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  • Dear Stranger: Stop touching my baby’s hair

    BabyCenter Blog
    Jennifer Borget
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:22 pm
    by Jennifer Borget posted in Mom Stories Dear Stranger: Last week I was waiting for my daughter to finish dance practice when my son had been cooped up in the baby carrier for a while. I decided to let him down to stretch his legs for a little bit. No sooner than I put my... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • White House intruder was armed with knife

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:39 pm
    A man who jumped a fence and entered the White House was carrying a knife, officials say.
  • Tweet of the Week: Paleo, Vegan, or Neither?

    MedPage Today Pediatrics
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    (MedPage Today) -- Welcome to another edition of the MedPage Today Tweet of the Week! Every Friday, the editorial team highlights its favorite 140-character contribution from the healthcare twittersphere.
  • Aphex Twin Is A High-Tech Parent

    Daddy Types
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    By now everyone's read that Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent, and that none of the people who work in Silicon Valley let their kids have screen time during the week. And now I'm like, well, at least Aphex...
  • Corn Maze Season is Coming at Anderson Farms

    Dave Taylor
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Every autumn I look forward to the majesty of the trees changing, the cool evenings and, yes, the snow. I’m not much of a skier (give me a beach any day of the week) but there’s something about waking up and looking out the window to see the neighborhood covered in that white stuff, icicles hanging from the eaves and everyone bundled up in their scarves and hats! It also means that it’s coming up on Halloween, something that I admit my kids like more than I do nowadays. But still, that’s fun too, all the little munchkins in their outfits unwittingly playing out…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Dear Stranger: Stop touching my baby’s hair

    Jennifer Borget
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:22 pm
    by Jennifer Borget posted in Mom Stories Dear Stranger: Last week I was waiting for my daughter to finish dance practice when my son had been cooped up in the baby carrier for a while. I decided to let him down to stretch his legs for a little bit. No sooner than I put my... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • How do you teach your kids to embrace their natural features?

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Mom Stories When I was a kid I hated my kinky hair. At one point I wanted it to look like the Jacksons. But, my mom wouldn’t go for that. I remember trying to talk her into taking me to the hair salon for a relaxer at 10-years-old. She finally... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Go team go! Baby nurseries and parties with sports themes

    Project Nursery
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    by Project Nursery posted in Life & Home Here's another fun post from our friends at Project Nursery! By Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio Sports have always been a popular source of inspiration for nursery and children’s party design. This season is a particularly exciting time of year for sports fans—football season is underway, baseball...... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Jessica Simpson fears having an 'oops' baby

    Sara McGinnis
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Jessica Simpson is calling it quits on pregnancy. The singer, who has daughter Maxwell and son Ace with new husband Eric Johnson, recently opened up to Ryan Seacrest about her ideal family size, and changing her famous name. "Oh, we are done," she replied when asked if another child... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • School dress codes are sexist and so, I guess, am I

    Betsy Shaw
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    by Betsy Shaw posted in Mom Stories Twelve years into parenting and I feel like a total rookie. I'm lost. Stymied. Perplexed. I have no idea how to talk to my daughter about these new rules of modesty that come in the form of middle school dress codes. These rules that seem primarily focused on... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    MedPage Today Pediatrics

  • Tweet of the Week: Paleo, Vegan, or Neither?

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    (MedPage Today) -- Welcome to another edition of the MedPage Today Tweet of the Week! Every Friday, the editorial team highlights its favorite 140-character contribution from the healthcare twittersphere.
  • Docs Rock Flu Vax Race

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- While flu vaccination among the general public remains relatively stable, more than 90% of nurses and doctors got their shot last season, the CDC is reporting.
  • New Inflammatory Diseases Seen (CME/CE)

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Two previously unrecognized autoinflammatory syndromes characterized by periodic fevers and other systemic symptoms have been linked with mutations in the NLRC4 gene.
  • Order of JIA Therapy Tapering Makes a Difference

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- When withdrawing therapy in juvenile idiopathic arthritis patients with inactive disease, flares were less likely when methotrexate was stopped first before TNF inhibitors, a retrospective study found.
  • Morning Break: Saxophone Penis, Poetry as a Drug Side Effect

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    (MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff.
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    Daddy Types

  • Aphex Twin Is A High-Tech Parent

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    By now everyone's read that Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent, and that none of the people who work in Silicon Valley let their kids have screen time during the week. And now I'm like, well, at least Aphex...
  • Dads Instagram Likes To Fave

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Seeing LAist's "favorite new Instagram account," DILFs of Disneyland, I was glad to see Bugaboo's still got some publicist product placement juice, at least with the older parents. I also thought about the unsung heroes, the Disneyland dads who...
  • Hey Girl

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Unidentified local tumblr subject has daughter....
  • Burning Man Economy Meets Burning Man Parenting

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Burning Man is over for another year, and by now, this dad has probably been reunited with the kid he traded for a magic wand and a 4-pack of Red Bull. [image: reno gazette-journal via dt burner nathan]...
  • 'Papa's Gotta Write His Song'

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Having a kid can complicate even the simplest of tasks, like writing and recording a song every day since 2009. Papa's Got To Write His Song | Song A Day #2079 [youtube/therockcookiebottom] Here is a song 'Song A Day'...
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  • Corn Maze Season is Coming at Anderson Farms

    Dave Taylor
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Every autumn I look forward to the majesty of the trees changing, the cool evenings and, yes, the snow. I’m not much of a skier (give me a beach any day of the week) but there’s something about waking up and looking out the window to see the neighborhood covered in that white stuff, icicles hanging from the eaves and everyone bundled up in their scarves and hats! It also means that it’s coming up on Halloween, something that I admit my kids like more than I do nowadays. But still, that’s fun too, all the little munchkins in their outfits unwittingly playing out…
  • Back to College Starts with Walmart’s Best Plans

    D. Taylor
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    If you’re a diligent reader of this blog, you’ll be saying “hey, wait a sec! your oldest is in 12th grade, not college! what the deuce are you talking about with back to college?” And you’d be spot on. I’m writing about the cheapest wireless plans, perfect for families — or students! — on a tight budget. The phone of choice: The slick Nokia Lumia 521, available at your local Walmart for a bargain $49.88. Just look for all the blue… With a high school senior in the house, not a day goes by without some discussion that’s related to…
  • Dr Cocoa: Medicine Your Kids Will Actually Take

    Dave Taylor
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    There’s little harder in life than parenting a sick child. They’re cranky, they moan and whinge, and you’re likely exhausted from trying to care for them. Oh, and there’s the rest of your life that has to be put on hold which can definitely trigger some frustration of its own. When they’re babies you’re used to holding and cuddling them, and when they’re older they’re more self-contained, understanding that bad tasting medicine is just part of healing. But get that 4-13 age group and they’ll adamantly refuse to take medicine that could…
  • My daughter’s now on her Senior Solo

    Dave Taylor
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    One nice thing about my children going to a private school is that the teachers have the leeway to do a lot of things that would be frowned upon, logistically impossible or a violation of policy in a public school. Heck, we’ve been at the school for so long that we’re are now used to celebrating offbeat saints and holidays too, including Santa Lucia, Saint George and Michaelmas, with special guest Saint Michael (of course!). You’ll probably need to tap into the awesome power of Google to find out who they are. :-) One of the other things that the school offers are class…
  • Feeding my Iced Tea Addiction with a Complete Lunch

    Dave Taylor
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Anyone who has ever gone out for a meal with me has learned that the beverage I almost exclusively drink is iced tea. I don’t know if it’s the Englishman in me and that famed British love of tea or what, but I do enjoy me a glass or three of iced tea. Heck, I’m sitting at a coffee shop right now, with an unsweetened black tea in the cup next to me. It’s my fourth cup of tea today. Yeah, me and tea. Any kind of tea really. And when I had the chance to sample a new tea from that bastion of the tea leaf, Lipton, I not only availed myself, I made iced tea to see how it…
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • FREE Tiny Prints Mug - 3 Days Only (September 21-23)

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Use Promo Code: MUGSEP14CLICK ON THE BANNER ABOVE TO CHOOSE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR FREE MUG!The fine print: Offer expires 9/23/14 at 11:59 pm (PT). Get one (1) free mug using the code MUGSEP14 at checkout. There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion. Offer is not applicable to previously placed orders, shipping, taxes, rush processing charges, or greeting cards. This promotion code cannot be combined with other offers. Offer is only valid on Tiny Prints and is not applicable to third party or partner websites. To prevent fraud or abuse, we reserve the right to discontinue or modify…
  • Pediatrics for Parents: Get a Free 1-Year Subscription!

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Would you like a free one-year subscription to the PDF version of Pediatrics for Parents? Just send me an email at smhparent [at] hotmail [dot] com with your name and email address. Put "Pediatrics for Parents" in the subject line. The company will then send you an email announcing the gift and verifying that you want to receive the newsletter. If you don’t opt in, then they will never email you again. About Pediatrics for Parents:Pediatrics for Parents is the best single source of children’s health information, and their goal is to help you become an active and informed partner in your…
  • Winners for the Week of September 14, 2014

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    $75 Walmart Gift Card from Fruit of the LoomCongratulations to the winner: Shelly P.!Summer in February (DVD)Congratulations to the winner: Linda B.!My Bibi Always Remembers, by Toni Buzzeo (signed hardcover)Congratulations to the winner: Renee G.!Hoodie Bear or Sweater Bear from Teddy Bears PersonalizedCongratulations to the winner: Wendy R.!Dolphin Tale 2 T-shirt and SunglassesCongratulations to the winner: Mihaela D.!
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (September 20, 2014)

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Can you believe it's already late September? I have a birthday coming up this week that includes a big round number. I'm still having trouble thinking of myself as "middle-aged." I barely feel like a "grown-up" yet! Let's celebrate by entering some giveaways! Check out those I've listed in my right sidebar, as well as those in the linky below. (Check back throughout the week as the list grows!) And if you're hosting a giveaway yourself, be sure to share it in the linky and then blast out this page to your Facebook and Twitter followers. Have a great week!
  • Treat by Shutterfly: Get One Free Greeting Card for Free on Friday, September 19!

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Treat's new customers will receive 1 free personalized card, but only for 24 hours!Use Promo Code: TREATNEWOffer expires at 11:59pm PT on September 19, 2014I order these all the time for friends and family. They are fantastic!CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE CARD! The fine print: Offer expires 9/19/2014 at 11:59 pm (PT). Enjoy one free greeting card using code TREATNEW at checkout. Customer must be a first-time Treat customer and credit card information is required for validation. Postage and tax may apply. This offer is valid for one transaction only and any quantity not used in the…
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  • Our 5 NYFW Musts: How We Go from Morning to Night

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

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

  • Monday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom Edition

    Amy LeForge
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Hello, Heroes. It’s Monday. Time for another giveaway linky.Normally, this thought pleases me a great deal. And probably, I’ll be pleased about it later.However, today…I am grumpy. Moms are allowed to be grumpy sometimes, especially when life (and boys) won’t cooperate.Would you do me a favor? Enjoy the giveaway linky on my behalf. I’ll try to be cheerful about it later. Perhaps a nap would help. Which begs the question: why is it that children are the ones who get to take naps when they’re grumpy? Why not adults? Because a nap would very much make life…
  • How to Instill Confidence in Your Child

    Amy LeForge
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    All children face some hardships while trying to become confident. It is an important responsibility of the parents to equip the children with enough confidence. With confidence they will not only survive, but thrive in life. Self confidence and competence supplement each other. A confident child will have a positive and realistic perception of his or her abilities. Confidence will induce performance of children too. The encouraging words of parents boost children’s confidence level immensely especially when parents refer to the specific efforts or abilities of their children.Let us discuss…
  • How to Childproof Your Home

    Amy LeForge
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    How to Childproof Your Home The little one is coming and your first task, besides showering it with love, is to keep it safe and sound. At first, your home might just be the safest place you can think of. And it probably is, if you are a grown up. However, think twice and look around and you will soon spot tons of dangers right there at your home. If you are still not sure what this is all about, try to check these tips and see if they can help you make a safer place for your kid.Start from the Floor Up Forget about the glass windows and sharp objects before you take care of the floor. Your…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky, Sore Back Edition

    Amy LeForge
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    I’m writing this late on Sunday night, Heroes, and my back is SO sore! But I’m a pretty happy camper, so it’s all good. I started working at about 2pm today and just finished a while ago…at least 8 hours of work took place today. I’m scanning all of the boys’ old school papers. It’s a job I’ve wanted to finish for years, and I’m finally close! There were still some piles of high school papers on the floor, and I have a good bit of homeschool papers yet to do, but I’m mostly done. Yay! I scanned and recycled 2 boxes of paper today.
  • 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.
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    Raising A Healthy Family

  • Warby Parker – Making Prescription Eyewear More Affordable

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    I have been putting off something very important for about a year now. Going to get my eyeglasses prescription checked. Why? Because I know it needs to be updated, but the cost of getting new glasses terrifies me and since my daughter needs new glasses too, I was freaking out about the idea of having to spend over $600 just to get us both in new glasses. Luckily I found Warby Parker.  Warby Parker sells affordable eyewear and for every pair you purchase, they donate a pair to someone in need. So instead of spending about $300 each to get my daughter and myself in new glasses, with Warby…
  • Organic Avenue’s Fall into Fall Smoothie Recipe

    6 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I am so excited to share this recipe with you today – for two reasons! One, I will be in NYC later this month and I just can not wait to visit one of the Organic Avenue locations while we are there. Two, after reading an article recently about the chemicals in Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte,  I am in search of a treat that includes the flavors of fall but is not laden with junk.   Summer may be over, but our friends at Organic Avenue are getting ready for fall by diving into all of the seasonal flavors we’ve missed. They shared their Fall into Fall Smoothie recipe with me and…
  • How to Save Over $400 Per Year Packing School Lunches

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    I have been packing my kids’ lunches for school for the past 14 years – that’s a whole lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! Luckily my girls have always been good about requesting fun reusable lunchware which has saved me quite a bit of cash over time. Did you know you can save over $400 per year just by switching to reusable lunchware – and of course, it is so much more eco-friendly, too. Take a look at this graphic:   That’s enough to make you want to rethink all those paper bags and pre-packaged goldfish packets!  Here are a few of my favorite…
  • Lunch Box Notes with Laura Kelly Pet Shop

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Back to school time creates a unique opportunity to connect with your kids through lunchbox note writing.  If your kids don’t pack, you can always stick little notes in their backpacks too! Here are some really cute ones created with Laura Kelly’s new die collection with Ellison Education and Sizzix. Here are five reasons that sending notes to school in lunchboxes and backpacks is a good idea.\ Your kids will know that you are thinking about them in the midst of their crazy school day. Your kids will feel supported and loved.  Sometimes this burst of a reminder helps kids get…
  • Chicken BLT Salad Recipe inspired by Starbucks

    18 Jun 2014 | 4:47 am
    Earlier this year my daughter discovered the Chicken BLT Salad Sandwiches at Starbucks and they quickly became her favorite snack after a long day of theater rehearsals. A few weeks ago I stopped by Starbucks on the way to pick her up and they were out. So, what is a Mom to do? That’s easy – make our own. And I’m sure this will be of no surprise to you, but our homemade version tastes EVEN BETTER than the Starbucks version. INGREDIENTS for Chicken BLT Salad Diced or shredded chicken (I love using rotisserie chicken) 2-3 slices of cooked bacon crumbled Tablespoon of sundried…
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  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently. Rebecca Hains Writer, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release of The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Sourcebooks), her most recent book. A critique of popular culture and the messages it sends to young girls, the…
  • Gmail Password Leak Update

    Daryl L. L. Houston
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with accounts, we took steps to protect our users. We downloaded the list, compared it to our user database, and proactively reset over 100,000 accounts for which the password given in the list matched the password. We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the…
  • Basis, Edin, and Forefront: A Look at Business Themes

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We add new themes to the Theme Showcase each week, including free and premium themes for businesses, organizations, and your professional projects. Here’s a trio of business themes transformed by three very different types of users: a professional travel and food writer, a Buddhist podcast host, and a fly fishing outfitter in Australia. roam & home Chicago-based travel and food curator Karen Valentine, the founder of roam & home, presents a beautifully designed site with Basis, a premium theme. Wide featured images add splashes of color to the homepage, while the Brandon…
  • Blogging 101 and Writing 101 Are Back!

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    You’ve just started your shiny new blog and you’d like some help as you get up to speed on Or, maybe you’d like some inspiration to write every day. On September 15th, we kick off two free Blogging U. courses: Blogging 101 and Writing 101. They might be just what you need to whip your blog into shape and/or establish your writing habit. Blogging 101 Each day for 30 days, Blogging 101 offers a bite-sized blogging “assignment*,” geared to helping you customize the look of your blog, start a blogging habit, and find some new blogging friends. Here’s…
  • Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

    Paul Sieminski
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    “Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing. Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in…
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    The Committed Parent

  • What Your Brain Wants MOST for YOU

    Mark Brady
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Simply put, using word and picture metaphors, our brain wants to help us turn Image-Z: Your Chaotic Image-Z Brain Neurons   into Image-Q: Your Organized Image-Q Brain Neurons An Image-Z brain is dizzy and disorganized, easily emotionally hyper-aroused. Image-Z brains struggle with sustaining attention and most are excellent at making up wild and crazy stories about the future and the past and then cunningly convincing us that they’re true. Except, at any moment our Image-Z brain is serving up those stories, 99.9% of the time everything around us in our immediate environment is…
  • Why Your Brain Made You ODD

    Mark Brady
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    If you’re like me, most of you probably have at least a mild case of ODD – Oppositional Defiant Disorder. It seems to be a built-in cost for pursuing freedom, independence and autonomy. Not ODD all the time, but often enough. For me these days, it often reactively emerges when I watch the silly stuff that’s supposed to pass for “governance” by our elected officials. But if I tell the truth, I’ve been pretty oppositional and defiant since I was a kid. I was on a first name basis with Bob, the district Truant Officer – the odds of me showing up at…
  • 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…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Why Everything Looks Wonky

    Dawn Camp
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    When some things quit working correctly (like comments no longer showing on posts), I realized it was time for a little TLC under the hood here at My Home Sweet Home. I just updated my theme and not only does everything look different out front, but here behind the scenes, too. Y’all have patience with me while I work out the kinks and figure out how in the world to make it look normal again, okay? xoxoxo, Dawn Why Everything Looks Wonky is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2014 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved
  • Today at (in)courage: God Both Conceals and Reveals

    Dawn Camp
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Throughout history, man discovers the secrets God chooses to reveal. Sometimes they make Bible verses come alive with meaning not understood by the divinely inspired men who penned them or those who read them in the centuries that follow. “IT IS THE GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL A THING . . .” ~PROVERBS 25:2   Sometimes we make the discovery ourselves and gasp, awed by the unmatched creativity of our Creator God, who breathed our world into being by His spoken word. From the detail of a dandelion to the center of a sunflower, God delights in the minuscule: facets found, easily overlooked…
  • See Dolphin Tale 2 in Theaters Today!

    Dawn Camp
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Dolphin Tale 2 opens in theaters everywhere Friday, which is also Homeschool Day. For your chance to win free tickets for your entire group from Homeschool Movie Club, share an image of your group seeing Dolphin Tale 2 on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #HomeschoolDay or post the photo to Homeschool Movie Club’s Facebook page. Homeschool Movie Club will chose a random winner to cover and reimburse their Homeschool Day tickets. This contest is only good for opening day, Friday, September 12, and ends at 8 p.m. Pacific time. My kids begged me to become a Homeschool…
  • Where Wisdom Gathers {and #TheBestYes giveaway!}

    Dawn Camp
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Contest closed! The winners are Southern Gal, Erin, Darleen, Alicia, and Jolanthe. 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…
  • 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…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • Another book cover!

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    You might remember I was pretty excited earlier this year when I found out that one of my photos of Lucas was being used on the cover of a book by author Brando Skyhorse. That came about through Getty Images. Around the same time, I was contacted by a tiny independent press in Tennessee. They had found one of my photos of Manotick’s famous mill on Flickr and wanted to use it on a cover of a book of poetry. It took a while, but the book is now for sale on and How fun is that? Here’s the original photo, taken way back on New Year’s Day 2011. Funny,…
  • Photo of the day: Writer’s Block

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Oh the photos! Oh the cuteness! Oh the fun! It has been a really spectacular week in photos for me. From meeting new neighbours and working with old friends on the weekend to photographing my first-ever Bat Mizvah this coming weekend, with a quick stop for mid-week adorable today, it’s an insanely busy week but oh so much fun! You might remember this young lady from the spring session I did with her family. Mom wanted a photo of her showing off her newly acquired habit of sitting up, so we did a few traditional portraits on the porch (I’ll share those soon!) but then she let me…
  • Photo of the day: Apple box (before and after)

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    When it comes to editing portraits, I tend to prefer a “clean edit” – tweaks for contrast, exposure, and vibrance (I love saturated colours!), but not too much more. Well, I also have a hopeless addiction to vignettes. But sometimes I see something that just cries out for a more artistic play, like this crate that was lying around in the apple orchard just begging me to take its photo. I’ll freely admit that I really went to town on this one. I used not one but two texture layers and the oil painting filter in Photoshop. It comes very close to what I wanted though…
  • Photo(s) of the day: Kerry’s family

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    It’s not every family that would let you pull out the silly props on a stick for their family photo shoot. But when it IS that sort of family, it makes for a REALLY fun family photo session! It wasn’t all silliness, but laughter comprised a good part of the morning. That and a truly lovely family made for a whole lot of great photos. My first love will always be taking portraits of kids at play, but it turns out playful grownups can be just as much fun — and maybe even a whole lot less work! Thanks to Kerry and your sweet family for a lovely Sunday morning out! Related posts…
  • Photo of the day: Sitting pretty

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    Bright blue eyes, adorable blonde pigtails and a sassy attitude? Check, check, check! This lovely little miss came with her big brother and big sister for porch portraits early on Saturday morning, and we squeezed in some photos just before the rain started. Isn’t she adorable? Sometimes, the hardest part of taking photos of two year olds is just making them sit still for 10 seconds! And how cute is her outfit? You think I could rock those leggings and leg warmers? Serious cuteness! Related posts (automatically generated):Photo of the day: So cute it makes your eyeballs itch! Photo of…
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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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  • Seat check Saturday is Sept. 20

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    September 20 is National Seat Check Saturday. Certified technicians will perform car seat checks and installations at sites throughout the country. There will be car seat inspection sites throughout the country with trained and certified technicians performing car seat checks and installations. Installing a car seat correctly may be one of the most frustrating aspects of parenthood. It takes a lot of effort and a lot of patience. And then, just as you are getting the hang of it, they outgrow one seat and have to move on to another! Of course, it is very important that your child travel in a…
  • Heavy backpacks hurt- how to lighten the load

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    Pain and strain. Did you know heavy backpacks can be the cause of posture and back problems? Many children with special needs have musculoskeletal issues. A very heavy backpack may add additional challenges to an already sensitive child. Yesterday, on my way to work, I noticed a group of kids headed for the bus stop. I could not help but observe their gigantic backpacks, full to the brim, and noticeably heavy. One little girl was struggling to stay upright as she shifted the weight of her backpack from left to right, in an effort to hurry along and catch her bus. The daily carrying of heavy…
  • September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    There are many things you can do at home to help your child lead an active, healthy life. September provides an opportunity to raise awareness and to get your family moving. Whether your child is at school or home, you can look for ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle for your entire family. Small changes can make a huge impact. Try things like keeping TVs and computers out of your child’s bedroom or choosing a video game that encourages physical activity instead of one that allows him to sit on the couch. You can also encourage your child to be active by taking a family walk after dinner.
  • Why vitamin K is important for your newborn

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    Your baby will receive a shot of vitamin K soon after he is born. The vitamin K shot protects your baby from developing a rare, serious bleeding problem that can affect newborns. Babies are not able to make vitamin K on their own and they are born with very small amounts in their bodies. Vitamin K is a very important nutrient which is needed for blood clotting so that bleeding stops. We get vitamin K from food and it is also made by the healthy bacteria that live in the intestines.   However, when a baby is born, his intestinal tract does not have enough healthy bacteria to produce…
  • Table of contents for the delays and disabilities series

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    If you are new to this series, or if you want to catch up on posts you may have missed, this is a good way to see all the posts in the series. They are grouped by topic to help you navigate your way. Table of Contents Why this blog series? A new blog series is here How to get early intervention and special education services Babies and toddlers: Understanding developmental milestones and delays Preemies- adjusted age and delays Early intervention for babies and toddlers What is an IFSP? Guest post from the CDC on early intervention Don’t delay with delays How does your state define…
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    The Erin Experiment

  • Experiment 3.0: Dating

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Me, getting ready for a date: Early 2014This 'experiment' could its own blog. And, who knows, maybe that's what this blog will become... Erin's Experiments in dating. But, for now, this is probably where the most irritating humorous parts of my daily life are occurring.There have been too many suitors to recount every single one of them in a blog post; however, there are two that have stuck out in the last year.The Cougartender. Ah, Cougartender. Our meeting was a fluke, or rather, my getting to know him past "hey cute guy, can I have another" was. He was serving me drinks and I was the…
  • Experiment 2.01: Soul Collage

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    I have a friend, S, who I've known since 8th grade. S is one of those people who knew me even before I knew myself; she's one of the few people that have seen me through AquaNet bangs, great outfits and bad breakups. She was someone who I knew I could count on during the great 'Reinvention of 2014.'About a month ago, S invited me to a "Soul Collage" night. The idea sounded kind of cool and heaven knows I needed all the nourishment to my soul I could get, so I agreed to attend.For those who have never heard of SoulCollage (and I'd imagine it's a lot of people), it's a creative way to tap in to…
  • Experiment 1.01: Reinvent Self

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Blogger Note:  If you're a long-time reader of this blog: Heeeeeeeey!!! Welcome back and thanks for sticking with me through the roller coaster that has been this blog. I'm going to try this one more time, but with a slightly different posting method. If you're a new reader to the blog: Howdy. Feel free to poke around, check things out and help me see if that handy contact me form works over there on the right. Now.... back to our regularly scheduled blog post...A New LifeI'd been reading Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth, when my lightbulb moment happened. There is a passage…
  • closing the door on 2013...

