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  • Parenting and Motivational Quotes to Live By

    Parenting at More4kids
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Love is spending time with your family One way I learn is finding great quotes and incorporating them into my life. In have been doing a lot on Twitter in the evenings and have been sharing with many of my Twitter friends. Many of the quotes I have found researching, and some I have even made up myself based on experiences of myself and others. I share these quotes humbly and hope people will enjoy reading and learning from these parenting, family and motivational quotes. Please let us know what your favorite parenting quotes are. Here are some of ours: Parenting Quotes: There is no such…
  • It’s Complicated: Must Read Book On Socially Networked Teens

    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology
    Jennifer Wagner
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:27 am
    It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd is the book to read to truly understand the digital world our teens live in. Boyd is is a social media scholar and youth researcher, working at Microsoft Research, New York University, and the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. It’s Complicated explores every […] The post It’s Complicated: Must Read Book On Socially Networked Teens appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Wonder: Book for Tweens Should be Read by All Read Seeds of…
  • I’m a Single Mom and I Don’t Feel Bad About It!
    Ty Knighten
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    I have been a single mom since day one and by day one, I mean from the time I found out that I was pregnant.  I never felt sorry for myself and to be very honest, I think I prepared myself for single motherhood long before I ever got pregnant.  I knew that I would be a single mother when I was a teenage girl and made the decision to one day be a mother. Being raised by a single mom, I was taught to be independent and take care of business and that was the example that I saw in my home. I decided probably in my senior year of high school, that I wanted to have 1 son and that I was going to…
  • My Next Read: It’s Not What You Think
    Tracy Hahn-Burkett
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:30 am
    I love reading. I can’t wait to pick up my next book, o […]
  • Something to Read Until I Get Back
    Tracy Hahn-Burkett
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:27 pm
    I’m going to be away for a few weeks due to a death in […]
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    Parenting at More4kids

  • Parenting and Motivational Quotes to Live By

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Love is spending time with your family One way I learn is finding great quotes and incorporating them into my life. In have been doing a lot on Twitter in the evenings and have been sharing with many of my Twitter friends. Many of the quotes I have found researching, and some I have even made up myself based on experiences of myself and others. I share these quotes humbly and hope people will enjoy reading and learning from these parenting, family and motivational quotes. Please let us know what your favorite parenting quotes are. Here are some of ours: Parenting Quotes: There is no such…
  • 10 Best Recycling Websites for Kids

    28 Feb 2014 | 6:03 am
    If you want your children to grow up to be environmentally conscious, you have to start teaching them while they are young. You can't expect them to just learn on their own. However, you'll find that there are a variety of great recycling websites and environmental sites out there where you kids can learn more about the environment and recycling, while having a great time. Wondering where to send your kids to learn more? Here's a look at 10 of the top recycling websites out there for kids that make excellent choices. Website #1 – Kids Planet Website Address:…
  • Overnight Internet Sensation, Melissa Earnest, Talks about life with Autism

    12 Feb 2014 | 5:26 am
    A More4kids exclusive interview with Melissa Earnest. I hope everyone will enjoy this interview about a real important topic affecting many parents: Life with Autism On October 2, 2013, Mississippi wife, mom and proud NRA member, Melissa Earnest was just that, a wife and mom. A noble full-time, over-time job, to be sure, but not many people knew her name. Then she posted a video on Facebook and suddenly the Earnest household was on the map and Melissa Earnest was a household word. The now famous “Grabman Video” went viral with 86,000 shares on Facebook and more than 60,000 views on…
  • Teaching Kids How to Resolve Conflicts

    3 Feb 2014 | 10:50 am
    Teaching your child how to resolve conflicts is a necessary part of their emotional intellect, and critical decision making skills. Conflicts are a typical part of every life – whether simple or complicated. It is essential that we all are equipped with the knowledge of how to resolve conflicts. Conflict resolution should be taught to children at a very young age. While it is your responsibility to teach this very important lesson to your child, you are likely to find that it is quite challenging. This is why I elected to create this guide for teaching your child how to resolve conflicts.
  • Positive Parenting Techniques that Raise Positive Kids

    30 Jan 2014 | 11:25 am
    It is an almost universal desire of parents to want their children to grow up in a happy and healthy environment. Most will spend plenty of time addressing how to help their kids feel loved and appreciated every single day. However, life seems to get in the way of these plans so many times, and parents find themselves spending most of their waking hours in survival mode instead of nurturing that quality time with the kids. If you are a parent that is concerned that positive parenting techniques have not spent enough time in your home, you will undoubtedly be relieved to know that positive…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Alicia Silverstone's vegan boy has never had medication

    Sara McGinnis
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:28 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Alicia Silverstone's baby boy has reportedly never taken any medications. The actress, who is opening up about her parenting preferences to help promote her The Kind Mama book, insists young Bear's vegan diet is enough to keep him healthy. "I'm not against Western medicine," the 37-year-old star, who... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Spotted: 10 perfect polka dot designs for your home

    Michelle Rothmeier
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    by Michelle Rothmeier posted in Life & Home I love pattern in my home. Whether it's a striped pillow, a floral rug, a geometric piece of art... I love it all. And one of my favorite patterns to see is the polka dot. Critics might disregard the polka dot print as outdated or juvenile, but... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Do babies cry at night to keep mom and dad from "doing it"?

    Denise Cortes
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    by Denise Cortes posted in Mom Stories We've all been there. The baby is finally asleep. You are slowly but surely feeling a little bit like your old self before you had the baby. Your husband gives you the look and you are feeling some type of way. Suddenly, you are entertaining the idea of... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • In defense of Prince George & all the grumpy babies out there

    Carolyn Robertson
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    by Carolyn Robertson posted in Celebrities As the mother of a somewhat grumpy infant, I would like to extend a personal thank you to His Royal Highness Prince George for showing that even the most adorable of babies sometimes just don't feel like cracking a smile. After skipping a visit to the Royal New Zealand... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Photos: Later-in-life dad builds mega RV for 4yo daughter

    Sara McGinnis
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Mom Stories At 61, Bran Ferren is taking a proactive approach to longterm parenting. The inventor, who spent decades dreaming up ideas for everyone from Disney to General Motors and the US Air Force, is now focused on preparing his 4-year-old daughter Kira for life even beyond the time he'll... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    MedPage Today Pediatrics

  • Newborns OK in Mom's Arms Before Clamping the Cord

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Placental transfusion occurred at near-identical rates among newborns held in their mothers' arms above the placental level versus at the placental level, which is good news for mother-infant bonding, a study found.
  • Striking a Nerve: Bungling the Cannabis Story

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    (MedPage Today) -- Don't believe what you may have read about a new study of marijuana use and brain structure, because it was probably wrong.
  • OncoBlog: AACR Eyes Tobacco Control (CME/CE)

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    SAN DIEGO (MedPage Today) -- The American Association for Cancer Research continued the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General's report on health consequences of tobacco with a look back and ahead.
  • FDA OKs Grastek Hay Fever Immunotherapy Tablets

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    (MedPage Today) -- The FDA approved Merck's Grastek tablet for grass pollen allergy Monday, making it the second sublingual oral immunotherapy (SLIT) agent to gain that status.
  • State Medicaid ACOs Up but Struggles Mount (CME/CE)

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Colorado was one of the first states to launch an accountable care-like model in Medicaid. Other states are following suit, but Colorado has its own issues it's trying to smooth out.
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    Daddy Types

  • J.G. Ballard For Kids Happened, And Should Happen Again

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Techno-dystopian bears aren't just for Kubrick anymore. As this cartoon from Tom Gauld's 2013 book, You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack shows. I would totally kickstart a collection of J.G. Ballard-inspired Adventures of Ballard The Bear, though. I...
  • Peter Pearce Curved Space Diamond Structure, aka The Hakone Soap Bubble Castle

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    A couple of months of Throwback Thursdays ago Johnson Trading Gallery posted these photos to their Instagram. It's a wacked out biomorphic geodesic Habitrail of a jungle gym playground pod whatzit structure they bought on eBay. [And apparently flipped...
  • 'We Are Mint In Box': The A.I. Super Toy Teddy

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    I was kind of into it at the time, but Stanley Kubrick & Steven Spielberg's A.I. is one of those movies I just can't watch since becoming a parent. [Also on that list: Marc Forster's dystopian suburban stillbirth saga, Everything...
  • And 140 Kids Were Named Betsy

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Vox is breaking some news here that more people named their kid Khaleesi after a Game of Thrones character in 2012 than named their kid Betsy. But I guess I'm surprised that at least 140 people name their kids Betsy...
  • Never A Dull Moment In Berkeley

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
    photo: aya brackett for remodelista "The cast iron enameled corner sink is original." "The gilded body cast on the wall is of Ayelet during one of her pregnancies." [remodelista via @hawthorneLAT]...
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  • Smooth Sailing While on Vacation…

    Dave Taylor
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I don’t know whether to chalk this up to me being a good, attentive parent or my kids learning how to deal with me and how to train me to meet their needs and interests, but we’re on vacation in California for a late spring break and it’s going remarkably well, sufficiently well that my 17yo turned around this evening (our first full day) and surprised me by saying that “this is totally fun so far!” To be fair, I’ve done a lot of legwork lining things up so we have things to do, including Seaworld, the San Diego Zoo, WonderCon, a pirate-themed dinner…
  • Brent, we can’t all be enlightened all of the time…

    Dave Taylor
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Fellow stay-at-home Dad Brent Brookhouse over at The Good Men Project site shared his upset over a Facebook at-home dad community and how it’s left him with a perception that SAHD’s are chauvinistic pigs and need to aim for a higher level of consciousness. Your best place to start is to go read what he wrote: What led me to abandon my stay-at-home dad community, sloppy and overgeneralized quotes like “a group of fathers who railed against the stereotyping of men, while marginalizing and harassing women” and all. Part of me wanted to just dismiss what he says with a…
  • Got a Young Scientist In the House?

    D. Taylor
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    I was nerdy as a kid — no surprise there — but had no idea that there was a bigger picture than my family and my school. Still, I never entered the local science fair (if there even was one, I don’t recall ever hearing about it even though I was in the honors program for junior high and high school) and kinda wish one of my kids was growing up to be a science nerd. But it’s not to be, which is a drag because it turns out that more than just science fairs, there are some amazing events and competitions children can enter nowadays. One of the premier events in this space…
  • Daniel Murphy taps into his paternity leave. So what?

    Dave Taylor
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Today’s viral noise is brought to you by two chowderheaded sports commentators out of New York, Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason, who on their WFAN radio program accused Mets baseball player Daniel Murphy of having incorrect priorities when he used the paternity leave option to take a few days off from the team to be present for the birth and first few days of his new baby. When I heard about this story I just shrugged. Murphy has a right to make the decision he wants and it sure seems to me that he made the right decision. And radio DJs? Like that really annoying kid in school who…
  • When Woks Get Rusty…

    Dave Taylor
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    I’ve had my steel wok for years and years, and it’s seen a lot of service. When I bought it at Cost Plus (I think, it was a long time ago) I dutifully “seasoned” it with oil and then for the first few years I’d wipe it clean but not scrub it with soap and water, since that’s what I’ve always read is the recommended way to manage the wok and avoid rust. But time passes, meals are cooked and it started to get grungy. Yeah, that’s the technical term. So I started scrubbing it after all, though sometimes I’d still just wipe it out post-stir…
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • DVD Giveaway: Birds of Paradise ~ Sky-High Adventure Exclusively at Walmart!

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    About Birds of Paradise:When Jack, an ordinary sparrow with dreams of becoming an extraordinary bird, is accidentally covered in colorful paint, he is thrilled about his new exotic appearance and believes that he’ll now be able to impress Aurora, a beautiful canary who has recently escaped from her indoor cage. But when Aurora’s mean owner, Mr. Potter, finds her, Jack must enlist the help of his best friends -- Vinnie, the loyal pigeon, and Skeeter, the hyper hummingbird, as well as Rosie, the caring bat, and the wise Old Buzzard -- in order to free her. Along the way, Jack and Aurora…
  • Garden Lites Veggie Muffins: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Kosher, High-Fiber, Low-Calorie … and Absolutely Delicious!

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    It seems like everyone I work with has a special diet -- one person eats gluten-free, another’s vegetarian, and a third is on a low-fat diet. Needless to say, when we get lunch together, it’s tough to find foods that please everyone! Fortunately, I’ve got a great option to bring in for breakfast: Garden Lites Veggie Muffins! Their first ingredient is a vegetable, and they’re all gluten-free, vegetarian, low in calories, high in fiber, and Kosher Parve. These two-ounce muffins are just the right size for a small breakfast or snack. They’re kept in the freezer until you’re ready to…
  • Book Review: "Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids," by Dr. Laura Markham

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Have you ever lost your temper with your children and started yelling at them? Chances are, you haven’t been satisfied with the result. As Dr. Laura Markham notes in her new book, Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, “Kids respond better if we don’t yell. Yelling escalates a difficult situation, turning it from a squall into a storm.” So, how can you stop yelling and start connecting with your kids?Dr. Markham says it is entirely possible to stop yelling and still set healthy limits with your children. Fortunately, she provides workable solutions, not…
  • Little Passports Passover Stories and Facebook Giveaway

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    **The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.Did you know the Jewish holiday of Passover began last night, April 14th, at sunset and continues until the night of April 22nd? This important holiday commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people in Ancient Egypt. If you have a minute, check out the post on the Little Passports Blog where a Little Passports employee details one of her favorite childhood memories of the Seder during the first night of Passover. Do you have any fun family…
  • For People Who Love Free Samples and Trying Different Products!

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    Have you ever thought about purchasing a product, but were afraid you’d waste your money if you found you didn’t like it? Now there’s a solution to that problem:! Through this service, you can “test drive” name brand products at no cost, enabling you to make smarter shopping decisions! is available for U.S. and Canadian consumers. They gather literally hundreds of thousands of name-brand product samples for home, body and life, and offer the samples that people are specifically interested in trying at no charge. There is:no membershipno subscription…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Forget the Awful Winter with a Waterpark Vacation

    Amy LeForge
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:16 pm
    In many areas of the country, the winter of 2013-2014 will go down as being one of the coldest and snowiest on record, according to At times, it seemed like the miserable weather was never going to end. But now that warmer weather is finally on the horizon, celebrate by booking your summer vacation in a place where your kids can splash away the days and forget all about that awful winter at a waterpark.According to the World Waterpark Association (WWA), 85 million people visited waterparks in the summer of 2012. It’s not surprising that so many people are attracted to these…
  • Outsmarting the Dealer: 5 Things a Car Salesman Will Not Point Out to You

    Amy LeForge
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    Although it is a stereotype, it is true that most mothers aren’t in charge of buying a car for the family. Men tend to know more about cars, pricing, and how to negotiate. Again, this is a generalization, but something that many families experience.However, not every family is the same, and sometimes it is mom’s responsibility to find a new car for the family. Since women tend to know less about cars, some car salesman take advantage of this fact in order to “pull a fast one” on a mother who doesn’t know what she’s looking for, or lacks negotiation skills.If…
  • Teach Me How: 6 Tricks to Teach Your Kids How to Tie Their Shoes

    Amy LeForge
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Teaching your children how to tie their shoes can be a very memorable moment as a parent. This essential skill is one of the iconic examples of parents sharing their knowledge and experiences with their children. Luckily, there are several tips that you can use to help your child grasp this concept.Use Different Colored LacesThis is a fantastic little trick that can make the whole learning experience much easier. Most children learn to associate things with color at a very young age. Some children also confuse their left and right, making this much more difficult. Using a different color for…
  • The American Osteopathic Association Suggests You Spring Clean for Health

    Amy LeForge
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Heroes, nothing is more important than the health of the family, so it’s imperative to prevent illness and injuries before they occur. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), which represents the nation’s more than 82,000 osteopathic physicians, or DOs, wants to encourage you to set aside a few hours during one weekend this spring to take steps toward making your home a healthier place.The American Osteopathic Association suggests starting with a weekend checklist:On Friday, schedule appointments you’ve been putting off with your primary care physician or  specialist. Make a list…
  • Help your Kids Figure Out What to Do After High School

    Amy LeForge
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    When kids graduate from high school, they have many options to make sure that they take a life path that is going to work well for them. Each of the four options below will help parents to point their children in the right direction. Some people need to go straight to college after high school, but there are other things that teenagers can do once they get out of high school.1. Go To CollegePicking the right college, and paying for it, is something that parents need to work with their kids on because they may not know how to go about it. The future is determined very easily by the college…
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    The World's Stage

  • 5 Highlights of the MTV Movie Awards

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    If you didn’t watch the MTV Movie Awards last night (let’s face it, GoT was on), here are a few quick highlights that you can catch on YouTube. 1. Mark Wahlberg‘s acceptance speech Mark Wahlberg won the Generations Award last night, because apparently all of MTV’s viewers are 12 years old and think that Marky Mark is old. Whatever. He spent the majority of his speech dropping f-bombs, and it was pretty hilarious. 2. The opening montage Conan was a great choice to host, because he has no shame, mostly. The MTV Movie Awards montage is always a great tribute to all the…
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Graduation Season

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Graduation season is coming up for high school and college students across the nation. Commencement is a proud and joyous occasion that marks a turning point in a young person’s life. Both college and high school graduates are closing the door on one chapter of their lives and embarking on a new journey with new freedoms and responsibilities. Friends and family members cherish these celebrations with their loved ones and are often invited to both the commencement ceremony and a graduation party that celebrates the graduate. But along with this exciting time come many questions of etiquette:…
  • 10 Ways to Get the Color of the Year into Your Life

    4 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    I’m not sure how exactly Pantone was granted the gift of naming the color of the year, but they do a great job. Maybe I am the only one who eagerly awaits the unveiling of the new year’s color, but even if you’re not a fan, there are plenty of reasons to get Radiant Orchid into your decor. The color goes well with a number of pallets, and the vivid bright (without being overbearing) color is sure to inject some happiness into your life. 1. A Kiss of Color With just slightly more of a purple hue than a berry lipstick, orchid is still a very wearable lip color. Pair an orchid…
  • Seven Registry Items You Didn’t Think Of

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    When you and your fiancé registered for your wedding gifts, what did you ask for? Something traditional like a blender, a slow cooker or a toaster oven? Something romantic like a gift card to the spa at your honeymoon resort? Despite the fact that you got everything you wanted, you may have missed out on a few useful items that you later had to buy for yourself. Newly-engaged couples, take note! Here are seven of the best registry items that everyone forgets about! Cleaning gadgets: Register for a portable vacuum to stow in the living room closet, a full-sized vacuum (especially if you have…
  • How To Know When To DIY Or Hire An Expert

    28 Mar 2014 | 2:22 pm
    As the weather warms up and we prepare for the spring and summer seasons, many people are looking toward the beginnings of their home improvement season. In addition to saving money, doing a home improvement project on your own can be a very rewarding experience for some people. But, at some point, you have to draw the line and hire a contractor or professional who knows what they’re doing and how to do it properly. Here are some tips that any homeowner should consider before they decide whether they want to do it themselves or go pro. Go It Alone Painting: For the most part, painting a…
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    Free Range KidsFree Range Kids

  • Fake Kidnapping at a Playground: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Readers – -This just in. Two masked men grabbed a 4 year old from a playground and threw him in a van. Surprise! It was to make a video about “kidnapping awareness.” Why is this insane? A – The “perps” could have been shot. B – It is based on the crazy idea that WITHOUT a video of masked men snatching a child off a playground, no one would be aware that masked men shouldn’t be doing this. C- It is also based on the crazy idea that this is happening so much, no one should consider the playground a safe place. D – All of the above and THEN…
  • An Amber Alert about Amber Alerts

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Readers — I haven’t signed up for Amber Alerts, so I haven’t experienced this. Have you? How common is it? I realize Amber Alerts CAN save kids, but not if they become the boy who cried wolf. (What a famous boy!) – L.  Dear Free-Range Kids: I am a faithful reader who grew up in the dangerous ’70s and ’80s and was a criminology major. I have a very difficult time explaining to my friends that the world is much, much safer for my children. Part of the perception problem is the insanity of the Amber Alert. Yesterday, while in a meeting, everyone’s phones…
  • We Cannot “Mold” Kids into Exactly Who We Want Them To Be

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Readers — I find this little report, “Neuroscience Used and Abused in Child Rearing Policy” so interesting, for two reasons. First, by questioning the common wisdom that kids’ brains”irreversibly ‘sculpted’ by parental care” the first three years , it alleviates some of the incredible pressure put on parents to make sure that every single second they spend with their babies (even prenatally) is optimal: stimulating, educational, enriched. That’s a lot to demand of us. Second, it echoes a point I make in my book and lectures: That while…
  • A Toddler Melts Down, A Busybody Calls 911, Cops Arrive, Guns Drawn, And Then…

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Readers — Why do I keep blogging? It’s to remind us, literally daily, that there are HUGE CONSEQUENCES when we believe the BIG LIE that our kids are in constant danger. One consequence is that we interpret normal parenting behavior through the lens of both sanctimony and fear, seeing danger where there’s just the usual chaos of raising kids. The consequence of that consequence? Read on: Dear Free-Range Kids: When my son, now 15, was about a week shy of his fourth birthday, I ran out to pick him up from his preschool, located four short blocks from home, with just my keys and…
  • Bus Driver Fired for Picking Up Freezing Kids in Her SUV when Bus Broke Down

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Folks, Canadian school bus driver Kendra Lindon was about to pick up kids on a freezing cold day when her bus broke down. Other recent times this had happened, she recalled, no replacement bus arrived. And so, with windchill temperatures dipping to -37 C (-34 F),  she took matters into her own hands and picked up the few students along her route in her own SUV. From there, Lindon planned to keep the kids, including her own son, warm until another bus arrived — no frostbite, no problems. Or so she thought. It turns out another parent had watched Lindon picking up the kids, including two…
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    Politics to Parenting and Everything in Between

  • Would you buy a girls leopard print string bikini for your little girl?

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    I don't know what makes Elizabeth Hurley and other fashion designers think our children should be wearing two piece, string bikinis, but hopefully the backlash she is getting will awaken fashion designers like her to stop pushing this on our kids. Sure parents can choose not to buy them but why market them in the first place and oversexualize children? We have enough high teen pregnancy and single mothers, thanks to oversexualized TV and movies, and other problems in our society where the innocence of childhood is becoming lost.The Stir: Former model and now children's clothing designer…
  • Ouch!! ‘Troubling’ New Trend Called ‘Eraser Challenge’ Has Kids ‘Mutiliating Themselves’

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Strange...what are kids thinking...or not thinking these days. I can't see how anyone would want to do this but if it gives them the attention they seek/need I guess that is one reason. I hope they learn this is unhealthy behavior and damaging their skin. Hopefully now that parents and the school are aware of this new 'trend' they will put an end to“Students have explained the Eraser Challenge this way: kids take an eraser and begin ‘erasing’ their skin while saying the alphabet and coming up with a word for each letter,” Muharem wrote. “Once they get to the letter…
  • ICYMI: Here are this past weeks most popular @littlebytesnews tweets

    29 Mar 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Here are this past weeks most popular @littlebytesnews  tweets.  Enjoy and let me know what you think!Listed by rank, date and headline:1Mar 25, 2014 Malaysia’s prime minister: plane crashed in Indian Ocean, no survivors  2Mar 16, 2014#breaking #news Founder of controversial Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps Sr., said to be 'on the edge of deat... 16, 2014 BREAKING: per The Mirror: #MH370 Pilot Moved Out Wife and 3 Kids THE DAY BEFORE Disappearance4Mar 17, 2014 Missing Jet…
  • Eight Grade CT Teacher Tells Student She's Going To Punch Him In The Face

    29 Mar 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Wow, what a witch, I should hope she gets fired, but I'm sure the teachers union will make sure she keeps her job or is given a paid "“I’m going to punch him right in the face and break that glass in his eye,” Marylou Addona was allegedly caught on a recording saying, according to the school district.Marylou Addona allegedly belittled and threatened some of her students. (Image source: WFSB-TV)WFSB-TV reported that the exchange was recorded on a student’s iPod. The Duggan Elementary School teacher was reportedly unaware she was being recorded.“I can’t…
  • A Goldstar Son--A Story About Kindness and Respect for Our Military

    29 Mar 2014 | 1:19 pm
    I remember seeing this story not too long ago on the national news. Very sweet...what a thoughtful and generous child to give something he found to a complete stranger and to honor our military like he did. So sad that he lost his dad in the war when he was only five weeks old. If you haven't seen this yet it's definitely worth watching or watching again.via FB: "A soldier's son , a lost twenty dollar bill, a story that touches &will warm your heart.When you stop crying you should share this"When you stop crying you should share this
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W15} #happinessis

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:43 pm
    We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so very many things for me, and every Wednesday I plan on sharing my answer here with you, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can join us and follow along by using the…
  • Easy Easter Decorating Ideas with Flair from ProFlowers and More!

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    It’s almost Easter! How are you getting ready for it? We’ve been decorating for it for a few weeks now, and I wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to with a few select additions the folks at ProFlowers sent me to make it schnazzy and more spring-like! As you enter the house, here’s our entry wall complete with flower garland and this gorgeous Children’s Easter basket from ProFlowers. It’s perfectly packed with just the right amount of sweetness and cute gifts for your little one. (And it’s a gorgeous basket to boot! A perfect basket to reuse for…
  • How to Repurpose Easter Baskets

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    Baskets in all shapes and sizes make me happy. To me, there is no better medium with which to organize than using baskets. They’re so pretty, functional, versatile, and sturdy. Each year on Easter, we crack open the stored box of my children’s baskets, dust them off, prettify them while packing them with goodies to give as gifts, only to store them away once more. It breaks my basket-lovin’ heart so bid them goodbye year after year. This year, however, I was sent a gorgeous set of personalized baskets from Personal Creations, and I set out to find out how to repurpose Easter…
  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W14} #happinessis

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so very many things for me, and every Wednesday I plan on sharing my answer here with you, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can join us and follow along by using the…
  • Carrot Cake Protein Shake

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The following recipe is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese. I feel like such a freaking super hero for this recipe. My kids love (some) vegetables, don’t get me wrong, but sneaking in vegetables into something they think is a treat? Total parental winning in my book. And this Carrot Cake Protein Shake sneaks in those tasty carrots, giving this shake the added authenticity to the carrot cake taste, and tastes A-MAY-ZING. The cast of characters: I know you spotted the surprise awesome ingredient in this protein shake is Daisy cottage cheese. (Don’t you…
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  • If I Could Change ONE Thing About My Brain …

    Mark Brady
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    … it would be reorganizing it in one specific way. That way would allow me to more mindfully enact The Three Noble Principles in my daily unfolding world. It is this bit of disorganized neural network that seems to underlie much of the suffering that I have experienced over the years; and it is something that I see others having to unwittingly endure in their own lives as well. Motor Cortex is in Red The Three Noble Principles were first introduced to America by Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa in the mid-1970s. They’re essentially mindfulness practices intended to go with…
  • The Body’s Role in Forgiveness

    Mark Brady
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    The spring morning when I caught my father unawares and sliced his penis off and chopped it into a dozen pieces with a meat cleaver changed our relationship forever. Which is to be expected, I guess. Sigmund Freud first hypothesized about the Oedipus Complex – the developmental work of little boys desirous of replacing dad so as to become the single object of mother’s desire. How it played out the first time in our house though, was not exactly what Freud envisioned. One morning at around age four I spied my father naked, shaving in the bathroom. I walked in below his sight line…
  • Your Senior-Moment Brain: Teaching Your Body to Serve It

    Mark Brady
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:38 am
    Several weeks ago I spent a whole day looking for my favorite jacket. It’s a blue and green Gore-Tex all-weather hooded jacket made by Eddie Bauer. It’s my very favorite jacket. First I looked in the living room coat closet where I usually hang it. No dice. Then I looked in my bedroom closet and on the hooks in my office without success. I went back to the living room closet and started pulling coats off hangers thinking that something might have been hung on top of my jacket. No more dice. Time Travel Search At a complete loss, using a kind of Anthroposophical Ruckshau process, I…
  • How Being a No-Good, Dirty Rotten Lying Cheat Made My Brain Super-Creative!

    Mark Brady
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:16 am
    Whew! Made it unscathed past another March 17th. Having considerable Irish heritage in my genetic history some would say has provided me with a gift for the blarney. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, blarney is a scientific term defined in the Encyclopedia of Science as: “Talk that is not true, but that is nice and somewhat funny, and that may be used to trick you. It also highly correlates with outlier intelligence and uncommon handsomeness.” But blarney’s actually a little more than that. In my experience it’s a fun, useful way to interact with…
  • How Your Brain was Trained to NOT Ask Questions … and Why You Should

    Mark Brady
    16 Mar 2014 | 3:38 am
    Several weekends ago, a friend and I presented a learning seminar at Bastyr University for practicing and aspiring healing professionals entitled: The Art and Practice of Narrative Medicine. We began the weekend by driving home two points repeatedly. The first was an extended discussion on the importance of safety in seminars such as ours. We identified the importance of collective vigilance throughout, since often environments that start out with high levels of safety, over the course of time (think: any of the famous social psychology experiments on obedience to authority), can frequently…
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  • Photoshop World Atlanta, Day 2 #PSW14

    Dawn Camp
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Today was the second of Photoshop World here in Atlanta (find the day 1 recap here), another great day of inspiration. My husband attended two sessions, visited the Expo Hall, and met some of my KelbyOne (formerly NAPP) buddies, which made it extra special for me. Here’s what I did: Session 1 Class: Thinking Outside the Box Instructor: Joel Grimes Track: Photoshop Skills I was a little late for this class, which started at 8:15 a.m. (that’s my perfect excuse), but I wish I’d seen the whole thing. He showed samples of stacking images in camera (like on this website) and…
  • Photoshop World Atlanta, Day One

    Dawn Camp
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Today was the first day of Photoshop World, the place to become a serious Photoshop ninja. Photoshop World (or PSW) is held twice a year: on the east coast in the spring and on the west coast in the fall. After attending in Las Vegas, Orlando, and Washington, D.C., I’m tickled pink as the cherry blossom in my neighbors’ yard to see the conference right here in Atlanta. It’s hard to choose sessions with so much awesome taking place at once (classes in 7 categories—Beginners 101, Photoshop Skills, Creative Cloud/Graphics, Photography Techniques, Lighting, Lightroom, and…
  • Friendship is Worth the Fight Today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    I am not a fighter. I’m a peacemaker by nature; a keeper of secrets; a respecter of privacy. I ruffle few feathers. Diplomatic, that’s me. My awareness of boundaries and personal privacy sometimes keeps people at a distance—not too close—even friends. Yes, sadly, even friends. But in good friendships, like good marriages, disagreements happen. There’s a saying: If two people agree on everything, one of them is unnecessary. I don’t want friendships that wither, stifled by a distaste for conflict, where one of us feels unnecessary, where opposing positions…
  • Download April’s Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Dogwoods are always appropriate for Easter. Legend connects them symbolically to the crucifixion, as you can read in this (in)courage post from 2011. It’s my prayer that this calendar blesses you and turns your eyes and conversation toward Jesus Christ and him crucified. Download April’s Desktop Calendar Small Large X-Large [For those of you who download these calendars each month, I'm sure you'll be surprised to know that they were originally uploaded and scheduled to post with 31 days in April. Sigh.] Download April’s Desktop Calendar! is a post from: My Home Sweet Home…
  • Surprised by Motherhood

    Dawn Camp
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    I don’t remember dreaming of my wedding day as a child, but surely I shared the same fantasies as most little girls. By high school, my focus shifted to academics. What college would I attend? What job would I choose?  Marriage and motherhood simmered on a back burner, untended and unnoticed, relatively unnecessary {or so I thought}. God’s sense of humor remains one of his more under-appreciated attributes. In May of my senior year, with an acceptance letter to an Ivy League college in hand, I met a boy—The Boy—and everything changed: a shift in my expectations, priorities,…
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  • Manotick families – have your say about George McLean park

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    This blog post is part PSA and part rant. The PSA part is that the city is planning to update the play structures at George McLean park in Manotick. (Thanks to the Manotick Village and Community Association for the notification on this one!) According to the MVCA parks and recreation page: The City is replacing aging play structures in George McLean Park, and would like community input as to the type of new play structures it would like to have. The city has advised of the following mandatory play equipment changes: 1. The sand will be removed and replaced with wood chips 2. The little…
  • We Day 2014: Learning that anything is possible

    12 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Imagine having the power to light the fire of inspiration in the hearts of 16,000 young people, and then sending them back into their homes and communities thrumming with the idea that they can be a powerful force of change in the world. Imagine the ripple effect of that empowerment and positivity. That’s what happened this past Wednesday at the National We Day event here in Ottawa. As I mentioned last week, Simon and I were invited to attend We Day by national sponsor TELUS. Tristan also attended, as he earned his way in to We Day by working with his school’s Kids Helping Kids…
  • We Day is coming back to Ottawa!

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Next Wednesday, 16,000 students and educators from 420 schools throughout Canada will be gathering at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa to mark Canada’s National We Day 2014. For the third year, TELUS is partnering with Free The Children as National Co-Title sponsor of We Day, and they’ve invited Simon and I to attend the celebration again this year. (Well, they invited me and one guest, and I’m thrilled that Tristan has earned his own ticket to We Day through participating in the Kids Helping Kids club at school for the last year!) You might remember we had the priviledge…
  • In which Wil Wheaton wins the Internet, and my heart

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I heard this clip on CBC Radio on the way home today, and to my great surprise, I cried. Okay, maybe not so much surprise. It’s all over the Internet right all of a sudden, but if you haven’t seen it, you *must* watch it. This is Wil Wheaton at the Denver Comicon, replying to a little girl who asks him if he was called a nerd when he was growing up and how he dealt with it. I have two favourite bits: the part where he says you should never make fun of someone for something they didn’t choose, and the part when he talks about how much better it gets once you get out of the…
  • Encouraging risk-taking on the playground

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:54 am
    The boys and I were in the car, on the way to swimming lessons in a snowstorm (seminal Canadian childhood experience, right?) and we’re listening to Michael Enright on CBC Sunday Morning. He’s talking about this National Post article by Sarah Boesveld, about a New Zealand school that “had stopped reprimanding students who whipped around on their scooters or wielded sticks in play sword fights” in the playground, giving kids more freedom to play in an active, creative, energetic way. The article goes on to say, [The principal] knew children might get hurt, and that was…
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  • Raising Good Human Beings: Teaching Children About The World Outside Their Suburb

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

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

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

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

    1 Feb 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Snow day is a both a dreaded word and a word that creates screams of enthusiasm in children.  For a working parent, snow day is a cruel joke.  The idea that you could be home playing with your children, sledding, making snow angels and enjoying a day off from responsibilities calls to you.  Sadly, so does the office. For children, they love the idea of a day in the snow.  Making snow balls, snow tubing, waiting for the snow plow to come through so you can get to a friends house. This year, snow days have been plentiful.  School districts in this area are looking to reclaim days that…
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  • Holidays :) or :(

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    For parents of kids with special needs, just getting through a routine day is often very challenging. If you throw in changes to routine, you could really be asking for trouble. But, it is springtime, and that means certain holidays are here – Passover and Easter. Are you traveling to visit grandparents or hosting family at your home? Eating new or different foods? Have a surplus of candy and chocolate at your disposal that may have  behavioral or digestive effects on your child? Are there unrefrigerated boiled eggs lying around the house tempting hungry kids? What do these changes mean to…
  • Time for sunshine and flowers… and bugs

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Pesticides are chemicals used to kill or keep away insects and rodents. You can use some pesticides in your home. Others are for use only outside or on crops. With the warmer weather finally upon us, we get to enjoy flowers blooming, grass growing, and all those pests that also enjoy the springtime weather. So is it a good idea to use pesticides to get rid of these critters? In her book, Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby, Dr. Siobhan Dolan states that “We don’t know for sure what effect pesticides have on an unborn baby. In some studies, high-level exposure appears to increase risk of…
  • Latina health chat

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Join us this Wednesday! Be sure to use #WellnesWed to fully participate in the conversation.
  • Could Aspirin help prevent preeclampsia in some women?

