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  • Episode 139: Critical Thinking

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

    (More than) Fourinarow.net
    Susan
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Despite the usual chaos of the morning, I brilliantly remembered to write Jack a note and give everyone after-school instructions.  Jack has a doctor’s appointment this afternoon, so I made arrangements for Maria, Luke and Sam, since Jack, Andrew and I wouldn’t be back in time to pick them up from school. I wrote Jack’s note on the back of an index card: Dear Mrs. M––– Please send Jack to the office by 3:10.  He has a doctor’s appointment this afternoon. I handed Jack the note, which he set down on the counter.  As we were backing out of the drive, I asked…
  • A #KeepingItTogether Story

    Cheaper Than Therapy
    ali
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    The Shabbat Project could not have come at a better time. Not too long ago, I talked at length to a friend about the concept of Shabbat — this from-Friday-night-to-Saturday-night mandatory break. Because I am somewhat of a grammar girl, I likened it to the em-dash, describing this as a 25-hour long pause between the busy of the week before and the busy of the week to come. Many people, when you describe what Shabbat is, gasp in slight shock. “You don’t use any electronics at all? You don’t check your email? You don’t watch tv?” This friend, when I described it,…
  • Parenting Is Hard So Keep Your Chin Up!!

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

    Kimchi Mamas
    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...
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    SV Moms

  • Parenting Is Hard So Keep Your Chin Up!!

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

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

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

  • 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...
  • Hello!

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

  • Create Professional Graphic Designs With Canva – Now on iPad

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

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

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

  • Nutribullet RX: Tacky Party Crashing & Addiction

    Jessica Gottlieb
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Recently I was invited to a luncheon with NutriBullet RX. I was like, “I don’t know if I can make it because two hours ago I made a lunch date with two girlfriends but I’m going to try and squeeze in the time.” And then that day the third for our lunch couldn’t make it so I did the thing that bloggers should never do because it’s gauche (seriously folks – don’t do this – it’s awful). I sent an email that said: My lunch schedule just changed and I’m wondering if I could come to lunch and bring a friend. Because ya know……
  • #EASafe Military Chat RSVP: October 28th 10am Pacific

    Jessica Gottlieb
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:28 pm
    We’ve been on our blogs and on twitter talking about Estate Assist. Annie told y’all about using it to organize passwords, Chloe talked about Estate Planning and travel, MomSmack talked about a lack of organization (guilty as charged) and Amiyrah talked about deployment. With Veteran’s Day right around the corner we have decided to make the last chat of October all about military families. These men and women face unique challenges that range from frequent moves to deployment. If you’re part of a military family you have levels of organization that the rest of us mere…
  • Reflecting While Moving Ahead

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

  • I just invented a new game: FACEBOOK BINGO

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

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

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

  • Family Vignettes

    Karen Andrews
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
      Adam is away visiting his sick mother this week. The kids and I are here, performing our usual daily tasks – routines so often provide a kind of buffer or safety zone, at least until someone hits peak tiredness and snaps. A thoughtless remark or stinging comeback can let out the positivity in a room, like a leaky balloon, leaving a deflated silence. Trying to juggle tasks, while doing my own stuff, is such a normal activity, I almost wonder if it’s worth remarking on. Then I remember that I am all for expressing, and commemorating, these realities of domesticity. When I feel my…
  • Dear Kids, Here’s What Tim Minchin Can (Help) Teach You About Life

    Karen Andrews
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    I’ve got a crush on Tim Minchin. I’m a bit shy about admitting my crushes on here anymore, as if some part of me thinks that I ought to have outgrown that kind, or level, of admiration. Luckily that feeling usually gets thrown some serious shade by the ‘Say it and be proud’ side of my nature. And so, here I am, talking about a video that – correct me if I’m wrong – has only gotten some traction in the media thanks to recent word-of-mouth. I first learned about it about a month ago in the way most people do – a friend who lives in the US posted…
  • 30 Days of NaNoWriMo Prompts

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

  • Clash of Clans Reminds Me of Business

    Aruni
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    My 12 year old son made an interesting statement while we were driving to soccer practice today.  He said that Clash of Clans, a game he plays often on my iPhone and the mini-iPad that he and his sister share, is like business.  He said it out of the blue.  He hears me and his dad talk about businesses and companies often. I asked him why he thought that and he said because you can join clans, you have to find clans, and then sometimes people are nice or not nice in those clans.  You can leave clans, some you can just join, some you have to be invited to join, and others you have to ask…
  • Read ‘Em, Weep, and Laugh

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

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

  • October Drink and Click™ Photowalks

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

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

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

  • Finding Good Wine in Maine

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

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

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

  • I got dressed for this?

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    On Wednesdays mornings I help out in Gray's class. This means I have to put on an actual outfit and sort of do my hair. I get ready and make my way to the kitchen where the dishes are piled high despite my breaking down and buying paper plates earlier this week so I could catch up. There is no catching up in here.Everyone wants breakfast sandwiches made to order and I do it because I have kids who hardly eat so when they want something I jump at it. More dirty pans and plates and knives but everyone eats.In the meantime Gray's latest ailment is a broken leg that apparently happened last night…
  • More waiting.

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

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    There are several instances in my life that can be marked as roll-up-your-sleeves times. I am in one of those times right now. I smell like carpet cleaner. Have been scrubbing off and on today. Everything in the name of getting the house ready to sell. The washing machine won't drain and the refrigerator won't stop draining onto the kitchen floor. I am tired and snapping at my kids which makes me not like myself very much at all, and so many other things.My mom is flying here tomorrow so that Jeff and I can go away for our anniversary this weekend. Fifteen years deserves a weekend away. Vegas…
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    The Bloggess

  • Last night I got drunk and showed my extra fancy vagina on a live webcast and it was very tasteful and probably safe-for-work.

    thebloggess
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last night I got drunk and showed my extra fancy vagina on a live webcast, but it was very tasteful and probably safe-for-work.  Also educational.  Maybe. Long story short, I got asked to substitute for Veronica Belmont who couldn’t make it to this month’s Vaginal Fantasy Book Club (a monthly live-streamed web series where Veronica, Felicia Day, Bonnie Burton and Kiala Kazebee discuss and dissect smut while getting progressively drunker each minute) and I was super excited because I got to hang out with some of the most amazing women ever while never having to leave my house.
  • You can call me “Spatula” for short.

    thebloggess
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Did you read my post about Victor always being wrong even though he’s mostly right, and the internet’s enthusiasm in enabling me in what’s probably a very unhealthy but also fantastic way?  If so, then you’ll realize why this is so awesome. According to wikipedia, this is all accurate and the changes were listed under the category of “Truthfulness“.  (Click on the picture to super-size.) A few highlights: My name is now: Jennifer Juanita Spatula Jezebel Who-Let-The-Dogs-Out Lawson Under the category of “children” it lists two: “1…
  • This is what’s happening in my mind anyway.

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

  • How do you break up with a friend?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • No problems at 44

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

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

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

    dooce
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    To help silence or at least decrease the number of question marks people use when I tell them where I live.
  • A bathroom upgrade

    dooce
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    It turns out that posh toothbrushes exist. This knowledge now takes up space in my brain.
  • Nameless beauties

    dooce
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Sure, there's more green Jell-O here than there is in the entire rest of the world, but there's also this.
 
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    Stories of Pregnancy and Birth over 40 years old

  • Quadruplet pregnancy at 51

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

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

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

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

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

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

    afterthealter
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    Breastfeeding is not really the easiest choice, and sometimes the steps it takes to allow someone else to feed your child, or even if you just need a break and want to pump is daunting. There is the pump, the bottles, the bags, the cleaning supplies, and the bottles. All separate, and all make the whole pumping process a huge pain (if you ask me!). When I found out about the Kiinde system I was floored. It made it all look so easy! I couldn’t wait to try it. The Kiinde Twist is a revolutionary new twist on infant breast milk feeding. It allows you to directly pump from ANY pump into…
  • Basher History Books: Funny & Educational Kids Books

    Whitney
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:34 am
    At our school’s recent book fair, my 10 year old picked up this book: Basher History:  States & Capitals – United We Stand ($8.09, Amazon).  He’s in 5th grade and will be learning all of the states and capitals this year so I thought it was great that he bought this.  Colorful and animated, I wasn’t surprised either – this book actually makes learning fun!  As I started flipping through it, I realized it was not only educational but entertaining – the folks at Basher History have a sense of humor and their witty insights even amused and kept me…
  • Whoa. Seriously Awesome Deal for a Jawbone UP (like a Fitbit) – 10 Hours Only!

    Whitney
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Happened to spot this deal on Staples.com when I was there looking for something else.  I forgot that Staples has these one-day deals that can be especially awesome during the holidays (I got my boys iPad Minis last year there at $50 each on this deal!) So the Jawbone UP, which is like a FitBit in that it tracks your activity and sleep, is normally $129.99 but currently $49.99 on the Staples.com deal of the day.  What a great holiday gift!  Trying to figure out who I can get this before because it’s such a great price.  Love all the color choices too.
 
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  • Printable Bookmark and Reading Log

    Jen Goode
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Make your own personalized bookmark and reading log with this free printable kit designed by Jen Goode. This fun project is a great way accessory to pair with your child’s favorite book or maybe the 101 Kids Activities Book. It’s also fun way to include reading into craft time and help kids create something they can use over and over again. This printable craft kit comes with a reading log, a bookmark and little stars you can use as stickers to decorate. Printable Bookmark and Reading Log Personalize your own reading log and bookmark. This is a great classroom activity or a…
  • 20 Recipes Using Fresh Apples

    Amanda Formaro
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It’s apple orchard time, which means you’re probably looking for all sorts of fresh apple recipes! Heading to the orchard is always a fun fall family activity, and it means you’ll go home with bags and bags full of gorgeous red, green and yellow orbs of juiciness. Fresh Apple Recipes You Will Love Have the kids don their aprons and pick a recipe below. Show them how to properly peel their apples and how to use an apple slicer (affiliate link) to cut them into even sections. Apples for Breakfast Apple Pie Pancakes from I Eat Therefore I Cook Apple Cherry Breakfast Risotto via Pressure…
  • Container Fun! A Simple Baby Activity

    Carla Wiking
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This simple baby activity can be put together with things you already have lying around the house!  With a five month at home I know how valuable easy baby activities can be.  You can only sing “Patty Cake” so many times!  This simple trick helps make the same old toys or teethers fun again!  All you need are a few food storage containers (Am I the only one who still calls them Tupperware?) and some small baby toys.  Between your kitchen and your couch you’ve got everything you need for baby fun!  As your little one shakes, reaches for, and tastes the containers…
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  • Twenty days later, and nothing to report.

    fluidpudding
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Well, would you look at that? I just took a three week break from Fluid Pudding without even realizing that I was taking a three week break! And the best news? The world kept spinning for (nearly) everyone. Actually, I *did* manage to stop by here a few times and I found myself typing sentences about the washer and dryer we purchased a few weeks back and then I looked in the mirror and asked myself who I want to be and if singing songs about a top loader will get me there. I haven’t slept for more than two hours at a time in over a month and it’s making me cranky and weird, and…
  • Exploring the Fronts and the Tops

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

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

    Momo Fali
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    I volunteered to watch a scary movie with my husband the other night. I hate scary movies. I haven’t cared for them since seeing Amityville Horror at the tender age of EIGHT (thanks, Aunt Connie). I can’t even watch 48 hours when I’m in the house alone. But, my husband said if I’d watch Jeepers Creepers with him we would turn the lights out and there would be snuggling and air-popped popcorn, so I had that going for me. If there had been Raisinets, I would have submitted to a double-feature. He likes me because I’m easy. So we settled in and went in search of…
  • Netflix and Mini Milestones

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

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

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

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

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

    Guest Writer
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    This is a guest post by Reesa from MommaLew – check her out there! The following post is sponsored by TYLENOL. While Halloween is meant to be all in good fun, for many children it’s stressful and frightening.  As a mom, it’s heartbreaking to see your child not enjoying him/herself. I noticed my son, now 6, has always been a bit weary of Halloween.  My first instinct was to push him to get over his fears.  But, I quickly learned this was the completely wrong action.  The more I pushed, the more he retreated.  I had to learn that this was not about me and what I wanted. You…
  • 6 Halloween Costumes You Have Hiding In Your House

    Laura Stanley
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    With Halloween around the corner and costumes constantly growing more provocative, maintain your cool mom status and your dignity with some of these creative costume ideas.  The best part?  You probably have some of this stuff in your house! Gumball Machine All you need is a clear trash bag, colorful round balloons , red tulle, and a red skull cap.  Put on red leggings, and a white long sleeve shirt.  Cut a hole in the bottom of the trash bag and two holes in the sides for your arms.  Turn the red tulle into an easy tutu skirt with an elastic waistband.  You’ll need a little help to…
  • 10 Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

    KidSafeMoms
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    With Halloween approaching, parents are mindful of how to keep their kids safe on the most ghoulish of nights. As child safety experts, we’re sure a blog about safety on Halloween isn’t surprising, but we promise this won’t be a long boring blog… Just a short one to give you a few tips to make it a safe and fun evening for all. 1. Before you leave your house, check out if the area you live in has a sex offender data base.  This is an obvious one, but just don’t go knocking on a registered offender’s door for candy.  If your child is allowed to go out alone or with…
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    A Mommy Story

  • Flu-Shot Shoulder Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • full body sanitizer?

    Daphne
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    on my way home from dropping off my kids today..which resembled Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride due to copious amounts of street consctruction.. I heard a doctor who has treated Ebola and other fun diseases that it helps to have a … Continue reading → The post full body sanitizer? appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • Rene Zellweger, what is going on?

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

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

    whoorl
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Essential oils. They seem to be everywhere right now, don’t they? I’ve been dabbling over the past year (and by “dabbling,” I mean devoting a LOT of time and research), and I’ve come across some really great brands and blends during the process. As you know, I’m devoted to cutting out all skincare that is even the slightest bit unhealthy. Anything with a 3+ score on the EWG’s Skin Deep website is a no-go for me. As you can imagine, giving up my beloved Olay daily cleansing cloths (bad bad bad) has been quite the challenge, but I am one determined…
  • Goodbye, California

    whoorl
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    photo by Greer Inez Goodbye, California. Goodbye to the place where I spent some of the most important years of my life. The place where I became a wife and mother. The place that taught me about myself – who I am and who I want to be. The place that sustained me through hard times and mistakes, but celebrated my strengths and accomplishments. The salty, ocean air, warm sand under my feet, and bright sun always served as a refuge for my soul and will always be fully imprinted into my heart. I won’t forget. However, sometimes the magnificent ocean and welcoming sun aren’t…
  • Odds and Ends

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

  • Easy Fajita Chicken Taquitos

    Crystal Reagan
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    TweetI’m participating in the McCormick’s Skillet Sauce® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This week, y’all. It has tested me and surprisingly I’m still here to write about it. I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it. Yesterday in particular was the worst. I bought a new 15″ MacBook Pro last week and finally got around to switching everything over. Transferring my information from my old one to the new one was supposed to be a piece of cake. But it wasn’t. Not in the…
  • The Home Away from Home Vacation Home

    Crystal Reagan
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    TweetMy family was provided with a home for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Wow, that was a lot of home in the title and that is exactly how I feel when I stay with Global Resort Homes while vacationing in Florida. I’ve stayed with Global several times and I absolutely love that they offer affordable Orlando vacation homes in several communities that are just minutes from all the fun. During our most recent stay with Global, we stayed in Champions Gate Resort, a gorgeous upscale community that is still under construction. Upon its completion,…
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE

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

  • 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…
  • Infrared Yoga and Recovery, Healing and Optimism

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

  • On not blogging and bath salts

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

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

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

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

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

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Get your chic fashion sense back into your wardrobe with these great pieces. Mix your pre baby wardrobe with your post baby wardrobe to get this midlevel…
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  • That Time I Met Donnie and Jenny

    Sarah Visbeek
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Honestly, for the amount of bad blog pitches I get in my inbox in a day - "Review and give away this set of hair bows!"  (I have boys.) "Review this baby product!"  (I no longer have baby boys.) "Write about this in exchange for a link!  Write about that in exchange for...nothing!  Tell your network to like our FB page!  Tweet out our information!"  (Ummmm, no.) Every once in a while (the
  • Navigating Napa: Top 5 Winery Recommendations

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

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

    Nancy Flanders
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When the calendar switches over to October, the world goes pumpkin. Pumpkin decorations, pumpkin coffee, even kids dressed as pumpkins. Pumpkin picking is a favorite pastime for a lot of families, and so is cooking. Putting the two together makes for a delicious and fun autumn.Pumpkin Ice Cream SandwichesHomemade ice cream sandwiches made with chocolate chip cookies are amazing all on their own. But make that ice cream with pumpkin and you've got a fall treat that you won't be able to get enough of. The Tart Tart has a great recipe!Spiced Pumpkin Seed BrittlePeanut brittle is one thing, but…
  • 9 Ways for Kids to Make a Difference This Halloween

    Fred Lee
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Halloween is one of the best nights of the year, and one I remember fondly throughout my childhood: making costumes, eating candy and staying out late with friends. What's not to love? As a parent, I am once again swept up in the excitement and anticipation of heading out into the cold Autumn evening with my kids and their friends to celebrate this event.Childhood, after all, should be a magical time filled with fun and adventure. However, it also good for our kids to appreciate all that they have and to understand that despite life's many challenges, they often pale in comparison to what…
  • Halloween Crafts for Kids: A Creative Roundup

    Nancy Flanders
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Kids love crafts and kids love Halloween. Putting the two together brings out the creative talent of all children. These easy crafts will not only keep your little ones busy, but your house will be the best decorated on the block just in time for trick or treating.Candy Corn BannerAll you need for this easy craft from The Pin Junkie are paper plates, paint, string, and scissors. So easy and so cute you'll wonder why you didn't think of it first.Spider WebsSkip the store bought spider webs that just get stuck to your hair and clothes. Instead, try this easy spider web craft from The Artful…
 
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  • What It's Like to Raise a High Functioning Kid

    Carmen Staicer
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    So, you have a kid who registers "off", and you take that kid for evals, plural, and therapies, plural, and you deal with issues, plural, and you spend years doing this, and it becomes, shall we say, part of the scenery - the reality being that you have a kid who is just different.  I don't mean different like typical different. Everyone is different. I mean DIFFERENT. And different isn't bad, it isn't awful, it's isn't suicidal making - it's just different, ok? The official label, because everyone and everything in the entire of society must be…
  • Hog Butchering Class

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

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

    SusieJ
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    I must add — it’s not just boys. Moms of girls get the same calls.  Even the girl who is majoring in fashion merchandising came home with her bag full of laundry, and as she watched her mother get to work, said, “That’s cute how you sort them by color.” The calls have been rolling in the evening — typically on a weekend night. They have one common theme: “How can I tell if it’s too full?”  “Is it OK to put me jeans in with the towels.” “What temperature should I pick?” We, meanwhile, have been biding our time at…
  • The Year We Had a Pumpkin Growing In The Tree: Update

    SusieJ
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    The white apron is our attempt to create a “sling” for the pumpkin to keep it from snapping off under its own weight. And the “scars” are from trying to wedge it on top of a branch in a tree.
  • How To Photograph The Solar Eclipse Without Damaging Your IPhone

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

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

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

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Get your chic fashion sense back into your wardrobe with these great pieces. Mix your pre baby wardrobe with your post baby wardrobe to get this midlevel…
 
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  • Last-minute baby Halloween costume ideas

    Whitney Moss
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
    Remember how when you sorta grew out of Halloween, there were still times when you were able to throw together a costume with items you had on hand, because at the last minute someone would convince you to dress up? This can work for a baby or toddler costume, too. The one above was inspired by a visit to the Zynga office when they launched a Facebook game called ChefVille! Here are a few more ideas: Waldo – Red and white striped shirt or onesie. Beanie. Glasses optional. Tourist – Hawaiian shirt, shorts, socks with sandals. Print a picture of a camera from the Web, paste it onto…
  • Ten things I know because I have a ten-year old

    Whitney Moss
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Once I became a mom, I was the mom of a baby, then a toddler’s mom, then a mom of two little ones, a preschool mom, a grade school mom, and soon, the mom of tweens. That is how life works. I didn’t get diplomas at any of these graduations. In the past ten years, I’ve moved from rookie status to all-star status, and even though it still feels hard sometimes, and the lack of “right answers” is frustrating, it is also my dream-come-true to raise these two children and watch as it becomes increasingly clearer that they will develop into adults who don’t think…
  • Activity #38: Take a sensory tour around the block

    Heather Flett
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Whitney ran into my friend Jeanine outside her house. Jeanine was helping her 9-month old daughter, Pepper, touch some furry lavender sticking out from Whitney’s garden, and didn’t realize whose house it was. The girls had been going on a sensory tour of the neighborhood. Try it yourself to keep the neighborhood walks interesting (for you!): Stop and smell the flowers. Lean in so your baby can touch a fuzzy leaf. Look at the bright colors and shadows. Step on crunchy leaves and sticks, rustle paper or candy wrappers (err, I mean Luna Bar). Are you eating or drinking something your…
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  • Make a Difference #ShareAMeal

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    I shared a bit the other day about how Project Sunlight has teamed up with Feeding America to fight child hunger. But, I was inspired to do something more than just bring awareness. I know there are... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • #ShareAMeal with Project Sunlight

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

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

    Ally Noel
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    This magical mixture of Halloween and bowling is the perfect recipe for a great party game!  This spooky take on a classic can be played indoors or outdoors. It's a spooktacular activity for children of all ages.  After making the pins, let your little ghouls and goblins have a go at them by rolling a pumpkin down the lane. Read More
  • Weekend Fun for NYC Kids: Day of the Dead, Last Halloween Celebrations, Dan Zanes, Butterfly Conservatory November 1-2

    Stephanie Ogozalek
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    After eating all that candy on Friday night, your kids are going to have quite the sugar rush to burn off this weekend. And there are lots of great ways to do it, including two FREE Day of the Dead festivals and a few late Halloween celebrations, like Greenpoint's annual costume parade and party. (Meanwhile, if you're desperate to get all that excess candy out of the house, consider donating it to a good cause.) Non-Halloween fun includes concerts by Dan Zanes at Symphony Space and Suzi Shelton at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, a multimedia take on Sleeping Beauty at…
  • Recycle Your Jack-o'-Lanterns at Pumpkin Smash Composting Events in NYC

    Jody Mercier
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Halloween inevitably ends with way too much candy, which is why we're big fans of donating or repurposing excess treats. But you know what else we have too much of on the holiday? Decorative pumpkins and gourds. Often they sit and rot on windowsills and stoops until they cave in, at which point parents can finally convince their kids to chuck 'em in the trash. But there's a more fun and environmentally friendly way to get rid of your jack-o'-lanterns: Recycle them at Pumpkin Smash, a series of FREE composting events being held throughout the five boroughs this Saturday, November 1. Read More
 
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  • Get the butt you have always wanted!

    workoutmommy
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    Whenever people tell me they don’t have time for exercise, I remind them that neither do I yet I choose to MAKE time.    And so can you! Here is a quick but intense workout for your Wednesday. As always, listen to your body and stop the workout if something doesn’t feel right, hurts, or you feel sick.  While I am a trainer, I am not YOUR trainer and therefore you need to watch out for yourself!   Never underestimate the power of a workout gang!   copyright owned by www.workoutmommy.com Please do NOT reprint without permission. Get the butt you have always wanted!
  • Teaching kids about moderation

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

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

    Linda
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Back in July or thereabouts, I was working at my computer one morning when I noticed a person moving through in the backyard. The kids were planted in front of the TV, so I went outside to investigate, where I saw a raggedy youngish guy walking purposefully through our yard to the back fence. I yelled “Hey!” but he never even turned around, just made a beeline for the fence, which he climbed, then disappeared into the yard of the house behind us — leaving our gate wide open, might I add. I was pretty rattled and ended up calling the police, who immediately sent an officer over to…
  • Good, bad … I’m the guy with the gun

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

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

    Renee Ross
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Storm of the X-Men is bold, brazen and beautiful. All of the things that I want to be and so it seems natural for me to want to wear a costume that epitomizes all  of her characistics. I’ve actually wanted to be Storm for years but have been unable to find a costume. This year, I decided to finally put my crafty ways to work and transform myself into my alter ego STORM! I am fully committed to the transformation and for me that means even adopting her beautiful eyes. In order to accentuate the eyes, I had to do a full on glam look. I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed putting it…
  • Free housecleaning services for women with cancer

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

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

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

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

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    You may have noticed that I'm a bit of a beauty product aficionado. I love trying new makeup and skincare. That being said, I am also super lazy about skincare and cosmetic regimens. I like the theory of indulgent thirty step facial exfoliation processes but there is admittedly very little chance that I would ever actually succumb to such a daily ritual, no matter how baby-soft and pore-free it
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  • Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals. Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be…
  • 2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote!

    Peter Slutsky
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm…
  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

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

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

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

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

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Disclosure: Affiliate links are used in this post. This post is a double whammy of deliciousness. I’ve got a beautiful blueberry pancake muffin — yes, you read that right — a pancake muffin. The deliciousness of this little guy is almost unbearable. And, I’m going to tell you about Joy the Baker’s new cookbook, Homemade […]
  • Behind the Scenes at The Biltmore House: A Real Treat

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Family Dinner: Throwback Thursday

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was originally published at The Chicago Moms almost four years ago to the day.The family dinner is both a uniter and a protector. Sitting down to shared meal not only provides an opportunity for family members to talk about their day, it creates a point of connection and support after a busy or stressful day. Family dinners impact children.  Recently, yet another study indicated that the the benefits of the shared meal stretch far beyond the kitchen table, helping keep kids off of drugs.So why aren't more families gathering around the table to eat and (hopefully) share a few…
  • How We Talk about Israel

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

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

    gretchen
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The chocolate in most mass-produced candy bars is as waxy and luscious as any pillar or stick at a mall candle store. Candy corn tastes nothing like corn and it’s debatable whether it is worth bothering with calling itcandy. Jaw breakers, lollipops, and gumballs are choking hazards. Sweet tarts, Sprees, and Smarties are little disks of processed cringe, perfect for when you want to experience the feeling of your throat puckering. And classic Tootsie Rolls? Reminiscent of cough medicine, cat poo, and cement. I love them all. Halloween is looming and with it parents find themselves…
  • 10 last-minute easy Halloween treat ideas

    Amber Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Once upon a time I became temporarily insane and decided it was a good idea to spend eight hours making 200 cake pops for my kids’ Halloween parties and a church event. My ambitions are much, much lower now and my sanity level is conversely higher. Funny how that works, isn’t it? I truly admire parents who go above-and-beyond and spend hours on such creations but I’m an advocate of fast, cute and easy treats. I’ll be on 9News My20 on Friday talking about some of my last-minute favorites that you can make for your child’s classroom or evening party. Here are a few…
  • Contest: Give your skin a makeover by winning an $89 m.pulse skincare treatment!

    Amber Johnson
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Busy mom confession: when it comes to taking care of myself, my face often takes a backseat.  I wash and moisturize every evening and wear hats and sunscreen during the day, but that is the extent of my regimen. It’s amazing I look this good, right? In all seriousness, taking care of my face should be serious business and that is why I’m thrilled we’re partnering with mPulse to offer you a fantastic giveaway! What is m.pulse? m.pulse is a chain of medical spas providing cutting-edge, results-oriented skincare services with expertly trained, licensed aestheticians who…
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  • One Organized Mama

    Susan
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Despite the usual chaos of the morning, I brilliantly remembered to write Jack a note and give everyone after-school instructions.  Jack has a doctor’s appointment this afternoon, so I made arrangements for Maria, Luke and Sam, since Jack, Andrew and I wouldn’t be back in time to pick them up from school. I wrote Jack’s note on the back of an index card: Dear Mrs. M––– Please send Jack to the office by 3:10.  He has a doctor’s appointment this afternoon. I handed Jack the note, which he set down on the counter.  As we were backing out of the drive, I asked…
  • Television

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

    Susan
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    We gave him $5 to do it. We are so mean.
 
