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  • 5 ways to fight fair (or not at all) in front of the kids

    BabyCenter Blog
    Melissa Byers
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    by Melissa Byers posted in Mom Stories I'm not sure a day goes by when my husband and I don't disagree about something. It's human nature. But how you proceed from there and how it affects those around you is wide open. Do you try to solve the problem or fight to be right? Are... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Republicans tone down Benghazi talk as elections near

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    When the House voted in May to authorize the select committee, which could cost taxpayers up to $3.3 million to operate, the media attention such a panel was sure to draw was a huge part of the attraction for the Republicans who pushed for it. They wanted a channel to attack President Obama and the Democrats in the lead-up to the midterm election — so much so that House Democrats weren’t even sure they wanted to appoint representatives to the panel out of fear it would legitimize the GOP’s charged rhetoric on the issue. But the politics of Benghazi have shifted. Domestically, the GOP…
  • Facts, Myths, and the Stool DNA Test

    MedPage Today Pediatrics
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    (MedPage Today) -- Publicity surrounding the FDA's approval of a stool DNA test for colorectal cancer screening made fact and fiction difficult to distinguish, says one gastroenterologist who wants to set the record straight.
  • The Very Hung Caterpillar

    Daddy Types
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Thanks to the badly placed sticker, I'll never be able to look at this book in the same way ever again.— Mike Clarke (@Mr_Mike_Clarke) August 31, 2014 There's also a pop-up book. [amazon via dt reader brandon]...
  • Perfect Food with the iGrill Mini

    Dave Taylor
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    I like using my BBQ grill – a Weber, in case you’re curious! – because the food comes off the grill tasting delicious and it’s basically zero cleanup, which is way better than facing a messy kitchen. Last night I had a group of friends over and everyone had something different to cook, so we had salmon, steak, hot dogs, veggie burgers and five ears of corn on the grill simultaneously. The challenge is that not everything cooks at the same speed nor is it obvious when things are done. For the corn and the hot dogs it’s easy to guess and no real danger if…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • 5 ways to fight fair (or not at all) in front of the kids

    Melissa Byers
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    by Melissa Byers posted in Mom Stories I'm not sure a day goes by when my husband and I don't disagree about something. It's human nature. But how you proceed from there and how it affects those around you is wide open. Do you try to solve the problem or fight to be right? Are... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Angelina's kid-crafted dress & 11 more fun wedding tidbits

    Sara McGinnis
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were not kidding around when they said they wanted their six children to be involved in the ceremony that would make them husband and wife after nine years together. It turns out that not only did the kids (Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9,... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Carrie Underwood's pregnancy announced by the pets!

    Sara McGinnis
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Carrie Underwood is pregnant! Sharing the big news on Twitter, the mom-to-be wrote Monday, "In honor of 'Labor' Day...Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn't be happier!" Seen on the singer's lap are her two pooches, wearing "I'm going to be a big brother"... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Talking back to babbling babies isn't silly, it's smart

    Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. posted in Mom Stories Imagine two babies. Both see an interesting toy bear. Both smile and coo about it. They might even be trying to say the word "bear": "Ba-ba-ba." But in the next second, something happens that sets each on a different path. One baby gets a relevant response from... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • "Whoa!" Nicole Kidman opens up about giving birth

    Sara McGinnis
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Nicole Kidman is nearly at a loss for words when it comes to describing giving birth to daughter Sunday Rose Urban. The actress, who became mom to two kids through adoption, gave birth to her third and welcomed a fourth via surrogate, has tried to sum up the experience... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

  • Republicans tone down Benghazi talk as elections near

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    When the House voted in May to authorize the select committee, which could cost taxpayers up to $3.3 million to operate, the media attention such a panel was sure to draw was a huge part of the attraction for the Republicans who pushed for it. They wanted a channel to attack President Obama and the Democrats in the lead-up to the midterm election — so much so that House Democrats weren’t even sure they wanted to appoint representatives to the panel out of fear it would legitimize the GOP’s charged rhetoric on the issue. But the politics of Benghazi have shifted. Domestically, the GOP…
  • How does a police department lose a Humvee?

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    Among the issues that Obama is likely to find is that the program lacks oversight and accountability. Once Pentagon weapons reach the 8,000 police departments that participate in the program, many of them in tiny towns, the federal government has little control over them. The departments are not allowed to sell or dispose of any of the 1033 program's “controlled” items, which include small arms and tactical vehicles. An agency in each state takes over responsibility for checking the inventory once a year and reporting anything missing to the Defense Department’s Defense Logistics…
  • Russia and NATO go head to head

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    Russia vowed on Tuesday to adopt a beefed-up military doctrine over NATO's plans to establish a rapid-response team that could ward off the Kremlin's expansion into Ukraine and feared push further west. Moscow's surprise announcement added a new and threatening new layer of tensions ahead of NATO's two-day summit that starts Thursday in Wales and will see Ukraine's beleaguered leader Petro Poroshenko personally lobby US President Barack Obama for military help.
  • U.S. military attacks Islamists in Somalia

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    A Somali official says the strike targeted the Islamic extremist network's fugitive leader.
  • Doubts over whether Detroit bankruptcy plan gets job done

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:02 pm
    By David Greising, Karen Pierog and Tim Reid DETROIT Reuters) - Detroit’s plan to recover from bankruptcy includes several blueprints for a new future. Detroit is far short of the $1.7 billion it needs over the next 10 years to remove abandoned buildings, replace outdated technology and increase public safety to stem the exodus from the city. “What Detroit needed to start with was a reinvestment program,” said James Spiotto, managing director of Chapman Strategic Advisors, a municipal finance consultancy. “If you don’t solve the systemic problem and fix it for real, all you’re…
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    Daddy Types

  • The Very Hung Caterpillar

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Thanks to the badly placed sticker, I'll never be able to look at this book in the same way ever again.— Mike Clarke (@Mr_Mike_Clarke) August 31, 2014 There's also a pop-up book. [amazon via dt reader brandon]...
  • Area High-End Woodsman Wears Kid On Back

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    One of the 1,200 high-end culture experiences on the globally curious digital storytelling platform Nowness is a short film about visceral artist Elias Hansen, who is not one of the Hanson Hansens, obviously, but who does chop down saplings...
  • Zara Macht T-Shirt

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    The Zara Kids t-shirt which was supposed to have been inspired by old-timey Western sheriffs' badges, but which ended up looking like Nazi concentration camp uniforms has been removed from whatever countries it's being sold in and "exterminated" [!]...
  • Welcome To The Crosswalk Of The Real

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I got pulled into skater/photographer Jerry Hsu's tumblr this morning from another direction entirely, and I found it as disturbing as it is compelling. He captures all these fascinating moments that make me really glad not to be living...
  • Nicely Appointed Playspace At Geneva Airport

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:20 am
    We are on our way home to the US, and are enjoying the hospitality, if not the utter lack of signage at crucial moments, of the Geneva Airport. Daddy Types commends the nursery and playspace within the terminal as...
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  • Perfect Food with the iGrill Mini

    Dave Taylor
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    I like using my BBQ grill – a Weber, in case you’re curious! – because the food comes off the grill tasting delicious and it’s basically zero cleanup, which is way better than facing a messy kitchen. Last night I had a group of friends over and everyone had something different to cook, so we had salmon, steak, hot dogs, veggie burgers and five ears of corn on the grill simultaneously. The challenge is that not everything cooks at the same speed nor is it obvious when things are done. For the corn and the hot dogs it’s easy to guess and no real danger if…
  • Create a Sim so you’re ready for The Sims 4

    Dave Taylor
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I’ve just about survived this first week of school, but it’s been remarkably rough. Change is hard, and going from a super-busy summer to a last-hurrah holiday with Mom up to a dude ranch in Montana and then bam! right into school? Crazy stuff. My real kids = hard. Which is why it’s no wonder I’m eager to get my hands on The Sims 4, poised to be released in just a few days: In The Sims 4 I have control over the behavior of the little human avatars and if they act up? There’s a delete button and no legal or moral consequences. Bwahahaha! I can remember all the…
  • E-Cigarettes are not a safe alternative after all…

    Dave Taylor
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    I’m not a smoker. In fact, I’ve never smoked a single cigarette, cigar or pipe. Which is perhaps why I tend to notice smokers more when I’m out and about, especially at sporting events and other outdoor venues. Particularly when people are walking down the street with their “vapes”, vaporizers that tend to look like tiny hookahs or pipes that I’m more used to seeing as a way to consume drugs. I’m definitely not a fan of cigarettes or similar either, but then again, I haven’t tried it so I don’t know what the experience is like. I do know…
  • Back Off, Helicopter Mom!

    Dave Taylor
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    I was sitting at my favorite coffee shop a few days ago and couldn’t help witness the parenting drama play out in front of me, the extraordinarily overt demonstration of what is popularly called “helicopter parenting”. Let me start with a photo I took (and then blurred out the faces for privacy) so you can see how things were set up: On the left side you can see a tween boy working on a small dry erase board with his math tutor. To his right is his mom, while his big sister is engrossed in her tablet. Mom, as you can see from the angle of her body, is paying close attention…
  • Video Review: AT&T Amber Alert

    Dave Taylor
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The AT&T Amber Alert is a GPS device and tiny one-button cellphone that lets you track where your child is and communicate with them in an emergency situation. But is it marketing to our fears or a legitimate solution to the increasing dangers our children face in a world of child abduction and strange people around every corner? My take in this video commentary: You can learn more about the Amber Alert device from AT&T’s Web site: Amber Alert. What’s your opinion, though? Would you buy one for your child?
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • Movie Review and Giveaway: "Summer in February," Starring Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey"

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    I miss watching new episodes of Downton Abbey on Sunday nights, but I found a little piece of the show last night when I watched the movie, Summer in February. This film stars Dan Stevens, who played Matthew on Downton Abbey, and is also a period piece that takes place in the early 20th century. Summer in February, however, tells the real-life story of artist Alfred (AJ) Munning and the love triangle that forms between him, the beautiful Florence Carter-Wood, and Munning’s friend Gilbert (played by Stevens). All of the acting in this film is superb. Dominic Cooper makes a very believable…
  • Get a Free Personalized Greeting Card from Treat!

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I love the personalized greeting cards at Treat! I send them to out-of-town friends and family members all the time. You can choose different layouts inside the card, and add your own photos and text. And from now until September 2nd, you can get one of these cards for FREE! Click on the banner above to design a card and place your order! Use Promo Code: 1NEWTREAT at checkout.
  • Kohl’s Cares Presents Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter Books and Plush for Only $5 Each Through September 20th!

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter series of books have always been huge favorites in our family. So, I was thrilled to hear that Kohl’s Department Stores are offering exclusive merchandise from Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter for only $5 each! Best of all, they’re being offered through the Kohl’s Care program, which means that 100 percent of the net profit from the sales of items in this collection supports children’s health and education initiatives across the United States. Kohl’s Little Critter collection includes:Books:Little Critter’s Bedtime StorybookLittle Critter Jack and…
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Releases Its New Annual Book, Reality Shock!

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    September is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for Ripley Publishing to release its annual Ripley’s Believe It or Not book! This year’s edition is called Reality Shock!, and (as always) it contains some of the world’s most amazing stories and “jaw-dropping” photographs. These pictures speak for themselves…As you can see, each story and photo is weirder than the last! Chapters include:Believe It!WorldAnimalsSportsBodyPop CultureTransportFeatsArtFoodBeyond BeliefMy 10-year-old boys look forward to Ripley’s annual book every year. They spend hours looking through…
  • Fruit of the Loom Back-to-School Giveaway for a $75 Walmart Gift Card! #TGIBTS

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Written by Mandie at Taking Time for Mommy:#TGIBTS "Thank Goodness It’s Back to School" “Back to School” is a little different for us since we homeschool, but we get excited just like everyone else. We don’t need lunch boxes or backpacks, but the girls love to go back-to-school shopping when we get great deals on clothes and school supplies. We can never have too many socks or paper for them to draw on.My girls were excited to go shopping, so we went to the Fruit of the Loom section, and I bought panties, socks, bras, and camis. We stocked up, and I still had money in the budget, so…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Monday Give Away Linky, Labor Day 2014

    Amy LeForge
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Good Labor Day, Heroes! Summer flew too fast this year, and here we are at the beginning of September already. Phew. I hope life doesn’t speed up any more. I don’t think I could keep up!Today in addition to the linky, we have a terrific giveaway hosted here on the blog. It’s an iSwimBand system. While it shouldn’t replace proper supervision around water, it’s a terrific warning system that can help prevent drowning. You can read all the details in the giveaway post.After you’ve entered that giveaway, please visit the links of other giveaways included here.
  • Keep Kids Safe Around Water With iSwimBand (Give away below)

    Amy LeForge
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I’ve been waiting a long time to review this device, Heroes. It’s the iSwimBand and it can warn parents if a child is in danger in the water. Created by Aquatic Safety Concepts, this app and corresponding sensor are really impressive.There are 2 different applications for this iOS device (the Android version is in development). Put the sensor in the wristband and on your toddler’s wrist, and it will send an alert if submerged in water for more than 3 seconds.Or, you can use the headband for older children and know if their head is under water for more than 20 seconds. This…
  • Monday Give Away Linky, Late August Edition

    Amy LeForge
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Good Monday, Heroes!I still have the goal of finishing up all of the archive edits (mentioned those last week) and getting things back on track with the blog this month. It’ll be nice to get back to regular publishing again!Also, please check in later this week for a new giveaway of a GREAT product.In the meantime, please enjoy the linked giveaways below. An InLinkz Link-up 1 Comment - Read what others are saying about this post...Recent CommentHank McKinseyI look forward to seeing you around more regularly Amy! I wonder what the product could be :OReply this commentRead more…
  • Building a Better Student: Intellectual Arrogance

    Amy LeForge
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I never thought I’d write an article like this. After working with students for more than twenty years to help them embrace the idea that Smart is Cool, I have to call out some students who have abused the notion.This might sting a little.We know that many bright kids throw away their education because they want to fit in with the so-called cool crowd; that’s what my non-profit foundation’s work is all about. And yet we need to recognize that bad behavior can sometimes flow in the other direction.Example Number One:Jacob is a fantastic student, excelling in all of his classes, and…
  • Monday Give Away Linky, Making Progress Edition

    Amy LeForge
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    So, Heroes! We’ve been making fantastic progress around here. Last week saw not only a successful Vacation Bible School program (I have a lot of responsibilities with it), but a wildly successful garage sale right here at Earnest Parenting HQ. We’ve been collecting items and cleaning out closets and corners all summer, and it was positively thrilling to see so much stuff gone. We took 2 small boxes of stuff to Goodwill, and I have some items to put on Craigslist. The house is starting to get put back together again, and all of the extra space is…well, it’s a beautiful…
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  • Mom Outraged District Expects her 11 y.o. to Take Local Bus or Walk 1/2 Mile to School

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Readers – I try to feel for the parents so steeped in the acid of fear that they cannot think straight. So I am trying to feel sympathy for this mom. KING5 News reports: A Seattle mom has never been more terrified to send her 11-year-old child to school on a bus. Karenza Ferris thought her daughter, Zya, would ride a yellow bus during her first year as a middle school student at Jane Addams. Zya assumed the same. “A yellow bus would come, they would pick me up, and they would drop me off at school,” Zya said. Except, just a couple weeks before the start of the school year,…
  • “Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Walk to School — in a Big City”

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:20 pm
    This mom believes that letting her kids walk to school by age 9 — as she did — is not only okay, it’s important: [B]eing out in the world, taking chances, making choices — is a critical part of progressing from childhood to becoming an autonomous adult. It is also an important way for us to reduce our environmental footprint, and in light of growing childhood inactivity and obesity, it is directly linked to a health imperative as well. … When my daughter Alexandra was 9 we had some long talks: she thought it was too far, so we Googled the distance to her school and…
  • Dealing with a Dirty Old Man

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Readers — A 73-year-old Michigan man registered as a sex offender for standing buck naked on his porch as children ride by on the school bus has been ordered to move for doing it yet again.  But as Sandy Rozek, aka Shelly Stow, points out at her blog  With Justice For All: If reports are true and accurate, most would call him him a dirty old man, including myself. My question is, is it necessary to bring to bear the weight of the state of Michigan’s sex offender registry and the forceful removal of an old man from his home to deal with a dirty old man? Most of [us]  remember our own…
  • Kids Protest Safety Rule at School

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    A little child (or two) shall lead us!   Tamati Sagar and Aaron Jones (both 10) love climbing trees, but the practice is banned for safety reasons. The duo surveyed all the school’s parents and found about 90% of them were in favor of allowing their children to climb trees during break times. The boys prepared a pie chart on their findings and presented it to the board of trustees and school staff. Board members were so impressed they relaxed the school rule three weeks ago, and children are now enjoying the freedom to climb trees in the playground. Of course, this story does not come…
  • Why I Don’t Watch What My Kids are Doing Online

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Readers — This surprising story of parental reversal comes to us from Jody Allard, a single mom of seven in Seattle.  Why Stalking Your Kids Isn’t Okay, by Jody Allard Earlier tonight, one of my teenage sons came home from his first date. He plopped down on the couch, kicked off his shoes, and told me pretty much everything. Not in graphic detail, thank God. But enough to know that he’d had his first kiss. As we talked, we briefly discussed consent (in this case, his!), condoms, and his very firm belief that he isn’t ready to have sex yet. After I shared a few condom…
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    Graco Heart to Heart Blog

  • Boost Up for Back to School

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

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

    Ashley Mowrey
    1 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    Longer days and warmer weather just beg for exploration – and with your little one in tow, there is so much to experience! This Summer, we’ve created our own #BabyBucketList to get you started thinking about all of the fun, new things you can do with your little one. All Summer long, we’ll reveal one item on our #BabyBucketList each week and offer additional ideas and prizes (hello, #WinItWednesday!) to help get you on your way. Be sure to share your ideas with other moms and dads in the comments below. We hope you will enjoy making memories with your little one this Summer!
  • Relay™ Click Connect™ Stroller: Everything You Need for a Run (Except Running Shoes)

    Ashley Mowrey
    12 May 2014 | 11:01 am
    As a parent, it may seem like there’s always more “stuff” you need: more diapers, an extra pacifier, wipes, a change of clothes… And, if you purchase a lot of popular performance joggers on the market, you’ll have to purchase more accessories to make the stroller work with your child’s infant car seat or to be able to carry all of your necessities (who wants to jog without a bottle of water?). That’s why Graco is proud to introduce our new Relay Click Connect Stroller – it’s the ultimate performance jogger with all accessories included! You’ll love all of these terrific…
  • Keep Your Family Safe: Take Home Messages from a National Safety Meeting

    Joseph Colella
    9 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    What’s new in car seat designs and features? How are they becoming easier to use and more protective? What is the real-world side of the new Federal regulations being put in place? Many of these questions were answered at a gathering of safety leaders last week, and attendees walked away with shared information, ideas and best practices. The ultimate goal was to empower the families we serve to protect themselves against the biggest killer of young Americans – motor vehicle crashes. The Lifesavers Conference is the only national highway safety meeting of its kind, helping participants…
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  • New Theme: Goran

    Thomas Guillot
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    We have a new free theme to announce today: Goran! Goran Designed by yours truly, Goran is a functional, responsive, multi-purpose theme that’s a perfect option for your business website. Learn more about the free Goran theme at the theme showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.Filed under: Themes
  • Projects Around the World

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re inspired to see bloggers doing things they love and using this platform to make their voices heard. Here’s a look at some interesting projects around the globe. Russell Chapman: Telling the stories of Syrian refugees Image by Russell Chapman Last year, photographer and writer Russell Chapman documented the conflict in Syria and spent time in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. His book, Syria: Refugees and Rebels, compiles images of his time there. Russell is currently working on a project to tell the stories of Syrian refugees rebuilding their lives in Jordan.
  • Ferguson: Ten Bloggers Speak Out

    Ben Huberman
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Many details about the violent death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, remain unclear. What is beyond doubt is the intensity of reactions to this story — in the media and in neighborhoods all over the US (and beyond). Here are ten personal perspectives on this event and its aftermath, from writers representing a diverse cross-section of the community. Image by Shawn Semmler (CC BY 2.0)   Gukira Writer and scholar Keguro Macharia reacts with his usual incisiveness to one of the signature chants of post-Ferguson protests : If “Hands Up, Don’t…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Isola

    Ben Huberman
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Whether you’re a personal blogger, a designer, or an artist, Isola gives you a bright, clean space to showcase your work. Its minimalist design stays crisp across devices and screens of all sizes, with generous white space to keep the focus on your content. Isola, a free theme, comes with numerous customization options, from featured images and custom header images to sleek post formats. Let’s take a look at three sites that are already using it to great effect. Design_That’s_It Leon Scott, who writes thoughtful posts on design and technology on his aptly-named…
  • Ten Illustrators To Follow Now

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    From sketches to digital art narratives, here’s a visual journey into the worlds of ten illustrators on Brad Young The drawings at Brad Young Art capture life’s little moments. From pen and ink to watercolor, and gardening to food to neighborhood spots, it’s easy to get lost sifting through Brad’s mix of doodles and sketches. “Macchiato,” Brad Young Art Sarah Goodreau Sarah Goodreau, an illustrator living in Amsterdam, has a distinct style marked with the warmth you’ll find in children’s picture books, as well as the mystery of…
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • I’m a Ambassador! #OrangeTuesday

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Halloween 2010 I’m sure you’re well aware how passionate we are in our love for Halloween. From Halloween parties and themed food to dressing up and decorating, we ADORE Halloween and get so excited once September rolls around, because that means it’s right around the corner! Eeek!! This year, we’ve got another reason to be excited! We’re working with for their second annual Orange Tuesday™ campaign as 2014 ambassadors!, a leading online costume retailer and the authority on all things Halloween (our favorite), kicks off the…
  • 12 Netflix Titles That Promote Kindness and Acceptance #StreamTeam

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. I was a nervous nelly moving here, I admit it. As the kids get older, moving doesn’t get any easier, just harder. Would they find friends right away? Would they eat lunch alone? Who would they meet – would they be nice to my children, or mean? With the long car trips associated with the move, we had a little time to watch some streamed movies on Netflix in our hotel rooms and on the road. These movies, and the talks that inevitably came from these movies, helped gear them up for their first days this past week. Kindness…
  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W34} The Back to School Edition #happinessis

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so very many things for me, and every Wednesday I plan on sharing my answer here with you, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can join us and follow along by using the…
  • Baby Dude’s First Day of Kindergarten

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    I was pregnant with him during the infant stages of this blog, and now, a month shy of turning 6, he started kindergarten today. Many of you who have been reading this site from the beginning have watched him grow up. Somehow I blinked, and this diapered-crawling, baby food hating, light saber lovin’, well-traveled sidekick of mine went from this… … to this. Yesterday, I was a wreck. We had lunch with his older sister – the last time he’d have lunch with her like this EVER. (I’m not good with “last times” at all.) I walked away from the…
  • Our New House Tour (Mostly)

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    While a bulk of the unpacking has been done already, there are still some odds and ends that don’t have homes, or organization for those things (so they’re sitting in boxes until I can figure it out), and our garage has been untouched so far (yikes!). Plus, we’ve done NO planting whatsoever (which is SO unlike me). But, we’ve also had no time, with furnishing/decorating the inside, and school shopping, registrations, etc. We still have a full weekend of more school shopping, hair cuts, etc., to do before school Monday, too. (Can I haz a nap now?) But! It’s…
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    The Committed Parent

  • Bringing Grace and Balance to Your Brain

    Mark Brady
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    This week I’m taking a vacation of sorts. I’m going to let someone else fire the heavy action potentials. Two people actually: Tami Simon, Sounds True founder, interviewing Jill Bolte Taylor. Jill Bolte Taylor & Mom If you’ve been following this blog for awhile and finding it useful, this interview is definitely worth slowing down and savoring. If you were taking this blog for course credit, I’d require you to read this piece several times and then collaborate with two other people and write a 10 page paper on it! Tami Simon Or even better – move it out from…
  • What to Try When You’ve Tried Everything

    Mark Brady
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    Last week my brain threw up the spontaneous, random thought: “You’ve been in the human potential, suffering-reduction business for more than half a century!” That pulled me up short, since I rarely feel that antiquated. Then I thought it might be fun to make a list of all the “growth opportunities” I actually have direct experience with, or that I’ve studied in depth. So I did. Here’s the list that I’ve come up with so far: What’s It All About, Markie? In addition to both the number and variety of things I’ve exposed myself to over…
  • The Most Brain-Damaging Word in the English Language

    Mark Brady
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    Shortly after I completed my terminal graduate degree, it was time to put it to use. I was 42 years old and had been a homebuilder for almost 25 of them. But now the body was tired and needed to cut back on the rough and tumble work of daily construction. But what to do next? I didn’t have any interest in following the traditional trajectory and becoming a job superintendent – telling other people what to do has never been something my brain and body much resonate with – so that was out. I didn’t care to become a developer/producer. Too much stress and I couldn’t…
  • Why You Shouldn’t Beat Your Wife Between 10PM and 7AM

    Mark Brady
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    We haven’t come very far since 1895. Back then it was against the law to beat your wife between the hours of 10PM and 7AM in the City of London. And not because abusing others was against the law in general – it was fine to beat her after 7 in the morning. It was because her wailing violated London’s noise curfew. It kept the neighbors up at night. Across the pond in America those noise curfews are seldom enforced. As a result, women find themselves being beaten in large numbers, day and night. During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 6614 American troops were killed. Compare…
  • Does Wild Weather Adversely Impact Your Brain?

    Mark Brady
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    I can’t recall a single time I’ve tuned in over the last few months when weather hasn’t been a front page story on the nightly national news – tandem tornadoes, baseball-sized hail, furious flood-waters, drought-generated forest infernos – the world’s wild weather is in a significant transition phase, promising only to get wilder. As I watch these news accounts I can feel my breath stall and my body tighten as I imagine the stress of suddenly being homeless, with all my worldly possessions destroyed in a heartbeat. I could simply decide to stop watching…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Where Wisdom Gathers {and #TheBestYes giveaway!}

    Dawn Camp
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    I jog on pavement wet from last night’s rain. Water drips from leaves overhead and a cool breeze drifts in from the woods to caress my legs. I follow the trailhead until it hits the greenway, like the stem of a T joining its top. A glance to the right to make sure I don’t run in front of a bike or a dog walking its owner and then I veer left, following the path my kids’ cross country team took earlier and the woman who crosses before me as I approach the fork. Since she looks neither 20-something nor in training for a marathon, I challenge myself to match her…
  • Download Your September 2014 Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    In July I visited northwest Arkansas and DaySpring headquarters as part of our yearly (in)courage authors’ retreat. A lovely path wound through woods and flower gardens leading from our hotel to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, so my camera and I took an early morning walk there the day I left. Carrying a heavy bag and multiple lenses didn’t sound like much fun, so I limited myself to my macro lens, which still challenges me. When I get it right the results are worth the effort, and even more satisfying because of it. I decided my early morning would be…
  • Just Hold On

    Dawn Camp
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    We’ve been at Six Flags since noon on a perfect July day, but it’s dark now and we haven’t eaten in hours, the kids determined not to waste a moment when they can stroke the sky, inhale the wind, defy gravity, or test the limit of their fears. Food in your tummy isn’t wise when roller coasters are involved, anyway. The park closes in 30 minutes and my 12-year-old son leads us to the Gotham City section of the park, his day apparently incomplete unless he rides the Batman, a roller coaster too intense for my 9- and 10-year-old daughters. He races away and they steer me…
  • IKEA 2015 Catalog and $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

    Dawn Camp
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    I recently attended a blogger event at IKEA Atlanta, celebrating the launch of the 2015 catalog. I’ve been to IKEA many times, but I learned more about their products, showrooms, and corporate philosophy. I’ll share highlights here and images from the new catalog. Enter at the bottom for a chance to win a $100 IKEA gift card! Living Spaces Because we are readers and homeschoolers, our home brims with bookcases, four of which are IKEA. Stand them side-by-side and they look like built-ins. Open-backed styles show the wall color behind them or work well as room dividers.
  • August 2014 Desktop Calendar

    Dawn Camp
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    My, how this summer has flown! This month’s desktop calendar image comes from a lovely bouquet of wildflowers from a farmers’ market on an old town square. I processed it with a vintage feel because that’s how the bouquet felt to me, sweet and simple. Download August’s Desktop Calendar! Small Large X-Large Do you update your desktop with these calendars each month? Feel free to share with your friends via Facebook or Pinterest. Thank you for using them—they’re made for you! August 2014 Desktop Calendar is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2014 My Home…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • Sea glass mobile tutorial

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Remember this? This was the bounty of sea glass that turned us into junkies way back in 2010 on our trip to Nova Scotia. Since then, we’ve added to our hoard from PEI to Vancouver’s Stanley Park, but I never did do anything more creative with it than keep it in glass jars stashed around the house. Not even terribly nice glass jars. Oh the shame! Every now and then I’d pull it out and sort through it, feeling rather like Gollum muttering “my precious sea glass” as I sniffed the last vestiges of salt from the pieces. Three things happened to inspire me to finally…
  • Is it painful to get a tattoo? Not nearly so painful as choosing a tattoo font!

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    As I mentioned yesterday, I finally got my tattoo yesterday. I am so happy with how it turned out and with the whole experience. I am also hugely relieved. I wasn’t worried about the pain. Seriously? I birthed not one, not two but THREE 10 lbs babies, one without medication and two after more than 20 hours of labour. The thing that I was most anxious about was the thing that most vexes me about photography and occasionally blogging – that it wouldn’t turn out in reality to be anything like what I had cooked up in my head, and (unlike photography or blogging) that I would be…
  • Photo of the day: Shine, baby!

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Guess what I did today? Okay, so it was supposed to be a 45th birthday present to myself and I’m a little late, but it’s still my birthday month! Why “shine”? Because it makes me happy, of course! It’s an imperative, for one thing – a sort of reminder to myself that “shine” is exactly what I should always strive to do. And because my Granda’s song was always “You are my sunshine” and because I sang that to all three boys when they were babies. And because of John Lennon’s “We all shine on” and summer sunshine…
  • Photo of the day: Splashing at the beach

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    We spent the day with some friends at the beach. This is pretty much how it went. I like how the black and white reduces the moment to the movement and the moment, and I put just a bit of warmth in the shadows because it was warm and sunny. I’m really liking black and white photography lately, especially for story-telling photos. Speaking of stories, that’s something I’d really love to do more of with my professional sessions this autumn. Planning a trip to the apple orchard or pumpkin picking or just a picnic and wander in the park? Why not bring a photographer along to…
  • Photo of the day: Silly string

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Summertime shenanigans in the back yard! I’ve got mixed feelings about the end of summer, but love that I get to spend this last week of it in the sunshine with my boys. Related posts (automatically generated):Photo of the day: Shine, baby! This week in pictures: (Almost) an entire week of puppy Brothers in the school yard
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  • Why Are We Allowing the Sexualization of Our Girls?