    31 Dec 2013 | 5:58 am
    I am a visual person. While some people can imagine shutting the door on an experience, my tendency is to find an actual gesture or symbol that I can physically do something with. I'm a girl that needs actual 'gestural-closure' to move on to the next thing.2013 has been one of those years for me that required a few symbols and gestures. This was the year of the 'plot twist'; the great character builder; the time in my life where I'll look back as a reminder of how strong I really am.I've spent the better half of December preparing to leave 2013 as something that exists only in my memory. I…
  • on catching up....

    10 Dec 2013 | 10:52 am
    It occurred to me, after a recent Facebook post and a handful of emails I've received, that my attempts at flying under the radar and staying fairly quiet about some of the bigger goings on in my life were pretty successful.A pretty significant life shift occurred earlier this year and I kept pretty silent about it in the public arena. In fact, even last week I was fielding questions from old friends on if something happened because 'something seems different that [they] can't quite put [their] finger on.'I've wanted to publicly acknowledge that 2013 has been a year for the record books, but…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • Can Websites ‘Built By Girls’ Make Programming Cool?

    Jennifer Wagner
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    AOL and Girls Who Code may have found an answer to the problem of finding how to get girls interested in computer science or other technology majors. This past summer, five Girls Who Code alumnae, were given the chance to take over AOL’s millennial social-girl pop culture site before its relaunch. The question is, if a girls […] The post Can Websites ‘Built By Girls’ Make Programming Cool? appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Are Parents Responsible For the Lack of Girls in Computer Careers? Computer…
  • Netflix Family Movie or TV Night With Teens

    Jennifer Wagner
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Sitting down with your teens to watch movies or TV shows together is a great way to bond. Discussing something that you watched together can lead to conversations about a variety of topics that you may never have tackled with your teens before. And laughing at comedies together will bring back great fun memories. If you […] The post Netflix Family Movie or TV Night With Teens appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Orange Is The New Black: Season 2 Netflix Binge Watching Friday Night Lights Coming to ABC Family Share Classic High…
  • 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 Top 20 Fall Movies for Teens 2009
  • 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…
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    Priceless Parenting Blog

  • The Effects of Media Violence on Children

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    If Not You, Then Who? Guest Blog by Gloria DeGaetano, educator, author, and founder, The Parent Coaching Institute Many parents, unfortunately, seem to think that their children can handle M-rated video games. Nothing can be further from reality. Yet, so many moms and dads are looking the other way, while children as young as six years old, look at inappropriate content such as murder, torture, and prostitution for up to six hours a day. In a new survey, 50% of parents weren’t keeping tabs on the video games their kids played. This is such a tragic situation. Have you seen the psychopathic…
  • Making and Breaking Promises to Kids

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Has your child ever accusingly said, "But you promised!"? Did you break a promise or did your child misinterpret a statement as a promise when no promise was intended?Being intentional about what is a promise and what is not can be helpful in avoiding misunderstandings. Once you make a promise, it is important to follow through with whatever you promised.Remembering Broken PromisesPeople remember broken promises for years, especially if it was an emotional event. Often remembering the situation even triggers some of those original emotions.One 50-year-old woman recalled being at a pool and…
  • How Exposure to Violence Affects Babies and Toddlers

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Watch this video for the latest ideas on how exposure to violence affects a child's developing brain.
  • 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…
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    Darryle Pollack | I never signed up for this...

  • Life@50+ Top 10 List

    Darryle Pollack
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:18 am
    Welcome to AARP.  By welcome I don’t mean getting the card.   I’ve had mine for a while.   (okay, a LONG while.)  By welcome I mean attending my first AARP event,  Life@50+. They had me at hello.    Actually they had me even before Hello, as soon as I walked in the door of the San Diego Convention Center. #1:  My intimate friend Mrs. Fields greeted me right off the bat in the lobby.   Immediately I knew this would be a good time.. Blogger friends: Suzanne Simone Stavert (left) and Lois Alter Mark (right) #2.  Inside, more friends, old and new.  Which set the tone with a…
  • 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…
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    Kids Stuff World

  • A Short Story: Unbloxing Creativity and Making Friends

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Don’t Miss the GoldieBlox Giveaway at the bottom of this post!  but as clever as she was with gadgets and gears, she had trouble being herself around other girls. When friends came over to play, they would usually raid her untouched dress-up bin or redecorate her doll house while she sat close by building cities out of legos or geared up to save endangered stuffed animal species while they practiced being princesses. but for one incredible Sunday afternoon, with the help of our friends from GoldieBlox she got to be herself … and one of the girls too! As soon as she unbloxed her box…
  • When We Can’t Stand Alone, Let’s Run Together

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    There’s no doubt about it, being a grown up is hard. At some point, we [read: I] have to realize there are only so many things we can control and let those other things go. Be patient and wait for the answers to be revealed. I’ve never been very patient, and I am stinky at waiting. My motto in times like these, Because when I look back on all the things that seem so overwhelming or insurmountable to me, I think of all the people who have gone through far worse things than me, who are still going through something unfathomable and realize there are literally BILLIONS of people on…
  • 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…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • Hello Kitty Dance Time

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Calling all Hello Kitty fans! I seriously have found the cutest Hello Kitty plush there is out there. For those of you who don’t know, Madison LOVES Hello Kitty. She’s liked her since she’s been about 4 (and she’ll be 11 in January). Needless to say, we have a lot of Hello Kitty in our house. However, the Hello Kitty Dance Time has to be the cutest. This Hello Kitty dances anywhere you place here.  You literally can put her anyway due to the suction cups.  You can have her hang on the mirror as you get ready in the morning…
  • Chicagonista Live Show!

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - I live in an old, old, old house.  I’m not exaggerating – my house is over 80 years old! At one point, my kitchen was a back porch!  We know the kitchen was an add on, because the flooring in that room doesn’t match any other room!  However, like everything else in my house, the kitchen flooring is, well, interesting.  It is Pergo, but they did a terrible job installing it.  I’m terrified about what the subfloor is going to look like when we finally pull it up.  That’s why I am excited to go to…
  • The Boxtrolls Doing Good Deeds!

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - The Boxtrolls is a family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family. The Boxtrolls are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and…
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    Jolly Mom

  • Midnight Snack: Frosted Flakes®-Chocolate Chip-Marshmallow Cookies Recipe

    Piera Jolly
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    You might remember that over the summer, I headed up to NYC for the Kellogg’s Recharge Bar, which featured elevated cereal and milk breakfast combinations (think lemon zest and thyme in your cereal – read more about it HERE). However, I missed the last night when the Recharge Bar was transformed into a nighttime, living room atmosphere and swapped the more traditional breakfast cereals for some indulgent treats and evening snacking options by the uber talented, Chef Christina Tosi of milkbar. Chef Christina Tosi at the evening Kellogg’s Recharge Bar in NYC One of the…
  • Back-to-School Fall Fashion for Girls – Matilda Jane Clothing

    Piera Jolly
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    You guys. Having a little girl is so much fun. Already Amelia is trying to put on my makeup and loves playing dress up. She used to hate wearing anything on her head, but now she reaches for the headbands and hair wraps and hats herself. It’s so cute! And…the clothes. The clothing options are so much fun! I recently discovered Matilda Jane Clothing and am in love.   There is one word to describe Matilda Jane Clothing. Breathtaking.       From the packaging to the quality of the fabrics to the whimsical details that go into each piece, Matilda Jane’s…
  • Get the Look for Less at Moxie Jean #Giveaway

    Piera Jolly
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    I love kid’s clothes – they are so cute and fun to buy – especially now that I have Amelia. Shopping for girls is so much fun! It’s a problem though because I kind of want to buy EVERYTHING and as you know…kid’s clothing can get pricey. Not to mention that kids are constantly outgrowing their clothes! Amelia is growing like a weed and I swear there are months that Lucas will grow 1-2 inches! My point is that whenever I can find a good deal on kid’s clothing, I jump on it. That’s why I love Moxie Jean – it’s an upscale resale site for…
  • Kid’s Party Planning Made Easy & Cute – Just Pretend Kids

    Piera Jolly
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    As you all know, I am a party planner by nature. I love any chance to entertain. My favorite part is thinking through all of the little details. Thinking of the theme, the color scheme, all of the cute plates and napkins, etc. I love to make parties special. I really believe in those little details. However, it is definitely time consuming. It used to be easier when we only had one child. Now we have two, I work a lot more, Lucas is in school, and so on. Time is not always on my side! That’s why I love the new Kids Party Pack from Just Pretend Kids. The Party Pack includes everything…
  • Oprah’s Life You Want Tour – Atlanta Key Highlights

    Piera Jolly
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Thanks to Olay, I got the opportunity to live out a dream of mine this weekend – to see Oprah in person. I have been a longtime fan of hers. I watched almost every Oprah episode when her show was on the air. She has inspired me in so many wonderful ways over the years and honestly even shaped the type of parent that I am. She was in Atlanta for the Life You Want Tour so Angela (my dear friend and partner at Latina Mom Bloggers) flew to Atlanta from Miami and we decided to make it a girls’ weekend. To say that it was an inspiring weekend would truly be a major understatement. We…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Helping Kids Make “Good” Decisions

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

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

    Zen Mommy
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    If you spank your kids as a form of discipline or you believe in spanking, let me say this to you before you go any further:
  • 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"...
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    For Love Or Funny - home of Lynn Kellan, contemporary romance author

  • The Man Wall

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Like most good things, it started as a joke: I taped a few pictures of handsome men in the corner of my sophomore dorm room. My buddies added pictures of handsome men to the collection. These handsome men became known as… THE MAN WALL. The Man Wall took on a life of its own. Friends submitted pictures of their favorite men for The Man Wall. My roommate and I spent hours searching for new material to expand The Man Wall. My parents secretly worried I spent too much time reading magazines. And that, my friends, is my crowning achievement in college. Perhaps The Man Wall helped prepare me to…
  • The secret to sexual ecstasy

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Like most folks, I’d like to learn the secret to sexual ecstasy. In particular, my sexual ecstasy. Like any good author, I searched for the answer in a bookstore. At first, the answer eluded me. Dang, I must be in the wrong aisle. Wait a minute. Getting warmer… I turned a corner and stumbled into a wealth of knowledge! At last, the answer hit me right between the eyeballs… but my husband wouldn’t let me buy the book unless I agreed to one condition. And that, my friends, is why this book is sitting on my coffee table right now. I’ll let you know when we actually read…
  • Now I know where all those frogs came from

    3 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    My back yard is crowded with frogs. I was wondering how they got there…until I saw this: If only I could figure out how all the mosquitos end up in my yard…
  • 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?
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    Harassed Mom

  • My laptop and I took an unplanned, but much needed, break from one another and I survived to tell the tale.

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    Some weeks are just crap. This week was one of them. It seems that I wasn’t the only one counting the minutes until David got home every evening or drinking probably too much wine or not bathing until 15h00. If my Whatapp groups are anything to go by then it has been a rough time all around. Babies are sick, moms are going through emotional strain, cars were broken into, loved ones were lost, someone even had to unpack 5000 flattened shoe boxes. The week has not been kind to many of us. But thankfully it is the weekend and a chance to let it all go and start again next week. I generally…
  • We don’t really have a great track record when it comes to family photos but it looks like we finally go it right.

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:16 pm
    This is one of a few, in fact I think it is the only photo we have of our family before the wedding. Isn’t it great? I am particularly fond of the family photo bombing us in the background. Cameron looks like he is about to fall asleep and David appears to be in some discomfort. Then we had the wedding and I was so sure we would get some great ones. It didn’t really work out as planned. Jack, we have discovered, is very adverse to having his photo taken and has to be forcefully contained which doesn’t really make for happy family photos. Also the wind was blowing and we were…
  • I don’t want my kids to be assholes.

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    I saw this shared on Facebook by David’s aunt. It was rather fitting because I have a lot of respect for how she has raised her 3 kids (and David) and none of them are assholes.She had 3 kids in 3 years, I only really realised this this year when the oldest turned 21 and the youngest 18. Pause for a moment and imagine that – a 3 year old, a newborn and a toddler in the middle (and then David joined the mix at some point). That deserves respect people! You would almost have forgiven her if one of them were an asshole but they aren’t. In fact two of them got a whole bunch of…
  • Its #jozimeetup time again

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    After taking into consideration all the suggestions and comments from the last meet up we have made a few changes to this one and it is going to be even better! We have two amazing speakers lined up to make it a really great morning of networking!
  • Unplanned one on one time with the toddler is the best kind of time and a reminder why this time is so important.

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    The last few months have been challenging with Jack. We have (and still are) battled OCD and we are knee high in tantrums. It feels like all I do is count to 3 every time we have to get dressed, eat, get in the car, get out of the car, bath, change clothes. If he is one of his moods the whole house is held to ransom by his screams, whines and demands. As you know Cameron is now swimming, currently only 3 times a week until soccer ends in two weeks. It has been a month of driving up and down twice a day to gym and it’s a pain so I am trying to figure out ways to make it easier for all of…
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  • Your Worst Nightmare

    Karen Kramer
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Your Survival Emergency Plan   It’s 1:00 AM… You’re in the middle of a fantastic dream, when suddenly it turns into a nightmare.. You hear loud banging on your front door…  Stumbling out of bed you head to the door .. “Open Up! This is the Police! We have an emergency situation!” You struggle to comprehend [...]
  • Sunny Afternoon Fun

    Karen Kramer
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The Perfect Sunny Afternoon In this digital computer-driven age, it is very tempting to sit your children in front of the television, games console or iPad. It will keep them entertained and quiet while you can do your own thing. But remember your own childhood, before all the computers and gadgets: hide and seek, water [...]
  • Dreaming of Grinnell Iowa

    Karen Kramer
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Sitting here in my sweltering hot Florida condo by the barely working a/c unit waiting for a puff of cool air while dreaming about Grinnell Iowa hotels. Why Grinnell Iowa? Because it’s the “3rd Coolest Town in America” according to Budget Travel and Florida in the summer is stupid HOT! I can just image chillin in a two-room [...]
  • Peace Be With You

    Karen Kramer
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    In today’s hectic stressful world, I can only wish you true peace.   Peace Be With You   Perfect well-being – safety, health All necessary good – food, shelter, clothing All spiritual prosperity – A close personal understanding of God Freedom from fears – no worries Freedom from agitating passions – addictions, greed, lust Freedom [...]
  • Five Ways to Have Church At Home

    Karen Kramer
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:32 am
    5 Ways to Have Church At Home For many people, going to church every Sunday is an important part of their week. They get to partake in sacred faith rituals like communion or group worship, they get to hear religious teaching, they get to spend some time with an important part of their community. Sometimes, [...]
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    Playground Confidential

  • The evolution of kiddie toothbrushing

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    A million thanks to Philips for sponsoring this post and finally putting some joy back into toothbrushing. We brush our teeth at least twice a day every day of our lives and barely give it a second thought — until we become parents. Nobody told me about the toothbrushing fights. Nobody! It’s like a giant ... [Read more...]The post The evolution of kiddie toothbrushing appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • I’m raising money for breast cancer, but I’m running for me

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    I am thrilled to be one of the blog ambassadors for this year’s Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run For The Cure. My daughter and I will be running the 1K in Toronto on October 5. You can donate to support our team here. All right! The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run For the Cure is less ... [Read more...]The post I’m raising money for breast cancer, but I’m running for me appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 17 things to know about having a baby in Toronto

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    Huge thanks to The Baby Show for sponsoring this post and letting me share all my best Toronto baby advice.  And don’t miss the GIVEAWAY at the end! Lots of free tix to The Baby Show. 1. Which subways STILL don’t have an elevator.  Image credit via Creative Commons license. The TTC is working toward becoming completely accessible ... [Read more...]The post 17 things to know about having a baby in Toronto appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • WaterWipes Baby Wipes

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

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

    SafeMama Kathy
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Hello loyal SafeMama readers! I know I have been VERY quiet and despite that, your emails and comments and visits still flood the SafeMama gates.  I am so grateful for that.  I needed, without realizing it, a break from this project.  I love this website and what it provides.  But my life became busier and […]
  • La Mav Organic Skin Care

    SafeMama Kathy
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:46 pm
    I had the opportunity to sample a swanky line of skin care this year. I wasn’t sure at first, if I wanted to review it.  It looked too pretty to be free of toxic ingredients.  I looked a bit closer and was actually impressed by the list and decided to give it a try.  I […]
  • Mom Discovery Box from EcoCentric Mom

    SafeMama Kathy
    24 Feb 2014 | 11:15 am
    Just wanted to share with you the goodies that came along with this edition of EcoCentric Mom‘s “Mom” Box.  Lots of pretty little natural treats. House of Metalworks  – Jewelry handmade in the USA with reclaimed/recycled materials, this months box came equipped with a darling heart charm bracelet that is so sweet and delicate. Lovely […]
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    Rave & Review

  • Big things are happening at Rave & Review

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    A few days ago we made our big announcement on Facebook and wanted to announce it here as well. That's right, in just a few short months we will be welcoming baby #3. Hello, party of 5. Goodbye, compact sedan. This has felt like the fastest pregnancy ever so far, but I will likely be singing a very different tune come December. I imagine the last month is going to drag by with all the Christmas craziness and I'm exhausted beyond belief, so I'm just going to enjoy the fact that I still have a good amount of energy to expend each day. So, everyone wants to know: are the kiddos excited for their…
  • Back to school lunches made easy with goodnessknows {$50 prize pack giveaway}

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Do your mornings look a little like this these days? A whole lot of washing, chopping, preparing, and packaging for on-the-go has been happening around here lately. I feel like I’m constantly thinking lunch now that school is back in, and searching for clever ways to pack up all the food groups in a way that will actually be eaten. And, even though it’s only the third week in, I’m already running out of creativity. Sure, some days I have all this energy and feel like making special bento boxes for everyone with cut up fruits, cheeses, and vegetables. But, some days I feel like a…
  • Philips Avent for peace of mind - from baby to toddler

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    by Sarah, editor and reviewer It's true that parenting changes your life in ways you never imagined. But, what I have found is that having the right tools for your child's specific needs can make the difference in whether or not you're a stress case or if you're a more laid back parent. Take lack of sleep for example. It's a well known peril of parenthood that one must learn to function with significantly less sleep than the pre-baby days. In the early stages, I was up every 1-3 hours with my hungry newborns. But when my youngest started sleeping through the night, we got rid of our faulty…
  • The World of Eric Carle comes to Gymboree

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    There is nothing I love more than seeing the world through my children’s eyes. The wonder and awe in which they approach everything they do never ceases to amaze me, and I love that for that moment I get a glimpse into how they see the world around them. I love that it’s not raining lightly, it sparkling. And I love that it being wet and muddy is not a good reason to stay inside, but it is a good reason to put boots on and jump in puddles. And Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? isn’t just a favorite book, it’s also one of the first ones the kids could read all by…
  • Corolle Dolls for your beach babies

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Our vacations almost always include water, which isn't that surprising considering we're literally surrounded by water here in the northwest. We spend our summers with our toes in the sand, splashing in the sound, and I wouldn't have it any other way. The one problem with spending so much time at the beach is that there are certain things that just aren't beach-friendly, like electronics and toys with small parts. Thank goodness that Corolle dolls, which are one of my kids absolute favorite toys, are definitely water-ready, as long as you know which dolls to choose. Since the kids can't go on…
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    Being a Mummy

  • Win Ghostbusters goodies to celebrate the Blu Ray boxset!

    Alex Walsh
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I once had a discussion with Dan, half of Lee and Dan from the now Dan-less Midnight Movie Club podcast about what was the best film of the 80's. There are plenty of classics to chose from, ranging from the Shining, to Full Metal Jacket, Scarface, and The Empire Strikes Back to Die Hard but we were battling it out over Ghostbusters and Gremlins. I was down on the side of Ghostbusters, Dan was
  • Book Review: The Owl and The Pussy-cat by Edward Lear with illustrations by Charlotte Volke

    Claire Walsh
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    One of my favourite poems for all sorts of reasons is The Owl and The Pussy- cat. Its one of the few poems that I can actually recite and it always fires my imagination. This new picture book edition from puffin books is the perfect introduction to this classic work for younger readers and will equally delight those already familiar with the text. The book is a companion to The Further
  • In Praise of The Argos Catalogue...

