody else. Consider your non-sleeping-eating-pooping-on-the-potty ways ON NOTICE, because Imma bout to dish out some rambling, tangential wisdom. Or something.) (The Advice Smackdown will be, for now, once weekly. I hope to amp up the publishing frequency again at some point but thank y’all for your patience and for sticking with this column for so long, throughout so many different publishing schedules and iterations. As always, please to email me all of your many problems at…
  • Healthy Snack: Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Pita Chips

    Wendy Copley
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:46 am
    I have a new weapon in my never ending quest to find healthy snacks that excite my kids — fruit salsa with cinnamon pita chips. This recipe is crazy simple — it’s basically just a finely chopped fruit salad — but it’s fast to pull together and everyone in my house loves it. I love it so much that I have to leave the room while my boys are eating it or I will push their little hands out of the way so I can have it all for myself. Bwah ha ha ha! A bonus of this recipe is that you can make it with frozen fruit and it will still taste terrific. This far into winter…
  • 10 Ways to Stop Eczema Cold This Winter

    Amalah
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:27 am
    This post is brought to you by our sponsor, Skinfix. Oh, HELLO winter. And winter weather. You sure are on a roll this year. And like every year, you bring all kinds of skin annoyances to me and my family. Particularly: seasonal eczema. For me and my son. We take dry skin to a whole other, blotchy, ugly level this time of year. Thankfully, we’ve figured a few things out to keep comfortable and splotch-free. 1) Bathe your kids less… Once the temperature drops (and your home’s artificial heat kicks on), the nightly bath routine simply does more harm than good for dry, itchy skin.
 
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    Crunchy Green Mom

  • Sky Zone - Parker's Indoor Trampoline Park

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:13 am
    Colorado in the winter is awesome! The temps aren't too painful, the amount of snowfall is exactly what we need and the beauty makes up for the crazy times.However, being stuck inside with three elementary school aged kids can drive parents crazy. Trying to get the kids to remove their energy after a day stuck inside their brick and mortar building can seem impossible. So over the past few
  • Last Wordless Wednesday of 2014 - From our Family to yours

    31 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Blessings to you and yours in 2015. Thank you for following my family and I on our journey. We went from single mom (with 6 kids) to a blended family with 7 kids!! 2014 was a wonderful year, onto 2015 and the adventures that come with it!
  • Minecraft Christmas - Elf on a Shelf in Pixel form

    23 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    My 20 year old daughter is in college. Though she is only about an hour away, we don’t see her a lot.  When you are a 10, 7 and 6 year old at home you think your big sister is a superhero; Because when you are that age, you are a super hero to everyone younger than you. Ashlyn is a big kid at heart. She loves video games, anime and dressing up to act a fool. It’s perfect for little kids.
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  • Keeping Germs at Bay

    Jennifer Shusterman
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Just when we thought we would see this Winter pass us by without a single flake, the snow decided to hit full force. I’m usually a sucker for a good snow. I love seeing everything covered in white.   I love building snowmen with the kids, sledding down the hill, and enjoying a little bit of downtime from the hectic pace life usually brings on a daily basis. As with a lot of small southern towns ours completely shuts down during snow, so you really have no choice but to stay at home. I guess you could also say I’m the typical southerner who gets all excited to see the snow,…
  • Caught in the Act with the Guardzilla All-in-One Security System

    Jennifer Shusterman
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:37 pm
    I received compensation and a free Guardzilla All-in-One Security Protection system  in exchange for a product review. All opinions on the product are my own. I was offered the opportunity to test the new Guardzilla All-in-One Security Protection system, and I immediately thought this could be a great product for our family. Not only can I place the camera in any room of our house and monitor our girls via my Android smartphone, but the Guardzilla is a cost effective home security system for someone on a tight budget like me. The Guardzilla system launched on January 18, 2015, and is…
  • How I Used Oriental Trading to Throw a Mardi Gras Birthday Party for Less Than $100

    Jennifer Shusterman
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    I received a box of sample products from Oriental Trading in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no other form of compensation was received. I love to throw parties. We usually celebrate all the big holidays, birthdays, and other occasions with a party. Sometimes I like to throw a huge get together, and other times I like to keep it simple with just a few close family and friends. We always have a great time, and seeing all those smiling faces makes me happy. The downside to being the party host is parties can get pretty expensive. While I tend to go bigger for my…
  • Staying Prepared During Cold and Flu Season #ReliefIsHere

    Jennifer Shusterman
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:57 pm
    This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. The flu has been running rampant here for a little over a month now, and that makes me nervous. When flu season rolls around I admit my anxiety flares up a bit. I hate it when someone in my family is sick, especially my girls. I fear coming down with the flu or a bad cold myself when I have two little ones who need me. Dear body, you can’t get sick. Okay?  My Facebook news feed has been full of people complaining about how horrible they feel or how they’re heading to the doctor. Last week my sister-in-law caught a nasty cold for…
  • Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You? Children’s Book Review

    Jennifer Shusterman
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I received a free book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. Posts may contain affiliate links. There isn’t much I love more than books, and I enjoy passing my love of reading to my girls. I’m very happy my 5 year old loves reading just as much as I do, and we spend at least 30 minutes each night reading together. A new book was recently added to her collection, Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You? by Cheryl Sturm. Cheryl Sturm originally wrote this fun children’s book as a way to express her love for her nieces and nephews. The book takes the measurement…
 
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  • Farewell to the Silver Bullet

    Amber
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    Sometimes life brings the unexpected – events that are completely out of your control, and you could have never seen coming. Such an event happened to me last Friday. I had just set out from my house to run some errands when another driver turned left out of a townhouse complex driveway and straight into me. Luckily I wasn’t going that fast, and I did have a second to see her coming so I had time to brake and slow down further. As a result I wasn’t hurt, and neither was the other driver – at least not physically. My car wasn’t so lucky. My silver Honda after the…
  • Picky Eater

    Amber
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    It’s been a while since I opened Use Your Words by Kate Hopper, which is unfortunate because it really is full of great ideas. Today’s post was inspired by one of the writing exercises in that book. The other day my six-year-old announced that he was a vegetarian. Actually, though, that’s not exactly right. We were doing his home reading, and the story he brought home from school featured a bunch of animals going fishing. His response? “Fishing isn’t nice. Fishing kills living creatures.” I asked him if he was becoming a vegetarian and he replied,…
  • My Happiness List: January 2015 Edition

    Amber
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    My last post was a little bit down, I think, so I decided that it was time to share another happiness list. I blogged my last personal happiness list almost ten months ago, so I’m clearly long overdue. Who couldn’t use a little hit of positivity once in a while? There’s all kinds of research to show that it’s very good for you. Plus, it’s just plain fun. Let’s get the joy party started, shall we? My Happy List Rooibos chai tea. All the goodness of chai, none of the caffeine to make me jumpy. Comfortable new pants I bought on clearance. Really good chocolate.
  • Finding Comfort

    Amber
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Yesterday I had a brief meltdown at about 10:00am. I came home from dropping the kids off at school and tackled my to-do list. Then I finished my to-do list. Then I had nothing in particular to do … and it was still only 10:00am. This is a very foreign thing for me. Sure, I can always find things to do. There are always smudges to clean and books to read and yoga practices to return to. But for several hours, I didn’t have anything I had to do. I’ve been operating in a state of low-level panic for so long, just trying to keep my head above water. When that urgency was gone I…
  • Censoring Queen Victoria: Who Was She, Anyway?

    Amber
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:58 pm
    I have been really behind for a really long time. This means that while I received Censoring Queen Victoria by Yvonne M. Ward almost a year ago, I’m only reviewing it now. My apologies. You can expect more of these coming up in the not-so-distant future, as I embrace the policy of ‘better late than never’ and attempt to make good. Call it an exercise in forgiving myself. Anyways, on to main event. As soon as I heard about Censoring Queen Victoria: How Two Gentlemen Edited a Queen and Created an Icon I was intrigued. I have a thing for royal histories, although I know quite a…
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    Genny Heikka

  • I’m over at The Mom Initiative today talking about ways to stop sibling squabbles!

    Genny
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Any mom with two or more kids has seen sibling squabbles… from the toy snatching of toddlers to the bickering of older kids. And even though these interactions between sisters and brothers are inevitable, they can sometimes be hard to deal with. Join me over at TheMomInitiative today, where I share six things you can do as a mom to stop the squabbles (and increase the love)! 
  • A note to the world-changer: What are you putting your hope in?

    Genny
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    I keep a card on my fridge with a quote from Max Lucado that reads: “If you ever wonder how in the world God could use you to change the world, look at these people. What people? The people God used to change history. People who found hope, not in their performance, but in God’s proverbially Open Arms.” I’ve looked at the card countless times, yet each time I read it, the quote hits me as a fresh reminder. Because over the years, as I’ve pursued my dreams of writing and speaking, there have been times I’ve forgotten that truth and put too much emphasis on my own performance.
  • Don’t miss new books and giveaway (over $400)!

    Genny
    5 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’m so excited to have my friend Lori Wildenberg sharing with you today! She’s an amazing author, speaker, mom and licensed family educator. She’s also a fun, funny, super smart woman – the type of person you admire within a few minutes of meeting. She and her coauthor Becky Danielson are launching their two books Raising Little Kids with Big Love and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love this month and giving away over $400 in gifts! Don’t miss the details at the end of Lori’s post, along with information on how YOU can enter to win! Finding Bliss…
  • Words that can shape your life… and your dreams

    Genny
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    I sat at the table and opened my daughter’s Bible. I took a piece of tape and gently placed it around the edges of the tab that marked Psalms. We got the tabs five years ago so she could easily find each book, and now there were tiny tears along the sides of them, threatening to rip the thin pages. I sat there for about an hour, slowly turning the tabs, taping the tears, touched by the highlights and notes my daughter has recorded over the years. It made me reflect on how much my own life has been impacted by the power of these words too. And that’s when I started to cry. The irony of…
  • On the move this Christmas? How to make a home for the holidays…

    Genny
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    “We’re almost home!” my daughter texted me, letting me know she was on her way back from her friend’s house. We were visiting California for Thanksgiving and my husband Mike had just gone to pick her up. When I saw her text, I smiled. Because we weren’t actually home; we were staying in a hotel. Our house–as of five months ago when Mike’s job got transferred–was now in Idaho. Spending time in a hotel over the holidays was a new experience for us and we were going from place to place, trying to fit in as many visits with friends and family as we…
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    Playground Confidential

  • I had no idea the Ontario College of Teachers was such a great resource for parents

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    This post is sponsored by the Ontario College of Teachers. Thank you, teachers! On the first day of school, each September, crowds of parents and children gather in the schoolyard. At our school, they shuffle along, peering at class lists taped to the brick wall until they find their child’s name. They breathe a collective ... [Read more...]The post I had no idea the Ontario College of Teachers was such a great resource for parents appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Autism is only one small part of the anti-vaccination story. It’s time we looked past it.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:48 am
    Photo credit via Flickr cc license. This is not a post about the relative merits of vaccinating versus not vaccinating your children. That question is not up for debate. Throughout history, populations have been decimated by new viruses introduced by explorers and settlers from abroad. Entire tribes of Native people were wiped out after European ... [Read more...]The post Autism is only one small part of the anti-vaccination story. It’s time we looked past it. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about my cleaning habits and more

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Thanks to Oxiclean for sponsoring this post and keeping my kids in clean shirts.  So how do I keep those shirts looking this good at the end of the year? Let me tell you a story about the day I found out my son’s school was introducing a uniform. Oh, it was quite the day. ... [Read more...]The post Everything you ever wanted to know about my cleaning habits and more appeared first on Playground Confidential.
 
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  • This Little Light of Mine

    GrumbleGirl
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    Oftentimes now, while she’s dressed in some sort of get-up for her own amusement, she’ll sidle into the kitchen where I’m tidying up, or getting dinner prepared, and she’ll casually set upon a stool at the island and play make-believe with me. It’s her new thing. Kinda like this: Hello. The other day, she sat down in a fancy dress, with rings on her fingers, (and probably bells on her toes,) and as she put her purse down on the counter, she asked me for a club soda, and took a seat. I opened a can, threw an ice cube in a glass, and poured some out for her.
  • Going Forward, Looking Back

    GrumbleGirl
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    I do love the birth of a New Year, unspoiled and still shrouded in some mystery about what might lie ahead… I love it. I feel the New Year differently than I do on my birthday, which is it’s own time of renewal and reflection for me — and November 24th isn’t so long ago, so this time of year in general is often emotional, and usually in the best ways. But I don’t always have words that seem adequate. And in January, I find I’m just kind of… rolling over with the date, and looking at the world with the same eyes, only squinting just a little bit. See…
  • Spray It, Don’t Say It

    GrumbleGirl
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Okay so, you know I hate ironing, right? I do. For me, it’s right up there with vacuuming… though to be honest, I loathe vacuuming just a little bit more. (Okay, a whole lot more.) So, what does a lady trying to curb her perfectionist ways do about all the wrinkles and things? She gets a spray bottle and blasts the shit out of every bit of fabric near her. Now, understand that I’ve always had spray bottles on hand because my kids’ hair required spritzing in the mornings, as part of the hair-doing. I have one with plain water in it, and I have another with a few drops…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • What a great report – every company should read it

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    I like to try and keep up with my reading and was directed to a PMI report: Capturing the Value of Project Management. PMI produce an annual Pulse of the Profession report every year and this is an updated from 2015. I will give you a reference to the report at the end however do try and read what is … Read More >Related Posts:Where is my project update report?Reflection – 400 BlogsInstead of a project report, I wrote you this….Failed project costs taxpayers £50millionProject estimating – optimistic planning bias strikes…
  • Project sponsor or project manager?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:48 am
    Last week I wrote about the issue of roles – essentially, am I sponsor or a project manager? I want to continue the theme of project sponsorship and a presentation I did for the British Computer Society, PromsG. The talk was called Project Sponsorship – Bridging the Gap. The audience were a mix of project management professionals and consultants. Before … Read More >Related Posts:Who are your good project management role models?Today’s quiz question on project management is…Will you join us? Master Class – Strategies for Project…So, how good are you?Reflection –…
  • Why was there real tension in the room?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:14 am
    The 14 people were clearly struggling. They were reluctant to engage with each other or with me. What was going on? Let me set the scene a bit more. This was a course for project sponsors and the group were all senior managers. We spoke about the research which all pointed to the importance of the sponsor role, and the … Read More >Related Posts:Project sponsor or project manager?Who are your good project management role models?Do you believe in this project?Making project management compulsory. What do you think?How to say no without saying no!
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  • #WomensLives: Our Stories Matter, Too.

    4 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
    I'm going to give you some statistics. Real, actual statistics and not ones that I made up in my head in order to prove a point and make myself sound smart. Right now, in 2015, only 24% of news stories are about women and only six percent are about gender equality. It's not because there aren't stories about women or gender equality to report-it just doesn't happen. This doesn't set well with me for so, so many reasons. I live in a state where taking away women's rights almost seems like a hobby to our lawmakers. You know, like their days consist of asking…
  • My daughter also kills off people. I'm oddly proud.

    3 Feb 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Today, I received news I never, ever thought I'd ever hear in my whole entire life-Harper Lee is releasing another book and it's going to be a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, told from grown-up Scout's point of view, even though she wrote it before TKAM. It's seriously exciting and, since Grace was home feeling a little under the weather today (we both are because allergies are evil), she got to hear my nasaly, cough-riddled exclamation of excitement. The following is a re-enactment of our conversation:CTM: Harper Lee is releasing another book!!Grace: She's still alive? CTM:…
  • Things you never expect to hear your large, tattooed, Hispanic husband to say...

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:17 am
    Disney is getting their first Latina princess soon. Her name is Elena from Avonlea (that may be spelled wrong). That may not be right, since that's where Anne of Green Gables lived, but I'm too lazy to google her actual location. The following is a re-enactment of a conversation in our home regarding the new princess: Me (with disdain): I wonder if this princess is going to need some man to make her happy, like all the others.NJ: I'm glad Once Upon a Time isn't like that. Tinkerbell is evil and shit. He's hardcore, like Tinkerbell andshit.After a moment of…
 
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  • Why Choosing Poly Tank?

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:12 am
    Rotationally the poly tanks formed from greatly solid yet light weight sustenance grade materials. One piece development gives even loop quality over the whole tank divider; joined with the low or high domed top gives our poly tanks a tastefully satisfying appearance with unmatched strength. It is fabricated in an extensive variety of in vogue UV balanced out hues. The tanks are suitable for on ground and stand locales and it is planned and built to have a self supporting top, no core shafts needed. It has highest sun and heat resistance among the others and the most cost-effective options.
  • Nourishing Your Child In A Christian School

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    As soon as your kids turn into the age where they have to start going to school, you know that it should not be just any school. It should be a school where your kids will not only develop the mentally but also will sustain their spiritual being. Christian preschools are the best answer to this dilemma. Of course, aside from school education, you want your kids to uphold Christian values as they grow. You want your kids to keep hold of their faith while learning at the same time. Dayspring Christian Academy for Preschools in Greeley offers school education while keeping the values or…
  • Water Tanks For You

    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    South Australian Water Tanks market offers you a variety of choices to pick from. Whether you are looking for a storage water tank, a rainwater tank or underground water tanks, there are companies with great brands. In order to get the best, you must plan early enough. The best time to plan for a water tank is usually the same time you are planning for the construction of your home. This is of inordinate benefit in that, it helps you figure out the ideal position for installing the water tank, the ideal size and shape of the water tank so that you can plan on how much space to reserve.
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  • Mako Mermaids Season 2 now available Netflix #StreamTeam #NetflixKids

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Have you heard?  The mermaids are back: season 2 of Mako Mermaids, a Netflix original series for kids, started streaming Feb. 13 and it's only on Netflix.  I watched several episodes of this show so far and have really enjoyed it, but instead of giving my opinion of this kid's series I have (at Netflix's special request) a review from my daughter.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • I joined Staples in their #GetOutAndGo initiative. Fitbit #giveway

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
    You may recall from my previous post and twitter mentions that I joined Staples this month in their #GetOutAndGo initiative that corresponded with February being American Heart Health month.  The extra push of my blog commitment along with my new Staples exercise equipment and Fitbit One I wore dutifully the entire time was just what I needed to stay on task.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Disney World or Bust!

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    The countdown is on and we are starting to watch the Orlando forecast as we gather our gear to place in suitcases.  Our Disney World Adventure is fast approaching and here's hoping all the last minute planning I've done will payoff in Mickey Magic. 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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  • Honey Lemon Party: Big Hero 6 {girl style}

    Sarah
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigHero6Release #CollectiveBias It is relatively rare for us to anticipate the release of a Blu-ray so greatly, but Big Hero 6 was one.  Ever since we first were introduced to the citizens of
  • 30 days to thicker hair {Nioxin}

    Sarah
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:05 pm
    I participated in the NIOXIN 30 Day Challenge as a member of One2One Network.  Post sponsored by NIOXIN but all opinions and results are my own. One thing I have noticed changing the most throughout my life is my hair.  It seems to be linked to hormonal changes which started
  • DIY Trash Bag Racetrack {CARS party}

    Sarah
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:06 pm
    This DIY Trash Bag Racetrack was made by me as a host of a #DisneySide @Home Celebration. CARS party supplies were provided by Disney Parks and MomSelect to facilitate this post.  Affiliate links included.   Yesterday I hosted a #DisneySide CARS theme party for my son and his new neighborhood
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  • Geocache dash

    Kristy
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Okay, I promised a quick post about my Dad and Gloria’s visit. As you know, Thursday was spent at the happiest place on earth, and we came home late and fell into our beds. The next morning, my dad burned his hand while making us a delicious breakfast. I then proceeded to drag him on a million errands. He was in more pain than I realized, diligently filling his melted icepack up with cold water from whatever drinking fountain we happened by in our rushing around. We eventually ended up buying him some frozen corn to hold. It’s hard to look cool whilst holding a bag of frozen corn,…
  • Throwin’ it back to 2010

    Kristy
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Today I am doing a throw back Thursday inspired by a picture a friend of mine sent me of her son (2 yrs) dressed in his sister’s dress and hair bow. I am posting this video with Brecken’s permission. (He was so grown-up and sweet about my posting it. He thinks it’s adorable – AND IT IS!!) This video footage was taken just after Brecken’s second birthday. He had major sister-worship at that age, and had dressed himself. The video needs no more introduction.   Tweet This Post
  • Disneyland really *is* the happiest place on earth. Sometimes.

    Kristy
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    I have been overwhelmingly busy lately, but I absolutely wanted to document Seren’s first trip to Disneyland. Dad took my niece/sister on a road trip – which is awesome – and they ended up in our neighborhood. We decided to play hooky from school on Thursday and use the last day of our Disney passes. Seren would have to come with us, and she had a head cold so I wasn’t sure how long she would last at the happiest place on earth. We made a contingency plan that I would take her home if she became too much to handle, then come back later to pick everyone up. I expected…
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  • Learn through play: times tables bingo

    Maria
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:28 am
    The times tables bingo is a fun game to play with as many children as you like. It consists of 12 boards, one for each times table with the results placed at random.  The boards have some numbers missing, with a shamrock in their place. These should be easy to work out as they are the only missing numbers from that particular times table. The game also come with two boards with all the calculations. These need to be cut and put in a bag to draw to play the game. Times table bingo in its integral version can be downloaded here.
  • Zentangle drawings: a rose

    Maria
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:01 am
    Another Zentangle with a Valentine’s Day theme. A rose with a tiny heart in the middle.
  • Multiply with hearts

    Maria
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    This is a two page printable with a grid of the two times table where hearts are used instead of numbers and another grid with hearts containing the answer. The answer grid can be cut out into squares to easily place each answer on the correct multiplication. Click on the image to download PDF.  
 
