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  • Moshling Rescue Is Now Available for Android!

    Susan Heim on Parenting
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    I'm a huge fan of Match-3 games, and I don't have an iPhone or iPad, so I was excited to hear that Moshling Rescue is now available for Android! Mind Candy, maker of Moshling Rescue, calls this the "first Mind Candy game targeted to the moms and dads of the company’s millions of young fans." In the game, players must match the gummies to rescue the Moshlings while exploring hundreds of adventure-packed levels. When the going gets tough, players can purchase boosts and extra lives to enhance their entertainment. Moshling Rescue has six game modes:• Home mode – Collect specific gummies to…
  • Monday Give Away Linky, On a Mission Edition

    Earnest Parenting
    Amy LeForge
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Good morning, Heroes! Today, I am on a mission to Get Things Done. After a loooooong, hard winter and a cold, wet spring, we’ve moved into a stormy, humid summer. (begin sarcasm) Yay. (end sarcasm)Seriously, though: I am feeling more like getting some things off my guilt list today. Hubby got to stay home from work this weekend and he and I dug in and cleaned out the garage and the master bedroom. I’ve been piling things in our room that I want to get rid of (sell, donate, pass on to friends) and that made the whole room terribly cluttered. And dusty. Blech. So we got it cleaned…
  • 10 Mindful Social Media Tips

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

    Child Behavior Help
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Is it just me or does it seem like children have lost their playfulness? Many of us can recall summer days spent playing games outside with friends, riding bikes, playing hopscotch, or making forts in the woods. Now, though, it seems that most kids prefer to lead a wired existence, constantly connected to some electronic device. Many parents are exasperated by their child"s constant technology use and the degree to which tablets, TVs, video games, laptops and smart phones have taken over their household. I once talked to a desperate mother whose child was sending upwards of 20,000 texts per…
  • The McDonald’s mom story isn’t about free-range parenting at all. It’s about everything else.

    Playground Confidential
    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The case of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mom who was arrested for letting her nine-year-old play at the park while she worked at McDonald’s, has been widely discussed as a free-range-children issue. Shouldn’t a nine-year-old be allowed to play in the park, free-range advocates ask. Has our bubble-wrapped society gone too far? But, guess ... [Read more...]The post The McDonald’s mom story isn’t about free-range parenting at all. It’s about everything else. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Alicia Keys pregnant! Singer announces baby #2 on the way

    Carolyn Robertson
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    by Carolyn Robertson posted in Celebrities Breaking baby news: Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz are expecting their second child together! The 'Fallin'' songstress took to Instagram tonight to make the big announcement, writing, "Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz!! And to make it even sweeter we've been blessed with... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • You won't believe what David Tutera's twins have never done

    Sara McGinnis
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities One full year after David Tutera and ex-husband Ryan Jurica welcomed twins their unique family situation hasn't much improved. The duo, who decided to divorce after nine years of marriage while their surrogate was pregnant, have each been raising the child they are biologically related to on their own....... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • One promise to our children that we all should keep

    Dina Freeman
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    by Dina Freeman posted in Mom Stories This post is part of a JOHNSON’S® Baby sponsorship on BabyCenter.  “But mom, you promised,” he said, smashing my heart into little pieces. I had been promising my 5-year-old and newly minted middle child Sam that we would go on a special date ever since his sister was... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Is the idea of babies self-soothing a bunch of hooey?

    Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. posted in Mom Stories In Western countries, many parents have been urged, lectured, prodded, or preached at: If you want your baby to develop good sleep habits – to fall asleep promptly at bedtime and give you no further trouble until morning – put her to bed, alone, while she is... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Video: Alicia Silverstone's son honored by raging drum circle

    Sara McGinnis
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Ain't no party like a kind party. Staying true to her motto, mom-of-one Alicia Silverstone recently celebrated her son's third birthday at an animal sanctuary. "We had the sweetest time celebrating Bear’s 3rd birthday at Farm Sanctuary. It was a rager! The day kicked off with farm tours where... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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  • Ginsburg on retirement: 'People know I’m here to stay'

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    The Supreme Court’s oldest justice tells Katie Couric that she has no plans to retire.
  • Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.
  • 1 dead as plane crashes into Costco parking lot

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:27 pm
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A small plane crashed in a San Diego shopping center parking lot Wednesday, killing an 80-year-old woman who was the lone passenger and injuring the pilot, authorities said.
  • Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:36 pm
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says it is calling up another 16,000 reserves.
  • Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting civilian casualties stemming from its ground and air war against Hamas.
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    MedPage Today Pediatrics

  • Kennedy Rebuts Critics on Thimerosal

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    (MedPage Today) -- On July 24, MedPage Today published a blog post on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s upcoming book on thimerosal in vaccines. Kennedy responded in an interview Tuesday.
  • Florida 'Gun Gag' Angers Medical Societies

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Medical societies condemned the federal court decision allowing Florida to forbid physicians from asking patients if they keep firearms at home, with severe penalties for violators.
  • Fear: How Statistics Can Spin Out of Control (CME/CE)

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Loss of consciousness may be statistically associated with clinically significant TBI, but that doesn't make it useful for decision-making, argues Rory Spiegel, MD.
  • Soylent: 'Future of Food' or Nutritionist's Nightmare?

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    (MedPage Today) -- Can an engineered product resembling pancake batter let people do away entirely with real food? One entrepreneur thinks so, but nutritionists find the idea horrifying.
  • Pelzman's Picks: Interesting Reads in Primary Care

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    (MedPage Today) -- During leisurely weekend mornings, Fred Pelzman, MD, takes a break from his practice to sort through accumulated postings on primary care. Here are links to blogs, articles, tweets, journal studies, opinion pieces, and news briefs that are the latest Pelzman's Picks .
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    Daddy Types

  • He's Showing

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    One unfortunate trend begets another. Redditor. druishprincess99's pregnant wife, obviously the brains in this operation, didn't want to take glam maternity photos. So Druish, apparently the looks, hired the photographer and posed himself. There are many more photos in...
  • Failed States, B4 Armored Mercedes Wagon By Jill Magid

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Failed States is the title of a book by artist Jill Magid, and it is also the title of her 1993 Mercedes 300TE station wagon, which she had armored to B4 level protection, and exhibited last year at the...
  • My First Rifle Series by An-Sofie Kesteleyn

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    After hearing about a 5-yo who shot his 2yo sister, Amsterdam-based photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn set off to understand American families where little kids get guns. After scouring shooting ranges around the country, she found and photographed fifteen kids for...
  • Actually, I Want You To Freak Out About Racist Preschool Suspension Policies

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Oh my gosh, how outrageous is this, the exact opposite of the buy-your-kid's-way-into-socialite-preschool story. Tunette Powell writes in the Washington Post about discovering that her sons were getting suspended from preschool like crazy, for what amounts to age-appropriate behavior, behavior...
  • CNN Would Like To Freak You Out About Preschool Admissions

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Here is a CNN story about the Preschool Admissions Diary, the NYT Motherlode blog series about Judy Batalion's account of applying for preschools in Manhattan. Amazingly, there's not even a link to the Times itself. The numbers don't lie: expensive,...
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  • Cheap Wireless Plan + Budget Phone = Back To School Win

    Dave Taylor
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    My poor 10yo. She’s been lobbying for a few years now to join the big kids club and have a gadget, a device, a cellphone of her own. She’s only in 5th grade (well, as soon as school starts up again) but everyone else in the family not only has a mobile device, but seems to use it far more often than is healthy and rational. Still, without a cheap wireless plan and, frankly, cheap cellphone, it just doesn’t make sense. And even then, I’m still waffling on whether a 5th grader really needs a cellphone. What almost pushes me over the edge is seeing how valuable…
  • Soccer comes to Denver with ManU and AS Roma

    Dave Taylor
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I’m very grateful to the fine folk at Cricket Wireless for sponsoring my attendance at yesterday’s exhibition “friendly” between the winningest team in the English Premier League, Manchester United, and one of the best teams in Europe, Associazione Sportiva Roma from the Italian Seria A League. Now don’t worry, I’m still a loyal Tottenham Hotspur fan, my Premier League team of choice, but their US tour doesn’t include Colorado (they beat The Chicago Fire last night, 2:0, but that was in Chicago) so I haven’t switched my allegiance to ManU but…
  • In a week, my daughter can drive by herself…

    Dave Taylor
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    It’s so close. July 31st my oldest, now 17yo, is going to be taking her driving test and will then, according to Colorado law, be able to drive by herself and drive her siblings without another adult in the vehicle. She still won’t be able to be the driver for her posse, but oh, the freedom that she’s going to be experiencing the first time she just jumps in the car and drives to the market or to meet a friend at Pekoe, her tea house of choice! This is a profound moment in our lives, as any teen parent knows, because it’s a big step for our child becoming an adult…
  • 25% of US Workers have No Vacation Time?

    Dave Taylor
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    According to the Center for Economic Policy & Research, the United States of America is the only so-called advanced economy in the world that doesn’t gaurantee employees paid vacation. The report says: European countries establish legal rights to at least 20 days of paid vacation per year,  with legal requirements of 25 and even 30 or more days in some countries. Australia and New Zealand both require employers to grant at least 20 vacation days per year; Canada and Japan mandate at least 10 paid days off. The gap between paid time off in the United States and the rest of the…
  • Our Outdoor Party, Indoors with Dr Pepper

    Dave Taylor
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    The plan was simple enough: Invite some friends over for an afternoon of gaming but move things outdoors so we could enjoy the lovely weather, use the BBQ to avoid heating the house up unnecessarily, and generally have a backyard bash, albeit small. I was inspired by the Dr Pepper #BackyardBash blog, actually, which you can find at When the day came, however, the games were ready, the snacks were ready, the drinks — Dr Pepper all around! — were chilling, but it was not only ridiculously hot (97F on the thermometer) but ominous dark clouds were heading our way…
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Giveaway: Three Books in Three Days! (Day 3)

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    It’s time for the final day of my Chicken Soup for the Soul Giveaway when I am giving away three books in three days! Check out my right sidebar for links to win copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home. Today, I am offering a copy of…Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide101 Inspiring and Amusing Stories for Mothers Who Do It AllAbout this book: You can’t believe how busy you are, but you know you need to carve out some time for yourself. Read how other moms like you are surviving their multitasking…
  • Moshling Rescue Is Now Available for Android!

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    I'm a huge fan of Match-3 games, and I don't have an iPhone or iPad, so I was excited to hear that Moshling Rescue is now available for Android! Mind Candy, maker of Moshling Rescue, calls this the "first Mind Candy game targeted to the moms and dads of the company’s millions of young fans." In the game, players must match the gummies to rescue the Moshlings while exploring hundreds of adventure-packed levels. When the going gets tough, players can purchase boosts and extra lives to enhance their entertainment. Moshling Rescue has six game modes:• Home mode – Collect specific gummies to…
  • FuzzyHeads: Perfect Pillows for Kids and Travel!

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    We’re going to be taking a long road trip for our summer vacation. I’m so excited to get to our destination, but I’m not looking forward to those long hours in the car. With two ten-year-olds along for the ride, I know I’m going to hear a lot of “Are we there yet?” “When can we stop?” and “My brother’s bothering me!” One way to alleviate the whining in the back seat is to make sure that the kids are as comfortable as possible. Fortunately, I found out about FuzzyHeads!FuzzyHeads come in three sizes (9-, 16-, and 24-inch) and many colors. They are perfect for use as…
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Giveaway: Three Books in Three Days! (Day 2)

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    As I noted yesterday, Chicken Soup for the Soul has been publishing inspirational stories for twenty years and, amazingly, their real stories by real people just keep getting better and better! I love all of the new titles they are publishing this year, and therefore I’m going to be giving away three of them in three days! Yesterday, I posted a giveaway for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen, which you can find HERE. Today, I am offering a copy of…Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home101 Stories about Hearth, Happiness, and Hard WorkAbout this book: What a great gift for a…
  • You Are (Not) Small: Children’s Book Review and Giveaway!

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Title: You Are (Not) SmallAuthor: Anna KangIllustrator: Christopher WeyantPublisher: Two Lions/Amazon PublishingPublication Date: August 5, 2014Ages/Grades: 2-6/Grades Pre-2Have you ever noticed that everything looks different through a child’s eyes? To a child, adults look BIG, but to adults, children look SMALL. That’s the premise that runs through the simple but joyful picture book, You Are (Not) Small. Two fuzzy creatures and their pals insist that it is the other creatures who are different … the bigger creatures say that the others are small, while the smaller creatures say that…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Oy. I Missed the Linky Deadline – Again

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

    Amy LeForge
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Heroes, here in Michigan the summer has been cool and with plenty of rain. Except for the havoc it’s wreaking with my allergies, the weather has been fine with me. However, the temperatures are rising. I hope my allergies calm down at least! In the meantime, we’ll be hiding inside and trying to get some cleaning done. I’m hoping to have a garage sale next month.And now, let me invite you to enter the lovely contests listed below. If you happen to have a contest of your own, please feel free to list it! An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Give…
  • Monday Give Away Linky

    Amy LeForge
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Well Heroes, it’s already Monday again. An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Wahoo Monday Give Away Linky!Monday Give Away Linky Yay!Giveaway LinkyMonday Give Away Linky, Yay!Link Up! Monday Give Away Linky Copyright © 2014 Earnest Parenting. All rights reserved.RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors Back
  • Monday Give Away Linky, On a Mission Edition

    Amy LeForge
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Good morning, Heroes! Today, I am on a mission to Get Things Done. After a loooooong, hard winter and a cold, wet spring, we’ve moved into a stormy, humid summer. (begin sarcasm) Yay. (end sarcasm)Seriously, though: I am feeling more like getting some things off my guilt list today. Hubby got to stay home from work this weekend and he and I dug in and cleaned out the garage and the master bedroom. I’ve been piling things in our room that I want to get rid of (sell, donate, pass on to friends) and that made the whole room terribly cluttered. And dusty. Blech. So we got it cleaned…
  • Monday Give Away Linky, Beach Soccer Edition

    Amy LeForge
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    **So sorry for this going live so late! I didn’t forget this time, honest. My Internet connection went down and I gave up trying. Technology. Ain’t it grand?Good Monday, Heroes! Today I bring you a terrific picture of TechnoBoy playing beach soccer. I’d never heard of it, but it turns out there is an organization called Soccer in the Sand that runs tournaments around the US. It was a lot of fun to watch! I can’t imagine it was easy to play in the sand like that, but I do hope he does it again. The Mercenary played with the team on Saturday, but I didn’t get to go…
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    Free Range KidsFree Range Kids

  • “Thankfully, the Children are OK.” Mom Arrested Anyway

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Readers, Here is the latest instance of what happens when a country has been brainwashed into believing that any parent who makes a mistake is a menace who deserves her kids taken away. In this case, an Atlanta mom of four kids, ages 1-6, had them wait in the  car for all of 16 minutes while she ran into the grocery. One version of the story says the windows were rolled down, which suggests to me there was zero problem. The kids might be sticky — it was 90 — but so was everyone in Atlanta just a generation ago. Another report says the windows were rolled up, but doesn’t…
  • Have Fun, Kids! Just a Few Rules, First…

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    One of you sent in a photo from a park you recently visited that sure sounds fun safe! In case the picture is too small to read, here are some of the rules: For your enjoyment, please obey the following rules or you may cause injury to yourself or others. *ADULT SUPERVISION IS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES. *No bicycles, roller skates and skateboards in play area. *Inspect play area before starting to lay and remove litter. CAUTION! *Pushing and running may cause injury. *Throwing sand or other objects may cause injury. *Metal pieces may be hot if exposed to the sun. SWINGS *Hold on with both hands.
  • Mom Beats Up College Student Taking Pix of Her Daughter in Park

    26 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Readers — weren’t we just talking about bizarre belief that anyone photographing children is somehow putting them at risk? And creepy to boot? Here’s what happened in Springfield, Mass, by reporter Conor Berry, at The Republican:   A 32-year-old city resident was arrested for allegedly stomping on the face of a college student who was taking pictures at a Liberty Heights park on Tuesday afternoon. Victoria M. Torres, of 211 William St., was taken into custody for assaulting a 22-year-old student who was taking snapshots for a “photography class project” near…
  • What’s So Dangerous About Photographing Children? And More Brilliance from Frank Furedi

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Readers — This is the article by Frank Furedi that I referred to yesterday. I won’t print the ENTIRE thing here, as that’s sort of bad blogging ethics. But I will print a goodly chunk because it is so spot on. Furedi is emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. This ran in The Independent. Boldface mine:   How Much Independence Should Children Have? By Frank Furedi In 2001, when I published my book Paranoid Parenting, I was genuinely surprised to discover that virtually all experiences…
  • Why We Fight

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Readers – This articleexplains everything I am always trying to say … but  better. It’s by Frank Furedi — have you heard of him? I wrote about his book, “Paranoid Parenting,” in 2001 — seven years before I sent my son on his solo subway ride. Furedi gets how paranoia for our kids directly leads to us giving the authorities more and more sway in our lives, because they are “saving” kids from the ever-present threat of everything, but most of all frompredators Which brings us to sex offender mania. Last week I was at the national Reform…
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    Politics to Parenting and Everything in Between

  • Heartbreaking:25lb 7yro boy nearly starved, beaten by family in PA

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Heartbreaking...thank God he was saved and hopefully survives from the physical and emotional trauma done to him...what sick people, if you can call them that to do that to another human being. May God save him!I hope the grandparents, parents and anyone who knew about this intentional neglect and abuse is sent to prison for life for attempted murder,and abuse/neglect,child endangerment!! Sick!ABC15 Arizona:  Autoplay:7-year-old boy found nearly starved to death, taken from his home covered in bruises.GREENVILLE, PA - A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy beaten for sneaking food was nearly…
  • Perv 18yro was molesting 11yro boy for 3yrs so FL father beats him to a pulp!!!

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    This story is so enraging, yet justice was thankfully served...though many, including myself might rather the disgusting perv was killed. Hopefully he will serve the rest of his life in prison, but unfortunately child molesters and rapists rarely serve life terms. In the end I pray the 11yro son will get the counseling he'll need and won't suffer this horrific memory long, but sadly his innocence is lost forever. :( APRaymond Frolander, shown in his Florida booking photo, was beaten unconscious by a father who walked in on Frolander sexually abusing his son.NY Daily News:"An enraged father in…
  • Happy Father's Day To My Dad,My Hero

    15 Jun 2014 | 3:20 pm
    In Honor of My Dad and all the Father's this Father's Day, may God continue to bless you and your families. For those whose father's have passed, like mine, may your memories be cherished by you and your loved ones and never forgotten.I wrote this for my dad and read this during the eulogy at his funeral this past October:May 1993 My UA GraduationMy Dad, My Hero! RIP Dad 7/13/22-10/11/13At 12:30 am October 11, 2013 my dad left this world on his final journey, to Heaven.It was a cool, fall day when we last saw him…. the skies were cloudy&dark…but that dark cloud has been lifted…
  • RIP Marty Cobbs, black VA teen arrested for killing 8yro who rescued his sister

    3 May 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Saddest story of the day...this happened Thursday in Richmond, VA but breaks my heart. May Marty Cobb rest in peace with the angels for his act of heroism. May the slimeball that did this to him and raped his 12yro sister rot in jail and then in Hell for his actions. NY Daily News: "A teenage boy has been charged with murder and strangulation following a vicious attack that left an 8-year-old boy dead and his 12-year-old sister injured.The suspect was not identified because of his age, police in Richmond, Va., announced Saturday.The teenager is being “medically evaluated” cops said,…
  • Would you buy a girls leopard print string bikini for your little girl?

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

  • 10 Netflix Shows and Documentaries to Help Avoid Summer Brain Drain

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W29} #happinessis

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
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    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • Life List Item Crossed Off: Our Tea Party Send-off at Mad Hatter’s Tea

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
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  • My Love for the Mizuno Wave Kazan #BlazeNewTrails

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
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    The Committed Parent

  • Should You Organize and Run Your Life Like a Skydiving School?

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

    Mark Brady
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Whether we realize it or not; whether we agree with it or not; whether we believe it or not, the human race is on a developmental trajectory. Individually, or as a species, we’re not fully cooked yet. Below is a list, borrowed from former Hospice of Seattle director, Rodney Smith’s book, Awakening, indicating the direction that your development and mine is generally taking, even if in our day-t0-day living, we may feel far removed from this reality… From form to formless From noise to stillness Rodney Smith From self to selflessness From divided mind to unified mind From…
  • How to Tame the Narrative of You

    Mark Brady
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
    Like many things in life, my brain acquiring language at around age 2 had some pluses and some minuses. On the plus side of the ledger, I could use words to let people know what I needed, I could understand that they used words and took actions differently than me, and I could use words to socially connect with people (although many other things can connect us to others much more powerfully than words. Things like similarities of experience, humor, kindness, well-matched, interlocking trauma histories, simple proximity, energy intensity and resonance, for starters). Those are a few of the…
  • Unraveling the Anatomy of Intention

    Mark Brady
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    Way back in the day, the days of free love and the back-to-the-land movement, I was particularly enamored of the freedom and flexibility of a lifestyle like the one being lived by Scott and Helen Nearing. No bosses, no schedules, nowhere to go and nothing to do. Except by personal, deliberate intention. I didn’t need a lot of external motivation to set my own intention to work toward getting some of that freedom and flexibility for myself. First on the Freedom List: I would have to learn to build my own house. Since I was working a minimum wage job at the time and knew next to nothing…
  • How to Increase the Probability of Making Wise Choices

    Mark Brady
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:01 am
    Houston child advocate and neuroscientist Bruce Perry likes to say that “no matter what business you’re in, first and foremost, you’re in the brain change business.” And if you’re in the Operational Wisdom Business, it’s probably a good idea to know how what you’re trying to change actually works. And it’s probably an equally good idea to start knowing how your brain works as early as possible. Especially whether or not your TUBB5 gene is running mutant on you. Before we get to the TUBB5 gene though we might take Bruce’s advice to heart,…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Today at (in)Courage: Why You Don’t Have to Win

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

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

    Dawn Camp
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Last week I inhaled Emily T. Wierenga’s Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look in my precious spare moments: riding in the car; in the bleachers during baseball practice; late at night while my house slept; and finally getting up early and reading in bed until I finished. I messaged Emily immediately because I had to talk about the book. Although I planned to review it, she offered me a guest post and a giveaway copy and that’s even better. Leave a comment to win!   What My Mum Taught Me About Church (giveaway!) By Emily T. Wierenga “So, I…
  • Summer Reading List: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

    Dawn Camp
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    This post is part of the “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour.” To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!   There’s something decadent about curling up with a good book, probably because as women we deny ourselves downtime, like a privilege we must earn. Surely that’s not just me. Questioning the idea that it’s wrong to rest is one of my greatest takeaways from my friend Bonnie Gray’s new book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest (affiliate link). Bonnie defines spiritual whitespace as rest for your soul; I need that. If you’re a…
  • July 2014 Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Where has this summer gone? Anyone else want to go back to May for a do-over? I took an early run yesterday before the heat set in (94° degrees forecasted for tomorrow—yuck!) and saw our day lilies in bloom: perfect for July’s desktop calendar. The kids and I spent last week in Alabama for singing school, and our day lilies and rose of Sharon arrived just in time for our return. I love perennials that just keep on giving. I photographed these in morning bloom, fresh from the rain. I’ve owned my macro lens more than a year and it still challenges me, but I’m happy with…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • Free Ottawa Family Fun: A visit to Rideau Hall

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    I have been living in Ottawa for more than 25 years and recommending Rideau Hall as a destination and activity for free Ottawa family fun for nearly a decade, so I figured it was high time we actually headed over and checked it out. It was, to be honest, not at all what I expected. And even though I’ve seen it on the news dozens of times and you can hardly escape hearing about it if you live in Ottawa, I truly think this one qualifies as one of Ottawa’s Hidden Treasures! I knew that we would see the Ceremonial Guard. They do a changing of the guard ceremony each hour through the…
  • Weekend project: Re-upholstering the dining room chairs

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    We’ve had our dining room chairs for 15 years now. The summer we got married, we got them from the As-Is bin at Ikea, I know because the words “as is” are still written on the underside of them in indelible sharpie. For the $30 or so we paid for them, they’ve been worth their weight in gold – three moves, two dining room tables, three sloppy kids from high chairs to boosters to toddlers and beyond, and two puppies with the need to gnaw on things. Back in 2007, when Tristan was five and Simon was three and Lucas was but a twinkle of an idea, the chairs were…
  • Photo of the day: Brothers and sister on the porch

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    This sweet family came for portraits on the porch today. Aren’t they lovely – erm, I mean lovely and handsome. I am so used to chasing toddlers and preschoolers lately, it was a bit of a relief to work with people who actually sit still for more than three seconds at a time. Sadly, they weren’t too interested in posing on my little red wagon though. (Actually, they were such a fun and funny group that I am pretty sure that if I pulled out the wagon they would have totally rolled with it!) Their mom had asked me for advice about how to dress for the session and I loved how…
  • Summer of the fox

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Summer 2014 is shaping up to be the summer of the fox around here. It started with Tristan adopting the fox as his favourite animal recently. One of his hyphenated surnames sort of looks like the French word for fox, which led to the translation of our family name as “Thunder Fox”, which is a pretty good gamer name. There were foxes in PEI that den in the sand dunes, although despite his best efforts we didn’t see one. Foxes have been in the media this week, too. There was the real fox found sleeping in an OC Transpo bus: This fox was found sleeping on the seat of an OC…
  • Photo of the day: Five generations!

