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  • The Most Brain-Damaging Word in the English Language

    The Committed Parent
    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…
  • What I Want You To Know About Being A Safe Family

    Rage Against the Minivan
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest posts is by Anonymous Writer. Every night I rock a baby to sleep that isn't mine. I won't be keeping her. My job is to love her right now until her mom comes back for her. It's also my job to hold her older siblings while they cry themselves to sleep because they miss their mommy and…
  • Whatever you do, do not joke about Blue Ivy's hair

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    Sara McGinnis
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities There's a whole lot of drama going down over one joke about Blue Ivy Carter's hair. At the center of the backlash is Karrueche Tran, the girlfriend of Chris Brown and 106 & Park guest co-host who rattled off the jab at Beyocne and Jay-Z's daughter from a teleprompter. As... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • US: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere.
  • Morning Break: Mr. and Mrs. Cheech and Chong, Tech Czar for Obamacare

    MedPage Today Pediatrics
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Whatever you do, do not joke about Blue Ivy's hair

    Sara McGinnis
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities There's a whole lot of drama going down over one joke about Blue Ivy Carter's hair. At the center of the backlash is Karrueche Tran, the girlfriend of Chris Brown and 106 & Park guest co-host who rattled off the jab at Beyocne and Jay-Z's daughter from a teleprompter. As... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Can 5 days without screens improve kids' emotional skills?

    Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. posted in Mom Stories Being able to read another person’s emotions is crucial. It's essential for social relationships, success on the job, even for personal safety and the ability to detect lies. Do kids spend enough time sharpening such skills? Perhaps many do. But a recent study conducted by researchers at... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • 35 weeks: I survived my 2-year-old's birthday party!

    Victoria Merkys
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    by Victoria Merkys posted in Mom Stories I bite into yet another yummy piece of leftover cake as I write this blog about surviving a huge celebration we hosted at our home over the weekend. Never did I think I would be able to pull off this party, but we managed and I’m actually not... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Black Breastfeeding Week: Why more black moms should breastfeed

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Mom Stories When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter three years ago, I remember telling family members that I wanted to breastfeed for at least a year. I got all sorts of weird looks and comments. I remember someone telling me 3 to 6 months is all... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • 7 gluten-free lunch ideas for back to school

    Kami Bigler
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    by Kami Bigler posted in Life & Home My little family has been making a lot of diet changes lately. It's been a challenge to eat healthier as a family, but it's a challenge I'm actually enjoying. I've been making a lot of food from scratch. It's not easy, but it's definitely better for us.... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
 
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    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

  • US: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere.
  • Immigration could set stage for big U.S. budget showdown

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Congress who object to President Barack Obama's immigration policies are threatening to tie a must-pass budget bill to the issue, making for a possible showdown in September and raising the specter of a government shutdown. Federal agencies were shut down for 16 days because of a lack of funds, before a bruised Republican Party relented. Now, with partisanship running high ahead of November's congressional elections, infighting over the spending bill - known as the continuing resolution, or CR - could become even more acute. Such a move could prompt some Republicans to retaliate by…
  • CBS releases outtakes from interview it held back

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    NEW YORK (AP) — The release of U.S. journalist Peter Theo Curtis by Syrian captors has prompted "60 Minutes" to issue portions of an interview with a fellow ex-hostage that the show had edited last year to remove references to Curtis.
  • Shooting reported near Lower Providence Twp. building

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    A shooting has been reported near the Lower Providence Township building in Montgomery County.
  • Eater Guides: Pie Obsessions: Ten Boulder Pizzerias For Every Taste

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Basta It's hard to go wrong with pizza whether it is lunch or a casual dinner, takeout, or a late night snack. Boulder has options that range from Sicilian and Neapolitan to New York-style and beyond. Colorado grown, these...
 
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    Daddy Types

  • Zara Macht T-Shirt

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

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

    greg
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:20 am
    We are on our way home to the US, and are enjoying the hospitality, if not the utter lack of signage at crucial moments, of the Geneva Airport. Daddy Types commends the nursery and playspace within the terminal as...
  • Choosy Dadbloggers Choose Jif Cereal

    greg
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The kids spend so much of their time in a peanut-free environment they've come to see peanut butter as precious as Nutella. The idea that there is a peanut butter cereal might just blow their fragile, little minds. Jif Cereal...
  • Little Old French Baby Clothes

    greg
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    We spotted a little stack of nice, plain shirts pour bebe In an antiques store outside Cavaillon the other day. They're just cotton and tie in the back. Some had little crocheted collars, but otherwise they were pretty simple,...
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    GoFatherhood®

  • Back Off, Helicopter Mom!

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

    Dave Taylor
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The AT&T Amber Alert is a GPS device and tiny one-button cellphone that lets you track where your child is and communicate with them in an emergency situation. But is it marketing to our fears or a legitimate solution to the increasing dangers our children face in a world of child abduction and strange people around every corner? My take in this video commentary: You can learn more about the Amber Alert device from AT&T’s Web site: Amber Alert. What’s your opinion, though? Would you buy one for your child?
  • You’re Always Connected with Chevy 4G LTE

    Dave Taylor
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    I should start right out by saying that I’m not a fan of non-stop always-on Internet access. Sometimes ya just gotta take a breather from the Web, skip the latest email update and take some time off from those favorite websites or Internet-enabled games. If nothing else, it’s essential for your mental health. At the same time, there are also times when you are far away from a Starbucks, public library or other Internet hotspot and you really need to get online. Or you’re halfway from Omaha to Dallas and your kids have already watched everything you downloaded onto their…
  • Are all those screens messing up our kids eyes?

    Dave Taylor
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    I grew up with really good eyesight until I started working with computers in high school, then went to college and spent hours and hours every day staring at computer screens. Then like so many young adults i found that I needed glasses, and needed increasingly strong prescriptions as the years passed. Maybe it was just me growing older, but if you read the research, there is indeed a connection between screens, computer screens, TV screens, tablet screens, smartphone screens, and eye health, and it’s not a good one. And I really worry about my children and their eyesight. In the last…
  • 2014: The Summer of Soccer

    Dave Taylor
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I knew that there would be a lot of soccer in my summer plans because this year saw the FIFA 2014 World Cup, a month of the beautiful game played beautifully — mostly — and my favorite sport becoming the top of the zeitgeist list, the trending topic, what even Americans paid attention to for a short period of time. It’s weird, really, because globally soccer is by far the most popular sport and in any culture other than the USA big soccer matches like the World Cup are cause for a national holiday as people pile into parks, pubs and front rooms to cheer on their regional or…
 
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • SOL REPUBLIC Collegiate Tracks Headphones: The Perfect Gift for the College Student! (GIVEAWAY; US/CAN)

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Looking for the perfect gift for the college-bound student or ardent college sports fan? Pick up a set of Collegiate Tracks headphones from SOL REPUBLIC! They have more than 75 universities licensed so you can pick the headphones for your student’s favorite team. Check out, for example, the headphones for Florida State:As you can see, they feature the school’s colors and logo, and they look amazing! They sound amazing, too, with V8 high-definition sound, SonicSoft ear cushions, interchangeable and virtually indestructible headbands, 3-button mic and music control, and device…
  • Life of Crime Giveaway for a $15 Fandango Gift Card! #LifeOfCrime

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    About Life of Crime:When a pair of low-level criminals kidnaps the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.Mickey Dawson (Jennifer…
  • Promo Code for 50% Off Customizable Petbrosia Pet Food!

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    I recently shared with you how much my cats love Petbrosia pet food. When you visit Petbrosia.com, you give them information about your cat or dog, and they will make sure that you get the food that's just right for your pet depending on his/her breed, size, age, activity level and more. And now, you can receive 50% off a box of Petbrosia Pet Food. This is an amazing deal! Just use the following when you check out:PROMO CODE FOR 50% OFFAUGLY2Visit Petbrosia.com today and place an order for your wonderful pet(s)! This offer expires on September 1, 2014.Disclosure: I will be eligible to earn…
  • No More Tangles and Morning Battles with the Wet Brush!

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    My boys used to fight me every morning to comb their hair because of the tangles. I can’t say I blamed them because I have fine hair like them, and it also tangles easily. But we recently found a fantastic product called the Wet Brush, and I’m pleased to announce that the battles have ended! I have to admit that I was skeptical about whether the Wet Brush would really live up to its claims to be “pain free,” but it really works for us! When my son, Austen, first eyed the brush, I had to convince him to try it because he’d always had such a bad experience with combing his hair. I…
  • EndoMune Advanced Probiotic: Review and Giveaway

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    There are many probiotics brands available at the store, but not all of them are the same. We found that out when my husband recently switched from the brand he was currently using to EndoMune Advanced Probiotic, which was developed by Dr. Lawrence Hoberman, a board-certified gastroenterologist. What did he like about EndoMune Advanced Probiotic?His gastrointestinal system felt better all day because each capsule is time-released, which means the ingredients are being released gradually all day, not all at once.EndoMune contains 20 billion bacteria per serving, which is many times more than…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Monday Give Away Linky, Late August Edition

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

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

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

    Amy LeForge
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Oh, my goodness. Here we are again with another week gone by. Is the summer going too fast for you? It’s going too fast for me.The good news is we have another giveaway linky! Check out the contests below and enter as many as appeal to you. An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Give Away Linky, Late August EditionWahoo Monday Give Away Linky!Monday Give Away Linky: We’re into March!! EditionMonday Give Away Linky: Internet Down EditionMonday Give Away Linky Yay! Copyright © 2014 Earnest Parenting. All rights reserved.RSS Feed Powered by…
  • Oy. I Missed the Linky Deadline – Again

    Amy LeForge
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Soooooooo, yea. I didn’t get the linky up last night, and now it’s really too late so I have decided to just post something explanatory and excusatory (I just made that word up. You’re welcome.) and live to try to do better next week.After a spring sports season in which 4 boys were participating in 4 different sports (and two of them were together while another was on two separate teams) we blasted rather late into summer. After an unheard of number of snow days, the public school schedule ran until June 19. Homeschooling is still going along over the summer because…
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  • Why I Don’t Watch What My Kids are Doing Online

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

    lskenazy
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Ok, readers: MORE advice needed. This time on how to persuade a school that it is being crazy excessively protective.  Dear Free-Range Kids: I am so very upset right now and would love to have your (and other FRK readers) advice.  I emailed the elementary school principal, asking where my son can park/lock his bike.  (FYI, we live nearly a mile from the school — no bus service if a mile or less.)  This was his response… Hello Mrs. MOM, To ensure the safety of our children, students are not allowed to ride their bikes to school until they attend ADJOINING Middle School. Take…
  • Treating All Children As Vulnerable and in Danger

    lskenazy
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Readers, this comes to us from my friend and mentor Nancy McDermott. Nancy writes for the online journal Spiked and is an associate with the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent. Here she is responding to my wondering why so many Americans don’t think children should play at the park unsupervised. Somehow we have replaced and ethos of resilience with an ethos of vulnerability. For example. We went to our son’s middle school orientation last night where I learned that he was going to have to do something called Family and Consumer Science (FACS) full time,…
  • Could Your Town Get Kids Walking to School Like This One Does?

    lskenazy
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Readers — Enough with the craziness. Let’s leave on a high note with this video, below. And a shout out to my neighbor, Clarence Eckerson, Jr., for making it! Lakewood, Ohio: The Suburb Where Everyone Can Walk to School by Clarence Eckerson, Jr. The inner Cleveland suburb of Lakewood (population 51,000) calls itself a “walking school district.” Lakewood has never had school buses in its history, and kids grow up walking and biking to school. Mornings and afternoons are a beehive of activity on streets near schools, as kids and parents walk to and from classrooms. You…
  • TV Expert: No Kid Should Go Outside Alone Till Age 11, And Then Only in “Short Spurts.” UPDATE, BELOW

    lskenazy
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Readers — In response to the case of Nicole Gainey, the mom arrested for letting her 7-year-old walk to the park alone, Fox Boston called in Dr. Karen Ruskin to educate the entire Northeast on how to parent. We want to live in a safe world, says Ruskin in this interview, “But we don’t.”  Kids 7,8,9 and 10 should not walk to school or even venture outside without you, she says. Perhaps by age 11 you can let your child out in “short spurts,” but really, folks, “It is your job to be the parent,” and if you trust your kids to walk the dog or bike…
 
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    Graco Heart to Heart Blog

  • Boost Up for Back to School

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

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

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

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

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

  • Projects Around the World

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

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

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

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

    Caroline Moore
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we’re happy to debut a new, free portfolio theme, Sketch! Sketch Designed by yours truly, Sketch is a clean, modern theme for showcasing your best visual works. Whether you’re a professional illustrator, an aspiring photographer, or a painter, Sketch will ensure your portfolio looks stunning no matter the device or screen size. Further customize your site with a logo, showcase your favorites with a Featured Content slider, or spruce it up with a Custom Background or Header. Take Sketch for a spin — visit the Theme Showcase to learn more, or activate it on your site by…
 
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W34} The Back to School Edition #happinessis

    Lisa
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
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  • Baby Dude’s First Day of Kindergarten

    Lisa
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
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  • Our New House Tour (Mostly)

    Lisa
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
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  • Bacon Egg and Cheese Hash Brown Nests

    Lisa
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W33} #happinessis

    Lisa
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
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    The Committed Parent

  • What to Try When You’ve Tried Everything

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

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

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

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

    Mark Brady
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    You would think that jumping out of an airplane 2 1/2 miles above the earth would be a crazy, dangerous thing to do. But you would be not only wrong, but wrong on any number of counts. 100 year-old’s birthday skydive Statistically, you’re more apt to be injured on the way to the airpark than you are jumping out of the plane. Not only that, but you’re more likely to be stressed for a much longer time than it takes you to return to earth, and … you don’t feel anywhere near the same sense of exhilarating relief when you do finally reach your destination. Jumping On…
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  • Just Hold On

