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  • Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make

    Parenting at More4kids
    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…
  • Family Connecting With Holiday Spirit

    Raising A Healthy Family
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    With the arrival of the holidays, the stress levels in families sometimes rises.  It is important to find time to spend together doing things that are fun and create connection.  Each year we go for a drive and look at lights while listening to our favorite carols in the car.  I created this scavenger hunt to do together last year as we celebrate this way and it was a hit. ChristmasScavHunt There are lots of ways to include kids in the celebrating of the holidays.  Here are some others being shared this week by creative bloggers from all around the USA. An InLinkz Link-up Happy…
  • 10 Psychological Studies Every Parent Should Know About

    Radical Parenting
    Vanessa Van Petten
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    I loved this article covering the best science-based studies parents should know about: Original Article Here. One of the many reasons parenting is an impossible job is that everyone is giving you advice, and much of it is rubbish. Frankly, it’s amazing we’ve all made it this far. So, bucking the trend of random anecdote and superstition, [...]
  • 2015 – Whats the plan?

    Harassed Mom
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Every year since David and I met we have had some life changing event happen every year (and in writing this post I discovered they have all happened around May/June). We met on 26 June 2009. June 2010 we moved into our new home together. June 2011 we had Jack. May 2012 I had my hip replacement. May 2013 we got married. February 2014 we had Emma. Each year we have had something major to focus on. We have had to organise, plan, welcome, save and prepare for something for the last 5 years. 2015 is the first year that there is nothing major planned. We have our house, we have our babies, we are…
  • Relax, Hammacher Schlemmer has you covered this holiday season

    Rave & Review
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Every year I look forward to the Hammacher Schlemmer holiday gift guide. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Hammacher Schlemmer is America's longest running catalog, and their aim is to offer the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected since 1848. Each year their gift guide is filled with all sorts of new items that range from ultra-practical (The Only Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator) to novelty (The Talking and Dancing Disco Robot) and everything in between. Are you looking for unique gifts that your recipient won’t ever forget? How about the Personalized Bobblehead, or maybe the 3D…
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  • 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…
  • Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Kids

    15 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    There are many ways to make Thansgiving fun and special and there are many Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids you can work with on with your child. If you are a parent, teacher, Sunday School teacher, or work around children in any other type of profession, you will be interested to discover that there are a large number of crafts available for all holidays – especially Thanksgiving! You can discover ideas for toddlers, school age children, and even teenagers if you find the right resources. In this helpful and informative guide, you will be introduced to many Thanksgiving craft ideas for…
  • Parenting: Words That Empower

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Words That Empower Our Children Often as parents, words slip out of our mouths before we even think about them. I am no exception and will be the first to admit it. Sometimes we may quickly tell our kids things like "you should be ashamed of yourself" or "I'm going to leave you right here if you don't stop" and don't realize how this actually affects our children in the future. The way that we communicate with our children is so important to their emotional health, their self esteem, and even their personal empowerment. The outcomes and attitudes our kids…
  • Father's Day 2014: The Benefits for the Involved Dad

    15 Jun 2014 | 12:41 am
    Father's Day is a time to celebrate dads, and for fathers, it is a great time to reflect on the relationship you have with your children. Maybe you have a great relationship with your children or maybe you would like to be more involved in your child's life. The role of a father is an important one, and many studies show that having a father that is involved is beneficial to the entire family. Of course, not only will your children benefit from you being involved in their lives, but you'll enjoy great benefits too. This Father's Day, consider the benefits of being an…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Jenna Dewan-Tatum's baby loves a brilliantly simple toy

    Sara McGinnis
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Jenna Dewan-Tatum doesn't have to go to any great lengths to make her daughter's Christmas dreams come true. The beauty, who says she's clueless about how some moms manage to leave the house completely put together, recently pondered to People, "I’m like, ‘How does that happen?’ Everly will actually... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • The absolutely wrong thing to say to first-time moms?

    Melissa Willets
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories So, I think I may have committed a faux pas the other day. I was at playgroup with my youngest two daughters, who are 4, and 18 months. In between wrestling a marker away from my toddler, and helping my older one glue pom-poms to a construction paper mitten, I... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Funny Santa photos: Do you take your own?

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:40 pm
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Mom Stories When it comes to taking photos with Santa, we usually let the professionals handle it. It's actually become a tradition in our household. My husband and I would load the kids in the car, and head to the local mall. However, this year we wanted to change things... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Handmade gifts for dads

    Jamielyn Nye
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:46 pm
    by Jamielyn Nye posted in Life & Home Let's be honest -- the men in our lives are usually the hardest to shop for. Often they already have everything they could want or need. Instead of nagging them about coming up with a list, get creative this Christmas by giving your husband, dad or grandpa something... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Nick Lachey ready for "different kind of love" with daughter

    Sara McGinnis
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Nick and Vanessa Lachey are counting down the days until their second child arrives, and gearing up for their first experience raising a girl. The famous couple, who welcomed son Camden two years ago, are thrilled to be having a daughter but proud father Nick expects he'll feel 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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  • Police seek answers in killing of 2 NYPD officers

    21 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    The warning came just moments too late: A man who had shot his ex-girlfriend a few hours earlier had traveled to New York City and vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.
  • Florida police officer killed; suspect charged with murder

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A veteran Florida police officer was shot and killed while on duty early Sunday by a man described as transient, according to law enforcement officials, who gave no motive for the suspect now charged with murder. Officer Charles Kondek, 45, was gunned down in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, after responding to a call for service around 2 a.m. EST, the Tarpon Springs Police Department said. The officer later died of his injuries at a local hospital, the police department said. ...
  • Popess role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.
  • 13-year-old son of slain NYPD officer mourns father on Facebook

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    In a pair of a heart-wrenching Facebook posts, the son of one of the two NYPD officers killed in Saturday's apparent ambush paid tribute to his slain father.
  • Police officers' slaying raises pressure on New York mayor

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    By Laila Kearney and Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his time in office on Sunday following the fatal shooting of two police officers, in an attack intended as retribution for recent U.S. police killings of unarmed black men. Police said the daylight Saturday shooting was the work of a 28-year-old black man who traveled from Baltimore that day after shooting and wounding his girlfriend, having warned on social media that he planned to be "putting wings on pigs," using an anti-police slur. ...
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    Daddy Types

  • DT Friday Freakout: Pollution Causes Autism, Vacctivism Causes Whooping Cough Edition

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:16 pm
    As far as Friday Freakouts go, this is it. It's like having a drought and a flood at the same time. Not coincidentally. There is a whooping cough wave crashing on California right now. We're closing in on 10,000 cases...
  • Eames For Vintage Kids

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    Some magic Eames moments from my recent immersion in the archives of esoteric survey: Here is Baby Valastro perched on the family's red CTM coffee table. The Valastros used their wedding money in 1954 to buy a houseful of Eames...
  • OG Craig Ellwood Bunk Beds

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    In 1955-7, Jerrold Lomax, working at Craig Ellwood's architecture firm, designed basically the greatest Southern California modernist beach house ever: the 2BR, 1,350-sq ft Hunt House in Malibu. Ellwood's firm also designed the amazing bunk beds seen above, in...
  • From A Dad Who Wears T-Shirts In The United States

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    From Cleveland Browns' Andrew Hawkins' statement to the media yesterday about his wearing a Tamir Rice & John Crawford t-shirt on Sunday, as reported by ESPN:As you well know, and it's well documented, I have a 2-year-old little boy....
  • OG Philadelphia Windsor High Chair

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:48 pm
    This rather awesome Windsor high chair is from Philadelphia c. 1790, and has a very old-looking green painted finish. It sold for $1,375 at Freeman's Pennsylvania Sale last month, so chances are you didn't buy it. I was going...
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • Winners for the Week of December 14, 2014

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for Wii UCongratulations to the winner: Heather H.P.!Jingle All the Way 2 (Blu-ray)Congratulations to the winner: mrsshukra!Sandra Boynton’s Philadelphia Chickens (CD)Congratulations to the winner: Vickie M.A.!Hoodie Bear, Sweater Bear or Funky Friend from Teddy Bears PersonalizedCongratulations to the winner: Marci R.W. and Mallory R.!Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Special Edition Pop-Up Book from Silver Dolphin BooksCongratulations to the winner: Tara O. and Melissa D.!SOL REPUBLIC Tracks Air Wireless On-Ear HeadphonesCongratulations to the winner:…
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (December 20, 2014)

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky or, in honor of the holiday, perhaps we should call it the Super Santa Giveaway Linky this week! I hope you all are surviving the pre-holiday madness and getting ready for Christmas, if it's a holiday you celebrate. But don't forget to take some time out and try to win a few gifts for yourself! Check out all of the terrific prizes up for grabs in my right sidebar, as well as those listed in the linky below. And if you're hosting some giveaways on your blog or website, please share them in the linky and let your social media friends know about this…
  • A City Full of Santas Book Tour: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Welcome to the book tour for A City Full of Santas, by Pooja Sardana. Read on to learn more about this children's book and the author, as well as how to enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash!A City Full of SantasRanked as #1 Bestseller on Amazon IndiaThis Christmas is special, really special for Santa. Read this lovely Christmas tale that redefines the meaning of Christmas. A must-read for everyone, this book brings love, warmth, and a special message. It is a story that parents will love to read to their children.Just 99 cents on Amazon.comAuthor Pooja SardanaPooja Sardana is a…
  • Hurry to Take Advantage of These Tiny Prints Promo Codes! #affiliate

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    You can still send amazing Christmas cards and get them to your favorite people by Christmas Eve.Just because you waited until the last minute doesn't mean you're stuck with cheesy cards from the store. Send something in style!And if you use Tiny Prints, you can save $10 on their super rush shipping. Your cards will be delivered by Christmas Eve if you live in the lower 48 states.Here's how it works:1. Go to Tiny Prints and choose from their selection of holiday cards. Personalize the cards with your pictures and text.2. Use the code SALE30SW to save 25% on all orders and 30% on orders…
  • Video Game Reviews: "Thief" and "Murdered: Soul Suspect"

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    Reviewed by T.R.Note: Both of these games are rated M for Mature Audiences 17+.Recently I had the pleasure of sitting down with these two titles, published by Square Enix in 2014. Thief, which was developed by Eidos Montreal, is a reboot to the Thief series that began in 1998 with Thief: The Dark Project. The original game (which still holds up today, and I highly suggest you play) is a stealth-focused first-person adventure game. The game became a classic due to its wide open environments, which encouraged multiple playthroughs and exploration. Because of my love for the older version, I was…
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  • How to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read

    Christine Coppa
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    Reading is a huge part of my life, so I’m just thrilled my son, Jack, 7 is turning into bookworm, too. But, obviously it’s not always his first choice for an activity. To keep him engaged, interested, and enthusiastic about reading I admit to being a really involved parent. Here, my tried-and-true tips for nurturing a blossoming little reader in your home … 1. Share the books YOU loved as a child. Jack and I visit the local library at least once a week. While I let him pick out any books he wants to borrow, I always select a book from The Berenstain Bears collection. Not only did I love…
  • 7 Thrillers You’ll Love As Much As Gone Girl

    Heather Morgan Shott
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Did Gone Girl’s roller coaster ride give you heart palpitations? I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, thanks to Gillian Flynn’s plot twists. I was the first of my friends to read it and hated waiting for everyone to catch up so I could talk about it. I mean, I felt like I needed a therapy session just so I could unwind after reading it. I also went on a mission to find more thrillers that delivered the same kind of adrenaline rush. These page turners were just the ticket. Sharp Objects Immediately after I got over the shock of Gone Girl, I picked up Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.
  • Get the Makeup Look from Steven Alan’s Spring 2015 Presentation

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    MAKEUP ARTIST KATEY DENNO AND MODEL; IMAGE: COURTESY OF BURT’S BEES We loved the celebration of the button-up shirt at Steven Alan‘s 20th anniversary collection for Spring 2015. Models looked effortlessly cool with their shirt-inspired looks and youthful makeup. Steven Alan’s shared vision of natural beauty was the perfect complement to the Burt’s Bees notion that nature is the original color expert. With this in mind, makeup artist Katey Denno created a beauty look that focused on youthful makeup with an emphasis on lips. Denno ensured models were glowing by using…
  • Our 5 NYFW Musts: How We Go from Morning to Night

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Fashion Week tends to be jam-packed for many editors, bloggers, buyers and stylists, but there are a handful of items that can make being on the go a considerably less stressful endeavor. Celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno told us that “keeping lips hydrated and on-trend is always in fashion. NYFW is the perfect time to try something fashion-forward with your makeup and the most simple way to amp it up is your lip color.” Here’s a look at our must-have all-day lip color and four other New York Fashion Week musts. Burt’s Bees Cliché as it might be, there’s…
  • Your Guide to Wearing Burt’s Bees New Lip Crayons This Fall

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    After months of wearing lip balm and lightweight gloss, the move to deeper shades for fall doesn’t have to mean intensely rich lipstick. Make the transition with the latest lip crayon from Burt’s Bees. It comes in six different shades (perfect for any occasion) and will give you the pigment you want from a lip color, without the heaviness. Plus, it’s super moisturizing! Stash these anywhere, from your purse to your vanity at home — we promise you’ll want one of them on hand all season long. Makeup artist Katey Denno gives us her take: “Burt’s Bees’ new…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Building a Better Student: Standard Candle

    Amy LeForge
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    How do you measure the distance to a star that’s millions of light years away? Astronomers sometimes use a form of measurement that relies on the brightness (or luminosity) of particular types of stars. It’s known as a standard candle.The whole system relies on trusting that some stars will behave exactly the way similar stars do.So you immediately ask: What does this have to do with my child?As parents we hold our kids up to a standard. Whether it’s an older sibling (who was our pride and joy), or one of our kid’s friends (who seems almost flawless), we measure the successes and…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Heavy Discussions Edition

    Amy LeForge
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Heroes, there are times in life when young people can cause SUCH deep discussions. Oy. Both this weekend and the last one saw me getting embroiled in drama.I’m not wildly fond of drama.So thankfully, it’s Monday and we can get back to the normal stuff. Right?Don’t answer that. An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom EditionGiveaway LinkyMonday Giveaway Linky, Back From Retreat EditionWahoo Monday Give Away Linky!Monday Giveaway Linky, Post Thanksgiving Edition Copyright © 2014 Earnest Parenting. All rights…
  • Building a Better Student: Rich and Famous

    Amy LeForge
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 pm
    For whatever reason we’re entertained by surveys, and when the subject matter is kids we’re entertained even more. (Kids and puppies always make for guaranteed interest, right?)We’re suckers for the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Maybe we want to see if kids are interested in our own career choice, or maybe we just want to be reassured that the next generation shares our values.For years kids responded exactly the way we wanted them to: They always said firefighter, nurse, astronaut, doctor, etc.Those days are quickly evaporating.Sure, in a survey done…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Afraid of the Email Edition

    Amy LeForge
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    Hello, Heroes! I woke up this morning and realized I hadn’t posted the linky yet! So sorry. The truth is I spent the weekend hiding from my email. Spammers have found me, and (shudder) it takes ages to wade through all those messages. Of course, I’ve made it worse by not working on it, but it’s a new day and I’m feeling energetic so I’ll take a swipe at things.Now that I’m in Responsible Mode and getting my work done, you can enjoy the lovely giveaways linked up here this week! An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Give Away…
  • Homemade Yogurt Topping is Yummy, Less Expensive

    Amy LeForge
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Given that food prices seem to keep rising and rising, and my boys keep wanting to eat more and more (sheesh!) I’ve been looking for ways to save money around here.One treat that most of us just LOVE is Muller corner yogurt. Each package has yogurt and a topping like cherry sauce or granola. A big favorite is the chocoballs flavor. The yogurt comes with these little candy balls that are white and milk chocolate. They’re crunchy and delicious. Unfortunately, one package costs $1.19. It’s easy to spend waaaaaay too much money on just this one thing each week. I tried to…
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    Radical Parenting

  • 10 Psychological Studies Every Parent Should Know About

    Vanessa Van Petten
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    I loved this article covering the best science-based studies parents should know about: Original Article Here. One of the many reasons parenting is an impossible job is that everyone is giving you advice, and much of it is rubbish. Frankly, it’s amazing we’ve all made it this far. So, bucking the trend of random anecdote and superstition, [...]
  • Teens and Privacy in the Digital Age

    Vanessa Van Petten
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:16 pm
    This is a guest post by: Amy Williams is a journalist based in Southern California. As a mother of two, she hopes to use her experience as a parent to help other parents raise their children to be the best that they can be. Access to media has altered how children of all ages interact with [...]
  • Read Your Child’s Body Language

    Vanessa Van Petten
    16 May 2014 | 1:10 pm
    I want you to be able to connect with your child on every level–and that means both verbally and nonverbally. Knowing how to read body language is an essential skills for parents. Especially as kids enter the tween and teen years! The majority of our communication is nonverbal–some studies say up to 93%! I’m going to [...]
  • New Perspective and Stats: Cyberbullying

    Vanessa Van Petten
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    We get a lot of questions about cyberbullying here at Radical Parenting and I found this infographic and some recent stats I wanted to post with tips: What is Cyberbullying? Cyberbullying isn’t just sending someone a snippy email. Any of the following constitutes cyberbullying: (1) Sending mean or threatening messages to someone’s email or phone. [...]
  • Senioritis: Parents Up To the Test

    Vanessa Van Petten
    8 Feb 2014 | 6:52 am
    Folasade is one of our teen interns. She is a 16-year-old from Monroe, Louisiana. She enjoys learning as much as possible from techniques in swimming and tennis to new math formulas. She feels communication is only heard through the arts and enjoys all forms from water painting to writing. It is the already the second semester! [...]
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    Raising A Healthy Family

  • Bring Your Christmas Cards to Life with

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    The other day a package arrived for me and I literally gasped when I opened it up and saw the cuteness… My dear friend Laura – creator of the famous Me and My Peeps characters – had created custom Christmas Peeps cards at featuring all three of my kids. The cuteness! I have created personalized Me and My Peeps stationery for my girls in the past and they always cause a stir – teachers swoon over them, they get hung on refrigerators and immortalized on bulletin boards and all my friends want to know where I got them. Something tells me the same thing…
  • Family Connecting With Holiday Spirit

    2 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    With the arrival of the holidays, the stress levels in families sometimes rises.  It is important to find time to spend together doing things that are fun and create connection.  Each year we go for a drive and look at lights while listening to our favorite carols in the car.  I created this scavenger hunt to do together last year as we celebrate this way and it was a hit. ChristmasScavHunt There are lots of ways to include kids in the celebrating of the holidays.  Here are some others being shared this week by creative bloggers from all around the USA. An InLinkz Link-up Happy…
  • Healthy and Sweet Gluten Free Chex Mix Treats For Christmastime Kids

    30 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    So many of the sweet treats during the holidays are filled with stuff that many kids can’t have. This yummy sweet treat is Gluten free and super yummy too.  Once it is made, it is great to put in jars or cute containers and give as gifts. What you will need… 8 cups Rice Chex (Cereal) 1/2  cup white chocolate chips or Andes peppermint baking chips 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/3 cup butter or margarine 1 cup powdered sugar 1 small bottle holiday sprinkles or candies How to Make It… Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter together and pour over all 8 cups of cereal in a…
  • Making Raw Veggies Even Yummier

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Getting kids (of all ages) to eat raw vegetables is sometimes a challenge.  Sometimes the trick is all in the presentation!  I recently served Hidden Valley Ranch dressing in mini mason jars with veggie slices and it was a huge hit.  They were also super cute and festive.  Check them out!   Using Ranch spices can create lots of ways to make food yummy, and often times healthier than some of the alternatives.  Here are lots of great ways to use it while cooking for the holidays and everydays.  If you are intetested in any of these recipes, here are links to get you to them! An…
  • For the Love of Macarons

    16 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    During a recent trip to New York City, my cousin introduced us to the amazingness called the Macaron at Bouchon Bakery in Rockefeller Center. (Now this is not to be confused with a Macaroon and your pronounce it like Macaroni without the i at the end.) One bite of these delicate little cakes with their crisp outside, melt in your mouth cake inside and fabulous fillings and we were all hooked! Now back home in our small town, I looked EVERYWHERE for these little gems. No one had them. Until a few weeks ago, that is. My daughter and I were visiting her favorite downtown boutique, Monkees, when…
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    Free Range Kids » Free Range Kids

  • Should Teens Not Drive Older Cars?

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    As the mom of two teens and one 1998 Oldsmobile, I appreciate this car-safety think piece, sent to us by Kari Oakes. Kari is a physician assistant, medical writer, and  the mother of two teens, too. She’s also an executive board member of the nonprofit Start School Later. Parents of Teens: You’re Not Worrying Enough!  My friend’s FB status last night featured this story, with the comment “Something else to worry about….” The headline? That Cheap Old Car May Carry Deadly Cost for Teens. She and her husband are buying a new car with plans to pass their older-but-serviceable…
  • The Milk Carton Kids — Your Memories Needed

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Remember the Milk Carton Kids — the faces we saw each morning, usually under the headline, “Missing!” or, “Have you seen me?” I’d love to hear your memories of those cartons and the impact they had (or still have) on you, for a piece I’m writing. Chime in! Thanks! – L Have you seen this…milk carton?
  • Thanks Dateline! “How to Get Out of Duct Tape Handcuffs”

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:41 am
    I’ll admit — this video is fascinating. But once again, here we are preparing for the worst of the worst, which means acting as if it’s not too far-fetched to imagine the day we are assaulted by a madman with sticky tape. I realize that a segment on how to plunge your toilet, or get a turkey to brown without drying it out might not be quite as compelling. But really, Dateline. What’s next? How to de-fang snakes on a plane? Be afraid. Be very afraid.
  • Free-Range Tip: Do Less Preventing, More Preparing

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:59 am
    Raising Free-Range Kids is really all about raising kids who can do things on their own. Not because we don’t want to help them, but because we want them to be able to help themselves (and others!). So I was delighted to read “Five Changes I’d Make If I Could Parent Over Again,” by Tim Elmore on his engaging blog, Growing Leaders. I will post some of his other insights as the days go by. But first, Tip #1? I would do less preventing and more preparing. In our effort to ensure that our kids experience no major catastrophies in their childhood that could permanently damage…
  • Coming to TV in January: Me! “World’s Worst Mom”

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    Big news, readers! World’s Worst Mom — a reality show hosted by yours truly — is coming to TV! It debuts Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. You can see little glimpses of it in this promo for the whole lineup on new channel it’s on, Discovery: Life (formerly “Discovery Fit & Health”). Woo hoo! Each week I visit a different family where one or both of the parents are very anxious for their kids’s safety. One mom, for instance, allows her son, 8, to skateboard — provided he just stands on the board, not moving, on the lawn. Another mom has her…
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  • What A Wonderful World It Would Be

    Miranda Gargasz
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:33 pm
    What do I want for Christmas? That’s a question I get asked over and over each year. I never have an answer because I’ve never really been all that materialistic. Sure, I like to have this or that, but most often it’s something small that I usually buy for myself. The majority of my money that actually gets spent on me–a luxury, as any mom can attest to–is usually blown on books. I like to read and write. Pretty simple stuff that doesn’t require much. Lately, I’ve gotten to thinking, though. There are things I want, but no one is going to be able to hand them over Christmas…
  • Make Your Profile Standout on LinkedIn

    Allison Brecher
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Now that year-end crunch time is over, you may be cashing in your holiday bonus check and checking out new employment opportunities. Many employers use social media to recruit new employees, mostly through LinkedIn. Translation: create a great Linkedin profile, and fast! An effective LinkedIn profile allows you to present yourself in a multi-dimensional way beyond the chronological account of your job history in a resume. How can you stand out in a sea of millions of LinkedIn profiles? If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, get one. There are several purchasing options, including a…
  • 12 Days Of Christmas From The Hood~Motherhood!

    Errin Spencer
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:32 pm
    On the first day of Christmas my children gave to me a big fat headache. On the second day of Christmas my children gave to me two messy rooms and a big fat headache. On the third day of Christmas my children gave to me three screams and shouts, two messy rooms and a big fat headache. On the fourth day of Christmas my children gave to me four bad excuses, three screams and shouts, two messy rooms and a big fat headache. On the fifth day of Christmas my children gave to me five SLOPPY KISSES, four bad excuses, three screams and shouts, two messy rooms and a big fat headache. On the sixth day…
  • Awkward Family Photos That Will Make Your Day

    ModernMom Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Who doesn’t have a few (hundred) awkward family pictures in the attic or stuffed away in a photo album? And because we live in the digital age, now you see some of the best of the worst of these embarrassing snapshots on Awkward Family Photos – a website created by longtime friends Mike Bender and Doug Chernack. It’s a haven for all the polyester, plaid, braces and bad hair we’d rather forget. In honor of the holidays, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite festive awkward family photos. Check out the slideshow below: Love these photos? To celebrate the season…
  • Getting Your Child to Sleep While on Vacation

    Dr. Whitney Roban
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Vacation. It’s a great time for families to experience new things and have fun adventures, but it can also wreak havoc on a child’s sleep routine.  Sleeping in a new place is never easy and you can expect that there will be interruptions to the sleeping patterns that your children have become so accustomed to. Knowing this going in – in addition to the tips below – will make for a smoother transition and a better vacation time for all! 1. You want the travel sleep environment to be as similar as possible to the child’s home sleep environment. Therefore, try to pack as…
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    Politics to Parenting and Everything in Between

  • School calls the cops on tantrum throwing preschooler

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

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Woody, Sulley, Buzz Lightyear, Bullseye, Lightning McQueen, Angus, Mike Wazowski, U-Command, and my favorite Dr. Evil Porkchop.  Here is a collection of some of the famous and not so famous characters from Pixar movies. Which is your favorite?Monster - SulleySpin Master Toys - Disney Pixar Monsters University - Monster Brights - Sulley - $6.00, 4.95 shipping - Available at Bealls FloridaToy Story - Buzz LightyearDisney - Toy Story Disney/Pixar Deluxe Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear Figure - $13.24, 6.34 shipping - Available at Fullfillment By AmazonToy Story - BullseyeDisney - Toy Story…
  • Heartbreaking:25lb 7yro boy nearly starved, beaten by family in PA

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Heartbreaking...thank God he was saved and hopefully survives from the physical and emotional trauma done to him...what sick people, if you can call them that to do that to another human being. May God save him!I hope the grandparents, parents and anyone who knew about this intentional neglect and abuse is sent to prison for life for attempted murder,and abuse/neglect,child endangerment!! Sick!ABC15 Arizona:  Autoplay:7-year-old boy found nearly starved to death, taken from his home covered in bruises.GREENVILLE, PA - A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy beaten for sneaking food was nearly…
  • Perv 18yro was molesting 11yro boy for 3yrs so FL father beats him to a pulp!!!

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    This story is so enraging, yet justice was thankfully served...though many, including myself might rather the disgusting perv was killed. Hopefully he will serve the rest of his life in prison, but unfortunately child molesters and rapists rarely serve life terms. In the end I pray the 11yro son will get the counseling he'll need and won't suffer this horrific memory long, but sadly his innocence is lost forever. :( APRaymond Frolander, shown in his Florida booking photo, was beaten unconscious by a father who walked in on Frolander sexually abusing his son.NY Daily News:"An enraged father in…
  • Happy Father's Day To My Dad,My Hero

    15 Jun 2014 | 3:20 pm
    In Honor of My Dad and all the Father's this Father's Day, may God continue to bless you and your families. For those whose father's have passed, like mine, may your memories be cherished by you and your loved ones and never forgotten.I wrote this for my dad and read this during the eulogy at his funeral this past October:May 1993 My UA GraduationMy Dad, My Hero! RIP Dad 7/13/22-10/11/13At 12:30 am October 11, 2013 my dad left this world on his final journey, to Heaven.It was a cool, fall day when we last saw him…. the skies were cloudy&dark…but that dark cloud has been lifted…
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  • New Theme: Radcliffe

    Daniel W. Robert
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    We’re excited to introduce Radcliffe, a crisp new free theme. Radcliffe is a contemporary responsive theme with beautiful typography. It puts your content in the forefront, featuring gorgeous full-width header images. Learn more about Radcliffe at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.Filed under: Themes
  • Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014. “Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine “Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated…
  • Field Notes: BlogHer PRO 2014

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great products to using design to tackle social challenges. Recently, Story Wrangler Cheri Lucas Rowlands and Happiness Engineers Carolyn Sonnek, Deborah Beckett, and Jen Hooks attended the third annual BlogHer PRO ’14 conference, an event for professionally minded bloggers looking to take their blogs, brands, and businesses to the next level.
  • One Central Hub for All Your Content

    Andy Peatling
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Last week, we announced a few updates to the interface, including faster stats and enhanced site management on both desktop and mobile devices. Our push to make all sites faster and easier to access and manage continues. This week, we’re thrilled to unveil a few brand-new features that allow bloggers, publishers, and business owners to run their sites and manage their content from one central hub, no matter what device they’re using. From new blog post and page management tools to Jetpack site integrations, we hope you enjoy the latest additions as much as we…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 9

    Mark Armstrong
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Here’s more great reading for you: five stories we love from across all of WordPress. 1. Spaces of Freedom in Iran Jake Threadgould An account of one traveler’s stay in Iran: On my second night in Iran I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner (yours truly) in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous when we stepped out of the car and onto the street. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic. 2. Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of Boogie…
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • Hot Tech Gifts This Season from Best Buy

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
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  • Holiday Gift Ideas for Gamers at Game Stop

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
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  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W50} #happinessis

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
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  • Holiday Decorating Ideas with Kohl’s

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
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  • Tweet Cookies to Our Troops with Mrs. Fields @CookieMoment

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
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    Boutique Café

  • Revisiting our Christmas Tutorials – Holiday Wrapping with The Diva

    7 Dec 2014 | 7:37 pm
    GIFT WRAPPING with Lisa Carroccio (The Domestic Diva) I hope you don’t think I’m mental, but my favorite holiday activity is GIFT WRAPPING. I “try” to wrap each night as new purchases come into my home. It helps to have a “gift wrapping station” set up in your home…a simple table with all the supplies you need to wrap gifts. My station has several holiday gift papers on rolls which are contained in a Rubbermaid™ Gift Wrap Holder. I keep several rolls of fancy gold and ivory ribbon, tulle, my handy dandy Bowdabra™ (the Diva’s…
  • Revisiting our Christmas Tutorials – DIY Magical Mason Jar Snowglobes

    7 Dec 2014 | 7:25 pm
    I recently made a ton of these Mason Jar Snow Globes with my children and the young women in our church. Everyone LOVED them so much. They are beautiful, fun and easy to do! It’s a great project and when you’re done you feel like you really have accomplished something wonderful because they are mesmerizing. Here’s how I made ours >> You’ll Need: -Clean Mason Jar and Lid with a good seal -Glitter OR Snow Flakes (I purchased Buffalo SnowFlakes at Michaels – see image) -Something to put inside your globe. I found these cute trees at our Shoppers Drug Mart – a…
  • Revisiting our Christmas Tutorials – DIY Scents of the Season

    7 Dec 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Article by: Lisa Carroccio The Domestic Diva Nothing puts you in the holiday mood more than the smell of Christmas. Since Christmas scents are usually limited to Pine-Sol™ pine, sugar cookie and country kitchen apple scents, I started making my own. Combine the following: 1 sliced orange 1 sliced lemon 10 cloves 1 tablespoon Allspice 3 cinnamon sticks Add two cups of water and simmer (low flame) on your stovetop. The smell fills your house! Occasionally add more water as it evaporates.
  • Revisiting our Christmas Tutorials – Tulle Garland Tutorial with The Diva

    7 Dec 2014 | 7:17 pm
    One of our MOST popular Tutorials ever was the Tulle Garland with Lisa the Diva. It’s our pleasure to share it again this year.   Article by: Lisa Carroccio The Domestic Diva DIY: TULLE GARLAND TUTORIAL I’ve always used tulle when decorating my Christmas tree. It’s the secret to making a cheap tree look full. Basically, I’d “stuff” the tree with tulle and call it a day. However, this year since I now have a full pre-lit Christmas tree, I needed to somehow find a way to incorporate tulle into my tree. What better way than to Tulle Garland?! All you need…
  • #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…
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    The Committed Parent

  • 10 Diabolical Ways Your Brain is a Devious Genius at Deluding You

    Mark Brady
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:44 am
    Greetings as this year winds down. I thought I would end it with another one of my blog presentation experiments. Only instead of a Vimeo with audio and video, this time I thought I would just make the case in a dozen illustrative pictures. Theoretically they should be equivalent to 10000 words or 11 blog posts. Feel free to weigh in with an opinion. Here’s the Link: 10 Diabolical Ways Your Brain is a Devious Genius at Deluding You If you want a copy of the slides, I’m happy to send them. Email me: PS. If you want to see how your own kick-butt,…
  • Can a Jackassectomy on the Toxic People in Your Life Benefit Your Brain?