    Claire Walsh
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I know, its early days yet, too early in fact to start thinking about Christmas. BUT, school has just gone back and I always have the same problem with the children during this time of year: Endless whining about what we are going to do after school, what activities I have planned. I'm sure you have it in your household. I'm trying really hard to detach the children from their television
  • Featured Post: My experiences of pregnancy

    Claire Walsh
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Looking slightly worse for wear and pregnant with Ned Hearing the news today of the pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge I was genuinely surprised at how soon she was considering another child. Then I spotted an article on the pro's and con's of a two year age gap I was surprised that it was quite so much, surprised because this is the gap between my two eldest children. This age gap has
  • Featured Post: Thinking Smart About Money and Protecting Your Future: Advice from Fearne Cotton

    Claire Walsh
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Ever since I've had children I have made a real effort in trying to organise our finances and make sure we are reasonably secure. This has meant being really genuinely thrifty at times, going without things and sorting out our finances. To this end I can reveal that we are a family which (other than our mortgage) lives debt free. We have no credit cards, we don't use them, if we can't pay for
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  • Almost Back to School: Planning, Scheduling & Preparing

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    { 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 #3 of 5… We started school yesterday, y’all. That means this series has gone from “Almost Back to School” to Officially Back to School. There were no doves decending from heaven. No great flashes of light or thunderous voices from heaven declaring that we were on track. No fanfare whatsoever. Mama isn’t even finished getting all  her ducks in a row (shhhh!)… and that’s OK. If you want to teach a kid that it…
  • Poetry and Pictures: Harm No Living Thing

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Pipe Vine Swallowtail Caterpillar “Just because I am different from you – please do not harm me”… says the dangerous looking caterpillar. Wouldn’t it be grand if everyone truly believed in not harming other living things? Life is precious. Hurt No Living Thing Hurt no living thing: Ladybird, nor butterfly, Nor moth with dusty wing, Nor cricket chirping cheerily, Nor grasshopper so light of leap, Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat, Nor harmless worms that creep. - Christina Rossetti Enjoy your weekend…
  • Flourless Honey-Sweet Peanut Butter Brownies

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    I can see the future. ESP, I tell you. Here’s what I know: You are going to thank me for this 4-ingredient recipe. People at your next potluck or party are going to thank YOU. Your kids might nominate you for mom of the year, even. If you love peanut-butter, and are trying to stay away from refined sugar and excess grains (especially gluten or wheat), you are going to love this recipe. It is CRAZY simple. The bars taste fantastic with milk. They are rich and nutty; best served WARM. A friend of mine who eats even healthier than we do shared this recipe with me. In fact, after I ate one…
  • Bright Bloggy Spot on the Horizon: Blog Elevated Conference

    7 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I’ve got the summer-time blues. Yep, the end of summer, and the beginning of the school year. I am not dreading the end of 100 degree heat (this Saturday the “feels like” temp was 121 – I kid you not). I do, however, dread the end of extra free time… even though we suffered through summer school this year. A good way to beat the blues about back to school (if you are a homeschool blogging mama), is to attend the Blog Elevated conference in sandy Galveston, Texas this year. It’s just a few weeks away now. I’m counting the hours until I can feel the…
  • Almost Back to School: Getting Organized

    6 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    { 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 #2 of 5… We didn’t get quite as much as I had hoped done this week, but we managed to plan out the entire year’s worth of homeschool field trips for the teenagers and younger kids for our local co-op, we prayed for rain and got it, and my son had a great four days of hunting with his daddy. The week wasn’t a total wash, after all. Here was my original list of things I had to check off to create this post: Post 2: Getting…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • An Adopted Daughter Reflects on Her Birth Mother’s Decision

    API Blog
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    By Juliette Oase, retired API Leader from Portland, Oregon, USA My adoptive dad spent years regretting that they had me call them “Mom” and “Dad.” He always said they should have just stayed “Uncle” and “Aunt.” He felt it would have made it easier. I recently explained to my dad that I feel that was something that saved me. I always felt complete having a mom and a dad. I didn’t grow up feeling like an orphan, but like someone being raised by family. I had a mom and a dad. That was priceless for me. When my birth mother died, she died. Memories of her are vague, but they…
  • Choosing a Preschool

    Kelly Shealer
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The thought of sending my first child to preschool always had me worried. Not because I didn’t feel like I’d be ready to part with him, but because I didn’t know how preschool would fit in with Attachment Parenting and the positive discipline that he was used to. Would he be put in time-out? Would I have to leave him there when he was crying and screaming for me to stay? Change is not easy for my son, and he’s never been apart from me unless he’s been with other close family members, so this was a real concern. I’d heard stories from a fellow API Leader whose daughter struggled at…
  • Mothering: An interview with Peggy O’Mara

    Rita Brhel
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Editor’s note: This interview with Peggy O’Mara was originally published on March 7, 2014. The longtime owner and editor of Mothering magazine, this woman helped to inspire so many Attachment Parenting families. And now there’s an opportunity for you to meet her and she her speak at Attachment Parenting International’s 2014 “Cherishing Families, Flourishing Children” conference on September 26-27 at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, USA. It’s not too late to register for this one-of-a-kind event! As it turns out with so many of the most…
  • Editor’s Pick: Astrid Lindgren on “Never Violence”

    Rita Brhel
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    “When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day when her son was 4 or 5, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking — the first in his life. And she told him he would have to go outside and find a switch for her to hit him with. The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, ‘Mama, I couldn’t…
  • No Quick Fix

    API Blog
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    By Barbara Nicholson, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and coauthor of Attached at the Heart If there was ever a true maxim in parenting, this is one to remember: There is no such thing as a quick fix! Now, that may sound sad or daunting to parents who want some simple tools to raise their children, but it’s important to step back and look at the big picture when we find ourselves opting for quick fixes. If our goal is to raise healthy, happy, compassionate, loving human beings who are responsible citizens of the community, this could be compared to creating a masterpiece…
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • Twitter

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been trying to spend less time on Facebook, but it’s not because I’m working or too busy. The truth of the matter is that to get to my Facebook page I have to go through my personal page, and I’ve basically come to hate most of the people with whom I’m “friends.” Seriously. So annoying. Part of the problem is that I found most of these people back when my best friend and I were in charge of the high school reunion. Before then, I was never on Facebook. Now it’s like I’ve been sucked into a whirlpool of malcontent. By all means, call…
  • Nest

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nest by Esther Ehrlich Published by Random House Children's Books on 2014 Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, General, Social Issues, Young Adult Pages: 336 Goodreads For fans of Jennifer Holm (Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise), a heartfelt and unforgettable middle-grade novel about an irresistible girl and her family, tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship. In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops…
  • Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Leave Out, Get Wrong, or Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Body Respect by Linda BaconLucy Aphramor Published by BenBella Books on 2014-09-02 Genres: Diet & Nutrition, Disease & Health Issues, Health & Fitness, Healthy Living, Medical, Public Health, SOCIAL SCIENCE, Weight Loss Pages: 240 Goodreads Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Body insecurity is rampant, and it doesn’t have to be. Think for a moment about your attitudes toward weight: Do you believe that people who are thinner are more healthy and attractive? Do you think dieting is an effective health strategy? Do you judge yourself or others because of weight? If you answered yes to…
  • The Art of Doing Nothing

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The boys were supposed to begin swim practice three weeks ago. The first week we didn’t go because it was the first week of school. I thought it would be too chaotic. The second week we didn’t go because I was so sick. There was no way I was getting out of bed for beginning/intermediate swim practice. This week, the third week, we had choir practice on the first day of practice and a parent-teacher open house on the second day of practice. On both days we got home after our usual dinner time and by consequence went to bed late. In my case, very late. On Wednesday we could have…
  • Catching Up

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I have a long list of posts I will never write. I actually sat down last week and wrote out a plan because there are so many projects and thoughts from the summer that I never shared, and then God looked over my shoulder as I ended my list with a flourish and said to Himself, “LOL, how adorable. I’ll give her the worst head cold ever.” The cold was worth it, though, because on the day I felt my very worst, I came back to bed after doing homework with Nico and found this Origami Yoda note from Mikey on my pillow. So, so awesome. It’s one of those things I will never…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • New Cottonelle Bathroom Routine for the New Season + Exclusive #Coupon! #LetsTalkBums #Sponsored

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    The change of seasons often signals the time for change in many aspects of our daily life, including the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the skincare products we use, the home decor we choose, and more. This fall Cottonelle invites us to adopt a new bathroom routine consisting of their revolutionary duo of flushable cleansing cloths and clean care bathroom tissue. Not only does Cottonelle
  • Boost Your Business with How It Works Media (Special Offer Inside)

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A product has been launched. You are given two options to learn more about it - a 400-word article or a 90-second video. Which would you choose? No doubt most people would choose the latter as it is more straightforward, easier to comprehend with both audio and visual aids, and doesn't take as much time. But not all videos are created equal. Some go viral at lightening speed while others get
  • Win Fab Fashion Prizes from Freeway App: Louboutin Shoes, Tag Huer Watches, Vera Wang Dresses & More! #Giveaway

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I know many of you share my passion for free giveaways. They are a fun, exciting, and sometimes rewarding way to spend our spare time. I was recently introduced to Freeway, a FREE mobile app that allows you to discover and win cool new products while on the go! Over $50,000 worth of free products have been given away since the app's official launch in July, 2014! I strongly recommend you to join
  • Try UrbanQuest: Scavenger Hunt for the Entire Family

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Have you heard of UrbanQuest? It is an interactive treasure hunt that your whole family can enjoy! A growing number of families are trying out UrbanQuest and loving the unique experience. And you can jump in the fun at 20% off regular price! You can choose from a variety of Quests, download the clue package online and start the Quest whenever you'd like. Then families use their smarts,
  • $25 Old Navy Gift Card Giveaway {Fall Fashion for All Giveaway Hop} #FallFashion

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Any seasoned fashion shopper knows now it's time to snag some real deals on off-season clothes and accessories, as many shops are clearing their inventory to get ready for fall. A group of bloggers from Blogging Mamas Network want to help you save on your family's wardrobe for the new season through the Fall Fashion for All Giveaway Hop. You can win a fashion-themed prize valued over $25 at each
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    The Mother Huddle

  • Kid Date Idea: Bike rides

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    kid date idea. Every Thursday evening is Kid Date Night.  The kids have their date planned out on the calendar.  Nothing else gets in the way of that time.  And they completely look forward to it…and so do I! The weather hasn’t gotten completely ice cold (as least not here in the southeast).  It’s the perfect time to get in a relaxing bike ride together before the temperature turns frigid cold. Some little things you could add to your bike ride: plan two places you could stop (the convenience store for an ice cream cone or hot chocolate and the library) bring along some water…
  • LOL Swing Top

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Friends! Life has recently dished me up a large helping of crazy and I have much to tell you, but for today I am popping in for a fun sewing series I had the honor of being a part of in a couple of ways. If you sew, you’ve no doubt heard of the fabulous “Flip This Pattern” series held by the super talented sister duo of Frances Suzanne.  To switch things up they are hosting a September Showcase featuring Indie pattern designers who have 5 patterns or less.  I was over the moon when they chose to include my Sewlosophy Pattern Co. as part of the series-there was some serious…
  • Love What You’ve Got: Marriage and Family

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    Marriage series. Six months ago I created a marriage course called Better Together.  During the weeks leading up to it’s launch I created a series of marriage tips.  This post is an excerpt from the series.  The thing is…this little tip applies to every aspect of our lives and to every relationship. I know when I start listening to the voices in my mind that want me to compare and find myself lacking to other people or families it ends up making me miserable.  It’s absolutely natural and normal for all of us to compare.  It’s something our brains do because…
  • 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. …
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  • get kids to read: Kindle eBooks for reluctant readers

    amy mascott
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
          These days, with school in full swing and cool ‘big guy’ neighbors across the street and a travel soccer team to keep him busy, my boy isn’t that big a fan of reading. He’s into Pokemon (ugh). He’s wicked smart on Words With Friends.  And he spends a good amount of his free time thinking about how he can eke time out of his Screen Time Cards for Minecraft and AnimalJam. Honestly, he’s one of the coolest kids I know. And lately, he just hasn’t been digging reading. I get it. Often changes of schedules and shifts in season mean…
  • earn money for your school (& get parents to events!): what you need to know

    amy mascott
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This post is brought to you by VolunteerSpot & Bing for Schools.   We are all so busy during the school year, it’s nuts crazy. And it seems like the older our kids get, the more we have to juggle. Many of us know how important it is for us to support our kids’ schools through fundraising, attending events, and volunteering–but it’s tough. I know that especially when the kids were little, it was all I could do to get the kids to school, let alone worry about volunteering or fundraising. I brought blinged-out waterbottles to a Teacher Appreciation luncheon…
  • recipe reading for kids: fun learning in the kitchen with monster sandwiches

    amy mascott
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
      Ever since my kids were tiny, I’ve let them play around in the kitchen. It hasn’t always been pretty, but it’s been fun. And now, though they’re still learning, at 10, 9, and 7 years old, my kids are pretty skilled at cracking eggs, measuring ingredients, and navigating the wilds of cookie baking and meal-making. Recently, Cora has been into some serious snack preparation. Not only has this benefitted our bellies; what I’ve also been reminded of is how important recipe reading is for kids.  Kids are decoding important functional, everyday words.
  • the ultimate healthy living bundle: teachmama fab find

    amy mascott
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
          It’s the beginning of a new school year, and for me, that always means it’s a time to restart, recharge, and re-examine our family’s health and routines.  After a summer full of ice-cream cones, freeze pops, and backyard bbq’s (and okay, a few too many Summer Shandys), I really needed to make some changes. All of my clothes were feeling tighter, and honestly, my body hadn’t had the time–or energy–to really move much this summer with three kids home all of the time. I’m not complaining; I wouldn’t change a thing.
  • noticing your kids: little observations mean a lot from parents

    amy mascott
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    originally published 9/17/09 but republishing now because it’s worth it–   Lately, I’ve felt overwhelmed by Cora’s ‘two-year-old-ness’. Her fiery temper; her constant movement; her unceasing energy; her smiles, hugs, songs, and cuddles; her high high’s, and her low low’s. Some days we enjoy this roller coaster ride, and others, we all want off. But what I’ve also realized is that as a parent, I’m more experienced than I was when Maddy was two, but I’m not in the fog of fatigue that I muddled through when Owen was the same…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • An Evening Ramble

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    The children and I were back to our normal routine this week, with Thursday coming round and a return to Beavers for Big Boy. As I may have mentioned once or twice (hehehe), because of Big Boy being a Type 1 Diabetic I hang around outside of Beavers in case of an emergency. The lovely ladies that run Beavers are aware of what BB's hypo signs are etc, and it's just an extra "layer" of security for them and me. Luckily there is a lovely park outside the centre where Beavers is held, a cricket ground just opposite and a lovely lane to walk down which leads to a Canal, so Top Ender and I have…
  • Being A Role Model

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This week, it was pointed out to me by a very lovely young lady (that I'm not related to), that I was her favourite adult. She likes that I can laugh at myself, that I'm caring and funny, that I say prayers and that if she needs me she knows I'll be there. She ended the conversation, by letting me know that when she grows up she wants to be just like me.So apparently I'm now a role model. Who would have thunk it?I never thought it would be something I'd have to worry about, I mean my kids know not to have me as a role model because they live with me and so see that I occasionally do stupid…
  • Being Normal

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    Big Boy wants to be normal.I know this, because he told me. He even explained to me what normal is. According to him, normal is going to your friends house without your Mum also going. Just like when his friends come to his house, or his sisters friends come to our house or just like when his sister goes to her friends houses.And I cried.Right now it just isn't possible, I mean sure when he was popping in and out of our neighbours house and playing with the boys that lived there it was fine, because in an emergency I was ten seconds away, but his friends from School and Beavers live a few…
  • 5 Things To Do Before Bed For A Better Morning

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When Daddy and I first talked about him staying in Birmingham during the week and coming home on a Friday night there were a lot of things that I didn't think about, that I now realise my wonderful husband took care of so that I didn't have to. Now, several months later it's got to the point where I'm thinking of doing the small things during the week so that when Daddy is home, he doesn't have to worry about them and can just get on with spending time with the family.It was because of this and because I'm a naturally lazy person that I decided that what I really needed to do was share my…
  • A Summer of GoPro Adventures #GoProAdventures

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    As you may have guessed from our daily Summer Holiday posts we didn't actually go away anywhere this Summer, but we managed to squeeze a lot of fun in doing the things that we love to do as a family and yes that does include a day where we didn't do anything other than lay in bed! The thing was we'd been challenged, along with some other lovely bloggers, to have a summer of adventures by GoPro. Yes, that's right those of the fantastic little go anywhere camera fame.To help us, they sent a parcel of the GoPro Hero3+ video camera along with a lot of mounts and a couple of cases and a memory…
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  • What the Flowers You Love Say About You

    Alix Astir@ Trellis Fine Florals
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Blossoming flowers simply transform the aura of a room. And as seasons change, there’s no better way to bring the outdoors in to brighten up any space. Whether it be a handful of wild flowers or a perfectly assembled bouquet from the floral designer, it’s about choosing a favorite that complements its setting, and adds a little sweet aroma, too! Make sure to balance out your posy with the right accompaniment of scents that’ll leave you breathing in happily for days. Choosing flowers should be effortless fun. Go with your instinct! Pick the bunch you can’t get enough of. It’s all…
  • Is Technology Hurting Your Social Skills?

    Katie Parsons
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    It’s no secret that people are even more connected through technology than ever before. Big news is delivered via text message, and childhood friends can reconnect in an instant via social networking sites. But is all this digital communication actually hurting our social skills? A Badoo study found that 39 percent of Americans spend more time socializing online than they do in person. It can take it’s toll on the already nearly lost art of conversation, according to Jodi R.R. Smith, author of The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners. So much time spent…
  • 3 Surefire Ways To Turn Off Your Guy

    Marcus Osborne
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The perception of men by the general populace is that we’ll pretty much get our freak on with any woman willing– as if we have zero ability to be discerning with our choice of bed buddies. I’ve got to admit that this myth is galling and insulting. It’s particularly irksome when some of my gender brethren take up that same mantra (total sellouts!).  It’s one of those untrue generalizations that’s so pervasive that it’s become an accepted fact. Along those lines is the narrative that guys – we simpleminded guys – love sex so much that there’s no way we…
  • Hot Colors For Fall

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Fall and Winter should be all about color, don’t you think? And, we’re not just talking foliage amber and orange. Certain colors look hot any time of year, no matter what the temps are outside.   Denim   Zara, $79.90   Denim is one of THE must have colors of the season which is amazing because all of us have denim ready to go in our closets- voila! The Canadian tuxedo has made it’s way into our lives and we are loving this once-upon-a-time fashion faux pas. Try to wear different shades of denim together to create a look that is rich and modern. This color…
  • 5 Helpful Hints for New Moms

    Elissa Sungar,
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
     Like any first time mom, I have been riddled with parenting advice since the day we conceived. Some of the opinions are helpful and others…totally useless. While everyone and their mother will smother you with opinions, whether or not you ask them, ultimately it is up to you and your partner to chose the best path for your baby and family. Before our son was born, I dove into researching sleeping and feeding schedules, breastfeeding techniques, baby development and whatever else I could think of at 2:00 a.m. I found multiple online articles promising to provide the “best…
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  • Sweeping Saturday 9/20/2014

    Jen Williams
    19 Sep 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!
  • Hiring A Babysitter? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Jen Williams
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Hiring a babysitter isn’t easy. It’s difficult to know that this stranger that you’re allowing into your home is equipped to deal with the stress and pressure that watching a child often entails. While many babysitters have references, it doesn’t ease the impact of trusting a stranger with your child. In fact, the only thing... [read more]
  • Sweeping Saturday 9/13/2014

    Jen Williams
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:28 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!
  • 7 ways to de-stress your life in one week

    Jen Williams
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
      It’s time to get re-focused and de-stress. That’s a goal many people have, right? Well, if you are one of those people, but it doesn’t seem to be working out for you, try these seven tips to get you more relaxed in just one week. 1.) Start a journal right now. Write out your... [read more]
  • Sweeping Saturday 9/6/2014

    Jen Williams
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:56 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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    2 and a half

  • There's a smudge on the camera

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Benihana for a birthday is always fun. Tonight the chef even flicked shrimp tails directly at us. Usually it's limited to the banging and twirling and flipping of cooking utensils, the beating heart made of rice and the onion volanco.They sang happy birthday at our table too, but it's not the same as it used to be - I miss the gong. One thing is for sure - when they take the picture they should be sure the lense is free of greasy finger prints.
  • There is no bell

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Hence I don't know what this sign on Audrey's room means. Except that she means it. I'm calling b.s.
  • Grace, 5, and her politics

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Tonight was the first time I've heard Grace express political views. During a TV commerical deriding a politician who wants to make abortion a felony: "Yes, nobody should be able to tell a woman what to do with our lives!" As she colored in her coloring book: "Coloring is WAAAY better for the brain than playing on an iPad, Daddy." And later, "I like Obama better than Mitt Romney." Apparently we have a Democrat here.
  • Bedrooms

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    During the past week or so I rearranged my girls bedrooms. It was time to do so for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was the fact Grace's room was a total pig sty. For weeks an increasing amout of clutter had been collecting on the floor and in her drawers and in other hideaways she likes to stash things. Another reason was because they increasingly use their bedrooms and the main floor to play and not so much the basement. In fact they've never used the basement much, despite having numerous play things down there. So I decided to move the shelves from the basement to…
  • Goat Trail hike

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    Colorado can be wierd this time of year. Near 50-degree temp swings aren't uncommon. On Friday it was 33F and we had measurable snowfall for the second time in history, and yestday it was near 80. So it was time to go for a hike.  
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  • Deserted

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Her mother said "Your father left you because he doesn't love you." Now she has learned the truth--her loving father was forced out of her life.
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • Friday Finds

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    1. Boys canvas high-tops | The Gap 2. Bitsies 10-Pack | 31 Bits3. Striped dress | Gilt 4. Typography Birdhouse | Anthropologie 5. Healthy granola bars | Intoxicatedonlife6. 3 Natural linen eco friendly storage baskets | Etsy 7. Leather buckle clutch | The Gap 8. Canyon Road Tunic Dress | Anthropologie 9. Home Sweet Home dowel wall art | Urban Outfitters  1. Zipitbedding.com2. Boost Solar Backpack | Birksun3. Pipsticks — Subscriptions for Sticker Lovers4. Cognac Triple Zipper Satchel |…
  • 31 Bits launches a children's line!

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    I've been a longtime fan and supporter of 31 Bits. In addition to being cute and fashion-forward, 31 Bits jewelry is made out of 100% recycled paper, posters, and magazines by displaced women in Northern Uganda. Each piece of jewelry is unique and hand-crafted by a woman in the community of Gulu, Uganda. I've gotten to know the founders of 31 Bits over the years (the headquarter in my town) and I'm such a fan of their work.This week, they are launching a children's line! Geared toward 6-10 year old kids, Bitsies are available in 10 different colors, each with an inspiring…
  • What I Want You To Know When Having A Family Does Not Come Easy

    19 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  Rev. Jacqueline Hope DerbyAs I write, my husband and I are beginning our third round of collecting everything needed to update our Home Study for our adoption. Doing the Home Study three years ago was a daunting task—especially as it signaled the end of our quest to overcome…
  • Beer and Hymns Orange County

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    I'm excited to announce a little venture I've been working on. But first, a little back story.A couple years ago, I saw a video online of an event held by Nadia Bolz-Weber's church in Denver. It was a group of people, in a bar, singing loudly to old church hymns. It seemed passionate and loud and FUN and instantly I wished it was local so I could go. I don't even like beer . . . I just like the idea of people getting together to enjoy these old songs.(photo source)This past summer, we went to the Wild Goose Festival, which had a Beer and Hymns event every night. Again, the premise was simple:…
  • Wednesday's Child: Tony

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids
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    Creative Mamma

  • Free Printable: 2015 One Page Calendar

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    September is here!  Seems like the summer absolutely flew by… Our summer this year was filled with lots of camping!  We camped all over the place this year, and the boys absolutely loved it!  Anyway, 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar is readyI have the new 2015 page calendar for you as well. Just download and print! I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more goodies! Download Printable    More 2015 calendars: 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar
  • Free Printable: 2015 Doodle Write in Calendar

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
        Hello! The new 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar is finally here!  My poor blog has been neglected of late, but life has been so busy with the little ones starting school… the adventures never end!  I have more calendars in the works, so don’t forget to check back here soon! Also, thank you to those of you that have sent me such sweet emails about the calendars and printables… Your kind words are always appreciated! Keep up with our adventures via instagram: I hope you enjoy the calendar! Download Printable   More 2015 Calendars coming soon! 2015 One Page…
  • Free Printable: Doodle Weekly and Daily Pages V.2

    31 Dec 2013 | 8:10 am
    Happy, Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were full of joy and cheer!  I wanted to start 2014 off with a free printable for you!  My hope is that combined with the free printable calendars, you’ll be able to get a wonderful start to the new year.  Looking forward to what 2014 will bring! There are two printables to choose from… Enjoy! Weekly Planner: Download Printable Daily Planner: Download Printable Wishing you a most wonderful new year! More 2014 calendars: 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar 2014 One Page Calendar 2014 Mini Kawaii Kokeshi Doll Calendar
  • Free Printable: 2014 Kawaii Kokeshi Mini Calendar

    20 Oct 2013 | 7:17 am
    Finally, the 2014 Kawaii Mini Calendar is here!  This year, I decided to go ahead and use the kokeshi dolls for the designs… I hope you like them!  The calendars are designed to fit size: 4″ x 3.33″ shipping labels  (these labels are from World Label) just in case you wanted to print them out and stick them in your planner. Don’t forget to check out the other free printable calendars:  Doodle 2014 Write In Calendar and the 2014 One Page Calendar (in Four Different Colors). Download Printable   More 2014 calendars: 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar 2014 One…
  • Free Printable: 2014 One Page Calendar in Four Different Colors

    16 Oct 2013 | 7:48 pm
    Is it mid-October already?!  I know many are preparing for the new year and I have been working on updating the calendars.  I should have the kawaii mini calendars ready super soon… But just in case you wanted a companion to your 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar, I have the new 2014 page calendar ready for you. This year, I have four different colors for you to choose from… Download and print your favorite. I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more goodies! Download Printable – All four calendars (pictured above) More 2014 calendars: 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar 2014 Mini…
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  • Toothless Twinsies

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
      So no more, “Clark is the one with the front top tooth out” to help others tell them apart. (Although I think they look pretty distinctive in this picture, I have messed up a couple of times on first glance in person.) Doesn’t it just age them so quickly when they starting loosing teeth? My babies have vanished. Henry has still only lost 1 tooth, while Clark, Isaac, and Brooks are tied with 5.  And yes, the Tooth Fairy is officially bankrupt. —————————— What else is happening around here besides loose teeth…
  • The Road To Becoming a Work At Home Dad Revisited…

    Jennifer Murray
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Last year I (Brad) wrote a series of posts about working from home as a dad.  Things have again changed dramatically around here, so I thought it would be a good time to give an update on this topic. If you’d like to take a look back at the previous posts you can find them here: Part 1 From Job Security to Insecurity Part 2 Unemployed Dad of Quadruplets Part 3 Trusting the Lord in Uncertainties Part 4 The Beginnings of a Business Part 5 Game Over? Or Just Beginning? Part 6 Lessons in Entrepreneurship Part 7 Moving Forward The biggest change in our home in the past few months is…
  • How Life Has Changed Since Becoming a School Mom {Or Not}

    Jennifer Murray
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    We are into our 4th week of school and one of the biggest adjustments of our lives, and Brad and I are still pinching ourselves over how well smoothly it’s running.  No tears, no complaints, no reluctance – is this just honeymoon newbie school phase still?  People keep stopping to ask me what I’m doing with ALL my “free time”.  I have to hold back my chuckle, because I think they are picturing me laying out by the pool, magazine in hand, dosing off, and aimlessly waiting until it’s time to go line up in the car pick-up line. It’s as if all of my…
  • Summer Epilogue