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

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

    Dawn Camp
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    My, how this summer has flown! This month’s desktop calendar image comes from a lovely bouquet of wildflowers from a farmers’ market on an old town square. I processed it with a vintage feel because that’s how the bouquet felt to me, sweet and simple. Download August’s Desktop Calendar! Small Large X-Large Do you update your desktop with these calendars each month? Feel free to share with your friends via Facebook or Pinterest. Thank you for using them—they’re made for you! August 2014 Desktop Calendar is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2014 My Home…
  • Today at (in)Courage: Why You Don’t Have to Win

    Dawn Camp
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Years ago my son’s baseball coach told his team, “It’s not about winning. We’re here to have fun.” My dad leaned down and whispered, “He forgot to tell them that it’s not fun if you don’t win,” and I nodded, a believer. My daddy coached my softball team through junior high and high school. We were in it to win it and we usually did. As a twenty-something, I once called a local radio station to verify my answer in Trivial Pursuit when my mother, aunt, and cousin questioned it. I not only believed I was right, I was willing to work to prove it in a day when a quick Google…
  • In Plain Sight

    Dawn Camp
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    18 days. For 18 days I couldn’t find my keys and then suddenly there they were, in a place we’d looked several times. When I offered a reward—a lunch date—everyone looked even harder, but that didn’t help. My 14-year-old daughter picked out a fancy Asian buffet and my husband said that he wanted to win, too. A date is a date. The keys didn’t stay missing because no one looked for them. If you saw where they hid, you’d wonder why we didn’t find them in five minutes instead of 18 days. Sometimes the things we seek are in plain sight, waiting for us to…
 
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  • Photo of the day: Silly string

    DaniGirl
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Summertime shenanigans in the back yard! I’ve got mixed feelings about the end of summer, but love that I get to spend this last week of it in the sunshine with my boys. Related posts (automatically generated):This week in pictures: (Almost) an entire week of puppy Brothers in the school yard This week in pictures: Celebrating the last week of summer
  • Ottawa Family Fun: Drive-In Movie Night at the Cumberland Village Museum!

    DaniGirl
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    How’s this for a great idea for family fun? The Cumberland Museum is hosting a drive-in movie this weekend featuring The Wizard of Oz. From the City of Ottawa website: “The Wizard of Oz on the big screen, outside under the stars is a rare treat indeed! Listen to the movie and marvel at the Academy Award-winning “Over the Rainbow” right through the radio in your car. Plan to take home a souvenir by having your photo taken with Dorothy, learn about the technology that revolutionized film during the 1920s and 30s, and take our trivia quiz to find out how much you really know…
  • Photo of the day: Kayaker at Chapman Mills

    DaniGirl
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    We have long loved the Chapman Mills conservation area. It’s a beautiful little piece of nature tucked in between a busy Barrhaven suburb and the Rideau River. I was worried that the new Strandherd-Armstrong bridge would ruin this peaceful little oasis, but if anything the boardwalk is more lovely than ever. I loved the tranquility in the original version of this photo, but something about those breeze in those leaves and bullrushes cried out for painterly brush strokes, so I had a little fun in Photoshop. What do you think? I’ll post a few more photos of our wander along the…
  • Photo of the day: Simple little pleasures

    DaniGirl
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    We were reading Anne of Avonlea the other night when I came across this quote and I had to add it to one of our PEI photos because it was so exquisitely true of our vacation, but also of our whole lives. Did I mention we’ve already booked for PEI 2015? Related posts (automatically generated):Dreaming of an Island vacation In which she books six hotel rooms for three nights’ stay Photo of the day: Canada Day in Charlottetown
  • Photo of the day: Family reunion

    DaniGirl
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Sometimes, no matter how carefully you plan a photo session, you have to throw out all your research and ideas and just go with the flow. That was the name of the game yesterday when this big family came together from locations across Canada and overseas for a family portrait. Because there were to be no opportunities for do-overs, we had a plan and a backup plan. And in the way life often works, we ended up forgoing all of that and throwing together a Plan C on the fly to get this portrait while stormy skies threatened a deluge. Lucky for me, they were a great gang with a fun sense of…
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  • Why Are We Allowing the Sexualization of Our Girls?

    Andrea
    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

    Andrea
    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!

    Andrea
    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.

    Andrea
    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

    Andrea
    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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  • Accommodations help vacationers with special needs

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

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

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

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

    Lauren
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    Measles is a disease that is easily spread and causes rash, cough and fever. In some cases, it can lead to diarrhea, ear infection, pneumonia, brain damage or even death. Measles spreads through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. It is so contagious that any child who is exposed to it and is not immune will most likely get the disease. Measles can cause serious health problems in young children. It also can be especially harmful to pregnant women and can cause miscarriage or premature birth. This year the U.S. is experiencing a record number of measles cases. The Centers for Disease…
 
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  • Star Stable Brings Collaborative Online Gaming to Girls

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

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

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

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

    Jennifer Wagner
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    When your teens are bored and say they have nothing to do, it always helps if you can provide them with an answer that will keep them busy and out of trouble. While your teens might have grown out of many kids’ project kits, two new Zest Books, The Green Teen Cookbook and Sticky Fingers: […] The post New DIY And Cookbook For Teens From Zest Books appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Gift Books for Tweens that Create Book Lovers Books for teens – Great websites for teens to find books 8 Books for Teens for Holiday Gifts…
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  • Win Craft Brew for Your Crew at Oasis Texas Brewing Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lisa
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma Gandhi This Post Was Suggested By Mike Ens. John Parle 23 years old from Omaha, Nebraska USS LST-375 May 26, 1920 – July 10, 1943 From Ens. Parle’s Medal Of Honor citation: For valor and courage above and beyond the call of duty as Officer-in-Charge of Small Boats in the USS LST-375 during the amphibious assault on the island of Sicily, 9?10 July 1943. Realizing that a detonation of explosives would prematurely disclose to the enemy the assault about to be carried out,…
  • Are Jamberry Nails Worth It?

    Lisa
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma Gandhi Jamberry Nails are the newest sensation that have hit the market. Jamberry Nails was created by three sisters who wanted a simpler, more cost effective way to keep their nails looking good. After lots of trial and error, Jamberry Nails launched in late 2010. If you know me in real life, you know I’m not a “girly” girl. However, I do like my nails to be done, and I am one of those lucky people who can grow her own nails. I’ve actually never gone…
  • What healthy choices do you make?

    Lisa
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma Gandhi If you know Bill and I in real life, you will know that we have been on a weight loss challenge. I lost 80 lbs. 2 years ago, and then my thyroid quit working last summer and I put on 35 lbs. I’ve been working with my doctor to lose that weight and then some. In May, Bill ruptured a disc in his neck. One of the things that his pain doctor told us was that he had to quit smoking and lose weight. Our doctor ran a bunch of tests, and we found out that he has really high…
 
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    Jodifur

  • A Blog Like Fairy Tale

    Jodifur
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    Once upon a time there was a girl.  A girl, who read perhaps too many blogs.  Who read so many blogs that one day her husband said, “you read so many blogs you might as well write one.” And so she did. She wrote that blog for a long, long time.  She wrote that blog, and other blogs and went to blog conferences.  She made many, many friends.  She dreamed of one day quitting her not as nearly fulfilling day job and doing something, anything related to social media.  Her blog grew. She answered every single comment with an email.  Her internet presence grew.  She “came…
  • Back To School With Mabel’s Labels

    Jodifur
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Disclosure: Mabel’s Labels provided me with a pack of labels.  All opinions are my own. I write very, very, very few sponsored post, or reviews here.  In fact, I think you could say I write almost none.  But when Mabel’s Labels contacted me and asked me if I wanted to review their new Stylish Scholars line I was thrilled.  I had just sent Michael off to summer camp with about a million and a half worth of Mabel’s Labels on all of his clothing and belongings.  This is a product I use and have bought myself.  So I jumped on it. The new Stylish Scholar line is perfect…
  • Shoe Friday #288

    Jodifur
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Headless Mom’s  Birkenstocks.
  • Shoe Friday #287

    Jodifur
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    My friend Vicky’s leopard slides from Macy’s.  You should also check out her blog.  She has a nifty redesign.
  • Overnight Camp: By the Numbers

    Jodifur
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    1: Letter, to my parents.  Not to us.  Michael is having fun, in case anyone was concerned (I was not), and paintball is awesome. (Paintball?  They have paintball at camp?)   I will point out that my parents are not funding this grand adventure he is having and perhaps he could WRITE HIS PARENTS A LETTER. 1: Care packages sent, that does not include food, per camp rules.  Please stop telling me not to send food, camp.  I get it. 3: “Proof of life” photos, in 7 days.  All smiley happy Michael.  At the pool.  Because he NEVER goes to the pool at home.  I spent this much…
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    Jolly Mom

  • Join Us for the #OrangeTuesday Halloween Kick-Off Twitter Party

    Piera Jolly
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Have you heard of Orange Tuesday, yet? It’s the new Black Friday! Just like Black Friday signals shoppers to focus on the upcoming holidays, Orange Tuesday, the day after Labor Day, is when shoppers begin to think ahead to fall events, especially Halloween. Orange Tuesday and the official kick-off to Halloween season is September 2nd, and it comes complete with BuyCostumes.com rollout of freak-tastic savings on everything that goes bump in the night. Slashed costume prices, party-starting Pumpkin Buster deals (Orange Tuesday’s version “doorbusters”) and lots of surprises…
  • Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend Tour #OlayXLifeYouWant #Atlanta #Giveaway

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

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

    Piera Jolly
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    One of our favorite things to do as a family is spend time in the kitchen. I’ve been cooking with Lucas since he was very young (about 2 years old) and he loves it. I can honestly say that involving him in the kitchen has helped him to learn to appreciate good food, healthy eating, cooking from scratch, and has even been educational as it helps to reinforce math and reading (measuring ingredients, reading a recipe, etc). I plan on doing the same thing with little Amelia – in fact, she is already chomping at the bit to help in the kitchen! The key to cooking with kids is…
  • Five Tips for Night Time Baby Feeding

    Piera Jolly
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    *This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Playtex Baby. However, all opinions are 100% my own. With Amelia at the hospital right after she was born Whether you bottle feed or breast feed, nighttime feedings can be tough so today I thought I’d share a few things that worked for our family when Lucas and Amelia were at that stage. 1. Try cluster feeding your baby. This is giving your baby extra feeds several times before bed so that baby has a full tummy and is able to sleep a longer stretch. 2. Dream-feed your baby. This is waking your baby up before you go to bed. We actually did…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Am I Raising An Entitled Kid?

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

    Zen Mommy
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    If you spank your kids as a form of discipline or you believe in spanking, let me say this to you before you go any further:
  • When did “like a girl” become a put down?!

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

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

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

  • I gave my kid away

    Lynn
    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.

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

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

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

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

  • The baby may like us after all. I think. Maybe.

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

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

    LauraKim
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    Saturday morning I headed off, very excited to attend my first writing workshop with LadyBloggersZA.  I was heading into unknown territory but I had a copy of the google maps and the directions were in my phones GPS (one would assume that was enough). I followed the google maps, all was going well until I reach a fork in the road and neither of the roads were named. Obviously the direction-less idiot in me went the wrong way. I was still pretty chilled though, I reverted to the GPS on my phone because that actually knews where I was. Fast forward and I found myself near the Oriental Plaza…
  • Nothing of me is original

    LauraKim
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:49 am
    I don’t generally get too caught up in what happens in Hollywood, I certainly don’t get too torn up when famous people die, not because I don’t care but because I never knew them. It is always sad when you hear of someone passing on but I can’t really cry tears for something I never even saw in real life and only know them as the characters they play. But the passing of Robin Williams did make me rather sad. Dead Poets Society is one of my all time favourite movies. I have watched it over and over, I never tire of it. If all teachers had half as much passion as John…
  • Why I am not apologising for my kids anymore

    LauraKim
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:02 am
    One of the reasons flying with my kids makes me anxious is because you don’t get “kid friendly” flights that are made up predominantly of parents or travelling families. We have to fly with businessmen, single people, childless couples and parents escaping their children. I spend the entire length of the flight making sure my child aren’t annoying anyone, making too much noise, crying too much – generally I squash them and stop them from doing all the things that kids are supposed to do for fear of a scathing tweet about the mother and her unruly spawn or…
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    Playground Confidential

  • Paradise on the beach, Port Stanley edition

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

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

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Image adapted from flickr. It’s summer. Let’s go on a family holiday! First, set your budget. I hear camping is cheap. 1. Buy a tent. Get a tent that’s big enough to fit your entire family plus your gear and that’s reasonably easy to put up. (Vintage is great for dining chairs and statement hats, ... [Read more...]The post Planning a family holiday? I hear camping is cheap. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
 
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    Rave & Review

  • Thank Goodness It’s Back to School with Fruit of the Loom {$75 Walmart gift card giveaway}

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

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

    Leanne
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    by Susan, editor and reviewer It's no lie that our family enjoys watching TV together. As a stay-at-home-mom of two active boys, we like to keep ourselves very busy with whatever we can; play-dates, walks to the park, gymnastics, tae kwon do, and even a living-room-destroying art project on occasion. Not to mention countless hours outside in the backyard dancing to our favorite songs. "Everything is AWESOME!!!" But on those days when we're pooped, it's nice to cuddle with my boys and watch some TV together. And it's pretty amazing to watch my two littles get completely wrapped up into the…
  • Huggies Plus diapers and wipes on special at Costco this month