    Mark Brady
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:08 am
    In my early 30s, one way I would bestud my social circle with manageable testosterone was to be part of a monthly poker group made up mostly of doctors, lawyers and psychologists. Each month 8-10 of us would get together and eat, drink beer, cuss, play cards and smoke the occasional cigar. None of us were particularly skilled at poker; we mostly got together to socialize, tell off-color jokes and assorted lies and just relax and have fun. Guy fun. Except for one of us. Let’s call him … Cade. In his professional life Cade was a “Special Master.” A Special Master is a…
  • Crowdsourcing Your Brain’s Creative Capacity

    Mark Brady
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Many years ago I did a home remodeling project for Marilyn Ferguson, the author of a popular best-seller at the time, The Aquarian Conspiracy. Hanging out in the energy field of this “one-woman movement for hope” I learned a lot of things, mostly through observation and osmosis. For example, I learned the power of exciting ideas from her monthly newsletter, The Brain Mind Bulletin (I’m surprised at how early I was interested in the brain!). I also saw how grace handled pressure (until it didn’t – Marilyn died of a sudden heart attack at age 70 in 2008). I learned…
  • How a Social-Purposed Life Awesome-izes the Brain

    Mark Brady
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Having a strong purpose in life is considered to be one of the six core elements of psychological well-being (the other five are autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth, positive relationships, and self-acceptance). Having a life purpose means I can describe specific goals and objectives that give me a sense of direction and meaning. It means I have one or more juicy reasons to get up every morning. Here are six ways that juice-flow benefits my brain … 1. It takes me away from my own old, repetitive story. We only need to look into our own lives to recognize that our brain…
  • Why You’re Not a Slug or a Slacker for Sleeping In

    Mark Brady
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    Rather than me putting together a thousand words or so, giving you my filtered explanation, I thought this week I would simply invite you to listen to Dr. Jeff Iliff’s TEDMED talk. He does a great job clearly and dramatically explaining how the brain’s R & S Department (Recycling and Sanitation) works night after night after night to keep your neural roadways pristine and debris-free: One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep. A reassuringly enjoyable talk. P.S. You can still sign up for the novel series “Managing Weight with the Brain in Mind,” and attend…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Tech Gifts You’ll Love {with giveaway!}

    Dawn Camp
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    I love gadgets: cool, techy things that either enhance my productivity, my life, or are just plain fun. Recently I’ve tested three which now feel indispensable to me—the PUNK wireless speaker and RELAYS in-ear headphones from Sol Republic and the AwoX StriimLIGHT mini, an LED light bulb with an integrated Bluetooth speaker. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post for your chance to win a PUNK speaker and a set of RELAYS headphones! AwoX StriimLIGHT Mini   At first I couldn’t wrap my brain around a bluetooth speaker within a lightbulb. Will it burn out? No. The…
  • Because Christmas Isn’t About Me at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    It’s the first week in December and I’m already prepared to fail at Christmas. I never complete a Jesse Tree devotional with the kids; I shop at the last minute; I rarely manage to open our home to others as much as planned before the chaos sets in, in the early days of the Christmas countdown when my intentions are oh, so good. I’ve already given the kids my annual don’t set your expectations too high speech. Twice. It’s an integral part of my Christmas defense mechanism. But somewhere beneath the self-imposed stress of the season—in rare moments of clarity—I know this…
  • December 2014 Desktop Calendar

    Dawn Camp
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    It’s currently 70 degrees at my house this first day of December, but I’m channeling Christmas cheer no matter the temperature! We decorated our trees instead of shopping on Black Friday, and I snapped a photo of this quirky red mushroom ornament from a set I found at IKEA last Christmas. Last week our third son, who’s a freshman in college, was home for the first time since August—plus I caught a cold—so I didn’t share any great Christmas sales with you. But today, Cyber Monday, you can save 30% at DaySpring (excluding Black Friday markdowns) and receive a free…
  • When You Ask Others to Pray

    Dawn Camp
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:23 pm
    She looks me in the eye and says, “Do you have a group of people praying for you?” We met this morning, my new friend and I, but already she asks hard questions. The truth is that no, I don’t have a group of people praying for me while I work on my second book. {I’m editor, writer, photographer, and secretary for a series of three books to be published by Revell in February 2015, 2016, and 2017, on the themes of faith, friendship, and marriage. Read more about it here.} She tells me about a writing project when she asked people to pray for her. Later, she assumed she…
  • Everlasting Light (and a DaySpring giveaway)

    Dawn Camp
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    [Contest is closed: the winner is Terry C.]   The end of Daylight Savings Time combined with the ever-shortening days of fall throw my internal clock for a loop. I circle the house in the morning opening blinds to let in the sun’s rays, but close them again come early evening. At this time of year my husband only sees daylight at home on weekends. These mini days mess with my mood and my mind and often my patience shrinks like the daytime. I miss the light: it makes me happy. It gives me life. But God’s grace shines brightly in a dark world. As His blood-bought sons and…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • Flashback Faves: An interview with NORAD’s Santa Tracker Team

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    Aside from the Reindeer Rant, this post from last year is probably my holiday favourite, and definitely worth sharing again! ff you’ve been around for a while, you might remember I spent some time working with the Canadian Army. When I was there, I was lucky enough to work with Captain Jennifer Stadnyk, and long after I left we stayed in touch over mutual interests in photography and social media. Capt Stadnyk has since moved from Ottawa to Colorado for what I think is an incredibly cool job – she’s the public affairs officer for the North American Aerospace Defence Command,…
  • Photos of the Day: A Very Brady Photoshoot

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    When your best friend asks you to collaborate on a family portrait project to celebrate her extended, blended family, of course you say yes. And when she has an idea that is equal parts silly, fun and hilarious and perfectly exemplifies a family that prides itself on chaos, humour and love, you know you have to make it work. A little 1970s retro pop culture reference is just the icing on the cake! And then, you have a little fun. Pro tip: When you’ve been friends for 30+ years, you cannot make faces like this in front of a camera and not expect them to end up on the Internet. And if…
  • Reindeer Rant Redux – and a reindeer rampage!

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    My bloggy peeps, I have a reindeer-palooza of fun for you today! You might have read the reindeer rant a time or two (or coughninecough) before, but now we have reindeer trivia! And photoshop! And webcams! And even reindeer on a rampage! Oh my. But first, the rant. Because especially at Christmas, traditions matter. Also? Because Donder. “You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen;Comet and Cupid and DONDER and Blitzen…” You did know that Santa’s reindeer is actually Donder and not Donner, right? Here’s a little history lesson for you. The poem “A Visit From St…
  • School lunches made better with Rubbermaid LunchBlox

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    The other day when I was talking about Rubbermaid’s Easy Find Lids containers and the unexpected benefits of learning to cook from real ingredients, one of the things I mentioned was leftovers. When the food tastes better, the leftovers taste better too. Somehow I’m thinking this should be less of a surprise to me than it is. You know what’s another really great use for leftovers? School lunches! Sometime in the last year or two, I have managed to burden Beloved with the whole school lunch thing. I am not a creative lunch maker. Left to me, the kids would get this for lunch…
  • Flash giveaway – Win a pair of tickets to the Originals Christmas Craft Show!

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    Do you have all your holiday shopping done? Still looking for the perfect gift, or maybe filling in a few last-minute gaps? You’ll find a little something for everyone at the Ottawa Originals Christmas Craft Show, and I’ve got two pair of tickets to give away – but you’d better be quick! This giveaway is only 24 hours long. There will be over 200 artisans exhibiting their wares at the show, which runs today through December 21 at the EY Centre. Here are some of the special promotions that will run through the show: DATE NIGHT 2 FOR 1 Fridays, turn Holiday shopping into…
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    News Moms Need

  • Spending holidays in the NICU

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    If your baby is currently in the NICU, this may not be how you envisioned spending your holidays. The realization that your baby is not home for Hanukkah, Christmas or the start of the New Year can be a real jolt. But, with a little creativity, an open mind and a willingness to adapt, you can still make your holidays bright. Here’s how: • Although no two NICUs are exactly alike, many will allow you to decorate your baby’s bed space (but ask first). You may be able to attach pictures or tiny holiday decorations on the side of the incubator or warmer bed. • Engage your other children if…
  • Visiting Santa is do-able for kids with special needs

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    The sensory challenges experienced by many children can make a visit with Santa impossible, or at best, uncomfortable. From the noise and crowds of a busy mall, to the waiting on a long line, a fun and fulfilling experience can soon become a very stressful one. The sensory overload can quickly turn the visit upside-down. It is for this reason that a specially trained Santa and a well-planned visit can make all the difference in the world. The good news Across the U.S., there are opportunities for kids with special needs to visit Santa in a sensory friendly way. Malls, private organizations…
  • Chickenpox, vaccinations and Angelina Jolie

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    Angelina Jolie coming down with chickenpox is a good reminder for all of us to keep our vaccinations up to date! Chickenpox, also called varicella, is caused by a virus. Its symptoms include an itchy rash, blisters and fever. And before the varicella vaccine, people usually got chickenpox during childhood. Now, most kids get the vaccine in the first few years of life. As a kid, I remember getting chickenpox along with several others in my kindergarten class. And as itchy and uncomfortable as I was, I still didn’t get it as bad as my little sister did years later – in fact, she got it…
  • Deck the halls…carefully

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    Tis the season. Whether you are going to rock around your Christmas tree with bright lights and shiny ornaments, light up a menorah, or get ready for a festive New Year’s party, it is important to remember how to keep it safe for you and your family. Every December, at this time, my family and I bring out the storage bucket filled with coils of holiday lights. This year we went through each of our many coils to check for broken or burned out bulbs and frayed wires. The last thing you want is to be half way up the tree with your strand of lights and realize a bulb has been shattered. Or…
  • Are you ready to have another baby?

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Everyone has a different opinion about how far apart in age their children should be. Some people like to have their babies very close together, while others like a little more time between each child. But there may be more to consider than just personal preference. A recent study found that women who wait less than 18 months between pregnancies are more likely to give birth before 39 weeks. The study found that mothers who had less time between pregnancies were more likely to give birth before 39 weeks when compared to women whose pregnancies were 18 months apart or more. Women with…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • Buy a WakaWaka Solar Light or Charger and Another is Donated

    Jennifer Wagner
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    WakaWaka makes great solar powered portable lights and battery chargers. However, the WakaWaka Foundation’s main focus is on providing safe, sustainable and self-sufficient energy and light solutions to people living at the Bottom of the Pyramid. That is why, if you purchase one of these products, another product will go to someone living in a country without […] The post Buy a WakaWaka Solar Light or Charger and Another is Donated appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Nokero Solar Book Light Helps Children Worldwide Charge…
  • CASHFLOW Board Game About Investing For Teens and Adults

    Jennifer Wagner
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Learning is so much easier when having fun. That is one of the key premises of my book, The Gamer Generation: Reaping the Benefits of Video Games. This holds true for board games also. That is why Robert Kiyosaki, the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, created the CASHFLOW Board Game. This game will help both parents, young […] The post CASHFLOW Board Game About Investing For Teens and Adults appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Board Game for Teens and Parents to Connect SAT Board Game: Connect with your Teens and Help them Study 5…
  • Video Games for Teens Holiday Gifts 2014

    Jennifer Wagner
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    Video games have always been a big part on my family’s holiday gift lists. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of your teens wanted video games for the holiday also. Here are some great games that will make great gifts for your teens this holiday season. 1. Child of Light – This game is beautiful to look at, […] The post Video Games for Teens Holiday Gifts 2014 appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 15 New Video Games for Teens or Tweens Holiday Gifts 2013 12 Video Games for Teens – Holiday Gifts 2011 13 New…
  • Great Gifts For Tweens From KidzVuz

    Jennifer Wagner
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    I recently enjoyed another KidzVuz Holiday Event. The best part of these events is learning about the many new products available for tweens or their parents. Technology  1. HP Stream 11 (99.99) and HP Stream 13 (229.99) laptops and HP Stream 7 tablet (99.99) – Very inexpensive gadgets that have everything that other laptops and tablets do […] The post Great Gifts For Tweens From KidzVuz appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: KidzVuz Holiday Party: Perfect Mix of Tweens, Parents and Sponsors KidzVuz – Tweens Create…
  • Toys and Games For Tweens and Teens For Holiday Gifts

    Jennifer Wagner
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    While you are probably looking to buy toys and games for your tweens,  you might think that your teens are too old for them. You’d be surprised. Many toys and games, especially those that are tech related, have opened themselves up to a much larger and older audience. Check out these Toys and Games for your […] The post Toys and Games For Tweens and Teens For Holiday Gifts appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Toys and Games for Teens and Tweens Holiday Gifts Fun Educational Gifts for Teens and Tweens Family Friendly Games:…
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  • Walt Disney World via Selfies by MommyQ

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    We recently visited Disney World in Orlando after Thanksgiving for a pre-holiday vacay. Lots of fun to be had, but sadly I forgot to pack my selfie stick. Booo! I did actually see a few other folks with their selfie sticks, so I knew it would’ve been fun. Oh well. Mom brain. Anyhoo, we managed to snap a few shots between the lines, FastPass stress, expensive food, small thunderstorms, character meetings, way too many strollers, lack of alcohol and…oh, wait….I digress. Yes, I took a few selfies on the rides themselves. I learned some stuff too. #1 – I’m awful at…
  • A 10th Birthday Wish: He Outshines Autism

    5 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Today is my son’s 10th birthday and what a milestone it is! From the moment he arrived, our journey as individuals, as parents and as a family changed in an unexpected, yet extraordinary way. He was a happy beautiful baby, but seven years ago he was diagnosed with autism and it was devastating. However; an amazing thing happened over the years. While we loved, guided and protected Steele, he became our teacher. When we were scared and restless, he was brave and determined. When we questioned his limits, he exuded confidence. Today he no longer lives in the shadow of autism. He outshines…
  • National Cat Day: Finally, a Special Day I Understand

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    I’m so excited it’s National Cat Day today, because I love cats. I had a dog growing up, so I love dogs too. But I’ll take an independent, fickle and moody cat over a hyper dog any day. I’ve created a little video In honor of my three cats, Rocky, Smoke & Tiger. Rocky & Tiger are about 14-years-old, so that’s why they just walk as their main form of motion. Smoke is a stray we’ve been feeding for almost six years! He’s too wacky to bring indoors (we’ve tried!), but he does have a Cat Igloo outside for the chilly nights that we rarely get…
  • Farewell Jeter: Thank You from a New Baseball Mom

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I’m not a treasure trove of baseball trivia, but I’m a big fan of the game. I watched the entire 2004 series featuring an epic and excruciating battle between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. I was hugely pregnant with my first child (due in November 2004), so vegging out on the sofa watching other people’s awesomeness was all I could muster. I especially loved the Yankees that year (Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, A-Rod — yes, A-Rod) and, in stark contrast, I detested the Red Sox. Maybe it was because Big Papi couldn’t stop crushing…
  • Win Craft Brew for Your Crew at Oasis Texas Brewing Company

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Summertime in Austin typically brings new delights in the way of cool new hangouts. This summer we welcomed an awesome new taproom to the Lake Travis area, Oasis Texas Brewing Company. Not only is this brewery serving up delicious ales and lager, but it happens to be situated on one of the most beautiful hillsides in the city, so the views of Lake Travis are amaze-balls! Oasis Texas Brewing Company celebrated its official grand opening last week and it also celebrated a co-grand opening a few months ago for its spectacular (shared) venue space, The Mansfield. I was an event planner for years…
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  • Modeling Appreciation for the Gift

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    I was so excited to receive this special gift. It was everything I ever wanted! When the gift arrived it was the most beautiful gift I’d ever seen. It simply sparkled like a shiny, brilliant star!I immediately fell in love with my gift. Who cares that there was no gift receipt! I certainly would not be interested in returning it.As I familiarized myself with the gift, I realized it was more intricate and complex than I imagined it would be. I couldn’t help but notice there were thousands of pages of instructions. How could it possibly be this complicated?I soon realized that part of the…
  • December Calendar for Kids

    1 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    Are your kids excited for the holidays? You can print out this December calendar which they can decorate and mark the days of the special celebrations for your family.
  • Wild Behavior When Parents Are Not Around

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    A mom described how well her 5-year-old nephew, Jake, behaved when his parents were around. However, the minute they left, Jake took the opportunity to behave wildly. He seemed to have a lot of pent up behavior bursting to be released.Most kids save their worst behavior for around their parents because their parents are safe. Their parents will love them and not abandon them regardless if they misbehave. Parents are often dismayed to learn that their child is an angel at school and feel like something must be wrong since their behavior is much worse at home. However, it's normal for kids to…
  • New Release! How To Parent In Ways That Are Truly Helpful, Not Hurtful

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    This book packs powerful parenting ideas into one or two page topics. You can pick the book up and in a few minutes have a new insight which will help you parent your kids. This fourth version of the book includes a new chapter called "Leading Your Family with Your Best Parenting". Below are some of the ideas you'll find in this book. You can also look inside the book on Amazon.Chapter 1: Guiding and Encouraging Children Creating a positive tone in your home Identifying conversation roadblocks Guiding children to solving their own problems Chapter 2: Parenting Behaviors to Avoid Replacing…
  • Free Window Cord Safety Kit

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    If you have young children in your home, it's wise to check if your window cords could present a problem. Tragically over 200 infants and young children have died since 1990 from strangling with window cords according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. You can prevent a strangling tragedy by retrofitting your blind cords to make them safe. Free retrofit kits are available from the Window Covering Safety Council. There are instructions with each kit plus videos demonstrating how to do the installation.
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    Kim Becker {aka MommyKnows}

  • Lemon Drop Sugar Cookies for your next Cookie Exchange

    Kim Becker
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    If you are like me, a cookie exchange sounds like a fabulous idea, until the day before, when you have 859 important tasks to accomplish and NO COOKIES made. If you’re a procrastinator like I am, this recipe using a Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix, is going to be a life-saver. Lemon Drops are super delicious and a family favourite. Even better… Your friends will never guess all this yummy-ness came from a mix. Shhh … don’t tell! The recipe below using 1 package of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix makes 3 dozen small cookies. Multiply as needed for your exchange.
  • Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Kim Becker
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Every month I get a great selection of General Mills products to test out as part of my participation as a LifeMadeDelicious Blogger. We were all thrilled to find the Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in the kit. They’re fast, easy and delicious. All you need is: The mix, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup of butter and you’re on your way to three dozen delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies in just 20 minutes. With a little bit of help with the oven, even my nine year old can bake these cookies. They taste even better than they look! YUM Kim aka MommyKnows
  • Oh Canada Chex Mix (Gluten Free)

    Kim Becker
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I’m a huge ‘nuts and bolts’ fan, therefore, this Gluten Free Chex Mix recipe from LifeMadeDelicious really appealed to me. With several friends eating Gluten Free it makes a great gift or snack to have around. It’s quite delicious. Ingredients 4 1/2 cups (1.125 L) Honey Nut Chex* cereal 4 1/2 cups (1.125 L) Rice Chex* cereal 2 cups (500 mL) whole cashews or peanuts 1/4 cup (50 mL) packed brown sugar 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter or margarine 1/4 cup (50 mL) maple syrup 1 tsp (5 mL) salt 1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries 1/4 cup (50 mL) toasted sesame seeds Instructions 1. In…
  • Pillsbury Crescent Dogs

    Kim Becker
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Pillsbury Crescent Dogs – Everybody likes a hot-dog right? Right! My kids are no exception and while this recipe isn’t for everyday dining. It sure is welcomed by the kids. AND I have to say … it sure is yummy. It makes an easy meal on a busy night. Paired with a wholesome soup, it’s even better. Use the recipe below to add a little fun to your Halloween evening. Ingredients 1 can (235 g) Pillsbury* Crescents 2 1/2 slices processed cheese slices, quartered 10 hot dogs Non-stick cooking spray Mustard or ketchup Instructions 1. Heat oven to 375°F (190°C). Unroll dough;…
  • Best Brownie Mix

    Kim Becker
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Betty Crocker Chocolate Chunk Brownie Mix
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    Kids Stuff World

  • Stuff their stockings with these! 100+ Stocking Stuffers and Small Gift Ideas

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    I know several adults who would tell you the stocking is the best part of Christmas morning! Everyone in our family gets one, and it’s something my husband and I put a lot of thought into throughout the year. There’s only so much you can fit into a stocking, so you are forced to get creative and think outside the box (or socks, in this case!). And while we may spend a bit more on this family tradition than most, you can have just as much fun choosing inexpensive gifts at bargain stores, the dollar section at Target, and clearance aisles throughout the year. Finding things for kids…
  • How to make cinnamon ornaments that look good enough to eat (but please don’t!)

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    If you’ve been keeping up with us on Facebook, then you know we made homemade cinnamon ornaments for the first time this week. Post by Kids Stuff World. And apparently, we did such a great job … that both my husband and my dog can’t keep their paws off of them! One of our gingerbread men lost his leg in what I’m sure my husband thought was going to be a tasty afternoon snack, but was sadly disappointed to figure out was actually just cinnamon, applesauce, glue and glitter! Lots and lots of glitter. To make these handmade ornaments we used the cinnamon dough recipe we…
  • Editor’s Pick: Intel 2 in 1, the best gift I’m giving this year

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I’ve got a husband who can build a computer or fix your laptop blindfolded. One of the first big gifts he gave me was a desktop computer he built by himself with all of the latest and greatest components you could find. That’s just the kind of guy he is, and when it comes to technology he prefers to be on the cutting edge. I have given up trying to buy electronics and devices for him because he is so darn picky and wants to have the very best of everything as soon as it comes out. But, then we had 3 kids and his expensive technology habit kind of fell to the wayside. It…
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  • Sol Republic Relays

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Bill has been on the lookout for a pair of earbuds that stay in his ears while he is running on the treadmill or if he’s running around the block. He wants great music quality but wants them to be able to work when he’s actually exercising. I think we found a product that fits all of his criteria with the Relays. Sol’s patented FreeFlex™ technology provides a seamless, adaptable fit that’s easy to put in and won’t fall out. They are both Water and sweat resistant. They are also low profile and lightweight (0.47oz and 13.4g). Bill…
  • Fight the Cold & Flu This Season

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Copyright © 2012 My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings. This Feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this material in your news aggregator, the site you are looking at is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact @ so we can take legal action immediately.          Related StoriesFight The Flu With SoapBox Soaps!Magnolia Design Center @BestBuyAsperger’s 
  • Fight The Flu With SoapBox Soaps!

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Flu Season is well under way. It may seem simple, but one of the best lines of defense against catching this pesky virus is washing your hands, and SoapBox Soaps is spreading the word! SoapBox Soaps is an all-natural soap company with a social mission at its core – for every item they sell, SoapBox donates a bar of soap, a month’s supply of water, or a year’s supply of vitamins to someone in need around the world. Pretty powerful considering an estimated 49,000 people die a year from the flu or flu-like symptoms. Best of all, they are a great product!
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  • Money and Power Dynamics in Your Relationship

    Anthony Evans
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:55 pm
    “So, what does really matter?” You’re wealthy and your partner is not. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the kind of relationship you have will be dependent on money, but unfortunately, many people can misconstrue that as being the case. It’s hard not to compare your different social standings in this kind of situation, especially if the difference is markedly noticeable. It might end up being the difference between a free bondage dating site and one that you end up paying a metric ton of money in order to join. The important thing to consider here is the rating…
  • Organize Your Photos In 4 Easy Steps

    Anthony Evans
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    DSLRs and digital cameras have really made the capture of pictures easier. Because of the ease in capturing photographs, more and more people are taking pictures and a new problem now has to be resolved. People have now problems in organizing the pictures that they captured especially the digital format. The need to organize photographs especially in digital format has never been this great in the past years. Here are steps that you can do so you can organize your photographs. Always set the current time and date of your camera It is one of the easiest ways to organize your photographs but…
  • 5 Date Night Ideas For New Parents

    Anthony Evans
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    When you’re a new parent, you may feel like you have to learn how to do everything over again. When you have a newborn, you world gets turned upside down and you have to learn how to multi-task. For some people, this adjustment is fine, but for others, this is a frustrating and challenging task to grasp the concept of. Although you are new parents, you can still have dates and enjoy spending quality time with your significant other. Having a Simple Movie Night When you think of a movie night, you think of a big screen, surround sound, popcorn, drinks, and candy. Contrary to popular belief,…
  • Beauty Hack: Tips For Younger-Looking Skin

    Anthony Evans
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    Search for a photo of Jennifer Aniston and Tom Cruise now and compare it 10 to 15 years back. Notice how incredibly ageless they are? If they can achieve it, so do you. This digital age appears to have kept us occupied and flitting from one activity to another. There is really no need to spend thousands of bucks to be forever young! Here are five tips on how to effortlessly attain a younger-looking skin and achieve beauty from within. Sleep is the fountain of youth You may say that you still function well even with less than 8 hours of sleep but it is taking a toll on your skin. When we…
  • Save A Lot Of Money On Your Next Family Vacation

    Anthony Evans
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    When was the last time you and your family went on a vacation and not think of the huge costs it will entail? Having a vacation with your family is becoming more and more expensive these days, it makes it very hard for the family to enjoy and seize the moment while on vacation. Fortunately, there are still ways to save a lot of money while going on vacation. There are tons of discounts and promos on venues and hotels out there, it would be hard not to participate. Also, you can do some planning yourself ahead of time in order to save on cash. Here are a few of the tips on how to save money on…
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    Jolly Mom

  • Holiday Party Appetizer: Blue Cheese Artichoke Dip Recipe

    Piera Jolly
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    We are so excited about the next few weeks – Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. It’s time to celebrate! We go to my parent’s Christmas Eve party on the 24th and do Christmas Day at home with just us and the kids. However, we have one more party left to host – New Year’s Eve. Honestly after hosting so many parties towards the end of the year, we like to keep New Year’s Eve simple and relaxed.   It’s all about being together as a family to ring in the New Year. We do firecrackers and sparklers, of course.   Food is simple. Heavy…
  • Our Home – All Dressed Up for the Holidays

    Piera Jolly
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    There’s nothing more warm and inviting than a home decorated for the holidays. The twinkling glow of miniature lights and candles. The smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree. We look forward to decorating our home every holiday season. It’s one of our most treasured traditions. DID YOU KNOW? Kmart and Sears recently conducted a survey and found that: 1 in 4 Americans will begin to deck the halls one month before the holiday. 41 percent of Americans defined their signature design as “classic,” followed by “colorful” (37 percent) and “vintage” (12 percent). More than half…
  • Magic Reindeer Food Recipe and Free Printable

    Piera Jolly
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:04 pm
    A fun activity to do with the kids this year is to make magic reindeer food that can be sprinkled on the yard on Christmas Eve. The sparkle will draw the reindeer to your house on Christmas Eve. Making it is super easy! Lucas and I made a large batch using Kellogg’s All Bran Flakes so that we could pass them out to all of the cousins before Christmas.   Magic Reindeer Food Recipe Ingredients 1 cup Kellogg’s All-Bran Flakes, lightly crushed 1/4 cup red or green sugar crystals 1/4 cup Christmas sprinkles Directions: Place all ingredients in a large zip-top bag and gently shake.
  • Easy Christmas Candy: Chocolate Billionaires Recipe

    Piera Jolly
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    My favorite candy combination is caramel and nuts. It’s gooey and crunchy. Sweet and salty. So good. That’s why I love these Chocolate Billionaires. Caramel. Pecans. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. Chocolate. It doesn’t get better than that! This is the perfect candy to make for the holidays. It’s no-bake and super easy to make. Hope you enjoy it as much as our family does! Chocolate Billionaires Recipe Ingredients 1 (14 ounce) package caramels 3 tablespoons water 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans 1 cup coarsely crushed Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal 1 tablespoon…
  • 12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 12 Read a Holiday Book #12JollyDays

    Piera Jolly
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I have had so much fun sharing our holiday family traditions with you over the past twelve days. The final activity I want to share is one that is so simple yet so beautiful. Reading. Grab your favorite Christmas book and cuddle up in your jammies by the tree or cozy in bed and…read together. We try to read a holiday book every night…like an Advent calendar. A countdown to Christmas in books. Below are a few of our favorite Christmas books… Very Merry First Christmas by Jennifer Dewing The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • 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)
  • Helping Kids Make “Good” Decisions

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

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

    Zen Mommy
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    If you spank your kids as a form of discipline or you believe in spanking, let me say this to you before you go any further:
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    Home of Lynn Kellan, contemporary romance author

  • Who melted on my floor?

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    We are ready for Christmas. It kind of looks like an elf went nuts in here. There are snowmen, everywhere. ‘Cuz I collect ‘em. ‘Cuz they always smile. ‘Cuz they make me happy. There are non-snowmen displays, too. However, I’m a bit concerned. There is water on my kitchen floor. Is it from an ice cube? A leaky pipe? Or… …a melting snowman????          
  • My illicit affair with Santa Claus

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    My husband isn’t happy about my obsession with Kris Kringle …or the “elfies” I take with Santa every time I see him. This post is meant to assure my husband he has nothing to worry about. For one, Santa has a LOT more wrinkles than my spouse. Oh, Santa. This summer, please use sunblock. Perhaps we should also talk about Santa’s struggle with his glasses. I’m charmed by Santa’s white beard, but sometimes he waits too long between trips to the barber. And then there are just some days when Santa looks…frightening. See? So don’t worry, honey.
  • How to look cute for Christmas

    3 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Looking cute is important, especially if you want someone to take you home. This time of year, EVERYONE wants you to take them home …and wrap ‘em up in festive paper and bows. Sounds fun, right? After extensive research at my local Costco, I found the secret. The key to winning someone’s heart is BIG eyes. The bigger the eyes, the better. If you don’t want to spend Christmas morning alone, make your eyes BIG…bigger than your cheeks, if possible. I certainly don’t want to spend Xmas alone. I want Santa to take me home, but my current appearance won’t work.
  • Thinking of you…

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
      I’m so thankful for…YOU! Happy Thanksgiving.
  • Merry Halloween!

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m all messed up. I missed Halloween while I promoted my book. By gosh, I won’t miss Christmas…so I’m starting early. Unfortunately, the store had only LEFT boots on sale, but I managed to make the left boot look sexy AND creepy at the same time. I decided to get this, instead… No, this isn’t a “selfie.” It’s an “elfie.” And, of course, we need this… Oh, just one more thing… Let’s not tell my husband about these purchases, okay? He loves surprises. This post brought to you by Delusional Wives. We shouldn’t…
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    Harassed Mom

  • 2014 – A quick roundup

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? I went on an overseas trip with a brand I work with. I flew in a 14 seater airplane. 2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Without looking back to last years blogs I have no idea what my resolutions were, so I am not sure if I kept them. 3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve? With my family at Theewaterskloof. 4. Did anyone close to you die? Not close to me but there was the death of a fellow bloggers husband. It shook our little community. 5. What countries did you visit? Tanzania…
  • Word of the Year – I accepted

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:48 am
    Looking back I actually think that I lived my word of the year a lot better this year than I did last year. It wasn’t always easy, because accepting things we would rather change but I do think I did manage to accept a few things that I have been struggling with. I accepted that Cameron wants to swim. Three months in and each time he competes it reaffirms that we made the right decision. I have accepted the uncertainty of our monthly income. I hadn’t realised I had done this until last month when there was a slight hiccup and I didn’t freak out like I would have earlier this…
  • 2015 – Whats the plan?