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Over the past few years I have become fascinated by the fashion statements that girls and women of all ages are making.  I believe that there is something underlying the change in fashion I’ve been seeing over the past few years.  I’ll call it the “sexualizing” of girls.  By “girls” I mean children, under the age of 13 for arguments sake. I first noticed the shorts with writing on the behind.  I really have no words for that trend.  What woman really wants the word “Juicy” or “Pink” written on their behind?  Then came the…
  • Raising Good Human Beings: Teaching Children About The World Outside Their Suburb

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    I was recently moved after reading this article in the Huffington Post.   Sadly, the poverty in these photos isn’t shocking to me.  I know just how lucky I was to have been born in a an country with all of the inherent natural resources and technology that exists in the US. Seeing the photos by James Mollison reminded me of someone I recently had the luck to hear speak locally.  Dr. Tererai-Trent spoke locally a few weeks ago and her story was not only emotionally moving, but it moved me to have a conversation with my oldest daughter. As Dr. Tererai-Trent told us her life story I…
  • Pajama Party!

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Last weekend, we were so lucky to be able to join more than 1,000 supporters at the ConKerr for Cancer Pajama Party at the Please Touch Museum.  This was the 2nd Annual ConKerr for Cancer PJ party, and it was truly a night to remember for my kids. Between sewing pillowcases for children with cancer to getting their make-up done to meeting Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz and the Eagles Cheerleaders, the girls had a night to remember! But all that wasn’t the point of the event.  The point was to help children in treatment and their families to enjoy a fun night way from the…
  • Rachel Canning Went Home. What Happens Now.

    12 Mar 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Over the past week, I’ve received a lot of feedback on my letter to Rachel Canning.  One of the most interesting things that I got out of it was the realization that so many people who knew me during that part of my life had no idea what was happening in my world.  People who knew me, who knew my family and were part of my community didn’t know what was going on inside my family, inside my life. I may write more on that topic later, but for now, the idea that the most formative moments in my life went unnoticed is important to this case.  It exemplifies the reality that we, the…
  • An Open Letter to Rachel Canning – And Every Other Teenager Who Wants to Sue Their Parents

    5 Mar 2014 | 9:21 am
    Hi Rachel, Let me start by saying that I don’t pretend to know your story.  What has been printed in the news quite honestly doesn’t sound so terrible.  However, I know from my own experience that parent/child relationships are hard.  I know that parents aren’t always right and that children aren’t always the entitled self-centered people they appear to be. I know that because, back in the day, you and I could have been best friends.  You see, I was where you are now.  I had just been accepted to one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country when my parents…
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    News Moms Need

  • Keeping your child’s eyes safe

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Did you know that August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety month? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “nine out of ten eye injuries are preventable, and almost half occur around the home.” Here are some safety guidelines from AAP to help prevent eye injuries: • Make sure that any chemicals, such as detergents and cleaning fluids, are kept out of reach of children. • Take a look at your children’s toys and watch out for sharp parts, especially for very young children. • Teach your children how to hold scissors and pencils properly when they are young. That way…
  • Accommodations help vacationers with special needs

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Getting a change of scene, even for a day, is GOOD for you and your child with special needs. And now, it is getting easier to do. I have blogged about the importance of taking time for yourself, and have posted tips on traveling with a child with special needs. But, often parents of kids with special needs don’t go on vacation as a family because they feel that their child’s special needs may not be met at hotels, restaurants or in theme parks. But, the chronic stress associated with your daily life can catch up with you; it is not good physically, emotionally or mentally for you to…
  • Join our Twitter chat on pregnancy

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Are you pregnant? Do you have questions about pregnancy? Join us on Thursday, August 28th at 2pm EDT for a Twitter chat and get your questions answered. We will be joining the National Institute of Child Health and Human development (@NICHD_NIH) and the Federal Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health (@FDAWomen) to discuss: • common pregnancy myths • how to reduce health problems during pregnancy • how long your pregnancy should last • important info about labor and delivery Jump in the conversation any time to ask questions or tell us your story.  Follow #pregnancychat.
  • Vaccines and your baby

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    In the first 2 years of life, your baby gets several vaccines to protect her. Most parents dread watching their baby get these shots. But rest assured, vaccinations (also called immunizations) can be more painful for you than for her! She may be uncomfortable for a minute, but these important shots help protect her from some serious childhood diseases like polio, chickenpox, measles, mumps and the flu. All children should be vaccinated for their own health and so they don’t spread infections to others. This schedule shows each vaccine your baby gets up to 6 years. It also shows how many…
  • It’s a marathon, not a sprint

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    All children have their highs and lows, but for children with special needs, the extremes tend to be more extreme.  The typical ups and downs of childhood have higher highs and lower lows. The lows It is hard to watch your child be frustrated because she can’t do the things that her peers can do. Your child’s frustration may take the form of crying, meltdowns or sadness (depending on your child’s age). When you stop to think about it, it seems very reasonable. Adults react much the same way. But, with toddlers or children, they don’t have the maturity to understand their…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • 23 Movies For Teens and Tweens Fall and Holiday 2014

    Jennifer Wagner
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    You might be wondering why I need to write a summer and fall list of movies for teens and tweens when I have already written a yearly list. The reason is that movies and schedules change throughout the year, and many movies that premiere late in the year, weren’t even scheduled yet in January. I […] The post 23 Movies For Teens and Tweens Fall and Holiday 2014 appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 18 Best Movies for Teens Fall 2011 20 Movies For Teens Fall 2013 40 Movies for Teens 2014
  • Star Stable Brings Collaborative Online Gaming to Girls

    Jennifer Wagner
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Star Stable is a virtual game about horses, played on the PC or Mac, made for girls between the ages of 7 and 17. It is also a massive multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG), which are rarely created specifically for girls. Even though there could be up to a thousand girls playing at once, there […] The post Star Stable Brings Collaborative Online Gaming to Girls appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Online Video Gaming and Safety Sony Virtual World Free Online Games for Teens and Tweens Kids Learn About Less Fortunate in…
  • Skype in the Classroom – Don’t Let Your School Miss Out

    Jennifer Wagner
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    Skype has always been a leader in online video calls. However, that same platform can be used for more than talking to friends. The Skype in the Classroom program allows students and teachers to interact with and learn from people around the world. I was invited to the Skype Global Learning Lab to learn about how […] The post Skype in the Classroom – Don’t Let Your School Miss Out appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Skype Mobile – Talk Free with Skype On the Go Skype for Social Good Best Interests of the…
  • 4 Award-Winning Family Board Games

    Jennifer Wagner
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I usually write about the great board games that I find in February after attending Toy Fair. This year I didn’t make it. However, last month I attended a fabulous event, Blogger Bash, packed with toys and games vendors. I received some of the board games to review and my family and I were very […] The post 4 Award-Winning Family Board Games appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Dabble: Fun Mix of Scrabble and Boggle Board Games 5 Board Games for Teens and Tweens from Toy Fair 2013 Educational Games Fun for Teens and Parents
  • Use Movies and TV to Teach Kindness to Kids at School

    Jennifer Wagner
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    Back to school time is here. The ads for back to school clothes and school supplies are everywhere and it is becoming difficult to remember it is still summer. If you are looking to teach your teens and tweens one last lesson before they begin school, make it something that they might not learn in […] The post Use Movies and TV to Teach Kindness to Kids at School appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Share Classic High School Musicals With Your Teens Watching Movies: Where, When and How 10 Inspirational Movies for Teens
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  • 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…
  • “I Don’t Mean This in a Mean Way, BUT…”

    28 May 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Kids say the darnedest things. We all know this is true. But what they say can be quite brilliant if you really listen. For instance, when we were little girls my younger sister would call breakable objects “glassable.” She mixed “glass” and “breakable” and voila! Glassable. My youngest son used to say, “buckle me out” instead of “unbuckle me” when he wanted help getting out of his 5-point harness car seat (and who can blame him for that?!) Thanks to an intense year of being taught the importance of good manners and his genuine…
  • Confessions of a Non-Stage Mom

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    There are four words that can strike fear or love in a mom’s heart. Elementary school talent show. Ahhh, I have such fond memories of mine. I did a tap dance routine with my younger sister every year. I believe in our very first show we wore raincoats and twirled umbrellas to “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddy Rabbitt. Oh, yes, that was a 45 rpm record that we played over and over again until it was so scratched it wouldn’t play anymore. As we got older, we stepped it up with some clogging to “Mountain Music” by Alabama. Yes, that’s how we rolled in…
  • The Lululemon Addiction: Run Times Tank

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    It was unavoidable. For years I heard all of my friends dish about their obsession with Lululemon. Posting on Facebook when they bought a new outfit, usually with the word “Yay!” peppered in or wearing their new street-smart athletic threads around town. When it comes to cute athletic gear, girls built like me usually strike out. Let’s just say sports bras for busty gals are typically horrid. The larger the size, the more fabric. And if you have a thin midsection, then the elastic band underneath never fits. It’s always too big. Plus, thick straps are unavoidable, so…
  • How Martial Arts Transformed a Nonverbal Autistic Toddler into a Thriving 9-Year-Old Sensation

    24 Feb 2014 | 11:08 am
    When he was a happy but nonverbal toddler, our oldest son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Doctors told us they had no idea if or when he’d become verbal or if he’d ever be social enough to have meaningful relationships. The outlook for his future was unknown and grim. Last year, at the age of 8, he performed a kung fu routine onstage in front of a crowd of 300 people, proving any obstacle can be overcome. This year, he will take the stage again Feb. 27 and dazzle the crowd with a martial arts routine consisting of fan-fighting and staff-fighting techniques with his Sifu…
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    Priceless Parenting Blog

  • Continually Negotiating With Kids Is Exhausting

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Do you find yourself worn down from your kids asking for a little more? It might be a little more time to play video games, more time before going to bed or more dessert. Kids have plenty of energy and motivation when it comes to negotiating for something they want!Sometimes it is appropriate to negotiate with your kids. They may have new ideas or information to consider in your decision.However, when you are negotiating on things that come up over and over again, it’s time for a rule. You may want to give your kids input on the rule. Once the rule is established though, the rule is…
  • Smoothly Transitioning Back to School

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Transitioning from the laid-back, flexible summer schedule to the intense school schedule can be tough for both you and your kids. Whereas summer days have few deadlines, school has daily deadlines from getting to school on time to turning homework in. No wonder it’s a difficult change to make! Even if you or your kids are looking forward to fall and school starting, the ending of summer can bring up feelings like sadness, grief and anxiety. All transitions involve an ending. It’s hard to have something you enjoy come to an end. You may still wish to hold onto the summer even as it slips…
  • Taking Time Out to Sharpen Your Parenting Skills

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Would you like to have more fun and less stress with your kids? Even when you know how you'd ideally like your family to operate, it can be challenging to make those intentions a reality. You don't want to yell at your kids, yet you find yourself yelling. You want your kids to treat you with respect, yet you struggle with this. You want to be on the same parenting page as your spouse and yet you have very different approaches with the kids. Raising kids is not easy. In these classes we'll explore ideas that can save your sanity and pave a path to a joyful family life. You'll have time to ask…
  • CEU Credit for Online Parenting Classes

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    The award-winning online parenting classes offered by Priceless Parenting are now approved for CEU credit in California and Washington. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) can receive continuing education credit. These classes have transformed thousands of formerly frazzled families from across the United States to Australia. Parents quickly learn ways to improve cooperation and reduce conflict from the comfort of their own home. After completing a…
  • Talking to Your Kids about Porn

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Do you really need to talk to your kids about porn? Yes. Why? Because it is so prevalent online. Researchers report the average age of a child's first exposure to pornography is 11 years old. Certainly you should take measures to lock down your digital devices so that your young children don’t accidentally stumble into porn. However, as they go to friends’ homes and ride on school buses, they are at risk for being exposed to porn.By bringing up the topic with your kids, you have a chance to discuss your family values and how porn fits into those values. You can let your kids know that if…
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  • Heroes Among Us

    Darryle Pollack
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:42 pm
    In a world where Kardashians are the gold standard of celebrity; where Oscar Pistorius, one of the world’s most admired athletes, is tried on murder charges; our world seems sorely in need of heroes. Yet often heroes seem to be in short supply. Who is a hero?  The official definition:  a person, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.Many qualify who deserve but rarely get our attention. Even though many of us are exposed to heroism on a daily basis….by people who demonstrate character and courage and nobility.Sometimes we wonder how we’d…
  • Birthday Gifts from the Internet

    Darryle Pollack
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Today is a BIG birthday. How appropriate that for someone whose life has centered around the internet for the last few years, the internet came through in a BIG way. So who told Google it was my birthday?  I saw this graphic today and was completely convinced this was a coincidence.  It took me hours to figure out that Google knows all.  Neat trick, Google, and thanks;  I can’t wait to see what you do next year. BIG Thanks to Upworthy for including my TED talk on Upworthy.  (Click here )  — a gift that makes me feel both UP and WORTHY.   BIG Thanks to humans of the…
  • 10 things this picture doesn’t tell you and why you should share it

    Darryle Pollack
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    It’s worth a thousand words for sure.  You can tell a lot just by looking at it.  But not everything.  Here’s 10 things this picture won’t tell you. 1.  She’s had breast cancer .  (That one’s a giveaway.) 2.  Her name:  Barbie Ritzco.  Her name always makes me think of a Barbie doll, which is about the furthest thing from who this Barbie is. 3.  She’s tough.   Breast cancer forces everyone to toughen up but Barbie was uniquely qualified to fight it.  As of this year, she’s served 20 years in the marines. 4.  She first felt her lump when…
  • How Robin Williams almost didn’t get his big break

    Darryle Pollack
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Like everyone else, I’m heartbroken, and reading every word about Robin Williams life and death.  Unlike everyone else, I know a tiny bit of trivia about his career that I haven’t read anywhere else. We all know the story of how Robin hit a homerun with his big break, turning one brief guest shot as an alien on Happy Days into a spinoff Mork and Mindy.  What isn’t known is that Robin nearly didn’t get that chance to shine. In an interview about Robin’s death, Henry Winkler discussed first meeting Robin, mentioning that unlike other guest stars who started…
  • Back to BlogHer

    Darryle Pollack
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    It’s been described as the place where everybody knows your Twitter name.  I think of it as a reunion/party/a big group hug. Here’s a partial list of posts I’ve written about BlogHer over the years. Why BlogHer is a Big Deal to Katie Couric Martha Stewart, President Obama and me On the Huffington Post Hghs and Loos:  It was Katie Couric’s fault that I dropped my phone in the toilet From Losing a Tampon to finding my voice  Backstage at BlogHer: 4 minutes of fame in my underwear  What it’s like being Voice of the Year  Closed Circuit:  First and favorite…
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    Kids Stuff World

  • All Your Family Photos, Safely in One Place

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post, brought to you by LyveHome.  Making memories with my family and capturing our special moments together is what I live for. And, apparently I am pretty good at it. I tallied up all the photos on my phone, camera and iPad this weekend …. and folks, you do not want to know how many “memories” I had recorded. There were more than 3,000 photos on my camera alone since school let out in June! It’s a tad bit ridiculous. Now ask me when the last time I printed actual photos … or even uploaded these pics to my…
  • How to Make Graffiti Leggings

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    If you’ve hung out here for any length of time at all, you know my daughter is a 7-year-old creative force to be reckoned with. She sings her own tune and marches to the beat of some super cool drum I only wish I could hear. She is by and far the coolest girl I know. See. When I partnered with Cricut earlier this year, I did so because I knew right away it would be a great way for the two of us to connect and create all the amazing projects she dreams up. Last month, we collaborated together to make the watercolor art print I have sitting on my desk right now, but lately, she has been…
  • Back to School with Tea Collection

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    I can’t believe we are lacing up our shoes and getting ready to go back to school next week. Seriously, I need a few more days, weeks, months to soak up these tiny people before they sprout on me all over again. Over the summer, they have surely grown half a foot. We had to buy all new everything — even socks and underwear! When choosing clothes for my kids, I have always been of the mindset to let them wear what they like. Dress in a way that makes them feel confident. BE BOLD. BE BRAVE. BE YOU. The best part about getting dressed is expressing yourself, letting a bit of your…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • Legacy Of The Claw

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:06 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - I am always on the lookout for books for Madison to read that catch her attention. Legacy of the Claw fits the bill and is for kids in the middle grades. This book is the first in the new series Animas. This series will be featuring adventurous heroes and their animal kin as they fight to save their kingdom. In the Animas series, kin means more than just family – it is a harmonious link that connects humans and animals. It also guides everything in this world. However, our lead character Bailey hasn’t found his kin yet. Without an Animas,…
  • Reach Complete Care Review

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:47 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - What kind of toothbrush do you use? I recently was able to try out the new Reach Complete Care toothbrushes. Did you know that the toothbrushes include in the Complete Care umbrella have a patent pending triple angle technology? This technology provides three different angles of bristle cleaning – left, straight, and right. It maximizes vertical surface contact for superior plaque removal. These special angled necks also help access hard to reach areas in your mouth. We tried out both the Complete Care Triple Angle Floss and Complete Care Triple Angle…
  • Fun After School Snacks For Everyone

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:18 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - My kids started school last week. Needless to say, getting them back into a schedule again has been somewhat of a struggle. I luck out that my kids eat at a normal lunch time. Will has lunch from 11:30 – 12:00, and Madison has lunch from 12:00 – 12:30. That being said, both my are starving when they come home! There are so many snack options out there. However, it is sometimes nice to mix it up and surprise them with a snack that is both silly and fun. My collection of recipes are both silly and fun, and your kids (and even you) will hopefully…
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    Jolly Mom

  • End of Summer Yogurt, Fruit & Cereal Popsicle Recipes

    Piera Jolly
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The summer is coming to an end and we are trying to savor every last drop of sun, every weekend afternoon lounging at the pool or evening spent on the back porch enjoying a frozen treat after dinner. One of our favorite homemade frozen treats are yogurt popsicles made with fresh fruit and Kellogg’s cereal for a little crunch. They are so easy to make and they make yummy and healthy treats for everyone in the family. Kids also love them as an after school snack and it could even be served as a fun twist on breakfast. Froot Loops, Blueberry & Yogurt Popsicles Ingredients: Vanilla…
  • Join Us for the #OrangeTuesday Halloween Kick-Off Twitter Party

    Piera Jolly
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Have you heard of Orange Tuesday, yet? It’s the new Black Friday! Just like Black Friday signals shoppers to focus on the upcoming holidays, Orange Tuesday, the day after Labor Day, is when shoppers begin to think ahead to fall events, especially Halloween. Orange Tuesday and the official kick-off to Halloween season is September 2nd, and it comes complete with rollout of freak-tastic savings on everything that goes bump in the night. Slashed costume prices, party-starting Pumpkin Buster deals (Orange Tuesday’s version “doorbusters”) and lots of surprises…
  • How To Keep Your Family Active & Healthy This School Year

    Piera Jolly
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    The summer is officially winding down and kids are headed back to school. Lucas actually started the 2nd grade a few weeks ago and already things are super busy. It’s back to early mornings, getting breakfast on the table, rushing out the door to get Lucas to school on time, homework, after school activities, dinner, etc. Craziness! When things get busy, it’s so easy for some of the important things like eating healthy and leading an active lifestyle to fall by the wayside. It’s definitely easier and quicker to skip breakfast or go through a drive-thru for dinner! So today…
  • Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend Tour #OlayXLifeYouWant #Atlanta #Giveaway

    Piera Jolly
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    For the first time ever, Oprah is hosting an eight-city arena tour to empower women across the country to live the life they want. “I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling and summon the courage to live it.” –Oprah Winfrey About the Tour: Friday, Oprah takes the stage in a profound, moving and intimate one-woman show. She brings her story and vision to life, creating a transformative journey for every person in the audience. Saturday, Oprah unleashes that energy, leading a day-long gathering of thousands, with hand-picked “life…
  • NEW Baby Wipes Designs by Pampers! #Giveaway

    Piera Jolly
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Last October, I visited Cincinnati for the Pampers Baby Board Blogger Day at their headquarters. One of the fun things we got to do was to select three of the nine new packaging designs for Pampers Baby Wipes and guess what? They are now available in stores! It’s pretty cool to see the designs that we picked! But even though the packaging may be different, the wipes themselves are still the same wipes we love! Pampers Baby Wipes Features A Thick & Lofty Wipe – Specially designed microfibers provide lofty thickness to enable reliable and easy cleaning. SoftGrip Texture™…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • 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:
  • When did “like a girl” become a put down?!

    Zen Mommy
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:49 pm
    A group of actors, young and old, are audition for a commercial. They are all instructed to perform simple tasks but “like a girl.” Run like a girl. Kick like a girl. Throw like a girl.
  • Training Wheels

    Zen Mommy
    20 May 2014 | 8:06 am
    The next time your child plays out a challenging behavior that seems to come from a "strong-will", see if you can step into the experience from their point of view. Be your child's relationship "training wheels"...
  • Not Perfect Parenting

    Zen Mommy
    7 May 2014 | 7:38 am
    Give your family the gift of YOU. Imperfect, wonderful, awesome-sauce YOU... because when you do, you teach your child it's okay that they're not perfect either. And when we let go of perfect... everything is possible.
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    For Love Or Funny - home of Lynn Kellan, contemporary romance author

  • I gave my kid away

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Well, I did it. I gave my kid away. To college. To reacquaint myself with being a freshman, I dug up a picture of my first dorm room: I’d never met my roommate until we moved in together. She liked kitty cats. I liked Mike Schmidt. We got along quite well, actually. I’m a bit worried about my daughter, however. You see, she was thinking about bringing this to college: I convinced her NOT to bring a stud finder to campus. Instead, I promised to mail her something special to help adjust to college life. I’m mailing her a drawing she made when she was 6 years old, and…
  • Don’t make Snow White mad.

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m not disturbed by the Hereford moose, cow, or bison on the roof. However, I’m shocked Snow White tied two of her dwarves to the chimney. What did they do to anger her?
  • Guilt-free dinner

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    I didn’t feel too guilty about eating the lobster when I realized he was already crawling into the butter. What are you eating for dinner tonight?
  • She was normal when we bought her.

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Our dog spends 80% of her day in her “corner.” She’s got a great view of the yard, the driveway, and the road. Her job is to bark wildly should she spot a squirrel or the UPS truck. PROBLEM: She has absolutely no idea what to do if another dog stops by. Most dogs love to play with other dogs. Ours doesn’t. She moans and complains and wanders away. After conducting extensive research, numerous appointments with psychologists, and devouring a large bag of pretzels all by myself, I figured out why my dog doesn’t want to play with other canines. So, if SHE’S a…
  • Attention all robbers…

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today, we are driving home from vacation. We aren’t going to be in a good mood ‘cuz of mosquito bites, sunburn, and poison ivy. Along the way, we’ll see the inevitable signs that our trip will become more complex. So, if you’re a robber inside our house, you’ll have plenty of time to steal stuff. Please thank us by not making a huge mess. Oh, and make dinner before you leave, okay? Be advised that you won’t be alone. I’ve installed a new alarm system. It’s quiet, but effective. They are dressed for fall, because it’s almost time for…
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    Harassed Mom

  • Accepting the crazy crazy crazy state of affairs

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:02 am
    Every day I drive roughly 60 kilometres*, I do 17 school drop off and collects, I do 10 trips to swimming, 2 trips to dancing, 3 trips to soccer, 4 trips to gym and at least 5 trips to Pick n Pay, Spar, Woolworths and a petrol station. I cook on average 6 dinners a week, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches. I change a minimum of 20 nappies a week, wipe bums at least 7 times a week. We do on average 3 loads of washing every second day**. We go through 5 loaves of bread and 30 eggs a week. I pick up toys about 50000 times a day***, pack washing away at least once a day and look for someones lost something…
  • Does uniformity mean you are conforming? The great uniform debate.

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~Dr. Seuss A uniform does not a conformist make…..or does it? We received a letter from Jacks school asking us to please vote on the implementation of uniforms from Grade RRR (which I think is the 3/4 year olds?) which means, if it is agreed on, that Jack will wear a uniform from next year. I asked online what everyone thought of the idea and the responses where, as they always are with kid related stuff, divided. At the time I asked the question I was still very much…
  • The baby may like us after all. I think. Maybe.

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    For many months I was convinced Emma didn’t like us, particularly me. She seemed unhappy all the time. Apart from the lack of sleep, she just seemed miserable. She hardly smiled and just always seemed like she didn’t like us much. I battle to bond with my children as newborns, it takes me 2/3 months to feel confident enough to say “we have bonded” but with Emma it is only now that I am feeling that bond*. There always seemed to be something wrong. Breastfeeding was a nightmare (not her fault), then she had horrible cramps, then she stopped sleeping, then she stopped…
  • Swimming our way to an empty bank balance! What do extra muruals REALLY cost?

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
      Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her. Mia Hamm   Cameron started swimming with his club last week, it was a very tough week for him. As kids do, he didn’t believe me when I said that a swimming training session is tough. The first two days were tough and he has been in bed way before bed time more evenings than not but he is loving it. I can see he is loving it. He wants to be there, he wants to be up there with…
  • After blogging for 7 years, I have finally decided to take it seriously.

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    Saturday morning I headed off, very excited to attend my first writing workshop with LadyBloggersZA.  I was heading into unknown territory but I had a copy of the google maps and the directions were in my phones GPS (one would assume that was enough). I followed the google maps, all was going well until I reach a fork in the road and neither of the roads were named. Obviously the direction-less idiot in me went the wrong way. I was still pretty chilled though, I reverted to the GPS on my phone because that actually knews where I was. Fast forward and I found myself near the Oriental Plaza…
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    Playground Confidential

  • Panic! Your last-minute guide to back-to-school

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Summer is a season of contradictions for me. By May, I can barely wait for to indulge in lazy mornings and late nights with the kids. I entertain visions of far-flung picnics and afternoons at the pool. I imagine days whiled away at our neighbourhood park, an abundance of fresh local produce, and quick meals ... [Read more...]The post Panic! Your last-minute guide to back-to-school appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Paradise on the beach, Port Stanley edition

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    With thanks to the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation for our wonderful stay in Port Stanley. We stopped to watch Ontario’s oldest draw bridge lift up at the mouth of Kettle Creek, allowing a few sail boats to set off into Lake Erie for the day. We trailed behind the boats on foot, enjoying the picturesque ... [Read more...]The post Paradise on the beach, Port Stanley edition appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • So how’d the camping go?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Funny you should ask. We rolled into a campsite outside St. Thomas, Ontario just after 4pm. I’d picked this particular campground solely for it’s proximity to Port Stanley, Ontario where we had a full slate of family fun scheduled for the next day. (Stay tune for a full recap of that adventure in a day ... [Read more...]The post So how’d the camping go? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Rave & Review

  • Send them back to school on the right note with SOL REPUBLIC {DECK wireless speaker review & giveaway}

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Are you in the thick of back to school planning like I am? There are clothes to buy, glue sticks to stock up on, and there are goodbyes to plan for, because back to school is sneaking up on us quickly. But, what if your baby isn’t quite a baby anymore and those days of construction paper and pencil cases are well behind you? For you, back to school shopping requires some creativity in order to send your child off to school on the right foot. Sure, you need the latest sneakers and some updated clothing, but what I think is more important than that is what your child will be listening to.
  • Clip & Earn with Campbell's Labels for Education #labels4edu #cbias {Cheesy Broccoli Pasta recipe}

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. When I was little, I loved helping my grandma cook and I would help her measure, stir, and taste test whatever we were cooking for our family. Aside from actual cooking, I vividly remember one of my main jobs was to carefully remove all the Campbell's Labels for Education so I could add them to her stack she collected in her kitchen drawer. At the end of every visit, she would place that thick bundle of labels in my hand so I could take them to my elementary school that was…
  • Bumbershoot? {August 30 – September 1 2104 at Seattle Center}

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Yes, Bumbershoot. Not the often mispronounced “Bumpershoot”, which I’m pretty sure doesn’t mean anything at all. We’re talking Bumbershoot, as in the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival that takes place at the end of every summer in Seattle. This weekend thousands of music and art lovers will descend upon the Seattle Center in the shadow of the Space Needle for concerts, comedy shows, and so much more. It’s this variety that truly sets Bumbershoot apart from other festivals, and that keeps us coming back year after year. Just on the music side of things there are artists from…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Back to School with Fruit of the Loom {$75 Walmart gift card giveaway}

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:40 pm
    You know what back to school means? It means fall colors, tall boots, chunky sweaters, steaming lattes, and a whole lot more "me" time - even if I do plan to spend it working. This is the first year I will have both kids in school {even if it's just a few hours a week}, and quite honestly I'm a bit teary eyed about it. But, I know it's so good for both kids to be with kids their own age and learn with their peers that it's hard to be too sad about it. For that reason, I'm saying TGIBTS {Thank Goodness It’s Back to School}. One of the things I'm most excited about is the fact that I...
  • Corolle Dolls have our hearts

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Corolle Dolls is a brand that I will never grow out of. My love of the brand started in my own childhood when I grew up playing with their baby dolls and then later collecting their older dolls as a young girl. Even well after I was done playing with dolls and had purged all my old stuffed animals, my old toys, and my once-sentimental items, I just couldn't get rid of those Corolle dolls I had loved so much. Instead, I packed them away and hoped that one day I would share this love of Corolle with my own children. I was thrilled when not just one, but both of my children gravitated towards…
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    Being a Mummy

  • Review: The Boxtrolls

    Alex Walsh
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    While we were on holiday last week in windy Norfolk an invite hit our inbox for a preview screening of Universal's new animated movie, the Boxtrolls. I have to admit, when I accepted the invite, we didn't really know much about the film. Well, I say "we" didn't, it turns out the boy knew plenty, which just goes to show the power of advertising I suppose. The Boxtrolls is the movie adaptation
  • Our Picture Book Party 2014

    Claire Walsh
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    We were all really thrilled to be invited a Picture Book Party again this year. Last years picnic was so much fun! Walker Books provided a little box of party goodies and books to assist with the party and so we were all ready to go. For a change I thought I'd tackle my latest on going parenting problem which is basically how I encourage the boys in the house to take a keen interest in books
  • On Sudden Hill Blog Tour- Favourite Friendships in Children's Books

    Claire Walsh
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    A couple of weeks ago I reviewed a wonderful new children's book called On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah and Illustrated by Benji Davis. It is a lovely book and my children ask to read it frequently. To celebrate the release the publishers Simon and Schuster have put together a brilliant blog tour which i'm thrilled to be part of. You can find all the dates and locations below, its a tour through
  • #StreamTeam Summer Holiday Singalongs

    Claire Walsh
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    This summer has been brilliant fun, we've done so much stuff but one of the over-riding highlights so far was our trip to Nozstock a brilliant music festival in Herefordshire. As a result of this the children have really really started to get into their music. The eldest boy now a firm fan of Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer and the other two children still finding their musical feet enjoying
  • The Big Idea Competition and a competition for readers!