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    Could Aspirin help prevent preeclampsia in some women? That’s what a panel of experts from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is suggesting in this month’s Annals of Internal Medicine. The panel reviewed research and evidence and found that low doses of Aspirin may help prevent preeclampsia in women who are at risk of developing the condition. Preeclampsia is condition that happens when a pregnant woman has both high blood pressure and protein in her urine. With early and regular prenatal care, most women with preeclampsia can have healthy babies, but it can cause severe problems for…
  • IEP reviews in April

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    If your child has a disability and has an IEP, you may already know that April is usually the month when mandatory yearly reviews and IEP updates happen. An IEP is short for Individualized Education Program. It is both a process and a written educational plan for a child with a disability,  age 3 and older. It is a document that lists all of the educational services that your child will receive, if he qualifies. Here is a quick review and resources to help you with the process. (See prior posts, for info on IFSPs for babies and toddlers.) The IEP is: INDIVIDUALIZED – specific for your…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • Watching Classic TV Favorites on Netflix

    Jennifer Wagner
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    I love that Netflix has been adding old TV classics to its inventory of television series. It brings back so many memories when I watch my favorite TV shows from my youth. And I love watching these shows with my sons. One of our favorites is Family Ties, starring Michael J. Fox. My kids actually […] The post Watching Classic TV Favorites on Netflix appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Watching Arrested Development on Netflix on Large Screen PC American Idol – Popular Culture Juggernaut Watching your Teens favorite TV shows is…
  • 4 Small Tech and Music Kickstarter Projects To Back

    Jennifer Wagner
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    If you have never been on the Kickstarter website, you should definitely look around. Kickstarter is a great way to fund independently created creative projects.  It is a win-win for the creators and the backers: The creators only receive your donation if they meet their goal to fund the project. If not, you are not […] The post 4 Small Tech and Music Kickstarter Projects To Back appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Help Education Science Apps Creator Get Funded on Kickstarter Planet of the Apps CNBC Documentary My New iPhone:…
  • How To Protect Our Families Against Harmful Chemicals

    Jennifer Wagner
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Did you know that there are over 80,000 chemicals in the U.S. that have never been fully tested for their toxic effects? And the reason why is because the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 has never been updated and is almost useless. We have to let Congress know that we are not okay with […] The post How To Protect Our Families Against Harmful Chemicals appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 3D and Vision: Harmful? Hear from the Experts How To Protect Your Kids From Identity Theft How to Use Google Safe Search on Google Products…
  • 300 iPad and iPhone iOS 7 Tips

    Jennifer Wagner
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:27 am
    I love my iPad and iPhone. I use them all the time, and yet, I know that there is so much I don’t know how to do. This is especially so after updates, like the recent one to iOS  7. While I like How-To books, you can usually get the same information by searching online. […] The post 300 iPad and iPhone iOS 7 Tips appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: How to Create Great iPhone Photos Apple IPad iPhone and IPod Cases at Great Prices iPad: The Missing Manual – Learn ALL the iPad’s Features
  • It’s Complicated: Must Read Book On Socially Networked Teens

    Jennifer Wagner
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:27 am
    It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd is the book to read to truly understand the digital world our teens live in. Boyd is is a social media scholar and youth researcher, working at Microsoft Research, New York University, and the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. It’s Complicated explores every […] The post It’s Complicated: Must Read Book On Socially Networked Teens appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Wonder: Book for Tweens Should be Read by All Read Seeds of…
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  • Confessions of a Non-Stage Mom

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

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

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

    21 Feb 2014 | 9:02 am
    I’ve been tuning in to watch the Olympics and wow, it’s been a crazy week of competition! A few days ago, on the 18th, I just tweeted “carnage” due to all of the crazy slides and spills during the debut of the first-ever parallel slalom race. Today we see more bad news since a German Olympian failed his drug test. Grrr. Really? Come on. I can’t believe any athlete would even dream of doping during the Olympics?!? And the ice skating controversy chatter continues. (Of course it does.) If you want to check out a pretty wild slide show of 38 photos that depict…
  • Lake Travis Lifestyle Post: 6 Best Patios in Lake Travis

    20 Feb 2014 | 9:15 am
    Warm weather is finally on the way and Lake Travis restaurants are gearing up for lazy spring afternoons outdoors where you can enjoy the beautiful Hill Country and perhaps sip a sweet margarita (or two!). One of the great things about living in the Lake Travis area is we have lots of beautiful sprawling spaces, so we also have lots of wonderful sprawling patios where you can experience the happiest of Happy Hours. We’ve picked six of our favorite spots for patio Happy Hours and dining. They all have plenty of space, amazing views, tasty food and refreshing beverages. And they’re…
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    Priceless Parenting Blog

  • Positively Transforming Your Kids’ Behavior Through Shaping

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are there any of your kids’ behaviors that you would like to change? Perhaps you feel frustrated that your child won’t practice the piano without being nagged, doesn’t listen the first time, or is super slow in getting ready for school. By the time you are really bothered by a behavior, your child is probably well entrenched in behaving this way. You may have resorted to yelling, threatening and taking away privileges to try to improve your child’s behavior. While that may have worked one day, you probably found you needed to yell louder, come up with bigger threats or take away more…
  • Multiple Warnings Lead to Anger Not Better Behavior

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:57 am
    Do you ever find yourself giving your kids multiple warnings? Do you ever say "How many times do I have to tell you?" Watch this video clip from the movie “Kramer versus Kramer” and pay attention to how this dad feels as his son repeatedly ignores his warnings. For parenting ideas that work better than multiple warnings and commands, take a Priceless Parenting online parenting class starting today!
  • Understanding Babies Who Cry Inconsolably

    20 Mar 2014 | 10:10 am
    One of the most stressful parts of caring for our baby daughter was when she cried and nothing we did helped. It can lead even the strongest parent to tears!We knew babies cried a lot but we didn't know how helpless we would feel when we couldn't comfort her. We also didn't know how common this type of crying is for all babies. The Period of PURPLE Crying acronym captures what is going on: Peak of Crying - Your baby may cry more each week, the most in month 2, then less in months 3-5.Unexpected - Crying can come and go and you don't know why.Resists Soothing - Your baby may not stop crying no…
  • Help Me Do It By Myself

    18 Mar 2014 | 8:49 am
    When I was a child and struggling to do something, I often went to my dad for help. However, I wanted just enough help so that I could feel I had pretty much done it on my own. If he gave me what I deemed to be too much help, I got mad … not that much help, just a little!Fortunately for me, my dad had a lot of patience. He was willing to try giving me hints on how to solve a problem without solving it for me. It certainly could not have been an easy balance for him! I wanted to feel proud of what I had accomplished on my own. Even though I needed his help, if I had just a little help then…
  • Not Having Enough Time with My Kids

    11 Mar 2014 | 11:15 am
    A mom wrote that her biggest parenting challenge is not having enough time with her kids. What an important realization! This is a problem worth solving. Your kids blossom when they have plenty of your time and you feel more relaxed. Although I don’t know this mom’s personal situation, I do know that it is worth getting creative to figure out how to free up more time to be with her kids. Your kids keep growing and changing every day and there is no way to get that precious time back once it’s gone. Have you found ways to free up more time so you can be with your kids? While each…
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  • TED talks

    Darryle Pollack
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:57 pm
    About a year ago I attended my first TEDx Conference in San Jose. Out in the lobby of the venue was a huge chalkboard  titled Before I die….It was like a group bucket list where conference attendees could write their intentions or wishes or dreams.  I think Channing Tatum is pretty adorable; but when I saw that bulletin board asking what would I want before I die, only one thought flashed through my mind: Giving my own TED talk. Last weekend, this happened. The group of speakers onstage after the conference Now I might need to rethink the idea of meeting Channing Tatum. I’ll…
  • A Day in the Life: Meeting the Beatles in Miami Beach

    Darryle Pollack
    8 Feb 2014 | 1:35 am
    This post is part of a BlogHop to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Not that I’m bitter.  But it’s been 50 years and I might never get over the fact that I didn’t get to see the Beatles perform live when they were literally in my neighborhood. Especially  since other girls I knew actually did see them.  Like Andy and Ila and Vicki who were in my grade at school in Miami Beach and got to see them and even TALK to them. I never held it against them.  Although I didn’t  know about this until I found out a…
  • The Only Woman Writer on The Tonight Show

    Darryle Pollack
    7 Feb 2014 | 2:23 am
     As Jay Leno bid farewell and handed over over The Tonight Show to Jimmy Fallon, I caught up with Beth Einhorn for this interview.  It’s well known that late night TV talk shows are a male-dominated field; and Beth was the only female writer on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno for three years. Q: You’ve worked as a Writer/Producer/Director on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Chris Rock Show, The Man Show, the George Carlin Specials on HBO, Saturday Night Live. Tell me about getting hired as a writer for The Tonight Show. Like other shows I’ve worked on, it was people…
  • Going 26 for 30

    Darryle Pollack
    1 Feb 2014 | 2:40 am
    I was surprised.  Though I shouldn’t be.  Nothing in my life, including cancer, has delivered more surprises (and  fodder for writing) than my daughter Alli. Happily she’s delivered far more than that.  Love.  Joy.  Pride.   The rich treasures and rewards of being a parent. Still the surprises keep coming, since the day I became a mother. At two and a half, she taught herself how to read;  I  have no idea how. After high school, she rejected attending UCLA in favor of working at UPS. She also rejected money set aside for her education when she finally did go to college;…
  • Two years later: 12 things I would tell him

    Darryle Pollack
    17 Jan 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s two years today since Howard  died, leaving a huge hole in our lives and our hearts. I miss him even more since I moved back to Los Angeles, where we lived during the 13 years of our marriage. So many things remind me of him;  I constantly wish I could call and tell him something. I finally took his name off my phone; but if I could talk to him, here’s 12 random things I would tell him: #1. You were right about driving a Lexus. #2. It turns out I actually like living in LA.  And so does V.  Go figure. #3. Even without your patronage, Costco has managed to survive. #4.
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    Kim Becker {aka MommyKnows}

  • Cinnamon Roll Waffles

    Kim Becker
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Cinnamon Roll Waffles I am Pillsbury fan, not long ago I happened upon a tweet with a photo of a waffle iron cooked Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll! My kids love waffles, they love cinnamon buns, and I love EASY! This looked like it would tick all of those boxes, but I was a little bit skeptical. I’ve tried a few other ‘waffle iron recipes’ that were flops. I am happy to announce that this Pillsbury recipe worked. It was a hit! Also I found that for my teens who are always rolling out the door late. It was also made a great, ‘good-to-go’ snack eaten cold. They were also…
  • iPhoneography for Blogging

    Kim Becker
    18 Jul 2013 | 2:33 pm
    I’m not sure if I remember what a blog post is! I’ve decided to start blogging from my iPad using images taken with my iPhone. I’m hoping taking away the need to edit raw images; and finding time to sit down at my desk top will alleviate some of the procrastination. It’s been an amazing summer, full of wonderful adventures. We’ve spent a ton of time in the mountains. I love the Canadian Rockies. This night spent around the fire was probably my favourite night of 2013. It was worth the 3000 foot climb to get there. So what do you think, will iphoneography work for…
  • Tulip Cupcakes Tutorial – A great Mother’s Day Treat

    Kim Becker
    14 May 2013 | 7:21 pm
    Spring time means tulips, and it’s definitely spring, so I thought tulip cupcakes would be in order. Lucky for me, I have a wonderful friend Gloria who is also the talent behind The Art of Cake. I won’t give you a tutorial on how to make and ice the perfect cupcake. This is about the decorative touches only –> The Tulip! Tools: Rolling pin Shaping tool with a round ball on the end Oval cutter (about 1″ wide and 1.25″ long approx.) non-stick vegetable spray cupcake pan Ingredients: 1/2 cup total of modeling chocolate in the colours of your tulips, plus green for…
  • Mini Heart-Shaped Cherry Pies ~ EASY! Valentine’s Day

    21 Feb 2013 | 10:12 am
    You can’t plan far enough ahead. I’m already looking forward to next Valentines Day. If you’re like @MarthaStewart and Me, you’ll plant your cherry trees now! Fine! You got me… I made these for this past Valentine’s Day (it was only a week ago!), but I wouldn’t want to post them on-time. That would just be smart, organised and all together too on-the-ball for me. I’m Mommyknows not Mommysorganised. Let’s get on with it shall we? If you want to say, “I love you!” with a cherry pie, then this post is for you. Ingredients: Pie…
  • Giveaway – Carter’s and Oshkosh are now at Sears Canada!

    20 Feb 2013 | 11:36 am
    BIG NEWS this week for Sears Canada, they are announcing the arrival of Carter’s and OshKosh! Two fabulous, quality brands we’re all familiar with, use, love! From my Hayley to my our wee baby Brian, we’ve used and loved both brands. Their newest lines are absolutely adorable, soft, comfy, affordable! Wow! Georgia is a Carter’s Pajama enthusiast, so she was so thrilled to get a bunch of new ‘jammies this week. This cute little polka-dot penguin nightie was my favourite, but Georgia was in love with these footie zebra jammies! She said, “it’s like…
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    Kids Stuff World

  • Fresh Picks: Amazing Easter Projects

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:56 am
    There’s just something ultra charming about all the spring colors and cute cuddly animals that go hand in hand with Easter. Sure, there’s much more to this day than fluffy bunnies and colored eggs and we hold tight to the real reason for the celebration too, but I can’t help wanting to be a bit more creative and colorful when Easter comes around. Here’s a list of amazing easter crafts and projects: Paper Mache roosters and bunnies you’ll want to keep all year round A simple bunny graphic tee you can whip up in an afternoon The cutest little Easter egg garland you…
  • Simple Things: Need To Breathe

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    “Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.” ~ Unknown That’s what I’ll be doing this week. Two years ago, I was given the ultimate gift. The health of my husband, a second chance at a life together worth living … and we aren’t missing a moment of it. We’ll be celebrating our 10 year anniversary underneath the stars and I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to do it or more amazing man to spend my life with. Grateful for a husband who loves and respects me, a father who imprints…
  • What to put in your child’s Easter basket

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Is it just me or does the stuff for Easter just get cuter every year! I’ve always been a fan of the fun spring colors and cuddly bunnies, but this year … I seriously want all of this stuff — for me! I’m featuring a few tried & true items here, but there is lots more to see in the Easter shop. Make sure you stop and take a peek, I’m constantly adding new things. - Fluffy Bunny Ears (we got ours in Target Dollar aisle) - Easter Birdhouse (like a gingerbread house for Easter!) - Bunny Necklace - Fluffy Brown & White Bunny - Triangular Colored Pencils (these are…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • TCBY

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiAs spring and summer are upon us, what better way to characterize the seasons than with ice cream?? But who wants all the extra fat and calories associated with that delicious icy treat? Why not choose the better, yet amazingly satisfying, alternative-frozen yogurt!!TCBY has a wide array of choices and each location has different flavors at different times. In the last few days, I have sampled a minimum of four flavors, and thanks to my children choosing their own flavors, I…
  • Farm Rich Giveaway

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiFarm Rich is one of the country’s largest frozen snacks and appetizers line. Their products have been featured on Dr. Oz and in Ladies Home Journal, FIRST for Women and Every Day with Rachael Ray, among others. Farm Rich makes great snacks for busy families on the go, including after school and on game day, or quick and easy appetizers for special gatherings.We recently were able to try out a few of their products. Bill’s favorite where the jalapeno peppers. I…
  • Spa Week Giveaway!

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiDid you know that next week is Spa Week? Spa Week is the time of year where you can go to participating spas and get treatments done for $50. You may have read my post about my Organic Lemongrass Body Scrub with Massage at Southwest Laser and Medspa in Mokena, IL.  There are some really great treatments out there that you can get for a steal!  Spa Week is from April 21 – April 27.  There are spas all over part of this great promotion.To get you super…
  • Southwest Laser and Medspa

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiAs many of you know, I’m not a frilly girl. I don’t often to spas, but when I do, it is divine. I love that we have some great spas in the south Chicago suburbs that allow me to relax without having to go into the city. I recently got to try out Southwest Laser and Medspa in Mokena, IL.My treatment of choice for the day was the Organic Lemongrass Body Scrub with Massage. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect.The staff at Southwest Laser and Medspa were…
  • Need Easter Dinner? #HoneyBakedEaster to the rescue! #ad

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiWith Easter right around the corner, how many of you are wondering what you are going to make for lunch or dinner (depends on how your family rolls for what meal you are eating and whose house)? If you are still undecided, you have to get HoneyBaked.There are so many reasons why you shouldn’t spend all day slaving over a hot stove and oven. Take a break and spend more time with your loved ones! Slow-roasted and smoked, every HoneyBaked Ham is glazed by hand with the…
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    Bedtime Stories My Kids Love

  • Adventures of Man in the Can - Chapter 9 - Leo the Lizard

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    A strange man shows up in the park and discards a brown bag in the trash..but the bag is moving and The Man in the Can is going to find out what it is!!Hear what happens on today's Adventures of the Man in the Can.MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Adventures of Man in the Can - Chapter 10 - The Epidemic

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    The old birds in the vent suddenly get sick and no one knows what is wrong with them. What will happen? Can the Man in the Can help save them? Find out in this episode of The Adventures of the Man in the Can. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Adventures of the Man in the Can - Chapter 11 - Conspiracy in the Sewers - Part 1

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The Man in the Can and Yellow Bird discover the old birds did not get sick from bad food and now it is up to them to unravel an evil conspiracy.MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Adventures of the Man in the Can - Chapter 11 - Conspiracy in the Sewers - Part 2

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The secret is out about the poisoning of the elder birds and the park animals are in chaos wondering which among them is the villain. Can Yellow Bird and Man in the Can unwind the mystery before mayhem breaks loose? Find out now!!MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • The Gophers Go to the Haunted House

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    The Gophers visit the Graveyard of Terror and get a little bit more for the price of admission than the other guests at the Haunt....Enjoy this special October edition of Bedtime Stories My Kids Love.No worries, the Adventures of the Man in the Can will continue in November.MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
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  • Actual Conversations In My House Part 5

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Michael: Mom, why do I have to do the 4 questions EVERY PASSOVER? Me: Because you are the youngest.  It is is the rule.  Before you came I had to do them. Michael: But I hate it.  I hate being the center of attention.  Everyone looks at me. Me:  I’m sorry Michael.  I can help you if you want. Michael: No, it’s okay, I’m also, the cutest. ____________________________________ One day, Michael and I were walking to school and it started to lightly drizzle.  I complained about what this weather would do to my hair. Michael: You care about YOUR HAIR?  What are you?  Some…
  • Shoe Friday #271

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Meredith’s snow boots.  I hope we don’t see snow boots again for quite some time!
  • Good vs. Bad Customer Service

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    I had a terrible customer service experience today.  They kind that makes me want to write a blog post calling out the company and tell you point by point what happened.  But I won’t. Because I’m a grown up and worried about being sued.  No, that’s not it, because blog posts like that don’t help anyone.  Instead, I’d like to discuss what is the difference between good customer service and bad customer service. -good customer service: I was trying to buy a dress I loved on  Every time I put it in my shopping basket, the dress disappeared, I…
  • Shoe Friday #270

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Beatles Yellow Submarine by Vans from Meg.  
  • In Case You Forgot Just How Bad My Taste In Television Was

    31 Mar 2014 | 4:21 pm
    When we cut cable everyone told me I would watch LESS TV.  That has not happened.  What has happened is I watch TV differently.  I watch more shows live.  I make sure I catch Scandal, and Grey’s, and I missed the HUGE BIG THING that happened on the Good Wife and it was spoiled for me right away on social media.  We got a chromecast and I don’t LOVE, LOVE IT, but it helps with CBS shows, and things like Suits, and Top Chef. But the thing I do, that I never did before, is the Binge Watch.  It started with Veronica Mars. Jennie had told me about Veronica Mars years ago and I…
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  • What is the T word?

    Shaman Mother
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Trust, according to Webster’s dictionary is: “the belief in and reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc, of a person or thing.”  If you look back on your own life experiences, how many times your trust has been violated on many different levels of life?  I think every single one of us can share a story of how a trust was broken and how painful it was.  We can look at organized religions that have broken a sacred trust, as well as governments, banks, businesses, and personal relationships in which trusts are broken frequently.  You might ask ‘Is trust humanly…
  • The Joy of Eating

    Shaman Mother
    26 Nov 2013 | 12:41 pm
    Americans are obsessed with dieting; billions of dollars are spent by consumers on weight loss companies and diet literature.  Yet, one third of Americans are obese and out of shape.  Eating disorders are rampant on college campuses and women who are petite, lament how fat they are.  The new word for diet now is “CLEANSE” OR DETOX.  No one is happy with themselves, no matter what weight they are and the joy of eating is gone! Food experts are everywhere; everyone has an opinion about food: …..Do not eat meat it’s not spiritual. …..Raw food has all the nutrients in them so do not…
  • Integrity

    Shaman Mother
    8 Sep 2013 | 12:47 pm
    Integrity is an important virtue to cultivate. In our fast paced society many people over commit themselves and never follow through on their promises.  Honesty goes hand in hand with integrity like a harmonious chord.  People are conditioned to say what people want to hear, rather than speak the truth. Recently I made hotel arrangements with an online company that had “ Price Assurance”; I thought that this was the lowest rate possible.  I booked with them and then discovered I was over charged by hundreds of dollars.  The travel service told me that the hotel did not have the right…
  • Moment of Surrender

    Shaman Mother
    17 Jul 2013 | 5:14 pm
      Do you feel like life is one big struggle?  There is always some inner or outer conflict that seems to be upsetting our inner peace.  The lists of obstacles are endless: money, health, jobs, relationships, traffic, weather and so on.  I had a client come to me recently and tell me how tired she was of the struggle.  I decided to tell her this story.  A man discovered a chrysalis on his property one day.  Observing the progress of the metamorphosis fascinated him.   But after a period of time he watched helplessly as the caterpillar was struggling to be free of her encasement.
  • Pretending

    Shaman Mother
    2 Jun 2013 | 12:29 pm
    How much of your life do you feel like you are pretending?  Since our early years, we have been schooled, trained and handed over a set of beliefs from everyone around us.  We are told what is appropriate, who and how we should be behave and what to believe.  Education drills and dictates knowledge and society frowns on being different or controversial.  But do ever wonder who you really are? Identities are formed at an early age.  A child learns very young how to perform to get the love and attention they desire.  Some children give up on themselves, believing a judgment by a…
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    Jolly Mom

  • Notice to Jolly Mom Subscribers

    Piera Jolly
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
      Just wanted to quickly post that if you are subscriber, then you have probably noticed that something is off with my feed the past few days. Unfortunately, my site has been attacked by a hacker, which is why you may have noticed spam links in a few posts in my feed (if you receive the full feed). I am working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. I appreciate your patience and understanding and apologize for any inconvenience! The post Notice to Jolly Mom Subscribers appeared first on Jolly Mom.
  • A Personalized Easter Celebration

    Piera Jolly
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    One of our favorite holidays is Easter. We have been hosting our annual Jolly Family Easter Egg Hunt and dinner for family and friends for several years now and it is so much fun! I was very excited when I discovered all of the cute and personalized Easter products that Personal Creations offers. My favorite find is the personalized Egg Hunt Banner – it is perfection! It is large and it is scratch, tear, wrinkle and water/weather resistant. It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. At only, $16.99 it is also a steal! We can’t wait to set it up for our Egg Hunt this year!  …
  • Quick, Easy Dinners with Ragú

    Piera Jolly
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:42 am
    One of my favorite times of the day is dinner time. It’s that one time during our busy day that we all come together no matter what. We all sit down at the table. We share a good meal. We talk. We really connect. No electronics allowed. This small moment in our day is such a big deal to us that we make it a priority. It is very rare that we don’t all sit down for dinner together.   Don’t get me wrong though – this doesn’t mean that I magically have tons of time every day to make dinner. Sometimes dinner is takeout or sandwiches or something simple. I…
  • Baseball Coaches and Team Mom Gift Ideas

    Piera Jolly
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:11 am
    Lucas has been playing baseball since he was 4 years old. He started in the Peanut League and has played every season, including both spring and fall, since then. Lucas up to bat with coach “daddy” He is now in Tee Ball and loves the game! We all do! Spring baseball season has just started here in Georgia and we are super excited to be at the ball park again! Since spring season has officially started, I wanted to share with you a few coaches and team mom gift ideas. As you probably know, Team Mom and coaches are volunteers. They volunteer their time and oftentimes their own money…
  • Ways You Can Help End Child Hunger in the U.S. #ChildHunger

    Piera Jolly
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:27 am
    You guys know that I have written about child hunger many times since I started my blog. I think that the fact that there are any hungry children anywhere in the world is heartbreaking. But when I heard the child hunger stats for the U.S., I was shocked. More than one in five children, including more than one in four Latino children, in the U.S. may not know where their next meal is coming from. That’s nearly 16 million children, a number that could fill 8,000 playgrounds. Those numbers are staggering. But the silver lining is Few daily significantly stiff and…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Taking Love Off The Line

    Zen Mommy
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Why? Why must we continue to discipline our children from a place of fear? of distant authority? of the sort of not-enoughness that soooo many of us were raised in? .... In the words you use. In the actions you take. Tell your child. Your love is theirs. Unconditionally. It just IS.
  • You Know You Are A Parent When…

    Zen Mommy
    19 Feb 2014 | 7:16 am
    (The truth is always funnier than anything we could possibly make up.) Embracing the little moments of this day (the messy, imperfect and oh so sweet little moments of life with little ones...) with you.
  • Embrace the Chaos

    Zen Mommy
    10 Dec 2013 | 10:01 am
    When motherhood offers up the unexpected there is really only one thing left to do. Embrace it.
  • Think Food Doesn’t Affect Behavior? WATCH THIS.

    Zen Mommy
    2 Dec 2013 | 6:44 am
    Think food doesn't affect behavior? Check this video experiment out for yourself; the differences in these two groups of kids is remarkable...
  • Average Is Not What Your Baby Needs

    Zen Mommy
    21 Nov 2013 | 10:58 am
    There's a lot of information out there. It is worthless without you and your mommy-filter to make sense of it all. Step into your power. Average is not what your baby needs. You are.
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    For Love Or Funny - home of Lynn Kellan, contemporary romance author

  • I didn’t trip and show my underwear.

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Prom approaches…which means unexpected pimples. Sweaty armpits. Awkward silences. Dance floor discomfort. However, I’m happy to report that my kid found a dress. Yippee! How ’bout we venture down Memory Lane to my prom? It was only ten years ago. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Hah. Here we go…and yes, my date wore a blue tux. Because we wanted to match. Matching is important. Folks told me I looked like Kristy McNichol. If you’re a thousand years old, you’ll remember Kristy. Personally, I think I look uncomfortable…’cause I was used to wearing this:…
  • Darth Vader flirted with me at a concert.

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I saw Darth Vader this weekend. No, I wasn’t drinking. Why do you ask? He was in Philadelphia. At the Kimmel Center. I thought it was about time to expose my family to some culture. Apparently, Darth was thinking the same thing. Should I be worried I think like Darth Vader? Should I take it as a complement? Or seek professional help? Should I put down my light saber and cut the kids’ sandwiches with a knife instead? Darth and I went to see the Philly Pops play compositions by John Williams. During the STAR WARS tunes, Darth and his buddies appeared on stage. Photos weren’t…
  • How to raise a kid who testifies in a murder case.

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    When I gave birth, I had no idea my kid would be part of a murder trial. Little did I know this cuddly little bundle would take the stand in a courtroom. I never anticipated watching her testify for the defense. The darned lawyer even accused her of murder. I’m so proud. She participated in our state’s high school “Mock Trial” competition. Her job was to cast some doubt on whether the “accused” really committed murder. Real lawyers judged the proceedings and real judges presided over the case. At the end of the day, she received a gavel for “best…
  • I’ve got sequins in my pants

    26 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Something terrifying is happening. Prom season. I’ve lost count of the dresses we’ve tried on. I’ve lost count of the miles we’ve walked around the mall. I’ve lost count of the number of sequins I’ve found in embarrassing places. (Don’t ask.) The dresses are gorgeous. Frankly, I want to get one for myself. I can wear it while I cook sloppy joes for dinner. I could wear it while I shop for groceries. Why not don a gown for my next tennis match? Let’s not conform to society’s rigid dress codes, people. Alas, I just want to find a prom gown…
  • I have gravel in my pants.

    19 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    I have a confession. I have gravel in my pants. Do you? Want some? I’ve got plenty in my front yard. Brace yourselves for the next few pictures. They’ll show you the post-snow horrors we now endure. See? Wait. There’s more. How will we find our way home in the dark? Who will wash all this blasted gravel outta my shoes? When my husband install the shelves in my powder room? Oops. Forget that. Even the dog wonders why the shelf isn’t installed. Er, I mean…even the dog wonders why the gravel won’t wash away. There. Marriage saved. But wait –…
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  • Dear Family

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    My dear children, I birthed you all. I know you all better than you know yourself. I know when you are scared, happy, frightened and hungry. I know what makes you anxious. I know where you happy places are. I know you! I also know where you go to school, who your soccer coach is, who your dance instructor is and how you need your shoes to be tied. I know what I need to know to get you to where you need to be. What I do not know, however, is where you put your shin pads when you came back from soccer. I do not know where you put your school socks after you wore them. I do not know where your…
  • Help! My toddler has OCD

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    My day started off so well this morning. Despite my washing getting wet and being 10 minutes late for Yoga it was still a great morning. Emma isn’t sleeping much during the day but she is happy to chill in her bouncy chair so I managed to get a lot done. Then Jack arrives! And my zen all goes out the flippen window. I know WHY he is acting out and that it is largely his attempt to get control but I still need some help in how to deal with it. The biggest issue right now is his shoe laces! He will only wear this pair of takkies with laces (we have tried a variety of other shoes and he…
  • Win with Mr Price

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    One of the things on my birthday list was clothes. I am in such desperate need of a new wardrobe. Currently nothing fits me properly because I still have a baby tummy :-/ but the clothes that do fit me are all looking a little sad! It is really a sad state of affairs! ENTER Mr Price. They are running an awesome competition to win R2500 in Mr Price shopping vouchers – how very awesome is that! Mr Price clothing is reasonably priced so R2500 will go a long way to making my wardrobe look a little less drab and little more exciting. You don’t want to miss this one!
  • This that and the other thing

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    We had a really good first 5 weeks with Emma. She fed, slept and didn’t fuss much at all. Then the wheels kinda came off and the last 3 weeks have been challenging. Currently we are still battling thrush and a bit of reflux – neither one are the obvious cause of the cramps she is also having so really not sure where they are from. Paed says they aren’t likely from the formula. So I am not getting much done in the day except basic tidying and the washing. It is also a little worse because we had such a good 5 weeks and now I have to get used to her fussing a lot more. Anyway…
  • I am waiting for the high carb high fat diet!