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Every year since David and I met we have had some life changing event happen every year (and in writing this post I discovered they have all happened around May/June). We met on 26 June 2009. June 2010 we moved into our new home together. June 2011 we had Jack. May 2012 I had my hip replacement. May 2013 we got married. February 2014 we had Emma. Each year we have had something major to focus on. We have had to organise, plan, welcome, save and prepare for something for the last 5 years. 2015 is the first year that there is nothing major planned. We have our house, we have our babies, we are…
  • A few things

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:58 am
    I opened my laptop on Saturday morning for the first time in a week. It was the longest time I had gone without blogging or even checking in via my laptop. So needless to say once I got over the tiredness from the trip I had lots and lots to say. (LOTS) Writing here every day has become so much a part of me that when I don’t do it for an extended period I feel almost incomplete. So this is a catch up of sorts. Heather from SA Mom Blogs is running a small competition. I made the finals with my post about parenting Cameron. So if you are a blogger then please vote for me. Louisa won the…
  • 10 tips to Survive an 18 hour car ride with kids

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    A big part of me wants to yell - DO NOT PLAN AN 18 HOUR CAR RIDE WITH KIDS EVER! But when you have four kids, a budget and family who live 18 hours away you often don’t have much of a choice. It was an experience. That really is all I have to say about that! But we did, as you do, learn a few things along the way. These are a few tips I have for traveling long distances with kids (FOUR of them to be exact). 1. REST the day before. Obviously things worked out a little different than what I planned with the last minute trip to Tanzania and it was not ideal getting an early start after a…
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    Maryland Family - Baltimore Sun

  • Dundalk's cover girl

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Like many 6-year-olds, Alexa Hanson-Evers is a huge fan of the popular children's cartoon characters Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First on the Disney Junior channel. But unlike her peers, the Dundalk resident has the distinction of being featured on both the characters' toy boxes.
  • Raising kids in a world where race still matters

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    When President Barack Obama was elected, my husband and I — watching the results roll in on TV — clung to each other and cried. The historic election meant so much for us, for our families, for the children we would eventually have together. But we knew it would not mean a...
  • Creating holiday traditions of your own

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    In some families, Thanksgiving tradition is turkey and stuffing served on heirloom china. In others, it’s going to the Macy’s parade or visiting grandma. In Jill Smokler’s family, it’s a game of telephone.
  • Court weighs how companies must accommodate pregnant women

    3 Dec 2014 | 5:32 pm
    In a case that could have a profound impact on the rights of pregnant employees, the Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled over whether a Maryland UPS driver faced discrimination when she was asked to leave her job because her pregnancy prevented her from lifting heavy packages.
  • Jewish Federation families give back on Christmas Day

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    “Eat Chinese food, open presents, watch a movie and save the world.”
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    Playground Confidential

  • Let’s remember what a royal screw up last Christmas was

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Time was starting to spiral out of control last December. I remember picking up Irene from morning kindergarten and plying her with hot chocolate and muffins at a local cafe while I frantically tried to meet deadlines. Ed was working long hours and juggling multiple jobs. There was barely time in a week to keep ... [Read more...]The post Let’s remember what a royal screw up last Christmas was appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 9 rules for shopping for OTHER PEOPLE’S kids

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Oh, the crap I got for other people’s kids before I had kids of my own. “I’m sure he’s going to love this incredibly loud, battery-operated police car!” And then there’s the stuff my own kids have accumulated over the years. I mean, wow, that slime really doesn’t dry out. Before I go further, however, ... [Read more...]The post 9 rules for shopping for OTHER PEOPLE’S kids appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Rage cleaning: It’s a thing, right?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    I can’t be the only one who needs to get good and angry, like righteously pissed off, if I ever stand a chance of scrubbing under the sink. It all started yesterday afternoon when I pulled into my laneway parking spot with Mary. Life was good right then. I had a trunk load of fresh ... [Read more...]The post Rage cleaning: It’s a thing, right? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Rave & Review

  • Great holiday gift ideas from Best Buy

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Is there any holiday wish list that doesn’t have some tech on it? Even the youngest among us are wishing for some new technology this year, so it’s really no surprise that stores such as Best Buy are seeing a steady stream of buyers hoping to score that perfect tech gift for everyone on their list. Well, I’ve got three great picks from Best Buy this year that would be sure to wow: the Xbox One, an assortment of JBL speakers and headphones, Garmin, and TomTom. With Best Buy’s Expert Service and Unbeatable Price, these top gifts are certainly on my list this Holiday as well as many…
  • Relax, Hammacher Schlemmer has you covered this holiday season

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Every year I look forward to the Hammacher Schlemmer holiday gift guide. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Hammacher Schlemmer is America's longest running catalog, and their aim is to offer the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected since 1848. Each year their gift guide is filled with all sorts of new items that range from ultra-practical (The Only Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator) to novelty (The Talking and Dancing Disco Robot) and everything in between. Are you looking for unique gifts that your recipient won’t ever forget? How about the Personalized Bobblehead, or maybe the 3D…
  • Holiday shopping made easy at Northgate Mall in Seattle {$50 Simon Malls GC giveaway}

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Every year I swear that the holidays sneak up on me, but this year it definitely is true. With vacations, a crazy amount of doctors appointments, and all the hooplah that having children in two different schools can bring, it seems like fall just flew by. I know I'm not the only one because my Facebook feed is filled with friends lamenting the fact that they have but one or two presents purchased and no idea what to get everyone else on their list. Hey friend, why don't you head to Northgate Mall and cross off everyone all at once? With three major department stores, a food court, a play…
  • One tablet for all with the customizable Camelio

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    These days I hear more and more parents tell me that they need to buy another tablet so they have one for every single person in their family, and it really makes me think. While I can see the logic {less fighting, less policing}, I also see some major drawbacks. The first is cost. It costs a lot to outfit a family with tablets – first in the initial investment and then in downloads, accessories, and peripherals, and then you have to consider that there are multiple tablets to maintain, keep charged and in working order and, eventually, upgrade when the time comes. It’s for these reasons…
  • Build & Imagine with Malia’s Beach House

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:47 pm
    My daughter loves to build. Whether we’re talking bricks, blocks, or random items she’s squirreled away just for her building purposes, she’s all about it. And, while she’s really good at following directions and building pre-designed buildings and objects, I’ve noticed that she really prefers building toys where she can be the designer. That’s where Build & Imagine sets come in. Build & Imagine is a brand new line of magnetic construction sets that inspire kids to build whatever they would like. Their unique magnetic dual-sided building panels make it easy for even kids…
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  • Keeping the Beloved Pet with Pet Tracking Device

    Victoria White
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:53 pm
    One of the ways that the owner pet do to keep their pet is with giving the best custody ways, but no matter how hard we attempt to keep our pets, but there was a time we fail. Maybe when we are awake we can oversee our pet, but when we were sleeping, then we are waking up sometime we are getting some difficult to find where we are pet. If the pet just lost around the home perhaps we will easy to found they are, but if the pet getting lost far from home maybe we cannot find our pet. So, for that we have to learn from the experience. To keeping our beloved pet we can enrobe the pet tracking…
  • Puppy Shelter for Many Unlucky Puppies

    Andrea Collins
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Puppy is the cute and smart animal that can make us seem to be appreciated. If they become the part of our life, they will give all their love and loyalty to us. Have you imagined about the unlucky puppy that is staying in the puppy shelter? There are many puppy shelters that euthanized the puppy in every year because of the limited space that could not accommodate the unlucky puppy that increase from time to time. The puppy shelters can be the reception center to keep them from any dangerous outside. But knowing that they will be euthanized, we will directly feel loss and upset. They will be…
  • How to Get Best Vacuums for Pet Hair

    Benjamin Grochow
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:28 pm
    The cleanness of home is responsibility of family member. It will make difficult when you have furry companions such as dogs or cats on your home. Besides that, you should prepare where they will excrete the waste, you must also vacuum their feather that spread on the seat, carpet, furniture, and floor. You will need a best vacuum for pet hair. There are many kinds of vacuum for your home, but you must consider purchasing vacuum that suitable to clean pet hair. The variant of vacuums you can find in the market are upright vacuums, canister vacuums, bagged vacuums, and hand-held vacuum. There…
  • Freeze Dried Pets Food for your Lovely Pets

    Cindy Sherman
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Have you ever known freeze dried pets food? Freeze dried pets food is a food for pets which rich of nutrition. It helped for the pet owner when they are in emergency to supply their pets. Freeze dried pets food today are available in various natural food, so you have easy to prepare the food when you are in the emergency situation. It is practice and it you can get it in all pets store around your home. Besides that, many people turned to the freeze dried pets food because it is easy to serve and it is provided a high nutrition. The freeze dried pets always keep the nutrition from the…
  • What Should You Do for Puppy Adoptions?

    Andrea Collins
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:58 pm
    You and your family plan to puppy adoptions. Some of you may do not know about the rule in order to adopt the pet. If you want to adopt the puppy from the little age, you can get the puppy from the local animal shelter or dog rescue organization so that you know the growth until adult. All the puppy in dog rescue organization is really need your care and love. As the new guardian, it is your responsibility to keep them all the time. You have to spend your time to care for the puppy. If you are to do that, it is the time to puppy adoptions. There are some ways if you want to the puppy…
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    Being a Mummy

  • Knitting!

    Claire Walsh
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    I've been making a conscious effort to try to slow down and calm down. A bit of a rest is really in order in our household and its such a luxury to snuggle up on the sofa under a blanket for a bit of lazy crafting. Ever since I was a small child I have loved knitting, in fact my main interests when I was little were reading, knitting, archaeology and natural history. I haven't changed much,
  • Featured Post: Visiting Kent With the Kids

    Claire Walsh
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:18 am
    We are always on the lookout for good places to take the children which are far enough away from St Albans to seem like a proper trip, but not so far that the car journey drives us all to distraction. Kent is one of those places, its just around the M25 for us, but really does seem like going on holiday. Its been recommended to us so many times that you'd think it was the new place to holiday. In
  • So things all went a bit weird...

    Claire Walsh
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    Things have gone a bit strange since our burglary, its aftermath has swallowed up far more time than I could have possibly anticipated. Re-painting the damage in the kitchen, chasing and dealing with insurance and locksmiths and insurance listings. THEN, the sort out and tidy up. I suppose this has been the one positive thing from it all in that the house is genuinely starting to look a lot
  • Dealing with Sore Throats- some tips

    Claire Walsh
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This time of year its inevitable that you will get the dreaded lurgy. I only have to walk past someone with a cold and I almost instantly get it, and with three children in the house there is always someone poorly! Last week I was very kindly sent a little gift box from Ultra Chloraseptic. It made a really nice treat after a difficult week and I was pleased to get something from Ultra
  • Managing a Household Budget

    Claire Walsh
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Since I was made redundant financially things have been a little bit tight here, we don't have any savings to fall back on or any credit cards so we have to be very careful with our household budget. We'd love to save a little but its proving hard as unexpected expenses seem to come along each month wiping out any savings we make. I cant imagine how hard it must be to save for a deposit for a
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  • Merry Hanukkah, Happy Christmas

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Hanukkah Latkes We like to go crazy around the holidays and use every excuse we can find to praise the Lord. Hanukkah gives us eight extra days of celebration and more chances to sit around the table together as a family, eating delicious foods, talking about how thankful we are for God’s miracles. If you are looking for ways to add more meaning to Christmas, you could sprinkle Advent in and create your own Hanukkah-Advent-Christmas tradition. This year – what a blessing – Hanukkah wraps up on Christmas eve. Talk about worthwhile miracles! Speaking of miracles… I have…
  • Night at the Museum 3… and a Farewell Film for Robin Williams

    14 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Saturday we went to see the Austin media screening of Night at the Museum 3, which is releasing on December 19th. Being a huge fan of the first movie in the trilogy, and owning the other two in our personal movie collection, we were not going to miss it. You can’t top a cast like Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Ben Stiller (now a favorite of mine after Walter Mitty), Ben Kingsley, the amazingly awkward museum manager Ricky Gervais, and the hilarious antics of Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan (who should always dress like a Roman Centurion in my opinion). Also: Patrick Gallagher, who made…
  • Christmas Treasure

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Are you listening to the sounds of December? The clinking of spoons in hot chocolate mugs, the rustle of cats in the Christmas tree, the tinking of bells on shop doors, familiar carols, and audible shivers as friends tighten their scarves… Are you smelling the smells of December? Baking cookies, pine needles, cold winter air laced with the smoke of chimneys, dusty ornaments and boxes from musty attics… Are you seeing the sights of December? Extra messes as the pace of life picks up, a hand-made nativity on the lawn that blows over every now and then with a persistent gust of wind,…
  • This Present Darkness

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Just a little note before bedtime: Sometimes you have to escape for a bit and hide in a book. Especially if you are fighting spiritual battles in real life and not just along with your fictional book character friends. I like picking books that sneak a few spiritual lessons in – even through a fiction story. I’ve been reading an old favorite lately… This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. Look how yellowed the edges are on the pages. I love the way this ancient book smells. The last time I read this one, I may have either been pregnant with my first child, or he was really…
  • Thanksgiving Week Lists, a Wild Turkey and a Menu

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:11 am
    Lest you think I’ve disappeared, I thought I would check in and share a little about my Thanksgiving week. I’m pretty sure it will be better than last week. Last week was a good week to be looking BACK on. I’m looking forward to THIS week… counting my blessings like it’s going out of style. What are YOU thankful for? I think I wrote about 20 things down today I was thankful for. I scribbled some on my 1000 Gifts gratitude journal. I wrote some on my Gratitude Garland. I thought about a ton of them that didn’t find their way into ink. I’m still…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • Making connections through gift-giving and receiving

    Lisa Feiertag
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    I don’t know about you, but every year as the winter holidays begin to creep closer, I start to have a moment of panic. Well, maybe it is not so much panic but more dissociative in nature. What I am preparing for is the list that is coming, the list of items that I know my children are going to be wishing for as they begin to write down all the material goods that they desire. The panic is what creeps in first as I prepare myself to show willingness to accept these lists that they have worked so hard to create. The dissociation comes in when I want to go into denial about this time of year,…
  • Inviting them in…

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:06 am
    Editor’s note: This post was originally published on October 6, 2008, but it’s a great reminder that one way to connect with our children is to let them into our grownup world. Sometimes being present in your child’s life has more to do with inviting them into your life, rather than joining them in theirs. We focus a lot on setting aside time for our children so we can engage in their activities, which is definitely important, but it’s not the only way to involve them in your life. I had my daughter, now 7, when I was 25. I was in my last year of college. I distinctly…
  • Teaching the art of giving

    Jillian Amodio
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    I have such fond memories of my childhood Christmases. I remember the emotions and feelings of warmth, love and happiness more so than the bountiful supply of gifts we eagerly unwrapped each year. I want my 3-year-old daughter to have the same kinds of cherished memories that I have stored so lovingly in my heart. My daughter’s favorite traditions are probably the Christmas countdown chain and the 12 Days of Christmas tree, which both help to give a tangible reference to the amount of time left until Christmas day. We have also started many Christmas traditions this year, including a…
  • Strengthening AP marriages

    API Blog
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    By Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, cofounders of Attachment Parenting International (API) and coauthors of Attached at the Heart “Couples who are having difficulties in their relationship will find parenting to be an added stressor, not necessarily the blessing that solves all their problems.” ~ Attached at the Heart by Lysa Parker & Barbara Nicholson In Attached at the Heart, we talk about Jay Belsky’s research on the transition to parenthood and how incredibly difficult it can be for couples, even couples who are strong in their relationships. The transition to…
  • Being intentional in holiday family traditions

    Katelynne Eid
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    With the holiday season upon us, I am reminded of how important it is to keep our family’s focus on the true meaning of the season. For us, that is Christmas but no matter what your family celebrates or believes, I think everyone can agree that family is what’s most important. It is easy to get wrapped up in the chaos of this time of year and lose focus on what’s important. While I love watching the magic of Christmas come alive for my children on Christmas morning as they open presents, I want the presents to be one part of a much bigger picture. I have been doing a little…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • $20 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash Giveaway {Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop}

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Winter Solstice is here, which marks the start of our annual Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop! It's time to relax, discover some new blogs and enter to win book-related prizes valued $10 or more throughout this 10-day event. Happy Holidays, everyone! I'm giving away a $20 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash of the winner's choice! Hope you will start the new year with some great books to read!
  • Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas from Best Buy {Holiday Gift Guide 2014} #HintingSeason

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The amount of thought you put into gift shopping really matters. It helps to know what the recipient likes and dislikes if you want to give a gift that will be valued, appreciated and cherished. Best Buy has an amazing selection of holiday gifts that speak to people with different interests and hobbies, and all of them are family friendly. Whether you are shopping for a video game lover, a music
  • Get All the Coolest Cameras at Best Buy {Holiday Gift Guide 2014} #CamerasatBestBuy #HintingSeason

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Being the most wonderful time of the year, the holiday season is filled with photo worthy moments. Have you got all the gear necessary for capturing those precious holiday memories with your family? Don't be stressed out if you are not quite done with your holiday shopping. Just stop by a Best Buy store near you, and you'll find all the latest cameras and camcorders there, including those
  • Canon DSLR Camera Sale at Best Buy {Holiday Gift Guide 2014} #CanonatBestBuy #HintingSeason

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    One of the items that stay on the top of my husband's wishlist is a new Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera. We own an older model in the EOS Rebel series and really loved how it had helped us take some of the best family pictures over the past years. But now with the rapid development in digital camera technology, we feel the urge for an upgrade. Best Buy is having a great sale for Canon EOS Rebel
  • Last Minute Gift Ideas from Walmart & $500 Walmart Gift Cards Giveaway (2 Winners)

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:50 am
    Not quite done with gift shopping due to your crazy schedule? In need of extra stocking stuffers just in case? Relax, take a deep breath and head over to your closest Walmart store, where you can find exclusive holiday gift sets from name brands like Axe, Dove, Caress, at various price ranges. Tons of choices are under $10! Get all your last minute holiday shopping done in one single trip and
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  • ‘The Ghanaian Goldilocks': A Colorful Take On a Classic Tale (REVIEW)

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Check out this deliciously original take on Goldilocks, with a Black boy from Ghana as its precocious star. The post ‘The Ghanaian Goldilocks': A Colorful Take On a Classic Tale (REVIEW)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Love & Renewal: What My Daddy Taught Me After Mom Passed Away

    Denene Millner
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I expected my father to need a lot of hand-holding at our first holiday dinner after mom died. Boy, was I wrong. The post Love & Renewal: What My Daddy Taught Me After Mom Passed Away appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Father/Daughter Dance Battle To Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Electric Relaxation’ (VIDEO)

    Denene Millner
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    Could this dance battle between a little girl and her daddy be any cuter? Press play. The post Father/Daughter Dance Battle To Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Electric Relaxation’ (VIDEO)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black Girls With Dark Skin Face Harsher School Discipline

    Denene Millner
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    When it comes to Black girls and school discipline, dark-skinned girls are facing harsher penalties than all other races. The post Black Girls With Dark Skin Face Harsher School Discipline appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • From Datcher Dreams to His Americus: Holiday Reading for the Winter, Torched and Charred

    Denene Millner
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Michael Datcher Americus novel is a study in Black and white. The post From Datcher Dreams to His Americus: Holiday Reading for the Winter, Torched and Charred appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • little passports subscription service for kids: the unboxing!

    amy mascott
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
        I have wanted to check out Little Passports for some time now, and here we are. Our dream has finally come true. Well, kind of. My kids love traveling, and they love getting mail, so when I saw that Little Passports had created a line for middle grade kids that focused on traveling the world, I was psyched. The more that I learned, though, the more I realized that my kids would love both the Little Passports World Edition and the Little Passports USA Edition. Much like Kiwi Crate in that this is the gift that keeps on giving, Little Passports is a subscription service for…
  • create a bedtime routine that works

    amy mascott
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
          For a long, long time I’ve talked about the importance of rest in our kids’ lives, and along with that goes routine. We all need rest, and we all thrive on routine. Especially our little guys. So it’s super important that from the start we create a bedtime routine that really, truly works for our kids.  What I’m finding is even now that my kids are older, they still need. The. Routine. When my friends from Scholastic asked me to help create a printable for parents all about the bedtime routine, inspired by the talented Caroline Jayne Church, you…
  • special holiday deals for readers

    amy mascott
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
      Thank you so much for subscribing to! As a thank you for being a loyal (or new!) email subscriber, here are a few goodies for you that I will update several times each week as promotions come and go. Here and there, where applicable, I will use affiliate links. SPECIAL CURRENT DEALS:  fashionABLE, 15% off the entire order this week, with code BEMERRY [until 12/19/14] fashionABLE, FREE SHIPPING on domestic orders over $20 this week, too, with guaranteed delivery if ordered by noon on Thursday 12/18 fashionABLE, (Wednesday, 12/17 ONLY) we’re offering 30%…
  • homemade ornaments for digital kids

    amy mascott
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
          My kids are getting older. At 11, 9, and 7, they needed a little something different this year in order to get them excited about ornament-making. And I think I found it. In all things they do they’re like most kids. They want to have control. They want freedom. They want to know I have faith in their ability. So I created ornaments for digital kids–ornaments that any ‘digital kid’ would totally dig because they combine their tech-savviness and some hands-on, old-school crafting. I’m sure all of the aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents…
  • tiny prints FAB last-minute deals for gifts and cards

    amy mascott
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
          Calling all last minute shoppers who haven’t sent your Christmas cards yet! Tiny Prints has your back. First, their sitewide sale of up to 30% off ends Tuesday, 12/16 at midnight PT. Second, if you order before midnight PT on 12/17, you can save $10 on their super rush shipping. And yes, you can stack those codes! Here’s how it works: 1. Go to Tiny Prints and choose from their selection of holiday cards. Personalize the cards with your pictures and text. 2. Use the code 30SWDEAL to save 25% on all orders and 30% on orders of $99+. 3. Stack the code SRSAVE10…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • Ugh, I'm sick

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I hate getting sick, but it seems at this time of year and with children bringing home all sorts of germs from School it's inevitable that they'll get sick and then of course me as chief nursemaid will get sick too. I thought that this last time I'd been lucky. Daddy had looked after a poorly Big Boy whilst Top Ender and I had been running around doing things we'd agreed to that weekend. However as the week went on and Big Boy continued to be sick and Top Ender came down with it too, I knew my luck was going to change.And it did in a rather violent fashion.So now I'm poorly and I'm not really…
  • December Sickbed Crafting With Bostik

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    With Big Boy and Top Ender both being off school this week due to illness (BB will be going back to School tomorrow he's fine even if his blood sugars are all over the place!) it would have been easy to resort to letting them both just sit in bed, watch cartoons and play on their tablets. And to be fair, both the children did a fair bit of that because when you feel as lousy as they did/do it's just about as much as you can manage to not fall asleep mid sentence. However, I'm a mean and evil Mum. The sort that doesn't care if you're off School sick and still makes you practice your times…
  • The Cold Truth And Why I'm Always Coughing At Christmas #Sponsored Post

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:36 am
    In childhood pictures of me at Christmas time, I was the quintessential ruddy cheeked smiley child. With my blond hair and almost permanent grin, I was just like those little cherubs you see hanging around the manger of the Baby Jesus. What you didn't see, just out of shot is the bottles of cough medicine and baby paracetamol and various other items that my Parents, Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles would buy for me in order to get me through the day. For every year, without fail I was ill at Christmas. Somehow, the children have skipped most of my cold at Christmas genes, well Top Ender does…
  • Why Santa Only Brings Little Things

    13 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Many years ago, when Top Ender was small, Daddy and I had a chat about Santa. We decided between us that Santa wasn't going to be responsible for the main gifts in our home. In our home, there would of course be gifts from Santa, but the main gifts, the ones that cost a lot of money? They'd come from us. Upstairs gifts, from Santa, downstairs gifts from us.We knew that Top Ender's friends wouldn't have the same rules in their home, so we casually dropped into conversation with Top Ender about how Santa asked us to pay for half the presents he gave to us. Top Ender accepted this, she was small…
  • Computer Games For Christmas

    12 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It's no secret that here at A Mother's Ramblings, we love a computer game. Be it on the Wii, the Wii U, the Playstation (3, because I'm not made of money) or the Xbox (360 because again I'm not made of money!) or even on the PC if it's something that interests us then we save up for it. In fact BB currently has £60 saved in anticipation of a game coming out soon that he'll want. He isn't sure what it will be, but he knows that if he saves he'll be ready.There were two games on the early drafts of the children's Christmas lists this year. Top Ender was very interested in The Sims 4 (It seems…
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  • 5 Things to Help our Volunteers Lead Better

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    © 36clicks | – Lane Five Photo As a ministry leader, one of my prime objectives is to lead a group of volunteers to successfully implement the functions of ministry on a weekly basis. That’s a flowery way of saying, “I lead a team of volunteers to invest in kids”. But that “Sunday-to-Sunday” race means I focus a lot time on preparing for church every week. Whether you do Sunday School, Children’s Church, or some variation of the two, kidmin leaders spend copious amounts of time ensuring we have enough volunteers to take care of the…
  • Your Ask is bigger than mine

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    It’s true. If you volunteer in kids ministry… your ask is bigger than mine. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve got a big ask. But yours is bigger. How do I know? I can prove it. You see, I lead a ministry with a lot of kids. And I need a lot of volunteers to love those kids. I recruit volunteers from several avenues. To name a few, I might find a new volunteer from… …our new member class where someone wants to become an active part of our church. (40% success rate) …a push from the stage when my pastor mentions our kids ministry. (15% success rate)…
  • Preparing for what’s ahead – 3 things a Kidmin leader can do

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    It’s hard to believe 2015 is almost here. December is in full swing and as Christmas approaches we are preparing for special weekends and activities for kids focused on the joys of Christ’ birth. But amidst all the holiday focus, there are 3 things I need to have ‘running in the background’ in order to be prepared for 2015. In my ministry context, church attendance trends down through November and December. Holiday events and traveling draw families out of their normal routine and church attendance becomes sporadic. However, we know we’ll see our families again…
  • They Won’t Do It for Jesus… for long

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Leading volunteers is a craft. One that requires constant tweaking and learning. Yet there are some principals you learn about leading volunteers that never change. Volunteers want to know that what they do to matters. Volunteers want to enjoy what they do. Volunteers want to feel needed and known. Now, I can convince a volunteer to do just about anything if I present a compelling need. People are pretty generous and willing to do something they may not enjoy in order to meet a need. For a season, they will ‘grin and bear it’. But as ministry leaders, working with volunteers…
  • Chasing a Vision_Why we’re headed back to Monterrey

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Last summer the McClain clan traveled to Monterrey Mexico and served with Back2BackMexico. We won’t try to convince you that we had the time of our lives. It was hot, we worked hard but most of all we had the privilege of getting to know the people the Back2Back Ministries is serving there. Not by swooping in with the gospel. No. Instead Back2Back is there, day after day, meeting all of the needs of the marginalized….earning the right to share the gospel and living it out in front of them. We got to know Dario and Rubiel, brothers living in a children’s home with which…
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  • Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Her

    Inna Shamis Lapin
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    From handbags and makeup picks, to go-to gadgets and toys, GalTime’s Annual Holiday Gift Guides have the perfect gift choices for everyone on your list. Check out our top picks for her! Olivia + Joy Cecile Clutch This gorgeous croco clutch with gold plate and zipper detail is this season’s must have and will make her glad to add to her handbag collection. The clutch includes a removable chain strap, and features zipper closures. $82
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Kids

    Inna Shamis Lapin
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    From handbags and makeup picks, to go-to gadgets and toys, GalTime’s Annual Holiday Gift Guides have the perfect gift choices for everyone on your list. See our tops picks your kids will love!  KidFit – Healthy habits start early, so why not get little ones moving and building healthy habits starting now! A wireless activity and sleep tracker for ages 5-13, the KidFit helps encourage and motivate kids to play and get the rest they need. The wristband is also a one-size-fits-all slap bracelet and is IPX3 (splash proof). Available in 4 colors, for iOS and…
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

    Inna Shamis Lapin
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    This gift guide will give you ideas to have your stockings filled in no time with treats for your mind, your body, and your stomach!  IT Cosmetics Your Naturally Pretty Holiday Matte Eyeshadow Palette w/Brush – This palette features 14 luxurious, anti-aging, silk-infused matte eye shadows. Part of this collection is the Transforming Ombre Radiance Ribbon – a unique shade, designed to be added to each of the matte shades, creating a new pearlized color or adding a sheer golden veil with a simple swipe of a brush! The Palette comes with a fantastic allover…
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

    Inna Shamis Lapin
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    From this year’s go-to-gadgets to the most sought-after handbags, makeup and toys, GalTime’s Annual Holiday Gift Guides have the perfect gift choices for everyone on your list.  Check out our top pics for him! RHYTHM+ – This all new workout tool for managing heart rate, calories burned, distance, step rate, pace, music and more uses an App* to manage workout metrics. The dual mode processor, it features both Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ capabilities, which allows the heart rate monitor to pair with smartphones, sport watches and exercise equipment (100…
  • Are You Just Cranky and Exhausted, or Is It Your Thyroid?

    Tara Weng
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you just can’t pinpoint why you’re irritable, exhausted, and too hot or too cold, the culprit might be your thyroid. A tiny butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck, the thyroid produces hormones that help control your body temperature, metabolism, and growth and development.  It  influences virtually every organ system, so when it isn’t isn’t functioning properly your overall well-being can be affected in many ways, particularly related to your weight, energy level, and mental health. An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and women…
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  • Sweeping Saturday 12/20/2014

    Jen Williams
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!The post Sweeping Saturday 12/20/2014 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Hello Santa: Your child can Live Video Chat with Santa!

    Jen Williams
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
      Has your child seen Santa this year? Are you just too busy to stand in those long lines in the mall? Is your kids questioning if Santa is actually real?  Better yet, does your child freak out sitting in Santa’s lap? Well, keep reading. I am here to share a solution! You can now […]The post Hello Santa: Your child can Live Video Chat with Santa! appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Charlie’s Club e-cig monthly subscription service

    Jen Williams
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    I am sure by now you have heard about the latest big thing; monthly subscriptions boxes. I mean there is something for everything and everyone it seems! Personally, I’m not a fan. Yes, I said it but people seem to love them. So usually, when I’m pitched to review one of these services, I happily […]The post Charlie’s Club e-cig monthly subscription service appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Netflix: All Hail King Julien Is available today! #StreamTeam

    Jen Williams
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
    I am a member of the Netflix #Streamteam and receive perks in exchange for monthly posts. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.   Like many today, it’s my kids’ last day of school until next year! Let the party begin! I think that I’m one of the few that actually loves […]The post Netflix: All Hail King Julien Is available today! #StreamTeam appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Help give back with UPS: #WishesDelivered Campaign

    Jen Williams
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of What’s your wish?. All opinions are 100% mine. As a blogger, I usually see my UPS man daily! The truth is we are actually on a first-name basis. Each day, I am always greeted with his smiling face and cheerful hello. The last couple […]The post Help give back with UPS: #WishesDelivered Campaign appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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    2 and a half

  • Remembering Peanut

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Grace's bunny, Peanut, died today. He was approximately 1 year and 4 months old. He died of unknown causes. It is a sad day. Audrey's bunny, Theodore (below), is upset.
  • Best dates ever

    13 Dec 2014 | 7:03 pm
  • Nerds

    13 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Nerds are in everything now. From SONIC slushes to candy store gumballs. This entire roll of gumballs has Nerds rolling around inside. Maybe I'm behind the times. This was a first. PS - There are approximately 5 Nerds inside each gumball.
  • Vests (by Leah)

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Some passers by asked if they were rock stars.
  • Hot

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Grace, age 6, had some good ones tonight. "I get confused by the word 'Hot.' What does it mean when you're both pretty AND sweaty?" "Dad, I picture things in my head that you'll never know." Did I say things like that when I was 6?
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  • Merry Christmas from Beer and Hymns

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    Every year for the past nine years my friend Neil Kramer of Citizen of the Month has hosted an annual online concert featuring bloggers performing their favorite holiday standards. Neil’s intention in the concert was to bring the blogging community together, regardless of race or religion, for some holiday fun. I decided to enlist my Beer and Hymns crew (Chad and Lauren) to sing Joy To The World with me, since we were already working on our Christmas gathering. (And if you are local, you missed a really fun party at The Boathouse. Join us at the next event January…
  • Mama Said: Real talk about being a blogger

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    In this episode Sarah and I are having a real-talk discussion about the ins, the outs, and the aggravations of being a professional blogger.
  • Get one, give one: making donations at Christmas

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    This post is sponsored by Savers.We have tried really hard to avoid being too consumerist over the holidays. We attempt to limit the kids' toys, and try really hard to focus on experiences over things. For example, this Christmas, a bulk of our children's presents involve tickets to see some Broadway shows throughout the coming year.However, there will be some new toys and new clothes under the tree this Christmas. A couple of the kids still have Big Ideas about Santa and have made their requests. Each child has a couple items that they have been asking for all year, and Christmas is also the…
  • How to get kids to help clean

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post is sponsored by The Honest Company My kids are  just turning the corner where their ability to help me clean almost matches their ability to make a mess. They are gaining more autonomy and responsibility, and with the exception of my 5-year-old, I can finally enlist the three older kids to help me out in getting the house back to baseline.  It’s a nice place to be, after several years of feeling like a maid to a four-man wrecking crew. Getting my kids to help with cleaning still involves a bit of cattle-prodding, but here are some of the ways that I get them…
  • What adoptive parents will want to know about the new ANNIE movie

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I saw a screening of the new Annie movie last week, and since it opens this week, I wanted to give a head's up to other families touched by adoption. Most of us are familiar with the Annie story, and that it revolves heavily around her orphan status, her search for her birth family, and relationship with a new father figure. This movie followed the same plotlines, but there were aspects of the retelling that may be more poignant for adopted children. The adoption/abandonment themes were heavy-handed. In this story Annie is abandoned at age 4 - not as an infant. She remembers her…
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  • The Bitter and the Sweet of December

    Jennifer Murray
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    It’s already the 9th of December? Really? No, REALLY? How is that even possible? It’s been such a whirlwind since Thanksgiving and we’re not even to the hustle and bustle yet. Let me catch you up on a few things that have been keeping us off the blog lately. Brad’s grandpa passed away last Sunday night. It was difficult to say goodbye, but we are so thankful for his example of leadership, faithfulness, and hard work. He was the only grandpa I’ve known, since both sides of my grandparents had passed before I was born, so I’m especially grateful to have had…
  • Snake Oils? A Dude’s Perspective on Essential Oils

    Jennifer Murray
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
      A year ago, I made fun of Jen’s “Snake Oils“. Today, I use them literally daily. When I am wrong, I am wrong.  I’m man enough to admit it. I was honestly the biggest skeptic around when we started this stuff.  Jen was trying it, and I was laughing at her.  Honestly, I owe her an apology for my pride and my tendency to think I know everything.  I was being “logical”, and just didn’t think it made any sense.  Well, once I saw some results, it made me curious.  Since then, I have educated myself on the body and it’s ability to absorb…
  • 2 Turkeys + 2 Pilgrim Boys

    Jennifer Murray
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    We were able to kick off this Thanksgiving season with the boys’ Thanksgiving school play. They did such a great job being pilgrims and turkeys, reciting their poems and lines, quoting Psalm 100, reading their stories, and singing their songs. That is no small task to pull off for the teachers and their hard work was well displayed! The turkeys had a better idea for Thanksgiving than being eaten. It was soooo nice having both of our parents there to enjoy their grandsons in action. It’s definitely been an adjustment for all of us to switch our school plans {although much easier…
  • Better Than Black Friday! < $5 Gifts at Dayspring

