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  • Parenting and Motivational Quotes to Live By

    Parenting at More4kids
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    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 thing as a perfect parent so just be a…
  • Hair tips: create braids, not battles

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    Melissa Willets
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    by Melissa Willets posted in Tips & Tricks Fun, self-esteem building, bonding experience; are these words you would typically equate with styling your child's hair, especially on hectic mornings before school? Me neither. Instead, it's usually a battle. Me versus combative kiddos who could care less if their hair gets brushed let alone... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • ‘Relentless’ writer on bin Laden raid mistake, deadly ‘Xbox’

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:43 pm
    To find out how the difference between a chain-link fence and a stone wall nearly spelled disaster for the Americans carrying out the raid to kill Osama bin Laden, pick up “Relentless: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command.”
  • Combating Pediatric Pain: The Pain Medicine News Report

    MedPage Today Pediatrics
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Also, new efforts to develop personalized pain treatments
  • Get In On This Viral Toddler-Gorilla Video Early! Just 26,000 Views!

    Daddy Types
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:41 pm
    A wonderful video of a toddler playing hide and seek with a baby gorilla is available for licensing across all platforms. It's probably being ripped off and reloaded to Facebook as I type this. Toddler playing Gorilla Toddler at...
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    Parenting at More4kids

  • Parenting and Motivational Quotes to Live By

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    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 thing as a perfect parent so just be a…
  • Parenting Quotes of the Day

    23 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    There is no  such thing as a  perfect parent so just be a real one – Sue Atkins Tags Parenting
  • Parenting: Words That Empower

    20 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Often as parents, words slip out of our mouths before we even think about them. I am no exception and will be the first to admit it. Sometimes we may quickly tell our kids things like "you should be ashamed of yourself" or "I'm going to leave you right here if you don't stop" and don't realize how this actually affects our children in the future. The way that we communicate with our children is so important to their emotional health, their self esteem, and even their personal empowerment. The outcomes and attitudes our kids have are linked to the words that…
  • My Recipe for Effective Parenting

    14 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    A Barrel of Trust A Bushel of Patience A Gallon of Faith A Liter of Understanding A Quart of Respect A Pint of Humor Combine all ingredients. Blend with consistency; Stir well to form a ball of love. Sift out jealousies, guilt, resentments, anger and frustrations. Pour in Encouragement; Soften with decency; Shape into equal parts of caring, humility, inspiration and communication; Place in lightly coated heartfelt holder; Sprinkle with fondness and affection. Bake in a high degree of common sense until bubbles of positive parenting form. Serves a loving family.  Preserved for life.
  • Getting Your Family Into That Back To School Routine

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:08 am
    Back to School – Back to Schedules Summertime – schedules are relaxed, kids can stay up a little later, sleep a little longer, lounge around in their pajamas all morning. But before you know it, the clock will rule the morning again. How do you help kids adjust from the relaxation of summer to the schedules of school? Start Early Your kids are not going to be happy if they can stay up to 11:00 one night and have to be in bed by 8:00 the next night. In fact, they probably won’t be able to make such a drastic change so quickly and will make everybody miserable. Begin slowly reintroducing…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Hair tips: create braids, not battles

    Melissa Willets
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    by Melissa Willets posted in Tips & Tricks Fun, self-esteem building, bonding experience; are these words you would typically equate with styling your child's hair, especially on hectic mornings before school? Me neither. Instead, it's usually a battle. Me versus combative kiddos who could care less if their hair gets brushed let alone... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Marissa Mayer doesn't know what's about to hit her

    Joanna Venditti
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:25 pm
    by Joanna Venditti posted in Mom Stories Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, announced recently that she's pregnant with identical twin girls. She also added that she would be taking only a short maternity leave, as she did with her son. “Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Parents should talk to kids about alcohol by this age, AAP says

    Michelle Stein
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:11 pm
    by Michelle Stein posted in Mom Stories Parents have a lot of influence on their children when it comes to drinking -- more than they might think, according to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP.) Unfortunately, kids are often taking their first sips before parents even think to have a conversation about the... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Hilarious video: You might be a helicopter parent if...

    Melissa Willets
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:52 am
    by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories The hilarious family behind the viral video "Xmas Jammies" is back, but this time Kim and Penn Holderness are taking on a divisive issue: helicopter parenting; with their trademark humor still intact, of course. Their new song parody, "Copter Mommy" is set to the "can't get it out of your head"... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • 20 celebs reveal the truth behind their odd baby name picks

    Carolyn Robertson
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:15 am
    by Carolyn Robertson posted in Celebrities Moxie Crimefighter, Audio Science, Apple. It's no secret that folks in Hollywood are partial to baby names that leave the rest of us scratching our heads. Year after year we add more monikers to the already long list of unusual celebrity baby names as famous moms and dads welcome... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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  • ‘Relentless’ writer on bin Laden raid mistake, deadly ‘Xbox’

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:43 pm
    To find out how the difference between a chain-link fence and a stone wall nearly spelled disaster for the Americans carrying out the raid to kill Osama bin Laden, pick up “Relentless: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command.”
  • GOP reportedly seeks pledge to avert Trump third-party run

    2 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to avert a 2016 disaster, the Republican National Committee on Wednesday challenged every GOP presidential candidate to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid under any circumstances.
  • Kentucky clerk unlikely star in fight against gay marriage

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Fans of Kim Davis have rallied around the Kentucky clerk while foes have lined up in protest since she touted her religious beliefs in defiance of a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses. From the overwhelmed florist in Morehead, Kentucky, delivering bouquets to her nearby office, to a fellow county clerk biking across the state to show solidarity, to a Republican presidential candidate calling hers a fight against tyranny, many are standing with her.     This week the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant Davis a stay on a federal judge's injunction that would force her to…
  • Hillary Clinton unveils $10 billion plan to fight substance abuse

    31 Dec 1969 | 4:00 pm
    Increasing local prevention efforts for teens is just part of the Democratic presidential hopeful’s strategy.
  • NFL's first female coach on concussions, Tom Brady

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:05 am
    Yahoo's Katie Couric speaks to Jen Welter about her life with the Arizona Cardinals and some of the hot button issues confronting the league today.
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    Daddy Types

  • Get In On This Viral Toddler-Gorilla Video Early! Just 26,000 Views!

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:41 pm
    A wonderful video of a toddler playing hide and seek with a baby gorilla is available for licensing across all platforms. It's probably being ripped off and reloaded to Facebook as I type this. Toddler playing Gorilla Toddler at...
  • I'm Sorry, Baby Naming Rights??

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:53 pm
    I just, I mean, I, I, what? WLS, ABC7 in Chicago is reporting:Chicago rapper Chief Keef has named his son after his record label in an effort to promote his latest album, according to a statement from the CEO of...
  • The What?? Fiberglass Magic Cradle By Stauffer Reducing

    24 Aug 2015 | 9:06 pm
    A few days ago DT reader Nathan spotted this amazing-looking vintage cradle on eBay in St Louis. [Turns out it's also on craigslist.] "Had this been up a year ago," Nathan wrote, "I would have considered it for our...
  • For Sale: Onesies, Lightly Used. At The Peter Brant Family Flea Market

    22 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    The artist Rob Pruitt has been selling all kinds of his own random clutter on eBay for a couple of years now. This summer, he's turned his Rob Pruitt Flea Market into a Brant Family Flea Market, by setting...
  • Piet Klaarhamer Rolling Cradle

    18 Aug 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Look what I found while surfing around the website of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, looking for more info on Piet Klaarhamer, Gerrit Rietveld's mentor and De Stijl collaborator. It's a cradle! More importantly, it's a cradle on wheels,...
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • Teddy Bears Personalized: Giveaway for a Sweater Bear or Hoodie Bear ~ 2 Winners!

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:46 pm
    My twin boys recently began sleeping in separate rooms after sharing a room for 11 years. Austen took what was formerly the “spare room” (which was formerly one of my older boy’s rooms before he moved out), so to help him sleep in a place he wasn’t accustomed to sleeping, we got him a new bedtime buddy: a personalized teddy bear from Teddy Bears Personalized! As you can see below, Austen loves his cuddly Sweater Bear, which is wearing a sweater in his choice of green with a star (because he’s a superstar) and the words, “Austen’s Bear.” It’s super cuddly, and now he looks…
  • Too Cool for Drool Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win "Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms" (Paperback)! #2cool4drool

    30 Aug 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Welcome to the Too Cool for Drool Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It! Every blogger participating in this hop is giving away a baby-themed prize. Once you've entered my giveaway, be sure to hop around in the linky to check out the other great prizes up for grabs!For my giveaway, I am offering a paperback copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms!Celebrate the joy, love, and wonder of motherhood with these stories for new moms! Share the excitement, the laughs, and the tears with other new mothers as you read their heartwarming, amusing, and inspirational stories…
  • See "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" in Theaters on September 18! And Enter This Giveaway for a $25 Visa Gift Card, Keychain and Stickers! #ScorchTrials

    30 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials20th Century FoxIn theaters September 18, 2015The Maze was just the beginning!See Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials in theaters September 18!In this next chapter of the epic Maze Runner saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking…
  • Winners for August 2015

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sherlock Academy Book Blast: $50 Amazon or Costco Gift Card or PayPal CashCongratulations to the winner: Karen R.!Chicken Soup for the Soul: Be the Best You Can Be (Paperback)Congratulations to the winners: Susan S., Morgan W., and Natalie J.B.!Go Organically Fruit SnacksCongratulations to the winner: Annamarie P.V.!Scholastic Storybook Treasures: 4-DVD GiveawayCongratulations to the winner: Bernie W.!Riley the Golfer, by Dave Pilot (Paperback)Congratulations to the winners: Sue H., Donna H., LeAnn H., and Cynthia C.!Teddy Bears Personalized Hoodie Bear or Sweater BearCongratulations to the…
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (August 29, 2015)

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Welcome to the Erika edition of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! As I write this, we're watching Tropical Storm Erika here in south Florida, waiting to see where she's going to go. The kids are all hoping for a day off from school on Monday! For those of you in the path of the storm, stay safe. And while you're stuck inside and still have power, be sure to spend the time entering some giveaways! (Of course, those of you nowhere near the storm are also welcome to join us!) Check out the giveaways listed in the linky below, as well as those on my right sidebar. Come back throughout the week…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Monday Giveaway Linky – Clean Carpets Edition

    Amy LeForge
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Hulloooo, Heroes! I’m pleased to inform you that I am writing this post with my toes enjoying some lovely clean carpets. Hubby, his mother, and I worked ourselves like crazy yesterday and got all of the house cleaned. It smells great!I still have a lot of work to do, but at least the stains are gone and the floors are vacuumed. I still need to treat the house for fleas (with dogs, I like to do that every year or so) and then treat the carpets again with a protectant. Hopefully that will help things stay clean(er) around here for a while.While I’m steaming and spraying and…
  • Bacon is Always a Good Excuse

    Amy LeForge
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Scene: The couch…Hubby and I seated and watching television. The phone rings.(I answer)Son: garbled greetingMe: what?Son: Who is this?Me: Who is THIS??Son: It’s your son.Me: Oh good, because this is your mother.Son: Do you mind if I stay over at a friend’s house for a pasta party?Me: No.Me (again): I’m SO sorry your dad and I missed Meet the Team tonight! (This is an annual tradition where all the sports teams of the season meet, go over rules and expectations, and the kids are introduced.)Son: That’s okay.Me: In my defense, I was cooking bacon and lost track of…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky – Lots of Naps Edition

    Amy LeForge
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:18 pm
    (yawn)Good Monday, Heroes! What have you been doing all day?I’ve been napping. I don’t know why, but I was sooooo very sleepy all day. It’s not like me. I am enjoying the sleeping though. I haven’t been sleeping well all summer, in part because there’s so much to do and not enough time to do it.Also, this has been a time of great change as we shift gears from homeschooling to public school. I still have a good deal to do to finish up (scan and file too many papers, sell books I don’t want, put away books I do). However, there has been much progress and I…
  • Giveaway LInky – VBS 2015 Edition

    Amy LeForge
    9 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Jambo, Heroes! This week we are excited to be a part of our local Vacation Bible School: Camp Kilimanjaro. It’s so much fun! And so much work. Exhaustion abounds.So while I go take a nap enjoy the lovely giveaways, won’t you? An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Giveaway Linky – On Time and Feeling Fine EditionMonday Giveaway Linky: The Well-Rested EditionMonday Giveaway Linky – Parenting is Hard EditionMonday Giveaway Linky: Oops Holiday EditionMonday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom Edition Copyright © 2015 Earnest Parenting. All rights…
  • Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes Really Do the Job!

    Amy LeForge
    5 Aug 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Heroes, I don’t know if you experience allergies to any degree, but I can tell you that I personally have seasonal allergies…all 4 seasons of the year. Seriously, in the winter it’s dust and pet dander, then in the warmer months it’s trees, grass, and molds. And also pet dander and dust. There are a few more items on the list, but that is the majority of my difficulties. When it rains and tamps down the dust, the mold kicks up. Not a lot of fun! I can tell very easily if the house has been vacuumed adequately or not, because the sneezing. Oy. The sneezing. Also, the dry, itchy…
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  • White Coat Ceremony Weekend

    30 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    Is there any greater feeling than seeing someone you love taking a giant step toward accomplishing a long-term goal? Probably, but right now I’m feeling like there isn’t. Yesterday was the University of Iowa’s School of Pharmacy 2015 White Coat Ceremony. In other words, all of the first year students for the Doctorate program received their white coats and made their pharmacist oath. It was a wonderful day and all of the students were noticeably proud to have taken this giant step towards becoming a pharmacist. To think too that this was just the beginning of their Doctorate…
  • Parenting From Afar

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:04 pm
    When I talk to people and they ask me how many children I have I tell them eight. Six of these children are mine and the other two are step children. However currently we only have the three littlest ones at home. They often then proceed to ask how old all the rest are, and as I go down the list I have to explain that the step children live elsewhere, my second daughter lives elsewhere, my eldest daughter is grown and has her own life, but the hardest one to explain is my first son. He is now seven but does not live with me. He lives overseas with his father. The situation is complicated, the…
  • How Social Media Can Define Me

    23 Aug 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Admittedly I turn to social media for entertainment and to keep up with what’s going on outside of these four walls I see all day every day. But at times it depresses me and I wonder to myself “is this really what my life is all about”. It’s not the fact that I sit scrolling through my newsfeeds on my phone or computer as every little chance I have to myself. It’s what I find in my newsfeeds that concerns me. If social media and the groups, pages, people, posts you are associated with defines who you are, then I really am not much of the person I always thought I…
  • Just the Mum

    16 Aug 2015 | 4:48 pm
    I’m 38 years old and I’ve been a mum for over 20 years. I don’t mind that. I love that I have a close relationship with my eldest daughter due to having her so young. But sometimes I wish people would see me as more than the mum. It wasn’t always like this. When my older kids were little and there was only two, people saw everything about me; the creative me, the musical me, the fashion me, the hard working me, the computer geek me, the gamer me, the highly intelligent me, the multi skilled me, the can do anything me. However now that we have more kids, and our older…
  • Lessons From A 3 Year Old

    15 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    As my daughter nears her fourth birthday, her speech has improved significantly. She’s also become more outspoken and strict about rules (whether ones we’ve put in place or ones that she created herself). This outspoken and rulesy nature are now coupled with her improving speech. That means many more entertaining stories and quotes for her quote book. Just the other day, I was focused on getting lunch ready and distracted by the fact that my one year old was nearing nap time. She asked me a question, and I distractedly said “uh huh.” It didn’t go over well. Very…
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  • Menu Planning for the Busy Mom

    9 Aug 2015 | 9:13 am
    I can always tell what kind of a week it is going to be based on ONE thing – did I take 15 minutes over the weekend and make a plan? If the answer is YES, then chances are the week will run smoothly. If the answer is NO, then I can guarantee I will spend the week flying by the seat of my pants, in the drive-thru lane at Chickfila, and feeling frazzled. My planning consists of a quick check in with the girls to see what activities they have and coordinating any carpools. Then the important part – the menu.  Menu planning saves me money and helps me feed my family healthier food.
  • Easy Tie Dye Waffles

    8 Aug 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Waffles have been a Sunday morning tradition since I was a little girl. My Dad used to make them every Sunday morning and every now and then he would get adventurous and add a little food coloring to the batter and see if he could get a reaction from us by making our waffles green at St. Patrick’s Day or pink for Valentine’s Day. I have continued the tradition with my kids – although I will have to say that waffles do not happen every Sunday, but they do make frequent Sunday appearances. This summer my daughter was in a local production of the musical, “Joseph and the…
  • Wrap It Up with Expressionery

    25 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    One of my good friends is headed off this week to a new home in a new state to start her new career as a teacher. I thought it would be fun to put together a little bag of goodies to take to her new classroom. Since I am part of a fun blog hop that combines some of my favorite things – like Cost Plus World Market and Expressionery – this seemed like the perfect opportunity to put it all together! It all started with a fun box of goodies from Laura. I took a look at the box and looked in my stash of gifts and started putting together things a new teacher might need –…
  • Easy, Peasy Teacher Appreciation Gift

    30 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and while you may feel stressed about what to get or make for your kids’ teachers, think simple.  I recently got a custom, self-inking stamp from my friends at and it is the perfect finishing touch on any gift. As a matter of fact, I think it takes any basic gift and really makes it special. The one I chose was designed by Laura Kelly and can be used by my daughters and me for a variety of projects and gifting.  So, how did I create this sweet little gift? It was so easy. I used a glass jar from the dollar aisle and filled it…
  • Monday Motivation – Be Happy, Nothing Else Matters

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
      Happy Monday! What is your motto this week? As we approach the end of the first month in our apartment, I am reminded that no matter what, happiness is the most important item on my to-do list. The property manager that worked with us was super sweet and made sure our apartment was in perfect condition for us to move in. She left us a very nice card, but on the refrigerator to do notepad she wrote us the note above: Be happy. Nothing else matters. What a true statement. Everyday we are presented with challenges in every aspect of our day. We choose how to deal with them. If you can…
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  • Police Report: A Boy Got Into White Van. You Know What THAT Means!

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Sometimes, you gotta print the whole story, just to prove that THIS IS THE WHOLE STORY.  Note what is missing. (Hint: It’s not the child.) WNYT reports that: Schenectady police investigate possible missing child 09/01/2015  Schenectady police are investigating a report of a possible missing child. They say an unconfirmed third party saw a child get into a white Ford Econoline van around 10:30 or 11 a.m. on Tuesday near Emmons and Henry streets. The child is described as a white male, about 9 years old old and 4 feet 10 inches tall. He has a skinny build, brown hair, and may answer to…
  • An Open Letter to Chuck E. Cheese

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:16 am
    From my mailbox — with a lot of good points. To whom it may concern: First of all,  please let me say that I experienced excellent customer service at the Paramus,  NJ location. The facility was clean,  employees friendly and patient,  and I have nothing negative to say about my specific experience. I’m writing to voice a complaint about the policies a Chuck E. Cheese.  I find it humiliating,  distrustful and sad that in order to take my children in we must be stamped and tagged upon entrance and verified upon exit.  It suggests that kidnappings and abductions are a regular…
  • Distracted Mom Forgets Baby in Shopping Cart, Cops Press Charges

    30 Aug 2015 | 11:38 am
    An Arizona mom of four accidentally left her baby in his carseat in her shopping cart after she left the supermarket. The tot was spotted almost immediately by an off-duty cop and taken next door to a Supercuts where he remained, watched over by the locals, for 40 mins — which is the time it took for the mom, Cherish Peterson, to get home, realize her mistake, and rush back. The KPHO/KTVK correspondent reports that, “Fortunately, the baby boy is uninjured and doing fine.” Fortunately? Like, “Phew! Somehow the boy wasn’t mangled”? The kid was in a carseat in…
  • A Missing Kid and the Benefit of the Doubt

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    This is how it’s SUPPOSED to work: Dear Free-Range Kids: I feel very fortunate that we live  in Northern Alberta, Canada, where the kids play outside all day, all year! Last summer, we had the biggest scare of our lives.  It was the last day of school and I was resting in my bedroom while my husband worked outside and my cousin supervised the three kids.  My son, who had just turned three, wandered up to see me on the second floor, but then left.  I assumed he had rejoined the party downstairs, while my cousin assumed that he was with me where she had left him. About an hour later, I…
  • A Traumatized Reader Discusses Trigger Warnings

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:01 am
    Recently we were talking about the trend on campus to require “trigger warnings” — warnings on material assigned for class that could potentially traumatize a student by triggering a flashback on some misery endured. We also discussed “microaggressions” — the idea also newly popular at college that students’ casual remarks could be construed as aggressive, so it is up to everyone to make sure they offend no one with whatever they happen to say. The amazingly honest letter below explains the problem with this assumption of fragility. The Free-Range…
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  • Parenting an Adolescent: 3 Guidelines for When to Step In & When to Step Back

    Tracy Hahn-Burkett
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:12 am
    The adolescent years are a period when parents gradually hand their children’s lives over to them. As the parent of a soon-to-be adult, it’s often difficult to know when to intervene or when to let your adolescent take control over a particular part of his or her life. How do you decide when to step […]
  • In Which I Learn My Thirteen-Year-Old Has Better Manners than Some Adults

    Tracy Hahn-Burkett
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    Adults love to complain about kids’ lack of manners—about kids’ rudeness, their selfishness, their refusal to think of anyone other than themselves. These complaints are sometimes valid. But from what I’ve seen lately, some adults need to think about the messages they’re sending to kids via their own behavior. In fact, I’ve discovered that my […]
  • Help Your Tween Start the School Year Right—with an Organized Closet

    Tracy Hahn-Burkett
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Wow, that was fast. Summer is coming to a close, and the school year is upon us. It’s time to see reset sleep schedules, see how many sizes your kids have grown over the summer and buy them new clothes and supplies because inevitably, nothing they wore last year will fit them now.  But once […]
  • The Last Days of Summer (Vacation)

    Tracy Hahn-Burkett
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    Uncharted Parent is on vacation this week. Here’s to squeezing in those last, warm days of fun with the kids before school begins. Toes in the sand and ice cream cones for everyone!
  • Of Soccer Balls and Guns

    Tracy Hahn-Burkett
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Last Friday afternoon, my kids and I drove to a strip-mall soccer store to buy my son a ball. This particular strip mall is located amongst a tangle of highway conjunctions and ramps, in a busy area punctuated by a series of strip malls as well as a traditional mall, chain restaurants, and other typical […]
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  • How to Mend Holey Jeans!

    ModernMom Staff
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The following is a guest post from Katie Richardson, founder of How often do you come across a pair of jeans with holes that need mending? Check out the fastest, easiest and cutest way to patch your kids’ jeans without having to use a straight pin! Just follow the steps below and you’ll have a new pair of pants in no time! 1. Cut a patch out of old jeans that are in your Goodwill/thrift pile. Make sure the patch is wider and taller than the hole by about 3″ on the top and bottom, and about 2″ on the left and right side. 2. You are patching the underside of…
  • How to Cook Pizza on the Grill

    ModernMom Staff
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Summer is almost over but it’s not to late to enjoy the end of the season with a fun family cookout. Skip the hot dogs and hamburgers (boring!) and spice things up with a pizza party… cooked on the grill! We gave it a try and seriously, when you cook pizza on the grill, it tastes like it’s been served fresh out of one of those fancy wood-fired pizza oven. It’s way better than delivery and so easy – kids and grown-ups will both be asking for another slice! Directions* Preheat your gas grill, setting all burners on low (maintain approximately 400°F) with lid…
  • Take Time to Stop and Smell the Flowers

    Danielle Simmons
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:15 pm
    We never stop. We’re always going, going, going. We conduct conference calls while getting dressed in the morning, check email at night, and work on the weekends to make sure we stay on top of it all.  Add kids to the picture and the so-called balance we claim to work for gets, well, further off balance. Our days then begin by scrolling through email first thing in the morning with sleep deprived eyes, catching up on life outside of work on the weekends, typing, searching, texting away on our smartphones while our wee ones are running around at the park, our eyes never to leave them of…
  • Tips To Help Transition Back Into School

    Guest Writer
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Summer is the time for sun and fun as well as, loosey-goosey schedules for the whole family. Then, before you know it, it’s time to set the alarm and get back-to-school. Sure you’ve got all the supplies bought, but are you really ready for that first day? There are some simple things you can do to ease the transition to start the new school year off right before that alarm sounds: Get back to a regular sleep and early bedtime schedule at least one week before the first day of school. Just like a good sleep routine, regular mealtimes are also important to re-establish a week before school…
  • Why “Don’t Talk To Strangers” Can Put Your Child In Danger

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:58 pm
    The Don’t Talk to Strangers campaign taught generations of children to fear strangers – and don’t get me wrong there are bad strangers out there – but not all strangers are bad. The fact is you can’t tell what is in someone’s heart by the way they look on the outside. And while most parents are fearful of child abductions by a stranger, almost 90% of the time the child knows their abductor. This is part of the reason why we need to rethink the wisdom of what we’re teaching our kids. “Don’t talk to strangers” only tells children what NOT to do, and…
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  • A Niche of Their Own: Five Sites to Check Out Today

    Ben Huberman
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    The blogging community is huge and diverse, with thousands of smaller clusters of sites built around shared interests, causes, and passions. It might seem daunting at first — like walking into a party where everyone already seems to know each other — but there are a number of ways to ease your entry into the community, from participating in a blogging event (or even starting your own) to taking one of our free blogging courses. As the bloggers we feature here demonstrate, there’s another way to find your place in the big, wide world of blogging: zoom in on one thing…
  • New Themes: Colinear and Franklin

    Ernesto Méndez
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    On this Theme Thursday, we have two new free themes for you: Colinear and Franklin. Colinear Colinear — our update to the older Coraline — is a squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Colinear supports featured images and six widget areas — up to three in the sidebar and three in the footer. Primarily designed for magazine-style sites, Colinear is a flexible theme that also suits any personal blog or content-rich site. Check out Colinear on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site. Franklin Franklin is a lightweight blogging theme,…
  • Introducing: Our New Action Bar

    Andy Peatling
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    We strive to make all aspects of using streamlined and intuitive, from following a great new blog to editing a post on the go. Today, we’re happy to present the new action bar, which allows you to do all this (and more) no matter what device you’re on. Following and more When you visit a site you’re not yet following, look to the bottom-right corner of the screen and you’ll see this: Clicking on Follow will make it so new posts from that site will appear in the Reader. Becoming a new follower has never been easier, whether you or your…
  • Get Up to Speed at

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: Have you just created a blog or website to: Showcase a personal project? Maybe you’re working on a photo-a-day project, some short stories, poetry, or a memoir? Highlight your business’ offerings and attract new customers? Promote an organization and want to know how to get connected to potential supporters on social media? No matter the reason you created that…
  • Next Stop for Accelerate.LGBT: Dublin, Ireland

    Anne McCarthy
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Automattic, the company behind, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world. A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Automattic, the Accelerate.LGBT conference series is designed to help diverse businesses and nonprofits optimize their web presence, empowering professionals through focused workshops and hands-on, one-on-one support from Automattic and Google employees. We held our first event in San Francisco this past April, which was a great success.
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • Smart is the New Cool with Project Mc² on Netflix #StreamTeam

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:09 pm
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  • Celebrate Fitness with Fun Workout Gear from Kohls #MakeYourMove

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
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  • Get Fit and Inspired with Yoga and Gaiam at Kohl’s #MakeYourMove

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
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    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
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  • Kids in the Kitchen, Vegetarian-Style #MakeYourMove

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
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    The Committed Parent

  • The Other Question My Brain is Always Asking

    Mark Brady
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:25 am
    I am sitting at the back of a meditation hall at a children’s camp just north of Malibu in Southern California. It is 9:40 AM, on a warm May morning. Approximately 200 students are here, waiting to hear a dharma talk by a revered Buddhist teacher. This weekend, six hundred people – triple the current number – will flood this small, oceanside arroyo for a Day of Mindfulness. I have read many of this teacher’s books as they have been published, and I have practiced the meditations. I am at this five-day retreat to gain direct experience of this teacher whose prose and poetry I…
  • How to Use Your Best Money Brain When Borrowing or Lending

    Mark Brady
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    Earlier this year a friend whom I greatly admire and respect – let’s call him Justin – received notice that his landlord had sold the house he was living in and Justin would have to move out. Surprised by the notice, Justin didn’t have the thousands of dollars he needed to immediately move into a new place, mostly because the landlord refused to return his cleaning and security deposit until after he moved. I could tell Justin was seriously stressed by this situation and too proud to ask to borrow money from me, so I took the initiative and offered to lend him the…
  • Why Struggling to Keep Up with Your Brain is Worth the Challenge

    Mark Brady
    16 Aug 2015 | 3:25 am
    A confession: I have a hard time keeping up with my own brain. Since I discovered my brain buried at the root of so much of the dysfunction in my life about 20 years ago, I’ve been learning more and more about how it works and paying ever-increasing attention to it. The only problem is that it’s really a challenge to keep up with. And I don’t just mean keep up with the 300,000 peer-reviewed neuroscience studies published every year. I mean keeping up with the changes that take place in my own brain day in and day out, sometimes minute by minute – often painful,…
  • The Dark Side of Highly Sensitive People

    Mark Brady
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:26 am
    The Dark Side of Highly Sensitive People by Sally Mynewskin* I work with a lot with Highly Sensitive People in my private psychotherapy practice. I have two very different perspectives on them. (When I am finished with this article I expect to get a lot of unhappy, critical responses.Years ago I would not have written this article. I didn’t want to take the crap I expect to get. Yes, a part of me is an HSP. But because of my evolution, I have toughened my hide and am jumping into the pit and bracing for blowback). What You See and What You Get Perspective 1: Indeed HSP folks are creative,…
  • The Hidden Brain Blessing that Can Turn the Poison of Alcohol, Food, Sex, Drugs, Romance or Facebook Addiction into Big Medicine

    Mark Brady
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    Earlier this summer I went out into the garden and began removing the sucker stems from our tomato plants. Sucker stems are those small, pesky branches that grow at a 45 degree angle between the main stalk and large stems. While I’m not a botanist, I’m imagining that this pruning becomes an energy-channeling intervention that allows the tomato plant to concentrate its energy and maximally deploy nutrients in the service of actually growing tomatoes. Well, it turns out that the brain has its own natural “sucker” pruning process. It’s called apoptosis (the second “p” is usually…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Decorate Your September Desktop!

    Dawn Camp
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Although autumn is my favorite time of year, I’m holding onto this season of longer days and sunny skies. Our family spent last week in Florida watching for dolphins, scavenging sand dollars, and counting beached jellyfish. I’ll pull out my jeans and sweaters soon enough. Do you live somewhere with four distinct seasons? What’s your favorite? Download September’s Desktop Calendar Small Large X-Large {Subscribe by email to get monthly desktop calendars delivered to your inbox!} Have you seen my first book, The Beauty of Grace? Add it to your summer reading list! The…
  • How to Make a Marriage Flourish today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    When the first two of our sons got married this spring (three weeks apart), my husband embraced the father-of-the-groom’s job of making a toast at the rehearsal dinner. He put a lot of thought into it, as you should when making a speech in front of your soon-to-be daughter-in-law and her family, who will hopefully still want to merge with yours when you finish. (We’ve all seen horrifically failed wedding toasts in movies, so I admit I was nervous when he began.) It’s one thing to know your marriage works — and ours does: we celebrate 30 years this fall — but it’s another to…
  • August 2015 Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    I love to watch the bees swarm my Rose of Sharon at this time of year, although they’re a challenge to photograph. You see, the bee buries itself head-first in the flower and rolls around, covering its body with pollen. When he turns toward you—the moment when you could get a good image—he’s ready to fly away to the next bloom. It requires patience and a willingness to forget that your hands are too close to those busy bees! I took this photo in my yard yesterday too; it cracks me up. Look closely and you’ll see how the bee points menacingly at the nearby wasp, partially…
  • Redefining the Sacred Harp

    Dawn Camp
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    My children and I attend an annual singing school in muggy June at a wooded campground in Alabama. We’re familiar with terms like solfège; can follow our line in four part harmony; and know whether to seat ourselves among the sopranos, altos, tenors, or basses. (I’m an alto.) My parents provided the entertainment when we visited friends as a child. My mother, a voice major, accompanied my daddy, who played guitar and once had a recording contract. Musically, I stayed in their shadow and never trusted my voice, although I’m sure I provided much entertainment the year I…
  • Shhh! It’s DaySpring’s $5 Secret Sale!

