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  • Why You Really NEED to Start Exercising (It’s Not What You Think)

    A Fine Parent
    Lisa C. Baker
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you think you should exercise more? After all, you’re a parent now. Taking care of yourself is so much more important… You want to be able to toss your toddler over your head without worrying about injuring your back. You want to live a long, active life so you can play pickup games when your kids are in high school and go on long walks someday with your grandkids. You want to model healthy living for your kids. And — let’s be honest — you could probably stand to lose a few pounds too, right? Feeling motivated to hop on a treadmill yet? I didn’t think so. …
  • Kristin van Ogtrop and Arianna Huffington have defeated me. This project ends today.

    Diary of an Angry Father.
    Miso N. Grey
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    I hereby admit that @kvanogtrop and @ariannahuff have defeated me fairly and squarely. Not only defeated, they have collectively and indirectly decimated the Diary of an Angry Father project. In my defeat, this will be my final blog post and tweet from Diary of an Angry Father. You were both right. You didn't have to say it. No one cares what fathers think in our maternally-centric world. There is no audience. I'm YELLING to myself in an empty room in an effort to create better parents and better children. To my dismay, fathers don't seem to care about becoming better fathers. Continue…
  • Toddler tantrum gets parents in trouble with airline, police

    BabyCenter Blog
    Kristina Sauerwein
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    by Kristina Sauerwein posted in Mom Stories A St. Louis couple nearly got kicked off a plane and were treated "like criminals" by police because their 2-year-old screamed and cried during a four-hour flight from the Dominican Republic to their Missouri hometown, according to media reports. The apparent mother of all meltdowns occurred Oct. 26...... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • N. Korea imposes Ebola quarantine

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Foreigners will be isolated for 21 days over fears of the spread of the virus.
  • FDA OKs First Vaccine for Group B Meningitis

    MedPage Today Pediatrics
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Wyeth's Trumenba wins approval, while Bexsero waits in wings.
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Toddler tantrum gets parents in trouble with airline, police

    Kristina Sauerwein
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    by Kristina Sauerwein posted in Mom Stories A St. Louis couple nearly got kicked off a plane and were treated "like criminals" by police because their 2-year-old screamed and cried during a four-hour flight from the Dominican Republic to their Missouri hometown, according to media reports. The apparent mother of all meltdowns occurred Oct. 26...... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Best-ever crying babies who hate Halloween (pics!)

    Stacie Lewis
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    by Stacie Lewis posted in Mom Stories Every year I dress my daughter in the most adorable Halloween costume ever and she refuses to get in the spirit of the event. It's not that the costume is too tight or rubbing her the wrong way. Plainly, she doesn't like all the fuss and, when the... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Forget the hand mixer! Mommy wants Botox for Christmas!

    Whitney Barthel
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories I live in an area where plastic surgery is taboo. Country gals go to the store in plaid shirts and Wranglers, while the fancy town women sip their cappuccinos at the local coffee shop not talking about their latest nip/tuck. In fact, I do not know one person... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • 12 great winter accessories to keep kids toasty

    Liz Krieger
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    by Liz Krieger posted in Products & Prizes If you believe some of the weather predictions floating around, this winter is going to be another doozy. Fortunately, I learned a key lesson from last year's polar vortex: It pays to get the right cold-weather gear for your little ones, both because they will stay drier... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Private car services for children: Would you let your kids ride?

    Joey Lombardi
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Joey Lombardi posted in Mom Stories Every parent faces situations were they need to be in two places at once. Having to be at a meeting the same time the kids need to be dropped off at a sporting event, or lets say you have a sick parent or child you are taking care... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

  • N. Korea imposes Ebola quarantine

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Foreigners will be isolated for 21 days over fears of the spread of the virus.
  • NC courthouse shooting: One suspect in jail, one pursued

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One suspect has been arrested and another is being sought on an assault charges in the shooting at a North Carolina courthouse that wounded two men.
  • NATO says watching increased Russian miiltary moves in Europe airspace

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the transatlantic alliance remained vigilant after an increase in Russian military manoeuvres in European airspace. "NATO is strong, it remains vigilant," he said during a visit to Athens. Russian strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft have been intercepted on Tuesday and Wednesday in what NATO said earlier was "unusual" activity. "This strength is our answer" to what NATO has termed large-scale Russian military manoeuvres over the Atlantic, Baltic, North and Black seas earlier this week, when they skirted…
  • Hawaii's Big Island watches lava slowly reshape community

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, moves gradually and persistently as she deposits lava across the Big Island of Hawaii. People in the small town lying in its path say the lava will reshape the community yard by yard as it slides toward the ocean.
  • World must do more to fight Ebola: UN envoy Power

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Returning from W. Africa, ambassador to UN says world must confront "greatest public health crisis ever."
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    Daddy Types

  • Goodnight Rolling Stone

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    In the great green room, there was a telephone and a Rolling Stone snorting out of a spoon As befits any Goodnight Moon parody about Keith Moon, this one turns NSFBedtime. And some of the rhymes do make one...
  • We Are Terrorizing Our Children

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Launa Hall, a Pre-K teacher in Northern Virginia, writes in the Washington Post about lockdown drills. There will be a longterm psychological, emotional, and political price for these lockdowns, what Hall calls, with righteous outrage, "rehearsing our deaths," and it...
  • Tripe Too Delicious To Factcheck

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    1952: 'Win the weight of your baby in tripe!' via @Colvinius #austerity— Hari Kunzru (@harikunzru) October 28, 2014 Not everything was better in the old days. Take parody book marketing campaigns, for instance. "The Tripe Council was originally...
  • A Is For Activist, The Boardbook Of The 99%, Now Available In Spanish

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    A is for Activist is the alphabet boardbook "for the unflinching progressive with a child/children in your life." And by now, I assume he or she already has it. So now we'd like to open it up to the...
  • BMW E39 M5 Touring Unicorn Conversion

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Interesting. Here is a 2000 BMW E39 540i Touring, which has undergone an M5 conversion. It has the M 6-speed manual transmission, M brakes, hella dropped springs, cambered rear wheels, wait wait, I think we got off track here....
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  • A Visit to the Nite Ize Factory Floor

    Dave Taylor
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    One of the many great things about living in an entrepreneur-friendly community like Boulder, Colorado is that there are a lot of innovations going on around us. From the food biz to pharma, tech and software to consumer electronics, it’s quite astonishing how much is happening and how many little companies are slowly but surely growing to become big companies, all within a few miles of our house. I recently connected with the team at Nite Ize, a company with a ton of really slick products all essentially based on night lights and safety lights, and asked them if my 10yo and I could pop…
  • An Afternoon Driving 2015 Toyota Cars…

    Dave Taylor
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Toyota kindly invited me to a test drive event featuring its 2015 cars, for which they rented space at the beautiful Coors Field baseball park. Separately, I’ve shared some photos from the behind-the-scenes tour of Coors Field, but I also want to write about the cars themselves. I have driven almost exclusively Toyota cars since I was an undergrad, including a Prius, a Tercel, a Supra convertible, a Sienna and my current car, a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. They’ve all been incredibly reliable and rugged and I’ve never had a major problem with any of them. Now I’ve owned…
  • Behind the Scenes at Coors Field

    Dave Taylor
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    As part of the new model year rollout from Toyota, I was invited to an event they held at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. The event was focused on the 2015 model line Camry, Yaris and Sienna, but I’ll write about those in another article. When we were done with the presentation and test drives, we got a very nice tour of everything behind the scenes at Coors Field and that’s what I want to focus on in this post. In the spirit of disclosure, I have to admit I maybe get to 1-2 Colorado Rockies games a year at the ballpark because, well, because I find baseball rather boring. If it…
  • Better, more restful sleep? Breathe Right = sleep in

    Dave Taylor
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Never one to shy away from testing and experimenting, I was intrigued by the Breathe Right strips and when I learned they were introducing a lavender scented strip I was ready to give it a try for a few days and see how it would affect my sleep. Their slogan caught my attention: Breathe Right, Sleep In. Sleep in! An unimaginable luxury as a single parent. To set the stage, I tend to go to sleep late and get up early to get my kids to school by 8:00am. A typical night might have me heading to bed around midnight and up before my 7:00am alarm. Night after night. Why do I stay up so late? Part…
  • Consolidate all your social media with MessageHub

    Dave Taylor
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    If you’re active in social media like I am, you have a rather bewildering array of different news feeds to track. Between Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, Google Plus, SMS text messaging, iMessage, LinkedIn, Pinterest and I don’t even know what else, seems like my little notifications window on my iPhone is going non-stop. In fact, it’s common for other people to comment on it after a short period, typically “you sure are popular!”. If only they knew… :-) More seriously, this non-stop stream of information is endemic to our interrupt driven age, but it’s…
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • Play Orkin’s #MouseInAHouse Blog App and Enter to Win a Cozy Fleece Winter Blanket!

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Fall has arrived, and cooler weather has come with it. Whether or not you know it, your warm house is an open invitation to unwanted guests looking for a cozy winter vacation: rodents. Each fall, rodents migrate from their outdoor “summer home” to the warmth, food and shelter of their “winter timeshare” -- your house!Being human has its perks, like having a cozy house to enjoy during the winter, but imagine having to survive as a mouse! Try your luck by playing Orkin’s “Mouse in a House,” a choose-your-own-adventure game that puts you in the shoes of a rodent looking to survive…
  • Release Day Giveaway! "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength" (Paperback; 3 Winners)

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    I'm pleased to announce that today is the release day for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength! These 101 stories about resilience, positive thinking and overcoming challenges will leave you empowered! This book also features a special foreword from Fran Drescher -- everyone's favorite nanny. Fran is an actress and comedian, best known for her role on the the hit TV series "The Nanny." A twelve-year cancer survivor, she turns lemons into lemonade and pain into purpose through her leadership as a cancer advocate. To learn more about Fran Drescher, visit her website at…
  • Children’s Book Review: "Duck in the Fridge," by Jeff Mack

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    The books that appeal most to my boys are those that make them laugh. The sillier, the better! So, we all loved the new book, Duck in the Fridge, by Jeff Mack. The title alone makes kids want to pick it up. What could be sillier than a duck in the refrigerator? In the book, a young boy asks his father why he always reads Mother Goose stories to him at bedtime. In response, the father launches into a story that amazes him! When he was a little boy, the father found a duck in his refrigerator one day. That duck was joined by more ducks, and soon they took over the house! The boy tried to scare…
  • Zippyz Spooktacular Giveaway: Enter to Win 31 Prizes from Amazing Brands!

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    The Zippyz Spooktacular Giveaway is here! Zippyz by Little Trendyz is excited to celebrate the spooky holiday with 30 other amazing brands and 25 amazing mommy bloggers offering a giveaway full of prizes perfect for the fall and coming winter. These prizes make excellent holiday gifts, too! This is a great way to find amazing new brands and products and to support so many mom- and dad-owned businesses! We thank you in advance and please share with friends and family. GOOD LUCK!ONE LUCKY WINNER will receive a grand prize package of 31 prizes!Open to U.S. residents only.Participating brands and…
  • The First Holiday Giveaway of the Year ~ from Teddy Bears Personalized! (US/CAN; 2 Winners)

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Teddy Bears Personalized has always been near and dear to my heart. My boys have spent many years cuddled up to their super-soft plush bears and animals wearing their names or special messages. They are, without exaggeration, our family’s favorite plush toys. No two are alike because you get to pick the animal you want, along with the sweater or hoodie and your own personalized message. There are all different colors so the combinations are endless. Check out some of those below created by previous customers.The holiday season is fast approaching, and Teddy Bears Personalized is the perfect…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Monday Giveaway Linky: At a Conference Edition

    Amy LeForge
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Good Monday, Heroes! I didn’t get this post up last night because I was so busy getting ready for a business conference that I just didn’t get to it.So sorry.But here we are now! I am working, working here but wanted to get this out so people could still get into some terrific giveaways this week. Enjoy. An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom EditionGiveaway LinkyMonday Giveaway Linky, Back From Retreat EditionWahoo Monday Give Away Linky!Monday Give Away Linky: We’re into March!! Edition Copyright © 2014 Earnest…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky, Back From Retreat Edition

    Amy LeForge
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Good Monday, Heroes! I got to spend the weekend with my quilting buddies and my sewing machine.Ahhhhhhhhhh.Pursuing a hobby or interest is a good way to keep yourself fresh as a parent. I hope you have something you love to do, and that you do it. At least occasionally.And here we are again at our linky day. An InLinkz Link-up 1 Comment - Read what others are saying about this post...Recent CommentStacieThank you for the linky!Reply this commentRead more comments...Related Posts:Monday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom EditionGiveaway LinkyWahoo Monday Give Away Linky!Monday Give Away Linky, Late…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky, Fall 2014 Edition

    Amy LeForge
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Good Monday, Heroes! Here at Earnest Parenting the weather is turning cooler and the leaves are changing colors. It’s very pretty and I really enjoy my favorite colors. The last-minute panic to get outdoor chores done before snow flies? Not as much my favorite. But at least I can panic while the leaves are gorgeous. I’m pretty thankful for a husband and boys who will help occasionally. Hubby and I stained the deck tonight while The Mercenary was kind enough to mow the lawn.Of course, he did take a small break from mowing to construct some kind of gadget with a sled and some rope.
  • Monday Give Away Linky, New Week (Again!) Edition

    Amy LeForge
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Heroes, I’m going to claim it’s not my age that is causing time to fly faster and faster. It just can’t be! There must be another reason. Perhaps…I’m just more occupied. That’s it, right?Wait. Don’t answer that.What is keeping everyone so busy? Well, let’s take a look at the list: school, soccer, AYSO soccer (those are two different things, and therefore I am counting them separately), homeschooling, Scouts, church, managing the house, healthcare appointments, bills, working on various business pursuits (that counts for at least 5 different…
  • Monday Give Away Linky, Slightly Stained Edition

    Amy LeForge
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Good Monday, Heroes!So, I’ve been trying for weeks to finish a project: staining our deck. Hubby helped me clean it long ago, but we haven’t had 48 hours of completely dry weather that coincided with enough time in the schedule to do the job. A couple of weeks of rain on and off didn’t help. It did help the grass, and I love not having to water the flowers. But erg! It does make the deck project difficult.Today we finally had time to work and the wood was dry enough. That’s when monkeys started throwing wrenches at me. No fun. We managed to get a portion of the railing…
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  • SMILING IT FORWARD™ through Halloween

    Guest Writer
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    This is a guest post by Reesa from MommaLew – check her out there! The following post is sponsored by TYLENOL. While Halloween is meant to be all in good fun, for many children it’s stressful and frightening.  As a mom, it’s heartbreaking to see your child not enjoying him/herself. I noticed my son, now 6, has always been a bit weary of Halloween.  My first instinct was to push him to get over his fears.  But, I quickly learned this was the completely wrong action.  The more I pushed, the more he retreated.  I had to learn that this was not about me and what I wanted. You…
  • 6 Halloween Costumes You Have Hiding In Your House

    Laura Stanley
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    With Halloween around the corner and costumes constantly growing more provocative, maintain your cool mom status and your dignity with some of these creative costume ideas.  The best part?  You probably have some of this stuff in your house! Gumball Machine All you need is a clear trash bag, colorful round balloons , red tulle, and a red skull cap.  Put on red leggings, and a white long sleeve shirt.  Cut a hole in the bottom of the trash bag and two holes in the sides for your arms.  Turn the red tulle into an easy tutu skirt with an elastic waistband.  You’ll need a little help to…
  • 10 Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    With Halloween approaching, parents are mindful of how to keep their kids safe on the most ghoulish of nights. As child safety experts, we’re sure a blog about safety on Halloween isn’t surprising, but we promise this won’t be a long boring blog… Just a short one to give you a few tips to make it a safe and fun evening for all. 1. Before you leave your house, check out if the area you live in has a sex offender data base.  This is an obvious one, but just don’t go knocking on a registered offender’s door for candy.  If your child is allowed to go out alone or with…
  • Brooke Burke: Tough Love + Lunch Ideas

    Brooke Burke
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Watching GMA run a story on Helicopter Moms doing way too much for their children reminded me of a powerful message shared in my last parent/faculty coffee at school. The head of school said this “Anything you do for your children that they can do for themselves is a mistake.” I thought of the daily mistakes I make in my home. Tying Rain’s shoes so they don’t unlace every day at school, packing up Shaya’s homework folder so he doesn’t get an “Ooooops, You Forgot It” notice, washing out my teenager’s lunch box so it’s fresh for her in the am, driving 20 miles to school…
  • Halloween Tricks (for Parents)

    Leslie Morgan Steiner
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    As we head into Halloween, I want to offer a few cautions based on 18 Halloweens as a parent. First: Feed your kids dinner BEFORE they go Trick or Treating. This took me five years to learn. Children will not eat peas and chicken after 20 Reese’s peanut butter cups. Second: Please do not limit your kids’ Halloween candy to five pieces or force them to sell their loot to their dentist on Nov 1. This is un-American. Simply terrible parenting. Kids consider Trick or Treating WORK. Hard labor, ringing those doorbells, chanting on cue, and lugging the heavy bags home. Don’t destroy their…
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  • Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals. Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be…
  • 2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote!

    Peter Slutsky
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm…
  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • My Favorite Breakfast Wrap Recipe using Over Easy or Sunny Side Up Eggs

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
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  • I Finally Have Eyes in the Back of My Head (and In The Other Room)

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
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  • #FavBabyFirsts with Tammin Sursok and JOHNSON’S Baby {Giveaway}

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Celebrate Mini Milestones with Netflix #StreamTeam

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
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  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W42} #happinessis

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
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    The Committed Parent

  • It’s Not Me – It’s My Big Fat Brain: How Faulty Brain Wiring Gained Me 60 Unwanted Pounds

    Mark Brady
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Note: Please Check Out the Short Offer at the Bottom! When I was about 9 or 10 years old growing up outside New Haven, Connecticut, the highlight of most days was when Charlie’s Traveling Candy Store would come rolling through the low-income housing projects. Each afternoon I would eagerly await Charlie’s white step van and use my paper route money to buy Jujyfruits, Necco Wafers, Milky Ways, Wise Potato Chips and glass bottles of Coca-Cola and Bubble-Up sweetened with real sugar instead of High Fructose Corn Syrup. I would then take this treasure trove back to my bedroom and…
  • Why I Own Scores of Unread Books: My Brain Made Me Do It!

    Mark Brady
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    I have an 8 foot by 8 foot bookcase full of books that I haven’t read. What I’ve recently realized is that the way my brain’s reward circuitry is structured is primarily responsible for this situation. My brain operates with book-buying in much the same way that many drug and other addictions work. Here’s how. I’ll use a recent book purchase as an example. I come upon a review of a new book. In this case let’s use Daniel Levitin’s, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. Immediately, I feel this excited, pleasurable…
  • How Learned Helplessness Can Ruin a Lovely Walk in the Park – A Cautionary Tale

    Mark Brady
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Last month my wife stepped into a hole, fell and twisted her ankle while I stood by and did nothing; never offered her a helping hand or asked after her well-being. Nothing. Which seems totally out of character for someone who thinks of himself as kind, considerate and compassionate. Even rats trapped in a cage will help one another. Not only that, but I’ve personally treated rattlesnakes better than I did her. We were out together walking our dogs at the local dog park, and as you might expect, my response – or really a lack of one – was not especially well-received. To put…
  • How Debt Damages the Brain

    Mark Brady
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:13 am
    *** Free Offer at the Bottom *** When I turned 40 years old I made the decision to transition from being a carpenter, mostly working for wages, to become a spec builder. I would take on the building responsibilities of the whole house, from foundation to rooftop. In order to finance my transition into what was essentially a significantly different business, I periodically ran up bills on any number of credit cards and then paid everything off once my projects were complete and cash flowed freely. I always felt uneasy about this way of operating, but my brain struggled to come up with any…
  • 7 Essential Brain Features Every Helping Professional Needs to Know (Including Parents, Teachers and Business Leaders)

    Mark Brady
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    I believe it’s a mistake to think about the brain and brain science in any kind of reductive fashion. That said, our brains are involved in every aspect of ours and our clients’ lives. Might we be well-served to keep these 7 qualities of brain function somewhere in the forefront of our own brain? 1. The brain is the most complex creation in the known universe I suspect it’s a rare neuroscientist who hasn’t been filled with awe and wonder at both the complexity and the beauty of how a healthy brain is organized and operates. Reposting from a recent blog, here’s…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • It’s Not Your Home that’s the Heart of Hospitality

    Dawn Camp
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Hospitality was the overriding theme of last week’s Allume conference: both hospitality in your home and on your blog. But the final night I received a visible lesson in where its home truly lies: in your heart. One of the attendees, Amanda, planned an after-party, but the guests she invited didn’t come. You know that feeling when you’ve prepared for company and no one shows? Yeah, I think she felt it, too. Instead of feeling sorry for herself or embarrassed that the employees had set up an area especially for her group, Amanda—determined to share her hospitality…
  • The Gift of Reasonable Expectations

    Dawn Camp
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    My sister asked me to photograph her wedding just two months after I got my first DSLR. Boy, was I nervous. I carried Scott Kelby’s digital photography books in my camera bag and read them every spare moment; drove to Nashville to attend a NAPP (now KelbyOne) one-day seminar tour; and studied like I was back in college because this was a test with stakes higher than any I’d taken. I crafted a DSLR photography crash course and these were my Cliffs Notes. Thankfully it was an outdoor wedding, which saved me because I didn’t know my camera well enough to be shooting a wedding…
  • When Your Faith is More Than Head Knowledge at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    “No one wants to talk about God,” he says, and something in my heart breaks both for him and the world into which he was born. In a culture obsessed with knowing the latest celebrity gossip, taking the perfect selfie, and living in the moment instead of for the future, it’s no wonder that Jesus is a tough topic transition for his twenty-something crowd. Intellectual by nature, I know he can discuss theology with insight and intelligence, but I worry that this floundering in the shallow end of the conversational pool reflects the current depth of his thoughts and relationship with God.
  • The Gift of Rest

    Dawn Camp
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    It wasn’t my intention to start a 31 days series and let it fizzle after 10, but keeping up with that schedule showed me what I’d otherwise missed: I’m burned out right now—physically and mentally—and the late nights spent writing made it worse. I don’t plan to abandon the series, but it might look different, more photos and less text. My husband and I celebrated our 29th anniversary this weekend. We spent Saturday in the north Georgia mountain town of Dahlonega, site of Georgia’s gold rush. First we went to Three Sisters Vineyards for Swine and Wine, where…
  • All about Cirque du Soleil & an Amaluna Giveaway!

    Dawn Camp
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:56 pm
    [Contest is closed: Alex Perez is the winner!] Sunday night my husband and I experienced Cirque du Soleil for the first time when we saw Amaluna at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station. I expected an over-the-top visual experience, but I wasn’t prepared for performers whose abilities extended beyond what I believed possible. More than once I shook my head in disbelief: the human body is capable of amazing things with skill and practice. Amaluna runs here in Atlanta until November 30, 2014. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post for your chance to win four tickets! Fun Facts about Cirque…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • In defense of t(w)een trick-or-treaters

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Oh hypocrisy, thy name is mother. If parenting has taught me anything, it’s that any righteous judgement I make will promptly or eventually come back to bite me on the ass. Once upon a year or two ago, I was firmly of the opinion that trick-or-treating was and should remain the domain of young children. The wee-est Harry Potters and Disney Princesses always got an extra treat on my porch, while roving bands of half-costumed teens got whatever my kids had rejected as unsavoury from their own sacks, and maybe a barely concealed scowl as well. Trick or treaters are supposed to be little…
  • Photo(s) of the day: Pumpkin pickers

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Like yesterday’s post, this photo of the day post is from the weekend. Forgive me, but I think they’re too lovely not to share. And it’s not Halloween yet, so it’s not too late, right? My babies in the pumpkin patch: Eep! When did they get so grown up? Wait, here’s one more. Can you believe I got all three of them to (more or less, close enough) smile TWICE IN THE SAME DAY? Lookit how much they’ve grown up since our first trip to Millers, the year we moved to Manotick in 2010. It’s a Wordless Wednesday and Throwback Thursday all rolled up into one!
  • Photo of the day: Fun fall family on the porch

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Oh dear, I am falling further and further behind. At this rate, I’ll be posting my Chrismas photos next July! When I say “photo of the day” one can no longer assume I’m talking about *this* day! This fun family came for porch portraits this past weekend. The boys, ages 3 and 6, were full of monkey business, which made them an absolute delight to work with. I love families with a great sense of humour who are willing to have a bit of fun with the photo session. Aren’t they a gorgeous family? And that warm autumn light – so lovely. It may be true that I have…
  • This is #MyOttawa

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    When I left the house this morning, I knew I’d be going across downtown for a meeting. Beloved and the boys had brought home some beautiful yellow roses for me earlier in the week, and I took a minute to pluck one out of the vase on the table to bring with me to lay near the War Memorial. As I crossed Majors Hill Park, the sun behind me shone brightly on the Parliament Buildings. The Peace Tower, with its flag at half mast for Cpl Nathan Cirillo, blazed in light against dark clouds behind it, and all I could think of was this: even after the worst storms, the sun still comes out.
  • A few thoughts about our collective loss today

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    It was a warm September day in Ottawa, and I had just picked up a takeout lunch from the Ribfest on Sparks Street. I had a styrofoam box filled with beef ribs, beans and cole slaw, and I was looking for a spot in the sun to enjoy my lunch. I stepped out of the shadows of the big buildings around Sparks Street and into the bright sunshine beaming down onto the square around the War Memorial and found a spot on a bench to enjoy my way-too-heavy lunch. As I ate, I happened to be watching the Honour Guard in front of the Canadian War Memorial. The different elements of the Canadian Forces take…
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    News Moms Need

  • The special language of special needs

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    If you have a child with special needs, you have no doubt heard tons of words, initials or acronyms that you did not understand. You may have had to stop and ask for clarification or a definition. Or, even worse, you did not ask and were lost as the conversation zoomed on and you kept trying to make sense of it all. The world of special needs, including delays, disabilities, early intervention and special education, has its own language. The sooner you familiarize yourself with the many acronyms, the easier it will be to navigate your child’s world and be an effective advocate. Without this…
  • Celebrating Jonas Salk, MD

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Tomorrow is Jonas Salk’s 100th birthday. Salk’s eldest son Peter Salk, MD, recently came to the March of Dimes National Office to speak about his father and The Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation. It was touching to hear the history and personal stories about Salk. Peter recounted how his father had initially thought he would become a lawyer or congressman. But college chemistry set him in a new direction. While attending NYU Medical School, a microbiology class inspired him to begin his quest in vaccine research. Before long, he became one of the most famous researchers of the 20th century.
  • Safe sleep for babies

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Safe sleep can help protect babies from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related dangers, like suffocation (not being able to breathe). Newborns sleep about 16 hours a day, so it’s important to make sure that where and how they sleep are safe. Here are some things you can do to help keep your baby safe when she sleeps: Where to put your baby to sleep • Put your baby to sleep on her back on a flat, firm surface—a crib is best. Use only the mattress made for your baby’s crib. The mattress should fit snugly in the crib so there are no spaces between the mattress and…
  • Halloween ideas for kids with food allergies or sensory challenges

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    When you hear the word “Halloween” do you think of candy? Chocolate? Fun costumes? For children with food allergies or sensory issues, Halloween can be a frustrating evening. The thrill of getting treats can quickly become a letdown if there is nothing that your child can eat. And, the thought of wearing a costume may be the last thing your sensory special child will want to do. Non-foods gain in popularity Years ago, in my neighborhood, we knew of a child on our street who had food allergies. As a result, some moms decided to have an assortment of other acceptable treats to give out, so…
  • Did you get your pertussis vaccine?