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    Cheaty Monkey

  • Dance Shoe Diaries

    Haley-O
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    It’s true: Cheaty Monkey and I have been on a break. I may or may not have cheated on it just a little over at Today’s Parent; but, we have made amends and are back together, at least for today. It’s not like I have anything important to say here. Major events in the world and the fact that I haven’t written here for so long make personal blogging seem even more self-indulgent. But, there are one or two insignificant things to share here. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve sent Joey, now 9, to four different dance studios. And back in June, unsatisfied with yet another dance…
  • The Flood: Collapsing the Foundation So We Can Gradually Rebuild

    Haley-O
    1 Feb 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The funny thing is, the day before we came home from our holiday, I’d happened on this poster. It was posted on Facebook by Dr. Wayne Dyer (who’s work I’ve never been into), and shared by someone I follow. I thought it was cool but disregarded it and moved on. And it just stuck with me. So, that night, I searched for it again for an embarrassingly long time while the Monkey and I were watching a movie; I wanted to save it on my iPhone so both of us could remember it in moments of anxiety or fear, which we’re both prone to. I finally found it, saved it and went to…
  • We’re all bloggers now

    Haley-O
    28 Dec 2013 | 7:31 am
    When you’re a blogger, you really notice how fast time flies. I used to post here once a day, and then once a week, and then twice a month. But the time between posting kept flying by so fast, so posting once a month felt the same as posting every day. I’d have that initial feeling upon posting of, ahhh, I’ve accomplished something here, and with the blink of an eye a month had passed, and it was time to post something again. Doesn’t it seem this way for everything, though? Friday’s here, and then before you know it, it’s Monday again, then Wednesday —…
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  • Hey Mom, What Does “Die Feminist Gamer” Mean?

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

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

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

  • Be Delightfuly Frightful Not Frumpy

    Blonde Mom
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Love this fun look for Halloween I put together on Polyvore. The t-shirt, boots and cardi are my faves. Are you wearing a costume this weekend or a fun and inspired outfit like below? Happy Halloween Funky Day of the Dead Look by blondemomblog featuring halloween home decor My 9-year-old, Miss A, came up with this fun Ghostbusters look! Who Ya Gonna Call Halloween Outfit by blondemomblog featuring lips makeup The post Be Delightfuly Frightful Not Frumpy appeared first on Blonde Mom Blog.
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday: In Search of the Great Pumpkin

    Blonde Mom
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Just a few of the prolific pumpkin pics I took at the annual downtown Franklin Pumpkin Festival! In case you missed it, I posted earlier this month about fall family activities in the Nashville area. The post (Almost) Wordless Wednesday: In Search of the Great Pumpkin appeared first on Blonde Mom Blog.
  • Think Tieks, Think Pink, For A Cause

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

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    This week, I'm going to do a recap of some of my favorite pumpkin posts written over the last several years by my mom, WWW who is amazing. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and passion for good food, Mom! You inspire me. I realized, putting this post together that the last (five?) years my mom has been posting recipes here on GGC, we've been able to catalog quite the collection. Today, I thought it would be fun to post a four-course meal that utilizes the best that pumpkin eating has to offer around the world. So! For those of you planning a Great Pumpkin Dinner party featuring global…
  • 219/100

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    It's official. The November 4th midterm election is but a week away! Here's a video my friend, Sarah, put together with some other fine ladies and gentlemen and Joan Jett. Super fun. Go team. 219. Bad Reputation by: Joan Jett, lip synched by 687688 people, including Fable and me who make a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo. Rock!GGC
  • Places to Go: Apple Picking in Oak Glen

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Not this weekend but the weekend before, we drove a thousand hours to pick apples off the floor... AND MAKE CIDER OUT OF THEM! And it was awesome.Every year, for as long as I've been a parent, I've wanted to go apple picking. In Southern California, where fall never quite appears (or winter or spring, for that matter), festive activities feel like a differentiating necessity. I adore pumpkin patches, find corn mazes incredibly magical (albeit terrifying) and get such a kick out of gourds that I just... buy them and, like, stick them places randomly and anonymously just to spread cheer.
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • The Next Story

    Rita Arens
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    I'm in the writing valley right now, shopping some projects to agents, wondering what will happen next. I've been in this place of a different sort of work for about a month now, grinding along, sending out queries, sticking my nose weekly into my color-coded Google doc of victory and rejection. I haven't been writing at all except very sporadically here and of course for my day job. I've been reading and training for a half-marathon and watching the World Series and lying in my hammock soaking up the last rays of this unseasonably warm October.  A few nights ago, I had…
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  • Interview with Tacoma City Councilperson Ryan Mello on paid sick days

    Kristin
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    MomsRising: Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has said she supports passing a paid sick leave bill this year. You’ve been leading on this issue for some time. What do you think about the details the Mayor has shared? Ryan Mello: I’m glad Mayor Strickland understands that cities need to take the lead on issues like paid sick leave, but the policy details she is rumored to have shared with the Washington Retail Association won’t actually protect workers, families, or public health. The Tacoma City Council can’t just pass a showpiece to get this issue off our desks. We need a policy that…
  • 5 Ways to Get Kids Involved in the Kitchen

    Trina O'Boyle
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Food Tips More than 12.5 million children in the US are overweight. This number is not decreasing but increasing which puts children at risk for serious health issues such as diabetes and heart disease. Teaching your child healthy nutrition habits will increase their awareness and they will form better eating habits that will go with them throughout their lives. Cooking with children encourages creativity, an understanding of bad eating habits, responsibility and involvement. It’s never too early to start teaching your children the differences between healthy and non healthy foods. By…
  • Beyond “The Talk”: New Research on Talking to Your Kids About Sex and Relationships

    Leslie Kantor
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    By Leslie Kantor, Vice President of Education, Planned Parenthood Federation of America October marks Let’s Talk Month, aimed at getting families talking about sexuality and relationships.  For those of you who think you’ve got this covered, think again. New research shows that while most parents are talking with their children, most of us aren’t talking often enough or in enough detail about critical topics that will help ensure that our children make healthy decisions. Planned Parenthood and New York University’s Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health commissioned…
 
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    This Full House

  • Wordless Wednesday: Goodnight (and good job!) Sun

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    I love it, whenever I get the chance to introduce folks to a few of my favorite things, here in Jersey -- sharing them with the ones I love most...priceless. Sunset Beach -- Cape May, NJ Thanks so much for indulging this Jersey Girl and sharing in some spectacular seaside moments, Melisa. And good job, sun. Linky Love Bytes: Wordless Wednesday HQ ©2003 -2014 This Full House with a fan page on Facebook, a way for you to subscribe to receive This Full House blog post by Email and everything!
  • He's Army Strong, Mom's Still in Training

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

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Blogging is hard! Blogging while under the influence of children is even harder! Blogging with teenagers living in your house? Okay, picture this: it's sort of like attempting to recite the Pledge of Allegiance...backwards...while riding a bicycle...naked...uphill...in the snow...with two flat tires and a missing seat. My two oldest will tell you: (left) UGH, no (right) YO! It's daaaaaanged near impossible to blog, especially these days. Not without exposing myself to some serious hurt, I mean. [rubs backside, reaches for Ibuprofen] And yet, here we are -- just you, and me, and this here…
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    and baby makes 6!

  • Halloween week is here

    Jody
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Spooktacular week is here, and we kicked it off with Mr. Skeleton picking the kids up from school.  Love that dude.  Here he is last year…I forgot to take a pic yesterday. We will be cooking fun Halloween themed dinners and … Continue reading →
  • Mia grows

    Jody
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    From this To this You watched her grow up.
  • Wishing away the present…10 years of And Baby Makes 6!

    Jody
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    I have been a bit nostalgic for days when all of my kids were little. Time blows by so fast, sometimes I think I missed some of those moments that you can only appreciate in hindsight.  I wish I had … Continue reading →
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    いい出会いができるって本当?

  • 使い道はあるというものです

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

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

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

  • Girlfriend lost a tooth (and the other one is loose!)

    Marilyn
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Your ads will be inserted here byEasy AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. from Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/ut_pCSTTjI/ © Marilyn for slackermama . com, 2014. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: Instagram, tooth
  • Cold morning cat.

    Marilyn
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
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  • Hanging out at UNR this afternoon…

    Marilyn
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1yzOL1c © Marilyn for slackermama . com, 2014. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: Instagram
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • Also, Halloween is coming

    Mir
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Once again, the kids’ social studies teachers are offering extra credit to kids who dress up in themed costumes for Halloween. This year Monkey is in the Government class his sister took last year, and Chickadee is in US History. I both love and hate this idea; I love it because it’s (supposed to be) […]
  • Why (an explanation)

    Mir
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    So my folks were here, briefly, and my father mentioned no fewer than three times that he was going to check my blog to see if I’d written. “Um, I don’t really write much anymore,” I said, as if he didn’t already know that. “Yeah, but how will I know what’s happening in your life?” […]
  • I’m the chaperone who demands candy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Flavor Your Milk in a Splash

    The Domestic Diva
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    (sponsored post) Milk is a major staple in our house.  If ever we run out of milk, we immediately go into panic mode and run to the store to restock.  Whether its for the kid’s cereal in the morning, mom’s at-home latte, or a compliment to cookies at snack time one just can’t go wrong […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Inexpensive, Neutral Everyday Eye Makeup: Review and Swatches of the New Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Eyeshadows Palette

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

    The Domestic Diva
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    I have a confession to make.  I have been completely obsessed with taupe nail color this month.  So much so that I haven’t painted my nails any other color since fall has started.  Taupe to me is the perfect fall color.  It incorporates all of my favorite shades: brown, grey, and deep purple into one […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
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    Home Ec 101

  • Oxygen Bleach an Introduction

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

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

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

  • That Time I Went to Disney World (and Didn’t Bring My Kids)

    Susan Wenner Jackson
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Confession time: Last week, I spent a few sunny, enjoyable days at Disney World. All by myself. That’s right. Even though my kids have never been to Disney, and have begged me practically since birth to take them to the magical land of Mickey Mouse, I left them at home while I attended a three-day conference. Now before you proclaim me the World’s Meanest Mom, let’s back up. A few months back, I was invited to speak about Pinterest as a content marketing platform at the Niche Parent blogging conference. I knew the speaking gig would be a great opportunity to promote my…
  • Teaching Self Esteem to Kids: How to Love Yourself

    GuestContributor
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    By Cozetta Lagemann As a mom of three young and incredibly amazing kids, I want to make sure they grow up to love themselves in a way that I never learned myself. My sense of self esteem had to be learned and cultivated as I became an adult. For whatever reason(s), I just missed the boat on how to love and appreciate myself. This led to countless mistakes and painful decisions that quite possibly may have been avoided had I learned early on just how awesome and worthy I am as an individual. Now, I wouldn’t want to miss out on the priceless lessons that came from the life I’ve…
  • Time for a Paycheck Upgrade?

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

  • Into The Woods – New Featurette

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
        A new featurette has been released for Disney’s upcoming Christmas Day movie, “Into The Woods.” Will you be careful what you wish for?
  • It’s Really Not So Scary – Wordless Wednesday

    Lucinda A. (NDM#139)
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
  • Marvel Studios Unveils Phase 3 of Marvel Cinematic Universe

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
        Yesterday, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts. The next two films to be released by Marvel are AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015, and ANT-MAN on July 17, 2015. Marvel revealed the dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019, including upcoming Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy installments,…
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    Joy Unexpected

  • Photos: The Last Homecoming

    Y
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    This year will be filled with “lasts” for my son. His last Homecoming. His last season of high school basketball. Last Prom. My son has been blessed with a solid group of friends who have become like family. Some of them have played basketball together since Junior High (one of them since they were 8 years old.) They are all good students, they are smart, driven, loyal and they always have each other’s backs. This weekend was their last Homecoming. Of course, I brought my new baby with me and well, I took over 270 pictures. That sounds crazy, but my son was with a large…
  • Time For a Change

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

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

  • 12 great winter accessories to keep kids toasty

    Liz Krieger
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    by Liz Krieger posted in Products & Prizes If you believe some of the weather predictions floating around, this winter is going to be another doozy. Fortunately, I learned a key lesson from last year's polar vortex: It pays to get the right cold-weather gear for your little ones, both because they will stay drier... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Private car services for children: Would you let your kids ride?

    Joey Lombardi
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Joey Lombardi posted in Mom Stories Every parent faces situations were they need to be in two places at once. Having to be at a meeting the same time the kids need to be dropped off at a sporting event, or lets say you have a sick parent or child you are taking care... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Why my kids go to bed earlier than yours

    Melissa Willets
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories Recently Your Modern Family blogger Becky wrote that most people do not understand her children's early bedtime of 7:00 PM. But my kids, ages 6, 4, and 15 months, go to bed at 7:00 PM, too. Wait for it. Every night. Why you ask? How? Mainly because they are tired by... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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  • Race Report: Bourbon Chasers*

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

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

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

  • Terhune Orchards Fall Festival

    Kimberly
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Every year, my family goes apple picking. We normally go to DuBois Farms in Highland, NY but this year we went with a group of friends to a new spot.  We went to Terhune Orchards Fall Festival (in Princeton, New Jersey) on Saturday and had a great time. There was pumpkin picking, country music, a corn […] The post Terhune Orchards Fall Festival appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • 8+ Boy-Approved Book Gift Ideas

    Kimberly
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    A Facebook friend recently shared a link to The Percy Jackson Problem, an article in The New Yorker. Basically, the author explores two different reading philosophies for kids – “just so long as they’re reading” versus “the kind of book does make a difference” camps. It’s an interesting article, but I definitely fall in the […] The post 8+ Boy-Approved Book Gift Ideas appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Stir Fry Dinner Party

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

    Dana
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    The majority of lesbian moms who conceived through donor insemination are satisfied with their choice of a known, unknown, or open-identity (child may contact when 18) donor, according to new research based on the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), the longest-running and largest study of U.S. lesbian families. Looking back on the donors they chose 18 years ago, 77.5 percent of the 129 lesbian moms in the study were satisfied with their choice of donor, according to a paper released by UCLA’s Williams Institute and appearing in the journal Fertility and…
  • Post of the Week: “If the shoe fits…” — On Kids and Gender Expression

    Dana
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Halloween often brings up the topic of kids and gender expression, so I thought I’d highlight a recent post from Pajamamamas about navigating her almost-six-year-old son’s shoe choices. She writes in “If the shoe fits…” that in the shoe store her family goes to, she and her partner Roo have always shown their kids “both the purple/pink/sparkly section and the blue/brown/orange/superhero section, and avoided labeling them by gender. As feminists it’s important to Roo and me to not close off gender options for either of our kids based on their sex.”…
  • For Same-Sex Parents in Military, Challenges Remain

    Dana
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Marriage equality is sweeping the nation (32 states and counting!), and LGB people have been able to serve openly in the U.S. military since 2011. Same-sex military parents and their children still face challenges, however. Jessica Huskey and her wife, a U.S. Marine, are expecting their first child in January. Huskey wrote at the American Military Partner Association blog that while many of the fears they face are those of any new parents, others are not. Although Huskey’s wife is currently stationed in North Carolina, where their marriage is legal, they could easily find…
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  • Holiday Gifts Under $100 from the Craftsman Brand

    Head Mommy
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Craftsman® 3/8-Inch Drive Mach Series Ratchet MSRP: $49.99 Sale: $19.99 The entire Craftsman MACH Series™ lineup is specifically designed to add speed and efficiency to projects, and the MACH Series Ratchet is no exception. It features fast drive technology and is 16 times more efficient than a traditional ratchet*. The Craftsman MACH Series™ Ratchet combines three tools in one: push twisting screwdriver, ratcheting screwdriver and 3/8-in. drive ratchet. *Compared to Craftsman’s traditional ratchet, measuring the distance the handle travels to rotate the socket. Craftsman® 53-piece…
  • All dressed up and no place to go!

    Head Mommy
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Dress up is a big deal in our household.  Whether it be for imaginative play or special occasions, my children love dressing up! Buford loves to wear bow ties, neck ties, button down shirts and whatever props we have lying around the house.  From cowboy hats to shields and nun-chucks, while BooBear is all about tiaras, dresses, high heels, and make up.  Once in a great blue moon, you’ll catch them playing together in some off the wall outfits they put together from their closets. Buford’s newest craze is the BeardSKI ski mask.  While he finds it absolutely hilarious, I deem it…
  • Christmas is a comin’

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

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

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

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

    Ree
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Here’s something Paige, my 15-year-old daughter, does:   Sends me photos she takes with her cell phone. This one was taken at sunrise on top of her horse Monday morning.     And this one was taken after her sister picked her up from soccer practice last night.   I love Paige’s photos. She has an eye.     I also love Paige’s cupcakes. She has a knack.     I also love Paige’s enthusiasm. She has a lot.     I also love Paige’s sense of style. She has a flair.     I also love Paige’s spirit. She has a…
  • Play Misty for Me

    Ree
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Just a brief post this morning, because I’m scurrying around tying up the loose ends of my Food Network shoot here on the ranch (a good thing, because I’m plum out of clothes), knocking out some schoolwork with the kids (if we can find the pencil sharpener; who would run off with a pencil sharpener?), getting the house back in order (order being a relative term), trying to find my second tennis shoe, not running shoe, because I don’t run (but I also don’t play tennis, so never mind), catering to Charlie’s emotional needs (they are never-ending), putting off…
  • Thank You, Marlboro Man

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

  • Real Glam Moms: “A Genuine Smile is the Best Thing You Can Put on Your Face”

    Devon Abelman
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Here’s the newest installment of a brand new series from the Parents beauty department about mommy bloggers. Each installment will feature what beauty means to real moms no matter what their beauty routine is like—and how they take time to themselves after having children.  Cassie Bustamante (Jalapeno Photography) Meet Cassie Bustamante. She’s the face behind Primitive and Proper, your new go-to for all things vintage furniture, thrifting and interior decor ideas, and mom to Sawyer, 9; and Emerson,7. Cassie started blogging as a way to promote her furniture refinishing business,…
  • Evangeline Lilly’s New Children’s Book and the Need for Some Darkness in Kid Lit

    Ruthie Fierberg
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    You might know her as Tauriel the eflin warrior from The Hobbit trilogy, or as Kate Austen from Lost, but actress Evangeline Lilly may soon be known best for her writing skills. Her new children’s book series The Squickerwonkers hits shelves November 18 and it’s different from any kid’s story we’ve seen. Parents caught up with mom to 3-year-old Kahekili about her creepy new children’s book, upcoming Halloween plans, how she cultivates creativity in her son, and why she thinks we all can use a bit of Squickerwonker spookiness in our lives. P: You first wrote a…
  • Shakira on Motherhood: “I’m Nailing at Least Part of the Job.”

    Goodyblog
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    * Interview by Patty Adams Martinez Today Shakira, superstar singer and mom to 21-month-old Milan (and with a baby on the way!), announced her partnership with Fisher-Price, driving the design of a new line of baby gear and toys sold on Amazon.com. Look for our exclusive interview with her in the December issue of Parents magazine, and in the meantime, here’s a bit of what she shared with us! Q: You wanted to join forces with Fisher-Price after Milan loved the Kick & Play Piano Gym. Why do you think Milan was so captivated by it? How much of an influence was Milan in the new toys…
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    Design Mom

  • Better Water

    Design Mom
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. This post is brought to you by Soma. Question: how do you guys handle water drinking in your family? Do you drink from the tap? Favor ice? Use a fridge door dispenser? Drink bottled water? Or perhaps you prefer juice or soda and skip the water altogether? This is how it goes at our house: during our France years we changed up our water drinking in two ways: 1) we stopped using ice, and 2) we started keeping our drinking water in the fridge in glass bottles with spring top lids — which kept it ready and cold (and was part of why it was easy to stop using ice).
  • Halloween for Party Poopers

    Design Mom
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    By Gabrielle. As I’m sure you know, Halloween is on Friday. And that means school costume parades, class parties, and of course, trick-or-treating. For most kids it’s a BIG DEAL holiday. What could be better than wearing a costume and collecting a bucket full of candy? But I have plenty of grownup friends that have been counting down the minutes till Halloween is over since October 1st. I get it. It’s simply not appealing to everyone. So I came up with a bunch of ideas for those of you who are costume averse, or have a costume averse significant other. They’re super…
  • A New Smile

    Design Mom
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    By Gabrielle. Photos by Ben Blair for Design Mom. Guess what. I’m 16 weeks into Invisalign treatment! And I’m kind of geeking out about it!! I have been thinking about getting my teeth straightened for years, and finally, over the summer I made an appointment with Olive’s orthodontist here in Oakland, and took the plunge. Ben Blair is doing it too! Which means that next summer, both of us are going to wake up to a brand new smile. Which seems exciting and strange at the same time — I’ve been thinking this over for soooo long. I confess, I was surprised to find myself…
 
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    Dutch Blitz

  • Lonely

    angella
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    I’m a pretty social person. I chat with other parents when I drop my kids off at school and when I pick them up. I talk to people I run into at the grocery store, and people who work in the offices who I do contract work for. I talk to people at church, at the gym, and at the bank. I have a great family. My kids are hilarious, every day, and we have the best conversations. (We’ve also watched Pitch Perfect approximately twenty-five times and sing along with the soundtrack as we drive to and fro.) I have an amazing husband who, as I’ve mentioned, is taking his Masters in…
  • Clearing The Fog

    angella
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    The kids had a Pro-D day on Friday — the teachers had school, and the kids did not. Whenever we know that the kids have a day off of the school, the first thing that comes to mind is, “We should go to the cabin!”  This is what we decided and as our long weekend approached, plans changed a little bit. I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned that Matthew is taking his Masters in Leadership over the next two years. If I haven’t, then I probably should, because it’s kind of huge and time-consuming, for the both of us. Matthew is taking his masters in…
  • Chicken-Chili Quesadillas

    angella
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    It is no secret that Friday nights are pizza and appetizer night at casa Dykstra. I make homemade pizza, and an array of appetizers on the side. I eat and cook healthy meals the rest of the week, but Fridays are my night to let loose. I still try to make things that taste like you’re “cheating”, but don’t add more weight than they are worth. I’m constantly perusing Lifemadedelicious.ca for inspiration and made these super easy (and healthy!) quesadillas last week. Ingredients: 1 pkg (8 large) Old El Paso Smart Fiesta made with Whole Grain Tortillas 2 cups (500…
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  • Raising Kingdom Kids by Tony Evans – A Review

    bosssanders
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    When we have children, it’s easy to get caught up in the checklist of all of the things we “ought” to do.  We can feel overwhelmed by the barrage of academic, recreational, and spiritual activities flying at us that we miss the MOST important thing – raising Kingdom Kids.  We begin to rely on Awana and Sunday School and teachers and pastors to develop our children’s spirituality, and forget that raising children who love Jesus isn’t based on any PROGRAM (while those are good in their own ways).  And, before we know it, we feel like we are trekking…
  • Vulnerable Love

    bosssanders
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Once upon a time, a little baby was born.  Not just any baby, but the Savior of the world. I wonder how Mary felt when the Angel Gabriel first showed up… I mean, she was there just minding her own business and then, POOF!  There’s this glowing dude in her space.  The Bible actually says she was afraid!  Wouldn’t you be afraid if someone just POOFED into your room?  I mean, not only was some strange man in her room, but he was glowing!  I would’ve been scared, too! And, then… Gabriel told her to not be afraid.  And, she wasn’t.  He told her that she…
  • As Of Today, August 18, 2014

    bosssanders
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I am thinking… My brain is running through a bunch of different courses right now.  You really don’t want a tour. First, I feel like I owe an apology…or, at least an explanation, as to why I basically dropped off the face of the Earth for a while.  A couple of months ago, we found out we were pregnant and excitement was high.  Then, we lost the pregnancy.  It’s been a two-month journey back to “mostly normal” – my body, hormones, emotions…everything was severely messed up.  In the thick of it, we were/are trying to shield our children from this…
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    Virtual Coach

  • Good morning! #coffee

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    This Just In! Good morning! #coffee Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
  • @barbling: #GEMALERT 10 Creative Ways To Reward Your Facebook Fans & Increase Engagement – socialmouths http://buff.ly/1sJ8Fl4

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    This Just In! #GEMALERT 10 Creative Ways To Reward Your Facebook Fans & Increase Engagement – socialmouths http://buff.ly/1sJ8Fl4 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!
  • #GEMALERT 10 Creative Ways To Reward Your Facebook Fans & Increase Engagement -…

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    This Just In! #GEMALERT 10 Creative Ways To Reward Your Facebook Fans & Increase Engagement – socialmouths http://buff.ly/1sJ8FkW 10 Creative Ways To Reward Your Facebook Fans & Increase Engagement – socialmouthssocialmouths.comrewarding your Facebook fans is an important part of building a dynamic, loyal and active fan following that can benefit your business. 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…
 
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  • Halloween Fun For All

    Kerry Sauriol
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Seasonal topics are the fertile basis for all good blog editorial calendars.   I don’t have an editorial calendar for Crunchy Carpets, so my stuff is usually a bit of a mess and the ‘holidays’ don’t get as much coverage as other bloggers would do.  HOWEVER, there is also another reason I don’t post on the big topics all the time….mainly because I don’t have a particular angle on it. Let’s look at Halloween.  It is on Friday, and I am SORT of ready for it. And by ready for it I mean I have STORE BOUGHT COSTUMES AND STORE BOUGHT TOTALLY NOT…
  • A Little Bit Edgy in the 2014 Hyundai Veloster

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

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

  • A #KeepingItTogether Story

    ali
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    The Shabbat Project could not have come at a better time. Not too long ago, I talked at length to a friend about the concept of Shabbat — this from-Friday-night-to-Saturday-night mandatory break. Because I am somewhat of a grammar girl, I likened it to the em-dash, describing this as a 25-hour long pause between the busy of the week before and the busy of the week to come. Many people, when you describe what Shabbat is, gasp in slight shock. “You don’t use any electronics at all? You don’t check your email? You don’t watch tv?” This friend, when I described it,…
  • Why I Should Probably Buy A Scarf

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

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

  • NCCC Mall Davao Supermarket Revisited After Renovation

    CharTherCT
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    We revisited NCCC Supermarket after the major renovation they started last 2013. The multi-million renovation of the NCCC Mall supermarket was done to serve their shoppers better. New City Commercial Corporation (NCCC) promised a bolder, fresher look of their mall’s supermarket. We have not been there since they renovated and we rarely have been south since we moved, for there are many supermarkets in the downtown and northern part of the city where we have been living for the past few years. We used to go to NCCC Mall Supermarket for our grocery errands coming from work (when I was…
  • Prayers to St. Jude

    CharTherCT
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    A Prayer to St. Jude Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of hope. Please intercede on my behalf. Make use of that particular privilege given to you to bring hope, comfort, and help where they are needed most. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven as I work with my challenges, particularly (here make your request). I praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor…
  • Superbook Bida ng Pagbabago Road Show with Gizmo at Abreeza Mall Davao

    CharTherCT
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:20 am
    Superbook Bida ng Pagbabago Road Show with Gizmo at Abreeza Mall Davao Superbook is one of the popular TV animated series that tells stories from the Bible. I remember watching it often in the 1980′s when it started. It been shown in more than many countries worldwide, translated into many languages and has been viewed by over a half billion people. We didn’t know that there was going to be a show in Abreeza. We just happen to be there for our regular grocery errand and we saw that there was show going on near the entrance/exit closest to the supermarket. The show was already…
 
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  • Day 01 was the WORST DAY EVER.