    Leanne
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:50 pm
    I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. When I first became pregnant with my daughter and started stocking up on essentials, I will admit that I had a bit of a shock when I saw how much diapers cost. I started doing the math and realized that diapering my sweet babe to her potty training days was going to be quite a bit more expensive than I had originally thought. It turns out that I just didn't know where to buy them. Even with downloadable…
  • Back to School shopping with Northgate Mall in Seattle {$50 gift card giveaway}

    Leanne
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Can you believe fall is just around the corner? It seems like just last week I was walking the kids to and from school each day, packing lunches, and taking them to and from extra curricular activities, but here we are again ready to start a new school year. While I don't love the idea of summer ending and sending my kids to school, I do really love going back to school shopping. Last week we headed out to Northgate Mall in Seattle to shop our favorite stores and check out all the new stores they have added this summer. With great clothing and gear for all ages, it just makes shopping for…
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    Being a Mummy

  • On Sudden Hill Blog Tour- Favourite Friendships in Children's Books

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

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

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

    Claire Walsh
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    As you all know I'm currently getting up early in the mornings and going for a run. My average distance is about 6 km but sometimes I go for 8 km. I think I probably need to start pushing myself a bit more. I'm aiming at the moment to go faster rather than longer, and I can now do a sub ten minute mile. Funnily enough, I've not found that many places on the Internet to find information on how to
  • How taking up running has changed my life

    Claire Walsh
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    It was actually with bone crushing weariness that I decided to go for a run back in May. I'd realised just how big my waist was when measuring it to make myself a new dress from Tilly and the Buttons book. It seemed at that moment that I couldn't just ignore things any longer, something had to be done and I needed to make some radical lifestyle changes. Before I had children I was very fit,
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    Sprittibee

  • Almost Back to School Series

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

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

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

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

    Heather
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Welcome to the Wordless Wednesday (oops) Edition of the (normally on a Tuesday) Carnival of Homeschooling! If you are new to ‘blog carnivals’, please read the link at the bottom of this post to find out more. This post has many links that take you off-site to other homeschool blogs where you can read their ‘showcased’ article submission. If you would like to submit an article for a future carnival or host the carnival on your site, please see the bottom section to find out how. Each carnival writer has the option to put their compilation to a ‘theme’ if they so choose. Being a…
 
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • Hold on to Your Kids

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

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

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

    Guest blogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    By Barbara Nicholson, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and coauthor of Attached at the Heart You never know when a precious family memory will start out as a seeming disaster! Many years ago, my husband and I had been planning a special evening out with his boss. I bought a new dress and carefully arranged childcare with a trusted family friend. The plan was that I would drop off our boys ages 7, 5 and 2, and then come home for a leisurely bath, so we’d have plenty of time to get ready. For some reason, our 5-year-old son did not want to be left that night. He worried about…
  • API-Inspired Leadership: An interview with Lauren Osborne

    Rita Brhel
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    In celebration of Attachment Parenting International’s 20th Anniversary, the four-part “API-Inspired Leadership” series honors the unique paths that inspired parents to pursue API Leadership. This series will run on Fridays. Here is the first part of the series: API’s Leadership program is an opportunity for passionate parents, like Lauren Osborne of Huntsville-Madison, Alabama, USA, to “pay it forward” by providing attachment-minded education and support to families in their local communities. Lauren is serving as Attachment Parenting International‘s Communications Team…
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • The William Morris Project: 2014 | Revisiting School Work Storage

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

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

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

    Jules
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I walked a few days last week, but I spent the majority of the time wrapping books, decorating the library, and painting the 4th grade classroom. Since I can sum up a week like that in one sentence (see above), I thought I’d talk about kids and how they can inspire action. Immediately after bringing home Buttercup, Nico stopped eating chicken. Shortly after that he stopped eating beef, and not long after it was pork. Now we when go to restaurants he says, “I don’t eat cows or birds or pigs.” He eats veggie burritos or tacos at Mexican restaurants, burgers or sandwiches…
  • Happy, Happy

    Jules
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    After 10 days of searching, I found a rescue organization licensed by California Fish and Game willing to take and rehabilitate Snickers. Up until Wednesday, everyone I contacted said the bird would be euthanized. Snickers was a pigeon, not a California Condor. Pigeons don’t rate when it comes to allocating resources. I understand. But understanding the reasons why doesn’t mean I have to accept them. I was in the baby bird formula section of PetSmart, of all places, reading a popular online discussion board on pigeon care. I had searched the board for rescue organizations the day…
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  • $150 Visa Gift Cards Giveaway (3 Winners)

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

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Everyone in my family is passionate about food. We love to try out cuisines that reflect cultures different from what we are used to. When we pick a restaurant for our next culinary adventure, we prefer one that offers not only amazing food, but also a unique family dining experience. So we are happy to have discovered Chronic Tacos as a great place for eating together as a family. How many
  • California Oranges $100 Gift Box Giveaway

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Oranges are well-loved by people of all ages and cultural backgrounds due to their sweet and juicy taste, richness in vitamin C and other nutrients, and even their beautiful color. California oranges are one of the best kinds around the world. Just the mention of them makes my mouth water. Now Happy Mothering and CaliforniaOranges.com are giving you another chance to win an awesome gift box
  • Yucatan No Backpack Goes Empty Giveaway #BackToSchool

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Yucatan Guacamole has teamed up with the Ryan Broyles foundation on the "No Backpack Goes Empty" campaign, during which they will donate backpacks filled with school supplies to kids in need. You could help them raise money by entering their fun giveaway at Yucatancares.com! While you are getting a chance to win a backpack filled with school supplies and a piece of NFL autographed memorabilia,
  • Back To School Prize Pack Giveaway (Amazon GC, Lunch Essentials and More!)

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Have you got all that your kids need for the new school year? Personally I enjoy back to school shopping very much, because it's a time for me to dress up my kiddo and to discover some new cool (and usually cute too) products. I'm happy to have teamed up with Coupon Crazy Mommy to bring you this Back-to-School giveaway bash, featuring five great prizes in one package, including a $25 Amazon gift
 
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  • The Night Time Reading List

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

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

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

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

    Davina
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    When you go on a road trip you make plans. For us, since it was our first trek back to Utah as a family in six years, we had a very long list of people to see and things to do and places to go that we did not want to miss. Our calendar was stuffed to the max.  Typically, I like for there to be a little more downtime so that we can just wake up in the morning and say, “Hey! What should we do today?”  There was almost no morning like that.  Each day there was something that we wanted to get to, see, experience, reminice about. On a trip like this it means there is little room for…
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  • teach kids game playing etiquette

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

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

    amy mascott
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    This post is brought to you by Toyota.   It’s no secret that most kids are highly influenced by their peers.  Too often, parents forget that their children’s classmates can be a totally positive ‘push’ for our kids.  Sometimes, our children aren’t even aware of what they can do until they see one of their peers do it. My Maddy had no clue what her body could do on the diving board until she watched a teammate flip and turn, and then she was determined to do the same. Owen was pushed harder to excel in soccer by playing a year above his age group for the…
  • positive affirmation notes for kids: lunchbox love

    amy mascott
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
        Countdown’s on for the new school year, so I’ve been at work making a new set of lunchbox love notes. In the past, we’ve covered joke notes, we’ve covered puzzle notes, fun fact notes, and travel inspired notes. We did a closer look notes, Kindergarten notes, and more jokes. But this time I really wanted to so something that I think might help the kids in a different way as they move into the new year: positive affirmations for kids. My girls have seen something similar when we made our Awesome Me boxes a while back, but Owen hasn’t. And really,…
  • happy first day flowers for teachers, secretaries, or principal (& giveaway!)

    amy mascott
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a paid Quaker Classroom Ambassador, I am eager to share information about Quaker Up For Classrooms.   Back to school time is here. And for many teachers and school employees, that means this is the busiest time of the year.  Busiest. And with busy often comes stress. For us, flowers often make a lot of that stress disappear.  Or. . . okay. If not disappear, then at least lessen.  A little. So we share our de-stressors with those people with whom our kids will be spending the greater part of their little lives for the next 180 days: teachers.   We love to share happy first day…
 
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  • Top Hat Milton Keynes Theatre #Review

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As I look back on my childhood, I realise that I was a really lucky little girl. My Mum had great taste in films and music and cultured me with it. I developed a deep love for musicals (and anything with Doris Day in has me glued to the TV) and for the Theatre and just the arts in general and so before I get on with this review I just want to say thank you to her for that.Thanks Mum.Now, one of the films I remember watching growing up was Top Hat. It had the lovely Fred Astaire in it, who taps across the screen and into Ginger Rogers heart after a few mishaps of course. It's the sort of…
  • The Fancy Dress Day

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When the Missionaries were round for a meal the other day, Top Ender appeared in the living room wearing part of her Alice in Wonderland costume. Nobody was quite sure why, but it gave me an idea and so after explaining to the children what I had come up with we decided that we would have a Fancy Dress day.We all decided what costumes that we would wear for the day and got dressed.I decided to be a Victorian Maid. Mainly because it's the only costume I have in my dressing up box and also why change a habit right?! Big Boy decided to have several costume changes and be Steve From…
  • Imagination Pooh Stick Racing

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of our favourite things to do when it isn't raining is Pooh Stick Racing. You know from Winnie the Pooh stories, where they drop a stick one side of a bridge and then race to the other side to see who's stick comes out from under the bridge first? We've sort of blogged about it before, when we went to the REAL 100 Acre woods but we've noticed lately that this isn't really a good thing to do as with lots of people doing it, it means that the rivers get blocked up.So on our last trip to a river with a bridge over it, we played imagination pooh stick racing!We all dropped our sticks in…
  • On The Table in 30: Baking - Parragon Book #Review

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Big Boy, Top Ender and I all have a sweet tooth. Actually that isn't quite true, it's not a sweet tooth as such it's just that like most Mummy Bloggers and their families all of us love cake and would gladly eat cake for all our meals. We know however that this isn't really something that we should do and so we only eat cake occasionally and as the cakes that we normally make take a bit of time to make, bake and cool before being iced and then finally being able to be eaten it's becoming even less frequent that we're baking together.I was interested in this book, because from the looks of the…
  • Easy Sewing with Bostik

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Every time I get my new craft box from Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network and Craft Merrily I get excited, that maybe this month will be the month that I have a fab idea that nobody else has. And as you know this never happens. Sob. Before I show you what the Children created, I need to show you what I created, because nothing says I need your approval more than putting myself ahead of my children.I've had a new phone for a few weeks and I've been really worried that because it doesn't have a cover that goes over the screen, that it's going to end up being scratched. Daddy has told me that…
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  • Sweeping Saturday 08/23/2014

    Jen Williams
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
  • Tips for a Good Job Interview through Videoconferencing

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

    Jen Williams
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
  • Sweeping Saturday 08/09/2014

    Jen Williams
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
  • 5 tips to save money on those extracurricular school activities this year

    Jen Williams
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Extracurricular activities are a fun way to get your child- and you- more involved in school. Arts, sports, music, and more are offered at most schools, and if your children are interested in any of them you may be wondering: how am I going to pay for all of that? That question may be even... [read more]
 
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  • What I Want You To Know About Why I Joined The Military

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest posts is by Anonymous NCOWhen people are asked why they joined the military, they often give different answers. Some will say for adventure and to see the world. A majority would say it was a way to get their college paid for. Some would say it was the only stable job available at the time.
  • BlogHer '14 Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Feminism & the Internet

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Last month I had a change to participate in a conversation around gender, race, feminism, and the internet at a conference called BlogHer. This conversation happened before the events in Ferguson, Missouri and is all the more relevant now. It's available to watch and I thought I would share it.“Intersectionality,” is a term (coined by Black legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989) that captures how multiple forms of oppression, multiple –isms, can be experienced simultaneously, as in an intersection, when traffic can come at you from four different directions. The closing keynote at…
  • What I Want You To Know About Being A Safe Family

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest posts is by Anonymous Writer. Every night I rock a baby to sleep that isn't mine. I won't be keeping her. My job is to love her right now until her mom comes back for her. It's also my job to hold her older siblings while they cry themselves to sleep because they miss their mommy and…
  • Is a college degree still worth it?

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    This post was sponsored by Scholarshare.Mark Zuckerberg didn't finish college. Neither did Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. But chances are, someone at my local Starbucks DID finish college…and now she's putting her degree to work making lattes.As for me, I attended both college and grad school. I have a master's degree. But do you know where the bulk of my income comes from these days? My blog.I didn't go to college to learn how to be a blogger, because blogging didn't exist in those days. I have a degree in musical theater that I only use in the car or in the shower when I'm busting out some…
  • That's what SHE said: high-maintenance kale, Wes Anderson childbirth, a cop's take on Ferguson, and more . . .