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Pertussis, also referred to as whooping cough, is a respiratory infection that is easily spread and very dangerous for a baby. Pertussis can cause severe and uncontrollable coughing and trouble breathing. Pertussis can be fatal, especially in babies less than 1 year of age. And, about half of those babies who get whooping cough are hospitalized. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 17,325 cases of pertussis from January 1-August 16, 2014, which represents a 30% increase compared to this time period in 2013. The best way to protect your baby and yourself against pertussis is to…
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    The Erin Experiment

  • Experiment 4.0 Launch a business

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    One of the reasons I haven't been blogging on here very often is because I recently launched my own business. After years of helping family, friends, local business and website owners with their digital marketing, I decided to turn my passion into something more substantial.Once I unpacked the moving boxes and got the new home office set up exactly how I liked it, I bought myself a domain and started building the site. Because I have a day job (doing a similar kind of digital marketing, but for a different audience and with different clients), it took a few nights and weekends to get…
  • Experiment 3.0: Dating

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

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

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

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

  • New Design Studio Kit is Like an Internship For Your Teens

    Jennifer Wagner
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The Extraordinaires Design Studio gives teens and tweens 8+ (and even adults) a chance to learn what designers do other than drawing designs. This amazing, and extremely under-priced studio in a box, is almost like landing an internship at a real design studio. With the Extraordinaires Design Studio, users learn to think like designers. How does the The […] The post New Design Studio Kit is Like an Internship For Your Teens appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Online Java, App and Game Design Classes for Teens and Tweens…
  • Talk With Your Teen About Medicine Abuse Dangers

    Jennifer Wagner
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Parenting Teens has always been challenging. With all the technology that has become part of our lives in recent years, it is more difficult than ever as parents have to learn how to deal with completely new problems. However, parenting is also easier, because we have much more in common with our teens than our parents […] The post Talk With Your Teen About Medicine Abuse Dangers appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Film Festival Premieres Teen Documentary on Prescription Drug Abuse Thats Not Cool Website Deals with Digital Dating…
  • Choosing A College Should Be Like Making A Perfect Match

    Jennifer Wagner
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Once teens are in their junior year at school, they begin thinking about college. Choosing the college that they will attend is probably the biggest decision they will make at this point in their young lives. How can you, as parents. help them make a sensible decision? Many teens want to go to school where […] The post Choosing A College Should Be Like Making A Perfect Match appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: College Size – How Important Is It In Choosing a School? Pick-A-Prof: Help for students choosing college classes 25…
  • Celebrate Family Milestones With Parenthood on NBC or Netflix

    Jennifer Wagner
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    I have a love/hate relationship with the TV series Parenthood. I love the actors and the characters they play, I love most of the story lines, and I love how realistic it is. I also sometimes hate how realistic it is. But whether we like it or not, we see the Bravermans, warts and all, […] The post Celebrate Family Milestones With Parenthood on NBC or Netflix appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Orange Is The New Black: Season 2 Netflix Binge Watching Netflix Family Movie or TV Night With Teens Watching Arrested Development on…
  • Love Lists? See Alltime10s YouTube Channel For Video Lists

    Jennifer Wagner
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Lists are very popular. People love to see lists of the best or worst of almost any category. Other popular lists are “things you didn’t know”, “amazing facts about” a person, place or thing and the most of something. Lists are popular because they are easy to read, you can learn something quickly and they are […] The post Love Lists? See Alltime10s YouTube Channel For Video Lists appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: YouTube Education, Trends and Creator Hub – Great Resources Do You Know What is…
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  • National Cat Day: Finally, a Special Day I Understand

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    I’m so excited it’s National Cat Day today, because I love cats. I had a dog growing up, so I love dogs too. But I’ll take an independent, fickle and moody cat over a hyper dog any day. I’ve created a little video In honor of my three cats, Rocky, Smoke & Tiger. Rocky & Tiger are about 14-years-old, so that’s why they just walk as their main form of motion. Smoke is a stray we’ve been feeding for almost six years! He’s too wacky to bring indoors (we’ve tried!), but he does have a Cat Igloo outside for the chilly nights that we rarely get…
  • Farewell Jeter: Thank You from a New Baseball Mom

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I’m not a treasure trove of baseball trivia, but I’m a big fan of the game. I watched the entire 2004 series featuring an epic and excruciating battle between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. I was hugely pregnant with my first child (due in November 2004), so vegging out on the sofa watching other people’s awesomeness was all I could muster. I especially loved the Yankees that year (Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, A-Rod — yes, A-Rod) and, in stark contrast, I detested the Red Sox. Maybe it was because Big Papi couldn’t stop crushing…
  • Win Craft Brew for Your Crew at Oasis Texas Brewing Company

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

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

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

  • Free Window Cord Safety Kit

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    If you have young children in your home, it's wise to check if your window cords could present a problem. Tragically over 200 infants and young children have died since 1990 from strangling with window cords according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. You can prevent a strangling tragedy by retrofitting your blind cords to make them safe. Free retrofit kits are available from the Window Covering Safety Council. There are instructions with each kit plus videos demonstrating how to do the installation.
  • Providing Positive Parenting Support in Your School

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    A mom of a first grader spoke to me today about how she can provide positive parenting support to other parents at her daughter's school.  She's learned a number of positive ways to respond to her daughter's behavior through the Priceless Parenting online classes.   She loves the fact that she can continue to get support in her parenting through ideas in the monthly newsletter and on the web site.After observing various parent/kid interactions, she is passionate about sharing what she's learned with others who might appreciate it.  She called me for ideas about how to…
  • The Effects of Media Violence on Children

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

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

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Watch this video for the latest ideas on how exposure to violence affects a child's developing brain.
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    Telling It Like It Is

  • My Willow Tree Grandparents With Grandchildren Figurines Collection

    11 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    As a grandparent with several grandchildren, and surely more to come in years ahead, I was instantly drawn to the Willow Tree figurine collection, Susan Lordi’s line of carved, figurative sculptures. I was introduced to Willow Tree figurines a few years ago when I received the “Together” Willow Tree figurine from my husband as a Christmas gift. I was hooked on Willow Tree ever since, and have regularly searched for any and all newly added items to the Willow Tree family of products. I’m especially drawn to the Willow Tree Grandparents figurine collection, and have…
  • Preparing for the Holidays

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The Holidays are Coming! The Holidays are Coming! The holiday season is upon us, with Halloween due in a couple of weeks, followed by Thanksgiving shortly thereafter, and then Christmas and New Years. Where has the year gone?! The stores are stocking up on all of the holiday goods, and we’re in full holiday mode in our home, making necessary preparations for family gatherings and fun times for all. I think my favorite holiday of all is Thanksgiving. Family and friends gathering together to enjoy each others company and joyful conversation, making memories, and enjoying good tasting…
  • Occupational Mercury Poisoning in Dentistry

    9 Jun 2014 | 7:02 am
    I. Dental personnel and mercury exposure Dental offices are known to be one of the largest users of inorganic mercury. It is well documented that dentists and dental personnel who work with amalgam are chronically exposed to mercury vapour, which accumulates in their bodies to much higher levels than for most non-occupationally exposed. Adverse health effects of this exposure including neurological effects have also been well documented that affect most dentists and dental assistants, with measurable effects among those in the lowest levels of exposure. Mercury levels of dental personnel…
  • It’s Not Selfish to Take Care of Yourself

    28 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Self-care is not selfish. Taking care of ourselves must be a priority, otherwise how can we care for others when we ourselves are virtually running on empty? This fact became all too clear to me a few months ago, and I had to take whatever time I needed to take care of me, leading me to an unplanned and unexpected writing hiatus. Everyone and everything else had to take a backseat in some ways, until I felt the time was right and I was able to clear my mind and heart and press on. I did it to myself though. I tend to refer to it as Information Overload. You see, for the last several years,…
  • Why I Stopped Wearing Makeup and You Should Too

    30 Sep 2013 | 9:24 am
    A little over a year ago, I completely stopped wearing makeup. I just quit makeup, cold turkey. One day I woke up in the morning, got ready to go to work and while standing in front of the mirror, I decided I would go to work with no makeup on whatsoever. I hadn’t decided to participate in some sort of “no makeup challenge” for a day, week or month, that some writers have participated in over the last few years. At the time I decided to stop wearing makeup, I hadn’t seen or read any of the numerous articles online about women’s reasons for going without makeup…
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    Kim Becker {aka MommyKnows}

  • Best Brownie Mix

    Kim Becker
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Betty Crocker Chocolate Chunk Brownie Mix
  • Quick & Easy Pumpkins Spice Muffins

    Kim Becker
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I’ve become the queen of cake mix hacks. Oh the goodness I’ve been creating. It’s so easy to turn a cake mix into tasty muffins, a loaf cake or even cookies. All with your very own twist. I’ve blogged the family favourite on my LifeMadeDelicious Blog and I’m going to blog my favourite here today. Pumpkin Spice Muffins: Cake mix hacks fill all my quick, easy and inexpensive criteria. The last time I purchased Betty Crocker cake mixes they were $1.49 each and if I bought two, the third was free. That’s $1.00 each! Ingredients: 1 Betty Crocker Golden Cake Mix…
  • A Yummy New Job

    Kim Becker
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Well it’s sort of a new job. It’s an old gig, that’s been renewed. I am both grateful and excited to be once again blogging for the folks at LifeMadeDelicious … my kids just call them the Betty Crocker People, which is cute, but they’re so much more. They’re the Cheerios people, the Pillsbury people (I love that little dough-boy), the Old El Paso people, the Green Giant People, the Yoplait people, the Nature Valley people … and more! One of my tasks will be to review a product on a monthly basis. This month’s options included: Multi-Grain…
  • 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…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • Get Rewarded for Buying Products You Love!

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Suave makes quality products for the entire family and at Walmart’s everyday low prices, what can be better than that? Whether it’s Suave Kids detangling spray (which works awesome on Madison’s hair), Suave Mens 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner, or Suave Naturals Body Lotion- Suave has got the whole family covered! Did you know that you can get rewarded for buying the Suave products that your family knows and loves at Walmart? Sign up for Suave Family Rewards at Suave Family Perks and every time you purchase a Suave product at Walmart, you…
  • Sports Safety Time!

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Do your kids play sports? Mine do. They love to play soccer. Like most sports, there is always the opportunity to get hurt. Madison is my perfect example. This kid is a soccer ball magnet. I know you are all laughing, but the poor kid gets hit with a soccer ball every time there is a soccer ball anywhere near her. Last season, it didn’t matter if she was just in practice or playing a game, every single time she got hit with the ball. Normally, it would be in the stomach or in the face. Now, we were lucky, because she never got seriously hurt. However,…
  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Challenge

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation. With fall and winter upon us here in Chicago, the dry air really does a number on our hair.  Well, it really does a number on my hair.  That is why I am always on a lookout for a great shampoo that will help with flyaway hair and help keep my hair styled the way I did it.  That’s is why I really love the entire line of Living Proof products.  These are…
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  • Organize Your Photos In 4 Easy Steps

    Anthony Evans
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    DSLRs and digital cameras have really made the capture of pictures easier. Because of the ease in capturing photographs, more and more people are taking pictures and a new problem now has to be resolved. People have now problems in organizing the pictures that they captured especially the digital format. The need to organize photographs especially in digital format has never been this great in the past years. Here are steps that you can do so you can organize your photographs. Always set the current time and date of your camera It is one of the easiest ways to organize your photographs but…
  • 5 Date Night Ideas For New Parents

    Anthony Evans
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    When you’re a new parent, you may feel like you have to learn how to do everything over again. When you have a newborn, you world gets turned upside down and you have to learn how to multi-task. For some people, this adjustment is fine, but for others, this is a frustrating and challenging task to grasp the concept of. Although you are new parents, you can still have dates and enjoy spending quality time with your significant other. Having a Simple Movie Night When you think of a movie night, you think of a big screen, surround sound, popcorn, drinks, and candy. Contrary to popular belief,…
  • Beauty Hack: Tips For Younger-Looking Skin

    Anthony Evans
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    Search for a photo of Jennifer Aniston and Tom Cruise now and compare it 10 to 15 years back. Notice how incredibly ageless they are? If they can achieve it, so do you. This digital age appears to have kept us occupied and flitting from one activity to another. There is really no need to spend thousands of bucks to be forever young! Here are five tips on how to effortlessly attain a younger-looking skin and achieve beauty from within. Sleep is the fountain of youth You may say that you still function well even with less than 8 hours of sleep but it is taking a toll on your skin. When we…
  • Save A Lot Of Money On Your Next Family Vacation

    Anthony Evans
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    When was the last time you and your family went on a vacation and not think of the huge costs it will entail? Having a vacation with your family is becoming more and more expensive these days, it makes it very hard for the family to enjoy and seize the moment while on vacation. Fortunately, there are still ways to save a lot of money while going on vacation. There are tons of discounts and promos on venues and hotels out there, it would be hard not to participate. Also, you can do some planning yourself ahead of time in order to save on cash. Here are a few of the tips on how to save money on…
  • Things To Remember In Starting An Online Business

    Anthony Evans
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
      An online business is the widely known business that offers trade of products and services through internet. It also provides buying, transferring or exchanging information between the company, the clients or the costumers. It allows the external activities and business relationship with the other business, people, or groups. Online business involves greater responsibilities like conventional business. It requires more effort to make it profitable and stable. THINKING OF STARTING AN ONLINE BUSINESS? HERE ARE SOME REALITIES OF BUSINESS ONLINE Make a Marketing Research Before you start…
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    Parenting Advice Blog - What's New in Consistent Parenting Advice?

  • Oct 25, About Me

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    Read about me - parent counselor and family educator, mother and website designer!
  • Oct 29, Baby Links - Consistent Parenting

    28 Oct 2013 | 6:09 pm
    These baby links at Consistent Parenting are here to benefit you - only recommended sites have been included.
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    20 Jul 2013 | 11:25 pm
    These parenting links are here to benefit you. Only recommended sites will be included.
  • Dec 10, Common Discipline Mistakes

    10 Dec 2012 | 2:30 am
    Common Discipline Mistakes Parents Make in Disciplining Their Children. When discipline is poorly handled, it can actually make bad behavior worse instead of improving it. As parents, we have to discipline our children if we want them to engage in proper behavior and adhere to social norms, but sometimes in our effort to correct them, we end up making mistakes. Here are several things to watch out for and avoid. .
  • Dec 3, Discipline- HOW to Discipline Children

    2 Dec 2012 | 10:18 pm
    How to discipline children would be the question I am most often asken by despairing parents at their wits end. Learn how to be clear, firm and consistent.
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  • Trick or Treat

    Shaman Mother
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    October is the season filled with displays of witches, ghosts, skeletons and ghoulish items.  They represent the dark side of us all and the fears that permeate our minds.   Horror movies pique interests on watching the terror a person must face to survive.  The HBO series Dexter is an example. (He’s a serial killer that kills other murderers;  a hero and a villain, all at the same time.) Do we need to watch horror flicks to stimulate our fears and darkness when the daily news fills our minds with fear everyday?  Ebola flashes across the TV screen like a red flashing light warning us…
  • What is the T word?

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

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

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

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

  • Five Dishes On Our Thanksgiving Table

    Piera Jolly
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    We have been hosting Thanksgiving for our family for almost a decade now. While it is definitely a lot of work, it is also one of our favorite holidays to host. We have family from both mine and Mike’s side of the family join us. There’s typically 30+ people, including kids. Mike and I spend days before cleaning and cooking and cooking some more lol. Even Lucas joins in to help and there’s usually holiday music playing in the background. It’s a lot of fun! Over the years, we have had some food hits and misses so today I thought it would be helpful to share five dishes…
  • Fall Treat: Pumpkin Pie Spiced Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow Recipe

    Piera Jolly
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Have you ever had muddy buddies – aka puppy chow? Every holiday season, we are guilty of whipping up an embarrassing number of batches of peppermint muddy buddies. They are slightly addictive. Ok, not slightly. Highly, highly addictive. We have been known to make a batch late at night because wejusthavetohavethemnow. This year I thought – what if I put pumpkin spice + muddy buddies together? The result is a perfect fall snack. We have been using Kellogg’s Krave Cereal to make all of our muddy buddies recipes since last year (which by the way if you don’t have time to…
  • NEW @Cirque du Soleil Show in Atlanta – #Amaluna #Giveaway

    Piera Jolly
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2014, Cirque du Soleil brings a new show to Atlanta! Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Amaluna’s Tony Award-winning Show Director, Diane Paulus, drew from a series of classical influences when creating the concept of the show; including tales from Greek and Norse mythology, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Now playing under the famed blue-and-yellow Big Top at Atlantic Station…with great seats as low as $35! We’ve been to…
  • Ten Ways to Boost Your Confidence

    Piera Jolly
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    What makes YOU feel more confident as a woman? How does your confidence level affect your daily life? The truth is that confidence matters. I know that for me personally, when I feel confident – I feel like I can do anything. I can take on the world. The way that I feel about myself impacts every aspect of my daily life from being a mom and wife to my work and business life. Today, I thought I’d share some confidence-boosting tips with you. Ten Ways to Boost Your Confidence Invest in YOU. Take the time to read a good book, learn a new language, or learn a new skill or even hobby.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

    Piera Jolly
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Halloween is only a couple of weeks away and it’s time to start planning the evening’s festivities. If you are going trick-or-treating then it is also important to have a safety plan in place. Halloween is a fun holiday, but it is also a prime opportunity for bad things to happen. Today, I thought I’d share some safety tips so that you and your kids can have a fun and SAFE Halloween this year! Lucas with his new Rayovac Glow in the Dark Flashlight   Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips Make sure that your child can be seen! Plan costumes that are bright and…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • My child won’t stop crying!

    Zen Mommy
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    The next time your little one is losing it over something you think is silly (like maybe they asked you for a banana but not a PEELED banana, and, well, you peeled it! Who knew this could cause such pain and upset, right?!? but they are kids - not mini adults, and believe it or not, it DOES...) and you're tempted to stay "Stop crying" or "Don't cry", take a deep breath and as you offer them the peeled banana anyway, say instead... (read more)
  • Helping Kids Make “Good” Decisions

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

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

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

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

  • Fire + hot guys = new book

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few years ago, I visited the Simon Pearce glassblowing factory. I was awestruck by the whole operation. In order to make glass pliable, it has to be heated in 2,400 degree fires. Glassblowers have a short period of time to shape the glass before it hardens. Often, glassblowers work in pairs. The loud furnace makes talking virtually impossible, so glassblowers use nonverbal cues to communicate with one another. Hot glass can cut through skin and bone… yet glassblowers create works of art out of molten silica. Here I am at Manchester Hot Glass in Vermont, with Andrew. He helped me make a…
  • A new contemporary romance novel

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    My new book, Clear as Glass, releases today. Clear as Glass won 5 Romance Writers of America chapter contests and is published by The Wild Rose Press. The last thing Mitchell Blake needs is another hot-shot consultant, but this one is different. She is hiding something. If he can unearth her secrets, he might have good reason to fire her…or keep her. So, if you’re in the mood for romance, perhaps this one is for you? Available on Kindle, Nook, ebook, iBooks, Kobo, for all ebook readers, and in print.
  • Why nervous parents shouldn’t visit their kids at college

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I made the mistake of visiting my firstborn at college for Parents’ Weekend. I was nervous. I needed reassurance that we sent her to the right school. When we arrived, I saw terrible signs that we’d made a huge error. Clearly this “inoperable fireplace” has been used. That wasn’t the only weird thing going on at college. Apparently, there is a 24 hour study room in the library …but I saw this:   If this place doesn’t know the definition of a 24 hour study space, what nonsense are they teaching my kid? My anxiety skyrocketed when I saw this:…
  • Why you shouldn’t brush your teeth

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    My husband told me he loved our new toothpaste. I nodded and asked him to carry a heavy pumpkin to the cashier. My husband wondered why our new toothpaste tastes like peanut butter. I shrugged and wondered which mum to buy. My husband barked at a cat, which was weird. I frowned at him and kept walking. When we got home, I realized why my husband was acting so strange. This was on our bathroom countertop. Do I tell him, or not? This post brought to you by Websites With Broken Comment Boxes. I’m happy to report the comment boxes for my site work again!
  • Don’t tell my husband…

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m gonna talk about my husband. Because today is our wedding anniversary. My husband is six foot, five inches tall. No kidding. He’s actually shorter than the guy I dated in college. My husband has great legs. Great legs can get a marriage through the tough times, I believe. My husband’s favorite food is ice cream. I don’t eat ice cream any more, so he gets dessert all to himself. Plentiful ice cream helps a marriage through the rough spots, don’t you agree? Dreamy gazes can get a marriage through any rough spot. I bat my eyelashes at my hubby every night,…
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    Harassed Mom

  • Raising a rainbow nation

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.  ~Abraham Joshua Heschel Sharon has posted a lot recently about the challenges of racing mixed race children. Even though I did not adopt my older two kids, I still get a lot of the same questions and comments she does because if you look at us, you could assume that we did possibly adopt them. I must say for the most part I ignore stupid comments and questions because otherwise it could get ugly. Sharon’s latest blog post was about “Would you allow your child to marry a brown…
  • 5 Gadgets to improve your home safety!

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Crime isn’t something I particularly like to talk about here but it is a reality of the country we live in. I am especially aware of it because I stay at home and Emma and Jane are also at home alone a lot. None of us want to turn our homes into prisons with alarms and barbed wire and cameras and beams. But again, we have to be realistic about where we live and ensure that our homes are safe and secure without over reacting. I have put together a few gadgets that you can add to your home to make it a little more safe without it feeling like it. *Digital Peephole viewer This is a really…
  • When saying goodbye is hard.

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    I have had these deep sense of sadness the past few weeks. Not an unhappiness because I am happy but rather the sadness that comes with loss. Not the loss of your favourite pair of ear rings but the deep sense of loss when a friend leaves your life. Not leaves as in you fight and break up but when they physically leave you and no longer are a part of your daily life. I think it has been what has cause my writers block because I have had this post in my head for weeks now but have not had the words for it. I miss writing, I miss blogging so it is time to face it. This year was my second year…
  • Gratitude

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    What a week last week was! It was all kinds of crazy and busy. This morning I sat down to catch up on admin, mails etc etc and when I got to the budget it depressed me completely. This month is about 25 days too long for our budget. We are jam packed with commitments all the way through November. I was feeling slightly over whelmed with life in general. So instead of focusing on what we don’t have I am going to assume the “head in sand” position and focus on all the the things I do have. My awesome husband. He watched the kids this weekend while I was packing boxes! I know…
  • Its all about the mundane here I am afraid!

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    So my little #mundahappiness challenge has taken off better than I anticipated. My twitter and instagram feed are full of photos and updates (I am behind on blog reading so haven’t checked their yet). Thank you so much to everyone who is joining in! If you haven’t joined us then you can start now. Julia asked me this morning why there are no posts. There are two reasons. The first is that I have been busy and today our Santa Shoebox Drop Offs started so its crazy crazy. But the second reason is a little disturbing for me. I just haven’t had the inspiration/desire/motivation…
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    Playground Confidential

  • Can we all breathe a great big FINALLY for our health care going digital?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Big thanks to the Canada Health Infoway for sponsoring this post and, more importantly, bringing digital health technology to our health care. If there’s one place we don’t want cutting edge technology, it’s in our doctor’s offices. Wait. What? That doesn’t make any sense. And yet all the tech does seem a little weird at ... [Read more...]The post Can we all breathe a great big FINALLY for our health care going digital? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • People I won’t be giving candy to this year

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Gone are the innocent days of yesteryear when you could count on young children to go door-to-door donning masks and extorting candy from vandalism-fearing citizens. Now it seems everybody wants in on the action regardless of age and proficiency in egging. There’s been a growing sense of discontent among people who have access to internet ... [Read more...]The post People I won’t be giving candy to this year appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • “Step on the scale, Mom,” he said.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    My thighs are killing me. So is my ass. And also the sole of my foot because I stepped on a stray game board-game piece, but that’s a different story. You see, I knew I’d slipped up. The regular exercise routine I had last winter and early spring had been knocked off course by a ... [Read more...]The post “Step on the scale, Mom,” he said. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Getting Started With Essential Oils

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    By now you probably have heard people talking about essential oils and may be wondering what they are, as well as how to use them.  When my family first started using essential oils my expectations were fairly minimal, I figured our house would smell great from diffusing something natural, instead of using synthetic fragrances and that […]
  • WaterWipes Baby Wipes

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

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

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

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

  • Travel must-have for kids: The LeapPad3 learning tablet

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    My kids are pretty awesome travelers for the most part. They can handle short flights like pros and are the best road trip buddies on long car rides. But, as it turns out, they are pretty awful redeye international travelers. Go figure. When I look back now, I can’t help but ask myself what I was thinking taking two small kids on packed overnight flights that included 4 airports, long layovers, no meals, and a trip through customs. Oh, and did I mention I am very pregnant and have a hard time getting comfortable in even the plushest digs? Seriously. What on earth was I thinking?! Having…
  • Our Beaches Turks & Caicos Babymoon

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    I can’t even count how many people asked if our recent trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos was a “Babymoon”. Although I had heard of the idea of a Babymoon before, I honestly had no idea that they were such a well-known thing. As it turns out, Babymoons are a very big thing for the travel industry and many parents are using the opportunity score special packages and discounts to take one last big trip before baby. In our case, our Babymoon happened by accident as our Turks & Caicos trip was planned mere days before we saw the positive pregnancy test. But while the pregnancy didn’t…
  • Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro car seat offers safety and comfort to grow with your child

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    As a parent, I want to keep my kids as safe as humanly possible. That has meant extended rear facing, five point harnesses as long as they fit the weight/height maximums of their seats, and never allowing my children to just simply use adult belts because their peers are allowed to. For us, graduating to a booster seat is a very big deal, and we took our time coming to the decision of when we would do it, which vehicle we would switch first, and what brand would help us make the leap. When I met Kiddy USA at The Baby Ladies BlogHer Baby Shower, I knew that this was a company that valued…
  • All the reasons I love the Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Fall is by far my favorite season. It’s still hot enough here in the Pacific Northwest to wear skirts and sandals some days, but then it’s boots and sweaters the next, all under the gorgeous backdrop of changing leaves and fall colors. Just look at my happy harvester, collecting vegetables for the week. The one thing that isn’t awesome? Meal planning. With unpredictable weather and high temperatures nearly every afternoon, it makes it hard to plan what kind of meals to make that won’t leave the house sweltering at the end of the day. When a friend suggested I try slow cooking instead…
  • 10 tips to keep your kids safe this Halloween

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Did you know that Halloween night is one of the most dangerous nights of the year? In fact, kids are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween over any other day of the year. With little kids in costume sharing the road with vehicles of all types and lights turned down low, it's really a recipe for disaster. While those are certainly sobering statistics, that doesn't mean you can't keep your kids as safe as possible this Halloween by planning ahead and helping teach your child basic safety rules before they head out hunting candy. 1) Avoid masks and costumes that could cover the face…
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  • Pet Cat Costumes for The Great Party

    Andrea Collins
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Party always shows with the glowing themes, music, dance, etc. All of them are the great organizing from the host in order to make the happiness and fantastic situation for all of the audiences. Most of the guests also come with the glamour dress. There are also some audiences that bring their pet to the party as their family members. If you are cat lovers, you will include your cat in a party and introduce them as your family member. The best way to comprise your cat in a party is to dress them with the elegant costume. There are available chic and elegant pet cat costumes that suitable to…
  • Finding the Best Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair

    Benjamin Grochow
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Having dogs and cats maybe give us a happiness at home. Moreover, if we have a cute and pretty dogs or cats, we do not want to lose and want to be together them all time. Having pets more than one, it will make more difficult to care them. Dogs and cats usually will have furry hair that fails on your carpets. Although you love your pets very much, you also do not want to lose your beautiful carpets. You impossibly take it without a suitable tool. Vacuum Cleaner is the answer to clean the pet hair from your carpet of floor. There are many kinds of the vacuum cleaner in the market to help you.
  • Fiches as Pet – Having Bird as Pets for the Beginner

    Cindy Sherman
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Actually choosing the birds as pets can be a daunting task for you. But, for people which never to keep bird as pets, finding finches as pet is recommended for you. There are a lot of reasons when you want to explain why having finches as pets are being the wonderful ideas to realize. First, it is about finches as pets in generally are easy to care than others bird and because, it is the social birds, so, in their cage they are very likely to playing and interaction in each other. Besides that, finches as pet are nice bird which has high in adaptability, appearance, and friendliness. In fact,…
  • Pet Water Fountain – The Best Entertainment Tool for Pets

    Cindy Sherman
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    Having a pet water fountain for your lovely pets is great things which you do to facilitate your pets. Pet water fountain are ready in some cool varieties, design, and size. Some of them ready not only just one water source, but sometimes, it is ready for the difference’s source of water and have the difference combination when it moves away. Because many the user is come from the cat owners, so, pet water fountain very recommended for the cat owners. Actually, in some cases your cat will finicky, and as the owner, we must solve those problems. One way to solve those problems are by…
  • Buy Pet Wolf for Sale in Online Shopping

    Cindy Sherman
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    Have ever known a pet wolf for sale? Today some people like to find pet wolf, but just a few places that purchased this kind of pet. So, where the suitable place to find pet wolf for sale? Today online shopping be the one of famous market which makes the trades at these days. During online shopping be the trades, people are more know about the disadvantages or advantages and they have to start exploring it well to take the opportunities then catch the chance in it. Like the real market, online shopping come in all trades type. From the lifestyle product, cosmetics, until pet store are ready…
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    Being a Mummy

  • Red House Children’s Book Award blog tour: Debi Gliori

    Alex Walsh
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    "Dragon Loves Penguin” has been shortlisted in the younger children category of the 2015 Red House Children's Book Award. The Red House Children's Book Award is the only national children’s book award voted for entirely by children. It is owned and co-ordinated by the Federation of Children's Book Groups, and sponsored by Red House.  Useful links: http://
  • Quick, Cheap and Easy Keema Fusilli Pasta Bake

    Claire Walsh
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    I was asked to design my own recipe for a dish to make with keema. Once you have made a batch of keema you'll find that its a brilliantly simple dish which is incredibly versatile. The challenge posed me with a problem, i'm not that good at cooking, well, at least i'm not all that interested in cooking. However, I know how to do all the basics and nearly everything we eat at home is cooked from
  • Ready, Steady, Cook Fish! Simple Creamy Pasta and Asparagus with Trout

    Claire Walsh
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    I was asked to design a fish dish for a new campaign from Seafish which is the national authority on fish called Ready. Steady, Cook Fish! The challenge was to design a recipe in 30 minutes using fish. I'm all for quick, easy, uncomplicated healthy dishes which are economical to make, so I thought I'd make up this pasta and Trout dish. This quick and easy dish is a perfect comfort food for
  • Cooking with Keema

    Claire Walsh
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Rather excitingly I've been asked to design my own Keema dish to be entered into a competition. I'm sure I won't win the competition, but hey, little old me has been asked to do something cookery related. With my track record of cooking this suggests that I'm improving! Anyway, like me, you're probably wondering what Keema actually is: Keema is inspired by South Asian cuisine and is used all
  • Book Review: A Treasury of Animal Stories by Holly Webb

    Claire Walsh
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Holly Webb's animal stories are brilliant for little readers and also to read to primary school aged children. Over the years we have built up a few of them individually so it was lovely to receive this collection of 11 of them all nicely presented in a soft cover book. The stories speak for themselves and are a lovely collection perfectly pitched at primary school aged readers. I enjoy
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  • Bibles for Uganda… and Answered Prayers You Didn’t Even Know You Had Prayed

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    I had to share my God moment that happened this week… even though it wasn’t something I had on my sadly neglected blogging calendar that was put aside for sick kids with fevers, field trips to the pumpkin patch and getting my handgun license this week. Somehow God was able to sneak in one of His own to-do list items on my overbearing checklist, even though I was totally unaware of Him doing it. He’s awesome like that. First of all, we use Mystery of History curriculum, if you didn’t know that already (if you don’t know what that is, click the Bright Ideas Press…
  • Chipotle-Sesame Beef Tacos with Cotija, Avocado and Cilantro

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    El Picosito Copycat Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and I’m proud to be working with the Beef Checkoff. I would have shared this recipe with you regardless, so the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is a perfect partner (since I already use Beef at home every week). Also, you need to know, that although they did provide me with some tips to share about beef, I’m going to share a bunch of additional health information with you that DID NOT come from them. I’m kind of on a bit of a soap box about proper nutrition lately, and I think beef and fat in particular…
  • PSAT Week

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Last Wednesday my teenagers took their first high-school standardized test: the PSAT. It was the bomb that went off in our week. I don’t mind tests. I like to compare how my kids are doing along side public school kids. However, I’m not sure even with the scores – when we finally get them – how I’ll be able to compare much, because we are on a totally different scope and sequence. But… college money sounds good, so loaded the big kids up and took them to take the test this past Wednesday at a local Christian School. They spent all of 3 days studying for…
  • When Autumn Leaves Begin to Fall

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    I miss the Arkansas leaves this time of year. Texas trees never know what to wear in Autumn. We are lucky to get a couple of weeks at Thanksgiving with reds and yellows; unless you count the few yards where some brave soul has dared to plant a more showy tree and has taken the time to nurture it. Even my red oak was hardly red last year – and my husband is the “tree whisperer” (he gives our trees organic fertilizer and lots of water all year at the perfect times). I’ll take this cooler weather, though… and I can make do with brown (it is one of my favorite…
  • Mostly Grain and Sugar Free Lunch Ideas

    9 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    I did a BIG List of Lunch Ideas Post a year or so ago – right before we began our journey to live a more “paleo-ish” lifestyle and ditch inflammatory grains and disease-and-obesity-causing sugar. We were really doing well with our low-grain and sugar diet until my oldest teen started slipping up. The closer he gets to 18, the more he thinks he deserves a cheat every day (or two). I’m coming to grips with the fact that I have to let go… which is hard when he’s eating sprouted grain toast and honey in front of his little brothers (who are decades away from…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • Messy, glorious motherhood

    Jillian Amodio
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    They say when you become a mom, you change. I am sure just about every one of us has experienced that. It is awe-inspiring to come to the realization that just as our actions shape our children, our interactions with our children also continue to shape us. My heart loves more deeply, my mind works more creatively — albeit a little slower at times — and my life seems all the more vibrant since embarking on my journey as a mother. The other day, I had a revelation of sorts. No mother likes to see her child suffer. A sick child is like a stone upon the heart of the mother. Her heart…
  • Developing discipline from the inside out

    API Blog
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    By Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, cofounders of Attachment Parenting International and coauthors of Attached at the Heart Children learn violence in their homes and in their schools from adults whose best intentions are to train them to be obedient, law-abiding citizens. To that end, corporal punishment has been used on children in many societies for hundreds of years. Attitudes about corporal punishment are strong, but they are finally beginning to change. More than 100 countries throughout the world have banned the use of corporal punishment in schools, and 24 countries have banned it…
  • Editor’s Pick: AP Month on “Daily Tips”

    Rita Brhel
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    “We believe in parents. We believe that every parent deserves free access to complete information about parenting and childhood. It need not be overwhelming, just complete and accurate. And leave the blame behind. …We believe it so strongly that we do what few, if any other organizations, do: We provide free support to all parents.” ~ “API cherishes parents” on AP Month 2014 I hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s AP Month daily tips that have been publishing throughout October. There are still a few days left, and by subscribing, you can get a daily tip…
  • Who says kids don’t like curry?

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Editor’s note: This post was originally published on September 14, 2008. It provides an alternative to commercialized baby food for parents starting their infants and young toddlers on solids. The first time a friend offered my daughter Violet a veggie “puff,” I was puzzled. “They’re healthy,” she explained. “They’re made from vegetables.” Why not, I wondered, just give her the actual vegetables instead? Western culture has an unfortunate tendency toward dumbing-down food for kids. Whether it’s for the sake of convenience or the…
  • Does Attachment Parenting pertain to me?