    Kim Zoot
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    Thank you for being honest and telling me that it probably will take about 2 weeks before I feel the benefits of trying to break the sugar habit. But day one was ROUGH ROUGH ROUGH. And now I find myself thinking 13 more days? I don’t think I can do it. And y’all – this is not even the full detox! I’m allowing myself to have fruit! And I ate a crap load of fruit yesterday and I was still miserable. I will say this – I was oddly not as hungry as I usually am. I have a weird diet since I’m eating all plant-based, but can’t stomach anything raw, so I tend…
  • Pour Some Sweetened-Only-With-Fruit-Juice Preserves On Me

    Kim Zoot
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:58 am
    I’m doing it. I’m jumping on a bandwagon. I hate stupid bandwagons. Especially as they relate to food/diet/nutrition. But I’m letting go of sugar. I’m not doing the whole “sugar detox” thing where I rid it from my diet completely for X amount of time. But I’m cutting it DRAMATICALLY. I’m only leaving it in where I haven’t found a good replacement yet. For example? I’m still using one packet of sweetener in my coffee. I always thought I was doing good with that because it was “stevia” but it turns out it’s not…
  • Random Pontifications About Missed Opportunities

    Kim Zoot
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    My heart has been burdened today. I’ll explain why in a moment, but first let me tell you a simple story from today. I read a sentiment from a Christian acquaintance earlier that started by saying they feel the same way about heterosexual fornication as they do homosexual fornication (that it’s a sin) but I didn’t know them well enough to ask about if marriage allows for protection of a sexual relationship in the church like it does with a heterosexual couple. This acquaintance wrote A LOT about the subject but it was like reading a theoretical physics essay as it relates to…
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    Blue Badger

  • Tom Ford Kids

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

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

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

  • Festive Holiday Table Decor

    Rob Colosi-McCann
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    With the rapid approach of Halloween & Thanksgiving here are a few table decoration ideas that with little modification can take you from Halloween to Thanksgiving and beyond quicker than you can say gobble gobble. Below are a few table centerpieces that effortlessly move from holiday to holiday with a few DIY ideas to get you started.  Great cheese cloth ghosts from Ashbee Designs make a festive Halloween centerpiece  Adding a second layer that is holiday specific will create a beautiful and unique centerpiece.  For Halloween add DIY ghosts, velvet pumpkins, and spider webbing across…
  • Perfect Casual Company Fare – Crockpot Italian Beef

    Shanna
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    If you are looking for a recipe that takes 5 minutes to put together but will wow your guests, Crockpot Italian Beef is it.  Not only is it delicious,  but since it’s put together in a crockpot, there’s almost no cleanup and it’s easy to keep warm if you’ve got guests eating at different times – open houses, parties, you name it. This is going to be a recipe you’ll want to make time and time again. Be sure you give yourself the time to cook this up to 10 hours before serving. You want to be able to shred the meat before serving. CROCKPOT ITALIAN BEEF What…
  • Leftover Halloween Candy Bites

    ChocolateAndCarrots
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    You can only consume so much leftover Halloween candy. Making healthier energy bites out of your favorite Halloween candy is the way to use up any leftovers! And with only four ingredients, they can be ready quite quickly. I really appreciate the portion control of these candy bites, too. Instead of feeling like you need to eat the entire king-size candy bar, have a ball or two of these leftover Halloween candy bites! Have a safe and happy Halloween! And don’t forget to make some leftover Halloween candy bites! What candy would you incorporate in these candy bites?   Leftover…
 
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • Closing the Gender Gap Takes Action

    D. A. Wolf
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Our progress closing the gender gap? You should care if you’re a woman – working for pay currently or not. You should care if you know a woman, working for pay currently or not. You should care if you have a child or grandchild who will emerge from girlhood into womanhood, with her dreams not yet marred. What sort of dreams? The answer to that is simple. Dreams we all have as children and young adults: Dreams of a decent education, of pursuing something we love, of earning a living, of providing for our families. Dreams of a political process that represents us – in a real,…
  • What’s Good For Us (This Week)?

    D. A. Wolf
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    I’m sprinkling cinnamon on my bran muffin, on my whole grain toast, and occasionally, in my organic yogurt. The resident comedian eating his soft boiled eggs is sitting across from me. With a smirk on his face. “What’s with the cinnamon lately?” he asks, as I’m rubbing the stain off my fingertips. “It’s good for me,” I say. “Healthy.” When he asks how, I explain that I read it somewhere, though I can’t recall the source and when he presses, I also can’t remember exactly what it’s supposed to be good for. If…
  • Think Positive… In Moderation

    D. A. Wolf
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    It’s common sense: Positive thinking without constructive action won’t get us where we want to go. It’s also common sense: Attitude matters. And if you’re convinced that positive thinking alone is your path to success? You might want to see a doctor about that… which we’ll get to in a minute. Personally, I’m of the mindset that “moderation in all things” – as my grandmother, and many of our grandmothers, used to recommend – applies to a wide range of habits and activities. Positive thinking is among them, and ought to be offset…
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    Born Just Right

  • Raising awareness about limb differences

    Jen Reeves
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Jordan’s brother, Cameron, is super involved in our work with Camp No Limits. This past year was the first time he didn’t get a chance to attend the summer camp in Missouri. It looks like he’s going to miss the 2015 camp for an amazing trip to Yellowstone National Park. But that hasn’t stopped his desire to raise awareness and learn more about limb differences. Cameron is in seventh grade and his science class has an ongoing side project this semester where you get to become an expert on any topic you pick. Cam picked limb differences. He’s spent time researching…
  • How scary is too scary?

    Jen Reeves
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    I have to ask this because after spending most of this month encouraging other bloggers to share details about how Limb Differences Aren’t Scary… Jordan has decided to be really scary this year for Halloween. For years, she’s chosen to be butterflies, fairies and princesses for Halloween. But this year, she’s finally decided to have fun with her limb difference. She wants to be a dressed up zombie with a really gory little arm the looks like it was ripped off. I’m super excited for her excitement… but I started worrying about the kids and adults who will…
  • A quiet blog means a crazy, busy household

    Jen Reeves
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Jordan’s official third grade picture. This month has taken me out of my standard blogging loop. I try to post two or three times a week at the LEAST. But this month has pushed me over the edge. Let me show you some of the cool things we’ve been up to lately! First, Jordan’s official third grade picture arrived. She officially looks like a mini-teenager and I consider that kind of amazing. Woah. How and when did she grow up so freaking fast? Jordan continues to dance twice a week and she recently had an open house where we got to take some pictures of her dancing up a storm.
 
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    The Art of Simple

  • Does simple living always mean “less”?

    Mandi
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by MandiWe often treat “simple living” and “living with less” as synonymous, but I’m not convinced they’re the same thing at all. Don’t get me wrong: decluttering and letting go of stuff definitely simplifies our lives. Saying no to busyness just for the sake of busyness does as well. Spending less, preparing meals with fewer ingredients, creating a capsule wardrobe…all of these things can simplify our life. But are they necessary to live simply? Maybe you have a larger-than-necessary home because hospitality is one of your highest values and…
  • On making time for the wild

    Tsh
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by TshLately, I’ve been thinking about the power of the outdoors. Nature. We frequent the subject of the natural world somewhat frequently around the blog here—about why we should let our kids play in dirt, why we should take regular screen sabbaths and walk out our front doors, and the like. But i still need to be reminded fairly frequently, it seems. As someone who looks at a screen for work, I have to purposely strap on my shoes and head out, lest I blink and—whoosh, the day’s gone by. All indoors. Poets and writers and artists have long known the power nature commands over a…
  • Weekend links

    Tsh
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:59 pm
    From a Rwandan dump to the halls of Harvard :: NY Times Around the world with 364 docobites :: Travelettes Why I’m crazy enough to go a whole year without the Internet :: Esther Emery Some things to try when life feels out of control :: Ally Vesterfelt The pain recedes and we carry it together :: Shauna Niequist “We should thank God for beer and burgundy by not drinking too much of them.” -GK Chesterton Friends of The Art of Simple: • Bought Beautifully. - Positively Impact the World Through Your Daily Choices. • Stay at Home Yoga. - A Virtual Yoga Studio. • Atlas…
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    We are THAT Family

  • A Promise to My Teenagers

    Kristen
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    It happened. Just like that. My oldest is a teenager in high school and her brother is just months away from being a teen. I love this season that has brought independence and humor, late nights and grown-up conversations. Its also ushered in an exhaustion that reminds me of the newborn days filled with worry and uncertainty. When kids are little, we exert our authority over them. We can assert our will or at least put them in time out. But at some point, our authority decreases and our influence increases. It’s shifts from telling them to do the right thing in front of you to…
  • WFMW: Why It Matters To Say Yes In Motherhood

    Kristen
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    I’m happy to introduce you to this week’s guest poster, Kayla for my Wednesday series Yes, Works For Me! Please welcome her and be encouraged by her yes to God and continue to link up what works for you. Sometimes I stare at a blank screen and a blinking cursor and think that I just want to shut this whole thing down. I mean, there are so many bigger stories, ones belonging to better storytellers. Plus, there is just so much to do today. Like laundry. And mopping. I don’t even remember the last time I mopped. Please don’t look at my floors if you come over, that is what I…
  • The Small Things That Make or Break A Marriage

    Kristen
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:36 pm
    2 AM. I was wide awake tossing and turning. Terrell asked what was wrong and I told him to go back to sleep, it’s just a backache. I slipped out of bed and looked for the heating pad. (Everyone over 40 has one of these, right?)  I couldn’t find it and so I started a hot bath. While I soaked, I assumed my husband snoozed, but I heard some banging around and felt bad that now two of us were awake. Hoping the hot water did the trick, I got back into bed and was surprised to find a warmed heating pad on my side of the bed. I smiled in the dark, now understanding the creaking…
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    Scary Mommy

  • 10 Ways To End A Mom Friendship

    Bethany Ramos for Mommyish
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Image via ShutterstockMom friends are really hard to come by. Once you get a mom friend, you better keep her. There’s nothing worse than making a wonderful mom-friend-unicorn in your area who you think is legitimately cool, only to lose her friendship a few months later. Your kids play well together, your husbands get along, you actually enjoy talking to her about non-mom things, and then BAM! You step in a landmine, and your friendship is over.If you want to keep your mom friend, you need to be sensitive to a few hot button parenting topics. Here are 10 sure ways to offend a friend and…
  • I’m Not Cut Out For This Shit

    Tonya Wertman
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Image via ShutterstockI love my children as much as the next mother, but some days I don’t think I’m cut out for this shit.I just don’t have another argument in me about where missing shoes have gone, how it’s time to brush teeth, screen time or why it’s wrong to cheat at Candy Land and kill bugs.I don’t want to pack a healthy lunch and separate snack, or double check that homework has made its way to a backpack.I don’t want to make six trips to the car with arms full of kid gear or rush off to carpool or karate lessons or the library or the grocery…
  • How To Steal Your Kids’ Halloween Candy Without Getting Caught

    Sarah Cottrell
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Children learn at a very young age that sugar in nearly any form is worth throwing a meltdown over. Dentists offer lollipops to ensure repeat business. Grocery stores line their checkout aisles with gobs of candy, which is conveniently timed for when a parent is about to lose it. And every single party, parade, holiday, or special treat revolves around sugar.So it should not be a surprise when parents start eyeballing the pillowcase filled with Halloween loot. You’ve earned some of that sugary prize, right? But how to get your parental hands on it without getting busted by junior?!You do it…
 
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    San Diego Momma

  • Favorite Beauty Finds

    debawriter
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I don’t know how many times I’ve sat in groups of women talking about the products they use on their hair, faces, and bodies. All I can tell you is that it’s a lot of many times. One of my favorite things is to learn about the cleaners, mascaras, lip glosses, and conditioners other people count as their holy grails, and if there were a beauty retreat where all I do is sit there and listen (and sample), I’d be all in with rapt ears and a ready face for the product slathering.   As it happens, every now and then, I hit upon my own beauty must-haves and consider it my moral…
  • You Know You’re a San Diego Gal When…

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

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

  • Second hand books and new titles

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Possibly the one thing I love MORE than shopping for clothes, is shopping for books. My collection is constantly growing – even though I have waaaaay more books than I can possibly read. My shelf is full of classic book titles, trashy pop novels, prize winning stories and book titles you’d see in internet lists like “Top 100 Books To Read”, “50 Greatest Novels of All Time” and “50 Books You Must Read in Your Life”. I’m just addicted to stocking up on all the books I think I might like to read… someday! So a favourite hobby of mine is to pop into an op shop and…
  • Burgundy Bandage Dress from ClubCouture

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    If you’re a regular reader of my site, then you’ll probably know how much I LOVE my bandage dresses! ClubCouture have sent me a few bandage dresses to review over the years (most are still available on their website!). I have a black, gold, patterned, and two grey tone designs. Still I wear them all the time, because they are so easy to wear. I just slip one on and it’s like an instant ego boost! The strong, stretchy fabric pulls me together (like a corset), and I feel amazing. But I do have to rotate them so I didn’t look like they are the only dresses in my wardrobe haha. So today…
  • Dinner Inspiration: Salmon and Salad

    admin
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I made this for dinner the other night; and as I sit here, editing the photo, my mouth is watering again! I made a really simple Asian style dressing with 1 lime, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of fish sauce. (I like this dressing recipe, because I don’t have to finely chop garlic or ginger, and it has no sugar! Haha I’m so lazy!) I threw together some snow pea sprouts, bean sprouts, sliced cucumber, sliced carrots and sliced zucchini, spinach and coriander. I pan-fried some salmon fillets. Piled them together. Drizzle the dressing on top. Crush some…
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

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

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

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

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

  • Bring Their Artwork to Life with Budsies

    Kimberly Grabinski
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    From the time they were little, both of my kids had latched on to a stuffed animal. For my son, it was a stuffed leopard someone gave us when he was very small, for my daughter it was a stuffed bunny I had bought because it matched the nursery set I had chosen for my […] The post Bring Their Artwork to Life with Budsies appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Honey, We Need a New LG OLED TV

    Kimberly Grabinski
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    It’s a running joke in our house that we will wait for the next hand-me-down TV that someone wants to get rid of. It has become a tradition. In fact, we haven’t purchased a new TV in over ten years. I’ll let that sink in a moment. Ten. Years. It has been a really, really long […] The post Honey, We Need a New LG OLED TV appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Get a Workout in Chicago Without Hitting the Gym

    Kimberly Grabinski
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    When it comes to fitness, especially while travelling, many people make it a priority to get their workouts in while on the road. Many Chicago hotels have fantastic gyms full of all of the equipment you could ever dream of allowing you to get a complete workout without ever stepping foot outside. But what’s the fun in […] The post Get a Workout in Chicago Without Hitting the Gym appeared first on What's That Smell?.
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    MotherhoodLater.com - World’s leading website, eZine and community for midlife moms.

  • Acronyms of a Different Nature by Dana M. Spincola

    Dana Spincola
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
         Each day I am more amazed at the number of acronyms that are commonplace among literature, speech and through social media—LOL! As a former school administrator, I was drenched in educational acronyms such as KWL, CCSS, APPR, PARCC and SLO. (Secretly, I am somewhat relieved for those to have been placed on the back burner of my brain as I venture into more practical ones today now that my ML is over and I am officially a SAHM). Such new found acronyms for me include, but are certainly not limited to: BM, LO, BF, EBM, AP, CIO…many of which I needed to look up upon first reading…
  • SAN FRANCISCO FAMILY ADVENTURE by Robin Gorman Newman

    Robin Gorman Newman
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Let me first say that I’m a HUGE California lover.  Two summers ago, we went to San Diego, and it was just a lovely vacation. This past summer, we chose San Francisco and surrounding areas because my son, Seth, age 11, is a huge fan of the website Roblox.com, and we discovered that Roblox has a corporate office in San Mateo, CA, where they periodically host free office visits and feedback sessions for visitors (you have to make a reservation).  Upon hearing this, Seth, of course, couldn’t get there fast enough, so we built a trip around that visit (yes…we really did) and…
  • Guest Blog Post: Learning to Practice Self Care by Alison Blair, Later Mom and Health Coach

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

  • #PoweringSafety with a Simple, Life-Saving Household Update

    The Motherhood
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    How many of you are looking forward to enjoying an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to “falling back” when Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 2? As you’re changing your clocks back this weekend, you can also make a critical update to your home: changing the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. We might take these detectors for granted as we go about our daily lives, but did you know that you are twice as likely to survive a fire in a home with working smoke detectors*? That’s why it is so important to make sure to test them and change the…
  • #AYASummit on CBS News

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

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

  • Minecraft Creeper Popcorn Box

    Laura
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:11 pm
    I was recently part of Laura Kelly’s Popcorn Box Blog Hop, a fun little exercise in creativity, where a group of creative bloggers were invited to decorate a popcorn box in any way we wanted, using any materials we wanted. This sums up what we were trying to do: “The objective is to create in whatever way you like best with whatever products you like to feature and simply be a part of something fun…something that connects your passion to those passions of others.” I decided to do my popcorn box in a Minecraft theme, in honor of my four darling children who are hardcore Minecraft…
  • Last Minute DIY Costumes!

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

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

  • it’s been awhile.

    Casey
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    How have you been? I’ve been well. For once this long silence wasn’t a result of depression, it was just a result of me doing other stuff. Nothing personal. It also hasn’t helped that Vivi is the epitome of toddler in every sense of the word, and I have to be constantly present for that child or she will lose a limb, chop the limb off another living creature or do some other irreversible damage to something I value (like the button she found in the car that turned on a light WE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW EXISTED.) I decided last night that if we rounded up a bunch of our…
  • 929 words

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

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

  • Whacky Witches in Stitches - Finished!

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Here it is.  My epic cross stitch completed.  I'm so happy to have this done for this year, even if there are only a few days left until Halloween.The frame and bow is my idea.  I turned under the edges of the stitching and used Alene's permanent fabric glue to attach it to the purple fabric I had stretched on the background.  Then it obviously needed a bow.  Halloween tends to be more cute than scary at my house.We used to have a huge Borders bookstore near my house.  It closed years ago and stood empty for a long time.  Yesterday I found that it's now a…
  • Halloween Town is finished

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

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

  • Silly Son Sunday

    Cheryl Lage
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Dan Roberts (yes, that Dan Roberts, this morning's amazing guest preacher at 7th Street Christian):"Justified means we're all sinners. You're a sinner. I'm a sinner..."He-Twin (perfectly in time and tune, and thankfully, under his breath): "I'm a joker. I'm a smoker. I'm a midnight toker..."Steve Miller lyrics aside, the boy definitely listens.  
  • My Better Half

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

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

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

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

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

  • Safe Driver Car Connection: Piece of Mind for Parents Means Freedom for Teen Drivers

    Monica Brady
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The holidays are coming up soon, which means that there will be a lot of travel going on. With college kids coming home to visit and teens going to parties- you’ll want to have peace of mind while they are driving back and forth while still letting them feel like grownups. Enter the Safe Driver Car Connection from Straight Talk Wireless. I’ve written about this device in a previous post, and thought it was a really neat idea. It’s a great way to keep an eye on your family’s driving, without totally invading their privacy! It’s awesome for building trust in your teen driver Straight…
  • Let’s Talk Halloween Safety

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

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

  • What is Beachbody Coaching?!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • #GetReady: Two Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

    Debbie
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Wednesday, Oct. 29 is the 2-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s U.S. landfall. Sandy affected 24 states, killed 162 people, caused more than $50 million in damage and damaged or destroyed 650,000 homes and hundreds of child care centers and schools. It was the day that life turned upside down for thousands of children who suddenly lost everything – including their very sense of stability. Save the Children is still working with many of these children to help them rebound. A recent poll by Save the Children shows that 49% of U.S. parents don’t feel the very prepared to protect their…
  • Will You Show Some #ShelterPetLove for Adopt-A-Dog Month?

    Debbie
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Of all the dogs in American homes, only 29% were adopted from a shelter or rescue. Each year approximately 3-4 million pets are adopted, but 2.7 million still lose their lives each year for lack of a home. Seventeen million people will acquire a pet within the next year. The Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative effort between The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund and the Ad Council, hopes to encourage these prospective pet owners to adopt shelter and rescue pets. Visit TheShelterPetProject.org to learn more about pet adoption, read adoption success stories, search for a dog…
  • The #SwifferEffect and the #ASPCA are Saving Lives

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

    Sarah Pinnix
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    My heart is very heavy tonight, and has been for some time, when I ponder how women are often seen in evangelical Christianity today. Not just by men, but by other women as well. And I wonder what Jesus would say if he walked into one of our churches on a Sunday morning, or a women’s group meeting, or an elders’ meeting, or our own homes. My intent has never been to bash the Church and I’ve spoken out before about commentators who always try to find fault with the Bride of Christ. I’m not a Bible scholar, but I’d like to share what’s on my heart and ask…
  • A Calloused Heart and the Love of God

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

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

  • 10 Marvelous Books for Middle School Girls

    Jennifer Donovan
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Jennifer Donovan, 5 Minutes for Books managing editor, mother of a teen daughter and a tween son, brings you some book recommendations for middle school girls. That 12 – 14 range is a tricky one as far as finding great books for your kids. I think that it’s a little easier to find books for middle-school boys than it is the girls, because once girls feel like they’ve outgrown those elementary chapter books, they often end up in that young adult range of books that often contain sexual and social content for which they aren’t quite ready (or at least their parents…
  • Which One of These #DareToBare Entrants Should Go to Hawaii?

    Susan
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Susan here with a final update on the #DareToBare contest and a reminder that you can help pick who should go to Hawaii. I am a paid ambassador for Bare Snacks®, I am not eligible for the prizes and this post is compensated. Bare Snacks® – the creators of Snacks Gone Simple™ – is running a fun contest to highlight their mission of stripping down and getting to the bare truth in the #DareToBare contest. It’s all about sharing the good, the funny, the honest and the real! If you didn’t see the original video about the contest, watch it now (it’s super…
  • What to Teach Your Tweens about OTC (Over-the-Counter) Medications

    Susan
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Susan here with an important message for parents of children approaching or in the tween years. Scholastic has compensated us for our time preparing this post. As parents we’re involved in teaching our children everything from how to use a potty to how to drive a car and countless other lessons in between. But one important topic might fall off your radar… how to responsibly and safely take over-the-counter (OTC) medication. When kids approach their tween years, grades 5 and 6, they start becoming independent in many ways. This independence can be a good thing. It’s during…
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  • Cross the street

    burghbaby
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    "F*ck*ng racist b*tch," the words reverberated through the dark, empty streets. What he didn't know was that I had no idea what he looked like. All I knew is that it was dark, I was alone, and there were footsteps behind me. I crossed the street to get away from the footsteps because that's what you do when you are a woman walking alone in the dark. You clutch your purse, put your finger on the panic button on your phone, and you cross the street. There's a video that hit the internet this week that shows a woman being harassed as she walks the streets of New York. There has been a lot of…
  • I Bet You Can Guess Who Picked The Shirt

    burghbaby
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
  • Mila Monster

    burghbaby
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    When it comes to Halloween, I figure I get one shot. I get exactly one chance to pick out the most perfect costume for a kid. Once that second Halloween rolls around, kids have opinions and stuff.  When Alexis was tiny, that one shot was spent on a Screamapillar costume. It. Was. Perfect. The little girl who loved to scream was absolutely the human version of the Screamapillar from The Simpsons. Adorable but screamy and particularily nightmarish after the sun went down.  Then came Mila. I spent weeks pondering my one shot, but then learned something vital -- Alexis wanted to do…
 
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    Happy Home

  • Interior ideas for the novice home stylist

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

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

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

  • Sign up now for 2015 Retreats!

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

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

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

  • Rockin’ Green

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Baby Gear From NUK And Gerber Graduates

    valmg
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The product(s) featured in this post was provided free of cost to me. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced in any way. NUK and Gerber Graduates are continually working to improve product design for babies and toddlers and often introduce updated designs and new products. I had the opportunity to check out some of their latest. The Nuk Orthodontic Pacifier and Orthodontic Bottle. The Nuk Orthodontic Pacifier and Orthodontic Bottle have a very cute design and are BPA free.
  • Interactive Home Video Monitoring With link-U Hybrid Connection SmartCam

    valmg
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    This post is brought to you by link-U. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor or compensation received in any way. A couple of years ago we knew someone that had a camera and dvr security system at his home. He worked a lot of hours so he liked being able to see that his home and family was safe. His system sounded very interesting to me. But, when he told me some of the drawbacks and issues he faced I knew that solution wasn’t for me. First. Every time the internet went down he had no camera.
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Fundraising with Confidence and without Fear

    Cari Mostert
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    It’s unfortunate that in a world desperately in need of so much for so many, nonprofits struggle with fundraising. In a 2013 report by CompassPoint, key areas were identified where nonprofits – particularly smaller nonprofits – fell vulnerable to fundraising failures. The upshot was that nonprofits don’t generate the circumstances basic to fundraising success. Many nonprofit groups – even some larger organizations – don’t have basic fundraising structures and tactics and no fundraising plan set up. (View report here.) Setting the stage for fundraising success The first step…
  • When Did You Last Tell Your Donors that You Love Them?