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  • Sundays and Signs of Spring

    Heather
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:05 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I am overjoyed that I have a mansion just over the hilltop. Sundays may not be perfect all of the time (rarely), but I feel so blessed to be able to rub shoulders with other saints on Sunday. I love my church family and being around other Christians. They make our walk so much lighter and easier in this life. I love singing the old familiar songs – and reading the history behind them. I love our preacher’s lessons and the passion he shares for the Word. I love taking communion and knowing that my brothers and sisters the world over are sharing in…
  • Celebrating the Moments

    Heather
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    I got some really good advice at an Apologia Homeschool Conference a few years ago … and you’ll have to forgive me for paraphrasing it from memory, but it went something like this: “If you don’t celebrate your life, who will? And if you don’t celebrate and have fun and ENJOY homeschooling… will your kids?” Wow. Let that sink in a bit, homeschool mama. I know it gets difficult in those trenches, but how often are we lamenting our lot while the sun is shining and those little ones are watching us frown? I challenge you (and always myself, too –…
  • Finding a Homeschool Planner that Works for You

    Heather
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    This post is more of a journey through homeschool planning over my entire homeschooling career than a review, but in the end, I did come down to two planners to review – and I mentioned a few others and my experiences as well. If you don’t want the details behind my planner journey, you can scroll to the bottom to read a review between two very popular spiral-bound homeschool planners that I have used the past two years. For the rest of you, who don’t mind my chatter, pull up a chair and bring your favorite drink and snack. This could take a chunk of free time to read…
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  • Weekly Round-Up of Top Work-at-Home Articles

    Alaina Forbes
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Working From Home Is Good For You And Your BossHow to Get Paid to Pick Out Clothes For Other PeopleThe 12 Best Ways to Make Extra Money in 2015 3 Things to Consider Before Quitting Your Day JobHow I’m Saving $2,750 Per Month By Working From Home (not new but just ran across it this week)How to Start Your Own Side Business While Working Another Job 
  • Weekly Customer Service Work-At-Home Jobs

    Alaina Forbes
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Hertz Customer Sales SpecialistUhaulAmerican Airlines Reservations Reps Westat Data CollectorsGranada Bilingual French Customer Service RepsSidecar Customer Support RepresentativesProgressive Insurance Customer Service AgentsTalk2Rep Chat AgentsHCA Call Center Customer Experience AdvocatePlus for more customer service work-at-home jobs visit the list of virtual call centers on the Work-At-Home Companies page. The companies listed there hire for customer service positions on a regular basis. You can also visit Indeed for more virtual customer service jobs. 
  • Debating Working From Home? 5 Reasons You Should & 5 ReasonsTo Reconsider

    Alaina Forbes
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Taking that last step to quit your job and begin working from home can be very scary. As with any unknown territory in life, you probably have many questions about whether working from home will be right for you. Talking to others can help but each person's personality reacts differently to working from home, making it an excellent choice for some and maybe not such a good choice for others. Check out these five reasons you should consider making that final step to working from home and five reasons you should maybe reconsider that decision.Reasons you SHOULD-You have children that are school…
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  • Skip Hop Moby Collection Prize Pack Giveaway {Spring in to Spring Giveaway Hop}

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Spring gives all living creatures the opportunity for rebirth and renewal. Do you planning to take up any new projects this spring? Mommy's Favorite Things and from Mama's Baby Cupcakes invite you to welcome the season of hope and growth with the "Spring in to Spring" Giveaway Hop. Each participating blog is giving you the chance to win a prize valued $25 or more, including the Grand Prize of
  • ReturnSaver.com $150 American Express Gift Card Giveaway

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This giveaway is sponsored by ReturnSaver.com. I've found myself having more and more of my shopping done online, from items as small as a screw to big ticket purchases like a refrigerator. I simply can't resist the convenience and comfort of getting all that I need without having to drive from store to store. Online shopping also helps me save money with exclusive discounts, cash back
  • Things Are Not What They Seem Blog Tour: Review & $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Things are not always what they seem. This is a lesson that everyone is most likely to learn through their life experiences. Now authors of Things Are Not What They Seem brilliantly attempt to teach youngsters about this important lesson in the most fun way possible -- through a charming story filled with crazy fantasies and adventures! Follow the blog tour here for reviews, excerpts, and guest
 
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  • A Word About My Friend Mitzi Miller & Choosing Happy

    Denene Millner
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Choosing happy requires one to be fearless. It's a tough combo to pull off. But Mitzi Miller has done it, leaving some cues for us moms and our kids. The post A Word About My Friend Mitzi Miller... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How I Got A Black Boy To Read, Plus: 10 Great Books For Black Boys

    Denene Millner
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Books for Black boys seem few and far between, but here's what happened when I managed to get one into the hands of a reluctant reader. The post How I Got A Black Boy To Read, Plus: 10 Great Books... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • That Beyonce Exercise Routine, Black Women & White Feminism, Sagging Pants and Food Stamps

    Denene Millner
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:36 pm
    In this week's MyBrownBaby link favs, the Beyonce exercise routine video makes its rounds, Patricia Arquette gets checked and sagging pants get dissected. The post That Beyonce Exercise Routine,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Appetite for the Arches Offers Unique Dishes by Central Florida Chefs for a Worthy Cause

    Ricardo Escobar
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida helps families with ill children by providing them with a home away from home through the Ronald McDonald House. With a place to call home that is close to their children’s doctors and hospital, families can worry about one less thing during difficult times and focus on being comfortable and healing. To benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, local chefs from top restaurants and resorts will gather for the Appetite for the Arches gala this Saturday, March 7, showcasing their creativity and creating signature…
  • VUDU Digital Video Service Makes Watching Movies at Home Even Easier!

    Melanie Edwards
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If your family is anything like mine, then watching movies is a favorite pastime. My husband and I have always been fans of watching a good movie and now the kids have joined in on the fun! We tend to purchase movies we especially like, which means we have a vast collection of DVDs and Blu-Rays. We love when a digital copy is available too, so we can watch our favorite movies on-the-go – something that works great when traveling. My husband recently started using VUDU and is loving the convenience of it and how all our digital movie copies can be stored in one place for easy access from…
  • Easing the Laundry Routine with Tide Pods plus Febreze {Review}

    Melanie Edwards
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Though I don’t particularly enjoy laundry day, it’s one of those tasks that has to be done. One that as a family of four is done on a frequent basis; kids do tend to use up a lot of clothes, after all. We tend to wash about 4-6 loads of laundry on a weekly basis, and we encourage the kids to help. Our four-year-old loves to help put clothes in the dryer and we always ask both of them to help with folding and putting away their own clothes. But, now that our girl is older, she’s able to help even more – occasionally she even loads the washing machine! However, laundry…
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  • For Those Of Us Who Are Prodigal Daughters

    Natalie Snapp
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    (Isn’t this print beautiful? I keep a copy of it in my Bible. The artist is Charlie Mackesy – postcards can be purchased here.) Recently, I’ve been asked to speak quite a bit on the stuff that’s made me who I am. It’s hard stuff. It’s messy stuff. And it’s beautiful stuff because it’s the stuff that led me to Jesus. I’m guessing you might have some stuff, too. But for those of us prodigal daughters who once followed a wayward, winding path, there are moments when ghosts from those paths try to sneak their way into our present. They try to…
  • And Our Next Book Club Selection Is . . .

    Natalie Snapp
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The alarm clock sounds and I resist. Of course, this is not unusual because mornings and I are still working on our relationship. But on this particular morning, I just want to throw it’s persistent chirp across the room and tell it to go where the sun doesn’t shine. My schedule for the day is overwhelming. Get the kids ready for school. Take them to school. A conference call at 8:30, another appointment at nine o’clock. A lunch date at 11:30 and a meal I promised to make for a family at church is to be delivered at 5:30. The only margin I would see would be in the notebook…
  • Join Me at Group Publishing?

    Natalie Snapp
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
      I’m honored to join the team of writers of Group Publishing – they have a wonderful blog that’s relatable, honest and funny about the joys of pitfalls of being a mom, wife, and overall woman. Today is my introductory post but here’s a snippet of what we’re talking about: “But let’s all be real for a moment: motherhood is a thankless job, isn’t it? Now and then I get a “thank you” for dinner but admittedly, it’s not nightly. Every so often my children notice their laundry has been cleaned, dried, folded and put-away. And now and then, I hear…
 
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  • Begin Again & Again

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    I announced earlier that I will be thinking about Happiness this coming month and it was, on an important level, a silly announcement because the truth is that I think about happiness all the time, quite possibly too much. I think about it vis-a-vis myself and my daughters and my husband and my family and my friends. I also think about it in a broader sense, in a more thematic way. What is capital-H Happiness? How do we find it and keep it? How does it show up in our moments, in our memories? The questions are endless. I think about happiness a lot in terms of drinking. If you know me at…
  • The HERE Year Month #12: Happiness

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
      March 2015, guys. Hard to believe. Time is zipping by and here we are in a new month. It doesn’t feel much like March here in New York City. Yesterday it snowed and it wasn’t a sheepish dusting either. It came down hard and fast and it was pretty, but I did feel myself – like many East Coasters, I imagine – dreaming of warm spring days. Well, I know they will be here soon and I will do my best to enjoy these dregs (oh do I hope they are the dregs) of a brutal, but beautiful city winter. A new month and my final month of the HERE Year. Honestly, this blows me…
  • ADR Friday Loves 02.27.15

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    i’m loving… … this Let’s. … this piece. … this book. … these comma confessions. … & these romance confessions. … this collection. … this beauty. … this book with no pictures. … this article. … these hot dudes reading. … this art. … this grace in the darkness. … this mug. … this ten best. … this site. … these elements of style. … these bookish words. … this poncho.
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  • Smart Women Make It Happen for Themselves #MoreBizWomen

    Carla Young
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This year the theme for International Women’s Day is Make It Happen! Fitting because that’s exactly what so many women do – for their families, in their business and in their lives! Need to fundraise an extra $10,000 in 8 days? We’re on it before you can even say, “Raffle tickets!” Trying to usher a herd of uncooperative toddlers into a straight line? We got that down to a science! That’s probably why so many women start businesses. Whether it’s a new product idea created to solve an everyday parenting challenge or a corporate career turned consulting business, women are…
  • Join @StaplesCanada in Celebrating Women in Business March 4 at 1pm EST #MoreBizWomen

    Carla Young
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    March 5th is International Women’s Day and this year the theme is “Make It Happen”.  To celebrate women who make it happen for themselves and their families by starting business, MOMeo Magazine and Women in Biz Network are hosting a special Twitter chat sponsored by Staples Canada. Join us this Wednesday March 4th at 10 am PST/1 pm EST for #MoreBizWomen chat where we will be celebrating women in business and sharing practical how-to tips on how to make it happen in your business! During this one-hour interactive Q&A, we will be giving away $250 Staples Canada Gift…
  • Patience Versus Tolerance: The Difference Can Unlock Your Success by @AlyPain

    Aly Pain
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    How many times have you been told to be patient? It seems that literally everywhere we turn, we hear the virtues of patience extolled upon us: “Be patient”, “Have a little patience”, “Remember, patience is a virtue.” Patience IS a virtue, one that is arguably necessary to succeed in business. It’s what we should aspire to have more of, a muscle to flex, as we work toward our ultimate goal. It’s what gives us the strength and perseverance to keep moving forward, especially when faced with adversity. …Until that patience becomes tolerance. These leadership traits, patience and…
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  • In Freedom's Cause The Real Story of Wallace and Bruce Audio Theater CD Review

    Finamoon
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    My family and I love audio books! We love to listen to them while: I am multitasking, we have a long drive ahead of us, or there is cruddy weather and we are stuck inside. My family usually enjoys them better if they are fun and adventuresome. I believe they are better than movies because more imagination is required and lots of imagination is great for growing minds.I love it when a story pulls you in and holds you till the very end. This is what In Freedom's Cause from Heirloom Audio Productions does. This audio production and theatrical radio drama consists of 2 and a half hours of…
  • The Portlandia Cook Book Review

    Finamoon
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    I received this book free to facilitate this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.If you are a fan of the hit satire TV series Potlandia by the Emmy-nominated stars and writers Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein or if you just love Portland Oregon you will love the companion cookbook which is aptly named The Portlandia Cook Book. It features local cuisine and delectable dishes from all around the Rose City.Portland a.k.a Rose City is a food mecca! As well put in the cookbook, "The city is home to community gardens, breweries, farmer's markets, …
  • IndoctriNation Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America DVD Review

    Finamoon
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
    IndoctriNation by Great Commission Films is a documentary that is about public schools and the decline of Christianity in America. In this documentary Colin Gunn takes his homeschooled family across the United States in a school bus that was purchased off of Craigslist. While on this educational tour he stops many different places to try and answer many questions about public education:The hotly debated question among Christian parents: should we protect our children by withdrawing them from the public schools or should we leave them in the system to try to influence schools for the…
 
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  • Busy is NOT a Dirty Word. (There’s nothing wrong with being BUSY.)

    Audrey McClelland
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    If you asked the people in my life to describe me, I would hope that some of the words used would be: nice, kind, funny, loving, passionate, smart, fair, etc. Being those types of things are important to me, they’ve always been. I’m also fairly certain that most people in my life would use the word busy.“Yeah… Audrey, she’s always busy.”Up till last week, whenever someone called me “busy,” I HATED it. To me, it was an insult. I would get defensive, put up a wall… and maybe not say it to their face, but as SOON AS I GOT HOME, would say to…
  • I Pity Her Boyfriend…

    Audrey McClelland
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    My sons love their sister more than anything. They are head over heels. Everything she does is like the biggest-deal-on-the-planet. When they got home from school yesterday, she was sitting in this plastic bin. They all decided to carry her around. It was hilarious. I “happened” to catch it on video.The moral of this video… I pity her boyfriend.He’s going to have a lot to live up to.
  • My Run Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon Story #PrincessHalf

    Audrey McClelland
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    Everyone runs road races for different reasons and everyone has a story behind their reason.In 2012, when I ran my very first 1/2 marathon, it was to raise money for Dana-Farber’s Cancer Center in Boston, MA. That was the reason for me, I wanted to try and raise as much money as possible. The story behind my reason was very personal. My husband had been diagnosed with a cancerous GIST tumor in his abdomen earlier that year, and I needed something to focus on and capture some of my attention during that time in my life. Training and running and being accountable to a race, to a running…
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  • Wet Nursing: Time to review an old tradition?

    Mary Blandford
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I have thought for some time about how formula fed babies will fare in a SHTF scenario. What if formula has already been looted from the store or destroyed by fire or a major natural disaster? In a time of chaos and collapse, infants are already vulnerable, and especially so without a reliable source of nutrition. Maybe it’s time we rethink an old custom, wet nursing, or breast feeding another’s child. Yep, I went there. This age-old practice may be the best way for a new generation to survive in a worst case scenario. In the “olden” days (until the late…
  • 52 Weeks Savings Plan: Watch for these March sales!

    Sarah Anne Carter
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    March brings with it the promise of spring and some special March sales on purchases that can help you both prepare and save money. Two holidays that will generate some special savings are St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, and Palm Sunday, on March 28. We have a late Easter this year, but retail stores will still be pushing Easter related discounts. Food sales to watch for You may still be able to find some Valentine’s candy and decorations tucked away in stores. Remember to store them in airtight containers, away from light and heat. Mason jars work very well for candy and can be sealed…
  • Tight Space Prepping: Preparedness for power outages

    Teraesa Farrell
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Going without electricity for a few days can throw off the whole balance of a family. When living in an apartment or condo there are simple ways to keep the family in clean clothes, power electronics and provide decent cooking options. You just have to know a few things about preparedness for power outages. Power Sources Most apartments or condos don’t come with an emergency power generator. Not only are most generators are  expensive to buy (portable or not) but they also require fuel. Between the two, that’s a good deal of resources and space used up in your home. Luckily…
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  • read across america day EVERY day of the year

    amy mascott
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    This post was originally published on March 1, 2013 but we’re republishing because it’s that important.      It’s Read Across America Day!  Only something that everyone’s been talking about for days and days and days and days now, but don’t worry if you’re already in your pj’s or missed the boat altogether. Don’t worry if this is the very first time you’re hearing about it and now you feel like  you’re the only kid not invited to the party. TO-tally not so!  Everyone’s invited to this bash–no matter who you…
  • how to play bunco with FAMILIES

    amy mascott
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
        On an off for years now, we’ve played Bunco with our family. At family gatherings, after the little ones had gone to bed, the adults rocked out a little Bunco fun. Complete with crazy prizes a la our fun Bingo bonanza, the adults laughed and rolled dice and played Bunco late into the night. Now that Maddy, Owen, and Cora are older, though, we’ve introduced them to the fun of Bunco. Bunco is a simple dice-rolling game that leaves little to skill and all to chance. It’s fun–and easy enough for families with mixed-age kids to play.  There’s counting…
  • best bunco game night snack ideas

    amy mascott
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
        I lied when I said that the best thing about Bunco was that it was an easy game to play while catching up with friends. Really. I lied. It’s not 100% true. The best thing about Bunco is the snacks. There. I said it. Bunco snacks are awesome. But if Bunco isn’t your game and something else is–Scrabble? Phase 10? Pokeno? Yahtzee?–whatever it is, snacks are a fun part of game night. And though I am kidding, I’m also kind of not kidding. We all need good snacks to round out a fun night with friends. Here’s the skinny. . . Best Bunco Game Night…
 
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  • Babiators Aren’t Just for Babies: Meet Aces

    Kate
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    The idea for Babiators was born from a situation I’ve been in multiple times. A military spouse, standing on the flightline, noticed that all the kids there to see their parents fly were squinting into the sun, while their pilot moms and dads were protected by cool aviator sunglasses. The idea for safe, stylish and durable sunglasses for kids was born and the result is Babiators! As the name alludes, Babiators were originally designed for younger tots, but the brand recognized the need for shades for older kids, too. Enter Aces Shades. Designed to fit most kids ages 7 to 14,…
  • Dr. Seuss Birthday Activities

    Jennie
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    March 2nd is Read Across America, a day set aside by to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and to emphasize that reading is fun!  Here’s how you can get in on celebrating at home and in your community. 1: READ! Here are a few of our favorite Dr. Seuss books: Green Eggs and Ham Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? ABC Oh, The Places You’ll Go 2: Dress the Part When my daughter was in kindergarten they had a parade at her school to celebrate the day and she choose to be Thing 2 along with another friend.  The costume was super easy to make with a red skirt and a red t-shirt.  For the wig…
  • Spring Party Invitations

    Kate
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Last week I met with a group of ladies here on base to begin planning a spring “Friendship Lunch” to include both Americans from base and local Japanese women. It’s a big event for our organization and we’re excited to get planning. I offered to take the lead on getting the invitations and paper goodies designed and printed. The lunch theme is “Spring Garden Party” so I immediately hit Pinterest for inspiration. Not surprisingly, I found so many beautiful invitations and parties that immediately have me longing for sunny days, green grass and fresh…
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • Winter - The Halfway Mark

    3 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    I read that today is the halfway point of winter - it's been winter for 45 days and there are 45 days until the first day of spring.I'm currently sitting in my home office freezing. The furnace is set to 71. There is a foot of snow outside. And I'm sitting inside wearing a scarf and fuzzy socks. (This is in addition to my normal "work clothes - yoga pants and a shirt. I didn't want anyone to think I was just sitting here in a scarf and socks - because quite frankly that would be dumb. And horrible.)I may have mentioned before that I hate winter?Yeah.I still do.Winter Storm Linus visited us on…
  • An Ode to January, Chapter 2: Seriously?

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    And here we are...January 21..and it's yet another snow day for the kids.This is what it looks like outside today:Scary stuff, right?Yeah it's blowing and snowing and drifting and ....No. It's not.In fact I can still see the grass in my yard under ALL THE SNOW that isn't there.We have maybe (MAYBE) 3/4 of an inch of new snow on the ground.And they CANCELED SCHOOL.Some people are saying it's a bit slick outside on the roads thanks to "freezing drizzle" -- which I should mention isn't even showing up on the local radar. So I'm thinking the weather guy (who goes by the moniker "Blizzard Bill"…
  • An Ode to January: Why Do You Have to Be Such a Jerk?