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    How often do you get to see FIVE generations in the same room? That’s Beloved’s grandmother, his father, his sister, our niece and our grand-nephew. Isn’t that extraordinary? Related posts (automatically generated):Photo of the day: Father’s Day Photo of the day: Grape hyacinths Project365: 300 days and more than 10,000 shutter clicks!
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    News Moms Need

  • Preemies and hearing loss

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Nearly 3 in 1,000 babies (about 12,000) are born with some kind of hearing loss in the United States each year. Most babies get their hearing checked as part of newborn screening before they leave the hospital. Newborn screening checks for serious but rare conditions at birth. If your baby doesn’t pass his newborn hearing screening, it doesn’t always mean he has hearing loss. He may just need to be screened again. If your baby doesn’t pass a second time, it’s very important that he gets a full hearing test as soon as possible and before he’s 3 months old. The risk of hearing loss is…
  • The do’s and don’ts of bottle-feeding

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    We all know breastfeeding is best for your baby, butif your baby is taking formula from a bottle, it is important to make sure each feeding is safe and clean. Powdered infant formula is not sterile. It could contain bacteria that can cause serious illness to your baby. By preparing and storing formula properly and sterilizing bottles, you can reduce the risk of infection. Here are some tips for keeping bottle-feeding safe for your baby: • Boil bottles and nipples for 5 minutes before you use them for the first time. After the first use, wash them for 1 minute in hot, soapy water and rinse…
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Phenylketonuria (also called PKU) is a condition in which your body can’t break down an amino acid called phenylalanine. All babies born in the United States are tested for PKU through the newborn screening program in their state. What is phenylalanine?  Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid. Amino acids are building blocks for proteins. Our bodies need amino acids for proper growth and development but we cannot make them on our own. We need to get them from food sources. Phenylalanine is found in most foods that contain protein. This includes beef, poultry, fish, soy products, eggs,…
  • Special moms need special care

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    A new study published in Pediatrics shows that groups led by other moms reduced stress in mothers of children with disabilities. It helped to improve “maternal well-being and long-term caregiving for children with complex developmental, physical, and behavioral needs.” These support groups were uniquely focused on learning specialized techniques to reduce stress. Mothers of children with developmental disabilities experience stress, anxiety and depression more often and to a greater degree than mothers who parent children without disabilities. It is thought that the chronic stress and the…
  • Cleft and craniofacial awareness and prevention month

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    July is cleft and craniofacial awareness and prevention month. Craniofacial abnormalities are  defects of the head (cranio) and face (facial) that are present when a baby is born. Cleft lip and/or cleft palate are a couple of the most common abnormalities. Craniofacial abnormalities can range from mild to severe. These defects can present a variety of problems including eating and speech difficulties, ear infections and misaligned teeth, physical learning, developmental, or social challenges, or a mix of these issues. However, there are steps you can take to help prevent cleft and…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • Teens Can Learn Year Round With Great Documentaries on Netflix

    Jennifer Wagner
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    During long school vacations, it isn’t easy to get your teens or tweens to do anything educational. However, they probably like to watch movies. While documentaries have the connotation of being boring, that isn’t always the case. There are a number of documentaries that teens will find very interesting and they are also educational. Interesting […] The post Teens Can Learn Year Round With Great Documentaries on Netflix appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Netflix Science Channels for Teens, Tweens and Kids Watching…
  • Discount Broadway Show Tickets from TodayTix App

    Jennifer Wagner
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    If you could buy Broadway show tickets at discounted prices, for the same day, or the current week, without waiting on a long line, would you download a free app to do so? I did. TodayTix is an app available for both Apple and Android mobile devices, that allows you to do all this, and a […] The post Discount Broadway Show Tickets from TodayTix App appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Kids Night On Broadway and KidzVuz Broadway Videos The Miracle Worker on Broadway with Abigail Breslin American Idol Finale Tickets Auction
  • 10 Interesting Gadgets From CE WeeK 2014

    Jennifer Wagner
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:50 am
    I attended CE Week in NYC, my favorite Consumer Electronics expo. It is a mini version of  International CES, held every year in Las Vegas. I saw many new tech gadgets, or updated versions of old tech products, that I think you might be interested in. Here are descriptions are some of the technology gadgets I liked. These are […] The post 10 Interesting Gadgets From CE WeeK 2014 appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 7 Gadgets of Note From CE Week 2013 7 Cool New Gadgets, Websites, Tech Products of Interest Moms Talk New Trends…
  • P&Geveryday Website For Advice, Ideas, Support and Shopping

    Jennifer Wagner
    21 Jun 2014 | 10:38 am
    When I come across a website that I like, I love to share it with others. When I saw the P&Geveryday website, I knew I had to be part of this campaign, because not only did I like the website as a whole, but one section is perfect for Connect with your Teens readers. The Family […] The post P&Geveryday Website For Advice, Ideas, Support and Shopping appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Find Parent Teen Activity and Discussion Ideas on Discovery’s Curiosity Website New Shopping Websites You Must Try Advice for you…
  • How To Help Your 20-Something Kids Become Adults

    Jennifer Wagner
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:40 am
    Many parents are worried that their 20-Something kids are never going to start acting like adults. Parents can find help and advice with this ever-growing phenomenon in two new books, The Bigs: The Secrets Nobody Tells Students and Young Professionals by Ben Carpenter and Getting to 30: A Parents Guide to the 20-Something Years by […] The post How To Help Your 20-Something Kids Become Adults appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 3 Books on How to Help GenY Become Adults 18 Kids or YA Books with Strong Female Characters Combining…
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    Priceless Parenting Blog

  • CEU Credit for Online Parenting Classes

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

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

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Kids can get pretty wound up in the car. Before you know it, there's plenty of volume in the car. How do you handle it without turning to screaming and adding to the chaos? When things got too noisy in the car for me, I would declare we were now in “The Code of Silence”. This meant that nobody could talk, not even me. What is surprising is that the kids actually took it seriously and stopped talking! Nobody wanted to be the one who broke “The Code of Silence”!
  • Building Kids' Skills Through Increasing Responsibility

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    What new responsibilities are your children ready to handle? It’s easy to get into the habit of doing many things for your kids that they really could be doing for themselves. While your kids may be happy to let you do these tasks, they won’t learn how to clean their rooms by watching you do it!One mom told the story of how she had always done her daughter’s laundry. When her daughter was preparing to move to a college dorm in the next town, her plan was to come home every couple weeks so her mom could do her wash. She wanted to buy enough underwear to last between trips instead of…
  • Tell Them What You Want Instead of What You Don't Want

    25 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    It's far easier for children to know how to act when you tell them what you would like them to do. For example, "Please walk in the house." versus "Stop running!"If your children are jumping on the couch, avoid saying "Don't jump on the couch!". Instead explain "I see you have a lot of energy. You can jump as much as you want on the floor." Take your children by the hand and lead them off the couch and onto the floor. Join them in a little jumping if you feel like it!This idea works for kids and adults alike. Recently I was at a community college where I ran into a number of signs hung up on…
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    Darryle Pollack | I never signed up for this...

  • Back to BlogHer

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

    Darryle Pollack
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    For women, it’s all about the shoes.  Even when it’s about breast cancer. For a woman with breast cancer, high heels don’t cut it. You need serious sensible shoes, because you’re starting a journey. I laced up for the journey when I was diagnosed 19 years ago. Living in a new community, I had a terrible prognosis, no support system, and I felt lonely and terrified. As I was starting chemo, my son was starting first grade. The first day at his new school I peeked into an office. “I don’t know if you remember me, but we met once? Well, now I have cancer and…
  • The Wedding Curse: Wrong day, Right person

    Darryle Pollack
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    V and I were married 20 years ago today. It’s a minor miracle that our marriage has lasted, considering how it started. At heart this is a story of resilience.  Click here to read it on the Huffington Post.  
  • From Bad to Blog : A Challenge to the Universe

    Darryle Pollack
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I never signed up for this…..  Exactly 6 years ago today I started this blog and chose that title, both the title and the date intended as deliberate ways to challenge the universe. When something bad happens, you naturally associate the bad thing with what surrounds it: the date, where you were, what you were doing, what you were wearing, what you were eating. Even if you’re not superstitious, in my life July 4 weekend was a doozy. Death.  Divorce.  Diagnosed with cancer.  Nearly all the bad stuff in my life swirling around one date.   (Trust me on that, or read this.) You…
  • Long Division

    Darryle Pollack
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:36 am
    I gave birth to my son on June 21, the longest day of the year.  Naturally it was a long labor.  He was 23 inches, the longest baby the doctor had ever delivered.   Maybe it’s no coincidence that it took such a LONG time to name him. I was about to deliver after 18 hours of labor and 3 hours of pushing, when I realized that both my husband and my doctor couldn’t take their eyes off the clock in the delivery room. Obviously we were way past the need to time my contractions. The real action was a few miles away from Cedars Sinai. The Los Angeles Lakers were about to play the…
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    Kim Becker {aka MommyKnows}

  • Giant Steps – Part 1

    Kim Becker
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    The Giant Steps – Banff National Park There are places in the world world, where you stand and feel so very small and insignificant. It seems easy to feel humbled, in all the vast greatness of the outdoors, especially the Canadian Rockies. I think it is expected. Even welcomed? It puts all your worries and fears and disappointments into perspective. They are minuscule … Truth, but then not. On the sofa in my comfortable home, those thoughts and worries can seem overwhelming. The insignificance disappears and becomes overwhelming. Feelings no longer feel minuscule or unimportant,…
  • Cinnamon Roll Waffles

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

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

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

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

  • Design for Kids Series: Design Your Own Font!

    Ana Dziengel
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today is a big day. Stacy and I have been dreaming up a Design for Kids Series for some time now and we are finally ready to unveil it! One of the things I love about Kids Stuff World is the wonderful curation of projects and ideas that appeal to design-minded parents everywhere. I blog over at Babble Dabble Do and am a designer by trade; I am very passionate about the idea of introducing design to kids, maybe it’s because I live and breathe design but it may also have to do with the fact that I think design is one of the greatest skills you can give a child. For a primer on design and why…
  • 10 Colorful Craft Ideas To Get You Making Now!

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    One of my favorite parts about working online is sneaking a peek at all the fun projects my friends are making. I noticed a distinct trend of fun and colorful craft projects this week … and those colors!, you know they had me smitten with all that color. As I bookmarked, pinned, and flipped these ideas my daughter would catch a glimpse every so often and stop to ask more about what they were up to. Colorful Craft Ideas These were her favorite projects this week and they have each inspired us in their own way to start making and creating things on our own. Follow the links below to…
  • Osmo – Toys of the future, today.

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Have you ever been amazed by how easy it is for a toddler or young child to pick up a smart device and start using it? It just comes naturally to them. Imagine what would happen if we could tap into the intuitiveness of a touch screen and apply it in a hands-on learning situation. What if you could bring the ease of apps and video games into the classroom without spending a ton of money. Turn a puzzle into an interactive learning experience. Or, get kids not just excited about playing video games, but having fun while processing that energy into cognitive ability. That’s exactly what…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • Here Fishy Fishy Fishy . . . Seafood Recipes To Enjoy This Summer

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiCheck out Friday Night Fish Dinners by Lisa at Foodie.comBill and I have been trying to healthier, so we have incorporated more seafood into our diet. No more is Friday Fish Night. Instead, you can have fish every night! Besides tasting great, there are so many health benefits from eating fish. As you can see, there are so many great options out there to serve fish!Which of these recipes would you like to try or what is your favorite fish recipe?Copyright © 2012 My Thoughts,…
  • #100FootJourney Teaches You That Every Bite Takes You Home – My Cordon Bleu Cooking Experience

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiMost social functions always seem to have a strong tie to food. Food — both the taste and the smell — can bring back strong memories. For example, potato salad and chocolate chip cookies remind me of my mom. She has her own recipes for them, and they are just so delicious. Even though I live 4 hours away, if I make her chocolate chip recipe, it takes me back home.In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the…
  • I Come From A Planet Of Outlaws: My Chris Pratt Interview #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiPhoto Credit: & MeetKristy.comI’ve seen Chris Pratt in quite a few things, and I had a definite picture in my head of how he was going to be. Needless to say, Chris Pratt did not disappoint. He was the funny, silly goofball that I thought he would be. He is definitely somebody you could go out to dinner with and be comfortable. You would probably spend most of that dinner laughing rather than eating.Photo Credit: & MeetKristy.comMy…
  • I Fell In Love Again With Nine Inch Nails #APMusicSeries

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:42 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiNine Inch Nails is my go to band. I know, I know . . . .you are thinking “Lisa, you don’t look like you listen to industrial rock”. Yes, I know that. I’ve heard that for years on end. In high school, I dyed my hair, dressed all goth like, and fell in love with Nine Inch Nails. 20 years later I am still in love with them. I mean, Trent Reznor (the founder and singer of Nine Inch Nails) is on my “list”. Yes, my husband knows this and even…
  • I am Groot #VinDiesel #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiLet me start by talking about celebrity. Having grown up in a NFL football town, I don’t get impressed easily, because we constantly saw “celebrities” walking around. That being said, Vin Diesel completely shocked and surprised me! I’ll be honest – I was expecting Vin to be more like Riddick and be a bad ass. Instead, we got to interview this really great, really funny, really nice man that I wasn’t expecting!Photo Credit:…
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  • Overnight Camp: By the Numbers

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    1: Letter, to my parents.  Not to us.  Michael is having fun, in case anyone was concerned (I was not), and paintball is awesome. (Paintball?  They have paintball at camp?)   I will point out that my parents are not funding this grand adventure he is having and perhaps he could WRITE HIS PARENTS A LETTER. 1: Care packages sent, that does not include food, per camp rules.  Please stop telling me not to send food, camp.  I get it. 3: “Proof of life” photos, in 7 days.  All smiley happy Michael.  At the pool.  Because he NEVER goes to the pool at home.  I spent this much…
  • Shoe Friday #286

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    My friend Jenifer’s new awesome leopard print pumps.
  • On Not Going to BlogHer

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    If you follow pretty much ANYONE in the blogosphere this week you will see A LOT of #blogher14 tweets, instagram photos, and facebooks posts.  Blogher is the conference for female bloggers.  I’ve been three times and it is a blast.  And also, Kerry Washington is speaking this year.  YES, that Kerry Washington. I’m not there.  I EASILY could have gone.  Michael is at overnight camp.  We would have had no childcare concerns.  Except, well, it is not that easy.  BlogHer is expensive. It is in California.  You need plane tickets, and a hotel room, food.  I also, honestly,…
  • The Independent Child

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    It feels like the entire INTERNET is at sleep away camp right now, kind of like when Michael started kindergarten and the entire INTERNET started kindergarten with him.  It must be that all my blogging friends have kids the same age, and since that is mostly who I am friends with on social media, those are the pictures I see.  Kids, hugging, crying, holding on to their mom. Sad eyes boarding a bus.  Longing stares looking at a window. Then, then, there is Michael.  Where Michael goes to sleep away camp there is no bus, no plane, Doug and I drive him up, unpack him, and say goodbye.  You…
  • Shoe Friday #285

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    My friend Laura’s daughter’s shoes.
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    Jolly Mom

  • Personalized Back-to-School Gear for Kids!

    Piera Jolly
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Can you believe it? It’s that time of the year again. Back-to-school! If fact, here in Georgia school starts at the beginning of August. Lucas’ first day back is Monday, August 5th, which is a little over 1 week away. This summer has flown by! We bought many of his school supplies this past week, actually. We stocked up on pencils, composition notebooks, and so on! But everything else? We got that from Personal Creations. Backpacks, lunch boxes, reusable drink bottles, name labels…even teacher’s gifts. They have it all! Best of all – everything is super cute, on…
  • (VIDEO) Leak-Proof Sippy Cups for Babies & Toddlers by Playtex®

    Piera Jolly
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    *This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Playtex Baby. However, all opinions are 100% my own. As soon as Amelia turned 7 or 8 months, we decided that it was time to begin that transition from a bottle to sippy cup. Like Lucas, we knew we wanted her to be completely transitioned over by the time she turned 1 year old. But…ohmygoodness I didn’t know what we were in for. We must have purchased at least 5 or 6 different brands of sippy cups before finding one that did not spill. I’ll be honest, we started with the ones that were cute first. Yeah big mistake LOL!. Cute =…
  • #CerealandMilk Recharge Bar in NYC

    Piera Jolly
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    You guys remember my cereal bar post from a couple of months ago? Well, a few weeks ago, I headed to NYC to attend the Kellogg’s #CerealandMilk Recharge Bar. This was basically THE CEREAL BAR TO END ALL CEREAL BARS. Celebrity chef, founder and owner of Milk Bar, Christina Tosi partnered with Kellogg’s to create a variety of classic and unique Kellogg’s cereal and milk combinations to help people recharge right with a delicious and FREE breakfast between June 24-June 27. Over 4,000 people stopped by! The combos included:   Banana Nut Ingredients: Special K Original Skim Milk…
  • 10 Summer Activities for Families & Kids

    Piera Jolly
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Here in Georgia, the kids go back to school the first week of August, which means that there are only 2.5 weeks left of summer break for Lucas. I can’t believe it’s coming to an end so soon. So as Lucas’ summer break is soon coming to a close, we are grasping on to these last couple of weeks and trying to soak in as much sun, laughter, cuddles, and quality time together as possible. I put together a list of some of the things that we are hoping to do and thought I’d share in case it inspires you too!   1. Head to the park with a blanket, yummy snacks, and a pile…
  • (VIDEO) Our New BFF! iRobot Scooba 450 Review

    Piera Jolly
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    OK, so there’s a new member of the household that I’d like to introduce you too…it’s the iRobot Scooba! He is my new BFF. For real. You wanna know why? Scooba vacuums my floors AND washes them while I…do whatever I want to do. I can be out shopping while Scooba is doing the dirty work. I can watch a movie, read a book, play with the kids while someone or someTHING else is cleaning. Yeah, it really doesn’t get better than that, right?! The Scooba hard at work cleaning the floors while hubby and I watch a movie How The Scooba Works Mike aka “Jolly…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Could Spanking Be the Answer?

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

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

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

    Zen Mommy
    7 May 2014 | 7:38 am
    Give your family the gift of YOU. Imperfect, wonderful, awesome-sauce YOU... because when you do, you teach your child it's okay that they're not perfect either. And when we let go of perfect... everything is possible.
  • Taking Love Off The Line

    Zen Mommy
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Why? Why must we continue to discipline our children from a place of fear? of distant authority? of the sort of not-enoughness that soooo many of us were raised in? .... In the words you use. In the actions you take. Tell your child. Your love is theirs. Unconditionally. It just IS.
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    For Love Or Funny - home of Lynn Kellan, contemporary romance author

  • She was normal when we bought her.

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

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Brothers are weird. Therefore, you need to be wary when they buy you a present. Often, their presents are weird…like the one I got from my brother: My brother is an adult. I expected his gift-giving to improve. Not sink to these goofy levels…but then I saw this: Maybe he got me a collector’s item worth MILLIONS! My opinion of my brother skyrocketed! I checked if I had the RARE version. I didn’t. Darn it. But then… I took a closer look. He’s kinda cute. Okay, let’s be perfectly honest with one another. This figurine is downright uber-GORGEOUS. Rugged…
  • Friends smell good

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (1) Friends go on walks together. (2) Friends accept you, even when you’re shy, weird, and bark at inappropriate times. (3) Try to make at least one BIG friend. Just in case you need a bodyguard. Or a ride to the grocery store. (4) Friends will never scare you. Unless it’s Halloween. (5) Some friends have four legs…and some don’t. This post brought to you by Friends. Sometimes, I prefer the four-footed variety. How ’bout you?
  • I fought the deer and the deer LOST!

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m at war. I’m protecting my property from complete decimation. My “enemy” is formidable. And hungry. Have no fear. Get a bowl. Mix 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoon veggie oil, 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid, garlic powder or crushed garlic cloves add 1 gallon of water and store in a sprayer. Spray this lovely liquid on your beloved plants. It works, because it tastes yucky. It’ll make your hostas and roses and flowers blechy. Blechy is a scientific term that means “really icky tasting.” Spray on your beloved plants (especially after it rains) and…
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    Harassed Mom

  • Death of the baggy t-shirt

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    Every single morning for the last 5 months I have stood in front of my cupboard contemplating what to wear. Every morning I look through all the tops, pants and jerseys. Every morning I swear under my breath that I have nothing to wear. Every morning I end up putting on one of the 5 tops that actually fit me and the 2 hoodies that aren’t broken or stained beyond repair! Saturday morning, after a crap night with Emma and a rushed morning to get Cameron to soccer on time, I was feeling a little sensitive. I stood in front of my cupboard and was about to start my daily ritual when I lost…
  • So…the job and other interesting things

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    It is a pretty well known fact now that I am working. I have a job with a contract and everything. Its all very proper really. I haven’t blogged about it because there isn’t really much to say except that I am now working from home writing. It is a great opportunity because it allows me to work from home, set my own hours and obviously means I am earning an income again which takes the pressure off a little. It has been a little bit of a challenge with Emma though. She is an “in the arms” baby so I spend a fair amount of time typing with her on my lap or working after…
  • Banana Bread

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    We all love Banana Bread! I have tried many many recipes over the years. Most of them work pretty well with normal flour but when you try make it gluten free, it doesn’t always work so well. David found me a really nice recipe on Saturday that worked really well with the gluten free flour. Ingredients 3 ripe bananas 1/3 cup melted butter 1/4 – 2/4 cup sugar (depending how sweet you want it) 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp baking powder 1.5 cups gluten free flour (or normal flour) handful of roasted seeds Method 1. Mash the bananas, stir in the butter 2. Mix in the baking powder, salt,…
  • Sacrifice

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Both David and I have sacrificed a lot for me to be able to stay at home. The kids have all had to sacrifice “things” to have me at home. During the rough months I have questioned the decision for me to stay at home. I have often thought it a selfish decision and almost unfair on David. I often think “if I go back to work maybe then we can buy more, do more, fix more”. I often feel guilty when I have to tell the kids “it will have to wait until next month” I do feel slightly envious of friends who get to go away regularly and eat out over weekends. A…
  • 25 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    A couple of weeks ago I won a prize on an instragram competition Citroen was running. All the comment said was”you have won this weeks voucher – a spa for two” – I was pretty chuffed because who doesn’t like a little spa time but thought it would be a massage and maybe something else! David got the vouchers on Wednesday! Two FULL DAY SPA packages from Mangwanani – I called the lady because full day to spa people means different things to non-spa people – the package is SEVEN HOURS LONG! SEVEN treatments, breakfast and lunch! I actually can not explain…
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    Parenting Help Me

  • Sunny Afternoon Fun

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hack of the week*: Lip gloss painting

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    We went out for dinner last week and because I’m a seasoned and experienced mom of three, I brought exactly nothing to keep my kids occupied while we waited for our food. The number one tip I give to people going out for dinner with young children is to bring an activity for the kids; books, crayons ... [Read more...]The post Hack of the week*: Lip gloss painting appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Stuff I’m Digging: Seventh Generation (Giveaway)

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
     Image source: I’m not an eco-nut by any stretch. I live in a world constrained by budgets and time and the fragile limits of my sanity. So I do use paper plates for kiddie birthday parties and disposable plastic freezer bags, and I don’t make my own soap. The good news is that I ... [Read more...]The post Stuff I’m Digging: Seventh Generation (Giveaway) appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • The McDonald’s mom story isn’t about free-range parenting at all. It’s about everything else.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The case of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mom who was arrested for letting her nine-year-old play at the park while she worked at McDonald’s, has been widely discussed as a free-range-children issue. Shouldn’t a nine-year-old be allowed to play in the park, free-range advocates ask. Has our bubble-wrapped society gone too far? But, guess ... [Read more...]The post The McDonald’s mom story isn’t about free-range parenting at all. It’s about everything else. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Rave & Review

  • Johnson's shares their Promise To Baby

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    When I was expecting for the first time, my husband and I were beyond thrilled. We did all the first-time parent stuff like pregnancy journals, maternity pictures, and we busied ourselves getting ready for baby by decorating the nursery and washing all the little clothes. One day, when we were dreaming of life with baby, my husband admitted that even more than little baby clothes and nursery decor, he was excited about the smell of Johnson's Baby Shampoo. Even though it had been a good 15+ years since I had used Johnson’s Baby products at that point, just the mention of the smell of the…
  • We need your help to give kids a Childlike Summer

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    I partnered with The Motherhood and ConAgra Foods to help spread the word about a Hunger Free Summer, but all opinions are my own. I know I’ve said it before, but I love summer. The past few weeks have been a blur of playdates, farmer’s markets, library visits, and playing at our local parks. But, even with all this fun we’re having, I never forget how lucky we are. Lucky because even though money is always a little tight with only one steady income, we never worry about whether we will go hungry. We have a well-stocked fridge and pantry, a small neighborhood co-op of small urban…
  • Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue is in theaters now

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    On the morning of my son’s third birthday, he came running into our bedroom to wake us up. He wasn’t wondering about cake or parties or even presents, what he really wanted to know was when he could be a fire fighter. When I explained to him that he had to be grown up - not just merely older - to fight fires, his face fell. I felt so bad for the little guy that I promised him that we would get him a fire fighter outfit and make him a fire engine so he could play fire fighter all day long. It’s been 9 months since then and his obsession with fire fighters has only grown, so as soon...
  • The Snuza Go! baby care aid for total peace of mind {Giveaway}

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    A few years before I had kids, my cousin had a scare that sent them to the hospital only days after bringing home their newborn. I heard my cousin tell the story about how she was holding her baby and felt her stop breathing and I never quite got over it. My little cousin ended up being fine and was diagnosed with sleep apnea that was then treated, but I remember thinking “what if they hadn’t been holding her when she stopped breathing?” I don’t think there’s anything more frightening than being handed a teeny tiny little baby and sent home with it, knowing that you are solely…
  • AT&T’s Digital Life and Habitat for Humanity team up {$25 Home Depot gift card giveaway}

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    I’ve talked before about how much I love AT&T’s Digital Life and all the ways that you can automate your home’s processes. AT&T’s Digital Life provides 24/7 protection help keep your family and home safe and secure because they know you can’t truly feel at home until you feel safe. That is why AT&T Digital Life has committed to donate $150,000 as part of a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for families in need throughout the country. “AT&T Digital Life collaborating with Habitat for Humanity is an opportunity for us to help those who need the…
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    Being a Mummy

  • #Streamteam Post: Netflix will save your sanity this summer- and help the kids to learn

    Claire Walsh
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    From experience what works best for me over the school summer holidays is to have a plan of action. I've come to find, that if we have a rough theme for each week and then plan it out with activities related to it, not only is it easier to plan the days but the children actually have a really great learning experience. This year I have a whole series of activities plan, some related to the
  • The Nut Job and a Epic Adventure for us!