    Jennifer Murray
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Oh Summer, we sent you out in style. The finale included introducing the boys to Trail 3 at Turkey Run State Park, a backyard wiffle ball game of Parents vs. Kids with the neighbors, Kit-Kat S’mores, and one final swim in the neighborhood pool. The Summer of 2014 was certainly one for the books – full of memories, healing, milestones, and adventures and we’re sad to say goodbye. But we look back with fuller hearts and wider smiles than when we started and we’re just plain grateful.
  • 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…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • How To Create a Study Sanctuary For Your Kids

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:03 pm
    School days have begun and it seems like the workloads have increased, the expectations are higher and the hours needed to maintain good grades are grueling. Today, Christa O’Leary shares with us five ways to create a supportive study space designed to help your kids’ get great grades. Christa O’Leary, is a leading expert in home design and conscious living.  As an interior designer, marriage and family therapist and eco-friendly expert, she combines this knowledge to help people live their best lives. Christa is founder and CEO of Home and Harmony Lifestyle and will be releasing her…
  • Interview with Antonio Sabato Jr.- Host of Fix It & Finish It

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:19 pm
    From the first time you saw Antonio Sabato Jr. in Janet Jackson’s “Love Would Never Do Without You” video to turns on legendary shows like Melrose Place and Ally McBeal, he’s always been able to captivate attention!  Now he is the host of the new show “Fix It & Finish It”.  Every day of every week he will be in a different city, finding homes, cabins, RV’s, tree houses needing a makeover inside and out. Antonio and his team of contractors and designers will go in and create magic by way of their talent to turn something around in a very short period of time. I love home…
  • Things To Do In Myrtle Beach, SC

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    I just came back from a fabulous trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  It was my first time visiting the area, but I was on a press trip with several other journalists so we all got to explore the area together and let me tell you, there is plenty to see and do in Myrtle Beach. 10 Things To Do In Myrtle Beach Here are ten things to do in Myrtle Beach to make your vacation one to remember! 1.  Visit The Beach OK.  So this one is a no-brainer.  You have to visit the beach!  I went in September and it is really a great time to visit Myrtle Beach because the crowds have all died down and…
  • Photographer Central- Directory, Family Portrait Tips, and Giveaway

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Photographer Central is providing a $100 VISA gift card for giveaway. I did not receive monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own. Photographer Central Helps You Find Local Professional Photographers: Photographer Central is a free online directory connecting consumers with professional photographers in their area. They make it easy to find local professional photographers. They provide profile info about each photographer as well as contact and website information. You can search by zipcode and by photography type (wedding photographer, portrait photographer, etc.). …
  • Stop Snoring Ring Review and Giveaway

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    I did receive a Good Night Snoring Ring in order to facilitate review. I did not receive monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own. Stop Snoring Ring Review Time for my confession- I snore! It seemed to become a problem when I started having kids but it didn’t really go away. Sometimes I snore so much that my husband, who is a light sleeper, has to go sleep in the other room. As you can image, that doesn’t make either one of us feel very good. Snoring is a real problem. I had been thinking that I really need to find away to stop snoring when I got this email from…
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  • I AM ELEVEN documentary opening in LA

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

    Justina Goh
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:49 pm
      Did you know? 8 facts about chickenpox Chickenpox commonly causes an illness that lasts about 5-10 days1. A person with chickenpox can have 250 to 500 blisters1. An infected person can be contagious as early as 1 to 2 days before the rash appears2. Possible complications include skin infection, pneumonia and brain damage2. In Singapore, nearly 2/3 of pre-school children, 39.5% of primary school and 29% of adolescents (13-17 years old) are susceptible to varicella (chickenpox) infection3. Chickenpox scars can be found most often on the abdomen, face and back4. Anti-viral prescription…
  • Travel Health – Have you thought about it?

    Justina Goh
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Going on an overseas holiday with your family is exciting for everyone, especially the kids, and planning for such a trip is a big part of the fun. Have a look at this list — does it look familiar? Tickets? Check! Visa? Check! Accommodation? Check! Your 2-year-old’s favourite teddy bear? Check! These are often the most common things we attend to (the teddy bear being especially important!) when planning to travel overseas with our family. However, in the midst of all the excitement, it is really easy to forget about one very important item missing on this list, one that could…
  • Rotavirus: A guide for parents

    Justina Goh
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    The truth about infant diarrhoea As parents, we are pretty accustomed to handling a kid with an upset stomach and the accompanying symptoms of diarrhoea. These tummy bugs can go away by themselves but at times some bugs can last for more than a week1. When this happens, there is a risk that our little one can get dehydrated2. In severe cases, some children need to be hospitalised due to dehydration3, 4. Every year, around 2 million children around the world are hospitalised with bad cases of diarrhoea5, so it is important that parents understand what causes this and know how it can be…
  • Mum with Alzheimer’s does not recognise her daughter…and then this happens!

    Justina Goh
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The post Mum with Alzheimer’s does not recognise her daughter…and then this happens! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • 10 things husbands wish wives knew about sex

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Now we’d like to know — prior to reading this list, did you know about these things husbands wish wives knew about sex?  Or maybe you have your own tips for spicing up your sex life… share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below! References: The post 10 things husbands wish wives knew about sex appeared first on…
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    Child Behavior Help

  • 6 Brain Training Exercises for Children and Teens

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:24 am
    When you look at kids and people in general, it"s easy to see that we all have differences in our "wiring," in how our brains work. As a parent, you see these differences between your children every day. Your son is great at figuring out how long it will take him to write that English paper while your daughter always seems to think she"ll get it done in an hour, even though she never does. Or one child remembers everything she"s told, while the other can"t remember a log-in and password a minute after you just said it.
  • Parental Anxiety? 5 Ways to Relieve the Worry

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    Sometimes we parents don"t think we are anxious because we are not trembling in our boots. Often there is no visible sign of how anxious we are. Yet when we look inside our heads, we notice that we spend a lot of time thinking about our kids sometimes scary thoughts about things that haven"t even happened. These "awfulizing" thoughts can sound something like this:
  • 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."
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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

  • 7 Pearl Pendants That She’ll Absolutely Adore

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Are you on the hunt for the perfect anniversary gift? Or maybe you’re just looking for a birthday present that will knock her socks off. Whatever the occasion, she’ll love the gesture when you give her one of these seven pearl pendants. 1: Akoya Pearl & Diamond Heart-Shaped Pendant Akoya pearls are the traditional kind, offering small round shapes and lustrous ivory overtones. Thrown in a heart design, 18K gold links and AA+ quality certification, and this necklace is sure to delight her all the way through to your next anniversary. 2: Golden South Sea Pearl & Diamond…
  • 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…
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    Seven Clown Circus

  • Felt Pumpkin Napkin Rings {DIY Decor}

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to make DIY Felt Pumpkin Napkin Rings for Halloween or even Fall is a craft that’s relatively inexpensive and easy, but looks amazing. There’s just something about how the colors and elements that go together that is so lovely and pleasing to the eye.  You’ll only need a few items, too!   So, go gather some felt, ribbon, sewing machine and get assembling.  You’ll love how your DIY Felt Pumpkin Napkin Rings turn out! Supplies Needed for Making a Felt Pumpkin Napkin Rings: Orange Felt Ribbon Pumpkin Template (search under google images) Sewing Machine Scissors…
  • Captain America and M&M’s® Hero Bites & Blizzards {recipe}

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #CollectiveBias HeroesEatMMs Are you as excited about the release of Captain America: The Winter Solider DVD on September 9 as we are?  We decided to take the release to a whole new level and have a viewing party complete with M&M® Hero Bites and Blizzards.  What better way to celebrate getting back into the swing of school than with a  viewing party complete with a great movie, fun theme based snacks {Hero Bites & Blizzards} and Superheroes?   #HeroesEatMMs Scroll…
  • Healthy Easy Snacks for Kids

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am knows How to Make Delicious Healthy Easy Snack Recipes for Kids! These three recipes are fabulous for kids, especially for after school because they are easy and they can help make them.  They include Roasted Turkey and Basil Cream Cheese Pin Wheel Sandwiches, a Quesadilla Bar, and Oatmeal Cookie Smoothies.   Happy Snacking, y’all! Kids Can Make: Roasted Turkey and Basil Cream Cheese Pinwheel Sandwiches - These fun and colorful pinwheels can be made in the morning and kept chilled for an easy lunch or afternoon snack. Let the little kids wash and spin dry the…
  • Best Homemade Popcorn

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to make homemade popcorn is easier than you make think with this recipe.  Now, it IS a little more work to make homemade popcorn than the microwave popcorn, but well worth it.  It’s not full of preservatives and artificial ingredients and it’s low in fat.  Plus, my kids love it way more than even movie theater popcorn! Popcorn Ingredients: Popcorn Kernels (Orville Redenbacher or Jiffy) Vegetable Oil or Popcorn Oil Sea Salt Butter Instructions: 1.  On medium to high heat add 1-2 tablespoons of oil to bottom of pot (enough to almost cover the bottom).  Add 4-5 kernels to the pot.
  • 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 is 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 1/2…
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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

  • My Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer Experience

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Do you have a bucket list, or any set number of experiences you want to have in your lifetime? Well, since its inception I have wanted to participate in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day event, but for one reason or another the timing of the event did not make it possible. The 3 Day is when thousands of women and men walk 60 miles over 3 days in an effort to raise money to end breast cancer. This year it will take place in 7 cities across the country during September and October. This year, finally, I was able to participate. Ready to accept the challenge and mark this off my bucket…
  • How to Support Your Favorite NFL Players While Giving Back

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In my home we have a saying with regards to football season. Being from New York I am still partial to my Giants despite what might be another dismal season ahead. Living in Philly with three Eagles fans I now root for them too, except when they play against the Giants, of course. So in our house we root for the Eagles, the Giants, and whoever is playing against the Cowboys. After all, you either love the Cowboys or you hate them. There is no in-between. Though we are an anti-Cowboy household, I still have a deep secret respect for the Cowboys of my heyday. The guys who we see now as…
  • How to Help Loved Ones Get – and Stay Sober

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    Addiction and substance abuse have been in the headlines quite a bit lately. From Philip Seymour Hoffman to Elizabeth Vargas, Robin Williams, and so many others, there are very real public and private battles with addiction happening every single day. Afflicting people of all financial situations, ages, races, and religions, addiction does not discriminate. When I was a kid I knew this one girl, who I will call Beth. She was extremely bright with a big smile and a hearty laugh, though few people got to see it. Most days she was in her room by herself, reading or listening to music. Beth was…
  • How Jeremy Scott Made Success Mandatory

    3 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
      Jeremy Scott is a self-proclaimed “master of failure.” That sounds pretty pathetic, does it not? However, it is through his mastery of failures that Jeremy Scott has developed an appreciation for success. Not just the pinnacle of success, but the process of succeeding. In his new book, Make Success Mandatory, Jeremy offers his exercises and tips for success in your life. As a fitness trainer and coach, he has seen firsthand what makes people (including himself) thrive after years and years of failing. It’s all about attitude. Several of the points in the book are based off of…
  • 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,…
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  • Family Trip to Macau

    Abel Cheng
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    We took advantage of the UPSR exams holiday for a trip to Macau 澳門 (also Macao). Macau is Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, just like Hong Kong. It used to be Portuguese colony until 1999. From Kuala Lumpur, it takes four hours’ flight to reach Macau International Airport. Macau Airport is not huge and it’s good for travelers as we don’t need to walk too far to get out the airport. We have booked rooms at a hotel (we can only afford 2-star in Macau) – which is near to the Cultural Center – for our stay in Macau. It’s a no-frill hotel but…
  • Our First (Real) Camping Trip

    Abel Cheng
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    Honestly, we dared not take up the challenge in the past few years. We were invited to participate in an annual camping trip to Pahang – at least once a year. We turned down every time due to unreadiness and other unknown factors. But not this year! Somehow my wife and I felt that this is the time to take up the challenge. And at the same time, it’s also a weekend getaway for the family. We (ok ok, it’s my wife) took about a month to prepare for the camping. We bought some of the equipment while some we borrowed from friends. We don’t mind investing in the tools and…
  • 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…
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    Life With Boys

  • Jack The Reaper (2011) – Who The What?

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Check out my post on ScareTissue . Link: Jack The Reaper (2011) – Who The What? Read more →
  • It Wasn’t All Bad…

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    And when I say bad, well that was just for lack of a better word. the past few months have had some real highs and some real lows-locking myself in the bathroom to cry because I missed Joe springs to mind. BUT, throughout all the twists and turns we ran into when we sent our […] Read more →
  • Emotional Roller Coaster

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    I’ve been absent for the past few months. Sure, I posted sporadically, and it wasn’t just because Roy was moving me to a new platform. I haven’t been posting for one simple reason: I’ve felt out of sorts lately. Yes, a lot of it had to do with Joe leaving and moving on to this […] Read more →
  • Proud Mom…

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Proud Mom of a US Navy Sailor!!!! When Joe left for Boot camp, Roy found a website for Navy Moms/Wives/Girlfriends, and though I’m not very active on it, they do stress OPSEC rules (basically, I can’t talk about much concerning my son and his Navy career…to keep it simple). So, without giving away too much, […] Read more →
  • 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, blah, blah, blah. And yesterday she said something that really makes a hell of a lot of sense. To paraphrase: Our worth as women shouldn’t be defined by marriage or having children. I agree=100%! Kids aren’t for everyone, marriage isn’t […] Read more →
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • [Parenting Toolbag] Three Effective Discipline Tactics That Don’t Involve A Switch, A Belt Or A Fist

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve already stated where I stand on spanking/whooping your kids as a form of discipline. Short answer: I don’t spank my kids. But this post is less about the “why I don’t spank my kids” and more about what I do use to make sure my children grow into healthy, emotionally capable adults with respect for themselves and the world around them. True, they are “only” 7 and 6, so time will tell on the effectiveness of my parenting methods. We’ll see. 1) Instead of getting louder, go softer. I used to yell at my kids all the damn time. And truthfully,…
  • REVIEW: AlternaVites Powdered Multivitamin & Minerals

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    I can’t swallow pills. Well, I can, technically, but I have to get practically a gallon of water and they have to be super small. I’ve tried everything. Putting water in first, tilting my head back, doing it super fast, trying to swallow with food. It’s just a nightmare. I was in tears during my pregnancy trying to take those horse pill-sized prenatal vitamins. Yuck. I was delighted when I was asked to try alternaVites, a comprehensive multivitamin & mineral in crystal powder form. Hallie Rich, the founder of alternaVites, knows my struggle. For years, she just…
  • REVIEW: Layers of Me Coconut Shea Body Butter

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    2014 has been a year for me to stop just “playing like a grown-up” but actually becoming one. I’m upgrading my life in all the ways that matter and carving out the space for me to determine what a adult Tara really enjoys. One thing I’m getting back to is taking better care of my skin. In my teens, I had this elaborate skincare routine that kept me looking impossibly young and acne-free. I can count on two fingers the number of pimples I’ve had. But then I had my kids in my 20s and my skin has suffered for it. I washed my face maybe once a week. I grabbed…
  • 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…
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  • Become A Freelancer Or Work On Passive Income?

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    There are many websites that can promise you a very lucrative online earning capacity. You find that they promise you the world, making you on about $ 1000 per day is what they have advertised on their website. However, they charge a certain amount of fee for the enrolment, after which, they give you a set of instructions that you need to follow in order to make that amount of money. In reality, or you get are instructions that can be freely found all across the Internet. So, when you think about it, it is very evident that you will be able to get a lot of feasibility on your online earning,…
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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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    We Got Kidz

  • Kids and Competition: Is the “No Winner, No Loser” Mentality Really Helping Kids?

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
      Life is all about competition. You win or lose a job, a boyfriend (or girlfriend), or even a best friend. That’s the way it is, and that’s the way it has always been. So why are kid’s sports teams taking all of the competition out of… the competition? In an effort to promote what they call “Long Term Player Development,” the Ontario Soccer Association has ruled that all U-12 teams will no longer keep track of goals during the game or keep league standings.  Well, most parents like myself, who come from what I consider “the old school” way of thinking, believe…
  • It’s Child Passenger Safety Week! Are You Using the Right Car Seat for your Kid?

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    T he facts are like a slap in the face: Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13; and in most of those cases the deaths and injuries could have been prevented if the car seat, booster seat, or seat belt used had actually been used properly. Child passenger safety is something that I know many of us take for granted. We just snap our kid in and go with the belief that we’re doing our due diligence; but the reality is that only a small percentage of parents are actually using the proper car seat in the proper way for their child’s age and weight. It’s sobering…
  • How One Little App from Sears can save you Some Serious Time and Money

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
      I know you were drawn in by the possibility of saving more time and money (because who doesn’t need to save that?!); but I want to start with an awesome personal story inspired by Sears… I remember getting up early one Saturday morning. I was around 8-years-old and was ready to start my morning with some cartoons, my favorite cereal, and some ice cold milk. I headed toward the big green fridge in the corner of our kitchen (It was the 80’s. Don’t judge.) and I heard a terrible noise come from the box. I knew, even at 8, that it wasn’t a good sign. I opened the fridge to…
  • 8 Insanely Clever Kitchen Hacks

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
      Whether you love your kitchen because you appreciate the art of creating a home cooked meal, or you only go in it long enough to heat up your eye mask, the kitchen is a room in your home that’s unavoidable. According to, we spend almost a quarter of our lives there; so why don’t we make that time spent a little more productive? There are tons of unique ways to cheat when it comes to being in the kitchen. There are ways to preserve food longer and ways to organize better. You can even do a little kitchen remodeling if you’re feeling extra…
  • How to Be a Cool Parent (While Still Being a Good One): 4 Tips

    Micah Morris
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
      We all want to be the best possible parents we can be. We want to implement structure without stifling their decision making. We want to be an excellent example of an adult to our children while at the same time wanting them to think we are halfway “cool.” How in the world do we go about having all of these attributes at once? Flip through to read four ways you can be a cool parent. Related Content: How to Relate To Your Child When You’re Complete Opposites Never play the "because I said so" card. Communicate! Never say "because I said so!" It is important…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • A Day in Lafayette, Louisiana #Travel #LafayetteTravel

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Most of my trip expenses were covered for the purpose of review, all opinions are my own.  On my recent visit to Louisiana, we had a great time exploring the areas around Lafayette, but on my last day there, we had the opportunity to spend the entire day in Lafayette, Louisiana. Lafayette is a lively college town, with a rich history and plenty to keep visitors busy. You need fare more than a
  • Atchafalaya Basin Swamp Tours with McGee's Landing #Travel

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    When we pulled up to McGee's Landing in our air conditioned charter bus, it was apparent that we were in for yet another authentic Louisiana experience. The week had been full of them. In fact, we had just finished up a Cajun style breakfast at Cafe des Amis that morning, with their bountiful beignets and foot stopping Zydeco band, it was quite the experience. This Atchafalaya Basin Swamp Tour
  • 5 Easy Weeknight Meals #PastaFits #MC

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pasta samples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. As a busy mom who works full-time from home and also homeschools four boys, it can be stressful to try and plan a week's worth of meals that the
  • Best Homeschool Math Curriculum for Early Learners

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    As a homeschooling mom of four boys, I am always on the look out for new teaching resources. Since we do not use a box curriculum and instead, pick and choose from a variety of resources, it takes some trial and error to find the programs that work best for us. In addition to core teaching curriculum, I also like to find a variety of extra resources that can be used to help supplement for
  • Fresh for Florida Kids Contest + Healthy Snack Kabob #Recipe

    13 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh for Florida Kids for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Making healthy eating choices should start young. Unfortunately, kids are not always open to trying new things, or making the best decisions when faced with healthy options versus junk food. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wants to change that, and
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • Taking A Long Car Trip With Your Dog

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    Taking a long car trip with a dog is something that should never be underestimated. Even the quietest of the pets can become uncomfortable and the animal background can be activated. A long trip with your pet can be a disaster. You need to be careful and learn all that you can about this before you actually start planning your trip. Maybe It Is Not A Good IdeaIf you want your dog with you, things have to be considered. You need to be prepared so that the experience is perfect for absolutely every single person or animal on the trip. In the event that your dog does not love car rides, you need…
  • Things To Do When You Are Blue

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    by Lynn GordonPlant flower seedsCreate your favourite music mixLearn a new skillList down 50 good things that have happened in your lifeStop procrastinatingGo for a bubble bathPaint somethingFly a kiteGet a pedicureBuy someone a gift with your 5 bucksWalk a dogMake a wish in a fountainMake an albumMake your won little herb gardenBe a touristClean upRead nursery rhymes aloudRe-arrage your furnitureGo for a date with yourselfGo for a mystery adventureHave an animated movie festivalFeed the birdsCreate an adventure scrapbookGo to a public libraryHost a tearjerker movie festShop for…
  • Selling a Probate Property Doesn’t Have To Be a Drawn Out Process

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    The thought of inheriting a property from a long lost relative is something that people dream of. The thought of selling the property fast and making a quick sale to go on that dream holiday is a fanciful thought.But the reality of inheriting a property from a recently deceased relative can be somewhat different, it’s more than a common occurrence for probate properties to be run down and in need of repair. You know the signs of a house that’s been left unattended for an extended period of time.The grass is chest height, the windows have so much dust on you can’t see into the rooms…
  • 5 Ways to Strengthen Father-and-Son Relationship

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    I have been meaning to write about my two boys. The big one (daddy) is without a doubt a hands-on dad but the little one tend to cling to me more because I am the one who is with him almost all the time. In my desire to strengthen their bond, I do my best to come up with ideas for them to enjoy time together.Here's the list of my fool-proof ideas on how to strengthen father-and-son bond: (It really works most especially if you have a workaholic dad in the house who spend most of his time working.)1. Let them bathe together.Thanks to my recent minor surgery, the hubby was obliged to bathe the…
  • How To Keep Your Bedroom Cool at Night

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:14 am
    When it’s been a hot day, a stuffy bedroom can easily keep you awake at night. Most houses in the UK don’t have air conditioning so heat can easily build up during the day, making it difficult to sleep at night. But installing an air conditioning system probably wouldn’t be cost-effective considering the number of hot days we actually have each year. That’s why it’s important to know some simple and effective ways to keep your bedroom cool at night when the hot weather does strike. To get you started, here are our top five tips.1. Put your blinds down during the dayClosing your…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • Mental Toughness Podcast: Why Does Your Child Want to Quit?

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is the second in a series of podcasts on Mental Toughness. Today, I welcome VJ Stanley, youth sports expert, speaker, and author of Stop the Tsunami in Youth Sports. VJ’s book focuses on achieving balanced excellence and health while embracing the value of playing for fun. In other words, let the kids have fun!...Read More
  • TeamSnap and JBM Thinks Launch MAKE IT RIGHT Campaign

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tired of reading about all that is wrong in youth sports? So am I! That’s why I am teaming up with TeamSnap this fall for a Make It Right Campaign. Our goal, for the next few months, will be to share with you stories of people who are doing what they can to Make It Right...Read More
  • Youth Sports Parents: Watch for these 4 Common Pitfalls When the Honeymoon is Over

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    At first, the experience of youth sports for you and your child starts out innocent and fun. As a new sports parent, you are still in the honeymoon phase of youth sports; the ugly side of competition has not surfaced yet. Honeymoons are great, but we all know that they don’t last forever. There will come a...Read More
  • Parenting Tip: Don’t Focus on the Good Stuff

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    You probably took one look at this parenting tip and said, “Huh?” Let me explain it by beginning with a quote from Erma Bombeck, who said, quite simply: No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. I think that we would all agree that making the bed is a good thing, however, it...Read More
  • Do You Recognize the 10 Early Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Youth Sports Addiction?

    5 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Don’t get me wrong. I love youth sports. I was consumed by my kids’ sports adventures for 21 years. I was an avid supporter of my husband’s teams while he coached for 28 years. But there is such a thing as overkill and it’s pretty obvious that many youth sports parents, and kids too, have gone way...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • How Would You Describe Your Child?

    Darcy Zalewski
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    I stared at the question on the preschool parent questionnaire. How would you describe your child? I’m not sure why, but I always hated being asked about my baby’s temperament at well baby checks. It felt like there was a possibility of giving the wrong answer or labeling unintentionally or being just plain wrong. I mean, how do you describe what a baby is like? They cry, poop and eat. The better question was always how was my temperament dealing with it all. How would you describe your child? Some days — you know, the rough ones — my views about my kids can get…
  • Bring on Brinner! 12 Breakfast for Dinner Recipes

    Darcy Zalewski
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    This collection of delicious breakfast for dinner recipes is sponsored by, a place where you can collect and organize recipes online. Check out 12 Breakfast for Dinner Recipes by Darcy Zalewski at I love breakfast foods, but I don’t get to enjoy as many of them as I would like at breakfast. This is why I love breakfast for dinner. Or, dinner for breakfast when I was working third shift. When I was pregnant, I really liked having breakfast for dinner because a lot of my favorites were too carb heavy for my gestational diabetes to handle in the morning. But, I was…
  • The #LeapTV Pre-Sale is Here!