    6 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    If it wasn't for the fact that January is the birth month of BOTH of my kids (yay, good planning!), I would hate the entire 31 days that make up this frigid, snowy, b*tch of a month.As it is, I ONLY love two days in January - the 9th and the 24th. Other than that the month of January can suck it.Today is January 6.It was supposed to be the kids' second day back to school after winter break.I say "supposed to be" because after receiving a paltry 1 to 1 1/2 inches of snow last night (that's all you've got Mother Nature?) THEY CANCELLED SCHOOL TODAY.Seriously folks.We live in freaking NORTHWEST…
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    The MamaZone

  • HOME in Theaters March 27, 2015

    Anitra Elmore
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    HOME is a fun new animated movie from DreamWorks, creators of The Croods. It hits theaters March 27th and you’ll want to add it to your list of must-see family movies (We have!). Check out the trailer:     About HOME When Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human, and…
  • Books We’re Reading for Black History Month

    Anitra Elmore
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 pm
    I recently combed through our bookshelf and pulled out some great books for my son to read for Black History Month. Here are the books that made the top of the list of what we’re reading (and recommending) this month. Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson I wrote a book review on Testing the Ice way back in 2009 and it’s still a regular read in our house. This is a great story about Jackie Robinson, written by his daughter and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, who is one of my favorite illustrators. Don’t assume that because he was a baseball…
  • What Mama Learned Last Week: Fixing Toilets & Making It Look Good

    Anitra Elmore
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Motherhood is full of lessons and sometimes, I’m open to learning them. Here’s what I picked up last week in the newest edition of What Mama Learned. I make this mommying thing look good. At least in my head. Last week, I had to put an end to a running toilet. And, as my daughter held the flashlight for me, she gave me a huge ego boost by saying, “I can’t wait to be a mom.” I began my “Aww, how cool,” just as I noticed the sarcasm on her face. “Who wouldn’t look forward to sticking their hand in a toilet,” she continued. Clearly,…
 
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  • Homemade raspberry lemonade lip balm

    Crissy Page
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Did you know that making your own homemade lip balm is actually really easy? If you loved our wonderful recipe for DIY lip balm using lemongrass oil, you’re going to adore this moisturizing homemade raspberry lemonade lip balm recipe! I’m not sure where you’re reading from, but up here in the great state of Maine, we have had a long and insanely snowy winter. I’m so ready for spring and summer! One of my favorite summer treats is raspberry lemonade, and this ultra-nourishing DIY raspberry lemonade lip balm will keep your lips protected from the harsh reality outside. The…
  • DIY Meyer lemon bath fizzies recipe

    Kacey
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:41 pm
    If you’re completely obsessed with Lush bath bombs, you’re going to adore this easy DIY bath fizzies recipe featuring the bright, sweet aroma of Meyer lemons! These big boomy bath bomb cubes will add a burst of freshness and glee to your next bath. Loving this Meyer lemon bath fizzies recipe! I picked up a bag of Meyer lemons at the store last week because they were on sale. I love buying fresh, in-season produce. This bath fizzies recipe was pretty easy to put together, taking probably only 15 minutes and then drying time. Plus, these wonderful bath fizzies require only a few…
  • DIY green tea scrub

    Kacey
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Is your skin feeling a bit tired? To give my skin a boost I love using this easy DIY green tea scrub. If you’ve never tried making a homemade scrub recipes, this DIY scrub is a great place to start. You’ll end up with a moisturizing sugar scrub that will rejuvenate your skin. This dreamy DIY green tea scrub is perfect for a quick pick-me-up, or for that perfect night you’ve been waiting for—a night just for you, complete with some quiet time, a good book, a bubble bath and maybe a glass of wine. You can even exfoliate in the shower with this DIY green tea scrub or add a…
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    Child Mode

  • The runDisney Princess 1/2 Marathon 2015 ~ My Experience

    Nadia Carriere
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:23 am
    Until 3 years ago, I had never ran a mile. I loathed running with all my being and never dreamt that one day I would run a race what to speak of a 1/2 marathon. After giving birth to my son I came... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Dreams Do Come True! On My Way To The #PrincessHalf!

    Nadia Carriere
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:03 am
    I learned something in 2014. Something that completely changed my life and the way I look at things. I learned that wishes do come true if you work hard enough at them and do everything you can to... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Quantum of the Seas: Dining and Entertainment Options

    Aimee
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    I mentioned in my previous posts about Quantum of the Seas that I had never been on a cruise before. As a newbie, one of the things I was nervous about was the dining – I’d always heard... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
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  • Picture Perfect Reads From Harper Collins

    Courtney Clipperton
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    The school year is pushing on...and our children are daily encouraged by their teachers to read, build their vocabulary and work on their fluency.  Sometimes...children simply don't want to read...unless it's something of interest to them.  Something that they think is funny, entertaining or even silly.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 these books!That's why I love Harper Collins selection of books.  There is no shortage of awesome "reading material"…
  • @JackpotCandles - SURPRISE Jewelry In Every Candle!

    Courtney Clipperton
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Jewelry Candles...have you tried one before?All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products!I LOVE THEM!  Not only do you get an amazing candle, but you also get a surprise in every candle.  A gem!  A jewel!  A treasure!  It's better than finding a prize in a cereal box...at least for me as an adult.So when I learned about JackPot Candles, I got even more excited!  As a woman with very tiny hands and fingers, the rings that typically…
  • SoftSoap - Fragrant Foaming Collection Hand Soap

    Courtney Clipperton
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    How often do you wash your hands during the day?  Do you enjoy soaps that leave your hands smelling fresh & clean long after?All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by Colgate-Palmolive for this post!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion on these products!HANDWASHING IS IMPORTANT!!  Why?  It helps prevent the spread bacteria, germs and whatever else we honestly could have lurking on our hands from just a simple day of living life to it's fullest (whatever the means for you personally)!That's why I personally am…
 
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    HomeToHeather

  • Samsung Galaxy Giveaway for Awareness

    Heather
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    I recently signed up for #10ways10days and pledged to take 10 actions for women in the lead up to International Women’s Day.  Day three is Awareness and I thought that leveraging my blog to give away a phone might be a good way to do that.  Today I have a brand new Samsung Galaxy Core LTE phone from TELUS**.  All you need to do to enter is use the widget below to click through to a report about a real Canadian problem that I wasn’t aware of until pretty recently.  I mean, I knew human trafficking happened here – it’s a problem that affects every country in the…
  • Books at Home = More Reading.

    Heather
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:59 pm
    If you’ve been around here for a while you’ll have picked up on the fact that I’m a huge literacy supporter. If an opportunity comes my way to champion reading, I’ll snag it.  Books and stories are some of the best things in life and I strongly believe that reading is our future.  I read to my kids every day and it’s terribly sad to think of children growing up without books in their homes.  That’s why I’m excited to hear that Kumon has teamed up with First Book Canada to bring 10,000 new books to kids who need them. After all, it’s painfully…
  • Coffee Bar Free Printable Art

    Heather
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    I recently aquired a new coffee maker.  I had one of those single pod machines prior and it served me well but I was ready to graduate to something that offered more choice.  I no longer wished to be at the mercy of the pod makers in terms of beans.  I wanted to be able to choose a higher quality product and also one that I knew to be ethically grown. I wanted to be able to grab a bag of beans from a small roaster at the farmer’s market or sign up to a bean subscription.  I couldn’t do those things with a pod machine. I’ve agonized over this purchase for a year.  In the…
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  • friday links - locked doors edition

    hollywood housewife
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    On Wednesday I hosted a girls night at my house. This was a new group of friends to me, all of us moms from school or the neighborhood, we'd all just completed a meditation course together and I thought it would be fun to know one another better. The very first woman who arrived asked to use the bathroom, and I showed her to my powder room with the gold Oh Joy wallpaper that I love so much. A few minutes later I heard frantic knocking. I thought it was another guest, so I ran to the front door because, as luck would have it, the lightbulb in my porch light had broken off in the socket, so I…
  • turn your instagrams into chatbooks

    hollywood housewife
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    I've been making photo books. It makes me feel productive. When I discovered chatbooks, I felt like Queen of the family documentary world. It's SO EASY and SO CHEAP. This is not a sponsored post. I swear. I just can't believe that a project that has been on my list forever (making photo books of all my Instagrams), took a couple of hours and a few bucks and now is done. And each time I fill up a new book's worth of current Instagrams, a new book will automatically come in the mail. Talk about filling a niche in the market! Here's how it works: Chatbooks is an app for your…
  • frankenstein

    hollywood housewife
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    The first Read Great Books discussion on Pride & Prejudice went great. Frankenstein is the second book and I'm looking forward to the discussion on Monday, March 16. RSVP here. Check out the full list of books here. If you want to feel old and unaccomplished, just know that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was just 18. Shelley had been traveling through Europe with friends as a teen, and while in Switzerland had gotten caught up in the occult ideas that were swirling around. The group - which included her lover and future husband Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron - made a bet over…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Turn It Up Tuesday 76

    cindy
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I don’t know how your weekend was but it was a bit crazy around here. It really started Thursday evening when I attended my first barre3 class. Friday, Jordan and I spent some time at the Magic Kingdom before going to look at a truck he wanted to buy. Saturday was Volunteer U at church. Sunday was church and then the guys were going back to Kissimmee to probably buy the truck we had looked at on Friday but when Jordan texted the guy to confirm the plans they had made on Friday, he was informed that the truck had already sold In the midst of all of that my best friend’s mom had a heart…
  • Top 10 Must-Dos for Your First Visit to Epcot

    cindy
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Epcot opened October 1, 1982. My first visit to what was then called Epcot Center was in the summer of 1983 when relatives came down from Massachusetts on vacation. Epcot is the Disney park that has morphed and changed the most over the years. Long gone are Horizons, World of Motion, Kitchen Kabaret and the Communicores. Funny how this park makes the most nostalgic, I understand the need for progress and change, especially in Epcot-I just missed the old days. Epcot is also home to the two largest festivals at Walt Disney World.In the spring we have the International Flower and Garden Festival…
  • Goals for March 2015

    cindy
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”How is it the last day of February already? Wow, well it is time to evaluate my February goals and set goals for March. Review…
 
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    Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams

  • Sweeping Saturday 2/28/2015

    Jen Williams
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! After you have submitted your links feel free to share this post on your social networks for even more exposure!The post Sweeping Saturday 2/28/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Make it a family movie night with Feeln! *Giveaway*

    Jen Williams
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Disclosure: I was provided a one-year subscription to Feeln but as always All opinions are 100% my own.   As many of you know I’m slowly trying to ditch our cable services! This has been a long and slow process, but we are almost at that point. I have downgraded our services down to the […]The post Make it a family movie night with Feeln! *Giveaway* appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Sweeping Saturday 2/21/2015

    Jen Williams
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! After you have submitted your links feel free to share this post on your social networks for even more exposure!The post Sweeping Saturday 2/21/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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  • Episode 154: Free Range Parenting 2

    Heather and Kate
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss snow days and ski school, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on free range parenting and wrap with Nodelman. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 153: Dress Code

    Heather and Kate
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:55 am
    Heather and Kate discuss tweenage angst and reclaiming the house from 7 year olds, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on appropriate dress and wrap with a forgetful Nodelman. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 152: Toddler Discipline

    Heather and Kate
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Heather and Kate discuss Kate's dental rage, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on age appropriate discipline and wrap with Nodelman. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
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  • A damn fine cat

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:25 am
    In the fall of 1995, I had had a really crappy day. Like, WHOA, shitty-shitty, crappy. To be honest, I cannot remember why. It might have been that the classes I was taking at the community college weren't all quite as inspiring as their paragraph descriptions in the course booklet led them to appear. It might have been that my boss, whom I adored, at the telemarketing company was in the midst of one of his many relapses into the hell that his alcoholism threw us all into. It might have been any number of many things. It doesn't really matter now, but what is relevant is that I was 19 and…
  • Ever Wonder?

    12 Feb 2015 | 11:03 am
    Ever sit in your car and just watch a plastic bag blow in the wind?It might be stuck in that space between the bush and the curb and just swirl in a circle, repeatedly round and round and round... and then you wonder who used it last?What did it have inside of it? Did that person throw it on the ground without a care for the environment, or was it whisked out of the hand of a young child who just couldn't wait to open the brand new toy that was inside?Will it make it any further than this small ditch before being scooped up by a garbage picker, or will it get caught up in a sudden gust from a…
  • Blessed

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    Do you ever have moments where you are hit with how blessed you are? I am humbled by the many gifts that I have. I do not take them for granted, and I realize that this life I live, though quite "ordinary" in its outward appearance, is one that many would give anything to have. I cannot believe that I am mother to these three awesome kids, and wife to such a good person, who loves me as much as I love him. There are so many friends who care and take the time to help us when we are overwhelmed or unable to be in 12 spots at once. We have an amazing support network, and I know…
 
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  • An open letter to my loves! All of them! #PutYourHeartToPaper

    Nirasha Jaganath
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    The following is a post sponsored by Hallmark but all words are mine alone! To my dear husband Ramesh, I recall my mom saying that she felt bad for the guy that had to live up to my high standards and me telling her, the right guy would consider our relationship worth it. One of the things that made me fall in love with you, hard, was that you were looking to grow with someone. Me, too. I still feel weird when someone thinks I’m a grown up, and I would rather dig up a hole and die than stop learning. Thankfully you are just as passionate to learn too. I really feel like I have my own…
  • Disney On Ice presents Frozen in Boston! (Giveaway)

    Nirasha Jaganath
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    You would have to be living under a cave to have not heard about the movie Frozen. Even if you are one of the rare people who resist watching it (I can’t understand why), the Frozen euphoria that has swept the world would not go unnoticed. Since Frozen hit the circuit every facet of our life including cereal and sneakers you would have thought every avenue was exhausted? If you’re like me, you’re thirsty for more of entertainment of it and I’m super excited to know that Disney On Ice Frozen is hitting Boston this Friday. Disney On Ice Frozen About Disney On Ice Frozen…
  • Chatting to Nicole Kidman about the movie Paddington! #paddingtonmovie

    Nirasha Jaganath
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    I was fortunate enough to get a chance to interview Nicole Kidman. I was even more fortunate to do it over the phone, which meant I could sit in my sweatpants and not feel so inadequate in her beautiful company. Nicole Kidman has grown on me as an actress. I think as I matured, her complex roles appealed to me further. But let’s face it that viral video with Jimmy Fallon made us fall truly in love with her. She is so real. A thought that was further confirmed as 6 of us bloggers interviewed her over a conference call to LA. Although all of us were parent bloggers we were doing our…
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    Traveling Mom

  • Royal Caribbean’s Family-Friendly Quantum of the Seas Smart Ship

    Mimi Slawoff, Los Angeles TravelingMom
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Photo Credit: Mimi Slawoff, Los Angeles TravelingMom Cruising with kids is fun on many levels, or rather, decks on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas. The most technologically-advanced smart ship afloat, the Quantum features transforming entertainment venues, wristbands that unlock doors, robotic bartenders and super-fast wireless connectivity. If you’re thinking of cruising with your family, it’s worth checking out RC’s super kid-friendly ship. The Quantum, currently sailing a Southern Caribbean itinerary from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ, heads to China in April. My family and I…
  • Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Opens with Massive Redesign in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    Christine Tibbetts, Blended Family TMOM
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    The Dixie Stampede reopened February, 2015 in Pigeon Forge with stunning new lighting capabilities. Photo courtesy Dixie Stampede You can’t fool me. I know I felt a breeze from those Smoky Mountain trees on stage at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. They were moving. Gradually on one side, breeze building up and more motion stage left. I’m sure. Wrong. They’re just LED lights rigged by savvy lighting set designers. 12.5 million of them to be precise. Lights create new realities Surely looked like sunset and moonrise in action me. This is a $2.5 million new look…
  • Pregnant and Flying: Everything You Need to Know

    Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan, International TravelingMom
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Photo credit: Tonya Prater, Ohio TravelingMom Many women have uncomplicated pregnancies during which they can continue with regular life activities such as getting on a plane. If you are one of these fortunate and adventurous types, check out this list to make sure you are fully prepared before you board your flight. Tips for Flying while Pregnant Safety: Make sure you have your dates right. As you get closer to your due date, you probably don’t want to be too far from your doctor or closest hospital. Airlines also have restrictions around how late in a pregnancy a woman can fly so be sure…
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  • Finding and Living Your Calling

    Lisa Thompson
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:33 am
    When I was growing up, I wanted to be a singer, then a trauma surgeon, then a singer, then a special ed teacher, then a musician, then a teacher, and by the time I was 3/4 of the way through college, I had no idea what I wanted to be.  After college, I worked a variety of management and sales jobs.  Then I went back to school to study music…again.  I then began teaching piano lessons and singing jazz.  And then I went  back to working another sales job. Somehow I found myself in my mid-thirties, married with kids, and I still had no idea what I wanted to be when I “grew…
  • Restaurant Coupon Roundup {2/27/2015}

    Lisa Thompson
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:03 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! Top Restaurant Coupons: Black Angus Steakhouse – $42 Campfire Feast for Two (exp: 3/23/2015) Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015) Buca Di Beppo - Dinner for Four for $40 (exp: 3/29/2015) Carrabbas – 15% Off Entire Meal Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015) Corner Bakery - Free Latte or Small Espresso Beverage with Breakfast Purchase (exp: 3/11/2015) Einstein…
  • Retail Coupon Roundup {2/27/2015}

    Lisa Thompson
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 3/4/2015) Express - $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015) Kohls – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015) Lord and Taylor - 20% Off Regular, Sale & Clearance Items (exp: 3/2/2015) Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 3/4/2015) Party City - $15 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015) Rue 21 – 30% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015) The Limited – 50% Off Up to 3 Regularly…
 
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    Marinka
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    I saw a friend the other afternoon for coffee and he told me that I looked happy. “Are you happy?” he asked and I waffled because I suspect that if I admit to being happy, the happiness gods will smite me. I’m not sure what I’m thinking exactly, that I will jinx the happiness, that I will be like Greek hero felled by hubris, or just that I will be proven very, very wrong, but it seems wrong to talk about being happy, especially out loud, especially to other people. The other day I had a fleeting thought, and I didn’t even voice it and it came to haunt me. The…
  • Vocabulary

    Marinka
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:59 am
    The other day I was sitting around, thinking of ways to make the world a better place and also plotting against my enemies. Don’t worry, nothing dramatic, and certainly not anything we haven’t seen in the Bible and maybe on HBO and other premium cable channels. So I was sitting and plotting but then that got really exhausting, so I decided to make some phone calls for idle chatter. “Hmm,” I thought to myself, while scrolling through my contacts. “Mama gave me life, why don’t I retaliate and call her first?” Papa picked up Mama’s phone.
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • March 2015 Desktop Calendar

    Dawn Camp
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    My first instinct was to use a photo from a couple of weeks ago for this month’s desktop calendar, when the world was covered in ice, until my girls came in from walking the dog this morning and said it feels like spring. Spring! And we’ve still got the soggy remains of last week’s snowman’s clothes lying in our front yard. Your calendar is a day late because I’ve been busy busy busy finishing The Gift of Friendship, which will be next year’s follow up to The Beauty of Grace. I may be just a teeny bit biased, but I can believe you will love this book.
  • When We’re Afraid to Trust Him: Today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    My daughter and I slip into the welcome center just minutes before closing time. We’ve driven my son back to school in Mississippi, and this is the final state line to cross on our journey home. As we race back to the car, I giggle like a child, focused more on getting out of the biting wind than looking like an adult. We drive past the last parking spaces and picnic tables and spot a little brown dog, red collar around his neck, watching us go. I stop, back up, and pull into the last space as my daughter gets out and goes to help him, but the little guy races away from her and across the…
  • Make a Difference: #MakeItZero

    Dawn Camp
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    Yesterday I attended an event sponsored by Wellspring Living, an organization who helps victims of DMST (domestic minor sex trafficking) by giving them the courage to move forward with their lives and the confidence to succeed. They help restore lives. You might think sexual trafficking exists only in third world countries, in places far from your own backyard, but you’d be wrong. This modern form of slavery robs young girls of their lives and freedom and Atlanta ranks as one of the major hubs in this country. Girls as young as eight years old, with an average age of 14, are being…
 
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • What I want you to know about being pregnant, sick, and on state benefits

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    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 Kari.I see it. Every day, these “clever” Facebook posts about all of these lazy people “enjoying” state benefits that "you" pay for with your hard-earned money. "You" continually berate these people, insinuating that they stay at home all day, enjoying a carefree life and…
  • Are we growing a generation of people addicted to screen-time?

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    For the last several years I've taught a class on Addictive Behavior in a graduate psychology program at a local university. It’s a fun class, but I’ve noticed an interesting thing over the past five years since I started teaching.Every semester, the students are getting more and more zombie-like during class. Every semester, I am seeing more faces staring at their computer screens during class intead of paying attention (probably Facebooking or emailing as opposed to writing notes). Or texting on their phone. Or otherwise multi-tasking or engaging in technological brain-numb while I’m…
  • That's what SHE said: attention-policing and the dress, black men and word associations, Amy Poehler on looking silly, and more . . .