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Why Does Kale Taste Like Dreams Deferred? | Awesomely LuvvieI am not here for Kale apologists and I don’t believe in your ministry. You know the people who just insist that you haven’t found someone to cook it right. Is this leaf a magic kettle that you gotta rub perfect so the genie (and good taste) can pop out? That’s too much work! Do I gotta sing kale a heartfelt love song so it can soften up and be delicious? Why must I bribe kale with property and good music before it getsbehavior? It’s so high maintenance. Is spinach busy? Me and spinach can talk because it’s a bit less…
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  • 10 Back-to-School {Oily} Essentials

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

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

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

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

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

    Scarlet
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    This post is sponsored by Walmart to introduce their brand new savings tool- Savings Catcher. The opinions expressed are my own. What Is Savings Catcher? Well, I recently did a blog to answer just that question. Savings Catcher is a brand new tool from Walmart that ensures you get the lowest prices on everything you shop for hassle free. After you shop at Walmart, you just visit the Walmart Savings Catcher webpage and input your receipt details and then Walmart does all the comparison shopping for you. They scan through all advertised prices and if they find any lower prices advertised…
  • Top Ten Trampoline Safe Jumping Tips

    Scarlet
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    I received Springfree Trampoline to facilitate review. All opinions are my own. Kids love trampolines. That is just the way it is. I remember when I was little, if I got to go to someone’s house that had a trampoline, that was the first thing we did- jump our little hearts out! However, as I grew up I often heard about injuries that happened on trampolines and I realized how important trampoline safety was. The World’s Safest Trampoline Springfree Trampoline is the world’s safest trampoline so I was happy to be able to review a Springfree Trampoline. What makes Springfree…
  • Maple Pumpkin Dip Recipe

    Scarlet
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    If you love fall for pumpkin the way I do, you will want to give this Maple Pumpkin Dip Recipe a try.  Pumpkin, spices, and maple syrup combine to create a delicious creamy dip that is a great base for cookies, graham crackers, pretzels, or even fresh fruit. Your fall parties won’t be complete without this yummy treat on the table.  Be sure to have a copy of the recipe ready because your friends and family will definitely want to recreate it on their own. If you are a fan of pumpkin but not maple so much, I have included a couple of variations on this pumpkin dip. Delicious Maple Pumpkin…
  • Lowa Renegade GTX Hiking Boots Review

    Scarlet
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    I was provided with Lowa Renegade GTX hiking boots to facilitate review. Lowa Renegade GTX Hiking Boots Review: Lightweight, Supportive, and Waterproof I mostly take day hikes but I have done overnight hiking trips in the White Mountains and I know how important comfortable hiking shoes can be. I was happy to review this pair of Lowa Renegade GTX® Mid Hiking Boots in Taupe/Sepia because they have everything I look for in hiking boots! Hiking boots have to comfortable and offer great support. To me, the main components of comfort in hiking boots has to do with weight (because you don’t…
  • Dishwasher Shopping Tips: Dishwasher Features To Look For

    Scarlet
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    #spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Haier. This could include Haier providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. Join the Haier Ambassadors Program if you are interested in learning more about Haier products & exclusive offers & opportunities. Here are some dishwasher shopping tips that I have gleaned when I was selecting a new dishwasher. New dishwashers offer a wide array of fabulous new dishwasher features. Here are a few of my favorites to look for when you shop. Dishwasher Shopping Tips- Check Out These New Dishwasher…
 
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  • 6 great portable family games

    leeroseemery
    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

    leeroseemery
    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

    leeroseemery
    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

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

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

    Justina Goh
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
      The post Olivia Wilde uses breastmilk for ALS ice bucket challenge! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Restaurant review: Mana Mana Beach Club

    Nalika Unantenne
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    One lazy Sunday afternoon, my husband, 4-year-old son and I decided to take a stroll down East Coast Park and stop by Mana Mana Beach Club for a spot of lunch. We’ve often noticed the entrance to Mana Mana on our East Coast Park walks so we thought it would be the ideal day to try their food… the weather was also perfect for a beach club lunch — not too hot, with a refreshing sea breeze caressing our faces. The ambience Total beach club atmosphere is all I have to say! The setting at Mana Mana is awesome — chilled, laid-back and relaxed. Their al fresco restaurant area opens…
  • Bring out the creative genius in your child at Genius R Us!!!

    Nalika Unantenne
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    When talking about enrichment for kids, what normally comes to mind are classes for subjects such as Maths, Science and Music. Now, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that… but wouldn’t your kids (and you!) just love it if there was a place that offered enrichment classes in areas such as Baking and Cooking? Well, there actually is such a place right here in Singapore… TotsCanBake!™: Improves little ones’ motor skills, increases their spatial awareness, and fosters greater bonding between parents and kids! Introducing Genius R Us! Genius R Us — in…
  • Dads pay tribute to Mums on their baby’s 1st birthday!

    Justina Goh
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The post Dads pay tribute to Mums on their baby’s 1st birthday! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • 14 things no one will tell you about newborns

    Minoli Almeida
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    So mums, what are the things about newborns that surprised you the most? Have we included it in our list here? Do let us know by leaving a comment below. References: http://www.babycenter.com/0_why-newborns-look-so-funny_178.bc http://www.parents.com/baby/care/newborn/12-things-no-one-ever-tells-you-about-babies/ The post 14 things no one will tell you about newborns appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
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  • 8 Steps to Anger Management for Kids

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

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

    6 Sep 2011 | 6:23 am
    What causes bad behavior in kids? James Lehman says it happens because children don"t yet know how to solve problems effectively. To put it another way, they"re trying to handle many of the situations that life throws at them by acting out. They do this, frankly, because it"s working for them. But here"s the truth: If you don"t find out what problem your child is trying to solve with his behavior and offer him a new solution, the acting out will most likely continue or even get worse over time.
 
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  • The Right Fur Vest

    Sharon
    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

    Sharon
    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

    Sharon
    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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rachelle
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you’re like me and planted way too much squash this summer then you’ll be looking for delicious ways to use them up.  I’ve roasted them, baked them and even barbecued them in addition to giving them away.  I thought I’d share with you one of my family favorites, Butternut Squash Au Gratin Recipe.  It’s so quick and easy you’ll be surprised in a really good way. Seriously! Butternut Squash Au Gratin Ingredients 2 butternut squash OR 1 butternut and 1 acorn squash 1 tbls olive or vegetable oil 1/2 onion, chopped 2 tbls flour 1 1/2 c. milk salt &…
  • Confidence and Self Improvement is Great!

    Angie
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Post Great Grains Cereal for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I've maintained for almost a decade that my thirties have been my best years, but you know what?  As I head into my forties, I think I might change my mind.  I think my forties just might be my best decade.  I'm finding that as get older I feel better.  As each year piles on,  I'm gaining experience, confidence, self improvement, better resilience and more focused assertiveness.  I'm LOVING it. It seems that I'm not alone.
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  • Dog Sitting

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    Brittany and Dan weren’t able to see his parents over the Christmas holidays and had planned on visiting them in February. (Dan works most Saturdays so scheduling weekends away is hard.)In mid January they started planning the trip beginning with what to do with their two dogs. They had had a bad experience with the kennel the last time they left them and Brittanycouldn’t find anyone she trusted to come and stay with them.After talking to John… or maybe I didn’t ask him, I forget…. I called Brittanyand said, “It’s far enough out that we don’t have plans yet for that weekend.
  • Visiting the Newlyweds

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    A few weeks after their wedding John and I took all the wedding presents down to Brittany and Dan’s in Charleston. Since they had left from our house for their honeymoon and went straight home afterwards our car was packed to the gills!While we were there the newlyweds had a Pig Pickin so they could use some of their new stuff and we could visit with their friends. We had stayed with them quite a bit before the wedding, but this seemed like a new beginning. From here on we were in-laws and of course we wanted our new son-in-law to want us to visit as much as our daughter…
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  • Invading Their Space

    2 Oct 2009 | 7:14 pm
    Within minutes of walking through the door when Brittany comes home on a college break or for a weekend, her laptop gets turned on, set up and logged on to Facebook. I always ask her why she came home when all she did was “talk” to her friends back at school. (To her benefit she doesn’t say laundry.)Facebook is a popular website, which until recently was only open to college students and alumni with a school email address, Brittany has 901 friends scattered all over the country. (I know this because every time we get together she shows them to me – after all they have put new pictures…
  • College Students Should Be Poor!

    23 Sep 2009 | 4:37 pm
    I got so much feed back from my story about Brittany wanting a tattoo! One person emailed me, “Does Brittany know that tattoos are PERMANENT?” in very large font and then went on to suggest that pink and blue sharpies would work just as well!Her aunt emailed to ask if Brittany knew she wouldn’t be able to give blood for a couple months. (and Brittany gives blood every chance she gets.)A very sweet lady stopped me after church and said, “I’ve been meaning to ask you about your daughter? Have you checked her over? I hope she doesn’t get a tattoo!” I told her so far Brittany…
 
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    It Builds Character

  • How do kids benefit from a working mom?

    ChiMomWriter
    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

    ChiMomWriter
    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 StoriesTips for daycare…
  • Tips for daycare and preschool dropoffs

    ChiMomWriter
    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

    ChiMomWriter
    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…
  • Tips for camping with kids

    ChiMomWriter
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    I’ve taken my kids camping a few times now over the past several years, and most of it has been fun. Some of it, though, has involved a little trial and error. I know now, for example, that if my son wakes up and has to put a snowsuit on because he is so cold, he will melt down and I will ultimately turn into an angry banshee. Some lessons you can only learn by being out there, but there are also some easy tips that can make the trip a whole lot smoother for everyone. I’m over at EverydayFamily this week with four tips to make your family campout a success. Does your family head…
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  • Noodles and Company Restaurant Review and Dinner for 4 Gift Card Giveaway

    Keriannot
    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)

    Keriannot
    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)

    Keriannot
    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

    Keriannot
    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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Gotta Get this Off My Chest

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

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

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

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    I’ve been a bit uninspired lately-missing Joe, my first ‘real’ job in years was a bust-I’ve been...
  • Time To Cut the Umbilical Cord

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    So, Today we got our first letter from Joe. It sounds like he is having some of the usual...
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • Remember: 75% Of Parenting Has Nothing To Do With Money

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

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

    Tara
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Disclosure: I am a Cedar Point blogger and I was given free tickets to bring you this review of Wildwater Kingdom. Earlier this month I headed to Wildwater Kingdom for a fun day at the waterpark with my family. I was extra pumped because my son’s only birthday request was that we go to a waterpark and I managed to make it happen. This was our fourth time coming to the waterpark over the past few years but this was the first year my children were finally old enough and tall enough to experience everything in the park. The day we went was a horrible day weather-wise (thunderstorms forced…
  • Testing Out The NewAir AF-520 Outdoor Misting Fan!

    Tara
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    We are now entering year four of battling my daughter’s eczema. I don’t talk about it much, because it’s frustrating. But the near-constant presence of itchy skin can be unbearable for her, and it’s been a heck of ride trying to figure out what her triggers are. We know one for sure: When she gets too hot outside, she gets itchy. Then she doesn’t want to play and simply wants to go back into the house, into the air-conditioning. It’s unpleasant for everyone and a disappointment to me, as I want her to be able to run and play outside like the other kids.
  • #SheInspires | Frechic Austin, Founder of Single Parent Support Group, From Lemons to Lemonade

    Tara
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Name:  Frechic Austin Age: 29 Kids: Several! Just kidding, I have three. Cameron is 11, Chanelle is 6, and Israel is 5. Blog/Business URL: FromLemons2Lemonade.com Whenever I have a moment of free time I look forward to… Eating and enjoying the presence of friends in an informal atmosphere.  I love to sit and listen to my friends while we discuss positive things that we are doing in our lives. We drink wine and curl our feet up on the couch and just pour out to each other. I really value my relationships with my friends and I love to be there for them. Any opportunity to just sit…
 
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  • 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 / gettyimages.com 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 KidsHealth.org. 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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    Life With 4 Boys

  • How I Tackle Messes Big and Small + 5 Minute Chores Printable

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

    Kathleen
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    This post brought to you by Texas Pete. All opinions are 100% mine. My time in Louisiana a few weeks ago taught me more than just the history of the area and the difference between Cajun and Zydeco music, it taught me that hot sauce is not something to be afraid of. In fact, I saw by eating the amazing food I found there, that hot sauce is so much more than a condiment, it can be a
  • School Mornings Are Easier with El Monterey Breakfast Burritos + #Giveaway

    Kathleen
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Just because we homeschool doesn't mean we don't have a morning routine. In fact, one of the first things I learned was that if I ever wanted to get anything accomplished as a homeschooling parent, I would need to have a routine in place that kept us on a schedule. That routine starts with a good breakfast, to get the boys' brains going and ready to start the day. We recently tried the new El
  • Panda Pandamonium - Newest Free App for Kids

    Kathleen
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    This post is brought to you in collaboration with Big Fish Games, all opinions are my own.  A few days ago something happened. Big Fish Games released another fun and addicting app. You might remember my review of Cascade a few weeks ago. Well, while I'm still actively addicted to that app, they decided to add another one. Panda Pandamonium is actually a great app option for kids. Not only is
  • Organizing a Food Drive to Provide Healthy Snack to Kids in Need #SIMPLEGiving

    Kathleen
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are 16 million children in the United States that are living in poverty. That is 16 million children who may not have access to nutritional food and snacks. Sadly, there was a time when my family was one of those in need. We have since been able to get back on our feet, but this cause remains one that is close to my heart. Luckily, not every act of giving has to be a grand gesture. Even
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • Visiting Chicago: The Only Guide You'll Need

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

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

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

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

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Have you ever waited until the night before a formal event to find an outfit? It's almost impossible, right? Shopping for clothes in a traditional store sure lets you touch and feel items, but what you have in mind in terms of style and colour might not be available. Ordering fashion to be custom made has typically been an option for couture customers. It seems expensive and time-consuming and the thought of hopping on a plane to Asia, for example is just too extravagant. However, with the technological advances of our time, there is another alternative that is accessible to everyone. Thanks…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • Parents, If You Don’t Waste Time Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

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

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

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

    Janis
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Maybe you are not an over-controlling sports parent, but I’m pretty sure you know a few if your kids are playing youth sports. If you are a coach, a team parent, or just a parent who wants to help other parents let go of their control issues so we can begin the work of making...Read More
  • Your Child’s Coach is NOT Always Right…So What do You Do When He’s Wrong?

