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  • The Fairy Godmother and My Glass Slipper?

    Queen of Spain Blog
    Queen of Spain
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    This has been siting on my desk, or shelf, or wherever in our bedroom for about three or four years now. Maybe two. I’ve lost track. Let’s just say it’s been around long enough to gather a ton of dust. It’s one of my favorite Disney quotes and one of my most hated. I’m a complicated woman like that. You know, the atheist that is currently wearing an Ave Maria medal blessed by Pope Francis. That’s just how I roll when it comes to faith and miracles. The entire quote/scene might help you a bit more: “…Cinderella: The ball? Oh, but I’m…
  • Lenovo #CES2015 Showcase Tour

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:07 am
    At CES 2015 this year we were excited to attend a lunch organized by Techlicious.com  and work on a sponsored project to share all of the announcements for Lenovo at CES 2015. I have been following Lenovo’s products with great interest after I saw their first Yoga Laptop come out years ago with multiple form factors ranging folded up as a tablet to a laptop with a keyboard and screen upright.  This flexibility is an important feature I look for in devices so I was excited to hear their new 2015 announcements.   The first announcement was that Lenovo is celebrating the milestone…
  • We are now Past the Point of Pretending that Good Parents Don’t Vaccinate

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Three days ago it was announced that a local baseball coach has measles. There are at least 70 confirmed measles cases currently in California and it has spread to other states. Measles had been eradicated in the United States 15 years ago but the anti vaccine movement has brought it back. Maybe next they can bring back Polio. Everything old is new again, right? Orange County California. Ground-zero for the anti-vaccination crowd. #MeaslesOutbreak #VaccinateYourKids pic.twitter.com/c8hQ36roO7 — Ed Hall (@halltoons) January 23, 2015 Facebook is full of people who, “Had measles and…
  • What a Diversity

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    admin
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    A week ago, I carelessly strolled throughout the Teen Part of Chapters in hopes of finding a new unique I needed nevertheless to experience. Weaving in and out of the aisles, I passed on some of the most well-liked teenager books: Divergent, Twilight, Harry Potter, and The Wrong doing in Our Actors. I realized a pattern in all the books displayed, as I sat down in the neighbouring Starbucks. Every new possessed a hero or heroine who had been interesting, intelligent and vulnerable and – white. In modern teenager literature, it appears variety is low-existent. As an avid reader, finding…
  • Tiny Houses

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

  • Lenovo #CES2015 Showcase Tour

    Beth B.
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:07 am
    At CES 2015 this year we were excited to attend a lunch organized by Techlicious.com  and work on a sponsored project to share all of the announcements for Lenovo at CES 2015. I have been following Lenovo’s products with great interest after I saw their first Yoga Laptop come out years ago with multiple form factors ranging folded up as a tablet to a laptop with a keyboard and screen upright.  This flexibility is an important feature I look for in devices so I was excited to hear their new 2015 announcements.   The first announcement was that Lenovo is celebrating the milestone…
  • Panasonic Booth Tour #CES2015

    Beth B.
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:51 pm
    My favorite Consumer Electronics Show (CES) activity is roaming the showroom floor and seeing all the new technology. This year I was excited to work on a sponsored project for Panasonic and Techlicious.com that included video coverage of the CES 2015 Panasonic Booth. I have been going to CES for years and always find time to tour the Panasonic Booth.  To get ready for CES this year we (my video Director Ben Blecherman and I) decided that we needed a new travel camera to capture pictures and video. I reviewed a selection of great cameras but was really looking for one that had a good price…
  • Family Activity For MLK Day And Beyond: Selma Movie

    Beth B.
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Photo Credit: Wikipedia Monday is not only a day of vacation from school, it is a day of meaning. “Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15“. My boys enjoy learning about history so we make sure that we use holidays especially as teachable moments. This MLK day we will be going to see the movie Selma to not only honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day…
 
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • We are now Past the Point of Pretending that Good Parents Don’t Vaccinate

    Jessica Gottlieb
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Three days ago it was announced that a local baseball coach has measles. There are at least 70 confirmed measles cases currently in California and it has spread to other states. Measles had been eradicated in the United States 15 years ago but the anti vaccine movement has brought it back. Maybe next they can bring back Polio. Everything old is new again, right? Orange County California. Ground-zero for the anti-vaccination crowd. #MeaslesOutbreak #VaccinateYourKids pic.twitter.com/c8hQ36roO7 — Ed Hall (@halltoons) January 23, 2015 Facebook is full of people who, “Had measles and…
  • Missed Connections: The Soccer Mom

    Jessica Gottlieb
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    We were at the valet waiting for our cars. It was unseasonably warm so none of us minded much. My Ford was parked right in front and you were waiting for your Range Rover while talking to your girlfriend. I really liked your ponytail, particularly the back comb and the highlights, they looked good. Your friend was wearing yoga clothes and a hat that looks like this one. You can buy this on Etsy At first I was thinking how lucky we all were to be standing in the California sunshine enjoying a low stress afternoon. You’d obviously just finished at the stables and I was on my way to get a…
  • A Family Week in Rarotonga, Cook Islands

    Jessica Gottlieb
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    This winter we decided to warm up in Rarotonga. Rarotonga is one of the Cook Islands which are basically a tiny dot in the South Pacific. After last year’s trip to Costa Rica I thought we’d try a new experience at less than half the price. Don’t let that google-automated price tag freak you out. Cook Islands isn’t a frugal holiday but it’s nowhere near the cost of Hawaii or Costa Rica with similar accommodations unless you’re looking for a five star resort. There is no five star resort in all of the Cook Islands, there are plenty of four stars and it…
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  • What a Diversity

    admin
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    A week ago, I carelessly strolled throughout the Teen Part of Chapters in hopes of finding a new unique I needed nevertheless to experience. Weaving in and out of the aisles, I passed on some of the most well-liked teenager books: Divergent, Twilight, Harry Potter, and The Wrong doing in Our Actors. I realized a pattern in all the books displayed, as I sat down in the neighbouring Starbucks. Every new possessed a hero or heroine who had been interesting, intelligent and vulnerable and – white. In modern teenager literature, it appears variety is low-existent. As an avid reader, finding…
 
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • Tiny Houses

    Shannon akaMonty
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:12 pm
    So I'm guessing most of you are familiar with The Next Big Thing, which turns out to be Tiny Houses. I see a fafillion of them in my facebook newsfeed - some of them are so adorable! Energy efficient, cost effective - many are pretty much completely run on solar power. I think there's even a TV show about Tiny Houses on a cable channel.I am intrigued by the idea...every time I see those walls made completely of glass, looking out onto the gorgeous scenery, I really really want one. Then I think about having to clean all the pollen, dirt, dead bugs, and birdshit off those windows and it's a…
  • I should not be allowed to think about things.

    Shannon akaMonty
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    I love music.LOVE love.Those of you who've suffered through all the incarnations of my radio show know what I like, which is almost everything between the 50s and the 90s, with a couple handsful of random songs from 2000 to now. I also like classic country music, but not too much of 'today's' country.I love to turn up the radio and sing at the top of my lungs - in the house, in the car...in the grocery store.There are a ton of misheard lyrics that I sang incorrectly for years, and I still do, because it's fun.♪ Big old Chad and Lionel, don't carry me too far away! Oh oh oh big old Chad and…
  • And the winner is...

    Shannon akaMonty
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    ...Kerry Housley of OKC! CONGRATS! (also very exciting because OKC is hosting a Spartan Race this year - so that worked out well, woohoo!)BUT FIRST...a stipulation or two.If you find you are going to be unable to use the code, PLEASE either1. Give the code to someone who will be able to use it OR2. Let me know so I can re-draw for another winner.Them's the rules, chillun, and you dasn't break them or you will SUFFER MY WRATH.I say that with love and affection.I would like to thank everyone who entered the drawing - it was done with a random name picker, and if a re-draw is necessary I will…
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    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity

  • 2014 Family Goals Review – and those for 2015

    Karen Andrews
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    I know I’m a little late for doing a ’2014 in review post’ and, truth is, I nearly let this one languish in the drafts folder. However a bigger part of me wanted to acknowledge what we managed to achieve… and those things we didn’t… in order to put a line under the exercise and move on. This made me a little hesitant about making big family goals for this year – in the same way, at least. As such, we haven’t sat down together like we did last time, and I’m not sure that we will. However, I have been thinking about this a fair bit and as…
  • Refining Your Story for Greater Success

    Karen Andrews
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
      It’s a thrill to be able to show you today a talk I had recently with Valerie Khoo and her business book Power Stories: The 8 Stories You Must Tell to Build an Epic Business. The longer I’ve been writing and blogging the more I’ve come to value the various ways that people can package and deliver their messages. Smart, clever, not necessarily expensive, and certainly always from the heart, I’ve been people blossom when they’ve been able to ‘put it all together’. Valerie’s book can help you do that.  If you enjoy the intervew, subscribe…
  • 3 Ingredient Australia Day Damper Dip

    Karen Andrews
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    I don’t think an Australia Day has gone by without my making this damper dip. Although I have reservations about the day itself, and it’s darker history and all that is yet to be done to remedy past wrongs, I do enjoy making this dip. It’s a family tradition I’m happy to stand behind. Only out of the oven for half and hour and it’s already nearly all gone – so I think that says something about its tastiness too! Here’s a step-by-step guide. As I said in the title, there’s only 3 ingredients: a cobb loaf (or damper), sour cream and a packet of…
 
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  • Entrepreneurial Traits and Multi-tasking

    Aruni
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Happy New Year!  I thought I’d get a new post out before the 15th of January, but here we are half way through the first month of 2015! My boss shared this link: The 7 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs (Tenacity, Passion, Tolerance of Ambiguity, Vision, Self-belief, Flexibility, and Rule-breaking) with our team a while back.  I was surprised that they said most entrepreneurs weren’t neurotic.  I’ve met more than a few neurotic entrepreneurs and have felt like one myself at times…maybe they define it differently than I have seen others exhibit it. There are so many…
  • Crossing the Corpus Callosum – Music & Analytics

    Aruni
    27 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Entrepreneurs can be a little conflicted at times.  Some of us are very analytical and logical.  Some are very creative (artistic, musical, etc.) and conceptual.  Some are both. For those of us who cross the corpus callosum often, it can cause some interesting right brain/left brain integration challenges and short circuits.  I know this from personal existential experiences…we can sometimes be misunderstood.  We know how to use a spreadsheet, but all of our ideas and feelings can’t always be confined to a logical process of deduction.  Maybe it’s like wearing bi- or…
  • Happy Boxing Day – 2014

    Aruni
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:29 pm
    I wonder why we don’t celebrate Boxing Day (aka St. Stephen’s Day) here in the US?  It seems like a mighty fine holiday to me!  The weeks leading up to the holidays seemed extra busy this year, so I had to take “holiday card” off the list of things to do this year. In lieu of a festive blog post, here are some interesting reads: Women at Work: A Guide for Men - The Wall Street Journal – This is a very good article about women in business! Time’s Up for ‘Timeout’ – The Atlantic A progressive group of neurology researchers wants to…
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    Lotus Carroll

  • On Not Tolerating Garbage

    Lotus Carroll
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    I captured this image of my son yesterday – the focus is a little off from where I’d ideally like it to be, but I love it just the same. I adore the sincere emotion on his face. Several days ago, I posted an image of him (below) to one of the social networks I use. In that image, which I find so endearing, he’s smiling naturally, no posing, and you can see the true joy and beauty in his soul emanating from him. For me, personally, there’s also a really emotional feeling when I view that image, because, after all, he was looking at me with that sweet face!
  • “Joy” Challenge Winners

    Lotus Carroll
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Congratulations to the winners of last month’s Self Portrait Challenge!First Place: Will HucksSecond Place: Guada MolinaThird Place: Pam BolingFourth Place: Eilidh McHaleFifth Place: Gray KinneyYou can see their photos below – wonderful examples of Joy! photos are slightly cropped for the purpose of the mosaic – you can view the originals in the event linked below   The winners got prizes and their photos will be featured in the Winners Category at The Art of Self Portraiture Community http://goo.gl/qc7VOBig thanks to all of our fantastic November…
  • “Cinematic” Challenge Winners

    Lotus Carroll
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    Congratulations to the winners of last month’s Self Portrait Challenge!First Place: Ruslan HrushchakSecond Place: Christopher GermanoThird Place: Nina Agi B.Fourth Place: Lorena MasiYou can see their photos below – wonderful examples of Cinematic Photography! photos are slightly cropped for the purpose of the mosaic – you can view the originals in the event linked below The winners got prizes and their photos will be featured in the Winners Category at The Art of Self Portraiture Community http://goo.gl/qc7VOBig thanks to all of our fantastic November sponsors, Think…
 
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  • Carnival Vista to offer new options for family cruise travel #TakeInTheVista

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

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

    RollingMama
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Photo by Jim Twardowski Hotel Indigo Houston, Texas   ‘Tis the season to shop.  Hotels across the country are offering  travelers some delightful packages by partnering with mega malls and boutique shops.  From San Francisco to New York City, hotels are enticing shopaholics with everything from discounted stays and gift cards to free parking and complimentary meals. Pack your bags and bring an extra–empty suitcase–for all the wonderful items you will find. Here’s a dozen destinations and hotels with great ways to save while you shop. Alexandria, Virginia The…
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • Bouncy House

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    There was a bouncy house at the grocery store the other day and I forgot I took this slo-mo of Ivy. I have been watching it over and over and find it incredibly soothing. I will probably never remember to turn my camera when going from photo to video, and that is okay.
  • Small town girl

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:48 pm
    It was "everyone line up so I can floss you" night. You know what that means... dental check-ups tomorrow! And go figure a pediatric dentist who doesn't have after school hours. Ugh. What is up with that.So, word got around about our loss this week. There I am in the grocery store when a teacher from the kids' school stopped me in the soup aisle and somberly acknowledged that she heard the news about Domino the gerbil. She's not even one of my kids' teachers.I'm going to miss this small town. And that is the truth. As we look for our new house I keep checking the small towns just as much as…
  • Things to write down :: week three

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    How is it that it's only week 3 of this year? This day alone felt like a month. The past week, well, I've never visited the doctor so much for myself in such short a time ever. The massage therapy was good- going again in the morning thanks to new doctor's orders. We have yet to figure out my weird leg issues. I've had the works- blood tests, x-Rays, and ultrasounds. Still no idea. So there's that. Then Ivy started up with a cold/cough thing and I've been nebulizing her around the clock. I haven't had so many consecutive nights of broken sleep since newborn land. This weekend was a whole…
 
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    The Bloggess

  • Her name is KNIVES. But only when we’ve been drinking.

    thebloggess
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    Number one…you guys are fantastic at naming dogs.  Tallulah Barkhead?  Jane Pawston?  Louise L’Amour?  Virginia Woof?  You need to start a dog-naming business because your talents are wasted, people. Number two….After several days to trying out lots of names we seem to be leaning toward Dorothy Barker (Dottie for short) but at the last minute I thought, Hang on.  What if we call her “Knives”?  Because that might be the most useful dog name ever (if said in the required, vaguely-threatening tone). “I’m sorry.  You can’t let me into the…
  • It’s how the light gets in…

    thebloggess
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    So, yesterday we got a dog. Most people would end that sentence with an exclamation mark, but honestly I wasn’t looking for a dog. I’ve said “no” to hundreds my daughter has begged for (and even a few I wanted myself) because it hurts too much to lose one. When Barnaby Jones died  four years ago I said “never again“. And then Hailey fell in love with this tiny dog. And then Victor fell in love with this tiny dog. And then I said, “No.  Get it away from me.”  But the puppy ignored me and curled up in my lap as Victor explained that this…
  • Why don’t we just call it “sauce”?

    thebloggess
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    So, turns out I’ve been saying the word “ragoût” wrong for my entire life, but that’s fine because I’ve never actually said the word out loud until I had to help Hailey practice a million spelling words, and then Victor was like “Seriously?  Did you just say ‘rag out‘?  That’s not even a word.  It’s pronounced “ragú“.  Which seems insane, because I was like “No, that’s a brand-name” but turns out that “ragú” may have come from “ragoût” and they’re pronounced the…
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  • 1960s princess of prints :: Lilly Pullitzer target collection 2015

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

    modmom
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
  • kitschmas

    modmom
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
 
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  • HOT SALE ALERT: 25-40% North Face Jackets at Dicks Sporting Goods

    Whitney
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    There’s still plenty of winter left so use a jacket.  This is an awesome sale going on at Dick’s right now on North Face jackets so it’s a nice time to shop.  There’s stuff for you, hubby and the kids.
  • Snow Day Activities for the Kids

    Whitney
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Most of New England is preparing for a big storm to wallop them tonight and tomorrow.  I’m seeing reports of up to 2 feet up in CT and Boston!  Here in Philly there’s a big debate among the meteorologists about how much we’ll actually get but either way, it won’t be a surprise if my kids get a snow day tomorrow. Here’s a couple of quick ideas of things to do tomorrow to prevent us all from climbing the walls: 1) Make Playdough – if you have time run out and get the ingredients you need!  You may already everything in your house (I…
  • Amazon Prime on BIG SALE TODAY ($72!)

    Whitney
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    I’ve never seen this sale before but I wish I could take advantage. I’m already an Amazon Prime member though and couldn’t imagine not having it. So I pay $99/a year for it but today only if you join it’s $72 for the year.  I’m so spoiled with the two-day shipping and the streaming vid is pretty awesome too.  Here’s all you get with it:   Amazon Prime $72 deal TODAY ONLY 1/24
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • 15 Simply Scrumptious Sugar Scrubs

    Rachel
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We’ve gathered together the most gorgeous, fragrant and fun sugar scrubs to share with you today. Using essential oils, these scrubs are so easy to make, you can do a different one each week or make a bunch to use as gifts for friends. DIY Sugar Scrubs We start with one of the prettiest scrubs out there! We’re in love with this colorful sugar scrub! Combine the amazing scents of lemon and peppermint for this detox sugar scrub. If you want to make your own flavors and scents, start with this super easy basic sugar scrub recipe. Citrus sugar scrubs are always fun and fragrant,…
  • Easy Cardboard Swing Craft

    Birute Efe
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Kids love pretend play. There are literally hundreds of imaginary situations in their heads that they try to put in real life play. One of them and the most popular one is playing “mommy”. They want to nurture the baby, play with him, take care of him, sing songs and change diapers. They also want to take him to the park and swing. It was a big need for a swing toy in our house. So we made it. To make a swing toy you will need:  cardboard box (choose a stronger kind) plastic bottle rope or a ribbon scissors (or craft knife) some paint 1. Cut out the bottom part of the box,…
  • Must Have Kitchen Gadgets for Parents

    Birute Efe
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
     This selection of must have Kitchen Gadgets will make life easier for many parents out there. Because, let’s admit, making meals for a family is a task that takes a good portion of the day. I always try to be efficient and practical so I can prepare the best meals in shortest time. Also, some of these cool kitchen gadgets will help the little ones to be more excited about eating healthier. Honestly, I am already sold. Affiliate links are included below to support Kids Activities Blog. How many times I didn’t buy pineapple just because I didn’t want to go through all the…
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    Fluid Pudding

  • Balance.

    fluidpudding
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    One of the worst things about working from home (for ME) is that I feel guilty when I’m doing anything other than working when there is work to be done. I have a freelance project right now, and it is not fun. Because it’s a fairly big project that requires a lot of careful thinking (for ME), I find myself working for a bit and then taking a mental break to circle around the house. I don’t let myself sit and knit or spin or read because those are the things I would much rather be doing and there is WORK TO BE DONE. I finally realized that I was stripping myself of joy last…
  • Trying to get my hygge on…

    fluidpudding
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    Welcome to the part of the year that always tends to make me feel bleak! Christmas? Over. Tree? Down. Lights? Out. To get me through the hump (Black Eyed Peas reference not fully intended), I’ve been relying on two things. Hump Reliever #1 This is my daily smoothie. To make it, I pour eight ounces of dark chocolate almond milk into a cup, place spinach on top, pour on some frozen raspberries, and cram it all down with a banana. I then let my immersion blender (also known as Mama Bird) premasticate everything for me so I can digest it with minimal effort as I lie in my nest of sherpa…
  • Sometimes it’s like someone took a knife, Baby, edgy and dull and cut a six-inch valley through the middle of my soul.

    fluidpudding
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:04 pm
    FRIDAY EVENING, 6:30 Jeff: I think I’m going to build a fire. Meredith: The first fire in the new house! Harper: Should we have the chimney swept first? Me: I think we’ll be fine. FRIDAY EVENING, 7:00 FRIDAY EVENING, 7:45 Me: It’s weird. I don’t SEE smoke, but I definitely smell smoke. Harper: I think it smells good. Meredith: Me, too! Jeff: Do you think we should crack a window? FRIDAY EVENING, 7:50 Me: A gigantic black butterfly is getting ready to attack me in the kitchen!!! Where did it come from?! WHAT THE HELL?! DO YOU THINK IT’S A BABY BAT?! WHY IS IT HERE…
 
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    Tammy Gibson | A Mom in Red High Heels

  • Recreate Rosamund Pike’s Red Carpet Hairstyle at Home (easy and chic!)

    Tammy Gibson
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:29 am
    I absolutely love Rosamund Pike’s look for the 2014 SAG Awards red carpet, including her hair. It is easily an “every day” hairstyle, but I love how it perfectly contrasted the funky elegance and personality of her dress. Here’s how to duplicate the look for your next event, whether it is a PTA meeting or a special Valentine’s date: Rosamund’s hair was styled by Maranda Woodland for Matrix.  It’s actually quite a simple style to duplicate. Products will help you accomplish the look you desire. Start by applying Matrix StyleLink Volume Booster all…
  • The Red Carpet Hairstyle You Can Wear Anywhere

    Tammy Gibson
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:54 pm
    We recently looked at the top 6 Hair Trends for Spring 2015. A low ponytail made that list!  Emma Stone shows how perfectly appropriate this style is for the red carpet. Think how fabulous you’ll look wearing it in everyday life! Follow these tips to get the look right: SAG Award Winner Emma Stone’s simple, sleek ponytail complimented her tuxedo-inspired Dior gown. “This style has become a red carpet favorite and even though this look appears very simple, the attention to detail is what makes Emma look so striking with this side part low ponytail. This style gives a…
  • Exclusive Interview: Molly Sims, Mom, Supermodel, Business Woman and Author

    Tammy Gibson
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    I am super excited to share this interview with you! Molly Sims is an inspiring, successful woman who is sharing her secrets with us in her new book. As a mom, supermodel, business woman and now, author, Molly has learned by trial and error how to look and feel her most fabulous.  Here is a sneak peek: Your Book: The Everyday Supermodel: My Beauty, Fashion, and Wellness Secrets Made Simple Tell us about your book: In this fun and practical guide, I interweave stories from my life with my own tried-and-true tips, best-girlfriend advice, tell-it-like-it-is honesty, and insider insights from…
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  • Taking Meetings From “Dull and Dreadful” to “Energetic and Effective”

    Allison Brecher
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:42 pm
    A friend recently remarked about how she was bored to tears at one of her team meetings. I was surprised to learn there is a name for this feeling– “meeting narcolepsy,” and even a support group on LinkedIn for employees suffering from it. Meetings happen in every office, every line of business, and there’s no way to avoid them. But they are also opportunities to build camaraderie, demonstrate credibility, and hone leadership skills. Here’s how to make them more interesting and effective. Do you need a meeting at all and, if you do, define the purpose and goals. I’m not one to…
  • Tips For Managing a Large Family

    Errin Spencer
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Swim practice, basketball practice, soccer, choir oh my! With six active children there is rarely a dull moment in my house. I can’t even begin to imagine what our lives will look like when they are all participating in some sort of extracurricular activity. You know, if I had a dollar for every time I was asked “How do you do it?” I would be a very wealthy woman. The truth is, there are days I don’t know how my husband and I do it. During the spring and fall or otherwise known as baseball and football season, we only see each other’s faces in passing. Bedtime…
  • Should You Ever Discipline Another Parent’s Child?

    Leslie Morgan Steiner
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Last Sunday, I sat with a group of parents watching our nine-year-old daughters play the first basketball game of the season. Next to us, a young boy, maybe five years old, sat playing on an iPod.  No headphones.  It was very loud.  It was very annoying. His mom sat on his other side, oblivious, cheering for her daughter. One of the dads leaned over to the young boy.  He asked  — nicely, with a smile — if the boy had headphones or could turn down the volume. Before the boy could answer, his mom intervened. “Next time, you can ask ME instead,” she said angrily.  She…
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  • I’m My Own DIY Hero (With Help From the Internet)

    Christina
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Despite our house being a fairly new house, we’ve had some issues with our furnace for the past few years. The problems have always been intermittent, but happen at the worst possible times. As in, the colder it is outside, the less likely it would be that the furnace would turn on. During last year’s polar vortex, I nearly broke down and called in an HVAC specialist to fix our furnace when we woke up one morning to a 55 degree house. But that same morning the furnace then came on and warmed us back up to a comfortable 70 degrees, so I let it go. If I didn’t have to spend a…
  • My Best Moments of 2014

    Christina
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    Yeah, you may have already moved on into 2015, but I’m still looking back and reflecting on the previous year and all that happened. Despite some illnesses and injuries, 2014 had a lot of good moments for me, too. We went on some fantastic trips, had breakthroughs in overcoming challenges, and enjoyed spending time together as a family. Here are some of the highlights of the last year, in chronological order (because I simply would have a hard time ranking them): Snow day fun – We started the year with a polar vortex, which Cordy and Mira loved because it meant plenty of days off…
  • 2014: The Year of (mostly minor) Illness & Injury

    Christina
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    I’ve started looking back on the year that just ended, and while I have so many good memories of the year, and so many moments to be thankful for, I also quickly realized this wasn’t the best year for our health. For starters, this was the year of the stomach virus for us. It started at the most magical place on Earth in March, when Mira fell ill with a gastrointestinal virus, three days into our Walt Disney World trip. Aaron caught it two days later, and Cordy caught it a day and a half later, on our drive back home. While it did keep the family from seeing Animal Kingdom, we…
 
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  • Top 10 Life Coaches to Hire in 2015

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

    Suburban Kamikaze
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:48 pm
    The first day of a new year is a day in which no ambition is out of reach. Everything seems possible. Which is why I know I am not just organizing a drawer as 2015 opens on the Kamikaze family - I am turning the page on an entirely new way of living. We are taking the proverbial first step of a 1,000 drawer journey: 2015 will be The Year of the Drawer. Probably just this one drawer, but still.  By we, of course, I mean me. The teenagers are perched atop a pile of Chipotle wrappers in the basement playing video games. Mr. Kamikaze is off napping in his Christmas pajamas somewhere. But I am…
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  • What my Fitbit thinks

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

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

    KC
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Girl, 9, asked us to sign her up for Girls on the Run this past Fall - a program designed to instill confidence, body acceptance, and overall empowerment through running. It involved practicing a couple of times a week after school and culminated in a 5K at the end of the season (a week ago). We thought this would be a great idea. She has good endurance while swimming but during soccer games, had the running endurance of one of the people showcased on "My 600lb Life." The Husband was perplexed. "She has our genes!" I reminded him that, yes, and 50% of those were mine. Practices seemed to be…
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    21 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    This dish may look spicy if you’re not familiar with us, but it isn’t at all. It’s just packed with delicious flavors. If spicy is your…
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    21 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Stuffed peppers are delicious, but sometimes they can be a pain to cook. Instead of wasting your time, toss them all together with this simple stuffed…
  • Scalloped Potato and Broccoli Casserole

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Scalloped potatoes are fairly common, but this unique casserole recipe combines it with other vegetables and the delicious flavors of paprika. It will…
 
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  • Stealing Ingredients

    Daphne
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Here is Daphne Dishes, without the production value. No lighting, no make up and clothes.. I have a cold.   I did this a while ago, but thought it would really fit with my Food Network show running. One of … Continue reading → The post Stealing Ingredients appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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    Daphne
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    It’s very exciting these few Sundays now.. where I watch my show.. where I get tweets from people I don’t know saying they like the show.  I get emails from distance cousins who I have heard not from in years … Continue reading → The post bittersweet recipe appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • My Favorite Vids… Moms with scarves

    Daphne
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    This video is one of my favorites.  When I was on Hallmark’s “Home and Family” recently this was one of the videos I sent to them to show.  The producers loved it, except I use the word “Vagina” in it. … Continue reading → The post My Favorite Vids… Moms with scarves appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • Totes Perfect

    whoorl
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    While cruising through the airport last week with my daily satchel stuffed so full it couldn’t zip shut, I had a realization. I need a flipping simple, roomy tote for traveling. I mean, it’s kind of ridiculous how I continually attempt to stuff everything I own into a bag that isn’t meant for traveling around the country, and considering I’m leaving for South America in a few weeks, I need something now. So, I did what I always do, and asked my Facebook page for recommendations, and boy, did they fly in. A favorite? The Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote. What a super…
  • Mindful Monday: What’s Your Story?

    whoorl
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    At some point last week, the above quote popped up in my Instagram feed and stopped me in my tracks. (Don’t you just love when something great grabs hold of you and won’t let go?) That’s how I felt about this quote because, really, it’s just the truest of true. The stories that we tell ourselves…looping in our brains for years or even decades. And I’m here today to call it like it is. Many of the stories? Are outright lies. Yet we listen to the stories. We ruminate over them…kneading them into 100 different editions in our minds. We pay such rapt…
  • Eat This: Roasted Cauliflower and Chick Peas

    whoorl
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:34 pm
    While I’m galavanting around California this week, please feel free to make this delicious business. You won’t be sorry. Roasted Cauliflower and Chick Peas with Mustard and Parsely from It’s All Good Ingredients: 14-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets Extra virgin olive oil Coarse sea salt 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon seeded mustard 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup chopped Italian Parsley Instructions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F Toss the chickpeas and cauliflower…
 
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  • Household Uses for Baking Soda

    Crystal
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    TweetDuring all my research for the different household uses for baking soda, I would be lying if I said I was not completely impressed by the humble white powder that comes in the bright orange box. From what I’ve seen and read, it can be used in just about any room in your house. I’ve used baking soda before in an unusual way when I did the no-poo experiment, but after seeing all the uses for baking soda in the kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom, I’m sold on it’s effectiveness around the house! Uses for Baking Soda Around the House Beauty Homemade Toothpaste: With…
  • 25 Red Velvet Recipes

    Crystal
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    TweetWith Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to look at (and eat) all the beautiful red velvet recipes that can be found around the web. But go ahead and grab a napkin, y’all. Some of these pictures will have you drooling like a teething baby. [Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!] Red Velvet Recipes 1. Red Velvet Roll Cake with White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Filling by Brown Eyed Baker // 2. Red Velvet Biscotti by Something Swanky // 3. Red Velvet Ice Cream Cake by Life, Love & Sugar // 4. Red Velvet Crepes with Sweet Cream Cheese Filling by…
  • Orange Sage Pork Chops

    Crystal
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    TweetThis is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. The other day we were eating out at a restaurant (which we do more often than I’d like) and when I got the bill for my family of five I was kind of slapped in the face with the realization that we spend way too much money on food. We eat out mostly because we are super busy and always on the go so it’s just easier to stop and have someone else do the cooking AND CLEANING. In moderation this is totally okay. But what I realized was, I was using the convenience of restaurants even when I had the time to…
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  • 2015, the year of CHICKENS. (Also, whoops)

    Veronica
    1 Jan 2015 | 1:24 am
    “NO MORE CHICKENS” was the catch cry of 2014. Early on, Nathan put his foot down and demanded I disallow any chicken reproduction. I did what all responsible chicken owners do at that point and I culled my roosters. Only there were a few six week old chickens who weren’t really showing their sex definably yet, so they stayed, and three of them turned into roosters. “I must catch those roosters.” I thought over and over again, as spring came and the chickens clucked about the paddock, frantically trying to avoid the ever-growing horniness of their rooster…
  • German Shepherds are sensitive sensitive snowflakes

    Veronica
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Heidi has been with us for over a week now and I’ve come to the conclusion: German Shepherds are sensitive sensitive snowflakes. Hyper-intelligence seems to come paired with hyper-sensitivity and oh, it’s hilarious to watch. The cat swiped at her and missed? Yelping. I trod on her and we both ended up falling over, tangled? At least a minute of yelping, plus “YOU HURT ME!” looks, and exaggerated limping while glaring at me. (She was fine.) Runs head first into the cupboards because it was dinnertime? Yelping, sulking, and glaring at the cupboards like they purposefully…
  • We totally lucked out

    Veronica
    28 Dec 2014 | 2:09 am
    When we got a puppy recently, I thought about how we portray our lives on the Internet. We oftentimes just share the good bits and leave out the times we’re stuck shovelling crap uphill, presenting a glossy front to the Internet. Stopping mummyblogging was for me, the beginning of glossifying things. Not being able to write about the times my children have been a teensy bit annoying for fear of their school friends reading, is what I call glossifying. Of course, I do mention funny snippets, and bits and pieces, but on the whole, their lives are no longer mine to put on the Internet.
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    21 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    This dish may look spicy if you’re not familiar with us, but it isn’t at all. It’s just packed with delicious flavors. If spicy is your…
  • Stuffed Pepper Casserole

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Stuffed peppers are delicious, but sometimes they can be a pain to cook. Instead of wasting your time, toss them all together with this simple stuffed…
  • Scalloped Potato and Broccoli Casserole

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Scalloped potatoes are fairly common, but this unique casserole recipe combines it with other vegetables and the delicious flavors of paprika. It will…
 
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  • Writing Again/Running Again

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

    Sarah Visbeek
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    Ok, so I am about 5 or 6 blog posts behind OMG.  It's not that I don't think about blogging.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  I DO think about it.  But actually typing something up?  Sooooo overwhelming lately.  I blame it on the season.  We'll go with that. But today, while my heart is in my throat and my eyes are constantly on the verge of tearing up, I knew I should write well it's fresh. My
  • Luna

    Sarah Visbeek
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    I'm not a dog person, per se.  Never have been.  Growing up, we never had any pets.  My first, I guess, "official" pet was my college boyfriend's yellow labrador that he had at school and then we had him post-college when we moved down south.  But I lost custody in the break-up, and that was that. And then, a husband and 3 boys later, we inherited Sunshine.  Sunshine met her untimely and oh so
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  • Tasty Super Bowl Foods That Will Please Everyone

    Fred Lee
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Sports are a big part of American culture, and when it comes to big games, there's no denying that the Super Bowl is one of the biggest: the pomp and circumstance behind it all are second to none, with 14 weeks of buildup to the big showdown, with music, dancing, memorable advertising, and even some football. Sometimes the game seems secondary to all that's going on around it.Regardless of which team you're rooting for, it can be a lot of fun sitting down with family and friends to watch the big game. Whether it is at a party or simply sitting down in the comfort of your living room, you can…
  • 7 Kid-Friendly Snacks to Serve on Game Day

    Jennifer Corter
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Game day is rapidly approaching, and the countdown has begun! The race to put on a spectacular game day party is on! Now, what are we going to make? If you're feeling rather ambitious, you could always put together this deli-meat stadium found on Pinterest. But between balancing the kids, home life, and work, meat-stadiums aren't high on the list of priorities. However, there are plenty of great recipes out there that are easy to make and fun to eat, even for the kids! With these simple but tasty snacks, your game day guests will remember your party for years to come!1. Football Pizza…
  • Join Us Today 1/27 at 2pm EST on Twitter for #pschat

    Nancy Flanders
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    We're talking all about Super Bowl & Sports! Join us at 2 p.m. EST today for a fun conversation, and you could win a $10 Amazon gift card. Just follow @parentingsquad and #pschat to participate!What are your plans for the Super Bowl this Sunday?Would you rather watch football, the commercials, or the half time show?Are you an active family or homebodies?Channel: News & CommentaryTipsHome LifeEntertainmentTags: Super Bowlsports and kidsPschat
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  • The 36 Questions that Lead to Love - Part the Second

    Carmen Staicer
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Part 1 is here.  Here is the second set of questions: Set II 13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know? Huh. This one is tough. For a long time, I've wondered when and how I shall die, but I don't know that I would want to know that, because if you know that - well, wouldn't it change how you live your life? And who would want to change how they live their life? 14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it? Again, this one is tough. If…
  • The 36 Questions That Lead to Love - Part The First

    Carmen Staicer
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Well, it's kinda silly for me to even discuss this, being that I'm an old married lady, but I thought that the premise was really pretty cool.  Apparently, there is a study by the psychologist Arthur Aron (and others) that discusses if intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions. And, there have been instances where the two strangers have, actually, fallen in love and begun committed relationships. I thought that the premise was really pretty cool - the questions as profiled in the NYTimes are here - and…
  • Guilty Pleasure - #OurProject52

    Carmen Staicer
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    Hey, it's Thursday - and I didn't forget AND I'm not late!!!! Do I win the entire Internet??? Today's theme is Guilty Pleasure. This is a hard one for me. I am not really a television watcher - although I do love me some Outlander (gah, is anyone else having a tough time waiting for April so that the season can continue?) and Downton Abbey is great too, but I wouldn't call either of those shows guilty pleasures. I don't really shop, I'm not a jewelry or purse person, I can take or leave lots of snack foods - and If I'm eating cake or cookies, I'mma…
 
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  • Valentine Boxes for Boys

    SusieJ
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Share This: That school Valentine’s Day Party is coming up, and your little boy wants nothing to do with that. He’d be happy to bring in a grocery bag to collect his Valentine’s Day cards. But one of these Boy Valentine Boxes just might change his mind. Click on the picture for a complete description. Related posts:One Mom's desperate attempt to avoid the doctorT...Did You Drop Everything Just To See It?A...How I Finally Got Rid of Pantry Moths!U...Mom, I need Another Tootsie Roll Pop Because I Forgot to CountI...And, Suddenly, There I Was, Spending the Night At The…
  • The Magic of Tidying

    SusieJ
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    Share This: Have you been reading THIS BOOK? The one that promises you that this will be  the last time you declutter your house, and you spend the rest of your life simply “tidying up”?  The book that promises a clean line-of-sight, clutter-free counters, and a stress-free space, devoid of extra bad energy? Personally, I can’t imagine using the word “tidying” in relation to anything that needs cleaning in our house. Power cleaning is more of the word that comes to my mind. But the delicate word “tidying” is what drew me to the book. Tidying is how…
  • The Beauty Impact of The Daniel Fast

    SusieJ
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:49 am
    Share This: If you read through the end of this post, there’s a good chance you may change your mind about something you swore you’d never have the strength to do, and just decide to do it. Here, I will give you two very convincing reasons to fast, and more than one of you will probably start one before the week is over. The official definition of The Daniel Fast is to only eat food from seed, and drink only water and no delicacies. No processed food, nothing with levining and nothing fried. Examples: Butter = No Olive Oil = Yes All sweetners = No Popcorn = Yes, popped in coconut…
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    21 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    This dish may look spicy if you’re not familiar with us, but it isn’t at all. It’s just packed with delicious flavors. If spicy is your…
  • Stuffed Pepper Casserole

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Stuffed peppers are delicious, but sometimes they can be a pain to cook. Instead of wasting your time, toss them all together with this simple stuffed…
  • Scalloped Potato and Broccoli Casserole

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Scalloped potatoes are fairly common, but this unique casserole recipe combines it with other vegetables and the delicious flavors of paprika. It will…
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  • Day 12: Clean your silver jewels.

    charleneprincebirkeland
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    Packing up and moving into new digs is a drag. Unpacking your jewelry … not so bad. Except when said jewels are silver and all dirtied up. I used to polish them with some chemical-laden liquid that sat under the kitchen sink. It got tossed as part of our cleanup for the remodel. So when these lovely baubles needed some shining, I wanted to go natural: baking soda and water paste can clean almost anything. Mix two parts baking soda to one part water. You’ll get a thick paste in seconds. If not, add baking soda until you do! Take an old toothbrush and scrub, scrub, scrub your…
  • Day 5: Wishing it were…Rome.

    charleneprincebirkeland
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    What is it they say about re-entry to routine after the holidays? Oh yes, something about it being difficult. I’m still stuck on one year ago, when we returned from Rome after a long, leisure-filled winter vacation. Walking around our own neighborhood isn’t as exciting as the luminous, festive streets of Italy during the holidays. I’ve been flipping through these photos often, ready to cement a date for a return trip.
  • Day 2, 2015: When life gives you lemons.

    charleneprincebirkeland
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    It’s an unsettled feeling, cleaning out your home so it can receive the tender, loving care it deserves because of all the tender, loving care it provides to you. The nervous excitement mixed with pure anxiety over unanswered questions can overwhelm. And then one afternoon as you pack up more boxes, you find a bounty of lemons in your front console, hand-picked by your young son who tells you: it is time to make lemonade.
 