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    How To Get Rid Of Clutter And Live AbundantlyHave you ever owned anything? This is why you cannot forgive any of your former lovers. Things like “having chairs” is preventing you from living your best life, and also you should throw away any item of clothing you’re not currently wearing. If it’s not on your skin, you don’t really love it, do you?Cops See It Differently, Part One | This American LifeThere are so many cops who look at the killing of Eric Garner or Mike Brown and say race didn’t play a factor. And there are tons of black people who say that’s insane. There’s a…
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • #TheDress Kicked Kim Kardashian’s Ass

    Jenni Chiu
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:10 am
      Never in my internet life have I seen something so inconsequential catch fire and divide the online world as quickly as #TheDress did on Thursday evening. It was phenomenal. 3:30 pm PST: Someone in my facebook feed posts a link to this tumblr post about a group of friends who are arguing over the color […]
  • Compassion – Some of Us Are Working Too Hard

    Jenni Chiu
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
      She is walking down a city block when an older man across the street from her takes a little stumble to the ground. She halts, and looks urgently across the road to see if he’s okay… fighting her instinct to dash over to him. She tells herself: Someone else will help him up… Someone bigger… Someone stronger… I’m almost […]
  • Camel Toe Strikes a Chord

    Jenni Chiu
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    A million years ago I wrote a post about a desire to eradicate camel toe. Today is one of those days when I have to remind myself that I have no control over what will resonate with people. I create content and I throw it into the winds of the Internet. I have since written […]
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    Miscellaneous Mom

  • Lovin’ as Currency and an Indy McDonald’s Giveaway

    FairyTaleMom
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    Maybe you saw the McDonald’s Super Bowl commercial asking customers to pay for their order with Lovin. Long before McDonald’s had the idea, we have been paying with Lovin here in Fairy Tale Land. A conversation often goes something like this: Princess: Can you hand me the (any random object) Me: It will cost you. Princess: ((exaggerated eye roll) Fine. How many? Me: Uhmmm, 8 Princess: ((gives me 8 kisses)) ((giggles)) We’ve been at this for a long time. She asks for random things; I ask for kisses. Everyone wins, right? Well, it’s kind of the same at McDonald’s…
  • 9 Care Packages You Should Send to College

    justheather
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I remember how exciting it was to receive mail at college. Let’s face it, I still get really excited when I find mail that isn’t a bill. There’s just something about knowing someone took the time to send something personal. So, we’re already planning out the care packages we are shipping to school all year — it’s been an important part of keeping the younger kids connected. There are 4 different sizes of flat-rate shipping boxes for priority mail — a flat envelope, a small, DVD-shaped box (isn’t that convenient), medium boxes, and large boxes.
  • An Open Letter to My Daughter (and Yours)

    FairyTaleMom
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Dear Beautiful Girl, There has been much media coverage this week of celebrity antics and what is appropriate behavior, as we all prepared for what controversy the VMAs would spark next. I want you to know that you never need to put on a show or take extreme measures to get attention. It is unbecoming and unladylike to do so. Please know that you are infinitely loved. The only thing you need to do to get attention is to ask me. I will always walk your most difficult mile with you and gladly dry your tears. When girls seek attention by dressing provocatively or changing their appearance, it is…
 
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    Chasing Supermom

  • Meal Plan Monday – 3/2/15

    Bekki
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last week was just a little bit crazy for my family. We had SO much going on. During stressful and/or out of the ordinary weeks, I am so thankful for meal planning! I did however, plan ahead when I set out to make my meal plan, and took our schedule into account.It’s not necessarily our traditional menu, but it worked, and were able to eat every night without stress!   Sunday:  Waffles Frozen Pizza *I was away in Atlanta at EDexpo, and knew my husband would be tired after a morning of preaching. (He’s the pastor of our church, and Sundays are tiring for him!) I went ahead…
  • Top Ten Teacher Blogger Picks from EDexpo 2015

    Bekki
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last week, I was invited to Atlanta to attend #EDexpo2015. I had the incredible opportunity to interact with hundreds of educational brands, products, vendors, and dealers – all under one roof. Each blogger was tasked with the job of creating a top ten list – selecting our favorite products. Our top ten lists were collected and compiled, and the following ten products were those receiving the most votes. Stay tuned as I will be sharing my personal Top Ten Products in the coming week. While only a few of my personal top ten items made the official list, there were a handful of…
  • Get a Sneak Peek at Home from DreamWorks Animation

    Bekki
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:56 am
    *This post is sponsored by DreamWorks Animation. All opinions are my own. The creators of The Croods and How to Train Your Dragon, bring you an exciting (and hilariously adorable!) new film featuring some of today’s hottest stars! Get ready for HOME. Home hits theaters on March 27th, and is sure to be a film your whole family will enjoy! About the film When Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic…
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Preconceived – The Importance of Individualized Parenting

    Shera
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:12 am
    We go into parenting with a lot of preconceived ideas. But although having our first child shatters many of those, it also adds a whole new set of preconceptions to the list. Thing is, these new ones are no better than the original ones. In fact, in many ways they’re worse. If allowed to take root or if gone unchecked, children end up living in shadows, not developing true individuality and often become rebellious and develop bad habits because of our altered expectations. Allowing myself to look at any of my children based on my experiences with another of them is the worst possible…
  • Choosing the Right Razor for Your Husband

    Guest
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Are you planning to give your loving hubby a present for a special occasion? Why not give him an electric shaver? Compared to regular shaving blades, these products and very convenient to use. The blades aren’t sticking out so your husband won’t get scratched or wounded while shaving his stubbles. In addition, you can even use electric shavers even without water. Since this grooming tool has been widely used by men, a lot of models have been appearing on the market. Although it is a good thing that you have a lot of choices, you have to keep in mind that not all of them are created…
  • Sharp Aquos Crystal

    Shera
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Once again, I am delighted to offer all of you a review on yet another great smart phone option for yourself or a family member. It’s been fun to bring these reviews to you each of the past 3 months or so and I assure you I am equally as delighted to offer you a peek at this phone as well. Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate my review. The Sharp AQUOS Crystal delivers Sprint Spark powered by Android and boasts a screen that pretty much covers the entire size of the phone (5…
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  • Steps Forward

    Jennifer Murray
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
      Today I stepped back in the coffee shop I visited on the morning we got that Monday morning jaw-dropping positive surprise. I was able to walk in without tears, without anxiety, without heaviness, and without despair. This winter has been such a stark contrast to last. There’s sunshine where there was once darkness. There’s more joy than sorrow. There’s scars where there were once open wounds. “God always seems bigger to those who need him the most. And suffering is the tool he uses to help us need him more.” – Joni Earickson Tada  It wasn’t…
  • 5 Things I Love More Than Valentine’s Day

    Jennifer Murray
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    Confession:  I’m a softie for Valentine’s Day. It probably started with the red and pink dotted tights I wore when I was four.  I’m a sucker for romance. However, it looks much different in this season of life than engagement/early marriage. Less dress up and go out and more double the recipe heart-shaped pancakes.  ;)  Commercial holiday or not, it’s always good to feel loved and appreciated by those closest to you - I mean really, who’s going to deny that? No roses or diamonds required here, just a little pat on the back and a warm embrace will suffice.
  • Thriving

    Jennifer Murray
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    We are still unpacking from a fantastic long weekend in Nashville, TN.  I attended the Thrive Conference for Young Living Leaders and we decided to take the family along. Good weather, good friends, good family time.  It was a great balance for me of some quality family time and some professional growth time. {Thanks, Brad for all YOU did to make this part possible!} This was the 70 or so of us that represented our Oily Families Team at Thrive. When I signed up for Young Living, I had NO CLUE my feet were landing in such a SOLID group of individuals who have encouraged, educated, and…
 
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    As Mom Sees It

  • Feels Like Springtime Lemon Bars: Sweets To Scare The Cold Away

    Mom
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    It’s MARCH! For most of us, that means spring. It’s hard to believe because I am looking out my window this moment at six inches of snow, but I know it’s coming. I’m ready for it. I want to open the windows and let the fresh air in and, for the love of all that... Continue Reading... The post Feels Like Springtime Lemon Bars: Sweets To Scare The Cold Away appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • What Is TENS And Does AccuRelief TENS Work To Relief Pain?

    Mom
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    It sounds far scarier than it is; admittedly, I was greatly hesitant before trying the AccuRelief Wireless TENS with Remote system. Since we’ve had it for about a month now, most of our household has tried it and each have experienced different results.  I received an AccuRelief Wireless Remote Control TENS system to facilitate my... Continue Reading... The post What Is TENS And Does AccuRelief TENS Work To Relief Pain? appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Prepare For Cold And Flu Season With Vicks #ReliefIsHere

    Mom
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    The midwest sees weather that is unpredictable both daily and hourly. We’ve seen blizzard-like conditions that leave us buried in snow measured in feet, heat waves that would melt your face off, and we’ve even seen it snow during the summer thanks to the effects of The Great Lakes. However, no matter how unpredictable the... Continue Reading... The post Prepare For Cold And Flu Season With Vicks #ReliefIsHere appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
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    The Thrifty Mommy

  • Easy Ice Cream Cake

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

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

  • Budget Friendly Decorations

    justinadbroker
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:33 am
    Just because we’re generally buried under heaps of laundry when we’re not chasing the kids around, doesn’t mean that we can’t have nice things!  We can make our homes comfortable and safe, but that doesn’t mean our walls need to be bare.  When you’re a busy mom, some things just fall by the wayside.  But rest assured: there are simple, budget friendly options out there that helped to take your walls from lackluster to gallery worthy! We’re all constantly snapping photos on our phones – time to put those snapshots on display! A really simple upgrade to just a 4×6…
  • 9 Ways to Save on Diapers

    Jane
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Did you know that the average newborn goes through 10 diapers a day! And that by the time they’ve hit their third birthday, you’ll have spent more than $2,100 buying at least 8,580 diapers! Crazy! That’s a huge expense on a family, so we’ve put together a list of 9 ways you can get free diapers…. 1. Free Samples Believe it or not, there are a ton of companies that will send you free diapers just for trying out their brand. It’s not a long-term savings strategy, but you can definitely get enough samples to last you for a week or so. Every little bit helps!
  • Financing your kids kindergarten

    justinadbroker
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Putting your child in a kindergarten or any other day care center can be very expensive and sometimes not even worth the money you spend Vs the money you earn. As a mother once your maternity leave is over its time to get back to work, however there are many moms out there who are only working part time jobs and are that their earning are low and are barely enough to cover the cost of living with a new born. Creative moms have developed many survival techniques which help them provide more income, send their children to the best kindergarten and still keep their day job which allows them to…
 
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    The Mom Around Town

  • Shredded Mediterranean Chicken a la Crock Pot

    Paige Dunn
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:42 am
    I have a new love in my life. This lover makes my life easier. Feeds me when I’m hungry. Is super low maintenance. Meet my Crock-Pot. I’m so in love. I didn’t grow up in a Crock-Pot home, so this form of cooking is all new to me. I was given a Crock-Pot as a gift. Little did I know when I pulled this foreign object out of the box that it would enrich my family’s life. A whole new cooking world opened to me. At first I just experimented with the mini sauce Crock-Pot that came with it. This was much less intimidating. I made my favorite party dip in it and was able to keep it…
  • Whidbey Island | I’m in Love

    Paige Dunn
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve been going to Whidbey Island all my life. You could say this place is a part of me. I grew up digging for clams and geoducks and chasing crab here. I’ve splashed in the tide pools, gone for long walks, and hunted for sand dollars here. I’ve roasted more s’mores than I care to admit. I’m excited to share this with H. So last weekend, we (H, my cousin Presha, and I) had an overnight at Jenne Farm. I always go to Whidbey just for the day, which has prevented me from getting to know the whole island. I had no idea it was so big. Anyway, I came across this amazing farm just outside…
  • What Happens When There Aren’t Ten Fingers and Toes?

    Paige Dunn
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    When you’re pregnant, you’re bombarded with threats of this and that that will cause your unborn child to develop three heads. It seemed every time I turned around when I was pregnant with H, someone told me something new that could cause premature delivery, autism, birth defects, miscarriage, etc. But what happens when, despite your careful choices during pregnancy, something goes wrong? Your baby is put in your arms and there is a problem. WHAT? SERIOUSLY? I have spent more time at Children’s Hospital than I would like. Every time I leave Children’s, I am reminded that my problems…
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    Mommy Posh

  • Dr. Seuss HandPrint Project For The Lorax

    Mommy Posh
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you remember last year’s Dr. Seuss preschool project? Well, since the kids and I had such a blast celebrating all things Dr. Seuss, we just had to keep the tradition going.  So in honor of our most recent favorite Dr. Seuss tale, we decided on The Lorax – check out this easy and most treasured […]
  • Career 101: Resume Tips For Moms Returning Back To Work

    Mommy Posh
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:58 am
    Today, my friend Jennifer will explore how to build your resume if you are looking to go back to the work force after a gap of being a SAHM. Here’s a Q&A on some guidance around how to make your resume and cover letter stand out, including a list of things to avoid, too. What’s […]
  • Is Your Family Complete?

    Mommy Posh
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Whether you have one, two or even three kids why do family members and yes even your closest friends feel the need to pressure you about having more kids? With two boys at home, I’m always told that a little girl will complete my family. Yes, while I love shopping for my friend’s little girls, at […]
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    The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom

  • Perfect boots for Valentines Day

    Epic Mom
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    “The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” -Rumi
  • Pay it forward Potluck

    Epic Mom
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    We had a blast!!!  There was good food and great fun at our church’s Operation Christmas Child Packing Party and Potluck this past Friday night! I love that I can teach my children how important it is to get together, mobilize, be active and intentional about making a positive change in their world. They are 5 & 4 and they know they have the power to make a difference.  My friends, I’m throwing out a challenge, it’s your turn to make a choice to ?#?bethechange? How will you make a positive change in your world this Christmas season?  I’d love to hear your…
  • Trick or Treat

    Epic Mom
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    My kiddies made these cute little gifts for their classmates.
 
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    Sweet Potato Chronicles

  • Baked Oatmeal (That Tastes Like Apple Pie)

    Ceri Marsh
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    Can someone explain people who skip breakfast to me? You know the type, that person who says, "Ugh, I can't eat anything in the mornings. Maybe I'll have a coffee and then a snack at around 11…" I wake up ready to eat every day and woe to anyone who gets in my way. Like, for instance, my children. Here's the scene at my place at 7 a.m. Both kids shuffle downstairs and start some activity that I will have to pry them from in order to get through our routine and make it to the bus on time. If I'm foolish enough to ask what everyone would like for breakfast, they answer in unison. Unison…
  • An Interview with the Stars of Almay's New Pure Beauty Campaign

    Laura Keogh
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    We can't believe our good fortune to share this news but Ceri and I are part of Almay's new Pure Beauty Campaign airing now. Did you just read what I wrote? WE. ARE. IN. AN. ALMAY. AD. Do you want to know the best part about this exciting project? Our daughter's are in it as well! Actually, they're not just in it, they're basically the stars since they have the only speaking parts. You can go ahead and read the rest of this post, we'll just be over here pinching ourselves. Featuring Esme and Scarlett talking candidly about their moms, the new ads speak to moms like ourselves who juggle…
  • Banana and Coconut Smoothie Bowl with Chia, Muesli and Pomegranate Seeds

    Laura Keogh
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:16 pm
    When it comes to eating have you ever thought about the fact that all good things come in a bowl? Ok, it's true, some really good stuff comes in a bun (mmmm, hamburgers and hot dogs) but dishes like soups, chilis, mac and cheese, pastas, stews, risottos, all arrive on your placemat in a deep dish and just scream comfort. (They also scream "I'm eating this on the couch in my PJs" but I probably shouldn't embarrass Ceri with that little fact.) And don't forget ice cream. That's awesome in a bowl. Wait, actually, ice cream is better in a cone. There are also lots of great morning meals that come…
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  • One Of Those Not So Weekends

    Aileen
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    1) It’s not Shakespeare, but not for the reasons you think….. 50 Shades Of OMG ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS?! written by The Mummy Blogger Who Was A Pretty Wild Teen Mum And Is Now Also A Missionary. She blogs about talking about sex with her eldest son, who is in his early 20s. AND it’s not cringe-worthy. My personal lazy opinion (having not read the book) is when fashion mags like Harpers’ Bazaar (US) published socialites’ reviews of the book sometime back, the whole 50 Shades phenomenon in entertainment was still kinda……. cool? In a forbidden…
  • Miss-Speak #39 – The Brazen One

    Aileen
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    #39 If I buy frozen yoghurt home from the food court, Rockstar usually doesn’t finish a full cup (even the “small” serving size we find quite big) and will put the rest in the freezer. To this end, I try not to give the Miss her entire frozen yoghurt in one sitting either. The Miss of course has other ideas… Miss: (After she’s finished a second helping of several tablespoons; there’s still about half left in the freezer) WHERE’S MY YOG-HURT!! Me: (Showing her Rockstar’s unfinished cup from the freezer) Look, see how much Ko-ko still has. He…
  • “Look, Ma – No Photoshop!” – featuring murals of Muntri, Armenian, Ah Quee, and Cannon Street of Georgetown Penang

    Aileen
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Inspired by Rockstar’s school learning unit about art – you see, Rockstar normally doesn’t really like producing “art”, in the sense left to his own devices, he uses few colours and usually ends up with what look more like labelled “diagrams,” science nut that he is… So this is dedicated to inspiring and interesting new ways of learning things. Graffiti: Art or nuisance? It depends doesn’t it? There is a moment before the paint hits the canvas; breathe right and you can change the way the painting looks.  Dis is art: The CNY…
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    Telecommuting Moms

  • Weekly Round-Up of Top Work-at-Home Articles

    Alaina Forbes
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Working From Home Is Good For You And Your BossHow to Get Paid to Pick Out Clothes For Other PeopleThe 12 Best Ways to Make Extra Money in 2015 3 Things to Consider Before Quitting Your Day JobHow I’m Saving $2,750 Per Month By Working From Home (not new but just ran across it this week)How to Start Your Own Side Business While Working Another Job 
  • Weekly Customer Service Work-At-Home Jobs

    Alaina Forbes
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Hertz Customer Sales SpecialistUhaulAmerican Airlines Reservations Reps Westat Data CollectorsGranada Bilingual French Customer Service RepsSidecar Customer Support RepresentativesProgressive Insurance Customer Service AgentsTalk2Rep Chat AgentsHCA Call Center Customer Experience AdvocatePlus for more customer service work-at-home jobs visit the list of virtual call centers on the Work-At-Home Companies page. The companies listed there hire for customer service positions on a regular basis. You can also visit Indeed for more virtual customer service jobs. 
  • Debating Working From Home? 5 Reasons You Should & 5 ReasonsTo Reconsider

    Alaina Forbes
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Taking that last step to quit your job and begin working from home can be very scary. As with any unknown territory in life, you probably have many questions about whether working from home will be right for you. Talking to others can help but each person's personality reacts differently to working from home, making it an excellent choice for some and maybe not such a good choice for others. Check out these five reasons you should consider making that final step to working from home and five reasons you should maybe reconsider that decision.Reasons you SHOULD-You have children that are school…
 
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    Divine Lifestyle

  • How to Get Your Kids Cooking in the Kitchen

    Stacie
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Cooking with your children is a great way to bond and it can be an educational experience as well. However, some children just don’t think cooking is much fun. Getting your kids in the kitchen and helping you cook can be a challenge at times, but with a little persistence it can be done. HOW TO GET KIDS COOKING IN THE KITCHEN MAKE IT FUN! Anytime mom or dad does something that looks like fun, the kids ... The post How to Get Your Kids Cooking in the Kitchen appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • Camelio 2 Hello Kitty Tablet System

    Stacie
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Our children are always interested in tablets and the games and activities they can enjoy on them. So naturally we were excited when we had the chance to try out the Camelio Tablet from Vivitar, along with the Hello Kitty personalization kit. I didn’t even know that tablets could be personalized like this, so I was anxious to try the system out! First, let me tell you a bit about the Camelio 2 by Vivitar. ... The post Camelio 2 Hello Kitty Tablet System appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • XFINITY Apps Make TV Watching Easier | $100 AMEX {GIVEAWAY} @tysofast

    Stacie
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    One of the things that I truly love about XFINITY is how easy they make it to take my favorite shows anywhere! Did you know that you can watch all of your favorite shows on your tv at home and also your phone or your tablet? I spend a lot of time in my car and frankly I end up missing a lot of my favorite shows but I do DVR them. I almost have ... The post XFINITY Apps Make TV Watching Easier | $100 AMEX {GIVEAWAY} @tysofast appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
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    Dagmar's Home

  • “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #57

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    Don't miss a post - please update your subscription! I've moved to Feedblitz. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/dagmarsmomsense Please update your reader now with this changed subscription address or you will not get the latest updates from Dagmar's Home anymore.
  • We Are Ready For Spring Thanks to Reebok’s ZigTech Sneakers

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:51 pm
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  • Toy Closet Organization and Makeover

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:29 pm
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    Globetrotting in Heels

  • Pinspiration: baby shower ideas

    Elisa
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    Is baby fever contagious? My circle of friends seems to be wrapped in a baby fever these days, with several friends expecting and most of them due in the next couple of months. Gender reveal videos, sonogram pictures, and people looking for new, larger apartments to make room for their growing families are fairly usual talk these days. With so many expecting, you’d think there would be invites for baby showers left, right and center – but that’s not really tradition here, unfortunately. Nevertheless, I did throw a baby shower for my sister-in-law when she was pregnant with my…
  • February wardrobe edit — London & Sussex

    Elisa
    13 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The girls and I are getting ready to fly to England. It’s not my first time in London and West Sussex, so you’d think that packing would be a no-brainer, especially because because the climate is so similar to where I live. So it’s a little frustrating how long it’s taken me to figure out our packing list. Winter clothing is bulkier, and packing for three girls… let’s just say I have been telling myself “Do not overpack, do not overpack, do not overpack” on repeat.   When trying to pack light in winter, extra coats are the first thing you…
  • Beauty in a pinch: the 5-minute face