    Claire Walsh
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    ‘All the best children’s books come from a great idea, and a great idea can come from anywhere! I’ve joined forces with The Big Idea to celebrate Britain’s talent for storytelling and creativity. There are so many people who have a seed of an idea for a book, film or TV programme but don’t know what to do with it, so this is their chance to get support from the best. I love sharing and making
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  • Almost Back to School: Starting With God

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I’m in high gear prep-for-school mode around the bee hive. My sweet mama whisked my teens and five-year-old away to her house over the weekend and let me spend some much needed time with Daddy and the 3 year old getting rest, and enjoying a little quiet mama time to plan for this year. My oldest two really needed a break, too. They were ready to get their goals down on paper when they came home. { Note: This post is part of my Almost Back to School Series – follow along with the links at the bottom. } As promised, here’s Post #1 of 5……
  • Almost Back to School Series

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’m the snail of back to school this year, still gnawing away last year’s summer school, trying to get reluctant teens to finish up projects mama requires before next year. We’re actually finishing last year a week before we start this year… and I promised my kids a “Year End” party, so this year, our “Year End” party is also going to double as a “Back to School” party. { This might be why the teens lovingly refer to me as the wicked homeschool witch. } You win some, you lose some. Hopefully they will forgive me when they CLEP out of…
  • Menu For the Rest of August

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Watermelon Boy Tell me about your menu problems. We ate out this past weekend for a date night treat and there’s nothing worse than spending 25$ and finding that you can’t stand the Pho. We got veggie broth because it was the only thing without MSG, and it was lackluster at best. Pho Sho! I was kicking myself for thinking I could eat soup of any kind out again – or out of a can again – after having it for so many years with home made chicken broth. Trust me on this – home made chicken broth has revolutionized not only our taste buds and our wallets, but it has…
  • When Hollywood Gets it Right

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Don’t you love it when there are movies worth going to see at your local theaters that your entire family can watch? There were a few of them lately that we enjoyed enough to add to our DVD collection… and there are a few we are anxiously awaiting. Here’s a quick snapshot and blurb about each one – in case you haven’t heard of them yet… Becoming a hero wasn’t his goal, it just happened because he did the right thing. PLANES; FIRE & RESCUE Movie notes from the PR team: PLANES; FIRE & RESCUE is a new comedy-adventure about second chances,…
  • Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

    9 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Home made Thai Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai) I may have a slight addiction to this fantastic soup. The last three times I have made soup (in the past three weeks) have been Tom Kha Gai. My image may not be the best on the net – but I assure you, this is the best RECIPE for Tom Kha Gai. My teen told me tonight, “If you made this soup for a Chinese Emperor, he would make you his slave so you could cook for him forever.” No worries there, my boy, I’ll be glad to just cook it for my very thankful soup-loving children. If you love Thai, you might want to get real…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • API-Inspired Leadership: An interview with Candice Garrison

    Rita Brhel
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    In celebration of Attachment Parenting International’s 20th Anniversary, the four-part “API-Inspired Leadership” series honors the unique paths that inspired parents to pursue API Leadership. Read the first part of the series, recognizing Lauren Osborne of Alabama, USA, here. Following is the second part of the series: I can relate to so much to what Candice Garrison of Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, has to say about stumbling upon Attachment Parenting (AP), finding local parent support and discovering Attachment Parenting International (API). Candice now serves as the leader of…
  • Editor’s Pick: Children Growing on “Toddlers and Wonder”

    Rita Brhel
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    “One of the best gifts you can give your toddler and yourself is to find time to join him where he is in that expectant openness, to slow down, to see what they see and hear what they hear, to let go of deadlines, plans, goals, wishes, to just be together.” ~ Kim Allsup, Children Growing “One of the best gifts you can give your toddler and yourself is to…just be together.” Wow, doesn’t that just sum up Attachment Parenting, not only for the toddler years but for all ages and stages of our children, from in utero through adulthood? Kim of Children Growing…
  • Hold on to Your Kids

    API Blog
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    By Lysa Parker, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and coauthor of Attached at the Heart For me, Attachment Parenting (AP) has been like a life preserver in a cultural sea that is constantly in turbulence and posing many dangers. While AP provides us with tools for holding on to your kids, once they enter the world at large you hope your children will stay connected, but we’ve found it continues to take effort on our part as parents. The bottom line is that all relationships take work — even with our spouses. At every stage of our children’s lives, we hoped that…
  • Seeking an Answer, Being the Answer

    Shoshana Hayman
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    A mother of a son, who was already married and had a family of his own, told me of the time he was much younger and in love with a young woman who rejected him. This happened during his army service, and he would call his mother night after night, sometimes at 2 or 3 in the morning, to talk to her about his loss and sorrow, until eventually he recovered. The reason this mother shared her story with me was because of a different soldier in her son’s unit who also had a love who rejected him, but the relationships in his family were broken and he had no one with whom he was close to unburden…
  • Attachment Parenting and School Age Children

    Amber Strocel
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Last week the second of my two children, my son, turned 6. I can hardly believe it, to be honest. Six! He’s not a baby anymore, or a toddler, or a preschooler. He’s not even a kindergartner. He’s looking forward to starting first grade in a couple of weeks. His big sister will be starting fourth grade at the same time. I was just looking back over some of the other posts I’ve written here at APtly Said, which date back to 2009. Over the past five years, my parenting style has shifted as my children have grown. Their needs have changed, so the way I relate to them has…
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • The Little Rabbit

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn Published by Random House Children's Books on 2014-02-26 Genres: Animals, Childrens, Picture Books, Rabbits Pages: 32 Goodreads Amazon • Full-color photographs. I mentioned when we got Buttercup that his namesake was a rabbit from a book I read as a child. A young girl named her rabbit Buttercup because of the field in which they played. Right then I knew Buttercup was the best name ever for a pet, and that one day I would have a Buttercup of my own. I was in the library organizing books–more on that later–when I found the book about the rabbit…
  • Dreaming

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:41 pm
    I have the most vivid dreams. I don’t dream as much, that I can remember, when I stay up late or sleep less than 7 hours. Lately, though, I’ve been making an enormous effort to get to bed before 10:00pm so that I can be up by shortly before 6:00am. The result of which has been dreams. Crazy dreams, scary dreams, bizarre dreams. So many dreams, but none more memorable than one during the early hours of Thursday morning. My mother and I, as well as teachers from school, were invited to a private audience with Pope Francis. After the audience, we lead him in a procession into mass.
  • The William Morris Project: 2014 | Revisiting School Work Storage

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I survived my first day of school as a teachers aide! I came home exhausted but aware of the fact that I have to be more organized at home than I have ever been if I want to juggle everything successfully. To that end, I decided yesterday I was going to work on how I store homework and classwork throughout the year. My proven method worked until last year. Having both boys in elementary school meant a dramatic increase in paper, and it was no longer easy to pull out what I needed when discrepancies arose. There was too much stuff, and I was getting bad about discarding the items that…
  • Newbery Challenge | Island of the Blue Dolphins (1961)

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2010-02-08 Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Girls & Women, Historical, Native American, Newbery Gold Winner, People & Places, Survival Stories, United States, Young Adult Pages: 192 Goodreads Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otter play in the vast kelp beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches. Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian…
  • The News

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Thank you so much for all the helpful comments on my Veggie Boy post! I haven’t had a chance to reply to them, but I will. I was out of the house yesterday and will be the rest of the week because…I’m the new 4th grade aide at the boys’s school! It’s only a part-time position because I told them that while I would love to help in any way I can, I didn’t want that help to jeopardize the existence of the library. They looked at me like a was a little crazy because, like most schools in our area, there is no budget for a library. “You do realize that if…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    Getting what you wish for is one of the sweetest things in life. But those who are willing to give do not always know what you really want unless you tell them outright. Now there is more subtle way of letting your family and friends know what your mind is set on so that they could send you the perfect gift on your birthday, on your wedding, on Christmas, or any other occasion that will come up.
  • $25 Toys "R" Us/Babies "R" Us Gift Card Giveaway {Ready to POP Labor Day Giveaway Hop} #Ready2Pop

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    Happy Labor Day! This is the time when we typically think of BBQ, party, and vacation. But a group of bloggers including myself from the Blogging Mamas Network are inviting you to celebrate this year with a fun blog hop, during which we are giving away fabulous mama or baby prizes in honor of those who have done some of the hardest labor out there! Each prize package in the Ready to POP! [a Labor
  • Baby Diaper and Wipe Giveaway (6-Month Supply)

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When asked about the one thing that I need most often with a new baby, the first thing that comes to mind is diapers, diapers and diapers. I lose count of how many diapers we had used before my first child was fully potty-trained, but I do remember that every time I went to the grocery store, I'd check the baby section for diaper sales and stock up whenever I could get the best price based on a
  • Monaco Addict Dress Giveaway

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Do you enjoy wearing clothes with the same design as your child's? I certainly do, so I'm happy to bring you this chance to win some nice pieces from Monaco Addict for you and your little angel. Hosted by Coupon Crazy Mommy and Dividing by Zero Sponsored by Monaco Addict One lucky reader will win their choice of Mother & Daughter dress or t-shirt set from Monaco Addict! Giveaway ends 9/12
  • $150 Visa Gift Cards Giveaway (3 Winners)

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We are getting closer to the end of summer as the kids are heading back to school. Did you take a good family vacation while you could? Our family visited a lot of fun places this summer and on quite a few of our recent trips, we chose to rent a car for the sake of convenience, safety, and cost control. Car rental can become necessary in your home city as well. For instance, when your own car is
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    The Mother Huddle

  • Lunch Box Notes

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    back to school I can’t believe school is already back in session.  For us, we’ve been back to school for 10 days.  For some of you, this Tuesday is your first day. One of my favorite things to send off to school with my kids is lunch notes.  It’s an awesome way to make, not just the first day of school easier, but everyday of school. Here are some lunch note ideas for you: *Quote movies. In our family, we all love Nacho Libre, Napoleon Dynamite, School of Rock. They all have some awesomely quoteable lines in them. So I’ll pick a quote and then sign it.  I think it’s…
  • The Night Time Reading List

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    The magic of reading aloud One of our favorite times of day for our whole family is the evening before bed.  We all get cozy on the couch or in someone’s room or around the kitchen table.  I pull out the book that we’ve been reading for weeks (sometimes months) and I begin conveying the words on the page aloud.  I love the way the story images hang in the air above us as the adventure plays out for 20-30 minutes every night. We’ve been reading for years and years now.  Over that time we’ve read lots of books…some very long and some short and funny. …
  • Back to School Photos: The NON-Pinterest worthy way.

    16 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    you have a story. Pinterest is awesome.  It’s also good at making us believe that each aspect of our lives needs to ‘Pinterest-Worthy.’ Why the heck does our life have to be Pinterest-Worthy? I’ve said it to my friends before..”I’d like to create a party that is Pinterest-Worthy.’ The truth is…I’m sick of trying to be Pinterest-Worthy (PW for the rest of this post) and run a PW life and design a PW house and have kids that dress in a PW way. What I really want though is the truth. Because my truth is awesome!  And so is yours! When my…
  • DIY School Paper Station

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    It’s time!  Some of us have the kids are going to back to school blues, and some of us are secretly jumping for joy-or if you’re like me it changes every hour :).  I always miss the lazy mornings of summer the most, but then getting back into a routine is always a little refreshing too.  I’ll just repeat that ten times until it sinks in! The one thing I dread the most with approaching school year is all the paper work that comes home.  I only had one child in school last year, and I couldn’t believe all that we’d pull out of his back pack every day. And this…
  • How To Inspire A Love Of Reading In Your Children

    10 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    It’s not too late. From the time my first baby was only days old I began to read to him.  From that time until now he has LOVED to read. Since then I’ve had 3 more girls.  My second birth was actually TWO girls.  Life was much more busy.  We tried to read to them but our efforts were sometimes foiled trying to manage two wiggly girls at the same time.  Our schedules were so much different than they had been with our one son. When I thought it was too late for my twin girls. As they approached kindergarten we suddenly realized that they didn’t have the love of reading…
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  • learn with seashells: letters and sight words

    amy mascott
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Huge thanks to an extraordinary educator and parent, Kim Vij, for guest posting for us for this final Rockstar Sunday of the summer.  Kim is a great friend of mine, and I am continually amazed by her creativity and ideas over on the blog she writes, The Educators’ Spin on It, along with her pal, the awesome Amanda Boyarshinov.  These two ladies are rocking it over on Pinterest with 1.5 million–yes, million!–followers.  Go find them. And then follow them. You’ll be glad you did. Today, Kim shares with us a fun, summertime activity great for early literacy…
  • how to get kids to talk about school: what every parent must know

    amy mascott
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a paid Quaker Classroom Ambassador, I am eager to share information about Quaker Up For Classrooms.   School is underway for us, and what I’m realizing more and more is that it’s sometimes tough to get my kids to talk about school. As a parent, I’m curious. I want to know everything: Who did they sat with at lunch? Who did they play with at recess? How do they like their tablemates? What book did they start in Guided Reading? Who hosted the morning tv show? But it’s hard. The kids are tired at 3pm, they’re even more tired at 7pm, and the last thing they…
  • shutterfly 40% off everything for labor day: teachmama fab find

    amy mascott
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
              So this is a little different, I know, but I think you’ll dig it. I’ve been blogging for a long time now. A long time.  Almost six years.  Yikes. Along the way I’ve become privy to some really awesome, totally worth-your-time (and your dime) deals.  A lot of them are affiliate deals–meaning I share them, you buy them, and I get a teeny, tiny percentage of the sale, like a lot of the Amazon links you see on the site. And though you might think it’s shady, it’s not. I only share things that I think are worth…
  • teach kids game playing etiquette

    amy mascott
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Originally published 12/7/09 but republished today because, well, it’s worth it–   When I first started teaching, in order to make ends meet, I ran several after-school activity clubs at an elementary school near the high school where I taught. I headed anything from Craft Club to Calligraphy Club to Board Game Club to Chess, Checkers, and Mancala. I ended up doing about a million sessions of Chess, Checkers, and Mancala because the same group of kids signed up for every single session for three straight years. What I learned–among many things–is these little…
  • quick, kid-friendly after school snack: Bagel Bites (and $100 Visa gift card giveaway!)

    amy mascott
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    I can hardly believe that the new school year is almost upon us. But it is. And before I know it, our home will be a whirlwind of paper, pencils, and new backpacks. Lunch bags, homework, projects, and field trips. And though I know how important it is to keep our kids’ lives balanced, what usually makes me crazy is the after school activities–the extra-curriculars. The running home, unpacking backpacks, speeding through snack, and heading back out the door only to return home two or three hours later. Even though our goal is to have each child choose one after school activity, as…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • Let The #100daysofplay Carry On

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As the Summer Holidays are drawing to a close, it makes me think about all the fun that the children and I have had together. We made a deal at the start of the holidays that we would eat in the garden as much as possible and that we would do at least one thing a day. It might have been a small thing, like the time we had a car picnic, or it might have been a bigger thing like going and watching the sunset, but as long as we did one "special" thing a day, then we knew that the whole holidays had been spent wisely, well you know we'd made the most of everyday.And yet as I said this is nearly…
  • Boy Craft Book #Review

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Sometimes being a Mum to a boy is really hard. I don't mean that it's harder being a mum to a boy than it is to a girl I just mean, I was never a little boy and this is all new to me. I'm never quite sure if what I'm doing with Big Boy is right or wrong, I just pray, cross my fingers and hope for the best! Luckily, so far I don't appear to have messed up too badly.The Boy Craft book claims that it has "Loads of things to make FOR and WITH boys (and girls)" and Big Boy and I had a read through the book picking out things that we thought that we might like to do, or in some cases that we had…
  • Cracker Drinks #Review

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Do you remember the review I did the other week about Little Crackers Fruit juice drinks for children? Well, it wasn't until a few days later, when I received some more drinks to review that I realised why the brand Cracker seemed to familiar to me. A few weeks before this had all happened, whilst I'd been perusing the drinks aisle in my local Supermarket I had come across a Still and Cloudy Lemonade drink that I thought would be a nice change and so I picked up a bottle... you guessed it it was The Cracker Drinks Company. Then I realised I'd even mentioned the drink in a blog post about…
  • Dinner at Zizzi - #Review

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of the great things about living in Milton Keynes is that there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from. One that I've often walked past and thought would be a good place to go when I didn't have the children with me was Zizzi. To me, it looks like a grown up restaurant and the last time I took a child to a posh Italian restaurant, the chef looked at me pityingly because my daughter (who was three at the time) wanted cheap pasta and sauce instead of the delicious fresh pasta he was producing. So hearing that they (Zizzi) had revamped their children's menu was a revelation, children's…
  • Family Mission Statement

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I was at a friends house the other day and saw a little plaque on her kitchen wall. She saw me admiring it and told me it was a quote that her Mum used to say all the time as she was growing up, that became the family motto. The one thing I remember my Mum saying when I was younger was in response to the question what's for dinner and the answer isn't a suitable quote to put up on any wall... although maybe I'll have a plaque made up as a Christmas gift for her!There is of course a plaque that my Mum has in her home now;And whilst it isn't really a family motto it sure is how my Mum rules her…
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  • Why Going Back to School Is Different for Boys

    James Wellborn, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Adolescent/Family Expert
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Somehow, another school year is upon us (or about to be.) In addition to school supplies, new sneakers and the hottest new clothing, parents are ramping up to figure out how to make this the most successful year ever for their kids. Did you know, though, that 'back to school' is different for boys than it is for girls? It's true and parents with sons need to pay attention. Boys are not doing so well academically these days compared to girls. School age boys represent 71% of suspensions and drop out of school at a lower rate than girls. Seventy-five percent of special education referrals…
  • Bruschetta with Sauteed Greens & Manchego

    Charlene Bert, Executive Editor
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
        Did You Know? This antipasto from Italy dates back to at least the 15th century.  Use whatever hard cheese you have on hand—Parmesan is great, too, I just happened to have a nub of Manchego lurking in the cheese drawer.  3 1/2-inch-thick slices sourdough or any Italian country-style bread  1 large garlic clove, sliced in half  1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil  4 packed cups trimmed, cleaned greens (e.g., spinach, kale, beet greens, tasoi, Swiss chard, etc.), roughly chopped  2 tablespoons grated Manchego cheese (or Parmesan or Romano) …
  • Puffed Spanikopita Tarts (Spinach Tarts)

    Charlene Bert, Executive Editor
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
        By Camilla Saulsbury First up: simplified spanikopita tarts. Spanikopita is a traditional Greek pastry made with phyllo pastry and a filling of spinach, eggs, feta, and a handful of aromatics. I’ve made mine easier by using puff pastry (no layering!) and have lightened the filling a bit with a few egg whites in place of whole eggs. These freeze very well at two points in the process: (1) freeze the assembled, unbaked tarts or (2) cool the baked tarts and freeze. For both freezing options, thaw at room temperature. The baked, thawed tarts can be rewarmed in a 250F oven for…
  • Beyond Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo

    Charlene Bert, Executive Editor
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
        Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse for many of us to sip on tasty tequila drinks and savor the flavor of Mexican fare. While we love the traditional Margarita, here are a couple other options that make us say !Ay Caramba!                 Add this recipe to ZipList!  HOT ‘N SWEET  Signature Cinco de Mayo Drink Recipe from Sazerac – Seattle, WA  Ingredients  1 oz Jalapeno Tequila  ¾ oz Lemon Juice  ½ oz simple syrup  ¾ oz lemonade  Directions  Combine, shake and…
  • Feta and Basil Stuffed Mushrooms

    Charlene Bert, Executive Editor
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
        By Amy Reiley Makes 4 servings  Nobody will ever guess that the stuffing in these mushrooms is half tofu. The thing about tofu is that it tends to take on the flavor of whatever is cooked with it, so here, the tofu pretty much tastes like feta. But you’re still getting all of tofu’s health benefits.     Add this recipe to ZipList!  Ingredients  12 large or “stuffing” white mushrooms  1 tsp olive oil  1/4 c minced yellow onion, finely chopped  1 garlic clove, minced  1/2 c light tofu  1/4 tsp mustard powder  1…
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  • Sweeping Saturday 08/30/2014

    Jen Williams
    29 Aug 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!
  • Sweeping Saturday 08/23/2014

    Jen Williams
    22 Aug 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!
  • Tips for a Good Job Interview through Videoconferencing

    Jen Williams
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you are doing a job interview through a videoconference, you may be wondering what you can do to land the job. First impressions are everything, and they are particular hard to land when it isn’t in person. There are a few things you should and should not do to leave a good impression when you are... [read more]
  • Sweeping Saturday 08/16/2014

    Jen Williams
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:55 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!
  • Sweeping Saturday 08/09/2014

    Jen Williams
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • What I Want You To Know About How I Am Ruining My Adoptive Son

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest posts is by Christina. Before:"Do you need to go potty? Then GO to the bathroom RIGHT NOW! Don't just stand there holding yourself. Run as fast as you can. RUN!!! Get on the potty before it comes out. Go!!!!"After:"I am frustrated with you. Can you see on Mommy's face that I am frustrated? I love…
  • This is the birthday that never ends

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    My husband celebrated a birthday near the beginning of the month, that somehow, as Howerton birthday often do, extended into a week of revelry. On his actual birthday, we celebrated at a local restaurant with Mark's parents. Mark shares a birthday with his dad, and his sister-in-law, and my nephew. Big day in our family.That evening we went out dancing with friends. We were sweaty and old and ridiculous and it was so. much. fun.The next night, Mark convinced (begged) several of his friends to join him at his hot yoga studio. Over the past year, he has become a devotee at Core Power, and…
  • Friday Finds

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    1. Herschel Survey Kids Bag by Herschel Supply | Gilt2. Black & White Chevron Zip-Up Jacket | Zulily 3. Settlement Kids Bag by Herschel Supply | Gilt4. Eggplant with California Figs and Leeks | GFreefoodie.com5. Leopard genius slip-on shoe | Zulily 6. Green Plate healthy Blueberry Pistachio Nubblers | greenplatefoods.com7. Snackaby | products snack and sandwich lunch set8. Chalkboard Balloon Kit | Anthropologie9. Hoja Bracelet Set | Anthropologie 
  • The form letter for unmet expectations

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    I have found myself in another crushingly busy season where every day I look at the tasks on my to-do list, look at the time I have allotted for completing said tasks, and then wallow in a pit of despair because I AM TYPE A AND THAT’S WHAT WE DO.   I am seriously so behind in every single area of life that I’ve decided to just make up a sort of multiple-choice form letter that I can email to people, highlighting the answers that are relevant to that particular person I have disappointed.  Here’s the first draft:Dear everyone I know,I am so sorry that I havenot returned…
  • What I Want You To Know About Being The Stepmom

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest posts is by Sarah McManusRepeat after me: Stepmom. Sarah is Maggie’s stepmom. You can do it!For some reason, strangers have trouble with this sentence. When I pick up Mia (10) or Maggie (8) from one of their lessons, the lengths to which the Mommies will go to avoid saying this word is…
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  • 10 Back-to-School {Oily} Essentials

    Jennifer Murray
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Now that the pencils have been sharpened, (I sharpened 90 for the first day of school – can anyone beat that?), and the last Frozen lunchbox has been fought over in the back-to-school aisle, it’s time to focus on being prepared for the infamous “Back-To-School-Bugs”.  They are back with a vengeance, and it’s time to stock up and be prepared.  I’m so thankful we have our oils this year to help us stay healthy and fight off any bugs that come our way, especially with our transition away from homeschool. (It’s been our healthiest 8 months on record…
  • Conquerors

    Jennifer Murray
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
        “Daddy time me and see how long it takes for me to get to the top.” “I’m next!” “Ready?” Hand over hand, step by step, climbing higher and leaving fear in the dust… Letting go of what we previously held on to, and holding on to what lies ahead… And that’s pretty much the way this transition to full-time school has went for all of us. Courage begot courage. It took steady upward motion; Looking up, not behind. The faster you climb, the less fear has the power to overwhelm. Instead, confidence grows where it was once…
  • When Your Kids Teach You A Lesson in Humility…

    Jennifer Murray
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    Post by Brad Murray Have you ever been completely embarrassed by your children’s behavior in public or in a setting with family or friends? No?  I’m convinced you are either lying or don’t yet have children.   Before I say more on this topic, our kids are very well behaved in public generally.  We have received numerous compliments while at restaurants and other public venues, and for that I am very thankful.  However, there are those rare times when everything falls apart. Before we had children, I was that guy that scoffed at parents whose children were rebellious in…
  • We Kissed Homeschooling Goodbye…

    Jennifer Murray
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Curriculum was ordered.  Their 1 day a week tutelage at The Master’s Study tuition was paid. Goals had been written. We were gearing up for our 3rd year of homeschool. UNTIL… About a week and a half ago when Brad took the boys to an indoor playground while I was fighting off a headache.  He ran into a contact who chatted with him briefly about Trader’s Point Christian Academy where his son attended, and Brad decided to stop by the school office just to explore it  for upcoming years if we decided not to continue homeschool at some point. He knew it would most likely be…
  • Turn By Turn Decisions…

    Jennifer Murray
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    Hiya, Friends. Still there? All tan, refreshed, and summerfied? Remember me? The quad mom with 4 boys. Yeah, the crazy one. I know I’ve been quiet. It’s been summer, and crazy, and different, and the ole blog got the shaft. Thanks for stickin’ it out. I’ve missed this space, and hope I can write a little more frequently now that things are headed back into more of a routine. We’re in the midst of one of those major life decisions this week. And right now I have no clue how it will turn out. There are no sky writings or signs, just a lot of praying and…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • PACT Super Soft Organic Cotton Underwear Review and Giveaway

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    I received PACT super soft organic cotton underwear in order to facilitate review.  I received no monetary compensation and opinions expressed are my own. About PACT Super Soft Organic Cotton Underwear And Other Basics “PACT is obsessed with a big idea: super soft organic cotton that makes the world a better place. Socks with soul, altruistic underwear and other everyday essentials ethically manufactured with fabrics that feel good and go easy on the environment. Sounds good? Oh it is.” PACT goes to great lengths to make sure their entire supply chain, from growing non GMO seeds…
  • VarageSale Lets You Buy And Sell Gently Used Items Locally

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This post is brought to you by VarageSale- a platform to buy and sell gently used items within your local community. What is VarageSale? VarageSale is a unique way to buy and sell used items locally because the communities are built around trust and real identities. VarageSale has over 300 communities across the U.S., Canada and around the world. VarageSale is free to use, and available on iOS, Android and online at How does VarageSale work? Post your gently used items to the VarageSale feed. It’s quick and easy from the website, but even easier on our mobile app. Post…
  • Free App For Storing Family Videos and $200 Gift Card Giveaway

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    This post brought to you by RealPlayer Cloud. All opinions expressed are my own. RealPlayer Cloud- A Free App For Storing Family Videos Many moms and dads use their smartphones and tablets to take family videos of family events, vacations, kids’ activities and more. Many times those videos never make it off the phone. RealPlayer Cloud is a free app for storing family videos that solves the problem of what to do with digital memories. It’s an easy-to-use, free service that lets you store your family videos in your own private cloud account. Then you can watch your family videos from…
  • Homemade Green Chili Sauce Recipe

    Elizabeth Dooley
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    This is a recipe for homemade green chili sauce. Who doesn’t love green chili?! This recipe is inspired by The Hot Sauce Addiction. They have a ton of different recipes for hot sauces and chili sauces. This one is my personal favorite and I did tweak their recipe. Feel free to try different or raw peppers. If you are into canning your own good from the garden or just want to add some kick to any meal then definitely try out this recipe.  Green chili sauce is great with breakfast, lunch or dinner dishes! Green Chili Sauce Recipe: Green Chili Sauce on Grits Green Chili Sauce Ingredients:…
  • Parenting Teens- Navigating the College Process

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I am so honored to have the parenting expert and author of the recently released, A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids About Sexting,Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out, Joani Geltman, MSW, agree to share a section of her new book with us.  She is all about helping 21st century parents survive the teenage years with sage advice for parenting teens. Tips For Parenting Teens In addition to her experience as a psychology professor, school counselor and parenting coach, Joani has had the experience of raising her own famous teen – Ari Graynor, who has…
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  • 6 great portable family games

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Spending time with the kids on hot lazy summer days can be a great family bonding experience. Or it can be incredibly trying. There’s nothing worse than hearing, “I’m bored, Mom. There’s nothing to do!” While I like to encourage my kids to be resourceful and make their own fun, I also like to steer them towards interactive games they can play together or that we can play as a family. Here are some of the best ones I’ve found. 1. TENZIS (a ridiculously simple dice game that’s great for all ages) 2. DWEEBIES (an obsessive card game) 3. Story Cubes (dice covered with pictures…
  • LACityMom Family Travel : Istanbul, Turkey

    16 Jun 2014 | 2:52 am
    We have been incredibly lucky with our fantastic travel opportunities over the past two years. I wanted to share our latest adventure a trip to Istanbul Turkey. It’s a long haul from LA, but if you have the chance to visit Turkey, the city is fascinating. Here’s a link to a piece that I wrote for the Four Seasons Istanbul, and you can click on this video that links to LACityMom’s new you tube LACityMom Travel channel. From the Four Seasons Family Holidays Website:  “Your family will love Istanbul, Turkey. And the good news is: there are two Four Seasons in this exotic, historic,…
  • Summer Sounds For Kids at the Bowl

    23 May 2014 | 8:13 am
    If you’re looking for something fun but also cultural to do with your little ones,  The Hollywood Bowl has daily music performances and Art Workshops  for kids from  July 7th – August 1st.  This is such a great program and a wonderful way to introduce your children to music. Here’s all the info below. SummerSounds is a four-week festival of world music and arts for children ages 3 to 9 takes place weekday mornings, beginning on Monday, July 7, and running weekdays until Friday, August 1, 2014. SummerSounds explores world music through creative, fun-filled programs,…
  • Perfect Mother’s Day Gift: Dillon Rogers Jewelry

    2 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    I remember the first personalized baby gift that arrived after my daughter was born: a silver baby cup with her initials engraved on it. It meant so much to me seeing her initials etched into the shiny surface, as if it made her existence somehow more real. I have since found a modern version equivalent to the silver cup, this time a mommy gift with the same sweet sentiment. Dillon Rogers’ collection of personalized necklaces are stunning, fun, and so easy to wear. They offer a wide range of pendants made with silver, gold, or even mother of pearl disks personalized with your child’s…
  • The Annenberg Community Beach House’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    This is one of my favorite spots in LA for families. The Annenberg Community Beach House is gorgeously situated along side the Pacific ocean, and I just received this press release. “On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, the City of Santa Monica will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Annenberg Community Beach House, a 5-acre public beach facility nestled along the Santa Monica coastline, with spectacular ocean views, a children’s playground, art gallery, historic pool, and the original Marion Davies Guest House. This weekend-long community open house will feature a…
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  • Win a Monster High goodie bag, worth $60!

    Danni Siew
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Monster High has officially launched in Singapore this year! The popular Monster High dolls have been a hit in the US for many years and has recently launched in Singapore. Monster High dolls and webisodes are geared towards teen girls aged 8 to 12. Monster High encourages girls to express their individuality through fun and humorous characters. Each character has a unique personality which inspires girls to learn how to be individual and embrace their “flaws” or imperfections. Find out more about the other Monster High characters by checking out the webisodes online! 15 lucky…
  • Pregnancy time-lapse video: New parents remains strong despite baby’s heart defect

    Justina Goh
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The post Pregnancy time-lapse video: New parents remains strong despite baby’s heart defect appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Is being a ‘Mama’s Boy’ really all that bad?

