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  • How to Respond to An Emotional Meltdown to Raise Strong Kids

    A Fine Parent
    Cally Worden
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Aren’t you amazed at how seemingly random things can send our kids into a complete emotional meltdown? It doesn’t matter whether the child is 4 or 14. In the moments before a meltdown it’s the face scrunching that gives it away. As body language goes it’s all out there, up front and very personal. A clear signal that your child is very sad and needs your help to cope with the rush of unbearable feelings. But in the heat of the meltdown, emotions run high. For us parents too. So what’s the best way to cool down the situation without clamping down the emotions? My…
  • Healthy Easter Candy Alternatives

    Parenting at More4kids
    5 Apr 2015 | 3:07 am
    Easter candy is almost a tradition in most households. Every year moms try to decide what to give their kids for Easter. No doubt the kids would prefer candy and chocolate. However, it is a good idea to include some healhier alternatives. There are many healthy replacements for Easter candy baskets you can try. Here are a few tips and ideas. Instead of chocolate or marshmallow candy, try filling or including with: * Fruits and cookies. You can bake natural cookies at home that taste yummy. * Mini boxes of raisins and low fat candies. * Stuffed bunny rabbits and jelly beans, which are low in…
  • Is taking your daughter to a Pink concert bad parenting?

    BabyCenter Blog
    Sara McGinnis
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Do you think it's bad parenting to take an 11-year-old girl to a Pink concert? Some do, and that's how the singer found herself tangled up in another family's custody battle. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Lawrence R. Jones has had the final say on the situation, ruling that... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Rescuers struggle to reach many in Nepal quake, fear worst

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:48 pm
    At least 3,218 are confirmed dead, two days after the quake ripped the nation.
  • PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)

    MedPage Today Pediatrics
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    (MedPage Today) -- This weeks topics include autism and vaccines, oral insulin and diabetes prevention, management of first time seizures in adults, and long-term effects of Ebola virus infection.
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  • Healthy Easter Candy Alternatives

    5 Apr 2015 | 3:07 am
    Easter candy is almost a tradition in most households. Every year moms try to decide what to give their kids for Easter. No doubt the kids would prefer candy and chocolate. However, it is a good idea to include some healhier alternatives. There are many healthy replacements for Easter candy baskets you can try. Here are a few tips and ideas. Instead of chocolate or marshmallow candy, try filling or including with: * Fruits and cookies. You can bake natural cookies at home that taste yummy. * Mini boxes of raisins and low fat candies. * Stuffed bunny rabbits and jelly beans, which are low in…
  • Family New Years Resolutions

    31 Dec 2014 | 10:52 pm
    It is that time of year when we all look back on the year we have had and get ready to make our lists of promises to ourselves about how we are going to improve in the New Year. Yes, I am talking about New Year’s Resolutions. We all know the old stand-bys such as losing weight or quitting a bad habit. This year I would like to make a proposal, make your New Year’s Resolutions about bringing your family closer. I know that at this time with our economy as bad as it is, and many of us face the hardest times that we can remember. It is now, at this time of year that we need to look at all we…
  • Teaching Kids The Meaning of Christmas

    23 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    by Stacey Schifferdecker Beyond Santa Claus All I want for Christmas is… a dancing Elmo and a Kidzoom camera and a Littlest Pet Shop Pet Town and… It is all too easy during the Christmas season to lose focus on Jesus and concentrate only on gifts, parties, decorations, and fun. If even adults have trouble keeping Christmas as a celebration of Jesus’ birth, how much more difficult it is for children entangled by the excitement and mystery of Santa Claus. But you can help your young children learn the true meaning of Christmas. Incorporate some of these ideas into your Christmas…
  • Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Most kids love to make stuff and they love to give gifts – why not combine these two interests and let them make Christmas gifts? Think of the advantages of making Christmas gifts with your kids this year: It will probably take less time than a shopping trip to the crowded mall. It will save on your budget. It will give you fun bonding time with your children and good holiday memories. People love to receive items kids have made. Here are some ideas for simple and easy gifts kids can make. Most will require at least some participation from you, although older children may be able to make…
  • Teaching Children The Meaning of Thanksgiving

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    by Stacey Schifferdecker   "Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day" Robert Caspar Lintner When people ask me what my favorite holiday is, I always say Thanksgiving. I don’t know that deep down Thanksgiving is really my favorite holiday, but I feel sorry for it. There it is, sandwiched between the candy, costumes, and trick-or-treat of Halloween and the gifts, glitz, and glamour of Christmas. How is a simple, mostly non-commercialized holiday like Thanksgiving supposed to compete? Sure, there have been a few attempts to make Thanksgiving more exciting. You…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Is taking your daughter to a Pink concert bad parenting?

    Sara McGinnis
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Do you think it's bad parenting to take an 11-year-old girl to a Pink concert? Some do, and that's how the singer found herself tangled up in another family's custody battle. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Lawrence R. Jones has had the final say on the situation, ruling that... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • You'll love the story behind this amazing viral pregnancy photo

    Carolyn Robertson
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    by Carolyn Robertson posted in Mom Stories The definition of a family isn't found in its composition. It isn't found in gender, in race, in how or why it came to be. There is no magic formula, no particular shape or color or size. When it comes to defining family, the thing that matters most,... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Trend alert: Is centering the future of prenatal care?

    Melissa Byers
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    by Melissa Byers posted in Mom Stories How would you feel if the medical professional you chose to care for you during pregnancy routinely saw you together with a group of other pregnant women? Pregnancy centering, the practice where expectant moms in the same stage of pregnancy, meet with their doctor or midwife in a group... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • What was your first meal after giving birth?

    Melissa Willets
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories A broccoli and cheese drenched baked potato from Wendy's. That was my first meal after giving birth. If that same meal was in front of me right now, I'd probably pick at it. I don't find fast food very appetizing in general. And baked potatoes aren't really my... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Ever wonder why your baby's eyes change color?

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:41 pm
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Mom Stories I remember learning about eye color genetics in biology class. As complex as it seemed, I found it fascinating. As I sat in my junior high class, I wondered what color eyes my kids would have some day. There was no way of knowing that I’d marry a... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

  • Rescuers struggle to reach many in Nepal quake, fear worst

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:48 pm
    At least 3,218 are confirmed dead, two days after the quake ripped the nation.
  • Clinton Foundation admits missteps in donor disclosure

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation is acknowledging the global philanthropy made mistakes in how it disclosed its donors amid growing scrutiny as Hillary Rodham Clinton opens her presidential campaign.
  • Freddie Gray protests show how much America has already changed

    26 Apr 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Eight months ago, the future of the civil rights movement that convulsed Ferguson, Mo., remained an open question. The protests in Baltimore this weekend are the latest proof that something has already changed. In the end, it seems, it has not mattered that the groups that came together in Ferguson have not been able to spawn an organized national movement of the scope that Martin Luther King Jr. did in the 1960s. This past week, that trend has added the name Freddie Gray to the list of black men whose deaths have recently brought attention to the issue of police violence.
  • Lynch inherits civil rights probes from Holder as U.S. attorney general

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A string of deadly confrontations between mostly white police and black men will be among challenges immediately facing Loretta Lynch when she is sworn in on Monday as U.S. attorney general. Lynch, 55, takes over as the country's top law enforcement official after a weekend that saw thousands of people in Baltimore, Maryland, take to the streets in mostly peaceful protests over the latest such case. Building on her career as an accomplished federal prosecutor, Lynch takes over from retiring Attorney General Eric Holder, who served more than six…
  • Baltimore mayor says outsiders turned peaceful protest violent

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    By Shannon Stapleton BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore's mayor and police on Sunday again blamed outside agitators for violence and vandalism that flared during a mostly peaceful protest over last week's death of a young black man who sustained an unexplained spinal injury while under arrest. A day after thousands of demonstrators marched through the city demanding justice in the investigation into the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, 25, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake condemned the lawlessness that erupted on Saturday. "Last night we saw a small group of agitators turning what…
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    Daddy Types

  • Hands Up, Don't Drive

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:21 pm
    This is Devin Allen's photo of a Baltimore dad holding his son at a protest march Thursday against the police officers involved in the post-arrest violence and death of Freddie Gray. I'd like to think that this kid will...
  • Baby Butt Cash Machine

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    Maybe someone can set up a playdate for the $80/week formula, make sure I can return your birthday gift for cash parents with this guy, who has turned his kid's butt into an ATM dispensing 100-yuan notes. [via kottke]...
  • Come Celebrate With Us! And Maybe Just Bring Cash

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:36 pm
    More news from England, that just happens to be America: Lately I find that I leave things alone for a few days, see if they remain interesting. And then I decide whether to post them. It gives time for...
  • Pram, Woman, Fall Through London Sidewalk

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    A woman and a pram were swallowed up by what's being called a 'sinkhole' on a London street today, but if you look at the Instagram pictures by eyewitness kskittenkat, you'll see it's actually a cellar door that had...
  • Housing Bubble, Or La Bulle Pirate

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    It's 1970, you're 23, living in a studio in the suburbs of Geneva with your wife, your applications for larger apartments are thrown in the garbage because of a citywide housing crisis, and your kid's on the way. What...
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • Coming to Theaters: Hot Pursuit! Celebrate with This Giveaway for a $25 Visa Gift Card and Tote, Plus Enter the #HotMamas Sweepstakes for a Trip to Hollywood!

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    HOT PURSUITWarner Bros. PicturesIn theaters May 8, 2015About the film:An uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Sofía Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, John Carroll Lynch, Rob Kazinsky, Richard T. JonesDirected by: Anne FletcherRated PG-13Watch the trailer!HOT PURSUIT #HotMamas SweepstakesReese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara are in #HotPursuit of some #HotMamas! Being a mom is the most challenging, wonderful role in the world. To…
  • Looking for Bloggers for the Mother's Day Giveaway Hop!

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Mother's Day Giveaway Hop May 1st - May 15th, 2015Hosted By Social Exposure PRFREE Participation + Co-Host Spots AvailablePlus,  Win a $25 Amazon GC or PayPal Cash for participating & promoting the event!  PRIZE REQUIREMENTS:Each blogger is responsible for their own prize fulfillment and shipment. Each blogger will be required to host a giveaway with a minimum value of $20. You may fulfill your own prize or work with a sponsor of your choice. Each blogger will be responsible for creating their own giveaway widget, as well. The HTML with the post information…
  • Escape to France with Limited Edition Softsoap Body Washes!

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    I am a daily user of body washes, so I was excited to have the opportunity to try Softsoap’s new limited edition scents: Provence Escape, Riviera Renewal, and French Macaron. Here’s a description of each:Softsoap Provence EscapeMoisturize your skin while you retreat to the French countryside with the fresh scent of citrus and pear blossom, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. This is the body wash I am using right now, and it smells soooooo good! Pears are among my favorite fruit, and I really love the scent of them. There’s a slight floral scent, too, which is just right (not…
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (April 25, 2015)

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Welcome to the final Super Saturday Giveaway Linky for April ... where has this month gone? If you haven't gotten lucky yet this month and won any prizes, it's time to get hoppin' and enter some more giveaways! Be sure to check out those listed on my right sidebar, as well as those in the linky below. Check back daily as more are added all the time. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, enter it into the linky and shout this page out to your social media fans/friends. Good luck!
  • A Spring Giveaway for Baby from MAM!

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Good-bye winter and hello spring! In celebration of the arrival of sunnier days, MAM is showcasing its MAM Start Pacifiers and MAM Oral Care Rabbit! Read on to learn more about these terrific products and find out how to enter to win MAM products!MAM PacifiersMAM’s cutting-edge pacifiers combine technological innovation and trendsetting design to help give babies a healthy start in life. Developed by leading pediatric dentists and developmental psychologists, MAM pacifiers provide maximum comfort and style for babies of all ages.Clever design and lightweight materials make MAM pacifiers a…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Painted Hands Edition

    Amy LeForge
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Good Monday, Heroes! I type to you right now with all sorts of interesting black splotches on my hands. Splotches that will, most likely, stay on my hands for a week or more. It’s a longish story.See, my brother-in-law came to visit from Florida. He flew into the city closest to us, so Hubby went and picked him up. Their parents drove down to our house and they’re taking my brother-in-law back to their house for a visit. My mother-in-law isn’t one to let a moment go by without doing a project. She wanted the guys to work on finishing the bedroom we’ve been working on,…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky – Get ‘Er Done Edition

    Amy LeForge
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Happy Late Sunday night, Heroes! After having a fairly restful week with spring break, I got quite a lot of work done this weekend and am feeling encouraged. Of course, there is a lot more I need to do (which is why I’m up in the middle of the night working now) but I have high hopes of accomplishing much this week.What about you? Plans?While you’re working and playing, do feel free to check out some of the lovely giveaways in this week’s linky! An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Giveaway Linky: The Well-Rested EditionMonday Giveaway Linky:…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Oops Holiday Edition

    Amy LeForge
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Howdy, Heroes! It’s Monday. And spring break. Throw in Easter Sunday and you may understand why I completely forgot to put up the linky last night. So sorry! I was giddy with the freedom I saw on the calendar.So! Linky. I will also publish a giveaway tomorrow, so please come back and see it. Baby clothes, for the win! An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Giveaway Linky: The Well-Rested EditionMonday Giveaway Linky – On Time and Feeling Fine EditionMonday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom EditionMonday Give Away Linky, Late Hospital EditionGiveaway Linky…
  • Sometimes I Despair of the Foolishness: A Mother’s Rant

    Amy LeForge
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Heroes, I read a quote on Facebook the other day that said something to the effect of “parenting is hard when you’re doing it right.”Well, if that’s the case then I must be awfully close to perfect. Because, wow. There are days I feel like all I do is beat my head against brick walls.Over. And over. And over again.Take bedtime for example. We have a habit of family prayer time, and the expectation is that boys will then shut off their computers, brush teeth (thoroughly!), and go to bed.Instead, people (and by “people” I am mainly referring to…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Blowing Up Websites Edition

    Amy LeForge
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Good Super Early Monday, Heroes. I have been on a path of death and destruction….with regard to websites at least. Ugh. You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to completely destroy a site! Fortunately I’ve got a request in for help and I’m hoping for some mercy.And tomorrow is a new day. One in which hopefully I won’t crash another site.In the meantime, please enjoy these lovely giveaways. I’m pretty sure I won’t break them. An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Giveaway Linky: The Well-Rested EditionMonday Giveaway Linky:…
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    Mommy Daddy Blog

  • Organizing a Small Space for Crafts or Kids Toys

    Guest Benefactor
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    By Jane Blanchard You don’t need a large space for a craft room or a child’s toy storage room. The main thing, when deciding on which room to choose, is to make sure it’s a quiet place that will help you concentrate better. You won’t want the room to receive a lot of human or pet traffic. Organizing a Small Space Once you find the perfect spot for your small activity room, it’s time to organize all your craft supplies and toys. Start with a solid working table. Make sure it’s small enough, so it’s not too high for the children to work on it. Stainless steel will not rust, but a…
  • What is Laparoscopy?

    Guest Benefactor
    25 Nov 2013 | 9:28 am
    The human body is an incredible creation and without a doubt the most complex and finely tuned machine that any of us possess. Knowing how to maintain the body in its optimal condition is imperative for a long and healthy life. Doctors spend many years of study to first achieve their initial medical qualification and they continue to learn every day as advances in science and medicine ensure that new discoveries that must be incorporated to their knowledge bank are assimilated and utilized in practice. Although there is no way that you can achieve the same level of medical knowledge as a…
  • A Worthy Alternative To Beer? U.S. Cider Guide

    Guest Benefactor
    3 Oct 2013 | 8:33 am
    Even though beer remains the drink of choice in nearly every bar in America, true and traditional cider is slowly becoming a genuine alternative. So much so that numerous breweries have started to make their own blends of cider and traditional European brands are now starting to import products to the States. There are a huge variety of ciders available to suit every individual’s taste buds, from dry and sweet to cloudy and clear, so you can be sure to find that perfect cider for watching the game or relaxing on a summer’s evening with the family. Here’s a quick guide to the best cider…
  • How To Handle Batteries When There Are Kids Around

    Guest Benefactor
    3 Oct 2013 | 8:22 am
    Every house will end up with a large crop of batteries, including many used ones that are waiting to be disposed of. This is particularly true if your family includes children, as many children’s toys will run on these small items. Furthermore, as every modern household relies more and more on gadgets such as remote controls and certain games console components, which are also battery-powered, it seems safe to say that a typical household will have a pile of the things – either unused or used – lying around somewhere or other. We all know that electricity can be dangerous, and…
  • Top Tips For Decorating Your Ideal Bedroom

    Guest Benefactor
    6 Aug 2013 | 8:17 am
    It’s the part of your home where you retreat to after a long day’s work; spend time forgetting your troubles and think about what your plans are for the day ahead. It might be easy to take it for granted, but the bedroom is one of the most important rooms in any home. If you or one of your kids is dissatisfied with their bedroom, a little redecoration may be in order, but if looking to improve it, what should you do? For those of you who might be stuck for inspiration, here are some great tips for how to make the most of the place where you or a family member rests their head every night:…
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    Free Range Kids

  • Bill Mahr Is One of Us! (And So Is WMTW President Dave Abel)

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:33 pm
    It’s almost bizarre how much Bill Mahr hits every point we make here all the time (except I’ve never mentioned Japanese businessmen and squid). Let’s hope next he will endorse the May 9 “Take Our Children to the Park…and Let Them Walk Home by Themselves” Day. And while we’re  at it, here’s the president of WMTW in Maine, below. I have to admit: It is really amazing — weird, even — to hear so many different people saying what we’ve been saying here since 2008, and even saying “Free-Range.” All along, we have been…
  • Gever Tulley’s Latest Dangerous Idea

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Gever Tulley is a big-time hero of mine. He did one of the earliest, best Ted Talks: “5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do.” He also founded the Tinkering School in San Fran (and elsewhere now, too), where young kids are given power tools and encouragement. Then he and his wife Julie Spiegler wrote “50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).” And then, in 2011, he went whole hog and founded the Brightworks school in San Fran. I visited that sunny school set in an old Best Foods Mayo factory, and it blew me away. When kids weren’t reading…
  • There’s Never Been a Safer Time to be a Kid in America: Washington Post

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    What a fantastic myth-debunking piece in the Washington Post  by Christopher Ingraham about the FACT that kids are SAFER today than…ever. First of all, there’s the decline in child mortality that we almost take for granted: In 1935 there 450 deaths for every 100,000 kids age 1-4. Today? Less than 30. Our jaws should drop. But it’s not like we have to look THAT far back to see gains. Among children of all ages, he writes, mortality rates have fallen by nearly half since 1990 and — Part of that decline is a drop in child homicides. As of 2008, the homicide rate for…
  • Logo Contest Deadline Extended!

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Hi Folks! Free-Range Kids still needs a logo that looks as good on a billboard as it does on an app. Prize is $100 and bragging rights. I’m extending the deadline to June 1 (my mom’s birthday) to allow more folks to enter. As for ideas, one thing I’ve realized is that depicting children in the logo ends up making it seem as if the movement is geared toward whatever age the kids in the logo are. Since the movement is about all ages (and is really about rejecting the idea that our kids are in constant danger), it’s a very tricky thing to encapsulate. So think bold, think…
  • An Entire Town May Go Free-Range — and It’s Not Alone

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here’s what is happening. Social historians take note: People are realizing that they WANT to be able to let their kids play outside, walk to the store, ride their bikes without fear of legal repercussions. And so they are starting to talk about this, in living rooms, on social media, and at city hall. Below is just ONE of about four or five letters I’ve gotten in the past few weeks about a town moving toward going “officially” Free-Range: Dear Free-Range Kds: I finally bit the bullet and did something that has been on my mind for ages. Your website, the Meitiv’s…
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    Graco Heart to Heart Blog

  • 5 Tips for Securing Your Child in a 5-Point Harness

    Ashley Mowrey
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    As many as 7 out of 10 children are not properly buckled in child safety seats (According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Follow these easy tips to help your child ride safe!
  • Precious Cargo

    Ashley Mowrey
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1 to 12. Greatly reduce the likelihood of injuries while your little one is in a vehicle by following these American Academy of Pediatrics’ Best Practices.
  • Get Inspired in 2015

    Ashley Mowrey
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Fashion starts early with these cute new Graco styles, inspired by adorable, mom-approved trends. Affinia: Inspired by bold design and cool geometry. Azalea: Inspired by airy flowers and pretty prints. Stratus: Inspired by blue skies and puffy, soft clouds. Sunshine: Inspired by bright ideas and sunny dispositions. Whisk: Inspired by delicious bites that bring loved ones together. Zuba: Inspired by the whimsical animals of baby’s dreams.
  • Boost Up for Back to School

    Ashley Mowrey
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It’s that time again – your big kiddos are going back to school! Along with back-to-school shopping for the latest fashions, Sharpie ®markers, Papermate ®pens, Rubbermaid® LunchBlox™ and pencils, you may be gearing up for another back-to-school tradition: carpooling. Of course, whenever cars and kids are involved, safety is the top priority. So, as your little (or big!) one heads back to school this year, we hope you’ll enjoy our helpful tips – based on the respected American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommendations – to help keep all kids safe on their way to school,…
  • Graco Recalls the Harness Buckles on Select Infant Car Seats: What You Need to Know

    Ashley Mowrey
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    As some of you may know, we’ve been working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to address issues that some consumers were having difficulty opening the harness buckles used on select infant car seats. As a result, we are recalling an older model of harness buckle used on infant car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. As a solution, Graco will offer a free updated replacement buckle. In reviewing the matter further with NHTSA, we found that an older buckle design used on select infant car seats was difficult to open. Although they might look the…
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  • Let’s Craft: Paper Cones

    ModernMom Staff
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Are you looking for a simple decoration for a party or something the kids can do that will keep their active little butts in a chair for a few minutes. This project comes from crafty mom Ianthe Morrow. You can fill them with flowers, party favors, or candy, and they can hang on the door knob. It’s a fun and creative craft that’s easy enough for kids to do – love! Here’s how to make paper cones: Supplies Paper (rectangular works best) Stapler Hole Punch Ribbon (however long you like) Filler (candy, flowers, etc.) Directions Roll paper into a cone.  Make adjustments so…
  • How to Nip Sibling Battles in the Bud

    Guest Writer
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The following guest post is from Dr. Laura Nathanson Siblings are supposed to fight. Aren’t they? Isn’t that why Nature gave us backseats in cars? That’s how it seems in the media. It’s a running joke. In real life, many parents really want their children to get along together, but are quick to add that “Of course I expect them to fight.” When asked about that expectation, they often say that siblings fights teach children how to negotiate; give them skills valuable in the real world. I doubt it. Once a real fight starts, negotiating usually doesn’t…
  • Spinach Quinoa Casserole Recipe

    The Nutrition Twins
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    If you’re like us, you’re always looking for new, healthy and delicious recipes that the whole family will love!  Tammy’s daughters gobble this up. It’s the perfect comforting and satisfying food.  Winter time to us always means casseroles for dinner. We love to play off foods our mom cooked when we were younger.  One of our favorites was always a spinach noodle casserole.  Although our mom did make a healthy version, we’ve tweaked it a bit to make it more our own and incorporate more food groups. Ingredients 4 cups cooked quinoa 2 cups baby spinach, chopped…
  • Coolest Babysitter In The Galazy Prize Pack (including $100 Visa Gift Card)

    ModernMom Staff
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Samples & prizing for this giveaway were provided by Disney Publishing. Looking for a new book for your middle grader? GABBY DURAN AND THE UNSITTABLES is sure to please. a ModernMom giveaway Case File: The First Unsittable The Association Linking Intergalatics and Earthlings (hereby known as A.L.I.E.N.) has a new member. After months of investigation, Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, has proven herself to be a babysitter extraordinaire. Her celebrity clients fly her around the country to care for their rambunctious little humans. Our spy, Associate 4118-23432B, otherwise known as…
  • Spring Cleaning Tips + Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

    Diane Cassellius
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The following post was sponsored by P&G Tide. a ModernMom giveaway It’s that time of year to begin your spring-cleaning, and, if your house is anything like mine, there is a ton of dirt that has accumulated from the winter. While I may not have inherited my mother’s passion for cleaning, I do love the result, when everything in my house is fresh and sparkling clean. Of course the idea of tackling a huge cleaning project can feel overwhelming, but if you follow a few simple tips that I learned over the years, the process will become much easier. Organize One Room at a Time As someone…
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  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Your Account

    Eric Binnion
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Because we want to make accounts as secure as we can, we’ve made it easier for you to set up two-factor authentication for your account, so you can take advantage of the top-of-the-line security standard. has supported two-factor authentication (2FA) since 2013. Also known as two-step verification, two-factor authentication allows you to protect your account with both a password and a time-sensitive code you get from your mobile device. To enable two-step authentication, tap your profile picture to jump into the “Me” section and hit the Security…
  • New Themes: Ecto and Coherent

    David A. Kennedy
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Today, we’d like you to meet the two newest themes added to the collection: Ecto and Coherent. Ecto With a light color scheme, bold typography, and full-width images that draw readers straight to your content, Ecto is perfect for blogs of all kinds. Inspired by the Casper theme, Ecto lets you add a personal touch to posts and pages with large featured images in the header area. Ecto also includes these features: Social Links Menu Featured Images Site Logo Post Formats Custom Menus Widgets Custom Background and Custom Header Read more about Ecto on the Theme…
  • Ensuring Your Site is Mobile-Friendly

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    Today, Google released a change to its algorithm that gives higher search scores to sites it deems “mobile-friendly.” Curious WordPressers might be asking: How can I be sure my site is mobile-friendly? What can I do if my site is not mobile-friendly? 1. See if your site is mobile-friendly Visit Google’s mobile-friendly test link and enter your site’s address (e.g., or Google will then analyze your site and declare it mobile-friendly or not. Did your site pass? YAY! Pass GO and collect $200 from the Community Chest.
  • Social Media Icons Widget

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Now available in a widget dashboard near you, we present the Social Media Icons Widget! No longer do you have to fiddle around with complicated HTML code to add beautiful social media icons to your blog or website. With this new widget, you can add icons for the most popular social networks in no time. The icons are linked to your social media profiles, making it easy for your readers to follow your latest status updates. The Old Way The New Way Currently, we support adding social media icons for the most popular social networks, including: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn…
  • New Theme: Cyanotype

    Takashi Irie
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s the time of the week again, Happy Theme Thursday! We’re pleased to present a new free theme, Cyanotype: Cyanotype Cyanotype, designed by yours truly, is a monochromatic blog theme with a bold, yet simple look that sets your blog apart from the rest. Pick your favorite background color or image to lend your personal flair. Cyanotype also supports the following popular features: Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Cyanotype on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!Filed under:…
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • Less Lunch-Making Stress with Mott’s Snack and Go

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    This blog post is sponsored by Mott’s and SocialMoms. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. In all my lunch-making prowess serving up creative leftovers and sides to my children for Operation Awesome School Lunch, I’ve been stuck a little in the fruit department, especially for the little ones. They don’t have a lot of time, with their little mouths and little inexperiences fingers to peel, eat, and finish a piece of fruit in the time allotted. That’s left me with some limited choices on what to do, or some pretty messy experiments gone awry. Oh, I could pack a…
  • When Shopping With 6 Kids Goes Wrong. Way Way Very Bad Wrong.

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and RESCUE blogging program. I haven’t had too many issues with the kids, now that my husband is deployed and it’s just me. I thought I’d have a lot more than I do, but we’re managing quite fantastically at home. I have a few tough, stressful days here and there, particularly ones where I’m trying to remind my teens that, while their phones are fun devices, they are not the sole center of their universe. It’s tough to have to repeat myself several times. I struggle to remember what it was like being a teenager.
  • Natural, Non-Toxic Bug Spray with Young Living Essential Oils

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    Spring is here, and that means the bugs return. I’m doing my best to take all the precautions I can to create an all-natural bug spray to prevent their invasion into my home, especially since my Champion of Bug Killing Extraordinaire is currently deployed and half way around the world. We live in North Carolina where there are some scary-looking bugs here, and I don’t want to have to worry about ‘em. The kids were pretty fascinated by this magical bottle of mint I put together. “Mom, can we spray? Can we? Can we?” And they watched as I picked a plant I knew had a…
  • Get Out, Get Walking, and Get Active with #walkoutwednesdays

    6 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Omron Healthcare, Inc. Spring, heck yeah! I couldn’t be happier about the Spring weather finally hitting in our area, and being able to look forward to temperate weather almost every day. This little Omron Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker (HJ-327T) that I wrote about previously has inspired me to get out and walk everyday, and to be more active. Some days, while the kids are in school, when it’s just me and Baby Sis, we’ll go run some errands, and take a walk, just her and me, to go to the different neighborhood parks. Why not,…
  • How Big Brother Helps Fill Dad’s Role During Deployment #JohnsonsDaddyDos

    5 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    I’ve partnered with JOHNSON’S® Baby as an ambassador. My husband readily admits that he’s not the best at “doing hair.” I’m the hair-doer in this household, whether it’s a lattice braid, heart-shaped braid, or other “Hair Experiment.” My husband celebrates when he does a ponytail (it’s kind-of adorable). While he might not style hair the best, he’s the “bestest” at brushing their hair after bath time. It’s a special daddy-daughter bonding time between him and the girls – one we knew would be almost…
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    Boutique Café

  • Miz Mooz = Adorable Shoes

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    My friends, my friends. I recently was shopping online for a cute pair of turquoise shoes. I was hunting everywhere, then I suddenly came upon the brand Miz Mooz and my jaw hit the floor. Needless to say those sweet “Michelle’s” are on their way to me right now.   Miz Mooz was started in a New York City basement in 2001 (I love those stories of companies starting out from humble beginnings like so many in our own community). Miz Mooz are committed to the principle that fashion and comfort can happily coexist. I’m loving the hand finished leather, the vintage…
  • #IamBraveAndBeautiful Bloghop Special Event

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “ Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide…
  • Alexa Ray Joel sings “Just the Way You Are”

    16 Sep 2013 | 8:35 pm
    Back in 2007, I had the honour of interviewing Alexa Ray Joel for an exclusive Boutique Cafe podcast. I love Alexa’s voice and her music and have followed her career ever since. Now Alexa has beautifully reworked her Dad (Billy Joel’s) original hit “Just the Way You Are”, and also has teamed up with Gap for their “Back to Blue” campaign. Love you Alexa – Congratulations!! XO Daria Snag Alexa’s gorgeous version of “Just the Way You Are” on iTunes here>>
  • Luv Chicken Booster Cushion

    10 Sep 2013 | 5:11 pm
    Check out this adorable and highly portable booster cushion from Luv Chicken! This mini booster is cute as can be, in wipeable and easy to clean vinyl. The bottom of each cushion is non-slip and there’s a handle to make it easy to carry, even your toddler can tote it along (and believe me they will want to). The soft and comfortable foam insert makes seating issues at restaurants a thing of the past, now your child can sit up at the table at the proper height. If your child is past the highchair phase, but not quite tall enough to join the family at the table, the Luv Chicken boosters…
  • Mindy Gledhill’s Pockeful of Poetry

    5 Sep 2013 | 1:58 pm
    Did you know that you can Pre-Order Mindy Gledhill’s new album Pocketful of Poetry on iTunes? I just did and I can’t wait for the full album to drop. {LOVE IT} Sneek peeks of her new songs on Mindy’s youtube channel here>> I MUST own this, take me to iTunes>>
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    The Committed Parent

  • Why Your Story One-Upping My Story Is Bad for My Brain … and Yours

    Mark Brady
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:06 am
    “To listen is to be vulnerable. You allow something outside your body to come inside. To be open and impressionable, to hear everything, is dangerous. You can be damaged all too easily.” W. A. Mathieu From my very first post on this blog back in 2007, most everything I research and write here has one primary central aim: to increase the awareness of, and to reduce the amount and degree of suffering in people’s lives. Recently I received an email from a friend informing me and a number of other close friends about the death of her mother after a three-year, extremely painful…
  • How My Listening Skills Earned Me a Million Dollars and Proved a Balm to My Brain!

    Mark Brady
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    (I love headlines like this. They so blatantly pander to my brain’s anxious, conditioned desire to get rich quick. Research, though, shows that most people get rich by first learning about, and then mindfully and methodically attending to money much as they might attend to a healthy diet or lifelong violin-practice). “There’s a certain Buddhist calm that comes from having money in the bank.” ~ Tom Robbins Shortly after I turned 40 years old, I found myself teaching an evening class in Deep Listening at UC Santa Cruz Extension. To my surprise and confusion, most of the…
  • Can Your Brain Learn to Love Managing Weight?

    Mark Brady
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:47 am
    Waking up one day and finding myself weighing nearly 250 pounds was bad enough. Worse was feeling like I’m told many alcoholics feel – that I was powerless over weight gain. How could this be? I’m a smart guy. I have three graduate degrees. I’ve eventually been successful in virtually every venture I’ve ever been involved in. I’m a good person, a good friend and father. And I’m old enough to know better. The kicker came one day while on a restocking trip with my wife to Costco. That was the day I hit rock bottom. We had the usual carts filled with…
  • Not Your Fault: Making Ready Sense of The Brain-Boggling Complexity of Obesity

    Mark Brady
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    Most of you reading this blog have probably seen the TED Talk by Jill Bolte Taylor describing in detail what a left hemisphere stroke looked and felt like as it happened to her. Her knowledge of brain anatomy and brain function both helped and hindered her during the stroke – she spent a little too much time enraptured in the thrall of her own failing brain’s decline. Jill B-T and her Mom Probably fewer of you have managed to read Jill’s book, My Stroke of Insight. In that book she makes one thing abundantly clear: her mother, GG (Gladys Gillman Taylor), played a tremendous…
  • Zombie Grocery Shopping: Why Your Brain Checks Out at the Checkout Counter

    Mark Brady
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    We pause this blog to bring you a brief message from our sponsor … I’ve published a novel ! After six years of research, writing and editing, my neuroscience novel, Psychomanteum has been birthed into the world. You can find out more about it and order your very own advance copy: HERE. And now back to our regularly scheduled blog programming … “The odds of going to a grocery store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are about three billion to one.” ~ Irma Bombeck Taking my brain to our locally-owned Goose Grocery Store is an adventure of…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Listen to Your Mother, Y’all!

    Dawn Camp
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Although I eventually gave birth to four girls and four boys, my husband and I invested 10 years in this parenting gig before welcoming a daughter into our home. Our first three children were boys, which was how my husband’s family rolled: his mother and grandmother each gave birth to three sons, no girls. Because I was one of two girls and so was my mother, they were what I expected. I can French braid—a skill which shouldn’t go to waste—so surely God would give me daughters, right? Most women find Proverbs 31 an intimidating chapter in the Bible. This woman…
  • Atlanta Arts Watch

    Dawn Camp
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:22 pm
    One of the things I love about Atlanta is the variety of available cultural events. This week Blue Man Group plays the Fox Theatre Tuesday-Sunday, April 7-12, as part of the Broadway in Atlanta series and the Libera Boys Choir finishes their mini-U.S. tour at the Woodruff Center Symphony Hall Friday night, April 10. Blue Man Group We saw Blue Man Group on opening night. I didn’t realize my husband had always wanted to see them! Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. What we got was a quirky, high-energy performance with a lot of performer-audience interaction. My husband and I…
  • April 2015 Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Spring has arrived with all kinds of crazy in my world: a graduation and two weddings! I’ve taken cap and gown pictures for the seniors in our homeschool group at our house this week. There’s so much change, wonder, and emotion packed into that one word: graduation. Twenty six students, some alone, some with their mothers, have walked through my door in the past two days carrying black gowns on hangers; stuffing heads and hair into ever-awkward mortarboard caps; adjusting ties, necklaces, and academic cords; beginning to imagine what life after graduation will look like. The moms…
  • It’s Time to Dust Off Your Camera! today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    My camera and I tend to hibernate in the winter, when the temperature is low and the scenery bland. But spring’s arrival brings mild temperatures and fresh sights sure to lure us outdoors. Here are four compelling reasons to dust off your camera and get out there and shoot! Capture Spring’s Blooms While They Last Beautiful blossoms usher in the spring, but many disappear too soon. Here in the southeast I watch for the daffodils first, followed by the cherry blossom and the dogwood trees, just in time for Easter. You can find beauty and interest even in the weeds, like the white puffball…
  • Picks & Pans: Movies, Music & More

    Dawn Camp
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    I stay pretty busy and I’ll bet you do too! Life can be crazy hectic and sometimes we just need a break. I take my entertainment seriously and I thought it would be fun to share more often about movies, music, Netflix and Amazon Prime offerings, and podcasts, both picks and pans. Maybe you’ll discover something fresh and new and by all means, feel free to share your own recommendations! Movies Cinderella (PG) – I have fond memories of the original animated version of Cinderella. It released on VHS when our oldest son was little and we watched it a lot. My 15-year-old…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • Guess who will be emcee for BOLO 2015 next week? Hint: me!