    Dawn Camp
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    DaySpring has a $5 Secret Sale going on until this Sunday, August 2, which includes tableware, baby gifts, books, journals, mugs, and t-shirts. These deals are crazy good! Daily Grace – Grace for Today – Teapot Daily Grace – Grace for Today – Butter Dish Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – Teddy Bear Prayer Plush Faith, Hope & Love – Inspirational Journal Holley Gerth – Opening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream Tsh Oxenreider – Notes from a Blue Bike Lisa-Jo Baker – Surprised by Motherhood Bless This Home – Wooden Doorstop This sale…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • Ottawa family fun: A voyageur canoe trip on the Rideau Canal

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:53 am
    Great news: I have a most excellent new suggestion for an affordable family activity that involves fresh air, exercise and a fascinating and fun lesson in Ottawa history. Not so great news: the season is over until spring, so you’ll have to wait until next year to try it out for yourself. As I’ve mentioned, I like to walk along the Rideau Canal at lunch time. Over the summer, a few times I caught sight of a massive canoe being paddled down the Canal. At first, I thought it was some sort of summer camp activity, but then I noticed many of the participants were adults. One time the…
  • Photo(s) of the day: A walk at the Chapman Mills boardwalk

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:23 am
    The boardwalk at the Chapman Mills conservation area near Barrhaven has always been one of our favourite places for a wander on a summer day. I have dozens of photos of the boys on the boardwalk going back to when we had Katie and before Lucas was even in the picture, so to speak. When I’m going places that we’ve been many times before, I find taking along a different lens lets me see things in a new light, and yesterday felt like a fish-eye kind of day. Awesome tree, right? This one and the one below were amazing. (Sigh, not a toddler any more.) That last one is the inverted…
  • Photo of the day: Avocado toast

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    It always tickles me when the various streams in my life converge and diverge. A while ago, someone on Facebook made a passing mention of avocado toast. Specifically, avocado mashed with fresh lime juice and sea salt on toast. I’m pretty sure I drooled, and I can tell you for sure that I tried it right away and it rocketed up to one of my favourite breakfast/snack treats. Three of my absolute favourite flavours on crispy, crumbly toast? I may be drooling as I type this. Then I was tickled a few days ago when I came across this article on The Kitchn: 11 Easy Ways to Fancy Up Your Avocado…
  • Photo of the day: Twin boys on the porch

    23 Aug 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Any weekend with Saturday AND Sunday portraits and wall to wall sunshine is an excellent weekend indeed. Are you ready for another dose of unbelievable cuteness? How about these guys? I know, right? We’ve reached maximum levels of adorableness on the porch. How could it possibly get any cuter than that? And you know what? Mom and Dad and Nana came along for the ride, and weren’t they just the nicest people? These guys made me work for the portraits and I was a hot mess by the time we were done, but it was so worth it. I hope your weekend was as full of sunshine and smiles and…
  • Photo of the day: Brother and sister in the garden

    23 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    Maybe it’s because I’m a big sister myself, but there is something about this photo that I love – big sister and baby brother in the flower garden. I knew from the moment the shutter clicked that it would be a keeper. We had lots of more formal poses with mom and dad and the kids, but it’s these little in-between moments that often end up being my favourites. Sunshine, flowers, cute kids, and friendly people? I can’t think of a better recipe for a lovely Saturday morning. Related posts (automatically generated):Photo of the day: Sitting pretty How to turn a…
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    Dinker & Giggles

  • Saving Money on the Road

    Alaina Frederick
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    When heading out on the road either for a quick family vacation or a long term adventure, you need to keep an eye on your budget. From fueling your vehicles, to places to lay your head, or to even the clothes on your body. As our family dreams about that ultimate long-term adventure of RVing across North America, I’ve been looking into apps and ways we can save money along the way. Feeding and clothing four growing boys is difficult enough in today’s economy let alone when adding in the unique nature of being on the road. The Clothing Battle One of the biggest battles I face is…
  • Easy Pork Apple Stuffing Casserole

    Alaina Frederick
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you are like me a one-dish meal is key to surviving the day and getting dinner on the table before bedtime. I especially love meals, like this Easy Pork Apple & Stuffing Casserole that the kids can get involved no matter their age and help out. Did you know? A friend of mine who is a social worker recently posted that she was at a clients home and the child did not know what an image of flour was on the flash card. I don’t want my kids growing up having no idea where the food they are happily eating came from. When I had Tucker my mom came over to help me keep the kids…
  • Changing Colors While Crocheting

    Alaina Frederick
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Many amigurumi and hat patterns call for color changes while your crocheting in the round. I don’t know about you but I try to keep all of my changes clean and undetected to a trained eye — it’s sometimes an almost impossible feat. I love how Stacey Trock of Freshstitches shows how to simply (and neatly) change colors while working in the round. This tip will come in handy while using up scraps to crochet Mr. Scrappy a free amigurumi pattern from Stacey.
  • Simple Exercises for Knitters and Crocheters

    Alaina Frederick
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    After a few days of working on amigurumi creation after another I find that my wrists and fingers get sore and start yelling at me. With a few deadlines on the horizon for handmade toy donations I’m crocheting even more these days. It’s important to take care of yourself not just for general health but so that you can keep doing the things you enjoy – and crocheting is one of them! Let’s watch as Stacey Trock of Freshstitches shares a few simple wrist exercises that knitters and crocheters can do to stay limber during crafting sessions. Simple Wrist Exercises   Do…
  • 2015 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival

    Alaina Frederick
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Wool, bamboo, silk, spinning, felting … OH MY!!! It is once again time for the annual Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival. For years it has been at the Four Points Sheraton in Mars, PA, however, this year they have completely outgrown the space. You’ll now find even more vendors, classes, and gatherings at the Westin Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. This festival is more then a celebration of the fiber arts, it’s a chance for those that can to pay it forward. Bring your extra fabric and yarn for the Salvation Army Fabric Shop that over the past few years has…
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  • Vocabulary at age 2 may predict kindergarten success

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:32 am
    The size of a child’s vocabulary at age two may predict how well he will do in kindergarten, according to a new study. The larger the oral vocabulary, the better prepared he will be for school. The study looked at 8,500 children in the United States. The researchers found that: preemies or babies with a very low birth weight, and babies whose mothers had health issues had smaller vocabularies. children with parents who frequently interacted with their children and read to them on a regular basis had larger vocabularies. girls tended to have a larger vocabulary than boys. children from…
  • Benefits of breastfeeding

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    Breast milk is the best food for your baby during the first year of life and we recommend exclusively breastfeeding for about the first six months. Your milk helps your baby grow healthy and strong and can protect him from many illnesses. How does your breast milk do this? Breast milk… • has hormones and the right amount of protein, sugar, fat and most vitamins to help your baby grow and develop. • has antibodies that help protect your baby from many illnesses. Antibodies are cells in the body that fight off infection. • has fatty acids, like DHA (docosahexanoic acid), which help…
  • March of Dimes remembers helping families during Hurricane Katrina

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:10 am
    A guest post by Capi Landreneau, Director, Mobile Health Care for March of Dimes and former Director of Program Services for the Louisiana Chapter. Today, we acknowledge the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a storm with devastating effects that left many without adequate care in so many ways. In the days immediately following landfall, March of Dimes volunteers and staff members were on the ground supporting families, mothers and infants. We visited shelters in search of pregnant women and mothers in need, we convened community partners to see how we could work together in such a…
  • Kids with special needs head back to school

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    The start of school is an exciting time for most children and their parents. Many children with special needs eagerly anticipate the start of a new school year. But lots of kids are incredibly anxious at the thought of all the unknowns: new classroom, teacher, friends or school. If you are the parent of a child with special needs, how are you feeling about the start of the new school year? Are you… Scared or fearful – Will your child’s particular needs be met? Afraid – How will your child react to new smells, lights, sounds and routines? Overwhelmed – Is your child going to a…
  • A woman’s microbiome may influence her chance of giving birth early

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    Last week, the March of Dimes announced that investigators from the Stanford Prematurity Research Center published an important study which may help to better understand some of the factors that may play a role in premature birth. Researchers at Stanford have been looking into how the microbiomes of women who deliver babies early are different from those who have full-term births. The microbiome is a community of microorganisms (such as bacteria) in the body. Differences in the microbiomes of individuals may help explain why some women give birth early. Microbiome differences may also…
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    The Erin Experiment

  • August, Retrograde, and Carpe-ing the f*ck out of the Diem

    7 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    In my adult life, most of my major life changes have happened in Augusts.I met my (now ex) husbandI went out on my first date with said exI got married (two years after that first date)I found out I was pregnant in AugustI found out I'd miscarried that same AugustI closed on the house I sold last year (in August)August also marks my half-birthday. I'm not super astrological, but lately, I've started to wonder if these major life shifts were a cosmic sign of some sort. Almost like divine intervention to remind me to Carpe the f*ck out of the Diem.I'm turning 40 in February 2016 and, as luck…
  • Dear Suitors of Past, Present and Future....

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Yes, I'm a unicorn.I am that rare breed of woman that loves to wear dresses and act like a lady, yet loathes drama, long relationship talks.No, I'm not secretly a dude.Yes, I am a burlesque dancer. I also was a belly dancer for a brief time and took pole dance fitness classes.No, that doesn't mean I want to be a stripper or that I want to strip for you in the middle of a park (restaurant, bar, your place on our first date, etc.).No, I won't wear my 6-inch heels out to meet you for beers.Yes, you'll probably get to experience some of the dance moves I've learned, but it's not a given.No, I'm…
  • Lessons in masterdating

    1 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Ladies and gentlemen....My name is Erin and I am a masterdater. I heard the term 'masterdating' on Facebook and I nearly choked on my kombucha when I realized that's what I'd been doing lately. Depending on which source you check, masterdating is the fine art of dating -- including going on dates with -- yourself.I'm not talking about grabbing a quick Starbucks on a rainy day or sitting by yourself with a burrito bowl at Chipotle. Masterdating is practicing some full-on self-loving without the heaping spoonful of self-loathing. How I became a MasterdaterI'm not self-confident enough to…
  • Q&A with Erin: February 2015 edition

    2 Feb 2015 | 6:47 am
    If you've come to this blog after reading my article in StepMom Magazine, welcome!!!! If you've followed this blog for a while and are curious how things have been going...welcome to you!!!I've decided the 'lab experiment' post style wasn't working for me, so I'm going back to just blogging in whatever format feels comfortable. I realize when looking at the sparseness of posts that, unless we're Facebook friends, there's little to no update on how I've been, what I've been up to, etc. Using my reappearance in StepMom magazine as a catalyst, I decided to put my journalism degree to good…
  • Experiment 4.0 Launch a business

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    One of the reasons I haven't been blogging on here very often is because I recently launched my own business. After years of helping family, friends, local business and website owners with their digital marketing, I decided to turn my passion into something more substantial.Once I unpacked the moving boxes and got the new home office set up exactly how I liked it, I bought myself a domain and started building the site. Because I have a day job (doing a similar kind of digital marketing, but for a different audience and with different clients), it took a few nights and weekends to get…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • Product Hunt: The Latest Tech, Apps, Games and Websites

    Jennifer Wagner
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Product Hunt has quickly become one of my favorite websites. I check it at least once a day to look at all the new apps, websites and products that have been added. Not only do I find technology for myself, but I have created many blog posts from technology I have found on Product Hunt. […] The post Product Hunt: The Latest Tech, Apps, Games and Websites appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 7 Cool New Gadgets, Websites, Tech Products of Interest Help Education Science Apps Creator Get Funded on Kickstarter Treasure Hunt and Twitter…
  • 21 Movies For Teens Tweens and Parents Fall 2015

    Jennifer Wagner
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    The Fall of 2015 is looking to be very different than usual in the release of movies for teens and tweens. December is usually the biggest month of the fall season for releasing movies for teens, and yet this year there are barely any. The only reason I can find is what I would call […] The post 21 Movies For Teens Tweens and Parents Fall 2015 appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 36 Movies For Teens, Tweens and Parents 2015 18 Best Movies for Teens Fall 2011 23 Movies For Teens and Tweens Fall and Holiday 2014
  • Online Video Music Tutorials for Teens, Kids and Adults

    Jennifer Wagner
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:07 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if your kids could take music lessons without you having to drive them or spend a lot of money. With the launch today of, you and your family are provided with an easy, motivational approach for learning how to sing or play an instrument from the privacy of your home, with online lessons […] The post Online Video Music Tutorials for Teens, Kids and Adults appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Beatles Video on Why Music Matters Guitar Hero and Rock Band video games: Teens discover…
  • 7 Nonfiction Back To School Books For Teens and Tweens

    Jennifer Wagner
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Going back to school each year is a crazy time for teens and tweens. They are concerned about their social lives, their studies and keeping up with all of it. Here are seven nonfiction books that might be able to help. Help with Friends, Speaking Up and Understanding Yourself 1. Friends and Frenemies: The Good, the Bad, […] The post 7 Nonfiction Back To School Books For Teens and Tweens appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 4 Fun Nonfiction Books For Teens and Tweens Gift Books For Teens and Tweens Middle School Confidential…
  • Microsoft TEALS: Is Computer Science Taught At Your School?

    Jennifer Wagner
    16 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    In addition to making operating systems, browsers, video game consoles and so much more, Microsoft is also very concerned about education. They especially want to bridge the gap between those that have skills and training and those that don’t. They do this by offering many opportunities for youth. One of the most amazing programs is TEALS, […] The post Microsoft TEALS: Is Computer Science Taught At Your School? appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Adventure Story About Computer Science Aimed at Girls Microsoft Office 2013…
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    Priceless Parenting Blog

  • Should you let your child go on this outdoor adventure? What are the real risks?

    22 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    After losing their son Tyler on an outdoor adventure in Hawaii, the Madoff's are raising awareness so others can avoid this type of tragedy.  Sue, a friend of the family, wrote the following: "Tyler Madoff, 15, was on a Bold Earth Teen Adventure tour in Hawaii in July of 2012 when he was swept out to sea and never recovered. The tragedy was deemed a freak accident, but it was anything but. Tyler and his group were resting in the tide pools near the Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii when a wave crashed on them, carrying him and another teen out to sea. The other boy was…
  • Warning Signs of Too Much Screen Time for Kids

    1 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    I recently read an article asking if screen time is causing kids' brains to turn to mush. Fortunately, most kids are not running around like zombies from their brains being turned to mush by technology!However, if your kids are getting too much screen time, there are effects which may be less obvious. It won't likely show up as academic problems but rather social-emotional problems. This one page flyer has warning signs that your kids are getting too much screen time.
  • Talking To Kids About Problems of Racism

    16 Jul 2015 | 11:14 am
    Tragic stories rooted in racism have been exploding across the United States. In the past year there have been many stories of unwarranted police brutality against black people. You no longer have to rely on verbal accounts; you can see for yourself in graphic videos documenting these injustices.The heartbreaking tragedies continue. On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof attended the weekly Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. After participating in the meeting for an hour, Roof, a 21-year-old white man, shot and killed nine black people including the senior…
  • Publicly or Privately Shaming Harms Kids

    6 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    Do you remember being scolded with “Shame on you!” growing up? Perhaps it was followed with “You should know better than that!” How did it make you feel? Probably pretty bad.For many generations shame has been a primary parenting tool. Brené Brown explains the power of using shame in The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting. "The truth is you can change a child's behavior on a dime with shame. For this simple reason - children experience shame as the threat of being unlovable. And so it's not very difficult to use shame to turn their behaviors around."So if it’s effective why not use it?
  • Stories + Yoga = Fun!

    28 May 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Could your kids use some exercise? While exercising doesn't sound very fun, when you add acting out an engaging story with yoga poses it passes the fun test!The Cosmic Kids Yoga videos are getting great reviews from kids. Here's an example of one of their videos:
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    Kids Stuff World

  • 11 Ways to Encourage Young Writers

    13 Aug 2015 | 7:09 pm
    I’ve always wanted to be a writer. In my mind, I never believed I had what it took. I wasn’t smart enough. Funny enough. Dedicated enough. My handwriting is awful. I lack the confidence to put it all out there for others to see. I just don’t have what it takes. At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself for the last 30+ something years, but ask my children what it is I do and they’ll tell you loud and proud their mom is a writer. Hmm, go figure. I guess in a way, I am. I have been making my living for the last few years off of the things I say, the words I write and the…
  • Playground Workout for Moms: 8 Exercises You Can Do While They Play

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    So excited to introduce you to personal trainer and pro photographer Stephanie Smith for today’s total body playground workout, she’s about to rock your world. As a mom of young kids, it is so tough to find time to work out. Let me tell you, I have been there. With three kids under the age of 6 at home, it was hard to find the time to workout. As a young couple with three kids, money was tight and a gym payment was just not possible. Without much free time or money, I had to get creative with my workouts, so I started training at the playground. A playground has all the equipment…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • Disney Pixar The Good Dinosaur Snack Tray

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:38 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - With a ton of great movie coming out in the next couple of months, I’ve got some great recipes that you’ll be able to have fun with. Today, I’ve got The Good Dinosaur Snack Tray for you. The kids will love it, and it goes great when you watch the fantastic movie! Best of all, it is pretty easy to put together! Here are a few of the in process photos for you (I’m a person who likes to see how things are put together) with the printable recipe at the bottom of the post! Disney Pixar The Good Dinosaur Snack Tray 2015-09-01 19:36:34 A…
  • Earn Money For Your School With Tyson Project A+™

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:21 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine. It is hard to believe that the kids are back in school.  This year, my kids tiny little school lost about 30 kids.  That means we may be on the chopping block for next year for school closings.  The more money we can raise for the school; the better chance we have to stay open.  My kids school has been around for 60 years, so it would be sad to see it close. (Plus, my daughter is in 6th grade this year.  It would be…
  • Why You Need To Go To Raging Waves This Weekend

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - It is hard to belive summer is almost over! This has been an extremely weird weather year for us here in Chicago. I’ve come up with a list of why you need to spend your last weekend of summer here at Raging Waves. Its going to be hot, hot, hot this week.  After a week of temperatures in the 90s, all you are going to want to do is spending your weekend at an awesome waterpark like Raging Waves. The Best Deal Ever is back.  This is an amazing deal for the best waterpark in Illinois.  Here’s what you will get: A season pass for the rest…
  • Pixar in a Box, a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Pixar Animation Studios’ Creative Process!

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Today, Pixar in a Box – a new online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process – goes live on Through a series of video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities, students will discover how the academic concepts they learn in school enable Pixar filmmakers to create new worlds, animate unique characters and tell stories through animation. Although designed especially for students in middle and high school, these resources are available to learners of all ages,…
  • Disney Announces Plans to Unveil New Line of Star Wars Toys

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:27 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Star Wars: The Force Awakens products are set to be unveiled in the world’s first-ever global live toy unboxing event. Unfolding over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, the event will see highlights from the range of epic merchandise revealed in a rolling New Year’s Eve style celebration featuring top digital stars from the Maker Studios network.   “Star Wars toys have always played an important role in how our fans interact with the Saga,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “They’ve inspired multiple generations to relive the…
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    Jolly Mom

  • Blaze Play Date Ideas & FREE Play Date Pack

    Piera Jolly
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
      As you know, we (as all parents) are big proponents of utilizing toys to teach kids important concepts such as language, math, science, etc. The best way to learn is through FUN. That is true for all of us – adults include. That’s why we love Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines and the NEW toys available at Target and other major toy retailers. Through the show and toys, Blaze and his buds teach kids about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts. I’m very excited that Target is also offering a FREE Play Date Pack for download at…
  • Kids’ Playroom Design Inspiration

    Piera Jolly
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    If you follow me on social media, you probably know that we moved to a new house a few weeks ago. We are so happy to be in our new house and starting a new chapter in our life. While we are still unpacking boxes and getting settled in, I have had the best time decorating our new space. One of the rooms I was the most excited about was the kids’ playroom. I scoured Pinterest and the web for inspiration and was able to pull together a room that I think is both beautiful and functional. The kids love it too! We started by installing built-in cabinets along the entire back wall. It is…
  • Get Geared Up for Back-to-School at Kmart

    Piera Jolly
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Back-to-school shopping season is one of my favorite times of the year. I have loved it since I was a kid. There’s something about fresh, newly sharpened pencils and empty notebooks waiting to be written in and updated wardrobes that has always been exciting to me both when I was a student and now as a parent. Lucas started the school year last week, actually! The third grade  – time flies! He is ready for the new school year with all of his favorite things. I personally think it helps him (and most kids) have a positive outlook on the new school year when he’s prepared and…
  • Take Your DVR On-The-Go!

    Piera Jolly
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    If you follow me on social media, you know that we just moved to our new house. With all of the packing and getting things ready for the big move, we haven’t had any time to relax in about 6 weeks. We barely get to watch TV anymore and we have a pileup of shows on our DVR. The struggle is real lol. But we’ve been able to catch up on many of our favorites by streaming our DVR recorded shows right from our iPhone and/or iPad with XFINITY’s new Cloud DVR! So what does that mean? You can stream 0r download recorded DVR programs to any internet-connected device on the go. Turn any…
  • Let’s Blaaaze! Blaze and the Monster Machines Toy Review

    Piera Jolly
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
      Kids are curious little beings. They intently watch and touch and ask questions about the world around them. As parents, it’s our job to help nurture that curiosity and love of learning. The key for both kids (and anyone really) is to keep learning fun. We all learn better when it’s a fun experience! In our home, we really try to stick to toys, apps, games, and TV shows that are entertaining, encourage imagination, and are educational for kids. That’s why we are big fans of Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines, which  follows the adventures of the…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Just Keep Swimming

    Zen Mommy
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:48 am
    This post is for all the mamas and papas out there of littles, whether of twins or not, that feel like they are “in the trenches”. I feel ‘ya. Those first few weeks, months (years???). Man. When my B/G twins, youngest of four, stepped on the bus and left for Kindergarten this Wednesday, I sat […]
  • The Tough Days

    Zen Mommy
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:23 pm
    THE TOUGH DAYS. If you are a parent, I know you have them. (And if you are not a parent, I know you have them…) Because we ALL have them. We are all in the same freaking boat. If things feel tough today (like I didn’t want to get out of bed tough, or I’ve […]
  • Mom of The Year?

    Zen Mommy
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    I empathize with this mother. And maybe that's it right there. We as a nation, empathize with this mother. We could be talking about the realities that drove this mom to lose it instead of judging her as either good or bad.
  • Good? Bad? Who knows?

    Zen Mommy
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    When we move past labels like good and bad, we step into the power we have as adults to not just punish or praise children, but to teach, guide, and encourage them --- transforming stressful moments into the moments that bind us.
  • Parenting by the book. Don’t do it.

    Zen Mommy
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    The first few years (decades?) of motherhood are hard. Wanting to feed, love and help this adorable little person grow the 'right' way fills any new parent with all consuming questions, the answers to which seemingly allude you alone. And the questions other people ask --- ohhhh the questions. "Is he sleeping through the night?" What the hell does that matter? Worst. Question. EVER.
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    Home of Lynn Kellan, contemporary romance author

  • Lying to myself

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    “The second time will be easier.” I kept repeating this lie. Over and over. But whenever I saw the college gear accumulating in the dining room, I felt a sharp pang in my midsection. The pain worsened when I realized that some of the school supplies were the same ones we used to buy when she was in first grade. There were also dorm necessities, like fans and rugs and late-night snacks. Stuff kids need when they move away from home. Change can be painful and scary, but good things will come from it. Yet right now, we kind of feel like the dog does whenever someone pulls out of…
  • Closets are for eating.

    12 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    A cookie told me that I needed a break. I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS obey cookies. So, I grabbed the healthiest item I could find from the fridge… …and I searched for the one spot no one would find me… …and I ate the whole chocolate pie and took a nap. I feel MUCH better now. And not guilty at all. FYI – my book is on sale for $0.99 until Friday (August 14). Please tell your friends who like to read romance. The last thing Mitchell Blake needs is another hot-shot consultant to “save” his glassblowing factory, but this one is different. She is…
  • We’re having a .99 sale!

    5 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Good news:  my book is a finalist in the 2015 Book Buyers Best contest! To celebrate, my publisher is putting Clear as Glass on sale for $0.99! That’s over 350 pages of love for under a dollar. What a bargain!! The last thing Mitchell Blake needs is another hot-shot consultant to “save” his glassblowing factory, but this one is different. She is hiding something. If he can unearth Jaye’s secrets, he might have good reason to fire her…or keep her forever. ** CLEAR AS GLASS is a 5-time Romance Writers of America award winning romance ** Available…
  • Where do I put the dead bodies?

    29 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve got murder on my mind… but I don’t know how to kill my victim. My victim is a jerk. She takes over EVERYTHING. AND she loves to choke things to death. Not only has she filled the flower bed, she’s starting to creep into the back yard. Certain members of my family are looking the other way… …but I know this is a problem I’ve got to face. Pretty soon, the ivy is going to grab hold of one of us. So if I don’t appear some Wednesday, you know who to blame. How do I kill her? I’m desperate. Please advise. This post brought to you by Girls Who Hate…
  • I’m not relaxed.

    22 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I caved in and bought an “adult” coloring book. Because why cook dinner when I can color, instead? The pages looked promising. Ah, the works of art I’d create while I forgot all my troubles! I dreamed of my new art career, eagerly opened my new box of crayons, and… Wait. What? The tips were broken! ALL the tips were broken off!!!! Anger zipped through me. I paid good $$ for this stuff! I screamed and yelled and ripped my coloring book and cried… …and felt like a five year-old again. Alas, here is the fountain of youth!!! Yippee!!
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  • {Giveaway} Wall Poster by Tickled Blue

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I have struggled recently with our schedules. I wrote about it on SA Mom Blogs. Trying to keep tabs on everyone can be a bit challenging. When Anna from Tickled Blue contacted me to try out one of their planners to help me get organised, I jumped at the opportunity! Right now I am taking any and all help I can get. When the planner arrived, I may have held it close and declared my undying love for it! It was BEAUTIFUL and perfect and everything I needed in a planner! It is personalised Each child has a column There is a column for dinner (which I may have switched out for a column for David)…
  • Cookie-dough frozen fudge

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I am not sure really how they came to this name because there is no actual dough of any kind in these but they are delicious. This is actually another Weigh-Less recipe, these are considered one fat each and they are great as a snack when I have to do the school run but am feeling a little peckish, they take that hunger away and tide me over until the next meal. Save Print Cookie-dough frozen fudge Author: Weigh-Less Magazine 40th Birthday Edition 2015 Recipe type: Snack Prep time:  5 mins Cook time:  4 hours Total time:  4 hours 5 mins Serves: 12  …
  • What time is it? It’s SANTA SHOEBOX time!

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
    Can you believe that it is Santa Shoebox time already??? When pledging opens it is downhill until Christmas!! Pledging opens tomorrow people – 1 September. For those of you new to these parts, I have been involved with this awesome project for 4 years, this is my third year on the committee. It is a great initiative that does some amazing work.  The short version of the project – you select a child when pledging opens on 1 September, you put the box together (a list of all the goodies you need is supplied), you drop the box off on drop off day and then we, as the committee,…
  • How to build your child’s self-esteem

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:25 am
    Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable. Jack Canfield. Raising a child with a healthy self-esteem is so important but often something we do overlook because we are so focused on then reaching milestones, getting homework done and making sure they are happy. One of the easiest ways to raise children with a healthy self-esteem is to make sure we, as their parents, have a healthy self-esteem, but there are  few other ways to build your child’s self-esteem. Love without condition. We probably all do love our children unconditionally but…
  • DIY – How to paint glass jars

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    I saw this on Pinterest and have been wanting to try it for ages. I eventually got around to it last week and I am so chuffed with how they came out.  It was obviously not as simple as Pinterest made it look but still a pretty quick and easy project to do. What do you need   Glass jars/bottles Paint – I just used paint I already had but I think next time I will buy craft paint. Newspaper How do you do it Make sure your jars are clean and dry.  Pour a little bit of paint into each jar. You may need to add more, depending on the size of the jar. Tip the jar upside down and…
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    The Baby Sleep Site - Baby / Toddler Sleep Consultants

  • Why Sleep Training Failed: 3 Reasons Your Baby or Toddler Isn’t Sleeping Well After Sleep Training

    Emily DeJeu
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Sleep training is work, yes, but it’s work with a purpose. As many of our clients would confirm, the payoff of sleep training – a peacefully-sleeping baby or toddler – is well-worth all the work involved in getting to that point. But what about those times when there is no payoff? What if you put days and days of work into sleep training, only to continue experiencing night wakings and erratic or missed naps? Talk about frustrating! If it seems like sleep training has failed in some way, you are most likely dealing with one of two factors: a sleep “speed bump”,…
  • How To Get Your Baby On A Schedule

    Emily DeJeu
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Scheduling is a hot topic on The Baby Sleep Site®! We have a variety of sample baby sleep and feeding schedules, but how do you get your baby on a sleep or nap schedule, anyway? Having the template in front of you is one thing; getting your baby to follow it is quite another! In this article, we’ll lay out tips for how to get your baby on a schedule, and break them down by age. That’s simply because your strategy for implementing your baby’s nap schedule will be highly dependent your baby’s age. How To Get Your 2 or 3 Month Old Baby On A Schedule Your 2 or 3 month…
  • Co Sleeping With Baby: A Solution For Sleep Problems?

    Emily DeJeu
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Co sleeping tends to be a controversial topic; some parents are adamant that co sleeping is the best and most natural sleeping arrangement for all families, while others are just as adamant about the dangers of co sleeping with a baby. All that aside, though, what we’ve found in our years spent working with tired families is that, far from being interested in the debate, exhausted moms and dads have a far more pressing about question co sleeping: “If I co sleep, will my baby and I FINALLY get some uninterrupted sleep?” That’s understandable – for every parent who…
  • 4 Month Sleep Regression Checklist: What To Do Before, During, and After the 4 Month Sleep Regression

    Emily DeJeu
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The 4 month sleep regression is a doozie for most new parents – it seems to come out of nowhere! Just when you think your baby’s sleep is improving, and that you might be “out of the woods”, sleep-wise, BOOM – sleep falls apart completely. It’s easy to see, then, why the 4 month sleep regression is such an incredibly popular topic with our readers! We hear from numerous parents each month who want to know how they can prepare for the 4 month sleep regression, what to do during the regression, and then how to recover from the 4 month sleep regression and get…
  • Learn How Julie, Ali, Whitney, and Jennifer Got Their Babies Sleeping – And Learn How To Make This Your Summer of Better Sleep!

    Emily DeJeu
    7 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    You may know already that The Baby Sleep Site has worked with tens of thousands of families worldwide on sleep – but sometimes, it’s nice to put actual faces to those numbers. It’s nice to hear about real families, just like yours, who struggled through the same sleep challenges you’re facing, and who found the sleep help they needed. And that’s just what we’re doing this month! Every Friday throughout the month of August, we’ll be spotlighting a new Baby Sleep Site® family – a family who, just like yours, was struggling through awful sleep…
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    Playground Confidential

  • My top five back-to-school tech picks (plus one just for me)

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:59 am
    This is the third in a three-part series about helicopter parenting and back-to-school tech shopping that I’m writing as Best Buy Canada‘s parenting spokesperson. Here’s what looks good to me this year. We all want to give our kids the best learning tools possible and to set them up for a successful school year. But kids and families ... [Read more...]The post My top five back-to-school tech picks (plus one just for me) appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Spending lots of money on back-to-school tech for your kids? Of course you want to hover.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    This is the second in a three-part series about helicopter parenting and back-to-school tech shopping that I’m writing as Best Buy Canada‘s parenting spokesperson. What does helicopter parenting have to do with back-to-school shopping anyway? I think the truth is that we’re all a little helicopter. Even the most laid-back parents among us have something we like ... [Read more...]The post Spending lots of money on back-to-school tech for your kids? Of course you want to hover. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Trophies for everyone! (Sorry, James Harrison.)

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
    Image credit via Flickr cc license. I don’t believe in catering to my kids’ tastes when it comes to dinner. I generally try to feed them food they like for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, but I also think it’s important that they are exposed to a variety of different foods and encouraged to try them. It’s ... [Read more...]The post Trophies for everyone! (Sorry, James Harrison.) appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Rave & Review

  • Back to School ROCKS with AT&T – LG Tone wireless stereo headset giveaway

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:34 am
    It’s back to school time, and you’re probably busy checking off lists consisting of pencils, glue sticks, backpacks and rulers. All of which are necessary for back to school, but I think we can all agree they really aren’t fun, are they? So, what if you want to get them something they will be excited about for back to school? For all that fun stuff, look no further than AT&T. By now you know that the AT&T store carries everything you need to make the most of your mobile devices, and back to school time means everyone is going to be a whole lot more mobile with school schedules,…
  • Staying active as a family - 5 dad-approved activities

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:25 am
    By Tyler, editor and reviewer We don’t get to a gym much these days. As much as I would love to blame gym prices or the fact that we don’t have much time for gym workouts, the truth is that we’re not really gym people. We want to be, we really do. But, we like to go new places and explore different areas around us too much to spend our free time in one room or running a specific path. Our gym now happens in backyards, on playgrounds, and at parks, for better or for worse. Recently we’ve been taking advantage of all this gorgeous sunshine and warm weather to get outside with the kids…
  • Two coffemakers in one: BLACK + DECKER Café Select Dual Brew Coffeemaker with Travel Mug

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:47 pm
    The last time we owned a coffee pot was before we got married. It was a cheap model we got at a discount store specifically for guests that drank coffee because neither of us were big coffee drinkers at the time. That pot got used 3, maybe 4 times, and we ended up getting rid of it in favor of a single brew machine that we could use for making individual coffees. Fast forward over a decade and we are now big coffee drinkers, but we still don’t own a coffee pot. Since we each get up at different times in the morning, we typically each make our own single serve brew each day so that neither…
  • Raising kids: beating body issues and focusing on health

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:09 pm
    By Leanne, editor and founder Obesity is an epidemic these days. One look around the local park or school yard and it’s clear that it is affecting kids younger and younger these days. Every parent wants their kids to beat the odds and to not deal with weight issues at a young age, but there is a fine line you must walk so your child doesn’t develop body image issues. So, what’s a parent to do? I first need to be as healthy as possible and maintain a healthy weight to set a good example. I need to model an active lifestyle that will encourage my children to get out and stay moving. And,…
  • Back to school fashion with Lee Jeans

    24 Aug 2015 | 11:12 pm
    When you think back to school must-haves, you’re probably picturing this, right? I’m going to argue that getting ready for back to school is not just about kids. Us moms have to wake up every morning, make breakfasts, pack lunches, get everyone out the door in time, and deliver our little darlings to school safely. We could stand to go back to school shopping for the necessities that will get us through the school year as well. Our back to school must-haves look a bit more like this: So, what do we need? We need coffee, and lots of it. We need a compact camera for capturing those first…
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    Being a Mummy

  • Featured Post: How I’m Affording a New Bed!

    Claire Walsh
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    Our bed, i’m looking forward to a new fresh wooden frame which I can hoover under! The husband is nostalgic, I can see his point, its been with us from the moment we moved in together a couple of years before we were married. Our bed was there on all the major flash points in our lives as a sort of sanctuary from the trials and tribulations of life. And. Its just very comfortable. Well, at least it was, however over ten years on its not so comfortable for me. There is a seven stone weight differential between me and the husband and we are completely different heights as well- him being…
  • Review: Playmobil Ferris Wheel Set 5552

    Claire Walsh
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:11 am
    As Playmobil Playologists we get to try some of the best new toys that Playmobil has to offer. We were sent Set 5552 to have a play with and literally almost immediately the 8 year old set about building it. Manning the ticket booth Since we built the set its taken pride of place in our playroom. We’ve not had a chance yet to add the batteries for the lights but we have motorised it with the Playmobil Electric Ride Motor. This has proved so popular that we have had virtually every Playmobil figure that we own. We’ve had an entire Roman legion queueing up for rides, a pirate army…
  • Book Review: Pom Pom the Champion by Sophy Henn

    Claire Walsh
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    We absolutely love Sophy Henn’s creation Pom Pom the Panda. There is something just so sweet and innocent, yet completely childlike about him. The stories and illustrations are always superb and when you read the stories with your children you never feel short changed. Pom Pom the Champion is the latest book in the series which deals with the concepts of boredom, winning and taking part. I must admit that it made me laugh out loud when I read it, in particular the page where Pom Pom complained he was bored whilst standing in front of a sea of toys. So much like our household! I really…
  • English Heritage Kids Takeover- Knight School at Eltham Palace

    Claire Walsh
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:47 am
      Fifi (aka Sukie the Clever) is fitted with her helmet prior to jousting When I was seven years old I decided I wanted to be an archaeologist. Things were simpler in those days, museums and heritage attractions weren’t really made for children. The Young Archaeologist Club were regarded as quite radical and I cant really even remember having an eye spy or quiz sheet to do around a heritage attraction or a museum, ever! Thank goodness things have changed and nowadays kids come first. This year English Heritage have put children at the very front of their activities and have…
  • Smart is the new cool with Project Mc2 #Netflix #StreamTeam

    Claire Walsh
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Bean becomes Camryn Coyle There is nothing that we love more at Being a Mummy than a trip to the Science Museum and the chance to find out about ways to encourage girls to like so called’ boy’ stuff. Although i’ve done absolutely nothing to encourage it with a mixture of boys and girls in our household the gender stereotypes are still there. I often wonder how this can be, I think some of it is school influences and some of it simply nature. I was thrilled to hear all about Project Mc2 which is a range of dolls and a Netflix show aimed at tweenagers. Its about 4 girls:…
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  • Preparing for a New School Year… and SENIORS! Yikes

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    Now that the new computer is mostly set up, the desk is cleaned off, the file cabinet drawers (not all of them, but the ones that count) have had an overhaul, and my summer photography commitments are over… I’m gearing up for the school year. We’ve cleaned out the supplies and purchased a few new pens and markers, gone through last year’s paperwork, and tweaked our transcript for the very last time (assuming we don’t add another class next semester that I wasn’t planning for). We’ve even been getting teeth cleaned, hair cut, and hopefully this week my…
  • Busy Summer Days

    11 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Paleo-ish Cake made by Miss Morgan, recipe by Andrea Stoner I thought I would do random with you. It’s been a while since we’ve just sat down to chat at the computer – you with your cup of tea, me with my touch of crazy. So what’s been going on with us since the last post in July? Let’s see… a glance back over the messy dayplanner tells of: :::board-game nights with Papa John::: We’ve been doing these once a month. My current favorites are Clue and Sequence. :::lots and lots of photography classes for mama::: Homeschoolin’ myself.
  • Wrapping Up a Homeschool School-year and Grading the Teacher

    15 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    So the summer has begun. I officially quit adding to the weekly assignment list spiral over a week ago and we are in our first 2 month summer break in a long while. We have homeschooled year round by necessity for the past few years because of distractions (two of them who are 6 and 4 currently), medical issues, and other problems. I would say that 90% of the time, the year won’t turn out the way you plan it… but about that often, something else will happen that wows you into the realization that God was the one re-directing your steps. In his heart a man plans his course, but the…
  • Swapping Books Instead of Buying Them – Just Pay Postage!

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    I’m sure that you’ve probably heard of Paperback Swap by now, but I just had to share about it in case you haven’t. I love swapping books and finding things that our local libraries don’t carry. Ever notice how hard it is to find good books that are recommended by your history curriculum these days? It’s like the public library is actually trying to erase the memory of them. I know it’s not just me thinking it. I love a good book. I love the way an old book smells. I love seeing my kids reading books. Despite all the newest technology, I just can’t…
  • Are Texas Home School Coalition Conventions for You?

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    It’s summer. Well, at least for most of us. We have maybe two weeks left of tidying up and tying loose homeschool ends and we are DONE with 11th grade for my teens, Kindergarten for the 6 year old, and Preschool for my littlest guy. I’m in purge mode, research mode, curriculum buying mode, class scheduling mode, organize mode, transcript mode, and CONVENTION MODE. You might wonder why I listed convention there if you’ve never been to a good convention before, but let me explain. Ever since I started homeschooling in 2001, I have been going to a convention – almost…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • Smartphones and parenting

    Kim Allsup
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:49 am
    Instinct tells you it’s been too long. She’s been too quiet. It has only been a few minutes since you held her. Probably all is well, but you can never be sure without checking. And, even if all is fine, you long to lift her, hold her, gaze at her. You wonder why you didn’t carry her everywhere today as you often do, wearing her and, instead, have put her down across the room. As you look toward her, just out of sight, you consider loading the dishwasher. You walk toward the sink, but mid-stride, that first instinct wins out. You tell yourself it will be just for a minute and…
  • Practical wisdom and encouragement, engaging conversation, at your fingertips!