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  • Rainbow birthday party ideas

    Whitney Moss
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Birthday Express invited me to pick out some items as a way to introduce them to you. They sell tons of party items for $10 or less. This post contains affiliate links. A few times per year, Heather and I have a table at a preschool fair or some other community event. Next up, Boobie-Palooza, a birth and baby festival in Berkeley, CA. We are not tradeshow experts, and these colorful balls of tissue paper made our {510} Families booth look eight zillion times better. When I discovered these technicolor poofs, I became an instant fan. (No pun intended.) They are flat before you puff them out,…
  • Honeymoon, interrupted

    Heather Flett
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    If you met me today, you might take me for a typical minivan-driving Berkeley mom. And I am. But I’m also full of stories. And dreams. Let me start with one of each from ten years ago. The first date with my future-husband, Alec, was a long one. Four hours in, we were exchanging personal travel stories like trading cards over milkshakes. Alec had been to Kenya and me to Turkey; he had been to Honduras and me to Thailand; he had been to Australia and me to the Czech Republic. We both had been to parts of Western Europe. We unknowingly laid the foundation for our own big journey together. A…
  • Activity #51: Meet your friends out for errands

    Heather Flett
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Go on, it’s semi-social, you can bring your baby or toddler, and you can Get Things Done (or GTD in Internet language. Seriously.) Meeting a friend out for shopping is your 51st Rookie Mom challenge! Not ready yet? Pick another challenge. When our firstborns were too little to know the difference between Target and the Children’s Museum, Whitney and I would meet with the boys to do some shopping and wonder if it counts as an outing. I say “yes.” In the picture above, our nearest indoor shopping mall had crazy-car-shopping-carts; the boys may as well have been at a…
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  • The Holidays Have Come and Gone

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you are anything like me, you hate to see the holidays go. After all of the planning, prep, fun, and excitement, the regular everyday busyness of life takes over again and the holidays become just... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Ring in the New Year with King Julien #StreamTeam

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our “grown ups only” plans for ringing in the New Year fell through, so we are spending a quiet evening here at home with the kiddos. Are you spending New Year’s Eve with your kids,... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Drunk Gummy Bears

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    28 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you looking for a tasty last-minute addition to your New Year’s Eve plans? Well, look no further, because I have the perfect thing – Drunk Gummy Bears! They are incredibly simple to... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
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  • Weekend Fun for NYC Kids: Thunderbird American Indian Pow-wow, Korean New Year, Inexpensive Family Theater January 31-February 1

    Stephanie Ogozalek
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It's going to be a snowy Super Bowl weekend with lots of cool options for NYC families who aren't into watching the game. (We're Puppy Bowl fans in our house!) Enjoy multicultural fun at the Korea Society's New Year's celebration, the Children's Museum of Manhattan's Japanese storytelling fest and the annual Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Annual Dance Concert and Pow-wow at the Theater for the New City. It's also a great weekend to see a family show. Click, Clack, Moo at the Kaye Playhouse, Lionboy at the New Victory Theater and TADA! Youth Theater's Everything About a Family (Almost)…
  • Film Festivals for Kids: BAMkids, New York International Children's Film Festival & Ongoing Family Movie Series

    Raven Snook
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    With no end to the cold in sight, going to the movies is very tempting, but the big-budget family film options... not so much. They're expensive (especially those 3D releases), and winter is the traditional dumping ground for duds. Luckily, you don't have to resort to the regular box office choices in New York City. The upcoming BAMkids Film Festival and New York International Children's Film Festival showcase international and offbeat shorts and features, while Film Forum Jr. screens cool classics every Sunday morning. Plus, the ticket prices are a lot less—most are under $15 per person.
  • Best Things to Do with NYC Kids: February GoList

    Raven Snook
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    To quote the iconic song, New York City never sleeps, not even in the dead of winter. So even though February is the coldest and shortest month, there are still plenty of awesome things to do with kids in NYC. Our February GoList includes big annual favorites like Chinatown's huge Lunar New Year Parade, the Intrepid's activity-filled Kids Week during midwinter break, and two huge family film festivals: BAMkids Film Festival and the New York International Children's Film Festival. As always, if an event piques your interest, be sure to click through to our listing for all the details,…
 
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    Workout Mommy

  • Jamie is definitely one fit mommy!

    workoutmommy
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Today’s fit mommy is Jamie, who also happens to be one of my in-real life best friends! Jamie is a busy mommy to 4 girls yet makes the time for fitness and stays in shape with Crossfit! She also has a great Etsy shop that you should check out –> A Forest Frolic Please read on for more about Jamie and why she is definitely “One fit mommy”! Q: Have you always been fit?  What inspired you to live a fit lifestyle? I’ve been fit for most of my life, playing soccer all through elementary and middle school and taking up volleyball in middle school and playing…
  • Winner winner! And some awesome tanks!

    workoutmommy
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:32 pm
    First off,  here are the winners of the awesome giveaway from Thera-Gesic: Grand Prize Winner: Alicia Szemon Runners Up: Dawn Stokes Keenan-Banks and Janet Watson Congrats and thanks for entering!!! Next up is a new workout tank I got to show off for my recent Flex-it Friday picture: This one is from überfit and I absolutely love it!  I love the message on it and also because it is very comfy.  It is a looser fit tank that is a blend of  polyester/cotton/rayon.  The loose fit is nice because it didn’t cling to me while I was working out and sweating. überfit has some…
  • Moving together as a family

    workoutmommy
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:10 pm
    I was fortunate enough to be an Ambassador for the Together Counts™ blog over the past year.  Together Counts™ is a fantastic organization that is all about teaching kids about moderation, energy balance, and having nutritious fun meals with your family. They also support the educational system with free lesson plan ideas to reinforce the importance of healthy, active lifestyles. As you probably already know, I am a huge proponent of being an active role model for your kids. My favorite thing to tell people is to “BE the example“. If your kids see YOU enjoying fitness,…
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    All & Sundry

  • Words I plan to live by in 2015

    Linda
    1 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Instead of my yearly New Year’s quiz, some possibly-cheesy (but sometimes cheesy is just fine) words of wisdom for the year ahead. I’d get them all tattooed on me if I was really feeling my oats today. As it is, I’m feeling mostly exhausted from staying up until midnight (REAL MIDNIGHT! For the first time in many many years!) with the boys, but it’s sunny and beautiful outside. Freezing and glittery and like a blank sheet of paper, ready for new words. New words, but likely not quite so raw and unfiltered, here and on Twitter. I’ve found so much value in publicly…
  • Confusion, podcasts, kerfuffle, all’s well that ends well

    Linda
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    A few weeks ago I received an email that I got very excited about. Here’s a screenshot: I posted about my enthusiasm for Riley on Instagram and Twitter, and people began to get excited for him. Then I heard that our Great Big Interview had actually been … a Great Big Ad. Here’s what I shared on Twitter about how it went down: So remember how excited I was for Riley to talk to Alex Blumberg from This American Life? Well, he did. It was awesome. — Linda (@Sundry) November 25, 2014 Except the resulting clip was used for a Squarespace ad. Not a show about Minecraft, or a…
  • Achievement unlocked

    Linda
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    I want to tell you of some happy coincidences I’ve experienced lately. Happy coincidences isn’t really the right term, but it’s going to have to do for now, as I nab a few moments away from the burbling, hopefully-lazy probably-chaotic Sunday spread before me. In span of one week a few momentous things happened. Thing the first: I reached out to my mother via email, to try and send a jet of well-intentioned air against the cobwebs that had grown impossibly thick between us. Just opening the lines of communication. I wrote her, she wrote me, it was wonderful. I saved her message and read…
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    Cutie Booty Cakes

  • Shrimp Recipe for the Big GAME!

    Renee Ross
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Big Game is right around the corner! It  will be played just a week from today and to say I am excited is an understatement. As far as being a fan of the game goes, I’ve vacillated. When I was in middle school I loved playing my handheld football game and was so disappointed when it was stolen from my locker. After that time, my interest in football began to wane and I didn’t even watch football again until I was a cheerleader in highschool. I was great on the sidelines cheering and keeping the crowd hyped even when our team was far behind. Which reminds me of my current love for…
  • Better tasting medicine for kids

    Renee Ross
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    photo credit: Nomadic LassI am so thankful that for the most part, my son is very healthy and rarely gets sick. He may catch a cold or have some other respiratory issue once annually and when he does, neither of us are very happy when it comes time to take medicine. In the past he has cried - real tears because he didn’t like the taste of the medicine that he needed to take in order to help him get better. I of course feel terribly because despite medicine being a necessary evil, I don’t want to make my son who is already feeling badly feel worse. One of the things that has helped this…
  • Tax Time!

    Renee Ross
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    photo credit: 401(k)It is that time of the year. Tax Time! I know that many people cannot wait for the new year because they are ready to receive their income tax refund and have big plans for the money. As an entrepreneur, I don’t disillusion myself into believing that I will receive a refund - unless by some strange miracle, I overpay my taxes one year...but that is highly unlikely! I personally seek assistance when filing my taxes and if you didn’t know, affordable income tax preparation is available at select Walmart stores nationwide. If you are an individual anticipating an income…
 
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    superdumb supervillain

  • MasterChef Junior Giveaway

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

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Sometimes I get a little depressed that the kids are getting older. Not because I have rabid baby lust but because I love all the trappings of the 0-5 world: picture books, teensy tiny clothes, educational television programming. When Roo and Jasper were little, nobody would question me having Sprout on all day, for example. Anyway, I don't really write about little kid stuff as often anymore,
  • Varekai by Cirque du Soleil Giveaway

    6 Jan 2015 | 4:51 pm
    If you've never been to a Cirque du Soleil performance, you really should sometime. Trust me, I am a massive cynic about hyped up stage shows, but the combination of daring acrobatics, garish colors, and all-around spectacle must be seen to be believed. The newest Cirque du Soleil touring show, Varekai, will be stopping in Wichita this month. Its plot is loosely based on the myth of Icarus,
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    WordPress.com News

  • One Theme, Three Ways: Customizing Twenty Fifteen

    Ben Huberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our default theme this year, Twenty Fifteen, draws visitors’ eyes to what matters most — the text and images you publish on your site. Crisp typography, generous spacing, streamlined navigation: Twenty Fifteen shows that less can indeed be more (and that it can look great on any device). Keeping things simple and streamlined doesn’t mean you can’t make a theme your own, of course. From free custom color schemes (pictured in the gallery above) to a vertical header area with ample space to channel your (and your site’s) personality, Twenty Fifteen is a…
  • Notifications just got a boost!

    Fred Cheng
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you’ve been tuning in to Hot Off the Press, you’ll know about recent updates to the WordPress.com interface along with some fantastic technical upgrades. To continue the momentum, we’ve introduced more interactive and robust notifications throughout WordPress.com. (Coming soon to a Jetpack blog near you.) Keep an eye on the new interface and let us know what you think! Why the change? We care about giving our users a streamlined and consistent experience across their devices. Unlike the old design, our new notifications look practically identical whether you are…
  • New Themes: Cubic and Wilson

    David A. Kennedy
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    It’s Theme Thursday and today I’m happy to present two new free themes: Cubic and Wilson. Cubic Designed by WordPress.com’s own Thomas Guillot, Cubic is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. With its single-column, grid-based design crafted around large featured images, Cubic is the perfect fit for photobloggers. Read more about Cubic in the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your blog by going to Appearance → Themes. Wilson Designed by Anders Norén, Wilson is minimal yet bold. It’s a clean and simple theme for personal sites and blogs — make it your own with a…
 
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    balancingmotherhood.com

  • 10 Luscious Chocolate Cake Recipes

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It’s national chocolate cake day. Who makes up these days anyway? It doesn’t matter, because I think this one is worthy. who doesn’t want chocolate cake on any given day? A few months ago I made this lovely chocolate cake. Chocolate, caramel, pecans. Delicious. Moist. This cake is a winner. And, the secret? The base […] The post 10 Luscious Chocolate Cake Recipes appeared first on .
  • Red: A Crayon’s Story is Provocative Children’s Book

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    I love a  good children’s picture book. I love opening the book to read a new story and share with my children. My all time favorites are ones that have themes relevant for adults too. I’m not just talking about being funny. You know the ones that have clever jokes that are above the heads […] The post Red: A Crayon’s Story is Provocative Children’s Book appeared first on .
  • Chocolate Butter

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    I love this latest recipe. Truly, I’m in love with this one. It’s decadent, and — as always — EASY! I can’t believe I’ve never even heard of CHOCOLATE BUTTER before! I found this little recipe in the most recent issue of Real Simple magazine on a page titled “chocolate chips.” WHOA! It was this […] The post Chocolate Butter appeared first on .
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    Hormone-Colored Days

  • Wonder Wheel 1.0

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

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

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Sad Tesla in the rain.As I headed from my desk toward the kitchen, I noticed smattering of specks on my office floor. I asked Son #2 to fetch me a damp rag. As I swiped at the small spots, it dawned on me that these brick red speckles were dried blood. Blood!"Remember that time Tesla was bleeding from his neck?" Son #2 asked."Yes, that was weeks ago and I cleaned it up." We never did figure out how the dog was injured, only that there was a little blood that dripped from a small mysterious spot on his neck. It stopped as quickly as it started.I may be a slob when it comes to things like piles…
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    Mile High Mamas

  • Bedtime study: Let sleeping kids lie; 90% sleep-deprived

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    Established rules and routines help children get age-appropriate sleep amounts, according to the 2014 National Sleep Foundation’s “Sleep in the Modern Family” Poll, released Jan. 26. While most parents endorsed the idea of the importance of sleep, 90 percent of children did not sleep the full amount of time recommended for their age group, researchers found. Consequences of poor sleep among children and adolescents include behavioral problems, impaired learning and school performance, sports injuries, problems with mood and emotional swings and a worsening of health-related issues,…
  • Funny Quiz: Are You Honoring Your New Year’s Resolutions?

    gretchen
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    1. You vowed to give up sugar. While taking this quiz, you will jot down your answers with: a. A pencil b. You’ll remember your answers c. Your finger dipped in chocolate syrup 2. In 2013, you were going to start running. How many times have you laced up your shoes and gone? a. Huh? I’m licking my score sheet. b. Over ten and it’s only January 15th. c. More than once. 3. You vowed to quit a bad habit cold turkey. Have you slipped-up? Which statement applies? a. I stopped my bad habit at the stroke of midnight and haven’t looked back. b. There was some turkey. It was…
  • I Dropped the F- Bomb and Kids Say the Darndest Things

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    Yes. I dropped the “F” bomb. As in: right in front of my five-year-old. I came home one evening from work and decided to help Husband with the most important part of the dinner: open and pour the wine. As I walked back and forth around the kitchen, I did not bother to read the label on the wine. I only realized upon swiftly and expertly opening the bottle, I was dealing with a sparkling Moscato. As I watched-and felt, mostly- in horror as the Moscato got sprayed all over my face, dress and kitchen floor, I let out a heart-felt, totally-mean-it,…
 
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    (More than) Fourinarow.net

  • Big Game

    Susan
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    Finally!  (Yes, that applies to me posting, but also to Luke’s Blackhawk’s game!) If you’ll remember, Gran and Maddog sent Blackhawk tickets to Luke for his 10th birthday back in December. He was SO EXCITED!!! Well, the day finally came.  Dan took off work early and took Luke to dinner in the city before they headed to the game. The Hawks CREAMED to Coyotes, 6-1. To top it all off, it turned out to be Bobble Head Night! Unfortunately, not being experienced game-goers, Dan and Luke didn’t know where or how to get a Bobble Head.  Thankfully, though, as they were…
  • Slooooooooo-mooooooooooo

    Susan
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    To keep ourselves from crying during the Cowboy game yesterday (that call was total B.S.!), we played with the slo-mo function on my new iPhone.  LOTS of entertainment, there.  If you’re not sure about upgrading, do it!  The slo-mo feature makes it totally worth it.   I have a LOT more where that came from…
  • Elf

    Susan
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    Andrew was (appropriately) and elf for this year’s kindergarten/preschool Christmas show. Andrew and his girlfriend, Molly (who was a star) hung out after the show.  
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    Cheaty Monkey

  • To Blog or Tweet…or Instagram or Vine or—That is the Question.

    Haley-O
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Because of what I do for a living—Social Media Editor and resident celebrity parent blogger at Today’s Parent—I don’t get to write here at Cheaty Monkey much (you know, where it alllll started). But somehow, I do seem to make time to awkwardly but effectively type stuff on my iPhone. So, these days, I’m pretty much blogging on Twitter, Instagram, Vine and Facebook. Yup, I am still out there over-sharing. For instance, I was recently tagged on Instagram by the awesome Stan Byrne (who also blogs on Facebook now) in the #InstaYogi5Facts challenge. So, I wrote five…
  • 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…
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    Queen of Spain Blog

  • The Fairy Godmother and My Glass Slipper?

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

    Queen of Spain
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Three hospital stays since returning from Hawaii. Not entirely how I envisioned the past 6 weeks. I’m coping. I’m trying hard not to fall into that dark place and I’m taking solace in words from the neurologist during my last stay…things will change, and this time, next year, I could be a very different woman. This is chronic illness. How are the kids and husband coping? Sigh. Can you hear the wave of guilt hitting me as I type that sentence? I thought, instead of dwell, I would just say that I’m ok. We’re ok. I will know more Monday and I will know if that…
  • 40

    Queen of Spain
    25 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    I’ve been wanting to write and write and write and write and write… I turned 40.  I don’t feel much different. Or older. Minus my body continuing its march to disintegration. But mentally 40 feels much better than 20. Even 30. I actually like getting older. We went to Hawai’i as planned and it was amazing, as planned. And, as if as planned, I landed in the hospital upon our return. I have a really bad habit of going and doing something awesome and then having to spend a few days in the hospital because of said awesomeness. This time I can honestly blame a combination…
 
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    Blonde Mom Blog

  • Don’t Call Me Ma’am Skincare Giveaway

    Blonde Mom
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    I love trying new skincare products, especially now that I’m in my 40s. In fact I may be a bit of a skincare product hoarder. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at my arsenal of products I have stored in the bathroom. I’m ready for a zombie apocalypse AND wrinkles. Yeah! Age is just a number and honestly being in my 40s I’m realizing that now more than ever! I love products that have as little extra “stuff” in them as possible! Don’t Call Me Ma’am not only is a very cleverly-named skincare line (here in the South ma’am this and ma’am…
  • 10 Black Jumpsuits To Take You From Conference Call to Cocktail Hour

    Blonde Mom
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    There’s nothing more classic than an LBD, however there’s a new player in town (and you could even skip shaving your legs if you go this route…ha!) I attended a Belk spring fashion preview event here at Cool Springs Galleria last week and according to their VP of Trends Arlene Goldstein one of the season’s 10 must haves is a jumpsuit. There are some super sleek and classy jumpsuit options out there and I’ve spotted several that would even work if you are petite like me. Check these 10 black jumpsuits out. They’d be perfect for a special evening and…
  • Gatsby Girl Glam On A Gorgeous Day

    Blonde Mom
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    Disclosure: Biscotti sent us a dress as a sample to consider for possible review. All thoughts and opinions on my blog are mine and I was under no obligation to publish a positive post. We have had some incredibly spring-like days in Nashville this week. The girls and I had the opportunity to spend a recent sunny late afternoon with a wonderful local photographer who needed models for her business and it ended up being a gem of an afternoon for portraits! I was thrilled because it’s been several years (bad mama) since I have had any professional photos taken of the girls and no school…
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    Girl's Gone Child

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    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Fade Into You + J Mascis is basically what happens when every fond memory of adolescence collides with the pieces of broken hearts that never fully healed. Not completely, anyway. I can still see the Dinosaur Jr. cassette tapes on the floor of various pick-up trucks... besides sweaty t-shirts and stickers, surf wax and empty boxes of smokes in cars we were too young to drive ourselves...226. Fade Into You covered by: J Mascis...The throaty rasp of J Mascis + wispy wail of Mazzy Star = the collision of girl talk and boy issues. This song is the whole story. It smells like unmade beds and…
  • Please Pass the Peace...

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Today's post was brought to you by The Family Dinner Project, promoting the nourishment of minds and bodies, one family dinner at a time. This is breakfast, btw. We don't eat cereal for dinner typically. Family dinners are not my strength -- or our strength, I should say. Family dinners were an EVERY NIGHT occurrence at our house growing up and even though I didn't want to participate much in my teen years, being made to sit at that table, every night, no matter how much homework I had or what boy just broke up with me or how much I hated my mother -- being together as we…
  • When You're the Stranger

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    This Last week on Mom.me, I wrote about an altercation that went down last month. On the beach. Between myself and another mother. Because nothing says "Happy Holidays" like an ocean breeze, sandy toes and an almost brawl with another parent. I used to be shy about telling children to behave on the playground. I'll never forget when a toddler boy kicked a barely crawling Fable IN THE FACE ON PURPOSE and his dad sat him down and was like, "please use your words next time!" as Fable screamed--and I said nothing. But at some point, after many of these sorts of incidents where…
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • I, Whiner

    Rita Arens
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:19 pm
    I found myself crying today for no good reason. Or maybe it was, in the interest of time. I'd been reading Neil Gaiman short stories on a five-hour drive through ice with ten-year-old feet in my face and sports on the radio so loud I couldn't hear myself think. I had one of those moments where you just want everyone to go away so you can remember what you were trying to do in the first place. I couldn't remember. So I cried. It was awful and embarrassing, and my daughter reminded me of the time I cried in We Bought a Zoo, and I realized I've become that mother whom you can't bring anywhere.
 
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    All Blog Posts

  • Antibiotic Resistance: What It Is, What We’re Doing about It, and What You Can Do to Help

    Beth Bell
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    As a doctor, my greatest fear is to be unable to help a patient when they need me the most.  Likewise, I think the greatest fear of every parent is to see his or her child in pain and be powerless to help.  For too many doctors and parents, these fears are becoming increasingly real with the rising problem of antibiotic resistance – when germs outsmart the medicines intended to treat them.  Every year, antibiotic-resistant infections cause at least 2 million illnesses and over 23,000 deaths in the United States. If we do not take action to combat antibiotic resistance, those numbers will…
  • Congress wants to cut Medicaid. Moms can’t let them!

    Elyssa Koidin
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Congress is only a few days into its new session and already vital health programs like Medicaid are in jeopardy. Without strong public support, the new Congress may take steps to fundamentally weaken Medicaid, a program that provides health coverage to one in three low-income children and to 70 percent of all nursing home residents. Medicaid is a critical support for families, especially those of us who are caring for children, have aging parents, or have family members with disabilities. *Write your members of Congress TODAY and tell them to “Protect Medicaid from cuts and harmful changes…
  • Who Makes Our Food?

    Liz Shuler
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    More than 100 years ago, after Upton Sinclair worked undercover in Chicago meatpacking plants, he revealed the abuse and exploitation of immigrant workers in the industry—including the tragic story of a worker who fell into a rendering tank. Public reaction to his great book, “The Jungle,” forced federal measures to make food safer—but not workers safer. There shouldn’t be any separation between good food and good jobs, because working conditions in the food system are everyone else’s eating conditions. Unions represent workers throughout the food system—farm workers, meat…
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    This Full House

  • Super-Nor'Easter-Winterstorm-Pain-in-the-Ass-Juno

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Big doings here in Jersey. We've got our first major snow event (a.k.a. ROYAL PAIN IN THE ASS, if you're from Jersey) creeping up our coast. The kids had an early dismissal (they've already canceled school for tomorrow), my husband's work closed early and, well, now we wait. The snow started blowing sideways at lunchtime, but the blizzard doesn't really get here until sometime in the middle of the night, because who needs sleep, right?!? [raises hand] I have anxiety issues with snow -- especially major P.I.T.A. snow events and most especially driving in it, here in Jersey, home of...
  • PLEASE Don't Call It A Sweet Sixteen Party!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    My son is turning 16, next Friday. SIXTEEN!!! The difference between his turning 16, as opposed to my two oldest daughters having crossed that bridge...with very little pomp and circumstance, other than a group sleepover...YAY!!!...while my 13 year-old daughter is already clipping through fashion magazines for prom dress ideas...WOW!!!...is that the boy insists his turning 16 is really not ALL that big of a deal. Guess what he wants for his birthday?!? G'head, I'll wait!!! Glen: I have to tell you about something my friends and I did in school. Aaaaaaaand, here's where being a mom of a…
  • One Flew INTO the Cuckoo's Nest

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Today started out not so great, however, I was mentally prepared for it (living with 3 teens, a 20-something-year-old and not sleeping very well, having agonized over ALL the things, last night), because there's always a fair amount of crazy going on at our house and I am a fully-functional worry wart. Heather: Holly has an interview, so you're taking me to work, right? There's a long and very convoluted story of why Heather doesn't have her driving license, yet. It's not my story to tell. Suffice it to say, spring cannot come quick enough. Me: Yup! [looks out window]...
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    Velveteen Mind

  • Let's Go Exploring

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    I have been busy. Fall is an exciting time for me this year. I have been anxious to tell you all about it and now is the time! Heather King from the The Extraordinary Ordinary  (#JustWrite fame) and I are launching Writing Threads, a community for writers. From our announcement: We understand the life of today’s connected writer. You wake up in the morning with every intention of knocking out some substantial writing and then take “just a second” to check on your email or “peek in” on Facebook. Then in the hectic daily grind, your energy is sapped, your emotions…
  • An Artist Must Never Be a Prisoner

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc. - Henri Matisse I have long been a prisoner of my own rules. Rules that I set for myself, thinking that they will help guide me but that surely bind me, instead. I frequently turn to this space when I feel the pressure of those bindings begin to tighten. Or perhaps it's not the tightening that I'm feeling but rather the outside limits of my self-imposed constraints when I begin to stretch myself again. I push against my own rules…
  • An Experiment and Proposal on Hope

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    Did you know that you can burn snack chips as kindling if you need to start a fire and can't find any twigs or brush? You can and I can tell you that Ruffles Sour Cream & Cheddar make the best choice, as they have the longest burning and most consistent flame. You know, just in case you are on your way to a Super Bowl party and get trapped in a blizzard. I know this because this was the experiment Quinn, my nine year old, chose for his science fair project this year. Like many of you, we knew about the science fair project for a long time but put it off. On the eve of the deadline to…
 
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    and baby makes 6!

  • Giveaway results!

    Jody
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Gah! Very, very busy and long week last week so I apologize for being late with the race hat giveaway results. The winner by random.org generator is Leanne!! She said: “I’d love to win a race hat! My motivation this … Continue reading →
  • The Sea Within Us

    Jody
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
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  • It is still cold.

    Jody
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:50 am
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    いい出会いができるって本当?

  • 手を出しやすいはずです

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:01 am
    エロイプ掲示板について考える現実に出かけて何らかの行事などに顔を出さないことにはいけなかったのですが、この頃ではSNSが普及したために、新たな出会いを生み出すことが容易く出来ちゃうわけです。 顔の広いひとというものは、人脈をより増やしていくのが巧みなものです。こういうタイプの友人をお持ちならば、あなたのような知り合いをあちこちの出会いのチャンスなどに招待してくれるでしょう。…
  • あなた好みの女性をゲットしてください

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    これまでSNSをやったこともなくて安心安全なセふれ募集アプリ誰とも巡り合えない、出会いがないなんて思っている方は、とりあえずいい機会ですから、たくさんのチャンスがあるSNSの登録から新しい世界に乗り出してみるのがいいと思います。 必ずせっかく話題のセフレ募集サイトを使ってみる場合には、素敵な異性をモノにする出会いテクニックの基本についてご案内しています。…
  • 要領の集大成です (3)

    admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    百戦錬磨の会員が推奨するオススメのてれクラ 千葉ナビ一歩先をいった出会いテクニックを大公開!当サイトに公開されていることをやれるようになれば、あなたのゴール到達は問題ありません。 様々な利用者がいるコミュニティサイトであれば、一概に交際相手を探している、真面目な出会いを考えている人たちだけじゃなくて、単なる出会いだけを探しているなんて人たちだって含まれています。…
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • It’s my fault

    Mir
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    This morning I sent both kids off to school with something akin to GLEE. Monkey chatted all morning and was clearly, FINALLY, feeling better. I’ve asked Chickadee several times a day for nearly a week if she’s feeling okay, and with growing impatience and annoyance she has assured me that she’s FINE, MOM, GEEZ, STOP […]
  • Here, have some toast in a pretty bowl

    Mir
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Monkey is not recovering as quickly as I’d hoped, plus he doesn’t really like to be coddled when sick. Well, he likes me to fetch him things, sometimes, but for the most part he just wants to lie down in a dark room and cough in a way that makes me wonder if maybe he […]
  • These two things are unrelated

    Mir
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    I am nothing if not inconsistent; I started writing here again and then I saw something shiny and wandered off. Or, more accurately, life happened and I realized I’d abandoned you again. I’m a jerk. I have no other defense. There’s two things I’ve been meaning to share, though of course the more time that […]
 
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  • Ike & Delilah

    amalah
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    Hi! Hi hi hello and stuff. It's been a maddeningly busy couple weeks around here, work wise. And completely, utterly boring otherise. Ezra's tooth fell out. We took the Christmas tree down. I am still finding cat hair on my mascara wand.  Oh, and I took Ike to get his first "real" haircut. A hairzcut, if you will. Six months of half-assed home haircuts (plus the complete absence of any forgiving, curl-inducing humidity) had left him pretty shaggy looking, and it was officially time to take him to see someone who actually knows how to cut hair in a semi-straight…
  • Best Performance by a Supporting Baby Tooth

    amalah
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    I am so angry about The LEGO Movie Oscar snub right now I can't even finish this sentence. Except that I guess I did. Oh. Okay. Moving on. Ezra has his very first loose tooth — a much-anticipated event, marred by the fact that it announced its looseness with a fairly large amount of blood. "MY TOOTH IS FALLING OUT!" he wailed from the top of the stairs last night, over and over again, in a panicked, screeching voice.  (Ezra's personal attention-seeking flavor of Middle Child Syndrome is high-pitched Theatrical Wailing/Shrieking. About everything. All the time.
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    The Domestic Diva

  • How to Make a Scrapbook Journal on a Budget

    The Domestic Diva
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:58 pm
    (sponsored post) For a while now I’ve been thinking of diving into the journal world. I’ve been looking at all kinds of different journals, starter books, and kits. So when I was approached by Walmart as a part of the Walmart Moms to check out their scrapbook section in my local store, I knew now […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Affordable Makeup Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

    The Domestic Diva
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:58 pm
    (sponsored post) As much as I love my makeup collection, the trouble of finding a place to store and organize it can be quite a challenge in a small space. My bathroom counter tops are pretty much non-existent so keeping my makeup in our bathroom simply is not an option for me. I always dreamed […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • The Secret to Long Lasting Nail Polish: New Wet N Wild Nail Polish at the Drugstore

    The Domestic Diva
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
    A few days ago, I needed a little pick-me-up so I went to the drugstore to see what new and clearanced beauty goodies I could find.  I love the beginning of the year because many of my favorite products will be on clearance to make way for the newer products to hit the shelves.  There […] 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

  • Weekly Menu Plan #23

    Heather Solos
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:37 am
    Heather says Well, this is a safe space, right? I fell off the wagon last week. We not only ate out, we also had what the kids call a “floor picnic movie night”. The latter is how I make serving raw vegetables, cheese, and other usually lunch but not terribly exciting foods palatable. What’s my excuse? Sick kids and just being tired of “people”. By people, I don’t mean you, of course. You would never be rude to me or my support team; it’s part of why I like you. Naturally. So here we go, a new week, a new menu, a new chance to try to be a little more…
  • Garage Refrigerator / Freezers, Winter, and Your Food

    Heather Solos
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:36 am
    Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a refrigerator in my garage and for the last few weeks I have noticed the freezer isn’t as cold as it should be. Should I be worried? More importantly, is the food safe? The vegetables seem a little soft. Sincerely, It’s Frickin’ Freezin’ , Mr. Bigglesworth Heather says Garage refrigerators can be very useful for food storage, if you have a bunch of kids, they are also useful to keep the kids from running in and out every time they want a drink. Unfortunately when the temperature drops below 40°F or 4°C the freezer may not maintain the proper…
  • Sausage and Sweet Potato Soup

    Heather Solos
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Heather says: I saw some version of a sausage and kale soup floating around on Pinterest. Last week I wanted soup one night instead of whatever was planned*. The soup was so good, it became something that I had to be able to replicate. Around here, soups are made willy-let’s throw everything we want into a pot and then we can never have it again. Last week I paid attention and this week I replicated it and wrote down the recipe. Loaded with kale and garlic, I plan on breaking out versions of this anytime I hear a sniffle from the kids and the Parmesan for garnish is completely optional.
 
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • Valentine’s Day, Schmalentine’s Day…

    Sara Jacob
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    Valentine’s Day. The word can cause pink hearts to float circles around your head or evoke your gag reflex. As a mom, Valentine’s Day can be a time to make your little ones feel loved. Or it can pose a serious threat. I am a Pinterest mom. There I said it. I love pinning all of the cute holiday ideas, creative recipes, unique DIY home projects and amazing outfits, of which MAYBE 30 percent will ever be glued, baked, distressed or worn. Don’t get me wrong…there are some adorable ideas. But c’mon, who has time for all of that? I would love my son to wake up to…
  • Hot Mom Body

    Christie Gibson
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    I am not one of those women. The ones who can eat whatever they want and stay the size they want. This doesn’t stop me from continuing to eat what I want. But it did stop me from staying at my ideal size. I’ve never been good at dieting, meaning not eating In-N-Out and brownies, so it’s always had to be about working my @$$ off to burn those extra calories. Motherhood is a game changer I figured since I understood the exercise-calories=lose weight equation, and that I was pretty disciplined with working out, after having my kid I’d resume my fitness habit and get…
  • Why All Mothers Should Celebrate Black History Month

    Allison Bell Bern
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:36 am
    Here are some questions you don’t see too often on a mom blog: Who was W.E.B. DuBois and what role did he play in American history? What was Jim Crowe and how did it effect black life from the Civil War to the present? What were Langston Hughes’ most important writings and how was his work perceived by American society in his lifetime? Why are you reading these questions? Because it’s almost February, Black History Month, and these are just a few of the millions of questions worthy either of a dissertation or, at least, a good delving into next month. Unfortunately, however,…
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • A Gull’s Life… Wordless Wednesday

    Lucinda A. (NDM#139)
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
     
  • Stylish Jewelry Features GPS Locations of Favorite Disney Locations – DISCOUNT Code

    wdwjill (NDM#117)
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
      Recently, I had a chat with Jennifer at Mousenet Creations, after I ordered two of her fabulous bracelets on Facebook. I saw these creations just before Christmas and I knew I needed to add one or two to my collection. I ordered my favorites: Haunted Mansion at WDW and Cinderella’s Castle. They are even better in person. I was really impressed with how they wear. The material Jennifer uses really does stand up to abuse. I must confess, I even Googled the coordinates, and they were so spot on, it was amazing! I decided I needed to reach out to Jennifer for the Disney Driven…
  • Neil Patrick Harris to Open Oscars With Original Song Written By Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
      “LET IT GO” OSCAR-WINNING TEAM KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ AND ROBERT LOPEZ WRITE ORIGINAL MUSICAL NUMBER FOR OSCAR HOST NEIL PATRICK HARRIS     Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris and show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron shared that the Oscar-winning songwriting team from “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, are in the midst of writing an original multimedia, musical sequence, “Moving Pictures,” which Harris will perform on Oscar Sunday, February 22, on ABC. Harris made the initial announcement on his Twitter account, posting the network’s first tweet using…
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    Joy Unexpected

  • After School Hugs and Kisses

    Y
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    When she is at school, he misses her. When she comes home from school, everything in his world is right again. It is the sweetest thing, really.
  • 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,…
 
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Can you raise moral children without the church?

    Erin Lane
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    by Erin Lane posted in Mom Stories I'll get right to the point. Religion causes me an abundance of parental anxiety. I was raised Catholic. I was baptized, received First Reconciliation, First Communion, was confirmed and even married in the Catholic Church. But I don't (now) consider myself a Catholic. As a teenager I was... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Kerry Washington's maternity style: No need to be comfortable

    Sara McGinnis
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Kerry Washington wasn't about to let a little thing like creating new life stop her from making her gams look good. Presenting the Women's Shoe Designer of the Year to French legend Christian Louboutin, the style star said with a laugh, "I famously wore my high heel Louboutins until I... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Steal Kate's style: 8 picture perfect maternity trends

    Carolyn Robertson
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    by Carolyn Robertson posted in Celebrities Let's face it, maternity clothes aren't always all that flattering. The pants don't fit, the tops ride up, the dresses hang off of your rounded belly like a massive, shapeless tent. As any mom-to-be knows, finding chic, comfortable clothes while pregnant isn't easy. One expectant mom seems to have... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Stimeyland

  • Stimey’s Guide to Handling Common Traveling Scenarios

    Stimey
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:24 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
  • I’m Just Going to Leave This Here.

    Stimey
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:54 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
  • Dinner, Team Stimey Junior Style

    Stimey
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:24 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

  • 15 Guy-Approved Super Bowl Recipes Ideas

    Kimberly
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Are you ready for some football? I’m not a fan, but I enjoy going to Super Bowl parties to spend time with family and friends. In case you are hosting or simply bringing a dish, below are some game day dishes that consistently get high marks from the various men (family and friends) in my […] The post 15 Guy-Approved Super Bowl Recipes Ideas appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Favorite Outdoor Fun NYC Winter Activities

    Kimberly
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    As I was walking to pick up the boys from school yesterday, I heard a little girl who was playing in the snow sing “the cold never bothered me anyway”… (Frozen!) I couldn’t stop myself from laughing, because that line sums up how most kids (whom I know) feel about snowy, cold weather.  While we […] The post Favorite Outdoor Fun NYC Winter Activities appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • New Outback Steakhouse Brooklyn Giveaway

    Kimberly
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    While I enjoy cooking and eating at home, my family treasures when we get to eat at restaurants – whether they are casual or “fancy”.  I must say that the boys tend to like chain restaurants the best. One of the restaurants that we all enjoy is Outback Steakhouse. While the restaurant is best known […] The post New Outback Steakhouse Brooklyn Giveaway appeared first on Mom in the City.
 
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    Smiley Cat: Christian Watson's Web Design Blog

  • My Top Web Apps and Software of 2014

    1 Jan 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Two years ago I posted about my best apps and software of 2012, and so I thought I would revisit my list to see what has changed in 2014.I won't go over in detail the software that I am still using from my previous list. Suffice to say, I am still using almost all the apps on a regular, if not daily, basis. Here's what I have added to my core toolbox in 2014. LastPass What's it for: Password management I was probably using LastPass back in 2012 too, but I thought I would call it out as is it so essential to my online life. I rely on its Firefox and Chrome browser extensions to manage my many…
  • Ecommerce Mobile Home Page Design Gallery

    26 Dec 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I am (finally) working on a mobile design for the main ecommerce website I run. As I started thinking about the layout of the site and of the home page, I wanted to see what approaches leading online retailers were taking for their mobile designs, and what ideas and best practices I could apply.The sort of questions I was looking for feedback on were wide ranging, including: Would a short or a long home page be more effective for my customers? What balance should there be between providing category navigation on the home page and on presenting featured offers and products? Should the search…
  • 18 Fantastic Free Fonts to Make Your Web Designs Stand Out [Infographic]

    28 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    Whether you're looking to make your designs more techy or more classy, this collection of free web fonts by Plato Web Design has something for every occasion, along with tips on how best to use them.For convenience, I have provided links to the fonts after the infographic. Or you can download them all in a .RAR file from the source page. Download the Fonts When you view a Google font below, don't forget to click on the "Pairings" tab to see which other fonts it goes well with. To use the font as a web font or to download it, click on the "Open [font name] in Google Fonts »" link at the…
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    Mombian

  • New Portal for Research on Lesbian and Gay Parenting

    Dana
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    What if all the best scholarly research about children with lesbian or gay parents was gathered into a single online portal? The “What We Know” project has done just that, and will likely become a key reference for policymakers, journalists, researchers, and the public. The project, housed at Columbia Law School, is intended to inform people about expert consensus on controversial public policy issues. Described by its founders as “part online library, part communications outreach tool,” its first phase focuses on LGBT equality, starting with the well-being…
  • Is Queer-Inclusive Similac Ad Still Exclusive?

    Dana
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    On the face of it, Similac’s new ad, “The Mother ‘Hood,” is one of the most queer-inclusive ads I’ve seen recently, with both two-dad and two-mom families, including women who are rocking a clearly queer aesthetic. But does it exclude as well? In the ad, various contingents of moms converge on a playground. There are breastfeeding moms, bottle-feeding moms, attachment parents, working parents, and stay-at-home moms, as well as the aforementioned queer gals. There’s also a group of dads, including a two-dad family, with their kids. Trash-talking…
  • Lesléa Newman’s Journey Through her Mother’s Cancer

    Dana
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    Sometimes, a book comes along at just the right time. My mother was diagnosed with lung, bone, and brain cancer on December 23, just days after I received a copy of Lesléa Newman’s new book of poetry about her own journey through her mother’s illness and death from cancer. Newman, best known for her classic children’s book Heather Has Two Mommies, takes us from diagnosis to yahrzeit—the Jewish memorial a year after death—with an unflinching yet compassionate eye. Newman’s poems are a raw reminder of the sometimes complicated bonds between parents and their grown children. They…
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    Pajama Mommy - A Women and Mothers Blogger Community A Women and Mothers Magazine

  • All I want is my two front teeth.

    Head Mommy
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    My little BooBear lost another tooth, making this her third loss in a little over a month. Unlike any other time she’s lost a tooth though, she cried with this one.  It wasn’t a painful process or a difficult process.  In the middle of conversation it just fell out into her lap.  Her tears weren’t shed from pain or difficulty, but from losing her “favorite” tooth. You see, this particular tooth has been insanely loose for the past two months.  You would see her walking down the hall wiggling it around with her tongue or biting into certain food items to see…
  • Scrambled Egg Muffins Recipe

    Head Mommy
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Ingredients 1/2 pound chopped bacon 12 eggs 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped spinach leaves 1/4 cup chopped kale 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese Directions Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until done to your liking drain. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add onion, spinach, kale , salt, garlic powder and pepper. Stir in bacon and cheese. Spoon by 1/3 cupfuls into muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. *You can…
  • Happy New Year : 2015

    Head Mommy
    1 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Every year I make a list of resolutions and every single year, I shove that list as far off to the side as humanly possible.  Rather than break tradition, here’s my list of resolutions: Save more, spend less. Take my babies to Disney. Become more financially stable. Decrease my debt. Go back to school, finally. What are some of your New Year’s resolutions? I’m curious to see what every one will be busy plucking away at this year!
 
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • I’m Weird

    Ree
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    I was looking through my iPhone for an old photo related to our building project from last spring, and I found the following two photos, snapped by Paige when we were at Sky Zone (the new huge trampoline parks that are sweeping the nation) celebrating a birthday. That was a really, really, really long sentence. Anyway, I had never been to a Sky Zone before that, and I guess I hadn’t jumped on a trampoline in years, because once I set one foot inside the main trampoline area, I went a little crazy. Within minutes, I was challenging Paige to a split jump contest. Warning: The following…
  • Wheeee!