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Since 2009, give or take a year, Lynn Jatania’s labour of love Blog Out Loud Ottawa (BOLO) has been forcing otherwise reticent bloggers out of their comfort zone and on to the stage to share their favourite blog posts of the preceding year. It’s always been one of the highlights of the year for me, offering a chance to connect in person with people on whom I have enduring cyber-crushes, and to hear new voices I’ve somehow managed to overlook. I’m extra excited about BOLO this year because, for the first time since I infamously flashed the audience back in 2010,…
  • Photo of the day: My basketball star

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    There is a very long story behind this photo which boils down to this: I am super proud of my boy Simon. He made the school basketball team, but in order to make it to early morning practices, he had to walk to school himself, which he did rain or shine – even a few days when he was sick. And when practice conflicted with his commitment to walk a neighbour’s dog in the mornings, he got up extra early so he could do both. He’s #21, watching his shot sail into the net just as the buzzer sounded to end his shift. I may have mentioned before that we’re not the sportiest…
  • Photo of the day: Tiny flowers

    19 Apr 2015 | 4:37 am
    Yay spring! These tiny babies are among the first flowers that come up in my garden in the spring. I got in close with my macro lens to throw the background out of focus and make the photo more about colour and shape. Here’s to another season of crawling around the grass on my hands and knees with a camera in my hand and a smile on my face. Did I mention YAY SPRING?!!?! Related posts (automatically generated):Photo of the day: Dandelion sleeping in the dew Photo of the day: Adorable AND smart! This week in pictures: Daffies and other spring delights
  • Welcome our new bloggy sponsor: Points East Coastal Drive in Prince Edward Island!

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:37 am
    You won’t be surprised how thrilled I am to welcome our newest bloggy sponsor: Points East Coastal Drive in beautiful Prince Edward Island! You don’t have to go very far back in my archives to see how madly in love we fell with PEI, and working with Points East Coastal Drive seemed like a perfect partnership – and gives me another excuse to talk about how amazing PEI is all the livelong day. When we were planning our summer trip to PEI last year, we didn’t know anything about the Island. However, a bit of research revealed that the eastern side of PEI was a little more…
  • Flashback faves: Lucas’ most excellent day

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    I heard on the radio today that carbon monoxide detectors are now mandatory in Ontario, and it reminded me of this old blog post which I thought would be worthy of re-sharing in my ongoing celebration of my 10th anniversary of blogging. From 2011: Lucas’ most excellent day. A day that starts with fire trucks in the driveway is a pretty exciting day for a toddler. When you get to the part of the day that has a boy-sized carton filled with packing peanuts? You’ve hit Nirvana. Such is the day Lucas is having today. It started innocuously, and early. It was just before 7 am. Lucas and…
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  • How vaccines help

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Among children born between 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. April 18-25 is National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). This is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to…
  • Stop. Rest. Relax…Repeat.

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    I am not one who can easily relax. Usually, I need a brick wall in front of me to make me stop (or a cliff will do fine, too). Adrenaline runs through my veins. I am continually creating and updating my to-do lists (or as I call them, my must-do lists) and the I-don’t-have-time-to-relax attitude often overtakes me. Now, I KNOW, that I need to relax, for the sake of good health and a clear mind. I KNOW I need sleep, a healthy diet and exercise. But, when the list of all that needs to be done is before my eyes, or in my hand, or on my phone, I have a very hard time turning away from it and…
  • Drive safely, without distractions

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    Most parents have mastered the ability to multitask. But, an estimated 1 in 4 car crashes involve a cell phone distraction on a handheld cell phone or hands-free device. You may be convinced it is easy to do two or three things while driving, but even when you think you are practicing safety precautions, such as using a hands-free device to talk on the phone, your safety is still at risk. About 80% of American drivers believe hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone, but this is not true, according to The National Safety Council. More than 30 studies show hands-free…
  • We can’t do it without you

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    Volunteers have always been an invaluable part of the March of Dimes. From the very earliest days, volunteers have been full partners in the March of Dimes, working to raise funds, heighten awareness and implement critical programs to help support our mission. In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked the nation to help him find a cure for polio by contributing dimes for the cause and sending them directly to the White House. Within weeks, over 80,000 letters with dimes and dollars flooded the White House mailroom to the extent that official correspondence to the President was literally…
  • Beech-nut baby food recall

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    –Photo credit: Beech-Nut®– Beech-Nut Nutrition® is recalling some of its baby food products because they may have small pieces of glass in them. The recall is for 4 oz. glass jars of Stage 2 Beech-Nut Classics Sweet Potato and Chicken. The recalled products have an expiration date of December 2016 and include product numbers 12395750815 through 12395750821. The recalled baby food was sold in stores nationwide. If you have Beech-Nut baby food, check the jar and label to see if you have the recalled product. You can return or exchange the recalled baby food at the same store…
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    Priceless Parenting Blog

  • What Are Your Family's Top 5 Values?

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    What are your deepest held moral values? How are you teaching these values to your children? Are you doing it alone or are you seeking help from religious organizations or other resources?Teaching your kids moral values is one of the most important responsibilities you have as a parent. In order for your children to act morally, they need to know the good, care about the good and practice doing the good.The way your kids choose to treat others is critical. There are too many news stories of children committing suicide due in part to the cruel behavior of other kids. There are too many kids…
  • What's causing the extreme increase in kids' food allergies?

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Are you concerned about food allergies and why so many kids have them?  The food supply in the United States has been greatly altered since the late 1990's.  Sadly, many of the additives being sold in the United States are illegal in other countries due to the fact they haven't been proven safe for human consumption. Robyn O'Brien, former financial and food industry analyst, became very interested in studying the food supply when her daughter had a severe allergic reaction during breakfast one day. Check out this excellent video featuring a TED Talk by Robyn O'Brien and also…
  • Teaching Kids How to Fail Successfully

    5 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Making mistakes is part of being human. Although you may hate making mistakes, simply participating in life guarantees plenty of opportunities for mistakes.How do you handle yourself when you’ve made a mistake? How do you react to your children when they’ve made a mistake? The way you handle mistakes and teach your children to handle mistakes is the difference between growing in confidence and shrinking back.Low Self-Esteem Response to MistakesChildren with low self-esteem will beat themselves up when they make a mistake. The mistake might be something as minor as mispronouncing a word…
  • Moving From a Place of Power to a Place of Influence

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    The older your kids become, the more control and power they have over the decisions that effect them. When you try to force your ideas on them, you will likely end up in a power struggle. Judy Steckman from Bend, Oregon just finished the online parenting class for teens and wrote "I think the tools and 'no nonsense' approach will be so beneficial to my kids. I'm moving from a place of power to a place of influence that will last a lifetime."I loved how she said "I'm moving from a place of power to a place of influence that will last a lifetime." She captures it beautifully ... when you try to…
  • Are You Measuring Up?

    16 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    Are you striving to be an excellent parent? Of course you want to be an excellent parent! You love your kids and want to do the best for them. You read parenting articles, books and take classes. You’re working hard to raise your children well.How Are You Doing?How do you measure how you are doing? If you were grading yourself as a parent, what grade would you give yourself? Do you score 100%? 110%? 60%?What is the cut off for excellent parenting? Do you need to score at least 95%?If these questions seem reasonable, you probably spent many years in schools that graded your work. You know…
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    Kids Stuff World

  • Stuff Kids Love: Rainbow Necklace Craft

    Meri Cherry
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    You know how the mere mention of ice cream brings huge smiles and jumps of joy from kids?   At least that’s what happens at my house.  Well, sculpey polymer clay is kind of like that in art form.  Kids love it so much that whenever I need to recharge my art class battery, I always go to sculpey.  We made these rainbow necklaces with 5 and 6 year olds and the whole process was amazing from start to finish.  The kids loved it. *This post contains affiliate links.  Thank you for your support! Each necklace was unique and every artist was successful.  If you haven’t tried…
  • 10 Mindfulness Exercises to Do With Your Kids

    Erica Layne
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:49 pm
    A few mornings ago, as we stepped outside in the chill of the early morning air, my six-year-old son stopped in his tracks and said— “Smell that! Take a deep breath.” “It’s so fresh,” his brother followed up. And my heart stretched a little on both sides. Maybe my subtle efforts to live mindfully with my kids were rubbing off on them after all. Most of the time, my efforts end in someone squishing a bug or pulling out an imaginary weapon. But I’m stubborn enough to keep at it, because I believe that awareness is key to contentment, and I want my…
  • Try This: Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Shake

    12 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Our friends from Tillamook are dropping by this afternoon to share one of those recipes that sounds like a match made in heaven, peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate. What could be better?! Blend it all up and top with some whipped cream and sprinkles and it’s sure to make your day or at the very least improve your mood! PrintPeanut Butter & Banana Chocolate Shake Ingredients2 scoops Tillamook Mudslide Ice Cream 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter 1/2 medium size banana, sliced Whipped Cream Chopped peanuts and/or chocolate sprinkles (for garnish)InstructionsPut ice cream, peanut…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • $1000 for you, $1000 for him Prostate Cancer Sweepstakes

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Did you know that prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer related deaths? Before I had Madison, I use to work at a urologist’s office. Most of our patients either came in for a circumcision or for issues with their prostate. I learned a ton about prostate cancer in the 2 years that I worked there. Early detection is a must. I’ve seen all the different treatments they can do. Trust me, like everything else — being found early usually makes for a better prognosis. My uncles have had this. Once of my friends father’s died…
  • 5 Tips To Understanding Your Finances

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:20 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Did you know that it is Financial Literacy Month? Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company is wanting to help is all to better understand our finances. You want to secure your financial future and protect those who matter most to you and MassMutual wants to help! Most of us just need to take a few small steps! Here are a few tips that you can do: Identify your financial goals. Are you saving for college?  Are you saving for Catholic High School (like we are!)?  Are you saving for Disney vacation or the dream cruise you have always wanted.
  • Celebrate Girl Scout Leaders Day!

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:39 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Did you know that Girl Scout Leaders day is April 22nd? As a past Girl Scout Troop Leader, I can tell you that you have no idea how much time, effort, and money is put in by your local Girl Scout Troop Leaders. On our own time, we have to attend training, we have to attend monthly Girl Scout Leader meetings, and we have to set up what we are going to do in our meetings. During cookie season, we have to organize cookie orders, pick up thousands of cookies, and set up cookie booths.  We may also do silly things like dress up as a cookie to get a few more…
  • Hamburger Helper To The Rescue! #freebeef

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:15 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Both of my kids play soccer. Right now, we are in the middle of spring soccer season, so my life has been a bit crazy. My kids play on two different teams, and I coach one of those teams! That means I have soccer games and practices in different places at the same time some days. Last week, my daughter had a game every single night. It was crazy!! Did you know you can feed your family with one box and one pound of ground beef? With the free ground beef rebate, you can get dinner on the table for your family for around $2! Helper is a convenient solution…
  • 10 Mom Short Cuts #Mott’sGood&Honest

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:25 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Compensation was provided by Motts via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Motts. We are all busy. I totally get it. I am too. As a work-at-home mom, I am always looking for ways to make my day just a little easier. I’ve compiled a short list of things you too can do to make more time in your day: I don’t fold socks. They just go into the sock drawer to be paired when you want to wear them!  Since my kids are only allowed white socks to school anyway,…
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    Jolly Mom

  • 11 Tips on How To Photograph Your Kids

    Piera Jolly
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    Whether it’s hearing that first cry, hearing them say “mama” for the first time, or feeling their first embrace, there’s nothing like experiencing those first moments with our children. Last week I (along with Latina Mom Bloggers) hosted a Pampers LIVE Tweet-Up at Hispanicize in Miami to celebrate those first moments and Swaddlers being available to size 6. Ten wonderful bloggers and moms joined us! It was a lovely event with lots of personalized sweet touches.   As the bloggers walked in, they were greeted by balloons that each had a picture of one of their…
  • Family Friendly Things To Do In New Orleans

    Piera Jolly
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    In February, I (along with a group of bloggers) got the opportunity to travel to New Orleans as an iRetreat Conference Ambassador. New Orleans is the host city for this year’s iRetreat Conference so we were there to learn more about the city and its offerings. Instead of flying, I decided to make it a road trip and take Mike and the kids with me too. They had never been to New Orleans either so we thought it would be fun to get to know the city together. I have to tell you that New Orleans surprised us in so many ways. Mainly in that New Orleans is way more than Bourbon Street.
  • Easter Recipe: Deviled Eggs Three Ways

    Piera Jolly
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    It’s not Easter unless we have deviled eggs so today I wanted to share three of our favorite recipes. The first recipe is for classic deviled eggs except that there’s a little twist that makes a big difference. Sugar and honey mustard. These two ingredients really add a lot of flavor. However, it’s also fun to play with deviled eggs and add new ingredients like avocado or salsa. Enjoy! Personalized Egg Platter and Easter Countdown Board via Personal Creations.   Classic Deviled Eggs 6 Hardboiled Eggs, peeled and halved lengthwise 3 Tbsp mayo 1 tsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp…
  • Join P&G and Orgullosa for the #LivingFabulosa Twitter Party & Get Ready for #Hispz15!

    Piera Jolly
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Each Latina has her own way of living fabulosa. The orgullo and confidence in everything she does makes her shine. That’s why we are very excited that P&G and Orgullosa are bringing six of their trusted brands to Hispanicize to help attendees to look, feel and live fabulosa during the conference and every day! If you’re attending Hispanicize, make sure to stop by The Living Fabulosa Lounge and check out Olay, Pantene, COVERGIRL, Gain, Pampers, and Crest 3D White. Plus, P&G wants to help you pack lighter! Pass by The Living Fabulosa Lounge on Tuesday, March 17 from 3pm-5pm to pick…
  • Quick Valentine’s Day Treat: Heart-Shaped Cherry Hand Pies

    Piera Jolly
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Lucas’ class is having a little Valentine’s Day celebration with a few treats and a book exchange. I decided to make these super simple Heart-Shaped Cherry Hand Pies to share with his class. To keep this super simple, I used store bought pie dough and a really good brand of canned cherries in water (look for something that lists only cherries, water, and pure cane sugar in the ingredients list. Avoid those with high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors). I hesitate to even call this a recipe since it doesn’t involve any actual cooking or prepping, but alas…the…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Good? Bad? Who knows?

    Zen Mommy
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    When we move past labels like good and bad, we step into the power we have as adults to not just punish or praise children, but to teach, guide, and encourage them --- transforming stressful moments into the moments that bind us.
  • 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.
  • My child won’t stop crying!

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

  • My garden is full of MEN.

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you want to stay out of trouble, don’t have lunch with romance writers. I ignored this rule and met my writer buddies at a conservatory. We spoke about the publishing industry and took pictures of the gardens. But then something odd happened. We found something else to photograph. Oh, golly. Aren’t these gardens magnificent? Suddenly, I can’t get enough of all things botanical. Everything looks so…so…handsome. My. Oh. My. Hand me a rake …and a telephoto lens. Geez oh Pete, I’m returning to the conservatory tomorrow. ‘Cuz I like learning about flowers…
  • Hello spring. Goodbye money.

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I like to avoid uncomfortable things. Like unloading the dishwasher. Or death. Sad movies. And taxes. But it’s April 15th. I can’t avoid taxes any more. Deep breaths. Happy thoughts… Oh, Lordy. I owe this year. Uncle Sam, you’re soooooo mean! Wait, what? There’s been a mistake. I’m getting a REFUND!!!! This post brought to you by my accountant. I love, love, love, love, love her!!!! So, do you compute your taxes? Or do you crawl to an accountant and beg for help like I do?
  • Isn’t gardening supposed to be soothing?

    8 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I purchased some lovely statuary for my vast estate. When I brought them home, my loneliness melted away. OH! Well, um. Thanks for the complement. But, you see, I’m married. Very happily, and… How embarrassing. I thought he was talking to me. What? I can’t hear you. Too many voices! Gosh, this is ridiculous. I’m returning all of these chatterboxes. But I’m keeping one, because she is full of wisdom. I’m going to try this, tomorrow. This post brought to you by Wisdom. Hold the grapes in front of your breasts, not by your hips.
  • Does this water make me look fat?

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’m fascinated by hippos. They’ve got huge bodies perched on tiny legs. They’re gray. No, they’re pink. Uh, pink and gray. They’re landlubbers. No, they prefer the water. Geez, I can’t figure these guys out. They look kinda cute. And heck, with a backside like this, it’s easy to believe they’re cuddly as a kitten. Truth is, they’re incredibly dangerous. They weigh up to 9000 pounds and have razor sharp teeth. And…they kill more humans than any other beast in Africa. So, I have one question: Backing away slowly from the aquarium…
  • WooHoo! I’m in the zoo.

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I saw a bird in my bathtub. Strange sponges in the dishwater. Fearsome alligators. No, wait. Not so fearsome. He’s waving. He’s FRIENDLY! I get closer, because I need a friend. Writing is a lonely business. Just one more step. And then… Don’t be alarmed. It’s dark in here. And quiet. Perfect for writing. And weeping. . This post brought to you by The Zoo. Listen to the zookeeper when he says, “Step back, ma’am.”
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  • How do you not project onto your children?

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
      Last night we had a rather heated debate about schools and soccer. David said that I was manipulating steering Cameron to the option I wanted. HA! Obviously I denied it vehemently because honestly it was not my intention but the reality is, there is a lot of truth in what he is saying. While I am trying to make sure we all have all the information we need to make these decisions, I am emphasising or over playing the option I want. David is actually also doing the same – it is just very obvious now because him and I are on opposite sides. It got me thinking about how hard it is…
  • {Giveaway} Baby Registry Voucher

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
      Baby Showers are becoming an industry on their own. If you are a mom then you have an idea of what to buy but if you aren’t then heading into the isle of a baby store can be hugely intimidating. Even if you do have an idea of what to buy you often aren’t sure if the mom to be has it, wants or will even use it. And then there is time to get to the shops, wade through the shelves of bottles, dummies, monitors and wet wipes that all promise to be the best for your baby! Enter My Baby Registry! They take the hassle out of it all!!! They provide a platform for moms to be (or…
  • Did you queue today? I didn’t and not sure I would have.

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:55 am
    When I had my melt down earlier this year about Cameron’s high school choices for next year, everyone thought I was mad. They kept saying “It will work out” etc etc and obviously it will BUT I am still very glad I had that meltdown when I did because it meant I now have back up plans for the back up plan. Which meant I did not queue today with, what seems like, every parent in Gauteng with either a Grade 1 or Grade 8 in 2016. We have 3 private schools on our list – two of which have already granted Cameron a spot and one will confirm with us on the 18 May and 1 public…
  • How quirky are you?

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
    I have written about Jack’s quirkiness before. The other day when I had to stop mid-shop to take off my shoes and straighten my sock, I realised we are all a little quirky (well in my family anyway). Last week David mentioned he was struggling to run a 6.4km route. I suggested he run 3.2km and then turn around. Well I may has well have suggested he chew off his own legs. Apparently he can’t run the back on the same route so he has to run a loop. I can not wear socks that do not match – even if they are both black socks, if the one is longer than the other I can not wear…
  • Its #jozimeetup time

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:08 am
    Our next #jozimeetup is less than a month away and we are very excited about this event! We have three really awesome speakers line up. Heather has written a little bit more about Natassja and Marcia and what makes them so awesome! To book a spot you can mail me for more information. If you are in Cape Town – contact Cindy for more info on their event which is on the same day!
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    The Baby Sleep Site - Baby Sleep Help | Toddler Sleep Help | Personalized Sleep Consulting

  • Screen Time For Kids: One Expert’s Recommendations

    Emily DeJeu
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    ‘Screen time’. Is that a phrase you use in your home? It sure is in mine! Because in this day and age, ‘TV time’ just doesn’t work. Our kids are surrounded by a plethora of screens these days. And while all those screens serve their purposes, and can be great for educational purposes, or to keep in touch (or even to give mom and dad a much-needed sanity break), you have to wonder….how is all this screen time affecting our children?? In an effort to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant content possible, we reached out to someone who’s very…
  • Should You Wake A Sleeping Baby?

    Gina Jacobs Thomas
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Never wake a sleeping baby.” Even people who are not parents have heard the old adage. That one phrase perfectly describes how elusive baby sleep can be for exhausted parents. It almost feels superstitious in a way, as if by waking a sleeping baby, you may never get another moment’s rest again. So if your baby is sleeping peacefully, why would you ever want to wake them, especially if you’ve worked so hard to get them to sleep in the first place? While this rule is generally true, believe it or not, there are a few times when waking your baby can be solutions to other sleep problems.
  • Baby Rolling Over In Sleep? Here’s How To Help.

    Emily DeJeu
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s so exciting to watch your young infant grow and develop and learn new skills, isn’t it? For most parents, the first major mobility milestone we squeal over is watching our babies learn to roll over. You know what I mean, right? That first time you see your baby arch her back, lift her head, lean to one side, and then suddenly – FLOP! She’s rolled! So cute and exciting. Unless it’s happening during sleep. Then it’s frustrating and exhausting. Why? Because (as I know many of you can attest) a baby who’s rolling is a baby who’s NOT sleeping.
  • 15 Ways To Mess With a Sleep Obsessed Parent

    Gina Jacobs Thomas
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    For parents of little kids, sleep can often feel about as stable as a straw house. One mild breeze and the whole thing can come crashing down in the form of whines, tantrums, frequent night wakings and a bedtime routine that takes longer than running the Boston Marathon. What makes this all the more frustrating is that we’ve spent so much time and effort building a strong foundation for that delicate structure that any bobble or slight collapse makes us feel like we have to start building all over again. We become the highly underpaid and stressed out General Contractor of a feeble…
  • 5 Facts That Equal Better Toddler Sleep

    Emily DeJeu
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you have a toddler who just won’t sleep well – who’s popping in and out of bed like a jack-in-the-box at bedtime, for instance, or who still wakes frequently at night, or who just won’t take long, restorative, consistent naps, despite your best efforts – then odds are you’re feeling at your wit’s end, and are looking for any (ANY) ideas that’ll help you get your toddler sleeping better. Well, look no further! Today, Renee Frances, author of the adorable Good Night Fairy book series, is here with us today, sharing 5 key facts that will help…
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    Playground Confidential

  • My spring body image hack

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Image credit via Flickr cc license I accidentally bought the wrong size pants. This happens sometimes, when your number one method of clothes shopping involves grabbing something off the sale rack and then sprinting across the store to catch your three-year-old before she falls down the escalator. It can also happen when your number two method ... [Read more...]The post My spring body image hack appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 9 must-haves to get through a Canadian winter with baby

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Huge thanks to The Baby Show for sponsoring this post and letting me share all my best Canadian baby advice.  And don’t miss the PROMO CODE at the end! The sun is throwing little slivers of warmth our way, snow banks are shrinking and pedicures are being booked. You can almost smell the spring in the air. Not ... [Read more...]The post 9 must-haves to get through a Canadian winter with baby appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 7 ways you can learn from my Easter hunt mistakes

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Thanks to Cadbury for sponsoring this post and reminding me to get my Easter hunt game on. Believe it or not, we will be emerging from this deep freeze before you know it, ready to celebrate the reawakening of nature and newness of life that is Easter. And we will do that by hiding chocolate eggs that ... [Read more...]The post 7 ways you can learn from my Easter hunt mistakes appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Family Anatomy

  • The Mental Health of Affluent Teens

    Dr. Brian MacDonald, C. Psych.
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Counsellors at Northwestern University have recently posted an infographic based on the work of Dr. Cheryl Rampage concerning the mental health challenges of affluent teens, along with some suggestions for parents. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge it. The “Challenge of Prosperity” is brought to you by the online masters in counseling program, Counseling@Northwestern. © brianmacdonald for Family Anatomy, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Add to Post tags: affluence, Mental Health, Teens, wealthNote: Posts on Family Anatomy are for education only, and are not…
  • Anatomy of Alpha Children (FA Retro)

    Dr. Brian MacDonald, C. Psych.
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Hold On To Your Kids by Neufeld & Maté Doctors Brian and Giuseppe speak with Dr. Gordon Neufeld about chronically inflexible, bossy, defiant kids and those who need to be the boss. Topics include: What are alpha children and how do they develop? What kinds of problems arise for alpha children? Why are some alpha children at risk of becoming bullies? What can parents do to increase their kids’ willingness to be directed? You can find out more information about Dr. Neufeld and his approach at the Neufeld Institute. A transcription of this episode is provided below. Listen here:…
  • Anatomy of Movies and Marriage (Episode 176)

    Dr. Brian MacDonald, C. Psych.
    17 Feb 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about whether watching movies together can help couples maintain their relationships, or if therapy involving learning relationship skills is a better way to keep marriages strong. Also: How feelings affect the body Depression and the relationships of pregnant adolescents and young adults Do you already have the skills necessary to maintain your relationship? It’s all about the top three relationship and mental health stories this week on Family Anatomy. Listen here: … or right click here to save the episode for later. You can also get your free…
  • Anatomy of Internet Safety, Part 2 (Episode 175)

    Dr. Brian MacDonald, C. Psych.
    3 Feb 2014 | 7:10 pm
    A conversation with social media expert, Amber MacArthur, about kids’ online behaviour, privacy, and safety. Topics include: How can parents supervise their kids online? Questions parents should ask their kids The importance of education for parents Preventing cyberbullying by role modelling It’s all about helping kids learn to be safe online this week on Family Anatomy. Listen here: … or right click here to save the episode for later. Amber MacArthur is an established digital marketing and social media speaker, author, host, producer, and consultant based out of Toronto,…
  • Anatomy of Boys’ Friendships (Episode 174)

    Dr. Brian MacDonald, C. Psych.
    20 Jan 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Friends by Tim Massey via Flickr Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about how boys’ relationships with one another shift in the teen years from close confidants to acquaintances, and how this change might affect their mental health. Also: How fear of intimacy can affect couples’ relationships Adoption and suicidal thoughts Maintaining strong friendship ties between boys It’s all about the top three relationship and mental health stories this week on Family Anatomy. Listen here: … or right click here to save the episode for later. You can also get your free podcast…
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    Rave & Review

  • Galt Toys Playnest & Gym: the perfect foldable and portable activity center

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:59 pm
    If you knew any of my children as babies, you know how much they hated to be set down on their backs. All three of them were the happiest, smiley-est babies until you would dare set them down flat on their back as experts recommend. Needless to say, “back is best” is not a common phrase around here. But, what’s a busy mom to do that sometimes needs use of both hands and can’t wear her baby 100% of the time? She gets this: This, my friends, is a happy baby in the Galt Playnest & Gym - Farm. This educational and colorful multi-sensory activity center gives me the perfect place to…
  • Make any day magical with Pacific Play Tents {$50 gift card giveaway}

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:38 pm
    If I were designing the perfect childhood toy, it would have two major components. First, it would inspire imaginations to encourage make believe and storytelling. Second, it would be open-ended so it could be played with in numerous ways, which means it would be played with often and be a beloved toy for years. Take the Painting Teepee from Pacific Play Tents for example. This clearly isn’t just a high quality teepee, it’s a childhood haven. As you can see, it's the kiddos fort. Their rocket ship that can blast off to parts unknown and float through space. A reading nook when they need…
  • Celebrate the power of play with the Gymboree Hop 'N' Roll collection {$75 GC giveaway}

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:56 pm
    I know play time for children is vital as it helps them learn about the world around them in ways I can’t teach them in a book, so I always make play time a priority. From unstructured playtime to working together to create a talent show, a fairy garden, or a circus, we fill our days with as much play as we possibly can. So, I was a little taken aback the other day when I told my kids I wanted them to wear play clothes if they were going to be out digging in our backyard and they both looked at me like I was crazy. “Do you mean dress up clothes?” my daughter asked. Clearly, they…
  • Stock up and save with P&G at Walmart {$25 Walmart gift card giveaway}

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:33 pm
    While shopping for basics, no parent has ever said: "I'll just get a little bit and come back later this week with the kids to get more". No, when we get everyone out, we're going to cross off that list if it's the last thing we do. It's called stocking up, and it's a parent's best friend. Ever since my newborn arrived, trips out of the house with the kids take roughly 300x longer, and come with 3x the bathroom trips. Because three kids is a lot of kids while shopping. This is a glimpse into a normal shopping trip with my kiddos. I mean, who doesn't want to hang out in a fort made from Bounty…
  • Meet the beautiful Samsung Galaxy Alpha from AT&T

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Love the iPhone styling but just don’t love the iPhone? Join the club. Introducing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the sleek and smart Android phone that has the best of both worlds. I will admit I’ve had a mixed history with Android in the past as I love my Android tablet but I can’t quite give up the functionality of my Windows phone and how well it pairs with my PC, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the Galaxy Alpha design and all the premium features built in. But, let’s start with the superficial and talk about how gorgeous this phone is. I’ve secretly always loved the…
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    Being a Mummy

  • The Fat Issue in our House

    Claire Walsh
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    After school snacks! Over the past year I’ve made a concerted effort to eat more healthily and exercise more. I must admit its a bit up and down, but on the whole its positive and as a size 10-12 I’m below the average size for a woman in our society. The husband has also joined the gym and to be fair does go along regularly, I try to limit available treats for him at home, but losing the weight is proving more of a challenge. For us though, its also influenced by the shadow of middle age, with all of its changes, there definitely is such a thing as middle aged spread! The battle…
  • National Stationery Week and Encouraging Children to Write

    Claire Walsh
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:20 am
    Things you write when you are five… When I was training to become a childminder it became apparent to me just how important it is to encourage children to pick up a pen, stick, paintbrush or anything like that and make marks. Not only does this help them to build their fine motor skills which are so useful for everything they do in life but it can also help build the start of a love of creativity in both writing and fine arts. Anything that you can do to get your child to make marks will make a difference so don’t under estimate any opportunity. As your children get older it’s…
  • How Not to Waste Your Life at Home

    Claire Walsh
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:17 am
    Introducing the speakers at St Albans Abbey in my volunteer role as a Director of St Albans Literary Festival This is something puzzling me a lot at the moment. The realisation that three kids means that one of us adults has to make a sacrifice in terms of their career has both plunged me to the depths of despair and doom and risen me to the heights of the possibilities of reading, craft and general busying myself. But lets face it; either you love being at home and its your ambition to retire as soon as you possibly can, or you want to work, enjoy the challenge of working with others and…
  • The Joy of a Good TV Show #StreamTeam

    Claire Walsh
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Easter hasn’t done me any good at all as i’ve been eating all the children’s chocolates. They don’t like chocolate all that much so it hangs around a bit and its there, calling me in the fridge. I cant help myself. We also have a lot of cake around this time of year as its birthday season again. A bit of cake is always nice with a cup of tea isn’t it… Not only have I been forced to sit down and eat, i’ve also had to sit down and finish my latest knitting project. I had no choice. Of course, when you sit down and knit its nice to have the television on…
  • Featured Post: Home is Where the Heart is?