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Editor’s note: This post was originally published on September 15, 2008, and examines how the author has adapted Attachment Parenting International’s Eight Principles of Parenting as her children grew out of the infant/toddler years. My kids are not babies. They sleep in their own rooms. They don’t breastfeed. If I wore them in a carrier, the sling would rip and my spine would snap. They have homework. Does Attachment Parenting still pertain to me? Sometimes it seems as though the API’s Eight Principles of Parenting are geared mainly toward babies and toddlers: have the…
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • Winterizing

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wayfair asked me to write a post on winterizing the garden and I was like, huh? I had to research how winterizing was done because where I live, that pretty much amounts to putting on a windbreaker when you go out to get the mail. Occasionally we get an inch or two of rain, causing everyone to toss their hands up in a panic and crawl the city streets at 15 mph to avoid the dangerous puddles. After consulting quite a few books, some of which I actually own, I managed to come up with a winter plan that will (hopefully) please most New England gardeners. Just for fun, I shared what my garden…
  • The State of My Face

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I thought I would give an update on my face since I last talked about the flareup that turned out to be rosacea. I dutifully took all the medications prescribed to me by my dermatologist who, in my completely uninformed opinion, may have Asperger syndrome. Let’s just say she lacks an empathy gene, and when I asked her about a mole during my rosacea appointment, she acted like I asked her about the color of her underwear. “The purpose of your appointment is not to talk about a mole. Your appointment is to talk about your rosacea. You need to schedule an appointment to talk about…
  • Riley’s

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    My teacher’s in-service (I was well enough to go) was in Yucaipa at St. Francis X. Cabrini Catholic Church, which has to be one of the most beautiful Catholic churches in the area. It was stunning and huge! As I exited the freeway, I noticed that the famous apple orchards of Oak Glen were to the left. Going to the apple orchards is something I always wanted to do as a family, so that’s what we did on Saturday. I didn’t know which orchard to pick, so I chose Riley’s because it was the first one that popped up online and looked pretty good. The boys had a great time.
  • Happy, Happy

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every time I think I’ve dodged the cold I feel coming on, I get a tickle in my throat. I must have caught something in the TK-K classroom, even though I wash my hands all the time. There is a teacher’s in service on Friday, so the boys don’t have school. I have to go, even though I’m not a teacher. Have you ever wanted to not get sick because you don’t want to ruffle feathers by missing something important, only to secretly also want to get sick enough that you can get out of going? It gives me smug satisfaction to have bookcases that aren’t styled. Old…
  • The William Morris Project: Pinterest

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This might be one of my biggest projects yet, and I don’t even have to move from my chair. I spent two hours last night cleaning up my pinterest boards. I went from 156 to 104 boards. That’s a decrease of 33.33%. Not bad! I would love to get under 100 boards, but that’s impossible since I haven’t moved over my boards from the library account I started a couple of months ago. Yes, I started the library account because my original account was too cluttered for me to find anything. Heaven forbid I just clean out the cluttered account! At least now I can say that…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • Amazon $5 Off Coupon for Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Are wrinkles and fine lines your biggest skin care challenge? Wanna look your best during the holidays? Try out Anavita Anti-Wrinkle Cream to stop your skin from aging faster than you would like. Say goodbye to wrinkled, sagging, dry skin in just a few short weeks! Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is GUARANTEED TO LEAVE YOUR SKIN FIRMER, tighter, more toned, moisturized and more
  • Save 25% on 24K Gold Collagen Face & Neck Masks

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    While you are busy getting ready for the big Halloween celebration, don't forget to take care of yourself, including your skin. The Nancy Reagan 24K Gold Collagen Face & Neck Mask brings the luxury of a spa facial to your home. It is specially formulated to bring back the luster and dewy glow of your skin. The 24K collagen masks can be easily used at home and the results are visible on the face
  • Dream Team Pets 30% Off Coupon Code

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Do you have an energetic child who struggles to settle in bed every night? Have you been looking for a product that will not only help her make a smooth transition to bedtime, but will also allow you more "Me Time" or couple time when your child is sound asleep? Dream Team Pets has the perfect solution for you. Dream Team Pets is much more than a bedtime toy-it's an innovative kid's sleep aid
  • Rubber Duckie & Friends Bath & Shower Wands 50% Off!

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Does your child love bath time? Would you like to make bath time more exciting for your kiddo? Then you may want to check out Rubber Duckie & Friends bath and shower wands - designed to deliver Good Clean Fun in the bathroom! The soft, spray won't sting and is gentle enough to bathe infants and toddlers. Your kids will love their new adorable bath buddy. Then, as they grow Rubber Duckie & Friends
  • A Sacred Journey: Interview with the Filmmaker & Upcoming Screening Event

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Did you know that 66 million Americans find themselves as caregivers for their family and friends? Do you consider yourself one of them? If yes, how has the caregiving role impacted your life? Are you on the lookout for resources that may help you stand up to the challenges of caregiving? A Sacred Journey is a special documentary paying homage to all those selfless caregivers. I had the pleasure
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  • Kiawah Island Residence Inn: Plotting Our Affordable Family Vacation

    Denene Millner
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    It's time for a getaway! Plotting an affordable family vacation at Kiawah Island's Andell Inn, a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel. The post Kiawah Island Residence Inn: Plotting Our Affordable Family... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Suffer the Little Children: the Effect of Domestic Violence On Kids

    Denene Millner
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    It's not just battered moms who get hurt: the effects of domestic violence on children are real—and long lasting. The post Suffer the Little Children: the Effect of Domestic Violence On Kids... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Getting My Daughter Her First Bra: Girl Lux Is Pitch Perfect

    Denene Millner
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    My baby isn't a baby anymore. Buying my daughter her first bra made that crystal clear. This new tween bra made the trek easier—for sure. The post Getting My Daughter Her First Bra: Girl Lux Is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • We Wish The White Mom With Black Sperm Said This

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    What the white mom who accidentally got Black sperm should have said. The post We Wish The White Mom With Black Sperm Said This appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mo’Ne Davis Throws Like a Girl In New Spike Lee Documentary (VIDEO)

    Denene Millner
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Mo'Ne Davis throws like a girl with a 70-mile-per-hour pitch that captures American hearts in Chevy ad. The post Mo’Ne Davis Throws Like a Girl In New Spike Lee Documentary (VIDEO) appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Mother Huddle

  • Four Last Minute Costumes

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    The Eleventh Hour With only two days until Halloween, you might still be trying to help a child decide on a costume or you may have been trying to avoid this day.  And now it’s here and you need to call in for back up.  We are here for you! We have four ideas for you that are fairly simple to pull together here at the eleventh hour. Medusa We just finished reading the Percy Jackson series about a month ago and Miriam loved the idea of snakes in her hair.  We got some glow in the dark snakes and even though they didn’t really work….they still looked awesome! And I love her intense…
  • It’s Family Night at the Car Wash!

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    some fun Make tonight a family fun night…just for the heck of it. The weather is perfect for a car wash together…. in your front driveway. It can be super fun. Grab some buckets, some Dawn, and some old cloth towels. Just add water. People will get wet.  There may be some squealing. Most likely the car will get the least amount of water. With this 60 degree weather we might as well act like it’s summer. It’s Monday night at the car wash! Where do you wash your car? Davina Fear is a Familyness Adventurer. She is expert at building forts and is excited about her next…
  • Ribbon Pillows

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Part of something bigger This little project is part of a much bigger project that we did a few years ago!  This is just a small piece of our Dinner in the Woods.  To see more of that project begin here. These pillows are oh! so simple but look fantastic here as fall approaches.  They have a wonderful Anthro feel to them for a fraction of the cost and look fantastic thrown into vintage chairs for a dinner in the woods. Ribbon Pillows: We loved the look of all mismatched chairs and went to garage sales and estate sales hunting down our favorites.  We wanted to give them a more warm and…
  • Kid Date Idea: Bike rides

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

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

    amy mascott
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
          Yesterday, my girls were late for school. And they were late for cheer practice last evening. And they were late for school again today. It wasn’t because they were sleeping in or taking too long to pick out their clothes. It wasn’t because they were poking around or moving slowly. They were building. They were reading; they were creating. My smart girls were busy tinkering with their GoldieBlox sets, and this mama was fine with it. Sure, we need to teach our kids to be punctual and to make it to school on time. But we have the rest of the week to work on…
  • quandary: video game for improving decision-making skills

    amy mascott
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
        I’m always on the hunt for worthwhile ways to sneak in some fun and learning into my kids’ days. And though I’m super careful about screen time, I’m rather impressed with a game that I’ve recently been introduced to: Quandary. Not surprisingly, my little game-testers were eager to try this digital game that is structured to develop ethical thinking skills. It’s interesting. It’s different. And it really gets kids thinking. Here’s the skinny. . . Quandary–Video Game for Improving Decision-Making Skills:  I, too, was a little…
  • halloween printable games for kids

    amy mascott
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
          Need two quickie Halloween games for your kids? Maybe for a Halloween class party or for some after school fun? Want to up the fun factor of a playdate or just get a little more into the Halloween spirit? Here are two Halloween printable games for kids that my kids liked and that we’ll be using for class parties this year. Simple but fun. Tic-tac-toe and Halloween Follow-the-Path. Here’s the skinny. . . Halloween Printable Games for Kids: Half the battle of sneaking in some fun learning for our kids is knowing where to look for things. And that goes for class…
  • 20% off of halloween costumes: teachmama fab find

    amy mascott
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
        We have to get on it. Really. Halloween’s right around the corner, so I thought I’d share a few teachmama fab finds a la Halloween just in case you’re still looking for a costume for your kiddos or your family. And if you are, it’s all good. Just order one now. I’ve got a pretty sweet deal for you because I know what it’s like, okay? No judgement here. Ever.   Because I love you, I’m sharing some pretty sweet Halloween costume info for you: 20% off of Halloween Costumes:  15% off 1 item at BuyCostumes Coupon Code: AFCBC151…
  • read magic tricks: cool, fun focused reading

    amy mascott
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
            Magic is one of those things that totally intrigues kids. They want to know how the tricks work, they want to know why the tricks work, and they want to know as much as they can to trick their friends and family. So when I saw that Melissa & Doug had a brand, new Magician Role Play Set, I knew that my kids would love it since they’re longtime fans of the other Magic Sets. Cora learned first-hand recently how much time and effort magic takes to really get those tricks down. But before long, she had our family–and her buddies–wondering how she…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • Blogger Day at Bletchley Park

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    With it being the start of the Half Term holiday for us here at A Mother's Ramblings, I thought it wise to recount back some of the information I learnt at a recent event I went to with the children. Well I say recent, it was during the Summer Holidays, but it's apt for now as if your children are anything like mine then the next week is going to be filled with requests to go on the computer or games consoles and well the event was an eye opener to how safe we all are online.We spent the day at Bletchley Park, which as you may know is where the Government Code and Cypher School studied…
  • Beaver Camp

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When Big Boy's Beaver troop was asked if they'd like to go on an overnight camp, sleeping in a local Museum, Big Boy was excited. So excited that he forgot our pact to never ever go camping and immediately it was all he could talk about. It was also agreed, that to make things easier on the leaders at the camp it would be much more sensible for Daddy or I to go as a helper to BB's troop as we could take care of BB's medical needs. Without the drawing of straws or the flipping of a coin I volunteered to go because having a DBS check (thanks to being a governor) kinda proved that I'm safe…
  • Keema Inspired Sloppy Joes

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you saw my blog post about Keema, then you'll know it's basically an indian mince. It has various spices in, that make it tasty but not too spicy (well depending on how many chillies you put in!) and the good news is that when you use the Keema as a base for dishes that use mince as a basic ingredient, such as Spaghetti Bolognese or Shepherd's Pie it adds a new twist to family favourites. I spoke to Daddy and we thought about what we could turn the Keema into that we would enjoy, that our children would enjoy and what would be something worthy of winning the competition too (nudge nudge,…
  • Keema Inspired Cooking

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    I love cooking for my family and I love cooking new things that I find out about online or in new cookbooks that I get sent or I borrow from friends or the library. I know that Daddy and I have slightly more adventurous tastes than Top Ender and Big Boy, but it's good because slowly we are introducing more and more foods to them that are adventurous (for them), that are different and new and eventually they'll be like Daddy and I and understand that nothing ventured means nothing gained!So. Who's heard of Keema?Yeah, me neither.What is Keema? Well, it's basically Indian…
  • A Spooky Bostik Craft Time

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When the box of craft items arrived from Craft Merrily and Bostik I was super excited, surely this would be the month that I looked in the box and someone had handily written a sneaky note giving the children and I some ideas of things to make with the brilliant craft items. I eagerly opened the box and found out that, no. They hadn't.It was quite late when I opened the box, the children were in bed and as I sat on my bed looking through the items and hoping for some inspiration when I started fiddling with a piece of wool whilst watching TV and ended up somehow without thinking about it,…
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  • Santa’s Back – For Kids With Autism & Special Needs

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    We just got our confirmation from Santa that our annual “Special Kids Santa Event” at 12 Oaks Mall will be taking place on November 30th this year from 9:00am to 10:30am. During this special reserved time families of children with Autism and other special needs have the ability to take the time they need in a more relaxed environment to visit and take pictures with Santa. Professional photographers will be available.  If visiting Santa has always been a tough thing for your child and family because of the crowds, noise, chaos, lines, etc. this event is the solution you’ve…
  • This Is Your Life Do What You Love ….

    16 Nov 2011 | 3:36 am
  • How It Feels To Be Dad (sometimes)

    4 Nov 2010 | 1:53 pm
    I originally posted this in the spring of 2010 and it quickly became one of the most read posts on this site.  A  friend recently read it and suggested I repost it so that folks that might have missed it could read it, so per their request – I am.   I hope you enjoy reading and sharing it with your friends. One small caveat though, when you write something like this you inevitably get the “that’s not my husband” or the “Mom’s feel that too” and both are fair statements.   So, for the second portion of this post especially, where it talks about…
  • If I Had My Life To Live Over..

    25 Oct 2010 | 9:09 am
    Found this great piece via author Paulo Coelho’s great blog and thought it was a nice piece to start the week (heck, even most days) with. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do …… Of course, you can’t unfry an egg, but there is no law against thinking about it. If I had my life to live over, I would try to make more mistakes. I would relax. I know of very few things that I would take seriously. I would go more places. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less bran. I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary troubles. You…
  • It’s One Of My Favorite Poems

    27 Jul 2010 | 6:59 pm
    Some days it gets hard to remember why we as parents, teachers, grandparents and advocates for kids do it.  Some days it gets easy to think that maybe enough is enough, you’ve put in enough time, you’ve tried hard enough and now it’s time to either just walk away or loosen your grip and let things slide.  For me this poem helps remind me why that’s not an option. The Bridge Builder An old man, going a lone highway, Came, at the evening, cold and gray, To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide, Through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight…
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  • 5 Ways To Deal With Your Kid’s Social Media Addiction

    Barbara Greenberg PhD
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Getting your kids off-line Let’s face it — at any given moment of the day, if you want to guess what your teen is doing you have a very high probability of guessing correctly if you suspect that they are on some form of social media. And yes, we the parents may be doing the same. Consider these statistics: 1.  95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online. 2. Smartphone use among this age group has increased rapidly, from 23% in 2011 to 37% in 2013. 3.  9 out of 10 online teenagers say they have used Social Media. 4. Of teens on Social Media, 91% post photos of…
  • Patio Plants For Fall and Winter

    Dianne Venetta
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Just because it’s getting cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t be surrounded by beautiful plants—on your patio. Safe from even snow and ice, plants housed within the safety of your patio will not only thrive, but invigorate the area around them. And this time of year, we can use all the extra invigoration we can get! Which plants love the patio and which don’t? You’ll want to consider the size and temperature to answer this one.   Keep it green Evergreens are an easy fit, as are seasonal blooms like poinsettia and mums. This is their season to shine, so let them—out front,…
  • 5 Top Fall Date Ideas

    Chandler Walsh
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Are you finding yourself running low on ideas for dates with your significant other? With autumn in full swing, there are countless date ideas that are perfect for the season. Take advantage of this opportunity and tailor youroutings to the weather, no matter what part of the country you live in. Here are five date ideas that will ignite the spark and make fall much more enjoyable! Next: Fire for Two
  • 10 Questions You Need To Ask Your Kid’s College Counselor

    Jean Keller, College Adviser
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When you announce your child is getting ready to go to college, you’ll get a ton of advice. Sometimes you’re asking for the advice, other times it’s just being offered (whether you want it or not). At the end of the day, usually someone is assisting your student through the process. It might be you, the parent. It might be a relative, a counselor at school, a financial planner — you’re getting advice from SOMEONE about all of this. The question is, is it really the right advice? How can you tell if it is good advice? Well the first thing you should consider when…
  • Halloween: 5 Simple Grownup Get-Ups You Can Still Pull Off

    Chandler Walsh
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Halloween isn’t a holiday made just for candy-craving kids. Whether you are attending adult Halloween parties, passing out candy, or even trick or treating with the kids, you should be tricked out, too! Here are five costume ideas that will make you the life of the party…whether you aim to trick ….or treat!   Mary Poppins Costume Express $69.99 Dress up as a favorite story character and you’re sure to be a crowd pleaser. This costume is ideal for colder weather with its long and colorful coat. If you’re looking for a lighter, more figure-flattering option, skip the coat…
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  • Celebrating Mini Milestones with Netflix #StreamTeam

    Jen Williams
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    I am a member of the Netflix #Streamteam and receive perks in exchange for monthly posts. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.   I am happy to share that I am officially a part of the Netflix Stream Team! It’s a great honor to be one of Netflix bloggers. Over the... [read more]
  • Common Causes of Neck Pain

    Jen Williams
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
      There are more than just a few causes of neck related pain, and depending on the diagnosis, a number of different treatments available. Neck pain – also referred to as cervical pain – is a common medical condition and is characterised by a number of symptoms. These include stiffness, spasms, headaches and other discomfort... [read more]
  • Sweeping Saturday 10/25/2014

    Jen Williams
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
  • CVS #OneGoodReason campaign showcases the positive of quitting smoking

    Jen Williams
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you follow social media, I’m sure you have heard by now that CVS has stopped selling tobacco products in their stores. Many people had mixed feelings when it came to that move. To be honest I never really understood why any pharmacy sold tobacco or alcohol products in the first place. When I think of... [read more]
  • 5 Ways to Infuse Green in Your Lives

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The new world is all about green and organic ways. Since people are becoming aware about the harmful effects of using artificial and synthetic stuff, they are consciously making a shift towards natural and organic things. Though it is difficult to switch to organic completely, slowly moving towards better alternatives is a wise way. You... [read more]
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  • Lost bunny

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:38 pm
    "Hello?" "Hi. We have your bunny." Click. It's miraculous actually. A little gray bunny, who goes by the decidedly mystifying name "Peanut," wandered through an opening in a courtyard gate, down a sidewalk and through a parking lot, across an intersection and down another block toward Broadway. He may have traveled a half mile or more. And survived. No one suspected as much. Maybe he was looking for a ride. A thrill. A carrot perhaps. It was impossible to fathom what drove him to wander off. A search team assembled. It was dark. Flashlights frantically…
  • Monster toast

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Grace learned about a thing called monster toast at school so naturally we had to make it at home. It's edible art. Want to make it yourself? Add 2-3 drops of food coloring to 1/2 cup of water for each color. Use a small paint brush to apply. Toast in a toaster or toaster oven. Spread butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  • Where are the charms?

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    The remnants of breakfast. Something has gone missing.
  • Pumpkins

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Grace's class created pumpkins from construction paper. The one on the lower right is the best. By far.
  • Typing

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    In 8th grade I took Typing for the first time. It was on an old thing called a typewriter that most people born in the past 15 or so years may never hear of. I was among the best in my class and, in hindsight, learning that skill well has really paid off. I still feel sorry for those who peck away at computer keys with one finger. Audrey will never be one of those people. She is doing 10 words per minute in 3rd grade through an online tutorial sponsored by her school. And she is excited about it. She'll breeze past me in no time.
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    Little Ones Education and Parenting Resource

  • Halloween Recipes for Your Little Ghosts and Goblins
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Halloween Recipes Looking to whip up some Halloween fun?  Here are some great Halloween recipes that are perfect for parties, lunch boxes and the entire family.  So gather around the cauldron and cook up some Halloween fun! One of our favorites is the Rice Krispies "Treat-O-Lanterns" listed below.  For more recipes, check out our Halloween Recipe Special Feature. Rice Krispies "Treat-O-Lanterns" 3 tablespoons margarine 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups of miniature marshmallows 6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal Melt…
  • Magic Tree House Children’s Series: Leprechauns in Late Winter
    2 Mar 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Leprechauns in Late Winter (Magic Tree House Series), Mary Pope Osbourne Just in time for St. Patrick's Day! Take a trip with Jack & Annie in their magical tree house to learn about Irish culture, traditions and a bit of history too!   Get whisked back in time to experience the beauty and charm of Ireland. In the Magic Tree House chapter book series, children are exposed to a variety of exciting historical events and time periods. Whether it be taking a trip to Ireland; traveling to the era of the dinosaurs; helping out soldiers in the Civil & Revolutionary Wars; getting…
  • Children’s Valentine’s Day TV Specials 2014
    1 Feb 2014 | 11:53 am
    Enjoy watching children's Valentine's Day TV specials starting on Monday, February 10th on PBS Kids. PBS will be airing a variety of Valentine's Day episodes starring all of your child's favorite PBS characters. Tune in during your regularly scheduled PBS times to view these heart-warming episodes all week long. In addition, don't miss the Peanuts' double-header of Be My Valentine Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Valentine airing back to back on Friday, February 14th on ABC from 8pm-9pm, Eastern/Pacific times. Mark it down on your family calendar so you can enjoy this…
  • 2013 Top Holiday Toys For Babies
    28 Nov 2013 | 5:19 am
    We've updated our list of highly recommended and top-notch baby toys from birth-2 years guaranteed to thrill the little ones on your holiday list. Each of these top selling baby toys have won prestigious toy and parenting awards based on quality, creativity, educational value and/or entertainment value. All toys have also received outstanding consumer ratings and, best of all, are reasonably priced. Tips for selecting baby toys: Babies are master learners! Promote & support your baby's learning with stimulating toys that closely match their level of development. Start with eye…
  • Thanksgiving Books for Children 2013
    5 Nov 2013 | 4:53 pm
    Thanksgiving is an American holiday rich in history and traditions. It is the perfect time to give your children an appreciation for the true meaning behind this special day of thanks. Thanksgiving books & DVDs are wonderful tools to teach children about the spirit of thankfulness while introducing them to the formation of our nation. The characters and events in Thanksgiving books provide children with important historical background that is explored throughout the Social Studies curriculum.  In this selection of board books, picture books and chapter books, Thanksgiving is depicted…
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  • Wednesday's Child: Meet Jaime

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids
  • What I want you to know about how wonderful it is to have a child with down syndrome

    29 Oct 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 post is by NoraYesterday my son Kelly came with a special gift for me. He had carefully picked me a lovely bouquet…of dandelions.I have a bunch of kids, so this was not my first bouquet of dandelions, but it was my first bunch from Kelly.  As I was putting the vase on my windowsill,…
  • The inconvenient truth about your Halloween chocolate and forced child labor

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Three years I wrote a ridiculous post about deciding on a new place to buy my coffee . . . a place where the prices were really low because the store relied on children to work for little money.  My intention was to point out how selfish it sounds for someone to willingly turn a blind eye to social injustices just because we want to pay less for something we like, and how shallow our justifications sound.  I used coffee as an example because it’s one of those indulgences that people claim they can’t live without.  Shortly after, I wrote a post detailing the human rights…
  • Ethical and fair-trade candy ideas for Halloween

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Did you know that most commercial chocolate companies are relying on child labor to source their cocoa? The low-down is here . . . but in a nutshell a BBC documentary revealed that child labor and even child trafficking is rampant in chocolate production, and that chocolate from most mainstream candy companies can be traced back to farms employing (and even buying) children to work in dangerous conditions.For our family, the response to learning this has been to limit our chocolate purchases to fair-trade chocolate. Buying fair-trade is the best way to ensure that chocolate has been ethically…
  • How to monitor safety issues while managing your own parental anxiety

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    This post was sponsored by Empowered SAFETY With my first child, I was really concerned about safety issues. Possibly even too concerned. I’ve always been a bit of a hypochondriac about my own health. I am a master catastrophizer, and having a child was just a new place to project some of that anxiety. I have been gifted with an overactive imagination, coupled with a propensity towards gloom and doom. This fatalistic creativity has led me to be a bit, ahem, DELUSIONALLY PARANOID, when it comes to the health of my children. As a therapist, I get the gift of being able to diagnose my own…
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    Creative Mamma

  • Free Printable: 2015 Mini Calendar

    5 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
        The 2015 Mini Calendar is here!  This year, I decided to go ahead and use some geometric/hand drawn designs… I hope you like them!  The calendars work great printed on full sheet 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 […]
  • Free Printable: 2015 One Page Calendar

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

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
        Hello! The new 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar is finally here!  My poor blog has been neglected of late, but life has been so busy with the little ones starting school… the adventures never end!  I have more calendars in the works, so don’t forget to check back here soon! Also, thank you […]
  • 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! […]
  • Free Printable: 2014 Kawaii Kokeshi Mini Calendar

    20 Oct 2013 | 7:17 am
    Special Announcement: The 2015 Mini Calendar is here!  Go check it out… Enjoy!   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 […]
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  • Shuffling…

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    I’ve been quiet and a few of you have noticed. That means a lot that you are still here and checking in on me. Yesterday was Infant and Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Day and I stayed off the internet most of the day, because I just couldn’t… The sadness was just under the surface and I was afraid to wake it, that I might drown in it again. I’ve been in a really good place with gratitude and even joy, but I feel shaky as some calendar days approach. My feet feel unsteady with knowing winter and its harshness are approaching. If you pray for me, would you pray that I might…
  • Input Needed: Early Reader Book Recommendations

    Jennifer Murray
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
      Hiya, Friends!  Can you help a mama out?  My boys’ reading is taking off.  They were slow readers, but it’s kicking in, and they are reading some easy chapter books and Level 1 and 2 Easy Readers. I have PLENTY on our Favorite Read-Aloud List, that we are working our way through. Currently we are in the middle of Hero Tales and Prince Caspian and soaking them up, but I need some good suggestions for their read-aloud and individual reading time. Is it just me or are there a lot of terrible easy readers?  I get discouraged at the inconsistency of the levels, the length…
  • Boy Mama Confession: Fish Are Not My Friends

    Jennifer Murray
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Boy Mama Confession: I’m not super fond of fishing. Catfish are down right scary looking creatures. Picking up larva is just gross. And wet moss freaks me out. I DO enjoy being outdoors and spectating. I’ve even brought along a book a few times this year. The pages don’t seem to get read with the distractions of helping four little fishermen or just the beauty of the water and surroundings. But you know what I love the most? I love the enthusiasm they get when they catch a big one. I love being there when they them jump in my arms with excitement and a smile so wide they can…
  • Medicine Cabinet Purge: How I Threw Away An Entire Trash Bag of OTCs and Personal Care Products

    Jennifer Murray
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Hello Fall! It’s time for some fall cleaning (it can’t wait until spring comes around again). I love having the windows open this time of year and getting motivated. I’ve been tackling a few projects that I haven’t gotten around to in quite some time around the house.  I conquered my closet last week, and now I’m working on room by room going through some things and purging things we no longer are needing. Yesterday I went through our bathroom closets and the linen closet where we keep anything from games, to band-aides, to towels, and anything else we can stuff…
  • Louisville. Looavul. Luhvuh. Louieville. Looaville.

    Jennifer Murray
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    No matter how you pronounce it, Louisville showed us a good time over the weekend.  Our boys LOVE traveling, it doesn’t matter where we go, they are always up for the adventure of exploring a new place and of course swimming at the hotel pool. Thankfully it was a warm weekend in Kentucky, and the boys got to swim one last time outdoors. Thumbs up for an {almost} fall swim! Caramel apples poolside was definitely a first. While their skin got wrinkly and water logged, I made my way to Lexington to co-teach an Essential Oils 101 class with my sweet gal, Myra along with Traci and Cyndi.
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  • 5 Spooky Ghost Stories for Kids

    Meredith Rodefer
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Halloween is tomorrow! It’s time to officially get into the spirit.  And what better way to get into the spirit than with spooky storytelling?  Telling ghost stories was very common among my friends and siblings during my childhood.   I grew up in a small town where there always seemed to be a tale of  “that one house a couple of streets over” or a story about what the old woman that lives in the neighborhood really does for a living. Stories that seem ridiculously fictitious now really gave me a spook as a child! I loved the spook and I loved the suspense.  There was…
  • Express Yourself With Zeusvision

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I recently got an email where I learned all about Zeusvision and how it basically brings the power of large ­scale outdoor media within reach of the average person. To me it is very intriguing and I am excited to say that they will let me try it out and share the experience with you so I thought I would publish a little teaser post to introduce you to the concept of Zeusvision. It is the perfect media- digital bus advertising- to express yourself in a big way for personal use or for business use- it is that affordable! Ways To Express Yourself With Zeusvision Picture your announcement on the…
  • Maty’s Natural Health Products And $100 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    I was provided with a Maty’s natural health product in order to facilitate a review and Maty’s will provide the giveaway prize.  All opinions expressed are my own. Maty’s Natural Health Products I love having natural ways to heal my family and myself on hand.  That is why I love natural health products like those made by Maty’s. Their natural remedies work and they are made with simple ingredients that promote good health. Maty’s full product line is 100% natural, made with ingredients you recognize and know are safe for you and your family. Plus, all…
  • 10 Edible Crafts for Fall & Winter

    Sarah Parsell
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    With the housekeeping, the kids, and the plethora of holiday events, it can be hard to find time to decorate or celebrate the holiday seasons in your home. It’s fun to do things here and there to herald in the spirit of the holidays. Entering the season of back-to-back holidays, decorating can be extra tough with the lack of time, and sometimes a holiday slips us by without us getting the chance to feel like it even came at all. However, from Halloween, to Thanksgiving, to Christmas, it’s important to take time to celebrate the holidays, to enjoy them through decorations, food, or crafts.
  • Train Your Brain- Train Safety Tips and Importance

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    This post on train safety tips is sponsored by Norfolk Southern as part of a public safety campaign to help “train your brain” to be safe! The Importance Of Train Safety Train safety is important and here are some startling train collision and incident statistics to make that point clear. About every 3 hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. (Source: BrainysWorld) Train accidents account for approximately 700 fatalities per year, with more than 250 coming from risky driver behavior and more than 440 from trespassing. As you can see, train safety is a topic that we as parents…
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  • These GUYS are watching the miracle of birth for the FIRST time!

    Justina Goh
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The post These GUYS are watching the miracle of birth for the FIRST time! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Halloween special: 10 of the spookiest spots in Singapore

    Nalika Unantenne
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Source: Have we covered enough of the spookiest spots in Singapore? If you know of any more, tell us about them by leaving a comment below… The post Halloween special: 10 of the spookiest spots in Singapore appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • WEIRD things all couples fight about! Can you relate to any of them?

    Justina Goh
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The post WEIRD things all couples fight about! Can you relate to any of them? appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • 10 Wickedly fun Halloween cupcakes to make at home

    Minoli Almeida
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Mums, dress up your cupcakes for Halloween! We’d love to know what you think about our suggestions. Please leave a comment below to let us know! The post 10 Wickedly fun Halloween cupcakes to make at home appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Groom and his dying mum share last dance before her death!

    Justina Goh
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The post Groom and his dying mum share last dance before her death! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
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    Child Behavior Help

  • The Strengths of the Oppositional Defiant Child

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Do you have an ODD child or teen who constantly argues and fights your authority, refusing to follow the rules of your home? When the number for his school shows up on your caller identification, do you cringe in fear of what trouble he"s in now? When you have an oppositional, defiant child, it"s painful to read the seemingly endless Facebook statuses of proud parents beaming about how wonderful their child is. One mom recently shared with us, "I"m happy for my friends that they seem to have such great family lives. But it"s hard to see posts about their kids getting straight A"s, when my son…
  • Homework and Bedtime Arguments: 8 Tips for Calmer Nights with Kids

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    "Why can"t I get my kids to get their homework done and off to bed without the constant screaming, bickering, and crying?" If you"ve asked yourself this question regularly, you"re not alone. Parents tell me that homework and bedtime battles are some of the most nerve-wracking, exhausting moments of parenthood. No wonder. When everyone is coming home tired and cranky, homework and getting ready for bed are prime fodder for arguments. But with some simple, thoughtful changes, you can develop a Calm Evening Plan that will make things a lot less stressful for you and your kids.
  • Setting Limits for Difficult Kids: Are You Too Strict?

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Do your kids make you feel like an ogre when you set limits? Does the word "no" kick off whining, yelling and protests? How many times have you heard your nine-year-old say something like: "That"s not fair! Brandon"s mom lets him watch Sons of Anarchy!" Or does this sound familiar: "Jessica"s dad lets her stay out "til 10 on school nights! Why can"t you?"
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    I Thought I Knew Mama

  • What is Beachbody Coaching and is it right for me?