    Nalika Unantenne
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It’s actually really important for boys to grow up with lots of love and support from their mums! “Awww, she’s such a Daddy’s girl!” Calling a little girl “Daddy’s girl” is often tied up with beautiful imagery of her cuddling up to her dad, going for walks or playing soccer together, or, when she’s older, having her first dance with Daddy at her wedding. But how often do we hear people saying in the same tone, “Awww, he’s such a Mama’s boy!”? For generations, mums have got the same message when it comes to raising their sons: “Don’t get too ‘close’ to…
  • Must-watch video: Let’s end the Mummy Wars!

    Justina Goh
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
      The post Must-watch video: Let’s end the Mummy Wars! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • 25 ways to keep your preschooler occupied

    Minoli Almeida
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    So mums, do you think your preschooler will enjoy these activities? Besides these, are there any other activities your little one enjoys doing? We’d love to know what they are, so please leave a comment below. References: The post 25 ways to keep your preschooler occupied appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
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    Child Behavior Help

  • Ask Once and Your Kid Does It: 5 Ways to Make it Happen

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    A few weeks ago, on the Empowering Parents Facebook page we asked parents to share the one day-to-day thing they find most frustrating about their kids. The overwhelming answer? "I have to tell my kid five times to do the simplest thing! Every single day, it"s a battle. I want to tell him once and have him march off and do it! It would make everyone"s lives so much easier."
  • 8 Steps to Anger Management for Kids

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Even as adults, managing our anger can be hard, and we"ve had years of practice. For our children, who are just learning about their emotions, keeping their anger in check can be especially difficult. Kids can easily lash out at people who make them angry or situations that frustrate them: name-calling when they lose a game or throwing the math book across the room. Learning to manage anger is an ongoing process. As parents, we can help by teaching our children to recognize what sets them off so that they too can keep their anger in check.
  • Your Defiant Child's Behavior: 5 Things You Can and Can't Control as a Parent

    14 Aug 2012 | 7:26 am
    What can you do when your child just refuses to get up and go to school? You"ve yelled, nagged, pleaded and even tried bribing her, but she just digs her heels in and says, "Nope, not going, no matter what you do." Maybe this has never happened to you or maybe it happens every day. Many parents may read this scenario and immediately respond, "I"d make my kid go!" But without using physical means, how would you do that? If a child outright refuses to comply, other than grabbing her arm and physically forcing her to do get dressed and get on the bus which no parent wants to do or ever should…
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    I Thought I Knew Mama

  • Inside Out Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I love finding new ways to use Shakeology! With over 70 superfoods in it and nothing artificial or synthetic (the sources come from things like acai, rose hips, ashwagandha, chia seed, acerola cherry, wheat grass, grape seed, yacon, etc.), we try to use it in as many recipes as possible. How delicious does this sound? Inside Out Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups (Makes 2 servings) Total Time: 40 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: None 2 tsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted 2 Tbsp. powdered chocolate peanut butter (like PB2) 2 tsp. Chocolate Vegan Shakeology 2 Tbsp. water 1. Combine oil and…
  • 30 Day Online Health and Fitness Challenge Group Starting June 16th!

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:29 pm
    If you are looking for a way to jump start your health and fitness, please consider joining me in my next 30 Day Online Health and Fitness Challenge Group starting on June 16th. My group offers support, motivation, accountability, and most importantly, FUN! Whether you’re a busy parent who craves a half hour of me time, someone whose career seems to be taking over her life, or just someone who wants to switch things up in her fitness routine, my challenge group can help you better your health. To learn about the results people get, please check this post out. The fitness programs that…
  • 7 Day FREE Jump Start to Health Online Support Group – Join me on June 1st!

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    28 May 2014 | 7:27 am
    I am running a FREE 7 day health support group for people to get nutrition tips, fitness tips, and information on jump starting their journey to a healthier lifestyle. It starts on June 1st, and there is limited availability. Please email me as soon as possible at if you would like to learn more or if you would like me to hold a spot for you. The only thing you need to participate is access to Facebook as the group will be held in the form of a private Facebook group (only the members of the group can see the activity there). I hope you will join me! **This is only…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Mamatography – Week 5 and 6

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    This post is part of the Mamatography 2014 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje. We are taking (at least) a photo a day, a collage or a picture each week to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos! Click Get the code here below to add the blog hop to your blog and join the fun. (Also sign up to be added to a comment group!) March 19 – April 1, 2014
  • The Ultimate Teacher Will Arrive in Your Life! She Shall Be Known as Toddler.

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    To the woman I used to be before I had children: You strive to be more present in the moment and to stop obsessing over the past and the future. You wish you could be a bit less self-conscious and completely disregard what other people think. You want to be able to push yourself to be a risk taker and to take on challenges even when you’re scared to. You hope you can become a more patient person – a woman who exudes calmness and serenity to those around you. You want to be the kind of person who can always put those she loves before herself. I have good news! A teacher will arrive…
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    Life With Sharon | Texas Mom Blogger / Vlogger Lufkin, Houston, Texas

  • The Right Fur Vest

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Wearing a vest in the fall and winter is a style essential for most women. However, it is hard for women to choose the right kind of vest for their style or body. Vests are designed in many different colors, shapes and lengths. When women are making a choice at a place like ML Furs, they must consider each item before they make a final purchase on what is quite a large investment. The Color Every fur comes from a different animal, and that fur is going to be slightly different in color than the next one on the rack. Choosing furs is not so much about choosing the perfect as it is about…
  • Fight High Gas Prices: Ways to Curb Fuel Consumption

    28 Jun 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The rising cost of fuel remains one of the biggest concerns for today’s motorists. Due to the fact that gas prices are expected to remain high, drivers must find innovative ways to get better gas mileage. Here are a few proven ways to curb a vehicle’s fuel consumption. Lower highway speeds Studies have shown that most vehicles get significantly worse gas mileage when traveling in excess of 60 miles-per-hour. In order to overcome the additional wind resistance, the engine is forced to use more fuel to maintain a constant speed. Drivers can improve their vehicle’s fuel economy by up to 20…
  • Outdoors Yoga Sounds Fun To Me

    12 Jun 2014 | 8:04 pm
    As a mother I am a huge fan of yoga pants. I have so many pairs that one would think I was a yoga addict. And while I am currently not, it doesn’t mean that I don’t wish to be. To me Yoga looks like an activity of grace and poise that I am dying to learn about. With great yoga mats it can be done anywhere, even in the beauty of the outdoors. I can imagine doing a yoga class outdoors in the crisp fall New England air. There would be trees all around, and grass that was still green before the weather really started to change. Probably in a park. I would have a yoga mat from The Clymb. I…
  • The Fun of Wearing Leggings

    6 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    In my life I always want my fashion choices to be both comfortable and fashionable. With my lifestyle of being a mom that works outside of the home it is a must. One of my fashion staples is printed leggings. And these are my top choice since I can’t wear jogger pants to work every day. If only that was acceptable right? I would be the most relaxed worker ever. I would either bring a lot of energy to the sales floor or would be ready for nap time. But let’s talk about leggings! I have tons of favorite leggings like Aztec leggings at rue21. And there are tons of different ways to wear…
  • The Perfect ‘Me’ Space

    21 May 2014 | 7:15 am
    Everyone needs a ‘Me’ space. It’s important for people to have a place they can run off to and shut themselves away for an hour or two whilst they recuperate. This way you can emerge bright and shiny to face the kids, work, chores, and other aspects of your busy lives. I believe I may have an answer to your troubles: A Garden Studio. These garden studios are great as they are put up in your garden (and the majority don’t require planning permission) and you can use then for whatever you wish. Companies like Garden Spaces offer ideas on the variety of uses of a garden studio. I’m…
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    Seven Clown Circus

  • Monster Cookies Oatmeal Peanut Butter

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to Make this Monster Cookies Recipe is easy if you have a mixer.  Otherwise your arm will get very, very tired.  Monster cookies are  cookies with a bunch of good “stuff” in them like peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips, and M&M’s.  You can even add other fun ingredients like pecans, toffee bits and coconut.  The nice thing about this recipe this that I’ve yet to meet a person that doesn’t like them.  They are just so full of goodness that I don’t know how anyone could resist. Monster Cookies Oatmeal Peanut Butter Ingredients: 3 eggs…
  • Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to Make this Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe is a little time consuming, but well worth the effort!  It’s three layers of sweet and salty goodness.  A pretzel crust, cream cheese filling and topped with strawberry jell-o.  The nice thing about this recipe is that you can drop the calories by using sugar free jell-o and fat free cool whip and cream cheese.  I’ve yet to meet a person that doesn’t like it.  Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Ingredients: 2 cups crushed pretzels 2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar 1/2 cup melted buttter 1 cup white sugar 2 (8oz) packages of…
  • Easy After School Snack Idea {Kid’s Snacks}

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #CollectiveBias #AfterSchoolSnacks Now that we are heading back to school, it’s time to start thinking after school snacks.  My kiddos come home starving, and especially during the first week of school, I’ve decided to up my game and plan some fun snacks served in exciting ways that they’ll look forward too.  Hey, it’s hard heading back to school after a summer spent swimming and hanging around.  {smiling} After School Snack Table scape Preparing an After…
  • Taking Keurig® Back to School {discount code}

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Keurig®.  All opinions are 100% mine. It’s back to school time, and I can hardly believe that so many of those itty bitty kiddos from just yesterday are heading off to college.  I found the perfect back to school gift for the college student, ever.  I know I may sound a little bit over enthusiastic, but it’s hard finding a gift for a college student that they can use and enjoy {{besides cold hard cash}}, and the Keurig® MINI Plus Brewer is it.  It’s useful, colorful, compact, and a great price point, too.
  • White Chocolate Mocha Donuts {recipe}

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    It’s back to school time and this year I decided to try a little something new and exciting to make the end of summer a little less painful for my crew. Heading back to school can be fun, but the end of summer is always made easier with something good to eat. So, this year we are heading back to school with homemade donuts. These cake donuts are great because they are baked, not fried and they are super moist and delicious. Since they are made with International Delight White Chocolate Mocha Creamer they have a really fabulous, rich flavor that is perfect for an early morning. White…
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    It Builds Character

  • Labor Day: Is it really time off?

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Today is Labor Day, where most of us get the day off in appreciation for our work. If you have kids, you know that time off is a relative term. I’m over at EverydayFamily today with what a holiday weekend really looks like when you are a parent. Stop by and let me know how your “time off” plays out! ~ChiMomWriter The post Labor Day: Is it really time off? appeared first on It Builds Character.     Related StoriesHow do kids benefit from a working mom?Kids’ music you’ll loveTips for daycare and preschool dropoffs 
  • How do kids benefit from a working mom?

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

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Photo credit: iStock One of the many things that has caught me completely off guard as a parent is that a lot of the music made for kids today is actually pretty good. Some of it I even listen to when the kids aren’t around. Some of it is because adult artists have crossed over to children’s music, but some if it is just fun with great storytelling. Want to know who to check out? Stop by EverydayFamily to see who made the list. ~ChiMomWriter The post Kids’ music you’ll love appeared first on It Builds Character.     Related StoriesHow do kids…
  • Tips for daycare and preschool dropoffs

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Photo credit: iStock I know it’s been quiet over here lately – We are in the middle of some exciting new projects at work, but I will share more about that next week! Alongside work, another school year is starting. Abby is getting ready to start kindergarten while Austin will stay at the daycare Pre-K class. As we transition to a new set of routines (when are we NOT transitioning to something new these days??), I am reminded of when my kids first started at preschool and daycare. For those families just starting out in the school routine or if you are heading back to work, I have…
  • At EverydayFamily: Books that get kids excited about school

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Photo credit: iStock Both of my kids have enjoyed preschool and daycare, but the transitions were not always easy. I have had to pry them off of me, create elaborate routines to get them settled, and worked with teachers to find ways to help their mornings get off to a happy start. Whether your kids are in heading off to school a few hours each week or full time, it is important to create a positive experience from the start. I asked a group of parents what books they read to their children to help get them excited, and today I’m over at EverydayFamily with nine stories that made their…
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    Toy Reviews | Toy Queen | Educational Toys | Toddler Toys | Best Apps for Kids | Toy Giveaways | Preschool Games | Baby Product Reviews

  • Noodles and Company Restaurant Review and Dinner for 4 Gift Card Giveaway

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    When you have kids, a dinner out in a time crunch doesn’t always have to be a not so healthy drive-thru option. Sometimes the thought of entering a nice sit-down restaurant with waitstaff service isn’t viable either because at least when my son is hungry, he’s totally happy and then all of a sudden he’s in major meltdown mode. Then you are screaming at each other to just find food, while your kid wants macaroni and cheese, but you’d like Chinese and your husband wants Indian food. I was recently hosted for dinner with a few other bloggers at Noodles and Company…
  • LEGO Batman Batcave Adventure (Giveaway)

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Guess what!?! DC Super Hero character Batman is now featured in LEGO Duplo sets like this one, the LEGO Batman Batcave Adventure! LEGO Duplo sets are recommended for kids ages 2-5, given that they include larger pieces with more simplified directions. After children build the Batcave, Batman, complete with his blue cape and mask, can fire the Batarang from his Batwing to defeat and capture Catwoman! Within 15 minutes or so Gavin had the Batcave ready, with only a little bit of help. Gavin was enthralled with using the pulley, but  I myself  had my share of fun using the Batarang to knock…
  • University Games Board Game Inventor Contest (Giveaway)

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Disclosure: I will be provided with the Sort It Out Jr. game from University Games to review and another for this giveaway. Any opinions are my own. No other compensation has been received. Last minute summer project alert! Do you have children ages 5-12 who have great ideas? University Games is a sponsor in the 22nd annual National Young Game Inventors Contest. If your child has an idea for a new board game, they can submit it in a contest and have a chance for it to be included part of the new University Games 2015 lineup.  Grand Prize Winner of the National Young Game Inventors Contest…
  • Britax Pioneer 70 High Back Booster Seat Review

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Disclosure: We were provided with a Britax Pioneer 70 High Back Booster Seat to faciliate this review. Other than the booster seat, no additional compensation was received. Any opinions are my own. I only have one child and after 4 1/2 years of the buckling routine, I have been more than ready to put this routine behind us, giving Gavin more independence. His convertible car seat is a baby product I’ll happily pass on. For those of you with more than 1 child, exactly how long does it take you to buckle each one in before you are ready to go? During our participation in the Toyota…
  • ToyQueen Donates $1200 In New Toys to Shriners Hospitals for Children Using the Toyota Sienna #SiennaDiaries

    3 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    There have been many times in my life where I’ve been fortunate to be part of something awesome and amazing. While “paying it forward” should be innate, there are moments when being part of a bigger initiative certainly helps spark the drive and provide momentum to do something fulfilling and rewarding. So thank you Toyota for making it possible for my family to give back to a very deserving community, Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston.  For 3 months, Toyota provided my family with a Sienna minivan to drive as part of the #SiennaDiaries, while we chronicled our adventures in…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research — Part Two

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In yesterday’s post I gave you a wealth of essential oils research listed by ailment. For those who may be curious about particular oils, I thought it might also be a good idea to create a post that shows you the amazing benefits of essential oils listed by oil rather than the ailment it can help. Please note that essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. Because they are not evaluated by the FDA, essential oils are not regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illness. While I cannot officially claim to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illnesses, I can, however,…
  • The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Whenever I talk about essential oils, it occurs to me that we have it all backwards. Why is it that the natural leaves and herbs, the stuff that nature intended to cure us, is considered “alternative,” while products that are developed in a lab and laden with chemicals are considered “mainstream?” With that, it makes sense that some people are just skeptical about natural alternatives such as essential oils. It’s okay. I get it. Living in the pharmaceutical belt of the country, we probably have a lot of naysayers around here. What I wanted to do is collect the data behind the oils,…
  • Want a New Workout? Give Aqua Aerobics a Try!

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Working out is such a personal topic. Some people love to run, getting a high each time they step into their sneakers. For others it may be tennis, spin class (me), martial arts, or hiking. For Kaitlin Gardner, it’s all about the pool. Her new favorite activity is aqua aerobics, which she now does all year round. Here’s Kaitlin’s story, and why aqua aerobics may just be right for you: Aqua Aerobics: Bring the Gym to the Pool A while back, I got burned out on the gym. Part of it was the workout routines. I got tired of doing the same things every week. Granted, a lot of that was my own…
  • Why You Should Beware of Those Super Fruits

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Over the past few years we’ve been hearing a lot about “super foods,” those fruits and vegetables that contain the most vitamins and antioxidants. All the time we see lists in the media of the best of the best, the healthiest of the healthy. Hence the added title of “super” for the overachieving produce, the ones at the very top of the nutrient dense heap. Soon you might even be seeing signs in your local supermarket for “super bananas” as well as other such “super” fruits and veggies. But, there is a catch. They are trying to confuse you. The fancy sign next to the produce…
  • How Celebrities and WWE Superstars Hope to Stop Bullying

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In case I haven’t mentioned it on the blog just yet, my kids are completely obsessed with WWE. Obsessed I tell you. By the way, have I mentioned yet that they are obsessed with WWE? At first glance you might think that the WWE promotes violence and even a little absurdity. Some of their characters are a bit nutty, after all. Yet that is all in the ring and done for show. What I have learned since my kids began this obsession is that the WWE is actually a social good powerhouse. They address issues such as honoring military personnel and their families, promoting education, and encouraging…
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  • Johor Road Trip: Legoland Malaysia, Food and More…

    Abel Cheng
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    It’s been months when we made the trip. Coming to 9 months to be exact. My bad. I know I have been sitting on it until now before I took the effort to post the story about our Johor trip here. Anyway, better late than never, right? Since my wife was busy with work, we couldn’t go overseas but decided to take a local road trip to Johor for the year end holiday in 2013. Johor is chosen because it’s the most unexplored state for us. Needless to say, among other attractions, Legoland Malaysia is the highlight of the trip. Muar We took the North-South Expressway to Johor and our…
  • Key to overcoming shyness in children

    Abel Cheng
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    Photo Credit: Umberto Salvagnin I didn’t expect this to happen so soon. Especially judging from the introvert nature of J. When she was much younger, J needed much time to get along and socialize with someone she had not seen before. Betting her to go crazy playing with someone she hardly knew would have left you shirtless. All these and more have changed. I am not saying that she is highly sociable now but she’s at least much better than before. During a recent visit to her grandparents’ house, she took no time to play unreservedly with grandpa, grandmas, uncles and…
  • A case of premature teenager syndrome

    Abel Cheng
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    Photo Credit: Alex Proimos If you think you have to wait until 14 or 15 to experience teenager syndrome, think again. I don’t know about you but for me I don’t need to wait that long to experience cranky behavior from my child. Maybe it’s a case of adolescence comes knocking early. In recent weeks, my wife and I notice that J (who is now 11) is very short-tempered and sometimes she can get highly emotional. Especially when she hears something that she doesn’t like. But the problem is the definition of “like” is very subjective and vague. What we think is…
  • Consumerism penetrates school

    Abel Cheng
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Photo Credit: RageZ You see it everywhere. And now schools are not spared. (I remember we didn’t have such a thing when I was in primary school) In the name of creating awareness in recycling, a popular home product company dropped by J’s school recently. And of course, they wouldn’t leave without taking some back from the students. A day before the event, J received a brochure which promoted the company’s products and it’s aptly called Student Set. Again the company promoted the product in the name of creating a better environment. Don’t get me wrong. I am…
  • That’s one small step for her, one giant leap for my health

    Abel Cheng
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Photo Credit: VOFAN I have a confession to make. Up until recently, I was the one who woke J up every morning so that she could prepare herself for school. In other words, I was her alarm clock. I had to wake up before her and when you get older, it’s no joke to wake up early and it can take a toll on your health. You can’t really get back what you lose from sleep deprivation. On April 28th this year, I handed over the job back to J and it’s now entirely her own responsibility to wake up in the morning. At the same time, I resigned being a human alarm clock. I free myself…
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    Life with Boys

  • Our Worth as Women

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    I was always Team Jennifer (aniston). She was my favorite “friend,” I love her hair,...
  • Gotta Get this Off My Chest

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Roy took our little puppy, Mochi outside to do her business last week, and when he came in we both...
  • Another First Day of School

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’ve been doing the first day of school routine for over 15 years now-I still remember...
  • Our Strongest Bonds!

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    I’ve been back and forth lately-the days are just flying by and I often go about my routine...
  • Anti-Playdate?

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    I’ve been a bit uninspired lately-missing Joe, my first ‘real’ job in years was a bust-I’ve been...
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • My #1 Tip For Getting Kids To Read Daily (Without Nagging From You!)

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    My daughter is in the third grade this year. Normally that’s a ho-hum age, academically, but this year, our state has the Third Grade Reading guarantee, where, if students don’t pass the reading portion of the third-grade standardized test, they have to repeat third grade. Luckily, I have little doubts about my daughter’s ability to pass. She is brilliant, and I’m not just saying that because I’m her mama! I’ve got proof! I’ve got report cards! Receipts! LOL My son is in first grade and while he is great at reading, he doesn’t want to read.
  • Try The Bold New Menu At Bonefish Grill #HelloNewMenu

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    To say “my husband and I don’t get out much” would be an understatement. For one, we’re busy. He works incredibly long and strange hours and I handle most of the childrearing while bringing in a hefty paycheck of my own, so we’re constantly negotiating when one of us will be home to watch the children. Time together without the children is rare. So rare, that when Bonefish Grill asked me if I’d like a night out to go try their new menu, it was all I could do to keep my composure. I asked my parents to watch the kids and off we went! We went to Bonefish…
  • Ask Yourself, “Is This Worth The Fight?” Chances Are, The Answer Is No

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    My new thing (and something I honestly learned from my husband) is that I need to guard my energy. That means assessing where I am mentally and making sure I don’t let outside forces burrow into my spirit and take what’s left. No, no. I’m guarding against that type of foolishness. If I woke up at 100%, I’m not wasting 5% of that on a Twitter fight with some troll who tells me I’m encouraging teen pregnancy. I’m not wasting my energy packing my kids’ lunches when they can do it themselves. I’m not wasting my energy participating in petty gossip…
  • Remember: 75% Of Parenting Has Nothing To Do With Money

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    As an entrepreneur, I’m constantly thinking about money—how much is in my account, whether a client owes me money, whether I have enough set aside to pay my taxes. It’s exhausting, but my real concern beneath the anxiety is that somehow, the money will stop coming in and my children will suffer. I had to stop and remind myself that so much of what I do for the children, day in and day out, has nothing to do with how much is in the bank. Taking a walk with your kids is free. Sitting down and listening to them tell you about their day is free. Brushing tears away after they fall…
  • GIVEAWAY: Family Challenge: Have Financially Savvier Kids In 30 Days

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:51 pm
    My children and I already talk about money very regularly. I look for teachable moments in our everyday lives to discuss the importance of saving money, spending money wisely and using money to fuel our dreams and goals. Just last week we had a long discussion about mortgages (!!!) because my kids wanted to know how much our house cost and, after hearing the number, wondered how in the world we could afford to spend that much! We talked about what a down payment was, the difference between a 15-year and a 30-year loan and more. Sometimes as parents, we think our children are too young to…
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    Athena Bees

  • What Is Income Apps?

    Lisa Brennan
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    What is fast income app? This is a question that has been asked by many people who are trying to grasp the concept of what it’s all about. This is why it is pretty easy to understand what it’s all about by finding out every little bit of information about it. Since marketing is a term that we understand pretty well, the next is an affiliate. This term refers a person in sales who works based on commission. This particular technique requires that a person brings in more clients. For each new customer that is brought in, you get paid but only after they actually purchase the products.
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    When Did I Become My Mom

  • Toronto’s Anti Littering campaign is brilliant!

    Nicole Greene
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    I’ve never understood the desire to litter. If there are no garbage bins around, I’d rather hold my stuff in my (oversized) bag than toss it on the ground. Even as a child it struck me as inconsiderate. I mean, what’s the plan? It can’t stay there forever, so you have to intend for someone else to pick it up right? My mama would slap you upside the head if you tried that at her house. And clearly your mama should have too. None of this “I’m creating jobs for other people! What will the DEWD/URP/CEPEP people do?”. That’s crap and you know it. And…
  • Ebola – How Worried Should You Really Be?

    Nicole Greene
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    2014 seems to have seen more Ebola infections and deaths than any other year in the past. As a mother, and a citizen of a country which allows visa-free entry to some affected African nations, how worried should I really be? That’s the question I asked myself when news broke of the infection and subsequent death of one of Sierra Leone’s leading infectious disease doctors, at the hands of Ebola. I’ve closely followed the events that came afterward, and I’ve done my own research. Now I’m sharing it with you. #453210018 / What is Ebola? Ebola is a…
  • If I can just pass this test…

    Nicole Greene
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    If I can finish this post, I will have passed the test. As I type this, I can feel it happening again… but this time something has changed. The fluent and fluid words that come together easily in my head, have disappeared. Again. The story that quickly bubbles up and forms in my mind has once again melted away to nothing, right before my mind’s eye. But, this time, instead of a frustrating blank canvas, other words are finding their way out. Maybe it’s the frustration. It takes hold in the middle of the night. It wakes me from sleep, or it takes over when something else does…
  • Earache in Toddlers: Is It a Cold or an Ear Infection?

    Nicole Greene
    21 Feb 2014 | 4:30 am
    Life can be lousy when you’re little one with an ear infection. More than three out of four children have had at least one ear infection before the age of three, and many more suffer from ear pain caused from the common cold, according to When toddlers suffer from earache, it can be difficult to determine the cause, as most young children are not able to express their symptoms clearly. It’s important to distinguish between a cold or ear infection to ensure that your toddler receives the proper medical care. Along with a diagnosis from your child’s…
  • How to Teach Your Kids to Be Smart With Money

    Nicole Greene
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:25 am
    Parents are more comfortable talking with their kids about bullying and drugs than they are about money, according to a survey conducted by T. Rowe Price. The study also found that 77 percent of parents are not always honest with their kids about finances, and 15 percent lie to them about money weekly. We don’t want our children to stress over mounting bills, but we don’t want them to grow up financially illiterate, either. Start teaching your kids about money today with these techniques: Discuss Money Regularly Kids don’t need to be sheltered from the realities of earning…
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    Raising Great Men™

  • Are You Losing Your Compassion?

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I recently signed up for a course that focus on compassion. At first, you may think “Why would someone need to learn compassion?” As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become less compassionate and empathetic to the needs of others. This change in me has been subtle. Over the years, the person who cared too much has become the person who cares a little.  I noticed a bubbling of apathy when someone shared a story that in the past would have compelled me to take action. I slowly was becoming a rigid and polarized thinker. This awareness was brought to light as I looked at my life…
  • Ten Things Your Son Wants to Hear From You

    Marie Roker-Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    1. I Love You, No Matter What Let your son know you love him unconditionally. Emphasize that he does not need to be good, successful, or smart for you to love him. 2. I Respect You Your son deserves respect too. You will teach your son a lot about respecting other people’s values and boundaries, when you show him respect. Mutual respect is key to a strong relationship with your son. 3. I’m Here For You Be supportive in his decisions, as long as it is not something that will cause him harm. There are many adults living with resentment and regret because their parents did not…
  • Encourage Learning This Summer By Having Kids ‘Earn Time’ to Play with e-Carrot

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to learn about a cool rewards-based technology platform that not only encourages balance in your child’s digital consumption but also gives parents the control to effectively manage how much time their child spends using devices. Along with a few other mom bloggers, we interacted with the developers of eCarrot, who also happened to be parents and were given a thorough presentation of the app. As the parent of two boys,  I was excited to hear about eCarrot’s app and how it gives kids a chance to play with smart devices based on correct…
  • Help Your Struggling Reader Build Reading Confidence

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    As part of my #SummerLearningChat on Twitter, join me on Thursday, July 17th  at 2:00pm Est with guest Meeghan Mousaw of Sight Sound Reading to talk about ways to help struggling or beginner readers to become more confident readers. Reading is an important part of summer learning, so find creative ways to make reading enticing to your son. Meeghan will also share tips on helping children with special needs become better readers.  One lucky chat participant will win a Teaching Made Easy Bundle. If you would like to help teach your student(s) to read, this bundle is a step by step guide…
  • Preventing Summer Learning Loss- 7 Week Series

    29 Jun 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Join me for a 7 Week series on “Preventing Summer Learning Loss”! Summer is a wonderful opportunity to help your son get ahead of the curve. As much as we want our sons to relax and take it easy, it’s imperative that we provide them with enriching experiences and learning adventures. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging that parents read to their infants. To participate, sign up for my newsletter to stay updated on interviews on Google Plus,  Twitter chats and Blog Talk Radio. According to the National Summer Learning Association: All young people…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • Fun History for Families in Charlottesville, VA. #70DayRoadTrip #Travel

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    We received admission to the locations below for the purpose of review, but all opinions are our own.  I love history. In fact, when we visit a new place, the history of the area is one of the first things I will look into, to find fun ways that we can incorporate that learning into our time there. Luckily, Charlottesville, VA. is teaming with history. Two United States Presidents had homes
  • Back to School Look for Boys with #ZapposStyle #MC

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for I received product samples to facilitate my review. I am not a huge fan of the normal back to school shopping experience. Yes, the boys still get back to school clothes even though they are homeschooled. We try to keep as many "school" type experiences in tact as we can. However, with four boys with very
  • Asian Marinated Skirt Steak #Recipe #BeefCheckoff

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. We love beef in this house. With four growing boys who threaten to eat me out of house and home, we cook plenty of meals with beef to keep them full longer. I've teamed up with Mom
  • Spain: A Vacation Destination That Your Little Boys Will Love #Travel

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Supported Post It is no secret that young boys are full of energy. This seemingly never-ending supply can prove to be quite challenging for parents who are desperately searching for a perfect holiday retreat. Due to a wealth of different locations to choose from and a downright tropical climate within many parts of the country, Spain may very well be the ideal travel option for parents with
  • How I Tackle Messes Big and Small + 5 Minute Chores Printable

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    This post is sponsored by Viva® Vantage Paper Towels, but all opinions are my own.  Right now in my house, I have four boys, ten dogs and two cats! Needless to say, I have plenty of messes to clean up on a daily basis. Keeping the house clean until we can find forever homes for the puppies feels like a full time job sometimes. I was recently given the opportunity to try out Viva® Vantage
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • The Simple Joys of Motherhood

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
    I love being a mother because I get to be childlike again while creating childhood memories with my children.
  • Visiting Chicago: The Only Guide You'll Need

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Link to imageIf you're planning a trip this year then, you ought to consider Chicago. As third largest (by population) city in the USA, Chicago has a great deal to offer tourists. From parks and galleries in the south, to boutique shopping and bars in the north, this city has something for everyone. The city is rife with entertainment from stage shows to stand-up comedy. If you're more of a day person than a night owl, there are also plenty of things to see in the daytime from Hyde Park to the glorious city streets. Chicago is a city I have travelled to many a time, and I have always found…
  • Capture the Colours When You Travel

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    This post was inspired by my wanderwoman friend Betchai of The Joys of Simple Life and Breath In Breath Out. I had a fun time choosing photos for colours blue, green, yellow, white and red.1) BLUEA bluetiful evening at Sai Kung, HongKongOn the first night of our HongKong getaway, my brother-in-law gave us a welcome dinner at a seafood restaurant at Sai Kung seaside. From Disney's Holloywood Hotel, it took us almost an hour to reach the bluetiful place but the fantastic atmosphere and the  freshest and tastiest seafood are worth the travel.2) GREENOur family portrait at Bintan Lagoon…
  • What To Demand From Your Barcelona Holiday Accommodation

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Holidays are one of the great pleasures of modern living. Air travel has opened up vast swathes of the world that we otherwise would never have seen. Of course, that’s not the case with Europe. Holidaymakers have longed loved to see the great cities of Europe. One of those wondrous destinations is Barcelona, a popular city for travellers worldwide. It has great weather, vibrant Catalan culture and a whole host of great attractions.Barcelona is a place that relaxes you. As the Spanish language spreads across the globe, more people can cope with the language barrier. The city is also easy to…
  • Best Loved Family Portraits

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:26 pm
    We love taking family pictures! Here are my favourites from so many family portraits we have taken through the years. Let me know which one you love most. I had a hard time choosing which ones to post from my archives. They bring back gazillion beautiful memories, I think I am going to have them printed and framed one of these days. :)Do you love taking family portraits too?
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • 5 Reasons Your Kids Should Hate Hard Work

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ve always wondered why we have a holiday celebrating hard work. What’s to celebrate? After all, says the prevailing theory in life, hard work is not fun. That attitude has seeped into the youth sports culture. Parents, coaches, and leaders have given kids plenty of reasons to hate hard work. And because of those reasons, it should come as no...Read More
  • Why Some Sports Parents Don’t Get It

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    On every team, in every league, there are sports parents who just don’t get it. They are clueless to the true and lasting value of the youth sports experience. What drives a parent to this mindset? I believe there are a few reasons that sports parents may not see the clear picture. They are too wrapped...Read More
  • Parents, If You Don’t Waste Time Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Parents have a reputations for not wanting to waste time. “Hurry up!” “Don’t dawdle!” “We’re wasting time, come on, let’s go!” I’m sure there’s a very good reason for this. You don’t want your kids to be late to school or practice or church. You want your kids to get their homework done, get their...Read More
  • 6 Things You Do Not Need to Know to Be a Great Sports Parent

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    Athletes do not always beget athletes. I’ve known some more than one un-athletic  sports parent whose kid is a skilled competitor. Perhaps you never played sports, or if you did, you eventually realized that you were not athletically gifted. Now, your kids are starting to play and you’re keeping your fingers crossed that they will have better...Read More
  • Youth Sports Wake-up Call: Forget the Past!