    Claire Walsh
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:06 am
    Its National Tell a Story Day on the 27th April, this is chance to celebrate oral storytelling. Stories can be from the heart, from memory, descriptive, made up, literally anything. I love storytelling and thoroughly enjoy sitting around telling stories to my Beaver group and also to my own children. These are generally tall tales with an element of the supernatural or down right crazy. Its a brilliant way of getting them to learn all sorts of things from general knowledge, sentence structure to the art of sitting and listening. The benefits are huge and its such an easy thing to do with…
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  • Austin Senior Portraits and Bluebonnet Fever

    12 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Best Buds My oldest son is a year behind in school, so his best buddy is graduating a year ahead of him. Granted, his best buddy is about 6-8 months older, but they have grown up together and it is a difficult time for teens when their friends are finishing up and they still have books to read and transcripts to perfect. I can’t believe I’ll be taking senior shots for my own two teens next year! B & K Kaden met his friend Brandon in 2007 and they have been friends ever since. Brandon and him have a running joke about a game of dodge ball in which one of Kaden’s front…
  • When You’re on the Potter’s Wheel

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Fork in the Road The other day, in a moment of grief, looking down at the ground in deep thought, I walked right over this pitiful fork. It was at the edge of the driveway next to the waste container the garbage truck had emptied, limb missing and shattered down the length of her body. She called for my camera to recognize her brokenness. This misshapen fork was me. We had something in common. Something cracked and missing. A need. Pain. I got to thinking about how similar we were and how somebody designed that fork and she had just been trying to serve her purpose, but something had gone…
  • Sundays and Signs of Spring

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

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

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

  • 15 years

    Alissa Tschetter-Siedschlaw
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Fifteen years — a lot can happen in that length of time. Marriages, divorces, births, deaths, adoptions, new jobs and big adventures can paint their way through a life like mine when so many days have gone by. It truly seems like it was just the other day that a small group of dear friends and I decided to start a local group affiliated with Attachment Parenting International (API) in Des Moines, Iowa, USA — only the second one in the Midwest. We were all in need of building our intentional village. Having been a leader of a breastfeeding support group prior, I now found myself…
  • Positive discipline is all about the right relationship

    Rita Brhel
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Some parents misconstrue Attachment Parenting (AP) as promoting undisciplined children and martyred parents, when in actuality, Attachment Parenting has a strong basis in discipline and balance. Parents are encouraged to look at child behavior in a different perspective than a punishment-based mindset. Children need abundant nurturing and an authentic, open bond with their parents based in trust rather than in fear. This doesn’t mean that AP parents never say “no.” In fact, boundary-setting is very important to Attachment Parenting. What it means is that AP parents approach…
  • Insight from the International Children’s Yoga Conference on mindfulness

    Inga Bohnekamp
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Last month, I was invited as a guest speaker to the International Children’s Yoga Conference in the beautiful town of Heidelberg in Southern Germany. The main topic of this year’s conference was mindfulness, and my workshop focused on my mindfulness and yoga work with children dealing with chronic illness. Participants with all kinds of different backgrounds and from five different countries traveled to Heidelberg in order to learn, inspire and grow together over the course of three days. Several guest speakers shared experiences and ideas around different mindfulness topics. It was a…
  • Maintaining connection through long separations

    Elizabeth Pavlinsky
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Editor’s note: April is Month of the Military Child, an observance designed to increase support to children in military families. Attachment Parenting International‘s Sixth Principle of Parenting: Provide Consistent and Loving Care advocates for parents to provide abundant presence to their children and to carefully consider options of non-parental care. Because they experience frequent moves and deployments, this is all the more important to military families: Many military families face long separations as family members must be away for long-term training or deployments. As…
  • Obeying out of fear

    Stephanie Petters
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:03 pm
    “A child who obeys out of fear will only do so as long as he or she is scared. A child like this never develops an internalized sense of right and wrong without being policed by a more powerful authority figure.” Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma by Nancy Samlin How do you feel about this statement? Did you find this to be true for you? Do you see this in those children around you? For me, even though I was raised to obey out of fear, I still developed a sense of right and wrong because of the religious upbringing I had. But I do know that being punished meant that when I was…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • Katie and the North Star Book Blast: $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Katie and the North Star is the first picture book coauthored by the mother and daughter writing team Katie and Bethany Lopez. Isn't it nice to have a child's perspective in a story written for her peers? Get this inspiring and heart-warming story for your little one for just 99 cents, and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash! About the Book Katie and the North Star is a book
  • T-Fal Ultraglide Easy Cord Iron Giveaway

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    If you have quite a collection of clothes that require ironing, you will need a well-designed iron to make your work as painless as possible. Did you ever have to rush for something urgent when you were in the middle of ironing your favorite dress and totally forget to turn the iron off? Did it upset you to find stain on your freshly cleaned shirt because something dirty got stuck to the bottom
  • Nest Learning Thermostat Giveaway (ARV $249)

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Do you remember to turn off your AC when you leave home in order to save energy? Do you wish you didn't have to run downstairs to adjust the settings of your AC when you are resting in bed? Then you would love to have a Nest Learning Thermostat, which turns off automatically when nobody is home and can be controlled remotely via a mobile app. It is nice-looking too! Enter to win this smart home
  • Blurb Blog Series 2: Things You May Not Know About Blurb

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. The Blurb blog series continues with things you may not know about Blurb. In the previous post I shared a bit of the Blurb story and how they came to unleash the power of self-publishing. But Blurb is actually way more than a self-publishing platform. They are really a tour de
  • Be Recycled $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway #BeRecycled

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Earth Day 2015 is now behind us, but it doesn't mean we should stop engaging in activities that help protect Mother Earth. Do you recycle as often and as much as possible? Do you think recyclables in certain parts of your home are getting more attention than those in the others? There might be more recyclable stuff lying around your house than you are aware of. To help you discover what you may
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  • 恋愛占い無料結婚当たる恋愛占い口コミ

    6 Apr 2015 | 1:45 am
    なんと、恋愛成就率が90パーセント以上をあげている復縁占いの「幸福の軌跡」なんです。これまで1万人もの人が占いをしてもらい、非常によく当たると評判の占いです。頼りになる鑑定士さんが丁寧に回答してくれるでしょう。 占い師というのは、人々の悩みに対して占いをして、それまでの経験から得た助言をして解決してくれ、占いをしてもらう時の方法には対面でするものに加え、電話やネットなどが一般的です。…
  • 恋愛占い名前無料復縁占い名前

    6 Apr 2015 | 1:45 am
    プロの占い師によるお悩みに応える、 誰でもアドバイスを手にすることができる無料の占い。はなから「当たらないだろう」と思い込んでいる方。万が一、それが人生を一変させることもあり得るんです。占いをしてみたくなりませんか? みなさんも、西洋占星術の中でも当たると言われているホロスコープがおススメ。片想いの異性のお誕生日、出身地といったものをもとに一度、無料相性占いを試してみるのがおススメです。…
  • 無料占いタロット相性占い本気

    6 Apr 2015 | 1:44 am
    占い師というのは、占いをするための知識とか技術、人とのコミュニケーション、思いやりも必要でしょう。あるいは何らかのアドバイスを含めた会話術も不可欠な業種だと考えます。 前向きに誕生日占いなどと向き合っていくのが一番です。というのも、占いなどは単なる絶対的なものではなく、あらゆることに間違いなく当たるものではないからです。…
  • 無料霊視占い東京占い当たる

    6 Apr 2015 | 1:44 am
    復縁を願ってはいても、どうするべきか分かっていないような人もいるのでは?立ち止まってしまったら、占いなどで助言してもらうと、とにかく前向きに進むことも出来るでしょう。 、頻繁にチェックして欲しいと思います。あなたが望む場所に線がないとすれば、ペンで自分で描き入れてしまっても良いみたいです。…
  • 本当に良く当たる無料占い占い絶対当たる無料2015

    6 Apr 2015 | 1:44 am
    、様々な悩みやトラブルがおそらく生きている以上様々な場面であると思います。このサイトでは、あれこれと場面を想定して試せる占いをセレクトしています。 今後、恋愛占いの結果を根拠にして、片想いの人により良いイメージを植えつけられたら、ただの知人から気になる存在へと一変させることさえできると考えます。…
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  • common core 101: everything parents need to know to prep their kids and to stay sane

    amy mascott
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
        Having kids in elementary school is overwhelming. I mean really overwhelming. Even with the best organizational strategies in place–for homework, papers, and family time–it’s hard to remember it all. Add one or two extra kids in the mix, and that means that you can multiply the amount of fliers, homework, projects, permission slips, forms, and extra-curricular activities exponentially. So when the Common Core State Standards arrived hand in hand with PARCC assessments and a whole lot of other changes, I can only assume that the large majority of the parents out…
  • fun, authentic writing for kids: power notes to nana

    amy mascott
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
      Oh, boy the last few weeks have been funny for us. And by ‘funny’ I mean not really laughing funny but funny in a tricky kind of way. Pretty much everyone’s been on and off sick. My husband and Maddy have been suffering from allergies like whut. Maddy had it for a good week, then I was out for an entire weekend, and now Cora has it.  I’m crossing my fingers that the rest of us steer clear of it.  Because friends, it’s not pretty. However, in the midst of it all, we were able to do a bunch of fun things and spend time together. We’ve been doing…
  • kings dominion: family-friendly amusement park in the dc metro area

    amy mascott
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
        We did it. We took the leap. We visited Kings Dominion with our kids this weekend. And? It was awesome. My husband and I hadn’t been there in years, so we weren’t sure what to expect.  But we were pleasantly surprised. Not only was Kings Dominion clean and totally beautiful, it was seriously more family-friendly than we expected. There was something for everyone, and my kids (11, 9, and 8 years old) are raring for a return visit–already. Need a few reasons to take the trip to Doswell, Virgina–20 miles north of Richmond and 75 miles south of DC–to…
  • teach kids workforce appreciation: celebrating those who make our day brighter

    amy mascott
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
        We have always taught our kids to be thankful for each and every person who makes our day a little brighter. And those people include family and friends, neighbors and teachers, but it also includes our newspaper deliverer, and the grocery cashier. Our dry cleaner and mail carrier and the folks who take away our recyclables and trash. We could be pretty cranky if we had to cut the grass at our favorite playground, so we are thankful for the people who manage the grounds. We’d be miserable if we had to cut Brady’s fur, but thanks to our groomer, we don’t have…
  • baseball game scavenger hunt: fun for kids during the game

    amy mascott
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have a hard time sitting still during sporting events. I won’t lie. I love the tailgating and the food and the crowds, but sometimes. . . the games seem really long to me. So we’ve been creative in the past with our kid-friendly learning during baseball games, and this year, we kicked it up a notch. Now that I have three readers on my hands, we can do a little bit more. Yesterday, we celebrated Spring Break at a National’s Baseball Game, and we rocked out a new-for-us Baseball Game Scavenger Hunt. It. Was. So. So. SO FUN. Maddy, Owen, and Cora all admitted that the…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • New Glasses and Why I Should Listen To My Husband

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    You may have noticed, that my plan to read one book every three days has gone a little awry, and so has my plan to write quality blog posts, but that's sort of another matter. The problem was, as much as I LOVE reading books, I was having trouble with the actual reading. I was getting really bad headaches and eye aches after reading and even when I've been writing blog posts I've needed to ensure that the zoom was increased so that the size of the text on screen was big enough to be clear.I am however so stupid that I didn't put two and two together. My husband however, is apparently much…
  • The Third Week Of April

    19 Apr 2015 | 1:18 am
    The third week of April has been a good week for me, I've lost weight, I've eaten some GREAT food, I've done chores that I really needed to do and I've been running. Several times. It was also blessed with the most amazing sunshine, so it seems that there was no reason as to why I would have loved this week!The Third Week Of AprilThe start of the week had Daddy, Top Ender, Big Boy and I going for a little walk and there was a hill there that allowed Top Ender to show off how much she loves running up hills. It was such a great image that I captured, I felt I could sense in the picture Top…
  • Silhouette of Triumph - Wordless Wednesday

    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I know this is supposed to be wordless, but if I don't put some words here, my homepage looks a bit weird! I hope you like my picture, after you've linked up and left a comment, feel free to follow me on Instagram too!Top Ender showed off her new love of running up hills this evening and I got to capture this shot.A photo posted by Pippa Dawn Wright (@pippadamr) on Apr 10, 2015 at 10:36am PDTThis feed comes from A Mothers Ramblings You should follow Pippa on Twitter on her blog, or on her Facebook Page
  • What's Your Favourite Salad?

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I love me a Salad.Take a look through my Instagram images and you'll see plenty of Salads scattered through the images of the children, selfies and pictures of my socks. I love socks as much as I love salad.Daddy and I had been eating extra healthily last week. Daddy had been following the Atkins Diet after a work colleague had had some great success on it and I was just sticking with my usual combination of Diet Shakes, Salads and sensible evening meals. Anyway, as I prepared a salad for me to eat one day, Daddy looked at me as if I was crazy.Whilst I was making my salad look pretty by…
  • The Second Week Of April

    11 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    So far this year, the second week of April has been my favourite week. Actually, thinking on it, I think that quite possibly the Second week of April could possibly be my most favourite week of all time. I hope that you had a great a week as my family and I did!The Second Week Of AprilThe week started with Daddy being off work, thanks to him booking some well deserved holiday. And by holiday, I mean not going to work everyday, he wasn't off cooking duty, cleaning duty, dish duty or driving duty! It's been such a long time that it's just been the four of us having a giggle without anything…
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  • How Much Sleep Should Kids Really Get?

    Tara Weng
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Sleep, glorious sleep. It often alludes me and I’m starting to think my kids, as well.  I have a pre-teen who can’t seem to wake up in the morning and a teen who can’t fall asleep at night.  With this in mind I sought out trusted sleep experts to explain just how much sleep kids really need and if their age effects this magic number.   From a quantity perspective Michael Breus, Ph.D., sleep expert and author or The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan has a pretty standard calculation. According to his recommendations even teens…
  • Creative Kids Fight Childhood Hunger

    Katie Parsons
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Brought to you by  There is perhaps nothing more tragic than a child going hungry. We see images on television all the time of children around the world starving, but the problem is far from foreign. It definitely hits close to home. Just how many kids go hungry here in the U.S.? How aware are Americans, especially our kids, that there is a real problem? ConAgra Foods wanted to find out, so it presented a shocking statistic to a group of children. Perhaps the most shocking part, though: their brilliant, creative and compassionate ideas for how to fight back. Take a look: …
  • 10 Ways to Make Your Teen See Reality!

    8 Apr 2015 | 5:01 pm
    YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME! By Harry H. Harrison Jr. Today, many parents have relinquished control of their children to umm, their children. This makes little sense with a fifteen year old, but even less sense when dealing with a five year old. But these formative years spell out what kind of teenager your child will turn out to be. If you demand respect, insist on kindness, eat dinner as a family, bring God into your life, instill responsibility at a young age, you will have a great teenager. There will be teenage issues sure, but they know the rules and you’ll have a lot less meetings…
  • How to Pick the Right Pediatrician

    Adam Weng
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The list of things to do before our first baby arrives seems eternal at times. Between setting up the baby’s room and keeping doctor’s appointments, my wife and I somehow lost sight of one of the most important prenatal assignments — choosing a pediatrician or family practitioner for our new addition. According to Peter H. Short, M.D., FAAP, (senior vice president of medical affairs and medical director of the hospitalist service for Northeast Hospital Corporation) new parents should begin the process of choosing a doctor for their newborn sometime after the sixth month of…
  • The Fishtail Chignon in 6 Easy Steps

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    “The knotted fishtail chignon is a lovely hairstyle for all you long-haired ladies,” explains Roxie Jane Hunt, contributor for “The best part is that you can take this unique updo from a cozy daytime style to haute evening look. This hairstyle consists of fishtail braids, knots, and a subtle twist and pin. All you need to get started are some clear hair ties, a few large hair pins, and a good texturizing braid spray.” To begin with, flip your head upside down and spray the hair down with your texture spray to add some…
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    Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams

  • Sweeping Saturday 4/25/2015

    24 Apr 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 4/25/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • FamilyTime Review: A Real Time Mobile Tracker

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    Who doesn’t want to know where their kids are? And where they have been? If you are facing difficulty to figure out the location of your kids, a mobile tracking application is a good solution. I have had a great experience with FamilyTime – a mobile tracker app to track the kids and share locations […] The post FamilyTime Review: A Real Time Mobile Tracker appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • 6 Tips and Tricks to Help Your Kids Nap

    Taylor Basilio
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:12 pm
    If you’re anything like me, you’ll admit it: You really, really love naptime. As a stay-at-home mom who is also a work-from-home mom, naptimes are when I clock in, take care of business, and earn my income. It’s incredibly important for me to have this time, just as it’s incredibly important for my 15-month-old daughter […] The post 6 Tips and Tricks to Help Your Kids Nap appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Don’t miss the #SleepNumberSweeps twitter party hosted by @SleepNumber 4/23 at 2 EST!

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sleep Number. All opinions are 100% mine. Last week, I shared with you about the recent Sleep Number® survey, that Americans are getting an average of 6.7 hours of sleep, which is well below the recommended eight hours—some are even getting less than four […] The post Don’t miss the #SleepNumberSweeps twitter party hosted by @SleepNumber 4/23 at 2 EST! appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Don’t miss this: Free Ground Beef Rebate from @helper #ad

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    After school each afternoon my kids greeting usually go like this, “Hey mom, what’s for dinner tonight?” It’s like they are programmed to ask about dinner as soon as they walk in the door! The truth is many times I haven’t given dinner the first thought! That usually leads me scrambling to come up with […] The post Don’t miss this: Free Ground Beef Rebate from @helper #ad appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • Friday Finds: Pretty Prints

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    1. Chaotic Abstract Art Print by Ashley G | Etsy2. Shine On by Victoria Homewood | Saatchiart.com3. Sweet Spot by Lindsay Megahed | Minted.com4. Bulls Bay by Olivia Rae James | Buddyeditions.com5. Queen Anne's Lace by Lauren Matsumoto | Minted.com6. Ferris Wheel by Mat3photography | Mat3photo.com7. Kalae Road by Kiana Mosley | Minted.com8. Nightingale Watercolor Print by Fin and Feather Art | Scoutmob Shoppe9. Sarah B. Martinez 5 Feathers #5 Art Print | Urban Outfitters 10. Folkish Art Print by Lisa Congdon | Etsy11. Cera no 1 by Kelly Ventura |…
  • What I want you to know about suffering the loss of my sister

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post is by Andrea. On October 28, 2013 (which was my 39th birthday) I woke up and got my kids ready for school. I dropped off my older kids at the elementary school and put my preschooler in the car. Halfway to his school, I got the phone call I had been dreading for 7 years. All my…
  • #TBT Drama (you give me fever)

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:51 am
    On Thursdays I post something from the archives. This is from February 2011.My kid (as most kids do) use some vocabulary that is uniquely their own. The funniest to me by far is the way Jafta refers to Karis's frequent spit-up as "drama". I have no idea how he picked this up, but he actually thinks this is the correct term for it. Of course I don't correct him, because it cracks me up. Nearly every day I hear him say "Uh-oh, Karis is having some drama right now". Or "There's some drama on the floor over there." Or "Burp her so there won't be any drama." Hilarious, right? I mean, why would I…
  • Wednesday's Child: Jordan

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.
  • What I want you to know about losing my mother to Anorexia

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here.  Today’s guest post is by Anonymous. I recently lost my mother to a lifelong battle with anorexia. I am a young mom in my 30’s, and my entire life has been lived under the shadows of my mom’s mental illness. I watched someone I love and care about waste away farther with each life struggle, and I…
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  • Essential Oils for Sports Families

    Jennifer Murray
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    We are officially a 2 sport family this spring. For the first time the boys are divided – Brooks is playing soccer and LOVING it, and the other 3 are playing baseball again. Sure, it would have been more practical for them all to do the same thing, but we’ve never wanted to push them into doing a sport just because their brothers are or making them all play when it’s not something they love. We love supporting them with their own gifts and interests. And although I loved seeing them all in one uniform last spring, I love watching them on the sideline cheering each other on…
  • Easy Homemade Granola Bars

    Jennifer Murray
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    I was looking for something quick and easy to take to church for our Sunday school class over the weekend, and decided to try homemade granola bars, after seeing some easy recipes floating around Pinterest.  I adapted this one for our tastes and to give it more of a protein punch.  The boys were happy that I had a few leftovers to bring home for them to devour! I’m looking forward to making another batch for quick breakfast snacks and to send in lunches! I didn’t expect them to be so simple and delicious to make homemade!  What You’ll Need for Homemade Granola Bars: 3…
  • Scenes from A Landlocked Spring Break

    Jennifer Murray
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
      Last week my people were on Spring Break, and as much the ocean calls our names and we’d love some time away, it just wasn’t the right timing for us. At the beginning of the week, I almost blocked all your deep blue water beach pictures, sun-kissed skin, and tank tops from my feed, but we found vacation right here in landlocked Indiana. Really this is the first Spring Break we’ve had as a family. While we homeschooled, I used SB as a catch-up or an easier week, but we didn’t take then entire week off.  It was a rare opportunity to just be together without a lot…
  • Parenting In the Sweet Spot

    Jennifer Murray
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
      I think I’ve been pretty forward in this space about the struggles and heaviness of parenting. I like to be real and authentic, and I’m thankful for an outlet where I think many of us find solidarity in the hard days. However, it seems at times that we are over-bombarded with this message. Yes, motherhood is the hardest job on the planet – it’s an under-appreciated and a sacrificial role. Absolutely, it is trying and tasking to a degree than one can simply not understand until you are ALL IN. It’s a battle field of messes, conflicts, missing sneakers,…
  • 7 Reasons NOT to Buy Essential Oils From a Grocery or Health Foods Store

    Jennifer Murray
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    When I first started exploring a more natural approach to living, one of my first steps was getting rid of my toxic cleaners.  I started using vinegar and water for most cleaning tasks, but I didn’t love the smell and had read that essential oils can help with cleaning tasks.  I thought that might be a good way to mask the smell (especially for my husband who was pretty much repulsed by it, which led to him cleaning fewer toilets) and asked around where I could buy them. I had heard of Tea Tree and Lavender, so when I saw them at my local grocery store I was thrilled. They cost…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Hey Kids – Let’s Grow a Garden!

    Rob Youngblood
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:41 pm
    I grew up with a father who came from a 2,000 acre family farm and, even though he left farming behind in his latter years, he still maintained one very serious “backyard garden.” We had rows and rows of corn, beans, lettuce, onions, radishes, peppers… you name it, we had it. And this was long before the hip and […] The post Hey Kids – Let’s Grow a Garden! appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Spaghetti Carbonara with Pork Belly and Fresh Peas

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    I love Italian food. This recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara with Pork Belly and Fresh Peas was first shared by Chef Fabio Viviani on Home & Family which airs weekdays at 10 am ET/PT on the Hallmark Channel. I was given permission to share it with you here and I think you will love the rich […] The post Spaghetti Carbonara with Pork Belly and Fresh Peas appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Citrus Bliss Body Butter Recipe

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    Homemade body butters are a fantastic way to create uniquely scented spa type products without breaking the bank. While the initial purchase can seem costly, you only use a small amount of each ingredient for this body butter recipe. Essential oils especially can be reused in so many ways they are invaluable- from homemade cleaners […] The post Citrus Bliss Body Butter Recipe appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Adoption Blogs That Share Personal Adoption Stories

    Amberly Holden
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    Adoption stories are just so important. Without the tales of struggle to success, not nearly as many people would find the strength it takes to complete the process. Without the raw honesty of their content, not half as many people would understand the harsh reality of the orphan crisis. Adoption stories are so important for […] The post Adoption Blogs That Share Personal Adoption Stories appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • The Ultimate Chewy Boxed Brownies

    Erika Wassall
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Erika Wassall the Jersey Farm Scribe here with the science behind making the ultimate chewy boxed brownies. The Ultimate Chewy Boxed Brownies Brownies from scratch are great, but when you’re looking for quick indulgence it doesn’t get any better… or any easier than a boxed brownie mix. But, a few tweaks never hurt anyone!  So […] The post The Ultimate Chewy Boxed Brownies appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
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  • Husband witnesses the birth of his child from 2,500 miles away

    Justina Goh
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    We hope you enjoyed watching this remarkable video as much as we did. Do let us know what you think of it, and be sure to share this with your friends! The post Husband witnesses the birth of his child from 2,500 miles away appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Exclusive pumping: An alternative for mums who can’t breastfeed their babies

    Nalika Unantenne
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Medical experts agree that breastfeeding your baby for a minimum of six months and up to two years and beyond has a wide range of benefits. Excellent nutrition and increased immunity for baby, enhanced bonding between mother and child and a decrease in the risk of breast cancer for nursing mums are just some of these benefits. The most recent study on the benefits of breastmilk that was published in The Lancet indicates a positive correlation between breastfeeding and a child’s intelligence quotient (IQ), educational attainment and income later in life. There’s no doubt about the…
  • Her friends were cruel to her, but what she did with the violin left them speechless!

    Justina Goh
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Did the deaf violin player amaze you with her performance at the end? Let us know by leaving a comment below! The post Her friends were cruel to her, but what she did with the violin left them speechless! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Should Singapore companies do more to accommodate new mothers?

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    For most mothers in Singapore, the birth of a baby does not herald hours of snuggling with the little one as flowers bloom and rainbows dart across the sky. No, the first thing most of my friends think about after giving birth is all the work they’re going to have to catch up on when they get back to the office. That’s not an exaggeration, by the way. The infamous Happiness Poll found that 9 out of 10 women intend to head right back to the workplace after maternity leave. Singaporean women continue to lament that too little is being done to help them make a smooth transition back to the…
  • Foreign worker saves toddler stuck between railings of HDB block

    Justina Goh
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The post Foreign worker saves toddler stuck between railings of HDB block appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
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    Child Behavior Help

  • Does Your Child Have a Victim Mentality? 4 Steps to Turn It Around

    13 Apr 2015 | 4:56 am
    "It"s not fair! You"re always yelling at me, even when it"s not my fault!" Sound familiar? The minute you say no, or set limits, or try to enforce the rules, your child immediately says that you"re not being fair and that you always pick on him. He overreacts constantly to routine requests and takes no responsibility for his behavior. No matter the circumstances, he is always the one who has been wronged or unfairly put-upon in other words, the victim.
  • 4 Steps to More Patience as a Parent

    6 Apr 2015 | 4:44 am
    Patience. It"s something many of us in the Empowering Parents community wish we had more of. In a recent poll, we asked readers about how you respond when your children act out. An overwhelming number of parents expressed the desire to develop more patience with their kids.
  • Intimidating Teen Behavior: Is It ODD or Conduct Disorder?

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    What do you do when your teen is intimidating you? Not just throwing a tantrum to get something he wants, but outright trying to scare you? How do you respond to an adolescent who gets up and blocks your way when you"re trying to leave the room, towering over you and looking at you in a way that makes your stomach ache? Is this oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder, and how can you deal with this?
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  • Who are you (now that you’re a parent)?

    Jodie Benveniste
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    There is a topic that we don’t really talk about as parents. It’s about identity. A sense of self. An idea of who we are. It all changes when we become parents. It kind of has to change. Our lives and lifestyle has changed so our sense of identity must change too. But it can […]
  • Do you need to be right all the time? Or do you need to be this?

    Jodie Benveniste
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    This is a quote from the young adult book Wonder by RJ Palacio. I highly recommend the book. It is brilliant. And I also absolutely love this quote. Because too often we need to feel like we are ‘right’. And therefore the other person is ‘wrong’. Don’t we? If we are ‘right’ then it justifies […]
  • Michelle Obama & Jimmy Fallon ‘mom dancing’, the A-Z of getting fit with your kids, and a great gluten-free bread recipe

    Jodie Benveniste
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    This week’s links…Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon dancing likes ‘moms’, the A – Z of getting active with your kids, and a really good alternative to traditional bread if you’re gluten free or just want an alternative. This has been around for a little while but it’s oh so good for a laugh. Michelle Obama was […]
  • Is your child ‘crying’ or ‘communicating’? And other helpful parenting interpretations

    Jodie Benveniste
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    The other day I shared on Facebook how a simple change made a big difference to my work mindset. I said: This may sound like a silly, not-worth-much-at-all idea. But it’s made quite a difference to me. Recently, I changed the names of the Folders on my computer. Instead of ‘Products’, I now have ‘Creations’. Instead […]
  • My home office

    Jodie Benveniste
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Last year, I learnt a very important lesson. I realised that I don’t ‘need’ an office away from home to do what I do. I have a very lovely and cosy home office that I really love. I can be creative here. And productive. And I can put on that load of washing. And I’m […]
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    I Thought I Knew Mama

  • What is Beachbody Coaching? Join Me April 27th for a Sneak Peek Into My Team

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    If you said to me a few years ago that I could make a full time income as a Stay-at-Home-Mom without leaving my house, on my own time, by simply helping other busy parents better their health and fitness to create a healthier lifestyle for their families, I would have never believed it, but that […] The post What is Beachbody Coaching? Join Me April 27th for a Sneak Peek Into My Team appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • 7 Day FREE Beachbody On Demand Challenge Group: Operation Summer Prep

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:23 pm
    FREE ACCESS TO TOP BEACHBODY PROGRAMS AND 7 DAY WORKOUT SCHEDULE I am looking for 25 people who want to try some of our TOP workouts – 21 Day Fix, PiYo, Insanity Max 30, T25, 21 Day Fix Extreme, P90X3 – COMPLETELY FREE for 30 days! All you need to do is follow the steps […] The post 7 Day FREE Beachbody On Demand Challenge Group: Operation Summer Prep appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • Raspberry, Orange, Whole Wheat Muffins: A Healthier Spring Treat

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    My little ones and I wanted to make muffins for our special Easter breakfast that would taste like sweet treats yet also be light and on the healthier side, and I think we accomplished it with this recipe! Serves: 12 muffins Ingredients – 1½ cups of whole wheat flour – 1 teaspoon of baking soda […] The post Raspberry, Orange, Whole Wheat Muffins: A Healthier Spring Treat appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • Team Fit & Natural: New Coach Internship Starting April 6th

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    I am looking for a few more moms who want to change their lives to mentor this spring. Let’s turn your own personal health and fitness journey into a business that will benefit you financially as well. Do you love leading a healthy lifestyle or want to be more fit and healthy? Would you like […] The post Team Fit & Natural: New Coach Internship Starting April 6th appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • Spicy Baked Eggplant: 21 Day Fix Extreme Approved Recipe

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I have been loving the 21 Day Fix Extreme program, and to be completely honest, other than doing the 3 Day Refresh cleanse, I have never followed a nutrition plan strictly with my workout programs even though all Beachbody programs come with fantastic nutrition programs. I’ve been at a point where I’ve been content enough […] The post Spicy Baked Eggplant: 21 Day Fix Extreme Approved Recipe appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
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    The Red Pill Parents

  • She’s Baaaaaack

    Red Pill Mama
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:47 am
    Scared you, didn’t I! Popped into your Inbox and you thought, “Who? … What? … Oh yeah!” right? Here’s what’s happened in Red Pill Mama’s world since my last communique. Not much, really: Moved. About 3,000 miles away from my Atlanta suburb to Alameda, an island across the bay from San Francisco. No big deal. [...]
  • Hello … and Half?! Really and Truly HALF?!

    Red Pill Mama
    10 Jan 2013 | 1:07 pm
    Hi, it’s me!  Yes, it’s been forever.  Red Pill Mama moved back to San Francisco, went back to working full time, you know, nothing big really … Anyway, no time for my usual pontifications, but I had to share this article reporting the fact that The world wastes half its food. HALF. What can you [...]
  • More on Consuming Kids

    Red Pill Mama
    7 Jun 2011 | 8:59 am
    I wrote a while ago about the Nag Factor chapter from Consuming Kids, after my mom watched the documentary The Corporation and passed along some choice, yet disturbing, factoids. I wanted to take you back to the very beginning of Consuming Kids: as I’ve said before, it’s the book that I consider to be the [...]
  • More Talkin’ About Walkin’

    Red Pill Mama
    5 Jun 2011 | 6:13 am
    Alas, school has ended for us here, so my morning walks to school with Lily are no more — for the moment.  Though we did venture out one humid, sweaty morning to take a loop around the neighborhood, somehow it just wasn’t the same: it was not a lovely cool morning, we weren’t walking at [...]
  • The Best Onion Article EVER!

    Red Pill Mama
    10 May 2011 | 6:50 am
    From The Onion: “Budget Mix-Up Provides Nation’s Schools With Enough Money To Properly Educate Students” WASHINGTON—According to bewildered and contrite legislators, a major budgetary mix-up this week inadvertently provided the nation’s public schools with enough funding and resources to properly educate students. Sources in the Congressional Budget Office reported that as a result of a [...]
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    Life With Sharon | Texas Mom Blogger / Vlogger Lufkin, Houston, Texas

  • Which Is Better for Reducing Wrinkles, Juvederm or Botox?

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    No one is happy with those lines that begin appearing on the face as we begin to grow older. Unfortunately, those tiny lines and unsightly wrinkles are not only indicative of age, but can also be related to damage caused by UV radiation and the elements. If you are worried about your appearance and how those lines make you appear older, there are skin products and treatments that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and tiny lines. You have probably heard of two of the leading treatments, Juvederm and Botox. If you are wondering which is better, the following information might help. How Are…
  • Keeping Independence

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    When we are young one of the most important things that we strive for is our independence. We spend many years independent and doing things on our own after we have earned it. Though as we get older our bodies become weaker and that independence can be taken away or severely limited. So again we are back to the struggle of trying to be independent. It is sort of like a circle if you think about it, we get back to where we started nearly.   As an older adult to keep our independence for as long as we can, we may use power lift chairs. These help keep older adults independent and allows…
  • Tips for Becoming a Freelance Writer

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    There are a number of perks of being a freelance writer like Daniel Handler. You can be your own boss, make your own work hours, and spend entire work days in your sweatpants. However, being self-employed and making a living as a freelance writer is also extremely difficult, and it’s not a challenge that everyone is up for. The following information will get you started as a freelancer or at least give you some food for thought. According to the Freelancers Union, a freelancer is, “An individual who has engaged in supplemental, temporary, project- or contract-based work within the last 12…
  • Good Shoes for Running and Wearing Around Town

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    When looking for new running shoes, most people are looking for a number of different things. Today, a shoe has to provide a good look, comfort around town, and solid performance in the gym. Only a few brands of shoes live up to this. The good news for shoe buyers is that websites today make it easier than ever to find the right type of gear. Saucony sneakers are among the few brands that stand up to the rigorous expectations of consumers. With good websites like Sneaker King providing the opportunity to check out many different styles, consumers have never had it so good. The best shoe is…
  • When it’s time to get back out in the dating game?

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    You guys remember when you were nineteen or twenty and it was so easy to find a date. And back then it was so easy to get ready as well. But sometimes life happens and you get tossed back out there and everything is so different. Expectations are different, getting ready rituals are different and honestly your body changes.   In my situation I was thrown back out there at thirty two after having been in a relationship since I was twenty. Kids were a part of the equation and then things had changed. My body was different (kids will do that) and my confidence was shot.   To boost my…
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    Seven Clown Circus

  • Coconut Sugar Scrub {homemade gift idea}

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ve made a ton of sugar scrubs, but this is one of my favorites because it only uses TWO ingredients.  All you need is coconut oil and sugar to make one of my favorite sugar scrubs!  I adore that sugar scrubs are easy to make, package adorably and are good for your skin!  Homemade scrubs are one of the best gifts ever!  They are my new latest craze {as you know} and after the recent success of my Lemon Sugar Scrub for Mother’s Day gifts, and my Coffee Sugar Scrub for Teacher Appreciation I decided to go all out and try 6 more fruity sugar scrubs!  So, here’s an…
  • How to Throw an Annie Party {DIY}

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    How to Throw an Annie Themed Birthday Party is like a walk down memory lane.  Annie may be new for the little ones, but it’s nostalgic for mom so it’s a win/win in my book!  My sister throws amazing Themed Birthday Parties, and this was no exception.  She designed the party with the help from Tricia Rennea, who did the printables around her daughters’s love of the movie Annie!  She used red and white for her color palette with printables for decorations.  So, if you are wanting to throw an Annie Themed Party, this post should give you plenty of ideas to get you started!
  • DIY Flower Crown {how to}

    5 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Flower Crowns make the best summer and spring photo props ever.  I’ve fallen in love with how flower crowns look in braided and wavy hair and so I had to make one.  Surprisingly, they are easier to make than you’d imagine, and the best part is that they are completely customizable.  When you make the DIY Flower Crown, YOU pick the flowers, and you custom fit the crown.  It’s a win/win.  Here’s how. DIY Flower Crown Flower Crown Supplies: Silk Flowers (my stem came from Michael’s for $4.99) Green stem wire (I got a pack of 12 at Michael’s for $1.99)…
  • Sweet Easter Popcorn {recipe}

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    How to Make Sweet Easter Popcorn is easy and perfect to make with little helpers because it’s fun to mix with your hands! I’ve found a few variations of this recipe online and decided I had to try it because popcorn with add-ons just makes me happy.  Plus, I’ve tried a variation of this recipe with Chex mix {Vanilla Chex Mix} and my kids loved it.  This Easter Popcorn Recipe uses popcorn, white chocolate chips, shortening (makes all the difference in consistency) a lemon cake mix (yummy), and candy sprinkles.  The mix is perfect for Spring or Easter because…
  • Easter Dessert Recipes

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am knows How to Make Easter Dessert Recipes that look fabulous.  These three recipes are perfect to make for the holiday {this year it falls on April 5th} and would make perfect centerpieces for your table before you eat them.   Happy Easter, y’all! Chick and Egg Cupcakes  – How cute are these chick and egg cupcakes?  The best part for me is the peep chick coming out of the ‘egg’.  The coconut grass with jelly bean eggs are too cute for words.  I guarantee these cupcakes will be the hit of the party! Print Easter Dessert Recipes…
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    It Builds Character

  • Motivation, lizards, and the “spinny” place

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Photo credit: Flickr / Alice Barigelli I can’t tell today if I want to have a dance party under my kids’ disco light or climb under the covers. I am in the process of making my freelance and consulting world more of a big-kid venture, and I have a distinct window of time to determine if my own gig is financially viable for me, or if I should go back in-house somewhere. So I’ve got some hefty career and financial goals this year. I know what I want to accomplish with my writing. I have running and fitness plans. I have personal goals for reconnecting. Those are all great…
  • Donna Day 2015: Don’t just choose hope – Choose action

    10 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    Today is the fourth annual Donna Day, where we choose hope against pediatric cancer – and more than that, we do something about it. I’ve written about Donna and her story before, which you can read more about here and here. Beautiful Donna Each year, Mary Tyler Mom and Donna’s family and friends gather at the Candlelite Chicago for a fundraiser and head shaving event benefiting St. Baldrick’s. I’ve been two of these events. They are full of laughter and hugs. It is loud, full of energy and the yelling of announcements, raffles and auctions, and piles of hair piling up on the…
  • Untethered

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Photo credit: iStock It’s been a looooooong time since I’ve written here, or even stopped by to glance around. Even when I was last actively posting, it was generally just to provide links to my articles on other websites. This past year was, in a word, intense. There was a lot of good to it, moving forward both professionally and personally. I built a lot of strength and confidence in both of those areas of my life. After a while, work became an overwhelming force, tussling with the anything in its path. My stress levels were at a constant high, I got sick often, I slept less, and gained…
  • Labor Day: Is it really time off?

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Today is Labor Day, where most of us get the day off in appreciation for our work. If you have kids, you know that time off is a relative term. I’m over at EverydayFamily today with what a holiday weekend really looks like when you are a parent. Stop by and let me know how your “time off” plays out! ~ChiMomWriter The post Labor Day: Is it really time off? appeared first on It Builds Character.     Related StoriesDonna Day 2015: Don’t just choose hope – Choose ActionUntetheredHow do kids benefit from a working mom? 
  • How do kids benefit from a working mom?