    Janis
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Your child’s coach may be a very nice guy. Or he could be a total jerk, like the coaches typified in the Bad Parents Movie. Either way, there will be times when you may think he or she is totally wrong,  Maybe you don’t agree with his playing time practices, his offensive or defensive strategy,...Read More
 
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • Easy Pineapple Banana Smoothie

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

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

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

    Darcy Zalewski
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    No surprise that I haven’t followed any eating plans to a T nor have I been completely strict with my running/exercise schedule. They are important components to living a healthier life, but they aren’t the only parts. I’m so close to hitting my next weight loss goal, but I’m learning (and accepting) that the scale is not the only indicator of my progress. I survived biking on this family bike rental at the park for nearly 30 minutes! So today, I want to celebrate some non-scale victories. Because, these are the best indicator I’m headed in the right direction.
  • Encouraging Gross Motor Development With Outside Play

    Darcy Zalewski
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    We received a fun climbing dome toy for review from Little Tikes. Everyday my kids are learning, developing, and honing their skills. Sometimes we’re encouraging specific ones with directed play, but most of the time it just happens naturally over the course of our days. I don’t even always realize it! We think it’s important for our kids to stay active, which is why they participate in gymnastics and dance class. It’s also why we get them outside for walks and outdoor play. Although they don’t usually come with me when I run, they know what I’m doing.
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    The Potty Diaries

  • Am I back? Well, sort of...

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

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

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

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

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

  • Find Your Bliss In the Ordinary Parenting Moments

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

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

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

    Shawn
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Right now, there are bags packed in the hallway filled with little girl things. And there are the makings of some adult bags being filled as well. And packing is what I should be doing instead of writing this post. But this post needs to be written. For myself. In a few days, we’ll be driving more than 600 miles to visit family in the mountains of Georgia. We’ve done this trip before. I even earned a badge for writing about our first time doing this road trip with twin toddlers. We are far from pros for long road trips but I can honestly say I’m really looking forward to…
  • 10 Mindful Social Media Tips

    Shawn
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Are you able to live without Facebook? Are you able to go without checking your email every single hour? Are you willing to walk without carrying your cell phone? In my coaching circle, we spent the entire month of June talking about unplugging and plugging in, as I talk about in my latest book, “The Abundant Mama’s Guide to Savoring Slow.” What we all learned is that we love our online world. We love the connections and the friendships. We love the learning and the inspiration. We need each other as we are a tribe and we need those relationships to stay healthy and vibrant…
 
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    Project Motherhood

  • #KidStyle: Fall Pieces We Love + Giveaway

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

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

    Allison Cooper
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Happy Fashion Monday! Oh happy day! This is one of my favorite posts of the entire year, every year! I love delving into the fall trends and dissecting what’s hot from the runways in our fall fashion guide! This year, we spiced things up a little bit and are talking our top 4 trends from the runway + how to get the look + where to shop! Ready…set…fall fashion guide 2014! Knit on Knit We all know just how much we love our over-sized sweaters, but this season, designers have taken things one step further and are featuring knits on knits. So for fall 2014, instead of pairing…
  • 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying on Impulse

    Allison Cooper
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    We all have been there, and know how hard it can be sometimes to resist the urge to buy everything in sight! It’s a feeling that creeps up inside you, filling you with the need to buy. Most of the time though, it’s unnecessary and you need to resist that urge of buying on impulse and be more strategic about your shopping adventures. STOP! No More Buying on Impulse–ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS FIRST! 1. Is the item a need or a want? The urge to make an impulse purchase happens frequently at the beginning of a new season whenever we become completely blind-sided by all of the new…
  • Team Beauty Review: Belli Skincare

    Allison Cooper
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    I struggle with my skin, personally–so when the opportunity came up to review a new facewash duo, I was ready for it! This month, our team tested out two types of Belli Skincare, the Anti-Blemish Facial Wash and the  Pre-Treatment Scrub. If you aren’t familiar with the Belli Skincare brand, it is a skincare company that specializes in products that are perfectly safe for pregnant women. All ingredients are  great for pregnancy and beyond. We all love feeding our skin natural products anyways–so why not do it all the time? If you are interested in purchasing, you can…
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    The Mommist

  • Milk Alternative

    Len Dela Cruz
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    I saw someone {I forgot who} post this pistachio milk on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, if I'm not mistaken. The IG guy said that this is pricey, but very delicious. I'm so intrigued. The prod description on their website states that this "has the taste of pistachio gelato". I love pistachio gelato! Is anyone familiar or have tried one of these yet?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!
  • An Introvert's Heart

    Len Dela Cruz
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
    This infographic, created by Gemma Correll, pretty much sums up my heart's contentment. I am an introvert; actually, too much of an introvert. I prefer to stay home, read, eat, and think. I tried to conform to the norm when I was younger. I would go out thrice a week just so my friends wouldn't think I was weird. I enjoyed going out, but I enjoyed staying at home much more.One of the things I love about getting old-er is a sense of acceptance. I am now confident enough about my place in the world, and I really don't push that hard anymore just to fit in. I love it! Now, I can ditch whatever…
  • Iggy Azalea in Versace at the 2014 MTV VMAs

    Len Dela Cruz
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    sourceIggy Azalea sure showed everyone at the 2014 MTV VMAs how fancy she can be! She wore a figure-hugging {amazing la guitarra curves!} silver Versace gown which, according to her, was flown in from Milan. It's one of the three outfits she wore for the event. I love that she kept the bling to a minimum, and simply opted for a diamond-encrusted necklace. She was nominated in various categories, but unfortunately, she went home empty-handed. Well, there's always next year. This year though her total look was definitely a winner!Hold on! Before you go, please like my The…
  • An Instagram Account of A Shirt

    Len Dela Cruz
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    It is one of the best patterns and most-loved, but does a gingham shirt really need an Instagram account? Apparently so.I don't know if it's done out of derision or just a simple ode. It doesn't really matter. I like this shirt! Gingham is a classic pattern and very versatile, too {from a simple button down to a table cover}. But seriously, don't go to a bouchon wearing a gingham shirt. Too.....what's the word they use.....matchy-matchy? A preview of the account below:Gingham StyleGingham Shirt   /    Mary Jane Pumps  /  Pink Trousers    /   White…
  • Wee Nam Kee's New Dishes

    Len Dela Cruz
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    If we let our youngest son pick the restaurant every time we eat out, we'd probably have wings by now. He likes Wee Nam Kee's Hainanese Chicken so much! I really don't have any qualms about his choice because they do serve a good one, but man cannot live on Hainanese Chicken alone. Wee Nam Kee recently revamped their menu - they took out a few and replaced it with better dishes, in my humble opinion. Hainanese Chicken what? I'm kidding. I still like that a lot. By the way, all the dishes are built for sharing. If you want to try a lot of dishes, it's better to go with a big…
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    MagicalDaddy.com

  • Back to School

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cinnamon Roll Peach Cobber

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    I recently made this for my dad and stepmom when they came over because I had a ton of peaches and my stepmom posted the recipe. I don't think she really thought I was going to make it but I sure did. It was hard not to sit and eat the entire thing myself! Check it out! Recipe is here!Oops, no picture of the finished product. I'm a little half-assed. Great at starting things but not so great at finishing them. Just ask Mr. Kerrie about how I make chocolate chip cookies. I make the dough, eat some dough, bake some cookies then walk away. Thank God we are married or he would probably break up…
  • #Giveaway Hop $75 of Younique and Jamberry Items! #2Cool4School Aug. 18-24, 2014

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Look, just because I homeschool doesn't mean back to school time does not affect me. Back to school around here (I live across from a school) is mid-August ... can you believe that? INSANITY! We homeschool light in the summer ... very light ... but don't really hit it until AFTER Labor Day! I do have homeschool planning to do right now and we sometimes do back-to-school supplies shopping.So to take a break before all the crazy begins at my own house, I got involved in a giveaway hop. It's no secret that I love to give things away! It just makes me happy!  Plus I figure a mom dealing with…
  • Belton Pool ... Thanks, Tutu!

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

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
  • NEW NEIGHBORS!!!!!!

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

  • Motivational Mondays – Reeling in the KS mum in me

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

    Susan
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    On my last vacation to Bali, I made a travel mini album on the roads during my trip. When I’m on... Continue reading » The post Travel Mini Album on the Go with LG Pocket Printer appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Paper Monkey Theatre’s Looking for Mama 小蝌蚪找妈妈 {Tickets Giveaway}

    Susan
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Are you looking for ways to develope your child’s interest in Mandarin? I know I am. As a family that speaks... Continue reading » The post Paper Monkey Theatre’s Looking for Mama 小蝌蚪找妈妈 {Tickets Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Travel Tuesday – Sunny Gold Coast, Australia

    Susan
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    There is nothing more that I look forward to than a holiday to get me away from the hustle and... Continue reading » The post Travel Tuesday – Sunny Gold Coast, Australia appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Do what you love

    Susan
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    It’s been three years since I started my blog at A Juggling Mom. And the thing that gets me going is... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Do what you love appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • 50 Things

    Erica Price
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:29 pm
    H has been working on the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ initiative for the last couple of years and this year has been no exception. He’s certainly ticked a few more off this year and we have plans to do a couple more before the year is out.Climb A Huge HillH did this when we went to Edinburgh earlier this summer.  He was very keen to make climbing up the hill part of our trip.  I don’t know if it was because Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano; or whether he liked the name; or whether it was just the challenge of it.  He is very proud…
  • #MakeSummerAmazing

    Erica Price
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Hilary’s Blinds have come up with 40 ways to #MakeSummerAmazing and we’ve been asked to pick one out to make our summer really special.For me, summer is all about getting away to the sea.  I live in the landlocked English Midlands and the sea is a long way away.  Day trips are difficult to manage as it’s a long journey by train or a lot of driving in one day.  So in the summer we try to get to the sea for a bit longer so we can really soak up that sea air; play on the beach; swim in the sea; or just feel the sand between our toes with the sounds of the sea in our ears.
  • Week 34 of 2014

    Erica Price
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    We spent this week in quieter mode mostly.  I wanted to be sure that H had had a chance to rest this school holiday, but it’s always a bit of a balance with an only child as you don’t want them to get too bored.  The weekend was spent pretty much at home, but on Monday we went to visit our friends who live on a farm.  H loves visiting there and it’s great to get a glimpse of real farm life.  Tuesday saw us back in relaxation mode with a PJ day at home.  H got changed into his dinosaur onesie for the occasion.  We did a lot of activites including hama beads.  I…
  • Win Tickets to the Baby & Toddler Show

    Erica Price
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Going to a baby show is a great way to research baby and toddler products, all in one place, all at the same time.  The show is geared up for families which is always nice too.  I think they’re a great way of finding out what is out there and seeing what will suit you and your child.  With that in mind, Nine to Three-Thirty has 2 pairs of tickets available for upcoming shows to give away in our latest competition.The Baby & Toddler Show are coming to Event City in Manchester from 26th to 28th of September. If that’s too far away for you, maybe the show at Glow in Bluewater…
  • Guinness World Record Attempt at the National Forest Adventure Farm

    Erica Price
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Now as a kid I always found that Record Breakers programme on kids TV rather boring, but in those days there wasn’t much choice (and I was only allowed to watch BBC anyway), so I watched it anyway and sometimes found myself drawn in without really realising it.  H on the other hand has always been fascinated by world records.  I think it’s the facts and figures that attract him in part and the idea of doing something unusual just to be the best, biggest, longest or highest there’s ever been that really appeals.This week we were invited to the National Forest Adventure…
 
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  • City Harvest Case – Why Am I Still Here?

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

    mumseword
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    I’m a bookworm. Yes, I love reading and have no qualms putting that down as a hobby since I was a kid. Reading became a habit…I need a book when I’m on the bus, when I’m eating alone, when I’m in the toilet, even when I’m walking. So you can imagine my deep desire for my kids to love reading too! Alas, my memory fails me when I’m in the library or at the bookstore. You see, I CAN’T remember what is a good book for my kids! I usually end up getting a book that way too easy for them or simply out of their league! I tried googling to find a…
  • Fun for Free Singapore: Botanic Gardens and the Orchids

    mumseword
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It’s Fun for Free on our blog today! What are some stuff to do with your family in this teeny island for free? It must be FUN so you won’t get complaints from kids that it’s b.o.r.i.n.g. Well, presenting to you the oldest garden in Singapore–The Botanical Gardens. Oh but you say, Ahhh we’ve been there so many times. It’s just a boring old garden. You would even say I can guess where are the various spots to go to! Take a look at these familiar pictures: So what new Fun for Free stuff can we go for at Singapore Botanical Gardens? It’s looking for…
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  • Wonderland Then and Now

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

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

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

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

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

    My Asparagus Pee
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Whenever my mother wanted to hurt me, she would tell me I was selfish. In fact, not too long after she died someone close to her wanted to hurt me, and they said “your mother always used to say how selfish you were.” Ouch. Without getting into all of the reasons why someone might want to hurt another person who is grieving, let me just say: it stung. It has always stung. Because it is true. We are born selfish, after all- I look at baby Luca and I see this so clearly. He knows only his... [Click on post link to visit my site for full content]
 
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  • It’s a Jungle Out There: Letting Duckie Down Easy

    babyblogger
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    There was a great ‘Sex and the City’ episode in which Berger dumped Carrie by writing her a break up note on a post-it. I would never be so cruel as to break up with anybody on a post-it. I am going to break up with my duckie in a blog, in public, for a thousand people to read. Hey there, my good friend Duckie, take this box of tissues. And here’s a stiff drink. If this were a ‘Sex and the City’ episode it would be a pink Cosmo filled to the brim. But knowing you, it will be a 12-year-old Macallan, neat. You’re more of a Samantha, anyway. Listen, Duckie.
  • It’s My Birthday Today

    babyblogger
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:26 am
    It’s my birthday today. I am officially two. Here’s a report on my birthday party, which was on Saturday. We ran around in a field. We had cake. Nice people gave me presents. That’s about it really, but you can look at the pictures. I like to read and should mention a few of my favorite new books that I got as gifts. ‘Duck in a Truck’ has a duck, a truck, a sheep in a jeep, a goat in a boat, and a frog who appears to be without transport. If you know the story at all, the moral of it is never help a duck who is stuck in his truck, because he will drive off,…
  • If You Have Any Small Emergencies …

    Lee Schneider
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:44 am
    If you have any small emergencies, we have a small fire chief who can take care of them.
  • The Terrible Twos

    babyblogger
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:25 pm
    People call what I am about to enter The Terrible Twos. I don’t see what’s so terrible about them. There are the Discovery of the Self Twos, the Argumentative Twos, and the Negotiate Your Diapered Ass Off Twos. There are no twos that are terrible, not for me. I’m having a good time riding wooden motorcycles and such. How about you? For those who haven’t been following along in this blog, I am indeed about to turn two. That, if you are curious, is the number that comes after one. If you are not curious, and have not been following this blog, I would like to pull over…
  • 10 Things I Love About My Daddy

    babyblogger
    12 Jun 2014 | 5:02 pm
    1.  I love that my Daddy jokes with me. Even when Mommy thinks the words or concepts are too advanced for me, Daddy goes for it anyway. And I always get the joke. 2.  I love that my Daddy sees that I am really interested in food and cooking. He tells my Mommy that I may be a chef someday. And he even lets me borrow his spatula and ladle from time to time. 3.  I love that my Daddy also sees that I am really interested and good at building, and tells my Mommy that I may be an architect some day. That sounds really good, but I don’t know what that means. 4. I love that my Daddy has started…
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  • Who's a naughty garden gnome then?!