    Elisa
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Confession: I don’t ever leave the house without makeup. I know some of you are probably going “Duh!” while others are writing me off as a girly girl (yeah, not really.) To me it’s just part of getting ready: you shower, you brush your hair, you wear clean clothes, you put on shoes, you put on makeup. But… that doesn’t mean that every morning I do the whole moisturizer-primer-foundation-contouring-base-eye shadows-eye liner-mascara-eyebrows-blush-lip pencil-lipstick thing. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, I have a makeup routine for the…
 
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  • Graduate of Excellence

    Mom of 12
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:13 pm
    I got the MOST AMAZING email today! It was addressed to the Dog Walker and it read like this: Congratulations!  You have been selected as a Salt Lake Community College Graduate of Excellence representing the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.   Your academic and personal achievements embody the spirit of this award.  You will carry our School flag at Commencement ceremonies in May, and
  • Another Crazy Weekend

    Mom of 12
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:38 am
    I hesitate to share any craziness today. I don't want it to feel like I'm whining. You know my sweetie says I like the craziness and I think he is probably right because I just keep doing it although some of it (as I'm about to tell you today's story) is not within my realm of control anyway. So let's start with the things I could have changed this weekend. Theoretically, I could have insisted
  • Guest Blog: The Softball Service by Burrito

    Mom of 12
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:47 pm
    It has been an exciting weekend at our house because Fajita made the softball team at Bingham High School! Last night we secretly cleaned the house so the team could kidnap her at 4 AM to go to breakfast. She was so surprised! She got home about 8 AM and had to go back to practice at 8:45. We joined her at 11:00 to help clean up the softball fields. At first the only job for small kids
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  • Disney Big Hero 6 Movie Party

    Tonya Staab
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:54 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigHero6Release #CollectiveBias Disney's Big Hero 6 is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Host a movie viewing party at home with these simple ideas. It rained last weekend so it was the perfect time to invite the neighborhood kids over for a little indoor fun. This movie viewing party requires very little effort to put together. All of the food was purchased from Walmart and I pre-ordered small plush toys on Walmart.com for each of the kids along with the giant removable Baymax wall…
  • Scent Decor Tips from Nate Berkus

    Tonya Staab
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:51 pm
    How many of us have watched the Febreeze advertisements on television about going noseblind? The one that I always think about is the one with the cats - you know, you think your home smells like 'this', but your guests think it smells like 'this'. We have four dogs. We also have 2 kids here full time, and another 4 here on occasion, plus the neighborhood kids who pop in from time to time. I'm not oblivious to how my house can smell. There have been days when I've walked inside and wanted to walk right back out again. Candles, air fresheners, carpet cleaners and…
  • Divine Lifestyle: DIY Leprechaun Beard

    Tonya Staab
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:31 pm
    I'm so thrilled to let you know that I will be sharing my love of crafts and DIY over at my friend Stacie's blog Divine Lifestyle each month. My first post is now live, so head on over there to grab the tutorial to make this fun leprechaun beard for St. Patrick's Day.
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  • One for one: New TOMS bags benefit maternal health initiatives

    Courtney Strimel
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Anytime is a good time to treat yourself to a new bag. Thanks to the release of charitable TOMS bags, however, this is an especially great time. From an aesthetic perspective, there really is something for everyone in the new line…camo canvas backpacks, gorgeous ikat totes, roomy weekenders. The focus of the One for One initiative–maternal health–makes it even better. The purchase of each bag allows TOMS to donate a safe birthing kit to an at-risk pregnant mother in the world and provides training for birth attendants regardless of facility. When doing something good for…
  • Spring print pick: gingham

    Christine Fox
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Gingham is not just for dressing up picnic tables this spring season. Get a fresh look this coming season in gingham on everything from your shirts to your sneakers. Perfect as a big print on t-shirts or more subtle on a trench coat, you’ll love the gingham color and styles available for you to choose from for a fresh look. From left to right: Wayf Lace Trim Gingham Midi Skirt, $58, at nordstrom.com Eight Sixty Checkered Print Tee, $79, at piperlime.com Fitted Boyfriend Oxford Shirt, $34.98, at gap.com Gingham Narrow Trousers, $69.90, at zara.com Cotton Shirt, $9.95, at hm.com Michael…
  • Introducing BR Mini baby styles from Banana Republic

    Courtney Strimel
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Banana Republic regularly designs great limited edition collections. Their latest, however, ventures into some new, thoroughly adorable territory. Launched just this week, the BR Mini collection is a small line of luxurious baby clothing and accessories designed  by Marissa Webb. With a neutral color palette of gray, ivory and charcoal, there’s nothing overly cutesy or obviously gender-specific, which  means it’s a great gift idea for any little one. You can see the entire BR Mini line at bananarepublic.com; my absolute favorites are featured below. Left to right: Fisherman…
 
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  • Help Children in YOUR Local Community with the Champions for Kids Program!

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    *The following post is an important message that means so much to me and my family. Although it is part of a sponsored campaign through the Motherhood, all views are heartfelt and 100% my own.  I'm so excited to be telling you about a partnership between my local Walmart and the Champions for Kids program --- an organization that has been helping youth nationwide for the past several years.  
  • Easy, Organic Midnight Snacking for Baby and Toddlers

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    I have had it with my 16-month-old. He's going through a growth spurt, getting new teeth, and is super-duper clingy.  All this amounts to sleepless nights and lots of trips to the kitchen for a quick bite.  Since cooking anything is out of the question (I'm tired...), I reach for snacks that I know will be healthy and filling -- organic, if at all possible. Walmart carries a complete
  • Saying "Please" and "Thank You" with the Berenstain Bears

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    I have a very, very, very grabby 16-month-old.  He is starting to realize that he gets things more easily when he is sweet (rather than just reaching out and taking), but he has not yet learned to verbalize the "more flies with honey" mindset.  We have been watching shows about please and thank-you, as well as using everyday situations to demonstrate it.  One other area that we know can help is
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  • My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Giveaway

    Stacie
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Do you have a My Little Pony fan in your home? If so, you will want to check out the newly released DVD, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders! About the DVD Everypony is unique! If you lived in Equestria, what would your CUTIE MARK be? The Cutie Mark Crusaders… [read more] The post My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Giveaway appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • 4 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Amazing #BendTheRules

    Stacie
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Disclosure: This post is brought to you by HP and Collectively. Opinions expressed are my own. The Urban Dictionary defines a “homebody” as “A person who enjoys the warmth and simple pleasures of being at home”. This is totally me. My home is my oasis. I have everything I need here from entertainment to comfort.… [read more] The post 4 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Amazing #BendTheRules appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • Keep Diaper Rash at Bay with Zincofax® Spray

    Stacie
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Irritant diaper dermatitis. It’s better known as diaper rash and, as a mom to two daughters, it’s something I’m very familiar with. With my first daughter, I had a few anxious visits to the doctor about her inflamed bottom. He assured me that diaper rash was very common and, most often, can be easily cleared… [read more] The post Keep Diaper Rash at Bay with Zincofax® Spray appeared first on Simply Stacie.
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  • 2015 Nissan NV Passenger Van “Hit the Road” Contest

    Angela
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Sponsored Enter Hit the Road Contest! Your family could win a 2015 Nissan NV Passenger Van 24-month Lease!! Are you America’s most adventurous family? Then enter Hit the Road Contest for the chance to win a 2015 Nissan NV Passenger Van 24-month lease and create your own adventures on the road this summer! Your family will hit the road this summer in your new Nissan NV Passenger Van, and show us how you put the Nissan NV Passenger Van to work in your everyday life – from sports practices and camp carpools to weekend road trips. Visit www.familyfunpromo.com/hittheroad to submit a…
  • Pacifica Beauty Review & Giveaway {Vegan}

    Angela
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Press Sample I am super excited to introduce you (or remind you) of a great company called Pacifica Beauty. I’ve actually been a customer for years before becoming Vegan.  Reason being is that I am very sensitive to a million things, found Pacifica by chance, tried it and stayed. Knowing now that they are vegan and cruelty free, makes me love them even more. Pacifica skin care and color is formulated with natural ingredients your skin craves. Our skin care and color is formulated without: Animal testing, animal ingredients, FD&C color, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene…
  • The Beatrix Girls Review

    Angela
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Press Sample Have you seen the coolest dolls on the block yet?! Introducing The Beatrix Girls! They are 4 musical girls with cute hair, varying hair colors and up beat lyrics. I particularly liked their focus on playing instruments, and not wearing raunchy clothes. I love the larger eye shape with the classy yet punk hair. They’re musicians, they’re dolls, they’re role models for a new generation of empowered young girls. Sure, they’re adorable with great clothes and fabulous hair, but there’s so much more to them than that! The Beatrix Girls are an accomplished…
 
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  • Rich Single Momma Says… Day 3: Learn Money Mastery

    Samantha Gregory
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:09 am
    This entry is part of 2 in the series Rich Single Momma Says Day 3: Be a Money Master not a money mistress. The bible says we shouldn’t be a servant to money. So it stands to reason we should be the opposite, its master. Why? Because the more you learn money mastery the more control you have over money the more you can do in your world. If money is controlling you, you will do crazy stupid stuff just to get it, keep it, or worse… Just like a mistress you will never be a priority but will lower your standards for a bit of attention. Not worth it… #moneystory…
  • Rich Single Momma Says… Day 2 Get Your Money Mindset Right

    Samantha Gregory
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:14 am
    Day 2 of Rich Single Mom Says… – You have to get your money mindset right to get your money right. You can try all you want to do it another way, but it won’t work. Try honesty first then decide what you want your money story to be. Until you do that stop complaining about your money crap! Ciao #moneystory #money #advice #richsinglemommasays A photo posted by Samantha Gregory (@richsinglemomma) on Jan 30, 2015 at 4:13pm PST The post Rich Single Momma Says… Day 2 Get Your Money Mindset Right appeared first on Rich Single Momma.
  • Rich Single Momma Says… Day 1: Ditch Poverty Mentality

    Samantha Gregory
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Rich Single Momma Says Ditch the poverty mentality like a bad habit or that annoying friend you had in high school. How is it good for you? How can it serve you, your family or the world? Get rich instead. Now that has purpose! You will be able to make a difference in the world. You will be able to give your kids what they need and want. You will feel less stress and have more freedom. Trust me, poverty is not a badge of honor so get rid of that mentality and move on to something more worthwhile. #money #moneylessons #advice #motivation…
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  • Essential Oils – What’s the Big Deal?

    Kasey Schwartz
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    Hi everyone! Kasey here from All Things Mamma!  This month I’m here to tell you all about essential oils ~ Essential Oils – What’s all the talk about? If you’ve been anywhere near a blog, Facebook or any other social media site, I’m sure you’ve seen posts about essential oils. Someone is using them to help them relax.  Another person is using them to help fight off colds. And someone else is inviting you to a class. You might have wondered if they are a viable option for your family.  My opinion is YES! My experience with essential oils has been…
  • Introducing Bevy – Collect, Protect and Share Your Digital Photos and Videos

    Danielle
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    There are a few irrational things that make me panic: Subzero temperatures. Running out of wine. This screen on my iPhone when I’ve taken TOO MANY PICTURES. And the thought of losing my photos. All of them. You see, I’m not a professional photographer by any stretch, but you know what I am? A moment lover. A memory catcher. A ‘remember-when-er’. And all of the pictures I have allow me to do that. A million years ago when I was little, my mom used to take pictures on a camera, take the film to be developed, wait a WEEK for that to happen and then have the pictures in…
  • 3 Simple Winter Braids You Can Do By Yourself

    Natalia Simmons
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:31 am
    Winter can be a tough season. Yes, snow can be beautiful, but the cold weather can take its toll! It dries out our skin and can leave our hair brittle and breaking. Of course it’s important to take care of your hair to lessen the damage, but besides deep conditioning and using great products, protecting your hair is also a great option. So today I’ve got 3 braids that are perfect for winter. Why are these braids perfect for winter? Because they keep your hair wrapped up and not blowing around in the elements and yet they are still stylish and beautiful! 3 Perfect Braids for Winter…
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  • Remove Kitchen Clutter

    i Dream of Clean
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
      You’ve washed the dishes and unloaded the dishwasher or dish rack. Some of you may have even had to do this twice! But that’s okay. Now we can all start implementing the habit of washing or loading dirty dishes into the dishwasher as they accumulate. Let’s move on to the next step in our Step-by-Step guide to Deep Clean the Kitchen series… Day 2:: Remove the Clutter The next step to a clean and organized kitchen is to rid the room of anything that doesn’t belong. With the exception of a few strategic decorations, if it doesn’t help you cook, eat, or clean, it’s…
  • Spring Clean Your Home & Heart eBundle

    i Dream of Clean
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you missed out on the printable bundle last week, you are in for a treat! We have a new (but way different) bundle for you this week!   Most of us do a little spring cleaning in our homes, but have you considered that sometimes our hearts could also use a little freshening up? Just like a breath of fresh air, this bundle will help infuse life directly into your heart and home. Valued at $138, we’re offering this Spring Clean eBundle to you for only $14.74! That’s an 89% discount! And at just $0.73 per book, it’s a deal you won’t want to miss. From video courses to…
  • Clean the Kitchen Quickly

    i Dream of Clean
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    The kitchen is the most used room in the house. At least it is in MY house. We cook, clean, rinse, repeat…day after day. And it shows. That’s why I’m so excited to begin this Spring Cleaning Challenge with you! The goal this month is to make your kitchen the best it can be. If you have the kitchen of your dreams, great! If you don’t, that’s okay. I want you to embrace the kitchen you have and make it work for you! Are you ready? Let’s go! Day 1 :: Clean the Kitchen Our “How to Deep Clean the Kitchen” chore for today should be a simple one for most, but it’s the…
 
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  • Why you should call a skilled handyman service for yard cleanup.

    cjblythe
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Maintaining a lovely yard is the cornerstone to having an attractive property. A yard that is in a state of disarray ruins an otherwise high-value property. If you’re in need of a yard clean up... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to find the perfect ‘Mother of the Bride’ dress.

    Guest Author
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    Although all eyes will focus on the bride on that deeply meaningful day, as a mother of the bride, you will also get a lot of attention. The following is a sponsored post for: At this time, a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fifty Shades of Gray is a harsh study in black and white.

    cjblythe
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Yes, Fifty Shades of Grey is a harsh study in black and white. Where are the softer nuances of color? Where are…  …the rose-colored hues through which we normally view love and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Canada: How to Protect Your Child’s Developing Eyes

    SavvyMom.ca
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The eyes are often overlooked, as ironic as that sounds. At least with kids, that is. But our friend Dr. Josephson, an optician with the International Standards Organization, is here to remind us of what to do to ensure your child’s developing eyes are protected. Here are some important Q & A’s to consider.
  • Canada: 12 Books You’ll Love as Much as Them

    SavvyMom.ca
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    It’s time to get their brains in gear and their imaginations lit. What’s better than a good book to do just that? Start with our list of 12 Books You’ll Love as Much as Them.
  • Canada: Edu-app-tional

    SavvyMom.ca
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:35 pm
    We’ve rounded up some apps that all focus on problem solving and education, so that when the screen is on, so is the brain. Here is our list of the 10 best educational apps for kids.
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  • The Positive Effects of Pet Ownership

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    If and when to add a pet to your family is a big decision. You must make sure to get a solid commitment from every family member that they will pitch in and take care of an animal – no small task. It’s not all hard work, however, because owning a pet has numerous benefits. This list aims to go beyond the cute-factor to make a more convincing argument for pet ownership. Studies have shown that kids who have pets in the home gain a more highly developed sense of empathy. This comes from how children look out for their animal’s wellbeing and emotions. Pet ownership also teaches…
  • Successful Swaddling

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    Many parents don’t realize just how importantsuccessful swaddling is. It comforts baby, helping them relax, self-soothe, and sleep. Swaddling is most helpful in the first 8 weeks of baby’s life, but many parents find it remains comforting to children through toddlerhood. A comfy, soundly sleeping child means a little more time for a parent to relax – and who couldn’t use that?  When looking for a swaddle blanket, you want something made out of breathable fabric – light cotton jersey or muslin is perfect – that measures at least 36” x 36” but possibly bigger depending on your…
  • The Smartest Way to Shop for a Winter Jacket

    12 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    How much should you expect to pay for a good children’swinter jacket? Prestigious brands like Marmot and The North Face routinely retailfor upwards of $300. That can really strain your budget. Then again, can youput a price on your child’s warmth and comfort? Some, including people who livein the coldest places, say you can’t. Jackets with the technology to bustsub-zero temperatures and last for years cost a bit more, it’s true.Fortunately, there’s also a way to get some added value out of an expensive jacket. When you invest in premium quality, you gain the bonus of making the coat…
 
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  • 9 Things About Mothering an Almost Two Year Old

    joey fortman
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    Well... here I am.  An emotional roller coaster trying to navigate my way to the end of the exit before I end up throwing up in a paper bag from nerves, sadness, stress...life, ya know.  Trying to keep a dry eye today is almost impossible.  ( MEGA Thanks to my dear friend Debbie for allowing me to get lost in my tears with you.  And my amazingly organized friend Darla came over yesterday and fueled my heart with good and bad emotions too.) Darla is working with the Just Between Friends Philly sale as an ambassador and she's been amazing in helping me clear…
  • Talking The Slap on The Today Show

    joey fortman
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:48 pm
    I've been holding back the past couple days because I had to take a fast trip into NYC on Monday to connect with the lovely Kate Snow on a piece for the Today Show.  This really just came out of nowhere as does every really cool opportunity I get the chance to encounter.  Granted, this is what I spent the last 20 years of my career in - radio/tv - but those sporadic opportunities to do tv while doing my 'real job' as a mom to Boston & Hudson always leaves me inspired and wanting more. I have to tell you - I was extremely nervous with what they were actually going to air and…
  • The Art of Kids Oral Health

    joey fortman
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Ever struggled to get your kids to understand the importance of oral health? You aren't alone! More than 1 in 4 (28%!) parents report that their child frequently forgets to brush their teeth. On top of that, 1 in 4 parents say that even getting their kids to brush their teeth regularly can be difficult!  And I can completely relish in the motherly bathroom drama that happens with bedtime.  BRUTAL!Scholastic has come along to offer some great help in making one of the toughest jobs that much easier!  Scholastic has partnered with the Advertising Council to create lesson plans…
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  • Running Away with Reebok #BeMoreHuman

    Anne
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:21 am
    Two months into our fitness and health journey and I have to admit, I’m struggling. Seeing how easy it is for Alex to shed the extra pounds has definitely taken its toll on me. Although I’m struggling to lose weight, I must be doing something right. I’m in between pants sizes and I’ve lost 15 [...] The post Running Away with Reebok #BeMoreHuman appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Cotton Candy Rainbow Cupcakes {Recipe}

    Anne
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    With both St. Patrick’s Day and Easter fast approaching, these Cotton Candy Rainbow Cupcakes are sure to be a hit at any holiday gathering you attend. You will need the following list of ingredients to create your cupcakes. (You can print the recipe below) Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 [...] The post Cotton Candy Rainbow Cupcakes {Recipe} appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Attack Your Allergies with FLONASE® {WIN a $500 Gift Card}

    Anne
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    As someone who suffers from a variety of allergies, I am always on the hunt for something that offers me fast relief right when I need it. For years I could be found popping an allergy pill or two for relief but of course, the wait for them to kick in was excruciating. After Joey [...] The post Attack Your Allergies with FLONASE® {WIN a $500 Gift Card} appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
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  • A Year Ago Today

    Christy
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    A year ago today, we waited, quietly, for news. A year ago today, we went out for dinner and tried to pretend that everything was normal. A year ago today we sat, one of only two families left in the Children’s Hospital waiting room. A year ago today, LadyBug had kidney surgery, and we were... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Win Four Tickets to the Ice Castle in Lincoln, NH

    Christy
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Hopefully, you’ve seen my full review of the Ice Castle in Lincoln, NH. If not, please check it out, as I’ve got plenty of pictures, as well as tips for your visit! The good news is that I’ve got four tickets to give away. These are generic tickets for use by adults or kids on... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • A Visit to the Ice Castle in Lincoln, NH

    Christy
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Last weekend, we bundled up and made our way up to Lincoln, NH. We weren’t skiing, or skating, or snow tubing. We were up there to visit the newly opened Ice Castle. It’s definitely a site to see! The first thing I have to say is that I expected caves. Based on the name and... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
 
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  • Rich Single Momma Says… Day 3: Learn Money Mastery

    Samantha Gregory
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:09 am
    This entry is part of 2 in the series Rich Single Momma Says Day 3: Be a Money Master not a money mistress. The bible says we shouldn’t be a servant to money. So it stands to reason we should be the opposite, its master. Why? Because the more you learn money mastery the more control you have over money the more you can do in your world. If money is controlling you, you will do crazy stupid stuff just to get it, keep it, or worse… Just like a mistress you will never be a priority but will lower your standards for a bit of attention. Not worth it… #moneystory…
  • Rich Single Momma Says… Day 2 Get Your Money Mindset Right

    Samantha Gregory
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:14 am
    Day 2 of Rich Single Mom Says… – You have to get your money mindset right to get your money right. You can try all you want to do it another way, but it won’t work. Try honesty first then decide what you want your money story to be. Until you do that stop complaining about your money crap! Ciao #moneystory #money #advice #richsinglemommasays A photo posted by Samantha Gregory (@richsinglemomma) on Jan 30, 2015 at 4:13pm PST The post Rich Single Momma Says… Day 2 Get Your Money Mindset Right appeared first on Rich Single Momma.
  • Rich Single Momma Says… Day 1: Ditch Poverty Mentality