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Photo credit: iStock Leave the mommy wars at home – This is not about why being a working mom is cooler than being a stay-at-home mom. We all know there are benefits to both. If you happen to work, whether at home or in an office, there are a few important ways that your kids benefit. I’m over at EverydayFamily talking about working moms and what kids gain. What do you think? ~ChiMomWriter The post How do kids benefit from a working mom? appeared first on It Builds Character.     Related StoriesUntetheredWant to know a secret? What working moms really do at…
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    Toy Reviews | Toy Queen | Educational Toys | Toddler Toys | Best Apps for Kids | Toy Giveaways | Preschool Games | Baby Product Reviews

  • Kinetic Sand Sales Raise Money for Autism Speaks

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    When I was asked by Spinmaster to share a few words about how much I love Kinetic Sand, it wasn’t hard. As an occupational therapist, I use this amazing product almost every day I work with children in the school system. Kids beg me to use it, and not only is it an amazing incentive and reward for them to attend to activities that are challenging, I’ve seen how quickly a child who is overstimulated or overwhelmed can be calmed, by manipulating this texture. Aside from LEGO building, this is one of the only toys that can keep my own son entertained for a significant amount of…
  • 5 Genius Tips to Motivate Kids to Play Outdoors

    7 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    This sponsored post and $50 Toys “R” Us gift card giveaway are on behalf of the Toy Industry Association’s initiative, which celebrates the many proven benefits of play. Any opinions included are my own. This year, my family couldn’t be any more eager for Spring, happily leaving those monstrous snowbanks from the snowiest winter in history behind us. While exercise and activity levels are individual to each person, many people are becoming increasingly aware of the physical and emotional benefits of outdoor play and exercise. Not only are these…
  • Scratchy Clothing Can Be A Big Sensory Issue for Children

    2 Apr 2015 | 6:49 pm
    If you have a child or are sensitive yourself, you know that scratchy clothing can be a big sensory issue for children. You know — the tags that people are adamant about removing, the way kids or adults rub clothing textures through their fingertips in stores before purchasing looking for something that “feels just right.” Or, the way a child can put on an article of clothing that “looks” like it will feel good, then rip it off seconds later asking for their favorite article of soft, comfy clothing? Whether this sensory issue is a standalone issue or part of a…
  • Hey Red Sox Nation, Get Free Red Sox Tickets for Kids

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Hey Red Sox Nation, Get Free Red Sox Tickets for Kids! Disclosure: I am part of the #RedSoxMoms and on occasion I may receive tickets and opportunities for free from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for sharing fun information with you. Any opinions included are my own. As even a family of 3 I know how expensive it can be to attend to a Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park. Well, the Red Sox understand that as well, and this year they are offering a free Red Sox Ticket for kids during the 2015 home season, as part of the Calling All Kids Promotion presented by Hood. The first 25,000 kids who…
  • Hop to the Music Giveaway from Disney Music!

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Disclosure: I received 4 Disney music CD’s as part of the Hop to the Music pack, given that I am a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. Whether you are a fan of Disney movies or an avid Disney Junior television station viewer, Disney music is the perfect accompaniment, often appealing to listeners of all ages and interests. We’ve listened to these 4 CD’s over the past few weeks and I can’t wait to share this giveaway with you! The Disney Junior DJ…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • My Must-Have Essential Oil Products for Summer Camp

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Parents across the country are getting their kids ready for summer camp. Whether your child will be at day camp or overnight camp, you can consider making their summer a bit more enjoyable by packing a few essential oil related products in their bags and trunks. My kids are heading to camp this summer, and I am doing my part to help them stay out of the infirmary and on the playing fields during the daytime, as well as enjoying the long, relaxing evenings. Here are the Young Living essential oil products that I will be sending along with them: Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier is an…
  • Why Community Gardens are the Perfect Next Health Trend

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
      Did you know that your zip code is a greater indicator of your health and longevity than your genetic code? According to the CDC, more than anything else, where you live matters in terms of your health outcomes. That is exactly why we need to change the discussion about healthcare and food. As an overall society, we need to take charge of our health before we get sick, but we also need to look at health and wellness as a regional issue. We need to consider our communities as a major player in our overall health. Fortunately, no matter where you live, community gardens can improve…
  • 12 Healthy Shelf-Stable Items to Always Have in Your Pantry

    19 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Over the past few years, I have been focusing on stocking our home with more shelf stable foods. After losing a refrigerator full of food (more than once) after a power outage, and simply getting tired of watching too-quick expiration dates, it seems to make sense to me to keep more shelf-stable items on hand. It is all too easy to load up the pantry with junk food, when, in fact, there many healthy pantry foods to keep on hand. So if you too are looking to have a healthy pantry full of shelf-stable foods, here are some items to put on your shopping list: Note: All of the following should…
  • Support the March of Dimes #imbornto Campaign for Premature Babies

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
      Did you know that every year, nearly half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States? That is equal to one baby born prematurely every single minute. One in nine babies is born prematurely in the United States each year. Both of my children were among them. Unlike most pregnant women, I was in a position where I knew beforehand that my babies would be born prematurely. The days and weeks leading up to their births were terrifying, not knowing just how early they would be born or if they would suffer long term consequences from coming into the world before their little…
  • 15 Ways to Reduce Your Saturated Fat Intake

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    There are different types of fats in food, and if you are trying to eat healthy, saturated fat is the one you most want to avoid. Not only because they are, well, fattening, but because saturated fats can also raise your cholesterol levels, leading to a whole bunch of heart health concerns. It is also linked to a higher risk of diabetes. Saturated fats can be hard on the stomach too, so if you have a sensitive stomach, you might find some relief by cutting them out of your diet. Saturated fats are typically found from animals, particularly in red meat and dairy but they can also be found in…
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  • Best gift ever…

    Abel Cheng
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:55 am
    Here’s a touching true story about how a single mother raised her daughter: Not by spoon feeding but by letting her face problems and find answers through experiences. I totally agree with the mother on how she brought up her daughter by not doing the tasks for her. Teaching the child how to fish (instead of fishing for him) is the best gift a parent can give to his child. The 3-minute video is in Thai but English subtitle is available. Have fun. For more parenting tips that raise independent kids, check out “The Nonconformist’s Guide to Parenting.” More details at: The…
  • Make this part of your dinner

    Abel Cheng
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:20 am
    No this is not a secret recipe that will trick your child into eating greens. And as I explain later, neither is dinner the time to scold your child for a mistake he has done for the day. Let me ask you this: Do you have dinner with your family every day? If your answer is “no,” please consider doing it. I have made it a commitment to uphold this family value of having dinner together to the best that I can. Not that I like to eat (even though I have to admit I do) but dinner is the time for the family to get together and share what everyone has done through the day. Besides…
  • The important lesson of letting go

    Abel Cheng
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Before the GST (Goods and Services Tax) kicks in next month on April Fool’s Day, we have a few big ticket items to buy. Sofa being one of them. As usual, we bring along J and K to look for a new couch to replace the existing worn-out set that we have been using for 12 years (that shows how frugal we are!). J and K are very happy to help us scout for the new sofa set. We are looking at a wide range of materials: from leather to fabric, from rattan to teak. In the end, after 4 rounds of shopping, we set our eyes on a set of bold-colored fabric sofa which we think will brighten up our…
  • How to motivate your child the Steve Jobs way

    Abel Cheng
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:04 am
    If you know or read about him, Steve Jobs was not a guy with excellent PR. He said what he thought. He was so straight forward that some people call him rude and many couldn’t get along with him well. Despite that, Steve was one of the entrepreneurs that revolutionized the world across five industries. He had touched the lives of billions of people. He had changed the way we live, work, and play. Yet, with his poor human-relationship skills, how did the Apple co-founder convince his colleagues to create what he envisioned? If you think he lured his workers with money, you are wrong. If…
  • The untold benefits of tidying up a home… on a big scale

    Abel Cheng
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:20 am
    Photo Credit: Marc Dufour In the past one month or so, our family was busy doing a major tidying up (it’s not planned that way but coincidentally the timing was just right for the annual Lunar New Year spring cleaning) ever since we moved into this house. It’s tiring but meaningful and worthwhile. Even though there are still minor areas we need to clean up, it’s not too early for me to reap the benefits of a clutter-free home. The principles outlined in the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” fit nicely in…
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • Physical Fitness Is Mental Fitness: 3 Keys To Fitting In Fitness During A Busy Week

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    All year I’ve been writing about self-care and self-love and taking good care of yourself (take my self-care quiz if you haven’t already to see how you stack up!). I’ve noticed that when I’m in a groove with my fitness — for me that means making it to the gym regularly or getting outside for a walk a few times a week — I tend to be a calmer, happier person. I’m not snapping at my kids, my husband’s not getting on my nerves as much and my clients are not as demanding. Being physically active makes me better able to cope with what’s going on…
  • YML Live: Mommy Camp 101 – Making The Most Of Summers Home With The Kids

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    With summer fast approaching, it can difficult for work-at-home and stay-at-home moms to figure out what the heck to do with their kids all day. Overnight summer camp can be expensive and spending your summer taking your kids to and from a day camp can be a drag as well. But hosting your own “Mommy Camp” can be a solution that’s fun, affordable and educational. I’m teaming up with my blogger buddy K. Elizabeth from  to dish out our favorite tips on planning a memorable and easy “Mommy Camp” on the next installment of YML Live. Join us…
  • Four Tips On Making Meaningful Friendships As An Adult

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    I’ve been blogging and running my own business for so long but haven’t reached out to women in my city yet. It was a problem because while the internet has made it so easy for you to connect to anybody, anywhere, proximity counts. I didn’t have that community of women in my own backyard that I could call upon for immediate support, instead having to always rely on “virtual hugs” and supportive Facebook messages. So this past weekend I organized a meetup for women bloggers in my local area. We had a great time over brunch at Granite City, sharing our projects and…
  • [In The Kitchen] Easy Shrimp Wontons With Scallions And Cilantro

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Wontons have to be my new favorite food. I hadn’t made any in years and now in 2015, I’ve made them at least 10 times already. The best part about them? Let me count the ways: They’re cheap.At $2.50-$3.50 for 100 wonton wrappers? You can’t beat that. They’re fast. They cook up in minutes and if you get your kids to help you fill them, you can have dinner DONE in five minutes. They’re versatile. You can fill them with beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, scallops, etc. Whatever’s on sale—use it in your wonton. They’re different. It’s easy to get…
  • YML Live: “Nine Things Happy Moms Do Differently”

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    With so much on our plates at any given time, we have to be diligent in finding the space to be happy. That’s why my first episode of YML Live was dedicated to happy moms everywhere and those who want to join our ranks. After years of feeling less than, of feeling stressed all the time, feeling like no one appreciated me, I finally occupy a space where my days are lighter and I feel like I am in the driver’s seat. In this episode, I discuss “Nine Things Happy Moms Do Differently,” giving you nine happiness habits to make us all stronger, happier and more fulfilled.
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    The Parenting Science News Feed

  • Apr 23, Turning the tables: Why kids learn better when we ask them to teach

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Adults often learn better when they explain what they know to others. But does this trick work for kids too? Research suggests it does.
  • Apr 16, Six tips for replacing screen time with "unplugged" play

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    According to recent surveys, American preschoolers spend an average of four hours each day watching TV. It represents a dramatic shift from the childhood of our ancestors. What are the consequences, and how can parents help kids learn how to entertain themselves without electronics? Here are my tips for the Urban Child Institute.
  • Apr 8, Physically fit kids are smarter kids

    8 Apr 2015 | 11:12 am
    Time to get the kids outside to play. An updated look at the cognitive benefits of aerobic exercise.
  • Mar 25, 5 tips for conversing with babies

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    Why should you talk with your baby? Kids need to hear a language in order to learn it. Everybody knows that. But if it were just a case of listening to the spoken word, your baby might learn just as easily from eavesdropping or watching television. And we know there is more going on.
  • Mar 18, Why conversations matter more than television

    18 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    An updated look at the effects of TV on language. It isn't that TV makes kids dumb. Rather, TV time displaces crucial conversation time with parents. And there's a lot of evidence that one-on-one conversation is what really gives babies a learning boost.
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    When Did I Become My Mom

  • Essential Baby Gear for the New Mom Working From Home

    Nicole Greene
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    When your office is your home and your home holds your nursery, productivity can suffer. And for the new mom? Focus can seem impossible. There are ways, though, to help the work-from-home mom stay on track and get it done. Here are three baby products will help you manage and succeed in your dual role as Mom and Businesswoman. Swaddling Blankets by SwaddleDesigns Life with a newborn brings innumerable joys, but one loss will always weigh heavily on new parents — sleep. Although newborns can typically sleep up to 17 hours a day, infants only stay asleep for around two to four hours at a…
  • TT Film Festival Looks at Human Rights through Film

    Nicole Greene
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:40 pm
    The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) continues to use film as a vehicle for social discourse and transformation, through its annual community Cinergy film series.  On April 12, 19 and 22, the ttff and the US Embassy—sponsor of the series—will present three free film screenings to promote human rights. Working with community activists and the embassy, the ttff will promote public awareness for the protection of the rights of women, children and the LGBT community in Trinidad and Tobago. The screening of three US films with topical and local resonance, focusing on domestic violence,…
  • Could a Simple Hearing Test Save Infants from SIDS?

    Nicole Greene
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
    Imagine the horror that is SIDS banished to the past. Imagine a world where parents aren’t terrified to put their little ones to sleep, fearful that their babies won’t wake up, and it’ll be all their fault. For ages, this has been a nightmare of new and experienced moms alike, made even more terrifying because no-one has ever really known what the root cause of SIDS is.    by  covershots2010  It’s tragic and it should be so preventable. And soon, we may be in a better position to defend our little ones from it. Daniel Rubens is an anesthesiologist at Seattle…
  • Household Hacks – Salt!

    Nicole Greene
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Actually learned something new here. Maybe now I’ll finally get that gross residue completely off the bottom of my iron. And the grease-fire emergency reminder is always welcome. But mopping up eggs? Bit of a stretch, Household Hacker. Thanks anyway.   Featured image by Dubravko Sorić / Flickr  
  • 10 Cute Easter Craft Ideas

    Nicole Greene
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Easter is upon us, and I haven’t done a thing to prepare for this weekend’s celebrations. The kids are only young once, so I have to make the effort to pull something off. Here’s my roundup of Easter DIY motivation. If you’re still on the lookout for cute Easter craft ideas, I hope you’ll find inspiration below!   1. DIY Mini Easter Eggs (with Jordan Almonds) Paint the Gown Red DIY Mini Easter Eggs from Paint the Gown Red These are adorable and DIFFERENT! Instead of the traditional egg, decorate Jordan Almonds with food dye for a new twist on the old…
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    Mindful Mum

  • What to do if you’re worried about your child’s hearing

    Mindful Mum
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    There are many different aspects of our children’s health and development that we worry about. These include whether they’re eating enough, putting on the right amount of weight, and hitting development milestones along with all of their peers. One health aspect that doesn’t always necessarily occur to parents to consider is how good their child’s hearing is. If you’ve not given your child’s ability to hear any thought, then that’s generally a good sign that everything is fine. When your child goes through their different childhood checks at the health centre, hearing tests are…
  • Be the office legend, thanks to JUST EAT’s tasty competition

    John McHugh
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    It’s a dilemma faced by every employee who’s unlucky (or foolish enough), to be friends with a colleague whose birthday falls during the working week – the responsibility of organising the birthday meal for not just the birthday man or women but for their entire department. As much as anyone in that position would want to prepare some fabulous food all by themselves, having to perform your office duties as well makes this becomes impossible. Of course ordering-in has crossed your mind! The idea of piping hot food arriving at the office door is bound to make your mouth water. Thankfully,…
  • How to Protect Your Family from the Flu Virus

    John McHugh
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:14 am
    Over the centuries, influenza epidemics have killed millions of people, and today, despite great advances in medicine, flu is still fatal for some members of the population. Flu is a common virus, but some strains of it are more dangerous than others. You can catch flu all year round, but the virus tends to be a lot more prevalent during the winter months. Flu is a nasty illness whatever your age, but older people and the very young are most at risk from the effects of the flu virus. Unfortunately, it is impossible to avoid catching any virus unless you become a hermit, but you can minimise…
  • Smart casual – a new look in my repertoire

    John McHugh
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:22 am
    Smart casual is a new look I’m enjoying. As a Digital Marketer, I visit client sites daily so I have to look quite smart. But my office is a cool ‘co-working’ environment, so I also have to look quite fashionable. The answer: smart casual jeans from our friends @ Repertoire Fashion. Repertoire Fashion were looking for some mums to trial some product’s, and they suggested the Armani Stretch Skinny jeans, which I have to say are just perfect. The jeans are skinny stretch, so they’re seriously comfy. But they’re also great quality, which means they should cope with the…
  • Equity Release Explained

    John McHugh
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    As house prices have risen over the years and pensioners find their income stretching to meet the cost of upkeep of their home as well as their lifestyle, many are turning to a new process called equity release to boost their budgets. Equity release allows a homeowner of late middle age or into their pension years to borrow money – be it in one lump sum or a regular payment – against the value of their home. For anyone in their golden years who wishes to supplement their income, help their children and grandchildren get a head start in life or simply add some luxury to their own lives,…
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    We Got Kidz

  • Kids Grow Up Fast! Here are 15 Celebrity Kids Who Seemed to Have Grown up Over Night

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
      I’m convinced that, as a parent, if you blink, you’ll miss your kids growing up. I swear that yesterday my twin 4-year-olds came out of their room three inches taller sans all of their baby fat. It happens fast! They look like little… big kids! They’re no longer the tiny little helpless creatures that I held in my arms only but a few years ago. It makes me misty.   Outside of my own children’s super-charged growth, when I see celebrity kids who were only youngsters yesterday all grown up driving cars and swollen in places that I don’t remember them being swollen, it…
  • 6 Ingenious Ways to Get a Great Night’s Sleep

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Since I’ve discovered how easy it could be to make a few simple adjustments to my bedroom routine, I’ve been sleeping better than I have in years. I had no clue that something as effortless as pairing a calming scent like Moonlit Lavender from the Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedroom Mist line with ZzzQuil (on nights when I have difficulty falling asleep) could help an occasional sleep sufferer like me drift off to sleep so much easier. I’ve learned so much during my participation in Procter & Gamble’s Try It & Love It Sleep Soundly campaign. For instance, by simply misting a…
  • 4 Ridiculously Easy Easter Basket Stuffer Craft Ideas [Infographic]

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re anything like me, you’re probably prone to waiting until the last minute to figure out what to put in your kid’s Easter baskets. Candy is, of course, the easiest route, but way too unhealthy. Those premade four foot tall Easter baskets with the plastic grass are decidedly convenient, but we all know that the contents combined aren’t at all worth that “$19.99″ price tag. So what should we do? Well yours truly was up late last night combing the internet in an attempt to find the coolest, cleverest, and most importantly, easiest Easter basket stuffer…
  • How Getting a Great Night’s Sleep Can Change Your Life – BONUS: 3 Tips to Help You Cope with Daylight Savings Time [Sleep Package Giveaway!]

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s been about a month since I made a few adjustments to my bedtime routine with Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedroom Mist and ZzzQuil. I’ve used the Sleep Serenity Bedroom Mist in my regular Sunday night bedroom routine having high hopes of achieving a more sound night of sleep so that I could start my weeks off right. On the nights when I had difficulty falling asleep, ZzzQuil has helped me fall asleep easily. After a month, I can honestly say that trying these products  is one of the best things that I’ve ever done. According to a survey fielded by Febreze and ZzzQuil,…
  • 10 Unbelievable Facts About Some of Your Kid’s Favorite Animated Films

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
      Parents tend to have a love-hate relationship with children’s films. Although most are an absolute joy to watch, children’s innate penchant for repetition often times make kid’s films the bane of our existence. I mean, you can “find Nemo” but so many times in a given week right? In order to add a fun and unique spin on those classic animated films that we adults love to loath, I’ve dug up some interesting (and a few unbelievable) facts. Like for instance, did you know that Prince (or The Artist Formerly Known As depending on whom you ask) fell so in…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • When Boys Become Men #DeclareYourScent

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Do you know what it is like to be in an enclosed area everyday with four boys who have all just about hit puberty. Yeah, it's not pretty. Some care about hygiene more than others, but it is something that I am trying to push constantly, for my own nose's sake. Goodness gracious there is nothing worse. Now that my oldest is about to turn 15, he is very into the "whole package" so to speak. He
  • 3 Ways to Encourage a Love of Reading in Children

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:52 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Purina for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As a homeschooling mom is can be hard to encourage my children to pick up a book. When I was a child I always had a book in my hand. I loved them and they were my escape. In these modern days though, children are far more likely to pick up a cell phone or tablet before they ever pick up their
  • #WhenWeBake Memories are Made + Country Crock Prize Pack #Giveaway - Sponsored Video

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Some of my best memories have been made in the kitchen, both as a parent and with my own parents. I have fond memories of my dad teaching me to cook, chili, spaghetti and meatloaf are among a few of the recipes I learned from him. My mom on the other hand instructed me in the art of baking, especially around the holidays. I can remember the house constantly filled with the smell of fresh baked
  • Burst into Spring and #GetUpsideDown at Dairy Queen

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dairy Queen. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for my participation The flowers are blooming, the showers are showering and the bugs are biting. That can only mean one thing, Spring is here! Now, for those of you who know me, you know how much the boys and I love Dairy Queen. I can't
  • A Weekend of Adventure at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee #FamilyTravel

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    Kissimmee has been one of our favorite "go to" family vacation spots for years now. A step away from the hustle and bustle of the major theme parks, Kissimmee is centrally located to a whole lot of fun, offers budget-priced accommodations and has many action-packed attractions of its own for visitors. A few weekends ago, the boys and I were given the opportunity to experience some of the best
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • Tips for the Most Amazing Family Ski Trip

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Going skiing with the family can be a brilliant way to spend a vacation. It’s so different from beach holidays and even city breaks. What could be better than learning a new skill together against the most beautiful crisp white backdrop? We have some tips that can make your trip even more magical too! Go When the Weather is Slightly WarmerBy going when the weather is slightly warmer, the ski trip will be much more child friendly. This is usually between the months of March and April, but you’ll need to do your research based on your own destination choice. Get Your Kids a Ski LessonTo…
  • Off-Duty Moms: Essential Planning Tips For A Girls' Night Out

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:16 pm
    When you have young kids, you don’t get an awful lot of time to yourself, never mind time to spend with your girlfriends. That’s why it’s important that when these rare opportunities do come along that you do them right! Here are my essential planning tips for a super girls’ night out. These suggestions will, hopefully, take a lot of the hard work out of organizing this event. Now let your hair down and have fun, you are a hard working Mom and you deserve it! One: Create a Facebook event Creating a Facebook event with your girls gives you the opportunity to discuss different elements…
  • Hard Rock Hotel Staycation (Day 2)

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:09 pm
    If you missed all the fun of our day 1, click here. After having buffet breakfast at Starz Restaurant, we took the kids for another round of water fun at the hotel's sand pool. I have nothing to highlight about the breakfast buffet spread we had but the sand pool is definitely worth raving about. As you can tell from the photo above, the kids and their parents (can you spot G and the hubby?) are having a grand time playing with sand and water as if they are in a beach.Our family were among the early birds to enjoy the sand pool, the crowd only started to thicken much later. The…
  • Hard Rock Hotel Staycation (Day 1)

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:08 pm
    In my desire to make Father's Day extra special last year, I booked a staycation at Hard Rock Hotel. My hubby, although a very hands on dad, is a certified workaholic (he works on most weekends). The only way for us to spend time with him the entire weekend is either to go on a weekend escapade in nearby places like Bintan, Batam, Malacca and KL or spend a weekend staycation in Singapore. Since we already went to Malacca earlier part of the year, I opted for the latter. Hard Rock Hotel's overall theme is most suitable for rock star dads. My hubby ain't a rock star but he rocks nonetheless. He…
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Watch A Night of Magic at Raffles by Joe Labero

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:37 pm
    If there's one thing i badly need in my life as a blogger right now, it's none other than MAGIC. Why? You may ask... I will tell you at the end of this post. Haha! Such a teaser i am, no?Let me talk about Joe Labero's A Night of Magic at Raffles first, which my guest and I have had the privilege to watch at the Jubilee Hall of the grand and iconic Raffles Hotel. I have to admit, before I received the kind media invitation to catch the magic show, i have never heard about Joe Labero. I only know Criss Angel the magician because my husband religiously watch his magic show on TV.I did what i…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • Is “I don’t want to talk about it!” an Option in Your House?

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Don’t sweep issues under the rug. Don’t ignore the elephant in the room. Sure, give your kids space and time when they need it, but don’t neglect teaching them this very important skill…       Are you or your child struggling with an issue in youth sports?  I’m available for one-on-one mentoring. You can...Read More
  • Top 3 Reasons Sports Parents Get Discouraged & How To Fight It

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    No one warns sports parents when they sign up their child for his first season of sports that it’s not going to be all fun and games.  Oh, it may start out that way for you. But something happens as kids get older and the competition gets stiffer; the light hearted fun gets forgotten as many parents get discouraged...Read More
  • Sports Parenting Podcast: Should You Move Your Child Up Ahead of His Peers in Youth Sports?

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    To listen to this podcast, click on the above arrow. Has your child ever been asked to move up a level in sports? In this podcast, I will talk with Dr. Haley Perlus about what parents and athletes should consider when making this decision. Dr. Perlus has a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology, M.S. in Sport Pedagogy, and numerous fitness...Read More
  • Are You Spending Too Much Money on Youth Sports?

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Ever wondered if you will get a return on your youth sports investment? Is all that money you are spending too much? Is the expense of youth sports worth it? Everyone who makes an investment wants to know about the ROI–Return on Investment. What is the ROI for the investment you are making in youth...Read More
  • Coach, Do you Ever Have Trouble Inspiring Your Team?

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Coach, you have a big job. Not only do you have to strategize a game plan, manage parents, and organize volunteer help, you also have to inspire your team to be the best they can be. That may be easy at first, when you’re pumped up and the season is new, but as time goes...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • “Vision of Tomorrow” Featurette #Tomorrowland

    Darcy Zalewski
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Story Synopsis From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever. Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and…
  • Maple Salmon Filets Recipe {Soy Free, Gluten Free}

    Darcy Zalewski
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    My friend AH has provided another delicious recipe she created with her order from Door to Door Organics to share with all of you! While I didn’t get a chance to taste it, I did think it smelled amazing. Maple Salmon Filets with Quinoa Recipe Ingredients: 4-5 salmon filets 1/4-1/2 cup pure maple syrup 2 Tbs coconut amino acids (soy sauce replacer) 1 head fresh minced garlic 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt Dash of fresh ground black pepper Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl mix maple syrup, coconut aminos, garlic, salt and pepper. Place mixture in a covered baking…
  • Mom Confession: I Didn’t Make My Own Baby Food

    Darcy Zalewski
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    This is a sponsored conversation about transitioning babies to solid foods. All thoughts and experiences shared are my own. Before I had kids I had lots of ideas about the type of mother I wanted to be. I don’t want to say I’m not the kind of mom I used to imagine, because I’m an evolved version of her. One of the things the mom in my head wanted to do was make all of our own baby food. During my pregnancy, I devoured parenting books and became more interested in healthier eating for our whole family. Growing up I was quite familiar with feeding babies baby food. I decided when it was…
  • How I Turned a Potential Toddler Art Disaster Into a Beautiful Memory #StressLess2BMyBest #Ad

    Darcy Zalewski
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    This is a sponsored story about a time I turned a stressful parenting moment into a happy one.  My kids like to draw. On everything. No surface in my house is safe from crayons, markers or colored pencils. We’ve tried to limit where they can use art supplies, what they can access, and when. We’ve redirected them to more appropriate things to draw on. Generally they are very good, but always slip their redecorating attempts past me. They’ll be coloring nicely, sprawled out on the kitchen floor. Suddenly I’ll notice they’ve moved from scribbling on the paper to…
  • I’m Afraid to Step Back on the Scale

    Darcy Zalewski
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    I haven’t stepped on a scale in at least six months. It all trickled down. I abandoned a weight loss plan that was giving me results, I became more lax in tracking my indulgences, I abandoned Couch to 5k, and I stopped posting weight loss updates. Eventually I quit weighing myself too. I don’t really know why I feel the need to tell you all this, but it’s not the first time I’ve lost my way in taking care of myself. Overall I still feel pretty healthy. I’m still eating better than previously. It continues to be a struggle, but I know lifestyle changes are not…
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    One Little Mister

  • JLo Brings New Flirty and Fun Fragrance

    Christi Kopp
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Every woman wants a scent that makes her feel amazing.  She wants it to be something young but not childish, yet bold.  She is looking for a fragrance that lets loose her inner wildcat but still... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Protecting Our Kids at Home or Afar

    Christi Kopp
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    As parents one of our top priorities is the safety and security of our kids.  From the moment we first find out we are expecting until we take our last breaths on Earth, our kids remain a major focus... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Making Your Best Interview Impression

    Michelle Davis
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    Congratulations, you got the call back for the interview!  Now, what do you wear? There are a plethora of magazines and fashions blogs offering advice on how to dress for success for a job interview.... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Hamburger Helper Saves Dinner With Free Ground Beef

    Christi Kopp
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
        With a house filled with 6 kids, any night can be hectic around dinnertime.  If you add a day filled with errands and appointments, it becomes complete chaos.  The kids are all starving... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Baby-Proofing Made Easy With Rimiclip

    Guest Blogger
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    This is a sponsored post for Rimiclip.   by Erik Hansen We here at One Little Mister are excited today to share a great new product with all our parents that we’re sure you’re going to love! If... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
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    The Potty Diaries

  • Carry on Regardless

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:39 am
    Sometimes, I wonder if pushing kids to try things they don't want to do is a pointless task, and more trouble than it's worth.  But then something like this happens...With only a couple of months left before we leave Russia for the foreseeable future, we're trying to cross a few items off our bucket list.  One of the things we've wanted to do for a while was to take the Boys to a classical concert at the recently renovated Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, because, well, whilst it might not seem like the obvious entertainment choice for two very normal 9 and 11 year old boys,…
  • The ingredients for my perfect tea-break...

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    Warning: this post does not feature proper tea.  Or milk.  Or a china cup.  Or a digestive biscuit.(I'm not going to be allowed back into the UK, am I?)Hot water, camomile tea, and a Dutch stroopwaffel perched on top until the syrup in the middle of it heats up to the point that it reaches just the right consistency of gooey.Oh, and a pretty insulated cup given me by a good friend, that keeps my tea hot for as long it takes me to drink it.Yum.What are the ingredients for your perfect tea break?Disclaimer:I do drink 'proper' tea - but not often (the caffeine upsets my stomach).
  • Crossing The Rubicon

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:39 am
    The Potski Family have crossed The Rubicon.The Rubicon, in case you didn't know (I didn't know in detail before I started writing this post - isn't the internet a wonderful thing?), was the river that Julius Caesar's army crossed in 49 BC in an act of insurrection against the Roman state preceding his eventual assumption of power, and was where he supposedly uttered the words 'The die has been cast' (according to Suetonius).Well.  That seems a bit dramatic for what we've done; there has been no insurrection, we are not acting against the state, and the only place our words on this event…
  • I can resist anything... except temptation

    6 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    No, really.And that is why, finding myself halfway through a family pack of Cadbury's mini eggs that I had lovingly bought back from the UK a few weeks ago, only to discover on Easter Sunday that neither of my sons liked them, I did the most sensible thing for someone who has my woefully low ability to resist temptation.I went and put them in the bin. And just to make sure I didn't go back and salvage the pack when the munchies struck later, I didn't just drop the bag in. I up-ended it and tipped those little morsels of candied heaven into the bin and watched them disappeared from sight.As I…
  • 'Tales from the Land of the Lost... Property' continued...