    Jennifer Murray
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    It’s not even Black Friday, and let’s not even begin the ugly debate of if stores should be open on Thanksgiving, because who needs to go out with deals this good????!!!  All of these that I’m showing you are listed at 5 DOLLARS!  >>> But here’s what’s even sweeter, you can save even more with the promo code THANKYOU15 – making $5 gifts only $4.25!!!!! <<< I think Dayspring has lost their marbles!  Less than $5 gifts, People! And they don’t scream, “You bought this at the flea market”. Most of these items will…
  • Boy Mama Confession: I Let Them Play Ball In the House

    Jennifer Murray
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    I grew up on Indiana basketball. I would watch it on the floor of our family room on our Zenith TV with my pajamas and pom-poms thinking they needed my cheers to win.  Team sports have been part of my childhood and adulthood as I’ve participated and cheered on various teams through the years.  Now I see the passion my own boys have for competition.  Some have more of a drive than others, but all of them have at least average ability and at least one competitive bone in their body (Isaac’s entire skeletal system). We’ve lived in a baby-proof, toddler proof, and now mostly…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Holiday Night Light

    Racquel Bregg
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    I’m sure you’ve seen the beautiful night lights made from glass blocks.  I know that I’ve admired them at craft shows and little shops.  This Holiday Night Light is similar but made from two inexpensive glass ashtrays.  Are you thinking ashtrays, really?  Many stores, including several dollar stores, still sell ashtrays and there are some pretty fun crafts that can transform them into something special! Holiday Night Light Supplies: 2 glass ashtrays 1 small set of battery powered Christmas lights ribbon hot glue gun and glue Instructions: Carefully arrange the Christmas…

    Rob Youngblood
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Managing money is hard and it is even more difficult when there is only one household income. Then add in all the extra holiday spending and, before you know it, your checking account is easily heading the wrong way! Being a single parent and running a home is hard enough without having to worry about money. Here are some basic tips and ideas that I have used (and still use) to help keep more pennies… and dimes… and quarters… in my personal penny jar! WRITE DOWN YOUR EXPENSES AND YOUR BUDGET – Do it old school and write it down so you can visibly see your list…
  • Read Stories Together Even When Time Zones Apart #Travel

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    This post is brought to you by Residence Inn. Residence Inn Helps Travelers Stay Connected With Their Family- Read Stories Together Even When Time Zones Apart! Residence Inn by Marriott has announced a partnership with Cricket Media’s Story Bug app, which allows parents, grandparents, and other loved ones to stay connected with their family and read stories together even when miles apart!  The Story Bug app is a collaborative reading app for iPhone and iPad users that offers a wide selection of digital books and interactive features such as video chat. Residence Inn offers a…
  • Ways To Stretch Your Dollars This Holiday Season

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    This post brought to you by Chase Ultimate Rewards. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Family Focus Blog. I love the holiday season- mostly because I love to see my children filled with excitement as we do holiday crafts, decoration and baking.  I love to watch my children in their anticipation as they as they open the advent calendar. And of course, I enjoy all the extra family time without work!  However, holidays can be stressful too.  Especially when it comes to getting out our wallet over and over again.  That is why it is so important to stretch your dollars this…
  • 8 Family Holiday Traditions to Start Now

    Meredith Rodefer
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Every year my family practices certain traditions around the holidays. We always make too many batches of peanut butter fudge and puppy chow, we drive around looking at Christmas lights together, we wear Santa hats and pajamas around the house for at least two days, we run through an entire Christmas karaoke CD, we watch It’s a Wonderful Life,  we eat breakfast casserole, and we always open one present at a time. These are just some of the things we do each year as a family.  Although they may seem silly or trivial, they are activities that I love, that I will always remember, and…
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  • CHILL at the Queen Mary

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    This just in from my intrepid editor Beth Szymkowiski, – a great idea for some chilly family holiday fun! “The holidays always get me hankering for some of the snowy fun I enjoyed growing up on the East coast, so I was eager to check out CHILL at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. One price gets you onto the Queen Mary and into the adjacent winter wonderland complete with an ice skating rink, a snow tubing hill and the most spectacular of the attractions, an ice slide and ice sculpture display. The latter two are in an enclosure kept at a frosty 9 degrees. Long parkas are included in…
  • Deck the Halls at Disney Hall, Los Angeles

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of my all time favorite things to do with the kids is to go to a concert at Disney Hall. My Dad is an opera buff and I remember as a little girl he would take me to Lincoln Center in New York and then later, when we moved to DC to hear music at the Kennedy Center. For a child to be in such a grand space, all dressed up and to hear the full glory of music is such a treat, and creates such a lasting memory. The LA Philharmonic makes it really easy to introduce your children to great music as they have a lot of programs specifically designed for children. You may be thinking that your…
  • Pancakes for Thanksgiving

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    One of my all time favorite Thanksgivings was spent with my then 3 year old at a diner in Los Feliz. Just as we were heading over to our friend’s for dinner and we noticed that our little girl had a rash all over her. We knew one of our friends was going to be flying back to Boston with his family the next day – suppose the rash was the beginning of the flu or something? We couldn’t risk it. So my husband packed up our baby and the mashed potatoes and peas and headed to Santa Monica without my daughter and me. I looked at my toddler, all dressed up with no where to go, and wondered…
  • LEAF College Savings Gift Cards – A great holiday gift idea!

    6 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    *this is a sponsored post, but as always, the views and opinions on are my own. Thinking about how much it will cost to send my two kids to college is enough to make my head spin in spite of the fact that they are still years away from enrolling. Still it’s never too early to start saving, and that’s why I am delighted to tell you about a fantastic holiday giving (and receiving) idea. Leaf College Savings Gift Cards are such a clever product. You can buy a Leaf College Savings Gift Card  for as little as $25.00 dollars, or as much as $1000.00. Through the web site, you…
  • I AM ELEVEN documentary opening in LA

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    “I think at heat we are all the same person….at heart, we’re just really all the same.” These are the words from one eleven year old in Genevieve Bailey’s lovely new documentary, called “I AM ELEVEN,” which opens today at Laemmle’s in Los Angeles. Bailey, an Australian filmmaker, traveled the globe and interviewed 15 eleven year old children from all walks of life. The filmmaker poses questions to them about themselves and the world. I had the chance to screen this movie, and am excited now to show it to my children. Hearing from these 15 kids from such a cross section of…
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  • A simple act of kindness brought tears to our eyes!

    Justina Goh
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Tell us what you think of this video – and spread the love around by sharing this video that shows a simple act of kindness from this man.   The post A simple act of kindness brought tears to our eyes! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Christmas – the season of giving and lying

    John Ng
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Santa Story I remember the earliest days of my childhood when Santa Claus was just about the most relevant and well-liked man I had never, ever met. Once a year in December, my brother and I would look forward to staying up late on Christmas Eve in the vain hope of catching a glimpse of Mr. Claus himself. We would imagine Mr. Claus parking on our fifth storey balcony while Rudolf and his mates graze on Mum’s precious potted plants. Mr. Claus would then tiptoe into our house while everyone had fallen asleep and deposit our presents at the foot of our beds. Alas, no matter how hard we…
  • This video of funny babies will make you smile!

    Justina Goh
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Feel free to share this video of funny babies and have a good laugh! Tell us what you think of it by leaving a comment below. The post This video of funny babies will make you smile! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • 5 easy Christmas recipes to try with the kids

    Sonia Pasupathy
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Let us know if you have more suggestions for easy Christmas recipes to try with your kids – do leave a comment below! Source: The post 5 easy Christmas recipes to try with the kids appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • How to Stay Trim This Holiday Season!

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Christmas is a time to relax, see friends and family, eat, drink and be merry. But what if you’re worried about one mince pie too many undoing all your hard work for the year? We’ve got you covered. Follow these simple guidelines to have your turkey and look good too. Have A Plan Before the work Christmas do’s, client lunches, brunches and cocktail parties get out of hand, take a moment to sit down and think about what you want and how to get it. Prioritise the events that are most important to you, e.g. Christmas day, or the work Christmas party or girls’ brunch. This way, you can…
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    Child Behavior Help

  • A Message of Hope for Parents of Defiant Children

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    The holidays can be a tough time for everyone. And when you"re parenting an oppositional, defiant or challenging child, the holidays can be more than tough; they can be downright awful. My son is in his thirties now, but all I have to do is close my eyes, and I can remember so clearly the arguing and my feelings of hopelessness and despair. Hearing Bing Crosby on the radio singing "White Christmas" didn"t make me smile; it made me change the station!
  • Using Consequences to Maintain Your Parental Authority

    1 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    When your child acts out or breaks the rules, it"s normal to feel your authority as a parent slipping away. If you"re like most parents, you"ve tried everything: you"ve taken the car away, locked the video games in a cabinet, and have even considered cancelling Christmas or a birthday party.
  • How to Respond to Disrespectful Children and Teens

    11 Nov 2013 | 5:17 am
    Ask any parent and they"re likely to have at least a few instances in which their child was disrespectful, rude or inconsiderate even outright defiant. Sometimes disrespect comes along with adolescence; other times a child may show disrespectful behavior from an early age. Either way, it"s a behavior that can push any parent"s emotional buttons!
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    I Thought I Knew Mama

  • Learn to Work From Home and Better Your Health: January 2015 Coach Apprenticeship

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Have you thought about finding a way to work from home? Run your own business? Make extra money? Have you thought about doing any of those things AND being able to help others live healthier lives while also bettering your own health? I would like to first offer you the ability to get 25% off […]
  • 21 Day Fix: Nutrition and Exercise Simplified – Day 4 of the 12 Days of Health and Fitness Gift Giving

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Getting stressed about what to get that special someone? The gift of fitness will benefit them for years to come. Let’s see what today’s featured program is… Day 4: 21 Day Fix makes eating and fitness so simple, anyone can get great results. With 21-Day Fix there’s no counting, no guessing, and no wondering — […]
  • PiYo: Day 3 of the 12 Days of Health and Fitness Gift Giving

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The 12 Days of Health and Fitness Gift Giving continues… Santa may consider Piyo for the elves to help increase their flexibility during this busy week! Get yourself a gift or give the gift of fitness to someone you love! Day 3: Who says you have to jump, grunt, strain, and punish your body to […]
  • P90: Day 2 of the 12 Days of Health and Fitness Gift Giving

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    The 12 Days of Health and Fitness Gift Giving continues! All orders placed before 12/15/14 with standard shipping are guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas!!! Every day, I will be posting information on one of my favorite programs for you. Get yourself a gift or give the gift of fitness to someone you love! […]
  • 12 Days of Beachbody Programs: Day 1 – Insanity Max 30

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    In the spirit of the holiday season, I am kicking off the 12 Days of Beachbody Programs today! All orders placed before 12/15/14 with standard shipping are guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas!!! Every day, I will be posting information on one of my favorite products for you! Get yourself a gift or give […]
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    STL Family Life

  • AB Holiday Lights: A Unique St Louis Christmas Light Tour For the Whole Family

    Melody Meiners
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    Are you looking for a holiday light tradition that is more than just a quick drive through the park? Want to create a unique Christmas tradition with your family, or looking for something to do with friends or for a date night that is seasonably appropriate? Might I suggest checking out the Brewery Lights at the Anheuser Busch tour center? And how does free-ninety-nine sound for a price tag? In its 29th year, my family’s first trip through the Brewery Lights was last year. We immediately knew we wanted to make it part of our family’s Christmas traditions for years to come, and…
  • Dance Camp Review + 10 Things to Look for in a Dance Studio

    Melody Meiners
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    When the summer started I had grand hopes of spending every waking moment with my children, playing in the sprinkler, eating popsicles, planning play dates packed with educational value, and turning our kitchen table into a Pinterest sweat shop. I only have this summer and next before my oldest starts Kindergarten and I was going to make every second count. We’re about 50% in and we’ve been a lot of really cool places, but I’ve only bought one pack of popsicles, I’ll have to clean out the garage before I can find the sprinkler, and it took me four late nights…
  • Slowing Down, So Close to Home: Cedar Creek Review & Travel Plan

    Melody Meiners
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:21 am
    St. Louis families traveling to Cedar Creek can enjoy fishing at their stocked pond. They’ll even provide supplies. The last few summers have been dominated by staycations, but more St. Louis families are trying to find options little bit further from home to get in some serious quality and play time without breaking the vacation day or financial banks. While there are a few regional, family travel staples that come immediately to mind, and all have their merits, our family was recently invited to visit a newer place not on that quick list. One that is close to home, but feels miles…
  • Make Time, Save Money: Five Family Meal Planning Tips & Printables

    Melody Meiners
    6 Jun 2014 | 2:38 pm
    According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, and according to the way I feel at 8:30pm, we spend about 3.3 hours caring for others, doing household tasks, and eating or drinking. That’s in comparison to 2.6 hours doing leisure activities. Even if it’s just a half hour, anything that adds more time to that part of the pie they call “leisure” (and which I call walking to the ice cream shop and/or trying to read the same paragraph thirty times in a row) is worth a shot. Add to that, like most parents I also have found my shopping habits have taken a major…
  • One Thing This Weekend: Little Fishes Swim School Grand Opening

    Melody Meiners
    30 May 2014 | 12:33 pm
    After almost eleven months of construction, six months of training coaches on their proprietary instruction method, and a lot of heart and hard work, the newest Little Fishes Swim School facility will celebrate the grand opening of their newest facility in Chesterfield, MO this Saturday. Complete with ribbon cutting, crafts, photo ops with celebrity surfer Keala Kinnelly, and a raffle for one year of free swim lessons, families will be able to check out this location serving families in the West County area from 10am until 2pm on May 31st, 2014. I chose the grand opening as this…
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    Life With Sharon | Texas Mom Blogger / Vlogger Lufkin, Houston, Texas

  • Clothing to keep you warm during Christmas

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Clothing to keep you warm during Christmas If you are looking for the best warm clothes for Christmas, then this post is for you. We have compiled a list of ideas to help you, and if you want to buy them today, here is a Nordstrom promo code. Buy them all and still enjoy an amazing discount on your purchases. Walking coat: During Christmas, this is one of the best add-ons you should look out for. However, if it is a reversible hooded down walking coat, it can be an additional benefit for you. Bow gloves: This is a stylish add-on that looks good and, at the same time, will help to keep you…
  • Why You Should Consider an Identity Theft Protection Service

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Why You Should Consider an Identity Theft Protection Service Identity theft is becoming a more prevalent and widespread problem these days. You likely hear about it in the news regularly, and you may even know someone personally who has had identity theft happen to them. It’s become such an issue that professional companies have popped up to help consumers deal with the problem. These businesses charge a fee to monitor and alert customers to the possibility that their identity is being used fraudulently. You may wonder if it is worth it to invest your money in a professional service to…
  • The biggest deal in European sports

    3 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    When you live in the States, it’s easy to lose your perspective on sports in the rest of the world. Here, NFL football, Major League Baseball and NBA Basketball hold sway – probably in just about that order. But if you look at Europe soccer (called “football” of course) is really where it’s at. Obviously other sports are big news in different countries, but from a continent-wide perspective, soccer / “football” is the uniting theme. Within Europe itself, four major national leagues hold sway; the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the German Bundesliga and the Italian…
  • A game to get you through the winter evenings

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    During the summer, the evenings merge with the days and it’s a time that is packed with parties, barbecues, and drinks in the garden. You might go out for the day with the kids and some friends and find that you don’t get home until way after their bedtime because the weather’s been so great. But when the nights start drawing in, and darkness falls at the end of the afternoon, those hours in the evening time can feel like they tick past really slowly. It’s something about being confined to the inside that makes time move more slowly. And once the kids are in bed, and you’ve finished…
  • Is there one sport you know loads about?

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Is there one sport out there that you’re really into – and that you know more about than the majority of other people? If there is, then it can be quite good fun to see if you can profit from that knowledge – either as a theoretical exercise only – or for real money using mainly free cash. Let me explain… Bookmaking and gambling online is just about the most competitive industry out there. This is why almost all bookmakers offer us free cash and incentives to gamble with them. The same is true, though, of gambling exchanges like Betfair and others, where there is no bookmaker and…
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    Seven Clown Circus

  • Mini Cheese Ball Recipe + $110 Vons Gift Card {GIVEAWAY}

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to Make this Easy Mini Cheese Ball Recipe is easy, and it’s perfect for the holiday’s.  It makes an amazing appetizer to share for holiday parties with friends and family.  I haven’t met anyone yet that doesn’t love cheese and I’ve given you four delicious ways to transform one recipe!  By using Lucerne products you are enjoying good taste from delicious wholesome dairy products!  {{fabulous}}  Big THANKS to VONS and Lucerne Dairy Farms for making this GIVEAWAY possible!   ENTER GIVEAWAY BELOW! So, this holiday season, I’ve got a secret…
  • Peppermint M&M’S® Pretzel Sticks & Black & White Peppermint Brownies {recipes}

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you have a love affair with M&M’S® like I do? If so, you have to check out the White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S® and M&M’S® Holiday Baking Mini’s available at Target  this season only. They are pretty amazing and I’m sort of partial to items that are exclusive. {{sigh}} Target also has GLAD® Holiday Storage products that are perfect for baking and taking the holiday goodies that you prepare! CONVENIENT! Here’s a little secret: if you…
  • Raspberry Chocolate Poke Cake {recipe}

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    BAKING and eating and deciding what recipes ideas I want to make next have got to be on my TOP 10 list of favorite holiday pastimes! I can’t stay away from the recipes that are begging to be baked and one of them is this Raspberry Chocolate Poke Cake. Have you ever had Poke Cake? You probably have and may not have known it. There are tons of variations of Poke Cakes. Basically, it’s a cake that has holes poked into it after it’s been baked so that you can drizzle something sweet over the top of the holes thereby sealing an extra special something into the cake ensuring…
  • Peanut Butter Bars & Graham Cracker Houses {how to}

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    This #PBandG shop is sponsored by #CollectiveBias Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are my own. There’s no better time than the holidays to bake and make fun treats that taste extra yummy!  At least, that’s my motto.  Lucky for me, my kiddos are on board with this sentiment and this month we decided that peanut butter and chocolate would be our theme.  We made Graham Cracker Houses using Skippy Peanut Butter as the glue and lots and lots of chocolate {hey, we wanted to use up that left over Halloween candy}.  We also made Peanut Butter Bars because I wanted an excuse for…
  • Thanks a LATTE Gift {easy gift idea}

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC®. All opinions are 100% mine. This is the perfect time of year to say thank you to friends, teachers, and family, and a quick handwritten note with a gift card is just the ticket.  With the new BIC Mark-It™ Permanent Markers you can personalize a gift card in a way that’s fun and original and blow them away with your genius.  {{smiling}}.  I’m all about saving time and since presentation is important to me, I’ve got all kinds of ideas rolling around in my head of ways to use my BIC Mark-It™ Permanent Markers.
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  • Holiday Toy Lists for 2014!

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I’ve been a busy little elf this holiday season helping create some lists of my favorite holiday toys, many of which appeared on Toys. In case you are ready to do some last minute shopping, here are links to some of my favorites articles! Links to these posts will take you to content I wrote for Toys as their Toys Expert. 20 of the Best Toys for the Holidays 18 Toys for Girls Cool Toys for Boys 6 of the Silliest White Elephant Gift Ideas  Ways for Families in Need to Get Toys for Free Toys for the Holiday Where Can I Donate Used Toys? How Can I Donate to Toys for…
  • How To Help Kids Tie Their Shoes! Giveaway

    7 Dec 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Photo Credit:  © Brittany Randolph Flickr Creative Commons In my opinion, THE hardest fine motor skill for kids to learn is the art of tying their shoelaces. When, an online retailer of shoes and accessories for men, women and children offered to sponsor a giveaway, it seemed like the perfect time to share some of my favorite tips on how to help kids tie their shoes! For kids who struggle with learning the steps of this major life skill, slip-on shoes are so fashionable these days, it can be even more challenging for kids to learn how to master the steps because exposure…
  • Red Sox Books for Kids

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:28 pm
    This Is Our City Children’s Book Disclosure: This post featuring a new Red Sox Book for Kids contains an affiliate link. When the holidays come we often end up searching toy stores for all sorts of toys, tablets and technology. However, I try every year to put a few keepsake books under the tree that we might not otherwise buy throughout the year. Whether you are Red Sox fans or not, This Is Our City: How the 2013 Red Sox Kept Boston Strong isn’t just a story about the Red Sox winning another World Series. Through beautiful illustrations paired with factual history, it tells…
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    A few weeks ago after a visit to the LEGO store in the mall, we were given a coupon for a free ticket to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Since then, Gavin repeatedly asked when we’d be going to LEGOLAND. When we were invited to a media event in Boston, I decided to keep it a surprise, telling him just before we left, and then he didn’t believe me that we were actually going! Someone doesn’t believe we are going to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Boston, right now. He thinks we are going to the YMCA. A video posted by Keriann Wilmot (@keri_wilmot) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:24pm PST…
  • LeapFrog LeapPad3 Review

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Tis the season for learning tablets! So, for those of you who are looking to score a deal on a tablet for your kids during the holiday season, I’ve been having some fun with the new LeapFrog LeapPad3. We were fortunate to receive one free to utilize, prior to our trip to Beaches Turks and Caicos for the #BeachesMoms Social Media on the Sand conference.  Given that it was Gavin’s first time on an airplane, the LeapPad3 and a pair of headphones were the first items I put in his backpack! The LeapFrog LeapPad tablets have evolved over time, but to date, the LeapPad3 is not only…
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  • My Word of the Year for 2015

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Each new year for me begins with one word or phrase chosen specifically to guide me through the next 365 days. Those of us who practice this annual effort know that usually it is not difficult to find that word or two. That word finds us. It is a gift from our inner voice. The word expresses what we want to accomplish in the coming months, or perhaps fill a space where at present there is a void. Whatever the reason, the word arrives and then suddenly it all seems very clear. Heading in to 2015, my word will be TIME. It is not a sophisticated word, yet it has so many meanings. It was the…
  • When Bloggers and Brands Pay It Forward Together

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    This is the time of year when there seems to be a little extra magic in the air. As hectic as it may be, people are ready for a celebration. Kindness and generosity abound, towards people we may know and towards those we may not. Tis the season, as they say! Yet for some people, the holiday season is just like any other. My friend Colleen of Souffle Bombay had the idea to reach out to other bloggers as well as some of our collective contacts to pull off a fantastic holiday surprise for children who live in a small remote village in Alaska. Twin Hills has a population of 76. They are Native…
  • Let There Be No More Unfound Families

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I distinctly remember when she said that, in her opinion, the most selfless act anyone could perform is to adopt a child. She was a representative from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and an adoptive parent who followed that statement by saying that adoption is also the single most rewarding, momentous, fulfilling action she had taken in her lifetime. The reason why I remember that statement so clearly is that at the time, it seemed that adoption may have been in my future. After several miscarriages and years of infertility, the terms “surrogacy” and “adoption” were becoming…
  • An Aventura Clothing Holiday!

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    Still not sure what to get for the holidays? Or perhaps maybe you really want to get a little something (or two) for yourself? Well, then do yourself a favor and head over to Aventura clothing. I am honored to be a brand ambassador for this company. It is now my go-to brand for value, quality, and comfort. I have fallen in love with their comfortable fabrics as well as their mission, and I became an ambassador for their brand. Aventura Clothing is a family owned lifestyle apparel brand that takes sustainability seriously. Their eco-friendly items prevent synthetic fertilizers and farm…
  • The Diet that will Help You Live Longer and Healthier

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    If you are trying to eat healthier for yourself and perhaps your family, it’s time to take a trip to the Mediterranean. (Well, in your kitchen, at least.) Dark leafy greens, whole grains, and olive oil have long been known as part of a healthy diet. They are also key components of the Mediterranean diet. In a Mediterranean diet, generous servings of green vegetables, whole grain, fish, nuts, and olive oil, are generally supplemented with fruit, night shade vegetables, beans, red wine, and a limited amount of red meat. You will also commonly see popular dishes such as hummus, orzo, Greek…
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  • How to handle unfairness between siblings fairly

    Abel Cheng
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Photo Credit: Sharon Mollerus It’s too long. I can’t remember when was the first time J and K started to argue over what’s fair and what’s not. It’s as old as history. I only know that lately their quarrels, sometimes even over tiny things, intensify to a level that I can’t stand anymore. They happen too often and over things that are getting smaller. They try to uphold fairness in almost everything. If one party has not done something equally, the other party will start complaining. Oftentimes, this leads to unhappiness in all. “It’s time for…
  • How I reward my children with a twist

    Abel Cheng
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:14 am
    Photo credit: bricolage 108 I don’t do what most parents do. In fact, I do it the other way around. Sometimes, I don’t do it at all. I am talking about giving rewards to children. Especially when it comes to motivating your child to achieve academic excellence. (There are reasons why I don’t do it. To know more, read this past article: ) I don’t motivate J and K with rewards to bribe for good results. I tell them to do the best they can. And to do it out their own motivation and willingness…
  • Learn about money: Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery

    Abel Cheng
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Who doesn’t love money? Even kids know the importance of it. Without it, there will be no new, shiny toys. One of the ways to teach children about money is to tell them about the history of the most sought after stuff in the world. What better way to do this than to bring them to the very institution that prints money: the central bank. I did not know about it until recently that Bank Negara Malaysia, the central bank of Malaysia, has its own museum and art gallery. I quickly jumped at the opportunity to bring J and K (and their 2 other friends) to Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art…
  • I Failed as a Parent

    PW Editorial Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:24 am
    Photo Credit: Steve Garvie In the past few months, my parenting life was smooth and without any big challenge. Life has its way. When you think you are having a good time, it wants to make it even more interesting. Out of a routine conversation we had yesterday, I accidentally found out that J was lying to me. It’s about school exams. She contradicted herself and I picked it up like a policeman investigating a case. Here’s the fact: As a parent, when you realize that you child tells a lie, it’s definitely heart-breaking. I am no exception. Putting aside sadness and…
  • Kung Fu Master’s View on Spanking

    PW Editorial Team
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    Photo Credit: Jenni C Ed. Note: Matt Furey is a man of multiple talents. To begin with, he is a wrestler and Chinese kung fu master. He is also a bestselling author in the area of self-empowerment. It’s interesting to see a “violent” guy talks about spanking. With permission, I have reproduced his article on how he handles spanking. Read on to find out what he has to say. Over the past two weeks I’ve been listening to accusations of child abuse involving NFL running back Adrian Peterson and his four-year old son. The allegations go way beyond a slap or swat on the rumpus.
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  • Help Plan The 2015 Young Moms Retreat!

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I hear from so many mothers every day and we’re all saying the same thing: “I NEED A BREAK!” But do we really take the time we need? Nope. We just go about our lives and wait until that day comes when we can give ourselves a breather. Well, I’m taking away your excuses today. I’m planning…..**drumroll please** a young moms retreat in 2015! I’m envisioning a two-day retreat in which we get pampered, de-stress, and let our cares slip away in a beautiful, inviting setting. This all sounds great but I’ve got to get you on board. So I crafted this…
  • The Definitive Self-Care Quiz: 30 Questions To Determine Whether You Know How To Take Care Of You

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be talking about emotional wellness. The first thing we need to do is help you grade yourself. How do you know where you need to improve if you don’t know where you stand? I’ve devised this self-care quiz based on common factors of self-care, and offer it as a non-scientific exploration of how well you’re treating yourself. Dive in: True or False: 1) If someone graded you on how well you take care of yourself, they’d give you a B- or above. 2) The last time you went out with your friends was less than three months ago. 3)…
  • A Working Mom’s Snow Day Panic

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    by Trudi Lebron It’s early in the morning and I hear my phone ringing. I reach over, prepared to press the snooze button when I realize that it’s not the alarm, it’s a phone call…. At 5:23 a.m. I recognize the 1-800 number instantly as the RoboCall number from my son’s school. They are calling to tell me that school is closed! Panic set’s in. How am I going to go to work? Despite the fact that I work in a school, my district only has a 2-hour delay. I will be expected in work. I don’t have any non-working family in the area, no non-working friends who can watch my son, and my…
  • Parenting Through Depression

    5 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    Yesterday I took a mental health day because I needed it. November was a very stressful month (my daughter’s asthma flared up quite a bit, we had the car accident, the Darren Wilson non-indictment, etc.). I am an highly sensitive, emotional person and it takes a lot of energy to keep myself upright and smiling most days. But yesterday I woke up and realized that I’m quite tired of plastering a smile on my face and pretending that everything is fine when in fact it isn’t. I tried to pinpoint when exactly I began having these depressive episodes and realized that I can trace…
  • #RaisingBrilliance: Teaching Your Children Empathy Can Make Them Better Students

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    A few weeks ago, as I was helping my kids get ready for bed, my son asked me a simple, silly question: “Mommy, can blind people talk?” “Yes,” I said slowly. “Why do you ask?” “I mean…can they ask questions?” I realized then that my son assumed if people couldn’t see, they wouldn’t know if other people were standing nearby to be able to talk to them. So I turned to Mommy’s best friend aka YouTube and pulled up a few videos about blind people so my son (and later, my daughter, when she came into the room) could see what…
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    When Did I Become My Mom

  • Trinis, Institutional Racism, and the Botched Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

    Nicole Greene
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Interesting commentary on the Ferguson Grand Jury decision by Adam Mordecai, Upworthy founding curator & Editor-at-Large: The fact that this didnt at least get a trial infuriates me. But my being upset isnt that interesting. Im white. People will take me seriously because I dont have the “bias” of being black. But actual black people, who live with this every day, are constantly second-guessed because they are somehow “biased.” As though not wanting to get shot by police at a 21x higher rate is a bias. Its a daily reality of being black in America. via The Truth…
  • Dutch mother rescues daughter from ISIS

    Nicole Greene
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Over the past few months, there have been a lot of stories about young girls being lured to Syria, away from their Western families to become “jihadi brides“. The brides of ISIS. It’s a disturbing trend. So much so, that the Canadian government has called for research to better understand why and under which circumstances women are recruited and the extent to which they become involved in violent extremist movements. Just like the grooming carried out by pedophiles on the internet, much of this recruitment is carried out via social media. And the…
  • The Risk You Take in Telling That Little White Lie

    Nicole Greene
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:16 am
    As parents, we often tell ourselves that a little white lie is harmless but necessary to preserve a child’s innocence, to protect them from knowledge they’re not ready for, or just to save our own sanity. And yet… we expect our kids not to keep things from us, and teach them that “honesty is the best policy”. Somewhat unsurprisingly, a recent study at University of California-San Diego supports what most of us know deep down – when you lie to a child, even if it’s a white lie, you’re teaching them that there are times when it’s ok to…
  • Why GoldieBlox Really Isn’t Breaking Gender Stereotypes

    Nicole Greene
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    I first heard about GoldieBlox when they were at the Kickstarter fundraising stage. As a woman working in Science and Technology, I have experienced first hand the kind of chauvinism in the classroom and workplace that pushes many brilliant female minds away. I was very much willing to embrace the idea of the clever Miss Goldie and her Blox, because I’ll support anything that helps children develop their spatial thinking skills. I also liked the idea of a toy that wasn’t born out of the lazy notion that girls’ toys must focus on looks and fashion in order to be…
  • Ziggy Marley’s Children’s Book – I Love You, Too

    Nicole Greene
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Pretty cool gift idea this holiday season.   It is reassuring for children to hear how much they are loved. It is also reassuring to know that love is not conditional. Mr. Marley creates a story that children can relate to and bond with discovering that love can move mountains and will always exist no matter what.   via a book review by Renee Hand: I Love You, Too.   The post Ziggy Marley’s Children’s Book – I Love You, Too appeared first on When Did I Become My Mom.
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  • Make a fashionistasplash with these top tips

    Alison McHugh
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    When you’ve got kids, styles seem to change quicker than the passing of the seasons. While you were happy with your cardigan and blouse combination a few years ago, the catwalks seem to have becomemore bonkers than a madcap jape with an eccentric uncle in an early 80s’ Tim Burton film. Cara Delavigne struts her stuff wearing a lampshade on each knee and a neckerchief wrapped around her waist; Kyley Kuhn heads to the catwalk wrapped in Day-Glo bandages and a Tudor ruff; Leila Nda gets papped sporting a V-neck trouser-t-shirt (whatever that is) and a porcelain vase on her head. And they all…
  • Flying with kids this Christmas

    John McHugh
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    As new parents, you’ll be on a constant learning curve as you adjust to doing just about everything for a another little person. Preparation is half the battle, so making sure that you have the essentials close at hand such as baby monitors, nappies and plenty of babygrows, along with your travel documentation, is key. When it comes to travelling with your new arrival, it can be difficult to know how to prepare both yourself and your child for what could potentially be a very long flight. Everyone needs a passport to fly out of the UK You will need to get your child’s first passport as…
  • DJ Monski Mouse Performing Baby Disco – While Pregnant!

    Alison McHugh
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    At 33 weeks pregnant, the DJ Monski Mouse, has been performing her Baby Disco throughout her pregnancy, dancing up a storm at her events, which she self-produces at festivals in Australia and across the UK. Currently performing a season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, while playing dates in London on The Southbank and London Wonderground. How did you develop the Disco? I had been DJing for eight years at festivals and clubs, and always had a very playful, retro DJ style. When my little one came along, playing late at night wasn’t really an option that worked with parenting. Learning…
  • How Much Do We Know About Electronic Cigarettes?