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Team Perseverance is not just any team. We’re a FAMILY. We work together, support each other, and inspire each other on a daily basis, and this team, as well as the Beachbody programs and products, have been LIFE CHANGING for me. I am passionate about sharing this opportunity with others because it has been like a dream come true for me to be able to WORK FROM HOME, grow my own business from home, prioritize being a FULL TIME MAMA, help other people improve their health and fitness, and to feel excited and motivated about what I do on a daily basis. As a Diamond Coach with Beachbody, I…
  • Evenflo Symphony LX with SureSafe All-In-One Car Seat: Review and Coupon #EvenfloPlatinum @EvenfloBaby

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    My family and I have recently had the pleasure of experiencing a wonderful new all-in-one car seat, the Evenflo Symphony LX. As I’m sure all of you feel, safety in the car is of utmost importance to us, especially when it comes to our four year old son and two year old daughter. We’ve done everything possible to keep them safe in the car including keeping our children rear facing for as long as possible, thoroughly researching car seat options, and visiting the state police station for lessons on how to properly install the car seats in the car. Even with our lessons from the…
  • Inside Out Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I love finding new ways to use Shakeology! With over 70 superfoods in it and nothing artificial or synthetic (the sources come from things like acai, rose hips, ashwagandha, chia seed, acerola cherry, wheat grass, grape seed, yacon, etc.), we try to use it in as many recipes as possible. How delicious does this sound? Inside Out Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups (Makes 2 servings) Total Time: 40 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: None 2 tsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted 2 Tbsp. powdered chocolate peanut butter (like PB2) 2 tsp. Chocolate Vegan Shakeology 2 Tbsp. water 1. Combine oil and…
  • 30 Day Online Health and Fitness Challenge Group Starting June 16th!

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:29 pm
    If you are looking for a way to jump start your health and fitness, please consider joining me in my next 30 Day Online Health and Fitness Challenge Group starting on June 16th. My group offers support, motivation, accountability, and most importantly, FUN! Whether you’re a busy parent who craves a half hour of me time, someone whose career seems to be taking over her life, or just someone who wants to switch things up in her fitness routine, my challenge group can help you better your health. To learn about the results people get, please check this post out. The fitness programs that…
  • 7 Day FREE Jump Start to Health Online Support Group – Join me on June 1st!

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    28 May 2014 | 7:27 am
    I am running a FREE 7 day health support group for people to get nutrition tips, fitness tips, and information on jump starting their journey to a healthier lifestyle. It starts on June 1st, and there is limited availability. Please email me as soon as possible at if you would like to learn more or if you would like me to hold a spot for you. The only thing you need to participate is access to Facebook as the group will be held in the form of a private Facebook group (only the members of the group can see the activity there). I hope you will join me! **This is only…
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    Life With Sharon | Texas Mom Blogger / Vlogger Lufkin, Houston, Texas

  • A game to get you through the winter evenings

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    During the summer, the evenings merge with the days and it’s a time that is packed with parties, barbecues, and drinks in the garden. You might go out for the day with the kids and some friends and find that you don’t get home until way after their bedtime because the weather’s been so great. But when the nights start drawing in, and darkness falls at the end of the afternoon, those hours in the evening time can feel like they tick past really slowly. It’s something about being confined to the inside that makes time move more slowly. And once the kids are in bed, and you’ve finished…
  • Is there one sport you know loads about?

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Is there one sport out there that you’re really into – and that you know more about than the majority of other people? If there is, then it can be quite good fun to see if you can profit from that knowledge – either as a theoretical exercise only – or for real money using mainly free cash. Let me explain… Bookmaking and gambling online is just about the most competitive industry out there. This is why almost all bookmakers offer us free cash and incentives to gamble with them. The same is true, though, of gambling exchanges like Betfair and others, where there is no bookmaker and…
  • The Best Dogs Breeds for Home Protection

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    If you’re worried about being burgled or having your home threatened or broken into, then you should think about getting a guard dog. They are brilliant at protecting their human masters as they are furiously loyal creatures – unlike those horrible little feline things. A little Chihuahua might not exactly be enough to scare away a burglar (although they would make a lot of noise, which might deter one). Chihuahua is out of the question, so what dogs would make a good guard dog? Well, I’m glad you asked, as it just so happens that I have a list here waiting to go. There are 5 things to…
  • 7 Pearl Pendants That She’ll Absolutely Adore

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

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Wearing a vest in the fall and winter is a style essential for most women. However, it is hard for women to choose the right kind of vest for their style or body. Vests are designed in many different colors, shapes and lengths. When women are making a choice at a place like ML Furs, they must consider each item before they make a final purchase on what is quite a large investment. The Color Every fur comes from a different animal, and that fur is going to be slightly different in color than the next one on the rack. Choosing furs is not so much about choosing the perfect as it is about…
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    Seven Clown Circus

  • Easy Homemade Dorothy Costume

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    How to make a Dorothy Costume is an easy craft that’s perfect for dress up and Halloween costumes!  I do not claim to be a seamstress by any means, but if you can sew a straight line like me then you can definitely sew this costume.  All you need is a plain white t-shirt, blue gingham fabric, sewing machine, elastic and pins.  I guarantee your child will be skipping with delight in this Dorothy Wizard of Oz costume! Materials Needed for Dorothy Costume Blue Gingham Fabric, 1-2 yards Pins Elastic Sewing Machine Iron Note: Fabric, pins and elastic were purchased from Hobby Lobby.
  • Chicago Style Hot Dogs

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to Make and serve Chicago Style Hot Dogs is so easy you really shouldn’t tell anyone how little effort you actually put into the meal.  {{smiling}}  The great thing about this Recipe is that you can serve it for lunch or dinner and it looks really appetizing.   Plus, it is quite filling and a great way to add protein to your meal.  If one hot dog isn’t enough for someone, well, they can have more than one!  Easy Peasy.  I’m a huge fan of avocado, so I’ve added it to my recipe creation that was sponsored by Hillshire Brands™  as part of the Mom It Forward…
  • Crockpot Orange Scream Hot Chocolate

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Are you throwing a Halloween Party or have you signed up to bring a treat along to a Halloween party you are attending?  If so, this fun recipe is for you.  Perfect for cool Fall days and nights, this creamy orange flavored hot chocolate is to SCREAM for.  Made in the crockpot or slow cooker, it can be assembled in 5 minutes, and uses just 3 ingredients.  Seriously, this Crockpot Orange Scream Hot Chocolate is so yummy it should be illegal. Orange Scream Hot Chocolate Ingredients: 1/2…
  • Tres Leche Pumpkin Cupcakes {recipe}

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We have this love in our house of Tres Leche desserts. The love might stem from the fact that we always eat Tres Leche OUT. I never make it at home, so it’s a special treat. However, this week that all changed and to tell you the truth, I’m not positive that’s a good thing. I decided to make a modified recipe of one that was created by Little Inspiration {that should be illegal it’s so delicious, by the way} and I’ve pretty much been in heaven ever since. I made several modifications, but,the biggest was to use International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer for…
  • Texas Pete® Sultry Grilled Chicken {recipe}

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Texas Pete for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. If you love Chicken and Hot Sauce, you are going to adore this recipe for making Texas Pete® Sultry Grilled Chicken.  Made with either boneless chicken tenders or thighs, this grilled chicken recipe uses Texas Pete Hot Sauce as an ingredient, not a condiment, insuring that your recipe is memorable as well as tasty!  The chicken dish has to marinade for 48 hours, so you need to prepare ahead, but the grilled results are worth it! Texas Pete® Sultry Grilled Chicken Ingredients 2 1/2…
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    Toy Reviews | Toy Queen | Educational Toys | Toddler Toys | Best Apps for Kids | Toy Giveaways | Preschool Games | Baby Product Reviews

  • Have a Heavy Expensive Camera That You Shoot on AUTO? #DitchTheDSLR

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Disclosure: I am part of the Samsung Imagelogger program. In exchange for equipment my husband and I provide images to Samsung that are shared throughout social media channels with the hashtag #imagelogger. Any opinions included in this post are my own. My husband Derek and I have both been so fortunate to be part of the Samsung Imagelogger Program. Many people have asked in person, tweeted or somehow inquired about what an #imagelogger is. We are part of a select group of photographers who share images taken with Samsung’s mirrorless cameras and interchangeable lenses that currently…
  • Gavin’s Toyota Sienna Review #SiennaDiaries

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Disclosure: We were provided with a Toyota Sienna to test drive for 3 months as part of the #SiennaDiaries. While we received a stipend to participate in the experience, any opinions are our own. No one was happier to ride in the minivan for 3 months than our 4-year-old. The experience not only allowed us to share some fun family experiences, but it taught us a lot about Gavin. Boy did I completely underestimate the impact that a vehicle could have on a child.   First, enjoy our YouTube video that highlights Gavin’s Toyota Sienna Review. The Sienna allowed Gavin to earn more…
  • Noodles and Company Restaurant Review and Dinner for 4 Gift Card Giveaway

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    When you have kids, a dinner out in a time crunch doesn’t always have to be a not so healthy drive-thru option. Sometimes the thought of entering a nice sit-down restaurant with waitstaff service isn’t viable either because at least when my son is hungry, he’s totally happy and then all of a sudden he’s in major meltdown mode. Then you are screaming at each other to just find food, while your kid wants macaroni and cheese, but you’d like Chinese and your husband wants Indian food. I was recently hosted for dinner with a few other bloggers at Noodles and Company…
  • LEGO Batman Batcave Adventure (Giveaway)

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Guess what!?! DC Super Hero character Batman is now featured in LEGO Duplo sets like this one, the LEGO Batman Batcave Adventure! LEGO Duplo sets are recommended for kids ages 2-5, given that they include larger pieces with more simplified directions. After children build the Batcave, Batman, complete with his blue cape and mask, can fire the Batarang from his Batwing to defeat and capture Catwoman! Within 15 minutes or so Gavin had the Batcave ready, with only a little bit of help. Gavin was enthralled with using the pulley, but  I myself  had my share of fun using the Batarang to knock…
  • University Games Board Game Inventor Contest (Giveaway)

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Disclosure: I will be provided with the Sort It Out Jr. game from University Games to review and another for this giveaway. Any opinions are my own. No other compensation has been received. Last minute summer project alert! Do you have children ages 5-12 who have great ideas? University Games is a sponsor in the 22nd annual National Young Game Inventors Contest. If your child has an idea for a new board game, they can submit it in a contest and have a chance for it to be included part of the new University Games 2015 lineup.  Grand Prize Winner of the National Young Game Inventors Contest…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • Halloween at Hershey Park and Chocolate World

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Here on this site, I talk a lot about acts of kindness, though I am not quite used to acts of kindness when they happen to me and my family. Last weekend, however, we were the recipients of several acts of kindness. It all started with a tweet. Several weeks ago I was on a Twitter chat hosted by my pal Fadra at All Things Fadra. The topic was local travel destinations. At one point she asked about a local destination that we had never been to but would love to visit. My answer was Hershey Park. And then, this happened. Before I knew it, we were on our way to Hershey. The reason we had not…
  • The Health Benefits of Turmeric and How to Get More in Your Diet

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Turmeric is the spice that would have been chosen last in gym class. What you may not know about turmeric, however, is that this spice is like the king of the dodgeball game. The health benefits of turmeric have been long known but little utilized in western society. Also known as curcumin (a property of turmeric), this herb popular in eastern cultures is thought of as a natural antibiotic. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used to treat inflammation as well as digestive issues such as indigestion, peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, turmeric…
  • 7 Easy Ways to Help Your Family Stay Healthy Naturally

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    With cold and flu season approaching, the enterovirus 68 on the loose this year, and a nasty stomach bug going around schools all over the United States, it is getting harder and harder to keep germs at bay and our of our homes. Here’s what we are doing to in my home to try to prevent and fight off illnesses: Wash hands frequently. This one is the most obvious, but it is super important. Hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid and eliminate germs. We aren’t into using hand sanitizers when soap and water are readily available. We keep hand sanitizers available for times when we are…
  • The Teal Pumpkin Project from a Food Allergy Parent’s Point of View

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Being a food allergy parent and a writer, people have asked me for years why I don’t just start a blog about food allergies. The reason for me is simple. My son’s food allergies have pretty much run my life for the past eleven years. That may sound extreme to you, but it is 100% true. Having so many severe food allergies, some of which were potentially life-threatening, and a food allergy related disease, my thoughts were constantly on planning ahead and on keeping him safe. So for me, the thought of writing about food allergies on a regular basis seemed quite the opposite of cathartic.
  • Show Your Purple to Support LGBT Youth Against Bullying

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Are you dressed for the day yet? Are you wearing purple today? If not, head on back to your closet and grab something purple. It is important to show your purple today, so go ahead. I’ll wait right here. The reason why purple is the color of the today is that this is Spirit Day, a day to show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. We’re in the midst of National Bullying Prevention Month, and it is vital that we take at least one day support LGBT youth, who are often a primary target of intensive bullying. When I was younger, I had a handful of gay friends. The only…
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  • I Failed as a Parent

    PW Editorial Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:24 am
    Photo Credit: Steve Garvie In the past few months, my parenting life was smooth and without any big challenge. Life has its way. When you think you are having a good time, it wants to make it even more interesting. Out of a routine conversation we had yesterday, I accidentally found out that J was lying to me. It’s about school exams. She contradicted herself and I picked it up like a policeman investigating a case. Here’s the fact: As a parent, when you realize that you child tells a lie, it’s definitely heart-breaking. I am no exception. Putting aside sadness and…
  • Kung Fu Master’s View on Spanking

    PW Editorial Team
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    Photo Credit: Jenni C Ed. Note: Matt Furey is a man of multiple talents. To begin with, he is a wrestler and Chinese kung fu master. He is also a bestselling author in the area of self-empowerment. It’s interesting to see a “violent” guy talks about spanking. With permission, I have reproduced his article on how he handles spanking. Read on to find out what he has to say. Over the past two weeks I’ve been listening to accusations of child abuse involving NFL running back Adrian Peterson and his four-year old son. The allegations go way beyond a slap or swat on the rumpus.
  • Born in Malaysia: Malaysian Legacy on Print

    Abel Cheng
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    I love things that bring nostalgic feelings. That’s why this exhibition drew my attention. While it was still on, I took time out to visit “Born in Malaysia” photo exhibition in one of the art galleries. What a pleasant surprise. I met the photographer – the man behind the project – at the exhibition. He took us around and explained to us the stories behind photos that he took around Malaysia. For 3 years, Kenny Loh went around Malaysia and took pictures of people (subjects that most people would go unnoticed) who helped form the colorful fabric of Malaysia. With…
  • Family Trip to Macau

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

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

  • OPEN THREAD: What’s The Dumbest Fight You’ve Ever Had With Your Partner?

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Mine was over ground turkey. Yes, hear me out. We had just gotten back from Sam’s Club and bought a big package of ground turkey. I was attempting to freeze it in smaller packages by putting meal-sized portions in Ziploc bags. I asked my husband to help me, because there was a lot of turkey to put away. He did. At the end, when we had 20 or so Ziploc bags full of turkey, I handed him a Sharpie so he could write “ground turkey” on them. “Why do I need to do that?” he asked. “Because later, when I go to defrost something, I don’t want to be wondering…
  • #RaisingBrilliance: Seven Early Morning Pep Talks For Your Kids

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Each morning before I drop my kids off at school, I try to give them a pep talk. My goal is to have the last thing they hear from me be something positive and uplifting. I used to just tell them, “Mommy loves you. Have a great day!” But they started to tune that out after a while, running into the building before I was even finished! So now I switch it up! Here’s some of my favorite pep talks to give them, depending on what they have going on that day. (Yes, I’ve actually said these to my kids. I wouldn’t lie to you.) Share your favorite in the comments: On…
  • Boy Or Girl: Is It Easier To Raise Sons Or Daughters In Today’s Society?

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    by Mike Mitchum Back in the day, parents didn’t have the luxury of having an ultrasound to tell them the sex of their growing fetus.  Because of this advance, a conversation was born between my fiancé and I as we anxiously await the arrival of our child.  I had been singing the “I want a boy” song to anyone who asked about my preference.  It wasn’t until she told me that she didn’t want me to be disappointed if we waited for the child to be born only to find that it was a girl that I realized I might have been sending the wrong message. My first wish, as I’m sure is true with…
  • #Blackish Episode 4: “Crazy Mom” – Nailing The Truth About The Mom Life & Gender Roles

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    I was a little skeptical when I first saw the trailer for ABC’s new comedy, “Black-ish.” It looked a little corny, and I wasn’t sure how much Anthony Anderson I could take weekly. He’s a funny guy for sure, but would the material be his style? Would it work? Episode four of Blackish is what sealed the deal for me. In this episode, “Crazy Mom,” marketing executive dad Andre (Anthony Anderson) tells his lovely doctor wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) that he will take on all her duties for a week. First up: making two dozen cupcakes for the twins’…
  • Making My Net: The Life Of A Single Mom In Medical School

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    by Megan Thruston “Mamaaaa. Heyyy Mamaaa! I need fresh water with ice! HEY MAMAAA! It’s morning time!” I glanced at my phone and saw that it was indeed morning time. In fact it was already 6:10 a.m., which meant that I had overslept, though I hardly felt refreshed since I had been up studying until almost 2:00 a.m. After a few minutes of silence, I heard the soft thudding of feet on the hallway carpet. A moment later, a smiling face surrounded by a halo of wild curly hair appeared at the end of my bed. “I opened the door all by myself!” my daughter announced, beaming with smug…
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  • Authentic information about Alpha Fuel XT

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    Any gym trainer that has tried using this product will always recommend it to their trainees who want to try out something new and efficient. It is a reprieve to us because the product is not very far away from us. Although not found in the most popular sites that you are used to such as Amazon and the likes, from the Alpha Fuel XT official website you will be able to buy the product from wherever you are. Just at the click of a button, you are in a position to buy a safe which is designed to make your body feel well and healthy in a very active way. It is worth noting that other formulas may…
  • Is Skulptek Pro The Best HgH Supplement?

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Skulptek Pro HGH means a Human Growth Hormone and is sometimes called as somatropin. It is produced by all human beings. This is the hormone that leads to growth of individuals. It is usually produced in regulated amounts in our bodies. The molecule of HGH is large and fragile and usually consists of 191 amino acids that are joined in a specific manner such that there is no difference. THE FUSS ABOUT Skulptek Pro The world is well aware of the supplement and people are crazy about the benefits it has. People are going around claiming the Skulptek Pro supplement can help make them younger and…
  • Ideas on marketing small Publish and Profit businesses successfully

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Marketing your Publish and Profit business is very important in order for you to maximize your profits. There are many legitimate ways that you can use to achieve that. Therefore, for you to get to that level, it is vital for people to know your band and the services and products that you offer. Nevertheless, having good marketing strategies will be an added advantage for your business to thrive. Below are some of the strategies that you can utilize to realize the objectives. Business directories: Many countries provide their citizens with an address list of almost all businesses that are in…
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    When Did I Become My Mom

  • DIY Paper Pumpkins – Origami Pumpkin

    Nicole Greene
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Cute The post DIY Paper Pumpkins – Origami Pumpkin appeared first on When Did I Become My Mom.
  • Toronto’s Anti Littering campaign is brilliant!

    Nicole Greene
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    I’ve never understood the desire to litter. If there are no garbage bins around, I’d rather hold my stuff in my (oversized) bag than toss it on the ground. Even as a child it struck me as inconsiderate. I mean, what’s the plan? It can’t stay there forever, so you have to intend for someone else to pick it up right? My mama would slap you upside the head if you tried that at her house. And clearly your mama should have too. None of this “I’m creating jobs for other people! What will the DEWD/URP/CEPEP people do?”. That’s crap and you know it. And…
  • Ebola – How Worried Should You Really Be?

    Nicole Greene
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    2014 seems to have seen more Ebola infections and deaths than any other year in the past. As a mother, and a citizen of a country which allows visa-free entry to some affected African nations, how worried should I really be? That’s the question I asked myself when news broke of the infection and subsequent death of one of Sierra Leone’s leading infectious disease doctors, at the hands of Ebola. I’ve closely followed the events that came afterward, and I’ve done my own research. Now I’m sharing it with you. #453210018 / What is Ebola? Ebola is a…
  • Earache in Toddlers: Is It a Cold or an Ear Infection?

    Nicole Greene
    21 Feb 2014 | 4:30 am
    Life can be lousy when you’re little one with an ear infection. More than three out of four children have had at least one ear infection before the age of three, and many more suffer from ear pain caused from the common cold, according to When toddlers suffer from earache, it can be difficult to determine the cause, as most young children are not able to express their symptoms clearly. It’s important to distinguish between a cold or ear infection to ensure that your toddler receives the proper medical care. Along with a diagnosis from your child’s…
  • How to Teach Your Kids to Be Smart With Money

    Nicole Greene
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:25 am
    Parents are more comfortable talking with their kids about bullying and drugs than they are about money, according to a survey conducted by T. Rowe Price. The study also found that 77 percent of parents are not always honest with their kids about finances, and 15 percent lie to them about money weekly. We don’t want our children to stress over mounting bills, but we don’t want them to grow up financially illiterate, either. Start teaching your kids about money today with these techniques: Discuss Money Regularly Kids don’t need to be sheltered from the realities of earning…
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    Raising Great Men™

  • Mom, You’re a Bully

    Marie Roker-Jones
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
      As we sit in frustration and horror about the bullying epidemic, we continue to look around for someone to blame. We point fingers at everyone and refuse to acknowledge that we all play a part in the bullying situation. Our generation has started a bullying trend that is now out of control. Let me make this clear, EVERY child is involved in the bullying the situation, including my child. Our children are either the bully, the victim or the spectator. Even if you are sighing with relief that at least your child is not the bully or the victim, the tides turn quickly. Today’s bully…
  • 5 Healthy Habits to Teach Your Son

    Marie Roker-Jones
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:39 am
    Imagine it is 15 years from now, what do you see your son doing with his life? To answer that question, you need to think about what your son is learning about life now. 1) Be of Service to Others What will be your son’s legacy? His life defines who he is and the choices he makes will impact his the lives of others. Teach him to understand the power of his words and actions. Remind him that he was uniquely created to make a contribution to the world. Surround him with people who are supportive, positive and encouraging. Staying small and thinking small will not get him where he needs to…
  • Could You be Raising a Misogynist?

    Marie Roker-Jones
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    I know a mom who frequently says how much she doesn’t like women or girls. She believes that her way of thinking is fine because she has raised boys. Unfortunately, she has also raised misogynists. What she failed to realize is that in all her years of making negative comments about women and creating an environment of distrust and disrespect for women, she has conditioned her sons to share in her belief. A misogynist is a person who hates, dislikes, mistrusts, or mistreats women. Despite your best efforts to teach your son to respect, like and trust women, you may inadvertently be…
  • Are You Losing Your Compassion?

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I recently signed up for a course that focus on compassion. At first, you may think “Why would someone need to learn compassion?” As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become less compassionate and empathetic to the needs of others. This change in me has been subtle. Over the years, the person who cared too much has become the person who cares a little.  I noticed a bubbling of apathy when someone shared a story that in the past would have compelled me to take action. I slowly was becoming a rigid and polarized thinker. This awareness was brought to light as I looked at my life…
  • Ten Things Your Son Wants to Hear From You

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

  • 5 Brilliant Ways to Get Your Kids to Do Their Chores

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Whether you’re ready for it or not, the holiday season is almost upon us. There will be family members visiting and dinner parties to plan. To make it through, you’ll need to get a system in place to keep the house clean, organized, and “showroom” ready. But there’s a dilemma… Do you do it all yourself and end up resenting your family and the holiday season entirely? Heck no! (Trust me, I’ve been there.) Get the kids involved! If your kids don’t have regular chores to do around the house, now is as good a time as any to begin delegating certain household tasks for them to…
  • 11 Things My Father Taught Me (and What I Hope to Teach My Kids)

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Growing up, my dad worked two jobs so that my brother, sister, mother, and I would never have to want for anything. We lived in a nice home in a fantastic neighborhood; and I left for college with a huge appreciation for my father’s sound work ethic and his fierce dedication to family. My dad’s incredible sense of humor, charm, and inherent likability has made him quite popular in our small beach town of Wilmington, NC. He lives there happily retired – with a friend, seemingly, on every corner. My dad doing a dance for his grand-babies. :) My husband and I tease my father often,…
  • 6 Weird things that have Proven to Lead to a Happy Marriage

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    I’ll go ahead and say what all married folks are thinking: Marriage is stinkin’ HARD! It’s all about compromise, patience, and balance; and if one of those things is off, everything seems to go out of whack. Divorce rates are continuing to climb with many couples heading for the nearest exit when things get hard. Millions of couples are scrambling to find out what it really takes to achieve a happy, healthy union. Now, more than ever, it seems that it’s important to find the little things within a marriage that will lead to longevity and happiness. I’m not talking about having…
  • 11 of the Worst Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      I’m sure we’re all familiar with how crazy and downright disturbing some adult Halloween costumes can get. (Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman couples costume?? Seriously??) The reality is that it’s very easy for some kid’s costumes to cross the line – instantly becoming a poor choice simply because it’s being worn by a child. I believe the thing that makes the following costumes so questionable is that it’s the parents who are making the decision to dress their children this way. Sure, a baby Hannibal may seem clever and cute; but do you really want your child to…
  • What Experts are Saying About Kids and Glasses

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been “team glasses” since I was about six years old. I still remember my very first pair. They were bubble gum pink with an image of Barbie on both sides. You couldn’t have convinced me that my glasses weren’t’ the coolest things ever.  I vividly remember driving home from the optometrist with my mom and looking out of the window. I was literally and proverbially “seeing the world through fresh eyes”. For the first time ever I realized that stop lights had three distinct colors and that they weren’t just a yellow box emitting a brown blob of light. Even at six I…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • Fall Inspired Living Room Makeovers with Kalaty Rugs

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kalaty Rug for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.   Colors of Fall by kathleen-bunn featuring Baxton Studio I love day dreaming about new ways to makeover my home. If money was no option, I would probably change the look of each room with the change of the seasons. Fall is probably my favorite time of year, and I thought I would share
  • Nescafe and Coffee-Mate Now Better Together + Giveaway #NescafeCoffeemate

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    This post is brought to you in collaboration with Nescafe, all opinions are my own.  There are some things in life that just go better together. Have you ever noticed that? Peanut butter and jelly, cheese and crackers, politicians and the mute button. Seriously though, some things are just better in pairs. Want to know my ultimate #BetterTogether scenario? This mama and quiet time. That's
  • Deluxe Ham and Potato Crockpot Casserole #Recipe

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    One thing I love about Crockpot cooking is coming across new recipes to try out. A while back I came across an old Crockpot meal magazine at a garage sale, and I have had fun adapting the recipes and trying them out. This Deluxe Ham and Potato Crockpot Casserole may not look like much, but it is the epitome of cheesy delicious comfort food. Best thing about it? The boys all loved it, so it is
  • Tips for Packing Lighter + Enter to Win a Trip to New York or LA #Travel

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. If I am flying to a destination or with or without children, you better believe I am only bringing a carry on suitcase. If I'm driving I still prefer to pack light and usually go with one small suitcase. With four kids in tow, it is just too much to keep track of if we have a ton of
  • 4 Ways to Get Kids to Eat More Veggies #ILikeVeggies

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    <!-- Birds Eye: Step Up to the Plate with Melissa d'Arabian (Content Series) / Clever Girls Snippet --> <!-- END Clever Girls Snippet --> Most of my boys are good about eating their veggies, but my youngest is picky as picky can be. Granted, we have gotten him to the place where he will try most food, but even after trying it he will still sometimes reject it. Over the years of raising
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • Awesome October

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Off the celebrate love, life and God's abundant blessings. Will try to be screen-free in the next few days. See you when we're back from the Land of Smiles!
  • An Intriguing Approach To Create The Ultimate Family Living Room

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    When you have a family, you will come to realise that the rooms of your house cannot stand as sterile show pieces for the foreseeable future. It could be a couple of decades before you get your home back the way you like it. Having said that, you can still live in pleasant surroundings. The design of the living room must be suitable for children, but that isn’t so hard. There are also things you can do to make cleaning easy. Bill WilsonOf course, the safety of your children is paramount, and you must take precautions to prevent them coming to harm. You will find some valuable advice here to…
  • Spot the Diffrence

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    I know!!! I've been too lazy to blog these days but I am so glad that my readership is quite stable. Please bear with me as I silently celebrate this blog's 4th year anniversary this month. I have so many happenings to blog about but words and bright ideas escape me as soon as I click the new post button. Hopefully my blogging mojo comes back after our family beach vacation in Phuket. Meanwhile, the vain side of me would like you to enjoy spotting some difference from my 2 selfies above which were taken 7 years apart. Shalom!
  • Editing Videos with Movavi Video Editor

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Video editing might seem like a complicated thing to do but with the help of a good quality video editor you’d be able to do the job without having to face any difficulty. Operating a good quality video editor should be so simple that even if you don’t have any previous experience of editing videos, you should be able to do the editing yourself easily. An ideal video editor should be able to let you compile short videos, add music to your videos, provide animated transitions to join video clips and also convert and save your videos in any format of your choosing. Movavi video editor comes…
  • Welcome Home to Ricciotti!

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    "In conjunction with its tenth anniversary, Ricciotti officially underwent significant changes toprovide its customers with a new dining experience by developing two different concepts. Theoutlet at Riverwalk is now known as Ricciotti (formely known as Ricciotti Pizza Pasta Grill).This new change will reflect the concept of a trendy home-style Italian meal – one that’ssteeped in warmth and comfort within a design ambience." For the love of Italian Food and intense longing for some well-deserved mom-me time, I attended the Media Party of Ricciotti last night via the kind invitation of…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • How to Raise Your Kids to Have a Strong Sense of Family

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
      Just because your kids are raised in a family doesn’t automatically mean they will have a strong sense of family.  And when I say sense of family, I mean that your kids grow up to value their family and give it a high priority in their lives. How does a strong sense of family show...Read More
  • Mental Toughness Podcast: Everyone Wants to win; But somebody Has to Lose

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    To Listen to the podcast, click on the arrow above. Winning and losing: the lifeblood of sports. Every team wants to win; nobody likes to lose. If your child’s been playing for awhile, I’m sure he is no different. How does he handle winning and losing? With humility? With arrogance? With anger? You can sugar...Read More
  • Make It Right: Craig Sigl Helps Athletes Punch Fear in the Face

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tired of reading about all that is wrong in youth sports? So are we! TeamSnap and I have teamed up for the Make It Right Campaign this fall to share stories with you of people who are doing what they can to Make It Right in youth sports. There are lots of folks out there who...Read More
  • Experts Say: “These Are 3 Traits of a Champion”

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    How do you define the soul of a champion? It is difficult to pinpoint and yet we know what it looks like; we see it when we watch athletes like Roger Federer, Dwayne Wade, and Derek Jeter. We see it in their eyes, in their body language. Some of them make comebacks that seems near impossible,...Read More
  • Teach Your Kids How to Fight

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do your kids know how to fight? No one needs to teach kids to fight; they are born with that instinct. But there is a healthy way and an unhealthy way to handle conflict. By teaching your kids the right way, they can “fight” in a way that resolves conflict instead of escalating it. There will be...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • Tricks and Treats: 13 Ghoulishly Good Halloween Party Food Ideas

    Darcy Zalewski
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s my favorite time of year again and so I had to share these fun Halloween treats perfect for a spooky party. This collection is sponsored by, a place to organize and collect recipes, but all recipes were selected by me. Check out Halloween Tricks and Treats by Darcy Zalewski at Every year I’m torn between throwing a Halloween themed birthday party for my daughter or letting her pick her own theme. Her first birthday was Halloween themed. I loved it!  We served Sloppy Joe’s Brains, Mummy Dogs, and Cemetery Swamp Cake. The punch had floating plastic…
  • Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Potatoes

    Darcy Zalewski
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I’m not a fantastic cook, but I can make some deliciously simple dishes. My absolute favorite appliance these days is my Crock Pot followed by my deep freezer. The end of the day is often challenging for my to cook while my kids enter the witching hour. They tend to be more cooperative in the morning. Well, after we’re done getting ready, anyway. I now use my slow cooker nearly everyday because I can get the food into it, set it, and dinner is done around the time Brian gets home. Yay! I feel more productive and less stressed on those days. The other day I didn’t quite have…
  • Yo Gabba Gabba Live: Music is Awesome Ticket Giveaway for #Milwaukee

    Darcy Zalewski
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    We are huge Yo Gabba Gabba fans. My husband and I took our daughter to see them when they came to Milwaukee last year. We’ve been waiting for them to come back, especially since our son has become a fan as well. It’s definitely one of the kids’ shows I don’t mind watching. So as soon as tickets went on sale for the 10/15/14 show at the Pabst Theater, we bought ours. It’s a great early birthday present for our kids! He’s dreaming of happy things, like seeing Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE! My daughter has been so excited that she carries around the little promo…
  • Trying for Three

    Darcy Zalewski
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Looking back through old blog posts, it’s really neat watching Rissa grow up. I started writing here when I was pregnant with her and it is hard to believe she is turning 4 years old this month. Really it’s amazing how much she has grown up this year alone – we weaned from breastfeeding, she began using the potty and she started preschool. When we decided to have another baby I let you all know and then documented my pregnancy with Xander. It was fun because some of you were pregnant right along with me! It’s crazy how similar, yet different my kids are. Xander’s…
  • Where Did September Go? {Weight Loss & Other Updates}

    Darcy Zalewski
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The other day I felt like I was getting into another posting groove, but then I looked up and it wasn’t the other day… it was over 20 days ago. (Heck, I started the draft of this post two days ago!) I’ve talked before about how the passage of time really changed when I became a mom. It’s not necessarily lapse in memory (though sometimes it is), but it’s just so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day activities and before you know it a week has gone by. Except, it doesn’t feel like a week. It might feel like a only a day or two or it might feel like a…
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    One Little Mister

  • MasterChef Junior Viewing Party ~ DIY Popcorn Kit

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    At my house, Gordon Ramsey is king. We watch his shows religiously, and MasterChef Junior is no exception. We are eagerly awaiting the premiere of Season 2 on November 4th, and when we were given the... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Enjoy Crystal Light & Earn Miranda Lambert Gear

    Melissa Dixon
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting and CRYSTAL LIGHT. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. Since my family has moved to Iowa and left the big city... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Display Memories with Create-UR-Plate Giveaway

    Melissa Dixon
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    I received products for the purposes of this review and giveaway. All opinions are my own. I have done a great job documenting my daughter’s growth throughout the years. My only problem is all... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • How to Create Your Own Spa Stay-cation

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
     Spa vacations are a great way to relax, unwind, and recharge your batteries. If you’re a busy mother, you also know that you rarely have time for to go off on a luxury spa trip. Between work,... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • G.H. Cretors Popcorn Giveaway

    Melissa Dixon
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Filling my cabinet with ready to go snacks for school and work lunches has kept me busy lately. Trying to figure out what my family will eat while making it an easy to go snack is harder than I... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
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    The Potty Diaries

  • Big A's Culinary Adventures

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    This is another post from my sis on fb.  It just made me spit tea all over the keyboard, so wanting to bask in the reflection of her glory (yet again), I have nicked it for your reading pleasure.A bit of background: my sister (the former blogger known as Footballer's Knees) lives with her husband Big A, and 18 year old son, J.  Once a week she spends the night away from home on business - no prizes for guessing which day that is...Big A's food baby is hanging around, despite frequent grym visits, so his personal trainer has suggested that he keeps a Food Diary for a week. Here…
  • Inspirational Quotes. Or not...