    API Blog
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:52 am
    Practical wisdom and encouragement. Engaging conversation. Your favorite authors and speakers in a rare chat with host Lu Hanessian and API’s Cofounders. Martha Sears… Bill Sears… Peggy O’Mara… Gordon Neufield… Jim McKenna… Ina May Gaskin… Scott Noelle… and 21 more. In their own voices, style and humor, with their parenting insights for you on… Tantrums… Play… Needs vs. Wants… Parenting Myths… Relationships… Balance… Permissive Parenting… Cosleeping… Peaceful Homes… Birth……
  • Give your child what school cannot — rest for the brain — and free them to grow into their own

    Shoshana Hayman
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Becoming mature is not inevitable. Not all children enter the adult world able to hold on to themselves while, at the same time, mix with others. For some adults, the ability to respect the boundaries and values of others, and still keep their own, is not an easy to do. For these adults, having their own opinions and ideas — while being able to listen and consider those of others — is also not something that characterizes their interactions. Our schools are investing resources and energy into trying to teach children how to behave maturely and get along with others. Movies are…
  • Being a mother means…

    Effie Morchi
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Being a mother: It means… …to hold and nurture you inside my body until the moment you arrive in this world. …having unconditional devotion to another being till my last breath. …to trust my instincts and teach you to trust yours. …to care for you, embrace you and answer all your cries. …to endure exhaustion and pain while always recognizing there is much to gain. …to be elated with your first roll, crawl and step. …to be there to ease all your fears and mishaps. …to tell you “no,” even if it makes you upset. …sometimes you will…
  • He just wants to be held

    API Blog
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    By Julinda Adams I am the mother of two boys ages 15 and 9. Earlier this year, when I read the APtly Said post, “Using presence to raise independent children,” it reminded me of my own experience, and I left the following comment: “I, too, had a grocery store experience with a stranger’s advice, but mine was the opposite of yours and had a major impact on my life. My firstborn, as a newborn, needed to be held a lot and nursed a lot — almost constantly. At home, I held him constantly, but when I was out, I thought he would just lie in his car seat or carrier like…
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    Mrs. Kendall

  • Adulting is Hard

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
      My friend Zak is back to blogging after a 9 month break. She’s had a challenging year that she couldn’t write about until it was over, or as over as something that you always think about can possibly be. My favorite comment on that post: “Adulting is hard.” Truer words never spoken. Last week was the first week of school. The Mister was out-of-town, a fact I felt was unfortunate but totally doable. Not doable was Wednesday, which was when he called to tell me his company is eliminating his position on the 31st of December. “I bet it would have been…
  • First Day of School, 2015-2016

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
      Horrible, blurry cell phone pictures taken by a farsighted + nearsighted woman at 6:30am. I’m happy they even exist. One of these days I’m going to buy a simple point and shoot. These signs. I don’t know where I came up with the idea because I did this on Mikey’s first day of pre-school. We’re talking pre-blogging, pre-pinterest, and pre-social media if you can remember that far back! I had this great idea to document on the first day of each school year what Mikey and his future siblings wanted to be when they grew up. It was going to be great, decades…
  • Even I Get Sick of Books

    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s nothing to read. Alright, fine. There’s nothing that sounds good enough to read. Sometimes I go through periods where everything I read is remarkably terrible. I hate everything; there is nothing new; the publishing world is out to get me. I know it’s because I’m reading too much in general or even too much of the same thing. Either way, whatever, I get monumentally jaded and watch TV. Call it a palate cleanser. Here’s what I’ve been watching lately, and of course I want to know what you’ve been watching, too. Catastrophe | Amazon Prime You…
  • Happy, Happy

    21 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Bam! Good week. For the first time in years I had a normal mammogram. Call backs, spot compressions, lumpectomies, I’ve had it all over the years but this year it was a simple, “Everything looks good, Mrs. Kendall.” I was so shocked that I almost requested a second opinion. I posted every day this week for the first time in at least a year. That felt really good, like maybe I’m getting back into the swing of things. For a long time I didn’t have much to say, and I didn’t like the reasons why. I was spread too thin and working too hard on everyone except…
  • When Sparking Joy Ignites a Fight

    20 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Tennis socks, circa 1989 Hello! You know what you should never do if you are an uptight rule abider with an ego? Watch KonMari youtube videos by a vlogger who hasn’t read the book and finds joy in every single piece of name-brand clothing in their stuffed closets. I watched a really annoying video by a KonMari “konvert” today that brought all my many faults to the surface. You guys, I counted on my fingers the number of times she said “literally” incorrectly and thought of this meme the entire time. I am a horrible person and tangentially the whole…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • Nordic Naturals Back To School Prize Pack Giveaway

    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    One of my favorite ways to give back is to make purchase from brands and businesses that support a charitable cause I identify with. This back-to-school season, you can boost your child's immune system AND help make donations to kids in need at the same time simply by purchasing your favorite Nordic Naturals products! Each year, Nordic Naturals looks for ways to empower young people in their
  • MARY's Secret Ingredients Fall Box Giveaway

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Do you love to cook? Do you love to discover new good-for-you food options and innovative kitchen gadgets that make cooking more fun and rewarding? If you answer yes to both questions, then you must check out MARY's Secret Ingredients, a seasonal subscription program for food lovers. Each box is filled with at least $30 worth of goodies for the price of $25.95. You can order one box at a time or
  • SwageU EVO Bluetooth Collar Headphones Review #SwageU_EVO

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Disclosure: I received free product to facilitate my honest review. All views and opinions expressed are my own. Going wireless is the trend now that more and more electronic devices are Bluetooth enabled. The new SwageU EVO Bluetooth Collar Headphones make it super easy to listen to your favorite tunes anywhere you go without tangled cables and to keep your hands free when making or taking
  • Holiday Memorials Labor Day Sale!

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Think it's too early to start shopping for the holidays? You might be able to score the perfect gifts at incredible prices if you take advantage of the huge Labor Day sale at Don't miss the opportunity while it lasts! Perfect Memorials, the leading online retailer of premium quality memorial products is having a Labor Day Sale on their Holiday Memorials products. With
  • Detox This Fall with Elimidrol

    30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you or someone you know experiences opiate withdrawal symptoms, you may find the following article useful. The "Solution" To Tough Opiate Withdrawals? Elimidrol-The Way To Significantly Alleviate Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms A scientifically formulated supplement to help you overcome opiate withdrawal-WITHOUT risking dependence on other drugs. A Tough Nut To Crack As any doctor will tell
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  • back to school tips and tricks: make this year ROCK

    amy mascott
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    School’s in full swing here, and I cannot believe it. I really, truly cannot. Maddy’s in 6th grade, Owen’s in 4th grade, and Cora’s in 3rd grade. Where has the time gone? If you’re anything like me, you’re doing everything humanly possible to adjust to a new schedule, which is not always easy. I’ve found a few of my most popular back-to-school posts, and I have them here for you. After writing this blog for over 7 years, you better believe we’ve got a ton to pull from! Here’s the skinny. . . Back to School Tips and Tricks–Make this…
  • where to go for free homework help: Homework Help Desk

    amy mascott
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
        Now more than ever, I feel like I need a lifeline when it comes to helping my kids with their homework. Honestly, the concepts are getting difficult.  Things have changed. Strategies are new, and problems seem crazy to me. I need help. I need to phone a friend. I need answers, and often, I need them quickly. That’s where Homework Help Desk comes in. Or at least it came in handy this week, when we were working on Maddy’s summer math packet. Here’s the skinny. . . Where to Go For Free Homework Help–Homework Help Desk:  Granted, we’ve used this free…
  • everything I wish I knew before I started middle school: a letter to my rising 6th grader

    amy mascott
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Maddy, I have a hard time believing it’s time to send you off to the wilds of middle school, but here we are, my friend. It seems like just yesterday your aunts and I sat on the back porch with you, making felt flowers and blinging out your backpack for kindergarten. Sending you into the building that first day, watching your little pink backpack bouncing down the hallway, was one of the hardest things I did up to that point. But you were ready. You were prepared for the adventure, eager to start that next chapter. And like most everything you do, you rocked it. Just like you’ll rock…
  • top 10 NEW magazines for kids and family

    amy mascott
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
        Friends, did you know that magazines truly count as worthwhile reading material and that they’ve come a long way in the past few years? They do, and they have. And also? Magazines pretty much rock.  They: make super holiday or birthday gifts for children; make awesome classroom donations for teachers; can be a great way to offer support for preschools or daycare centers; make fabulous partners for travel, waiting areas, or rest time; give kids quick and engaging reading material any time of the day. And, not surprisingly, magazines exist for just about any age group and…
  • what to consider when choosing a school for your child: parent checklist

    amy mascott
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
          Now that my kids are 11, 10, and 8 years old (gasp!), I feel like there’s a lot I wish I would have known when it came to choosing schools for my children. Believe me, we’re not even close to the finish line, and I’m not wishing time away. But looking back, there was a whole lot I didn’t know school shopping before my own kids hit Kindergarten. There’s really a lot to consider. So I’ve created a quick and easy parent check sheet to make things (hopefully!) easier for folks down the road. Here’s the skinny. . . What to Consider…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • The Big Hoot Birmingham 2015

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A few weeks ago, whilst Daddy was on his way to work, he found himself standing next to an Owl. As he continued his walked to work, he found a few more and over the next few days, between trips to local shops and walks around Birmingham City Centre he found several more... a plan was forming, not unlike the plan we had when the Elephants were scattered around London, that we would as a family head up to Birmingham for the day and hunt out as many Owls taking part in The Big Hoot as we could!We headed up to Birmingham by Car and started off on our search. Top Ender, Daddy and I were using the…
  • Wise Old Owl - Wordless Wednesday #Linky

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is my favourite photograph from our trip to Birmingham to hunt some Owls the other day. My favourite Owl and my favourite building not just in Birmingham, but in the world I think. If you'd like to see more take a look at my Birmingham Big Hoot post!This feed comes from A Mothers Ramblings You should follow Pippa on Twitter on her blog, or on her Facebook Page
  • Lyveden New Bield AKA My New Home!

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The plan for the Bank Holiday Weekend in August, was that we would go camping as a family. The problem was that it rained. Now, I've only just got into camping, as you may well know if you've been reading my blog over the last few weeks, but rain and camping would be a great way to stop me enjoying camping and even seasoned campers Daddy and Top Ender agreed that it would be better if we stayed in a house with an actual ceiling!Which is ironic, considering where we spent our first day.Lyveden New Bield is an unfinished Elizabethan Summer Home out in Northamptonshire, now looked after by the…
  • Science 4 You Candle Factory #Review

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Top Ender is rather like me, especially when it comes to Candles. In fact I'm pretty sure that Top Ender has spent almost as much money in Ikea on Candles as I have. We both like to have a scented candle burning when we are working or relaxing and of course we both like to watch flames... Tops just doesn't have the same desire to burn things in Fire Pits!When we were asked if we'd like to review the Science 4 You Candle Factory, we thought it would be a great Bank Holiday Monday activity so whilst Daddy and Big Boy set up the Scalextric, Top Ender and I went off to make a candle or two. Top…
  • Philadelphia Deliciously Whipped Pots #Review

    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Since Top Ender has realised that she likes Curry, and both the children know that they like to share a Chinese meal with us the sanctity of the Take Away once the Children are in bed has been destroyed and no longer exists. Now, we have Family Takeaways, which is still fun, but sometimes Daddy and I like to have something a little more grown up, a little more special, a little more, dare I say it? Yes I do, a little more alone time.So what to do? Obviously we could eat a bar of Chocolate, but I'm allergic to Chocolate (I break out in fat if I eat too much ROFL) and I'm not keen on Olives…
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  • 5 Ways to Fab Fall Hair

    Sasha BeautyBlogger
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:09 pm
      Whether you were a sun-worshipper, craved catchin’ waves in the ocean, or were cool by the pool, we hope it has been the best summer ever. We are pretty sure, though, unless you lived under a rock, your hair is a little worse for wear as the season of frolicking comes to a close. The issue: There is a only a couple of months until dry-air or icy temps will have us wanting to hide under a beanie. From frizz to brittle ends, it just isn’t fair, but there is a way to fight back. Here are five ways to not only temperature-proof your locks this season, but ensure your tresses…
  • When It Comes To Fall Allergies… Dust Them Off!

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Brought to you by:    Summer will soon be a thing of the past. Fall is fab, don’t get us wrong, but the change of seasons brings about a heck of a lot more than cute boots and sweet sweaters.   Ah-choo! Oh, sorry. Had to sneeze.  Allergies are about to hit in a big way and you are the first line of defense! When it comes to pollen, ragweed is enemy number one, and if you’re thinking you are A-OK because you don’t live in a ragweed-y area, newsflash: the pesky pollen can travel for hundreds of miles. Add in a furry, four-legged friend and it is an allergy…
  • When My Four-Month-Old Weaned Himself and I Wasn’t Ready

    Elissa Sungar,
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
     Breastfeeding. This word encompasses feelings of attachment, exhaustion, bonding, frustration, love and imprisonment. For some moms, breastfeeding comes easily, others find it more difficult and many choose not to breastfeed at all. After a battle of infertility due to hormone abnormalities, I was relieved that I was able to nurse and become part of the “breastfeeding is easy” group. That is, until our son Declan turned four months old. At first I thought, could it be a cold, teething, four-month regression or is he simply hungry? My sweet baby boy went from happy smiles and…
  • Bye-Bye, Leave the Bling?

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:51 pm
      Congrats! You’re engaged. Until you’re not. Somehow between the magical, perfect day when he or she popped the question, the bling is still blingy, but your partner is purely putrid. We are not sure how couples go from euphoria to ‘you-suck’ so quickly, but it happens. While the emotional fallout of the wedding no-go is for another post, and we aren’t getting into any ethical issues around whether you should or want to return the rock, we want to know: once he puts a ring on it, is it a case of ‘no-take-backs’ or can your partner legally do a…
  • Are Millennial Marriages More Divorce-Proof?

    Barbara Greenberg PhD
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    No doubt, marriage is risky, but it’s still, by definition, a ‘forever institution’. While  experts have long debated the doomsday  ’40-50% of marriages end in divorce stat’ , the fact is divorce rates are going down in the US. While the news is a bit rosier for Americans, in general, Millennials may actually have a better built-in shot at divorce-proofing their marriages than other groups simply because of their views on marriage, and the reason we unhitch in the first place.   1. Age Before Marriage  How old you are when you…
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    Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams

  • Trying to Conceive: 7 Tips for Men

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:22 pm
    It’s no secret that we’ve been actively trying to conceive so we can add to our family before it gets too late. Unfortunately, I still don’t have any good news to share! My emotions have been all over the place. I feel if it’s meant to be it will happen. However, the other night I […] The post Trying to Conceive: 7 Tips for Men appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Netflix #StreamTeam: Back to school edition!

    30 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam and receive perks in exchange for monthly posts. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.   It’s hard to believe that summer is officially over for us! We actually started back to school August 10th!! So when I see some of my friends not […] The post Netflix #StreamTeam: Back to school edition! appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Sweeping Saturday 8/29/2015

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! The post Sweeping Saturday 8/29/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • My Family is taking the PURELL 30-Day Challenge!

    22 Aug 2015 | 3:48 pm
    This post was sponsored by GOJO Industries, the makers of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. I don’t know about your family, but cleanliness and sanitizing is extremely important to my family! We like to sanitize as much as we can but it can be difficult to […] The post My Family is taking the PURELL 30-Day Challenge! appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • 4 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Housework

    17 Aug 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Maintaining a clean and orderly house is no easy feat, whether it’s an apartment or a three-bedroom house, or whether you live with friends or you’re in a family of six. From grocery shopping and dish washing to doing the laundry and vacuuming, it often feels as though your housework never ends. If you’ve been […] The post 4 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Housework appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • Wednesday's Child: Alac

    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids
  • What I want you to know about living with Fibromyalgia

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here.  Today’s guest post is by Janna Haynes. In 2007, after a few years of trying to figure out why I was constantly in pain, overwhelmed with fatigue and my joints felt like a 65 year old (I was 26), I was finally handed down a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia (FMS). What? Never heard of it…I've learned in the…
  • QOES: How many pillows do you sleep with?

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:10 am
    Comfort is a big deal when you're trying to get some sleep. The number of pillows you use, the kind of pillows, the arrangement - I am very particular about my pillows. To the point where I sometimes bring my own to a hotel.Source  I sleep with three pillows. They're really old pillows that have been flattened down but I'm so used to them that I can't bring myself to buy new ones. I sleep with two under my head, one going vertically, one going horizontally. I don't know why. I've done that since I was pregnant. Then I always have to hold a pillow. I've done that since I was in high…
  • My new favorite dress

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Every once in a while I will find a dress that's perfectly comfortable and stylish and easy to wear without ironing, and I will order it in several colors and pretty much wear it every day until it falls apart. I just love a single piece of clothing that I don't have to match, that I can throw on and look "put together" with no effort. Last summer it was this dress:It was from Old Navy and I ordered it in every color, and have worn the black one so much that it is nearly threadbare.This summer, I discovered this easy cotton dress from The Gap:It's comfy like a sweatshirt, it has pockets…
  • What I want you to know about being an immigrant

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here.  Today’s guest post is by Bronwyn Lea.This is what I want you to know about being an immigrant.In the ten years I have lived in the United States, people have often been shocked when I tell them that not only do I not have a green card, but that I couldn’t get one even if I tried. I would love to be…
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  • NICU Care Packages for Families

    Jennifer Murray
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:46 am
    If you’ve been with us for the long haul, you might remember that we had a community effort project of NICU Kits that we assembled and donated to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit connections at St. Vincent Women’s and families all over the nation. We had a passion for parents going through the uncertainties and challenges of the NICU and thoughtfully considered things that might have helped our own 5 week stint. It was a wonderful project that fulfilled our desire to give back, and come together to connect with our readers for a bigger cause. Some of our readers donated handmade…
  • Fast Fridays: Victory Lap

    Jennifer Murray
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    I remember back in the toddler days when I thought, “If I can just make it to the school stage, my life will get easier“. And then in the homeschool days, there were days that I almost chased down that yellow bus thinking it was the answer to making life simpler. I think my glasses were a little rose covered, thinking I could just drop them off at school and take the nap that I had earned for the last 6 years. Turns out just getting them through the school week has a slew of tasks and demands that I hadn’t considered. After all we as school moms have accomplished a lot the…
  • 5 Back to School Essentials

    Jennifer Murray
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    Pencils sharpened. First Day of School Pics Taken. School Supply List Conquered. Now that we’re old pros at this back to school thing, I thought I would share some of my ABSOLUTE essentials for starting the school year off right! (Just in case you’re still loading up your supplies or looking for tried-and-true solutions!) I’m a bit of a minimalist, so I stick pretty much to the list and see what we can make do on from last year. HUGE PROPS to my stud of a husband for doing almost all of the back to school shopping while we were in Texas with the dudes. I was so impressed…
  • Fast Fridays: Overcomers

    Jennifer Murray
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Have you ever had reality smack you in the face and wake you up to what you’re missing in the details of the moment? That happened to me on Saturday morning. The boys and I were at the annual St Vincent Women’s NICU Reunion Picnic. It’s always a highlight of the summer seeing faces that we haven’t seen for a while who “get” our start to parenthood, and being reminded of how far our boys have come. In the past it’s been a bit emotional seeing doctors and nurses that God used to save our boys’ lives and getting to thank them again for all of their…
  • Easy Texas Caviar Dip

    Jennifer Murray
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    We just returned from a wonderful trip to Texas a few weeks ago, and we’re still missing the food, so here’s a little Cowboy Hat Tip to Texas with this Easy Texas Caviar Recipe! Don’t you LOVE a good pitch-in? We had a School Picnic on Friday night, and there wasn’t enough room on my plate for all the goodness. As I packed up my empty bowl and headed home I ran into quite a few who enjoyed this recipe, so I thought I would share it with Y’all too! This was my first time making Texas Caviar (Costco makes a great store-bought version), but this was easy enough to…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Homemade Almond Milk

    Erika Wassall
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe here, with a cash-saving, health pumping, pure tasting recipe for   Homemade Almond Milk Yeah. You heard me right. ALMOND MILK.   Up until about a month ago, I didn’t even realize I could make this at home. To be honest, I wasn’t even 100 percent sure it was […]The post Homemade Almond Milk appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Scenic Drive From Vancouver To Kamloops, British Columbia

    2 Sep 2015 | 11:11 am
    I love to travel. There is something about seeing new sights that makes you take notice of your surroundings and fully appreciate the beautiful details. I had been to British Columbia before and I was struck by the stunning wide open landscapes all set against the back drop of majestic mountains and contrasting colors. Needless […]The post Scenic Drive From Vancouver To Kamloops, British Columbia appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Natural Snacks For Back To School

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Back to School is approaching for many of us. In fact, my kids have their first day back to school this week! This is the time of year that I start thinking about packable snacks that I can send to school with my kids or that I can bring in the car to let them […]The post Natural Snacks For Back To School appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • What Is Music Therapy For Kids?

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    Have you ever wanted to learn more about music therapy for kids?  Well today I have, Carrie Friddell MT-BC, a Board Certified Music Therapist to tell us more about what music therapy is and how it is helpful for kids.  She works with children with special needs in her clinical music therapy practice, In Harmony […]The post What Is Music Therapy For Kids? appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Teaching Kids Independence Supports The Whole Family

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Yes, like the Fourth of July we can break out the fireworks and celebrate independence when our child learns simple tasks and in turn takes those tasks off our “to do” list! Often times we may miss this celebration because we fail to see that small growing pains now, mean bigger mommy free time rewards […]The post Teaching Kids Independence Supports The Whole Family appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
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    Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents

  • Your guide to maternity wear wardrobe essentials

    Cindy Gan
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:30 pm
    As your body changes, you will find that you need to upgrade your wardrobe with suitable maternity wear. Shopping for maternity wear in Singapore can be easy! Pregnancy brings along plenty of changes, both inside and out. With the new body shape, weight gain, and seemingly unattractive appearance, it is important to stay positive and welcome your new “you”—bump and all. Embrace the bump and accept that the little fella is here to “bake” for the next 9 months or so. With your body accommodating the new baby, your usual wardrobe will need a little adjustment. This…
  • “I want more time…” – A heartbreaking father and son video

    Dinah Amira Nordin
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The post “I want more time…” – A heartbreaking father and son video appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • A new parent’s guide to insurance for your family

    Cindy Gan
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 pm
      When you become a parent, your responsibilities increase. You need to make sure that you are ready to take of your family emotionally, physically and financially. Congratulations on your promotion as new parents! With a newborn in tow, needless to say, you probably have a never ending to do list. But while you attend to the “here and now” needs of your new and growing family, make sure that you don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. A crucial responsibility as a new parent is to plan the financial preparedness and protection for your little one’s future. An…
  • Beat the heat with this 3-ingredient ice cream recipe

    Diana Gale
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Super easy 3-ingredient ice cream recipe is sure to score with everyone! Ingredients ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (150ml) sweetened condensed milk – I reduced this to 125ml 3 tablespoons (24g) unsweetened cocoa powder – I used Valrhona 1 cup whipping cream (240ml) – For best results, use whipping cream that has at least 36%+ fat content Instructions Into a mixing bowl, add the condensed milk and half of the cocoa powder. Mix to combine then add the remaining cocoa powder and mix again. Once the mixture is well-mixed, set it aside. In a clean mixing bowl, whisk the cream until…
  • So you’re having a baby? Here’s how you can prepare financially!

    Nalika Unantenne
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:24 am
    There’s no greater joy for a couple trying to get pregnant than when they find out they are actually expecting! The moment you see those two blue lines on a pregnancy test, you start planning the next nine months of your life and beyond – even if you are the most disorganised person you know! So, you book your first visit to the gynaecologist, you spend hours online researching the best baby products, and you talk to your mummy friends about their experiences and store in your memory bank the most useful tips. You research the best hospitals to give birth at. In your quest to make…
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  • How to be involved in your child’s learning, email a tree, and stare offs with animals

    Jodie Benveniste
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:37 pm
    The links this week: A app that has some good ideas about how to help your kids’ learning from highchair to high school, this great story about what happened when a city council gave trees email addresses (yes, you did read that correctly), and check out these animal stare-offs. Who will blink first? Learning happens […]
  • 4 gifts dads really need for Father’s Day

    Jodie Benveniste
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Earlier this year, I wrote about 4 gifts mums really need for Mother’s Day. Now in honour of Father’s Day, it’s your turn dads. Instead of socks, jocks, beer or bourbon, perhaps dads might like these four gifts this weekend. And if they can only have one of them, I’d like it to be the […]
  • Living by your values versus living by your goals

    Jodie Benveniste
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    I’ve always been very goal focused and achievement oriented. And in many ways and for many years, it served me well. But then it didn’t. Not at all. I think the beginning of the end was when I had kids. It was much easier and made much more sense to be goal focused when I […]
  • We can dream, can’t we?

    Jodie Benveniste
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    I love contemplating or journalling stretch questions like this one. At the very least, it is a bit of harmless fun. At it’s best, you gain interesting ideas and deep insights. So today, how would you answer this question? Pic credit Get your free gift – Unlocking the secrets to intuitive parenting! Email Address First […]
  • Parent & Child Together week, magic lessons, and a newborn photo shoot with a difference

    Jodie Benveniste
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    We live such busy lives that it’s nice to have a reminder that one on one time with our kids is so valuable for both our kids and us. Check out Parent & Child Together Week. Plus Elizabeth Gilbert has a new podcast show on creativity called Magic Lessons, and this couple did a new-baby-style […]
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    I Thought I Knew Mama

  • 4 Quick Fitness Tips for Busy Moms #Periscope #Video #Replay

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Happy 2 Year Anniversary to me! As my August Challenge Groups begins this week, I’m remembering back to two years ago when I was at my wall with feeling like I was doing nothing for myself and just filled with frustration at not being able to get back to the old me – both mentally […] The post 4 Quick Fitness Tips for Busy Moms #Periscope #Video #Replay appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • FIXATE: The Brand New 21 Day Fix Cookbook GIVEAWAY {US Only; ARV $19.99; ends 7/28/15}

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Have you heard about 21 Day Fix? 21 Day Fix is a nutrition and fitness program that makes losing weight so simple. Easy-to-follow portion control and 30-minute workouts take the guesswork out of losing weight to help you see results fast—up to 15 pounds in just 21 days. You can read one of the many […] The post FIXATE: The Brand New 21 Day Fix Cookbook GIVEAWAY {US Only; ARV $19.99; ends 7/28/15} appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • Farm Share Recipes: Using Your Greens

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    We are thrilled to have a farm share this year at one of the most beautiful and oldest working farms in our area, Appleton Farms. It is such a joy to visit the farm each week with my little ones. They especially love picking their fruits and vegetables, and I love that they can really […] The post Farm Share Recipes: Using Your Greens appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • Transformation Tuesday: A Mom of 3 Learns to Prioritize Her Own Health

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s TRANSFORMATION TUESDAY. This is the story of one of the coaches on my wonderful team, Team Fit & Natural, “Crystal.” She is currently in her 10th challenge group. Crystal is a wonderful person and a fellow naturally minded mama of three. She is passionate about outdoor adventure with her family and music. It has […] The post Transformation Tuesday: A Mom of 3 Learns to Prioritize Her Own Health appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • Matt’s Health Transformation: How This Dad Got It Done

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:58 pm
    What a journey Matt has had! I can’t tell you how happy it made me to read Matt’s responses to my questions here. To see a dad transform his life in this way on our team – bettering himself physically, mentally, and emotionally – and inspiring others with his story is an amazing thing. I’m […] The post Matt’s Health Transformation: How This Dad Got It Done appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
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    Life With Sharon | Texas Mom Blogger / Vlogger Lufkin, Houston, Texas

  • Create a Back Yard That Your Family Will Love

    13 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    Creating a back yard with relaxing activities and entertainment features will provide years of outdoor enjoyment for your family. You can create a relaxing atmosphere for the adults and an entertainment are for the kids with the right backyard projects. Relaxing Atmosphere You can create a relaxing atmosphere in your back yard with a few simple outdoor features. Whether you have an existing patio or deck or a back yard with limited space, creating relaxing atmosphere may be easier than you think. Garden Swing – Relax in a beautiful garden swing that can be installed on your patio or in a…
  • Eleven Fun Facts About Citzens Bank Park

    13 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    As any person buying their children Phillies baby clothes would know, the Phillies have known many homes over the decades. Today, they play at the elaborate Citizens Bank Park to the delight of their fans. How much do you know about the park? We have eleven interesting facts about this state-of-the-art ball park for you to impress your friends with. The Phillies moved to Citizens Bank Park in 2004, after spending 32 years at Veterans Stadium. The first game was an exhibition game against the Cleveland Indians. The park cost $95 million over 25 years to complete. $57.5 million was paid for…
  • When Your Teen is Out of Control

    13 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    You don’t know what happened. The teen years hit and your son has changed. He’s disruptive and volatile. You never know what to expect of him. He’s running around with a bad crowd and you fear that negative influences may lead him down the wrong path in life. You want to do something about it before it is too late, but you don’t know where to begin. Consider the following options to help you bring your teenager back to you. Monitor Activities Closely You need to know exactly what your teen is up to when you are not around. You can set up a tracking system with his…
  • What Not to Do During a Divorce

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Divorce is likely one of the most emotionally overwhelming experiences you will go through in your life. When you decide to unravel a life you’ve built with someone, there are bound to be tensions and disagreements. These occur even in the most amicable of divorces. Because people tend not to make the most logical decisions during times of emotional turmoil, it’s a good idea to avoid some situations altogether. Consider this list of things not to do during a divorce as a guide. Don’t Forget to Change Beneficiaries With so much on your mind, it’s easy to forget the…
  • What you need to know about Indoor Air Pollution

    13 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
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    The Parenting Pundit

  • Cancer Stole My Mom....Not Our Love

    Gaétane Borders
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Hello Pundits! I know, I know....It has been a VERY long time since we last had a conversation.  Please accept my sincerest apology:) It seems that I lost my writing mojo for a period of time.  My mother was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, and  I suddenly found no inspiration to write. I have always had a creative side, but then suddenly it was gone.  My only focus was spending what ever borrowed time I had with the single most influential person in my life.  Although this year has been THE toughest of my entire life, there were some golden…
  • Back To School Readiness

    Gaétane Borders
    6 Aug 2013 | 7:52 am
    Hi Friends, Summer is coming to an end...sniffle:( You know what that's time for school! Are you prepared? Need some help? No worries, because here are some tips that might help you ease into the school year like a pro! Enjoy:)  www.theparentingpundit.comAn open and honest blog about what matters most...children and families!!!
  • Hide Your Kids and Hide Your Wives....Pastor's at the Pulpit

    Gaétane Borders
    29 Jul 2013 | 3:14 pm
    Hi Pundits!!!! I realize that I have been dormant for quite some time, but there have been a lot of recent events in the world that have awakened my writing impulse. For example, you may have heard about the little 'ole Zimmerman trial. No, I'm not writing about that today because I am still too angry and disgusted about the outcome. Nope, I won't go there today with you. Instead, I want to talk about a news story that came across my screen yesterday. It's one that has me scratching my temple and side eyeing so hard it makes my crows feet ache. Here it goes.... Christ Tabernacle Missionary…
  • How to Have More Patience with Your Kids

    Gaétane Borders
    18 Jan 2013 | 1:07 pm
    Today's guest post is provided by who contacted me and asked that I consider sharing this content with my readers.  This article is certainly appropriate for my fellow parenting pundits, so it is with pleasure that I share it with you!  We could all use these tips:)www.theparentingpundit.comAn open and honest blog about what matters most....children and families!!!_______________________________________________________________________The following is provided by is hardly a trait people are born with, so when parents are pressed to care for…
  • Safe Sex Is.....SEXY

    Gaétane Borders
    1 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am
    One of the most powerful radio interviews that I have done to date happened 4 years ago. In honor of World AIDS Day, I am reposting my interview with the ever inspiring, and Emmy Award winner Rae Lewis Thornton. Despite her present day status of having full-blown AIDS (ACQUIRED Immune-deficiency Syndrome), Rae has lead a crusade to educate and challenge audiences to take control of their own bodies, futures and health. Rae uses her life as an example that AIDS is a non-discriminatory disease. She challenges the most common myths and stereotypes surrounding who and how one can become…
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    Our Empty Nest

  • Kennedy visits Hickory!

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:57 am
    Brittany and Dan brought Kennedy to Hickory last weekend! Best. Weekend. Ever!It was just so special having her in our house!! And picturing her in future years playing in Brittany's playroom and bedroom which are still completely set up like a little girl's playroom.We took them to the Farmer's Market:Showed them other places in town that had changed since Brittany was here last. Neighbors dropped in to meet her and they came to church with us. (And met lots more friends.)Then we took her out on the lake for her first boat ride. Somewhere along the line she must have seen the Titanic movie.
  • Kennedy started daycare :(

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:04 pm
    The inevitable happened. We returned home from keeping Kennedy on a Saturday and Monday at nine weeks old she started daycare.To make it even a bit harder on me, her mom posted this picture of the first day on Face Book.
  • My Very Short To Do List

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In the last post I mentioned how little I got done while sitting for Kennedy the first week Brittany went back to work.Look how accomplished I felt just getting her dressed:First we had to decide what to wear! So many choices!!We both liked the pink dress which had actually been her mommy's 28 years ago!Pulling clothes over her head freaks me out a little. Onesies are the worst!Please don't cry! Please don't cry! Please don't cry!!We did it!!!!Ta Da!!Ok, time for a nap!
  • Brittany goes back to work.

    26 Aug 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Brittany’s eight weeks of maternity leave flew by just like I knew they would. I couldn’t bear the thought of little Kennedy in daycare at that tender age so John and I headed back to Charleston to take care of her for that first week at least.I figured it would give Brittany a chance to get used to going back to work without the added burden of getting the baby ready and dropping her off and later picking her up too.And of course it meant she’d be all ours every day!!I don’t know what it is that makes me so mesmerized with her! I just hold her and sing to her and walk her around.
  • Falling in love with our Granddaughter

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:23 pm
    In Kennedy’s first 5 weeks of life John and I made three trips to Charleston.After she was born on Saturday June 20th, I stayed until the following Friday. John went home to work three days and returned on Thursday night.It was quite a week!I had forgotten how much work one tiny human was! I have a picture of Brittanyin the wheelchair holding the baby carrier as we were leaving the hospital and she looked slightly terrified!But Kennedy was sleeping a lot and not eating all that much, so we thought, “What an easy and sweet baby!”Until her first doctor appointment on Wednesday when the…
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    Toy Reviews | Toy Queen | Educational Toys | Toddler Toys | Best Apps for Kids | Toy Giveaways | Preschool Games | Baby Product Reviews

  • Disney Infinity 3.0 Unboxing Includes Star Wars Toys

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Disney Infinity 3.0 Unboxing We’ve been busy here at gearing up for the holidays and one of the best ways I can think of to celebrate is to share that the new Disney Infinity 3.0 starter set arrived on our doorstep earlier today for our review.  We featured these fun new toys and games with an unboxing video on YouTube. Enjoy learning about the game, all the new characters, and the new Toy Box Takeover expansion sets! Olaf and Yoda are definitely my new favorite figures, who is yours? If you are a die-hard Star Wars fan there are several now to choose from.  …
  • Hanna Andersson Coupon and Back to School Finds

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    When Hanna Andersson asked if we’d like to do some in-store back to school shopping and in addition share a 15% off Hanna Andersson coupon for you, I couldn’t wait! Gavin is going to Kindergarten! When I started, it was months before I even knew I was pregnant. Although the 3 years of preschool certainly seemed like an eternity, both he and I couldn’t be more ready for this new adventure. Even though he attends a school that requires a uniform, no-one is ever exempt from back to school shopping! There is certainly the excitement around a new backpack and…
  • Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Edition Demo and Review

    12 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Disclosure: Gavin and I were provided with a trip to New York City to NintendoWorld. We saw way more than a sneak peak of the Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Edition Demo for Nintendo 3DS, and spent some extended time being some of the first to ever play the full version of the game. Gavin is an avid Mario Kart fan and WiiU has taught us a lot about his personality. We’ve tried playing several other games and he is completely enamored with Mario and Luigi. Just this week he was allowed to design his own constellation at school, and as you can see here, and as you can see below…
  • Healthy Food Choices at McDonalds with John Cisna #McDonaldsOpenTour

    3 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Disclosure:  After attending the #McDOpenDoorTour event, I received compensation from McDonald’s in exchange for writing this sponsored post. All opinions are my own.   Most of my adult life post-college I’ve struggled with weight. Prior to becoming married, I rode the roller coaster, gaining 30 lbs. and losing it with exercise and Weight Watchers. When I was pregnant I ate the healthiest ever and while I gained weight appropriately, my metabolism was amazing. Gavin was born and with breastfeeding for 3 months, I literally became high-school skinny. A busy lifestyle and stress…
  • Kinetic Sand Sales Raise Money for Autism Speaks

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    When I was asked by Spinmaster to share a few words about how much I love Kinetic Sand, it wasn’t hard. As an occupational therapist, I use this amazing product almost every day I work with children in the school system. Kids beg me to use it, and not only is it an amazing incentive and reward for them to attend to activities that are challenging, I’ve seen how quickly a child who is overstimulated or overwhelmed can be calmed, by manipulating this texture. Aside from LEGO building, this is one of the only toys that can keep my own son entertained for a significant amount of…
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    Life With Boys

  • To the Close Minded Mom in Walmart

    24 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    To Whom It May Concern, I don’t know your name, and if I’m being honest I’ll tell you I just heard this second hand from my son, Addison. But, because his story was simple without any dramatic monologues (he’s like me-a storyteller, and sometimes we both embellish), I’m tempted to believe him wholeheartedly on this. […] Read more →
  • Disney World-We Love You!