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    There is so much contradictory and controversial information regarding diets out there at the moment – low carb, no carb, high fat, low fat, no meat, only meat. Each group has a very solid argument for their choice which make it all a little more confusing. This morning after yoga we had a chat about diets. One of the ladies follows a very “minimalist” diet – I am sure there is a proper word for it but basically she is vegan with her main source of protein seeds and green veg. They have no meat, no carbs, no dairy and certain fruits. She had some very valid reasons for…
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    Maryland Family Now -

  • Getting my daughter's ears pierced: The mall vs. tattoo parlor

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    My 8-year-old daughter had been begging for a few years to get her ears pierced and I recently decided to let her go ahead with it. It seemed important to her, she's pretty responsible, and -- as she has pointed out to me numerous times -- many of her friends have pierced ears.
  • ROAR for Autism is April 27

    15 Mar 2014 | 5:48 am
    Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual ROAR for Autism will be held on April 27 at Oregon Ridge Park. Particiapnts will raise funds for autism research by biking, running or walking. 
  • $5 admission to Port Discovery on March 15

    7 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    Port Discovery is celebrating its 15th birthday on March 15 with discounted admission ($5 instead of the usual $13.95 per person ages 2 and up) and a variety of activities including Pop Up Science demonstrations, yoga, face painting, interactive storytelling, music with Mr. Norman and more.
  • Infants' hearing could be damaged by sleep machines

    3 Mar 2014 | 6:25 am
    Study says some white-noise machines are so loud they could potentially harm babies' ears.
  • Girls more body conscious, but just as messy as boys

    17 Feb 2014 | 2:27 pm
    As the mother of boys, I usually don’t get the chance to spend much time with tween or teen girls unless they have come to the house to visit my sons. But recently I chaperoned several eighth-grade girls on a weekend church retreat in Ocean City and I had a glimpse into their world.
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    Parenting Help Me

  • Five Ways to Have Church At Home

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

    Karen Kramer
    19 Dec 2013 | 5:44 am
    This video needs no explanation.  It’s that powerful. Make 2014 the year you become a POSITIVE roll model!  Your children are watching.  Make the effort to incorporate positive behavior in your life and the life of your child. Post by Doug Lynch. photo by: matt krepsik
  • Urgent News For Parents Of Kids That Play Video Games

    Karen Kramer
    24 Sep 2013 | 7:54 am
    Urgent News For Parents Of Kids That Play Video Games If you are a parent of kids that play video games, you need to read this article from Please read this and then tweet it, facebook like it and send a copy to your child’s teacher. PARENTS DO THE RIGHT THING by  
  • Planning the perfect kids’ Halloween party

    Nikki Maven
    13 Sep 2013 | 7:13 am
    Planning the perfect kids’ Halloween party   Planning kids’ parties of any kind can be tricky, but Halloween celebrations are often especially daunting. There’s so much to think about ahead of these events. Thankfully, with a little forward planning, the task can be relatively straightforward.   First and foremost, parents should send their invitations out [...]
  • Online Baby Shopping

    Nikki Maven
    5 Aug 2013 | 9:14 am
    How to find best store online for baby products? One of the greatest relations is to bring a child into the world. Babies have always been wonderful addition to any family as they are a bundle of joy to the blessed and proud parents. It provides real fun to shop for different baby products such [...]
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    Playground Confidential

  • How to stop sounding like a douchebag parent in 5 easy steps

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Your child is a wonderful creature filled with intellectual curiosity and boundless joy. She is a fucking delight. No, I’m serious. I bet she is. And you deserve some credit. You are a committed and fully engaged parent who takes great pains to make sure you do things the right way. Your entire family is […]The post How to stop sounding like a douchebag parent in 5 easy steps appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Peaches Geldof, motherhood and how we still don’t get it

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    I spent the morning reading about Peaches Geldoff. Strangely, I’m having a hard time processing this one. She’s a pseudo-celebrity made famous by birthright. I really didn’t know much about her apart from the occasional tabloid headline. This doesn’t feel like a deep personal loss for me and yet I can’t shake this sense of […]The post Peaches Geldof, motherhood and how we still don’t get it appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Win advanced screening tickets to Disneynature’s Bears

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    Bears is the latest feature-length film put out by Disneynature. Set in Alaska, it’s the story of two mother brown bears and their cubs. I’m pretty sure this is as close to a bear as I’m ever likely to get and know my kids will love it. We’re really looking forward to it. Bears opens […]The post Win advanced screening tickets to Disneynature’s Bears appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Rave & Review

  • Fill your Easter basket with VTech {prize pack giveaway}

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Here at Rave Central we are big fans of VTech learning toys. From dinos to cars and our beloved InnoTab learning tablets, our VTech toys are some of our favorites even after years of play. We've taken our InnoTab tablets on numerous vacations and roadtrips and each time we remark at how awesome they were for creating a little downtime in the middle of busy trips. One of my favorite things about the VTech InnoTab is that you can reignite your child’s interest simply by buying a new game cartridge or download. We usually do a new InnoTab game for the big holidays to make the whole game system…
  • SchoolKidz by Staples makes back to school easy

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Oh back to school, how I dread you! More than just having to give up my sweet kiddos for hours every day, I also dread the whole back to school process of each new school year. This next year is going to be even harder for me as I will officially be without my firstborn The thought is enough to bring me to tears, so I have no idea how on earth I’m going to cope once Kindergarten is a distant memory and serious school starts. But, while I can’t do anything to ease my growing separation anxiety, I know where I’m going to turn to make our transition as easy as possible:…
  • ROCK a mini Jambox from AT&T this Spring {giveaway}

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Unlike most households that keep the TV on during family time, our family bonds over music. And, our dance parties have been pretty epic these past few months thanks to this little bad boy. AT&T sent us the MINI JAMBOX from Jawbone for Valentine's Day and since then it has gotten a ton of use all throughout our house, and even on the road with us. At a mere 6.61in x 1.65in x 5.43in and just over 9oz, the aluminum body Mini Jambox is small enough to fit in your pocket, purse or briefcase, but powerful enough that it can create full and beautiful sound wherever you go. With spring break…
  • What we're playing with: PlanToys drum set

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Mark my words: someday this kid is going to be in a rock band. And, I hope he's still rocking a "My Heart Beats for Mom" tee when he does. Of course, by then I hope he's graduated to drum machines or whatever they invent in the next 15 years for musicians. But for now, the PlanToys drum set, AKA the Musical Band is perfect for him. I love that nothing is too loud or obnoxious, and all the instruments have unique sounds that make for some really cool beats. He loves that it all comes apart and he can make up his own instruments using all sorts of random things he finds in the toy box. We all…
  • We've gone Tinker Bell crazy thanks to Disney's The Pirate Fairy

    5 Apr 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I love Peter Pan. So much so that I have a spot in my house that pays homage to the classic Disney film. This is the children’s play space, affectionately dubbed the “Scrog Pit” and it has a mural of a ship on the water with Never Land off in the distance. Like I said, big Peter Pan fans around here. Maybe it’s because I never really grew up myself, but I never really grew out of Tinker Bell. I was hoping my daughter would have the same love of Tink and her fairy friends, and I can definitely say I’ve gotten my wish. First introduced to the fairies of Pixie Hollow with "The Secret…
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    Being a Mummy

  • Review: The Desolation of Smaug

    Alex Walsh
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Stretching a kids book that's shorter than any one of the three volumes of Lord of the Rings into 3 movies was always going to be a task and a half and there is plenty of padding and a bit of silliness in The Desolation of Smaug but the very fact the trilogy isn't hell-bent on taking itself too seriously makes everything all right. The best manifestation of this is Bilbo, played ably by Martin
  • Review: Walking With Dinosaurs; The Movie

    Claire Walsh
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    You cant go wrong in our household with a dinosaur movie. As a family of fossil hunters we all have a keen interest in dinosaurs and ambitions to actually find one in the future. I think this movie uses some of the footage from the BBC television series and frankly it looks awesome. Walking With Dinosaurs; The Movie tells the tale of a little boy who doesn't like dinosaurs, he discovers a
  • Review: Zinc Scooters

    Claire Walsh
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    The five year old scooter expert One of the things which my children seem to excel at is scooting. Little Fifi in particular is an expert and we've had to swop between a two wheeler and her mini-micro scooter on the reception school run because she's so good at it. We were asked to have a look at a fantastic Zycho stunt scooter by UK company Zinc. From the moment the scooter arrived the
  • How a child sees the world

    Claire Walsh
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    I'm often hunting for my camera, the children seem to view it as their own and use it to take random photos of their world. In a way it seems a shame to try to prevent them doing this because I'm left with a rather unique record of things. Here are the latest offerings: My brothers... Earmuffs on my lap The view from the dining room table Self portrait in cat costume
  • Featured Post: Top UK Family Holiday Destinations

    Claire Walsh
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:16 am
    Deciding where to take the children for a holiday can be stressful. There are so many places to choose from, each with their own merits, so it can make it really hard to narrow it down to just one perfect holiday destination. They key is to find somewhere that has something for all of you - you'll find some great tips for family holidays on  Travelodge's blog and a few more suggestions below to
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  • Washington Talks Equal Pay for Women

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:13 am
    How did you observe Equal Pay Day yesterday? I was chained to a computer all day, then made the mad dash to the after-school homework and dinner routine. So, pretty much business as usual. Read Full PostWashington Talks Equal Pay for Women originally appeared on Working Moms on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 08:13:07.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • Why an Office Job Isn't So Simple for Working Moms

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:37 am
    Actor and lifestyle maven Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines last week with the announcement of her upcoming divorce from Coldplay front man Chris Martin after more than a decade of marriage. But the biggest uproar came over her ill-advised comments that her experience working as a movie star is harder than other working moms' office jobs. Read Full PostWhy an Office Job Isn't So Simple for Working Moms originally appeared on Working Moms on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 08:37:29.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • We Set Examples in Self Appraisals

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:30 am
    It's the time of year for self evaluations at work. Instead of dreading it, think of the opportunity you have to set an example of self appraisal for your children! Just as we look back at our performance and identify areas of strength and need for improvement, so can they. Read Full PostWe Set Examples in Self Appraisals originally appeared on Working Moms on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 07:30:01.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • A Working Mom's Book Review of "Overwhelmed" by Brigid Schulte

    7 Mar 2014 | 12:22 am
    For the first 45 minutes of reading Brigid Schulte's book Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time, I was engrossed. I did nothing but read and take notes. I soon learned that I was using a strategy that she uncovers in her exhaustive reporting on the time pressure that working moms and dads across the country feel in juggling home and work responsibilities: pulsing. That's 30, 45, 60 or 90 minutes of intensely focusing on one activity, for maximal productivity. Read Full PostA Working Mom's Book Review of "Overwhelmed" by Brigid Schulte originally appeared on…
  • The Recipe for a Good Mom

    28 Feb 2014 | 9:07 am
    "The grass is greener" doesn't hold just for working moms and stay-at-home moms eyeing each others' stain-free grownup outfits and leisurely walks home from school with envy. It's true for kids as well. Read Full PostThe Recipe for a Good Mom originally appeared on Working Moms on Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 17:07:34.Permalink | Comment | Email this
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  • Popping in before Passover…

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    I thought you might like to know that I’m alive; along with all four of my children. We’re not totally well, at least not the three year old, but we are on the way! The ringworm ordeal was a total doozy. Let me tell you. We’ve had a busy bunch of weeks – in-between washing everything that stands still in our house. I’m coming to grips with the fact that this three and a half weeks plus spring break week are putting our school year into July or later. Whatever – I’m OK. It’s too hot to do much in Texas past July anyway. Might as well keep our…
  • Still in the Saga… and a Story of How God Answered a Prayer

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    It’s funny how God brings you through layers of new revelations if you stick with Him through a difficulty. You get a glimpse of the beauty in the pain of a transformation at the potter’s wheel. This last two weeks has been a flurry of motion – doing the next thing – putting fires out – refocusing on family and dropping all other distractions. That’s what you do in a health crisis… you double down and lick wounds. When the quiet comes, even in the motion… always the constant sound of the washer and dryer rumbling, the little ones being little,…
  • Little Rascals and a Give Away

    29 Mar 2014 | 4:29 pm
    I have some little rascals at my house. I can relate with movies like Dennis the Menace and most recently, Little Rascals Save the Day. I was glad to get a chance to review the DVD before it hits the stores on April 1st. Since I have my copy, I’ll be picking up a copy of Walter Mitty (also out April 1st) instead. My boys… well, the younger two, liked The Little Rascals Save the Day much better than Walter Mitty, though. Mitty was a little above their age level. I talked about that movie over at the Homeschool Post yesterday when I put up the Field Trip link-up for March. Have you…

    24 Mar 2014 | 4:13 am
      UPDATE: When I started this blog, my homeschool kids were 5 and 7 (now they are sophomores and 15 & 17). We were using Konos Unit Studies almost exclusively as our main curriculum. I wrote this post to explain how I was planning at the time. At the bottom, there’s a link to my planner page I created as a PDF, for those of you who have been asking me about it! So sorry it took so long to get it up for you! Now for the original post from August 2005: I have had a lot of questions about Konos lately… so I thought I would do a timely post about how I do my planning.
  • Ringworm Remedies and Stuff

    20 Mar 2014 | 8:40 am
    I never set out to write a health blog. I can’t help that God keeps throwing all this new information in my lap, though. I mean, who wants to learn first hand how to use natural remedies to get rid of ringworm? Not me. You can mark my name off that list. God had other plans, though. Remember the new kitten? Yep, the insanely cute little fluff ball that no one could keep their hands off of? I found a couple of ringworm spots on my arm last week before I left for a retreat in the Texas Hill Country. I read online that you could use an anti-fungal spray on them and keep them covered and it…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • API Announces New Attached Family Edition: “Voices of Breastfeeding” Double Issue

    Rita Brhel
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    The core of Attachment Parenting is responding with sensitivity. API recognizes that breastfeeding can be difficult in our society. It is hard to do something different than our family and friends, who are our social network prior to becoming parents, and to find a new support system for our choices. It is hard to navigate new motherhood relatively alone, compared to other cultures where family rallies together to give the mother a “babymoon”—a time when mom and baby can bond uninterrupted while housework and caring for other children are taken up by others in her life. It is hard to…
  • Lessons from Parents of a Sleepless Baby – Part 2

    Guest blogger
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    Continued from Part 1 As we relearned loving sleep routines with our son, we did strike upon a few techniques that worked well for us as a family. We are Roman Catholic, and praying a quiet rosary with our son before bedtime has two benefits: It relaxes him, and it relaxes us. He delights in our voices, in the soothing and soft repetition of sounds he remembers from the night before. The meditative sound and pacing of the prayer likewise soothes us, which reassures our son further. Those who are not Roman Catholic or who do not want to pray a rosary might try memorizing a longer poem…
  • Lessons from Parents of a Sleepless Baby – Part 1

    Guest blogger
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Abigail Flavin My husband and I learned about Attachment Parenting when, after reading many, many reviews of various baby books, we selected one by William Sears, MD. We found the principles and practices intriguing. They offered us clarity for our own thoughts and hopes for ourselves as parents. Repeatedly, we discussed the principles, sharing anecdotes from our own childhoods and from what we were reading about parenting. We thought we were completely ready for our son’s arrival, since we had acquired a car seat, clothing, diapers, and parenting ideas. We were unprepared for our…
  • The Challenges of AP Fathering – Part 2

    Guest blogger
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Continued from The Challenges of AP Fathering – Part 1… To be very honest, I believe sensitivity is the key for a father to get along with Attachment Parenting. We must allow ourselves to feel like this, without fearing or caring about what others might think of our manhood. What is to be a man, after all? If it is to drink beer and watch football, then I am afraid I have never been truly a man. It ought to be more than that! But sadly, many men today have not created secure attachments with their own parents. Many of us have not received love and affection when we were little.
  • The Challenges of AP Fathering

    Guest blogger
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:31 am
    Let me start off telling a little bit about myself and my family. My name is Thiago, I live in Brazil, and I have a beautiful one-year-old toddler, Dante. I am also currently an API Leader Applicant, preparing myself to start the first API support group in Brazil: API Rio. Dante was born at a planned home birth, which was a totally life-changing experience both for myself and my wife. I would never believe I could become a completely different person, a father. Getting there was not that simple. The obstetrics situation in Brazil is quite unfortunate for the birth experience. In 2010, 52% of…
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • Stuff Kids Say About Books, Vol. 1

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been taking impromptu surveys of the kids. I ask them if they like library time, if being in the library has changed how they view reading, if it has changed how much they read, and how I can do better next year. I have a ton of these, so I’m going to spread them out a bit. I guess this is really more for me, to remember my first year in the library and how it changed my life. 3rd Grade I read more now because I figured out reading is fun. :::::: Some books have lessons for kids. :::::: Sometimes people can’t afford books to read, so we get to get them here. :::::: I…
  • Newbery | Jacob Have I Loved

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated . . .” With her grandmother’s taunt, Louise knew that she, like the biblical Esau, was the despised elder twin. Caroline, her selfish younger sister, was the one everyone loved. Growing up on a tiny Chesapeake Bay island in the early 1940s, angry Louise reveals how Caroline robbed her of everything: her hopes for schooling, her friends, her mother, even her name. While everyone pampered Caroline, Wheeze (her sister’s name for her) began to learn the ways of the watermen and the secrets of the island, especially of old Captain…
  • Books with Bullies

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I received a couple of emails asking for book recommendations, which I love. I don’t have all the answers, but I do like researching, and I’m smart enough to know when I’m out of my depth or when more than one voice may be beneficial. One email, in particular, struck close to home. It’s about bullying. Or, maybe bullying isn’t the right word, because I think that word gets overused. Playground politics might be a better way to describe the weirdness that surrounds 4th – 6th grade boys. This year has been challenging for Mikey. He’s sensitive to…
  • Mikey and the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Preserve

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    My mother in-law is a nature person, a hiking/camping former Colorado girl. Several times a year she hikes the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Preserve with her grandchildren. It’s something she does with each of them once they turn 8 years of age. Last year was Mikey’s first time, and he loved it. This year, I thought it would be fun to send him with my old iphone. I told him to take all the pictures and videos he wanted. The first few pictures were what I was expecting. Behold: Mikey’s first #selfie! Chin up? Check. Smirk? Check. He still needs to work on eye contact portion. I…
  • The William Morris Project: 2014 |I Love Boxes

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Hello! Please click on the image below if you would like to learn more about The William Morris Project. Thank you for visiting! Spurred on by the success of my bill drawer re-do, I decided to revisit
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • $10 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash Giveaway {Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop}

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    Welcome to the 4th Annual Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Read Now Sleep Later. During this week-long event, you can hop around over 100 blogs, each giving away a prize valued $8 or more. Giveaway entries are capped at 12 each so that you can move on to the next stop fast. Let's get hopping! My GiveawayI'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card! The
  • Superior Source Vitamins Prize Pack Giveaway (ARV $86)

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    What steps have you taken to make sure that your family stays healthy? Do you take vitamin supplements to help strengthen your immune system?  There are so many vitamin brands on the market. How do you pick and choose? I think a great way to discover your favorite products is to sample some. Here's your chance to try Superior Source Vitamins free by entering my giveaway. The prize includes six
  • Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things Cover Reveal: $25 PayPal Cash Giveaway (3 Days Only)

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Weddings are supposed to the one of the best moments in life for loving couples, but they can be deadly too when crime and murder are involved. To celebrate the cover reveal of her new romantic suspense Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, author Rachelle J. Christensen is throwing a fast paced giveaway party. The prize is $25 cash paid through PayPal. Join in the fun now! About Diamond Rings Are
  • $150 Old Navy Gift Card & 5-Piece Luggage Set Giveaway #SummerDreams

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There are only a couple more months to go before the kids get out of school for their summer break. If you plan to take a family vacation this summer, you will love this "Have Luggage, Will Travel" giveaway, where you could win a $150 Old Navy gift card to assemble some fashionable outfits and an elegant luggage set to take those new clothes with you on a fantastic trip! Hosted by: Mom
  • Fortune Cookie Blog Tour: Review & $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Tour ScheduleFortune Cookie is the latest book in award-winning author Josi S. Kilpack's Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series. You won't want to miss it if you've been following the series. It is a perfect read for those love suspense and mystery without any graphic details of a homicide. Plus you could win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash by completing a few simple tasks! About Fortune
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    The Mother Huddle

  • Pipe Cleaner Bubble Wand

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I don’t know about you, but there never seems to never be enough bubble wands for all the kids, especially when friends are over.  My daughter came home with some home made bubble wands from preschool a couple weeks ago, and I was super excited to share our new discovery with you!  Catch me after the jump for all the details… Making Bubble Wands Supplies: pipe cleaners bubble solution a bowl to put the bubbles in To make the wands it is super simple.  Simply round one of the ends… and then twist that end around the pipe cleaner. The girls had a great time making all different…
  • Creamy Parmesan and Asparagus Risotto

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s asparagus season and I am loving incorporating it into our meals lately. I shared one of my favorite ways to prepare it over on Real Life Dinner last week, and today I’m sharing another simple and delicious way to prepare asparagus. I’ve recently started a love affair with risotto and I’ve been experimenting with different flavor combinations. I made this Creamy Parmesan and Asparagus version last week. It turned out delicious. It pairs really well with grilled steak or chicken.  Creamy Parmesan and Asparagus Risotto Ingredients: 1 medium onion, chopped 1 clove…
  • Feeling good when you feel bad

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Trips are awesome until you come home I love being with friends, chatting about where we see our life headed, making plans, and figuring out my next steps.  This past weekend I got to be with some friends and it was fantastic. Re-entry into my life after such an amazing trip should be seamless.  I’ve had an awesome time.  I should be grateful for it and just step back into my usual life. I wish it were that easy. What transition is really like I wish I could transition right back into being a parent and wife and business person the second I get home.  I DID just get to be away and…
  • Super Simple DIY Bean Bag Toss

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    I have another fun diy as part of the Elmer’s Blogger Crew series, and this one is perfect for all those Summer parties you’re planning, or for a fun summer activity the kids can share with friends.  I love it for a few reasons – it folds up nice and flat and can be stored just about anywhere, it was inexpensive, the kiddos can help make it,  and the possibilities are endless! Catch me after the jump for all the details! Foam Board Bean Bag Toss Supplies: Elmer’s Tri-Fold Foam Board Markers (by the foam boards Elmer’s has a new selection of markers, glue and…
  • Epsom Salt (Elsa’s Magic) Painting

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    If your little girls are in love with the movie Frozen as much as my girls, this activity is going to be a hit!  If your kiddos are not into the movie, it is still a fun activity regardless.  :-)  The ingredients are simple, it’s not very messy, and it’s magical!  Catch me after the jump for all the details. Magic Painting Supplies: epsom salt hot water paint brushes black paper food coloring & white paper (optional) To mix up the solution, you will need equal parts of water and epsom salt.  I used one  cup of water and one cup of salt.  You want to get the water really…
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  • how to throw a rockstar frozen birthday party—snacks to serve

    amy mascott
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
      Frozen is all the rage these days, so it’s no wonder that my Cora wanted a ‘Frozen’ birthday party for her 7th. So that’s what we did. Starting last summer, we brainstormed and planned for her birthday.   And then in December, after we saw Frozen, we brainstormed, planned, and then re-planned. She had to have a Frozen birthday.  She just had to. And though she had to learn the tough lesson that her whole little world could not come to an at-home Frozen birthday party, she did muddle through.  When you’re almost 7, you have to make some tough decisions, and no, I was not…
  • stay connected: on the web

    amy mascott
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I know you’re out there.  So let’s get–and stay!–connected! With all of the crazy changes to facebook lately, I just want to make sure we’re doing all we can to stay connected in whatever ways work best for you–my readers. And for good reason. Because there’s a ton of awesome going on over on our facebook page, on instagram, and just about everywhere. So real quick, here’s the skinny. . . Stay Connected– on the web: I know this is a strange post, but my bloggy pals have done it and have found it successful. Why? They’re…
  • Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

    amy mascott
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
          When I was teaching, I always had a bulletin board full of opportunities for my students to win contests, write essays, submit poems, and receive accolades outside the classroom. It’s so important for kids–and parents!–to realize that there are hundreds of cool contests running all the time. Hundreds of dollars waiting to be won. Fab prizes and cool travel opportunities if kids just take some time to share their smarts with the world around them. And so many of our kids are crazy smart, devising solutions to age-old problems that burden many and even…
  • fractions with FOOD: hands-on math

    amy mascott
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    This post about fun with food and fractions is written by Jen of Beyond Traditional Math. Hopefully after reading it, you’ll never look at food quite the same! Thank you, Jen, for your time, effort, and expertise! ____________________ Fractions with Our Favorite Thing…Food! by Jen Before you first meet me, I should tell you that I am certifiably nuts about being anti-worksheets right now, so I am going to try to dial it back a bit to write this post. This past school year, we adopted a new math series that is very heavy on worksheets and giving tons of practice problems. When we…
  • earth month programming for kids: resources from PBS Kids

    amy mascott
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    My friends at PBS Kids are totally ready for some fun, Earth-happy on-air programming, and my own kids are thrilled. PBS Kids and the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) have partnered again to create the Explore the Outdoors! series.  It’s a series full o’ Earth-month love. Programming that teaches kids how to celebrate and respect the world around them?   Programming that is so fun and familiar that kids have no clue they’re learning? Programming that is cool enough that kids talk about it even way after the show is over? A huge win in my book. For the last…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • Family Fun at LEGOLAND Windsor

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Last weekend, we went to LEGOLAND Windsor, for a day of Family Fun. We set off rather early, but with a full change of clothes for the children, some towels and a rather large picnic tea, we knew that we'd have a great day. We started the day, having a quick look in the LEGO store at the entrance of the park and whilst we were there Big Boy discovered some Minecraft LEGO sets and Tops was able to have a good look round at all the other sets from the different themes that she loves. We did go back at the end of the day to purchase a couple of LEGO sets, and as the queues weren't as bad as we…
  • Tips for Family Fun at LEGOLAND Windsor

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:59 pm
    We were asked if we'd like to pop down to LEGOLAND Windsor this past weekend to see the new Pirate Shores and Castaway Camp and to be one of the first families to experience the new attraction. Unfortunately the area wasn't quite ready for visitors so whilst I guess it will be a great new area for LEGOLAND explorers, don't hold me to it as I've not experienced it and so I can't say for sure! What I can say about LEGOLAND is based on our families visits that we've made in the past few years and of course this most recent visit.LEGOLAND is one of those places, in my humble opinion,…
  • Why Can't I Lose Weight Like That?

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    One of my guilty pleasures is watching weight loss shows. I'm not one of the people who watches whilst eating a huge bar of chocolate or a tub of Ice-cream (although I could be), I tend to watch them whilst working out myself (well Wii U Fit step aerobics) whilst watching them motivates me, watching them also annoys me. I'm one of the people that you'd normally find on these weight loss shows. I have a lot of weight to lose, roughly half my body weight if I go by the height and weight recommendations (but I'm pretty sure if I went down to that weight I'd look ill, but we'll see when I get…
  • Spring and Easter Crafting with Bostick

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    You remember how in February I said that I'm useless at crafting and then showed you how to make a Valentines wreath as part of the Bostick Family Craft Bloggers Network? Well, it's still true. Now, I understand what a good craft selection is all about, as do most people. We've all wandered round a craft selection and seen materials that inspired those of us who wish they were better at crafting. Look at this selection we were sent to make something with this Spring.Amazing right?Well, after opening the box of craft items it dawned on me that I also know that good materials do not a good…
  • Walkers Have Half Price Fun! #SponsoredPost

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    Of course I'm not talking about a ramblers only kind of deal, but Walkers have partnered together with Merlin Entertainment to give away half price tickets to Chessington World of Adventures and 12 Sea Life aquariums around the UK, which is perfect if you're not sure what you can do this Easter Half Term. The tickets available are available by collecting tokens on multi-packs of Walkers Baked Stars, Walkers Mighty Lights or Walkers Hoops and Crosses, which if your house is anything like mine there are extra of in the house during Easter to feed those hungry children that…
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  • Chasing a Vision_Why we’re headed back to Monterrey

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

    19 Dec 2013 | 5:13 am
    I have to admit.  One of my biggest leadership challenges is simply responding to people. I have great intentions of doing so.  And if I’m totally honest, I DO respond… 100% of the time… in my head. and that’s the problem. People don’t receive the responses that never leave my head. I’ve worked hard to improve this one thing this past year.  And one of my personal goals for 2014 is to make that even better. (ask me in 12 months how that’s gone ) The reason I’m focused on this is based upon my own consumer experience in communicating with two…
  • Safety Process: Communicating to Parents

    18 Dec 2013 | 7:40 am
    Hey #kidmin audience.  I need your feedback and ideas. In fpKIDS, we have security standards in our kidmin areas to create a secure environment for our kids.  Each entrance to a designated kids area has a “Secure Checkpoint” where we post a security volunteer. They’re role is to ensure that the only people to cross that point are people with: a Security Receipt – alphanumeric code identifying their child fpKIDS Volunteer Nametag This is our effort to reduce the traffic in our kidmin spaces to only those individuals who need to be there. Although the Secure Checkpoint…
  • Volunteers & Safety Procedures: What works?

    16 Dec 2013 | 5:45 am
    Safety Procedures are some of the more important and more  minute aspects of Kids Ministry.  And these details of ministry are critical to creating a safe environment for kids. The challenge with Safety Procedures is their regularity. Some safety processes you use so often you don’t even think about them like diaper changing, restroom procedures or illness. Other procedures you use so rarely, it’s easy to forget the proper process to handle it.  Things like bleeding or vomiting. As a ministry leader, I want to make sure our volunteers have the knowledge and resources to handle…
  • The Right to Be Believed

    11 Dec 2013 | 5:26 am
    Working with kids has it’s “up-hill” battles. Whether your an educator in the classroom, a coach in the gym, a caregiver in an after-school program, or a volunteer giving a few hours a week to impact the life of kids… we can all agree.  There doesn’t seem to be enough to time to create significant change in a child’s life.  Especially those that need it most. It can often seem defeating. But there is hope. There are ways to make a deeper impact on limited time.  Check out these thoughts I shared at If you work with kids in any capacity,…
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  • 5 Things That Can Raise Car Insurance Rates

    Jen Williams
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    One financial writer described a car wreck as a one-two punch. The collision happens first, and a higher insurance premium is the second blow. This is how things work in the insurance industry. Most drivers understand that some things can cause their insurance rates to rise. Causing an accident, getting a traffic ticket and adding […]
  • Sweeping Saturday 04/12/2014

    Jen Williams
    11 Apr 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!!
  • #JustBrewIt with Keurig® K65 Special Edition Brewing System

    Jen Williams
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
      I hate to admit but I just started drinking coffee this year! My parents and grandparents always had a cup of coffee in their hands when I was younger. I remember one day I tasted it and UCK I never tried it again till here recently.  I was shocked that I actually liked it […]
  • Sweeping Saturday 04/05/2014

    Jen Williams
    4 Apr 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!!
  • New show: American Dream Builders on NBC

    Jen Williams
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    American Dream Builders will host 12 of the most accomplished designers & home builders in the country against one another to showcase their respective creative talents. These designers & home builders scramble to transform dated interiors into functional works of art, and tired, dusty exteriors into vibrant desert oases. From Spanish to Tudor to Mid-century […]
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    Keeper of the Cheerios

  • Saving up for the perfect holiday

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Saving up for a holiday is hard enough, but when you’ve got kids to feed, clothe and entertain, putting away a few extra pennies can seem almost impossible. But don’t despair, by choosing cheap family holidays with the Co-operative Travel and making a few small savings every day, you and your brood could be enjoying sun, sea and relaxation before you know it. Set some goals If you all know exactly what you’re all working towards, making a few small sacrifices along the way won’t be as hard, and your kids will understand why they can’t get those brand new trainers or the latest games…
  • 5 Unique Ways to Re-Energize

    26 Feb 2014 | 10:23 am
    After a day (or week) that just wouldn’t end, unwinding may require more elaborate plans than channel surfing or ordering takeout. Looking to relax, but also re-energize? Here are some unusual activities to try out. Make sure your weekend plans leave you with memories and plans to go back out again – and don’t leave you feeling down or tired. Alternative Art Just because you couldn’t draw a stick figure, let alone a person, doesn’t mean that you should keep your artistic talent to a minimum. Instead of picking up a set of paintbrushes, consider trying your hand at alternative…
  • How Different is Crete to Greece?

    20 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    More than just another Greek atoll, Crete is almost a country unto itself. Back in the Bronze Age, it was the centre of Europe’s first civilization, the Minoans, and has a rich, fascinating history that is still evident today. Fast forward to today and Crete is the largest, most populous of the Greek islands and has become a haven for holidaymakers looking for sun, sea, and sand. However, as opposed to alternative mainland retreats, Crete has several hidden treasures, cultural traits of its own, and a time-honoured way of life, especially in rural areas. If you’re looking for a more…
  • Life and Paychecks

    19 Feb 2014 | 4:34 am
    Having worked a really long time that is anything longer than 9 years in an organization is like giving a major part of your life into something. And it is not wrong to be wanting something in return for that long a commitment. Your job is either something that you are passionate about or something you do not care about but regardless of the case all your efforts could have been otherwise put into something else hence are only justifiably rewarded by Superannuation funds. Your savings are not for bets Superannuation funds such as this one can help you save for your retirement. They take away…
  • Breakthrough Game Released by Cancer Research UK

    18 Feb 2014 | 4:25 am
    The Helping Hands program from The Rational Group, owners of the PokerStars brand, has recently participated in a program to release a new game to the public. In coordination with Cancer Research UK, the company released Play to Cure: Genes in Space, a game that analyses data from human genetics based on how people play the game. Hailed as a scientific breakthrough, the game has already saved countless manhours of research work and has brought together the very disparate worlds of science and gaming. Genes in Space was released on February 4th, which has been designated as World Cancer Day…
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • What I want you to know about having a famous televangelist as a grandfather

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:33 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 Angie Schuller WyattMy grandfather is Dr. Robert Schuller of the Crystal Cathedral. He's sort of a big deal. For three decades he was the most widely watched televangelist on the planet. He created televangelism in the 70s when people only had three television stations to choose…
  • Wednesday's Child: Wesley

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Every Wednesday I share about a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. Wesley is 15 years old and having a family is his greatest desire. "I've been in foster care since I can remember . . . I want a family that is nice. I would do stuff for them when they are old."Perhaps Wesley's story will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.
  • State rep Alvin Holmes points out racism in Alabama, adoptive parents freak out

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Several of my readers have asked me to weigh in on a controversy going down in Alabama. The backstory: African American state representative Alvin Holmes, who is a democrat, was embroiled in a debate about abortion laws. Some republican representatives suggested that adoption could be a better way to reduce abortions, and Holmes responded that it wouldn’t solve this issue because black children are still much less likely to get adopted than white children. He also accused the pro-life representatives of hypocrisy because he believes that they would change their tune were they to discover…
  • Spring break staycation

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds My kids had spring break last week. We took a big trip for their winter break, which feels like it was just two weeks ago. And unfortunately, that set the kids expectations up for a big trip for spring break as well. That’s the problem with doing fun things with kids . . . everything after is just a big disappointment. Like the one Tuesday I surprised the kids and took them to Disneyland after school. Before that, Tuesdays were just Tuesdays. After that . . . every Tuesday was just a crushing disappointment of NOT BEING AT DISNEY. We really did…
  • The World’s Toughest Job

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
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  • Wait ‘Til They’re Good and Ready…

    Jennifer Murray
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    It’s been a big week here at Casa de Murray… 1st Baseball Practice Running Club And Riding Around the Block with No Training Wheels! {Like A Boss} Our mantra around here has always been “wait ’til they’re good and ready”, which has been super helpful with major milestones like sippy cups, potty training, and the like.  We’re not rushers. I remember when they were babies and being around other moms who wanted to pay the comparison game whenever we got together.  Are they rolling over yet?  Have you started feeding them cereal? Are you planning their…
  • Finding Beauty In the Brokenness: Something Tangible {Giveaway}

    Jennifer Murray
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    One thing I really struggled with in the hard days of grieving over our loss, was that I had nothing tangible to remember this precious life with…yes, its days were much shorter than we desired, but they still COUNTED. There was LIFE that lived, and it shouldn’t be forgotten. I had kept myself from the baby aisles during the first trimester, even though I was so anxious to start hunting for deals. {We had gotten rid of everything – and I mean EVERYTHING that even slightly represented “baby” in our home either through handing things down to other multiples moms…
  • How To Fight A Sinus Infection Naturally With Essential Oils

    Jennifer Murray
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
      I finally caved and joined the wonderful world of essential oils. After hearing so many good things from close friends who were experiencing such amazing and vast results, my curiosity could no longer be contained.  Now I’m kicking myself for dragging my feet for so long!  My Young Living Essential Oils are my go-to instead of over-the-counter medications or trying to ignore symptoms altogether – which was my typical way of dealing with illness or discomforts in the past. So how do I use the 11 oils from my Young Living Premium Starter Kit?  Here’s a few…
  • Finding Beauty in the Brokenness: The Everyday

    Jennifer Murray
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:42 am
      I’ve been upright for three days straight now, and still beyond thankful that I didn’t need another surgery to fix things. The fog is lifting, and I’m able to see clearer. Brad and I laid in bed talking last night about a lot of the pain we’ve walked through and how we are processing things…which was the first time in a long time that we’ve been able to check-in with each other, and be able to talk about it freely without the physical side of things consuming all of our thoughts. I’m seeing beauty in the everyday again. In Starbucks cake pops.
  • The Room I Don’t Have To Enter Tomorrow….