    Samantha Gregory
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Rich Single Momma Says Ditch the poverty mentality like a bad habit or that annoying friend you had in high school. How is it good for you? How can it serve you, your family or the world? Get rich instead. Now that has purpose! You will be able to make a difference in the world. You will be able to give your kids what they need and want. You will feel less stress and have more freedom. Trust me, poverty is not a badge of honor so get rid of that mentality and move on to something more worthwhile. #money #moneylessons #advice #motivation…
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  • Surprise your wife

    Toni
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:58 pm
    These are the moments that build a marriage -- loving acts of service that fill the 'love meter' in a relationship. It helps when it comes in the form of a pleasant surprise too! It makes the love more palpable. Have faith! Believe in love! Read more... The post Surprise your wife appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Artist’s Prayer

    Toni
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:12 pm
    The Artist's Way is a book by Julia Cameron, and it's also a course in discovering and rediscovering your creative self. The book shares that creativity is linked to spirituality. One activity is writing your Artist's Prayer, which took me several weeks to even begin writing. One morning, the inspiration just came to me. I grabbed my pen and paper and the words started flowing. Out came a prayer I resonated with, written genuinely from my heart. I'm sharing it with you. Read more... The post Artist’s Prayer appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • How To Drink More Water

    Toni
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:25 am
    I've been drinking a lot less water lately, and I could see its effects on my skin. My face was drying out. I felt like my skin was turning (50 shades of) grey. When I'm stressed out, I tend to drink a lot more coffee and go light on the water intake -- a big no-no. To motivate myself to hydrate more, I've started making my water taste a little better. Read more... The post How To Drink More Water appeared first on Wifely Steps.
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • Staying Confident With Listerine

    Sinisa
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. For the last few weeks I have been thinking a lot about personal health and wellness, especially oral health. It is completely true that great oral health leads to great health for the whole body and most importantly the heart. Brushing is easy, but when you just brush once in the morning and once before bed is it enough?  To improve my personal oral health I joined the LISTERINE 21-Day Challenge and it has made an incredible difference in my lifestyle so far. To succeed in the LISTERINE 21-Day Challenge I used Listerine throughout the day and I used my…
  • Two Websites Moms Can Use To Make Hundreds Online

    Alicia Marie
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Whether you are looking to make a full time income, or just want to make enough to have some fun money, the internet has a lot to offer. The majority of our family’s income comes from the online work we do specifically related to blogging and social media but since I realize that blogging isn’t for everyone, I wanted to share two of the non-blogging related sites I use to make money. While you aren’t going to become a millionaire, I definitely think using these two sites can benefit your family’s finances. 1. Sell your kid’s stuff on Swap.com. I’ve talked…
  • Trying A New Bedtime Routine

    Sinisa
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. One of the toughest struggles a parent has is getting their kids to brush their teeth before bed. It takes time and discipline and yes tears are shed. My two boys are the most stubborn kids and I am always looking for ways to get them to develop better brushing habits. Luckily it is National Children’s Dental Health month and Tom’s of Maine teamed up with Oral Health America (OHA) to share healthy brushing habits and oral care prevention information. They have created an amazing way to get kids interested in brushing and bedtime routines. Tom’s of…
 
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    Musing Mommies Mom Podcast and Mommy Blog - Interviews, Giveaways, Health, Wellness, and Mothering advice

  • Musing Mommies Monthly Podcast Episode 264 {February – Things in the News}

    Admin
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Musing Mommies Monthly Podcast Episode 264 – February 2015 **We apologize for the sound quality. Kim’s webcam mic decided to be the one to record instead of her GOOD mic.** Happy Candy Exchange Day!!! Happy Discounted Strawberries Month! Happy Half-Off Chocolate Fest! I mean, Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend! It’s February, and the Musing Mommies, Kim and Dawn are back to discuss health and wellness in the modern world. What are studies telling us this month about how to stay healthy? Tune in to find out the latest theories and discoveries, and discover if the MuMos will…
  • Musing Mommies Monthly Podcast Episode 263 {January – 5 Things}

    Admin
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Musing Mommies Monthly Podcast Episode 263 – January 2015 We’re baaaaaaaack!!! How was your December? The MuMo girls are reuniting for an extra long podcast for the month of January! Tune in to find out how the month has gone and what the new year will bring to the show and their lives.   ~Dawn and Kim  
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 262 {A Show About Nothing}

    Admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 262 Monday Nov 17th 2014 The Musing Mommies are back this week after a busy couple of weeks. Listen in to find out what’s been happening, and what is in the future for the chatty duo. ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your friends and families! We are on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods and mp3 players around the world! We want to hear from you too,  so contact us today and say HI! Email: Kim (at) musingmommies (dot) com or Dawn (at) musingmommies (dot) com
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    CoffeeJitters

  • Listen to Your Mother

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    I’m supposed to be on vacation right now. Actually, I AM on vacation right now, hidden away on a cabin on an island with a few close friends, but I just had to share something. I recently did something brave and scary: I worked up the nerve to audition for Listen To Your Mother. What is Listen to Your Mother? LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother’s Day. Born of the creative work of mothers who publish on-line, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local…
  • How to deal with disappointment

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    I know that one of my jobs as a parent is to teach her how to deal with disappointment – but not like this; this isn’t what I had in mind. We should be working on learning how to gracefully accept that she gets what she gets for dinner, and not necessarily a doughnut. We should be working on accepting the fact that she’s not getting a pony for her birthday. We should be working on understanding that all fun activities end eventually, and when the playdate is over, we need to gracefully go home. Instead, we had to cancel our vacation last minute because I came down with…
  • Here’s to the moms

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    To the mom who brings her child her own cup cake to a kid’s birthday party, I know you get looks from the other parents, but I understand. Food sensitivities are nothing to mess with. I know you stayed up late working on that cupcake. You made it extra pretty. You brought it, not because you were trying to make your child feel excluded, but just the opposite, you wanted her to be a part of this party, and you wanted her to have a treat, just like all the other kids. but you had to make it safe for her. It’s not easy to see your kid on the outside, and I promise you, I will not take…
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    Kidsumers

  • Submit your Vote for a Chance to Win! #TKeveryday

    Sheri
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Five of Canada’s bloggers have been creating fabulous dishes in their kitchens, as part of the #TKeveryday recipe challenge. The dishes they have presented are mouthwatering, and we have had a chance to vote for our favourites from each blogger. The votes have been counted, and now the voting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Win a Downy Prize Pack ARV $45 {Canada} #RipYourClothesOn

    Sheri
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    If my family had a motto, it would be “Comfort is Key”. We like our pajamas and blankets and comfy robes. We don’t mind paying a little extra for a better seat or a more comfortable room, and one of my biggest purchases ever made was my bed. It had to be like sleeping on... Read... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Healthy Hearts and Healthy Minds #ONatural

    Sheri
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    My husband and I have a hard time being on the same page when it comes to healthy living. Either I am 100% in with eating healthy and exercising, and he’s buying potato chips…or he’s out running every day and I’m making lasagna and cheesecake. Needless to say, neither of us... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Knife Wounds, Emergency Rooms & Bacon Wrapped Chicken

    DudeMom
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    I’ve been terrible about cooking for my family as of late. Ever since the great laceration debacle of 2015… wait, did I ever tell you this story? It’s really just embarrassing. There’s nothing exciting to tell. Alas… So, I was cooking dinner a few weeks ago. This really fancy steak fajita meal. I’m talking fresh salsa, and yummy Mexican rice. It was gonna be epic. Like full on, playing-Mariachi-music-to-get-me-in-the-mood epic. The little Dudes were hanging out with me in the kitchen, regaling me with stories of their playground prowess. Dude 1 was doing homework in his room. It…
  • Arguably Awesome: Awesomely Traveling with Kids

    DudeMom
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    We are in Disney World today! My excitement to be at the happiest place on earth, in warm sunny Florida, away from cold, dreary Maryland can only just barely be contained. That being said, getting to a destination with three kids (and no husband, he stayed home this time), is always a certain type of challenge. Even when they’re big. Fortunately we are beyond the feed-them-from-my-body-then-hold-them-while-they-mess-their-pants-and-cry-incessantly-to-the-chagrin-of-other-passengers phase is beyond us. Aside from a few motion sickness issues (yes, Dude 1 tends to get the barfs when we fly)…
  • Whoa, Girl, Is That a TV Tray?

    DudeMom
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    I’ve been working on making over my family room for weeks. The new couch I sold a kidney to buy finally came and, contrary to my normal behavior, I’ve really gotten into redoing the whole room. We don’t have a lot of rooms in our home that feel like mine. Every room just seems to be taken over by The Dudes, including my own. But, when the couch showed up I got inspired to create a space I could relax in and enjoy looking at too. Sure, sure, I let them in here, I just make them stay out of my seat and keep their cruddy stuff offa my couch. And I get to control the TV in here (they have…
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    La Jolla Mom

  • See the Dr. Seuss Exhibit at the San Diego History Center

    La Jolla Mom
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Unexpectedly, my 7-year-old daughter and I spent about two hours at the San Diego History Center’s Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss exhibit a few weeks ago. This is well above our average visit time to most museums in Balboa Park (at least when she is in tow), but due to how appealing this fantastic exhibit is to anyone who grew up reading Dr. Seuss books. Theodor Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) is one of La Jolla’s most famous residents and was a valued advocate for our seaside community as a member of the La Jolla Town Council. The view from his home office was a a source of…
  • Win an Atlantis Resort Vacation at the #KidsNTrips Twitter Party

    La Jolla Mom
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Spring is just around the corner which means prime vacation time—the summer holiday—is on the horizon, too. If you’re thinking that beaches, turquoise water and family fun are in order, then it’s time for you to visit (sponsor) Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas. 5 Reasons Why Atlantis Is the Ultimate Spring and Summer Family Destination There Is Something for all Ages Atlantis Paradise Island is perfect for families and multigenerational travel because all ages groups have tons to do. Toddlers – Elementary School: They’ll love creating stuffed animals,…
  • 5 Reasons to Use Pure Silk Luxury Skincare

    La Jolla Mom
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    The benefits of silk have been known for some 5000 years. Aside from being a beautiful, soft and luxurious product of nature, it is incredibly good for skin. Sleeping in silk pajamas and on silk bedding both help the skin stay hydrated while boosting quality of sleep but there is a better way. Silk Therapeutics has taken it a step further by developing a way to bottle pure high quality silk in liquid form for use in luxurious skincare products that lock in moisture, smooth fine lines and protect skin with minimal ingredients. As someone who travels a lot and struggles with skin that is…
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  • Spring Busker Festival Returns to Seaport Village in San Diego

    Suzette Valle
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:55 pm
        You see them all over Europe — though sometimes New York City’s Time Square is bursting with them, too. I’m referring to the street performers called Buskers! For the last nine years, San Diego has had a festival to showcase these incredible acts and you can see them all at Seaport Village. Read on to […]
  • Ratings Reveal Oscars No Longer Olympics of Movie Industry

    Suzette Valle
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    The results in! The Oscars are no longer the Olympics of the film industry. The 87th Academy Awards’ viewership was down 16%, the lowest in six years. This roughly translates into 36 million viewers. The 2012 London Summer Olympics were one of the most watched on TV in history. Reportedly, over 219.4 million Americans alone […]
  • THE DUFF Movie Review

    Suzette Valle
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:56 am
    THE DUFF is based on a book by author Kody Keplinger. She wrote it when she was only 17 years old. At the heart of this story, Keplinger says “is the realization that at some point in life, everyone feels the DUFF.” THE DUFF is a cute high school comedy about coming to terms with who you […]
 
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  • Green People Age Defy+ Tinted DD moisturiser up for review

    Wendy McAuliffe
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to skincare and makeup. They’re not something that I’ve ever been that interested in spending my money on, and I’ve been lucky in always having fairly clear skin, so have been able to get away with it! Well…that was until Wolfy entered my life, who decided […]
  • A weaning update

    Wendy McAuliffe
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:40 am
    When it comes to weaning your baby onto solid food, there is a lot of conflicting advice out there, and particularly if you are breastfeeding. While there’s general consensus that ‘breast is best’, I’ve also been told on countless occasions that from six months and beyond (and some say earlier), breast milk doesn’t contain the […]
  • The Works Bournemouth, and a £20 voucher giveaway!

    Wendy McAuliffe
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Our family is a big fan of The Works. It’s brimming with goodies for everyone, from Frozen merchandise through to gorgeous stationery, arts and craft materials, and of course lots of books. Just as my favourite shop as a child was Woolworths (sadly now extinct on the high street), I am pretty sure The Works […]
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  • Mom, are you there?

    amandamagee
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    The text made my phone vibrate on the metal table downstairs. I let it go as I curled my hair. Lately I’ve felt too bound by the siren of notifications from my phone. I’ll get it later, I thought as it rattled again. The phone rang, Beso barked, and Finley stood in the doorway with a worried look, “Mom, I can’t find my hat.” Sean was standing next to me shaving. “Did you put it in the cabinet?” I asked. “Yesterday when we came home you were trying to remember if you had your gator.” “No, I didn’t put it in the cabinet, I…
  • Dismantling the Armor of Busy

    amandamagee
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:54 pm
    It was December, we’d been granted an unexpected night out. My folks were visiting from the West Coast and mid afternoon my mom texted me at work, “Don’t come straight home. Spend time with your husband. Go. Get a drink. Gaze into each other’s eyes.” I thanked her and said that we would. It reminded me of those first weeks after we brought our firstborn home. I was besotted, doing nothing but nursing and watching her. My mom set a sandwich on the arm of my chair and whispered, “Save something for Sean.” Those words have come to me throughout our 12 years of marriage,…
  • Leave it all on the Field

    amandamagee
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    Yesterday I was in a frenzy to get the house clean, the girls ready, and our gear set for a business trip in the city. The girls were remarkably chill, abandoning their tendency toward tears or anxiety about my leaving. Still, it was nerve-wracking, the ever-present, “Will I be good enough?” rattling around in my head. The strangest thing happened, each time I thought there would be an obstacle—the weather, running late, the weather, texts of a tummy bug at home, the weather—the obstacle didn’t triumph. Three minutes to spare for the train. An extra pair of gloves. A…
 
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  • Discount Tickets to Water Park of America

    Missy
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Get tickets to the famous Water Park of America for only $15 per person at a special event April 19 from 4-8 p.m. – that’s about 1/2 of the usual price! The Food Allergy Support Group of MN is hosting a water park day at Water Park of America and is selling tickets at a discounted rate of only $15 per person. Ticket sales raise money to provide education and support programs for families with food allergies. This year the Big Quack event (cute name, right?!) will be Sunday, April 19 from 4 – 8 pm at the Water Park of America. The entire water park is reserved for this event…
  • story :: praying to St. Anthony for missing item

    Missy
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    I’ve been missing a very special ring for months. It has a lot of sentimental value and I save it for special occasions, which is why I wore it last summer to my 20th high school reunion. I haven’t seen it since. I’ve searched high and low for this ring, pulled out my bed, the dresser, went through all my drawers… to no avail. I was thinking about my ring yesterday and a colleague suggested I pray to St. Anthony to help me find it. So last night, before I fell asleep, I asked St. Anthony, out loud, if he could help me find the ring. I think there is a famous little…
  • Getting Lasik: My experience at Joffe MediCenter in Minneapolis (sponsored)

    Missy
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Note: This post is about my experiences going through the process to get LASIK eye surgery as a brand ambassador of Joffe MediCenter. I’ve worn glasses since I was 12 years old. I had thought about getting Lasik as an adult, but only know a handful of people who have had Lasik to correct their vision. When I asked them about it, they all said it was the best thing they had ever done and that they wish they had done it sooner. Yet, I never seemed to have the right timing or extra money to pay for it. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find out that the team at Joffe MediCenter in…
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • Hanging Out On Set of The Longest Ride + Cast Interviews

    Toni Patton
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    20th Century Fox invited me on an expenses-paid set visit to North Carolina for Nicholas Sparks’ new movie, The Longest Ride, in theaters April 10. Last year I had the amazing opportunity to go to beautiful North Carolina and go on set of The Longest Ride. Now, just in case you don’t know what I Read More »» The post Hanging Out On Set of The Longest Ride + Cast Interviews 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....
  • Kidde Worry Free Alarm: Keep Your Home Safe + Giveaway (ad)

    Toni Patton
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    **Applies to Florida Homeowners** This year, the state of Florida passed a law that are meant to keep you and your family safe. In Florida, 114 residential fire deaths were reported by U.S. news media between Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2014. Of those incidents, 43 percent of the homes did not have alarms or Read More »» The post Kidde Worry Free Alarm: Keep Your Home Safe + Giveaway (ad) appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
  • Kellie Pickler Talks VeggieTales and Her Role in Beauty and The Beet

    Tonis-Guest
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:36 am
    If there is one thing that I learned from meeting Kellie Pickler it’s that she has the most upbeat and energetic personality. Last week I got the chance to sit down with Kellie Pickler and chat with her about her first animated role in the newest Veggie Tales movie Beauty and The Beet (due out Read More »» The post Kellie Pickler Talks VeggieTales and Her Role in Beauty and The Beet appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
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    {So Wonderful, So Marvelous}

  • Press (re)Start.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:08 pm
    View image | gettyimages.com When I don’t want to do something, I have a really hard time starting.  When I’m stressed.  When I’m tired.  When I am embarrassed, angry, and overwhelmed.  It is easier to hide or immerse myself in something mindless, have you played Trivia Crack?  My mostly rational mind is clued into the fact that this is a by-product of the ADD, but my overwhelmed reaction (ding ding ding, also the ADD) sees it as a series of hurdles.  And you know my booty isn’t making it over any hurdles. The thing is, it bothers me, being away from here…
  • Is Being a Mom Hard?

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:35 am
    We were sitting at the table and I was frustrated.  It had been a very long day.  I was tired.  We had a snow day, on the very first day I was supposed to get two hours and fifteen minutes of blissful quiet time in two very long weeks.  They alternated all day between being the best of friends and relentless bickering.  I. Just. Wanted. To. Clean. Out. My. Stupid. Over-stuffed. Closet.  That was my goal for the two hours and fifteen minutes of quiet time while my youngest was supposed to be at preschool.  I wanted to listen to something with adult lyrics and…
  • Gift.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    A week ago, I took this picture of Tate and my Meme.  Tate would argue that it’s her Meme, but I have 38 years worth of dibs that I am prepared to cash in.    This night, she was laughing and rocking in her chair, as Tate poorly serenaded her with Let It Go.  My cousins were here from Chicago, filling her in on basketball and college acceptance letters.  Her house was full.  She was happy, that Meme of ours.  It was my cousin, who called me, just twenty-four short hours later.  “They think Meme had a stroke,” and that is when the pleading…
 
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  • 25 Best Irish Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

    Barb Webb
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    There's an old Irish Proverb that says, "Laughter is Brightest Where Food is Best".With that in mind, I bring you 25 of the best Irish recipes in blogland just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Some are desserts, some are adaptations of Irish dishes, and some are traditional Irish recipes from the old country. All of them have one thing in common - they are delicious! "May your home always be too small to hold all your friends" - especially the ones that are going to flock to your house when you make these recipes...1. Corned Beef and Cabbage2. Guinness and Beef Stew3. Mini Shepherds Pies4.
  • Up Your Breakfast Game with the Skylanders Skystones Card Game and Big G #Giveaway

    Barb Webb
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Remember the fun of picking up your favorite cereal and finding out there was a coveted prize inside?  I know I begged my parents for any box that remotely contained Star Wars-related goodies inside!As you all know with our youth today, video games are the rage and my sons are certainly clamoring for all things Skylanders!  Right now, General Mills is upping America’s breakfast game through a new partnership with the most popular children’s video franchise, Skylanders with a fun and innovative surprise in each box of popular cereal selections.Hidden inside specially marked boxes…
  • Out of the Kitchen and Back to My Irish Roots! #epicurious #outofthekitchen

    Barb Webb
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Born under the earth sign Taurus, I arrived in this world ready to start digging and planting. My love of gardening, nature and craftsmanship was further nurtured by a long lineage of homemakers, masonry workers and farmers. You could say, perhaps, I was born with a silver garden spade! My natural propensity for tending to the garden easily translated into the kitchen with all of my culinary efforts. But despite the fresh herbs and produce I regularly enjoyed, I didn’t quite make the full connection of our food story until I journeyed back to discover more about my heritage in Ireland.The…
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  • Fun Lunches

    Athalia Whitworth
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:31 pm
    In recent weeks, I have been making "fun lunches" again, as Blueberry likes to call them. Bento boxes are magical in our house, inspiring us to look for cheery bits of loveliness peppered in the day. To read more of the Daily Drift, visit http://www.LittleCreekLife.com
  • One Dress, One Shirt, One Month

    Athalia Whitworth
    30 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
    I lay awake at night thinking about them. Day breaks and I ponder where they are now. I wonder if they have eaten or if they are cold or if anyone has shown them kindness. I wonder if they have lost hope or if they still hold fast to the belief that good, kind people still exists and are working to find them and help them. I pray fervently for their hearts and their minds: that they will find healing. I pray that they will be rescued and that tomorrow will be different. I pray that tomorrow brings freedom. Human trafficking is modern day slavery. Cases of human trafficking have been reported…
  • Oh my Lard!