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
    One thing Roy has always accused me of when it comes to vacations is over planning.  And I admit, I’m a planner.  I enjoy the research, the planning, etc.  That’s me.  And I will CONTINUE to point out the one vacation I did nothing (granted it was a vacation with extended family, so it wasn’t […] Read more →
  • What’s a Yeti?

    19 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    I LOVE Animal Kingdom.  The Tree of Life is GORGEOUS! Simply amazing, and while I wish I had pictures of the tree that I took myself, I was having too much fun pointing out the different animals with the boys to even think of taking my phone out.  Isn’t it beautiful?   Below the tree […] Read more →
  • Try the Grey Stuff It’s Delicious!

    17 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    Thursday, August 6, was a special day. We were headed back to the Magic Kingdom on Thursday, and I was looking for something special for breakfast when I ran across The Crystal Palace.  This is another character meal-with our friends from the Hundred Acre Woods (Winnie the Pooh and friends!).  Not only do I love […] Read more →
  • We’re Going to Walk to Japan!!

    13 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Wednesday was Epcot Day!  Roy’s favorite park. The last time we went to Disney, we actually paid for babysitting so that Roy and I could have a night out. For whatever reason, Roy didn’t seem interested in partaking of The Mickey Mouse Club’s services (that isn’t what it’s called anymore, but that’s what I always […] Read more →
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • 3 Big Myths About Self-Care That Are Keeping You Stressed

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    1) Self-Care involves spending money Do a simple Google search and most self-care tips and advice do indeed have some type of financial cost attached. But to think that taking care of yourself costs always money is to do yourself a disservice. Self-care, in its simplest definition is “care of self” and you can do that no matter how much is your bank account. Self-care is about honoring yourself—your mental state, your physical condition, your emotional needs. 2) Self-Care isn’t something you need to do daily You should do at least one act of self-care per day. Monthly…
  • The Seven Rules Of Happiness According To My Seven-Year-Old Son

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    During one of our random “What do you want to be when you grow up?” conversations, I told my son Thomas that he would make an amazing teacher. And I fully believe it – he’s energetic and always looking for the “funner” way to do something. Kids would love him. “I’d be a happy teacher!” he told me. “Oh yeah? That’s great that you’ll enjoy teaching,” I told him. “Nooo,” he corrected me. “I’d be a happy teacher. I’d teach people how to be happy.” I smile big and wave him closer.
  • Make A Stop At The Walgreens Wellness Tour

    24 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    Disclosure: I partnered with Walgreens to provide an overview of the 2015 Wellness Tour. All opinions are my own, as always. Earlier this year, I had a health scare that finally scared me enough that I went to see an urgent care doctor. He checked me out, gave me a prescription for a steroid and sent me on my way, but not before encouraging me to get myself a primary care physician. “Do they have a pediatrician?” he asked, nodding at my two kids who happened to accompany me on this visit. “Of course!” I said, taking his question as an insult. “What kind of mother…
  • #StudentParentSuccess – Know Your Rights As A Pregnant Or Parenting Student

    18 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    When I discovered I was pregnant during my spring semester and that my due date would fall in the tail end of my fall semester, I didn’t know what to do. Do I sit out a semester and just take care of the baby? Do I attend classes anyway and just cross my fingers that, I dunno, I give birth over a long weekend? What was the proper thing to do? I tell this story often and whenever I’m in a group of parenting students, they nod their head and tell me they struggled with the same decision. But it’s hard to make the decision that is best for you if you don’t have all the…
  • Welcome To #StudentParentSuccess Week!

    17 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    I can finally reveal the big news I’ve been sitting on for a month: I was tapped to write an article for the September issue of ESSENCE magazine on — what else — student-parent success! See my emotional video HERE (viewed more than 1,000 times!) on why this meant so much to me. I’m literally lightheaded with joy right now. My first Essence magazine piece and one that I am especially proud of because it connects with an often invisible population: student parents. Today…feels like Christmas. A photo posted by Tara Jefferson (@tarajefferson) on Aug 14, 2015 at…
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    Raising Great Men™

  • 5 Free Tools To Keep Your Son Focused This School Year

    Marie Roker-Jones
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:46 am
    Back to school can be an exciting yet stressful time of the year. If your son is starting a new school or transitioning from elementary to middle or middle to high school, he’ll need tools to help him stay focused, organized and calm.  The following tools are great for giving your son an extra edge for the start of the school year. Photo courtesy of Mrehan(Flickr) 1. Does Your Home Encourage Learning Questionnaire Does your home reflect an environment conducive to learning? Depending on your son’s age, you can create a learning environment by providing resources  that support…
  • The Seasons of Your Son’s Life

    Marie Roker-Jones
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    As we get ready for the summer season, I think about how we go through various seasons in life. We are reminded in Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. As  we watch our kids finish the school year and prepare for the summer,  their physical transformation during  these brief months can leave us baffled by the brevity of childhood.  Just as the seasons change, our sons go through their seasons of emotional, mental, spiritual and physical change. Whether your son is in kindergarten, middle/high school or college, the season of…
  • 7 Mini Pep Talks to Have With Your Son

    4 Jun 2015 | 2:52 am
    Everyone needs a pep talk from time to time. It’s easy for kids to get discouraged when they can’t do something and want to give up. More than giving support and cheering our sons on, we need to help them overcome the challenge and stay on track. 1. Change Your Approach Step out of your point of view and look at things objectively.  It will help you gain a new perspective. “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success…
  • The Legacy of Black Father’s Love

    17 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    The best part of my childhood was knowing how much I was loved. It wasn’t the “be a good kid and we’ll show you love” conditional kind of love. As for my father, he loved me with a fierceness that made me believe that I was infallible. I wish I could say that that I loved my father in the same way. Unfortunately, I held him up to unrealistic expectations and made unfair demands of him to prove his love. I had high standards for my dad. I wanted him to be the perfect husband, father, and man. Anytime he made a mistake, I voiced my disapproval. I wanted him to be more than he could be…
  • Lions Do Raise Lambs: Embracing Your Child’s Personality

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    Years ago, I adopted a phrase that a friend’s mother used to say “Lions don’t raise lambs.” I thought it was a powerful statement to make and soon made it my parenting motto. That is until I decided to take a look at myself. Who was I kidding? The only lion I was like was the Cowardly Lion or Alex the Lion from the movie Madagascar. After all, I’m the one who had to sleep with the lights on after watching The Sixth Sense (it’s not even a horror film). The more I thought about it, I realized that this statement reflected my relationship with my mother. My mom is one tough cookie…
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  • お肌には栄養は不可欠!

    八亀 守正
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:23 am
    女性の25歳を過ぎると「シミ」「しわ」「お肌のたるみ」が目立つようになり気になり始める。 中には「夏の外出時だけ紫外線に注意していれば大丈夫」と思い込んでいる人もいるようだが、紫外線は1年中届いているし家の中でも安心でないのでしっかりとしたケアが必要になる。 さらに忘れてはならないのはビタミンCをタップリと補給してあげることだ。…
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    Mindful Mum

  • How to style yourself for a night at the casino

    John McHugh
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    It doesn’t really matter where a woman is going for a night out; she will always want to look as beautiful and fashionable as she possibly can. Thanks to the rise of the mobile casino, casinos are an increasingly popular choice for a night out, with online casino having greatly enlarged the audience for these games, but – despite what the movies might suggest – many modern day casinos do not apply strict dress codes. This article will elaborate further on what a woman should wear when attending a casino, including what hair styles to consider. Dress code casino Beginning with the more…
  • 10 Traditional Educational Toys That Will Never Go Out Of Fashion

    Mindful Mum
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Despite seeing a slight drop in sales in 2012 and 2013, the toy industry is on the up again with its best performance for four years last year. This seems to be partly down to franchising, with the top ten best-selling toys of the year including items for Frozen, Star Wars and Transformers. Fun. It’s a Serious Business! But toys aren’t just fun and games; they can also be educational. All play can encourage learning, but educational toys specifically help in areas such as literacy, maths, science and music. They’re fantastic for stimulating the mind and senses, as well as…
  • Growth of Online Gambling. A Threat to Society?

    John McHugh
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:58 am
    How Big Is Online Gambling? Approximately, 51% of people take part in some form of online gambling every year. Online gambling itself claims 5-10% of the gambling market worldwide. Sites today cater to fans of poker, sports betting, bingo, lotteries, horse race betting, and general casino games. Betting remains the most popular of the games , generating $11.5 Billion wins worldwide, followed by casino poker and bingo. Losses are equally as monumental, with Americans losing almost $120 billion in 2013. Gamblers are experiencing incredible losses from online gambling per year The exact number…
  • Introducing Pampers Poo Face

    John McHugh
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    There can only be one saviour in those situations: baby wipes. What parent doesn’t always carry an emergency pack of wipes? Parent madness not to! Did you know that 91% of parents use baby wipes to clean their little one’s bottoms? And that, according to a newly released Pampers study, 9 out of 10 parents admitted they can’t leave the house without a pack? As well as going through a lot of wipes, we need to ensure that we are using only the best of the best, and Pampers Baby Wipes have been dermatologically accredited by the Skin Health Alliance. They have been proven to be milder than…
  • Pampers Poo Face 1

    John McHugh
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Check out this fabulous award-winning video from Pampers featuring the latest littlest stars and their very own hilarious #pamperspooface. We love these little babies <3 Do you have any funny pooface stories to share with us? Go on, let’s have a laugh at the ridiculous, most awkward moments our babies have ever pulled ‘the face’! What’s your baby’s funniest poo moment? #funnypoomoment  
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    We Got Kidz

  • Here’s a Convenient Way the Prepaid Visa® RushCard Can Help You Manage your Budget

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s been a few weeks since I partnered with Visa Clear Prepaid and received my Prepaid Visa® RushCard in the mail. Since budgeting and grocery shopping for a family of four can be challenging, my plan was to add my weekly grocery budget to my card and use that to help me keep things in line. So, what were the results? Would you believe that I was able to spoil myself with this cute little jumper just by putting my grocery money on a Prepaid Visa® RushCard? Anxious to find out how this worked? Read on! My weekly grocery budget for my twin 4-year-olds, my husband, and myself is around…
  • Natural Hair Kids Product Review! Aunt Jackie’s Girls [Video]

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:40 am
    The kind folks over at Aunt Jackie’s sent us their full line of Girls products for us to try. Of course we were eager to test them out and share our results with you guys. Check out this super cute video outlining how to use the products and our fabulous styling results. For more information on Aunt Jackie’s Girls and their full line of products, head to!
  • Saving Money and Sanity with the Prepaid Visa® RushCard

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m so excited! You guys are in for a treat as I’ve just teamed up with my friends at Prepaid Visa® RushCard to share with you a couple of amazing ways to keep your family on budget and more organized. Back in college, I used a prepaid card to handle most of my finances. Unfortunately, with all of the miscellaneous fees, the card just became too frustrating and confusing to use. Half of the time I had no clue whether or not my money was coming or going! The Prepaid Visa® RushCard helps make confusion a thing of the past. Visa has introduced a new standard on prepaid cards having…
  • Back-to-School Printables: Themed Water Bottle Labels, Snack Toppers, and More!

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
      It’s that time of year again… It’s time to start preparing for back-to-school! (I can hear parents cheering right now.) You’ve had a long summer full of camps, skinned knees, curing boredom, and more. Now it’s time to put a smile on your face and prepare the kids for another year of learning and socializing. In order to make it just as fun for the kids as it is for the parents, (although I’m not sure if that’s possible) I’ve created some cool printables that will help make your youngin’s first day of school a little bit more appealing. First, you have some…
  • Back-to-School Clothes Shopping 101: What Your Child REALLY Needs and How to Not Break the Bank

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of It’s that time of year again – between the commercials, store signs, and your children who are growing ever anxious at the fast approaching new school year, it’s undeniable that back-to-school season is in full swing. According to the National Retail Federation, families like you and I are spending a little less this year on back-to-school essentials; but the average is still a whopping $600 per family. Between supplies, electronics and – of course – clothes and shoes, it’s amazing how much we actually spend. The…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • Play This New Android App and Help Change the World!

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:16 pm
    What if you could download an app, play fun games and help change the world all at the same time? Well, now you can with the Tree Story App, and it has just been released on Android. I shared with you my love for this interactive "social good" app months ago when it was available on iTunes. Now that it is available to a whole new range of tech users in the Google Play store, I wanted to be
  • Creating the Perfect Back to School College Care Package #SchickSummerSelfie

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:15 pm
    College is a time for exploration and getting out on your own for the very first time. For some though, it can also feel lonely when you find yourself alone for the very first time, without your family. Luckily, sending a college care package is a great way to not only provide your college student with the necessities they need while away at school, but some of the comforts of home as well.
  • 4 Steps to a Summer Ready Pool

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:17 am
    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the HTH® Brand. I received promotional items and HTH® products and/or compensation in exchange for my participation. The opinions and text are mine. We live in Florida. That means that it is incredibly warm at least 6 months out of the year. Because of our intense heat and humidity, you need something to cool you down, and for us,
  • 5 Ingredient Biscuits and Turkey Sausage Gravy #SimpleTurkeyDinners

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:42 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Shady Brook Farms. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Simple is the name of my game around here. Between homeschooling the boys full-time, working full-time and trying to plan our next big adventure, there is little time for meal
  • Nominate Your School for Tyson Project A+! #WMTProjectAPlus

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:43 pm
    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine. School has started, and with it, fundraising packets will soon be coming home. It seems like there are always needs that schools across the country are struggling to meet. Walmart and Tyson® have teamed up for the Tyson Project A+™, to help one lucky school receive $1,000 worth of Tyson
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • Budget Hotels in Singapore

    2 Sep 2015 | 12:42 am
    "Can you recommend us a cheap hotel in Singapore?" That is one of the most frequent question I get in my Facebook, Instagram and here on the blog. With all honesty, I only know that there are budget-friendly hotels around. As for recommendation, I have not stayed in any of those hotels before so I can't really recommend one.Since I get that question way too often, I decided to come up with this post which I hope in one way or another will be of help to those planning to visit Singapore and prefers to stay in cheap hotels.Based on my search in the world wide web, I present you my Cheap…
  • How to Care for Your Skin After a Facial Peel

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:25 pm
    If you have opted to have a facial peel at a reputable dermatological treatment centre like, there are steps that you need to take after the procedure in order to help your skin heal properly, prevent as much redness and irritation as possible, and really achieve the youthful, smooth, and flawless appearance that you were after. Continue reading for a few helpful tips on how you should care for your skin after you have had a facial peel. Buff Away Dry, Shedding SkinAfter you have a facial peel, you will experience a shedding stage during which your skin will…
  • Shiseido Soft Rebonding at Winn's Home Salon

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:56 am
    Finally, I got to visit Winn's Home Salon last month to have a Shiseido Soft Rebonding done. I remember calling Winn sometime last year to book an appointment but couldn't get one due to conflict in my work schedule. This time around, I took a day off from work.After putting my little rabbit to sleep around 2pm, off I went to Winn's Home Salon. I was so happy to find out they actually moved to an HDB flat just across Tampines MRT station. When I called them last year, they were located somewhere near our parish church which is not very convenient for a commuter like me.My appointment was at…
  • My Five French Highlights

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:48 am
    image sourceFrance truly is the most romantic country on the planet. I was lucky enough to spend three weeks exploring the beautiful towns, cities, and countryside. It was certainly an adventure, and I never spent longer than four days in one place. In one sense, I wish I had longer to drink in the beauty of each and every destination. On the other hand, I’m so pleased I got to visit every corner of the country. Each region has its own character and personality. Each has its own wonderful cuisine, and there’s always something new to see. It wasn’t easy, but I’ve narrowed down my five…
  • Postcards from Turi Beach Resort

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:44 am
    Any photo enthusiast like me would go bonkers at Turi Beach Resort which offers quite a stunning visual feast. It is really a charming place, almost every angle is picturesque. I took so many photos, I need more time to resize and watermark before adding here.Please enjoy these breathtaking views for now. We are already missing this beautiful place tremendously. My kids keep reminding me to bring them back there for more water fun and nature exploration. We can't wait to be back for another round of R&R and of course, photo opportunities!
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • How to Manage the 5 Biggest Headaches of Youth Sports

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    For most parents, the biggest headaches in youth sports have nothing to do with playing time or a coach that plays your child in a position that you don’t like. The biggest headaches are the things that take up your time and energy and can potentially derail a smooth season. You know them well if...Read More
  • Are You Supporting a Double Standard in Youth Sports?

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    As parents, it’s easy to point fingers…. but are you expecting a double standard? 3 Days Left! Help Kids battling cancer get a free autographed hat from their hero!
  • Sports Parenting Podcast: When Mom and Dad Are Not on the Same Page

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    To listen to the sports parenting podcast, click on the above arrow. Youth sports can divide families. Sometimes Mom and Dad are just not on the same page when it comes to the importance of competition. If you find yourself at odds with your spouse regarding the intensity of youth sports in your home, this...Read More
  • What About Those Participation Trophies?

    21 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    There’s been a lot of talk this week about participation trophies… Why are those little pieces of plastic or wood or metal such a big deal?   Find out how you can keep your child playing and having fun in youth sports! 
  • 4 Reasons to Say NO to Youth Sports

    17 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you are looking for a perfect, smooth, and seamless experience for your child, then don’t sign him or her up to play sports. Don’t get me wrong; youth sports can be a whole lot of fun, but it also gets very very messy and if you are looking for a good excuse not to get...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • Things All Moms Need to Hear, Refusing to Let Body Image Ruin My Sex Life & More

    Darcy Zalewski
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hugs make everything better. Being in the trenches of motherhood is rough some days. It always goes in streaks too. Several days will be extremely tough, making me rethink why I ever thought I could raise tiny humans. Then a switch is flipped and I’m granted several days in a row that go well with children listening and getting along. It’s funny though, because earlier this month I wrote about 5 things all moms need to hear–from friends, partners, family, and strangers. It didn’t really matter who was saying these things, but they are important for moms to hear. New…
  • Cosmic Cookies Recipe Inspired by Miles From Tomorrowland: Let’s Rocket!

    Darcy Zalewski
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Disclosure: We received a copy of the Miles From Tomorrowland: Let’s Rocket! DVD for review. All thoughts shared are our own. Post also contains affiliate links. Aerissa and Xander get excited whenever we “do science.” They find experiments fun and they have a few shows they enjoy watching to learn about the world around them. When Miles From Tomorrowland: Let’s Rocket! first arrived at our house, Rissa wasn’t sure if she wanted to watch it. She didn’t really know what it was about, but told me she saw, “the boy on Disney Junior games.”…
  • Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Upcoming Movies! #D23Expo

    Darcy Zalewski
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Thanks to all the information coming out of the D23 Expo recently, we can see there are a lot of great movies coming our way. Right about now, I think I need to start deciding which ones we’ll see in the theater and which ones we’ll wait to watch at home. Of course, I’d LOVE to take the kids to see all of these in the theaters, but the reality is that is not happening. I’m really excited about the animated films lined up from Disney Pixar and Walt Disney Animation studios. If I had to pick one that I’m most excited about, it would probably be Toy Story 4. Or…
  • Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies Recipe {Dairy, Soy, and Gluten Free}

    A. Hager
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    A recipe was recently shared on a moms group I belong to for cinnamon raisin quinoa cookies. Seriously quinoa. In cookies. The ingredients were simple enough and didn’t contain any of our personal kryptonite (dairy, soy or gluten). So, naturally, I just had to try it!   I thought I’d give it a go, but unfortunately I was missing raisins which is pretty much vital for cinnamon raisin cookies.  Not to be deterred, I went snooping around our cabinets and found chocolate chips and peanut butter…. hmmmm monster-like cookies? Sounded good to me too! So I threw the ingredients…
  • Taking Daddy Dancing: Friday Night Live

    A. Hager
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Several weeks ago, I shared about how my 4 year-old daughter had a really sweet gift idea for her Daddy for Father’s Day.  We’ve been dancing our way through summer at Tosa Tonight, Sunset Safari, and Summer Sounds.  Next, we headed to Waukesha for their Friday Night Live event. Friday Night Live occurs every Friday through October in Downtown Waukesha near where they set up their Farmer’s Markets.  They close off the streets to traffic for several blocks and nine bands set up throughout the area.  All the shops appeared to be open for purchasing anything from antiques…
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    One Little Mister

  • A Delectable Treat

    Christiana Kostura
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:21 pm
    My life is chaos defined. Wake up. Shower.Brush teeth. Yell at the kids to get ready. Rush everybody out the door. Drop both kids off – at different schools! Get to work. Work. Work. Work. Wait? What... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Cruisin’ In Style

    Christi Kopp
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I have my sixth child in diapers right now.  That’s right sixth.  Over the last 10 years I have always had at least one bottom to diaper at all times.  With that much experience, I have learned... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Back to School Basics for Home and Away

    Christi Kopp
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The summer is quickly coming to an end and school will soon be back in school everywhere.  I know there are all kinds of schools kids can attend, but they all have one thing in common.  They need... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Back to School Giveaway – ends 9/3

    19 Aug 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Welcome to the “Back to School Giveaway”! This giveaway features some of the best back to school products that have been featured on Karen’s Got Mail. I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • I’ll Drink to That

    Christi Kopp
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:34 pm
    I have recently encountered a difficult problem.  I started growing out my nails.  No, that is not the problem.  Opening my favorite soda is.  Since I started growing my nails, opening my can has... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
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    The Potty Diaries

  • Dear Six-Years-Ago Me...

    20 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Dear Six-Years-Ago Me,I've been unpacking this week; unpacking all the stuff that you put into storage when you left for Russia six years ago. It's been an interesting couple of days and I have a couple of questions for you because for the life of me, I'm not sure what you were thinking on a couple of points...1.  I just un-boxed the china that we were given for our wedding and which we used maybe 3 or 4 times before we left London back in 2010.  Now, dear Six-Years-Ago Me, I know you weren't responsible for this; it was Fourteen-Years-Ago Me who made this screw-up when compiling…
  • On living with Boys...

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    At the lunch table today I was not really concentrating on what Boys #1 and #2 were talking about, when suddenly:Boy #1:  "No, I didn't do that.  I fighted."Boy #2:  "Fighted?  What are you talking about?  You mean 'fought'.  'Fighted' is something a Boove would say.  Your grammar is as bad a Boove's!"Boy #1:  "Yes, of course.  I was trying to sound like a Boove."  (He so wasn't). Me (not really having paid much attention up until this point):  "Hang on - what did you say, Boy #2?  Did you say Boy #1 sounded like a boob?"Both…
  • Pre-move prep

    22 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    We are now 5 weeks into the Boys' summer holidays.  Yes.  You read that right. Five weeks.  And bearing in mind that we are moving from the US school year to the UK school year, we still have six weeks more to go before they re-enter the bosom of educational establishments.So, that's 11 weeks.  Eleven weeks.You know, until I just checked the details for this post, for some reason I had myself convinced that their summer holiday was only 9 weeks.  Self-delusion is a wonderful thing.Anyhow, the Boys and I have been keeping ourselves busy, not least going through…
  • Market tips from a nine year old.

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    It was raining for much of today, so in an attempt to delay the dreadful moment when I had to give in to Boy#2's demands that I sit down and play Monopoly with him (he loves it, I hate it - mostly because my children show no mercy and bankrupt me every time), I took the boys to a local shopping mall this afternoon.Officially we were there to visit the supermarket for a light top-up shop before we head off for a week's holiday in a few days.  Unofficially we were - in my children's minds, anyway - there to put a dent in their ruble-based savings as they took the chance to visit the local…
  • Remembering why I blog - the moving diary

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:49 am
    It's been quiet on this blog for a couple of weeks now.It's not that there's nothing happening; there's plenty going on in our lives.  We're preparing for an international move, the Boys have just finished at the only school either of them can remember, and we're ticking off items on our 'Say Goodbye To Moscow' bucket list.  We need to find a base in our new home-town, set everything up for a smooth arrival there, and re-establish some dormant relationships in the UK.Having said all that, it feels like the calm before the storm. Practically, I know that isn't the case.  We've…
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    Abundant Mama

  • 3 Mental Roadblocks Preventing You From Achieving Work-Life Balance

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:16 pm
    “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein I love that feeling of balancing on a line. Now and then I follow my daughters up onto the curb and we walk it. Arms out like airplanes. Strong core muscles in the stomach. Zooming along one foot in front of the other, moving. Balancing. And, even more than that — trying not to fall. It’s safe to say many of us want a work-life balance that allows us to experience all of life’s goodness while still getting things done. We want a balanced life that gives us just…
  • What to Do When You Feel Like You’ve Lost Yourself in Motherhood

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:06 pm
    “I’ve lost myself.” “I don’t know who I am anymore.” “I don’t remember who I used to be.” These are all very common statements taken straight from mamas in The Abundant Mama Project online program in recent years. The cloudy vision that motherhood creates makes it seem really challenging to figure out who we are right now, and who we are going to be in the years going forward. We simply don’t have time to put “discover myself” on our crowded to-do lists. I know that feeling well, and I also know it is very possible to…
  • 5 Quiet Ways to Feel Less Isolated as a Highly Sensitive Mom

    17 Aug 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Highly sensitive moms crave quiet. And solitude. And order. But, they also crave connection with human beings — but getting that real, authentic connection is one of our biggest challenges. This dichotomy of modern motherhood is a constant challenge to solve. It is so easy to get lost in a child’s world. So quickly we spiral into the land of farts and giggles and silly games and drama. Oh the drama. Or the land of tantrums and bitter and sour. Or, my favorite, the land of messes and cleaning up. We get wrapped up in the nuances of daily life and being a good mom that we forget…
  • 5 Quiet Weekly Rituals that Build Family Connection

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Like any busy family, we’re often left at the end of a weekend asking just what happened to our two blissful days of nothingness. Where does that time go? Errands. Cleaning. Getting things done. (finally). Mowing the grass. Driving here and there. Doing this and that. We’ve learned that if we want to make the weekend slow down we really need to build in rituals that make it feel slower, even if it’s not. In my book, Savoring Slow, I talk about a several ways to live your life as if you on a staycation at home. And, in the Abundant Mama Project Online Program, we spend the…
  • My One Daily, Non-Negotiable Self-Care Ritual

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Since 2011, I’ve been sharing one common theme here in this project. That your life — even in the midst of motherhood and raising children — is happening right now. We cannot sit around waiting for it to be better, to have more time, to have more money, for someone to step in and save us, etc. Right now is all that is certain and we always have ourselves to take care of us — to mother ourselves. So embrace it. Find the beauty now. Love your life now. Live your life your way. Because when you don’t, you end up in the Land of Bitter and Sour, which leads to mommy…
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    Project Motherhood

  • How Being a Mom Has Changed Me

    Allison Cooper
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:23 am
      Change. This is that unavoidable word that is a measure of sorts, of the transformations that we go through. I remember looking back at different points in my life where I could actually feel change washing over me. Many of these moments happened laying poolside during my teenage year during the summers between grade levels and clear as day, I can remember my conversations with friends as we would chat about feeling older and more grown up as we prepared ourselves for the upcoming school year. Marriage has changed me. Marriage has made me a partner in life to someone that I adore.
  • Easy Southwest Style Kale Salad

    Allison Cooper
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:02 am
    I almost couldn’t believe waking up today that it was September! September brings much newness in my life, as B turns 7 this month and starts 2nd grade. I’m so excited for apple and pumpkin everything, and leggings and boots! But for now, I’m super excited to share my summertime favorite: Easy Southwest Style Kale Salad! As for the blog, you will see some tweaking here as well – all for the better! Today, I’m kicking things off with launching my new “healthy life” category that will include simple, healthy recipe posts, my fitness journey, and many…
  • Saving My Skin While Traveling – Charcoal Beauty Products From Derma e®

    Allison Cooper
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    If you have been following along on Facebook and Instagram, you can see that B and I have been quite the travelers lately! Chris was away for two weeks for Army training and is finally coming home today! While he was gone, Branden and I visited my family in Pittsburgh and Ohio, then returned to the city to meet up with friends for a trip to Mystic Beach in Connecticut and Plymouth, Massachusetts, and ended our journey at the super cool Edaville USA where we got a peak at their newly added Thomas Land! What a whirlwind it has been, but I was determined to give B some end of summer fun before…
  • 25 Signs You’re Ready for the Kids to Go Back to School

    Allison Cooper
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:36 am
    Here we are again. It’s that time of year when bathing suits and sunscreen start going on sale, you are welcomed into every store with a huge “Back to School” sale sign, all the while your kids start to say “I’m bored” almost as much as they tell you they are hungry. Yes, summer is coming to a close, and we will soon be face to face with yellow buses, lunch boxes, and homework once more. While you may have started the summer with total excitement, in complete anticipation of what the break would hold, here are some clear cut signs that you’re ready for the kids to go back to…
  • Parent Approved: Pittsburgh Travels With Dino Tales Game

    Allison Cooper
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    If you follow me on Facebook, you saw that B and I were traveling yesterday to spend some time with my parents in Pittsburgh while my husband is away for 2 weeks of Army training – and the experiences we had so far! We took the Megabus from NYC to Pittsburgh because its cheap and easy, but I knew we had a long ride ahead of us. I wanted to make it as fun as possible, so I packed things to keep Branden busy, which included our new favorite – Dino Tales Game. While we are visiting, B doesn’t have any access to his usual xbox games or YouTube videos that he’s obsessed…
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    The Mommist

  • Premium Deal Alert From Beyond the Box!

    Len Dela Cruz
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:21 am
    originOne Amazing Computer Now in Zero24 Installments: Beyond the Box’s MacBook Air Lifestyle Bundles!!Starting September 1st, the MacBook Air 11” & 13” 128GB variants will be available in super easy Zero24 installments and will be offered with three unique lifestyle bundles at no extra cost.The MacBook Air is the most beautiful laptop you can own. There's no doubt about that statement. From the outside, the aluminum unibody design looks modern and minimalist. The tapering edges also make the laptop genuinely attractive and impressive. Although it’s the same chassis design we’ve…
  • Rita's Ice Custard Happiness

    Len Dela Cruz
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Rita's Blendini is my have-to-have every so often. My boys are fond of their products, too! The eldest prefers the Frozen Custard, while the youngest is more adventurous when it comes to having his Rita's fix. Thankfully, Rita's offerings are aplenty! They have Italian Ice, Frozen Custard, Gelati, Misto Shake, Frozen Lemonade, Milkshakes, Sundaes, and the Blendini. If you don't know what to order, you can ask one of the servers to surprise you with his/her own combination.The choices don't end there! They also have Custard Cookie Sandwiches! Rita's highly dense and well-praised frozen…
  • Caruso Ristorante: Fine Italian Cuisine

    Len Dela Cruz
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    The longevity factor of a restaurant is very tricky. Two separate studies done a few years back concluded that the average restaurant's life span is only 5 years. Some push it to ten, but to thrive beyond that - like marriage - can be a feat these days. Caruso Ristorante has been in operation for more than 15 years! It's been hailed as one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the Metro. Their long existence all boils down to that, me thinks.A complimentary serving of warm slices of ciabatta with the standard dip of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and parmesan cheese is served first.
  • Chibi's Kaaraage at SM Light

    Len Dela Cruz
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    Cute is the word that first entered my mind when I heard of Chibi's Karaage. The name of the fast food joint itself has a charming undertone. It's like a moniker of some sort. I later found out that 'chibi' means small child in Japanese. Appropriately named so, I believe, because the place's strongest customers would be just that: kids. This will be a big hit for the little ones and for the adults who prefer a quick and tasty bite!Bento Karaage  PhP 155What did I tell you? Even the presentation is cute, right? If you're going to Chibi's Karaage for the first time, you may wanna start…
  • Style Insight: Leather and Tights

    Len Dela Cruz
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    originLeather and tights - one of fall's perfect combos! I don't think I'll ever get tired of this pairing. Love Veronika Heilbrunner version of it! It's a grown-up version impinged with a little girly tint courtesy of her Raf Simons x Adidas kicks. steal her styleJavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.Onward and Upward!
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  • Back to School

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    For the past few years, I have taken this time of year to share a few “words of wisdom” to the students, teachers, and parents preparing for back-to-school. While this is only my personal view, I do hope it offers some comfort to what can be a hectic and emotional time of year. To all […]
  • Spread a little love and magic

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:33 pm
    I log in and post on social media channels each day, mostly out of habit. These platforms have provided great ways to keep in touch with family and friends. However, they’ve also created cyberbullying and the widespread sharing of utter rubbish. I try to share things that will make people smile or bring a little […]
  • Walt Disney World Resort News

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Here is the latest Walt Disney World Resort news from Destinations to Travel with Donna! Latest News from Around the World for the Week Ending July 5, 2015!Filed under: Disney News, Walt Disney World
  • Frosty Treats to Beat the Summer Heat at Walt Disney World Resort

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:08 am
    Celebrate National Ice Cream Month throughout July at the Walt Disney World Resort! Nothing tastes better than a delectable frozen treat while exploring the parks during the “Coolest Summer Ever.” With an abundance of food and beverage locations serving ice cream snacks across property, these are a few of the must-try chilled treats at Walt […]
  • In Summer

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:12 pm
    “A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand, probably getting gorgeously tanned in summer!” Happy Summer, everyone! Bees’ll buzz Kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz And I’ll be doing whatever snow does In summer A drink in my hand My snow up against the burning sand Prob’ly getting gorgeously tanned In summer I’ll […]
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    The Kerrie Show

  • Vaccine Hysteria in Archdiocese of KCK: Vaccinate or Leave School

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:45 pm
    It's easy for me to sit here as a Catholic homeschooling mom of five with a husband with a good job and a few side careers of my own. It's easy for me to pick and choose the vaccine cocktail for my kids. Mr. Kerrie handed me that responsibility long ago and I did my best.We do vaccine but I won't do Gardisil and we don't do chicken pox, among others. We do the regular ones we are all supposed to be frightened of ... Polio, Pertussis, Tetanus. I did the Tetanus shot since my kids like to go barefoot and I keep them up to date on that one, but do we REALLY need the others I give them? I doubt…
  • When My Kids Reset What Siri Calls Me on My Phone

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:36 pm
  • On Wednesdays ... We Wear Uniforms ... #HomeschoolCoop2015

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:03 pm
    I can't explain how excited I am about the Christ the King Academy homeschool coop this year. I wanted to get into a coop once I could really devote myself to it and make sure we had what we needed and get there on time and participate and help out and wanted to make sure my kids were of an age where they would stay in their classes happily ... more or less.Today was that day!The satisfaction feedback questionnaire I gave my kids after coop today put them at about an overall 70-80% satisfaction. (I really asked them to rate their day on a scale of 1-10.)I was worried the littles would not…
  • The Kerrie Show's First Day of Homeschool 2015-2016 School Year

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    Okay, look. Maintaining multiple blogs while attempting to maintain my sanity is proving too difficult. I'm going to start blogging the hot mess that is my life HERE ... all in one spot. That includes Mr. Kerrie (I know you all love him because he puts up with me with barely an eye roll), the 5 little Kerries, homeschooling, writing, business junk, proofreading, recipes, Kansas City and other travel stuff and more. I'll try to make easy categories for you in weeks to come because I love ya like that.I'm not going to bore you with a bunch of curriculum stuff. We do virtual school now, in our…
  • August 2015 Article Income #Reprints

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    I'm going to start letting you know where I'm published each month not to brag, but to let you know you can also be doing it. To let you know that if you don't quit and you keep going, you will succeed! Check out my #30Submissions30Days challenge here! And of course you can do exactly what I'm doing if you buy my book here on Amazon!This month I earned a total of $330, and all of these pieces were written long ago. I would say that's a nice little residual income on pieces I had written months to years ago that still sell from month to month while I have time to focus on…
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  • Krabi with the Family – Hong Islands Tour

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Following my first post on where we stayed during our 5 day vacation in Krabi, here’s Part Two where n our... Continue reading » The post Krabi with the Family – Hong Islands Tour appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • The Way Back Home by I Theatre {Giveaway}

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:35 pm
    You may have read and loved this inter-galactic tale by Oliver Jeffers – now see THE WAY BACK HOME brought... Continue reading » The post The Way Back Home by I Theatre {Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Krabi with the family – Our stay at Holiday Inn Resort Krabi

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    After being away for two girly holidays with my colleagues in Bangkok, it’s finally time for a family holiday. And... Continue reading » The post Krabi with the family – Our stay at Holiday Inn Resort Krabi appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Time Capsule – Starting a New Birthday Tradition

    19 Aug 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Being a National Day baby, I always tell Sophie how incredibly blessed she is to have the whole nation celebrate... Continue reading » The post Time Capsule – Starting a New Birthday Tradition appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Sophie turns 6 – My Little Pony Birthday Party, Friendship is Magic

    13 Aug 2015 | 5:58 pm
    As the nation celebrated our Golden Jubilee last weekend, my little national baby had her own coming of age as... Continue reading » The post Sophie turns 6 – My Little Pony Birthday Party, Friendship is Magic appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • Win a Warner Bros. Gift Set

    Erica Price
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:08 am
    Super Heroes are one of H’s things.  He loves them.  He’s a fan of all different sorts of them and he regularly creates his own either on paper or with Lego.  This morning he’s been over on the DC Kids website creating one with the fun Super Hero Me tool.  While he was over there he took a little time to check out some of the videos available on the site, including some of his favorites such as Scooby Doo  & Batman Unlimited . You can also sign up to their channels so you can see what’s new as it comes onto the site.DCKids…
  • Back To School – What I’m Doing and What I’m Not

    Erica Price
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:14 pm
    As a child, I used to find the back to school stuff really annoying.  Sometimes my school hadn’t even broken up for the summer and the local Woolies would have the back to school displays up already.  The last thing you want to think about when you are looking forward to six weeks off is having to go back (ever).  The only bit of the whole back to school thing that I liked was the idea of having new stationery.  Every year I’d have a new maths set, whether I needed it or not, and a new notepad, pens, etc.  These days there are lots of exciting and colourful options for…
  • Win Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 on DVD

    Erica Price
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:07 am
    Did you enjoy the first Mall Cop movie?  Well there’s good news for you because Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is now out on Blu-Ray and DVD. After 6 years of keeping malls safe, Paul Blart (played by Kevin James) has certainly earned a holiday.  He heads off to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a break and when duty calls, Blart steps up. Out on DVD from 17 August.Readers of Nine to Three Thirty have the chance to win one of three copies of the DVD. Enter via the Gleam widget below.Competition Terms and Conditions1. No bulk, third-party…
  • Summer Fun at Baddesley Clinton

    Erica Price
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
     We love a day out at a National Trust property.  Being members we get in for free and we get very good value for our membership through the year.  We obviously visit local properties, but we also like to go see properties further afield when we are on holiday.  There’s lots to do too. I think some people are put off by the idea of taking children round an historic house, but many National Trust properties have put a lot of thought into what they can offer for children and it certainly isn’t dull.We went to Baddesley Clinton, which is a local property to us, but one that…
  • Week 35 of 2015

    Erica Price
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:32 am
    We had a weekend at home mostly, but we did venture out a few times.  There was a bit of owl spotting to be done: part of The Big Hoot trail around Birmingham.  This owl is one of my favourites. A trip to Sandwell Valley (a local park with a great playground) meant that we bumped into H’s cousins.  They had a wonderful time playing for a few hours, whilst the adults caught up on things. H had a lovely day Lego building with his friends on Monday and then they went to a golf lesson together.Tuesday saw H and I heading over to Barmouth for a few days so that H could get a sea and sand…
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  • PurelyFresh brings the Freshest for Three-Egg Steamed Dish

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    One of my goals I set for myself this year is to try 40 different dishes in celebration of me turning 40. You can read more about it here! I can’t really remember why I decided on this, but I figured it would be something the entire family can be a part of (something toRead More Related posts: PurelyFresh Online Shopping for Vegetables Sponsored Video: Lego SG100 Rebuild Top 5 Reasons why Liese Blauné Treatment Cream Color is the hair dye for you
  • AXA Family Advantage

    24 Aug 2015 | 11:16 pm
    I remember when I first became pregnant  10 years ago. There was so much to do, so much to learn and all must be done by ourselves, no substitutes allowed. We quickly plunged ourselves into the role and did as much as we could to prepare for baby’s arrival. I just heard now there’s aRead More Related posts: Sponsored Video: Lego SG100 Rebuild Top 5 Reasons why Liese Blauné Treatment Cream Color is the hair dye for you Liferacer Thermal Swim Wear
  • Math Monkey – Where Kids Start Loving Math

    21 Aug 2015 | 6:24 pm
    I was an Arts student who simply had no Math brain. When I was in school, I remember it was a huge struggle to go through Math classes and whenever there was a new concept taught, it took me ages to understand. It was so bad that my year end results for Sec 2 wasRead More Related posts: Jan & Elly Half-Term Review Discovery Edu Cove – Educational Centre in Tampines
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  • It's Las Palmas Girl!