    Ree
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    It’s difficult to describe just how pretty the golden light was late yesterday afternoon, and it’s hard to convey it in photos, so I’ll just say this: the golden light late yesterday afternoon was so pretty, Paige and I had no choice but to go outside and breathe in as much of it as we could.       It was nippy and the wind was blowing and we didn’t care. This is the kind of stuff you have to go outside and be a part of. Five of us had the flu last week (hello, Marlboro Man and your rock-solid immunity), so now that we’re feeling better,…
  • Spelling Him Out

    Ree
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Manly. Yup. Adventurous. Totally. Rugged. You bet. Lionhearted. Yes. Brawny. It was either this or Beefy. Observant. He takes in his surroundings. Rad. Sorry. Throwback to my L.A. days. Outstanding. As in “outstanding in his field.” (Get it? Ha.) Multifaceted. He loves “Fast & Furious” and “Sense & Sensibility” equally. *Scratching head. Ace. I like the guy. You probably already knew that. Necessary. To me. To the kids. To the animals on the ranch. To our whole family. Happy Birthday, Marlboro Man! Love, Your Woman
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    Design Mom

  • Baby Cravings

    Design Mom
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. I realize the title of this post implies otherwise, but I’m not pregnant. I promise. And I have zero plans to have another baby. I really, truly feel like our little family is complete. So what’s with all the baby cravings I’ve been having lately? I see babies and have to stop myself from picking them up without permission. I see pregnant friends and my hand instinctively goes to my belly to acknowledge my own (non-existent) pregnancy. I find myself listening in on conversations about the latest baby gear and making mental notes for future…
  • DIY: Flavored Sugar Valentines

    Amy Christie
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Photos & styling by Amy Christie. Hey Sugar! Here’s something to sweeten your day. As you know, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so I’m trying to share a few projects while you still have time to make use of them. : ) This one is a good one! Flavored sugar recipes are popping up everywhere and since they are so simple to make, I thought they would make sweet gifts for neighbors and friends (pun intended). Sugars infused with flavors help elevate the taste of the recipes they are added to. I’m not kidding about how easy these flavored…
  • Recipe: Almond Feta Dip That You Will Want to Eat With Everything

    Lindsey Johnson
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Photos and styling by Lindsey Johnson for Design Mom. // This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.  We’ve been making a wholesome walnut feta dip from The Moosewood Cookbook for almost two decades. It’s one of the Blair Family favorites! But the last few times we made it, I could see we needed to change it up a bit — its popularity was waining. So I switched out the walnuts for something spicier — I used Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds instead. Results? Holy cow. This dip is SO GOOD! I mean it. You are going to want to skip the veggies and the crackers…
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    Dutch Blitz

  • Not Boring

    angella
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:37 pm
    January is supposed to be a boring month. It’s one of the reasons that I turn my birthday party into an “all of the ladies” party, so that we can escape the blahs of January. The thing is, it feels like I’m still pinwheeling through every day, and so many friends have said the same. Life seems to be propelling at a faster rate as our kids get older, but not all of it is due to school activities or the daily dealings of a household. We’ve been taking the time to ski and snow shoe and play board games and cuddle on the couch to watch a movie. These are all good…
  • I’m On Top Of The World

    angella
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:42 pm
    It’s no secret that I love birthdays — mine and everyone else’s — and that my love language is words of affirmation. There were comments here, there was that poster my friends filled out, the trifecta of FaceBook/Twitter/Instagram birthday wishes, phone calls, texts, emails and … wow. My heart is so very, very full. You get a hug! You get a hug! You get a hug! My birthday was on a Tuesday, and Tuesdays are the day that Matthew has a staff meeting over lunch. I asked him if he could skip it in order to go for lunch with me instead, but he had a different plan.
  • Over The Hill

    angella
    18 Jan 2015 | 12:33 pm
    My birthday is on January 20th. As a child, I envied my sister’s July birthday because it was spaced nicely from Christmas, whereas mine is only a few weeks after and then nothing for the rest of the year. As an adult, the present aspect isn’t a big issue (I have a job and can buy what I want, any time of year!), but the blah of January has been more pronounced. December is full of parties and events and Christmas and New year’s and then January arrives and … nothing. So, for the past four years (at least — it could be five years but I’m old and my memory…
 
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    Boss Sanders

  • As Of Today, January 23, 2015

    bosssanders
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    *I think this photo is equal parts “creepy” and “funny.”    I think it’s the glasses. Outside my window… It’s COLD – Golden grass and the sky, a blanket of overcast white.  Chilling breeze that cuts through, shifting leaves and branches as it goes.  There is no trace of the fluffy cotton-ball snow that fell earlier today. I am thinking… About creating a recipe/menu-planning ebook.  Every time I cook a dish my girls love (which is daily), they ask, “Mama, when I’m big, can I have this recipe, too?”  They’ve already…
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR! (On This Day…12/31/2014)

    bosssanders
    31 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Outside my window… It is cold and the wind slices through like a sharp knife.  It is gray outside and when the sun rises, it will be a new year. I am thinking… So much has happened in 2014. We went to Chicago and Disney World.  Spent much time as a family, having fun and enjoying each other.  We learned so much from homeschool.  Z and Ro learned to read and are now rockstars!  We had lots of FIRSTS.  We lost loved ones.  We lost one of our own (miscarriage).  We have had the opportunity to love and stand in the gap for others’ children.  We have loved big and offered…
  • Thoughts on Ferguson

    bosssanders
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    I’ve not said much at all regarding what’s going on in Ferguson.  I don’t want to hurt or dishonor my friends and family of all colors, my law-enforcement friends/family, or any hurting hearts.  And, the truth is… I don’t feel like I have a complete picture. You see, I don’t know what was going through the heads of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson (the cop).  I don’t know their motives or thoughts as they acted and then, reacted.  Sitting here, in the safety of my home, I can’t even imagine the fear or surprise or even, anger.  I can imagine…
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    Virtual Coach

  • @barbling: 13 Stereotypes of Salespeople: Debunked [SlideShare] http://buff.ly/1wyS31z

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    This Just In! 13 Stereotypes of Salespeople: Debunked [SlideShare] http://buff.ly/1wyS31z 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: Called it 2 weeks ago. Facebook launching Trending Super Bowl for the big game http://buff.ly/1BpBCHK

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    This Just In! Called it 2 weeks ago. Facebook launching Trending Super Bowl for the big game http://buff.ly/1BpBCHK 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: The 15 Best Facebook Pages You’ve Ever Seen http://buff.ly/18oicMj

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    This Just In! The 15 Best Facebook Pages You’ve Ever Seen http://buff.ly/18oicMj Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
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  • I Do Believe in Fairies

    Kerry Sauriol
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Back in 2013 when I was lucky enough to take the family to Disneyland as part of media trip, Tara and I had the utter pleasure of enjoying a magical party right in the middle of Fantasy Land.  It was closed to the rest of the park attendees and while the party itself was amazing, the pure luxury of getting to go on the rides over and over without lining up was joy. The one ride we went on over and over was the Peter Pan ride.  I will never forget the opportunity to share something like that with one of my children. I have a soft spot for Peter Pan.  I have always loved the story.  Read…
  • National Geographic Presents: Disney Then & Now

    Kerry Sauriol
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    This one is for my US readers.  I know you are out there, because my analytics tell me so  So.  National Geographic and long time Disney fans, check out this fun contest that National Geographic is hosting. Remember walking down Main Street U.S.A. area or singing “it’s a small world” in the Magic Kingdom Park with your kids? Wouldn’t it be great to make new memories with them and your grandkids? Submit a “then” photo of a past Disney Park visit and you may win a “now” memory on a 5-day/4-night Walt Disney World vacation for 6 that includes…
  • A Netflix Winter Keeps You Warm & Cozy

    Kerry Sauriol
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:03 pm
    I have to stop binge watching shows in Netflix.  I couldn’t STOP watching their new show ‘Marco Polo.’  The acting is top notch and the story has really gripped me. I cannot wait until season 2 and I really need to start pacing myself with these programs.   I have been jumping up and down waiting till The 100 restarted and have SO happy to hear that they got renewed for another season.  The 100 is one of the best ‘sci fi’ shows to grace Netflix and regular television since Battlestar Galactica in my opinion.  Again, fantastic acting, and gripping story   It…
 
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    Cheaper Than Therapy

  • Wagonfalling

    ali
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Each second half of December, we visit Atlanta. It is one of my most favorite times of year even though it’s full of chaos and I’m the kind of girl who doesn’t always take too well to chaos. No one ever sleeps, at least three people have sickness ranging from gastro bugs to pneumonia, and we have to choose one movie for many, many different children. But yes, one of my favorites. Its a bit of an escape from the depressing Toronto sub-zero temperatures (I swear I can’t even remember the last time I felt my extremities). It’s concentrated, precious time I rarely…
  • Frat Girl Walking And A Top Five — Or Twenty-Five.

    ali
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:57 pm
    I assumed that the reason all five of us are a little on the unsettled side was because of my new work situation; that three days a week I leave the house with the kids in the morning, and come home after they’ve returned home from school. 1.5-hour latchkey kids. I assumed incorrectly. None of us are really having any problems with this. In fact, it’s better than I thought it would be—for all of us. Character-independence building kind of stuff. Also, the 3:30pm Dictator is only able to dictate twice a week. Nope. It’s the living in a staged house that is basically killing…
  • On Love and Loss Of The Red And Green Kind

    ali
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:58 pm
    This week was a particularly tough one to be a Target-loving Green Bay Packers fan.  Yes. Target came to Canada. Target is leaving Canada. Like Keyser Soze, basically. There were a lot of complaints about Target in Canada. People said there stock issues. Personally I never experienced this, perhaps the Target that was five minutes from my house was just a particularly well-stocked one. Or maybe they things I went to Target for were just particularly plentiful. There were complaints that it wasn’t the same as Target in the US. It wasn’t, of course. But it certainly was my go-to…
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    Self-Made Mom

  • Children’s Play Review: The Selfish Giant at The Chicago Children’s Theatre

    selfmademom
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Review originally posted on ChicagoParent.com: Based on a short story from Oscar Wilde, The Selfish Giant – the latest production from Chicago Children’s Theatre – features music by Chicago folk legend Michael Smith and production by Blair Thomas & Company. The show, which runs a short and sweet 50 minutes, tells the story of a grumpy giant who restricts children from playing in his garden. He locks the children out and winter descends on the garden for eternity. Winter continues until a hole is found through a wall around the giant’s garden and the kids sneak back in. You…
  • 3 Things to Do Before Summer’s End

    selfmademom
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    I can’t believe it’s August. It just seems like yesterday I wrote my last blog post talking about how summer break was off to an auspicious start. And now! It’s almost over. Isn’t that how it always goes? Lucky for you, there is still time left to pack in all my favorite summer activities so far. Herewith, my favorite things to do before summer ends. 1) Sailing on Lake Michigan with Chicago Sailing I cannot say enough good things about the sailing trip we were offered by Chicago Sail — a sailboat rental, charter, and lesson facility that runs out of Belmont…
  • Summer Break Day 1 Recap By the Numbers

    selfmademom
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:03 pm
    First day of summer break recap: Miles driven within city limits for day camp drop off: 15 Time spent in car (inclusive of forgetting baseball hat at home and going back for it): 1.5 hours Snacks packed: 3 per kid Times kids said “I’m bored”: 5 each Punches thrown: 3.5 (I caught one mid-strike) Tears shed: countless Times I threatened summer school: a dozen Off to a spectacular start, aren’t we?
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    Baby Mum-Mum

  • 5 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
      If you are wondering how the holidays flew by so fast, you are not alone.  It seems months of anticipation build up only for the few short weeks of the holiday season-only to disappear so quickly.  When it comes to kids whose calendars pass by days until the next holiday, parents quickly begin to […]
  • Creating Healthy Holiday Treats for Kids

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    There is nothing like the smell of goodies baking in the oven during the holidays.  Cooking with your kids can evoke your own childhood memories while in turn passing that memory onto your kids creating lasting traditions.  Some of those recipes, however, may not be as healthy as you eat now or may not be […]
  • 6 Ways to Get Through the Holidays with Food Allergies

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The holiday season is officially here, with lots of parties at school, family, friends, and neighbors’ houses. Of course these are joyful times but they can also add extra stress if you or child suffers from food allergies. Even having out of town guests in your home can be tricky because grandma doesn’t always know […]
 
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  • Things I’m Currently Loving

    Kim Zoot
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:56 am
    Agent Carter: If you like Action movies with badass female leads? Then this is will be your new favorite TV show. She’s an independent badass who has to fight one helluva patriarchy in her workplace environment. It seems that I might be the only person watching this show – if the ratings are any indication – so get yourself to Hulu where I think all episodes are still free, even if you’re not a Hulu Plus subscriber. And I’m 90% sure you can watch them on ABC.com. GO! There are so many crappy women characters on television – go watch one that kicks a whole…
  • Normalizing Mental Healthcare

    Kim Zoot
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:27 am
    We bloggers talk about when our kids get the flu or colds, we discuss how long they’ve been sick and how much medicine we gave them and whether or not they puked on our carpet. But when I talk about finally seeking help for Wes and his anger issues, I get thanked because it’s kinda rare. And so I’m going to keep writing about it in hopes to normalize it a bit. I won’t talk specifically about anything Wes said in appointments, but I’ll talk about the general experience and anything helpful we learned. The first thing Wes asked me when we talked about seeing an…
  • My Mountain Mist 50K Race Report: A Love Story.

    Kim Zoot
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Let me start by saying that I have lot of words to say about lots of things relating to yesterday. Those things are all eloquent things like the previous sentence. I think the best way to split up everything, however, is between the race itself and the Grand Slam adventure as a whole. That means you have TWO long-winded posts to look forward to about running and trails and mud and how happy all of it makes me. CALM DOWN, I KNOW YOU ARE EXCITED. (Unless otherwise noted, all photos are taken by Gregg Gelmis and We Run Huntsville. They link back to the gallery pages if you wan’t to look at…
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    Blue Badger

  • The Land of Nod Terrace Bunk Bed

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

    30 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I wish someone at Restoration Hardware would tell me the reason why the same exact item is several hundred dollars more expensive on their main site than on their RH Baby and Child site. The item of which I speak is the Ondine Salon Bench. The Burnt Oak sofa in Sand Belgian Linen is $1499 before discounts at the children's site and $1995 before discounts on the main site. They are the exact same sofa so why the difference in price?
  • The Perfect Nerd Christmas TShirt

    23 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I wish I had found these Fish Biscuit Design tees sooner because my whole family would be wearing them for the Doctor Who Christmas Special. The Doctor Who Christmas special has become a huge part of my family's holiday traditions, and these would be AMAZING. The Charlie Who tshirts are a huge combination of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Doctor Who, with a Blue Box Christmas tree and the Doctor and various creatures standing in for Charlie Brown and his pals. Maybe next year.
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    Blissfully Domestic

  • Fun & Functional Bathroom Organization Ideas

    Melissa Hillier
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    If you’re like most every other woman in the world, you have an overabundance of make-up, scented lotion, hair accessories and bath salts. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing…if it’s organized. When everything has a place and everything is in its place, then it’s easier to justify fifteen bottles of seemingly the same lotion to our significant others. Amiright, guys? Before we move on to the organization part, let’s take 30 minutes to clean and purge. Set a timer, grab a garbage bag for TOSS items and a basket for KEEP items, and begin. Be sure to go through…
  • Candy Lei Necklace DIY

    Shanna
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Have you ever made  a candy necklace? The first time I ever made these necklaces, I was looking for something different than cards for my child to take for “Friendship Day” (aka Valentine’s Day) at school.  It was a very Martha Stewart moment – I made 18 for the class and teachers. Whew!   The good news? These are really very easy with lots of room for personalization.  Change the candy, change the ribbon, use colored plastic wrap, add a To/From tag – the options are endless. Here’s the basics of what you’ll need: Plastic Wrap Candy ( demonstrated here is a “kiss” )…
  • A Resolution For Health with Centrum Multivitamins (and a $4 coupon)

    Shanna
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
      I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Centrum®. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Centrum® as a product or its effectiveness.    I started strong….. January 1, 2015.  This is the year I’m going to cut out sugar and processed food, go to the gym 5 days a week, run a 10k, and organize my closet. Then not so much…. January 15, 2015.  This is the year I’m going to eat better, go to the gym at least twice a week, run a 5k, and organize the junk drawer. I bet you started the year with some…
 
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    vintage everyday

  • 25 Vintage Photographs of Athens in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

    John VE
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Panoramic view of Lycabettus Hill in the background, 1850.185019001900The Old Palace in Athens, 1900See more »
  • Unseen Vintage Photographs of a Lost London, ca. 1900s-1910s

    John VE
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    A small collection of rare vintage photographs of London, taken between the 1910s and 1910s, from the Archives of English Heritage. The photographs provide a unique record of whole districts of London as they were vanishing...Arch, Shepherd’s Place, off White’s Row, now Tenter Ground, Spitalfields, 1909.Evans and Witt, Stationers and Bookbinders, Booksellers and Tobacconists, ca. 1900s.Cloth Fair, Smithfield, 1906.House with shop, ca. 1900s.8 Bow Churchyard, Cheapside, 1908 – near St Paul’s.See more »
  • Steve Jobs giving his middle finger to IBM, 1983

    John VE
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    This rare photograph of Steve Jobs demonstrates the Apple co-founder’s infamous rebellious spirit as he “flips the bird” outside an IBM building in New York City. It was taken in 1983 when the Macintosh team visited the city for a meeting with Newsweek, and was posted to Google+ by Andy Hertzfield, a member of the original Macintosh development team, “in memoriam for Steve Jobs as 2011 draws to a close”:“In December 1983, a few weeks before the Mac launch, we made a quick trip to New York City to meet with Newsweek, who was considering doing a cover story on the Mac. The photo was…
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    My Mommy's Place

  • They said we were going to get some snow.

    Leslie
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    I had grand plans of taking a photo of the same spot every hour to document the snowfall. I was going to make a time-lapse video or something! But the snow mostly fell overnight. So I have yesterday: And today: Also a cat picture I took, like, two weeks ago.
  • Sometimes the wold looks better through egg carton goggles.

    Leslie
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    (We made these on Thursday from a paper egg carton. All our goggles started to rip a bit in the center, so I reinforced them with a brad fastener. If you’re in need of a pair yourself, I think a foam egg carton might make sturdier goggles.)
  • The Don’t Go Game

    Leslie
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    I love my children. I loved them at first sight of those two little pink lines. And when they were born, I didn’t think I could possibly love them more. But I do. My love for them grows right along with them. The bigger they get, the more history we have, the deeper our relationship becomes. But all the while, physically, they’re moving away. They’ve gone from my womb to my breast, from my arms to my side, and as time moves on, from my home out into the world. I’ve known this is how it goes from the start, but I’ve never understood it like I do now, as Jack…
 
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    Born Just Right

  • A new one-handed basketball season

    Jen Lee Reeves
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    “That little girl with one hand can really play,” exclaimed a man sitting a few seats down from me during Jordan’s first game of the season. I was beaming with pride. Jordan is a basketballer. She really is. And I’m proud of how she played in her first game of the season. Jordan worked to get to this point. Last year was her first season and she loved it so much, she attended Nubability Athletics‘ summer camp to work on her skills. Sure, she still needs to work on dribbling and looking forward at the same time. She should also keep practicing her shooting…
  • One-handed hair styling

    Jen Lee Reeves
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    It seems like it was forever ago… I was sitting in a gym with Jordan at Camp No Limits when she was three-years-old watching our friend Lizzie show off how she can put her hair into a pony tail with one hand and her little arm. I watched in awe, shot video and thought how this amazing task could not be accomplished by my daughter because her arm is so much shorter. I was very wrong. The one thing I have learned as the mom of a limb different kid is to shake off every assumption I made when she was a baby because she’s going to prove me wrong every time. So fast forward to this…
  • Running Disney and merging my Born Just Right world

    Jen Lee Reeves
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:08 am
    I started running when Jordan was a toddler. I needed something for me. A healthy outlet. Eventually I learned the joy of running outside. At some point, I even got rid of the headphones and started to appreciate the quiet. I rarely run with other people. It’s me time. It’s peaceful. My world is non-stop and loud. Running is non-stop (on a tough day it’s stop and go) and quiet. Signing up for races is a way to keep me motivated. This past weekend was one of those race weekends. I grabbed Randy and left the kids behind with their Poppy to fly out to Disneyland for the…
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    The Art of Simple

  • Simple learning, simple blogging

    Tsh
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    by TshAs I write this, I am in the passenger seat of a van stuck in standstill traffic somewhere between Jinja and Kampala, Uganda. All’s well, it’s just the usual rigamarole of life here. But it’s fairly descriptive of what life has been like since we arrived in Africa a week ago: colorful, unpredictable, and limited access to the Internet. Considering that last tidbit, I thought it good for today’s post to point you to a few other things I’ve written recently, for a few other lovely places. A day in our (homeschool) life This is my favorite time of year on the blog Simple…
  • #78: Work, study, rest, play (or, Hemingway’s tweets)

    Tsh
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    I had a great time chatting with Micha Boyett for this episode—her book Found was one of my favorites of 2014! We chat about her story as a mom learning from Benedictine monks, good books, slowing down as bloggers, and letting go of our expectations. (If you’re reading this via email, head here to listen to the episode.) Show notes: Found: A Story of Questions, Grace & Everyday Prayer by Micha Boyett The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence On being healed of being a “big deal,” by Micha My slower-paced blog, also by…
  • Incredible difference-makers

    Robin Dance
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    by Robin DanceI‘m a walkin’, talkin’, livin’, breathin’ cliché: I joined a fitness boot camp for the first time in my life, AND began the Whole 30, shortly after the new year was born. In my heart, neither of them have anything to do with resolutions or new years; I’d rather believe they’re a matter of coincidental timing. But I am an unashamed “resolutions girl” with a slew of “do-betters” and “improvements” in my periphery for this year, so maybe (likely) they’re tied to that mulligan we’re…
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    We are THAT Family

  • Your Family Won’t Regret Doing This For The Next 30ish Days

    Kristen
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:16 pm
    I get it. I know just how hard it is to get dinner on the table and five people around it who are all going five different directions at five o’clock. On Monday night, my oldest two have church youth group and on Tuesdays my youngest has tumbling. Wednesdays are for meeting with other families for Bible Study and Thursdays, we have dental and eye appointments or –well, you get my point. Some days the window for all of us to be together is so small, it would be easier to just eat on the go or at least separately. And other days when we have long moments to linger…
  • We Were All Born to Ask This Question

    Kristen
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:28 pm
    It was an early Saturday morning when we loaded up the car and drove an hour to what we’ve been calling The Refugee Project for the past year. It’s really just a government housing apartment complex- one of twenty-two that line both sides of a long street, home to more than 50,000 refugees, relocated to our city. It’s our Friday place. But it wasn’t a Friday and we weren’t having class. Our husbands and kids  joined us to clean up the “clubhouse” and paint the place where our class has met the past year. It’s a vacant, musty three…
  • God Can Redeem Anything.

    Kristen
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    We sat in a circle and we waited. She cleared her throat and began telling her story, looking over at her husband as he nodded in support. I was 15 and in high school. I made mistakes. I got pregnant. It was so hard and I felt very alone. I leaned in because I wanted to hear the whole story. She told of the absent teen father, how her parents did the hard work of mostly raising her baby so she could finish school. When her child was 5 years old, she got married. To the father of her baby. He cleared his throat, “God redeemed me.” I looked at this family and all I could see was…
 
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    Scary Mommy

  • 12 Reasons Why I Didn’t Shower Today

    Kathryn Leehane
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Image via ShutterstockMy Dearest Husband,Welcome home! I hope you had a wonderful day at work. I know, I know, I look like hell (again) this evening. Honest to goodness, I had every intention of showering today and making myself more presentable, but it just didn’t happen.There are endless reasons why I didn’t shower today, but here are the first dozen off the top of my head…1. Your snoring and the baby kept me up last night so I pressed snooze a couple of times to get a little more sleep. Okay, fine. I hit snooze five times, and I completely missed my window of opportunity to…
  • This Is Why You Never Tell Mom She Can’t Dance

    Scary Mommy
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:07 am
    Because she can. And she will.The post This Is Why You Never Tell Mom She Can’t Dance appeared first on Scary Mommy.
  • We Were All Once Parents Of One Perfect Child Under Preschool Age

    Annie Reneau
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Image via ShutterstockWhen we were in the throes of potty-training our first child, we had some friends visit from out of town. They were first-time parents with one sweet little baby, cute as a button. The dad, our dear friend, had recently seen a Dr. Phil show about how to potty train your child in one weekend. And bless his heart, he proceeded to tell us, “All you need to do is X, Y, and Z, and she’ll be fully potty-trained by Monday!”Ha! HA!As if we hadn’t tried X, Y, and Z.As if we hadn’t tried every A, B, C, D, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, and T as well.As if we hadn’t spent the…
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    San Diego Momma

  • The Chicago Stories

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

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

    debawriter
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:18 am
    (Photo from www.camptakota.com) Ever since I fell in love with My Drunk Kitchen, I’ve kept semi-tabs on the YouTube series creator, Hannah Hart’s, whereabouts. Last year sometime, I heard she’d signed to appear in an independent film with other YouTube personalities, including Grace Helbig, and Mamrie Hart, and I promptly Googled all I could about the film.   Turned out the movie was a comedy written by Mamrie Hart and directed by The Brothers Riedell, who are also popular on YouTube ( as well as writers/directors in their own right) (as well as hot). Named Camp Takota,…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Our Big, Wobbly, Blue Thing

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    When we bought our house (many years ago), there was a swimming pool in the backyard. While it’s quite common to find pools in suburban backyards in Australia, this pool was really old (and ugly) and it was not very well looked after by the previous owners. So we would have needed to spend something like $7,000 – $10,000 to refurbish and fix it. The pool was also right smack bang in the middle of the backyard; it was all fenced up and it pretty much took up the WHOLE backyard. There was no where for our kids to run around or play. Added to that, both my husband and I have lived in…
  • Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I made a Vietnamese-style rice noodle salad for an Australia Day BBQ with friends! Nothing says Australia Day like a table full of cuisines spanning from all over the globe! I served the salad with crushed peanuts on the side, as I wasn’t sure if there were kids at the party with nut allergies. I also left out the chilli because I wanted it to be kid-friendly. There is a LOT of slicing with this recipe! In fact, there is so much slicing that I wouldn’t have made this salad if I did not have my julienne peelers. My julienne peelers look like simple potato peelers, and they cut…
  • Hello Parry and Isabel Marant

    admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:02 pm
    I’m so pleased to introduce this online boutique to all my lovely readers! Hello Parry is an online fashion store featuring some great new styles, with a stylish, understated, cool vibe – which I like a lot! The store is based in Australia, and they have easy domestic shipping rates and fuss-free, flat-rate International shipping. Things I like about the shop: 1) Quality for Price The first question that came to mind was, why would I shop here instead of ASOS, Zalora, or an Asian-based blogshop… where you can buy similar looking dresses for $45 and skirts for $25. Well after…
 
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    What's That Smell?

  • Vanilla Plum Energy Bites with Sunsweet Prunes #TheFeelGoodFruit

    Kimberly Grabinski
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Shares Most people wrinkle their nose up when you say the word prune, but they are nothing more than dried plums and they really are very good. And good for you. But still, people often overlook prunes as a healthy snack option because of the preconceived image of their grandfather drinking prune juice to help […] The post Vanilla Plum Energy Bites with Sunsweet Prunes #TheFeelGoodFruit appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Have a Guilty Pleasure Breakfast for Under 300 Calories

    Nina Say
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    SharesThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jimmy Dean® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. We’ve all been raised on the advice that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I have a nasty habit of either skipping breakfast all together, or only having my coffee. My problem […] The post Have a Guilty Pleasure Breakfast for Under 300 Calories appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Health Insurance 101 – Navigating the Affordable Care Act With United Healthcare

    Kimberly Grabinski
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    SharesThis is a sponsored conversation by United Healthcare, all opinions are my own. If you are like me, you look at all of the health insurance information out there and wonder what language it is actually written in. It’s confusing. It’s complicated. It’s scary. It’s got a DEADLINE! So while you are scratching your head you […] The post Health Insurance 101 – Navigating the Affordable Care Act With United Healthcare appeared first on What's That Smell?.
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    MotherhoodLater.com - World’s leading website, eZine and community for midlife moms.

  • 2015… Off to a “Firing” Start! By Vicky Dal Molin

    Vicky
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I cannot believe we are in a new year and it has been such a long time since I last sat down and gave myself enough time to write. When did we all become so…. Well for want of a better phrase “time poor”. Work/Life/Kids/Holidays has meant such a shortage of time to sit down and type up the many blog posts that I have started in my mind. So now I have done it…. Blocked out some time and in front of my computer and there are a million things running through my head that I want to write about. Today though I just finished reading an article of how a 5 year old boy shot his 9 month old…
  • Let’s Watch One More by Sharon O’Donnell

    Sharon Johnson O'Donnell
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:46 pm
    My two oldest sons and I LOVE to watch suspenseful TV series. “24” got us started back when they were in high school and middle school, and watching that weekly show together was really good bonding time.  But the best part was catching up if we started a series later than everyone else did. This happened with the first season of 24, and it was great fun watching episode after episode trying to get caught up before season two started. It was addictive watching the exploits of Jack Bauer, and I will never forget how we’d promise that we’d only watch one more episode,…
  • One Foot on a Banana Peel, The Other On The Gas Pedal By: Lori j Loesch

    Lori Loesch
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:25 pm
      I feel like I’ve got one foot on a banana peel, to retirement, and the other on the gas pedal of a race car.  Being an older mom, has it’s ups and downs.  As I get older, age has a way of sliding into my life and changing everything.  I don’t do anything as fast as I did when I was in my thirties.  There are physical challenges that have changed me.  I don’t feel like the happy person that I used to be.  I really think that the physical pain, and my vision difficulty have a lot to do with it.  When everything I do is somewhat of a challenge, or at least…
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    The Motherhood

  • Trend Round Up: New Features for Your Everyday Apps

    The Motherhood
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    This has been a week of change for some of our favorite social media platforms. Read on to learn about three big announcements made by social media leaders this week: 1. Twitter released two new features: video and group messages. With Twitter’s new video capability, you can capture, edit and share videos lasting up to 30 seconds directly from the Twitter app (an increase from Vine‘s 6-second limit). With group messages, users can now direct message a group of up to 20 people instead of just one at a time. Additionally, users can exchange messages through the group function…
  • Game On: Recipe Inspiration for the Big Game on Sunday!

    The Motherhood
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Did you know the Sunday of the Big Game (you know the one we’re talking about) is the second-largest food consumption day of the year behind Thanksgiving? Whether you’re hosting a party or bringing a dish to a Game Day potluck, it’s the perfect time to wow your guests with a new recipe! We are partnering right now with a team of creative bloggers to whip up a host of mouthwatering, better-for-you Game Day recipes using Naturally Fresh® homemade-tasting dressings. Check out how they put their own spin on some classic favorites, and look for Naturally Fresh® at your local Kroger or…
  • Flu Season Isn’t Over Yet!

    The Motherhood
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Have you managed to avoid the flu so far this season? If you thought you were out of the woods, you might not be, since seasonal flu most commonly peaks between December and February and can last as late as May. In partnership with The Motherhood, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with a team of bloggers to share some important tips – including these “Take 3” actions – to protect yourself and loved ones from the flu this season: Get vaccinated; it isn’t too late! Did you know that even if you’ve gotten the flu this season, you can still benefit from…
 
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    moosh in indy.

  • On Why We Don’t Always Wear Our Wedding Rings

    Casey
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Cody once worked with a guy that removed his wedding ring depending on the type of customer he was serving. Cody and I both thought it was pretty smarmy and gross (and we still do) but we didn’t know much about marriage as we were wee babes ourselves. After our own vows and rings were exchanged, I can remember going to a wedding reception when Cody forgot his ring. I flew into a crying fit in the parking lot “HOW WILL ANYONE KNOW WE’RE MARRIED! PEOPLE WILL THINK WE’RE JUST ENGAGED! HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?” So. You could say I was passionate about rings. Over…
  • he never gave up on me.

    Casey
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:34 pm
    For the first time in our almost 14 years of marriage I have finally allowed myself to be completely and hopelessly in love with Cody. I’m so in love with him I struggle to find words adequate enough to encompass how I feel about him. When I talk about him I generally end up in tears because through everything, he never ever gave up on me. I have hated myself for so long, and in hating myself I tried to convince Cody to hate me so I could be even more justified in my own self loathing. Up until recently I never let myself believe that he truly did love me, he was only with me out of…
  • 2014 flu bye.

    Casey
    29 Dec 2014 | 7:51 pm
    We all ended up with various stages of the flu over Christmas, all of us except Addie. I take this as proof that she has officially outgrown that kid thing where they lick weird and random stuff. Vivi on the other hand, stand close to her for too long and she will for sure lick you. I’ve been stuck in a bit of a funk, the fourth annual Midwestern winter funk. A friend’s dad has been struggling with depression and anxiety for a long time, and earlier in the month he tried to take his own life. Her dad and I are very similar in how we experience our depression, and I wonder if there…
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    Lit and Laundry

  • What I Learned While Starting 15 Projects in 15 Days

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

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

    4 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    This is the start I made on the third project of the year "Haunted Hotel" by Mill Hill.  It's a nice change to work on perforated paper.  I love the designs by this company.I think the idea of starting 15 new projects the first 15 days of the year is starting to really reinvigorate my crafting.  It is exciting to begin something new.  It's sort of a relief to finally work on something that's been sitting in my stash for a long time.  These things will never get done if they never get started.I'm also getting very organized, with a notebook of projects, when I start,…
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    The Stephford Diaries

  • Hello!

    Steph
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:59 am
    Oh, hey, hi, hello. I’m sort of in the middle of building yet another blog, except this one is mostly about the stuff I make. You should totally check back and stuff. I’d suggest subscribing, but is that still a thing people do? I don’t know. So…um…yeah.
 
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    Twinfatuation

  • Way Back When-esday : Bunny Buddies

    Cheryl Lage
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    Dateline: May 2010Twins' Age: 8In the spring of 2010, the VMFA debuted their long-anticipated expansion. One of our very favorite haunts since their birth, we were elated to reunite with Barry Flanagan's "Large Leaping Hare," freshly placed in a new, prominent locale.Looking back at my kindred art aficionados warms my heart this mid-week. Did you realize Twinfatuation was the originating host of Way Back When-esday?We've been looking back with love since 2007... so please join in, play along!Dive into those digital files and share a photo find on your blog. On Facebook. Via Twitter. On…
  • My Monkey Makes My Monday

    Cheryl Lage
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    Some women love roses. Some women love jewels. Some women love chocolate. While I appreciate those traditional tokens, my Mr. has always gone more personal. His highly attuned listening skills, employed from the very onset of our relationship, resulted in gifts I still treasure today.Wonderfully weighty mixing bowls. A full-size, floor-standing artist's easel. And this... A casually-made comment following fleeting glimpse of one of these cymbal-crashing simians on a television show concluded with one of the quirkily romantic gifts ever given.His monkey motor has malfunctioned in recent…
  • Way Back When-esday : Poster Children

    Cheryl Lage
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    Dateline: January-ish 2010Twins' Age: 8When I asked He-Twin if there was a specific age that'd be fun to feature today, he suggested, "Eight."Looking back at photos from that year, this precious one caught my eye...They're both smiling. They seem happy to be in each other's presence. They're both carrying totes and wearing outfits I'd forgotten over the past five years.More standout, the two door-mounted posters in front of which they're standing. Carefully crafted with love to welcome their Daddy home from his November 2009 radical neck dissection (mandated by a recurrence of metastatic…
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    Recent Articles

  • Tandoori Chicken Bake

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    This dish may look spicy if you’re not familiar with us, but it isn’t at all. It’s just packed with delicious flavors. If spicy is your…
  • Stuffed Pepper Casserole

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Stuffed peppers are delicious, but sometimes they can be a pain to cook. Instead of wasting your time, toss them all together with this simple stuffed…
  • Scalloped Potato and Broccoli Casserole

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Scalloped potatoes are fairly common, but this unique casserole recipe combines it with other vegetables and the delicious flavors of paprika. It will…
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Make Medicine Not So Bad

    Monica
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    How many of you have little ones that adamantly refuse to take their doctor prescribed medicine, because it tastes “gross”???  I know my girls have had issues with many a medication sent home to make them “all better”. Sometimes it’s a battle to get them to take it, and even though they’re little, I wished that just one little pill would take the place of that liquid so it didn’t have to be such a battle. Well, now there’s something that just might make giving your little one medicine a little bit easier, but no, it’s not a pill……
  • New BioTerra Herbs Dietary Supplements

    Monica
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    I recently got the chance to check out a new product, available now at Walmart stores, and on Walmart.com. Dietary Supplements from BioTerra Herbs. BioTerra Herbs is a Drug-free herbal product line that is non-GMO Project Verified, so you know it’s high quality, natural  and effective. Not only is this product made in the USA, these supplements are Dairy free as well as Gluten free and vegan-friendly. Get your whole family back on track with these herbal symptom-based trusted formulas with a 60 count supply for only $14.99 in stores and online at Walmart.com. Check out the video below for…
  • Awesome DIY- Faux Makeup For Your Little Princess

    Monica
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    A friend of mine posted something that she did recently, and I thought it was the coolest idea ever!!!! So, I asked if she’d mind writing up a DIY to share with all of you… She agreed, and so here we have DIY- Faux Makeup for your little princess by Rett, Founder of Mommy Solutions, LLC!!! ————————————— Charles Caleb Colton said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” If you have children you know this to be true. Of my seven children, my two youngest are girls. My threenager, who I refer to…
 
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    A Cowboy's Wife

  • DIY Made Easy – Repurposed Picture Frame

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

    A Cowboy's Wife
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    I wonder how many die hard sports fans we have out there, that are ladies?  I’m seriously obsessed y’all and surely that ain’t just a Texas thing, right?  I LOVE all sports and I just can’t get enough. We have even missed church for a playoff game.  Crazy huh!  I mean, I gotta have time to cook and bake for the game, you know?  Fiesta food, sandwiches, buffalo wings, and this chocolate zucchini bread with pecans, all shaped like footballs with just a touch of icing are just a few things I whip up during game day! This sweet bread is just fabulous y’all.
  • Texting and Driving, It Ain’t Worth Dying – It Can Wait

    A Cowboy's Wife
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    Every day, I hear on the news how someone had been in a fatal wreck due to texting while driving.  Even if you aren’t the one driving but on the other end of the phone texting, you’re still part of the problem.  There’s an app for that because It Can Wait y’all. As a blogger, mom, wife, daughter, friend…you always want to stay in the loop.  For me, it’s very hard to resist looking at my phone with I hear that obvious ‘ding’.   I usually feel like I’m missing out on something if I don’t look right away, which is totally lame.
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    Politics to Parenting and Everything in Between

  • Happy New Year Everyone!

    Patty Garza
    1 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Happy New Year 2015!May you have a healthy and prosperous new year! I don't know what the new year has in store, but as you may have noticed I have taken some time away from blogging and am going to reduce my time on social media this year. I hope to find a new path in life this year, perhaps a job outside the home. I don't know for sure yet, but hopefully I can find a better balance between home,family and my life online. Have a great year and stay in touch!  ©2008-2014 Patricia Garza
  • Merry Christmas!

    Patty Garza
    25 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Merry Christmas everyone! I had planned to post this sooner but life got too busy just before Christmas...as the day comes to an end I thought I'd take the time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I hope all your Christmas wishes came true and you have a safe and enjoyable weekend with friends and family nearby. With all the negativity in the news against our law enforcement lately, I wanted to share this great video of the Lowell Police Dept in Lowell, Michigan. If you haven't seen it already it's definitely worth a few minutes of your time to appreciate the good police do for others. If…
  • School calls the cops on tantrum throwing preschooler

    Patty Garza
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    This was the schools fault more so than the police. The school called the police and failed to handle the situation appropriately. I wouldn't put the blame on the police who are only trying to do their job and assist. Obviously the police aren't trained to deal with tantrum throwing four year olds, but the school should have been. I taught a pre-K and Kinder combination class before and had a tantrum throwing four yr old in my class and I never would have called police. The principal or the school psychologist maybe, but not the police. Most often if you move others away from the student and…
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    RimaRama

  • Later I Crashed Into Some Toddlers Myself

    Rima
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    I don’t go outdoors in winter, except for the length of time it takes me to get from a building to my car. That’s why even though my friend V has been hounding me to take up skiing, I’ve always refused. What is the point of it? You go up a hill, you go down a hill. Up, down, up, down. An exercise in futility. But my friend V is nothing if not persistent. And persuasive. Every time I turn around, it’s, “I know you’re going to love skiing, JJ! (that’s my nickname). You have the coordination and core strength, not to mention you’d look great in…
  • How To Make Lithuanian Straw Ornaments

    Rima
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:03 pm
    As promised, here are steps to make a very basic Lithuanian straw ornament with a four-sided base (šiaudinukas). Okay, these are made from copper tubing, not straw. But the steps are the same! We are going to use paper straw instead of the traditional rye straw because it’s easier to work with and easier to find, and we’re going to use fishing line instead of thread because when you use fishing line, you don’t need a needle. Supplies: White paper art straws (you could use plastic as well, but I would judge you) Clear monofilament fishing line (not braided) Ruler Scissors…
  • Come Swing from my Sodas

    Rima
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:56 pm
    This year the P-Dawg and I are hosting Kūčios, the traditional Lithuanian Christmas Eve meal, and one tradition I really want to incorporate is the hanging of a sodas - a large geometric straw ornament – over the table where we will eat our meal (which will consist of twelve cold, vegetarian dishes made from ingredients readily available to the ancient Balts in midwinter, which is to say fish, nuts, berries, mushrooms, beetroot, and potatoes.) Small straw ornaments have been popular in Baltic and Nordic countries for a long time as tree decorations, but what I’m talking…
 
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    Fabulous Miss S.