    Athalia Whitworth
    9 Mar 2014 | 11:11 am
    We have several hundred pounds of pork meat in our freezer. To make the most of all the cuts, we bought Beyond Bacon cookbook. We canned pounds and pounds of sausage for Christmas. We watched videos on how to brine bacon. We are working up the courage to cure our meat in a new-to-us charcoal smoker, which is still sitting in the box on our porch, and this week, we borrowed our neighbors' meat grinder to render the fatback into lard and crispy lardons. We began traveling down the road to slow food and local eating several years ago. It has been a journey to assess what we eat, where it comes…
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    Biz Mommy L.A.

  • The 10 Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

    Tisha Berg
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Who’s more interesting, the good guy or the bad? I bet there’s wide disagreement among die-hard movie fans about whether the hero or the villain is the most essential element in helping to move a story along. Certainly all would agree, however, that some type of conflict or character flaw is necessary in any movie in order […] The post The 10 Greatest Movie Villains of All Time appeared first on Biz Mommy L.A..
  • Golf N’ Stuff: 2 Hour Unlimited Use Weekend Wristband

    Tisha Berg
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    For nearly 40 years, Golf N’ Stuff has been providing family entertainment for all ages. The park features two 18-hole miniature golf courses, lazer tag, go-carts, bumper boats and other fun rides, all set amongst lush landscaping, whimsical scenery and water features. Gaming buffs can try out all the newest video and prize arcade games. […] The post Golf N’ Stuff: 2 Hour Unlimited Use Weekend Wristband appeared first on Biz Mommy L.A..
  • Improv Comedy for Kids by Teens at LA Connection

    Tisha Berg
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    Now in its 11th award-winning year, Improv Comedy for Kids by Teens stars LA Connection class members, ages 13-18, who’re undergoing serious training in the not-so-serious art of improvisational comedy. They’ll entertain with games and sketches aimed squarely at the younger set as part of their weekly showcase, which gives them the opportunity to put […] The post Improv Comedy for Kids by Teens at LA Connection appeared first on Biz Mommy L.A..
 
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  • Can You Train Kids to be Focused?

    samanthamcgarry
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:38 pm
    “Your focus needs more focus” is a quote from the Karate Kids that we cite over and over and over to our kids. And over. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about focus issues in our family. My son, he’s a happy, joyous kid. He wants to be the life and soul of every situation: the goofball in the classroom. He’s confident, he’s kind, he’s funny. He also often speaks out of turn. His enthusiasm and assertiveness can come across as bossy and opinionated. He is also very easily distracted. Doodling, making origami, side conversations.
  • 16 Acceptable Snow Day Behaviors for the Working Parent

    samanthamcgarry
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    I may or may not have done – or be currently doing – all or some of the items below. Let’s get real: No bra, no makeup. Often no clothes. (But note: clothing is recommended when going outside to shovel) Lifted all restrictions on the kids’ screen and TV time Shaken your fist in rage at Mother Nature Threatened children with cookies/toys/violence should they utter a word during your conference calls or break their bones while jumping up and down on a creaky bed upstairs and directly over your work area Mandatory slippers Excessive Facebooking and Twittering Realized…
  • My Blog in 2014: By the Numbers

    samanthamcgarry
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report.
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  • Highlights of February 2015

    Dominique
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:07 pm
    You're readingHighlights of February 2015 by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook   Pink Tulips February was certainly a really short and busy month for me.  I went away on a short trip to Taiwan  to spend a weekend with R. Space Age Chocolate Exhibits It was a really visual feast me as I had the opportunity to visit a few different places during my 4 day trip. Last week I shared about our visit to the Chocolate Wonderland  and I have yet to share pictures about the Fisherman Wharf where…
  • Thinking Anew: Harnessing the Power of Belief

    Dominique
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:08 am
    You're readingThinking Anew: Harnessing the Power of Belief by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Thinking Anew: Harnessing the Power of Belief Thinking Anew: Harnessing the Power of Belief by  Eugene F. Moynihan, JR and  Richard F. Quis is different from any other positive thinking book that I have read. The authors talk about focusing on your intentions and working on getting to know what you actually want an don’t want. Once you know what you are looking for you can LET IT HAPPEN by…
  • Writer’s Workshop: Only You

    Dominique
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:41 pm
    You're readingWriter’s Workshop: Only You by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook   R and me in Taiwan on Valentines’ Day 4 months  and 16 days ~ That’s the  number of days to our 14th Wedding Anniversary.  R is 7 years my senior  and I have known him since I was an 18 yr old in University. You can say that I have known him half my life and  it seems like we have been together forever. I knew from the start that  I wanted you to be mine. Even though it seemed  rather…
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  • Saying Goodbye Is The Hardest Thing‏

    Sandra
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:53 pm
    In a flash, our three month stay back in Singapore has come to an inevitable end. It was tiring. It was fun. It was fulfilling. And it has come to an end. Maybe because unlike our previous 2-weeks trip back, this longer stay also meant saying goodbyes made it a little harder. Not so much for me or Nic. Sure I will miss my friends, my family. But my heart is breaking at how my little man is handling it. Sure, he puts on that brave face. Over-compensates by sometimes acting up and making the silliest of demands. Playing the fool. Making loud noises. Poking fun at his younger siblings. Well,…
  • Strangers in a familiar land

    Sandra
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    It’s been 18 months living in Sydney. And we’ve been back in Singapore for the last 2 months (with just under a month to go, before making our way back) – and somehow, it seems to be familiar and yet unfamiliar all at the same time. Maybe it’s the Aussie (slow) pace of life that I’ve grown accustomed to. I get a tad irritated when drivers start rolling forward, as I’m crossing the road with my kids, or drivers who think it is okay to cross the zebra crossing when I’ve already started walking down. I find Singaporeans walk SO fast now. I miss the…
  • Learning Chinese – From Scratch (Almost!)

    Sandra
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    So I was blogging a month back about Jayvon’s heavily Aussie-accented Chinese, and even recorded an amusing video of him using English phonics to pronounce Chinese hanyu pinyin words. Barely a week into Primary One, he came back with two sheets of paper. English Spelling (5 words a week). And THIS. Chinese diction (or fondly known as 听写). My Chinese is *cough cough cough* pass-able at best. I had the advantage of being REALLY good at my hanyu pinyin and that probably saved me (cos I could at least use the Chinese dictionary well!) on many occasions in school. But I remember having…
 
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  • A Day In The Life Of A Momma

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

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

    22 Feb 2015 | 8:16 pm
    The only thing left for us to be totally ready for Misti and Mark's wedding next weekend was shoes. Since Misti and Mark were engaged, our family has been stupid excited for this new chapter in their lives. Misti and I were in the 2012 NWA Listen To Your Mother show and have worked together on the OKC Listen To Your Mother show since then. In 2013, Hadley wouldn't let me talk about the show without asking me what Misti had to say about it. And last year, Briley said, "I can't remember how we're related to Misti." (PS--we're related by heart.)Saturday, we had a perfect opportunity to get our…
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  • Sweet dreams are made of … what the?

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

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

    Susan
    1 Nov 2014 | 10:37 pm
    A hairy tale of bargain shopping in ye olden days, and some most excellent advice for looking bodacious in your new attire Way back in 1989 I got a job working in a retail clothing store. In those days if you wanted to get a bargain you had to wait for the big sales which usually happened twice a year. They were brutal. People would be queuing to get in before the store opened, and then carnage would reign as people who you normally considered to be quite sane (despite their questionable 80s attire), went berserk trying to get their hands on all the items they’d scouted the store for…
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  • The Age of Anxiety: Stop Stressing Out Your Kids

    Lisa
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    By Debby Shulman When I was a freshman entering high school, our well-known, endearing and ultra-conservative principal gave the same welcome speech year after year. Word for word, he spoke to us about the excitement of high school, exploring new activities with different groups of friends, recognizing we were still so ‘little.’ His well-rehearsed and most repeated phrase?  “Green things grow.” And while E. J. Duffy’s words and memory still linger throughout the hallways of my alma mater, I am particularly reminiscent of his child-rearing philosophy these days. Troubled from…
  • ‘Date Night’ & 50 Shades: How Can I Arouse My Wife? A Husband’s Perspective

    Lisa
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    By Evan Field So we went to see the movie. Yeah that movie. 50 Shades. Before the movie … My wife, excited as can be, telling me that this will be a GREAT date movie. Making side comments about how there’s no way we are making it to dinner afterward because she will need to be taken home and I will have to get rid of the babysitter at lightning speed. Before the movie, I was neither here nor there about the actual film, but I was extremely excited about the effect it might have on my betrothed, knowing how the book brought out her carnal side. Popcorn bought, seats taken, lights…
  • Baby ‘Battle Scars’ & Flaws: We Celebrate YOU, Cindy Crawford

    Lisa
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelcup (aka: “The Beauty Babe”) “Even I don’t look like Cindy Crawford in the morning.” — Cindy Crawford While 50 Shades has been on everyone’s mind, here’s the Other Story that women nationwide are talking about. This past week, an “unaltered” photo from 2013 of Supermodel Cindy Crawford in a black bikini for Marie-Claire was leaked, unveiling the 49-year-old’s “flawed” body. The unretouched stretch marks spanning Crawford’s stomach reveal the beautiful battle scars of two pregnancies, just like the rest of…
 
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  • How to Respond When Your Kids Are Disrespectful (Guest Post)

    Crystal
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    Hello, hello! Melissa here, from CloudMom, writing today about a topic that many parents struggle with – how to respond when your kids are disrespectful. Your babies are growing up so fast and sooner or later, they’ll start to get an attitude, or as many like to call it, the “terrible two’s.”  So how should Mom or Dad react when their child is throwing their sippy cup across the room, or even worse, having a tantrum in the middle of the shopping mall? Here’s my go-to plan of action when my children get out of hand! Focus on the situation at hand – Let’s start with the…
  • 7 Things Your Teen Doesn’t Want You to Know

    Crystal
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:51 am
    Teens. Pre-adults with attitudes. This age group loves to put our parenting skills to the test. They’re also master manipulators with a lot to hide! Think I’m kidding? Here are 7 things your teen doesn’t want you to know: They Think About Sex… A LOT! They’re always thinking about sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Feeling a bit uncomfortable? Well get over it. Once your teen’s hormones kick in, you need to step up and make sure they’re educated, safe, AND protected. Whether you think they’re ready or not, when a teen decides it’s time, it’s better to have had that talk. They should feel…
  • Super Simple CPR: A Free eBook That Could Save a Life

    Crystal
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    I’m so excited to share the news about a FREE eBook that’s available for download. It’s called Super Simple CPR (http://www.preciousheartsbygrace.com/free/) from pediatric nurse and CPR instructor Grace Ghazarian. For years I was certified in CPR, a life-saving technique that EVERYONE should properly know how to administer when and if the time comes. Although I have not attended a class for quite some time, I’m certain that I could apply the skills I’ve learned and give someone a shot at living another day. This book was a great refresher, reminding me in very…
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  • Email Marketing 101, Part 4

    Phil Hollows
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    How to be Successful with Email Marketing 101 The previous three articles in the “Email Marketing 101″ series dealt with three core concepts: Why you should be email marketing; When to start email marketing; and How to start email marketing. But email marketing isn’t an end point, or a static goal. It’s an ongoing process. While automation can and does yield significant benefits, you still have to make certain commitments to be successful. If, however, you’re an avid blogger or content marketer, meeting these commitments isn’t going to be a big deal. To…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 3

    Phil Hollows
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    How to Start with Email Marketing Honestly: Don’t over think it. Sending blog updates by email is not only great, but also very much good enough – you’re saving your blog’s subscribers the time and effort to remember to go back to your site. Your content is already great, and now people have invited you to send it to them whenever you write. That’s what they want; so go ahead. Give it to them. Here’s how you get started: Choose a reputable, supported email service (because nobody wants to end up being labeled spammer, right? Right). Behave well, always (ALWAYS) use dual opt-in,…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 2

    Phil Hollows
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    When to Start Email Marketing In the previous Email Marketing 101 post, I talked about why email marketing is vital. Today I’ll talk about when - when to start your email marketing efforts. Good news! It’s a one word answer: Now. No, I’m serious. Don’t delay because “I’m not big enough” or “I don’t have enough traffic.” You simply don’t know when and which subscriber will be the one that buys from you, spreads the word about you, or invests in you. Look at it this way. As you start out, you’re building pages; thinking about SEO; looking at analytics. You’re…
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  • I solemnly swear that I am up to no good

    Daphne
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:49 am
    Since we last visited Universal Studios Orlando in the fall of 2013, there’s been some really exciting additions to the park, most notably in the form of the stunning Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion. ZOMG DIAGON ALLEY!!! If you’re a Potterhead, you need to put this on your bucket list right now because the theming here will make your brain explode. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was already pretty amazing with the original Hogsmeade section but now with the addition of Diagon Alley, it has entered a new level of awesome. I was maybe a little too excited when I walked…
  • Being all artsy in NYC

    Daphne
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:44 am
    One of the things we had planned to do in New York was to catch a Broadway show (Disney’s Aladdin!!) but with a party of four, paying full price for all 4 tickets was a little steep, especially since Finn was likely to either sleep through the whole show or get restless and make me leave the theatre 20 minutes into the performance. Our solution to this? Lottery tickets. Here’s how it works: several pairs of tickets are reserved for the lottery each day and 2.5 hours before the show, they’d open up a counter for anyone to put their name down for a lottery draw. Winners of…
  • A walk in the park

    Daphne
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:25 am
    Once we got used to the brain-numbing cold, we discovered that New York in the winter is rather breathtaking. And yes, we did acclimatise after all, or rather, we figured out how to be better prepared for the arctic blast. 1. Layer up (this is the one time it’s ok to take fashion cues from Baymax), 2. Take frequent pit stops (for cookies, macarons, cupcakes) and 3. Get lots of hot chocolate on the go. We also fashioned this cosy stroller hideout cocoon for the kids, which they loved – we were staying at the Trump Soho and the hotel staff supplied the kids with soft, plushy…
 
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  • Girl Power-Top 10 Websites on Girl Empowerment

    Fabida
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
      “I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.” – Oprah Winfrey It’s hard to think of a young girl who has that kind of determination to change her life, but then it’s Oprah Winfrey we’re talking about. A woman who battled all kinds of odds from a tender age, Winfrey is today considered the richest African American of the 20th century. One can only imagine the sheer grit and will power of that little girl from rural America, that too in…
  • A Day In My Life – As Seen Through Asus Zenfone5

    Swapna
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
      A home tour post has been requested so many times by my readers and I thought it was high time I did it! Well, this is not exactly a home tour because this is not a decor blog and I am not a  connoisseur of high art. So I thought I will take you through a day in my life as a work from home mom. My partner in crime is the Asus Zenfone 5 which I received for review a while back. Zenfone 5 has PixelMaster, a unique ASUS-developed technology that combines software, hardware and optical design to deliver incredible image quality. With PixelMaster, Zenfone always produces professional…
  • 10 Craft Supplies Online Stores in India

    Fabida
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:27 pm
      Arts and crafts for kids have always been popular but with the advent of Pinterest, it’s reached a whole new level! There are so many lovely craft blogs out there with detailed instructions and pictures that you can’t help but feel like trying them out! However, along with a lack of time, one of the biggest challenges moms face when it comes to crafting is not having the right kind of craft supplies on hand. There are dedicated craft stores in India, but they’re usually restricted to big cities. But in the world of online shopping, that’s hardly an excuse!! So to help you…
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  • Sensible and Simple Swine Flu Precautions for you and your Children

    Bril
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Most schools and households are already taking precautionary measures against contracting swine flu. We even receive messages on how to prevent and take care to guard against swine flu. However, here’s an article that will separate facts from the myths surrounding Swine Flu. One word of advice though, don’t panic. Just follow these simple steps and guard your family against swine flu. Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing. Request others in your family and friends to do the same. Teach the children also the same. The H1N1 virus can travel through the tiny droplets of your saliva when…
  • Bringing your new born home; what to expect the first week

    Bril
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:35 am
    Fresh out of labor or a C Section can leave you a complex mix of social, psychological and physical changes. Your hormones are all over the place, and you might not be feeling or living the same life you imagined when the baby was unborn. However, it helps when you know what to expect those few days when you arrive home with your bundle of joy that will make your life memorable, no matter what you feel now. What you may be feeling: Tired and sleep deprived are the first things that spring to mind. No one ever tells you life with new born babies can be so overwhelming. With people around you…
  • Hidden Toxins Inside Children’s School Supplies

    Bril
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:42 am
    Many parents are aware of the dangers of phthalates in cosmetic products. However, phthalates are used in children’s products as well. Did you know that children are exposed to dangerous chemicals found in their backpacks and other school items? Phthalates are a class of chemicals, such as DEHP, DINP, DBP and DEP. They are used as softeners in PVC, vinyl products to make them soft and more flexible. You will find these chemicals in flexible toys, food packagings, shower curtains, building materials (pipes), and medical devices. Phthalates are dangerous even at low levels of exposure. They…
 
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  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #112

    Kresha Faber
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it’s where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives. You’ll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer, homeschooling, herbal remedies, meal planning, thoughtful parenting… what do…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #111

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

    Ally
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:47 am
    Note from Kresha: Did you know we’ve got an entire e-book of homemade cleaners – and that it’s FREE? Grab your copy here. Now, let’s hear Ally’s tips for keeping a home shiny and clean on a day-in, day-out basis! I love this! I’ve found that one of the best ways for me to keep the peace in my home is to maintain a regular cleaning schedule, including a daily wipe down of my kitchen and bathrooms. But you know what? Cleaning everyday? It uses a lot of cleaning product! I’ve tried to avoid using chemicals in my home as much as possible, and spraying…
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  • Motivation Monday Linky Party 131

    Katie
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Hey ya’ll, how was your weekend? I cannot get over the fact that it’s March already! Did you stop by our party last week? In case you missed it, you can find all the goods here. I am totally getting pumped for St. Patrick’s Day and as usual I need you guys to weigh in, I’m thinking I’d like to do some sort of classroom snack/cookie and I’d also like to make a few crafts with the kiddos. Thanks for keeping me busy and inspired, let’s make it a great week! Follow the Motivation Monday Hosts Barb of A Life in Balance Facebook | G+ | Pinterest | Instagram…
  • Fresh To Order Charlotte: {NEW} Better Fast Food

    Katie
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    Fresh to Order Charlotte – a new dining option at Carolina Place Mall Gotta be honest, with time as tight as it is these days, I’m taking short cuts when I can. This means, that we are often grabbing lunch or dinner out as a family while running errands, and hitting up drive thrus more often than I intend to. I still cook, and we have traditional family dinners (it’s important to me), but in the fast-paced lives of busy families, sometimes we have to compromise. What I dont’ want to compromise on, however, is serving fresh and healthy food to my children, even though…
  • Baby Registry Must-Have: GB Evoq

    Katie
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    James is my third baby.  Needless to say, he doesn’t get a lot of new stuff.  Sure, it’s all new to him, but it’s at least all been through my other boys, not to mention that we got a good portion of those items as hand-me-downs or from consignment shops.  Yep, when it comes to gear for the kids, we’re thrifty. But when it comes to car seats, I didn’t want to mess around.  I figured that the car seat we bought six years ago for our first child should probably be retired.  Not only was I concerned about safety…. the thing had clearly seen better days.
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  • Ideas to Boost Your Energy All Day!

    Jenn
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    How are your energy levels? If you are like many people, you experience a slump in your energy one or more times in an average day. I tend to get very sluggish around 3:00 every afternoon. Here are my top ideas to help boost your energy all day: Don’t Skip Breakfast  We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it really is. Studies show that people who eat breakfast maintain better energy throughout the day. They are often in a better mood too. One of my favorite go-to breakfast options is a delicious smoothie. The folks at Premier Protein recently sent…
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club Twitter Party: WIN Great Prizes!!

    Jenn
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
      Join Me for a BJ’s Wholesale Club Twitter Party & WIN Great Prizes!! Are you ready for a great Twitter party? I know I am! This Wednesday, March 4th @ 8pm EST, I’m going to be co-hosting a terrific Twitter Party with BJ’s Wholesale Club. I hope  you’ll join us and tell your friends too. The theme of the party is “Eat Better, Exercise Smarter, Sleep Better.” We’ll be chatting and hearing fun tips and advice. There’s also going to be some great prizes, including: -(2) Nutri Ninja Pro Blenders, (2) FitBit Flex Activity/Sleep Trackers, yoga mat, towel,…
  • Remembering my Babies First Foods – Love on a Spoon

    Jenn
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    How can my babies already be 9 and 12? When did that happen? I fondly remember the days when I fed them their first foods. After the usual rice and oatmeal, yogurt was the next food we introduced. We trusted Stonyfield YoBaby as the yogurt we used in our household. Our kids loved it! Peach and pear were favorites for my son and my daughter loved vanilla and blueberry. I can get caught up for hours looking back at their baby pictures. It was such a fun time in our lives. Watching our kids discover everything in the world. I loved that the YoBaby packs were super easy to bring on the road too.
 
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  • Walking 10,000 Steps A Day – Making It Work!