    Claire Walsh
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    I must admit this Sunday was slightly unusual in that the hubby wasn't about to assist with the children, instead he had headed off to the Commonwealth Games, child free! I wasn't too fussed as we were all excited about going off to see The Nut Job which has been heavily advertised on the TV channel my kids watch. I must admit, I was really excited because following the film we had the chance
  • Making Colour and a Book Review: The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo

    Claire Walsh
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Last week we went off to the National Gallery to have a look at their Making Colour exhibition. This in itself proved a little bit of a challenge because their website would only let me book 2 children's tickets for each adult ticket and since there was one of me and 3 children I wasn't convinced I'd be able to even get into the exhibition. The exhibition itself looks at different colours and
  • Testing out the Panasonic W850 at a Playmobil Event

    Claire Walsh
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    A few weeks back we were lucky enough to go along to the opening of the new Playmobil 40th anniversary suite at the Waldorf Hilton. Well, those people at Playmobil clearly don't know how *good* I am with technology as they trusted me with a fantastic Panasonic W850 video camera for the duration of the event. This was a great chance to try out a new video camera. I don't actually have my own
  • Book Review: Specs for Rex Written and Illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

    Claire Walsh
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    The last book we reviewed by Yasmeen Ismail was her debut 'Time for Bed Fred!' and this still remains a firm favourite with the children. Specs for Rex is her latest offering and tells the story of little Rex who has some new glasses and tries to hide them from everyone he doesn't want to be different. Like all of Yasmeen Ismail's books this is beautifully illustrated and a lovely fresh story.
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  • To Sum Up a Homeschool Conference…

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    THSC 2014 Encouragement by Chocolate I had all these words floating around in my mind over the past few days… words that tried to somehow grasp at buttoning up the experience of THSC and presenting it neat-fit and tucked in. But there wasn’t time enough. I treasured the weekend up and decided to share it tonight before it was lost. There were things worth remembering… things like the women I saw in the hallway, crying together; praying together. There were moments of laughter between friends over words misspoken before bedtime and shadow puppet stories on the wall done by…
  • Some Homeschool Mom Perspective {and a LOT OF FUN}

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Looking through the used books at THSC There’s nothing like being around SEVEN THOUSAND other homeschoolish people to lift your spirits and make you feel like what you are doing will impact eternity. So it will be later this week when the masses of like-minded descend upon The Woodlands, Texas to encourage, recharge, learn, grow, and fellowship together at the Texas Home School Coalition’s annual homeschool conference. Not to mention the other fun weekend side-fieldtrips they have set up (this year there were a lot to pick from). But there’s even more reason to go for me.
  • Begin Again – movie review

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Begin Again – music and integrity will always matter As my kids have gotten older, we have really been to a lot more movies than we used to go see. I enjoy discussing movies after we see them and have come to a place with my mature teens (17 and 15) that we can discuss themes in movies that are adult in nature. My 15 year old has toyed with the idea of being a singer-songwriter, so we decided to take the PR company for Begin Again up on their offer to let us come see and review Keira Knightley’s latest flick. I made it a daughter and mother ‘date’ night movie and we…
  • Oh, My Dear

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Deep breaths. I’m not sure there’s much I can find to say without whining lately, so I have been loathe to open up a blank blog post and publish ANYTHING. And then there’s that blog design issue. My blog designer has had similar reasons to whine – she nearly had her appendix rupture. I’m trying to count my blessings to keep from allowing the urgent to pull me under… When I get stressed, I make lists. I don’t know about you, but aside from chocolate, a list helps eek all the loose ends out of my brain so I can sleep – and so I can function…
  • Home Remedy: Natural Replacement for Gatorade

    18 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    gatorade substitute Never expected to be writing this post today, but my five year old woke up this morning telling me his tummy was upset. Three trips to the bathroom later, and I knew I would need something to help him slowly recover. Lucky for me, I know a few home remedy experts that are a great help to us. One thing I have against Gatorade and most every other hydration product on the market is the sugar content. There are a few products you can buy at your local organic or natural grocery store that don’t have sugar, but they are pricey. We don’t drink pop, sports drinks,…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • Slowing Down

    Amber Strocel
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    I have a confession to make: I am constantly in a rush. In fact, the more I think I about it, the more that I can see how much of my life is spent hurrying. I hurry through my morning shower, through my breakfast, through my work, through my homework, through my shopping, through my cooking and through my cleaning. Often, as I rush around, I have my 9-year-old and 5-year-old in tow, which means I’m hurrying them along. When my first child was born, my hurrying habit was temporarily broken. I went from spending most of my time at work to spending all of my time, day and night, with my…
  • Generation AP: An interview with Autumn McCarthy

    Rita Brhel
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    In celebration of Attachment Parenting International’s 20th Anniversary, this second of the two-part “Generation AP” series (read the first part here) continues to recognize today’s second-generation Attachment Parenting parents:   “I like how my parents approached parenting. They never did anything to hurt us. They always did whatever they did out of love or with the best intentions. I don’t think there’s much to improve upon. I just hope I can be like them. “   ~Autumn McCarthy   For some parents, Attachment Parenting is a whole, new frontier of…
  • Generation AP: An interview with Patricia Mackie

    Rita Brhel
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    In celebration of Attachment Parenting International’s 20th Anniversary, this first of the two-part “Generation AP” series (read the second part here) recognizes today’s second-generation Attachment Parenting parents:   “When I experienced major emotions, I would just shut down. My mom would sit with me for hours and wait for me to talk.”   ~Patricia Mackie   Attachment Parenting is no one-size-fits-all childrearing formula: It’s about having a warm, joyful relationship with our children built on the foundation of sensitive responsiveness, empathy and trust. The need…
  • Thank you, Courtney!

    API Blog
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    In the past 20 years since Attachment Parenting International was cofounded by Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, the nonprofit organization has been a way for parents to join together as volunteers to give a voice to and further the Attachment Parenting movement. API has been blessed with amazingly dedicated volunteers — mothers and fathers and grandparents who have given of their time, talents and skills to the cause. Today, Attachment Parenting has become a household name and, even if not always attributed by name, API’s Eight Principles of Parenting are now incorporated into…
  • API now reading Attached at the Heart

    API Blog
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    The API Reads program has begun the discussion of Attached at the Heart (2nd edition) by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker. The  topics we’ll be discussing in July will include: Principle 3: Responding with Sensitivity – Learning the Language of Love Principle 4: Use Nurturing Touch – The Healing Power of Physical Closeness Principle 5: Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally – The Critical Importance of Nighttime Needs Principle 6: Provide Consistent, Loving Care – Keeping Baby’s Attachment Secure Join the discussion through GoodReads. We’ll be reading…
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • What I Did When it Hit the Fan

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    You know I’ve been having a really hard time keeping it together, especially if you follow my Facebook page. Monday was a nightmare of epic proportions. Tuesday was slightly better. We’ll see what the rest of the week brings, though I predict kittens rolling down hills of clover into porcelain bowls filled with heavy cream because Monday was a pissed off llama. I’m the dude who nearly loses his life but never drops his beer. Nico is the guy filming and laughing the entire time. Mikey is off screen calling animal control and worrying about rabies. I should have gone home and…
  • Newbery Challenge | Flora & Ulysses (2014)

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo Published by Candlewick Press on 2013-09-24 Genres: Action & Adventure, Comics & Graphic Novels, Family, General, Marriage & Divorce, Superheroes, Young Adult Pages: 336 Goodreads Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Kobo Winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal! Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but…
  • Week 3

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I learn a lot from you. I learn more from you than you do from me, especially when it comes to self care. On my Facebook page I get a lot of feedback on taking care of myself, something I struggle to do. The reason I decided to do daily exercise is twofold. One, it’s to take care of myself physically. Two, it’s to do something just for myself. It might be one reason I’ve had mixed results with stay at home yoga. The boys want to do it with me and, as much as I love them, I need some time alone. The Mister came home on Friday night after a month of traveling (he came home on…
  • Happy, Happy

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    When your husband is traveling for most of the month (only one week left to go!) and your boys are in several activities, sometimes it’s best to admit you’re overwhelmed. The boys have swim practice M-F for two hours in the early morning. I’m thankful because we avoid the heat–though I still had to take Nico to the urgent care on Tuesday for dehydration–but it does take sleeping in over summer vacation out of the equation. To top it off, the boys both had choir, piano, and clarinet in the evenings. Last week I cancelled all music activities until September.
  • Newbery Challenge | Sarah, Plain and Tall (1986)

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan Published by HarperCollins on 2013-06-25 Genres: Classics, Family, Farm & Ranch Life, Lifestyles, Stepfamilies, Young Adult Pages: 96 Goodreads Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Kobo "Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna. "Every-single-day," she answers. "Papa sang, too." This Newbery Medal–winning book is the first of five books in Patricia MacLachlan's chapter book series about the Witting family. Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna's point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah…
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    The Mother Huddle

  • Introducing The Sewlosophy Pattern Co. (aka my third baby)

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
    A little over 3 years and a 6 week vacation later and I am finally sharing my third baby with you :).  Allow me to introduce The Sewlosophy Pattern Co. !!!! Okay, let me throw in one more ! for good measure!  It all started with the blouse above and turned into a beautiful ensemble that I am pretty proud of. The collection successfully launched over a month ago and I meant to tell you all about it sooner, but the timing of family events, a long planned for (and much needed) vacation, and life in general led to me just not making it happen.  But now I’ve run out of excuses! There is…
  • Twenty Road Trip Adventure Tips

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    We are currently on a road trip that is covering a huge part of the United States! We’re traveling from South Carolina all the way to Utah!  It’s been a fun (and crazy) trip so far.  Last week I gave you a list of idea BEFORE our trip…this is a list now that we are 1/2 way through our adventure. I’d love to hear what you have to add from your own adventuring!   5 Ways to Prepare for your road trip with kids: 1. Before you set out on your trip, take a look at a map and guestimate where you’ll need to stop and refuel. Find an interesting place to have a meal in…
  • The Easiest Embroidery Project Ever – Cute Too!

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    Hello friends!  I’ve made it home from our big 6 week vacation – and let’s just say, that’s gotta happen every year.  I realized it takes me about 2 weeks to be fully okay with neglecting all my online obligations (*ahem* have you missed me?) and instead fully engaged with what’s going on all around me in the moment.  I always find it hard to get back into the swing of things when I return from a vacay, and I knew this trip would be no exception.  Thankfully I had a box of inspiration waiting for me from the Michaels Makers July Challenge to get me back into…
  • Road Trip Adventure Tips

    4 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Our Road Trip Adventure This summer, in less than 7 days we will head out on a Familyness Roadtrip.  Along the way we will be stopping in several cities where I will do Familyness Photo shoots of fantastic families (schedule and cities here-book yours asap, there are a only a couple of sessions left!).  We will go to zoos, visit water parks, and see sights (in cities we’ve never stopped in), along with lots of other fun things along the route to Utah and back again. Road Trip Tips   Let kids be part of the planning.  Asking kids, whether toddlers or teens, what would make a trip…
  • Pipe Cleaner Firework Shirts

    25 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    Over the Summer we will be sharing some of our reader’s favorite posts and a few of our own, enjoy! I first picked up this idea from my sister and my family has made new shirts for the 4th Of July every year since. It’s super easy and can be customized to any celebration! Here’s how to do it: Supplies: shirts – I had white, but I think blue and red would look great too fabric paint – I had red, blue, silver and gold glitter pipe cleaners paper large paper plates Instructions: Start with three or four pipe cleaners. Fold them in half – they don’t have…
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  • backyard camping and reading under the stars: summer reading at its best

    amy mascott
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
          Summer is in full swing, and what better way to really rock it out in the summertime than by camping? Not for real camping, my friends–I’m talking backyard camping. In my book, backyard camping counts. Especially if you’re not all that much of an outdoorsy family. We have been talking about backyard camping for awhile now, so I decided to surprise the kids with a tent.  Not a huge tent, but a 6-person, easy-to-assemble, totally affordable tent. Because we really rocked it out with our spring break trip to Disneyland, we are laying low this summer, and…
  • the fox and the crane: shadow puppets with printables

    amy mascott
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    This week, Liska from Adventure in a Box shares a super-cool, totally idea.  So cool, it’s nuts. Liska is a toymaker, a creator, a mom, an artist and a lover of books.  She is a Russian who has settled in Canada with her son and husband (and her husband just so happens to have one of the coolest jobs around!). Today, Liska created printables for us and delivers a unique way of sharing The Fox and the Crane fable–with shadow puppets that you can print and use today. Awe-some. Huge and happy thanks, Liska! The Fox and the Crane: Shadow Puppets with…
  • let kids learn on their own time: tabletop surprises

    amy mascott
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We just finished week number six of our ten week tabletop surprises — a simple but clever way we encourage our kids to learn on their own time. Tabletop Surprises are just that: invitations to learn, play, create, invent, and think–on their own time.  Little fun activities just waiting for someone to come along and try ‘em out. Here’s what we did this week.  A little bit o’ math, a little bit of reading, a little bit of writing, and a bit of critical thinking. Pretty fun.  But next week? Even better. No kidding. Here’s the skinny. . . Let Kids Learn on Their…
  • let kids play: remembering the importance of free time outdoors

    amy mascott
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
          It’s easy for parents to fall into the trap of thinking that summer means camps, amusement parks, pool trips, beach, camping, picnics, and activities nonstop.  Busy, busy, busy. And when we’re not going, going, going, many of us feel guilty. Like our kids always must be doing something. And it’s easy for parents to fall into the trap of thinking that ‘downtime’ means ‘plugged in’ time: free play on an electronic device–a tablet, phone, iPod, computer, DS, Wii, or whatever.  Our kids are learning, right? And having fun? So…
  • backyard chopped challenge: creative outdoor fun

    amy mascott
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many of my longtime readers will think I’ve officially lost my marbles after reading this post, and maybe I have. I just think it’s worth sharing because though there isn’t any serious learning going on, my kids were sure using their brains for this one.  And their creative juices were a’ flowin’.   And their bodies were moving. And there was a whole lot of laughing. And they were outdoors, unplugged, and doing just what they wanted. And really? It was so much fun. It’s just a quickie reminder to get those kiddos outside and to see what happens. Because…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • A Water Gun Fight

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Over the weekend, when we were at a Goodbye Neighbours/ Birthday party the children acquired two new water pistols. I have no idea how the children managed to restrain themselves from filling them up at the party (the children spent most of the two parties in a fabulous paddling pool with an attached slide!) and shooting at various guests but somehow they did.Eventually the children could wait no more, and so after suggesting that Big Boy remove his insulin pump for the duration of the water fight the children ran to the garden intending to soak one another.It was a glorious water fight, and…
  • Painting Suncatchers

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today it seems like we've been on School Summer Holidays for months already. I think that after the weekend of family fun with both Daddy and I, a party to say goodbye to some neighbours and friends and having the Missionaries round for dinner took it out of us. Top Ender was the first to suggest that we have a PJ day, but I explained that it wasn't possible as we had some chores to do outside of the house but that we could have a lazy day and mostly hang out at home instead of one of the many activities I had earmarked for this week. I did insist however that once we were all dressed and had…
  • The Salad Bar - Parragon Book #Review

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If there is one thing I know how to make, it's a salad.They aren't hard are they? You get some green leafy stuff (lettuce generally) and if you've cheated you open the packet and drop it in a bowl, and rearrange the bits of carrot or other healthy vegetable type things to make it look less like you opened a bag and dropped it in a bowl. Of course, there are times when you want something a little more personalised and for me that involves cutting up lettuce and other green leafy stuff and adding chopped carrots, slices of mushrooms, raisins, radishes, cucumber... you name it from the first few…
  • Dulux Bedroom in a Box #Review #asifbymagic

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    Firstly I need to apologise for this post to my husband. You see, he has told me countless times that if I want wallpaper hanging in the house I either have to hire a professional or I have to do it myself. He won't help me at all. Fine I said, Walltastic murals wouldn't count though, would they. I mean, he'd help me with those right?No.I had originally said that I was going to put up the mural in Big Boy's bedroom, he has one wall, which whilst it does have a few stickers on is blank (Well apart from a couple of shelves and a TV bracket) and so I asked if for this review I could have The…
  • Little Cracker Drinks #Review

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    One thing that my children have got used to is finding new drinks in their Lunchboxes. I love to be able to give them different flavours, rather than always going for the same traditional drinks and this coming year you're going to see some great lunchbox ideas on this blog, so make sure you come back when we're back to School this September!Big Boy had been asked if he'd like to try some new juice drinks recently launched by Cracker Drinks and whilst I said yes on his behalf I knew that Top Ender and myself would also be slurping on them this Summer. When Big Boy first saw the…
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  • These 2 supplements guarantee a good night’s sleep

    Jen Williams
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Unless you have been living under a rock your entire life, you know that the body requires a decent amount of sleep every night. Scientists have been baffled by this, though, because they have recorded people sleeping and noticed that they don’t save a lot of energy in the process. In fact, the amount of... [read more]
  • Quick Breakfast Ideas for Back to school

    Jen Williams
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by All opinions expressed are my own. Check out Back to school Quick Breakfast Ideas by Jennifer Williams at As we get ready to head back to school next week I am already trying to find ways to make our mornings run smoother. 
 Let’s face it Mornings... [read more]
  • Be sure to enter Savor’s Sweepstakes: Christmas in July

    Jen Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
      Let’s face we all love to save money! But sometimes finding the best deals and coupon codes can be a little time consuming. With Back to school shopping in full swing I’ve been spending most of my free time searching for the best deals online while also trying to find coupon codes to help me... [read more]
  • Amazing Dream Team pets ™ Review & Giveaway

    Jen Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
      I recently was introduced to the Amazing Dream Team pets ™ and agreed to do a review and giveaway on my site. I decided that the Magical Cat would be perfect for my four-year old niece to help her create sleep independence. However, when the Pink Magical Cat arrived my daughter informed me that... [read more]
  • 3 supplements to help alleviate symptoms of depression

    Jen Williams
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    When you are diagnosed with depression it can feel like you are all alone, but it’s important to remember that depression affects millions of people worldwide and while prescriptions may help it does not always fix the problem entirely. Depression is a mental disorder that can affect our daily life and the lives of those... [read more]
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • Wednesday's Child: Kwaisi

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    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 
  • What I want you to know about: keeping my adopted son's Chinese name

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest posts is by Dana from Death by Great WallWhat would we name the boy in the photo? The 7-year-old in China who was about to become our son. This was one of the hardest decisions we made in our older child adoption.He wasn't a baby. We had biological children who were seven and eight, and we…
  • Teachable Moments While Saving for College

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    This post was sponsored by Scholarshare.I mentioned a couple of months ago that Mark and I had opened up Scholarshare 529 college-savings accounts for each of our four kids. With our oldest being nine years old, college really isn’t that far away. I know. We should have started saving for it earlier. Waaaaaaay earlier.But now that we’ve done it, we’re finding that it has become a great way for us to teach our kids all kinds of civic lessons related to college, money, and the future. We’re all about finding good teachable moments with our kids. Just the fact that they know we’re…
  • What I want you to know about being pregnant in high school

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest posts is by Michelle BotkinI never ever thought I was going to get pregnant in high school.High school was a carefree life. I was pretty, had friends, and had fun. I dated a boy off and on - luckily more "on" than "off" towards the end. My own mom was worried about me. She'd ask if I was…
  • That's what she said: hipster children, post-partum progress, young men and urge ownership, vacationing with kids, and more . . .

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Postpartum Depression: One Mom's Mission To Stop It | CNNWhile Stone believes there is more awareness today than when she started what has become a mission ten years ago, and that women are finding a safe place to connect with other women who know exactly what they’re going through, she still believes there is a lot more work to do. She still hears stories from women who said their doctors told them they were suffering from the baby blues, which would eventually go away, or not to take medication because it could shrink their brains or who told them they were fine as long as they didn’t…
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    Creative Mamma

  • 2015 Doodle Write in Calendar

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

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

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

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

    5 Aug 2013 | 10:25 am
    Special Announcement: The 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar is here!  Go check it out… Enjoy! Hello!  The new 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar is here!  Things have been insane here lately between moving to a new house and getting settled in… Thank you all for your patience as I try to get the calendars done and published. Design work has been crazy busy! Here’s some of the work that I’ve been doing for Pink Light Design just in case you want to see… My work has been licensed to Keka, so if you are in need of a new device case, don’t forget to check…
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  • $5 Secret Flash Sale – Bread & Wine and Other Gifts from Dayspring

    Jennifer Murray
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Had to pop in and let you know that my friends at Dayspring are having a TERRIFIC 24 Hour Secret Flash Sale. Today is it, People. You know my one of my favorite books of all time, Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist? It’s 5 BUCKS. And this rock your world read – What Women Fear by Angie Smith?  You guessed it, 5 One Dollar Bills. Oh and this adorable pitcher?  And this platter? And this beautiful vase? 5 Bucks too. Makeup bags and other five dollar finds too!  These deals are  ridiculously awesome (up to 90% off), but the secret is getting out and these will sell out fast, so…
  • On Your Due Date…

    Jennifer Murray
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Our Sweet Baby 5, Today was the day we marked on our calendar as the day you were due to be born – the end of the summer and what we thought would be the start of a an entirely new blessing. That wasn’t God’s plan for your life, and we’ve wrestled and submitted to His plan for you. However, a day hasn’t went by that we haven’t thought of you, and longed for the day when we will finally meet. The pain that we’ve walked through is an outpouring of our love for you. It’s a outcry to show that you were life, and you mattered. Each time I see a…
  • Freezing Summer

    Jennifer Murray
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Can we just stop the calender right here? July 23rd. Freeze, Summer, right there. We have you surrounded. We can all save a small fortune on school supplies and clothes, skip the back to school aisles, and just let this summer simmer a little longer. What do you say? My teacher friends are back in their classrooms preparing for students in just over a week, and I’m in total denial. Thankfully, we have a little longer on our homeschool schedule, but STILL. I ran into Michael’s the other day to grab some jars for my Lavender Bath Salts, and it was painted in Halloween and I could…
  • Trips Are Not Always As They Appear on Facebook…

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    So if I shared you the following pictures on my Facebook page, you might think, “Wow. What a fun camping trip. Look at those boys always getting along. That’s just lovely.” And that’s how it was {MOST} of the time.  There were hotdogs around the fire, fun games of ladder ball, fishing, and playing in the sand. But what didn’t I take pictures of? My meltdown after not sleeping, feeling dirty, tired of peeing with scary bugs and used feminine products, and just wanting my own bed.  The boys having a rough night staying in the camper for bedtime and not being…
  • When Words Are Harsh

    Jennifer Murray
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Always thankful when Brad shares his words here… Since the day the Lord blessed us with four baby boys, I feel like I have been on a parenting crash course.  There is no class each year to prepare you for the next phase of parenting, you know?  Have you ever woke up one morning and said, “Wait a minute, this parenting thing isn’t going so well right now, what happened?” A while back, Jen and I were noticing that our children were not speaking kindly to one another.  Sometimes, they were being flat out hateful in their speech and actions.  Angry words, kicks, slaps,…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • 12 Awesome Back-to-School Lunch Box Inspiration Ideas

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    It is back-to-school time and that means we could all use a few reminders of exactly what we can stick in the lunch box that is healthy, nutritious, and fun.  Ideas range from simple but delicious to totally fancy stuff that I might think about pulling off for special occasions!  I gathered my lunchbox inspiration at since this post is written for a sponsored opportunity with  They have tons of fabulous food and drink finds with photos to inspire, ingredients lists to peek your interest, and links to the original websites so you can get step by step instructions. …
  • DIY Bleach Pen Shirt

    Lisa Ranieri
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    As I go shopping or window shopping, I always see cute shirts with funny sayings on them. What if I told you that you could make your own shirt or tank top with whatever saying you want! Wanting to make the perfect gift? No problem, just make your DIY bleach pen shirt! Wedding Chick’s DIY bleach pen tank top gave me the idea to make a t-shirt as a gift. You can use any saying, theme, hashtags, or simply whatever you personally want on the t-shirt. My boyfriend saw a shirt online of a coffee molecule on it and loved it! So I told him, “Let’s make the shirt!” We went to the store and…
  • Disney Jake And Sofia Clothing Collection by Jumping Beans

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating. Kids can take the magic of Disney with them wherever they go with the Disney Jumping Beans Clothing Collection available exclusively at Kohl’s stores and  The newest Disney clothing collection from Jumping Beans features the adventures of  Jake and The Neverland Pirates for boys and the charming elegance of  Sofia the First for girls.  These Disney clothing collections let kids take their favorite…
  • Nashville Author Releases Book 2 of Kids Sci Fi Series

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I was provided with Book Two of the Children’s Steampunk Series, The Jupiter Chronicles ~The Ice Orphan of Ganymede~ to facilitate review. My daughter is nine and she loves to reader. I mean she reads and reads and rereads! I have to tell her to put down her book and pay attention to me! She devours books. A couple of years ago my daughter was still learning to become a good reader and we read together a lot. I’d read a chapter and then she’d work on a chapter with me. We read Nashville author Leonardo Ramirez’s The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot…
  • San Antonio Comfort Suites Alamo River Walk Review

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    I was provided with a stay at the Comfort Suites Alamo River Walk in order to facilitate this review. Comfort Suites Alamo River Walk Review- A Downtown San Antonio Hotel I love to see new places and do new things.  That is why I love to travel so much.  When I heard that I could review a stay at a Choice Hotels property I talked it over with my husband and we decided to go see San Antonio as a parents only getaway while we were visiting his family in Texas. First I went to to find San Antonio hotels.   Choice Hotels celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and is one of…
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  • Must-watch video: Dog faints from excitement in seeing a family member after 2 years!

    Justina Goh
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    In this video, Casey the schnauzer makes a high-pitched whining noise the moment it sees a family member who has been away from home for 2 years. Casey runs over to the family member and starts clambering up to give her a hug, still whining away, before suddenly stopping and becomes quiet. Casey then topples over onto its back and passes out, seemingly due to overwhelming joy. Not to worry though, a note on the video later states that the family had brought Casey to the vet, who declared it in the pink of health. Mums, do watch the video and let us know your thoughts on it! The post…
  • 10 great websites for downloading flashcards

    Minoli Almeida
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    So mums, we’d like to know: Have you tried any of the websites we’ve listed to download flashcards? Alternatively, is there another website you would like to recommend for downloading flashcards? Let us know by leaving a comment below.   The post 10 great websites for downloading flashcards appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Winners of 4 S.E.A. Aquarium One-Day Passes, worth $152!