    Jennifer Murray
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:01 pm
      Surgery cancelled. Prayers answered. Hearts grateful. End in sight. {Thank you all for your continued prayers, concern, and your outpouring of love.}
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Crock-Pot Cornbread Chili Casserole

    Lindsey R. Allen
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    This recipe was adapted from Cooking Light cook book For months the crock pot my mother gave me has sat lonely and sad, high on a shelf in the kitchen. I don’t know why but something about them gives me this 1970′s vibe, with the wife and the apron, and the Brady Bunch milling about in the background. I guess it just screamed “all day cooking” at me which was interpreted somewhere in my head as “ a lot of work.” Of course this couldn’t be farther from the truth for most crock-pot recipes, they’re actually really convevient. This Crock-Pot Cornbread Chili…
  • Swapdom Helps You Swap Items Easily

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    This post is sponsored by Swapdom, a website that facilitates swaps! All opinions expressed are my own. Swapping Is Awesome   I am a huge believer in swapping!  Not only does swapping help save you money, something almost everyone could use, but swapping is also a green choice.  Reusing is an excellent way to go green!  I am familiar with the power of the swap.  Most of us as children, loved to swap, because it was pretty much our only means of getting what we wanted.  Do you remember the satisfaction that comes with a good swap?  Well, as a mother, I have felt that satisfaction of…
  • Interactive Plush Bunny Powered By Your iPhone

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    This post is sponsored by Roam & Wander, maker of plush toys powered by your iPhone or iPod Touch. Kids love playing with stuffed animals and now there is an interactive plush bunny toy that is powered by your iPhone or iPod Touch- TuTu Bunny! This fantastical plush bunny brings together the power of an app with the lovable factor that stuffed animals offer. This special toy is sure to be a toy that your child will always remember. Interactive Plush Bunny Is your mind blown away already? Mine was when I first heard about it! Interactive stuffed animals? This concept has been around for…
  • Travis the Travelling Frog Craft

    Laura Baptiste
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Bring a little papier maché into your life with this cute frog craft. Travis the Travelling Frog is simple enough to make, and leaves lots of room for creativity. Best of all, he’s versatile! Young artists can clip him to curtains, railings, or tree branches. You never know where Travis might travel- but the mystery is part of the fun. Travis the Travelling Frog Craft Tutorial What You’ll Need to Make Your Frog Craft A small sheet of cardboard A marker Scissors Newspaper A few tablespoons of liquid glue A plastic bowl Acrylic paint and paintbrushes 2 feet of string 4 clothespins Hot glue…
  • Whole Foods Mother’s Day Gift Basket Giveaway

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Whole Foods will provide the Mother’s Day gift basket for giveaway to one lucky reader. Whole Foods Beauty and Wellness Products For Mother’s Day As you probably know, Whole Foods Market has an amazing beauty and wellness department!  It is huge, offers tons of variety, and you can usually find just what you are looking for.  Also, in my experience, there is always someone knowledgeable to help you make the perfect selection when you need help.   I would certainly be excited about any Mother’s Day goodies that my husband might pick out for me from Whole Foods.  (Hint,…
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  • 5 best baby rockers, bouncers and swings – Shopping guide special!

    Minoli Almeida
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    So mums, what’s on your list of best baby rockers, bouncers or swings? Let us know by leaving a comment below. The post 5 best baby rockers, bouncers and swings – Shopping guide special! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Do you like our new look?

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    We are very excited to unveil our new look and feel today! We have revamped our site so you, our dear mums and dads, can have an easy-to-use, more useful site that provides up-to-date parenting advice on mobile phones, computers and tablets. Along with a new, clean look, we have also done the following: 1. Blending form and fashion, the sleek redesign not only keeps up-to-date with the current design trends, but functionally presents articles in a clutter-free format to allow easy readability. 2. The redesign’s mobile-first approach offers you a better experience when browsing on-the-go. 3.
  • Clever clogs – could your child have genius potential?

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We know how much pressure kids face during their school years. While we try to guide them without judgement and with every ounce of support we have, it’s the limits they set on themselves that often cause the most distress. But what if we could do something to help them achieve these goals? Something like exploring new methods of learning, like the Heguru Method. Following extensive practical research in Japan, the Heguru Method has cultivated an educational programme which helps to harness a child’s real potential. The method uses both sides of the brain to maximise learning power.
  • Sore eyes in kids: what you need to know

    Nalika Unantenne
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Sore eyes – or conjunctivitis – usually looks worse than it really is. It’s a sight for sore eyes — literally — when your little one rubs his crusty eyes one morning and, under the yellow crust, you see that tell-tale redness or pinkness. Sore eyes, also known as “pink eye” or conjunctivitis, often looks much worse than it actually is. Usually, it should be no more cause for concern than a common cold and can quite effectively be managed with home remedies. However, there are occasions when you need to seek the opinion of a doctor for your…
  • 5 fun baby nursery rhymes for your little one!

    Nalika Unantenne
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    As I type this sentence, my little 2-year-old boy is sitting on my lap and belting out his version of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” It takes me back to my own childhood that is coloured with memories of my grandmother singing me popular Sri Lankan baby nursery rhymes. Reading or singing baby nursery rhymes is a great way for mum to bond with baby. These beautiful baby nursery rhymes were about mother elephants who crossed rivers, the moon smiling down at sleeping children, golden butterflies, fluffy white rabbits and playful puppies. Baby nursery rhymes are a universal language…
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    Child Behavior Help

  • Parenting Your Adult Child: How to Set up a Mutual Living Agreement

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    "I love my son, but things are getting really rough. I never expected him to still be living at home in his twenties. I don"t mind helping him while he gets on his feet, but most of the time he acts like he"s still thirteen and he"s twenty three! This is not what I pictured!"
  • Parenting Teens: 5 Ineffective Things to Avoid Doing

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:33 am
    At Empowering Parents, we talk a lot about "effective" versus "ineffective" parenting styles. In fact, James Lehman reminds us that it"s not about whether your parenting style is right or wrong, it"s about whether it"s effective.
  • Positive Parenting: 5 Rules to Help You Deal with Negative Child Behavior More Positively

    24 Mar 2014 | 6:53 am
    Do your kids drive you crazy? If you were asked to describe them, after saying, "He's a good kid, but..." would you use words like "defiant," "whiny," "unmotivated," "disrespectful," "angry," or "demanding," with a few positives sprinkled in? If the negatives loom larger in your mind than the positives, the first thing to realize is that this is natural. We parents are human after all, which means we tend to look for what"s wrong with our offspring so that we can focus on what we should "fix" in them. Somehow this calms us down; we believe we are improving their chances of long-term survival…
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    Odd Dad

  • Now Producing Southeast Wheels Events Radio Hour

    Todd Wiese
    22 Mar 2014 | 6:58 am
    Starting at 7 PM EST on Thursday nights you can hear me produce the Southeast Wheels Events radio hour with Big Mike and Hugh. It's an hour of the best in automotive talk and news about car shows and cruise-ins in the metro Atlanta area:'m behind the board for three hours now since I'll also be doing Odd Dad's Records immediately following Big Mike and Hugh at 8 PM. It's two hours of hardcore easy listening with Jazz, Big Band, Swing, Ska, etc.I've been doing less of the live records lately simply because it's so much easier to run the show entirely…
  • Manning the knobs

    Todd Wiese
    8 Nov 2013 | 4:38 pm
    So, I've been behind the computer and the mixer board lately. Thanks big time to Sound Byte Nik for showing me some of the ropes! It turns out that our hard drive has a lot of swing, big band, jazz and nostalgia to choose from. I'll still spin the old records from time to time; but it doesn't look like I'll have to worry about that for a while.
  • Back from The Netherlands

    Todd Wiese
    26 Jun 2013 | 5:40 am
    Howdy, nostalgia fans! It's good to be back in the good old USA. I had a wonderful trip to Holland the past four weeks. I got to hang out on the farm and see some old friends and family, but now it's time to get back into the swing of things at Garage 71 and Odd Dad's Records.I want to thank Eric the Great for filling in for me while I was gone. You did a great job, Eric!I'm bringing some new records into the studio on Thursday. Well, they're old records, but they're new to me and you! Some interesting Dutch tunes will be spun at 8 PM on Thursday. I remembered to bring my records home, but I…
  • What happened to At Dawn They Wake?

    Todd Wiese
    7 May 2013 | 1:41 pm
    Lots of folks have been wondering what happened to At Dawn They Wake, the blog. Well, it's still around in the form of a podcast: at, but I deleted all of the posts here because I wanted to keep this page as family-friendly as possible. Some of the posts on here weren't suitable for the average listener of Odd Dad's Records. It is a swing/nostalgia show, after all.You can click the link above and listen to any old episode of At Dawn They Wake. I doubt I'll be doing more posts comparable to those in the past on this blog page. I want to keep this one radio related. I should start…
  • Odd Dad's Records

    Todd Wiese
    1 Mar 2013 | 7:05 am
    Granddad's Records lives on! Under a new name, Odd Dad's Records, I'll be spinning some swing, jazz, big-band, lounge, etc. every Thursday night from 8 pm to 10 pm on It will be the same show you're used to except it won't be on Spreaker anymore, it will be on Just click the player to the right. I'm going to try to see about archiving the shows for listening on demand, but for now you have to catch the show live.I used to co-host with Stretch on Friday nights on The Junkyard, the heavy metal show, but I discovered that the show wasn't for me. So, I…
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    I Thought I Knew Mama

  • Wordless Wednesday: Mamatography – Week 5 and 6

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

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    To the woman I used to be before I had children: You strive to be more present in the moment and to stop obsessing over the past and the future. You wish you could be a bit less self-conscious and completely disregard what other people think. You want to be able to push yourself to be a risk taker and to take on challenges even when you’re scared to. You hope you can become a more patient person – a woman who exudes calmness and serenity to those around you. You want to be the kind of person who can always put those she loves before herself. I have good news! A teacher will arrive…
  • Win a Crystal Sensation Body Buff and Butter Gift Set – Crystal Infused, Organic, and Beautiful! {US only; $40 ARV; 4/15}

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Recently, I had the great pleasure to experience CrystalSensation’s Get Well, Immune Booster Body Buff & Butter Gift Set. It is crystal infused, and programmed to enhance the immune system and provide organic immunity. These products are LUXURIOUS! Each time I use them, I can easily pretend for a moment that I am being pampered at a beautiful, high quality spa. I adore the gorgeous scent of these products, and the butter has been a saving grace for my dry skin throughout the winter. No matter how raw my hands are at the end of the day due to cold air and constant hand washing, when…
  • Big Apple Circus presents Luminocity: A One Ring Circus of Joy and Wonder

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:35 pm
    On Saturday, my husband and I had the wonderful opportunity to take our 3.5 year old son and 1.5 year old daughter to Big Apple Circus in Boston at City Hall Plaza. Big Apple Circus is in their 36th season, and for good reason. This is the kind of show that offers good old-fashioned fun for the entire family. The adults are laughing at the constant stream of jokes, the kids are smiling in amazement, and no matter where you look, the audience is happy. And it’s easy to look around at the audience because the Big Top is a very intimate place. No seat is more than 50 feet from ringside!
  • Heartbeat of Home: An Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban Music and Dance Spectacular

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    29 Mar 2014 | 6:51 am
    On Wednesday, we had the amazing opportunity to see the East Coast debut of Heartbeat of Home at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. My husband and I took our three and a half year old son to the performance, and we were all completely enchanted. Some of the highlights of the night were our son’s insightful comments and reactions to the show: - As he watched the extremely talented Irish step dancers deliver a powerful performance, he asked, “Do they have magic feet, Mama?” Thanks to the speed, precision, and heart pounding rhythm of the dancers, I was not…
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    Life With Sharon | Texas Mom Blogger / Vlogger Lufkin, Houston, Texas

  • Attending Church in Bad Weather

    23 Mar 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Do you feel like church is a big part of your life? Perhaps you have been going once a week for as long as you can remember, ever since you were a young child, and you cannot imagine giving it up. Your faith gives you the strength that you need to take on the challenges in your life and it allows you to focus on something that is bigger than yourself. It helps you see the world in a positive light. It shows you how you should live. These are great things that can form the pillars of your life, but it can be hard to get to church in the winter because the weather can prevent it. In some…
  • Prom Season is fast upon us.

    11 Mar 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Spring, I hope is fast upon us. For most of us anyway. And with spring comes prom time! And with prom comes the mission to find the most perfect prom dress ever. I know when I was getting ready from prom when I was a teen that it took forever. Then again we didn’t have awesome online stores when I was in high school to find the right dress. Today though there are great stores like that have a lot of awesome great dresses to look at. One of the best things that I love about Prom is getting all dressed up. You get to feel like a princess and of course you get to get…
  • Rules For Visiting a New Mom

    12 Feb 2014 | 6:26 am
    Plenty of new parents love having visitors come to ooh and ahh over their baby, but don’t forget that this is also a very stressful and busy time in a couple’s life. An unexpected visit at the wrong time can be awkward, uncomfortable, and inconvenient, when all Mom wants to do is get some rest now that the baby’s finally asleep. If you want your visit to be enjoyable, follow these tips to make sure you’re never a burden to them! 1. Call First It doesn’t have to be something planned days in advance. If you’re thinking of dropping by, just call or text your…
  • Signs of addiction

    24 Jan 2014 | 10:26 am
    Drug abuse and addiction isn’t something to mess around about. It can be detrimental to a person’s personal and even business life. And often the cause of a messy slope of that includes health problems, family problems and even money problems. Let’s face it most addictions can be very expensive. If you think a family member or friend is suffering from addiction you should get them treatment. It is very important that they get the help they need. There are many NJ drug and alcohol treatment centers available in the New Jersey area to get quality treatment from. But before treatment can…
  • What are your must watch TV Shows?

    24 Jan 2014 | 10:23 am
    I think most people in America have their favorite TV shows that they can’t miss. Whether they DVR them or watch them On Demand. Like for example I may not talk about my shows via social media all of the time but believe me I have them. And I am so glad that they are available so easily with Time Warner Cable. Because even if heaven forbid I miss something I can DVR it or find it On Demand later on. Some of my favorite shows this season include Supernatural, Revenge, Grimm, The Vampire Diaries, The Orginals, Dracula and Sleepyhollow. And of course I can’t forget New Girl or The Mindy…
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    Seven Clown Circus

  • Kid Friendly Easter Dessert Recipes

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am knows How to Make Kid Friendly Easter Dessert Recipes that look fabulous.  These three recipes are perfect to make with your kiddos and would make perfect centerpieces for you table before you eat them.   Happy Easter, y’all! Easter Bunny Cake – This Easter Bunny Cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser and can double as a table center piece.  That’s one of the things I love most about it.  Plus, your kids can help decorate it, and you know that if they are involved it’ll definitely be the hit of the party! Print Kid Friendly Easter Dessert Recipes…
  • Clean Delivered Straight to My Door With ePantry! {review}

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I have never been shy about admitting that I have a little thing about clean.  I wouldn’t say I’m compulsive, but I would say that I get uptight when my house is dirty.  When ePantry offered to let me try their service for free {they send me the cleaning products I wanted} I jumped at the chance.  What’s better than getting the cleaning supplies I love delivered right to my door? ePantry ePantry is a new service that makes purchasing quality household products like Method, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Seventh Generation and Green Forest super convenient. In just three…
  • Mediterranean Turkey Sub {recipe}

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    This sponsored post was written while participating in my partnership with Oscar Mayer and One2One Network. Now that baseball season is in full swing I’ve turned to dinner options that are quick, filling, nutritious and full of flavor.  Lucky for me, Oscar Mayer introduced Deli Fresh BOLD flavors lunch meats in March. Deli Fresh BOLD lunch meats contain no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors and are gluten free! I’m a huge fan of the simplified ingredient list and bold, spicy flavors. The sliced meats are freshness sealed, and at least 97 percent fat free.   So, I…
  • Spring Cleaning Made Easy {free printables}

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Spring Cleaning can be a whole lot easier when it’s organized.  And pretty.  {smiling}  If you are you looking for a way to streamline your spring cleaning, and figure out what the heck you should be cleaning with a checklist, this FREE system is for you.   I’m so excited about it and can’t wait to bring you more organization helps each month!!! This month, with the help of Tricia Rennea {Tricia designed the printables}, I decided to take spring cleaning to a whole new level.  Now I have system to spring clean that not only works, it looks gorgeous too.  The 4 page…
  • 20 Cool Hairstyles for Women & Girls and How to Do Them {hair tutorials}

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to do cool hairstyles that are easy but look fabulousare a must this season.   These braid, bun and fun hairstyle tutorials, including How to Fishtail Braid, how to french braid, how to make a heart braid, how to make a 4 strand braid, how to do a side bun, Sea Shell Flip Bun, How to do a Braided Sock Bun,  How to do an Upside-down Braid Into-a-Bun, How to Make a Staircase bun/braid,  How to make a Twistie Bun and more, range from easy to a bit difficult, but all are worth learning as they look fabulous in the hair! Braid Tutorial 1.  How to Make a Rope Braid –  How to Make…
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  • Bloggy Book Tour: Day Eleven. Warm and Cozy

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Today, because it’s a dreary April day in New York and we don’t have enough warm cozy thoughts already circling our heads, we’re going to talk about the fact that my book is visiting Lisa Jordan right this very minute. Today is the opposite of dreary in every way because: felted stones. Because: hand-dyed thread. Because: intricate stitching covering wool cocoons. Because Lisa Jordan gathers materials like acorns and stones and sticks along open shorelines and deep walks in her Minnesota woods, wraps them in a earthy palate of local hand-dyed wool, felts them, and then embroiders them…
  • Bloggy Book Tour: Day Ten. Big Smallish Things.

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Starting this week off with a KAPOW! as my book heads down to Candler, North Carolina to visit my friend Ashley English. I honestly don’t know how she’s had had time for me this week, since her book “Handmade Gatherings” (Roost) launched just last week. In addition to her blog Small Measure, Ashley is also the author of the “Homemade Living” (Lark) book series, as well as “A Year of Pies” (Lark)—all highlighting a variety of topics related to small-scale homesteading and environmentally sensible lifestyle choices. Check out Small Measure where she chronicles her homesteading…
  • Bloggy Book Tour: Day Nine. Inspiration.

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Today my book has trekked northward to Ontario for a quick visit with my friend Margie, rural family physician and textile artist extraordinaire. For quite some time I’ve been completely mesmerized by her breathtaking crocheted creations—so beautifully documented on her blog Resurrection Fern. Her nature-inspired work is a melding of fractal patterns and repurposed soft vintage threads all carefully worked with crochet hooks to cover earth worn stones and wood and other natural found objects. Lichen, leaves, webs, frost patterns—all are magically woven into intricate lacy…
  • Bloggy Book Tour: Day Eight. Tinkerlab!

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    I am designating TODAY the Official Return of Spring here in New York since I no longer have to fire up the wood stove to thaw my frosty toes. Phew! That winter was memorable with monumental snow dumps piling on top of other crusty colossal snow dumps. And it lingered and was filled with a handful of snow days and igloos and hot cocoa and warm, creamy carb-y foods. The days were incontrovertibly long, and if there were ever a sight that could lift you from your winter drudgery, it would be that gorgeous play-focused spread of projects on Rachelle Doorley’s Tinkerlab blog. Filled with…
  • Bloggy Book Tour: Day Seven. Whoopie!

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    In my online fantasy world, I’d cover everything on this blog—loads of hands-on get-dirty projects, gobs of expeditions to local kid-friendly hangouts, endless recipes involving granola and fruity bits (and heavy cream…), a zillion questions you hadn’t even thought of to ask yet. This is exactly what my friend Sheri Silver does on Donuts, Dresses and Dirt—a blog that is an essential part of my daily intake. Today is my book’s lucky day. It’s visiting Sheri’s blog—gobbling up her handmade heart-shaped APPLE PEEL “TWIGS” and HEART-SHAPED WHOOOPIE PIES and…
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    It Builds Character

  • A silver lining during spring snow

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Photo Credit: Flickr / Renee_McGurk In Chicago, we have a little bit of a problem every spring: We get antsy for some sunlight and warm weather, which causes us to have selective memory about what spring is actually like here. It teases, it warms up just to freeze over twelve hours later, and we play this game until June, when it immediately spikes to 90 and we get covered in mosquitoes. I’m over at Chicago Parent today talking about one silver lining I’ve found for the extended chill. Stop by and check it out! ~ChiMomWriter The post A silver lining during spring snow appeared…
  • How to organize your life around what fulfills you

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Photo credit: iStock The theme in April at EverydayFamily is organization. I immediately knew I wanted to talk with Theresa Sullivan of Wayfinder Advisors. Sullivan is a professional coach whose sessions have provided a lot of clarity for me, and whose exercises I still use to make decisions. As a working mom of three who has excelled in both the corporate world in launching her own business, she understands the external noise many of us struggle with on a daily basis, and she is adept at helping others boil the overwhelming issues down to manageable ideas. Today, I’m at EverydayFamily…
  • Preschoolers and public tantrums: I asked Dr. G.

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Photo credit: iStock Austin, who is almost four, has gotten very skilled at the public temper tantrum lately. While I know what tactics work well at home, because Austin uses his volume level as one of the key components of his meltdowns, I’m often at a loss as to how I should deal with these episodes when we are out. I contacted Dr. Deborah Gilboa of Ask Doctor G and author of Get the Behavior You Want… without Being the Parent You Hate for some strategies. Want to know her suggestions? Check out the article today at EverydayFamily. Happy Monday! ~ChiMomWriter The post…
  • Note to self: Stop trying to sound cool to the babysitter

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    I instantly aged myself last weekend – I tried to sound cool to the babysitter. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m not that old… But to a 16-year-old? I remember (vaguely, through a thick net of cobwebs) how unfathomable 30 seemed, let alone where I am now. I didn’t mean to inflict harm on this poor girl charged with the care of my children. I just LOVE music and concerts. It’s one of my favorite parts of living in Chicago. So, when my sitter mentioned she might be going to a concert that Saturday night, I, of course, asked which one. “It’s a bunch of Christian bands playing.”…
  • Car travel with kids: Organization tips

    31 Mar 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Photo credit: iStock It’s Monday, which means I’m over at EverydayFamily today! If you’re like me, spring and summer gets you excited to head out on the road – And yes, I love driving with my kids. We’ve logged some miles, worked our way through car sickness, and even a little bit of vomit. So, I can tell you  that it’s not only about what you bring in the car – You have to have the right things within reach! Stop by EverydayFamily for some car trip organization tips, and let me know what you swear by, too! New post here on IBC tomorrow!
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    Toy Reviews | Toy Queen | Educational Toys | Toddler Toys | Best Apps for Kids | Toy Giveaways | Preschool Games | Baby Product Reviews

  • Goldieblox Construction Toy Giveaway

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Disclosure: I received a free sample of GoldieBlox to facilitate this review and giveaway. Any opinions are my own. STEM toys are the rage in the toy industry. These toys aim to provide children with exposure to activities that promote interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Also within this same category, many companies, like GoldieBlox were designed especially to help girls seek out these types of careers, given that only 13% of women enter the engineering field. GoldieBlox are construction toys that encourage kids to solve a problem using connectors, pegs and spools. You can…
  • ToyQueen Strong

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    The last 5 years, I’ve been running a blogging marathon. It’s been a long road with lots of never-ending hills, physically fueled many times by caffeine and adrenaline, that has been infused with a lot of frustration, exhaustion, breathlessness, fear, insecurity, and utter excitement. I am definitely not a long distance runner by any means, I actually hate running, 2 miles is about all I can handle. However, I know what it means to work hard and set goals. My occupational therapy background has trained me how to be focused on achieving a long-term goal of the finish line, by…
  • Tiny Love Developlace Review & Giveaway

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Disclosure: I was provided with a Tiny Love Developlace to facilitate this review and giveaway, any opinions are my own. I’ve blinked and my baby is no longer a baby, but in the same breath I’ve dubbed this moment in time as, “The year of the babies!” My best friend just had twins, and I work in a school system where it seems as if someone announces a pregnancy every week. Though we aren’t planning on another baby, I love that at this phase of our lives we can relive some of those memories as  our closest friends and family members start and expand their own…
  • LEGO Duplo How Do You Play? Contest #DUPLOPLAY

    2 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    Disclosure: I have been asked to be part of the “How do you play?” jury by LEGO DUPLO. No monetary compensation is being provided for this opportunity, any opinions are my own. There’s an amazing contest that was just launched on Facebook by LEGO DUPLO, called the “How do you play?” competition. LEGO DUPLO is encouraging families to upload a video, no more than 30 seconds, of their children playing and creating with LEGO DUPLOS. For 6 weeks, fans will vote on which videos they like and participants can win different LEGO DUPLO prize packs. The top 3 videos each…
  • The Happy’s Review and Giveaway

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Back in February at Toy Fair, I got a sneak peek at the Happy’s from Cepia. I was given a new Happy as a sample to take home and Gavin and I got a chance to play fetch with Bentley! You may remember Zhu Zhu Pets, also from Cepia? Those spunky little hamsters that were the biggest sold-out holiday sensation I’ve seen since I’ve been writing about toys the last 5 years? The Happy’s are cute little puppies and kittens that don’t require tracks and habitats like Zhu Zhu Pets did. Instead, they scurry all over the floor, completing “tricks.” Using a little…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • The Power of a Smile

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    When I was a kid, the girls in the neighborhood would hang out in our friend’s backyard, acting out scenes from the Broadway show, Annie. To this day over 30 years later, I can still hear my friend Stacey singing the words, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” A smile is a very powerful thing. During stressful situations, smiling can actually improve our mood. Quite literally, turning that frown upside down can be enough to lighten the mood. Merely seeing a smile on someone else has the power to activate the muscles in our face that make us smile. Think about…
  • Connected in Hope: Fashion That Gives Back (Giveaway)

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    When someone strikes you from the very first moment as an individual with grace, class and style, she is the type of person you want to get to know better. She is someone who draws you in. She connects with you. That is how I felt from the very first moment I heard from Ryane Murnane. Ryane is one of the founders of the Connected in Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization that grew out of a “deep love and respect for the people of Ethiopia and a compelling desire to give back to the beautiful land and its people.” After taking several trips to Ethiopia, she saw firsthand how women fuel…
  • Thoughtful Thursday: Pass Along Hope

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Every 9 seconds in this country a woman is assaulted or beaten. In the state of Pennsylvania alone, more than 140 residents lost their lives to domestic violence in 2012. That is 140 too many from just one state. If we multiply that by 50 states there are 7000 lives gone too soon from domestic violence. Verizon Wireless and the Philadelphia Eagles are partnering to raise awareness through a campaign called Pass Along Hope. You can help by simply tweeting a message of hope for victims and survivors of domestic violence using the hashtag #EaglesVZWHope. Every time the hashtag is used during the…
  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Drink Green Tea

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    Green tea is one of those superfoods people have been talking about for years. The health benefits of green tea are often talked about and hard to ignore. But why is it healthy and how exactly can we benefit from drinking it? Green tea is loaded with polyphenols, which are strong antioxidants that protect the cells in your body from free radical damage. Need more persuading to go grab a glass? The health benefits of green tea listed here may be just what you need: - For your skin: Green tea inhibits inflammatory pathways to reduce skin inflammation. Tea extracts are even effective in treating…
  • What Prompts You to Give Back?

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Let me ask you a question (or four). Do you believe that what you give to others comes back to you? Do you believe in karma? Or maybe you are of the mindset that karma matters little compared to hard work and drive? Is there room for both? Here is the reason why I ask. Today it was announced that research shows that people who receive higher bonuses are less likely to give to charity than those on lower earnings.  The trend continued even when higher bonuses are distributed randomly. “Our findings suggest that receiving higher pay due to good luck is not generating a stronger need to…
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    The Fairly Odd Mother

  • Running with asthma: A race of one

    30 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
    I was supposed to run a 5K today as part of my “me-and-my-big-ideas” Facebook proclamation to run one race a month in 2014. Things were looking good: I made it through races in  January and February even though they aren’t typical “racing months” up here in New England. With spring around the corner, my resolution was looking like a sure thing. Funny how “sure things” can become “not sure things” so quickly. I’ve been plagued for the past few months by the reappearance of an old and not-so-welcome friend: Asthma. I used to blithely…
  • Let’s Play “Match the Child to their Christmas List”

    5 Dec 2013 | 4:40 am
    The cast of characters: Almost-13 year old girl. Wants to be 15. Spends days with headphones on and iPod in hand. 10 1/2 year old girl. Loves the “big girls”, but not quite ready to leave behind her little-girl ways 9 year old boy. Has no concept of “budget” yet. List #1 LEGO Mindstorms EV3; Minecraft for PC; Swedish fish; LEGO sets; soda; money; iPhone; email account; candy; remote-control helicopter-car-boat; a bird; a rat; DS games; Wii games; a trip to anywhere; Wii U; a go-cart; iPad; a boat; a car; a kite; a Wii remote; a sled; laser guns List #2 iPhone 5S (or…
  • The dream becomes reality watching Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker

    4 Dec 2013 | 5:41 am
    Last year, my then-nine-year-old daughter and I were invited to attend the Boston Ballet’s brand-new production of the Nutcracker. As we sat there in the glow, her hugging a pair of worn ballet shoes that were in the “goodie bag”, I thought, “I’d love to give her the chance to dance in this ballet.” This year, she will. Not with Boston Ballet (their ballet school is even more of a drive than the one we are currently attending), but with the Franklin Performing Arts Company which puts on a lovely Nutcracker every year, starring, coincidentally, two Boston…
  • Never sign your children up for anything

    19 Sep 2013 | 3:47 am
    The biggest mistake I’ve made as a parent is that I started a playgroup for my firstborn when she was four months old. FOUR MONTHS. Think about this: Why the heck did she need a playgroup at four months of age? Let this be a cautionary tale to you new parents. Because, after a few months of pleasant chatting with other moms while our babies kicked their chubby legs on blankets spread carefully over the rug, the little buggers started reaching out and taking each other’s toys. I later remember the three little boys and three little girls all lurching around on unsteady legs, so…
  • In praise of an uneventful year

    2 Jul 2013 | 4:18 am
    No matter how many times I sit down to start a new post, I’m stuck with how to begin. I vowed I wouldn’t start with, “Hey, I’ve been gone for six months!” but here I am. . .saying just that. Fortunately, there is no reason for the absence other than being a little tired of writing about my life and also getting a bit addicted by the immediacy of Facebook. You mean I can write two sentences in my Facebook status update and have 15 comments in 10 minutes, versus spending an hour editing a post?  But Facebook posts seem lost within hours even though I’m sure…
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    Life with Boys

  • What the Hell, Glee?

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Yeah, I said it. What the hell? In your third season you knocked it out of the proverbial ball park...
  • Dean and his Music

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Dean is very much like me in that he loves his music. All types of music. He’ll snap his...
  • Look It's a Pit Bull!

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    I won’t talk too much about the physicality of the breed itself. I don’t know much about...
  • That Look

    31 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I think for the most part I’m a practical kinda gal. I’d rather have a nice chat with...
  • My Husband Explains It Better

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:47 am
    Ok, I admit it..I’m annoyed as all get out with this Xbox One issue. Roy explains it MUCH...
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • VIDEO: Take A Peek At The Magic Of The First Young Mom Summit

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    Without further ado, here is the video I promised of the Young Mom Summit. If you weren’t in attendance, you missed out! Be sure to join the mailing list so you’ll be first to hear when we’re coming to your area! The post VIDEO: Take A Peek At The Magic Of The First Young Mom Summit appeared first on The Young Mommy Life.
  • Reminder: There Is More To Life Than What Social Media Shows You

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    I was talking to a good friend yesterday (on the phone! Whoaa!) after not hearing her voice for close to a year. I’ve been watching and participating in her life via snippets on Facebook and Instagram and was so impressed by how hard she’s been working to achieve her goals. But she quickly reminded me that Instagram only gives you half the story, if that. I immediately understood. Browsing my Instagram account, you’d think I was a self-assured 28-year-old with two lovely kids, a loving husband, an obsession with food and this little event called the Young Mom Summit. But…
  • Reflections Upon Turning 30 – Are You Where You Thought You’d Be?

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    Even as a child, I’ve always had dreams about how my life would play itself out. I’d dream of being married, with about 4 kids and working as an anesthesiologist at Washington Hospital Center in D.C where I was born. And for me, that was my American dream.  Little did I know that I’d become a mom when I was 17 years old, drop my pre-med degree to study dance, get married, move away from home and do a whole bunch of other things I never thought that I would have. It’s been crazy how much I’ve thought back on my life since my birthday but it’s given me a…
  • I’m Taking Your Questions On Ask.Fm!

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
      So often, I get questions from readers about some of the issues that are plaguing them. Whether it’s about relationships, building your career, parenting dilemmas, or really, anything else, I’m always happy to add my insights and give you a fresh perspective. This is why I’m on, one of the web’s leading Q&A websites, giving you a teeny bit of the knowledge I’ve gained as a full-time blogger, family life educator and mommy of two. I did a soft launch a few months ago but now am ready to go full force. Sometimes people want to ask questions but…
  • Why The Hell Did I Get Married At 21??

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    I was out at lunch with a friend recently and she asked me how long I had been married. “Seven years,” I responded after I thought about it for a bit. My answer stunned me. Seven years? Doesn’t seem like I’m old enough to have been married that long. Seven years married. Ten years together. I’m 28, my husband 33. We met on my first day of college and for me, at least, it was love at first sight. We hooked up toward the end of my freshman year and just…never broke up. Sure, we had arguments and perhaps went a day or two without speaking, but somehow, we…
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    Athena Bee's

  • We're Back

    Nadja Brocus
    22 Mar 2014 | 10:59 am
    It suddenly dawned on me how much information and record keeping of my children that I've kept on here. I revert back to this site like a baby book. I haven't chronicled things in AGES. Whole years of barely keeping record. Poor Zofia! I'm not going to have the reference book for her that I do for Athena!Well this stops NOW. Spring is springing and it's time for us to start living life in the world again. Today, Louis is at work... AHgain... and Athena is at a playdate. It's just me and Z like usual, sitting on the couch hugging, snacking, and watching a Barbie movie. Let's have our first…
  • I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22.