    Darcy Zalewski
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:02 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 on pre-sale today — September 2! The new LeapTV gaming console by LeapFrog is going to be a hot Christmas present this year. It’s officially on our wishlist for the kids this Christmas. The LeapTV gaming console looks like it finally meets the video gaming needs for preschoolers by being designed with them in mind. There are three different ways to play – by moving, by pointing the controller, and classic controller play. The…
  • 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…
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    One Little Mister

  • Essio Shower Blogger Giveaway

    Melissa Dixon
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    Essio Shower Blogger Giveaway ESSIO is the greatest thing to happen to showers since running water itself. It clips onto any shower and diffuses 100% organic essential oils into the shower water at... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Easy & Healthy Back to School Snacks

    3 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
      WOW!  It’s that time of year again and it came up on me waaaay too fast!  I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t ready for this school year yet.  So this week I started scrambling to come up... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Encourage Your Child to Like Music by Purchasing a Guitar

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It is said that a learning an instrument at a very young age drastically improves the intelligence and confidence of any child. Guitars that are crafted from high-quality woods are perfect if you’re... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • 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!
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    The Potty Diaries

  • Piano man

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Here's a very middle-class statement for you: we had the piano tuned recently - as you do. Apparently this is a yearly necessity here in Moscow, where the central heating and dry atmosphere play havoc with most wood-based instruments*.  Given that in addition to these problems it was manhandled to a different room - twice - over the summer, left unattended in a houseful of workmen for 6 weeks (more of which another time), and that the humidifier Boy #2's piano teacher recommended we buy to keep it in good condition has been sitting in a cupboard after I used it for a week only to realise…
  • 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…
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    Abundant Mama

  • 10 Ways to Know You NEED to Slow Down and Ban Busy

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    This time of the year, we all seem to be running at full speed on the treadmill of life and it can be really hard to see the big picture of what you should be doing. And it can be really hard to make those tough decisions on what to focus on right now versus later. And those pressures pile up and we start to toss them right onto our children and our partners as well. So many moms have expressed this same concern to me this week in The Abundant Mama Project Online Program. They literally cannot imagine slowing down. So many big dreams and goals, so little time. So many responsibilities, so…
  • 22 Life and Parenting Lessons From The TV Show Parenthood

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:50 pm
    A few years ago, my husband and I decided to sit down on the couch one Friday night and watch the first episode of a show called “Parenthood” on Netflix. We were instantly hooked. That night marked what became our Friday Night Couch Dates. We can’t always find a babysitter and we don’t always have the money for a babysitter and, honestly, we don’t always have a ton of energy by the end of the week to even “Go Out.” Friday Night Couch Dates have been a wonderful way to stay connected each week. And the TV show Parenthood is the kind of emotional roller…
  • Learning to Trust Yourself As a Mother

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    I’m so pleased to see this lovely Mama’s story of becoming an Abundant Mama shared here in this space today. Lilyam is such as sweet mama and I love that she has learned to trust herself as a mother and to really believe in herself, too. This confession is about the sparkling moments I missed of my precious daughter who was about to turn 5 a year ago. And I missed them because I was so used to rushing all the time and also because of lack of sleep and tiredness after my youngest was born. I found myself in a place I don’t wish on any mother. I couldn’t say YES or even…
  • Do You Expect Perfect Children?

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    “You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”― Joseph Campbell Somehow, at some point over the past several months, I turned into Ms. Critical. Part of it had to do with feeling pressure for my children to do well. Part of it had do with needing to raise the expectations of my children because they are older and they need responsibility and independence and to feel grateful for the world around them. This is always a delicate balance for any parent — trying to figure out just how much to push and how much to hold on and not let go. But…
  • How Being a Happy Mother Can Transform Your Whole Family

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    I am super happy to invite this sweet mama and Abundant Mama alumni to take the floor in this space today to share her personal Abundant Mama Project (AMP) journey. If you’ve taken AMP in the last year you very likely know Snow. Everyone knows Snow. It is such a pleasure to share her experience here after working with her so closely during the last three AMP sessions. Take it away, Snow …  Before The Abundant Mama Project I was a mama to two toddlers who was in way over her head, waking at the last possible moment to restless children, not wanting to start another day of crying,…
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    Project Motherhood

  • Falling For Fall Accessories

    Allison Cooper
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    Now that we have gotten Fall Fashion 2014 outlined and our fall nail trends all sorted out (speaking of which, nail color to me is an accessory itself!), it’s time to talk about our picks for fall accessories. These pieces will easily bring your fall wardrobe to a whole other level as they add just the right “pop” in all the right places! Our Favorite Fall Accessories Kate Spade Jayna  The cool fall shades. Even though it’s not summertime anymore, the sun is still shining brightly and protective eyewear is just as important–for fashion purposes or not! But we…
  • Tokyo Baby Cafe–A New Mama’s Dream {Giveaway}

    Allison Cooper
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    Do you remember those new moments whenever you first held your wee one in your arms, taking new motherhood in with wonder? We slowly breathe in that credible new baby smell and make a silent promise to ourselves and to them that we will protect them from everything bad in the world. As they get a little bit older, we realize that it’s not possible to protect them from everything, as some things are just out of our mommy control. But, the things that we have control over, we want to make sure to protect our precious ones with all of our might. For me, one of those things has always been…
  • My Fight Against The “Anti-Technology” Moms

    Allison Cooper
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    My son got a tablet whenever he turned 4, which is old news for many NYC families who basically hand them to their infants as they are coming out of the womb. We also take said tablet  with us to places like on the train and (gasp!) out to dinner whenever we don’t want him to be loud in a restaurant. You know what? I’m totally alright with that! But, I know there are many “anti-technology moms” out there who would disagree with me. I’m NOT an Anti-Technology Mom, and Here’s Why: As long as my son isn’t spending all day behind his xbox, tablet, or…
  • Pear Body Shape: Shopping For Blazers

    Allison Cooper
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Like I mentioned last week, blazers are everything at this time of year! It almost seemed to me as if I wrote those words and then fall magically made its way to New York City! There is an amazing chill in the air that has been making me want to channel nothing but pumpkins, apples, blazers, and boots–oh my! So, if you have a pear body shape and are ready to do some blazer shopping to layer up this fall, read onward to make your experience way less of a hassle and more fun! Shopping For Blazers For The Pear Body Shape Pear body shape–blazers that actually fit! Avoid: Make sure to…
  • Cozy Trends: Cashmere Lounge Clothes

    Allison Cooper
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    This fall one of the biggest trends that we saw sent down the runway was the knit on knit from designers such as Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch–a look that is personally one of my favorites. I love this trend so much because there is nothing better than feeling cozy in the fall and knowing that you are on trend with all of your knit layers. (I also love it so much that I chatted about it with the amazing ladies on MomCave TV today!) So, I’m taking things a step further and talking about the buttery feeling of cashmere against your skin this fall, a feeling and style you can easily…
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    The Mommist

  • The Great Gatsby Mansion

    Len Dela Cruz
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    I was nominated recently to create a list of my favorite books by a good friend over on Facebook. The Great Gatsby is part of that list. I think I was 17 when I first read the book. I fell in love with the story, Jay Gatsby, and his mansion. When you're young and your what if thinking is on the flighty side, this book will feed your brain gloriously. The Sands Point village mansion above is reckoned as the inspiration for Jay Gatsby's. Others say that Gatsby's mansion was patterned from the Beacon Towers. Fact or fallacy, I think this house is remarkable. It was apparently…
  • Isabel Marant Etoile Bart Sneakers

    Len Dela Cruz
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    LeopardWhiteBlackNapoleon Perdis Lipstick  /  Carven Wide-Leg Pants  /  Mansur Gavriel Backpack  /  Athleta Cashmere Sweater   /    Isabel Marant SneakersDoesn't these Isabel Marant kicks remind you of another sneaks? Hint: this. Still, the force is very strong on this one......especially the leopard ponyskin pair.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!
  • Ultimate Taste Test 2014: Be a Food Boss for a Day

    Len Dela Cruz
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The much-anticipated annual food tasting event is happening in exactly one week! The 12th Ultimate Taste Test has more than 70 food choices from over 40 food purveyors {both startups and established brands}. Okay, I am currently starving myself for this. This will be my ultimate cheat day! But seriously, what I love most about this event is discovering homegrown food businesses. In our own humble way {by wolfing down their food?}, we can maybe all help them out. Who am I kidding? I'm there for the food! The list below have completely whetted my appetite! I've already created my…
  • Ippudo Brings Ramentastic Appeal to Manila

    Len Dela Cruz
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    There's not a week that goes by where I don't see five {at the very least} ramen photos on my Instagram feed. I'm not complaining or anything; it's just that I wonder how the ramen explosion in this part of the world happened.  Another ramen place just opened: IPPUDO. It's touted as one of the top Hakata-style tonkatsu ramen houses in the world, and it's founder {Shigemi Kawahara} as the "Ramen King". I first tried it in Hong Kong a few years back after a friend vouched for the dishes' tastiness. Ippudo Manila is not a franchise; it's a joint venture between the people behind Yabu…
  • Gamine Co.

    Len Dela Cruz
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    This is without exaggeration: I can wear these Gamine Co. pieces every single day for the rest of my life! I swear it! Functionality, comfort, and good design are my personal style triumvirate. From time to time, I can go for something like these or this, but on a daily basis, I'd be happiest in a pair of jeans and a tee. I'm more gamine than a pink, flowers, and hearts girly girl.The company's aim is to create beautifully tailored and high quality workwear for women in different trades, and for some who just want to live in stylish comfort. In their words, "We believe in owning what you do,…
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    The Kerrie Show

  • A Funny, an Inspirational and Something Super Shallow That Makes Me Happy

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
  • My Jamberry Promotion!!!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I joined Jamberry nail wraps at the very end of March of this year and have slowly been moving up the ranks. I was concentrating mostly on selling the wraps because I love them so much. Building a team never crossed my mind. But then I found myself with 10 wonderful women on my team and this last month a couple of them turned into absolute rock stars, which means they pushed me over the edge from Lead Consultant to Senior Lead Consultant! Here's the post about it on my Jamberry blog (yes, I have a Jamberry-specific blog so I don't drive you away with my nail wrap art love affair…
  • Red Gold 2-a-Day Crock-Pot #Giveaway 9/17/14-10/8/14

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
    So here is a link to the Rustic Italian Chicken in the crock-pot that I made last week! It was yummers! And here is me with my little carrying case of Red Gold tomatoes and apron and spoon. So fun to get mail like this! I love me some red and some tomatoes! These tomatoes remind me of when my Grandma Stump would can tomatoes and they were so bright and tomato-smelling ... sometimes tomatoes these days smell all watered-down but hers were so vibrant in every way.Mr. Kerrie had me laughing at this point!Here it is in the crock-pot!Starting on September 17 through October 8, Red Gold is giving…
  • #KitchenAid #Giveaway #WinKitchenAid

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    KitchenAid Artisan® Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer Color: Empire RedEasily make your favorite cakes and multiple batches of cookie dough with the 5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl with comfortable handle. With 10 speeds, the standmixer will quickly become your kitchen’s culinary center as you mix, knead and whip ingredients with ease. And for even more versatility, the power hub fits optional attachments from food grinders to pasta makers and more.Today I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers in order to celebrate MamaNYC's 4-year Blogiversary and birthday! One…
  • My Basically Free Costco Membership and How You Can Get One Too!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    Come on over and read about my Maiden Voyage to Costco ... super exciting day for me, as I have been asking Mr. Kerrie for a warehouse membership for 13 years now! Yes, I spent $350 total but that toilet paper is a HUGE ROLL and there are 30 of them and we are going to be wiping our butts with that stuff for MONTHS. Loved the 12-pack of organic mac and cheese. Almost got the 25-pound bag of sugar. I won't normally spend $350 because I had to get some fun things to try (sushi combo, spinach dip, Danimals), as well as some supplies for our local women's shelter. Oh, and Eva needed a jacket so…
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    A Juggling Mom

  • Trick Eye Museum, Resorts World Singapore {Review and Giveaway}

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    The Trick Eye Museum in Resorts World Sentosa is Singapore’s very first 3D museum in Singapore. Boasting more than 100... Continue reading » The post Trick Eye Museum, Resorts World Singapore {Review and Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Mama’s Here

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:38 pm
    A cough, a stirring in the night Mama, mama, where are you tonight? That familiar call of my child in... Continue reading » The post Mama’s Here appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Wildlife Currumbin Sanctuary, Gold Coast

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    After spending a relaxing day at Sufers Paradise on the first day, we headed to the Wildlife Currumbin Sanctuary on Day... Continue reading » The post Wildlife Currumbin Sanctuary, Gold Coast appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Wordless Wednesday – Oh Happy Day

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
        Oh Happy Day That day was a particularly happy day for Sophie because we celebrated her birthday in her... Continue reading » The post Wordless Wednesday – Oh Happy Day appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – The Pursuit of Happiness

    7 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    “Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.”  –Bertolt Brecht How often can you say... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – The Pursuit of Happiness appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • Skate Hut Review and Giveaway

    Erica Price
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    Skate Hut sent us some roller skates and some protection gear to try out recently.  H has always been interested in skating, both roller and ice skating, but up until now I wasn’t sure his balance skills were up to it as he’s been struggling to learn to ride a bike.  His scooting skills have come on a lot lately and he seems a bit more coordinated, so I decided to let him give it a go.H picked out these quad roller skates (I think he liked the colour) and some elbow and knee protectors too. The skates seem well made and fit nicely.  I ordered on the large side, but with the…
  • Storytime Review and Giveaway

    Erica Price
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Storytime is a brand new magazine for children that launched on 10th September. We were sent a copy of the first issue to read.  Unlike the usual children’s magazines, this is a high quality production with lots of lovely illustrations.  There are no plastic toys or gifts, no advertising either, and the focus is on the content alone.  It’s a mix of fairy tales, folk tales, fables, myths, legends, poetry and extracts from classic children’s books.In the first issue there is a poem (The Owl and the Pussy Cat); complete short stories like Aladdin and Goldilocks; plus an extract…
  • HealGel Intensive

    Erica Price
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    I’m a bit of a fan of HealGel products, but I’d not tried out the HealGel Intensive product before, so I was keen to try it out.  I’ve been using HealGel Intensive now for the last few weeks.  I’ve been using it mostly as a night cream (teaming it up with HealGel Eye), but in actual fact, it’s well suited to being a daytime cream too, because it’s so easily absorbed.  In fact, you could easily take it away on holiday and use it for both daytime and nighttime, so saving a bit of packing space and weight.The special formula of HealGel Intensive has been…
  • LeapBand : Get Your Kids Active

    Erica Price
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    We were asked to try out the new LeapBand from LeapFrog.  It arrived just in time for our holiday to the Essex coast and it was a godsend.  Before we left H was running and jumping all over the garden having a go at the various challenges to help him unlock points and keep his pet happy.  When he wasn’t able to be active, like when he was in the back of the car, he enjoyed caring for his pet.  This is a great way to learn about things like eating healthily. I’d originally intended to just use the LeapBand on holiday, but H was so excited by its arrival, that he wanted to start…
  • Mike the Knight: Journey to Dragon Mountain

    Erica Price
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    At the weekend we were invited to Warwick Castle for a screening of Journey to Dragon Mountain. Journey to Dragon Mountain is the first feature-length film from Mike the Knight.  Mike’s father, the king, returns from travelling to faraway lands, but he discovers that the Vikings have stolen a treasured crystal jewel from the dragon of Dragon Mountain. It is the King’s mission to return the jewel and he plans to complete his task alone, but Mike and Evie have other ideas. The King, Mike and Evie form Team Family Glendragon and their quest is filled with dangerous obstacles from…
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  • The Better Toy Store and Studio Miu Art at The Centrepoint

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:41 pm
    We are a Shopping Mall family. Yes, we love hanging out at the malls, enjoying the shops, the sights and the space! In this little island we are in, malls are a big hit cos of the tremendous humidity outdoors. Yet, after a while, even the kids realise all malls are quite the same! They have little shops, and 1-2 large departmental stores, 1-2 food courts and possibly a cinema. But when we heard that The Centrepoint has some interesting shops, we were a little sceptical, how different can it get? Haven’t we seen them all? We were told that these two stores are really something different from…
  • Friendship is Magic. Always.

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    The girls had a wonderful start to this one week break. They had a Friendship is Magic moment with My Little Pony! Yes, those beautiful ponies with lovely manes that I used to comb with when I was a kid. See their happy happy faces! In the past, we had the various really pretty My Little Pony toys to play with. Check out these familiar toys! And I was really happy (ok, Nadine was) when we received a really nice mystery gift from Hasbro. Nadine was insistent that she would be the one holding on to it, and it’s hers! By the way, do you see that lovely turquoise hair band that she has on?
  • School Holidays – Yeah or Nay?

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    We are in the one week term break for the last quarter of 2014. And I’ve reached the stage where I’m not so sure if I should go YEAH or NAY during the holidays. The easiest bit is the YEAHs… this comes naturally, innate in all of us. Yeah #1: No need to wake up early! Woohoooo!!! that’s for all of us! We can sleep in a little, no need to push ourselves out of bed and go through morning rituals just to get ready for school. Yeah #2: No School! No need to say more. No School, no school, no school Yeah #3: We don’t have to worry about anything School related That…
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • Say “Eye” If You’ve Had An Eye Exam Lately

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Last night I stood in front of our full-length mirror and took a hard look at myself. “You know,” I said to my husband, “I see an old woman. My face is wrinkling, my body is succumbing to the effects of gravity, my hair is greying and I have age spots.”Disgusted, I turned to my husband and said, “Tell me something positive to make me feel better.” He thought for a minute and said, “Well, there’s nothing wrong with your eyesight.” Okay, that didn’t actually happen. My husband values his life too much. No, that was just a little humour preceding the serious topic of eye…
  • Bunions and Breakouts: This is 40

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    SourceI'm forty-four not eighty-four so why do I feel like I should be joining a senior centre and doing needlepoint? Being diagnosed with a bunion has the power to age you faster than 48 consecutive hours in a tanning bed.  I know there are worse things. Much worse things. But this one thing makes me cringe. And wince! A bunion can be painful—like wake you up from a sound sleep, achy, throbby kind of painful. I'm currently tiptoeing into the primary stage. I can't wait to get to tertiary because that looks like some sexy fun doesn't it?If you happen to be looking for some hot…
  • Random Thoughts In My Head

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    This is what I do upon occasion whilst I'm supposed to be working or cleaning my house or grocery shopping or god forbid, exercising. I visit the countless random thoughts in my head and jot them down. I also, upon occasion, use the word whilst. 1. Recently I wrote about how we all eventually fall prey to the dreaded mom cut. So what do I go and do anyway? I get clipped despite my own warning. I was going for more 'Julianne Hough' than mom cut. Preeeeeeetty sure I nailed it. Wait, why are you sniggering? I can't even properly evaluate what's going on on my head at the moment.  I woke up…
  • 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…
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    Affluent Student

  • IOS8 First Glimpse

    Paul McGuire
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
    I’ve got my pre-order placed for the new iPhone 6 for me and my wife. I received a UPS tracking number for both with an expected delivery date of Friday, September 19. We’ve held off with our out-of-contract iPhone 4S models waiting for this release. Since we’ve never had new technology on day one, we […]
  • Why Rules Don’t Work

    Paul McGuire
    25 Jan 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Until you have relationship in place, there is no trust. Without trust, you have no buy-in, and rules seem to be limiting and constricting. Those subject to the rules spend all of their time trying to figure out ...
  • One

    Paul McGuire
    1 Jan 2014 | 2:11 pm
    New Year, new start. Today is One One. You’ll see the significance of the date in my post below. I am a die-hard Alabama football fan. Tomorrow I am going to the Sugar Bowl with my boys to watch them take on Oklahoma. But oh, what might have been. I’m just now able to bring […]
  • Managing The Fade

    Paul McGuire
    8 Oct 2013 | 2:09 pm
    A couple of months ago I finally hit “Publish” on my first book, School, Scholarships, College and More. It was an awesome feeling to have something finished. But better still, wow, something now lives on Amazon that I created. Whether I sell 50 copies or 50,000 copies, nobody can take away the fact that I […]
  • Still Here, Still Kicking

    Paul McGuire
    14 Aug 2013 | 2:06 pm
    It has been a couple of months since my last post. Life has just been in the way. Between selling our house and moving, time spent on vacations and with family, changes in my responsibilities at work and other events, blogging just hasn’t been at the top of my list. With every season and every […]
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    Manbuilders - What Every Boy Should Know

  • Why one Mother Chooses to Homeschool: An Interview with Rebecca Kissee

    Rebecca Kissee
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Why one Mother Chooses to Homeschool: An Interview with Rebecca Kissee Editors Note: The website does not advocate a preference for homeschool, public school, private school, or any formal/non-formal pedagogy. This article is intended to offer insight into the experience of a homeschool mother. For background, our guest has been serving as a homeschool mother of 5 boys for 8 years and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  [The following response eminates from the questions: 1) Why do you homeschool, what lead you there, and what have you learned?, asked by another…
  • How-To Protect Your Son from Modern Dangers

    Joshua Kissee
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    How-To Protect Your Son from Modern Dangers Modern times have introduced new threats to the safety of our children. Find practical tips to get started in preparing your son to navigate through the 21st century safely. Taking the time to cover some basic safety strategies could pay huge dividends through your son’s safety. Even if you have taught your son good practices on safety in the past, it is always good to give a reminder periodically. Over the past week, I have been covering safety with the manbuilders crew and divided the safety lessons into three sections. The…
  • Family Toolbox Giveaway – Like our FB Page

    Joshua Kissee
    18 May 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Family toolbox giveaway from 5-19-2014 to 5-21-2014. Enter by liking the Manbuilders Facebook Page.
  • Show your son how to love his Mother

    Joshua Kissee
    8 May 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Show your son how to love his Mother Every young man needs to know how to show love to his mother. Mothers and mother figures are important. Period. This article seeks to not only stress the importance of why we should love the mothers in our lives, but some ideas for how to do it. By the way – While this article could totally earn me brownie points with the mothers in my life, it was written out of love and respect, not the desire to win points. Though I will take the points since I need them all the time ! Who are the mothers in your life Think beyond than your mother alone. Each of…
  • Impart to Your Son a Good Handshake

    Joshua Kissee
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Impart to Your Son a Good Handshake Every young man needs to learn the value and importance of a firm handshake. How many times do you shake someones hand within a “western” culture such as the United States? As an adult, it is possible you shake hands with someone at least once a week. In certain jobs, you may shake hands with someone every day! So whats the big deal? Well, there is an art to it and your son needs to understand how to do it the right way. In teaching this lesson to the manbuilders crew this past week, I had the privilege of seeing it come into play when someone…
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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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    over 50 under 5

  • The Satisfaction of No

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
    There is something really satisfying about flushing a toilet over and over, especially when there is somebody in authority standing close by, telling you not to do it. There is something great about running around the apartment, turning on all the lights, closing all the doors, closing all the windows I can reach, and watching the temperature climb until my dad’s head turns red and explodes. That’s nice. There’s something gratifying about asking for bananas over and over again in a commanding voice, and then, when they arrive, not eating a single one of them. It works even…
  • Synchronicity and Whiskey

    blog admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I needed to complain to my wife. I walked into the bathroom as she was getting ready for the morning. ‘This is all just so stressful,’ I said to her. My tone was whiny. Normally compassionate, she glanced at me with a ‘so-what-else-is-new’ expression. The toddler-in-residence was saying no to everything, running around the apartment turning on all the lights and slamming doors. He was throwing some toys, falling over others, and rolling a big red exercise ball into my path wherever I went. I couldn’t do any yoga and meditation was beyond my ability to focus…
  • I enjoyed the playground today

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Don’t tell my mommy that I decided to stay in my pajama top all day. It was comfortable, and my daddy let me do it.
  • Pajama Top Decisions

    blog admin
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Editor’s note: I’ve become a bit inhibited about writing this blog; it’s become formalized and overly structured and I have become too aware of the (large) number of people now reading it. I can sense your expectations that I should be funny and deep always. But I am often quite tired and distracted. The problem with the funny-deep expectation is that blogs are made for thinking out loud. They are life’s first draft. So this one will be sketch-like, and fragmented. Sorry. You can skip it if you like. My writing partner will have plenty of entries coming, and…
  • Sitting in the Back Seat Calling Things Out

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    I have a new skill. It’s called ‘identifying things.’ I sit in the back seat, snugly buckled into my car seat, holding on to Augie Dogie, and I identify things as they go past. I call them out, like this: red light green light jeep truck octagon bicycle I can tell you that I am driving around in a silver Prius, but it comes out more like silverpriuscar. dump truck jeep truck motorcycle trees When I get home I expect a snack, and I like to turn on all the lights, every one I can reach, because I can reach them now. I will cry hard if you tell me not to turn on the lights,…
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  • An indecent proposal

    Nicole orriëns
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Tomorrow is my husband's and mine 21st wedding anniversary! I can't believe it's been 21 years since we tied the knot, and started our journey through the muddy seas of holy matrimony. I figured I should get my husband something, to celebrate this milestone. But what?! He's already got all the Star Trek dvd boxes ánd the Deep Space Nine series. Whát would he really like? Then suddenly I
  • Have a smile!