    Danni Siew
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Find out if you have won S.E.A. Aquarium Passes below! The 5 lucky winners of 4 S.E.A. Aquarium One-Day Passes, worth $152 are… 1. Elaine Ng 2. Chelsea Lim 3. Ng Fatt Choy 4. Rezetty Ramzan 5. Neo Peir Ling Congratulations to all winners! All winners will be contacted within 3 days. Please note that all winners were chosen and determined according to contest terms and conditions. For those that did not win this time, be sure to look out for future giveaways on! The post Winners of 4 S.E.A. Aquarium One-Day Passes, worth $152! appeared first on Singapore Parenting…
  • Top 10 divorce lawyers in Singapore

    Miss Vanda
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    These divorce lawyers were recommended by our readers. Do you have any to add to our list? Have you used any of these divorce lawyers? Share your experience with us. The post Top 10 divorce lawyers in Singapore appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Official movie trailer of ‘Fifty shades of grey’!

    Justina Goh
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Mums, share with us: Will you be catching ‘Fifty shades of grey’ when it hits the cinemas in Singapore? The post Official movie trailer of ‘Fifty shades of grey’! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
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    Child Behavior Help

  • Punishments vs. Consequences: Which Are You Using?

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    Do these situations sound familiar? Your 10-year-old won"t listen to you when you tell her to come inside for dinner. You rack your brain for a way to change this behavior so that in the future she will do as you ask. Your teenager breaks curfew again. You thought you had addressed this with him the last time he got home late, but here you go again. As parents, we know the importance of parenting from our principles, things like teaching our children to own up to their actions and face the fallout when they make poor choices. And you"ve tried. You"ve talked to your child over and over, you"ve…
  • Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    As parents, many of us do things for our kids that we were able and expected to do for ourselves when we were children. Our parents didn"t often feel the need to negotiate with our sports coach, solve our every problem, or entertain us in our free time. A big difference from today, when all too often we are over-involved in many areas of our children"s lives. Sounds funny, I know. How can a parent be too involved or do too much for their child? Isn"t that just being a good parent? But when we don"t expect our kids to take responsibility for chores or their behavior, and we attempt to smooth…
  • 4 Steps to Managing Your Child's Screen Time

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Is it just me or does it seem like children have lost their playfulness? Many of us can recall summer days spent playing games outside with friends, riding bikes, playing hopscotch, or making forts in the woods. Now, though, it seems that most kids prefer to lead a wired existence, constantly connected to some electronic device. Many parents are exasperated by their child"s constant technology use and the degree to which tablets, TVs, video games, laptops and smart phones have taken over their household. I once talked to a desperate mother whose child was sending upwards of 20,000 texts per…
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    STL Family Life

  • Dance Camp Review + 10 Things to Look for in a Dance Studio

    Melody Meiners
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    When the summer started I had grand hopes of spending every waking moment with my children, playing in the sprinkler, eating popsicles, planning play dates packed with educational value, and turning our kitchen table into a Pinterest sweat shop. I only have this summer and next before my oldest starts Kindergarten and I was going to make every second count. We’re about 50% in and we’ve been a lot of really cool places, but I’ve only bought one pack of popsicles, I’ll have to clean out the garage before I can find the sprinkler, and it took me four late nights…
  • Slowing Down, So Close to Home: Cedar Creek Review & Travel Plan

    Melody Meiners
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:21 am
    St. Louis families traveling to Cedar Creek can enjoy fishing at their stocked pond. They’ll even provide supplies. The last few summers have been dominated by staycations, but more St. Louis families are trying to find options little bit further from home to get in some serious quality and play time without breaking the vacation day or financial banks. While there are a few regional, family travel staples that come immediately to mind, and all have their merits, our family was recently invited to visit a newer place not on that quick list. One that is close to home, but feels miles…
  • Make Time, Save Money: Five Family Meal Planning Tips & Printables

    Melody Meiners
    6 Jun 2014 | 2:38 pm
    According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, and according to the way I feel at 8:30pm, we spend about 3.3 hours caring for others, doing household tasks, and eating or drinking. That’s in comparison to 2.6 hours doing leisure activities. Even if it’s just a half hour, anything that adds more time to that part of the pie they call “leisure” (and which I call walking to the ice cream shop and/or trying to read the same paragraph thirty times in a row) is worth a shot. Add to that, like most parents I also have found my shopping habits have taken a major…
  • One Thing This Weekend: Little Fishes Swim School Grand Opening

    Melody Meiners
    30 May 2014 | 12:33 pm
    After almost eleven months of construction, six months of training coaches on their proprietary instruction method, and a lot of heart and hard work, the newest Little Fishes Swim School facility will celebrate the grand opening of their newest facility in Chesterfield, MO this Saturday. Complete with ribbon cutting, crafts, photo ops with celebrity surfer Keala Kinnelly, and a raffle for one year of free swim lessons, families will be able to check out this location serving families in the West County area from 10am until 2pm on May 31st, 2014. I chose the grand opening as this…
  • The Nest Revolutionizes Family Date Night in St. Louis

    Melody Meiners
    28 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    **Update: Sadly, on June 23rd The Nest announced they would be closing their doors. Please check back for reviews of other family friendly dining finds around St. Louis It’s Friday night. You don’t have a sitter, you don’t want to cook, and if you have to face another family date night filled with bottomless fries and freckled lemonade, you are certain a piece of your soul will die. Until recently, that meant ordering pizza or questionable carry-out and spending another night camped in front of the TV with the kids. Don’t get me wrong, there is a revered spot in our…
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    Seven Clown Circus

  • 5 Homemade Pioneer Crafts, Play and Recipes for Kids

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Here’s 5 Homemade Pioneer Crafts, Play and Recipes for Kids that you’ll love if you ever have occasion to celebrate Pioneers.  Every year Utah has a big Pioneer Day celebration.  I just happened to be in Utah this year during their celebration (July 24th) and I picked up the best Honey Taffy ever, which reminded me that there are some great projects for teaching about the Pioneers on the web.  These are my top picks! DIY Pioneer Crafts 1.  Pioneer Bonnet Tutorial - This tutorial for making a pioneer bonnet is fabulous.  When my kids were in 2nd grade they had a unit where…
  • Frozen Heath Malt {recipe}

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    My favorite part of vacation is frozen drinks. In my family, the creamier and chocolatier, the better, so this recipe for making a Frozen Heath malt hits the spot! It’s easy to make, tastes pretty darn delicious and serves 4. The secret ingredient is International Delight Heath Flavored Creamer. It adds a creamy Heath flavor without weird bits (like you’d get with the candy). I can’t think of a better way to celebrate vacation and it’s delights than with Frozen Heath Malts. {wink} Frozen Heath Malt Ingredients 2 cups milk 1 cup Heath Flavored International Delight…
  • 30 Second Ice Cream Sandwiches {how to}

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin How to Make this 30 Second Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe is a snap.  Seriously, if you are wanting a quick treat for your kiddos this summer, or are having a party, I highly recommend trying these easy, peasy ice cream sandwiches.  You can serve them right away, or prepare them ahead of time and freeze them until the event.  They are so easy that the kids can even make their own.  Double score! 30 Second Ice Cream Sandwich Ingredients: The ingredient list is pretty simple.  THREE things: Chewy Chocolate chip cookies {two per sandwich} Cookie dough ice…
  • Vote for the Mrs. Dash $5,000 Recipe Challenge Winner & My Guacamole Recipe

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs. Dash. All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know that Mrs. Dash now has 14 seasoning blends to help make your cooking needs even more spectacular?  Gone are the days of one spice for one dish, now there’s a spice for just about anything!  {{smiling}}  Mrs. Dash is hosting a “Dashinista Recipe Challenge” and we can help!  Fans can submit their favorite recipes using Mrs. Dash seasoning blends AND we can vote for the winner!  Now through July 13, be sure to cast your vote!  There are some seriously fabulous cash…
  • DIY Flower Crown {how to}

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Flower Crowns make the best summer and spring photo props ever.  I’ve fallen in love with how flower crowns look in braided and wavy hair and so I had to make one.  Surprisingly, they are easier to make than you’d imagine, and the best part is that they are completely customizable.  When you make the DIY Flower Crown, YOU pick the flowers, and you custom fit the crown.  It’s a win/win.  Here’s how. DIY Flower Crown Flower Crown Supplies: Silk Flowers (my stem came from Michael’s for $4.99) Green stem wire (I got a pack of 12 at Michael’s for $1.99)…
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    Our Empty Nest

  • Visiting the Newlyweds

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    A few weeks after their wedding John and I took all the wedding presents down to Brittany and Dan’s in Charleston. Since they had left from our house for their honeymoon and went straight home afterwards our car was packed to the gills! While we were there the newlyweds had a Pig Pickin so they could use some of their new stuff and we could visit with their friends. We had stayed with them quite a bit before the wedding, but this seemed like a new beginning. From here on we were in-laws and of course we wanted our new son-in-law to want us to visit as much as our daughter…
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    13 Mar 2014 | 6:22 pm
    My book is out in paperback on Amazon! You can preview it here
  • Invading Their Space

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

    23 Sep 2009 | 4:37 pm
    I got so much feed back from my story about Brittany wanting a tattoo! One person emailed me, “Does Brittany know that tattoos are PERMANENT?” in very large font and then went on to suggest that pink and blue sharpies would work just as well!Her aunt emailed to ask if Brittany knew she wouldn’t be able to give blood for a couple months. (and Brittany gives blood every chance she gets.)A very sweet lady stopped me after church and said, “I’ve been meaning to ask you about your daughter? Have you checked her over? I hope she doesn’t get a tattoo!” I told her so far Brittany…
  • Parenting your College Student – or Saying No Long Distance

    23 Sep 2009 | 4:36 pm
    When people used to tell me that the reason I was involved in so much was because I didn’t know how to say no, I would joke, “Of course I can say no! I’m a mother! I can say no without hearing the question!”It’s a good thing I got all that practice!Brittany called me during her second week at college to tell me that two of her good friends who were attending different schools from hers had gotten their noses pierced! I have known both of these girls since early grade school and neither is the type I would expect to do this. But, I knew Brittany wasn’t telling me this just to pass…
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    Almighty Dad | A stay at home dad blog

  • When You Grow Old

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    What did you want to be when you grew up? What do your kids want to be? How do you guide their choices in that regard? I’ll tell you what I wanted to be at one point in my youth. I wanted freedom. Specifically, I wanted to be a hobo — someone who could travel […]
  • Overcoming Fear is Not as Easy as a Bumper Sticker Slogan

    15 Dec 2013 | 10:58 am
    Let’s use knitting as a vehicle to talk about fear.  Why is knitting only for women? It really isn’t, but there is an undeniable proliferation of the idea that knitting is a woman’s activity.  There are some interests in which I understand why people would think it’s strange for a man to participate.  Doll collecting […]
  • You’re Doing Christmas Wrong

    7 Dec 2013 | 5:17 pm
    But, so am I so who am I to talk! The US economy, we’re told, is oiled by our consumer culture. I can’t disagree; the economy wouldn’t work if people didn’t spend.  And, if you don’t spend then businesses don’t make money, people lose jobs, money doesn’t change hands, and products and services disappear so […]
  • The Blog is Taking a New Direction

    5 Dec 2013 | 11:22 am
    I haven’t written on Almightydad for a very long time, but I haven’t had the heart to pull the plug on it.  The fact is that I didn’t think I had anything else to say, and I felt like I had already completed what I had intended in the first place to do, which was […]
  • Hotel Booking Secrets Revealed!

    Dennis Yu
    6 Jan 2013 | 12:19 pm
    Here we have another guest post from Dennis Yu Sad, but I found out that I flew 306,000 miles last year and spent over 200 nights in hotels. And after a few years of living in hotels across this planet, you, lovely reader, get to benefit from my mistakes. is disrupting the hotel industry […]
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    It Builds Character

  • Tips for camping with kids

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    I’ve taken my kids camping a few times now over the past several years, and most of it has been fun. Some of it, though, has involved a little trial and error. I know now, for example, that if my son wakes up and has to put a snowsuit on because he is so cold, he will melt down and I will ultimately turn into an angry banshee. Some lessons you can only learn by being out there, but there are also some easy tips that can make the trip a whole lot smoother for everyone. I’m over at EverydayFamily this week with four tips to make your family campout a success. Does your family head…
  • At EverydayFamily: No excuses! Easy resources to up your financial savvy

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    Photo credit: Flickr / Ken Teegardin I hate dealing with my finances. When I was married, I paid the daily bills but I stayed far, far away from the big financial picture. Starting over, I have been forced to get my head in the game and understand my finances in a much bigger sense. Whether married or single, everyone should have their fingers on their financial pulse. Making sure you know where your family stands, what accounts and policies you have, and who the key contacts are can be critical should unexpected issues arise, whether illness, job loss, or divorce. There are a ton of great…
  • When moms go out

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Photo credit: iStock When is the last time you had a “girls’ night out”? These days, they are harder to come by – and end much, much earlier. I’m over at EverydayFamily this week with what a GNO looks like as a mom. Come by and let me know if this sounds familiar! ~ChiMomWriter The post When moms go out appeared first on It Builds Character.     Related StoriesAt EverydayFamily: Other moms and birthday party dreadTips for camping with kidsAt EverydayFamily: No excuses! Easy resources to up your financial savvy 
  • Great children’s books for families outside the cookie cutter

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    I am over at EverydayFamily this week with a list of great children’s books for “non-traditional” families. I struggled with that title quite a bit, because I don’t really know what “traditional” is these days. Most families I know fall outside of the cookie cutter, and I am excited to see more children’s books recognize the diversity of their readership, and how much children need to see their lives reflected in the stories they read. Regardless of how your family is built, with same sex parents, children you have adopted, or simply that one parent…
  • Divorce: 5 lessons from the other side

    1 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    There is no easy way through divorce, and it seems like, even after the fact, I am still discovering new layers. This week at EverydayFamily, I’ve shared five lessons from the other side. If you have been through this, I hope you will share your own in the comments as well! You can read the article here. Have a great 4th of July weekend. I hope you spend it surrounded by those who make your heart happy! ~ChiMomWriter The post Divorce: 5 lessons from the other side appeared first on It Builds Character.     Related StoriesGreat children’s books for families…
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    Toy Reviews | Toy Queen | Educational Toys | Toddler Toys | Best Apps for Kids | Toy Giveaways | Preschool Games | Baby Product Reviews

  • CVS MinuteClinic Promotes Back-to-School Health and Wellness

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post discussing how CVS MinuteClinic promotes back-to-school health and wellness. While I am receiving compensation, any personal thoughts portrayed within this post are my own. Information provided by CVS MinuteClinic is clearly stated as such. As many of us have finally just settled into our summer routines, back-to-school ads and sales are being promoted in full-swing. I recently saw a feature on the news that the average family spends about $600 on back to school supplies for children ages Kindergarten through 12th grade between apparel, accessories and…
  • Kings Bowling Alley Back Bay is Great Family Friendly Experience in Boston

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Disclosure: I attended an event at Kings Bowling Alley Back Bay in Boston. I was hosted and received complimentary food, drinks, and bowling. I couldn’t believe it, we have never taken Gavin bowling. I figured we’d have at least been invited to a birthday party by now. He’ll be 4 1/2 and for some reason it just hasn’t happened…yet. Here in Northern Massachusetts for some reason we have candlepin bowling. Those small little bowling balls that fit in the palm of your hand and literally knock down 2 pins at a time. However, in Connecticut where I went to college…
  • Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Toys and Movie Review #PlanesFireandRescue

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Disclosure: My family and I were provided with free passes to a movie screening for the purpose of this Disney Planes Fire and Rescue review. Any opinions and recommendations are my own. I attended an event in New York City at my own expense that featured Disney Planes Fire and Rescue toys. Have you ever needed to reinvent yourself? Did you recognize it alone or did you have a little help from your friends or an experience that was happening in your life? Did your new path become a necessity because of something that happened to you, which was outside of your comfort zone? Was it difficult to…
  • 20+ Outdoor Toys and Activities That Easily Store in the Trunk of the Car #SiennaDiaries

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Disclosure: We have been participating in the Toyota #SiennaDiaries campaign for the last 3 months, where I have been driving a Toyota Sienna minivan and documenting our travels. We received a stipend to participate in the program, but any opinions included within this post are mine my own. A few weeks ago I took part in a Google chat about healthy eating and nutrition and one one of the questions that I was asked included, “How does your family stay active in the summer?” While some people might immediately think about what’s stored in their garage or which toys are strewn within…
  • Tips for Traveling with Kids Podcast

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    Today I was asked to take part in the Parenting Roundabout podcast, hosted by a colleague of mine  at, Terri Mauro, the expert on parenting children with special needs. Every week, 4 Parenting Experts engage in a podcast on all sorts of fun and interesting topics. Along with Terri, I was joined  by Catherine Holecko,’s Family Fitness expert and Susan Adcox,’s Grandparents expert. In our roundtable discussion this week we all shared our unique viewpoints and tips for traveling with kids in the summer. If you have 30 minutes, there are some…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • Natural Ways to Get Rid of Sore Muscles

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    This week I am posting on my friend Lauryn’s site about natural ways to reduce stress, so the natural ways theme has been on my mind even more so than usual. Why use something synthetic to ease pain when your body can thrive from functional, natural behaviors and products? As I get ready to walk the 3 Day for breast cancer in September, I have started thinking ahead about a plan for muscle fatigue. After all, walking 20 miles three days in a row sure is bound to leave us all feeling fatigued! Whether you are walking the 3 Day, running a marathon, or just beginning an exercise regimen, there…
  • The Inspiration Awards from Canyon Ranch

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Who inspires you? I am willing to bet that you can think of someone. Perhaps that person has made a selfless sacrifice, motivated others, overcome adversity, or made a difference in the community. Who makes you want to be a better person? If that someone you know has truly inspired you, how about showing them how much they have done so by nominating them for an Inspiration Award? Mel and Enid Zuckerman opened the first Canyon Ranch in 1979, a beautiful, serene resort that is devoted to fitness, nutrition, relaxation, and healthy living. In celebration of its 35th Anniversary, Canyon Ranch is…
  • The Element Associates Social Suite at Blogger Bash

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Last Friday I attended Blogger Bash in New York City. Frankly it had been a little while since I’d attended a blogger event. I was looking forward to catching up with my online friends in real life. Though I had a great time at the KidVuz party, I have to shout it out to Element Associates for one heck of an event at the Element Associates Social Suite. Ok, so I am a bit partial here. After all, I do a fair amount of work with Debbie Bookstaber and the team at Element Associates. I consider them all to be friends. Lucky me, I got to work the Joseph Nogucci table at the #EAEvents party,…
  • The Next Big Buzzword in Health and Wellness

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    If you eat oysters, beef, Alaskan king crab, lobster, or pork chop, you may be embarking on the next big buzzword in health and wellness. Care to take a guess? I am talking about Zinc. It’s not just for colds anymore. The more Zinc gets researched, the more we are going to learn about its importance and its impact on the body. Not long ago I wrote a post for Babble about zinc’s role in fighting off breast cancer. Then just this week, researchers identified zinc as one of the most important essential trace metals, a vital element in various bodily processes and in the prevention of…
  • Organic, Allergen-Free, Vegan, Low-Sugar, Delicious Recipes? Yes, Please!

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Living healthy is super important to me. I’m not a saint by any means, but I try to value exercise, healthy organic eating and natural living as much as possible. The more health research I have read, the more I believe that we have just as much power to harm our bodies as we do to heal them. You may also know that my older son has lived with severe food allergies for many years. After researching gluten and reading Gluten Freedom, I am thoroughly convinced that gluten is just not meant to be digested, at least the way it is currently cropped and curated in this country. So I stay on the…
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  • A case of premature teenager syndrome

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

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

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

    Abel Cheng
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:40 am
    We jumped at the invitation extended to us by my wife’s former colleague and a reader of They were the organizers of a day trip that took place last Friday. The day trip comprised Malaysia’s top university’s Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden and The Museum of Zoology. Both places are located on the campus of University of Malaya (UM). Based on my rough estimate, the trip was joined by about 30 participants – children and adults alike. The morning session started off with Rimba Ilmu. After lunch, the trip continued with a visit to UM’s Museum of Zoology.
  • Family Road Trip: Sitiawan, Lumut and Pangkor Island

    Abel Cheng
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Since we were offered a free place to stay (from my cousin) in Swiss Court Holiday Apartment Damai Laut, we planned a visit to this wonderful places (Sitiawan and Lumut) again during the recent school holidays. It’s 3D2N trip. What is different this time is we included Pangkor Island as part of our itinerary. Our last visit was four years ago. Detailed write-up about the last trip here. Klang Hainanese Curry Rice Klang’s Hainanese Curry Rice On the way to Sitiawan, we stopped by at this stall for the second time. We ordered two servings of rice with pork, beancurd and eggs. What…
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • #SheInspires | K. Elizabeth McCoy: “Parenting In General Is A Mixture Of Trial And Error”

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Name:  K. Elizabeth McCoy Age: 28 Kids: Two kids ages 5 (girl) & 3 (boy) Blog URL: Whenever I have a moment of free time I look forward to… Curling up with a good book or work on finishing up my two novels.  I’ve also been overdosing on British crime shows like Luther and The Fall at the moment when I have the time. My mommy superpower is…. Cooking for multiple food allergies from scratch.  It’s definitely a challenge some days spicing meals up because there are things that my son is allergic to that my daughter isn’t and vice…
  • When Your Man Says He Likes How You Look Naked, Believe Him

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    I hate my pudgy stomach. Two C-sections, countless cookies and cakes and brownies and too few hours engaged in cardio have left me feeling really full around my middle. I like my arms, my thighs, my shoulders, calves and even my butt, but my belly? That.thing.must.GO! However, my husband will routinely put his hand on my belly and squeeze, meaning it in an endearing way, and I always freak out. “Don’t touch my belly fat!” I immediately make plans to get to the gym and sweat for an hour. But see, I’m doing myself a disservice here. I wish I could see my body the way my…
  • Spill It: Would You Ask A Friend To Do Your Laundry?

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    by Leah Outten “I’m just going to put this out there and be honest: I am struggling in this first trimester. I’m in near tears right now because I am exhausted (taking iron does help, but now I’m not sleeping well at night nor will my body allow me to nap when Ashlyn does anymore) and nauseous off and on and just emotional. I feel like I’m back in the pit I was a year ago and it makes it really hard to be the mom I want to be. If anyone would be willing to help pick up groceries at Costco or Trader Joes whenever you go, I can pay in cash. My kids are also super…
  • #SheInspires | Michelle Jones: “On Really Tough Days I Need To Write In My Journal”

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I just met Michelle recently (as in, she retweeted some of my links, I checked out her blog and instantly became a fan). She is due with her second child any day now and she also has an 11-month-old who keeps her on her toes. I love her blog, BlackZenMama, and everything it represents. I’m sure you’ll dig Michelle just as much as I do. Name: Michelle Jones Age: 24 Kids: Two girls/ A one-year old and I’m due with my second child late July 2014 Blog URL: Whenever I have a moment of free time I look forward to… a nap or a long, hot shower…
  • Why I Make My Kids Go To Bed Every Night At 7 P.M.

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    My aunt has lived in Texas for the majority of my life, whereas I have always lived in Ohio. This means I don’t see her much and our in-person communication is pretty much limited to holidays and special events like weddings. Once, she was in town for just a random visit and wanted to come by and see me and the kids. But she didn’t, because it was 7 p.m. and she knew (everyone knew) that at 7 p.m., my house shuts down and it’s time for my kids to go to bed. “I didn’t want to mess up your routine,” she told me. “They told me how you are about…
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    Athena Bees

  • Monitor your cell phone with the help of mobile spy software

    Lisa Brennan
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    If you want to know what is going on in your family, and you find that there are legitimate methods by which are actually getting information, then you need to take the help of stealth and sophistication. As of now, mobile phones are definitely a necessary part in the lives of everyday people. So, with the help of the mobile spy software, you will be able to get the key features and benefits can enable you to get the records and details of the phone calls done. This piece of software is ideal for the people that are worried about the ability of their children to make use of mobile phones, and…
  • What Is The Best HgH Dosage For You?

    Lisa Brennan
    23 May 2014 | 3:54 am
    Human growth hormones are used by many people today. The use of the hormones depends on an individuals needs but conventionally, growth hormones are used by the body for cell regeneration, growth and development. The hormones are used to optimize the body to ensure that it gives high aesthetic value as well as health. HGH doses are measured in International Units (UI) and milligrams (mg). 1 UI is equivalent to 3 milligrams. Dosages of HGH should be based on the personal goals of the individual using the hormone and should be taken correctly to reduce the risks of adverse effects on the user.
  • How To Make Teeth Whiter

    Lisa Brennan
    21 May 2014 | 2:22 am
    If you want to make your teeth whiter, you can choose between three teeth whitening solutions options. First option is in the dentist clinic. This way is the most expensive way, but if you think that this is the best solution for you, schedule an appointment and visit your dentist. He will tell you the best possible options for teeth whitening. Also, you can buy some of the various products on the market that will help you to whiten your teeth. You can choose between specially designed tooth whitening strips, and various gels. The most important thing about tooth whitening products is that…
  • Green Tea Pills – Good For Weight Loss?