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:09 am
    You've seen the "Las Palmas Baby" You Tube video, right? It's a hysterical parody of a drunkardy tourist lady (the fanny pack? Ha!) in a bar—expertly played by an oblivious apple juice swigging toddler. If you haven't watched it yet, it's a must-do! It's brilliant—the clip is at the end of this post.A few weeks ago at a special family celebration, Avery unwittingly provided a moment of levity amid the emotion by channeling her inner Las Palmas. My cousin and I noticed it at the same time. "Hey look, it's Las Palmas Baby!" she exclaimed, laughing.Despite the unfortunate absence of the…
  • A Simple Formula For A Happy Life

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    We're just home from a few weeks away and I'm behind in basically everything—work, errands, houseworkSo naturally instead of facing reality, I'm cruising the internet pinning recipes I don't have the ingredients for, bookmarking household projects I'll never get to even if I had the tools or skills to do them, and reading quotes—nauseating inspirational preachings that actually make me think. Dammit. I don't have time for reflection. These toilets aren't going to clean themselves. By the way, why hasn't anyone come up with something for that yet? Not just that blue liquid that…
  • Bye-Bye Bloggy (For The Summer At Least)

    16 Aug 2015 | 2:39 pm
    We've been away from home a lot this summer—six weeks in total. So blogging about life has taken a back seat toliving life. We've been traveling and site seeing, exploring, visiting family and friends and making some pretty cool memories. I'll get back to it in September because I have some stories I'm just itching to share. But for now, living it up IRL is where it's at.Though, I have to say it feels wrong neglecting my blog for so long. Poor little thing, ignored and pouting in a corner of the Internet like an insecure wallflower. So while I have a quiet moment with access to real live…
  • Rapidlash Results

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:57 pm
    At the beginning of the summer I was asked to try RapidLash. Though I rarely do beauty reviews my friend was using this product and her lashes looked amazing. So naturally, I wanted what SHE had.You can read my first post here for more info about RapidLash and to check out the growing new trend in "Dental Selfiies."After using the eyelash serum for about a month, I was ready to take an "after" photo to share on Instagram. However, eye had a problem. See was I did there? My left eyeball exploded while I was at the cottage.*Warning: If blood makes you squeamish, scroll past this next photo…
  • The Home Run That Made Me Cry

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Though I enjoy peanuts and popcorn and crackerjacks, (and a cute baseball hat), I stink at baseball. It's probably why my softball team called me "No Depth Perception Lisa." My nephew however is a talented player. He plays on a traveling rep team in the states. He's a pitcher. And a bit of a belly itcher. But that's only because of the mosquito bites. :) Zach's team finished the season on top. They take their sport seriously and practise hard. What's as impressive as their dedication is the coaches' commitment to teamwork and good sportsmanship. For extra practise and for the love of the…
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  • Top Four Things to Do on a Hot Day

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:40 pm
    1/ When it is hot, try making a lot of noise and crashing things until you get your parents to drive you around in the car. It will settle you down. Remember to bring your dog. 2/ Go to the car wash at some point in the drive.  Every car is different.  It is very noisy.  Noise is good. Try to stay there until they close. But if you can’t, at least get a cold drink out of the deal. 3/ Go to a store with escalators and ride them up and down, and up and down, and up and down until you are dizzy. Then do it again. The elevator also works, but it’s not as interesting. 4/ I am too…
  • At 3:30 in the morning in a big boy bed

    Lee Schneider
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:31 am
    I had a deal with my parents.  If I used the potty regularly I would get to sleep in the big boy bed. I have made enough deposits, so yesterday they made good on their part of the bargain. A big boy bed is very comfortable. It has a railing so you don’t fall out.  My railing has a light on it, which is intended to be a night light so that the big boy is not scared.  It is a decent night light but functions much better as a reading light. It was 3:30 in the morning. I wanted to get in a little light reading, perhaps Guess How Much I love You. I often don’t have time for reading…
  • Warming Up My Act

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    I have a big gig coming up this week. I am traveling back East to play six days in Rhode Island. It’s a pretty easy crowd, because they think I’m cute, but that doesn’t stop me from working hard on the routine. I like to play small rooms to warm up the set. I will try out jokes at school and on the playground. I’ll test some set ups on the cafe cashier selling me a gelato. If there’s a babysitter around or a friend of my parents visiting, I will run through a few lines. Of course, I work it pretty heavy on the plane out. It’s nearly five hours on the…
  • Don’t Scream Monkey Water in a Crowded Theater

    Lee Schneider
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a dream I had recently.  I was attending a talk by Seth Godin, a respected author and an influential thinker. Unfortunately, the talk wasn’t that good, and it got worse when he singled me out in the audience to answer a question about talking puppets wearing eyeglasses. I know it doesn’t make sense, sorry, and anyway I did poorly with my answer. Then the talk was ruined by a child screaming monkey water in the theater. It was completely disruptive and people started to file out of the theater, disappointed and angry. I woke up and realized that my own child was screaming monkey…
  • I didn’t run the marathon this year

    17 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The main reason I didn’t run the LA marathon this year is that I didn’t train. I trained for other things instead. I trained for the stamina to wear out my parents so they required naps more than I did. I trained for chasing the cat, and then trained for complaining that he swatted at me. I trained for building enormously tall towers of blocks that fell with a crash at eight in the morning. I trained for eating the crust of pizza only, only a half cup freshly-squeezed orange juice that cost $5, and I have trained hard to ask for vanilla yogurt in a bowl, wait for the parent…
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  • Nót an arts and crafts mom, are you?!

    Nicole orriëns
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:54 am
    I'm not very crafty. In highschool even my teacher said it was as if my artwork was cursed. Just looking at it, made it fall apart.So I envy of all those moms who create the most beautiful things. Like a princess bed for their daughter, or their own jewelry. Lately I stumbled upon the most beautiful birthday wreath, and I decided against my better judgement: 'I can do that!' And I set to work, but somehow it's not the way I had envisaged it…Look:But this is what it was supposed to look like!Where did I go wrong?Are a you an arts and crafts mom?
  • I'm a plural platform blogger

    Nicole orriëns
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:17 am
    I always take pity on the underdog.And when it comes to blogging, the Blogger platform is definitely that: the underdog.Sometimes a blogger will start out talking about the perks of Blogger but in the end it's always: 'Sayonara Blogger! I'm leaving your for a self-hosted Wordpress blog!'And I get it. I offers a lot of perks, Blogger has far less options.But that doesn't mean that Blogger isn't a pleasant blog platform. In fact my relationship with Blogger is better than my relationship with Wordpress, which is trying even in the best of times.Blogger perks!So let's give…
  • You can look, but please don't touch

    Nicole orriëns
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:07 am
    Hubby likes to show his love for me, by physical contact. He likes to visit my side of the bed, and then wrench his clammy foot between my warm legs. And if that's not an option, he wants to at least put his hand on my shoulder. Just so I know that he's there.Sweet as this is, after a whole day with five kids I have become an Untouchable. I have no greater desire, than the whole bed. The whole bed, and nothing but the bed. And nobody touching me.Because this isn't a very sympathetic desire, I grab every opportunity to ease my guilty conscience. So when hubby and I were watching an episode of…
  • 3 Best Tips For A Frugal Lifestyle

    Nicole orriëns
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    Lots of people loves to save money.They love to share what they bought, but not everyone wants to share their secrets and tips how they managed to afford it.So today I am going to share my best three tips that helped me to keep up with a frugal lifestyle and saved me tons of cash every time I have decided to shop. These tips are not hard to follow, and the best part is that their benefits show almost instantly! Use them and discover new ways to be frugal right away!Number One: Quality Over Quantity I've been know to buy the cheap stuff. Only to find out I got what I paid for: not much...
  • Google adsense disappeared from Google Analytics

    Nicole orriëns
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:39 am
    I just love, love, love the feature in Google Analytics where you can check which one of your posts is the best potential moneymaker.Jessica Bures explains how to do this very well.Check which post is the best potential moneymaker!And all you have to do to get this info is connect your Google Analytics account with your Google Adsense account. Once you've done that, you'll see an Adsense tab in the menu of Google Analytics. It's underneath 'Behavior':Google Adsense disappeared from the Google Analytics menuHowever when I went to see which post I should be promoting that day, suddenly the…
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  • Things Only a Parent Would Say: Skater Dude

    Colleen Stout
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:26 am
      Back to school shopping with two boys is an adventure. The big, wide aisles were too much for them to resist. I turned my back to dig through piles of folders for one with prongs and two pockets. Next thing I knew the boys were sailing through the store on the shopping cart. David was pushing and hanging onto the handle with Wade clinging onto the front. It’s surprising how fast those carts go! This could be a new event at the X Games. The post Things Only a Parent Would Say: Skater Dude appeared first on Mommiedaze.
  • Things Only a Parent Would Say: Church Clothes

    Colleen Stout
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Wade doesn’t like to wear underwear. Going commando is his favorite. One day I asked him if he put on clean underwear, and he said, “I don’t even know if I’m wearing underwear.” Who doesn’t remember if they’re wearing underwear? Because of Wade’s penchant for not wearing skivvies, I often ask if he has them on before we leave the house. Which lead to this conversation yesterday: “Are you wearing underwear?” “Why? Where are we going?” “Church.” “Do you think Jesus wants me to wear underwear?”…
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  • 30 reasons I love back to school…and 10 reasons I hate it!

    2 Sep 2015 | 11:00 pm
    30 reasons I love back to school…and 10 reasons I hate it! I am writing this next to a precariously piled mountain of washing while listening to a soundtrack of my kids arguing over the noise of Nickelodeon. It doesn’t help that the first half of the summer holidays has been utterly dire and we’ve all be suffering slightly from cabin fever. Don’t get me wrong – I love my children desperately, but it’s at times Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Bake from home – numbers cake

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Bake from home – numbers cake Whether you are celebrating a first or fiftieth birthday, this numbers cake will be perfect for all your needs. PrintNumbers Cake 41 1 hour, 30 minutes IngredientsCake 375g butter 375g caster sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 6 eggs, large 375g self-raising flour Icing 175g butter 350g icing sugar, sifted 1-2 tbsps milk Food colourings (green, grey) Disposable piping bags Toy cars for decoration A Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting Pin It Party #120

    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting Pin It Party #120 Otilia of Romanian Mum, is back with us again this week after her stint last week covering me in our fabulous Parenting Pin it Party. I am sure she has discovered some wonderful posts from last week, so pop on over to see who is on her feature list this week! If you’re not sure how it all works, then here is the low Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • How to help your child deal with disappointments

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    How to help your child deal with disappointments   This week, with Beckie Whitehouse, we are talking about facing disappointment.  As adults we often face disappointments in our lives and it is just the same for children, especially when they have put their all into a particular task and it has not quite worked out as they had planned. Children who are better able to deal with disappointment are better able to Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • How to help your kids cope with loss

    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    How to help your kids cope with loss When we lose someone close to us it can be very difficult to know how, or what, to tell our children especially when we are dealing with our own loss. However hard it is, there are ways that we can make it easier and talking about it can make our own grief a little easier. Address the subject. Sometimes we don’t have all the Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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  • Baby Days at Sam's Club + Giveaway

    Diana Chastain
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. When I go shopping, I am all about saving money. Recently I had the opportunity to check out Sam's Club for all their baby savings. During the month of September, Sam's Clubs across the country will be celebrating Baby Month. Caring for your baby and your budget is easy at Sam's Club by saving on big packs for your little one everyday. I love the idea of bulk shopping, especially on diapers, wipes, and other essentials for baby because that's means you won't have to worry about another shopping trip for at least a little while.
  • Enter to WIN a Bone China Tea Set from! Ends 9/15

    Diana Chastain
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I received complimentary products to share this post. All opinions are my own. I am not a big tea drinker, although I did drink some pregnancy tea when I was pregnant with little man (maybe that's why he came three weeks early). But I am a big fan of beautiful pieces to put in my china cabinet. I actually worked with earlier this year to review a bone china tea set which I thought made a great mother's day gift, but this time I was sent Fusion New Bone China Tea Set with Mug and Tray. This set includes a teapot, four mugs, and a bamboo tray. Please note that it does not…
  • Fall Fluff Giveaway, Ends 9/30

    Diana Chastain
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Parenting Patch is excited to announce the fourth annual Fall Fluff Giveaway! James and Heather, a husband and wife team, launched The Parenting Patch: Where Parents Grow on September 15, 2011. In honor and celebration of the fourth anniversary of the blog and website, The Parenting Patch is hosting a fabulous giveaway event in which one lucky winner will receive one fabulous fluffy prize pack. Smart Bottoms Available in bold colors and fun prints, the Smart Bottoms Smart One all-in-one one-size organic diaper fits most babies between 8 and 35 pounds. The diaper offers a trim fit with…
  • Enter to WIN a Rattle & Teether! {#2Cool4Drool Giveaway Hop, Ends 9/14}

    Diana Chastain
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I received complimentary products to provide this review. All opinions are my own. I love baby product giveaways. I think that is a bit of under statement. So that's why when the opportunity came up I was very excited to not only have one, but TWO sponsors for this giveaway! Please make sure to read about these great products and then enter to win below!  The first company is one I was only recently introduced to. Nummy Beads was kind enough to send me a baby carrier teething accessory to review. They currently have 13 different color/animal options to choose…
  • Coping with Bedwetting with Super Undies

    Diana Chastain
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I received complimentary products to provide this review. All opinions are my own.How long do you think the average child takes before they have no accidents at day or at night? It's the hardest to get your child to stay dry at night. But your child can't be "potty trained" out of it. But disposable products can be expensive, so what do you do? I recently had the opportunity to review Super Undies Pull-On Training Pants in Fearsome Frog. Super Undies has spent years developing and perfecting a reusable, waterproof, overnight option for bedwetting. Truth is, you never know when…
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  • 5 Things I Learned at my First NASCAR Race #JeffKyle400

    Kelly Stilwell
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:27 pm
    You may remember back in July when I flew out to Indianapolis compliments of Crown Royal to attend the Jeff Kyle 400 NASCAR race. It was such an amazing experience! Not only was it my first NASCAR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Join us for the #PURELL30 Twitter Party 9/2/15 9-10 pm ET! #PURELLChallenge

    Kelly Stilwell
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Ready for a fun, faced-paced Twitter Party with the chance to win some amazing prizes? Of course you are! Join us for the #PURELL30 Twitter Party tomorrow from 9-10 pm ET where we’ll be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A New Way to Keep Dryness at Bay and Moisture where it Belongs

    Kelly Stilwell
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:17 pm
    We all know the importance of moisturizing our skin. Not only does dryness make your skin age faster, but it just feels better when it’s hydrated. All my friends use moisturizer on their faces. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Share your Words of Kindness to Celebrate the Release of Cinderella on DVD!

    Kelly Stilwell
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:06 am
    A couple of weeks ago when I attended D23 Expo with Disney, I was invited to a dinner at the fabulous Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure Park to celebrate the release of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Delicious & Easy Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

    Kelly Stilwell
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    I have to admit, I often will buy a dessert before I’ll make one. These days, there are specialty bakeries that do such a good job, and I don’t have a lot of free time to bake. There is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • When College Freshmen Get Sick

    Grown and Flown
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:32 am
    College freshmen, and all other students, get sick — a lot. “Every year freshmen come into my office and say, ‘I have never been sick like this in my life. There must be something wrong with me,'” said Dr. Jeffrey Anderson, director of medical services at the University of Connecticut student health center. “And I say, ‘Yes, you are a freshman. That is what is wrong.” But when freshmen are ill, most are dealing with their own health care for the first time, and that can lead to confusion, misinformation and poor decisions. Here is what parents can do to…
  • No Phone Calls, No Emails, No Texts

    Grown and Flown
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:25 am
    Turns out getting all wound up about my kids’ compulsive phone use was actually a cover for my own incessant communication addiction. I’m as bad as they are. It hit me this summer when my 14-year-old son took a two-week backpacking trip in the Wyoming wilderness. Apparently the National Outdoor Leadership School doesn’t buy the benefits of unimpeded parent-child communications. “No news is good news,” they told me. Huh? No phone calls, no emails, no texts. No communication whatsoever, not even weather updates from the staff. Being in the field meant being there completely, with no…
  • The Unexpected College Road Trip

    Grown and Flown
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:23 am
    This past year, my younger son and I toured a few of the colleges on his wish list. After visiting schools two years ago with his older brother, I knew these college tours were going to be as exciting as waiting in line for 26 hours to get a driver’s license, but I was looking forward to spending one-on-one time with my over-scheduled son. A few of the schools were farther than seven hours away, so we flew to each one. Even if the schools had been only two hours away (which my son wouldn’t have considered, knowing I could drive there at any time), we still would have flown. The two of us…
  • Kitchen Essentials for a First Apartment

    Grown and Flown
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    So, your kid has his or her own first real kitchen. Maybe it’s at college, maybe they are in their first apartment, but aside from the sample sized bottle of dishwashing liquid, there’s not much there. Where to start? Here are the 10 kitchen essentials I would buy for a beginner cook. Are these the cheapest items on the market? Nope. But they will last and last. Are these the only 10 items you need? Nope. But with these 10 items, you can make dinner. 1. J.A. HENCKELS INTERNATIONAL Classic 8-inch Chef’s Knife The first thing you need is a solid chef’s knife, an 8-inch workhorse for…
  • This Sorority Girl Was Okay With Her Daughter Not Rushing

    Grown and Flown
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    When I think back to my college days, almost every memory that I have is tied to my sorority. From the crazy-themed casual exchanges to the excitement of formals; from the late-night meetings to the meaningful impact of initiation; from the long-lasting bond of sisterhood to the reason I haven’t been able to drink tequila for the past 28 years, sorority life and the myriad of experiences it gave me are far and away the most memorable part of my time at Arizona State University. As the first person in my family to go to college, I was clueless as to what Rush and sorority life were all…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • 10 Steps to Follow When Co-Parenting is a Nightmare

    Jennifer Roskamp
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:15 am
    By Jennifer Roskamp A few weeks ago, I had a reader write in looking for some fresh ideas of how to handle the frustrations of raising children between two parents who are not living together. More specifically, how to instill the values, character traits, and priorities that are important to one parent while these things may differ greatly […] The post 10 Steps to Follow When Co-Parenting is a Nightmare appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • When a School Goes on Lockdown – Podcast with Jennifer Wolfe

    Ten to Twenty
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:03 am
    By Ten to Twenty School Lockdowns Podcast I wonder if anything strikes fear in a parent more than getting notified that their child’s school is in lockdown. The information they send out is vague at best, and we’re often left to wonder what is going on. You may even want to rush to the school and be there in […] The post When a School Goes on Lockdown – Podcast with Jennifer Wolfe appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Letting Go – No, You Can’t Protect Your Kids

    Guest Post
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:40 am
    By Guest Post Letting Go Blows It’s that time of year again, time to send our kids back to school. And though there’s a certain level of relief involved…yay, we don’t have to take a vote on what to eat for lunch today, yay, I don’t have to worry if your brain is shriveling up from too much […] The post Letting Go – No, You Can’t Protect Your Kids appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Family Vacations, Memories and the Maine Attraction

    Guest Post
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:20 am
    By Guest Post I recently returned from Maine, where my family spent a week’s vacation. I’m now ready to relax. My wife and I have been going to the same location for about 20 years. It’s a family-owned cabin in Lincolnville, near Camden on Route 1 along the coast. There’s not much to Lincolnville, really. You’ll find a […] The post Family Vacations, Memories and the Maine Attraction appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 15 Moments That Will Change Your Parenting Journey

    Guest Post
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:20 am
    By Guest Post Change doesn’t care if you’re ready.. This week I became the mother of a 15 year old! Excuse me a minute while I pick myself up off the floor! Did I really just write that? I thought that only happened to other people?! When Biscuit was a baby I would meet Mum’s who said they […] The post 15 Moments That Will Change Your Parenting Journey appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Back To School Guide 2015

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Check out the latest and greatest for this school season in our Back To School Guide! This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • #2Cool4Drool Hop: K’NEX Beasts Alive Building Set Giveaway| Ends 9.14.15

    30 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    With the K’NEX Beasts Alive sets, you can build your own walking toy dinosaurs, dragons and more! Combine sets to build bigger beasts or have them battle each other. Lisa and her son recently put together the Bronto Set, read the full K’NEX Bronto Beasts Alive Review! Stay Connected: –... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Blogger Opp: SPOOKtacular Halloween Hop 2015 {OPEN} #RWMevent

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    The Review Wire will be hosting this free Blogger Opp, which will run from September 28-October 12, 2015. This hop has an open theme but the retail value must be at least $15. Sign up below! DETAILS: The SPOOKtacular Halloween Hop will run Sept 28-12, 2015 Posts must go live at 12:01AM (EST) on... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
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    30 Aug 2015 | 7:58 pm
    The Review Wire will be hosting this free Blogger Opp, which will run from September 16-30, 2015. This hop has an open theme but the retail value must be at least $15. Sign up below! DETAILS: ~ This Event will run Sept 16-30, 2015 ~ Posts must go live at 12:01AM (EST) on Sept 16, 2015 ~ Giveaways... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky 8.29.15

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. Feel free to link up your current GIVEAWAYS. ~ Leave a link that leads DIRECTLY to the featured giveaway. ~ Be sure to leave the DEADLINE for your giveaway. Those that DO NOT have an end date will be automatically deleted. ~ Be sure to LEAVE your... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • How to Determine if You are a Helicopter Parent

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    A helicopter parent is a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child’s experiences and problems, so much that they appear to be “hovering” overhead. The term “helicopter parent” was first used in Dr. Haim Ginott’s 1969 book Parents & Teenagers by teens who claimed their parents hovered over them like a helicopter. “Overparenting”... Read More » Author information Janis Janis Meredith has been a coach's wife for 28 years and a sports mom for 20. She sees life from both sides of the bench. Check out her blog at jbm thinks. | The post How to…
  • Why You Should Not Be a Hurry-up Sports Parent

    12 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    As parents, we want to see our kids succeed, in school, in sports…in any challenge they undertake. So when they are young, we fill up their lives with structure–sports practices, music lessons, tutors–that enhances their chances of success. This is never more clearly seen than in youth sports.  Parents are in hurry-up mode without even... Read More » Author information Janis Janis Meredith has been a coach's wife for 28 years and a sports mom for 20. She sees life from both sides of the bench. Check out her blog at jbm thinks. | The post Why You Should Not Be a…
  • Green Ways to Save Money

    10 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Recycling and going green not only will help save the environment, but can also save you money.  A great way to save money and involve your kids is by learning of some green ways to save money during back-to-school time.  Here are some ways you can save, recycle, and help the environment: 10 Green Ways to... Read More » Author information Tracy Mom of one and owner of Less Than Perfect Parents. I live in CT and spend most of my time involved in my son's school and sports all while managing my blog as a business. Twitter and Instagram: @Tracy_Gibb | Facebook | Google+ | Pinterest | The…
  • How To Get Your Kids To Listen Without Yelling

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Behavior problems seem to be on the rise with many children, which has parents wondering how they can get their kids to listen to them without having to yell.  Every parent, at one time or another, has raised their voice at their child.  Frustration is usually the culprit that causes elevated voice tone, however, yelling... Read More » Author information Tracy Mom of one and owner of Less Than Perfect Parents. I live in CT and spend most of my time involved in my son's school and sports all while managing my blog as a business. Twitter and Instagram: @Tracy_Gibb | Facebook | Google+ |…
  • Raise A Hand For Teachers With thredUP

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    I just want to give a big thanks to thredUP for sponsoring this post and for starting this program to recognize and support our children’s teachers! As you all know, I absolutely LOVE thredUP. I got some gorgeous Michael Kors and Kate Spade bags and shoes through them and go on their site pretty much... Read More » Author information Tracy Mom of one and owner of Less Than Perfect Parents. I live in CT and spend most of my time involved in my son's school and sports all while managing my blog as a business. Twitter and Instagram: @Tracy_Gibb | Facebook | Google+ | Pinterest | The…
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    incy wincy spider | BLOG

  • eXplorerkid's Baby & Junior Race 2015

    19 Aug 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Get ready for the eXplorerkid's Baby & Junior Race this year,  which will be held on 19 & 20 September 2015 at D'Marquee at Downtown East. Expect amazing prizes, goodie bags and fun activities at their 11th annual race. Exclusively for our readers, enjoy 50% off the registration fee (usual price $36) with this promotion code 'BLOGBFF18' when you sign up here.
  • Ava at Julia Gabriel Playclub II

    24 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    We decided to sign up for a term at Julia Gabriel after our initial trial session with them. We opted for the bilingual class so that Ava can be exposed to both languages in a more structured play group setting. A 2.30-4.30pm class would be perfect leaving us with some time to explore after class before returning home for dinner. However, Ava's nap time is later nowadays so we went ahead for the 4.30-6.30pm class.Snap snap! No monday blues. No more pictures Mummy! Where's the sweet you promised?Ava missed her nap before her second class, and with only thirty minutes of shut eye on our way to…
  • Ava at Julia Gabriel Bilingual PlayClub

    15 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    With Ava turning 20 month old this month, I started looking around for playgroup sessions for her to socialize with other kids and get a glimpse of how playgroup sessions are, before starting her on full day playgroup from next January.With some positive reviews from friends and customers in the store, I decided to sign up for a trial class for the Bilingual PlayClub at Julia Gabriel Centre. On the day of the trial class, we swapped from the 2pm class to 4.30pm as Ava had a later nap than usual.Setting out for her first playgroup sessionWe arrived at Forum Shopping Mall ahead of our session,…
  • Blog Train - Favourite 'Me-Time' Indulges

    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Since becoming mummy four years ago to Aiden, time for myself has taken a backseat. With the brackets of time I have after work, in between meetings, I find myself missing the kids and wanting to spend time with them. I would pick Aiden from the childcare centre earlier when I am done at work and bring him for an ice cream treat or swim in the pool.However, to recharge and be a better mum to the kids, I think every mum should take time off and indulge in what makes herself happy. Here are my top me-time indulgences:1) MassagesNothing beats getting a good massage, where all the knots and…
  • Fast & Convenient Write On Labels

    10 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Missed another deadline for submission of materials for school? Skipped a consent form for a school excursion? For mummies who are time-pressed as I am, Stuck On You introduced the perfect solution for those last minute labeling needs, in their fabulous designs. I was introduced to the wonderful range of labels from Stuck On You when Aiden started attending playgroup. The brand had such an extensive collection of labels, it blew me away.The only downside of it was, we needed to plan ahead and order two to three weeks ahead for the customized labels to reach us. Recognizing the demand for…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Calling for Submissions for the September 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids Blogging

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in September 2015! (Check out August, July, June, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2014 posts, 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama. Here are the submission details for September 2015: Theme: Kids Blogging: It’s time for the kids to take over our blogs — what does your little one have to say? Would he like…
  • 5 Reasons Children Fight and How to Help

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post is written as part of the Round Table Discussions with Natural Parent Network volunteers. In an effort to discuss, support, and promote a kinder, more gentle world, we are taking an in depth view of various books. Our current book is Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by Dr. Laura Markham, author of  Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. We hope you will join us with an open mind and a desire for change and growth. If you have more than one child, chances are that you have dealt with some sibling…
  • The Financial Advice That Saved My Marriage

    Emily Bartnikowski
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to the August 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Life Learners 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 talked about how they continue learning throughout life and inspire their children to do the same. Many years ago, shortly after we got married, Steve and I visited a financial planner. She helped us set some goals and navigate self employment. Now many of those goals and priorities have become irrelevant to our current lives, but one has stuck with us through all of…
  • 3 Steps to Help Children Develop Emotional Intelligence

    7 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post is written as part of the Round Table Discussions with Natural Parent Network volunteers. In an effort to discuss, support, and promote a kinder, more gentle world, we are taking an in depth view of various books. Our current book is Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by Dr. Laura Markham, author of  Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. We hope you will join us with an open mind and a desire for change and growth. “Words and signs,” is a common phrase in our house when we have young…
  • Sweet Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

    Ana Slocum
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Making milk is a full-time process, so why not reward yourself with a sweet treat that will likewise help provide your body with the nutrients necessary to whip up batch after batch of Mama Juice? There are numerous sources that cite the benefit of oats and flax in the production of milk, and healthy amounts of fats and sugars are necessary to produce to nutritionally complete milk. This recipe is totally customizable. I recommend using sucanat, but it can be hard to find in some areas, so feel free to use alternatives like demerrara sugar, coconut sugar, or even white sugar. And if you…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • Calling for Submissions for the September 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids Blogging

    21 Aug 2015 | 4:31 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in September 2015! (Check out August, July, June, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2014 posts, 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama. Here are the submission details for September 2015: Theme: Kids Blogging: It’s time for the kids to take over our blogs — what does your little one have to say? Would he like…
  • Facebook: The Modern Forum

    11 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to the August 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Life Learners 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 talked about how they continue learning throughout life and inspire their children to do the same. Almost everyone I know has said at some point, “Facebook is such a time suck. I need to deactivate my account.” Or the other common lamentation, “The comments and articles I see posted on Facebook make me fear for humanity.” I’ve said versions…
  • Teaching Kids to “Use Your Words!”