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    There’s a lot wrong with youth sports. So we’re being told, over and over and over again. Every time I get online I see a new story about a parent gone mad or kids getting burned out. That culture of negativity sparks many conversations about youth sports and “the way it used to be” or “when I...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • Keeping Myself Accountable {Weight Loss Update}

    Darcy Zalewski
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    I’m the type of person who is filled with ideas and likes to go all in on something to the point of obsession. I tend to burn myself out of motivation this way. It’s taken quite a few years to really recognize this. I still start new things eagerly, but my passion and commitment have longer staying power because I can look at the big picture better than in the past. Quick and frequent victories do a lot to keep me fired up  though. Somehow I’m supposed to keep up with them! Recently we were hanging out with some friends. One we hadn’t seen in about a month told me I…
  • The LeapFrog LeapTV Pre-Sale is Coming Soon! #LeapTV

    Darcy Zalewski
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    This post is part of a sponsored campaign to share information about LeapFrog’s new LeapTV! One of this year’s hottest holiday toys is going on pre-sale on September 2! Yes, I really do think the new LeapTV gaming console by LeapFrog is going to be a hot Christmas present this year. It’s going on our wishlist, that’s for sure! As I mentioned before, our kids do some gaming with us, but there isn’t much out there that is a good fit for preschoolers. Some of the video games out now seem like they’d be fun for my daughter, but then she gets frustrated if…
  • Easy Pineapple Banana Smoothie

    Darcy Zalewski
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    I loooove smoothies. I might like milkshakes even more, but smoothies are always a hit in my house. The kids think it’s fun to help fill the blender and drink through fun straws. When Rissa was younger, I made Peanut Butter Banana Avocado Smoothies a lot. Or Strawberry Banana Avocado. I’ve experimented with ingredients, but they aren’t all winners. Most are delicious, but some are tough to swallow. The other morning I woke up kind of crabby. Waking up to the kids jumping around me on the bed really doesn’t please me. I gave them breakfast then made my pineapple banana…
  • There’s Something Exciting Coming From LeapFrog! #LeapTV

    Darcy Zalewski
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    This post is part of a sponsored campaign to share information about LeapFrog’s new LeapTV! We’re big fans of LeapFrog in this house. We have several of their toys and the kids enjoy watching their educational shows. Everything we’ve bought or received has lasted through lots of playtime and everything has a learning component to it. The songs are catchy too, so you are likely to find me randomly humming one of their tunes. Anyway, when I heard about the new LeapTV gaming console I thought, Fantastic! This would make an excellent holiday gift. The kids already do some…
  • Getting Ready to Send My Oldest Off to Preschool

    Darcy Zalewski
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Say what?! Didn’t I say last year that I wasn’t going to enroll my 3 year old in preschool? I still believe my reasons for NOT planning to enroll her are valid. It’s just that she changed the game plan on me. In fact, signing her up for preschool was the key to her successful potty training. (Which I wrote about in my monthly column at The Stir.) I know, crazy, right? What’s really crazy is school is about to start. I wrote the first tuition check a couple months ago. We went shopping for school supplies. And last night we attended the open house for her…
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    One Little Mister

  • Cascade Platinum Put To The Ultimate Test & Giveaway

    Melissa Dixon
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Diva’s and Cascade. I was provided with products and a shopping stipend to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own. My dishwasher... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Cariloha Bamboo Sheets Review – Warm Your Home Giveaway Event

    10 Mar 2014 | 7:41 pm
        Cariloha is a fantastic source for all things bamboo – clothing, bed and bath, home decor, and more! Bamboo is an ever-growing, rich renewable resource that also produces an... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • GAIAM Carved Horn Tea Light Holder Review – Warm Your Home Event

    10 Mar 2014 | 7:09 pm
      Gaiam is a fantastic company that caters to customers who value the environment, a sustainable economy, healthy lifestyles, alternative healthcare and personal development. They offer a... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • SCKM Bunting Review – Warm Your Home Giveaway Event

    10 Mar 2014 | 6:39 pm
    SCKM is an Etsy shop run by Sally from California. She’s a fellow preschool teacher and crafts and creates as a relaxing hobby. A bit like yours truly! Sally creates stunningly beautiful and... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Simply American Style Throw Pillow Review – Warm Your Home Event Giveaway

    3 Mar 2014 | 4:06 pm
          Simply American Style prides themselves on creating high quality, stylish products MADE in the USA! They offer a variety of products, from jewelry, children’s items, pet... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
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    Before the Baby Wakes

  • Hochzeitskleider ♥ Brautkleider 2013 2014 2015 Designer & Luxus Kollektionen

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Entsenderichtlinie, Währungskrieg, Griechenland, Grundeinkommen, Hochzeitskleider Denken Sie daran, Mitarbeiter in der Werkstatt Arbeit mit Bräute auf einer täglichen Basis, und sie werden in der Lage, Empfehlungen basierend auf Ihren Teint, Körperform und vieles mehr. Seit nun mehr als vier Jahren führen wir unser erfolgreiches Familiengeschäft – In all diesen Jahren hatten wir die Freude als […] The post Hochzeitskleider ♥ Brautkleider 2013 2014 2015 Designer & Luxus Kollektionen appeared first on Before the Baby Wakes.
  • Meisterwerke Sind Die Hochzeitskleider, Die Den Meragliosa

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Meisterwerke Sind Die Hochzeitskleider, Die Den Meragliosa Keine Sorge, abendkleider es gibt noch andere Wege, deine Freunde zum fixme: gamename spielen einzuladen. Besonders bei berühmten Persönlichkeiten, Majestäten und Stars und Sternchen fallen die Hochzeiten und somit auch die Hochzeitskleider besonders üppig und prunkvoll aus. Die klassische Silhouette eignet sich besonders für schmale Oberkörper und kurvige […] The post Meisterwerke Sind Die Hochzeitskleider, Die Den Meragliosa appeared first on Before the Baby Wakes.
  • Guess who’s back, back again…

    Alexandria Campbell
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:10 am
    This has been the longest & completely unintentional blog break I ever taken. I never intended to break for so long but life gets in the way as it very often does & blogging became less of a priority to me. However, the longer I was gone the more I felt the desire to NOT […] The post Guess who’s back, back again… appeared first on Before the Baby Wakes.
  • The Power of Letting My Child Just Be Him

    Alexandria Campbell
    9 Sep 2013 | 7:59 am
    The most judgmental people I have ever met are pre-parents & Christians. In my very distant past, I used to be a very judgy Christian, shouting my scriptures & thumping my Bible in the faces of heathens. But I was also a very judgy pre-parent. My kid will never act like that, she won’t ever […] The post The Power of Letting My Child Just Be Him appeared first on Before the Baby Wakes.
  • a song for you

    Alexandria Campbell
    26 Aug 2013 | 10:42 am
    I can hardly believe that a year has gone by since we welcomed Caspian into our lives. I was very worried before having him that my heart was already at capacity with the love for Phoenix. And that I wouldn’t be able to give as much to him or somehow my love for Cas would […] The post a song for you appeared first on Before the Baby Wakes.
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    The Potty Diaries

  • Am I back? Well, sort of...

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    The holidays are over (for us, anyway), the Potski family are back in Moscow, and Boys #1 and #2 are back in school which, after 9 weeks with them 24/7 is - I have to admit - a bit of relief.It's not that I don't enjoy spending time with my children, you understand.Just that it's quite nice have a bit of time myself. I have a long list of stuff I need to get sorted, not least of which is editing Draft #1 of The Great Work*, and which I have promised myself I will have finished by the end of September.  There's other stuff happening too; planning for the future, putting the pieces in…
  • No words needed for this one, I think...

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Oh, and whilst I'm at it, no filter needed on this photo, either...
  • Today's definition of 'Embarrassment'...

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    We are in the Netherlands at the moment, and both the boys are at (field) hockey camp.Note:  I put the 'field' there in brackets for readers who might think I was talking about ice (ice) hockey.  I'm not.  Yes, there IS another game using sticks with 'hockey' in the name...Yesterday, the weather was glorious; 21degC, sunshine, a few clouds; perfect hockey weather, but today we have driving rain.  Undaunted by that, the coaches at the camp have the children outside doing circuits, playing games and practicing.  I shouldn't know that, of course.  I should have…
  • Are you an expat who needs a new UK passport next year? Apply now...

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:10 am
    Inspired by today's story in The Times and on the BBC of claims by the UK Passport Office that there is 'no backlog in processing applications', here's a little tale of what has been occupying me for the last 3 months; applying for and waiting for a new passport.Passports are important if you're an expat.  Not only do you - obviously - need one if you are travelling, but here in Russia you need one to carry out practically any transaction where you are using a card to pay, whenever you are driving a car, if you want to use the bureau de change, whenever you visit an office building or an…
  • In the presence of greatness...

    3 Jun 2014 | 11:42 pm
    My sister (the former blogger known as Footballer's Knees who now confines her brilliance to outpourings on fb) is - undoubtedly, indisputably and without question - a genius.  Don't believe me?  Read this...I’m having a bad day.Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,Your Facebook updates and posts now postpone,Bring out the tweezers and the bleach with care,For on my chin I found an enormous white hair.Let the bikini orders and spray tans be cancelled,The foot spa and pedicure kit dismantled,Book that long appointment with the beauty specialist,And the extra time with the…
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    Abundant Mama

  • Stop Yelling with these Just Be Kind Affirmations

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    All of my Just Be Kind work in this community is sort of an underground theme. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to your children and your family. Be kind to the world around you. Of course, not always easy. And all of my kindness work is often the most requested from mamas by email. They read it and felt it and often want more of it. I coach mamas to just be kind because it’s so much more effective than so many other strategies such as distractions that only serve to put a band-aid on the problem for today. I like to coach women to just be kind to themselves because, well, life is hard…
  • Life is Hard. Motherhood should be easy.

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    You know that feeling before the baby comes? Well, in my case … before the babies come? The one when you stand in the dimly lit room holding those teeny tiny pieces of baby clothes. Smelling the lotions. Those moments are so full of hope. And then the baby arrives and hope gets lost in sleep deprivation, the baby blues — or, worse, postpartum depression. Soon, you’re feeling better but the days … they don’t really feel much easier. Smoother, perhaps. But, as I’ve said before, parenting gets easier, but it never gets easy. Life is hard. Motherhood should be…
  • Find Your Bliss In the Ordinary Parenting Moments

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    I’m so honored to be invited to participate in The Mama Bliss Is Blog Tour hosted by Kathy Stowell of Bliss Beyond Naptime. The Mama Bliss Is Blog Tour is helping to spread the word on the importance of mothers to tend to their self-care and creative practices first and foremost while contending with overwhelm in healthy and creative ways. I work with a lot of mothers on creating unique-to-them self-care rituals and practices and when we talk about being happy and feeling blissful, they instantly start thinking about the BIG moments. And how hard it is to be happy because…
  • The Art of Perfect Mornings (with children)

    10 Aug 2014 | 3:34 am
    You sneak out of your bedroom, maybe even in the dark. Tiptoe to the coffee pot or the tea kettle. Quietly and discreetly get the water flowing and the brewing started. You sneak open the drawer, grab the spoon, grab your mug of choice and settle in for that first soothing taste of waking up. And you start to remember what it feels like to be relaxed. And you are teased with feeling nourished for a minute. You start to think about all the things you can do and how you can be productive while also replenishing yourself. Then it happens. Pitter-Pat of little footsteps. Rustling sounds of…
  • The Most Crucial Playdate to Schedule for Your Child

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Playdates are exhausting. This week, my daughters had two very long play dates. They were in and out of the house all day long for two days straight. They laughed. They cried. They hugged. They hid. They giggled. They had a total blast. And they slept hard at night, too. I could feel the distance between us growing wider and wider — a sure thing for a house of twin 8-year-old girls longing for their newfound social lives. But our family connection to each other is something we thrive on and need, like water, and I had to be the adult, and set some boundaries. So today when they woke up,…
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    Project Motherhood

  • How to Wear White After Labor Day

    Allison Cooper
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    For some reason, wearing white after labor day has become such a mysterious situation! For so long we have been told never to do it, then we have fashion greats such as Manolo  who have been telling the world to break that rule! But nonetheless, no matter what exactly is said in our fashion bibles, once labor day has passed and we pull something white from our closets, we are instantly filled with a little bit of fear that we will be “fashion shamed” for flaunting it in public. I disagree wholeheartedly, so today, on labor day–we are going to discuss how to wear white after…
  • How to Shop For Shoes

    Allison Cooper
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    Ever go shoe shopping and find yourself easily getting distracted by shiny things and walking out of the store carrying boxes filled with shoes that you never intended to buy In the first place? It happens to the best of us! Believe it or not (since time flies as I get older and older), we are entering inter a new shoe shopping season–oh happy day! As we begin to gear up, navigate our way around the department store or online store, and get ready for some shoe shopping, we must stop and think: do I really know how to shop for shoes? I know it sounds like a silly questions since we tend…
  • Summer to Fall Skincare Transitions With Neutrogena + Giveaway

    Allison Cooper
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    Happy Beauty Day! It’s getting closer and closer to those fall days and chilly weather, and while most of us are busy focusing on getting the kids back to school and our wardrobes ready for fall (Check out this weeks fashion post to win $75 towards for fall shopping for mom & #kidstyle shopping for the kiddos!), we often neglect something VERY important–our skin! So today, we are talking how to keep your skin glowing with summer to fall skincare transitions with Neutrogena! How to: Summer to Fall Skincare Transitions With Neutrogena The last thing that we want to think about…
  • #KidStyle: Fall Pieces We Love + Giveaway

    Allison Cooper
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    I’m not going to lie–even at almost age 6 (yes, tear dripping down my face) I love dressing my little guy! There are many, many days where I let him just be a boy and wear what he wants–but there are many days that I feel inspired to get him all dressed up in the current trends for kids! Since he has to wear a uniform to school, I’m only left with time on the weekends to make sure he is rocking his #kidstyle…and you better bet I use every minute! As we move into fall, our team has been traveling around checking out the fall previews for kid brands and we wanted…
  • Hourglass Body Shape: Skirts That Fit!

    Allison Cooper
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Hello my hourglass ladies–today is all about YOU! Overall, skirts are such a fun way to add some dimension to your wardrobe in a very fun and comfortable way. Retailers have actually been reporting that the sales of skinny jeans are at an all time LOW–meaning that women are turning to different trends and spending their money in different places whenever they shop. While skinny jeans are great, they are boring to wear on a daily basis–it’s time to try something NEW! Shopping For Skirts For The Hourglass Body Shape Avoid: You want to make sure to avoid anything that is…
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    The Mommist

  • Seattle's Best Coffee's Javakula BOGO Promo for September

    Len Dela Cruz
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    Jeans, shoes, sunglasses, men {okay before you object, check this out first}, heads {?}, and Javakula ~ everything that's great should come in pairs, right?What's that slang term they say nowadays? Ah! Matchy-matchy! Just had a 'matchy-matchy Monday' at Seattle's Best Coffee awhile ago! Their famous beverage Javakula are on BOGO {Buy One, Get One} promo starting today until the 14th of September, 2014! Well, ours is not exactly matchy-matchy, but you get the point. I just added that for a wee bit of drama. In our defense, our drinks are of the same size, so technically, they still…
  • Style Hero: Marine Vacth

    Len Dela Cruz
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    Marine Vacth are naturally blessed with the perfect mix of innocence and panache. She's obviously very beautiful and stylish, too. She kills the effortless glam every single time. No surprise there, really. She's French. 'Nuff said.STEAL HER STYLE JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.Hold on! Before you go, please like my The Mommist's Facebook page {on your left}. Thank you!Receive The Latest Posts Directly To Your Email - It's Free! Onward and Upward!
  • Interior Envy: Utilitarian Nordic Home with Bohemian Elements

    Len Dela Cruz
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Here I am again with my Scandinavian interior obsession. This apartment in Sweden is very much worthy to plague someone's mind, don't you think?True to Nordic interior components, the whole area is painted stark white. The intricate moldings are of the same color, making them slightly visible. They definitely created a good textural addition to break the monotony, though. I love x 100 the leather lounge chairs! Also, the small potted greens that are peppered all over the place made a lot of difference.Image CreditHold on! Before you go, please like my The Mommist's Facebook page {on your…
  • Beyoncé for CR Fashion Book

    Len Dela Cruz
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    All hail! The queen and her wickedly long hair extensions! Beyoncé is the latest cover of Carine Roitfeld's CR Fashion Books' fifth issue. The shots are done by Pierre Debusschere with Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci as guest creative director. Queen Bey and her 'surfbort'Hold on! Before you go, please like my The Mommist's Facebook page {on your left}. Thank you!Receive The Latest Posts Directly To Your Email - It's Free! Onward and Upward!
  • Pork Belly Lollipops Dripped with Maple Syrup

    Len Dela Cruz
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    This recipe looks very promising, and the photo looks very tempting. Braised-then-fried pork bellies covered with Drip maple! Nom! I'd probably substitute the Sichuan peppercorns with togarashi. The pork pieces skewered with matchsticks is a pretty nice touch, don't you think?sourcePhoto Credit: Rob FioccaRecipe Credit: Christopher St. OngeHold on! Before you go, please like my The Mommist's Facebook page {on your left}. Thank you!Receive The Latest Posts Directly To Your Email - It's Free! Onward and Upward!
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  • Back to School

    Bob Aycock
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Around this time each year, I like to share a few words to the students, teachers, and parents preparing for back-to-school time. While this is only my personal view, I do hope it offers some solace to what can be a hectic and emotional time of year. To all the students starting school, be appreciative […]
  • Mickey Monday

    Bob Aycock
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    “The life and ventures of Mickey Mouse have been closely bound up with my own personal and professional life. It is understandable that I should have sentimental attachment for the little personage who played so big a part in the course of Disney Productions and has been so happily accepted as an amusing friend wherever […]
  • Though the World is Fast Asleep

    Bob Aycock
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    This time of night was once quiet. I expected it to change when Gretchen arrived. I did not expect William and Elisabeth to be the ones crying or up more than her. It seems our middle Tweedles have acquired an internal alarm that goes off, waking them to call out to Daddy and Mommy, while […]
  • It’s A Girl!

    Bob Aycock
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    I am very happy to announce that my wife gave birth to our fourth child and second daughter this morning. Gretchen Isolde Aycock arrived on June 6, 2014 at 1:44 a.m. She is 7lb 13oz and 21″ long. Welcome to the world, Gretchen! What a blessing you are, baby girl. We are in love with our […]
  • Our Disney Land

    Bob Aycock
    21 May 2014 | 6:15 am
    Last month I wrote a post about Walt Disney’s dream of creating a place where parents and their children could have fun together. In my quest to learn as much as I can about Uncle Walt, I have become obsessed with Disney history and vintage Disneyland. I know there are many Disney fan pages and blogs out […]
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    The Kerrie Show

  • Cinnamon Roll Peach Cobber

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    I recently made this for my dad and stepmom when they came over because I had a ton of peaches and my stepmom posted the recipe. I don't think she really thought I was going to make it but I sure did. It was hard not to sit and eat the entire thing myself! Check it out! Recipe is here! (eek! It has come to my attention that I am sending you to a different recipe, but just go with it, okay? ... I can't find the one I made anywhere ... online or on paper ... so I'll have to keep checking! Thanks for putting up with my scattered nature!)Oops, no picture of the finished product. I'm a little…
  • #Giveaway Hop $75 of Younique and Jamberry Items! #2Cool4School Aug. 18-24, 2014

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Look, just because I homeschool doesn't mean back to school time does not affect me. Back to school around here (I live across from a school) is mid-August ... can you believe that? INSANITY! We homeschool light in the summer ... very light ... but don't really hit it until AFTER Labor Day! I do have homeschool planning to do right now and we sometimes do back-to-school supplies shopping.UPDATE: We are venturing into virtual school and very excited to be using Calvert curriculum with Leavenworth Virtual School!So to take a break before all the crazy begins at my own house, I got involved in a…
  • Belton Pool ... Thanks, Tutu!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    My mom (Tutu) gave us a late Easter gift in the form of cash to go somewhere the kids really wanted to go: Belton Pool. Mr. Kerrie took a half day off and we headed to Belton for some fun. Here are pictures!Pretty sure he's thinking about me
  • When Kids Do Mommy's Makeup

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    I am so excited as I type this. And I am aware that I gave the new neighbors a card with my phone number and blog address on it so they might see this. BUT I AM SO EXCITED!Sunday we came home from church to see a Suburban in the driveway of the house next door. We have lived here for 14 years. An elderly couple lived next door. Then a single woman. Then a single man. This is a big house, people! So for years I have been praying for a family to move in.YES YES YES!God said, "Kerrie, you have been a decent person these last few years so I am going to give you something super cool that you have…
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    A Juggling Mom

  • Motivational Mondays – To live or exist?

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Last week has been an emotional week where 3 of my family members have been admitted to hospital. It’s heart... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – To live or exist? appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Alive Museum Singapore – 3D Interactive Museum

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:43 am
    Looking for a fun filled activity for the whole family? All you need is a sporting attitude, fun personality and... Continue reading » The post Alive Museum Singapore – 3D Interactive Museum appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Talkative Thursday – Parenting with Grace

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    As parents, we all have certain expectations of our children, whether they are expressed or unspoken. And some of these... Continue reading » The post Talkative Thursday – Parenting with Grace appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Reeling in the KS mum in me

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
    It’s a funny thing how peer pressure can bring up the sleeping kiasuism in me. To me I’ve always thought that... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Reeling in the KS mum in me appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Travel Mini Album on the Go with LG Pocket Printer

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    On my last vacation to Bali, I made a travel mini album on the roads during my trip. When I’m on... Continue reading » The post Travel Mini Album on the Go with LG Pocket Printer appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • Back to School With JD Sports

    Erica Price
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    I hadn’t really thought about sports shops previously when I’d thought about buying back to school items for H. In the past, we’ve got his things from the supermarket or the local school outfitters. JD Sports have got quite an extensive selection in their Back to School range, so it’s well worth looking at what they have to offer.Now that H is in the juniors he’s carrying more things backwards and forwards from school.  He’s got homework, snacks and letters to pack up and take with him.  It was great for him to pick out a more grown up school bag from JD…
  • #SkylandersSummer Activity Ideas

    Erica Price
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    H can barely stop talking about Skylanders.  He so excited about the new game coming out soon and he’s been replaying Swapforce and Giants.  He’s even been buying some new characters out of his precious pocket-money.  So it was great to get a #SkylandersSummer pack to feed that interest and enthusiasm.We got some great ideas for activities over the summer holidays:Playing some of the Skylanders mobile games while we are travelling.  They have Battlegrounds, Lost Islands and Cloud Patrol.Hide and seek Skylanders style.  Hide your characters around the garden and use them in a…
  • Week 35 of 2014

    Erica Price
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:21 pm
    View From Our WindowLast week of the summer holidays for us and we have been away.  It was a fairly last minute thing as we only booked it last month.  We were very flexible about where we went and the main criteria for H was that it was near the sea.  Mr Nine to Three Thirty found 7 properties that met our criteria, budget and were available.  I narrowed it down to two and H decided.  So off to Brightlingsea in Essex we went.  Brightlingsea does have a beach, but as it’s where the river Colne meets the sea, it’s as much a boating place as a seaside resort.  We had a flat…
  • Entertaining Children On A Train Journey

    Erica Price
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    H has done a lot of train travelling in his 7 years. For some years my sister and her family lived in the Highlands of Scotland and we used to regularly make the 7.5 hour train journey up there to visit them. More recently there have been city day trips and dashes for the coast that we’ve done by train, and along the way we’ve come up with lots of ways of keeping H entertained while we’re on board. First Hull Trains have asked us to share some of our tips with you. • When he was very young we used to have a train bag. This was full of little goodies I’d collected that were small,…
  • Win Beauticology Fruits From Baylis and Harding

    Erica Price
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Baylis and Harding have recently launched their new beauticology:™ FRUITS range.  It’s been created to ‘make people smile’ with its fun, fruity fragrances which bring summer fruits into your daily beauty routine.  There are four fabulous fragrances in the range:Strawberry and PomegranateMango and MandarinCoconut and LimePink Grapefruit and RaspberryReaders have the chance to win a set of beauticology Fruits products: bath and shower gel, shower scrub, body butter, hand cream and fragrance mist. Entry is via the rafflecopter below.Competition Terms and Conditions1. No bulk,…
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  • Happiness is Being Grateful

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:19 pm
    I came across a friend’s blog the other day and it got me thinking… Summer, who blogs at A Happy Mum  asked a question, What Are You Happy For This Month? (And it was for the Month of Aug, which I’m a couple of days late!) Nonetheless, I realised it’s a question that requires me to reflect and think quite a bit. A bit of running through my calendar and phone to remind me what happened. So this is what I’m happy for this month… and effectively, It’s also what I’m grateful and thankful to God for: I am happy for wonderful family times during the…
  • Primary School Readiness Assessment

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    One of the greatest milestone in a child’s life is entering Primary School. In Singapore, that seems to be THE biggest milestone–the one which most prayers are activated, the one which calls for most parental participation, the one which even a non-parent would understand. I’ve gone through this milestone for my two older kids, and I thought ok, just one more to go. Then of course, Meimei is different. She has learning difficulties, and needs extra help and attention. Thus when the therapist gave me a checklist, I thought—woah!! this is something new! Initially, I…
  • City Harvest Case – Why Am I Still Here?

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    I am from City Harvest Church, and it is a place I call my church and my life. I don’t have grand stories about how I met God here or this is where I met my husband. I can’t even say I’m an ‘old-timer’ member since I’ve only starting attending CHC in the last 15 years. I came a few years before the Crossover Project started. So that’s probably the bestest claim I can make–I was there when the Crossover started. So why are you still here Because I believed and still believe in the Crossover. It was and is a tremendous honor to be a part of this…
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • Wonderland Then and Now

    23 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    When I moved to Ontario from B.C. in 1987, I left my best friend behind. In body that is, but not in spirit. We're still best friends ALL these MANY (I can't even do the math) years later. Every summer Tiff would fly out East and we'd always hit Wonderland.Let's discuss my 80s outfit, shall we? What it lacked in shirt length, it made up for in oddly high waisted cut-offs. And the puff of hair atop my head? Seems I may be partly responsible for global warming as a result of my excessive use of Aquanet. Even though photographic evidence screams dork, I'm convinced I was hot at the time. We…
  • When Friendships Fizzle

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    I suppose the silver lining to that golden rule is that all bad things must come to an end too. At some point anyway.  Even if you're up to your chin in moist festering crud, the tide of wretched crap will eventually recede. And though treading water in a sea of sludge isn't pleasant, at least there will ultimately be an end to your suffering. But what about when GOOD things come to an end? Things you don't want to let go or have torn away. Like friendships— when a relationship is meaningful one day, then missing the next.I've been there. You probably have too. Losing a friend is awful…
  • Kids These Days....

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Our little girl turned eight last week. Eight, not eighteen, but from her recent behaviour the line is somewhat fuzzy.First we caught her hot tubbing in mixed company. Don't let the water wings fool you, she's a wild woman. Later that night we found her elbows deep in coins, playing the slots, drinking (apple juice) like a sailor on leave. Then we spotted her wandering around Chicago, coffee in hand (she was probably exhausted from a late night of gambling) mixing with the locals and painting the town red.The next thing we knew, she was on her first date playing coy. Ha! It's a ruse. She's…
  • Running For The Cure

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    I have so many fears that I'm afraid there's something wrong. It frightens me. I worry about things like Hog Weed, and Lyme Disease, and planes crashing, and nuclear war. I'm scared of penicillin resistant super bugs, and child abduction, and funnel clouds, and pesticides, and GMOs, and solar flares destroying the earth or at the very least, our internet access. And tsunamis (which is dumb because I don't even live near an ocean, but we occasionally visit the seaside). Oh, and Ebola.But the thing that scares me the most; the one fear that consumes my thoughts on a daily basis, is cancer. It's…
  • Super Simple Summer Fun

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    As Canadians we spend a lot of time indoors. This past winter was especially brutal. Spring arrived just in the nick of time because the Thornburys were getting dangerously close to a "The Shining" situation. Rum—good. Red rum—bad.My kids have been itching to get outdoors and back to nature and that's exactly what we did last week. We spent seven glorious days with family at their cottage on a lake in New Brunswick— sans wifi or television. No iPhone grafted to my hand? I expected it to be difficult. It wasn't. It was heaven.Here are a few of the activities we enjoyed:On day one of our…
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  • Buddha says: Change Diaper, Make Mac and Cheese

    My Asparagus Pee
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Today, I was sad.  So to cheer myself up, I did what any totally sane person would do: I got my wedding dress out of the attic and tried it on and wore it while I got dinner ready in my kitchen.  Nothing to see here folks. Just a normal lady making dinner.It barely fit, 10.5 years and four pregnancies having changed my body in ways that would have terrified all of the innocence right out of 24-year-old-blushing-bride-me, and it was covered in white wine stains and missing half of its... [Click on post link to visit my site for full content]
  • Maybe it is time.