    Lisa Brennan
    5 May 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The quick and short answer is yes! Now to go more indepth with the benefits that green tea pills have for weight loss. Most green tea fat burner pills contains a lot less caffeine than for example 1 cup of coffeee however the green tea extract still helps you burn more calories faster and more effectively than a lot of other weight loss pills. This is one of the reasons a lot of people have turned to green tea in order to help them lose weight because it helps the body burn a lot more fat than usually. Are there any other green tea pills benefits? Yes. Reduced risk of getting cancer. Studies…
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    Raising Great Men™

  • Ten Things Your Son Wants to Hear From You

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

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

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

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

    Marie Roker-Jones
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:15 am
    “I just want you to be happy”. How many times have we either uttered these words or heard other parents say this to their children? Why are we so consumed by the happiness of our children? I used to say this to my sons until I realized that happiness is rather subjective. I also realized that for children who are loved unconditionally, nurtured and cared for, happiness is just a state of being.  Happiness became a focal point in our lives a couple of years ago during my son’s turbulent middle school years and my husband’s deployment.   I became obsessed with making…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • Earn Rewards with Nestle Pure Life

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    This post brought to you by Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine. One of my resolutions this year has been to drink more water. I know I need to lay off the diet soda, but sometimes it is hard. I don't like many bottled waters, but Nestle® Pure Life® has always been one of the few brands I could enjoy. Now, there is even more reason to like them. The Nestlé® Pure Life® Drink Better. Live
  • Exploring Downtown St. Louis #70DayRoadTrip #Travel

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    St. Louis is an exciting city full of history and culture. We drove through it on our road trip last year, but this year, we were determined to make a visit. So, the 4th of July weekend saw us headed to the city to explore their Independence Day offerings. The first night we got there, we had no set plans, so we decided to wander through the streets of downtown St. Louis. The incredible French
  • Healthy Options When Eating Out at Piccadilly

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    This post brought to you by Piccadilly Restaurants. All opinions are 100% mine. If you are like me, and trying to slim down this summer, eating out is usually an area where temptation can rarely be avoided. Why? Because rarely do restaurants offer menu items that are truly healthy and low in calories. Piccadilly Restaurants are coming to the rescue this summer though, with slimmer summer
  • Touring the Bridges of Madison County #70DayRoadTrip #Travel

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    I am going to be honest and say that when I planned our stop at Walnut Woods State Park in Iowa, I had no idea that the bridges of Madison County were close by. In fact, it was just a minor stop that was in a convenient place when I looked on the map. Just a rest over between Sioux Falls and St. Louis. However, some of the best things in life happen spontaneously, and this ended up being one
  • A Splashing Good Time at Wild Water West in Sioux Falls #70DayRoadTrip #Travel

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Thanks to Wild Water West for hosting our visit, all opinions are my own.  When we visited Sioux Falls last month, the temperatures were steadily rising. We needed a way to cool off, and Wild Water West provided just that. South Dakota's largest waterpark, Wild Water West features an array of water fun for the whole family, including a 500,000 gallon wave pool and a lazy river with a swim up
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • SmartMom Mobile App

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Motherhood begins as soon as you see those two blue lines that say everything – you are pregnant – and in that moment, you feel the deepest, most commanding love you’ve ever known. This love drives you to do whatever is best for your child – to do whatever it takes.For first-time moms, this can be daunting. Every day poses a new challenge to overcome, inevitably bringing new questions. Even for experienced moms, new children bring new problems. Questions runs through your mind every second:Why is he kicking more than usual today?How can I help my infant sleep through the…
  • The Art of Blowing Birthday Candles

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Long before G's 3rd birthday, we have been practising how to blow a birthday candle. With all the intensive candle blowing training we've given him, I predicted that by the time his actual birthday arrives he's already a pro. I even went to the extent of buying magic candles, the ones that re-lights up by itself after blowing, because I know he's going to have a blast blowing his birthday candles and keep wanting to do it again and again and again. I was so right! Pardon me for tooting my own horn but mommy knows best, eh? :D
  • 3 Easy DIY Projects For Your Backyard

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:54 am
    The DIY project is every handyman’s favourite pastime. The task is simple - find something that you can build with hammers, nails, shovels, drills and other things that make loud noises. The build is often completed across several weekends, mostly with your mates, and usually accompanied by several beers and a BBQ. We’ve provided you with some inspiration for your next DIY project below.  There are a lot of great stores that provide great ideas and everything you need to get your next DIY project on the go, such as Fabric Solutions Australia  Something for the little…
  • Home-made Mango Sticky Rice

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    I was craving for mango sticky rice the other weekend and decided to make my own. It's simply delicious, the whole family loved it!Making homemade mango sticky rice is easy breezy lemon squeezy!Here's all you need:Sticky rice (cook like a normal rice)Fresh ripe mangoesCoconut milkSugar crystals (optional)I like mine without sugar because the mango is already sweet enough for me but my girl prefers to sprinkle sugar crystals on her mango sticky rice.Happy cooking for your family!
  • The Risks of Being a Hoarder

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:39 am
    We’ve all seen and been horrified by television programs showing graphic images of the homes of hoarders. But for an ever-increasing number of people in our communities, hoarding is a real and personal issue. There are many risks that come with hoarding and while the reasons that people hoard are complex and varied, there are solutions to the problem of cluttered homes filled with unnecessary items.If your home, or the home of someone you know, is being overcome by hoarding, an enormous clean out is essential. When doing this, you need to be ruthless. Throw out absolutely everything that is…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • Who Else Wants More Fun and Less Stress on Family Trips?

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Summer time means family trips and family trips usually means fights, tired kids, and unmet expectations. But what if I told you that you could cut down on the stress and ramp up the fun? Family Trips need a Pre-game Huddle Before you even start packing suitcases, pack up the car and hit the road for...Read More
  • Here is a Plan for Teaching Your Kids Self Control

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    When kids lack self control, it’s easy to laugh it off and say, “Oh, they’re just being kids.” And to a certain extent, I think we must allow  them to “just be kids.” But those kids will not always “just be kids,” and learning self control is part of the growing up process. Self control is your...Read More
  • 20 Nutritious Snacks to take on Youth Sports trips

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Nutritious snacks are probably not the first thing you pack when you are getting ready to hit the road for another youth sports trip. But quite honestly, they should be a top priority on your to-do list as you pack up for the excursion. These healthy options for are perfect for the car ride and...Read More
  • When Is It Safe for Your Young Athlete to Begin Weight Lifting?

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weight lifting or training will eventually–if it’s not already–be part of your athlete’s regime. Football season is just around the corner and if your son is playing, then you are may already know that strength not only helps him perform better as an athlete, it can also help prevent injuries. The following excerpt is from my ebook, Football...Read More
  • What You Must Know about Youth Sports and Concussions

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Concussion safety is on the tip of every sports expert’s tongue these days. And there is definitely reason for concern. There’s so much discussion going around that it can get rather overwhelming. Who should you listen to? What should you be doing to be sure your child is safe when playing sports? I sorted through some...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • Sweet Summer Memories: Strawberry Picking

    Darcy Zalewski
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:53 pm
    I love strawberries. Their vibrant red color, their fresh scent, and the taste as of sweet and tart as I sink my teeth into a juicy one. If I had to pick a favorite fruit, strawberry would be it. My kids enjoy strawberries too… most of the time. They go on odd food strikes now and then, so I can never guarantee what these two will eat on a given day. One experience I want them to have growing up is picking strawberries. I went strawberry picking once or twice as a child that I can remember. It was at a family friend’s farm so it was a little different. Still, I remember it being…
  • Host Your Own Bounce House Play Date!

    Darcy Zalewski
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    We received a bounce house toy from Little Tikes to review for our own play date. There is just something about bounce houses that draw kids to them like moths to a flame. They are irresistible fun! Around here, there are a couple indoor places filled with inflatables for kids to play on. While those are nice in theory, they can be a little crazy for weekend play dates. They are usually busy and the little ones under 4 years old can be easily intimidated by the bigger kids running around… even if there is a special toddler area. So, how can you ensure your little ones get time to bounce…
  • Will I Ever Run a 5k? {Weight Loss & Couch to 5k Updates}

    Darcy Zalewski
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Two weeks ago I was so close to hitting my next weight goal. Without tracking my food and WW points, you can see how my weights have fluctuated. Week 16: 213.4 Week 17: 211.6 Week 18: 208.8 Week 19: 211.4 Week 20: 211 Exhibit A: Darcy after a run I’ve also started running. Sort of. At the time of my last update I’d gone out twice. I’m using a Couch to 5k app on my phone, which prompts me to alternate walking and jogging intervals. The idea is to work up to running 5k by going out three times a week for nine weeks. This is a big change for me. I’ve only been able to go…
  • Champagne Soaked Strawberries and 12 Drinks for Summer

    Darcy Zalewski
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:33 pm
    This summer drink round up is sponsored by, a place to organize and collect recipes online. Check out 12 Summer Drinks by Darcy Zalewski at I love strawberries and I’m fond of champagne. I haven’t drank very much in years, but when I do, it’s all about enjoying the taste. Last weekend was Strawberry Fest in my area so I figured strawberries soaked in champagne sounded like a good experiment. While technically not a drink, I think it’s a fun twist and perfect for summer, don’t you? Sure, I could just drink strawberry wine, but I was very…
  • Family Fun at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark

    Darcy Zalewski
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Our family was invited for one complimentary night stay at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark in Gurnee, Illinois so we could experience it for ourselves. All thoughts and images are my own. With indoor waterparks, the fun happens all year round. Living southeastern Wisconsin, we need options. And even in the heat of summer, indoor parks are still a great option because the temperature is controlled, you don’t have to worry about rain and you don’t need to worry about sunscreen or sunglasses. A few weeks ago we stayed at KeyLime Cove in Gurnee, Illinois. If you follow me on Instagram,…
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    The Potty Diaries

  • No words needed for this one, I think...

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

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

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

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

    30 May 2014 | 2:05 am
    ... but is it's own reward.Hands up who out there has children who are not particularly sporty?Yes, that's me, right at the front of the room, waving my arm in the air in the slightly embarrassed manner of a parent who would love her children to be superstars on the sports field but who knows that genetically, they haven't been dealt the strongest of decks.If Husband is reading this he will no doubt be throwing up his hands in horror at my defeatist attitude, but even he - supportive of me and all my failings as he is - can't deny that what I say is true.  I am not a natural sports…
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    Abundant Mama

  • 5 Ways to Live in the Moment on Your Next Family Road Trip

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

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Are you able to live without Facebook? Are you able to go without checking your email every single hour? Are you willing to walk without carrying your cell phone? In my coaching circle, we spent the entire month of June talking about unplugging and plugging in, as I talk about in my latest book, “The Abundant Mama’s Guide to Savoring Slow.” What we all learned is that we love our online world. We love the connections and the friendships. We love the learning and the inspiration. We need each other as we are a tribe and we need those relationships to stay healthy and vibrant…
  • You Don’t Have To Be a Mindful Parent Every Second of the Day

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Since starting the #BanBusy movement in this community, I have found so many beautiful moments to just be with my daughters. And to just be myself. The last few months, though, everything that is not THAT important has taken a backseat to just being together. Because, and I know this now, it will all get done — eventually. And that means I’m spending as much time as possible being a mindful parent. Confession: That, however, doesn’t mean I’m mindful all day long, 24-7. I like to say that I am the love child between helicopter parents and free-range parents. I want to…
  • A Love Note for The Angry Mom

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dear Angry Mom – You saw red today. You hid in the corner, crying. You seriously wondered how on earth you could make it through another minute, let alone another day. You’re not sure you’re cut out for this motherhood thing. You’re not sure you’re able to stay strong, like you know you need to be. But here’s the thing, the beautiful thing – Your child, your children, need you and they do not need the angry mom. They need the mom that is full of readiness and love. I don’t mean they need just anyone. I mean they need YOU. They need your smell.
  • 5 Unexpected Ways Photography Makes Happier Moms

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Super happy to offer this guest post from Beryl Ayn Young, Photo Mentor and founder of Momtographie. Beryl is a great teacher for moms who want to use their camera to track family memories — and for self-care. Check her out with these great tips and then go sign up for her online workshop, Radiate! This post contains affiliate links because I believe strongly in Beryl’s offerings. It’s a sweltering 93 degrees outside on a summer evening in late-June. We exit the comfort of our perfectly air-conditioned car and I stop for a moment to let the fog clear off my glasses as they…
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    Project Motherhood

  • Procrastinating? Get off Your Mommy Butt and GO FOR IT!

    Deborah Hetrick Catanese
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    Have you been procrastinating? We suggest you face your fear, get off your Mommy Butt, and GO FOR IT! Ah, procrastination, don’t we know it?  Over the years of being Mommy I’ve noticed that I can slip into a plane of excuses, where I am too busy, too needed, too involved with family members to do what I want to do, for me! Even before I had kids, procrastination was often my mode.  But it took until now for me to see it a bit differently… to realize that being a Mommy, which actually does encompass large chunks of our beings, allowed me to have a handy excuse ready at all times to…
  • Apple Shaped Body: Skirts That Fit!

    Allison Cooper
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    Last week, I was literally pulling my closet apart looking for an outfit to wear to a conference. I KNOW you have all been there! Sometimes, even the people with the most organized closets have trouble finding exactly what they’re looking for. On this specific day that was me. It was also one of those very frequent days where everything I thought might work, just wasn’t looking great on my apple shaped body. Finally, after trying on a few things–something we all must do from time to time, I found this: And it looked pretty great! So I immediately turned to my husband, who…
  • #HotTopic: Should Play Dates Be Banned?

    Allison Cooper
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Do you remember the days when riding bikes freely around the neighborhood was the norm? Playing outside with the neighborhood kids was a favorite past time with the setting sun as our only means of a schedule? Has the “play date” ruined our children’s ability to socialize freely, creatively and naturally in their environment or are other factors at hand? Chris Bernholdt a stay-at-home-dad, was featured on The Today’s Show, and makes a very bold claim that scheduling play dates is in fact hindering his children’s ability to play in a spontaneous, unorganized way and calls for their…
  • Summer Hair: Runway Ready Tutorials We Love!

    Allison Cooper
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Summer being halfway over, we’re now in the midst of all those uber hot days. Whenever I leave the house, all I can think about it making sure that my hair is somehow up, off my neck, out of my face– anything but DOWN! Though I confess that I’ve gotten to a point where I’m lacking creativity and my summer hair styles are getting boring. After scouring YouTube this weekend, I rounded up some of my favorite videos that give amazing visuals for the best summer hair styles, and I just had to share them with you all! Our Favorite Summer Hair Tutorial Trends From YouTube 3…
  • Guide To Finding The Perfect Strapless Bra + Intimacy Giveaway

    Allison Cooper
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    We all know that summer is all about strapless or very thin strapped dresses and tops–it’s inevitable! It’s what is in style, pretty, and quite frankly–keeping us cool during the hot summer months. BUT…we always seem to struggle with getting that strapless bra to fit just right! Don’t try to hide it, because I KNOW that you have found yourself huddled in a corner at an outdoor summer party or BBQ, hunkered over, trying to discretely get your strapless bra pulled up. I’ve been there, too–many times! The journey to finding the perfect strapless…
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    The Mommist

  • Interior Envy: Stark Victorian Home

    Len Dela Cruz
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    A period interior with a brush of minimalism is high on my home interior list. I love open spaces that are predominantly white, but with loads of texture to break the monotony. It makes the space appear cooler, and this is a must when you're living in a country with three climates such as moi: hot, hotter, and wet. My bedroom is the only exception. The color should be dark. It just helps me sleep better.Here's an amazing Victorian home in London that I recently filed under my I Will Have You Soon Homes list that embodies my interests. I found it here. It's a feature from Remodelista's…
  • Style Hero: Jessica de Ruiter

    Len Dela Cruz
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    I find understated éclat very appealing. Black-on-black, white-on-white, and black and white with a little POC {pop of color} are proverbial power combos for me. This maybe mundane for others, but for me, it equals simple elegance. One such person who I admire style-wise is Jessica de Ruiter. The L.A.-based stylist has mastered the art of minimal sophistication to a tee...effortlessly. I envy and love her with utmost passion because of that. Below are my proofs as to why. Like or likeeeeeee? sourcesourcesourcesourceHold on! Before you go, please like my The…
  • Suspenders à la Nicole Richie

    Len Dela Cruz
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    sourceLeave it to Nicole Richie to make not-so-ordinary suspenders look super cool! Promoting Candidly Nicole in New York, Nicole Richie stepped out of Manhattan Mall in semi-sheer white cutoffs, black jeans, pointed-toe pumps, and Chanel suspenders. Special mention to her ear studs. If Sons of Anarchy and SATC had an ensemble for a love child, this would be it. I love the whole ensemble with passion! I'm not too fond of in-your-face logos, but this one works just fine. Maybe it's her badass demeanor that made it so. Yeah, she knows she killed it. Hold on! Before you go, please like my…
  • Makati Shangri-La Shang Palace: Huaiyang Cuisine Experience By Chef Anthony Dong

    Len Dela Cruz
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:13 pm
    I had such a wonderful gastronomic experience the other day at Makati Shangri-La's Shang Palace, and I have Chef Anthony Dong to thank for that. I'm grateful that I was introduced to the fine flavors of Chinese cuisine called Huaiyang.  Huaiyang Cuisine is one of the four major cuisines in China; the other three are Yue, Lu, and Sichuan. It is also an umbrella term for cuisines from the cities of Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Nanjing, and Hua'an. Being a benchmark of great quality, this was the type of cuisine that was served at the Grand Banquet for the Ceremony of the Founding of the People's…
  • Hugo Guinness Linocuts

    Len Dela Cruz
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    Let's talk about Hugo Guinness' work for a second. This amazing artist's linocuts have been on my great expectations list for years. I don't know when it'll get out of that list and come to fruition though. They say you have to train your brain into attracting what you want most. The universe will then conspire to give it you. If that fails, defaulting to good 'ol hard work is fine, too.Anyway, back to Hugo Guinness's work. The ones below are just a few of my favorites because they depict my daily essentials and the things that I'm fond of, like the typewriter. As for the handcuffs, well, who…
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  • Though the World is Fast Asleep

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

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

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

    Bob Aycock
    11 May 2014 | 8:30 am
    Happy Mother’s Day, Moms! Thinking of all the moms out there as all well as those of you who may be missing your mom (even more) today. <3 For more magical Disney-inspired Mother’s Day cards, check out Disney Mother’s Day Cards Sure to Warm Your Heart on Oh My Disney!  Filed under: Holidays Tagged: #DisneyMP, #DisneySide, […]
  • Date Nite at Disneyland

    Bob Aycock
    9 May 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Originally posted on Progressland:Here’s a piece I did based off Disneyland’s famous “Date Nite at Disneyland” events of old. I even borrowed the “Santa Ana Freeway” subtext straight from some of the vintage advertisements. I also had fun replicating the train station and trying to get the lights to “glow” as well as getting…
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    The Kerrie Show

  • #Bubblews Wrap-up Posties: Kennedys, Carole/Aviva and #Jamberry Try It Night DON'T

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Welcome to another edition of Bubblews Roundups or Wrap-ups or you might also call it a bunch of crap and that is entirely up to you. Hey, at least I know my mom and husband read it! Here we go:Kerry Kennedy Not Guilty? You Don't Say! That is a Shocker!How I Planned to NOT do my Jamberry Try It Night (but it got cancelled)A little thing I like to call Carole Versus Aviva
  • OOFOS Sandals (Flip Flops) Review #feeltheOO

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    I am in love with these shoes, sandals, flip flops, WHATEVER you want to call them. I call them Heaven on my Feet. For real. I got these to review recently but I already had some!Yes, I already won some over a year ago in an online giveaway. I got black ones in size 7 and they were a little small but still the most comfy thing I have ever worn. They stand up to lots of walking and water, are washable, are flexible, are AMAZING.So when I was asked to review them for real I asked for size 8 in navy. They are just as awesome. I really can't say enough good things about these and if you know me…
  • Dear Belton Pool: Are You Freaking Kidding Me Right Now?

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Went to a party last Saturday night .... and was told a story by a new friend. I posted on Facebook and got a lot of interesting comments and made a bunch myself. What's your take?What the WHAT? Just found out tonight that a woman was bugged by two workers at the Belton Pool about nursing her infant there. My friend ranted online on the city's web page and the situation was apologized for but it seems there are still people in this world who want to bitch about a woman discreetly nursing her child in public. They bitch to the point that a worker at a pool has to ask the mom to stop doing it…
  • Kerrie's Chaos Funny of the Day: Saturday and Getting Rid of Kid Stuff

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
  • Eva is Swimming!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Yesterday we went to the pool. We hadn't been in a while because of cool weather. Mr. Kerrie just got back from Wyoming and he came with us. I got to lay in the sun while chatting with my friends, reading a book and getting a tan while Mr. Kerrie played with the kids. Then Eva, who is 6 1/2, asked me to come to the deep part. I did and she showed me that SHE CAN SWIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I believe she is my youngest one to swim! The boys were both 7 and Callie was probably close to 7 but I would have to go back through old online and paper journals to check! We've gotten to go to my aunt…
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    A Juggling Mom

  • Wordless Wednesday – Wanderlusting in Gold Coast

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
    The blog’ been a little quiet and there’s a good reason for it as I’m away in Gold Coast, Australia... Continue reading » The post Wordless Wednesday – Wanderlusting in Gold Coast appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Skyline Luge Sentosa – Where Once is Never Enough {Review and Giveaway}

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    One of Sentosa’s most exciting attraction is the Skyline Luge. With a combination of high speed adrenalin rush, panoramic views from the... Continue reading » The post Skyline Luge Sentosa – Where Once is Never Enough {Review and Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Love Language #1 : Physical Touch

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    We all know that we love our children and spouses but the question is have we shown them in a... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Love Language #1 : Physical Touch appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Foodie Friday – Dong Po Colonial Cafe

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    I first heard about Dong Po Colonial Cafe from ieatishootipost when Dr Leslie sang praises of just about everything in the cafe.... Continue reading » The post Foodie Friday – Dong Po Colonial Cafe appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Wink to Learn Speak and Read English {Review and Giveaway}

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    For many parents, flashcards are one of the first few ways that we use to teach our little ones to... Continue reading » The post Wink to Learn Speak and Read English {Review and Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • Moshi Monsters At The Sea Life Centre Birmingham

    Erica Price
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    This week we went to The National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham to have a look at their Moshi Monsters event that is going on until 31 August (other dates apply at other Sea Life Centres).  It’s great to have the event going on for the whole summer holidays and it’s a fun place to go whether you are a Moshi Monsters fanatic or not.As you go into the centre you’ll be able to collect a special activity book. Whilst you go round you can look for the missing marine moshling figures that are hiding at Sea Life.  H loved doing this – it’s just his sort of thing. …
  • Shaun the Sheep Shear Heat Review and Giveaway

    Erica Price
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    H is a huge Shaun the Sheep fan, so it’s no surprise that he was keen to see Shear Heat (released 21st July 2014), which is the latest selection of 10 short episodes from Mossy Bottom Farm.  H’s favourite episode was The Rounders Match where the sheep play against the pigs.  As ever when watching Shaun the Sheep, there was a lot of giggling and laughing going on.H was also very excited to see the teaser trailer on the disc for Shaun the Sheep The Movie which is being released on 6th February 2015. He’s already asking if he can have that.  Shear Heat has been a bit hit and…
  • Food Spend Challenge

    Erica Price
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    We all know that bringing up a child is expensive and you often see figures mentioned in the press about the total figure.  To be honest though, I’ve always wondered how accurate they are as you don’t know exactly what they are based on.  You know, does that include private schools and skiing trips or is it a more down to earth estimate?NatWest have launched a cost of raising a child calculator which clearly sets out the costs of raising a child for each year of their lives.  It shows the costs associated with a baby, a toddler, tweens and teenagers.  For each age group you…
  • School Swimming Stripes

    Erica Price
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:28 pm
    H started swimming last term with school, quite early as he was still in Year 2. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get in some extra classes; experience a different teacher; and get used to getting himself changed without me on hand.  It didn’t work like that and in fact, we had to work hard to overcome the negative impact that the school classes had on his water confidence.Eventually, we seemed to get to a point where he was more comfortable with school swimming lessons and it no longer felt like their classes were sending him backwards each week.  So it was nice to see…
  • Edinburgh Zoo

    Erica Price
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    You can’t beat a good zoo visit for a family day out.  H has always loved animals and being interested in learning more about them, so zoos are high on his list of places that he wants to visit.  We’d never been before, but I’d heard Edinburgh Zoo was a good one and of course, they have giant pandas.  There are very few places where you can get to see giant pandas.  In fact, there are only 47 in zoos outside China, so if you want to see a giant panda Edinburgh Zoo really is the place to go and they have two of them too.Giant PandasOne of the first things we did when we…
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  • Review: Isoderm to Manage Eczema

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    My son has eczema. I like to think I’m exaggerating, and it’s just a bad heat rash. I’m in denial cos no one else in the family has it. But he does and we are constantly looking for a cream or a cleanser that works. These mild soap cleansers and special formulated creams are not cheap. I’ve no basis of comparison,which brand is better, or if there’s any difference among them. I don’t have eczema and my boy is unable to accurately explain if Brand A or B is better. As his mummy, I just want to find something that works and if it’s inexpensive,…
  • Who gets Angry Faster and Scarier? The Teacher or The Parent?

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Quick Question: Who gets angry faster and scarier–The Teacher or The Parent? Here’s what happened to Nicole this morning. At 6.30 a.m., just before leaving the house, she came to me with a Spelling Book and Pen. You see, she forgot to get my signature on her latest spelling test. This may seem perfectly ok to you, but in our household, I’ve laid down the rules since Primary One that Mummy is NOT signing anything at 6 a.m. in the morning. They know that if they want any test/consent forms/documents signed, they need to show me the night before, so that I have time to read…
  • The #SoundofMusic Review – Movie Vs Musical?

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Recently, when we did a road trip to Malaysia, we realised the best DVD to watch in the car was the all-time favourite, Award winning movie—The Sound of Music. The kids loved the show, the storyline, and of course the catchy songs! When we realised that The Sound of Music musical was coming to town, it didn’t take long for us to decide that it is a Must-See! And so we did and it was a must-must-must see!! I’ve not seen the musical before, but have watched the movie countless times when growing up. Thus, I had some reservations at first, as I really loved the movie and it would be a…
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • Super Simple Summer Fun

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

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    As the parent of a child with developmental challenges, delays, cognitive disabilities... however you want to label it, I often flip-flop between two perspectives.1. Wanting to let my fists fly (which is pretty hysterical if you've ever seen me try to punch something) on anyone who uses the word retarded.2. Simply allowing the word to bounce off me and ricochet back at them. People who use the word retard are outing themselves as people I'd rather not know. Their word choice says everything about them and nothing about my child or anyone with special needs.I seem to be juxtaposed between…
  • The Pink Balloon—Helping Kids Cope With Grief

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    My husband's mum was a vital part of our lives. There hasn't been a day since she died suddenly that we don't miss her terribly. As adults who've had years to develop coping skills, it's still tough. So how can a child possibly cope when they can't begin to reconcile the devastation of loss and moreover, the finality of death?Our eleven year old son experienced anxiety resulting from the loss of his grandmother, so we sought help. Grief counseling has helped him begin to accept the death and has given him skills to cope with the fear of losing his parents and sister. Avery, our seven year…
  • Imagine If We All Approched Life Like Tim?