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

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

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

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

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

    Jenny On the Spot
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    I should be sleeping now. It’s a morning I didn’t have to set an alarm yet my body started moving me out of sleep around 6. I didn’t get to bed until nearly 1 a.m. and should not be awake! However, a friend who moved to Germany years ago is moving back to the area-ish […] On: Parenting, A New Cute Mug, A Birthday, Moderate Adversity, And Teens is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post On: Parenting, A New Cute Mug, A Birthday, Moderate Adversity, And Teens appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Straight Talk’s Safe Driver Car Connection and National Teen Driver Safety Week

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

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

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

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

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

  • Deal of the Day God's Got It Necklace

    Kristen Andrews
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Deal of the Day! The God's Got It necklace!  Get it today since it won't stay at this price for long!  ******DEAL OF THE DAY****** Just $29.90 normal retail is $39.90. Order today! Find it here----->>>>Kristen's Custom Creations. #godsgotit #flashsale #dealoftheday #etsylove
  • Hand Stamped Expandable Bracelets by Kristen's Custom Creations

    Kristen Andrews
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    New in the shop Expandable Bracelets with custom stamped discs and adorable charms!  These bracelets are so fun you can wear just one or stack a few, the discs are hand stamped with either your choice of a custom word or pick one that is already created.  You can find the entire collection at Kristen's Custom Creations.   The above shown are the bloom bracelet with adorable flower charm and the namaste bracelet with a Om symbol. Kristen's Custom Creations specializes in high quality hand stamped jewelry that tells a story... your story.You can view my entire collection at…
  • God's Got It Necklace

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

  • Fun Holiday Card Photo Ideas #HolidayCardPhotos

    Stefanie Fauquet
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    This post is brought to you by Global Influence. All opinions are my own. The holidays are just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you need to get a jump start on Christmas cards before you forget and it’s too late .. at least, I know I have been in that situation more times […] The post Fun Holiday Card Photo Ideas #HolidayCardPhotos appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Get Rewarded with the Suave Family Perks Program

    Stefanie Fauquet
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This post is brought to you by Global Influence. All opinions are my own. I have been using Suave products for years and years and years. The brand has always been an inexpensive option for getting clean and smelling fresh, from their fragrant hair products to body washes and deodorants. And I’m not the only one in […] The post Get Rewarded with the Suave Family Perks Program appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Getting Adult Time on Vacation

    Stefanie Fauquet
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    I know I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Cruising is, by far, my family’s favorite way to travel. Part of the appeal is that each family member can customize their vacation based on their interests. Most of the time we stick together because we enjoy the quality time together, but there’s always […] The post Getting Adult Time on Vacation appeared first on Mommy Musings.
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    The Adventures of Supermom - Asheville, NC Life with Michelle Lee including Pictures

  • Out Of Order

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

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

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

    Kim Tracy Prince
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Near the Westin Playa Conchal in Costa Rica. From farther away it looks like Brontosaurus Crossing. The post Wordless Wednesday: Pizote Crossing appeared first on House of Prince.
  • That’s a Good Enough Reason For Me

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

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

  • Halloween Costume and Decorating Tips

    Chris
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Looking for Halloween party ideas? How about an easy last-minute costume? Check out my Halloween Pinterest board for party ideas and costumes including: an easy costume DIY Spider Shades, Coffee-Filter Fairy Godmother No-Sew Halloween Costume, Chocolate Marshmallow Ghost cake, Scaredy-Cat Brownies, Pumpkin Mouse Motel, Pumpkin Carving Templates, and much more.
  • October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

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

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

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

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

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

  • Goodnight Moon, Special Needs Edition

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    Goodnight roomGoodnight moon Goodnight cow with walker jumping over the moon  Goodnight accessible-switch lightAnd the red balloonAnd the $19 big-handled spoon And the potential new O.T. who promised to call soon Goodnight straw honey bearGoodnight adaptive seating chairGoodnight noise-reducing headphonesGoodnight keyboard he likes to bang on...groanGoodnight kittensAnd goodnight ill-fitting mittens Goodnight clocksGoodnight extra-long foot brace socksGoodnight sensory-friendly bite blocksGoodnight EpiPenGoodnight laundry pile (times ten)Goodnight to his BFF, the TVAnd goodnight to the…
  • It's my sixth blog anniversary, and I have a little wish

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Once a year, on my blog anniversary, I make a blog wish. This one is pretty simple.When I started Love That Max in 2009, one thing I hoped to do was inspire parents of younger kids. I felt so anxiety-ridden when Max was a baby, and hearing about the accomplishments of older kids with disabilities reassured me like nothing else could.Max is now that older kid. (Although, amazingly, I myself am not aging at all!) And it would make me very, very happy to hear what insights, perspective and hope he's given other parents. If you do not have a kid with special needs, well, I'd love to hear what Max…
  • The cognitive development: so hard to track, so gratifying to see

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    "I see big changes in Max's cognition," the photographer said to me. For the last several years, we've hired Yasmeen to do a family photo shoot in the fall, so she's known Max since he was 8. I asked what she was seeing."He's directing me what to do!" she said. And, indeed, Max was. The deal I struck with him days before the shoot was that he would do a bunch of photos without the ever-present Fire Chief plastic red hat on, and then we'd finish up at the fire station with the hat on. Only Max had other ideas, and for every single place we stood and struck a pose in the park, we had to do two…
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    Marinka NYC

  • That Loving Feeling

    Marinka
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    If you are like most people who have absolutely nothing else going on in their own lives, you’ve probably been wondering about what’s been going on with me and The Guy I went to Ireland With. By way of background, The Guy I Went to Ireland With and I went to Ireland in August where, after surviving the Airport Incident, I managed to have a great time, despite some mild to medium stress and tension arising out of the unfortunate events having to do with The Guy I Went to Ireland With’s insensitivity. But that’s what the people who speak English fluently call…
  • Shoe Math

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

  • Slow Cooking Chicken Dishes Fall Favorites

    chefdruck
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Now that fall is truly here, I thought it might be a good time to share a few of my favorite crockpot dishes. I hope a few of these make your weekday meals or Sunday dinners a little easier and a little richer. I’m always in the market for a little inspiration to get out of cooking ruts. Vaguely Asian Honey Tomato Chicken Thighs How could a woman with a marketing background come up with such a horrible name for a recipe? I tried, really I did, but these chicken thighs are beyond definition. The ecclectic mix of ingredients works like magic and creates a cozy dish with warm…
  • Door to Door Organics Delivery Service Review and Giveaway #JoyDelivered

    chefdruck
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Kids are creatures of habit. They come home from school, half blind from extreme starvation and reach for the closest food source they can find when they walk through the door. Having fresh fruits and vegetables on display everywhere (and putting the Nutella on a really high shelf) helps to decrease their junk food intake. The battle against junk food is daily and fruits and veggies are my army. We go through a lot of produce in a week. Beyond my usual grocery shopping, I’ve been turning to Door to Door Organics to keep our house stocked with great local produce. It’s far cheaper…
  • Date Night Now by Sittercity: Weekend Babysitting Made Easy

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

  • A Modern Mother’s Mexican 7-layer dip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Kristen Luciani
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Some people say you should write what you know. It makes sense, doesn’t it? After all, you can deliver a more compelling story if you’re familiar with the subject. My editor told me from day one to expand out of my comfort zone and do just the opposite. When I wrote Unlikely Venture, I had a storyline in my head. Okay, that's not exactly true. I had about a HUNDRED stories in my head before landing on the ONE, and even then I flip-flopped around until I landed on the right resolution. I decided to take a few risks when developing the story but I was always anchored to my original ideas.
  • Seminars and Classes

    Jessica Briggs
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    This post is to encourage you to avail yourself to seminars, conferences and classes.  I know it costs money to attend and it takes planning for your family and sometimes rearranging schedules.  We need to recognize the need for concentrated growth in our lives.  Just like vacation time is important to relax and refocus our lives at times.  Times of investing in the Word of God, and classes/seminars that better our lives are necessary.  It is nice to go to a one day class, but there is a difference in a week long immersion if you would.   Twice a year my pastor hosts a Financial…
  • Halloween- Trick-or-Treat One Friend Over Another.

    Darlene
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Hi Mommies! Halloween is about two days away!!  Do we have our costumes?  My 4.5 year old daughter is going as Snow White and she is excited.  Katelyen; Kate( when I try to bribe her) doesn't really get the Halloween scary aspects yet and she slightly fears the ghouls and goblins, ghost and scary pumpkin faces.  At this point dressing up as one of the Princesses and going Trick-or-Treating with friends is exciting and a ton of fun.  Honestly, I want her to remain innocent until she is 18!!  However, I have a decision to make between two friends. The Situation One amazing friend has(…
 
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    Mom Spark

  • What is in My ModCloth Free For Fall Grab Bag? {weekly vlog}

    Mom Spark
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Welcome to my new weekly vlog series! Each week, I will be covering a different topic, and I’m starting off the series with an “unbagging” of my recent ModCloth “Free For Fall Grab Bag”. Enjoy! Visit ModCloth!
  • Walking the Red Carpet with BIG HERO 6, ‘Dancing With The Stars’ & More. #BigHero6Event #ABCTVEvent

    Mom Spark
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Disclosure: Disney is sponsoring travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own. Read Mom Spark’s full disclosure here. Next week, I will have the special privilege of walking the red carpet at the BIG HERO 6 (opening in theatres on 11/7) premiere, as well as the opportunity to attend a special press day at Walt Disney Animation Studios where I will interview the filmmakers, attend a drawing demonstration with animators and the chance to voice a character from the film in a recording booth! In addition, I will also attend a live taping of…
  • Ghost Feet Halloween Kid Craft

    Allison
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    I remember as a kid doing all sorts of fun things that didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me… like shoving my hands in goo for a while. I also didn’t understand why adults would get misty eyed at the same time. But now I get it. We adults like to have the kids in our lives make things that will remind us of just how small they once were. And in that moment they are doing this thing, making this keepsake it flashes in front of our eyes just how soon they will be too old for this. Too big or finding themselves too mature, we get all of these little things in before puberty…
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    Moomettes Magnificents

  • Halloween Party Recipe Ideas For School Room Mothers

    Cindi Moomettes
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    Here's a cute quick and easy cupcake recipe idea if you're the mom or grandmom who's volunteered to bake for the school Halloween party! Look for some festive candy corn and sprinkles to put smiles on everyone's face! Don't forget to bring an apple for the teacher!Halloween Party Recipe Ideas For School Room Mothers is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Halloween in Connecticut | Scarecrows on Main

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

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

  • Wordless Wednesday – This Girl has Attitude

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

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

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

  • Halloween Party Recipe Ideas For School Room Mothers

    Cindi Moomettes
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    Here's a cute quick and easy cupcake recipe idea if you're the mom or grandmom who's volunteered to bake for the school Halloween party! Look for some festive candy corn and sprinkles to put smiles on everyone's face! Don't forget to bring an apple for the teacher!Halloween Party Recipe Ideas For School Room Mothers is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Halloween in Connecticut | Scarecrows on Main

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

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

  • The Costumes We Choose

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

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

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

  • MARKET OF SUNSHINE & MY SECRET COMPARTMENTS

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

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

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

  • Finding Mercy By Michael Landon Jr and Cindy Kelley | Book Review

    Jendi
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    This is the second book in the Mercy Medallion Series. I did not read the first one but still enjoyed reading Finding Mercy. It starts out right in the middle of the action, but things are soon explained. If I would have read book one I would have already known that the heroine ran away from home, dressed as a soldier, and was a sniper in the Confederate Army. She was wounded and suffered amnesia as a result. So, she ends up engaged to a Union soldier and accused of a crime she didn’t commit. When this book starts she has been acquitted by a judge but is being chased by bounty hunters.
  • High Intensity Interval Training – No Joke

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

    Jendi
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Where do I start? Technically I think Thunder: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles) is a YA book, but that doesn’t really matter to me if the story is interesting – and it is. It is a dystopian story set in the future after the world as we know it was wiped out. The surroundings and conditions are different than we are familiar with, but the feelings and reactions of humans are ever the same. At first the readers really have no clue what is going on because everything is so unfamiliar, but the story unfolds quickly and tells us what we need to know. The story moved at a good pace…
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  • Halloween Post (#2)

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

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

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

  • When to Pour Out and When to Step Out

    Amy
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Photo Credit: Redningsselskapet My grandmother was in love with Kenny Rogers. I’m assuming she was also in love with my grandfather, but she certainly talked more about Kenny Rogers. The woman who would rather drown newborn puppies than take a dog to the vet would actually blush when she talked about Kenny Rogers. This was serious business. As you can imagine, I grew up knowing all the words to “The Gambler” and still find myself – much to my children’s dismay – walking around singing “You’ve gotta’ know when to hold ‘em. Know when…
  • A Bold Prayer

    Amy
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    photo credit: Lachlan Rogers Every time I meet with my money guy, Ara, he makes me listen to an explanation of the risk level of my investments. It’s his job to determine if I’m feeling risk averse or if suddenly I’ve become a new person and want to roll the dice, invest with abandon. I always listen politely and then stay somewhere in moderate land, my happy place. There was a time when I lived for risk, loved the feel of a crazy adrenaline rush. Something happened when I became a mother. The middle ground suddenly became appealing, and the boxes I hadn’t yet checked…
  • On My Knees

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

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Holiday Gifts That Give Back Operation ResCute Children’s Gift Box OPERATION ResCUTE is intended to educate and encourage the next generation of young readers to think about adopting shelter dogs in need of loving homes....Read the whole entry... »          
  • zulily Sales – Weekly Deals 10/28 – Great Ideas for Christmas!

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: zulily Sales – Weekly Deals 10/28 – Great Ideas for Christmas! zulily is at it again! Here are zulily sales for this week. These are the weekly deals which start today and run through Monday, November 3rd.  There...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Edible Gifts For Anyone On Your List {2014 Edition}

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Edible Gifts For Anyone On Your List {2014 Edition} Everyone loves a special dessert or yummy treat during the holidays! If you are like me and usually don’t have time to make lots of edible gifts on your own and would...Read the whole entry... »          
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • Halloween Fun: Infographic About America's Favorite Halloween Fruit {The Pumpkin}

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Do you know that pumpkin is a fruit? Yes, it's a fruit!In honor or Halloween, I thought it would be neat to share this nifty, little infographic on America's favorite Halloween fruit - the Pumpkin. Check out all the cool, fun facts & figures highlighted! For instance, given their fragile nature (they only look tough), they need to be stored properly  - Growers are advised to store pumpkins on wooden pallets in cool, dry prices, they are NOT supposed to put on concrete floors and they shouldn't touch each other, (who knew pumpkins can't get cozy?). The ideal temperature is about…
  • Suave Family Perks: Get Rewarded for Buying Suave Products at Walmart + Enter to Win a $50 Walmart Gift Card!

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    I grew up with Suave hair and bath products. I remember my mom used to always buy the shampoo for our family. And now that I have a family of my own, we still use a lot of Suave products. We especially love the body washes for both myself and my kids. I stock up on these items all the time! :)  So I'm thrilled to share this fantastic new offer from Suave and Walmart! Now, exclusively at Walmart, you can get rewarded for buying the Suave products that your family knows and loves!  Just sign up for Suave Family Rewards at Suave Family Perks and every time you purchase a Suave…
  • More Fun & FREE Halloween Deals, Events and Offers

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Looking to score some great deals and freebies on Halloween (October 31st)? Here are some more restaurants and places to check out!Outback Steakhouse is offering up a free kids meal with an adult entree purchase on Halloween!Participating Sbarro restaurant locations are offering kids a free slice of either a Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza when they come in their Halloween costumes on October 31st during your local mall Halloween events. Check with your local participating Sbarro restaurant location to confirm the event details.  McDonald's is once again offering Halloween coupon booklets…
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  • The weather is beautiful but my mood is not

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

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

    Tina
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Just found this on a piece of paper:"Today I saw a great blue heron and a white heron! They are very neat! Also we saw 4 turtles. And lots and lots of little ducks. One black duck kept following us around. He thought we had food." 8/8/08
 
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  • Save Big on Dove and Suave® at Walgreens with $2 Off

    Nina Say
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    There are always so many new hair products out on the market. Constantly. They tempt me, and all I want to do is try them all. Unfortunately for me that isn’t always financially smart. Could you imagine my bathroom? With two products from each brand lined up on my counter and in my shower. Just waiting […]
  • Marbling A Pumpkin – How To

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

    trisha haas
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Take a moment to inspect your armpit. What does it look like? Is it soft and well cared for? Or is it showing signs of neglect? Our armpits are one of the most abused areas of our bodies. They deserve more attention than they’re given, A.K.A. making sure they’re doing well every day instead of […]
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  • Top Ten List of Reasons Why Women Should Embrace Being in Their 40’s

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

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

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

    Donna Chaffins
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    If you’re looking for a last minute Halloween craft idea, these easy DIY Halloween candlestick frames are easy and cheap. If you’re like me and don’t want to spend a lot of money on something you put out for approximately a month a year, these frames are it. You can use them year after year and it’s a fun DIY Halloween project to do with your kids, too. It’s a great DIY project to use Dollar Tree or Dollar Store buys, very economical. Here’s what you will need for your easy DIY Halloween Candlestick Frames… Materials: 2 Candlesticks (from thrift…
  • Make Cottonelle Your Cleaner, Fresher Bathroom Routine #coupon #LetsTalkBums

    Donna Chaffins
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Thank you Cottonelle for sponsoring this conversation and keeping my bum clean. When I find something I really love, I want to share it with my family, friends, and readers. Even if it is something so good part of me wants to keep it all to myself. Seriously though, I really do like to share great things… especially good deals, finds, and coupons. And this high value toilet paper coupon is too big for me not to share it with YOU! I cannot imagine ever not having Cottonelle cleaning cloths in my bathroom now. I know I’m really clean and fresh. And Cottonelle Flushable cleansing…
  • Scarves Are The Must Have Accessory

    Donna Chaffins
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    I love accessories, especially scarves. They’re so versatile and you can change the look and feel of an outfit so easily with a scarf.  One of the things I love about the cooler weather is getting out all my scarves. I generally wear my scarves in the fall and winter, and the beginning of spring, but after seeing this infographic, I can’t wait to wear scarves this summer. It’s all about the material… a silk or satin scarf is perfect for summer months and a chunky wool or cashmere scarf is perfect for winter. I also love how a scarf can be worn as another accessories…
 
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    STYLEMOM

  • Where to stay in Tuscany: Borgo Santo Pietro

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

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

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

  • Travel Tuesday: Disney Wedding & Vacation Series

    Cecelia
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    My sister’s wedding in Disney World two weeks ago was truly magical. Look for more posts to come on this unbelievable event which we turned into a family vacation. A few wedding pics: There is SO much more to say about this trip including wedding details, how much we loved Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, our […] The post Travel Tuesday: Disney Wedding & Vacation Series appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • Nutrisystem Progress: Favorite Foods

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

    Cecelia
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    The post The Secret of Life appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
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    The Meal Makeover Moms' KITCHEN

  • How to Make a Halloween Vegetable Skeleton + a Recipe for Rainbow Vegetable Dip

    Liz
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    For a healthy classroom or party treat, create a Halloween skeleton made with crunchy vegetables, and serve it with our Rainbow Vegetable Dip. And then watch the kids eat lots and lots of vegetables!  Why serve Halloween candy in the classroom or at a pre trick-or-treat party when the kids can munch and crunch their way through a make-your-own vegetable skeleton instead. Our skeleton started out as a boy, but then he became a she with all that spinach and bell pepper hair! This week, I taught a nutrition class to a group of preschoolers through a program in Lexington, MA called Kids Cooking…
  • Food & Nutrition Trends and Adventures at FNCE 2014

    Liz
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    It’s been one week since my return from the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Atlanta, and I’m still trying to dig my way out from under a GIANT pile of unread emails. (Some things never change!) My conference began with a food photography workshop for dietitians that I helped teach. You can read about it in my two-part blog series:  Smart Phone Food Photography and Smart Phone Food Photo Editing. Once the workshop was behind me, it was time to network, learn, and play. One of the best things about FNCE is connecting with old and new RD friends. Here I am in…
  • Tips for Editing Beautiful Food Photos on Your Smart Phone (Part 2)

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

  • DIY Darth Vader & Ghost Costumes: Last Minute Halloween Ideas

    Felicia Carter
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I let you guys know yesterday that I would be sharing a few last minute Halloween costume ideas and today they are here!  I literally created these DIY Darth Vader and Ghost Costumes in just a few hours on Sunday.  Yes, I am very last minute this year for so many reasons that I will not go into.  None the less, the costumes the boys wanted are finished and they turned out great!  More good news, if you aren’t the best at sewing then never fear, you can handle these! DIY Darth Vader Costume I really should re-word that title.  This is more semi-homemade than purely homemade.  I…
  • Kids Going to Bed Hungry #ShareAMeal

    Felicia Carter
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    16 Million children in America should not be going to bed hungry every night. That number is scary and truly hard to imagine. When I think about kids going to bed hungry, it makes me think about my own children and what life might be like if I couldn’t feed them. This is a picture that I simply can’t handle. It also makes me think about my neighbors and those nearby. Who knows how many families just down the road may be going to bed hungry tonight. So, what can we do? Unilever’s Project Sunlight is offering several different ways to make a difference. Make sure to sign up to…
  • Kids Halloween Movie Night Ideas #StreamTeam

    Felicia Carter
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Halloween is always one of my favorite times of year because of the creativity that is involved.  The boys love to have their very own special costumes that either myself or Matthew put together for them and that makes my heart happy.  What makes this Halloween even more exciting is that it is on a Friday which coincides with our movie night!  So, I am excited that Netflix is offering several great options for young kids this year. Check out the line-up: 1. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest 2. Casper’s Scare School 3. DreamWorks Spooky Stories: Volume 2 4. Mickey’s House of…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • My child won’t stop crying!

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

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

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

  • Raising a rainbow nation

    LauraKim
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.  ~Abraham Joshua Heschel Sharon has posted a lot recently about the challenges of racing mixed race children. Even though I did not adopt my older two kids, I still get a lot of the same questions and comments she does because if you look at us, you could assume that we did possibly adopt them. I must say for the most part I ignore stupid comments and questions because otherwise it could get ugly. Sharon’s latest blog post was about “Would you allow your child to marry a brown…
  • 5 Gadgets to improve your home safety!

    LauraKim
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Crime isn’t something I particularly like to talk about here but it is a reality of the country we live in. I am especially aware of it because I stay at home and Emma and Jane are also at home alone a lot. None of us want to turn our homes into prisons with alarms and barbed wire and cameras and beams. But again, we have to be realistic about where we live and ensure that our homes are safe and secure without over reacting. I have put together a few gadgets that you can add to your home to make it a little more safe without it feeling like it. *Digital Peephole viewer This is a really…
  • When saying goodbye is hard.

    LauraKim
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    I have had these deep sense of sadness the past few weeks. Not an unhappiness because I am happy but rather the sadness that comes with loss. Not the loss of your favourite pair of ear rings but the deep sense of loss when a friend leaves your life. Not leaves as in you fight and break up but when they physically leave you and no longer are a part of your daily life. I think it has been what has cause my writers block because I have had this post in my head for weeks now but have not had the words for it. I miss writing, I miss blogging so it is time to face it. This year was my second year…
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    Alpha Mom

  • Universal Parenting Truths: Halloween Edition

    Kelcey & Wendi
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    You can totally relate, right? 1. The moment you press “Complete Transaction” to order your son his Power Ranger outfit, he will decide to be Spiderman. 2. You will spend $10 on a cute candy bucket and your tween son will instead use your best pillowcase for trick or treating. 3. It’s really hard to explain to kids how the Halloween decorating budget got spent at Bloomingdales on really really cute wedges. 4. Your favorite kid is the one who can carve a pumpkin that looks like Ryan Gosling. 5. The Halloween triathlon: Jumping over a candy rack, shimmying under table and…
  • Halloween With The Teens

    Mir Kamin
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Halloween is almost here, and that means the Internet is chock-full of both outrage and advice for parents like me about what is good and right and acceptable. Because… you must make a costume at home! Except what’s with the shaming of people who buy costumes, not everyone is a tailor, y’know! And these costumes are creative but those costumes are offensive and what’s with making kids grow up so fast but is that a teenager trick-or-treating? Unacceptable! Also: Candy! Food allergies! Etiquette! Honestly. Once upon a time I went out trick-or-treating in a store-bought…
  • Painted Emoji Pumpkins for Halloween!

    Brenda Ponnay
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    It seems like every time we go to the grocery store one of these cute little pumpkins comes home with us. I’m not ready to cut them up and bake them into pumpkin pies (I doubt I’ll ever be that ready, honestly) and I’m not ready to carve them for Halloween yet either but I have a kid that LOVES to craft so you know what we did? We painted them! In the latest trend of course: Emojis, aka my daughter’s favorite form of communication. Supplies to make Emoji Pumpkins 1. washable, water-based, non-toxic, acrylic craft paint* (Don’t worry, it’s the most common…
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    Crunchy Green Mom

  • NFL Crucial Catch - October 25

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

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

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

  • Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers and Natural Care Wipes Through Target Subscription Program #MC #Sponsored

    Jennifer Shusterman
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Huggies and Target. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. When it comes to diapers I admit I have always chosen them based on cost, so some brands work out better for my budget than others. We tried Huggies when my eldest was a preemie, but we moved away from them for a cheaper option. When my younger daughter was born I received a few boxes of Huggies Snug & Dry diapers, and they seemed to work best on her sensitive skin. When I ran out of…
  • LazePad iPad Stand Review

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

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

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

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

    poshy
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Benefits of Hiring an Auto Accident Lawyer There are hundreds of thousands of auto accident injuries in the United States every year. While there is a wide range of different injuries reported from auto accidents, the fact is that even the least severe injuries, like bruises, lacerations and broken bones can cause people to miss work and suffer through some amount of financial and personal hardship. Regardless of the type of injury that an auto accident victim receives, the truth is that the recovery process can be long and arduous, entailing personal hardship and mental and emotional…
  • News For This Month: Lawyers

    poshy
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    What to Look for in an Auto Accident Lawyer Automobile accidents unfortunately can be fairly dangerous for any party involved, and the physical, financial and medical expenses that come with it can make your head spin. After an auto accident, there are a lot of questions that a person might have to answer, and unfortunately there is not a lot of time for that person to answer them. There is no reason to worry though, because auto accident lawyers are professionals that have been around the block and are there to help you through your devastating journey. Auto accident lawyers have been…
  • The 10 Most Unanswered Questions about Professionals

    poshy
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Considerations When Choosing Accident Lawyers Car wrecks are a common occurrence which leave behind confusion and indecision when it comes to choosing the right way forward if the accident was caused by another driver who was at fault. If the accident has left you nursing injuries and you are looking at high medical bills, costs for repairing your vehicle and the wages you risk forfeiting if you can no longer work, it becomes more that necessary to look for the best way forward choosing a competent auto accident lawyer. Apparently, you may not have to fret about the avenue through which you…
  • A Simple Plan: Professionals

    poshy
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    What Should I Ask Prospective Auto Accident Lawyers Before Hiring One? Annually, there are tens of thousands of persons who find their lives disrupted due to vehicular collisions. You must bear in mind that it is not just auto accident survivors, but their families as well, who must learn to cope with the ramifications of these incidents. If you got into a recent collision and were injured as a result, it would behoove you to begin looking into auto accident lawyers in your area very soon. You’ll learn more about hiring the right attorney as you read this guide. Frequently auto accident…
  • Smart Ideas: Professionals Revisited

    poshy
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Guidelines on Hiring a Reliable Car Accident and Workers Compensation Attorney A car accident lawyer specializes in representing victims who have been involved in car accidents. A workers compensation legal expert helps employees get compensation for injuries they get while working but can also represent employers and insurance companies in injury cases that are work-related. If you have sustained serious injuries due to another person’s wrong doing or negligence in a car accident or while working, you need to hire the right car accident and workers compensation attorney to handle your…
 
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  • Screen Fast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Can we all breathe a great big FINALLY for our health care going digital?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Big thanks to the Canada Health Infoway for sponsoring this post and, more importantly, bringing digital health technology to our health care. If there’s one place we don’t want cutting edge technology, it’s in our doctor’s offices. Wait. What? That doesn’t make any sense. And yet all the tech does seem a little weird at ... [Read more...]The post Can we all breathe a great big FINALLY for our health care going digital? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • People I won’t be giving candy to this year

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

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

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

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

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

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    I said; “So why not score yourself against the criteria you have just developed? “ The course participants launched themselves into the activity and they took it just a bit further than even I imagined! So let me explain what they were actually doing and how it came about. During a recent project management course we were discussing the need … Read More >Related Posts:How often do you take the helicopter view?Good project management skills are not enoughAre people skills the final project management frontier?Do you believe in this project?Who are your good project management…
  • Have you really tested out your project before delivery?

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

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

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Many spouses hire cheating spouse private investigator San Francisco because of the things that they can perform for their benefits. The private investigator can do a surveillance to gather information that they need for the infidelity case. They perform this task without violating the privacy right of the subject. Their intention is to prove the doubts of their clients. Also, they do investigation of the financial status of the subject as it may be useful in finding out the truth. Other duties of the investigator are to conduct an investigation and other gather more information through…
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  • Netflix is the perfect way to continue the trick-or-treat fun on Halloween #StreamTeam

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    If your child's Halloween costume inspired by a tv show or movie?  According to a recent article by Forbes, 7 of the top 15 most-searched costumes for 2014 are inspired by movies. If the data Forbes shared is right, you can expect to see plenty of Frozen Characters, Zombies, Ninjas, Pirates, Clowns, Witches, Vampires, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Book of Life Characters, Flappers, Batmans, Despicable Me(s), Maleficents, Monster High girls, and Star Wars characters at your door.  Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And…
  • A Gift for your favorite Nerd? Nerd Block & Nerd Block Jr. Subscription Boxes

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

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Back in August I shared my first thoughts on the Door to Door Organics service I had newly subscribed to and I thought it would be fun to revisit my experiences with this Chicago area online organic grocer now that I've been using it a bit longer. Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
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  • “It’s A Hard Knock Life” – “Annie” is Showing at Benedum Center – Pittsburgh Now!

    theplus
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
  • Ahhh, Finally The Fresh Scents Of Spring By Using Febreze #FebrezeSpring @SheSpeaksUp (Spon.)

    theplus
    27 May 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I remember growing up and playing outside in the springtime. I could never wait til winter was over and warmer weather came back. I remember loving to watch the new buds on our apple tree’s and dogwood trees. The winter snow melted, but everywhere still looked white with all of the new white buds everywhere. I had a short walk from our house to my school bus stop. I loved that short walk in the springtime. The fresh scents of spring everywhere. From flowers to berries it was always a smell like no other. Even on rainy spring days, smelling the rain, and sometimes the fresh cut grass…
  • Where Is Flight MH370? – My Theories #MH370

    theplus
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:15 am
    picture courtesy of wikipedia. It has been 14 days now since Flight MH370 has disappeared, gone, off radar, with no trace, or hardly any trace of where it might be. It is a harrowing ordeal for the families involved, and quite scary for everyone else. As families wait for answers, and as the governments seek the jet’s whereabouts there have been so many theories floating around about where it might be. Also all of the pun-dents in the media take guesses and use their knowledge from history to take stabs at what might have happened. People everywhere are talking about it, it is an…
 
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  • 5 Tips for Parents of Young Athletes {Perception vs. Reality}

    Sarah
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    If you have children in youth sports, you have undoubtedly run into that parent… the overly competitive, aggressive and sometimes downright abusive parent stomping and shouting on the sidelines.  Thick puffs of steam whistle out their ears and snort from their noses when their kid makes one mistake. I live in the reality that youth […]
  • sleep tips for restless toddlers {and Daylight Savings}

    Sarah
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine I’ve shared sleep tips for baby before, but the world of toddlers is much different.  Where before it was all swaddling, sleep machines and cuddles, […]
  • Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup {slow cooker}

    Sarah
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    It’s finally starting to feel like autumn here in the desert and it is reflecting in my cooking.  The other day I was at Panera Bread and I ordered a “you pick two” as always … and then I saw the Autumn Squash Soup.  YEP!  Give it to me.  It was delicious.  When I arrived […]
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  • Free books!!! FREE. Zero dollars.