    Amy
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:55 pm
    There is no avoiding the fact that regular exercise is the key to maintaining our weight and improving our health. Still, like most average people, we are stumped at where to begin and how to fit a regular workout into our already crammed schedule and our already stretched-too-thin budget. To lose weight and nurture a […]
  • Top Breastfeeding Books For First Time Moms

    Michelle
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    So you’ve decided to breastfeed your baby – what a wonderful choice! While you know it’s best for your baby, you may have questions or concerns. How can you learn more? Where will you turn when you have problems along the way? Even though it’s the natural next step after birth, breastfeeding can be difficult, […]
  • Addressing Low Self Esteem In Little Kids

    Sukey
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Low self-esteem among teens can lead to a host of problems as they mature. Research suggests that adolescents with low self-esteem are at increased risk of growing up and exhibiting poor health and criminal behavior, and they live with decreased economic prospects. Low self esteem can start at an early age and grow over time. […]
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  • Why We Should All Have Seven Kids

    Carol Ramsey
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    I’m in early morning boot camp class when the instructor, Karen, finds out that Chrissy, one of the women in the class, has seven kids. Karen’s obvious shock and massive self-editing effort were fun to witness. Karen wanted to say: “Are you kidding me? Did you have seven kids on purpose? Do you know about birth control? Are you part of a fundamentalist church? What is your husband like? Are you OK? Do you need help? Do you have your own reality TV show? Are you kidding me?” Karen’s editing was only partially successful, leading to several mildly inappropriate questions. Chrissy was…
  • Puke: A Love Story

    HomeTome
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    It was mysterious and somewhat surreal: our two year old vomited at least three times in his crib during nap time without making any kind of retching sound, without crying, without any indication whatsoever. The monitor was on and we didn’t hear a thing. I happened to be home early from work and our babysitter, Emily, was still here. We went in after his nap and were shocked to see him COVERED in puke. From his hair to his socks. His fingers, his face. The sheets, the crib, the wall, the floor. It was was truly everywhere. He wasn’t upset, until he saw the mess… and saw us…
  • The Date Night Alternative

    Nina
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Every parent needs a break–from grabbing a kid-free lunch to a quick walk around the block to a hotel night stay. Date night is the most common advice for the overwhelmed mom. I’ve heeded this advice, especially as a way to give ME the time-out I needed before a mommy meltdown. Except… this solution isn’t sustainable. What’s the typical scene after a date night? I’m relishing the amazing dinner I just had, heading back home, maybe even feeling rested and replenished… only to open the door and realize it’s back to the grind. Because there’s no…
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  • Five Ways to Be a Fantastic Godmother

    Maralee McKee
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:19 pm
      You were asked to be the Godmother of your dear friend’s baby. When first asked, you were humbled, surprised and a little anxious. Mostly though, you were happy and honored! Since denominations and churches have different guidelines on who can and can’t be a Godparent, ranging from “no guidelines at all” to a lengthy list of personal and spiritual prerequisites, you did your research online and then contacted the church personally to double check. All was well, and you said yes to the parents. The ceremony was meaningful! The reception was memorable! Ava’s…
  • The Top 7 Courtesies of Happy Homes

    Maralee McKee
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:13 am
    Leo Tolstoy began Anna Karenina with his famous line, “All happy families resemble one another….” He struck truth. Families that define themselves as “happy” share certain characteristics: standards for interacting with one another (manners) and agreed upon ways of doing so, (etiquette) and they’ve made these courtesies habit. Are the courtesies stuffy or old-fashioned? Nope! Are the courtesies personality suppressing? Yikes, No! Are the habits the same for the adults and children in the home? Yep! (That’s because, “Do as I say not as I do.” is hypocritical, and it…
  • The 5 Manners of Dealing with Difficult People

    Maralee McKee
    19 May 2014 | 3:05 am
    By: Maralee McKee~ We all know a few difficult people. What is it with them? You’re quietly and happily going about your business and they sweep across your day or your life with a tornado of fault finding, pot stirring, can’t-be-pleased-no-matter-what negativity that leaves you feeling stressed, dismayed and sometimes even hopeless. As my grandmother use to say when she came across  a difficult person “When they die they’re going to be complaining about the weather in Heaven!” I think my precious Grandma nailed it! If it’s a rude store clerk, cab driver,…
 
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  • Weekend Reads For You

    Shivani Cotter
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Weekend Reads For You Without any warm weather in site, this weekend, my goal is to curl up and catch up on some much-needed reading… that said, I decided to share some love-filled goodness from around the web with you. Here are some of my favorite reads for the weekend:   ♥ IN BUSINESS The Story Of Telling always has great and useful posts.  I hop over to Bernadette’s website often because I love her writing style and the information she provides is always useful!  That said, her article, “The Difference Between A Pitch And A Brand…
  • Do You Want A Career In Freelance?

    Shivani Cotter
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Do You Want A Career In Freelance? Are you ready to begin your Freelance Writing career, but don’t know where to start?  You are in the right place and boy do I have some information for you… First of all, GOOD FOR YOU! It can be a very lucrative career choice, and if you love to write, then go for it! It wasn’t until recently that I decided to jump-start my Freelance career and take it to the next level. The last few years, I have written for various publications sporadically. Never did I think I would make it a full-time career. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to. It was…
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  • HOW TO MEASURE SUCCESS

    Amy Elizabeth
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:55 am
    What does being a “Successful Step Mom” mean to you? My little cursor sat blinking at me waiting for an answer to be typed out, but this question gave me considerable pause.  It isn’t easily summed up in a sentence or two and I think it may change for every one of us.  I often […] The post HOW TO MEASURE SUCCESS appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON BEING A STEP MOM

    Amy Elizabeth
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    I often try to review scenarios from other people points of view. I discovered most of my success as a Step Mom by always looking at things from my boy’s Mother’s perspective,  my mini men’s, or my husband’s.  It helps me round out my own opinions and make better decisions. There has been one  point […] The post A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON BEING A STEP MOM appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • HOW I FELL IN LOVE…

    Amy Elizabeth
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
    Love is a pretty big word and how you use it can be fairly universal.  “I love that skirt!” may be something that you toss out to your girlfriend without much regard. Hearing “…I love you.” for the first time as it spills off of the lips of the one that ignites fireworks in your […] The post HOW I FELL IN LOVE… appeared first on We Are MOMO.
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    Oubly.com

  • 8 No Cook Recipes Perfect for Your Fairytale Inspired Party

    Reema Marquez
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Once upon a time, Macy felt tired of cooking the same old dishes in every party she organized. She longed for some inventive ideas by including “magical food” inspired by fairytales in her cooking. Sounds familiar? If you are like Macy, it is time to trash the usual recipes and venture to something new and exciting. In this article, we will list down 8 no cook recipes that are perfect for your fairytale inspired party. 1. Snow White’s Enchanted Apples Snow White’s enchanted apples are the perfect dessert, snack, or appetizer to a meal at the party. These may be just the regular apples…
  • 7 Homes with Stunning Front Door Colors

    Anna Flemings
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Typically the front door isn’t the first place people think of to explore a new, bold paint color, but creating an entrance way to your home that’s night and sunny can create for an instantly welcoming atmosphere! Check out these 7 homes that will inspire you to break out your perky paints: Picking an unusual, electric color like hot pink can definitely help bring your own sense of style to your front door, but take a look at this colorful selection below to see how one inventive homeowner blended a radical color with a more traditional doorframe. There are no set rules on how you paint…
  • 5 Extraordinary Wedding Proposals You Can’t Say No To

    Reema Marquez
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Who doesn’t love witnessing a wedding proposal? Even if I’m not the lady being asked to get married, simply watching and knowing about it is already makes me teary eyed. If it was a proposal for me I guess I’d faint from being so shocked and happy. Let’s look at these extraordinary wedding proposals to get inspiration from. 1. Tumblr Dashboard While social networking sites have been used by everyone, Justin Johnson was clever enough to believe he could take advantage of it by proposing through Tumblr. He started this project by working with a team from Tumblr. The…
 
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  • My Winter Favorites (In Photos)

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    As I look forward to the upcoming Spring, I wanted to take a moment and think back on some of my favorite moments from this winter. There have been some absolutely lovely sunrises, some exciting surprises, and more funny and or sweet moments than I could possibly count. Our winter...
  • {This Moment}

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
     Today, a Friday ritual from Soulemama. Some photos - no words - capturing moments  from the week. Simple, special, extraordinary moments. Moments I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
  • Life is Stirring

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:51 am
    I can feel it. It's right around the corner - palpable. The morning comes earlier - the evening later. Birds have begun to arrive. The air has a hint of sweetness. It's warmed ever so slightly and there's a sense of newness - not so harsh.I feel life stirring on the surface as I get the mail or take a deep breath outside just as I feel it under the surface as I sit on the couch reading to my little ones, or lay in bed at night. We're pregnant again. I brush my fingers across my midsection in anticipation of who this person is, will be.The beginnings that come with each Spring - with each…
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • Taking a Leap of Faith

    Heather Brummett
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:22 am
    The last time I felt this way was January 2010. I remember it very well. That is when I made the HUGE leap of faith and quit my full time job to stay home with my kids. I was so unhappy and struggling to be a working mom. I had 2 kids in day care […] The post Taking a Leap of Faith appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Almond Flour Banana Paleo Pancakes Recipe

    Heather Brummett
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    Delicious Paleo Pancakes recipe using Almond Flour and Bananas. The post Almond Flour Banana Paleo Pancakes Recipe appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Easy St. Patrick’s Day Bark Recipe & Free St. Patrick’s Day Printable Tag

    Heather Brummett
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:26 pm
    I love bark candy but I have never tried making it…until now. I am so excited to share this easy St. Patrick’s Day bark recipe. If I can do this, anyone can. You only need a few ingredients and a few minutes to create this great treat. Perfect gift for St Patrick Day.   Easy […] The post Easy St. Patrick’s Day Bark Recipe & Free St. Patrick’s Day Printable Tag appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
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    Change-Diapers.com

  • February 2015 Top Fan Winners

    Maria Moser
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Congratulations to February’s top fans! Don’t miss any posts! Subscribe to our RSS Feed or subscribe via email. Out of 1596 alternate entries, the winning entry is Morgan E. The top 20 fans for February were: (Remember that winners have to have 200+ pts to be eligible to win.) The 3 chosen at random are: […]       
  • Geffen Baby Giveaway Winner Announcement

    Maria Moser
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
    This giveaway had 379 entrants and 1002 entries. The winner is Sam C. Congratulations! I’m sending you an email so you can claim your prize.       
  • March 2015 Top Fans & Daily Alternate Entry

    Maria Moser
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Are you a fan of the Change-Diapers Facebook page? It is a wonderful community of supportive ladies, and I reward my active fans. Don’t miss any posts! Subscribe to our RSS Feed or subscribe via email. Find out more about Booshaka‘s top fans app by reading the FAQs for more info on how it works. […]       
 
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  • Kinsa Wins Big This Award Season with The Bump and NAPPA

    Kinsa Team
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    We’re thrilled and honored to announce that Kinsa’s Smart Thermometer took home top honors from the editors of The Bump for Best of Baby 2015 in the Health category and the coveted gold seal from the National Parenting Publications Awards! The Bump Best of Baby 2015 Awards The editors from one of our all time favorite parenting resources, the Bump.com, test dozens of products each year to find the most reliable, safest, innovative, time-saving and valuable items on the market today. These top picks make it into the coveted Best of Baby guide that serves as a must-list for parents.
  • How to Make Sure Your Child Isn’t Misdiagnosed

    Kinsa Team
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Claire McCarthy is a pediatrician with five kids of her own. And she forgives you for being late to your child’s appointment. She also wants you to know that you are not the only parent to sometimes give up on nightly teeth brushing and vegetables at every meal. After all, this “MD Mama” explains, oversights and surrenders are part of parenting. What parents don’t always realize though is that pediatricians also make mistakes. And when a pediatrician screws up, the stakes for your child can be quite high. In McCarthy’s recent article for the Huffington Post, the Boston…
  • New Sharing Features: Groups Messaging and Facebook Integration

    Erin Koehler
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    Happy President’s Day everyone! We have some exciting new app features to share with you. Read on to see what we’ve been up to since our last update.  Groups Messaging is Live A few weeks ago, I shared our new Groups feature that we launched in early 2015 with 17 schools from across the country. Families within these communities are now able to track the health situation at their children’s school by providing symptoms and overall illness levels. Our team has just implemented an exciting new feature to give parents even more information about what’s going around in…
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    AppleGreen Cottage

  • Free printables - vehicles

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    What about some new FREE PRINTABLES?By now, I believe you've made yourself familiar withe the free printables series on my blog. If not, help yourself to get the first four in the series:- get free printables - FRUIT - get free printables - VEGGIES   - get free printables - STATIONERY/CRAFTING- get free printables - TOOLS Today's one is probably primarily for boys: means of transport. Vehicles. A boat, a motorcycle, a bus, a bike, a car, and a train. But I hope both boys and girls will enjoy playing with the printable.  Click here to GET your free PDF file for printing:As usually,…
  • How to make PAJAMA PANTS for kids - EASY TUTORIAL

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Today, I'd like to share with you how I made warm, soft pajamas for a toddler. It's a beginner project, an easy step-by-step tutorial with plenty of photos. And - this is what I like best - there is no need for high precision when sewing. Why I love making them (and why you might like it too):the pattern is simple, the cutting and sewing part easy and above all, these pajama pants can be made REALLY QUICKLY! And with busy moms, that's what often matters most. Let's get down to work:You'll need this:Read more »
  • How to keep your kid warm at night - without a blanket

    22 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    One day I decided it was high time I start getting a whole night's sleep, more than two years into being a mom. What it took was - you are not gonna believe it - nothing more than HALF A YARD of warm fabrics. Minky, to be specific. Want to know how? Read on...  I'm sure you know the uneasy feeling ofRead more »
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    Ruth Alade Inspired

  • How To Start Being Visible So That Your Ideal Clients Can Start To Notice You

    Ruth Alade
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:44 pm
    You can have the most amazing packages or programs but if you are not visible, your ideal clients will not even know that you exist. As a new coach, mentor, female entrepreneur, it’s super important to start getting visible so that your ideal clients will start to notice you. There are more than enough clients for […] The post How To Start Being Visible So That Your Ideal Clients Can Start To Notice You appeared first on Ruth Alade Inspired.
  • Webinar Recording: How To Get Crystal Clear About Your Ideal Clients

    Ruth Alade
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    I hosted this webinar a few days ago and shared a lot of information on it about how to get very clear about your ideal clients. Everyone loved it and I got some great feedback so I thought I’d share it here for all my lovely readers. Enjoy and let me know what you got out […] The post Webinar Recording: How To Get Crystal Clear About Your Ideal Clients appeared first on Ruth Alade Inspired.
  • I Wish I Knew This When I Started My Business

    Ruth Alade
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    When I started my business, I thought this step wasn’t that important. I did my branding, built my website, with no clear idea of who I was serving! I thought I just had to get my stuff out there and people would flock to me! Was I wrong!!!! I had no clients for months, business […] The post I Wish I Knew This When I Started My Business appeared first on Ruth Alade Inspired.
 
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  • Shekinah Dishes – Quality Catering Service And Taste

    Lanie
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Mommies are always looking for quality services and we’d love to recommend Shekinah Dishes for your next party or event. Shekinah Dishes was one of the caterers for our Winter Wonderland Christmas Party and we were impressed and very satisfied with their service and more so with their food. They were able to bring the theme further with their wintery décor and added touches of color with their cute Santa Hats. Passion, excellence and commitment are what drives Shekinah Dishes and it’s exemplified in the services they bring to their clients. We had a very smooth collaboration with them…
  • What Is Argan Oil And Why You Should Try It

    Lanie
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    So, what is Argan Oil?   I’ve never heard of argan oil since the workshop. I’ve never been very thankful to bring home one Oil of Argan bottle and a facial soap. I’m a fan of FREE and I’m always brave to try (just as long as the product claims to be chemical free and all-natural). I’ve tried a couple of oil based moisturizers but they never worked well on my skin and I ended with big , bad and red spots on some part of my face. So I switched back to my old trusted and tested aloe vera gel to do the work (it’s all really natural where I pick the leaves,…
  • Jolly University Lets Culinary Students LEARN, CREATE, and SHARE

    Lanie
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Good food starts at home but world-class dishes are most usually learned in culinary schools. This year,  culinary students have the opportunity not only to LEARN industry skills, but also to CREATE significant changes to their careers, and then SHARE these culinary successes to the society. Jolly University Jolly University is not a physical university per se, but it’s a learning program created by one of the leading brands in canned fruits and vegetables, JOLLY. It’s actually in its second year and culinary students from various universities were given the chance to hone not…
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    Swallow, My Sunshine

  • Terrible Conversation, Part I

    Debi
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    At the end of June, 2010, our daughter, Sammi, was diagnosed with an inflammatory disorder called Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Her esophagus was coated in several places with the white blood cells called eosinophils, making it look something like eczema inside. These cells — these eosinophils, a word we had to practice saying, slowly — were poorly understood by even the experts on the disorder. Common knowledge at the time of her diagnosis was that they are the result of a protein intolerance. Something Sammi was eating was making her body attack her esophagus. It could be more than…
  • Chivalry

    Debi
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:08 pm
    The stories I tell about my daughter — and about my experience as her mother — feel as if they belong mostly to me. For so many reasons, I’ve turned out to be the person who’s handled the majority of her health issues, a role that feels as anachronistic as it does unchangeable. I’ve written very little about Sammi’s sister, Ronni, and perhaps even less about her father, David, except in first-person-plural, the other party implied whenever I write that “we” worried. When we found out that Sammi’s aorta was the problem, it was a total shock…
  • A New Person

    Debi
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:41 pm
    In late April of 2010, our four year old daughter Sammi was a real person. She was round-faced and giggly, with big brown eyes that squinted up at us in the sunlight under her blondish brown fluffy hair. She sang as she played, totally aware of the things she needed to master before kindergarten in the fall. She practiced tying her shoes with her tongue sticking out, just as her father does when he concentrates. She took a kids’ acrobatics class at a local circus school, charming everyone with her huge smile and bulldog energy, half the size of the other four year olds and twice the…
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    I Heart Arts n Crafts

  • Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie & The Nutri Ninja® | Ninja® Blender DUO™ Review

    Jackie Cravener
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    This Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie has become a family favorite for breakfast. Never skip breakfast! This will give you the energy to take on your morning, and as a mother of two toddlers I’m guilty of skipping breakfast because I just don’t have the time. Which is why I was so excited to get the chance to review The Nutri Ninja® | Ninja® Blender DUO™ with Auto-iQ for you. To help on those busy mornings I prepare smoothie freezer bags for the week so that in the morning I can just throw everything in the blender, blend, and go! I’ve noticed after a few weeks of doing…
  • Baymax From Big Hero 6 Inspired Play Doctor’s Kit

    Jackie Cravener
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:19 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigHero6Release #CollectiveBias DIY Baymax Inspired Play Doctor’s Kit We look forward to our family movie nights every Sunday, and my kids have been counting down the days till the release of Big Hero 6 on DVD/Blue-Ray at Walmart on February 24th. To make our movie night even more special I included a delicious Baymax pizza and an easy DIY Play Doctor’s Kit inspired by the loveable healthcare robot Baymax, who the kids fell in love with instantly. We headed to our local…
  • Baby Sleep Tips For Daylight Savings Time + Pampers Prize Pack Giveaway!

    Jackie Cravener
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:28 pm
    “This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.“ Baby Sleep and Daylight Savings Time Tips Daylight Savings Time is approaching, the time transition of “springing forward” is so top-of-mind for parents that a recent survey conducted by Pampers found that 77% are concerned with Daylight Saving Time affecting their child’s sleep pattern. More than half of parents surveyed dread the anticipated disruption to their child’s sleep schedule more…
 
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    Real Mom Life: Mothers, adoption, homeschooling, challenges, encouragement

  • The Challenge of Communication in Marriage

    Christine
    14 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Do you feel challenged in your marriage communication?   We may actually BE from different planets.  Some days you wonder. A friend shared recently his feeling that nothing he did seemed to make his wife happy.  He would make attempts, but they were never quite good enough. My own husband’s words came back to me:  “I try to do what you want me to, but I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t.” I’m trying to understand what that means. Let’s look at some hypothetical scenarios.   Wife says, “I’d like you to spend more time with the kids.” Husband’s response:…
  • DIY Frugal Kitchen Decorate and Organize

    Christine
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Because I don’t live a Pin-worthy life, my house is simple, getting older, and well — needing some love.  It is enough of a challenge for me to merely keep it clean.  Getting organized and applying some fresh paint is a big deal for me.  I have summoned all my bravery and begun. An old friend and mentor told me when I was younger, “Paint the closets when you move in because you’ll never get around to it.”  I started with the pantry (which used to be a closet in a prior version of this house) and quickly realized how much easier it would have been to paint BEFORE all those…
  • What I’m Reading

    Christine
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    I still have great nostalgia for the smell of old library books.  As a child, it was intoxicating. Now, I read a real combination of books.  I buy a lot off Amazon, I get stuff from the library and I read ebooks.  The soft glow of a screen cannot compete with the smell of old books, but I’m adapting. In the past few months, I’ve read a few gems.   The Big Fat Surprise was a big, fat surprise!  My friend Vee heard the author interviewed on the radio and told me about the book.  The best books come from friend referrals, don’t they? In this book, the author, a crack…
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