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    Tim owns a restaurant called Tim's Place, in Albuquerque.They serve breakfast, lunch, and hugs. Tim loves his job.What else makes Tim so special?Watch!
  • Paper Bag Princess

    12 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    My daughter read "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch and then did this project (with help from her EA at school). Cute right?Know what else is cute? This REAL LIFE Paper Bag Princess. (Filmed by her brother while they were BOTH supposed to be helping me pull weeds!) 
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    Manbuilders - What Every Boy Should Know

  • How-To Protect Your Son from Modern Dangers

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

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

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

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

    Joshua Kissee
    1 Jan 2014 | 11:22 am
    Make a commitment pledge to your son in 2014. There are many resolutions floating around the internet. One of the most important is committing to a deep relationship with your son. Taking the time to develop a deep relationship with your son is crucial. It is never too late regardless of his age. A good friend of the ManBuilders team wrote a letter to his 20-year old son that was included in our 2013 commitment pledge article. Read his letter and ask yourself some deep questions this new year if you can relate to those circumstances. What will you do to commit to your son in 2014? Are you…
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  • Beach Girl

    My Asparagus Pee
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    On our first morning of our first family vacation in three years, I woke up almost giddy with excitement at the prospect of finally being able to show Gabby the majesty of the ocean for the first time. A few hours later after we piled ourselves and all of our beach equipment into the car, we pulled into the beach parking lot and started to unload. As with most things in the Cape, the parking lot sat atop a dune and we could look down onto the beach and the ocean from where we parked. Barely able to contain myself, I turned around to lift Gabby up and show her the view of the ocean- and found…
  • Adventures in grief: an update

    My Asparagus Pee
    5 Jun 2014 | 2:13 pm
    It's been eight and a half months since my mom died. That's almost long enough for a whole pregnancy, which is of course how I tend to measure things, and just like growing a new person losing one has its stages. In the beginning, I was numb, sheltered by the cushion of shock and pregnancy. I think when Luca was born a month later and I saw him for the first time was when the first wave of true, devastating sadness hit me: my mother would never know him.As the shiny newness of my grief rubbed off, things came in waves after that, the sleepless nights of a newborn and that constant post partum…
  • Sisyphus in Sweatpants

    My Asparagus Pee
    28 May 2014 | 6:32 pm
    In the beginning of every yoga class that I teach, I invite everyone to find a comfortable position where they can sit for a few minutes and concentrate on their breath. And as we all settle down into the moment I often wax impromptu about things that sound super philosophical and yogic in my head but probably sound a lot like "blah blah belly breath blah yoga blah some shit about a chakra and what the hell is a chakra anyway blah" to everyone else. What I have been finding myself saying lately goes something a lot like this: "well, guys, the warm weather is finally here and it looks like it…
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  • Chalk Hem Maker

    Nicole orriëns
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Remember the cute little dress my 15-year old daughter made? It turns out the hemline was bit uneven. So her granny went on Craigslist and found her this great, vintage chalk hem maker! Looking at the box, I would say it originally came from Germany. It cost about 12 bucks. Chalk Hem Maker box Chalk Hem Maker! The way it works is this: you determine the desired length of the skirt.
  • Dustbuster Black&Decker: a product review of this dustbuster!

    Nicole orriëns
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    Life in the country is nice and peaceful. Except for those pesky flies. Sometimes I have to go on a killing spree with my fly swatter, and then I'm stuck with all the dead bodies. Which is why I wanted a dustbuster. I figured that would be an easy and efficient way to get rid of the evidence. After doing some research on the internet on different dustbuster models, I settled on a Black&
  • 5 Considerations When Buying a New Toolbox

    Nicole orriëns
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    I'm not a very handy kind of girl. In fact I would even go so far as to say I've got two left hands when it comes to DIY. Unfortunately  my husband isn't that much better. Though compared to me, he's like superman when it comes to fixing things around the house. But there are some things I cán do! Like using a hammer and nail to hang a picture! Which I like to do often, because I love
  • The modern day mom knows her languages!

    Nicole orriëns
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
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  • What's the difference between Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools?

    Nicole orriëns
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    I love a great bargain. And what better bargain than when it's free?! So I really liked Google's free tools Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics. There was only one problem: I wasn't altogether sure about how to use them, and for whát. If I'm really honest, I didn't even really know the difference between the two... So I decided there was only one thing for my ignorance: find out!
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    Your Daily Serving of Mommie Daze

  • Stay-at-home Mom Problems: Grocery Shopping

    Colleen Stout
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Some days you take what you can get. Even if the only alone time you had this week was a few minutes in the produce aisle. Sometimes when I go to the grocery store and the boys are at home with Dad, I pick the longest line on purpose just get a few more moments of peace. Like this? See more Stay-at-home Mom Problems. The post Stay-at-home Mom Problems: Grocery Shopping appeared first on Mommiedaze.
  • The Stouts Take the Upper Peninsula

    Colleen Stout
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Well, I don’t know if we took The Upper Peninsula or if The Upper Peninsula took us. I’ve been trying to write about this trip and all the wonderful and crazy things that happened for 10 days now. It’s hard to sum it all up and not bore you to death. I was thinking about when I was a kid, and we would go over to people’s homes and watch slide shows of their vacations. This isn’t as bad as that. At least you can just scroll when you get bored. We headed Up North on our road trip/camping trip on The Fourth of July. To get to the U.P. you can drive the really,…
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  • Patience and the demands of family

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Patience and the demands of family I could do with an additional dollop of that tonight. As I sat down to write this it seems I have been constantly interrupted by the phone, the dog barking, the youngest coming down from bed, the oldest asking for hot chocolate….. ARGGHHHH!!!! What really springs to mind is that… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Rio 2 colouring page – Fun, free downloads to enjoy this summer

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Rio 2 colouring page – Fun, free downloads to enjoy this summer Rio 2 is landing on the small screen via Blu-ray and DVD on 4th August and we have got some mega Rio 2 colouring pages for download; in fact we have some today and some more later in the week as well, so don’t forget to check back for them… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting Pin it Party #63

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Parenting Pin it Party #63 Hi there everyone. Second week of the summer holidays here in the UK – are we all surviving? If you are struggling, why not nip on over to the Parenting Pin it Party over with The Fairy and the Frog today – the post is going live Monday evening – so… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Little Star Presents: The Weekend Box popcorn cupcakes review

    Ally Pinny
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Little Star Presents: The Weekend Box popcorn cupcakes review Trying to find something different for the kids to do on wet days or days when you just want to escape the sun can be incredibly difficult unless you are one very creative, talented person. One site solves all that for you! The Weekend Box sends out a fortnightly box… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • House of Magic free door hanger and coloring downloads

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    House of Magic free door hanger and coloring downloads   Are you prepared to be enchanted by The House of Magic this summer? The film sees abandoned young cat Thunder sneaks into a mysterious mansion owned by retired magician Lawrence, aka “The Illustrious Lorenzo” whilst seeking shelter from a storm. Lawrence shares his fairy-tale world with many animals and an… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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    Nanny to Mommy

  • Tiny Love's Ultimate nfant Prize Bundle Giveaway, Ends 8/14

    Diana Chastain
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome to the Ultimate Infant Prize Bundle Giveaway!Hosted by Mommy's ObsessionsSponsored by Tiny Love This is an amazing prize pack from Tiny Love (we are big fans of this brand here at Nanny to Mommy) and I am excited to offer the opportunity to share this amazing giveaway with my readers! Mommy's Obsessions has teamed up with Tiny Love to bring you the Ultimate Infant Prize Bundle; the Tummy Time Fun Under The Sea Mat and Woodland Take Along Arch!Photo Credits: Tiny LoveWhen your little one starts to grow and develop basic skills and muscle control, it's important to give…
  • The Teething Baby's Diaper Bag {#Munchables Teething Jewelry Giveaway}

    Diana Chastain
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I received some of the products mentioned below for free to provide an honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions are my own.My daughter started teething about 3 months old (just like Little Man has) and she teethed and teethed for months until finally she broke her first tooth in at about 7 months. THEN they came in at 2s, one right after the other until they were all in (except her molars) by 9 months! So I have some experience calming a grumpy teething baby. I wrote a post at the end of last year about the Natural Ways to Reduce Teething Pain. And since then I have…
  • Peanut Started Solids!

    Diana Chastain
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    So we started Peanut on solids. We decided to go with Squash (we gave him butternut) because I read it was one of the best food for babies to start out with.This is from his first time eating:And this video is from after I made some homemade yellow squash baby food which he loved even more! He has also tried applesauce which he isn't really a fan of (of course it was jar food) and carrots (which he LOVES). I've been using the baby food recipes that came with my Cook-n-Blend baby food maker.So since I am a Nuby Mommy Blogger, I get sent some amazing products to review occasionally. And I was…
  • Packin' SMART with INNOBABY Giveaway, Ends 8/13

    Diana Chastain
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    INNOBABY WANTS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR YOU!   One winner will win both items featured! This giveaway is sponsored by innobaby and hosted by Mommy By Nurture and Joyful Gifts by Julie. 1 Qty Packin' SMART 3 Tier Essentials (PS3-ES301) => Stacking storage that uses secure click interlocking design to connect separate containers. Ergonically designed to fit into your hands with ease while taking up less space in the diaper bag. Great for cheerios, formula, rice cereal, candies, sprinkles and more!1 Qty Packin' SMART 4 Tier Twistables (SNS4-VEG01) => Stacking storage that seals both…
  • Febreze's #Noseblind Movie Night + Giveaway

    Diana Chastain
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    This review and giveaway was brought to you by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.With an almost five month old who just started solids, a three year old, and a dog - my house has a MANY of smells. Which my nose is mostly likely adjusted to because I am around them so often. But what about when people come to visit? Am I suppose to subject them to just-started-solids poopy diaper stench? I use a diaper pail still, it's a must have in my opinion, and it helps contain a lot, but Febreze products have…
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    Virtually Yours

  • Back to School in Style Sweepstakes! $1,000 in Gift Card Prizes!

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    ​   ​ Welcome to the Back to School in Style Sweepstakes! I have been so excited about this giveaway! Mom Powered Media has been working so hard to get it ready, and I’m so excited I’m... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic August 7-10

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    If I weren’t on a flight to Los Angeles right now, with plans of driving up the wine coast, I may very well be on my way to Massachusetts for the Tanglewood wine and food classic. You may have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • App Review: SmartMom- A Social Parenting Advice Community

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    This post is written by me and sponsored by SmartMom. Where do parents typically go for advice? Other parents, of course! We want our questions answered by moms and dads who have been there, done... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Get Your Kids Excited about Back to School with Kohl’s & Disney! #MagicAtPlay

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review. I remember when my kids were little and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Enter to Win a $150 Amazon Gift Card!

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Welcome to the Kinsights $150 Amazon gift card Giveaway! Sponsored by Kinsights Hosted by Bonkers4coupons I’m thrilled to announce that we have partnered with Kinsights to bring you an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Because I'm the Mommy

  • Don't Judge Me!

    The Mommy
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Last night, after a day spent deep cleaning the house, chasing kids around the swimming pool and a trip to our local library (Yes, they've let me back into the library!) I decided to treat us all to a little post-dinner ice cream. Because I'm frugal, read, cheap I headed to the grocery store instead of the drive-thru. No big deal, right? Well, I didn't think it was either. So with three kids in tow we head into a nearly deserted grocer.Turn the Page =>
  • Writer's Workshop: #Autism, Birthdays and One Mouthy Little Girl

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

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

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

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

  • Back-to-School Shopping With College Tech Needs in Mind

    Lisa Heffernan
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This is a sponsored post* Mary Dell writes: The page on the family calendar may be labeled August but, whenever I see that word, my mind reads back-to-school shopping. The countdown is now merely days, no longer months, until my husband and I drop off our youngest at college. Shopping for freshman year  has been unlike any other that has gone before and, although we are now fairly organized, one final line on the dorm to-do list remains. I want to sit down with our daughter and review the technology she is taking with her and upgrade or adjust where needed. If you have a teenager at home,…
  • Moving Day

    Lisa Heffernan
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    Aline Weiller writes:“Should I throw these out?” I said, sitting pony-tailed in black yoga pants, amid piles of clutter from my son’s now empty desk. “Yes,” Danielle said, referring to a batch of dusty birthday cards given to my teenager, Grant, on his 3rd birthday. I was in the throes of packing up a home we’d lived in for a dozen years with our two boys. Our new house is in the same town, only 7.2 minutes away according to the stopwatch on my younger son, Cameron’s, iPhone. Even so, the mere thought of packing or purging our wealth of belongings was overwhelming. I had to…
  • Why Teens Terrorize Us

    Lisa Heffernan
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Lisa writes: I have a teen in my house who is leaving in a few short weeks. Despite the fact that I know that it is only a matter of days until I will bemoan his departure, I am still surprisingly adept at flying into a rage at him. His need to assert his newly adult self and my need to control what happens in my home are too often on a collision course. Despite our deep and abiding love for them, teens continue to terrorize us, creating the type of stress that scientists have now begun to measure. One day your young person borrows your car, drives to a summer job and spends the day as an…
  • 11 Ways to Reclaim a Relaxing Summer

    Lisa Heffernan
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Lisa and Jennifer Breheny Wallace, together, write: Summers start with the best intentions. We fantasize about long, peaceful days at the beach building sand castles with our toddlers or playing tennis with our teens. Casting off a busy school year, we’re excited to finally relax the rules. Yes to the ice cream cones with insanely sugary toppings just before bedtime (heck, what bedtime?). Yes to the car keys (so what if it’s three late nights in a row?). Breakfast brownies? Why not? Another TV show? Sure, go ahead. It’s summer vacation, right? Then, in Week Three, reality…
  • Why Good Parenting Calls For Cheap Scare Tactics

    Lisa Heffernan
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Becky Blades, a Grown and Flown friend, writes: “Dirty clothes shouldn’t be scary,” said a person who has not opened the door to a 17-year-old’s bedroom room or shared a car with an open gym bag. Or a person who has not sent a laundry-challenged 18-year-old out into the world. Releasing my daughter into society without being sure she would actually do her laundry was a terrifying moment in my empty nesting transition, and I met it the way I meet most scary parenting encounters – with frantic, jerking shrieks of foreboding and emotional threats: “Your life will be out of control!
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • Five Parenting Opportunities that Impact Your Child

    Brenda Yoder
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:46 am
    By Brenda Yoder Summer time is filled with lots of time with kids who aren’t in school. It’s easy to have big ideas for summer plans that quickly fade into “back to school planning.” Here are five parenting opportunities I’ve learned make a difference in the life of teens and tweens, even when we feel we’re too busy […] The post Five Parenting Opportunities that Impact Your Child appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Autism: Summer Isn’t Always Carefree

    MaryBeth Matzek
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    By MaryBeth Matzek Summer is nearly half-way over, but the carefree summer days most of us remember as children and teens is not the usual case for teens on the autism spectrum. More often than not, school and therapies continue. My husband and I are parents to a 12-year-old son on the autism spectrum along with a 10-year-old […] The post Autism: Summer Isn’t Always Carefree appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • We Set the Sun

    Scott Rigdon
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    By Scott Rigdon Who doesn’t love a good sunset?  I think that most people can enjoy and appreciate the beauty of one if they stumble upon it, even if it isn’t their favorite thing to watch. We do (most) things just a little differently than (most) other people, though.  Often, especially in the summer, we plan our evening […] The post We Set the Sun appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • When It’s the Parents Who Act Bad

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    By KristenDaukas It’s not just the kids who are naughty on social media… The parents can make your skin crawl. We have had our fair share of bad weather this winter here in NC.. Mother Nature has been nothing short of bipolar.. 70 degrees one day, an inch of ice the next.  The kids have had delays, […] The post When It’s the Parents Who Act Bad appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 6 Things That School & Culture Aren’t Teaching Kids

    Brenda Yoder
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    By Brenda Yoder I’m a middle school counselor, educator, and parent of teens. Both at home and at school I observe essential skills kids lack in the age of technology .  Here are five essential skills kids still need to know that schools and cultures aren’t teaching anymore. Knowing their street address and a parent’s phone number. Each […] The post 6 Things That School & Culture Aren’t Teaching Kids appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • Five Ways to Make Your Blog Better

    Kristen Daukas
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    By Kristen Daukas Want to Blog Better? I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest tools to help me to be a better blogger which, in turn, should help YOU become a better blogger.  I think this is especially important for a lot of folks who may not have staff resources to help them with certain aspects of having a great blog!  Here are five of my favorite new blogging tools and the problems they solve: Shareable Content - We are all striving to create shareable content, but what if there were a way to cherry pick WHAT you wanted to share? That’s exactly what Click to…
  • For Sale: Slightly Used 1968 Model M(om)

    Kristen Daukas
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:58 am
    By Kristen Daukas I’m just coming back from vacation and while I’d love to be sitting here writing a new post, there’s a pile of laundry and a stack of mail that have to be dealt with. In the meantime, here’s a post from a couple of years ago that I love and am betting you haven’t seen! Enjoy and I’ll be back in the swing of things next week. Or next year. The jury’s still out on that one.  For Sale: 1968 slightly worn out yet still in good condition Mom. Filter doesn’t always work, exhaust blows smoke (but only when needed), sometimes needs time…
  • Keep Momming!

    Kristen Daukas
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    By Kristen Daukas I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.” As an actress, a public health advocate and former journalist, Holly Robinson Peete has seen it all. And as a mother of four, she’s encountered just about every parenting challenge you can imagine. One of her biggest challenges as mom is building and maintaining a close relationship with her teenage daughter, Ryan. The mother-daughter relationship is a unique one, and that dynamic can be even trickier during the tween years. Yet…
  • Summer School is in Session with Netflix

    Kristen Daukas
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    By Kristen Daukas School’s Out for Summer? Not to Worry! Well…. here we are solidly into summer break. Our last day of school was ‘only’ 3 weeks ago but already school is seemingly a distant memory. While I firmly believe that kids need to have a bit of a mental break once school is done, I also think that break can’t be for the entire 10 weeks. Usually by the 3rd week of July, I’m looking for ways to stimulate their minds at least a little bit during the day. And, like every other kid, they fight me tooth and nail. So, what’s the compromise?
  • Triad Love: Dashing Through Winston-Salem

    Kristen Daukas
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    By Kristen Daukas It’s not just parenting that takes a village, so does blogging. Anyone of us who’s been blogging for any length of time knows that you have to have a strong community if you’re going to last and succeed – no matter what your definition of success is.   We’ve developed a pretty great group of bloggers here in the Triad and almost every week, I’m discovering another new blog and blogger. I think it was about a year ago that I came across Christine Storch’s blog, Dashing Through Winston-Salem and the first post I see is one that…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Project 7: Gum and Mints that Give Back

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Project 7 is all about giving back. With each purchase of their gum or mints, a portion is donated back to 7 areas of needs: Save the Earth, House the Homeless, Feed the Hungry, Quench the Thirsty,... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • HoneyBaked Ham Summertime BBQ {$75 Giveaway} Ends 8.8.14

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    ‘Betcha don’t think HoneyBaked Ham for BBQ? Well, they have recently launched a new line just for summertime. I must say I wasn’t surprised at the great taste, because you know just... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky 7.26.14

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. Feel free to link up your current giveaways. ~ Leave a link that leads directly to the featured giveaway. ~ Be sure to leave the deadline for your... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • The Ultimate Food Lover’s Grand Prize Giveaway (RV $2000) | Ends 8.13.14

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Come join our new eCookbook celebration at with daily giveaways, recipes, and a grand prize giveaway worth more than $2,000.00! The Ultimate Food Lover’s Grand Prize Giveaway!... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • The Little Gym Summer Camp: Gymnastic Skills

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A few weeks ago, my son took a summer camp class at our local Little Gym. It was a skill camp which is unlike most if their other camps. This one focused on gymnastic skills. My son has never taken a... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • Are you Teaching AND Shaping your child?

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It is our job as parents to teach and shape our children. What does this mean and how much should we focus on each one? Teaching Your Child Teaching your child means that you instruct him how to do things, like clean his room, get along with friends, or eat his vegetables. Your child is...  Read More » The post Are you Teaching AND Shaping your child? appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • End Bedtime Battles: Help Your Child Sleep

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This article is the fourth in a series about sleep and kids. The first is a post on why sleep is important for kids. The second is an awesome little tip on getting baby to sleep through the night. The third is about getting kids to sleep. This one is about the most dreaded word...  Read More » The post End Bedtime Battles: Help Your Child Sleep appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Get Those Kids To Sleep!

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I started researching the importance of sleep for kids and found out so many interesting ways sleep impacts a child’s development. That led me to write an article Why is Sleep Important for Kids? a couple of weeks ago. That article led me to write another last week about a little tip that can help your baby sleep....  Read More » The post Get Those Kids To Sleep! appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Baby Sleep Training: Little Parenting Trick Leads to A LOT More Sleep

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Now that my son is a teenager, I sometimes forget those early years of sleepless nights. I was talking to a new mom the other day and she was talking about how she is so tired and her baby gets up all night long. Man, that sure brought back painful memories. There is no tired...  Read More » The post Baby Sleep Training: Little Parenting Trick Leads to A LOT More Sleep appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Extraordinary Kids

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    What makes your kid extraordinary isn’t just the epic stuff. It’s the little things. The small moments that maybe only you see — and quietly celebrate every day. Tyler has been playing basketball for years on his school team, local travel teams, and most recently in AAU. Playing for AAU definitely increased his skills, his...  Read More » The post Extraordinary Kids appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: my waist has got SMALLER

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Week: 26 Waist: 37 inches (-1 inch) Feeling: Still chickeny Oddly, my waist measures a whole inch less than it did a week ago. And I’m sure I measured it correctly. The only explanation I have for this is that I last took a measurement the day after our wedding anniversary, when I indulged in a portion (or two) of black forest trifle. So I’m blaming the trifle. On the subject of food, we might be in the midst of a heatwave but my penchant for chicken soup is showing no signs of abating. I’m still craving the stuff, and my stomach rumbles as I pour a whole carton into a pan and wait for…
  • What’s wrong with a big pot yoghurt poured into a bowl and eaten with a spoon?

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    It’s been almost 10 years since Ella’s Kitchen pioneered the squeezable ‘pouch puree’ baby food concept and despite claims the format is no match for real fruit/veg and is no substitute for a ‘proper meal’ blah blah blah it’s fair to say the market is now awash with copycat brands. Which is why I was surprised to discover that gourmet yoghurt brand The Collective’s new Suckies are the first fresh branded yoghurt pouches on the market for kids. You’d think Petits Filous or someone would have thought of it before – why has it taken so long? Needless to say BB’s eyes lit up…
  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: I’ve gone over to the elastic side

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Week: 25 Waist: 38 inches (+ 2 whole inches!!) Feeling: Properly pregnant owing to new ‘over the bump’ jeans My plan to make do with low-rise jeans for the duration of the pregnancy has been thwarted: the button on my Levi’s simply won’t stretch any further and, not wanting to ruin them, I’ve gone over to the elastic side. I’m talking full-on maternity jeans with an ‘over the bump’ elastic panel (below – I’ll spare you a picture of me actually in them – it’s not a pretty sight). Misery Guts laughed out loud when he saw them and I can’t say I blame…
  • Would you have a ‘Viking baby’?