    6 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    When I taught preschool at a special needs facility, one of the catch phrases that every teacher used multiple times a day was “Use your words!” As a parent, I’ve often said it to my own kids. But telling a child to use her words does not make a difference unless you first teach her what to say. Coaching Emotional Intelligence No child is born knowing how to “use their words.” It’s an acquired skill. Recognizing one’s emotion and expressing one’s feelings to communicate is part of something called “emotional intelligence.” In…
  • Nine Ideas to Meaningfully Reconnect with Your Child

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Think of a time that you have been away from your partner or friend. Days or weeks have passed, and you are anxiously awaiting the moment you will see her. Something important has happened while she was away, and you want nothing more than to hug her close and share your news. When you see your friend walk through the door, you run up excitedly, completely in the moment. But she has had a long trip, she is frazzled, she would rather just turn the radio on and tune the world out. She gives you a cursory hug, tells you to hurry up, and turns away. And you are crushed. Now imagine that your…
  • Life Learners – August Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions

    25 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in August 2015! (Check out July, June, April, March, February, January, and summaries of all our 2014 posts, 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama. Here are the submission details for August 2015: Theme: Life Learners: How do you continue to educate yourself once you are out of “formal” schooling? Are you inspiring your own children to…
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    Parenting Tips and Advice at Uplifting Families

  • SloppyRoni Sliders

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hello Uplifting Familiesreaders, Kristin from Chef Boyardee here. I am excited to be writing for Christy today! Let me introduce myself. I live in Chicago with my Bichon Frise, Joey. What I love most about the city is that there’s always something to do: grab drinks with friends, stroll along the Riverwalkcheck out a new exhibit at the Field Museum, ride a Divvy bike on Lake Shore Drive and so much more. When I am not exploring new pockets of the Windy City, I am cooking one of my favorite dishes or a new recipe from Pinterest. I don’t know about you, but summer flew by for me! As the…
  • 7 Ways You Can Help Your Children Succeed in School #backtoschool

    Diana Smith
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:21 pm
    As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. There are many ways that parents can support their children’s learning at home and throughout the school year. The nagging, the battles, the lost papers—do you dread school work as much as the kids do? Here’s how to help them hit the books and develop good study habits After all, studying is a process that needs maximum concentration and willpower to do it. Motivate Your Children to Study It is not always easy to motivate your children, and often it is done in a way of bribery: do it, unless you want to…
  • 8 Reasons to Help You Determine if Back Surgery is a Smart Choice

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. All opinions are based upon my own chronic low back symptoms. Please use this post as a guide to making an informed decision about your own care. Do you struggle with chronic low back pain? Does your pain keep you from enjoying the things that you once enjoyed? I would say that I am glad that you stumbled upon my post but as a chronic low back pain suffer, I totally understand how draining it is to live with chronic pain. For those who haven’t read my story yet, I was in a car accident in 1998 and injured my back in three spots.
  • Tips to Help Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant with Irregular Periods #tryingtoconceive

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:55 pm
    SASMAR Conceive Plus® sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine. Are you struggling to get pregnant because you have irregular periods? Irregular periods happen when your menstrual cycle isn’t like clockwork. Most women get their period every 28 to 30 days. There are about 30% of women who are in their childbearing years that don’t get their period on a “normal” schedule. Irregular periods can make it very difficult for women who are trying to get pregnant. How to Determine if Your Periods are Irregular To help you determine if you are struggling…
  • 6 Working Tips To Manage Your Child’s Digital Identity

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Digital Identity is an equally important concept as of real identity. Taking up with the definition, digital identity refers to the self-expression a person leaves over the digital world through online postings, photos, pages they like etc. This sheds light on the key components that build up the identity in the digital world. These components not just build up the identity, but puts it down too. The dwellers of the digital world are very well aware of the perks and the perils associated with the digital identity, yet the new joiners such as your kids, are always blind at it. Being a parent,…
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  • When Parenthood Is Its Own Superpower

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:33 am
    Could you throw your child off of a roof? Now, some parents might consider that after surviving the mother of all tantrums … but never seriously. In “No Escape,” proud papa Owen Wilson must throw not one but two daughters off of a roof to ensure their safety. The new film performed modestly over the weekend, snagging just north of $8 million. It’s the kind of the story that should have parents riveted despite its flaws. It’s a classic case of, “add a star if you’re a parent and you hope you’d be a hero if your children were threatened.”…
  • Jumping the Gun on Breaking News

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    Another day, another tragedy involving guns. That means social media erupted on the subject. No, we didn’t know the facts of the case shortly after the slayings. It may take days to learn all the pertinent information. The blur of misinformation and conjecture immediately following events like this is profound, particularly in our digital age. That didn’t stop people, including fellow dads, from posting the most incendiary comments on blogs, social media and the like. We’re not talking rage against the shooter or prayers for the victims and their families. Both reactions are…
  • How to Deal with Dueling Alex P. Keatons

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:48 am
    This Dad doesn’t need a DeLorean to travel back to the Reagan era. I just look at my two young sons and see “Family Ties” playing out before my eyes. For those of you who didn’t watch that NBC comedy, it starred Michael J. Fox as the bright, entrepreneurial Alex P. Keaton. Alex’s lust for capitalism had few rivals. He worshiped President Ronald Reagan and supply-side economics, not hippies (like his parents in their younger days). He longed to be part of the 1 percent before the term came into vogue. Reagan even said “Family Ties” was his favorite…
  • Am I Raising a Participation Trophy Winner?

    19 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    My son has a quick answer whenever he drops a football sent his way. “Bad throw, Dad,” he says, hoping that explains it. Eli is six, and he drops the ball quite a bit. But I’m learning not to take his excuses with a good-hearted shrug. It’s part of his sports maturity, the ability to play a competitive game, try your best and don’t use pat excuses for errors. It isn’t easy for this Dad. I’m one of those horribly annoying parents who shouted, “good job” to my kids for the first three years of their lives. Everything merited that phrase.
  • Five Movies Dads Should Stream ASAP

    13 Aug 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Streaming technology has been a bonanza for this dad. Sometimes, I even have time to watch a movie myself. Services like Netflix offering a crush of content for the little ones, all without commercial interruptions. You don’t need me to recommend G-rated shows like “Curious George,” “Caillou” (shudder…) or “Scooby Doo!” But since I review movies for my day gig, I thought it was time to steer fellow dads toward some quality features streaming now. Yes, I’ll make a stereotype or two in the process. You won’t find “Beaches”…
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    Learning Together

  • Smart Tips for Going Back to School

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Summer is over and you’re probably still getting used to that “back-to-school” mindset. Here are some tips for helping you maintain good communication with your child’s school, as well as how to manage homework time.   Maintaining Home and School Communication Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher. Communicate any specific goals you may have for your child. This will help the teacher realize that you’re willing to work as a team to make this school year a productive one for your child. Add all school phone numbers and email addresses into your mobile device. That way,…
  • The Long-Term Benefits of an Intentional Curriculum

    Dr. Susan Canizares
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    As children grow, the skills they need to learn and develop change. Normal developmental growth frequently involves children taking on and practicing milestones or challenges until they master them. But it’s also important for children to positively embrace learning, and that begins with a strong start in early childhood, that will lead to success in elementary school and beyond. Research tells us that an intentional curriculum, driven by intentional planning, will enhance a child’s learning potential. When the teaching philosophy, curriculum, and assessment practices are aligned across…
  • Food Allergies in the Classroom – What’s for Lunch?

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    By Colette Martin Approximately 8% of our children now have food allergies – that’s an average of two in every classroom. Food allergies have reached epidemic proportions (having grown 50% between 1997 and 2011), and it has changed the way we need to think about food in the classroom. Whether your child with food allergies is going to school for the first time or you have received a letter from your child’s school notifying you that certain foods are not allowed in the classroom because your child’s classmate has severe allergies, getting on the bus with a lunchbox is no…
  • National Tooth Fairy Day – Free Printable “Receipt”

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    August 22nd is National Tooth Fairy Day! Today is for celebrating this exciting folklore about the fairy who gives a small gift to children after they lose a tooth. Next time your kiddo loses one of their pearly whites, leave this printable “receipt” along with their gift! To download and print the receipt, click the image below:
  • Book Lover’s Day – What’s Your Favorite Book?

    7 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    What better way to celebrate Book Lover’s Day on August 9 than by reading a book with your little ones? We asked some of our staff members to share their favorite children’s book, and we’d like to know what yours is, too!   Tessa Mayben – Program Assistant Director, Oklahoma City, OK Favorite Book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst Why: It’s my favorite because all kids can relate to it and it allows the reader to be very expressive in the telling of it.   Dana and Brande – Junior Kindergarten Teachers,…
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • Four on Friday

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself lately, I’m afraid to say. Just feeling down and not being able to shake it. And I know when it starts – the first sign is that I don’t want to read books or magazines. Luckily, though, there are still so many great articles out there and those I still have a desire to read. So that’s something. And I am looking forward to coming out of this slump soon. I’ve tried not to focus on work-related finds this week, I’ve really tried, but I haven’t completely succeeded. Mainly because I just found this…
  • Training Tuesday

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Training has been something of a struggle for me since the end of July, after our big trip. Yep, training struggle is the right term for it. Unfortunately, I just could not muster the energy and willpower to train much while we were away, managing just two running sessions during the three and a half weeks. Pretty poor. And then, just a few days after we got home, I had ICL surgery to correct my eyesight (more about this to come, but if you’re thinking about it, just do it. Best. Thing. Ever). But that meant no training for a week. And then I found that I was just so tired after a day…
  • Insta moments

    24 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    I am slowly but surely processing the thousand or so photos that I took during our “big trip” in July. Sorting through and editing them is something of a task, but a fun one, helping me relive the holiday again and again through these Instagram moments. The initial part of our tour was a train journey from Stockholm down to Malmö to visit Husband’s family. I’ve done this trip before by train, but this time we went on Snälltåget and booked a cabin for ourselves. The trains are certainly older than SJ’s smarter fleet, but having our own cabin made such a…
  • Four on Friday

    21 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    This week I have not had as much chance to read – work has been a little crazy – but I have spotted a few great things that I’d like to share with you. A couple of them are work tips because that is what my mind is, unfortunately, focused on too much just now. I’m a social media dinosaur, it seems – a fascinating article from by a teenager on how his generation actually use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter et al. I was particularly interested to find out about the love-hate relationship that so many teens have with Twitter. This makes for an interesting read for…
  • Four on Friday

    14 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    I’ve always been an avid reader but since having the boys it has been harder to pick up a book and read whenever I want. I’ve found that I’ve switched my reading online instead, mostly to online articles and blog posts – quicker to read, easier to digest and readily available on my phone whenever I get a spare moment. I thought I would start sharing with you four of the things I’ve enjoyed reading about or watching each week: four on Friday. Working mums have more successful girls and more caring sons, it has been found. I was thrilled to read this news;…
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    Support for Stepdads

  • Gourmet Gift Baskets – The All Natural Way

    Gerardo Campbell
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Gourmet Gift Baskets – The All Natural Way from Support for Stepdads . Like many men, I guess, I am not very adept at shopping for gifts. I literally start to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Omega-3 Supreme Product Review

    Gerardo Campbell
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Hello I hope you enjoy Omega-3 Supreme Product Review from Support for Stepdads . The Good Fat Did you know not all fats are bad?  Omega-3 fatty acids is one of the good ones. The omega-3 fatty... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Finding The Perfect Watch – The Men’s Guide

    Cormac Reynolds
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Finding The Perfect Watch – The Men’s Guide from Support for Stepdads . Watches have the potential to look incredibly smart, stylish and fashionable. Watches... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Eight Essential Bond Building Tips With Your Stepkids

    Aradhana Pandey
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Eight Essential Bond Building Tips With Your Stepkids from Support for Stepdads . The woman of your dreams has kids from her previous marriage. Since you decided to marry... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Physical Signs Of Bullying In Children

    Melissa Davis
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy The Physical Signs Of Bullying In Children from Support for Stepdads . New stepdads may find it takes time to build strong enough bond that your stepkids can feel... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Raise Smart Kid

  • Tips on Raising an Intelligent Child

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:50 am
    Raising a smart kid is all about developing his potential, making him all that he (or she) can be. The brain does not grow automatically with age. It comes from experience and the exercise the brain receives. Sight, sound, touch, taste and smell stimulate the brain’s cell connections (called synapses) and create trillions more. The […] The post Tips on Raising an Intelligent Child appeared first on Raise Smart Kid.
  • Tips on How To Raise a Smart Baby

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:40 am
      Even before your baby is born, he already has the 10,000 billion brain cells that he will ever need through his life. The connecting links of these cells grow at a tremendous rate during the first few months of your baby’s life. This growth is partly stimulated by the activity of nerve pathways leading […] The post Tips on How To Raise a Smart Baby appeared first on Raise Smart Kid.
  • Tips on How To Raise a Smart Toddler

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Here are some tips to help your toddler develop intellectually, and make him grow smart: This is the golden age of exploration for your child. Your role at this stage is to be a participant or observer, a provider of toys, and a provider of praise for your child’s good performance. Play reinforces the mind-body connection. […] The post Tips on How To Raise a Smart Toddler appeared first on Raise Smart Kid.
  • Tips on How To Raise a Smart Preschool Kid

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:20 am
    Below are tips on how to raise your preschool child to prepare him or her for school, optimize his intellectual development, making him a smart kid: Even if your child is going to school, keep teaching him at home through everyday experiences. Encourage his curiosity and the love of learning. Studies show that success in […] The post Tips on How To Raise a Smart Preschool Kid appeared first on Raise Smart Kid.
  • Tips on Raising a Smart Grade School Kid

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    Here are some tips to raise a smart grade school child, and maximize his or her intellectual development: Communicate to your child that true success in school is not so much about getting top grades. It is about developing a lifelong love of learning and enjoying the socialization in the classroom. Children do better in […] The post Tips on Raising a Smart Grade School Kid appeared first on Raise Smart Kid.
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    The Disorganisation Guru

  • 10 Things I Want to Teach My Teenage Daughter

    22 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Life is not that short. You will hear often that you only live once and that you should seize the day, and all of this is true when it comes to opportunities that only happen once. However, life after a wrong decision may not seem to go that fast at all. Don’t hurry for your […]
  • Don’t Mute Your Inner Voice, Change It

    14 May 2015 | 2:16 am
    And how to be kind to yourself, inside? Try to talk to yourself like you would be talking to a good friend who is in pain. Talk to yourself like you are the love of your life. Talk to yourself like you would be talking to a child that needs comfort and security. Talk to yourself with kindness.
  • The Underestimated Victory of “Easy”

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    “Oh, they’re easy to make, actually”. That’s how fast I dismissed somebody’s praise yesterday. The compliment I received was about cookies I made for a friend’s baby shower. Admittedly, they are a bit fussy to make, but once you’ve practiced a bit they come out right every single time. Just like most other things in […]
  • “The Customer is Always Right” – The Wrong Way to Provide Customer Service

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    We have heard it so many times, and we don’t question it. But I think we should.The phrase “The customer is always right”, coined in 1909 by Harry Gordon Selfridge, was meant to persuade customers that they will get good service at his Selfridge’s department stores. It was probably also a way to “train and […]
  • Spring Cleaning Tips for Disorganized People

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    It’s finally here! Spring! The skies are deeper blue and the sun is decorating it every day. The plants have started to shyly show up from the ground that is no longer frozen. The birds have returned. And so has your good mood and energy. You look through the window at the beautiful sky, but […]
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    Ruddy Bits

  • The 14 Comedies My Kids Will Need To Watch to “Get Me”

    Cort Ruddy
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:21 pm
    One cool thing about my kids growing up is that the older ones are finally ready to appreciate the finer things in life, like the many ridiculous and essential comedies that shaped their dad’s strange view of the world and sense of humor.  Recently I sat down with my eldest for a movie night, after convincing her she just had to watch Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail. It was touch and go. She laughed at first, but fell asleep halfway through, right about when Sir Robin’s minstrels meet their fate (Yay!). We tried again a few nights later, and she made it to the end. She…
  • The Heartbreaking Good Fortune of Returning to Work

    Cort Ruddy
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:32 pm
    This is a note to all the husbands (and wives and partners) of a parent who spent a few years at home, working or just parenting, while looking after the kiddos, only to return to an office job once those children grew. Please support them. Because, it’s a heartbreaking transition returning to work.I know, because I just did it. And it’s hard. Really hard.Our family’s story is a bit unique, as everyone’s is, I guess.  For the past five years, since just before our fourth child and only son was born, I’ve worked from home as a consultant, freelance writer and adjunct professor.
  • Sometimes, You Have To Actually Turn the Car Around

    Cort Ruddy
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    I relearned an important lesson this week: With kids, sometimes you have to follow through on all those threatened consequences. If you keep telling them you’re going to turn the car around if they don't behave, and never actually turn the car around when they continue to act like … well, children, they will learn that the car isn’t going to get turned around no matter what they do.This may seem obvious. It's straight from the parenting 101 books that I failed to read when I first started taking this experiential course in child-rearing a dozen years ago.  But,…
  • Facing Fears (and Gaining Friends) In the Name of Humor

    Cort Ruddy
    29 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    What possessed 15 dads, most of whom can’t sing a lick or dance very well beyond the occasional “sprinkler” move, to get on a stage in front a few hundred friends, family, and neighbors on a recent Spring night and generally make fools of themselves? Did I mention that some were wearing princess dresses?So, why exactly would grown men act this way? The answer’s quite simple. But the impact is kind of profound. I heard about this annual school event, called “Dad's Night,” from one of the few friends I’d made over the years on my many trips to open-houses and other…
  • Learning Lesson From A Little Boy

    Cort Ruddy
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    “This is not a joke!” “Yes it is.” “No, I’m not fooling around.” “Why not?” “Because this is serious.” “No it’s not.” The boy is four years old. Four and a half, as he’s quick to correct. Yet we still struggle mightily with how to discipline him. He literally thinks everything is a joke. And I am using the word literally as it is supposed to be used. We aren’t rookie parents. He’s our fourth. Of course, we’re not the best at all aspects of parenting (ahem… bedtime). But we aren’t new to our struggles. Figuring out…
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    Joy Makin Mamas

  • REVIEW: Challenger British Soccer Camp

    Meghan G
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    My daughter Sophia is not our sports enthused and talented child.  She’s always excited about the nature and science themed camps offered by the county every year, but we have to give her a little nudge to make sure she gets as much exercise as we’d like.  We’ve heard a lot of praise for the Read REVIEW: Challenger British Soccer Camp on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Challenger British Soccer Camps this summer #Ad Rub a dub dub, I’m shrieking in the tub! Path in the Darkness Review (+ Firefly Clue giveaway, ends…
  • So you have a pond, now what? #Sponsored

    Meghan G
    30 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    This post contains information provided by my sponsor. I have no personal experience with the product. We all have different landscape goals in mind when we choose how to incorporate water into our plans. In my case, I decided that reducing runoff from my property was more important than maintaining a pond or other permanent Read So you have a pond, now what? #Sponsored on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: The Turtle Strolled Down to the Pond One Day The First Robin Back Yard Science: Hello, Mama Bird (and lesson resources)
  • Time for a fallback plan…

    Meghan G
    6 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    Even the best of us have had a day that got away from us and realized that everyone is hungry and there's nothing in the fridge but a few paltry leftovers that won't quite make a full dinner for the family and the last of the milk. Oops. Time for some PB&J, or to pull a rabbit out of the hat. If breakfast for dinner is getting old, you can throw together this (meatless!) Black Beans and Rice in less time than you'd wait for delivery, and entirely from pantry staples. Read Time for a fallback plan… on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff:…
  • ASCENDERS by C.L. Gaber: perfect summer reading for moms or young adults

    Meghan G
    1 May 2015 | 3:26 am
      “Paranormal romance” isn’t usually my thing, but this one sounded appealing, so I dove right in. Blurb: Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago...and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no Read ASCENDERS by C.L. Gaber: perfect summer reading for moms or young adults on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Reading List for Preschool Moms Reading List for Preschool Moms Book of the Month: The…
  • LOVE INSPIRED SERIES Book Review & #Giveaway ends 5/13

    29 Apr 2015 | 3:44 am
    Everyone and anyone who has ever met me knows that I love to read.  I read while waiting to pick up the kids, I read to reduce stress.  I may or may not have been caught reading a book at yesterday’s playdate (Sorry about that Karen.  I had a lovely time!). My kids have picked Read LOVE INSPIRED SERIES Book Review & #Giveaway ends 5/13 on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Texas K-9 Unit series: Smut free romance + giveaway ENDS 3/23 Introducing: Damsel Not Book Blast & Giveaway! ends 12/7 Fall in love with cloth diapers…
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    Day 2 Day Parenting | Day 2 Day Parenting

  • Toddler Nutrition: Just How Much Should a Young Toddler Eat?

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    Do you worry that your child is not eating enough? Are you concerned about your child’s proper nutrition? It’s a common concern among many parents of toddlers and sometime we adults have unrealistic expectations of portions sizes for young children. Once your baby turns a year old, his growth slows down a bit and he may not need as much food. Sometimes it may seem like your child only eats a few bites at each meal, but remember, portion sizes for proper young toddler nutrition are pretty darn small. Here are some guidelines and per ounce/per cup equivalents to give you a general idea of…
  • 12 Tips for Stress Free Haircuts

    17 Aug 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Getting your child a haircut can be a memorable experience, but it can also be a very stressful experience if you’re not properly prepared. To help make your child’s hair cutting experience as stress-free as possible, we’ve come up with these 12 tips for stress free haircuts. Find a salon that specializes in kid’s cuts, rather than going to your own salon where the stylists may have no expertise with impatient and mobile children. Find a friend or neighbor who cuts hair and ask if they will come to your home to cut your child’s hair. Wash your child’s hair at home before going to…
  • Making Homework Less Stressful: 10 Tips to Help the Homework Routine

    10 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    Let’s face it, kids receive homework assignments starting in kindergarten these days and after a long day at school (and your long day at work), the last thing anyone wants is a homework battle. Establishing homework routines as soon as your child begins school will help him or her develop the skills necessary to keep up with these important routines throughout high school and college. Here are some tips to help make homework easier for your child and family. Don’t force your child to complete homework as soon as he comes home from school. Kids need time to relax and decompress after…
  • Tips for Having House Guests With Young Children

    8 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    When you have a young child, having guests can be just as challenging as traveling to someone else’s home. Below you will find tips to ease SOME of the stress with hosting overnight guests as well as preparing guests for your arrival. Preparation will be your best friend when it comes to planning, packing, and making sure everyone involved is aware that babies and toddlers may not deal with change in routine as well as some adults may want them to! Having Guests Although it may feel strange to tell people who aren’t your children what to do, having house guests enter your home when you…
  • Preparing Kids for Medical Appointments

    7 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    Children learn pretty quickly that when they are out in public, you are less likely to scold, or discipline them because of all the other people around. You may be more likely to “give in” at that moment just to stop the screaming. Sometimes kids may take advantage of this by saving their best tantrum for the grocery store line or the lobby of the doctor’s office. Preparing your kids for medical appointments ahead of time with frequent reminders of how and why they should act in certain situations can help reduce the glares from the receptionist… if only she knew!! Always tell your…
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    A Fine Parent

  • How to Ensure that Positive Parenting Critics Don’t Derail You

    Tracy Gillett
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    You’re a positive parent, or working on becoming one… You’re proud of the choice you’ve made. It feels instinctive. Natural. And your child is thriving. He trusts you. You’re building a strong connection. You expect your child to grow into a happy, confident and independent adult. But just when you are getting comfortable in your role as a positive parent, your mother-in-law says you’re too soft.  She hints (or maybe even tells you openly) you need to “discipline” your child more. Perhaps you’ve also heard friends make comments about parenting styles and you wonder if…
  • How to Have The Scary “Birds and Bees Talk” With Your Kids

    Katie Durkin
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Does it make you nervous that your children will ask many different questions about sex, and those questions will only get more specific as they get older? Many parents think giving vague answers, or perhaps changing the subject and offering the questioning child a cookie, is a valid solution. But really, we moms and dads have to up our game. We must be prepared with thoughtful and honest answers so our kids continue coming to us… rather than looking for answers online, on bathroom walls or whispered conversations with equally clueless peers. I’ve been through these different phases of…
  • 10 Essential Non-Verbal Communication Skills That Will Make You a Better Parent

    Michèle Gamzo
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ever wonder when your little ones will finally follow directions? Do you want to encourage your children to respond positively to what you say? And how can you make them better listeners? Even more so, how can you positively affect their communication skills? As parents, we spend much time speaking and instructing our kids. Yet, how many of us have thought about the nonverbal ways we communicate to our children? Eye rolls, smiles, arms crossed, shoulders hunched. Nonverbal communication can have long-lasting effects on how they listen, behave, process information, and speak to others.  It…
  • How to Handle Your Child’s Video Game Obsession Positively

    Christy Stillwell
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you live with a child obsessed with video games? A kid who’d rather play Minecraft than ball? Who would sooner build worlds in Terraria than accompany you to the neighborhood barbecue? I took it hard, the day I finally admitted to myself that what most inspires my nine-year-old son is a video game. Certain we were on the road to laziness, brain atrophy, and obesity, I went through a long spell of helicopter parenting: policing, nagging, and threatening. My lowest move was to hide the ipad. This was not a sustainable approach. It didn’t make the desire for video games go away. If…
  • How to Be a Positive Parent Even if You Weren’t Raised by One

    Amy Greene
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you ever feel doomed to being just like your parents, even though you’re trying hard to do better? I know how hard it is to try being a positive parent when you’ve been raised in a punitive home. Like me, you may have grown up in a home where spanking, hitting, yelling, or shaming were the main “discipline techniques.” And now maybe you’re horrified to find yourself resorting to these techniques, too. I lay SweetPea down on the floor to change her diaper. Immediately she twists her hips to flip over so she can crawl away. Clenching my jaw, I flip her on her back again and try…
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    Bumps n Baby

  • How To Dress Up Your Little One as Krishna this Janmashtami?

    Saumya Ajaykumar
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:30 pm
    This Janmashtami deck up your child as Krishna with our easy guide. “Haathi ghoda paalkhi.. Jay kanhaiya laal ki” All geared up to transform your naughty tot into the mischievous Krishna? Janmashtami is just around the corner. That time of the year when we prepare for the birth of little Krishna and dress up our [...] The post How To Dress Up Your Little One as Krishna this Janmashtami? appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • 12 Types of Influential Teachers we had in terms of Hollywood Movies – a Tribute

    Anjana Jins
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:14 am
    Today I pay a tribute to all teachers we had/have, who influenced us in some way or the other so far. I have related each of them to the Hollywood movie titles. I left school exactly 10 years ago but the memories are as fresh as a morning daisy. These days I am almost reliving [...] The post 12 Types of Influential Teachers we had in terms of Hollywood Movies – a Tribute appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Wheezing in Babies and Kids – What as a Parent You Should Know

    Leena Prince Chawla
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Is your little one wheezing? Does it happen that every 3rd fortnight you rush to the doctor and he prescribes inhalant nebulizers? In today’s post we discuss the reasons for wheezing in babies and the precautions you should be taking if you have a child with breathing issues. What is wheezing? Wheezing is a whistling [...] The post Wheezing in Babies and Kids – What as a Parent You Should Know appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • I Prefer Giving my Kid Quail Eggs Over Chicken Eggs – 4 Reasons Why

    Anu Prabin
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Yes you read it correct- quail eggs!! Have you tried quail eggs? Do you know that quail eggs have some added benefits when we do a quail eggs vs chicken egg comparison? I am sure you will run to your grocery to order some quail eggs after you read this post. Yes its a quail [...] The post I Prefer Giving my Kid Quail Eggs Over Chicken Eggs – 4 Reasons Why appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • DIY Tiger Mask or Pulikali Mask – Onam Special

    Geetu Vinod
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Today I present to you a DIY tiger mask or pulikali mask. Being a Keralite we do miss colorful activities and celebrations back home, but at the same time we celebrate the festival in the same spirit here in gulf. I and my little one make the pookkalam (flower decoration) on the very first day [...] The post DIY Tiger Mask or Pulikali Mask – Onam Special appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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    Piccolo Universe

  • 10 Amazing Playdate Ideas Beyond the Park

    Courtney Key
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    I knew we needed some fresh playdate ideas when my daughter said, “Do we have to go to the park again?” Yup, my kiddo was bored of the slides and swings. It wasn’t because she’d outgrown them at the ripe old age of nine. I’d just overused it as my go to playdate activity. Here are some of the playdate ideas I came up with instead of the park. Throw a classic tea party. My daughter loved making tiny tuna and egg salad sandwiches. We served warm (instead of hot) tea and the kids loved the process of seeping the bag. Play indoors instead of outside. Roller skating,…
  • Teaching Against Racism: How to Talk to Your Child About Race

    Rachael Moshman
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:57 am
    “Is teaching against racism really necessary?” my friend pondered during a conversation about race. She said she’s worked hard to raise her children not to see color, instead looking at what’s inside a person and worries talking about racism just points out differences she’s been teaching her kids to ignore. While I applaud her for working hard to raise children who don’t care about skin color, racism still very much exists in our world and it’s important for us all to talk to our children about it. This empowers children to both know when it’s…
  • Hide and seek… gone wild!

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
  • Letting Go of Perfection: Embracing an Imperfect Life

    Karen Putz
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Enjoying the imperfections As a parent, it took me a long time to warm up to the idea of letting go of perfection. When my first kid was born, I tried hard to be Supermom. My son’s clothes were color-coordinated with matching socks and a cute hat. I dutifully put him on a sleep schedule, and while he napped, I lined up the jars of baby food in the cabinet. Instead of napping myself, I used the time to pick up his toys and put them (in coordinated order, mind you) in toy bins. I never lost one half of a pair of socks because every one of them went into a mesh laundry bag and came out of…
  • Is it really in there?

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:14 am
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    Growing Your Baby

  • Keira Knightley & James Righton Take Daughter Edie For A Walk

    Lisa Arneill
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:27 pm
    First look!  Actress Keira Knightley and husband James Righton showed off their daughter Edie for the first time while on a walk in New York City on Monday(August 31, 2015). The little cutie, who is now 3-months-old, was in good spirits while riding in a BabyZen Yoyo stroller as the family strolled through the Big Apple. During a recent interview with Elle Magazine Kiera revealed that becoming a had its ups and downs. “The love thing is astonishing. It’s a very primal, primal love. That’s quite extraordinary. And the ability to have no sleep and continue going. It’s…
  • Father Fights for Son with Down Syndrome to Attend School

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:03 pm
    A father in New York is fighting for his son’s right to attend the same school as his friends and siblings, but says the Westhampton Beach School District will not educate his son because he has Down syndrome. Christian Killoran plans to show up on Wednesday for the first day of school at Westhampton Beach Middle School with his 12-year-old son, Aiden, despite the boy not being enrolled there. “They [the Westhampton School District] have never in history allowed an alternately assessed special education student to attend its middle school,” Killoran told ABC News. He went on to say that…
  • Baby Rescued After Fiery Car Crash Kills Her Parents

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:34 pm
    A baby girl is lucky to be alive after a fiery car crash killed both of her parents last Friday in Fresno, California. Wendy Hancock and Gabriel Garcia were driving with their daughter, six month old Ariana, on a rural road around 3:30 a.m. when they crashed into a pole. “We don’t know why they chose to leave at the time they did, but Gabriel and Alexis were at my aunt Denise’s house, and they had to go to school the next morning, so Wendy had to be at that house by 6 or so to get them ready to go to school,” said Kristy Cagle, Ariana’s cousin. Hancock and Garcia also had two other…
  • Kourtney Kardashian & Her Kids Hit The Park

    Lisa Arneill
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Reality star Kourtney Kardashian was spotted out at the park on Sunday spending time with her two oldest kids Mason and Penelope. Mason was a little sweetie and pushed his sister on the swing.  Penelope went all out for her trip to the park!  She wore a black dress with hot pink ruffles and silver boots with sparkly stars on them from Stella McCartney’s Fall collection. This week OK! Magazine reported that Mason is seeing a therapist following his parents split. According to the magazine, Kourtney hopes the move will help Mason during this difficult time. “Mason is very close to his…
  • Halle Berry Lunches With Her Family

    Lisa Arneill
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Halle Berry held her son Maceo as she left Tra Di Noi in Malibu with husband Olivier Martinez and daughter Nahla in Malibu on Sunday. In recent months Halle and Olivier have been plagued by divorce rumors.  Rarely spotted together, the actress was also without her wedding ring for some time – blaming the absence on the ring being misplaced it at Mexico’s Acapulco International Film Festival. The pair were photographed together twice this weekend, which could mean that they back on track or now on the same schedule! {AKM/GSI} The post Halle Berry Lunches With Her Family appeared…
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    Epigami Blog

  • 12 Apps To Help Do Homework For Smart(phone) Students

    Victor dMdB
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:58 am
    Singapore’s education system is really tough and it’s only getting tougher. From primary school to university you need any help you can get to just push ahead, and maybe get a bit more time for yourself. With smartphones becoming more and more powerful, you can do almost anything with them. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of apps that can help you complete your homework faster than you could imagine. Math Homework This first one made quite a stir because parents and teachers were scared that students will not properly learn how to solve their Math homework on their own. Using…
  • New Syllabus: MOE Wants Children to Gain 21st Century Skills

    Foo Jia-En
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:40 pm
    SINGAPORE, April 2 2015 – Known for its reliance on rote-learning and written examinations, the Singaporean education system is now moving towards preparing students for the 21st century workforce. Social pressures drive students to study long hours. The Ministry of Education (MOE) has long been accused of merely testing students’ ability to accurately predict and reproduce the so-called ‘model answer’, instead of their innate abilities. Parents have oft deplored the social pressures and demanding examinations that make sending their children for private tuition classes necessary.
  • GCE ‘A’ Level Results: How Can I Help My Child?

    Foo Jia-En
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    Dear parents, Your child will be receiving their GCE ‘A’ Level results on Monday, 2 March. Yes, of course it’s natural to worry about their grades. Every parent wants their child to do well in life, and this sometimes means they’ll need to score good grades and enter an established, well-recognised university course. In order to make sure this happens, we ply them with tuition lessons for every subject, and monitor their academic progress closely. You may be asking yourself, “What do I do now?” The most important thing to do is to be supportive! Photo credit: AsiaOne And just…
  • Staying Healthy This CNY: Watch Those Calories!

    Foo Jia-En
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:40 pm
    How Do I Stay Healthy During Chinese New Year? One of the best parts of about Chinese New Year is the great food and company you only get to see once a year (and also the fact you only need to see certain people once a year too, amirite?) But like some relatives, certain snacks should only be consumed in small doses. As you can see, CNY snacks are high in calories and cholesterol, and according to Dr Soh, an endocrinologist at Raffles Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, at least 1/3 of his patients register higher blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels during their post-CNY reviews.
  • Better Explained : An Interview with Kalid Azad

    Victor dMdB
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Here in Singapore, the education system is a highly competitive environment and this means children spend hours on preparing themselves to perfection for exams, even from a very young age. But instead of developing an appreciation for the subject itself, we simply learn methods to get good grades. Kalid Azad, founder and writer of Better Explained, believes this should be otherwise. His site, which has a monthly readership of over 250,000 subscribers, provides easy-to-grasp and fun explanations of common Math problems. His book, Math, Better Explained, has been very well-received on Amazon,…
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  • Growing Pains

    Sia Mitra
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:42 pm
    “Mom, today we had a workshop in the school,” Darling Daughter chirped. “On what?” “Oh studying abroad and all that. There were representatives of a few universities from Canada and the USA who were explaining everything.” “Studying abroad?” “Ya, after  school.  Kids go to college you know,” she was talking slowly, as if explaining to a child. My mind was in a funk. Normally I am not slow brained. In fact I have a university gold medal that absolutely proves the fact.  This sudden mental paralysis was due to a whopping blow to my consciousness.  It had struck me that…
  • Letters to my Daughter: Don’t Ever Let Go!

    Zeffirra Husein
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:49 pm
    I wrote this letter to my daughter a year ago and posted it on my personal blog recently as well. I felt a compelling need to speak to my daughter about the importance of never giving up..never letting go …so here is a letter from me to her expressing my views on why one should never let go. I am not sure if you would have had the chance to fly a kite by the time you read this email… Baba and I have wanted to take you kite flying… But you are just two and perhaps too small to experience the game sport yet. I myself do not know how to fly a kite well. I can barely keep it…
  • Raising a Child Suffering from Hearing Loss

    Cochlear India
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:41 pm
    This article has been contributed by Cochlear India( Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions with high-quality products that help implant recipients interact more fully with their world. After more than 25 years of ground breaking innovations, people at Cochlear continue to be passionate about helping people to hear.   Hearing loss can occur to anyone regardless of their age. Children, too, could be suffering from different types of hearing loss and such an ailment at a young learning age can wreak havoc in the…
  • Free Tickles all Day – Fun with Kids Like Never Before!