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I love a good inspirational quote.  In fact, I have to admit that there are couple which I have even copied out into the front of my notebook to refer to in times of need.  What would Edmund Burke* say about this, I ask myself as I ponder whether giving the kids shop-bought pizza for the 2nd night running makes me a bad mother.  What would Marcus Aurelius** say?(Just kidding.)However...Is it just me, or are we currently drowning in a sea of facile truisms being spread through the internet by social meeja? Most are so superficial that it seems to me that almost anyone could come…
  • Writes of passage

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Today, I had to do something unexpectedly difficult.Regular readers may have picked up on the fact that sometime in the next year there's a strong possibility we'll move on from Russia.  In an effort to minimise the fuss when / if that actually happens, I am slowly but surely trying to empty the house of 'stuff' that we won't want to take with us (for which read; pay to move from one country to another), which we have accumulated during the last 5 years.Mostly, this 'stuff' is associated in some shape or form with the Boys.  Toys, books, outgrown clothes, skates and shoes. You know;…
  • Today's 'Through The Looking Glass' moment is brought to you courtesy of...

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    ... Auchan supermarket.When I first began to visit Russia in the mid 1990's there was what seemed to me to be an antiquated payment system in place in many retail outlets.  It worked as follows: 1.  The customer selected their item. 2.  They would inform the shop assistant of their choice (it was usually stored out of reach, often behind glass).3.  The shop assistant would then remove the item from the shelf but instead of taking payment and handing over the purchase, they would put it to one side, hand-write a sales ticket, and send the customer to the caisse (or payment…
  • Trying to say something without actually saying it...

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    This post has been simmering away on the edges of my blog-consciousness for a couple of weeks now.  I couldn't ignore it any more...'Number 10 Downing Street was besieged today by middle class shoppers aggrieved at the lack of palatable fresh milk, green vegetables, and imported meat and dairy products available in supermarkets since the government imposed sanctions on products sourced from the other side of the English Channel. Handbags and umbrellas were raised in the air as a sign of solidarity by ladies of a certain age protesting about the impossibility of obtaining basic staples…
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    Abundant Mama

  • Defining Your Inner Mother Critic

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    This post was inspired by two books I’m reading currently: “The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality,” by the amazing and inspiring feminist Avital Norman Nathman and “Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message,” by Tara Mohr. (affiliate links included). Let me first warn you that my inner mother critic is not me. She is no where close to being me. She is pretty much the opposite of me, which is why I can safely encourage, mentor and inspire mothers around the world to live their authentic mothering journey with ease. What a…
  • The Magic of Early Morning Me Time

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Mornings. Oh how they can be so perfect — and so not. I’m happy to include this guest post by writer mama Sara Barry that was inspired by her experience in The Rise and Shine Challenge. I love how she walks us through her morning so eloquently. As I came down the stairs this morning, the bright pink glow behind the trees stopped me four steps up. It was like a little reward for getting up early. My real reward, though, is the quiet. Time alone. Time to think. Time to write. For the past five years, I’ve bristled at the idea of getting up early. It felt impossible. Even now, I…
  • 10 Habits of Highly Effective Mamas

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    What does it mean to be a highly effective mom? Does it mean to be productive or does it mean to feel good in what you do? Does it mean to be in control or does it mean to feel understood and connected? Does it mean to be a successful role model or does it mean to be a good teacher? By definition, in all actuality, effective simply means producing a result that is wanted. In other words, getting what we want means we’re being effective. And all of my readers in this community and my clients in my program want many of the same things: To find their happy place as mothers. To…
  • A Quick Guide to Essential Oils for a Peaceful Family

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    This guest post from Julie Vaccaro, an Abundant Mama alumni from earlier this year, makes me very happy. We’ve been experimenting with oils more and more and her ideas are just fantastic. Enjoy! If I had to choose one word to describe what I wanted for my home, it would be peace. Everyone happy, talking in calm voices, helping one another, being mindful of our decisions and remembering to breathe when strong emotions arise. Ahhh, sounds so nice, doesn’t it? Often times with busy schedules, rushed mornings or the unplanned tantrum- we are left feeling quite the opposite of peaceful or…
  • 4 Simple Tips For New Moms Returning To Work

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Going back to work as a new mama can be a challenging, scary time for any woman. I’m happy to offer this space today to Lori, a 2014 Abundant Mama alumni and now founder of the Mindful Return community for moms returning to work with intention. I love how she offers tips for new moms returning to work who are trying to juggle it all with confidence. About a year ago, I went back to work after maternity leave from the birth of my second little boy. He was a delight – if not a great sleeper, and his older brother was generally helpful – if deep in the throes of potty training.  My…
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    Project Motherhood

  • Stepping Up My Skincare Routine with TULA {Giveaway}

    Allison Cooper
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Last month, I turned 28 and immediately started referring to myself as an “old lady.” I know, I know – I’m not really old, far from it. BUT, there are things about myself that I’m noticing are changing. Like, I’m becoming more responsible with making financial decisions (This I can’t equate 100% to getting older – it helps whenever your husband works in finance!). And, I’m opting much more for “nights in” instead of “nights out.” Most of all, I’m realizing that taking better care of myself is a MUST.
  • I’m Not The Mom I Wish I Was And That’s Okay

    Allison Cooper
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    Six years and nine months ago, I sat in the bathroom in my tiny New York City apartment starring down at the positive pregnancy test in my hand. I called my husband to tell him the news, and we were instantly filled with excitement—overjoyed about the millions of ways our lives were about to change. During my pregnancy, I thought about the mom I was going to be (as I’m sure every other mama-to-be does). I would be regimented, kind, teach my child miraculous things at a young age, and have him involved in every activity possible. And, of course, he’d only eat organic food. I would…
  • Wide Leg Pants For The Strawberry Shape

    Allison Cooper
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Even though ALL body shapes can wear wide leg pants with ease, they are most highly recommended for the strawberry body shape overall because they add volume to your bottom half – giving the illusion of a smaller waist and less broad shoulders. Score! It’s all about fooling the eyes whenever you are trying to downplay or highlight different areas of your body. I highly recommend standing in front of your mirror as you are getting dressed and snap some pictures of yourself in outfits that you are thinking of wearing. Then, scroll back over them all and you will be able to better…
  • How To Dress For Black Tie – Etiquette Code

    Allison Cooper
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    As soon as Halloween is over, holiday season immediately begins. It’s that time of year when we all start obsessing about party hostess gifts and how to dress for black tie events. The meaning of “black tie” has truly transformed over the years and essentially means different things to different people, thus presenting us with some blurred lines regarding the rules for this attire. A few years ago, one of my friends got married during the summertime and had a beautiful, extravagant, black tie affair! It was such a wonderful and memorable wedding, but I remember thinking…
  • #NowTrending – Women’s Sneakers For Fall

    Allison Cooper
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I will preface with this – I wasn’t ever really someone you would consider a “sneaker girl.” In fact, I avoided them at all cost! They honestly always looked so weird to me paired with jeans and not athletic clothes, or if I wore them casually. I struggled to find the right balance wearing sneakers -until now. This fall, women’s sneakers are making a comeback in a huge way – and I’m not talking about the athletic kinds, but the everyday, relaxed, casual sneakers that are now looking effortlessly cute being paired with denim and your favorite boyfriend…
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    The Mommist

  • Style Board: Leather and Knit

    Len Dela Cruz
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.Topshop Leather Culottes  I  L. Erickson Cuff Ponytail Holder  I  Acne Chunky Knit   Balenciaga Bag  I  Matte Burgundy Lipstick I Alexander Wang Slingback Hold on! Before you go, please like my The Mommist's Facebook page {on your left}. Thank you!Receive The Latest Posts Directly To Your Email - It's Free! Onward and Upward!
  • Photo Lust: Moments

    Len Dela Cruz
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    By Jen GotchHold on! Before you go, please like my The Mommist's Facebook page {on your left}. Thank you!Receive The Latest Posts Directly To Your Email - It's Free! Onward and Upward!
  • Desire: Co Resort 2015

    Len Dela Cruz
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    More of the Co-llections here.Hold on! Before you go, please like my The Mommist's Facebook page {on your left}. Thank you!Receive The Latest Posts Directly To Your Email - It's Free! Onward and Upward!
  • Alexander Wang x H&M Collection

    Len Dela Cruz
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    My happy colors! Alexander Wang for H&M Collection run the gamut - from cropped sweaters to a whistle! It's the Swedish retail company's first time to collaborate with an American designer. The previous guest designer was Isabel Marant. The collab that will be available come November 6 features sports-themed pieces for both women and men.There's no subtlety in branding here because majority are emblazoned with his name. I'm not overly fond of in-your-face logos, but I like the fact that Alexander Wang created a new collection for the collab, and not just, in his own words, "creating…
  • Yoree Korean Barbecue Restaurant at BGC

    Len Dela Cruz
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Tucked away in a discreet area {for now, due to the road construction in front of the restaurant} of BCG, I was surprised to see that despite that stumbling block, Yoree Korean Barbecue is still being populated by eager gastronomers; most of which are Koreans. Good sign.The first time I went there with my friends, I figured out why. By the second visit, the reason became clearer. The third solidified it. Great food! The great food was enhanced by affable service. Chef Lee is very personable! I'm going for a fourth, fifth, sixth..... I'll let you know what epiphany I'll have by the…
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    The Kerrie Show

  • Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream #HolidayGiftGuide2014

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    I have the opportunity to review Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream and am super excited about it! Here is some information about it while I wait for my actual product to try so you can read up on it and purchase it if it sounds like something you would love. I'll be back in about a month to write my review!From the manufacturer:Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is GUARANTEED TO LEAVE YOUR SKIN FIRMER, tighter, more toned, moisturized and more youthful looking. It's PROVEN TO STIMULATE COLLAGEN and reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles so you can avoid painful and more expensive…
  • Practicing What I Preach: #Writing for Regional Parenting Magazines!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Here is a link to Pittsburgh Parent Magazine and TWO articles I have in there this month (Halloween Traditions and Pumpkin Decorating)! Guess how much I got for both of these reprints? $75! Yes, for something I wrote a year ago and have been selling ever since, I got a decent amount of money and it is going to help pay something off this month faster than we planned!If you want to do the same or know someone who needs to make extra money from home or needs it to make ends meet and is a decent writer, please point them toward my resource that I wrote in 2009 and have been updating ever since…
  • Funny and Offensive Product Review: #Jamberry Nails

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Originally posted January 27, 2014 and updated now with a picture of how I can now put them on with no problems at all ... curved side to cuticle, people! I can't ever decide on my jamicure so I pretty much picked 4 from the accent sheets I send out as samples and then something different for each thumb! You can check out my site below under "Now I sell them here!" or come LIKE me on Facebook for more funny and real posts! I posted this and then started selling Jamberry the end of March and now am I Senior Lead Consultant! Exciting stuff!Star-crossed on thumb, see below for other…
  • Children's Halloween costume ideas inspired by books

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Trips to the school library are full of endless possibility, seemingly so are trips to various costume stores, thrift shops and online shops in the hope of finding that perfect child Halloween costume. Let your imagination get to work, and check out some of our tips for the best child Halloween costumes based on books:The Merry Adventures of Robin HoodAn iconic story of boyhood, friendship and adventure, Robin Hood is still so popular in children’s literature it’s hard to believe it was written over 130 years ago. Today’s Robin Hood might just be a little more badass though. Polish off…
  • Work Edition Wrap-Up Posts

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Welcome to the Work edition of the Bubblews wrap-up posts! Let's dive right in!Some great things about working from homeI am on fire in the mornings. Are you?Never dreamed I would have two different teams in two different businessesWriting at Bubblews for Christmas moneyI can't quit the working mommy playdateHere's how to find Christine Shuck
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    A Juggling Mom

  • The Wolf Series – Chinese Storybooks {Review and Giveaway}

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Like most Singaporean children who grew up in an English speaking environment , Sophie had an aversion to Chinese. When she... Continue reading » The post The Wolf Series – Chinese Storybooks {Review and Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Children Learn What They Live

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The poem, Children Learn What They Live, was commonly seen in bookshops back in the 80s and 90s. As a child, I... Continue reading » The post Children Learn What They Live appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Don’t Give Up

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
      I’m fast approaching my 100th Motivational Mondays post and hope you’ve been encouraged by some of my posts as well as... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Don’t Give Up appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • RWS S.E.A. Aquarium VIP Guided Tour

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Resorts World Sentosa has been our family’s favorite retreat whenever we are looking for a holiday right here at home.... Continue reading » The post RWS S.E.A. Aquarium VIP Guided Tour appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Daiso Craft Idea – Shadow Box Decoration

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Last week, I shared this craft idea where it received more than 100 likes. Surely something this well-liked deserves to... Continue reading » The post Daiso Craft Idea – Shadow Box Decoration appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • Skylanders Kaos Trap

    Erica Price
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    H continues to be a big Skylanders fan and if your children are interested in the game they will no doubt have told you about Skylanders Trap Team, the latest installment of the game. Kaos is of course, the ultimate Skylanders villain, and with the Kaos Trap, players will be able to ‘trap’ Kaos in the Skylanders Trap Team game.  This will allow them to unlock him as a playable character in the game.  How cool is that?The Kaos Traps will be available from all the usual Skylanders retailers during November, but this Halloween Friday, each Smyth’s Toys will have 24 Kaos Traps to sell…
  • Billington’s Brownies #bakeface

    Erica Price
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Billington’s recently got in touch with me to let me know about a competition they are running. The idea is that you bake something using one of their range of sugars and upload a pic of yourself eating it.  Now we haven’t long had our new range cooker and very little has been cooked in it, so I decided to break its baking duck by making some brownies for the #bakeface competition. Billington’s had kindly sent me the ingredients and utensils necessary to make the brownies, which was just as well as a lot of my baking stuff is still in the depths of the spare bedroom in the…
  • Aquascope From Learning Resources

    Erica Price
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    H has long being interested in the natural world and he’s particularly interested in sea creatures.  Pond dipping is another favourite activity and H is quite knowledgable about water beetles and the like. So testing out an aquascope seemed the perfect activity for him.  We have been trying out the Nancy B’s Science Club™ AquaScope and Underwater Wonders Activity. Future marine biologist? At work with his #aquascope #beachA photo posted by Erica Price (@ericaprice6) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:37pm PDTThe aquascope is a fairly robust piece of kit and it’s designed to be…
  • LED Indoor String Light

    Erica Price
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    I love using Christmas lights to cheer up my home on cold, dark, winter evenings and they really add that extra touch to your Christmas decorations.  LED Hut sent us some from this season’s Christmas lights range to take a look at.  We have been trying out their LED Indoor String Lights.  They are multi-coloured lights which I think look stunning around my Edwardian fireplace.  They are suitable for indoor use and are 10 metres long so you can use them to cover a fairly large area.  There are 8 different light effects that you can conjour up to suit your mood or the moment at…
  • What can you not bear to leave behind when holidaying in the UK?

    Erica Price
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Recently, got in touch to ask the question: What can you not bear to leave behind when holidaying in the UK?  It really got me thinking.  When we go away in the UK we usually travel by car.  Sadly it’s often cheaper than public transport and it has so many other advantages.  You have a way of getting around once you are there, you can stop where you like along the way and best of all you can take as much stuff as you can cram into the car.  My husband often moans about how much we take, but we are able to get quite a lot in as we have a small family car and…
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  • The Primary One Checklist

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    I’ve my last little one going Primary One next year, and I really want to ensure I’ve covered all bases, (for me and for her!) and be ready for the Big School! Some of the best people to ask for advice are those in the education industry. So I asked the teachers at Jan & Elly to advise what I can do as a parent, to prepare my child for P1. (afterall, they see the kids graduate from Kindy to Primary Sch each year!) Here’s what we can do to prep our kids for what official school entails. It is a milestone for us parents too! 1. Understand that the initial school years are…
  • 8 Reasons why Shangri-la Mactan is the Holiday Destination for your Family

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    One of the coolest places for a holiday is the beach. There’s just something about the sand on your feet, the beautiful sea view and of course the loads of fun beach activities to have a good time! Recently, we brought Nadine for a special just Daddy+Mummy+You beach holiday. (Nicole and Nathan had upcoming exams, so it’s a no-go for them!) We went to the beautiful island of Cebu, Philippines and stayed at the gorgeous gorgeous Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa. We loved it so much that before the first day ended, we already told all our close friends and family that they MUST have a…
  • Jan & Elly Pop-Up Class & Holiday Programmes 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Nadine is a big fan of Jan & Elly, an English Language school that conducts the most fun classes and teaches her good reading habits. We first heard about them in their Pop-Up class earlier this year and we were given a first hand experience of what classes would be like and we had a chance to speak to Elly, the founder who shared with us her views on teaching English and parenting. And we agreed with her! Thus, it was an easy decision to enrol Nadine for class. Well, the year end Pop-up Class is here! The Carnival is a pop-up class curated by Jan & Elly to bring a splash of fun to…
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • This New Form Of YOGA Is Sure To Catch On

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    I love yoga. Or more accurately, the idea of yoga. Not to mention the sinewy limbs that come from actually practicing yoga instead of sitting on your ever widening ass watching You Tube videos about yoga while eating crackers slathered in 115 mls of apple butter. If this yoga class comes to a studio near me, I'm so signing up.HILARIOUSLY calming.Who's with me?
  • Whispers Behind Her Back

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    You can barely hear them.She can't hear them at all, and I like it that way.They're soft and intermittent and I can almost always ignore them. Sometimes I can even silence them with a look or an explanation or sometimes with just a tiny shot of snark.Mostly they're the whispers of strangers and who cares what they think? She doesn't notice them and even if she did, she wouldn't understand them. If she did, she'd probably just smile and reach out her hand because she's gentle and kind and forgiving like that. Sometimes I also want to reach out my hand. But in a more, "come over here so I can…
  • Want To WIN A $500 Shoe Shopping Spree?

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Winter. That word gets stuck in my throat like a warm tongue to a frosty fence. But winter is coming my fellow Canadians and we need to be prepared. Or least have cute winter boots. My mom bought these waterproof insulated Rieker Tex boots. Love 'em and wish we had the same size feet.  I'm a stunningly indecisive shopper. I have my eye on these black Cougar pillow boots but wonder if I really want to walk around sporting "Cougar" on my person at this stage in my life?Did you have a pair of the originals? Bet you let the tongue hang out and refused to do them up. I also bet you didn't pay…
  • Giving Old Skin The Boot — Tana Loves Shoes

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    My poor neglected boots...You thought I was talking about my 40-something skin? That's okay. My skin is starting to resemble a potato, but it has to do with hormones and over-tanning in the 80s.My leather boots have also seen better days—but due to harsh Canadian winters and dehydration. Like our skin, leather boots (and shoes, purses and belts for that matter) need cleaning and moisturizing.My husband scoffs when I refer to my boots as an "investment." But they are! Take the classic Frye boots I'm saving for—my family might have to eat baked beans for awhile, but these boots will be an…
  • Honk If You're Hornet—A Rant About Wasps

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Alternate titles for this post include: Thugs Of The Insect WorldWe Don't Like You, So Buzz OffGet Off My Apple ArseholeYou'll Never Make Honey. Get Over ItWasps Are WankersGo Back To Your Own PlanetWasps. What Are They Good For? Absolutely Nothing.I decided on the hornet inclusive title because a) LOL! and b) Hornets are jerks too.So are wasps good for anything?They're part of our ecosystem (though I stand by my claim that they are invaders from another planet. Magnify them about 1000x and you can totally imagine a wasp-alien eating Sigourney Weaver). Wasps eat pests like aphids and…
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  • Ideas for Halloween Costume

    7 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Kind of rushed today, but wanted to jot down a few ideas for a Halloween costume. Fire chief. I already have the hat, the red chief overcoat, and I have visited a fire station and rang the bell. Burt Reynolds. Grow mustache. Take off clothes. Pose like centerfold. Bit of a stretch. Does anybody remember that photo shoot? A German speaker. I am learning German at school. Vocabulary so far: nein. Just the one word. A Tiger.  It’s what I was last year.  I still have the costume, so it’s the low-friction choice. Costume a bit stuffy.  Digging deep into the archives (from last year)…
  • Nudity is OK, as Long as it’s Tasteful

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I was reading an article in the New York Times the other day about nudist colonies in Croatia, and it struck me. I am getting more comfortable being naked. I decided to test this out the other day. When my parents came in my room to get me at 6:30 in the morning, I had taken off my shirt and was leering proudly at them from my crib half naked. It was liberating. I saw something of the future in it. When I was very small I didn’t know what the heck was going on, so being naked was the same as wearing clothes. But as I matured, even a few months in, I started not liking the idea of…
  • The Satisfaction of No

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

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

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

    Nicole orriëns
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    Parenting can really put a strain on your relationship! You have to be good friends, to get this shot! Please join in with your Wordless Wednesday post! <!-- start InLinkz script --> An InLinkz Link-up <!-- end InLinkz script -->
  • Freedom: is having no loans?

    Nicole orriëns
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Can you imagine there used to be a time when you didn't have to take out a loan to buy a house? You just found yourself a piece of land you liked. And then you build a house on it. From trees you cut down with your own bare hands. Or maybe with the help of an axe. Who has the money to buy a home ? When I think about this, I think about pa Ingalls in The Little House on the Prairie! I used
  • Skirt: figure hugging or A-line?

    Nicole orriëns
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    I always wear A-line skirts.  Ever since Trinny and Susannah recommended it for pearshaped women in their show What no to wear. A-line skirts skim right over bulges and bumps, and kindly hide them. But my skirts are getting old, and they're not in fashion. Which makes it hard to replace them. So when I spotted a fitted skirt for only 7 bucks, I figured: 'What the heck! Why not try a fitted
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo: big dud!

    Nicole orriëns
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    For the third time in her school career,  my daughter came home with a broken smartphone. Now that's not very smart, is it?" Apparently it fell. And now there's a big crack in the screen. It won't even start up again. At first I was all: 'You broke your smartphone, now you lie in it!' But then I remembered she had to go on a school trip. To London of all places. And I really want my kids to
  • Free Blogger templates for mom bloggers

    Nicole orriëns
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    Free Blogger templates There are two types of free Blogger templates Templates: you get a whole new look for you blog in an instance. Including a different layout Backgrounds: your blog layout stays the same. You put some html code in a Blogger gadget, and then you get a different background. Why is a template so important? A blog template is very important. It defines your blog
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    Your Daily Serving of Mommie Daze

  • Big Fish Stories and a Fall Getaway to Traverse City

    Colleen Stout
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I always dreamed of spending a week in a cabin the woods with a lake right outside the door. And that’s exactly where Dave and I spent last week. It was a busy summer and even busier start to fall. Dave and I needed some time away to rest, relax and have a conversation that wasn’t interrupted by someone asking for another cookie. So we left David and Wade in the care of Grandma and Grandpa and headed a couple of hours north to the Traverse City area for a fall getaway. Our cabin was one of a group that make up Shawn’s Place situated on Spider Lake, about 20 minutes from…
  • Puppy Surprise

    Colleen Stout
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Some girls have husbands who bring them flowers. Mine brings me puppies. Three weeks ago we made the difficult decision to put Elizabeth, our 15-year-old cocker spaniel, to sleep. She was sick, and it was time to let her go. But it was still hard. It was strange after 15 years to not have a dog in the house. The boys went to school, Dave went to work, and I was completely home alone. It was lonely without a furry companion around. Then crumbs and food started to collect on the kitchen floor. A Goldfish cracker here, a broken pretzel there. For years I never picked up anything like that,…
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  • And the KiddyPlay Snuggle Sac winner for October is….

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    And the KiddyPlay Snuggle Sac winner for October is…. We had a wonderful response to the KiddyPlay giveaway for October, with 119 entries to the contest, and some truly gorgeous snaps of your kids having so much fun…. Thanks so much to the following for these wonderful entries from top left to bottom right: Julia whose kids are bubble mad… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • 10 top tips for keeping sane sorting out Halloween for kids

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    10 top tips for keeping sane sorting out Halloween for kids Managing Halloween for kids can can throw up some dilemmas for many parents – what can I get the kids to wear that won’t terrify their younger sister? Should I let them go treat or treating? What can we give out to those that bother us? Should we hide behind the… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting Pin it Party #76

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Parenting Pin it Party #76 The main gig is with the lovely Cass this week, at Diary of a Frugal Family. As with all holidays, and in true Helen stylee, I have far too much on my plate so this is going to be so brief if you aren’t too careful you might miss it.… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Kids Fitness: 10 Easy and Clever Hacks

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Kids Fitness: 10 Easy and Clever Hacks Obesity isn’t just a problem for adults anymore; it’s becoming a big problem now for children as well. According to a study conducted in the United States (published in the New England Journal of Medicine), children are already becoming obese and overweight as early as the age of 5 and… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • What does Shared Parental Leave mean to ME?

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    What does Shared Parental Leave mean to ME? If you are anything like me, sometimes politics just all seems too much. The choices seem to become even more blurred , or more extreme, and I find it hard to know what one political party believe from one minute to the next. However, I have always been acutely interested in… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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    Nanny to Mommy

  • Krusteaz Makes #BreakfastNight Family Time {Anything Goes Fall Giveaway Hop}

    Diana Chastain
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I received complimentary products from Krusteaz in order to provide this review. All opinions are my own. September was National Breakfast Month, but I think breakfast makes for a FUN dinner during the fall. There is nothing like a warm belly on a cold day. I recently had the opportunity to have a Breakfast Night with my family with help from Krusteaz. In a national survey, Krusteaz found that nine out of ten (91 percent) Americans say they eat breakfast for dinner, with 56 percent doing so once a month or more often. For families, the trend is even more prevalent as 67 percent of…
  • Bedtime Confidence for the Budding Socialite

    Diana Chastain
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of GoodNites* TRU-FIT*.My daughter just started school and is still having almost nightly accidents. She is starting to get embarrassed about her night time troubles and I feel bad for her. Soon she is going to start having sleep overs and what then? I don't want her feeling like she can't partake in the fun because her body is having difficulty waking her up when she has to go. Bedwetting is a fairly common condition that is not the child's fault because it cannot be control or trained out of. I'm going to be honest, I didn't know this until…
  • Snoopy+Belle Coming to Macy's This Fall + Giveaway

    Diana Chastain
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I received complimentary items from Evy of California to provide this review. All opinions are my own. Which international fashion icon can boast that her apparel is worn by the best-dressed (and cutest!) little girls in the world? Snoopy’s sister Belle, that’s who! Yes, a new line of Belle apparel for young girls is bringing Peanuts’ signature wit and Belle’s fashionista style to Macy’s this fall.   I recently was sent an outfit from Belle's new line and have included it in my Holiday Gift Guide because it is so adorable. They come in sizes 2T to 6, so I asked for a…
  • Fiona's Prince Toddler Shoes Review #HGG2014

    Diana Chastain
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    I received complimentary products from Fiona's Prince in order to provide this review. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours.I don't know about you, but my little girl LOVES shoes. She loves to play dress up and all things "girly", of course she likes to crush stereotypes too. So when I was offered the opportunity to review a pair of shoes from Fiona's Prince, I have to say at first I was a little taken aback because it made me nervous working with a foreign company (based in Shanghai, China) that I had never heard of. But I decided to give them a…
  • Citrus Lane October Box - 7 Month Baby Boy

    Diana Chastain
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Citrus Lane is a monthly subscription box for newborns to age 5. Every month a specially curated box is sent to you catered to your little one's age. There are currently 3 subscription levels and subscriptions are cheaper the longer you subscribe. Subscriptions start at $29/month. I bought a 3 month subscription for only $13.50. I had credits & used a 50% off code, but you can use NEWMOMDEAL to get 50% off your first box PLUS a $22 Aden & Anais bib set. You also can score credits when you get others to sign-up through your referral link. Citrus Lane participated in help…
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    Virtually Yours

  • Behind the Scenes Look at Into the Woods #IntoTheWoods

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    An all new featurette is available now for Into the Woods! I’ve been telling you for a few months now how amazing this film is going to be. We will be listening to this soundtrack in our car as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Marvel Reveals Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! #Marvel

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Friends, I have seriously awesome news. This morning, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • RSVP for #TheStorkOTC Twitter Party!

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    I know a lot of couples have trouble conceiving, but I had no idea the rate was so high. In fact, 1 in every 6 couples in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant. Infertility is a serious... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Grilled Portobello Burger Recipe & Ultimate Beer Lover’s Oktoberfest Giveaway!