    My Asparagus Pee
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    So often when we lose a loved one to physical illness we hear people talk in admiration about how they were a fighter. My mother was a fighter. I watched her battle her demons for 34 years. In the end, for her, it was a full on WAR, with some battles won along the way but too many lost.And while she may have felt she was, she was not alone. When there are so many people fighting this fight and losing, something is broken. So maybe it’s time to have the dialogue about mental illness. Maybe... [Click on post link to visit my site for full content]
  • So You Think You Can't Dance

    My Asparagus Pee
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Maria and I have been watching So You Think You Can Dance this summer, inspiring impromptu dance moves on the living room floor from the both of us and making my body ache from using parts of it that haven’t been called on to move that way since I quit dancing when I was a teenager. Back then, when I still was a dancer, there was a word  my ballet teacher used to describe my dancing: unpolished. I was doing the moves, I had the basic idea, but I was unfinished. I lacked the clean... [Click on post link to visit my site for full content]
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  • Social media buttons: 2 kinds

    Nicole orriëns
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Did you know that there are two kinds of social media buttons? I didn't. Usually when I hear or read about social media buttons, nothing is said about there being 2 kinds! They simply assume you know! Social media buttons: two kinds 1. Social media buttons that link to your social media profiles.  This kind of buttons you'll usually find in the sidebar. They link to your social media
  • Anti Bucket List

    Nicole orriëns
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    It's become fashionable to create a bucket list. A list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket. Usually there are things on that list like: Swimming with dolphins Traveling through India with just a backpack Making a trip in a hot air balloon Getting in a cage with a pair of lions  Kate of Majestic Golden Rose created a linky with an anti bucket list. A list of things you
  • Who's a naughty garden gnome then?!

    Nicole orriëns
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Look what I found at the local thrift store: I totally fell in love with this naughty dwarf. Though let me say that I'm a Good Girl. I never swear and I do not give people the finger. But somehow this dwarf spoke to me... Make sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurner
  • Permalinks: what are they?

    Nicole orriëns
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Did anyone ever ask you about your permalinks? And did you wonder if they were talking about some kind of new perm? Then this post is for you! Because I'm going to explain all about permalinks. Why they're important, ánd where you can find them! Permalink: what is it? Sometimes the answer lies in the question. Because like the word permalink implies, a permalink is a link that's
  • Pear tree

    Nicole orriëns
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    Our pear tree: still going strong When I grew up we had this pear tree. My granny used to peel them for me. They tasted of Summer and my granny's love. About three years ago we moved into my granny's old house. The pear tree is still going strong, offering us her fruits! In fact this year we have so many pears, it's impossible to eat them all before they go bad. So we've taken to cooking them
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    Your Daily Serving of Mommie Daze

  • Eleven Signs You Might Be a Modern Parenting Failure

    Colleen Stout
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Remember when we used to let kids be kids? I guess I’m an old school parent, because a lot of the time I feel like I’m just not on the same page as other parents these days. 1. You let your kids climb to the top of the jungle gym and kick up dust pushing the merry-go-ground as fast as they can without constantly shouting, “Be careful! That’s too high! Don’t get  dirty!” like all the other moms who are glaring at you, because now their kids want to do it too. Before leaving you let them climb the tree by the picnic table just to watch the other parents…
  • Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars Giveaway #FigLove

    Colleen Stout
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    This post was created in partnership with Nature’s Bakery. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I’m always looking for healthy snack options for the boys.  It’s not easy to find something they like that’s also good for them. But David and Wade both love Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars. These fig bars are made with real fruit and don’t have any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. They’re also made with stone ground whole wheat and are non-GMO verified. The bars are dairy-free and kosher as well. We tried nine different flavors and the boys liked…
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  • Parenting Pin it Party #68

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting Pin it Party #68 Head on over to All you need is love and cake for this week’s parenting pin it party. The last while my kids are at home with me, which is strangely weird. Part of me is pleased to see them go back to school, as it will mean a lot… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • #Win complete Moshi Monsters Series 11 figures *yes really*

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    #Win complete Moshi Monsters Series 11 figures *yes really* It’s not just coming soon, its here, we have arrived, and you can win ALL of the Moshi Monsters series 11 figures with, yes you really, really can… You will be getting all of these wonderful wee creatures to have and to hold, all of your very, very own!… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Weegul, wobbling in on our final day!

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Weegul, wobbling in on our final day! It is here, our final day, after Freddie graced my blog , we now have the uber-cute, Weegul for you. This little fella is a very demanding wee guy, despite the rather cutesy appearances. He is a bit like a diva rock star, without the rock…if they don’t get their… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Freddie, delivering mail to you on day #2

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Freddie, delivering mail to you on day #2 I can’t believe that we are on day 15 of our countdown, which means we only have one more day to go before the wonderful giveaway, and launch day for all those stupendous Moshlings! Our kitchen was being commanded by Casey yesterday, and today we have a little help for the… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Little Star presents….Microscooter Sprite Scooter

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Little Star presents….Microscooter Sprite Scooter We have been very lucky this year in getting the opportunity to review one of the Microscooter stunt scooters for Stuntboy. However, this did cause a little difficulty as Chatterboxes scooter seemed to be a little bit inadequate by comparison. We where therefore extremely pleased to be offered the chance… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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    Nanny to Mommy

  • $200 or Target Gift Card Giveaway! Sponsored by Ends 9/16

    Diana Chastain
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Welcome to the Winner's Choice giveaway of a $200 Amazon or Target Gift Card Giveaway, Hosted by Housewife on a Mission and sponsored by Pregknowsis!, launched recently with the goal of taking some of the mystery out of pregnancy advice. It uses questions posed to a large community of users to generate individual answers, advancing online pregnancy conversation from folk wisdom and she say/she say to custom answers. It’s a novel concept which aims to lessen pregnancy guesswork. Here’s how it all works: 1. A user goes to, creates a profile…
  • #SeptBabywearingChallenge on Instagram Giveaways!

    Diana Chastain
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    September 1st kick starts the Babywearing Instagram Challenge! Over the course of the month of September we'll be taking part in sharing babywearing photos on Instagram along with featuring lots of great giveaway! Be sure to check out the information post for full event details!  All giveaways will be open the entire month of September. Each prize has its own Giveaway Tool, so you can enter as little or as much as you’d like! Below you’ll find information on each sponsor, giveaway prize and giveaway tool! Check back daily to claim your daily Instagram pictures! Everyday you…
  • Enter to WIN a Fairhaven Health Milkies Milk-Saver! Ends 9/14

    Diana Chastain
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Milkies Milk-SaverLet NO Breast Milk Go To Waste!Hosted by: mama pureSponsored by: Fairhaven Health The Milk Makin' Mamas Event is a month long celebration of breastfeeding & pumping product reviews, giveaways, education & inspiration. Be sure to check out all of the giveaways in the event. For mamas with oversupply or who leak from the non-nursing breast you may go through breastpads like crazy and wonder how much "liquid gold" is being wasted. With Milkies Milk-Saver you can collect every drop of breastmilk that leaks! It is very slim and goes right in your bra cup…
  • Pink Eye, a Pharmacy Visit, & a $50 Target e-Gift Card Giveaway

    Diana Chastain
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. SweetPea has come down with a case of what we think is Pink Eye. YUCK! She says it doesn't hurt and it wasn't very crusty when she woke up, but it was really red. We went swimming at my in-laws on Saturday for a family reunion and they put some kind of bleaching agent into the pool a week earlier to remove some staining. But no one else had irritated eyes or even mentioned anything about it. We are taking her to the doctor and if they give us eye drops (which they more than likely will), I think I'm…
  • Breastfeeding Essentials Giveaway, Ends 9/12

    Diana Chastain
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Hosted By: Life of a Southern MomSponsored By: Koala KinBella MaternaSimple WishesNursing Bra ExpressPrecious 40Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience but it definitely has some challenges associated with it. From special undergarments to diet to proper positioning of baby, it can be overwhelming knowing what you need. We have picked a few of our favorite products to share with you to help you get started! View our Breastfeeding Essentials Guide and then enter to win some of these great items!**Giveaway Details**Date: August 29th, 2014 – September 12th at 11:59PM ESTOpen to US…
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    Virtually Yours

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Clip & Tips! #VeryBadDay

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Nobody really sets the clock for pm instead of am, right? Nobody but the Stilwells. Well, actually, my husband had the alarm on his watch set, but somehow changed the time as well when he was setting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Succulent Slow Cooker Recipes

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Cooking meals in a slow cooker is a quick and convenient way to have supper ready when you are. It is a frugal way to save money on meals for the family, too. Cheaper cuts of meat can be slow cooked... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New THE BOXTROLLS Trailer! #TheBoxtrolls

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Who’s ready for the Boxtrolls? Check out THE BOXTROLLS’ expertly handcrafted world in this all NEW featurette that takes you behind the scenes of this awesome upcoming family film and gives you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kimmel Shocks Jennifer Aniston with Sexy “Friends” FanFic #JimmyKimmelLive

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    I miss the show Friends. It was one of those shows that I actually worked my calendar around. “Sorry, can’t stay, Friends is on tonight!” It was what we talked about when I got... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    I know, I know. It’s not even Halloween yet. But if you don’t make plans now you might miss Universal Orlando Resorts 2014 Holiday Celebration, and that would be bad, because it’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Empty Nest Parenting: Grown and Flown

  • How to Find Success in College: 9 Things the Research Shows

    Lisa Heffernan
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Lisa writes: For years college feels like an endpoint, the focus of so much of our kids’ energies. But it turns out to be just a beginning. We have looked at the view of one experienced professor  regarding successful students and we have asked graduates for their input as well. Now we have reviewed what experts have found through years of research and present nine findings on how freshmen can find success in college. Stick to Your Own Definition of Success in College Students who did best in college were not motivated by outside factors like jobs, or grades, but rather a genuine desire…
  • And Then They Were Gone: Leaving Home for College

    Lisa Heffernan
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Lisa writes: It all happens in the next few days. After two and a half years of pondering the empty nest here at Grown and Flown, and eighteen years of dreading it, Mary Dell and I will bid our youngest children farewell next week as they are both leaving home for college. Mary Dell is threatening to bring home a new puppy and I am just now realizing that I should have had a fourth child. As we measure the time of departure in hours, rather than days, a montage of my youngest son’s life plays before my eyes. I am carrying him into school to pick up his older brothers and his sweaty sleeping…
  • Save the Children

    Lisa Heffernan
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    As the school year begins, too many children are already falling behind. We are one of 30 bloggers helping #FindtheWords with @SavetheChildren to raise awareness of the need for early childhood education for all kids. We are participating in this social media campaign to highlight 30 words in 30 days — to symbolize the 30 million fewer words that children from low-income homes hear by age three. Save the Children provides kids in need with access to books, essential learning support and a literacy-rich environment, setting them up for success in school and a brighter future. Learn…
  • How Long Does it Take to Hear 30 Million Words?

    Lisa Heffernan
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Many parents do it thoughtlessly. We prattle on, speaking words first to babies and then later to toddlers that they have no way of understanding. We do it to keep them engaged, to fill the silence of hours spent with our children who are not yet verbal. Later as they learn to speak, we chatter to illicit their imitation, to model patterns of speech. Often we just speak a stream of consciousness, a narration of our actions, thinking that the sing-song of our voices and the animation of our expressions that will entertain our tiny child. No one told us to chatter like this, but maybe our…
  • Advice to College Freshmen from Recent Grads

    Lisa Heffernan
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Lisa writes: I would love to send my soon-to-be freshman son off to college with a fist full of good advice from me. But let’s be honest, it has been a little while since I was in college and there are those far younger and more knowledge than I who can help him on his way. Luckily I was able to corral some recent college grads (and current seniors) and here they share some very wise and relevant advice for college freshmen. Very Wise Words Find a Constant There is an extraordinary amount of change you will encounter as you transition to college – find something to hold on to,…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • 10 Things to Know About Boarding School

    Guest Author
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    By Guest Author Top Ten Tips You Should Know Before Your Teen Leaves For Boarding School Justin Muchnick, two-time author and a third year student at Phillips Academy Andover, shares with Ten to Twenty readers his tips for parents whose teens are leaving for boarding school. (Many of his ideas apply to families getting ready to leave for college, […] The post 10 Things to Know About Boarding School appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Coffee Talk: Savor (almost) Every Moment

    Ten to Twenty
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    By Ten to Twenty Savoring the Moments with Your Teens Imagine the Air Jordan logo. Now imagine it rotated 90 degrees to the right. That was me standing in front of the blackberry bush, except I wasn’t doing anything with a basketball. I was reaching to pick berries from a cluster on an out-of-the-way branch, bracing myself against the […] The post Coffee Talk: Savor (almost) Every Moment appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Teaching my Teens about their Jewishness and Jewish Heritage.

    Carol Rood
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:18 am
    By Carol Rood I was born Jewish.  My father was born Jewish. My mother was born a Southern Baptist but converted to Judaism prior to marrying my father, so I was born Jewish.  Being Jewish is passed through the mother not the father.  You might wonder why, (as I did), Jewishness is passed through the mother and not […] The post Teaching my Teens about their Jewishness and Jewish Heritage. appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Six Steps For Raising A Daughter with Healthy Eating Habits

    Ten to Twenty
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    By Ten to Twenty Notes From An Eating Disorder Survivor When I gave birth to a daughter, I was terrified. At twenty-three, I was still a girl myself, struggling with my own issues – an eating disorder, insecurities, and identity issues. If I struggled with my own body issues, how was I going to raise a girl with a […] The post Six Steps For Raising A Daughter with Healthy Eating Habits appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Are We Stressing Kids Out? A Teacher’s Point of View

    Guest Author
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:17 am
    By Guest Author What a Music Teacher Thinks About Your Kids Schedule A typical conversation between a student and music teacher: Teacher: “Did you practice that song this week?” Student: “I don’t have time to practice my instrument, I have: Soccer practice 3 times/week Religious studies 2 times/week Basketball practice 3 times/week Dance practice Saturdays for 3 hours […] The post Are We Stressing Kids Out? A Teacher’s Point of View appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • 7 Back to School Tips for my Teen and Tween Daughters

    Kristen Daukas
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    By Kristen Daukas Back to School Advice for my Daughters Well here we are… it’s back to school time again. This is our 11th first day of school and we have 6 more to go before we’re completely done. I love the first day of school more than I love the first day of the new year but not why you think. To me (and most moms) this day is really the start of the new year. We have fresh new day-timers, pencils, notebooks and a chance to make a good great first impression. The first day of anything is always a day full of excitement and nerves. From the first day of school to the…
  • Kristen’s Kitchen: Big Bang Brownies

    Kristen Daukas
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:31 am
    By Kristen Daukas Big Bang Brownies Is there anything better than a soft, warm brownie? Unless you just don’t like chocolate, I don’t know anyone who can’t resist a good, homemade brownie. Before I found this recipe and fine-tuned it, whenever I would want brownies, I would have to go to the store for a box of Betty Crocker. The only bad thing about this recipe is now you DON’T have to go to the store when you have a craving because you have every one of these ingredients already in your kitchen. This recipe is for basic brownies using ingredients you have on hand all…
  • Kristen’s Kitchen: David’s Texas Chili

    Kristen Daukas
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:24 am
    By Kristen Daukas Texas Chili   One of the many things that I got from my Dad is my love for cooking and good food. And chili. My God could this man make some wicked good chili. I’ve made this recipe for many different people, in many different states and for just about any occasion you can think of. It is perfect on a cold night and you’ll find it simmering on my stove on many a Sunday during the fall and winter. Sometimes I add beans to it and other times I don’t. Depends on how many people are eating it  and how far I want it to go. This is a post from Four Hens and…
  • VIRginia International Raceway Introduces Grand Prix Racing!!

    Kristen Daukas
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    By Kristen Daukas Family Outings at VIRginia International Raceway! We try to do one last, fun, family event before school starts back. Just the five of us.. no friends, few distractions. We’ve done the foothills and Carowinds as well as a few others and this year, we’re heading to VIR to watch the brand new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Series! The Rooster isn’t a NASCAR fan so when I told him they’d added the new series, he was all for it! They’ve graciously given me TWO tickets to give away, so read the news and find out how to win them at the bottom of…
  • Life Lessons – Killing Them With Kindness

    Kristen Daukas
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    By Kristen Daukas Using Film to Teach Kids Kindness I think all kids have the same fears about a new school year… Will they like me? Will my friends be in my class or will it be all new kids? What if someone is mean to me? And let’s be honest.. it’s not just kids who have those fears… we adults have the same fears at the start of the school year or anytime we start something new. I’m pretty lenient on our girls when it comes to their personalities and friends. For the most part, I let them choose who they want to hang out with and luckily, they’ve made…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Now Accepting Submissions for Breast Cancer Awareness Month #breastcancer

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Breast Cancer Awareness is a cause that is personal for me, my mother is a 15 year survivor and her sister has been in remission for three years! I would love to help spread the word about Breast... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • Goboxi Giveaway: Everyones a Winner plus a Chance to win $50 Amazon Gift Card | Ends 9.16.14

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Do you have the toughest time keeping everything organized? You’ve got personal and professional email, social media messages, projects to manage, tasks and to-dos to remember and calendars to... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • {Review} Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport #SprintMom #Sponsored #MC

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • Nikki’s Freebie Jeebies: Win a Slate & Marble Outdoor Fire Pit! Ends 9.30.14

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Win a Slate & Marble Outdoor Fire Pit! Get all of the latest Freebies, Coupons, Sales, Sweepstakes, and more. You’ll also be entered into the sweepstakes to win a Slate & Marble Outdoor Fire... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • ModCloth: Open Casting Call for ALL in New York City {September 3. 2014}

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Fashion mavens, rejoice!   ModCloth is inviting you to come showcase your unique style at their #FASHIONTRUTH Casting Call for ALL event in New York City on September 3rd, 2014. All you have to... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • How to Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Your kids LOVE cleaning their rooms right? Yeah mine doesn’t either but I hope I made you laugh;) Here are some tips for getting a reluctant cleaner to tidy their rooms with minimal fuss. 8 Tips to Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms Cause and Effect - For my son, explaining cause and effect works well....  Read More » The post How to Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • 7 Parenting Rules That Should Be Broken

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every household has its rules. But I am a firm believer that one of the jobs of being a good parent is knowing when to break your own rules. The old saying “rules were meant to be broken” is especially true when it comes to parenting. Knowing when to break the rules is the tricky part....  Read More » The post 7 Parenting Rules That Should Be Broken appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • How to Deal With a Difficult Teacher

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s that time of year! We’re all finding out who our kids have for a teacher in the upcoming year. Most of us all have our heart set on a certain teacher and are disappointed when our child gets the “bad” teacher that no one wants. Here are a few tips on dealing with a...  Read More » The post How to Deal With a Difficult Teacher appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • How to Create Positive Parent Teacher Relationships

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    There’s only a few weeks left of summer and we’re all starting to prepare for back-to-school! Here are a few tips to help you create a positive partnership with your child’s teacher that will foster the best possible learning environment in the upcoming school year. Don’t Play the Blame Game Most kids figure out really...  Read More » The post How to Create Positive Parent Teacher Relationships appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • GIVEAWAY: Resqueeze Reusable Squeeze Pouch!

    6 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The post GIVEAWAY: Resqueeze Reusable Squeeze Pouch! appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: procrastination, procrastination, procrastination

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    Week: 31 Waist: 38 inches (+ 1 inch) Feeling: Sore armed thanks to whooping cough vaccination (for baby, not me) It might be September next week, but I’m still too scared to actually do anything to prepare for the baby’s arrival in case something goes wrong. I told myself I’d start a ‘to do’ list after we got back from holiday, but now that time has come I’m procrastinating. It’s not even a lengthy list, but includes things that mean it could Really Be Happening like unpacking BB’s new born clothes, buying tiny nappies and packing a hospital bag. Things that really do need to…
  • Thanks to the garden we switched the telly off for TWO WEEKS

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Living in a fourth floor flat means being able to run through a door into a garden isn’t an activity which features in BB’s usual routine. So when we decamped to my parents’ house in Dorset while they were sunning it in Spain for two weeks BB thought all her Christmases had come at once. She pram pushed (pictured), she scootered, she ran barefoot in the grass, she watered the plants and ate breakfast, lunch and dinner in the great outdoors, leaving CBeebies mercifully switched off for almost our entire trip, which has got to be a holiday in itself. With her 3rd birthday falling slap…
  • I managed to pull off a recognisable Peppa Pig cake using Brio…

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Apologies for the radio silence. We’re one week into our two week holiday in Dorset, and while I thought I’d post as normal for one reason and another it hasn’t turned out that way. But before it’s too late I thought I’d share the result of the plans for BB’s 3rd birthday cake which have been going round in my head for the last month (pictured). It took more than four hours and a lot of rolling up icing and starting again but I managed to pull off a recognisable Peppa Pig eventually. I’m not sure Mary Berry would approve of my methods: I used Brio level crossings to mould the…
  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: hello third trimester

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:45 am
    Week: 28 Waist: 37 inches (-0.5 inches…again!) Feeling: Coming down with a cold, worst luck The quest for decent maternity clothes continues. When I was expecting BB in 2011 there was a plethora of inspiring ranges to choose from, and I remember having to rein myself in to curb the spending. What’s changed? Last month I ordered four tops from H&M – nothing fancy, several vests and a ‘smart’ top – but the fabric was so thin it was virtually transparent so I sent them straight back again. Instead I’ve spent the last few weeks in a (non-maternity) maxi dress from…
  • ‘Everything I learnt about the First World War came from the pages of dog-eared history books’

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    As we followed BBC2’s coverage and took part in ‘Lights Out’ to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War on Monday (pictured) I couldn’t help but think what a legacy the commemorations will leave for BB and children of her generation. When I was little everything I learnt about the first and second world wars came from the pages of dog-eared history books or a teacher’s scribblings on a black board, but with the advent of the internet and social media a whole new world has opened up, quite literally. My dad has spent the last few months uploading photos and information…
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    incy wincy spider | BLOG

  • eXplorerkid Baby & Junior Race 2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Baby & Junior Race organized by eXplorerkid is back! And this year is its 10th anniversary, so expect a huge celebration with amazing prizes, goodie bags and carnival booths.Aiden will be participating in Category E (31 months - 4 years). We have been prepping him about the competition and teaching him how winning is not the most important, but trying his best and giving his best shot is what matters. Hurry and sign up today for your child to stand a chance to win the 'Fastest Kid' title. See you then!
  • Water babies - swimming lessons for kids

    9 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    I have always wanted to establish water confidence in Aiden and Ava and to begin swimming lessons for them early. Recently, we took up four lessons for both Aiden and Ava in water confidence and I am happy at their progress!'I want to sleep in mummy!' The lessons were on Saturday mornings and the only challenge was to wake up at 8am and prepare for lessons at 9am (and of course plunging into the cold water early morning). I attended the lessons with both of them, the depths of a mother's love - I can actually get myself into the ice cold water so early in the day when I kept procrastinating…
  • Easy Breezy Diaper Changing

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
    Mummies love spending time bonding with our babies, especially in their first year where every little milestone means a lot to us. Baby’s first smile to you, baby’s first sounds, and baby’s first flip which would lead to a mountain of first movements that would leave us new parents of a young baby amazed (you don’t find them at the same spot you left them!) and flustered (you can never get through a diaper change without resistance!) Though we do not find it a hassle to change Ava whenever a diaper change is necessary, the constant battle we have as we lay her in a lying down…
  • Baby's First Seat - Prince Lionheart BebePod

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    While shopping for a first seat for Ava, we had two things in mind - safety and comfort. Many of our friends use the bumbo seat but reading about the bumbo seat recalls prompted us to look for alternatives. It didn't take us long before we set our eyes on the Prince Lionheart BebePod. Here's what we love about the Prince Lionheart BebePodSafety belt  We were already won over when we saw the safety belts. There is a front safety belt to secure the baby to the seat so that she won't be able to wriggle or push her way out. The two side belts are for securing to a seat when you need a…
  • Ava at 8 months old

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:54 am
    Looking back at how this eight month old little girl has grown since she came into our lives when I was 36 weeks pregnant. An early bird like her brother, both of them can hardly wait to see us and arrived at 35 weeks 5 days (Aiden) and 36 weeks 1 day (Ava). Me at week 35 with Ava arriving in a week's timeAt week 35, I was already wading and feeling like a whale. Being busy at work didn't allow me to slow down my pace and I was rushing everywhere I went with this big round belly. Lucky for me both of my pregnancies did not give me unbearable, unforgettable symptoms. Besides the one time I had…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • The Bond Girls: True Friendships Are About Being Stirred NOT Shaken

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Yeah, yeah, yeah. I turned 50 last week. And if you had asked me about facing that milestone a month ago, you would have seen a totally different me: a woman who was afraid to face THAT number. Fifty sounded grandmother-ish; it also sounded half over (half dead or half alive — your call). And then in consecutive order over the next few weeks, it all changed. It went down like this: the walk, the concert, the drink  (correction: drinks), the dinner, and the Surprise Party. Not to ruin the ending but it was all about My Girls, My Peeps, My Sistahs who turned me around. The…
  • Wake Up, Sistahs – GIRLilla Warfare IS Back

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr No more lounging, no more chill time at the beach, pool, club, backyard, or wherever you vacay — because those dreaded school forms are now facing you again. The “just sign this … and this … and this” is back with an inky black vengeance. Not to mention the pressure: carpools, tryouts, buying books, supplies, gear, clothes, classes, tutors, doctors’ appointments  – all of that and more is eyeballing you. No worries, Ladies — GIRLilla Warfare is in the house, and you are SO not alone. At GIRLilla Warfare, there is no subject left…
  • Summer Solstice: GIRLilla Warfare Hits the Beach … and the Books

    9 Jun 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Even bloggers need a vacation … well, kind of. GIRLilla Warfare is taking a Summer Break and will be back in the Fall just in time for Back-To-School … when Motherhood and To-Do is in full swing. I will be enjoying the summer with my peeps, and working 24/7 on my second book — Agent’s orders. Like my debut novel, Fugitive Colors, “Book Number Two”  will be filled with love, passion, and suspense — only this time around the heroine will be a Mom on the Move. It will be GIRLilla Warfare-meets-Tom Clancy. Stay tuned … I will miss you,…
  • The “M” Word: Here’s Why ‘Middle Age’ IS the Hottest Term in the Dictionary

    2 Jun 2014 | 10:03 pm
     By E.J. Gordon The term “Middle Age” immediately conjures up a milieu of knee braces, balding heads, and AARP subscriptions. But by definition, once you’re around 40 or so, you’re considered middle aged. It seems these stages of life are more about where you are rather than how old you are, so using that way of thinking, once your kids aren’t babies anymore, once you’ve started running your kids from school to the ortho to baseball practice, once you’ve said at least once, “Wow, I can’t drink like that anymore,” once you’ve seriously considered a cortisone injection to…
  • SUN Of A Bitch: 4 Steps To A SEXY (and Safe) Summer

    26 May 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelcup (aka: GIRLilla Warfare’s “Beauty Babe”) “If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: Who Cares?” ― Tina Fey, Bossypants How gleeful are we that the long awaited yummy warmth of the sun is finally here. For those of us residing in the Midwest, the gloom and arctic air lingered for eternity. Now we can peel off those layers of itchy wool sweaters, and bask in the glow of the sun. Here comes the buzz kill — the sun is a sneaky friend.  She will woo you with her tingly warmth and promise you a youthful…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Treating Mastitis at Home

    Emily Bartnikowski
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Rest up, Mama! Let me start by saying that I am not a doctor. I have never been to medical school, and I do not live with a doctor. The advice I’m about to dispense is based on nursing two boys for a combined total of 32 months and having mastitis roughly 1,345,555,666,543,002 times. Ok, that’s an exaggeration, but I came down with my first case when Baz was 3 weeks old and I had it, as my OB/GYN said, “chronically” until I weaned him at 15 months. Then it started up again with Walter, but at that point I was like a crusty old sailor able to smell a storm over the…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Consistent and Loving Care

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does consistent and loving care look like when provided by alternate caregivers? (Read more about providing consistent and loving care on our resource page, and enjoy this week’s articles on the theme.) From Rebecca: Sticker fun with Grandma — Nella & Dominik In Grandpa’s loving arms Emily blogs at Birthing Shifrah. From Anna: “This is Rachel’s third year with her teacher, J. The girls’ Montessori community groups together 4- and 5-year-olds with Kindergarten students, and the children have the same lead teacher all three years.
  • Calling for submissions for the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour

    24 Aug 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 September 2014! (Check out 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 September 2014: Theme: Home Tour: We want to see, and you want to invite us over! Take us on a viewing of your home. Show us one room you love, or all of…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Family Bed

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does cosleeping in a family bed look like? (For more on cosleeping options and safety, please visit our resource page on Ensure Safe Sleep.) Family bed makes on the road sleep easier. Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. Waking with Baby. Read how Lauren’s family created a Family Bedroom at Hobo Mama. Family Bed at Code Name: Mama From Rebekah: “There are few things much sweeter than having a little angel next to our bed.” Siblings co-sleeping is the sweetest. Jennifer blogs at True Confessions of a Real Mommy. Co-sleeping can be made to…
  • 27 Pasta Sauce Recipes The Whole Family Will Love

    Cooking Naturally Editors
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo Credit: Pasta sauce season is upon us! Gardens are overflowing with some of the most used pasta sauce basics. Tomatoes, basil, garlic, and sage take center stage in many a delicious pasta sauce recipe and this is the time of year to start cooking and preserving those delicious sauces. To ensure that our wonderful readers find a sauce or two or even three that their whole family enjoys, we have compiled a list of 27 mouth-watering recipes to choose from. All of these are real food based recipes – no junk or processed ingredients. You can feel good knowing you are…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • Calling for Submissions for the September Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Calling for submissions for the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour 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 September 2014! (Check out 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 September 2014: Theme: Home Tour: We want to see, and you want to…
  • Carnival of Natural Parenting 2013 Year in Review

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    For the past four years, I have been proud to co-host the Carnival of Natural Parenting with Lauren of Hobo Mama. We created the Carnival in January 2010 to bring together the awesome community of parenting bloggers who identify as “attachment” or “natural” parents. In 2013, our writers have shared their tips and tricks for having tough conversations with kids; they’ve discussed the gap between parenting in theory versus parenting in reality; and they’ve shared stories and advice related to nourishing and protecting their families. The compilations of posts…
  • Consciously Creating My Community: Monthly Dinners

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to the August 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Friends This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about friends. I am super involved in my parenting/homeschooling community. One might assume that such involvement translates into an endless supply of friendships. Unfortunately, that is not true in my case. I’ve been starved for a local best friend (no offense to my two besties in Indiana and Kansas, btw). At the beginning of the year, a few…
  • August 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions – Friends