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    You know how sometimes bloggers use a little poetic licence when writing their posts?  I have to admit that the post I wrote yesterday - about Boy #2 losing his coat - was actually about an incident that happened the day before.  So sue me.What I'm writing about now, though, happened this morning - honest, guv.So, in an effort to communicate to Boy #2 how much of a pain in the backside losing his coat is, I have made him come with me to the Lost & Found cupboards at school 3 times since he mislaid it.  We went there yesterday morning.  We went there yesterday…
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    Abundant Mama

  • The Most Vital Self-Care Tool I Never Talk About

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    It is an honor to share this post with you today as part of Rachael Cook’s Business That Loves You Back Blog Tour. It’s been beautiful to read the other stories of women running businesses that feel really good. Like this one from Shenee. And this one from Claire. This Friday, I’ll joyfully board a yellow school bus to go on a field trip with a bunch of third-graders. We’ll roam around and I’ll be exhausted by noon. We’ll eat our brown bagged lunches. We’ll ooh and aah over the relics of our state’s history. And when it’s all over, as a…
  • 5 Powerful Actions to Say Yes To Today That Could Change Your Life

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    One of the biggest search terms of this site is the word yes. YES. Yes to that. Early on I wrote about being a Yes Mama. I still try very hard to live my life with YES at the forefront. Saying yes feels good. Saying yes to doing things differently or meaningfully fills my heart with feelings of abundance. Yes is an open feeling, a feeling that all of us need in these crazy, modern times. (I am also a very big fan of no, by the way. Intentional NOs are the foundation of an Abundant Mama lifestyle.) So, in the spirit of more yeses around here … here are 5 Powerful Actions To Say Yes To…
  • Embracing “Imperfectly Perfect” Motherhood

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:04 pm
    This post is another in our series of Real Abundant Mamas courageously sharing their personal Abundant Mama Journeys with us — and this one is from Wales in the United Kingdom. Please welcome Abundant Mama Rhian Welham to this space today and give her a warm welcome on her story of embracing imperfectly perfect motherhood. Before I signed up to AMP I was in a place of bad feeling, bitterness and lack of belief in myself as a mother. I didn’t want to shout and scream at my daughter, but I was unable to find my way out of it. Our family life was one of disarray and discontent. I had…
  • How to Transform Out of Your “Not Enough” Mentality

    13 Apr 2015 | 4:09 pm
    It’s time I tell you a story about coming full circle. About being worn and shiny and beautiful. About darkness. And about light. And a storm that welled up inside of me.     My “Why I Wake Up Early” volume of Mary Oliver poetry was ruined recently by some water mishap I still cannot wrap my head around. But, on a walk in the sunshine, I found a lovely worn washer to add to my strange, yet beautifully quirky collection of metal washers — washers that remind me of my own worn yet wise mother self who has come full circle on this journey. Our daughter woke us…
  • A Sweet List of Life Planning Tools for Modern Mothers

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    I get asked about how I manage my time and energy all the time. Running a business from my home is the easiest part of my day most of the time. Being The Mom is often the hardest — like recently when my very sad daughter told me she was teased by a popular girl in her class — a girl she has tried so hard to be friends with — for “running like a girl.” Well, I run my coaching business like a girl.  (Or, rather, like a Mom.) How I manage it all is pretty simple — and creative. Because my work here in this project is my self-care, I have set boundaries in…
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    Project Motherhood

  • Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015 {Giveaway}

    Allison Cooper
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:15 am
    I’m not going to lie, Mother’s Day is a big deal around Project Motherhood! I feel like it’s so important to celebrate Moms (and Dads, too!) on this very special holiday, and everyday. While lounging around the other night right before bedtime, I reminded Branden (again) to brush his teeth. “Oh foof,” he said, his word that he uses to replace “crap.” “I forgot.” We then stirred up the conversation of how nothing gets done unless I remind everyone, something that ALL moms feel. Branden casually replied, “Well, that’s because…
  • Mother’s Day Treasures From Ecolustre

    Allison Cooper
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    The word “mom” really has so much power behind it. We don’t always think about its meaning as it’s being hollered at us a million times per day, or all those millions of times we hollered the word at our mom. But nonetheless, it is honestly one of the most profound words in our vocabulary and carries the key to life in its every utterance. When Mother’s Day rolls around, we find ourselves yearning for that special gift for the person who was always there, and it’s not always easy. But this discovery of mine may change that little difficulty you sometimes…
  • Turn Heads This Mother’s Day With Amrita Singh Jewelry {Giveaway}

    Allison Cooper
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    I’ve said it before, and I will say it again – jewelry is powerful and has the ability to instantly take a boring outfit to the next level! I love adding new pieces of jewelry to my wardrobe, especially Amrita Singh jewelry – because every piece is so unique and fun that my personality shines through. It’s a very simple way to take a piece of clothing that is otherwise basic, and transform it to something new. Amrita Singh Jewelry was founded in 2003, inspired by the Mughal Dynasty, creating the foundation of what this incredibly inspiring company is today. They have…
  • #DrinkEden Naturally Different Juice For Health Conscious Mamas

    Allison Cooper
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    Since the beginning of his time here on Earth, Branden has always known that he can turn to his Daddy for rough play and treats, while Mommy will be the one for reading books, museum visits, and healthy habits. But because being healthy while living an on-the-go city life isn’t always easy, I as Branden’s Mama am so thankful to have been introduced to Eden Juices, a naturally different juice for health conscious Mamas and their offspring. As soon as we bring these little babies of ours into the world, we want to protect them from everything, and it starts with making sure they are…
  • Jumping Into Spring Pajama Trends With The Company Store {Giveaway}

    Allison Cooper
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    There is just something so yummy and sweet about kiddos in their pajamas. Could it be the fact that it is a very bold signal that bedtime is approaching? Perhaps. But still, it’s cuteness overload at its finest! This season in spring pajama trends, we are seeing animals play a big role, as well as bright colors for girls and vintage inspirations in boys. I’m so excited to share with you all today a company that has inspired me personally to up what I’m wearing to sleep, as well as that of my entire family – The Company Store. This amazing company is about comfort, and…
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  • Every Mother Counts

    Len Dela Cruz
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Mother's Day is that day when we can all be highly dramatic over the gifts our kids give us, post it on Facebook {guilty!}, get 3 likes or so and some touching comments and a couple of smileys. I live in a country where many moms weren't given the privilege to celebrate it because they died from pregnancy-related and childbirth-related causes. The Philippines ranks 74th in the MMR {Maternal Mortality Rate} worldwide. That figure from the CIA was done in 2010. The MMR increased from 99 to 120 per 100,000 live births in 2013. In 2013, the total count was 289,000 worldwide -…
  • Il Ponticello's Create-Your-Own Pizza and Brunchissimo

    Len Dela Cruz
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    I see Il Ponticello as somewhat like Angelina Jolie - from a carousing wild child to an admirable family woman. They are now more focused on giving the whole family a grand time. However, dipsomaniacs are still welcome after hours.Their new offerings aim to please both the parents and the kids! While the grown-ups are eating their way to contentment via the Branchissimo, kids are kept busy with a fun gastro treat called Pizza Santino! The latter is a create-your-own pizza adventure for kids 12 years old and below.Pizza SantinoThe Pizza Santino set above is bungler-proof. The well-calculated…
  • Photo Lust: Ballerinas

    Len Dela Cruz
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    New York-based photographer Dane Shitagi has been photographing ballerinas en pointe outside of their 'natural habitat' for years, and the result is striking! Shitagi said that his aim was to put emphasis on the dancers rather than the poses. He has over a thousand images to date. Ballerinas fascinate me a lot! They're so elegant despite the agonizing positions. Truly a great example of grace under pressure.Confession: I studied ballet for about two weeks when I was six. I was the fattest one in the group! I didn't pursue it. I guess I just like fondue better than do a fondu. Looking at…
  • Interior Snoop: The Schaffer House

    Len Dela Cruz
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    Sometimes, a beautiful house in a movie gets ingrained in my brain more than the storyline. Does that happen to you? Tom Ford's 'A Single Man' is brilliant, but it's George's house that left me wanting more! I want to explore every single corner of that place if given the chance. I found out a couple of months after I watched the movie that John Lautner was the man responsible for that piece of architectural excellence.It's called the Schaffer House - named after the former owner. It was built in 1949 as a pied-à-terre for the Schaffer family in Glendale, CA. It was their picnic place. They…
  • Style Board: Green Military Jacket

    Len Dela Cruz
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:11 am
    Military Jacket    High Top Sneakers    Baseball Cap    Aviator    Muscle Tank    Denim Cut-Offs   Is it the keen support for the troops or simple aesthetics that is strongly propelling the military trend for years now? It's probably both. I'm not too big a fan of the military boots, but I've always had a huge crush on the green military jacket, though. Various style twists have been created using the complementing jacket - from the ultra femme to an all-out combative look. I still like it best with a pair of denim cut-offs, tank,…
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  • Life Is Fun With Kids

    Bob Aycock |
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    My wife and I have finally decided to start a family blog to share the chaos, er, fun of our life with four kids. Because, when you have four kids, you need one more thing on your plate. :-) I am building the site this month, so please check out our social media channels in the meantime: […]
  • Time-Lapse Video of Disneyland Park Construction

    Bob Aycock |
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    The Disney Parks Blog just released this amazing time-lapse video of Disneyland Park construction. This is the stuff I love! As we prepare to celebrate 60 years of memories and magic during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we’ve been looking back at key moments in our history – times when Disneyland pushed the limits of […]
  • U.S. Navy Blue Angels Soar Above Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort

    Bob Aycock |
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    From Walt Disney World News: In a special moment for Magic Kingdom guests, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, streaked across the skies above Cinderella Castle March 19, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The flyover featured the Blue Angels’ six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation making two […]
  • Moms Panel Monday: Moms’ Views on your first visit to Magic Kingdom Park

    Bob Aycock |
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    One of my favorite ways to helps Guests on the Disney Parks Moms Panel is by answering the Moms’ Views Questions. Moms’ Views Questions allow Disney Parks Moms Panelists to collectively answer a question from a Guest. It’s fun to read tips and opinions from my fellow Panelists as I answer, and it allows us to […]
  • Fact Check Friday: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

    Bob Aycock |
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    With so much information on the Internet about Disney, I have decided to debut another new series (the second one this week!): Fact Check Friday.  Today’s fact check is about one of the most misattributed Walt Disney quotes: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” I myself am guilty of attributing this to Uncle […]
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  • How Do I Love #Target? Let Me Count the Ways!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    I love Target. My kids love Target. My husband has been to Target to Christmas shop for me, but I can't say he LOVES Target, since I always come home from Target after spending at least $200. Today I am going to count the ways I love Target.Even though the one I go to is not a SuperTarget, they have plenty of grocery options, making my life easy when I have to go there for one reason and then realize I need milk. We ALWAYS need milk.Toy section is fantabulous for the kids ... they love to spend birthday money there and always find something they love.I got a leather toy ottoman there years…
  • An Introduction to #Blurb: What the Heck Is It?!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.Like many great companies before it, Blurb was actually started by accident. In the early 2000s, Eileen Gittins, Blurbs' Founder, rekindled a passion for photography while trying to figure out her next career gig. She wanted to compile her photos into a nice coffee table photo book, but she only wanted to print a handful of copies. The conundrum was that every publisher was quoting her hundreds of dollars for each book! She found this curious – and…
  • Learning to be Consistent in my Homeschool

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I am the worst person in the world when it comes to consistency. Always have been.I start a weight loss or exercise program and I quit. Never kept a boyfriend long before Mr. Kerrie (20 years in with the dude this summer so I'm pretty sure it's going to work out). Never kept a job too long either. Can't keep up a household routine as far as keeping things organized and clean.SUCH a challenge for me to stay on the kids to keep up with homeschooling or to stick with a plan. That's why I started doing virtual school last fall and it has helped me but has not cured my inconsistency…
  • Sell Your Blog Content and #Writing #Reprints Over and Over Using My Resource!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:24 pm
    WHEW! It's finally in print! I started working on this puppy in 2009 before my 5th kidlet Samuel was born. I had been writing for some regional parenting magazines and compiled a bunch of the magazine info into one resource with tips. I got it onto an ebook platform and it sold pretty well for a while. I updated it annually and then kind of gave up in 2014.Then Susan Maccarelli from Beyond Your Blog wrote me and wanted to do a podcast with me about it. She has an amazing site and amazing writers and bloggers who read her site and she knew they would want to know how to sell their work and…
  • Microwave Cake in a Cup #CakeInACup

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    So for some reason I whipped out this recipe on Sunday. I have had this recipe since my stepmom Nancy emailed it to me in 2008. Two thousand eight, people. Yeah, I obviously like to let a recipe age before I use it.Anyway, I threw together several of these since I had a zillion kids over like always and they were such a hit! I took a picture and put it on Facebook and a lot of you wanted the recipe so here you go!Ingredients:1 coffee mug4 tablespoons flour (not self-rising)4 tablespoons sugar2 tablespoons baking cocoa1 egg3 tablespoons milk3 tablespoons oil3 tablespoons chocolate chips if…
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  • The Fantastical Story Factory! {Giveaway}

    21 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Children are the best story tellers in the world. With their wild and uninhabited imagination, the possibilities are endless with... Continue reading » The post The Fantastical Story Factory! {Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Why the comparisons are hurting your child

    19 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    When it comes to parenting, I like to think I’m a pretty chill mum especially when it comes to academics.... Continue reading » The post Why the comparisons are hurting your child appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • The Music Run comes to Singapore

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    It’s been a while since Alexis and I took part in any race together since the Vertical Marathon in 2013.... Continue reading » The post The Music Run comes to Singapore appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • My Queenstown Heritage Trail

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    As a child, I spent my first eight years growing up in Stirling Road. Even though we’ve long shifted, the area remains... Continue reading » The post My Queenstown Heritage Trail appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Ocean Dreams Sleepover Party at S.E.A. Aquarium

    6 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Everyone knows about the S.E.A. Aquarium in Resorts World Singapore. But I bet not many know that they have a... Continue reading » The post Ocean Dreams Sleepover Party at S.E.A. Aquarium appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • Week 17 of 2015

    Erica Price
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
        Last week I didn’t take feature any pictures of H, so this week I’ve made an effort to take more of him at the weekend or after school. So at the weekend there was some toy testing going on – this is a planetarium.There has been some cello practice going on after school too.  I’ve been encouraging H to use his bow more as he is more comfortable plucking, but of course, the instrument is mostly played with the bow.Even when I have been taking pictures of H, the cats have got in on the act.  This one is a shameless food beggar and is keen to get her teeth into…
  • Win Bennetts Baby Products

    Erica Price
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    Formulated over 50 years ago by a father and independent pharmacist, Basil Bennett became famous for his baby care products, compounded on demand in his own pharmacy. As a member of the Royal Society of Chemists of Great Britain, he utilised his vast experience to create this range. With his expertly formulated products that effectively treat dry skin, eczema, and help to prevent and heal nappy rash, Bennett’s has been a firm favourite of Mums and Dad’s for decades. Trusted and reliable, Bennett’s is a house hold name and one of the best-selling baby care brands in South Africa.The full…
  • Teaching Children About Managing Money

    Erica Price
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:37 am
    When I went to university, one of my friends spent her entire term’s money in the course of a few weeks.  She wasn’t really a party animal, so it didn’t go on alcohol and nights out, but she bought clothes, trinkets and anything she fancied.  I don’t really know what made her do something so daft, but maybe she’d not really learnt about managing her money as she grew up.  Maybe that was the first time she’d had any money of her own to spend.  Maybe her parents hadn’t set a good example.  I think learning how to manage your money is an important…
  • A Mouse’s Tale Giveaway

    Erica Price
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    The Easter holidays are only just behind us, but before we know it, half term will be creeping up on us.  If memory serves, last year’s Whitsun half term was not the greatest on the weather front, so you might want to have something up your sleeve for a rainy day. Watching a film together is a favourite in this house on a rainy day and at the weekend, we tried out A Mouse’s Tale. A Mouse’s Tale is a story of good versus evil.In order to save their kingdom from evil rodents, Samantha and Sebastian are given a mission by the King of Rodencia and the wise Wizard Dalliwog. …
  • Week 16 of 2015

    Erica Price
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:22 am
    This week is completely different to last week.  Last week was all about getting out and about places with H and most of my pictures are of him having fun.  This week it’s much more about what I’m seeing during my day at home.  Luckily this time of year lends itself to nice photographs with all the spring flowers.Last weekend was fairly quiet and we didn’t do a great deal apart from gardening.  We have been focusing on our vegetable garden the last few weeks and it’s starting to take shape.  In previous years we have always felt a bit behind, but this year we are…
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • You Make Life Better—A Love Letter

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
  • Funkins...FTW!

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    My daughter is beautiful, inside and outside. Though I have to say, sometimes her outside is a mess. At every meal she ends up with a ridiculous amount of food on her face. We have no idea how she doesn't feel it. And if she is aware of the loaf of bread hanging from her lower lip, how does it not drive her nuts?! But alas, this is one of the many mysteries that make our Avery unique. Left to her own devices, she would go through a dozen paper napkins in one sittingthat's a whole pile of unnecessary waste. We tried sending Avery to school with a pair of terrycloth wristbands to wear during…
  • Help Given, Help Accepted

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    I can never bring myself to ask for help, even when I desperately need it. It seems I'd rather burn the candle at both ends than ask for a hand. I'm equal parts martyr and maniac in this regard.  Though I acknowledged this character flaw FOUR YEARS ago I continue to refuse help when it's offered. I know I'm not the only one. Raise your hand if you feel me?Oh dear. I see a lot of hands...If we're peeling back the psychological layers here, for me it's about not wanting to admit that I can't do something myself. In my mind, nobody can do it as well as I can anyway. But mostly, it's about…
  • I Made This Mess—Now It’s Time To Clean It Up

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:18 am
    It’s not that I’m a “neat freak” exactlyI just prefer my environment (home, office, car, the world) to be orderly. Does this make me neurotic? Maybe, but my brain just functions better when the space around me is organized. Even as a kid, I made my bed every morning without being asked. I’m not talking hospital corners, but at the very least, the comforter was pulled smooth. Apart from some Barbies lying around or a few sweaters draped over my desk chair, my room was always well appointed.My brother was pretty tidy too.* And today, all grown up, his workshop is super…
  • Never Shave Again?!

    11 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    If you give a care about having less hair, please allow me to wax poetically about the pros and cons of laser hair removal. First, I should tell you that this post is not sponsored. I paid for this experience with my own dollhairs. I actually got a package deal on sale on Black Friday—a friend sang the praises of this particular laser salon, Chi-Chi Laser Studios, so when I saw the deal pop up, I grabbed it.If you're considering laser hair removal you could do your own research on the subject or simply read this post to ‘shave off’ some time. (Sorry, but c’mon… so many puns.). I’m…
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  • The power of pondering

    Nicole orriëns
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:42 am
    I love to ponder over yonder.  Every day I ponder life and the universe for at least 45 minutes. In the mornings I ponder while I drink my cup of coffee at 10 o'clock.  In the evenings I like to ponder while sipping a big mug of tea.During my pondering I listen to classical music, and let it wash over me. And all the time I just let my thoughts roam freely.At first I feel a bit antsy. Suddenly I'll remember all kinds of stuff I have to do and I can feel my body getting ready to jump out of my easy chair and go and do them. But I won't let it. Instead I write whatever it is down in…
  • The view from my garden bench + Linky

    Nicole orriëns
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
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  • Doing the laundry: my fight agains Mount Washmore

    Nicole orriëns
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:53 am
    With five kids who can't even eat a peanut butter sandwich without smearing it all over their clothes, my laundry baskets are seldom empty. But that doesn't mean I can't strive for blissful emptiness! Every day I declare war on Mount Washmore, and these are my strategies:I have three laundry baskets in the bathroom: one for lights, one for darks and one for really dirty stuff. Every night, before I lay me down to sleep, I stuff the washing machine with dirty laundry. This way, all I have to do the next day is add detergent and push the button, and I'm a good housewife already.I fold laundry…
  • Mom's beware + Linky!

    Nicole orriëns
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:26 pm
    It looked like a cute gadget.But it turned out to be a torture device...It's like having my husband home all day... An InLinkz Link-upMake sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner
  • Trackbacks, pingbacks and backlinks: what are those?

    Nicole orriëns
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:22 am
    When I finally succumbed to the lure of and left Blogger, I suddenly got these pingbacks!Pingbacks are sent in an email, telling you someone has linked to one of your blogposts. If you allow it, someone else's pingback will appear in the comment section of your blog.Pingbacks can be an SEO-tool, but thread carefully!You can use pingbacks as an SEO-tool to get new visitors. After all, if you link to someone else's blogpost you might get a link to your post in the comment section. With a bit of luck, their visitors will click on your pingback. But be…
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    Your Daily Serving of Mommie Daze

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron Prize Pack Giveaway

    Colleen Stout
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    This is a compensated post written on behalf of Meijer. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Avengers fans assemble! I have an awesome giveaway for you if Iron Man and Captain America are some of your favorite superheros. Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1st. My boys talk about it all the time. They’re even dressing up in their superhero costumes and having battles all over the house. A Captain America shield came flying through the kitchen the other day, hit me in the head and almost took out the family dog. True story. David and Wade go crazy for anything Avengers related,…
  • I Mustache You Some Questions

    Colleen Stout
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    The always funny Katy over at Experienced Bad Mom tagged me to play “I Mustache You Some Questions.” I don’t think Katy actually has a mustache, but she does make me laugh, so I am happy to oblige. 1. Four names people call me other than my real name OK. This one hurts a little, because growing up I always wanted a nickname, but how do you make a nickname out of Colleen? I mean, a Collie is a dog. I used to fantasize about changing my name to Cassandra, so people could call me Cassie. These days I answer to Mom, my husband calls me Babe, and now that I’m almost 40, the…
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  • Top 10 best musicals for kids to struct their stuff too!

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Top 10 best musicals for kids to struct their stuff too! We are celebrating the launch of the new Annie DvD today with our own little look boogie-based celebration of all the best musicals for kids. What are the films out there that can really get you and the kids up and dancing, or at least singing at the top of their lungs? I have to admit to being one of the worlds biggest musical fans, from the Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Free worry tree to help ease your kids fears

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Free worry tree to help ease your kids fears Even little ones need help coping with anxiety; worrying is part of life as an adult, and children can struggle to cope with the stresses and strains that their life throws at them. Something that appears to be a little worry to you, can be a very big thing for a three or four year old. Worry Trees have been used by psychologists to Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Getting your kids to create their own little masterpieces with Painting Gallery

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Getting your kids to create their own little masterpieces with Painting Gallery My daughter is nine, and loves to draw. I am pretty sure she does it in her sleep quite regularly; and we just can’t tell. I was therefore delighted to take a look at a new Apple app from Joyful Works that is designed to inspire younger children’s creativity, Painting Gallery (£2.29). Just for your information, the Android app is due out later in the year. We Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • #Win an In The Night Garden bundle from Golden Bear

    22 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    #Win an In The Night Garden bundle from Golden Bear Who loves a little bit of Igglepiggle? Well we have a treat for you all then, as our giveaway today is: Large Talking Upsy Daisy (RRP £14.99) Large Talking Igglepiggle (RRP £14.99) And we have prizes for TWO of you as well; so double the chance of your children getting their excited little mitts on these prizes. In the Night Garden is based on a Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • 5 ways for new parent frugal living you might not have thought of

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    5 ways for new parent frugal living you might not have thought of Becoming a parent is a daunting task for us all. I remember it well. Just sitting down, with my wee daughter in her car seat after coming back from the hospital, just staring at her in our lounge, and then staring at my husband thinking… “Right, erm, yes – what the hell do we actually do now?” There are many things that give new Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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  • H20GO Triple Water Slide Giveaway, Ends 5/11

    Diana Chastain
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome to the H2OGO! Triple Water Slide Giveaway Sponsored by H2OGO! Hosted by A Spectacled Owl It's getting warmer every day here in Georgia and that means we are gearing up for some super summer fun on the blog! With summer here before we know it, that mean trips to the beach, hanging outside with friends, picnics in the park and fun times with our families. Wouldn't it be fun to have something new and exciting in your backyard?H2OGO! has a new line of water slides that will bring a smile to the face of parents that remember summertime fun in their backyards as kids and to…
  • Something Special for Mom Giveaway Hop, Ends

    Diana Chastain
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I received complimentary products to share this post. All opinions are my own. Welcome to the Something Special for Mom Giveaway Hop hosted by the Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro. Mother’s Day will be here before you know it, which is why a group of fabulous bloggers have come together to share gifts and giveaways that are perfect for the special lady in your life - or maybe even yourself!  I am excited to be giving away a beautiful White Angel New Bone China Tea Set with Cup Hanger from This new bone china tea set is the perfect companion for enjoying loose tea.
  • Enter to WIN 1 of 3 Graco 4ever™ 4-in-1 Car Seat, Ends 5/29

    Diana Chastain
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    This is a sponsored post. I received a gift or another form of compensation to write this post. However, I only support and recommend products and companies that I believe in.Have you ever considered cord blood banking? LifebankUSA is the only company that offers cord blood, placenta blood and tissue banking - and the first to release placenta-derived stem cells for a successful transplant. LifebankUSA is a technological leader that is pioneering key medical innovations in the field. Through cord blood banking at LifebankUSA, you can collect and preserve potentially lifesaving stem cells, and…
  • Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Collection Review #IC

    Diana Chastain
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Weleda. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions and reviews are my own.Does your baby have sensitive skin? Peanut has been showing signs of sensitivities lately. Maybe it was the cold of the winter or now with pollen season in full swing. I'm not sure. I want his skin to stay baby soft without irritation. I have been a fan of Weleda baby products for a while. Weleda has been developing plant-based medicines and natural cosmetic…
  • 3rd Annual Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway, Ends 5/3

    Diana Chastain
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
     Welcome to our 3rd Annual Baby Shower Event!This event is hosted by Dixieland Reviews and co-hosted by Golden State Mom, Joyful Gifts by Julie, Southern Mom Loves, A Little Bit of Everything, A Man's Take on Things, Michigan Savings & More, Mom 'N Daughter Savings, Mommy on the Money, What U Talking Bout Willis, Goody Bag Mall, Diaper Wrecker, Mama Smith's Review Blog, Imperfect Women, Susie's Reviews & Giveaways, Swanky Point of View and Heartbeats ~Soulstains. Sponsors as noted.  This event will have 11 (ELEVEN!) Prizes with one winner per prize, open to the US and Canada…
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    Virtually Yours

  • 5 Things that Surprised Me about Animal Kingdom Lodge

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    Even living less than two hours from Disney World, I am amazed at how huge it is, and how much there is that I have not seen. Last year we celebrated my birthday at Jiko, which is part of the Animal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Backstage Tales Tour Experience at Animal Kingdom #MonkeyKingdomEvent

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    Did you know you can take a tour backstage at Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World? We were able to take the tour as part of the Monkey Kingdom Event, and it was fascinating! We arrived at 7:15 in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep #IWasSoTired

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Sleep is important. Can I get an Amen? When I don’t get enough sleep, I am just not myself. For about the past year, I have really had trouble sleeping. It’s the worst when I travel. Last... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hamburger Helper Biscuit Cups Easy Weeknight Meal

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    We haven’t made Hamburger Helper in a while. We used to make it so much that I think my girls grew tired of it. It was their request whenever I made them something for a special movie night or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival 2015 #MonkeyKingdomEvent

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    I was invited by Disney to experience EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival as part of the Monkey Kingdom Event in exchange for sharing it with you. I had such a blast, and know you will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Grown and Flown

  • Getting Ready for College: Interview on Fios 1 News

    Grown and Flown
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    High school seniors heading off to college have until May 1 to make final decisions about which school to choose for fall enrollment. Lisa was invited by anchor Christa Lauri, anchor of Fios 1 News (Verizon Communications)  to discuss how kids are now getting ready for college and what parents can do to help them.  Here is their interview, part of the feature, “Raising Our Kids.” video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player The post Getting Ready for College: Interview on Fios 1 News appeared first on Grown and Flown.
  • How to Finish College in 4 Years: What Parents Need to Know

    Grown and Flown
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Imagine sitting in the audience at your daughter’s high school graduation, your heartbeat accelerating as the alphabetical roll call draws ever closer to your family’s last name. To her right and left you see her classmates, beaming with joyous self-confidence. Now, fast forward a few months to the fall semester of freshman year. Sadly, many of these graduating high school seniors will begin to stumble and wonder how to finish college during four years.  Instead, some will take one or two extra years to complete a degree while still others may drop out, clutching a transcript of random…
  • Dorm Room Shopping: 50 Questions to Answer First

    Grown and Flown
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Stop. Slide that credit card back in your wallet and set down that dorm room shopping laundry list. Yes, you are facing the mother of all back-to-school shops. And, yes it seems like your freshman needs a million insanely expensive things. But before you wander through the endless (and, we promise you, they are endless) aisles of plastic underbed storage containers, laundry baskets and XL sheets, take a look at these 50 questions. Then, fix a snack for your off-to-college child, sit down and try to tackle these together. Turn on the computer and drill down on his college website to the…
  • 5 Ways to Smooth the Transition from Senior Year to College

    Grown and Flown
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Guest blogger, Annie Berning, is a college freshman who looks back on her senior year in high school, offering these five suggestions for those who will be off to college in the fall: I’m currently trying to accept the fact that final exams are looming and am amazed by how fast my freshman year of college has gone by. Honestly, I’m still in shock at how quickly the years of high school went. High school and living at home were so comfortable and I was nervous to leave it all for someplace totally new. But as this year winds down I realize that I’ve learned a few things that can make the…
  • Moving Kids Out of the College Dorm, for the Summer or Forever

    Grown and Flown
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    Here is the best-kept secret about the college school year. It is about 15 minutes long.  No sooner do kids return to college from spring break than they are ready to move back home for the summer. Moving into the college dorm or apartment was fun. The sheets and towels were new, the mattress topper was tightly packaged in its original box, and your college student was full of enthusiasm.  This move back home has a distinctly different flavor. Now the dorm room is filthy with a layer of dust bunnies so thick you could scoop them with a spoon. Every article of clothing is dirty and strewn…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • Big Bang Brownies

    Ten to Twenty
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
    By Ten to Twenty Looking for an easy brownie recipe that’s delicious and uses ingredients you will almost ALWAYS have on hand? Print this one off friends because you can kiss those box mixes goodbye!!   PrintBig Bang Brownies Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 20 minutesTotal Time: 30 minutes Yield: 1 dozenServing Size: 1 bar Ingredients1 cup sugar 1/2 […] The post Big Bang Brownies appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 13 Frugal Ways to Communicate Love to Your Teen Daughter

    Guest Post
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    By Guest Post So often teen girls get a bad reputation for being moody, whiny, and emotionally challenged, but these things don’t have to be the norm. By fostering a close, loving, and accepting relationship with your teen daughter, you can proactively head many of these issues off at the pass. Following is a list of frugal and […] The post 13 Frugal Ways to Communicate Love to Your Teen Daughter appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • A Farewell to Childhood: The Great Stuffed Animal Migration

    Jennifer Filipowski
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    By Jennifer Filipowski Love them or hate them, I’ll bet you have (or if you’re lucky, “had”) a truckload of stuffed animals in your house. When my daughter was born I was warned about the amount of stuffed animals that would invade our home without even trying. Showers, birthdays, holidays, souvenirs on vacations – they just…kept…coming. At one […] The post A Farewell to Childhood: The Great Stuffed Animal Migration appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Why it’s Important to Trust Your Parenting Gut

    Kimberly Muench
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:10 am
    By Kimberly Muench The question I hear most often when talking with other parents whose son or daughter have fallen into drug and alcohol use is this: How do we rebuild trust with our child and when is it okay to do so? This is a great question for any parent, not just those whose kids have made […] The post Why it’s Important to Trust Your Parenting Gut appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • What’s Hot for Prom 2015 – Podcast with Jen Forman

    Ten to Twenty
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:58 pm
    By Ten to Twenty Prom Fashion and Formal Wear for Teens When we went to prom, we didn’t have too many choices for where we got our dresses and tuxedo’s were the only thing you rented unless your parents were generous and sprung for a limo. But it doesn’t take too long to figure out that teens today have a wide […] The post What’s Hot for Prom 2015 – Podcast with Jen Forman appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • You’re a Big, Fat Liar

    Kristen Daukas
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:21 pm
    By Kristen Daukas What a tangled web we weave, when first we learn to deceive. Ah… the complicated art of lying. It seems as soon as we learn to talk, we learn to manipulate. Whether it’s something as simple as “no, I didn’t eat the last cookie” or more complicated like lying to your parents that you went to a friend’s house when, in fact, you went to a raging party with no parents there.  As parents, we have a finely tuned BS meter and if you’re smart… you never let your kids know when you’re on to them. I’ve talked before about…
  • Triad Love – April in Winston Means RiverRun Film Festival!!

    Kristen Daukas
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    By Kristen Daukas It’s that time of the year when downtown explodes with film enthusiasts hoping to see as many movies as they possibly can in a short amount of time. Welcome to this year’s RiverRun Film Festival!!  This year, RiverRun International Film Festival will showcase 160 films from filmmakers around the globe in 11 days. Starting April 16th and closing April 26th, RiverRun will set the stage to show various documentaries, narrative features and animation for community members across all age groups and will focus on a diverse selection ranging from films with strong…
  • Sometimes, It’s Not Just About the Franklins

    Kristen Daukas
    4 Apr 2015 | 3:56 am
    By Kristen Daukas Why Do You Keep Blogging? Anyone who writes a blog will tell you there’s a ton of money to be made. Of course, they’re lying but hey.. a dream has to start somewhere, right? The truth of the matter is, that while there may be some money to be made in blogging, the “big” money is usually reserved for the top 1% of bloggers (sound familiar??), while the rest plug along with small payouts either in ad sense dollars or products given in exchange for reviews. Personally, I have a couple of ads on my site but in no way do I aspire to monetize my site. A few…
  • What’s Off Limits in Your Relationship

    Kristen Daukas
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:10 am
    By Kristen Daukas When is it safe to break the “barrier”? I’m going to come right out and say it. This post was inspired by friend and blogging goddess, Gini Dietrich. See, every Friday, she puts out Gin and Topics which is a sampling of videos that has made her react somehow during the week – tears, laughs, whatever, and it’s almost always some pretty amazing stuff. Anywhhhooooooo…. This is one of the ones that was featured in Gin and Topics this week and it literally made me snort (Gini, you need to have a “do not drink” warning). I showed it…
  • The Day I was Trolled and Parent Shamed

    Kristen Daukas
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    By Kristen Daukas It was bound to happen sooner or later…  In my opinion, Camel City Dispatch is THE source for news in our town and the Editor, Chad Nance, will occasionally grab some of my articles and use them in their parenting section. We’ve become friends over the past couple of years or so and share similar attitudes towards parenting and life in general and it’s an honor to me that he likes my writing enough to share it. Last month when Chad published and promoted one of my articles, he prefaced it with this comment: Heard a local Mom complaining that Kristen…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Something Special for Mom Hop: Ahnu Shoes Giveaway Ends 5.11.15

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Welcome to the Something Special for Mom Giveaway Hop! Ahnu creates go-to products that match your life—effortlessly blending performance and style and always considering the greater good! For this giveaway Ahnu has offered a pair of shoes, winners choice up to $100!   AHNU GIVEAWAY One reader... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Let’s Shower Mom Baby Giveaway | Ends 5.11.15

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    They say April showers bring May flowers… Well, our April shower is going to shower one lucky mom with over $1200 in prizes! We’ve brought together several AMAZING sponsors to offer one HUGE prize package:   BabyBjorn: This Swedish, family-owned business started in 1961 and their... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky 4.25.15

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. Feel free to link up your current giveaways. ~ Leave a link that leads directly to the featured giveaway. ~ Be sure to leave the deadline for your giveaway. Those that DO NOT have an end date will be automatically deleted. ~ Be sure to leave your email... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • AMD FX Series HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop: Extreme Peformance #AMDFX

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Let’s face it, you need to have a computer that can keep with you and your family. From gaming, watching YouTube videos to multitasking with several browsers open, your computer better keep up! The new AMD FX Series, HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop provides extreme performance of AMD’s most... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Olive Garden Partners with Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day April 23 {Free Kids Meal}

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    Olive Garden is proud to partner with Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, providing relief to parents across the nation with free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée on Thursday, April 23, 2015.   Participating children and parents are encouraged to talk about their experiences... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Bacon & Cheese

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Getting your children to eat more veggies has to be the one common battle that all parents have had to face at some stage. How many times have you cooked a delicious and healthy meal, packed with lots of nutritious fresh vegetables, only to be confronted with a stone faced child at dinner time, refusing […] The post Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Bacon & Cheese appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • The Hidden Dangers Of Sunscreen

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    You are probably one of those devoted parents, who always applies sunscreen to your child before going outside.  You are not alone, millions of parents apply conventional sunscreen to not only themselves, but their children as well.  Why wouldn’t you – you have been told over and over that sunscreen is important to protect your […] The post The Hidden Dangers Of Sunscreen appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • How to Help Your Child Make Friends

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Parents often worry whether their child is fitting in socially and if they are making enough friends, the right friends, and more.  Common among young children, it may difficult for them to socialize and make new friends.  As a parent, it is up to you to show them how it is done!  Here are a […] The post How to Help Your Child Make Friends appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Earth Facts For Kids

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    While most kids understand how important recycling and being green is for the environment, many do not fully understand the ramifications pollution has and how all of this affects the Earth.  Understanding how our actions have lead and will lead to environmental problems for them in the future will offer a new perspective to your […] The post Earth Facts For Kids appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • How to Get Your Kids to Clean Their Room

    6 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    It is a common complaint among parents – I cannot get my child to clean his/her room.  This can be very frustrating to parents – clothes scattered everywhere, paper and garbage piled in corners.  Surely it is unhealthy and just down-right ugly to look at! Most children who refuse to clean their room are not […] The post How to Get Your Kids to Clean Their Room appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • Our big allotment challenge! (with a little help from Aldi)

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:26 am
    After 14 months on the waiting list we finally have an allotment (pictured). I was surprised at how quickly it came about; when we lived in Surrey we were on the waiting list for seven years with no joy. A proactive man at the council emailed and suggested that if we transferred our names from the waiting list for plots closest to our flat to a waiting list for plots in the next town, we’d be waiting months instead of years. Given that Little B had just arrived and we realised we probably wouldn’t be walking to an allotment anyway it didn’t seem to matter if it was a drive away, so we…
  • ‘There’s SEAWEED in my Bolognese!’

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    It wasn’t seaweed, it was spinach (pictured), which was swiftly extracted by a shrieking BB and left on the side of the plate along with my latest attempt to get her to eat more veg. Basically, with the exception of carrots, if it looks like a vegetable then forget it. The baby led weaning days in which she happily sucked on green beans and chased mushrooms around the plate with her podgy baby fingers are long gone, and everything must now be diced within an inch of its life (also pictured). My litany of tricks, and there are many, include sneaking carrot and butternut squash into…
  • Post baby running update: six months after the birth

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    It’s almost six months since I’ve been back pounding the pavements following the birth of Little B, so I thought now is a good time for an update for anyone getting back into post-baby running, or thinking about it. While I’m back up to my old distance I’m almost – but not quite – up to my old speed. It’s definitely taken me longer to regain my pre-pregnancy fitness than it did the first time round, but that said I am four years older than I was when BB was born. But the most annoying thing has been two calf injuries, one in each leg, on separate occasions. Both were grade one…
  • Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:17 am
    Apparently two thirds of parents don’t have enough time to read to their kids, and a third say they suffer from guilt as a result. In a bid to get families reading Alton Towers has unveiled the world’s biggest children’s book (pictured), which at more than 18ft high is taller than a giraffe and is available for families staying in the park’s new Enchanted Village to use. What fun! While I hold my hands up to skipping creatively adapting a book when it’s too long and I want to get bedtime over so I can cook dinner (aka pour a glass of wine), we’ve always had two stories at…
  • Who’d have thought the best bit about a holiday could be a break from pumping milk?