    John McHugh
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    Electronic cigarettes have been a hot topic since they appeared on the market in 2011 as an alternative to normal cigarettes. Their appeal was that they do not contain the tobacco like conventional cigarettes and therefore must be better for you. Although this may be true, we do not yet know enough about e-cigarettes to be able to say this for sure. So what do we know so far? The Electronic Cigarette There are many different types of e-cigarettes on the market today: most contain a cartridge that can be refilled when used up, some are single use and last for about 200 ‘vapes’ or puffs,…
  • Green thumb kitchen: 5 tips to grow your own herb garden

    Mindful Mum
    22 May 2014 | 4:34 am
    Growing your own herbs can be an extremely rewarding endeavour. Not only do you have your very own fresh supply of herbs to add to meals, salads and even desserts, but herbs are on the whole easy to grow in a relatively small space. In combination with other money-saving practices, such as switching to cheaper energy providers, growing your own herbs can contribute to welcome reductions to your monthly bills. Follow our five top tips to creating the perfect herb garden. 1. Consider your Environment The first factor to consider, of course, is how much space you have. Raised beds are fantastic…
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  • An Open Letter to the Owner of this Kid’s Play Place: Let’s Start with the E-cigarette that I Found in the Ball Pool, Shall We?

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    My cousin-in-law and I have children who are almost the exact same age. Their birthdays are mere days apart. Because of this, in recent years we’ve discovered the novelty in throwing joint birthday parties to celebrate. It’s cheaper that way, and the kids end up having a blast. Well, this year my dear cousin had the awesome idea of renting out a party room at a children’s play place here in the Atlanta Metro area. Neither of us had ever taken our children before, but she’d walked in once and was amazed at the selection of activities. The party was this past Saturday.
  • Family Movie Night – 14 Classic Christmas Films You’ve Got to See Every Year

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
      In all of the hustle and bustle that the holidays bring, it’s easy to forget to take a minute to truly take in the season and enjoy everything the holiday has to offer. Among other things, there’s fruit cake, candy canes, and most importantly… cheesy Christmas films to enjoy. I’m sure you’d agree that some Christmases just aren’t the same if you don’t take the time to fit in your favorite Christmas films. I’d bet you can easily remember where you were and who you were with the first time you watched each one. And many of those old time…
  • 11 Basic Food Items to Have on Hand for Quick, Easy, “Wow”-worthy Last Minute Holiday Entertaining

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
      It’s 4:00 on a Saturday evening and you hear a knock at the door. It’s your Uncle Larry and your Aunt Pam in town for the holidays and they’re stopping by for an impromptu visit! But wait – you haven’t done any real grocery shopping since Thanksgiving, and outside of that stale pack of crackers in the back of the pantry and crusty cheese in the bottom of your fridge, you’ve got nothing to offer your favorite relatives. Don’t let this scenario happen to you. Holiday entertaining is in full swing, and if you have lots of family and friends coming into town for the…
  • Pressure Cookers 101: What they are and Why You Need One This Holiday Season [Giveaway Closed]

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ll begin this piece by being completely transparent and admitting that I had no earthly idea what a pressure cooker did, or why I needed one. The fact that this was even a “thing” at all completely eluded me. I was – for all intents and purposes – a pressure cooking ignoramus; but thanks to an awesome representative from T-fal USA, I’ve not only broken my proverbial pressure cooking “virginity”, but I’ve warmly welcomed the Clipso Pressure Cooker by T-fal to my rotating arsenal of kitchen cookware. Now, let me tell you why you really need a pressure cooker, and…
  • 20 Amazing Thanksgiving Turkey Facts to Share with Your Kids

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
      Thanksgiving food checklist: Green bean casserole? Check. Stuffing? Check. Grandma’s sweet potato pie? (Yum.) Double check. And turkey! What would a Thanksgiving be without a big, juicy, golden brown, oven cooked bird sitting in the middle of the table? But wait – Why in the world do we eat turkey every Thanksgiving anyway? How did this big unattractive bird earn its illustrious place of honor at the center of every Thanksgiving meal? Why is this “Thanksgiving food”?? The weird truth is that no one really knows for sure. Historians have a few different theories. Related…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • How To Bring Your Mobile Photos to Life with The Sweet Pix App

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:43 pm
    This post is brought to you in collaboration with Sweet Pix, all opinions are my own.  I take thousands of photos each time the boys and I head out on another traveling adventure. We travel a little over a third of the year, so I will let you think about how many photos that adds up to. The problem? Those photos are all trapped on my phone or other devices, and I have no way to bring them to
  • Let Kids Donate Their Time to Others with Kids CWIST for Kids

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:35 pm
    This post is brought to you in collaboration with CWIST, all opinions are my own.  A few weeks ago I let you all know about the Kids CWIST for Kids program at CWIST is an incentive based website that rewards children for preforming CWIST's or tasks that the parents set for them. These are either established tasks that the parent chooses from the site, or ones that they set
  • Ways to Save Money This Holiday Season #ChaseHolidays

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Ultimate Rewards for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I love the holidays as much as the next person, but they can drain your bank account of money quickly if you're not careful. That's why I always look for ways to be frugal and save money during this time of year. It doesn't have to be hard either; here are a few simple ways you can
  • Dr. Dish iC3 Shot Trainer - The Perfect Gift Idea for Your Basketball Star

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:15 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dr. Dish iC3 for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I played basketball for four years in school. I would never say I was a star, but I enjoyed it and improved over time. When I first started, it was just pitiful. I couldn't shoot worth a hoot, and I didn't even know what the lane was. Fast forward to today, and Jayden my 11 year old has
  • Create Christmas Cookie Memories with the Kids + Betty Crocker Giveaway #GetYourBettyOn

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    This post is brought to you in collaboration with Betty Crocker, all opinions are my own.  One of my favorite memories as a child was making Christmas cookies with my mom. In fact, that is how I spent my afternoon, making Christmas cookies at her house today. I try to carry on this tradition and make memories with my own boys, but I am not a fan of always cooking from scratch, that is what
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • Fashion Bloggers I Look Up To

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Instead of reading fashion magazine, I opt to read my favourite fashion bloggers' blogs to find some inspiration. Most of them are very generous with tips and tricks on how to look your best in different occasions, be it in a party, at work, while exploring another country, in a casual day out with friends and so on and so forth.Having said that, let me tell you the top 2 fashion bloggers I look up to. Here they are in no particular order:1) Camille CoPhoto from itscamilleco.comI stumbled upon Camille's blog, sometime in 2012 and I was hooked in reading her fashion and travel…
  • A Guide to Making Your Big Day Extra Special

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Everybody wants to make sure that their big day is extra special; not like the rest. You definitely don’t want your wedding to be forgettable amongst all of the other weddings that your guests have been to. The key to making sure your big day is special, is ensuring that it’s for you and your other half - nobody else! Try these tips for a very special wedding.Carefully Choose Wedding MusicThe music is one of the most important parts of the wedding day, yet many people neglect to specify what they want. You should make a list of the songs and types of songs you definitely want to be…
  • Vintage Wedding Reception

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Every Saturday morning, my little one and I make a trip to our neighbourhood park to catch some fresh air, marvel in the beauty of nature around us and play either in the basketball court or the playground whilst my pre-teen girl catch up on some sleep and daddy do some work-related stuff.One Saturday, we passed by a wedding reception down our HDB block. Upon seeing the white tables and chairs adorned with beautiful pastel coloured flowers both fresh and artificial, my boy exclaimed, "Mama, there's a party!", much to my amusement.What caught my attention was this vintage wedding set up. Isn't…
  • How To Survive Your Daughter's Wedding

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    It doesn’t matter how close the two of you are, planning your daughter’s wedding with her can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. Your emotions, her emotions, the stress and logistics of the big day, it’s an argument waiting to happen at the very least. Follow our top tips to ensure you navigate the waters with grace and your relationship emerges stronger from the ordeal.Image Source: Christopher CorneliusSpend Time TogetherA wedding is a pretty all-encompassing thing once it builds up momentum. Before you know it you only ever see each other for dress fittings,…
  • 5 Travel Essentials for Kids

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Travelling with kids can be very challenging. You have to pack a gazillion things to make sure the kids will survive the whole journey and prevent you from panicking when unexpected things happen. We have been travelling with the littlest member of the family ever since he turned 5 months old. He is now 2 and a half year old and we have travelled with him via ferry, airplane and coach ride for the past two years. As of this writing, I can say that I have now mastered the art of travelling with a little kid in tow. Having said that, please let me share with you 5 travel essentials when…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • Help Your Child Turn a Youth Sports Failure Upside Down

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Failure has really gotten a bad rap. People run from it, get depressed over it, and drive themselves mercilessly just to steer clear of it. In youth sports, your child hates to fail. Perhaps he gets depressed when he can’t make his free-throws, or cries in the dugout when he strikes out or beats herself up...Read More
  • Team Player Podcast: Does Your Child Face a Playing Time Battle?

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    To Listen to the Podcast, click on the arrow above. Playing time battles in youth sports are a never-ending source of conflict for parents, players and coaches. To address this issue, I’ve asked one of the most fair and–at the same time–competitive coaches I’ve ever known. He coached high school football for 28 years on all...Read More
  • How Fun Should Youth Sports Be?

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Check out today’s 3 minute video on the three levels of fun in youth sports!     Let your kids have fun, let them be little! AND let them grow up! You can do both at once! Get my ebook for only $1.99!
  • This is One of Your Child’s Greatest Weapons for Handling Youth Sports Difficulties and Loss

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    What is the one thing that will make a difference for your child when faced with youth sports difficulties and loss? I’ve been reading a book by John Maxwell called Sometimes You Win–Sometimes You Learn and he says that Hope is one of the most precious things we have in life. It inspires and motivates when...Read More
  • 5 Things You Cannot Turn a Blind Eye to in Youth Sports

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sometimes you just have to ignore the ridiculous behavior in youth sports. Going on a crusade to stomp out all that’s bad in the youth sports culture is a daunting task. You will do more by being a positive voice for what’s being done right and how to do it right, instead of constantly harping...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • A Visit With Santa

    Darcy Zalewski
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Recently we took the kids to see Santa for the first time. Granted, Rissa has spotted Santa at the mall from afar, but she this was the first time we took the kids to actually meet the big jolly red guy. We “do” the Santa thing, but try not to focus on the naughty or nice aspect. We focus on the magical fun and the spirit of giving. I really enjoyed the Santa experience as a child. It was a tad disappointing when I learned “the truth,” but it kinda felt like I was in on this incredible secret. While we encourage the kids to write wishlists to the big guy and leave out…
  • 22 Cookies and Bars Perfect for Holiday Parties or Gifts!

    Darcy Zalewski
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    This collection of tempting holiday cookie and bar recipes is sponsored by Foodie, a place to collect and organize recipes online. Check out Holiday Cookies and Bars by Darcy Zalewski at I love sweets, but cookies and bars are probably my favorites. Especially during the holidays. Oh so many delicious flavors which makes it near impossible for me to have any self-control. I mean, I love cookies all year round, but it seems like people go all out baking all sorts of yummy treats this time of year. My kids want to be increasingly helpful in the kitchen which is fun, yet makes me…
  • Gift Ideas for Peppa Pig Fans (+DVD Giveaway) #Ad

    Darcy Zalewski
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:54 pm
    We received new Peppa Pig DVDs for review which helped us think about other fun holiday gifts for Peppa fans! This post contains affiliate links. There’s just something about that cheerful little pig with a British accent. My kids have a few Peppa Pig toys and books they continue to enjoy well over a year later. It’s kind of impressive, if you ask me. The books are big and colorful with simple sentences. My daughter likes to read them to us and can follow the stories very well based on the pictures. I know it’s helping her learn to recognize words too. As far as watching the…
  • Little Tikes Touch ‘n Go Racers are Fun for Little Ones #Ad

    Darcy Zalewski
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    We received a Touch n Go Car for review. All thoughts are my own. Post contains affiliate links. When I was little, I thought it was so cool when my dad bought me a remote control car for Christmas. Then again everything remote control seemed totally awesome in the ’80s. The wireless ones were more expensive, but none of them worked very well on our carpeted floors. Both of my kids enjoy playing with cars. They are fun to push around and drive over things. The pull back style cars can take a bit of figuring out for toddlers and don’t seem to last very long at our house. I was…
  • And Then Xander Turned Two

    Darcy Zalewski
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
      My dear sweet little boy turns two today! I wasn’t quite sure I could handle being a mom of two until he entered my world. He’s funny, sweet, and laid back. He absolutely LOVES to play with water or anything he can pour, build with blocks, and dress up with his sister. He thinks he likes playing games like “chase” or catch with a high pitched, “ready?” before he tosses a ball at your face. He’s almost as obsessed with Frozen as his sister is, loves music, loves to dance, and has a gentle way about him. (Yet he is a huge ball of energy!) He…
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    One Little Mister

  • 10 Festive Christmas Cookies

    Nelly Daniel
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:10 pm
      What other better way to spice up your Christmas than to make delicious cookies for your family. Christmas cookies are one of the best parts of this holiday season. Whether you decide to make... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • 10 Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Create

    Nelly Daniel
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
      We  can’t resist homemade Christmas Ornaments because they make great DIY Christmas gifts. Christmas ornaments for kids can keep your kids busy for hours. Every child can create... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Couple Time After Baby Is Possible!

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:37 pm
      Finding time as a couple can be something very difficult to accomplish in today’s times. Parents tend to work very long hours and other obligations may take prevalence, and this can eat away... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • How to Create Christmas Traditions for Kids

    6 Dec 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Every year I hear people complain about the holidays and how materialistic they have become. People seem to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of shopping for the latest craze. When your children... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Make “Cents” Of Finances Even During the Holidays

    29 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
      It’s that hectic, crazy busy time of year again!  And with all we’ve got going on and all the things we’re trying to get done, financial management can go completely out the... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
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    The Potty Diaries

  • All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth...

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Well.  Not really.  Although Santa-Baby, whilst we're on the subject, an American smile might be nice...Christmas is coming, dahlinks, and the goose is getting fat.  (As are the rest of us on all this festive fare and drink.  Not that I care right now, having taken an oath recently to cut out dieting because of the appalling mood it puts me in and the bad example it sets my sons.  Plus, you know, the chocolate.)Anyway, the end of term is fast approaching, and the seasonal tension is rising.  'Are you Ready?'  That's the question that I seem to hear here…
  • Christmas Shenanigans from Footballer's Knees.

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:55 am
    I am blatantly stealing cred from my insanely talented sis, Footballer's Knees, again.  A quick recap; she lives in the UK with her husband Big A, and son J.Here for your delectation is one of her latest fb missives...Big A and I are playing the traditional game,'What's behind the Advent calendar door?' As usual, we are days behind, so have a week's worth to open.'Number 5 - what's it going to be?' I ask, expectantly. Big A draws in a breath and sucks his teeth, in the manner of a brown coated hardware shopkeeper, thinking about whether he has 3 mil washers in stock. He's an…
  • Wins and Losses to-date this festive season

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Win:  Finding you can still fit into not one but two (count 'em, TWO) of your long slinky dresses so you have a choice for an up-coming festive black tie event.Loss:  spotting slightly more lumps and bumps marring the slinkiness than you are happy with.Win:  locating suitable  'streamlining' underwear at the back of your knicker drawer to smooth out the lumps and bumps.Loss:  deciding to celebrate new svelte appearance with a square or two of chocolate.Win:  It's dark chocolate, mind.  So, essentially, good for you.Loss:  In fact, since I'm being so…
  • How to throw a Christmas Bauble Party...

    5 Dec 2014 | 3:42 am
    What?  You've never heard of a Christmas Bauble party?  Dahlink!  I just can't imagine... Oh, wait.  That was me two weeks ago.  But then an invitation dropped into my inbox, and on Wednesday this week, I went along and was introduced to this hilarious (new) Christmas tradition.  I had such a good time, I thought I would share it with you, so here's my step by step guide.1.  Invite a group of probably between 10 - 20 girlfriends over. 2.  Ask your girlfriends to go out and purchase a Christmas bauble for anything from £1 - £10.  (Please note; it…
  • How do you know which movies and electronic games are age-appropriate for your kids?

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:16 am
    Please note; this is NOT a sponsored post; just something I thought might come in handy when we're all casting about for ideas for gifts this Christmas...As an involved / engaged / helicopter (delete as you see fit) parent, I like to understand what it is my children are watching or playing when they're staring at their electronic devices.  However, researching every single online purchase that my children want to make - and properly understanding the plots and techniques etc that various games use - is something that I simply don't have the time (or, if I'm honest, the enthusiasm) to…
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    Abundant Mama

  • Two Self-Care Myths Sabotaging Your Me Time

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    In my last post, I offered up five reflective questions for the new year — questions designed to get you thinking about how you want to walk authentically as a peaceful, playful and present woman in your life. As I said then, I’m reflecting on these questions myself. And today I’d like to spend some time on the very first question: What emotion am I yearning to experience this year? When I offered this experiment to my coaching clients a couple months ago, their responses weren’t that far off from each other. Joy. Peace. Calm. Serenity. So if this is what we’re…
  • 5 Reflective Questions for the New Year

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m knee deep right now in beautiful, delicious behind-the-scenes hope-building for mamas around the world. Inside this project, there are more than 100 women who gather online with me every day. Beyond that, there are hundreds more who are alumni of this project and who continue to do the inspiring work of being Abundant Mamas. For them, and now for you, I wanted to offer some new questions to reflect on for the new year. Reflecting and thinking about the big picture of our lives is a huge part of our Abundant Mama journey — knowing what’s working and what’s not to…
  • What Will Your Family Word-of-the-Year Be?

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Last year, I shared this blog post with you on how to create a Family Word of the Year. I’m reprinting it here today to remind you to sit back and enjoy this fun activity with your family this year.   I spend a lot of time in The Abundant Mama Project e-course working with all the lovely mamas about setting intentions — both daily and weekly — that are based on how you want to feel. And we spend a lot of time focusing on these kinds of intentions for ourselves because that is the point of the course — to find the beauty in our lives by slowing down and taking better care of…
  • 7 Blissful Ways to Soften as a Mother — And Why You Should

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    As I woke this morning, my first instinct was to rush out of bed to do my morning Rise and Shine ritual. But, I stopped myself. Soften. I laid back down. I took several deep breaths. I set my weekly intention. And I allowed myself to just be.  This is all part of my journey to being a more intentional woman — to being an Abundant Mama. The No. 1 reason more than 900 women around the world have gone through The Abundant Mama Online Program is … To be more present. And by present they mean many things. Joy. Balance. Awake. Abundant. Grateful. By present, they mean they want to love…
  • 5 Refreshing Ways to Revive Your Family Holiday Cards Tradition

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    In the world of online everything, I’m left to wonder … is sending a holiday card a thing of the past? Are we all so busy chatting online every day that we don’t take the time to address, stamp and mail anything anymore? For the past eight years I have happily created amazing cards that just fill me up. Of course, they always feature my daughters sweet faces. To me, those snail mailed photos and handwritten notes are what the holidays are all about. But over the years we’ve received less and less. Our overwhelm and busyness is taking over. We’re now too busy to…
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    Project Motherhood

  • Not Your Grandma’s Doll Clothes!

    Allison Cooper
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    If you were able to take a peak inside my mind and scroll through all the memories that I have of playing with my American Girl Dolls, let’s just say it would be like watching a never-ending movie! My sister Natalie and I still sit and giggle about the stories that we made up about “our daughters” as we pretended and played out our stories all day long. But of course, the most important aspect of playing house was making sure our doll’s clothes were on trend and cuter than what our friends’ dolls were wearing! Being introduced to Girls & Dolls instantly…
  • Holiday Eye Makeup Tutorial – Be Glam For The Season!

    Allison Cooper
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    I can’t stress enough, especially at this time of year, how important it is to learn some new ways to make your eye makeup look totally GLAM! We all tend to fall into a rut, using the same products, and staying with the same familiar colors. This surely needs to change during the holiday season! So, let’s surprise our friends and family this season by switching up our beauty routine. Follow our holiday eye makeup tutorial, and you just might make this part of your everyday look when you see everyone’s response to how fab you are! (And, keep reading for a bonus make up tip at…
  • 7 Ways to Help Children Stay Calm During the Holidays

    Deborah Hetrick Catanese
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:22 am
    I confess there is a side of me that resists that meditative trait of remaining calm regardless of what is coming at me, because, yes, I actually LOVE feeling all worked up and excited, especially at this Christmasy time of year.  But when it comes to our kids before or during the holidays – well, let’s just say that we as Moms know the downsides of excitement too well! We KNOW that an excited child can swiftly degrade into temper tantrums or tears.  So what can we as Mamas do to keep the “all is calm” feeling going on during the frenzy of fun coming at our kids right now?
  • Holiday Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2014 {Giveaway}

    Allison Cooper
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    If you are anything like me, you wait to do your stocking stuffers last. I don’t know why that is, but we always seem to focus on the big stuff and then find ourselves running to Target at the last minute to get the last few things we need – it’s inevitable! Well this year, be that person who is organized, and surprise your loved ones with these absolutely amazing stocking stuffer ideas that are so much better than socks and underwear! Holiday Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2014 1. I go through lip balm like a monkey with bananas and love nothing more than finding new…
  • Piccing – The Website For The Modern Woman

    Allison Cooper
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    I have talked about my love for the Piccing App before, which provides a lifestyle shopping experience for its users, making it very modern and conducive to our modern lifestyle. Today, we are discussing their website – an innovative place for women yearning for inspiration in all avenues of their life, helping them to gain exactly what they are looking for and walking away fulfilled and ready to take on something new! Why Piccing? Think about the way that we use Pinterest. It’s become like a creative search engine of sorts. The Piccing website takes that concept a step further to…
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    The Mommist

  • A Dash of Paprika Comfort Food + Cocktail Bar

    Len Dela Cruz
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Paprika Comfort Food + Cocktail Bar is a fairly new hole-in-the-wall gastropub that serves a hodgepodge of cuisines including Filipino, American, and Italian. Parika offers good-for-sharing dishes in an informal yet cozy space at the 2nd floor RCBC Savings Corporate Tower. The man responsible for the delicious dishes is well-tattooed chef, Mauriz Santos {former OTKB chef}. Check out what my friends and I tried below!Bacon Onion Marmalade Bruschetta  PhP 165Put bacon into anything and the dish is automatically elevated into, at least, 88% tasty level. That's my…
  • Great Expectations

    Len Dela Cruz
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    I watched Great Expectations again awhile ago. I think I like it better now that I'm older. It's part of the top five best movies I've seen in my younger years. My top five changes yearly, though. #cognitivedissonanceisabech I read the book before I watched the movie...the Cliffs Notes version of it. Well at least I read it. That was way back in high school, and Charles Dicken's classic was part of our required reading.So in the 1996 version, you have Alfonso Cuarón as director, Ethan Hawke as mancandy, Gwyneth Paltrow as Estella, Anne Bancroft {r-e-s-p-e-c-t} as Ms. Nora Dinsmoor, Robert de…
  • Photo Lust: David Sims Roses

    Len Dela Cruz
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    Onward and Upward!
  • Cite: Wear Sunscreen

    Len Dela Cruz
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet back in '96 - do you remember it? That movie took the tediousness out of Shakepeare's well-known play, I swear! Love that movie even though the story was all about stupidity. The chemistry between Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes made every fat in my body shiver with glee. Lawd! Another amazing thing about the movie is the soundtrack. The CD stayed inside my discman for months! One track that I spent my shower moments dancing to was "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)." Baz Luhrmann remixed that into Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen). The…
  • F1 Hotel Manila's 2014 Christmas Buffet

    Len Dela Cruz
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    Christmas is a big deal for Filipinos. A really big deal! My dad once told me that Filipinos work hard the whole year in preparation for these two months:  June and December. June is the start of the school year in the country. Parents pay for tuition fees and school materials plus lots of my-kids-don't-really-need-it-but-I-want-them-to-have-new-stuff-because-it's-a-new-school-year items.December is, well, all about Christmas! We go all out with gifts, parties, and food! Lots of food! It's not uncommon for us to gain, at the very least, 5 pounds during this time of the year. I try to…
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    The Kerrie Show

  • Leavenworth Virtual School December Field Trip to Crown Center

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    I got the little kids up early for this awesome field trip! We hit McD's for some breakfast on the road and headed down to Crown Center in Kansas City. Here are the highlights!At The Coterie Crown Center to see Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerLunch at Crayola CafeEva and I love the white Christmas trees and had to get a shot with themMy 5 babies posing at Crown Center.The play area always rocksJoel is turning into Mr. Ice Skater ... at Ice TerraceEva and Samuel. He's wearing his Breathe Right strip he digs and Eva did not skate today.Callie is Miss Ice SkaterMichael helping Sam alongEva with me…
  • #Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets for FREE from 101 #TheFox Kansas City

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    While running errands yesterday I heard something on The Fox saying CALL NOW to win tickets to something so I whipped out the cell and called. It was busy so I tried a few more times then:"YOU ARE CALLER  NUMBER 11!"I'm like, okay, (thinking, I don't even know what caller I was supposed to be to win)."YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA TICKETS!"And then I got REALLY EXCITED! I love this group and so does Aron ... they are the ones who do the rock n' roll Christmas songs with drums and electric guitar and generally kick butt. We have been wanting to see them for a long…
  • My Advanced Healthcare Directive

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    Dear Aron, Mom, Dad and kids ...i'm proofreading this thing and it's getting me really worked up. i know this might not be binding or whatever but wanted you all to know that if something happens to me i think i prefer to live, however that might be ... on a machine or whatever. maybe give  me 5 years like that and then cut me off. i think that's a good amount of time to wait for a miracle and then let me go ... i don't want everyone visiting the freaking hospital every dang day forever and getting the kids all worked up. so if it hits 5 years and nothing has happened, just pull the plug…
  • More Evidence That I Could Not Be a "School Mom"

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Rarely do I have to deal with school lines ... dropping off and picking up ... since I homeschool. However, there have been times when I have picked up other people's kids from school and usually the system is pretty efficient both at the public and the private schools. That is, if everyone is on good behavior and isn't acting like a selfish douchebag and talking on their phone.So tonight I had two little ones who were not feeling well. I usually take Eva to Religious Ed class and Sam comes to the nursery with me, where I work. If they knew he was 5 years old (even though not in kindergarten)…
  • A Peek Inside Our Annual #Christmas Lights Drive in #KansasCity

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    Still loving our new neighbors 4 months in, and as Christmas is fast approaching, I wanted to type something up for them so they know where we go to look at holiday lights so they can pick and choose what they would also like to do. Of course we don't go EVERYWHERE and I will not list every great thing in town. Feel free to comment below with more places to go! Here we go!Okay, so we usually start out, or somewhere in the middle of our trip, by going to Starbucks for hot chocolates for the kids and coffees for Aron and I. Then we go some of these places, in no particular order, and you can…
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    A Juggling Mom

  • 10 Interesting Things to Include in Your Project Life

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:14 pm
    At the beginning of the year, I started on Project Life as a memory keeping project. The purpose of the project... Continue reading » The post 10 Interesting Things to Include in Your Project Life appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Sharing Magical Moments with the Family

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I don’t usually share ads on the blog but this one from Starhub tugged at the heartstrings and left me slightly... Continue reading » The post Sharing Magical Moments with the Family appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Enjoy the Present

    7 Dec 2014 | 4:44 pm
    As mums, we all have days when we get all tired out from looking after the kids. Never mind if... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Enjoy the Present appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • DIY Christmas Wreath

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Christmas is around the corner. Have you put up all your Christmas decorations yet? We finally got he Christmas tree up... Continue reading » The post DIY Christmas Wreath appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Christmas Kindness Countdown

    1 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    Apologies for the sporadic updates on the blog and Facebook Page as I’ve been taking things slow after my op. I... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Christmas Kindness Countdown appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • Poundland Wonderland

    Erica Price
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    Poundland got in touch recently and asked me to have a go at transforming a room into a Poundland Wonderland in time for Christmas.  So this week after school H and I set off for Poundland to do a little shopping and see what we could find.Putting the finishing touches to our #christmasdecorations #poundlandA photo posted by Erica Price (@ericaprice6) on Dec 12, 2014 at 6:54am PSTI was surprised by the range of the selection.  There was lots to choose from and as you’d expect it was very good value for money. These ribbon baubles are lovely and look good even off the tree.  We chose…
  • Week 51 of 2014

    Erica Price
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:45 pm
    After some busy weekends lately we took it a bit easier this week.  We had a quiet weekend apart from going out for lunch on Sunday to review Brewers Fayre’s festive menu. We took my dad along with us so had a nice 3 generational meal out.  It was good to have a bit of room to relax because H was heading towards a busy week at school with Christmas activities going on each and every day.Most of H’s week I don’t have pictures of I’m afraid.  At his carol concert he’d been moved to a spot at the back a few days before the show and we could barely see him.  He…
  • Chicago Town Slice Sabre

    Erica Price
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    Chicago Town kindly sent us one of their Super Slice Sabres to try out.  These are available currently by collecting special packs of their Deep Dish pizzas.  You get a code printed inside each box (it’s in red and you have to open up the box to see it.  Collect 5 codes for a Slice Sabre and 9 for a Super Slice Sabre like our one and enter them online here.  It’s really cool making light sabre type sounds when you press a button.  It’s easy to clean too  as the blade detaches from the handle, so you can pop it (the blade, not the handle with the batteries in it) in the…
  • Brewers Fayre Festive Menu

    Erica Price
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    We were asked to try out Brewers Fayre festive menu.  So we took my dad out for three generational Sunday lunch this week and went along to a Brewers Fayre to give it a go.  We’d not been to a Brewer’s Fayre before as a family, so it was a new experience for us.  They did seem to be family friendly.  H was pleased to see lots of pictures of one of his favourite characters: Dennis the Menace.  He got a free workbook too to keep him happy whilst he was waiting for his food.  There was a family on the next table with a baby in a high chair and they seemed happy and relaxed…
  • Pizza Sides From Dr.Oetker

    Erica Price
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    We love Dr.Oetker’s pizza and we’ve reviewed a number of pizzas from various ranges before.  So I was interested to hear about Dr.Oetker’s Pizza and Sides booklet with recipe ideas that you can download in PDF form online for free.  The idea behind is it is to add a little more to a meal to make it a bit more of an occasion, if you have family or friends round and even just for a lovely family meal at home. It works by teaming up pizzas from Dr.Oetker’s range and enhancing them or adding side dishes to make your meal a bit more special.I decided to try making the…
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  • Saturday Social BBQ at Timbre @ Gillman

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Since the kids came along, the only places where we can chill out with friends are either at each other’s homes, or a family friendly cafe/restaurants and eat spaghetti or fish & chips. It became increasingly frustrating to go out with the kids to have a decent meal without ketchup. And if you want drinks, that’s close to impossible. We were in for a surprise when we were invited to attend a Saturday Social BBQ at Timbre @ Gillman. We were told that it’s a time for parents to chill, while kids will be entertained with activities. And above that, there will be good food…
  • I Did Not Throw It Away

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:41 pm
    There are many personality tests out there, while there are some discrepancies in their description, one trait is consistent in all the results. I’m a sentimental person. I love keeping little stuff  to remind me of various ones and events. Ceteris Paribus, I would have drawers and cabinets filled with boxes of cards, notes, wrapping papers, cinema tickets, receipts, etc. Alas! I married a very practical man, who doesn’t keep anything. There are no autograph books, no school mags, no photo albums. So you can imagine, there was no way I could keep my growing collection of…
  • When I Turn 40…

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    I turn 40 next year. There I said it. Not that difficult, just that I realised something that made me wanna turn back time. Let me explain. I decided that in 2015, I will have a Bucket List with items that stretches me, get me off my comfort zone, and just stuff that are meaningful and contribute somewhat to society. I thought it would be quite nice to celebrate my 40th year. (Not bad ya?) My birthday’s in June, and I thought, I would give myself the entire year to accomplish these tasks. And that was when I realised I’m ALREADY living my 40th year in 2014, when my birthday passed…
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • The Two Most Important Things In The World

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Avery and I have been home all week. Some random virus latched onto Avery and won't let go. And because I basically wear my child like a sweater (she likes to be close), I was an inevitable casualty of germ warfare.But, cuddling in bed with a sweet little kid, watching "Barbie" on repeat, drifting in and out of sleep, isn't the worst thing. Though, I could do without this wretched phlegmy cough. I swear a busted a rib hacking up something that shall not be named.It's clear to me now that I need to kick up my health regime. I have a responsibility to myself and to my family. So January, you…
  • Independence: Aisle 4

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    Just look at the joy on this child's face. She LIVES to shop, but the poor kid is saddled with a mother who detests shopping. Regardless, I have to wear clothes (in public anyway) and feed my family, so shopping is a necessary chore. I've tried pawning it off on my spouse, but he can't shop himself out of a paper (or plastic, or reusable) bag. I sent him to the grocery store one morning for apple juice, bread and milk and he came home with grapefruit juice (what little kid drinks grapefruit juice??), bagels, almond milk and a pie. Close, but yet so frightfully far. I'm coming to embrace…
  • Really Kevin??