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    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 August 2014!(Check out July, June, May, April, March, February, January 2014, December 2013, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, January, and summaries of all our 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 August 2014: Theme: Friends: We all want friends, but making and keeping them…
  • 60 Acts of Kindness for Our Families – A Guest Post at Natural Parents Network

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    After a spring winter thaw, a friend and her children noticed trash beneath the melting snow in her neighborhood. Everywhere. On their next daily walk, they brought and filled two trash bags – one with trash, one with recyclables. The next day, they not only filled two trash bags, but they also ran into another family doing the same thing. And on their third walk after the thaw? They saw five more families walking and collecting trash. Each family had seen and been inspired by my friend’s random act of kindness. Kindness is catching. And it doesn’t have to be some grand…
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    Parenting Tips and Advice at Uplifting Families

  • 7 Reasons Why You Should be Drinking More Water

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Did you know that people in impoverished areas often die from drinking unclean water?  In the United States, we often take clean water for granted while others are dying because they are forced to drink unclean water. There are many great organizations that help make getting people in impoverished areas clean water and it is something that you and your family can get involved in helping others.I feel bad for complaining that our water tastes horrible even though our family has access to clean drinking water. Over the last several years, I bought bottled water to drink because I don’t…
  • 12 Things To Teach Your Child Proper Toilet Hygiene

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I have been working on potty training my youngest son for the last several weeks and he is doing a great job. As you know potty training, isn’t always an easy task and it takes lots of patience. When I started potty training him, I also made sure that I was teaching him proper bathroom hygiene. Of course, his favorite thing is to flush the toilet. Did you know that the average toilet flush handle has roughly 83 bacteria per square inch and the average toilet seat has roughly 295 bacteria per square inch according to WebMd. These stats are fairly low on the list of top spots of bacteria…
  • Enter to Win a 6 Month Supply of Diapers and Wipes Giveaway Ends 9/12

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Did you know that a newborn will go through 12 or more diapers each day? Yes, it is true your newborn will go through a bunch of diapers during the first 6 to 8 weeks of their life because they don’t know how to control their bladder or bowels. As they get older the diapers changes will become less frequent. I paired up with Mom to Bed by 8 and other bloggers to bring you this great giveaway. How many new time parents think about all the diapers they need. Even parents that have had more than one child remember the hundreds and hundreds of diapers they need while your little one is…
  • Tying The Knot Should Not Make You Nuts

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Having children is a huge blessing but if you and your spouse aren’t prepared it can take a huge toll on your marriage. It is important that you find some time to focus on your own relationship especially after having a newborn in the house for a few weeks. You don’t have to leave your baby very long but a small dinner break or a movie is a great way to reconnect with your spouse. Today, I wanted to share some great tips from Kimberly Grimms on how to make your marriage fail proof after you have children. I love watching romantic comedies. Most rom-coms end with a wedding. The guy…
  • #ASKAWAYFriday Come Join in the Fun and Make Some New Friends

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Thank Goodness it’s #AskAwayFriday…Welcome back to the best link up around…#AskAwayFriday! What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County who will again be joining us from time to time, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the…
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  • 5 Undeniable Truths About Back to School Week

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    Summer isn’t officially over until you pack your child’s first school lunch. Until then, it’s still days filled with chasing fireflies, flying kites and belly-flopping on Slip ‘N Slides. This year’s back to school shift brings change for our family. Eli is now a kindergarten student, and Ben will start school Tuesday. Call it pre-pre school. No matter the name, the first week of school reminds parents of some essential truths they’ll have to accept as the slow march toward winter begins. Your daily to-do list just got longer: Think life is complicated now?
  • 7 Reasons I Encouraged My Husband to Quit His Job

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    (Guest post by Mommylibrium) We tell our sons that bravery is feeling afraid to do the right thing and doing it anyway. This week, Daddylibrium will embody bravery. After more than a decade writing for a big city newspaper and nearly three years working for a popular website, Daddylibrium quit his job to follow a dream. As a journalist, Daddylibrium is extremely lucky to have a job.  Newspapers have been closing their doors and trading original content for cheaper syndicated fare. Daddylibrium’s current job pays him to do what he loves — write about Hollywood. Plus, he has…
  • 5 Can’t-Miss Highlights from Dr. G’s New Parenting Book

    23 Aug 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Being a daddy blogger introduces me to a lot of interesting people, including a Steel City doc with a knack for sage advice. Dr. Deborah Gilboa – also known as Dr. G – helped me out with my son’s sports woes a few months back. Since then, I’ve been following her tips via social media. Darn if she isn’t right as rain time and again. Come Tuesday, Dr. Gilboa releases her new parenting book, “Get the Behavior You Want… Without Being the Parent You Hate!: Dr. G’s Guide to Effective Parenting.” It’s a serious self-help book teeming with…
  • ‘Do Fathers Matter?’ Review: Hard Science Over Sentiment

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:39 am
    We’re living in the Age of Fatherhood, a time when stay-at-home dads are reinventing the way we consider a man’s nurturing skills. Culture is different than science. Yes, the modern dad is more willing to take on an equal role in parenthood. As a result, both men and women are reconsidering the father’s role in the family unit. Does that align with biological imperatives? Author and journalist Paul Raeburn thinks so. “Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked” considers a growing body of researching showing why and…
  • Macy’s Wants Students to Go Back to School in Style

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Parents aren’t the only ones concerned about back to school styles. Kids today are dressing sharper than ever. Consider Eli, my five year old son with an unerring knack for matching styles, shades and colors. I’d like to say we taught him everything he knows, but he’s been showing off his sartorial skills for some time now. That’s why we’re heading to Macy’s for a Back to School event with Radio Disney this weekend at The Macy’s Park Meadows in Colorado. For social media users, you can follow along via #MacysBTS. The free program, to be held Aug.
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    Jana Kingsford

  • Juggling Tip #74: Focus On One Thing (And Stop Task Skipping)

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Juggling Tip #74: Focus On One Thing (And Stop Task Skipping) I best be careful sharing this tip, because you might send me to the looney bin because it’s crazy…but as always, it’s crazy practical too! Let’s cut to the chase shall we. I talk to myself to stay on task. Yep that’s the juggling tip in a nutshell, but please let me explain below. I’ve noticed when a I have a million things to do for the day, I might take teeny tiny bites out of 100 tasks, but never quite get it fully eaten (done!). Can you relate?? Thought so. Task skipping is sort of the…
  • Juggling Tip #73 Unfunk Your Funk: “My Funky Day Autoresponder For Fixing a Funky Day” (and Stop It Getting Worse!)

    10 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Juggling Tip #73 Unfunk Your Funk: “My Funky Day Autoresponder For Fixing a Funky Day” (and Stop It Getting Worse!) Hi Juggler, What you think I don’t have funky days? Hehe I have funky days, don’t you worry. But I have a very special method for coping and here’s how. I have a very weird autoresponder when I have 3 funky things happen in a row day. Like a ‘did-that-all-just-happen-in-one day’ type days! There’s a reason there’s no video today. Because all forms of video creation have been taken away from me… From my funky day! But I…
  • Studying and Juggling: How To Study and Work Simultaneously So You Can Keep Earning While Learning (WITHOUT Going Crazy)

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Studying and Juggling: How To Study and Work Simultaneously So You Can Keep Earning While Learning (WITHOUT Going Crazy) If you’re studying right now (health/uni/spirituality/business) there’s a side effect you ought to know, so you can unjuggle your juggling act. [NEW VIDEO]: “Juggling Tip #72 Studying & Juggling: “How To Study and Work So You Can Learn and Earn Simultaneously” (WITHOUT Going Crazy!) There’s an underestimated occupational hazard that happens when you’re trying to learn + juggle kids/work/family at the same time. I want to make…
  • Juggling Tip #71: “5 ways to be wayyyyyyy more productive” (even if you have a heap of kids)

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Juggling Tip #71: “5 ways to be wayyyyyyy more productive” (even if you have a heap of kids) Hi Juggler, Okay let’s be reals here. Talking about to do lists, don’t make anyone excited… But I have to be honest… Without a todo list, I’m loose! Yep, there I said it. I’m pretty much useless without my todo list. I even have checklists for things I’ve been doing for 8 years. #jokingnotjoking   1. You’re loose without a list Before you yawn. I just want to tell you, that I’m actually only telling you this because it’s an…
  • Juggling Tip #70 MTM Make Today Matter & (Make A List).

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Hi Juggler, Big huge warning… This is a D&M Juggling Tip for making the moments count. It’s Juggling Tip #70. It was written right after I came home from visiting my Grandmother who is in Intensive Care and was about to make the decision to have her the treatment stopped that was keeping her alive. Now I know this is deep and I know I usually like to bring sunshine and lollipops to your inbox. I wanted to motivate you to do the things that matter most – today. Don’t unjuggle your juggling act TOMORROW… Do it today. To Make Today Matter. Juggling Tip #70 MTM…
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • Partly paleo

    Kat English Mamma
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    I‘d really like to be able to say that I follow a paleo lifestyle but, unfortunately, that simply isn’t true. I do have bursts when I cook up a few paleo meals a week, but I cannot seem to commit myself (story of my life…) to cooking paleo each dinner time and sometimes it’s just easiest to throw together a meal including pasta or bread. You could call it partly paleo, I suppose. I have found a few paleo favourites that I cook when I am feeling virtuous. This week I discovered a new one on googling “paleo pork cutlets”. This Mexican spiced paleo pork was…
  • “But you mustn’t do that in restaurants…”

    Kat English Mamma
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Someone was a little bewildered yesterday while watching Paddington Bear for the first time. It seems that Paddington’s stowing of cream cakes under his hat was just a step too far for O. The post “But you mustn’t do that in restaurants…” appeared first on An English Mamma in Stockholm.
  • Interiors – the slow and steady way

    Kat English Mamma
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Slow and steady wins the interiors race, so they (probably don’t) so. I hope so, since, as of this week, we’ve have been living in our place (which I still think of as our “new place”) for two years. Two years on and we still have not finished the living room. We have, however, finally ordered a sofa. Two years of looking at sofas and fabrics and colours and we have finally reached an agreement. This is where we are sofa-wise, but certainly not colour- and pattern-wise. The choosing of the fabric took another four weeks. At one stage we were borrowing six or seven…
  • A year in books – August

    Kat English Mamma
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    I‘ve chosen a new book for a Year in Books in August, but I am feeling a little guilty really. You see, I yet again have not finished last month’s book. I was doing really well with Ten Years in The Tub – mainly because it is brilliant and funny and broken down into bite-size pieces, since it is a compilation of Nick Hornby’s monthly books column for The Believer magazine. However, we went on holiday and I decided only to take a handful of magazines with me. No books, just lose downloaded to the Kindle app on the iPad. Excellent though this book is, it is something…
  • A good day

    Kat English Mamma
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    I love receiving a J Crew parcel, and even more so when it contains a gem like this. The post A good day appeared first on An English Mamma in Stockholm.
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    Support for Stepdads

  • What Your Teen Must Know Before Driver’s Ed

    Hannah Whittenly
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy What Your Teen Must Know Before Driver’s Ed from Support for Stepdads . Myth: Driver’s Ed is all a teen needs to be a safe driver. Most of what they learn about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Blending Families: Tips To Make Your Transition Work

    Brooke Chaplan
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Blending Families: Tips To Make Your Transition Work from Support for Stepdads . Transitioning to life as a newly married couple can have its difficulties. If there are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • First Date – Three Crucial Tips for Guys

    Thomas Carter
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy First Date – Three Crucial Tips for Guys from Support for Stepdads . There’s an endless supply of resources to coach you through dating. Maybe you’ve even read... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Five Great Stepfather And Stepson Bonding Ideas

    Chaleigh Glass
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Five Great Stepfather And Stepson Bonding Ideas from Support for Stepdads . There’s nothing like the special bond between a stepfather and his stepson. It is especially... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Four Keys To Helping Your Child Develop Strong Life Values

    Karleia Steiner
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Four Keys To Helping Your Child Develop Strong Life Values from Support for Stepdads . Strong life values are at the cornerstone of a solid foundation as we navigate through... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • The Great Escape

    Rebecca Wood
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Back in January, through something short of a miracle, we won a contest. The prize was a week long cabin stay at any Virginia State Park of our choice. We ended up choosing Natural Tunnel State Park and celebrated the anniversary of Charlie’s NICU discharge there last week. It was the vacation I hoped for and desired. So much so, that I’m bitter about being back. My husband and I decided to disconnect from our lives. Other than using the visitor center’s wifi to upload pics and respond to a few tweets, we were out of contact. It was a marvelous escape. I countered phone…
  • When Words Fail Her

    Rebecca Wood
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I can only understand about 25% of what Charlie says. That is, if she says anything at all. A lot of the time she grunts or “talks” with her mouth closed. Other times, it’s garbled gibberish. With context clues and effort, I can understand about 25% of what she says. Tonight, my husband realized that all of those sounds have meaning and we can’t understand most of them. Charlie was climbing on him and playing with a Little People’s tricycle. She rolled it up his arm, put it on his head, and exclaimed some garbled words. He dismissed them and continued flipping…
  • All Quiet On The Royal Front

    Rebecca Wood
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    I haven’t had the urge to blog lately. I want to say it is due to lack of happenings. However, that’s not true. There is just as much occurring now as ever. Therefore, I think the change may be in me. Those big emotions are not stirred up on an almost daily basis. I may be settling into my normal. Oh, insurance does not want to cover a medical necessity? I’m used to that. What’s that? The medicaid waiver process is a giant snafu? I kind of expected it. Are those people judging us as we go about our routine? Shrugged off. Another diagnosis? I saw it coming. Don’t…
  • The Good, The Bad, And Charlie’s Hair Cut

    Rebecca Wood
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    The past week or so has been rather uneventful in our world. Nevertheless, there have been things to celebrate, things to curse, and well… Charlie’s odd hair cut. The good things: First, the letter of medical necessity did the trick. Charlie’s insurance finally approved coverage of her formula. Second, this is the last week of my doxycycline prescription (which means I can safely endure sun exposure again in a few days). Finally, Charlie has been progressing forward in her skill set (most noticeably in gross motor skills). The bad thing: The Medicaid waiver process was a…
  • Hello Elmo!

    Rebecca Wood
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Activity two of the week completed! Yesterday, we made the pilgrimage to Busch Gardens so that Charlie could meet Elmo. The trip turned out to be everything I hoped it would be. I was surprised there was so much for her to do. She saw the live show twice, met all the characters, rode several rides, played in a playground like area, and splashed on a splash pad type area. There were a couple of moments I had to fight back tears. There are a couple of reasons why: 1) We are so fortunate Charlie is here to share in a day like yesterday (or any day) with us. 2)Charlie has worked and fought…
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    Ruddy Bits

  • Driftwood: The Lucky Ones

    Cort Ruddy
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
     We wandered through the sand along the shore picking through and marveling at the pieces of sculpted wood, scattered and half-buried at the foot of the dunes like weary travelers that finally found their beach.  Some were whole trees, others just pieces, all brought there by waves, shaped by water and time, each representing an unknowable story. Someplace, at sometime before, these stood as living trees, or parts of one.How far they’d come and how long it took, we’ll never know. Even what they were was often beyond our ability to know. An old oak, or a young…
  • A Letter to The Parents of the Golf Cart Kids

    Cort Ruddy
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:38 pm
    It’s the time of year when families young and old try to get away together to that special summer place. It could be a collection of cottages around a reservoir in Alabama, a favorite R.V. park in the Midwest, or mountain campground in the Adirondacks. For my family, it was always a small community of camps (which is what we call cottages in Upstate New York) along the shores of Lake Ontario.I spent every summer that mattered there growing up, and learned all I cared to know on those shores. Now, my wife and I take our young kids there. But something has changed about our little…
  • Finally, A Ninja To Inspire My Little Girls

    Cort Ruddy
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    As a parent, there are millions of little joys in the everyday, as you watch your kids discover the world around with all its profound beauty and untold mysteries. But once in a while, you can get crushed by it too, when you see them realize a harsh reality of life and the world they’re inheriting from us. One of those little parental-soul-sucking moments happened to me recently, and it started with a simple drawing. Our six-year-old daughter loves to draw. She tells us she likes drawing more than going outside. She even knows what she wants to be when she grows up – an author…
  • Cute and Pink to the Left, Cool and Blue to the Right

    Cort Ruddy
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    “Don’t be mad, but I got a couple of shirts from the boys’ section," my daughter proclaimed as she found me and her little brother sitting on the bench outside the Gap Kids at the local mall. Her mom was still inside paying with our other daughters. I wasn’t mad, not even close. But I asked why, purely out of parental curiosity.“All the girls stuff is too cutesy, and the boys stuff is just cooler.”My daughter is a pretty typical pre-teen – except in the many ways that she’s exceptional, of course. She likes to ride her bike. Plays soccer. Has…
  • A Parenting Skill I'm Good At...

    Cort Ruddy
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    I’ve discovered a critical aspect of parenting I excel at: Embarrassing my kids.  It’s a good thing, because there are other parts of this job that don’t exactly play to my strengths, like multi-tasking. (More on that in later posts). But when it comes to embarrassing the heck out of my kids, I’m like a duck to water … or is it fish to water. Anyway, I rock at it. Today, when waiting in the line of family cars to drop off the three girls at the local day camp – so their mom and I could have three whole hours of uninterrupted work-from-home time – the “Cruise” song…
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    No Bullying|Expert Advice On Cyber Bullying & School Bullying

  • An Overview of Youth Bullying in School
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Youth bullying has existed for decades, if not centuries. In recent years, it has been covered regularly in the national media. Incidents of a extreme nature often get covered in local news casts. Unfortunately, at times, bullied children or teen-agers wind up taking their own lives. These cases often make national news. A study done by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that about half of all children experience some type of bullying during elementary or secondary school. They also learned that 10 percent of children are subject to bullying on a regular basis. The…
  • What Can Bullying Lead To?
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Over time we are discovering more of the long-term effects of bullying. We are seeing what is happening to the bullies and their targets as they get older. The immediate effects of the situation may not seem so bad, which could lead others to think the bullying is just harmless teasing. When in fact it is not harmless at all. No one ever wants to think about and ask: “What can bullying lead to?” Actions are considered bullying when the intensity of the bully’s actions increase in nature and are repetitive, continuing over a long period of time. These actions may start out as simple…
  • How to be a Bully at School 101
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Learning how to be a bully at school can be tough. Sometimes it’s really difficult to know when and how to assert your dominance over another human being in a public setting. Thankfully, there are so many public institutions that-even if they don’t necessarily allow bullying- will look the other way on the subject. Sure, sometimes they care about what bullying might look like to the outside world, but when you have institutions run amok with oversized classes and busy teachers, there’s a lot of room for you to hone your craft as a bully. Just make sure at all times that you…
  • Youtube Safety Mode: Helping Your Kids Use YouTube Responsibly
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Youtube Safety Mode: Helping Your Kids Use YouTube Responsibly These days, we live in an environment that is saturated with digital devices (personal computers, tablets, laptops, and cellular phones) and the use of social media. Social media is a powerful way to communicate with friends, work, and access all kinds of information. Doubtless, digital media is here to stay. However, many parents may be concerned about their children’s use of digital devices and how they use social media, in particular. In May 2009, the Nielsen Company reported that two-year-olds to nine-year-olds comprised…
  • Internet Filter
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is all sorts of content found online you probably do not want your child to access. Although the Internet is an exceptional place for looking up information and finding just about anything you might want, the Internet is also a place where anything goes, and it is the easiest spot for anyone to land on material simply not suitable for them. Even if your child is not meaning to access certain information, it is still possible for random Internet searches to load onto the screen or even pop-up windows to take over the monitor. Regardless of what the material is or what sort of content you…
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    Joy Makin Mamas

  • If you need me, I’ll be in Detox.

    Meghan G
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    The rules are simple. Get BINGO, have a glass of wine. Repeat until your child is potty independent, or until you're under inpatient care and it's no longer your problem. Read If you need me, I’ll be in Detox. on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Potty training for dummies Promote Yourself Saturday 1-18-14 Say It Saturday 1-25-14
  • And sometimes, dogs hate the Amish.

    Meghan G
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    There was this one time, when I lived in Ohio, that I had this little black dog with a curly tail. Actually, it wasn’t one time, I had her for a long time, until she went to live with my ex. I tell you this so you don’t think she’s gone on to the Happy Read And sometimes, dogs hate the Amish. on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! No related posts.
  • Girls just wanna be ninjas

    Meghan G
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    Are cartoons important? I think maybe sometimes they are. Maybe it's a first world problem. But whatever we can use as a tool to teach our kids that trying to shut down a conversation by telling other people their opinions aren't important seems kind of important to me. I think it's worth talking about the messages our kids get from their entertainment. I think it's worth telling the people who produce the things our kids like how they can get more support from us, the consumer. I think it's worth sticking up for equality everywhere, whether it's in our lives or in the microcosm we call…
  • $50 Cold, hard cash giveaway ends 8/27

    Meghan G
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    There's one thing that is always the right size, the right color, and handy for ANYONE who receives it- and that is COLD, HARD CASH! As a "thank you" to our wonderful community members, 9 other bloggers and I are co-hosting this quickie giveaway. We've kept it super simple- 10 options to enter. One winner. You choose your payment format, and spend it how you like. Good luck! I hope you win! Read $50 Cold, hard cash giveaway ends 8/27 on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: ENDED $50 Matilda Jane Clothing Giveaway ENDED Math Picnic Giveaway ends…
  • Potty training for dummies

    Meghan G
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Let me give you the rundown on the Three Day Potty Training Method. (Apparently, I'm supposed to hit you up to buy my ebook or subscribe to my video training course here, which will run you anywhere from $29.99 to $50, but I seem to be as bad at milking people out of their money as I am at potty training. You can thank me later.) Read Potty training for dummies on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: If you need me, I’ll be in Detox. Park Dates for Dummies Egg Hunts for Dummies
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    Early Intervention Support | Early Intervention Support

  • How to Help Baby Sit Up Independently

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Parents are very aware of the motor milestones their baby will meet in their first year of life. Sitting independently is a big one because now your baby can sit alone on the floor and begin to use both hands to grasp and manipulate toys. They can also now sit well in a high chair for feeding, and can sit in a grocery cart safely with supervision. This affords baby a little more independence and offers parents a little reprieve! Sitting independently is typically a 6-month milestone. Keep in mind that some babies achieve this a little earlier and some a little later. The sitting milestone can…
  • Early Intervention Speech Therapy: Why Does It Look Like Just Playing?

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Many parents are surprised when their EI speech therapist comes to their home and starts playing with their child and does not sit down at a table and practice flash cards of new words.  Parents may be concerned because their child is not talking, but what may be of more concern to an EI Speech therapist is that their child is not imitating.  The ability to imitate is one key to communication development because it involves the idea that “I see you do something and then I can do it too”, including imitating sounds and words.  For a child to be able to imitate they need to be socially…
  • Benefits of Crawling

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    The crawling stage of a child’s development has many benefits. These include increasing core musculature, overall strength and balance, and coordination in the upper and lower extremities. 1 Crawling allows a child to learn about where their body is in space, and how to navigate around obstacles so they can explore and play in their environment.2 It has also been shown that children who crawl on their hands and knees walk approximately 1 month earlier than those who skip crawling altogether.3  Research has shown that there are other benefits of crawling that are not limited to physical…
  • Q&A: 6 Year Old Won’t Try New Foods

    Tamara Guo
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    I have a 6 year old, almost 7 that I consider to be a problem eater. Her diet in limited to less than 10 food items. I’ve talked to her pediatrician and she assures me that it will change once she grows older, she started this behavior when she was 3 tears old, and apparently she has no medical issue, her weight is normal, although she he really skinny. She recommended that I stop being a short order cook and said she will not starve herself and I tried with no luck. Honestly I couldn’t keep it up and after a week I gave up and start giving her whatever she may eat, I’m…
  • 10 Fun, Easy Summer Activities for Preschoolers & Toddlers

    Tamara Guo
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    Paint with Water: Use a large cup, bowl or small bucket and an extra large paintbrush (such as the ones you use to paint the house) and let your child go to town painting the fence, sidewalk, outside of the house, etc. This provides tons of fun and is a nice fine motor activity. Fly a Kite: Remember doing this when you were a kid? You can buy kites at the Dollar Store these days. And if you don’t have a kite, make paper airplanes instead! Build a Fort: Use pillows, blankets, furniture and build a fort outside or inside on a rainy day. Make a Cardboard House: Use a large appliance (stove,…
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  • Joovy Too Qool Double Tandem Stroller Review

    8 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    When it comes to strolling with two children, the Joovy Too Qool Double Tandem Stroller will keep you and your children riding in the upmost comfort and style. The Too Qool is the newest luxury double stroller by Joovy that features superb craftsmanship, the best materials, and first class engineering. The result, is an extraordinary strolling experience for you and your kids.The Too Qool features a lightweight aluminum frame allowing for incredible maneuverability and handling in a double stroller. Equipped with two full-size seats, the Too Qool can be used with an infant car seat adapter…
  • Contours Optima Aluminum Tandem Stroller Review

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The Contours Optima Aluminum Tandem Stroller is made to comfortably fit two kids up to 40 pounds each. Weighing in at only 36.6 pounds, it is easy to use with your two kids and will make going out comfortable and fun. Each seat can easily be turned frontwards or backwards creating 6 different riding combinations. Also included are 2 parent cup holders, an extra large storage basket, 2 child cup holders and an infant car seat attachment.Key FeaturesThe Contours Optima has a lightweight aluminum frame.The two front swivel wheels makes it easy to steer the stroller.There is an extra large…
  • Mountain Buggy Duet Double Buggy Stroller Review

    4 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    The versatile Mountain Buggy duet Double Buggy Stroller, built by Mountain Buggy, is both convenient and compact. It is designed to be used either as a single stroller or a double stroller depending on the needs of your growing family. This side-by-side stroller can accommodate children from birth up to 5 years of age. At only 25 inches wide, it is the slimmest side-by-side double stroller on the market today. With its super slender sleek design, and 10-inch tires, it is a breeze to maneuver in a crowded city or on any mountain trail thus allowing you and your young children the freedom to go…
  • Britax B-Agile Double Stroller Review

    10 Nov 2013 | 10:30 am
    The Britax B-Agile Double Stroller is suitable for newborns as well as for kids weighing up to about 50 pounds. This stroller is designed to hold two babies; the best if you are blessed with twins. However it is not too heavy; it is a lightweight stroller and can easily be folded for storage and when traveling with children.Key FeaturesThe key features of the Britax B-Agile Double Stroller are:It has a lightweight aluminum frame. This makes it easy to push.It can easily be folded to fit in the back seat of your car and you therefore do not have to worry about how to travel.The handle height…
  • Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Stroller Review

    10 Nov 2013 | 9:52 am
    The Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Stroller is the ideal carrier for children who are at their strolling age. It is suited for children from birth weight up to 50 pounds, so it is definitely a stroller that can keep pace with your growing family. With its all-terrain capabilities and high standard features, it may be just what you are looking for. It should be noted however, that the City Mini GT Double is not intended to be used as a jogging stroller. So, if you want a jogging stroller you will need to purchase another stroller that is suited for jogging.Key FeaturesMost people must be…
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    A Fine Parent

  • An Accidental Discovery That Resolved Many of Our Family’s Discipline Issues

    Julie MacDonald
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s infuriating isn’t it? You read a million articles about how to be a better parent and study a million new techniques to master this discipline thingie, and still your kids are masters of misbehavior and will tear each other apart at the slightest provocation. What gives? I am a committed skeptic when it comes to parenting know how. But I recently discovered something that helped our family resolve sibling rivalry, discipline issues and more, and changed our family forever. Mindfulness. When I started, I had no idea that it had a new-agey name or that it was being hailed as some new…
  • How to Get Your Kids to Open Up to You About Their Fears and Worries

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do your kids always tell you what’s going on in their impenetrable little worlds? My daughter is a certified chatterbox. She’ll tell me about the space-camera-binocular-thingie she is building with Legos until I’m blue in the face from listening. Or about a fancy new restaurant she is going to open. Or the new obstacle course she’s designing. But ask her what she did in school today, and I get nothing. Zilch. Nada. She doesn’t get past two sentences about her day before getting sidetracked about something in her imagination that is too fantastic to ignore. At times, it can…
  • Got Kids With Irrational Fears? 5 Powerful Strategies You Should Try

    Lisa C. Baker
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Don’t you think one of the most helpless and frustrating moments as a parent is when our kids have irrational fears, and nothing we say seems to make a difference? It may be something common like the fear of darkness or monsters under the bed. Or something completely out of ordinary like the fear of ants, or everyday sounds, or imaginary little men living under the nightstand. How can we help them overcome these fears? For my daughter, it was an irrational fear of water. Even a splash on her leg from stepping in a puddle made her scream like she’d been cut with a knife. She ran away…
  • How to Give Your Kids Freedom in a Dangerous World

    Lisa C. Baker
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Raise you hands if you think we’re raising our kids in a dangerous world… Kidnappers. Child molesters. School shootings. Bullies. Internet. Rusty nail. Red dye #40. If you feel like the world is scarier today than when you were a kid, you’re not alone. In a survey of parents in the UK, nearly half said they don’t let their kids play outside because they’re worried about safety. Overprotective parenting has become a lifestyle for many families. When I tell my neighbors that I’d like to let my 6 year old go to the playground without me soon, they’re shocked. If I remind…
  • The Secret to Letting Go of Parental Guilt Once and For All

    Lisa C. Baker
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Isn’t it amazing how even the smallest things can so unexpectedly trigger a tsunami of guilt in us parents? The way another mom at the playground rolls her eyes when you pull out a bottle to feed your baby. The shocked look a dad at Target gives you when you hand your toddler candy to get him to sit in the cart. The look in your 6-year-old’s eyes when your temper snaps after her tenth time out of bed after 10 pm. If you’re like most parents, guilt is your constant companion, right? But, parenting wasn’t always this hard. Nor did it go hand-in-hand with the feeling of guilt. As a…
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  • 14 Ways to Childproof Your Home Without Shelling a Bomb

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Childproofing (also known as Babyproofing) is the act of making our home or objects safer for kids. As we all know SUPERVISION is the best way to prevent injuries in the home but I think we can’t keep kids completely out of harm’s way. Both my hubby and myself did an extreme makeover in home […] The post 14 Ways to Childproof Your Home Without Shelling a Bomb appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • 9 Healthy Evening Snacks for Working Moms

    Sangeetha Menon
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    A working mom’s life is jam packed I know very well. So where is the time to think of healthy eating? When I was working, I had the hunger to even eat an elephant when 3 PM creeps in everyday. Our office canteen displayed various fancy tasty wafers and potato chips packets at the counter. […] The post 9 Healthy Evening Snacks for Working Moms appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Everything About Home Made Cerelac for Babies You Need to Know

    yamuna balamurugan
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    I am glad to tell you that my home made cerelac posted last month was well received by a lot many moms. Many questions were asked about the whole grains used, shelf life period, storage mode, age group for consumption etc. Hence  thought of compiling a post on the home made cerelac for babies with […] The post Everything About Home Made Cerelac for Babies You Need to Know appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Warning: Watch Out for These Toxic Chemicals in Baby Care Products

    Sangeetha Menon
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Do you read labels when buying baby care products ? If not , start from today!! Knowing the ingredients or what goes into a baby care product is pretty much essential these days. Recently a popular baby care brand was in the news as the potential ethylene oxide – a human carcinogenic was found in […] The post Warning: Watch Out for These Toxic Chemicals in Baby Care Products appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Finally! I Quit My Hefty Paying Job to Be a Full Time Blogger

    Sangeetha Menon
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Hello readers, I am writing today’s post to let you know about one of the important decisions of my life. I have quit my corporate job and is now a full time blogger. A few of you who know me personally would be wondering ‘why Sangeetha quit such a hefty paying job and becoming a […] The post Finally! I Quit My Hefty Paying Job to Be a Full Time Blogger appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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  • A simple tool to reduce stress and improve parenting

    Cate Scolnik
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Let me guess. You’re often overwhelmed, have too much to do, and feel like everyone wants a piece of you. You spend most of your day meeting obligations, and trying to make decisions (while hearing that relentless “Muum!”). There’s not much time left over for yourself. Some days you just want to scream “Leave me alone! I just want a few minutes peace!” Maybe you do scream it, or maybe you take a deep breath and say it more calmly (go you!) Do you ever wonder about other mums, and how they do it? Are their biggest challenges the same as yours, and how do…
  • 5 ways to build resilience in your child

    Anna Partridge
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Why would you need 5 ways to build resilience in your child? Resilience has become the buzz word in schools over the past decade and there have been many self help parenting books written on the topic. When we were growing up, I don’t remember anyone talking about how important it was to build resilience and why it was necessary. So why now? The definition of resilience as a scientific term is ‘the power or ability to return to the original form, position etc., after being bent, compressed or stretched; elasticity’ (, 2010). That makes sense even when applying it to…
  • Your child is not royalty,

    Clare Christie
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:02 pm
    … and you are not their slave As parents, you are under more and more pressure to praise every move your child makes. Making your children feel ‘good’ has become a goal to your own detriment. The happiness of children is making parents feel anxious as children have increasingly become the centre of the family universe. Praise is lavished for the most fundamental of actions such as manners, sharing, cleaning up, cooperation and listening. Surely these actions should be expected as the norm instead of celebrated as amazing? Worried about tantrums or resistance, parents put…
  • 3 Steps To Get Your Kids Heads Out Of Their Devices

    Shannon Curtis
    21 Jun 2014 | 8:19 pm
    You have worried about it, we all have. That the amount of time your kids are spending on devices is having a negative effect on your family life. In the past decade our world has been turned upside down with the latest and greatest in technology and mobile devices, and this is effecting the amount of quality time we share together as a family. Everywhere you look you see children (and adults) on some sort of mobile device. As a result of this dependency they are losing the ability to effectively live without them and personal face-to-face communications and conversation are suffering,…
  • Is fear holding back your child?