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

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

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

    Nicole orriëns
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:06 pm
    My younger sister surprised me with a toilet paper roll holder. I'm not quite sure what to make of it. It wasn't even my birthday. I hope she isn't trying to tell me something... Oh well, I'm just going to consider it a sweet gift, and leave it at that! Here it is: It's nice and bright, isn't it? And here's the toilet paper roll holder I already had. It's a bit boring compared to the one
  • First of school day gifts for the teacher. Huh?

    Nicole orriëns
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Have you ever been that mom? The one who took her kids to school and discovered she was supposed to bring the teacher a present? Just because it was the first day of school? I have! So this year I was going to do things differently. This year I shall shine! It's all in the preparations, I tell you. I bought myself a sheep in Spring. And in Summer I shaved it. Then I took that big pile of
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  • Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars Giveaway #FigLove

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

    Colleen Stout
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Is 40 the new 30? Why is 40 the new 30? What does that even mean? What happened to the old 40 anyway? These are questions I’m asking at I close in on the big four O myself. In eight months I’ll be 40. I look in the mirror and take stock. There’s the face I’ve slathered with Oil of Olay since my 20s. I see two lines that go across my forehead. My most pronounced wrinkles, they’re getting deeper by the year. Years of skeptically raising my eyebrows and rolling my eyes in annoyance, my husband will say mostly at him, created them. I have the very beginnings of crows…
 
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  • Food allergy tips

    Emma Jones
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Food allergy tips Finding out your child has a food allergy often brings a flood of emotions – relief that you finally have a diagnosis, fear at what this means and confusion at how to deal with it. I have been through all these emotions and back again since my young son was… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Casey, whispering and croaking into view at #3

    Helen
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Casey, whispering and croaking into view at #3 Popov was dancing for joy on day 4 of our series 11 countdown, and today with only two more days to go, we have a froggy hopping onto the scene. Casey, our moshling frog, is in charge of some of the best kitchens in Monstro City. They make some of the most scrumptious… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Popov, getting their boogie on for #4

    Helen
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Popov, getting their boogie on for #4 From Snuggy with his peculiar bobble hat that can charge his phone, to Popov, the moshling with the most amazing hat shaped hair that you are ever likely to see. These are ultra rare moshlings, that are forever showing off their amazing dancing to anyone that will watch, or happens to… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • The Weekend Box – Grow your own sunflower

    Alison
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Weekend Box – Grow your own sunflower Our weekend boxes have lots of great activities in but the one we have chosen to upload this time round is for How to Grow your own Sunflower.  Sunflowers must be the staple of every child’s younger years, I also remember growing them myself when I was of a much… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Snuggy, cuddling his way into view for #5

    Helen
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Snuggy, cuddling his way into view for #5 Yesterday was Mitzi’s turn with her rather eccentric key, and today we have the delightfully cute and cuddly, Snuggy. These little fellas are just as odd though, and you need to be very careful, as deceptively these Cuddly Wibbles are actually full of electricity, and so could give you a nasty… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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  • Milk and Joy Organic Cotton Teething/Nursing Necklace Giveaway, Ends 9/9

    Diana Chastain
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Milk and JoyOrganic Cotton Teething/Nursing Necklace GiveawayHosted by: mama pureSponsored by: Milk and Joy The Milk Makin' Mamas Event is a month long celebration of breastfeeding & pumping product reviews, giveaways, education & inspiration. Be sure to check out all of the giveaways in the event.  Milk and Joy necklace are perfect for teething or to occupy breastfeeding babies. They are made of the highest quality ingredients including organic cotton and natural wood. The cotton is colored using non-toxic dyes and the wood is buffed with olive oil and beeswax. There…
  • Babywearing Instagram Challenge {Sneak Peak} #SeptBabywearingChallenge

    Diana Chastain
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Being passionate about babywearing, I’m thrilled to be one of a handful of blogs hosting a fun September Babywearing Instagram Challenge! Photo challenges are a great way to connect with others through Instagram, share your passion and engage throughout the challenge. We’re thrilled to share this opportunity!  The September Babywearing Instagram Challenge will share daily prompts for each day’s photo challenge. Be sure to hashtag your photos with #SeptBabywearingChallenge so everyone is able to enjoy your photos and share the love! To add to the fun, a handful of amazing…
  • Belly Dance Maternity Giveaway, Ends 9/7

    Diana Chastain
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome to the Belly Dance Maternity Giveaway, hosted by Spit Up is the New Black!Pregnancy can be a pretty uncomfortable time for many moms and moms-to-be, but Belly Dance Maternity bridged the gap between 9 months of comfort and style. Belly Dance Maternity began about 10 years ago with their flagship store in Chicago's fashionable Bucktown neighborhood to provide fashionistas who did not want to sacrifice their style when expecting with the ultimate collection of fashionable maternity garb. Soon thereafter, they expanded into New York City's trendy West Village neighborhood and…
  • Enter to #WIN a NuRoo Pocket Babywearing Shirt! Ends 9/6

    Diana Chastain
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    NuRoo PocketBabywearing ShirtHosted by: mama pureCo-Hosted By: An Ordinary HousewifeSponsored by: NuRoo The Milk Makin' Mamas Event is a month long celebration of breastfeeding & pumping product reviews, giveaways, education & inspiration. Be sure to check out all of the giveaways in the event.  Skin-to-Skin with baby has many benefits for both mama and baby. The NuRoo Pocket is a babywearing shirt that offers skin-to-skin contact with better mobility for mom since it keeps hands free and baby close. There is no wrapping or tying as the NuRoo goes on like a blouse and…
  • Walgreen's Well Beginnings Baby Products Review #MomsMeet

    Diana Chastain
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    I received complimentary Walgreen's Well Beginnings baby products as part of a campaign through Moms Meet to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.When I received the opportunity to try out Walgreen's Well Beginnings baby products through Moms Meet, I was very excited. I have heard wonderful things from moms on Instagram. Plus I love trying out new baby products with my family. I received a jumbo pack of size 4 Well Beginnings diapers, 72 ct sensitive wipes, oral electrolyte drink, baby wash, and 2 $5 off Well Beginnings formula coupons (not featured in picture above).The first…
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  • You Won’t Believe Who’s Hogging the Waves

    Kelly
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    You may remember when I visited Costa Rica a couple of years ago and met Lolita, the second pig to be the star of the show at Lola’s restaurant. She loves the water and is happy to hang out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition Twitter Party #ElfBirthday 8/27 8-9pm EST

    Kelly
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    More than likely, you either have your own Elf on the Shelf, or have friends who have one. Either way, the Elf on the Shelf is most definitely a holiday tradition for many families. Bringing them out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cayucos Beach Inn is A Perfect Family Getaway #Hwy1DiscoveryRt

    Kelly
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The Cayucos Beach Inn, right on the Wine Coast of California, makes a fun family vacation spot. The view from our bedroom window was of the Pacific Ocean, and the little town of Cayucos has some of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • First Naked Ice Bucket Challenge!

    Kelly
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    You’ve no doubt seen a lot of people take the ice bucket challenge, but have you seen a celebrity of this magnitude? Okay, so you’ve seen some pretty big celebrities, but have you seen... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 21 Apple Recipes Perfect for this Fall

    Kelly
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Fall is right around the corner – which means it’s time for some apple picking! Whether you’re looking for desserts or meals, there are plenty of things you can cook up using... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Empty Nest Parenting: Grown and Flown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    MaryBeth Matzek
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:06 am
    By MaryBeth Matzek Parents everywhere are gearing up for back-to-school – going over supply lists, checking their children’s wardrobes and trying to get their kids back on a normal sleeping schedule. I’m dealing with those issues too, but add one more: the pre-school meetings and conferences to educate another round of teachers and staff members about my son […] The post Extra School Prep Needed for Special Needs Tween appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • But First, Let Me Take a Selfie – Infograph

    Ten to Twenty
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:48 am
    By Ten to Twenty   Infograph provided by TeenSafe The post But First, Let Me Take a Selfie – Infograph appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • We Know More About Robin Williams’ Death than Michael Brown’s.

    Carol Rood
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:41 am
    By Carol Rood Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014.  He was a beloved actor and comedian.  The news was even more tragic because he apparently committed suicide and had a history of mental illness.  Depression is a terrible, terrible disease.  What people show on the outside is not always how they present themselves, and depression kills. Michael Brown […] The post We Know More About Robin Williams’ Death than Michael Brown’s. appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dream Killers by S.M. Blooding Autographed Copy Giveaway! {Group Giveaway} Ends 9.12.14

    Dena
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Dream Killers by S.M. Blooding is geared for fans of Once Upon a Time. The first season (Spring 2014) consists of 3 novellas called episodes. It follows River as he discovers who he is and his role... ©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 PR@TheReviewWire.com.
  • Champions for Kids and Our SIMPLE Donation Drive #SIMPLEgiving

    Dena
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Throughout the month of August, Champions for Kids is partnering with Dole to encourage community projects across the country benefiting children in need. Called SIMPLE Service Projects, the idea is... ©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 PR@TheReviewWire.com.
  • Craftsman Made to Race Indy 500 Sweepstakes | Ends 11.7.14

    Dena
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Indy 500 Sweepstakes Sign up for a chance to win two tickets to INDY 500 Race (May 25, 2015), two round trip airfare tickets and accommodations in Indianapolis (3 nights). Enter For Your Chance To... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at PR@TheReviewWire.com.
  • Yucatan Guacamole: No Backpack Goes Empty Sweepstakes| Ends 9.15.14

    Dena
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Help Yucatan Guacamole raise money to fill backpacks this school year by entering to win a backpack filled with school supplies and a piece of NFL autographed memorabilia!     Yucatan will... ©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 PR@TheReviewWire.com.
  • Check out These Cute Gymboree Back To School Styles at 40% Off!

    Dena
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
      If you are still in need of clothes for back to school, make sure to check out the Gymboree Labor Day Sale. They are offering 40% off everything at Gymboree, including uniforms like polos,... ©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 PR@TheReviewWire.com.
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • 7 Parenting Rules That Should Be Broken

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

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

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

    Tracy
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The post GIVEAWAY: Resqueeze Reusable Squeeze Pouch! appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • The Best Summer Bucket List Ever

    Tracy
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Go on an imagination walk Play a card game Have a water balloon fight Go horseback riding Buy a kid’s cookbook and follow a recipe Eat watermelon Buy a few cheap frames and make a gallery wall of artwork Buy a craft kit to be delivered to your child Go berry picking Make homemade jam...  Read More » The post The Best Summer Bucket List Ever appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • Thanks to the garden we switched the telly off for TWO WEEKS

    crummymummy1
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Living in a fourth floor flat means being able to run through a door into a garden isn’t an activity which features in BB’s usual routine. So when we decamped to my parents’ house in Dorset while they were sunning it in Spain for two weeks BB thought all her Christmases had come at once. She pram pushed (pictured), she scootered, she ran barefoot in the grass, she watered the plants and ate breakfast, lunch and dinner in the great outdoors, leaving CBeebies mercifully switched off for almost our entire trip, which has got to be a holiday in itself. With her 3rd birthday falling slap…
  • I managed to pull off a recognisable Peppa Pig cake using Brio…

    crummymummy1
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Apologies for the radio silence. We’re one week into our two week holiday in Dorset, and while I thought I’d post as normal for one reason and another it hasn’t turned out that way. But before it’s too late I thought I’d share the result of the plans for BB’s 3rd birthday cake which have been going round in my head for the last month (pictured). It took more than four hours and a lot of rolling up icing and starting again but I managed to pull off a recognisable Peppa Pig eventually. I’m not sure Mary Berry would approve of my methods: I used Brio level crossings to mould the…
  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: hello third trimester

    crummymummy1
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:45 am
    Week: 28 Waist: 37 inches (-0.5 inches…again!) Feeling: Coming down with a cold, worst luck The quest for decent maternity clothes continues. When I was expecting BB in 2011 there was a plethora of inspiring ranges to choose from, and I remember having to rein myself in to curb the spending. What’s changed? Last month I ordered four tops from H&M – nothing fancy, several vests and a ‘smart’ top – but the fabric was so thin it was virtually transparent so I sent them straight back again. Instead I’ve spent the last few weeks in a (non-maternity) maxi dress from…
  • ‘Everything I learnt about the First World War came from the pages of dog-eared history books’

    crummymummy1
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    As we followed BBC2’s coverage and took part in ‘Lights Out’ to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War on Monday (pictured) I couldn’t help but think what a legacy the commemorations will leave for BB and children of her generation. When I was little everything I learnt about the first and second world wars came from the pages of dog-eared history books or a teacher’s scribblings on a black board, but with the advent of the internet and social media a whole new world has opened up, quite literally. My dad has spent the last few months uploading photos and information…
  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: bye bye second trimester

    crummymummy1
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    Week: 27 Waist: 37.5 inches (+0.5 inches but 0.5 inches less than week 25) Feeling: Like I’ve swallowed a stick sideways It looks like we might have made it: against all the odds (it seems to me) this weekend marks the final days of the second trimester. There’s no doubt the baby is getting bigger. According to the midwife he or she is transverse, meaning they’re lying across my tummy sideways. And don’t I know it. With the placenta at the front acting as a kind of ‘shield’ I’m feeling all the baby’s movements to the extreme left and right, and sometimes behind, which feels…
 