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    I've never had a cat, so I'm reaching out to any cat people out there for some clarification. Is it normal for a cat to stand boldly on a stove-top...repeatedly, even after sauteing his paws several times?! You know how toddlers think if they can't see you, you can't see them?I can totally see you Kevin. Though he has a beautiful plush bed equip with a dangly toy and cushy pillow, he prefers to stuff himself into baskets. Normal, right?Orange fuzzy kitten scarf!!! One size fits all! Order yours on Etsy.Do all cats have such a lax work ethic? On his application he said he's interested in…
  • Yummy Mummy Musings—Nov. 2014 Edition

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    I've been blogging for over five years.Here AND at The Yummy Mummy Club (dot) ca! Yes, I'm a Yummy Mummy blogger. I'm absolutely not claiming to be 'yummy' in the way it sounds—says moi, with the unbrushed hair, coffee breath and yoga pants covered in pet hair.  Yummy is a state of mind, yo.Yummy Mummys live to learn, laugh, and connect. We have kids we adore, but our lives don't revolve around them 24/7. We have our own interests, dreams, goals and sometimes we even get to use the bathroom without an audience.At the end of each month I'll be sharing some of my YMC posts here— you…
  • Best of The Celeb Charity Songs

    29 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    After hearing the latest celeb benefit song—Band Aid 30—I played the original 1984 version for my son. He wanted to know everything about it... who the singers were, who wrote it, why they wore those headphones, and was I sure that guy (Boy George) was actually a man? And so on...This lead to me showing him other versions including "We Are The World" and the Canadian "Tears Are Not Enough".If you have a few minutes, take the musical memory walk for yourself and take your kids along! Band Aid—Do They Know It's Christmas (1984):Written by Bob Geldof & Midge Ure to raise money for…
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  • Furniture from crates: a book case!

    Nicole orriëns
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:02 am
    My eldest daughter longed for a new book case. So she build one herself from old fruit crates! Furniture from crates is cheap ánd it's easy! Gotta love that. Especially if you've got two left hands, like me.She was in luck, because my father in law had 12  fruit crates lying around the house. And he gave them to her.Furniture from crates: a book caseAnd this is what she created from them:12 fruitcases = 1 bookcase!Close-upOther furniture from crates ideas There's lots more you can do with fruit crates. Here's a list of idea!You can use fruit crates to create a desk. Use the crates as…
  • Our unstylish Christmas tree + Wordless Wednesday Linky!

    Nicole orriëns
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:55 am
    Our (artificial Christmas tree). We schlepped it down from the atticPaper angel my eldes daughter made from a toilet rollFabric candy cane. Store boughtThis one was once made by my eldest sonFabric Gingerbread Man. Store bought.Link up your wordless post! Make sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner
  • Mommy Cardboard: Get yours now!

    Nicole orriëns
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:52 am
    Have you been struggling to fit it all in?Applauding your kids at their soccer games, their piano lessons, their ballet performance and at their school play? When at the same time you have to keep the house running and show up at your job in time?I have the solution!And her name is Mommy Cardboard!You can order her online. From now on you don't háve to stand around applauding your kid. Just put up your Mommy Cardboard, while you go and do some grocery shopping. Or have a coffee.Mommy Cardboard never tires! And she's always enthusiastic!Your kids will never know the difference!Mommy Cardboard…
  • Parenting on an average day + Linky

    Nicole orriëns
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    This is me.On an average day of parenting. An InLinkz Link-upMake sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner
  • OMG! I can't get into the Admin panel of my blog!

    Nicole orriëns
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:34 am
    Have you ever been browsing for a new look for your Wordpress blog? Trying out themes, installing plugins... And then suddenly, your screen goes blank. No wait, there's a message at the top!You lean towards the screen, and suddenly you're getting hot under your collar. You can feel the hair prickling on your head and your armpits pooling with sweat. Because there it is:Fatal error: Call to undefined function is_network_admin() in /homepages/44/d215038298/htdocs/yfs/wp-admin/includes/template.php on line 1665 And you can't even get into your admin panel to fix it! What are you gonna do?!
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    Your Daily Serving of Mommie Daze

  • Why I will Always Love 80s Hair Bands

    Colleen Stout
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    I crossed a threshold into old age this morning. Ariana Grande came on the radio in the car. After ten seconds, I changed the station. The way she chokes out every word of her dopey lyrics made my eyes cross. It wasn’t safe to drive like that. On the other station Bon Jovi was Livin’ on a Prayer with soulful verse, three-part harmony and guitar soaring in the background. It felt comfortable, like taking off Spanx and putting on yoga pants after a long day. The song ended, and the station identification spot pointed out that music from my teenhood now plays on the classic rock…
  • New Dry Spray Anti-Perspirants from Unilever Don’t Stink

    Colleen Stout
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Meijer and Unilever. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We constantly marvel at how technology improves the quality of our modern lives. We wonder how we ever survived doctor’s office waiting rooms without smartphones to play Candy Crush for 20 minutes. We ask what parents did when they actually had to talk to their kids instead of sending them off to their rooms to play Minecraft. We can’t imagine a world where the basic necessities of life, like books and shoes, weren’t delivered to our doorsteps with a few strokes on a keyboard.
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  • Christmas Reward Chart

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Christmas Reward Chart   Christmas is almost upon us and many of our children are getting tired as the autumn term comes to a close.  For those children who are in their first year of school they will have had to adjust to long school days and nativity play practices, as well as… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Ski-ing in THIS country – but how?

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Ski-ing in THIS country – but how?   My little boy is seven and has changed so much since he was a little bundle of joy…   However, one thing that seems not to change is his inabiity to STAY STILL. He moved, bounced, and hiccuped all through my pregnancy, and hasn’t stop moving since then. He… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting tales from the sofa – your aggressive child

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting tales from the sofa – your aggressive child   As a parent we do all we can to protect our little ones when they are growing up and try to teach them right from wrong.  However, what can we do if we have an aggressive child who hits or lashes out at another person or animal?  It can… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • 12 Days of Christmas .. complete colouring download

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    12 Days of Christmas .. complete colouring download The 12 Days of Christmas song is probably one of the most popular songs sung during the festive period.  Traditionally the 12 days of Christmas would start on Christmas Day (or Boxing Day for some other traditions) with the song finishing on the evening of 5th January.  This is  when… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting Pin it Party #83

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting Pin it Party #83 We are over to Cass from Diary of a Frugal Family this week, after my extra stint last week. As it’s a bit manic as we are now in complete holiday season – I am going to be passing verything over to her, and saying very little to you. If… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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    Nanny to Mommy

  • Citrus Lane December Subscription Box Review

    Diana Chastain
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    Citrus Lane is a monthly subscription box for newborns to age 5. Every month a specially curated box is sent to you catered to your little one's age. There are currently 3 subscription levels and subscriptions are cheaper the longer you subscribe. Subscriptions start at $29/month. I bought a 3 month subscription for only $13.50. This was my last month of the 3 month subscription I got for Peanut. He is now 9 months old. I am going to renew with a special offer that you could take advantage of too. Use code BATHBOX and get 15% off PLUS a free bath box! You also can score credits…
  • Last Minute Stocking Stuffer: Jamberry Nails Gift Cards!

    Diana Chastain
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    I received complimentary products to share this post. All opinions are my own. Looking for a GREAT last minute stocking stuffer idea? Or white elephant gift, or secret Santa gift, or any kind of gift because my daughter and I are obsessed with our "sticker nails" as my daughter calls them. You should check out Jamberry Nails Gift Cards!Jamberry Nails gift cards are an instant present because the code is instantly delivered via email. Gift cards are in the following increments: $25, $40, $60, $100 and don't expire. And right now, Jamberry is also offering a 10% bonus on all gift card…
  • Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars Now On DVD

    Diana Chastain
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    I received a complimentary prize pack from Click Communications to share this post. All opinions are my own.My husband loves Star Wars and Phineas and Ferb. Yes, he thinks Phineas and Ferb are HILARIOUS and encourages our 4 year old to watch it whenever he is forced to watch kid shows. And I love that Phineas and Ferb did a Star Wars episode. So in honor of the Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars DVD release out NOW, I have these fun activity sheets to share with you and your little Jedi knights! I think this is going in the Hubby's stocking for Christmas. How cute is the prize pack I was…
  • Snowed In? Enjoy the Holidays with Netflix!

    Diana Chastain
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    I received complimentary products to share this post. All opinions are my own.   During this time of year what better to do than curl up on the couch with a festive movie? And with Netflix you don't have to leave your house to enjoy these classics. You can just stream from up to any FOUR devices! Also make sure to keep an eye out on the blog for a Netflix sponsored giveaway coming very soon. So snuggle up with a few holiday favorites...1. Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas - My daughter LOVES this one!2. Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas3. The Muppets Christmas Carol - One…
  • Sibling Love

    Diana Chastain
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    She loves him. A lot. This video says that. A friend of mine said she found it hard to watch. I think it's cute. What do you think?
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    Virtually Yours

  • RSVP for the #Keurig400 Twitter Party on SoFab Chats!

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about enjoying your Keurig during the holidays!  On Monday, December 22 at 1:00 pm ET, please join us for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3 Holiday Gift Ideas from @BestBuy #HintingSeason @Xbox, @TomTomUSA @Garmin

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    No matter who you are buying for this year, you are sure to find great gift ideas for everyone at Best Buy. I know I’ve bought gifts from Best Buy for everyone in my family! With Expert Service... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Canon Cameras from Best Buy Make a Great Family Gift #CanonatBestBuy #HintingSeason

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the best cameras to capture those fleeting family memories. The selection at Best Buy is huge! I know my husband is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • CASHFLOW Board Game Teaches Money Management in a New & Fun Way!

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    Have you heard about the CASHFLOW board game?  It’s a fun new game about managing personal finances. You may have read here before that I was a stockbroker before kids. That may give you the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You’ll Love the Sweet Pix App for Photo Prints!

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Do you have photo prints in your home? Having photos around of my family and friends has always been important to me. These days, so many of the photos I take are on my phone, and then posted to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Grown and Flown

  • 8 Reasons My Kids Are Not My Facebook Friends

    Grown and Flown
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    Lisa writes: Don’t get me wrong, I wish my kids were my Facebook friends.  I wish they wanted to share their most embarrassing moments with me. I wish they wanted me to know everything about their high school and college lives. Frankly, I would be happy to stalk them and would love nothing better than to pry into their Snapchat or eavesdrop on their GroupMes. But the mom part of me that would love a window into their social media does battle everyday with the mom part of me that is proud they are grown and have lives of their own. These two warring halves of motherhood, the half that…
  • Christmas Trifle and Love Lost

    Grown and Flown
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Guest blogger, Cathy Donovan, writes:  Certain women have the luck of marrying men who love to cook. I was not one of them.  My husband Tommy was a tall, lanky Irishman, with cornflower blue eyes and a wide smile. He could make a respectable soft-boiled egg, but that’s about it.  However, he did make one thing and only at Christmas time. Tommy was born of Irish parents, and a Christmas pudding was always at his holiday table, along with a trifle. When he first proposed making trifle for my family, I had visions of a fancy confection with homemade custard in a footed Waterford dish. His…
  • Holiday Gift Guide: 25 Under $25 for College Students and Young Adults

    Grown and Flown
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    Mary Dell writes: Looking for inspiration for holiday gifts for a high schooler, soon to leave for college or a recent grad in her first apartment?  We browsed real and virtual aisles at The Container Store, Nike, Apple, J Crew, Microsoft, LL Bean, and Amazon and found these ideas so, look no further! Here is our Holiday Gift Guide: 25 Ideas Under $25. 1. Electric Kettle < Hamilton Beach Ensemble Cord Free Pouring Kettle Kids in college and those right out of school have one thing in common: living space with tiny (or nonexistent) kitchens. Having an ability to boil water for tea or hot…
  • Early Decision, Regular Decision, No Decision

    Grown and Flown
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Guest blogger, Darryle Pollack, writes: I finished college in 1971, a member of the first class of women to graduate from Yale. I would not describe myself as overly ambitious–still, I like to be first, and I like to be best. Of course I want the same for my children. And I have to confess, by this stage of my life, I feel as if my kids have become one of the standards by which I am judged. Pack them off to the Ivy League, early decision if possible, and you get an A-plus. So when people ask where my 21-year-old daughter is going to college, I wish I could answer that she’s following in…
  • This is Adolescence: 18

    Grown and Flown
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Lisa writes: 18 is a year overflowing with contradictions. Eighteen wants to be a child forever and yet he cannot wait to grow up. He loves his house and cannot wait to leave it. Eighteen is our teen living in our home and in the same momentous year, an adult residing in another state. On the eve of his 18th birthday it seems almost as if nothing has changed and then one morning in August everything is different. 18 is the year I have dreaded since the day he was born. It is the year that I will begin to know him a little less, the year when more of his life happens away from our family than…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • Family Fun at the Charlotte Speedway Christmas

    Scott Rigdon
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:06 am
    By Scott Rigdon Charlotte Speedway Christmas   Just a quick note tonight to let my local friends know about another of our favorite Holiday outings, the Charlotte Speedway Christmas! For the locals, think of it as Tanglewood, only zigzagged around a giant famous race track!  Tons and tons of lights of course, with some bonus stuff like a […] The post Family Fun at the Charlotte Speedway Christmas appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 5 Ways to Help Your Child – the Drama Queen

    Brenda Yoder
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:14 am
    By Brenda Yoder The school year is well under way and the holidays are around the corner. Right about now is when adolescent drama increases. In case you don’t know what “drama” is, it’s when a person makes a big deal of something that should’t be, or when someone makes problems or perceives intentions, conversations, or motives as […] The post 5 Ways to Help Your Child – the Drama Queen appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Have Yourself A Simpler Little Christmas

    Ten to Twenty
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:53 am
    By Ten to Twenty Are you prone to over-complicating things? A perfectionist who thinks everything needs to be just so? This Christmas give yourself the gift of keeping it simple – and remember the reason for season.  It’s not about crazy spending, cooking the consummate turkey dinner or finding the ultimate present for that oh-so-difficult person who has everything. […] The post Have Yourself A Simpler Little Christmas appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • The Challenge of Holidays for Tweens, Teens with Special Needs

    MaryBeth Matzek
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:02 am
    By MaryBeth Matzek With Special Needs, the Holidays Are Not the Most Wonderful time of the Year Whoever named December the most wonderful time of the year likely didn’t have children and if they did, I’m certain they didn’t have a kid on the autism spectrum. The holidays are a time of hustle and bustle full of things-to-do, […] The post The Challenge of Holidays for Tweens, Teens with Special Needs appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • When Parents Are Full of $h*t

    Jon Lowder
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:34 am
    By Jon Lowder Yes.. Sometimes Parents ARE Full of $h*t The two oldest of our three kids will be heading to NC State in a few weeks, our oldest for his sophomore year (transferring from UNC Charlotte) and our middle child for her freshman year. Our son has already changed his major from business to a biology-chemistry double […] The post When Parents Are Full of $h*t appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • 12 Guests of Christmas – In My Mind I Go To Carolina

    Kristen Daukas
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:37 am
    By Kristen Daukas I met Elaine through blogging – she’s a very active blogger and member of BlogHer and always offers some insightful thoughts to everyones posts, not just mine. What I love the most about her is that not only does she want to be a Roller Derby girl, she’s DOING it!! I wish I had the stamina to do it and have even thought what my name would be but haven’t nailed it yet.  James Taylor practically raised me. When I was a kid it was the obvious “Sweet Baby James,” sung to me by my mom, or an aunt if we were having a family party at my grandmother’s…
  • Repeat Guests – Born and Bread

    Kristen Daukas
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:53 am
    By Kristen Daukas I thought it would be fun to rerun some guest posts that were written for me a couple of years ago at Christmas by some of my favorite bloggers. What I wasn’t expecting was to revisit our friendships and see how much they’ve grown even more in the past two years. Nikki is a perfect example… we have been trying to figure out a way that we can do something together and may have FINALLY figured out something (beyond the Fried Chicken Throw Down). But there’s no way I’m telling you what we’re thinking until we make a BIG announcement. And if…
  • Our Favorite Christmas Movies and a Netflix Giveaway!! #StreamTeam

    Kristen Daukas
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:46 am
    By Kristen Daukas The Best Christmas Movies Remember yesterday when I told you the things that I wasn’t doing this Christmas? Well, one thing that we definitely do during the holidays is watch movies (you already know that the Rooster and I go into hibernation mode after Christmas to majorly binge watch some shows..) and who else would be turn to but Netflix to queue up some of our favorite Christmas movies! Cassie, Sydney and I sat down and scrolled thru the HUGE list of movies and shows that Netflix has on their streaming service and chose a few of our favorites and a couple that we…
  • 4 Things I’m Not Doing this Christmas (and 1 that I am!)

    Kristen Daukas
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:18 am
    By Kristen Daukas Oh my God, who isn’t stressed to the nth degree right now? Places to be, gifts to buy (when did it become MY responsibility to buy even my own gifts?!), gifts to wrap (I draw the line at wrapping my own gifts), cookies to bake, houses to decorate… Stop the elf-ing madness!!! This year, I said no more and instead of adding things to my to-do list, I took some off and let me tell you, I don’t feel one bit of guilt. No Christmas Cards – Seriously… I either order them and forget to send them out or I order them and get them out late. So this year,…
  • Cello – Is It Me You’re Looking For?

    Kristen Daukas
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:49 am
    By Kristen Daukas Okay that was bad, I admit it. But you have to admit, as a child of the 80’s it was funny. Cassie’s first orchestra concert was tonight and she did great!! (well, what else would I say?) This is the child who asked for a violin for Christmas 4 years ago and like good parents, we got her one. Of course, like normal parents we did absolutely nothing with that violin but she held on to the dream of playing it. Until middle school when she went in to try out instruments for orchestra and the decision was made that she should play cello. Now I’m not sure if…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • $150 Amazon Group Giveaway | Ends 1.18.15

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
    $150 Amazon Giveaway Event  Welcome to the $150 to Amazon Giveaway! The Review Wire has teamed up with several other blogs to help promote this giveaway which is sponsored by MyPoshMedia, Poshonabudget, PlusSizePosh and FreebiesCodesCouponsAndDeals. What would you do with $150 to Amazon?  ... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Last Minute & Unique Gift Ideas: Check out LivingSocial

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    LivingSocial is a great resource for those who may wait till the last-minute to shop, and is even a great outlet for those ‘hard-to-shop-for.’ What’s great about LivingSocial is giving the gift of experience – outside of the typical holiday gift. LivingSocial offers unique ideas like a Ferrari or... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Last Minute Gift Idea: Save $10 When You Buy $50 in Visa Gift Cards! $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway | Ends 12.26.14 #PblxVisa10

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:24 pm
    If you are like me, I put off buying gifts for those outside of my immediate family until last. It’s not that I don’t care, it is that I never know what to get so I push it off until the very last minute. One gift I know that everyone will love is a gift card though. Instead of just... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky 12.20.14

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:31 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!
  • UMI Children’s Shoes: The Moabb B Review

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I have worked with Umi Shoes several times now and they never disappoint. With each season, they update their styles and offer such cute shoes for both boys and girls. Umi makes shoes for babies up to a size 9 shoe for bigger kids. They use soft, drum-dyed leathers and other non-toxic,... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • CASHFLOW Board Game: Teach Kids About Money PLUS Promo Code!

    Tracy Gibb
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Many thanks to RichDad for sponsoring this post and inspiring me and my family to be financially savvy! One thing I always promised myself I would do is teach my son how to manage money. Teaching kids about money is usually not something we consciously do.  They usually just end up mimicking our own financial habits.  I... Read More » The post CASHFLOW Board Game: Teach Kids About Money PLUS Promo Code! appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • How To Keep Your House Warm This Winter

    Tracy Gibb
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but it has some great tips and advice for all parents this winter. Winter is finally here and for many families, it’s time to bundle up and stay indoors! Whether you have a favorite down quilt to bury yourself in or love sitting by the wood-burning fireplace, keeping warm... Read More » The post How To Keep Your House Warm This Winter appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Why It’s GOOD To Have a Messy Car

    Tracy Gibb
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    At pretty much any given moment, you can bet I have a messy car. When I say messy, I mean pretty gross. I do clean it fairly frequently but that cleanliness lasts about 5 minutes if I’m lucky. I used to be humiliated by my car’s mess but now, like any good mom, I’ve learned... Read More » The post Why It’s GOOD To Have a Messy Car appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • The Honest Company: Best Presents For New Parents

    Tracy Gibb
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Most parents want to give their baby the best start but are just sooooo tired. Here are a few ways you can help new moms and dads out with presents that are perfect for their baby PLUS make their lives easier. Sounds perfect? Well these gifts pretty much are. My brother’s baby girl is due... Read More » The post The Honest Company: Best Presents For New Parents appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • 2014 Less Than Perfect Parents Holiday Giveaway!

    Tracy Gibb
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Our annual holiday giveaway is here! Are you excited? The prize is 1 $100 Toys R Us Gift Card to help one lucky winner with their holiday shopping! Woot woot! I have a lot of different opportunities to enter so you can get as many entries as you’d like. There’s a lot going happening on... Read More » The post 2014 Less Than Perfect Parents Holiday Giveaway! appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • Bedside cribs: a ‘safe’ co-sleeping solution?

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    At just six weeks old Little B has outgrown the moses basket. Not that he slept in it much anyway, preferring to sleep in our bed spread-eagled between us. But while this would send him into a deep, peaceful sleep, it of course meant I slept terribly, worried one of us would roll onto him, accidently pull the duvet over him or that he would shimmy himself against one of the pillows in his sleep. The health visitor advised putting him on my side of the bed rather than between us because as his mum I naturally sleep more lightly, but that’s hardly a long-term solution for the next few months…
  • Running after pregnancy: I’m pounding the pavements again

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:43 am
    It’s the moment I’ve been waiting for: at long last I can pound the pavements again. After hanging up my trainers at 36 weeks pregnant I then had four weeks ‘off’ after Little B’s birth and went for my first run exactly four weeks later. Without a bump I felt like I was flying. My running bible throughout pregnancy has been Runner’s World Guide to Running & Pregnancy by Chris Lundgren, one of only a handful of books I’ve been able to find on the subject. She advises waiting until you’ve stopped bleeding and then adding another week before attempting your first…
  • Stretch mark creams review: Bepanthen, Palmer’s & Bio Oil

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    They say there’s nothing you can really do about stretch marks: it’s in the genes and you’ll either get them, or you won’t. But let’s face it, who’s going to take the risk? Luckily I seem to be one of those people who don’t get them, but even so I religiously slapped on cocoa butter twice a day throughout both pregnancies just in case. Then, at the tail end of my pregnancy with Little B, I was asked to put three stretch mark creams to the test. This was actually a great time to try them out as my tummy shrank after the birth and my chest increased as my milk came in. So…
  • Playmobil crane review: beats Cayla and Frozen hands down

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    Forget Cayla the talking doll or anything Frozen related this Christmas: a Playmobil crane beats both hands down. The remote controlled crane has been the top toy in our house ever since it arrived a few weeks ago, and not just for the little kids: the big kids love it too. While BB and her friends have been using it to hoist Polly Pocket up and down (pictured), visitors including BB’s uncle and granddad haven’t been able to resist seeing what they can pick up with its moving plastic hook either. At £59.99 it’s not exactly a stocking filler, but I think it definitely makes the grade in…
  • Little B’s first smile: the most rewarding moment so far

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    At 5 weeks and 4 days old I’ve managed to capture Little B’s smile on camera for the first time. There have been fleeting mini smiles over the past week or so – and never with a camera to hand – but now he’s properly beaming and throwing in gurgles for good measure. After almost six weeks of not sleeping longer than a couple of hours at a time, the pain of bleeding nipples and stinging stiches, the indignity of big pants and industrial strength wadding, scraping poo from under my fingernails (not mine, obviously), soothing colic, cold tea, snatched baths and even colder dinner,…
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  • Reviewed: Stuck on You Labels & Personalized Gifts

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:56 pm
    When the time came for us to prepare Aiden for play school two years back, we were overwhelmed. We had to prepare a whole list of personal belongings for him including his own water bottle, mug, toothbrush, milk bottle, milk powder dispenser and label them for easy identification in school. I happily shopped around for a bag for him before we received the list of items to bring for school, and needless to say, it was only big enough to contain half of his belongings! The labels we used were also the non fancy, black on white name labels and they faded over time through repeated washing of the…
  • Safe Water Play For Babies & Toddlers

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:21 pm
    It's hot and humid weather for most of the days in Singapore. For some respite from the heat, we enjoy playing in the water with the kids whenever we get the chance to.However, the harmful rays from the scorching sun had me thinking twice some days and I slather on sunblock on the kids before bringing them to the pool.When we found out about Poolzies, pool shoes with anti-slip protection for those tiny toes, we were sold! Before we had pool shoes for Aiden and Ava, bringing them to the pool would have me worry about them slipping while playing at the water fountains. With the Poolzies Pool…
  • Reviewed: Seedling Ready to Grow Dino Egg & Spitting Frogs

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    Daddy Darren & I both believe in exposing the kids to electronic devices like the iPads and electronic games at a later stage possible. We enjoy engaging them in good old fashion face to face games and toys encouraging creativity and imagination. When we discovered the collection from Seedling, we were excited to introduce them to Aiden. Here are two of our picks from their Pocket Money Collection, which makes great fillers for those Christmas stockings. Seedling Ready To Grow Dino EggWhen we first showed the dino egg to Aiden, his reaction was, 'Huh?' A dino egg?' with a really innocent…
  • Review: Seedling Make Your Own Snow Globe

    29 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Love crafting? Love bonding with your child?Discover ways to bring out the creativity in your child and indulge in quality time creating unique keepsakes together with Seedling. Aiden picked out a snow globe for Christmas, and the best part - he gets to think up the scene and put it together from scratch (with me!) with Seedling Make Your Own Snow Globe. It helped that all the materials you need are all included in the kit (except for markers, scissors and stickers for decorating the globe's base). We love how Seedling kits foster a child's creativity and help them learn new, rewarding…
  • A Winter Wonderland in Singapore

    29 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    Changi Airport brings us a touch of Disney Magic with Mickey Mouse & Friends this Christmas right here in Singapore! Together with Aiden and Ava, we had an enjoyable morning of snow, slides and laughter. First Stop: Lights, Snow, Action!Gather around the main event area at T3 departure check in hall and enjoy an 8 minute showtime with Santa and experience snow right here. Watch the giant Neuschwanstein Castle come alive during this showtime.   For kids under 2 year old, it's advisable to stay further away to avoid the falling snow on baby's face. It was quite overwhelming for Ava so…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Happy Chanukkah — LIGHT IT UP With Latkes, Love & Laughter – xoxo GIRLilla Warfare

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Hey Girlfriends –  Spin the dreidel … Light the Menorah …  and Live it up on latkes for Eight Crazy Nights … May your hearts be full and your homes be blessed and shine brightly with those faces around the table who mean everything to you.   With Much Love, Joy & Laughter, xoxo GIRLilla Warfare 
  • The ‘Barbie’ Trap: Don’t Let Outer Beauty = Inner Happiness

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Vanessa Schenck A couple days ago my good friend emailed me about an ad campaign for a new doll hitting stores for the holidays. And, surprise!!  The doll is … drum roll, please … a skinny, blonde-haired girl! And that’s what my friend wrote in her email, “Really? Another way to say to our girls that beautiful equals being skinny and blonde?” Now, I hear my friend. After all, I once played with my skinny, blonde-haired doll. My choice? Barbie. The two of us were BFF’s. This is the part where I tell you I’m Italian. Well, half Italian.  As in: hips, dark eyes,…
  • What Number Is Sex On YOUR To-Do List? — A Wife’s Perspective

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
     By E.J. Gordon My husband had rearranged his workday so he could go to our favorite yoga teacher on a Wednesday morning. I promised I would meet him if the appliance delivery people gave me the afternoon window instead of the morning one. As luck would have it, they were coming at one, so I ran off to meet Jay for a mid-morning yoga date. After shavasana, he raised an eyebrow at me and said, “So … you headed home to shower?” I knew what that meant. It meant, “No one’s home, we’re not tired, let’s squeeze in some Afternoon Delight.” The first thought I had in my head was…
  • Strategic Sex: A Husband’s Foolproof Plan GUARANTEED To Get His Wife Into Bed …

    1 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Evan Field I was out to drinks with nine other men (all married with kids), shootin’ the shit, watching some random college basketball game that we all pretended to care about, and kind of sulking in our nachos and beer.  In comedic relief, one of my friends said out loud, “So … I am glad to see you guys are all getting laid as often as I am! Aren’t our wives amazing?” Everyone laughed and then the complaining began … I heard everything from “My wife thinks I am disgusting” to “She tries to coach me while we are in the middle of it” to “I am so sick of feeling…
  • From Our GIRLilla Warfare Family To Yours: Screw the Guilt and Have An Awesome Thanksgiving

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr, Editor of GIRLilla Warfare It has been a year of blessings, challenges, great moments and tough ones, filled with those days that go on and on, and those days that all we want is for time to freeze and that special moment to last forever. As Moms we’ve loved, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve yelled, we’ve nagged, we’ve messed up, and we’ve risen to the occasion and got “it” right. But whatever it is, and wherever you are, we’ve been through it all together. You, Me, and Our Girlfriend Next Door. From a…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • 8 Thoughtful Non-Toy Gifts for Baby

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the December 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have suggested go-to gifts and gifting experiences for the holiday season for all your loved ones. Just what do you buy for a baby outside of a board book or the same ole’ little toy? Here’s a list of thoughtful presents. Your family asking for hints? Send this article to them before the holidays! Enrichment Classes: Ask baby’s parent what classes they…
  • Calling for Submissions for the December 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 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 December 2014! (Check out November, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama. Here are the submission details for December 2014: Theme: Greatest Gifts: We’re talking materialism! What have relatives or friends bought your family or kids that…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Fire

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does fire look like? Ready, Aim, FIRE APPLE! Shooting targets with an air compressor cannon and rotten apples is pretty exciting. Jennifer blogs at True Confessions of a Real Mommy. From Emily: “Our new apartment has what we like to call a “discotheque fireplace”, which is really a glorified space heater. The boys like to pretend it’s a light show…I miss the crackling warmth of an actual fire.” Emily blogs sporadically at Embrita Blogging. Lauren’s son Mikko loves to roast most anything over a campfire. And he gets a huge kick…
  • 5 Foods to Eat when You are Stressed

    Jaye Anne Gallagher
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    You’re stressing out and it seems that the only thing in your life you can control is what food you eat. You want to reach for some of the ice cream left over in the freezer or for some reason you are craving a big bowl of pasta. Eating healthy is a big concern, but you are sure that the gluten-free pack of crackers in your cabinet is made from the same material as its cardboard packaging. Suddenly, your stomach is being pulled in as many directions as your mind is. If you are stressed and hungry, here are five super-simple foods for you to reach for. That cracker may be gluten-free but so…
  • 4 Steps to Raising a Free-Range Family

    Justine Uhlenbrock
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dear Gruff Stranger Who Recently Gave Me Parenting Advice, What harm do you imagine could come from leaving my kids in the car for three minutes on a 60ºF day while I ran in to buy the forgotten milk? The car was parked, the doors were locked, the keys were with me, and I left the windows and the sunroof partially open. At six and under, my kids were strapped into car seats. I don’t even think they noticed, as content as they were to flip through a new stack of library books. You’re right about one thing, though. You could have called the police. No doubt it’s breaking some law to…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • The Gift of Letting Go

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    Welcome to the December 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have suggested go-to gifts and gifting experiences for the holiday season for all your loved ones. I love making things for people. The problem is, I’m not so great at gift-making time management. Inevitably, mid-November rolls around every year and all of a sudden I’m thinking, “crap! What am I making everyone for Christmas?!” And then I have a…
  • Calling for Submissions for the December Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 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 December 2014! (Check out November, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama. Here are the submission details for December 2014: Theme: Greatest Gifts: We’re talking materialism! What have relatives or friends bought your family or kids that…
  • Family Zentangle Fun: Tutorials and Activity Ideas to Get You Started

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to the November 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Indoor Play 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 ideas and inspiration to keep families happy and healthy while cooped up indoors. Everywhere I go, it seems someone is talking about or doing a zentangle. Zentangle is a beautiful artform that marries doodling with meditation. A zentangle is an abstruct and unplanned, yet structured drawing; but the best thing about a zentangle is that it doesn’t have to be…
  • November 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions – Indoor Fun

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 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 November 2014! (Check out 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 November 2014: Theme: Indoor Fun: With wintry weather, how do you keep little ones amused without braving the elements? What toys, games,…
  • Not-So-Extreme Makeover: Sunshine and Rainbows Edition

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have opened up their doors and given us a photo-rich glimpse into how they arrange their living spaces. My living spaces tend to be fairly simple and clean: not only because I’m a little OCD about excess stuff, but also because I’ve never had an eye for decorating. But I do love to have plenty of light in our rooms, and I am a sucker for rainbows (
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    Parenting Tips and Advice at Uplifting Families

  • Top Three Gift Ideas from Best Buy #HintingSeason #HolidayGiftGuide2014

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions are 100% my own. I can’t believe that Christmas is a week away and I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping. This year is the very first year that I have procrastinated and waited so long to start working on my families Christmas wish list. On Saturday, I went to Best Buy over the weekend and found some great gifts that weren’t on my families wish list that I thought would be perfect for them. After all, who doesn’t…
  • Enter to Win $100 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway Ends 1/16