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    How far would you go to have your ‘perfect’ baby? Apparently more and more Brits are turning to Danish sperm banks because they’d like ‘Viking babies’ with blonde hair, blue eyes and a strapping build. Online sales at one of the largest sperm banks in Denmark are up a massive 20%, with wannabe mums getting the stuff Fed-Exed to the UK with next day delivery. One can’t help but wonder if so-called ‘Nordic noir’ TV shows such as Borgen are to blame – I’m thinking actor Pilou Asbaek (although is he actually blonde?) My curiosity piqued, and with my journalist hat on, I…
  • Shock horror: I’m running in pregnancy

    11 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    Week: 24 Waist: 36 inches (no change) Feeling: Pretty good Dare I admit it? I’ve been running throughout my entire pregnancy and with the sixth month almost upon us I’m still clocking up around 12 miles a week. It’s now clear I have a baby on board (pictured) and it’s amazing how many people I’ve been running past since we moved here 18 months ago have suddenly started smiling and saying hello. Which is heartening. When I was expecting BB and carried on donning my trainers it wasn’t long before I discovered people seem to view pregnancy as some sort of illness, requiring one to…
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  • Easy Breezy Diaper Changing

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

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

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

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    <While we were brushing teeth together in the morning>“Daddy, you wear work clothes because you go work today, right?”“Yes. Today is a work day.”“You work then will have money, right?”“That’s right.”“Why you never wear work clothes yesterday?”“That’s because I took leave to help Mummy with her business.”“Okay. Because you love Mummy right?”“Yes, of course. I love you too, Aiden.”“I love you too, Daddy.”It’s amazing how many subtle things a 3 year old can pick up without you emphasising / repeating it.Amidst the uncertainty, stress and challenge…
  • Time to start living

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:43 am
    Recently, a link to an article titled “Your Life in Weeks” surfaced on my Facebook wall. Being (slightly) obsessed with order, planning and being in control, the article (which had an accompany picture of neat rows of boxes) naturally piqued my interest.It turned out to be an attempt to sell posters (that anyone can create with their computer), but having the opposing concepts of a finite lifespan and an uncertain end presented in the graphical format really gave me a timely reminder about life.When I saw the first chart with rows and rows of boxes (each representing a week of your life)…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Wordless Wednesday: Big Kids

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked you to share: big kids. From Jennifer: “L1 has lost 5 teeth before his 7th birthday. Blows me away how fast they grow!” Jennifer blogs at True Confessions of a Real Mommy. From Shannon: “I can’t believe how independent and adventurous my baby is. Looking forward to many more amazing years together. ” Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. Jorje’s big kid still enjoys playing with her littlest kid. Jorje blogs at Momma Jorje. Happy Day! Photo courtesy of Rick. Jumping over a House Photo courtesy of Paul. Tell us about your big…
  • August 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions – Friends

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:32 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 2014!(Check out July, June, May, April, March, February, January 2014, December 2013, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, January, and summaries of all our 2012 posts and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama. Here are the submission details for August 2014: Theme: Friends: We all want friends, but making and keeping them…
  • Five Ways to Waste Less Food

    Emily Bartnikowski
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    As Americans, we like to blow our horn of plenty. Our grocers and markets stock food from all seasons and all climates — right at our fingertips whenever we want it. Couple that with the trend of more and more of these same grocers and markets giving more and more retail footage to ready-to-eat foods, and it’s no wonder that we throw away more than 30% of our food every year. Billions of pounds of food . . . wasted. I won’t even get into the nebulous territory of wasted production hours and resources or the fact that millions of people are going hungry in the same country…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Pregnancy

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does pregnancy look like? (Read more about pregnancy on our resource page.) From Shannon: “I feel pretty miserable the whole time I’m pregnant, but being able to wear this shirt for Halloween while pregnant with my second child made me feel a little better.” Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. Jorje used this Ultrasound pic for team buttons when her family walked in their first Buddy Walk. Jorje writes about Down Syndrome Awareness and a plethora of parenting topics at Momma Jorje. Lauren. Pregnant. Literally half an hour before this post…
  • 60 Acts of Kindness for Our Families

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    After a spring winter thaw, a friend and her children noticed trash beneath the melting snow in her neighborhood. Everywhere. On their next daily walk, they brought and filled two trash bags – one with trash, one with recyclables. The next day, they not only filled two trash bags, but they also ran into another family doing the same thing. And on their third walk after the thaw? They saw five more families walking and collecting trash. Each family had seen and been inspired by my friend’s random act of kindness. Kindness is catching. And it doesn’t have to be some grand…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • August 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions – Friends

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

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

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to the July 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Vacation This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared their family-travel tips, challenges, and delights. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Tom and I grew up camping with family and friends, and we want to share that experience with Kieran and Ailia. But camping with kids, particularly kids preschool-age and younger, can be challenging. You have to keep an eye on kids…
  • July 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions: Family Vacation

    22 Jun 2014 | 4:45 am
    Calling for Submissions for the July 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Vacation 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 July 2014! (Check out June, May, April, March, February, January, December 2013, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, January, and a summary of all our 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…
  • Canine Haikus

    10 Jun 2014 | 4:45 am
    Welcome to the June 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Animals This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about kids and pets. About a month ago, our family adopted our first family rescue dog: Prince Han Solo of the Southern Isles (better known as Hans). His arrival has inspired some creative writing: we introduced Hans to the world with a song we wrote to a familiar tune (“Love is a Rescue Dog“), and here I am today working on some…
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    Parenting Tips and Advice at Uplifting Families

  • Back to School in Style Sweepstakes Ends 8/19

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    *Welcome to the Back to School in Style Sweepstakes* Mom Powered Media wants to show you how much education means to us and the future of our wee ones and are personally sponsoring a Target and American Eagle Gift Card! Back to school is just a few weeks away. I wanted to share this giveaway with my readers because I know that almost everyone could use some help with getting all of the kids ready for school. I just started getting my own kids some clothes for school and still have a few more things to get for my daughter. I hope this giveaway helps with the back to school expenses. Good…
  • 6 Resources for New Parents

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    I remember the day that I got a positive pregnancy test with my youngest son, I was kinda shocked when I the pregnancy test came back positive because we had been trying for over 18 months. When we first started trying to conceive,  I was excited the first few months and the excitement slowly wore off each month that I got my period. I finally gave up and stopped worrying about trying to get pregnant. We decided to let nature take its course and decided to leave the decision up to God. In late September 2010, I realized that I hadn’t gotten my period and took a test. The test turned…
  • 9 Horrible Fashion Trends For Kids

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    My older kids enjoy picking out their own clothes. The other day when I was shopping for my boys some new outfits for school, I was amazed at some of the crazy choices on the racks at some of the children’s clothing shops. I am fairly picky and I make sure that my kids are wearing clothing that isn’t too provocative, have crazy sayings on their shirts, ect. Today, I wanted to share with you 9 horrible fashion trends that Emily Johnson, a fashion expert, has seen in the children’s stores when she was window shopping to see what kids are wearing today. The fashion trends are…
  • Kinivo BTX270 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Giveaway Ends 8/19

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Welcome to the Kinivo BTX270 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Giveaway! Host Uplifting Families My husband had the opportunity to review the Kinivo BTX270 wireless Bluetooth speaker. We own several Bluetooth speakers because they are portable and we can use them without worrying about dragging a bunch of cords with us or batteries. The portable speaker has a rechargeable battery and the battery actually lasts 8 hours between charges. This speaker can compete with some of the bigger name brand speakers and you won’t be disappointed. It does require your phone to be less than 20 feet from the…
  • Did Mets Second Baseman Daniel Murphy Have a Legal Right to Take Paternity Leave at the Start of the 2014 Season?

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Is your wife currently expecting? If so, did you know that you are entitled to take paternity leave? Today, I wanted to share some tips that Jeffery Killo, an experienced attorney, wrote about paternal leave for dads whether your wife is having a baby, you are adopting a child, or planning on fostering children. New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy missed the first two games of the major-league baseball season to witness the birth of his son, Noah, and to spend an extra day with his wife, Tori, and his newborn son. Was he legally entitled to take this paternity leave, particularly at…
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  • 9 Lessons from 9 Years of Marriage

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Stay together long enough, and you’ll learn it’s foolish to get cocky about marriage. Sure, Mommylibrium and I are celebrating our ninth year together today, and we’re as happy now as we were after exchanging our personalized vows. That doesn’t mean we’re guaranteed to make the decade mark. Think parenthood is hard? Marriage is even tougher, what with bills, competing job demands and the little matter of keeping that spark alive. That said, we’ve accumulated a bit of wisdom over nine years I’d like to share. Make Regular State of the Union Addresses:…
  • Family Vacation Review: Isla Mujeres, Mexico

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    A 20-minute boat ride separates Mexico’s most notorious vacation spot from an island where the unofficial motto is, “Relax … we’ll take good care of you.” Isla Mujeres is a tiny isle adjacent to Cancun, home of assorted MTV hedonistic pursuits. The island isn’t flashy, and you’re a golf cart rental away from navigating it in roughly an hour. Fathers would be hard pressed to sell a Cancun vacation to their wife and kids. Isla Mujeres is another matter. It’s perfect for families eager for sun, snorkeling and modest adventures. Cab rides are inexpensive, the restaurants…
  • What Meathead Can Teach Dads About Modeling Good Behavior

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Rob Reiner’s directorial career has given us a signature courtroom drama, the saga of a single president and a metal band known for cranking it up to 11. To many, he’ll always be Meathead, the hippie son-in-law on “All in the Family.” That doesn’t mean Reiner doesn’t have something to share with fathers everywhere. Reiner is out promoting “And So It Goes,” a new romance starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas. The director spoke with Movie Mom (Nell Minow) about the film, but during their chat he opened up about life with a very famous father…
  • My Dad, ‘The Rockford Files’ and Losing James Garner

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:17 pm
    The death of veteran actor James Garner made me mourn the loss of my father all over again. The star of “The Rockford Files” never met me or my dad. We had no connection, family or otherwise. My Dad and I just watched “The Rockford Files” religiously during my formative years. The show’s theme song, I can hear it now as if that ol’ TV set never turned off, is as good a time machine as anything cooked up by H.G. Wells. I just played it on YouTube and suddenly I’m a young boy again, hunkering with my dad on our leather couch for an hour of leisurely…
  • ‘Sex Tape’ Offers True Love in Era of Compromised Morals

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    What married parent can’t relate to the couple at the heart of “Sex Tape?” Yes. “Sex Tape” the movie. The comedy stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as a formerly hot and heavy couple who rarely have sex now thanks to their harried existence. That’s a fancy way of saying they have children. They decide to make a sex tape to recharge their lustful batteries, and complications that only happen in the movies commence. Let’s ignore the farcical situations, the strained comic subplots and the drunken way the film veers from R-rated high jinks to soft and…
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    Jana Kingsford

  • Studying and Juggling: How To Study and Work Simultaneously So You Can Keep Earning While Learning (WITHOUT Going Crazy)

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

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

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Hi Juggler, Big huge warning… This is a D&M Juggling Tip for making the moments count. It’s Juggling Tip #70. It was written right after I came home from visiting my Grandmother who is in Intensive Care and was about to make the decision to have her the treatment stopped that was keeping her alive. Now I know this is deep and I know I usually like to bring sunshine and lollipops to your inbox. I wanted to motivate you to do the things that matter most – today. Don’t unjuggle your juggling act TOMORROW… Do it today. To Make Today Matter. Juggling Tip #70 MTM…
  • Go after your dreams without sacrificing your kids or marriage

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

    28 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Enjoy life or Endure it There’s 5 key mindset shifts I’ve had to make over the past 10 years of going from coach potato teenage mum to achieving the impossible. None of the CHANGE or TRANSFORMATION I’ve had was possible without first getting choosing to either ENJOY life OR ENDURE my life. CLICK TO GET $150 OFF MUMS JUGGLING SCHOOL – BUT ONLY IF YOU WANT TO START ENJOYING & STOP ENDURING LIFE! I made the decision to enjoy life. Every step of the way. Every hardship we faced, living in a car straight out of home (I talked about that here), just because people are…
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • 40 before 40

    Kat English Mamma
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    Just over a month into being 38 and I am already starting to think about turning 40. I know, I know, it’s a little odd but for the past year I’ve already been telling people that I was 38 anyway. I seemed to have a mental block about being 37. For the past eight or so years I have had the goal of owning a Charles Eames Lounge Chair (either new or second-hand) by the time I am 40. This gave me an idea to create a list of things that I want to do, experience or learn – 40 before 40. Experiences Own a Charles Eames Lounge Chair Sell something on etsy Enjoy a champagne…
  • Wedding outfits

    Kat English Mamma
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Summer means that it is wedding season and that means wedding outfits need to be bought. In recent years we have been invited to a number of family weddings. The bonus of being the oldest cousin in the clan, I guess, is the we got to go first and now its the others’ turns. This year is no exception, with one of my cousins getting married in the UK in September. September is a difficult month though. Last year, we visited the UK in September and we had 24 degrees for the first day and then rain and 14 degrees for the rest of the week. But I am being optimistic with my outfits for the…
  • Easy blow drying tip

    Kat English Mamma
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    It has taken me almost three decades to work out how to do my hair properly so it looks good but an easy blow drying tip has changed that. Yes, really. I’ve always opted for the undone, bed head look, just because that was easier to pull off than giving my hair a proper blow dry and fixing it neatly. My last haircut, however, was a revelation. It was my first time at the salon – chosen for the simple reasons that I pass it often and that I once saw a lady in there drinking wine at 3.30pm on a Friday – and I had spent a while analysing the biographies of all the stylists…
  • Tips to ease chicken pox

    Kat English Mamma
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Thank you, chicken pox, for those “interesting” few weeks, but  we learned a couple of tricks for dealing with you and since you won’t be coming back to us again, I thought I would pass on these tips to ease chicken pox. I caught chicken pox when I was, I think, around six or seven. I have a couple of scars from it, so clearly I was not so good at not scratching, but the only memory I have of it is having baths in water and bicarbonate of soda to ease the itching. Even before O started complaining that the spots were itchy, we were bathing him in water with about 2-3…
  • Potty training saga

    Kat English Mamma
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    It wasn’t until I started to write this post and looked back at posts from last year that I realised that our potty training saga has been going on since last June. We wanted to get him out of nappies last July, but in the end, it was Easter this year when he cracked it. We had some attempts again when we were in South Africa in January, but we did not want to push him. By Easter though, we wanted to get him potty trained, especially since he was shortly about to turn four. So we went on the potty offensive. We said that while preschool was closed over the Easter holiday, there would…
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    Support for Stepdads

  • Personal Responsibility: The Path To The “Best Possible You”

    Alan Brady
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Hello I hope you enjoy Personal Responsibility: The Path To The “Best Possible You” from Support for Stepdads . As humans, you cannot live free unless you accept responsibility for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Husband’s Greatest Need

    Gerardo Campbell
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy A Husband’s Greatest Need from Support for Stepdads . What is a husband’s greatest need? Sex? Red Meat? Power? Fame?  Both Christian and non religious marriage experts... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Get Your Partner To Consider Relationship Counseling

    Marcie Pregulman
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy How To Get Your Partner To Consider Relationship Counseling from Support for Stepdads . Stormy relationships can often go on for months or even years without either partner... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Six Tips To Save On Car Insurance

    Creed Anderson
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:04 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Six Tips To Save On Car Insurance from Support for Stepdads . Who doesn’t love a good bargain?  Shopping for car insurance is no different.  In fact, with so many car... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Single Parents Dating Single Parents – Good or Bad?

    Mark Stubbles
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Single Parents Dating Single Parents – Good or Bad? from Support for Stepdads . Stepping out into the dating game as a single parent can be extremely daunting. No longer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • Charlie’s Big Girl Bed

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

    Rebecca Wood
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Charlie doesn’t know it but next week is a big week in her world. First, we are taking her to see her favorite Sesame Street character, Elmo, at Busch Gardens. I wanted to take her to see Elmo since the weather warmed up. Things such as schedules and finances finally worked out so we can take her this upcoming week. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited. Next, Charlie is being freed from her crib. I want to say she is moving to a big girl bed. In reality, she’s having the front rail taken off of her crib to make a toddler day bed. Most of my friends have posted on…
  • The Follow Up

    Rebecca Wood
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Charlie had her follow up appointment with the developmental clinic yesterday. Other than having to wake up before dawn, the day went pretty smoothly. Overall, it was uneventful. I’ll take it. Her assessments didn’t discover any new issues. The doctor discussed his ongoing concerns. As Charlie grows older, it is becoming clearer that apraxia is at the root of her speech and feeding delay. However, her speech delay doesn’t stop her from socializing. Tonight, she was at the kick off of a March of Dimes March For Babies campaign. She enjoyed meeting the area’s team…
  • Specialty Clinic On The Horizon

    Rebecca Wood
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    On Wednesday, Charlie will make the two hour journey for her follow up appointments (she gets reassessed in several areas) with developmental pediatrics. I admit, I am a little nervous. The past couple of visits to the clinic did not go so well for us. I realize we are lucky and Charlie is doing really well considering her extremely premature arrival. But, I can’t shake the feeling that we should be done with all this. I’m kind of like a little kid pouting and saying to myself, “We weren’t supposed to have this challenging of a journey.” For some reason, it was…
  • Charlie Stops For Nothing

    Rebecca Wood
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Hectic is a good word to describe the past week. Over the course of the week, I’ve completed Charlie’s medicaid waiver forms, worked towards getting the insurance claim for the formula approved, and attended to Charlie’s usual busy schedule. Things were a little more difficult because I’ve been under the weather. Despite the stress, I feel like there was much accomplished. Additionally, I decided to make some needed changes. Basically, I need to reapportion and move stuff around on my plate. For the most part, the people in my world won’t notice the changes.
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    The Disorganisation Guru

  • The first 10 000 photographs

    6 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    “A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” ― Diane Arbus “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson Thanks to digital media taking and sharing photographs has become part of our daily life. Unlike in the old times, when we were saving the precious film for very […]
  • I Refuse!

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

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

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

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

  • Documentaries on the 90s: Am I really that old?

    Sarah Brady
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    In a poetic way I feel that I have done a lot of growing up in the last couple of months but I am genuinely offended by the sudden influx of 90s documentaries.Last night was the premier of National Geographic's new miniseries "The 90s: The Last Great Decade?" I am not that old! At the soft and innocent age of 22 I simply cannot abide a being old enough to reminisce about my childhood by watching Nat Geo. Sadly, that is exactly what happened.I have grown up in a delightfully stereotypical (albeit, sometimes backwards) way recently. On a regular basis I am shocked by the thoughts in my own…
  • Stepping Back and Reworking My Systems

    Sarah Brady
    7 Feb 2014 | 10:15 pm
    As the few (and mostly family) readers who subscribe to this blog already know, and anyone glancing at the list of posts can tell, I am currently not a terribly good blogger.My goals when starting this blog were broad, far reaching, and in line with my career goals and aspirations as well ad my knowledge base and experience. It is because I have decided to step back and rework all of the aforementioned that I have decided to do the same with this blog. As far as my life goes; I am strongly considering returning to school and taking classes to work towards my goal of becoming a Certified…
  • Quick Update on Life and Thoughts on Christmas

    Sarah Brady
    11 Dec 2013 | 1:15 pm
    So December is a crazy month for me this year. My wonderful Nanny Family (NF) is gearing up for their long-planned move to Asheville at the end of the month. While I will be sad to see them go, I have known that move was planned since I first took the job so I am excited to see them start the next chapter of their life. Originally they had planned a move date of January 6th (my birthday - easy enough to remember) which seemed incredibly fortuitous as I was offered a position with a new family starting on the 7th. They were lucky enough to have sold their house in less than 2 days for more…
  • Spending Local: When it Works and When it Doesnt

    Sarah Brady
    26 Nov 2013 | 3:54 am
    I am typing this post (at least the first part of it) from a place I rarely come: Starbucks. Being an enthusiastic supporter of local business, the neighborhood coffee shop is the cornerstone of those habits. Before moving to Raleigh I knew of three good quality local coffee shops that could give me a comfortable atmosphere to relax and caffeinate in the morning. Although I have yet to find the exact atmosphere I'm searching for I have found a couple of coffee shops that live up to my standards since moving.So why, if I've found multiple coffee shops, am I typing this from Starbucks? Simple-…
  • Off-Topic Continued: Cell Phone Search

    Sarah Brady
    25 Nov 2013 | 9:05 pm
    Life is a mixture of blessings and curses. The cliche "two sides to every coin" comes to mind and I am no different. I like to research and I like spreadsheets. Most of the time I really do enjoy researching and making spread sheets especially before making an important purchase and because of this it is my blessing. On the other hand it is also a curse because my need to research and organize that data into a spreadsheet tends to continue past the point of enjoyment.I am lucky enough to have had a guardian angel of sorts in my life at precisely the time I needed one. A little over a year ago…
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    Ruddy Bits

  • Finally, A Ninja To Inspire My Little Girls

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

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

    Cort Ruddy
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    I’ve discovered a critical aspect of parenting I excel at: Embarrassing my kids.  It’s a good thing, because there are other parts of this job that don’t exactly play to my strengths, like multi-tasking. (More on that in later posts). But when it comes to embarrassing the heck out of my kids, I’m like a duck to water … or is it fish to water. Anyway, I rock at it. Today, when waiting in the line of family cars to drop off the three girls at the local day camp – so their mom and I could have three whole hours of uninterrupted work-from-home time – the “Cruise” song…
  • What do Luis Suarez and My Three Year Old Have In Common?

    Cort Ruddy
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    My three-and-half-year old son has something in common with one of the most talented soccer players in the world, and I’m not exactly happy about it: They both bite. “No bite, Drew!”  Those words, sadly, have been said around our house far too often in recent months. We thought he was through the biting phase – which usually happens for most kids around age 1, or maybe 2, when they are forced to move on from binkies (pacifiers) and other oral addictions, yet aren’t quite equipped with the words needed to express themselves.“Don’t bite! Use your words!” That’s something…
  • Average American's Guide to Soccer Lingo

    Cort Ruddy
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:38 am
    Thanks to the World Cup, many Americans are watching soccer and rooting for the U.S. team for the first time in four years. As we all know, it’s not enough to yell "GOAL" for two minutes straight without taking a breath when we score. You have to do your best to also sound like a real soccer fan during the rest of the game. While it's easy to remember the general rules – like no hands – some of the lingo may be a bit harder to understand. So here’s an unofficial guide to some of the terms thrown around by announcers and all of us soccer fans, alike.  The Basics:The…
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    No Bullying|Expert Advice On Cyber Bullying & School Bullying

  • Bullying Suicide Statistics
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    There is a strong link between bullying and suicides. In the last few years a string of suicides in the United States and around the world has called attention to this problem. It happens to both boys and girls. The method is direct bullying person to person and cyber bullying using the Internet. Learn about Bullying Suicide Statistics! Many parents view bullying as a part of growing up. Often they do not realize the devastating effects. Often it does not stop with one or two incidents but continues. It is often a steady barrage of demeaning incidents daily. Suicide is the third leading…
  • Online Bullying Stories: Old-Fashioned Bullying, Online
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Online Bullying Stories: Old-Fashioned Bullying, Online Online bullying, or what is often called cyberbullying, is virtually the same as bullying that is done face to face, except that with the online variety being done over the Internet. Life Online The Internet has become the primary go-to source when it comes to getting information about almost anything. The trouble is that beyond using it for term papers and other legitimate uses, today’s young people use the Internet for such activities as socializing and playing games. Unfortunately, it is also used as an outlet for bullying. In…
  • What Makes a Bully?
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    What Makes a Bully? “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” –Eleanor Roosevelt Anyone who has ever made it through their childhood relatively unscathed is well aware of the bullying phenomenon. All of us, at one time or another, have found ourselves with the opportunity of standing up to the school yard bully, and how we respond to that opportunity can have a lasting impact on our self worth. Years after a bullying incident, the bullied child will look back on that episode with the yardstick of their response. For…
  • Bullying Reasons: Is There A Solution?
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Bullying has become a rampant issue for all parents to deal with today. They either have a child who is a victim of bullying, or they are a parent or guardian to a child who has become the bully. What are the bullying reasons and what would make a child a victim of bullying? We all know that bullying is an attempted form of control over another person in either a physical, mental or emotional manner which causes harm or injury to their victim. What we need to understand is the why and how come of both sides so we can prevent this behavior from happening. When a child is bullied, they perform…
  • Definition of Child Abuse and Identifying an Abused Child
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Child abuse takes 4 to 6 lives every day in the United States. Of these fatalities, 70-percent have not yet turned 4-years old. The instances of child abuse continue to rise with a 5.6 –percent increase between 2008 and 2012. Learn about the Definition of Child Abuse! Child protective agencies work hard to help the child abused and the parents get the help they need to become a loving family again. However, children in abusive homes can go unnoticed and technology cannot predict those at risk. Child abuse happens: In all religions At any socioeconomic level In every ethnic group At all…
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    Blog - Family of Readers

  • "Probably the Best Book in the World"

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    It was Neil Gaiman that declared James Thurbers, The 13 Clocks, "probably the best book in the world." Back in print after it's original 1950's publication, this eerily unexpected turn on a fairytale, is a great choice for grabbing the kids attention this summer. It is an entirely original story that will leave them guessing what happens next in the dark castle where the evil Duke killed time. It was chosen by Neil Gaiman's for a WSJ book club this summer and he touts its extraordinary qualities, especially as a read aloud tale. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber - Available…
  • Reading for Parents: Why Poetry Matters

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Here are some great insights as to why poetry is so important to our children's development. "Why Teaching Poetry is So Important" by Andrew Simons. (The Atlantic - April 8, 2014.) "5 Reasons Why We Need Poetry in Schools" by Elena Aguilar. (Edutopia - April 2013.)"Why Poetry for Kids" by Carl Bosch. (The Good Men Project  - May 2013.)
  • It's Still Poetry Month - Celebrate with These New Titles

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Hi, Koo!: A Year of Season by Jon J Muth (Ages 4-8. Scholastic Press - February 2014.) Jon J Muth never disappoints with his gorgeous and meaningful characters and paintings. Beloved Koo takes us through the seasons with visual and poetic elegance. The Poem that Will Not End by Joan Bransfield Graham and illustrated by Kyrstan Booker (Ages 6-11. Two Lions - January 2014.) A young boy takes us on a poetic adventure through his day with humor and inspiring turns of words. If by Rudyard Kipling and illustrated by Giovannia Manna (Ages 6-8. Creative Editions - April 2014.) A…
  • Books Turn Green in April

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

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

  • Watering is very important.

    Meghan G
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I should probably buy a new sprinkler. or not. I haven’t decided. This one used to be cute. Now it’s… well. If you don’t hear from me for 24 hours, come see if it’s eaten my family in our sleep, okay? Thanks. The garden is going well. I have flowers again. The squirrels got the Read Watering is very important. on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Backyard Science: Butterflies Everywhere On the planting and cultivation of children How to build a back yard rain garden video
  • Chocolate Gingersnap Muffins

    Meghan G
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Relax, you aren't serving cookies for breakfast... it just tastes like you are. The tops of these muffins look and taste just like giant, chocolate gingersnap cookies, but there's good stuff inside- including whole grains! Read Chocolate Gingersnap Muffins on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Make Your Own Yogurt Tubes Lunchtime SOS! Lunch ideas plus The Best Egg Salad EVER Apricot Chicken
  • “Everything is Awesome!” Brick Party under $100

    Meghan G
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Adventure! Skills! Fun! Friends... AND saving money! Host an easy, almost no-trash LEGO movie theme party your kiddo will love. Read “Everything is Awesome!” Brick Party under $100 on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: 100 Acre Woods Party Perfect Penguin Party You are the sunshine of my life Sunflower Birthday Party plus Free Printables
  • Let’s go fly a kite

    Meghan G
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Fly, my darlings. Fly high. I'll be right here, at the other end of the string. Read Let’s go fly a kite on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Fly Fly the Butterfly You can’t color outside the lines when there are no lines. How to string popcorn like a boss …with kids!
  • Math Picnic Giveaway ends 7/30

    Meghan G
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    School may be out, but the learning doesn't need to stop! Brushing up on your math will be a real picnic if you win this one! Read Math Picnic Giveaway ends 7/30 on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Learning Resources Math Mat Giveaway ENDED: Nielsen Massey Pure Vanilla Extract Giveaway ENDED Fish In Line from Learning Resources Giveaway
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    Early Intervention Support | Early Intervention Support

  • Language Delay or Autism? | Signs of Autism

    Tamara Guo
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Many parents whose children exhibit speech and language delays are immediately concerned that their child may have autism. In early intervention, we cannot diagnose a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), we can only tell a parent if their child is showing developmental delays and if we see certain red flags that may indicate a child needs further evaluation to rule out ASD. As an independent evaluator, I have seen many children for “speech only” evaluations (where speech is the only area of concern for the family) who exhibited red flags for autism. Many of the red flags were not…
  • Q&A: Does My Toddler Have Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms?