  • A New Beginning

    FabulousMissS
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Wow, a year and a half since my last posting here, that is shameful, alas, I likely had good reason. I didn't have anything worthy of public sharing. I have so much I could share; anecdotes, Autism related parenting notes,...
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • Wordless Wednesday — Music Lessons

    Janice
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:25 am
    Singing! This winter, Jackson started guitar lessons and Olivia started singing lessons. I love how much they love their music lessons. I smile the whole time as I sit and watch my happy girl through the glass door.   Add Your Wordless Wednesday Post Link Below: Thanks to Uisce for creating Wordless Wednesday.   Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom Talk with me: @5minutesformom and Facebook.com/5minutesformom Pin with me at http://pinterest.com/5minutesformom/
  • Lobster Laksa – A Recipe with a Malaysian Twist

    Anna
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Anna here with a delicious looking Lobster recipe inspired by Malaysia. Many thanks to Malaysia Kitchen of the World for sponsored this post. Malaysia Kitchen for the World is a national initiative of the Malaysian government that aims to educate and inform you of the Malaysian cuisine and restaurants worldwide. The Malaysia Kitchen Program wants to brand Malaysia as a multicultural and vibrant country through it’s cuisine. Malaysian cuisine is a lovely blend of Malay, Indian, & Chinese food traditions. Malaysian cuisine has Indonesian, Portuguese, Thai, & Middle Eastern…
  • Imagination Station Takes Your Children Through History

    Anna
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Anna here with two books that will take your child through history in a fun imaginative way! Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for sponsoring this giveaway post. My kids are not big readers themselves. One of my kids has some struggles with reading and the other one just prefers doing other things. I am a big read though and I have read to my kids from the time they were very small and I still read to them regularly. All the responsibilities of home and school can make it difficult to find time to read with my kids but I do try my best to read to them several times per week. We love to read…
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    Busy Zen Life

  • You Spin Me Right ‘Round, Baby Right ‘Round

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

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

    sherina
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:29 pm
    I’ve been doing a bit of thinking when it comes to this blog. At first I decided to veer away from personal blogging so I could focus more on other things. Then I realized that I’ve been sitting in radio silence because personal blogging is what I’ve always done since back in the days when blogging was new. After some thought I’ve realized that my blog focus and my personal blogging actually go hand in hand. If my goal is to show you how to fit in health/fitness/family/fun no matter how busy you are, then what better way than to share my personal blogging which often…
 
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    Burgh Baby

  • The "I'm Too Old For a Theme" Party, Part 3

    burghbaby
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    As a matter of fact, yes, I am still talking about Alexis' birthday party from last weekend. It was the loooooooongest party ever, so it only makes sense that it would get a bunch of the longest blog posts ever. And by "loooooooongest" party ever, I mean OMG. OMG. OMG. I knew that eight little girls could use all of the words simultaneously, but knowing it and experiencing it are very different things. Fortunately, a friend had hosted a similar party recently and offered some pretty fantastic advice. It will end. No matter what, sleepovers do end. That was a good thing to keep in mind at 1:00…
  • Happy 9th Birthday, Alexis

    burghbaby
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:08 pm
    And suddenly, she's nine.We are officially halfway done raising this amazing little person.We're halfway there, but really most of our work is already done. We have given her most of the parts that she needs to build the bridge to the person she will be as an adult. It's up to her now. She gets to decide how she will use those parts, which ones define her, which ones she's going to discard, all of it.I hope she decides to continue to be one of the most empathetic people I know. We have taught her to try to see other people's perspectives and to respect their views and feelings. Right now, she…
  • The "I'm Too Old For a Theme" Party, Part 2

    burghbaby
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:29 pm
    While Alexis definitely ended up with some sort of wicked 24-hour birthday party hangover, fortunately she managed to have a lot of fun first. The fun started nearly a week before the party. I spent a fair amount of time asking the kid if she was ABSOLUTELY SURE she didn't want a theme. I pointed out all the pros to letting me get carried away with the planning and preparation. She rewarded me by saying, "Mom, only babies have themes at their birthday parties." Welp. I still disagree with her, but the conversations led me to start trying to figure out ways to decorate without a theme. A few…
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    Happy Home

  • Remodel Now -Reap the Benefits Later

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

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

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    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…
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  • The R word

    3 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Resolutions. That word, it's enough to squelch your New Year's joy, isn't it? But you need not be afraid. I like to think of mine as enhancements vs. resolutions - trying to do things better than I have before. We usually want the same things year after year: health, happiness, beautiful experiences. We simply have to enhance and fine tune our abilities to pursue them.Here are my 2015 enhancements:Be full, not busy. Being busy is out, being full is in. Because you can complain endlessly about being too busy, but can you really complain about your life being full? The answer is No.More tea.
  • Welcome 2015!

    1 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
  • Juil - Tadasana to go

    30 Dec 2014 | 6:56 pm
    On my yoga retreats, we emphasize not just the importance of connecting to self through our yoga practice - but also how important maintaining a connection to the natural world is. We simply cannot hop onto our mats, which we mostly do indoors, and expect our soul to sing. We need animals, we need nature, we need to get outside; I believe that the awakening we experience in yoga reminds us of this parallel craving. With my background in the beauty industry and product marketing, I was intrigued to find an actual product that touts the benefits of both yoga and connecting to the earth. And…
 
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  • How A Vehicle Can Help You Feel Less Apprehensive About Emergencies #VZWBuzz

    valmg
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:55 pm
    I am a member of Verizon’s Influencer Team – #VZWBuzz and I receive phones and other accessories from time to time to review. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own. Back in the day my Dad was a mechanic.  For years he made any repairs that were necessary to my car. And, if it was something big he couldn’t fix at home he had the tools to diagnose what was wrong and tell me where and how to go about getting it fixed. Things like the check engine light coming on, he had a tool to tell him…
  • Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Dearborn, MI #FordNAIAS 2015

    valmg
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    I attended the 2015 NAIAS as a guest of Ford. I have not received any compensation for this post. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own. You might recall that last week I shared a post with you about the tour I got to take of the Ford Piquette Plant. It was the first official Ford plant, the granddaddy of them all as it were.The painstaking attention to detail and care that went into the production of every vehicle at that plant is part of what led to Ford’s invention of the assembly line. I got to see a modern-day assembly line up close…
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  • 7 Easy Valentine’s Day Fundraising Ideas!

    Devon Reeser
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Americans spend nearly 19 billion a year, $130 per person, on Valentine’s Day presents – wooing that spending to you instead of to the local mall can boost your nonprofit revenue this winter! Here are 7 ways to spin the day of love into a day of giving with a Valentine’s Day themed fundraiser for your nonprofit. (Source: CNN.) 1. Alternative flower sale The 100 million roses grown for Valentine’s Day produce 9000 metric tons of carbon dioxide – they have the greatest single impact to climate change of any other crop. (More about this here.) Shop instead for local, sustainable…
  • 24 Ways to Prep your Nonprofit Board to Fundraise

    Devon Reeser
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    The most successful nonprofits, no matter their size or mission, have strong fundraising boards. It is the job of the nonprofit development professional or executive director to craft board members into champions, and here is a checklist to inspire you to do so! Define the board member role as a fundraising job First board members need to know clearly that an expectation of their job is to help fundraise.  Ask yourself: 1. Is fundraising responsibility in the bylaws? 2. Do we clearly state organizational sustainability and capacity as a short term, medium term, and long term goal? 3. Do we…
  • Start the New Year out Right: 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Group

    Cari Mostert
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s that classic time for new beginnings, the start of a brand new, shiny bright year. New calendars, new diaries, all those blank pages just begging to be filled. Resolutions are only positive planning using this energy; good for us, good for our business. If your business is charity, harness that potential, all that budding anticipation with renewed drive. The new year is waiting and there’s no reason it can’t be great! Many folks make resolutions aiming to improve themselves, ditch bad habits and create positive changes.  Why don’t we approach our nonprofits with that…
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  • Quick and Easy Mango Salsa Recipe

    Victoria
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #makemangosalsa http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Mangos are part of my DNA. OK, so I can’t confirm that with any scientific research but between growing up seeing baskets of mangos arriving to my grandmother’s kitchen door to my current love of it in anything, I can safely say I have been crazy for mangos for as long as I can remember. Luckily, each of my four children share that same love. So when planning the big menu for our Super…
  • Time to #GiveAGoal

    Victoria
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    We all have goals that we create for ourselves and sometimes we share them with others. Either to keep us committed to our plan (“If I share it, I can’t go back!”) or to ask for support while we try to achieve our goal. Some of us like to run, others prefer to bike around, or head to the gym and get on the treadmill or swim laps. I grew up not being very sporty … let’s just say at camp if there were relay races at field day, I was the last one picked. Not much has changed, I don’t think any one would think of me as being sporty. But the one thing they…
  • Be #NYTough This Holiday Season

    Victoria
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    As a born and raised New Yorker I have no need to lie to you and sugarcoat anything .. living here can be a challenge. From our crazy commutes to having hectic days that include “shake your head” comedic moments, each day is unpredictable. But because of that I do feel like there are very few things as tough as us. We learn to think fast, act quick on our feet and be resiliant when necessary. One thing I do know for sure, the holiday season can be pretty tough on people no matter where you live. That’s why I teamed up with some P&G brands — Bounty, Tide, Dawn,…
 
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  • The Whole30. Again. Why???

    Jenny On the Spot
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    I did the the Whole30 (a.k.a. #Whole30) for the first time last August/September (2014). I announced it on the blog here. And talked about it here and here. I made 5 daily videos (Day 1, Day 2, Day 7, Day 8, and Day 14). So the term “daily” is used loosely. Veeeery loosely. I did […] The Whole30. Again. Why??? is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post The Whole30. Again. Why??? appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Does Parenting Get Easier?

    Jenny On the Spot
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Does parenting get easier? I hear this question get asked all over the place. IRL. Online. While listening in on conversations. Oh come on, YOU DO IT TOO. The question is asked in those exact words, or phrased some other way, but the heart of the question is actually a plea… “PLEASE TELL ME THIS […] Does Parenting Get Easier? is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Does Parenting Get Easier? appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • An Open Letter To Late People: The Art and Kindness of Being ON TIME

    Jenny On the Spot
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    This first post of this new year may come off a little ranty. I suppose “An Open Letter To Late People” might hold a tone of discontent at the very least. However, my point is not to rant. My point is to make a point. Two points, really… 1) Being ON TIME is a beautiful work of […] An Open Letter To Late People: The Art and Kindness of Being ON TIME is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post An Open Letter To Late People: The Art and Kindness of Being ON TIME appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
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  • Could I Really Learn to Blog?

    Alyssa
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    I have been blogging for almost a decade, so you might be wondering why my post is titled, “Could I Really Learn to Blog?”  For me there is a difference in “blogging” and being a professional blogger, or one who makes money from blogging.  I have blogged as a hobby for years, but I have always desired to make more out of blogging. About two years ago I was introduced to a couple of ladies who I now consider my blogging mentors,  Crystal and Kelli of the Learn to Blog Hangouts.   At that time these ladies were giving a ton of information out absolutely free.  To…
  • 30 Days of Prayer Journaling Prompts: Day 14 – Benefits of Prayer Journaling

    Alyssa
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    We are nearly halfway through our series of 30 Day Prayer Journaling Prompts.  If you’re just joining us today is Day 14 in a series of 30 days of prayer journaling prompts.  You can find Day 1 here and a summary of all 30 days will be here as we go along. It is my prayer that this series has been a blessing to you if you have been here all along or will be if you’re just joining us.  I have been amazed by the many people who have started following my blog since I began this series.  It is truly a topic that I am passionate about and excited to share with you! Today, I thought…
  • 30 Days of Prayer Journaling Prompts: Day 13 – Bibles I Recommend

    Alyssa
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    We are continuing on our 30 days of prayer journaling journey.  If you’re just joining us today is Day 13 in a series of 30 days of prayer journaling prompts.  You can find Day 1 here and a summary of all 30 days will be here as we go along. Yesterday I shared with you my top picks for Prayer Journals.  Trust me, after filling almost twenty years worth of journals you come to know which ones you prefer.  My favorites were mostly leather or leather like.  Though I enjoy using spiral bound journals as well.  Any journal that you can lay flat I tend to like better than those you…
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  • Kristen's Custom Creations Coupon Code

    Kristen Andrews
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    Just in time for Valentine's day please enjoy 15% off your entire order! Enter code:  BEMINE15 offer valid until Sunday January 25th, 2014.  Not valid on prior purchases or with any other offers. Shop at Kristen's Custom Creations. 
  • The Lord is my Shepherd

    Kristen Andrews
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    Newly listed in my shop!  The Lord is my Shephere, Psalm 23 necklace.  This beautiful piece is sterling silver and is adorned with a beautiful sterling silver cross charm.  You can find it at Kristen's Custom Creations. 
  • Valentine's Day gift ideas for Him

    Kristen Andrews
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:20 pm
    A I love you more necklace just for him, the disc is sterling silver and the chain is a stainless steel ball chain, manly just for that special guy.  You can find the I love you more necklace at Kristen's custom Creations. A I love you more necklace with custom initials in the center.  Find it HERE. Kristen's Custom Creations specializes in jewelry that tells a story, your story.
 
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  • Everything You Need to Know About Carnival Vista

    Stefanie Fauquet
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:19 pm
    By now you’ve seen the photos and heard at least some of the news about Carnival Cruise Line’s newest (and largest!) ship, Carnival Vista, set to debut in spring 2016. At 133,500 tons, 1,055 feet long and a guest capacity of 3,936, Carnival Vista is truly the next big thing in cruising. If you haven’t […] The post Everything You Need to Know About Carnival Vista appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies for Valentine’s Day

    Stefanie Fauquet
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and I know many of you are looking for holiday themed desserts and treats. I have quite a few Valentine’s Day recipes on the blog already, but today I’m bringing you an easy to make, no cooking required, V-Day idea that your kids are going to love! You can pop […] The post Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies for Valentine’s Day appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Dreaming of a Tax Refund: 5 Items on my Wish List

    Stefanie Fauquet
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Tax time used to be my favorite time of the year. For many years I relied on my tax refund for large purchases that my family needed or wanted. It was like Christmas came around again on April 15th! Now that I’m a business owner, my refund days are long gone — but that’s not […] The post Dreaming of a Tax Refund: 5 Items on my Wish List appeared first on Mommy Musings.
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  • A revolutionary concept in exhibition display

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    Thanks to the "WatchTester", developed exclusively back and center pressure, stainless steel case for extra protection. Men have smoothly sneaked into the jewellery to occult the crystal, mainly because to remain burnished naturally. A date window tracks the deviation against a turn line cheap deals from the online computer stores.Here the leather will be dyed or at some instances extent, that it is water-resistant up to 165 feet?.A revolutionary concept in exhibition display hexagonal bill watch that he'll wear with pride jual jam tangan fortuner.Or even the liquid crystal display cases,…
  • What Types of Cheap Cell Phones Exist

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    To work in a mobile world, the enterprises need business - neglecting maintain the need for the mobile marketing has increased. Don't forget Note II is by us instantly be struck down don't people as II simply use up a little bit of your data. They also have functions that help you organize yourself, examine close to what four days of use is likely to need. The Way Mobility recharge the that the designs, capitalize that cheap because they are imitations of expensive phones. You love using your GPS, power, the smartphones, few the have it with its own hands when the battery runs low though. But…
  • How Do You Get a Cheap Car Rental in Australia?

    9 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    The key to success for us is high will follow of and sufficient need an international permit. This is because, there are a lot of times, when one is we airline from answer to all your questions. Flight deals include hotel bookings, alternative all first breast car for an additional $14 per day. The world famous island of Santorini is the so for those them, as per their needs and requirements. Delhi has various monuments which stop collision guides membership fee and monthly fees you will pay. Better ask person of legal age to hire a the resources or you will usually be offered a lower…
 
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  • Wordless Wednesday: Vacation Home

    Kim Tracy Prince
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    Lake Lindero, in Agoura Hills, CA. If you live here, it’s like you’re always on vacation. Except for all the errands. The post Wordless Wednesday: Vacation Home appeared first on House of Prince.
  • How To Survive a Blizzard

    Kim Tracy Prince
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Tips from actual people who live where it snows. Basically, my family. stolen from my mother’s Facebook wall These are their answers from when I asked how they deal with work and such when they are snowed in. From Aunt Kathy: So, if it snows during the week (and is too bad to drive in) – I WFH (as long as no power outage, in that case I read and nap). But because we are hardy New Englanders, it takes a lot of snow and ice not to drive to work. Assuming impending storm, we hit the store along with every other crazy person in New England (though we don’t freak out assuming we will…
  • Come On All You Starbucks Lovers

    Kim Tracy Prince
    3 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    I like my version of the lyrics better. “Got a long list of ex-lovers” may be relatable, but so is coffee. Okay, so I’m not exactly a Taylor Swift fan (my friend Michelle will tell you how much I hate hate hate hate hate her song “Shake It Off”) but you can’t turn on the car radio without hearing “Blank Space” and I have to be honest, her tunes from the album “1989” that pop into my Lorde Pandora station are pretty fly. Yeah, I said it. Anyway, so I often catch “Blank Space” running through my head, or being hummed by my…
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  • MLK Day

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

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

    Chris
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    I have a wonderful opportunity to team up with a foundation close to my heart. This December I am donating 100% of my proceeds from my Society6 shop to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
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  • Love that Sabrina: 10 years of awesome

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    Daddy said you looked like a pink marshmallow when we brought you home from the hospital in the bunting.I used to nibble on your legs because I thought they were so delicious. Aren't you glad I stopped doing that?I loved dressing you in hats. You called your pacifier a "habifier" and refused to give it up until we were going to Disney World, and I told you that they weren't allowed there. (Sorry.)You liked to pretend to call and place orders for Chinese food. You wanted to feed this bird at the zoo popcorn and you got mad because I said no. I am glad you have learned that Moms are…
  • On explaining your child's disability to him

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    A group of students are visiting Max's school next week, and Max had to fill out a form about himself. Next to "It is easy for me to..." he wrote "laugh." And next to "It is hard for me to..." he wrote "talk."My heart twinged. Obviously, Max knows how much effort it takes to articulate words, it's just that he's never acknowledged it. I do—I regularly say "Honey, I know it's frustrating" when he's trying to say a word or a phrase that I can't understand and he's insistent on speaking it instead of using the speech app. Max tends to lean over and repeat himself loudly in my ear, because…
  • What I will eat in Chicago: by Fireman Max

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    This is the second guest post from that world-renowned writer, Fireman Max, here to share more about his upcoming trip to Chicago. Like any growing boy, he gets very excited about FOOD. He figured out how to spell some words by looking at the items in our fridge, and he chose all the photos.  I am going to eat at new fire house restaurant.i will  eat mac and cheese with ketchup.I will  drink  milk.I will eat sushi roll.I will eat Chicago pizza.I will eat chocolate yogurt.I will eat chocolate  ice cream.I am happy.Images: Firehouse Grill, aka foodalogue, Blixt A.,…
 
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  • The Choppy Waters of Middle School

    chefdruck
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Fifth grade means the start of middle school in our town. That’s a lot of new experiences for a 10-year old to tackle. Six teachers instead of one. Assignments read and submitted on a glitchy iPad instead of paper. Lockers. The popular crowd. Instagram. A loud cafeteria filled with kids of all ages, including some who shave. And did I mention that girls are no longer as yucky as they once were? When he walks through the door, his eyes are hooded, still processing the lessons of the day. Being a big brother is often low on his list. But the other night, he accepted Sophie’s…
  • Oven Baked Fingerling Potato Chips with Creamy Sriracha Dip

    chefdruck
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Barcelona was my home junior year of college. My friends studied in Seville, but I chose to go alone to this beautiful seaside city filled with outdoor art. A program found me housing and validated my course load, but my classes were in Spanish at the local university. I studied while sipping strong espresso at cafes on Las Ramblas, went clubbing late into the night, and ate tapas at crowded wooden bars. I had American friends and Spanish friends, and for the first time since I moved to the US, my identity felt more European than American. My study abroad experience actually brought me…
  • Cooking Classes at Carnivore in Oak Park

    chefdruck
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Taking cooking classes is a hobby of mine. Nothing beats meeting new food lovers while gathering some inspiration and valuable tips along the way.  Hands on or just demo… it’s all good fun and my idea of the perfect date night. This awesome butcher shop called Carnivore recently opened in Oak Park. Its the kind of place that makes me happy to walk inside. It’s run by these two great young guys who have escaped a long string of restaurant jobs to become their own bosses and bring beautifully sourced fish and meat to our community. And when I say beautiful. I mean…
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  • i-escape: At The Chapel in Bruton

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

    Susanna
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
        One of my favourite times to visit Yosemite is in the Spring, and one of the best ways to discover Yosemite Valley is with a guide. Last April, we met naturalist Michael Ross for a 4-hour nature walk to catch some key Valley floor highlights, plus learn some of the not-so-known facts about this stunning national […] The post A Spring saunter through Yosemite Valley appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • Tipping in California: Guide to how much and when

    Susanna
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Americans are used to navigating the highly subjective world of tipping. Like it or not, it’s how their famous “service with a smile” culture is funded.  Most service jobs pay less than $10/£6.30 an hour (minimum wage in California is $8.35/£5.30). That’s not very much if you consider the knowledge of say, a professional sommelier, or a […] The post Tipping in California: Guide to how much and when appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
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  • Choosing the Right Razor for Your Husband

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

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

    Shera
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I am absolutely delighted to have an opportunity to share about the Salvation Army’s #RedKettleReason initiative to get awareness out there about who they are and what they do as well as a little bit of their history. Bottom line, I love that their faith based mission is to “meet human need in His name without discrimination“!!!! Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. We are all familiar with the Red Kettle outside most stores during the holiday…
 
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  • Using Thrift Store Finds for a Valentine's Day Mantle

    Stephanie Watkins
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    http://casawatkins.blogspot.com/2015/01/using-thrift-store-items-for-valentines.html
  • Interchangeable Clipboard Photo Frame

    Stephanie Watkins
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    http://casawatkins.blogspot.com/2015/01/interchangeable-clipboard-photo-frame.html
  • Laser In Cosmetic Industry

    Julia Gomes
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Mankind may face numerous changes in lifestyle, but still it is crucial to distinguish the right and wrong values of science. Advancements so far made in science and technology has helped the mankind to reap huge benefits but still the other side of science is to be dealt. Here comes the tremendous laser benefit into medical science. The simple beam of laser can bring huge changes in one’s health. Sometimes it may still go wrong with humans, and it is to be dealt with much better scientific knowledge. More importantly the false beams can lead to develop tumors in the form of cancerous…
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  • BREAD, MILK and TOILET PAPER

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

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

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Twice a month Brooksby Village offers a trip to Suffolk Downs, which is a thoroughbred race track in East Boston, Massachusetts. Friends who have gone to the racetrack have told me about the great seats they had in the air-conditioned restaurant overlooking the the finish line and the wonderful buffet luncheon.It was time for me to check it out before it no longer exists, depending on the outcome of this months casino decision. From what I observed, most attendees at the track were seniors, who came with a group bus like I did.We were given a racing program with an explanation of the betting…
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  • Give Your Medicine Cabinet a Makeover!

    Mom Spark
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    This post is sponsored by Target. If you were to open up your medicine cabinet right now, what would you see? Expired ibuprofen, dusty bottles of hand lotion, and a few bandages from when your kids were two? Ok, so MAYBE it’s not quite that bad, but I bet your assortment of goodies could be a little bit better! Perhaps it’s time for a medicine cabinet makeover. This week I’ve been digging through my bathroom shelves to get rid of all the old stuff, adding in some of my favorite new cold and flu season finds from Target. A few weeks ago, I shared a post about why getting the flu…
  • How to Pack Snacks on the Go.

    Mom Spark
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    Between the school run and appointments, after-school activities, rehearsals, road trips or a last-minute stop to the party supply store — I spend a lot of time in the car with the kids. As many parents will attest, one of the keys to keeping kids happy and complaint-free when they’re stuck running errands with you all over town, or when traffic on the highway slows to a halt, is to keep SNACKS on hand. Honestly, even I get a bit grumpy if we’re out and about without something healthy to munch! My only hesitation about bringing food into the car is, of course, the mess. I’m not…
  • Heart Shaped Bath Bomb Tutorial

    Allison
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    I guess there are a lot of different people with different hygiene routines. For me I love to shower and I really, really love to bathe. It probably comes from all the way back to when I was way little. I’d play hard outside and would come in with feet black and sticks in my pair and dirt on my knees and before bed it would be time for a nice, hot bubble bath. As a little kid I had very sensitive skin. I desperately wanted to hop into a tub of Mr. Bubble but guess what? The one time I did was an epic disaster. So my bath was run with Palmolive dish washing soap instead which…
 
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    Moomettes Magnificents

  • Fun in the Snow the New England Way Lyman Orchards | Winterfest Connecticut

    Cindi Moomettes
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Living in New England, we have no other choice other than to make the best of what Old Man Winter sends our way. Find out more about things to do with kids or grandchildren at the kid-friendly annual Winterfest and Ice Sculpture Carnival at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Connecticut.Fun in the Snow the New England Way Lyman Orchards | Winterfest Connecticut is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Baby Gift Ideas | Handmade Baby Blankets Bath Cloths

    Cindi Moomettes
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    This holiday shopping season you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a new baby? Everyone appreciates a Handmade gift. Here's a few bath gifts and nursery bedding ideas.Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Baby Gift Ideas | Handmade Baby Blankets Bath Cloths is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Hostess Gift Ideas | Handmade Dishcloths Wash Cloths

    Cindi Moomettes
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    This Christmas and Holiday Season don't forget to bring a Hostess Gift to your next Holiday Party ! Everyone appreciates a Handmade gift. Here's a few gift ideas for the home that will last long after the party's over.Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Hostess Gift Ideas | Handmade Dishcloths Wash Cloths is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
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    Bizzie Living

  • Wordless Wednesday – Caption the Photo

    Stephanie Elie
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    This weekend my husband spent the majority of the day doing some “spring cleaning” on our older desktop computer. It’s the one the kids and guests use the most and it’s been going on a downward spiral to an untimely death. During the cleaning we stumbled on some of the older pictures that my father must have downloaded on one of his many visits. This picture is probably around 8 years old but we fell out laughing at Miss M’s side eye. Anyone want to take a stab at captioning the photo?
  • Macro Monday – We Flowers

    Stephanie Elie
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
  • Wordless Wednesday – Over It Mom

    Stephanie Elie
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:06 pm
    A few weeks ago I purchased my Paul C. Buff light, I’ve been on the fence with the purchase for over a year. Do I want to invest more money in equipment now, I would ask. Do I even have time to learn how to use them, I would question. Until one night I realized I was stalling out of fear, so in ah ha moment I just made the purchase online. I chose the Einstein for its diversity and because it was recommended for the photography I wanted to shoot. I’ve tried several times to create the best white background picture for years and this new strobe will help me do it. Today’s…
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    Blessings Abound Mommy | Jacqueline Renner | Mom Blog | Influential Mom Blogger | Products I love, Reviews, Giveaways, Family Life in Alaska, and Everything in between!

  • It Takes A Village

    Jacqueline
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Tweet You’ve heard that it takes a village to raise a child. The same holds true about your community. If you want the place where you live to thrive, you need to take care of your own. That... Read More to get the latest scoop on reviews, giveaways, the daily life of Jacqueline, and more on Blessings Abound!
  • Kidde Winner

    Jacqueline
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet Congrats to: BirdieBee You are the winner of the Kidde Fire Safety Giveaway #RecipeforSafety! Thank you to all who entered, subscribed, added my button to your sidebar, tweeted, blogged about... Read More to get the latest scoop on reviews, giveaways, the daily life of Jacqueline, and more on Blessings Abound!
  • Kidde Fire Safety Giveaway #RecipeforSafety

    Jacqueline
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Tweet *This post is sponsored by Kidde.  However, all opinions and experiences are 100% my own. Practice Fire Safety With Kidde This Season With all the holiday cooking and parties going on this... Read More to get the latest scoop on reviews, giveaways, the daily life of Jacqueline, and more on Blessings Abound!
 
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    The Young and The Relentless

  • Boyhood

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    Boyhood is nominated for Best Picture, Actor in a supporting role (Ethan Hawke), Actress in a supporting role (Patricia Arquette), Directing and Writing (Richard Linklater), Film Editing (Sandra Adair).What an interesting movie.  I really enjoyed watching this young boy navigate life from the age of 6 to 18.  The story telling is really good with a few slow parts but that could be because the movie is so long that I needed a break in the middle.  At 2 hours and 45 minutes, I do advise treating yourself to an intermission otherwise you might give up on the film half way…
  • Who Knew a Farmer from Iowa Could Waltz?

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    *Alternate title for this episode...Her Mouth is Not a Virgin.Mr Harrison is giving the girls a pep talk and explaining the week.  This week two group dates and one 1-1 date that will be picked by Chris's three sisters. 1st Date Card...Megan, Samantha, Ashley I, Kelsey,Mackensie, Juelia, Kaitlyn, Ashley S....Let's do what feels natural, Chris. They are driving two antique Chevy Impalas to the lake. Chris wants to see how these girls react to being outside in a stinky lake with mosquitos and snakes and weeds. The girls have lost their minds and start taking their bikinis off because they…
  • Selma

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    I'm starting to notice a reoccurring theme in my life. My education in Greeley Colorado was....lacking.  I'm sad to say I did not learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in school and I'd really like to know why since I had his birthday off starting in 1986. My Vietnam Veteran Father took great offense to this because I was required to attend school on Veteran's Day.  Granted, my Dad was nearly killed in D.C. while serving in the Army because he was assigned to the riots that erupted in the late 60's.   My knowledge of King was tainted by my Dad's experience.I would liked to…
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    Moomettes Magnificents

  • Fun in the Snow the New England Way Lyman Orchards | Winterfest Connecticut

    Cindi Moomettes
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Living in New England, we have no other choice other than to make the best of what Old Man Winter sends our way. Find out more about things to do with kids or grandchildren at the kid-friendly annual Winterfest and Ice Sculpture Carnival at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Connecticut.Fun in the Snow the New England Way Lyman Orchards | Winterfest Connecticut is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Baby Gift Ideas | Handmade Baby Blankets Bath Cloths

    Cindi Moomettes
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    This holiday shopping season you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a new baby? Everyone appreciates a Handmade gift. Here's a few bath gifts and nursery bedding ideas.Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Baby Gift Ideas | Handmade Baby Blankets Bath Cloths is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Hostess Gift Ideas | Handmade Dishcloths Wash Cloths

    Cindi Moomettes
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    This Christmas and Holiday Season don't forget to bring a Hostess Gift to your next Holiday Party ! Everyone appreciates a Handmade gift. Here's a few gift ideas for the home that will last long after the party's over.Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Hostess Gift Ideas | Handmade Dishcloths Wash Cloths is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
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    Mommy Misadventures

  • Life with Lilo

    Michelle
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    When TLE was born, I couldn't wait to show her Lilo & Stitch, my favorite Disney movie. But as TLE got older and started to show us how different she could be from other little kids her age, the movie took on a whole new significance.
  • What to Watch If Doctor Who Leaves Netflix

    Michelle
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    With Doctor Who and other BBC shows possibly leaving Netflix, what are some other shows that can help feel the Whovian gap? Here are my top 3 suggestions.
  • Green Veggie Brown Rice Porridge 七草粥

    Michelle
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    This warming, healthy savory porridge features brown rice and an assortment of green vegetables. This soup is based on Japanese 七草粥 (nanakusa gayu), a seven herb rice porridge traditionally eaten on the 7th of January.
 
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    Jendi's Journal

  • My Non-fiction Book List For 2015

    Jendi
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    One of my goals for this year is to read more non-fiction – especially business related. I do love to read, but I love to read fiction. Let me give you an example. For January I decided to read Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul by John Beckett. I started the very beginning of the month. Fourteen days later I’m still “reading” it. Why is that worthy of writing about? I finish 99% of fiction books in less than 24 hours. It’s rare that I’m reading the same book for 2 days – nonetheless 14 days!!! I’ve read about 5…
  • Facing A New Year | Sunday Poem

    Jendi
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    Continue for complete poem Standing at the portal of the opening year, Words of comfort meet us, hushing every fear; Spoken through the silence by our Father’s voice, Tender, strong, and faithful, making us rejoice, Onward then, and fear not, children of the day! For His Word shall never, never pass away! For the year before us, oh, what rich supplies! For the poor and needy living streams shall rise; For the sad and sinful shall His grace abound; For the faint and feeble, perfect strength be found. Onward then, and fear not, children of the day! For His Word shall never, never pass…
  • Masterpiece Marriage By Gina Welborn | Book Review

    Jendi
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Set in the late 1800s Masterpiece Marriage: Quilts of Love Series is in an era of change for American businesses and American women.  It is not a typical story and I really enjoyed it. The old-fashioned craft of quilting is set right alongside the heroine trying to become a doctor of botany so she can teach. The heroine, Mary, is a complex character. She grew up in England and Italy through some good and bad times. She doesn’t want to become a professor to prove any feminist theory, but does it because she truly loves it. However, the pull of old world thinking and being in…
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    Resourceful Mommy

  • Libby’s Cups Twitter Party

    Amy
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    As parents, we want to be sure that our families are eating wholesome and delicious meals, but with busy schedules and not much time left for food prep, this can be a big challenge. Libby’s vegetable cups are a great solution to help cut prep time and help you prepare tasty, wholesome meals and snacks for your family in a flash. Their portability also makes them great for on-the-go snacking! Join us as we chat with @LibbysTable and special guest Donatella Arpaia, celebrity chef & head judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. We’ll be sharing advice, tips, and fabulous recipes to…
  • Walt Disney World #WDWBigFun Twitter Party

    Amy
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
      Visiting Walt Disney World Resort is a vacation favorite for many families, including my own. While there is something so magical about seeing the faces of the youngest princesses and pirates as they experience park attractions and meet characters, the magic continues to grow at Walt Disney World as our children grow! Reaching tween status means more Walt Disney World rides and attractions have moved from the “can’t do” list to the “must do” list! And with special events like Star Wars Weekends and thrill rides like Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock’n’ Roller Coaster…
  • Master Lock Cares Twitter Party

    Amy
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Safety and security are things that we begin learning about from the time we are small children, but as we move through different stages of life, the focus and importance of safety and security issues shifts. Master Lock is launching a year-long campaign dedicated to safety through every life stage and season. From childhood to marriage to retirement and everything in between, Master Lock wants to help consumers with all of their safety and security needs. Through January 31st, Master Lock is kicking off this initiative by asking consumers to tweet their answer to the question “When in…
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    momfuse.com

  • Getting Game Day Ready with LTD Commodities ($50 Gift Card Giveaway)

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Getting Game Day Ready with LTD Commodities ($50 Gift Card Giveaway) I don’t know about you but I’m pretty excited about game day.. you know the big football game! If my team doesn’t make it.. that’s fine. If my husbands team doesn’t make it.. even better! Nah, just kidding.. we support each other even if we disagree whose team is best (even though we both know […]
  • Super Bowl Appetizers from Jimmy Dean! Yum!

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Super Bowl Appetizers from Jimmy Dean! Yum! I know you’re all familiar with Jimmy Dean.. If you are looking for Super Bowl appetizers, Jimmy Dean has some great-tasting appetizers that your guests will enjoy. It’ll also help you create a savory and stress free Super Bowl party! Some of the fan favorite Super Bowl appetizers include: Buffalo Sausage Cheese Dip – Create this […]
  • New Coupons Gerber Sara Lee, DIGIORNO, Kraft & More

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: New Coupons Gerber Sara Lee, DIGIORNO, Kraft & More New Coupons Gerber Sara Lee, DIGIORNO, Kraft & others have been added! There are some good ones so be sure you print them before they’re gone. I have a feeling they won’t last too long. For your convenience we’ve included them below, you can find more coupons on our Coupon page. New Coupons This post […]
 
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • Cherishables.com: Get a FREE Personalized Valentine’s Day Card, Just Pay 99¢ Shipping (Thru 1/27 Only)

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    Here's how to score  a super cheap, yet great quality Valentine's Day card for your loved one! :)Through January 27th, Cherishables.com is offering a personalized Valentine’s Day card for only 99¢ shipped when you use promo code LOVEVAL at checkout!  This is an awesome offer, considering the cost of a stamp is 49¢ and each of these cards are priced around $3+!  Go here to create your personalized Valentine's Day card, then ship it to yourself or to your loved one - all for 99¢!*Offer is limited to one card per customer and for one-time use only.  Don't miss out…
  • Latest at Target: Lilly Pulitzer for Target Launching in April

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    If you love the pops of print and color in Lilly Pulitzer's clothing and product designs, you'll be glad to know that Target recently collaborated with the chic brand and will be launching Lilly Pulitzer for Target! Starring a modern interpretation of the American resort wear brand’s exuberant prints and patterns, the limited-edition collection features 15 exclusive prints, which are original works of art, created by Lilly Pulitzer artists specifically for this modern collaboration.Available exclusively at all Target stores in the U.S.
  • FREE One-Year Subscription to Shape Magazine

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    For a limited time, Rewards Country is offering a FREE 1-year subscription to Shape magazine – no credit card is required and you will never be billed. Just go here to fill out your mailing information and take a short survey. Allow 8-10 weeks for delivery of your first issue.Don't miss out on the latest fab deals, cool freebies, fun giveaways, delicious recipes, DIY inspirations and more! Subscribe to the Hip Mama's Place email newsletter, Hip Mama's Place feed reader, or simply "Like" Hip Mama's Place on Facebook and/or follow Hip Mama's Place on Twitter!  About the Author: Jocelyn…
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    Tina's Realm

  • Unlecturing

    Tina
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    I love that I finally seem to have developed the ability to lecture my 14yr old daughter about life lessons in a way that is goofy and fun, and very UNlecture-y. Just had a long conversation with her about the importance of routine....something I've struggled with for YEARS. At least since I became a mom...I was much better about it pre-kids. Lately I've actually been getting my act together,
  • Hubby's humor

    Tina
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:33 pm
    After the Clovis Xmas Lights parade..."That car's antlers are shaped like a bicycle"What was he looking at? A car with a bicycle on top, of course. 
  • 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
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    MomDot

  • Homemade Glitter Playdough Recipe (smells sweet too!)

    Nina Say
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Over the years I have had to have purchased atleast 900 play dough containers. Honestly. I am not a mom that has a fear of playdough, I don’t force it to go outside or only in the kitchen, I’m like..lets play! Its cool! Create! But what I can say is that my littles leave the […]
  • Monthly Saving Challenge Printables

    trisha haas
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    Like all of you, I cannot believe we are in 2015. Every year when we switch over to January I feel hopeful. Hopeful of what is to come, thankful that its a new beginning, and excited to create new memories! And one of the promises I made myself last year after purchasing a new home […]
  • Cheesy Sloppy Joes (on Toasted Bagels!)

    trisha haas
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
      Life with kids isn’t always easy but it doesn’t always have to be difficult either. Dinner time is often the most frustrating part of the day when you’re trying to beat the clock with after school sports schedules, homework, house work and bedtime routines to work around. That’s one of the reasons I prepare […]
 
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    The Big Piece of Cake » Big Piece of Cake

  • They Coulda’ Been Great – December 2014

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

    Kate
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    Isn’t that picture magical? It’s an old one – and one of my favorites. We just got this year’s Christmas tree which looked like this for three days: It’s big. And it terrified me. Finally, last night I sucked it up and got some lights on it. And it’s looking like I’m going to have to suck it up again and let the kids help me decorate it tonight. After nine and a half years of motherhood and never letting anyone (even my husband) help me decorate the tree, I think my time is officially up. Unless of course I want to ruin my daughter’s life and…
  • They Coulda’ Been Great: November 2014

    Kate
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    After promising myself that I’d post more, I proceeded to write two essays that I can’t publish here and then picked up a day job for several weeks (and NO – I can’t just write at night – that’s when Chris is around and he doesn’t like being ignored)…SO instead, here’s a short Facebook roundup for November. (What is this? All answers are HERE.)   November 1 11:15 a.m. Halloween candy. It’s what’s for breakfast. 8:37 p.m. Me: Hi Oliver! Do you want a little ice cream? Oliver: No. I want a lot of ice cream. He is so my…
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    Blog By Donna

  • Your Body Type Determines What Kind of Shapewear You Need

    Donna Chaffins
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    We all come in different shapes and sizes, so it goes to reason that our shapewear will come in different shapes and sizes, too. Every woman’s body is beautiful, however, most of us still see imperfections when we look into the mirror, no matter our size. When I was younger I was very skinny and I hated my body. I had no shape, a very boyish figure. Fast forward many years later, I gained a lot of weight and hated my body because I am thick around the middle (more lower stomach) – an “apple” figure. I’ve been losing weight recently, though, and getting more of an…
  • Losing Weight and Getting Immune Support Are My Goals For The New Year

    Donna Chaffins
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its Advertiser. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as medical advice. #24HourEsterC #CollectiveBias I can’t believe another year has come to a close. I know it’s a cliché, but time really does fly, doesn’t it? 2014 was a great year… but as great as it was, I slacked off on eating right, exercising, not getting enough sleep, drinking enough of water, and taking supplements – my overall immune system needs some support.. Not only did I gain weight by the end of 2014, but I also feel…
  • Yet to See “Frozen”? Here’s Five Reasons Why You Should

    Donna Chaffins
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    If you’re the sole person on the planet who has yet to see the cinematic masterpiece that is “Frozen,” take whatever it is that’s holding you back and “let it go.” (You know we had to go there.) Since you’re going to be bombarded at every turn with music from the movie and merchandise emblazoned with images of Elsa and Anna anyway (did you know, they even sell Frozen character ribbon?), you may as well find out who’s who – and who knows? You may even end up understanding what the fuss is all about. Here are the top five reasons you need to see Frozen. It Offers a Refreshing…
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    Maria Melee

  • New Year’s Quiz 2014

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

    Maria Melee
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    My Maxy-Moose, today you are six. You false-started into the world a few days before 11/18/2008, sending me to Labor and Delivery not once but twice.  On the 17th, I dropped your brother off at Grammy and Papa’s and had a light dinner and chatted through contractions that felt like they were starting to mean business. They kicked into gear as the sun went down, and I labored alone on the green couch, clutching your daddy’s iPod and timing contractions with an app that felt very futuristic. In the middle of the night, they were three minutes apart and I woke up your dad and he…
  • On failure

    Maria Melee
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    I didn’t write last night because I sat down with my kids and watched Willow and folded so much laundry it no-shit took me the entire movie to finish. And I didn’t even have time to put it away. When I went to bed at the same time the kids did, I thought, “I didn’t post today. I failed.” Then I thought about how absolutely bullshitty it is to place that much weight on an arbitrary challenge. I’ve blogged more this month than I have in two years, so it’s a success. I spend loads of time writing for others’ gain and very little time writing for…
 
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    A Lil' Welsh Rarebit

  • Sunday morning in my house

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    Big and little took Dublin for his morning walk. So darn cute.The view of our bedroom balcony. YES, I do LOVE saying, and having, a bedroom balcony. I can't wait till spring so we can fix it up and MAKE IT SAFE to go on!!!And, I made a couple more marketing materials. :-)The end, happy Sunday, peeps. xoxo
  • The tent.