    Nicole orriëns
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Some commercials are little pieces of art! Like this one of Ikea. A hypnotist hypnotises a young couple, making them believe they're in the future. But it's so over the top it's ridiculous, and makes you smile. In one of the scenes the man supposedly believes he has a 4 year old son. The boy asks him: 'Where do babies come from?' And the guy gets in trouble immediately! And I also love the
  • Finally! Someone who'll help me in the garden!

    Nicole orriëns
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Wordless Wednesday Make sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurner
  • Why I love books

    Nicole orriëns
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:39 pm
    I love to read books because of the stories they tell. Content before style Sure, I like my books well written, but content is more important than style as far as I'm concerned. So imagine my surprise when I found myself reading Belinda Bauers book The Facts of Life and Death mostly because of her very humorous and witty writing style! The story is a mixture of detective/psychological
  • Blog make-over

    Nicole orriëns
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:38 pm
    In only a few weeks it will be Fall! And I love to adjust my home ánd my blog to the season. So, how do you like Momfever's new look? I've changed the header using colours that I associate with Fall. The pictures are meant to give visitors an idea of what to expect at Momfever! For those of you who don't know what Momfever looked liked during Spring and Summer here's a picture: Momfever's
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    Your Daily Serving of Mommie Daze

  • My Dog Elizabeth: A Eulogy

    Colleen Stout
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Yesterday was the kind of day you wish you never had to live. Growing, up more than anything, I wanted a dog. My mom and dad didn’t. There was never a puppy under the Christmas tree. So, before the ink was dry on the mortgage documents after my husband Dave and I bought our own place, I was out out the door in search of a puppy. Not just any puppy, my childhood dream. When I was four, I saw Lady and the Tramp in the theater. From that day on I wanted a blonde cocker spaniel. I found her in a little pet shop in Grand Rapids. I know pet shops are taboo these days. Back then they were…
  • More Indoor Games for Kids to Burn Off Energy

    Colleen Stout
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I know you don’t want to think about it. I don’t either. I still have PTSD from last winter. This was our driveway at the end of February. The snow was four feet high in some places. It’s barely made it to 60 degrees since last Thursday. Technically it’s still summer. It should be in the 70s, and the kids should be wearing shorts to school. It was so cold this morning my boys wore stocking caps and mittens waiting for the bus! Apparently that Polar Vortex thing never really went away. Thanks Canada! It’s coming. They say it may be as bad as last winter. Or worse.
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  • #Win a fantastic den building kit for the kids with Philips Lighting #MyDen

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    #Win a fantastic den building kit for the kids with Philips Lighting #MyDen There is NOTHING like building a den with the kids. Nothing. It brings us closer together, and gives us all a common goal – it even means that we are able to co-operate without the bickering that seems to be so much of a feature of the kids play at… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Lunch box ideas for kids: 5 ways to stop them getting boring

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Lunch box ideas for kids: 5 ways to stop them getting boring   You know the scene, it’s first thing in the morning and you have to make your kids lunchboxes for the umpteenth time. How do youkeep those lunch box ideas for kids coming? You really have run out of inspiration and they are bored to the back teeth of a… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Food activities for kids: Lunchbox bingo – free printables

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Food activities for kids: Lunchbox bingo – free printables Once kids are willing to become involved in their lunchbox planning try and help them understand the different food groups and why they need them by creating some food activities for kids. A nutritionally balanced lunchbox should contain 6 components: carbohydrate, protein, fruit, vegetable, calcium and a drink. One of… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting tales from the sofa – dealing with childhood nightmares

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting tales from the sofa – dealing with childhood nightmares In this week’s parenting tales from the sofa, I chat to Beckie Whitehouse of about how to deal with childhood nightmares.  Childhood nightmares can be a common occurence and how we deal with them can either allay or heighten their fears. Both my own children have experienced fears at… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Build a bike and #win with Vitamin Water #CollectiveBias

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    Build a bike and #win with Vitamin Water #CollectiveBias This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This weekend my husband proved that he is totally barmy. Not only did he marry me 11 years ago almost to the day, but he ran 20k, then hopped on his bike and… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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    Nanny to Mommy

  • MAM Baby Review & Giveaway

    Diana Chastain
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I received complimentary products from MAM to provide this review. All opinions are my own.  I recently had the opportunity to try out some products from MAM. I won a giveaway a while back for some bottles and pacifiers. So Peanut has been using those since he was born. He just took to them with such ease that they are our favorite! I received a MAM pacifier clip, 2 attitude 0-6 months pacifiers, an anti-colic 8 oz bottle*, and a blue Oral Care Rabbit* to review. The MAM pacifier clips are such an awesome thing to have. They clip perfectly to the pacifier and then to his shirt, car…
  • "Feeding Baby" Book review + HUGE Giveaway!

    Diana Chastain
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I received a complimentary copy to provide this review. All opinions are my own. The reason I love this book? It lists so many very yummy recipes and the many ways to fruits/veggies. It has signs to look out for in case your little one has an allergy as well. Feeding Baby Release Party & National GiveawayHosted byFields of Flavor & Measuring Flower2 Giveaways, $2000 in Prizes & 30 Winners About Feeding Baby:"Your baby deserves the best in life- food is no exception! Feeding Baby is the ultimate guide to preparing and feeding wholesome foods for your infant, with helpful…
  • Austin Lloyd September 6-12 Month Box Review #AustinLloydBox

    Diana Chastain
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    SO it has been one of those weeks around here, where I feel overwhelmed and nothing seems to get down. ON TOP OF THAT, Peanut has been super clingy and only wanting to sleep if he is right up next to me, which has helped with our #SeptBabywearingChallenge, I guess. But any ways, here is a review that I am excited to share because it a subscription box (and you know how I feel about those).I recently had the opportunity to try out this new subscription box that I had never heard of called Austin Lloyd through Tomoson. It's centered around babies and toddlers. They have different play…
  • FabKids Fall Outfit Giveaway, Ends 9/28

    Diana Chastain
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    FabKids Fall Outfit Giveaway!Sponsored by: FabKidsHosted by: Savory SavingsCo-hosted by: On the Scene with Mrs. Kathy King, Ramblings of Mama, & Michigan Saving & MoreThe weather is changing and that means wardrobes for the household are, too! FabKids offers fun, durable and fashionable clothes for kids at a fraction of the department store price! You can even sign up for their monthly subscription and save even more! Krista over at Savory Savings loves FabKids for her girls and shared her thoughts on an adorable chevron dress and legging set that she received for her daughter! How…
  • The Importance of DHA in Your Toddler’s Diet

    Diana Chastain
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I received compensation and free Enfagrow products for this post.Major infant brain growth occurs during pregnancy and throughout the first two years of life. During these times, infants and toddlers have the greatest need for Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid and a building block for the brain. Since 85% of brain growth happens within the first three years of a child’s life, it is important to maintain the recommended levels of DHA through the toddler years. On average, toddlers are only getting about 25% of the brain-nourishing DHA many experts recommend so it is…
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    Virtually Yours

  • Go! Go! Smart Animals™ Zoo Explorers Playset™ Giveaway

    20 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    I’m teaming up with a few bloggers to bring you a fun giveaway from VTech! Christmas is right around the corner. Have you seen some of the fun new toys available this year? Go! Go! Smart... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 12 Steps to Introducing Two Cats

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    We have a cat with issues. I don’t know why, because I know the people who owned her before. She was born there, so she wasn’t abused, but she doesn’t like people much. She even has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Steps to Avoiding a TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, #VeryBadDay & New Trailer!

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Who wouldn’t want to know how to avoid a TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY? 5 tips below! Check out the latest Trailer! I know you’ve already heard me raving about this movie! I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Reasons to be Excited for Into The Woods #IntoTheWoods

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    Each year, there are a handful of movies that I get really excited about. It seems this year there has been a bigger handful than usual, and right now I’m anticipating Alexander and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 8-17 Year Old “Heroes” Could Win a Trip to LA for Premiere of Big Hero 6!

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Have I told you (lately) how excited I am about this movie? The line-up of the cast totally rocks! My kids have been anticipating this film for well over a year. I just told them about this contest,... [[ 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

  • Daughter at College: What Keeps Me Up at Night

    Lisa Heffernan
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Mary Dell writes: We got a call on Monday night from our daughter at college who began by saying “Mom, I’m ok but…” At that point, my stomach twisted and every nerve in my body began to buzz as I waited for the phrase to follow. Surely something bad had happened. She told me that one of her classmates had gone missing over the weekend. As I write this on Thursday afternoon, Hannah Graham, 18 years old and a second year student at UVA, has still not been found. Since my daughter’s call, I have immediately opened emails to parents from the University and read the Graham family’s…
  • Empty Nest: Would You Do It All Again?

    Lisa Heffernan
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Lisa writes: I recently heard the story of a friend, who turned to his wife as they dropped of their youngest child at her college dorm and said, “…as I was saying.” The conversation between the spouses that was interrupted nearly two decades earlier could now resume. While this was surely said in jest, there is an element of truth to the fact that active parenthood is a long, loving interruption to our adulthood that, once the kids are gone, can resume in one form or another where we left off. In that vein, I have noticed a few things about life without kids: It would be easier to…
  • 10 More Reasons Why I Love College Football

    Lisa Heffernan
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Mary Dell writes: College football is the second most popular spectator sport in the US after the NFL. Each fall, students and alumni pay homage to their colleges and teams by planning their Saturdays around kick off. My affection for the sport runs deep, beginning with childhood, building steam through my college years and becoming a family tradition that my husband and I share with our kids. I have previously written about my gratitude toward college football during my son’s high school years.  It was our go-to topic where we ventured when all other subjects (homework, SAT prep, curfews,…
  • Send Selfies

    Lisa Heffernan
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Lisa writes: Today is the day I have dreaded since that second little stripe turned a very pale pink and my heart leapt into my throat. Today is the day without a rushed breakfast, the day in which I did not scream or worse curse, the day I made no threats and took no first day of school photos. Today is the day where the first name I called was the dog’s. But even as I find missing my kids was every bit as bad as I thought it would be, I have been given the gift of wisdom by two extraordinary women. I am missing the day-to-day bustle of family life that already seems like a dream. I find…
  • 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…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • Tweens and Kik – It’s Far From Kicks

    Ten to Twenty
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    By Ten to Twenty  You Tween and Kik As a mom, and a communications professional in the technology space, I’ve heard some pretty scary stories about kids’ use of social media. Predators lurking on Facebook, bullying happening via Twitter and even suspicious activity occurring on Minecraft. Add in all the news about SnapChat and Ask.FM and it’s easy to […] The post Tweens and Kik – It’s Far From Kicks appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Perimenopause is not easy to deal with!

    Carol Rood
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Carol Rood The Perils of Perimenopause I have written about Perimenopause before.  Looking back over my posts I have written about it twice.  Once in October 2012, and again n October 2013.  Not sure why October seems to be the month to write about it, other than all this crap started the week of my birthday the year […] The post Perimenopause is not easy to deal with! appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 6 Tips Teens Should Know About Raising Parents

    Brenda Yoder
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    By Brenda Yoder How to Raise Your Parents These are just a few things I talk to teens about when I counsel them. They’re things I wish I knew as a teen, too. 1. Your parents may not know what to do with your emotions, but give them a chance to know how you feel. In the eyes […] The post 6 Tips Teens Should Know About Raising Parents appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Playing an Instrument with Braces

    Ten to Twenty
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    By Ten to Twenty Braces and brass don’t always mix… here are some tips! Having personally experienced them for three years in my youth, and then another two as an adult, my memories are not too fond. So, is it hopeless if your child is getting braces? Absolutely not! Braces today are SOOOOO much different than 10, 15 even […] The post Playing an Instrument with Braces appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Can You Improve Your Child’s Grades?

    Ten to Twenty
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    By Ten to Twenty Parents want only the best for their kids, right? As a mom or dad, you would probably want your child to excel in school – be it their grades, arts, music, writing, or sports. A lot of parents I know would want their kids to do well in terms of their academic performance. After all, […] The post Can You Improve Your Child’s Grades? appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • Coming Soon – Clash of the Couples!

    Kristen Daukas
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    By Kristen Daukas The Book for REAL Couples… Remember last year when I did The Mother of all Meltdowns? Well, the fab Crystal Ponti has put together another great lineup of writers for her latest creation, Clash of the Couples. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this baby and am only saddened that I missed the deadline to be in this edition with these kick ass authors!! Coupledom. Fact or fable, Adam and Eve birthed the perpetual relationship drama as seen on TV today. Despite the serpents, this couple HAD IT MADE. Luxury real estate, lush gardens, and privacy out the…
  • Back in the Saddle (and the Routine) with Family Fun Night

    Kristen Daukas
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    By Kristen Daukas Family Fun Night is Streaming with Netflix Not sure about your house, but we’ve got almost a full month of school under our belts and things are starting to settle into somewhat of a routine again. I’m not saying it’s calm, but there is something pleasing to my soul knowing that at least the hours of 7am – 4pm are pretty well scheduled out. In the day, Friday nights were reserved for family night of pizza and games or pizza and movies – largely because we were all pretty much wiped out to do anything else. Now that we’ve got one in high…
  • 5 Important (but Random) Lessons Teens Need to Know

    Kristen Daukas
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:20 pm
    By Kristen Daukas You thought you had a lot of lessons to teach your toddler? Well I hate to break it to you, but potty training and spoon feeding are only messy in the literal terms when it comes to the lessons you will have to teach your teens and tweens. Most of our kids friends are pretty smart and self-sufficient, but every now and then we’ll talk about something and they have no idea how they would solve the issue. There are a lot of lessons our kids need to know but these are five that are off the top of my head.. You’re not always going to like everyone – And…
  • I am ALL About that Bass – NO Treble!

    Kristen Daukas
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    By Kristen Daukas Mackenzie turned me onto this tune this summer and I LOVE it more than words can say. It’s been called the positive body image theme of the Summer and I might go as far as to say the year. If you haven’t heard it, take a few minutes and enjoy Meghan Trainor. It’ll be the best part of your day, I promise!     Because you know I’m all about that bass ‘Bout that bass, no treble I’m all about that bass ‘Bout that bass, no treble I’m all about that bass ‘Bout that bass, no treble I’m all about that bass…
  • 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…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky 9.20.14

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. Feel free to link up your current giveaways. ~ Leave a link that leads directly to the featured giveaway. ~ Be sure to leave the deadline for your... ©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
  • My Magical Mermaid Water Wonderland Playset from ZURU Toys {Review}

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
    I was recently sent the My Magical Mermaid Water Wonderland for my two daughters.  I thought this would be a great toy for my girls, ages 5 and 3 to play with.  The box “claims” the... ©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
  • Think Inside The Box Amazon and Boxtrolls Contest | Ends 9.26.14

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    To celebrate this month’s nationwide release of the family event movie The Boxtrolls, Focus Features has teamed with for the “Think Inside the Box” Boxtrolls Contest. The most original and... ©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
  • Tea Collection Fall Favorites for Picture Day

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    School photos are just around the corner and Tea Collection’s Fall Favorites Event will help your find something perfect for your kids to wear. Now through Thursday, September 18 you can save... ©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
  • School Fundraiser Idea: Little Passports Fundraising

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    With school in full swing, now is the time to start planning a school fundraiser. Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational product that kids and parents love.... ©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

  • Goal Setting for Kids

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Goal setting for kids can really improve your child’s drive to succeed in all areas of his life.  I’ve been doing goal setting workshops with my son once a month and they have been working wonders with him so I wanted to share.  I love these workshops because it gives us a chance to talk... Read More » The post Goal Setting for Kids appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • The Bouqs Review: Beautiful Flowers for Your Loved Ones

    Tracy Gibb
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I was contacted to do a review for The Bouqs Company, an online florist that sources flowers directly from farms around the world, I was so excited. What woman doesn’t LOVE getting flowers? I picked “Sweetness” because they looked just as they sounded. This is how they are advertised, “Send these awesome Volcano Pink... Read More » The post The Bouqs Review: Beautiful Flowers for Your Loved Ones appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • 5 Ways Moms can Make Time for Themselves

    Tracy Gibb
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It shouldn’t be so hard to take care of ourselves right? But as a mom, the day-to-day chores and responsibilities can be overwhelming and trying to find extra time (what is that anyway) for ourselves can seem almost impossible. Here are a few easy ways that moms can be a little selfish: Schedule time with... Read More » The post 5 Ways Moms can Make Time for Themselves appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Book Review: Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

    Tracy Gibb
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
      Dark Hope by Monica McGurk is a book about a young girl named Hope who was kidnapped as small child and then found with a strange tattoo on her neck. The book starts out with Hope moving in with her mother to get away from her over protective father whose sole purpose in life is... Read More » The post Book Review: Dark Hope by Monica McGurk appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • How to Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms

    Tracy Gibb
    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.
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: we’re engaged!

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Week: 34 Waist: 40 inches (+ 1.5 inches, possibly owing to engagement) Feeling: Nice and comfy It’s official: the baby’s head is engaged. The midwife confirmed the momentous milestone on Tuesday morning, but I already knew because I felt it happen last Friday. I cannot describe the relief – my whole bump has dropped a good inch or so, meaning I can breathe again, eat a whole meal again, I no longer have heartburn and my whole upper body feels free. I’m so much more comfortable – for now. The realisation this had happened sent me running to Boots for all the necessary for my…
  • I need a food net umbrella – for a baby

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    I swear both our cats knew I was pregnant before I did. Our eldest, Eddie, has been following me around from the word go, while our youngest, Daisy, was instantly more loving than usual. Eight months on she curls up alongside my bump at every available opportunity (pictured), and Eddie is never far away. Both of them are quite happy sitting on top of my bump even though the baby now kicks back as they paw before settling down, and when the baby shifts position they simply shift too. I’m guessing it’s all to do with pheromones, but either way, it’s got me thinking about how loving and…
  • If someone had told me this is what lunchtimes would involve, I wouldn’t have believed them

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    She might have just turned 3, but BB is itching to start school. She asks me daily what colour her uniform will be (I don’t know because it depends which over-subscribed school we actually manage to get her into), who will collect her and pick her up (again I don’t know because it depends how far away said school is) and can she go to the school in Time For School on Cbeebies (at last a question I can actually answer – no.) Being an August baby by this time next year she will be in reception class, but until then I’ve got to come up with ways to satisfy her school curiosity or suffer…
  • Aldi maternity clothes: you could get more than you bargained for

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    As a forces child I spent several years living in Germany, where our local supermarket was Aldi. I used to like going there because of the bins of totally non-supermarket and often pointless items, like watering cans in the shape of gnomes and solar sunflowers for the garden we didn’t have, which ran up the middle of the shop. As of next week those UK bins are now going to contain a ‘capsule’ collection of maternity and baby clothes, and I’ve been sent a few by way of sneak preview. There are dresses (£11.99, pictured), leggings (£6), tops (£9.99) and even a nappy changing bag…
  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: it’s no surprise my waist has expanded this week

    5 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    Week: 32 Waist: 38.5 inches (+0.5 inches) Feeling: Crampy legged I’m pleased to be able to report my craving for chicken soup now appears to have passed. In fact I don’t think I’ll be eating any for a very long time. Instead I’m eating and drinking other things it would never occur to me to consume normally, like squash (the liquid kind). I’ve been ridiculously thirsty throughout the entire pregnancy, and lately I’ve really been fancying squash, which I haven’t drunk for years. So when the nice people at Vimto kindly sent me some samples of their new no added sugar Squeezy water…
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    incy wincy spider | BLOG

  • My gentle giant, Aiden

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Mums never stop worrying about their kids.I am always the one reminding Aiden to 'be careful, don't run too fast', 'look in front, we are nearing the end of the escalator', 'stop jumping, careful of the sharp edges'. Hoping to prevent accidents from happening and shielding him from potential falls, cuts and injuries. When would it be considered overly protective? I want Aiden to learn to be aware of the danger in his environment and yet be resilient and have the ability to pick himself up from a fall. I was speaking to a mom of three kids recently and she shared how the first born will always…
  • The Second (Class) Child

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    As much as I know intuitively that I love both Aiden and Ava the same with all my heart, I have to admit that I conscientiously treat Aiden better than his baby sister, Ava.From toys, to our attention, to play time, to even exposure on social media, Ava gets significantly less. If she could talk and walk at 10 months old now, I’m pretty sure she would be heading straight for the Immigration Department to file a complaint for being treated as a second class citizen in the House of Yang. I don’t think I would get re-elected into office with a clear mandate if snap elections were to be…
  • 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…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • The Tough Talk: How to Discuss War, ISIS, and Terrorism With Your Kids

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Evan Field In the past nine years the Q & A topics in my home have covered body parts, how babies are made, how to be a good friend, religion, love, family, school … everything  a ‘nuclear’ family tackles in the confines of a safe suburban environment. My two kids are naturally inquisitive, and for the most part, they are positively receptive to the answers and lessons doled back. I am proud to say that we have done an A- to B+ job teaching them the appropriate lessons that pair with their questions and growing pains. We filter their misinformation and help them make sense out…
  • Screw Monotony — Mom’s Gotta Have Romance

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By E.J. Gordon This summer my girls were finally old enough to watch “Twilight” and sort of get it. Jay rented it for the three of them while our son was off at camp in an effort to get them out of my hair so I could work in the other room uninterrupted. But, alas, I am a girl too, and I found myself intrigued by the drama unfolding onscreen just a few feet away. I kept peeking in to see what was happening in this drama that had swept up all of the pre-teen and teen girls in its wake a few years ago. I confess that because I’m a bit of a literary snob, I’d never read the…
  • 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,…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Wordless Wednesday: Feeding

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does feeding look like? (Read more about feeding with love and respect on our resource page.) This is what baby-led weaning looks like. Sunny and Ari, 10 and 14 months. Elizabeth writes at Manic Pixie Dream Mama. From Ana: “Here’s Niko at about 6 months experimenting with (probably) pureed peaches and squash. I let him go at it with a spoon early. This picture represents a quite common scene from about 6-10 months, after which he got more advanced with the coordination.” From Megan Jorje has started each of her children off with breastmilk. Jorje…
  • Shy Children Don’t Need to be Fixed

    Ariadne Brill
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Supporting Introverted Children with Love and Respect A few years ago, our local school organized a crafting afternoon for all families. When we arrived, I noticed the craft activities had been set up in a very large and bright room. Children were running around, talking, laughing, and being lovely and loud. My then three year old, bubbled in, found a teacher he had met a few days prior and started making a feathered yellow duckling. My oldest son was five at the time, and jumping feet first into large, loud, social activities just wasn’t his style so we hung back to observe. Friendly words…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Playground

    9 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked you to share your favorite playground photographs. (Read more about Natural Learning on our resource page.) From Josie: Wild woods playground From Manic Pixie Dream Mama: Static electricity slide! See more from Kelly at Becoming Crunchy. Maddison finally made it to the top and back without any help yesterday. Her mom, Marybeth, was so excited! Shannon’s kids love the climbing trees at their local park almost as much as the playground nearby. Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. Momma Jorje, pregnant with Sasha, circa 2009. Jorje chooses to spend…
  • Our Life As Modern-Day Nomads

    Paige Lucas-Stannard
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have opened up their doors and given us a photo-rich glimpse into how they arrange their living spaces. My family of five lives in 194 square feet of space. Well, not really. Yes, our kitchen, bedrooms, tv room, computer room, and bathroom all fit into the 194 sqft of space in our 24′ Amerilite Travel Trailer but really our lives are lived with the whole of North…
  • Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

    Laura B.
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Who doesn’t enjoy quinoa? A perfect protein that doubles as a comfort food, I think it’s a food that can’t be beat! So when stuffed peppers sounded like the perfect supper idea, I decided to play around a bit with the recipe and it’s become a meal that we all love and no one complains about being hungry 20 minutes after we eat. And in a home where my children eat like hobbits, anything that fills them up is a success! This recipe is different in that the sauce is more like a Sloppy Joe, but it’s comforting and is a quick, week-night supper. The filling freezes…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • Not-So-Extreme Makeover: Sunshine and Rainbows Edition