    Kristy
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Usually new things drop on Tuesdays. I’m getting a jump on things and launching mine on MONDAY. Are you excited Internet? You should be, because today and tomorrow you can download my newest book, Strawberry Wine, FOR FREE. That’s less than the price of a cup of coffee.     Strawberry Wine was my first attempt at writing a full length novel. It’s a sweet coming of age story about first love and consequences. Yes, there’s sex. Some would argue there’s statutory rape, but they would be wrong. Nobody was raped in the making of this novel. I dare you to…
  • Little pumpkin

    Kristy
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
      I never got a shot of Seren amid pumpkins last year. I couldn’t let that happen two years in a row!   Tweet This Post
  • A year in faces: Seren

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

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

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

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

    Heather
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    I had to share my God moment that happened this week… even though it wasn’t something I had on my sadly neglected blogging calendar that was put aside for sick kids with fevers, field trips to the pumpkin patch and getting my handgun license this week. Somehow God was able to sneak in one of His own to-do list items on my overbearing checklist, even though I was totally unaware of Him doing it. He’s awesome like that. First of all, we use Mystery of History curriculum, if you didn’t know that already (if you don’t know what that is, click the Bright Ideas Press…
  • Chipotle-Sesame Beef Tacos with Cotija, Avocado and Cilantro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jules
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wayfair asked me to write a post on winterizing the garden and I was like, huh? I had to research how winterizing was done because where I live, that pretty much amounts to putting on a windbreaker when you go out to get the mail. Occasionally we get an inch or two of rain, causing everyone to toss their hands up in a panic and crawl the city streets at 15 mph to avoid the dangerous puddles. After consulting quite a few books, some of which I actually own, I managed to come up with a winter plan that will (hopefully) please most New England gardeners. Just for fun, I shared what my garden…
  • The State of My Face

    Jules
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I thought I would give an update on my face since I last talked about the flareup that turned out to be rosacea. I dutifully took all the medications prescribed to me by my dermatologist who, in my completely uninformed opinion, may have Asperger syndrome. Let’s just say she lacks an empathy gene, and when I asked her about a mole during my rosacea appointment, she acted like I asked her about the color of her underwear. “The purpose of your appointment is not to talk about a mole. Your appointment is to talk about your rosacea. You need to schedule an appointment to talk about…
  • Riley’s

    Jules
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    My teacher’s in-service (I was well enough to go) was in Yucaipa at St. Francis X. Cabrini Catholic Church, which has to be one of the most beautiful Catholic churches in the area. It was stunning and huge! As I exited the freeway, I noticed that the famous apple orchards of Oak Glen were to the left. Going to the apple orchards is something I always wanted to do as a family, so that’s what we did on Saturday. I didn’t know which orchard to pick, so I chose Riley’s because it was the first one that popped up online and looked pretty good. The boys had a great time.
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  • Amazon $5 Off Coupon for Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Are wrinkles and fine lines your biggest skin care challenge? Wanna look your best during the holidays? Try out Anavita Anti-Wrinkle Cream to stop your skin from aging faster than you would like. Say goodbye to wrinkled, sagging, dry skin in just a few short weeks! Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is GUARANTEED TO LEAVE YOUR SKIN FIRMER, tighter, more toned, moisturized and more
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    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    While you are busy getting ready for the big Halloween celebration, don't forget to take care of yourself, including your skin. The Nancy Reagan 24K Gold Collagen Face & Neck Mask brings the luxury of a spa facial to your home. It is specially formulated to bring back the luster and dewy glow of your skin. The 24K collagen masks can be easily used at home and the results are visible on the face
  • Dream Team Pets 30% Off Coupon Code

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Do you have an energetic child who struggles to settle in bed every night? Have you been looking for a product that will not only help her make a smooth transition to bedtime, but will also allow you more "Me Time" or couple time when your child is sound asleep? Dream Team Pets has the perfect solution for you. Dream Team Pets is much more than a bedtime toy-it's an innovative kid's sleep aid
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  • Praying for Teachers & Wisdom (Day 11, Prayer for Public School Parents)

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

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

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

    Denene Millner
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    It's time for a getaway! Plotting an affordable family vacation at Kiawah Island's Andell Inn, a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel. The post Kiawah Island Residence Inn: Plotting Our Affordable Family... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Suffer the Little Children: the Effect of Domestic Violence On Kids

    Denene Millner
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    It's not just battered moms who get hurt: the effects of domestic violence on children are real—and long lasting. The post Suffer the Little Children: the Effect of Domestic Violence On Kids... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Getting My Daughter Her First Bra: Girl Lux Is Pitch Perfect

    Denene Millner
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    My baby isn't a baby anymore. Buying my daughter her first bra made that crystal clear. This new tween bra made the trek easier—for sure. The post Getting My Daughter Her First Bra: Girl Lux Is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • central valley today with alex delgado

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

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

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

    Melanie Edwards
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Though I absolutely love milk and my 3-year-old baby boy does too, my older daughter stopped being a fan of milk some years ago. When she was a baby, we could get her to drink milk without any issues, but as she became a toddler and is now close to the age of 9, she has steadily liked milk less and less. (She must take after her father, who is also not a fan of milk.) Therefore, my dilemma is ensuring she gets enough calcium in her diet and finding ways to get her to drink more milk. As such, I was excited to try out MilkSplash, available at Walmart [aff], in the hopes that she would drink…
  • 5 Reasons to Like USA Kids Sippy Cups, Available Exclusively at Walmart {Review}

    Melanie Edwards
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Though my 3-year-old baby boy is already drinking from a regular cup, the occasional spill does occur. Sometimes, we still provide him with a sippy cup to avoid a mess, especially when we have a day out and he’s potentially going to drink in the car. Since he’s older, fun graphics or characters are important to him. This helps him feel good about drinking from a sippy cup, despite him being a “big boy,” as he often reminds us. We recently had a chance to try out USA Kids Sippy Cups [aff], available exclusively at Walmart, and found them to be great! My baby boy loved…
  • Help Your Teen Become a Safer Driver with Straight Talk’s Safe Driver Car Connection

    Melanie Edwards
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    I previously shared with you a review and information of Straight Talk’s Safe Driver Car Connection device. In addition to showing you how Safe Driver Car Connection works, I also shared how the various features can be of help with a new driver in the home, especially for monitoring your teens. With National Teen Driver Safety Week still fresh in our minds from last week, if you have a teenage driver in your home, or a soon-to-be driver, you’ll definitely want to consider how the Safe Driver Car Connection device can give you a little peace of mind. Check out some of the features…
 
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  • The Good That Can Come From Halloween

    Natalie Snapp
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    *Originally published on October 31, 2013 So today is Halloween – some celebrate it and some don’t. I’m aware of the holiday’s pagan roots and yes, there are some parts of it I don’t love like scary werewolf faces with blood hanging from its fangs and anything that’s “dark.” But you know what I do love about Halloween? How it brings neighbors and friends together. We live in a neighborhood filled with children and Halloween becomes a two hour street party– it’s the last hurrah before winter hibernation begins. We gather for jack…
  • Mud Stories with Jacque Watkins: Part Two

    Natalie Snapp
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    So last week, I shared the first part of my story (entitled “Addiction, Abortion, and Finding God”) on an awesome podcast started by my friend, Jacque Watkins at Mercy Found Me. Today, Jacque released Part Two. I would love for you to join me there . . .  and please share with anyone who might need to know there is hope when they feel hopeless, love when they feel unloved, and faith when they feel faithless. Click here to listen to Part Two of my Mud Story . . . Thanks, friends.   The post Mud Stories with Jacque Watkins: Part Two appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
  • Because When We Say Yes to God, We Say Yes to Building Our Family

    Natalie Snapp
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s so easy to live safe. And I’m so often guilty of doing it. We go to church. Talk to other Christians after it’s over. Attend Bible study. Use Christian phrases like “hedge of protection” and pray for our loved ones to have “traveling mercies.” We can have wonderful fellowship at women’s luncheons. We can teach Sunday School. We can go to a Christian concert. And mind you, none of this is bad. Unless it’s ALL we do. Though it’s certainly easier (usually) and feels like a great social club, living in a Christian bubble is not how…
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  • I Met My Best Friends On The Internet

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Today I bring you another fantastic HERE Year guest post about Friendship. While Jamie raised important questions about the integrity of self and self-worth in our @ Age, Kate Wheeler‘s view strikes me as more sun-blanched. I know that you will read along and smile as I did. Another thing that makes me smile? Kate, a writer and lawyer and mom whom I’ve *met* only recently was my year at Yale and we have several friends in common. I really love how this odd ether of blogging can bring people together. Perhaps we will hang at our 15th Reunion in New Haven this spring, Kate? I Met My…
  • Looking At Myself(ie)

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    For the past month of the HERE Year, Lindsey and I have been looking at Friendship. It’s a meaningful and wily topic and one that intrigues me to no end. What does true friendship look like and feel like and how might it evolve? Does forming and navigating friendship during childhood mean something different than doing the same in adulthood? How can we find loyal friends and be them ourselves? These are all questions I’ve been thinking about, but enough about me. Today, I bring you a thought-provoking, endearingly vulnerable and wonderful post from a friend of mine. Jamie is a…
  • Friends & Strangers

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    We are in the last week of October. Believe me, I know how cliched it is to lament the swift passing of time, but here I am, doing just that. My girls will trick-or-treat on my childhood block on Halloween and then we will be looking ahead to Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is always a special, speedy stretch. But first things first, the rest of this good month. The rest of the Friendship topic of the HERE Year. Look at Maya Angelou’s words above: A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face. What is your initial reaction to this? I read this quote and smile. The world is…
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  • Power Plyometrics: Cardio Boosters For Your Workouts by @DPEverybodyFit

    Dana Pieper
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Burn some calories with me this week as we take 3 plyometric moves and cycle through each one 5 times.  Engaging your core throughout will sculpt your middle, and with each blast of your legs you will develop lean, strong muscles in your lower body.  Get ready to sweat with this heart pumping sequence! 
  • #NaNoWriMo (and Other Ways to Kick Your Creative Ass Into Gear)

    Carla Young
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ever think about writing a novel, but find yourself getting stuck before you even start? The sheer magnitude of huge tasks like writing an entire novel seems daunting, almost impossible when you think about what you are facing. 50,000 words. That’s a lot (or at least it seems that way when you look at the entire task). That’s where #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) comes in. It’s like a giant kick in the ass to get it in gear. Because when you think about it, writing a 50,000 word novel works out to about 1,667 words a day (for the month of November). That’s…
  • Recap: #TDMobile Chat on New TD Mobile App Features With @TD_Canada

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

  • My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales DVD Review

    Finamoon
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    I received this DVD for free to facilitate this review. This post contains affiliate links which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and make a purchase. Thank you for supporting my blog!Halloween is just around the corner. I know that my family will be enjoying the night trick-or-treating in costume. My girls both have picked one of the My Little Pony Mane Six to dress up as this year. My daughter Teela is going to be Pinkie Pie and my daughter Zari is going to be Princess Twilight Sparkle. My mom put both costumes together with various found items. They are going to be…
  • The Pumpkin Patch and Keeping Portland Lost Corn MAiZE in Sauvie Island Oregon

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

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

    Audrey McClelland
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Someday I want my sons and my daughter to know this story by heart.The beginning of the beginning for their parents.It’s always that question that will pop up at sometime from someone… “How did you meet?”Today just seemed appropriate to share on my blog because it was 17 years ago today.I woke up extra early 17 years ago to head to class. I wanted to grab a cup of coffee and just sit on the main green and enjoy the peace and quiet of campus. It was around 8:15AM when I finally got to the Blue Room (small cafe in the post office), grabbed a cup of coffee and started…
  • Skin Cancer Foundation Gala with Olay Recap #BestBeautiful @SCFGala

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

    Audrey McClelland
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I’ve always been someone to love the sun. I grew up swimming, so my summers were spent on the pool deck and at the beach in Rhode Island. My mother would lather me with sunblock when I was a child because she was worried about me getting burnt under the harsh sun. I remember looking at photos of myself with a little white nose! My mother was always concerned with me getting too much sun in the summer.When I became a teenager, my first job was as a lifeguard. We’re talking hours and hours in the sun. Since I worked at a very busy neighbor pool, I was constantly on the side of the pool,…
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    The Survival Mom

  • Book Review – “Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon” by Lynda King

    Amy Van Riper
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon is a non-fiction book written by Lynda King, a freelance writer and community preparedness educator. The book was published in 2014 by Prepper Press and is available in paperback and e-book formats. OVERVIEW: The book begins with a quote by General George S. Patton: “Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.” This is exactly what Part One of the book accomplishes as it provides a history lesson of US and world events (weather, political, cultural, economic) that give the…
  • Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Never Underestimate the Stupid Factor

    Liz Long
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Our 2 kids began learning how to shoot a .22 rifle when they were 7 and 9 years old. Our approach to the shooting skills and gun safety was very casual and low key. You might have thought we were teaching them how to use nail clippers for all the excitement we displayed! They learned and had plenty of time to practice basic safety rules. My son was corrected by a range officer more than once for forgetting the safety procedures. Never once have they indicated a worrisome level of curiosity or obsession with our firearms. Still, I remain cautious with our use of guns for one reason, and this…
  • Halloween Book GIVEAWAY: Zombie and Dystopian Books

    Liz Long
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I have never been a fan of horror in any form. But somehow, like so many other people, The Walking Dead drew me in, and I became of fan of zombies. Well, zombie books and movies, at least. I’d rather not have any actual zombies show up in my life! And the dystopian books followed naturally behind the downturn in the economy. In celebration of Halloween, The Survival Mom is doing two book giveaways, one with zombie books and one with dystopian books. As an indie author, I love helping to promote other indie authors, but really the best thing about them (in my honest opinion) is that…
 
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  • GoldieBlox for smart girls: read, create, and learn

    amy mascott
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
          Yesterday, my girls were late for school. And they were late for cheer practice last evening. And they were late for school again today. It wasn’t because they were sleeping in or taking too long to pick out their clothes. It wasn’t because they were poking around or moving slowly. They were building. They were reading; they were creating. My smart girls were busy tinkering with their GoldieBlox sets, and this mama was fine with it. Sure, we need to teach our kids to be punctual and to make it to school on time. But we have the rest of the week to work on…
  • quandary: video game for improving decision-making skills

    amy mascott
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
        I’m always on the hunt for worthwhile ways to sneak in some fun and learning into my kids’ days. And though I’m super careful about screen time, I’m rather impressed with a game that I’ve recently been introduced to: Quandary. Not surprisingly, my little game-testers were eager to try this digital game that is structured to develop ethical thinking skills. It’s interesting. It’s different. And it really gets kids thinking. Here’s the skinny. . . Quandary–Video Game for Improving Decision-Making Skills:  I, too, was a little…
  • halloween printable games for kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Craft Corner Video: DIY Halloween Trick with a Treat for Kids

    Kate
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    So, as the saying goes Halloween is all about “Trick OR Treat” – and this fun craft rolls both into one. Play a trick on your kiddos and then surprise them with a treat. Or, get the kids in on the crafting action and enjoy endless giggles as they “trick” friends on Halloween. No matter what, you can’t go wrong with this adorable and easy DIY Halloween Trick to pull on your kids. Easy Halloween Craft: DIY Halloween Trick {Video} Subscribe to our YouTube channel to never miss a craft. Materials Recycled Carton Cardboard / box scrap Paint – we love the…
  • Beauty How To: Clean Make-Up Brushes

    Maureen
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    I recently had one of those enlightening moments when I was reading one of my favorite blogs where I couldn’t wait to try it out on my own…and then share it with you!  You see, I am a huge fan of using many, many make-up brushes for their designated purpose but lately, I’ve been struggling with keeping them clean.  While this seems like such an easy fix, I felt like even after I gave them a quick (yes – quick) refresh, they still weren’t coming back to the light and fluffy state that’s so important.  You see, if the tool isn’t up to par your…
  • LeVar Burton’s Children’s Book & Reading Rainbow!

    Laura B
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm by LeVar Burton & Susan Schaefer Bernardo This story-within-a-story is meant to help children understand and cope with difficult times, and it does just that. Mica Mouse is at home with Papa, and very scared of the storm raging outside. It reminds her of the hurricane that destroyed their home a year before. Papa ensures little Mica they are safe, but suggests reading a story to help her forget her feel better and forget about the thunder; thus begins the story of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. The story of the Rhino is told in rhyme, and has a completely…
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • The Tooth Collector

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

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

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

  • What Mama Learned Last Week: On Dreams

    Anitra Elmore
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    I’m altering my What Mama Learned post this week to share a few thoughts on dreams, thanks to DaySpring and their new Letterpress Blocks. Our family initials combine to form the word DREAMS. We didn’t plan it that way (except to make sure the girls were A’s and the boys were D’s), but I think it’s pretty stinkin’ cool.   I can’t remember when I discovered this fun fact, but I’m almost certain I was in a meeting totally ignoring the speaker. I’m sure my eyes widened and a smile peaked out as I savored the tiny revelation. It was…
  • Better Family Oral Care With Listerine Heroic Habits

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

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

  • White chocolate waffles

    Crissy Page
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    While our family typically enjoys waffles for breakfast, they also make a great easy dessert! These white chocolate waffles are sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, and the best part is, they take very little time to make. That’s really the beauty of Bisquick. It’s such a versatile product and works perfectly as a base for so many wonderful, easy recipes. I particularly love using Bisquick for breakfast because I can make anything from biscuits to pancakes to waffles by simply adding a few more of my favorite ingredients. These white chocolate waffles would make a fine sweet…
  • Tommee Tippee Twitter Party

    Crissy Page
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    This post is sponsored by Tommee Tippee. Opinions are my own. I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting a fun Twitter Party with @TommeeTippee_na on Wednesday, October 29th at 1pm ET! We’ll be discussing the toddler feeding tips, ideas and product innovations. We’ll also be giving away eight Tommee Tippee Sippy Cup sets as well as a grand prize featuring many of the Explora line goodies in the photo below! No RSVP necessary, but we’d love it if you RT’ed the embedded Tweet below so we know to expect you. Thanks and Tweet you there! :) Join me for a…
  • I am inspired by Team SCA #weareteamsca

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

  • Shopping Perks & How You Can Travel For Free!

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

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

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

  • Born To Be Wild - Kate Mack Girl's Wild Princess Pleather Jacket

    Courtney Clipperton
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    My girls...they are so much fun to dress!  They always have been!  They came home from the hospital with bows on their heads and matching outfits & blankets.  As they get older, they get personalities all of their own and a fashion sense that fits each one perfectly.  My oldest daughter has a "rougher" edge when it comes to her dress code.  She prefers skinny jeans, not as much pink in her wardrobe (she prefers more neutrals) and is more content with less blingy fashion options.All product for this review/feature were sent free of charge!  I was not offered…
  • Levana "Stella" Video Monitor - Keeping An Eye On Them Even As They Grow

    Courtney Clipperton
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    It's funny, when you watch a National Geographic show about animals and their young, it's amazing how protective & chivalrous MOTHERS are for their offspring.  And I'm not just talking about newborn babies...though mommies are obviously extra protective at that stage in life.  As humans, we too should be equally, if not more protective of our young.  So when it comes to helping you learn about products that will make your home a more safe, easy flowing atmosphere, I am all about it!All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company!  I was not…
  • Dole No Sugar Added Fruit Bowls - A CONFIDENT Lunch Snack PACKED!

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

  • Mudroom Makeover!

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

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

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

  • rugged booties

    hollywood housewife
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I bought a pair of snakeskin booties of the clearance rack at Anthropologie and they are surprisingly versatile. (I can't find them online anymore, but they have a great variety.) I can wear them with shorts and skirts (it's still warm here) or jeans of any cut. And the heel isn't high, so they're comfy. Once I started looking around, I saw these bohemian/rockstar boots everywhere. They're great for winter because they go with tights and leggings or all kinds of pants. They have more personality that just plain boots, don't you think? 1. TOMS desert cheetah suede wedge…
  • the conversation bloggers are having about you

    hollywood housewife
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s a little taboo to talk about the mechanics of blogging on a lifestyle blog. People don’t want to see the messy kitchen, they just want to consume the delicious meal, right? Most bloggers hold their blogging cards very close to their chest and most readers are uninterested anyway. I happen to know from my past reader surveys that only a small percentage of the people who read this blog are bloggers themselves, so outside of a few How To posts (including the blogging series this year), I’ve mainly stayed away from blogging about blogging, even though it’s something that I think…
  • friday links - one day edition

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

  • 20+ Gluten-Free Fall Soups and Chowders

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

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

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

  • NutriSource Soft & Tender Dog Treats

    Cindy Schultz
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Since Mushu is a small dog with tiny teeth finding treats that she likes and that fit her little mouth isn’t always easy. This month she got to try NutriSource…
  • 8 Tips for Preparing Kids to Be in a Wedding

    Cindy Schultz
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Having kids in a wedding can be adorable or awful. While we all know kids are not 100% predictable, there are things we can…
  • Win It Wednesday 10-29-14

    Cindy Schultz
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Halloween is in 2 days!! Do you dress up? I do! I wear whatever I wore to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to hand out candy. So, this year I will be Olaf! We also have this Disney Halloween Playlist playing to add to the celebration. The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page of your blog. Links to home pages will be deleted. 2. Put the end date in the title of your giveaway. 3. Link to an image of the prize, not your blog button. 4. If you post a giveaway enter at least one giveaway someone else posted. This is just…
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    mommyshangout.com

  • Celebrating Mini Milestones with Netflix #StreamTeam

    Jen Williams
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    I am a member of the Netflix #Streamteam and receive perks in exchange for monthly posts. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.   I am happy to share that I am officially a part of the Netflix Stream Team! It’s a great honor to be one of Netflix bloggers. Over the... [read more]
  • Common Causes of Neck Pain

    Jen Williams
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
      There are more than just a few causes of neck related pain, and depending on the diagnosis, a number of different treatments available. Neck pain – also referred to as cervical pain – is a common medical condition and is characterised by a number of symptoms. These include stiffness, spasms, headaches and other discomfort... [read more]
  • Sweeping Saturday 10/25/2014

    Jen Williams
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
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    Naptime Radio

  • Episode 140: Halloween Candy

    Heather and Kate
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Heather and Kate discuss parental fails and rude children, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on Halloween candy and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!  (PS - get your Sanity Check tickets!!)
  • Episode 139: Critical Thinking

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

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

  • The Final Single Digit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nov. 3 #TMOM Twitter Party: Tourist in Your Home Town

    Cindy Richards, Empty Nest TravelingMom
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Photo courtesy of ChooseChicago.comThe famous lions stand in front of the Art Institute of Chicago. As much as we would like to, we can’t travel all the time. Sometimes we need to stay home and, you know, go to the grocery store and stuff like that. But that doesn’t mean we have to give up travel. We just have to learn to be tourists in our home towns. Some people call this a staycation, but it can be more than that. It just requires a new outlook. What would a visitor to your town want to do most? Where would she eat? How would she get around? You don’t have to live in a world class…
  • The Art Institute of Chicago’s New Kid-Friendly, Walk-Thru Installation

    Jamie Bartosch, Suburban TravelingMom
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Photo courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago Kids will love the new hands-on contemporary art installation at the Art Institute of Chicago. It runs through March 15, 2015. You can’t touch the famous Vincent van Gogh or Henri Matisse masterpieces at the Art Institute of Chicago. But families can literally walk through the new contemporary installation by renowned abstract artist Jesús Rafael Soto. Known for his “penetrable” art pieces (artsy types call them “installations,”), Soto’s luminous environmental sculptures always require audience participation.
  • 6 Reasons to Visit Universal Orlando with Toddlers

    Cheryl Leung, List-Making TravelingMom
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Universal Orlando Resort – Curious George Goes to Town. Photo Credit: Cheryl Leung/List-Making TravelingMom If you’re traveling to Orlando with a toddler or preschooler, Universal Orlando resort may not be on your to do list. To be honest, it hasn’t been on my radar for several years, too. The last time I visited was while I was in university and all I remember is roller coasters and other thrill rides – none of which I went on – I was just there to eat! After 7 family vacations to Orlando – all centered around Disney parks – we decided to switch it…
 
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    Big Binder

  • A Vineyard Tour : Fenn Valley

    Jennifer Rees
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    My husband and I have an annual tradition. We got married in the fall because we both love this season, and our anniversary date is almost always a visit to a beautiful vineyard in Southwest Michigan.  We’ve gone so many times (we’ve been married twelve years…) that we know some of the tour guides; yet we learn something new every single time. This year, my new wine lesson was about aging wine.  If you want to know how many years to let wine age before you open it; buy several bottles. You’ll have to sacrifice one to the cause (but don’t worry, you still get to…
  • Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson. If You Live In Michigan And Have Kids – You MUST See This Movie!

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

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

  • DIY Creepy Halloween Night Light

    Lisa Thompson
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    If you’re looking for a super easy Halloween Craft, look no further!  All you need for this night light is a mason jar, some plastic spiders, cotton balls or cotton batting, and glow sticks. I started by opening up my glowsticks.  I had some glowstick necklaces from the Dollar Store in my craft stash, so I used them instead of regular glowsticks.  Unless you are a professional glowstick necklace wrangler, I recommend using the regular short glowsticks.  I’ve used them in the past and they are much easier to get in the jar. Once your glowsticks are activated (bend them back and…
  • Tackle Your Greasy Tools with #DawnBeyondTheSink & Enter This #Giveaway

    Lisa Thompson
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Dawn. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but as usual, all opinions are 100% mine. My husband is a ninja when it comes to working on cars…and it’s a good thing because lately our cars have needed a lot of work.  I drive a bright yellow 2002 Ford Escape that I bought new with only 7 miles on it.  I totally love it, but it now has over 200,000 miles on it. I have no desire to get rid of it which means that my hubby has to play mechanic from time to time.   We also have a minivan (pictured…
  • Restaurant Coupon Roundup {10/24/2014}

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

  • That Loving Feeling

    Marinka
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    If you are like most people who have absolutely nothing else going on in their own lives, you’ve probably been wondering about what’s been going on with me and The Guy I went to Ireland With. By way of background, The Guy I Went to Ireland With and I went to Ireland in August where, after surviving the Airport Incident, I managed to have a great time, despite some mild to medium stress and tension arising out of the unfortunate events having to do with The Guy I Went to Ireland With’s insensitivity. But that’s what the people who speak English fluently call…
  • Shoe Math

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

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

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

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

  • Fear{Less} and Faith{Full}

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

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

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

  • MARKET OF SUNSHINE & MY SECRET COMPARTMENTS

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

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

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

  • Seaworld's Christmas Celebration

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Yes, I know it's a bit soon to start talking about Christmas, buuuuuutttttttt... I can't help it. Check out the latest from Seaworld about their awesome Christmas Celebration coming up this year! One of our favorite events of the year!Straight from the press release: "SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION™ – WHERE THE SEASON MEETS THE SEAORLANDO, Fla. (October 27, 2014) – Waves of holiday spirit splash over the park during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.  Here in a wintery, watery wonderland, guests of all ages will enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the…
  • Sneak Peek: Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    I am a big fan of Tinker Bell.She's always been my favorite character because she's sassy (and she has amazing hips!).Both of my girls LOVE Tink too. We have all the Tinker Bell movies and as soon as we know a new one will be coming out, we get all squeely and girly.So, of course, I had to share the latest on Tink when it hit my inbox.Check out a clip from Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast.Here is the info about Gruff, straight from the press release:"The heartwarming story explores the ancient myth of a mysterious creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell’s…
  • American Girl is Coming to Orlando!