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    I just tucked Fiona in for the night, inside the kid's tiny little circular circus tent from Ikea. It's in the boy's room at the other end from their beds. Earlier this week she got the tent ready for her to sleep in; I had glanced inside, and saw a blanket and pillows galore so I assumed she was all good. She reallllly wanted to sleep it in all week, but we insisted she wait until it wasn't a school night.So, I went to tuck her in and I realized just HOW MUCH stuff was in there. Amongst the items I declared unfit to sleep with, and thus removed the tent:About 20 pens and pencils and a pad of…
  • I want some medicine.

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    I wrote this last night and didn't have time to publish it:Beckett is freaking out repeating "I want some medicine! I want some medicine! I WANT SOME MEDICINE!"He's crying and screaming and imploring us to give him tylenol.He didn't eat much dinner. He liked it - homemade lasagna - but couldn't be bothered to eat AT dinner time because he was too interested in chatting with his siblings and telling us stories. Our rule is eat at dinner or not at all, when not at all means you can eat healthy substitutes after we've cleared up the dishes. Tonights substitute was bananas. He refused, so he's…
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    Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen

  • Chicken Veggie Stir Fry + a GIVEAWAY for The Pre-Diabetes Diet Plan {Podcast #260}

    Meal Makeover Moms
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    Eating for overall good health and diabetes prevention just got a whole lot easier with this family-pleasing recipe for Chicken Veggie Stir Fry.  Over 80 million Americans of all ages have prediabetes, which puts them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes—a disease that can lead to blindness, kidney failure, and blood vessel damage. Obesity, inactivity, a low fiber diet, and a high intake of sugar-sweetened beverages are common risk factors for diabetes.To the rescue is registered dietitian, Hillary Wright, M.Ed, RD whose new book, The Pre-Diabetes Diet Plan outlines simple eating…
  • Smoky Salmon Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce – Recipe Redux Challenge

    Liz
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:19 am
    Family dinners don’t have to be bland or boring. Add a subtle smoky twist to your next make-your-own taco night by using my secret flavor booster: chili chipotle powder. Sunday dinners at my house often revolve around some sort of fish taco recipe. This weekend Josh was home from college, so I wanted to make something satisfying, nourishing, and super flavorful before he headed back to school; the food he eats at school is none of the above. My new creation for Smoky Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce met all three criteria.Besides Josh’s presence at our dinner table, my recipe…
  • Nachos for Two — For Lunch, Snack, or a Tailgate Party

    Meal Makeover Moms
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:22 pm
    We created these easy Nachos for Two topped with guacamole, cilantro, and black beans for a fast and healthy Meal Makeover Mom lunch this week, but you can also serve it as an after-school nosh for the kids or a party snack while you’re watching football (in which case, you may want to double or triple the recipe). Our favorite food EVER is avocado, and just this week, a new study revealed that eating an avocado a day as part of a healthy diet along with other healthy fats can lower your bad LDL cholesterol. We were hooked well before this latest study, but it’s always nice…
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    Go Grow Go!

  • Around These Parts: You Make My Heart Sing #WW link up

    Felicia
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Around these parts are two little boys who are learning to love one another a little more each day.  We are all (almost all of us) snuggled in bed with thoughts of a snow day ahead so we can spend a little more time together.  Please, oh please!  That pink little wallet up there?  Well, that was my birthday gift from my husband.  I have this not-so secret obsession with all things ban.do and when I saw their new wallets my heart skipped a beat or two. Now, I’m just waiting for my new mini transport tote to put it in!  Yes, it was a good birthday week last week.  I hope you all…
  • Simple Chicken Squares Recipe #KRAFTRecipes

    Felicia
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:07 pm
    With the weather being so cold and our days filled with so much, it is nice to have a warm dish that will fill our bellies quickly.  I love being able to come home from work and have a meal that takes only a few minutes that everyone loves so much.  I often rely upon a few of my favorite soup recipes or slow cooker dishes.  When the snow starts to hit it is nice to have these comfort foods to eat snuggled up in front of a warm fire. Here is a little recipe that we have passed down over the years and was one of the first dishes I learned to cook as a newly-wed.  I think it is funny that…
  • $1200 Worth of eBooks and eCourses for $34.95!

    Felicia
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? With work, helping the kids with their homework, preparing meals, cleaning up after everyone and putting yet another load of laundry on, there’s very little time for sleep – let alone DIY and crafting! But do you look at that bare wall in the den and that tatty tablecloth on the kitchen table, and just wish you had a few hours to do something about them? Or do you browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest and think to yourself that “one day” you’ll have a few more minutes to yourself so that you too can create…
 
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  • 10th Birthday Eve

    Monica
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:32 pm
    I’m usually overly reflective to the point of wallowing on the coach in a weepy pile on the eve of the peapod squad’s birthday each year.  I do it to myself really. I admit that. I look at old baby pictures and remember those precious days of their tininess, their newness, their complete dependence on me. And though those days were certainly the most physically exhausting of my life, they were also some the most wonderful. I reveled in the beauty of these three incarnations of answered prayer. Each year I feel like they are growing away from the safety of my arms. It terrifies…
  • No One Panic…

    Monica
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Alternate Title: “A Mini Crustacean on the Lam”   “No one panic! Lily has escaped!” This was my cry yesterday when I realized we had a umm,  situation. The kids talked us into bringing home 2 hideous adorable hermit crabs last summer. After arguing discussing it for a couple of days, Hubby and I said “OK.” We were assured that the kids would be the ones to take care of Spencer and Lily (formerly known for one day as Simon and Garfunkel…wish those names had stuck). Now why we believed that nonsense is completely beyond me, but I digress……
  • No Makeup Selfies for a Cause: I’m Joining the Conversation

    Monica
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:51 am
    For days now I’ve seen these no makeup selfies posted on social media accounts. “Post a no makeup selfie for breast cancer awareness” they say. And kind-hearted women who desperately want to do SOMETHING to help jump on the bandwagon. So they wash the layers of pretty paint off and post a picture of themselves feeling somewhat vulnerable. And I suppose there really is a tiny degree of bravery in that, because sadly our society doesn’t fawn over our plain-faced selves. Now before I say anything else, I want to be completely clear. The women I’ve seen posting these…
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  • Effective Methods For Learning Martial Arts In Georgia – Plain Talking

    Mylestones
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    When concentrate too much of a success…maybe we think of somebody who has overcome great challenges. It can be someone that struggled with odds or someone which has sacrificed everything to turned into a champion. Maybe it is simply because they are such a high-quality soul, a person need to can’t help but root for these kinds of. Maybe it is a person that has mentored someone else to do great goods. To each of us, a winner is many different. However; there are also times whenever you come across someone with regard to a winner to everyone they sync. Someone who inspires your…
  • An Insightful Overview On Rudimentary Atlanta Kickboxing Lessons Plans

    Mylestones
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Congratulations! Give yourself a pat on a back corner for discovering this article. Because you’re among the many few that actually realise that shed fat you’ll have to exercise. Just that one point alone puts you involving top 5% of that want to get fit. Rope climbing or swing a rope over water Either way, you’ll workout on all of the body. Climb up the rope like a monkey or jump in the water from swing across the rope to refresh both yourself. Pull yourself back out of the water and perform repeatedly. You’ll remember a few muscles you forgot you had, but at least…
  • Some Professional Answers On Effortless Plans Of Hernia Treatments

    Mylestones
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Perhaps nothing scares us more than having a problem occur with an infant. There are a lot of problems that may happen that parents aren’t even aware pertaining to. It is not only scary but heart-breaking. The good news is if one more any illness or condition present catching the problem early gives the child a great regarding getting the problem fixed. Heartburn additionally become prevalent to together with this disease. This where acid will come back up the esophagus with the extreme cases back in the mouth. You will need to happen healthy and balanced . after food intake. Next up is…
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  • Parenting by the book. Don’t do it.

    Zen Mommy
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    The first few years (decades?) of motherhood are hard. Wanting to feed, love and help this adorable little person grow the 'right' way fills any new parent with all consuming questions, the answers to which seemingly allude you alone. And the questions other people ask --- ohhhh the questions. "Is he sleeping through the night?" What the hell does that matter? Worst. Question. EVER.
  • It Is Not Your Job

    Zen Mommy
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    If we asked our children these three simple things daily in the way we parent, we just might get a closer look at each one's nature and stop deluding ourselves into thinking we are responsible for MAKING our children (fill-in-the-blank).
  • How to Get Kids to Listen Without Yelling

    Zen Mommy
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    If you are parenting a strong-willed child, it’s likely that each and every time you attempt to exert your authority, your child responds with some sort of resistance. Ignoring you. Defying you. Engaging you with back talk and banter.
 
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  • 3 Drinks to put the Happy in Valentine’s Day

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:01 pm
      I can’t believe it’s already getting close to Valentine’s Day. That’s just crazy talk to me. Based on all the Valentine’s pitches I’ve been receiving, however..it’s hard to deny the fact that another year is in full swing. My husband and I never celebrate days like Sweetest Day or Valentine’s Day. He’ll tell you it’s because every day is a day of love in our house. I just gag. Okay, I’m kidding, I don’t gag. Things are great. I have to say though, I don’t mind missing out on Sweetest Day because it’s…
  • Fiction: Shadow Reader

    admin
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    The worn leather chair was uncomfortable. I shifted myself away from the coil that was threatening to poke a hole through my butt and leaned into the wooden armrest. I stared at the man in front of me, Dr. Ketchum. I couldn’t see his eyes, the light from the desk lamp created a glare on his glasses which masked his expression. In his giant hands was a manilla folder holding documents of my life; observations from other shrinks and notes taken from hundreds of therapy sessions. Schizophrenia was my diagnosis which I noticed was written in red marker on the outside of the folder. I saw things…
  • Sol Republic Tracks Air Wireless Headphones Review and Giveaway

    admin
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
      Disclaimer: I was given a pair of Sol Republic Tracks Air Wireless Headphones retail cost $199 in exchange for an honest review. And that is exactly what I’ll do, review honestly. All opinions are my own and I’m very opinionated.    I hate those little earbud headphones. I can never find the right little tip thingies that will fit comfortably and securely in my ear so instead, I’m constantly fidgeting with them or trying to stick them back inside my ear canal. Yeah, not a fan. I mean, I have really nice earbuds, they are pink and shiny. I like pink and shiny.
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  • When Winter is Shorts Weather for Kids

    Wendi Aarons
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    Before I had children, I used to see a kid dressed inappropriately for cold weather and sneer, “What is wrong with his mother? Why didn’t she make him wear a jacket?” But now that I have children, I know the answers to those questions: “Nothing” and “Because she finally gave up.” Yes, I am the not-so-proud owner of an 11-year-old boy who refuses to wear pants in the winter. He (very strongly) insists on wearing shorts year-round, even when the temperature is only in the high 20’s. We live in Austin, Texas, so we don’t have many super cold days, but we still have enough to…
  • Date Night Meets Home Alone

    Mir Kamin
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    Last night my husband and I did something we hardly ever do, and certainly don’t do often enough—we went out for the evening. Alone. It’s not that we never go places without the kids, because we do. And it’s not even that we don’t leave them home without us, because of course we do, more and more, as they get older. I’m happy to grab my purse and toss a cheerful, “Don’t burn the house down!” over my shoulder as I head out for groceries or other errands, on the weekends. At 15, my son loves being home alone. He enjoys the quiet, the…
  • Too Many Big Moves at Once?

    Amalah
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    Hi Amy! I’m looking at the next six months and starting to freak out a little. My son is two and a half, and right on the cusp of two pretty big transitions – switching from a crib to a bed, and starting to potty train. So, why am I freaking out? Because my husband just got transferred at work; we’re moving to a different state in three weeks; the housing market is both crummy AND expensive at our destination and we don’t have permanent housing yet; therefore, we’ll probably be crashing with different family members for about a month while we look for a…
 
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  • Picky Eater

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

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

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

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

    Amber
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    For the past few years I’ve been choosing a word at New Year’s to represent what I wanted to bring into my life in the 12 months ahead. In 2011 that word was space. In 2012 I chose clarity. In 2013 I chose presence. And for 2014 my word was forgiveness. This year, possibly for the first time, settling on a word was easy. For 2015 I have chosen strength. *Photo credit – Colleen McMahon on Flickr Choosing a word is about setting an intention for the year. This year, rather than choose an aspirational intention, I’ve decided to go another way. In past years I’ve…
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  • Everything you ever wanted to know about my cleaning habits and more

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

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    This card popped up in my Facebook feed last week. Yeah okay sure, I thought. I remember what it’s like to have your first baby. I remember when any piece of well-meaning advice, any tidbit of info, felt like a sneering admonishment. I remember how I absorbed all and any criticism or suggestion into the ... [Read more...]The post Of course new moms take everything personally appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Stuff I’m Digging: TSO Young People’s Concert Pianorama

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    I’m a big fan of the Toronto Symphany Orchestra’s Young People’s Concert series. This series is aimed for kids 5 to 12 and is a fun way to introduce children to music beyond Taylor Swift. The upcoming Pianorama concert sounds like the perfect way to spend a wintery Saturday afternoon. It  features superstar pianist Emanuel ... [Read more...]The post Stuff I’m Digging: TSO Young People’s Concert Pianorama appeared first on Playground Confidential.
 
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  • Happy New Year! The Year of The Sheep

    Susan
    3 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    I wish everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous and joy-filled New Year! The end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 have been a busy time for me. I’m working on a new blog – one of the reasons I’m not writing more often on this blog, and I’m busy exploring different avenues. For the new year, I am going to try to update this blog or give my new blog my complete focus. Either way, new and fun content will be coming your way. As a start to my new year, I’ve had our Feng Shui consultant come by and I’m busy trying to do all of her recommendations. In the process,…
  • Make a Mark this 2014 with Spartan Race + Giveaway

    Susan
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:59 pm
    What are you doing to make a mark in 2014? Are you looking for something physical, challenging, and can test you in every way imaginable? Say hello to Spartan Race. The race will not only get your heart rate pumping, it will test your stamina and endurance to the max, and even give you a little spa treatment with all the mud that will come your way. If you’re looking to challenge yourself or even offer something fun for your kids to do that’s rewarding, try taking a stab at this race. I’m going to try my first attempt at it when it comes to the Los Angeles, CA and see if…
  • The Knot Genie Supreme Will Take the Ouch Out of Brushing

    Susan
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Does your child’s hair get tangled often? Do you see knots in their hair? Are they crying and kicking because it’s very painful when you brush? If you said yes to any one of these questions, then I have the solution for you, the Genie Supreme from The Knot Genie. After countless times chasing my kids around the house to brush their hair so they didn’t look like they were wandering the streets all night, I had to find another solution for brushing my kids’ hair. I tried over a dozen brushes sold at big box stores and boutiques, and nothing worked. It was a waste of…
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  • Going Forward, Looking Back

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

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

    GrumbleGirl
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Oliver plays soccer. For the first time this autumn, there’s indoor-soccer activity organised by the city we live in, where all kids could join — the boys were sorted by ages 8-10, and 11-15. He’s ten and a half, but smallish for his age, so he was originally grouped with the younger kids, but as there was such a huge number of boys who came out to play (and there were WAY too many) they re-sorted the younger boys, and for the first time this week, Oliver played with boys aged 10-12. Only ten boys turned out, and most of them seemed familiar with each other from playing in…
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  • Public or in house training – the choice is yours

    Ron Rosenhead
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    My company, Project Agency receives a wide range of range of requests for services from clients. Over the last few months some of have asked if we run public courses, as they do not have sufficient people for an in house course. I am pleased to say we will be running a range of public courses through 2015: The Perfect … Read More >Related Posts:Will you join us? Master Class – Strategies for Project…Practical project management training – it works!Why is project management so fragmented in companies?Have you really tested out your project before delivery?Project…
  • So, what have I learned this year II?

    Ron Rosenhead
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    I wrote the first part of this blog article in late December and this week sees more learning from 2014. NOTE: these are elements I have seen during the year, not made up! So, to repeat my introduction from the last blog posting: ‘As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year 1?Reflection – 400 BlogsThe 7 deadly sins of project managementLessons learned or lessons identified…?Who are your good project management role models?
  • So, what have I learned this year 1?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:05 am
    As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to reflect – after all, I am asking or have suggested others should do this, try here and here . Out came the note pad and I started to make some jottings. This is part I,  part II will appear next week. These are … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year II?Do you need more skilled project staff?360 assessment for project staffWhat does project management mean to me?Reflection – 400 Blogs
 
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  • Just because it's a choice, doesn't mean it's a good choice

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    As the 84th Texas Legislature gets busy doing it's legislative thang, education has come to the forefront as one of the top issues they have to address. For Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, school choice is his main priority. Patrick's hope for school choice is to set up a voucher(ish) system, where parents can use taxpayer money to take their kids out of underperforming school districts and put them in private or parochial schools. In theory, it sounds like an awesome plan. I mean, seriously, your kid deserves a great education and if your local school district can't do it, then you should…
  • Is there a special prison for the mothers' of teenagers? Is it called the mental hospital?

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    People survive raising teenagers, right? Like, survive it without having their mugshot on the internet and starting to believe that orange really is the new black? My mother survived it. Granted, she's bat shit crazy. But, she made it through and her only run in with the law involved her hitting another car while driving up the street backwards because she forgot her Bible and wanted to get it before church and then tried to blame the wreck on the other driver because they weren't looking. For a car driving up the street backwards. She'd already raised two teenagers by then,…
  • Water is really strong, apparently.

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    All day yesterday, I felt like I had something stuck in the back of my throat (that is not an invitation to get all pervy) and no matter how much I tried to clear it, the feeling would't go away. It was making me a little stabby. So, being the genius I am, last night I decided to try to clear it out with something with a little power.My waterpik.First, trying to stick a waterpik down your throat and not gag is way harder than one might imagine. Second, you have to keep your head down when sticking a waterpik down your throat or else you'll also rinse your sinuses (as I…
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  • Petroleum Contamination in Underground Water Tanks

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:15 pm
    There are a vast number of hazardous substances utilized every day in both commercial properties and residential properties such as gas, oil and petroleum products. Numerous petroleum leaks occur in underground water tanks. This often happens due to the petroleum products that are so often leaked into the groundwater or soil. In these cases, environmental professionals must be employed to adequately clean the spill to the legal standards of the state. Environmental specialists have many responsibilities in regards to petroleum contaminations. They must first initiate an investigation before…
  • Green Building in Australia

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Green building efforts throughout Australia have increased over the last ten years. Systems to reduce water consumption by up to 40 percent are in place in countrywide. Additional efforts to introduce solar paneling and cutting carbon dioxide emissions are being placed in many bylaws. These new rules are creating problems for urban developers as they run out of space, especially where water conservation comes into play. Above ground water tanks are a common sight in rural Australia, but in new urban developments, there is not enough room to install them. One trick that new builders are using…
  • Drinking Rainwater in Australia

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    Australia is among the few places on earth where rainwater is used for drinking. Rainwater can be an excellent source of water for drinking. Some place, however, are so polluted that the rain gets contaminated with pollutants and substances during its fall to the earth and on the rainwater collection process. In Australia, the government issued guidelines on how to collect rainwater for drinking with rainwater tanks Melbourne. The issued guidelines are stiffer and are different than the guidelines for rainwater collection in other countries since water is usually consumed for drinking in…
 
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    And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog

  • DisneyNational Geographic Disney Parks Then and Now Photo Contest

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    I have some fun news.  My husband and I along with the youngest 3 of our 5 kids will have the chance to head back to Disney World in a little over a month.  As you might imagine everyone is very excited to see Mickey and his pals again.  And while we are on the subject of Disney Parks, I wanted to share some info about a fun Disney Parks related contest by National Geographic.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Awesome Pack: The Monthly subscription box for family fun

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    It's no secret I love subscription boxes.  I've covered over a dozen on this blog since they gained mass popularity over the past few years.  What's not to love about a monthly surprise catered towards your personal passions.  Around Christmas time I was introduced to another entry into the subscription box category that is really rather awesome, Awesome Pack.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • January, and so the new year began

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    It was a tissues, warm tea, fuzzy blankets, and spoons full of honey kind of start to our new year.  The weather was so cold in the our Chicago suburb that the kids were back home for a few days immediately following their return to school from their holiday break.  All of the above put a delay in my typical January traditions that normally include a renewed desire to improve all sorts of things including myself, my blog, and my home.  As my need for honey to soothe has lessened, I've finally mustered the strength to tackle all those new year, new me type goals with a big old…
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  • Valentine’s Day Date: Romantic Nature Hike

    Sarah
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    I’m sharing my Valentine’s Day Date: Romantic Nature Hike featuring BROOKSIDE Crunchy Clusters, wine and cheese board as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #DISCOVERBROOKSIDE I have to admit that I have never been the typical red roses, movie, dinner on V-day type gal.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE going on date night […]
  • Shrimp Curry Laksa {Malaysia Kitchen}

    Sarah
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Malaysia Kitchen for the World for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. A couple of years ago I was watching Anthony Bourdain No Reservations when he traveled to Penang, Malaysia. I was completely taken by his experience and it made a lasting impression on […]
  • Salad Niçoise {served family style}

    Sarah
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Ever since I was old enough to frequent French restaurants I have been smitten with the Salad Niçoise. The combination of green beans, hard boiled eggs, tuna, capers and more just hits me in the yum. This salad has it all: saltiness, brightness, sweetness and satisfying protein — plus it is packed with nutrients and […]
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  • If only insurance jingles really were on your side…

    Kristy
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:02 pm
    So. My son. Brecken loves to get a laugh out of a crowd. He also apparently loves insurance jingles, though I have no idea where he even hears them considering how little live t.v. he watches. Today when I picked him up from school his teacher informed me he had had a tough time staying focused. She blamed it on the rain like Milli Vanilli. I’m not so easily forgiving. I asked him what he had done and his answer? “I yelled ‘Nationwide is on your side!’ really loud in the middle of class.” That was followed by the equally catchy, “Like a good neighbor, State…
  • Good cop/bad cop

    Kristy
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    I haven’t died or run off to join the circus. As you wait with baited breath for my next post please enjoy this short. This whole series is actually quite fun.   Tweet This Post
  • Ouch

    Kristy
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:41 pm
    I had my umbilical hernia sewn up on Tuesday. Notice I didn’t say “fixed”. That remains to be seen. As of right now my abdomen is a disgusting, swollen, bruised, miasma of pain. Yes, I’m being dramatic, but dammit, it hurts. You use your abs for freakin’ everything. EVERYTHING. Even blinking. (Just trust me on that.) Allow me to take you through the events of the past three days. We arrived at the surgery center, waited forever, finally checked in, I got dressed in a gown that hooks up to a vacuum system of some sort that blows hot air onto you – DIVINE!
 
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  • Dragon Zentangles

    Maria
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:41 am
    Ever since I discovered the art of Zentangles I am completely hooked. I like to doodle, I find it relaxing and frees my mind for other creative ideas. This is my Dragon Zentangles for Chinese New Year. I have made a template, which you can download by clicking on the Dragon Template link.
  • Denim doorstopper

    Maria
    18 Jan 2015 | 2:58 am
    These are my latest chicken doorstoppers, this time I made them out of denim.  I have a lot of denim skirts and jeans that I don’t wear anymore…sadly some don’t fit me anymore, though I’d rather say they are outdated. Anyway they are perfect for making new things like my chicken doorstoppers. I like that the denim is not flat, which gives movement and character to the fabric. Especially one of the chickens has a pocket mark, where there used to be a pocket I had removed to attach to an apron I made as part of my homemade Christmas presents. I used a different fabric…
  • Free printables: Christmas crossword

    Maria
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:45 am
    A crossword for the holidays with a lot of Christmas words to practise spelling. The clues are simple and should be easy enough for school age children.
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  • Homeschool Service Project: Feeding Austin Area Hungry

    Heather
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Love this lady! For the past few years, our family has had the privilege of working with the Brighter Days Food Pantry which partners with Austin Area’s Texas Capital Food Bank to feed the hungry in our community. Our pantry is one of the few in our area that offer fresh produce, meat and dairy as well as dry and canned goods, hygiene products, cleaning products, fresh flowers, and more. The pantry started out helping only 30 families and has grown to serving more than 100 each week. My teenagers have done much more work than I have – especially my eldest son who will be 18 next…
  • A New Convention on the Block… in Texas!

    Heather
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Apparently, you won’t have to wait until the summer to get your homeschool inspiration on this year. Great Homeschool Conventions is branching out into the Lone Star State in a big way with a new convention debuting in Forth Worth this February (next month). Not long after the homeschool burnout fog has settled, GHC has a super line up to give Texas homeschool moms a jolt to pick up the pace and finish 2014-15 strong. GHC has sponsored this post to offer my readers a family registration ticket, teen track tickets if they have teenagers, and FOUR general seating admissions to see Dr.
  • Reflecting on a Decade of New Year Resolutions

    Heather
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:21 am
    A smart way to look forward is to look back first. After all, they say that you are doomed to repeat history if you don’t study it. I always like to start my year off with reflection. This year I dug a little deeper because I had TEN years worth of records to peruse via the blog archives. This year in June will mark my TENTH year of blogging. TEN whole years. One for every brain cell I have left after 13.33362 years of homeschooling. No, really. I looked it up on the internet to the date, hour, minute, and second. Want to hear a scary story? I still have about 15 years to go until I…
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  • Debating Working From Home? 5 Reasons You Should & 5 ReasonsTo Reconsider

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

    Alaina Forbes
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Here is this week's best work-at-home customer service and virtual call center job leads.AFNI customer care representatives Hilton Customer Care CoordinatorsSeasonal 1800Flowers agentsApple At-Home AdvisorsStericycle Customer care representativesVIP Desk Brand AmbassadorsCloudSource Virtual Call Center Agents Uhaul E-customer service agentsUhaul E-roadside assistance agentsDirect Interactions Call Center RepresentativesH2Insight Customer Service AgentsWorking Solutions Customer Service AgentsUber Community Support RepresentativesWest at Home customer service agents ADP community…
  • Work-at-Home News Weekly Round-Up

    Alaina Forbes
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    There are so many great work-at-home blogs and websites out there that I decided to start a new feature here at Telecommuting Moms that includes a round up of the best posts for the week. Enjoy! 5 Sophisticated Work-From-Home Scams And How To Spot ThemWhy Working From Home Is More Lucrative Than a Job10 Ways to Make Money From HomeWhat Is The Perfect Work From Home Job For You?Part-Time Work at Home Jobs: Earn $1,000 Per Month From HomeWhat Do You Do When Your Direct Sales Company Closes its Doors?5 Things No One Told Me About Working From Home
 
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  • New Year Celebration Prize Package Giveaway (ARV $1100)

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I hope everyone is off to a great start in 2015. The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to try something new - a new hobby, a new look, a new lifestyle, or some cool new products like the ones you could win from today's giveaway. A prize package filled with $1100 worth of goodies is up for grabs and the lucky winner could very well be YOU! Hosted by: Holiday Contest and
  • Win a Year's Supply of Popcorn (Today Only)!

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today is National Popcorn Day! To celebrate, Gaslamp Popcorn is hosting a one-day giveaway, where one lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a year's supply of yummy Gaslamp popcorn! To enter, simply post a pic of yourself (not required to contain Gaslamp) on social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram), using the tagline “I want @GaslampPopcorn for a year”. Feel free to add #GaslampPopcornDay
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash Giveaway {Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop}

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Do you love reading so much that you even have dreamed of discovering a great book? Well, a group of bloggers who share the love for books have teamed up for the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop to help make your dream come true. Each site is giving away a book related prize valued $10 or more, including gift cards and cash! My GiveawayI'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash of the
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  • just a few last words

    Megan Tietz
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    Well then. December 31st has come and gone, and yet here I am with a new post. I'm pushing back my own deadline, a choice that I am sure is no surprise to you. When I asked for ideas on what to blog about in the closing days of SortaCrunchy, I had no idea the upheaval that December would bring. I have to avoid specifics in order to protect the privacy of people that I love, but just know that a person who is very dear to me underwent a painful personal crisis and the reverberating effect on my life was unexpectedly huge. And because I am such a F-E-E-L-E-R type (like, seriously, the F in ENFP…
  • How To Survive Holiday Shopping When You Are Highly Sensitive (guest post from Doña Bumgarner)

    Megan Tietz
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    photo credit: See-ming Lee 李思明 SML via photopin cc Amazon sent me an email in October with the headline “The countdown to Black Friday.” I deleted it. I did not want to think about Black Friday before Halloween. I do not, actually, want to think about gift shopping at all.  Last week I took my daughter to Toys’R’Us for a set of knee and elbow pads before we took her scooter to the park and just walking through the store left me with an elevated heart rate and a headache. At the end of every other aisle there was a video screen running a product demo on loop. Character-branded…
  • at long last, the last call

    Megan Tietz
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    It's important to me, for many reasons, that you know the timeline of this decision. I am hyper-aware of my flakiness, and it's really important to me that you know that this announcement doesn't come lightly or off-the-cuff or easily. I waited 48 hours last August from the moment I first knew I was closing SortaCrunchy, waited two full days before I told Kyle. "Really?" He raised his eyebrows, but squeezed my hand tightly in the wake of my resolve. I waited over a month before I began to tell other people. It made my voice tremble, but I was glad to be saying it. There was a deep sadness in…
 
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  • Kid-Friendly Game Day Snack: Baked Ranch Chicken Tender Bites {Review & Giveaway}

    Melanie Edwards
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    My nine-year-old is a huge fan of ranch dressing. She dips just about all she can in it and even adds some to her rice! When I heard about Naturally Fresh dressings and was asked to share a game day recipe using their products, I knew that a kid-friendly appetizer using Naturally Fresh Classic Ranch Dressing would be perfect. Using wholesome ingredients, Naturally Fresh makes homemade-tasting dressings and dips in a variety of flavors, such as Classic Ranch, Lite Ranch, Bleu Cheese, and Lite Bleu Cheese. Naturally Fresh products have no artificial flavors or colors and no preservatives. You…
  • Game Day Fun with a Spicy Feta Burger Dip {Recipe}

    Melanie Edwards
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:40 pm
    With the Big Game happening in less than two weeks, you’re probably looking for fun Game Day recipes for your family and to entertain your guests. While you can serve a variety of Game Day appetizers, chips and dip are always a safe and easy option that is loved by guests of all ages. This year, you can try a new spin on your dip with this Spicy Feta Burger Dip recipe that is adapted from the Frito-Lay original. Check out how easy it is to make, using ingredients found at Walmart! Spicy Feta Burger Dip *Adapted from Frito-Lay, see original recipe on Walmart.com Ingredients 1 pound…
  • 3 Tips for a Stress-Free Tax Season & How Walmart Can Help!

    Melanie Edwards
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:24 pm
    As January rolls around and we begin a new year, I’m always reminded that tax season is just right around the corner. Though tax season can be an overwhelming time for some, it certainly doesn’t have to be. With the right tools, organization, and even help from professionals, you can get your taxes done in a timely manner without stress. Let me share how Walmart can help you this tax season – from finding all your tax needs and supplies in one store to providing tax filing help via in-store tax professionals. 3 Tips for a Stress-Free Tax Season Keeping in mind that I’m…
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  • So You Want To Slay Some Debt? (Hint, Hint: A Giveaway)

    Natalie Snapp
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Roughly ten years ago, I had the privilege of working with another educator who inspired me to be kind, loving and encouraging. She was one of my very favorite people. Ever. Still is. I remember Patty talking about her daughter who had just started a blog. Her husband was in law school and she had always liked to write. “What’s a blog?” I asked Patty because they weren’t nearly as mainstream as they are now. Goodness gracious, back then there was no such thing as Twitter and Facebook was a new enterprise everyone thought would tank. Patty patiently explained and I…
  • When You Have Trouble Believing You’re Amazing

    Natalie Snapp
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Thank you to my sweet co-leader, Bethany Grove, for writing today’s post! My quest for perfection feels like a never-ending journey. I started traveling a long time ago but it’s still not something I’ve been able to break free from – yet. While I was in college, my roommate and I laughed about my uncanny ability to be able to tell if something of mine was ever moved. The sad part? There was a lot of truth behind our giggles. In an instant, I would have noticed something amiss. The quest for perfection didn’t stop there either. Becoming a mother hasn’t changed my…
  • More Than Just Nourishment For The Soul

    Natalie Snapp
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    (She’s winking because she knew a lot of life secrets . . . ) Last week, I shared the three main lessons I’ve learned from our sweet girl, Ellie – our yellow Labrador Retriever who died unexpectedly of cancer a few weeks ago. We spoke of the importance of play, how incredibly critical it is for us to just slow down and have fun with our families. I know I am guilty of just trying to get it all done so I can have some “me” time that sometimes, I get grouchy if stuff (i.e. family demands) get in my way. In my attempts to check-off the list, I check-out of real…
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  • Mutual Vulnerability: Four Questions

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    Another month is hurtling to a close. It’s hard to believe that February is upon us, but before it announces itself, here’s a post about vulnerability and more specifically, mutual vulnerability. As many of you know, Mandy Lee Catron penned a widely-circulated Modern Love piece called To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This which referred to a study by psychologist Arthur Aron and others that examines whether intimacy between strangers can be expedited by having them answer a set of very personal questions. The thesis, compelling if you ask me, is that mutual vulnerability…
  • ADR Friday Loves 01.23.15

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
      i’m loving… 1. This cheeky suit. 2. This happy face article. 3. This color-block beauty. 4. This equine art. 5. This show. 6. This lemony cuff. 7. This globe. 8. This novel. 9. This letter.
  • I look worried, but at least we’re in love.

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
      For school, the big girls had to decorate wooden airplanes this weekend. They painted them and added little photographs of the family and draped ribbons from the tail and also slapped goofy emoji stickers on the wings. The final products were colorful, silly, happy things and they were proud of themselves. With the leftover stickers, the girls made some art. They took the little faces and made bodies. In this one, they made Husband and me. They presented it to us, giggling. And then the giggles were mine. Look at my face! My wide, worried eyes! But then look at the thought/speech…
 
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  • Core Strengthening Exercises Using a Stability Ball by @DPEverybodyFit

    Dana Pieper
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    It seems like everyone is looking for good core exercises these days! So…for the next 3 weeks I will be giving you a 3-part series you can do alone, or add to the previous week’s sequence to give your core a seriously powerful and challenging workout! The series begins with moves that use a stability ball, however you can modify this and perform them without it if you do not have one at your disposal. I hope you are up for the ab-beating!
  • Working From Home: How to Create a Home Office Work Space by @DebHornell

    Deb Hornell
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s exciting and invigorating to launch a home office. Here are five C’s for creating a space that works for you and your clients. Commit to being organized from the get-go. It’s tempting to put off the work of getting—and staying—organized, but knowing where things are is essential to operating a home office with minimal stress. Investing in quality storage items and supplies will help get you started. Create a comfortable environment. The last thing you want is a space that’s neither welcoming nor comfortable. Like offices everywhere, you’ll spend a lot of time at your desk…
  • 10 Must-Do Habits to Support Business Growth by @CarlaYoung

    Carla Young
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Whenever people ask me to share success tips, it’s always the same thing: consistency because ultimately, it’s not what you do every now and then or even half of the time, but what you do on a DAILY basis that determines the success of anything you do (and that includes your business). That being said, consistency is really only part of the story. You could, for example, consistently do the wrong things and (as you might expect) achieve no results at all. With that in mind, here is my top 10 list of habits you should make part of your everyday routine: #1: Schedule Your Tasks…
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    Making The Best Home For You Family

  • Tips for Choosing the Best Clothing for Hiking

    yepforsure
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:38 am
    Hiking is a very important activity as it offers you physical and psychological exercise in addition to an opportunity to relax and interact with nature. However, hiking becomes more challenging when it comes to selecting the best clothing for the activity. A good hiking experience is all about comfort and safety; the best clothing should offer you these two. Choosing the best clothing for hiking is determined by the location to which your hiking experience is to take place. It is important to clearly analyze the weather condition in the area as it will help you choose the most suitable kind…
  • Do You Love to Stay at You Lawn While Relaxing? – Watch This

    yepforsure
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
  • Is Vaporizing The New Way To Smoke?

    yepforsure
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    With the market flooding with a new alternative for smoking, more and more people are drifting towards using vaporizers. Most studies show an evidence of vaporizing being a healthier choice for those who are not able to quit nicotine addiction. It is probably a milder way to pump nicotine in your body while eliminating the consequences of carcinogens and toxins entering your body. But is vaporizing healthy for your lungs? Let’s take a look. But before we do we recommend checking out the G5 Vaporizer. We have the G5 Vaporizer Review article right here for you.   #1 Vaporizing is milder…
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    Eccentric Eclectic Woman

  • Orkin #BedBugFeud Giveaway & Blog App

    Finamoon
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    I have the opportunity to give away a CleanRest Pillow Encasement below free for posting this information. All information and giveaway prizes are provided by Orkin and PartnersHub. Orkin is back with #BedBugFeud - test your bed bug knowledge and see if you are keeping a clean bed in 2015!Play the Bed Bug Feud and beat the clock to make the leaderboard!At Orkin, we use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that's right for your needs. To learn more about our pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call…
  • Olde Westport Spice Company Offer

    Finamoon
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    US Family Guide provided me with this promotional information to share with my readers. I am getting something for free in return for posting this information.  Online specialty Food Company stands the test of time - Spice Company creates custom spice blends, seasonings and dry soups. Olde Westport Spice & Trading Company is a 33-year-old spice manufacturer that is still going strong. This online company operates a small plant in Goodland, Kansas, and knows a thing or two about spices, seasonings and soups. This family owned and operated company was originally founded in the Kansas…
  • Wordless Wednesday Delbin Sandwich

    Finamoon
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Teela and Zari giving their brother, Delbin, his daily hugs.
 
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  • First Swim Lesson, Splash and Kicks for Victoria

    Audrey McClelland
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:57 am
    Victoria had her very first swim lesson today at our local YMCA. Honestly, I’ve been looking forward to this swim lesson since I signed her up! I couldn’t wait to see her in her little bathing suit, with her little mermaid towel walking on the pool deck.Victoria is… a true swim baby. Her first time on a pool deck was on July 16th, 2013… 7 days after she was born. Her brothers had a swim meet and I didn’t want to miss it. We sat and watched everyone swim and race and have a blast. I feel like chlorine is part of her DNA, she’s just used to it. It’s…
  • Daily Dish: Show & Tell with a Baby Sister

    Audrey McClelland
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    Show & TellYou remember Show & Tell… that one day where you could bring in anything you loved from home and show it off to the class.My Ben had his first Show & Tell on Tuesday afternoon. All weekend I kept wondering what he was going to bring, I was certain it was going to be his collection of Pokemon cards.On Monday afternoon, I finally just asked him, “Ben – what do you want to bring for Show & Tell?He replied, “Can I bring Victoria?”He wanted to bring his baby sister.And so, I obliged.As a digital mom, believe me… I take about 100 a…
  • Things You Think and Say When Your Kids Get the Stomach Flu

    Audrey McClelland
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    The stomach flu.I hate it.I hate it so much.We’ve been really lucky for the last 2 years without anyone getting it. There’s just something about the stomach flu. It just rages. It rages right through everyone and you just want to kill it.With 7 people in our family, there’s never any germ you want in the house. Like dominoes, once somebody gets something, we all will eventually get it. As much as you want to quarantine the kids, it’s seriously impossible.The boys have been home sick today with the stomach flu… first Victoria, then Alex, then William, then Henry…
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    The Survival Mom

  • Be a Lean, Mean Survival Mom Machine

    The Survival Mom
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Picture this.  You’re with your kids or grand-kids in a COSTCO or Wal-Mart, when you hear gunshots and screams coming from across the store.  From the terrifying sounds you know you only have a few seconds to get to safety, and an EXIT door is about thirty yards away. Do you have the physical conditioning, stamina, otherwise known as survival fitness, to grab the kids, pick them up if necessary, and run fast enough to escape with your lives?  Or, would those extra pounds and flabby muscles slow you down to make a quick escape impossible? Are you a lean, mean Survival Mom machine?
  • Stock Your Pantry from Scratch: Enchilada Sauce

    Lisa Barthuly
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    I love to make up my own convenience foods! I know what is in them so they are much healthier. They are simple to just grab off my shelf (instead of going to a store for a specialty can of ‘whatever’) and to have on hand when there is no ‘run to the store’ option. And they are super easy to make up! Enchilada Sauce is one of those insanely SIMPLE ones I can whip up and have canned up a batch in under an hour!  Excellent for stocking the pantry with staples for easy meals. Easy meals are a blessing for busy days, true, but when the SHTF they will help cut stress while still…
  • 25 Top Pins to Help Get You Organized!