    Nadja Brocus
    8 Aug 2013 | 11:19 am
    Coming off the heels of my 33rd birthday and breathing down the neck of my 10 year wedding anniversary, I'm feeling nostalgic.My 22nd birthday. I'm a baby!(Those are bar bathroom condoms that were gifted to me.)Also note the adorned left hand. I was also given a ring.Spaced out, cold having, ring giver:(Also a baby.)Cold medicine kicked in:Adorable. I loved him then but it's even better now.Happy Throwback Thursday. Have some good memories with me!
  • It's like Pride Week for Zofia and me!

    Nadja Brocus
    1 Aug 2013 | 10:35 am
    Happy World Breastfeeding Week to Zofia and me!See how excited we are? Any chance Zofia gets to celebrate boobies, she takes it and RUNS with it... usually still with my nipple in her mouth. This is our 4th WBW together and she's not seeming to lose any steam. In fact, this Saturday marks the first time she will ever go to bed without me or my boobies. She's spending the night with her Yia Yia and I'm having a night alone with my husband. This is a HUGE milestone in our breastfeeding relationship. Wish us luck! I think I'll need it more than her.The focus is to share with people the benefits…
  • Like all good things must, kindergarten has come to an end...

    Nadja Brocus
    5 Jun 2013 | 2:38 pm
    And this mama is a little overwhelmed. My first baby's first year of school has come and gone in the quickest of eye blinks. She's gone from toddler to schoolgirl but OH MUH BAYBEE!! Wears muh baybee??First day of Kindergarten. It feels like we just got started. Oh how it hurt my mama heart to let her go.Last day of Kindergarten. It's slightly bittersweet. I'm SO ready to have her back home with me EVERY SINGLE, but it concerns me how quickly the days are going.Oh my. It IS going to fast. Next Zofia will start school and I'll have no more babies. Excuse me, I need to go breathe into a paper…
  • End of Year/Teacher Appreciation Gifts. What do you buy?

    Nadja Brocus
    7 May 2013 | 1:10 pm
    As I mentioned in my fruit-sculpture post yesterday this week is teach appreciation week. I am on the board of Athena's school's PTO and we put on a luncheon for them and gave the teacher lounge a Keurig. The year is almost over so this has me thinking end-of-year thanking as well. This is Athena's very first teacher, she really likes her, and watching my child blossom has been an incredible gift. Since I've never dealt with teachers in this capacity before, what's the protocol on Teacher Appreciation/End of year gifts? What do you do? End of year/teacher appreciation gifts: Do you buy them…
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    The Zen Mom

  • The Zen Mom Confessional

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    This post is something that’s been on my mind for awhile. Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately, I’ve been at the next stage of my mom journey and I have not shared it with you. I’m slowing... Click on or title for more.
  • First 5 California-Why I’m Making More Time For Play!

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:38 am
    I just got back from a weekend ski trip with the family and on the flight home I sat next to a mom of 3 who is now an empty nester. I’m not sure how we got so deep into … Continue reading... Click on or title for more.
  • Oscars 2014: The Vanity Fair Social Club With The Insider

    28 Feb 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Here in SoCal it’s Stormwatch! I know, it’s nothing compared to what others have been going through across the country this year, but it’s definitely wet. Hoping it will clear up by... Click on or title for more.
  • “TILT -7 Solutions To Be A Guilt Free Working Mom” Book Launch

    5 Feb 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Ever feel like you’re just running on a hamster wheel that never stops? The elusive quest for balance and then at the end of it all you’re just exhausted. That’s why I started The Zen Mom... Click on or title for more.
  • Happy Chinese New Year 2014-Year Of The Horse

    31 Jan 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Isn’t 2014 flying by? I can’t believe its already the end of January, but on the Lunar calendar it’s just the beginning. So Happy Chinese New Year to you. It’s The Year of The... Click on or title for more.
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    Raising Great Men™

  • Brilliant But Lazy: Helping Your Underachieving Son to Succeed in the 21st Century

    Marie Roker-Jones
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:52 am
    One of my favorite lines from Spiderman 2 is when Peter Parker’s professor describes him- “He’s brilliant, but lazy. He’s always late to class, or absent entirely. He must stay out all night partying or something, because when he is here, he’s always exhausted, too worn out to take much initiative. He doesn’t do his homework.” How many of us can relate to that when it comes to our sons? We nag, we threaten and we yell, but nothing seems to phase our sloth-like genius.What’s most frustrating is that we know they are capable of doing the work.
  • 7 Life Lessons for My Sons From ‘Green Eggs and Ham”

    Marie Roker-Jones
    15 Mar 2014 | 3:43 am
    My sons and I are big Dr. Seuss fans and have shared many wonderful nights reading treasured favorites such as The Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, If I Ran the Zoo and Green Eggs and Ham. While our reading pastime has given us quality time together, I hadn’t given thought to some of the life lessons we can learn from these books.  Recently as I read Green Eggs and Ham with my 3 year old, I thought of all the things he could learn from the tenacious and persuasive  Sam-I-Am. 1. Be Proud of Your Name Right at the beginning, Sam I Am lets us know his full…
  • 8 Things I Want to Teach My Sons About Women

    Marie Roker-Jones
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    As the mom of two boys,  I often have to remind them (and myself) that I’m a woman first, a mom second. I remember when my teen son was little and he said he wanted to marry a woman just like me. I was flattered and scared at the same time. On one hand,  he must see good qualities in me that he would want in a future wife but on the other hand was it fair to expect his future wife to be a  Star Wars, Pokemon, Hot Wheels, Lego, SpongeBob loving ninja?  I now realize that at that age, the thought of his wife being like his mother was the coolest thing in the world. Now that he’s…
  • #MomsofBoysChat Fitness and Training for Life With @AmenZone

    1 Jan 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Join the #momsofboychat this Friday at 10pm Est as we welcome our co-host @AmenZone! Amen Iseghohi is the Founder and CEO of Amenzone Fitness and the Amenzone Fitness Franchising entity. He has both business and fitness background with a BA in International Business. Mr. Iseghohi also founded the Amenzone Foundation, a 501c3 created to help fight childhood obesity and encourage better self-esteem. The AmenZone PE Foundation is founded on the belief that many of the issues facing today’s youth are a result of low self-esteem, poor nutrition and lack of fitness.   Amen is giving away…
  • Mom, Make a Promise to Yourself in 2014

    Marie Roker-Jones
    1 Jan 2014 | 4:00 am
    Dear Mom, It’s the first day of 2014, and it’s a good time to jump start on taking care of the most important person in your world: YOU! Yes, your children important too, but how good of a mom can you be when you’re tired, weary, anxious, frustrated, desperate, overwhelmed and angry. How much longer can you go on, letting others take a priority in your life. What good is it to be resentful of others because you don’t ask for help or support. Isn’t it time you did something for yourself without feeling guilty about it? Let this be the year you are a top priority!
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • Tentacles New Monterey Bay Aquarium Exhibit Now Open! #Tentacles @SeeMonterey

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    My trip to Monterey to experience the Tentacles exhibit was covered, but all opinions are my own. This past Saturday, something truly magical happened at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the new Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefish exhibit opened with a bang, and is the largest exhibit of the cephalopod family to open anywhere in the world. I was lucky enough to have
  • BlendIt - A New Way to Share Memories with Friends and Family

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    This post is brought to you in collaboration with BlendIt. There are a million photo sharing apps out there, and they all do different things. What I have never seen before though is a photo-sharing app that not only allows you to invite friends and family members to view your photos and videos, but to contribute photos and videos of their own from a specific event to "blend" all your memories
  • How to Have a Great Summer Cookout

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine. Summer is right around the corner, and boy are we ready for it. The boys and I head off for our 70 day summer road trip in less that 30 days. With our summer camping trips come plenty of grilling out. I have found over our many many cookouts that there are a few things you can do to make sure you have a great time with
  • Creamy Spinach and Bacon Dip

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    This post brought to you by Sam’s Club. All opinions are 100% mine. With the end of the basketball season comes a lot of parties and events with friends and family as everyone gears up for the big game. Although I am not a huge basketball fan, many people in my family, my mom first and foremost, look forward to the end of the season games. What better way to celebrate than with some
  • Pull Yourself Up by the Bootstraps and Keep Good Going

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    This post was sponsored by New York Life. Find out how New York Life can help you and your family Keep Good Going by visiting "Pull yourself up by the bootstraps." That is a phrase that has been ingrained in my head ever since I can remember. It is a phrase that became my mom's fix-all solution to anything bad that might have befallen me in my life. When I
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • 5 Kitchen Essentials

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    If there is one space in our flat that I love organizing and cleaning, it's none other than our kitchen. Mainly because it is where our food which nourishes our body were prepared and cooked with love and passion.Here are my top 5 kitchen essentials:1) built in stove and oven2) microwave oven 3) eco-friendly refrigerator4) tableware organizer5) pot & pan organizer
  • Places of Interest in Malacca: Walking Distance from Hotels

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    What I loved about our recent trip to Malacca is the accessibility of many places of interest from our hotel. All the places we explored are walking distance from Equatorial Hotel (you can find my hotel review here), Hatten Hotel, and Holiday Inn among many other hotels around the heritage city. We did not spend a single cent for transportation except for the Melaka River Cruise.Here are the list of places you can explore by foot from Equatorial Hotel:1. Proclamation of Independence Memorial HallIf you wish to traverse back the road leading to Malaysia's independence, this is the perfect…
  • Essential Ways To Encourage Family Interaction and Not Drift Apart

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    The pressures on all of us are greater than ever before, be they social or financial. More people than ever are seeking consultations with their doctors and being placed on antidepressants because they feel they cannot cope, For anyone, this condition is devastating, and if a person lives alone, the extreme emotions are often amplified.For those lucky enough to have a family, it is possible that by all pulling together, external pressures can be shut out at night giving everyone a chance to heal from the day they have just endured. This goes for the children too, being at school these days is…
  • I Am Lost...

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:16 pm
    As a blogger, that is. When my blog's PR dropped from 2 to 0 last week, I was heartbroken. I instantaneously lost my blogging mojo entirely. For me and for many other bloggers out there, blogging IS a hard work. We bloggers usually rack our brains to come up with a good article for our readers.  We spend our precious time resizing and styling photos for the articles that we write. We bravely take the risk of being judged for sharing personal information and photos online. I could go on and on, but you get the drift.Just when I took the pains of producing good content to,…
  • Fashion Friday: 3 Models I Admire

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Confession: I don't look good all the time. Just like other mommies out there, you can always catch me wearing devil-may-care clothes with no make up while running errands or window shopping around the city. Having said that, if you check out my instagram account, you will uncover that I follow a number of fashion icons. Although I am not a true blue fashionista, I do love dressing up and looking good (if not great).Here are 3 of the many fashion icons who inspire the way I dress when the occasions calls for it.1. Adriana LimaThis Brazilian model and actress is an epitome of model…
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    Kids in Sports | Character Building | JBM Thinks

  • Family Priorities Vs Youth Sports: Who Wins this Tug of War?

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Clashes between family priorities and youth sports are inevitable. It is a tug-of-war that causes conflict in many homes and on many teams. Things crop up: dentist appointments, family vacations, family emergencies. And sometimes it’s just the conflict of a double-booked calendar forcing parents to choose what gets the boot: youth sports or the event? […]
  • How Well Do You Know Your Child?

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you really know your child? We all think we know our kids; after all we live in the same house, we’ve raised them and cared for them. That automatically means we know them, right? I once heard a story about a pro basketball player who found out one day when talking with a friend […]
  • 15 Facts About Youth Sports That You Should Know

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you know the facts about youth sports? Youth sports is big business. It is so huge that we can only guess at how large it has grown. I’ve seen estimates of over 21 million all the way to 35 million for kids ages 5-18. You may not even care about the numbers because you […]
  • 5 Ways to Build Team Unity in Youth Sports

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Team unity in youth sports does not just happen by chance. If your child has played for a team that had good chemistry, you know how important it is. Team unity can determine the success of your child’s team. If your child’s team has great talent, it won’t matter if they can’t get along and […]
  • Your Parenting Self Worth: Not Your Child’s Responsibility!

    7 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Is your parenting self worth based on the performance of your kids? Whether we mean to or not, we often attach our success as a parent–our self worth as a parent or person–to how awesome our kids are. Who doesn’t love being known as that amazing kid “Johnny’s mom” or that talented athlete “Susie’s dad”? […]
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • Getting Around Town With Two Kids as a One Car Family

    Darcy Zalewski
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    We received the double stroller featured for review. Post includes affiliate links. It’s not easy being a one car family, especially with two young children. When we first made the decision to drop down to one car, it was no big deal. Rissa was still a baby and my car had broken down beyond (affordable) repair. The savings of owning only one car was a no-brainer for us. Luckily, we live within walking distance from the library, bank, post office, park and a grocery store. Most of the time I didn’t need to go anywhere while Brian was at work. If I did or it was nice out, we could…
  • Time to Buy New Pants! {Weight Loss Update}

    Darcy Zalewski
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Getting healthy and losing weight have pros and cons, much like anything else. One of those is shopping for new clothes. I’ve been looking forward to needing new pants and I finally had to buy some on Saturday. All my pants are officially too big. A few pairs were already baggy, but several were literally falling off my ass. I’ve been trying to get by with a belt, but I ran out of notches. Seriously, if you can pull your pants down without undoing your belt on the last notch… you need new pants. Rockin' my new pants! So, I walked into Torrid, planning to try on size 16…
  • Celebrate Earth Day With Disneynature’s Bears Activity Packet! #MeetTheCubs

    Darcy Zalewski
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    When I was little, I pretty much equated Earth Day with recycling and planting trees. I think it was easier to involve a classroom in those types of activities. But, you can celebrate Earth Day in a variety of ways, including learning about animals. Learning about wildlife, their habitats and how to protect them are great ways to encourage children to learn about their world and how to treat it well. Next week on April 18th, Disneynature Bears will be in theaters. Use this activity packet as a way to get the kids excited about seeing the movie, to facilitate discussions afterwards, or for…
  • Dyeing Easter Eggs With Whipped Cream

    Darcy Zalewski
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Have you ever tried dyeing Easter eggs using whipped cream? After seeing a few posts on Pinterest using shaving cream, I wondered if I could swap ‘em. I liked the idea of an alternative fun-but-messy way to dye hard boiled eggs, but I wasn’t completely convinced it was toddler-friendly. Well, at least not MY toddler friendly. Rissa loves doing arts and crafts. Unfortunately, it’s hard to give her a space to create without Xander trying to join in. Most of the materials she can work with are too small or otherwise unsafe for him since he still puts everything in his mouth.
  • 10 Parenting Truths From Delivery Man #DeliveryManMovie

    Darcy Zalewski
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    We received a copy of this movie for review purposes. When I heard about Delivery Man, I looked forward to a funny movie. I figured it would be a feel-good comedy, but it delivered more than just warm fuzzy laughs. It delivered parenting truths. How many do you agree with? 10 Parenting Truths Learned From Delivery Man 1 – Humor is essential to parenting. 2 – You decide to BE a parent. An active parent. 3 – We may get frustrated and angry with our kids, but we still love them. 4 – Our kids make us vulnerable. 5 – We do what we can to help our kids out of a jam. 6…
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    Before the Baby Wakes

  • Guess who’s back, back again…

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

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

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

    Alexandria Campbell
    22 Aug 2013 | 7:41 am
    A few weeks ago I was up really late trolling my Feedly feed & came across this fantastic video that Rebecca of Girl’s Gone Child posted called Be A Man. Honestly. I am not a huge internet video person & when I realized it was almost 15 minutes long I was all “Can I just [...]The post things i want to teach my sons about being a man appeared first on Before the Baby Wakes.
  • I’m Having A Baby. Now What?! Breastfeeding Edition Pt. 2

    Alexandria Campbell
    19 Aug 2013 | 7:27 am
    Can you believe I have been a mom of two for almost a year now? This totally makes me a pro so I decided to give you legit & not funny hardy, har, har tips about being pregnant & being a mom. The first post in this series was Breastfeeding Edition Part 1. And now [...]The post I’m Having A Baby. Now What?! Breastfeeding Edition Pt. 2 appeared first on Before the Baby Wakes.
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    The Potty Diaries

  • Bribery and Corruption, Potski Mansions-Style

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    It's Spring Break here for all of 1 glorious week.  I know - not long enough, but I try to console myself with the longer summer holidays we get in recompense.  Doesn't work, but I do try...Unlike many of the families at the Boys' school (if I see one more fb posting showing pristine beaches or water parks I will be driven to... to... more chocolate, probably) we are staying put for this holiday, which is, I remind myself frequently - mainly when looking at fb - a Good Thing.  We've had a crazy start to the year, and the chance to stand still with no hard and fast schedule to…
  • Please hold, caller...

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    ... the person you are calling knows you are waiting.I'm fed up with the Blogger inhouse spam captcha*, so am currently trying to import a widget that will do the same job but without forcing commenters to read and retype incomprehensible strings of numbers and letters. In the long term this should make life easier for people wanting to comment.In the short term, it seems to mean that nobody can...
  • Who says we have to act our age?

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    I have just been indulging myself - to the delighted embarrassment of my older son - in a spot of chair dancing to this... One of the things about getting older is that people stop thinking you want to kick over the traces, let alone that you actually will.  Or maybe that's just one of the limitations I place upon myself, I don't know.  Certainly it's a lot harder to get up the morning after drinking too much the night before, to the extent that generally it's easier to put the brakes on and avoid the hangover in the first place.  But that doesn't mean I don't ever want to go…
  • How to tell your car was WAY overdue a wash...

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:16 am
    Moscow is a mucky city.  Not in the sense of being covered in litter - it isn't, it's admirably tidy - but as far as the dirt is concerned.  The authorities try to keep a handle on it, they really do, with fleets of orange trucks travelling in convey along the streets and spraying water to keep the dust down, but it's a thankless and interminable task.  I suspect that the reasons for this are multiple; pollution, open ground, power stations in the city (although I suppose that falls under pollution), the number of cars on the streets (ah - pollution again), and diesel trucks.
  • Today's definition of 'Irony'

    24 Mar 2014 | 11:14 am
    It was a beautiful day, today.  The sun was shining and not in Moscow's usual 'bright blue but minus 5degreesC' March kind of way, but in an 'Oh my god it's still March, but it's +18degC and I am TOTALLY wearing the wrong shoes to drop the kids off at school' kind of way.So I hotfooted it (quite literally) home and changed out of my trusty Timberland knee-high boots and into a pair of ecco bowling shoes.What I did not do - crucially - was change my thick winter socks.  So a couple of hours later I found myself yomping through the middle of town on a series of errands in shoes…
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    Abundant Mama

  • A Rant Against Busyness + A Poem

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    This morning, I read poetry to the girls while they waited for their time on the clock to leave for school. We changed some things around in their lives to give them more time in the mornings. In fact, we switched schools and the change gave them an extra hour and a half every morning to, you know, disagree over who’s turn it is to feed the guinea pigs. So, I read to them. Because slow, joyful mornings are important to us. In today’s case I read poetry. “Go write down on a piece of paper your favorite word,” I told them. They rush off to find a pencil and paper and…
  • Understanding the Seasons of Motherhood

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:34 pm
    The clock on the nightstand says exactly 8:22 p.m. I’m in my pajamas already. We just exchanged our nightly, “Love you to the moon and back, don’t let the bed bugs bite, see you in the morning” handshake (times two). And I happily crawl into bed, faithfully write in my gratitude journal, do some mindful centering and consciously turn out the light so I can read in the dark on my e-reader. This isn’t how it always is around here. Often, I’m up late doing stuff, dabbling in this or that or at the very least plotting and planning for tomorrow. But not this…
  • Choosing Happiness Over Anger

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    I love happy mama stories. Here’s another real-mama story straight from The Abundant Mama Project. This personal story about choosing happiness over anger by Scottie really makes me smile. Please leave her a comment telling her how great she’s doing. By Scottie Gilligan Our family life was stressed when I first signed up for The Abundant Mama Project (AMP) program. I was searching for solutions to my 4-year-old daughter’s behavior issues. I was finding myself yelling more and more and becoming frustrated with not being able to control her behavior. I felt like a prisoner and…
  • How To Be A Present Parent

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Missed moments. So many missed moments. Doing this. Planning that. Going here. Stressing about that. So. Many. Missed. Moments. What does it mean to be a present parent? I’m in full-blown Abundant Mama mode now as I gear up to lead dozens of women on their own journey to present, playful and peaceful motherhood. I’m always a better mother when I lead this program that helps you be a more present parent. Always. And, what’s more, my coaching circle — currently just for AMP alumni — is focused on deep, intensive journaling this month and so I’m feeling…
  • How To Be a More Energetic Mom

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    This past Sunday, I did something I rarely do. I stayed in my pajamas most of the day. And I took not just one nap, but two. I read nearly 100 pages in a new novel on my e-reader. And I did very little. It was not a funk. It was pure indulging. As someone who runs a mile a minute even when standing still, this was a really important day for me and my mental capacity. Every other day of my life, I am pretty much a firestorm of ideas and motivation. I accomplish a lot in a day. Other women often ask me how I manage it all. I credit all that I do — and all that I don’t do — to…
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    Project Motherhood

  • 10 Signs You’re Overdue For a Mommy Makeover

    Allison Cooper
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    As soon as we are given the title, “Mom,” we pretty much strive for perfection in all that we do. Strive being the key word here. But gosh…it gets exhausting, doesn’t it?! We can’t think of everything at every minute of the day, and it’s very easy to go from having everything seemingly under control to just about losing it on 0.008 seconds. So, what is the first thing we put on the back burner? Ourselves, of course! We are so worried about how our kids look in public, making sure they ate all their vegetables, and made it to their last milestone doctor’s appointment that often…
  • Pear Shaped Body: Bathing Suits That Fit

    Allison Cooper
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hello, pretty ladies! Time to tackle our second installment in our Dressing for your Body Shape category: shopping for bathing suits for the pear shaped body! Pear Shaped Body: Bathing Suit Shopping De-Coded! Our pear shaped body ladies tend to be more bottom heavy and carry extra weight in the hip, butt and thigh areas. The best way to combat your “problem areas” is to wear pieces on top that will help balance out the bottom half by drawing attention upwards or disguising where you need to. And depending on what kind of pear you are, sometimes simply highlighting the best part of…
  • Fashion Forward: New Clothing Designers We Love!

    Allison Cooper
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    Happy Fashion Monday, Lovelies! We all know that there are so many GREAT designers out there that have made their iconic marks on the fashion industry (Coco Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen…just to name a few!), but one of our absolute favorite things to do is meet new clothing designers that are doing groundbreaking things. This past season, I had the amazing opportunity to meet two designers that I am officially obsessed with: Ashley Zygmunt of ZAMRIE and Deanna Ansara of Vincetta. I’m so excited to share an exclusive interview that I got to do with both designers so that…
  • Shopping The Latest Spring Trends: Fringe Is In!

    Allison Cooper
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Happy Shopping Friday, ladies! Back whenever I wrote the article Trend Report: Spring 2014 Fashion Trends, I told you all that we would be diving head first into some fun spring trends over the next month to show you some easy ways to wear them that are seriously effortless in the grand scheme of things. Fashion can be easy, and we at Project Motherhood are going to show you how! One of my favorite trends for spring 2014 is FRINGE! Yes, designers are adding this fun embellishment to absolutely everything and is it super easy to wear, while being casual and fun! As always, I’ve partnered…
  • Throwback Thursday Linkup #6

    Allison Cooper
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    Who doesn’t love a little #TBT? Sometimes our greatest posts don’t get enough love – so here’s your chance to let them shine! Welcome to our Throwback Thursday Weekly Link-up! Add a link to a blog post you think deserves to be in the spotlight again (as long as it fits the weekly theme!) and we’ll all show it some love and attention! Hosted By:   Ways You Can Follow your hosts: Stephanie B. from / Facebook / Google + / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram Destiny P. from Blog / Facebook /Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram…
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    The Mommist

  • Summer Pick: Shake ‘n Go Smoothie Maker

    Len Dela Cruz
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Just alerting you of a marked down summer essential that I'm excited to try!You know how almost everyone is getting into the healthy habit by going for au natural fruit juices and smoothies? Homemade smoothies tops the commercial ones still, of course. You can modify what goes into your drink according to your preference and can boost its healthy factor by freeing it of unnecessary add-ons.Shake ‘n Go Smoothie Maker enables you to create healthy beverages on a whim! What's even better is the portable container it comes with! The no-spill portable container has a built-in spout so you can…
  • Silk Road Thai Cuisine by Chef Cecille Chang

    Len Dela Cruz
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Those who are searching for distinguishable Thai food should head over to this lovely restaurant at the ground floor of Net Quad Corporate Center called Silk Road. What mostly sets this apart from the vast choices of Thai restos in the Metro is the curatorial role of chef and owner, Cecille Chang. The gorgeous chef extensively studied the cuisine in Thailand for one year.Thai food is a hit or miss in this part of the world. I think, mostly it's because some are tempered for the Filipino palate. That's still a good thing, I guess; but when you want something spot-on, Silk Road is the resto for…
  • Crush of the Week: Ampersand As Apostrophe One Totes

    Len Dela Cruz
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    I always salivate over bags that are austere, possess clean lines, and devoid of screaming logos. Of course, the quality of the material should be great enough to get me an awesome mileage out of it. I'm betting on these Ampersand As Apostrophe One Totes to be all that. Ampersand As Apostrophe One Totes has the aesthetic pull of a Mansur Gavriel, but the leather is softer compared to the latter. This one has a rugged vibe what with the unfinished edges and exposed stitching. I'm losing sleep over the Half Buffalo Ox Blood Tote!  Ain't she a beauté?HALF WHITEHALF CAMEL…
  • Of Cards, Ex-Libris, and Rings

    Len Dela Cruz
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    I believe that I'm one of a handful few who still sends out real cards during occasions to family and friends. I could be wrong though. Just like I said on my post more than a year ago, I rarely get anything back. Even though they are ungrateful and lazy {you know who you are}, I still do it, and I will continue to do it. I have a very throwback attitude most of the time, I guess.Aside from celebration cards, I also like correspondence cards {that doubles as a gift card} and ex libris.  I often have a bunch in stock. I'm out of ex libris though. Actually, I placed some on my books then I…
  • Lupita Nyong'o is Lancôme's New Ambassadress

    Len Dela Cruz
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    It's about time!Lupita Nyong'o is the new ambassadress of Lancôme! The actress is reportedly the first black model for the brand. In her statement, Lupita said that she is "particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself.”She created such a huge impression on me the very first time I saw her photo. She's unquestionably pretty, has a great figure, smart, and dresses impeccably. Plus, she is the only woman I know who made a hi-top fade look elegant.
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  • Walt Wednesdays | Dreaming Up Disneyland

    Bob Aycock
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Hello, friends! It has been too long since I wrote a Walt Wednesdays post, and that must be corrected. Today I have been inspired by Uncle Walt’s dream of creating a place where parents and their children could have fun together. Walt Disney dreamed up the idea of Disneyland on a park bench while watching […]
  • Sleepless Beauty

    Bob Aycock
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    Dearest Elisabeth, Thank you for sleeping in this morning. I would also like it if you would go back to sleeping through the night. I know once your sister gets here that she will be waking up often, so please let Daddy and Mommy save our restless nights until then. I do love the extra […]
  • It’s Me and You, Boy

    Bob Aycock
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I had a reflective moment during this morning’s commute to school. As usual Robert and I were listening to one of my Disney CDs, when “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story came on. We started singing along and I asked Robert if he remembered singing it when he was little on the […]
  • Happiness is a State of Mind

    Bob Aycock
    5 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    If you constantly complain about everything and only see the negative in life, I honestly feel bad for you. Lighten up and live a little. Do I complain? Yes. Can I be a negative person sometimes? Yes. I do not let these things define me, however, and I do my best to provide a positive […]
  • Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Bob Aycock
    14 Feb 2014 | 11:10 am
    Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Stop by the official Walt Disney World Facebook page to share some special #DisneySide Valentines like the one below. Everyone has a Disney Side. Have you found your romantic Disney Side lately? From work to school, from carpools to meal times, there doesn’t ever seem to be enough time in the […]
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    The Kerrie Show

  • Michael's 11th Birthday Party in Pictures

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    My mom could not make this party and my dad and stepmom had taken Michael out for a special lunch and present-shopping in lieu of the crazy party day, so here are some photos courtesy of Angeliina Lawson!
  • Monday's Chicken Theme: Cuddling vs. Eating

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Today was another blast.:Finished proofreading my friend Christine Shuck's kick-ass book War's End, Book One: The Storm because Book Two is done and being looked over once more by her so I can proof it soon! Watched her daughter for a while today. Her daughter says I am like her second mom, which made me cry!Found out from the eye doc that Callie's broken glasses frames will need to be sent out, so there's a week for her without her glasses.Delivered Jamberry nails to my peeps who ordered.When Christine and Dave picked up their daughter they had bought chicks for egg-laying later on!
  • HuluPlus Review

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    I have not had cable TV in a million years. Mr. Kerrie won't let us get it. He probably knows we would veg out in front of it too much. Or maybe we wouldn't. I don't know. The thing is, we would also need a DVR because we are on the go so much and I would want to record a few of my favorite shows. I don't have many. I don't have the time to watch a lot of TV. I just want to chill sometimes in the morning with The Real Housewives on in the background while I'm writing or doing some mindless thing online that counts as work while the kids sleep.So my mom has been VIDEOTAPING shows for me since…
  • Happy 11th Birthday to Michael!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This is my second-born punkin, Michael Aron. He is half in a hole that his dad dug for a fence he was moving. Michael is my zen kid ... happy to hang around the house and play Legos. Super honest. Super smart. Practical.I about started crying in Hyvee the other night when I had to pick out candles ... two number ones to make 11. How can he be that old? I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday.I love you, Michael! I hope you have a great day hanging with your friends and Tutu and Cathy and having Pizza Hut for lunch and Daddy's spaghetti and meatballs with Texas toast for dinner.
  • My Date With 4-Year-Old Samuel

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    In the interest of my own time (sorry!), I am sending you to this post I did on Bubblews about my date with Samuel.There are 3 pictures over there but here are some different photos!
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    A Juggling Mom

  • Child Label – Personalised Designer Labels {Review and Giveaway}

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Ask any parent whose kids attend playschool, childcare or even Sunday school and they’ll tell you that everything needs to... Continue reading » The post Child Label – Personalised Designer Labels {Review and Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Disconnect to reconnect

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    If there is one thing that most mums want in their lives, it’s more time in any given day. As... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Disconnect to reconnect appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Making time for exercise

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Who has time for exercise? As a working mum I can definitely relate to that. After work, I come home... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Making time for exercise appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Not perfect but still wonderful

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Lately I’ve been feeling a sense of dissatisfaction with my life. You know the kind of feeling when you  catch... Continue reading » The post Not perfect but still wonderful appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • iLights 2014

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:24 pm
    iLights returns this year at the Marina Bay Waterfront. I remembered how the whole waterfront being lighted up by the... Continue reading » The post iLights 2014 appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • 9 Gentle Parenting Hacks That Really Work

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    (I originally wrote this article for Parenting in a gentle and respectful way is no easy task, especially when your child is ignoring you, refusing to cooperate, or outright defying your every request. Sometimes offering a bit more direction can be helpful, but other times, it seems no matter what you do, you end up locked in a power struggle, feeling frustrated, and wondering what you’re doing wrong. After all, they’re supposed to WANT to cooperate when we treat them with love and respect, right? If only it were that easy. During my years as a preschool teacher and a nanny,…
  • What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Experienced a Loss

    4 Mar 2014 | 2:07 pm
    It’s hard to know what to say to someone who is mourning a loss, but there are several things that we’d all very much appreciate if you’d remove from your “comforting words” list. 1)   “Well, it could be worse. At least you weren’t farther along, I have a friend/sister/cousin who…” (insert a story of horrific loss here) I can’t tell you how many well meaning friends messed this one up, but I’m pretty sure that anyone who has experienced a loss is well aware of all the even worse things that could happen. Trust me, when we discovered we had…
  • 5 Ways Bringing Montessori Home Makes Life Easier

    3 Feb 2014 | 9:58 am
    There are lots of reasons why I love Montessori education. It’s respectful, holistic, intellectually and socially stimulating, and child-directed. But one of my favorite things about Montessori is how much easier it is to be an adult spending time with children in a Montessori environment than it is in most any other environment. Here are the top five reasons why bringing Montessori philosophies into your home will make your life much easier. 1)   Cooperation and community mindedness are built in In the Montessori classroom the children are a community. Everyone works together to keep the…
  • My 10 Most Popular Posts of 2013

    7 Jan 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Wow, 2013 was quite a year, wasn’t it? I started working as the office manager at my husband’s chiropractic office, continued coaching, spoke at a conference, and suffered a missed miscarriage. I also got my first tattoo and got pregnant again! Our daughter Julia started preschool at River Song School, a wonderful non-profit Montessori school here in Bend, OR. And ever since she started school, it seems like she, my husband and I have been fighting off one cold or illness after another. Through it all, I’ve done my best to keep writing and connecting with other like-minded parents,…
  • 4 Secrets to Mindful Giving During the Holidays

    3 Dec 2013 | 10:24 am
    Guest Post by Megan deBoer As parents, we are often filled with conflicting desires during the holidays: we want to satisfy our children’s wishes, we want to make the holiday magical, we want to create our own family traditions all without causing financial stress and unwelcome credit card bills.  And so we try to plan… Yet despite our best planning, there can come a moment during the whirlwind and heightened emotions of the holiday season when we find ourselves making impulsive, reactive, and unconscious spending choices.  We can be swept up in the mood, the beautiful display, the…
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  • Giggle Giggle Giveaway

    Erica Price
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Recently we reviewed a lovely beach robe and a dressing gown from Giggle Giggle.  The good news is that 92three30 readers have a chance to win some Giggle Giggle clothes too.  We have either a boy’s Denim Stones Cuddle Fleece Top or a girl’s Love Hearts Cuddle Fleece Top to give away to 2 lucky winners.  The winners will have a choice of either the 9-12 months size or the 12-18 months.To enter follow the instructions in the rafflecopter below.Competition Terms and Conditions1. No bulk, third-party or automated entries.2. Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 years or older.3.
  • Frankie & Benny’s at Birmingham Airport

    Erica Price
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    It can be difficult to work out how you are going to have your meals when you are flying.  On flight meals are often poor value for money and you can be kept waiting for them to be served.  If you’ve had to leave home at an inconvenient time for a meal or have had to travel a distance to get to the airport, eating at the airport can make a lot of sense.Frankie and Benny’s at Birmingham Airport is situated Landside, but they are fully geared up to you having to get through Security to get onto your flight.  I’m always intrigued with the logistics of how companies like…
  • My Seven Year Old Boy

    Erica Price
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I’ve been meaning to write this post for a couple of weeks as H turned seven at the end of March.  We have just had an insanely busy couple of weeks and we are now emerging out of that and into the Easter holidays.Seven seems very grown up when you say it.  It means that before long he’ll be in the Juniors at school.  He’s going to be expected to do more for himself and become more independent.  And yet, he still seems so little too.I had a little look back to his sixth birthday and tried to work out what’s changed this year.  Back then he’d only lost 1 milk…
  • Moosicology Review

    Erica Price
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    When the opportunity to try out Moosicology arrived in my inbox, I wasn’t sure whether to accept or not.  In the end, I had a chat with H about it and we joinly decided to give it a go.  I was a bit concerned whether H would be too old for it.  Liisa who set up Moosicology had reassured me on that front as her boy is about the same age as H, but I still had a few doubts.  The age range is set as 0-7 years.  We got Moosicology only a few weeks before H’s 7th birthday, so he’s at the top end of the range.For a while now I’ve been asking H whether he was interested…
  • Meet The Penguins

    Erica Price
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:14 pm
    At the end of last year I told you about the Penguin Ice Adventure that was coming to Sea Life, Birmingham.  Well the wait is now over and the penguins have arrived.  H was very much up for seeing the penguins at Sea Life Birmingham: he’s always been a bit of a penguin fan.The penguins have their enclosure set up near the entrance, so they are the first thing you see on your tour.  They are also the last thing you see as you finish.  When you first go in, you can see the area where the penguins can bask on the ice.  Some of them seemed to be enjoying a snooze, but a couple were…
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  • Interesting Article

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    How to Stop Being Helicopter Parents - One Day They Will Fly the Coop What Happens When Overprotected Kids Leave Home? Even the most coddled child has to untie the apron strings eventually. (One historical exception: When Douglas MacArthur entered West Point as a cadet, his helicopter mom moved into an apartment near the grounds, […] The post Interesting Article appeared first on Helicoptermamma.
  • New Ladies Tees

    6 Mar 2014 | 3:33 pm
    We have some new ladies t-shirt designs that will be listed for sale in our store in a few days.  Take a look at some of the exciting colors.  We gave you moms exactly what you asked for – you wanted pretty, bright and feminine colors and that’s what we did.  Take a look for yourself […] The post New Ladies Tees appeared first on Helicoptermamma.
  • Girl Scouts

    17 Feb 2014 | 5:30 pm
    I’ve not been getting out much but yesterday I made a quick run to the market and I saw my favorite cookies – there they were sitting on tables outside of the market in cute little, colorful boxes being sold by Girl Scouts.  My favorite are the shortbread ones – yummy goodness in every bite.  I […] The post Girl Scouts appeared first on Helicoptermamma.
  • Surfing, Are You Serious?!!