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  • eXplorerkid Baby & Junior Race 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wake Up, Sistahs – GIRLilla Warfare IS Back

    Lisa
    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

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

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

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

    Lisa
    19 May 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman (who is photographed with her eldest son Joey, aka: The Graduate) This May has proven to be a wild ride on the emotion train. Some years are like that, in which we have to acknowledge that this month represents huge transitions for our kids graduating from high school and college … and even those who are moving on to high school. The flurry of commencement photos and my own son’s graduation from college has left us kind of scratching our heads and wondering how this all happened when we weren’t looking … It’s that quick blink and all of the sudden you’re watching…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Wordless Wednesday: Consistent and Loving Care

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

    NPN_Admin
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in September 2014! (Check out August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama. Here are the submission details for September 2014: Theme: Home Tour: We want to see, and you want to invite us over! Take us on a viewing of your home. Show us one room you love, or all of…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Family Bed

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

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

    NPN_Admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does Summer look like? From Noreen: “It’s a BIG bubbly summer here! One of their top hits this summer are blowing summer BIG with their bubble wands! Woot Woot!!” Summertime means Splash Pads! Jorje blogs at Momma Jorje. Jaye Anne’s volunteer pumpkin plant growing around her banister. She’s pretty sure a squirrel planted it! Also from Jaye Anne: Playing in the fountain by the movie theaters (first movie!) From Megan: Homemade tomato sauce! See more from Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter. The refreshment of a downtown fountain. Summer…
 
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    Code Name: Mama

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

    Dionna
    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

    Dionna
    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

    Dionna
    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

    Dionna
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in August 2014!(Check out July, June, May, April, March, February, January 2014, December 2013, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, January, and summaries of all our 2012 posts and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama. Here are the submission details for August 2014: Theme: Friends: We all want friends, but making and keeping them…
  • 60 Acts of Kindness for Our Families – A Guest Post at Natural Parents Network

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

  • Enter to Win Mia Mariu Cleanser Giveaway Ends 9/9

    Christy
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Cleansing with Mia Mariu Giveaway Sponsored by Mia Mariu Hosted by Deals of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Finding a cleanser that won’t irritate your skin but actually has benefits is something to celebrate! Mia Mariu’s Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser is a new and improved anti-inflammatory formula with 8 natural botanicals! Aloe, marigold, sea kelp, sea lettuce, plus nourishing essential oils: orange peel, lemon, lime and grapefruit are at the heart of this soft pampering cleanser. This improved formula has increased levels of Aloe along with the addition of…
  • Back to School Supplies for Less at Staples #MakeMoreHappen

    Christy
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    My kids went back to school yesterday and came home with another list of school supply items that they need for their classes. A few weeks ago, I picked up some of the basic school supplies that I thought that they would need and it never fails that I missed a few items. I plan on hitting up Staples® to get the remaining items that they need because the other stores in our area were pretty picked over on Sunday afternoon. Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and…
  • 6 Fun Things to Do in San Antonio Texas

    Christy
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    A few weeks ago, I went to San Antonio with my husband and youngest son. My husband had to travel for work so me and my youngest had to find some things to occupy our time during the day. San Antonio is a great place to visit and has a ton of history lessons for you to discuss with your children, especially if you home school your children. Today, I wanted to share with you some of the 6 fun things that you can do while you are in San Antonio, Texas. Visit the Alamo If you head to San Antonio, I highly suggest that you plan a visit to the Alamo. It is a historical landmark located in down…
  • Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card Sponsored by Teen Safe

    Christy
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Welcome to the $50 Amazon Gift Card Sponsored by Teen Safe Giveaway! Teen Safe was created with your teens in mind and built an app to help parents monitor what their children are doing. The app will allow you to see all of your teenager’s text messages including ones they delete without your permission. The app also uses the GPS navigation system built into their cell phone and can track where your child is. So if your child says they are going to be at XYZ location, you can log into Teensafe.com and see where your child is at. Visit their website to download the phone for iPhone or…
  • #ASKAWAYFriday Random Fun With Tiffany

    Christy
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Thank Goodness it’s #AskAwayFriday…Welcome back to the best link up around…#AskAwayFriday! What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County who will again be joining us from time to time, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best…
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    DADDYLIBRIUM

  • 7 Reasons I Encouraged My Husband to Quit His Job

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

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

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

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

    Christian
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    (Guest post by Brant Skogrand) While the bond between Homer and Bart on “The Simpsons” may be humorous, there are many other screen stories to watch for better examples of father-child relationships. Read on for 44 films in which father-child relationships are a central theme (courtesy of Neil Chethik’s book “FatherLoss: How Sons of All Ages Come to Terms with the Deaths of Their Dads“). “A River Runs Through It” “Among the Cinders” “Boyz ‘N the ‘Hood” “Braveheart” “Breaking Away” “A…
 
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  • Juggling Tip #73 Unfunk Your Funk: “My Funky Day Autoresponder For Fixing a Funky Day” (and Stop It Getting Worse!)

    Jana
    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)

    Jana
    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)

    Jana
    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).

    Jana
    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…
  • Go after your dreams without sacrificing your kids or marriage

    Jana
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Sacrifices YES – my kids or marriage NO! It’s as simple as that. I know my priorities and I know life is sweeter when my house is in harmony. My big dreams require sacrifices but not at the expense of either my kids or my marriage. That’s the bottom line. I’d rather live in a tent. CLICK HERE TO SAVE $150 OFF MUMS JUGGLING SCHOOL NOW Beautiful right? I know but practical? YES. I don’t want to toot my horn but I have done some pretty crazy things over the last 10 years of juggling babies, business and big dreams. But one thing I have not done is sacrifice my kids…
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • “But you mustn’t do that in restaurants…”

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

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

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

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

    Kat English Mamma
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The main event for my July monthly round-up has to be our summer holiday, which was just brilliant – like last year’s Hungary and Slovakia trip. The month started off well with O recovering from chicken pox and returning to preschool, which we were all pretty glad of. It’s hard to keep a very active child occupied, indoors, in reasonably good weather while you try to work from home. Both he and I were climbing the walls by the end. No sooner had he returned to preschool though than we had to pull E out. Just three days they were both there before we saw the first chicken…
 
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  • Five Great Stepfather And Stepson Bonding Ideas

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

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

    Lilly Deane
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Parents’ Ultimate Guide On Screening Bad Music For Kids from Support for Stepdads . Lilly Deane is a music lover by heart who loves to add music in children’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Divorce Trauma – Six Tips For Coping

    Anita Ginsburg
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Divorce Trauma – Six Tips For Coping from Support for Stepdads . Even the most cooperative and friendly divorce will have its fair share of challenges. Court proceedings... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Truth About Divorce Mediation

    Dixie Somers
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy The Truth About Divorce Mediation from Support for Stepdads . Often those that are in the process of divorce are confused as to how to handle various aspects of the dying... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • When Words Fail Her

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

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

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

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

    Rebecca Wood
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    It happened sooner in the week than I had planned. Yesterday turned out to be the big day. We took the front rail off of Charlie’s crib and transitioned her to a “big girl” bed. In addition, we moved everything out of her drawers into organizers in the closet as a preemptive strike on any “redecorating” by Charlie. Late in the afternoon, her crib turned into this toddler bed. Charlie was thrilled to find Elmo covering a bed that she could easily climb into and out of. I’ve heard other mothers say they were sad when this day came. I can’t say that I…
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    Ruddy Bits

  • Driftwood: The Lucky Ones

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

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

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

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

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

  • Date Rape

    NoBullying.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Date rape is a devastating experience that is very often under-reported and under-prosecuted. What is even worse is that the victim often suffers even more when video of the attack is posted to social media or the victim is bullied by peers and others as if the victim is at fault for the attack. Shocking date rape statistics Every two minutes “another American is sexually assaulted” according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), and 44% of the victims are under 18 years of age and 80% of the victims are under 30 years old. An estimated 2/3 of the rapists are known to…
  • The Dynamics of Teen Rape and Its Problems

    NoBullying.com
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Teen rape is a serious, significant crime that often goes understated because both parties tend to be under age, not adults, and are still seen as developing teens. As a result, the incident has for years been written off has teenagers behaving badly and victim teenagers putting themselves in avoidable, bad situations. In reality a teen being raped is no different than that of an adult. It involves a sexual violation against the will of the victim, and the instance frequently has more to do with taking control and getting revenge for rejection than it does sexual desire. Alarming Statistics…
  • The Ugly Presence of School Rape

    NoBullying.com
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    When a former student says “I was raped at school,” it’s the kind of statements that causes everything to stop and freeze for those who hear it. Being raped in school is not what our modern society expects to hear. It signals such a degradation of society that one has to wonder what exactly is going in today’s schools that such an event can even occur. However, the fact is school rape has occurred and in some shocking ways. The Richmond Case Became Emblematic Richmond, California, is a tough down that has had decades of being left behind while the rest of the Bay Area…
  • Block Facebook: Staying Safe from Bullies

    NoBullying.com
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Block Facebook: Staying Safe from Bullies The stories of cyber-bullying are countless. There’s the case of Amanda Todd, the teen from Canada who made friends with a man on video chat. He convinced her to bare her breasts, which she did. He took a photo, spread it all over the Internet and created a Facebook page where he used the photo as a profile image. The girl changed schools several times to avoid the man yet the man kept stalking and bullying her on Facebook. Finally, she posted a video to YouTube that went viral and she ended up killing herself a month later. Then there’s the case…
  • Frat Hazing

    NoBullying.com
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    What is Frat Hazing? Pledging a fraternity is a process that takes place over multiple stages that can take as long as a few weeks to a year. The purpose of the frat pledging process is for those who want to join the fraternity, also called pledges, to get to know the current members, and vice versa. During this process the pledges will bond with other members, learn more about the fraternity, such as the history of the fraternity itself and the Greek system as a whole. The pledging process is done so a pledge can prove their brotherhood to a Greek chapter by showing that they will uphold…
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    Joy Makin Mamas

  • And sometimes, dogs hate the Amish.

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

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

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

    Meghan G
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Let me give you the rundown on the Three Day Potty Training Method. (Apparently, I'm supposed to hit you up to buy my ebook or subscribe to my video training course here, which will run you anywhere from $29.99 to $50, but I seem to be as bad at milking people out of their money as I am at potty training. You can thank me later.) Read Potty training for dummies on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Park Dates for Dummies Egg Hunts for Dummies Surviving Sick Days
  • Back 2 School Bash Giveaway

    Meghan G
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    How would you like to win a fantastic school lunch style prize pack featuring a $30 FreckleBox.com gift code, Yummi Pouches and an assortment of organic fruit snacks? If you would like a chance to win, enter within. If you have won a FreckleBox, YumEarth or Yummi Pouch giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will run from August 19 through September 2, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Read Back 2 School Bash Giveaway on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best!
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    Early Intervention Support | Early Intervention Support

  • How to Help Baby Sit Up Independently

    EarlyInterventionSupport
    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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Get Your Kids to Open Up to You About Their Fears and Worries

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

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

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

    Lisa C. Baker
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Isn’t it amazing how even the smallest things can so unexpectedly trigger a tsunami of guilt in us parents? The way another mom at the playground rolls her eyes when you pull out a bottle to feed your baby. The shocked look a dad at Target gives you when you hand your toddler candy to get him to sit in the cart. The look in your 6-year-old’s eyes when your temper snaps after her tenth time out of bed after 10 pm. If you’re like most parents, guilt is your constant companion, right? But, parenting wasn’t always this hard. Nor did it go hand-in-hand with the feeling of guilt. As a…
  • 7 Common Mistakes That Keep Most Parents Unproductive (#3 is the One I’m Most Guilty Of)

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of the Productivity series. Get free article updates here.) Let’s face it. No matter how productive we wish and vow to be, as parents, a lot of those good intentions end up down the drains… Cooking gets done, but laundry piles up. Kids get dropped off and picked up, but the grocery trip gets nixed. You manage to prepare for that all-important meeting, but just can’t find the time to file that expense report. I bet you’ve been there at some point or the other. Have you ever wondered why this happens though? Why is it that we parents seem prone to being…
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  • 9 Healthy Evening Snacks for Working Moms

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

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

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

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

    Anjana Jins
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:25 pm
    I am trying to put up my back to school memories : then and now . Hope you guys could connect to it as well.  “I mark the hours, every one, nor have I yet outrun the Sun. My use and value, unto you, are gauged by what you have to do.“ —Inscription on Hermione Granger’s […] The post My Back to School Memories : Then and Now appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
 