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Do you have a love for grand giveaways and contests? If so, you can find some of the best listings of them all here: SweepstakesFanatics lists awesome new sweeps, contests, and giveaways every day! Are you a Fanatic for Sweepstakes? Then visit SweepstakesFanatics! One lucky reader will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Giveaway ends January 16th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck! I teamed up with some great bloggers to bring you…
  • 7 Ways to Manage Chronic Pain or Illness During the Holidays

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Are you rushing around to finish your last minute holiday shopping, going to your next holiday party, cooking additional food for family and guests, and wrapping those last few gifts to put under the Christmas tree? The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be stressful and leave you feeling worn out at the end of the day which will leave you feeling too tired to spend time with your family. If you have a chronic pain or illness, the increased stress and fatigue can cause you to have additional pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and trigger a flare up.  Today, I wanted to share some tips on…
  • Enter to Win $100 Christmas Cash Giveaway Ends 12/30

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Hosts : Your Contests Canada Your Contests USA Host: Canada US Win and Save From us to you, we Wish you the Merriest Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays. Out gift to you is the Chance to win $100 Amazon or Paypal Cash. As we all know we all need a little extra money around this time of year! If your anything like me I tend to over spend! My kiddies are WAYYY spoiled but you know what its the one time that I don’t ever feel guilty about it! Well this is a great giveaway for you! A very easy way to win an extra 100$ to put in your pocket! I teamed up with some great bloggers to…
  • How an Automobile Accident Can Affect Your Family

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve ever been in a serious automobile accident, you know the toll it can take on you and your family. The physical trauma, emotional effects, and financial aspects of an accident can be a lot to handle, and many families suffer deeply as a result. What’s more, many effects of automobile accidents are long-term, and can manifest long after the accident occurs. Keep reading to discover some of the long-term effects of car accidents, as well as tips on helping you and your family recover. Disclosure: If you are involved in an auto accident, please seek appropriate medical…
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  • (Wrongly) Thinking Hardest Parenting Years Are Over

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    For a New York Minute this dad thought he was over the hump. Parents of young children know all too well the hump of which I speak. It’s bed time rituals involving tears, shouting and very little sleep. Restaurant dinners where you leave early so as not to cause an even bigger scene. The simple act of buckling a child into a car seat turning into a battle of wills you rarely win. That hump. Our sons are 3 and 5 7/8ths, and life is getting … easier. Those toddler temper tantrums are fading. Our oldest is learning how to read, while our youngest can process his bursts of emotions…
  • The Best Life Advice Is Right Under Our Toes

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    Who knew an animated Kris Kringle and his warlock pal would have so much wisdom for parents? Two recent pop culture moments reminded me how to conduct myself as an entrepreneur, husband and dad. Last week I spoke with Danielle Brisebois, the pre-teen star of “Archie Bunker’s Place” who now writes music for a living. Her recent project, the music-driven drama “Begin Again,” may earn an Oscar nomination next month for Best Song. Yes, the soundtrack is that good. Brisebois told me one way she segued from child stardom to adulthood, while changing career paths at the…
  • What I Plan to Tell My Sons About Media Bias

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    My son Elijah is making progress with his “sight words,” but he still can’t read a newspaper. That’s a relief, since I’d hate him to know how reporters are covering the latest news. Journalism is personal to me. Not only did I ditch art for a reporting career, but I’ve seen firsthand how the news can be bent to fit an editor’s whim … or a publication pretending to lack an agenda. It isn’t pretty. Yet as modern journalism continues to change, and rarely for the better, today’s kids aren’t given the tools to understand how the…
  • National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day Promotes Beautiful Cause

    7 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    (Guest post by Brent Foreman) Ditch the suit, grab the sweater. At least that’s the philosophy at National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. For four years, the ugly sweater connoisseurs behind National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day have sported their ugliest sweaters on the second Friday in December for a day filled with fun and holiday cheer. This year, they’ve partnered with Save the Children in their “Make the World Better with a Sweater” campaign. Currently, the Save the Children Foundation is on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  Thousands of children have lost one…
  • The One Christmas Tradition This Dad Could Do Without

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Fighting has been part of my childhood Christmas tradition for as long as I can remember. Now, it’s infected my family’s Yuletide cheer. Can’t we all just get along during the most wonderful time of the year? Growing up, my brother and I argued over every part of the Christmas process. Buying the tree, though, brought the most mayhem. We’d bicker about the size of the tree, how full its branches were and, most importantly, who would put the tree skirt on that year. Meanwhile, Mom and Dad silently prayed for us to make a decision, any decision, so we could retreat to…
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • What I Didn’t Wear Wednesday

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    There’s a good reason that I failed to post anything yesterday for What I Wore Wednesday, and that is that I wore PJs, thick socks and a sweatshirt, and I really didn’t think that that counted as an outfit that people wanted to see. On Sunday I was hit by a cold and by mid-week I just wanted to stay inside, under the duvet, feeling sorry for myself. I worked from home on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I just sloped around the apartment in that outfit, sneezing and coughing and making yet another cup of tea. Today, I’m feeling better but I’m still coughing, coughing,…
  • The week

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    Panic is going to start this week, I can tell. Ten days to go until Anglo-style Christmas, which means only nine days to go until 24 December, when we’ll celebrate Scandi-style Christmas. So, my weekly wishes list is heavily Christmas-centric this week. Weekly wishes last week Last week represented a 50% success ratio on the GSD front, with the most important ones done. That feels good, especially after last week’s failure. Training – I managed to go running for the first time since the end of November and the race. And you know what? It felt good and I pushed myself more this…
  • Thoughts on upgrading to an iPhone 6

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    This week my trusty iPhone 4S turns three years old. No, I should correct that. This week my not-so-trusty iPhone 4S would have shuffled up to its third birthday, had I not taken the step of unceremoniously upgrading to an iPhone 6 at the start of December. Last winter, my iPhone 4S developed a new trick of dying if it had anything less than 40% battery power and was out in temperatures of 4 degrees (above zero) or less. Not so practical for a long Swedish winter. I replaced the battery while we were in South Africa last January and that seemed to help for a short while. But then after a few…
  • iPhone 6 cases

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    The post iPhone 6 cases first appeared on An English Mamma in Stockholm.
  • What I Wore Wednesday

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Today has proven a bad hair day and I didn’t attempt to fix it as I am planning to go the gym and jump on the running machine (first time since I ran the Tunnel Run), so I’ve solved the problem for What I Wore Wednesday by cutting off my head in this week’s shot. I love this jumper from the Holly & Whyte brand at Lindex. I made my friend N trail all over the city centre one lunchtime, trying to find it in the right size. In the end I had to get it in a Medium and wear it “boyfriend style”, but as long as you pair it with skinny trousers or skinny jeans, for…
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    Support for Stepdads

  • Doctor, Doctor : How to Find the Right One

    Brooke Chaplan
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Doctor, Doctor : How to Find the Right One from Support for Stepdads . The United States boasts the highest overall quality of healthcare in the world. In spite of this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Biomarkers – A Promising Way to Diagnose ADHD

    Savannah Hemmings
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Biomarkers – A Promising Way to Diagnose ADHD from Support for Stepdads . Like most parents, you believe your children are special. You believe they are the best... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • First Christmas As A Single Parent

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy First Christmas As A Single Parent from Support for Stepdads . Christmas is a special time of the year, when everything is about spending time with the family. So we are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Five Tips To Starting A New Chapter After Divorce

    Dixie Somers
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Five Tips To Starting A New Chapter After Divorce from Support for Stepdads . After going through a divorce, it can be difficult to regain your life and start a new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ripples

    Gerardo Campbell
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Ripples from Support for Stepdads . Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. ~... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • Here Comes Santa Claus (and Charlie)

    Rebecca Wood
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Charlie did really well with the MRI on Monday. By the afternoon, she was feeling well enough to bowl. Despite my high level of anxiety, the procedure went smoothly. First, she was given an oral medication to help her relax. She acted silly, laughed excessively, and played peek-a-boo with anyone who made eye contact. Afterwards, she was wheeled back and given anesthesia via gas. According to the nurse, Charlie counted down with the anesthesiologist before falling asleep. Once she was asleep, an IV line was put in and her airway was protected. The MRI took a little over an hour. She slept…
  • Count Down To Christmas!

    Rebecca Wood
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:30 pm
    We watched the Polar Express together. Friday night, we bought and put up our very first Christmas tree. Charlie was an enthusiastic participant. In addition to the tree, I hope to make gingerbread houses with her between now and Christmas. This is the first Christmas that she is able to actively participate in holiday themed activities. We are enjoying the novelty of it all. During the tree assembly, Charlie shifted her focus between helping and running around the living room. At one point she babbled, “Mommy, mommy, mommy, I love mommy.” as she ran towards me. Stunned, I asked…
  • Charlie Loves Gymnastics

    Rebecca Wood
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Charlie was invited to a gymnastics themed birthday party. “How fun!” I thought when we received the invitation. I wasn’t sure how Charlie was going to participate but I knew she would enjoy it. The party was Saturday. Charlie was the smallest of the preschoolers that ran through the gym while the instructor set up mats. The other kids seemed bigger, possibly older, and had a more advanced skill set. To top things off, Charlie fell on her face before things even really began. I assumed I would have to help Charlie participate. I was mostly wrong. After I helped her with…
  • Break Status Update

    Rebecca Wood
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for all of this: These pictures were taken on Monday. We played outside all day. And this video was taken today: I have a lot for which I am grateful. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
  • Thanksgiving Break!

    Rebecca Wood
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Even though Charlie is not in school, we are on a Thanksgiving break of sorts. Due to the holiday, Charlie does not have a single appointment next week. And… I’m pretty excited. The question of what to do with our free time will certainly be no problem. I keep a running list in my head of things I’d rather be doing with Charlie than therapy or appointments. Sometimes, it’s all I can think about during therapy sessions. The week following our break, we hit the ground running again. Charlie has an appointment to be casted for a new pair of orthotics. She walks mostly on…
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    The Disorganisation Guru

  • ‘Tis the Season to be Messy, fa la la la la, la la la la!

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    Holiday season brings us some well-deserved rest and quality time with our family, but before you can actually get to rest and enjoy the quality time, you have to go through a lot of preparation and do some serious work. From transforming your home into a Christmas paradise, to sending cards, finding and wrapping gifts and […]
  • The Overpromise of Everything

    30 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    The best. The improved version of the best. Highest quality. Exquisite. Impeccable. Enhanced performance. Seamless. Integrated. Top notch. And so on. Those are the promises we are surrounded with every day. They assist us in making the many decisions when choosing products and services. We are so used to them that we hardly stop to […]
  • Who am I, on paper?

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    I own two passports: one belongs to a developing European country, and one belongs  to a highly developed member of the European Union. The first one I got by birth, as my defining identity. The second one I got by living in the country and contributing to its prosperity for many years. There is much more to identity […]
  • The first 10 000 photographs

    6 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    “A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” ― Diane Arbus “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson Thanks to digital media taking and sharing photographs has become part of our daily life. Unlike in the old times, when we were saving the precious film for very […]
  • I Refuse!

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I am turning 40 soon. And here is what it feels like: I refuse to dye my grey hair, because I think it is not shameful that your body is changing over time. I refuse to hide the expression lines on my face because they show that I have laughed many times. I refuse to […]
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    Ruddy Bits

  • Canceling Christmas (Cards)

    Cort Ruddy
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    This is exceptionally lame. But, then again, it’s been that kind of year.First, we’d like to thank all the family and friends who had the decency, organizational skills, and mastery of time to send us holiday cards. We truly appreciate each and every one.Appreciate may be an understatement; We celebrate each one. Cards arrive each day and the kids line up at the kitchen counter next to the fresh pile of mail for the chance to open one. They revel in it. After all, it’s not often that we get mail addressed to the whole family. “Is this for me?” They say with excitement. “Yes.
  • Kid Writings #1: The Rooster and the Royal Chores

    Cort Ruddy
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    So, my kids are writers. Their school makes them write stuff all the time, obviously. But they also do it when they’re not required to, just when a story moves them or they grow bored with sneaking an iPhone to build a new Minecraft world.They write just for fun. That makes them writers in my view.With all these little authors running around I thought, “Why not share some of their work with the world.” (Quote marks to indicate me talking to myself). To which I responded, “Yes. Why not?” So that’s what I’m doing. As said before, it’s my blog and I’ll do what the heck I…
  • Did I Find My Parenting Mojo? Or Just Lose My Mind?

    Cort Ruddy
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    I can’t decide if I’m getting better at this whole parenting gig, or if I’ve officially lost my mind.Compare a scenario from a few years ago to a similar one recently. About two years back, as part of an ill-conceived Mother’s Day bonus gift, I took all four kids with me to Wegman’s for our weekly supply run. I don’t recall much because most of the actual memories are suppressed, but it was mayhem. You’ve surely heard the expression herding cats. Now imagine herding cats in a crowded grocery store while trying to get enough food to last a family of six for a week. The kids…
  • Lessons from Boston: Something Bold, Something New

    Cort Ruddy
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    It’s Saturday night in downtown Boston. I’m pacing the sidewalk in front of a gastropub, outside with the smokers. I’m not smoking. Instead I’m canceling a 9 p.m. dinner reservation across town at a restaurant I’ve never been to, and making a 9:30 reservation at another I'd never heard of until ten minutes before, all on the advice of a stranger. Guide books be damned. The decision is made. Now let’s hope it's the right one. There are lessons in travel, if you’re open to them. More so than just in the discovery of new places or the facts behind a historic sight, but…
  • Time For A Backward Skate ...

    Cort Ruddy
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Talk about reeling in the years. My 11-year-old daughter ‘s school is hosting a roller skating party. That is not a typo. And no, you have not gone through a time warp back to 1984. An actual roller skating party. Not roller blading or ice skating, but that thing you usually only see nowadays when overly-tattooed women bash into each other in the aging female hipster version of men’s softball. When I heard about this 6th grade roller skating party, the memories came rolling back. Cool skates. No, that's not an oxymoron. Ah, roller skating. If you grew up in the 80s, in Maryland, in…
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  • Children and Teens Suicidal Rates on a Rise
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When it comes to suicide, adults’ suicide signs are different in some ways than with the signs are when it come to teens and children. Adults, teens, and children may look up the same types of articles such as “Ways to Kill Yourself”, “Painless Ways to Kill Yourself”, “Best Ways to Kill Yourself”, “Easy Ways to Kill Yourself”, “Fastest Way to Kill Yourself”, or anything similar. However, the possible suicide signs may not be as noticeable when it comes to teens and children, as they are with adults. Even to health professionals…
  • Heroin Overdose: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Heroin is an illegal and extremely dangerous drug that often produces potentially life-threatening consequences when used. One of the most common dangers of the heroin effects is overdose. Whether someone has used heroin for years or is trying it for the first time, each time it is used, there is a risk of heroin overdose. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 50 percent of the people who use heroin are addicted to the drug. What is Heroin? Heroin is an opioid analgesic that is morphine category. The heroin drug comes in a powder form that ranges in color from white to dark…
  • Are we Still Victim Blaming?
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are tons of issues that any victim has to work through in the wake of any attack or event and one that is completely unnecessary but happens more often than not is victim shaming. In a society that chooses to blame the victim more often than the attacker or assailant, it is no wonder that victim blaming is so rampant. In order to avoid this behavior that has become overly common, there are a few different things that everyone should understand. What is Victim Blaming? Victim Blaming Definition The first issue that should be understood is just what this phenomena entails. Victim blaming…
  • Dealing with A Suicide Attempt
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide ranks 10th among causes of death, claiming 40,600 lives. These are only the reported suicides, so the numbers for unreported suicides may skew much higher. When you look at suicide attempt statistics, it’s clear that it’s a major problem among all age groups. It’s especially hard when you’re the parent of a pre-teen, tween, or teenager who is having emotional issues. Learning how to recognize the signs of a suicide attempt, resources to seek help, and how to pick up the pieces after dealing with…
  • Sexting Examples in Australia
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    With the rise of text messaging, more and more communication has moved from in person interactions and phone conversations to texting. This is an easy way to spread out a conversation to when you are able to answer. It is extremely convenient and opens up a world of communication options. It also allows for some promiscuity for individuals who are looking for a bit of steamy wordplay. For some couples, this is an excellent way to share intimate activities with one, especially when in a long distance relationship. However, it also opens up some problems with people texting inappropriate…
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  • Whiskey Witches Book Tour

    Meghan G
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    If you like short reads with lots of action and suspense, the Whiskey Witches series is for you! My review is coming next month, but if you're looking for something to read on the road, check these out NOW! Read Whiskey Witches Book Tour on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Book of the Month: The House on Tradd Street by Karen White Self-guided Civil War Tour of Alexandria Book of the Month: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • Personalized DIY Craft Kit Gifts

    Meghan G
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:49 am
    I love giving kids creative gifts. I even more love giving them open ended creative gifts. A kit that makes a particular item if you follow the instructions is great for introducing new skills or for skill building- but sometimes what they really need is encouragement to take materials and use them in a completely Read Personalized DIY Craft Kit Gifts on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: 20+ DIY gifts for geeks of all kinds Debt Free Holiday: DIY Felt Boards Debt Free Holiday: Personalized Calendars
  • Books on First: The Shadow by Jill Cooper Review

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    This month I was offered a complementary copy of Jill Cooper’s latest book in her Dream Slayer series to review in exchange for an honest review. The Shadow is a Young Adult urban fantasy featuring vampires, demons and a bullied teenage girl who suddenly discovers that the world’s fate rests in her hands. Ok, I Read Books on First: The Shadow by Jill Cooper Review on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: The Shadow Books on First Books On First: Damsel Not Review & Discussion Books on First: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
  • Calling all cooks! Boticelli Gift Basket Giveaway ends 1/6

    Meghan G
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    Botticelli Gift Basket Giveaway Hosted by:  Savory Savings Sponsored by: Botticelli Co-hosted by: Joy Makin’ Mamas   Making a meal from scratch is all the more rewarding when you have incredible ingredients.  Botticelli wants to help you with that and have generously sponsored a gift basket full of wonderful ingredients to make a tasty Italian meal Read Calling all cooks! Boticelli Gift Basket Giveaway ends 1/6 on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Crazy For Kids Gift Pack Giveaway ends 12/4 Learning Resources Buggy Balance…
  • You’re the greatest, Charlie Brown!

    Meghan G
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    My eldest can be Bored IDon'tWanna McBordeypants Ruler of the BoredLandians, and if you say, "Let's read a book," he comes around instantly, and Little Brother follows right behind him. (I don't want to say they take after their mother, but... they take after their mother.) He does have standards, of course- if he doesn't like the way a book is written or the way the story is going, he won't hesitate to inform you that there will be No More Reading Of The Hobbit Ever because he just can't want to be part of this family when we read the Hobbit. (But if there's a Lego version of it, though,…
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  • Positioning for Premature Baby Development

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
    Infants born prematurely are met with a difficult situation. They try to grow and develop as they would have if they were still in the womb, however, they are doing so outside the womb. Proper positioning of preemie babies throughout their day can help them to achieve their goals for development and help ease the harshness of the world they were not ready to be introduced to quite yet. NICU nurses are very knowledgeable about positioning preemies, but this positioning needs to be continued at home. Positioning is most important when the baby comes home from the hospital early, perhaps before…
  • DiGeorge Syndrome: What is 22q Deletion?

    Katie Blauth
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:11 pm
    The term 22q refers to a missing part of Chromosome 22, specifically in the area of 22q11.2. It used to be referred to by several names, such as velocardiofacial syndrome, DiGeorge Syndrome, conotruncal anomaly face syndrome, Opitz G/BBB syndrome, and Cayler cardiofacial syndrome.  All of these syndromes have been found to have the same core issue, the deletion of the 22q11.2 chromosome. It is a chromosomal difference that can occur even if neither parent has the disorder.  Approximately 5-10% of children inherit the deletion from a parent who has the deletion. Because it is autosomal…
  • Fine Motor Development in Toddlers and Preschoolers

    1 Dec 2014 | 10:46 pm
    During the first year of life, a child develops and gains new skills at an amazing rate. The infant goes from not having any voluntary control over his or her arms and hands to being able to grasp a small raisin with the thumb and index finger in a mature pincer grasp by his or her first birthday. But, fine motor skills do not stop developing after the first birthday. In fact, it is in the first two years of life that the foundation for skill development is laid. It is helpful to think about fine motor development like the construction of a house. You have to have a good foundation to build…
  • Language Delay or Selective Mutism?

    Katie Blauth
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    This question comes up very often when a child seems to understand everything you tell her, yet she isn’t talking.  Many parents report that they feel that their child is able to talk, but is refusing to do so. Selective Mutism Characteristics of selective mutism are described by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association as: consistent failure to speak in specific social situations (in which there is an expectation for speaking, such as at school) despite speaking in other situations. interferes with school or work, or with social communication. lasts at least 1 month (not limited…
  • What is Williams Syndrome?

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Having been lucky enough to grow up with a family member with Williams Syndrome, it’s almost difficult for me to describe the diagnosis when asked what it exactly it is. My cousin’s diagnosis, although more defined in our adult age, was never a concern, topic of conversation, or even differentiation for me while we were growing up. When I picture my cousin, I picture an encouraging, social, outgoing individual with a love for family gatherings, music, and time with her friends. I think of her phenomenal skill on the piano and the computer and how her Facebook friends exceed mine by the…
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    A Fine Parent

  • 6 Secrets of Highly Effective Discipline From a Seasoned Teacher

    Stephanie Byrne-Biancardi
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you noticed how kids behave differently at school than at home? As an early education teacher, one of the most common questions I get from parents when they see their kids voluntarily cleaning up the classroom or sharing happily with other kids is: How do you do that? My son always throws his stuff around at home and doesn’t like sharing toys with his brother! How do you get him to cleanup and share here without grumbling and drama? I am also a mother of four. Over the years, I’ve taken some of the effective classroom discipline techniques and applied them at home. And…
  • 8 Positive Discipline Techniques Every Parent Should Know

    Kaila Weingarten
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Don’t you sometimes wish you had a remote control to stop your child’s behavior with the click of a button before things start to spiral out of control? I remember thumbing through the Parents Magazine a while back and reading about a kid who told his pesky little sister — “I wish you were a toy that required batteries so I can take them out.“ I sometimes wish my kids had removable batteries in them too! Then again, forget about a remote control or batteries… I’ll settle for a simple pause, just one tiny moment, to collect my wits and…
  • Children and Technology: How to Be a Cool, In-Control Parent

    Steve Spring
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you ever feel that you made the wrong decision as a parent? Maybe your decision had unintended consequences. Maybe you made a decision based on the best information that you had available, but it just didn’t work out like you planned. My wife and I experienced one of these situations last year, when we gave our daughter, Sarah, an iPhone for her 13th birthday. We thought that it was the perfect gift. She’d been wanting one for a while and it would allow us to keep in touch with her by phone and text, and even keep track of her whereabouts. We soon found out that children and…
  • 5 Essential Tips to Dodge Toxic Holiday Stress and Enjoy Quality Family Time

    Laura Falin
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you excited about the upcoming holiday season? Crisp, cool (or downright freezing cold!) nights. Hayrides. Hot cocoa. Kids singing carols. Family meals. Decorating the Christmas tree. Opening presents. I love it all so much. And yet… As the kids get older and have more and more of their own events and activities, our holidays are getting more and more rushed. Last December we had six – yes, six!! — concerts, plays, and recitals. And only two of my four kids were in school. It’s only going to get crazier. And a whole lot more stressful, if we let it. So how do we enjoy…
  • 101 Fun Things To Do With Kids To Enjoy Everyday Family Life

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you enjoy everyday family life (1 being the least, and 10 the most)? If you had asked me that question a few years back, I’d have lied. My real answer would have been way too embarrassing to admit. It’s so easy to get lost in the responsibilities of parenting that we forget to actually enjoy the journey! We’ve come a long way since. One of the things I’ve learnt along the way is that if you remember to have fun, your day automatically becomes more enjoyable, irrespective of how mundane or stressful it may seem on the outside. With that…
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    Bumps n Baby

  • Superbottoms Pocket Diaper: Cloth Diapering Made Easy

    Sangeetha Menon
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    ‘Cloth diapering’ was completely new to me. This time I had the opportunity to try out an advanced cloth diaper for Anshika. Today I bring to you the review of  Zoo Me pocket diapers from Superbottoms. Lets see how this pocket diaper fared my 2 year old. My Introduction to Superbottoms Pocket Diaper: For a […] The post Superbottoms Pocket Diaper: Cloth Diapering Made Easy appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Dettol Multi-Use Wipes for You and Your Family

    Sangeetha Menon
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Do you know the one thing that becomes a prime necessity especially post baby? Hygiene. Along with that, there comes a savior too. You guessed it right; our good old wipes! Blowing nose of your baby, potty cleaning, wiping off your hands, wiping your face and neck to freshen up, clean makeup, stove tops, tiles […] The post Dettol Multi-Use Wipes for You and Your Family appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Introduce Santa Claus To Your Child Today in These 12 Ways

    Geetu Vinod
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:38 pm
    This post is about the 12 ways by which you can introduce Santa Claus to your child. Jingle bells jingle bells jingle all the way Santa Claus is coming around riding on a sleigh hey!!! Christmas is always special for me, it used to be more special when I was in Mumbai. The city with […] The post Introduce Santa Claus To Your Child Today in These 12 Ways appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • 10 Best Christmas Movies for Kids (Can’t Recommend #1 Enough)

    Anjana Jins
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    In this post we bring to you the best Christmas movies for kids you can watch as a family together enjoying the Xmas spirit! Being a Roman Catholic, I have always adored the Christmas Season. Come December, winter lands, the Holy month of Advent begins! We kick start cleaning our house, gearing-up for Christmas carols, […] The post 10 Best Christmas Movies for Kids (Can’t Recommend #1 Enough) appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • The Best Healthy Alternatives To These 5 Unhealthy Foods Ever!

    Darshika Gupta
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    “We are what we eat”. Aren’t we? Same applies for our kids too! Today in this post we will see the common junk foods preferred by kids and their healthy alternatives. I am a mom and a homemaker.  It’s my top most priority to get my daughter and family, eating healthy, wholesome and home cooked […] The post The Best Healthy Alternatives To These 5 Unhealthy Foods Ever! appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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  • Letting Go and Letting Grandparents Watch Kids Isn't Easy for Everyone

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:34 pm
    I know it's hard. It's one of the hardest things you'll ever do; trusting the care and well-being of your baby to someone else, even if it is a grandparent. You want them to have a relationship with grandparents, but it is just so hard to let go. I've been there. I carried my babies and I birthed my babies and I was sure in those early weeks of motherhood that there was no one else in the entire world that could keep my babies safe like I could. The very thought of leaving them with someone else filled me with dread and fear and guilt and all of those emotions that are thrust upon new parents…
  • Tips for an Autism Friendly Christmas Party

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Some of our little people with autism, and some big ones, too, have sensory sensitivities that can get in the way of all the Christmas fun you are planning this year. With just a little extra effort you can ensure your Christmas party games and get-togethers are suitable for all of your guests.DecorationsChildren and adults on the autism spectrum can often have a difficult time regulating all the input from their surroundings. Bright flashing lights and decorations can sometimes take some effort to manage. Give your guests time to take it all in and be patient and understanding if some of…
  • 5 Fun Family Winter Destinations

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Until last year our list of family winter destinations included the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Mexico. Living in the Northeast, our winters can get cold so we head south on vacation to warmer climates. But last year we decided to take up skiing. We thought it would be something that the kids would enjoy and so we headed to the mountains instead.We had no idea where to go, but we knew that we needed a top notch ski school since my wife and I hadn't been skiing in years and my kids had never gone. While we were only going for a day at a time, we knew that in the coming years we'd want to make…
  • Homemade Christmas Gifts To Make With Kids!

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    One of my favorite things about the holiday season is making homemade Christmas gifts with my kids. They love stretching their creative muscles and getting their hands dirty while I love spending some close personal time with them. It's a win/win! Here are my top 10 favorite homemade Christmas gifts to make with kids.1. Art - If you've got a budding artist on your hands, definitely let them share their new found love with family and friends. Another route would be letting young children use their fingerprints to decorate wrapping paper. There are tons of great Fingerprint Wrapping Paper ideas…
  • Dealing With Difficult Co-Workers

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Face it, you're going to spend more time with these people than with your family. As unfair as it seems, if you're working a forty-plus hour work week your co-workers are a major part of your life and you've simply got to find a way of dealing with difficult people. I've organized your coworkers into the following groups and added some tips and tricks to get along with each. Good luck out there!The One-UpperEveryone's favorite co-worker has done it all before and done it way better. Did you get tickets to a sold out ball game this weekend? Great, that's kind of like the time he had box seats…
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  • Police Officer Hailed As Hero After Sprinting To Hospital To Save Baby’s Life

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    With just a few short days before the Christmas holiday, one South London mother received the best gift that she could have ever asked for, the quick thinking and life-saving skills of a police officer who responded to her 999 call, who saved her baby’s life. Photo: Metropolitan Police Service Jo Paine had given birth to her little man and brought him home just days prior to the harrowing incident. She had noticed that Harrison stopped breathing while he was in his crib. In that moment, Jo knew that she had to act quick if little Harrison’s life was to be saved. That was when she…
  • New Study Reveals Why Some Parents Hesitate On Vaccinating Their Children

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Vaccination has been a hot-button issue for quite a few years now. Many people, from parents, to medical professionals, to celebrities and more have very strong opinions about it. The media often is quick to jump on the opinion’s of the latter. As a result of that, many parents are hesitant to vaccinate their children, or even flat out refuse. A new study reveals that this happens because of a communication divide between healthcare providers and the parents. The new study, published in the Journal of Risk Research, and performed at the University of Haifa, School of Public Health…
  • New Jersey Girl’s Wish To Meet Pope Francis is Fulfilled

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    When approached by the Make-A-Wish foundation, many children wish to visit their favorite theme park, or meet their favorite actors or actresses. The purpose of the foundation is to grant childhood cancer patient’s greatest wishes. One New Jersey girl asked the Make-A-Wish foundation to help her fulfill her greatest desire – to meet Pope Francis. Eleven year-old Gracie West has a nickname that is as cute as she is. Gracie elaborates, “My nickname is Cookie and I have this nickname because my mom when I was little said I was going to be one tough cookie.” She certainly has been…
  • Giggles International Recalls 13,000 Animated Monkey Toys Due to Burn Hazard

    Lisa Arneill
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in conjunction with Giggles International Ltd., of Hong Kong, today announced a voluntary recall about 13,000 Animated monkeys because the battery compartment can reach temperatures up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit, posing a burn hazard. Giggles International has received two reports of toys overheating and melting their battery compartments. This recall involves Giggles International Animated Sing-Along Monkey toys. The monkey is made of brown and beige plush material and is about 9 inches tall. The toy is designed to hold a song book titled “5…
  • A Very Pregnant Kimora Lee Simmons Vacations in St. Barts

    Lisa Arneill
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    A very pregnant Kimora Lee Simmons was photographed vacationing with her 3 kids; Ming, 14, Aoki, 12 and Kenzo, 5 and ex-husband Russell Simmons in St. Barts on Wednesday(December 18th). Six-months pregnant with her fourth child, first one with husband Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner, Kimora debuted off her growing belly in a black ruched dress while hanging out on a luxury Yacht. A tradition – the family vacations in St. Barts every year. Keeping this trip very low key, an eyewitness told E!News, Kimora is just focused on relaxation. “She is not doing much. Eating, sleeping,…
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  • Entitled Teen? 6 Ways to Change Her Attitude to Gratitude

    cameron caswell
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    By Dr. Cameron Caswell Nathan Gibbs | “The world does not owe you a living; you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent. . develop a backbone, not a wishbone...You are important, and you are needed.” — John Tapene, Principal, Northland College (1959) We all want our kids to have every opportunity we can afford: experiences, classes, training, and stuff—lots of stuff. The problem is; we don’t just provide our children with everything they need, we have a tendency to give them everything they want too. By doing so, the lines between…
  • Teens with ADHD: 7 Powerful Ways Parents Can Help Them Succeed

    cameron caswell
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    By Dr. Cameron Caswell Teens with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) often have a hard time focusing long enough to learn or study and get easily distracted when trying to complete their homework. As parents, we want to do everything we can to help our children succeed, but even on a good day, our teens may be resistant to our efforts. Throw in the added challenge of a learning disability, and the chances of having a harmonious homework session fly out the window.So how can parents help their struggling student without triggering a power struggle? Dr. Karin Varblow, an…
  • Teen Slang 2014: Are your skills fleek or meek?