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:36 am
    It turns out we couldn’t have picked a better week to have our first holiday of the year – a post-Easter staycation. The sun shone practically every day last week and all four of us have been sunkissed. I’ve got a red nose, BB has pink cheeks, Misery Guts has t-shirt marks and even Little B has a touch of colour despite copious amounts of sunblock and the repeated ramming of a sunhat on his head (why do they never, ever stay on?) Holiday activities included meeting a baby goat, hunting for Easter eggs, playing on Granny and Grandad’s lawn, eating chocolate, walking in the New Forest,…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Is Raising a Competitive Child Doing MORE Harm Than Good?

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Lately I’ve read a number of articles addressing low self-esteem and heightened anxiety in young teenage girls who not only engage in aggressive sports but also who possess a competitive personality. It’s not just academic and athletic, but social and emotional competition stemming from unhealthy messages passed along by insecure and jealous parents. (Think “Dance Moms” on steroids) And all of this destructive behavior makes me feel we are moving a bit backward instead of paving a positive path for our children to follow. We don’t need any more hostile, little Tonya…
  • BOOK IT, Girlfriend! April In Paris … YES, I’ll Have What SHE’s Having

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Lisa Barr, Editor of GIRLilla Warfare: Hey, Girlfriends … as you plan your Spring/Summer Reading List, your Book Club’s Must-Reads, and Your Late-Night Literary Escape … ‘thought I would introduce you to a few of my new friends — part of the Tall Poppy Writers, a network of fabulous women, bold authors: Anita Hughes, Adria Cimino, and Heather Webb. Writing can be such a solo experience; buried behind a computer, imaginations on the prowl, creating/deleting/hair-pulling with coffee-in-hand (and on those not-so-rare occasions, a good glass of red). Just as Moms…

    7 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Judith Matz Have you ever uttered the words, “I feel fat?” If so, you’re not alone. The truth about the “F” word is that it’s actually an adjective, not a feeling. Just like the words tall, short, and thin, the word fat simply offers a description of body size. Unlike those other words, however, in our current culture fat is often associated with “bad,” imbuing a sense of moral inferiority to those who earn that status. Saying, “I feel fat,” actually means that something feels bad, and it’s expressed through a description of body size. Maybe you’ve gained a few…
  • The ‘No Crying Clause’  

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Dear Readers: A short story about a Hollywood actress living a lie, until one man exposes her truth  … A hot read for your vacation entertainment at the Beach, Après-ski, or during your STAY-cation …   Happy Spring Break, Girlfriends! xoxo LB By Lisa Barr The warm bed reeked of fresh sex, but Ashleigh’s heart was cold and she smelled nothing. Her body continued to move in sync with the lover’s. Her hands, her mouth, her curves pressed against him, yet again. He moaned and whispered sexy things, and Ashleigh responded on cue. She knew her lines all too well. It was a…
  • Freaky Friday — So Here’s What Happened When I Traded Places With My Teenage Daughter

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    By Debby Shulman Sometimes our worlds collide. I don’t mean in an astrophysical way, but more of a “Freaky Friday” way, in which your kid says something and you are hearing yourself … or a version of yourself that you haven’t spoken to in well over 35 years. Mind you, I’m not waking up in the body of my 16-year-old (hang on, that comes later), but I am for sure going down the rabbit hole, back into my own 16-year-old head more often than not these days. And it’s dark in there. Little phrases and facial expressions resonate a long forgotten attitude, when I pretty much thought I…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Bed-Sharing Options with a Toddler

    NPN Mentors
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    An NPN reader asks our natural parenting mentors: My husband and I are co-sleeping with our 13 month old. Generally speaking, I love it. However, he seems to be a restless sleeper and I am woken up at least every hour, all night long. My husband sleeps through it better. Our son sleeps between us. We are considering moving from a queen to a king-sized bed so that I have a little more room. This is not really in our budget right now, though, and I’m wondering what other options there might be for sharing the queen-sized bed. Suggestions? Here’s what our natural parenting mentors had to…
  • Round Table Discussion: Redirecting for Today, and for Tomorrow

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:53 am
    This post is written as part of the Round Table Discussions with Natural Parent Network volunteers. In an effort to discuss, support, and promote a kinder, more gentle world, we are taking an in depth view of various books. Our current book is No Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph. D, authors of the book The Whole Brain Child. We hope you will join us with an open mind and a desire for change and growth. Sometimes with the stress of everything that life throws at us, parents can use some handy reminders to help us be more compassionate with our children in…
  • Gentle Discipline and Safety

    NPN Mentors
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    An NPN reader asks our natural parenting mentors: How do I get my toddler to cooperate in a dangerous situation? My two-and-a-half-year-old son likes to run outside and will not stop when I tell him to, which makes me livid, especially when there are cars around! Threatening with a time-out seems to be the only thing that will get his attention. Instead of that, what can I do right in that moment, and what can I do to keep him safe in the future? Here’s what our natural parenting mentors had to say: Moorea of Savvy Parenting Support: In order to learn safely, toddlers need clear boundaries,…
  • Leaving a Co-Sleeping Baby Alone in Bed

    NPN Mentors
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    An NPN reader asks our natural parenting mentors: We have been co-sleeping with our son since birth. He is eight months old today! We love co-sleeping and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I breastfeed exclusively and have started, with limited success, on solid foods. My question is regarding how to start the evening with a co-sleeping baby. My son likes to go to bed at around 7:00 pm, which means that I also hop into bed around the same time. We are coping fine with it but I would like to have some adult time with my husband before heading to bed. I’d be happy to go to bed…
  • Round Table Discussion: No Drama Connection in Action

    3 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    This post is written as part of the Round Table Discussions with Natural Parent Network volunteers. In an effort to discuss, support, and promote a kinder, more gentle world, we are taking an in depth view of various books. Our current book is No Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph. D, authors of the book The Whole Brain Child. We hope you will join us with an open mind and a desire for change and growth. Setting the Stage for Connection Connect before you correct. The idea of connecting with our children in the moment is simple on its own but often times…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • Serenading Grandma

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to the April 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family History This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, lore, and wisdom about family history. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. When I was a little girl, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. In the beginning it was out of convenience – my parents were both working and Grandma was free daycare. When we moved away from my grandparents, it was because my…
  • Changing the Shark Music: Reframing the Way I Approach My Children’s Behavior

    3 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    I’ve been reading through No Drama Discipline this spring with the Natural Parents Network volunteers, and one of the sections that was so true to life for me was about something they call “turning down the shark music.”1 Here’s how it works: Imagine watching a video where the point of view character is walking on a smooth, easy path in a beautiful forest. Through an opening in the trees ahead, you can see the ocean, wide and wondrous. As the person moves toward the water, a calm, classical piece plays softly in the background, leaving you with a feeling of peace. Now…
  • Make sure not to be angry, mama.

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    It is 10:00pm, and I’ve been nursing my three year old to sleep for the past 1.5 hours. I’m tired, I’m touched out, and I want to be anywhere but trapped underneath a little one who won’t go to sleep (but is too comfy to get up). She’s snuggled up, warm and content, slowly strangling the blood flow from my left arm. I’m reading, sipping on hot tea, and trying to ignore all movement. Occasionally, she pops off long enough to ask me a question (“do we have LEARN classes tomorrow?“) or to tell me something vitally important (“Kieran told me…
  • Family History – April Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in April 2015! (Check out March, February, January, December 2014, November, September, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January 2014, and summaries of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama. Here are the submission details for April 2015: Theme: Family History: We can see in our children how strong an…
  • Connection Helps Calm the Chaos

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A child who is in the midst of a tantrum, or one who is feeling a very strong emotion, or even a child who has just “misbehaved” – each is feeling a sort of internal chaos. Because of their stage of brain development, kids have few skills in self-regulation, they cannot control how they are feeling, nor would it be particularly healthy for them to just “shut it down,” as a tured or embarrassed parent may sometimes wish they would. The authors of No Drama Discipline explain that connecting to and comforting a child who has misbehaved (or who is feeling any big…
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    Parenting Tips and Advice at Uplifting Families

  • Family Campground Safety: Bugs, Breaks and Burns

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Many families would say that a camping vacation is one of their favorite leisure activities and it can be a lot of fun for everyone, regardless of age. You always set out for your adventure with a smile on your face and looking forward to what the great outdoors has to offer, but sometimes things don’t turn out how you are expecting them to. Accidents, injuries and illness do happen, so here is a look at some of the ways you can protect yourself and stay as safe as possible when you visit a campground. Know Your Limits If you have limited skills or experience when it comes to camping, it is…
  • Easy Ways to Childproof your Bathroom

    Diana Smith
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Although we use it every day, it does not necessarily mean that a bathroom is safe; and it is especially a dangerous place if you have your child wandering around without any supervision. For adults it is not only understandable what the hidden dangers of the bathroom are, but we are also capable of looking out for ourselves, even in tight situations, but for children, it is important to make sure that they are not just wandering around aimlessly. In order to make your bathroom safe for children, there are a few steps you will need to take, but once they get old enough, they can visit the…
  • Enter to Win LuguLake Bluetooth Speaker Giveaway Ends 5/5

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:34 pm
    LuguLake Bluetooth Speaker Giveaway Sponsored by LuguLake Hosted by Deals of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Are you tired of watching movies or listening to music without clear sound? The LuguLake Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Stand Dock offers a quality sound experience with many conveniences like easy bluetooth connection and a convenient built-in stand to support a variety of mobile devices! See what Emilee at Deals of Sweetness thought about this great bluetooth speaker! Would you like to win a Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Dock Stand from LuguLake? This giveaway will…
  • Traveling with Your Dog: The Canine Companion’s Mini-Guide to Jackson Hole

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Wilderness and dogs go together like peanut butter and jelly. But, many state parks and resorts in the U.S. have strict rules about bringing pets. While many do allow them, not all do. Fortunately, Jackson Hole it pet friendly. Here’s what you need to know. The Cache Creek Trail Head Cache Creek is a favorite of the locals. It’s an extensive trail system near the Snow King area. Pets are allowed here on all parts of all of the trails here, which is nice, since these trails can take you all over the mountain. This is also a great place for mountain bike riding if you are so inclined. Since…
  • Potty Training While Traveling #pamperseasyups

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    “*This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers.  I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.*” Are you currently potty training your child? With summer just around the corner, your probably looking forward to that summer vacation. Last summer, I decided to take an impromptu trip with my husband out of town and I was in the middle of potty training my youngest son. I know that some children get fearful when it comes to going to the restroom when they are out of their comfort zone (at home). Thankfully, I…
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  • Is It OK to Occasionally Hate Your Kids?

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    My wife asks me the same question roughly once a month, “do other parents feel this way?” The question usually comes after an epically bad day, one where our boys either broke something valuable, fought for what seemed like hours or simply ignored our every request. Sometimes all three. Yesterday, I had a question of my own, “is it OK to occasionally hate your kids?” It sounds awful on the surface, right? We love our children, warts and all. That love doesn’t disappear if they bring home a bad grade or refuse to eat their veggies. Brotherly ‘Love’…
  • How to Make Your Wife’s First Mother’s Day Unforgettable

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:45 pm
    (Guest post by Kellen Shields) If you and your wife are celebrating your very first Mother’s Day, you probably want to make it a special occasion. Fortunately, if you know her pretty well, it should be easy to figure out what sorts of things are going to be the most helpful for her as a new mother. Consider some of the following ideas to get you started: Give Her the Day Off Starting from the moment her head hits the pillow the night before Mother’s Day, take over all of her normal chores. Unless she needs to get up at a certain hour, turn off her alarm clock and let her sleep in.
  • Why the ‘Star Wars’ Teaser Trailer Moved Me to Tears

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    (Guest post by Tom Smithyman) Let me get this off of my chest right now. I cried when I saw the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer. Oh, I didn’t curl up into the fetal position and lose control of my bodily functions, but I was emotionally moved. Over a movie teaser trailer. And I’m not the only one. A number of people I’ve spoken with here at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim as well as back home had similar reactions. Over a movie teaser trailer. Emergency services has better be ready when the entire movie releases in December. Why such a strong reaction? I suppose…
  • My Son Thinks I’m a ‘Low-Down Yankee Liar’

    13 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Shane: So you’re Jack Wilson. Jack Wilson: What’s that mean to you, Shane? Shane: I’ve heard about you. Jack Wilson: What have you heard, Shane? Shane: I’ve heard that you’re a low-down Yankee liar. Jack Wilson: Prove it. My six-year-old son Eli doesn’t wear a black hat like the villain in “Shane.” That 1953 western was my Dad’s favorite film and the reason Eli’s full name is Elijah Shane Toto. Still, Eli will call me a liar whenever my words don’t precisely match my actions. And I do mean precisely. If I tell him we’ll…
  • 6 Essential Tips for Home School Dads

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    (Guest post by David Serwitz) Many people assume that all home-schooling families fit into a particular model: Dad goes to work and mom stays home to teach the kids. For many families, that is the way home schooling works. However, there are quite a few home-schooling families who do things a little differently. In these families, dad teaches the kids. Sometimes, both parents work full or part time and share teaching duties. Sometimes, mom goes to work every day leaving the bulk of the teaching to dad. These families are bucking traditional patterns. Not only are they deciding to not send…
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    Learning Together

  • Earth Day Activities and Projects for Kids

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    By Alexa Bigwarfe My mom friends and I had one of the most fun playdates last Earth Day, packed with activities for kids and parents both. It was a fun opportunity to teach the kids about the earth, recycling, and even gardening. We made crafts and had a sensory experience through digging in dirt and planting seeds. These activities can be done with children of all ages. The younger ones required a little help, but were still able to participate. The Helping Hands Wreath What you need: Paper plates Green and blue crayons or markers 1 sheet of globe templates per child (get the template here)…
  • 5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Family Meals

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    By Maryann Jacobsen It’s officially spring – the time many people spring clean their houses to start over fresh. But there’s another type of spring cleaning that’s even more helpful: overhauling family meals. That’s right. Dissecting all that goes on at meals can help you get rid of what isn’t working and add more of what does. The result? Happy and organized meals the whole family enjoys. 1. Gather Your Go-to Recipes: The first step is to sort all of your recipes. Keep the ones you make most often in one place, like a folder or binder. If you have a recipe…
  • Understanding School Readiness

    Dr. Susan Canizares
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    What is School Readiness? Stated in simple terms, school readiness means that a child possesses the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for high achievement in school and later learning in life. It is a measure of how well prepared—cognitively, socially, emotionally—a child is to succeed in school. There is consensus, based upon a wealth of research, that a child’s readiness for school should be measured and addressed across five distinct but connected domains: Physical Well-Being and Motor Development Social and Emotional Development Approaches to Learning Language and Literacy…
  • Rainy Day Recreation

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Don’t let rainy days get you down. We have some great ideas for hours of entertainment to keep you and your kids busy when the weather keeps you inside the house. Have fun! Indoor Scavenger Hunt: Use the whole house and spread creative clues around. Your kids will love the challenge of figuring out riddles or mysteries to find the next clue. Just be sure to have an awesome treasure ready for them to find at the end! At Home Movie Theater: Just turn out the lights, set up some chairs or large pillows in the living room, get out some popcorn, and turn on one of your favorite movies. Indoor…
  • DIY All-Natural Cleaning Products Made with Lemons

    9 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    Warmer weather is appearing in many parts of the country, which means spring has sprung! Of course, this also means it’s time for spring cleaning. Avoid hazardous chemicals (and the pungent odors that accompany them) by making your own cleaning products using lemons. Each of these recipes calls for lemons and a few other safe, natural, everyday household items. The best part of all: when the products are safe for the whole family to use, it means the kids get to do some cleaning, too. Everyone wins. View the recipes here.
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    Jana Kingsford

  • Why I get 3 kids out of bed at 4am for the Anzac Day dawn service

    Jana Kingsford
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:15 am
    Why I get 3 kids out of bed at 4am for the Anzac Day dawn service Why do I get my 3 kids (including toddler) out of bed, early in the morning on Anzac Day for the Dawn Service? People asked me this last year, when they saw me attend the service. Freedom. My Grandfather, Gek, he went to war. My Nan stayed home and waited for him for 3 years. One day, she decided to go to the train station and that was the day, after 3 years, he returned home. I go to the Dawn Service, because it makes me remember them. I take my kids because I want them to care about something other than themselves. I take my…
  • BigDreamsTV: A Day In The Life VLOG, My Morning Routine, Bike Riding, Evening Routines

    Jana Kingsford
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    BigDreamsTV: A Day In The Life VLOG, My Morning Routine, Bike Riding, Evening Routines This is about the art of believing you can do a lot with a little time + This weeks BigDreamsTV episode is a video VLOG I made just for you, following me around for the day (juggling big dreams & little time!) Everything in society imposes it’s limiting expectation of what you can do – on you. Everywhere you look there’s signs that you can’t do what you dream of doing. Everywhere you turn, there’s a person who has something to say about the way you go about your big dreams.
  • BigDreamsTV: How To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed HINT: Try the Information Diet

    Jana Kingsford
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:17 pm
    ‘ BigDreamsTV: How To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed (HINT: Try the Information Diet) OK, I’ve got a quick few seconds while hubby takes the kids out… This morning I was writing at 5.50am and then baby woke up and it’s nearly 12hrs later that I’m getting a chance to sit down and write this to you. NOW… the Information Diet. It was the #1 takeaway I got from reading the 4hour Work Week book in 2011. When I got so productive I made my head spin (even more productive than I already was). Wanna know what the information diet is and how it helps me?   1.
  • How and Why I Get Up Early In The Morning (and what I secretly say to myself to get me to do it).

    Jana Kingsford
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    How and Why I Get Up Early In The Morning (and what I secretly say to myself to get me to do it). Mums Juggling School is on EASTER SALE so I thought I’d send you a little INSPO INTRO! << haha that rhymes. CLICK HERE TO GET MUMS JUGGLING SCHOOL ON SALE – P.S GETTING UP EARLY IN THE MORNING IS NOT ESSENTIAL TO MUMS JUGGLING SCHOOL How I started getting up early in the morning… A story. Let me know if you like it, because it’s an extract of the book I’m writing. Hopefully. If you like it. July 2007: It’s 5am in the morning, there’s me and my thoughts and…

    Jana Kingsford
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:34 pm
    BigDreamsTV: 3 WAYS TO GET UP & GET DRESSED IN YOUR RIGHT MIND So the theme of this weeks BigDreamsTV is revolving around, just how I do it. How I’ve been able to keep up this pace for 9 years now. How do I ride the highs and lows of my online business and the highs and lows of life? I couldn’t do it without this. ANSWERI get up and get dressed in my right mind. I take my state-of-mind seriously. It’s important. There’s 3 kids who depend on me. There’s me, who depends on me. I know you take your state-of-mind seriously too. But sometimes when you’re in…
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • 11 tip-top editing and proofing tips

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    Despite what Mark Twain said (“In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made proof-readers.”),  becoming a better proofreader can have an enormous impact on your writing. Two key editing and proofing tips The two main tips for editing and proofing that I swear by are: Print out your work and read it on paper. You can spot far more errors this way than you would just by reading it on screen. Read your work out loud. This helps you hear the flow of the text and is a brilliant way to decide what goes where. (Often you’ll see my lips moving while I am…
  • Weekly wishes – week 15

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    Another week with sickness, but another week where I got things done, strangely enough, and my weekly wishes list has a few ticks against it. Weekly wishes last week Send out the invitations to O’s birthday party. YEP – and we’ve started to get back some RSVPs too. Buy dinosaur bits and pieces for the party. YEP – pinata ordered, printables bought, a few other bits and pieces left to source. Collect the boys’ football strips. NOPE – we’ve not had the confirmation that E has a place at football, so I’m waiting until I receive that. The week Last week…
  • Weekly wishes – week 14

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    Guess what? It’s been sickness, sickness, sickness again. And then, just when we thought it was over, the sickness reared its ugly head again. Speaking as the only member of the family not really struck by it (so far, she says, crossing fingers and toes), I have to say that I am well and truly sick of the rest of the family being sick. Weekly wishes last week Finalise invitation for O’s birthday party. YEP – all ready to be sent out shortly. Buy dinosaur bits and pieces for the party. HALF DONE – most of the items sourced, but not yet bought. Wear glasses all week. YEP,…
  • The Year in Books – April

    10 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Having been so enthusiastic about my book for March, I am actually quite surprised at myself that I am only halfway through. A week away skiing, going to bed before 9pm each night and sleeping for nine hours doesn’t make for much reading time. I am still loving 10% Happier though. Reading about Dan Harris’ journey from a sceptic to a meditation fan is particular resonant for me at the moment since I am exploring ways that I can minimise stress (or, more accurately, my reaction to it) and find ways to carve out a little peaceful time each week. The Year in Books –…
  • How to curb your spending

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    Recently, I’ve been feeling like I spend a little too much on clothes and accessories each month. After hearing a podcast with Caroline from Un-Fancy, I wondered if her approach might work for me. But when I thought about it, I realised that only buying clothes at four times a year and then restricting myself to wearing only a set number of items each season just would not work for me. I love choosing different things to wear each day from a wide range in my wardrobe. Plus I love the likes of Zara as many of their clothes (especially trousers and skirts) seem to suit me. I do want to…
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    Support for Stepdads

  • Concussions in Basketball: When in Doubt, Sit it Out

    David Mann
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Concussions in Basketball: When in Doubt, Sit it Out from Support for Stepdads . When you hear concussion and sports in the same sentence most of us make an association... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Open Adoption Relationships

    Leah Campbell
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Open Adoption Relationships from Support for Stepdads . An open adoption is when the biological parents have a continuing connection to their child. In most cases, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Five Fun Additions To Make Your Wedding One To Remember

    Dan Lloyd
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Five Fun Additions To Make Your Wedding One To Remember from Support for Stepdads . Make Your Wedding One To Remember Your wedding is a very special day –... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Can I Do About My “Man Boobs”?

    Jane Willys
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy What Can I Do About My “Man Boobs”? from Support for Stepdads . I was especially interested in this guest post.  I lift weights, but the extra pounds I’m carrying... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mixed Marriage – Tips For A Successful Carnivore-Vegetarian Union

    Melissa Stevens
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Mixed Marriage – Tips For A Successful Carnivore-Vegetarian Union from Support for Stepdads . If there’s anything nature teaches us, it’s the idea... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • Baby Clothes

    Rebecca Wood
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Out of everything, baby clothes have held a special place in my parenting world. Not only did Charlie’s birth entail numerous losses, but there were very few parenting choices that I got to make. What Charlie wore was the only thing that could still go the way I had imagined it when I first got pregnant. I clung to my idea for her wardrobe fiercely. Anytime Charlie out grows a size, I pick out the clothing pieces that mean something and place them in a drawer. The pieces in the drawer will be incorporated into a quilt one day. The rest of the clothes get dumped into a trunk in the…
  • Almost Three Years In

    Rebecca Wood
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Charlie, ten days old My husband and I are almost three years into our journey of parenting a preemie. A short amount of time that feels like forever. In anticipation of the upcoming Parents of Preemies Day, I’ve been asked to write about what prematurity means to us today. The abridged answer? It’s complicated. You see, currently, I’m angry at prematurity. My anger flows in waves. At first, I was angry that prematurity nearly stole my first and only child’s life. Then, I was furious because of the long term repercussions it has on her life (CP along with speech and…
  • Spoiled Brat

    Rebecca Wood
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Wow, did I get hit by a nasty stomach bug. Charlie got it too. But luckily, she was only sick for about a day. We did have to cancel weekend plans I had been looking forward to. But, such is life. This recent stomach bug required several trips to my doctor for things like anti nausea medicine, IV fluids, a different anti nausea medicine, and so forth. After I had beaten the bug and was at my follow up visit, I asked my doctor a bunch of questions about preeclampsia. My 36 birthday is this week. In my husband and my storybook version of life, we are supposed to have two kids by now. I know I…
  • The Strangeness of Time

    Rebecca Wood
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    The feeding program evaluation went well. Charlie will attend the intensive feeding program this spring/summer. I should receive the dates any time now. Charlie will be three soon. Three. Years. Old. It feels like it has been at least twenty years since she was born. Maybe, that is because of the seemingly endless infancy stage. For example, we finished regular late night feeds a few months ago, she continues to be formula dependent, and there is no end to diapers in sight. Or, time could be dragging due to the monotony of a schedule packed with specialist and therapy appointments. Possibly,…
  • The Trouble With Feeding

    Rebecca Wood
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Tonight, I jumped in a conversation on Twitter. The topic was about colic. Someone jokingly asked if there was colic in the NICU. And, I remembered. Charlie was fussy after she was transitioned off of donor milk to 24 cal/oz preemie formula. She didn’t cry, at first, but was incredibly gassy. The excess gas was explained by the removal of the replogle. I was reassured that it would get better. It didn’t. The last week Charlie was in the NICU, she finally took the majority of her feeds from a bottle. She sometimes cried after I fed her. I asked the nurses and the doctors if it was…
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    The Disorganisation Guru

  • “The Customer is Always Right” – The Wrong Way to Provide Customer Service

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    We have heard it so many times, and we don’t question it. But I think we should.The phrase “The customer is always right”, coined in 1909 by Harry Gordon Selfridge, was meant to persuade customers that they will get good service at his Selfridge’s department stores. It was probably also a way to “train and […]
  • Spring Cleaning Tips for Disorganized People

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    It’s finally here! Spring! The skies are deeper blue and the sun is decorating it every day. The plants have started to shyly show up from the ground that is no longer frozen. The birds have returned. And so has your good mood and energy. You look through the window at the beautiful sky, but […]
  • The Art of Being Cool

    6 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    Neither hot nor cold, not too much of anything. But somehow appealing. Somehow interesting. Containing that je-ne-sais-quoi, that makes a person instantly appealing. But, without trying to appeal. Difficult?  Definitely. And the more you try to figure out that elusive and desired characteristic of “cool”, the more it escapes. And if you intend to be […]
  • How to Completely Waste Your Online Potential

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    Do you want to increase your online exposure? Do you want to get more followers/subscribers/customers? Do you want to learn how to use Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter or any other social network to generate traffic? If the answer is yes, then please go somewhere else. This text is not for you. There are hundreds of thousands of sites […]
  • My 7 Best Memories of Vietnam

    22 Mar 2015 | 4:44 am
    1. The liveliness The moment you walk out of the airport you are surrounded with life. Coming from Finland, where it is cold a great part of the year and living outdoors is limited to the few summer months, the amount of life in the streets was a lovely and enchanting surprise. Cooking, eating, even […]
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    NoBullying|Bullying & Cyber Bullying Resources & Advice

  • Sticks and Stones With Emily Bazelon
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Learn about Sticks and Stones With Emily Bazelon Sticks and stones may break my bones, But words will never hurt me. Dating back to the late 1800s this children’s rhyme is as familiar as it is debated in today’s society.  With the rise of bullying in its many forms, words can actually be quite harmful.  In her recent book, Sticks and Stones, Emily Bazelon tackles this issue head on. Bazelon began her investigation into bullying when she was still an editor at Slate magazine in 2010.  She investigated the high-profile suicide of Phoebe Prince, a Massachusetts high school student.  From…
  • Puppy Mills: How We Unknowingly Lend a Hand to Animal Abusers

    Sahar Medhat
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Despite Man’s claimed superiority over the rest of the species, we don’t really own the planet. Earth and its inhabitants are not ours to do with as we please. Nothing gives us the right to abuse or exploit animals for personal gain. Humans go on with their lives performing under the assumption that other creatures only exist to serve our existence. Those we cannot eat we will probably experiment on; those we cannot raise at home we will sell their skin, and the list is long. Although we can, to an extent, justify our use of animals for humanity’s greater interest, we can never sit down…
  • How to Motivate Yourself: The Secret Recipe

    Sahar Medhat
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    We, humans, are moody creatures. We can have our days of utter productivity, and then we can fall into the slumber of demotivation and dullness. New opportunities are always exciting. Watch yourself as you start a new job or at the beginning of the school year. You’ll probably be so lively and energetic; you’ll want to prove yourself, do 3 times better this time, avoid all of last time’s mistakes, and make sure everyone knows what you’re capable of. One month later, the excitement will shrink. You’ll watch yourself fall back into old habits. You will procrastinate; then you will…
  • Caught your Kids Watching Porn?
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Anyone wondering how the United States economy can continue to thrive despite a struggling manufacturing sector should research the digital market. There are a number of entrepreneurs that are making respectable salaries by running online stores. The Internet is certainly good for a lot of people, but there are a lot of negative aspects as well. The Internet does provide modern children with a way to find information much faster than previous generations. However, today’s children also have a nearly unlimited access to material that should be reserved for adults. What should you do if you…
  • “What Is My Ideal Weight?” and Other Important Questions

    Sahar Medhat
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Whether we like it or not, our society tends to judge a person based on his or her appearance. That is something we teach our kids and advise our friends against. But unconsciously, every little girl and every young man grow up wanting to look their best. So if the “what is my ideal weight?” question crosses your mind often, or if you always happen to hear your school buddies discussing the few pounds they must lose or gain so they can finally look “perfect,” then you probably need to know the following. Join us in this short discussion on your ideal weight and a few things around and…
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    Joy Makin Mamas

  • Wilderness Walkabout giveaway ends 4/24

    Meghan G
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    1 Lucky Winner will receive the kit above which was reviewed by The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass. You can see everything you will be getting here. Cooper & Kid may be on a mission to make Dad’s cooler than moms, but this kit can be done with either parent. Cooper Kit is a quarterly subscription Read Wilderness Walkabout giveaway ends 4/24 on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Red Gold Lasagna Made Easy Kit Giveaway ends 2/3 #BRUHalloween Giveaway Event ends 10/31 Learning Resources Buggy Balance Giveaway ends 10/20
  • When Calls the Heart Premiere Review & #Giveaway ends 4/30 #FaithTV #Hearties

    Meghan G
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    If you have still not gotten over the end of Little House on the Prairie or Dr Quinn, Medicine woman, then I have good news for you! “When Calls The Heart” is about to come back for a second season. In addition to the top billed cast, I was pleased to see this wholesome drama Read When Calls the Heart Premiere Review & #Giveaway ends 4/30 #FaithTV #Hearties on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Smile Brilliant Review & #Giveaway ends 4/29 #BRUHalloween Giveaway Event ends 10/31 Festive Fit Giveaway ends 12/8
  • You are an oak

    Meghan G
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    Oak trees are famous for strength and indomitability. They have a very hard wood, and they live a long time. Their acorns feed many forms of wildlife and occasionally people. They are a widely recognized symbol of strength. They are not always pretty. The very things that make them strong scar them. They have bad Read You are an oak on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Let’s go fly a kite 10 things that have changed since I had kids, and one that has not. I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.
  • Rainy Day Game Fun Giveaway ends 5/6

    Meghan G
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Rainy Day Game Fun Giveaway Hosted by: Savory Savings Co-hosted by: Michigan Saving & More  and Joy Makin’ Mamas Sponsored by:  Winning Moves USA They say April showers bring May flowers, but what does it do for stir crazy kiddos (and their parents!)?  Well end the chorus of “I’m BORED!” by handing your kiddos this fun Read Rainy Day Game Fun Giveaway ends 5/6 on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Getting into Trouble Board Game Giveaway! ends 8/27 Rock n Learn Make Learning Fun Giveaway ends 3/30 Wonder Forge…
  • Back of the pack, and proud of it. #IPlayLikeAGirl

    Meghan G
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:08 am
    Even "small" competitions in any sport require preparation. Sometimes weeks. Sometimes months. Celebrating every competitor is not a celebration of "losing." It's a celebration of dedication. Even if I actually am the slowest land mammal on earth, (probably I'm not, right?) the weeks of sticking to my training schedule that have allowed me to finish a race- first, last, or anything in between- makes it impossible for me to be a "loser." Read Back of the pack, and proud of it. #IPlayLikeAGirl on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: You could be the…
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    Early Intervention Support | Early Intervention Support

  • Setting Up a Toddler Obstacle Course

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    Depending on your toddler’s physical development and needs, there are a variety of obstacles you can introduce to develop his/her gross motor skills. Obstacle courses are a great tool in pediatric physical therapy and used by many therapists in the field. Therapists and parents often know what muscle groups need strengthening, but asking a toddler to perform a regimen of repeated exercises is not a realistic option. So we, as therapists, develop fun and interactive ways to target these gross motor skills. Obstacle courses can be very versatile; just let your creativity and child’s…
  • The Truth About Sippy Cups

    Rinda Graybill
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    A common question parents ask me is, “I hear sippy cups aren’t good for my child’s speech development. Can you tell me why?” The answer may not be what you think! Here are the common concerns regarding sippy cups: Swallowing When a child drinks from a sippy cup vs. an open cup vs. a straw cup, what they do with the muscles of their mouth varies. A sippy cup is the same swallowing pattern as a bottle. An open cup and straw cup require more movement and control from the lips, cheeks, tongue and jaw. When drinking from an open cup or straw, the tip of the tongue elevates behind the top…
  • How to Make Transitions Easier for Your Toddler

    7 Apr 2015 | 4:54 am
    Many parents or caregivers discover at one time or another that transitions in daily routines can be very challenging with a toddler, particularly if that means ending a favorite activity or beginning a non-preferred one. While most toddlers have tantrums from time to time, there are some strategies that you can use to help make transitions easier for your child…and for you! Giving Verbal Reminders Transitions can be especially difficult if they are abrupt for the child, so giving verbal reminders that a transition is about to take place can prepare the child for the upcoming change. Try…
  • How Do I Help My Baby Learn to Feed Themselves?