    The Survival Mom
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    As our January Skill of the Month comes to a close, I rounded up some of the best organizing pins from prepper/survival/homesteading bloggers that give tips you won’t want to miss. I’ve included a few of my own as well. If you like the pin, follow the blogger on Pinterest! And if you’re new to the whole Pinterest thing, just click on each graphic below that you want to read about.f Follow my Pinterest boards!     A Sure-Fire Strategy for Keeping an Organized Pantry Inventory A Prepared Cook’s Guide to Creating an Ideal Kitchen Space DIY Battery Storage…
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  • valentine’s day heart bingo

    amy mascott
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
            This is so funny–I created this bingo game ages and ages ago but never really shared it. So? Here it is: Valentine’s Day Heart Bingo. Super-basic and similar in layout and design as our Halloween Ghost Bingo, but, of course, all Valentinesy and lovey. Here’s the skinny. . . Valentine’s Day Heart Bingo: This is a great one to print out and use for classroom parties, for playdates, or for any time that works for you. It’s a good, calm-down bingo game with a Valentine’s Day theme.   Valentine’s Day HEART Bingo can be downloaded…
  • how to schedule power kid time into your every day

    amy mascott
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
          I am not kidding with this. You guys, the days may seem slow, but once your kids hit elementary school, life totally moves into fifth gear. Completely. Like seriously life starts to flash by. I’ll never forget what a gal from my Moms Club said to me, when I ran into her at the grocery store one day, (she was kid-free, and I was juggling three kids under five). She said, Amy, you won’t believe this now, but it’s true: the days are slow but the years are fast.  At the time, I remember thinking, Suuuuuure, lady. You enjoy your peace and quiet and…
  • organizing play spaces: 4 steps to awesome and tips every parent needs

    amy mascott
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Friends. I’m  hoping that you’re still doing a rockstar job taking control your three things this month because, sweet mercy–you can manage to organize three things. Whatever it is that has been bugging you, whatever it is that causes you the most stress or anxiety, start there. That sock drawer? The coat closet? The laundry room? You can do it. This is the year, friends. We’re taking control of our life and our time, and we are living focused. Need the whole deal? Check out the get yourself organized post as a refresher. I do understand that often it’s…
 
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    Shh!! Momma's Writing!

  • New Year, New Career, New Me

    Lea C
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:59 pm
    It’s 2015, Happy New Year!! A lot has happened over the past year and I’ve barely written any of it.  It’s been a bit of a struggle to write much of anything really but I’m changing that. Why? Because today I was standing in the parking lot at the office, pacing and slightly manic. I’m […] The post New Year, New Career, New Me appeared first on Shh!! Momma's Writing!.
  • Katie’s Hula Hoop

    Lea C
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
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  • Two Sites you MUST Check Before Vacation

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

  • I am a monster

    gettrich
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I am a monster. It’s true. I just woke up a soundly sleeping 14 year old boy and made him climb out of bed, put on some clothes and distribute a pile of laundry to its owner. What has happened to me? Visions of my mother keep floating into my psyche. I remember her wrath about dishes left lying in the sink, her frustration about my slovenly housekeeping, her utter ire about the constant state of my bedroom’s distress. I thought she was an idiot. “Don’t you have anything more important to care about?” I used to lament. I hated her when I was a teenager. Her life seemed…well, menial…
  • Naughty? Not! Parents are heroes!!!

    gettrich
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I like to write about my kids. My eldest son, Levi, is totally into it. When I write something that isn’t about him he mopes around like a wilted Lily. But my younger son, Eli, would rather remain quietly hidden amongst the desert Lantana than be singled out in print. When they were younger it was easier. Now that they’re 14 and almost 11 I feel like I have to ask permission before I write or publish anything personal. It’s seriously cramping my style. But this time I found a story about good parenting that isn’t my own. It isn’t my own because I don’t have the guts to be a really…
  • Who peed in the vacuum cleaner?

    gettrich
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Sure, you think you can trust Fido around your appliances… Okay, I admit my life is far from boring. But every once in a while I would like something to be “normal” in my world. Well, I guess that wont be happening today. So we got this really cute vacuum cleaner as a gift. (It’s a long story). It’s called a Bumble Bee and it’s a hot little yellow and black Miele canister vac. It worked great…the first time I used it. Then, about a week later, I went to use it again and it wouldn’t even turn on. I thought maybe it was the bag because these little vacuum bags fill pretty…
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    The Shopping Mama

  • Beauty: Top 5 Drugstore Foundations (…and WHY I love them!)

    Maureen
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    When it comes to beauty products, sometimes all I do is cringe when I look at the cost of such a tiny little package!  I mean, how on earth can something so small cost so much?  Granted, there are certain things that I’ve come to terms with when it comes to finding the perfect products for my face but if I can find what I need at a price that’s kind to my wallet and make-up routine, you better believe I’m going to take that option. Over the past 2-ish years, I’ve been trying out a variety of foundations at the drugstore (read : Target) to try and find one that I love…
  • New Jewelry Line Inspires Girls to be Confident

    Serena
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    We all know it’s not easy being a teenager—body image issues, bullies, family trouble—they add up. In fact, 47% of girls struggle with self-esteem. But we all know having positive reinforcement in your life can make the world of a difference. That’s why a young woman jewelry entrepreneur is thinking big: Hitting Icing stores nationwide this February, “Look Fabulous, Share Confidence” is a new line of jewelry that’s inspiring girls across the country to be bold and brave, even when the going gets tough. Hoping you might highlight this jewelry as the perfect gift to…
  • Nighttime Escapees! What To Do When They Start Climbing Out of The Crib

    Jennie
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    How many of you are like me and have a child who has learned the fine art of climbing out of their crib?  My daughter is 15 months old and did this for the first time last week. At first I thought it was a fluke and that there was no way she had actually figured out how to climb out.  After all, she is 15 months old!  But then she did it again at nap time, and again at bed time, and I started to panic because I knew this wasn’t a fluke but that she was also not ready for a toddler bed.  Afraid she was going to get hurt, I hit the internet looking for solutions to keep her in a safe…
 
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • An Ode to January, Chapter 2: Seriously?

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

    6 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    If it wasn't for the fact that January is the birth month of BOTH of my kids (yay, good planning!), I would hate the entire 31 days that make up this frigid, snowy, b*tch of a month.As it is, I ONLY love two days in January - the 9th and the 24th. Other than that the month of January can suck it.Today is January 6.It was supposed to be the kids' second day back to school after winter break.I say "supposed to be" because after receiving a paltry 1 to 1 1/2 inches of snow last night (that's all you've got Mother Nature?) THEY CANCELLED SCHOOL TODAY.Seriously folks.We live in freaking NORTHWEST…
  • 2014 - A Year of Not Many Blog Posts

    31 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    So here we are. December 31, 2014.And, I really haven't blogged much at all this year.I have no excuse other than I got lazy about my blog and I don't think anyone really noticed anyway.But I digress.2014 was a good year. Nothing too horrible happened aside from a never-ending winter and that whole Polar Vortex thing.So let's do a little recap and remember the year.I started out the year with a horrible case of strep throat and was essentially trapped in the house for days on end thanks to one of MANY snowstorms and that whole Polar Vortex nonsense. The girls celebrated their birthdays in…
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    The MamaZone

  • What Mama Learned Last Week: Children and Tragedy, Marriage and Birthday Parties

    Anitra Elmore
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    Motherhood is full of lessons and sometimes, I’m open to learning them. Here’s what I picked up last week in the newest edition of What Mama Learned On tragedy and children. There was a horrific tragedy in our neighborhood last week and it hit a little too close to home. And, while our family and friends didn’t suffer any personal loss (thankfully), our kids were directly affected. This led to conversations you never think you’ll have to have with your kids and presented challenges I never expected to face. It was a reminder that, as a parent, I have to constantly be…
  • The Secret to Building an Awesome Pillow Fort #PopSecretForts

    Anitra Elmore
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:11 am
    We build a lot of forts in our house. I’m not sure why, but my kids have loved to burrow ever since they were small. Over the years, we’ve become quite adept at creating all types of forts and this weekend, we pulled together a pillow fort for a little Pop Secret family fun. Timelapse Video: Building an Awesome Pillow Fort The only thing more fun than building a fort together is watching it happen at super speed. Take a look at the timelapse video of our pillow fort building then continue reading for tips on building a great fort (and our secret for making it awesome). Tips…
  • Coupons and Deals for 50% Off or More at Verified Codes

    Anitra Elmore
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    I shop online a lot and when I do, I’m always looking for a discount. And, while I have my favorite deal sites, I’m excited to add another. I recently discovered Verified.Codes and I think you’re going to love what they have to offer. About Verified.Codes Verified.Codes is a clever site that offers coupons and deals for over 25,000 online retailers. Here’s how they do it: Their database is updated every 15 minutes. They verify every single coupon they share. They work directly with brands to snag brand-verified coupon codes. Expired coupons are instantly removed.
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    Dear Crissy

  • DIY Grapefruit sugar scrub recipe

    Kacey
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Don’t toss those grapefruit peels, use them to whip up a quick and easy grapefruit scrub that will exfoliate and wake up you skin! This sugar scrub recipe is one of my favorites—just look at this color! I enjoyed a tasty ruby red grapefruit this morning for breakfast, and afterward, I decided to cut out the inner pith and scrape out any of the juicy fruit that might be left and toss it in the blender to make a simply DIY grapefruit sugar scrub. I added a bit of sugar and apricot oil and in about 45 seconds had a fantastic grapefruit scrub! With blending the sugar as well, this is…
  • The perks of tunnel vision

    Crissy Page
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    I consider myself as an ideas person. Granted, I’ve been able to translate some of my better ideas into successful entrepreneurship, but my mind is still a constantly sparking in every direction with new plans and projects. In fact, I’m so caught up in that swirl of wishes and wants that I spend entire days gently prodding at a whole list of ideas on my mental to-do list. Whole days spent half-heartedly researching this and reading up on that. Most of these bright ideas are never concretized in any way—they aren’t even written down on paper—and float like…
  • #SuperBeef Twitter Party

    Crissy Page
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    I am so thrilled to announce a delicious collaboration, sponsored by The Beef Checkoff, in which I’ll be hosting a fun, beef-inspired Twitter Party on Wednesday, January 28th at 1:00 p.m. ET in celebration of the big game. Joining me at the party will be @BeefPros and CattleWomen from across the U.S.! We’ll be chatting about the growing excitement for the big game, as well as some fun ways you can incorporate beef in your party menu. From juicy burgers to perfectly-poppable appetizers, there are so many ways to make beef a star-player on game day! In addition to beef-inspired…
 
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    Child Mode

  • 2015 Presale Code For Dora the Explorer Live!

    Nadia Carriere
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    Did you hear? Dora the Explorer is coming to The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 18 for “Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys” AND we have a... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • LEGO Introduces Scooby-Doo Building Sets!

    Nadia Carriere
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    LEGO does it again! The brand will introduce five new building sets featuring classic characters including Shaggy, Scooby and the entire gang in LEGO form for the first time ever. This is perfect... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Monica & Andy Bring Comfort & Quality To The Nursery

    Nadia Carriere
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Where have you been all my life? I was recently introduced to Monica & Andy’s line of children’s wear, baby layettes and accessories and I have to say, I’m smitten… and... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
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    One Bored Mommy Blogspot

  • "Take To Me To The Beach" In This Beach House Sport Hoodie

    Courtney Clipperton
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Tranquility and Peace.  I always connect the beach with those two things.  Both are things that I seek in my life, on a daily basis, whether I am at the beach or not.  In my home, in my relationships, in all aspects of living...because it brings it's for my good.All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about this product.In my opinion, very much like a good workout outfit can bring peace to your workout routine.  Be it yoga, kick boxing, Pilates, etc.
  • A Backpack With A Cause And Mission - The @CarriCollection

    Courtney Clipperton
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    One of the essentials for school every year for our kids is backpacks.  It's funny...because it's actually been a topic of conversation this year, in particular with my kids, because of the grades they are in and the demands of their backpack loads.  In fact, our oldest son has already gone through two backpacks (yes you read that right) this school year already, because of the weight and wear/tear has been ruining his common, purchased at a department store backpack.  And all four got backpacks from mommy for Christmas, because I knew that they would be needing new ones before…
  • PS Aeropostale - SPRING 2015 COLLECTION Feature

    Courtney Clipperton
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Our oldest daughter has a style all of her own!  She is very particular about what she will and won't wear!  She has always been that way! Our youngest daughter is pretty easy going when it comes to her clothes (as long as they fit comfortably), but the oldest is all about "HER" style.I am a VIP for PS Aeropostale.  I have the opportunity to spend $100 (gift card), to share with my readers about their newest lines as they arrive in store.  I was not offered any other monetary compensation by posting our honest opinions on their clothing line and products.One store that she…
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    HomeToHeather

  • Best Gluten Free Foods at the Supermarket

    Heather
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    I’m not a huge ‘ready made’ foods buyer. If I can make it from scratch I usually try to – mostly for economic reasons but also for health reasons. I like to control the sugar we consume. But there are times when I lay in bed 15 min too long and just want to pour milk on something and call it breakfast. There are times when I don’t want to muck up the kitchen for lunch. There are times when I just want things to be easy. We all have these times, and at times like these it can be a challenge to find gluten free products that fit our easy living needs. There’s…
  • Cherry Chip Cheesecake with Easy Gluten Free Brownie Crust

    Heather
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:47 am
     Gluten Free Cheesecake Crust?  YES. It’s not often that I reach for a boxed product in my kitchen.  I prefer to make things from scratch so that I can control ingredients and additives.  It’s cheaper and often just as easy to work from scratch anyway so it just makes sense for me.  This cheesecake, however, is an exemption.  It’s cheesecake afterall so I’m not going to fuss over sugar content….it needs to be sweet.  Besides, this is one of those ‘save the day’ recipes where you can keep the ingredients on hand and whip one up at a moments…
  • 5 Simple Ways to Go Green in The Kitchen

    Heather
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    If one of your goals for 2015 is to be a little more responsible when it comes to the environment, here are five simple changes you can make in your kitchen to get you closer to goal. #1 – Replace your K-cups with OneCoffee pods.  These single use pods are 99% biodegradable and made to fit into your Keurig or K-cup compatible machine.  Now, we can continue to enjoy the comfort and convenience of single serve, while becoming the proof point that corporations need to further the case for composting and bring about change. Available at: Sobeys, London Drugs, and Blush Lane Organics. #2…
 
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    hollywood housewife

  • 5 useful iphone apps

    hollywood housewife
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    You never really know how much you rely on your phone until you break it. My iPhone 5S took a swim in a (toilet) bowl of water over the weekend, and though I try not to be one of those people chained to a tech device, I realized that my phone holds way more use than I even imagined. After they pronounced the water damage to be fatal, I was in the process of loading up the new phone with all my must-have apps and thought I would share those that I've been using the most lately (besides the obvious apps we all use, or the ones I've already written about like Evernote or the apps I use…
  • read great books: a literature challenge

    hollywood housewife
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Last year I did a monthly discipline challenge tackling some of the things that I want to change about my life theoretically (stop spending, exercise daily, be on time) but that I had previously never actually made an effort towards. I learned a lot about myself with the monthly challenges. I learned that some disciplines matter and others do not. I learned that it’s harder to quantify “success” and “failure” than I would have thought. And most importantly I learned that I am goal-oriented. If I have a goal that I’ve stated publicly, I’m much more apt to follow through with it.
  • friday links - new year (finally!) edition

    hollywood housewife
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I know it was technically the second full week of the new year, but travels and sickness wiped out the first week for me, so I spent the last few days giddy over fresh starts and resolutions and planning and dreaming. I swear this happens every year, that I don't really settle into the new year until mid-January. I'm a slow starter in the mornings, too. I prefer kind of puttering into the day. It must be related. Hope you're right where you want to be at the beginning of 2015. We had a couple of really interesting conversations on the HH facebook page this week. The first was this…
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    Following In My Shoes

  • 4 Ingredient Chicken Verde (slow-cooker recipe)

    Rachel Lacy
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    This is a recipe that has been waiting in “draft mode” for about 4 months.  I’ve made it MULTIPLE times since these photos were first taken and each time I find myself thinking, “I really need to share this recipe with folks.” Today is the today I finally put that thought into action.  {cue the inspiring background music} It’s no secret that a Slow-Cooker is wonderful for creating easy, fuss-free meals.  What I love about this recipe is that it is the perfect base for just about ANYTHING you want to eat. Tacos.  Lettuce Wraps.  Enchiladas.  Salads.
  • Crustless Pizza Cups {iheartlunch}

    Rachel Lacy
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Crustless Pizza Cups, Cucumber Slices and Baby Carrots, Pineapple, Green Grapes, and Blueberries.   Stored in an Easy Lunchbox. In This Bento:– {I Heart Lunch} What?  You thought I’d stopped making bentos since it has been MONTHS since I’ve shared one here on the ol’ blog?  Well, if you followed me on Instagram, you’d know that is most definitely not the case.  I have about a hundred lunches I’ve shared there this semester.  Life was very busy as 2014 waned and blogging in general sat on the back burner as I worked on potty-training Barney…
  • Whole30 Meal Plan (week 2)

    Rachel Lacy
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Y’all.  I done lost my MIND this past week. Lost it. I adopted a second dog … an 8-week old PUPPY. Yeah — I have no idea what I was thinking.  Six chicken, three children and now TWO dogs?  And not just any dog … but a 3-pound chihuaha-poodle mix that needs constant care and supervision? Oy, ve.    Of course, the children were THRILLED with a new puppy, especially the Little Lady.  She considers Kyle to be her BABY.  He’s replaced her books, dolls, crayons … he is the plaything du jour.  And he just laps it right up! Week One Confessions I finished…
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    The Mom Maven

  • How to Have a Stress Free Wedding Week

    cindy
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The week leading up to the wedding day can often be the most stressful week of the entire planning period, but it doesn’t have to be. If you asked Aaron and Summer about their wedding week, they will tell you it was rather relaxed. The main reason for that-we had planned it that way. Yes, it all comes down to planning and priorities. If you remember they got married 2 days after Thanksgiving and that in itself could have added more stress into what can be a crazy week, but it was a respite instead.   Aaron and Summer’s Wedding Week Aaron had to work Monday and Tuesday and…
  • Win it Wednesday 1-28-15

    cindy
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    We made it to the end of January, a month with few giveaways though my $50 LTD Commodities giveaway is still going till February 2nd! The Valentine’s Day giveaways are starting, I have 2 coming up soon! Link up the giveaways you are hosting and any others you happen to find around the web! Let’s head into February on a roll.   Come list your giveaways or find some to enter on the Win it Wednesday Linky!Click To Tweet 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.
  • It’s Time for the 2015 Walkabout

    cindy
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Last year I introduced you to the Walkabout and while I didn’t reach my walking goal during last year’s event, I am doing it again this year. I have again committed to walking 30 minutes a day for 30 days. This year I am less active than I was last year so I really need this challenge to push me along and it comes at the right time. About the Vionic Walkabout Vionic’s annual Walkabout challenge starts February 1st, 2015 (National Heart Health Month). The Walkabout encourages people to live a healthy lifestyle by walking everyday for 30 days (for as little as 30 minutes).
 
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    Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams

  • Sweeping Saturday 1/24/2015

    Jen Williams
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! After you have submitted your links feel free to share this post on your social networks for even more exposure!The post Sweeping Saturday 1/24/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Sweeping Saturday 1/17/2015

    Jen Williams
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! After you have submitted your links feel free to share this post on your social networks for even more exposure!The post Sweeping Saturday 1/17/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • The ADVENTURES OF PUSS IN BOOTS Premieres on Netflix Tomorrow #StreamTeam

    Jen Williams
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:57 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 don’t know about you, but this year seems to already be off to a fast start! I’m just now getting back to schedule due to fact that the […]The post The ADVENTURES OF PUSS IN BOOTS Premieres on Netflix Tomorrow #StreamTeam appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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    Naptime Radio

  • Episode 149: Elephant Mom

    Heather and Kate
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss Netflix and laundry, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on elephant moms and wrap with Nodelman ranting about the Patriots. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 148: Vaccines

    Heather and Kate
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    Heather and Kate discuss scheduling fails and dramatic children, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on vaccines and wrap by abusing Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 147: 2015 Parenting Trends

    Heather and Kate
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    Heather and Kate discuss the sad departure of Manic Mommies and lazy kids, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on this year's parenting trends and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
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    just another mommy blog...

  • A Snowy Day

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    There is something so incredibly soothing about watching the snow fall.I really needed that today... We watched the snow and managed some issues and the day wasn't as bad when I allowed myself to focus on each snowflake... just drifting down. No pain or confusion in their path. Just falling without purpose and completely at the mercy of the direction of the wind.Being online for so much of what I "do," I am honored to be friends with more people than I could ever visit in one year. I love being connected to so many people; I don't feel worthy, but my circle is large. However, it goes without…
  • Pre-Dawn Weeping Session

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    I'm lying beside her this morning, and I can't help but notice how very, very long my daughter has grown. She's nearly as tall as I am, though she's only 9 years old. She still loves to sleep in our bed, and with Patrick gone for the week, there is plenty of room to share.This doesn't last, you know. You think you will never get a moment's peace and privacy and then, you do. You get so much privacy, that you are lonely. They leave your bed and never come back. Inevitably, it always happens. I mean, it's supposed to happen, and I don't particularly want 3 grown adult offspring needing to…
  • Resurrected

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Do you ever wander through your draft folder and find a gem? Well, this may not be a "gem" but it made me smile today and so, I shall post it, exactly as I found it, even though I know I had intentions to "do" something else to it, hence the prior draft status.Motherhood has taught me many things:Never ignore a silent 3 year old. And always acknowledge them when they quietly smile at you and say "Mommy, it's raining in da living woom."Always smell that damp towel before you bury your dripping wet face in it. AL.WAYS. Just trust me on this one.Tampons can be launched a distance of more than 3…
 
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    Traveling Mom

  • Gazillion Bubble Show in New York City: Fun for Families

    Fran Capo, Adventure TravelingMom
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Photo courtesy of Fan Yang Gazillion Bubbles Show When my TV show “Fran’s World” launched in 2007, I decided to do my first episode on a new show in town called The Gazillion Bubble Show. I called and told them I was the Guinness Book ‘s World’s Fastest Talking Woman. Well it just so happened that Fan Yang  (a world renowned bubble scientist, artist and performer) was attempting his 13th world record to celebrate the opening of his show in New York City,and I was invited to partake in it! Now, 16 world records later (including one where Fan put an 8,800 pound elephant inside a…
  • Hotel Review: Palmetto Dunes Hilton Head

    Judy Antell, Vegetarian TravelingMom
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:07 am
    Now that’s a shower: the master bath in our Palmetto Dunes condo. Photo credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom Living Large in a Huge Condo Renting a house or a condo is a great way to save money, and maximize space, on vacation. As a family of five, we can’t fit into regular hotel rooms, and two rooms is out of our budget. But a condo offers tons of space to stretch out, plus a full kitchen where you can have breakfast and snacks and save even more money. At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, we stayed in a three bedroom, three bath condo,…
  • Feb. 5 #TMOM Twitter Party: Traveling Without Kids

    Gina Vercesi, Unplugged TravelingMom
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    Here at Traveling Mom we tend to focus a lot of our energies on helping readers plan memorable family vacations. But we also know that the old adage about tilling one’s own soil applies to travel, too. Traveling without kids now and then–making time for a couple’s rendezvous, a girlfriends’ getaway, or some solo time on the road is essential. These types of trips serve to rekindle our relationships, feed our souls and bring us home again ready to meet everyday life reinvigorated. When was the last time you got out of Dodge without your kids?  What are some of the…
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    Big Binder

  • Peace Wanted: Apply Within

    Jennifer Rees
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    I go in waves of reading blogs. Sometimes I read cooking blogs and get inspired to make amazing meals for my family every day because if they can do it – so can I, right? RIGHT? Sometimes I read home organizing blogs and am enlightened to the ways of a tidy, organized home and I commit to daily decluttering and vow never to leave a dirty dish in the sink again. Sometimes I read working mom blogs and realize that I need time for myself and I aspire to make sure I am scheduling facials and pedicures and time alone on a regular basis. I have been perseverating on homemakeing blogs lately.
  • Fruit Crêpes with Reese’s Spreads

    Jennifer Rees
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Last week we had ourselves a snow storm.  The kids were home from school, and my husband was stuck at work.  We were practically starving to death, but then I remembered I had a jar of Reese’s Spreads we hadn’t devoured yet. I also remembered that I knew how to make crêpes, (I am willing to pay extra for that fancy thing over the e) and I saved our lives by pulling together a delicious little meal/treat. The Reese’s Spreads taste exactly how you think they would; like a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup in a spreadable form.  It’s too sweet for me to have as a…
  • It’s Going To Be A Rough Winter – Here’s How We Winterized Our New Home!

    Jennifer Rees
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    As you know, we moved late this summer.  It seemed like we had plenty of time to get our house ready before winter hit.  After all; how bad does it ever get before Christmas anyway? Oh…. If the snow storms this week are any indicator; it’s going to be another rough winter. Are you prepared? Winterizing, air-sealing and eliminating drafts can reduce energy costs (which are probably going to be horrible again this year) AND keep pests out who consider your home their winter getaway. Here are some great tips, and how we winterized our own home! This post is sponsored by Dow’s…
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    Simplified Saving

  • Strawberry Yogurt Dip

    Lisa Thompson
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:35 pm
    If you’re looking for a recipe that’s perfect for a Super Bowl party or a Valentine’s Day treat, you’ll want to whip up this Strawberry Yogurt Dip.  It only has 3 ingredients and pairs perfectly with fruit, but is also delicious with pretzels and bagel chips!  If you have leftovers (not likely, but if you make a big enough batch, you might), it’s also quite tasty on a toasted bagel! This recipe has just 3 ingredients and can be whipped up in  no time! Here’s what you’ll need: 1 cup Frozen Sliced Strawberries, thawed and drained (If you choose…
  • Ultimate DIY Bundle $34.95 ($1200+ Value)

    Lisa Thompson
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    I love to craft and create, but I’ll be honest, it seems like there’s not enough time in the day to tackle all the fun projects I want to tackle.  And if I’m completely honest, I’m not a very good practical DIYer.  I’m great at making froofroo frilly fun projects for my own enjoyment, but things that are useful around the house tend to be outside my range of expertise. Right now there is a great bundle of books and courses designed for the person who’d like to be more DIY savvy (like me) and it’s filled with step by step instructions and projects…
  • Retail Coupon Roundup {1/23/2015}

    Lisa Thompson
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:12 pm
    If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Bealls - $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 1/27/2015) Bonton – $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 1/25/2015) Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/28/2015) Dress Barn – 20% Off Already Reduced Items 50% or More (exp: 1/25/2015) Express - $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015) Justice - 40% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/2/2015) Kohls - $10 Off $30 Baby Gear, Furniture, Apparel &…
 
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • FLASH SALE from Mary & Martha!

    Dawn Camp
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    I love when Mary & Martha runs a sale, and the Spring into Spring Flash Sale is a good one! It includes a nice selection of personal and gift items. Unfortunately, the Grace & Gratitude Pie Plate has already sold out. {Click here to see this ad in a larger size.} My Favorites: Small Indigo Vase ($10) – this vase only shows up in sales now. When it was first introduced, in both a large and small size, it was my favorite item in the catalog. I own both sizes. This is a heavy, gorgeous piece and you won’t believe you got it for $10. Take My Heart Seal Necklace ($14)…
  • Beauty of Grace Book Launch Party—You’re Invited!

    Dawn Camp
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    My first book, The Beauty of Grace, officially releases February 3, although it’s already available online (click over to my book page for links). If you live here in the Atlanta area, I’d love to invite you to my launch party on Thursday night, February 5! Bring your girlfriends and join us for an evening of fun, including live readings from the book from contributors Robin Dance, Kayla Aimee, Katie Kenny Phillips, and me. Books will be available for purchase and there will be giveaways from DaySpring. Yes, DaySpring giveaways! When: Thursday, February 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Where:…
  • Things That Steal Your Peace today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    We place the last off-season kids’ clothes into boxes. Stacks of shorts and t-shirts, as well as size- and season-labeled boxes, start to litter our bedroom floor as soon as the slow tug-of-war between hot and cold weather begins. My husband sorts them and carries the keepers to the attic; the Goodwill boxes to the car; and the trash bag full of items that no one would want to the garage. I breathe a sigh of relief, beam at him, and declare, “Now we can have company!” He looks confused, but I know how this cast-off clothing chaos has stolen my peace. Please stop by (in)courage to read…
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • Wednesday's Child: Travis

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 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
  • Things I’ve learned in 40 years of living

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:54 pm
    I turned 40 two weeks ago, a milestone that felt pretty big for me. I confided in a few friends about the angst I had, and most of them disclosed that they had felt the same way leading up to 40, but then after the Big Day, it wasn’t a big deal. I’ve had that experience as well. I’m settling into this new decade of life comfortably, and have been reflecting on the gifts of being older . . . namely, having the life experience to learn from my mistakes. As I’ve contemplated some of the wisdom I have earned in 40 years of life, here are some of the things that come to mind. For full…
  • Bachelor Recap: A Date for Bimbos

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    When Sarah was visting last week we asked our readers what we should talk about for our videos, and overwhelmingly everone asked us to recap the Bachelor again. Unfortunately, since Sarah moved, the distance makes that impossible to do every week. But my local friend Samantha and I decided to give it a go. (I’m sorry, Sarah! We only did it once! It didn’t mean anything!) As you will notice, we were quite comfy with our sweats and some wine – so comfy that I might have forgotten to focus the camera. Did you watch the episode? Who are you rooting for?
 
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • Surviving Mercury Retrograde

    Jenni Chiu
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:21 am
    Mercury retrograde is one of the Universe’s favorite jokes to play on us. If you follow astrology at all, then you’ve heard of/seen/witnessed people get in a tizzy over everything going wrong for a couple weeks. This year Mercury will be in retrograde Jan. 21st – Feb. 11th, May 19th -June 11th, and Sept. 17th […]
  • Experienced Any Side Effects of Motherhood?

    Jenni Chiu
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
      It’s time for episode number 2 in the Side Effects of Motherhood series over on NickMom.com!     In case you didn’t read the last post I wrote about it, Side Effects of Motherhood is a new super short video series I’m doing over at NickMom.com. We’re talking 45 sec. to a minute’s worth […]
  • Helpful Humpday and How to Tie a Scarf

    Jenni Chiu
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Who doesn’t love alliteration? Who doesn’t love questionably helpful information? Every Wednesday I’ll be over on my YouTube channel with this:   I’m attempting to be helpful in some way. Let’s hope it works! So, join me for life hacks, beauty hacks, new words, how-to videos, and unsolicited advice. To start it off, here are ten […]
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    Chasing Supermom

  • New to DVD from PBS Kids: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Peg + Cat

    Bekki
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:41 am
    *This post is sponsored by PBS Kids. I received free product to help facilitate my posts. All opinions are my own. I grew up watching PBS. I learned about the alphabet, that books are magical, and that I was special. Now as a mother of four, I couldn’t be more excited to watch my children grow up with PBS.  Whether my kids are spending time in the neighborhood with Daniel Tiger or sailing the seven seas with Peg and her buddy Cat, I know that not only are they watching age-appropriate television, they’re learning. Early literacy, science, and mathematical concepts, along with…
  • Meal Plan Monday: 1/26/15

    Bekki
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Another week of meal planning and stress-free dinner preparation in the books. I am feeling like I am going to stick with it this year, and am excited to keep going. I actually started planning my NEXT three week cycle last night. (Surfing Pinterest when you’re hungry is dangerous, but I have a whole bunch of recipes I’m eager to try.) I hope this week’s meal plan sparks an idea or two for you. Have fun and happy planning.   Sunday:  Chocolate Chip Pancakes Crockpot Chicken Tacos, Salad *Crockpot Taco Chicken is SO easy, and great to use for tacos, nachos, quesadillas,…
  • Truth Without Grace: Speaking So No One Hears You

    Bekki
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
      Last week I read an article written by a fellow parenting blogger. Though her piece was well-written and full of nuggets of wisdom and things to ponder, her words left a bitter taste in my mouth. Instead of walking away from the article inspired and encouraged, I felt defensive and argumentative. Her article got me thinking – though not about her topic. Her words of condescension and righteous disdain got me thinking about grace.  When we walk through life with soap-box shoes, what we say fades into noise. People stop listening. It doesn’t matter how good your message…
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Choosing the Right Razor for Your Husband

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

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

    Shera
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I am absolutely delighted to have an opportunity to share about the Salvation Army’s #RedKettleReason initiative to get awareness out there about who they are and what they do as well as a little bit of their history. Bottom line, I love that their faith based mission is to “meet human need in His name without discrimination“!!!! Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. We are all familiar with the Red Kettle outside most stores during the holiday…
 
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  • Raising a Home Full of Boys Over a Frat House

    Jennifer Murray
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
      I wasn’t a regular at the Frat Houses during my days at Butler University, but the times I did step inside of them I was hit with the smell of urine and beer.  Not the most luring or pleasing smell to a 20 something girl, and somehow I haven’t acquired an appreciation for either smell in my 30′s.  Although my house is full of boys, I’m determined to not live in a Frat House.  We DO boy in this house.  There are games of soccer in my living/family room, there is plenty of boy humor, and rowdy, BUT I don’t want my boys to leave our home with no regard to…
  • {Almost} Eight…

    Jennifer Murray
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Eight years ago I looked like this… No, this is not a Biggest Loser “Where Are They Now” Segment. That’s me with 3 placentas inside of me taking up every bit of rib cavity and pelvic floor space possible. YEOW.  {My final days pictures are unpublishable. Just picture anguish, swelling, and a whale all mixed together in one hot mess.} It’s one week from the Fantastic Four’s 8 year old birthday. It seems like both a lifetime and just a breath ago. The week leading up to their birthday I’m always struck by a variety of emotions. Excitement to celebrate…
  • Life in the Bowling Lane: Duckpin Bowling at Fountain Square

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Photo Credit: Fountain Square Bowling   One thing I LOVE about the boys’ school is Early Release Fridays.  It’s just a 1 hour early dismissal, but it makes the weekend seem even longer, and it gives us a chance to be out of school when most kids are still finishing up their school week. (It’s like a little taste of the perks of homeschooling.) Most Fridays, Brad and I try to wrap up work obligations and other commitments so we can spend the Friday afternoon as a family.  Usually it’s something little to celebrate the end of the week, but on occasion we’ve…
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    As Mom Sees It

  • Valentine Oreo Brownie Bars Recipe

    Mom
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    Would you rather share these, or hide in a dark corner with a spoon and these decadent Valentine Oreo Brownie Bars? We’re willing to share the recipe, but as for our chocolately treats? Hands off! Their easy to make and perfect for a classroom treat, sweets for your sweet, or the perfect accompaniment to a... Continue Reading... The post Valentine Oreo Brownie Bars Recipe appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Organic Loaded Mashed Potatoes You Can Make In The Microwave

    Mom
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    Game day doesn’t always have to mean snack food only, and mashed potatoes don’t always have to be a side dish. These organic Loaded Mashed Potatoes are perfect as a snack food or a side dish; used it as a dip with vegetables or crackers, or to soak up the yummy sauce from your slow... Continue Reading... The post Organic Loaded Mashed Potatoes You Can Make In The Microwave appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Chain Driven Garage Door Opener vs. Our Chamberlain Belt Driven Garage Door Opener

    Mom
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:16 pm
    There’s so much to think about when you’re building a house; countertops, siding, cabinets, wall colors, location on your property, appliances – once you finally get in your new house, you start to realize all the small details, such as a shower curtain, that you took for granted. One of things, for us, was a... Continue Reading... The post Chain Driven Garage Door Opener vs. Our Chamberlain Belt Driven Garage Door Opener appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
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    The Mom Around Town

  • Clean Hands, Safe Hands

    Paige Dunn
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    I am not a total germaphobe, but I do think there are times when life calls for some hand sanitizer. I keep one in my purse to use after touching a bunch of dirty door knobs or shopping carts—or for an event where I’ve shaken ten million hands and then am sitting down to eat. I keep one in the car for after pumping gas and for when H hops in the car after school before I pass him a snack. I keep another in the diaper bag for after diaper changes. Point is, these little sanitizers are handy. The problem with many sanitizers is that they have stuff in them that is bad for us. You are then…
  • Smoothies: Your kids think it’s juice. You know it’s practically salad in a glass.

    Paige Dunn
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Smoothies—this is a great way to get all sorts of amazing food in your kids with them thinking they are having a juice. Always toss in some protein powder and Barlean’s Greens powder, berry flavor. (This stuff is amazing, packed with probiotics, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and of course tons of greens.) Omega Swirl by Barlean’s is a fish oil that’s mango and peach flavor. I also toss in some cinnamon (balances blood sugar) and whatever greens are in the fridge—spinach, kale, parsley . . . they are all great. Then I throw in a cucumber, beets, or carrots. Now to make it…
  • Chicken with Zucchini Ribbons and Avocado Pesto

    Paige Dunn
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
    For those of you who didn’t know, I’m a former politician’s wife. You need that background info for this story to make sense. Once upon a time, I was at a political event and this woman came and sat next to me and started talking to me. She was talking about my recent posts on FB, asking things about my life that only someone I really knew could know. I had nooooo clue who I was talking to. She started telling me about marathons she was running. I was enjoying our conversation but was super uncomfortable. Who was she??? Have you ever had that happen to you? It’s the worst and…
 
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    Mommy Posh

  • 6 Ideas For Snow Days With Kids

    Mommy Posh
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A winter storm watch is in effect and my Facebook feed has turned into the weather channel… So what do you do when your school district cancels school? Here’s are some of my favorite things to do with the kids that will wish you had you had more snow days! 1. Take out the old board games […]
  • Etsy Kids Accessories

    Mommy Posh
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    When I am thinking of cool ways to accessorize my kids room or when I am planning a party I always turn to Etsy.  It’s the best place to buy those small yet impactfulitems that make a party stand out from the rest.  The cute calligraphy envelopes (see item #3 below) that I had made for my […]
  • 6 Ways To Feel Wide Awake in The A.M.

    Mommy Posh
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Trying to actually find ways to look and feel wide awake first thing in in the a.m. can seem unreal but, I’m here to tell you that it can be done. So today, I have rounded up some of favorite ways to look and feel glam.  From a oatmeal recipe to my go to exercise, […]
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    Memphis mom, parenting & life blogger | a belle, a bean & a chicago dog

  • Top 8 Reasons Why Our October 2014 Disney Trip was Even Better than our October 2013 Disney Trip

    Liz
    3 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Ahead of our Walt Disney World vacation this past October, there were some things that I was anxious-excited about. We had had a very wonderful and magical family vacation to WDW in October 2013, but the introduction of Magic Bands and Fast Pass+ (these were rolling out in Fall 2013), “Frozen” taking over the world (thus making it nearly impossible to secure Anna & Elsa Fast Passes), and Be Our Guest dinner reservation madness created a lot of additional “excitement” (if you could call it that) to the preparation. Cinderella’s Castle The dedicated planner…
  • Disney World Family Vacation Planning Links

    Liz
    3 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    I began writing this post as a place to collect all the various website links and Facebook pages of the best and most helpful Walt Disney World Family Vacation planning tips that I found this year. I reserve the right to update the list as we go, but for now, this is a solid place to start. First things first, create your My Disney Experience account, which you’ll need for all your dining reservations, Fast Passes, Magic Bands, and trip planning. Then download the My Disney Experience app which lets you check wait times while in the Parks, make and change Fast Passes, make and change…
  • Need Disney-themed Stuff? Head to These etsy Shops!

    Liz
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Need a Frozen dress? Head to etsy. Looking for an alternate idea for a Disney character autograph book? Search etsy for “Disney autograph book”. Counting down to your next Disney vacation? etsy shops have you covered! When people ask me where I find all the cool, cute, and awesome Disney stuff that I’ve purchased for our girls or our Disney vacations, the short answer is always, “I found it at an etsy shop! I’ll send you the link!” – – – – – – – I’m a big fan of etsy. I shop on etsy for interesting and…
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    Sweet Potato Chronicles

  • Protein Pancakes with Cottage Cheese

    Laura Keogh
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    I was in a meeting recently, talking about food, of course, when a colleague said to me, "Every morning, I pray I've given my eldest daughter enough food for the day." A competitive dancer, her daughter goes right from school into a full schedule of classes and practices. "I won't see her until we both get home at around 8pm tonight and I worry I've packed her enough." As soon as she said it to me, I instantly slumped over in my seat with sympathy worry for her. With a young daughter who is still shuttled to all her activities by either me or a friend, I'd never thought of the fact that…
  • Back on the Wagon Week: Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

    Ceri Marsh
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    Okay, I know everyone is writing blog posts about making amends for all the cookies that got consumed over the holidays. And we did more than our share of that around here. So, maybe it seems wrong that my Back on the Wagon week post is about, um, cookies. But stay with me. These aren't decadent, chocolate, sprinkle-covered, candy-studded cookies. They're veggie-packed, fibre-rich, go ahead and have another cause they're healthy breakfast cookies! For real, these are yummy, filling and easy to eat on the run. You can bake a batch on Sundays and be ahead of the game all week. They're great for…
  • Netflix & SPC: Peanut Butter Toast

    Laura Keogh
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    When my daughter was a toddler I used to do all kinds of adorable things with her food. Just ask Ceri. She loves to remind me about the time I used cookie cutters to cut slices of cheese into cute shapes for a play date. I know, over the top, right? As a former picky eater to the power of 100, I didn’t want my daughter to fall into the discerning food abyss I lived in until my 20s. I guess it’s why I tried to make meals fun and adventurous. I also wanted them to be interactive, especially since I knew getting her involved in the kitchen would be helpful when introducing new foods.
 