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
      Back over the summer I was sent the book, The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour. Any book with Happy Hour is one I want to read! (No judging) I have to say I was surprised that the book was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Slow Cooker Fresh Vegetable Beef Stew #SlowCookerMeals

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I received a Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget® 6 Qt Programmable Slow Cooker in exchange for this review. No other compensation was received. Just so you know. When Hamilton Beach contacted me and... [[ 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

  • It's Time You Knew

    The Mommy
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Hi.I'm ready to tell you the reason I haven't written in awhile. Porter is bipolar and more than likely, autistic. I didn't want to share this with anyone, for reasons that aren't particularly clear to me. I just didn't want anyone to treat him differently; I just wanted everything to be alright. But it's not alright.Three weeks ago, Porter told teachers and the SRO officer that he wanted to die. His behavior became increasingly violent, both to himself, his siblings, his environment and to me.Three weeks ago, we had to commit our son--my baby. I had to leave him, in the care of strangers,…
  • 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…
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    Empty Nest Parenting: Grown and Flown

  • Dear Mom of High School Junior

    Lisa Heffernan
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Dear Mom of High School Junior, Okay, no more putting it off, it is time to talk about college. If you have kept the subject under wraps until now during Freshman and Sophomore years, you and your kid are about to go on a voyage of discovery during his junior year.  He or she will discover what interest them, excites them, and motivates them. You will discover an adult emerging, and the emphasis here is on emerging, on what will soon be the memories of childhood. Let’s dispense with the practical for your high school Junior: Map out the tests Make a detailed plan of where and when your…
  • Dear Mom of High School Sophomore

    Lisa Heffernan
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Dear Mom of High School Sophomore, If Freshman year was for finding their feet, Sophomore year is for finding themselves. There is something so nice about going back to high school Sophomore year. Our students are no longer the new kids on the block trying to figure out both the academic and social landscape.   Advice for High School Sophomore Year: No college talk Top of the list is still DO NOT TALK ABOUT COLLEGE. The one exception would be if your child is in an athletic recruiting process. But otherwise the mantra is grades, activities, friends and enjoy high school. High school is a…
  • Go Ahead, Call Your College Freshman

    Lisa Heffernan
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Mary Dell writes: Whew, congratulations, we survived month one! Since that memorable hug goodbye, we have spent the last few weeks trying to adjust to the absence of our college freshman. We miss them like crazy, long for their phone calls and are thrilled when they text! We follow the rules about not hovering and abide by the sacred parenting principle that states that NOW is the time to let our kids take the lead. But after we dropped them off at their dorms, does that mean we should drop off the face of the earth?   Parenting college freshman, especially during this first semester, is…
  • Dear Mom of High School Freshman

    Lisa Heffernan
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear Mom of High School Freshman, It is hard not to feel, in those weeks leading up to the first day of freshman year, that you and your child have finally hit the big leagues. Because you have. High school is, in many ways, a break with everything that has gone before. Suddenly your child, and let’s be honest he may look like a young adult but is still very much a child, is in a world where sex, drugs, alcohol, along with high academic demands, competitive sports, and college are all part of the vernacular. It can seem overwhelming, almost too much. Deep breath. Don’t worry. Adolescence…
  • Books for Fall

    Lisa Heffernan
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Lisa writes: I love getting book recommendations from friends and we thought you might enjoy a few of ours. Now that fall has arrived, what can be better than curling up with a great new read, forgetting about the chilly weather to come?   Books for Fall People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges By Jen Mann. I need to start by saying that this is not my kind of book. But sometimes when an author is this good and the subject is this near and dear to my heart, well, life is about leaving your comfort zone. This book is for…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • Making Foods From my Jewish Heritage: Chocolate Babka

    Carol Rood
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Carol Rood This year I have been really trying to delve deeper into my Jewishness and teach my kids more about their Jewish heritage.  I think that may be me approaching 50, or maybe because my kids are in their late teens, and I am worried they do not know enough about it.  For whatever the reason, […] The post Making Foods From my Jewish Heritage: Chocolate Babka appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • When You Have a Sliding Door Moment

    Ten to Twenty
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Ten to Twenty A favorite time of day for me is when my family has gone to bed. The children are all tucked in, I crawl into bed, and get to chose from my stack of great reads. One recent evening, my 13-year old son came into our room. Just as I was settling into cozy contemplation, about to […] The post When You Have a Sliding Door Moment appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Waking Up My Kids Was a Mistake

    Jessica Hoefer-Land
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    By Jessica Hoefer-Land I’ve made this mistake so often it has turned into a bad habit.  I know better, but some things are beyond my control. If I could take it back, I would. The consequences tend to be nuclear, I should have learned by now. Waking up my son every morning is one of my biggest mistakes. […] The post Waking Up My Kids Was a Mistake appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • How to Train a Man in 13 Steps

    Jon Lowder
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    By Jon Lowder It’s interesting to be the father of a young woman who is in college and dating. What’s interesting is not the act of dating – I really don’t want to think about the whole thing – but the realization that she’s saying things about her boyfriend that her mother (and the unfortunate ladies I dated […] The post How to Train a Man in 13 Steps appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • A Sweet 16 Birthday Without Blowing the Budget? Yes You Can!

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    By KristenDaukas Sweet 16 Birthday Parties Remember when your baby turned 1 and you had the biggest bash ever? Complete with smash cake (yes, we originated that idea ) and all the Winnie the Pooh decorations you could find. You probably spent a fair amount of money because it was the FIRST! birthday and your baby deserved […] The post A Sweet 16 Birthday Without Blowing the Budget? Yes You Can! appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • Happy Halloween From Your Local Middle School

    Kristen Daukas
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    By Kristen Daukas This was originally posted 3 years ago but it still makes me laugh. However… I don’t think they put it up anymore which is a shame because I think it teaches a good lesson. Don’t you love driving around at Halloween time? The scary houses… funny giant cats, ghosts and goblins?!  They’re great! I have also always loved taking the 2 younger girls to their elementary school where the school grounds are covered in hay bales, cobwebs and friendly scare crows. The middle school, on the other hand has quite another set up.  Please note that it took…
  • Your Teen Driver Won’t Drive Better Until You Do

    Kristen Daukas
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    By Kristen Daukas How Can You Help Your Teen Driver Succeed? This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week. A week where we focus on how important it is to teach our teens to drive safely and avoid distraction. Our oldest daughter turned 16 last month and if all goes well, she’ll get her license next month. Am I nervous? Sure. Can she do it? Absolutely. I know it’s hard to watch your baby get behind the wheel of your car but parents, you have to pull your crap together and get this right. So, what can you do to help your teen driver? I have a few tips.. Stop the passive-aggressive…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Having a Loud Mouth

    Kristen Daukas
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    By Kristen Daukas Sometimes having a big mouth has it’s benefits. I had the chance to host a local radio talkshow last week due to the fact that the regular host was out “on assignment”. I was a little nervous at first but ended up finding my groove, had a really good time and I think I did a pretty good job. Hopefully they’ll ask me back again some other time. As a sidenote I was the only female asked to fill in! This is a post from Four Hens and a Rooster Read the original post Wordless Wednesday: Having a Loud Mouth
  • Milestones and Other Celebrations #StreamTeam

    Kristen Daukas
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    By Kristen Daukas How Do You Celebrate Family Milestones? I’ve always been a bit of a sentimental person and when it comes to milestones in our family, I can sometimes go a little overboard. I have been known to bake cupcakes and throw a celebration for many firsts that aren’t exclusive to birthdays and first days of school. While I’m not the parent that gives a trophy just for showing up to play, I think you can pat someone on the back and let them know that they’re doing a great job and that we recognize they’re doing great things. When I was growing up, my…
  • Misty May-Treanor and Eyes of Hope

    Kristen Daukas
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    By Kristen Daukas Misty May-Treanor and VSP When you get an email that asks if you’d like the opportunity to interview THE Misty May-Treanor, you don’t even wait to find out why – you just say YES!. I’m sorry… you want me to interview a 3-time gold medal olympian who is a fierce competitor and role model for young girls? When and where? Misty has teamed up with VSP Vision Care to raise awareness about the importance of protection kids eyes when they’re outside and playing sports. Since today was World Sight Day, I got to chat with Misty and VSP Vision…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Don’t Miss the Goosebumps Terrifyingly Fun Social Takeover Today at 2pm EST

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    We have spooktacular news for Goosebumps fans young and old! Best-selling author R.L. Stine returns to Scholastic’s social media pages in time for Halloween with a terrifyingly fun social takeover on... ©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
  • Anything Goes Fall Hop: Earth To Echo Blu-ray Giveaway | Ends 11.11.14 #EchoInsiders

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We received a copy of this the other day and my seven year old fell in love with little Echo! From just seeing the commercials from when Earth to Echo was in the theaters, it really didn’t seem... ©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
  • Sign Up To Receive a FREE PINK SURVIVES Wristband

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    The first 100 visitors to enter their contact information over at CompAndSave will receive an exclusive Breast Cancer Awareness Wristband from CompAndSave! With every sale, CompandSave generates in... ©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
  • Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes for Xbox 360

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you have a little boy in your house, then I am sure that they have seen the commercial of Captain America, Iron Man, The Black Widow and the rest of the super heroes walking down the street to the... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • Sweet Gift Making Inspiration From Paul Lowe

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    This fall, Blurb is highlighting makers all over the world. One of those people is Paul Lowe, creator of Sweet Paul magazine. Sweet Paul magazine features spectacular food photography, scrumptious... ©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

  • 3 Ways to Starve Your Martyr Complex

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
      As a parent, do you ever play the martyr in your home? I will be honest with you; I’ve gotten the role down pretty well. But I also know that being a martyr to get a desired response from kids and spouses does not promote a healthy family dynamic. Why do you play the... Read More » The post 3 Ways to Starve Your Martyr Complex appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Creative Galaxy: A New Series For Preschoolers!

    Tracy Gibb
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I was excited to review Creative Galaxy which is a series for preschoolers that will take your child on an interactive adventure as Arty and Epiphany travel around the galaxy using art, music, and dance to solve problems. You can recreate their crafts with your child via a step-by-step guide in each and every episode.... Read More » The post Creative Galaxy: A New Series For Preschoolers! appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • DIY Quick and Easy Halloween Costumes

    Tracy Gibb
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Halloween is right around the corner. I’m not going to lie, it’s my least favorite holiday. I don’t like scary things or candy or my kid prowling the street at night or other kids prowling the streets at night or the money I spend on a costume that will last a few hours. Now that... Read More » The post DIY Quick and Easy Halloween Costumes appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Mom Confession: I Almost Lost It At A Soccer Game Last Night!

    Tracy Gibb
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tyler was asked to run lines for a game that started at 5:30 last night which I didn’t mind because it keeps him busy and he makes $10. At 7:15 I decide to run over to the game because my son likes to announce when he needs to get picked up without taking into consideration... Read More » The post Mom Confession: I Almost Lost It At A Soccer Game Last Night! appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Who Will Your Children Be Tomorrow?

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s hard to think about Tomorrow when you’re bogged down in Today. Today brings carpooling, dirty laundry, tired kids, picky eaters, messy homes, friend problems, struggles in school or sports. Today is all-consuming. I’ve always told my kids to live one day at a time. And I still believe that. However, while living one day... Read More » The post Who Will Your Children Be Tomorrow? appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • Robbie’s welcome to sing & gyrate in my delivery room any day

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    So there’s been a great hoo-hah about Robbie Williams ‘live’ blogging and tweeting updates during his wife Ayda’s labour this week. I have to say if Robbie fancies coming to my delivery room and gyrating around the bed while singing Candy he’s most welcome – what better diversion? – but if Misery Guts tries it he’s likely to get a punch in the face. In case you’ve been on another planet for the last few days, you can watch one of Williams’ offerings here. You’ve got to hand it to Mrs Williams, who appears resigned to her husband’s behaviour throughout.
  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: D-Day has arrived

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Week: 40 Waist: 40 inches (no change) Feeling: Ready and waiting What can I say? Today is D-day and the Big Wait has begun. What a 40 weeks it’s been: I’ve put on 10 kilos – that’s one and a half stone in old money – my waist has expanded a whopping 13 inches and my chest has grown from a B to a D cup. I’ve felt enormous for pretty much the entire pregnancy, but looking back at the weekly pictures I started taking at 20 weeks it seems to me that back then I barely even looked pregnant. There’s no doubt about it: I feel fit to burst now. But given that BB was two weeks late,…
  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: spoiling the sibling

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Week: 39 Waist: 40 inches (no change) Feeling: In the mood to spoil I’ve spent my first week of maternity leave thoroughly spoiling BB, knowing it could be the last week it’s just the two of us at home. I’m probably setting us up for problems with the level of spoiling that’s gone on, and as predicted, it’s been a fairly busy week. We’ve been to the park, the library, baked, eaten the products of our baking and this afternoon we’ve got a hotly anticipated trip to the cinema. This morning, with BB safely stowed at pre-school, I also had a pre-labour pedicure so my feet are now…
  • What IS it about David Beckham?

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    I’ve been pondering this since writing a story about Haig Club whisky, the result of a collaboration between Diageo (Smirnoff, Baileys) and Becks, before starting maternity leave this week (I’m not sure how much input the man himself actually had, or whether Diageo just threw money at him to front the brand). I don’t mean 1990s matching-leather-Gucci-and-hair-gelled-curtains David Beckham, I mean 2014 suited and booted designer-stubble-with-creases-around-the-eyes Beckham, who you’ll soon see supersized on ads promoting the whisky if you haven’t already (pictured). There’s no…
  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: maternity leave starts here

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Week: 38 Waist: 40 inches (-1.5 inches, possibly owing to bump dropping further down) Feeling: Relieved At close of play today, I’m officially on maternity leave. As a freelance journalist I knew I couldn’t leave it too late to accept my last commission in case I couldn’t meet the deadline, but, at the end of a stressful few weeks and with less than half a day to go it looks like I’ve made it. It’s such a relief. Even so, I’m fried: I will have filed 7,250 words this week alone. With a bit of luck I’ll still have next week before anything happens – the plan is to recharge my…
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  • An Indulgent Day Away - Sunday Garden Party

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    As parents of younger kids, we would often dream about going away on a vacation, being away from the usual shopping malls we visit and just chilling on the beach. And having to plan the vacation with a 3 year old and 1 year old in mind, putting together the endless packing list of diapers, milk powder, first aid kit, just in case medication, meal plans, clothes for the little ones for outdoor play, for indoor play, for the beach – it seemed like mission impossible. In fact, it stresses me out too much before even making the trip.How does a garden party by the sea with a sumptuous spread of…
  • What are you scared of Mummy?

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    I am scared of cats. When there's a cat standing in the way of my path, I will make a big detour just so we will not cross paths. When a cat comes to our table at dinner, I will lose my appetite worrying about it brushing against my legs. My hair will stand and even typing about it now. I do not dislike cats and I can't explain why but I fear them and I know they can sense it as they often give me a stare and a hostile meow, like they are asking me to back off or they will come to me.After having kids, I feel that I have to put on a brave front so as not to influence them to be scared of the…
  • Reviewed: Recaro Monza Nova car seat

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Being an active advocate of using car seats, I have heard varied accounts of how my friends’ kids would reject their car seats. It seems to be an impossible task to entice/force/coax the little ones to climb onto one. Parents need all the help they can get, and luckily, we discovered that the amazing Recaro Monza Nova car seat can make our lives much easier.Aiden weighs around 20kg and is tall for his age, which meant that he has to use the booster seat (group II/III). For quite some time, he was using the Maxi Cosi Rodi Airprotect. We loved it for the sleekness and relative comfort, and…
  • Losing it

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Aiden has always been a competitive kid. Be it pressing of the lift button, or the racing of his toy cars, or simply running from point A to B, he always wanted to be first and has always found it upsetting to lose. He would get mad, cry, shout, and even ask you to stop whenever he is losing.When I told him about the many competitions that I had won in the past, he insisted that I take the trophies and medals out from the storeroom and show it to him. He was fascinated as I explained to him what the trophies and medals were for, and I could see the sparkle in his eyes. For some reason, he…
  • Stylish Boots For Baby & Kids: Dr. Martens A/W 2014 Kids' Collection

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Looking for a stylish first pair of boots for baby or your active toddler? Now, parents who love the original Dr. Marten's range of boots need not look further. The brand well known for setting standards for comfort, durability, design and its trademark look since 1960, has its own line of baby and kids shoes. Check out their A/W'14 Kids' Collection, available in three age groups: babies, toddlers and juniors.  Auburn in Small British Camo T Canvas & Vintage Garden Softy TThe baby booties make such unique baby shower gifts as they are packaged in a miniature version of a traditional…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Injection Intervention: How Far SHOULD We Go For Ageless Beauty?

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelecup (aka: The Beauty Babe) I turned 50 last month, and my friend Karyn turned 40. Now here is the shocking part of this statement: Despite our heroic efforts to defy the hands of time, neither one of us looks 30. I stare in disbelief at those fresh-faced photos of us from over a decade ago, and damn, we really DO look 10 years older than we did back then. Who is playing this dirty, rotten trick on us?  I know for a fact that Oprah PROMISED ME that 50 was the new 30. I naively believed her and all of the other pop culture gurus that insured us that we were the generation that…
  • Mean Girls, Mean Media: Attacking Renée Zellweger IS Middle-School Bullying in Drag

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    By Lisa Barr Here’s what is headlining the news this week: ISIS, Ebola, and Renée Zellweger’s face. The first two are crises; the latter – seriously? Leave the woman alone. In a Botox-obsessed nation, who are we to criticize a celebrity who by her own defense finally feels “peaceful and healthy”, and living her life her way. Why do we want to break her, a woman who has stayed out of the limelight for the past few years only to attend ELLE’s “Women in Hollywood” event a few days ago? The media and women nationwide have called out Zellweger for being…
  • Crushed By Your BFF — How to Navigate the ‘Tween’ Years

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By  Vanessa Schenck “So, something happened to me at school today,” said Julia, my nine-year-old daughter just as we were sitting down to eat dinner the other day. Now, if you’re like me, you intuitively know whether that means something good or something bad. This time I could tell it was not going to be good. My daughter went on to tell me one of her best friends had crushed her that day. Apparently, in gym class, the girls played a game that required everyone to find a partner. Julia told me she had asked one of her best pals to be partners and was told, “Sorry. I already have a…
  • The Age of ‘Not-So’ Innocence: Why Teen Sexting Has Become Epidemic

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Here we are, at the start of another school year and already a serious case of SEXTING has created alarming turmoil and concern at a very prestigious suburban high school. Emails were sent home to the entire parent community and the administration is actively working with the local police, all to no avail. This community is no different than mine or yours … except for the fact that teens were caught sending candid photos of scantily-clad, barely-dressed classmates that spread like wildfire. Some photos were intentional, some taken secretly without the victim’s consent,…
  • Over-The-Top: Why Has High School Homecoming Morphed Into A Wedding Weekend?

    8 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Perhaps I’m Old School, antiquated. But what happened to High School Homecoming, when it was actually about the kids and the dance? Never mind that I have three teenage daughters to outfit for The Ball … Yes, a freshman, a sophomore, and a senior (read: dresses, shoes, waxing, nails, makeup, and most importantly, HAIR). No, I will not bitch about what my ‘Day Of’ is going to look like; doing the suburban shuffle to three sets of photo shoots all taking place between 6 pm and 6:45 p.m., nor complain that I volunteered to have the “Sleep Over”…
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  • Wordless Wednesday: Pumpkin Patch

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked you to share your Pumpkin Patch photos. Shannon’s daughter managed to carry her own pumpkin out of the patch through a combination of carrying, rolling, and complaining. Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. See more from Meegs at A New Day. From Jennifer: “We really enjoy a local pumpkin patch organized by the local Rotary Club. Proceeds from the pumpkins go towards literacy programs, but the rest is free so we like to visit a few times a season.” Jennifer blogs at True Confessions of a Real Mommy. Jorje’s family enjoyed this tractor-pulled…
  • November 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions – Indoor Fun

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in November 2014! (Check out September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January 2014, and summaries of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama. Here are the submission details for November 2014: Theme: Indoor Fun: With wintry weather, how do you keep little ones amused without braving the elements? What toys, games,…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Puddles

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked you to share your favorite puddles pics. (Read more about natural learning on our resource page.) From Melanie Baby Bear loves the water! Elizabeth writes at Manic Pixie Dream Mama. Shannon’s eldest hates puddles and mud, so it’s taken the little one until he’s almost three to discover the joy of a good puddle. Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. We love puddles. Big or small, we’ll splash them all. See more from Meegs at A New Day. Tell us: What do puddles look like in your family? You can find our upcoming topics on our Wordless…
  • Peanut Butter Pebbles

    Emily Bartnikowski
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’ve seen recipes similar to this here and there over the years, but the ratios have never been quite right, so we set about experimenting until we hit the sweet spot: enough binder to keep it together, but not so much that you feel like you’re overdosing on peanut butter and honey. We’re calling them Peanut Butter Pebbles, and I did very little work for this one. Ingredients 2 cups cereal, separated: 1 cup to mix with the peanut butter and honey, another cup or so of cereal to roll the balls in. We used a popular puffed rice cereal; if you use corn flakes or something else,…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Cheeser

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does your cheeser look like? All smiles on the tire swing at St. Brigid’s Meadows. See more from Sara at This Mom Loves… From Shannon: “Mostly Moira refuses to smile with her mouth open now, but she’ll make funny faces if we are taking a picture together.” Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. This is what she does when she is ‘smiling’ for a picture – she looks like she’s in pain! Kelly blogs at Becoming Crunchy. Tell us: What do cheesers look like in your family? You can find our upcoming topics on our…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • November 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions – Indoor Fun

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in November 2014! (Check out September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January 2014, and summaries of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama. Here are the submission details for November 2014: Theme: Indoor Fun: With wintry weather, how do you keep little ones amused without braving the elements? What toys, games,…
  • Not-So-Extreme Makeover: Sunshine and Rainbows Edition

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

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

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    For the past four years, I have been proud to co-host the Carnival of Natural Parenting with Lauren of Hobo Mama. We created the Carnival in January 2010 to bring together the awesome community of parenting bloggers who identify as “attachment” or “natural” parents. In 2013, our writers have shared their tips and tricks for having tough conversations with kids; they’ve discussed the gap between parenting in theory versus parenting in reality; and they’ve shared stories and advice related to nourishing and protecting their families. The compilations of posts…
  • Consciously Creating My Community: Monthly Dinners

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to the August 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Friends This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about friends. I am super involved in my parenting/homeschooling community. One might assume that such involvement translates into an endless supply of friendships. Unfortunately, that is not true in my case. I’ve been starved for a local best friend (no offense to my two besties in Indiana and Kansas, btw). At the beginning of the year, a few…
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    Parenting Tips and Advice at Uplifting Families

  • How to Prepare the Perfect Baby Shower

    Diana Smith
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    In most cases, the baby shower is organized by a family member or a close friend. In some cases, you can make a baby shower for yourself if nobody else offers and you can even have several baby showers. There are no strict rules about how it is done and what is supposed to happen when you are throwing this party, so it is all up to you and your friends. The whole idea is to gather up your, in most cases, female friends and celebrate the fact that you are about to have the biggest change in your life as a woman. However, even since there are no strict rules about how to make a baby shower,…
  • Enter to Win a First Birthday Prize Pack Giveaway Ends 11/28

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the First Birthday Gift Guide Giveaway!   Sponsors: Kids ii | Freshly Picked | Menucha Jewelry | Austin Lloyd | Funbites | Yummi Pouch | Usborne Consultant Alyssa Hosted by: Moms and Crafters Co-hosts: Simply Sherryl, Coupons and Freebies Mom, and Sweepstakes Fanatics Moms and Crafter’s big boy has just turned one! With so many people asking around about the perfect first birthday gift, Moms and Crafters has put together a 1st birthday gift guide, together with the ultimate list of best gifts for a first birthday, from the perspective of a mom. You can check out…
  • Adjusting Your Baby’s Sleep Schedule to Daylight Savings Time

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Daylight Savings Time is quickly approaching and, for many moms, that leads to nervousness and anxiety about their baby’s sleep patterns. How will baby adjust to the time change? Will that mean an earlier wake up time for both little ones and their parents? A 2013 survey conducted by Pampers found that nearly one-quarter of mothers (24%) felt that a dry diaper was the number one thing that enabled their baby to sleep through the night. Moms instinctively understand the importance of sleep – and research proves her right! Sleep contributes to well-being in many ways, from…
  • Enter to Win 10 Stage Water Filter Giveaway Ends 11/3

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Welcome to the 10 Stage Water Filter Giveaway Hosted by Gone Klippin’ Krazy and group of great bloggers! Sponsored by New Wave Enviro This giveaway Ends 11/03/14 11:59 PM EST “Give the gift that Gives Fresh Water 365 days a year” If you’re looking for a water filtration system that really works and will provide you safe, cleaner, better tasting water the 10 Stage Water Filter System is the answer and definitely worth the money. In fact after looking at other in home water filtration systems this is a great price. A premium product at an affordable price. Check out New…
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  • Dad Writes New Career Chapter with ‘Jellyfish,’ Keeps Family First

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Stay at home dad Chris Routly started second guessing himself while writing his third children’s book, “Sometimes You Need a Jellyfish.” “The more I read about writing children’s books, the more I realized I was breaking all the rules, like ‘don’t make it rhyme… you’re not as clever as you think you are,’” Routly tells Good thing the Portland-based dad had his own test audience of two to remind him he was on the right rhyming track. Routly, a professional illustrator when he’s not caring for his young sons, is hoping will help him…
  • Kids Deserve Nothing Less than a #HealthyDad

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Being a dad can be hazardous to your health. My boys use my like a Jungle Gym, beg me to buy them sugary treats and leave me bone tired at the end of every day. That’s why I need to stay as healthy as possible. It’s one reason Daddylibrium decided to participate in the Anthem Blue Cross’ #HealthyDad campaign. Anthem and its sister plans allows for more personalized health coverage, tools and services to keep dads healthy and happy. What intrigued me as a father often unable to visit a doctor at a moment’s notice is Anthem’s LiveHealth Online service. The…
  • Am I Too Desensitized to Sex, Violence to Protect My Kids?

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Almost nothing shocks me at the movies, and a new study suggests that may spell trouble for my children. As a film critic I watch far more movies than the average dad. Tough gig if you can get it, but this week’s news suggests a dark side to my profession. The Hollywood Reporter shares news of a disturbing study of  1,000 parents of children ages 6-17 to be published in the journal “Pediatrics.” Parents – presumably including the ones the MPAA relies on for movie ratings – become desensitized to sex and violence in movies the more they are exposed to such scenes,…
  • What Sunday Mornings Used to Be Like (Before Kids)

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    “Remember what it was like before …” Mommylibrium will say, and I know exactly what she means without hearing another word. To parents, “BC” means “Before Children,” a time when diaper changes, department store tantrums and staying up until 9:06 p.m. on Friday weren’t the norm. Here’s where I trot out the mandatory, “I love my kids and would never want to go back to that time” statement. But still … This weekend, we went back to that time … at least on paper. We hired a sitter so we could go to a friend’s wine…
  • Top 5 Lessons from Being a Fatherpreneur

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I collected art degrees like they were mint condition comics as a younger man, and I’ve yet to draw a paycheck from any of them. Now, at 46, I’m sketching my first entrepreneurial journey. I long ago abandoned my artistic dreams to work as a writer. It’s still quite an adjustment to go from a steady paycheck into the great unknown as editor of The new site offers entertainment news from a conservative perspective. It also avoids tabloid fodder, focusing on more substantial observations and fun features. If the site fails it impacts not just me but my…
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  • Launch a leveraged lifestyle

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:47 pm
    As my husband and toddler waved to me, while I was filming todays webcast… All of a sudden it struck me, like a tonne of obvious bricks. Holy crap… OMG I have that leveraged life, I used to long for! That ‘pie-in-the-sky’ dream I launched 10 months ago. Has happened. This morning I woke up and read a book for 5 minutes and then I got my walking shoes on and stepped outside into the crisp free 5AM air. The 5AM air hit me like a injection of ‘welcome to the moment-ness’. As I contemplated the day ahead, full of launching fun…
  • What You Resist Persists (So How To Stop Resisting What’s Persisting)

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    What You Resist Persists (So How To Stop Resisting What’s Persisting) Look resistance is a pain in the a**s don’t ya think. It’s something that when someone tells us… “what are you resisting” we roll our eyes as if to say I’ve heard that a million times and grrrrrr shut-up! There’s only one reason why we would get that reaction… resistance! If you are resisting reading this email, you could be resisting a message you need to hear (and guess what – yep what we resists – always bloody well persists). Untill we stop resisting (and…
  • How to find your passion – when you can’t seem to find it anywhere!

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Follow Your Nose (How to find your passion – when you can’t seem to find it anywhere!) Struggling to find your passion? It feels like you’re always dabbling and your true ‘forever’ passion seems to elude you? I got a cure for you… Keep doing what you’re doing. Follow your nose and dabble, dabble, dabble… all day long! I have been following my nose, like a Beagle (Beagle is the dog I picked on purpose for this analogy because it’s ‘strong scenting ability, it’s high energy and it’s merry personality!’). Here’s…
  • Be Like Water

    4 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Be Like Water I want one of the most profound compliments I’ve ever been given to be your new guiding post. It’s a mantra that has changed me and the way I look at myself and my perceived failures and constant pursuit to find a way. As a big dreamer always trying to find a way, you may relate. So here it is… the compliment that I got that I want to pass on to you. My hairdresser who is more wise and profound than any human I have ever met (she’s also a very successful entrepreneur). “You’re just like water… you always find a way.” Let those…
  • How To Get Motivated To Work (after you’ve been sick… or stuck)

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    How To Get Motivated To Work (after you’ve been sick… or stuck) So you’ve been feeling sick… or maybe even a little bit stuck! (am I right?) now,wanna know how to get back into the swing of things? You might not of noticed but just 2 weeks ago (a week before I recorded this video) I was sick, so sick I couldn’t hold my weight up. After 2.5 weeks totally off the grid. I didn’t even log into Facebook (you’ll notice a big gap in my FB posts for almost 3 weeks). Now you know you’re sick when you can’t even log into Facebook! The point is,…
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • What I Wore Wednesday – the details editon

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    For a number of reasons, What I Wore Wednesday is all about the details this week, the main one being that today is haircut day and my hair is crying out for a trim. It’s a mess; a scarecrow-like mess. You don’t want to see it, believe me. I bought this jacket last week and just love it. It looks great with a pencil skirt (like today) and also matches well with jeans. It’s from Gina Tricot, a shop I don’t tend to go into too often, but I spotted some great items in there this time around. I also picked up this fabulous stretchy mini skirt. I’m still not sure just…
  • The week

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    A breakthrough this week: we’re all feeling well again! Last week can just be written off, thank you very much, culminating as it did in two hideous days at work for me, followed by O’s ear infection making itself known on Friday night and bursting. Nice. So it feels good to draw a line under that. Turns out that the doctor overlooked the ear infection that was the root of O’s sickness (no, not just a dirty ear), but the upshot is that O is now happily back at preschool, Husband is recovering from his ear infection and I even managed to get to the gym for the first time in…
  • Making gluten-free pizza dough

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    This week we decided to be adventurous in the kitchen – for us, anyway – by making gluten-free pizza dough from scratch, which I thought would be especially fun as O was home with me. The thought of kneading the dough for 10 minutes with O helping filled me with dread, until I remembered that I have a dough hook on my KitchenAid. As I was short on time, I did not look up if I needed to adjust the recipe when using the dough hook and the mixer rather than kneading by hand. That might be why the pizza bases were a little bulky, shall we say, in the end. (Hmmm, you can see that O…
  • But a distant memory

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    I found this article about breastfeeding (via Making It Lovely) such a thought-provoking read. And my favourite part was the words of her yoga instructor: “In a few years when they’re in preschool, you will never have to talk about breast-feeding again,” she said. “So don’t even think about it.” This really resonated with me because I read through this article and actually had to think “Did I breastfeed the boys? How long for?”. Those words are so true. After a very short while, it truly no longer matters. Breastfeeding, at the time such a struggle and a…
  • The week

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    So far, it looks like this week will be a repeat of last week. O is sick again – or most likely not again but the same thing looping around. Hopefully we should know tomorrow when we return to the doctor for more tests. This constant testing in the Swedish medical system is slightly concerning for someone from the UK though. I cannot remember one time having a blood test at the GP On the upside, I went and collected this baby yesterday. Two month’s membership at Balance gym in the city. I spotted a Groupon offer a couple of weeks ago and got this for Skr 349 (saving me more than…
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    Support for Stepdads

  • Child With Asthma – Six Steps You Should Be Taking To Help

    Anita Ginsburg
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Child With Asthma – Six Steps You Should Be Taking To Help from Support for Stepdads . If you have a child with asthma, it can be difficult to alleviate the symptoms and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kids & Candy: How To Survive The Fall Sugar Apocalypse

    Brooke Chaplan
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Kids & Candy: How To Survive The Fall Sugar Apocalypse from Support for Stepdads . Halloween and harvest parties can be a challenging time for parents. Kids can easily... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Anger Issues: Five Ways To Help Yourself

    Andrew Fujii
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Anger Issues: Five Ways To Help Yourself from Support for Stepdads . Anger is described as a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind. Does anger occur within... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Glasses – Does Your Kid Need Them?