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

  • Parenting Healthy is Accepting Bloggers for the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    I was just talking about planning this yesterday. I have never done a holiday gift guide and I wanted to do something different this year. Bloggers please, let the host know that I referred you for this great opportunity. Here is what you need to know You will be emailed more details soon with all the specifics Your Blog will be listed as a ‘PR Friendly’ blog on the Guide page For every Gift Guide post I write, a blogger will be chosen (at random) to be featured in the actual post with link back to your blog You get 1 free link in all Gift Guide giveaways to gain followers Every…
  • New Coupons – Hurry Limited Time Offers

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    20 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Lord & Taylor Coupons: 20% OFF 20% OFF Regular & Sale during Lord and Taylors’s Fashion Sale of the Season. Coupon code needed from Valid 9/15/14-9/29/14. Shop now! CJ Banks Coupons: 25% OFF Great Fashion Event at CJ Banks – Receive 25% off full price purchase. JCPenney Coupons: 15% OFF Save 15% Off your purchase at I’m in! Are you? Territory Ahead Coupons: 15% OFF Save 15% when you spend $100 or more with Territory Ahead – exceptional clothing for men and women. Sahalie Coupons: 20% OFF Sign Up for Sahalie Email and Get 20% Off Your Next…
  • Enter to Win A Hip Baby Wrap Giveaway Ends 10/6

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Babywearing is the perfect thing for new moms and babies! Although it can be carried on into toddler hood, those newborn days are the perfect time for bonding. It’s also great for allowing mom to maintain a routine while being hands free. I really regret not getting a wrap for my youngest son so that I could wear him. It would have made things easier for the entire family. He was a typical newborn and didn’t like being put down in his crib or play pen. He wanted to be snuggled up close to either my husband or myself. I wanted to bring you this great giveaway so that you have a…
  • Enter to Win a Pair of Wedding Shoes Giveaway Ends 9/22

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Wedding Shoes Giveaway September 19-22, 2014 Open to US Cinderella needed the perfect shoes with her perfect dress. Just look where them shoes got her. Which would be your perfect shoes. Bringing You Moments To Celebrate Sponsored by Top Wedding Organized by Celebrate Woman Today Weddings are a magical occasion. They could be themed with an original white dress and shoes or be so adventuresome in color, shape and style that the whole celebration becomes a theatrical performance of bride and groom and their entire entourage. These weddings are exciting and become more and more popular, as they…
  • Enter to Win a Prom Dress Sponsored by Top Wedding Giveaway Ends 9/22

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Prom Dress Giveaway September 19-22, 2014 Open to US My daughter is a junior in high school and will have to find the perfect prom dress before the end of her senior year. She has gone to several dances and formals over the last two years. I can’t wait to go shopping with her next year and find her perfect dress. I know that prom is a big deal to most high school students. I teamed up with some great bloggers to bring you this great giveaway so hopefully you can win your daughter the perfect prom dress of her dreams. Bringing You Moments To Celebrate Sponsored by Top Wedding Organized…
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  • Chef Shows Dads Ways to Cook Healthy Meals

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Chef Jennifer Peters is learning just how challenging it is to cook for children by making meals for her boyfriend’s sons. Peters’ boyfriend is a single father of two, and they’re all working together to enhance the boys’ eating habits. Her boyfriend is letting Peters flavor their diets as well as his own. “He’s modifying with me,” the Denver-based chef says with a laugh. She admits to a dash of gender bias when she says men can be a little intimidated in the kitchen. That’s why grilling is an ideal way for dads to deliver appetizing meals. “It’s such a healthy way to…
  • Embracing Childhood Innocence While It Lasts

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
    My children don’t know who Ray Rice is, have never heard the term ISIS and never give a second thought to D.C. corruption. If only it could stay that way. Part of a parent’s job is to slowly reveal the real world to their children. It’s a delicate process, one depending on age, maturity and factors often out of their control. Someday, sooner than later, your kids will learn it all. They’re in no hurry. Nor am I. Childhood, Take Two Parents live vicariously through their children. Their first tee ball game recalls your own diamond debut. That junior prom limo ride, the…
  • ‘Farmhouse Rules’ Star Nancy Fuller: No Excuse to Skip Healthy Meals

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Nancy Fuller has a simple answer for those who say cooking a healthy, hearty meal takes too long. Watch her show and see how wrong you are. Fuller somehow made a pitch for her Food Network show’s third season into a cheerful cry for food empowerment. It’s one reason why “Farmhouse Rules” made it to third season, which starts Sunday Sept. 14 at 12:30 EST. The entrepreneur turned reality show star spoke with bloggers earlier this week to talk about the new season and share some seasonal-friendly cooking tips. Fuller’s farm-bred tips and setting offer a relaxed, throwback spin on…
  • Modern Dads Are Kicking Cable Habit: Here’s How

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    A few years back the notion of cutting the cord on cable sounded absurd. I let my wife ban TV in our bedroom. That was as far as I was willing to go. Then I had kids. Suddenly, I didn’t have time for my oldest, dearest friend – cable TV. So roughly two years ago we cut the cord. Turns out I’m not alone. An April 2014 survey published by Experian Marketing Services said that 7.6 million U.S. households, or 6.5% of all U.S. households, had cut the cord — up 44% in the past three years. Ownership of an iPhone or iPad “noticeably increases the odds” that a…
  • How to Turn Your Garage into a Workshop

    6 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    (Guest post by Hank McKinsey) If you’re struggling to find extra space in your home for some relaxing work, you may be overlooking the most obvious answer: turn your garage into your own work space. Most peoples’ garages are filled to the brim with junk that’s unorganized and stacked in piles all over the place, which seriously limits the amount of available work space. While your garage will primarily be used to house your cars, you can still make this a very usable space with a few adjustments. Once you’ve made the changes, you can get even more extra room by backing your car…
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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

  • Lifestyle changes

    Kat English Mamma
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:21 pm
    I feel like I’m starting to get back on track but it’s time for some lifestyle changes. Despite being sick this week, I’ve managed to go for a 5km run and do some home training with the kettlebell. This is going to be just the start. Next week is a week of 7am starts at work (rather than my regular 6am) but I can use that extra hour to go running at least once before work. The boys are active, active, active at the moment. We’ve found a new way for O to run off some of that energy: football. Yep, I’m Stockholm’s newest “soccer mom”. It’s…
  • On the up again

    Kat English Mamma
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Well, I dropped off the blogging radar for a while there. So much was going on, and at the same time so little. I could have written a few posts but I felt it just would have been moaning and complaining. But now I am back. I wouldn’t say that I have this incredible new energy, but I do have more energy than I did. I have been going through a bit of a dip but now I feel like I’m on the up again. And I will be back with another post shortly. I have the wedding to write about and how the boys have been, especially on the language front after our week in the UK. I feel again as if I…
  • August – monthly round-up

    Kat English Mamma
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    When I sat down to write this August monthly round-up post, I simply could not remember what we had actually done this month, apart from return from holiday. Seriously, August has been a blur. We must have done some fun and exciting things? I consulted my planner and it seems that we did actually very little this month other than preschool for the boys and work for us and quiet(-ish) weekends. At the start of the month, we discovered (well, we did an internet search and found) a beach only ten minutes on the bike from us so we spent afternoons there whenever we could and when the weather…
  • 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.
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    Support for Stepdads

  • Essentials – What Your Kid May Need And You May Need To Pay For

    Anita Ginsburg
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Essentials – What Your Kid May Need And You May Need To Pay For from Support for Stepdads . As children get older their expenses seem to get larger. There are many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Support For Stepdads On voiceBoks

    Gerardo Campbell
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Support For Stepdads On voiceBoks from Support for Stepdads . Recently, I was published on voiceBoks. Described as the voice of parenthood, voiceBoks is an informational site... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Five Tips For Stepparents Joining Their New Family

    Chaleigh Glass
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Hello I hope you enjoy Five Tips For Stepparents Joining Their New Family from Support for Stepdads . Being a new stepparent can be an intimidating proposition.  With time, patience and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Four Tips to Making Sure Your Family Is Financially Protected

    Gerardo Campbell
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Four Tips to Making Sure Your Family Is Financially Protected from Support for Stepdads . Making sure your family is protected financially is top priority in any circumstance.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Burglary: Six Mistakes Burglars Exploit

    Anica Oaks
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Burglary: Six Mistakes Burglars Exploit from Support for Stepdads . According to the FBI, the US saw over 2,000,000 burglaries in 2010.  More alarming is many homeowners make... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • Tag! You’re It!

    Rebecca Wood
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Tonight’s post is very brief because we have to be up before dawn tomorrow for Charlie’s Upper GI. After today’s speech therapy (which went really well!), I took Charlie to a new (to us) park. Normally, when we go to the playground, I end up playing with Charlie. The other kids usually refer to her as a baby and show no interest in playing with her. Today was different. Charlie played her very first game of tag! It was a big day in our world.      
  • Plastic Toys

    Rebecca Wood
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Today was the first day of speech therapy for the fall semester. Charlie is back to her four day a week therapy schedule. Summer was nice while it lasted. Charlie attends speech therapy twice a week at a local university. It is much more affordable than private speech and has been more effective than EI. Since it is a teaching program, SLP students conduct the therapy session under the video supervision of an instructor. Each semester, the student assigned to Charlie changes. Charlie met her speech therapist for the fall semester today. She did well with Charlie. I think this is a promising…
  • One Of The Many Reasons Parenting Magazines Are Not Relatable To Me

    Rebecca Wood
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    Maybe it was because last night I had one of those nightmares in which I was pregnant again. Or, it may be because I know too many women who have lost their babies. Whatever it is, I was turned off to find an article titled “How Social Media Is Giving My Pregnancy Anxiety” in my Twitter feed. I’ve written before how I don’t relate to the articles in parenting magazines. I’ve had a distaste for them ever since a particular one repeatedly arrived unsolicited in my mail box to explain the exciting things occuring during my pregnancy long past the time my pregnancy…
  • The Steps Back

    Rebecca Wood
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Charlie has made so much progress, it’s only natural she would take a few steps back. This was the week for back sliding and hassles. Earlier this week, Charlie had her medicaid waiver eligibility interview. It did not go as well as hoped. Unfortunately, the medicaid waiver that applies to Charlie has a ten year waiting list. Although I still cling to hope that all this will be a memory in ten years, we are getting on the list. Later in the week, Charlie had a follow up with the gastroenterologist. There is some question as to what is going on in Charlie’s GI tract. To find an…
  • Flight

    Rebecca Wood
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Charlie has her Medicaid Waiver screening tomorrow. I’ve worried about it for about a month. If Charlie is found not eligible for a Medicaid Wavier, then we lose Medicaid as Charlie’s secondary insurance.  With all of her needs (PT, OT, ST, formula, medication, etc), I don’t know how we’ll manage without it. Without Medicaid, the services available to her will become limited and she will have to discontinue some of her therapy. We will go even deeper into medical debt because the bills will pile up much faster. For the last month, I’ve gathered documentation and…
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    Ruddy Bits

  • 6 Tips to Help Parents Enjoy Soccer Again

    Cort Ruddy
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    It's the time of year when parents spend many weekend mornings searching the house for that missing shin guard, scouring local sports stores for another pair of soccer socks and loading up lawn chairs for a season on the sidelines watching our young ones chase soccer balls around.Let's admit it: Soccer can be time-consuming, anxiety-inducing and even costly -- for kids, parents and coaches alike. With the right attitude, it can also be lots of fun. As a father of four, a long-time soccer fan and a youth soccer coach, here are a few tips that can improve your enjoyment of the so-called…
  • Please Don't Shank Your Sister

    Cort Ruddy
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    One of the best toys ever, say my kids. (Ruddy Bits and its subsidiaries have notbeen compensated for this opinion).“It’s a jail!”“No! It’s juvie!”“No. It’s a jail!”“It’s juvie!”Of all the arguments I’ve witnessed as a parent, this had to be the strangest, most surreal one yet. Our 6-year-old daughter had just used Magna Tiles™ to build herself a little structure, and decided to put a few small dolls inside. She called it a jail. Along came our 4-year-old son, who never lets anyone play with these magnetic building blocks alone. (For the record,…
  • 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…
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    No Bullying|Expert Advice On Cyber Bullying & School Bullying

  • The Legacy of Charlotte Dawson
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Charlotte Dawson, a well-know television presenter in Australia, committed suicide at age 47. On the day of her death, in the early evening, she was walking past restaurants on the wharf near her apartment. At night, she called a neighbor to invite them to visit her. They were too busy to come. She said not to bother coming over in the morning because she would be asleep. There was a double meaning in what she said, but not enough for them to notice something was desperately wrong. Then Charlotte hung herself. Many questions come from this. Not all the answers are knowable. Nevertheless, some…
  • Group Messaging – A Digital Bully
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today, kids are confronted with the same schoolyard issues of the past – bullying, practical jokes, insults, name calling, and other childish games. What was once relegated to school hours and stayed on the playground, has now been amplified by modern technology and advances in communication. The world we raise kids in is all about instant messages, texting, apps, and social media – sometimes these technologies can even overlap. We will be discussing the phenomena of “group messaging” and it’s effect on children. The harm can occur when children begin to develop…
  • Policies on Bullying in the United States Jurisdiction
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The rising epidemic of bullying in public schools across the United States has caused state legislature to present much needed Policies on Bullying and laws against these actions. Anti-bullying legislation focuses on national and state jurisdiction directed at preventing and stopping bullying among students. In 1999, the first states began to legally define bullying and create policies to enforce it. Prior to 1999 there were no statutes addressing school bullying specifically, so the charge of harassment was typically used in these incidents. Today, 46 out of 50 states have activated bullying…
  • Bullying in the Army: Does it still Exist in the Military?
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today’s military is a very different one from that of twenty or forty years ago. Where Bullying in the Army was often incorporated in training to maintain unit control as well as on the battlefield, today’s military indoctrinates all service members in understanding they have a role to catch, identify and stop bullying or hazing where and when it occurs. This policy has been issued repeatedly through the military branches as the U.S. military continues to migrate towards a professional, almost corporate-like fighting force versus the armies of the past. A Dark Past Bullying and…
  • Bullying Incidents
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Bullying Incidents, both online and in schools, has become a national epidemic. The popularity of the Internet and social media has spawned a new type of aggressive villain, the cyberbully. Now kids are pushed around in multiple arenas, at school, in social situations, and online. It is more important than ever for parents to be more involved in their children’s lives and to know with whom they associate and what they are encountering online. One State Takes Action In the year 2013 alone, the state of Indiana had a total of 9,396 bullying incidents reported in the public school system.
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  • GIVEAWAY: 3 month eMeals subscription!

    Meghan G
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    Tired of salads? Enter to win a 3 month subscription to eMeals! I'm not sure I ever mentioned this, but my husband has made me sweet potatoes and fresh spinach exactly ONE time in his life- and it was because he was following an eMeals plan! How HOT is that? Read GIVEAWAY: 3 month eMeals subscription! on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Apple Chutney Pork Roast I’m doing an eMeals Test Drive! Maple Mustard Pork Loin
  • 30 minute “Faux” Mein Recipe

    Meghan G
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    This easy lo mein recipe is quicker than takeout, can be made with beef, chicken, or tofu, has vegetarian and vegan variations, and my husband said it was better than the restaurant version. The sauce only has four ingredients- five if you count water. Everybody has got time for that! Read 30 minute “Faux” Mein Recipe on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Mary-Alice’s No Honey Honey chicken Meghan’s Homemade Red Sauce Skillet Coq au Vin (with Chicken and Vegetarian versions!)
  • Learning Resources Buggy Beads Giveaway Ends 9/20

    Meghan G
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    School is in session and it is important now, more than ever, to help kids keep their learning going! But learning does not have to boring or “work” – it can be fun, too! Krista over at Savory Savings recently checked out the Buggy Boards from Learning Resources and shares how these boards make counting and math more fun for her girls in kindergarten! Read Learning Resources Buggy Beads Giveaway Ends 9/20 on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Learning Resources Math Mat Giveaway ENDED Fish In Line from Learning Resources Giveaway ENDED…
  • We saw #MarvelUniverseLive and you should really go too.

    Meghan G
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    This show will wow you at any and every age. Unless you don't like super heroes. In which case- and I'm just being honest- I can't admit to knowing you. Read We saw #MarvelUniverseLive and you should really go too. on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic show review + photos Disney on Ice discount tickets REVIEW: Disney on Ice Presents LET’S CELEBRATE!
  • RAHWR! Nope. RAHWR! Nope.

    Meghan G
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    I'm glad to tell you that this dragon (NO. DINOSAUR. okay, how about versatile?) costume is up to the job. The sturdy cape is fully lined and closes with a velcro tab. (Not a flimsy tie or a hard to work snap- just a nice, well sewn tab that holds it on, but will come undone easily if the cape gets caught on something.) The mits have a slit opening with a little pocket above it, so your kiddo can pick between operating the claws, or operating their hands. It's cute with the fingers in or out, both. Read RAHWR! Nope. RAHWR! Nope. on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the…
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  • Q&A: 3 Year Old Has Separation Anxiety

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    My daughter recently turned 3. She still nurses and sleeps in our bed, which is fine with me. I am worried about her separation anxiety. It started around 10 months and got worse until about 13 months (she would scream as I took 2 min. showers while her dad hugged her on the other side of the glass). At 17 months she was showing some improvement and I started taking her to playgroup. She took a few weeks, but reached a point where she didn’t care if I left the room to go to the bathroom. At 20 months we moved to the U.S. She then had another peak in stranger anxiety and also would not…
  • Helpful Strategies for Apraxia of Speech or Late Talking Toddlers

    Rinda Graybill
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:59 pm
    In our previous article, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, we discussed some characteristics of suspected apraxia of speech in toddlers.  To redefine childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), it is a motor speech disorder.  A child who has CAS will have difficulty planning motor movements for speech production.  So, what does this mean?  A child with CAS will often know what they want to say, but when they go to say a word, the word that was in their brain gets lost before it gets to the mouth and throat to produce the word.  This results in the word not coming out at all, or not coming out…
  • Hand Holding Tips for Parents with Toddlers

    Stephanie Saikaly
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Holding your toddler’s hand can be one of the most beautiful connections between caregivers and children.  Yet, what if your toddler/child simply refuses to hold your hand?  What are we do to when we need to guide them or protect them from danger?  This is a topic often covered in sessions with my families who are concerned with safety and awareness of boundaries.  If you are struggling with hand-holding behaviors, here are some helpful intervention strategies and hand holding tips to get you started on thinking about how to adjust your approach.  Keep in mind, every…
  • 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…
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  • 3 Super Simple Mindfulness Techniques That Nobody Talks About

    Libby Beer
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever tried practicing mindfulness? It can be wonderful — experiences flow over you, making you see new beauty in familiar things. And taking that moment to just see what’s going on can change your whole outlook. Even in your less-than-proud moments, stepping back and paying attention makes a world of difference — not just for your plans to do better in the future, but for your mood in the moment. When you really notice that you feel like shouting at your baby for once again head-butting you instead of just going to sleep already, come on, we’re all exhausted —…
  • What is Mindfulness, And How to Reap its Benefits (Even if You Aren’t Into Touchy, Feely, New Agey Stuff)

    Yasmin Gamal
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    You’ve heard of mindful parenting, right? I know, silly question. You couldn’t have escaped it unless you were living in a pod in outer space — everybody and their pet seems to be talking about it these days. But, what exactly is mindfulness? And can you benefit from it even if you’re not quite into the whole touchy, feely, new-agey stuff? I hear you. I stumbled on mindfulness by chance, or fate, depending on how you look at it and what you believe. Either way it was a happy incident. We were in Kuala Lumpur Airport waiting for our plane to arrive and decided to grab a…
  • 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…
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  • 10 Simple and Effective Ways to Encourage Talking in Toddlers

    Anjana Jins
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Curious Minds and Razor Sights, our toddlers are learning at every step they venture. A quiet house will lull them to sleep; a dark atmosphere will make no crackles.  So let us be proactive, trigger their talking buds and make room for a happening life. So what if they communicate in cries and laughter, keep [...] The post 10 Simple and Effective Ways to Encourage Talking in Toddlers appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Beetroot Halwa for Toddlers and Kids

    yamuna balamurugan
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Have you tried the beetroot carrot soup for your baby? One fine day I tried giving plain beetroot puree to my baby, but she refused to have it even one spoon. I didn’t want to waste the beetroot puree. It was then the idea of making beetroot halwa came to my mind. I made Beetroot [...] The post Beetroot Halwa for Toddlers and Kids appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • FREE Printable Food Chart for 2 Year Old

    Sangeetha Menon
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    As usual I was sitting with my laptop to write my blog post for the day at 4.30 am. Amma passed by my room and saw me awake with the laptop. She asked me whether I was writing post to which I nodded yes. ‘Where do you get topics to write from?  How do you [...] The post FREE Printable Food Chart for 2 Year Old appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Dr. Debmita Dutta Parenting and Wellness Consultant in Bumps n Baby Expert Panel

    Sangeetha Menon
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Hi please join me in welcoming Dr. Debmita Dutta MBBS MD, Parenting and Wellness Consultant into the expert panel of Bumps n Baby. Practicing in Bangalore, Dr.Debmita helps a parent right from their conceiving phase. She conducts ante natal classes and workshops for parents of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school aged children, tweens and teens. She [...] The post Dr. Debmita Dutta Parenting and Wellness Consultant in Bumps n Baby Expert Panel appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Spinach Poori or Palak Poori

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    My little one always waves his hand at everyone and gives them a cute smile. One day, while coming out of our building, as usual he waved his hand to a cyclewala grocer standing out. He thought that we called him and came inside the compound gate. He was carrying fresh palak/spinach from a nearby [...] The post Spinach Poori or Palak Poori appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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  • 5 rules for dating your spouse

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    As busy as family life can be, the need to connect to one's spouse and have some "we" time is extremely important. Much has been written about the value of "date nights" or dating your spouse, but there is very little advice on how to actually make that it happen and make it enjoyable. The following are 5 rules for dating your spouse and ensuring that the value of your relationship is maintained for years to come.Make it a priority. First and foremost, the value of dating your spouse has to be realized and a commitment made between the two of you. Date night needs to be held at the same level…
  • Why You Shouldn't Compare Yourself to Others

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    As a parent it can be tempting to start comparing your family to another. Especially if you are interacting on social media you may notice you start to compare your vacation, job, family, and children to your friend's posts on social media. Parents often talk about their children's successes and post adorable pictures of their kids on these outlets. In order not to play the comparison game you need to be aware of your thoughts and feelings. Whenever you start to feel inadequate or insufficient, check yourself. Are you unrealistically comparing yourself to others? Here are four reasons why you…
  • Kids and Expressing Anger in a Healthy Manner

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Everyone gets angry at one time or another, but what do you do when your child has a hard time expressing anger in a healthy manner? This is something that quite a few parents have an issue with as some parents don't necessarily know how to express their own anger in a healthy way. Knowing how to express anger in a way where it doesn't hurt other people or yourself can be an extremely beneficial tool.Red faces, screaming, calling other kids bad names and clenched teeth will never get your child anywhere. Many children become bullies at school because they don't know how to manage their anger.
  • Treats for Teachers That Won't Cost You a Cent

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    By now you're back into the swing of the school year. Your children have succumbed to earlier bedtimes and frighteningly early wake times. You've even accepted your new chore of making school lunches before you make your own. The school year is upon us and it is easy to slip back into old routines and forget about the people you are entrusting your children to each and every day. Your children's teachers are back at work, too.Treats for teachers might be the last thing on your mind. After all, they've had a lazy summer of studying curricula and spending their own money on countless classroom…
  • The Five Best Series on Netflix This Fall For Moms

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    You really can't get any more subjective than this. I am a working mom with a special needs child and I am making a list of the five best series on Netflix for Fall. I didn't do a survey, or research viewership stats. I simply decided that this Fall, these are the shows I want to spend my very rare and very precious free time watching. If you'd like to indulge in something different, far be it for this mom to stop you, but if you're a tired, rundown, overworked and yet strangely happy mom, like me, these shows might do it for you, too.SherlockDo not, I repeat, do not attempt to watch this…
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  • Three Year-Old, Lost For 11 Days In Siberian Wilderness, Finally Head Home!