    Rima Desai
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:24 pm
    There are a lot of things we focus on teaching kids and learning as parents. However, one of the simple things we may miss out on is purely having fun with kids by being kids ourselves. We truly know a lot more about life as kids than as adults. Think of it – as adults we are stressed, we need yoga, we need therapy, we need medicines, psychiatrists, and what nots! As kids all we need is – AN OPPORTUNITY: any opportunity and we can create that into fun, laughter, joy, and charisma. If we kept the element of fun alive in our lives, we would not need so many stress buster resources. What is…
  • Investing on Investigations

    Krishna Mahathi
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:12 pm
    “Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding…” ― Brian Greene “You doctors of these days!” sighed my friend’s father after he spent a long day at the hospital for his master health check-up, “You people do so many tests for God knows what ….earlier the doctors would know everything just by looking at a patient….. ”I was indignant but managed to keep quiet. Many years ago I read this line in a book-“perhaps to be great is to be misunderstood” and I tell this to myself when a volley of accusations are thrown at me without giving me a…
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    Life Behind the Smiles

  • My Fave Season is Upon Us

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:27 am
    The post My Fave Season is Upon Us appeared first on Life Behind the Smiles.
  • Lifecycles

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    Seems to be that time of the year again where people in my past come out of the woodwork.  People who left in a way that caused pain that now want forgiveness and another chance.  And each year I usually just don’t respond.  There is a time in every failed relationship for communication – and it isn’t after it has failed. Coming face to face with my past the other day for the first time in a long time and seeing a look of almost pity on their face, which I didn’t match, made me realize something. I hate when relationships start to go south and you aren’t the…
  • Heal Thyself

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:36 am
    I think the hardest part of therapy is when you are in it to seriously get work done.  Not just high level talking about your life, your issues, your experiences.  But digging into those dark corners of your brain where the infamous boogeyman lives and facing him head on. And hearing, from a neutral third party who has nothing vested in saying anything but the truth as they see it, their perspective of someone and/or a situation. And finally forcing yourself to see it, too.  Telling someone things you have told very few, if any, people about and getting their interpretation is draining,…
  • *Snort*

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    This was the mac daddy of life lessons.  Still learning from it. Silly girl. The post *Snort* appeared first on Life Behind the Smiles.
  • There’s This Boy Who Owns My Heart, I Call Him “Son”

    22 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    I usually save my mushy, sappy posts for birthdays but think we are at a spot where one is warranted. Yesterday was a huge day, as it is for every parent everywhere – the first day of kindergarten.  But for us, it was ginormous. The day this happened, I thought we were on the path every other parent thinks they are.  A new baby, a new person in our family, a new facet to our life journey.  When things didn’t start adding up right over the years, it finally led to his diagnosis right before his second birthday.  A story I’ve told so many times I’m sure most people…
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    Moms Best Umbrella Strollers

  • Top 10 Baby Items List When Traveling with Your Little One

    Grace Wilson
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Parenthood is an incredible, almost impossible, challenge and the difficulty is most felt with newborns. You’re awake most of the time because you just never know when the baby is going to need something and your attention is basically radiating on the baby. After all, in this incredibly fragile stage and his or her life, you can’t afford to make any mistakes or give it any less of the care that it truly needs. Now, we’ve established just how hard it is to take care of a baby, but can you even imagine the challenge of travelling with one? Unlike being just at home, your things aren’t…
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    The Raising Supaman Project

  • Four Things a Child Must Know to Keep Moving Forward

    Nathaniel Turner
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:27 am
    The other afternoon, I decided to pay my mother a surprise visit. I hadn’t been home in a while and I sort of knew that it was time to go north. So doing what good yet guilt ridden children do, I decided to go home to visit my mom. I must tell you that my […]
  • The Secret to Raising a Harvard Kid

    Jessica Yeager
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    Every parent wants the best education for their children, and what could be better than Harvard? Or Yale…or any other top-tier school . . But what can you do to send your son or daughter off in the right direction? I want to share with you the single greatest gift my parents gave me that […]
  • Insights on Restorative Practices After Visiting Bethlehem

    Nathaniel Turner
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Not long ago, I made the trek to Bethlehem. No, I didn’t go the Holy Land, Bethlehem in Judea. I went to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Traveling with Dr. Z, I was able to pull off something that Joseph and Mary were unable to do. I was able to find room at the inn. And although, there […]

    Nathaniel Turner
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:26 pm
    The other afternoon, I had the good fortune of chatting with a friend whom I have known for more than thirty years. During our discussion, he was lamenting his dissatisfaction with parents. Specifically, he was irritated by the number of parents who have children who merely strive to be average. My response to his parental […]
  • Guess Whose Child Will Be The Next World Famous Billionaire

    Nathaniel Turner
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Imagine for a moment that an omnipotent, extraterrestrial, or some being of your choosing – who is of course more benevolent than you – sent you a gift. Further, imagine that the gift you receive weighs approximately 8 pounds and is around 20 inches in length. Upon receiving this gift, you notice immediately that this […]
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  • Overexcitabilities And Cartoon Characters

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Which cartoon characters have overexcitabilities? Gifted children can be very intense, and their responses could be vastly different from other children.  Dabrowski has identified 5 types of overexcitabilities. People who create cartoon characters tend to be very talented, and sometimes … Continue reading → Tags:  calvin and hobbes, charlie brown, dabrowski, gifted children, overexcitabilities, powerpuff girls, spider-man Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in…
  • Building Sandcastles at Siloso Beach SG50

    10 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    I had promised El that we would take him to see the sand sculptures at Sentosa over the weekend. The Sands of Time sand sculptures showcased some aspects of Singapore’s history, as part of the SG 50 Golden Jubilee celebrations. We … Continue reading → Tags:  building sandcastles, sand sculptures, sandcastles, sentosa, sg50, siloso beach Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  10 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Gar at 18 months  The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse  A Hairy Affair…
  • Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

    10 Aug 2015 | 12:35 am
    On a whim, we decided to visit the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum on 7 August, on one of the SG 50 Golden Jubilee weekend. I had gone online and found that tickets at 5.30pm were available, so I booked … Continue reading → Tags:  dinosaur fossils, golden jubilee weekend, lee kong chian natural history museum, sg 50, stuffed animals, taxidermy Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    The Artists Who Painted  Upp X Rd  Mixed Up Upper And…
  • How To Be A Kor Kor Garisms

    6 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    I had a hilarious conversation with Gar recently. He wants to be older than what he actually is. Even though he has just turned three, he keeps talking about being four years old. He also wants to be more senior … Continue reading → Tags:  preschooler rage, sibling jealousy Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  13 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Moonlight Parties  Gar at 18 months  Visit To Australian International School  Singapore in the 60s by James Suresh Book Launch  Summer…
  • 7 Tips For Parents With Gifted Children

    1 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    So what happens after you discover your child is gifted after being told that he or she is gifted? Or perhaps you just had an aha moment after he or she did something way unusual for a child?  Here is … Continue reading → Tags:  gifted, gifted 101, gifted children, parenting tips Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  4 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Self Care - Setting Physical and Mental Health Goals  Gar's Language Development At 24 Months  Baby Talk  Obsession With Dinosaurs…
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    The Stir By CafeMom: Big Kid

  • Family Kicked Off Flight After Son With Autism Cried Uncontrollably

    2 Sep 2015 | 7:58 am
    Post by Tanvier Peart. It's hard to ever know what families with special needs children face on a day-to-day basis. Noa Zalmanovich is extremely angry after an airline kicked her family off a flight because her austistic 8-year-old son, Yaheli Zalmanovich, had an episode.According to Noa, her family was on their connecting flight to get back home to Geneva when Yaheli couldn't stop crying. Any parent who's ever been in this situation knows how quickly the hairs on your neck stand as you feel stares shooting at you from every angle. Unable to calm him down before take off, the Israeli mother…
  • Your Kid's Math Performance Could Be Tied to His PE Performance

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Post by Aimee Ogden. How well a child does on a math test obviously reflects the amount of time she's put into homework and studying. But oddly enough, it may also reflect the amount of time she's put into basketball, tag, and swimming. A new study shows that fit children might have some educational advantages over classmates who aren't in such good shape.Researchers tested 9- and 10-year-old kids in two ways: once with a math assessment, and once with an uphill jog on a treadmill. The information collected covered three different axes: One factor was their aerobic capacity (based on how…
  • Here's Why Your Kid's Big Backpack Is a Big Problem

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    Post by Aimee Ogden. Your kid's backpack is all set for back-to-school: a mini-bottle of hand sanitizer to protect him from germs, a huge water Thermos to protect him from dehydration, snacks to protect him from a mid-morning slump. But what's going to protect him from having a dangerously heavy backpack?Studies are showing that the increasingly enormous backpacks kids are toting to and from school are actually a hazard to their health. Somewhere around a third of kids of middle-school age are suffering from back pain -- which is a problem people my age should be dealing with, not people…
  • Little Boy Has the Most Charming Reaction to Discovering His Mom's Pregnant (VIDEO)

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    Post by Tanvier Peart. There are just some things in this world that are too precious not to share. Whether or not you're having a good day, allow yourself to enjoy this three-minute video of a mom telling her son he'll be a big brother. Seriously, this 5-year-old boy's reaction is so sweet, you want to jump through the screen and kiss his cheeks.I just love this! [code][/code] More from The Stir: Dad-to-be Draws Pregnancy Announcement You've Gotta See (VIDEO) The second I heard, "is that your baby?" I just about died and came back to life. It's obvious this little man is excited to hear the…
  • Dads More Likely Than Moms to Give Kids Their First Cell Phones

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:08 am
    Post by Tanvier Peart. Parents might want to have a discussion about certain decisions to make sure they're on the same page. Failure to do so could land you in a game of Family Feud you never wanted to play. Thanks to modern technology, kids these days have access to items we never would dream of having back in the day -- but does that mean they should automatically get them? According to a new study by Sprint and Techlicious, dads are saying yes to elementary kids having cell phones.Maybe this is no big deal in your household, but I had to stop and take a pause. Once both of my boys reach…
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    Diary of an Angry Father.

  • The Hip-Hop IQ

    Miso N. Grey
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    People who enjoy hip-hop music and culture have a 40-60% lower intelligence quotient than people who cite jazz as their favorite music.
  • Someone at Time Magazine has got to be a meth-head.

    Miso N. Grey
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    Van Ogtrop concludes this month's disastrous advice by admitting she's nothing more than a backseat driver.
  • Mom files excessive force complaint after her son runs over a police officer.

    Miso N. Grey
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    Parents, there is no valid reason on God's green earth your 17 year-old child should be out joyriding at 2:45 AM. This is a parental failure at its worst, and those mothers should be charged as accomplices. I bet that would smack these idiot mothers into shape,
  • Updates.

    Miso N. Grey
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:46 am
    Even though a completely out-of-touch @kvanogtrop gets a soapbox and I won’t, I feel that I shouldn’t give up on the world. Not yet, anyway. So, as a responsible parent, here’s what’s bothering me lately. Save your children. Please. 1. Some idiot in Mexico saw Jesus in her taco. She made a shrine around it, and people […]
  • Another sad day for All-American kids.

    Miso N. Grey
    29 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    When Vanya Shivashankar, 13, spelled “scherenschnitte” correctly and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, nailed “nunatak,” it meant the duo would share the title of 2015 Scripps Spelling Bee champion. It has now been 8 years since any European-American descendant has won an American Spelling Bee. Remember, these are the folks who created the English language. It seems kind […]
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    Mom Fuse

  • Fall Savings With Groupon!

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Fall Savings With Groupon! For our family Fall means sports. It’s start of both pro and college football, basketball will soon begin and we’ll be getting into the off season for our favorite teams. It also means back to school and we’re trying to get some really good deals on clothing and other items for the kids with some […]        
  • 4 Ways To Wear Heals With Jeans

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:15 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 4 Ways To Wear Heals With Jeans Denim is a staple in every wardrobe, but it doesn’t have to be relegated to casual Friday. With the fall season here and winter on the way, jeans will be the more popular way to go because of their warmth. Fashion force Moanalani Jeffrey will show you how to dress up your jeans with different […]        
  • Julep September Birthstone Welcome Box – Free for NEW Maven

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Julep September Birthstone Welcome Box – Free for NEW Maven Hey September birthday girls! The Julep September Birthstone Welcome Box is here! Julep has a 4-piece Birthstone Beauty Box just for you featuring September's new sapphire polish! Julep is offering a Welcome Box curated especially for you featuring a polish trio inspired by the September birthstone Sapphire and a fan favorite Gel Eye Glider as well.        
  • Labor Day Fun with #IntelTablets & BBQ Recipes!

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:36 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Labor Day Fun with #IntelTablets & BBQ Recipes! Labor Day is one of most popular times for friends and family to get together.. whether it be grilling outside or enjoying inside festivities there's nothing better on Labor Day than some good ole' BBQ recipes.        
  • 5 Cheap Additions to Make to Your Home Today

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:20 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 5 Cheap Additions to Make to Your Home Today It’s easy to think that the only way to improve your home is to spend thousands on major revamps and replacements. This isn’t true. There are various low-cost ways to make a big difference to the feeling, comfort and quality of your home. A lick of paint It may sound like a cliché, but a […]        
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    MinneMama Adventures

  • Why We Need Our Kids to Be Kind: An Interview with Ann Gettis

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:24 pm
    I walked into the brightly-lit Caribou Coffee as the sun was setting on a cold February evening. I’d never met her before, but I had been anxiously awaiting my face-to-face conversation with her for weeks. I was nervous because I didn’t know what she would be willing to tell. I didn’t know what I would be willing [...] The post Why We Need Our Kids to Be Kind: An Interview with Ann Gettis appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • 6 Tips for Hiking with Kids

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    I’m honored to be able to share a guest post by Maura Marko, travel blogger extraordinaire. Her baby is more experienced in the world of outdoor recreation than most adults, so I’m thrilled that she took them time to share these tips for hiking with kids. Thank you to Maura for your contribution! My husband, Bobby, and [...] The post 6 Tips for Hiking with Kids appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Family-Friendlify Your Minnesota State Fair Adventure

    22 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Call me crazy or call me Minnesotan (or I guess this year, you could call me hungry and pregnant), but I’ve probably never looked forward to a Great Minnesota Get Together more than I am this year. 2015 will be the year we nail it and leave with zero regrets. I was invited to a State [...] The post Family-Friendlify Your Minnesota State Fair Adventure appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Close Encounters of the Animal Kind: Hemker Park & Zoo

    18 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    HEMKER PARK & ZOO  |  FREEPORT, MN  |  VISIT WEBSITE Kids love animals and my boys are no exception. We take them quite frequently to the Como and Minnesota Zoo, but the getaway to the Hemker Park & Zoo was  a one-of-a-kind experience. Where else can you pet the penguins, feed the birds and almost nose-kiss [...] The post Close Encounters of the Animal Kind: Hemker Park & Zoo appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Chatbooks Review – With Free Book Code

    16 Aug 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Hi all, I’m back with another app review/recommendation. This time, it’s for an app that immediately shot to the top of my favorites list – Chatbooks. If you read my last post, you know I advocated for using Google Photos to back up all your photos free and easily. Today, I’m taking things to the logical next step and [...] The post Chatbooks Review – With Free Book Code appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
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    The Kidizen Blog

  • Back to School Cool

    Jen Snyder
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    It's hard to believe that it's happening already – summer is wrapping up and we're shifting our attention to new teachers, new friends and new fall styles. While I plan to hold on to sunny days, sandcastle contests and having picnics with my 3 favorite peeps for just a little bit longer, I'm really looking forward to snagging some of the cool fall fashion finds I've been eyeing out there for kids! Check out my current top-runners on Kidizen to get you in the mood.  Find more Back to School Cool styles from this collection curated by Jen Snyder, Kidizen shop owner of Stella + James…
  • Shop Stories: Shop Kaiote

    Lisa Bronwyn
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    THIS WEEK'S SHOP STORY IS WITH SHOP KAIOTE. MEET MEG AND HER FAMILY!  Meg's story: My husband and I met five years ago through mutual friends while he was stationed in GA, where I'm from, only for him to have to leave a short few weeks later to a new station in CO. After several months and several visits, we decided I'd move to be with him in CO. We married on the day he deployed five years ago today. After a long year apart while he served in Afghanistan, he came home.We got to experience the joy of married life, bought a home and spent a few more years in CO. He eventually served…
  • Shop Stories: Birdie & Bubble

    Lisa Bronwyn
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    THIS WEEK'S SHOP STORY IS WITH BIRDIE & BUBBLE. MEET KRISTEN AND HER FAMILY!  Your brief story: My name is Kristen of Birdie & Bubble, and I am mommy to Avery (the Birdie), age 7, and Ezra (the Bubble), age 1.  They are beautiful and wild and curious and busy, but most of all, they are joy incarnate.  I saved all of Avery’s clothes because I was sure I would have another girl someday.  You know what they say about where the best laid plans lead you……and almost 6 years later, our little guy was born and we had BINS and BINS of girl…
  • Kidizen Now on Android!

    Dori Graff
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Kidizen for Android is now available!We are so excited to introduce Android folks to the wonderful world of Kidizen! Initially, the Android app will be buy-only, but we'll be adding the ability to sell via Android in the coming weeks. Help us spread the word and welcome our new Android friends to the Kidizen community.
  • Shop Stories: The Bear and the Bow

    Lisa Bronwyn
    18 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    THIS WEEK'S SHOP STORY IS WITH The Bear and the Bow. MEET Alyssa AND HER FAMILY!   Alyssa's story: My name is Alyssa, and I'm a born and raised Midwestern girl living in New England. I say "Pop," not Soda, but will also say "lob-stah" non-ironically. I enjoy reality television, boxed wine, trips to Target just to "get out of the house," and the overuse of emojis. I have two kids I love and tolerate - Blair is three and a half and Wells is 14 months. I stay at home with them, and love that Kidizen has given me a little "part time job" in selling (and buying -…
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    Growing Children

  • Smartphones and Parenting

    Kim Allsup
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I am happy to be blogging for Attachment Parenting International. My first post shares my theory about why smartphones are so very addicting. It has something to do with birds and dogs and instincts and…. Read it here :  (note you need to click on the post for the following link to go through with a click.) under: at school
  • Share if You Think Every School Should Have a Year-Round Gardening Program!

    Kim Allsup
    10 May 2015 | 9:14 pm
    A few years ago the children at our school grew, harvested and, ultimately, ate a giant, two-pound carrot. Our gardening program at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod has come a long way since then. We now have a unheated hoop house and a program where middle school gardeners lead first through fifth graders as they learn to build soil, plant, transplant, tend, water and harvest food year round. Our harvests are transformed by our school chef into amazing meals served at lunch.  The summer tending of the garden is a community responsibility. We have weekly Family Gardening sessions organized…
  •   a parable about the common core and the empty flower pots.  

    Kim Allsup
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Each spring, volunteer nasturtiums emerge in our school greenhouse near the site of the previous year’s nasturtium plants. This is how I knew that nasturtium seeds would winter over in this unheated gardening classroom. So, last fall, as we collected nasturtium seeds and then pulled out the long, trailing frost-nipped plants, I decided to plant some of the rough, round, tan-colored seeds in pots for easy transplanting. We sunk the pots into a bed for warmth and I congratulated myself on bringing order to the anticipated spring growth. This spring, a few of these pots hosted seedlings, but…
  • Now in Chinese…Five Reasons to Think Twice Before You Praise Your Child and what to Do Instead

    Kim Allsup
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:07 pm under: Uncategorized
  • Toddlers Blooming in the Garden Revisited

    Kim Allsup
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    The frozen earth is a fertile zone for the gardener’s active mind. Seed catalogs, plot plans, old planting records and books about organic pest control and landscape design are the tools of dreamers who see beyond the white blanket hiding last year’s garden stubble and the remaining leeks. If you are a parent or a gardening teacher, chances are your dreaming and scheming about the upcoming growing season is set to the music of childish voices. And, alongside the plans for rows of spring peas and lettuce is a growing imagination of how how to work with children in the garden over the next…
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    Mama of 3 Munchkins

  • Banana Foster Parfait with Salted Caramel Sauce

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Working from home sure has its challenges. While it’s definitely a blessing most of the time because I can be home with the kids and enjoy them growing up, it tends to get a little bit boring without the regular water cooler drama that most people get. Yes, a little bit of that is a […]
  • Save BIG on Back to School Favorites with the Barnes & Noble MasterCard

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:46 pm
    This post is sponsored by the Barnes & Noble MasterCard, powered by Barclaycard. All opinions are my own. Um, let’s talk finances, shall we? How are you paying for school supplies? Cash, credit, or both? Student loans? We’re using the Barnes & Noble MasterCard. Between the three kids, and one of them who needs college […]
  • Iced Coffee Never Tasted So Good

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:37 pm
    I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk. And I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Can you believe summer is almost over? We’ve done so much as a family this summer […]
  • Heading Off To College with Schick

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Um, it’s amazing how much a person needs to take to college. You usually consider the normal items – clothes, a mini fridge, a few pictures from home, but once you start packing, you realize that there is a LOT more. Once, a friend told me about bringing her child to college and seeing that […]
  • DIY Baby Bottle Sprinkles Centerpiece

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and Luvs. All opinions are my own. I’m partnering with Luvs and to make some really cute baby sprinkle décor, and I came up with Baby Bottle Sprinkles. I’m really excited to show you this very simple and very adorable craft. We’re going for the party theme “Sprinkled […]
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    Spymaster Pro Official Blog

  • 11 exclusive things that you should do after rooting your android phone with Whatsapp monitoring feature.

    Ricky Martin
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:29 am
    You must have heard of the term Android Rooting. But what exactly does this mean? Rooting your android phone in actual term means removal or replacement of the operating system running on your device with the currently updated version of your existing operating system. If you have started the rooting process, it is important to […]
  • 9 Mindblowing Facts about Whatsapp.

    Ricky Martin
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    There are some amazing facts about your favorite application Whatsapp that you do not know yet. Here are 9 of the most amazingly mind blowing facts that you must surely know about the application Whatsapp. The co-founders of the application Brian Acton and Jan Koum were the part of the Yahoo team since 20 years […]
  • 4 Apps Teens Love that Parents Need to Monitor!

    Chandni Sharma
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Lets Check-Out The 4 Best And The Famous Apps Used By The Teenagers And The Reason Why Parents Should Feel The Need Of Monitoring them! Around 78 per cent children, especially teens, possess mobile phones among which half the majority uses smartphones – A report by Pew Research. Teenagers love to communicate through their cell […]
  • WhatsApp: A Biggest Addiction!

    Chandni Sharma
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    Smartphones have become super colossal and crowd pleasing because many free messaging applications have launched which entirely makes it more popular. The idea that this app is plainly a messaging app with no ads, games, reminders, gimmicks and extra banners, is the major reason that users get addicted to it. This chat application is user […]
  • Worried About Your Child’s Unknown Reality?

    Chandni Sharma
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Parents of teens often think of several ways to discover the qualms and doubts about their kids awkward behaviour. Adolescence is such a phase of life when children are persuaded and influenced by their companions and the possibility of indulging into bad deeds like urge of drugs, being a party animal, obsession of watching inept […]
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    Problem Kids Blog

  • Back To School Preparation Checklist – Have You Forgotten Anything?

    Robert Locke
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Going back to school is not as easy as it seems. It is useful to have a back to school preparation checklist so that the whole operation is as smooth as possible. Being calm and supportive should be the basic foundations you will be building on. There are usually practical issues to sort out first, routines to get going again and above all, a positive approach towards a new beginning so that the child can face the social and academic challenges with confidence. Talk to your child about his or her attitudes about going back to school. There may be doom and gloom that the holidays are over and…
  • How To Build A Resilient Child –10 Parenting Tips.

    Robert Locke
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Ever wondered if you are doing it right in how to build a resilient child? Maybe you are too anxious or overprotective? Here are 10 parenting tips to help you stay on track and make sure that your kid will bounce back from setbacks and grow up much more confident, independent and resilient. The good news is that resilience skills can be taught. WHY kids need to be resilient. Kids have to adapt to changes and they have to face obstacles and setbacks. Just one of the normal aspects of life. They have to get used to a new class, new braces on their teeth, challenges with homework, not being…
  • Dash and Dot Robot Pack Review

    Robert Locke
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    We had lots of questions which needed answering when we bought the Wonder Workshop Dash and Dot Robot Pack. The best way to find out was to actually buy it and try it with the kids. These were some of the questions we had in our minds as we opened the pack. Everybody loves a robot and kids are no exception. Start telling a robot what to do and you are taking the first step to learning coding so that is a good start. Could there be a toy that would blend the whole new world with robotics, inspire kids and get them to be creative and have a lot of fun while doing so? Could it actually teach…
  • Start Potty Training- Interview With An Expert

    Robert Locke
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Unbelievable but true. A father beats his son to death because he has not made progress with his potty training He is charged with murder and may face the death penalty. You can read this incredibly sad story here. This is an extreme case but it does point to some of the problems with parents’ frustration when they have to start potty training. James Franco decided to do a spoof video of Shia LaBeouf’s video in which he shouted ‘Just do it’ and all your dreams etc. James decided to use potty training as the motivation for doing something. However a much kinder and softer approach has…
  • Getting Inside A Teenage Brain – 8 Facts You Must Know

    Robert Locke
    2 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    “The young are heated by Nature as drunken men by wine.”- Aristotle You know the scenario better than I do. A pile of clothes on the bedroom floor which has been there a long time or breaking the speed limit. Teenagers can be anything from moody, impulsive, verbally abusive, reckless, to being downright maddening and disrespectful. Getting inside the teenage brain is absolutely crucial to coming to terms with all this. Who are the experts on all this teenage brain stuff? One parent of teens (they are now in their twenties) is Frances Jensen who was not only a parent but also a…
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    When the Dust Settles

  • Over Population and Earth Overshoot

    Ashley Beolens
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:42 am
    There is a conversation that needs to be had openly in the UK and around the world, it is a conversation that politicians avoid like the plague, because it is not easy to talk about without seeming to be some fascist dictator wannabe. But I’m going to throw it out there for you now instead. The post Over Population and Earth Overshoot appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Daddy Daughter Picnic and Bug Hunt

    Ashley Beolens
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    My daughter convinced me, today, to go out for a Daddy Daughter Picnic and Bug Hunt (it didn’t take too much convincing), so sandwiches made, drink and snacks packed we headed out for a mini beast adventure out across the sheep and cow fields that edge our fine town of Milton Keynes. Sheep Herds Our […] The post Daddy Daughter Picnic and Bug Hunt appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Dad Post of the Week 8

    Ashley Beolens
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Dad Post Of The Week 8 – Welcome to a New weekly Linky for blog posts all about dads. Because dads are important too. The post Dad Post of the Week 8 appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Silent Sunday

    Ashley Beolens
    9 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    The post Silent Sunday appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Chaplins Circus

    Ashley Beolens
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Hopefully you’ll have read about our Visit to Dreamland and seen the High Dive post as well and finally comes our third post about that day (it really was a full day) all about our experience at Chaplins Circus at Dreamland. I hope you like this one as well, and again it is full of […] The post Chaplins Circus appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
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  • 7 Mindshifts You Need To Make Today If You Are Parenting A Difficult Adolescent

    Dr. Becca
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:55 am
          Some kids are just born with the predisposition to be argumentative. I have a kid like that. My son, Patrick, is a lot like his lawyer father. Click To Read More ... The post 7 Mindshifts You Need To Make Today If You Are Parenting A Difficult Adolescent appeared first on .
  • When A “Wait And See” Attitude Works Best

    Dr. Becca
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    I have to admit that when my kids were little (they are 17 and 14 now), I was one of those moms who thought “good parenting” meant not letting the Click To Read More ... The post When A “Wait And See” Attitude Works Best appeared first on .
  • Are You Going Through A “Happiness Slump” With Your Parenting?

    Dr. Becca
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:28 pm
        “When you’re in a Slump,   you’re not in for much fun.   Un-slumping yourself   is not easily done.”   ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Click To Read More ... The post Are You Going Through A “Happiness Slump” With Your Parenting? appeared first on .
  • How To Help Your Anxious Child Begin A New School Year

    Dr. Becca
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:49 am
    My two teenagers are very different from each other. Not only are they different genders, but they also have completely different personalities. I’ll bet you can relate. When it comes Click To Read More ... The post How To Help Your Anxious Child Begin A New School Year appeared first on .
  • 11-Item Checklist To Confirm That Your Non-Traditional Family Works

    Dr. Becca
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
      Tired of feeling like your family is “doomed” just because you don’t raise your kids within a traditional family structure? The term “traditional family” usually refers to a household Click To Read More ... The post 11-Item Checklist To Confirm That Your Non-Traditional Family Works appeared first on .
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  • Feeling Left Out on Instagram – What Parents Can Do

    Robin Petrovsky
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. The post Feeling Left Out on Instagram – What Parents Can Do appeared first on NetSanity.
  • Kids, teens, and online roleplaying – what parents should know

    Robin Petrovsky
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents.           What Is Online Roleplaying? “I’m going to go RP with my friends” “I’m bored… let’s RP” Roleplaying is an activity in which people assume the role of a character in a fictional setting and interact to create a story. This type of role-playing …Read More The post Kids, teens, and online roleplaying – what parents should know appeared first on NetSanity.
  • Parental Controls and Parenting – Fact and Fiction

    Robin Petrovsky
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. e talk to many parents. We talk to many kids and teens. We talk to and present to schools. We know both sides of the argument – use parental controls and be engaged; or trust your kids and let them …Read More The post Parental Controls and Parenting – Fact and Fiction appeared first on NetSanity.
  • The “Mobile Porn Problem” and why parents need to know

    Robin Petrovsky
    7 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents.   he days of kids hiding a stack of Playboys in the basement may be over, but unfortunately, many teens and even young kids today have something much more dangerous in their hands pretty much “constantly”.   According to one of the …Read More The post The “Mobile Porn Problem” and why parents need to know appeared first on NetSanity.
  • How to Stop Kids From Hiding Apps

    Robin Petrovsky
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. Kids are smart. They are curious and they are sometimes a little devious! You have your kid’s passwords and you don’t allow them to take their phone or iPad to bed. You make sure you look at the text messages …Read More The post How to Stop Kids From Hiding Apps appeared first on NetSanity.
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    Parent Co

  • Share Your Kid’s 30 Answers

    Edward Shepard
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:14 pm
    We recently published “30 Questions to Ask Your Kid Instead of ‘How Was Your Day?‘” It instantly had a huge response; clearly many parents share the pain of the typical one syllable reply – “Good.” We thought it would be fun to ask our own kids these questions after school, one question per day for 30 days. We’re going to document their answers and share some of them here. Join In: Share Your Kid’s Responses To The Questions Record your kid’s answers on your smartphone, or simply write them down. Send their responses to us and…
  • Meet Mario Zorz, Android Developer at Parent Co.

    Edward Shepard
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:27 am
    Over the next few weeks, we’re profiling each person on Parent Co’s team. We’re starting with our developers – the talented people who code Notabli and bring it to life on the web, iPhone, and – in a couple of weeks (!) – Android. Here are a few questions for Android Developer Mario Zorz. He has over 14 years of experience in mobile, and is now focused on “all things Android / node.js.” You can follow Mario on Twitter. Where do you live? I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. How old are your kids? I have a 3-year-old boy. What do you do at…
  • 16 Tips for a Super Fun (and Safe) Visit to the Skatepark

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:53 am
    (This thoughtful post originally ran on Reddit by user Cyberkrist. He gave us permission to repost it here with the caveat that we share it far and wide. That’s a year of Reddit Gold for you, good man!) As a BMX family, we spend a good amount of time at the skate park. I’d like to pass on some info to parents who have children who use the local skate parks. The reason for this is that clearly many parents and their children are unaware of the dangers, purpose, or the etiquette of a skate park. Skateboarding, BMX, scootering, and rollerblading are sports. Allowing your kids to…
  • 30 Questions to Ask Your Kid Instead of “How Was Your Day?”

    Sara Goldstein
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:24 pm
    When I picked my son up from his first day of 4th grade, my usual (enthusiastically delivered) question of “how was your day?” was met with his usual (indifferently delivered) “fine.” Come on! It’s the first day, for crying out loud! Give me something to work with, would you, kid? The second day, my same question was answered, “well, no one was a jerk.” That’s good…I guess. I suppose the problem is my own. That question actually sucks. Far from a conversation starter, it’s uninspired, overwhelmingly open ended, and frankly, completely boring. So as an alternative,…
  • I Wanted To Say Something To You, Middle School

    Autumn Spencer
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    Dear Middle School, I know you. I’ve been you. I’ve walked your halls. I’ve taught in your classrooms. I’ve graded your dog-chewed homework. I know your smells of too-fruity perfume and not-yet-discovered deodorant. I’ve seen your slow dance: awkward, gawky, spinning. Just like you. Arms out, braced against the weight of everything you don’t know, everything you want to know. I’ve watched you watch that one girl. The one with the perfect everything. The perfect nose, the perfect laugh. And that other girl. The loud one. The sad one. The annoying one always answering,…
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  • A Day in the Life of a Gestational Surrogacy Case Manager

    Frankie Marrero
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
        Creative Family Connections’ Case Managers are the backbone of our Gestational Surrogacy Support Team. Our Case Managers work tirelessly to keep our Intended Parents and our Gestational Surrogates organized, happy, and as free from stress as possible.   There are many different aspects to this job, so we thought it would be interesting to interview one of our amazing Case Mangers about what an average day entails, and we would like you to “meet” CFC Case Manager, Melissa Lockhart! As a Case
  • Marriage Matters

    Ruthi David
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
      At Creative Family Connections, we have always known that marriage matters – that it’s not “just” a piece of paper.   All married couples are entitled to equal treatment under the law. What does this mean for surrogacy? Quite simply, that there can no longer be different rules for married straight couples and married gay couples. If a state’s laws permit surrogacy for married couples then all married couples can now build their families by surrogacy. This is a vitally important step forward
  • Surro Snacking! Lisa’s Protein-Packed Oatmeal

    Ruthi David
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:35 am
      It’s time to feature some Surro Snacking! Today, CFC surrogate Lisa shared a great hint with us for beating morning sickness in the first trimester (or beyond, if you are unlucky…) “what gets me through the morning sickness with a little protein is oatmeal (plain oats) cooked with apples and milk with an egg mixed in (like you would for a custard). The milk and apples make it sweet but you can top with a little maple syrup if you want!”   Who knew!? Give it a try and let us know if it works
  • Calling All Hopeful Surrogates: Introducing CFC’s Exclusive Gestational Carrier Program – $250 Match Bonus!

    Frankie Marrero
    21 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
      Here at CFC we are always looking for ways to sweeten the journey – for our Intended Parents AND our surrogates. In that vein, we are very happy to announce our brand new Exclusive Gestational Carrier Program, which offers our GC candidates a $250 bonus upon matching!   Our extensive GC pre-screening program gives both our GC candidates and Intended Parents peace of mind. Through our caring and comprehensive process, we take the guesswork out of matching. We work with each candidate one-on-one
  • Top Ten Tips for a Great Parent-Surrogate Relationship

    Frankie Marrero
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    As you can imagine, the parent-surrogate relationship is not one that most people would ever think about unless they find themselves smack in the middle of one. It’s not something they teach you at home or in school, and until very recently it was not one that was featured in pop culture or the movies. There are things about it that are unique to any other relationship, and we thought it might be helpful to list here our top ten tips for a great parent-surrogate relationship. Got something to
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    Alejandra Ulloa
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Aprovechando que es día de los abuelitos, desempolvo una anécdota de hace unos cuatro años, que me recuerda que el trabajo es de todos los días: Aprovechando que es día de los abuelitos, desempolvo una anécdota de hace unos cuatro años, que me recuerda que el trabajo es de todos los días:   Hoy comimos en familia en los tacos de Sta. Rita. Mis hijos no son precisamente la nueva versión de “El Pequeño Lord Fauntleroy”; pero aunque sigo teniendo que bajarlos de las sillas, al menos ya no salimos huyendo de los restaurantes.
  • Consejos para la 1er semana de clases

    Laura Cervantes
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita El inicio de clases siempre es un tema complejo tanto para primerizos como para “veteranos”. Si tu hijo está cambiando de escuela, de grado o es su primer ciclo escolar en la vida, presta atención a estos errores bastante comunes que debes evitar durante los primeros días de clases. El inicio de clases siempre es un tema complejo tanto para primerizos como para “veteranos”. Te preocupa que tu pequeño no se adapte, que no le guste su nueva maestra, que tenga buenos compañeros, etc. Si tu hijo está cambiando…
  • La pequeña policía

    Verónica Nieva
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita “¡Mira, papá, ese carro se pasó el alto!”, le dijo el otro día Regina a mi esposo mientras paseábamos por la ciudad. “¡Mira, papá, ese carro se pasó el alto!”, le dijo el otro día Regina a mi esposo mientras paseábamos por la ciudad. El infractor venía unos metros detrás de nosotros, así que cuando nuestro carro se detuvo en un cruce fue notoria la falta y Regina se apuró a consignarla. La luz roja es para detenerse, le habíamos dicho, igual que otra docena de enunciados cortos que son fáciles de seguir y de recordar:…
  • ¡Es mío! Enseñar a compartir

    Yusel Flores
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita “¡Es mío!” “¡Suéltalo!” Seguro tu pequeño ha repetido esta frase más de una vez a algún familiar o amiguito, ante esta situación puede que pienses; “¿Cómo es que mi hijo es tan egoísta con los demás, por qué no le gusta compartir?”.   “¡Es mío!” “¡Suéltalo!” Seguro tu pequeño ha repetido esta frase más de una vez a algún familiar o amiguito, ante esta situación puede que pienses; “¿Cómo es que mi hijo es tan egoísta con los demás, por qué no le…
  • La llegada de Ángel

    Alejandra Ulloa
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita En 4 días, Ángel se va a la primaria; y yo siento que apenas ayer me preguntaba cómo llegaría. Si alguien les dice que el tiempo se va rápido: ¡créanlo! En 4 días, Ángel se va a la primaria; y yo siento que apenas ayer me preguntaba cómo llegaría. Si alguien les dice que el tiempo se va rápido: ¡créanlo!   “Mayo 21, 2009: Empiezo a preguntarme cómo llegará Ángel. A estas alturas Dante había roto la fuente y ya había llegado al mundo. Rojo, rojo… Y anoche me preguntaba (en voz alta y junto a K que luchaba por…
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    Raising Creative Children

  • Opening ears and minds with John Cage!

    7 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Interested in ways to open children’s ears and minds? Try introducing them to the music and ideas of John Cage!  The composer John Cage is most famous for his composition 4″33 during which the performer performs silence and whatever other sounds occur constitute the music. Cage is a wonderful composer who ought to be introduced to children. … Continue reading Opening ears and minds with John Cage!
  • Support children’s creative thinking with board games!