    Sandra Best
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    For most typically-developing infants, pediatricians will advise that parents begin introducing spoon-fed baby foods to their babies at around the age of 6 months. Generally, we start with a thin mixture of rice cereal, and as babies demonstrate that they can handle this gentle food, we gradually add foods one at a time to ensure that there are no allergies. So many of us look forward to this stage of development for a variety of reasons. It’s exciting and different – finally we get to give baby a taste of something new! Many of us – I was one of these parents – are hoping…
  • Singing and Music: How to Promote Language in Young Children

    Emily Fawcett
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Children begin to communicate the moment they are born.  From cries to coos, parents learn their child’s communication without the use of words. One fun way parents can interact and play with their child is through music.  Music can serve many communicative purposes.  Singing a soft lullaby to a tired child can drift the child to sleep.  Participating in finger play songs can add excitement and dance during playtime.  Reciting a familiar tune may help a child complete a difficult task during a daily routine. When singing with a child, there are certain strategies to keep in mind in…
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    A Fine Parent

  • Active Listening: How to Master the Skill That Will Make You a More Effective Parent

    Malinda Carlson
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    “YOU NEVER LISTEN TO ME!!!!”  The scream echoes through the house. As does the slam of the bedroom door. Have you been there? It’s an all too familiar family scene. It’s after dinner, homework isn’t even close to being done, and a mild reminder about finishing up a book report has turned into WWIII. My husband and I look at each other. I have steam coming out of my ears. He looks as if he’s witnessed a car crash. “I just wish he’d listen to me!” I fume as we straighten the pictures on the walls sent rocking by the shockwaves. Meanwhile my son sulks in his room. “I just…
  • How to Respond to An Emotional Meltdown to Raise Strong Kids

    Cally Worden
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Aren’t you amazed at how seemingly random things can send our kids into a complete emotional meltdown? It doesn’t matter whether the child is 4 or 14. In the moments before a meltdown it’s the face scrunching that gives it away. As body language goes it’s all out there, up front and very personal. A clear signal that your child is very sad and needs your help to cope with the rush of unbearable feelings. But in the heat of the meltdown, emotions run high. For us parents too. So what’s the best way to cool down the situation without clamping down the emotions? My…
  • What is Emotional Intelligence and Why You Should Care

    T.A. Barbella
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s there on your bucket list of great parenting – to raise a well adjusted, successful child who will maximize his potential and flourish as an adult.  But how do you do that? What experiences can you give your child now to help prepare him for a world that grows increasingly complex each day? Schools push standardized tests and curricula based around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or Common Core, but future success is not just about best educational practices. The latest research indicates that the more likely predictors of future success include not just…
  • Top 10 Apps For Parents That Will Save Your Sanity

    Elena Krasnoperova
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    It was 8:15 in the morning when I got a panicked call from my husband who was dropping off our kids at school. “We were supposed to send in flowers for the School Open House this morning. Everybody brought theirs and is handing them to the teacher.” I replied confidently, “Don’t worry, honey, the Open House isn’t until this evening, and I’ll bring the flowers then.” “No, the flowers were supposed to be brought in advance. The teacher said it was in her email.” I searched my inbox for the email about the Open House, and to my embarrassment saw that he was right. This…
  • How to Look Beautiful Fast: Secrets For Busy Moms From a Stylist to the Stars

    Cynthia Bowman
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a fashion stylist, I am paid to make movie stars look fabulous. Ironically, I don’t always feel fabulous. I’m an over caffeinated mom on the run. I am a chauffeur, PTA volunteer, chef and homework helper to two busy kids. Sound familiar? Balancing the supermom persona with fashion stylist to some of the world’s most successful and high-profile personalities like Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts and  Heidi Klum, is quite a challenge. It’s important for me to make a good first impression. When we first meet, I notice the star checking me out from head to toe, probably…
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  • MAD Stuff With Rob – Earth Day Special DIY

    Sangeetha Menon
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:25 am
    It was World Earth Day on April 22nd. How did you observe this very important day? Well, I turned a trash into a treasure!!! Sounds interesting?  “Turning trash into treasure” –Is that ever possible? Yes it is possible through a ROBCYCLING!!! Read on and find out how. As a parent I believe that it [...] The post MAD Stuff With Rob – Earth Day Special DIY appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Benefits of Breastfeeding You May Not Be Even Aware Of

    Vandana Srirangam
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Today I bring to you the benefits of breastfeeding you might not have even heard of. I am a strong advocate of breastfeeding. In the initial months as a new mom, it gave me a kick to read every single day about the various benefits of breast milk and to know that I am doing [...] The post Benefits of Breastfeeding You May Not Be Even Aware Of appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Squint in Babies – 7 Things You Need To Know

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Squint in babies, also called crossed eyes are a common eye disorder that occurs by birth or later in babies. It can be hereditary also. I am not going to explain in detail about the ophthalmological terms, since the basic awareness of squint is still lacking in our country. 7 Frequently asked questions about squint [...] The post Squint in Babies – 7 Things You Need To Know appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • 10 Tips for Pregnancy Care During Summer

    Geetu Vinod
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Are you pregnant this summer? Searching for how to do pregnancy care during summer season? Congratulations…You are at the right place!!! This post discusses on tips to take care of you and your bump during this summer. Why summer is not so good time for pregnant ladies? Most women experience pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, [...] The post 10 Tips for Pregnancy Care During Summer appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Paneer Chilli Recipe, How To Make Chilli Paneer

    Anjana Jins
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Today I bring to you the tasty yummy paneer chilli recipe for toddlers and kids. When I am drowning in the dilemma of what to make for the day, there is just one thing which rescues me and makes my mood. Guess what! Paneer or in desi mem style call it as Cottage Cheese. Paneer [...] The post Paneer Chilli Recipe, How To Make Chilli Paneer appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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  • Miscarriage. How My Friend Helped Me Through It

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    I had a miscarriage several years ago. It was very unexpected and a devastatng loss. I didn't even know I was pregnant until it started, though I realized after I completely ignored the signs. I chalked my late period up to stress, my nausea, vomiting and exhaustion to a stomach bug and my oh, so very tender breasts to PMS. I was numb when the gynecologist explained I was having a "missed pregnancy."I went home and told my husband, then sent out an email blast to friends and family. I'm an oversharer by nature and knew I would want the support and help to process after the shock wore off.And…
  • The World According to Kate: Photos Taken by a Four Year Old With Autism

    23 Apr 2015 | 1:19 am
    She's happiest kicking the dirt with her dog by her side, but put a camera in her hand and you get a little taste of the world according to Kate. Her autism means she sees the world differently than us but it doesn't mean what she sees isn't amazing.{zphotos::586}
  • Baby Announcement Time! 10 Super Cute Ways to Share Your Family Is Expanding

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Do you need to make a baby announcement? Or maybe you're just prepping for when the exciting day arrives. Here are some cute ways to share the big news about your new baby including the method my husband and I went with to announce our daughter.Let the big brother or big sister do the honors.Put your older child in a t-shirt that says "Big Bro" or "Big Sis." Put it up on your Facebook page and see who notices.Put the bun in the oven.Literally. Take a photo of a hamburger bun inside of your oven. Use a photo editing app to write, "Guess what?" over the image.Gaze into the future.Invite Grandma…
  • Baby Friendly Spring Activities

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    My 9-month-old son, Alexander became mobile on Valentine's Day during a freezing cold winter in New England. Not exactly the best timing, but my husband and I had been encouraging him for a few weeks so we made quite a big deal when it happened. Once he perfected his crawl he began pulling up on everything. And I mean everything, from the TV stand to the kitchen chair rails. Needless to say, I am very excited that warmer weather is here and that we can finally begin to enjoy outdoor spring activities.So what's a SAHM to do with a little boy who wants to climb on anything he can find? I've put…
  • Why You Need a Mommy Mastermind Group

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    In my business life, I've discovered the power of mastermind groups. When you have a group of individuals coming together to help one another, share advice, feedback, and guidance--it's a sure formula for success.Looking back at the early days of motherhood, I realize I had several groups I relied on for advice, guidance, and feedback on parenting. In the beginning, my masterminds were my parents and in-laws. Then I expanded to my circle of friends who had kids. From there, I participated in organized group meetings. I always looked forward to my Mother's of Preschoolers group, for I found I…
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    Growing Your Baby

  • The Beckhams Support Romeo As He Runs A Mini Marathon in London!

    Lisa Arneill
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:51 pm
    David and Victoria Beckham were on the sidelines with boys Brooklyn and Cruz on Sunday as their middle son Romeo competed in the children’s London Marathon. While outfitted in ‘Team Romeo’ shirts, the Beckhams took pictures of their little sprinter with his oldest brother after the race. Brooklyn posted the picture on his Instagram account along with a note that said, “Congratulations Romeo for raising £6,000 for UNAIDS and 7 Fund.” Victoria also posted some sweet words on Twitter. Well done Romeo!! We r all so proud!! Running @LondonMarathon for @UNAIDS and 7…
  • Heinz Canada Recalls Sweet Potato and Beef Medley

    Lisa Arneill
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    For the second time in as many weeks Heinz Canada has issued a recall on one of their jarred baby foods over concerns that it may have spoiled. On Saturday,  the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)  announced that Heinz Canada is recalling Heinz brand Sweet Potato & Beef Medley from the marketplace due to potential loss of seal, which could cause spoilage. The affected products are specifically the batch with an August 04, 2017 date, and a UPC code of 0 579050 2 The recall warning said that the concerns were raised during a CFIA investigation. While no illnesses have been reported…
  • Jennifer Garner Visits The Market With Sam & Seraphina!

    Lisa Arneill
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Busy mom Jennifer Garner was photographed picking up some fresh produce at the Farmers Market in Brentwood with her youngest kids Sam and Seraphina on Sunday(April 25th). The pretty mama was casual in a plaid shirt and denim jeans as she kept a close eye on her children while shopping for produce. At one point, Jennifer handed Seraphina some money so she and Sam could purchase their own goodies. While attending Gisele Bundchen’s “Just Label It Anti-GMO Event” in L.A. last Monday, Jennifer spoke about how her family grows some of their own food. “I cook for my kids, and we have a…
  • Thandie Newton Steps Out With Her Son In NYC

    Lisa Arneill
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Thandie Newton was spotted leaving her hotel with her son Booker in New York City, New York on Saturday(April 24). The ‘Westworld’ actress bundled up her little guy up against the cold in hoodie and knitted hat as they caught a cab. This week Thandie was part of a panel at the Women in The World Summit, a three-day event that brings together world leaders, industry icons, movie stars, and CEOs convene with artists, rebels, peacemakers and activists to tell their stories and share their plans of action. {FAME/FLYNET, PACIFIC COAST NEWS} The post Thandie Newton Steps Out With Her…
  • World’s Youngest Organ Donor Saves Another Life Just Minutes After Birth

    Lisa Arneill
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    Jess Evans was just 12 weeks pregnant with her twins when it was revealed that one of her babies suffered from a fatal abnormality. Expected to only live a short time, the couple made the decision to continue to grow the baby to save others. During Jess’s 12 week scan doctors noticed one of her babies had not developed properly. Anencephaly is the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp that occurs during early embryonic development. Occuring usually between the 23rd and 26th day following conception, the a neural tube defect happens when the rostral (head) end of the…
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  • New Syllabus: MOE Wants Children to Gain 21st Century Skills

    Foo Jia-En
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:40 pm
    SINGAPORE, April 2 2015 – Known for its reliance on rote-learning and written examinations, the Singaporean education system is now moving towards preparing students for the 21st century workforce. Social pressures drive students to study long hours. The Ministry of Education (MOE) has long been accused of merely testing students’ ability to accurately predict and reproduce the so-called ‘model answer’, instead of their innate abilities. Parents have oft deplored the social pressures and demanding examinations that make sending their children for private tuition classes necessary.
  • GCE ‘A’ Level Results: How Can I Help My Child?

    Foo Jia-En
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    Dear parents, Your child will be receiving their GCE ‘A’ Level results on Monday, 2 March. Yes, of course it’s natural to worry about their grades. Every parent wants their child to do well in life, and this sometimes means they’ll need to score good grades and enter an established, well-recognised university course. In order to make sure this happens, we ply them with tuition lessons for every subject, and monitor their academic progress closely. You may be asking yourself, “What do I do now?” The most important thing to do is to be supportive! Photo credit: AsiaOne And just…
  • Staying Healthy This CNY: Watch Those Calories!

    Foo Jia-En
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:40 pm
    How Do I Stay Healthy During Chinese New Year? One of the best parts of about Chinese New Year is the great food and company you only get to see once a year (and also the fact you only need to see certain people once a year too, amirite?) But like some relatives, certain snacks should only be consumed in small doses. As you can see, CNY snacks are high in calories and cholesterol, and according to Dr Soh, an endocrinologist at Raffles Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, at least 1/3 of his patients register higher blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels during their post-CNY reviews.
  • Better Explained : An Interview with Kalid Azad

    Victor dMdB
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Here in Singapore, the education system is a highly competitive environment and this means children spend hours on preparing themselves to perfection for exams, even from a very young age. But instead of developing an appreciation for the subject itself, we simply learn methods to get good grades. Kalid Azad, founder and writer of Better Explained, believes this should be otherwise. His site, which has a monthly readership of over 250,000 subscribers, provides easy-to-grasp and fun explanations of common Math problems. His book, Math, Better Explained, has been very well-received on Amazon,…
  • Top 6 CNY Foods You Should Be Eating This Year

    Foo Jia-En
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:47 am
    Do you really know what you’re eating? Find out more about the history behind popular Chinese New Year food items like yu sheng, bak kwa and impress your relatives with your knowledge with this handy infographic! Yu sheng ( What is it? Fish salad. Usually made of raw fish slices, vegetables, crushed peanuts & fried crisps, accompanied with oil and sweet sauces. When: Generally eaten throughout the New Year period, but especially so on the 7th day of Chinese New Year On this day, the Chinese celebrate 人日 (ren ri), which translates to ‘Everybody’s Birthday’ How:…
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    Funderstanding: Education, Curriculum and Learning Resources

  • Three Subjects To Teach Your Kids Before They Graduate (Because Their High Schools Won’t)

    Leah Holstein
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    I’ll never forget sitting in my AP Government class one day, a few weeks after the 2008 financial crisis first hit. My teacher, usually bright and bubbly, seemed distracted and irritated. “Okay,” she said all of a sudden. “I’m really not supposed to do this, but I have to make sure you know this.” It turns out her son was in a lot of financial trouble because he had taken out more credit cards than he could pay off. This is, unfortunately, an all too common tale. So she took twenty minutes out of the class to give us a basic rundown of dos and don’ts for credit card application.
  • A powerful key to better understanding: Make the core idea personal

    Geoffrey Caine
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    There is a huge difference between knowing about a concept or process and really understanding it. This applies both to learning in school and in the real world, and applies to everything from finding out about marketing to studying the Constitution. The point that I want to discuss here is that it does not matter how much a teacher or expert knows or how good a book or video is: the key is that learners have to make sense of things for themselves. That means that one of the best ways to get a handle on an idea or the core aspect of a skill is to develop one’s own personal way of looking at…
  • Make Confusion Your Friend

    Geoffrey Caine
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Confusion is natural:  don’t fight it – use it. It is quite natural to be confused or feel awkward when dealing with a new concept or skill.  And it is quite natural to resent feeling confused.  But the bottom line is that confusion and awkwardness are natural.  And one of the best ways to make learning more powerful is to make confusion a friend – both for you and your kids. The hidden obstacle posed by confusion Most of us have grown up with the notion that there is something wrong with us when we feel confused – as though we are not as intelligent or as competent as we…
  • To learn anything well, get it in your feelings!

    Geoffrey Caine
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Knowing something well enough to use in the real world is different from knowing it well enough to get a high score on a test.  Tests play an important role, but the key to real world competence is to get a “feel” for the skill or subject area. So what does this mean?  And how do we do it? Get it in your feelings Many years ago I participated in a leadership development workshop with an instructor who was not well educated but was a fabulous teacher.  His mantra about anything that we were trying to learn was “get it in your feelings.”  Initially I had no clue what he meant, but…
  • 3 Great Learning Sites

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
      Software and Business A lot of people love to learn software. I’ve been a big fan for several years. However, another site I love is Similar to, creativelive is more than just learning about software. They have classes that relate to business and education. The nice thing about creativelive is that if you have time, you can watch the classes for free. Classes can run from a day to multiple days and you can watch them live. If you like what you see, you can buy a digital download of the class. Take a look at their calendar and maybe you’ll…
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  • 10 Ted Talks Every Parent Will Be Thankful They Watched

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    By Dr. Cameron Caswell The world's leading thinkers and doers in parenting share their most powerful tips, inspiration, encouragement, laughs and "ah ha" moments. You'll be astounded at how much  you can learn in just 10 minutes (or less).1. For Parents, Happiness is a Very High Bar by Jennifer SeniorThe parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so…
  • Bullied Kids Speak Out: How online games are used as weapons of cruelty

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    By Dr. Cameron Caswell In her new book, BULLIED KIDS SPEAK OUT: We Survived-How You Can Too, bullying survivor turned best-selling author Jodee Blanco presents the stories of 17 of the most unforgettable teens she encountered while touring America’s schools.Each chapter features a different teen telling their story of how s/he was bullied and finally found the strength to stand up to their tormentors and reclaim their dignity. For young adults, these stories show that they are not alone in their struggles and offer inspiration, hope and encouragement.  For adults, this book provides a…
  • Relational Currency: The secret to dramatically improving your relationship with your teen

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    By Dr. Cameron Caswell Your teenager’s most fundamental need is to feel loved by YOU. When your child feels unconditionally loved by you he is better equipped to handle the bumpy road of adolescence.You’re probably thinking, “Of course I love my teen. She knows that!” But you may be surprised. Your teen needs constant, consistent affirmation of your love. More importantly, your positive interactions with your teen must outweigh the negative.Your Teen's Emotional Bank AccountThink of it like a bank account that takes relational currency. Relational currency is an act or statement that…
  • The Empowered Parent: Teen Edition Newsletter

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Hello dear parent,I'm on a mission to help you and your teen strengthen your relationship, rebuild trust and respect and deepen your understanding of one another. With that goal in mind, I created the weekly newsletter: "The Empowered Parent: Teen Edition."  Each week I offer tips, useful tricks and tools, and words of inspiration to help you become the best parent you can be for your teen.If you want to become part of our growing parenting community, simply sign up below. We'd be honored to have you. Be Empowered Become a part of our growing parenting community. Email Address Sign Me Up…
  • Timberlake Inspires Teens: "They Called Me Different. They Called Me Weird."

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Timberlake at iHeartRadio Music Awards As Justin Timberlake accepted his Innovator Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 29th, he directed some heartfelt words of inspiration and hope to young adults everywhere:"Growing up in school no one ever called me anything close to an innovator. They called me different. They called me weird. They called me a couple other words I can’t say on TV. Thankfully… my mother taught me that being different was a good thing. That being different meant that you could actually make a difference.""When I was a teenager, I read some words that I found…
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  • Integrating the Creative Arts in Therapy

    Krishna Mahathi
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:23 pm
    “I think we want our kids to grow up to be people who can think outside of the box, be creative and innovators, sort of the forward-thinkers of our future. I think a way to inspire that is through art and music.” – Angela Kinsey I had enrolled in a program to explore the therapeutic aspects of the arts early this year. I was drawn to explore this stream because of the impressive reports that were published and acknowledged in several clinical situations. My conviction was that I should experience and understand the transformative power (of music, theatre, movement and art)…
  • Is Learning Directly Proportional to Laughing?

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    This blog post has been contributed by We all remember that one Mathematics class which everyone in class looked forward to because the teacher was funny, and she made crunching numbers fun. So is that teacher. This product is based on the belief that humor is essential for better learning. A group of alumni from IIT Bombay and St Xavier’s have strived to create this e-learning website which presently helps students in their 5th to 8th grades learn the core concepts of Mathematics, Science, and English through humour. So, does humor really mix well with…
  • Camping With Your Children In India This Summer

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:55 pm
    This blog post has been reposted, with permission, from Bril’s Blog Summer vacation brings back memories of lazy afternoons spent stuffing ourselves with mangoes, playing in our grandparents backyard, a lot of TV and a book or two. Fast forward to 2015, and summer vacations come so action packed, there’s no time to be lost! Brimming with a sense of purpose, parents like to send off their kids to eco-friendly summer camps, where they not only learn about team work but also stay close to nature and learn about its delicate balance. So we decided to put together a list of camping spots in…
  • Body Image in Adolescence

    Shobhika Jaju
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:27 am
    Ever heard 15 yr. olds lament about how ugly they feel? Or how they wish their hair had been better, or their body been leaner and taller? This is an example of a negative body image, also known as body dissatisfaction. One’s perception, beliefs and feelings about one’s body, is largely known as body image. It includes how the individual believes the outside world views their body and how they believe their body fits with what the world considers normal. It’s important to note that body image is independent of the actual appearance of a person and may change over time. Body image can be…
  • Teaching Gender Equality to our Sons from Childhood

    Swati Nitin Gupta
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:47 pm
    I recently came across a blog post that talked about teaching gender equality to our sons from childhood. The blogger talked about dispelling some of the common stereotypes attached with gender, for instance colours like blue is for boys and pink is for girls, kitchen work is for girls and doing outside chores is a boy’s job. She talked about living a life where all these stereotypes could be broken either daily or on a weekly basis. The post talked about how the writer (the mother) did all the odd jobs around the house and by odd jobs she meant repairing leaking faucet (the family stays…
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    The Raising Supaman Project

  • How Would You Define Great Schools?

    Nathaniel Turner
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:27 pm
    The last several days have been extremely enlightening. In consecutive days, I had the opportunity to take a bus tour of the “great” schools of Indianapolis and listen to a panel of experts discuss preschool education. While in all but a couple of cases, I have no reason to doubt the sincerity of the efforts […]
  • Are You Spending Your Time Wisely?

    Nathaniel Turner
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
    As I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to have a greater appreciation for what truly matters. Today, I recognize time as the most important and the most valuable commodity in the entire universe. Despite the invaluable and finite nature of time, time is the thing most of us waste. Time is the element we all tend […]
  • Stop Multitasking Before You Destroy Your Brain

    Nathaniel Turner
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
      There is a good chance that you are reading this post while brushing your teeth and listening to your favorite morning radio personality, reading this post while eating lunch and watching a YouTube video, or reading this post while listening to a podcast and driving to your next appointment. I bring these scenarios to […]
  • Is Your Child A Chip Off The Old Block?

    Nathaniel Turner
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    There is a phrase my son’s grandmother has been fond of using to describe my son and I since his birth. Nearly every time we talk to or see Bibi (Swahili for grandmother), something occurs to make her say chip of the old block. For those who are unfamiliar with the expression, chip off the […]
  • Spend Two Hours Watching Rocky With Your Child Today

    Nathaniel Turner
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    One of my favorite movies of all-time is Rocky. In fact, as soon as I’ve finished this post, I’m going to watch it for the 10,000th time. I’ve watched Rocky so many times that I can practically recite the lines right along with the actors. Among the most memorable lines for me are: “Yo Adrian!” […]
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  • Cozy Weekend With Gar

    6 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    My helper has left for home after her contract is up. This is the first weekend without any help in nearly two years. We stayed home most of the time since the boys were not well enough to go out for … Continue reading → Tags:  spending time, staying at home, weekend fun Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  10 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Moonlight Parties  Upp X Rd  Garisms: Gar's Quips  Gar's Language Development At 24 Months  Water and African Children ConversationCopyright…
  • 12 Anxiety Issues Parents Of Gifted Children Face

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    Being a parent is not easy, let alone being a parent of a gifted child (or two). While my husband thinks I am too zen-like about many things (i.e. don’t appear concerned enough), I am probably more like a duck … Continue reading → Tags:  anxiety issues, gifted issues Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  10 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    How To Bring A Book Alive - Experiments And Games  Mum and Dad Restraunt Menu  El's new school  Moonlight Parties  Mixed Up Upper And Lower…
  • Gifted Characteristics Of Lee Kuan Yew

    28 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Singapore has lost our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, on 23 March 2015 at 3.18am. Much had been mentioned about how our former prime minister had transformed Singapore from a village to a metropolis. While we all know that … Continue reading → Tags:  dyslexia, exceptionally gifted, extensive vocabulary, gifted individual, lee kuan yew, twice exceptional Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  6 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    7 Ways To Advocate For Your Gifted Child  The Toucan by Shel…
  • The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    I had just watched a short video on Eric Carle who had written and illustrated a book titled ‘The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse‘. He talks about how we should not be limited by colours and we should just … Continue reading → Tags:  brown bear brown bear what do you see, eric carle, polar bear polar bear what do you hear, the artist who painted a blue horse Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  11 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    10 Free Activities To Do In The Holidays  Visit To…
  • Garisms – Funny Stuff From A 33-Month Old Boy

    18 Mar 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Gar is currently 2 years and 9 months old. He is getting funnier. He is speaking a lot, but sometimes incoherently. Sometimes he shows how sly he can get and. He worships his brother, but is prone to jealous rages. 1. … Continue reading → Tags:  Chinese words, sibling rivalry, wild kratts Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Flea Market And Mid Autumn Festival  Christmas Decorations 2013  El Practises The Piano  First Staycation In…
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    The Stir By CafeMom: Big Kid

  • 12 Teacher Gifts Kids Can Make

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Post by Judy Dutton. When you think about how much teachers do for your kids, it makes total sense show your thanks (at Christmas, the end of the school year, or during teacher appreciation week) with a great gift. Even better? Letting your kids make a gift for the person who has helped them learn their ABCs and 123s. If you're not the crafty type, don't worry.We've scoured the web to create a list of gifts that teachers actually want -- plus since your kids can help you create them, they'll have a sweet personal touch, too. #3: so useful, so adorable, so original! Image via Bollingwith5
  • 19 Disturbing Discoveries Moms Have Made in Their Kids' Bedrooms

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Post by Judy Dutton. Toxic waste sites don't hold a candle to the shocking discoveries in store for moms when they dare clean their kids' rooms after weeks of nagging the little ones to do it themselves. Don't believe us? Just check out these stories below from mothers revealing things they've unearthed while tidying up their children's closets, beds, desks, and other areas where their little tykes' messes are allowed to flourish ... and often rot undetected for weeks.Because let's face it: Kids are filthy beasts. To a certain extent, it's up to you to do damage control. Consider these…
  • 24 Hilariously Awkward Kid Spelling Mistakes (PHOTOS)

    21 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Post by Suzee Skwiot. You practice at home, and they should be learning it in school, but kids and spelling don't always have a flawless relationship. They may try their hardest (seriously, bless their little hearts!) but sometimes they forget a letter, add countless extras, or just don't seem to grasp the integrity of the word. And that's when we're blessed with the sort of spelling mistakes that leave us rolling.Of course, some are inappropriate, others are harmless, but they all share one thing: They're definitely not what the teacher had in mind. Take a look at these best (or worst,…
  • 19 Ways Your Phone Can Make You a More Efficient Parent

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    Post by The Stir Bloggers. Forget the diaper bag, the convertible high chair, the leakproof water bottle. The most useful tool in my parenting workbench isn’t kid-specific at all. It’s my smartphone. And I’m not alone. When I asked other moms how their phones make them more efficient parents, they had tons of smart ideas.I've found that the camera proves helpful in multiple ways: 1. My son forgets to bring home his homework assignments. A lot. When that happens, I text his friends’ moms. Within minutes, somebody sends me pictures of her kid's worksheets. 2. When we head off to a…
  • Truth or Old Wives Tale? Test Your Parenting Smarts (TRIVIA)

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    Post by Caroline Olney. When it comes to parenting, there are plenty of old wives tales floating around that seem an awful lot like fact. After all, they've been passed down from mom to mom over hundreds of years; there's got to be a kernal of truth to them, right? Well, there's enough science out there today to prove what the "old wives" have to say about raising kids is hogwash. We should be listening to pediatricians -- not old myths -- when it comes to raising our kids. But how much of their (sometimes dangerous) advice are you still following in your house? Take our quiz to see if you…
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    Diary of an Angry Father.

  • Left To His Own Devices.

    Miso N. Grey
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    Our civilization may have arrived at a turning point, where we're heading towards uncivilized behavior. Continue reading →
  • Find something more important than you are, and dedicate your life to it.

    Miso N. Grey
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    It's better to work hard for four years so you can party for the next sixty, rather than party for four and suffer later. Trust me, the former is so much better. Continue reading →
  • Redneckin.

    Miso N. Grey
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    A few years back, I was cornered by some guy at a kid’s party. Honestly, I forget his name. I want to say George, Paul, John or maybe Ringo, but I don’t remember. I must admit I am occasionally introverted. It’s kind of a learned thing. The only thing I hate more than parties is being forced … Continue reading →
  • Do nothings.

    Miso N. Grey
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:21 pm
    How was I to compete with three apparently successful professionals who do nothing for a living? Is this the new world we're ushering? An economy that generates money out of thin air with no measurable product or service? How can that possibly sustain for any length of time? And all the great advice I've been drilling into my kids' heads since they were old enough to hear about pursuing a worthwhile degree at a good college to they can secure a rewarding career -- was that all for naught? Should I instead be telling them not to worry, because they too can make money doing nothing? I sidelined…
  • How to choose a new home. Or, how NOT to choose a new home.

    Miso N. Grey
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Neighborhoods change. Sometimes for the better, but more often for the worse. If you're gifted with psychic abilities, or the power of foresight, or even better, a smidgen of common sense, you'll know when it's time to pop that FOR SALE sign in your front yard. Continue reading →
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    Mom Fuse

  • 2015 Mothers Day Gift Guide

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 2015 Mothers Day Gift Guide Mothers Day is a time to celebrate mom and everything she does. Our 2015 Mothers Day Gift Guide has some fun & functional gifts mom will enjoy! 1. Pong Case for her iPhone, Galaxy or iPad – The best thing about these cases — besides the fact that they keep these devices safe from drops […]        
  • HelloFlo New Mom Kit: Essentials For New Moms

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: HelloFlo New Mom Kit: Essentials For New Moms The HelloFlo New Mom Kit… you might remember HelloFlo for being the company that made periods hilariously part of the conversation as opposed to a taboo subject for young girls. Recently though, they’ve expanded that conversation to include the other side of being a new mom: the leaks, the pains, and the aches. The HelloFlo […]        
  • Get Your Free Issue – Baked & Delicious Magazine

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Get Your Free Issue – Baked & Delicious Magazine The Premiere Issue of Baked & Delicious Magazine is out and guess what.. you can get it for Free! Yes, free! Don’t you just love that word? Baked & Delicious is all about bringing International classic recipes that you can bake at home, in your own space. The magazine is filled with traditional, modern, and […]        
  • Yes! Mom Needs Fresh Flowers For Mother’s Day. Here’s Why

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Yes! Mom Needs Fresh Flowers For Mother’s Day. Here’s Why My husband would always get me fresh flowers because he knew how much I loved them. Flowers are very healing to me and I love them because they brighten things up a bit. It’s so nice to walk in a room that has fresh flowers in it. Did you know there are so many benefits […]        
  • 6 Careers Best Suited for Moms

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: 6 Careers Best Suited for Moms Balancing family and career can be stressful for today’s working moms. Finding a job with the flexibility of good work-life balance, the salary to cover investments in child care, and hours that don’t keep you away too much are all challenges for moms with young children. If the birth of your child is causing you […]        
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    MinneMama Adventures

  • The Library Series: Minneapolis Central and Rum River

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:26 pm
    MinneMama Adventures is happy to introduce Kelly Sullivan Noah as a new guest poster. She has offered to share her experiences in a fun series called “Go and Stop: The Library Series” where she breaks down the numerous kid-friendly libraries our city has to offer. I’m excited for her series and hope you enjoy it! We’re pleasantly spoiled [...] The post The Library Series: Minneapolis Central and Rum River appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Take the Apron Challenge: Kids Catering to Kids

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:21 pm
    A few weeks ago, I spoke with a mom named Debbie about her creative brainstorm-turned-reality – Kids Catering to Kids: the Apron Challenge. Her idea evolved from an afternoon of watching kids in the neighborhood play pretend restaurant, taking pride in their “stick spaghetti” and “rock meatballs.” What if something like this could give kids the [...] The post Take the Apron Challenge: Kids Catering to Kids appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • 6 Adventures to Celebrate Autism Awareness Month

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    April is National Autism Awareness Month. You can celebrate with your child by going on one of these awesome adventures throughout the month: Free Sensory Movies Saturdays at 10am: Mall of America (Bloomington) As an extension of Free Family Flicks, these films offer families affected by developmental disabilities, like autism, the opportunity to enjoy a free [...] The post 6 Adventures to Celebrate Autism Awareness Month appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Rump-tastic Reading at Wild Rumpus Book Store

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    WILD RUMPUS BOOKS  |  MINNEAPOLIS, MN  |  VISIT WEBSITE  I don’t know about you, but there’s not a lot of moments that make me prouder as a mother than when I watch my kids thumb through the pages of book. Since my son started kindergarten this year, he can now actually read them too, which [...] The post Rump-tastic Reading at Wild Rumpus Book Store appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Great River Water Park + Family Pass Giveaway

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Disclaimer: I received a family pass to the Great River Water Park in exchange for my time sharing this post and hosting this giveaway. All thoughts are my own. GREAT RIVER WATER PARK  |  ST. PAUL, MN  |  VISIT WEBSITE  We’re close. We’re so close. We’ve all earned yet another Minnesota Winter Survival badge, whether we like [...] The post Great River Water Park + Family Pass Giveaway appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
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    Growing Children

  • The Best Lessons Are Like Plants That Volunteer From Stray Seeds

    Kim Allsup
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Each spring, volunteer nasturtiums emerge in our school greenhouse near the site of the previous year’s nasturtium plants. This is how I knew that nasturtium seeds would winter over in this unheated gardening classroom. So, last fall, as we collected nasturtium seeds and then pulled out the long, trailing frost-nipped plants, I decided to plant some of the rough, round, tan-colored seeds in pots for easy transplanting. We sunk the pots into a bed for warmth and I congratulated myself on bringing order to the anticipated spring growth. This spring, a few of these pots hosted seedlings, but…
  • Now in Chinese…Five Reasons to Think Twice Before You Praise Your Child and what to Do Instead

    Kim Allsup
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:07 pm under: Uncategorized
  • Toddlers Blooming in the Garden Revisited

    Kim Allsup
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    The frozen earth is a fertile zone for the gardener’s active mind. Seed catalogs, plot plans, old planting records and books about organic pest control and landscape design are the tools of dreamers who see beyond the white blanket hiding last year’s garden stubble and the remaining leeks. If you are a parent or a gardening teacher, chances are your dreaming and scheming about the upcoming growing season is set to the music of childish voices. And, alongside the plans for rows of spring peas and lettuce is a growing imagination of how how to work with children in the garden over the next…
  • Five Reasons to Think Twice Before Praising Your Child and Five Ideas for What to Do Instead

    Kim Allsup
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    (photo:You want your child to be free to be led by his or her own inner self) A mom at the playground this morning called excitedly to her child. “Good job!” I couldn’t see her because I was working inside a greenhouse next to the twisty orange plastic slide. Thirty seconds later, I heard it again, “Good job!” and again perhaps a minute later, “good job!” Had I been a time traveler, I could have dated this scene as being in the post year 2000 era. I don’t remember being praised as a child. I didn’t miss it. It is not as if all my friends were blanketed with praise and I was…
  • Finding Balance in the Garden

    Kim Allsup
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Kim Allsup:Sharing an older post. Originally posted on Growing Children: She wore a man’ s castoff button down shirt, white with long sleeves to shield her from the sun, from the green sap that oozed from the wounds created when she snapped suckers emerging between stems and leafy branches. She was ten years old, working whole hot blazing days in the tomato ffelds,working too hard, too long, losing too much of her childhood to the flat Illinois fields of her uncle’s farm. She was one of thousands of children who knew such labor In the Great Depression, children who have etched indelible…
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    Mama of 3 Munchkins

  • The Ultimate Kitchen Cheat Sheet

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • Sausage Fried Rice

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:03 pm
    #spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between Mama of 3 Munchkins and Hillshire. This could include Hillshire providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. What’s for dinner in your house tonight? We had sausage fried rice. It’s technically pork fried rice since sausage is pork, and it tastes almost the same […]
  • Display Your Child’s Achievements & Success with Church Hill Classics Diploma Frames

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    As much as I’ve been looking forward to summer, this year is a bit BITTERSWEET for me since my lovely daughter’s graduating. It really does seem like yesterday that I was reading her Barney books and now all of a sudden she’s about to have a high school diploma. I’d love to save the diploma […]
  • SLPY The Original Women’s Sleepy Review

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    My daughter is going away to college in the fall (sniffle, sniffle!), and we’re starting to get her dorm gear together. When it comes to bedding, I want to make sure she’s always nice and warm on those chilly nights, so reviewing the SLPY Original Women’s Sleepy wearable sleeping bag was a perfect opportunity for […]
  • Strawberry Shortcake Muffins

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Um, who says breakfast has to be boring? These Strawberry Shortcake Muffins are lightly sweetened and utterly delicious. Stuffed with fresh strawberries and topped with a light glaze they are still a fairly healthy choice. Or in the afternoon find a quiet spot with a couple of these and a mug of your favorite coffee. […]
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    Spymaster Pro Official Blog

  • How to Monitor or Spy on Your Kids Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat,Instagram) use?

    Ricky Martin
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:46 am
    How to Monitor Your Kids Social media Use – An infographic by the team at Spymaster Pro To Embed How to Monitor Your Kids Social media Use on Your Site: Copy and Paste the Code Below Card
  • How To Find Lost iPhone

    6 Feb 2015 | 10:43 pm
    How to find lost iPhone – An infographic by the team at Spymaster Pro To Share this Infographics on Your Site: Copy and Paste the Code Below </p> <p><img src=”” width=”540″></p> <p>How to find lost iPhone – An infographic by the team at <a href=””>Spymaster Pro</a></p> <p>  
  • How Can I Spy On A Samsung Galaxy Phone?