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  • A simple tool to reduce stress and improve parenting

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

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

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

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

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

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

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    You've heard it time and time again - breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's especially true for kids that are headed off to school each day as it's the meal that will keep them fueled and focused until the afternoon when lunch time comes around. Mornings can be hectic so make life easier with these five quick and healthy breakfast for kids recipes. You'll love them because they are easy to make and your kids will love them because they are so delicious!Green SmoothiesKids will love the fact that they are having a smoothie for breakfast. It's a great way to pack a ton of…
  • 10 Reasons Not to Look at Your Phone Today

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Many of us are guilty of spending far too much time with our phones. Take the smartphone challenge and put that phone down today. Here are ten reasons why you'll be glad you did.Don't Watch Your Kids Grow Up Through a LensI am not here to guilt you about looking at your smart phone while your kids play at the local park. I mean, we can all agree that it is less than crucial to watch them go down a slide fifty times and build countless sand castles. I do, however, believe that if you're filming or photographing every single move your child makes you're missing out on the real deal. Put the…
  • First Week of School Anxiety

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Forget about first day jitters. I am a teacher and the parent of an anxious child and I can promise you the serious child anxiety sets in after the kids have spent some time at school and they've had a chance to run into some problems that might be a little unnerving for our regular kids and kinda terrifying for our most sensitive kiddos. Remember how awful it felt when you couldn't remember your locker combination? The panic of running late for class or worse arriving to the wrong class altogether. Our littlest ones have started to experience specialty classes like music and gym and these…
  • Back to School Sleep Tips

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
    Back to school sleep tips.. already?! Summer, it comes and goes so quickly. Very soon those long summer days of sun shining well into the evening hours will be replaced by those dark afternoons. We have all fallen victim to loosening up our children's regimented schedule over the summer and replacing it with extended outdoor play and later bedtimes.Whether your child is going back to school, starting preschool or daycare, it is time to tighten up that schedule again and prepare your child so that they are set up for optimal learning and success.We rush to get the new sneakers, back packs, and…
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  • Children Need To Learn To Master Friendship Skills Early, Experts Warn

    Jennifer
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    Friends are the ones that we can go to when no one else in the world seems to understand. We laugh with them, we cry with them, we play with them. There is no doubting the fact that people who have friends tend to live healthier and happier lives. Many studies have shown the benefits of friendship, including positive mental and physical effects. It is imperative to make friends in our lives, however, doing so is not a skill that comes easy to everyone. While some can make friends as easily as walking into a room, others have a hard time trying to figure out how this whole friend-making-thing…
  • Time-Lapse Video Documents Couple’s Journey as Their Pregnancy Takes a Scary Turn

    Cathy
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    When newlyweds Rob and Erin Marshall discovered that they were expecting their first child, they wanted to do something special. They decided to create a time-lapse video of one-second clips – one for each day of the pregnancy. “We thought it would be priceless for our son to look back at this video and see how excited his family was for his arrival,” Rob told the Huffington Post in an email. But Rob and Erin never could have predicted just how scary their journey would eventually become. Their son, Alexander, would first see photos of the newlywed couple doing the things they loved –…
  • Bullying Begins before Kids Start School

    Cathy
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:32 pm
    In a study that examined the complexity of bullying among children, Dutch researchers have found that bullying starts much sooner than we might have ever thought possible – before children even start school. The news is bound to be both concerning, and shocking, to parents all across the country. “I was very surprised by how young these kids are,” Rachel Annuziato, an assistant professor for clinical psychology at Fordham University in New York City, told CBS News. “I think our understanding of bullying is that it’s something that starts a little later cognitively and…
  • Amanda Peet Debuts Her Growing Belly at the Emmy Awards!

    Lisa Arneill
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Surprise! Amanda Peet is expecting – again!  The actress revealed the exciting news this evening while walking the red carpet with her husband David Benioff at the 66th Annual Prime time Emmy Awards, which were held at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Beautiful in a Giambattista Valli dress, Amanda was mum about the new addition, but was in attendance at the award show to support her husband, who is the writer and executive producer of Gamer of Thrones. The new baby will join the couple’s daughter Molly, 4 and Frances 7. Next up, Amanda will star as Tina Morris in the HBO comedy…
  • Hayden Panettiere Glows At The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

    Lisa Arneill
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:06 pm
    We haven’t seen a lot of Hayden Panettiere since it was revealed she was expecting – but on Monday night the actress’ growing belly was on full display as she walked the red carpet for the 66th Annual Prime time Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre! Hayden was absolutely gorgeous in a sequin Lorena Sarbu gown with a plunging neckline. While speaking to Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet she let it slip she was having a baby girl. “I can’t wait for her to come out,” the Nashville star said, causing Giuliana to exclaim, “It’s a girl?!” “Yes, it’s a little girl. I…
 
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  • 6 Things to Consider in Choosing the Best Baby Stroller

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

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

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

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

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

    Victor dMdB
    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

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

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

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

    Dawn Tan
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    There‘s been much debate surrounding the fact that children can learn languages faster than adults, who sometimes might get frustrated attempting to master a new tongue. One would think the combination of age and experience would give them an edge, but according to a study from MIT, adults’ more developed cognitive abilities actual hinder their learning capacity. The challenge comes from the tendency of adults to overanalyze linguistic rules, and use associative methods to make memorizing easier. There is also the issue that adults tend to reason more rationally, therefore seeking to…
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  • 9 power phrases to respond to arguing

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

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

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

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

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

    Charlotte
    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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ParentEdge
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    This blog post has been reposted, with permission, from Bril’s blog (http://brilindia.com/blog/). Studies have shown that the most important period of a child’s life is their first five years.  Children are capable of learning from a very early age, so it is ideal to expose them to a nurturing and educational environment during those years. By providing an environment that is fun-filled, safe and stimulating, you can ensure that your child gets off to a great start. While adults typically think of play-time as a form of entertainment, it can actually teach your child a great deal about…
  • Planning your Milestones for Application Season

    Prab Singh
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Seniors’ Checklist to Planning the Next Several Months I have found that at this point when families are heading into the thick of the application season, it is helpful to remember how quickly the time will go, how the work load of school combined with applications and your other interests can become overwhelming if you don’t plan ahead. This month’s blog will be focused on letting you know where you should be at this stage and if you are on target. The challenge is that the “actual” deadlines are still far away, but the amount of work that is required does not allow for you to…
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  • Officially a preschooler

    melissaw01@aol.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Well that was not easy. He was excited until he realized nobody else was getting on the bus with him and then his eyes were panicked. I held it in until they left then sobbed. Then stalked the school and he walked in with the aide and a little tiny boy with a walker. And then I cried because it hit me, once again, my baby is special too. Hits me periodically. Fingers crossed he does well. Last picture because it all fell apart. There goes my heart. So hard to let go. I need a hold me tight hug. Badly.
  • AND anxiety

    melissaw01@aol.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Ugh I keep picturing my little non-verbal guy all alone on a bus with a bunch of big kids … Kill me.
  • Make mine a double

    melissaw01@aol.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    I forgot how exhausting back to school is. Especially this year with two. And how expensive, everytime I turn around something needs bought or paid for or replaced. I haven’t stopped since Monday morning. 8th grade trip meeting Monday night. Yesterday was work, fill out med forms for Will, run home on lunch to do laundry, seizure meds to school, home from work, dinner, cut Will’s hair, sort his supplies and forms, bathe him, bed him then back to work until 10:30. Today I’ve already been to Walmart and Target, have to head to sitter at 11:30 to get him on bus and try not to…
  • The Saddest Thing, Lang Leav

    melissaw01@aol.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    Lang posted this on her IG stating she sat at her little typewriter and came up with the following. To have 1/4 of her talent. Big first day of preschool here. Mama’s a wreck!!
  • We interrupt this program

    melissaw01@aol.com
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    For a little Lang Leav, because yeah.
 
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  • The Best Umbrella Strollers for NYC, City Dwellers

    Grace Wilson
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Life in the city is tough. It demands a lot from us and we definitely have to keep up with everything around us moving at such fast paces. If we fail to follow up with them, the consequences are just too great to ignore! I seriously can’t imagine how it must be like to live and try to survive in big cities; mentally, financially, the whole shebang! And when it comes to living in the biggest cities like the very famous Big Apple, New York City, well, let’s just say that you may have just decided to play the game of life on “Hard” mode. In the fast paced lifestyle of a city dweller, you…
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  • The Story Behind P’kolino

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

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

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

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

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

    Lisa
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    When caring for young children, one of the most important investments that you can make is a reliable stroller. Caring for multiple young children makes that decision even more difficult and important. While you are searching for a new stroller, consider the BOB Revolution SE Duallie Stroller: lightweight and easy to operate, this one of the best double strollers currently on the market. This stroller has a number of features to support busy, active families on the go. As parents or caregivers run from one errand to another, they will appreciate its easy-to-fold design. The stroller weighs in…
  • Angeles Infant Toddler SureStop Folding Commercial Bye-Bye Stroller Review

    Lisa
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Angeles Infant Toddler SureStop Folding Commercial Bye-Bye Stroller Unlike any other infant toddler triple strollers, Angeles has introduced an Infant 4-passenger Commercial Bye-Bye Stroller. The stroller has been designed to accommodate up to 4 babies at a go. For parents who are expecting triplets and have a toddler or need a baby stroller that can accommodate four babies, The four -Passenger stroller is perfectly designed for the job.  The strollers are fitted with four padded reclining seats that are built to comfortably hold four infant toddlers.The No-roll technology with the…
  • Baby Strollers Tips

    Lisa
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Finding the right baby stroller for your infant can be a daunting task. The type of stroller can mean a world of difference for your child. It could be a place of enjoyment and entertainment as well as a place that is comfortable and relaxing. When it comes to finding a baby stroller, there are many different things that you need to consider. This baby strollers guide will help guide you in the right direction when it comes to purchasing your next stroller. >> Contours Options LT Tandem Stroller Review >> Baby Trend Expedition LX Travel System Review There are different types of…
  • Contours Options LT Tandem Stroller Review

    Sam Nichols
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am
    First thing that comes to one’s mind when they think of a tandem stroller is something that’s big and heavy. Not with the Contours Options LT Tandem stroller. This double compartment stroller encompasses the newest designs making it lightweight at only 33.5lbs. The stroller is unisex meaning you can use it for boys and girls. Each seat can carry weights of up to 40lbs meaning 80lbs in total and the seats are reversible meaning that your child or children can face you or see their surroundings and still be in a comfortable position. What’s more, the Contours Options LT Tandem stroller…
  • Guide to Choosing the Best Baby Strollers

    Sam Nichols
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Do you wish to buy the best stroller for your baby? Well, although there is no basic rule that requires you to buy it, it is unimaginable to think that you will leave the house without one. Perhaps when your child starts feeling more like a large sack of potatoes, you will learn to appreciate the importance of getting one. Since this will be one of the biggest purchases, you may want to ensure that you choose the right one. In fact, great varieties of baby strollers are available in the market that varies depending on prices and styles. >> Baby Jogger POD Chassis Review >> Graco…
 
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  • 21 Things To Do For The First Day Of School

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

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

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

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

    Nathaniel Turner
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    No matter how attentive you are as a parent, no matter how determined you are to prepare your child for all life’s ups and downs, there is simply no way to avoid trouble. Try as you might. Prepare to the best of your ability but getting into trouble, experiencing something troubling or finding something or […]
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  • Living A More Natural Life.

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

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

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

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

    Kendall
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    Sensory jars are something I’ve been doing for T for a while she loves shaking them up and seeing what happens but we haven’t made any new ones recently and she’s pretty bored of the others so I did up some new ones today. The first is just buttons of lots of different shapes and sizes. This is proving to be her favourite so far because it is the loudest. She had great fun rolling it around the kitchen floor as I cooked dinner this evening. The second is a beach themed jar. I didn’t have any sand so I ground up some brown rice in the Bellini (speed 10 for 1 minute) and…
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  • Top 9 experiences on my day without internet

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

    Santoshh Singh
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The post How to motivate yourself to organize your room appeared first on Palchoice. I am sure most of you would have also thought of often how to motivate yourself to organize your room. Unorganized, untidy and unseemly are the words that used to come to my mind whenever I entered my room few days back. I loved my house but hated my room as it was always disorganized. […] The post How to motivate yourself to organize your room appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Top 10 quotes for daily motivation

    Santoshh Singh
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    The post Top 10 quotes for daily motivation appeared first on Palchoice. So you are searching top quotes for daily motivation. Do you think quotes can motivate you to achieve what you want to achieve in your life? I asked the above question because you have reached this page in your search for motivation that can last. Now back to question that I asked, I would say […] The post Top 10 quotes for daily motivation appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Top 5 essential leadership traits

    Santoshh Singh
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The post Top 5 essential leadership traits appeared first on Palchoice. Do you think leaders have inbuilt leadership traits? We still are struggling with age old controversial question whether leaders are born or created? And we still are not sure of right answer because, as with everything, there are number of factors contributing collectively to form a successful leader. But there are certain common behaviors among […] The post Top 5 essential leadership traits appeared first on Palchoice.
  • HOW TO AVOID OVEREATING

    Santoshh Singh
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    The post HOW TO AVOID OVEREATING appeared first on Palchoice. What picture overeating bring to your mind? For me it’s a fat person eating a big, really big burger at McDonald food court. I know most of us don’t want to be that fat person of our imagination. This is possible if we avoid overeating. But how to avoid overeating? If you search on internet […] The post HOW TO AVOID OVEREATING appeared first on Palchoice.
 
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