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

  • It’s Not Your Home that’s the Heart of Hospitality

    Dawn Camp
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Hospitality was the overriding theme of last week’s Allume conference: both hospitality in your home and on your blog. But the final night I received a visible lesson in where its home truly lies: in your heart. One of the attendees, Amanda, planned an after-party, but the guests she invited didn’t come. You know that feeling when you’ve prepared for company and no one shows? Yeah, I think she felt it, too. Instead of feeling sorry for herself or embarrassed that the employees had set up an area especially for her group, Amanda—determined to share her hospitality…
  • The Gift of Reasonable Expectations

    Dawn Camp
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    My sister asked me to photograph her wedding just two months after I got my first DSLR. Boy, was I nervous. I carried Scott Kelby’s digital photography books in my camera bag and read them every spare moment; drove to Nashville to attend a NAPP (now KelbyOne) one-day seminar tour; and studied like I was back in college because this was a test with stakes higher than any I’d taken. I crafted a DSLR photography crash course and these were my Cliffs Notes. Thankfully it was an outdoor wedding, which saved me because I didn’t know my camera well enough to be shooting a wedding…
  • When Your Faith is More Than Head Knowledge at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    “No one wants to talk about God,” he says, and something in my heart breaks both for him and the world into which he was born. In a culture obsessed with knowing the latest celebrity gossip, taking the perfect selfie, and living in the moment instead of for the future, it’s no wonder that Jesus is a tough topic transition for his twenty-something crowd. Intellectual by nature, I know he can discuss theology with insight and intelligence, but I worry that this floundering in the shallow end of the conversational pool reflects the current depth of his thoughts and relationship with God.
 
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • Wednesday's Child: Meet Jaime

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids
  • What I want you to know about how wonderful it is to have a child with down syndrome

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here.  Today’s guest post is by NoraYesterday my son Kelly came with a special gift for me. He had carefully picked me a lovely bouquet…of dandelions.I have a bunch of kids, so this was not my first bouquet of dandelions, but it was my first bunch from Kelly.  As I was putting the vase on my windowsill,…
  • The inconvenient truth about your Halloween chocolate and forced child labor

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Three years I wrote a ridiculous post about deciding on a new place to buy my coffee . . . a place where the prices were really low because the store relied on children to work for little money.  My intention was to point out how selfish it sounds for someone to willingly turn a blind eye to social injustices just because we want to pay less for something we like, and how shallow our justifications sound.  I used coffee as an example because it’s one of those indulgences that people claim they can’t live without.  Shortly after, I wrote a post detailing the human rights…
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • This is Your Reminder That Halloween is Right Now.

    Jenni Chiu
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
      In case the smell of rotting pumpkin guts and toasting pumpkin seeds hasn’t tipped you off yet, it’s Halloween. Don’t let the Christmas decorations in the stores fool you – it’s Halloween. Hurry over to the corner store and buy a bunch of candy. Get yourself a last minute […]
  • The Not So Curious Case of Renee Zellweger

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

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

  • CRYSTAL LIGHT Platinum Points Program featuring Miranda Lambert #MC

    Bekki
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for CRYSTAL LIGHT. I received a gift card to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Our pantry has long since been stocked with CRYSTAL LIGHT – but now we have another great reason to stock up! CRYSTAL LIGHT has teamed up with Walmart and country sensation Miranda Lambert to offer their customers a way to get cool rewards just for purchasing their favorite beverage! Head to your local Walmart store, and purchase qualifying CRYSTAL LIGHT…
  • Kazaz! Interactive Reading App for Kids

    Bekki
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    *This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for my review. All opinions are my own. As a former educator and lover of literacy, I am a supporter of anything that gets kids excited about reading. When technology and “screen time” promote education, reading practice, and build fluency, you have something that will not only attract a child’s attention, but teach them at the same time. Kazaz! is an exciting new app from American Story Channel that combines sight, sound, and touch to maximize your child’s learning experience. Kazaz! seeks to make reading a fully immersive…
  • Disney On Ice – Let’s Celebrate Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why I Celebrated National Oatmeal Day In Bed

    Mom
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Today is National Oatmeal Day; I should be enjoying an oatmeal and coconut oil facial or making delicious desserts with my Quaker Oats. Instead, I’m laying in bed sick, likely because of all the germs my kids are collecting and gifting to me, with a cup of plain, hot oatmeal. Hey, we don’t always have... Continue Reading... The post Why I Celebrated National Oatmeal Day In Bed appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • A Hot Halloween Accessory Could Damage Your Eyes

    Mom
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    It used to be that we could throw on a mask or drape a sheet over ourselves and hit the sidewalks with an old pillowcase on Halloween. Costumes now have become like an unspoken competition that seem to get more so each year. However, did you know that one hot item that your child might... Continue Reading... The post A Hot Halloween Accessory Could Damage Your Eyes appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Built To Amaze! Ringling Bros And Barnum & Bailey On Tour

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

  • Freezer Cooking: Pork Roast

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

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

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

  • Fall Craftines

    Paige Dunn
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This fall, H and I took a nature walk and collected lots of pretty leaves. It was fun seeing what he chose to put in our Nature Treasure Bag. It was also nice to slow things down a notch and take the time to “smell the roses.” I had a chance to explain to him the cycle of life for leaves and what happens in the different seasons. We then let our treasures dry overnight. Of course we had to do this; we live in the forever-rainy Seattle. The next day, we brought our treasures to the craft table and painted them. I loved enhancing the leaves’ natural colors with paints. H painted all of…
  • MOMentum Article from KCTS 9

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

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

  • Happy Halloween!

    Crystal Herron
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    There once was a girl, but not just any girl. She was a magical princess with a head full of curls and painted pink fingernails, a disguise that was meant to deceive. Be sure to not cross her path, however. As in reality, this was a princess who could defeat zombies and summon aliens, with nothing more than her fiery glare. Happy Halloween, all! May your candy bags be full and no one’s attacked by zombies. If you have trick-or-treaters, what are they going as this year? Copyright © 2014 Kid Things. All Rights Reserved.The post Happy Halloween! appeared first on Kid Things.
  • DIY Halloween Upcycled Cereal Box Jack-O-Lanterns

    Crystal Herron
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    What are your kids going to be for Halloween? I have an alien, a zombie, and a princess on my hands. They’re excited, too! Can you believe it’s just a few days away? Even though Halloween is just right around the corner, we still have time to scare up one more craft. My kids have been amazed at all the creations we’ve put together this month for the occasion. This has always been my favorite holiday, but making our own festive decorations have brought even more spooky fun to it! Now, I have an easy set of upcycled Jack-O-Lantern lights that you can add to a walkway or table using…
  • Show Off Your Kid and Win – VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch Sweeps!

    Crystal Herron
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The information and gift card have been provided to me by VTech. We were sent a VTech Kidizoom® Smartwatch a few months back and my kids loved it. Jedi was fascinated with all it could do, especially the camera and video capabilities, and to this day still considers it like his secret Spy Watch. He’s captured some really fun moments on it! With kids, though, there are always fun moments to capture. Those moments where you say, “Yep, that’s my kid!”. And VTech wants to celebrate all the fun, one-of-a-kind moments that make our kids the amazing people that they are with an easy…
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    MommPosh

  • Fall Fashion For Moms On-The-Go

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

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

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

  • Pumpkin Week: Pumpkin in Every Meal

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

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

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

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

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

    Wayne
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The graduate job market has undergone some serious changes during the last year, and there are some facts graduates should know when entering it this year. Of you are checking the latest job openings and think what kind of job will suit in your qualification and your needs, look through the changes and think how […]
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  • Miss Speak #24 – Diet Advice

    Aileen
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    #24 Here’s a few more….. Me: (just because I thought this one was easy) “M” is for -?   Miss: Cow!! ————————————————— Me: And what’s this? (I’m expecting “cwo-co-dile”)   Miss: Don’t. Eat. This. Me: Well yes, and it’s an alligator. Miss: A-li-gay - Don’tEatThis! And another public service message: Beer Is Bad For You. See my disapproving face? ps: It’s my beer and she didn’t even taste it… She is…
  • Little Miss-Speak #23 – The Happy Spider

    Aileen
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    #23 Sometimes I really think the Miss just loves messing with everyone…….. Me: What’s this? Miss: Spider!! Me: <reluctantly – she seems so proud of her answer> Um, not really, darling - Miss: Happy Spider! Yaay! <starts clapping for herself> <looks at me expectantly> Me: Oh ok, you got “happy” right, but - Miss: Yaaaaaaaay! <starts clapping again> Me: But - Miss: <firmly> Happy. Spider.  Me: But - Miss: YYAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY! <gets up and starts dancing about> School’s Out. (She calls this “THE…
  • It’s Almost Not The Weekend Anymore….

    Aileen
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    1) In honor of the weekend almost gone, Miserable Men, which has been making the rounds in both US and UK press this week with varying pictures from the same collection…. Proving (on an almost-Monday) Even When You’re Miserable You Can Make People Smile. Interestingly not a few (fine, nearly all) of these involve men being dragged along to go shopping. Like so. All big department stores should have them. 2) The Prodigal Daughter by Rev Dr William Wan. Terrifying in the Do Everything Right And Still Get Taken On This Heart-Wrenching Parenting Journey sort. “…There…
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  • Weekly Work at Home Job Leads

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

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

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

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Dora the Explorer Ensemble – $84.60 Dora the Explorer Rainwear Ensemble for Girls with Umbrella, Rain Coat, and Rain Boots Dora the Explorer Rain Coat – $45.00 Help a little girl you love pretend she’s her favorite character in our Dora the Explorer Raincoat–No rain required. Dora the Explorer Umbrella – $15.00 There’s no excuse not to be cute just because it’s raining. Help a little girl you love pretend she’s her favorite character in our Dora Umbrella. Dora the {Read More} The post Dora the Explorer and Fairies from Kidorable appeared first…
  • How do you get kids to eat veggies? Give them choices. Sort of. #ILikeVeggies #CG

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Today, 9 out of 10 people in the United States do not get the proper amount of vegetables, according to The State Of The Plate report. That is not good! We do not live in a democracy in our house. It is more of a dictatorship with my husband and I trying to overthrow each other (just kidding). But make no mistake my husband and I are in charge. However like many parents do we have come to realize that {Read More} The post How do you get kids to eat veggies? Give them choices. Sort of. #ILikeVeggies #CG appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
  • Beauty: Best Selling Skin Care on Amazon

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    OZ Naturals – THE BEST Vitamin C Serum For Your Face Price: $21.95 CRUELTY FREE, ORGANIC vitamin c serum does not contain alcohol, parabens or sulfates and is safe for all skin types. MADE IN THE USA in a state of the art FDA registered facility. OZ Naturals formulates the most effective anti aging products on the market – OZ Naturals products work & they work extremely well. They guarantee you’ll get results or your money back. Aztec Secret Indian {Read More} The post Beauty: Best Selling Skin Care on Amazon appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
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  • Silhouette Portrait Giveaway Time!

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The post Silhouette Portrait Giveaway Time! appeared first on Dagmar's Home. Silhouette Portrait Giveaway I love sharing giveaway with you all, and this one is another big one: Not one but TWO lucky Dagmar’s Home readers will win a Silhouette Portrait machine! The Silhouette Portrait® is a dream machine for every DIY-er, an electronic cutting machine for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into […] The post Silhouette Portrait Giveaway Time! appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
  • Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Class Trip

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The post Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Class Trip appeared first on Dagmar's Home. Last week I volunteered to go with L on his all-day class trip to a nature center. It was a bit rainy and overcast but a really fun day. We drove there with buses — I can’t remember the last time I was on a school bus — and learned about making green window cleaner […] The post Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Class Trip appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
  • My Trip to Colonial Williamsburg With Benjamin Moore

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    The post My Trip to Colonial Williamsburg With Benjamin Moore appeared first on Dagmar's Home. Benjamin Moore Trip A few weeks ago I spent the most wonderful weekend in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. I shot so many photos, over 500, and it took quite a while to edit them down, but I can’t wait to share them with you. Benjamin Moore invited me to learn more about the 144 hues of […] The post My Trip to Colonial Williamsburg With Benjamin Moore appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
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  • How to Make Quest Protein Bars at Home | The Secret Ingredient!

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

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

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

    Mom of 12
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:17 am
    See that super tall clarinet in the middle? That's Prima Donna. I'm just not feeling it today. I know that's a poor excuse for not chatting with you, but my life has been a bit more chaotic than usual (you didn't think that were possible, did you?). It's just that my garden froze and Bossy and I have been trying to save as much of our harvest as possible. So today I put up beets, stewed
  • She's A Winner!

    Mom of 12
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:16 am
    If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that my kids love to participate in coloring contests. They will spend hours making these pictures perfect. :) Baby Doll has never won anything before, but now that she has turned 4, she thinks she is a big girl. So last week we turned in the fire engine coloring pages from the Home Depot contest. I thought they were going to announce the
  • Guest Blog: Bingham Ball by Prima Donna

    Mom of 12
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:23 am
    On Saturday I had the opportunity to go to my first high school dance.  It was our formal girls pref, commonly known as Sadies, but we call it Bingham Ball. Here in Utah, "promposals" are a big thing.  So about three weeks ago.  I chose my date and left a huge bag of popcorn on his doorstep.  Classy.  Three days later I got a reply with candy corn.  (We're so corny...)  After, weeks of
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  • The Centsible Life: DIY Hot Glue Glitter Spider Webs for Halloween

    Tonya Staab
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    We are still decorating for Halloween around here. We will probably be finished on Halloween ... just in time for trick or treaters, and just in time to remove it all the next day and replace it with a little autumn decor. One of these days I will be prepared early. But clearly that won't be happening this year. So here's our latest addition. This room is the main room in our house. The room where we all gather. It's a large open floor plan with our dining table (not the dining room, but the dinner table where we eat most meals) and our kitchen. So it was only fitting that I…
  • 20 Thanksgiving Turkey Treats for Kids

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

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

  • Kate Spade New York + Jack Spade for GapKids now available

    Christine Fox
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    If you’re already a fan of Kate Spade New York and Jack Spade for yourself, then just think of the cuteness they have to offer your little ones. Teaming up for a limited edition collection with GapKids the designers have put a cheeky designer spin on accessories and outfits for both boys and girls. Available in sizes 2T to 12, the iconic bow prints and cheeky statements Kate Spade New York is famous for are now available at GapKids for your kids. Perfect for the holiday season, stock up on gifts and winter clothing now as this is one collection that will quickly sell-out.   From…
  • Good coordination: hat and mitten sets for kids

    Courtney Strimel
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It may not be this week, it may not be next week, but it’s only a matter of time before the mercury takes a nosedive in your part of the country. Today was the start of that week for me and (true story) my toddler wound up with socks on her little hands because I couldn’t find mittens. Before you have to improvise like that, why not be proactive and just pick up hat and mitten sets for your kids? The styles featured below are cute and toasty warm, which may just entice your little ones to wear them without fuss. Clockwise from left: UGG Kids Cozy Gift Set with Mittens, $65,…
  • Be spot on in fall’s leopard prints

    Christine Fox
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    The past few seasons have proven that the leopard print trend is here to stay. This season try a sweater, a scarf, a pair of sneakers, a dress or even a coat, in the iconic print. Just wearing a little bit of leopard will get you in touch with your wild side. From left to right: Piperlime Collection Animal Print Pullover, $69, at piperlime.com Leopard-Print Jacquard Skirt, $16, at oldnavy.com JOYPEACE Animal Print Textured Jogger Pants, $45, at nordstrom.com Leopard Print Scarf, $17.94, at express.com Sam Edelman Becker Leopard Sneakers, $80, at zappos.com The post Be spot on in fall’s…
 
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    Lille Punkin'

  • See What's Inside Walmart's New Baby Box -- Just $5!

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Walmart has expanded their "box" subscriptions to more than just beauty.  In fact, I was super excited to see their new "Baby Boxes", which are now available to sign up for online at $5 each -- and this includes shipping! The box came as seen below, and was full of some pretty neat samples and goodies. I especially liked that everything in the box was stuff you wouldn't necessarily get in
  • How to Have a Seriously Leak-Proof Sippy Experience

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    If you're a mom, daycare provider, or teacher, you know all about how important the Sippy cup is to a household.  I have watched all of my kids drag around a favorite cup until they are old enough to drink well out of a normal cup (and even then, years after.) One thing I've learned about these products is that many of them leak and/or they are ridiculously hard to keep clean. USA Kids brand
  • The Easiest Way to Dehydrate Fresh Apples

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    I loved eating apple chips as a kid. The chewy, crunchy snack is rather pricey at the grocery store, however, and with many people allowing their apples to fall -- and rot -- on the ground, it's easier than ever to scoop up a bushel of apples for free or cheap and make your own dehydrated apple snacks! (Even the buggy apples from our tree -- shown below -- work well for this project.  We had
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    Simply Stacie

  • Kimberley’s Bakeshoppe: What’s Your Cupcake Personality + Giveaway

    Stacie
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Every Saturday I head to our local Walmart to do our weekly grocery shopping. I’d been eyeing up some scrumptious looking cupcakes in the bakery section for quite awhile now. On a recent trip, I saw cupcakes in Pumpkin Spice flavour. I knew I couldn’t resist and had to pick up a couple packages. They… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Kimberley’s Bakeshoppe: What’s Your Cupcake Personality + Giveaway. Thank you for helping to…
  • #SUBWAYandaMovie Giveaway (Can)

    Stacie
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Big Hero 6 is coming out on November 7th! In anticipation of it’s release, I’m excited to be able to offer my Canadian readers a fun prize pack thanks to SUBWAY Canada. To enter, answer a simple trivia question found in the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway One Canadian reader is going to win a Big Hero… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: #SUBWAYandaMovie Giveaway (Can). Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
  • Simply Stacie Favourite Recipes

    Stacie
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    I recently discovered a cool new publishing tool for bloggers: Riddle! As someone who enjoys creating (and reading) list posts, Riddle is a welcome addition to my list of blogging tools. You can use it to create lists on whatever topic you like or find one already published on Riddle to embed on your site.… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Simply Stacie Favourite Recipes. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
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  • #ShopTobaccoFree in YOUR City

    Angela
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Sponsored One of the things my husband and I have always said is how we are glad neither of us smoke. We both grew up in smoking homes and we understand the repercussions. Yellow walls, sticky grime on furniture, the thick air. I remember doing spring cleaning with my mom to wash the walls and seeing the yellow just sliding down the wall. My husband and I do not allow anyone to smoke in our home or car. We have kids who destroy our property enough lol, we don’t need that tar to help. I heard of several retailers who are now pulling cigarettes off their shelves and/or replacing them with…
  • Tofu Chili Recipe

    Angela
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Tofu Chili Created By House Foods     INGREDIENTS: 1 pkg House Foods Tofu Extra Firm, drained and cubed 1 Tbs. olive oil ¾  cup onion, chopped 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1 jalepeno, seeded and chopped ½ tsp. minced garlic 2 Tbs. chili powder ½ tsp. cumin 1 Tbs. brown sugar 2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce (Angela’s note: remember this product is not vegan) 1 (16oz.) can kidney beans ½ cup vegetable broth 1 can low sodium tomato sauce dash paprika   DIRECTIONS: Heat olive oil in a large pot.  Add onion and garlic and sauté until tender. Add vegetable broth, bell…
  • Point of Sale: Athletic Store Success Tips

    Angela
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    A simple stroll through the mall should easily reveal that the United States market for athletic apparel and sporting goods more than successful. Statistics indicate that over 63 billion dollars in United States currency will be spent on athletic apparel and or sporting goods this year alone. The purchase of sports footwear, athletic equipment, exercise equipment, and licensed apparel are included in this figure. Footwear and apparel generate the biggest revenue within the sporting goods industry with sales falling in the range of 22 billion and 37 billion on an annual basis. Many…
 
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  • Why is the house a mess if I’m home all day?

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

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

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

  • [Kid's Book Spotlight] A Month of Bedtime Stories

    Samantha Gregory
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    I am big on reading and even bigger on kids who read. So occasionally I’m bringing books to your attention that are great for you or your kids. After all– Reading is Fun-damental!  Today’s kid’s book spotlight is A Month of Bedtime Stories by Neil Roy McFarlane. Here are the details: Cowardly dinosaurs! Cockney pirates! Alien Dogs! Vertiginous squirrels! Time-traveling slugs! Fish in spacesuits! Hedgehogs disguised as fish! Cows disguised as ants! Disco-dancing horses! This book of wacky bedtime stories places your child at the centre of each crazy adventure by…
  • 3 Ways to Deal With Debt and Reduce Stress

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

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

  • A Standing ‘O’ for a Young Baseball Hero: Goodbye Oscar Taveras

    JSmith
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    On his 8th Birthday, my son asked for an Oscar Taveras baseball jersey for his gift. Two days prior, the long awaited Major League debut of the St Louis Cardinal’s prospect began with a Heaven Tickling Home Run. In his 2nd big league at-bat, he hit a ball that lifted high enough for the baseball gods to grab the souvenir for themselves. Graciously, the gods decided to allow one of us commoners to keep OT’s first HR. “HE” had arrived. Last night, my 8-year old son cried himself to sleep. As I lay in Cooper’s bed holding him and trying to answer his questions, a tear rolled down my…
  • A Creature of Habit: Breaking the Routine for a Silk AlmondMilk Taste-Test

    Danielle
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Every morning the alarm goes off in my bedroom at 4:30am. Don’t you worry – it isn’t for me. It is for my crazy-committed-to-exercise husband. From Monday until Friday, he climbs out of bed before the sun comes up to head to the gym. He is determined to get his exercise in AND spend as much time as possible with our small people. Going at 4:30 in the morning means he is home in time to join the kids for breakfast before school AND he doesn’t take away any afternoon or evening time away from them. It is one of the many reasons he is extraordinary in his role as a dad.
  • Explore St. Louis: 10 Things You Must Do in St. Louis

    Danielle
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    I did not grow up in St. Louis, but my husband did. We’ve now lived here together for a dozen years and I’m still amazed by all of the options we have to explore the city, to entertain our small people and to ‘travel’ in our own backyard. Not being a Midwest girl by birth, I’m always excited to head out with my kids and see more, do more, experience more of what St. Louis has to offer. Since I know St. Louis is a beautiful place to visit, I partnered up with Expedia to showcase some of must do activities in St. Louis Here are 10 Things You Must Do in St. Louis.
 
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  • On Attachment and Dog Sitting: F$ck Cancer

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

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

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

  • There’s nothing too good for a new baby.

    cjblythe
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    There is nothing like the excitement of a new baby. I’ve had two and I remember quite well how easy it was to buy furniture and smaller items without thinking about long term cost and use. My one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Home renovations: Professionals do it with knowledge and style.

    cjblythe
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Working with a renovation business like Knockout Renovation allows the owner to complete home or business renovations and be confident the job will be efficiently managed. Whether the renovations are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Evidence! Our kids are our lucky charms.

    cjblythe
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Well, it’s that time of year again when Erin and Stu surprise us with their choices for costumes. Erin hasn’t posted a photo yet, but Stu has. He did an amazing job (with a little help from a friend)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    SavvyMom Today

  • Ottawa: Ottawa: The Savvy Guide to November

    SavvyMom.ca
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since there are no long weekends to celebrate this month, we have some suggestions to get you through the post-Halloween trauma that is November. Here’s our savvy guide to making the most of November in Ottawa.
  • Victoria: Victoria: The Savvy Guide to November

    SavvyMom.ca
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since there are no long weekends to celebrate this month, we have some suggestions to get you through the post-Halloween trauma that is November. Here’s our savvy guide to making the most of November in Victoria.
  • Vancouver: Vancouver: The Savvy Guide to November

    SavvyMom.ca
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since there are no long weekends to celebrate this month, we have some suggestions to get you through the post-Halloween trauma that is November. Here’s our savvy guide to making the most of November in Vancouver.
 
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    CookiesKids.com Blog

  • Establishing a Sleep Schedule

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    A regular sleep schedule is just as important for a developing youngster as proper nutrition and exercise. Lack of sleep can cause everything from increased anxiety and depression to weight gain and poor school performance. So how can you ensure your child is resting up at night and waking up on time in the morning? The pillars of a successful morning routine are scheduling, repetition, and enforcement. Make your expectations clear to your child. Give them an exact time they have to be dressed and at the breakfast table. Then, schedule time after breakfast were they can do something they…
  • Brand Alert: Sportier

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Few brands offer as much subtle style and bang for your buck as Sportier. Their collection includes wool blend duffel coats, racer-inspired faux leather jackets, and heavy-duty winter warmers. Characteristics that unite their pieces include a muted color palette, subtle details, and a price point that makes sense for growing boys. Here are some of our favorites: This letterman jacket is sporty, practical, and available for under $15! This duffel coat rises above the pack with faux leather trim. If he has a need for speed, this is the jacket for him. The sleek, fitted design is the perfect…
  • Halloween Decoration on a Budget

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

  • #BeachesMoms with Beaches Resort Turks & Caicos

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

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

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

  • Boost Bedtime Confidence with GoodNites* TRU-FIT*

    Anne
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    *This post is made possible by participating in a blog campaign by Massive Sway on behalf of GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I was compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.*  I’ve never been shy to talk about Alexander’s potty training and bedwetting issues as it is something […] The post Boost Bedtime Confidence with GoodNites* TRU-FIT* appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Get Rewarded with Suave Family Perks at Walmart

    Anne
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    *This post is made possible by participating in a blog campaign by Global Influence on behalf of Suave and Walmart. I was compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.*  In the past, I have written about Suave products and how we use them in our home. […] The post Get Rewarded with Suave Family Perks at Walmart appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • To All The Skylers Out There

    Anne
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is a picture of Skyler, a 14 year-old girl from my area (Green Bay WI) who took her own life last Friday, October 24th.   Skyler was a victim of bullying and couldn’t take the pain anymore and felt no one could help her.   As a mom of a 14 year old girl […] The post To All The Skylers Out There appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
 
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    Maverick Mom — Maverick Mom

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

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

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

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

  • Annie Comes to Boston [Giveaway]

    Christy
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    I love musicals. I grew up in the kind of family that burst into song at the slightest provocation. It’s what we do. As a young girl, Annie was one of my favorites. Not only is the story and music age appropriate, but the idea that your fate could suddenly shift on a dime and... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Join Me For #FallFitness at the Microsoft Store

    Christy
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I am being compensated to help support and promote the Microsoft Store #FallFitness event. All opinions are my own. Just in time for the most candy-laden day of the year and, for all intents and purposes, the kickoff to the holiday season, Microsoft is inviting us to start (or continue) getting fit. On October 30,... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • The Carnegie Science Center Drama, Girl Scouts, and Girls in STEM

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

  • [Kid's Book Spotlight] A Month of Bedtime Stories

    Samantha Gregory
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    I am big on reading and even bigger on kids who read. So occasionally I’m bringing books to your attention that are great for you or your kids. After all– Reading is Fun-damental!  Today’s kid’s book spotlight is A Month of Bedtime Stories by Neil Roy McFarlane. Here are the details: Cowardly dinosaurs! Cockney pirates! Alien Dogs! Vertiginous squirrels! Time-traveling slugs! Fish in spacesuits! Hedgehogs disguised as fish! Cows disguised as ants! Disco-dancing horses! This book of wacky bedtime stories places your child at the centre of each crazy adventure by…
  • 3 Ways to Deal With Debt and Reduce Stress

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

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

  • [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

    Toni
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Sharing my favorite e.e. cummings poem, dedicated to my most favorite person in the whole wide world. This is for you, Timmy boy. I can’t believe how fast you’re growing. I love you, I love you, I love you. I carry your heart with me, in me. Always and forever. [i carry your heart with […] The post [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Cheesy Vegetable Soup (a.k.a. The Soup of Love)

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

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

  • Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas With Babies”R”Us

    Alicia Marie
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    (Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Babies”R”Us.) Exciting news! Once again, Babies“R”Us stores nationwide will host several Baby’s First Christmas events this November. On select Saturdays, new parents are encouraged to visit their local Babies“R”Us to celebrate their baby’s first Christmas, where they can meet and greet with other moms and dads whose little ones are the same age as well as take part of memorable activities, including storytime, adorable photo opps and a make-and-take craft. During the one-hour events, Parents can also enter in a raffle to win…
  • How To Make Money Pet Sitting With DogVacay

    Alicia Marie
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    (Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) There is nothing better than getting paid to do something you are passionate about. If you love animals, and have been looking for a creative way to earn money, I have something really exciting to share about today. You can work as a dog sitter and get paid to cuddle with cute puppies! Seriously. One service I recently learned about is called DogVacay. DogVacay is an online community that connects dog owners with over 20,000 vetted and insured pet sitters across North America. All reservations include free pet insurance, 24/7…
  • Frozen Fun From Kohl’s {Gift Card Giveaway}

    Alicia Marie
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    (Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.) Last month, I shared about a fun “Sing Your Frozen Heart Out” contest that Kohl’s was hosting. Frozen fans submitted videos of themselves, their kids, and/or the entire family singing “Let it Go” for the chance to appear in a Kohl’s holiday commercial that will air during the 2014 American Music Awards (AMAs) broadcast. Thousands of video entries were…
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    Musing Mommies Mom Podcast and Mommy Blog - Interviews, Giveaways, Health, Wellness, and Mothering advice

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

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

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

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

  • Get Hitched Give Hope 2014 #ww

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I love this annual wedding planning gala. Get Hitched Give Hope helps to raise funds for the Young Survival Coalition which helps young women living with breast cancer, and the Dream Foundation which helps to grant dreams to people who are at the end of their life journey because of cancer.  I love that we get a chance to participate in making a huge difference in the lives of people living with cancer, and I have to admit, I also love the chance to get dressed up and spend the evening with 3 of my favorite women. The post Get Hitched Give Hope 2014 #ww appeared first on CoffeeJitters.
  • How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting: Cambria Dodd Russell’s Story

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Age at diagnosis: 36 Diagnosis Date: Sept 2010 Type of Cancer: Triple Negative Breast Cancer, locally advanced stage at diagnosis: Stage 3 Treatment Plan: Neo adjuvant chemo (Carboplatin, Taxol, Avastin, A/C), bilateral mx, IMRT radiation Current Status: NED How did you tell your kids about the cancer diagnosis? Stage by stage: chemo: “I have cancer in my breast and need to take medicine to make the cancer go away. The medicine is called chemo.” “I’ll go to the doctor a lot and might get tired. You’ll still go to school everyday. We’ll have dinner…
  • How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting: Janna Thompson’s Story

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

  • Join the #WalmartMomoftheYear Twitter Party Nov. 4th 8pm ET

    Sheri
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Moms play a special role in their children’s lives. They nurture their children from the moment they are conceived and throughout their lives they play many different roles: caregiver, disciplinarian, protector, chauffeur, cook, personal shopper and housekeeper. They’re not all... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Your Used Electronics Could Be Haunting You #WhereAreYoursHiding

    Sheri
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    There are relics hiding all over my house. An old computer tower sits at the base of the computer desk. A broken laptop rests on my bedroom bookshelf. An unused monitor is on the shelf in my closet, and there are old cell phones in the cabinet. Those are the unused electronics that I can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Win a Laugh & Learn Puppy’s Smart Stages Train #fpsmartstages

    Sheri
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    As a Mom of four children who have 15 years between the first and the last, I have seen my share of toys come into our house. Some have stood the test of time and lasted through all of the children, while others had shorter life spans. One thing that has always been true is […]Author... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Moms in the Middle: Teen Acne & Things That Happen Because You’re Old

    DudeMom
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Just as a warning, today’s post may be TMI for some readers. It falls under the category of Things That Happen to You When You’re Old. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend Expo East. If you’re not in the selling organic goods game you may not know that it is an organic expo showcasing natural products on the market. It’s not really for consumers. It’s for retail buyers and members of the press. So much to see. So much to learn. So many things to taste and test! Including some great, natural products designed to combat teen acne, an issue I have been dealing with in my personal…
  • Happy Mamas Halloween Happiness.