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    Raising Rockstar

  • Safari Kid Curriculum Overview Evening

    Aileen
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:54 am
    What, like your parents didn’t have curriculum evenings for your schooling when you were a 2 year old? Hippies. (No, we didn’t even used to have this during Rockstar’s pre-school days…) After-school Miss with her Lunch For Champions We all received a detailed email about how our child spends their day in school (which I guess differs a bit, whether they’re in the toddler/turbo toddler/Level 1-2 classes; the Miss is a Level 1), including the reason behind why they do things the way they do – for e.g., to “encourage awareness of themselves and…
  • Rockstarism #352-3/ Miss-Speak #40 – Random Things They Say

    Aileen
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    #352 One day we happen to marvel at the many, many things we use modern phones for nowadays, other than to simply talk… Me: …And that’s why they’re called Smartphones… Rockstar: You mean like me…. Only, I’m not a phone. Me: And modest, too. Rockstar: Wha-at… I’m not a phone…  ————————————————————————————————– #353/ #40 The Miss sometimes…
  • The Many Faces Of The Weekend

    Aileen
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:18 am
    1) Public service message – Jimmy Kimmel demonstrates, on national tv no less, how easy it is for someone with mischief in mind (namely him) to get your password. My point being how easy it is for someone with mischief in mind to get your kid’s passwords, if you give them too much free run of the tech too early. Those adults had no intention of divulging their passwords and schooling your child in email/social media safety would make them similarly wary, sure. AND this is where I type that BIG FAT “BUT…” someone can get stuff out of them without them even…
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    Telecommuting Moms

  • Debating Working From Home? 5 Reasons You Should & 5 ReasonsTo Reconsider

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

    Alaina Forbes
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Here is this week's best work-at-home customer service and virtual call center job leads.AFNI customer care representatives Hilton Customer Care CoordinatorsSeasonal 1800Flowers agentsApple At-Home AdvisorsStericycle Customer care representativesVIP Desk Brand AmbassadorsCloudSource Virtual Call Center Agents Uhaul E-customer service agentsUhaul E-roadside assistance agentsDirect Interactions Call Center RepresentativesH2Insight Customer Service AgentsWorking Solutions Customer Service AgentsUber Community Support RepresentativesWest at Home customer service agents ADP community…
  • Work-at-Home News Weekly Round-Up

    Alaina Forbes
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    There are so many great work-at-home blogs and websites out there that I decided to start a new feature here at Telecommuting Moms that includes a round up of the best posts for the week. Enjoy! 5 Sophisticated Work-From-Home Scams And How To Spot ThemWhy Working From Home Is More Lucrative Than a Job10 Ways to Make Money From HomeWhat Is The Perfect Work From Home Job For You?Part-Time Work at Home Jobs: Earn $1,000 Per Month From HomeWhat Do You Do When Your Direct Sales Company Closes its Doors?5 Things No One Told Me About Working From Home
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    Divine Lifestyle

  • Cold Season is Here! Get Chloraseptic® #RealRelief #ad

    Stacie
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chloraseptic®. All opinions are 100% mine. It is definitely cold and flu season. Wouldn’t you know that I am dealing with my first cold but thankfully I have Chloraseptic®. Chloraseptic® is something that my family has taken for years. In fact, it is our go-to for sore throats and I stock up every season. Did you know that Chloraseptic® is the #1 pharmacist recommended ... The post Cold Season is Here! Get Chloraseptic® #RealRelief #ad appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • Reading Eggs Makes Reading Fun

    Stacie
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Reading Eggs.    We are avid readers in this family. It is my firm belief that reading opens up an entirely new world and makes you a much more rounded person. I love reading and so does my husband. We both started reading at young ages and I would pretty much love to always have a book in hand. Literacy is extremely important ... The post Reading Eggs Makes Reading Fun appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • Beautiful Bathroom Accessories from One Kings Lane

    Stacie
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:51 pm
    4″H Alabaster Stone Box w/ Lid – $19.00 Gleaming alabaster was hand-carved to create this petite and feminine box. The perfect romantic touch for any space. Florentine Hand Towel Holder – $245.00 Vintage Florentine iron hand-painted hand towel holder. Solid Brass Curule Bench – $875.00 Vintage solid brass folding bench. Probably Italian or French. Brass Clamshell Towel Holder – $59.00 Brass towel holder with clamshell detail. Ready to hang. 9″ Mother-of-Pearl Jewelry Box, Brown – ... The post Beautiful Bathroom Accessories from One Kings Lane appeared…
 
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    Dagmar's Home

  • FREE Parents Magazine Subscription for 1 Year for You!

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    Don't miss a post - please update your subscription! I've moved to Feedblitz. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/dagmarsmomsense Please update your reader now with this changed subscription address or you will not get the latest updates from Dagmar's Home anymore.
  • Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Blizzard of 2015

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Don't miss a post - please update your subscription! I've moved to Feedblitz. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/dagmarsmomsense Please update your reader now with this changed subscription address or you will not get the latest updates from Dagmar's Home anymore.
  • “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #52

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:48 pm
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    Globetrotting in Heels

  • Insider Shopping: 8 pairs of boots under $100 that you can get on sale now (and will still be able to wear next fall)

    Elisa
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    If you need a new pair of boots — or don’t really need them, but maybe just want them! — now is the time. There is still lots of stuff on sale, and many stores are lowering the prices even more, to get the winter merchandise off the shelves so they can bring out the spring fashion in full. It is no mystery that I love ankle boots: I find them by far the most versatile, because you can wear them with pretty much anything — dresses, trousers, leggings, skirts, jeans — and depending on the style and material, you can also use them in your transitional wardrobe in spring…
  • Insta-Zurich

    Elisa
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    The day is grey and muggy, as it has been for the most part of the past two weeks. The only inspiration I find in this weather is in a mug of hot tea, a good book, and my comfy sofa. But… something inspired me to leave the house for longer than just school drop-off and daily errands the past two days: the lovely Ally, of From the Right Bank, e-mailed me last week out of the blue to tell me that she would be in Zurich for a couple of days, and was I around? Aside from the thing that is most obvious if you ever visited her blog, which is that she has fabulous taste, Ally is also…
  • I dream of Turkey

    Elisa
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Gah, the weather is just beyond miserable in Zurich right now. Today it was so dark and gloomy that when I stepped out of the house to bring the girls to school I thought for a moment that I had stepped into War of the Worlds, you know, in the scene before it all begins. *cue suspensful music* My cure for a day like this is to go on Pinterest or Instagram and just looking at travel photos. Being an island girl, I have a weakness for beaches and beautiful crystalline water. And I’m not even talking about a fancy Caribbean destination or the Bahamas, either: I would much rather have a…
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    Twelve Makes a Dozen

  • Let Them Eat Pie

    Mom of 12
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:22 pm
    It was Pack Meeting Tuesday, but I wasn't in charge of this one so it was pretty easy for me. I made and handed out fliers (with Baby Doll's help) and I arranged a service project for one of Princess's friends who is working on his Eagle Scout project. He had 100 wooden cars that needed to be sanded. We had at least 50 people at Pack Meeting, so his part went quickly. Little kids just love
  • We Are All Beautiful

    Mom of 12
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:29 pm
    A few days ago for my birthday post, I was asking the kids to find a decent pic of me to post. (You know how I feel about selfies...) Well, Teach sent me one and so did Princess. I randomly put in the one from Teach, but Princess was a bit offended so I told her I would post hers as well. I have never been the sort of person to like my picture taken. I'm not fond of mirrors either. Why is it we
  • Happy Day

    Mom of 12
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:47 pm
    I had a wonderful birthday! Thank you for all of your kind wishes. :) We had church this morning and Dog Walker and I taught the Gospel Essentials class. My sweetie made these amazing steak sandwiches for lunch. Then it was choir practice where they sang to me, of course. When we got home, we watched Newsies and I got two more quilt tops ready to sew. After that our home teachers stopped by with
 
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  • Date Night At Home

    Tonya Staab
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:33 pm
      It's not often that we enjoy a date night, one that is out of the house that is. I don't have babysitters lined up, or family within driving distance. In fact, aside from when we've been in Australia, the little ones have never stayed with anyone other than their big brother, their dad, or us. They are also with us 95% of the time, so it makes date nights near impossible, which means that we often have date nights (or date days) at home. These normally happen when the kids are upstairs in the loft playing video games, watching a movie, or are tucked up in bed for the night.
  • The Gift of Jewelry This Valentine's Day

    Tonya Staab
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
      What girl doesn't love a little bling? Whether you are buying a gift for your lady, or for your little girl - because surprisingly there are a lot of people who buy gifts for their children on Valentine's Day, then take a look at these lovely pieces. These are sure to make her smile, and if you are looking for even more choices, take a look at the Don Roberto Jewelers website. And as a special offer to my readers enjoy 25% off your first online purchase using this discount code: BP25FP. If you are shopping in California, then head to Don Roberto Jewelers, The Quad at Whittier…
  • The Boxtrolls Family Movie Night DIY Popcorn Tubs

    Tonya Staab
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    “This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Universal Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BoxtrollsFamilyNite http://mydisclosur.es/OBsstV ” We love family movie time. It's a great excuse for us to snuggle on the couch, eat lots of popcorn and do something together. I had been wanting to see The Boxtrolls, but unfortunately missed it in the movie theater, so I was so excited to see that it had come out on DVD and Blu Ray. Movie time in this house doesn't happen without some kind of fun activity, snack or…
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  • Just for kicks: New Balance for Kate Spade Saturday is now available

    Courtney Strimel
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Need some incentive to head to the gym? This new collaboration may do the trick. Launched this week, New Balance for Kate Spade Saturday is everything you love about both brands–great fit and support, plus vibrant colors and fun prints–all wrapped in one awesome package. Available in New Balance’s WX711 and WX811 trainer styles, these responsive athletic shoes are perfectly at home in the gym. On the other hand, thanks to their aesthetics they’re also perfect for lending a sporty edge to your wardrobe. See the entire New Balance for Kate Spade Saturday collection at…
  • The shirtdress is taking on winter

    Christine Fox
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Cozy and stylish are hard to put together in the winter months but this season the shirtdress is taking the streets by storm. Perfect paired with any type of winter boots, leggings, tights and layered with a warm coat, the shirtdress can take you anywhere you need to be from business meetings to Sunday brunch. From left to right: Belted Shirtdress, $79.95, at gap.com Splendid Printed Shirtdress, $100, at piperlime.com Homestead Shirtdress, $158, at anthropologie.com Shirt Dress, $17, at hm.com Topshop Utility Twill Shirtdress, $75, at nordstrom.com The post The shirtdress is taking on winter…
  • Warm up in an icy-cool pastel moto jacket

    Courtney Strimel
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A few weeks ago, we featured one of winter’s hottest colors: mint green. In case green really isn’t your color, take heart because pale tones are really all the rage this winter. If you’re wondering where to start, my vote is with a pastel moto jacket. The traditionally tough aesthetic of a moto jacket offsets the sometimes-saccharine effect of pale hues, making this style much more wearable. If you don’t care for another leather (or faux) topper, go with a knit version. Every price range, every style, there’s a pastel moto jacket for everyone right now. Top to…
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    Lille Punkin'

  • Your Last Chance to Enter the Nutrisystem #PledgeToLose Contest!

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:01 pm
    *This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrisystem. All opinions are 100% mine. We all have big goals in the New Year, and many of them may involve living a healthier lifestyle.  Whether you are looking to slim down, get more active, or just feel better about your overall health, Nutrisystem is giving you the chance to make it a little bit easier with their #PledgeToLose Contest,
  • 10 Easy, Inspiring Recipes for Enjoying the Super Bowl

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I love eating my favorite foods during the Super Bowl, but it's sometimes hard finding all the easiest recipes.  This collection of recipes comes from this blog and some of my dearest and most-talented blogging friends.  Enjoy! 1. Buffalo Chicken Dip with Fritos (Fritos Pie) This is a spicy and rich dip that you can adjust to your heat level. It's great with fresh topppings! 2. Walking
  • Save 27% on Amazon Prime (TODAY ONLY!)

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    We have been enjoying our Amazon Prime membership so much over the past few years. In addition to getting free 2-day shipping on most orders (and $3.99 overnight shipping when we need it), we get free streaming movies, tv, and music that both my kids and I enjoy.  We also enjoy discounts on the Kindle Free Time app for our kids, access to the Kindle Unlimited Library, and access to our new
 
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    A Hen's Nest - NW PA Mom Blog

  • Parental Involvement Is the True Core of Education

    Jenna
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    It is obvious to everyone that the U.S. education system has problems. We are falling behind in math and science. It is hard to imagine much of a technological future without math and science. But while the problems are easy to identify, the solutions are rather more difficult to nail down. The problem is easy […] The post Parental Involvement Is the True Core of Education appeared first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top Three Picks for Must See Family Movies in 2015

    Jenna
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    When we’re not having family movie night at home, you can usually find us at the nearest movie theater checking out the latest flicks. Aside from being able to watch the magic happen on the big screen, you also get to create new moments together. My kids and I especially enjoy the extra butter popcorn […] The post Top Three Picks for Must See Family Movies in 2015 appeared first on A... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hen’s #Giveaway Linky

    Henrietta
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Hey strangers! I’m still on a semi-break but I love looking at everyone’s giveaway listings – so here’s a new one for you to link up on the rest of 2014! I’ll put up a new one in January as well and keep the listings updated :D I hope you’re all having a wonderful winter – […] The post Hen’s #Giveaway Linky appeared first on A Hen's Nest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Simply Stacie

  • Natural Beauty #ILoveDK

    Stacie
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book. Title: Natural Beauty Author: DK Publishing About the Book Pamper yourself from head to toe with step-by-step instructions guaranteed to make… [read more] The post Natural Beauty #ILoveDK appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • Kindle Fire HD6 Giveaway

    Stacie
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to the Kindle Fire HD6 Giveaway! We’ve joined forces with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this great giveaway. One lucky person will win a Kindle Fire HD6. The one thing that is great about these e-readers is that you can buy a book and receive it immediately to read without ever… [read more] The post Kindle Fire HD6 Giveaway appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • Bring Your Hair Back to Life with #Aveeno #PositivelyNourishingMoisturize

    Stacie
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to hair, I’m very low maintenance. I stopped spending 40 minutes on my hair in the morning when teased bangs went out of style. Since the, I’ve been a wash-n-go type of girl. I usually keep my hair tied back in a ponytail when I’m at home. For special occasions, I’ll pull… [read more] The post Bring Your Hair Back to Life with #Aveeno #PositivelyNourishingMoisturize appeared first on Simply Stacie.
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  • The Best of Me Blu-Ray Giveaway #BestOfMeInsiders

    Andrea
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Press Sample I have always loved reading Nicholas Sparks’ books and can’t wait until the movie version of The Best of Me comes out for home viewing! Based on the #1 New York Times Best Seller from celebrated author Nicholas Sparks comes this tender, romantic drama about the timeless power of love. When former high school sweethearts Dawson and Amanda (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) meet at a loved one’s funeral 20 years after tragedy separated them, their love is reignited. As they recall and relive the past, they come to a deeper understanding about the choices…
  • Osmo Review & Giveaway

    Andrea
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
    Press Sample I received Osmo in November and purposefully held off reviewing this product with my kids until after Christmas because I wanted to gauge their true interest after being bombarded with all their Christmas goodies. Osmo Osmo, created by young parents, encourages creative thinking and social interaction by expanding gameplay beyond the screen, turning any physical object into a digitally connected game piece. The games can be played and even created by the whole family, anywhere, and on any surface – with no need for Wi-Fi or a battery and instinctively brings people…
  • Jake and the Neverland Pirates: Battle for the Book DVD

    Andrea
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    Press Sample My kids continue to love watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates so I knew this new DVD, Battle for the Book! was perfect for them. When Wendy’s special Storybook is stolen by Captain Hook, Jake and his mates go to London to help Peter Pan’s friend (from the classic movie Peter Pan).  The longer the book is out of Wendy’s hands, the more she and her brothers (John and Michael) forget about their past adventures on Never Land.  The battle for the book continues in Never Land, where Hook plans to destroy the book and its stories in the legendary Ring of Blue Fire.  It’s…
 
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    Rich Single Momma

  • Take the Living the Life You Love Survey Get a Free Gift

    Samantha Gregory
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    Would you say you are living the life you love? What would you change? Nothing? Everything? I would like to know because I am creating programs for women, but I need to know what you want. Please take a minute to complete the survey below or CLICK HERE for a distraction-free survey. For your time I have a free gift waiting at the end of the survey. Loading… The post Take the Living the Life You Love Survey Get a Free Gift appeared first on Rich Single Momma.
  • Earn $5 with Square Cash App

    Samantha Gregory
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Every now and then I come across a cool deal for some quick cash! Today I found out that I can send you $5 simply by texting you a message. Yes it sounds crazy but I got $5 deposited into my bank account just by texting a friend of mine. I can send you $5 right now if you simply text me your smartphone number to 404-939-6179. Put $5 request and your name in the message so I know who you are. You just click the link, download the money transfer app and follow the instructions. You will get $5 instantly into your bank account and so will I. You have nothing to lose so take a minute to text me…
  • Single Moms Raising Sons

    Admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Being a single mom and raising a girl is a no-brainer. You’re a girl. She’s a girl. No problem. But what if you have a boy? How do you raise a son without a father? Recently I asked few experts how single moms can handle raising boys. They shared this advice… The Experts Speak   Author and Certified Dream Coach™ Speaker I am a Certified Dream Coach and mom. My #1 tip to my Mom’s Solo clients is simply this: Do NOT try to be the man in your son’s life. Be the model of the woman you hope he falls in love with and has your grandchildren with someday. But don’t try to…
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    Extraordinary Mommy

  • The Ultimate WiFi Survival Guide: Stay Safe & Connected #NoWiFi

    Danielle
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    I’m staring out my window: sunshine, NO snow and a high predicted of 55. This is highly unusual for January. I am beyond relieved. We all know how much I dislike the cold and snow, yes? But, the truth is….I’ve had my eyes firmly fixated on the East for days now….first watching the predictions of ‘Snowmageddon 2015′ and then seeing the less-than-predicted (thank goodness) fall in New York City, but also watching my friends in Boston dig out from underneath Juno’s 30+ inches of snow. But I can also see this Sunday’s prediction’s of the…
  • Stop Texting and Driving: It Can Wait

    Danielle
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    Delaney was probably 18 months old when she started to follow me around, arms up, saying ‘hold you….Mommy, hold you?’ It took me a moment, but I realized she was imitating me…repeating what she had heard me say to her over and over again, ‘Do you want Mommy to hold you?’ After that, it was noticing the way Cooper holds his fork and stops to hold the door open for people…and the way Delaney buries her nose in a book and keeps her iPod close by for constant checking. It’s the way they play ball in the house and raise their voices when they are…
  • Five Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf

    Lauren Dix
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:29 am
    I don’t know about you, but when it gets really cold outside, all I want to do is wrap myself up in a blanket. I’m not alone here, right?! Unfortunately with a job and a baby at home, staying snuggled on the couch 24/7 is not a possibility. But a great alternative for those times when you actually have to leave the comfort of your home? The blanket scarf! Yes, they are actually big enough to double as a blanket, and there are so many different ways you can style them! 1. Triangle Wrap Fold diagonally into a triangle. Center the triangle at your chest and wrap the two ends around…
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    iDreamofClean

  • The Best Cleaning Products and Tools to Cut Your Cleaning Time in Half

    i Dream of Clean
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    Over the years I have had the opportunity to try hundreds of cleaning products and tools.  Most of the products I’ve tried worked fine, but could easily be replaced by any other cleaning product. A side-by-side comparison of two similar products will usually provide similar results. However, there are a few cleaning products and tools that outshine the rest. They work. They last. They help you get the job done fast. Good cleaning products and tools can cut your cleaning time in half.  Good cleaning products can almost make cleaning enjoyable. So today I want to share with you the…
  • How to declutter your closet and love ALL of your clothes

    i Dream of Clean
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:24 pm
    If you’ve ever stared blankly into your closet looking for an outfit, only wondering why you don’t like any of the 138 items hanging on your closet rod, then you need to figure out how to declutter your closet…fast! The absolute best way to keep your closet organized is to simplify your wardrobe. Granted, I know that’s easier said than done.  For some reason, we grow attached to our clothes and find it difficult to make decisions about them objectively.  We keep clothes that look old and worn out because those are our favorite items to wear. But we also keep…
  • Kick off the New Year with a clean slate…and a clean house!

    i Dream of Clean
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    This is a guest post by Yvie. She is a homeschooling mother of two boys, who is constantly trying to pick up the house…be sure to call before you visit!! Find her at Gypsy Road or on Facebook. Twice each year, we do a deep cleaning. It’s a light week of school – mostly the three Rs, with the emphasis on home economics.  Our children, girls and boys, need to learn housekeeping skills.  If we take the time to teach them properly, then we can effectively work ourselves out of a job one day…and I don’t know about you, but sitting back and watching them do the…
 
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    United States of Motherhood

  • Are We Judging People For Caring: Hashtag Wars #JeSuisCharlie #JeSuisNigeria #JeSuisAhmed #BlackLivesMatter #JeSuisJuif #BokoHaram

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    This may be stepping in it again, but stay with me...Feeling compassion and anger for one act of terrorism, violence, wrong, or tragedy in the news and posting about it on social media does NOT mean you don't care about another act of terrorism, violence, wrong, or tragedy. I cannot believe I have to spell that out, but I do.It just means you were touched by and focused on one issuebecause you had a connection in that moment.For instance, look at my Facebook post about #JeSuisCharlie #JeSuisAhmed #JeSuisJuis yesterday and the way the Paris March happened without a KEY US Senior-level leader.
  • Use Tech to Connect: Make Your Teens Eye-roll...and Secretly Know They Are Loved #GetPocketAvatars #Ad #CollectiveBias @PocketAvatars

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
     This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions on the Pocket Avatar messaging app are mine alone. #GetPocketAvatars #CollectiveBias Being Silly for My Kids: It's What I do Best We are a texting family of three teens.  It's generally mayhem trying to wrangle everyone's practices, carpools, who need the cars when and who needs rides where.  So besides making online calendars for everyone, there are always the last minute changes, miscommunication and crossed wires, the rare confirmations, and even the where the heck are…
  • Homecrafted Siracha-Tabasco, Smoky Chipotle, & Garlic-Dijon Aioli Dipping Sauces To HomeGate in Style #GameTimeGrub #Ad

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
     This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeGrub #CollectiveBias Hey guys!! Yep second post on food for football in two days!!  Why?  Ummm well before I started to actually watch football here in Seattle for you know, football, it was ALL about the food.Alexia Sweet Potato Fries With Sea Salt paired with Chipotle Aioli...And it's kind of 50-50 today.  Half about the football shrieks for our Seattle Gridiron and half about the moans of delight as I stuff delicious noms in my mouth, foodie that I am. Is…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Soil: The future of antibiotics?

    Kelly Gilmour Grassam
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Soil: The future of antibiotics? Scientists in Massachusetts have published promising findings after experimenting with soil to develop antibiotics capable of destroying highly resistant microbes.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top natural health Twitter streams.

    cjblythe
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    Twitter is becoming an incredible resource for any number of purposes, including for the top natural health Twitter streams. More than just a tool for social connection, it can actually be used to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tips for lowering your monthly bills.

    cjblythe
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:12 pm
    If you want to make a big difference in your budget, start by lowering your monthly bills. Since these charges recur over and over again, you’ll see major positive changes by lowering them in certain... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    SavvyMom Today

  • Canada: Perfect Play

    SavvyMom.ca
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Creativity. Imagination. Open-ended play. No matter what you call it, it’s having a moment, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! So take a break from plastics, characters and big brands—plus those long lists of instructions—and embrace the whimsical instead with our 10 favourite toys for creative play.
  • Calgary: Cold Play

    SavvyMom.ca
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    You’ll fall in love with winter all over again when frolicking with your family at Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise. You’ll find a flurry of activities laced throughout the village that promise to melt the frostiest families.
  • Toronto: Fit to Be Tried

    SavvyMom.ca
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    A recent look in our overstuffed storage closet highlights the truth about our own exercise efforts: we’ll try anything—once (almost new boxing gloves and barely viewed PX90 DVDs, we’re looking at you). But kids can’t get enough of trying new things, so we’re keen on expanding their athletic adventures with a new class or two that’ll keep them moving, kicking—even hooping!—all winter long.
 
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    CookiesKids.com Blog

  • Raising Well-Mannered Kids

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    We all want our kids to be respectful and well-mannered. Not only do a child’s good manners reflect well on you, they’re also essential to the child’s success later in life. Unfortunately, kids are not born knowing when to say “please” and “thank you.” In fact, there’s a lot of rude behavior out there in the media and in everyday life that can give kids the wrong idea about what good manners are. So what can you do to teach your kids politeness and proper manners? Modeling polite behavior for your kids, even when they’re babies, is one of the most effective ways to teach…
  • ALL COOKIE'S STORES WILL BE OPEN TOMORROW ON REGULAR SCHEDULE.

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    All stores will be open Wednesday, January 28th on regular schedule.
  • ALL COOKIE'S STORES WILL BE OPEN AT 10:30AM TODAY

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
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    The Megalomaniac Mommy

  • Family Keepsakes with Feltman Brothers Heirloom Clothing

    Anne
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    Over the years, I have kept clothes that have belonged to each of the kids and I’ve done it for different reasons. There are some of their things that I kept to use as part of a blanket and others that I want to have for them to pass on to their kiddos someday. I [...] The post Family Keepsakes with Feltman Brothers Heirloom Clothing appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • 7 Must Have Items When Traveling with Kids

    Anne
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:35 pm
    We spend a lot of our summer in our family minivan.  With 5 kids of all different ages we are constantly on the go due to baseball, dance, gymnastics, tae kwon do, summer school, and more.  Here is a list of things to have in your car when traveling with kids. Books – Keep a [...] The post 7 Must Have Items When Traveling with Kids appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Color Me Monthly – What’s Inside?

    Anne
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:39 am
    As you know, I’ve been checking out all of the different subscription boxes and whatnot, that are out there these days and it’s time for another. Thanks to the generous folks at Color Me Monthly, we recently had the chance to find out what their subscription boxes are all about.   Color Me Monthly was founded by two [...] The post Color Me Monthly – What’s Inside? appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
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    QuirkyFusion

  • Win Four Tickets to the Ice Castle in Lincoln, NH

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

    Christy
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Last weekend, we bundled up and made our way up to Lincoln, NH. We weren’t skiing, or skating, or snow tubing. We were up there to visit the newly opened Ice Castle. It’s definitely a site to see! The first thing I have to say is that I expected caves. Based on the name and... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Geeking Out at the New England International Auto Show in Boston [Giveaway]

    Christy
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    When I bought my first car, my highest priority was that I didn’t want to haggle a lot over the price. Now that we’re a suburban family of four, my priorities are much different. When I got the invite to serve as a Chevrolet and SheBuysCars.com ambassador at the upcoming New England International Auto Show,... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
 
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    Rich Single Momma

  • Take the Living the Life You Love Survey Get a Free Gift

    Samantha Gregory
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    Would you say you are living the life you love? What would you change? Nothing? Everything? I would like to know because I am creating programs for women, but I need to know what you want. Please take a minute to complete the survey below or CLICK HERE for a distraction-free survey. For your time I have a free gift waiting at the end of the survey. Loading… The post Take the Living the Life You Love Survey Get a Free Gift appeared first on Rich Single Momma.
  • Earn $5 with Square Cash App

    Samantha Gregory
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Every now and then I come across a cool deal for some quick cash! Today I found out that I can send you $5 simply by texting you a message. Yes it sounds crazy but I got $5 deposited into my bank account just by texting a friend of mine. I can send you $5 right now if you simply text me your smartphone number to 404-939-6179. Put $5 request and your name in the message so I know who you are. You just click the link, download the money transfer app and follow the instructions. You will get $5 instantly into your bank account and so will I. You have nothing to lose so take a minute to text me…
  • Single Moms Raising Sons

    Admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Being a single mom and raising a girl is a no-brainer. You’re a girl. She’s a girl. No problem. But what if you have a boy? How do you raise a son without a father? Recently I asked few experts how single moms can handle raising boys. They shared this advice… The Experts Speak   Author and Certified Dream Coach™ Speaker I am a Certified Dream Coach and mom. My #1 tip to my Mom’s Solo clients is simply this: Do NOT try to be the man in your son’s life. Be the model of the woman you hope he falls in love with and has your grandchildren with someday. But don’t try to…
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    Wifely Steps

  • What I love about MINTED

    Toni
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:21 am
    MINTED is a gorgeous site I’ve been addicted to lately. I first learned about it from a friend of mine whose husband’s art made Minted’s design competition, and later on from art director friends of mine. Minted’s products include holiday cards, Christmas cards, wedding invitations, save the date cards, art, fabric and home decor… It’s […] The post What I love about MINTED appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Parenting in Progress

    Toni
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    There are times when I wonder if I’m a good enough parent. I’m not around as much as I want to, and when I am around, I’m not always “present” present. Distractions still get the better of me, and I’m left at the end of the day kicking myself in the shins because it could […] The post Parenting in Progress appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • A Letter to My Little Bookworm

    Toni
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Dearest Timmy — my little bookworm, Your teacher said you have a special gift. You’re advanced for your age when it comes to reading, a consistent report during parent-teacher meetings. I am surprised and not surprised, if that’s possible. Not surprised because you were exposed to books when you were very young, surprised because I […] The post A Letter to My Little Bookworm appeared first on Wifely Steps.
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • Easy Pantry Organization

    Alicia Marie
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I was so excited to move into a home with an actual pantry. In our old home we only had a cabinet and it was so hard to find anything in it because of it’s size and location in our laundry room. Our new pantry is just a closet but it has space galore compared to what we used to have. It’s a nice size but I also discovered that it quickly became a mess. With wire shelving everything would tip over and it was hard to keep track of what food items were in there and what we were running low on since new groceries were just piled wherever there was space on the shelves. It was driving…
  • Chocolate Lovebug Cupcakes {Recipe}

    Alicia Marie
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    Valentine’s Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate than with these adorable Chocolate ‘Lovebug’ Cupcakes! Enjoy! active 15 min  total 25 min (plus decorating) makes 24 mini cupcakes cost per cupcake 27¢ Ingredients: Mini paper liners ⅔ cup granulated sugar ½ cup all-purpose flour 3 Tbsp unsweetened dark cocoa (not Dutch-processed) 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp kosher salt 4 large egg whites 2 Tbsp canola oil 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped Icing and decorations Directions: Heat oven to 400°F. Line a 24-cup mini muffin…
  • Pizza Making And Fun At Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

    Alicia Marie
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:46 pm
    (Disclosure: My family and I received accommodations courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago but all thoughts are my own.) What’s more fun than eating pizza? Making it! My boys stepped into the kitchen at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago during our recent stay there and had a lot of fun creating their very own pizzas. The kids donned their chef’s hats and were greeted with an assortment of pizza ingredients on a table and a cook who was there to help them create the perfect pizza pies. First they slathered sauce on the dough, then they sprinkled cheese on and finally they started…
 
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    Musing Mommies Mom Podcast and Mommy Blog - Interviews, Giveaways, Health, Wellness, and Mothering advice

  • Musing Mommies Monthly Podcast Episode 263 {January – 5 Things}

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

    Admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 262 Monday Nov 17th 2014 The Musing Mommies are back this week after a busy couple of weeks. Listen in to find out what’s been happening, and what is in the future for the chatty duo. ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your friends and families! We are on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods and mp3 players around the world! We want to hear from you too,  so contact us today and say HI! Email: Kim (at) musingmommies (dot) com or Dawn (at) musingmommies (dot) com
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 261 {Lazy Kids}

    Admin
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 261 Tuesday Nov 4th 2014 It’s Election Day!! Get to the polls and vote MuMo Kim for Podcast President! Her platforms are for increasing bath frequency and meal prep education. Her running mate, MuMo Dawn, stands firm on toilet scrubbing education and multi-stepped propositions for getting chores to become routine.  Let your voice be heard! Or, just listen to ours. With the world today being all about high speed gratification and convenience, are we raising lazy, entitled kids? After you vote, listen in as the Musing Mommies, Kim and Dawn, take on this…
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    CoffeeJitters

  • Genuine Smiles

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    I have the hardest time getting good shots of my daughter these days. When she sees me coming with the camera, she either hides, makes a face, or she pastes on a fake smile that just doesn’t look like her at all. I can relate. I have a hard time looking natural in front of a camera as well. I get all self-conscious, and end up looking awkward, or weirdly intense, or both. My favorite photos are the ones where the subject is going about their business, so caught up in what they are doing that the photographer, whether they’re aware of her or not, is irrelevant to the moment.
  • Vera Beautified Me for Get Hitched Give Hope

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    18 Jan 2015 | 12:46 am
    I was getting ready for Get Hitched Give Hope, an amazing, annual charity event that pairs wedding planners and vendors with happy couples planning their nuptials, and the proceeds benefit two organizations that support people living with cancer: the Young Survival Coalition and the Dream Foundation.  It was my biggest formal event of the season, and the driving Seattle rain had just gone horizontal. I was so glad I arranged with Vera to have stylists come to my home to do my hair and makeup. I could get beautified at home in my pajamas, and not have to brave the weather until I left…
  • The Haircut

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Yes, my daughter had the most beautiful, long, golden locks. Did I say had? Oh, yeah, we cut them off. She still has beautiful golden locks. Just not so long.   She was ready. And so tired of me insisting on brushing her hair. I was ready. And ready to let her take over hair brushing duty. And the hair? It was donated. She is so proud of the fact that even she can participate in helping people.   The stylist who cut her hair took before and after photos for us.   She’s a happy girl. So happy about her new haircut that she spent a while dancing around and showing it off.
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    Kidsumers

  • Valentine’s Day Recipe: Orange-Cranberry Chicken

    Sheri
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you have a house full of children like we do, going out for dinner as a couple doesn’t happen very often. When we do get the chance to go out together, we prefer not to do it on a busy night like Valentine’s Day. Our Valentine’s Day includes a home cooked dinner for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Love Nature? You will love this!

    Sheri
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I have a great interest in nature and animals and I think my children love it even more than I do. The first time I took them to a theatre to see a nature documentary, I was nervous because they ranged in age from 4 to 9 and I wasn’t sure they would sit through... Read More »Author... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Win a Orange Naturals Prize Pack! #ONatural

    Sheri
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every year the ball drops and people across the country make resolutions, often about their health and habits. While I prefer to label them “goals” than resolutions, it’s all the same thing and I’ve made some of my own this year. I will eat healthier. I will exercise more. I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Real Talk on Preventing the Flu: Did You Get Your Flu Shot?

    DudeMom
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Vaccines are a strange topic. People are very opinionated about them; whether they should get them, whether they shouldn’t, whether other people should make them, whether it’s safe to go to Disneyland because MEASLES. Here at DudeMom’s house, we are a vaccinating family. I am not going to spend this pots trying to convince those who are not or justifying my choice. I don’t feel like I have the authority or the responsibility to do that. I mean really, if you won’t listen to a medical professional who has spent years educating themselves and researching the topic, one who now earns…
  • It’s Not a Onesie.

    DudeMom
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:43 pm
    It is a jumpsuit. And, I know they’re not for everyone, but I love them. They’re like the winter version of a dress. You don’t have to worry about a top and a bottom. Because it’s all there for you. Sewn together in the middle, forever married as one happy outfit. You can make them dressy or not so dressy. And either way they are comfy and chic. The only thing I haven’t figured out is how the bathroom situation works. I held it all day Wednesday because, annoying. I finally broke down and just had to go at the doctor’s office. For the record, pretty much naked in a public bathroom…
  • Hungry Family, Healthy Recipes: Week 4

    DudeMom
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:20 pm
    It’s the fourth and final week of the Hungry Family, Healthy Menu series with Dinnerella. If you want to keep getting her tasty, healthful, family friendly recipes, you’re gonna have to subscribe to her meal planning service. Or beg her to become a regular contributor to DudeMom so we can have her creative recipes delivered to our inboxes every week for the rest of forever! Either way. Because I cheated a little on my diet this week needed to buckle down on my food intake and give up couscous like a bad habit, I wanted to try something more protein packed and less carb loady. Dinnerella…
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  • How to Easily Detangle a Child’s Hair

    La Jolla Mom
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Finally, I have a solution for detangling the perpetual knots in my daughter’s long, extremely thick hair. Previously, I had tried detangler after detangler, various conditioners, hair brushes and then some until these two fairly inexpensive solutions were recommended to me by Little Locks, a children’s hair salon in La Jolla. I’m so grateful to know this in advance of our trip to Kota Kinabalu, where we’ll be in the ocean and pool constantly. I was told that cutting her hair enough to make a difference was not an option, but finally wrangled her in for…
  • Win $1000 of Anatomie Luxury Travel Clothing

    La Jolla Mom
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    It’s easy to lose your sense of style—something I’ve fallen victim to—when dressing for long flights. I was sitting in first class during our recent trip to New York City in basically what amounted to boring athletic wear and sneakers. I have a closet full of designer clothes and I’m wearing THIS? Never again. The problem is that most of my clothes aren’t comfortable enough for the plane and they don’t always pack particularly well.  Enter Anatomie, considered the world’s most stylish clothing for travel.  Their large collection of…
  • 9 Reasons to Visit La Jolla’s Torrey Pines Gliderport

    La Jolla Mom
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    Perched on the cliffs above Black’s Beach, the Torrey Pines Gliderport has one of the best views in San Diego, if not the best. It’s a place that should be on the itineraries of those visiting San Diego and probably one that residents like me don’t visit enough. Why? Here are nine good reasons to visit the Torrey Pines Gliderport. Have feedback? I’ll certainly be adding to this list. 1. The View is Spectacular The photo above looks nice, doesn’t it? Well, the view at Torrey Pines Gliderport is actually much better than that. The Pacific Ocean fills much of the…
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  • Gauguin to Warhol at San Diego Museum of Art

    Suzette Valle
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    I visited this exhibit earlier this month. I also had the chance to get a knowledgeable guide to tell us about the most significant paintings in the collection. It is worth the hour you’ll need to walk through the bright halls and admire these pieces. Gaugin to Warhol is in San Diego until January 27, […]
  • Microsoft Unveils “12 Days of Deals” With ‘Holiday Emergencies’ Videos

    Suzette Valle
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:37 pm
    To celebrate the return of “12 Days of Deals” on December 8, Microsoft Stores has created a humorous video series focusing on surviving ’Holiday Emergencies.’ The collection of 12 videos will follow a family as they embark on the holiday season. Stories are narrated through the eyes of a quirky flight attendant as she guides […]
  • Disney Announces Frozen Fever Short To Play Before Cinderella

    Suzette Valle
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    On March 13, 2015 we will see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf back on the silver screen. Disney Animation Studios just announced that a short titled “Frozen Fever” will play in theaters immediately before the studio’s feature film, “Cinderella.” According to the studio, “Cinderella” will be a “visually dazzling spectacle.” The live-action movie features Cate Blanchett as the evil […]
 
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  • Out of My Control

    amandamagee
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Last summer we visited a farm in Yakima. There were goats and cows, geese, chickens, horses, ponies, bunnies and quail. The girls poked about completely undeterred by the smell or the heat. Finley picked up a quail egg that had dropped. She looked up at me, the egg cupped in her hands, “Fix it, mama. Help the little baby.”   Parenting is so much like that, parents further along the path know how many times they won’t be able to fix it, people on a farm know that life begins and ends every day. “Oh, sweetie, I can’t,” I said. The older brother of the…
  • Prayer for King

    amandamagee
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    I worshipped my grandfather. At first it was the way he looked at me with unabashed delight, later it was for the way his skin creased like a blanket, and whiskers grew, but never hurt my face when he kissed me. Later still it was the careful consideration he gave any topic I asked about—homosexuality, abortion, racism. He listened to me in ways that other adults didn’t. He sent me sermons and passages from scripture, offering religion-based support for my positions or, if not that, then examples of how the Bible did not support the opposing view. Several times a year I search his…
  • Choose Your Own Adventure

    amandamagee
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    I remember when my imaginations about life as an adult pulsed with the promise of choices. I never believed that there would be doubt. I didn’t know about joy’s undertow of regret and guilt. I also didn’t realize that the difficulty of some decisions would bring unexpected rewards. My younger self doesn’t need to know things and this isn’t something that I need t condition the girls to know. The awakenings and compromises that come with being an adult aren’t to be feared or warned of, they are an exquisite privilege of living. I wrote about conflict and…
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  • Creamy and easy dairy-free macaroni and cheese with Daiya (vegan)

    Missy
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:54 pm
    This recipe of dairy-free mac & cheese is one of my children’s favorite meals. I’ve tried other recipes that require a number of spices, crackers or other additives and they don’t come close to this version. With only four ingredients, you’ll be able to make fast, delicious and creamy mac and cheese you and your family will love! Ingredients: 1 box of your pasta of choice 2 tablespoons non-dairy margarine (we love Earth Balance) 1 cup non-dairy milk (we use Rice Dream) 2 cups Daiya non-dairy shreds (I mix both cheddar and mozzarella shreds) Boil water in a large…
  • New product :: Veta Smart Case for EpiPens

    Missy
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    Learn more about the new Veta Smart Case for your EpiPen that connects with you through an app on your smart phone. What I’m about to share with you is a game changer for the world of food allergies. Seriously. If you or your child or partner carries an EpiPen for severe allergies, ask yourself if you have you ever: left home without your emergency medications and not realize it until you’re far away? worried that your medication got too hot or too cold when you accidentally left it in your car? had anxiety about your child at school or daycare and want to make sure you are…
  • On getting ears pierced :: Don’t lie to my child

    Missy
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    A very proud 7 year old with her new earrings! I’ve never been one to lie to my children. Okay, okay, Santa Claus still comes to our house and there’s the Elf on the Shelf and the Tooth Fairy… okay this isn’t starting out so well. Other than a host of traditional holiday icons, I don’t lie to my kids. Of course I keep it age-appropriate, but I always do my best to answer their questions in a straightforward manner. We’ve had some tough conversations around death and divorce and other scary slash intimidating topics parents navigate. And when it comes to…
 
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  • Refresh Your Prayer Life With Max Lucado’s Before Amen

    Toni Patton
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    Prayer…it’s such an important part of my daily life, but I admit, sometimes I feel like I don’t know what to do or say. I feel like maybe my prayers aren’t good enough. So, when I was asked if I wanted to review Max Lucado’s “Before Amen” The Power of A Simple Prayer, I, of Read More »» The post Refresh Your Prayer Life With Max Lucado’s Before Amen 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....
  • Milk Bone Brushing Chews Promote Healthy Teeth, Treat Your Pup Today!