    Brooke Chaplan
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Glasses – Does Your Kid Need Them? from Support for Stepdads . If your child is struggling in school, they may just be in need of a pair of glasses. Many kids don’t even... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Martial Arts – The Benefits Of Enrolling Your Child

    Matt Radford
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Hello I hope you enjoy Martial Arts – The Benefits Of Enrolling Your Child from Support for Stepdads . Recent studies show children of divorce are not as tough as we once thought from the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • I Confess, I Hate Feeding

    Rebecca Wood
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I have to say it. I hate feeding. Or rather, I hate feeding disorders. For two and a half years, we’ve been desperate to avoid the g-tube and have managed to do so, so far. As far as feeding goes, it is a see saw ride between hope and discouragement. I find that Charlie’s feeding disorder affects my relationship with food. Before all this, I relished mealtime. Now, eating feels more like a mundane chore. I’m no longer excited or enticed by dishes or deserts. I’ve lost the ability to derive pleasure from eating. It has become a routine like brushing one’s…
  • The Promised Pictures

    Rebecca Wood
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    We had a lot of fun at the March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction. We feasted on delicious dishes and met some incredible people. As usual, Charlie flirted shamelessly. Charlie seems to really enjoy interacting with people. In the beginning of the evening, she handed out the favors and we thanked people for attending. Later, she tossed the football back and forth with attendees while a football package was auctioned off (and continued on with it past the sale of the item). As promised, here are some of the pictures from this weekend.  
  • Busy, Busy, Busy

    Rebecca Wood
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    OK, so I’ve missed every Blogtober Challenge this week. But, I’ve had a good reason. I’m swamped. In addition to Charlie’s usual appointment schedule, there have been dresses to borrow, a radio interview, a Preemie Babies 101 deadline, and this weekend to prepare for. This weekend is our local Signature Chef’s Event ( a fundraiser for March of Dimes). I’m really looking forward to it. A couple of our friends are staying with us and attending the event. I promise to post pictures of Charlie in her gorgeous dress (which we were lucky to borrow from a friend)…
  • Blogtober Day Ten: Best Advice

    Rebecca Wood
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Today’s Blogtober Challenge is to share the best advice I have received. I woke up this morning and planned to revisit the story of the three legged dog. During my morning routine, I thought about how I would write it up. However, my back bothered me at breakfast. It was a warning. I needed to walk before things got worse. But, my back hurt enough that my usual hike was out of the question. If it won’t be a challenge, then why bother walking? Maybe, I could not walk today, catch up on things at home, and walk tomorrow. I had almost talked myself out of walking. But, I learned my…
  • We’re Not Supposed To Be Here

    Rebecca Wood
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    “We’re not supposed to be here” has been my pouty mantra since around the end of the summer. A therapist or a doctor will tell me how well Charlie is doing and I say something along the lines of, “She is… but this isn’t how it was supposed to be.” I remind them of the empty promises from the neonatalogists and unfulfilled prophecies. Charlie wasn’t supposed to need all the specialists or therapists. She was supposed to “catch up” quickly and easily. I know, it’s small, it’s petty, and, even, childlike. But, I have been…
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    The Disorganisation Guru

  • Who am I, on paper?

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    I own two passports: one belongs to a developing European country, and one belongs  to a highly developed member of the European Union. The first one I got by birth, as my defining identity. The second one I got by living in the country and contributing to its prosperity for many years. There is much more to identity […]
  • 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 […]
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  • 5 Signs Your Child Has Become a “Tweener”

    Cort Ruddy
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    From the moment our kids come into this world the more experienced parents out there warn us that it’s the teen years when the real challenge begins. It usually goes something like this: New parent says, “I haven’t slept in a month, I’ve changed ten diapers since lunch, and they won’t stop crying long enough for me to drink a glass of water.” Experienced parent dismissively responds, “Just wait until they're a teenager.” Okay, okay. We get it. Being a parent of a teenager must really suck. Warning received. Rarely, however, do we hear similar warnings about…
  • One Smiling Moment -- The Truth Behind an Okay Photo

    Cort Ruddy
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    We all know a picture is worth a thousand words. Yet, sometimes that’s not the whole story. Whenever I see a photo of a family our size (four kids) smiling back from a picturesque locale, I imagine the happy story it’s telling is more than likely a work of fiction. But that’s okay; I like fiction. A picture I took of our four kids smiling from the shores of Green Lakes State Park recently is no exception. You wouldn’t know from looking that it was our fourth attempt on this walk to get a group photo – the three before ending in tears, temper tantrums or fake toot noises.
  • 6 Tips to Help Parents Enjoy Soccer Again

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

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

    Cort Ruddy
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
     We wandered through the sand along the shore picking through and marveling at the pieces of sculpted wood, scattered and half-buried at the foot of the dunes like weary travelers that finally found their beach.  Some were whole trees, others just pieces, all brought there by waves, shaped by water and time, each representing an unknowable story. Someplace, at sometime before, these stood as living trees, or parts of one.How far they’d come and how long it took, we’ll never know. Even what they were was often beyond our ability to know. An old oak, or a young…
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  • Homophobia
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many gay, lesbian and transsexual individuals experience harassment and aggression in social groups because of an ingrained homophobia that exists in the general population that makes some members of a group act out against them. The attackers’ profound discomfort can cause them to belittle, bully or even physically abuse the gay person. Although attitudes are changing, homosexuality is still seen as a threat to masculinity and gender roles in the society in some quarters. Homophobia Definition The need to define homophobia as a distinct mindset and behavior became necessary as the gay,…
  • Twitter Symbols – Do You Need These To Use Twitter
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Twitter has easily risen from being a website that everyone thought would collapse because they did not think they could put together information in one hundred and forty characters or less to one of the most active websites on the Internet today. The problem that arises is a lot of people do not know that they can use Twitter symbols and be able to get their point across quickly and easily to other people, but not use up all of their characters at once. When people start to get this information, though, they are going to see these symbols are not only going to help them in getting their…
  • What To Know About Sexting Pics
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Sexting has become a frequently discussed subject in the media today, we always hear about celebrities or other famous authority figures and their leaked sexting pics. To sext pics means sending and/or receiving sexually explicit photos from one person to another. Normally, this is performed with cell phones, social websites, or e-mails. The word sexting derived from the terms sex and text. The act of sexting came about at the beginning of the 21st century and as of August 2012 the term can be defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Many studies started being conducted on this new…
  • Twitter Statistics
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Discover Twitter Statistics! Almost immediately after Twitter was first introduced, the 140 character limit met mobile expectations as cross-portability became the norm. For those engaged in volume text messaging and SMS communications, Twitter was an obvious transition in social media. Since that time, the advance of Twitter as the lead social news sharing platform, has catapulted brand marketing campaigns to higher levels of performance with Tweet analytics. Statistics about twitter indicate that more than 60% of Twitter’s over 200 million active users login to the site via a mobile phone…
  • Dealing With The Feeling That School Sucks
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Attending school for years can quickly become overwhelming, especially if you find yourself bored or unable to focus on studies and materials that interest you most. Although you may wonder why school sucks, understanding various resources and outlets available to you can help with enjoying the learning process again regardless of whether you think middle school sucks or even grad school sucks. Reasons School is Disliked? Even if you are one to drastically think “fuck school” or “my school sucks”, there are many reasons why you are likely to feel this way. Learning…
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    Blog - Family of Readers

  • Books to Share While Sipping Cider

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    The air finally has that nip in it, and from where we sit - the leaves are changing in spectacular fashion. My own little ones are starting to slow down more after school, looking for our seasonal rhythms to return to fireside games, books, and activities. Here are some of our absolute fall favorites and a few new ones we picked up this year:
  • "Probably the Best Book in the World"

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    It was Neil Gaiman who 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 it's extraordinary qualities, especially as a read aloud tale. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber - Available at…
  • 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
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    Joy Makin Mamas

  • BabyLit books: You won’t want to put your eye out!

    Meghan G
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    I cannot promise that your toddler will not want to read these over and over until your ocular nerve gives out. Actually, they probably will, because they’re totally adorable, but we’re talking about YOU here. So, while I can’t promise you won’t be asked to read these way too much, I CAN promise you that we have finally found some board books that don’t insult our intelligence. Read BabyLit books: You won’t want to put your eye out! on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Books on First: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened Book…
  • Caught “tween” a rock and hard place…

    Meghan G
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    I remember my own "tween" years as being extremely confusing, emotional, and overly dramatic. Everyone I know who is currently raising a "tween" girl has mentioned that this stage of life is filled with drama at least once. So when I was contacted and asked if I'd like a review copy of The Girls' Q&A Book on Friendship by Annie Fox M. Ed., I said yes. Yes, I would like to read anything that is meant to help girls find their path socially, with less drama and confusion. Read Caught “tween” a rock and hard place… on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are…
  • Disney on Ice is more spectacular than ever with Frozen!

    Meghan G
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Disney on Ice presents Frozen surprised me by being even MORE visually spectacular than other Disney on Ice presentations I've seen. From the incredibly detailed costumes to the incredibly vibrant color palette, the show was eye candy from start to finish. The iconic costumes were, obviously, interpreted for freedom of movement, so if you have an active princess on your hands, you might want to fuel her imagination with one of these versions, if you can. Read Disney on Ice is more spectacular than ever with Frozen! on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good…
  • Why does food stick to the pan?

    Meghan G
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    When I recently received the Ozeri 12″ Green Pan in exchange for my feedback, I realized that I actually do not know why food sticks to the pan. (And you’re probably thinking, “you didn’t care, either, did you?”) This turned out to be one of those little “I wonder” moments that turned into a revelation. Yes, Read Why does food stick to the pan? on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Grilled Beets Recipe plus July 4th Food & Craft Roundup #Foodelicious Ozeri Green Pan Video Review Teal Pumpkin…
  • #BRUHalloween Giveaway Event ends 10/31

    Meghan G
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Prize Pack Includes: - Pampers wipes - $75 gift card to Babies “R” Us - 1 Year subscription to Highlights magazine - 1 Highlights book - A Halloween trick-or-treat tote bag This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older. Enter to win in the giveaway tools below, all entries will be verified, one entrant per household or you will immediately be disqualified. Winner will be contacted via email and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor and not the participating bloggers. Good Luck!!! Read #BRUHalloween Giveaway Event…
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    Early Intervention Support | Early Intervention Support

  • Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate & Submucous Cleft

    Emily Fawcett
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Image via Occurring in 1 in every 600 births, clefts are one of the most common birth defects in the US.  Clefts form early on in pregnancy (between 4-8 weeks after conception) when the facial prominences (group of cells) are fusing together. Three common types of clefts are as follows: (1) Cleft Lip is when the tissues of the upper lip have incomplete formation, resulting in an opening in the lip.  The opening can vary in size from a small split to a large gap (opening from lip to nose) Unilateral cleft is when the opening is on EITHER the left…
  • Adaptive Devices: Chairs and Seating

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Kids naturally like and need to move around to explore their environment and socialize with family and other children. Mobility is an important milestone for our children to reach and parents look forward to this stage in development. But the importance of sitting should not be overlooked.  Children need to sit to initially work on their fine motor skills and explore small objects, work on eating skills, and to have a functional position to play before they are able to stand and move. Correct sitting posture is very important for development. There are times when extra support is needed to…
  • My Child Has a Flat Head. Does My Child Need a Helmet? | Plagiocephaly

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    As a physical therapist, I encounter this question quite often when treating infants.  I also receive questions such as, “If we do our physical therapy, will the flatness improve?” and “If this were your child, what would you do?” When a physical therapist first evaluates your child, he/she may look at several things, including: Location of the flat spot (or plagiocephaly Severity of the flat spot If there is a preference to keep the head turned in one direction, or tilted in one direction Differences in facial features, ear alignment, or neck creases, from one side…
  • Preventing Tantrums at the Store

    Stephanie Saikaly
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    You are perusing the aisles at Target (or insert the name of your favorite store) and you hear a child screaming for a candy bar at the checkout counter. Now, what if the above-described child is YOUR child?  This is when we need to consider intervention strategies. How can we avoid that embarrassing supermarket meltdown from happening in the first place? Grocery stores, shopping malls, super stores, and any outing requiring some sort of shopping list can be a great source of stress for families.  This is especially true if your child refuses to sit in a cart, hold your hand, or tolerate…
  • Testing for Hearing Loss in Children

    Maureen O'Brien
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    Hearing loss in children can cause delays in speech and language as well as academic skills later in childhood. Early intervention speech language pathologists work with many families of young children with speech and language delays. These families are often concerned that their child may have a hearing loss or that the child does not hear properly due to constant ear infections. They have a lot of concerns and questions regarding the process of hearing testing in children who are not able to participate well in a hearing evaluation. Here are some frequently asked questions: Should I get my…
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  • How to Run with a Jogging Stroller

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    You may think that running with a jogging stroller is easy. After all, you just need to push the stroller while you run. Of course that’s true. But it is a little more complicated than that. Here are some pointers you may want to keep in mind.1. Consider this. When you run with a jogging stroller you are not going to be able to run in your usual manner. Normally when you run you would swing both arms. But when you run with a jogging stroller you must hold unto the stroller with both hands, or at least with one hand, at all times. Some people like to hold unto the stroller with both of…
  • Are You Ready for a Jogging Stroller?

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    If you have two young kids who are at their strolling age, and if you are an active parent who likes to run or jog, you will without a doubt want to have a double jogging stroller. Running is a great way to bond with your kids, and most kids really enjoy it.However before you go out and buy a jogging stroller there is one very important thing you must first consider and that is this. Is your youngest child old enough for a jogging stroller? Most stroller manufacturers recommend that your baby be at least 6 months old before jogging. BOB, one of the top stroller manufacturers, recommends that…
  • Joovy Too Qool Double Tandem Stroller Review

    8 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    The Joovy Too Qool Double Tandem Stroller is a high-end luxury double stroller by Joovy. The front seat is recommended for children 3 months of age and up. (If you use a car seat adapter, you can use the front seat for children younger than 3 months). The rear seat is recommended for children 6 months of age and up. The front seat is adjustable and can face either forward or backwards. This stroller can also be used as a single stroller as well as a double stroller. Joovy claims that each seat can hold a child up to 55 pounds. That claim is probably true. However complaints from many parents…
  • 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 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 one of the slimmest side-by-side double stroller on the market today. With its super 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 anywhere,…
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    A Fine Parent

  • Teenage Alcohol Abuse: One Mom’s Dreaded Reality And How to Protect Our Families

    Kimberly Muench
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You know how every single one of us parents dreads the phone call that tells us something is wrong with our kids? Mine came one evening in May. As I picked up the receiver I noted the caller I.D. revealed it was the eldest of my five children, Nick. “Hi Nick!” “Mom, I’m in trouble and I need help.” That phone call launched a series of events in our lives which could have gone one of two ways; it could have catapulted me (as his mom) into denial and despair, or it could (and, by the grace of God, did) allow me to pull my head out of the sand and work with my son toward a positive…
  • Why You Really NEED to Start Exercising (It’s Not What You Think)

    Lisa C. Baker
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you think you should exercise more? After all, you’re a parent now. Taking care of yourself is so much more important… You want to be able to toss your toddler over your head without worrying about injuring your back. You want to live a long, active life so you can play pickup games when your kids are in high school and go on long walks someday with your grandkids. You want to model healthy living for your kids. And — let’s be honest — you could probably stand to lose a few pounds too, right? Feeling motivated to hop on a treadmill yet? I didn’t think so. …
  • The Healthy Family Meals Cheat Sheet (Because Cooking DAILY Can Make Anyone Want to Weep!)

    Libby Beer
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever spent a little extra time at work just so you can justify a fast food takeout instead of having to go home and cook dinner? It’s not like you don’t appreciate a healthy, home-cooked meal with your family. But, having to cook that meal every single day can feel like such drudgery, doesn’t it? I’m actually quite fortunate — I’m blessed with a husband who’s passionate about cooking, and very good at it too. Even now that we’re both full-time work-outside-the-home parents, he gets a comforting, nourishing dinner on the table every night he’s home. The…
  • 7 Habits of Families Who Consistently Eat Healthy (Without Nagging or Drama)

    Anne Ricci
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever gotten totally excited about eating healthy meals with your family, got started with unparalleled enthusiasm, unrelenting energy, and then… everything seemed to evaporate into thin air? Long hours, a commute, the 2-year-old’s tantrums, a finicky 8-year old, and your healthy optimism slowly gave place to frozen TV-dinners, skipped breakfasts, and take-out four times a week. You’re not alone! Eating healthy on a consistent basis takes time and dedication; and most working parents are already struggling to keep the balance between “being available” to their…
  • 1st Anniversary Giveaway

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    Whoa, guess what? This blog celebrates it’s first anniversary next week!!! Time sure flies when you’re having a good time, doesn’t it? To celebrate the milestone, I’m giving away 4 books that have transformed my life and cover pretty much everything we need to know to raise happy, well-adjusted kids while staying sane, content and fulfilled! I’ll even ship it to you for FREE.  Click here to see the list of the books and enter the giveaway – AFineParent.Com “The Only 4 Books You Need to Become A Great Parent” Giveaway The post 1st…
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  • 9 White Lies as a Mother I Love To Tell My Daughter

    Anjana Jins
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    When I was a little girl, believe me I was one good story teller and my listener fans were a couple of my friends who didn’t last long (**winkey smiles**). How can I not mention my one and only younger brother, who was by default the victim of all my fabrications!! Here in today’s post […] The post 9 White Lies as a Mother I Love To Tell My Daughter appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Unpleasant Experiences About Breastfeeding No Mom Would Ever Tell

    Anu Prabin
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    In this post I pour my heart out on the unpleasant experiences about breastfeeding that I went through as a mother. ‘A beautiful young mother, looking really pleasant and calm, is sitting or lying down in the hospital bed. She holds a newborn baby and breastfeeds him/her. The baby, who seems very content, slips into […] The post Unpleasant Experiences About Breastfeeding No Mom Would Ever Tell appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Apply These 5 Secret Techniques to Handle Toddler Tantrums

    Anjana Jins
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    For the reason that toddlers cannot express their needs so explicitly, tantrums come to their rescue. In this post I am listing down the 5 effective techniques to handle toddler tantrums. Tantrums in simple terms can be explained as an uncontrollable outburst of anger and frustration. Children between 1 to 3 years of age have higher […] The post Apply These 5 Secret Techniques to Handle Toddler Tantrums appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Home Made Dry Fruit Powder Mix for Toddlers and Kids

    Yamuna Balamurugan
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    In today’s post I give you a step by step method to make home made dry fruit powder mix for toddlers and kids. When I started giving cow’s milk for my daughter Tejaswini, my pediatrician suggested a very popular dry fruit powder mix brand available in the market. But as a parent who believes in […] The post Home Made Dry Fruit Powder Mix for Toddlers and Kids appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • CherryTin – Premium Gifts Online at Affordable Price

    Sangeetha Menon
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    Were there times when you had brainstormed for ‘that perfect gift’ for your boss, friends, girl friend, parents or even your daughter? I am sure you have. Its said “Gifting is an art in itself” and to make those moments of gifting special, we introduce you to CherryTin, your sure shot destination for personalized premium […] The post CherryTin – Premium Gifts Online at Affordable Price appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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  • Benefits of Horseback Riding to Special Needs Children

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    My 10-year-old daughter was having a meltdown in the car on the way to horseback riding lessons one Saturday. She deals with several forms of anxiety as a result of early childhood trauma she endured before we adopted her. Meltdowns occur when her world becomes overwhelming.I encouraged her to do the lesson anyway. She rides at Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast, a nonprofit organization providing therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with disabilities since 1992. Before the lesson, my daughter was screaming and crying in fear and anger. I saw her body relax as soon as she…
  • Fall Activities for the Whole Family

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    With the heat of summer gone and the chill of winter on its way, fall is a perfect time to enjoy nature with your family before everyone has to bundle up for a few months. Take advantage of the brisk weather and get outdoors on the weekends with these fun fall activities for all ages.Apple Picking Fall is the harvest season and one of everyone's favorite fruits is ready and ripe for picking in orchards all over the country. This is the fall favorite for me and my kids. Apple orchards at Pick Your Own farms give you the opportunity to take your kids right to the trees. Picking apples isn't…
  • Teaching Children Forgiveness by Example: How to Forgive and Move On

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    It is so important for parents to help children understand and practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is a continued process of acknowledging we have control of only our own thoughts and actions, and not everyone will live according to our ideas of fairness. And in the event that someone's choices hurts us, we don't have to become a victim, but instead, forgive and set ourselves free from the pain. Forgiving is a CHOICE to take back power of one's response.Understanding Forgiveness:Forgiveness is the ultimate act of love, kindness, and compassion. When you're negatively affected by someone's…
  • Make Chores Fun For Kids And Teach Them Responsibility At The Same Time

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    If you find it almost impossible to get your child to complete their household chores and duties, make it fun! I remember when I was a teenager and when I was given my many chores for the week. I would groan and mumble obscenities under my breath as I had to mow the lawn, scoop the dog's poop from the backyard and clean the pool of leaves and dirt. My mom felt it was smart idea to teach us that we work as a team in our family and that we all uphold our responsibilities in our family home. She wanted to teach me that I shouldn't expect a reward for work completed at home because taking care of…
  • Florida Family Vacations Beyond the Theme Parks

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Florida family vacations don't have to be all about roller coasters, Harry Potter and Mickey Mouse. There is lots to do in the Sunshine state. I'm a Florida native, so I should know. Here are some ideas that don't involve a theme park.Hit the beach. Choose from soaking up sunshine at either the Gulf or Atlantic coast. The experiences are very different - right down to the texture and culture of the sand. If Disney magic is a must, they offer a beachside resort in Vero Beach, just an hour and a half south east of Orlando. Singer Gloria Estefan owns Costa d'Este, an ocean front resort in the…
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    Growing Your Baby

  • LeBron James and Savannah Brinson Welcome A Baby Girl

    Lisa Arneill
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Congratulations are in order for LeBron James and Savannah Brinson! According to reports their third child – baby Zhuri was born on Oct. 22 in Ohio. The little girl joins the couple’s sons LeBron James Jr., 10, and Bryce Maximus, 7. It was revealed that LeBron and Savannah was expecting their third child in July when Miami Heat president, Pat Riley spilled the beans during a press conference. “Savannah now is going to have a little baby girl to join her in the fight against the two boys and LeBron, which she needs.” Excited for her to arrive, LeBron shared the…
  • Meijer Recalls 8,600 Halloween Projector Flashlight Due to Burn Hazard

    Lisa Arneill
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in conjunction with Meijer Distribution Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich., has announced a voluntary recall of about 8,600 Halloween Projector Flashlight because they can overheat and melt the plastic handle, posing a burn risk to the user. While no injuries have been reported Meijer has received one report of a flashlight overheating and the plastic handle melting. This recall involves a Signature Designs Halloween image projector. The projector is a flashlight with cap that holds special lenses to project messages and images onto a wall or other…
  • Michigan Couple With 12 Boys Wonders If They’ll To Continue The Blue Streak With Baby #13!

    Lisa Arneill
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Jay and Kateri Schwandt’s baby is due May 9. The couple are pros. This will be their 13th child. But with 12 sons at home the big question is will they continue the blue streak or will they welcome a little girl into the family! While their only hope is for a healthy baby, both Jay and Kateri admit the other side would be interesting. “I’ve experienced all the boy stuff,” the dad-to-be told The Grand River Press. “As long as we are having all these children, it would be really neat to experience the other side.” “The stuff that goes on in this house…
  • Onlookers Save One-Month-Old Baby After Mother Tosses Her Into Bay

    Lisa Arneill
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    It was a scene of shock and horror on Sunday afternoon in Atlantic City when onlookers spotted a mother throwing her infant into the bay. Witnesses told police that 24-year-old mother Patricia Shurig removed her baby from her stroller, walked along the jetty and then jumped in with the one-month-old infant. Fishermen Louis Ortiz and Seth Perkins saw what happened and jumped in to help get the woman and baby. “I said, ‘I’m gonna go in for you but you can’t panic and don’t try to grab me,'” Ortiz told the woman. “That’s it. And I went in after…
  • Scott Disick & Kourtney Kardashian Grab A Bite in LA

    Lisa Arneill
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    A very pregnant Kourtney Kardashian and her partner Scott Disick were spotted enjoying some couple time together at a restaurant in Los Angeles on Monday. Now seven months along with her third child, Kourtney was beautiful in a black belly hugging dress and leather boots. Rumored to be another girl,  the reality star told E!News that she and Scott have “some ideas” for a name, but Kourtney noted that she is “stuck.” “I want to wait until the baby is born,” she said A popular question, from many is also will she and Scott get married?  The mom-to-be admits…
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    Go Au Pair Philadelphia and Wilmington DE Area

  • Bates Motel- A True American Halloween Experience!

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    It sounds silly, but I never realized that other countries don’t celebrate Halloween!  Once I heard this, I of course had to give the girls their first true Halloween experience!  What better way to do this than to visit Bates Motel in Glen Mills!  The Hayride has been featured several times on the Travel Channel and has now been rated as the Number 1 Haunted Attraction in America by Haunteworld Magazine, USA Today and many other national publications. I was a little nervous going on the hayride as I heard they have people in costume jump out at you and scare you.  This is NOT…
  • Halloween Safety

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Times have changed so much since I was young enough to go trick or treating!  My parents biggest concern was making sure we were warm enough if it was too cold out!   There is so much more to worry about today, and it is important for Au Pairs who may have never gone trick or treating to be aware Although they seem like common sense precautions, the following tips will help ensure that the children stay safe while trick or treating, but most importantly, that they have fun! Trick or Treating usually starts once it gets dark out and children go from house to house dressed up in costumes and…
  • Why I Love Being a LAR

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    It’s funny to think back to when I first started as a LAR for the Philadelphia area.  Everybody was a stranger to me and all I knew about the host families and au pairs is what I read in their profiles. Fast forward almost 6 months later and I feel an amazing closeness with the host families, and especially the au pairs in my cluster.  I feel almost like a big sister to my au pairs and love that they feel comfortable coming to me and talking to me. I especially enjoy taking new au pairs under my wing and helping them to feel comfortable with their new families and the other girls.
  • Prison Escape! Our Visit to Eastern State Penitentiary

    28 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    I love the fall!  There is so many fun things to do, especially around this time before Halloween, which is why I figured it would be the perfect time to visit Eastern State Penitentiary in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia! Eastern State was the very first Penitentiary of its kind and was once the most famous and expensive prisons in the world.  Although it shut down in 1971, after 142 years, it is still open to the public for tours.  It is still in its original state, only now it stands in ruins. It was a little bit of an argument about which tour to do; the daytime tour, or the…
  • Why September is a Great Time to Match

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

  • Top 6 Ways To Get An ‘A’ In Dissertations

    Dawn Tan
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Unlike Mathematics and Sciences, it’s never completely clear what the ‘correct’ answer is in a Humanities dissertation. This also makes them trickier to tackle in an exam, how does one get those full marks? When considering essay writing for Social Studies & History, it’s important to understand that scoring for these subjects goes beyond just memorizing the textbook: while having the real knowledge is essential (History is not the same as ‘His Story’), examiners will seek an understanding and a certain analysis of the subject at hand. We’ve put together a few tips to make…
  • PSLE Results 2014: What Next?

    Sandra Yeo
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The PSLE is the first major exam for students in Singapore so it’s understandable that P6 students and parents will come under significant stress during the wait for the PSLE results, which makes November into a period of frantic nervousness and anxiety. But when you actually get the results, what should you do? 1. It’s not all about the grades Due to the constant underlying competitivity of the Singaporean Educational System, the first thing that lots of students and parents do is to compare their results with friends, peers, relatives, the children of the parents colleague’s and every…
  • Singapore Chemistry Olympiad – How to prepare

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ever since ancient times, the Olympic trials have been amongst the most challenging events of the human civilization. Through the years it has evolved to encompass not just athletically intensive activities but also the more intellectual variety, such as the International Science Olympiads. In itself the Chemistry Olympiad is probably one of the hardest, and rewarding, challenges one can undertake before university. In fact, a significant proportion of the questions include concepts from the university curriculum. While the scope of the syllabus might seem out of reach, you can problem solve…
  • 4 SAT Tips to Score 2300+

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    SAT tips to get you to the top SAT is perhaps one of the single most daunting tests high-schoolers all over the world have to face at one point in their lives. Unfortunately, it is also a prerequisite for entry to places in some of the most prestigious and coveted universities in the US such as Harvard College or Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yet challenging is not synonymous to impossible. There are handles and grips to the SAT – only if you know where to find it and how to use it to your advantage! Here are 4 proven SAT tips to ace your ecam and win yourself a place in your dream…
  • A Parent’s Guide to the Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise

    Victor dMdB
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Secondary One Posting Exercise : it’s a nightmare You’ve just received the results of the PSLE and you’re trying to figure out how to get your child into secondary. Well this is where the Secondary One Posting Exercise (or S1PE for those familiar with it) comes into play. It’s honestly one of the most complex and intricate processes you’ll have to go through as a parent in Singapore, so Epigami has put together this infographic to give you all the most important information in one place. Find out more about the S1PE on the MOE website. If you’re just…
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    Funderstanding: Education, Curriculum and Learning Resources

  • A powerful key to better understanding: Make the core idea personal

    Geoffrey Caine
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    There is a huge difference between knowing about a concept or process and really understanding it. This applies both to learning in school and in the real world, and applies to everything from finding out about marketing to studying the Constitution. The point that I want to discuss here is that it does not matter how much a teacher or expert knows or how good a book or video is: the key is that learners have to make sense of things for themselves. That means that one of the best ways to get a handle on an idea or the core aspect of a skill is to develop one’s own personal way of looking at…
  • Make Confusion Your Friend

    Geoffrey Caine
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Confusion is natural:  don’t fight it – use it. It is quite natural to be confused or feel awkward when dealing with a new concept or skill.  And it is quite natural to resent feeling confused.  But the bottom line is that confusion and awkwardness are natural.  And one of the best ways to make learning more powerful is to make confusion a friend – both for you and your kids. The hidden obstacle posed by confusion Most of us have grown up with the notion that there is something wrong with us when we feel confused – as though we are not as intelligent or as competent as we…
  • To learn anything well, get it in your feelings!