    DudeMom
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    *Disclosure: I am a part of Hallmark’s, Life is a Special Occasion campaign and am compensated for posts I write on behalf of the brand. All opinions, last minute costume choices, and furry costume clad humans are my own. DudeDad took it upon himself to climb up into the attic and haul down the Halloween decorations last weekend. I appreciate the initiative there although, personally, I was perfectly okay with just leaving them there until next year. Because so much to do. And also, the squirrels. They’ve been living la vida loca in my attic for weeks now and my general fear of rodents…
  • Crunchy Topped Banana Pumpkin Bread Recipe

    DudeMom
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    Operation Stop Hating on Pumpkin Products rages on this week with a moist bread recipe you’re gonna want to slap me over. Please meet my new friend, Super Easy Crunchy Topped Banana Pumpkin Bread. I kinda knew this one was gonna be a yes, more please recipe because the only other thing I hate in its raw form with as much passion as I hate pumpkins is bananas and I love banana bread. To be honest, there are few things I enjoy more (aside from ice cream, and chocolate, and chocolate covered pretzels, and cupcakes, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and yeah, I like banana bread), and pumpkin…
 
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    La Jolla Mom

  • Three San Diego Chefs and Two Sommeliers Pair Wine With… Halloween Treats

    La Jolla Mom
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    It’s time to bring back an annual tradition that, regretfully, I forgot about last Halloween. In the past, I’ve asked experts ranging from wine bloggers to winery owners regarding what wines they might drink with Halloween candy. Because, let’s face it, candy is everywhere this time of year and there’s no better way to satisfy a sweet tooth than by washing it down with a glass of wine or local beer. This year, we have answers from three of San Diego’s popular chefs and a sommelier tasked with overseeing beverages at the Cohn Restaurant Group. Trey Foshee,…
  • 15 Things to Do at the Hotel Del Coronado

    La Jolla Mom
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    The iconic Hotel Del Coronado is certainly one of San Diego’s most family-friendly hotels, but you don’t necessarily have to check-in to enjoy it. Between the stunning public Coronado beach, spa, restaurants and more, this luxury hotel is a great place to spend the day. Things to do at the Hotel Del Coronado with kids (and without) include the following. Go to the Beach Publications like Travel and Leisure have repeatedly name this stretch of Coronado Beach as one of the best in the nation. The soft, flat sand actually has gold specks in it–a mineral called mica–that…
  • theNAT’s King Tut Exhibit Is a Must-See for Kids

    La Jolla Mom
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Having already researched and written about the West Coast premiere of The Discovery of King Tut, a highly-anticipated exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT), I knew it was special. After seeing it yesterday, I believe it’s one of the best things to do in San Diego right now with elementary school-aged kids and older. And, though my 7-year-old has recently become a mummy enthusiast, I was still blown away by how much she enjoyed exploring every single aspect of the new exhibit. About The Discovery of King Tut The Discovery of King Tut is a painstakingly-accurate…
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    MamarazziKnowsBest.com

  • Snapchat Hacked! Do you know where your kid’s photos are?

    Suzette Valle
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Having compromising photos show up on the internet is the worst thing imaginable for many adults. Just ask any number of celebrities who had their ‘private’ photos hacked and leaked to the world wide web how they feel about their presumed privacy after this incident. Actress Jennifer Lawrence equated the iCloud breach to a sex crime. […]
  • Screening Passes For Alexander and The Very Bad Day in San Diego

    Suzette Valle
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    San Diego, get your free passes to one of two screenings of ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY and take the kids! Get them while supplies last! Monday October 6 at AMC Mission Valley (tonight) – http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/226586   Wednesday October 8 at Edwards Mira Mesa- http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/804653
  • San Diego Film Festival 2014

    Suzette Valle
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    For five days, September 24-28, San Diego went a little bit Hollywood hosting A-list celebrities and top-notch films at the San Diego Film Festival. One of the signature events of this year’s festival was “Variety’s  Night of the Starts: A Tribute” which took place on September 25 at the magnificent Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, CA. The inaugural […]
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  • Fighting the Darkness

    amanda magee
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Sometimes things alight on me, magical things—good moods, optimism, luck, butterflies. I revel in their arrival and do my best to enjoy them while they’re here. Other times things come to roost that aren’t the kind of thing that you share on Instagram or gush about over lunch. Anger, despair, even defeat. They cling to me without warning, more like oil than solid weight, suffocating me and defying any sort of strength or resistance. I do my best to avoid what I think may be triggers—comparisons to other people’s lives, reading the headlines, but sometimes the emotions…
  • It’s Ok to Shrug It Off

    amanda magee
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    There is a recurring conversation (lecture?) that we have around here. Specifically, there is a talk that Sean has with me that goes a little something like, “You care too much. The worrying you do and the constant moving of  your finish line are unhealthy. You never let yourself be done.” Let that sink in, because there may be a good chance that you do it too. The kids have a finite list of things to do. Sometimes a to-do might get added, but generally there is a, “Great job, thank you! You can have free time now,” resolution for them. I don’t afford that same…
  • Hints of What Matters Amid the Chaos

    amanda magee
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Click to view slideshow.   Time is doing that thing, that thing that reveals how fast it goes even while some days seem to last for weeks. It isn’t the back-to-school blur or a concentration of deadlines at work, though those are both real and present. It’s the toss of hair and expressiveness of Finley’s eyebrows, her declarations of, “It’s just odd!” followed by a quick scan of the room to see if we all caught how mature she is. It’s Briar slipping quietly into a private realm, emotions and Minecraft, daydreams and song lyrics. The way Avery…
 
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  • Welcome to Hearts Make Families

    Sys Admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    You're live! Nice. We've put together a little post to introduce you to the Ghost editor and get you started. You can manage your content by signing in to the admin area at <your blog URL>/ghost/. When you arrive, you can select this post from a list on the left and see a preview of it on the right. Click the little pencil icon at the top of the preview to edit this post and read the next section! Getting Started Ghost uses something called Markdown for writing. Essentially, it's a shorthand way to manage your post formatting as you write! Writing in Markdown is really easy. In the left…
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  • What is the Teal Pumpkin Project? And everything you wanted to know about kids with food allergies on Halloween but were afraid to ask.

    Missy
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    We’re participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. Holy smokes, I’m getting a lot of questions this week about food allergies and Halloween: What is the Teal Pumpkin Project? Are you doing it? Do kids with severe food allergies even go trick or treating? How is that safe? Do you have tips for families with food allergies on how to take some of the focus off of candy? What are some allergy-friendly candies I could give out this year? Where can I buy it? What else can I do to make my house an allergy-friendly stop for children with food allergies?  I’ve covered some of these…
  • Sever’s Corn Maze in Shakopee

    Missy
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Have you ever been to a corn maze? I’ve heard about them but haven’t actually been to one until now. We headed to Sever’s Corn Maze last weekend to check it out and had a great time! I expected a corn maze and some pumpkins – what I didn’t expect was all the fun activities they also had an exotic animal petting zoo, a giant corn pit, magic shows,a giant jumping pillow, pig races, pony rides, camel rides, great food… wow we kept busy! Here are some pictures from our afternoon: \ Most of the activities were included in the ticket price, but a couple of things…
  • On finding balance

    Missy
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    On Wednesday a friend asked me to think of a positive intention for my life. My response was “finding balance.” You all know what I mean – when you give enough of your time and self to feel like you are making a positive difference, without giving so much of yourself that you get depleted and your physical body and soul suffers. And then the very next day, I had two very literal examples of balance slap me into attention. The first was falling down the stairs. Well, more like slipped down. I was carrying two (empty) laundry baskets in one hand and a suitcase (also empty) in…
 
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • Big Hero 6 Premiere, Dancing Celebs, & Kevin Coster..An Epic L.A. Disney Adventure! #BigHero6Event #ABCTVEvent

    Toni Patton
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    There are days that are great and then there are days that are AWESOME, as in getting sprinkled with some of the most epic fairy dust one could be sprinkled with!  That fairy dust comes in the form of an epic L.A. Adventure that includes walking a red carpet, getting a sneak peek of upcoming shows, Read More »» The post Big Hero 6 Premiere, Dancing Celebs, & Kevin Coster..An Epic L.A. Disney Adventure! #BigHero6Event #ABCTVEvent 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....
  • Netflix Is Your Halloween Movie Headquarters! #StreamTeam

    Toni Patton
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    I am thrilled to be part of this years Netflix Stream team. Each month I will be chatting all about the fun movies you can find on Netflix and lots of other goodies. Being that we are a movie loving family, we have used Netflix for years. I love having movies readily available for one Read More »» The post Netflix Is Your Halloween Movie Headquarters! #StreamTeam 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....
  • 3 Ways Nature’s Sleep Has Made My Life Better #NaturesSleep #ad

    Toni Patton
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    It’s not all the time you hear of a mattress improving a life, but that’s exactly what Nature’s Sleep has done for me!  Getting the Cayman Gel Mattress, as part of being a Nature’s Sleep Ambassador, has been such a blessing.  Why?  Glad you asked! First, it’s helped me achieve a deeper sleep.  Before I received Read More »» The post 3 Ways Nature’s Sleep Has Made My Life Better #NaturesSleep #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....
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  • Who Wants to Go to HalloWeekends?

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    October is my absolute favorite time of the year to visit Cedar Point.  If you live in Ohio and haven’t been to HalloWeekends, you should definitely try to get there.  Not only is the entire park decked out in its Halloween finest, but the cooler temperatures make it the perfect time for coaster riding.  There are family friendly, mild spooky tricks and treats for your little ones during the day and up near the front of the park at night.  If you’re a brave soul, there are scream inducing, frights for you too… and that is just the coasters!  Ride all of your…
  • 20 Years.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    I’m in the midst of planning our twentieth reunion.  From high school. As in, I graduated from high school twenty years ago.  Two thoughts permeate my brain.  One, how is that even possible?  Two, my best friend is a hoarder. So, I should tell you that one of my very best friends moved back to Ohio this summer.  She has lived in Florida for my entire marriage and almost all of the time I have been with Dave.  She has seen my kids grow up through pictures and visits twice a year.  I still sometimes forget that she is here permanently.  It is weird and…
  • I Am a Cliché. I even Know How to Spell Cliché.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    This morning, I dropped the kids off at their respective schools. I know.     Can I explain to you how magical it is for a parent to have two hours and fifteen minutes to themselves, three days a week?  The answer to that is, pretty damn magical.  Thank you, sweet, sweet pre-school.  I haven’t been alone on a regular basis, in a silent house no less, for seven and a half years. Seven.  And a half.  Years.  Just the QUIET alone.  Those kids of mine are apparently a noisy duo.  The first two days, I couldn’t even bring myself to…
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  • Terrific Beauty Tips & Savings at Walmart Suave Hub #sponsored

    Linda A. Kinsman
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    My thanks to Global Influence for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions and love of fresh air and clean hair are 100% my own. My family and I enjoy spending time outside together as much as possible, especially on weekends. Whether we are working in our yard, checking out garage sales or pushing to finish our favorite walking trail, we enjoy the exercise and fresh air, but often come home feeling a bit grimy from the day’s events.When this happens, we simply look around to see who needs a shower first and then we take turns according to need.  One way I ensure we always have…
  • Who is Ultron? Special Look at Marvel's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

    Barb Webb
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Unless you live under a cinema rock, by now you've heard the buzz about the next movie installment in the Marvel Avenger series AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.  While you are surely excited to get a screen full of eye candy, amazing action and to-die-laughing for one-liners, you may also be asking "what exactly is the 'Age of Ultron'?"No worries, I had same initial reaction.  Despite having read a wealth of comic books in my day, there's so much to the Marvel universe that you simply cannot be up-to-date on every aspect.  So, before you watch the special look at AVENGERS: AGE OF…
  • Finding Joy in the Variety of #HolidayCardThemes #sponsored

    Linda A. Kinsman
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I love Christmas. I mean, sing Christmas carols at home for the sheer joy of it in July- love Christmas! So imagine my delight when Global Influence asked me to write about Holiday card themes. While this is a sponsored post, all opinions and love of Christmas are 100% my own.Sending and receiving holiday greeting cards has been a part of my holiday traditions for as long as I can remember. I used to look through all the boxes of cards my Mom would lay out on our kitchen table every year and feel such pride in how organized she was with her lists. She would always add somebody new to her…
 
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • Dear Apple & Facebook: Your Egg Freezing Perk is a Disgrace

    samanthamcgarry
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Have you read that Apple and Facebook are now offering female employees a $20,ooo perk to freeze their eggs, so they can delay baby-making and make the most of their career paths without the distraction of raising children? I find this abhorrent, for many reasons, which I’m trying to sort through. Here’s where my head is at: I forge my own path. I decide when I have a family. I am responsible for my own career success. I may bitch about the challenges of being a working Mom but it’s my decision, my choice. Motherhood is not a “perk.” It’s not a reward…
  • “Mama, I Have No Underpants!”

    samanthamcgarry
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I’m sure you’ll agree that this is not what you want to hear on an already-nutty school day morning. Yet, it happens with shocking regularity when, for some reason, yours truly hasn’t kept laundry-doing apace with children’s general daily dirtiness. Oy. The answer they usually get from me is: “You’ll have to fish yesterday’s out of the hamper and turn them inside out.” Gross though it may be, it’s either that or free-breezing as there’s certainly not enough time on a week day to get a laundry cycle done before it’s time to…
  • I Get Around

    samanthamcgarry
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    …. to quote the Beach Boys. Over the past 2-3 months, I’ve not just been blogging here but have also popped up in a couple of other spots that you might have missed. So I thought I’d do you all a favor and plop them all in one place. At the end of July, Dr Portia Jackson of the Working Motherhood community was kind enough to invite me onto her show. Working Motherhood features podcast interviews several times a week encouraging us working Moms to share our challenges, points of view and successes. You can listen to my interview here. (Heads-up: it’s about 30 mins…
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  • Writer’s Workshop: Xtremely Refreshing Scene

    Dominique
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    You're readingWriter’s Workshop: Xtremely Refreshing Scene by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook At the Man Made Lake in Taiwan It’s fall and the colors around us have changed. There are lesser greens but more browns and reds as we move towards winter. Being in Asia the changes in scenery is more subtle as we do have evergreens in our region. It was nice that I was able to visit a lake  and enjoy it’s tranquility . It was nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the…
  • Yummy Foods in Taipei- Instagram Style

    Dominique
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    You're readingYummy Foods in Taipei- Instagram Style by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Instagram Collage of what we had for breakfast During our recent trip to Taiwan  I had the chance to check out some breakfast cafes with Tiger girl. Here is one that we really liked. Oven Cafe  台北市萬華區成都路55號1樓 Taipei, Taiwan It was a really cosy place  and I loved how retro the decorations were at the cafe. Tiger girl posing with the huge teddy This huge teddy bear drew Tiger…
  • Traveling Solo with Young Kids

    Dominique
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    You're readingTraveling Solo with Young Kids by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Tiger girl and Hello Kitty Two weeks ago Tiger girl and I went on our first  Mom and Daughter bonding trip. Ever since I read the book  We always have Paris I have been wanting to go on a trip with her without the boys. I was glad that I had the opportunity recently to travel with her to Taipei, Taiwan. We were there for about a week visiting friends and relatives. Our snack while waiting to depart from Changi…
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    SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney

  • “So I am in an MLM”, and other great conversation enders

    Sandra Tan
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    There, I’ve said it. Life in Sydney has always thrown me so many curveballs, this is probably just another one. What am I referring to? Well, you probably would have seen some posts I made on my Facebook timeline about some “Crazy Wraps” or seen me post some before and after photos (none of the photos are of ME personally… but that’s only because I am seriously shy of it. So maybe when I’ve scaled back a few more dress sizes haha!) I must admit… I am a tad wary about using this term “MLM” but only because there’s been a couple of…
  • A Behind-The-Scenes Peek: Say Cheese!

    Sandra Tan
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    I would like to think that my children are pretty good-looking. But trying to take a photo to PROVE that… is tough. I thought life was tough when I just had Jayvon, and he was in a “I DON’T WANT TO SMILE” mode. But multiply that by THREE, and you get lots of blurry, out-of-focus shots on the phone. There are muttered threats, frowns, exasperated sighs of “Look HERE!” “Xavier!” “Jayvon!” “Zoie!” “Xavier!!!!” that accompany most photo-taking times, when I *try* to capture the siblings all in one single frame.
  • To Singapore With Love

    Sandra Tan
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    (Or in other words, what I miss about Singapore). #1: It’s the land of free wifi and affordable 4G network. (Image credit here) I know – I heard a lot of my friends gripe about how the telcos in Singapore have introduced new plans and scraped the older unlimited data-with-mobile plans. I have had to learn to cope with a very low data limit for the longest time. Case in point: The Optus $60 plan gives 2.5GB data (recently increased cos it used to be a mere 2GB not too long ago). Singtel’s $62 plan gives 3GB. Singapore’s small size means that quite literally there are…
 
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    Minivan Momma

  • Haunted Blog Hop, Part I

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last year, my friend Gina invited me to join her for a haunted blog hop. It was so cool. None of us knew what we were to write until we got the piece before us. It's was a very cool event! This year, I didn't hesitate one moment to join in again. And, I'm starting! snuggle in, dim the lights and enjoy!Ruby limped. The fact that both of her halluxes were half the size of her second toes was to blame for this awkward movement. It was also the reason she never took off her socks in gym class. Her feet stank. They truly did, but she couldn't bear to have her classmates laugh at her deformity when…
  • Learning to Fly

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    "Move, little birdie," I uttered in vain as I drove the minivan carefully beside the baby bird who was perched in the middle of the road."Momma!" Daughter 1 cried out looking back at the birdie still in the middle of the road. "He's hurt!""I don't think so," I assured her. "He's just young as learning to fly.""How do you know it's a he?" she argued."You just called it a he," I reminded her."Yeah, but, he might be hurt," she said still looking through the back window, rolling her eyes at my gender pronoun choice.Despite my confidence that it was just a smallish bird who was on his first solo…
  • In The Next Life

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    My dad, prior to accidentally blowing up a basement science lab at OCU in Oklahoma City, was a theology/religions major. Apparently, he had an explosive minor. He was raised Catho-bapti-methodentul. He settled as a Methodist when I was about three years old because it was the closest church with the most open mind. He loved a good religious conversation. He liked to cuss and discuss scripture. He was confident in his faith and nonjudgmental about yours. At some point during my teen years, he opened the door to find the Jehovah Witness parishioners on our stoop. Actually, he was…
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  • The How to Guide – Sibling Elimination

    Susan
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    How to eliminate a sibling without causing offence Miss 4 created a wonderful cut out family to play with. See the biggest one there? That’s me. I know what you’re thinking – the likeness is uncanny! As I lugged around that giant arm of mine, I asked her who the other people were. The smallest one is Miss 4 (poor thing has inherited my giant arm syndrome), and the skinny one with only one leg is Daddy. As I keen observer of the lay of the land in our household, Miss 4 told me she’d made me the biggest because I’m the boss. Unfortunately, Master 6 came along…
  • You can be the Grandma

    Susan
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    “I’ll be the Mum and you can be the Grandma,” said Miss Four. “Wait, what?” I said, tearing my eyes away from the very important work I was doing on the computer (Facebook). She thrust her doll at me. “Baby wants Grandma.” “Um, okay then but I’d like you to know that I’m a bit young to be a Grandma.” She looked carefully at my gray hairs, crows-feet and deplorable fashion sense, and smirked. Yeah okay, some of the girls I went to school with are grandmothers now, but that doesn’t mean anyone is allowed to think that I…
  • The rainbow loom dilemma

    Susan
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:26 pm
    My six-year-old son will be having a tonsillectomy in a few days. He’s pretty scared about it, but the promise of a special gift for being brave is helping him get through the anxiety. I asked him what he would like for his gift and he immediately answered ‘a Rainbow Loom’. They’re all nuts about them in his class at school, and I imagine they’re quite good for improving dexterity. Sure, why not? Plus it will be something to keep him occupied while he’s recuperating from his operation. Then I read the news reports about Illinois banning personal care…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Injection Intervention: How Far SHOULD We Go For Ageless Beauty?

    Lisa
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelecup (aka: The Beauty Babe) I turned 50 last month, and my friend Karyn turned 40. Now here is the shocking part of this statement: Despite our heroic efforts to defy the hands of time, neither one of us looks 30. I stare in disbelief at those fresh-faced photos of us from over a decade ago, and damn, we really DO look 10 years older than we did back then. Who is playing this dirty, rotten trick on us?  I know for a fact that Oprah PROMISED ME that 50 was the new 30. I naively believed her and all of the other pop culture gurus that insured us that we were the generation that…
  • Mean Girls, Mean Media: Attacking Renée Zellweger IS Middle-School Bullying in Drag

    Lisa
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    By Lisa Barr Here’s what is headlining the news this week: ISIS, Ebola, and Renée Zellweger’s face. The first two are crises; the latter – seriously? Leave the woman alone. In a Botox-obsessed nation, who are we to criticize a celebrity who by her own defense finally feels “peaceful and healthy”, and living her life her way. Why do we want to break her, a woman who has stayed out of the limelight for the past few years only to attend ELLE’s “Women in Hollywood” event a few days ago? The media and women nationwide have called out Zellweger for being…
  • Crushed By Your BFF — How to Navigate the ‘Tween’ Years

    Lisa
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By  Vanessa Schenck “So, something happened to me at school today,” said Julia, my nine-year-old daughter just as we were sitting down to eat dinner the other day. Now, if you’re like me, you intuitively know whether that means something good or something bad. This time I could tell it was not going to be good. My daughter went on to tell me one of her best friends had crushed her that day. Apparently, in gym class, the girls played a game that required everyone to find a partner. Julia told me she had asked one of her best pals to be partners and was told, “Sorry. I already have a…
 
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  • Learn and Explore with VTech Toys (Review & Giveaway)

    Crystal
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    As a mom to five and with two under the age of three, I’m very particular when it comes to choosing toys that offer ample opportunities to learn, but that also entertain as well. If you look around our house, it becomes immediately apparent that we have a preference for toys that are interactive and “smart.” And two out of every three toys are VTech! That’s why I was so excited to have the opportunity to review four new VTech toys that have quickly become my kiddo’s favorites. VTech Chomp & Count Dino (Ages 12-36 months, MSRP: $19.99) The first toy we tried…
  • Kids Cast Their Votes for the Best Toys of 2014

    Crystal
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Children may not be able to vote for the president, but they do learn about the democratic process at a young age. In the United States, the democratic process is linked to civic leadership and personal empowerment. So it makes sense to have kids vote on one of their most beloved topics: toys. There are a few notable lists of kid-voted favorites for the parent who is looking to buy what kids want. Walmart’s ‘Chosen by Kids’ List In July, Walmart pulled together some 800 children, ages 18 months to 12 years, to rate the best toys and toy genres. According to the Walmart…
  • Cinnamon-Schnapps-Spiked Candy Apples; A Devilish Treat

    Crystal
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    Planning an adults-only Halloween party? If so, consider spicing things up with these Cinnamon-Schnapps-Spiked Candy Apples! Skip the caramel and go for a devilish treat that can be paired with shots of cinnamon schnapps or red hot candies! I made a batch of these several years ago thinking they’d be just okay. They were divine! In place of skewers, use Popsicle sticks painted orange and black. The Dollar Store also sells some cute miniature witches’ brooms that would be perfect. You can dip the tips of the apples immediately in to cinnamon sugar, nuts, red hot candies, or…
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  • Tokyo!!

    Daphne
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    We’re heading to Tokyo with Truett and Theo tonight and I’m going to miss this face and this face so much. It doesn’t get any easier, having to leave kids behind when we travel – but with 4, I’m not even going to pretend like I so much as considered the option of bringing them all along. This will be Truett’s swan song before he gives up school-skipping privileges and goes to Primary 1 next year so we figured we’ll bring him for a quick getaway to Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea. Ok maybe it’s me who wants to go to Tokyo Disneyland but…
  • It takes a village

    Daphne
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    There’s a traditional African proverb that says it takes a village to raise a child, but I was always kind of iffy about that. I mean, it’s a nice idea but 1 kid, really? You need a whole village for that? I could do it with one hand tied behind my back. Oh 2 kids? I’ll need my other hand, I suppose, but not much more. Because see this mom vest I’m wearing, the one that says “MOM” in bold uppercase Arial Black font? That means nobody does a better job with these kids than me so step on aside, I’ve got it covered. (I know, I’m with you…
  • Being 5 like a boss

    Daphne
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    Every single day, I’m thankful that I’ve got a little girl and that girl is Kirsten. She’s like an old soul who’s too cool for her current age. This kid is 5 but sometimes, she says and does things like a 10-year-old, and in a good way. She’s the perfect combination of sugar and spice, sweet and spunky. She’s like the yin to all the yangs in this house, or is it the other way around? Either way, she’s got enough in her to balance out the 3 crazy boys. One time, she sees the husband holding baby Theo with one hand while trying to pour chocolate milk…
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    The Mom Views

  • Cyberbullying In India- Is Your Child A Target ?