    Chandni Sharma
    5 Feb 2015 | 4:13 am
    It is evident that the Samsung, a South Korean enterprise is apparently one of the colossal and preeminent Android smartphones OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). And this is the reason that lately I’ve been receiving loads of queries on “How can I spy on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone?” Well, flip through the article to know the […]
  • How To Spy On Text Messages Online?

    Chandni Sharma
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:16 pm
    According to a recent survey – Billions of text messages are being sent every day by all the smartphone users. The use of the text messaging service has drastically changed the deportment of all the smartphone possessors. Because they are always been tapping their phones, no matter where they are viz. official meetings, family and […]
  • Dodge Your Sender With The New WhatsApp Plus Tricks!

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Till date, you cannot find any instant messaging app better than WhatsApp. WhatsApp PLUS is the parallel and the best alternative to WhatsApp. Both the wonders of messaging apps- WhatsApp and that of the WhatsApp Plus have a slightest yet important difference between each other. Although WhatsApp helps us enjoy our communication through its variant […]
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    Problem Kids Blog

  • Easier Pill Taking For Kids – 15 Tips For Parents.

    Robert Locke
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    “And a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, the medicine go down…” Mary Poppins Is Mary Poppins’ advice enough to make pill taking easier for kids, you might wonder? It appears from research that this is quite a common problem – about 40% – 50% of kids really do have difficulty in taking the standard capsules and pills. The reasons are manifold: fear of nasty tasting medicine parental pressure fear of discomfort put off by size of pills and capsules kids’ age and development associated with negativity and anxiety Pill Taking Easier For Kids. Rather than telling the…
  • Dealing With ADHD Kids – Straight Talk To Help You Cope

    Robert Locke
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    How many times have you heard people say that ADHD is not a real disease, it is just bad parenting? At the other end of the spectrum in dealing with ADHD kids, we have the medication brigade who think Ritalin and other drugs will do the job. Obviously, there is a happy medium. It is interesting to note that most experts recommend parenting classes and support or behavioural therapy before rushing into medication. The CDC in the USA says that there has been a 4% increase in ADHD diagnosis in the four year period from 2003 to 2011. But many doctors are prescribing ADHD drugs without even…
  • Parenting Toddlers Tips – 7 Basic Rules

    Robert Locke
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    With toddlers, you have to keep a few basic principles in mind. These range from them not being able to tell you what they want nor can they move as fast as they like – just as well! That is the perfect recipe for acting out, temper tantrums, hitting siblings and an astonishing range of bad behavior. Here are the basic parenting toddlers tips. If you think that it is all uphill, it helps to remember that if you consistently show praise, encouragement and affection as opposed to talking about rules, criticism and consequences all the time, then you are on to a winning strategy. Long term, of…
  • 10 Healthy School Lunches Ideas

    Robert Locke
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Are you getting tired of the same old recipes that you trot out week after week, when getting the kids’ lunches ready? You know that healthy school lunches for kids are usually much better than what they can get at any school cafeteria. The only problem is that it takes longer and you have to be really organized to get them ready in time. But follow these tips where we will give you some useful ideas. First watch the video below for some great advice about getting the right mix of protein, carbs and greens but also she has good ideas about the actual containers (laptop lunch boxes, also…
  • 9 Famous ADHD Celebrities – Inspire Your Kids With These Stories

    Robert Locke
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:09 pm
    If you think that ADHD has had a bad press, you are right! The problem is that there is far too much emphasis on the problems with ADHD such as inattention, lack of focus, distraction, fidgeting and hyperactivity, just to mention a few. But while millions of people struggle to cope, adapt and just learn to live with it, there are many famous ADHD celebrities who have actually had enormous success. In many cases, they have been able to exploit their condition which has helped, rather than hindered them. It has been estimated that adults with ADHD are 300% more likely to run their own business…
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    When the Dust Settles

  • Silent Sunday

    Ashley Beolens
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The post Silent Sunday appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Word of the Week – Success

    Ashley Beolens
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Welcome to our Word of the Week post for Saturday 28th March 2015 is Success – is it harder to spell or achieve? This Weeks Word of the Week SUCCESS Meaning of the Word Success The accomplishment of an aim or purpose. The post Word of the Week – Success appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • The A-Z of Me

    Ashley Beolens
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    After being nominated to write The A-Z of Me by Ally over at Messed up Mum (read her A-Z of me post here), I thought why not, looks like a fun thing to do, but I wasn’t sure quite how tricky it would actually turn out to be. I should also point out that unlike Ally’s […] The post The A-Z of Me appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Booking Fees a Rant

    Ashley Beolens
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Why do I have to pay booking fees to buy tickets at the box office of a show theatre? I have read the reasons that theatres offer “it is so we can offer a better service” or “we make very little from the tickets (percentage) so can’t add it to the ticket price or we […] The post Booking Fees a Rant appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • 50 Things That Make me Happy

    Ashley Beolens
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I was recently set the challenge to list 50 Things That Make me Happy by my friend Martyn who blogs over at Inside Martyn’s Thoughts (thanks I think?) – You can read his post here (if you haven’t read his stuff yet you really should, although go after you’ve read this of course). The post 50 Things That Make me Happy appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
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  • The Force is Strong in My Family & Other Things I Learned From Attending Star Wars Celebration 2015 With My Teenage Son

    Dr. Becca
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    This past weekend, I attended the 4-day Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California with my 17-year-old son, Patrick. While I am a fan of the Star Wars franchise, my son is the super-fan of the family – he not only Continue reading → The post The Force is Strong in My Family & Other Things I Learned From Attending Star Wars Celebration 2015 With My Teenage Son appeared first on .
  • Find More Fulfillment In Your Parenting By Making These 4 Simple Tweaks To Your Day

    Dr. Becca
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:59 pm
      I had a parent tell me a few weeks ago that she loves her family, but lately she feels like she hasn’t enjoyed her family in a long time. She went on to explain that as the kids grew Continue reading → The post Find More Fulfillment In Your Parenting By Making These 4 Simple Tweaks To Your Day appeared first on .
  • The Top 6 Excuses That Get In The Way of Being A Consistent Parent (And How To Overcome Them!)

    Dr. Becca
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    We all know that consistency is the key to effective parenting. We hear this advice all the time from parenting experts. The problem is actually following through on being consistent with our family rules and consequences EVERY TIME OUR CHILD Continue reading → The post The Top 6 Excuses That Get In The Way of Being A Consistent Parent (And How To Overcome Them!) appeared first on .
  • Easter With My Modern Family

    Dr. Becca
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
      Life has been a little busy for my MODERN FAMILY lately so I haven’t posted any updates for a while, but I really wanted to share with you our fun Easter holiday. This Easter, the kids and I met Jeff Continue reading → The post Easter With My Modern Family appeared first on .
  • About Me

    Dr. Becca
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:35 pm
      My Modern Family Real-Life Experience + Child Psychology Background = Quality Parenting Resources That Matter To You     The story of my parenting life reads a lot like the typical Hollywood movie plot – female lead character starts out Continue reading → The post About Me appeared first on .
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  • How to Stop Kids From Hiding Apps

    Robin Petrovsky
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. Kids are smart. They are curious and they are sometimes a little devious! You have your kid’s passwords and you don’t allow them to take their phone or iPad to bed. You make sure you look at the text messages …Read More The post How to Stop Kids From Hiding Apps appeared first on NetSanity.
  • TV In The Palm Of Their Hands

    Robin Petrovsky
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. Remember when the lucky kid’s got a TV in their bedroom? Back in the day, all the way back to 2010 , there was something called “traditional Television”. Some of the cool folks called it “TV” for short. It was …Read More The post TV In The Palm Of Their Hands appeared first on NetSanity.
  • Your kids and Apples iMessage

    Robin Petrovsky
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. Learn how you can see every iMessage for free   So it is New Year and your kids and teens have their new shiny Apple mobile devices. Maybe its a new iPod touch for the young ones, a fancy new iPad Mini, …Read More The post Your kids and Apples iMessage appeared first on NetSanity.
  • Your teen may circumvent your parental controls

    Robin Petrovsky
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. Learn Your Teens Top Tricks to Get Past Your Parental Controls The following blog post may seem long and get somewhat technical at times, but guess what? The minute you bought your child a smartphone, laptop, tablet, gaming console or any …Read More The post Your teen may circumvent your parental controls appeared first on NetSanity.
  • How to Simplify Protecting Your Kids on iOS

    Robin Petrovsky
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. Combine Multiple Apps and Programs to Get the iOS Parental Control Features You Need When you have a teen that has their own iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you want to protect them. There are many different dangers that are awaiting …Read More The post How to Simplify Protecting Your Kids on iOS appeared first on NetSanity.
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  • Free activities from bestselling kids books

    Edward Shepard
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Did you know that many of the best kids books have free printables and downloadable activity books? Publishers offer these for teachers and parents to extend popular and educational stories. Here are a few we like. There are many more available. Josephine This charming biography invites readers to step inside the vibrant and spirited world of performer and civil rights advocate, Josephine Baker. Robinson’s paintings are as colorful and rich as Josephine Baker’s story, offering page after page of captivating and animated illustrations and rhythmic text, which is written in blank…
  • What to do when your kid has lice (the lousiest experience of all)

    Erika Lowe
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    *Warning: may cause psychosomatic head scratching. The six year old would not stop itching her head. Not a minute passed without her scratching her chlorine-sopped brown hair like crazy. A horrifying thought entered my head as I watched her fingers attack her head during her swim lesson – she has lice. I jumped on my smartphone and Googled lice, trying desperately to hide my screen from the eyes of other pool parents. Lice is not something I recommend you Google unless your child truly has lice. It is disgusting. I started counting down the minutes until her lesson was over, so I could rush…
  • Take an Internet Field Trip: 5 Links to Share with Your Kids

    Erika Lowe
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    Share awesome, fun links with your kids on an Internet Field Trip curated for Parent Co. by Today Box. Today Box curates fun and educational daily facts, videos, photos, and jokes for curious kids and the grown-ups who raise them. Week of April 25, 2015 The Calbuco volcano in Chile decided to celebrate Earth Day by erupting for the first time in 42 years! Check out a stunning timelapse video of the eruption on Today Box! Scientists discovered a new frog in Costa Rica that looks just like Kermit the Frog! Learn why this amphibian is called the glass frog in this short news clip from CBS News.
  • VW Bus Photo Contest Winners!

    Edward Shepard
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Like people, trees, and cookies, VW buses are beautiful in their diversity. Mike DeCecco wrote a beautiful, funny essay about how his life-long Westfalia obsession evolved into a family adventure when he became a father. To celebrate the VW bus (Westy’s in particular) we ran a photo contest that ended about a month ago. Two winners were picked: one based on votes, the other by a random drawing. They will receive a framed illustration of their bus, printed on archival paper. Over 100 entries and thousands of votes later, here are the winners. 1967 Double Door. (See the original…
  • Top 5 links for parents 4/17-4/24

    Sara Goldstein
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    This conversation between Darin Ross and his daughter is the sweetest thing we’ve read this week. (And as a bonus, we stumbled upon it when revisiting his amazingly epic burrito rant. BTW, it’s even better than we remembered.) In an interview with Good, art director of the New Yorker, Francoise Mouley talks comics and their effect on young readers.  “As a mother, seeing my kids grow up and the impact that reading comics had on them, it became clear that far from being what was hailed as a medium that would turn them into juvenile delinquents, and would prevent them from…
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    Creative Family Connections

  • Wyoming

    Ruthi David
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:33 pm
    WYOMING GESTATIONAL SURROGACY IN WYOMING WY Stat § 14-2-403(d) “does not authorize or prohibit” Gestational Surrogacy contracts; however, WY Stat § 14-2-901 et seq. covers assisted reproduction in some depth. As a practical matter, Gestational Surrogacy is rare in Wyoming. To date, there are no known requests for parentage orders in Wyoming.  Rather, parentage rights of Intended Parents using Gestational Carriers in Wyoming have been secured when Wyoming’s Vital Records honored an out-of-state pre-birth parentage order from the Intended Parents’ home state, and issued a birth…
  • Wisconsin

    Ruthi David
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:32 pm
    WISCONSIN GESTATIONAL SURROGACY IN WISCONSIN Gestational Surrogacy is permitted in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision Paternity of F.T.R., Rosecky v. Schissel.  The court concluded that surrogacy contracts are enforceable unless contrary to the child’s best interest. Pre-Birth Parentage Orders Do courts grant pre-birth parentage orders?  Yes, pre-birth orders are issued, but they are considered “interim” orders. An additional, final, order must be issued after the child’s birth to facilitate obtaining the birth certificate. Can both Intended Parents be…
  • West Virginia

    Ruthi David
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:32 pm
    WEST VIRGINIA GESTATIONAL SURROGACY IN WEST VIRGINIA Gestational Surrogacy is permitted in West Virginia by W.VA Code  §61-2-14h(e)(3), which permits “fees and expenses included in any agreement in which a woman agrees to become a surrogate mother.” Pre-Birth Parentage Orders Do courts grant pre-birth parentage orders?  Yes Can both Intended Parents be declared the legal parents in a pre-birth order if at least one parent is genetically related to the child? Married heterosexual couple using own egg and own sperm: Yes Married heterosexual couple using an egg donor or sperm…
  • Washington

    Ruthi David
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:31 pm
    WASHINGTON GESTATIONAL SURROGACY IN WASHINGTON Purely non-compensatory, compassionate Gestational Surrogacy is permitted in Washington by Wash. Rev. Code §26.26.210etseq.  However, all other surrogacy contracts are void and subject to criminal penalties. Do courts grant pre-birth parentage orders?   No. Parentage is established post-birth, either through an affidavit and a physician’s certificate form (requiring no court intervention) or a post-birth order or an adoption proceeding. Post-Birth Parentage Orders In a compassionate surrogacy case, can both Intended Parents be declared…
  • Virginia

    Ruthi David
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    VIRGINIA GESTATIONAL SURROGACY IN VIRGINIA Gestational Surrogacy is permitted under Virginia’s Assisted Conception Statute, but only to Intended Parents who meet the enumerated restrictions. The Intended Parents must be a married heterosexual couple, the Gestational Carrier’s compensation is limited to medical and ancillary expenses, and in most cases, the Gestational Carrier cannot give her consent until 3 days post-birth. In theory, the Intended Parents could opt for court approval of the contract before the embryo transfer, although this is not through a pre-birth parentage petition.
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  • Del diario de mamá

    Alejandra Ulloa
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita La llamada fue tan apremiante, que me remitió a la imagen –leída en un cuento años atrás- de un grito bajando (¿o era subiendo?) por unas escaleras.   – Mamaaaaaaaaá…   La llamada fue tan apremiante, que me remitió a la imagen –leída en un cuento años atrás- de un grito bajando (¿o era subiendo?) por unas escaleras. En todo caso, a mi la “á” me alcanzó en la cocina mientras lavaba los trastes y me hizo dejarlos de inmediato.   – Se rompió la dobladera que llega a la espalda, necesito…
  • De paseo por la montaña… ¡Estimulación y vivencias al máximo!

    Luis Ku
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Por ahí dicen que conviene más invertir en experiencias que en cosas. Lo acabamos de comprobar este fin de semana. Te cuento. Por ahí dicen que conviene más invertir en experiencias que en cosas. Lo acabamos de comprobar este fin de semana. Somos una pequeña y peculiar tribu-familia urbana, que nos decidimos a trastocar la rutina y dar un salto hacia la aventura: los resultados han sigo grandiosos, de gran beneficio en el desarrollo personal -¡no sólo de los niños!-  y, por demás, INOLVIDABLES. Tapalpa es una bella combinación de…
  • Rompecabezas para enseñar el nombre a un niño

    Yusel Flores
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Hacer un rompecabezas en casa es una tarea sencilla, única y muy enriquecedora para el aprendizaje de tu pequeño. Las actividades previas a la escritura son una buena manera de conseguir que tu pequeño esté emocionado por aprender, así como, desarrollar las habilidades que necesitará cuando realmente empiece a escribir. En esta ocasión te presento una sencilla manualidad para realizar un rompecabezas en casa, que ayudará a tu niño a identificar las letras de su nombre. Esta actividad se pueden iniciar a partir de los 3 años.
  • Beneficios de armar rompecabezas 1

    Alexis De la Peña
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Armar rompecabezas no sólo es divertido, también puede ayudar a tu niño a desarrollar ciertas habilidades. La memoria visual es sólo una de ellas.   The post Beneficios de armar rompecabezas 1 appeared first on umbilical.
  • Así Habló Galatrusta (o La Correcta Pronunciación de los Niños)

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Cualquiera puede tener su propio archivo familiar de curiosidades, pero no todos saben captar los descuidos, las instantáneas. Es decir, la mayoría suele grabar la participación de sus hijos en el festival de la primavera, en los eventos religiosos o junto a ciertos atractivos turísticos… Así habló Galatustra Mi abuela quería ser arqueóloga y estudiar idiomas pero en sus tiempos lo correcto era estudiar corte y confección. Así lo hizo y destacó. Es una mujer tenaz y observadora, su sentido del humor es preciso y, aunque ya…
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  • 5 Secrets Guaranteed to Make You A Fair Parent

    Sue Lively
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Tired of hearing, “That’s not fair!” from your kids? Or do you remember saying that yourself when you were a child and you want to avoid your kids thinking the same thing about you? Check out our 5 secrets to being a fair parent today! This post includes Amazon Affiliate links. Please see our Disclosure for more details. To prepare for today’s post – I interviewed my friends and family by asking them, “What do YOU remember from your childhood that your parents did that you felt was UNFAIR?” It was interesting how similar all the answers were and I was…
  • How to Make Fantastic Flying Fish Paper Spinners

    Sue Lively
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    After scribbling all over his strips, cutting them and folding them up, Onetime dashed excitedly outside to the back deck of our house to test his new “Flying Fish” paper spinners! “It spins Mommy! It spins!” he yelled as he ran down to the backyard to retrieve his new creation. They cost exactly $.50 to make at least 10 and they entertained us for at least 45 minutes yesterday. Frugal fun for blah days! Check out our instructions for the Flying Fish Paper Spinners and this week’s Love to Learn Linky today! Our fun craft today was inspired by this post from…
  • Daring to be Perfectly IMPERFECT Parents and Kids: Twisted Advice!

    Sue Lively
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    When I first started writing this Positive Parenting Series, my intention was not to come off as an expert or even as a “perfect parent” who’s doing everything right. I just wanted to share with other perfectly imperfect parents all the strategies that I have been finding over the last few years that are working for me and my family to help maintain sanity while trying to raise an emotionally healthy and happy child. Over the last few years though, I’ve heard some really twisted advice touted – and it inspired me to write a tongue-in-cheek letter that I hope…
  • Earths Elements for Kids: An Earth Day Activity Roundup

    Sue Lively
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    Welcome to a very special edition of the Love to Learn Linky – it’s our Earth Day Linky! Because I strongly believe that kids today need to have an appreciation for our natural environment before they can truly understand why we need to take care of it, I have rounded up a variety of amazingly fun kids activities centered around learning about our air, water and land.  My hope is that you will find some activities that will help your child/children better understand our beautiful planet and the amazing natural resources we have – which will naturally lead to them wanting…
  • Teaching Kids How Toilets Work: Earth Day Activity

    Sue Lively
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    It’s a strange activity topic for Earth Day. I know. But a fascinating one really when you get into it! For some reason, my son “Onetime” is really interested right now in water and how it comes into our house, what it does, how it leaves, and where it goes when we’re done with it. And of course, the most interesting water-user in our house is the toilet! Join us today to look at how we have been investigating how toilets work and you will definitely come away with some great activities and ideas for helping to CONSERVE water at your house too – perfect for Earth…
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  • Advice From The Battlefield: Jake Valentine- Real Dad

    Matthew Danieluk
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:03 pm
    This segment of HSIAD brings the words of other real Dads to the site for public viewing. Our friend Jake had some advice to offer this week, please read Jake’s Advice From The Battlefield. My advice: Answer the damn question! I was eating lunch at a fast food joint with my five-year-old when she asked […]
  • How Policymakers Have Boobed on Breastfeeding Policy – And Formula Companies Cash In

    Matthew Danieluk
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Originally posted on The Politics of Mothering:Before we begin, a get-out clause. If you are not interested in breastfeeding then look away and enjoy your day. I wouldn’t want to chuck any talk of breasts or nipples in your face. Unless, of course, you are involved in public policy which increasingly undermines breastfeeding rates…
  • Breastfeeding- The Jedi Argument

    Matthew Danieluk
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Breastfeeding makes sense guys. Not only is it the oldest and most natural bond between Mother and Child in all of human existence, it is fiscally responsible and second to none in the ‘What is best for my child?’ department. If you are the type of person who blindly ignores CONFIRMED SCIENTIFIC FACT probably re-consider […]
  • 5 Reasons Men are Wimps About Breastfeeding

    Matthew Danieluk
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The first of a series of posts about Breastfeeding. #DadsForBreastfeeding
  • New Dads- 10 Guidelines to Keep Your Sanity Intact

    Matthew Danieluk
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
    New Dads- 10 Guidelines to Keep Your Sanity Intact
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  • Dating advice for my son

    Modern dad
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    I know there have been a load of “rules for dating my son” and I thought why not instead write to you about dating and my advice to you on dating. It’s not a perfect, but it’s what I have to give to you. In the end you know what makes a perfect date for you and how you want that date to turn out, but maybe one or two pieces of advice in here will become useful to you. When asking a girl out on a date for the first time and this is for every girl you ask out on a date, not just literally the first girl! Do not IM, text, email or call her or any other type of social…
  • The A-Z Of MDP! Yes I am that boring!

    Modern dad
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    I was tagged in an A-Z of me by Kat over at BeauTwins, although I do not think I am that interesting of a person what a great way to get to know a little more about a fellow blogger! A- I adapt well to new situations B- I started blogging as I wanted an outlet for my creative side and have found it to be just what I needed. C- I love cooking and fancy myself a bit of an amateur chef! D- I try to be as dependable as I can with the time I do have. ( having kids and age sure change us lol ) E- It takes a lot to embarrass me, but when I am you can totally tell! F- I am the type of friend that…
  • Confession: What keeps me awake

    Modern dad
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    I originally wrote this confession to myself! Hoping that writing it out would allow some of my worries about being a dad and the thing’s that keep me awake at night would subside. It helped a little to write out my confession, but they still do not allow me to sleep. I may one day unlock this for all to see, but right now I have chosen to keep it locked and let a chosen few read it and see if I am the only one out there who literally can’t sleep and feel guilt ridden sometimes about their kids. Confession As in most social media blogging seems to be mostly of how beautiful my…
  • Breathe: A letter to my children

    Modern dad
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    I had to learn to breathe on my own, no one taught me, guided me or even talked to me about it! Life has a way of consuming you from the inside out. Even as adults we forget this how important it is to breathe as life gets so incredibly busy we simply forget and move through our days feeling completely overwhelmed inside. I know this may seem a bit odd to you as we are built to breathe and we do it without thinking, but there’s a difference between breathing and to breathe. One we do it as our bodies need oxygen, the other is to clear your mind and let out all that overwhelms you and…
  • Trolls: Thank you for being there!

    Modern dad
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    Trolls I would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to all the internet trolls out there! Since becoming a blogger I have seen so many of you with your comments on posts and articles out there and truly you can be a force to be reckoned with, but without you some posts would never go viral nor be seen by so many people. Today I had seen an article on Yahoo about a new mummy blogger wrote a post that was about wanting a day off from parenthood sometimes. She was only really writing how she felt and she put it out there. We have all had days when we wish we could run screaming away. But the comments…
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  • Inspire Your Life With This Valuable Invitation

    Christy Harvey
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Your invitation to inspiration has arrived!  Did you know the meaning of the word inspire means, literally, to breathe life into?  Join the adventure with the magical letter “I” in our awesome alchemical alphabet through an incredible poem (some might even say incantation) by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.  I challenge you to let the words soak into your soul and inspire your own relationship with your uniquely beautiful and potent self. Will you accept this invitation to inspire your life? I want to know!Click To Tweet The Invitation  It doesn’t interest me what you do…
  • How To Honor Your Deepest Truth Now

    Christy Harvey
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I know you bring your heart and soul forward to honor other worthy people, but do you do this for yourself? It’s time to learn the essential elements you need to honor your deepest truth. The first and most important tool is honesty. Hiding from or ignoring the way you feel won’t protect you. It can prevent you from gathering the help and information you need to feel as healthy and whole as possible. Bringing your awareness to what you are dealing with and how you feel from the inside out is incredibly empowering. Give yourself total permission to actually know how you feel. Ask…
  • Get In Touch With The Genius Of Being Genuine

    Christy Harvey
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:55 pm
    You embody genuine genius.  Yes, you.  Need proof? Check out this definition from Mirriam-Webster: a peculiar, distinctive or identifying character of spirit; a personification or embodiment, especially of a quality or condition.  That’s right.  It doesn’t necessarily mean you are overflowing with intellectual capacity – although that may absolutely be the case. Your genius is available as a gift to the world every time you are being genuine.  How many times have you hidden your peculiar, distinctive or identifying character of spirit? Thousands?  More? I know I…
  • Do You Know The Fantastic Secret To Feeling A Happy Flow?

    Christy Harvey
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Ready to learn the key to fundamentally enhancing your quality of life?  The ultimate positive psychology resource? It’s my beauty secret.  Flow.  The fabulous state of flow is freaking AMAZING. Haven’t had the pleasure yet? Flow is a state of consciousness in which we are completely absorbed in an activity, particularly one that uses our creative capacity. Remember a moment in your life when you were fully engaged in something you loved, when self-consciousness disappeared, you felt strong, alert, capable and you lost track of time. In that moment, you were in a state of…
  • The Most Important Key To Increasing Excellence in Empathy

    Christy Harvey
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Empathy. You know it when you feel it.  The moment another soul connects with you and you KNOW that you are seen, heard and witnessed in all your imperfect humanity. You are recognized and accepted just as you are without any rankling ounce of pity. I am not a fan of pity. Don’t want it, don’t give it. But empathy…..well, empathy is MAGIC. One of the surest balms for the soul we ever experience. It is the understanding and ability to share the feelings of another. I bet you know people who try to fake this, but you have built in radar, don’t you? As a natural…
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  • Ask Her More

    Anne Flavin
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
  • When Is It Time To Leave The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Have?

    Lisa LeClair
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Maybe the toughest job isn't parenting, maybe it is making choices that are best for everyone—including you.
  • Zane’s Story

    Elaine Sheff
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
     I realized how important it is to strive for compassion when interacting with others, to use gentleness and kindness as a guide. 
  • The Best Guy I Know

    Angela Smith
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
    He's grown through the years and he's about to step out of high school, and maybe through college doors, or maybe into the world. I'm afraid things are going to warp speed ahead.
  • A Lifetime: Simplified

    Sarah Harris
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Everything else of sentimental importance or financial worth, my mom and my uncle believed, had already been given away by my grandmother, during her lifetime.
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    Rock Star Mums

  • When in doubt…

    14 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    We came across this by SmartMom and we just had to share it.. You are making the right decisions!  
  • Recovering from a Broken Past

    10 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    All of us have a past, whether we are smiling or crying, happy or sad, our past can sometimes come …Continue reading →
  • Awesome Mother and Daughter Duo

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    It’s midweek and we came across this great mother and daughter video of both of them singing to Open Doors …Continue reading →
  • 10 Tips to Single Parenting in High Expectation Situations

    6 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    We started out the Easter weekend by going to Mass on Good Friday here. As always, the Mass prep talk …Continue reading →
  • Sometimes, all we need is a hug…

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    That is especially true after a long, tiring week. Since it is Friday, the hugs should be longer, bigger, tighter, …Continue reading →
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  • 10 Delicious Easter Cupcake Ideas For Kids

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    Image : Shutterstock Do you have a little dessert-lover at home? Are you looking for some Easter special cupcake recipes to please him? Well, then you have stumbled onto the right post. Read on and learn how to make some delightful little cupcakes for your little angel. Easter is a happy time for kids all over the world. It is the day when kids go egg hunting, collecting Easter baskets and enjoying sumptuous dinners. So celebrate this Easter with these oh-so-adorable cupcake recipes. Let’s look at 10 of the most amazing Easter cupcake recipes for your kids. 1. White Chocolate Easter Egg…
  • Top 10 Yogurt-Based Foods For Your Toddler

    Debolina Raja Gupta
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    Image : Shutterstock Are you planning to introduce yogurt to your toddler? Has your toddler tried out yogurt but does not seem fond of the taste? If these questions have you nodding your head in agreement, you might want to read this post. Yogurt is one of the healthiest foods for your toddler, and he can continue eating yogurt until he grows up. Read on to know how you can sneak in some valuable yogurt in your toddler’s diet. Here we list ten yogurt-based foods that are delicious enough for your toddler: 1. Danone Yogurt Vanilla Flavor: The delicious vanilla flavored yogurt from Danone…
  • 10 Fun Breakfast Ideas For Kids On The Go

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Image : Shutterstock Is making your child breakfast in the morning a daily struggle? Are you looking for some on-the-go breakfast ideas for your kids? If you nodded along in solemn affirmation, you should read this post. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Children who eat breakfast fare better at school and more likely to remember what they learned in school. But with the busy schedule, feeding the kids in time for school isn’t any less of a challenge. So how can you prevent the morning rush from getting in the way of making breakfast for your kids? Here’s where we can help.
  • 10 Popular Birthday Party Ideas For Teens

    Debolina Raja Gupta
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Image : Shutterstock Are you planning to host a birthday party for your teen sometime soon? Do you want to plan some games and activities for the party that you can easily set up at home? If you are looking for easy and interesting birthday party ideas for your teen, read on to check them out. Top Ten Teen Birthday Party Ideas For Teens: Here are ten birthday party ideas that your teen will love: 1. Guess Who Am I? You Will Need: A piece of paper for each player A marker pen Tape How To: Write down a celebrity name on each piece of paper. Now tape one such paper on the back of each player.
  • Flu In Children - Causes, Symptoms & Treatments You Should Be Aware Of

    Harini Santhosh
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Image : Shutterstock Did you know flu is something beyond just a common cold? Did you know how the flu can affect your little one? If thinking about the flu has you worried, you might want to read this post. Here we talk about flu in children, how it affects them, what are its symptoms and how do you treat it? What Is Flu? Flu or influenza is a viral respiratory disease, which affects your lungs. Influenza strains fall under three types: Influenza-A, Influenza-B, and Influenza-C. The classification depends on the general effect of each strain. Influenza strains further split into specific…
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    Michelle Okabayashi
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
      Pizza helps keep us together. Seriously. We both love it. We started making it for ourselves at some point in our dating relationship. It soon became a Sunday night ritual that we keep to this day. If we miss our pizza night, we feel “off” as a couple. Making pizza is our thing. Certainly, more than pizza holds us together. (One would hope!) Cooking together helps us reconnect and remember ourselves in the midst of the madness that is life. Our study of pizza has been quite extensive. We’ve eaten everything from dollar slices to historic pies to gourmet. We’ve taken Scott’s…

    Michelle Okabayashi
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Is being a stay-at-home mom (or dad) a career? No. There are no promotions, no pay raises, no vacations, none of those career-y things. But, I would say it is a job. A very, very demanding and often isolating job with very few of the “perks” of a job, job. Yes, it is an incredible privilege to stay at home with my children during these early years. It is also much harder than I had imagined. I’m not writing this to whine. In fact, this is something very different. It’s a response to a few articles that are making the rounds saying that being a stay-at-home parent is not a job nor a…

    Michelle Okabayashi
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    See this? This was dinner . . . on a weeknight . . . when I thought we had “nothing” in the house. A Real Simple article on “health bowls” in February 2014 was a game changer for me. It had a chart of ingredients (grains, veggies, proteins and dressings) and some ideas of how to make some flavorful roasted veggies (lemony carrots are featured here). I keep this dinner in my back pocket for when we need something healthy and I’m out of ideas. On this particular night I just felt like we didn’t have anything left to make a meal. It was almost time for our monthly Costco run and the…

    Michelle Okabayashi
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    April is Autism Awareness Month. There was a flurry of articles right around April 2 (Autism Awareness Day): what is is, isn’t, what causes it, why it’s on the rise. But for me and for so many thousands of other parents and siblings, every single day is autism awareness day. Every outing and interaction, explanation of some unusual family dynamics or ways of communicating make it autism awareness day. The truth is, I didn’t “come out” as an autism parent till April 2 of this year. Sure, my family and some friends knew. But for the most part I didn’t tell anyone else. If J did…

    Michelle Okabayashi
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    Christians talk about being Easter people—living in the hope given to us through Christ’s resurrection. Over and over again I seek to live as an Easter person—an Easter mother, wife, sister, friend. Over and over again I rise up with good intentions and I somehow fail to find my way out of the tomb. It’s like Groundhog Day. I could probably name 100 reasons as to why I do this. But, to be honest I think I’m just afraid of what’s on the other side of that stone. I know that what’s out there—what God’s going to call me to do next—will be new, it will stretch me and I just…
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  • Domestic Adoption Trends in the United States

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Every year, more than a hundred thousand children receive the blessing of a permanent, loving family through the process of adoption. In 2007 alone, more than 136,000 children were adopted. Domestic adoption, either through private agencies or through foster care, comprises more than two-thirds of this total number. Unfortunately, domestic adoption has also suffered from a number of misconceptions that do not accurately reflect what the process is and who it involves. Following are a few of the latest trends in domestic adoption. Gaining an understanding of these trends might help you to…
  • Make a Date with Big Give SA: May 5

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    The Big Give SA is a 24-hour day of giving to local nonprofits. The purpose is to increase public awareness of the impact of local nonprofits make in addressing our community’s social challenges. In addition to all donations made on May 5th, Providence Place could qualify for up to 7 different incentive prizes totaling over $23,000. Your gift, no matter the amount, can make a difference! With your help, we are able to comfort and help expectant mothers facing unexpected pregnancy, adoptive couples  wanting to share their love with a child and young adults with disabilities fighting…
  • What Do Adoption Agencies Look for in an Adoptive Couple?

    7 Apr 2015 | 3:08 pm
    A common obstacle that prevents couples from entering the adoption process is a lack of confidence that they have what an adoption agency is looking for. Part of the reason for this lack of confidence is a misconception about the characteristics that make for a successful adoptive couple. For instance, one myth is that adoption agencies require families to be wealthy, or to own their own homes, or to maintain a perfect house before they can adopt. The truth is that through the application, home study, interview and other steps of the adoption process, adoption agencies look much deeper than a…
  • Grand Opening of S-Mart on Campus!

    7 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    Just recently, Center for Higher Independence (CHI) students were excited, very excited. A brand-new store opened on Providence Place’s campus. A corner store? A clothing store? A book store? Better! S-Mart! S-Mart is a new store created by the CHI team and students that supplies a range of clothing, accessories, linens, towels and so much more. The store also has a library section with great DVDs, such as The Karate Kid, Groundhog Day or The Simpsons, and a great stock of video games – Xbox, PS3 or PS2. You can rent DVDs and video games from Friday to Wednesday. The library has 50 DVDs…
  • Keeping the Job is the Goal Says Employer of CHI Students

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Robert wakes and leaves the Providence Place campus early to ride the bus to his dishwasher job at Cracker Barrel. With traffic, the bus ride can take almost two hours. However, you won’t hear any complaints from Robert. It’s his first job and he’s thrilled to have it. He likes the people he works with and the spending money his job provides. “Usually, it’s difficult to find employers interested in working with people with disabilities,” said Deadra Stewart, Providence Place Job Coach. “Robert’s General Manager, Efraín Treviño, is different. He adapts to their skills and…
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