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

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

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

  • 7 steps to becoming an askable parent

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    By Dr. Cameron L. Caswell | scott feldstein Although it may feel like your teen is pushing you away, and chances are he is, he needs your love, acceptance and guidance now more than ever.  But many parents struggle to break through their teen's attitude and posturing, and even give up before they're able to build the type of relationship their teen secretly wants. Askable parents set aside their fears and frustration and focus relentlessly on building a relationship with their teen based on trust and confidence. The goal is to increase the chances your teen will…
  • 9 power phrases to respond to arguing

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

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

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

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

    Krishna Mahathi
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Source: Google Images Some of us have been in difficult situations where medical help was not accessible immediately. And then we were told that if only some effective care was given promptly, recovery would have been better and the damage minimised. Someday you might find yourself in a situation where you have more than one to care for (as in a road traffic accident), the need to know how to triage (which is defined as the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment) – to know who needs the most help, and who can just be…
  • Understanding Children with Autism

    Shweta Chooramani
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    I happened to meet my old friend last week who was just recovering from an accident. Due to the injury in her leg, she had gone through a surgery and got it fixed with help of steel rods. Now, she can’t walk properly, and the limping is quite visible. She is the mother of an autistic son, 14 years. After meeting her, I realised that I did not have much awareness about Autism despite working in the area of disability. For greater awareness and sensitization, I am sharing some useful information for parents. What is Autism?  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), aka Autism, is a syndrome…
  • How to be more Productive by Effectively Managing your Time

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    This blog post was contributed by Jairam Balakrishnan, Director, Pearson Schools Only those who know the true value of time and can manage it productively become responsible in life. They can keep up with their commitments and can fulfill their own set of interests at the same time. Good time management not only means to finish work on time but to also plan in such a manner that you make the best use of it. Learning to manage time effectively from an early age can really make life easy and productive in every sense. Very few people are born with the skill of managing time; others need to…
  • Reviewing your Early Application: Things to Look out For

    Prab Singh
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    “I’m Late, I’m Late, For a Very Important Date” Most schools with Early Application plans in the US will have deadlines in early November. Usually November 1st or November 15th. So I will assume that most of you reading this soon after I post it will already have a good portion of your application done already! For those reading this later and considering whether you will apply ED, EA or not, you should refer to an earlier post: This post will focus on some of the more common mistakes and areas to be aware of while…
  • Travels of a Working Mother

    Ramya Srinivasan
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I generally don’t travel much as part of my job, but recently I’ve had to don the traveller’s hat, stand in queues for visa and brave the 10 hour+ journey across the seas. For someone who has always compartmentalized every thought and activity into two buckets – office work and family work, such opportunities were heaven-sent. Since graduating from being Ms. Ramya to Rohan’s mom/Shriya’s mom, I’ve never ever travelled ‘alone.’ And, I’m sure all you mothers out there would echo my sentiment on how appealing the word…
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    Building a Village

  • Beauty in Music

    Kathy Parker
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    I just watched one of the most beautiful music videos I have ever seen. It was basically a short movie. It was so good, that the music – of which I am already intimately familiar – faded to the background. I am not sure that’s a desired outcome from a general musician’s standpoint. In this case – I would like to think that the band was not only willing for that to happen, but would be thrilled for the appreciation of the visual art itself. They chose to use the ancient art-form of shadow puppetry to tell the visual story of their song. I wonder if they have friends or family…
  • Bubbles

    Kathy Parker
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Ages and Stages. That’s how we grow. Some kids bypass stages but we never bypass AGES. Teaching a 10-year-old how to request bubbles is only motivating if the 10-year-old loves bubbles. And – that’s great, but… Do we need bubbles to get by in society? To eat, drink, rest, or get exercise? What are bubbles used for? Who wants to talk about bubbles every week for an hour? How do we teach parents, community members, and people who are non-verbal to use their communication system if we don’t learn phrases used in everyday situations?
  • Brain Overload

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    The ebbs and flows of raising a child with a rare syndrome alone can be rather overwhelming.  Sometimes it takes me a minute after it’s passed to realize we were in a period of smooth sailing.  It is usually when everything seems to start blowing up. From finding care providers, to balancing my teen, to balancing work, to balancing the ability to take a breath. We are now trying to supplement some B6 to help with some aggressive behaviors that I *think* stem from the anticonvulsant he takes for his epilepsy (keppra).  Neuro recommends a behavioral psychologist so I guess we go that…
  • Signs

    Trisha Selby
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Weekend mornings were always family time during my marriage. In the beginning and/or the good years, I’d make brunch on Sunday mornings, while the ex would sit and watch football, or a game of some sort, and the kids would play or watch cartoons in their rooms. We had some sort of tradition or routine going. Rewind 18 years from today, when we were starting our Sunday morning thing. We’d sleep in, as much as you can with a 10 month old. McKinley would wake up, smiling and waving, saying “Momma”, “Daddy”. Then would proceed to the same corner of his crib,…
  • Sometimes I just have to write

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Not a kid related post. More of a human related brain dump. Writing is what I turn to. It always has been since I can remember. Journaling always worked and then came the days of LiveJournal. With that journaling became even more therapeutic for me. Getting thoughts out of my head is always good but somehow hitting publish let them fly away. Even better. So I got to thinking this morning (yes, always scary, I know). When people have a form of relationship, where you know each other on any level deeper than “Hi”/”Bye” and one does something to hurt the other, why does…
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    The Contemporary Mommy

  • Keeping the Scary Ingredients Away This Halloween

    The Contemporary Mommy
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    So my almost two year old will be doing some real trick-or-treating this year. Well, sorta. In my neighborhood we don’t really get trick-or-treater’s at the door anymore, our town has a yearly Halloween festival for the kiddies to go around and collect candy from various booths that […]
  • Triple Batch of Pancakes

    The Contemporary Mommy
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    This Sunday morning was our morning to make a triple batch of pancakes. We make a triple batch so we can stick them in the freezer, this way they are readily available during weekday mornings when I don’t feel like making a thing. They come out tasting great […]
  • The Perfect Chocolate Cake When Your Pantry is Bare

    The Contemporary Mommy
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The past few days I have been craving some really good chocolatey cake. I can blame it on pregnancy cravings or on my mother who decided to send my husband and I some Godiva Chocolates for our wedding anniversary, very sweet of her, however having chocolate shipped in […]
  • From Vegetarian to Flexitarian

    The Contemporary Mommy
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    About two years ago my husband and I decided to try out being vegetarians. I at the time was around 5 months pregnant and we did a lot of research to ensure that I would still be able to provide adequate nutrients to the baby without meat. We […]
  • Finally, October!!

    The Contemporary Mommy
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s finally October and here in Arizona that means you can finally go outside! Those three almost four, long summer months are a killer and require you to either be inside in air conditioning or outside in a pool. But, the rest of the year we have great […]
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    Modern Tots Blog

  • Top Reasons For Using an Organic Crib Mattress

    Tara McGovern
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    What are the top reasons to have an organic crib mattress?  I’ll give you a hint, it’s all about the chemicals. As expectant parents there are so many items and so much baby gear marketed in such a way that you may begin to believe you need it all.  It can be very challenging to navigate through the aisles of baby goods, and sort out what the most important things are.  One of the biggies in our book is the mattress and specifically we recommend an organic crib mattress for your little bundle. One of the major drawbacks is that an organic mattresses are generally…
  • Make Good Use of Your Kids Table and Chairs Set With the Right Activities

    Tara McGovern
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    You’ve found the perfect table and chairs set for your kids, like our best selling Aero Table and Stools by Sodura. It complements the decor in their playroom perfectly, and it’s simply adorable too. All that’s left is for you to come up with some fun activities for them to do that will put their new furniture to good use. To help, we’ve come up with some ideas that will hopefully spark your creativity. 1. Dust off the kid-friendly board games There are probably plenty of kid-friendly board games taking up space in your closet. If you were honest, you would probably…
  • The Story Behind P’kolino

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

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

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

  • Thanks to STEM, This Time The Revolution Will Be Televised

    Nathaniel Turner
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Last week, I shared with you the wonderful experience I had with the YPR. I also mentioned how meeting with the YPR (Young People Revolution) made me ponder what I believe are critical questions parents should ask themselves: Does my child even know that they are living in the midst of a revolution? Am I […]
  • Will Your Young People Be Ready For The Revolution?

    Nathaniel Turner
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of professionally dressed, intellectually competent and extremely respectful young people.  These young people, male and female, whom I am guessing ranged from the ages 18 to 25 were a far departure from the narrative routinely used to describe millennials. These young people were a […]
  • Please Parents, Show Your Child How To Get On The Plane

    Nathaniel Turner
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    This past weekend, I spent it in Buffalo. Yeah, I know Buffalo. Buffalo’s not the tropical destination that I so often wax poetically about but Buffalo is the home of my great childhood friend and my son’s Godfather. Fear not, this is not the 21st century remake of Grumpy Old Men. Nor will I bore […]
  • Important Lessons Children Learn From Youth Sports

    Nathaniel Turner
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
      It’s fall already. Can you believe it? I can’t and worse I don’t want to accept it. I know that there are those who love the autumn winds, the changing colors, the cooler temperatures…yah dah yah dah yah! I’m not one of those fall lovers. Fall lovers, lovers of changing seasons, are crazy and […]
  • How To Remove the Clutter So Your Child Can Focus

    Nathaniel Turner
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    A common question asked by many parents is “how can I get my child to be focused?” Even the parents whose children exhibit focus find it necessary to continually seek new and innovate ways to help their children remain focused. Wise parents understand now more than ever that in this instantaneous gratification – short-term attention […]
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    Just Another Mum Blog | Just Another Mum Blog

  • Recipe Time

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Our meal planning this week is a little lazy but I thought I would share a few of the recipes miss T will be eating. She has been a little off her food lately because of being sick so we’ve been eating the same things over and over again but she’s finally on the mend and her appetite is most definitely coming back so I’ll start with a bit more variety tomorrow. Most of the recipes I share this week are just going to be links.   Breakfasts In general we just do toast with avocado or cashew spread for breakfast but sometimes change it up with something a bit more…
  • Adventuring

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    I just realised that this is the second post in a row where I’ve used a photo of T wondering in front of me as the photo. I was going to change but then I realised really it sums up our life pretty well at the moment so why bother. I did something today that I never really thought we would do and bought T some toddler reins! I don’t love the idea of them but T doesn’t like being worn as much any more, she has finally found her confidence on her feet and she wants to walk everywhere but we live near a lot of busy roads so I thought I would see how she went with them……
  • 17 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    We’ve been very quiet again recently. I’ll try and get back into the swing of things with posts about our activities and meals etc. T is nearly 17 months old now, crazy. We’ve all been sick again, T had an ear infection, J had a sinus infection and now I’ve got tonsillitis which explains our absence. Life is becoming more interesting by the day thanks to T discovering she can climb leading to me finding her in a variety of places she really shouldn’t be. She’s also learned how to flip the matters up on her bed. She definitely knows how to keep me on my…
  • The Simple Things

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    I’ve touched on this before, but I spend a lot of time at the moment stressing that I’m not doing enough to entertain T. It’s frustrating because she can obviously do so much more than she could a few months ago. She’s pretty much done with crawling now and she’s moved from walking to practically running around everywhere and seems to have a lot more energy to burn up and I seem to be struggling to keep her busy. I’ve been noticing recently though that I’m really the only one bothered by the way things are at the moment and I realised that really she…
  • Wrap Review: Two Trees Handwovens

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    We got our first handwoven wrap last week and it’s love. I thought I would do a little review. Weaver – Two Trees Handwovens Wrap- Paeonia-02 Blend- 60% cotton 40 % hemp Size- 2 I was so excited when this wrap arrived. It’s just so pretty! I was assured by the mamma I bought this off that it was definitely toddler worthy but on feeling it I was actually really worried I had made a mistake in my choice for our first (and possibly only) handwoven.  It is so thin that I was certain it wouldn’t be able to support T in a single layer carry and as it’s only a two I…
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  • 11 ways to become smarter not genius

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The post 11 ways to become smarter not genius appeared first on Palchoice. I am not going to make any tall claims. By reading this article you are not going to become an instant genius. I am not going to use killer headline to promote this article either. The article is about the 11 ways to become smarter not genius. To succeed in life who says you need [...] The post 11 ways to become smarter not genius appeared first on Palchoice.
  • How to use post-it notes for creative idea generation

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    The post How to use post-it notes for creative idea generation appeared first on Palchoice. Can we use post-it notes for creative idea generation? Most of us use post-it notes to remember things in our daily life. You can find these small square shaped notes on people’s refrigerator, mirrors, doors or walls etc. they are very effective tool to remind you of friends birthdays, your marriage anniversary, important appointments etc. But do you [...] The post How to use post-it notes for creative idea generation appeared first on Palchoice.
  • The geeks 7 Secrets to learn anything

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    The post The geeks 7 Secrets to learn anything appeared first on Palchoice. You have to learn new things daily no matter whether you are a student or a professional. Learning new things will always increases your chance to succeed in life. Simple isn’t it? Everybody knows this… Yes but if you are a student new topic in school or college will make you run for cover. And [...] The post The geeks 7 Secrets to learn anything appeared first on Palchoice.
  • How to overcome terrific dip in motivation

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    The post How to overcome terrific dip in motivation appeared first on Palchoice. We sometimes get stuck half way in the project. Everything seems to go downhill. It seems like we can’t stand or survive anymore. We want to give up our work or project when it became harder to go on. Giving up the work seems the easiest way out. Is not it? I know many of [...] The post How to overcome terrific dip in motivation appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Sentences that successful people never use

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The post Sentences that successful people never use appeared first on Palchoice.   Thoughts play a very important role in our life. We are at a place today where our thoughts have taken us. They shape our destination as they are the reasons we do something in life. That’s why words we choose play such an significant role in our life. We all keep on communicating with [...] The post Sentences that successful people never use appeared first on Palchoice.
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    Sessa Daily

  • Baby Portraits

    Sessa Daily
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    The post Baby Portraits appeared first on %% I’ve been taking non stop photos of Baby G this past week since getting my new camera.I’ve so many to process, but here’s a small selection of my favourites I’ve already processed. All of these were shot at home in natural light. If you like what you see, please be sure to check out Sessa Daily - An Irish parenting and lifestyle blog bringing you a little dose of my life as a new mother… for more content!
  • September Favourite Photos

    Sessa Daily
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    The post September Favourite Photos appeared first on %% The internet issue still rages on but I’ve finally got my September favourite photos rounded up into a post for you. I love this shot of Baby G concentrating. She’s really beginning to take everything in now and study it. Mostly the things she study end up in her mouth. That’s the top of her beloved Mr Monkey that she’s so transfixed by.These images taken while we were on holiday in France. This is the morning she first tried solid “solid food”. We’re doing a mix of baby…
  • Our Holiday in France – in Pictures (Part 2)

    Sessa Daily
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The post Our Holiday in France – in Pictures (Part 2) appeared first on %% Since I’m such a sentimental sofite, I feel the need to document everything with pictures. I think I’ve mentioned before that there’s this weird part of me that feels if I don’t have photos of something then there’s that feeling like it might not have happened. It also probably doesn’t help that I have a memory of a goldfish and I respond well to visuals. So to follow on from my first post, here are the pictures I took on my phone of our holiday in France.
  • Milestone: 6 Months of Breastfeeding

    Sessa Daily
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    The post Milestone: 6 Months of Breastfeeding appeared first on %% When I first started breastfeeding my baby, I told myself I’d take it one day at a time because I knew that everyone’s experience is different. Some people find it the easiest thing in the world and others really struggle. I know a lot of people put pressure on themselves to breastfeed their babies and if they discover they just can’t (for whatever reason) they really beat themselves up over it. For me, I have two older sisters who have both had kids. My oldest sister tried to breastfeed her son…
  • Baby G is… 6 Months Old!!

    Sessa Daily
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    The post Baby G is… 6 Months Old!! appeared first on %% Ok, so technically she turned 6 months old 12 days ago but…I can hardly believe it has been HALF A YEAR since Baby G was born. Where has the time gone? On one hand, it feels like we only brought her home last week and on the other I can hardly remember a time without her. I was looking through some photos the other day and looking at some of the last pictures we took before I went into labour and I sudden remembered the excitement and terror that I felt at that time. 6 months has changed everything. Sure,…
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  • El’s Dinosaur Train Themed 5th Birthday Party

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    El turned 5 in October! With a few weeks before his birthday, he announced that he wanted a Dinosaur Train birthday celebration in his school. Originally he did not want, but he had changed his mind. Immediately, I started looking … Continue reading → Tags:  buddy tyrannosaurus, dinosaur train cupcake toppers, dinosaur train cupcakes, dinosaur train party, tiny pteranodon Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Mum and Dad Restraunt Menu  Today I…
  • Another Hospital Stay

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    I was sitting in the front seat of the SCDF ambulance, and my husband was with Gar at the back. My tears were flowing nonstop and I wondered whether Gar was in serious trouble. As the driver kept pressing the … Continue reading → Tags:  a & e, acute bronchitis, febrile seizures, hospital stay, k k hospital, scdf ambulance Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Finding True Peers  Educational Toys and Books from Flea Market…
  • More El’s Funny Quips

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    I found some of these old funny quips by El collected on my laptop. 1. El’s composition Naughty nightingale Sings to me naughty nightingale On a tree And a great big owl Laughs at him Ha ha ha ha He … Continue reading → Tags:  bactrian camel, dromedary, nightingale Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    History Fieldtrips to WWII sites in Singapore  Mao, Meow and Cat  El Composes Gar Come To Play  River Safari  Sand…
  • How A Four-Year-Old Names His Future Business

    4 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    After dinner, El and I were in the car having a conversation. I cannot remember whether all the questions were asked by me, or my husband had asked too. Me: We were eating at the thai restaurant and many children … Continue reading → Tags:  art school, child's logic, restaurant Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Meta-cognition: Little India Riots  Summer Reading  Playing Dinosaur Charades  How To Bring A Book Alive - Experiments And…
  • 7 Ways To Advocate For Your Gifted Child

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Whether you have a gifted child, or one with learning issues or other disorders, it is important to be an advocate for them. You, as the parent, know your child the best. They are too young to speak up for … Continue reading → Tags:  advocating for your gifted child, gifted advocacy, gifted children singapore Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  4 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Different Faces Of Gifted People  Ben 10 Obsession  Educational Toys and Books from Flea Market  Reading To…
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    The Stir By CafeMom: Big Kid

  • 5 Ways to Kick Your Kid’s Sugar Habit

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Post by The Stir Bloggers. As parents, we treat with ice cream, occasionally bribe with M&Ms, and keep emergency fruit roll-ups in the car. But the not-so-sweet truth is that 16 percent of a kid’s daily calories come from sugar, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while we usually point fingers at soda, over half of kids’ sugar intake comes from food. The American Heart Association recommends kids get no more than 100 calories of sugar each day. But CDC researchers found that even preschoolers are getting double that amount -- and as kids grow, so does their…
  • A Mother's Introduction to the Jock Strap

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Post by Fadra Nally. When my son was born, I swore that he'd never be a sports fanatic and for good reason. I never watched sports nor had any interest in them despite living in the heart of the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference). While living in North Carolina, no one ever asked if I liked college basketball. They just asked if I bled red (NC State Wolfpack) or blue (UNC Tarheels). As a good transplanted Yankee should, I rooted for whichever team the person asking me did. My husband wasn't much help either. One of the things that attracted me to him was the fact that he wasn't interested in…
  • Why I Let My Kids Play Video Games

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Post by Heather Reese. All kinds of things are blamed on video games. From school shootings to kids saying curse words, I've heard it all. But I will tell you this: I ENCOURAGE my kids to play video games. You might be surprised to hear why.Sure, I get a few minutes of quiet time when they're zoned out (and that doesn't happen much with five kids), but that has nothing to do with it.  Keep in mind, none of this is scientifically backed or anything (at least as far as I know) -- just my observations of my kids who played video games when they were young compared with the ones who didn't. It's…
  • Family Meals and Good Attitudes: The Key to Healthy Kids

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Post by Kristen Howerton. Making a meal for six people every night is tough, especially when four of those people are children. Rarely are all six of us happy. Someone, for sure, isn’t going to like some part of the meal. There are dietary restrictions to consider. If I’ve had a bad day, the last thing I want to do is deal with unhappy, hungry children. We may all end up at the table at the same time, but our meals don’t always end up having a "warmer, more communicative atmosphere." Sometimes it’s an icy-cold "you’d better eat what I put in front of you" atmosphere. With lectures…
  • Everything You Hate About Your Kid's 'New Math' May Be Wrong ​

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Post by Linda Sharps. I’ve been pretty vocal about my frustrations with my son’s math worksheets in recent years. Last year I wrote a post berating myself for not being able to understand his second-grade homework, what with the confusing blocks, lines, and swoopy curves he was using to figure out a subtraction problem that I’d been taught to solve via a comparatively simple (to my eyes, anyway) column. “Is this really intended to make math easier?” I moaned, before confessing my fear of being completely unable to help him with future assignments. I don’t think I’ve ever gone so…
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    Diary of an Angry Father.

  • Kristin van Ogtrop and Arianna Huffington have defeated me. This project ends today.

    Miso N. Grey
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    I hereby admit that @kvanogtrop and @ariannahuff have defeated me fairly and squarely. Not only defeated, they have collectively and indirectly decimated the Diary of an Angry Father project. In my defeat, this will be my final blog post and tweet from Diary of an Angry Father. You were both right. You didn't have to say it. No one cares what fathers think in our maternally-centric world. There is no audience. I'm YELLING to myself in an empty room in an effort to create better parents and better children. To my dismay, fathers don't seem to care about becoming better fathers. Continue…
  • Modern World Discipline.

    Miso N. Grey
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Your primary job as a parent is to teach your child the difference right from wrong. Today, our children are inundated with mass media, social media, and marketing messages that have greyed and often obscured the lines between these concepts. Your task, to communicate the difference, is now more difficult than it has ever been before, in the entire history of human evolution. You need to be clever and underhand for your lessons to be effective. Observe your child’s behavior, and then make predictions about future behavior in certain situations, as best you can, based on the evidence you…
  • My kids came up with the solution to our political mess.

    Miso N. Grey
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    You never know who the next hero or world leader might be. It could be the straight C student down the street, or the autistic chess genius who keeps to himself in the back of the classroom. Barack Obama was raised by a hippy, and he didn’t do too bad for himself. Benjamin Netanyahu went to high … Continue reading →
  • I almost named my daughter PIG.

    Miso N. Grey
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Other than a circumcision, the first name you choose for your child is the only gift you can bestow upon him or her forever. It’s critical that you choose that name as wisely as you can. Continue reading →
  • Circumcision hurts, mommy.

    Miso N. Grey
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Circumcision is torture. Apparently, male infants are not protected against cruel and unusual punishment by the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Whatever you decide, remember that circumcision is an irreversible procedure. You can’t easily slap that foreskin back on when he’s 20 and foreskins are as cool as iPhones once were. So think about it, discuss it, and choose for your son very carefully. Continue reading →
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    Mom Fuse

  • Holiday Gifts That Give Back

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Holiday Gifts That Give Back Operation ResCute Children’s Gift Box OPERATION ResCUTE is intended to educate and encourage the next generation of young readers to think about adopting shelter dogs in need of loving homes....Read the whole entry... »          
  • zulily Sales – Weekly Deals 10/28 – Great Ideas for Christmas!

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: zulily Sales – Weekly Deals 10/28 – Great Ideas for Christmas! zulily is at it again! Here are zulily sales for this week. These are the weekly deals which start today and run through Monday, November 3rd.  There...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Edible Gifts For Anyone On Your List {2014 Edition}

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Edible Gifts For Anyone On Your List {2014 Edition} Everyone loves a special dessert or yummy treat during the holidays! If you are like me and usually don’t have time to make lots of edible gifts on your own and would...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Fun Halloween Apps for Kids

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Fun Halloween Apps for Kids Halloween is just a few days away and our kids are so excited. They are excited to wear their costumes and everything they want to do right now whether it be reading, crafts, etc are Halloween based....Read the whole entry... »          
  • 2014 Holiday Gifts for Pets

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 2014 Holiday Gifts for Pets Our pets are like family to us so why leave them out for the holiday gift exchanges. Pets are our friends and our protectors so we want to make sure we give them something special for all they do! Here...Read the whole entry... »         Related Stories5 Xbox One Games Kids Will Want This YearStand Up to Cancer Gifts We Love #SU2CJulep Gifts: Our Holiday Gift Picks from Julep 
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    MinneMama Adventures

  • Halloween Book Giveaway: Capstone Young Readers

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Costumes and candy and pumpkins and parties. ‘Tis the season to celebrate all things spooky. Growing up in a relatively anti-sugar family, the idea of collecting candy on Halloween seemed slightly fruitless. We ate plenty, don’t get me wrong, but a majority of it got hidden from diabetic eyes in our highest kitchen pantry. (Now [...] The post Halloween Book Giveaway: Capstone Young Readers appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Fall Fun: Malt-Tees Mini Golf & Pumpkin Patch

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    MALT-TEES MINI GOLF AND PUMPKIN PATCH  |  RICHFIELD, MN  |  VISIT WEBSITE  So, I love fall. My husband loves biking. My son loves mini golf. And my daughter loves bounce houses. But, where oh where could you find all of these very specific loves in one place? I know! Pick me! I know I know! [...] The post Fall Fun: Malt-Tees Mini Golf & Pumpkin Patch appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • 74 Schools. One Day. A Big Difference.

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    I wanted to do something to recognize National Bullying Awareness Month on my blog to push parents to get involved in their childrens’ schools. Something that required effort, but wasn’t too challenging. Something that made a difference, but wasn’t too pushy. Something that shouted “Kindness Always Wins” without disclosing blame, shame or embarrassment. On September 28, my [...] The post 74 Schools. One Day. A Big Difference. appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • A Wild Time: Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    TWIN CITIES HARVEST FESTIVAL AND MAZE  |  BROOKLYN PARK, MN  |  VISIT WEBSITE  My family went to the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze a week ago and I am still picking up corn kernels that are trickling out of my kids’ pants pockets, shoes and from the bottom of my purse. And every time I pick up [...] The post A Wild Time: Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Kindness in Chalk: An Anti-Bullying Movement

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    A few bullying statistics to start the conversation (Source: 90% of children in grades 4 through 8 have been bullied at some point 70.6% of teens have seen bullying occurring in their schools At least 50% of teens have been bullied online Only 20-30% of students who are bullied tell adults or authorities about their situations Adult intervention [...] The post Kindness in Chalk: An Anti-Bullying Movement appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
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    The Kidizen Blog

  • Kidizen Giveaway!

    casey swanson
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Find all the info, rules & where to find your referral code here!
  • Weekly Giveaways

    casey swanson
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    First you'll need to make sure you have the newest version of the Kidizen app.Everyone on Kidizen has their very own referral code. You'll find yours under the Friend tab on the Kidizen app. Share this code with friends right from the app via Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS. When a friend signs up for a Kidizen account, both you and your friend get entered into the Kidizen weekly giveaway.Share it again! Every time someone new signs up with your code, you get entered again. Share with as many folks as you can, to rack up entries and increase your chances! And if you have a shop…
  • Hipster KID Picks.

    casey swanson
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    It's Friday! That means our favorite Mombassador, Heather, is bringing us more of her best hipster picks for the week. Brands of interest for this Kidizen include: Bobo Choses, Mini Rodini, Beau Loves, Saltwater Sandals, Mini Melissa Shoes, Anthem of the Ants, Hello Apparel, Converse, Little Boogaweezin, Kid + Kind, Ace & Jig, Mini & Maximus, Mag + Pie, Freshly Picked, Raine and Monet, Sweet Luka Mo, Winter Water Factory, Minnetonka, Misha Lulu, Popupshop, Paper Wings, Toms, plus VINTAGE & more!!!!Make sure to join Heather's Facebook Group Hipster KID and the Kidizen Facebook page…
  • This Week's Giveaway on Kidizen

    casey swanson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    About The Measure:We create girls clothes that embody the nostalgia and magic of childhood, that allow your tiny adventurer the freedom to explore the woods, yet still look proper enough for tea with Grandma.We're preparing her for wandering, and for coming home. Sizes 3-6m - size 8.A note from Kiki, Designer/Owner:I believe in little joys and hidden exultations. I believe in climbing trees as much as possible. I believe the ocean is more exhilarating than the Taj Mahal. I believe in the transformative power of clothing, and I strive to give you special pieces you and your daughter will…
  • Hipster KID Picks.

    casey swanson
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Happy Friday! Could you think of a better way to head into the weekend than to shop the top Hipster KID Picks? We sure can't! Our super stylin' Mombassador, Heather, brings us her hippest duds for the week. Brands of interest for this Kidizen include: Bobo Choses, Mini Rodini, Beau Loves, Saltwater Sandals, Mini Melissa Shoes, Anthem of the Ants, Hello Apparel, Converse, Little Boogaweezin, Kid + Kind, Ace & Jig, Mini & Maximus, Mag + Pie, Freshly Picked, Raine and Monet, Sweet Luka Mo, Winter Water Factory, Minnetonka, Misha Lulu, Popupshop, Paper Wings, Toms, plus VINTAGE &…
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    Growing Children

  • Now in Chinese!

    Kim Allsup
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Seven Reasons to not (always) Answer Your Child’s Questions has been translated into Chinese at this site : using the lovely photo above. It has been viewed by almost 2,000 people who visit this Waldorf website. I have been enjoying learning a few Chinese characters by entering parts of the post in Google translate.  Many thanks to the person who translated this post into Chinese.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Seven Reasons to Not (always) Answer Your Child’s Questions

    Kim Allsup
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Originally posted on Growing Children: Childhood questions about facts and philosophy are a bit like childhood requests for small favors. “Mommy, you have to carry my backpack. It’s too heavy.” “Daddy, I can’t find my coat. You look for it, please, pretty please?” Of course you don’t want to ignore your child’s requests or their questions. Some small favors and some questions clearly call for parental follow through, for instance when your child will miss the school bus if you don’t find the coat. Other questions and requests, however, are an opportunity to encourage your…
  • Toddlers blooming in the Garden: Finding Wonder

    Kim Allsup
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Originally posted on Growing Children: Part Two of Four “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” ― Rachel Carson Wonder in the first years of life creates the roots of self-motivation. It is the foundation of a personal connection to the world, the nexus of the self. Wonder cannot be scripted. It arrives unbidden. And while we cannot call forth wonder just wen we want it, we can be expectant. The best a person can do is to…
  • Who reads Growing Children? Welcome Uganda!

    Kim Allsup
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Almost everyday I get a wonderful surprise when I peek at reader statistics. I love seeing where my readers live and I am especially thrilled to welcome a reader from a new country. Today, I was happy to notice our first reader from Uganda! I also note that some small countries have more readers that I might expect, notably Romania.   Isn’t it wonderful to imagine like minded people around the world all devoted to growing their children, all of our children. United States FlagUnited States 1,887 Canada 256 Australia 160 United Kingdom 111 New Zealand 98 Romania 68 Brazil 47 Germany 33…
  • Introduction to Toddlers Blooming in the Garden

    Kim Allsup
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    She sits on my lap, lining up sage leaves. Her little hand lifts the aromatic, fuzzy leaves from their water bath and lays them on the perforated tray that I will slide into the dehydrator. It is a bright September day on the back deck where we work together, steadily filling the trays with the taste of autumn stews. I scratch a sage leaf and smell it and she smells it too. I slowly place the leaves in tight rows, occasionally adjusting a leaf so it does not overlap. She imitates my actions carefully, re-positioning leaves that clump up. I don’t tell her what to do and she doesn’t ask. My…
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    Mama of 3 Munchkins

  • Add a Pop of Color to your Teen’s Bathroom with the Novogratz Bath Collection

    Ty Watson
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your bathroom is the first room you visit in the morning, and the last one you visit at night before bed. I don’t know about you, but the nicer my home looks, the happier I am when I’m in it. I was asked to review the Novogratz Bright Lights Chevron Shower Curtain, Bar Code Bath, […]
  • Dress-Up Your Home with the Danilo Large Vase

    Ty Watson
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Nothing says stately and regal like a large vase in a room, right? They really do bring out a certain elegance. People don’t realize the statement a piece like this can make until they’ve tried it in their own home, and some even shy away from large vases due to fear of where they’d fit […]
  • Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

    Ty Watson
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Um, there’s nothing better than a nice warm bowl of creamy chicken noodle soup to chase away the frore, fall chills. I usually make this creamy soup every fall (and winter) for my family. And it always turns out delicious! This soup will seriously warm your family up this fall (and winter), and it’s also […]
  • Get Stability and Style with Gravity Defyer Shoes

    Ty Watson
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Good shoes are a necessity, no matter who you are, and having a well-made pair of shoes on your feet is important for back health. So, when I was asked to review Gravity Defyer shoes, I jumped on the chance. I’m always on the lookout for a good pair of comfortable shoes, and these are […]
  • Small Bedroom Decoration Tips

    Ty Watson
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all spend quite a bit of time in our bedrooms, right? Whether it’s done sleeping, relaxing, reading or something else. Nothing makes a bedroom more boring than lack of decorations, so they play a good part in a beautiful clean home’s looks and this room is no exception. The tips of this article are […]
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    TripleZmom, not Supermom

  • What's Your Parenting Mantra?

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    I think the hardest thing about parenting - aside from the whole sending what is essentially your heart out into the world completely unprotected, plus the amount of vomit and snot you have to deal with - is that it keeps changing. I remember when Ironflower was a baby and I took her to Target for the first time by myself. All these scenarios kept running through my head; What if she has a
  • Fun With Creative Galaxy!

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    <!-- Amazon Prime Instant Video: Creative Galaxy / Clever Girls Snippet --> <!-- END Clever Girls Snippet --> When I first saw that Amazon Prime Instant Video  had a kids' show called Creative Galaxy, I wasn't sure if I was the right person to review it. Hugmonkey, though he is only 5, tends to watch more "big kids" shows. Mostly because he wants to keep up with his siblings, not because he
  • My Day As A Reality TV Star

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Yesterday I was a reality television star. Okay, co-star. Among the many jobs Hot Guy does, his favorite is acting. Over a year ago, he auditioned for something looking for actors with type 2 diabetes. The casting people loved him, but the corporation did not. Or something. He was called in again a while back. And then they asked if they could film not only him, but our family. At home. And
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