    Gai O'Dwyer
    14 Jun 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Isn’t it ironic that one of our worst fears as parents is: why is my child fearful? Babies are born with two fears: a fear of falling a fear of loud noises The other fears are learned behaviours from their environment. Our own parenting contributes significantly to the fears our children suppress or express. To gauge our own fear level, we firstly need to look at the relationship we have with ourselves. Parents who have a good relationship with themselves are generally happy, positive, social, interesting and are risk-takers. When we have a good relationship with ourselves, we tend to…
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  • 5 Tips To Raising Creative Kids: Finding The Creativity In Children

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Creativity is something almost everyone wishes upon their children. To be able to take something so simple and turn it into something a little more sophisticated is valuable. Not every person is born with this gift, but we can teach our children how to be a little more creative. Creativity in children is so important and definitely a gift.From a young age I noticed that my son was exceptionally creative. He'd make toys out of sticks, create worlds and universes all on his own. And just hearing him talk and interact with toys was simply fascinating! After seeing how explorative and imaginative…
  • The Negative Effects of Children Winning at All Costs

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Should everyone always win and get a trophy? What are the effects of children winning just for showing up?We've all done it. Letting your child win 10 straight games of "Uno" so he feels like a winner. Or slowing down during a race so your little girl can cross the finish line first. As parents we want to help our children build their self-esteem and protect them while we can from the competitive world where they won't always be #1.There are ways to modify activities to accommodate a younger-aged child's developmental needs. However, as they grow older, children winning every time presents a…
  • Bullying At School: What To Do If Your Child Is The Bully

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Bullying is a serious problem within schools, local neighborhoods and in big cities. This type of abusive behavior usually occurs in educational institutions and local neighborhoods. So, what do you do when your child is the bully? It is a parent's worst nightmare when their own flesh and blood is harmful to another kid in their school or neighborhood. What can you do to stop this bullying from continuing? It can be a difficult task to turn your child around from being a bully, but it is possible if you act on it immediately.Set An Example At Home And In PublicIt is extremely important that…
  • Five Smoothies to Kick Start Your Day

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Three kids, three different directions at times. How I wish I had discovered smoothies when my kids were toddlers! There were so many days when I was rushing around to get everyone out of the house that I often forgot to feed myself in the process. I was never much of a breakfast gal, but today, I kick-start my mornings with delicious and healthy smoothies. Even my kids enjoy them! Smoothies are natural energy drinks--the protein you add will keep your energy going when you need it most. I often whip up a batch of smoothies before I head out in the morning.I keep several containers of frozen…
  • 5 Quick and Healthy Breakfasts for Kids

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    You've heard it time and time again - breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's especially true for kids that are headed off to school each day as it's the meal that will keep them fueled and focused until the afternoon when lunch time comes around. Mornings can be hectic so make life easier with these five quick and healthy breakfast for kids recipes. You'll love them because they are easy to make and your kids will love them because they are so delicious!Green SmoothiesKids will love the fact that they are having a smoothie for breakfast. It's a great way to pack a ton of…
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    Growing Your Baby

  • New Study Finds Too Much Screen Time Inhibits Kid’s Ability To Recognize Emotions

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    There has been more research than ever being released lately about the amount of time children are spending in front of screens. Too much “screen time,” as it is typically called, can have detrimental affects on children. A new research study has found that this overdose of technology can actually inhibit a child’s ability to identify emotions. The study, coming from the University of California, Los Angeles and published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior finds that children in grade six, who were devoid of any exposure to technology for five days, were vastly better at…
  • How Parents Respond To Baby’s Babbling Can Shape Tot’s Communication, Study Finds

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    There is probably no sound more sweeter than the sweet little babbling of our little ones. The way they babble on about a toy placed in front of them or while snuggling with mommy or daddy, it can be tempting to respond to them with “baby talk.” However, a new study has found that the way parents respond to their child’s babbling can actually shape the child’s communication skills. The study, published in the July/August edition of the journal Infancy, and performed by the University of Iowa and Indiana University have found that they way parents communicate back with…
  • Mom-to-be Ali Larter Shops At The Market With Her Son

    Lisa Arneill
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Ali Larter showed off her growing belly while out for a stroll with her son Theodore on Sunday. Ali was pretty in a blue sheer blouse and cut-off jeans as she pushed her little guy down Melrose Avenue headed to the market to pick up some fresh produce and flowers. Pregnant with her second child, Ali recently told she and her husband Hayes McArthur have been preparing Theodore for the new arrival, ‘He is [excited]…I’ve started giving him presents from his little baby brother or sister.’ ‘We’re definitely working him, bribing him, whatever we have to do to…
  • Our Summer Journey With Safety 1st ~ Keeping Our Cargo Safe While Seeing The World

    Lisa Arneill
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    I love to travel and show my kids the world.  This Summer it felt as though we were always headed somewhere.  And whether we were going to the park on the other side of town or on a 5 hour trip for the weekend my number one concern is always safety. Even though my boys are 5 and 9 they are both still in car seats to ensure they are protected if something happens during our travels. Road trips in our family mean early mornings and long days.  For this reason I love Safety 1st’s Elite 80 car seat because it keeps my guys comfortable and safe as we travel all over North America. This…
  • Kim and Kanye Arrive At LAX With North

    Lisa Arneill
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Jet setting couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were photographed arriving at the Los Angeles Airport on Friday evening with their daughter North headed to a friend’s wedding in Wilmington, Delaware. It will be a busy weekend for the rapper, who is scheduled to play Made in America must festival in Philadelphia on Saturday night before flying back to LA to play a second date on Sunday night in Grand Park. Kim looked as though she was headed out for a fancy evening in a low cut Alaia Bodysuit, Haider Ackermann pants, Hermes heels and a vintage scarf. North showed off her edgy style in…
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    Best Double Stroller

  • 6 Things to Consider in Choosing the Best Baby Stroller

    Derek Jennings
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Preparing for your new baby is exciting but challenging, especially with first time parents. Among tons of suggestions and information, you have to make your own decision on what your will buy for your baby. Obviously, a stroller is essential. Although stroller is one of the must-have and seems to be popular, choosing a right […] The post 6 Things to Consider in Choosing the Best Baby Stroller appeared first on Best Double Stroller.
  • Finding Your Best Double Stroller

    Derek Jennings
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you are searching for a double stroller for your baby, you probably have spent hours in online shops, browse every single stroller to choose a right one. There are really so many factors that affect your decision such as price, durability, comfort, style and flexibility. You can see strollers in numerous types, styles, price […] The post Finding Your Best Double Stroller appeared first on Best Double Stroller.
  • Strollers for Twins – Which type suits your babies the best

    Derek Jennings
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Having a twin is wonderful but sometimes it makes us crazy. Everything need to be prepared for both babies and, you may have your first hassle when choosing the stroller. Obviously you won’t want to buy 2 strollers let each of your babies in a single one. When considering double strollers for twins, it’s essential […] The post Strollers for Twins – Which type suits your babies the best appeared first on Best Double Stroller.
  • Beware of the so-called Double Stroller Review

    Derek Jennings
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am
    Becoming parents, you definitely want to give your baby the best things possible, you would want to buy everything which is the best for your babies. When looking for an ideal stroller for your twins, you may want to find the so called double stroller reviews out there in order to choose the best one. So, what […] The post Beware of the so-called Double Stroller Review appeared first on Best Double Stroller.
  • InStep Safari Double Swivel Stroller Review

    Derek Jennings
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:07 am
    The Instep Safari Double Swivel Stroller is designed to be used as a jogging stroller and most of the features of the stroller are designed with that in mind. It is marketed towards active parents but the stroller can be used in a variety of different situations. >> Ultimate Baby Stroller Review – The Best Strollers […] The post InStep Safari Double Swivel Stroller Review appeared first on Best Double Stroller.
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    Epigami Blog

  • A Parent’s Guide to the Secondary One Posting Exercise (S1PE)

    Victor dMdB
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Secondary One Posting Exercise : it’s a nightmare You’ve just received the results of the PSLE and you’re trying to figure out how to get your child into secondary. Well this is where the Secondary One Posting Exercise (or S1PE for those familiar with it) comes into play. It’s honestly one of the most complex and intricate processes you’ll have to go through as a parent in Singapore, so Epigami has but together this infographic to give you all the most important information in one place. Find out more about the S1PE on the MOE website. If you’re just…
  • Gaming – Is it that bad for school grades?

    Dawn Tan
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:57 am
    Appearing in late 1960s, the video game industry has become a $93 Billion market in 2013. Our understanding of the impact of casual or intense gaming is still limited, but a there is a growing amount of research observing both the positive and negative impacts of this activity. “Gaming is a waste of time”, who hasn’t heard it before? Believed by some to cause anti-social behaviour, inciting violence, and potentially leading to extreme cases. Though researchers are increasingly pointing to the notion that this commonly held belief is flawed. This disparity in scientific and public…
  • The Islands of Singapore – Balik Pulau Exhibition

    Dawn Tan
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    How many Islands of Singapore are there? 2? Or 5? To many Singaporeans, Singapore is limited to everything between Jurong West, Changi and Johor Bahru, “just a red dot on the map”. Oh yeah Sentosa is one… But there are actually a whole lot more. Singapore has 60 offshore islands, most of which are restricted to military or private use, but still, that’s a lot! You can still head to the Southern islands for a quick get away from the city. Comprising of 8 islands, they are the Kusu Island, Lazarus Island, St. John’s Island, Pulau Semakau, Pulau Tekukor, Sentosa, and the two…
  • ASEAN Scholarship – Everything you need to know

    Dawn Tan
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    What is it? It’s a fully sponsored scholarship by the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) to allow citizens of ASEAN countries to study in Singapore. Depending on the applicants’ country, there are up to three types of scholarships offered, each for a different level of education: Secondary One scholarship (lasting 6 years) Secondary Three scholarship (lasting 4 years) Pre-university scholarship (lasting 2 years) We also have an article on the educational system (link) in Singapore, if you’re not sure how it works. The cost of studying in Singapore can be covered all the way to…
  • Study tips for students by students

    Dawn Tan
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    When you think we’re done dishing out study tips (read: note taking techniques, knowing your learning modalities, the types of brain foods to eat, or even finding a tutor), we are back with another info graphic! This time, we ask students for one study habit they swear by during their exam period. We’ve collated the top 6 answers, and not surprisingly, most people agreed that having discipline is the best way to do well! What about you? What is one habit you swear by during the exams? Tell us in the comments below! The post Study tips for students by students appeared first on…
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  • 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…
  • 12 clever tricks to regain your cool quickly

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    by Dr. Cameron Caswell JD Hancock | One of our biggest foes when it comes to parenting is our patience—well, our lack of it. No matter how laid back we are in our "normal" lives, our children seem to have an innate knack for finding and pushing our buttons (and pushing, and pushing) until we erupt. But it's not because they want us to get mad at them; negative attention really isn't better than no attention. It's usually because they want to get their way and haven't learned the art of negotiation yet, or they are testing us. Testing to see if our love for them is, in fact,…
  • Inside the teen brain

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    by Dr. Cameron CaswellOur teen's behavior often frustrates and baffles us. And when we ask for an explanation, we're typically met with a blank stare, eye roll, a mumbled "I don't know," or a combination of all three. The truth is, they really don't know. But fortunately, now we do. Their mood swings, emotional outbursts, risk-taking, resistance to authority, craving for novelty, and many other behaviors are because their brains are under heavy construction. In fact, they are going through the biggest growth spurt since infancy and won't be done until well into their 20s. Knowing how the teen…
  • When your life feels out of control remember…

    The Fuel Center Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    by the Fuel Center teamWhen it feels like outside forces such as family, work and the universe, have more control over your life than you do, it may be helpful to take a breath and remember that there are some choices that ONLY YOU can make for yourself.  For you may not be able to choose what happens to you, but you always have the choice of how you respond. And that choice gives you more power than you could ever imagine. liked that? try these: 7 essential steps to listening between the linesInspirational quotes about parentingListen up: The secret ingredient that turns any…
  • 7 common brain "facts" debunked (infographic)

    The Fuel Center Team
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    by the Fuel Center team Do we really use only 10% of our brain? Can we learn through subliminal messages? Does alcohol kill our brain cells? Get the truth behind the most common brain myths. like that? try these 7 essential steps to listening between the lines7 simple tactics to get your teen to tell you the truthTeen development: The 12 labors of HercuTeens ready to get to know your teen better? sign up now to get strategies and inspiration sent straight to your inbox. Email Address Sign Up we respect your privacy and distaste for spam Thank you!
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    Raising Wild Ones

  • 10 reasons to take part in Zero Waste Week this September

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Can you believe Zero Waste Week is in it’s SEVENTH year?! Nope? Me neither. Well anyway it is! It’s on 1st – 7th of September and I’ve been thinking long and hard about why everybody should take part! I remember growing up, before recycling was the done thing. We used to throw everything in one […] The post 10 reasons to take part in Zero Waste Week this September appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • She’s a mother and wife and she’s proud to be… A WORKING GIRL

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    OK, so maybe that’s not true. But nevertheless you can’t beat a bit of Dolly Parton Yesterday I had a job interview. For a job I don’t even want. I managed to pass a 40 minute written paper, a drugs calculation exam without a calculator, and then an observed skill test where I had to […] The post She’s a mother and wife and she’s proud to be… A WORKING GIRL appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • Working vs SAHM – the eternal dilemma

    15 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    Before I had children I knew I’d be a working mum. When my eldest was 5 months old I started an access course, when my youngest was 2 weeks old I passed the course, and then when he was 7 months old I started uni full time. I had a path, and a plan, and […] The post Working vs SAHM – the eternal dilemma appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • Post Comment Love and Newbie Showcase 8th-10th August 2014

    7 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Hey lovely PoCoLo-ers. I am assuming most of you are here from the the awesome blog Verily Victoria Vocalises. Some of you will know me already, many of you won’t – so this is me. Charlotte, 24, mum of two gorgeous boys (AKA my wild ones), full time student, full time unschooler! I’ve only been […] The post Post Comment Love and Newbie Showcase 8th-10th August 2014 appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • It all started with a composting toilet…

    5 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Actually, that may not be true. I think it started with a water meter… So my dad died over a month ago. I guess I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus. From a combination of trying to raise money for the funeral, sorting out paperwork and probate, trying to deal with my emotions […] The post It all started with a composting toilet… appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
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  • The Myth of ‘Having it All’

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Source: Google images This blog has been contributed by Kesang Menezes, Faciliator, Parenting Matters The press is abuzz with articles about Indra Nooyi , CEO, PepsiCo openly admitting that one cannot have it all- have a great career, be a great parent and a great spouse. Finally someone was courageous enough to bust that myth!!  Indra Nooyi’s amazing honesty has come like a breath of fresh air for those of us who kept wondering why we are not able to “do it all”. I had often picked up magazines which had interviews with women in top corporate jobs who talked about how they manage…
  • Tantrums, and encouraging responsible behaviour in children

    Asawari Joshi Salwan
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    Anger and stress is all around us. We are dissatisfied with our maids, family members, colleagues, friends, bosses and most of the times, ourselves. But then we are also adults. We realize this. We work upon converting our weaknesses into strengths all the time. We learn techniques through our environment to understand ourselves better, to reflect and make plans for self-improvement. So what do you think is the root cause of all this anger and disappointment? I believe it is expectations. From self and from around us. The bar we set for ourselves is so high these days that anything short of…
  • Infant and Toddler Stimulation at Home

    Krishna Mahathi
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Source: Google images “If we all could see the world through eyes of a child, we would see the magic in everything.” – Chee Vai Tang Parenthood blesses you with anxiety .As parents we often want our children to have the best of the opportunities available to them but at the same time we do not want to go all overboard. Child care sometimes appears to be an awesome, innovative industry and the creativity explored and expressed here is amazing. Play gyms, bouncers, teethers and safety equipment, they keep getting makeovers that really creditable. We have play and music sessions from…
  • Helping Children Manage Their Emotions

    Sridhar Ramanathan
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Source: Google Images Let us say your 7 year old kid is throwing a ‘tantrum’. He is upset, he is angry, and throws things around. What do you do? Discipline him? Punish him? Make him sit in a corner? Or is there another option. Yes, there is another option. It is more time consuming but a rewarding option. Here are a few things that we can try. Acknowledge that he is upset, and understand that he is upset because of something. What might work here is to help him calm down. I know a case where the mother gave her seven year old angry kid, a  pile of newspapers and asked him to tear it to…
  • Let your Child Volunteer

    Shweta Chooramani
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:28 pm
    “If you buy things you don’t need, soon you will have to sell things you need.” – Warren Buffet Every weekend on a trip to grocery stores starting with names like Mega, Hyper, Metro or Big market of the city, I couldn’t help but observe one thing consistently at the billing counter. A child dragging a set of parents, howling incessantly, or throwing fits in anger on the floor, unwilling to let go off that toy she picked up from somewhere. Poor parents shying away from the public spot of shame wants to escape immediately. However, a couple of pursed lips or…
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    Life Behind the Smiles

  • Memories suck sometimes
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
  • Random
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Going through old emails today and it got me thinking. We, as people, really treat others like shit.  Whether warranted or not.  I personally hate fighting and yelling and try to refrain.  That usually backfires into me bottling and then blowing up.  But I always hear people out, give benefit of doubt, try and see their point of view.  To a fault.  But so many must see that as a sign of weakness.  So many times if my choices or opinions were strongly opposed, or I wanted something they didn’t I was just written off.  Put on silent and treated like I never existed. Ironically,…
  • Just sayin’
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
  • Here’s $1, go buy a clue
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    Why women get bitchy, waking up to texts like this.
  • Wisdom, Courage, Dignity
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:39 pm
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    Modern Tots Blog

  • The Story Behind P’kolino

    Tara McGovern
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
      Founded in 2004 by fathers DJ.B. Schneider and Antonio Turco-Rivas, P’kolino (pronounced PEE-KO-LEE-NO) is a manufacturing company that focuses on innovative toys, kid’s furniture, and home decor. The idea for creating  P’kolino began when Schnieder and Turco-Rivas were attending Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts (near Boston) for their MBA studies. The duo shared a goal to “Make better products to improve play at home,” which essentially guided them down the path to launching P’kolino. With the help of nearly two dozen international…
  • The Story Behind ‘Tegu’

    Tara McGovern
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Originally founded in 2006 by brothers Chris and Will Haughey, Tegu is a toy company that places an emphasis on eco-friendly practices. While the Haughey brothers’ company is still relatively new, Tegu is gaining notoriety for its unique magnetic wooden blocks and sustainable practices. Chris and Will didn’t plan on running a toy business. About a decade ago, Chris was working as a financial consultant, while his brother Will was working as an investment analyst at Goldman Sachs. The two brothers had always dreamed of starting their own business; they just didn’t know it…
  • Balance Bikes Kick Training Wheels to the Curb

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The balance bike is becoming quite popular, but you may be wondering-is it around for good or is it just a passing fad? Parents and experts alike agree on the fact that the balance bike is here to stay. Many believe it is a far better learning tool than training wheels, and children are able to learn to bike at a younger age and transition to a two-wheel bike faster. If you are torn between the nostalgia of your training wheel days and the newer, balance-focused way of learning, let us share some information to make your decision a little easier… Easier transition Let’s face…
  • Warning: Your Child’s Furniture May Contain Toxic Chemicals

    Tara McGovern
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Do you know what chemicals were used in the manufacturing of your child’s bed and furniture? If you answered “no” to this question, you aren’t alone. The truth is that most parents pay little-to-no attention to the chemicals used in their child’s furniture or how they are made. But alarming new studies are revealing the dangers of common chemicals found in furniture, some of which may increase your child’s risk of developing ADHD and other health conditions. Flame Retardants One of the most common types of chemicals found in furniture is flame retardants.
  • How To Make a Clothespin Airplane

    Tara McGovern
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    Looking for an art project to keep your child busy this summer? Using nothing more than a clothespin, two small crafting stick, two large crafting stick, a hot glue gun, and some paint, you can create fun model airplanes. It’s an otherwise simple project that requires just a few basic supplies, making it the perfect “go to” project when it’s raining outside and you’re trying to find something to occupy your child’s time. There are several different ways to make a clothespin airplane, but the method I’m going to reveal here is arguably the easiest.
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  • Discipline With Purpose

    Nathaniel Turner
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    I was always pretty confident about the right way to raise my son but the one area that made me uneasy, unsure about myself was discipline. I think my insecurity originated with my childhood. You see, I am the product from an era seemingly long gone by – the age of “Spare The Rod Spoil The […]
  • 21 Things To Do For The First Day Of School

    Nathaniel Turner
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Whether your child has already returned to school or they are still waiting for the first day of school, one thing is certain going back to school and the first day of school are usually a big deal. Some kids are excited to get away from home, reconnect with old friends and continue the process […]
  • 5 Delicious Reasons To Eat At Olive Garden & Skip Fast Food

    Nathaniel Turner
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    I don’t know about you but it seems like the number of hours in a day started to shrink the moment I became a parent. From the moment the doctor said “you have a healthy baby boy”, the sands in the hour-glass appeared to trickle exponentially faster. In reality, I knew the minutes and seconds […]
  • How Do You Choose The Right People To Care For Your Child?

    Nathaniel Turner
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    The other afternoon while having a conversation with a client, the trajectory of the conversation changed a bit from financial planning to parenting. Rather than talking exclusively about what I do in “the real world”, my client asked “how did you select the right people to care for your child”. I have to admit the […]
  • The Wise Parent’s Back To School List

    Nathaniel Turner
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    I don’t know about you but I can hardly believe that the summer is almost over. If it isn’t depressing enough realizing that shortly the warm weather will be gone and the long days will disappear – avid parents like me will soon be sending our children back to school. I realize that for some, […]
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  • Living A More Natural Life.

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Recently I’ve been on a mission to try and rid our house of a lot of chemicals and unnecessary medications and so far it’s going great.  It started with T getting sick so often this winter and looking for ways to get her better without over doing it with medications and that lead to a lot of people recommending certain essential oils and pro-biotic foods and other little tips and tricks that have lead me to start changing the way we do a lot of things in our house. A friend has recently signed up with Norwex and we have ordered some of their products to avoid using chemicals for…
  • Where Did My Baby Go?

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:18 am
    I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but our baby has somehow turned into a full blown, inquisitive , independent, tantrum throwing, wonderful little toddler. It’s so much fun watching her personality develop.   The post Where Did My Baby Go? appeared first on Just Another Mum Blog.
  • From Nursery To Toddler Room.

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    We’ve been a little on the quiet front recently we’ve been quite busy and now we are getting sick again. Anyway, a few days ago hubby and I decided that it was time to turn T’s room from a nursery into a toddlers room. This required doing much more than just taking the side off the cot because her room was in no way baby proofed so she got an entire room make over! We were very happy with the way it looked once it was all finished. There were of course, some things I didn’t think about when we decided to let her have the ability to get on and off her bed by herself.
  • Calm Down Jar

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    I’m posting this as a clam down jar, even though that’s not really its purpose with T. But the idea behind it is that should a child need to calm down for a minute or two you shake it up and let them sit and just chill out for a few minutes while they watch as the glitter settles. But for someone as young as T it’s really just another sensory jar full of pretty things for her to look at. To make it you need some glitter glue, a jar, extra glitter or sequins, hot water. Fill the jar about half way up with hot water then squeeze in as much glitter glue as you think you need,…
  • Sensory Jars

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    Sensory jars are something I’ve been doing for T for a while she loves shaking them up and seeing what happens but we haven’t made any new ones recently and she’s pretty bored of the others so I did up some new ones today. The first is just buttons of lots of different shapes and sizes. This is proving to be her favourite so far because it is the loudest. She had great fun rolling it around the kitchen floor as I cooked dinner this evening. The second is a beach themed jar. I didn’t have any sand so I ground up some brown rice in the Bellini (speed 10 for 1 minute) and…
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  • Top 10 things you can do to be happy

    Santoshh Singh
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:33 pm
    The post Top 10 things you can do to be happy appeared first on Palchoice.   One of my friends has asked me recently what things you can do to be happy? This is an eternal question for which yogi’s, pope, and others masters are searching for right answer from time unknown. But many enlightened masters has emphasized that “what you are searching outside is actually inside you.” “What you [...] The post Top 10 things you can do to be happy appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 5 best way to relieve stress

    Santoshh Singh
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    The post 5 best way to relieve stress appeared first on Palchoice. When we came to this world, it was never promised that our life would be stress-free. But the real message was that it would be worth living. Since we are living in a dynamic world we are bound to face different situations in our life. Some situations will give us the desired results while others [...] The post 5 best way to relieve stress appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Best tips to get Google AdSense account approved

    Santoshh Singh
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The post Best tips to get Google AdSense account approved appeared first on Palchoice.   To get Google AdSense account approved is getting tougher day by day. This is more so if you are from Asian subcontinent. Google AdSense is the most preferred way to earn money online through internet. The main purpose of most blogs is to earn money. Since bloggers want to earn money quickly, they take [...] The post Best tips to get Google AdSense account approved appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Top 9 experiences on my day without internet

    Santoshh Singh
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    The post Top 9 experiences on my day without internet appeared first on Palchoice. I think you may have read other people experiences of their day without internet. I read none. I just heard about this concept from one of my friend who tried it for some time. As with everything, I thought of trying to have this experience first-hand. What I experienced with my day without internet is [...] The post Top 9 experiences on my day without internet appeared first on Palchoice.
  • How to motivate yourself to organize your room

    Santoshh Singh
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The post How to motivate yourself to organize your room appeared first on Palchoice. I am sure most of you would have also thought of often how to motivate yourself to organize your room. Unorganized, untidy and unseemly are the words that used to come to my mind whenever I entered my room few days back. I loved my house but hated my room as it was always disorganized. [...] The post How to motivate yourself to organize your room appeared first on Palchoice.
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  • Preparing To Bring Baby Home From The Hospital

    Sessa Daily
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    The post Preparing To Bring Baby Home From The Hospital appeared first on %% Congratulations! You’re preparing to bring baby home from the hospital…and I’m sure you’re completely overwhelmed. Especially if this if your first child. I’ve put together ten top tips that will help make the transition much easier. Car seat! Before you can even think about taking home your bundle of joy…You must have a safe car seat. They won’t let you bring the baby home from the hospital without one. Do your research and make sure you have it ready…
  • August Favourite Baby Photos

    Sessa Daily
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:19 am
    The post August Favourite Baby Photos appeared first on %% Today, I’m bringing you a small selection of my favourite baby photos from this past month. Baby G is officially 5 MONTHS OLD! Wow. It is also the end of August (and so in my mind, the official end of summer). So, to mark the occasion here we go… My loves. I love that this photo shows how she has his eyes. This photo where she is getting sleepy and cuddling with a teddy bear. So sweet. Me and my baby as she turns 5 months old! (Say whaaaaat?) Also…her chins. LOVE the chins. Everything must go…
  • This Week’s Roundup (29.08.14)

    Sessa Daily
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    The post This Week’s Roundup (29.08.14) appeared first on %% Happy Friday everyone! I’m going back to doing round up posts because it’s a nice little way to recap the smaller things that I may otherwise glance over. My goal is to do one round up post a week for the next 6 months…check back every Friday for updates if you’re interested. This week we had a lot of firsts: Solids! We tried baby rice for the first time today. Baby G loved it! She only took a few spoonfuls but she definitely ate some. This is a huge milestone (and actually makes…
  • Baby Sleep Struggles

    Sessa Daily
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:06 am
    The post Baby Sleep Struggles appeared first on %% If you’ve been following this blog from the beginning, you’ll know that Baby G hasn’t been the best of sleepers. I don’t really know why this is – I remember the first day she was born and she was so quiet compared to the other babies in the hospital and all she basically did was sleep. We were worried there was something wrong so we asked the nurse if it was normal. She laughed at us and said not to question why we have a quiet/sleepy baby….but to enjoy it. How right she was. The…
  • Helping Baby Learn To Sit Up

    Sessa Daily
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    The post Helping Baby Learn To Sit Up appeared first on %% This week, I’ve been helping baby learn to sit up. Baby G has been showing signs of hitting her next developmental milestones. Her gums are turning white which makes me think that teeth can’t be far away. Or at least I hope, for her sake, that they’re not too far away. I know some babies can take months before the teeth break through. I hope hers are fast! But she’s also really starting to show signs of wanting to sit up. Of course she can’t yet, she’s still too wobbly, but…
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