    10 Feb 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Doesn’t this look like fun?  It’s better for the kids to take surfing lessons, rather than go out into the ocean to actually learn how to surf.  Stay warm as you watch these kids having fun surfing.  Mother knows it’s better to practice first before doing the real thing.  Those waves can be a little […] The post Surfing, Are You Serious?!! appeared first on Helicoptermamma.
  • New Products Coming Soon

    22 Jan 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Our products page in the coming weeks will feature many new products.  New products, which you’ve requested will be added during the month of February 2014.  If you have written us with requests regarding diaper bags, they will be coming soon.  Also, I will be back to work (blogging and responding to your emails) very […] The post New Products Coming Soon appeared first on Helicoptermamma.
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • Can't Think Of A Title For This One...

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    This post is about nothing and everything. So unless you're Seinfeld, how can you title something like that?Today as the kids and I went through our morning ritual of listening to Top 100 tunes while dancing around the kitchen making breakfast, feeding the dogs and the guinea pig, chugging coffee (me, not the kids) and making lunches, "Summer" by Calvin Harris came on. (The video is below in case you haven't heard it yet).After the first verse my son said, "How is that even allowed? Isn't that name calling?"How was what name calling? The dude is singing about some chick he met in the summer.
  • Funny But Not

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    You know those moments when you're half sobbing, half laughing, mortified but not enough to be blind to the humour of the situation? Of course these simulhumourous events are funnier when they happen to other people. But it seems they happen to me more than the average Joe.Like... It's funny, but totally not whenyou drive over the edge of a snowbank, expecting it to be soft and squishy, when in fact it's frozen solid like a block of cement. There's a deafening thunk as your hubcap flies off. When you realize what happened, you must reverse and slink out of your car to retrieve your hubcap,…

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    When I declined my son's invitation to go for a bike ride, he asked if I was sick. The fact that I was doubled over, holding my midriff probably gave him that idea.I wasn't sick. I just wasn't thrilled about mounting my bike. I also wasn't interested in horseback riding, frolicking on the beach in my bathing suit or doing gymnastics, if you catch my drift.I was a crampy, bloated nightmare. The only thing I was interested in was a heating pad and to be left alone. However, I felt I owed my son an explanation. He knows all about the birds and the bees. We had that talk ages ago. And though we…
  • Wishing You A Very Hairy April Fools' Day

    31 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    As usual I've left April Fools' prank planning to the last minute. I toyed with the idea of trading our bald skinny pig with a friend's furry guinea pig for the day. My children would awaken on April 1st to find bald-as a-baby's-bottom Ernie had suddenly sprouted hair over night. Fun, right? Probably not as fun for my friend's kids who would awaken to the shock of finding a bald guinea pig. That kind of sh*t leaves emotional scars. Thinking I'll shelf that idea. For now. Speaking of cavy savvy gags, back in 2000, The Independent newspaper in the UK reported that researchers had developed a…
  • Digital Health Rocks My World

    28 Mar 2014 | 6:02 am
    This post is part of the and Canada Health Infoway #DigitalHealthAndYou sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.  Since I’m a pragmatist (yet another -ist in our lengthy "ist list") I compiled our daughter’s complex medical history—doctor and therapist information, appointment dates, test results and educational assessments in one central and portable location…hence the behemoth medical binder I took with me to every single…
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  • 40 days of gratitude: Day 37

    My Asparagus Pee
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Day 37: April 16th, 2014And other times, the words don't have to come from me at all. “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”― Meister EckhartThank you. This post is part of a series. You can learn more about this gratitude experiment here.  To see the previous day, click here.
  • 40 days of gratitude: Day 36

    My Asparagus Pee
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Day 36: April 15th, 2014I sat down to write this yesterday and I choked. It's nebulous and personal and scares me a little to put out there (yes, even I have limits) but I feel like I have been dancing around the edges of it for 35 days now and in the interest of authenticity and growth and betterment, its time I try to put words around it. So here goes nothing. I taught yoga last night, the first class in a new six week session, and I never know who, if anyone, is signed up and coming until I show up for that first class. Well, last night only two people showed, and for a fleeting…
  • 40 days of gratitude: Day 34

    My Asparagus Pee
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Day 34: April 12th, 2014I make fat babies. All four of my babes have been squishy things with rolls and big cheeks that you just want to take a bite out of. By the fourth one I have just come to expect it, and hope that maybe my arms will get a little toned from having to carry his little fat self around all day. By the time they are old enough to start running around they always slim down, so Gabby is starting to lose a little of her chunk as we speak, and I am a little sad about it. She has the BEST belly, I like to just grab a hunk of it in my hands and tell her how much I love her awesome…
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  • Conversations in My Head Using Words

    29 Mar 2014 | 9:33 am
    I’m working on words now. Using them to get things, I mean. I know I want some apricots, and I can say want, which is a pretty short sentence. Sometimes I’ve lengthened the sentence to want apricot.  When I need to make it the sentence a little longer longer, I just say: want want want want want want want wantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwant, and end it with a sinus-clearing scream. This is effective. It’s not the scream. It’s the repetition that does the trick. Like pets, parents require repetition in order to learn. You wouldn’t expect your dog to sit…
  • It’s Happy Day, so I am Watching a Screen

    21 Mar 2014 | 11:57 am
    They tell me that it’s Happy Day today and we all should be dancing. You can see somebody behind me dancing in the video. But I want to call your attention to something else. There is a rectangle in front of me, just out of the frame, with a man on it, and he is singing. If anybody can explain this to me, other than saying it is some kind of weird magic, I would appreciate it. I just realized that the person dancing around me is my mom, and she is busting some of her best moves and even diving in for some closeups, but apparently she hasn’t heard that this is the age of screens,…
  • Tantrums

    blog admin
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:34 pm
    You wouldn’t think you’d be able to have a tantrum about lemon water. After all, the primary consumers of lemon water are spiritual women in their mid-40s and early 50s, and they’re not really prone to tantrums. Meltdowns and, you know, crying jags, but not tantrums. We are solidly in the tantrum zone these days. Our nearly-21-month-old child has conceived a great passion for lemon water, and he’s added it to his list of things to have a tantrum about. It’s a growing list, and it includes noticing and not being able to have any product that is present on a…
  • Don’t Try this at Home – Try it in a Playground

    11 Feb 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Please, please I beg you to wear a seatbelt when you watch this video. After you watch,  do not go out and try something like this without the close supervision of your mommy. I mean it. Now take a deep breath and press play. When your breathing has slowed down enough to concentrate, you can keep reading. Ready?  Ok. Was that a frickin’ cliffhanger, or what? No special effects required! No stunt double. It was a first take and I nailed it. You probably know that I do all my own stunts, including this one, and also I do all stunts involving throwing stuffed animals out of my crib. I do…
  • Coffee Bar Review: Hipsterism

    blog admin
    10 Feb 2014 | 11:48 am
    Editor’s note: From time to time this blog veers off the baby track to cover reviews of coffee bars. This is one of those times. If you’re not interested in coffee, wait. There will be another baby blog soon. Let’s get this out of the way: suspenders have their place during enticingly cross-dressy stagings of Cabaret, but otherwise, when worn by anybody over the age of six, they are annoying. Suspenders, alas, are a central prop in the fussy hipster ethos of Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. One thing about Intelligentsia is that the coffee is good. The baristas can pull a shot…
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  • What happened to Jamie Lannister?

    Nicole orriëns
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
    After plouging my way through the first three seasons, I had finally found a good reason to keep watching Game of Thrones: Jamie Lannister. Game of Thrones: lots of political backstabbing in the dark For those of you who don’t know Game of Thrones: it’s an HBO series with lots of violence, sex and about […] The post What happened to Jamie Lannister? appeared first on Momfever.
  • Where did my profile picture go in Google search results?

    Nicole orriëns
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
      Did you jump through all the required hoops to get Google Authorship, zo you could have your picture in Google’s search results? I did! And it actually worked. Where did my picture go?! Until sometime during december 2013. Suddenly my picture went missing. At first I though it was my fault. That I had […] The post Where did my profile picture go in Google search results? appeared first on Momfever.
  • Vintage children’s dress

    Nicole orriëns
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    The good thing of having an attic full of stuff, is that it’s like having your own little thrift shop! Look what I found yesterday. This little, frilly children’s dress. I put it in the washing machine, and when it came out I hung it in a tree to dry. It looked so joyful, gently […] The post Vintage children’s dress appeared first on Momfever.
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  • Top 10 Craziest Things that Happened in My House Last Week (No. 1)

    Colleen Stout
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    1. Wade “cleaned” the bathroom with toothpaste. An entire, brand new tube of toothpaste. It was all over the counter, vanity, wall and bathtub. The sink is now completely plaque free. 2. We tried the Waffle Taco from Taco Bell. I was curious. I mean, it has bacon in it. How can anything with bacon in it be bad? Well, it can. Taco Bell figured out how to do the impossible, ruin bacon. 3. ALL of the snow in our yard finally melted and when it thawed I found a cup, towel, t-shirt and two pairs of Wade’s shoes. I looked for those shoes all winter. 4. We played outside without…
  • How to Make Your Boys Think You’re Awesome

    Colleen Stout
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:13 pm
    I never thought my obsession with boots would give me common ground for bonding with my boys. I have lots of boots. It’s shameful. No one needs that many pairs. They’re a guilty pleasure. A boot habit can get expensive, so I have a little agreement with myself. I’m only allowed to buy one new pair a year. I carefully curate my collection. You need just the right boot for every outfit and situation. I have flat boots, heeled boots, casual boots, dressy boots and rugged boots. I mulled over my latest purchase last fall and decided to add a pair of cowboy boots to my…
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  • Parent Blogging All Stars #27: Make, Do and Push!

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Parent Blogging All Stars #27: Make, Do and Push! This week’s Parent Blogging All Star is Hannah from Make, Do and Push.  Hannah got into blogging to document her journey into motherhood.  Find out more about her here:   Your Name: Hannah Blog Name: Make, Do and Push! What are the sexes and ages of your children?: I have … Continued From: KiddyCharts [beta] - A helping hand for your little stars
  • All I seem to say is “No” – Why it leads to negative feelings

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    All I seem to say is “No” – Why it leads to negative feelings   Do you, like me, sometimes feel all you say is NO? There are some days when I feel I have said no all day long. ‘No you can’t do that’ ‘No you can’t have that’ ‘Don’t do that’ ‘Leave your brother alone’ ‘Leave your sister alone’ ‘STOP’ It can … Continued From: KiddyCharts [beta] - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Easter Coloring Pages: The Easter Bunny Comes to play!

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Easter Coloring Pages: The Easter Bunny Comes to play! Last week we had a few Easter colouring pages, and today guess what – we have some more Easter coloring pages! The time though, there are a few different themes for you all, with an Easter Bunny, a lovely little Easter chick, and some rather gorgeous Daffodils. Plenty to let … Continued From: KiddyCharts [beta] - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting Pin it Party #48

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting Pin it Party #48 Last week we were near Mont Blanc, skiing and having fun with the kids, sitting and chilling for those of us that don’t do skiing It hasn’t stopped me blogging though, so here we are again with the Parenting Pin it Party for this week. This time we are being … Continued From: KiddyCharts [beta] - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Saturday is Caption Day: Rambling over to us #SatCap

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Saturday is Caption Day: Rambling over to us #SatCap Mammasaurus has decided to pass on her wonderful Saturday is Caption Day linky to others having given it a wonderful start off every week for simply an absolutely age…! Myself, Ramblings of a Former Rock n’ Roll Mum, Keynko, and Mummy Barrow will be sharing the honours for the foreseeable … Continued From: KiddyCharts [beta] - A helping hand for your little stars
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  • Baby In Bloom Giveaway Event, Ends 5/2

    Diana Chastain
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Welcome to the Baby In Bloom GiveawayHosted by Miss Frugal Mommy & Sponsored by Baby Aspen About Baby Aspen:“Baby Aspen, a premier designer and manufacturer of boutique-quality baby gifts, is proud to be run by a team of dedicated, creative and talented professionals. We design baby gifts specifically to please both baby and new parents, with quality as our top priority. We understand your confidence in selecting a Baby Aspen gift is as important as your confidence in knowing that we deliver what we promise. Our retailers are carefully selected to ensure they hold the same high…
  • Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins Giveaway: Winner's Choice, Ends 5/1

    Diana Chastain
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome to the Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins GiveawayHosted by Miss Frugal Mommy & Sponsored by Freshly PickedAbout Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins100% Genuine Leather Moccasins Each item in our shop is hand made in the U.S.A. and ready to ship “Freshly Picked moccasins feature a unique design with elastic at the opening. Our shoes are easy to put on, easy to take off, and most importantly: stay on your child’s foot. Our soft-soled shoes are made with durable leather and are suitable for infants and toddlers alike. These gorgeous moccs have been featured in Parenting Magazine, IN…
  • Weekly Savings - Publix - 70%!

    Diana Chastain
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Since most of you came here originally for my weekly shopping totals (and to learn how to stretch your budget by couponing), I've decided to bring them back! Aren't you excited? I know I am. I've missed couponing. I slacked off so much and it started with printer issues, but now that we have a new wireless printer (thanks to being an #HPsmartMom) and a compatible computer, I can get back to the grind!This week I made two trips to Publix. I'm just getting back into hard core couponing (although I never completely fell off the wagon), so there's a few items that I missed but since it's a…
  • Evenflo Platinum Series Triumph LX Car Seat in Fischer Giveaway, Ends 4/30

    Diana Chastain
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome to the Evenflo Platinum Series Triumph LX Car Seat in Fischer Giveaway! Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom & Sweet Southern Lovin Co-hosted By: Not My Circus, Not My MonkeysSponsored By: EvenfloEvenflo is a worldwide leader in development of infant equipment for over 85 years and is now one of the nations leading manufacturers of high quality baby care and juvenile products. Some of their products include car seats, strollers, play yards, activity products high chairs and many more. The Evenflo Platinum Series Triumph LX Car Seat features: Front and Rear facing capabilities, Side…
  • Save on Yoplait Greek Style Yogurt at Publix #PublixYoplaitGreek

    Diana Chastain
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Try Yoplait Greek Yogurt! Thick, creamy and packed with protein, Yoplait Greek Yogurt is deliciously blended with real fruit to give you the great taste you expect from Yoplait in every bite. Plus, it’s made with natural colors, flavors and sweeteners! Try all flavors Blueberry, Coconut, Pineapple and Vanilla, available at Publix. Remember my 8 Yummy Things to Make with Yogurt round up? Well pull out those recipes and have a delicious spoon full of probiotics. I have preached on the "benefits of probiotics before! And now trying Yoplait Greek is a better deal than ever! Because you can get…
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  • Check Out Winn Dixie: New Store, Same Friendly Faces

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    This post was created in partnership with Winn Dixie. All opinions are my own. I stopped in to the new Winn Dixie near my daughter’s school last week. I’m excited that it’s so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wordless Wednesday: “Wait for Me!”

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    The post Wordless Wednesday: “Wait for Me!” appeared first on Virtually Yours. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Disneynature’s BEARS in theaters April 18th! New Clips!

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    If you’ve been reading Virtually Yours for a while, you probably know how much of an animal lover I am. I have actually volunteered for a wildlife rescue for over 20 years. It only took me... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I’m Heading to LA for the Red Carpet Premiere of Disney’s #MillionDollarArmEvent #ABCTVEvent #StarWarsRebelsEvent

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Can you believe it? I’m pinching myself after reading the invitation to head back to LA for another premiere! This time I’m going to the red carpet premiere of Walt Disney Studio’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • $20 Amazon Gift Card 48-Hour FLASH Giveaway!!!

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    $20 Amazon Gift Card 48-Hour FLASH Giveaway!!! Kelly from Virtually Yours and Kristin from Mama Luvs Books have teamed up to give you this wonderful $20 Amazon Gift Card! We believe in quick, small,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Writer's Workshop: #Autism, Birthdays and One Mouthy Little Girl

    The Mommy
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Write a blog post inspired by the word: ReflectionWhen my mind is quiet and I have time to reflect, I often have these big, mind-blowing epiphanies. My latest is that my daughter was born both autistic and during Autism Awareness Month. I don't think it's a coincidence. In fact, I think it's yet another clue from the cosmos pointing us in the right direction.Turn the Page =>
  • Our Tooth Fairy SUCKS!

    The Mommy
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Last week, Myriam lost both of her top front teeth. And in our house that means that a visit from the Tooth Fairy is in order. Unfortunately, our Tooth Fairy's ineptitude knows no bounds! She cannot be trusted to deliver the goods the night the tooth is lost without advance notice and even when sufficient notice is given, she may still leave ya hangin'. So when my children's teeth started falling out with some regularity I just knew there were going to be problems....Turn the Page =>
  • Drink Up, B!tches: St.Patrick's Day

    The Mommy
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:04 pm
    I don't know about you, but occasionally EVEN little, ole, anti-social me wants to go out and be around other adults. Once in a great while, I crave a conversation that doesn't revolve around first grade math, cartoon characters, and farting. (Farting is high comedy when you have two, almost seven year-old boys.) But jeeze! Going out is SOOO expensive! Even here in Podunk a cocktail can run upwards of $8. And the babysitting tab when you have three children requires a home equity loan....So with the help of my girlfriend Stacy, I've decided to resurrect a tradition from my…
  • Things I learned today.

    The Mommy
    7 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    As I type this, it is nearly 7 PM on Thursday evening (03.06.2014). I am pseudo-sacked out on the couch, with a bag of frozen peas on my head. The boys are off to a Cub Scout meeting with the Hubby and Myriam is hovering over me, armed with a thermometer, a Santa hat stethoscope and a click-y pen.Turn the Page =>
  • What's For Dinner? Shrove Tuesday Pancakes

    The Mommy
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you're like me, then what's for dinner takes up a great deal of your time and energy. I plan my menu a minimum of a week at a time, if not two weeks out. I do that, both to save money and to save time but it seems that even though the menu is set, I spend an inordinate amount of time planning, prepping, thinking about, and arguing about dinner.Turn the Page =>
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    Empty Nest Parenting: Grown and Flown

  • Change, Ambivalence and the Facts About Stay-at-Home Moms

    Lisa Heffernan
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Stay-at-home motherhood is a highly examined aspect of modern life with a Babylon-level of voices and opinions. Lisa weighed in last summer with her writing, Nine Reasons I Regret Being a Stay at Home Mom, Grown and Flown’s most widely read and debated post to date. When Pew released research this week entitled, After Decades of Decline, A Rise in Stay-at-Home Mothers, we thought it was time to take another look at the facts and stereotypes that surround mothers who do not work outside the home. Regardless of one’s opinion on the “optimal way” for parents to raise their children…
  • Clean is Sexy and 58 Other Bits of Advice for Young Men

    Lisa Heffernan
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Lisa writes: Our brilliant friend, Becky Blades, has just published her gorgeous book of advice for young women, Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone. Nestled among her beautiful pages were 270 pieces of advice that mothers would give, if they thought their daughters were listening. As a mom with boys, I simply had to weigh in with my own advice for young men. If you need a graduation gift for a young women, go right now and buy her book.  If your life is filled with boys staring into the precipice of adulthood, stay right here, read on and then give us your thoughts. Here is what Mary…
  • Ready for Takeoff? Facing the Question with Autism

    Lisa Heffernan
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    April 2 is the seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day and organizations around the globe will raise funds and awareness for the condition that now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.  This is a cause near to our hearts and Grown and Flown asked two mothers of grown children with autism to share their stories this week. On Monday  we featured Liane Kupferberg Carter’s writing and today, we are honored that Susan Berger, author of the blog, Berger’s Blather offers this heartfelt post: My 19–year–old son is almost ready to launch.  Well, that’s what…
  • Loosening the Ties that Bind: Growing Up with Autism

    Lisa Heffernan
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:59 am
    April 2 is the seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day.  Organizations around the globe will raise funds and awareness for the condition that now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.  This is a cause near to our hearts and Grown and Flown asked two mothers of grown children with autism to share their stories this week. We have read Liane Kupferberg Carter for years and hope that her writing, below, will touch you, as it has both of us: I don’t know how to do this. There’s no book for taking the next step. No Fiske Guide to Colleges. No Barron’s. When our son…
  • Rules: the Fewer the Better

    Lisa Heffernan
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:35 am
    Lisa writes: My kids did not have curfews. We had no rules about where they were supposed to do their homework or even when. There were no real rules about food, dress, chores, or even tidiness. We bought a dog without extracting a single promise from our sons. This was not an oversight as I had grown up in a home with a litany of rules. On the other hand, my kids had strict rules about computer use, bedtime, manners, academic and athletic endeavors and, above all, lying. When and how we make rules for our kids is one of the trickiest aspects of parenting. Enforcing and altering them is the…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • My Kid Can’t Concentrate – Part 2

    Brenda Yoder
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    By Brenda Yoder Part 1 of this series identified frustration parents of tweens experience in discerning the developmental and academic changes kids experience in upper-elementary and middle school. In addition to the five strategies mentioned in the first article, here are five more tips to keep in mind when assessing the needs of a child who lacks concentration. […] The post My Kid Can’t Concentrate – Part 2 appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Four Reasons My Kids Don’t Use Electronics in Public

    JJ Landis
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:38 am
    By JJ Landis Do Your Kid Use Electronics in Public? My beautiful daughter had attached a pink silk flower to the top of her head so she would be visible amongst the other penguin-attired, middle school orchestra members. Standard issue white shirt with black bottoms clogged the stage. When I saw the flower appear, I knew where to keep […] The post Four Reasons My Kids Don’t Use Electronics in Public appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 5 for Friday: Camera Interference, Bar Codes, and Sittin’ on the Dock of a Bay

    Ten to Twenty
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    By Ten to Twenty Go Ask Daddy: Open for business. The kids don’t ask me about the fiscal cliff, or General Petraeus, or even what the heck the BCS is going to do if four schools remain undefeated. Nothing heavy, you see. No, the questions come out of what’s in front of them. The grocery store. Storms. Sports. Long […] The post 5 for Friday: Camera Interference, Bar Codes, and Sittin’ on the Dock of a Bay appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Jagged Edges

    Scott Rigdon
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:24 pm
    By Scott Rigdon Jagged Edges  Today marks 7 years no longer a slave to seizures, big pharma, or major medical intervention.  Cheers to being the one in a million that got away.  Sometimes I wonder if that one admittedly miraculous narrow escape burned a lifetime of luck.  I wonder about a lot of things. Since today is a […] The post Jagged Edges appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • My Kid Can’t Concentrate (And Other Hormonal Hazards)

    Brenda Yoder
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:46 am
    By Brenda Yoder “My kid can’t concentrate” is a frequent call I get from parents of 5th and 6th graders as a school counselor. The conversation revolves around new behaviors parents see in a child transitioning from elementary to middle school. Their child… is less focused on schoolwork lacks concentration is more social has difficulty completing work is […] The post My Kid Can’t Concentrate (And Other Hormonal Hazards) appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • TV Shows Before There Were Thousands – #StreamTeam

    Kristen Daukas
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    By Kristen Daukas Totally Tubular Shows Streaming Now on Netflix Take a moment with me, Children of the 80′s. Remember when you only had 40 channels MAX to deal with and most of us had 4? Our shows were pretty much limited to ABC, CBS and NBC. Maybe PBS but that’s about it. Our weeknights (if our parents let us watch the one TV in the house) were spent watching Alex P. Keaton trying to reign his liberal parents on Family Ties or debating over who was hotter – Zack or A.C. (ppfft – A.C. by a longshot) on Saved by the Bell.  We remember these shows with a lot of…
  • No Mom is Perfect: Ladies Only Blog Share #LOBS

    Kristen Daukas
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    By Kristen Daukas The Mother of All Giveaways! Okay.. I’m sorry but I’m just going to cut to the chase here and tell you about the Mother of all Giveaways from the Mother of All Meltdowns. We moms deserve a lot. We contort our bodies to produce humans. We push said humans out of a hole the size of a quarter. We suffer from sagging boobs, flat butts and stretch marks as our badges of awesomeness for having these humans. We tolerate 18 years of sleep deprivation (hahahaha if you think you get to sleep before they leave for college!!) and countless times of having to count to 3…
  • Teen Driving Solutions School – A Must Have for Teen Drivers

    Kristen Daukas
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    By Kristen Daukas When I got my drivers license mmfmmmty-some years ago, it was after completing 4 weeks of Driver’s Ed with Coach Flinchum at Western Guilford HS. I’ll never forget how calm he was as each of us climbed behind the wheel decked out in our Valley Girl attire and the really important things he taught us that were NOT in the manual. Things like “if you smoke – which I don’t recommend – if you light a cigarette  at night, you need to remember that your eyes will dilate and you could have an accident.” That’s pretty important…
  • Spring? Spring? Anyone? Anyone?

    Kristen Daukas
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:45 pm
    By Kristen Daukas Good lord can Spring please finally show up around this country?? I love winter and even I am sick of it. After our 8″ snow fall last month, I was ready to start sliding into warmer weather but Mother Nature was having none of that. This winter has been a guest that has definitely worn out its welcome. It’s this reason that LOBS is celebrating Spring this time! We want to see anything and everything you have that is related to Spring and all its renewing glory. Food, crafts, activities… we don’t care what it is just though it’s NOT cold-weather…
  • So You Think Kids Act Bad on Social Media?

    Kristen Daukas
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:34 am
    By Kristen Daukas …You should see how their parents act. We have had our fair share of bad weather this winter here in NC.. Mother Nature has been nothing short of bipolar.. 70 degrees one day, an inch of ice the next.  The kids have had delays, early dismissals and have missed more days this school year than they have in almost 30 years. It’s been one helluva winter and we are ALL ready for it to be Spring. One of the quickest ways that I personally have gotten information about anything dealing with delays, closings, etc. is by following our school system on Twitter and they…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Reva Wear Review: Marathon Jacket Giveaway (RV $80) Ends 4.30.14

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I hate working out but I love workout clothes. I bought a gym membership Jan 1 and have gone exactly 1 time! Who else has done this? I stumbled onto Reva in my search for some cool workout clothes... ©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
  • Juil Sandals Review: Earthing and Grounding Shoes

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    We just received a blast of snow and cold weather but hopefully it will not last long, as last week we had a taste of Spring and it has now left me wanting more! Luckily I was able to get out in my... ©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
  • Five Four Clothing Club Review: A Monthly Subscription Service for Men

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    The Five Four Club is a monthly subscription service just for men. Sign up, fill out the style profile and watch the perfectly curated and exclusive clothing arrive every month! The clothes from Five... ©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
  • Win a Samsung Chromebook With YOUR Swagbucks Story Contest | Ends 4.24.14

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    Swagbucks has hit the 10M member mark, and to celebrate they’re putting on the “10,000,000 Member, 10,000,000 Stories” contest. It starts on Monday, April 14th and goes until April... ©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
  • Fashion Week Starts With a Fashion Link Up!

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:16 pm
    This week I decided to kick off my own little Fashion Week. While I have plenty of fashion related reviews and giveaways lined up, I wanted to start the week off with a Fashion Link Up! Feel free to... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • Are YOU My Ideal Reader?

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I just read a great article about creating better content for your blog. The exercise involves describing your ideal reader and then writing every article to that one person. This is the way to define your blogging niche. I thought long and hard about my ideal reader. She is a lot like me when I was younger. Many times I feel like I’m writing to my younger self. The new mom who was EXHAUSTED and wanted to be perfect. The mom who’s whole world was her new baby. The mom who suddenly realized how much she had to teach, how much she had to give, how much she wanted the absolute best for her…
  • March 2014 Blogging Income Report

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links…make sense since I’m talking about how my blog makes money, no? CAN YOU MAKE MONEY BLOGGING? This series is an attempt to answer that question as I try to attain my goal of finding 10 different income streams where I can make $100 or more per month. March was spent planning for future revenues. You’ll hear me say often, “Plan then execute.” I’m still mostly in planning mode as far as making money. Plan then execute. {Tweet this} Income: BlogHer – $75 SponsoredTweets – $0 Shareasale – $13 Bluehost – $0 Optin Skin – $0…
  • How Magic Ears Stops Whining

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    When I was a preschool teacher, I heard a lot of whining and I tried many different tactics to prevent it. I finally came along one thing that always worked without fail…magic ears. How does it work? Just tell your children that you have magic ears that cannot hear whining. When they whine, just smile and say “What?” as if you can’t hear them until they speak calmly. Simple? Yes. Effective? Absolutely. How to Apply Magic Ears I still remember the time a girl in my class was whining about how she wanted a toy. Another little child looked at her and said seriously, “She can’t hear…
  • Planning The Perfect Kids Pool Birthday Party

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    I went to a pool party for the kids in the neighborhood last summer where I suspect the Mom thought she had planned the perfect party. She was a “helicopter Mom,” and hovered over the kids the whole time, directing, orchestrating and controlling. That’s not my idea of a perfect kids party. It can be a lot more simple. Just let them enjoy the water. If you combine kids and a pool, you have the basic elements for a wonderful birthday party. They will make up games, splash around, and have a great time all on their own. They might need the occasional bit of direction to start a new game,…
  • What is the Best First Sport for Kids?

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    To answer that question, I am going to do something my dad did to me and something I do a lot to my kids: Answer a question with a few questions. You see, choosing a first sport for your child is not a right or wrong answer and it is as individual as your family and your kids. By asking yourself these questions, I hope you arrive at your own conclusion. Question 1: What sport interests your child? Give your child a few choices and let her decide. Take her to watch a soccer game or a basketball game or a t-ball game or a ballet class or gymnastics class. Talk with her and ask if she would…
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • Happy free-from Easter!