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:57 am
    Today, Amazon is having a fantastic deal with 50% off select board games! Board games can be a great way to foster children’s creative and critical thinking. (Affiliate links used in this post) This is especially the case when trying to problem solve during game play. We love games that can involve the entire family. … Continue reading Support children’s creative thinking with board games!
  • How much do you know about white noise for babies?

    12 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    We’re expecting our first child any day now and trying to prepare (as much as we can) to help our baby sleep. We’ve read Dr. Harvey Karp’s Happiest Baby on the Block (and watched the DVD). White noise, is one of Karp’s suggestions for helping babies sleep. So we’re now exploring the potential of white … Continue reading How much do you know about white noise for babies?
  • Music For Kids (& Adults) During Shark Week

    11 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    As we wrap up Shark Week, let’s explore some musical connections. Sure, the easy thing to do is to find music that has the word “shark” in the lyrics or play the ubiquitous and ominous music from “Jaws.” We’re going to get a bit more creative here and discuss some connections to Shark Week that … Continue reading Music For Kids (& Adults) During Shark Week
  • Creativity, Chameleons, and Fan Fiction Art!

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:17 am
    Patty Palmer’s “A Color of His Own” Art lesson inspired me to think about the possibilities of children creating their own versions of stories and related art – sort of like fan fiction art! In Patty Palmer’s lesson, children create water color versions of chameleons from Leo Lionni’s A Color of His Own after reading the … Continue reading Creativity, Chameleons, and Fan Fiction Art!
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    One Time Through

  • Painting with Mirrors: Simple Process Art

    Sue Lively
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:43 pm
    This month I joined in on a huge Paint-a-Thon challenge with other kid bloggers. Last week, we played around with some homemade spicy scented sensory paint, and this week we tried exploring with painting with mirrors. Read on to check out the fun we had! Supplies You will need: Paint – Tempera or finger paints of different colours 1 or 2 old mirrors (12″ by 12″ or bigger is nice!) Paintbrushes, fingers, or a shaving brush Painting With Mirrors Using 2 large pieces of an old IKEA mirror set, we tried a bunch of different ways to paint using mirrors as a canvas. Here were…
  • Open-Ended Autumn Art Activities for Kids + Giveaway!

    Sue Lively
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today we are featuring a HUGE mega-roundup of open-ended Autumn Art Activities for kids of all ages.  We’ve got painting, print-making, sculpture, drawing and collage ideas! At the end of today’s post you will find the entry details for our Fall Giveaway Contest – hosted by myself and other bloggers from the Kid Blogger Network.  Be sure to enter for your chance to win $500 in cash! Whether you are a parent, teacher or caregiver looking for ideas for art for your kids – you are guaranteed to find some awesome fall project ideas here that will inspire your future…
  • How to Make Spicy Scented Sensory Paint

    Sue Lively
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    This month I joined in on a huge Paint-a-Thon challenge with other kid bloggers. Our task was to create an original painting idea for kids and I think Onetime and I did it! Onetime had so much fun when we used spices to do some open-ended art and math last month, that when I suggested we try to make paint out of spices, he said “This is going to be SO COOL!!!” And it was!  Check out our creation today and find the instructions to make your own awesome spicy scented sensory paint! Supplies You will need: A variety of different coloured spices from your kitchen Some thick paper…
  • 5 Ways to Prepare Your Allergic Child to Be Safe at School

    Sue Lively
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
    Although my anxiety surrounding my 4 year old son’s severe peanut allergy has gotten a lot better over the last few years, I’m still feeling nervous about sending him off to kindergarten this fall. After all, as a classroom teacher, I’ve personally seen kids bring in lunches with peanut butter sandwiches and granola bars with peanuts – into a school that’s supposed to be nut-free. Teachers and lunchtime supervisors do their best, but they aren’t the food police. That’s why I’ve been preparing my son to be aware and to look out for himself. In…
  • How to Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten + Amazon Card Giveaway

    Sue Lively
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Are you sending off a little one to kindergarten this fall like me? I’ve been thinking about it for a while now with mixed emotions and so has my son! Today, I’ve got a super roundup of fantastic posts from moms who’ve been there (many of whom are actually teachers too). I’ve organized posts into those things that you can do to prepare your child, things you can do to prepare yourself, and advice and ideas for the first day.  Plus I’ve included an awesome Amazon Gift Card GIVEAWAY today to help you get yourself and your kids ready for Kindergarten Amazon…
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    Holy Shit, I'm a Dad.

  • Man and His Role in the Development of Children

    Matthew Danieluk
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:20 am
    I don't think men are nurturers by nature, I think it is a hard-learned skill, but men should be firm, kind and have love in their hearts; the true strength of a man depends upon that.
  • Reality Check: The Wisdom of a 7-Year-Old

    Matthew Danieluk
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    This week’s post is derived from a conversation that a Dad-Friend of mine had with his 7-year-old daughter and was kind enough to share and let us use. It is a testament to the true simplicity of the ‘issues’ we face as a society and evidence that we should start thinking more like our children. […]
  • Dad’s Endorsements: Zen Pig

    Matthew Danieluk
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    "Zen Pig" is a critically-acclaimed children's book character that teaches gratitude, mindfulness, and compassion in easy to understand language and is brought to life with beautiful, minimalist art.
  • Dad: The Hero Without a Cape

    Matthew Danieluk
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:39 am
    As children we watched superheroes on TV, read the comic books, watched the poor-quality movies and dreamed of being able to fly. As adults we get to watch better-quality films and still secretly dream of being able to fly but now our adoration and idolization has evolved.
  • Staying North of the Border on B-Day

    Matthew Danieluk
    27 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    This topic fascinates me and it’s an article I have been thinking about for a while. There is widespread debate in the parenting community regarding a Father’s position in the birthing room when the baby arrives. Think what you like, but if you are unsure of where you stand on the subject (and you don’t […]
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    Modern Dad Pages

  • #wineandboobs September, 1, 2015

    Modern dad
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:01 am
    It’s that time of week again for #wineandboobs! The theme of #wineandboobs will be the same each week… Link your favourite post up! It can be an old or new post. Last week was #wineandboobs best week yet! Thank you all so much who come and link up with me! You make my week and the posts are all so great to read. It’s been a crazy busy week for me and the power was out at my house for basically the whole weekend, so I was not able to get anything new written yet! I will have new posts coming this week though! I have had to link older posts. . Please feel free to link as many posts as you…
  • #babybrainmonday August, 31, 2015

    Modern dad
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Hello all! Welcome back to #BabyBrainMonday. I’m co-hosting with Harps of Baby Brain Mondays. A big thank you to all those that linked up last week – I loved reading your posts! I’m looking forward to this weeks link ups!:) The weekly theme of #BabyBrainMonday is an open linky which welcomes you to share any posts you have be it new or old. Baby brain, in my case, often means I forget about the olden but golden posts I’ve written. We all have some of those buried deep in our blogs as well as newer posts that may not have gained the visibility we’d hoped for. Whatever the post…
  • #effitfriday August, 27, 2015

    Modern dad
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    It’s Friday again everybody and that means myself and Laura from Life with Baby Kicks are back again for another edition of #effitfriday, the home of the ultimate rant, the rants a two year old would be proud of. For the next few weeks Laura is on vacation and Prabs from Absolutely Prabulous will be filling in for her. Please give her a warm #effitfriday welcome! Last week was another great link up! Please make sure you spread the word once you’ve linked up. As always we will RT all your #effitfriday tweets, so pop our names (@AbPrabulous and @moderndadpages) on and don’t forget the…
  • Do you feel starting a blog has improved your life?

    Modern dad
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    I was asked this question and wasn’t sure how to answer? Sometimes bogging has been a great help by letting me write and put things in to perspective and other times it has been frustrating as hell honestly! I do think though blogging overall has definitely improved my life as it gives me a place where I can sit and self examine myself and who I am on a daily basis. Not just with parenting, but as a person overall. It has allowed me to step back and look at the person I am as a third person in a way. Sitting here at the keyboard and trying to think of blog posts to write and reading other…
  • #wineandboobs August, 25, 2015

    Modern dad
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    It’s that time of week again for #wineandboobs! The theme of #wineandboobs will be the same each week… Link your favourite post up! It can be an old or new post. Last week was #wineandboobs best week yet! Thank you all so much who come and link up with me! You make my week and the posts are all so great to read. 1. Add the badge to your post 2. Comment on at least 2 other posts. (please make sure you do comment on at least 2, would be great if you could on more) Please feel free to link as many posts as you wish. If you want to share your post via twitter, make sure to tweet me (…
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  • Sherre Hirsch is a BAM

    Team Mamalode
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:16 am
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  • 8 Effective Tips To Encourage Writing Skills In Your Kids

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:46 am
    Image: Shutterstock Is your kid ready for preschool? Do you want to ensure that she learns how to write the right way? Are you looking for some fun activities to encourage her to write? If these questions seem familiar, or you are looking for some simple yet effective writing techniques for your little one, consider reading this post. As your kid reaches the age of 2.5 – 3 years, you should consider using some tips to pique her interest in writing and reading. These simple activities will help her learn the basics of writing. So, scroll down for some simple and fun writing tips for your…
  • 12 Easy And Colorful Rainbow DIYs For Your Little Wonder! Try Them Right Away!

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:12 am
    Image: Shutterstock Who doesn’t love rainbow colors? They are such a delight to the eyes! It’s more so with kids. They love to indulge in anything that has to do with rainbows – right from rainbow colored desserts to crafts to even imagining themselves walking on the rainbow! Here are few ways they would love to have their fascination with rainbow come to life: 1. Paint A Rainbow Flower: Image: Shutterstock Pluck a large flower – a dahlia or a daisy would do. Now paint the layers in different rainbow colors. If the flower doesn’t have layers, paint with dividing groups of petals…
  • Molluscum Contagiosum In Babies - Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

    Rakhee M
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:34 am
    Image: Shutterstock Does your baby have pus filled bumps on the neck, back, face and other parts of the body? Has your pediatrician diagnosed your baby with molluscum contagiosum, and are you worried about it? Well, don’t be! Just, read our post below. Here, we look at molluscum contagiosum, and how it can affect your baby. What Is Molluscum Contagiosum? Molluscum contagiosum is a contagious skin condition, which occurs due to an infection by the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV). The rashes consist of bumps that are pink or white in color with a smooth exterior and a slight indentation in…
  • 5 Wonderful Health Benefits Of Turmeric For Babies

    Rakhee M
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:10 am
    Image: Shutterstock Are you thinking of including some turmeric in your baby’s diet, but are worried that it could harm her? Do you want to know how turmeric could be good for your baby? If you said yes, consider reading our post below. Here, we look at turmeric, is it safe for your baby and how it helps. About Turmeric: Turmeric is a spice obtained from the root of the plant. The root is used fresh, or it is dried and ground into a fine powder. Turmeric powder is deep yellow (with an orange tint) in color. It has a mild fragrance and a slightly bitter taste. Turmeric is the most widely…
  • 14 Outrageously Fun Backyard Games Your Kids Would Want To Play All Summer Long!

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:53 am
    Image: Shutterstock It’s a bright sunny day, and you have all the reason to come outdoors, get sassy and join your kids in their fun business! The more, the merrier after all! You don’t have to travel miles for all the fun. Just hit the backyard and see the number of ways you and your children can have loads of fun. Here are our 15 suggestions: 1. Easter Egg Basket Race: Image: Shutterstock Collect lots of Easter Eggs in a bucket. Build two or more (depending on the number of players, one for each) baskets or nests. Time a race and ask the players to fill their basket with Easter Eggs…
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  • How to Create a Strong Attachment When Adopting an Older Child

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:32 am
    When you choose older child adoption (adoption of a child older than 1), through the foster care system or through international adoption, you may dream of the love and affection you and your child will share. However, older children who have experienced loss and trauma may struggle to form healthy attachments to their adoptive parents. At the same time, many adoptive parents find that feelings of love do not immediately arise upon the finalization of the adoption. Fortunately, most parents and children manage to forge a close, lifelong bond over time. Following are a few of the things you…
  • Adoption Cost in Texas: What to Expect

    24 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    If you are considering adoption in San Antonio, or elsewhere in Texas, you may wonder how much the adoption will cost, or have concerns about how to pay for those expenses. Understanding what fees to expect and knowing your options for financial assistance may help to alleviate your concerns and allow you to more confidently pursue adoption. The adoption cost in Texas varies from agency to agency and adoption to adoption. However, fees generally fall into reliable ranges, and adoption assistance is often available. Following is an overview of the fee ranges and assistance options available…
  • Jasmine’s New Life Of Independence

    10 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    “I can’t believe I graduated,” Jasmine said, astonished. “At first, when I got here, I was so scared. Eighteen months seemed way too long; I thought I wouldn’t graduate. I thought I couldn’t do it.” Last June, 26 young adults with disabilities crossed the stage for the 41st annual Center for Higher Independence graduation ceremony. It was the largest graduating class in the past 10 years and this year, for the first time, 80 percent of the graduates have a job. Jasmine is one of the graduates. When she was in her hometown in Harker Heights, Texas she was bored and didn’t…
  • Advantages of Using an Adoption Agency

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    As someone considering adoption in San Antonio, one of the choices you will need to make will be whether to pursue private adoption (whereby you utilize the services of an attorney to arrange an adoption directly with a birth mother) or use the services of an adoption agency. While there are pros and cons to each option, choosing an adoption agency such as Providence Place offers many benefits that will make your adoption process easier. Pre-Adoption Counseling An advantage of using one of the adoption agencies in Texas is that these agencies usually provide extensive pre-adoption counseling…
  • When Courage Counts – the Amazing Gift of Open Adoption

    8 Jul 2015 | 8:25 am
      “I was in labor until the morning of December 4,” wrote Sandra, Texas Search Angel, blogger and birth parent. “They got a wheelchair, took me to my room and left me there. I was by myself with no one to talk to or ask questions.” In the early days of adoption, placing a child was a hushed, secretive process. There was a great deal of shame associated with the process, both on the part of parents who weren’t able to conceive and the pregnant and unmarried birth mother. Historically, all adoptions were closed, which meant no contact between birth and adoptive parents before…
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    Man vs. Pink

  • Of Dinosaurs, Detectives, and Drug Lords (#StreamTeam)

    Man vs. Pink
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    This past month we’ve shown our daughter a classic superhero in action, brought some long dead creatures to life, learned about the highs and lows of an iconic performer, and discovered a great new drug (show) to get hooked on. Batman: The Movie (Cert U) Batman: The Movie My 3-year-old daughter has declared that two of her favourite superheroes are Batman and Robin. The 1966 Batman movie is probably why. It’s ironic that the majority of modern superhero movies aren’t actually suitable for young children. That’s certainly not the case here, with this movie version of the famed…
  • Review & Giveaway: Kawaii Box – a Collection of Cute Items from Japan and Korea

    Man vs. Pink
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:02 am
    This week we received a box of delights from Asia. Kawaii Box is a subscription based service where you receive a monthly box of assorted Kawaii items – which basically means ‘cute’. While some brands will be recognisable (previous boxes have included Hello Kitty and Totoro for instance) for the most part these products from Japan and Korea will be new to most westerners. The monthly boxes are crammed with random cute stuff from Asia, ranging from sweets to stickers and accessories. It’s always fun receiving parcels, especially if you don’t know what’s inside. When our…
  • Does Caring Make a Man Stronger?

    Man vs. Pink
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:12 am
    This week I received a package of goodies from Dove Men+Care, with this challenge put before me: Dare to Care. While some men may balk at the suggestion they are caring, I would venture that even those who don’t exhibit this side of their personality are likely hiding it. For many, it doesn’t fit with a traditional view of masculinity and they may be uncomfortable to be seen stepping outside of that. Perhaps for them, it does take great strength to do that. For me, this was an easy challenge to accept. As a father and primary carer for our daughter, caring is part of my…
  • Who is the Most Baddass Female Marvel Character? There’s an Infographic For That

    Man vs. Pink
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:34 am
    I often get emailed stuff for me to run on the blog in return for nothing. No product, no money. Nothing. Usually, I ignore these requests. But for once I’m not, because this is kind of cool. Fancy dress makers Morphsuits have put together this stylish infographic to help you figure out who is the most badass female Marvel character out there. To be honest, this doesn’t help me decide that at all. Storm? She Hulk? Wasp (no, really)? But it’s kinda cool to look at.
  • “We Don’t Eat Peppa Pig… Do We?”

    Man vs. Pink
    14 Aug 2015 | 3:44 am
    I rather mischievously call venison sausages Bambi, and more recently have taken to naming any pork one as Peppa Pig. When shopping, and given a choice, my 3-year-old daughter generally chooses the Peppa Pig sausages. She didn’t know why they were Peppa Pig sausages, just that they were. I was wondering when the first question about where meat comes from would happen. She understands that fruit comes from trees, vegetables are grown in the ground, and eggs are from chickens. I assumed that a knowing question about where chicken or lamb comes from would be first, as they don’t…
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    Why we think about motherhood the way we do

  • Maternal Ideal – The Changing Definitions of Motherhood

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:28 am
    Before the 18th century, marriage, rather than motherhood, was considered woman’s crowning achievement. The production of heirs by women who had married into the aristocracy was considered more important than what later came to be defined as motherhood, or any notion of the maternal ideal. The definition of maternal ideal developed in the 18th century included such criteria as “all-engrossing tenderness, long term maternal breast feeding, personal supervision and education of young children, complete physical restriction to domestic space, absence of sexual desire, withdrawal from…
  • Instinctive Motherhood? How our Concepts of Motherhood Have Changed Radically Since The 18th Century

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:40 am
    One often wonders whether instinctive motherhood exists? But children were subjected to many cruel aspects of society throughout 18th century. Infanticide and acts committed by child molesters represent the most horrifying occurrences that children have been subjected to throughout time. Although infanticide and child molestation were deemed serious felonies, there were many instances of leniency in the law that allowed these acts to take place without proper consequences. A brief look at the history and punishment of infanticide Infanticide was one of the most common capital crimes…
  • Destruction of the Concept of Motherhood: Simone de Beauvoir on Parental Choice

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    Although she was not a mother, Simone de Beauvoir has, as a philosopher and an author influenced the intellectual women and mothers of several generations. Her views on parental choice was clear. Simone de Beauvoir, attributed her own intellectual development to the differences in her parents’ belief systems. “…my father’s individualism and pagan ethical standards were in complete contrast to the rigidly moral conventionalism of my mother’s teaching. This disequilibrium, which made my life a kind of endless disputation, is the main reason why I became an…
  • The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain – video

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    In this talk, Sarah, looks at why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain. Sarah-Jayne studies the social brain — the network of brain regions involved in understanding other people — and how it develops in adolescents Why you should listen According to TED: Remember being a teenager? Rocked internally with hormones, outwardly with social…
  • Rose Kennedy or what it takes to be honored with the title of papal countess for exemplary motherhood

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    “When you hold your baby in your arms the first time, and you think of all the things you can say and do to influence him, it’s a tremendous responsibility. What you do with him can influence not only him, but everyone he meets and not for a day or a month or a year but for time and eternity. I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.” Needless to say, Rose Kennedy was often quoted on the…
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  • How to motivate your kids to read?

    Zoey Campbell
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:55 am
    Developing the habit of reading books and hooked to it is probably difficult when it comes to kids. In the present era, there are many things to do like playing sports, exercise, hanging out with friends, technology addiction and school extracurricular activities. It is somehow difficult for kids to prioritize reading books at the end. Although there is a lot of stuff on the internet, but reading on the regular basis is difficult. They may come across various reading stuff on the internet, but what is the frequency of reading those blogs? Online reading is full of distraction, especially for…
  • How to stop kids from smoking, vaping and marijuana?

    Aly Anderson
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    No matter how many cigarettes you smoke every day, you will not allow your kid to get addicted to this life-threatening craving. Teens are generally fascinated to cigarettes whether it is traditional cigarettes, e-cigarette or pot. The most common reason is that they think of themselves as a cool guy/girl and want to copy their favorite celebrities, posing different styles while smoking. It is perhaps unmanageable for you as a parent to stop them from watching such things because all of us are trapped in digital age. Nothing is being undisclosed to eyes and that is why it is almost impossible…
  • 3 most popular apps used by teens for sexting and cyberbullying.

    Aly Anderson
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:03 am
    Facebook, like any other application gained huge popularity among teenagers, but with advent of time, attention was diverted. Sharing pictures, writing funny statuses, posting videos and commenting on each other pictures and statuses are all the activities taking place on Facebook to the date. It is still used for poking friends, wishing birthdays, stalking at friend’s timeline, chatting, and so much more. However, many social apps are introduced day to day to add more fun to the exciting moments, messaging and some other activities that teens like to do on a daily basis. The most…
  • How to deal with Toddler Tantrums?

    Aly Anderson
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Toddlers are cute, adorable and sometimes evil tantrum throwers. In the middle of tantrum, you might lose your patience and can be a source of severe headache. Whether you are shopping in a mall, attending a party or lying on your couch to waive off the exhaustion, toddlers tantrum or anger can disturb you miserably. The solution is not to show anger, anxiety, fall in depression or sadness because it is not only your little one, who does similar act. Normally, children of ages one to three years are prone to tantrums. During this age, they are unable to communicate and the way of expressing…
  • Spying on Teens: To do or Not to Do?

    Zoey Campbell
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:42 am
    Presently, there is a hype on discussion, whether spying on teens by parents is right or wrong. As a matter of fact, spying is not an appropriate word to use in this scenario. Probably, it would hurt the feelings of teenagers who are at the age when everyone reacts furiously. If someone thinks as a parent to push back kids to Stone Age, it is almost impossible. However, when it comes to kids surfing internet, there are many risk associated such as accessing adult content, cyber bullying or identity theft. Parents are always confused on how much privacy does their kids need. It is important to…
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    Fresh and Faithful

  • Congee with Dates and Spices: Forks Over Knives Cookbook Project

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:09 pm
    This dish has quite a unique name but it is filled with pleasant familiar flavors that flawlessly combine together to create a delicious and healthy plant-based breakfast or even desert. Congee is typically an Asian rice porridge (which is similar to rice pudding if you have had that before). It was sweet without being overwhelming and the apricots added just the right amount of tartness to complement the sweetness of the dates. The best part of the Congee with Dates and Spices was the strong aroma it made while cooking. It smelled just like pumpkin spice because of the nutmeg and cinnamon.
  • Casserole of Beans in Tomato Sauce

    21 Aug 2015 | 10:33 pm
      I stumbled upon this savory and quick recipe when I was going through my cookbook collection. I have always loved to cook and spent many years working in my parents’ bookstore so, needless to say, I had accumulated more cookbooks than I had even opened. I have completely overhauled my views of food recently and am now trying to eat only minimally processed, whole, plant-based foods. Because of this, I initially thought that most of my cookbooks were irrelevant to this newfound healthy way of eating, but I was surprised to find more healthy recipes flipping through these cookbooks…
  • Plant Powered Families: How This New Cookbook Helps Families Get Back to Eating Healthy

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
      To be completely honest, our family has run into a few road blocks on our way to eating plant based whole foods. We had a very ambitious beginning after watching the Forks Over Knives documentary in August of 2014. I was a stay at home mom at the time and I cleared our fridge, stocked up on veggies from the grocery store (some that I had never cooked before), and made a new recipe each night. I was even compelled to create this website to help others change their diets to be healthy and to help out other parents that were facing my same parenting struggles. But the truth is that the…
  • Thai Lemongrass Basil Spinach and Mushroom Pasta

    29 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
      The exotic flavors are very complex in this healthy pasta dish but the directions are not. This is a very simple weeknight dinner that comes together quickly. Once you add the sauce to the browned onions and mushrooms it smells like curry at first but when you take a bite the intricate tastes of lemongrass perfectly pairs with the basil. The chickpeas add protein and a creamy heartiness to the meal. The spinach adds appealing color and many vital nutrients to the dish as well. I thought the Thai flavors would be too spicy for my toddlers but they surprisingly loved it. The Thai…
  • Strawberry Peach Smoothie Recipe and Review: Forks Over Knives Cookbook Project

    14 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Make sure you use the freshest strawberries and peaches in this one and freeze them yourself. I find that the frozen peaches are often lacking in flavor. The strawberry peach smoothie is a refreshing summer treat. It is perfectly sweetened with the right amount of dates. Just make sure you are using fresh dates or you soak them for a couple hours first so you don’t end up with large date chunks in your drink. The only thing I would change would be that I would have more fruit and less almond milk. The milk kind of overpowered the fruit flavors. I think that changing the ratio of fruit to…
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  • The Chaotic Mom’s Guide to Medication Organization

    Nancy Flanders
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:01 pm
    I’m not even going to waste a second of my time or your time pretending. I am the single most disorganized mother on the planet – somewhere between teenage boy and hoarder. I can usually be caught saying things like, “If I only had one more filing cabinet” or “If I only had a mudroom, or laundry room, or a cleaning service!” You get the point. If it’s in my hand, I can and will lose it. And if it’s a bill I wasn’t expecting, I will misplace it, only to rediscover it the day after it’s due. There is one thing, however, that I must stay organized with because I literally…
  • A Parent's Guide to Audiobooks for Kids

    Autumn Jones
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When discussing with my friends what we are “reading,” I am surprised by how many of us have begun listening to our books. It’s easy entertainment when driving from here to there and back to here, when washing the dishes, or during a walk. Back in my day, they were called “books on tape” and one needed to be in possession of a tape player and enough C batteries to last to chapter 12. These days, audiobooks can be downloaded to a device smaller than a notecard. Being an avid reader, there is nothing I find more intoxicating than the weight of a book in my hand and the scent of thin…
  • Join Us Today 9/1 at 2 p.m. EST on Twitter for #pschat

    Nancy Flanders
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    We want to know about your kids and stranger danger! Join us at 2 p.m. EST today for a fun conversation, and you could win a $10 Amazon gift card. Just follow @parentingsquad and #pschat to participate!Does your child typically talk to strangers when you are out and about?What is part of your family's stranger safety plan?When has your child ever expressed fear of strangers?And check out these posts on the topic:How to Talk to Your Child about Stranger DangerTop 10 Tech Safety TipsChannel: News & CommentaryTipsHome LifeSafetySocial SkillsEtiquetteCultureTags: stranger…
  • What to Do With Your Child's Birthday Money

    Nancy Flanders
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Each year when my children's birthdays roll around, they are given a ton of gifts. Some toys, some books, some crafts, and always some money. They have never spent a dime of that money. I'm fairly certain they don't even know it exists. And that's because each check and $20 bill goes straight to an account to help pay for the expenses that come along with college. This is what my parents did with our birthday money growing up, and it helped keep my loans significantly lower than those of my friends. I was able to pay off any outstanding student loan debt from a private school in about three…
  • 6 Tips for Minimalism With Kids

    Autumn Jones
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    We humans are accumulators. And it seems the more humans you have in your house, the more you accumulate. It's easy for adults to understand the benefits of minimalism, but try saying "less clutter, more calm" to your kids and you will be met with some epic blank stares. Minimalism with kids is not impossible, it just requires the right approach. Over time, children will start to recognize the advantages to living a minimalist lifestyle and will have the ability to maintain this way of living into adulthood.If you have ever glanced around your house and wished you could burn all the junk…
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  • DIY Activities #6: Crazy No-Bake Choco Cheesecake!

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:31 pm
    The hot and dry weather just begs you to have a cone of vanilla ice cream twirl. But as it gets hotter, that ice cream cone looks older and sloppier. Prop up your cold dessert game and add this absolutely delicious and easy-to-make choco cheesecake that doesn’t require baking. (Woohoo!) This no-bake pie is a lighter, fluffier version of the chocolate cheesecake and is best eaten cold or frozen–a perfect family bonding activity that can be done (and enjoyed) over the weekend! See also: 12 Lunch Box Ideas for Back to School Kids The Recipe Image Credit: Nestle Ingredients for the…
  • An Awesome Guide on How to Write “How I Spent My Summer” Essays

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:02 am
    After those long summer nights, fun road trips with the family, and amusing overseas vacation that your children surely did treasure, it’s about time for the little ones to face the reality and go back inside the walls of their learning grounds. The halls are filled with energy, hugging friends that they haven’t seen for a long time. There’s a group of lads chatting, talking about what they missed during the school break. Then there’s another group of girls giving gifts they brought from their out-of-town summer vacations. They sit through their first class, and everyone’s still…
  • Weekly Coffee Table Round-Up for the fourth week of August

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:59 pm
    We know at this point, parents may have their hands full in preparing their children in getting back to school.  This doesn’t mean parents should miss out important news and relevant event updates in and around UAE. Here’s Afterschool’s weekly news Coffee Table Round-up for the fourth week of August. 1. Emirati women spearhead UAE’s growth Gulf Today reports that H. H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, announced early this…
  • Home Gym: The Complete and Essential Push-Ups Guide

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We’re proud to present a new blog series that will help mums, dads, and kids everywhere to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle–right within the comfort of their own homes. This is Home Gym. In this session of Home Gym, we’re calling out all the dads out there! There’s a reason push-ups have stood the test of time—they work. “It’s a multi-joint exercise that targets your pecs, triceps, deltoids, abdominals and all of your key muscle stabilizers,” says Lucas Varella, a Tier 4 coach in Century City, California. “Plus, it doesn’t require any equipment, so you can…
  • 60 Things to do before School Starts that will prepare your Child

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    It’s been one awesome summer vacation. Two months of no school is enough time for the children to enjoy being a child to the fullest. From joining a sports teams, going on an out-of-country vacation, playing all day, going out with friends, and sleeping over at a friend’s house, school breaks must be the coolest thing that could happen to them. But, summer vacation’s almost over. Gone are the days of waking up late and not worrying about home works. It’s almost time to get the kids ready to get back to school! While parents should prepare their children before going back to school, or…
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    Things My Kids Say

  • Arsenic

    Sathya Ramaganapathy
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Arsenic may have gained notoriety as a deadly poison, but it is useful in many more ways than just to bump off your nearest relative so that you can inherit a huge fortune! – Entry from my older daughter’s Chemistry project. Should I be worried? Not that I have a huge fortune, but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mission impossible

    Sathya Ramaganapathy
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Her: Amma, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come to our school this evening and pick us up after sports day. Me: But what about my Sunday afternoon nap? Her: This message will self-destruct in five, four, three… – Somebody has been keeping up with Hollywood, it seems.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Art-less

    Sathya Ramaganapathy
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Me: Don’t disturb me for some time. I have to finish writing this chapter. I am on a deadline. Her: Amma, you cannot put a time frame on art. It does not allow you to be free to create. – Ah the innocence. And the many joys of not being an adult. The post Art-less appeared first on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hurry up

    Sathya Ramaganapathy
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:22 am
    Have you had your bath? Why are you still reading the paper? Look at the time. If you don’t start getting ready right now, you are going to be late. Hurry up… – The occupational hazards of being a mom. This morning I caught myself telling off my husband. It took a couple seconds to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Man vs machine

    Sathya Ramaganapathy
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:52 pm
      I always thought that ATMs were just a front. I thought there’s a room behind the machine where a lot of people sit in rows with piles of money in front of them. So when we punch in the amount we want, a screen shows them that number. Then those people count and put the money... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Tales From The First Time Mom

  • Mommy's Letter to my Little One

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    It is raining today. It seems like summer has officially ended here in Ireland. Terrible weather aside, my day didn’t start quite right. Apart from our usual morning nanny on vacation (we do have somebody to cover for her), my son decided to wake up late than usual, ruining his “schedule”. I also had early morning calls that prompted me to give brief instructions to the cover nanny in the morning. As I had my calls, I learned that my son decided he didn’t want to take his lunch (and the nanny seemed to forget to give his fruit). As my work day went, I learned how tight the schedules…
  • Healthy Crackers Recipe: Parmesan and Oregano

    21 Aug 2015 | 2:34 am
    My son loves to eat crackers or anything crunchy as a snack. He would eat the usual food I prepare for him but would eat crackers with so much gusto; it’s as if he is eating a steak! Probably if he can only have his way, he would always eat crackers. Whenever I give him a piece, it will never end up on the floor or in his hair! He will finish the entire thing with a big grin on his face!I also love to eat crackers especially if I can have a bit of cheese or dip in it. But we all know that it is not that healthy. Some crackers are too salty and it is difficult to feel full by eating only a…
  • Extended Breastfeeding: Thinking Out Loud

    15 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    I don’t remember how many times my mom and some friends asked me the question, “Are you still breastfeeding your son?” or “He is more than a year old now. When are you going to stop?” And each time I get asked the same question, I try my best to give the same answer, hoping one day they will get it or get tired asking.To be honest, I did not plan to breastfeed my son until this moment. From my last post, I was not even sure if I will breastfeed my son anyway. But when we finally got the hang of it, I told myself that I will breastfeed him until only 6 months. I went on to tell my…
  • Baby Product Review: Johnson's Top to Toe Wash

    10 Aug 2015 | 4:35 am
    Johnson's Top-to-Toe Wash   Johnson baby products have been around for years and it is easy to understand why. They make high quality baby products that are really gentle to our little one’s skin. I can remember that when my brother was little, we were using Johnson’s baby products for his daily hygiene. Now that I have a baby of my own, I made the same decision and use the same items for my son.For his bath time, we normally use the Johnson’s shampoo and shower gel. But being a budget conscious mom that I am, I saw that the Johnson's 500ml Baby Top-to-Toe Wash went on sale so I…
  • Healthy Vegetable Pasta

    7 Aug 2015 | 2:53 am
    My 18 month old son loves pasta. He can eat it even if it is just the plain, boiled pasta! It doesn’t matter if it is fussilli, penne or spaghetti. Just hand him a piece and he will gladly finish it; as if it was a bag of crisps!It is good he loves pasta because I also love Italian food. But I don’t want him to just eat pasta all the time. I want him to get used to different food textures and tastes. I know of kids who are allowed to eat plain, boiled pasta all the time and wondering where they get the nutrition their body needs. Since I am a working mom, finding the time to cook…
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  • white golden retriever puppies for sale – Is There Really Such An Animal ?

    24 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
      white golden retriever puppies for sale Full White Golden Retrievers definitely really exist? The answer foot it can be ‘no’. You will see absolutely no purebred White-colored Golden Retrievers. They are often numerous colors regarding rare metal, by darkish rare metal to help delicate product, nevertheless there are absolutely no light people. Frequently men and women will surely market “Rare White-colored Golden Retrievers” or it could be “English White Golden Retrievers” on the other hand they’re not necessarily totally light, that they…
  • How to stop a puppy from biting

    11 Jun 2015 | 10:17 am
    The way to stop a pup from biting can be a tricky task. Puppy biting is incredibly different from standard aggression, as it can be more of a form of communication, exploration, and also play. However, it is very important to stop pup biting at a beginning stage, so as to prevent it from escalating to the point where it will become full blown biting, and where your puppy becomes dominant. Arranged the parameters To figure out how to stop a pup from biting, you have to select the higher level mouthing that you’re prepared to accept. Perhaps you will permit your canine to softly touch…
  • Lean To Shed Plans- How to Build a Lean To Shed

    7 Jun 2015 | 3:29 pm
    If you’d prefer building things with your personal two hands, a lean-to drop plan will most definitely help you build your individual shed. Given the right plan, this may be the easiest shed it is possible to build. Just like every other woodworking projects, building your individual shed could seem like a daunting activity. However, let me be the one to ensure you that provided careful planning ahead of time, it is one project that could easily hook one to the craft connected with woodworking. When you go over some aspects connected with shed building and also take everything into…
  • endometrial hyperplasia symptoms

    4 Jun 2015 | 12:57 pm
    endometrial hyperplasia symptoms are known as so due to the presence of the particular cancerous cells around the uterus lining by itself. Vaginal bleeding is often one of many indications of uterine cancers. But, because this happens while menopause too, many women never consider it wise to investigate. Let us begin to see the symptoms have been noticed in patients who’ve been diagnosed with uterine cancers. But, it is not correct to assume that these symptoms are suitable to treat like a confirmation for uterine cancers. These symptoms are present in a great many other diseases and…
  • Endometrial Cancer symptoms and Cures

    3 Jun 2015 | 4:38 pm
    endometrial cancer symptoms and Cures What is an endometrial disease? This sort is the most pervasive threat for ladies inside of the USA that depends vigorously on estrogen and progesterone hormones discharged by the ovaries for cell survival. This sort of tumor is said to be the fourth biggest kind of growth among ladies and is frequently analyzed in Caucasian ladies as opposed to African American ladies. Endometrial growth can create when the body does not deliver a legitimate harmony between the two hormones. It has been said that this is one of the main considers ladies who build up this…
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