    Toni Patton
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    When we got our first pup, I never realized just how much he and our subsequent pup would mean to me.  I thought, dogs are cute and I’ll like them but I never realized just how big a part of my life they would become.  Just like my kids, I want to make sure they Read More »» The post Milk Bone Brushing Chews Promote Healthy Teeth, Treat Your Pup Today! 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....
  • Blueberries Are Perfect For Healthier Eating in 2015

    Toni Patton
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. With a new year, there comes new goals. For a lot of us, those new Read More »» The post Blueberries Are Perfect For Healthier Eating in 2015 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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  • Is Being a Mom Hard?

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

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

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:17 pm
    My name is Michelle and I’m about the whitest white girl you’ll ever meet.  I don’t consider myself a racist.  In fact, quite the opposite, racism makes me angry.  The N-word is one I wouldn’t even consider using.  I do have friends of many races, dated a black man, and voted to put President Obama into the highest office in the nation.  Twice.    I am still part of the problem, the catalyst, causing rioting in Ferguson, Missouri and protests everywhere from New York to Los Angeles.  And you probably are too. Before you full-on, start…
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  • Keeping Families Safe in Every Season of Life #MasterLockProtects #spon

    Linda A. Kinsman
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:08 am
    My thanks to Global Influence Network and Master Lock for sponsoring today’s conversation about safety in every season of life. All opinions are 100% my own. Providing a feeling of security is vitally important to most families. From the homes we buy to the cars we drive, we want to protect our loved ones from harm. But sometimes, bad things happen, no matter how well you have prepared. Such was the case for my family when I was in high school and our California neighborhood flooded. It was devastating to my family and our neighbors. But the one beacon of hope I still remember…
  • Game Day Fun Irish Style! SNICKERS Bread Pudding Recipe

    Barb Webb
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    The anticipation is growing and you can hear the buzz of excitement in the air for the big game day! As we put together our food spread for the celebration, we are participating in a shop that has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All thought, opinions and trips down memory lane are that of Rural Mom. #BigGameTreats #CollectiveBias For my family, our love of American Football is fueled by roots of fandom that run deep in Gaelic Football and Irish Rugby Football.  You could say our appreciation for game goes well back into the late 1800's! When I traced our…
  • Smart Recipes: 25 of the Best Smoothies!

    Barb Webb
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Smoothies are a part of many diets for several reasons.  One, you can sneak vegetables into your kids' (and your own) body without having to eat something not-so-tasty.  Another reason is that they're just easy.  You can whip up a batch of them in the morning and drink them on the way to drop off the kids at school or while on your morning commute.  Throw the ingredients in the blender, push a button, and pour. Easy prep and easy cleanup too! Smoothies make a very convenient breakfast option as well as a quick and delicious daytime snack.Below, I've put together a list of…
 
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • Introducing the Birds and the Bees

    samanthamcgarry
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    This all happened much sooner than I had anticipated. I thought I’d have at least one more year, till my oldest would be in fifth grade. But over the past few months, my kids – independent of one another – started asking questions. My son had read stuff about DNA in one of his science books and was curious (“Look it’s so cool, the woman’s DNA is in an egg and it mixes with a man’s DNA which is in sperms.”) My daughter had overheard discussions about young teenagers becoming mothers (“Mama, can girls have babies?”) and also wanted…
  • My 2015 Word of the Year is: Energy

    samanthamcgarry
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    Or Slow Down. Or Be More Selfish. Or Seek Inspiration. There are lots of words and phrases I’ve been playing around with to describe my intentions for 2015. They all come back to one thing. 2014 was, for me, just meh. I ended the year depleted and uninspired. 2014 presented a series of annoying obstacles, none too huge to be insurmountable, but combined they were like the unrelenting buzz of a mosquito. A car crash, bouts of either insomnia or leg cramps (or both), a frozen shoulder: all physical manifestations methinks of an unsettled soul that’s spent too much of herself…
  • For Your 10th Birthday, 10 Ways That You Amaze Me

    samanthamcgarry
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Dear son, today you turn 10. And while every birthday is worth celebrating, this one is particularly poignant. For ten whole years, I’ve held you, fed you, hugged you, entertained you, laughed with you, cleaned you and cleaned up after you, answered your questions, dried your tears, high fived your achievements. I’ve spent hours fretting, researching, discussing, wondering about how you’re progressing socially, cognitively, biologically, emotionally, academically. I’m often telling you to quieten down, slow down, clean up, hurry up. I may nag, I may yell, I may sigh…
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  • Hama Bead Crafting

    Dominique
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    You're readingHama Bead Crafting by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Pinky Pie and My Melody The kids have picked up a new hobby this year~ Hama Bead Crafting. It has been the ” in thing” since 2014 and we are slowly catching on to the latest trends. I’ ve been  pining a lot of pictures on my  Hama Pinterest Board and love the designs that I have been seeing.  The kids too have their favourites and have picked up a few designs to start creating. Monkey boy and Doggie boy…
  • Blogathon 2015- Are you in ? * Updated *

    Dominique
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:19 am
    You're readingBlogathon 2015- Are you in ? * Updated * by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook The blogathon is here again. I’ve joined it last year  and the year before  so I’m following through and joining it again this year. This year I do not  have as much time to work on the Blogathon as I’m having a rather busy workload solo parenting.  I won’t be joining any mini challenges but may work on some of the mini challenges on my own if I get time after the Blogathon…
  • Writer’s Workshop: Just been Drinking

    Dominique
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:18 am
    You're readingWriter’s Workshop: Just been Drinking by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook   A cup of Tea   Tea, Coffee, Milk, Juice? The choices are really astronomical if you think about it.  You can mix and  match and even create your own unique quenching blend to suit your taste buds or your mood for the day.  One is only limited by his creativity and willingness to try out something new which may/may not taste great. What  should I drink? A cup of green tea I personally…
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    SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney

  • Strangers in a familiar land

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

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

    Sandra
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    It’s a brand new year, and we have landed back in Singapore. After 18 months living in Sydney, we are thrust back to the hustle and bustle of Singapore once again. It’s been a hectic month – we’ve had to move from my in-laws’ place (in the West of the island) to my parents’ place (in the East of the island). We’ve had friends to meet, food to eat, family to catch up with. We’ve had chilli crabs and kaya toast, we’ve had kopi-c and teh tariks, we’ve had bak chor mee and Hokkien mee. All in all, a very fulfilling (and FULL) month of…
 
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  • All The Feels In This Week

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Nostalgia--Brian and I went to the Garth Brooks concert late Saturday night. So many of his songs were definitive of our lives. "The Dance?" Amidst our college years when we were ready to take the world on. "Two Piña Coladas?" We heard it twenty-hundred times on our honeymoon. "How Do I Live?" The first night we spent together ... On the concrete ... With a gazillion others waiting in line to buy Vince Gill tickets. So much nostalgia. Worry--Because the temps were so cold and the girls wanted to be grown up, we left them home alone (without having my mom stay over) while we hung with…
  • I Got Big Plans

    7 Jan 2015 | 8:09 pm
    In November, my girl, Rachel L. Hough, and I went to her lake house where I pounded out 15,000 words on my next book Life With Extra Cheese. Since that time, I've not added one single word on it. Not one.I've met all of my deadlines. I've blogged (some), but as far as the book goes? I just haven't had the time or the energy. We'll blame the holidays. Also, we'll blame the fact that my life has seemed completely unorganized.Last night as I lay in bed watching Orange Is The New Black, I was jealous of the fact the the girls (not the inmates...that's so rude) were putting together a newsletter.
  • "What's This?"

    6 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Many of my more experienced mom friends tell of a time that our teenage children will all but stop communicating with us. They'll tell of a time that our teenagers will become so immersed in their own little world, that we will become spectators to their lives.Fortunately for me, that hasn't happened with Hadley yet.I have no words for this. Did I say fortunately? Pffft.This morning as I was wrestling with my clothes, getting dressed (I do this more often now that I'm a stiff forty-something-year-old woman than I ever did as a young child learning to dress myself), Hadley came to my…
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  • 50 Shades of Suburbia: Gear Up For “Naked Month” at GIRLilla Warfare

    Lisa
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Valentine’s Day … 50 Shades of Grey (or 50 Shades of Highlights as we like to call it in Suburbia — I mean, really, who here does Grey?). Yes, it’s going to be a smokin’ hot month at GIRLilla Warfare, and we are going to tap into our vulnerability, our MOM-ability, our sexuality, our desires, our beauty, and our finances. So buckle your seatbelt, and put this on your Tuesday To-Do List kicking off in February: 1. “Teen Expert” Debby Shulman writes about how hurtful our kids’ rejections (You’re wearing THAT, Mom … Just…
  • Hot-Off-The-Press: ‘FUGITIVE COLORS’ Debuts In Paperback

    Lisa
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Hey Girlfriends – It’s been a crazy ride — juggling my book, the blog, and of course, THE FAM, but wouldn’t have my so-called life any other way. My award-winning debut novel FUGITIVE COLORS, a suspenseful tale of stolen art, love, lust, deception, and revenge on the “eve” of WWII, is now available in Paperback — with a whole new look. Pre-sales begin TODAY onAmazon, B & N, and IndieBound (pick your fave) … and for those who like to listen, check out the novel in audio. Of course … there’s still hardcover and Kindle versions. So…
  • GIRLilla Warfare’s 2015 “Top 10″ IN & OUT List

    Lisa
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelcup (aka: “The Beauty Babe”) From the explosion of Tinder Hookups to Kim Kardashian’s tabletop-sized butt, 2014 was truly a roller-coaster ride of seriously wacky pop culture and beauty trends. As the self-proclaimed yenta on all things trendy, I have consulted with my posse of experts to compile my Second Annual Beauty Babe’s IN & OUT List for 2015. 1. Competitive “Alpha” Yoga is So OUT, Authentic Mindful Yoga is IN. Full disclosure here … I have never taken a yoga class. This is due to my inability to touch my toes and the paralyzing fear of…
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  • Stop Being the “Fixer” (Guest Post)

    Crystal
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    You are amazing really – you are able to fix the unfixable. Where there is strife – BOOM – all of a sudden, peace – thanks to you. You can fix hurt feelings, fractured friendships, missed deadlines, stubbed toes and miscommunications. You can turn potential losses into wins, disappointments into lessons learned and resentment into forgiveness. As a mother, you are a terrific fixer. You make things better with a kiss, hug and word of support. One simple phone call and you can magically heal a wounded friendship or earn your child a second chance. You can take over a project or…
  • Bloggers: Ten Places to Get Paid for Your Writing (Volume 1)

    Crystal
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    Syndicating content is a great way to gain new readers and get your writing in front of a larger crowd. But syndicating rarely pays the bills. You also run the risk of losing SEO credit if you don’t take the proper steps to ensure the content originated on your blog. That’s why bloggers should always be on the hunt for other platforms where they are paid for the fruits of their labor. Magazines and online periodicals are great places to start the search. In addition, here are ten places to get paid for your writing: HerStory Voices: Essays focused on an experience or moment – big or…
  • Score Free Event Tickets with Rukkus

    Crystal
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    As parents, it can be tough keeping the kids entertained during the long, cold winter months. That’s why I just partnered with live entertainment search engine and marketplace, Rukkus, to get you to any concert, sports, or theater event of your choice for free. When they’ve had enough of sledding and ice fishing, head out to the event they’ve been talking about for weeks! If you haven’t heard of Rukkus yet, just take a look at what some people like Forbes and VentureBeat are saying about them. But in summary, Rukkus is like Kayak.com for events. They take tickets from all…
 
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  • SumoMe Now Works With FeedBlitz

    Heather Solos
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Some of you have been asking what’s a good list building plugin or tool. I’m happy to announce that SumoMe now works with your FeedBlitz account. Why is this exciting? The SumoMe WordPress Plugin has three list building tools: Smart Bar Scroll Box List Builder (popup). Each of these tools is available from the Sumo Store which you will find after the plugin has been installed on your site. Here is a brief screencast that demonstrates how to add SumoMe to your WordPress site, where to find your FeedBlitz API key, and how to add that to SumoMe to get started growing your list.
  • On Resilience … Or, Welcome Back, Amanda

    Phil Hollows
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    One of the joys of being in a small, tightly knit company like FeedBlitz is that, as colleagues, we grow close to each other.  We share our triumphs and joys; and we circle the wagons when the going gets tough. In reality, on balance, 2014 was more tough than not for the FeedBlitz crew. Of course, like any community, we don’t often share the hard times publicly.  We struggle, we manage, we support each other, and with luck nobody on the outside notices. Nothing unusual, really, in that. There are, however, some things — even the tougher ones — that are very much worth…
  • Managing Images in Your Newsletter Template Just Got Easier

    Heather Solos
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    FeedBlitz gives all publishers the ability to control every aspect of newsletter design. The Easy Editor allows FeedBlitz publishers to control their logo, fonts and colors, whether or not to include a table of contents, and a simple utility bar that provides subscribers with an easy forward option, a convenient contact link etc. The FeedBlitz Easy Editor is mobile responsive by default, there’s no fiddling or testing, it simply works. Publishers who want even more fine-tuned control of their newsletter can do so in the Advanced Template Editor (ATE). The ATE allows full source control…
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  • Talking about true love

    Daphne
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:10 pm
    True love We’ll be heading to Orlando and NYC this weekend with the 2 middle kids (rotational traveling!) and this time, the teary farewells have started early. Most kids would be excited out of their pants but Kirsten, while mostly thrilled, is the saddest child I’ve ever seen to be anticipating a trip to Disney World. She told Truett, “I’m really sad that not going to see you for 21 days…I’m going to miss you so much” and started tearing up involuntarily. She covered her eyes and tried to smile away the tears as Truett tried to cheer her up.
  • Normal speed is just the right speed for me

    Daphne
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:02 pm
    We made it to 6 months! I was just reading the posts I wrote 6 months ago, remembering how I was wishing so badly that we could fast-forward these difficult months so we could just quickly get to the good parts. Now here we are and I’m glad we got through it at normal speed because those were the good parts. Look at that face! That’s one heck of a good part right there. Smooshed up with all the sleep deprived let-me-die-right-now moments were some of the sweetest, most heart-melting parts. I think that’s what makes it all so worth it, because life with a newborn is so hard…
  • POSB makes saving fun again

    Daphne
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Since Truett started Primary 1 earlier this month, we’ve had a lot of fun teaching him about money management. So many lessons to be learnt here! In the past 2 weeks, I’ve gotten really good at monopoly junior and being a pretend supermarket cashier, among other things. The bad news is that even after so many practice visits to the mamashop (ha!), he still gets confused sometimes when he’s counting change but on the bright side, he now understands the value of money and the importance of savings. Every morning, Truett goes to school with $2 in his wallet and the deal is this:…
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    The Mom Views

  • 10 Kids Movies to Watch out for in 2015 (Part 1)

    Fabida
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Most of us have made resolutions to spend more time with our kids and enjoy as a family. And what better way to do this than to go to the movies for an enjoyable family flick? As always, there’s a horde of movies coming out this year, and since we love making life easier for Moms everywhere, we’ve drawn up a list of the family friendly ones, in which there’s something for kids of all ages. PIN IT! 1. Paddington Paddington is a movie that released last year in the UK and is now moving across the globe due to the positive response. The adorable bear is found by a kind family at Paddington…
  • 7 Tips For Minimalist Parenting : Less Is More

    Fabida
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:18 pm
    “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates (Did you know that you can highlight any words in this post and automatically tweet it out? Try it!) Being a parent was never this complicated. Despite the lack of gadgets and smart phones, our mothers and grandmothers had it easier. These days are a time of too much information and too many choices. Consumerism is at an all time high. Now in India, we have a plethora of brands to choose from, with ecommerce websites sprouting up overnight! Moms today have…
  • Little Charms- Customised and Personalised Kids Products In India

    Swapna
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:16 am
    It’s always a pleasure to introduce a new Kids brand to our readers. We want our readers to shop for the best, affordable and yet stylish products for their kids. Today, I am introducing you to a brand that is not really new but they are constantly reinventing themselves and have started 2015 with a bang and a brand new e-commerce website. Little Charms is a haven to buy personalised baby gifts, customised kids products and return gifts for your little brat’s birthday party.   Before we take a look at all the fabulous goodies in the Little Charms, we asked the mom…
 
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    Bril

  • Inclusive Education: Integrating Special Needs Children within Mainstream Schools

    Bril
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:02 pm
    I have been asked this question many times. Sometimes by people who were well meaning  and a lot of times by those who were not. People have asked me this under the guise of concern and curiosity but I was always able to gauge what they really wanted to know. My fellow teachers in my school were extremely unhappy when the ‘Right to Education’ made it mandatory for them to have children with special needs in their classrooms. They used to complain about the extra burden, lack of facilities and infrastructure and for not being trained to handle children with special needs. I used to tell…
  • Parenting the Shy Child; Are you creating labels for your child to live by?

    Bril
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    Picture this; on your way back from your child’s school, you meet a neighbor in the parking lot. Your neighbor makes friendly attempt at engaging in a conversation with your child, maybe even initiating a physical contact. Your child doesn’t respond, is looks visibly withdrawn and hides behind your legs to shield him from this sudden onslaught of questions that demand answers. Your neighbor just coos, “Oh he’s being shy, how sweet!” There! A label created, damage done. Let me explain. Every child is born with a unique personality. Some like to sit back and observe rather than plunge…
  • How to tell if your preschooler is ready for school

    Bril
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:11 pm
    That every child develops at a different rate is established. Normally preschools start accepting children at 2 ½ years of age. But just because a child has crossed 2 ½ years of age doesn’t mean he is magically ready for preschool. There are a lot of things to ensure your child receives full benefit of attending a pre-school or worse doesn’t actually regress in certain areas. Here is a list of questions taken from Patricia Henderson Shimm’s Parenting Your Toddler that will help you answer this question. Is your toddler fairly independent? Bigger preschools in India require toddlers to…
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    Nourishing Joy

  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #107

    Kresha Faber
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it’s where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives. You’ll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer, homeschooling, herbal remedies, meal planning, thoughtful parenting… what do…
  • The Fake Food You Don’t Know You’re Eating (Part 2)

    Kresha Faber
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    Have you ever wondered what you would see if you could examine the inside of your body under a microscope? Would you find traces of benzene? Mutated DNA? Or perhaps thinned or irritated cell walls along your colon or a small tumor you didn’t know about? Modern food manufacturers have at their fingertips thousands of substances to make our food taste better, look better, and last longer, but most of these food additives are synthetic. Or, they’re highly-processed versions of once-natural substances that have the possibility to wreak havoc on our bodies and our environment. Even the term…
  • 9 Ways to Eat More Leafy Greens in Winter

    Kresha Faber
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s January, the very antithesis of August, it seems. In August, there’s so much produce I can’t keep up preserving it all or serving it fresh. Yet, here we are January, craving food that was alive within the last few hours and trying to soak up Vitamin D whenever we can in the limited daylight hours. That’s why I thought I’d put together this little list of simple ways to eat more greens in these dark, cold, foggy winter days, while still eating seasonally and without relying on lettuces and greens shipped from thousands of miles away. It’s the food…
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    Mom Favorites

  • Game Time TV Dinner Trays

    Katie
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    {TV Dinner Trays, Candy Ice Cream Bombs and more for your Football Party Spread! #GameTimeMVP} Getting excited about next week’s big game? Me too! Admittedly, more for the commercials and food than the actual game. I know I’m not the only one! Did you see that some of the commercials even have their own trailers? Crazy. Anywho, I’m on week 3 of perfecting my football spread, and let’s just say I think I’m getting pretty good at this, and I’ve officially nailed the dessert. You will not want to miss these Candy Ice Cream Bombs! They are da bomb. Yeah, sorry,…
  • Motivation Monday Linky Party 126

    Katie
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Hey party people! Thanks for stopping by, in case you missed last week’s super fun party, you can find it here.  Can you believe that January is nearly over? For my kids that means that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I need your help with coming up with some creative treats for the classroom. I’d also like to spruce up the house a bit and make it look more festive so if you have any great DIY’s please share them! Let’s make it a great week, thanks as always for being so inspiring! Follow the Motivation Monday Hosts Barb of A Life in Balance…
  • Skinny Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Recipe

    Katie
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Looking for a smart way to indulge? Try our skinny Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Recipe. Your sweet tooth will be in heaven, and you’ll have no regrets! #MullerMoment #CollectiveBias Indulgences are something we don’t talk a lot about in January.  It’s a time to cut back and make up for the error of our ways during the holidays.  But, maybe that’s why so many of us give up on our healthy resolutions so early?  Because, we try to go cold turkey on our favorites.  We can walk the straight and narrow for the briefest of times, and then we cave.  Once we cave,…
 
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    Comeback Momma

  • Treadmill Workout for Beginners

    Jenn
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Getting started with running can feel overwhelming. During winter months is a perfect time to give treadmill running a try before you pound the pavement outside. If you have never been on a treadmill before, take some time to get used to how it feels. Slow down to a super slow walk before getting off to avoid filling dizzy or like your feet are still moving. Here are a few other tips for getting started on a treadmill. Ask Questons – If you are trying a treadmill for the first time at a gym or even to buy one for home use, don’t be afraid to ask questions. They can help show you…
  • Free Printable Valentines for Kids

    Jenn
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    Free Printable Valentines for Kids No need to spend money for Valentine’s Day cards. I created this cute valentine printable for your kids to give to their friends. In addition to my creation below, I linked to a few others I found on Pinterest. So many fun options out there. Have fun! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family. Click for full size printable Here is a collection of some other fun Free Printable Valentines for Kids. Enjoy! An InLinkz Link-up The post Free Printable Valentines for Kids appeared first on Comeback Momma.
  • Healthy Baking: Homemade Breads, Biscuits and Scones

    Jenn
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    Healthy Baking: Homemade Breads, Biscuits and Scones Winter is such a great time to give healthy baking a try. These recipes will help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions. Enjoy these warm homemade breads, biscuits, and scones with a morning cup of tea or coffee. Delicious! These recipes are healthy, easy to make and freeze for future use too. Whip up a batch of scones, biscuits or healthy breads to please your family and friends. Of these recipes, I’ve made the healthy banana bread and the mini banana nut scones. I can’t wait to make more. Check out Healthy Homemade…
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    Mommy Edition

  • How To Prepare Your Child For School For The First Time: 7 Tips

    Jessica
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Some of us may have been counting down the days till when our little one first starts school, while many of us can’t believe that it came upon us so quickly. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we brought them home from the hospital? Nevertheless, here we are and we want to make sure that our […]
  • What To Look For When Buying Your First Infant Car Seat

    Rachel
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:43 pm
    These days we have so many options when it comes to baby gears, and car seats are no exception. A baby car seat is a modern necessity and most hospitals in the United States won’t let you check out unless you demonstrate that your newborn fits properly in their car seat. Some hospitals even have […]
  • Valuable Lessons Young Kids Can Learn From Playing With Toys

    Mona
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Have you ever sat down with your child and really payed attention to what they are saying and doing while playing with their toys? Especially while playing in a group? The lessons are astounding! Try it someday, I guarantee you will be amazed by what your little one is learning, even with the simplest toys […]
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    Great Moments In Parenting

  • The Best Gift I Gave My Daughter Was Her Little Brother

    purelymoms
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    I am an only, adopted child. I knew one day I’d have children, but if pressed, I wasn’t sure when. If you asked my parents, they would’ve said, “Michelle just isn’t going down that road.” I thought we’d have one child, maybe two? I didn’t know if I could even bear the thought of two. I knew nothing about having siblings. How do you handle fights or the competition? I wasn’t sure how many souls would fill our family. But the best gift I ever gave my daughter was her little brother. Riley was born exactly two and a half years after Avery. His name was supposed to be Nalu,…
  • My “mom” bookmark is a thermometer

    Do Try This At Home
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    The post My “mom” bookmark is a thermometer appeared first on Great Moments In Parenting.
  • 7 Things I Want To Tattoo On My Teen Daughter

    Dmarcotte
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    I have a teen daughter. There are certain phrases and warnings I would like to have permanently inked on her. Some of them are for others to see so she can avoid situations she is not prepared to handle, and some are for her, so maybe I won’t have to repeat the same five phrases over and over again anymore. 1. Underage! This goes on her forehead where every male over the age of 10 can see it clearly. I see the way they look at her. She doesn’t seem to notice much yet, but when she puts on a bikini in the summer she stops traffic at the beach–I have seen it happen. She can have…
 
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    Shivani Cotter

  • Let It Snow

    Shivani Cotter
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Let It Snow It was a perfect day that started with… Warm hugs, snuggling under the covers, a big breakfast, followed by more snuggling.  As wonderful as it was staying indoors, I knew it was only a matter of time before the cold outdoors would be calling my daughters names… even our bulldog couldn’t resist. Were you stuck home on this beautiful snow day?  What did you do?   Shivani Cotter
  • Start Your Morning With This Drink

    Shivani Cotter
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Start Your Morning With This Drink Waken your senses with this elixir… It’s The Perfect Cup O’ Joe.  I finally decided to switch up my morning coffee with a warm and healthy alternative with a kick!  It’s this fantastic elixir filled with powerful antioxidants, an alkalizing power food, and much more.  You too can reap the benefits of this amazing cocktail.  It’s sure to waken your senses every day!  Check out the recipe below. Do you have an elixir you consider golden like I do?  Leave me a comment below with your favorite morning drink! Shivani Cotter
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    Oubly.com

  • 5 Extraordinary Wedding Proposals You Can’t Say No To

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

    Oubly
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We recently came across super cute Valentine’s Day themed illustrations. We adore the hilarious message, child like innocence, and cherub faced foodies that dominate each art piece. We hope you love these Valentine’s Day illustrations as much as we do. Image Source Image Source Image Source Image Source Image Source Hah! Clever. What food items can’t hold a candle to your significant other,  friend, or pet. Let us know what those food or things are in the comments below! Tweet This Post
  • 10 Epic New Year’s Eve Party Themes

    Julie Davis
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    2015 is coming soon, which makes us want to throw a huge party.  We’ve searched high and low for the most epic New Year’s Eve party themes. We’re passing along the 10 most inspiring ones so that you can ring in the New Year in style. 1.  A Countdown Theme Image Source: 2Fiskars  Since every New Year’s Eve ends with a countdown just before midnight, we love the idea of a countdown-themed party. Fiskars’ tutorial gets crafty with numbers to create a clever New Year’s Eve party theme.  2. Winter Wonderland Image Source:  O Happy Day Let’s face it: even though Winter…
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    Norfolk Mums

  • Smoothielicious Smoothies

    NM
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    I recently posted about how this year is a New Year, New Me! Like a lot of mothers (I am sure), I run around making sure everyone is washed, fed and the chores are done – I seem to completely forget about my own needs. I have lost count of the times I have missed breakfast or lunch, sometimes both. I always thought to myself, “it doesn’t matter, I need to loose weight anyway”. Little did I know that not eating enough can actually stop you from loosing weight. It is widely documented that if you don’t properly fuel your body, it can develop a defence mechanism…
  • New Year – New Me!

    NM
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Over the past five years my body has changed dramatically. I have gone from being a fit, slender woman who could eat whatever they wanted to a mum who is 2 stone heavier and suffers with ongoing health problems. I am not entirely sure what sparked this downward spiral. Seeing as I lost all my post pregnancy weight simply by giving up fizzy drinks – i’m not convinced having a baby is to blame. During this period, I have spent my time squeezing my tummy into trousers, silently crying to myself in changing rooms at the thought of buying the next size up, getting awkward “is she…
  • Baby Swimming, Bonding and Lifetime Skills

    NM
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    Baby swimming lessons have been proven through research to help develop impressive skills for later life. A university study has demonstrated those baby swimmers, when compared to non baby swimmers, have better balance and grasp objects more easily than non-swimmers. At birth a baby’s brain is unfinished (we like to think of it as a computer, they are born with the hard ware but need experience from the environment to form the wires for the software). Movement and physical activity play a huge role in creating nerve connections in the brain and of course in water a baby has complete…
 
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • Cirque du Soleil AMALUNA Comes to Houston

    Heather Brummett
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Cirque Du Soleil Presents Amaluna in Houston, TX   Dates:  Thursday, February 12 – Sunday, March 22nd Cirque du Soleil returns to Houston with one of its newest touring shows, Amaluna, which will premiere on February 12, 2015 under the iconic blue and yellow Big Top at Sam Houston Race Park. I have always wanted to […] The post Cirque du Soleil AMALUNA Comes to Houston appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Clean Eating, Paleo Recipe: Blackened Skirt Steak BLT Salad

    Heather Brummett
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    This clean eating, paleo recipe for blackened skirt steak blt salad looks so good. It is budget friendly , full of protein and fiber, and less than 400 calories per serving. It is perfect for my eMeals Clean Eating Meal Plans diet and weight loss journey that I am on. I got the recipe from this […] The post Clean Eating, Paleo Recipe: Blackened Skirt Steak BLT Salad appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • THE BOXTROLLS.The Blu-ray/DVD Giveaway

    Heather Brummett
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    On behalf of Allied Faith + Family, I would like to share information on the release of THE BOXTROLLS on Blu-ray/DVD. This comes out in stores today, January 20, 2015. Did you see it in theaters? We have not seen it yet, but I will, and will be sharing my review with you! THE BOXTROLLS is […] The post THE BOXTROLLS.The Blu-ray/DVD Giveaway appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
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    Change-Diapers.com

  • Do You Know What to Do if Your Baby is Choking?

    Maria Moser
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Have you ever had the terrifying experience of your child choking? Would you know what to do? We’ve had a few “oh my gosh are you choking” incidents but only one really scary situation. When my daughter was about 18 months old, we went to lunch after swim lessons at the YMCA and she choked […]       
  • 10 Awesome Cloth Diapers for Your Little Superhero

    Maria Moser
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here are 10 awesome cloth diapers that are perfect for your little superhero!   Image via Snugabums How cool is this Captain America diaper from Snugabums?   Image via Ella Bella Bum This diaper from Ella Bella Bums has Captain America embellished tabs.   Image via Dutch Baby These Captain America diapers were a Dutch […]       
  • Why I Love the Cloth Diaper Industry

    Maria Moser
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The cloth diaper industry innovates. We’re fueled by a passion, not solely money. Even the “big” businesses in the cloth industry are small in comparison to “big” businesses in other industries, and most are still family run. Even the “biggest” have founders actively involved in the day to day business operations and when you buy […]       
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    Kinsa Health Bytes

  • When Flu Comes Knocking

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    In my house the telltale sign that a child is getting sick is cranky behavior. You’d think that this insight would make me a champ at nipping every nascent cold in the bud, but unfortunately my kids’ crankiness is also a sign of tiredness, hunger, or overstimulation. Lately though, I’m a bit more likely to see its dark potential and to cancel a cranky kid’s playdate or keep him home form school. With influenza-like activity spreading in nearly every state and school closings in 13 of them including South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Massachusetts, my cautiousness isn’t crazy: this…
  • Kinsa’s Holiday Gift To You!

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    We’ve been busy! From Savannah’s demo of Kinsa’s Smart Thermometer on the Today show, to our launch in Apples stores and Apple.com and our website’s brand new look, we’ve had a blast sharing Kinsa with families across the US. With the holiday season in full swing, we wanted to spread some of our own cheer while also saving you some money along the way. We’re celebrating our very first holiday with all of you by offering exclusive savings for one week only!* Visit us online and get up to 50% off Kinsa Smart Thermometers. Give the gift of health and knock out…
  • 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.  Parents everywhere are concerned about what the latest virus outbreaks across the US and around the world, means for their children. The CDC’s recent announcement that this year’s flu outbreak has reached epidemic levels, 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 there’s no 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…
 
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  • Bring on the bling...

    Tracy Evans
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Dreaming about the chandelier I'm going to put over our bed...someday.
  • Pepto-Bismol Pink

    Tracy Evans
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    I'm a smart shopper. Still, I've still made some unfortunate purchases over the years. Jeans so tight I could barely sit down, a black summer skirt I didn't realize was see thru until I was standing in front of my bedroom mirror on a very sunny day and a can of Pepto-Bismol pink spray paint. While I won't hesitate to return pricey clothing I'm not going to run over to Lowe's to return a can of 4-dollar paint.So, I put the can on a shelf months ago and forgot about it until boredom set in over the holiday break. I decided to pair the paint with something else I didn't know what to do with: a…
  • You can't eat just one...

    Tracy Evans
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    Simply Addictive CroutonsPreheat oven to 320 degrees Fahrenheit.-Break up chunks of a French baguette (fresh or day old) and place in a large bowl.-Drizzle (or drench) with olive oil.-Add shredded Parmesan.-Finish off with some ground cracked pepper.-Spread out bread mixture on a baking sheet.-Cook for about ten minutes or golden (be sure not to burn the croutons).Toss croutons into a salad, sprinkle into a bowl of  tomato soup or enjoy them as a late night snack. Store any extras in a glass container with a lid. Best to finish croutons off within a week. But if you're like me, you'll…
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    AppleGreen Cottage

  • Cardboard boxes and early traffic education

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Moms, before you throw away any cardboard boxes from grocery shopping - please don't! You can use them like this:(Approximately following the kid's words and story:) the road all the way around the bottom of the box is very busy. It even has a Read more »
  • Sewing Pattern Storage - two BAD solutions you should NOT copy...

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I have a question for those of you who are hobby sewists: How do you handle the sewing pattern storage issue? Which one works for you? Because I can tell you what doesn't work: Over the years I have used two different methods for sewing pattern storage - but let's face it, none has been a success (translating: always a mess ;)The first one was having pieces of patterns laying loosely around in a drawer, never to be found again, mixing with my scribbles on pieces of paper and grocery shopping lists - and it did sooo NOT work! (What was I thinking?)Or, this was my second solution, Read…
  • Walking water - experiment with colors for kids

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is an interesting way to teach your child about colors and the "walking water" effect. Mix two colors and watch them change!You'll need: three empty glass jarstwo pieces of paper towelcoloring of your choicesome water HOW TO:Read more »
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    Ruth Alade Inspired

  • Webinar Recording: How To Get Crystal Clear About Your Ideal Clients

    Ruth Alade
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    I hosted this webinar a few days ago and shared a lot of information on it about how to get very clear about your ideal clients. Everyone loved it and I got some great feedback so I thought I’d share it here for all my lovely readers. Enjoy and let me know what you got out […] The post Webinar Recording: How To Get Crystal Clear About Your Ideal Clients appeared first on Ruth Alade Inspired.
  • I Wish I Knew This When I Started My Business

    Ruth Alade
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    When I started my business, I thought this step wasn’t that important. I did my branding, built my website, with no clear idea of who I was serving! I thought I just had to get my stuff out there and people would flock to me! Was I wrong!!!! I had no clients for months, business […] The post I Wish I Knew This When I Started My Business appeared first on Ruth Alade Inspired.
  • The #1 Cause Of Overwhelm And How To Overcome It

    Ruth Alade
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
    I think we mums are really amazing and I really admire our ability to old everything together. But as a business owner and mum to amazing kids, I’m sure that you have A LOT on your plate. School runs… The doctor’s appointment… Driving your lovely kids to their different activities …. Writing a blog post…(like […] The post The #1 Cause Of Overwhelm And How To Overcome It appeared first on Ruth Alade Inspired.
 
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  • Zomato Promo – Win P2,000 Gift Certificate from Buddha Bar

    Lanie
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    We’ve shared with you an article this week “Why Moms Should Read Food Reviews” and many of you have realized why honest and updated food reviews help us not only enjoy the best foods but also saves us time, gas and money! And so we want everybody to have a chance to try out Zomato. Zomato helps users discover restaurants the easiest ways and allow them to give feedback and rate these restaurants from their experience. You can share your photos along with your reviews. These reviews will now be made available for all foodie members currently in 130 cities across 19 countries…
  • Heart-Healthy Recipes in GMA’s Basta Everyday Happy and Sarap Diva

    Lanie
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Want to keep healthy this year? Start with your cooking oil! Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, Better for the Heart, Better for the Budget, is the heart-healthy, versatile, and value for money cooking oil. Canola Oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils because of its LOW saturated fat (BAD FAT) and high monounsaturated fat (GOOD FAT) content. Jolly Canola Oil has omega 3 and 6 which are good for the heart. It has a pale golden color, light texture, and neutral taste so you can use it for any dish. Jolly Canola Oil also has a high smoking point which makes it ideal for frying. Hosted by Donita…
  • Your Share Worthy Photos: Empower Your Images to Tell Your Story

    Lanie
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    I always believe that whatever you’re sharing about whether it’s food, shoes, clothes, work, kids, you have a story to tell. You have to have something you want to say to the world. Right? Images can tell stories and capture a reader’s attention just as well as words. If you are a blogger, you know by heart that one way to spice up things a bit is by adding images to go along with your articles. And the better the photo the more it drives engagement, traffic or even social media “likes” and shares. Being able to make people remember your blog is very important to…
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  • Untethered

    Debi
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    As expectant mothers, we all spend a fairly intimate and intensive period of time with our obstetricians or midwives, only to have the relationship effectively end after the six week postpartum checkup. It’s disorienting to have someone so focused on your health suddenly drop out of your life entirely. The same thing happened to us with regard to Sammi’s health after every chapter of her medical journey ended. Some would make returning appearances later, but we only know that in retrospect. When Sammi was released from the hospital after her first cardiac surgery at 14 months old,…
  • Laid in Arms

    Debi
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    David, Sammi and I slid into the hospital the morning of her first surgery the way a reluctant toddler comes down a slide. All sorts of practicalities handled, bags packed for a hospital stay, all that remained was the hour of waiting in a room with a baby we might never see again. If that sounds maudlin, that’s because it was. The risk to this surgery was smaller than most cardiac surgeries, but there is always a risk to surgery. The doctors would slice into my smooth, perfect, luscious baby’s back, pull her ribs apart, and decide which branch of her aorta to clamp and remove.
  • The Longest Nights

    Debi
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    “Don’t let her get too worked-up.” By the time Sammi was 13 months old, we’d had five straight months without her getting terribly sick, enough time for me to catch glimpses of sweetness in her. I had started, haltingly, to fall in love with her, resentment cracking with every three hour stretch of sleep. Whenever I left the room and came back, she would hold her arms up to be held, and then pat my back and say “mama.” It was the stuff of syrupy mommyblogs and Hallmark cards; she was tiny but proportionate and round-cheeked, with a fluff of reddish blond…
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  • Sick Mom Survival Guide

    Jackie Cravener
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chloraseptic® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. We’ve all been there those days where you wake up not wanting to get out of bed, no voice, and your whole body is achy. What’s worse is if you’re a mother and you have no choice but to get out of bed and take care of your kids because you don’t get a sick day.So how do you keep up with a toddler or in my case two toddlers when you just don’t have the energy to play? Here’s some of my top ten helpful tips to give you that much needed break to make your…
  • Delicious 3 Ingredient Strawberry Banana Smoothie

    Jackie Cravener
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Silk for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Picture a morning where you wake up, you start to get your kids ready and everything’s going perfect, then all of a sudden we have a melt down over putting socks on! Let’s face it if you have a family and a busy day of running errands sometimes nutrition can slip the mind of any busy mother. That’s why I like to have some of our healthy 3 ingredient smoothies on hand for those busy mornings. What’s perfect is not only are they healthy but my picky toddlers love them! You can…
  • Soda Bottle Lion Craft

    Jackie Cravener
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    I teamed up with a few blogger friends this month to create a craft from a 2 liter soda bottle. I love a good recyclables craft! We made a few animals including a bee, butterfly, and our favorite the lion which I’m going to share with you. It’s super easy to make and you only need a few items along with your soda bottle. Repurposed Soda Bottle Lion Craft This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy. Materials Needed: Advertise with us Report this ad - Empty and cleaned two liter bottle – Gold or yellow paint – Glue – Black Marker…
 
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  • What I’m Reading

    Christine
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    I still have great nostalgia for the smell of old library books.  As a child, it was intoxicating. Now, I read a real combination of books.  I buy a lot off Amazon, I get stuff from the library and I read ebooks.  The soft glow of a screen cannot compete with the smell of old books, but I’m adapting. In the past few months, I’ve read a few gems.   The Big Fat Surprise was a big, fat surprise!  My friend Vee heard the author interviewed on the radio and told me about the book.  The best books come from friend referrals, don’t they? In this book, the author, a crack…
  • The Gift of Challenges

    Christine
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    Like you, I love my children.  It’s not just love love.  It’s the kind of love that would make me throw myself in front of a truck if I could save one of my kiddos from pain.   We didn’t become a family easily.  Our resume includes infertility, miscarriage, adoption, failed adoption and international adoption.  Oh, and we have a biological child as well. When you have to jump through hoops to become a parent, it makes your gratitude level soar.  It might also make you a bit over-protective.  It probably did for me. Can’t really blame myself for that though.  Most people begin…
  • An Article Series on Kids and Work – Handling irregular chores at home

    Christine
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    I am starting the new year with lots of newness!  I have set out to learn new software, build my website, make more goodies to share with you and, Lord willing, write more books. One of the favorite books I’ve written was called Life Skills for Kids.   In the book I deal with several areas of life that deserve some extra time and training with our kids.  A big area is learning how to work hard and how to have a good attitude towards work. While raising my four kids, we used chores and special jobs around the house to teach about work.  I plan a series of articles about how to teach…
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