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Following on from my last post about free-from sausages and how going without gluten and dairy doesn’t mean going without per se, it turns out the same can be said for chocolate. And Easter eggs. Until six months ago health food shops were alien to me: the sort of places that emit the same waft as you pass by the door (what is that smell? The ryvita? The flax?) and are piled high with daunting looking bags of unidentifiable brown stuff. Until I went in with a list written by my nutritional therapist and actually knew what I was looking for, that is. Admittedly chocolate was not on that…
  • By’eck! I’ve just eaten a squasage

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:18 am
    That’s right, a squasage. Also known as a square sausage. That’s what gluten free sausage brand Heck have been busy making in time for the barbecue season, because it doesn’t fall through the rungs of the grill only to be burned to a crisp and lost forever, or roll off the side of the barbie onto the grass (pictured). We haven’t dusted down our barbecue yet, so I’ve been eating mine between two soft and thick slices of (gluten free) bread. It may not look like a traditional sausage sandwich – as BB was fast to point out – but it tastes just the same and makes spreading the…
  • Things the troops could do with: cupcakes made by a 2-year-old

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    I know Easter is more than a week away, but BB and I have been busy making chocolate shredded wheat nests in time to send to her uncle who’s currently serving in Afghanistan (pictured). I realise there are probably more urgent – and useful – things the troops could do with than a batch of varying sized cupcakes made from breakfast cereal by a two-year-old (decent coffee and new socks are repeated pleas from my brother), however there’s nothing like a taste of childhood either. I also realise, with the temperature hotting up out there, that sending chocolate-based treats probably…
  • ‘He was standing on the loo proudly displaying his willy’

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    We’ve been on a trip down memory lane in our house lately. It started when BB’s granny gave her a 1984 copy of I Want To See The Moon by Louis Baum for Christmas (pictured), a fave when I was growing up. If you don’t know the story, it’s about a little boy called Toby who wakes up in the night and wants to see the moon, but of course it’s behind the clouds. In some ways it’s very PC: there’s no sign of the mum (I always assumed she was at work) and the dad is the one who takes Toby out of his cot to the loo before making him some hot milk. But at the same time it contains…
  • And the Nairn’s oat biscuits winner is…

    4 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    Lynsey Buchanan – well done Lynsey! Three boxes of Nairn’s oat biscuits – rough oatcakes, gluten-free oats & syrup biscuit breaks and mixed berries oat biscuits – will be winging their way to you soon. Enjoy!
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    incy wincy spider | BLOG

  • Ava's First Hair Cut

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Daddy Darren & I each have very different hair texture - me with very fine, curly hair and him with a thick crop of straight hair. When we were expecting Ava, we wondered who she'd take after. I love the way Aiden's hair turned out - a nice head of wavy hair. We have brought him for a clean shave when he was four month old, and we decided to do the same for Ava. We went to the Baby Spa at Harbourfront Centre for her first shave. I was preparing myself for a good cry out from the feisty girl, but surprisingly she wasn't the least affected and in fact enjoyed herself with 'encouragement'…
  • Eclecticism + Lauren Jasmine | Little Shopaholics

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:45 am
    Come join us at the Little Shopaholics Party this Saturday, 5 April 2014 at Eclecticism + Lauren Jasmine, Wheelock Place.Shop to your heart's content in this haven of specially curated labels in a comfortable setting akin to your dream walk in wardrobe, while your little ones play at this party created specially for moms and kids.  Selected merchandise from PriviKids will be available for sale from 4 - 30 April 2014 in store. About Little Shopaholics "Little Shopaholics" is specially created for moms and kids, because Eclecticism + Lauren Jasmine understand the need for moms who want to…
  • Seen in stores: Whimsical clocks from Modern Moose

    24 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    Buying the right clock for the house is often an interior design after-thought for the most of us. And that might not be a bad thing, as it is extremely difficult to find clocks in Singapore that are unique, beautifully designed and reasonably priced. I was searching high and low for the perfect clocks that are consistent with the design of our new home a couple of years ago, but the shops then offered choices that were either too common, crazily expensive or just plain ugly. I could still remember my excitement when I finally found these Lemnos clocks at Lifestorey (Great World City,…
  • Review: Learn to ride using a Cruzee balance bike

    20 Mar 2014 | 9:29 am
    There are three life skills that I would love to teach Aiden - riding a bike, swimming and chasing girls (hopefully in that order).Well, he still prefers playing with boys in school compared to girls, and he loves his float too much to even think about jumping into the pool without it. So that leaves me with the easiest task of teaching him how to ride a bike.Frankly, I had no idea how to teach him. I learned how to ride a bike in about 15 minutes when I was about seven or eight years old, and I struggle to recall the exact steps.  It seemed to involve only two steps though - one, being…
  • Let's Do Art!

    17 Mar 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Together with his playmate Levine, Aiden signed up for two complimentary trial classes with smARTs Nurture Works.This is an art class which focuses on process based art to cultivate the child's creativity and confidence. Here's what we like about it:Non cookie cutter approachHearing about the non cookie cutter approach of this class was what caught my interest. It emphasizes on allowing true creativity and expression of ideas to come forth in each child's art piece.Small group per classWe like it that the classes are kept small (under 6) so each child gets sufficient guidance from the…
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    Antwerp Papa

  • Sandwich Generation

    Antwerp Papa
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Hi there; it's been a while since we met. Almost a year. It wasn't my intention to be absent that long, but sometimes you can't always get what you want. Why was I absent for so long? Various reasons; a few of which I would like to share with you.For over a year now I haven't been feeling too good. Oh, don't worry, physically I'm OK (besides the obligatory lower back pain), but mentally I wasn't in the right place. I was tired. Tired of it all. Being a father, being a husband, being a man. I had lost my sense of purpose. It took me some time and some harsh conversations with J. to…
  • Getaway Car

    Antwerp Papa
    5 Jun 2013 | 10:28 pm
    "Drive, drive, drive!!!" she hissed, while looking back with fear in her eyes. I floored the gas pedal and with screeching tyres I drove off the parking lot. I checked the rear-view mirror... "I think we made it.. " I mumbled.Seriously... You don't mess with nap time. Oh, really? You thought J. and I had robbed a gas station, fleeing in the sunset, Bonnie and Clyde style? Sorry to disappoint you.. it is a parenting blog after all, not America's Most Wanted.What would make a perfectly sane couple loose their shit and drive off in the sunset? OK, it was 2pm, so not really sunset, but you get…
  • The disgusting things we do as parents...

    Antwerp Papa
    22 May 2013 | 2:44 am
    Being a parent means sacrifice...So if you're thinking of becoming one... don't read what follows... or read it and be warned of the sacrifice required....One of the main things we surrender is our hygienic standard... so sit back and relax, read in amazement how we try to survive.. oh, and don't mind those sticky things on the floor.. they're just crusted boogers..1. Not showering for several days. There, I've said it.. There were days when the most I could hope for was a wipe down with a baby wipe.2. Wearing dirty clothes. I've been peed on, pooped on, spit on, vomitted on.... Sometimes I…
  • 2 languages , double the swear words

    Antwerp Papa
    19 May 2013 | 10:45 pm
    We raise our kids in 2 languages.. or at least we try I guess.. If we end up with two kids who can only grunt out indistinguishable noises when they go to college, then we'll know we've failed..My native language is Dutch and J.'s is English. While we were pregnant with Little Man, we did lots of research into raising a kid in 2 languages. Would it screw with his head? Would his language development be stunted? We had no idea....J. and I speak English at home to each other. I've always worked in an English language environment as well, so English is sort of our 'family language'. Little Man…
  • 5 Best Songs About Fathers

    Antwerp Papa
    15 May 2013 | 10:34 pm
    I know that everyone has lists, but I couldn't resist making one myself. These are my favourite songs about being a father. Strangely enough, lots of songs about father - son conflict and not so much about the father-daughter relationship. Anyway, here they are. My 5 favourite songs (actually 6) ...Father and Son - Cat StevensI've always been a fan of Cat Stevens (or Yusuf). This beautiful song featured on the 1970 album "Tea for the Tillerman". The song frames a conversation between a son and a father. The son thinks it's time to break away and find his own destiny, while the father doesn't…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • He’s Gotta Have It: Hot (AND Happy) Wives, Money, & Cool Cars Are What REALLY Keep Men Young

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Evan Field All men are very different in their crusade to conquer their fears of mortality. The one thing we do NOT freak out about is our aesthetic value. As we men age, our image is very important to us, but superficial image issues fester in other places that are higher on the totem pole than our physical looks. There are reasons for everything, and there are many guys who DO care about their hair color, skin tone, belly size, unibrows, etc. I will say this … there is absolutely no excuse for nose hairs protruding from the nostrils. That’s just as bad as an open zipper. We tell our…
  • Competitive Parents: Did She Just Say THAT?

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Anonymous Mom I had another one of those “WTF! I can’t believe people really say these things!” moments last week. I was at dinner with a friend who was talking about a soccer coach at a Division 3 school who was interested in her daughter playing for the team. The problem was that the average ACT score at that college was a 23 and “who wants their kid going to college with those kind of kids!” Now I’m not saying that my friend’s daughter should choose a school that doesn’t meet her academic abilities or standards just for the chance to play soccer at the collegiate level.
  • True Detective: How to “Out-Lie” Your Lying Kid

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Ahhh, the innocent lies of teenagers … they feel so infallible they would rather take their chances and lie through their teeth rather than risk not being able to do what they want. In their adolescent desire to have the freedom to go wherever they please, most will stop at nothing in their effort to get out that door without so much as a goodbye. The faster they run, the more suspicious we become.  Yet, the stories we share with our friends are sometimes truly funny because all our teens are so ridiculously clueless.  And the pattern is repeated over and over again,…
  • Men & Aging: Do They REALLY Accept It — Or Is This An Illusion?

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelcup “Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ― Franz Kafka My husband just turned 50, which means that I officially sleep with a man with an AARP card. Those first few celebratory days during his birthday week, he gleefully showed it off half expecting our friends to exclaim, “Holy shit man, you look like a teenage stud muffin. No way are you that old.” When no one reacted with shock at the sight of a 50-year-old looking guy brandishing an AARP card, he quietly tucked it away into…
  • The Accidental Asshole? Not MY Kid

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By E.J. Gordon I had my first boyfriend in fifth grade. His name was Greg. He marched up to me at the beginning of the year and said, “Will you go out with me?” I said YES. Then we didn’t speak again, neither live nor via phone until six months later when I chased him home yelling, “Can we talk?” He finally stopped his bicycle long enough to hear me say, “I think we should just be friends.” That was the end of my six-month relationship with my first boyfriend. A lot has changed since the ‘80s though. The biggest change in dating is the cell phone. Who knew that one day you…
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    100 Things - the best apps for kids

  • How to Child Proof your iPad or iPhone

    Faith Anderson
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Childproofing your iPad or iPhone is a MUST when you have little ones running around! Childproofing can prevent any major damage to your Apple devices, both internally and externally. 100 Things App believes that you should feel safe when your child is playing around on your Apple products! As you know, 100 Things App has restrictions in place for in-app purchases, however this is not true for all applications. So here are the steps to follow when you child proof your iPad or iPhone! 1. You must make sure you have the most recent version of iOS for you iPad or iPhone to make sure all parental…
  • Planes. Planes. Planes.

    Faith Anderson
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
      It’s April and the madness continues! So, buckle your seat belts and get ready to fly up high with 100 Planes! No longer will your kids be watching planes from miles away, 100 Things App will be taking your kids up close and personal! From private planes and commercial airliners to navy jets, your kids will be exploring all of these spectacular machines through our exhilarating children’s app. Your child will also get a closer look into the cockpit, where they can name themselves the pilot of the flight and say hello to the control tower and take themselves down the runway. This…
  • Can you say Free App Friday 10 times fast?

    Faith Anderson
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:08 am
    You heard it right!  The last Friday of the month, 100 Things App will be giving away their app of the month for free!  So get your imaginative minds in gear and get ready to rumble!  Because the first app that we will be giving way is our 100 Diggers and Excavators App!  Let’s just say your kids are going to love all of our amazing apps because we pride ourselves in the stunning quality of our photographs and the ability for children to explore some of the coolest things on earth without the threat of in-app advertising!  100 Diggers and Excavators will be free Friday, March 28, 2014.
  • Let the Construction Begin: 100 Diggers are ready to rumble!

    Faith Anderson
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Are you ready for a new app every month? 100 Things App will be introducing you to our amazing apps every month, starting with 100 Diggers and Excavators! This app provides you with a front row seat into the larger-than-life world of diggers and excavators.  These massive pieces of metal can take down everything and anything in their path. 100 Diggers provides a series of pictures and videos that allows your child to not only watch, but to experience.  Each time your child begins their exploration into the world of diggers, they will read about these massive machines and have the option…
  • What’s Happening at 100 Things…

    Marina Christos
    1 Mar 2014 | 10:44 am
    Happy March, everyone!  We’re so excited that March is here.  We’ve been super busy here at 100 Things offices to bring you This month we’re focusing on 100 Diggers and Excavators.  Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest for some cool 100 Things swag giveaways!  We’ll be doing the giveaways throughout the month.  We’ll also feature apps for Free on Fridays.  Look for the hashtag #appfriday in our posts to let you know which app we are giving away. We’ll also be posting some all around cool info and tidbits from the folks working…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Wordless Wednesday: Spring Cleaning

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does Spring Cleaning look like? Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. It is pretty hard to focus on spring cleaning when Jennifer from True Confessions of a Real Mommy just spent the last six months hiding inside from the oppressive gray of the Pacific northwest. But, there are few chores sweeter than working together to get the backyard back into shape for days of baseball, grand adventures, picnics, and reading on a blanket. Spring… warmer weather means more outdoor play… which means much more dirt and more baths. Spring Cleaning. The first…
  • Sometimes, gentle is not the whole answer – and it’s okay.

    Amy W.
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo Credit: Omninate on Flickr Sometimes gentle is not the whole answer – and that’s okay. Lessons on accepting and providing the loving guidance your unique child needs can be hard to swallow at times – especially when, as I have, you experience a severe awakening that a large portion of your parenting style needs to change in order for your trusting relationship with your child to really blossom. From my first child’s infancy, I have been learning more and more about natural parenting, especially finding meaningful connection with Attachment Parenting tenants and with the…
  • Mediterranean Garbanzo and Black Bean Salad

    Cooking Naturally Editors
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is super easy, filling and surprisingly refreshing salad that takes only minutes to make once you have the beans ready. I prepare my beans ahead of time and store batches of them in the freezer. I pull them out of the freezer when I’m ready to make this salad. If you prefer, you can purchase cans of organic garbanzo and black beans (remember to rinse them well before using). This recipe is Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy and Egg Free, and Vegetarian and Vegan. Mediterranean Garbanzo & Black Bean Salad Ingredients 2 Persian Cucumbers – diced 1 Roma Tomato – diced 1 Cup…
  • 10 Easy Ways to Go Reusable at Home

    Lauren Wayne
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the spirit of Earth Day this month, I’m sharing 10 simple changes you can make to create a more eco-friendly environment in your home. Some of you might have done all these and then some, but for those of us who need a nudge in a new direction, here are some baby steps to pick and choose from, according to where you are on your environmental journey. 1. Replace paper towels with cloth dish towels, sponges, and rags. It can seem daunting to discontinue paper towel use when you’re accustomed to grabbing one several times a day for all manner of cleaning projects. If the idea of…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Love

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does love look like? (Read more about responding with sensitivity on our resource page.) Everyone loves Daddy snuggles. Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. Walter loves babywearing! He gets that from his mom. Kellie blogs at Our Mindful Life. Jennifer from True Confessions of a Real Mommy puts a lot of love in to her efforts to keep her family’s pantry full of foods she can be sure are good for her family. Amy is a meditating mom of five and facilitator of Presence Parenting. Sisters Bonding And so the cycle continues with baby brother. Jorje blogs at…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • 15 Minute a Day Challenge (and 18 Ideas to Get You Started)

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    It’s officially Day #1 of our challenge to find 15 minutes each day to mindfully spend doing something for yourself. You choose what that activity is. Remember, you do not need to spend 15 minutes doing the same activity every day. Each day’s activity can be different! Here are some ideas to get you started: Do you want to focus on your physical health? Meal planning for the next few days. Flossing. Ok, maybe 5 minutes flossing, 10 minutes oil pulling. Take a walk (and wear a pedometer!). Do you want to focus on your emotional/mental health? Practice ways to say “no”…
  • Join Our Community and Take One Small Step

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had health and fitness on my mind more than usual. Because of the recent experience I shared with my friend Sara, we’ve also been talking to several other friends about what really constitutes “support” versus “shame” when it comes to promoting well-being in a community setting. We wanted something positive to come out of the HuffPo article and the conversation that sparked it. We tossed around several ideas, and we finally landed on one that felt right: we created a Facebook support group called One Small Step. As my…
  • Harry Potter Potions Party

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Welcome to the April 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Pastimes 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 family pastimes. Kieran caught the reading bug early and honestly – we are voracious readers. Along with traditional picture books, which we all love, Kieran has been into chapter books since he was three or four years old. I’ve enjoyed sharing some of my favorite books with him, including the first three books in the Harry…
  • The Nightline Segment on “Body Wars”

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    The segment was heavily edited to add drama and cut hours and hours of footage to only ten minutes, and many of our statements were taken out of context, but here it is! (If the video below does not work, check it out at ABC US News | ABC Business News Several of my friends and I think we should start an empowering movement called #NoShame. We’ll provide information and support to meet you where you are. We’ll promote loving ourselves for WHO we are so that our health and fitness become natural priorities – not shame-induced activities that someone else is forcing…
  • We Can ALL Be Role Models

    5 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    I’m not sure what Nightline will air tonight (see the promo here, and see a blog post from Paula Faris, the correspondent we spent time with). The experience was a positive one for me, as it was for my friend Sara, who graciously allowed Nightline to follow her family around for two days. (Read Sara’s thoughts about Kang here and about our individual journeys here.) I appreciated the chance to talk to Maria Kang face to face about her infamous “What’s Your Excuse” poster and the article I wrote about it for HuffPo. Fortunately, I try not to write anything that I…
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    Uplifting Families

  • 4 Ways To Encourage Kids To Clean Up After Themselves

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Teaching your child how to clean up after themselves and good cleaning habits is often difficult to establish and follow unless you start teaching your child or children how to properly do the chores at an early age. However, older children are sometimes caught up in situations when they do not clean after themselves and leave the unpleasant impression that they are disorganized and they can be perceived as impolite or lazy children. To avoid these kinds of situations they must be taught how to contribute to the household chores from an early age and taught to always clean up their mess after…
  • 12 Reasons Why I Love the Montessori Learn 123 numbers App

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
                  I love finding educational apps to help my youngest son learn new concepts. We have been working on counting from 1 to 10 over the last several weeks so I wanted to give him a new task to work on. I found a great app that allows him to learn how to write his numbers by tracing them in with his finger. I ended up purchasing the full version for my son so that I could get the full benefits of the app. In fact,  I will use it as a part of my home preschool curriculum. There is a lite version available if you want to test out the app before you…
  • #SummerDreams Have Luggage, Will Travel Sweepstakes Ends 5/6

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    #SummerDreams Have Luggage, Will Travel Sweepstakes hosted by: Mom Powered Media & co-hosted by: Mumblebee Inc.                   If you could go on a dream vacation with your family where would you go? I would love to take my children on a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas. I can’t guarantee a family vacation but I can help you win a chance to win a nice luggage set and a $150 Old Navy Gift Card. You can use the gift card to stock up on new swimsuits or clothing for the entire family. One winner will receive a Tag Coronado II 5 Piece…
  • 7 Stunning Examples of Beautiful Mother’s Day Flowers!!

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:43 pm
                    “The mother’s love for her children is as tender as the petal of a flower, as sweet as the flower fragrance, as pure as a flower itself.” Mother’s day is right around the corner; why not gift your mother a bouquet of lovely blooms as lovely as she is? A flower gift on the occasion of Mother’s day means a lot. This might be the best way to express the best of your feelings to your beloved mother. However, before choosing a florist, you must take into consideration the significance of each type of flower. The various flowers…
  • My Monster Burrufu By Alberto Corral Free on Kindle April 14-18

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    “My Monster Burrufu” for Free via kindle for 5 days (April 14th through April 18th Only) “My Monster Burrufu” is written by Alberto Corral, a DreamWorks Animation artist, whose film credits include the “How to Train your Dragon”, “Shrek”, “Kung Fu Panda” and “Madagascar” sagas. From the Back Cover… Seven-year-old Olivia has just moved to a new house — the same house where a lonely monster named Burrufu lives hidden in a secret attic. One night, unable to resist the smell of delicious cookies, Burrufu sneaks out and is discovered by…
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  • Dad of Cancer Survivor Offers Tips for Dealing with Disease

    Christian Toto
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    When Chuck Chamness’ 8 year old son Joey was diagnosed with a potentially fatal form of cancer in 2005 the boy had an important question. Will the treatment make him lose his hair? Joey’s sister asked their father the same question. “I said to him, ‘If it makes you feel better, I’ll shave my head, too,” Chamness recalls. Chamness’ son would win his battle against osteosarcoma. The father of four never forgot the fight, nor the youngsters who currently face childhood cancers. It’s why he serves as the chairman of the board of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a…
  • Daddylibrium Book Review: ‘Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments’

    Christian Toto
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:55 am
    My children may look normal, but deep down they’re both mad scientists eager to be unleashed. So when I heard about “Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments” I simply had to have it. Author Mike Adamick gathers 30 kid-friendly experiments requiring basic household goods, a little patience and some paper towels for cleanup. The author cautions parents to let their fledgling scientists get messy when appropriate. Scientific rules are meant to broken when inspiration strikes. Good thing we’re not dabbling in hazmat-worthy chemicals. Parental guidance is…
  • ‘The Nut Job’ Movie Review: Desperate Gags Distract Children, Punish Parents

    Christian Toto
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Not every animated film can be “Frozen.” Some, like “The Nut Job,” fail to match mediocrities like “Free Birds.” “The Nut Job,” available April 15 on Blu-ray, serves up frantic comedy and a smattering of scatological gags to little effect. Children may dig the manic energy, but they won’t cling to characters unworthy of their boundless imagination. Will Arnett voices Surly, a cocksure squirrel who tries to hold up Maury’s Nut Store when his community’s food stockpile thins. His neighbors are on the verge of panic, and even the…
  • ‘Rio 2′ Screening Brings Out the Fine Feathered … Dancers

    Christian Toto
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Taking my children to the movies is always an event, but last Saturday had me plucking feathers out of my pockets while watching “Rio 2.” I make sure to have enough distractions on hand whenever my boys and I hit the local theater. Candy. Popcorn. Prayer, in worst case scenarios. When I received an invite to screen “Rio 2” it came with an added bonus. My boys could have their picture taken with one of the film’s stars, Rachel Crow, as well as a flock of beautiful, feathered dancers. Taking photos of young children is always a gamble, and on this day Ben and Eli…
  • College Friday: Show Your University Pride (and Get Free Ice Cream)

    Christian Toto
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:05 pm
    One of my strongest college memories has nothing to do with beer pong, streaking or watching “Animal House” for the 48th time. It was my first few minutes alone in my dorm room. I entered the bathroom, took out my razor and shaved. That’s it. The shave was more than a grooming chore. I felt free, alive and all grown up, and every swipe of that razor confirmed it. The next step in my journey to adulthood had begun. College shaped me in so many ways, which is why I wanted to share the news about College Friday. College in Colorado, a group dedicated to helping students and…
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    Learning Together

  • Spring into Fitness with the Little Ones

    Dr. Heather Wittenberg
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    In efforts to boost family heath and fitness, The National Association of Young Children (NAEYC) is sponsoring the annual Week of The Young Child from April 6-12 with events around the world. Last year alone, supporters like you added more than 250 global events to focus public attention on the needs for early childhood programs. In my family, we’ve set a goal for everyone to be outside together much more. Children need a good, solid hour of physical activity every single day, which packs the healthy punch of improving their sleep, mood, behavior, learning, and immune system. Worth the…
  • 7 Common Food Myths about Feeding Young Children

    Dr. Heather Wittenberg
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:38 am
    Do you spend your days worrying that your children aren’t getting the nutrition they need? I certainly do. So I did some research, and found some surprising facts. Here are 7 common food myths you can banish from your worry list: Myth #1 Disguise veggies in sweet treats. It may give you temporary satisfaction to see Junior scarfing down kale tucked inside a brownie. But think of the long term game here – it’s important that he have the opportunity to gradually tolerate (and even enjoy) his veggies. Instead, you’re telling him to go ahead and fill up on treats while avoiding…
  • How to Start Healthy Eating Habits for the Little Ones

    Dr. Heather Wittenberg
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Japanese children love fish, veggies, and tofu. Indian children adore spicy lentils, okra, and pickled mango. Brazilian kiddos dive into stewed rice and beans with meat and veggies. So why do so many American children insist on a “white diet” of pasta, fries, and chicken nuggets? They learn their habits from us. Even before birth, parents have a major impact on their children’s food preferences. Mom and Dad’s healthy eating is the fundamental contributor to our children’s healthy eating. But if you lived on drive-thru during your pregnancy (as I did during my first), there’s still…
  • Got Breakfast? 4 Tips for Busy Families

    Dr. Heather Wittenberg
    19 Feb 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Eat your breakfast!   We’ve heard it over and over – breakfast is important. Brains need fuel to work properly. If your little one is like mine, though, breakfast is the last thing on her mind in the morning. She might ask for juice, but she’d rather wait until snack time at school to eat. When you add that to the morning madness of getting everyone dressed and out the door, sometimes it’s just easier to skip breakfast altogether.   But a hungry brain is a crabby brain, and a crabby brain doesn’t learn (or behave) very well. So we made a decision to emphasize Family…
  • Free Valentine’s Day Cards

    Learning Care Group
    13 Feb 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at La Petite! Print out these free Valentine’s Day Cards and ask your kiddos to fill them out for their special Valentines.
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    Jana Kingsford

  • Transformational Tweaking: 3 tweaks to transform your week

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    >> CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE TRANSFORMATIONAL TWEAKING SERIES >> TRANSFORMATIONAL TWEAKING – WEEK 2 IS UP AND READY TO WATCH - 3 tweaks in 30 minutes - simple simple simple tweak for more energy - a simple tweak to get more flow - mummy meditation that takes no time but you can do all the time!   TRANSFORMATIONAL TWEAKING: TWEAKS 4-6 TWEAK #4: MAMA MEDITATION This beautiful trick helps you to direct your energy outwards and gives your brain a break from the negative mental regurgitation we continually regurgitate, round and round, like a cows digestive system. (Incase…
  • Juggling Tip Thursdays: 2 tips for ‘Living’ In The Moment (Even If You Have a Handful of Kids Having Meltdowns!)

    3 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Juggling Tip Thursdays: 2 tips for ‘Living’ In The Moment (Even If You Have a Handful of Kids Having Meltdowns!)   Okay let’s be reals, here’s the 101 on getting present when you’ve got a house full of kids melting down and causing chaos. Mindfulness is a beautiful concept, but is it some elusive thing for us mums? I think not. This is how you do it, even if you have a handful of kids In this video I share with you the 2 simple (& quick) reframes I do to get back in the moment, be present and engaged. Do I have to explain to you the benefits of being…
  • Transformational Tweaking: “3 Weeks Of Transformational Tweaks!” (Free Live Webcast Series!)

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Transformational Tweaking: “3 Weeks Of Transformational Tweaks!” (Free Live Webcast Series!) - how to literally STICK to habits - how to have a cleaner house with less work?! With this simple tweak. Yep totally possible! - a simple tweak I do that’s exercise without really exercising (includes demo!) I hope you enjoy the first webcast in a series of 3 FREE weeks of transformational tweaks. Don’t want to miss the next one? Hop on the Mums Juggling School interest list here Keep these tweaks in your head all week. Have an awesome week Love Jana…
  • Productivity without prosperity? you’re missing this.

    14 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Productivity without prosperity? you’re missing this. When I get asked,  why I’m soooo into a no-excuses, no-rationalisations approach to productivity? It’s plain and simple. I love productivity with purpose. These guys right here are my purpose. Purpose needs priorities. Passion needs priorities. Prosperity needs priorities. Productivity needs priorities. Knowing your priorities guides your every decision. Every focus. Every habit. Every commitment. Every outcome. Every time that I think I need to work 8 hours a day (not possible with 3 kids) to achieve my Big Dream. …
  • What you resist persists & How To Stop Resisting What’s Persisting

    12 Mar 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Hi there beautiful juggler! YAY it’s Juggling Tip Thursdays! (well it’s Thursday in Australia anyways). Today’s Juggling Tip is just a tad bit special to me. It’s what helps me and my clients handle mid-night wakes ups with my baby, any afternoon hecticness, when my business wasn’t where it is now, or at any stage resisting where it is, or when my big kids are arguing and fighting with eachother (never fun for anyone!)… When I taught this concept in Mums Juggling School for the first time in their weekly webcast I got soooo many emails from the students…
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • The hardest job, but the most rewarding

    Kat English Mamma
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    And now everything changes yet again. Most likely this is a just a temporary change, so I am going to enjoy it while it lasts. The boys are friends this week, and are, on the whole, playing well together. We have had no fighting, no biting, no pushing for the past four or five days. It is wonderful. I am going to enjoy every moment of this, and of this video of interviews for the world’s toughest job. (A bit cheesy at the end but still a fun idea.) Content on this site may not be used or reproduced without permission.
  • This and that – dispatches from the web

    Kat English Mamma
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    With all this talk of the Heartbleed bug, it is time to change passwords. Here is a list of sites that might have been compromised and some tips on creating secure new passwords. Love Fiona Gibson’s article on how new mothers should dress, especially this: According to the Daily Mail’s ‘report’ last week, we lose all interest in fashion until our children reach the age of three years and nine months. Only then do we start to take a pride in our appearance again. Well, have you noticed that I’ve been taking part in What I Wore Wednesday, since… oh… around the…
  • Portraits 15/52

    Kat English Mamma
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    “A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.” Little O: a new photographer in the family Baby E: his early mornings are, thankfully, not as early as they used to be Weekly portraits of the boys, linking up with Practising Simplicity and The Boy and Me. Content on this site may not be used or reproduced without permission.
  • Swedish in 3 months?

    Kat English Mamma
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    I woke up half an hour before the alarm today with the feeling that something was wrong. Then I realised what was troubling me: a conversation I had had with another parent yesterday when I was collecting the boys. And I suddenly realised where my Swedish had gone wrong, and why she had switched to English after that. And it has been irritating me all morning. I am annoyed that I misunderstood and gave her a nonsensical reply; that even after all this time here, I still make these mistakes; and that I have become lazy with my Swedish. Source: What to do about…
  • “Fitter, happier, more productive”

    Kat English Mamma
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    The realisation hit me this week that spring is almost here. They are forecasting double-digit temperatures for the next two weeks; you cannot imagine how happy that makes me. And if spring is near, then summer will be on its way too. And since I have been feeling pretty down recently, I need to get my training game back on. Yes, I have signed up for two runs this year, but that doesn’t mean anything unless I actually start training for them. So, it begins here. Because I know that training makes me happier and fitter and stronger. And that is what I want – especially the…
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  • Stepmom Poetry ~ A True Mother

    Gerardo Campbell
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Stepmom Poetry ~ A True Mother from . “A True Mother” a poem written to a stepmom from her adult age stepchild. The poem acknowledges... Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Stepmother Poetry ~ To My Loving Wife

    Gerardo Campbell
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Stepmother Poetry ~ To My Loving Wife from . “To My Loving Wife” a Mother’s Day poem from a husband with praise and thankfulness to his... Rating: 0.0/10... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • World’s Toughest Job – Do You Qualify?

    Gerardo Campbell
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy World’s Toughest Job – Do You Qualify? from . Watch these interviewees see if they have what it takes for the world’s toughest job. Hint:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ways To Keep Children Entertained During Your Wedding

    Catriona McBain
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Ways To Keep Children Entertained During Your Wedding from . If you’re going to have children be a part of your wedding, you know it’s hard enough... Rating:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Trip Abroad to be Super Stepdad for Your Kids

    Maria Mcquire
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy A Trip Abroad to be Super Stepdad for Your Kids from . Being a stepdad is not easy. The biggest hurdle is getting the children to root for you.... Rating: 5.0/10 (1 vote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • Extreme Parenting

    Rebecca Wood
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Last night, I had trouble sleeping. I have been feeling overwhelmed lately. It’s not due to a busy schedule. I don’t feel stressed by the volunteer commitments or social events. I have no problem saying “No” to those if they become a source of stress. I’ve been overwhelmed by Charlie’s medical care. The things I can’t say no to. Late last night, I jumped on Twitter and commiserated with another micro preemie parent (the author of Handpicked Miracle).  I told her how I dreaded the next day’s appointments. How I have nightmares in which I argue…
  • Full Steam Ahead

    Rebecca Wood
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    This morning’s post is very brief. This week has been non stop with Charlie’s regular therapy compounded by appointments and activities. For example, today, we are headed to music therapy topped off by a near sprint to an appointment with the ophthalmologist. I’m dreading the ophthalmologist appointment. Charlie’s right eye has been pulling more to the center when she attempts to focus on things. I suspect I’m in for a lecture on the importance of making her wear her glasses. I know it’s important and I could do a better job ensuring she wears them.
  • A Proud Mommy Moment

    Rebecca Wood
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Today, Charlie and I attended the first of three walks we will be helping with in our area. Our official walk with our team is on May 31st. (It is not too late to support our team!) Prior to the walk, I prepped Charlie’s stroller for the six mile course I planned on walking. It will be a little bit before the adaptive stroller insert arrives in the mail. In the meantime, I cut up a pool noodle and created a booster seat with body support. It is somewhat of a hassle but will work until the insert arrives. The early morning weather before the walk was chilly. Because of this, I left…
  • Special Needs Parenting Merit Badges

    Rebecca Wood
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Today, I modified Charlie’s stroller for tomorrow’s outing. (I’m still waiting on coverage for an adaptive stroller.) When I had finished the upgrade, I was pleased with myself and thought, “I’m getting pretty good at this.” I was reminded of another blogger’s post written about Motherhood Merit Badges. I think there needs to be Special Needs Parenting Merit Badges. This is what I would include: MacGyver Badge: For the parent that can, at a moment’s notice, fashion adaptive equipment out of items on hand. Be it feeding equipment, mobility…
  • Out Of Left Field

    Rebecca Wood
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Last week, Charlie’s peripheral manifestations (muscle spasticity in arms and legs) intensified with seemingly no rhyme or reason. At first, I wrote it off as a bad day. I thought she may have been tired or it was the result of a growth spurt. However, it continued over several days. When Charlie chose to crawl rather than walk yesterday, I knew there was more to the issue. During our outings last week, Charlie carried her arm curled up against her chest and dragged her right leg. I am used to seeing that when Charlie is stressed or tired. It was unusual to see it consistently…
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    Project Playtime, brought to you by the creators of Stuffies

  • 3 Ways to Enjoy Messy Play this Spring

    Becky Langdon
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Spring is a glorious time for parents. With the warmer weather, it’s easy to send the kids outside to play for hours at a time. I love my kids. But after one of the coldest winters I can remember, it’s a nice change to see them outside playing, perfectly content—instead of sulking inside with cabin fever. Spring also makes messy play easier. No need to worry about damaging furniture or staining carpet. Messy play cleans up easily outside. Here are three fun and artistic ways to play with paint outside that your kids can enjoy this spring.   1. Sidewalk Paint   Chalk is always…
  • 5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do

    Becky Langdon
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
  • The Surprising Ways Audiobooks Enhance Playtime

    Becky Langdon
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:32 pm
    In our household, with hectic schedules, there are only a few things that stay consistent from day to day: eating, sleeping, brushing teeth, and listening to audiobooks. That’s right, audiobooks have made our list of essential daily routines for our kids. In our boys’ playroom we have a CD player and, at any given time, a stack of 4-5 different audiobooks from the library. If your kids’ room or playroom doesn’t have the same, you’re missing out on a great way to enhance playtime! Audiobooks became a part of our daily routine when my oldest son hit about 3 and a half years old and…
  • Are Your Kids Getting Enough Dangerous Play?