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    By Dr. Cameron Caswell Sarah | Once you’re successful at getting your teen to open up to you, you’re still at risk of not being able to understand what the heck she’s talking about. Now, if you were off to Italy for a vacay, you'd probably cram in several Pimsleur or Rosetta Stone Italian lessons before you went so you could understand some of the native language—or at least learn enough words so you don't feel like a total hot mess. So, if you feel like you're going cray cray listening to your teen talk, it's probably a good idea to hone up on her terminology in the same…
  • 7 steps to becoming an askable parent

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    By Dr. Cameron L. Caswell | scott feldstein Although it may feel like your teen is pushing you away, and chances are he is, he needs your love, acceptance and guidance now more than ever.  But many parents struggle to break through their teen's attitude and posturing, and even give up before they're able to build the type of relationship their teen secretly wants. Askable parents set aside their fears and frustration and focus relentlessly on building a relationship with their teen based on trust and confidence. The goal is to increase the chances your teen will…
  • 9 power phrases to respond to arguing

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    by Dr. Cameron Caswell Vic | You want your child to grow into an independent, intelligent adult who can think for herself, right? Well then, as frustrating as it can be, disagreeing with you is actually a sign of healthy development. Instead of blindly accepting everything she is told at face value, she now has the mental capacity to think abstractly and question the validity and reasoning behind what is being said. Instead of resorting to the standard parental response, "because I said so," encourage your teen to learn how to negotiate, problem-solve and collaborate by pulling…
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    Raising Wild Ones

  • Luxury Harrods Christmas Hamper: The After Dinner Selection

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    Christmas is nearly upon us and now is the time for all those last minute gifts. What type of present makes you think of Christmas? For me it’s the cosy pyjamas, bath and body lotions, and of course the iconic Christmas gift hamper. Traditionally conveying an image of jams, chutneys, cheese, wines… the finer things... Read More » The post Luxury Harrods Christmas Hamper: The After Dinner Selection appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • Farewell Facebook

    7 Dec 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Finally, after months of going back and forth I have decided to delete my Facebook page for this blog. For good. It feels weird, almost taboo. In the world of blogging there is often an unseen pressure to be involved with every soda media platform, join all the blog ranking systems, take part in all... Read More » The post Farewell Facebook appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • What does insomnia feel like?

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Insomnia is weird, it’s like one of those things that’s really hard to describe, and hard to imagine until it happens to you. I guess it must be different for everyone, but for me it was a super gradual process. Whenever I’m stressed I struggle to sleep. If I resolve that stress, I start getting... Read More » The post What does insomnia feel like? appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • 5 Minute blog tip: How to optimise your photos

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    It’s really important to optimise photos before uploading them to your blog, something I’ve only recently discovered. My images were huge – some over 20mb each! Photos this size will seriously slow down your site, especially if you have more than one on each post! So my 5 minute tip is optimise your blog photos... Read More » The post 5 Minute blog tip: How to optimise your photos appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • Introducing the newest member of the family

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while. Part of the reason we’ve been SO busy for the last month is because of this little rascal. Yep, that’s right. On 12th October we finally collected our long awaited for puppy! His name is Luka. This is a video I made of... Read More » The post Introducing the newest member of the family appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
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  • Christmas Celebrations: A Fresh Take on the Tradition of Giving

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:20 am
      This blog post has been reposted, with permission, from Bril’s Blog. Holidays are a joyous and memorable occasion that we share with our friends and family. We keep the tradition of giving by exchanging gifts and spending quality time together. However, for many families, the struggle for survival does not change with the arrival of festivities. Sharing or exchanging gifts is not a possibility. We could acknowledge the blessings we have by giving back to people from disadvantaged background, at the same time keeping the spirit of giving alive. Giving toys Toys are the most coveted…
  • Inclusive Education: Integrating Special Needs Children within Mainstream Schools

    Deepa Garwa
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Source: Google Images I have been asked this question many times. Sometimes by people who were well meaning  and a lot of times by those who were not. People have asked me this under the guise of concern and curiosity but I was always able to gauge what they really wanted to know. My fellow teachers in my school were extremely unhappy when the ‘Right to Education’ made it mandatory for them to have children with special needs in their classrooms. They used to complain about the extra burden, lack of facilities and infrastructure and for not being trained to handle children with special…
  • What Santa Claus Teaches Us

    Swati Nitin Gupta
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Source: Google Images The holiday season is here and most schools have winter holidays starting from December 25th to January 1st. Ask any kid and he will say that Christmas is the best festival. Why? You ask your tiny tots and prompt comes the reply, “because of Santa Claus who brings us goodies.” Other than Santa Claus, what are the other charming aspects of Christmas that makes every kid, irrespective of caste, creed and culture, look forward to this one festival? Loads of goodies, gifts and the stories around Christmas—steeped in folklores, fairies, fictional characters—among…
  • My Experience Working at ParentEdge Magazine

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Ashmita Chatterjee This blog has been contributed by Ashmita Chatterjee, Student Editor of the upcoming Jan-Feb 2015 issue of the magazine. I worked as the student editor at ParentEdge Magazine from June – August 2014. I had applied for the internship before I finished my final IB exams, and started working shortly after they were over. I met my supervisor Ms. Kritika Srinivasan at a career fair that was taking place at my school, and that was when I decided I would really like to see what working at a magazine would be like, and whether it was the right thing for me. If you are reading…
  • Book Recommendations: Christmas Stories for your Children

    Divya Purandar
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:47 pm
      Divya Purandar Divya Purandar is a practising advocate, wife to an IT professional and mom to an eight year old brat. She began blogging at One Story a Day: Reliving Childhood while living in the US as she was fascinated by the world of children’s books. The blog gave her a platform to share her reading adventures while offering a brief review of the book in question. She has also reviewed children’s books for other parenting blogs and forums. What started out as a penning down of reading experiences with her little one has turned into a journey of self discovery and a sounding…
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  • Best Umbrella Stroller for Travel Lets You Be On-the-Go

    Grace Wilson
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    Me and my husband like to travel a lot. We like to explore our surroundings, check out new restaurants in the neighborhood and just be more on the outdoors! Travelling is never been a problem for both of us, however, everything has change when our little baby boy arrived. Every time we travel with our little one was a challenge. From clothes to bring, baby foods, milk bottles, diapers and many more to consider, we should always list them down because if we forget something, it will surely be a nightmare for us and ordeal for my child. I just can’t take that risk. One time when we…
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    The Raising Supaman Project

  • It’s Time To Give Children The Ultimate Christmas Gift

    Nathaniel Turner
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    If you are like many parents, with Christmas only a week away, you are probably running around behaving like a combination of Santa Claus and the Federal Reserve Chair. Double checking our children’s gift wish list while simultaneously trying to make certain our checkbooks balance. There are a few other noteworthy certainties about the holiday […]
  • Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

    Nathaniel Turner
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    Each night at 11pm, on numerous local news stations across the country, an important question is asked – “do you know where your children are“. Ordinarily, the person asking the question is a member of local law enforcement. Explicit in the law enforcement officer’s question is an overt admonition to parents. “Parents” – the local […]
  • Why Now Is The Time To Leave The Dark Age of Parenting

    Nathaniel Turner
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    Recently, I had a wonderful and engaging conversation with a dear loved one. Dissimilar to normal conversations, this discussion had more layers than an onion. During our tête-à-tête, there was one layer that I found particularly intriguing. The other party asked: “What should an elder do when a child is disrespectful?” IN THE OLDEN TIMES […]
  • Tell Your Child That Adversity Is As American As Apple Pie

    Nathaniel Turner
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:27 am
    The other evening, I had the great pleasure of participating in an advisory panel discussion with a group of Indiana University undergraduate students. No different from any other time that I am asked to speak to the “future”, I had an absolute blast learning from and sharing with the insightful students. Plus there was an […]
  • Your Child Is A Genius Just Don’t Mess Them Up

    Nathaniel Turner
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    It was the academic spring semester of 1981 when a middling student was called to the guidance counselor’s office. The guidance counselor requested the meeting so that he could talk to the young man about his future. From the guidance counselor’s viewpoint, the young man’s future – like the young man’s intellect – was not […]
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  • 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice. Man quest is always to learn new things. But we can learn so many new things from our ancient history also. The ancient text is full of wisdom quotes and text. They can teach us how to live a wonderful life. Recently I completed reading the ancient Indian text panchtantra. I tell you this book [...] The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.   Why is there  so much fuss about waking up early in the morning? Why your mother keep on pestering you from the day you started your school to get up early in the morning? What’s so magical about getting up early in the morning? Let’s get it clear that every person is different. Some [...] The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.
  • top 9 famous quotes of chanakya

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice. Chanakya was an acclaimed Indian teacher, philosopher, and royal advisor. A professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya is widely credited for having played the most important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Maurya empire was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. [...] The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice. Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself for studies? Or do you want to find the ways to motivate your children for studies? If your answer is yes to above questions then I think you are landed on the right place. In this article, I am going to share some of the practical things [...] The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Walking lesson: learn to walk really?

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice. Since I was working continuously sitting in front of the computer my mother was forcing me to go for a walk in the park. I also needed a break so I decided to go for an evening walk and get refreshed. But this evening walk turn out to be very fruitful for me in more [...] The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice.
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    Sessa Daily

  • Baby G is…8 Months Old!

    3 Dec 2014 | 1:27 am
    The post Baby G is…8 Months Old! appeared first on %% I can’t believe she is 8 months old. Time is going by way too fast! We just had our 8 month check up though so I’m ready to update you on where she’s at! Weight: 16lbs 9oz (she’s getting heavy to lift out of her crib in the mornings! My back is beginning to ache…) Feeding: She still absolutely loves her food. She has 3 proper meals a deal – breakfast, lunch and dinner – as well as a mid morning snack and sometimes an afternoon snack too. I think she’s actually…
  • Moods of Motherhood

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    The post Moods of Motherhood appeared first on %% Hi guys, As you can see I’ve been very quiet this past month. This is because we have been going through huge changes and I’ve been doing my best to process everything. Which brings me perfectly to this post – Moods of Motherhood (see end of post for more details). Baby G is almost 8 months old. And by almost I mean literally two days away from turning 8 months old. I’ve been feeling incredibly sentimental about it all this past month because she is going through SO many changes and it makes me…
  • Baby G is… 7 months old!

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The post Baby G is… 7 months old! appeared first on %% Since we had internet issues when we moved house, I actually only posted Baby G’s 6 month update a few weeks ago…and here we are, ready to talk about the fact that she is 7 months old. Whatever about that – can you believe it’s only 7 weeks until Christmas? But I digress… Weight: No idea since we don’t get weighed regularly anymore. But I can tell you that her clothes are getting harder to pull up and her leggings today kinda sorta looked like they had been spray painted…
  • October Favourite Photos

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    The post October Favourite Photos appeared first on %% Here are a few of my favourite photos from October. I cannot believe it’s November and only about 7 weeks until Christmas. WHAT IS HAPPENING?? Time is just flying past these days! Also, it’s suddenly gotten very cold. I was half thinking we might be in for a mild winter but this morning we woke up frozen and I could see my breath in the air in the kitchen. So, I guess it’s time to crank up the thermostat and have the heating come on for longer bursts now, not just for hot water. No new pictures to…
  • Baby G’s 1st Halloween!

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    The post Baby G’s 1st Halloween! appeared first on %% Happy Halloween everybody! It’s Baby G’s 1st…and here are some pics I took of her in her costume. Hope you all have fun plans! Can’t believe it’s November tomorrow. How is this year going by so fast?? If you like what you see, please be sure to check out Sessa Daily - An Irish parenting and lifestyle blog bringing you a little dose of my life as a new mother… for more content!
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  • Jurong Bird Park

    4 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    We just went to Jurong Bird Park on 1 December and my boys enjoyed themselves! There was light rain in the morning, but when we reached there, the weather had cleared mostly. There was slight drizzle for a short while, … Continue reading → Tags:  african penguin, aviary, carribean flamingo, conure, iguana, jurong bird park, king penguin, manmade waterfall, pelican, scarlet ibis, stork Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  2 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Dinner, Music, Art and Ninja Skills…
  • 10 Free Activities To Do In The Holidays

    29 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    This is the holiday season and it is time for gifts, or is it? My children get plenty of gifts round the year from us and grandparents, so there is no real reason to get them more presents. What they … Continue reading → Tags:  holiday activities Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  12 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Playing Dinosaur Charades  Montessori Method - An Introductory Workshop  Today I Am Loving  Garisms – Funny Quips from GarCopyright © [10 Free…
  • Mixed Up Upper And Lower Case Letters

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    With El having pen pals, I observed closely in ages how he wrote. When he was very young in N1, he would write gibberish, or sometimes nonsense words with random letters put together. As he became older, he wrote words, … Continue reading → Tags:  dysgraphia, mixed up upper and lower case letters Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Favourite cartoons  Today I Am Loving  Wild Kratts  El's new school  Self Care - Setting Physical…
  • The Artists Who Painted

    8 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    After buying art supplies, we had a few painting sessions. They love to paint! Gar loves to dip his paintbrushes into the water, so he ends up with very wet paper. El uses more vivid colours and he painted a … Continue reading → Tags:  rainbow colours, watercolour paintings Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Obsession With Dinosaurs  Drawing Faces  We Are Going To The Zoo  Baby Talk  How To Encourage Young Advanced…
  • El Gets International Pen Pals

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Pen pals! Do you remember the time when you paid a few dollars to get pen pals from all over the world? There was a service which my classmates told me about. I remember I had pen pals from Indonesia, … Continue reading → Tags:  international pen pals, pen pal, pen pals for gifted children, posting letter Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    7 Ways To Advocate For Your Gifted Child  El's Sports Day  Garisms – Funny Quips from Gar…
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    The Stir By CafeMom: Big Kid

  • 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb': Should Your Kids See It?​

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Post by Judy Dutton. Going to the museum with your kids is fun, but seeing those Eygyptian pharaohs and tiny diorama cavemen actually walk and talk? That's a whole new level of cool -- and the reason why the Night at the Museum movies, in which Ben Stiller plays a night guard at the Museum of Natural History who discovers that the artifacts come alive at night, have become such a big hit with families. On December 19, the third movie in this series, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, hits theaters, and kids will likely be clamoring to see it. So should you take them to the theaters?
  • Quiz: Does Your Kid (Still) Believe in Santa?

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    Post by Suzanne Murray. Santa Claus is coming to town! You might think your kid still believes in the white-bearded guy in the red suit, but he could simply be pulling the Santa cap over your eyes to make sure those presents are under the tree. Take our quiz to find out for sure how vigilant you have to be about keeping the Santa secret.Santa Claus is coming to town! You might think your kid still believes in the white-bearded guy in the red suit, but he could simply be pulling the Santa cap over your eyes to make sure those presents are under the tree. Take our quiz to find out for sure how…
  • 20 Most Hilarious Answers Kids Have Given on School Tests (PHOTOS)

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    Post by Suzee Skwiot. Here's a question for you: if a kid answers a question with an answer that's clever, sassy, but technically correct, do they still earn the grade? Maybe they should. Don't we want our kids to be creative? To think outside of the box? From inventing their own multiple-choice answers to pointing out the obvious, these hilarious test responses from students may not have sent them to the top of the class, but their parents should have gotten a good laugh out of them. We did! We consulted the Internet and moms to get the cheekiest, boldest, and funniest test responses from…
  • How to Tell Your Kid the Truth About Santa

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Post by Judy Dutton. It's bound to happen sooner or later: your kids discover your stash of "presents from Santa" in the closet. Or you notice an eye-roll when you propose visiting St. Nick so they can fill him in on what they want. Or your kids come home saying they've heard rumors that Santa is a ruse. However your kids start questioning whether Santa is real, it's a pivotal moment where you've got to weigh carefully whether it's truly time to give up this charade -- and if so, how to break the news without spoiling the Christmas fun.The first thing to consider is the age of your child.
  • How Watching Trash TV Was Good for My Kids (And Me)

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    Post by Stephanie Booth. My kids had never even heard of beauty pageants until a fateful visit to my mom's house last summer, where one evening, she unapologetically announced it was "time for trash TV!" and clicked on the latest episode of TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras. My then 6-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son -- who have been carefully weaned on PBS Kids and are forbidden to watch most Disney Channel shows -- were mesmerized. I was horrified.I'm not a fan (understatement) of reality TV, which, in just 22 minutes, can turn a complex individual into Flat Stanley while breathing (years of)…
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    Loving Moms Diary

  • Tips to Balance A Newborn and Chores

    Gloria Duff
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Having a baby is fun, exciting and even a little bit scary. You will want to donate all of your time to taking care of baby and enjoying the snuggles that come with it. What people may not tell you is that life still goes on even after you are in baby gaga land with your new little one. Dishes pile up, carpets get dirty and errands still need to be run, even if you want to spend all your time hanging out with diapers and bottles. So, unless you are one of the few lucky ones who has an extraordinary amount of help in your home, you will be able to benefit from these balancing tips that come…
  • How to Tell if Your Baby is Breathing Abnormally

    Gloria Duff
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Your new family member is a brand new experience for everyone in the household. Taking care of a baby requires attention to minute details overlooked before the birth. From the nursery’s temperature to the bedding, every environmental factor contributes to the baby’s comfort. Because the child is just developing, their breathing patterns are different from a grown adult. Even if you have the best baby monitor, it’s often difficult deciphering between normal and abnormal breathing. Common Breathing Problems Among Babies Blue Hue You may have read all the baby monitor reviews,…
  • Simple Useful Tips on How to Put Your Baby to Sleep Safely

    Gloria Duff
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Babies spend a significant amount of time sleeping, and it is crucial that they are able to do so safely. Your baby’s nursery should have as few hazards as possible so you can avoid the risks of SIDS, suffocation and strangulation. Crib reviews, baby monitor reviews and other descriptions of products for infants can help you make informed safety decisions. Even with the best baby monitor monitoring your child, it’s important to take every precaution and make sure you are putting your baby to bed safely. Preventing the Risk of SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which is also known…
  • Practical Tips on How to Get Babies to Sleep and Stay Asleep

    Gloria Duff
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    One of the biggest problems that parents have when it comes to their babies is the baby’s inability to sleep through the night. Parents may lay awake at night watching the best baby monitor while their child laughs, cries or simply stays awake throughout the night. No matter what baby monitor reviews parents look at, they will probably find that many parents are having the same problems as them. There are a few ways that parents can help get their babies to go back to sleep and these ways include establishing a routine, giving the baby the most comfortable sleep position possible and…
  • Few Tips on How to Childproof Your Home

    Gloria Duff
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Whether you have a new bouncing baby or a seasoned toddler roaming the house, there are countless dangers around every corner. From sharp corners to chemicals in cabinets, your home needs a thorough evaluation before any child explores the space. Get down to their level by sitting on the floor. The entire home looks different as you pinpoint specific areas to childproof. 5 Simple Ways to Start Childproofing Your Home Cover the Outlets Even if you’re concentrated on finding the best baby monitor, don’t overlook the outlets it must plug into. Inspect every electrical outlet in the…
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    Mom Fuse

  • Acetaminophen Dosage PSA

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Acetaminophen Dosage PSA Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly taken pain killers in the world. When properly dosed, it is safe and effective, perfect for mild to moderate pain, and perfect for daily use. Because it is cheap...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Julep Mystery Box $24.99 ($150 Value) + FREE Expedited Shipping

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Julep Mystery Box $24.99 ($150 Value) + FREE Expedited Shipping Julep saved the best Julep Mystery Box of the year for last – just look at those two colors that come in the Naughty & Nice Mystery Box; Just think, for...Read the whole entry... »          
  • 5 Places You Have To Visit When Traveling To Dubai

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 5 Places You Have To Visit When Traveling To Dubai If you’re planning for a great vacation soon that takes you out of the country to see the sights of the world one of the most popular places to visit is Dubai. Dubai has...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Giveaway: These Are A Few of Our Favorite Toys for The Holidays

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Giveaway: These Are A Few of Our Favorite Toys for The Holidays Welcome to our list of a few of our favorite toys for the holiday season. Along with a list of our favorites, we’re going to be giving some of them away for...Read the whole entry... »           CommentsThe Dino Pet is my favorite! What a unique product that my ... by Janet W. 
  • Mottos Flip Flops and Custom Charms Giveaway

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Mottos Flip Flops and Custom Charms Giveaway Although you wouldn’t think of flip flops as your typical holiday gift, the Mottos Flip Flops are perfect year round since they are sold as a complete box set with fun...Read the whole entry... »          
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    MinneMama Adventures

  • Christmas Joy Check-In + A Kind (and Edible) Giveaway

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:12 am
    I’m so excited that we have officially entered the second half of our Christmas countdown days! That means we are in the home stretch and Santa will be visiting sooner than later. Are your gifts wrapped? Is your tree decorated? Are you preparing to celebrate in other ways? Did you buy the Turducken yet (this one’s [...] The post Christmas Joy Check-In + A Kind (and Edible) Giveaway appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Jump, Little Monkeys: The Monkey House in White Bear Lake

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    THE MONKEY HOUSE  |  WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN  |  VISIT WEBSITE  We’ve all been there. Your preschooler is in desperate need of an energy drain. It’s freezing cold outside.  But the idea of taking your little runaway to a chaotic, off-leash indoor play area is what your nightmares are made of.  (No, dear readers, I [...] The post Jump, Little Monkeys: The Monkey House in White Bear Lake appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • { 25 Days of Christmas Joy }

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Fa la la la la…Hey wait, I have an idea! While you’re out there being merry and jolly, choose also to be generous and kind. ‘Tis the season to be giving. To share what we have with others. To give thanks for what we have. And to do it [...] The post { 25 Days of Christmas Joy } appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • All Tangled Up: The Whimsy Factory Costume Giveaway

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Congratulations to our winner, Stephanie B.  We hope your little princess enjoys her new dress!   Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair! Awhile back, we reached out to The Whimsy Factory regarding a potential giveaway because their products are seriously more than adorable! We were thrilled when we got an email back saying they would [...] The post All Tangled Up: The Whimsy Factory Costume Giveaway appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Growin’ Up

    15 Nov 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Last night was supposed to be a movie night. We were supposed to put on our sweatpants, make popcorn and drown ourselves in blankets and pillows. It was how our Friday night was supposed to go, according to Friday morning’s short-and-sweet weekend agenda conversation with my husband. Movie night. Done deal. Fast forward to the after [...] The post Growin’ Up appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
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    The Kidizen Blog

  • Meet Katherine, the Mama Behind Style Addiction

    Dori Graff
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Hi Katherine! Tell us a bit about yourself and your family.As of March of this year, I am a stay at home mom. Previously, I was a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company. My husband also works in the healthcare industry. I have 2 kids, Madison is 4 going on 15, and Alex is 2. We live in the suburbs of Chicago in Plainfield.We would love to hear your Kidizen story, how did you get started?I started with Kidizen pretty recently (I think in August or September). I have always thought that running a kids consignment shop would be fun, but I would never be able to do the hours as my family keeps me…
  • Kidizen Giveaway!

    casey swanson
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Find all the info, rules & where to find your referral code here!
  • Weekly Giveaways

    casey swanson
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    First you'll need to make sure you have the newest version of the Kidizen app.Everyone on Kidizen has their very own referral code. You'll find yours under the Friend tab on the Kidizen app. Share this code with friends right from the app via Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS. When a friend signs up for a Kidizen account, both you and your friend get entered into the Kidizen weekly giveaway.Share it again! Every time someone new signs up with your code, you get entered again. Share with as many folks as you can, to rack up entries and increase your chances! And if you have a shop…
  • Hipster KID Picks.

    casey swanson
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    It's Friday! That means our favorite Mombassador, Heather, is bringing us more of her best hipster picks for the week. Brands of interest for this Kidizen include: Bobo Choses, Mini Rodini, Beau Loves, Saltwater Sandals, Mini Melissa Shoes, Anthem of the Ants, Hello Apparel, Converse, Little Boogaweezin, Kid + Kind, Ace & Jig, Mini & Maximus, Mag + Pie, Freshly Picked, Raine and Monet, Sweet Luka Mo, Winter Water Factory, Minnetonka, Misha Lulu, Popupshop, Paper Wings, Toms, plus VINTAGE & more!!!!Make sure to join Heather's Facebook Group Hipster KID and the Kidizen Facebook page…
  • This Week's Giveaway on Kidizen

    casey swanson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    About The Measure:We create girls clothes that embody the nostalgia and magic of childhood, that allow your tiny adventurer the freedom to explore the woods, yet still look proper enough for tea with Grandma.We're preparing her for wandering, and for coming home. Sizes 3-6m - size 8.A note from Kiki, Designer/Owner:I believe in little joys and hidden exultations. I believe in climbing trees as much as possible. I believe the ocean is more exhilarating than the Taj Mahal. I believe in the transformative power of clothing, and I strive to give you special pieces you and your daughter will…
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    Growing Children

  • 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…
  • Now in Chinese!

    Kim Allsup
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Seven Reasons to not (always) Answer Your Child’s Questions has been translated into Chinese at this site : using the lovely photo above. It has been viewed by almost 2,000 people who visit this Waldorf website. I have been enjoying learning a few Chinese characters by entering parts of the post in Google translate.  Many thanks to the person who translated this post into Chinese. November 1, 2014, now over 2,700 views. I wish I could have a conversations with a person who read this in China so I could learn their thoughts about the idea of encouraging…
  • Seven Reasons to Not (always) Answer Your Child’s Questions

    Kim Allsup
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Originally posted on Growing Children: Childhood questions about facts and philosophy are a bit like childhood requests for small favors. “Mommy, you have to carry my backpack. It’s too heavy.” “Daddy, I can’t find my coat. You look for it, please, pretty please?” Of course you don’t want to ignore your child’s requests or their questions. Some small favors and some questions clearly call for parental follow through, for instance when your child will miss the school bus if you don’t find the coat. Other questions and requests, however, are an opportunity to encourage your…
  • Toddlers blooming in the Garden: Finding Wonder

    Kim Allsup
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Originally posted on Growing Children: Part Two of Four “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” ― Rachel Carson Wonder in the first years of life creates the roots of self-motivation. It is the foundation of a personal connection to the world, the nexus of the self. Wonder cannot be scripted. It arrives unbidden. And while we cannot call forth wonder just wen we want it, we can be expectant. The best a person can do is to…
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    Mama of 3 Munchkins

  • Make a Christmas Window Valance with Your Favorite Ornaments

    Ty Watson
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Because I entertain a lot in December, I decorate every square inch of my “public” space: living room, family and dining rooms, kitchen, entry, and even the bathrooms. But I rarely decorate the upstairs, mostly because I run out of time (and steam), which is too bad, since my office and craft rooms are on […]
  • 7 Cool Tech Gifts for Everyone on Your List from Best Buy

    Ty Watson
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The product reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. As a blogger, I embrace technology and can pretty much FIGURE out my way around most of it. For the average person, though, sometimes it’s hard to buy a […]
  • Ty’s Gift Idea of the Day: Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit

    Ty Watson
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone on your gift list — then look no further than the Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit. In a nutshell, it’s a label maker that makes beautiful satin labels you can use to personalize OR label just about anything your heart desires. This wondrous […]
  • Spruce-Up Your Dining Room Table with this Fun Feather Frenzy Table Styling Kit

    Ty Watson
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Did you know that feathers are hot this year? Not only in the fashion world but in home décor, there is a feather frenzy. I love feathers. I think they’re the perfect addition to lots of things, including my dining room table. Check out this Feather Frenzy Table Styling Kit I was asked to review. […]
  • Looking For The Best Camera This Holiday? Best Buy’s Got You Covered!

    Ty Watson
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The product reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. When it comes to technology, a few names come to mind. Nikon, Sony, and Samsung, for example. The best place to find all of those things at great prices? […]
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    TripleZmom, not Supermom

  • While You Were Busy (volume 2)

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    All the news parents can use. . . . . this week. 1. This is the greatest explanation for why your kid's math homework looks different than your math homework. 2. Boys may be meaner than girls. As someone who spent 8th grade being tormented by a group of boys every day in social studies class, while simultaneously being bad mouthed and excluded by the girls she thought were her friends, I'm
  • 10 Safety Rules For Everyone

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    The inspiration the entire basis for this post comes from a great infographic on But while I loved the sentiment and advice, I knew my kids would be distracted by the graphics and the wordiness. So I figured I'd simplify both and share, in case your kids are anything like mine.  1. I am in charge of my body.  2. I always check with someone before I go places, change my
  • While You Were Busy

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    You know how LifeTime movies always have those, "inspired by true events" preambles? As if they're saying, "We were intrigued by this news story, but we wanted to turn it into fan fiction." Well, this post is shamelessly stolen from Dave Pell. Dave Pell writes a daily email newsletter that is awesome at covering what's happening on the internet/in the world. I'm not half as clever as Dave Pell.
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    Spymaster Pro Official Blog

  • 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 […]
  • WhatsApp Increase Group Chat Limit!!

    30 Nov 2014 | 10:43 pm
    For all people having different big friend circles, here is a great news for you, from WhatsApp! The group chats can be just double the present number. Yes, you can now increase the present limits of your nexus from 15 to that of the 50 members in an individual chat group created where the group […]
  • WhatsApp Updated The Android App, By Default End-To-End Encryption

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Great news for all the love birds! Lastly they find some space for themselves to have endless talks without any hindrance. The popular cross-platform mobile app- WhatsApp Messenger have granted them some online privacy across the world by establishing a default aspect of end-to-end encryption in it. With around 600 mn. account holders, the most […]
  • Snapping A Selfie: A Trend Or A Threat?

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:46 am
    Selfies- A short-form for Self Portrait photographs. Selfies have created upsurge in the world of new media, Social Networking Sites. Every second person has started posting their self pictures on social medias. The latter is the most famous and latest genre of the photo as people, especially youngster, finds it amusing and lively to take […]
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    When the Dust Settles

  • Oakley Bottle Rocket Glasses – Review

    Ashley Beolens
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    In summer the majority of us will break out the sunglasses at the slightest hint of sunshine, yet in winter when the sunshine’s we will often just squint and deal with it. It’s odd really and probably damaging our eyes, but not me, well not any more. When Shade Station contacted me (under my Views from an […] The post Oakley Bottle Rocket Glasses – Review appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • My Survival List Top 10 – #5 A Comfy Bed

    Zoe Halliday
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    5: A Comfy Bed A comfy bed can be a sanctuary in a storm, a place for rest, relaxation and well, other stuff! but there are two main reasons why I added a comfy bed to my survival list. The first reason is probably obvious to any new mothers when that new baby comes home […] The post My Survival List Top 10 – #5 A Comfy Bed appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • My Survival List top 10 – #4 Slow Cooker

    Zoe Halliday
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    4: Slow Cooker There is nothing nicer than coming home from a long shift at work or a day out with the family to the smell of food. Imagine the scene if you will; a winters afternoon and its already dark. You have aching feet and have argued with the other half over what you […] The post My Survival List top 10 – #4 Slow Cooker appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • My Survival List Top 10 – #3 Bedtime Routine

    Zoe Halliday
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    3: Bedtime Routine A set bedtime routine has helped in more ways than one. It ensures that the little darlings get enough sleep to grow and develop. It also give us something to aim for, when the tantrums come and the teenage attitude kicks in, there is an end in sight. You know that it’s […] The post My Survival List Top 10 – #3 Bedtime Routine appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • My Survival List Top 10 – #2 Wine and Chocolate

    Zoe Halliday
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is day 2 of my top ten list. My day 1 post was all about my craft box and entertaining the children.  This post is all about entertaining the adults! 2: Wine and Chocolate I’m not sure I need to elaborate on this one much.  There is nothing nicer than that first sit down […] The post My Survival List Top 10 – #2 Wine and Chocolate appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
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    Parenting The Modern Family

  • 5 Immaterial Christmas Gifts That Instill Self-Esteem, Self-Reliance, and Competence

    Dr. Becca
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:12 pm
        Our kids LIKE getting multiple presents under the tree, but gifts that can’t be wrapped are the most precious gifts that you can give your child this year.   We all know this. Parenting 101 tells us that Continue reading → The post 5 Immaterial Christmas Gifts That Instill Self-Esteem, Self-Reliance, and Competence appeared first on Parenting The Modern Family.
  • How To Handle Your Kid’s Holiday Entitlement So You Don’t Have To Be The Family That Cancels Christmas

    Dr. Becca
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:55 pm
      Have you heard of the parents that cancelled Christmas this year because they were tired of the entitled attitudes of their 3 young kids (ages 5, 8, and 11)? John and Lisa Henderson explained to the media that they Continue reading → The post How To Handle Your Kid’s Holiday Entitlement So You Don’t Have To Be The Family That Cancels Christmas appeared first on Parenting The Modern Family.
  • How MODERN FAMILIES Enjoy The Holidays: 5 Tips For Surviving The Holidays

    Dr. Becca
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
      When you think of nontraditional families and the holidays, what comes to mind for you?   A divorced mom and dad arguing in front of the kids about who gets the kids for Christmas morning? A single mom too Continue reading → The post How MODERN FAMILIES Enjoy The Holidays: 5 Tips For Surviving The Holidays appeared first on Parenting The Modern Family.
  • My MODERN FAMILY Spends Thanksgiving in San Felipe

    Dr. Becca
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:07 pm
      Because my MODERN FAMILY had so much fun spending Thanksgiving in NYC last year, we decided to take another trip for Thanksgiving this year. We decided to spend Thanksgiving 2014 at Keith’s parent’s vacation house in San Felipe in Continue reading → The post My MODERN FAMILY Spends Thanksgiving in San Felipe appeared first on Parenting The Modern Family.
  • Blog Update

    Dr. Becca
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
      I just wanted to address some of the questions I have been getting from loyal readers lately.   I have not been posting articles as much lately because I am currently studying for the California Psychology Supplemental Examination (CPSE). Continue reading → The post Blog Update appeared first on Parenting The Modern Family.
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