    Tamara Guo
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    My son is 3 years and 3 months old. He is funny and very outgoing, but he has always been aggressive in his play, when expressing frustration, and sometimes when expressing love. Like many toddlers, he hits or kicks when frustrated. He started school (two days/week for two hours) when he was two. The transition was difficult; he would cry and then hit other kids. His teachers reported that he seemed to get aggressive when other children would get too close to him. They put a plan in place where my son could have his own spot to sit in when activities were less structured and before we knew…
  • Child Development: Is My Child Average or Developmentally Behind?

    Tamara Guo
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    As a therapist, I often hear parents make statements such as “He walked really late, at age 14 months,” or “Her sister was so much farther ahead of her, she was talking in sentences by 18 months.”  It’s natural for parents to compare their child with other children, as well as with older siblings, but is it a good thing? Probably not. The only person you should be comparing your child to is himself. All children develop and progress at different rates. And guess what? Most are doing it in a typical developmental fashion. But, be aware that not all children achieve a skill at the…
  • Language Delays: What is the It Takes Two to Talk Program?

    Katie Blauth
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalized group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout the day. Speech therapists are trained to accommodate parents’ individual learning styles, their specific needs/goals, and their life experiences to facilitate parents’ application of the strategies taught.  The program helps parents with the following: Recognizing their child’s stage and…
  • Sensory Strategies for the Elementary School Classroom

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    With summer halfway over, perhaps you’re already thinking about Back to School shopping.  In addition to the exciting preparations, you may also be thinking, “How will my child behave in the classroom?  Does his sensory system allow for him to focus on the teacher’s lessons, engage in classroom activities, and attend to tasks?” Children with sensory processing disorder face unique challenges in the classroom.  At this point in your child’s development, you may have mastered providing sensory activities at home to help with his ability to focus, attend, and engage with others. …
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  • Contours Optima Aluminum Tandem Stroller Review

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

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

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

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

    10 Nov 2013 | 2:10 am
    The BOB Revolution SE Duallie Stroller is a product that is designed and built perfectly for outdoor activities such as jogging, trips to the zoo, and even walks on the beach. Of course, it is also perfect for doing everyday things too, like shopping or going for a leisurely stroll. With the swiveling front wheel, you will be able to effectively maneuver through congested areas. And like most other jogging strollers, you can also lock the front wheel when jogging or when the terrain turns rough to provide the ultimate safety and stability for your little ones. Its state-of-the-art suspensions…
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  • 7 Common Mistakes That Keep Most Parents Unproductive (#3 is the One I’m Most Guilty Of)

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

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of the Productivity series. Get free article updates here.) Do you use any productivity apps on your phone? Would you like to know what some of the most insanely productive parents are using on their phones? Me too So, I reached out to a bunch of highly accomplished parents – founders of successful companies, authors of bestselling books, globe-trotting public speakers, high-demand consultants, bloggers who have bigger audience than a regular television station, and in many cases a combination of several of these, all while raising great kids — and asked them…
  • Pomodoro Technique: Simple Time Management for Surviving in a World of Never Ending Distractions

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of the Productivity series. Get free article updates here.) Raise your hands if you know exactly what you should do on any given day, but somehow the day slips by before you can knock even half the items off your list… Maybe today was your day to be super productive, but just as you were getting started an important email interrupted you and threw you off the track. Or perhaps, you wanted to just check some news and blogs before getting started, but somehow half the day was gone before you knew it. Or was it one of those days that you actually did get started…
  • Simplified-GTD: How to Get Things Done in 4 Easy Steps

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of the Productivity series. Get free article updates here.) Tell me if you’ve ever been in a situation like this - It’s been a long day. You stop for a moment to catch your breath. But instead of relaxing, you notice how messy your home is and it starts to niggle at you. “Clean the house” has been on your To-Do list for far longer than you care to admit. Before you can even decide when/how to tackle the mess though, your child calls you for homework help. “Homework help” isn’t exactly on the To-Do list, but hey, you couldn’t possibly ignore that! As you…
  • Creating a Wonderful New Reality Out of Pain and Anguish: The Inspiring Story of Suzanne Rico

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is a part of our series on Inspiring Stories and is a gracious contribution by Suzanne Rico from Please contact me if you have a great story to share with our fine parents community!) When the wind blows from the east in the town where I live in Southern Spain—called a Levante—and the tide from the Bay of Cadiz pushes back up the Rio Guadalete, the strong smell of sewer wafts from our bathroom’s ancient pipes. Since this is a windy area and our apartment is small, I bark at my children if they leave the door ajar and then feel guilty about my bad mood;…
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  • 10 Things You Ought to Know While Choosing the Right Day Care for your Baby

    Sangeetha Menon
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Recently a reader wanted to know how to go about choosing the right day care for her baby. She also wanted to know how my baby adjusted and how my experience was with the day cares in general. Hence thought of compiling a post on the 10 things you should know about choosing the right […] The post 10 Things You Ought to Know While Choosing the Right Day Care for your Baby appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • 3 Surprising Reasons for Poor Weight Gain in Babies

    Sangeetha Menon
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you know the best part being a blogger for me ? The comments and the mails you sent me. Poor weight gain in babies is a major concern among many parents and I get a lot of mails on that topic. Though I have written 2 posts earlier on the weight loss of babies […] The post 3 Surprising Reasons for Poor Weight Gain in Babies appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Ramadan Special Thari Kanji or Rava Porridge for Babies

    Sangeetha Menon
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Today’s Ramzan special post Rava Kanji / Thari Kanji/  Rava porridge / Thari kaacchiyathu as its called here in Kerala reminds me of my childhood days. We were always invited by our neighbours during Ramzan time when they break their fast in the evening followed by the delicious feast . Fragrant biriyanis, the soft paper […] The post Ramadan Special Thari Kanji or Rava Porridge for Babies appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Beetroot Carrot Soup for Babies and Kids

    Sangeetha Menon
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hi, how is monsoon treating you ? For me monsoon brings in hearty warm soups, finger chips and a warm cup of black coffee. This time Anshika is fed a lot many variety of soups since she has cold and cough. She started rejecting almost everything fed and is in the mood for only soupy-liquid […] The post Beetroot Carrot Soup for Babies and Kids appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Chukku Kaappi or Dry Ginger Coffee for Babies This Monsoon

    Sangeetha Menon
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Anshika is having a blast here in Kerala with her grand parents . No restrictions , lots of pampering and plenty of attention. As its raining heavily day and night, she has contracted cold, cough and congestion. So thought of making ginger coffee or chukku kaappi for her. Though adults can have this herbal concoction […] The post Chukku Kaappi or Dry Ginger Coffee for Babies This Monsoon appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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  • 5 ways to build resilience in your child

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

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

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

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

    Cate Scolnik
    10 May 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Returning to work is stressful, particularly when it comes to organising child care. You worry about whether you’ll get a place in a good child care centre. You worry about how you’ll cope without your child all day, and about how they’ll cope in their new environment. You worry that you won’t get a child care place at all. Sitting and worrying is not going to help you. What helps is taking action. But what action should you take? Good question. Let’s start by looking at how centres allocate places, and go from there. How places are allocated Most people think…
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  • Eating Disorders in Children of all Ages

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Eating disorders in children can be frightening to handle as parents and can happen at any age. It is a constant battle to ensure that our kids have a healthy body image, given the media they are exposed to in which airbrushed, thinned out men and women become representative of society. While we do our best to build our children's self-esteem and limit their exposure to media, we have also educated ourselves about eating disorders. There are three primary disorders: Anorexia The child with Anorexia has an uncontrollable fear of weight gain and refuses to eat. Symptoms of Anorexia can include…
  • Getting Your Newborn Baby to Sleep

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    When my first child was born, I dutifully followed the advice from friends and family to "put your baby on a schedule and make 'em sleep in their own bed." I tried everything to get the kid to embrace sleep on a schedule in his crib and eventually a bed, but my son fought it every step of the way. There were nights when my husband put him in the car seat and drove around the neighborhood until he finally fell asleep (the baby, not the husband!). He would arrive home, creep into the house with the baby and delicately put him down in the crib. All because we were focused on getting him to sleep…
  • The Pros and Cons to Adopting a Pet

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    There are so many wonderful rewards that come with the addition of a pet into a family but knowing 100% what you're getting into before the actual adopting of a pet can save some major heartache for you and your children. This post isn't meant to convince you either way if you're on the fence, but I do hope it brings to light some issues that need to be covered before you start the adoption process.ProsIt's hard to argue with hundreds of years of cohabitation! Sharing your home with another animal is a lesson in patience, kindness, and love. Who wouldn't want to pass on those qualities to…
  • 5 Movies Worth Skipping the Beach To See

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    With the arrival of Summer and the unrelenting sun comes blockbuster movies that'll take the edge off the heat while you enjoy popcorn and candy in the air-conditioned theater. Summertime is historically a great time for movies and this season is no exception with some purchase worthy titles in the mix. For your viewing pleasure, a list of five movies to watch that includes something for everyone in the family.How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Starring Jay Baruchelle and Gerard Butler)Let's start with the kids. To be fair, you'll love this one, too. How to Train Your Dragon 2 makes the 'movies to…
  • Down Time For Kids: The Benefits of Alone Time, Free Play, and Daydreaming

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    I am a strong supporter of down time for children. As parents, we want to give our children the opportunity to participate in various, interesting activities, and as such, kids today live a highly organized and scheduled life. Believe me, I've lived this. At one point, my child had at least one extracurricular activity daily, from Monday to Saturday! And there's nothing wrong with filling our children's time with healthy activities, as long as they also have the down time opportunities to unwind and relax.Stress, overwhelm, and burnout is all too common for children and adults alike.
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  • New Study Shows Babies Learn Earlier Than Originally Thought

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    There is quite possibly nothing more soothing to both mom and baby than a good old fashioned lullaby. It relaxes mom and lulls the little one off into dreamland, as well as an amazing bonding experience for the both of you. Even before our children are born, we often catch ourselves humming a little tune now and then, sometimes even putting earphones on our bellies so our child can hear music too. But new research has found that infants can recognize a nursery rhyme that was taught to them while they were still in utero. Researchers at the University of Florida were set on finding out at what…
  • Doctors Insert Life-Saving Shunt Into Fetus’ Lung

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Most of the time, those ultrasounds that we receive when we are carrying our beautiful bundles of joy are a time of happiness and excitement, and offers us a glimpse at the miracle of life that will soon be here. But for one mom, a routine ultrasound turned into a harrowing ordeal for her and her son. One year ago, Elizabeth Rodriguez-Alvarez of Palo Alto, California was approximately six months pregnant when she went in for a routine sonogram to check on how her child was developing. However, all was not well with the scan. On the monitor, doctors saw a black spot, which turned out to be a…
  • RECALL: 28,500 Mayborn USA Baby Monitors For Repair Due to Strangulation Hazard

    Lisa Arneill
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Mayborn USA, has announced a voluntary recall about 28,500 Tommee Tippee® Monitor with Movement Sensor Pad because the child can pull sensor pad cord into crib and wrap around the neck, posing a strangulation hazard. This recall involves two models of the Tommee Tippee Movement and Sound Baby Monitors with Sensor Pads. The product comes in three parts; the baby unit, parent unit and the movement sensor pad. The pad is white with a 10 foot cord that runs from the pad to the baby monitor unit. Both models come with a sensor pad…
  • Jaime King Speaks Out About Her Fertility Struggles

    Lisa Arneill
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Losing a baby or not being able to conceive is a unbearable weight that many women carry with them everyday.  An emotional subject to discuss, fertility issues can create a time where women who are having trouble conceiving, or those who unable to carry a baby to term feel like they are alone.  Every year we know that between 17-22% of women lose their pregnancy within the first few weeks.  Fifty to 80% of those early losses are reported to be due to chromosomal abnormalities. Jaime King was one of those women.  For many years she struggled to have a baby.  This week she took to social…
  • The Schreibers Bike Through Brentwood

    Lisa Arneill
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    It was a family day out for Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber and their boys Sasha and Sam on Sunday. The family was photographed hanging out at the Brentwood market picking up some fresh produce. Naomi did double duty carrying Sasha’s bike and then his scooter when it was time to ride home. While at the market they visiting the petting zoo and fed some of the baby goats. Liev recently told the Huffington Post that juggling work, family and their relationship takes a lot of work on all sides. “It’s really difficult,” the actor admitted. “You do your best. You both have…
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  • Finding Your Best Double Stroller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    4 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    It’s one of the most fun summer holidays! Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start to summer and Labor Day is that depressing unofficial end to summer. Fourth of July really kicks off the summer! Around the United States friends and family celebrate with barbecues, pool parties, and fireworks. Locally, many Philadelphians head down to the shore for the long weekend. Tonight I will be celebrating with good food, good friends, and fireworks! There are a lot of events going around the Philadelphia area that are great for families! Here is a great list of events going on in the city,…
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  • Managing finances: Budgeting for students

    Dawn Tan
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Considering all the work and other activities, life as a student isn’t cheap. On top that you’d still have to find time for your personal life. With a new semester starting soon, perhaps its time to start planning your finances for that trip to Bali, that Longchamp bag or that Galaxy S5! 1. Set a budget Before doing anything, set down a budget. It might be difficult especially when you’re low on cash, but it’s crucial you know where your money is going. First figure out how much you’re earning (remember to minus the CPF!) or the allowance you’re getting, thereafter deduct what you…
  • The Game of Life

    Dawn Tan
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Dear school, I’m done with clearing electives. Natalie Portman is right. Learning is awesome, but studying… Ugh. I get it: grades are important in the game of education; its meager few second chances and the looming game overs – grades become the key to unlock the next stage, called life. For myself, I’ve managed to clamber through to the last level, and have become disillusioned and disheartened for it. This long, drawn out battle, all in preparation for life. Sigh. The game of life. Singapore’s focus on creating a qualified and versatile workforce has led its universities to…
  • Last minute mugging is a bad idea, here’s why

    Dawn Tan
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    Tomorrow’s my big exam and… and I have so much left to dooooooooo! Sounds familiar? We all know how sleeping less affects your grades, but why do we still do it? As much as some like to believe “sleep is for the weak”, here are a few reasons why you should reconsider midnight mugging, and snuggle into bed instead: Sleeping makes room for new information. Sleep occurs in stages and each one serves a particular purpose for your mind and body. After brief first and second stages, the mind enters a sleep rhythm and the body begins repairing itself, refreshing the immune, muscular and…
  • 5 Brain Foods You Need To Eat Now

    Dawn Tan
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nearing to your exams, do you have a habit of stocking up on health supplements such as cod liver oil, chicken essence and more? As much as they’re proven to improve mental wellness, they are expensive to consume. Why not ditch them for more affordable, readily available foods with benefits to boost your memory?   Try them in addition to our study tips and note taking tips and let us know how it works for you! Are there any other foods you swear by during the examination period? Tags:  guide, how to, learning, Students, Tips Digg StumbleUpon…
  • The Tongues We Speak: The Importance of Learning Mother Tongue

    Dawn Tan
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    “One language sets you in a corridor of life. Two languages open every door along the way” – Frank Smith I grew up thinking that learning my Mother Tongue (MT) was a chore. It wasn’t difficult learning with the right environment in place though. Funnily, I have zero recollection of who my Mandarin teachers were in primary school, but I can remember my tutor’s face vividly. My Mandarin tutor, 陈老师 (Mdm Chen), teaches at a Resident’s Committee (contrary to what the name suggests, an RC is a place aimed at fostering community interaction, usually at the bottom of HDB…
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  • When your life feels out of control remember…

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

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

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:35 pm
    by Dr. Cameron Caswell Teenagers often feel unheard and misunderstood by their parents. That’s pretty much general knowledge, right? But what doesn’t seem to be as widely known, is that the number one thing most teens wish their parents did differently is listen to them more often (Doe, 2004).  And the main reason teens don’t like talking to parents is because their “parents will not shut up.” Most parents think they listen, but very few actually do—at least well.  Instead, we often put more emphasis on being heard and understood ourselves, rather than on hearing and…
  • 7 gifts your graduate will treasure for a lifetime

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:31 am
    by Dr. Cameron Caswell and Justin Ulrich For parents, high school graduation is riddled with mixed emotions. We are proud of our graduate’s accomplishments, excited about the infinite possibilities that lie in front of them, sad that our baby is all grown up and leaving the nest, and worried that they aren’t prepared enough to face the world on their own.  As parents, it’s our job to raise our kids to be responsible, compassionate adults. Yet when our children are young, the thought of them leaving us is far from our mind. We feel like we have all the time in the world to prepare…
  • Quiz: What's your parenting clout?

    The Fuel Center Team
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    Quizzes by ready to understand your teen better? sign up now to get strategies and inspiration sent straight to your inbox. Email Address yes, please! we respect your privacy and distaste for spam Congrats for taking a big step toward creating family harmony. In addition to having our insightful tips and tricks delivered directly to your inbox, you'll also get first dibs on upcoming discounts and Fuel Center special events. 
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  • Travelling with Children

    Asawari Joshi Salwan
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Source: Google images Google “Travel with Children” and all that will pop up is an information overload about what precautions you can take while travelling with children, or children-friendly places, or immunizations. So much has been written about how to make the journey safe for children. How to ensure that you have all you need when you travel with children. A vital aspect of travelling with children is child safety and preparing for the same. However what we fail to realize is that all the prep directly contradicts the very essence of travelling. Travelling is all about stepping out…
  • The Strength in Supportive Therapy

    Krishna Mahathi
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Children evaluated in the developmental paediatrics department are guided to a multidisciplinary therapeutic environment that usually involves one or more of these—physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and developmental therapy, besides nutritional advice and psychological assistance. I am convinced that each discipline has a significant contribution to make in order to help the child develop his complete potential. What are the reasons for the arrangement being not received so well? Many times I find families hesitating to invest their resources and time with paramedical…
  • Is your Child Really Depressed?

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:01 pm
    This blog post has been contributed by Guest Blogger Tarang Sinha, who also blogs at Image source: Google images Recently, one of my family friends called me and said, “I am sending Manali (Her 17 year-old daughter) to your place. Please talk to her. She doesn’t talk to me. She does not eat properly. She spends most of her time alone. I think she is depressed.” I never noticed any signs of depression in Manali. We often chat and laugh together. She asks for some good books to read. She eats properly at my place. Yes, she is a bit introvert but depressed? I…
  • Encouraging problem-solving and creative thinking in children

    Sridhar Ramanathan
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    I have a friend in Australia. When we met some time ago, he told me about his daughter and her school. I was fascinated by the story he told me about how they teach arithmetic to the kids. Homework one day :List out as many different ways to arrive at the number 100 s you can. And immediately, children have been taught addition, subtraction multiplication, and division. Apparently his daughter went back with 10 different ways, all on her own. She refused help from her dad, when he offered to show her more ways. I thought about this simple way to open up the child’s mind to possibilities.
  • Help your Child Identify Sexual Abuse

    Shweta Chooramani
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:17 am
    Child sexual abuse is a heinous crime, and it becomes the duty of society, community, parent, school and teacher to safeguard a young child whose ability to communicate may be limited. A neglected or unnoticed case of child sexual abuse puts the child at a greater risk of similar incidences in future, and encourages the paedophile. Also Read: Why I Cried Today To avoid this, teach your child how to identify abuse withe the acronym HELPING. These are signs that will signal to them that they need to ask for help and share troubling incidents with their parents. HELPING can be broken down…
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  • Can Women Really Have it All?

    The Contemporary Mommy
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    The question of whether or not women can really have it all has been the hot topic of discussion after the CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi, stated that “No, women CAN’T have it all.” Since then various celebs and women in power positions have come out to either […]
  • Is Your Sunscreen Safe for Your Child?

    The Contemporary Mommy
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    There is a misconception that kids’ sunscreens currently on the market are safer when compared to their adult counterparts However, Consumer Reports just busted this myth as the FDA does not make a distinction between adult and kids’ sunscreens and they usually contain the same active ingredients. There […]
  • Mini Pancake Muffins

    The Contemporary Mommy
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    When it comes to breakfast, I always like to look for recipes that I can make a lot of at once and freeze for the rest of the week. This mini pancake muffin recipe is perfect for doing just that. It makes about 3 batches of 24 mini-muffins […]
  • Easy Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

    The Contemporary Mommy
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:39 am
    These easy, cheesy garlic biscuits are my go to when I want a bread to go along with dinner, but didn’t think ahead of time. Biscuits are super simple to make. Think 10 minutes simple and you don’t have to worry about waiting for yeast to rise or […]
  • Pretty Nails Minus the Toxins

    The Contemporary Mommy
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:58 am
    As summer time approached I wanted to show off my freshly painted toes in flip-flops and sandals. Painting your nails and other beauty treatments shouldn’t be toxic and bad for your health. I’ve learned that nail polish is extremely toxic and consumers should be weary when selecting and […]
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  • Your Baby Can Sleep Soundly with the Best Umbrella Stroller that Reclines

    Grace Wilson
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    After an impossibly long day’s work, we just can’t wait to get home so we can finally relax and unwind and just let go. Some of us like to take a long and relaxing bath, some collapse on the couch for a quick power nap, some people throw themselves into bed immediately as if they just crossed the finish line in a race. For me, I really like crashing on my ever so favorite armchair at home! It’s very comfortable and I feel like I could just stay there for hours while I gather my thoughts and my wits about me, but most of all, with a smartly placed lever on the side of the chair it…
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  • How To Create Melted Crayon Art

    Tara McGovern
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Melted crayon art is a fun project that boys and girls of all ages can enjoy. It involves heating colored crayons on a canvas (or cardboard) to create a brilliant, rainbow-esque piece of art. Once complete, you can display it in your living room, your kid’s bedroom, or practically anywhere else in the home. There’s just something magical associated with melted crayons. Kids love the appearance of bright colors blended together in a free-flowing fashion. So if you’re looking for a fun activity to keep your child busy, give this project a shot! Step #1) Gather Your Supplies…
  • Handmade Organic Twin Mattresses – Are You For Real?

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    An Inside Look at the Brand behind the Naturpedic Organic Twin Mattress and Crib Mattress If you have looked around our site at all, then you can tell that we like well made products for our children.  We love modern design and don’t fall for the trends of the day.  One of the things that really get us going is finding out more about how our items are made, and especially when we know that they are made by real people right here in the USA.  So many products these days are just shipped from here to there with no way to know who, what, when or where they were made and what materials were…
  • What is Low Muscle Tone in Children?

    27 Jun 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Low muscle tone in children is a condition commonly referred to as hypotonia or floppy muscle tone and can be detected as early as infancy. An infant with hypotonia may have slightly bent knees and elbows and may appear limp at birth. As the child grows, he/she may continue struggling with motor, writing and feeding skills. Signs of low muscle tone in children Hypotonia is a condition where the signs and symptoms have several different underlying diseases and disorders that affect motor nerve control.  Depending on the underlying cause, floppy muscle syndrome can appear at any age and can…
  • What To Expect When Moving From a Crib To a Toddler Bed

    16 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    Transitioning your child from their crib to a new toddler bed can be a challenge, as even small changes in their sleep routine can loom large in their world. Yet, this is an inevitable task, as your child cannot safely continue sleeping in their crib once they are able to climb over the railings. Most experts instruct that children who are over 35 inches tall are bigger than cribs are designed to handle, and at that point it is time to switch over to a toddler bed. In terms of the right age for the switch, the typical range is anywhere from 18-30 months. You’ll know it is time when your…
  • 3 Great Decoration Ideas for the Kids Room

    5 Jun 2014 | 1:35 pm
    We know that as parents, you want the best for your children. That’s why we want to give you the best decoration ideas for your kids bedroom. In fact, we have 3 great decoration ideas for the kids room. Time to spruce that room up! 1 – Large Colorful Printed Rugs Rugs are a great addition to any room as they add an extra dimension of space and style. When it comes to your kid’s room, try adding a large colorful printed rug. Not only does it add extra flair to your child’s room, the myriad of colors and the large print sparks your child’s imagination as well. We recommend a rug…
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  • Are You Trying To Beat Your Ex in Front of Your Kids?

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    My ex-wife constantly beats me, what's worse is that my kids love to see her do it.  In a perfect world, all divorced parents would work together to provide the best life possible for their children.  There are actually plenty of parents that have no problem doing this.  Unfortunately I don't have the luxury of an ex-wife that has any interest in parenting cooperatively.   In my world, everything is a competition to my ex.  She will take advantage of any opportunity she has to make herself the favorite parent.  For example, my twin daughters recently…
  • 3 Ways to Help Your Child Kick the Habit

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    There's a serious addiction taking hold of young children across the country.  I've seen kids start using when they are only 2 or 3 years of age, but once the addiction takes hold it is a hard one to kick.  What complicates the issue is that it’s usually the parents that get them hooked.  Unfortunately most of the parents are addicts as well. Sometimes it's so bad that it takes hold of entire families.  What is this horrible addiction I'm speaking of? I'm talking about Television.  While I'm specifically referencing Television, the same applies to video games or…
  • I Don't Have Any Children, but I Know What's Best For Yours

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Just recently I experienced something that I can't quite wrap my head around that I'd like to share with you.  Most parents would agree that you don't truly know what parenting is like until you have a child of your own.  When you don't have any children of your own, it's very easy to judge other parents.  You might say things like "If that were my kid I'd..."  However, once you have children of your own, you realize it's not quite so easy.   When you become a parent, you have taken the most important job on earth.  You are now in charge of raising another human…
  • Spending Time With Your Children Is Not Important

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I want to start off by saying that I agree 100% with the title of this post.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Now before you attempt to rip my head off let me explain.  There are a lot of divorced parents out there seeking additional custody of their young children.  Why do they want more custody?  Any good parent would respond by saying they would like to spend more time with their children.  While I agree that this is a good answer, the more important question to ask is: How is this time being spent with them?  Are you actively engaged with your kids, or…
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  • Angeles Infant Toddler SureStop Folding Commercial Bye-Bye Stroller Review

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

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

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

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

    11 Jun 2014 | 2:57 am
    BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller-Red Baby strollers are everywhere babies are, and when you need one for your own child, it can be difficult to decide on a style, color, design and so forth. This is why it’s sometimes challenging to find just the right one for your unique needs. If you happen to be a jogger with a small child, this is where the BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller is just right for you. This sturdy and sporty looking stroller has three wheels and the front wheel swivels in all directions, allowing the stroller greater maneuverability. But that wheel can also lock into a…
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