    Becky Langdon
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:05 am
    In any given moment of unsupervised time, my two-year-old can be found scaling the kitchen cabinets, experimenting with climbing out the window of the backyard clubhouse, or attempting to ride his red plastic motorcycle on some kind of elevated surface—like the dining room table, for instance. Needless to say, I watch him like a hawk. Why do kids, especially young kids, gravitate toward dangerous play? Well, some researchers theorize this compulsion is not only inborn but necessary for normal, healthy development. In the article, “Children’s Risky Play From an Evolutionary Perspective:…
  • The 3 Big Mistakes We Make With Kids’ Sports

    Becky Langdon
    14 Mar 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Playing sports offer numerous benefits for kids. They help develop physical skills, provide exercise, create friendships, and teach teamwork, to name a few. Yet by age 13, 70% of kids will drop out of youth sports. It’s a sad statistic that only gets worse. The top 3 reasons given are adults, coaches, and parents. When did we stop making sports fun? I had the opportunity this week to see a presentation by Jennifer Best, MS Ed., Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, about children and sports. She highlighted these statistics and illustrated why we’re approaching sports with kids…
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    The Disorganisation Guru

  • I Refuse!

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

    14 Feb 2014 | 10:48 am
    Nowadays we live in the world where information travels faster and further than ever before. Successful products, companies and people have entered almost every household in the world, and social networking makes it possible to share and exchange thoughts and ideas with physically remote, like-minded people almost instantly. Television screens and all other media are […]
  • 8 Things every future parent should know

    3 Feb 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Without further ado, here are the things that I wish I’d read somewhere before I had kids: 1. Tidiness is the luxury of single people, or old people. Up until your children are over 10 you can forget about tidy. Disclaimer: obsessive compulsive parents are not included here. Neither are tidiness Nazis. 2. Every single […]
  • Dieting and exercise – why we don’t get the body we want

    13 Jan 2014 | 9:47 am
    If you have arrived to this page than you probably share the same problem as millions of other people: you want to get fit/slim but that goal somehow remains unattainable. Or perhaps you need more information, advice, knowledge and magic pills. In the vicious cycle of trying to be disciplined about food and exercise and […]
  • How to survive parenting advice

    25 Oct 2013 | 9:07 am
    Being a parent is a state of mind, and it is usually – out of your mind. From the first few blissful moments with your newborn, until the moment they start their own independent life, parenting makes you realize that caring for another human being is the most challenging and rewarding task you have ever […]
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    Ruddy Bits

  • 17 Signs Your Home Is Crawling With ... Kids.

    Cort Ruddy
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
      1.        The thought of being vomited on doesn’t totally gross you out.2.        You cook and serve macaroni and cheese more than three times a week.3.        At least one room in your house looks like a Toys-R-Us bomb exploded in it.4.        You know how to check for head lice. 5.        When the temperature breaks 80 degrees, your first thought is, “Let’s set up the sprinkler.”Look familiar? Then, You…
  • Dog Responds to "Mystery Poo" False Accusation

    Cort Ruddy
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    First, please excuse my limited vocabulary. My name is Sydney, and I’m an Australian Shepard mixed breed.  I know, I know; it’s a bit cliché, a dog writing a blog. But if there’s anywhere tired clichés are allowed, it’s on Ruddy Bits blog, correct? Zing.Yeah, you guessed it. I’m pissed. And I have a right to be.A few days ago, my owners falsely accused me of defecatingon their bed. To make matters worse, they did so publicly. Okay, “publicly” may be overstatement. I mean how many of you humans actually read this thing anyway? Three? Maybe four on good…
  • An Anniversary To Be Remembered ... If Nothing Else

    Cort Ruddy
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    My wife and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary earlier this week. Though, celebrated might be the wrong term. The night mercifully ended with me sleeping on the couch in the living room -- and not because I bought her a pair of lamps as a gift either. Though, I’ve figured out since that may have been couch worthy on its own.  No, I wasn’t on the couch because I was in trouble. In fact, she was sleeping in the living room too, on the next couch over.How did we end up uncomfortably asleep on separate couches on our 13th wedding anniversary?It actually involves something of a…
  • I Learned It From Watching You! ... WHOOSH

    Cort Ruddy
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:58 am
    If I needed a reminder that my kids are always watching, always learning – and conversely that us parents are always teaching – I got it the other day. And it happened in the strangest of places: the men’s room at our local, neighborhood Marshalls. It was a Saturday.And unlike most Saturdays, we had nothing planned. No kid parties to attend, no practices to schedule around, nothing. Since it was too cold to do anything outside, we took the family shopping. Not the buying-stuff kind of shopping, but the browsing kind. The kind that finds you at a place like Marshalls…
  • Frozen and Tangled? Yep. Little Mermaid? Not So Fast.

    Cort Ruddy
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:53 pm
    If you didn't know, Flynn Rider and Rapunzel attended the coronation of Elsa, tying those stories together -- an entertaining and increasingly-common move by Disney these days to delight fans.Now, there's a theory floating around that involves the Little Mermaid. Namely, that Elsa's parents were on their way to Rapunzel's wedding on that fateful day (spoiler alert) when their ship sank. It makes some sense, in that the trip from Sweden (Frozen) to Germany (Tangled) passes right by Denmark (Little Mermaid). Those are the locations for the original stories these movies are…
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    No Bullying|Expert Advice On Cyber Bullying & School Bullying

  • What is McDiving ?
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    There are always new crazes that young people of the world want to participate in. Unfortunately, video sharing sites, such as Instagram and Vine have made it easier to spread trends such as McDiving. This is a new trend that is emerging around the country. It seems to be replacing trends such as owling and planking. There are a few things you should know about this. What is McDiving The first thing you should know is what this trend is. It is the act of a person jumping over the counter at McDonalds. Usually they just throw themselves over the counter and watch what happens. Often times this…
  • Cyber Bullying in The Philippines
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Since cyber bullying has become an international phenomenon, families throughout the world are searching for ways to stop it. Many schools and other organizations have opted to to take some proactive steps to combat this trend. It may be helpful for these organizations to collaborate and take a comprehensive look at the trend of cyber bullying. This is a relatively new issue for residents of the Philippines to consider, so many are wondering how they can learn more. It may be helpful to get the facts in order before any decisive action is taken. But fortunately, there are agencies dedicated…
  • What is Bullying in School?
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In order to understand what we need to do about bullying, we have to first understand the definition of bullying and what is bullying in school. Indeed, the line can get complicated at times, since many bullying incidents involve criminal behaviors as well. This is when the law gets involved but this doesn’t remove the fact that it is still considered bullying at school. But this list should serve to remind people involved in anti bullying campaigns and concerned parents what constitutes bullying in school and what we can do about it. Name Calling One of the most hurtful types of…
  • The Unique Nature of Bullying in High School
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Many who hear about bullying often think the activity is the same at every grade level. The assumption is that it usually involves someone who is a bigger or has more supporters than the victim, and the bullying involves embarrassment and pushing the victim around. Much of this assumption comes from Hollywood, quite frankly, and often resembles only one small sliver of high school bullying today. In reality, teenage bullying in school comes in all types and variations, and it can be serious enough to cause a victim to go into a deep depression or, in some cases, commit suicide. Learn…
  • Why is Cyber Bullying a Problem? (And How to Stop It)
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Cyber bullying is at an all-time high and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Bullies who used to be in the schoolyard threatening to beat up someone if they didn’t give them their lunch money, are now online posing as anyone they want to in order to avoid being caught. How can modern day law enforcement keep up with the challenges of cyber bullying as it continues to increase? Learn Why is Cyber Bullying a Problem?  Why Is It Such A Problem? Has the world gotten meaner? Sometimes it might seem so when you watch the news nowadays. Not only are there more incidents of cyber…
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    Blog - Family of Readers

  • Books Turn Green in April

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    It's that time of year again when we celebrate all things Mother Earth. Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22nd and there is no shortage of great reads to get your little one interested in growing things, water, sustainability, and recycling.  WANT A BIT MORE? Here are some great reads on Earth Sciences
  • Best Books with Great Friendships

    13 Feb 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Valentine's Day is all about friendship when you're a kid - swapping cards and candy at school and not thinking much about the sappy stuff. To help celebrate, we recommend these books with big friendships.  Sidney, Stella, and the Moon by Emma Yarlett. (Ages 5-8. Templar - October 2013.)Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosa Lamb. (Ages 4-8. Candlewick - December 2013.)Painter and Ugly by Robert J. Blake. (Ages 5-8. Philomel - January 2011.)Forsythia and Me by Vincent X. Kirsch. (Ages 4-8. Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 2011.) Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold…
  • Best New Children's Books for Valentines Day

    13 Feb 2014 | 11:25 am
    I have to admit, that so far this year, I usually have NO idea what day it is. I blame the snow! My kids are constantly coming home early, leaving early, or missing school altogether. With the latest bombardment of Pax, I almost missed that tomorrow is Valentines Day. We're enjoying the latest installment from our favorite blue cat along with some other cute titles. If you want more - check out our other list - "The Very Best Little Books with Big Heart." Happy Valentines Day! Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool by James Dean and Kimberly Dean. (Ages 4-8. Festival - November…
  • The Very Best Little Books with Big Heart

    13 Feb 2014 | 10:12 am
    The Awesome Book of Love by Dallas Clayton. (Ages 4-8. HarperCollins - December 2012.)Snowy Valentine by David Petersen. (Ages 4-8. HarperCollins - November 2011.)Me Without You by Ralph Lazar and Lisa Swerling. (All Ages. Chronicle - October 2011.)Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. (Ages 4-8. HarperCollins - December 2011.)Henry in Love by Peter McCartney (Ages 4-8. Balzar + Bray - December 2009.)I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg and illustrated by Jacqueline Chwast. (Ages 4-8. Houghton Mifflin - June 1990.)Hug Time by Patrick McDonnell. (Ages…
  • Books to Help Build a Better Bored Jar

    9 Feb 2014 | 12:08 pm
    As parents, we're always looking for new resources to help inspire creative projects and learning for our kids, especially during the long winter. While "Bored Jars" (see more on Pinterest) can be helpful, my kids have grown too astute and I've been forced to take it up a notch. I'm going back to my shelves and some of my favorite books... Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder by Mariah Bruehl (Roost Books, 2011).Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling by Emily K. Nueburger (Storey Publishing, 2012).The…
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    Joy Makin Mamas

  • Zipadee-Zip Slumber Sack Giveaway

    Meghan G
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    Any parent can tell you that one of the hardest parts of having a little baby in the house is the sleep, or lack thereof. Sleeping Baby has made it their mission to help parents everywhere get baby to sleep better by introducing their unique slumber sack, the Zipadee-Zip! This swaddling transition sleepwear for babies, helps babies feel secure, keeps them warm and is very versatile! Read Zipadee-Zip Slumber Sack Giveaway on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: ENDED $50 Matilda Jane Clothing Giveaway Giveaway: Fish In Line from Learning Resources…
  • Long live the RSVP

    Meghan G
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Invitations are special. They mean that you are a priority to the person doing the inviting, and they are your opportunity to let them know that they are important to you- even if you can't make it or maybe can't make it. Blowing off an RSVP is like saying you don't need any help when the zombies come. Read Long live the RSVP on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Dinner Rolls From Scratch that turn out every time! Operation: Brainstorming #TeamCrocus Shaving Cream Play is not for me.
  • Superhero Playdate & Story Time Ideas

    Meghan G
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    To little kids who are just starting to understand that there aren't always happy endings, the idea of someone endowed with more than the normal ability to make things okay is pretty comforting. Letting them pretend to be the super hero allows them to identify themselves as the character in the story who can solve problems- and there is no better way for them to see themselves. Read Superhero Playdate & Story Time Ideas on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Dragon Playdate and Story Time Ideas Heroic Princess Playdate ideas Little Red…
  • Caramel Nut Rolls

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:41 am
    Thank you JMM Danette Z for this variation on her Basic Dinner Rolls recipe that turns it from yummy, hot, fresh bread to yummy, hot, fresh brunch! This delicious and sticky treat is sure to please for just a fraction more effort than cracking open a can. Read Caramel Nut Rolls on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Dinner Rolls From Scratch that turn out every time! Over the Top Brownies- Microwave them in just four minutes! Baked Oatmeal
  • Scars make us real.

    Meghan G
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    It's okay to be broken. It's okay to put yourself back together again the best you can. It's okay to have scars. Read Scars make us real. on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Book Review: Everything Goes On Land Beyond “Go Dog, Go” (Number 3) Jack and the Beanstalk (plus lesson resources)
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    Early Intervention Support

  • Could Your Child Benefit from a Cochlear Implant? | Sensorineural Hearing Loss Treatment

    Rachel Sigala
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    What is a cochlear implant and who does it benefit? A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted small electronic device consisting of internal and external parts to help provide the sense of sound to those with sensorineural hearing loss. It is important to take into consideration whether the child developed language prior to the hearing loss, the severity of the hearing loss, the support of the child’s family, and whether the child responded to hearing aids prior to getting a cochlear implant. The FDA has approved cochlear implants for any child over 12 months of age with significant…
  • The Picture Exchange Communication System | Alternative Communication Intervention

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Communication comes in many forms.  From a cry to express hunger to rhythmic kicks of their feet to show excitement, children begin communicating in the earliest years of their life. For most, communication continues to develop and becomes an everyday effortless activity; however, for individuals with disabilities, communication can be a constant obstacle. Early identification of developmental delays is essential to a child’s progress. If a child has a communication delay, a speech therapist will support the family in assisting their child in developing communication.  There are five…
  • Turning Oral Motor Activities into Play

    Stephenie Gomez
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Our goal in Early Intervention is to encourage imitation skills in children because we know that children learn and practice by imitating their models. As adults, we model various gross motor, fine motor, and oral motor skills throughout the day to encourage our children to imitate us, and before long they begin to carry out those skills spontaneously. Oral motor exercises may be implemented into your child’s therapy program for various reasons, whether it be to increase muscle tone and/or strength, stability, movement, or to increase overall awareness for feeding and/or speech…
  • Fun and Healthy Eating for Kids

    20 Mar 2014 | 8:42 am
    In my profession as a pediatric dietitian I frequently have parents ask, “How do I change my child’s eating habits?” Some parents would like their child to eat more, some to eat less, others to eat healthier and others just to include more variety. We have all heard the traditional response that as a parent we should model good eating habits. Sometimes that just isn’t enough. I always include trying to make healthy eating fun for your children. Some fun ideas for mealtimes include cutting foods into different shapes made to look like animals, or including the kids in your food…
  • Toddler a Picky Eater? The Development of Oral Motor Skills and Eating

    Florence Angelo
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:04 am
    The transition from bottle or breast to eventually eating solid “table foods” is a big development that happens during the first years of life. There are many steps in the process as children move from early purees through soft solids and onto a wide variety of textures and crunchy foods. But how exactly does a child get from drinking milk to munching on a raw carrot? The Importance of Tongue Lateralization During early childhood, there is an important progression of oral motor skills that a child gains in order to move on to each set of new foods.  One of the most significant of these…
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    A Fine Parent

  • The Ultimate Guide For Helping Your Kids Create a Habit. Any Habit.

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of our series on Habits.) Ever wonder why some routines stick, while others fall flat? Maybe you’ve got your kids into the habit of getting to bed on time each night, but come morning, try as you might, you can’t get them out of bed and out the door on time without a few screaming matches… (or is it the other way round?) What gives? Wouldn’t it be great if we could just figure out the secret of creating habits consistently? As it turns out, there is a method to this madness! In the book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,…
  • What Michael Phelps Can Teach us About Eliminating Power Struggles With Our Kids

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of our series on Habits.) Michael was a restless and hyperactive kid. One of his elementary school teachers impatiently complained to his mom – “I just don’t ever see him being able to focus on anything in his life”. In 6th grade, he was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). And yet, today we know him as the Michael Phelps – the most decorated, legendary Olympian of all times who has to his credit 18 gold medals (twice as many as the next highest gold medal holder!), 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals. Ever wonder how Michael may have…
  • The Truth About the Glamorous Life: By Rock and Roll Dad Mark Hermann

    31 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is a part of our series on Inspiring Stories and is a gracious contribution by Mark Hermann from Rock and Roll Zen. Please contact me if you have a great story to share with our fine parents community!) It’s been a wild and crazy ride in the 51 years of life I’ve lived so far as a creative spirit. I’ve toured the world with real rock stars including Foreigner and Joe Walsh and gotten a taste of the life that goes along with it. I’ve felt the elation of playing my own music in a big arena, written songs that were placed in TV shows and films and produced…
  • How to Prepare Your Kids to Deal Effectively With Setbacks and Failures

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of our series on Mindset.) As you watch your child take on something new, how many of you silently pray “Oh gosh, please, please let him not fail”? It’s the natural parenting instinct in us. Most of us do this, even though we know that statistically, there is no way anyone can go through their life without failing a few times. And we do it in spite of understanding at some level that a few setbacks may actually be good for for our kids – to learn perseverance, grit, resilience; to build character and to feel a deep fulfilling satisfaction when they succeed.
  • How to Praise Your Kids the Right Way Without Spoiling Them in the Process

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of our series on Mindset.) You’re a good parent. You want to help your kids grow up to be happy and successful. So, when you notice them doing something right, you jump in with praise and encouragement. “Good job!” “That’s brilliant!” “You’re awesome! Way to go!” But is all that praise and encouragement doing what it’s supposed to? Is it sending the right message? Turns out the answer is, yes and no. You’ve got the first part right – as parents we are our children’s first and foremost cheerleaders. Our children need to hear encouragement…
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  • 11 Tips for Hair Care Post Baby

    Sangeetha Menon
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Having hair fall post delivery or post baby ? In today’s post I am writing about the 11 tips for hair care post baby / post delivery. A new mother becomes so busy with many things that she doesn’t have time to take care of herself. So the poor care,... The post 11 Tips for Hair Care Post Baby appeared first on .
  • Introducing Dr. Nitin Deshpande To You All – Bumps n Baby Expert Panel !!

    Sangeetha Menon
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hi Lovely readers of Bumps n Baby , Am so glad to introduce Dr. Nitin Deshpande , M.B.B.S, D.C.H. leading Paediatrician , Consulting Child & Newborn Specialist to all of you lovely readers. He would be a part of the Bumps n Baby family where in you , yes you... The post Introducing Dr. Nitin Deshpande To You All – Bumps n Baby Expert Panel !! appeared first on .
  • 8 Reasons Why I Discourage Giving Biscuits for Babies

    Sangeetha Menon
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Biscuits for Babies ? I had told you that for my delivery I had gone to Kerala. Like any other mom to be I loved to go for my checkups , but entering the hospital puts me off . I hate the smell of the medicines at the counter ,... The post 8 Reasons Why I Discourage Giving Biscuits for Babies appeared first on .
  • Apple Bread Pudding for Babies and Kids

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    First I like to thank all the lovely moms out there for the feedback emails I received regarding my food recipe published on the Bumps n Baby. Thanks a lot Sangeetha, I am truly inspired by you! Today’s recipe is Apple Bread Pudding for babies which can be equally appealing for adults... The post Apple Bread Pudding for Babies and Kids appeared first on .
  • Egg Pudding for Babies and Kids

    26 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Today’s recipe Egg Pudding is something which I tried yesterday for my baby and of course he liked the taste.As you all know egg white is the clear white part of an egg that surrounds the yolk and it’s very nutritious. Egg whites are rich in selenium and vitamins such... The post Egg Pudding for Babies and Kids appeared first on .
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    Change My Lane » Blog

  • The secret to happiness

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:28 pm
    My eight-year-old pulls this pouty duck face when she’s not happy. Yes, she is behaving more and more like a ‘tween’ every day. This morning she was complaining her life. Her best friends’ life is soooo enviable. She has everything that my daughter believes she wants. My little girl would change places with her in a heartbeat. I pointed out a few things that she has that her best friend would envy. More duck-faced pouting. She wasn’t having any of it. Then I asked, “Do you want to know the secret to happiness?” Her little eyes lit up, and she said “Yes!” So I told her.
  • 14 tips for returning to work after baby

    4 Mar 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Returning to work after having a baby can be very stressful. We’re sold an illusion that the truly competent people cope well with this situation, and glide through it effortlessly. We’re sold another illusion that only incompetent people don’t crumble under the strain. The truth of the matter is somewhere in between. In most instances, the people that don’t cope well are the ones who expect too much of themselves, and their situation. The ones who buy the myth that they can have it all. That they can return to their pre-pregnancy figure, have an eternally clean and tidy house, move…
  • Revolutionary parenting

    11 Feb 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Here’s a revolutionary parenting idea – let’s put Mums first! The other day I read an article about how a health care worker prescribes the same thing for each of her clients who are busy mums. Her prescription is to have between one and four hours each week, doing something they enjoy, away from work and away from home. When her clients give her that incredulous look that says ‘You really just don’t get it, do you?’ she responds, ‘So, when did you become the least important person in your household?’ I like her style, and found myself talking to some other mums in…
  • 6 Ways to beat the back to work blues

    25 Jan 2014 | 1:04 am
    The back to work blues tend to set in when the holiday period is over and we head back to work or school. It’s easy to fall into the post-vacation slump! The key is to make sure you have something, or some things, to look forward to so you don’t believe that the best is behind you. Here are some ideas to help you do that:   1. Plan your quarterly breaks That’s right, get your calendar out and start planning. Schedule in all the public holidays and the school terms, first so you can see what’s happening when. Then work with, or around, these dates for your breaks. You need…
  • My no-fail guide to following through on your resolutions

    25 Dec 2013 | 7:59 pm
    We often resolve to do something, but fail to actually do it. Have you noticed that? This is particularly noticeable in the new year as those of us who set New Year’s resolutions tend to sprinkle them around liberally, as though they’re fairy dust. Then, unlike the dust that tends to accumulate around my house, the resolutions disappear, leaving no evidence they ever existed. This is the problem with most resolutions. We set them, and forget them. Actually, we set them, try to make some progress over the first few weeks or days (or hours!) of making the resolve, then give up and berate…
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  • Yummy farm fresh Easter dinner menu

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:18 am
    Easter dinner is a great way to celebrate spring. The kids are dressed in adorable dresses and suits - no need to bundle up in coats. The birds are chirping and flowers are blooming. Fresh vegetables are sweet and tender.What better way to revel in the season than with a meal filled with farm fresh goodies? Here's a menu to make your taste buds thrilled.Herb roasted leg of lambAsparagus and new potato hashHoney glazed carrotsRoasted beet and arugula saladDinner rollsStrawberry shortcakeStart off by visiting your local butcher for the lamb. Marinate it for a full 24-hours prior to cooking in a…
  • 10 Easter Egg Hunt Alternatives to Candy

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    There's no longer just one Easter egg hunt for most children. Instead Easter has become a month long celebration of egg hunts, breakfasts with the bunny and other sugary encounters. There are hunts at school, church, the park, the community center and grandma's - and then the rabbit is still expected to show up hiding eggs on your lawn on the actual big day.Since actual hard boiled eggs are rarely used at these festivities, that means your little ones will be coming home with basket after basket of plastic eggs filled with candy. Are you already cringing as you envision your precious children…
  • Teaching Responsibility To Your Kids And Letting Go

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Teaching responsibility to your kids isn't always an easy task and letting go of your own personal control over every situation they take on isn't either. Many parents avoid letting their children help with daily tasks and events because they feel they will do it much better than their child. This cuts off the child from learning to trust in their capabilities and limits confidence and growth.It is extremely important to teach kids how to be responsible when they are young so they will eventually grow into responsible teenagers and then adults. There are a variety of ways that you can start…
  • Traveling With Newborns: 4 Essential Travel Tips For Parents

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Traveling with newborns does not have to be a painful experience by any means. It can actually be a much easier experience than traveling with an older baby or toddler because newborn babies sleep for 16 to 18 hours a day. If you haven't traveled with your newborn and are considering cruising, flying or traveling by train, pay attention to these 4 essential travel tips that will help you during your journey with your little bundle of joy. Remember that everyone is a beginner at some point when they have a new baby, so allow yourself, as a parent, to learn, grow and live the dream of traveling…
  • Cleaning Games: How We Make Chores Fun

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:27 am
    My daughter loves the internet, especially playing online games. It started early with her playing educational games from Sesame Street or games where a player can decorate ponies, princesses or monsters. Surprisingly, many of these games, mostly aimed at girls, involve cleaning. Cleaning games that feature a big-eyed avatar cleaning up for a party or picking up after a party or cleaning up their rooms so they can go to a party…you get the point, right? The societal problems of hundreds of games aimed at girls that center on cleaning-as-fun aside, what fascinated me was how monotonous even…
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    Growing Your Baby

  • William, Kate and Prince George Say Goodbye To New Zealand; Hello To Sydney!

    Lisa Arneill
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:31 pm
    After spending nine days touring the island, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said goodbye to New Zealand and boarded a plane to Sydney with their son Prince George on Wednesday. During the almost 4 hour flight Catherine(Kate) changed out of her Rebecca Taylor suit into a yellow dress by designer Roksanda Ilincic. Off to tour the city immediately, Kate and William attended a reception at Sydney’s iconic Opera House to mark the start of their 10-day tour of Australia. Afterwards they went on a walkabout around the steps of the famous building greeting the crowds. In a speech at the…
  • Children Lose 7 Minutes of Sleep for Every Hour of Television, Researchers Say

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    For anyone, television has the potential to increase the risk of obesity and heart disease. This is especially true among those that, on a daily basis, spend more time watching television than being physically active. Children face the very same risk, but it extends much, much further than obesity and future health problems. While there’s nothing wrong with watching a favorite movie with your child from time to time or allowing them to watch their favorite television show, parents should be fully aware of the emerging research regarding television viewing among children. The latest ties…
  • Passersby in BC Save Baby From Accident that Trapped Stroller Underneath Car

    Lisa Arneill
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    A British Columbia mom is thanking many people today after passersby came to the rescue when her six-month-old baby was trapped underneath a vehicle that failed to stop. PHOTOGRAPH: CHEK News Those on the scene revealed that the baby was screaming and the mother was calling for help to get the baby out from under the Jetta. Once witnesses noticed the infant’s stroller trapped, about six people rushed over to lift up the car and rescue the newborn, who had only minor scrapes and bruises.  This was likely due to the fact that the baby girl was still buckled in her infant seat. When…
  • Italian Woman Implanted With Wrong Embryos During IVF Treatment

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    When a couple is faced with infertility, it can be a crushing blow.  But in this day and age, there are so many treatment options, including In-Vitro Fertilization, that have given the gift of life to so many couples. Many have given their hearts and souls over to the IVF process, and fertility centers, where information and test results are double and even sometimes triple-checked to ensure a healthy pregnancy, so rarely does anyone ever fathom that a mix-up could happen during the process. However, one Italian woman is dealing with just that after another couple’s embryos were…
  • Study: Stopping Antidepressants while Breastfeeding may Cause MORE Harm for Mother and Baby

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Moms who are breastfeeding have to be conscious of what they are putting in their bodies – especially when it comes to medication. But there are certain conditions in which medication should not be stopped. After a new study, researchers say that depression is one such condition. Based on data collected from the Danish National Birth Cohort in Denmark, researchers found that mothers who stop taking their antidepressants during pregnancy or while breastfeeding were more likely to stop nursing than those that continued their medications. “We found that two-thirds of the women stopped taking…
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  • Au Pair Infant Care

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:38 pm
    There’s going to be a baby boom in my group of friends!  I have three friends who are due within weeks of each other; each with different childcare plans for their babies. I’ve seen the struggles they have gone through trying to weigh the pros and cons of different child care options.  For myself, it would be a tough decision sending my baby to daycare.  A babysitter is always a great option, but it’s hard to find one who will be around long term.   Having an au pair as your childcare provider is a great way to go!  Our Au Pairs have over 200 hours of experience, some…
  • Outdoor Safety Tips

    13 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    As I’m sitting here outside during one of the first warm, beautiful days this year, I’m trying to think of all the fun activities I can do outdoors.  It is important that as a child care provider, you get the children outside and get exercise.  It was a long, cold, snowy, winter and everyone was cooped up for months. Although the weather is warming up and there are tons of outdoor activities to do, there are some precautions to take to keep yourself and the children safe. First, and most important, WEAR SUNBLOCK!  Even if it’s slightly overcast, the sun’s rays are…
  • Reading with Children

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    When I was a child, I had a regular babysitter, Mrs. Hickey.  She was an older woman and we thought of her as a third grandmother.  My fondest memories of Mrs. Hickey are of when she read to us. My favorite childhood book was One day, maybe the child you care for will love a book and the memories that go with it as much as I do with Ira Sleeps Over.  Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber.  The story was cute, and the pictures were nice, but they weren’t spectacular.  I have seen and read books with funnier stories and brighter, better illustrations, but the way Mrs. Hickey read this…
  • Au Pairs Let Moms be Moms

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:39 pm
    I’m not a mom, however, having the experience of being a nanny, babysitter, and being an honorary aunt to all of my friend’s children, I see how hard it is to be a mom! I love kids and I can’t wait to have my own, but it’s a lot of tough work!  It’s tiring entertaining the kids, getting meals ready, driving them to different activities, making sure the toys are picked up, etc.  It’s lonely being home with a toddler and not having the luxury of talking to other adults.  And on the other end, it’s tough having friends with kids and trying to plan…
  • Getting Your Kids to Eat Their Fruits and Veggies!

    6 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    I conducted an orientation last weekend and when it was time to discuss the child’s diet and foot limitations, I was absolutely shocked to hear that the child was not to have fruits and vegetables!  His au pair has had a hard time trying to sneak them to him and tries her best with foods that contain veggies.   It is recommended that children get five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  Fruits and vegetables are high in filling fiber, but low in fat and calories, which helps to prevent obesity.  Fruits and vegetables also contain essential vitamins, such as vitamin C, that…
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  • I’m a Single Mom and I Don’t Feel Bad About It!

    Ty Knighten
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    I have been a single mom since day one and by day one, I mean from the time I found out that I was pregnant.  I never felt sorry for myself and to be very honest, I think I prepared myself for single motherhood long before I ever got pregnant.  I knew that I would be a single mother when I was a teenage girl and made the decision to one day be a mother. Being raised by a single mom, I was taught to be independent and take care of business and that was the example that I saw in my home. I decided probably in my senior year of high school, that I wanted to have 1 son and that I was going to…
  • How to Live Well as a Single Mom – It’s Not About the Money

    Christy Heady
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    This year marks the fifth time I am facing a cancer scare within a two-year window of time. When I heard the news from my doctor, grateful and exhausted are the two words that bubbled up from within me.   I recognized all my biopsies and surgeries from the past have come back benign but I am a bit tired of having to do this again.  My doctor believes I am fine but it is better to ensure my “health career,” he said, stays in tact. This news helped me realize I have received a bigger gift now. When you want to live really well when you are raising your children alone, it is time…
  • 4 Limiting Single Mom Beliefs to Let Go of Today

    Anne Sophie
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    When you go through the exciting, nerve-wracking, exhilarating and scary parenting journey on your own, there are many beliefs that sneak into your subconscious mind keeping you from being the most energetic and relaxed mom you can be. It’s easy to fall into the traps of the “can’t-do’s” and “have to’s” when dealing with your child, your finances, your schedules and yourself. When I decided to separate from my husband and treat my child to a life without fighting and miserable parents, I instantly had a giant list of all the things I wouldn’t be able to do in the near and…
  • Single Moms Don’t Have to Date

    Lori Pace
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    I have been divorced almost a year. Separated almost two. It has been both a hard experience and a very freeing one. Free from the stress of a bad relationship. Free from having to take care of one more person in the household. Free from the disappointments and breaking of trust that happened routinely in the marriage. But what also came was the constant questions about my meeting someone new. I was taken aback by so many asking when I was moving on to someone else so quickly. My ex moved out of my house and into his girlfriends house, but I need a little more time. Like maybe a lifetime. So…
  • 6 Myths About Single Moms and the Truth

    Ty Knighten
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    “I am a Single Mom.”  When we say those words, we are immediately judged, looked down upon and stereotyped, all within a matter of seconds and in many cases, immediately treated differently. I’ve had women say, “Oh, I’m sorry,” as if to offer their condolences for a death in the family.  It amazes me that an apology would be the response for stating that I am a single mom.  I’m not sure what exactly they’re sorry about but if you are reading this and have offered your condolences to a woman who states that she is a single mom, you should be ashamed of yourselves. When I sit…
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  • Don’t Just Learn, Understand!

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:29 pm
    In the last decade, the Singapore educational system has become a global leader in the education field, helping exemplary pupils to be accepted in the worlds best universities. But with the increasing competitiveness of those top tier universities, students are faced with mounting pressure to excel in every aspect which might have an impact on their exams. This has led to the mass implementation of ‘rote learning’ in Asia, where students focus more on memorising knowledge then the full comprehension of the concepts behind it. What is ‘rote learning’ and what’s wrong with it? From…
  • Have you just received your A-levels results? So what to do next?

    7 Mar 2014 | 1:48 am
    Life after A Levels Tags: Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Choosing a Polytechnic  Don’t Just Learn, Understand!  How to make an origami horse for Chinese New Year!  What is Epigami?  4 Reasons You Should Become A TutorCopyright © | Epigami [Have you just received your A-levels results? So what to do next?], All Right Reserved. 2014.The post Have you just received your A-levels results? So what to do next? appeared first on | Epigami.
  • Top 5 Nostalgic Moments in Primary School for the 90′s ghee nas!

    2 Feb 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Top 5 Nostalgic Moments in Primary School for the 90′s ghee nas! 1. Eraser wars I would save up whatever little pocket money I have just to purchase different flag erasers to build my “eraser army”. And everyone would try to have an eraser war whenever we could (Psst.. I even had duels under my desk when the teacher was teaching in class. But I always end up losing because I was too nervous to concentrate on either activity!) 2. Power Rangers Everyone’s all-time favourite show in the 90s! I would always pretend that I’m the white ranger (My favourite ranger!) and went “GO GO…
  • Happy Chinese New Year 2014 from the Epigami Team!

    29 Jan 2014 | 4:08 am
    All of us from Epigami wishes you a Happy Chinese New Year 2014. Tags: Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Don’t Just Learn, Understand!  Q&A with an O-levels grad  Guide to choosing a Junior College (JC)  Choosing a Polytechnic  Happy New Year!Copyright © | Epigami [Happy Chinese New Year 2014 from the Epigami Team!], All Right Reserved. 2014.The post Happy Chinese New Year 2014 from the Epigami Team! appeared first on | Epigami.
  • How to make an origami horse for Chinese New Year!

    27 Jan 2014 | 12:36 am
    Hello everyone! Did you know that the name “Epigami” was derived from 2 words – “Epic” and “Origami”? “Epi” stands for “Epic” and our belief to never settle for anything less than the best; “gami” stems from “Origami”, the Japanese art of paper craft, which symbolises creation and innovation. With Chinese New Year just a few days away, we are going to teach you one decoration to spice up your house – an origami horse (and one that can flip too!) in the upcoming year of the horse! Video link:…
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