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    The jungle can be a vast, often beautiful, but downright scary place. Not too many adults could likely survive 11 days out in the wilderness with no food, water, or shelter, let alone a three year-old little girl. But Karina Chikitova, being hailed as the real-life Mowgli, beat the odds after being lost for 11 days alone, in the Siberian wilderness, and was recently discharged from the hospital. It all began on a summer day in late July, in a remote village, when Karina’s father had ventured out into the forest and the girl followed him, though at the time he was unaware of it. The…
  • Newborn Baby Rescued from Restroom Pipes after Mother Abandons it in Toilet

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    It seems we hear all too many stories of the abandoned babies all over the world; today, we have yet another one to share – one where the young mother delivered the baby and then left it in the toilet to return to her classes. Thankfully, this one does have a happy ending. Authorities in China believe that the mother may have wanted to try and hide her pregnancy altogether, and that, when she went into labour, she simply left the baby in the toilet. Because the plumbing didn’t have a water filled U-bend, the infant became lodged in the 20 centimeter wide pipes a short way down. Her cries…
  • Pregnant Woman Chases Mugger and Then Delivers

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    With her very pregnant belly, Kristen Thompson probably looked like a pretty easy target to the mugger that tried to steal her purse. But he quickly discovered that looks can be deceiving. After finishing her grocery shopping at a Michigan Kroger’s on September 11th, Kristen started loading her groceries into her truck. Right then, as if carefully calculated, the mugger swopped in. “I only had three bags so I went to put them in [my truck] and this guy came out of nowhere and snatched my purse,” Kristen told PEOPLE. “I ran after him. It was just an instant reaction. I was mad.
  • Kourtney Kardashian Runs Errands in LA

    Lisa Arneill
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Kourtney Kardashian may be almost 8 months pregnant but she is not slowing down! The reality star was spotted heading to her car on Thursday after leaving an appointment in Los Angeles. Cute and comfy in a belly hugging top and shirt, Kourtney traded her high heels for swede ankle boots. Reportedly pregnant with a baby girl, Kourtney stepped out on Wednesday wearing a white blouse, silver shorts and snakeskin gladiator boots. The mom-to-be was joined by her family to film scenes for their show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Always filming,  Kourtney, her family and Khloe wrapped…
  • Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher Stroll in LA

    Lisa Arneill
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    It won’t be long before they’re on diaper duty so Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are spending as much time out together before the big delivery day! The couple was photographed out for a stroll on Wednesday(Sept. 17) after grabbing some breakfast at Flake in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. The parents-to-be were photographed walking hand in hand down the street while sipping their beverages. Just days away from welcoming their baby, Ashton & Mila were spotted at the Lexus dealership earlier this week picking out a new vehicle, and checking to see if their new stroller…
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  • Why September is a Great Time to Match

    7 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Where did this summer go?  It’s hard to believe we’re already into the second week of September and school has started!  So now that school has begun, so has all of the extracurricular activities and the constant taxiing service! Now is a great time to match with an Au Pair!  As the school year gets going more, so does the stress of making sure everyone is where they need to be, out the door and to the bus on time, and homework done and in bed ready for the next day. An Au Pair can help with all of this and help lessen the stress for parents, as well as for the kids.  Au Pairs…
  • Technology- Making it Easier to Stay in Touch!

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    I remember back in the “olden” days when I was younger having to buy calling cards to make long distance phone calls.  I also remember the big trouble I got into if I ran up a phone bill on my parents phone.  Even calls to just a few towns over would be charged as a long distance call! I also remember my friends going away to camp and sending them handwritten letters, and LOVING when I got a letter from them!  I never went away to camp or traveled far from my family and friends for fear I would get homesick. Oh, how times have changed!  When I arrived to the pool party early…
  • Splash! Host Family and Au Pair Pool Party!

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
    I hate to brag, but I think I have the best host family and au pair cluster around!  One of our host family’s, the Sullivans, hosted an amazing pool party for all of the families and au pairs in our cluster. Each au pair brought a dish (or two!) from their home country, and there wasn’t a crumb left!  We had a delicious South African dessert and chicken dish, amazing shrimp ceviche from Ecuador, and homemade dumplings from China, interspersed with all American barbecue cuisine! It was so nice to finally meet all the host families that I have not yet met.  We all literally…
  • Texting and Driving… DON’T Drive “Intexticated”

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    When I received my monthly LAR newsletter, there was a blurb in it about texting and driving and how someone made the comment that “they are good at doing it, so not to worry.”  You SHOULD and NEED to worry about this ever growing problem! Everyday my Facebook newsfeed is flooded with articles about horrific deaths or injuries caused by texting and driving.  The statistics are scary, with over 1.6 million accidents, 330,000 injuries, and 11 teen deaths EVERY day caused by texting and driving!  And it is 6 times more likely to happen while texting and driving than while driving…
  • Au Pairs, Providing a Cultural Experience you Don’t Get from Nannies or other Childcare!

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:21 pm
    One of the greatest things I find with the Au Pair program is the cultural experience they bring to their host families, as well as to myself!  Every time I go out with the Au Pairs in my cluster, I learn something new; which I love to share with friends and family. Having an Au Pair share and bring their culture into a home is invaluable.  The number one lesson I feel that it teachers is tolerance.  Children, as well as adults, are often nervous or scared of something they don’t know or understand.  There is so much prejudice in the world because of these fears.  Exposing children…
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  • 4 SAT Tips to Score 2300+

    Victor dMdB
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    SAT tips to get you to the top SAT is perhaps one of the single most daunting tests high-schoolers all over the world have to face at one point in their lives. Unfortunately, it is also a prerequisite for entry to places in some of the most prestigious and coveted universities in the US such as Harvard College or Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yet challenging is not synonymous to impossible. There are handles and grips to the SAT – only if you know where to find it and how to use it to your advantage! Here are 4 proven SAT tips to ace your ecam and win yourself a place in your dream…
  • 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…
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    Funderstanding: Education, Curriculum and Learning Resources

  • To learn anything well, get it in your feelings!

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

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

    Geoffrey Caine
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:46 am
      Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of learning and guiding the learning of others, such as our kids, is that many of the “obvious” things to do sometimes just don’t work.  They should.  Everyone seems to agree.  But they don’t.  And for years I’ve been asking why. My first hint that not all was what it seemed to be occurred many years ago in my high school in Australia.  I was always an “A” student, and in my final year I aced a physics test.  The principal was so proud of me he came into the classroom and called me to the front to praise me.  Then he asked a…
  • So You Don’t Like Standardized Tests—What’s the Alternative?

    Ashley Sutphin Watkins
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
      We recently covered standardized testing, and all of the associated pitfalls, and while it can be easy to know what you don’t like about rigorously testing students, the next question often becomes, “okay, so how do we replace it?” That’s where it becomes a bit trickier. For all of the downsides of standardized testing, it does still hold some purpose—primarily as a way to make schools and teachers accountable. Accountability is important, particularly when billions of dollars are being spent on education in this country. With that being said, as more and more money pours…
  • 3 Fun Projects Your Kids Can Do Over The Summer

    5 Jun 2014 | 8:32 am
      Summer officially starts in 15 days! Now is the perfect time to make plans on what to accomplish during these three months. Here is Funderstanding’s take on 3 fun projects you and your kids could do over this summer:   Instagram Summer is for fun so let it be fun! And as importantly, let it be about family. So here’s an idea. Create a family instagram account. Let it be a place where everyone in the family can share pictures. Teach your parents and grandparents how to logon to see the things you are up to. What grandparent doesn’t want to see pictures of their…
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    Raising Wild Ones

  • The kindness of strangers

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:47 pm
    ‘Is that my soup?’ ‘huh? yours? I don’t know how it got in the trolley’ ‘It’s mine, I picked it up. Can I have it for lunch tomorrow?’ ‘Will you actually eat it?’ ‘YES!’ ‘Hmm’ *skeptical face*… ‘What is it then?’ ‘I don’t know. What is it?’ ‘It’s… er.. Hungarian beef goulash’ ‘MMMMM yum!’ Haha. […] The post The kindness of strangers appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    Anyone with kids will know that having a decent vacuum cleaner is worth it’s weight in gold. I have been using a Henry for about, oh, 10 years now? Blissfully ignorant, I’ve dragged poor Henry around my house every day, up the stairs, one at a time. Clunk. Clunk. Clunk. I’ve nearly pulled my hair […] The post Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • Making the switch to stainless steel drinking straws

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Ok, I’ve been a bit AWOL recently, work is stressful, my house is packed up into boxes etc.. you get the picture. I really don’t have much time for anything at the moment other than work, commuting to work, or sorting through boxes. So although I didn’t get a chance to post during Zero Waste […] The post Making the switch to stainless steel drinking straws appeared first on 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.
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  • Application Time: Support your Child Without being Overly Involved

    Prab Singh
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Parents can be a valuable resource in preparing for college, but remember who is actually going to college! As you can imagine, I have an assortment of different parents who come along with the most wonderful students I have the pleasure of working with. While they all share the same desire of wanting the best for their children, I would say the similarities end there. I have the “Tiger Moms”, the “Helicopter Dads”, the “Kun-by-Ya Parents”, the “Doctor/Engineer/Lawyer Parents” and the “Been-There-Done-That Uncles and Aunts”. All of them want to do their best to make sure…
  • My Experience as Student Editor at ParentEdge

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Ramya Ramalingam This blog has been contributed by Ramya Ramalingam, Student Editor of Issue 20 (september-October 2014) of ParentEdge. Around April 2013, I started writing short articles for ParentEdge magazine, though I wasn’t yet an intern. I’d always liked writing, but my works were usually unadulterated and raw and I hadn’t honed my writing skills before I was given this opportunity. However, when I started writing articles for ParentEdge, I was given interesting but slightly challenging themes to write about such as “Good Homestays in India” and “Child-friendly…
  • A Review of ‘Rays and Rains’ by Aparajita Bose

    Kritika Srinivasan
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Aparajita Bose was one of ParentEdge’s earliest bloggers and contributed some lovely pieces on parenting—simple, everyday musings, her observations, lessons learnt on her journey as a parent. And now, she has taken all these blogs and many more and compiled them into a book – ‘Rays and Rains.’ The title says it all, for the blogs in this book talk about a whole range of aspects related to parenting—both the joyful, heart-squeezes-with-love moments when we cannot remember what life was like before our kids, and the painful, hair-tearing, pulling-off-my-fingernails-would-be-easier…
  • Dealing with Serious Injuries in School

    Swati Nitin Gupta
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:09 pm
    When my son joined his new school – we all were happy for him – but few days into the new school the enthusiasm was replaced with tantrums and his repeated requests of either to change the school or get him a sick leave. As a parent I was worried because my son, otherwise enthusiastic child, was avoiding school. However, I assured him that I will speak with his teacher and settle the matter, but for now he has to go to school. I did speak with the teacher and everything was fine until one day he came home with his upper lip swollen and his front tooth broken revealing all the roots and…
  • Disability: It’s all in the Mind

    Deepa Garwa
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:28 am
    There is an old adage about age, that age is an issue of mind, if you don’t mind it doesn’t matter. After being a mother of a special needs child for the last seven years I can completely identify with the saying, but in the context of disability. The perception about disability too is an issue of mind and no matter how hard it seems to people who are not directly associated with the ‘special needs people’, to us, it doesn’t matter anymore. Sadly, it was not always like this. There was a time when it did matter and when it did affect us in a huge way. This is an incident that I…
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  • Quick Tip: 6 Habits of Highly Effective Parents

    Guest Author
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    There’s no one way to raise a kid right. But there are a few things that highly effective parents do. Take a look at some of the 6 habits of highly effective parents. Do you do any of these?
  • How Domestic Violence Affects Children

    Nathaniel Turner
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    When I was a small child, my mom would routinely remind my sister and me to “keep your hands to yourself”. As is the case with juvenile siblings, almost daily we found something to be antagonistic about. Whether it was bothering something that belonged to the other or if it was calling each other a […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Give-away – Little Frog Alexandrite

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Our baby wearing stash is having a bit of a shake up at the moment. I’m not using a lot of the wraps we have so I’m slowly getting rid of them and getting different ones so I thought I would share the baby wearing love by passing on this lovely Little Frog, Alexandrite, size 4. This is a great wrap but we’ve barely used it because I’ve loved others so much more. It’s 100% cotton but still lovely and supportive, I can still do simple single layer carries with T without any problem. It’s also a very cool wrap so it’s perfect as we are coming into…
  • Our First Road Trip With A Toddler

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:51 pm
    This weekend we went to visit family about 5 hours away and I was a little worried how T would handle being in the car for that long. I considered turning her car seat forward facing for the trip but then realised she likely wouldn’t want to go back the other way and it is of course much safer so I pushed that idea aside. I honestly thought we would be in for a lot of screaming and complaining for the drive. Turns out, I was totally wrong! We left mid afternoon on Friday because we had to wait till hubby finished work. I made sure the little lady didn’t have nap so that she would…
  • Doterra Essential Oils

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:03 pm
    I mentioned recently that I am making an effort to rid our house of chemical filled products and to an extent conventional medicines etc. and at the moment I’m really in to essential oils (we use Doterra). Anyway, we are going on a mini road trip with my family this weekend so I decided that I would make up some blends to take with us just in case and I thought I would share them with you. Muscle Blend This is great if you have sore muscles. I rub it into my husbands back after he’s had a particularly full on day at work and he swears by it.  10 drops ice blue 5 drops tea tree…
  • 15 Month Update!

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    So, our little lady is 15 (and a bit) months now. I can’t believe how big she is getting now. She’s finally getting the hang of the whole walking thing and it’s almost becoming her primary way of getting around which is very exciting. At the moment she is pretty much the most grumpy toddler in the world. Nothing makes her happy, when we are at home she grizzles so I assume she’s bored and we had out and do something but she grizzles then too. I noticed this morning that she has 4 new teeth popping up all at once so that’s a pretty good explanation for the grumps!
  • A Simple Lunch

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    It’s been a while since I’ve posted any recipes, well it’s been a while since I posted anything so I thought I would share our simple, but delicious lunch today for a toddler who is cutting 4 teeth at once.  We had beetroot and feta dip, guacamole. lavash crackers, carrot sticks and capsicum sticks. Recipes to follow. Beetroot and Feta Dip 4 small beetroot ( I used precooked) 1 clove garlic 1 packet of soft feta 20 g balsamic vinegar 1 tbs olive oil Pinch of salt Directions Put beetroot into bowl speed 8 for 10 seconds Scrape down sides and add all remaining ingredients.
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  • 5 things that successful people hate

    Santoshh Singh
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:11 am
    The post 5 things that successful people hate appeared first on Palchoice. Do you want to know what are the 5 things that successful people hate? In fact they hate these things so much that they avoid it like a plague. And because they do this they are so successful in life. Every single person on this earth possesses these 5 things. But the best part is [...] The post 5 things that successful people hate appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Best free wordpress plugin to boost traffic

    Santoshh Singh
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    The post Best free wordpress plugin to boost traffic appeared first on Palchoice.   It is a dream of every blogger to attract millions of visitors to his blog. Obviously more visitor means more money and a successful blog. But most blogger struggle to attract sufficient traffic to their blog. Not getting enough traffic is an extremely frustrating and heart breaking experience. Lack of traffic can kill your [...] The post Best free wordpress plugin to boost traffic appeared first on Palchoice.
  • How to prevent relationship from going sour

    Santoshh Singh
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    The post How to prevent relationship from going sour appeared first on Palchoice. We all want to prevent relationship from going sour with our loved ones? When two people are living together then there is every possibility that sometimes they will lock horns with each other. Everyone is different and hence their thinking is also different.  Your thinking and your parents thinking may be entirely different. There is [...] The post How to prevent relationship from going sour appeared first on Palchoice.
  • How to stop worrying

    Santoshh Singh
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    The post How to stop worrying appeared first on Palchoice. Every now and then you must have thought in your mind how we can stop worrying? We all worry about so many things in our life. Some people are worried about money; some for job, marriage, children, promotion and the list goes on. To worry a bit is natural. But if you worry excessively about [...] The post How to stop worrying appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Best comment plugin for unlimited traffic

    Santoshh Singh
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The post Best comment plugin for unlimited traffic appeared first on Palchoice. Do you know which is the best comment plugin that can attract tons of traffic to your blog? My friend there is none… But wait there is a way… We should understand that crowd of every blog is different and so do their behavior. Nobody can give you a secret. A secret once told never [...] The post Best comment plugin for unlimited traffic appeared first on Palchoice.
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    Sessa Daily

  • This Week’s Roundup (19.09.14)

    Sessa Daily
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The post This Week’s Roundup (19.09.14) appeared first on %% This week has been a very busy and exhausting week. Little miss G is definitely teething and I’m pretty sure she’s going through leap 5 of the Wonder Weeks. Though, according to her due date she shouldn’t be doing that for another week or so. But honestly, who the hell knows what to believe anymore. Since going to see an Osteopath the other week, she had been doing MUCH better during the day but still sleeping horribly at night. But about 3 days ago it all went out the window.
  • Parenting Book Club!

    Sessa Daily
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    The post Parenting Book Club! appeared first on %% Introducing Parenting Book Club! Alright – I have to admit I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with books at the moment. I can’t seem to start one without instantly finding another I want to read and then both of them end up half read on my nightstand. The only books I seem to be able to fully get through are parenting ones – and they usually leave me a little confused (conflicting advice, arrrrggh!!) and with a million questions. This morning it occurred to me that it would be awesome to start a…
  • New Photography Linky – Blogging Photo Hacks

    Sessa Daily
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The post New Photography Linky – Blogging Photo Hacks appeared first on %% Welcome to my new Blogging Photography Hacks Link Party! Photography is something that I’ve had a big interest in for a long time. I studied it as part of my overall university degree and I’m known for over-documenting everything. I’ve been joining in a lot of twitter chats lately (#lbloggers and #socialbloggers etc) and one of the themes that keeps coming up again and again is how important photos are and how much people have learned since beginning their own blog.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY HACK: 5 Quick & Easy Tips For Better Baby Photos

    Sessa Daily
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The post PHOTOGRAPHY HACK: 5 Quick & Easy Tips For Better Baby Photos appeared first on %% I’ve been taking a tonne of photos lately. More so than usual (which people who know me might think is impossible..but it’s true). I guess there’s nothing more motivating than a newborn and an obsession with documenting EVERYTHING. However, babies aren’t always the easiest things to photograph – they move a lot; they are impossible to pose (you can be sure that sweet smile will turn into a wail the second you get your camera out; they have short…
  • 10 Newborn Baby Essentials

    Sessa Daily
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:22 am
    The post 10 Newborn Baby Essentials appeared first on %% As a follow up to my preparing to bring baby home from the hospital post (back here) – I thought it would be good to put together a specific list of essential newborn items that I absolutely could not have survived without. Diapers – Obviously. You are going to need lots and lots of diapers. Whatever brand you choose, make sure you get the first size (suitable for newborns) and buy in bulk. Water Wipes – These are amazing and replace generic baby wipes. They’re 99.9% water and 0.1% fruit…
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  • Dinner, Music, Art and Ninja Skills

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    We went out for dinner, slightly unusual for a Sunday night, but because it was the school holidays. It is really hard finding suitable food for El. As a picky eater, he stopped eating the mac and cheese after tasting … Continue reading → Tags:  dinner, geronimo stilton, manuscript book, music, picky eater, water colours Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Tales of The Frog Prince  Wild Kratts  Drawing Faces  Mum and Dad Restraunt…
  • Flea Market And Mid Autumn Festival

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    The best time to go to an annual flea market is to go after it is supposed to be closing, because that is when you get fire sale prices! After dinner, we rushed home for a Mid Autumn Festival Celebration … Continue reading → Tags:  discovery story box, early readers, flea market, juggler, mid autumn festival, story box magazines Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    The Day El Came Home On His Own  Bishan Park and Grub  Recovery Phase…
  • Playing Dinosaur Charades

    7 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Somebody once mentioned her child wanted to play charades, of dinosaurs no less. I never thought that it would happen to me. El, the boy who loves dinosaurs, suddenly announced we were playing dinosaur charades, and started acting like a … Continue reading → Tags:  ankylosaurus, compsognathus, dinosaur charades, diplodocus, gifted child, iguanodon, pteranodon, sauropod Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  2 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    First Staycation In Years  Kampong Glam Heritage Trail…
  • Moonlight Parties

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Mid-Autumn, or Zhongqiu is round the corner. I have attended two such parties while the moon is still a crescent. It sorts of defeats the purpose of ‘shang yue’, or admiring the full moon on the fifteenth day of the … Continue reading → Tags:  lantern festival, mid autumn festival, moonlight party Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    It's A Jungle Out There  Reading To Gar At Night  Gar's Hospital Stay  Word Play and…
  • Different Faces Of Gifted People

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    When I was in secondary school, I made a friend who was acting as Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls. The delivery was great. She was excellent in literature and drama. I did not know her mathematics and ability to … Continue reading → Tags:  gifted adults, gifted children, gifted in Singapore, gifted stream, multiple intelligences Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    El's Sports Day  Favourite cartoons  Finding True Peers  Dirty…
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  • People's Climate March: 9 Ways to Get Kids Involved

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Post by Suzee Skwiot. This Sunday, September 21, thousands of participants will take to the streets of New York City to join in the People's Climate March. Heads of state are headed to the Big Apple to attend a summit on climate change. Meanwhile, the march is one of the biggest climate mobilization moments ever in history, and you can take part in it too. Whether you can make it to New York to take part in the big event or you'll be active from across the country, you can lend your voice and support to the cause. Better yet, you can get your children involved. Teach them about the importance…
  • 12 Scientific Facts About Spanking Your Kids

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Post by Suzee Skwiot. Over the past week, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been accused of abusing two of his sons. He was charged with beating his 4-year-old child with a switch and leaving another 4-year-old with a scarred head. While much of the drama has surrounded the NFL and the Vikings over their handling of the case, the news has also shined a light on the act itself. The star football player has essentially become the face of corporal punishment. Corporal punishment, and spanking in particular, has been a hot debate in the parenting community for generations. Those…
  • 'No Gift' Kid Birthday Parties: What's a Guest to Do?

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Post by Judy Dutton. Talk about awkward: Your kid is invited to a birthday party, only the invitation says guests should bring "no gifts." If you've ever found yourself in this predicament, you might surmise deep down that you're screwed no matter what: If you follow the host's wishes and show up empty-handed, you will feel like a heel, particularly if other guests bring gifts anyway. Or, if you blow it off and bring a present, the host might truly be miffed and thank you through gritted teeth."No gift" kid birthday parties may be tricky to navigate, but navigate we must, since they're…
  • 12 Surprising Scientific Facts About Girls

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Post by Jodi Meltzer. Girls, girls, girls! Of course we know about their passion for all things princess (apologies for the mostly true stereotype) and their flair for the dramatic (again, apologies), but girls are unique in fascinating ways. Turns out girls have some advantages straight out of the womb ... and some that pop up in adolescence. Other characteristics really do make them vulnerable to topsy-turvey teenage years.  Here are 12 facts about girls that may surprise you.Is #9 in the slideshow true of your daughter? Images © Samantha Scott/Sam I Am Photography/Corbis; image ©…
  • 21 States Aren't Keeping Kids Safe: Is Yours on the List?

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    Post by Suzee Skwiot. We're well into back to school season, and as your kids are starting to spend the majority of their day away from home, do you really know how safe they are in case of an emergency? Save the Children, an organization that focuses on child safety and wellness, recently came out with its annual Disaster Report Card that gauges how well each state is prepared to handle a disaster. The scary news? Nearly half the states in the nation are not prepared to protect our kids! From multi-hazard plans for schools to evacuation plans for special needs students and child care…
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  • Practical Tips on How to Get Babies to Sleep and Stay Asleep

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

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

    Gloria Duff
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Many infants have difficulty with getting to sleep and staying asleep. This often results in both you and your baby not getting enough sleep and suffering from low energy during the day. Sleep disorders in older children and adults can be rooted in infancy, so it’s best to deal with them now. Luckily, there are many techniques you can try to help your baby cope with sleep disturbances. Reading baby monitor reviews and finding the best baby monitor can also help you keep tabs on your child’s sleep patterns. Every baby is different, and the trick is figuring out what works for you…
  • The Best Sleeping Positions for Your Baby

    Gloria Duff
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Most parents who have a new baby will look for the best baby monitor. They will also probably be wondering the best position for their baby to sleep in. Whether you are a parent who chooses to use a baby monitor or not, it is a good idea to know the best position for your baby to sleep in. There are many baby monitor reviews that will tell you that you do not have to worry about the sleeping position of your baby as long as you are using a monitor, but you should always understand what is best for your baby. The most widely recognized phrase when it comes to the position a baby should sleep…
  • Can Summer Infant Secure Sight Give You a Secure Peace of Mind?

    Gloria Duff
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    The Secure Sight Digital Color Video Monitor by Summer Infant is a baby monitor that offers night vision, a color receiver, and the ability to use up to three cameras. With a range of more than 400 feet and a backlit LCD display, this video monitor is built for those who want to keep track of their children while away either at night or during the day. A good mommy friend of mine recently purchased this baby monitor so that she could keep track of her baby while she is away sleeping at night or while she is doing chores around the home. I felt that the product had many advantages, but it had…
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