    Swapna
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    A few weeks ago, I faced one of the hardest situations a parent can face, because my 5 year old daughter was being bullied at park. At first, it was difficult to accept that bullying could take place in such small kids. Then I could not understand how my universally liked, affable and charming daughter was being bullied by a particular child. As much as I wanted to intervene and sort this out, I could not. I had to let my daughter handle the situation and come out stronger, while being there to support her through this phase. It was my first jolt, my first introduction to what problems,…
  • How To Teach Phonics- Top 10 Books For Phonics

    Swapna
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    It is a proud moment for every parent when their child learns to say the complete alphabet, all 26 letters of it!! And when your child learns to read on her own, the joy is simply unparalleled. But before she achieves that important milestone, she needs to understand the sounds of letters, and how they come together in words. This is where phonics, otherwise known as phonetics, comes in.  Most parents have likely heard of phonics and phonic sounds but aren’t sure about how important they are. Schools have woken up to the importance of phonetics for kids, but a little extra help from…
  • How To Limit Your Kids’ Screen Time

    Swapna
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    How many screens do you have at your home? Between our televisions, iPads, smartphones and laptops we have 8! Of these, my daughter has access to three, a television, my iPad and very rarely my husband’s iPad. As digital parents, we are constantly trying to monitor and limit the usage of screens by our daughter, but a lot of times we fail. I am sure other households will have different numbers of the number of screens and how many of them kids have access to. However, most of the kids have access to 2 screens nowadays, Television and Smartphones/Tablets. Screen time is the total time…
 
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    Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips

  • Etiquette Training Business Bootcamp Webinar Replay

    Elena Neitlich
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    The webinar replay from the introduction to the etiquette business bootcamp is now ready for you to watch if you were unable to watch the webinar live, or maybe you would like to watch it again. This Webinar replay will show you exactly what is inside the etiquette training bootcamp 8 week webinar series. The [...]
  • Etiquette Business Bootcamp, Why Etiquette Is A Great Business

    Elena Neitlich
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Etiquette Trainer Business Bootcamp Will Begin In January Get ready for our eight week webinar series for members of our Etiquette Moms programs who have joined us in 2014. This bootcamp is designed for existing new members and anyone else who is interested in teaching etiquette as a full time or part time business. If [...]
  • Forget Youtube, just lock her in the stocks.

    Elena Neitlich
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Youtube removed a video after it had been viewed over 85,000 times because it violated the site’s rules banning humiliation, harassment, and bullying. The video was recorded by a mother one day when shadowing her fourteen-year-old daughter at school. With hope of curbing her daughter’s irresponsible behavior (the girl had been skipping classes) the frustrated [...]
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  • Choosing age appropriate toys for kids of all ages

    Bril
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Before you set out to find the perfect toy for your child, you must understand that the best toy for the child is sitting right at home. That’s you! Yes, you are your child’s most interesting and nurturing toy in the whole wide world. But there are times when you can’t be with him/her full time. That’s when the other toys come in. But these should be reserved for play only when you can’t be around to play with your child. Toys and games for newborn and babies: You are your child’s best toy and playmate at this stage. She enjoys watching your face, movements, expressions and enjoys…
  • What is causing your child’s cough?

    Bril
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Cough and cold are the most common afflictions of children both young and old. Preschoolers suffer from coughs 3-8 times a year and older children up to 4 times. But there is a lot of confusion surrounding coughs and why they are caused. Here’s an article hoping to clear away some of those misconceptions and an easier (read less worrying) recovery. Coughs are usually caused by viruses. It is what we generally refer to as a viral infection. Since viruses are microorganisms that are neither alive nor dead (seriously!), it is impossible to eradicate them. Antibiotics are of no use on them. So…
  • Your Pre-schooler: Normal or Gifted?

    Bril
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    The pace at which your toddler learns new things at this age is astounding. If you watch closely enough, you will be tempted to mull over the question of your child being gifted. The term “being gifted”, though is very easy to misconstrue. Whether it is being able to throw a ball like a 5 year old or starting speech earlier than his peers, a definite prognosis of being gifted can only be given by a paediatrician, once the child starts elementary school. Yet, in some cases, it clear from infancy that the baby is learning faster than other of his age. In some other cases, a gifted child may…
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  • Disney on Ice Frozen: A Review

    Monica Sakala
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Last night we made our once annual trek across the river, through the woods and into Virginia to see Disney on Ice. Avid WM fans might recall I vowed to never do this again last year, and oh, probably the year before. But see, this time it was different. #StockholmSyndrome This time it was different for one reason: FROZEN. The geniuses at Disney on Ice knew they could hook even the most cynical, the most battle-torn from commuting to the Patriot Center on a weekday evening during rush hour, with that one special word: FROZEN. They had me at FROZEN. I didn’t even put up a fight. Until…
  • Imagination Stage’s The Night Fairy: A Review

    Monica Sakala
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Saturday evening we were lucky enough to enjoy Imagination Stage’s new production The Night Fairy, which kicks off the theatre’s 2014-2014 season.  Unfortunately we haven’t yet read the book The Night Fairy written by Baltimore-based author Laura Amy Schlitz but my eldest since added it to the top of her list. Flory, the Night Fairy, played by Tia Shearer. Photo credit: Imagination Stage My youngest has been a hardcore fairy lover for several years now. She tends to get most of her fairy inspiration from Tinkerbelle but she’ll take any fairy she can get –…
  • Get your Frozen on….also…a Disney on Ice Give-Away

    Monica Sakala
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Happy Monday everyone. I thought it would be fun to kick-off the week with a give-away. In case you haven’t heard, Disney on Ice Frozen is coming to the Patriot Center next month. Word on the street is tickets are going fast….so today is your lucky day. As my loyal readers know, each October I trek to the Patriot Center in Fairfax and each year I vow it will be the last time I do so, despite our love for all things Disney and Disney on Ice.  Usually it’s the rush hour traffic, one year it was the Obama presidential campaign stop on the campus of George Mason at the same…
 
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    Nourishing Joy

  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #94

    Kresha Faber
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:10 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 #93

    Kresha Faber
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it’s where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives. You’ll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer, homeschooling, herbal remedies, meal planning, thoughtful parenting… what do…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #92

    Kresha Faber
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian readers and carnival contributors! Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it’s where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives. You’ll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer,…
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    Mom Favorites

  • Halloween Candy Buy-Back with Smiles by Payet

    Katie
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Get the scoop on how your kids can get cash for candy in the Halloween Candy Buy-Back! We Trick or Treated at the Promenade Shopping Center last Friday.  I’ve purchased more candy than I probably needed to for Halloween.  And, my kids are already working on the perfect route for massive candy collection on Friday night.  I have a feeling come Saturday morning, we are going to have more candy than any family of five would ever need. I am all for having fun on Halloween.  Last week, it melted my heart everytime my three-year-old black ninja got candy in his bucket.  He’d pluck…
  • Best. Ever. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Katie
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    I know, it’s a pain. Digging out the pumpkin guts. Separating all of the stringy goo from the seeds. For what? A bunch of bland seeds that get stuck in your teeth? Yeah, been there done that. But, that was before. Before I discovered the ultimate combination of ingredients to make roasted pumpkin seeds awesome. It’s so stupid-simple (once you get the durn things out of the pumpkin – still don’t have a hack for that). Just be forewarned. They are addictive. Tonight, we plan on doing our annual pumpkin carving. This year, I’m not gonna let my husband pretend to…
  • For the Girls: Skinny Grapetini Cocktail

    Katie
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    {I was compensated for my time to share this post and recipe with you. All opinions are my own.} Don’t miss the Skinny Grapetini recipe at the end of the post! I love my family. I really, really, do. But sometimes a momma just needs a break. Living with my all-boy crew makes me appreciate time with my girls even more. Fortunately, I’ve got some great ladies in my life, and now that I’m up and about after a rough year of pregnancy and surgery, I’m actively making sure I get some down time with my friends. Inevitably, when gal pals unite, a few things happen: We talk. A…
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    Comeback Momma

  • Skin Care Tips for the Winter

    Jenn
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
      Check out this info graphic about skin care tips to keep you looking beautiful all winter long. The post Skin Care Tips for the Winter appeared first on Comeback Momma.
  • Wordless Wednesday: Inspirational Fitness Quotes

    Jenn
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Happy Wordless Wednesday. Enjoy these inspirational fitness quotes. An InLinkz Link-up The post Wordless Wednesday: Inspirational Fitness Quotes appeared first on Comeback Momma.
  • Beginner’s Guide To Aqua Aerobics

    Jenn
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Beginner’s Guide To Aqua Aerobics My kids have always used our back yard pool a lot – me, not so much. I’ve never been much for swimming, so I’d mostly sit on the sidelines watching the children and their friends play in the water. That all changed when I discovered aqua aerobics. It’s easy to start. When one of my friends asked me how I got started with aqua aerobics, I told her I went to a class at the community pool. When I worked out in the gym, it was like everyone was very serious – no one interacted much. At the aqua aerobics class, it was a completely different experience.
 
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    Mommy Edition

  • Early Childhood Development: Importance Of Hands On Learning

    Kimberly
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Parents who feel they must spend large amounts of money on computers and high-tech toys for their children may relax. Experts in education and child development have studied screen-based learning and often found that, while screens are convenient, they are not superior to the toys used by previous generations. In fact, it may be wise […]
  • Learning To Discipline Your Child Effectively Without Spanking

    Melinda
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    In a perfect world we would have a book specifically written for parents, with exact answers to every question we may have about our kids. A book that would keep us from questioning ourselves or feeling guilty when we have to lay down the law. Essentially, a book that makes us THE perfect parent. Unfortunately, […]
  • 10 Easy Tips To Help You Move Towards A Whole Foods Lifestyle

    Rachel
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    We are living in an amazing age. We have so many choices from the moment we wake up every day. These choices also extend to our cupboards, refrigerators, shopping carts and dinner tables. So many chemicals and additives are added to processed, convenience foods that if we are really aware of the ingredients every time […]
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    Great Moments In Parenting

  • A Babysitter’s Guide to My Son

    Elise Krentzel
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Babysitters Guide: Version 9 ½ weeks, Install date: February 1, 2002           Standard Operating Procedures Dear Babysitter: My son’s a touchy feely tactile infant. Therefore do not put him down alone for longer than 15 minutes at a time. That means anywhere: his bed, his parent’s bed, in the car seat, the hammock, the bouncy chair, the living room sofa, etc. Because just when you think he’s asleep, ha!, he’ll open one big blue eye and start the whole symphony again. The one exception may be the swing, but make sure he’s wearing trousers so his legs can fit through the…
  • Stepping Off the Parent Treadmill

    MOM2Three
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Ever since having children–and more and more as they’ve grown older–I’ve felt I’m on a metaphysical treadmill: getting through the days, trying to keep up with who needs what when (usually: everyone, all the time), all the while wondering what this is for, how it really works, and, of course, if I’m doing it right. But last night I had a moment when time stop moving for a second and I could see where I was: Children were fed, bathed, hair-brushed, teeth-brushed, running around a few minutes before book reading and, eventually, sleep. Everything was okay. I gave…
  • Drama Queen, Party of One… Your Spider Awaits.

    Snarkfest
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Last night I asked my 14-year-old daughter to throw a load of clothes in the washer (including her dirty volleyball uniform which she needed for a game tonight). Then I went out to pick up my 17 year old from her boyfriend’s house. When I got home, 14 was talking to herself as she was coming up the stairs from our basement (where our washer and dryer reside). I asked what was wrong. Turns out, a spider is ruining her life. A brief history: We have a utility sink next to the washer, a sink that gets very little use. Maybe once a year when we paint a room, we use that sink to wash paint…
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    Shivani Cotter

  • What The Fresh Prince Said Best

    Shivani Cotter
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    What The Fresh Prince Said Best Do you remember when DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air dropped beats together? I know you remember the song “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” OH YEAH… I’m still cool even though I’m a mom.  Even my typing has swagger. Here’s to DJ Jazzy Jeff (AKA Jazzy), Will Smith, & Quote #6 The only thing holding me back from being “über cool,” is trying to help my kids with math homework. So today’s VERY INSPIRATIONAL quote of the day is for all parents who have yet to figure it out… may we…
  • Are Your Dreams Realistic?

    Shivani Cotter
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are Your Dreams Realistic? 100 Quotes to Live By : Day 5 If someone tells you that your dreams aren’t realistic, ask them if they are content with mediocrity?  Most likely, they won’t want to answer the question because the answer is probably yes. Dreams really do come true.  Did you know that James Cameron had a dream.  His dream: The Terminator.  At the time of his dream, his greatest accomplishment was Piranha II: The Spawning. Einstein’s Theory of Relatively supposedly stemmed from a dream he had about Cows and an electric fence. Although James Cameron and…
 
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    We Are MOMO

  • BEING A STEP PARENT

    Amy Elizabeth
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Being a Step Parent puts you in a role of  being a comparison. Children now have someone else to compare their birth parent to.  We brace ourselves daily for the comments of who is the better cook, better boo boo kisser, and better homework helper.  It is these small comments that are like paper cuts.  […] The post BEING A STEP PARENT appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • DON’T…

    Amy Elizabeth
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    “Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.”  Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.”  Marianne Williamson As a Step Parent it often feels like you are at war, filled with strategic planning to achieve victory.  Did you ever play the board game Risk in your family?  So […] The post DON’T… appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • BEING A STEP MOM IS A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD

    Amy Elizabeth
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Step Mother is one of the most difficult titles to carry, as well as the most rewarding.  I don’t know if there is a better scenario for the term “double edged sword.” Not everyday is going to be perfect.  You won’t win all of the battles, in fact you may lose more often than you […] The post BEING A STEP MOM IS A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD appeared first on We Are MOMO.
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  • Create Personalized Christmas Cards with Oubly + Giveaway

    Oubly
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In just a few short weeks, the holiday season will be officially upon us. Before you get too busy with your decorations and gift list, don’t forget your Christmas cards. Customized holiday greetings are the perfect way to send your best wishes to all the special people in your life, and Oubly makes it easy and affordable to create unique cards. We offer a diverse selection of holiday cards to suit your needs. We also accept your cherished photos! So no matter how you want your season’s greetings to look, we can transform your design or photo into elegant holiday cards. Do you need to…
  • 10 Funniest Halloween Pumpkins Ever Carved

    Vicki Dean
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week is officially the week for carving Halloween pumpkins! There really is no age limit on this fun Halloween activity and carving a jack-o-lantern isn’t what it used to be. You no longer are restricted to the traditional triangle eyes and crooked, toothy smile. This season, give your halloween pumpkins a humorous touch and give your trick-or-treaters a chuckle. We found some hilarious and super creative pumpkin carving ideas and encourage you to get fun and funky! 1. Zombie Pumpkin Image Source: Arizona Foothills Magazine 2.  Pumpkin With Braces Image Source: Behance 3. Ray…
  • How to Make the Cutest Kitten Pumpkin

    Paulina Kay
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Halloween doesn’t feel quite right without making a jack-o-lantern. The age-old tradition of rolling up your sleeves to slice through the fruit and pull out the gooey seeds to carve a design is a fun activity that everyone regardless of age can enjoy. And to prove what a purrfect activity it is, we’re here to show you the step-by-step guide to creating your own kitten pumpkin! This tutorial was inspired by the following Oubly Halloween card. Materials one large pumpkin for the body one small pumpkin for the head two small pumpkins for paws a curved cucumber for the tail stiff black felt…
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    Our Growing Roots

  • When You're Weary I Will Give You Rest

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Taking a break from Transparent Tuesday tomorrow. For today putting up an old post. Enjoy!It's been a long day. The kids have been sick and while I'm feeling better than they are, I'm still not 100%. The phone rings. It's my husband letting me know he's on his way home. I breathe a little sigh of relief that he's on his way. "It's been a hard day, can you hold the baby for me when you get home? I'm tired." I say to him. "Yes, of course." he responds. It's wonderful this partnership we have. Each day when he arrives home he helps me. He doesn't just sit around waiting for dinner to appear on…
  • P. 3 A Marriage in Trouble {Transparent Tuesday}

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Part 1  Part 2Part 3 and the conclusion of our Marriage Series, "A Marriage In Trouble".Marriage to me had for a long time been a charming accessory. People go to school, they grow up, they get married, they purchase a house, they have kids. You follow this tell-tale road map - and your life is good and happy. Complete. In retrospect I realize that for the first several years that we were married my focus wasn't on my marriage or my husband. My focus was on myself. He and I had different schedules. We both went to work. We both came home. I wasn't trying to disregard my…
  • 7 Quick Takes! Loving Life and All it Brings

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Good morning! I'm participating in a linkup I've never done before today called 7 Quick Takes from Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary. ----1----Michigan's colors in the Fall are gorgeous. There are so many beautiful places to visit around here. It's rather brilliant. Each year I'm again floored by the beauty of it all.    ----2---- Any day now I'm expecting to hear that my brother and his wife have welcomed their first little one - a girl! We're all eagerly anticipating her arrival. She is already so incredibly loved! ----3----My boys are so different from one another.
 
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    Norfolk Mums

  • 8 Things They Don’t Tell You About Giving Birth

    NM
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    When it comes to giving birth, there will always be another mother wanting to offer their ‘advice’. Often their advice boils down to plain scaremongering rather than anything beneficial to a new mother. We have put together some true facts, not meant to scare but to educate. 1. The EpiNo One of the fears pregnant women have have about labour is the prospect of a episiotomy or even worse, a natural rip or tear. The NHS fails to tell you that can help to avoid rips and tears from occurring with an EpiNo. The EpiNo is small balloon-type device that you can use to gently expand, over…
  • Business Bootcamp Open to 100 Norfolk Women

    NM
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Local business support agency Prowess has announced plans for a free one-off business bootcamp event on 20 November, offering Norfolk women the chance to shape-up their new business or idea in one day. Supported by NatWest and Worldpay, the bootcamp begins with a ‘How they did it’ panel of self-made local business women, including retail and online success story Lisa Angel and award-winning young start-up Samantha Coe of the Wharf Academy. Held during UK Global Entrepreneurship Week, the event will also feature a series of hands-on workshop options, the chance to meet others who are…
  • Top 5 Frozen Christmas Toys

    NM
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    Frozen has to be the most popular children’s movie at the moment. If your children are anything like mine, they will be hoping Santa brings them some Frozen Christmas toys this year. We’ve put together our top 5 list of Frozen Christmas toys. Skating Anna & Elsa Frozen fans can re-create the magical movie moment when Anna ice-skates to celebrate the end of a wintry spell, or make up new adventures of your own. Anna and Elsa can glide across any surface easily and when you roll them forward their arms and legs move in an elegant ice-skating style. Prices start from £28.99 per…
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • There Are Moments…

    Heather Brummett
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    I am waiting for my big surgery. I am prepared. I am confident everything will be ok. I am learning all about ovarian cancer. I am blessed.  I am sure God is in control. I am smiling. That does not mean that I do not have my moments! This week I have had MANY moments. They come and go. […] The post There Are Moments… appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • One Step At A Time… Learning About & Facing Ovarian Cancer

    Heather Brummett
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:50 pm
    One thing that stuck out to me was the variety of people at the hospital. All colors, ages, sizes, shapes, lifestyles, etc. One thing everyone had in common was this: all of the patients there, did NOT WANT to be there. We were all brought together by a common problem. Cancer had shown it's ugly face in our lives. The post One Step At A Time… Learning About & Facing Ovarian Cancer appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • The Day Everything Changed

    Heather Brummett
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    This was written a few weeks back. I wasn’t ready to share my story until now. Read part 1, part 2, part 3. (They may not be live yet. Check back for updates and to follow my story.) I was the first one at the doctor’s office. I was really early. It was all I could think about. It […] The post The Day Everything Changed appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
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    Change-Diapers.com

  • Change-Diapers Reviews Wink Diapers (+ Giveaway)

    Maria Moser
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Change-Diapers received product at no cost for review purposes. We were not otherwise compensated for this post and all opinions are our own. Wink Diapers is a new brand as of 2014. They offer affordable one-size and mini one-size covers, hemp or rayon from bamboo inserts and more. I received a one-size cover as well […]       
  • Pediped Fall Winner Announcement

    Maria Moser
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    342 people entered this giveaway with 1816 entries in all. The winner is Sharon K. Congratulations, I’m sending you an email so you can claim your prize!       
  • Think You Can’t Use a Menstrual Cup? Think Again

    Maria Moser
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I received the Lunette cup earlier this year for free to review. I purchased the other cups myself. I was not asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. Fair warning that if you don’t want to know about the state of my cervix or hear about vaginas […]       
 
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    Kinsa Health Bytes

  • Fever in Children: What Parents Need to Know

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    It has not been a good start to cold and flu season this year thanks to recent health headlines.  Parents everywhere are concerned about what the latest virus outbreaks across the US and around the world, means for their children. The timing of enterovirus, flu, and Ebola might make you question your child’s fevers or runny noses much more than in the past. Being cautious with a fever is smart, but you don’t need to panic. A higher temperature is a sign that the body is working hard to fight an illness that you’ve come in contact with. Think of it as the body’s way of…
  • 8 Wearables for Kids To Keep Them Healthy and Safe

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Wearables are all the rage these days with sleek, stylish wristbands that can capture your every move. They’re great tools to keep you on top of your health and fitness goals. But what about your little ones? Believe it or not, wearables for kids have made their way into the market. Whether you’re tracking their sleep patterns, physical activity, or just want to know where they are, these wearables will help you keep them healthy and safe.  If you’re already thinking of gifts for the holidays (no judgement here!), take a look at these high-tech gadgets for the youngest…
  • 3 Tips to Protect Your Kids from the Respiratory Virus Spreading in the U.S.

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    With the cold and flu season approaching, the last thing you want is for your child to get sick. Reports of a contagious respiratory virus spreading making kids sick throughout the US have made those fears even worse. How can you protect your kids and what can you do? There are different ways to prepare your family throughout the season, but here are a few key tips to help you get started today. 1. First things first: don’t panic! It’s normal to be concerned for your child’s health especially with heightened media attention, but the most important thing to keep in mind is…
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    gotta dabble

  • The 14th letter of the alphabet...

    Tracy Evans
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    At last count Natalia has about a dozen things with her name embroidered, engraved or embossed on it and just as many with her beloved initial on them.  Since many of the items are now scattered about the house or lost... I decided to hang several above her bed so we always know where they are. A homemade initial on canvas and wooden letters I picked up during a panicked prenatal shopping spree years ago and a cheap buy from Michael's...a letter so small I had to tape it onto the wall.
  • Halloween welcome...

    Tracy Evans
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    This year I was planning to plop just one pumpkin on the porch and call it a day. But the little gourd looked pretty lonely. So, I added a some faux pumpkins and a couple of home made signs. Then I called it quits. 
  • Drive-by Inspiration

    Tracy Evans
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Every time I drive by this church I wonder if they have someone on staff who stays holed up in a room for hours on end thinking up clever sayings or if he/she simply jumps on Google for a few minutes...
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    AppleGreen Cottage

  • Necklace hanger in a closet

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Living with a toddler might cause you think where to put  your necklaces and other jewelery. Out of sight and as high as possible, right?A simple and quick solution you have been searching for: find a basic metal hook rail in a hardware store and mount it into the closet to the side. It works perfectly. Mine is placed high enough to be safely used for several years.  :)
  • DIY a play set: threading with pipe cleaners

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Hello again,and here is another fun idea: one of the first threading activities for your toddler, before they start with a thread and a needle. You'll need:several pieces of craft foamscissorsa hole punchpipe cleaners HOW-TO:Cut craft foam leaves into various shapes (I made triangles, squares, rectangles and a circle).Punch several holes into these craft foam shapes using a paper hole punch.Offer them to your toddler together with a bunch of pipe cleaners.Here it is, a nice fine motor activity for your toddler.Enjoy!
  • Bandana bib tutorial - with a free pattern

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    One day you realize your baby is no longer a baby but a cute and clever toddler. Approximately at the same time you also realize there is no such thing as getting rid of bibs. You'll still need them, just maybe in a bit of a different design - an to my experience, bandana bibs are perfect for toddlers.And when you need a lot of bandana bibs, it's great if you don't need to buy all of them, right? Here's an easy tutorial for you (a promise is a promise, right?)They come in all sizes, forms, materials you can imagine. I've tried out quite a lot of patterns, too. (way more than these bandana…
 
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    Naturally Frugalicious

  • SavingStar Healthy Offer: 20% Cash Back on Pumpkins

    Lilah
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    This week’s healthy offer from SavingStar gives you 20% cash back on loose pumpkin purchases through November 3rd. So as you are grabbing pumpkins this week to decorate with, carve or to make into pie, be sure to click on the link below to activate this savings within your SavingStar account! Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Pumpkins at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Maybe you haven’t downloaded the Saving Star app just yet and find that you hate using paper coupons to save on groceries. Go paperless and join SavingStar for FREE. Earn cash…
  • Blogger Opportunity from ESSIO Shower

    Lilah
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    ESSIO Shower Blogger Opportunity ESSIO is the greatest thing to happen to showers since running water itself. It clips onto any shower and diffuses 100% organic essential oils into the shower water at the perfect rate, rejuvenating the mind and body. Want To Try It? ESSIO looking for awesome bloggers to review their product for an upcoming sweepstakes. Simply click the link below to request your kit. The first 100 bloggers to sign up and also promote this blog opportunity on their blog will be sent a free sample! Be sure to hurry to have a chance to receive your sample from ESSIO Shower! Sign…
  • 100 Bloggers Holiday Gift Guide

    Lilah
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    I know, I know. Halloween is still a week out and most of you are probably in costume mode, not even ready to begin thinking about Thanksgiving, much less the holiday buying season. I get it, I do. Regardless, the holidays will be here before we know it. The weather has begun to get cooler, even here in Florida. Visions of eggnog coffee cake and seasonal coffees dance around my head. In the midst of pumpkin and cinnamon spiced daydreams, I am elbow deep in gift guides. This year, in addition to my own annual Holiday Gift Guide, I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers for the 100+ Bloggers…
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    Potty Training Child

  • Pre-Teens,Teenagers and Bed Wetting

    Susan Nipa
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    A small number of pre-teens and teens still wet the bed, and for these children, the problem can be quite upsetting. Since far few children in this age group wet the bed, Enuresis can be especially isolating for this age group.Also, children at this age worry especially often about image and external appearance – what others think of them matters more, which can make a problem like bed wetting seem like a much greater concern. Pre-teens and teenagers are also more likely to be taking part in activities – such as dating and overnight trips – which are more affected by…
  • Bedwetting Advice and Remedies

    Susan Nipa
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Those who know a lot about bedwetting options, remedies and treatments are often those parents who have struggled with the problem with their own children. There are many bedwetting advice and alternative or less-used bedwetting remedies used by parents to help treat the problem. Some are backed by research, others are used simply because they work for some parents. At the very least, these tips are worth considering when you are trying to cope with bedwetting at your home:HypnotherapyHypnotherapy is an alternative treatment that uses hypnosis to treat bedwetting (Hypnotherapy is also used to…
  • Bedwetting Devices and Tools

    Susan Nipa
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many manufacturers have created products to make bedwetting less traumatic. These devices and tools can make bedwetting less embarrassing and can make cleanup or activities such as camping easier. However, they should be used with treatment rather than a substitute for it as most of these products will not cure bedwetting themselves:Choose the right Moisture Detector AlarmsMoisture detector alarms are among the most effective tools in helping children overcome bedwetting. Unlike many of the devices and tools intended for children with Enuresis, alarms can actually treat bedwetting rather than…
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